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Two Girls
The Clan
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
Bread and Button-Holes
Good Bargains
Fashion and Physiology
Brother Bones
Under The Mistletoe
A Scare
Something to do

and then, and ordered him off the premises at the point of the 

rolling-pin; or, if unusually successful, and, therefore, in a milder 

mood, they lured him away with bribes of ginger-bread, a stray 

pickle, or a tart that was not quite symmetrical enough to suit their 

critical eyes. 


Of course he made a point of partaking copiously of all the 

delectable messes that now appeared at table, for both the cooks 

were on their mettle, and he fared sumptuously every day. But an 

especial relish was given to any dish when, in reply to his honest 

praise of it, Rose coloured up with innocent pride, and said 



"I made that, uncle, and I'm glad you like it." 


It was some time before the perfect loaf appeared, for 

bread-making is an art not easily learned, and Aunt Plenty was 

very thorough in her teaching; so Rose studied yeast first, and 

through various stages of cake and biscuit came at last to the 

crowning glory of the "handsome, wholesome loaf." It appeared at 

tea-time, on a silver salver, proudly borne in by Phebe, who could 

not refrain from whispering, with a beaming face, as she set it 

down before Dr. Alec 


"Ain't it just lovely, sir?" 


"It is a regularly splendid loaf! Did my girl make it all herself?" he 

asked, surveying the shapely, sweet-smelling object with real 

interest and pleasure. 


"Every particle herself, and never asked a bit of help or advice 

from anyone," answered Aunt Plenty, folding her hands with an air 

of unmitigated satisfaction, for her pupil certainly did her great 



"I've had so many failures and troubles that I really thought I never 

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