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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?

trees, eating and drinking out of anyone's plate and cup, and quite 

untroubled by the frequent appearance of ants and spiders in places 

which these interesting insects are not expected to adorn. 

 

"I never thought I should like to wash dishes, but I do," said Rose, 

as she sat in a boat after supper lazily rinsing plates in the sea, and 

rocking luxuriously as she wiped them. 

 

"Mum is mighty particular; we just give 'em a scrub with sand, and 

dust 'em off with a bit of paper. It's much the best way, I think," 

replied Geordie, who reposed in another boat alongside. 

 

"How Phebe would like this! I wonder uncle did not have her 

come." 

 

"I believe he tried to, but Dolly was as cross as two sticks, and said 

she couldn't spare her. I'm sorry, for we all like the Phebe bird, and 

she'd chirp like a good one out here, wouldn't she?" 

 

"She ought to have a holiday like the rest of us. It's too bad to leave 

her out." 

 

This thought came back to Rose several times that evening, for 

Phebe would have added much to the little concert they had in the 

moonlight, would have enjoyed the stories told, been quick at 

guessing the conundrums, and laughed with all her heart at the fun. 

The merry going to bed would have been the best of all, for Rose 

wanted someone to cuddle under the blue blanket with her, there 

to whisper and giggle and tell secrets, as girls delight to do. 

 

Long after the rest were asleep, Rose lay wide awake, excited by 

the novelty of all about her, and a thought that had come into her 

mind. Far away she heard a city clock strike twelve; a large star 


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