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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?

jollity born of spring sunshine and healthy exercise. 

 

"Of course, we choose to stay! Wouldn't miss our Saturday high 

tea for anything," said the Chief, as he restored order among his 

men with a nod, a word, and an occasional shake. 

 

"What is up? a court-martial?" asked Charlie, looking at the 

assembled ladies with affected awe and real curiosity, for these 

faces betrayed that some interesting business was afloat. 

 

Dr. Alec explained in a few words, which he made as brief and 

calm as he could; but the effect was exciting, nevertheless, for 

each of the lads began at once to bribe, entice, and wheedle "our 

cousin" to choose his home. 

 

"You really ought to come to us for mother's sake, as a relish, you 

know, for she must be perfectly satiated with boys," began Archie, 

using the strongest argument he could think of at the moment. 

 

"Ah! yes," she thought, "he wants me most! I've often longed to 

give him something that he wished for very much, and now I can." 

 

So, when, at a sudden gesture from Aunt Peace, silence fell, Rose 

said slowly, with a pretty colour in her cheeks, and a beseeching 

look about the room, as if asking pardon of the boys 

 

"It's very hard to choose when everybody is so fond of me; 

therefore I think I'd better go to the one who seems to need me 

most." 

 

"No, dear, the one you love the best and will be happiest with," 

said Dr. Alec quickly, as a doleful sniff from Aunt Myra, and a 

murmur of "My sainted Caroline," made Rose pause and look that 

way. 

 

"Take time, cousin; don't be in a hurry to make up your mind, and 

remember, 'Codlin's your friend,' " added Charlie, hopeful still. 


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