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Coming Home
Old Friends with New Faces
Miss Campbell
Thorns Among the Roses
Prince Charming
Polishing Mac
Phebe
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

in order find them for me. Quick!" 

 

Before he had done, Rose was at the drawer, turning over the 

bandages with hands that trembled as they searched. 

 

"All narrow! I must make some. Can you wait?" And, catching up 

a piece of old linen, she tore it into wide strips, adding, in the same 

quick tone, as she began to roll them, "Now, tell me." 

 

"I can wait those are not needed just yet. I didn't mean anyone 

should know, you least of all," began Archie, smoothing out the 

strips as they lay across the table and evidently surprised at the 

girl's nerve and skill. 

 

"I can bear it make haste! Is he much hurt?" 

 

"I'm afraid he is. Uncle looks sober, and the poor boy suffers so, I 

couldn't stay," answered Archie, turning still whiter about the lips 

that never had so hard a tale to tell before. 

 

"You see, he went to town last evening to meet the man who is 

going to buy Brutus." 

 

"And Brutus did it? I knew he would!" cried Rose, dropping her 

work to wring her hands, as if she guessed the ending of the story 

now. 

 

"Yes, and if he wasn't shot already I'd do it myself with pleasure, 

for he's done his best to kill Charlie," muttered Charlie's mate with 

a grim look, then gave a great sigh and added with averted face, "I 

shouldn't blame the brute, it wasn't his fault. He needed a firm 

hand and--" He stopped there, but Rose said quickly: "Go on. I must 

know." 

 

"Charlie met some of his old cronies, quite by accident; there was 

a dinner party, and they made him go, just for a good-bye, they 

said. He couldn't refuse, and it was too much for him. He would 

come home alone in the storm, though they tried to keep him, as 

he wasn't fit. Down by the new bridge that high embankment, you 

know the wind had put the lantern out he forgot or something 

scared Brutus, and all went down together." 

 

Archie had spoken fast and brokenly but Rose understood and at 

the last word hid her face with a little moan, as if she saw it all. 

 

"Drink this and never mind the rest," he said, dashing into the next 

room and coming back with a glass of water, longing to be done 

and away, for this sort of pain seemed almost as bad as that he had 

left. 

 


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