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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?

and have got careless, but I want my girl to be what I call 

well-educated, even if she studies nothing but the three 'Rs' for a 

year to come. Let us be thorough, no matter how slowly we go." 

 

He spoke so earnestly and looked so sorry to have ruffled her that 

Rose went and sat on the arm of his chair, saying, with a pretty air 

of penitence 

 

"I'm sorry I was cross, uncle, when I ought to thank you for taking 

so much interest in me. I guess no, I think you are right about 

being thorough, for I used to understand a great deal better when 

papa taught me a few lessons than when Miss Power hurried me 

through so many. I declare my head used to be such a jumble of 

French and German, history and arithmetic, grammar and music, I 

used to feel sometimes as if it would split. I'm sure I don't wonder 

it ached." And she held on to it as if the mere memory of the 

"jumble" made it swim. 

 

"Yet that is considered an excellent school, I find, and I dare say it 

would be if the benighted lady did not think it necessary to cram 

her pupils like Thanks-giving turkeys, instead of feeding them in a 

natural and wholesome way. It is the fault with most American 

schools, and the poor little heads will go on aching till we learn 

better." 

 

This was one of Dr. Alec's hobbies, and Rose was afraid he was off 

for a gallop, but he reined himself in and gave her thoughts a new 

turn by saying suddenly, as he pulled out a fat pocket-book 

 

"Uncle Mac has put all your affairs into my hands now, and here is 

your month's pocket money. You keep your own little accounts, I 


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