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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?

 

"I'll shew you, if Rose will go to her room and oblige me by 

putting on what she finds there," answered the Doctor, with 

unexpected readiness. 

 

"Alec, if it is a Bloomer, I shall protest. I've been expecting it, but I 

know I cannot bear to see that pretty child sacrificed to your wild 

ideas of health. Tell me it isn't a Bloomer!" and Mrs. Clara clasped 

her hands imploringly. 

 

"It is not." 

 

"Thank Heaven!" and she resigned herself with a sigh of relief, 

adding plaintively, "I did hope you'd accept my suit, for poor Rose 

has been afflicted with frightful clothes long enough to spoil the 

taste of any girl." 

 

"You talk of my afflicting the child, and then make a helpless guy 

like that of her!" answered the Doctor, pointing to the little fashion 

plate that was scuttling out of sight as fast as it could go. 

 

He closed the door with a shrug, but before anyone could speak, 

his quick eye fell upon an object which caused him to frown, and 

demand in an indignant tone 

 

"After all I have said, were you really going to tempt my girl with 

those abominable things?" 

 

"I thought we put them away when she wouldn't wear them," 

murmured Mrs. Clara, whisking a little pair of corsets out of sight 

with guilty haste. "I only brought them to try, for Rose is growing 

stout, and will have no figure if it is not attended to soon," she 

added, with an air of calm conviction that roused the Doctor still 

more, for this was one of his especial abominations. 

 

"Growing stout! Yes, thank Heaven, she is, and shall continue to 

do it, for Nature knows how to mould a woman better than any 


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