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Two Girls
The Clan
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
Bread and Button-Holes
Good Bargains
Fashion and Physiology
Brother Bones
Under The Mistletoe
A Scare
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sixteen years. 


"I had no idea boys had such good times. Their plays never seemed 

a bit interesting before. But I suppose that was because I never 

knew any boys very well, or perhaps you are unusually nice ones," 

observed Rose, with an artless air of appreciation that was very 



"We are a pretty clever set, I fancy; but we have a good many 

advantages, you see. There are a tribe of us, to begin with; then our 

family has been here for ages, and we have plenty of 'spondulics,' 

so we can rather lord it over the other fellows, and do as we like. 

There, ma'am, you can hang your smashed glass on that nail and 

do up your back hair as fine as you please. You can have a blue 

blanket or a red one, and a straw pillow or an air cushion for your 

head, whichever you like. You can trim up to any extent, and be as 

free and easy as squaws in a wigwam, for this corner is set apart 

for you ladies and we never cross the line uncle is drawing until 

we ask leave. Anything more I can do for you, cousin?" 


"No, thank you. I think I'll leave the rest till auntie comes, and go 

and help you somewhere else, if I may." 


"Yes, indeed, come on and see to the kitchen. Can you cook?" 

asked Charlie, as he led the way to the rocky nook where Archie 

was putting up a sail-cloth awning. 


"I can make tea and toast bread." 


"Well, we'll shew you how to fry fish, and make chowder. Now 

you just set these pots and pans round tastefully, and sort of tidy up 

a bit, for Aunt Jessie insists on doing some of the work, and I want 

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