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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

Such being her inward state, it much annoyed her to be regarded as 

a brokenhearted girl and pitied for the loss of her young lover. She 

could not explain to all the world, so let it pass, and occupied her 

mind with the good works which always lie ready to be taken up 

and carried on. Having chosen philanthropy as her profession, she 

felt that it was high time to begin the task too long neglected. 

 

Her projects were excellent, but did not prosper as rapidly as she 

hoped, for, having to deal with people, not things, unexpected 

obstacles were constantly arising. The "Home for Decayed 

Gentlewomen," as the boys insisted on calling her two newly 

repaired houses, started finely and it was a pleasant sight to see the 

comfortable rooms filled with respectable women busy at their 

various tasks, surrounded by the decencies and many of the 

comforts which make life endurable. But, presently, Rose was 

disturbed to find that the good people expected her to take care of 

them in a way she had not bargained for. Buffum, her agent, was 

constantly reporting complaints, new wants, and general discontent 

if they were not attended to. Things were very neglected, water 

pipes froze and burst, drains got out of order, yards were in a mess, 

and rents behind-hand. Worst of all, outsiders, instead of 

sympathizing, only laughed and said, "We told you so," which is a 

most discouraging remark to older and wiser workers than Rose. 

 

Uncle Alec, however, stood by her staunchly and helped her out of 

many of her woes by good advice and an occasional visit of 

inspection, which did much to impress upon the dwellers there the 

fact that, if they did not do their part, their leases would be short 

ones. 

 

"I didn't expect to make anything out of it, but I did think they 

would be grateful," said Rose on one occasion when several 

complaints had come in at once and Buffum had reported great 

difficulty in collecting the low rents. 

 

"If you do this thing for the sake of the gratitude, then it is a failure 

but if it is done for the love of helping those who need help, it is a 

success, for in spite of their worry every one of these women feel 

what privileges they enjoy and value them highly," said Dr. Alec as 


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