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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

please. They are Aunt Jane's lads, and a precious pair you'd better 

believe. These are the Brats, my brothers, Geordie and Will, and 

Jamie the Baby. Now, my men, step out and show your manners." 


At this command, to Rose's great dismay, six more hands were 

offered, and it was evident that she was expected to shake them 

all. It was a trying moment to the bashful child; but, remembering 

that they were her kinsmen come to welcome her, she tried her 

best to return the greeting cordially. 


This impressive ceremony being over, the Clan broke ranks, and 

both rooms instantly appeared to be pervaded with boys. Rose 

hastily retired to the shelter of a big chair and sat there watching 

the invaders and wondering when her aunt would come and rescue 



As if bound to do their duty manfully, yet rather oppressed by it, 

each lad paused beside her chair in his wanderings, made a brief 

remark, received a still briefer answer, and then sheered off with a 

relieved expression. 


Archie came first, and, leaning over the chair-back, observed in a 

paternal tone 


"I'm glad you've come, cousin, and I hope you'll find the Aunt-hill 

pretty jolly." 


"I think I shall." 


Mac shook his hair out of his eyes, stumbled over a stool, and 

asked abruptly 


"Did you bring any books with you?" 


"Four boxes full. They are in the library." 


Mac vanished from the room, and Steve, striking an attitude which 

displayed his costume effectively, said with an affable smile 


"We were sorry not to see you last Wednesday. I hope your cold is 



"Yes, thank you." And a smile began to dimple about Rose's 

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