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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?

 

Before the words were out of his mouth, Mrs. Jessie was 

half-hidden under his rough great-coat, and four boys were 

prancing about him clamouring for their turn. 

 

Of course, there was a joyful tumult for a time, during which Rose 

slipped into the window recess and watched what went on, as if it 

were a chapter in a Christmas story. It was good to see bluff Uncle 

Jem look proudly at his tall son, and fondly hug the little ones. It 

was better still to see him shake his brothers' hands as if he would 

never leave off, and kiss all the sisters in a way that made even 

solemn Aunt Myra brighten up for a minute. But it was best of all 

to see him finally established in grandfather's chair, with his "little 

woman" beside him, his three youngest boys in his lap, and Archie 

hovering over him like a large-sized cherub. That really was, as 

Charlie said, "A landscape to do one's heart good." 

 

"All hearty and all here, thank God!" said Captain Jem in the first 

pause that came, as he looked about him with a grateful face. 

 

"All but Rose," answered loyal little Jamie, remembering the 

absent. 

 

"Faith, I forgot the child! Where is George's little girl?" asked the 

Captain, who had not seen her since she was a baby. 

 

"You'd better say Alec's great girl," said Uncle Mac, who professed 

to be madly jealous of his brother. 

 

"Here I am, sir," and Rose appeared from behind the curtains, 

looking as if she had rather have stayed there. 

 

"Saint George Germain, how the mite has grown!" cried Captain 

Jem, as he tumbled the boys out of his lap, and rose to greet the 


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