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as much as she thought best about her talk with Charlie, begged
him to forget and forgive.
"I've been thinking that perhaps I ought to, though I am in the
right. I'm no end fond of Charlie, and he's the best-hearted lad
alive; but he can't say No, and that will play the mischief with him,
if he does not take care," said Archie in his grave, kind way.
"While father was home, I was very busy with him, so Prince got
into a set I don't like. They try to be fast, and think it's manly, and
they flatter him, and lead him on to do all sorts of things play for
money, and bet, and loaf about. I hate to have him do so, and tried
to stop it, but went to work the wrong way, so we got into a mess."
"He is all ready to make up if you don't say much, for he owned to
me he was wrong; but I don't think he will own it to you, in
words," began Rose.
"I don't care for that; if he'll just drop those row-dies and come
back, I'll hold my tongue and not preach. I wonder if he owes those
fellows money, and so doesn't like to break off till he can pay it. I
hope not, but don't dare to ask; though, perhaps, Steve knows, he's
always after Prince, more's the pity," and Archie looked anxious.
"I think Steve does know, for he talked about debts of honour the
day I gave him--" There Rose stopped short and turned scarlet.
But Archie ordered her to "fess," and had the whole story in five
minutes, for none dared disobey the Chief. He completed her
affliction by putting a five-dollar bill into her pocket by main
force, looking both indignant and resolute as he said
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