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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?

shabby dress, evidently much troubled in mind. To him entered a 

remarkable creature with a brown paper bag over its head. A little 

pink nose peeped through one hole in the middle, white teeth 

through another, and above two eyes glared fiercely. Spires of 

grass stuck in each side of the mouth seemed meant to represent 

whiskers; the upper corners of the bag were twisted like ears, and 

no one could doubt for a moment that the black scarf pinned on 

behind was a tail. 

 

This singular animal seemed in pantomime to be comforting his 

master and offering advice, which was finally acted upon, for Mac 

pulled off his boots, helped the little beast into them, and gave him 

a bag; then, kissing his paw, with a hopeful gesture, the creature 

retired, purring so successfully that there was a general cry of "Cat, 

puss, boots!" 

 

"Cat is the word," replied a voice, and the curtain fell. 

 

The next scene was a puzzler, for in came another animal, on 

all-fours this time, with a new sort of tail and long ears. A gray 

shawl concealed its face, but an inquisitive sunbeam betrayed the 

glitter as of goggles under the fringe. On its back rode a small 

gentleman in Eastern costume, who appeared to find some 

difficulty in keeping his seat as his steed jogged along. Suddenly a 

spirit appeared, all in white, with long newspaper wings upon its 

back and golden locks about its face. Singularly enough, the beast 

beheld this apparition and backed instantly, but the rider evidently 

saw nothing and whipped up unmercifully, also unsuccessfully, for 

the spirit stood directly in the path, and the amiable beast would 


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