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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?

She felt it was right to do it, yet found it very hard, and asked 

wistfully 

 

"Do you mean never wear them, Charlie?" 

 

"Never, unless you want me to smoke." 

 

"I never do." 

 

"Then clinch the bargain." 

 

He had no idea she would do it, and was much surprised when she 

took the dear rings from her ears, with a quick gesture, and held 

them out to him, saying, in a tone that made the colour come up to 

his brown cheek, it was so full of sweet good will 

 

"I care more for my cousins than for my ear-rings, so I promise, 

and I'll keep my word." 

 

"For shame, Prince! let her wear her little danglers if she likes, and 

don't bargain about doing what you know is right," cried Archie, 

coming out of his grove of newspapers with an indignant bounce. 

 

But Rose was bent on showing her aunt that she could use her 

influence for the boys' good, and said steadily 

 

"It is fair, and I want it to be so, then you will believe I'm in 

earnest. Here, each of you wear one of these on your watch-guard 

to remind you. I shall not forget, because very soon I cannot wear 

ear-rings if I want to." 

 

As she spoke, Rose offered a little ring to each cousin, and the 

boys, seeing how sincere she was, obeyed her. When the pledges 

were safe, Rose stretched a hand to each, and the lads gave hers a 

hearty grip, half pleased and half ashamed of their part in the 

compact. 

 

Just at that moment Dr. Alec and Mrs. Jessie came in. 

 

"What's this? Dancing Ladies' Triumph on Sunday?" exclaimed 

Uncle Alec, surveying the trio with surprise. 

 

"No, sir, it is the Anti-Tobacco League. Will you join?" said 


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