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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

only a few children there now, but it is Saturday, you know, and 

everybody will be out before long," answered Rose, carefully 

putting on her mittens as she talked, for her heart was not as light 

as the one little Rose carried under the brown jacket, and the boy 

of sixteen never looked at her with the love and longing she read in 

the eyes of the young man before her. 


Away they went, and were soon almost as merry and warm as the 

children around them, for the ice was in good condition, the 

February sunshine brilliant, and the keen wind set their blood 

a-tingle with a healthful glow. 


"Now tell me the plan your mother spoke of," began Rose as they 

went gliding across the wide expanse before them, for Charlie 

seemed to have forgotten everything but the bliss of having her all 

to himself for a little while. 


"Plan? Oh, yes! It is simply this. I'm going out to Father next 



"Really?" and Rose looked both surprised and incredulous, for this 

plan was not a new one. 


"Really. You don't believe it, but I am, and mother means to go 

with me. We've had another letter from the governor, and he says 

if she can't part from her big baby to come along too, and all be 

happy together. What do you think of that?" he asked, eyeing her 

intently, for they were face to face as she went backward and he 

held both of her hands to steer and steady her. 


"I like it immensely, and do believe it now only it rather takes my 

breath away to think of Aunty's going, when she never would hear 

of it before." 


"She doesn't like the plan very well now and consents to go only 

on one condition." 


"What is that?" asked Rose, trying to free her hands, for a look at 

Charlie made her suspect what was coming. 


"That you go with us." And, holding the hands fast, he added 

rapidly, "Let me finish before you speak. I don't mean that 

anything is to be changed till you are ready, but if you go, I am 

willing to give up everything else and live anywhere as long as you 

like. Why shouldn't you come to us for a year or two? We've never 

had our share. Father would be delighted, mother contented, and I 

the happiest man alive." 


"Who made this plan?" asked Rose as soon as she got the breath 

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