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THE SUNDAY HERALD, SUNDAY, JUNE14,1891.
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ITEMS FROM THE SCHOOLS.
A SPECIMEN COMPOSITION OF AN
Where Some of the High School Teach
ers IVill Spend ycatlon;xhe;40,los
Injr Exercises of tfib .W.cokijilng
The following composition by Percy H. Mar
shall, & pupil in the Curtis School, Eighth
Grade, Mr, B. W. Murch, teacher, has been se
lected for publication because of its unusual
merit. It possesses tho excellence of clear
ness of ideas and directness of statement,
which are rare in tho compositions of young
1.AND1X0 TUG BOAT.
The event which I am about to narrate oc
curred at a certain sea-side resort on tho coast
of the Atlantic Ocean, in tho State of Dela
ware. There wa6 quite a crowd of boys there,
and wc prided ourselves on our knowledge of
boating, hunting, swimming, etc. Two of the
boys owned a light rowboat, a mere shell, but
in spite of its frailness wo would launch it
through tho breakers and sometimes row far
out to 6ea. One day I was sitting on tho 6tern
of this boat she was hieh and dry on tho
beach when an especial friend of mine, a fel
low by the name of Bell, came running up.
'Go put on your bathing suit and let's take a
row," 6ald he.
"My bathing suit is wet," said I, "and it
needs mending. "
"Well, let's go anyhow. I'll put mine on
and do all tho wet part of the work. You
Bhan't get a bit wet," said he.
It wa6 a beautiful day and tho tide "was very
low. I wanted to go badly, and was finally
persuaded to do so. Bell went homo and re
turned clad in his bathing suit. I took off my
ehoes and stockings and rolled up my trousers
and we were prepared to 6tart.
"Reddy," 6aid I, as we dragged the boat
down to tho water he was a white-horse
blonde and we all called him Reddy "Reddy,
if you gel me wet I'll never forgive you."
"Don't you worry," said he. "Jump in
and grab the oars. I'll shove off."
We dashed away, Bell pushing the boa
right Into the breakers, and, after being
pitched and tossed about considerably, got
into comparatively smooth water. Bell
climbed into the boat, his red-head looking
like a huge jelly-fi6h as it emerged from the
water, and I pulled away up tho coast. I pulled
up opposite one of the large hotels, and we
allowed ourselves to be admired by the people
on the beach, and then rowed out to sea.
Getting tired of this, and finding that wind
and tide were against us, we turned the bow
of the boat toward the shore and let her drift,
"while we lay back in tho opposite ends talk
ing and taking things easy. We soon had to
get up, however,, as the boat got too near the
shore. Bell then took the oars and pulled
up opposite the other large hotel, and, after
rowing back and forth for 6ome time, we con
cluded to jro ashore. And now we discovered
that this was likely to prove a much more
difficult feat than getting afloat had. As has
been stated before, the tide was low when we
started, but it had been rising steadily, and
the breakers were now thundering on the
shore in a way that made us feel extremely
doubtful as to whether or not we would dis
grace ourselves in making the landing.
"Great Julius Cnesar's bald-headed appari
tion," said Bell. "Perce, I'm afraid vou'll
have to get wet."
"Well, the longer we stay here tho worse it
will be," said I. "Let's start."
Bell took the oars andl the steering paddle
and we started. And right here is where we
made a big mistake. In the ocean there are
first two large waves and then a small one.
These are called by sailors, Abraham, Isaac,
and Jacob, respectively. Now the proper wav
to land a boat is to wait until Abraham and
Isaac pass and to go in on Jacob. We knew
this, but we got rather mixed in our calcu
lations, and while we thought we were starting
on Jacob we really started on Abraham. We
did not discover this until after we had started,
and then it was too late. We were nearly to
the shore when Isaac came rushing down on
us, seeming to my excited imagination to be
a6 high as a house. I was sitting in the stern'
with, the steering oar In my hand when the
tremendous wave broke right over mv head.
I had just time to hear T3ell shout ""Great
Scott!" before we were submerged. We
emerged in a few seconds, the boat full of
water up to the gunwales, but still on an even
keel. The wave had carried us toward the
shore, and we were in shallow water now. so
we jumped out and dragged the boat to land.
We then looked at each other and broke out
"Didn't get a bit wet, did I V said I, wring
ing the water out of my clothes, and grinning
"Well, it was as much your fault as it was
mine. We started on tho wrong wave," 6aid
"You had the oare; I had nothing to do
with starting," said I, "However, all's well
that ends well," I sagely remarked.
"By the amount of water on you any one
might think that you had ended in a well
sure enough," he replied.
I tried to hit him with the steering oar, but
he was too quick for me.
"I say Reddy," said I, "I wonder if my
shoes and stockings went overboard."
"Shouldn't be surprised," said he; "better
look." ' '
, 1 had stowed my footgear under the bow,
and I now began to plunge around In search
of it. I finally resurrected it, and, after pull
ing up tho boat, we started for home, 1 pre
senting a very bedraggled and melancholy
The story of our ducking soon became
public property, and our boy friend6 enjoyed
many a laugh at our expense. They would
a6kuswith great apparent anxiety if the
water was damp. "You sha'n't get a bit
wet," became a by-word. We took it all in
good part, however, and, considering every
thing, we all had a good deal of fun over
"Landing the Boat,"
Mt, Vernon Seminary Exercises.
The commencement exercises of Mount
Vernon Seminary at the Metropolitan Church
on Monday evening drew out a large audience
and was a most interesting occasion. The
platform was decorated with a background
of palms, with two rows in front of it, one
cutting across the centre and one on the front
edge of it. Poles of pure white blossoms were
stationed at intervals, and tho effect was
unique and fine. The middle body of the
pews was reserved half-way back for the pu
pils of the seminary. The Wilhelmj Club
was out in full force and furnished a choice
programme of music. Mrs. Somers and Dr.
ilamlln, of the Church of the Covenant, sat
at the right of the graduating class. Dr.
Hamlin acted as master of ceremonies, a duty
he accepted in a few gracefully-expressed
words. The pupJl6 all wore white or light
violets, except two of the6euior class, who led
the procession in poppy-red gowns. Mrs.
Somers wore a quilt gown of gray, satin, cn
t'rainc. Rev. Dr. Corey offered prayer, and
Professor W. D. McClintock, A. M., addressed
the graduating class in a discourse full of tho
new gospel ofwomanhood. His remarks wcro
well considered, full of apt quotations from
-history, and gAvo a hopeful outlook, for tho
future, "when all the world of opportunity
was opening its doors to her as it had to man
in tho past.'5 Ho extolled tho superiority of
maturC(Cxporienced womanhood ns being moro
interesting than mere youth and beauty. Dr.
Hamlin, iff ter Mrs. Somers called tho roll of
graduates, conferred tho degrees, and said
that "one of woman's highest privileges was
wifehood, motherhood, and homo-making,
for which nature had fitted her." Ho con
gratulated tho class ou having accomplished
something so well as to entitle them to tho
diploma. Tho graduates wcro tho Misses
Coryell Beebc, Eleanor Gordon Brusk, Phila
Lazants Caldcr, Elsa Duraud Chamberlln,
Mary Chiles. Frances Pierson Clapp, Graco V
Edwards, Elizabeth Hardin Field, lzzie Lunclla
Herrick, Marian Dane Lilly. Susie B; Plain.
Sara Balnbrldgo Shields, Clara Selpp, and
Cornelia Herndon Wright.
The High School Cadets' Drill.
Tho High School battalion drill on Thurs
day afternoon, at 5 o'clock, on the plaza be
foro the Arlington Hotel, was witnessed by
the Commissioners of the District, who were
on the grand stand with several Army officers,
and a crcat concourse of citizens and a largo
number of ladies. Tho commendations were
high, especially so from tho military men
present. Capt. Ross, their instructor, and
Dr. Lane, the principal of tho High School,
who had heartily fostered tho battalion drill
from the beginning of the school year, camo
in for a share of the commendation. Tho
drill on Thursday was composed of 6lx compa
nies of cadets, who formed on Thirteenth and
K streetSi with the full Marine Band at tho
head of the column, in their summer uniform.
They were photographed at "Parade Rest,"
and by Instantaneous process at "Aim!" Tho
battalion paraded for 6ome time, then
marched to the plaza in front of the Arling
ton, which was cleared by tho police from
curb to curb, and were put through the evo
lutions nf dress parade and drill, to the ad
miration of all.
A School-Hou6C Site for Brookland.
The District Commissioners have purchased
a 6ito for a now school-house at Brookland,
subject to perfection of title. The site is
located two squares from the Brookland rail
road station and is 100x150 feet in dimensions.
The lots- are numbered 9 and 10 in block 13.
The price paid was about $2,700, which is at
the rate of about 16J cents a square foot.
High School Notes.
Miss Waddell goes to Petersburg, Va.
Mis6 Mussey goes to Boston for vacation.
Mr. W. E. Priest goes to Phcanixville, Pa.
Miss Nellie Reynolds goes to Aurora, Iowa.
Miss L. B. Mullen will spend her vacation
Miss L. H. Laney goes to Waterloo, N. Y.,
for the summer.
Miss Mary W. Ellis goes to Newlngtou,
( onn., for the holidays.
On Friday will occur the fourth auarter ex
amination of the High School.
Mr. E. M. Hughes will spend his vacation
weeks at Washington Grove, Md.
Miss Mary Eastman will spend one month
of the season at Great Falls, N. H.
Miss A. M. Leith goes to Agnes, N. H., and
to Worcester, Mass., for the summer.
On Thursday there will be a teachers' meet
ing called immediately on the close of the
Miss Pitts and Miss Eastman expect to
spend a couple of months in Europe this
Mr. B. F. Fellows, professor of chemistry,
goes to Glen Echo Chautauqua to take charge
of a summer class and lecture course.
Dr. Lane, the principal of the High School,
is going to be married, and then he and his
bride go to Europe for the honeymoon.
Last year's commissioned officers of the
cadets of the High School have been photo
graphed, and tho picture Is now on exhibi
tion at the drug store next door to the Na
tional Hotel. This picture will probably be
presented to the school by Maj. F. Lawyer on
Dr. Lane say6 thatthe High School branches
established in Georgetown and on Capitol
Hill thi6 year have proved a great relief to the
central building, and by their efficiency have
become fixed features. Their first-year class
will move on to second-year grade and large
reinforcements of first-years will take their
places, thus doubling the numbers of their
scholars on the roll.
The High School programme for the week is
as follows: Monday will occur the dismissal
of first-year pupils. School closes at 12 M.
The afternoon will be devoted to clerical
work by the teachers. Tuesday second-year
pupils will he dismissed at 10 A. M it being
visitors' day, ' and there being much clerical
work for teachers to do. There will be an
exhibition of drawlugs and of work done In
tho laboratories and manual training schools
In the libraries and drawing-rooms of the
Central High School Building. Wednesday
there will be tho dismissal of third-year pupils
at 10 A. M. Thursday tho graduation exer
cises will occur at the Academy of Music at 8
Monday is visiting day for teachers only.
The public schools close on Thursday and
will reopen on Monday, September 21.
Tuesday is visiting day for parents and
pupils throughout the public schools of the
city and District.
The closing exercises of the Peabody High
School will occur on Wednesday, at 10:30 A.
M., in the Peabody Building.
The first teachers' meeting of the new
school year will occur on Saturday, Septem
ber 19, in the Franklin Building, at 10 o'clock
The Normal School commencement will be
held in the lecture hall of the Franklin
Building on Thursday, at 10 o'clock A. M.
There will be forty-five graduates.
Mr. W. B. Powell, superintendent of public
schools, left Washington Thursday to pay a
professional vl6lt to Providence, R, I., and
deliver one or more addresses to the teachers
of the public schools of that ctyy. He returned
The training school for the colored children
gave an exhibit of the cooklDg-school work in
tho Miller Building, on H 6treet, on Friday and
Saturday, which snowed much painstaking
training, and giving promtso of good rf-sults.
Miss Jennie Tibbs was instructor.
Ono of tho best uses to which tho Smith
sonian Institution has ever been put was tho
recent grant of a privilege to tho pupils of tho
High Schools to exhibit their work In Its halls
during tho 6utnmor. This will be a fine op
portunity for those who viow it merely as au
exhibit to inako a moro careful examination of
it than can bo done in one day's visit at tho
schoolroom, while tho educators will see
much deeper, and find It highly instructive as
a Btudy of methods. The exhibit In the
Smithsonian will consist of art, such as draw
ing, plastic or clay work, crayon and ordinary
drawing, designing, manual training, carpen
tery, mechanics, and steel work from tho sim
plest jolntto complicated machinery. Histor
ical and note-book work will also bo exhib
ited It cannot fall to attract attention, espe
cially from parents.
EVEN ROYALTY ASTONISHED.
A TVomlorful Dinner to tho King nnd
Queen oC Italy in Vieunn.
There Is no table in the whole world that is
served so daintily or artistically as that of the
Austrian Court. The damask is so fine that it
looks like satin, and for luncheon or afternoon
tea is replaced by heavy white silk cloths and
napkins, edged with Point de Veuise and
adorned with tho imperial crest In raised gold
embroidery. The viands are prepared so pret
tily that It seems almost a pity to break up and
eat them, and the fairies themselves might
feast on the tempting pieces montecs prepared
by tho artist that presides over the imperial
Particularly I remember a dinner given in
honor of the King and Queen of Italy at the
Hofburg, in Vienna, some years ago, as the
culminating point of luxury combined with
the most refined and exquisite taste. The
tablecloth was strewn with forced violets, nes
tling so close to one another that they formed
a perfect bank of fragrant blossoms, leaving
only room for the plates of semi-transparent
Sevres of the Famille Rose, each of which was
surmounted with a thick garland of marguer
ites. Marguerite being the Christian name of
the Queen of Italy, her little namesake had
been used with great profusion in the decora
tion of the festive board. Before tho plate of
each lady a slender, tulip-shaped vase of Vene
tian glass mounted in finely wrought gold con
tained a bouquet of marguerites and violets,
powdered with diamond dust. The menus
were engraved on thin sheets of hammered sil
ver, with the Austrian eagle embossed on the
corner. Everything was served on gold dishes,
and the dessert plates were a marvel of beauty
worthy of Benvenuto-Cellini.
When the sorbets were placed before the
distinguished guests a faint murmur of ad
miration was audible. For oven the blase
eyes of people satiated with every form of
luxury were charmed with the little double
headed eagles made of delicately 6pun sugar,
perched on a pale-pink glass ball containing a
tiny electric light. On the back of each di
minutive bird was a large daisy, also made of
spun sugar, wherein the sorbets were served,
and the gold plates on which the whole rested
were garlanded with Parma violets.
The dinner was really what one may de
scribe without exacgeration as being the
apotheosis of gastronomy. The dlning-hall,
scented as with dreamy incenses, and lighted
with mellow wax candles, the soft brilliancy
of which would have entranced even Lucullus
had he been throned there on his ivory chair,
was a sight to be remembered.
KEEPS FRUIT. FRESH MONJCHS.
A Wonderful Gas Discovered by a Cali
San Francisco Call.
A. T. Hatch, of the World's Fair Commis
sion, in conversation with a Call reporter let
drop a piece of information of great interest
to fruit-growers: "Experiments are now in
progress in this city," he said, "which, if they
prove as successful as they promise to do, will
give the industry a boom such as.it has never
known. The great obstacle against which we
have had to contend was the natural deterio r
ation of fruit in transit, and this for a long
time gave our Eastern competitors an advan
tage which kept us long in the background.
Refrigerating cars aided us vastly, but now a
new discovery has been made, more im
portant than any former one, so far as Cali
fornia fruit is concerned.
A local chemist, who has been experi
menting for a long time, has hit upon a gaB
which it is claimed will preserve fruit in its
natural state for an Indefinite period of
time, at the same time preserving both the
appearance and flavor of the fruit just as It
comes from tho tree. A 6hort time ago I
was shown a sample of cherries that had
been preserved in this way for six months,
and they were In a perfect state of preser
vation in every way. Even an expert could
not have detected that they were not fresh
from the orchard. Other experiments are
now In progress, and a number of fruit
growers, myself among the rest, have ad
vanced money to carry them on. The gas
is easy to manufacture, costs little or noth
ing, and no difficulty 16 experienced in hand
ling It. Some little trouble was experi
enced at first, owing to tho fact that the gas
was prone to mingle with the air and thU6
dissipate, but that has been obviated now.
It has been made so that it possesses a spe
cific gravity ju6t twice that of air, and the
result is that it cannot mingle.
"If the experiments prove as successful"
as promised the entire problem will be
solved and fruit may bo shipped around the
Horn if necessary."
To Save the Scalp Locks.
New York World.
The roots of the hair should be rubbed
every night with a damp coarse washcloth, on
which has been rubbed a little castile soap.
Rinse the soap out of cloth and rub again.
Then rub with a dry coarse cloth and rub Into
the roots a little vaseline. There is no need to
wet the whole hair that causes a cold if done
at night. Try this steadily for three weeks
and then report. If bald, what is called qui
nine tonic, of which there are several prepara
tions, should be used at once. It can be had,
with directions, at any druggist's.
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Call at the Bellvue Dairy Farm "any day"
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