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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?

 

"Good! she will be here directly, and then we will settle the 

question for another year. A most important year, mind you, for 

she has got a good start, and will blossom rapidly now if all goes 

well with her. So I beg of you don't undo my work, but deal very 

wisely and gently with my little girl, for if any harm come to her, I 

think it would break my heart." 

 

As he spoke, Dr. Alec turned his back abruptly and affected to be 

examining the pictures again; but the aunts understood how dear 

the child was to the solitary man who had loved her mother years 

ago, and who now found his happiness in cherishing the little Rose 

who was so like her. The good ladies nodded and sighed, and 

telegraphed to one another that none of them would complain if 

not chosen, or ever try to rob Brother Alec of his "Heart's Delight," 

as the boys called Rose. 

 

Just then a pleasant sound of happy voices came up from the 

garden, and smiles broke out on all serious faces. Dr. Alec turned 

at once, saying, as he threw back his head, "There she is; now for 

it!" 

 

The cousins had been a-Maying, and soon came flocking in laden 

with the spoils. 

 

"Here is our bonny Scotch rose with all her thorns about her," said 

Dr. Alec, surveying her with unusual pride and tenderness, as she 

went to show Aunt Peace her basket full of early flowers, fresh 

leaves, and curious lichens. 

 

"Leave your clutter in the hall, boys, and sit quietly down if you 

choose to stop here, for we are busy," said Aunt Plenty, shaking 

her finger at the turbulent Clan, who were bubbling over with the 


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