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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?

continued, energetically. "There, my hearties (you like sea slang, 

so I'll give you a bit) now, I want you to promise not to read any 

more stuff for a month, and I'll agree to supply you with 

wholesome fare." 

 

"Oh, mother, not a single one?" cried Will. 

 

"Couldn't we just finish those?" pleaded Geordie. 

 

"The boys threw away half-smoked cigars; and your books must go 

after them. Surely you would not be outdone by the 'old fellows,' as 

you call them, or be less obedient to little Mum than they were to 

Rose." 

 

"Course not! Come on, Geordie," and Will took the vow like a 

hero. His brother sighed and obeyed, but privately resolved to 

finish his story the minute the month was over. 

 

"You have laid out a hard task for yourself, Jessie, in trying to 

provide good reading for boys who have been living on sensation 

stories. It will be like going from raspberry tarts to plain bread and 

butter; but you will probably save them from a bilious fever," said 

Dr. Alec, much amused at the proceedings. 

 

"I remember hearing grandpa say that a love for good books was 

one of the best safeguards a man could have," began Archie, 

staring thoughtfully at the fine library before him. 

 

"Yes, but there's no time to read nowadays; a fellow has to keep 

scratching round to make money or he's nobody," cut in Charlie, 

trying to look worldly-wise. 

 

"This love of money is the curse of America, and for the sake of it 

men will sell honour and honesty, till we don't know whom to 

trust, and it is only a genius like Agassiz who dares to say, 'I cannot 

waste my time in getting rich,' " said Mrs. Jessie sadly. 


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