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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

which seemed to pervade the air. She said nothing, waiting for 

Phebe to speak, but Phebe was silent, seeming to doubt the truth 

till doubt became impossible, then to shrink as if suddenly 

conscious of wrongdoing and seize every possible pretext for 

absenting herself from the "girls' corner," as the pretty recess was 

called. 

 

The concert plan afforded excellent opportunities for doing this, 

and evening after evening she slipped away to practice her songs 

upstairs while Archie sat staring disconsolately at the neglected 

work basket and mute piano. Rose pitied him and longed to say a 

word of comfort, but felt shy he was such a reserved fellow so left 

him to conduct his quiet wooing in his own way, feeling that the 

crisis would soon arrive. 

 

She was sure of this as she sat beside him on the evening of the 

concert, for while the rest of the family nodded and smiled, chatted 

and laughed in great spirits, Archie was as mute as a fish and sat 

with his arms tightly folded, as if to keep in any unruly emotions 

which might attempt to escape. He never looked at the program, 

but Rose knew when Phebe's turn came by the quick breath he 

drew and the intent look, so absent before, that came into his eyes. 

 

But her own excitement prevented much notice of his, for Rose 

was in a flutter of hope and fear, sympathy and delight, about 

Phebe and her success. The house was crowded; the audience 

sufficiently mixed to make the general opinion impartial; and the 

stage full of little orphans with shining faces, a most effective 

reminder of the object in view. 

 

"Little dears, how nice they look!" "Poor things, so young to be 

fatherless and motherless." "It will be a disgrace to the city if those 

girls are not taken proper care of." "Subscriptions are always in 

order, you know, and pretty Miss Campbell will give you her 

sweetest smile if you hand her a handsome check." "I've heard this 

Phebe Moore, and she really has a delicious voice such a pity she 

won't fit herself for opera!" "Only sings three times tonight; that's 

modest, I'm sure, when she's the chief attraction, so we must give 

her an encore after the Italian piece." "The orphans lead off, I see. 


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