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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?

had no longer any home but this. 

 

"There she is, as fine as you please," cried Steve, kissing his hand 

to her. 

 

"Come on, Missy; tea is ready," added the Prince encouragingly. 

 

"I shall take her in." And Archie offered his arm with great dignity, 

an honour that made Rose turn as red as a cherry and long to run 

upstairs again. 

 

It was a merry supper, and the two elder boys added much to the 

fun by tormenting the rest with dark hints of some interesting 

event which was about to occur. Something uncommonly fine, 

they declared it was, but enveloped in the deepest mystery for the 

present. 

 

"Did I ever see it?" asked Jamie. 

 

"Not to remember it; but Mac and Steve have, and liked it 

immensely," answered Archie, thereby causing the two mentioned 

to neglect Debby's delectable fritters for several minutes, while 

they cudgelled their brains. 

 

"Who will have it first?" asked Will, with his mouth full of 

marmalade. 

 

"Aunt Plenty, I guess." 

 

"When will she have it?" demanded Geordie, bouncing in his seat 

with impatience. 

 

"Sometime on Monday." 

 

"Heart alive! what is the boy talking about?" cried the old lady 

from behind the tall urn, which left little to be seen but the 

topmost bow of her cap. 

 

"Doesn't auntie know?" asked a chorus of voices. 

 

"No; and that's the best of the joke, for she is desperately fond of 

it." 

 

"What colour is it?" asked Rose, joining in the fun. 

 

"Blue and brown." 

 

"Is it good to eat?" asked Jamie. 

 

"Some people think so, but I shouldn't like to try it," answered 

Charlie, laughing so he split his tea. 


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