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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

and amusement in nursing Aunt Myra, who was a capital patient, 

as she never died and never got well. 


So at last the moment came when, with free minds, the travelers 

could set out, and on Rose's eighteenth birthday, with Uncle Alec 

and the faithful Phebe, she sailed away to see and study the big, 

beautiful world which lies ready for us all if we only know how to 

use and enjoy it. 


Phebe was set to studying music in the best schools, and while she 

trained her lovely voice with happy industry, Rose and her uncle 

roamed about in the most delightful way till two years were gone 

like a dream and those at home clamored for their return. 


Back they came, and now the heiress must make ready to take her 

place, for at twenty-one she came into possession of the fortune 

she had been trying to learn how to use well. Great plans 

fermented in her brain, for, though the heart was as generous as 

ever, time had taught her prudence and observation shown her that 

the wisest charity is that which helps the poor to help themselves. 


Dr. Alec found it a little difficult to restrain the ardor of this young 

philanthropist who wanted to begin at once to endow hospitals, 

build homes, adopt children, and befriend all mankind. 


"Take a little time to look about you and get your bearings, child. 

The world you have been living in is a much simpler, honester one 

than that you are now to enter. Test yourself a bit and see if the old 

ways seem best after all, for you are old enough to decide, and 

wise enough to discover, what is for your truest good, I hope," he 

said, trying to feel ready to let the bird escape from under his wing 

and make little flights alone. 


"Now, Uncle, I'm very much afraid you are going to be 

disappointed in me," answered Rose with unusual hesitation yet a 

very strong desire visible in her eyes. "You like to have me quite 

honest, and I've learned to tell you all my foolish thoughts so I'll 

speak out, and if you find my wish very wrong and silly, please say 

so, for I don't want you to cast me off entirely, though I am grown 

up. You say, wait a little, test myself, and try if the old ways are 

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