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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

"Thank you. The fact is, I've been with Archie so much in his 

trouble lately that I've gotten interested in this matter and very 

naturally want to investigate the subject as every rational man 

must, sooner or later, that's all. Now, Steve, I'm ready." And Mac 

got up as if the lesson was over. 

 

"My dear, that boy is either a fool or a genius, and I'm sure I should 

be glad to know which," said Aunt Plenty, putting her bonbons to 

rights with a puzzled shake of her best cap. 

 

"Time will show, but I incline to think that he is not a fool by any 

means," answered the girl, pulling a cluster of white roses out of 

her bosom to make room for the pansies, though they did not suit 

the blue gown half so well. 

 

Just then Aunt Jessie came in to help them receive, with Jamie to 

make himself generally useful, which he proceeded to do by 

hovering around the table like a fly about a honey pot when not 

flattening his nose against the windowpanes to announce excitedly, 

"Here's another man coming up the drive!" 

 

Charlie arrived next in his most sunshiny humor, for anything 

social and festive was his delight, and when in this mood the 

Prince was quite irresistible. He brought a pretty bracelet for Rose 

and was graciously allowed to put it on while she chid him gently 

for his extravagance. 

 

"I am only following your example, for you know 'nothing is too 

good for those we love, and giving away is the best thing one can 

do,'" he retorted, quoting words of her own. 

 

"I wish you would follow my example in some other things as well 

as you do in this," said Rose soberly as Aunt Plenty called him to 

come and see if the punch was right. 

 

"Must conform to the customs of society. Aunty's heart would be 

broken if we did not drink her health in the good old fashion. But 

don't be alarmed I've a strong head of my own, and that's lucky, for 

I shall need it before I get through," laughed Charlie, showing a 

long list as he turned away to gratify the old lady with all sorts of 

merry and affectionate compliments as the glasses touched. 

 

Rose did feel rather alarmed, for if he drank the health of all the 

owners of those names, she felt sure that Charlie would need a 


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