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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

to be happy, and I don't care how soon she gets rid of her money if 

it is going to be a millstone round her neck. I declare to you, I 

dreaded the thought of this time so much that I've kept her away as 

long as I could and trembled whenever a young fellow joined us 

while we were abroad. Had one or two narrow escapes, and now 

I'm in for it, as you can see by tonight's 'success' as Clara calls it. 

Thank heaven I haven't many daughters to look after!" 

 

"Come, come, don't be anxious take Archie and settle it right up 

safely and happily. That's my advice, and you'll find it sound," 

replied the elder conspirator, like one having experience. 

 

"I'll think of it, but mind you, Mac, not a word of this to the sisters. 

We are a couple of old fools to be matchmaking so soon but I see 

what is before me and it's a comfort to free my mind to someone." 

 

"So it is. Depend on me not a breath even to Jane," answered 

Uncle Mac, with a hearty shake and a sympathetic slap on the 

shoulder. 

 

"Why, what dark and awful secrets are going on here? Is it a 

Freemason's Lodge and those the mystic signs?" asked a gay voice 

at the door; and there stood Rose, full of smiling wonder at the 

sight of her two uncles hand in hand, whispering and nodding to 

one another mysteriously. 

 

They stared like schoolboys caught plotting mischief and looked 

so guilty that she took pity on them, innocently imagining the 

brothers were indulging in a little sentiment on this joyful 

occasion, so she added quickly, as she beckoned, without crossing 

the threshold, "Women not allowed, of course, but both of you 

dear Odd Fellows are wanted, for Aunt Plenty begs we will have 

an old-fashioned contra dance, and I'm to lead off with Uncle Mac. 

I chose you, sir, because you do it in style, pigeon wings and all. 

So, please come and Phebe is waiting for you, Uncle Alec. She is 

rather shy you know, but will enjoy it with you to take care of her." 

 

"Thank you, thank you!" cried both gentlemen, following with 

great alacrity. 

 

Unconscious, Rose enjoyed that Virginia reel immensely, for the 

pigeon wings were superb, and her partner conducted her through 

the convolutions of the dance without a fault, going down the 


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