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The Advantages Of
The Consolidated Township School ;
in Essay That Took Second Prize in Contest from First & Citizens
National Bank ; " '
BY MARGARET I. HARRELL
j i iv ii n ii . 1 1 ii ii - j i it - ii in
The advantages of the consolidated
chool over the average country school
p rst the students have better ad
e3 a consolidated, school of
toahem , because. the
hers have more time to spend with
tean class, and are able to pay special
e!tpntion to each, individual' pupil.
e carefully graded, and will do
i r e nunila aHon VnA
vttpr worK xiiic "x"-"
than if they were divided in
or more one-teacher schools.
children are attending school
1 o-.irit and a sense of friendlv
a SCtlVVl s". . - - -
airy that could not be in a school
" thirty-five or forty pupils of all ages.
pupils attending school in large
numbers will have better athletics, be
cause there will be more who can take
t in "ames such as basket ball, base
tall and tennis.
The debating society is another ad
vantage the students get the benefit
of in a consolidated school that they
could not have in the average country
school because they do not have
enough pupils who are advanced far
enough to debate well.
The consolidated school gives the
students the advantage of a wider ac
quaintance which broadens their lives
and that is a large part of an educa
tion. It also causes them to want to
go to school to learn about other peo
ple, and what they are doing, as well
as what they are taught in their text
books. Consolidated schools are an advant
age to the community. They . mean
better educated men and women. When
the people of a community are educa
ted they will live pleasanter lives,
their homes will be more attractive,
and they will take an active interest
in community welfare, because people
who are educated are always work
ing for beauty and comfort. Hence
they will have, good roads, churches
and homes. Education is the root of
all things. When a community is prog
ressive, it attracts desirable settlers.
and the property , increases in value
from twenty-ne to one hundred per
cent over . the community where the
people .are uneducated, have run-down
homes and farms, and send their chil
dren to a one -teacher school about four
months in a year.
For example, suppose you were rid
ing through a community where the
homes were dirty and unpalnted, the
buildings in a tumble-down condition,
the fence half down, and weeds grow
ing in the yard. A little farther on
you, will come to a small clearing with
a little school house about sixteen by
twenty-five feet sitting quietly at the
roadside, with a deserted "air about
it. Do you think this commujiity would
attract progressive and desirable set
tlers? Suppose you passed on into another
community"' where the houses were
painted and neat, the yards clean, and
flowers blooming along the walks, the
stock-houses up to date and, a large
school building with all the modern
equipment for good work in the cen
ter of the community.
Do you not think a community like
the one described last would attract
desirable settlers more than the first?
Consolidated schools are an advant
age to the nation, and if every county
in every state in the Union had con
solidated schools, there would be no
ignorant people in our country. The
nation would be greater in wealth, and
strength, prosperity would reign the
country over, and our people would be
happy, healthy and peaceful.
Think what it would mean to the
South alone, for all its people to have
the advantages of good schools. Bet
ter homes, better roads, better churches
and better agriculture, would be - the
result, for when people are educated
as a whole, they feel and see the need
of these things, and when people are
aroused to the need of anything, and
really want it, they will hav 'it.
INTERESTING CHAUTAUQUA FIGURES
PURPOSE The best interests of all the people, all the
CONTINENTS have Chautauquas, Australia and North
COUNTRIES have Chautauquas, Alaska, Australia, Can
ada and the United States.
STATES in the Union have Chautauquas every State.
TOWNS have Chaatauquas and Lyceum courses.
GUARANTORS underwrite Chautauquas and Lyceum
PEOPLE are season ticket holders.
PEOPLE attend Chautauquas and Lyceum courses every
k'tJAW GRAHAM. BONNER
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SAVING THE ELM.
"I am so happy, said the elm tree.
Oh, I am so happy and so glad. Life
Is very beautiful,, very Indeed. .
"What makes you so happy, elm
tree".' asked the young elm tree near
by. It was always known as the young
elm tree for the. first elm tree was old
er, much older and was called THE
elm tree, or Grandfather Elm.
"Please tell me if It is your bithday.
Grandfather Elm? I know you are old
and I think you should have a birth
day party. If - you did, I am sure the
wind, and the- trees opposite, would
wish ' you all sorts of happiness, a
long life, and we would sing you a
birthday poem, though we couldn't
very well give you presents.
"Trees can't give presents very
"It's not exactly my birthday," said
Grandfather Elm, "but in a way it's
like a birthday celebration, for now
I can look forward to lots and lots
of. birthdays and other, days and weeks
and months and years.
'I am eointr to live a lone while. I
am so happy about It, for I love life.
I love to look down at the' people and
I love to keep them cool under
shade when the weather becomes hoi
.. "Of course now I am just ready
for the summer. I am trying to look
my best and my brightest as all the
trees are at this time of the year."
"It is fine to hear you say you are
going to live a long time," said the
young elm tree. ,
"It makes me very happy, too," said
Grandfather Elm. "You see I was quite
ill and now I am well."
"Were you ill, Grandfather?" asked
the young elm. "I am so sorry to bear
it. I thought you were having a good
deal of care and attention when I saw
all the work which you were having
done for you.
"But I didn't think that was because
you were 111 but because you were be
ing all dressed up and all fussed up
for the spring and summer. Tell me
about It without trembling with nerv
ousness." , "Yes, I was very, very 111," said the
elm tree. "I didn't know whether I
would ever get well or not. I had all
IAe. Overseas Quartette
Service Men In Musical Treat
mXtWW liS v W44
Few people realize the part that music has had in the winning of the
"ar. That never-give-in spirit called morale is largely a product of the
cheerfulness due to the songs of the men on the march and In camp.
Anl we have all heard these songs sung but most of us only at second
hand. The "Overseas Quartette," composed of four young men from the A. E.
i win render a program at Chautauqua that will completely satisfy the
tonging of the home folks to hear at firsthand the songs of the boys in
These Yankee soldiers bring us the great world war In music. And
tte songs they will sing will show us that not all of the war was tragedy.
Much of it was fun and good fellowship and so In their program these sol
dier lads will show us the combination of fun, thrills and tragedy which is
modern war. They will portray in song and pantomime the many sides of
e Hfe that has made men out of weaklings-and heroes out of cowards. V
Besides the quartette numbers there are excellent solos and duets.
Each member of the company li capable of sustaining his, own pari in solo
rk ni08t creditftfefy ftni these numbers will be one of the very enjoyable
atures of the program. Their songs cover a wide variety and besides
!he S0D of trench and camp,' their selections will also be on the eternally
Cresting themes of love and peace.
The Chautauqua management presents this company with great confl
nce because each of the members of the company has had extensive ex
Prinee in platform work before entering the service and there would be no
t of the success of the attraction as an ordinary civilian quartette.
' their unique experience as a background and the timely songs of
k Bch nd camp as the main part of their program, this quartette 1
99X16 to be one of the features of the Chautauqua Week in your town.
Grandfather Elm Swayed in the
, sorts of things the matter with me,
My wood was cracking and I was gen
erally in bad shape.
"They talked about me, people did,
and they said it would be a great pity
: to cut me . down. They said I gave
shade in the hot summer, they said I
was very beautiful and thr said I
should be saved if possible."
"That was fine," sai'd the young elm
"It certainly made me happy," said
"Tell me some more," said the young
"A lot of very clever' tree doctors
were sent for and they said that I
i could be saved. Oh, how happy that
made me !" And Grandfather Elm
' swayed in the breeze and smiled.
"All the bad wood which had start
ed In to hurt me was taken away.
Then they fixed up the places where
the old wood had been so it would keep
in good condition in the future.
"I had steel straps put upon me in
certain places to keep me from blow
ing over and fixed in such a way so I
could sway and laugh and blow nat
urally with the rest of you.
. "My, but wh'en they said I was all
right, how I did rejoice! I was so
happy, so happy."
"We must icertainly call It your
birthday," said the young elm tree.
"Yes," said the other near-by trees
which had heard Grandfather Elm
Tree's story, "it, is the best time to
talk of your birthday. For you're a
fine old tree and you will not live
many, many years, and when we wish
you many happy returns, we will know
that our Wishes will come true."
And the wind blew and whistled this
tune which the trees all joined' in :
Many happy returns of the day.
We feel so happy and gay.
For we love you. our fine old tree.
And always will, you see.
And Grandfather Elm smiled and
rwayed as he said his "thank you's 1"
Robert, four, had just heard of the
; new arrival of twins at his house. He
i hardly knew, what was meant by
"twins," so was very anxious to see
'. bis brothers. When he saw them hey
were lying in a bassinette, one at each
end, all covered but their heads. Rob
ert looked at them and then very dis
"They surely are funny twins, two
beads, one at each end, tmt no feet."
UNDER A WAR REGIMEN. ;
Mrs. Kawler Did your daughter
learn much at the cooking school?"
' Hostess Well, ehe learned how-to
make a lot of dishes we cant afford
to eat. Boston Eveninj TrasscxiB-
HeI'm curious to know how joa
manage to spend so much money.
She- I wouldn't tie, my dear; I
might get curious to know how jau
can xnakv to hiucIl Puck.
os Still Point to fiood Prices Ahead For
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I have never tied to any one or two houses and the old true and
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ber of years are the best on their respective markets.
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;r The Latest Popular Song Hits
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The six young ladies who make tip the Revne Company were chosen
from hundreds who have had Chautauqua and Lyceum experience. They
were selected for ability, attractiveness and their great possibilities in en
semble work. In the varied program which they render each has an oppor
tunity to demonstrate her particular ability. A professional coach has given
special attention to the ensemble jrork of the company and no effort has
been spared to make each number on the program a finished product.
How would you like to hear th latest song hits thatare being whistled
nd sung right now in the big cities, like New York, Chicago, and Philadel
phia? TheHevue Company presents these in the most up-to-date fashion.
The songs are introduced in a novel manner with lively action and striking
eostumes. There will be solos, quartette singing, an instrumental trio,
readings and. novelties.
The beautiful and striking costumes which are used are of the best
materials and comprise six complete changes. There are six ensemble num
bers in which all six, of the girls appear ia costume. These numbers are
especially worth-while and would form an extraordinary program even If
unsupported by the solo, duet, trio and quartette instrumental and vocal
This Is without doubt one of the best concert a'nd entertaining campanlM
ver presented on any Chautauqua. Be sure to hear them.
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enlarging, but he does, even the Convex pictures, also
carries large line of Convex frames and glass. Let your
next order be a done-at-home job. ',
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