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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?

 

Poor Mac was right there, and expressed a want that many a boy 

and girl feels. Fathers and mothers are too absorbed in business 

and housekeeping to study their children, and cherish that sweet 

and natural confidence which is a child's surest safeguard, and a 

parent's subtlest power. So the young hearts hide trouble or 

temptation till the harm is done, and mutual regret comes too late. 

Happy the boys and girls who tell all things freely to father or 

mother, sure of pity, help, and pardon; and thrice happy the parents 

who, out of their own experience, and by their own virtues, can 

teach and uplift the souls for which they are responsible. 

 

This longing stirred in the hearts of Rose and Mac, and by a 

natural impulse both turned to Dr. Alec, for in this queer world of 

ours, fatherly and motherly hearts often beat warm and wise in the 

breasts of bachelor uncles and maiden aunts; and it is my private 

opinion that these worthy creatures are a beautiful provision of 

nature for the cherishing of other people's children. They certainly 

get great comfort out of it, and receive much innocent affection 

that otherwise would be lost. 

 

Dr. Alec was one of these, and his big heart had room for every 

one of the eight cousins, especially orphaned Rose and afflicted 

Mac; so, when the boy uttered that unconscious reproach to his 

parents, and Rose added with a sigh, "It must be beautiful to have a 

mother!" the good Doctor yearned over them, and, shutting his 

book with a decided slam, said in that cordial voice of his 

 

"Now, look here, children, you just come and tell me all your 


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