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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?

properly applied. No one enjoyed it more than herself, and the 

saucy children prepared for the grand finale in high feather. 

 

This closing scene was brief but striking, for two trains of cars 

whizzed in from opposite sides, met with a terrible collision in the 

middle of the stage, and a general smash-up completed the word 

catastrophe. 

 

"Now let us act a proverb. I've got one all ready," said Rose, who 

was dying to distinguish herself in some way before Uncle Alec. 

 

So everyone but Mac, the gay Westerner, and Rose, took their 

places on the rocky seats and discussed the late beautiful and 

varied charade, in which Pokey frankly pronounced her own scene 

the "bestest of all." 

 

In five minutes the curtain was lifted; nothing appeared but a very 

large sheet of brown paper pinned to a tree, and on it was drawn a 

clock-face, the hands pointing to four. A small note below 

informed the public that 4 A.M. was the time. Hardly had the 

audience grasped this important fact when a long waterproof 

serpent was seen uncoiling itself from behind a stump. An 

inch-worm, perhaps, would be a better description, for it travelled 

in the same humpy way as that pleasing reptile. Suddenly a very 

wide-awake and active fowl advanced, pecking, chirping, and 

scratching vigorously. A tuft of green leaves waved upon his crest, 

a larger tuft of brakes made an umbrageous tail, and a shawl of 

many colours formed his flapping wings. A truly noble bird, whose 

legs had the genuine strut, whose eyes shone watchfully, and 

whose voice had a ring that evidently struck terror into the 


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