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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

till they end, leaving a void in many hearts. Yours may be one of 

these if you choose to make it so, and no one will be prouder of 

this success than I, unless it be Mac." 

 

The clouds were quite gone now, and Rose was looking straight 

into her uncle's face with a much happier expression when that last 

word made it color brightly and the eyes glance away for a second. 

Then they came back full of a tender sort of resolution as she said: 

"That will be the reward I work for," and rose, as if ready to be up 

and doing with renewed courage. 

 

But her uncle held her long enough to ask quite soberly, though his 

eyes laughed: "Shall I tell him that?" 

 

"No, sir, please don't! When he is tired of other people's praise, he 

will come home, and then I'll see what I can do for him," answered 

Rose, slipping away to her work with the shy, happy look that 

sometimes came to give to her face the charm it needed. 

 

"He is such a thorough fellow, he never is in a hurry to go from 

one thing to another. An excellent habit, but a trifle trying to 

impatient people like me," said the doctor and, picking up Dulce, 

who sat upon the rug with her dolly, he composed his feelings by 

tossing her till she crowed with delight. 

 

Rose heartily echoed that last remark, but said nothing aloud, only 

helped her uncle off with dutiful alacrity and, when he was gone, 

began to count the days till his return, wishing she had decided to 

go too. 

 

He wrote often, giving excellent accounts of the "great creatures," 

as Steve called Phebe and Mac, and seemed to find so much to do 

in various ways that the second week of absence was nearly over 

before he set a day for his return, promising to astonish them with 

the account of his adventures. 

 

Rose felt as if something splendid was going to happen and set her 

affairs in order so that the approaching crisis might find her fully 

prepared. She had "found out" now, was quite sure, and put away 

all doubts and fears to be ready to welcome home the cousin 

whom she was sure Uncle would bring as her reward. She was 

thinking of this one day as she got out her paper to write a long 

letter to poor Aunt Clara, who pined for news far away there in 


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