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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


Dr. Alec was off at once, and they saw no more of him till the old 

barouche was at the door, and Aunt Plenty just rustling downstairs 

in her Sunday best, with Rose like a little black shadow behind 



Away they drove in state, and all the way Uncle Alec's hat was 

more off his head than on, for everyone they met smiled and 

bowed, and gave him as blithe a greeting as the day permitted. 


It was evident that the warning had been a wise one, for, in spite of 

time and place, the lads were in such a ferment that their elders sat 

in momentary dread of an unseemly outbreak somewhere. It was 

simply impossible to keep those fourteen eyes off Uncle Alec, and 

the dreadful things that were done during sermon-time will hardly 

be believed. 


Rose dared not look up after a while, for these bad boys vented 

their emotions upon her till she was ready to laugh and cry with 

mingled amusement and vexation. Charlie winked rapturously at 

her behind his mother's fan; Mac openly pointed to the tall figure 

beside her; Jamie stared fixedly over the back of his pew, till Rose 

thought his round eyes would drop out of his head; George fell 

over a stool and dropped three books in his excitement; Will drew 

sailors and Chinamen on his clean cuffs, and displayed them, to 

Rose's great tribulation; Steve nearly upset the whole party by 

burning his nose with salts, as he pretended to be overcome by his 

joy; even dignified Archie disgraced himself by writing in his 

hymn book, "Isn't he blue and brown?" and passing it politely to 



Her only salvation was trying to fix her attention upon Uncle Mac 

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