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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




Chapter 6 - Uncle Alec's Room



Soon after dinner, and before she had got acquainted with half her 

new possessions, Dr. Alec proposed a drive, to carry round the first 

instalment of gifts to the aunts and cousins. Rose was quite ready 

to go, being anxious to try a certain soft burnous from the box, 

which not only possessed a most engaging little hood, but had 

funny tassels bobbing in all directions. 


The big carriage was full of parcels, and even Ben's seat was 

loaded with Indian war clubs, a Chinese kite of immense size, and 

a pair of polished ox-horns from Africa. Uncle Alec, very blue as 

to his clothes, and very brown as to his face, sat bolt upright, 

surveying well known places with interest, while Rose, feeling 

unusually elegant and comfortable, leaned back folded in her soft 

mantle, and played she was an Eastern princess making a royal 

progress among her subjects. 


At three of the places their calls were brief, for Aunt Myra's 

catarrh was unusually bad; Aunt Clara had a room full of 

company; and Aunt Jane showed such a tendency to discuss the 

population, productions, and politics of Europe, Asia and Africa, 

that even Dr. Alec was dismayed, and got away as soon as 



"Now we will have a good time! I do hope the boys will be at 

home," said Rose, with a sigh of relief, as they wound yet higher 

up the hill to Aunt Jessie's. 


"I left this for the last call, so that we might find the lads just in 

from school. Yes, there is Jamie on the gate watching for us; now 

you'll see the Clan gather; they are always swarming about 


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