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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

 

It was a great relief to the public mind when it became known that 

Miss Campbell was really coming out at last, and invitations to 

Aunt Plenty's party were promptly accepted. Aunt Clara was much 

disappointed about the grand ball she had planned, but Rose stood 

firm, and the dear old lady had her way about everything. 

 

The consequence was a delightfully informal gathering of friends 

to welcome the travelers home. Just a good, old-fashioned, 

hospitable housewarming, so simple, cordial, and genuine that 

those who came to criticize remained to enjoy, and many owned 

the charm they could neither describe nor imitate. 

 

Much curiosity was felt about Phebe, and much gossip went on 

behind fans that evening, for those who had known her years ago 

found it hard to recognize the little housemaid in the handsome 

young woman who bore herself with such quiet dignity and 

charmed them all with her fine voice. "Cinderella has turned out a 

princess," was the general verdict, and Rose enjoyed the little 

sensation immensely, for she had had many battles to fight for her 

Phebe since she came among them, and now her faith was 

vindicated. 

 

Miss Campbell herself was in great demand and did the honors so 

prettily that even Miss Bliss forgave her for her sad neglect of 

Worth, though she shook her head over the white gowns, just alike 

except that Phebe wore crimson and Rose, blue trimmings. 

 

The girls swarmed eagerly around their recovered friend, for Rose 

had been a favorite before she went away and found her throne 

waiting for her now. The young men privately pronounced Phebe 

the handsomest "But then you know there's neither family nor 

money, so it's no use." Phebe, therefore, was admired as one of the 

ornamental properties belonging to the house and left respectfully 

alone. 

 

But bonny Rose was "all right," as these amiable youths expressed 

it, and many a wistful eye followed the bright head as it flitted 

about the rooms as if it were a second Golden Fleece to be won 

with difficulty, for stalwart kinsmen hedged it round, and watchful 

aunts kept guard. 

 

Little wonder that the girl found her new world an enchanting one 

and that her first sip of pleasure rather went to her head, for 


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