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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

deserted damsel under her wing and bear her safely home. 

 

Rose was warming her feet and sipping the chocolate which Phebe 

always had ready for her, as she never ate supper, when a hurried 

tap came at the long window whence the light streamed and Mac's 

voice was heard softly asking to be let in "just for one minute." 

 

Curious to know what had befallen him, Rose bade Phebe obey his 

call and the delinquent cavalier appeared, breathless, anxious, and 

more dilapidated than ever, for he had forgotten his overcoat; his 

tie was at the back of his neck now; and his hair as rampantly erect 

as if all the winds of heaven had been blowing freely through it, as 

they had, for he had been tearing to and fro the last half hour, 

trying to undo the dreadful deed he had so innocently committed. 

 

"Don't take any notice of me, for I don't deserve it. I only came to 

see that you were safe, Cousin, and then go hang myself, as Steve 

advised," he began in a remorseful tone that would have been very 

effective if he had not been obliged to catch his breath with a 

comical gasp now and then. 

 

"I never thought you would be the one to desert me," said Rose 

with a reproachful look, thinking it best not to relent too soon, 

though she was quite ready to do it when she saw how sincerely 

distressed he was. 

 

"It was that confounded man! He was a regular walking 

encyclopedia, and, finding I could get a good deal out of him, I 

went in for general information, as the time was short. You know I 

always forget everything else when I get hold of such a fellow." 

 

"That is evident. I wonder how you came to remember me at all," 

answered Rose, on the brink of a laugh it was so absurd. 

 

"I didn't till Steve said something that reminded me then it burst 

upon me, in one awful shock, that I'd gone and left you, and you 

might have knocked me down with a feather," said honest Mac, 

hiding none of his iniquity. 

 

"What did you do then?" 

 

"Do! I went off like a shot and never stopped till I reached the 

Hopes'" 

 

"You didn't walk all the way?" cried Rose. 

 

"Bless you, no I ran. But you were gone with Mrs. Bliss, so I pelted 

back again to see with my own eyes that you were safe at home," 


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