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Table of contents
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

 

"You've both grown so pretty, I can't decide which I like best. 

Phebe is the biggest and brightest-looking, and I was always fond 

of Phebe, but somehow you are so kind of sweet and precious, I 

really think I must hug you again," and the small youth did it 

tempestuously. 

 

"If you love me best, I shall not mind a bit about your thinking 

Phebe the handsomest, because she is. Isn't she, boys?" asked 

Rose, with a mischievous look at the gentlemen opposite, whose 

faces expressed a respectful admiration which much amused her. 

 

"I'm so dazzled by the brilliancy and beauty that has suddenly burst 

upon me, I have no words to express my emotions," answered 

Charlie, gallantly dodging the dangerous question. 

 

"I can't say yet, for I have not had time to look at anyone. I will 

now, if you don't mind." And, to the great amusement of the rest, 

Mac gravely adjusted his eyeglasses and took an observation. 

 

"Well?" said Phebe, smiling and blushing under his honest stare, 

yet seeming not to resent it as she did the lordly sort of approval 

which made her answer the glance of Charlie's audacious blue eyes 

with a flash of her black ones. 

 

"I think if you were my sister, I should be very proud of you, 

because your face shows what I admire more than its beauty truth 

and courage, Phebe," answered Mac with a little bow full of such 

genuine respect that surprise and pleasure brought a sudden dew to 

quench the fire of the girl's eyes and soothe the sensitive pride of 

the girl's heart. 

 

Rose clapped her hands just as she used to do when anything 

delighted her, and beamed at Mac approvingly as she said: "Now 

that's a criticism worth having, and we are much obliged. I was 

sure you'd admire my Phebe when you knew her, but I didn't 

believe you would be wise enough to see it at once, and you have 

gone up many pegs in my estimation, I assure you." 

 

"I was always fond of mineralogy you remember, and I've been 

tapping round a good deal lately, so I've learned to know precious 

metals when I see them," Mac said with his shrewd smile. 

 

"That is the latest hobby, then? Your letters have amused us 

immensely, for each one had a new theory or experiment, and the 


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