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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

and the womenfolk were continually driving over to the Point for 

something for the "poor dears." Aunt Plenty sowed gingerbread 

broadcast; Aunt Jessie made pinafores by the dozen while Aunt 

Jane "kept her eye" on the nurses, and Aunt Myra supplied 

medicines so liberally that the mortality would have been awful if 

Dr. Alec had not taken them in charge. To him this was the most 

delightful spot in the world and well it might be, for he suggested 

the idea and gave Rose all the credit of it. He was often there, and 

his appearance was always greeted with shrieks of rapture, as the 

children gathered from all quarters creeping, running, hopping on 

crutches, or carried in arms which they gladly left to sit on "Uncle 

Doctor's" knee, for that was the title by which he went among 



He seemed as young as any of his comrades, though the curly head 

was getting gray, and the frolics that went on when he arrived were 

better than any medicine to children who had never learned to 

play. It was a standing joke among the friends that the bachelor 

brother had the largest family and was the most domestic man of 

the remaining four, though Uncle Mac did his part manfully and 

kept Aunt Jane in a constant fidget by his rash propositions to 

adopt the heartiest boys and prettiest girls to amuse him and 

employ her. 


On one occasion Aunt Jane had a very narrow escape, and the 

culprit being her son, not her husband, she felt free to repay herself 

for many scares of this sort by a good scolding, which, unlike 

many, produced excellent results. 


One bright June day, as Rose came cantering home from the Point 

on her pretty bay pony, she saw a man sitting on a fallen tree 

beside the road and something in his despondent attitude arrested 

her attention. As she drew nearer he turned his head, and she 

stopped short, exclaiming in great surprise: "Why, Mac! What are 

you doing here?" 


"Trying to solve a problem," he answered, looking up with a 

whimsical expression of perplexity and amusement in his face 

which made Rose smile till his next words turned her sober in a 

twinkling: "I've eloped with a young lady, and don't know what to 

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