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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

great blessing." 

 

"It is very kind of you to say so, but I think I'd like a little fun and 

fame nevertheless." And Rose did not look as thankful as she 

ought. 

 

"Very natural, dear, but the fun and the fame do not last, while the 

memory of a real helper is kept green long after poetry is forgotten 

and music silent. Can't you believe that, and be happy?" 

 

"But I do so little, nobody sees or cares, and I don't feel as if I was 

really of any use," sighed Rose, thinking of the long, dull winter, 

full of efforts that seemed fruitless. 

 

"Sit here, and let us see if you really do very little and if no one 

cares." And, drawing her to his knee, Dr. Alec went on, telling off 

each item on one of the fingers of the soft hand he held. 

 

"First, an infirm old aunt is kept very happy by the patient, cheerful 

care of this good-for-nothing niece. Secondly, a crotchety uncle, 

for whom she reads, runs, writes, and sews so willingly that he 

cannot get on without her. Thirdly, various relations who are 

helped in various ways. Fourthly, one dear friend never forgotten, 

and a certain cousin cheered by praise which is more to him than 

the loudest blast Fame could blow. Fifthly, several young girls find 

her an example of many good works and ways. Sixthly, a 

motherless baby is cared for as tenderly as if she were a little 

sister. Seventhly, half a dozen poor ladies made comfortable; and, 

lastly, some struggling boys and girls with artistic longings are put 

into a pleasant room furnished with casts, studies, easels, and all 

manner of helpful things, not to mention free lessons given by this 

same idle girl, who now sits upon my knee owning to herself that 

her gift is worth having after all." 

 

"Indeed, I am! Uncle, I'd no idea I had done so many things to 

please you, or that anyone guessed how hard I try to fill my place 

usefully. I've learned to do without gratitude now I'll learn not to 

care for praise, but to be contented to do my best, and have only 

God know." 

 

"He knows, and He rewards in His own good time. I think a quiet 

life like this often makes itself felt in better ways than one that the 

world sees and applauds, and some of the noblest are never known 


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