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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?

both these proceedings very much. 

 

"You look chilly in spite of all this laughing. Take a smart run 

round the garden and get up a glow," said the doctor, as they left 

the barn. 

 

"I'm too old for running, uncle; Miss Power said it was not 

lady-like for girls in their teens," answered Rose, primly. 

 

"I take the liberty of differing from Madame Prunes and Prisms, 

and, as your physician, I order you to run. Off with you!" said 

Uncle Alec, with a look and a gesture that made Rose scurry away 

as fast as she could go. 

 

Anxious to please him, she raced round the beds till she came back 

to the porch where he stood, and, dropping down upon the steps, 

she sat panting, with cheeks as rosy as the rigolette on her 

shoulders. 

 

"Very well done, child; I see you have not lost the use of your 

limbs though you are in your teens. That belt is too tight; unfasten 

it, then you can take a long breath without panting so." 

 

"It isn't tight, sir; I can breathe perfectly well," began Rose, trying 

to compose herself. 

 

Her uncle's only answer was to lift her up and unhook the new belt 

of which she was so proud. The moment the clasp was open the 

belt flew apart several inches, for it was impossible to restrain the 

involuntary sigh of relief that flatly contradicted her words. 

 

"Why, I didn't know it was tight! it didn't feel so a bit. Of course it 

would open if I puff like this, but I never do, because I hardly ever 

run," explained Rose, rather discomfited by this discovery. 

 

"I see you don't half fill your lungs, and so you can wear this 

absurd thing without feeling it. The idea of cramping a tender little 


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