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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?

Charlie, while Rose slipped away to her aunt, and Archie buried 

both cigars behind the back log. 

 

When the mystery was explained, the elders were well pleased, 

and Rose received a vote of thanks, which made her feel as if she 

had done a service to her country, as she had, for every boy who 

grows up free from bad habits bids fair to make a good citizen. 

 

"I wish Rose would drive a bargain with Will and Geordie also, for 

I think these books are as bad for the small boys as cigars for the 

large ones," said Mrs. Jessie, sitting down on the sofa between the 

readers, who politely curled up their legs to make room for her. 

 

"I thought they were all the fashion," answered Dr. Alec, settling in 

the big chair with Rose. 

 

"So is smoking, but it is harmful. The writers of these popular 

stories intend to do good, I have no doubt, but it seems to me they 

fail because their motto is, 'Be smart, and you will be rich,' instead 

of 'Be honest, and you will be happy.' I do not judge hastily, Alec, 

for I have read a dozen, at least, of these stories, and, with much 

that is attractive to boys, I find a great deal to condemn in them, 

and other parents say the same when I ask them." 

 

"Now, Mum, that's too bad! I like 'em tip-top. This one is a regular 

screamer," cried Will. 

 

"They're bully books, and I'd like to know where's the harm," 

added Geordie. 

 

"You have just shown us one of the chief evils, and that is slang," 

answered their mother quickly. 

 

"Must have it, ma'am. If these chaps talked all right, there'd be no 

fun in 'em," protested Will. 


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