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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?

 

"A boot-black mustn't use good grammar, and a newsboy must 

swear a little, or he wouldn't be natural," explained Geordie, both 

boys ready to fight gallantly for their favourites. 

 

"But my sons are neither boot-blacks nor newsboys, and I object to 

hearing them use such words as 'screamer,' 'bully,' and 'buster.' In 

fact, I fail to see the advantage of writing books about such people 

unless it is done in a very different way. I cannot think they will 

help to refine the ragamuffins if they read them, and I'm sure they 

can do no good to the better class of boys, who through these 

books are introduced to police courts, counterfeiters' dens, 

gambling houses, drinking saloons, and all sorts of low life." 

 

"Some of them are about first-rate boys, mother; and they go to sea 

and study, and sail round the world, having great larks all the 

way." 

 

"I have read about them, Geordie, and though they are better than 

the others, I am not satisfied with these optical delusions, as I call 

them. Now, I put it to you, boys, is it natural for lads from fifteen 

to eighteen to command ships, defeat pirates, outwit smugglers, 

and so cover themselves with glory, that Admiral Farragut invites 

them to dinner, saying, 'Noble boy, you are an honour to your 

country!' Or, if the hero is in the army, he has hair-breadth escapes 

and adventures enough in one small volume to turn his hair white, 

and in the end he goes to Washington at the express desire of the 

President or Commander-in-chief to be promoted to no end of stars 

and bars. Even if the hero is merely an honest boy trying to get his 


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