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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

protracted absences. 


The girl was thinking of this as she watched her cousin turn the 

ring about with a sudden sobriety which became him well; and, 

believing that the moment was propitious, she said earnestly: "He 

is getting on. Dear Charlie, do think of duty more than pleasure in 

this case and I'm sure you never will regret it." 


"Do you want me to go?" he asked quickly. 


"I think you ought." 


"And I think you'd be much more charming if you wouldn't always 

be worrying about right and wrong! Uncle Alec taught you that 

along with the rest of his queer notions." 


"I'm glad he did!" cried Rose warmly, then checked herself and 

said with a patient sort of sigh, "You know women always want 

the men they care for to be good and can't help trying to make 

them so." 


"So they do, and we ought to be a set of angels, but I've a strong 

conviction that, if we were, the dear souls wouldn't like us half as 

well. Would they now?" asked Charlie with an insinuating smile. 


"Perhaps not, but that is dodging the point. Will you go?" persisted 

Rose unwisely. 


"No, I will not." 


That was sufficiently decided and an uncomfortable pause 

followed, during which Rose tied a knot unnecessarily tight and 

Charlie went on exploring the drawer with more energy than 



"Why, here's an old thing I gave you ages ago!" he suddenly 

exclaimed in a pleased tone, holding up a little agate heart on a 

faded blue ribbon. "Will you let me take away the heart of stone 

and give you a heart of flesh?" he asked, half in earnest, half in 

jest, touched by the little trinket and the recollections it awakened. 


"No, I will not," answered Rose bluntly, much displeased by the 

irreverent and audacious question. 


Charlie looked rather abashed for a moment, but his natural 

lightheartedness made it easy for him to get the better of his own 

brief fits of waywardness and put others in good humor with him 

and themselves. 


"Now we are even let's drop the subject and start afresh," he said 

with irresistible affability as he coolly put the little heart in his 

pocket and prepared to shut the drawer. But something caught his 

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