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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?

very effectually break up the family council. 

 

Steve vanished, and, sooner than the boys imagined Dandy could 

get himself up, the skirl of the bag-pipe was heard in the hall, and 

the bonny piper came to lead Clan Campbell to the revel. 

 

"Draw it mild, Stenie, my man; ye play unco weel, but ye mak a 

most infernal din," cried Uncle Jem, with his hands over his ears, 

for this accomplishment was new to him, and "took him all aback," 

as he expressed it. 

 

So Steve droned out a Highland reel as softly as he could, and the 

boys danced it to a circle of admiring relations. Captain Jem was a 

true sailor, however, and could not stand idle while anything lively 

was going on; so, when the piper's breath gave out, he cut a 

splendid pigeon-wing into the middle of the hall, saying, "Who can 

dance a Fore and After?" and, waiting for no reply, began to 

whistle the air so invitingly that Mrs Jessie "set" to him laughing 

like a girl; Rose and Charlie took their places behind, and away 

went the four with a spirit and skill that inspired all the rest to "cut 

in" as fast as they could. 

 

That was a grand beginning, and they had many another dance 

before anyone would own they were tired. Even Fun See 

distinguished himself with Aunt Plenty, whom he greatly admired 

as the stoutest lady in the company; plumpness being considered a 

beauty in his country. The merry old soul professed herself 

immensely flattered by his admiration, and the boys declared she 

"set her cap at him," else he would never have dared to catch her 

under the mistletoe, and, rising on the tips of his own toes, 


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