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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?

times, till the three were moved to laugh and cry together, for the 

busy needles were embroidering all sorts of bright patterns on the 

lives of the workers, though they seemed to be only stitching 

cotton and darning hose. 

 

It was a pretty sight to see the rosy-faced little maid sitting 

between the two old ladies, listening dutifully to their instructions, 

and cheering the lessons with her lively chatter and blithe laugh. If 

the kitchen had proved attractive to Dr. Alec when Rose was there 

at work, the sewing-room was quite irresistible, and he made 

himself so agreeable that no one had the heart to drive him away, 

especially when he read aloud or spun yarns. 

 

"There! I've made you a new set of warm night-gowns with four 

button-holes in each. See if they are not neatly done," said Rose, 

one day, some weeks after the new lessons began. 

 

"Even to a thread, and nice little bars across the end so I can't tear 

them when I twitch the buttons out. Most superior work, ma'am, 

and I'm deeply grateful; so much so, that I'll sew on these buttons 

myself, and save those tired fingers from another prick." 

 

"You sew them on?" cried Rose, with her eyes wide open in 

amazement. 

 

"Wait a bit till I get my sewing tackle, and then you shall see what 

I can do." 

 

"Can he, really?" asked Rose of Aunt Peace, as Uncle Alec 

marched off with a comical air of importance. 

 

"Oh, yes, I taught him years ago, before he went to sea; and I 

suppose he has had to do things for himself, more or less, ever 

since; so he has kept his hand in." 

 

He evidently had, for he was soon back with a funny little 


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