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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

another fashion. Old people don't like to have their plans upset, 

you know," he added more lightly, for Rose's face fell as he went 



"Old people shouldn't plan too much for the young ones, then. We 

are very grateful, I'm sure, but we cannot always be disposed of in 

the most prudent and sensible way, so don't set your hearts on little 

arrangements of that sort, I beg," And Rose looked wondrous wise, 

for she could not help suspecting even her best uncle of "plans" in 

her behalf. 


"You are quite right-we shouldn't, yet it is very hard to help it," 

confessed Dr. Alec with a conscious air, and, returning hastily to 

the lovers, he added kindly: "I was much pleased with the 

straightforward way in which Phebe came to me this morning and 

told me all about it, as if I really was her guardian. She did not 

own it in words, but it was perfectly evident that she loves Archie 

with all her heart, yet, knowing the objections which will be made, 

very sensibly and bravely proposes to go away at once and end the 

matter as if that were possible, poor child." And the tenderhearted 

man gave a sigh of sympathy that did Rose good to hear and 

mollified her rising indignation at the bare idea of ending Phebe's 

love affairs in such a summary way. 


"You don't think she ought to go, I hope?" 


"I think she will go." 


"We must not let her." 


"We have no right to keep her." 


"Oh, Uncle, surely we have! Our Phebe, whom we all love so 



"You forget that she is a woman now, and we have no claim on 

her. Because we've befriended her for years is the very reason we 

should not make our benefits a burden, but leave her free, and if 

she chooses to do this in spite of Archie, we must let her with a 



Before Rose could answer, Aunt Plenty spoke out like one having 

authority, for old-fashioned ways were dear to her soul and she 

thought even love affairs should be conducted with a proper regard 

to the powers that be. 


"The family must talk the matter over and decide what is best for 

the children, who of course will listen to reason and do nothing ill 

advised. For my part, I am quite upset by the news, but shall not 

commit myself till I've seen Jessie and the boy. Jane, clear away, 

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