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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?

air. 

 

"If I disturb you, say so, and I'll go away," she began, pausing on 

the threshold with modest hesitation, for something in the elder 

boys' faces excited her curiosity. 

 

"You never disturb us, cousin," said the smokers, while the readers 

tore themselves from the heroes of the bar-room and gutter long 

enough to nod affably to their guest. 

 

As Rose bent to warm her hands, one end of Archie's cigar stuck 

out of the ashes, smoking furiously and smelling strongly. 

 

"Oh, you bad boys, how could you do it, to-day of all days?" she 

said reproachfully. 

 

"Where's the harm?" asked Archie. 

 

"You know as well as I do; your mother doesn't like it, and it's a 

bad habit, for it wastes money and does you no good." 

 

"Fiddlesticks! every man smokes, even Uncle Alec, whom you 

think so perfect," began Charlie, in his teasing way. 

 

"No, he doesn't! He has given it up, and I know why," cried Rose 

eagerly. 

 

"Now I think of it, I haven't seen the old meerschaum since he 

came home. Did he stop it on our account?" asked Archie. 

 

"Yes," and Rose told the little scene on the seashore in the 

camping-out time. 

 

Archie seemed much impressed, and said manfully, "He won't 

have done that in vain so far as I'm concerned. I don't care a pin 

about smoking, so can give it up as easy as not, and I promise you I 

will. I only do it now and then for fun." 

 

"You too?" and Rose looked up at the bonny Prince, who never 

looked less bonny than at that moment, for he had resumed his 

cigar just to torment her. 

 

Now Charlie cared as little as Archie about smoking, but it would 


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