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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?

 

It certainly was, and a striking contrast to the first one, for it was a 

blooming, smiling face, full of girlish spirit and health, with no 

sign of melancholy, though the soft eyes were thoughtful, and the 

lines about the lips betrayed a sensitive nature. 

 

Dr. Alec set both photographs on the chimneypiece, and, falling 

back a step or two, surveyed them with infinite satisfaction for 

several minutes, then wheeled round, saying briefly, as he pointed 

to the two faces 

 

"Time is up; how do you think my experiment has succeeded, 

ladies?" 

 

"Bless me, so it is!" cried Aunt Plenty, dropping a stitch in her 

surprise. 

 

"Beautifully, dear," answered Aunt Peace, smiling entire approval. 

 

"She certainly has improved, but appearances are deceitful, and 

she had no constitution to build upon," croaked Aunt Myra. 

 

"I am willing to allow that, as far as mere health goes, the 

experiment is a success," graciously observed Aunt Jane, unable to 

forget Rose's kindness to her Mac. 

 

"So am I; and I'll go farther, for I really do believe Alec has done 

wonders for the child; she will be a beauty in two or three years," 

added Aunt Clara, feeling that she could say nothing better than 

that. 

 

"I always knew he would succeed, and I'm so glad you all allow it, 

for he deserves more credit than you know, and more praise than 

he will ever get," cried Aunt Jessie, clapping her hands with an 

enthusiasm that caused Jamie's little red stocking to wave like a 

triumphal banner in the air. 

 

Dr. Alec made them a splendid bow, looking much gratified, and 

then said soberly 


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