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By Allen Ward.
' (Qopyright by W. G. Chapman.)
When Miss Frances Turner estab
lished her hill school for the children
of the Door whites of Mill county, un
favorable prophecies concerning it
were vented freely.
"You'll never get the parents to
send their children to your school,
Frances," advised her friends. "Why,
what they need is civilization, not
book-learning. They get that in the
mills, you know. Those mill towns
There Was a General Glance at the
are to them what a trip to New York
would be to us.'
" Miss Turner listened indifferently.
-Ta educate the children of the -poor
mountaineers had always been her
ambition. A chance legacy had en-abled-her
to begin this work. And so
the school was started.
Contrary to her friends' predic
tions, it did. not lack for pupils. They
came from far and near on the open-jf-Tlay,-
bringing their baggage in
!, r.ted grips, corn sacks, and
handkerchiefs, taxing the capacity of
the little building.
Later a boys' wing was to be added.
For the present only girls could be
accommodated. These, ranging in
age from seven to seventeen, proved
apt pupils. Of course Miss Frances
had her favorites. She could not help
that. She had already selected in her
mind a band of a dozen young wo
men who were to be trained to carry
on and extend her work. She chose
them from among her studious girls.
The six months' course ended, and
when the new term began, Miss Fran
ces, back from New York, where she
had been explaining her idea before
the Chautauqua conference, discov
ered to her dismay that nearly every
face was new. And it was evident
that the parents considered six
months ample time in which to ac
quire a very fair education, as was
witnessed by the dozen or more
pathetic notes that were received.
"Dear Miss Frances," wrote Sadie
Ellison, whom the elderly spinster
had selected in her mind for principal
of the great school structure which
was to succeed the little school
house of the present, "i am sory to
say i shant be abel to com back to
scool next term joel Upman has axed
me to inary him and as im seven
teen i thot it was best to take him
besides the corn has to be got in lov
Another letter was from the
mother of Marion Briggs, who was
in many ways the particular bright
star of Miss Frances' school.
"Dere Mis Turner," it ran, "this is
to inform You that Marion cant cum
back to scool as her fathers in Jail for
likkering the naberhood an she' has
to tend the still." Jtesptfly Jane
In fact, of the little sisterhood on
whom she had built such high and
dazzling hopes only Pauline Dltton
had remained faithful to her trust.
Pauline was sixteen, a quiet, gentle
girl, not brilliant, but an enthusiast
about the future. Naturally Miss
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