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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

smoothly about with Steve, though he was only an inch or two 

taller than herself. She had plenty of partners, however, and plenty 

of chaperons, for all the young men were her most devoted, and all 

the matrons beamed upon her with maternal benignity. 


Charlie was not there, for when he found that Rose stood firm, and 

had moreover engaged Mac as a permanency, he would not go at 

all and retired in high dudgeon to console himself with more 

dangerous pastimes. Rose feared it would be so, and even in the 

midst of the gaiety about her an anxious mood came over her now 

and then and made her thoughtful for a moment. She felt her 

power and wanted to use it wisely, but did not know how to be 

kind to Charlie without being untrue to herself and giving him 

false hopes. 


"I wish we were all children again, with no hearts to perplex us 

and no great temptations to try us," she said to herself as she rested 

a minute in a quiet nook while her partner went to get a glass of 

water. Right in the midst of this half-sad, half-sentimental reverie, 

she heard a familiar voice behind her say earnestly: "And allophite 

is the new hydrous silicate of alumina and magnesia, much 

resembling pseudophite, which Websky found in Silesia." 


"What is Mac talking about!" she thought, and, peeping behind a 

great azalea in full bloom, she saw her cousin in deep conversation 

with the professor, evidently having a capital time, for his face had 

lost its melancholy expression and was all alive with interest, 

while the elder man was listening as if his remarks were both 

intelligent and agreeable. 


"What is it?" asked Steve, coming up with the water and seeing a 

smile on Rose's face. 


She pointed out the scientific tete-a-tete going on behind the 

azalea, and Steve grinned as he peeped, then grew sober and said 

in a tone of despair: "If you had seen the pains I took with that 

fellow, the patience with which I brushed his wig, the time I spent 

trying to convince him that he must wear thin boots, and the fight I 

had to get him into that coat, you'd understand my feelings when I 

see him now." 


"Why, what's the matter with him?" asked Rose. 


"Will you take a look and see what a spectacle he has made of 

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