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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

lives even before they are born, and are very apt to be disappointed 

if they do not turn out as we planned. I know I am yet I really have 

no cause to complain and am learning to see that all we can do is 

to give the dear boys good principles and the best training we may, 

then leave them to finish what we have begun." And Mrs. Jessie's 

eye wandered away to Archie, dancing with Rose, quite 

unconscious what a pretty little castle in the air tumbled down 

when he fell in love with Phebe. 


"Right, quite right on that point we agree exactly. I have spared 

nothing to give my boys good principles and good habits, and I am 

willing to trust them anywhere. Nine times did I whip my Steve to 

cure him of fibbing, and over and over again did Mac go without 

his dinner rather than wash his hands. But I whipped and starved 

them both into obedience, and now I have my reward," concluded 

the "stern parent" with a proud wave of the fan, which looked very 

like a ferule, being as big, hard, and uncompromising as such an 

article could be. 


Mrs. Jessie gave a mild murmur of assent, but could not help 

thinking, with a smile, that in spite of their early tribulations the 

sins for which the boys suffered had gotten a little mixed in their 

result, for fibbing Steve was now the tidy one, and careless Mac 

the truth teller. But such small contradictions will happen in the 

best-regulated families, and all perplexed parents can do is to keep 

up a steadfast preaching and practicing in the hope that it will bear 

fruit sometime, for according to an old proverb, 

Children pick up words as pigeons pease, 

To utter them again as God shall please. 


"I hope they won't dance the child to death among them, for each 

one seems bound to have his turn, even your sober Mac," said Mrs. 

Jessie a few minutes later as she saw Archie hand Rose over to his 

cousin, who carried her off with an air of triumph from several 

other claimants. 


"She's very good to him, and her influence is excellent, for he is of 

an age now when a young woman's opinion has more weight than 

an old one's. Though he is always good to his mother, and I feel as 

if I should take great comfort in him. He's one of the sort who will 

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