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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?

pretty in spite of his absurd notions," added Aunt Clara, taking 

infinite satisfaction in the fact that Rose's blue silk dress had three 

frills on it. 

 

"She's a very intelligent child, and has a nice little manner of her 

own," observed Aunt Jane, with unusual affability; for Rose had 

just handed Mac a screen to guard his eyes from the brilliant fire. 

 

"If I had a daughter like that to show my Jem when he gets home, I 

should be a very proud and happy woman," thought Aunt Jessie, 

and then reproached herself for not being perfectly satisfied with 

her four brave lads. 

 

Aunt Plenty was too absorbed in the dinner to have an eye for 

anything else; if she had not been, she would have seen what an 

effect her new cap produced upon the boys. The good lady owned 

that she did "love a dressy cap," and on this occasion her head gear 

was magnificent; for the towering structure of lace was adorned 

with buff ribbons to such an extent that it looked as if a flock of 

yellow butterflies had settled on her dear old head. When she 

trotted about the rooms the ruches quivered, the little bows all 

stood erect, and the streamers waved in the breeze so comically 

that it was absolutely necessary for Archie to smother the Brats in 

the curtains till they had had their first laugh out. 

 

Uncle Mac had brought Fun See to dinner, and it was a mercy he 

did, for the elder lads found a vent for their merriment in joking 

the young Chinaman on his improved appearance. He was in 

American costume now, with a cropped head, and spoke 

remarkably good English after six months at school; but, for all 


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