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Two Girls
The Clan
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
Bread and Button-Holes
Good Bargains
Fashion and Physiology
Brother Bones
Under The Mistletoe
A Scare
Something to do


"I don't want any time! I know who I love best, who I'm happiest 

with, and I choose uncle. Will he have me?" cried Rose, in a tone 

that produced a sympathetic thrill among the hearers, it was so full 

of tender confidence and love. 


If she really had any doubt, the look in Dr. Alec's face banished it 

without a word, as he opened wide his arms, and she ran into them, 

feeling that home was there. 


No one spoke for a minute, but there were signs of emotion among 

the aunts, which warned the boys to bestir themselves before the 

water-works began to play. So they took hands and began to 

prance about uncle and niece, singing, with sudden inspiration, the 

nursery rhyme 


"Ring around a Rosy!" 


Of course that put an end to all sentiment, and Rose emerged 

laughing from Dr. Alec's bosom, with the mark of a waistcoat 

button nicely imprinted on her left cheek. He saw it, and said with 

a merry kiss that half effaced it, "This is my ewe lamb, and I have 

set my mark on her, so no one can steal her away." 


That tickled the boys, and they set up a shout of 


"Uncle had a little lamb!" 


But Rose hushed the noise by slipping into the circle, and making 

them dance prettily like lads and lasses round a May-pole; while 

Phebe, coming in with fresh water for the flowers, began to twitter, 

chirp, and coo, as if all the birds of the air had come to join in the 

spring revel of the eight cousins. 


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