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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?

catterpillar's soul, if it was a catterpillar. He squirmed, he 

wriggled, he humped as fast as he could, trying to escape; but all in 

vain. The tufted bird espied him, gave one warbling sort of crow, 

pounced upon him, and flapped triumphantly away. 

 

"That early bird got such a big worm he could hardly carry him 

off," laughed Aunt Jessie, as the children shouted over the joke 

suggested by Mac's nickname. 

 

"That is one of uncle's favourite proverbs, so I got it up for his 

especial benefit," said Rose, coming up with the two-legged worm 

beside her. 

 

"Very clever; what next?" asked Dr. Alec as she sat down beside 

him. 

 

"The Dove boys are going to give us an 'Incident in the Life of 

Napoleon,' as they call it; the children think it very splendid, and 

the little fellows do it rather nicely," answered Mac with 

condescension. 

 

A tent appeared, and pacing to and fro before it was a little 

sentinel, who, in a brief soliloquy, informed the observers that the 

elements were in a great state of confusion, that he had marched 

some hundred miles or so that day, and that he was dying for want 

of sleep. Then he paused, leaned upon his gun, and seemed to 

doze; dropped slowly down, overpowered with slumber, and 

finally lay flat, with his gun beside him, a faithless little sentinel. 

Enter Napoleon, cocked hat, gray coat, high boots, folded arms, 

grim mouth, and a melodramatic stride. Freddy Dove always 

covered himself with glory in this part, and "took the stage" with a 

Napoleonic attitude that brought down the house; for the 


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