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This trial worked so well that when the month was over, Mac and
Steve demanded a visit in their turn, and Rose went, feeling that
she would like to hear grim Aunt Jane say, as Aunt Clara did at
parting, "I wish I could keep you all my life, dear."
After Mac and Steve had had their turn, Archie and Company bore
her away for some weeks; and with them she was so happy, she
felt as if she would like to stay for ever, if she could have Uncle
Of course, Aunt Myra could not be neglected, and, with secret
despair, Rose went to the "Mausoleum," as the boys called her
gloomy abode. Fortunately, she was very near home, and Dr. Alec
dropped in so often that her visit was far less dismal than she
expected. Between them, they actually made Aunt Myra laugh
heartily more than once; and Rose did her so much good by letting
in the sunshine, singing about the silent house, cooking wholesome
messes, and amusing the old lady with funny little lectures on
physiology, that she forgot to take her pills and gave up "Mum's
Elixir," because she slept so well, after the long walks and drives
she was beguiled into taking, that she needed no narcotic.
So the winter flew rapidly away, and it was May before Rose was
fairly settled again at home. They called her the "Monthly Rose,"
because she had spent a month with each of the aunts, and left
such pleasant memories of bloom and fragrance behind her, that
all wanted the family flower back again.
Dr. Alec rejoiced greatly over his recovered treasure; but as the
time drew near when his year of experiment ended, he had many a
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