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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

temper when Phebe began to sing, and he forgot all about himself 

in admiration of her. It took everyone by surprise, for two years of 

foreign training added to several at home had worked wonders, 

and the beautiful voice that used to warble cheerily over pots and 

kettles now rang out melodiously or melted to a mellow music that 

woke a sympathetic thrill in those who listened. Rose glowed with 

pride as she accompanied her friend, for Phebe was in her own 

world now a lovely world where no depressing memory of 

poorhouse or kitchen, ignorance or loneliness, came to trouble her, 

a happy world where she could be herself and rule others by the 

magic of her sweet gift. 

 

Yes, Phebe was herself now, and showed it in the change that 

came over her at the first note of music. No longer shy and silent, 

no longer the image of a handsome girl but a blooming woman, 

alive and full of the eloquence her art gave her, as she laid her 

hands softly together, fixed her eye on the light, and just poured 

out her song as simply and joyfully as the lark does soaring toward 

the sun. 

 

"My faith, Alec that's the sort of voice that wins a man's heart out 

of his breast!" exclaimed Uncle Mac, wiping his eyes after one of 

the plaintive ballads that never grow old. 

 

"So it would!" answered Dr. Alec delightedly. 

 

"So it has," added Archie to himself; and he was right, for just at 

that moment he fell in love with Phebe. He actually did, and could 

fix the time almost to a second, for at a quarter past nine, he 

merely thought her a very charming young person; at twenty 

minutes past, he considered her the loveliest woman he ever 

beheld; at five and twenty minutes past, she was an angel singing 

his soul away; and at half after nine he was a lost man, floating 

over a delicious sea to that temporary heaven on earth where 

lovers usually land after the first rapturous plunge. 

 

If anyone had mentioned this astonishing fact, nobody would have 

believed it; nevertheless, it was quite true, and sober, businesslike 

Archie suddenly discovered a fund of romance at the bottom of his 

hitherto well-conducted heart that amazed him. He was not quite 


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