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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

 

"No, thank heaven! So far I've had little trouble with either, though 

Mac is an odd stick and Steve a puppy. I don't complain, for both 

will outgrow that sort of thing and are good fellows at heart, 

thanks to their mother. But Clara's boy is in a bad way, and she 

will spoil him as a man as she has as a boy if his father doesn't 

interfere." 

 

"I told brother Stephen all about him when I was in Calcutta last 

year, and he wrote to the boy, but Clara has got no end of plans in 

her head and so she insisted on keeping Charlie a year longer when 

his father ordered him off to India," replied the doctor as they 

walked away. 

 

"It is too late to 'order' Charlie is a man now, and Stephen will find 

he has been too easy with him all these years. Poor fellow, it has 

been hard lines for him, and is likely to be harder, I fancy, unless 

he comes home and straightens things out." 

 

"He won't do that if he can help it. He has lost all his energy living 

in that climate and hates worry more than ever, so you can imagine 

what an effort it would be to manage a foolish woman and a 

headstrong boy. We must lend a hand, Mac, and do our best for 

poor old Steve." 

 

"The best we can do for the lad is to marry and settle him as soon 

as possible." 

 

"My dear fellow, he is only three and twenty," began the doctor, as 

if the idea was preposterous. Then a sudden change came over him 

as he added with a melancholy smile, "I forget how much one can 

hope and suffer, even at twenty-three." 

 

"And be all the better for, if bravely outlived," said Uncle Mac, 

with his hand on his brother's shoulder and the sincerest approval 

in his voice. Then, kindly returning to the younger people, he went 

on inquiringly, "You don't incline to Clara's view of a certain 

matter, I fancy?" 

 

"Decidedly not. My girl must have the best, and Clara's training 

would spoil an angel," answered Dr. Alec quickly. 

 

"But we shall find it hard to let our little Rose go out of the family. 

How would Archie do? He has been well brought up and is a 

thoroughly excellent lad." 

 

The brothers had retired to the study by this time and were alone, 

yet Dr. Alec lowered his voice as he said with a tender sort of 


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