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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

with what palpitating emotions art thou fraught!'" And, quoting 

from the "Mysteries of Udolpho," he unlocked and opened the 

drawer with a tragic gesture. 

 

"Seven locks of hair in a box, all light, for 'here's your straw color, 

your orange tawny, your French crown color, and your perfect 

yellow' Shakespeare. They look very familiar, and I fancy I know 

the heads they thatched." 

 

"Yes, you all gave me one when I went away, you know, and I 

carried them round the world with me in that very box." 

 

"I wish the heads had gone too. Here's a jolly little amber god with 

a gold ring in his back and a most balmy breath," continued 

Charlie, taking a long sniff at the scent bottle. 

 

"Uncle brought me that long ago, and I'm very fond of it." 

 

"This now looks suspicious man's ring with a lotus cut on the stone 

and a note attached. I tremble as I ask, who, when, and where?" 

 

"A gentleman, on my birthday, in Calcutta." 

 

"I breathe again it was my sire?" 

 

"Don't be absurd. Of course it was, and he did everything to make 

my visit pleasant. I wish you'd go and see him like a dutiful son, 

instead of idling here." 

 

"That's what Uncle Mac is eternally telling me, but I don't intend to 

be lectured into the treadmill till I've had my fling first," muttered 

Charlie rebelliously. 

 

"If you fling yourself in the wrong direction, you may find it hard 

to get back again," began Rose gravely. 

 

"No fear, if you look after me as you seem to have promised to do, 

judging by the thanks you get in this note. Poor old governor! I 

should like to see him, for it's almost four years since he came 

home last and he must be getting on." 

 

Charlie was the only one of the boys who ever called his father 

"governor," perhaps because the others knew and loved their 

fathers, while he had seen so little of his that the less respectful 

name came more readily to his lips, since the elder man in truth 

seemed a governor issuing requests or commands, which the 

younger too often neglected or resented. 

 

Long ago Rose had discovered that Uncle Stephen found home 

made so distasteful by his wife's devotion to society that he 

preferred to exile himself, taking business as an excuse for his 


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