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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

dinner-time. You won't mind, will you?" said Mac, in a 

confidential aside during the wild flurry of the start. 


"Not a bit," answered Rose. "It hurts my feelings very much to be 

told to keep out of the way at any other time, but birthdays and 

Christmas it is part of the fun to be blind and stupid, and poked 

into corners. I'll be ready as soon as you are, Giglamps." 


"Stop under the big maple till I call then you can't possibly see 

anything," added Mac, as he mounted her on the pony his father 

had sent up for his use. "Barkis" was so gentle and so "willin'," 

however, that Rose was ashamed to be afraid to ride him; so she 

had learned, that she might surprise Dr. Alec when she got home; 

meantime she had many a fine canter "over the hills and far away" 

with Mac, who preferred Mr. Atkinson's old Sorrel. 


Away they went, and, coming to the red maple, Rose obediently 

paused; but could not help stealing a glance in the forbidden 

direction before the call came. Yes, there was a hamper going 

under the seat, and then she caught sight of a tall man whom Mac 

seemed to be hustling into the carriage in a great hurry. One look 

was enough, and with a cry of delight, Rose was off down the road 

as fast as Barkis could go. 


"Now I'll astonish uncle," she thought. "I'll dash up in grand style, 

and show him that I am not a coward, after all." 


Fired by this ambition, she startled Barkis by a sharp cut, and still 

more bewildered him by leaving him to his own guidance down 

the steep, stony road. The approach would have been a fine 

success if, just as Rose was about to pull up and salute, two or 

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