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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?

child's quick instinct; then her eye took in the altered aspect of the 

room, once so shrouded, still and solitary, now so full of light and 

warmth and simple luxury. 

 

India matting covered the floor, with a gay rug here and there; the 

antique andirons shone on the wide hearth, where a cheery blaze 

dispelled the dampness of the long-closed room. Bamboo lounges 

and chairs stood about, and quaint little tables in cosy corners; one 

bearing a pretty basket, one a desk, and on a third lay several 

familiar-looking books. In a recess stood a narrow white bed, with 

a lovely Madonna hanging over it. The Japanese screen half-folded 

back showed a delicate toilet service of blue and white set forth on 

a marble slab, and near by was the great bath-pan, with Turkish 

towels and a sponge as big as Rose's head. 

 

"Uncle must love cold water like a duck," she thought, with a 

shiver. 

 

Then her eye went on to the tall cabinet, where a half-open door 

revealed a tempting array of the drawers, shelves and "cubby 

holes," which so delight the hearts of children. 

 

"What a grand place for my new things," she thought, wondering 

what her uncle kept in that cedar retreat. 

 

"Oh me, what a sweet toilet table!" was her next mental 

exclamation, as she approached this inviting spot. 

 

A round old-fashioned mirror hung over it, with a gilt eagle a-top, 

holding in his beak the knot of blue ribbon that tied up a curtain of 

muslin falling on either side of the table, where appeared little 

ivory-handled brushes, two slender silver candle-sticks, a porcelain 

match-box, several pretty trays for small matters, and, most 


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