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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?

 

Side by side they sat and listened to a very simple explanation of 

the mechanism of the eye, finding it as wonderful as a fairy tale, 

for fine plates illustrated it, and a very willing teacher did his best 

to make the lesson pleasant. 

 

"Jove! if I'd known what mischief I was doing to that mighty 

delicate machine of mine, you wouldn't have caught me reading by 

firelight, or studying with a glare of sunshine on my book," said 

Mac, peering solemnly at a magnified eye-ball; then, pushing it 

away, he added indignantly, "Why isn't a fellow taught all about 

his works, and how to manage 'em, and not left to go blundering 

into all sorts of worries? Telling him after he's down isn't much 

use, for then he's found it out himself and won't thank you." 

 

"Ah, Mac, that's just what I keep lecturing about, and people won't 

listen. You lads need that sort of knowledge so much, and fathers 

and mothers ought to be able to give it to you. Few of them are 

able, and so we all go blundering, as you say. Less Greek and Latin 

and more knowledge of the laws of health for my boys, if I had 

them. Mathematics are all very well, but morals are better, and I 

wish, how I wish that I could help teachers and parents to feel it as 

they ought." 

 

"Some do; Aunt Jessie and her boys have capital talks, and I wish 

we could; but mother's so busy with her housekeeping, and father 

with his business, there never seems to be any time for that sort of 

thing; even if there was, it don't seem as if it would be easy to talk 

to them, because we've never got into the way of it, you know." 


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