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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

men whom she met. Good fellows enough, but educated, as nearly 

all are nowadays, to believe that girls with beauty or money are 

brought to market to sell or buy as the case may be. 


Rose could purchase anything she liked, as she combined both 

advantages, and was soon surrounded by many admirers, each 

striving to secure the prize. Not being trained to believe that the 

only end and aim of a woman's life was a good match, she was a 

little disturbed, when the first pleasing excitement was over, to 

discover that her fortune was her chief attraction. 


It was impossible for her to help seeing, hearing, guessing this 

from a significant glance, a stray word, a slight hint here and there, 

and the quick instinct of a woman felt even before it understood 

the self-interest which chilled for her so many opening friendships. 

In her eyes love was a very sacred thing, hardly to be thought of till 

it came, reverently received and cherished faithfully to the end. 

Therefore, it is not strange that she shrank from hearing it 

flippantly discussed and marriage treated as a bargain to be 

haggled over, with little thought of its high duties, great 

responsibilities, and tender joys. Many things perplexed her, and 

sometimes a doubt of all that till now she had believed and trusted 

made her feel as if at sea without a compass, for the new world 

was so unlike the one she had been living in that it bewildered 

while it charmed the novice. 


Dr. Alec understood the mood in which he found her and did his 

best to warn without saddening by too much worldly wisdom. 


"You are something besides an heiress to those who know and love 

you, so take heart, my girl, and hold fast to the faith that is in you. 

There is a touchstone for all these things, and whatever does not 

ring true, doubt and avoid. Test and try men and women as they 

come along, and I am sure conscience, instinct, and experience 

will keep you from any dire mistake," he said, with a protecting 

arm about her and a trustful look that was very comforting. 


After a moment's pause she answered, while a sudden smile 

dimpled around her mouth and the big glove went up to hide her 

telltale cheeks: "Uncle, if I must have lovers, I do wish they'd be 

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