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Frances made her her confident dur
ing that term.
"I'm going to have an educational
institute," she said impressively, as
they sat together at dinner Pauline
occupying the post of honor on Miss
!' Frances' right. "I'm going to extend
its influence throughout the moun
tain districts. Pauline, my dear, don't
bite that potato off your fork but cut
it n your plate."
The second term started auspic
iously. Miss Frances impressed par
ticularly upon her pupils the need of
a two years' curriculum, and she had
hopes of achieving her ambitions in
building up a staff of trained teach
ers. "A woman's vocation," she would
explain, "is to teach mankind. The
old days when marriage was a girl's
destiny have passed, never to return.
At a mature ager when a girl meets
the man of her choice, when she has
satisfied -herself as to his moral, ma
i terial and physical and educational
qualifications, she may possibly relin
quish her duties in favor of matri
mony. It is this principle that I wish
to inculcate among our southern wo
manhood." "Yes, Miss Frances," echoed the
It was toward the end of the sec
ond term when Miss Frances received
a strange, illiterate letter which
caused her to ponder deeply; then she
sent for Miss Ditton in dismay.
"Pauline," she said severely, "did
you ever hear of a person named
John Smith "
"Yes, Miss Frances," answered the
girl. "Capt. John Smith married
Pocahontas, an Indian maiden, who,
under romantic circumstances had"
"I mean John Smith of of Oak
Valley,"' Interrupted Miss Frances,
gazing angrily at a letter in her hand.
"This person, whose education is ap
parently extremely defective, says
that he is engaged to you, and wants
you to leave school and marry him.
Engaged at sixteen! Preposterous!
If ever you did marry, Pauline, say in
fifteen years.'.time.'-I.hQpe it would bo
a man competent to assist in the re
sponsibilities of your life-work. Some
village loafer, I suppose! I shall
write a letter that will effectually 'end
this nonsense of his." II
"Yes, Miss Frances," whisperedo
Pauline, with downcast eyes. t
Days passed. Miss Frances hadr
forgotten the trifling incident, Pau
line had been initiated into the ele-3
ments of physics, astronomy and do-i
mestic science. The school waa flours
ishing. So much so, in fact, thatof
Miss Frances resolved to. begin thei
construction of the boys' wing.
It was to be done little by little.
Two carpenters were sent for togmt
together the wooden frame, anid Jater
the plasterers would "appear, per
haps by the second year- the wing
would be completed. , -fc
The carpenters, with local shift
lessness, appeared' about ten days
after ,they were due--one" of them,
rather; a low-browed sulky-looking
fellow, whose deliberation:, of move
ment continually affronted ""the- en
ergetic northern lady.
"You see, jay dear," explained Miss
Frances to Pauline, "that is the result
of lack of educatibn. This fellow,
shiftless, slow, uncouth, will doubt
less marry some suitable girl and pro
duce a half dozen or more children,
useless to the world unless we can
get them and make good citizens of
them. That is education versus na
"Yes, Miss Frances," answered
"Now I am going to train you in.
executive power," continued the
teacher a day or two later. "I am
going into town for a couple of days'
to try to interest Mr. Joyce, the cot-t
ton mill owner, in our school. Where
I return I shall expect to see great
progress. Keep that carpenter up tor
"Yes, Miss Frances," said Pauline
Miss Frances, returning two days;
later, found the- work at a standstill
The school was in disorder; the girl