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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

this new peculiarity of her studious cousin. 

 

"Well, no, I am only conscious of two sorts noisy and quiet ones. I 

prefer the latter, but, as a general thing, I don't notice any of them 

much more than I do flies, unless they bother me, then I'd like to 

flap them away, but as that won't do, I hide." 

 

Rose leaned back and laughed until her eyes were full. It was so 

comical to hear Mac sink his voice to a confidential whisper at the 

last words and see him smile with sinful satisfaction at the 

memory of the tormentors he had eluded. 

 

"You needn't laugh it's a fact, I assure you. Charlie likes the 

creatures, and they spoil him. Steve follows suit, of course. Archie 

is a respectful slave when he can't help himself. As for me, I don't 

often give them a chance, and when I get caught I talk science and 

dead languages till they run for their lives. Now and then I find a 

sensible one, and then we get on excellently." 

 

"A sad prospect for Phebe and me," sighed Rose, trying to keep 

sober. 

 

"Phebe is evidently a quiet one. I know she is sensible, or you 

wouldn't care for her. I can see that she is pleasant to look at, so I 

fancy I shall like her. As for you, I helped bring you up, therefore I 

am a little anxious to see how you turn out. I was afraid your 

foreign polish might spoil you, but I think it has not. In fact, I find 

you quite satisfactory so far, if you don't mind my saying it. I don't 

quite know what the charm is, though. Must be the power of 

inward graces, since you insist that you have no outer ones." 

 

Mac was peering at her with a shrewd smile on his lips, but such a 

kindly look behind the glasses that she found both words and 

glance very pleasant and answered merrily, "I am glad you approve 

of me, and much obliged for your care of my early youth. I hope to 

be a credit to you and depend on your keeping me straight, for I'm 

afraid I shall be spoilt among you all." 

 

"I'll keep my eye on you upon one condition," replied the youthful 

mentor. 

 

"Name it." 

 

"If you are going to have a lot of lovers around, I wash my hands 

of you. If not, I'm your man." 

 

"You must be sheep dog and help keep them away, for I don't want 


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