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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


"All well, thanks. Won't you come up and see for yourselves?" 


"Can't, my dear, can't possibly. Business, you know, business. This 

fellow is my right-hand man, and I can't spare him a minute. 

Come, Arch, we must be off, or these boys will miss their train," 

answered Uncle Mac, pulling out his watch. 


With a last look from the light-haired figure at the gate to the 

dark-haired one among the vines, Archie drove away and Jamie 

cantered after, consoling himself for his defeat with apple number 



Rose lingered a moment, feeling much inclined to continue her run 

and pop in upon all the aunts in succession, but, remembering her 

uncovered head, was about to turn back when a cheerful "Ahoy! 

ahoy!" made her look up to see Mac approaching at a great pace, 

waving his hat as he came. 


"The Campbells are coming, thick and fast this morning, and the 

more the merrier," she said, running to meet him. "You look like a 

good boy going to school, and virtuously conning your lesson by 

the way," she added, smiling to see him take his finger out of the 

book he had evidently been reading, and tuck it under his arm, just 

as he used to do years ago. 


"I am a schoolboy, going to the school I like best," he answered, 

waving a plumy spray of asters as if pointing out the lovely autumn 

world about them, full of gay hues, fresh airs, and mellow 



"That reminds me that I didn't get a chance to hear much about 

your plans last night the other boys all talked at once, and you only 

got a word now and then. What have you decided to be, Mac?" 

asked Rose as they went up the avenue side by side. 


"A man first, and a good one if possible. After that, what God 



Something in the tone, as well as the words, made Rose look up 

quickly into Mac's face to see a new expression there. It was 

indescribable, but she felt as she had often done when watching 

the mists part suddenly, giving glimpses of some mountaintop, 

shining serene and high against the blue. 


"I think you will be something splendid, for you really look quite 

glorified, walking under this arch of yellow leaves with the 

sunshine on your face," she exclaimed, conscious of a sudden 

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