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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

said Rose decidedly. 

 

"Why, what do you know about it, except that people live in them 

and the owners turn a pretty penny on the rents?" 

 

"I know a good deal about them, for I've seen many such, both here 

and abroad. It was not all pleasure with us, I assure you. Uncle was 

interested in hospitals and prisons, and I sometimes went with 

him, but they made me sad so he suggested other charities that I 

could be of help about when we came home. I visited infant 

schools, working women's homes, orphan asylums, and places of 

that sort. You don't know how much good it did me and how glad I 

am that I have the means of lightening a little some of the misery 

in the world." 

 

"But, my dear girl, you needn't make ducks and drakes of your 

fortune trying to feed and cure and clothe all the poor wretches 

you see. Give, of course everyone should do something in that line 

and no one likes it better than I. But don't, for mercy's sake, go at it 

as some women do and get so desperately earnest, practical, and 

charity-mad that there is no living in peace with you," protested 

Charlie, looking alarmed at the prospect. 

 

"You can do as you please. I intend to do all the good I can by 

asking the advice and following the example of the most 'earnest,' 

'practical,' and 'charitable' people I know so, if you don't approve, 

you can drop my acquaintance," answered Rose, emphasizing the 

obnoxious words and assuming the resolute air she always wore 

when defending her hobbies. 

 

"You'll be laughed at." 

 

"I'm used to that." 

 

"And criticized and shunned." 

 

"Not by people whose opinion I value." 

 

"Women shouldn't go poking into such places." 

 

"I've been taught that they should." 

 

"Well, you'll get some dreadful disease and lose your beauty, and 

then where are you?" added Charlie, thinking that might daunt the 

young philanthropist. 

 

But it did not, for Rose answered, with a sudden kindling of the 

eyes as she remembered her talk with Uncle Alec: "I shouldn't like 

it. But there would be one satisfaction in it, for when I'd lost my 

beauty and given away my money, I should know who really cared 

for me." 

 

Charlie nibbled his pen in silence for a moment, then asked, 


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