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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?

 

 

 

Chapter 2 - The Clan

 

 

Rose scrambled into the china-closet as rapidly as possible, and 

there refreshed herself by making faces at Debby, while she settled 

her plumage and screwed up her courage. Then she crept softly 

down the hall and peeped into the parlor. No one appeared, and all 

was so still she felt sure the company was upstairs. So she skipped 

boldly through the half-open folding-doors, to behold on the other 

side a sight that nearly took her breath away. 

 

Seven boys stood in a row all ages, all sizes, all yellow-haired and 

blue-eyed, all in full Scotch costume, and all smiling, nodding, and 

saying as with one voice, "How are you, cousin?" 

 

Rose gave a little gasp, and looked wildly about her as if ready to 

fly, for fear magnified the seven and the room seemed full of boys. 

Before she could run, however, the tallest lad stepped out of the 

line, saying pleasantly 

 

"Don't be frightened. This is the Clan come to welcome you; and 

I'm the chief, Archie, at your service." 

 

He held out his hand as he spoke, and Rose timidly put her own 

into a brown paw, which closed over the white morsel and held it 

as the chief continued his introductions. 

 

"We came in full rig, for we always turn out in style on grand 

occasions. Hope you like it. Now I'll tell you who these chaps are, 

and then we shall be all right. This big one is Prince Charlie, Aunt 

Clara's boy. She has but one, so he is an extra good one. This old 

fellow is Mac, the bookworm, called Worm for short. This sweet 

creature is Steve the Dandy. Look at his gloves and top-knot, if you 


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