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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?

not budge a foot. A lively skirmish followed, which ended in the 

Eastern gentleman being upset into a sweet-fern bush, while the 

better bred animal abased itself before the shining one. 

 

The children were all in the dark till Mother Atkinson said, in an 

inquiring tone 

 

"If that isn't Balaam and the ass, I'd like to know what it is. Rose 

makes a sweet angel, doesn't she?" 

 

"Ass" was evidently the word, and the angel retired, smiling with 

mundane satisfaction over the compliment that reached her ears. 

 

The next was a pretty little scene from the immortal story of 

"Babes in the Wood." Jamie and Pokey came trotting in, hand in 

hand, and, having been through the parts many times before, acted 

with great ease and much fluency, audibly directing each other 

from time to time as they went along. The berries were picked, the 

way lost, tears shed, baby consolation administered, and then the 

little pair lay down among the brakes and died with their eyes wide 

open and the toes of their four little boots turned up to the daisies 

in the most pathetic manner. 

 

"Now the wobins tum. You be twite dead, Dimmy, and I'll peep in 

and see 'em," one defunct innocent was heard to say. 

 

"I hope they'll be quick, for I'm lying on a stone, and ants are 

walking up my leg like fury," murmured the other. 

 

Here the robins came flapping in with red scarves over their 

breasts and leaves in their mouths, which they carefully laid upon 

the babes wherever they would show best. A prickly blackberry 

leaf placed directly over Pokey's nose caused her to sneeze so 


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