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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

escape the accusation of having trifled with him. 


So life was not very comfortable to either just then; and while 

Charlie was "mortifying soul and body" to please her, she was 

studying how to serve him best. Aunt Jessie helped her very much, 

and no one guessed, when they saw pretty Miss Campbell going up 

and down the hill with such a serious face, that she was intent 

upon anything except taking, with praiseworthy regularity, the 

constitutionals which gave her such a charming color. 


Matters were in this state when one day a note came to Rose from 

Mrs. Clara. 


MY SWEET CHILD, Do take pity on my poor boy and cheer him 

up with a sight of you, for he is so triste it breaks my heart 

to see him. He has a new plan in his head, which strikes me as an 

excellent one, if you will only favor it. Let him come and take you 

for a drive this fine afternoon and talk things over. It will do him a 

world of good and deeply oblige 

Your ever loving 



Rose read the note twice and stood a moment pondering, with her 

eyes absently fixed on the little bay before her window. The sight 

of several black figures moving briskly to and fro across its frozen 

surface seemed to suggest a mode of escape from the drive she 

dreaded in more ways than one. "That will be safer and 

pleasanter," she said, and going to her desk wrote her answer. 


DEAR AUNTY, I'm afraid of Brutus, but if Charlie will go skating 

with me, I should enjoy it very much and it would do us both good. 

I can listen to the new plan with an undivided mind there, so give 

him my love, please, and say I shall expect him at three. 





Punctually at three Charlie appeared with his skates over his arm 

and with a very contented face, which brightened wonderfully as 

Rose came downstairs in a sealskin suit and scarlet skirt, so like 

the one she wore years ago that he involuntarily exclaimed as he 

took her skates: "You look so like little Rose I hardly know you, 

and it seems so like old times I feel sixteen again." 


"That is just the way one ought to feel on such a day as this. Now 

let us be off and have a good spin before anyone comes. There are 

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