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Two Girls
The Clan
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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?

 

 

 

Chapter 5 - A Belt and a Box

 

 

When Rose came out of her chamber, cup in hand, next morning, 

the first person she saw was Uncle Alec standing on the threshold 

of the room opposite, which he appeared to be examining with 

care. When he heard her step, he turned about and began to sing 

 

"Where are you going, my pretty maid?" 

 

"I'm going a-milking, sir, she said," answered Rose, waving the 

cup; and then they finished the verse together in fine style. 

 

Before either spoke, a head, in a nightcap so large and beruffled 

that it looked like a cabbage, popped out of a room farther down 

the hall, and an astonished voice exclaimed 

 

"What in the world are you doing about so early?" 

 

"Clearing our pipes for the day, ma'am. Look here, auntie, can I 

have this room?" said Dr. Alec, making her a sailor's bow. 

 

"Any room you like, except sister's." 

 

"Thanks. And may I go rummaging round in the garrets and 

glory-holes to furnish it as I like?" 

 

"My dear boy, you may turn the house upside down if you will 

only stay in it." 

 

"That's a handsome offer, I'm sure. I'll stay, ma'am; here's my little 

anchor, so you will get more than you want of me this time." 

 

"That's inpossible! Put on your jacket, Rose. Don't tire her out with 

antics, Alec. Yes, sister, I'm coming!" and the cabbage vanished 

suddenly. 

 

The first milking lesson was a droll one; but after several scares 

and many vain attempts, Rose at last managed to fill her cup, while 

Ben held Clover's tail so that it could not flap, and Dr. Alec kept 

her from turning to stare at the new milkmaid, who objected to 


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