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"Never do so again; but send Steve to me, if he is afraid to go to
his father. Charlie had nothing to do with that; he wouldn't borrow
a penny of a girl, don't think it. But that's the harm he does Steve,
who adores him, and tries to be like him in all things. Don't say a
word; I'll make it all right, and no one shall blame you."
"Oh me! I always make trouble by trying to help, and then letting
out the wrong thing," sighed Rose, much depressed by her slip of
Archie comforted her with the novel remark that it was always best
to tell the truth, and made her quite cheerful by promising to heal
the breach with Charlie as soon as possible.
He kept his word so well that the very next afternoon, as Rose
looked out of the window, she beheld the joyful spectacle of
Archie and Prince coming up the avenue, arm-in-arm, as of old,
talking away as if to make up for the unhappy silence of the past
Rose dropped her work, hurried to the door, and, opening it wide,
stood there smiling down upon them so happily, that the faces of
the lads brightened as they ran up the steps eager to show that all
was well with them.
"Here's our little peace-maker!" said Archie, shaking hands with
But Charlie added, with a look that made Rose very proud and
happy, "And my little sister."
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