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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

found her favorite, St. Francis, among them. 

 

"This is more to my taste. Those worn-out, cadaverous fellows 

give me the blues, but here's a gentlemanly saint who takes things 

easy and does good as he goes along without howling over his own 

sins or making other people miserable by telling them of theirs." 

And Charlie laid a handsome St. Martin beside the brown-frocked 

monk. 

 

Rose looked at both and understood why her cousin preferred the 

soldierly figure with the sword to the ascetic with his crucifix. One 

was riding bravely through the world in purple and fine linen, with 

horse and hound and squires at his back; and the other was in a 

lazar-house, praying over the dead and dying. The contrast was a 

strong one, and the girl's eyes lingered longest on the knight, 

though she said thoughtfully, "Yours is certainly the pleasantest 

and yet I never heard of any good deed he did, except divide his 

cloak with a beggar, while St. Francis gave himself to charity just 

when life was most tempting and spent years working for God 

without reward. He's old and poor, and in a dreadful place, but I 

won't give him up, and you may have your gay St. Martin if you 

want him." 

 

"No, thank you, saints are not in my line but I'd like the 

golden-haired angel in the blue gown if you'll let me have her. She 

shall be my little Madonna, and I'll pray to her like a good 

Catholic," answered Charlie, turning to the delicate, deep-eyed 

figure with the lilies in its hand. 

 

"With all my heart, and any others that you like. Choose some for 

your mother and give them to her with my love." 

 

So Charlie sat down beside Rose to turn and talk over the pictures 

for a long and pleasant hour. But when they went away to lunch, if 

there had been anyone to observe so small but significant a trifle, 

good St. Francis lay face downward behind the sofa, while gallant 

St. Martin stood erect upon the chimneypiece. 

 

 

 


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