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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?

full of motherly anxiety for her boys. 

 

"Tom Brown just suits mother, and me too, so I wish Mr. Hughes 

would write another story as good," said Archie. 

 

"You don't find things of this sort in Tom Brown; yet these books 

are all in the Sunday-school libraries" and Mrs. Jessie read the 

following paragraph from the book she had taken from Will's hand 

 

" 'In this place we saw a tooth of John the Baptist. Ben said he 

could see locust and wild honey sticking to it. I couldn't. Perhaps 

John used a piece of the true cross for a tooth-pick.' " 

 

"A larky sort of a boy says that, Mum, and we skip the parts where 

they describe what they saw in the different countries," cried Will. 

 

"And those descriptions, taken mostly from guidebooks, I fancy, 

are the only parts of any real worth. The scrapes of the bad boys 

make up the rest of the story, and it is for those you read these 

books, I think," answered his mother, stroking back the hair off the 

honest little face that looked rather abashed at this true statement 

of the case. 

 

"Anyway, mother, the ship part is useful, for we learn how to sail 

her, and by and by that will all come handy when we go to sea," 

put in Geordie. 

 

"Indeed, then you can explain this manoeuvre to me, of course," and 

Mrs. Jessie read from another page the following nautical 

paragraph 

 

"The wind is south-south-west, and we can have her up four points 

closer to the wind, and still be six points off the wind. As she luffs 

up we shall man the fore and main sheets, slack on the weather, 

and haul on the lee braces." 


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