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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

guardians. 

 

"The whole thing was deuced disagreeable," growled Steve, who 

felt that he had not distinguished himself in the late engagement. 

 

"Truth generally is," observed Mac dryly as he strolled away with 

his odd smile. 

 

As if he suspected discord somewhere, Dr. Alec proposed music at 

this crisis, and the young people felt that it was a happy thought. 

 

"I want you to hear both my birds, for they have improved 

immensely, and I am very proud of them," said the doctor, twirling 

up the stool and pulling out the old music books. 

 

"I had better come first, for after you have heard the nightingale 

you won't care for the canary," added Rose, wishing to put Phebe 

at her ease, for she sat among them looking like a picture, but 

rather shy and silent, remembering the days when her place was in 

the kitchen. 

 

"I'll give you some of the dear old songs you used to like so much. 

This was a favorite, I think," and sitting down she sang the first 

familiar air that came, and sang it well in a pleasant, but by no 

means finished, manner. 

 

It chanced to be "The Birks of Aberfeldie," and vividly recalled the 

time when Mac was ill and she took care of him. The memory was 

sweet to her, and involuntarily her eye wandered in search of him. 

He was not far away, sitting just as he used to sit when she soothed 

his most despondent moods astride of a chair with his head down 

on his arms, as if the song suggested the attitude. Her heart quite 

softened to him as she looked, and she decided to forgive him if no 

one else, for she was sure that he had no mercenary plans about 

her tiresome money. 

 

Charlie had assumed a pensive air and fixed his fine eyes upon her 

with an expression of tender admiration, which made her laugh in 

spite of all her efforts to seem unconscious of it. She was both 

amused and annoyed at his very evident desire to remind her of 

certain sentimental passages in the last year of their girl- and 

boy-hood, and to change what she had considered a childish joke 

into romantic earnest. Rose had very serious ideas of love and had 

no intention of being beguiled into even a flirtation with her 

handsome cousin. 

 

So Charlie attitudinized unnoticed and was getting rather out of 


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