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Coming Home
Old Friends with New Faces
Miss Campbell
Thorns Among the Roses
Prince Charming
Polishing Mac
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

clear what had happened to him at first, and sat about in a dazed 

sort of way, seeing, hearing, knowing nothing but Phebe, while the 

unconscious idol found something wanting in the cordial praise so 

modestly received because Mr. Archie never said a word. 


This was one of the remarkable things which occurred that 

evening. Another was that Mac paid Rose a compliment, which 

was such an unprecedented fact, it produced a great sensation, 

though only one person heard it. 


Everybody had gone but Mac and his father, who was busy with 

the doctor. Aunt Plenty was counting the teaspoons in the dining 

room, and Phebe was helping her as of old. Mac and Rose were 

alone he apparently in a brown study, leaning his elbows on the 

chimneypiece, and she lying back in a low chair looking 

thoughtfully at the fire. She was tired, and the quiet was grateful to 

her, so she kept silence and Mac respectfully held his tongue. 

Presently, however, she became conscious that he was looking at 

her as intently as eyes and glasses could do it, and without stirring 

from her comfortable attitude, she said, smiling up at him, "He 

looks as wise as an owl I wonder what he's thinking about?" 


"You, Cousin." 


"Something good, I hope?" 


"I was thinking Leigh Hunt was about right when he said, 'A girl is 

the sweetest thing God ever made.'" 


"Why, Mac!" and Rose sat bolt upright with an astonished face this 

was such an entirely unexpected sort of remark for the philosopher 

to make. 


Evidently interested in the new discovery, Mac placidly continued, 

"Do you know, it seems as if I never really saw a girl before, or 

had any idea what agreeable creatures they could be. I fancy you 

are a remarkably good specimen, Rose." 


"No, indeed! I'm only hearty and happy, and being safe at home 

again may make me look better than usual perhaps, but I'm no 

beauty except to Uncle." 


"'Hearty and happy' that must be it," echoed Mac, soberly 

investigating the problem. "Most girls are sickly or silly, I think I 

have observed, and that is probably why I am so struck with you." 


"Of all the queer boys you are the queerest! Do you really mean 

that you don't like or notice girls?" asked Rose, much amused at 

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