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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?

violently that her little legs flew into the air; Jamie gave a startled 

"Ow!" and the pitying fowls fled giggling. 

 

After some discussion it was decided that the syllable must be 

"strew or strow" and then they waited to see if it was a good guess. 

 

This scene discovered Annette Snow in bed, evidently very ill; 

Miss Jenny was her anxious mamma, and her merry conversation 

amused the audience till Mac came in as a physician, and made 

great fun with his big watch, pompous manner, and absurd 

questions. He prescribed one pellet with an unpronounceable 

name, and left after demanding twenty dollars for his brief visit. 

 

The pellet was administered, and such awful agonies immediately 

set in that the distracted mamma bade a sympathetic neighbour run 

for Mother Know-all. The neighbour ran, and in came a brisk little 

old lady in cap and specs, with a bundle of herbs under her arm, 

which she at once applied in all sorts of funny ways, explaining 

their virtues as she clapped a plantain poultice here, put a pounded 

catnip plaster there, or tied a couple of mullein leaves round the 

sufferer's throat. Instant relief ensued, the dying child sat up and 

demanded baked beans. The grateful parent offered fifty dollars; 

but Mother Know-all indignantly refused it and went smiling 

away, declaring that a neighbourly turn needed no reward, and a 

doctor's fee was all a humbug. 

 

The audience were in fits of laughter over this scene, for Rose 

imitated Mrs. Atkinson capitally, and the herb cure was a good hit 

at the excellent lady's belief that "yarbs" would save mankind if 


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