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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
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Good Bargains
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Brother Bones
Under The Mistletoe
A Scare
Something to do
Peace-Making
Which?

 

 

 

Chapter 9 - Phebe's Secret

 

 

"Why do you keep smiling to yourself, Phebe?" asked Rose, as 

they were working together one morning, for Dr. Alec considered 

house-work the best sort of gymnastics for girls; so Rose took 

lessons of Phebe in sweeping, dusting and bed-making. 

 

"I was thinking about a nice little secret I know, and couldn't help 

smiling." 

 

"Shall I know it, sometime?" 

 

"Guess you will." 

 

"Shall I like it?" 

 

"Oh, won't you, though!" 

 

"Will it happen soon?" 

 

"Sometime this week." 

 

"I know what it is! The boys are going to have fireworks on the 

fourth, and have got some surprise for me. Haven't they?" 

 

"That's telling." 

 

"Well, I can wait; only tell me one thing is uncle in it?" 

 

"Of course he is; there's never any fun without him." 

 

"Then it's all right, and sure to be nice." 

 

Rose went out on the balcony to shake the rugs, and, having given 

them a vigorous beating, hung them on the balustrade to air, while 

she took a look at her plants. Several tall vases and jars stood 

there, and a month of June sun and rain had worked wonders with 

the seeds and slips she had planted. Morning-glories and 

nasturtiums ran all over the bars, making haste to bloom. Scarlet 

beans and honeysuckles were climbing up from below to meet 

their pretty neighbours, and the woodbine was hanging its green 

festoons wherever it could cling. 

 

The waters of the bay were dancing in the sunshine, a fresh wind 

stirred the chestnut-trees with a pleasant sound, and the garden 

below was full of roses, butterflies and bees. A great chirping and 

twittering went on among the birds, busy with their summer 


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