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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

anteroom, from whence the sound of popping corks had issued 

with increasing frequency as the evening wore on. 


"Dear fellow, he does try," thought Rose, longing to show how she 

admired his self-denial, but she could only say, as they left the 

supper room with the aunts, who were going early: "If I had not 

promised Uncle to get home as soon after midnight as possible, I'd 

stay and dance the German with you, for you deserve a reward 



"A thousand thanks, but I am going when you do," answered 

Charlie, understanding both her look and words and very grateful 

for them. 


"Really?" cried Rose, delighted. 


"Really. I'll be in the hall when you come down." And Charlie 

thought the Fra Angelico angel was not half so bright and beautiful 

as the one who looked back at him out of a pale blue cloud as Rose 

went upstairs as if on wings. 


When she came down again Charlie was not in the hall, however, 

and, after waiting a few minutes, Mac offered to go and find him, 

for Aunt Jane was still hunting a lost rubber above. 


"Please say I'm ready, but he needn't come if he doesn't want to," 

said Rose, not wishing to demand too much of her promising 



"If he has gone into that barroom, I'll have him out, no matter who 

is there!" growled Mac to himself as he made his way to the small 

apartment whither the gentlemen retired for a little private 

refreshment when the spirit moved, as it often did. 


The door was ajar, and Charlie seemed to have just entered, for 

Mac heard a familiar voice call out in a jovial tone: "Come, 

Prince! You're just in time to help us drink Steve's health with all 

the honors." 


"Can't stop, only ran in to say good night, Van. Had a capital time, 

but I'm on duty and must go." 


"That's a new dodge. Take a stirrup cup anyway, and come back in 

time for a merry-go-rounder when you've disposed of the ladies," 

answered the young host, diving into the wine cooler for another 



"Charlie's going in for sanctity, and it doesn't seem to agree with 

him," laughed one of the two other young men who occupied 

several chairs apiece, resting their soles in every sense of the word. 


"Apron strings are coming into fashion the bluer the better hey, 

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