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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?

the back stoop." 

 

"Well, I do think you are the queerest man that ever lived!" was all 

Rose could find to say after this display of bad taste. 

 

"I haven't begun to show you my oddities yet, so you must make up 

your mind to worse shocks than this," he said, with such a 

whimsical look that she was glad the sound of a bell prevented her 

showing more plainly what a blow her little vanities had already 

received. 

 

"You will find your box all open up in auntie's parlor, and there 

you can amuse her and yourself by rummaging to your heart's 

content; I've got to be cruising round all the morning getting my 

room to rights," said Dr. Alec, as they rose from breakfast. 

 

"Can't I help you, uncle?" asked Rose, quite burning to be useful. 

 

"No, thank you, I'm going to borrow Phebe for a while, if Aunt 

Plenty can spare her." 

 

"Anybody anything, Alec. You will want me, I know, so I'll give 

orders about dinner and be all ready to lend a hand"; and the old 

lady bustled away full of interest and good-will. 

 

"Uncle will find that I can do some things that Phebe can't, so 

now!" thought Rose, with a toss of the head as she flew to Aunt 

Peace and the long-desired box. 

 

Every little girl can easily imagine what an extra good time she 

had diving into a sea of treasures and fishing up one pretty thing 

after another, till the air was full of the mingled odours of musk 

and sandalwood, the room gay with bright colours, and Rose in a 

rapture of delight. She began to forgive Dr. Alec for the oatmeal 

diet when she saw a lovely ivory workbox; became resigned to the 


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