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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?

scarlet heap of what looked like lobsters. 

 

"The savages are probably eating their victims now; don't you hear 

the knives rattle in that tent?" 

 

"We ought to creep up and peep; Crusoe was cautious, you know, 

and Friday scared out of his wits," added Rose, still keeping up the 

joke. 

 

"But this Crusoe is going to pounce upon them, regardless of 

consequences. If I am killed and eaten, you seize the basket and 

run for the boat; there are provisions enough for your voyage 

home." 

 

With that Uncle Alec slipped round to the front of the tent and, 

casting in the big bundle like a bomb-shell, roared out, in a voice 

of thunder 

 

"Pirates, surrender!" 

 

A crash, a shout, a laugh, and out came the savages, brandishing 

knives and forks, chicken bones, and tin mugs, and all fell upon 

the intruder, pommelling him unmercifully as they cried 

 

"You came too soon! We are not half ready! You've spoilt it all! 

Where is Rose?" 

 

"Here I am," answered a half-stifled voice, and Rose was 

discovered sitting on the pile of red flannel bathing clothes, which 

she had mistaken for lobsters, and where she had fallen in a fit of 

merriment when she discovered that the cannibals were her merry 

cousins. 

 

"You good-for-nothing boys! You are always bursting out upon me 

in some ridiculous way, and I always get taken in because I'm not 

used to such pranks. Uncle is as bad as the rest, and it's great fun," 

she said, as the lads came round her, half scolding, half 

welcoming, and wholly enjoying the double surprise. 

 

"You were not to come till afternoon, and mamma was to be here 


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