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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

successfully that peals of laughter made passersby look after the 

merry load with sympathetic smiles. 

 

An avalanche of aunts fell upon Rose as soon as she reached 

home, and for the rest of the day the old house buzzed like a 

beehive. Evening found the whole tribe collected in the drawing 

rooms, with the exception of Aunt Peace, whose place was empty 

now. 

 

Naturally enough, the elders settled into one group after a while, 

and the young fellows clustered about the girls like butterflies 

around two attractive flowers. Dr. Alec was the central figure in 

one room and Rose in the other, for the little girl, whom they had 

all loved and petted, had bloomed into a woman, and two years of 

absence had wrought a curious change in the relative positions of 

the cousins, especially the three elder ones, who eyed her with a 

mixture of boyish affection and manly admiration that was both 

new and pleasant. 

 

Something sweet yet spirited about her charmed them and piqued 

their curiosity, for she was not quite like other girls, and rather 

startled them now and then by some independent little speech or 

act which made them look at one another with a sly smile, as if 

reminded that Rose was "Uncle's girl." 

 

Let us listen, as in duty bound, to what the elders are saying first, 

for they are already building castles in air for the boys and girls to 

inhabit. 

 

"Dear child how nice it is to see her safely back, so well and happy 

and like her sweet little self!" said Aunt Plenty, folding her hands 

as if giving thanks for a great happiness. 

 

"I shouldn't wonder if you found that you'd brought a firebrand into 

the family, Alec. Two, in fact, for Phebe is a fine girl, and the lads 

have found it out already if I'm not mistaken," added Uncle Mac, 

with a nod toward the other room. 

 

All eyes followed his, and a highly suggestive tableau presented 

itself to the paternal and maternal audience in the back parlor. 

 

Rose and Phebe, sitting side by side on the sofa, had evidently 

assumed at once the places which they were destined to fill by 

right of youth, sex, and beauty, for Phebe had long since ceased to 

be the maid and become the friend, and Rose meant to have that 


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