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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?

living, he is not permitted to do so in a natural way, by hard work 

and years of patient effort, but is suddenly adopted by a millionaire 

whose pocket-book he has returned; or a rich uncle appears from 

sea just in the nick of time; or the remarkable boy earns a few 

dollars, speculates in pea-nuts or neckties, and grows rich so 

rapidly that Sinbad in the diamond valley is a pauper compared to 

him. Isn't it so, boys?" 

 

"Well, the fellows in these books are mighty lucky, and very smart, 

I must say," answered Will, surveying an illustration on the open 

page before him, where a small but virtuous youth is upsetting a 

tipsy giant in a bar-room, and under it the elegant inscription, 

"Dick Dauntless punches the head of Sam Soaker." 

 

"It gives boys such wrong ideas of life and business; shows them 

so much evil and vulgarity that they need not know about, and 

makes the one success worth having a fortune, a lord's daughter, or 

some worldly honour, often not worth the time it takes to win. It 

does seem to me that some one might write stories that should be 

lively, natural and helpful tales in which the English should be 

good, the morals pure, and the characters such as we can love in 

spite of the faults that all may have. I can't bear to see such crowds 

of eager little fellows at the libraries reading such trash; weak, 

when it is not wicked, and totally unfit to feed the hungry minds 

that feast on it for want of something better. There! my lecture is 

done; now I should like to hear what you gentlemen have to say," 

and Aunt Jessie subsided with a pretty flush on the face that was 


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