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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

watched the group upon the deck with eager eyes. 


"Madonnas don't wear hats like that. Rose hasn't changed much, 

but Phebe has. Why, she's a regular beauty!" answered Archie, 

staring with all his might at the dark-eyed young woman with the 

brilliant color and glossy black braids shining in the sun. 


"Dear old Uncle! Doesn't it seem good to have him back?" was all 

Mac said, but he was not looking at "dear old uncle" as he made 

the fervent remark, for he saw only the slender blond girl nearby 

and stretched out his hands to meet hers, forgetful of the green 

water tumbling between them. 


During the confusion that reigned for a moment as the steamer 

settled to her moorings, Rose looked down into the four faces 

upturned to hers and seemed to read in them something that both 

pleased and pained her. It was only a glance, and her own eyes 

were full, but through the mist of happy tears she received the 

impression that Archie was about the same, that Mac had 

decidedly improved, and that something was amiss with Charlie. 

There was no time for observation, however, for in a moment the 

shoreward rush began, and before she could grasp her traveling 

bag, Jamie was clinging to her like an ecstatic young bear. She was 

with difficulty released from his embrace to fall into the gentler 

ones of the elder cousins, who took advantage of the general 

excitement to welcome both blooming girls with affectionate 

impartiality. Then the wanderers were borne ashore in a triumphal 

procession, while Jamie danced rapturous jigs before them even on 

the gangway. 


Archie remained to help his uncle get the luggage through the 

Custom House, and the others escorted the damsels home. No 

sooner were they shut up in a carriage, however, than a new and 

curious constraint seemed to fall upon the young people, for they 

realized, all at once, that their former playmates were men and 

women now. Fortunately, Jamie was quite free from this feeling of 

restraint and, sitting bodkinwise between the ladies, took all sorts 

of liberties with them and their belongings. 


"Well, my mannikin, what do you think of us?" asked Rose, to 

break an awkward pause. 

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