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Two Girls
The Clan
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
Bread and Button-Holes
Good Bargains
Fashion and Physiology
Brother Bones
Under The Mistletoe
A Scare
Something to do

two book-cases at the back of the room, a darkish corner, where 

Brother Bones, as the boys would call him, was out of the way. 


As Rose stood looking in that direction, and wondering if a rat had 

got shut in, the door of the case swung slowly open, and with a 

great start she saw a bony arm lifted, and a bony finger beckon to 

her. For a minute she was frightened, and ran to the study door 

with a fluttering heart, but just as she touched the handle a queer, 

stifled sort of giggle made her stop short and turn red with anger. 

She paused an instant to collect herself, and then went softly 

toward the bony beckoner. A nearer look revealed black threads 

tied to the arm and fingers, the ends of threads disappearing 

through holes bored in the back of the case. Peeping into the dark 

recess, she also caught sight of the tip of an elbow covered with a 

rough gray cloth which she knew very well. 


Quick as a flash she understood the joke, her fear vanished, and 

with a wicked smile, she whipped out her scissors, cut the threads, 

and the bony arm dropped with a rattle. Before she could say, 

"Come out, Charlie, and let my skeleton alone," a sudden irruption 

of boys, all in a high state of tickle, proclaimed to the hidden rogue 

that his joke was a failure. 


"I told him not to do it, because it might give you a start," 

explained Archie, emerging from the closet. 


"I had a smelling bottle all ready if she fainted away," added Steve, 

popping up from behind the great chair. 


"It's too bad of you not to squawk and run; we depended on it, it's 

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