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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?

tall girl, like a gentleman as he was. But, somehow, when he shook 

her hand it looked so small in his big one, and her face reminded 

him so strongly of his dead brother, that he was not satisfied with 

so cold a welcome, and with a sudden softening of the keen eyes 

he took her up in his arms, whispering, with a rough cheek against 

her smooth one 

 

"God bless you, child! forgive me if I forgot you for a minute, and 

be sure that not one of your kinsfolk is happier to see you here than 

Uncle Jem." 

 

That made it all right; and when he set her down, Rose's face was 

so bright it was evident that some spell had been used to banish the 

feeling of neglect that had kept her moping behind the curtain so 

long. 

 

That everyone sat round and heard all about the voyage home how 

the Captain had set his heart on getting there in time to keep 

Christmas; how everything had conspired to thwart his plan; and 

how, at the very last minute, he had managed to do it, and had sent 

a telegram to Archie, bidding him keep the secret, and be ready for 

his father at any moment, for the ship got into another port, and he 

might be late. 

 

Then Archie told how that telegram had burnt in his pocket all 

dinner-time; how he had to take Phebe into his confidence, and 

how clever she was to keep the Captain back till the speech was 

over and he could come in with effect. 

 

The elders would have sat and talked all the evening, but the 

young folks were bent on having their usual Christmas frolic; so, 

after an hour of pleasant chat, they began to get restless, and 

having consulted together in dumb show, they devised a way to 


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