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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?

 

 

 

Chapter 7 - A Trip to China

 

 

"Come, little girl, I've got another dose for you. I fancy you won't 

take it as well as you did the last, but you will like it better after a 

while," said Dr. Alec, about a week after the grand surprise. 

 

Rose was sitting in her pretty room, where she would gladly have 

spent all her time if it had been allowed; but she looked up with a 

smile, for she had ceased to fear her uncle's remedies, and was 

always ready to try a new one. The last had been a set of light 

gardening tools, with which she had helped him put the 

flower-beds in order, learning all sorts of new and pleasant things 

about the plants as she worked, for, though she had studied botany 

at school, it seemed very dry stuff compared with Uncle Alec's 

lively lesson. 

 

"What is it now?" she asked, shutting her work-box without a 

murmur. 

 

"Salt-water." 

 

"How must I take it?" 

 

"Put on the new suit Miss Hemming sent home yesterday, and 

come down to the beach; then I'll show you." 

 

"Yes, sir," answered Rose obediently, adding to herself, with a 

shiver, as he went off: "It is too early for bathing, so I know it is 

something to do with a dreadful boat." 

 

Putting on the new suit of blue flannel, prettily trimmed with 

white, and the little sailor-hat with long streamers, diverted her 

mind from the approaching trial, till a shrill whistle reminded her 

that her uncle was waiting. Away she ran through the garden, 

down the sandy path, out upon the strip of beach that belonged to 

the house, and here she found Dr. Alec busy with a slender red and 

white boat that lay rocking on the rising tide. 


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