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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

said Steve, much amazed at this outburst. 


"I've begun, you see, and much good may it do you," answered 

Mac, laying himself placidly down again. 


"Well, but look here, man you are arguing on the wrong side," put 

in Archie, quite agreeing with him, but feeling that he must stand 

by his order at all costs. 


"Never mind sides, uphold the right wherever you find it. You 

needn't stare, Steve I told you I was going to look into this matter, 

and I am. You think I'm wrapped up in books, but I see a great deal 

more of what is going on around me than you imagine, and I'm 

getting on in this new branch, let me tell you, quite as fast as is 

good for me, I daresay." 


"Going in for perfection, are you?" asked Charlie, both amused and 

interested, for he respected Mac more than he owned even to 

himself, and though he had never alluded to the timely warning, 

neither forgot. 


"Yes, I think of it." 


"How will you begin?" 


"Do my best all-round keep good company, read good books, love 

good things, and cultivate soul and body as faithfully and wisely as 

I can." 


"And you expect to succeed, do you?" 


"Please God, I will." 


The quiet energy of Mac's last words produced a momentary 

silence. Charlie thoughtfully studied the carpet; Archie, who had 

been absently poking the fire, looked over at Mac as if he thanked 

him again, and Steve, forgetting his self-conceit, began to wonder 

if it was not possible to improve himself a little for Kitty's sake. 

Only a minute, for young men do not give much time to thoughts 

of this kind, even when love stirs up the noblest impulses within 

them. To act rather than to talk is more natural to most of them, as 

Charlie's next question showed, for, having the matter much at 

heart, he ventured to ask in an offhand way as he laughed and 

twirled his cue: "Do you intend to reach the highest point of 

perfection before you address one of the fair saints, or shall you 

ask her to lend a hand somewhere short of that?" 


"As it takes a long lifetime to do what I plan, I think I shall ask 

some good woman 'to lend a hand' when I've got anything worth 

offering her. Not a saint, for I never shall be one myself, but a 

gentle creature who will help me, as I shall try to help her, so that 

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