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Two Girls
The Clan
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
Bread and Button-Holes
Good Bargains
Fashion and Physiology
Brother Bones
Under The Mistletoe
A Scare
Something to do


Captain Dove looked rather taken aback at this outbreak in the 

ranks; but, being a dignified and calm personage, he quelled the 

rising rebellion with great tact and skill, by saying, briefly 


"We'll sing the last hymn; 'Sweet, sweet good-by' you all know 

that, so do it nicely, and then we will go and have luncheon." 


Peace was instantly restored, and a burst of melody drowned the 

suppressed giggles of Rose and Mac, who found it impossible to 

keep sober during the latter part of this somewhat remarkable 

service. Fifteen minutes of repose rendered it a physical 

impossibility for the company to march out as quietly as they had 

marched in. I grieve to state that the entire troop raced home as 

hard as they could pelt, and were soon skirmishing briskly over 

their lunch, utterly oblivious of what Jamie (who had been much 

impressed by the sermon) called "the captain's beautiful teck." 


It was astonishing how much they all found to do at Cosey Corner; 

and Mac, instead of lying in a hammock and being read to, as he 

had expected, was busiest of all. He was invited to survey and lay 

out Skeeterville, a town which the children were getting up in a 

huckleberry pasture; and he found much amusement in planning 

little roads, staking off house-lots, attending to the water-works, 

and consulting with the "selectmen" about the best sites for public 

buildings; for Mac was a boy still, in spite of his fifteen years and 

his love of books. 


Then he went fishing with a certain jovial gentleman from the 

West; and though they seldom caught anything but colds, they had 

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