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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

boxful of gifts dancing before her eyes; so, in spite of herself, she 

smiled as she drank her own health, and found that fresh milk was 

not a hard dose to take. 


"Now I must be off, before I am caught again with my wig in a 

toss," said Dr. Alec, preparing to descend the way he came. 


"Do you always go in and out like a cat, uncle?" asked Rose, much 

amused at his odd ways. 


"I used to sneak out of my window when I was a boy, so I need not 

disturb the aunts, and now I rather like it, for it's the shortest road, 

and it keeps me limber when I have no rigging to climb. Good-bye 

till breakfast." And away he went down the water-spout, over the 

roof, and vanished among the budding honey-suckles below. 


"Ain't he a funny guardeen?" exclaimed Phebe, as she went off 

with the cups. 


"He is a very kind one, I think," answered Rose, following, to 

prowl round the big boxes and try to guess which was hers. 


When her uncle appeared at sound of the bell, he found her 

surveying with an anxious face a new dish that smoked upon the 



"Got a fresh trouble, Rosy?" he asked, stroking her smooth head. 


"Uncle, are you going to make me eat oatmeal?" asked Rose, in a 

tragic tone. 


"Don't you like it?" 


"I de-test it!" answered Rose, with all the emphasis which a 

turned-up nose, a shudder, and a groan could give to the three 



"You are not a true Scotchwoman, if you don't like the 'parritch.' 

It's a pity, for I made it myself, and thought we'd have such a good 

time with all that cream to float it in. Well, never mind." And he 

sat down with a disappointed air. 

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