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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

himself. He'd better be sent home at once or he will disgrace the 

family by looking as if he'd been in a row." 


Steve spoke in such a tragic tone that Rose took another peep and 

did sympathize with Dandy, for Mac's elegance was quite gone. 

His tie was under one ear, his posy hung upside down, his gloves 

were rolled into a ball, which he absently squeezed and pounded as 

he talked, and his hair looked as if a whirlwind had passed over it, 

for his ten fingers set it on end now and then, as they had a habit of 

doing when he studied or talked earnestly. But he looked so happy 

and wide awake, in spite of his dishevelment, that Rose gave an 

approving nod and said behind her fan: "It is a trying spectacle, 

Steve yet, on the whole, I think his own odd ways suit him best and 

I fancy we shall be proud of him, for he knows more than all the 

rest of us put together. Hear that now." And Rose paused that they 

might listen to the following burst of eloquence from Mac's lips: 

"You know Frenzal has shown that the globular forms of silicate of 

bismuth at Schneeburg and Johanngeorgenstadt are not isometric, 

but monoclinic in crystalline form, and consequently he separates 

them from the old eulytite and gives them the new name 



"Isn't it awful? Let us get out of this before there's another 

avalanche or we shall be globular silicates and isometric crystals 

in spite of ourselves," whispered Steve with a panic-stricken air, 

and they fled from the hailstorm of hard words that rattled about 

their ears, leaving Mac to enjoy himself in his own way. 


But when Rose was ready to go home and looked about for her 

escort, he was nowhere to be seen, for the professor had departed, 

and Mac with him, so absorbed in some new topic that he entirely 

forgot his cousin and went placidly home, still pondering on the 

charms of geology. When this pleasing fact dawned upon Rose her 

feelings may be imagined. She was both angry and amused it was 

so like Mac to go mooning off and leave her to her fate. Not a hard 

one, however; for, though Steve was gone with Kitty before her 

plight was discovered, Mrs. Bliss was only too glad to take the 

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