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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

we can go on together and finish our work hereafter, if we haven't 

time to do it here." 


If Mac had been a lover, he would not have discussed the subject 

in this simple and sincere fashion, though he might have felt it far 

more deeply, but being quite heart-free, he frankly showed his 

interest and, curiously enough, out of his wise young head 

unconsciously gave the three lovers before him counsel which they 

valued, because he practiced what he preached. 


"Well, I hope you'll find her!" said Charlie heartily as he went back 

to his game. 


"I think I shall." And while the others played, Mac lay staring at 

the window curtain as contentedly as if, through it, he beheld "a 

dream of fair women" from which to choose his future mate. 


A few days after this talk in the billiard room, Kitty went to call 

upon Rose, for as she was about to enter the family she felt it her 

duty to become acquainted with all its branches. This branch, 

however, she cultivated more assiduously than any other and was 

continually running in to confer with "Cousin Rose," whom she 

considered the wisest, dearest, kindest girl ever created. And Rose, 

finding that, in spite of her flighty head, Kitty had a good heart of 

her own, did her best to encourage all the new hopes and 

aspirations springing up in it under the warmth of the first genuine 

affection she had ever known. 


"My dear, I want to have some serious conversation with you upon 

a subject in which I take an interest for the first time in my life," 

began Miss Kitty, seating herself and pulling off her gloves as if 

the subject was one which needed a firm grasp. 


"Tell away, and don't mind if I go on working, as I want to finish 

this job today," answered Rose, with a long-handled paintbrush in 

her hand and a great pair of shears at her side. 


"You are always so busy! What is it now? Let me help I can talk 

faster when I'm doing something," which seemed hardly possible, 

for Kitty's tongue went like a mill clapper at all hours. 


"Making picture books for my sick babies at the hospital. Pretty 

work, isn't it? You cut out, and I'll paste them on these squares of 

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