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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?

to have them with us all their vacation? Why, it begins to-day, 

doesn't it? Oh, I wish I'd remembered it sooner, and perhaps they 

would have come with us," she said, as they lay luxuriously eating 

sandwiches under the old apple-tree. 

 

"So we might. Next time we won't be in such a hurry. I expect the 

lads will take our heads off when they find us out," answered Dr. 

Alec, placidly drinking cold tea. 

 

"Uncle, I smell a frying sort of a smell," Rose said, pausing 

suddenly as she was putting away the remains of the lunch half an 

hour later. 

 

"So do I; it is fish, I think." 

 

For a moment they both sat with their noses in the air, sniffing like 

hounds; then Dr. Alec sprang up, saying with great decision 

 

"Now, this won't do! No one is permitted on this island without 

asking leave. I must see who dares to fry fish on my private 

property." 

 

Taking the basket on one arm and the bundle on the other, he 

strode away towards the traitorous smell, looking as fierce as a 

lion, while Rose marched behind under her umbrella. 

 

"We are Robinson Crusoe and his man Friday going to see if the 

savages have come," she said presently, for her fancy was full of 

the dear old stories that all children love so well. 

 

"And there they are! Two tents and two boats, as I live! These 

rascals mean to enjoy themselves, that's evident." 

 

"There ought to be more boats and no tents. I wonder where the 

prisoners are?" 

 

"There are traces of them," and Dr. Alec pointed to the heads and 

tails of fishes strewn on the grass. 

 

"And there are more," said Rose, laughing, as she pointed to a 


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