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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

things." 

 

"What curious creatures women are! Archie told us you bore the 

news like a hero, and now you turn pale at a whiff of bad air. I 

can't explain it," mused Mac as he meekly endured the fragrant 

shower bath. 

 

"Neither can I, but I've been imagining horrors all day and made 

myself nervous. Don't let us talk about it, but come and have some 

tea." 

 

"That's another queer thing. Tea is your panacea for all human ills 

yet there isn't any nourishment in it. I'd rather have a glass of milk, 

thank you," said Mac, taking an easy chair and stretching his feet 

to the fire. 

 

She brought it to him and made him eat something; then, as he 

shut his eyes wearily, she went away to the piano and, having no 

heart to sing, played softly till he seemed asleep. But at the stroke 

of six he was up and ready to be off again. 

 

"He gave me that. Take it with you and put some on his hair. He 

likes it, and I do so want to help a little," she said, slipping the 

pretty flagon into his pocket with such a wistful look Mac never 

thought of smiling at this very feminine request. 

 

"I'll tell him. Is there anything else I can do for you, Cousin?" he 

asked, holding the cold hand that had been serving him so 

helpfully. 

 

"Only this if there is any sudden change, promise to send for me, 

no matter at what hour it is. I must say 'good-bye'". 

 

"I will come for you. But, Rose, I am sure you may sleep in peace 

tonight, and I hope to have good news for you in the morning." 

 

"Bless you for that! Come early, and let me see him soon. I will be 

very good, and I know it will not do him any harm." 

 

"No fear of that. The first thing he said when he could speak was 

'Tell Rose carefully,' and as I came away he guessed where I was 

going and tried to kiss his hand in the old way, you know." 

 

Mac thought it would cheer her to hear that Charlie remembered 

her, but the sudden thought that she might never see the familiar 

little gesture anymore was the last drop that made her full heart 

overflow, and Mac saw the "hero" of the morning sink down at his 

feet in a passion of tears that frightened him. He took her to the 

sofa and tried to comfort her, but as soon as the bitter sobbing 


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