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[Illustration: AND SO JESS MORSE STEPPED FORWARD, BASHFULLY, AND FACED THE AUDIENCE— Page 205]

The Girls of Central High on the Stage

OR

The Play That Took The Prize

BY

GERTRUDE W. MORRISON

Author of The Girls of Central High, The Girls of Central High on Lake Luna, Etc.

ILLUSTRATED

THE WORLD SYNDICATE PUBLISHING CO. CLEVELAND—NEW YORK

Made in U. S. A.

Copyright, 1914, by GROSSET & DUNLAP

Press of THE COMMERCIAL BOOKBINDING CO. Cleveland

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I What the M. O. R.’s Needed 1 II What Josephine Morse Needed 9 III What Mr. Chumley Needed 18 IV What Mrs. Prentice Needed 28 V There is a General Need 34 VI It All Comes Out 40 VII The Hand Held Out 50 VIII The Race Is On 60 IX A Skating Party 70 X The Mid Term Examination 80 XI Missing 87 XII Counsel for the Defense 95 XIII A Way is Opened 104 XIV In Suspense 113 XV A Mile a Minute 121 XVI “Just Like a Story Book” 128 XVII Lily Pendleton Is Dissatisfied 139 XVIII The Ski Runners 146 XIX The First Dress Rehearsal 153 XX “Mr. Pizotti” 160 XXI Mother Wit Puts Two and Two Together 170 XXII Mrs. Plornish 178 XXIII “Caught on the Fly” 187 XXIV The Great Night 197 XXV Good News for Jess 202

THE GIRLS OF CENTRAL HIGH ON THE STAGE

CHAPTER I—WHAT THE M. O. R.’S NEEDED

The M. O. R. house was alight from cellar to garret. It was the first big reception of the winter and followed closely the end of the first basketball trophy series and the football game between the Central High team and that of West High.

The M. O. R. was the only girls’ secret society countenanced by Franklin Sharp, the principal of Central High. Until you belonged to it you never knew what the three initials stood for; after you were lucky enough to belong, the name of the society became such a deep and dark mystery that you never dared whisper it, even to your very closest “spoon.”

Therefore, in all probability, we shall never learn just what “M. O. R.” stands for.

Among the boys of Central High, their sisters and the other girls belonging to the secret society were spoken of as “Mothers of the Republic.” But the boys were only jealous. They were entirely shut out of the doings of the M. O. R.’s, which long antedated the Girls’ Branch Athletic League; the boys never were allowed within the sacred precincts of the “House” save on the occasion of the special reception at Easter.

The house was a narrow slice of brownstone front in the middle of a block of similar dwellings, within sight of the schoolhouse, and in the Hill section of Centerport... Continue reading book >>




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