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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?

 

"Do you want us to be poor, mother?" asked Archie, wondering. 

 

"No, dear, and you never need be, while you can use your hands; 

but I am afraid of this thirst for wealth, and the temptations it 

brings. O, my boys! I tremble for the time when I must let you go, 

because I think it would break my heart to have you fail as so 

many fail. It would be far easier to see you dead if it could be said 

of you as of Sumner 'No man dared offer him a bribe.' " 

 

Mrs. Jessie was so earnest in her motherly anxiety that her voice 

faltered over the last words, and she hugged the yellow heads 

closer in her arms, as if she feared to let them leave that safe 

harbour for the great sea where so many little boats go down. The 

younger lads nestled closer to her, and Archie said, in his quiet, 

resolute way 

 

"I cannot promise to be an Agassiz or a Sumner, mother; but I do 

promise to be an honest man, please God." 

 

"Then I'm satisfied!" and holding fast the hand he gave her, she 

sealed his promise with a kiss that had all a mother's hope and 

faith in it. 

 

"I don't see how they ever can be bad, she is so fond and proud of 

them," whispered Rose, quite touched by the little scene. 

 

"You must help her make them what they should be. You have 

begun already, and when I see those rings where they are, my girl 

is prettier in my sight than if the biggest diamonds that ever 

twinkled shone in her ears," answered Dr. Alec, looking at her 

with approving eyes. 

 

"I'm so glad you think I can do anything, for I perfectly ache to be 

useful; everyone is so good to me, especially Aunt Jessie." 


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