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A Trip to China
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Phebe's Secret
Rose's Sacrifice
Poor Mac
"The Other Fellows"
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A Happy Birthday
Bread and Button-Holes
Good Bargains
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Brother Bones
Under The Mistletoe
A Scare
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Chapter 17 - Good Bargains



It was a rainy Sunday afternoon, and four boys were trying to 

spend it quietly in the "liberry," as Jamie called the room devoted 

to books and boys, at Aunt Jessie's. Will and Geordie were 

sprawling on the sofa, deep in the adventures of the scapegraces 

and ragamuffins whose histories are now the fashion. Archie 

lounged in the easy chair, surrounded by newspapers; Charlie 

stood upon the rug, in an Englishman's favourite attitude, and, I 

regret to say, both were smoking cigars. 


"It is my opinion that this day will never come to an end," said 

Prince, with a yawn that nearly rent him asunder. 


"Read and improve your mind, my son," answered Archie, peering 

solemnly over the paper behind which he had been dozing. 


"Don't you preach, parson, but put on your boots and come out for 

a tramp, instead of mulling over the fire like a granny." 


"No, thank you, tramps in an easterly storm don't strike me as 

amusing." There Archie stopped and held up his hand, for a 

pleasant voice was heard saying outside 


"Are the boys in the library, auntie?" 


"Yes, dear, and longing for sunshine; so run in and make it for 

them," answered Mrs. Jessie. 


"It's Rose," and Archie threw his cigar into the fire. 


"What's that for?" asked Charlie. 


"Gentlemen don't smoke before ladies." 


"True; but I'm not going to waste my weed," and Prince poked his 

into the empty inkstand that served them for an ash tray. 


A gentle tap at the door was answered by a chorus of "Come in," 

and Rose appeared, looking blooming and breezy with the chilly 

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