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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?

observed that Aunt Jessie's boys filled their glasses with water, and 

had done the same herself in spite of the Prince's jokes about "the 

rosy." 

 

But Archie certainly was unusually excited, and when someone 

remembered that it was the anniversary of Uncle Jem's wedding, 

and wished he was there to make a speech, his son electrified the 

family by trying to do it for him. It was rather incoherent and 

flowery, as maiden speeches are apt to be, but the end was 

considered superb; for, turning to his mother with a queer little 

choke in his voice, he said that she "deserved to be blessed with 

peace and plenty, to be crowned with roses and lads'-love, and to 

receive the cargo of happiness sailing home to her in spite of wind 

or tide to add another Jem to the family jewels." 

 

That allusion to the Captain, now on his return trip, made Mrs. 

Jessie sob in her napkin, and set the boys cheering. Then, as if that 

was not sensation enough, Archie suddenly dashed out of the 

room, as if he had lost his wits. 

 

"Too bashful to stay and be praised," began Charlie, excusing the 

peculiarities of his chief as in duty bound. 

 

"Phebe beckoned to him; I saw her," cried Rose, staring hard at the 

door. 

 

"Is it more presents coming?" asked Jamie, just as his brother 

re-appeared, looking more excited than ever. 

 

"Yes; a present for mother, and here it is!" roared Archie, flinging 

wide the door to let in a tall man, who cried out 

 

"Where's my little woman? The first kiss for her, then the rest may 

come on as fast as they like." 


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