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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

look much more tidy, and I fancy I shall like it when I'm used to 

seeing a somewhat distinguished-looking man about the house 

instead of my old friend Orson," answered Rose, with her head on 

one side to get a profile view. 


"Don't tell Uncle why I did it, please he thinks it was for the sake 

of coolness and likes it, so take no notice. They are all used to me 

now, and don't mind," said Mac, roving about the room as if rather 

ashamed of his whim after all. 


"No, I won't, but you mustn't mind if I'm not as sociable as usual 

for a while. I never can be with strangers, and you really do seem 

like one. That will be a punishment for your want of taste and love 

of originality," returned Rose, resolved to punish him for the slight 

put upon her beloved uncle. 


"As you like. I won't trouble you much anyway, for I'm going to be 

very busy. May go to L this winter, if Uncle thinks best, and then 

my 'originality' can't annoy you." 


"I hope you won't go. Why, Mac, I'm just getting to know and 

enjoy you, and thought we'd have a nice time this winter reading 

something together. Must you go?" And Rose seemed to forget his 

strangeness, as she held him still by one button while she talked. 


"That would be nice. But I feel as if I must go my plans are all 

made, and I've set my heart on it," answered Mac, looking so eager 

that Rose released him, saying sadly: "I suppose it is natural for 

you all to get restless and push off, but it is hard for me to let you 

go one after the other and stay here alone. Charlie is gone, Archie 

and Steve are wrapped up in their sweethearts, the boys away, and 

only Jamie left to 'play with Rose.'? 


"But I'll come back, and you'll be glad I went if I bring you my--" 

began Mac with sudden animation, then stopped abruptly to bite 

his lips, as if he had nearly said too much. 


"Your what?" asked Rose curiously, for he neither looked nor 

acted like himself. 


"I forgot how long it takes to get a diploma," he said, walking 

away again. 


"There will be one comfort if you go you'll see Phebe and can tell 

me all about her, for she is so modest, she doesn't half do it. I shall 

want to know how she gets on, if she is engaged to sing ballads in 

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