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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?

Rose, as remorse began to gnaw. "Promise not to tell, or I shall be 

teased to death," she added, anxiously, entirely forgetting the two 

little pitchers gifted with eyes as well as ears, who had been 

watching the whole performance from afar. 

 

"Never. Mercy me, what's that?" and Ariadne started as a sudden 

sound of steps and voices came up from below. 

 

"It's the boys! Hide the needle. Do my ears show? Don't breathe a 

word!" whispered Rose, scrambling about to conceal all traces of 

their iniquity from the sharp eyes of the Clan. 

 

Up they came, all in good order, laden with the proceeds of a 

nutting expedition, for they always reported to Rose and paid 

tribute to their queen in the handsomest manner. 

 

"How many, and how big! We'll have a grand roasting frolic after 

tea, won't we?" said Rose, plunging both hands into a bag of glossy 

brown nuts, while the Clan "stood at ease" and nodded to Ariadne. 

 

"That lot was picked especially for you, Rosy. I got every one 

myself, and they are extra whackers," said Mac, presenting a 

bushel or so. 

 

"You should have seen Giglamps when he was after them. He 

pitched out of the tree, and would have broken his blessed old 

neck if Arch had not caught him," observed Steve, as he lounged 

gracefully in the window seat. 

 

"You needn't talk, Dandy, when you didn't know a chestnut from a 

beech, and kept on thrashing till I told you of it," retorted Mac, 

festooning himself over the back of the sofa, being a privileged 

boy. 

 

"I don't make mistakes when I thrash you, old Worm, so you'd 


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