THE JANE ALLEN COLLEGE SERIES
By Edith Bancroft
"This series is a decided departure from the stories usually written of life in the modern college for young women. An authoritative account of the life of the college girl as it lived today."
"This series . . . contain[s] a deep and fascinating theme, which has to do with the inner struggle for growth. "
-- Cupples & Leon advertisement
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A faint shadow darkened the clean-cut, sun burned face of Henry Allen. He cast a swift, half-apprehensive glance at the radiant girl beside him. Then, as one who has an extremely unpleasant duty to perform and decides to get it over with, he said: "Jane, girl, I've got something to tell you this morning that I'm afraid you are not going to like to hear."
"Now what have I done?" demanded Jane, her gray eyes twinkling. "Is it about those friends of Aunt Mary's that I ran away from the other day? You know I can't endure those stiff Eastern people from the Double U Ranch who come here to see her. They think I'm a tomboy, and besides, they ask the most foolish questions. Can't you tell me some other time, Dad? This is my birthday, so you see -- "
"That is just the reason why I must tell you, Janie," interrupted her father soberly. "Before your mother died, dear -- "
"Wait a minute, Dad." The ruddy color had faded from Jane's cheeks at the mention of the mother who had died when she was twelve years old. Now she slid from her horse and, dropping down upon a convenient boulder just large enough to comfortably seat two persons, beckoned her father to her. "Sit here," she directed. "Put your arm around me. I know it must be serious or you wouldn't speak -- of -- of Mother." There was a little catch in her voice.
"Before your mother died," repeated Henry Allen, "we had a long talk about you. She thought of your welfare until -- until the last. She wished you to build up a strong, healthy body, little girl, but she was anxious that you should be properly educated, too. She could look ahead and see that there would come a time when the things of the ranch wouldn't completely fill your life, so she made me promise to look after your education --"
-- from Jane Allen of the Sub-Team
JANE ALLEN OF THE SUB-TEAM -- "When Jane Allen left her beautiful Western home in Montana, sorely against her will, to go East, there to become a freshman at Wellington College, she was sure that she could never learn to endure the restrictions of college life. But she did." -- illustrated by Roy L. Williams. 1917, 1933, Cupples & Leon; 1917, Saalfield.
JANE ALLEN, RIGHT GUARD -- "Jane Allen becomes a sophomore at Wellington College, but she has to face a severe trial that requires all her courage and character. The result is a triumph for being faithful to an ideal." -- illustrated by R. Emmett Owen. 1918, Cupples & Leon; 1918, Saalfield.
JANE ALLEN, CENTER -- "Lovable Jane Allen as Junior experiences delightful days of work and play. Jane, and her chum, Judith, win leadership in class office, social and athletic circles of Sophs and Juniors." -- illustrated by Thelma Gooch. 1920, Cupples & Leon; 1920, Saalfield.
JANE ALLEN, JUNIOR -- "Jane Allen's college experiences, as continued in 'Jane Allen, Junior,' afford the chance for a brilliant story. There is a rude, country girl, who forced her way into Wellington under false pretenses. An exchange of identity gives the plot unusual originality." -- illustrated by Thelma Gooch. 1921, Cupples & Leon. Read it online!
JANE ALLEN, SENIOR -- "Jane and Judith undertake Social Service. Adopting babies or adopting grandfathers all seemed to fit into the Senior schedule." -- illustrated by Thelma Gooch. 1922, Cupples & Leon.
Jane Allen of the Sub-Team was included in one of Cupples and Leon's "Omnibus" editions, Mystery and Adventure Stories for Girls.
Cupples & Leon advertisement, courtesy of Thomas Duffy
Cupples & Leon advertisement in Mystery and Adventure Stories for Girls.