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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

and bring me the hot water." 


That ended the morning conference. And, leaving the old lady to 

soothe her mind by polishing spoons and washing cups, Rose went 

away to find Phebe while the doctor retired to laugh over the 

downfall of brother Mac's matchmaking schemes. 


The Campbells did not gossip about their concerns in public, but 

being a very united family, it had long been the custom to "talk 

over" any interesting event which occurred to any member thereof, 

and everyone gave his or her opinion, advice, or censure with the 

utmost candor. Therefore the first engagement, if such it could be 

called, created a great sensation, among the aunts especially, and 

they were in as much of a flutter as a flock of maternal birds when 

their young begin to hop out of the nest. So at all hours the 

excellent ladies were seen excitedly nodding their caps together as 

they discussed the affair in all its bearings, without ever arriving at 

any unanimous decision. 


The boys took it much more calmly. Mac was the only one who 

came out strongly in Archie's favor. Charlie thought the Chief 

ought to do better and called Phebe "a siren who had bewitched 

the sage youth." Steve was scandalized and delivered long orations 

upon one's duty to society, keeping the old name up, and the 

danger of mésalliances, while all the time he secretly sympathized 

with Archie, being much smitten with Kitty Van himself. Will and 

Geordie, unfortunately home for the holidays, considered it "a jolly 

lark," and little Jamie nearly drove his elder brother distracted by 

curious inquiries as to "how folks felt when they were in love." 


Uncle Mac's dismay was so comical that it kept Dr. Alec in good 

spirits, for he alone knew how deep was the deluded man's chagrin 

at the failure of the little plot which he fancied was prospering 



"I'll never set my heart on anything of the sort again, and the young 

rascals may marry whom they like. I'm prepared for anything now-- 

so if Steve brings home the washerwoman's daughter, and Mac 

runs away with our pretty chambermaid, I shall say, 'Bless you my 

children,' with mournful resignation, for, upon my soul, that is all 

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