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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

anxiety pleasant to see: "You know I do not approve of cousins 

marrying, so I'm in a quandary, Mac, for I love the child as if she 

were my own and feel as if I could not give her up to any man 

whom I did not know and trust entirely. It is of no use for us to 

plan, for she must choose for herself yet I do wish we could keep 

her among us and give one of our boys a wife worth having." 


"We must, so never mind your theories but devote yourself to 

testing our elder lads and making one of them a happy fellow. All 

are heart-whole, I believe, and, though young still for this sort of 

thing, we can be gently shaping matters for them, since no one 

knows how soon the moment may come. My faith it is like living 

in a powder mill to be among a lot of young folks nowadays! All 

looks as calm as possible till a sudden spark produces an 

explosion, and heaven only knows where we find ourselves after it 

is over." 


And Uncle Mac sat himself comfortably down to settle Rose's fate 

while the doctor paced the room, plucking at his beard and knitting 

his brows as if he found it hard to see his way. 


"Yes, Archie is a good fellow," he said, answering the question he 

had ignored before. "An upright, steady, intelligent lad who will 

make an excellent husband if he ever finds out that he has a heart. 

I suppose I'm an old fool, but I do like a little more romance in a 

young man than he seems to have more warmth and enthusiasm, 

you know. Bless the boy! He might be forty instead of three or four 

and twenty, he's so sober, calm, and cool. I'm younger than he is, 

and could go a-wooing like a Romeo if I had any heart to offer a 



The doctor looked rather shamefaced as he spoke, and his brother 

burst out laughing. "See here, Alec, it's a pity so much romance 

and excellence as yours should be lost, so why don't you set these 

young fellows an example and go a-wooing yourself? Jessie has 

been wondering how you have managed to keep from falling in 

love with Phebe all this time, and Clara is quite sure that you 

waited only till she was safe under Aunt Plenty's wing to offer 

yourself in the good old-fashioned style." 


"I!" And the doctor stood aghast at the mere idea, then he gave a 

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