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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?

consented, fearing that her uncle's keen eye would discover the 

fatal bits of silk; so the boys crossed hands, and, taking a good grip 

of each curly pate, she was borne down in state, while the others 

followed by way of the banisters. 

 

Tea was ordered earlier than usual, so that Jamie and his dolly 

could have a taste, at least, of the holiday fun, for they were to stay 

till seven, and be allowed twelve roasted chestnuts apiece, which 

they were under bonds not to eat till next day. 

 

Tea was despatched rapidly, therefore, and the party gathered 

round the wide hearth in the dining-room, where the nuts were 

soon dancing gaily on hot shovels or bouncing out among the 

company, thereby causing delightful panics among the little ones. 

 

"Come, Rosy, tell us a story while we work, for you can't help 

much, and must amuse us as your share," proposed Mac, who sat 

in the shade pricking nuts, and who knew by experience what a 

capital little Scheherazade his cousin was. 

 

"Yes, we poor monkeys can't burn our paws for nothing, so tell 

away, Pussy," added Charlie, as he threw several hot nuts into her 

lap and shook his fingers afterwards. 

 

"Well, I happen to have a little story with a moral to it in my mind, 

and I will tell it, though it is intended for younger children than 

you," answered Rose, who was rather fond of telling instructive 

tales. 

 

"Fire away," said Geordie, and she obeyed, little thinking what a 

disastrous story it would prove to herself. 

 

"Well, once upon a time, a little girl went to see a young lady who 

was very fond of her. Now, the young lady happened to be lame, 


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