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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



The instant Jamie saw the approaching guests he gave a shrill 

whistle, which was answered by echoes from meadow, house and 

barn, as the cousins came running from all directions, shouting, 

"Hooray for Uncle Alec!" They went at the carriage like 

highwaymen, robbed it of every parcel, took the occupants 

prisoners, and marched them into the house with great exultation. 


"Little Mum! little Mum! here they are with lots of goodies! Come 

down and see the fun right away! Quick!" bawled Will and 

Geordie amidst a general ripping off of papers and a reckless 

cutting of strings that soon turned the tidy room into a chaos. 


Down came Aunt Jessie with her pretty cap half on, but such a 

beaming face below it that one rather thought the fly-away 

head-gear an improvement than otherwise. She had hardly time to 

greet Rose and the doctor before the boys were about her, each 

clamouring for her to see his gift and rejoice over it with him, for 

"little Mum" went halves in everything. The great horns 

skirmished about her as if to toss her to the ceiling; the war clubs 

hurtled over her head as if to annihilate her; an amazing medley 

from the four quarters of the globe filled her lap, and seven excited 

boys all talked to her at once. 


But she liked it; oh dear, yes! and sat smiling, admiring, and 

explaining, quite untroubled by the din, which made Rose cover up 

her ears and Dr. Alec threaten instant flight if the riot was not 

quelled. That threat produced a lull, and while the uncle received 

thanks in one corner, the aunt had some little confidences made to 

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