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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

resigned sort of sigh and added like a martyr, "If those dear women 

would let me alone, I'd thank them forever. Put the idea out of 

their minds for heaven's sake, Mac, or I shall be having that poor 

girl flung at my head and her comfort destroyed. She is a fine 

creature and I'm proud of her, but she deserves a better lot than to 

be tied to an old fellow like me whose only merit is his fidelity." 


"As you please, I was only joking," and Uncle Mac dropped the 

subject with secret relief. The excellent man thought a good deal 

of family and had been rather worried at the hints of the ladies. 

After a moment's silence he returned to a former topic, which was 

rather a pet plan of his. "I don't think you do Archie justice, Alec. 

You don't know him as well as I do, but you'll find that he has 

heart enough under his cool, quiet manner. I've grown very fond of 

him, think highly of him, and don't see how you could do better for 

Rose than to give her to him." 


"If she will go," said the doctor, smiling at his brother's 

businesslike way of disposing of the young people. 


"She'll do anything to please you," began Uncle Mac in perfect 

good faith, for twenty-five years in the society of a very prosaic 

wife had taken nearly all the romance out of him. 


"It is of no use for us to plan, and I shall never interfere except to 

advise, and if I were to choose one of the boys, I should incline to 

my godson," answered the doctor gravely. 


"What, my Ugly Duckling!" exclaimed Uncle Mac in great 



"The Ugly Duckling turned out a swan, you remember. I've always 

been fond of the boy because he's so genuine and original. Crude 

as a green apple now, but sound at the core, and only needs time to 

ripen. I'm sure he'll turn out a capital specimen of the Campbell 



"Much obliged, Alec, but it will never do at all. He's a good fellow, 

and may do something to be proud of by and by, but he's not the 

mate for our Rose. She needs someone who can manage her 

property when we are gone, and Archie is the man for that, depend 

upon it." 


"Confound the property!" cried Dr. Alec impetuously. "I want her 

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