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Two Girls
The Clan
Uncles
Aunts
A Belt and a Box
Uncle Alec's Room
A Trip to China
And what came of it
Phebe's Secret
Rose's Sacrifice
Poor Mac
"The Other Fellows"
Cosey Corner
A Happy Birthday
Ear-Rings
Bread and Button-Holes
Good Bargains
Fashion and Physiology
Brother Bones
Under The Mistletoe
A Scare
Something to do
Peace-Making
Which?

kindred subjects, eminently fitted to remind the invalid of his 

privations. 

 

Rose had gone to drive with Uncle Alec, who declared she was 

getting as pale as a potato sprout, living so much in a dark room. 

But her thoughts were with her boy all the while, and she ran up to 

him the moment she returned, to find things in a fine state of 

confusion. 

 

With the best intentions in life, the lads had done more harm than 

good, and the spectacle that met Nurse Rose's eye was a trying 

one. The puppies were yelping, the small boys romping, and the 

big boys all talking at once; the curtains were up, the room close, 

berries scattered freely about, Mac's shade half off, his cheeks 

flushed, his temper ruffled, and his voice loudest of all as he 

disputed hotly with Steve about lending certain treasured books 

which he could no longer use. 

 

Now Rose considered this her special kingdom, and came down 

upon the invaders with an energy which amazed them and quelled 

the riot at once. They had never seen her roused before, and the 

effect was tremendous; also comical, for she drove the whole flock 

of boys out of the room like an indignant little hen defending her 

brood. They all went as meekly as sheep; the small lads fled from 

the house precipitately, but the three elder ones only retired to the 

next room, and remained there hoping for a chance to explain and 

apologise, and so appease the irate young lady, who had suddenly 

turned the tables and clattered them about their ears. 

 

As they waited, they observed her proceedings through the 

half-open door, and commented upon them briefly but 


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