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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

latest was always the best. I thought Uncle would have died of 

laughter over the vegetarian mania it was so funny to imagine you 

living on bread and milk, baked apples, and potatoes roasted in 

your own fire," continued Rose, changing the subject again. 


"This old chap was the laughingstock of his class. They called him 

Don Quixote, and the way he went at windmills of all sorts was a 

sight to see," put in Charlie, evidently feeling that Mac had been 

patted on the head quite as much as was good for him. 


"But in spite of that the Don got through college with all the 

honors. Oh, wasn't I proud when Aunt Jane wrote to us about it and 

didn't she rejoice that her boy kept at the head of his class and won 

the medal!" cried Rose, shaking Mac by both hands in a way that 

caused Charlie to wish "the old chap" had been left behind with 

Dr. Alec. 


"Oh, come, that's all Mother's nonsense. I began earlier than the 

other fellows and liked it better, so I don't deserve any praise. 

Prince is right, though. I did make a regular jack of myself, but on 

the whole I'm not sure that my wild oats weren't better than some 

I've seen sowed. Anyway, they didn't cost much, and I'm none the 

worse for them," said Mac placidly. 


"I know what 'wild oats' means. I heard Uncle Mac say Charlie was 

sowing 'em too fast, and I asked Mama, so she told me. And I 

know that he was suspelled or expended, I don't remember which, 

but it was something bad, and Aunt Clara cried," added Jamie all 

in one breath, for he possessed a fatal gift of making malapropos 

remarks, which caused him to be a terror to his family. 


"Do you want to go on the box again?" demanded Prince with a 

warning frown. 


"No, I don't." 


"Then hold your tongue." 


"Well, Mac needn't kick me, for I was only..." began the culprit, 

innocently trying to make a bad matter worse. 


"That will do," interrupted Charlie sternly, and James subsided, a 

crushed boy, consoling himself with Rose's new watch for the 

indignities he suffered at the hands of the "old fellows" as he 

vengefully called his elders. 


Mac and Charlie immediately began to talk as hard as their 

tongues could wag, bringing up all sorts of pleasant subjects so 

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