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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

fact established at once. 


Jamie occupied the rug, on which Will and Geordie stood at ease, 

showing their uniforms to the best advantage, for they were now in 

a great school, where military drill was the delight of their souls. 

Steve posed gracefully in an armchair, with Mac lounging over the 

back of it, while Archie leaned on one corner of the low 

chimneypiece, looking down at Phebe as she listened to his chat 

with smiling lips and cheeks almost as rich in color as the 

carnations in her belt. 


But Charlie was particularly effective, although he sat upon a 

music stool, that most trying position for any man not gifted with 

grace in the management of his legs. Fortunately Prince was, and 

had fallen into an easy attitude, with one arm over the back of the 

sofa, his handsome head bent a little, as he monopolized Rose, 

with a devoted air and a very becoming expression of contentment 

on his face. 


Aunt Clara smiled as if well pleased; Aunt Jessie looked 

thoughtful; Aunt Jane's keen eyes went from dapper Steve to 

broad-shouldered Mac with an anxious glance; Mrs. Myra 

murmured something about her "blessed Caroline"; and Aunt 

Plenty said warmly, "Bless the dears! Anyone might be proud of 

such a bonny flock of bairns as that." 


"I am all ready to play chaperon as soon as you please, Alec, for I 

suppose the dear girl will come out at once, as she did not before 

you went away. My services won't be wanted long, I fancy, for 

with her many advantages she will be carried off in her first season 

or I'm much mistaken," said Mrs. Clara, with significant nods and 



"You must settle all those matters with Rose. I am no longer 

captain, only first mate now, you know," answered Dr. Alec, 

adding soberly, half to himself, half to his brother, "I wonder 

people are in such haste to 'bring out' their daughters, as it's called. 

To me there is something almost pathetic in the sight of a young 

girl standing on the threshold of the world, so innocent and 

hopeful, so ignorant of all that lies before her, and usually so ill 

prepared to meet the ups and downs of life. We do our duty better 

by the boys, but the poor little women are seldom provided with 

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