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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?

surprise, pleasure, and amusement in his face, and looked at his 

little niece as if she had suddenly changed into a young woman. 

She had grown a good deal in the last six months, and an amount 

of thinking had gone on in that young head which would have 

astonished him greatly could he have known it all, for Rose was 

one of the children who observe and meditate much, and now and 

then nonplus their friends by a wise or curious remark. 

 

"I quite agree with the ladies, and shall be glad to help you decide 

on something if I can," said the Doctor seriously. "What do you 

incline to? A natural taste or talent is a great help in choosing, you 

know." 

 

"I haven't any talent, or any especial taste that I can see, and that is 

why I can't decide, uncle. So, I think it would be a good plan to 

pick out some very useful business and learn it, because I don't do 

it for pleasure, you see, but as a part of my education, and to be 

ready in case I'm ever poor," answered Rose, looking as if she 

rather longed for a little poverty so that her useful gift might be 

exercised. 

 

"Well, now, there is one very excellent, necessary, and womanly 

accomplishment that no girl should be without, for it is a help to 

rich and poor, and the comfort of families depends upon it. This 

fine talent is neglected nowadays, and considered old-fashioned, 

which is a sad mistake, and one that I don't mean to make in 

bringing up my girl. It should be a part of every girl's education, 

and I know of a most accomplished lady who will teach you in the 

best and pleasantest manner." 

 

"Oh, what is it?" cried Rose eagerly, charmed to be met in this 


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