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Coming Home
Old Friends with New Faces
Miss Campbell
Thorns Among the Roses
Prince Charming
Polishing Mac
Phebe
Breakers Ahead
New Year's Calls
The Sad and Sober Part
Small Temptations
At Kitty's Ball
Both Sides
Aunt Clara's Plan
Alas for Charlie!
Good Works
Among the Haycocks
Which Was It?
Behind the Fountain
What Mac Did
How Phebe Earned Her Welcome
Short and Sweet

ever, and promptly quenched his vanities by answering, with a 

provoking laugh, "Then the name of the flower of the family is 

Cockscomb." 

 

"Ah, ha! who's got it now?" jeered Will. 

 

"Let us off easy, please," whispered Geordie, mindful that their 

turn came next. 

 

"You blessed beanstalks! I'm proud of you only don't grow quite 

out of sight, or even be ashamed to look a woman in the face," 

answered Rose, with a gentle pat on the cheek of either bashful 

young giant, for both were red as peonies, though their boyish eyes 

were as clear and calm as summer lakes. 

 

"Now me!" and Jamie assumed his manliest air, feeling that he did 

not appear to advantage among his tall kinsmen. But he went to 

the head of the class in everyone's opinion when Rose put her arms 

around him, saying, with a kiss, "You must be my boy now, for all 

the others are too old, and I want a faithful little page to do my 

errands for me." 

 

"I will, I will I'll marry you too, if you'll just hold on till I grow 

up!" cried Jamie, rather losing his head at this sudden promotion. 

 

"Bless the baby, what is he talking about?" laughed Rose, looking 

down at her little knight as he clung about her with grateful ardor. 

 

"Oh, I heard the aunts say that you'd better marry one of us, and 

keep the property in the family, so I speak first, because you are 

very fond of me, and I do love curls." 

 

Alas for Jamie! This awful speech had hardly left his innocent lips 

when Will and Geordie swept him out of the room like a 

whirlwind, and the howls of that hapless boy were heard from the 

torture hall, where being shut into the skeleton case was one of the 

mildest punishments inflicted upon him. 

 

Dismay fell upon the unfortunates who remained, but their 

confusion was soon ended, for Rose, with a look which they had 

never seen upon her face before, dismissed them with the brief 

command, "Break ranks the review is over," and walked away to 

Phebe. 

 

"Confound that boy! You ought to shut him up or gag him!" fumed 

Charlie irritably. 

 

"He shall be attended to," answered poor Archie, who was trying to 

bring up the little marplot with the success of most parents and 


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