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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

that dress is 'a sweet thing just out,' but upon my word she reminds 

me of nothing but a Harlequin ice," and Mac turned his back on 

her with a shudder, for he was sensitive to discords of all kinds. 


"She certainly does, and that mixture of chocolate, pea green, and 

pink is simply detestable, though many people would consider it 

decidedly 'chic,' to use her favorite word. I suppose you will dress 

your wife like a Spartan matron of the time of Lycurgus," added 

Rose, much tickled by his new conceit. 


"I'll wait till I get her before I decide. But one thing I'm sure of she 

shall not dress like a Greek dancer of the time of Pericles," 

answered Mac, regarding with great disfavor a young lady who, 

having a statuesque figure, affected drapery of the scanty and 

clinging description. 


"Then it is of no use to suggest that classic creature, so as you 

reject my first attempts, I won't go on but look about me quietly, 

and you had better do the same. Seriously, Mac, more gaiety and 

less study would do you good, for you will grow old before your 

time if you shut yourself up and pore over books so much." 


"I don't believe there is a younger or a jollier-feeling fellow in the 

room than I am, though I may not conduct myself like a dancing 

dervish. But I own you may be right about the books, for there are 

many sorts of intemperance, and a library is as irresistible to me as 

a barroom to a toper. I shall have to sign a pledge and cork up the 

only bottle that tempts me my ink-stand." 


"I'll tell you how to make it easier to abstain. Stop studying and 

write a novel into which you can put all your wise things, and so 

clear your brains for a new start by and by. Do I should so like to 

read it," cried Rose, delighted with the project, for she was sure 

Mac could do anything he liked in that line. 


"First live, then write. How can I go to romancing till I know what 

romance means?" he asked soberly, feeling that so far he had had 

very little in his life. 


"Then you must find out, and nothing will help you more than to 

love someone very much. Do as I've advised and be a modern 

Diogenes going about with spectacles instead of a lantern in 

search, not of an honest man, but a perfect woman. I do hope you 

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