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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


But Dr. Alec was a sight for "sair een," so full of concentrated 

contentment was he. No one but Rose, perhaps, knew how proud 

and pleased the good man felt at this first small success of his 

godson, for he had always had high hopes of the boy, because in 

spite of his oddities he had such an upright nature, and promising 

little, did much, with the quiet persistence which foretells a manly 

character. All the romance of the doctor's heart was stirred by this 

poetic bud of promise and the love that made it bloom so early, for 

Mac had confided his hopes to Uncle, finding great consolation 

and support in his sympathy and advice. Like a wise man, Dr. Alec 

left the young people to learn the great lesson in their own way, 

counseling Mac to work and Rose to wait till both were quite 

certain that their love was built on a surer foundation than 

admiration or youthful romance. 


Meantime he went about with a well-worn little book in his 

pocket, humming bits from a new set of songs and repeating with 

great fervor certain sonnets which seemed to him quite equal, if 

not superior, to any that Shakespeare ever wrote. As Rose was 

doing the same thing, they often met for a private "read and 

warble," as they called it, and while discussing the safe subject of 

Mac's poetry, both arrived at a pretty clear idea of what Mac's 

reward was to be when he came home. 


He seemed in no hurry to do this, however, and continued to 

astonish his family by going into society and coming out brilliantly 

in that line. It takes very little to make a lion, as everyone knows 

who has seen what poor specimens are patted and petted every 

year, in spite of their bad manners, foolish vagaries, and very 

feeble roaring. Mac did not want to be lionized and took it rather 

scornfully, which only added to the charm that people suddenly 

discovered about the nineteenth cousin of Thomas Campbell, the 

poet. He desired to be distinguished in the best sense of the word, 

as well as to look so, and thought a little of the polish society gives 

would not be amiss, remembering Rose's efforts in that line. For 

her sake he came out of his shell and went about seeing and testing 

all sorts of people with those observing eyes of his, which saw so 

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