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Table of contents
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

Mac's letter had come with the other, and dismay fell upon the 

family at the thought of danger to the well-beloved Uncle Alec. 

His brother decided to go at once, and Aunt Jane insisted on 

accompanying him, though all agreed that nothing could be done 

but wait, and leave Phebe at her post as long as she held out, since 

it was too late to save her from danger now and Mac reported her 

quite equal to the task. 

 

Great was the hurry and confusion till the relief party was off. 

Aunt Plenty was heartbroken that she could not go with them, but 

felt that she was too infirm to be useful and, like a sensible old 

soul, tried to content herself with preparing all sorts of comforts 

for the invalid. Rose was less patient, and at first had wild ideas of 

setting off alone and forcing her way to the spot where all her 

thoughts now centered. But before she could carry out any rash 

project, Aunt Myra's palpitations set in so alarmingly that they did 

good service for once and kept Rose busy taking her last directions 

and trying to soothe her dying bed, for each attack was declared 

fatal till the patient demanded toast and tea, when hope was again 

allowable and the rally began. 

 

The news flew fast, as such tidings always do, and Aunt Plenty 

was constantly employed in answering inquiries, for her knocker 

kept up a steady tattoo for several days. All sorts of people came: 

gentlefolk and paupers, children with anxious little faces, old 

people full of sympathy, pretty girls sobbing as they went away, 

and young men who relieved their feelings by swearing at all 

emigrants in general and Portuguese in particular. It was touching 

and comforting to see how many loved the good man who was 

known only by his benefactions and now lay suffering far away, 

quite unconscious how many unsuspected charities were brought 

to light by this grateful solicitude as hidden flowers spring up 

when warm rains fall. 

 

If Rose had ever felt that the gift of living for others was a poor 

one, she saw now how beautiful and blessed it was how rich the 

returns, how wide the influence, how much more precious the 

tender tie which knit so many hearts together than any breath of 


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