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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?

mistakes, and I never repented it more deeply than I do now. Your 

father and I had a trouble once, and I thought I could never forgive 

him; so I kept away for years. Thank God, we made it all up the 

last time I saw him, and he told me then, that if he was forced to 

leave her he should bequeath his little girl to me as a token of his 

love. I can't fill his place, but I shall try to be a father to her; and if 

she learns to love me half as well as she did the good one she has 

lost, I shall be a proud and happy man. Will she believe this and 

try?" 

 

Something in Uncle Alec's face touched Rose to the heart, and 

when he held out his hand with that anxious troubled look in his 

eyes, she was moved to put up her innocent lips and seal the 

contract with a confiding kiss. The strong arm held her close a 

minute, and she felt the broad chest heave once as if with a great 

sigh of relief; but not a word was spoken till a tap at the door made 

both start. 

 

Rose popped her head through the window to say "come in," while 

Dr. Alec hastily rubbed the sleeve of his jacket across his eyes and 

began to whistle again. 

 

Phebe appeared with a cup of coffee. 

 

"Debby told me to bring this and help you get up," she said, 

opening her black eyes wide, as if she wondered how on earth "the 

sailor man" got there. 

 

"I'm all dressed, so I don't need any help. I hope that is good and 

strong," added Rose, eyeing the steaming cup with an eager look. 

 

But she did not get it, for a brown hand took possession of it as her 

uncle said quickly 

 

"Hold hard, my lass, and let me overhaul that dose before you take 


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