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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?

 

"Just before you came. At least I thought it was a circus, for I saw 

a red and black sort of cart and ever so many little ponies, and--" 

 

She got no farther, for a general shout made her pause suddenly, as 

Archie explained the joke by saying in the middle of his laugh 

 

"It was our new dog-cart and the Shetland ponies. You'll never 

hear the last of your circus, cousin." 

 

"But there were so many, and they went so fast, and the cart was so 

very red," began Rose, trying to explain her mistake. 

 

"Come and see them all!" cried the Prince. And before she knew 

what was happening, she was borne away to the barn and 

tumultuously introduced to three shaggy ponies and the gay new 

dog-cart. 

 

She had never visited these regions before, and had her doubts as 

to the propriety of her being there now, but when she suggested 

that "Auntie might not like it," there was a general cry of 

 

"She told us to amuse you, and we can do it ever so much better 

out here than poking round in the house." 

 

"I'm afraid I shall get cold without my sacque," began Rose, who 

wanted to stay, but felt rather out of her element. 

 

"No, you won't! We'll fix you," cried the lads, as one clapped his 

cap on her head, another tied a rough jacket round her neck by the 

sleeves, a third neatly smothered her in a carriage blanket, and a 

fourth threw open the door of the old barouche that stood there, 

saying with a flourish 

 

"Step in, ma'am, and make yourself comfortable while we show 

you some fun." 

 

So Rose sat in state enjoying herself very much, for the lads 

proceeded to dance a Highland Fling with a spirit and skill that 


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