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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

answering word as eloquent as his. 




"The year is out today. I told you I should come. Have you 



"No I knew you'd come." 


"And are you glad?" 


"How can I help it?" 


"You can't don't try. Come into this little park and let us talk." And 

drawing her hand through his arm, Archie led her into what to 

other eyes was a very dismal square, with a boarded-up fountain in 

the middle, sodden grass plots, and dead leaves dancing in the 

wintry wind. 


But to them it was a summery Paradise, and they walked to and fro 

in the pale sunshine, quite unconscious that they were objects of 

interest to several ladies and gentlemen waiting anxiously for their 

dinner or yawning over the dull books kept for Sunday reading. 

"Are you ready to come home now, Phebe?" asked Archie tenderly 

as he looked at the downcast face beside him and wondered why 

all women did not wear delightful little black velvet bonnets with 

one deep red flower against their hair. 


"Not yet. I haven't done enough," began Phebe, finding it very hard 

to keep the resolution made a year ago. 


"You have proved that you can support yourself, make friends, and 

earn a name, if you choose. No one can deny that, and we are all 

getting proud of you. What more can you ask, my dearest?" 


"I don't quite know, but I am very ambitious. I want to be famous, 

to do something for you all, to make some sacrifice for Rose, and, 

if I can, to have something to give up for your sake. Let me wait 

and work longer I know I haven't earned my welcome yet," 

pleaded Phebe so earnestly that her lover knew it would be in vain 

to try and turn her, so wisely contented himself with half, since he 

could not have the whole. 


"Such a proud woman! Yet I love you all the better for it, and 

understand your feeling. Rose made me see how it seems to you, 

and I don't wonder that you cannot forget the unkind things that 

were looked, if not said, by some of my amiable aunts. I'll try to be 

patient on one condition, Phebe." 


"And what is that?" 


"You are to let me come sometimes while I wait, and wear this lest 

you should forget me," he said, pulling a ring from his pocket and 

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