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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

Chapter 1 COMING HOME

 

 

Three young men stood together on a wharf one bright October 

day awaiting the arrival of an ocean steamer with an impatience 

which found a vent in lively skirmishes with a small lad, who 

pervaded the premises like a will-o'-the-wisp and afforded much 

amusement to the other groups assembled there. 

 

"They are the Campbells, waiting for their cousin, who has been 

abroad several years with her uncle, the doctor," whispered one 

lady to another as the handsomest of the young men touched his 

hat to her as he passed, lugging the boy, whom he had just rescued 

from a little expedition down among the piles. 

 

"Which is that?" asked the stranger. 

 

"Prince Charlie, as he's called a fine fellow, the most promising of 

the seven, but a little fast, people say," answered the first speaker 

with a shake of the head. 

 

"Are the others his brothers?" 

 

"No, cousins. The elder is Archie, a most exemplary young man. 

He has just gone into business with the merchant uncle and bids 

fair to be an honor to his family. The other, with the eyeglasses 

and no gloves, is Mac, the odd one, just out of college." 

 

"And the boy?" 

 

"Oh, he is Jamie, the youngest brother of Archibald, and the pet of 

the whole family. Mercy on us he'll be in if they don't hold on to 

him!" 

 

The ladies' chat came to a sudden end just there, for by the time 

Jamie had been fished out of a hogshead, the steamer hove in sight 

and everything else was forgotten. As it swung slowly around to 

enter the dock, a boyish voice shouted, "There she is! I see her and 

Uncle and Phebe! Hooray for Cousin Rose!" And three small 

cheers were given with a will by Jamie as he stood on a post 

waving his arms like a windmill while his brother held onto the 

tail of his jacket. 

 

Yes, there they were Uncle Alec swinging his hat like a boy, with 

Phebe smiling and nodding on one side and Rose kissing both 

hands delightedly on the other as she recognized familiar faces and 

heard familiar voices welcoming her home. 

 

"Bless her dear heart, she's bonnier than ever! Looks like a 

Madonna doesn't she? with that blue cloak round her, and her 

bright hair flying in the wind!" said Charlie excitedly as they 


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