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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?

he was half ashamed of the proposition. 

 

"What do you want?" and Rose looked up rather surprised at his 

question. 

 

"I'd like to borrow some money. I shouldn't think of asking you, 

only Mac never has a cent. since he's set up his old chemical shop, 

where he'll blow himself to bits some day, and you and uncle will 

have the fun of putting him together again," and Steve tried to look 

as if the idea amused him. 

 

"I'll lend it to you with pleasure, so tell away," said Rose, bound to 

get at the secret. 

 

Evidently much relieved by the promise, Steve set his top-knot 

cheerfully erect again, and briefly stated the case. 

 

"As you say, it's all right to tell you, but don't let the boys know I 

blabbed, or Prince will take my head off. You see, Archie don't 

like some of the fellows Charlie goes with, and cuts 'em. That 

makes Prince mad, and he holds on just to plague Arch, so they 

don't speak to one another, if they can help it, and that's the row." 

 

"Are those boys bad?" asked Rose, anxiously. 

 

"Guess not, only rather wild. They are older than our fellows, but 

they like Prince, he's such a jolly boy; sings so well, dances jigs 

and breakdowns, you know, and plays any game that's going. He 

beat Morse at billiards, and that's something to brag of, for Morse 

thinks he knows everything. I saw the match, and it was great fun!" 

 

Steve got quite excited over the prowess of Charlie, whom he 

admired immensely, and tried to imitate. Rose did not know half 

the danger of such gifts and tastes as Charlie's, but felt 

instinctively that something must be wrong if Archie disapproved. 


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