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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

any armor worth having, and sooner or later they are sure to need 

it, for every one must fight her own battle, and only the brave and 

strong can win." 


"You can't reproach yourself with neglect of that sort, Alec, for 

you have done your duty faithfully by George's girl, and I envy you 

the pride and happiness of having such a daughter, for she is that 

to you," answered old Mac, unexpectedly betraying the paternal 

sort of tenderness men seldom feel for their sons. 


"I've tried, Mac, and I am both proud and happy, but with every 

year my anxiety seems to increase. I've done my best to fit Rose 

for what may come, as far as I can foresee it, but now she must 

stand alone, and all my care is powerless to keep her heart from 

aching, her life from being saddened by mistakes, or thwarted by 

the acts of others. I can only stand ready to share her joy and 

sorrow and watch her shape her life." 


"Why, Alec, what is the child going to do that you need look so 

solemn?" exclaimed Mrs. Clara, who seemed to have assumed a 

sort of right to Rose already. 


"Hark! And let her tell you herself," answered Dr. Alec, as Rose's 

voice was heard saying very earnestly, "Now, you have all told 

your plans for the future, why don't you ask us ours?" 


"Because we know that there is only one thing for a pretty girl to 

do break a dozen or so hearts before she finds one to suit, then 

marry and settle," answered Charlie, as if no other reply was 



"That may be the case with many, but not with us, for Phebe and I 

believe that it is as much a right and a duty for women to do 

something with their lives as for men, and we are not going to be 

satisfied with such frivolous parts as you give us," cried Rose with 

kindling eyes. "I mean what I say, and you cannot laugh me down. 

Would you be contented to be told to enjoy yourself for a little 

while, then marry and do nothing more till you die?" she added, 

turning to Archie. 


"Of course not that is only a part of a man's life," he answered 



"A very precious and lovely part, but not all," continued Rose. 

"Neither should it be for a woman, for we've got minds and souls 

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