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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?

 

"That is a dear little boat; and 'Bonnie Belle' is a pretty name," she 

said, trying not to show how nervous she felt. 

 

"It is for you; so sit in the stern and learn to steer, till you are ready 

to learn to row." 

 

"Do all boats wiggle about in that way?" she asked, lingering as if 

to tie her hat more firmly. 

 

"Oh, yes, pitch about like nutshells when the sea is a bit rough," 

answered her sailor uncle, never guessing her secret woe. 

 

"Is it rough to-day?" 

 

"Not very; it looks a trifle squally to the eastward, but we are all 

right till the wind changes. Come." 

 

"Can you swim, uncle?" asked Rose, clutching at his arm as he 

took her hand. 

 

"Like a fish. Now then." 

 

"Oh, please hold me very tight till I get there! Why do you have the 

stern so far away?" and, stifling several squeaks of alarm in her 

passage, Rose crept to the distant seat, and sat there holding on 

with both hands and looking as if she expected every wave to bring 

a sudden shipwreck. 

 

Uncle Alec took no notice of her fear, but patiently instructed her 

in the art of steering, till she was so absorbed in remembering 

which was starboard and which larboard, that she forgot to say 

"OW!" every time a big wave slapped against the boat. 

 

"Now where shall we go?" she asked, as the wind blew freshly in 

her face, and a few, long swift strokes sent them half across the 

little bay. 

 

"Suppose we go to China?" 

 

"Isn't that rather a long voyage?" 

 

"Not as I go. Steer round the Point into the harbour, and I'll give 

you a glimpse of China in twenty minutes or so." 


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