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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 21 HOW PHEBE EARNED HER WELCOME

 

 

Dr. Alec had not arrived, but bad tidings had, as Rose guessed the 

instant her eyes fell upon Aunt Plenty, hobbling downstairs with 

her cap awry, her face pale, and a letter flapping wildly in her hand 

as she cried distractedly: "Oh, my boy! My boy! Sick, and I not 

there to nurse him! Malignant fever, so far away. What can those 

children do? Why did I let Alec go?" 

 

Rose got her into the parlor, and while the poor old lady lamented, 

she read the letter which Phebe had sent to her that she might 

"break the news carefully to Rose." 

 

DEAR MISS PLENTY, Please read this to yourself first, and tell 

my little mistress as you think best. The dear doctor is very ill, but 

I am with him, and shall not leave him day or night till he is safe. 

So trust me, and do not be anxious, for everything shall be done 

that care and skill and entire devotion can do. He would not let us 

tell you before, fearing you would try to come at the risk of your 

health. Indeed it would be useless, for only one nurse is needed, 

and I came first, so do not let Rose or anybody else rob me of my 

right to the danger and the duty. Mac has written to his father, for 

Dr. Alec is now too ill to know what we do, and we both felt that 

you ought to be told without further delay. He has a bad malignant 

fever, caught no one can tell how, unless among some poor 

emigrants whom he met wandering about quite forlorn in a strange 

city. He understood Portuguese and sent them to a proper place 

when they had told their story. But I fear he has suffered for his 

kindness, for this fever came on rapidly, and before he knew what 

it was I was there, and it was too late to send me away. 

 

Now I can show you how grateful I am, and if need be give my life 

so gladly for this friend who has been a father to me. Tell Rose his 

last conscious word and thought were for her. "Don't let her come; 

keep my darling safe." Oh, do obey him! Stay safely at home and, 

God helping me, I'll bring Uncle Alec back in time. Mac does all I 

will let him. We have the best physicians, and everything is going 

as well as can be hoped till the fever turns. 

 

Dear Miss Plenty, pray for him and for me, that I may do this one 


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