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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?

upright, with his hand at his temple and deathless devotion 

stamped upon his youthful countenance. 

 

The applause which followed this superb piece had hardly 

subsided, when a sudden splash and a shrill cry caused a general 

rush toward the waterfall that went gambolling down the rocks, 

singing sweetly as it ran. Pokey had tried to gambol also, and had 

tumbled into a shallow pool, whither Jamie had gallantly followed, 

in a vain attempt to fish her out, and both were paddling about half 

frightened, half pleased with the unexpected bath. 

 

This mishap made it necessary to get the dripping infants home as 

soon as possible; so the wagons were loaded up, and away they 

went, as merry as if the mountain air had really been "Oxygenated 

Sweets not Bitters," as Dr. Alec suggested when Mac said he felt 

as jolly as if he had been drinking champagne instead of the 

current wine that came with a great frosted cake wreathed with 

sugar roses in Aunt Plenty's hamper of goodies. 

 

Rose took part in all the fun, and never betrayed by look or word 

the twinges of pain she suffered in her ankle. She excused herself 

from the games in the evening, however, and sat talking to Uncle 

Alec in a lively way, that both amazed and delighted him; for she 

confided to him that she played horse with the children, drilled 

with the light infantry, climbed trees, and did other dreadful things 

that would have caused the aunts to cry aloud if they knew of 

them. 

 

"I don't care a pin what they say if you don't mind, uncle," she 

answered, when he pictured the dismay of the good ladies. 


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