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GRACE HARLOWE'S SENIOR YEAR AT HIGH SCHOOL
OR THE PARTING OF THE WAYS
BY JESSIE GRAHAM FLOWER, A. M.
Author of Grace Harlowe's Plebe Year at High School, Grace Harlowe's Sophomore Year at High School, Grace Harlowe's Junior Year at High School, etc.
I. A PUZZLING RESEMBLANCE II. WHAT THE DAY BROUGHT FORTH III. WHAT HAPPENED IN ROOM FORTY-SEVEN IV. GRACE TURNS IN THE FIRE ALARM V. NORA BECOMES A PRIZE "SUGGESTER" VI. THE THANKSGIVING BAZAAR VII. A THIEF IN THE NIGHT VIII. MARIAN ASSERTS HER INDEPENDENCE IX. THE JUDGE'S HOUSE PARTY X. CHRISTMAS WITH JUDGE XI. SANTA CLAUS VISITS THE JUDGE XII. THE MISTLETOE BOUGH XIII. TOM AND GRACE SCENT TROUBLE XIV. GRACE AND ANNE PLAN A STUDY CAMPAIGN XV. THE PHI SIGMA TAUS MEET WITH A LOSS XVI. THE UNEXPECTED HAPPENS XVII. ANNE BECOMES FAMOUS XVIII. THE THEATRE PARTY XIX. GRACE MEETS WITH A REBUFF XX. MARIAN'S CONFESSION XXI. WHAT HAPPENED AT THE HAUNTED HOUSE XXII. GRACE AND ELEANOR MAKE A FORMAL CALL XXIII. THE MESSAGE OF THE VIOLIN XXIV. THE PARTING OF THE WAYS
A PUZZLING RESEMBLANCE
"Oakdale won't seem like the same place. What shall we do without you?" exclaimed Grace Harlowe mournfully.
It was a sunny afternoon in early October, and Grace Harlowe with her three chums, Anne Pierson, Nora O'Malley and Jessica Bright, stood grouped around three young men on the station platform at Oakdale. For Hippy Wingate, Reddy Brooks and David Nesbit were leaving that afternoon to begin a four years' course in an eastern college, and a number of relatives and friends had gathered to wish them godspeed.
Those who have read "GRACE HARLOWE'S PLEBE YEAR AT HIGH SCHOOL" need no introduction to these three young men or to the girl chums. The doings of these merry girls made the record of their freshman year memorable indeed. The winning of the freshman prize by Anne Pierson, despite the determined opposition and plotting of Miriam Nesbit, also aspiring to that honor, Mrs. Gray's Christmas party, the winter picnic that ended in an adventure with wolves, and many other stirring events furnished plenty of excitement for the readers of that volume.
In "GRACE HARLOWE'S SOPHOMORE YEAR AT HIGH SCHOOL" the interest of the story was centered around the series of basketball games played by the sophomore and junior classes for the High School championship. In this volume was narrated the efforts of Miriam Nesbit, aided by Julia Crosby, the disagreeable junior captain, to discredit Anne, and force Grace to resign the captaincy of her team. The rescue of Julia by Grace from drowning during a skating party served to bring about a reconciliation between the two girls and clear Anne's name of the suspicion resting upon it. The two classes, formerly at sword's points, became friendly, and buried the hatchet, although Miriam Nesbit, still bitterly jealous of Grace's popularity, planned a revenge upon Grace that nearly resulted in making her miss playing on her team during the deciding game. Grace's encounter with an escaped lunatic, David Nesbit's trial flight in his aeroplane, were incidents that also held the undivided attention of the reader.
In "GRACE HARLOWE'S JUNIOR YEAR AT HIGH SCHOOL" the four chums appeared as members of the famous sorority, the "Phi Sigma Tau," organized by Grace for the purpose of helping needy High School girls.
In that volume Eleanor Savell, the self-willed, temperamental daughter of an Italian violin virtuoso, furnished much of the interest of the book. The efforts of Grace and her chums to create in this girl a healthy, wholesome enjoyment for High School life, and her repudiation of their friendship, and subsequent attempts to revenge herself for fancied slights and insults, served to make the story absorbing.
The walking expedition through Upton Wood, the rescue of Mabel Allison, an orphan, by the Phi Sigma Tau, from the tender mercies of a cruel and ignorant woman with whom she lived, proved interesting reading.
The class play in which Eleanor plotted to oust Anne Pierson, the star, from the production and obtain the leading part for herself, the discovery of the plot at the eleventh hour by Grace, enabling her to balk Eleanor's scheme, were among the incidents that aroused anew the admiration of the reader for capable, wide-awake Grace Harlowe.
The seven young people on the platform looked unusually solemn, and a brief silence followed Grace's wistful question. Saying good-bye threatened to be a harder task than any of them had imagined it to be. Even Hippy, usually ready of speech, wore a look of concern decidedly out of place on his fat, good-humored face.
"Do say something funny, Hippy!" exclaimed Nora in desperation. "This silence is awful. In another minute we'll all be weeping. Can't you offer something cheerful?"
Hippy fixed a reflective eye upon Nora for an instant, then recited in a husky voice:
"Remember well, and bear in mind, That fat young men are hard to find."
There was a shout of laughter went up at this and things began to take a brighter turn.
"Now will you be good, Nora?" teased David.
"Humph!" sniffed Nora. "I knew his sadness was only skin deep."
"After all," said Anne Pierson, "why should we look at the gloomy side. You are all coming home for Thanksgiving and the time will slip by before we realize it. It's our duty to send you boys away in good spirits, instead of making you feel blue and melancholy."
"Anne always thinks about her duty," laughed Jessica, "but she's right, nevertheless. Let's all be as cheerful as possible."
"I hear the train coming," cried Grace, always on the alert. "Do write to us, won't you, boys! Please don't forget to send us some pictures of the college."
"Yes, don't let that new Eastman of yours go to waste, Reddy," said Nora.
"I will make Hippy pose the minute we strike the college campus," laughed Reddy, "and you shall have the first results, providing they are not too terrifying."
"I want pictures of the college, not the inmates," retorted Nora.
"Inmates!" cried Hippy. "One would think she was speaking of a lunatic asylum or a jail. I forgive you, Nora, but it was a cruel thrust. Here comes the train. Get busy, you fellows, and make your fond farewells to your families, who will no doubt be tickled pink to get rid of you for a while."
With that he made a rush to where his father and brother stood. David turned to his mother and sister Miriam, kissing them affectionately, while Reddy grasped his father's hand with silent affection in his eyes.
The last good-byes were reserved for the four chums, who felt lumps rise in their throats in spite of their recently avowed declaration to be cheerful.
Nora shoved a white box tied up with blue ribbon into Hippy's hand just as he was about to board the train.
"It's walnut fudge," she said. "But it isn't all for you. Be generous, and let David and Reddy have some, too."
"Good-bye. Good-bye. Don't forget us," chorused the chums as the train pulled out, while the young men waved farewell from the open windows.
"I hope I won't be called upon to say good-bye to any more of my friends for a blue moon!" exclaimed Grace. "I hate good-byes. When it comes my turn to go to college I believe I shall slip away quietly without saying a word to a soul except mother."
"You know you couldn't leave your little playmates in such a heartless manner," said Jessica. "We'd visit you in nightmares the whole of your freshman year if you even attempted such a thing."
"Oh, well, if you are going to use threats I expect I shall have to forego my vanishing act," said Grace, with a smile.
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