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Aunt Jane's Nieces

They're full of very expensive things, and

none of the grand houses Madam Borne has sent me to is any finer than

ours. I'm sure the place is too good for us, who are working people.

Do you think we ought to stay here?"

"The Doyles," answered the Major, very seriously, "are one of the

greatest and most aristocratic families in all Ireland, which is the

most aristocratic country in the world. If I only had our pedigree I

could prove it to you easily. There's nothing too good for an Irish

gentleman, even if he condescends to bookkeeping to supply the

immediate necessities of life; and as you're me own daughter,

Patricia, though a Merrick on your poor sainted mother's side, you're

entitled to all you can get honestly. Am I right, Uncle John, or do I

flatter myself?"

Uncle John stroked the girl's head softly.

"You are quite right," he said. "There is nothing too good for a

brave, honest girl who's heart is in the right place."

"And that's Patsy," declared the Major, as if the question were

finally settled.

On Monday morning Mary had a dainty breakfast all ready for them at

seven o'clock, and Patsy and her father departed with light hearts for

their work. Uncle John rode part way down town with them.

"I'm going to buy my new suit, today, and a new necktie," he said.

"Don't let them rob you," was Patsy's parting injunction. "Is your

money all safe? And if you buy a ten dollar suit of clothes the dealer

ought to throw in the necktie to bind the bargain. And see that

they're all wool, Uncle John."

"What, the neckties?"

"No, the clothes. Good-bye, and don't be late to dinner. Mary might

scold."

"I'll remember. Good-bye, my dear."

Patsy was almost singing for joy when she walked into Madam Borne's

hair-dressing establishment.

"Don't take off your things," said the Madam, sharply, "Your services

are no longer required."

Patsy looked at her in amazement. Doubtless she hadn't heard aright.

"I have another girl in your place," continued Madam Borne, "so I'll

bid you good morning.

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