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Chapter 23 - Peace-Making



"Steve, I want you to tell me something," said Rose to Dandy, who 

was making faces at himself in the glass, while he waited for an 

answer to the note he brought from his mother to Aunt Plenty. 


"P'raps I will, and p'raps I won't. What is it?" 


"Haven't Arch and Charlie quarrelled?" 


"Dare say; we fellows are always having little rows, you know. I 

do believe a sty is coming on my star-board eye," and Steve 

affected to be absorbed in a survey of his yellow lashes. 


"No, that won't do; I want to know all about it; for I'm sure 

something more serious than a 'little row' is the matter. Come, 

please tell me, Stenie, there's a dear." 


"Botheration! you don't want me to turn telltale, do you?" growled 

Steve, pulling his top-knot, as he always did when perplexed. 


"Yes, I do," was Rose's decided answer for she saw from his 

manner that she was right, and determined to have the secret out of 

him if coaxing would do it. "I don't wish you to tell things to 

everyone, of course, but to me you may, and you must, because I 

have a right to know. You boys need somebody to look after you, 

and I'm going to do it, for girls are nice peacemakers, and know 

how to manage people. Uncle said so, and he is never wrong." 


Steve was about to indulge in a derisive hoot at the idea of her 

looking after them, but a sudden thought restrained him, and 

suggested a way in which he could satisfy Rose, and better himself 

at the same time. 


"What will you give me if I'll tell you every bit about it?" he asked, 

with a sudden red in his cheeks and an uneasy look in his eyes, for 

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