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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

knew her, looked up with the shadow of a smile in his hollow eyes, 

and tried to say in his old cheery way: "Tell Rose I've turned the 

corner, thanks to you, my child." 


She answered very quietly, smoothed the pillow, and saw him drop 

asleep again before she stole away into the other room, meaning to 

write the good news, but could only throw herself down and find 

relief for a full heart in the first tears she had shed for weeks. Mac 

found her there, and took such care of her that she was ready to go 

back to her place now indeed a post of honor while he ran off to 

send home a telegram which made many hearts sing for joy and 

caused Jamie, in his first burst of delight, to propose to ring all the 

city bells and order out the cannon: "Saved thanks to God and 



That was all, but everyone was satisfied, and everyone fell 

a-crying, as if hope needed much salty water to strengthen it. That 

was soon over, however, and then people went about smiling and 

saying to one another, with handshakes or embraces, "He is better 

no doubt of it now!" A general desire to rush away and assure 

themselves of the truth pervaded the family for some days, and 

nothing but awful threats from Mac, stern mandates from the 

doctor, and entreaties from Phebe not to undo her work kept Miss 

Plenty, Rose, and Aunt Jessie at home. 


As the only way in which they could ease their minds and bear the 

delay, they set about spring cleaning with an energy which scared 

the spiders and drove charwomen distracted. If the old house had 

been infected with smallpox, it could not have been more 

vigorously scrubbed, aired, and refreshed. Early as it was, every 

carpet was routed up, curtains pulled down, cushions banged, and 

glory holes turned out till not a speck of dust, a last year's fly, or 

stray straw could be found. Then they all sat down and rested in 

such an immaculate mansion that one hardly dared to move for 

fear of destroying the shining order everywhere visible. 


It was late in April before this was accomplished, and the 

necessary quarantine of the absentees well over. The first mild 

days seemed to come early, so that Dr. Alec might return with 

safety from the journey which had so nearly been his last. It was 

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