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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

 

"Oh, dear, no! Far superior to Mr. Pemberton and many years 

older," said Rose, with so much respect that Charlie looked 

perplexed as well as anxious. 

 

"Some apostolic minister, I fancy. You pious creatures always like 

to adore a parson. But all we know are married." 

 

"He isn't." 

 

"Give a name, for pity's sake I'm suffering tortures of suspense," 

begged Charlie. 

 

"Alexander Campbell." 

 

"Uncle? Well, upon my word, that's a relief, but mighty absurd all 

the same. So, when you find a young saint of that sort, you intend 

to marry him, do you?" demanded Charlie much amused and rather 

disappointed. 

 

"When I find any man half as honest, good, and noble as Uncle, I 

shall be proud to marry him if he asks me," answered Rose 

decidedly. 

 

"What odd tastes women have!" And Charlie leaned his chin on his 

hand to muse pensively for a moment over the blindness of one 

woman who could admire an excellent old uncle more than a 

dashing young cousin. 

 

Rose, meanwhile, tied up her parcels industriously, hoping she had 

not been too severe, for it was very hard to lecture Charlie, though 

he seemed to like it sometimes and came to confession voluntarily, 

knowing that women love to forgive when the sinners are of his 

sort. 

 

"It will be mail time before you are done," she said presently, for 

silence was less pleasant than his rattle. 

 

Charlie took the hint and dashed off several notes in his best 

manner. Coming to the business letter, he glanced at it and asked, 

with a puzzled expression: "What is all this? Cost of repairs, etc., 

from a man named Buffum?" 

 

"Never mind that I'll see to it by and by." 

 

"But I do mind, for I'm interested in all your affairs, and though 

you think I've no head for business, you'll find I have if you'll try 

me." 

 

"This is only about my two old houses in the city, which are being 

repaired and altered so that the rooms can be let singly." 

 

"Going to make tenement houses of them? Well, that's not a bad 

idea such places pay well, I've heard." 

 

"That is just what I'm not going to do. I wouldn't have a tenement 

house on my conscience for a million dollars not as they are now," 


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