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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?

expressively, feeling quite bowed down with remorse at the harm 

they had innocently done. 

 

"She's put the room to rights in a jiffey. What jacks we were to let 

those dogs in and kick up such a row," observed Steve, after a 

prolonged peep. 

 

"The poor old Worm turns as if she was treading on him instead of 

cuddling him like a pussy cat. Isn't he cross, though?" added 

Charlie, as Mac was heard growling about his "confounded head." 

 

"She will manage him; but it's mean in us to rumple him up and 

then leave her to smooth him down. I'd go and help, but I don't 

know how," said Archie. looking much depressed, for he was a 

conscientious fellow, and blamed himself for his want of thought. 

 

"No, more do I. Odd, isn't it, what a knack women have for taking 

care of sick folks?" and Charlie fell a-musing over this undeniable 

fact. 

 

"She has been ever so good to Mac," began Steve, in a 

self-reproachful tone. 

 

"Better than his own brother, hey?" cut in Archie, finding relief for 

his own regret in the delinquencies of another. 

 

"Well, you needn't preach; you didn't any of you do any more, and 

you might have, for Mac likes you better than he does me. I always 

fret him, he says, and it isn't my fault if I am a quiddle," protested 

Steve, in self-defence. 

 

"We have all been selfish and neglected him, so we won't fight 

about it, but try and do better," said Archie, generously taking 

more than his share of blame, for he had been less inattentive than 

either of the others. 

 

"Rose has stood by him like a good one, and it's no wonder he likes 


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