Katherines Sheaves

Mrs George Sheldon
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(Mrs. George Sheldon Downs)

To her,
Who led my newly awakened thought Towards a higher understanding
of God, And opened before me broader vistas of the Life immortal That
is born of Truth and Love, My Teacher F. S. K. this story is lovingly
dedicated by The Author

The words Science and Health which appear as marginal reference
refer to The Christian Science Text Book "Science and Health, with
Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker G. Eddy


I. At Hilton Seminary II. Katherine and Her Roommate III. Dorothy IV.
Phillip Harris Stanley, M.D. V. Katherine's First Sabbath at Hilton VI.
Materia Medica and Miracles VII. Katherine and the Junior League
VIII. Transcendentalism as Elucidated for the Junior League IX.
Katherine Makes a Demonstration X. Mrs. Seabrook's Problem XI. Dr.
Stanley Asks Some Questions XII. Prof. Seabrook's Ultimatum--and
Broken Rules XIII. The Story of a Stray Waif XIV. A Sophomore
Racket XV. "Hilton Volunteers" XVI. A Junior Entertainment XVII.
Dr. Stanley Has An Object Lesson XVIII. Sadie Receives an
Opportune Invitation XIX. Mrs. Seabrook Takes a Stand XX.
Interesting Developments XXI. The Traveler Returns XXII. Phillip
Stanley's First Demonstration XXIII. Mrs. Minturn Visits Hilton XXIV.
The End of School Days XXV. A Momentous Errand XXVI.

It was four o'clock in the afternoon on the opening day of the
midwinter term at Hilton Seminary, a noted institution located in a
beautiful old town of Western New York.
A group of gay girls had just gathered in one of the pleasant and
spacious recreation rooms and were chattering like the proverbial flock
of magpies--exchanging merry greetings after their vacation;
comparing notes on studies, classes and roommates; discussing the
advent of new teachers, pupils and improvements, when a tall, gracious
woman of, perhaps, thirty-five years suddenly appeared in the doorway,
her fair face gleaming with humorous appreciation of the animated
scene and babel before her, and enjoined silence with the uplifting of
one slim white hand.
There was an instantaneous hush, as the bevy of maidens turned their

bright faces and affectionate glances upon their teacher, who, evidently,
was a prime favorite with them all.
"What is it, Miss Reynolds? What can we do for you?" eagerly queried
several of the group, as they sprang forward to ascertain her wishes.
"Is Miss Minturn in the room? I am looking for a new pupil who
arrived this morning," the teacher responded, her genial, friendly blue
eyes roving from face to face in search of the stranger to whom she had
A young girl, who had been sitting by herself in a remote corner of the
room, arose and moved towards the speaker.
"I am Katherine Minturn," she said, with quiet self-possession, yet
flushing slightly beneath the many curious glances bent upon her, as
her soft, brown eyes met the smiling blue ones.
She was, apparently, about nineteen years of age, a little above medium
height, her form slight but almost perfect in its proportions. A wealth of
hair, matching the color of her eyes, crowned a small, shapely head,
and contrasted beautifully with a creamy complexion, the delicacy of
which was relieved chiefly by the vivid scarlet of her lips. Her features
were clear-cut and very attractive--at least so thought Miss Reynolds as
she studied the symmetrical brow, the large, thoughtful eyes, the tender
mouth and prettily
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