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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

sometimes better men sought her favor more humbly. 

 

These thoughts were floating vaguely in her mind as she read her 

letters and unconsciously influenced her in the chat that followed. 

 

"Only invitations, and I can't stop to answer them now or I shall 

never get through this job," she said, returning to her work. 

 

"Let me help. You do up, and I'll direct. Have a secretary, do now, 

and see what a comfort it will be," proposed Charlie, who could 

turn his hand to anything and had made himself quite at home in 

the sanctum. 

 

"I'd rather finish this myself, but you may answer the notes if you 

will. Just regrets to all but two or three. Read the names as you go 

along and I'll tell you which." 

 

"To hear is to obey. Who says I'm a 'frivolous idler' now?" And 

Charlie sat down at the writing table with alacrity, for these hours 

in the little room were his best and happiest. 

 

"Order is heaven's first law, and the view a lovely one, but I don't 

see any notepaper," he added, opening the desk and surveying its 

contents with interest. 

 

"Right-hand drawer violet monogram for the notes, plain paper for 

the business letter. I'll see to that, though," answered Rose, trying 

to decide whether Annabel or Emma should have the laced 

handkerchief. 

 

"Confiding creature! Suppose I open the wrong drawer and come 

upon the tender secrets of your soul?" continued the new secretary, 

rummaging out the delicate notepaper with masculine disregard of 

order. 

 

"I haven't got any," answered Rose demurely. 

 

"What, not one despairing scrawl, one cherished miniature, one 

faded floweret, etc., etc.? I can't believe it, Cousin," and he shook 

his head incredulously. 

 

"If I had, I certainly should not show them to you, impertinent 

person! There are a few little souvenirs in that desk, but nothing 

very sentimental or interesting." 

 

"How I'd like to see 'em! But I should never dare to ask," observed 

Charlie, peering over the top of the half-open lid with a most 

persuasive pair of eyes. 

 

"You may if you want to, but you'll be disappointed, Paul Pry. 

Lower left-hand drawer with the key in it." 

 

"'Angel of goodness, how shall I requite thee? Interesting moment, 


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