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The Journal J\mior
Fact and Fiction
"Uncle JacK" as the Mouthpiece of Min
neapolis Juniors Who Have Written
Interesting Tales. * # *
XOLE JACK" was certainly truly named, for he
was acquainted with nearly all the trades and pro
fessions, but most often he was a sailor, soldier
or cowboy. Entire batches of papers had to be re
jected because the stories were not told by "Uncle
Jack." Any kind of a story, even a fancy tale,
was permissible, but the topic stated that they
must be related by "Uncle Jack." Many merely
told an amusing incident or an original remark.
"Once upon a time stories" were desired or those
apparently told by an older person to those
younger. One-half of the seventh and erght grade
stories are true and some of those that seem the
most impossible were marked true. "Uncle Jack,"
in some cases, was like a cat and had more than his share of
lives. In one rase he was frozen to death in the vicinity of the
north pole and in another story he was drowned, but in both
cases he was well and strong at the time of writing. One boy
told a story as one celebrated by Baron Munchausen. In count
ing words, everything is counted but
the letters "a" and "I." One girl must
have misunderstood, for she put down
297 when there were 444 words.
Ji Familiar Tragedy of Early
OX a long, .not plain, stretching
across central Wyoming, toiled
elowly a large canvas covered wagon,
drawn by two horses. The sun, tiring,
perhaps, of shining so many hours over
the same land, slowly passed away,
leaving darkness to envelope the plain
and cool the hot, parched earth. The
horses were stopped and a fire was
made. The poor meal was eaten and
the little party of six lay down to
rest. But far in the distance, in a
cloud of mist, some dark forms were
rapidly approaching. Indians! Yes,
Indians' They came nearer. They
saw the wagon, the horses, the fam
ily. But, above all, they saw corn and
bacon and then they remembered how
hungry they were. (Here' Uncle Jack,
who was telling the story, cleared his
throat, blew his nose and pulled his -
chair nearer the fire.) Yes, the deed
■was done and the Indians went away
■with corn and bacon and —and six
Bcalps at their belts. But when morn
ing's first bright rays began to strike
upon the faces of the dead ones, a
party of horsemen came by and —yes,
one of them was me. They saw the still
white faces, but the one that struck
them most was that of a young girl
not more than sixteen. Beautiful she
■was, with long, black braids. A large
lump near her ankle was very notice
able and when her stocking was turned
down a roll of bills was found. I will
not tell how much, but it certainly
■would surprise you. It was divided
among the men, and after burying the
dead in a little grassy place they
went their way. There, in Wyoming,
are several graves to this day, with
no mark to tell who lies beneath them.
3137 Portland Avenue.
A Seventh Grade,
Horace Mann School.
THE SIGN OF THE CROSS
J} Mysterious Mark that Brought Much Trouble to
the Hired Man.
("Fifth and Sixth Grade Prize.)
TT was a cool day and as I was sitting indoors reading I heard
I my uncle calling me from upstairs. I ran up and sat down
at his feet and while looking at some old curiosities of uncle's I
came across a broken pistol. He said it was the remains of a re
volver that was once of great use. I asked him to tell me about
It and he said: My brother and I were left alone to take care of the
house, as my mother and two sisters were going to the lake on
a visit for a week. There had been some talk about burglars
and we were much excited as the evening drew near. Most every- '.
one in the neighborhood had been robbed. -. The day before mother
came home I saw a little cross on the front door. I at once
found the revolver.and my brother got the hatchet. We put a
large tub of.water at the foot of the front stairs and a half a
dozen tin pans at the top of the back. stairs. Neither of us un
dressed ourselves, but lay down ready to use our weapons at
any minute. At last we heard a horse out on the gravel drive-v
way. Then we heard a window sliding up, a pause,'and then—
down fell all the pans. We ran to the top of the stairs, I 'fired -
'my gun twice and brother struck at the air, but without hitting
anything. All at once we heard a splash and then some one
screaming. We found out that it was our hired man who had
forgotten to lock the barn and had crawled. out the window to
lock it, not knowing what we had done. Then my brother con
fessed that he had put the cross on the door. '-_ —Mildred Ozias, -
A Fifth Grade, Garfield School. 1822 Tenth Avenue S.
Laugh Jill on One Side.
IT was a cool and pleasant evening. A crowd of boys were Bit
ting on . the railing .of a Jence, and each had been relating '
some merry Incident.. Uncle Jack came hobbling down the side-
SUPPLEMENT TO THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL
Minneapolis, Minn., Saturday, May 4, 1901.
walk, making a click, click, click, click on the solid pavement
with his cane. He seemed familiar with the boys and scrambled
up beside them in spite of his years. He had a pleasant wit, and
the boys knew it, so they asked him for a story and Uncle Jack
began: "I remember once when I was a boy. I used to play hide
and seek, and we were playing it when a funny thing happened.
I was hiding one evening in an old woodshed which was supposed
to be haunted. I crawled into a barrel and kept quiet. Pretty
soon an awful racket began close to me. I was so scared I held
my breath, and began, slowly, but surely, to crawl out. But just
as I almost got out something soft and wet came with a splash
right against my face. I gave a screech and started full speed to
get away, but I turned as I heard loud peals of laughter behind,
and there were the other boys, laughing for all they were worth.
They, knowing I was afraid of ghosts, had crawled into the
shed and raised a hubbub among the papers and rubbish, and
•when I ran out they threw a rotten potato at me which hit me
in the face, when I screamed. I was pestered and made fun of
for the next two weeks, and I never have been so scared in my
life before or since as I was then." —Martin Mathiason,
A Sixth Grade, Whittier School. 3017 Motor Avenue.
WE heard Uncle Jack's voice as we sat in the twilight, gath
ered around the fireplace. He was rehearsing one of the
scenes of his childhood. " 'Bout the first Christmas I 'member
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Prof.—There, Johnny's your diploma.
Johnny —Seems to be a good deal of a gamble yet, doesn't it, professor?
Minneapolis Prize "Winners.
Kathleen Dougan, A Seventh Grade, Horace Mann School,
3137 Portland Avenue.
Mildred Ozias, A Fifth Grade, Garfleld School, 1822 Tenth
Nellie Shaw, B Eighth Grade, Adams School, 2211 Eigh
teenth Avenue S.
George S. Kearney, A Eighth Grade, Madison School, 2510
Fourth Avenue S.
Leslie Everett, A Sixth Grade, Lyndale School, 129 W
Martin Mathiason, A Sixth Grade, Whittier School, 3017
Northwestern Prize Winners.
Ella Watts, Eighth Grade, Crookston, Minn.
Charley Abrahamson, Fifth Grade, Warren, Minn.
Grace Rollins, Seventh Grade, Rochester, Minn.
Era Miller, Fifth Grade, Long Prairie, Minn.
Hißh School Credit.
Katharine Talbot Finkle, High School, Moorhead, Minn.
Christmas in the Olden Time.
(Continued on the Sixth Page.)
The Week's Roll of Honor.
A Hard Question
Northwestern Juniors Decide Which Is
Greater, the Discovery of America or
the Invention of Printing. * *
OME of the Juniors gave the credit of Ihe invention
of printing to John Gutenberg and others to Lau
rent Coster of Haarlem, but as both are credited
with the invention the editor made no changes in
the papers. A number spoke of printing as a dis
covery. Discovery brings to knowledge something
unknown, but which already exists, such as elec
tricity, circulation of the blood and new lands.
Invention is the act of finding out something previ
ously unknown or a new way of accomplishing
things. Steam engines, electrical appliances and
printing are inventions. In spite of the fact that
the topic stated distinctly that the question should
be considered from a fifteenth century standpoint,
a very large number had to be rejected because the writers con
fined themselves to a modern view of the snbject. One of the
Juniors gave a detailed account of the early life of Columbus and
another devoted his attention to the hardships of the early set
tlers of America. Washington and Lincoln bobbed up serenely
again. A few decided as they thought
one or the other of these two would
have done if called upon. This ques
tion was given to the Juniors to decide
for themselves according to their own
honest convictions, not from what some
great men might have considered right
MEN OF ALL RANKS
America Proved Attractive for
THE discovery of America was more
important to the people of the fif
teenth century than printing. The peo
ple of this century could write, al
though they could not print. In this
way books could be written and circu
The discovery of America brought
an immense increase of geograph
ical knowledge; new maps had to
be made; new products were obtained
from America: Indian corn, tomatoes,
the potato and tobacco. Many people
were now filled with new enterprise,
for now there were vast regions to be
explored and conquered. Men of all
ranks turned their eyes to America—*
some came to seek wealth, others po
litical power, and others a refuge from
religious oppression; and there was
room for all. Precious metals were
found, and m?h were sent out to seek
The discovery of America had a
great effect on trade and navigation.
At that time the trade was chiefly
around the Mediterranean. The little
vessels crept along the shore from
port to port. Now all was changed.
Larger and stronger vessels had to bo
built and a large ocean commerce
commenced. Before America was dis
covered sugar, cotton, rice and coffee
were obtained from the East Indies
and only the rich could afford them.
Now the poor had them as well as
the rich. This discovery was like a
journey to a new planet. Men's
minds grew larger and every one was
roused with new hope. It made Eu
rope acquainted with a new race of
For all these reasons the discovery of America was th#
greater. ' —Ella Watts,
Eighth Grade. 523 Ash Street, Crookston, Minn.
BOTH ARE VERY NECESSARY
. A True Nation Can Not Exist Without Political
and Religious Liberty.
(Fifth and Sixth Grade Prize.)
THE discovery of America did more for the people, because
j they had more rights and could worship as they pleased.
They did not want to be persecuted by the kings, so they came
to America, where „ they thought they ".would: have more rights.
--: If they did • not pay their debts they were put into prison and
kept there till they could pay them. Some of the poorer ones
■ would be kept in prison for life. The discovery of America was
greater because it opened the way for two things without which
a true nation cannot exist, namely, political and religious liberty*
■": —Charley. Abrahamson,
Fifth Grade. /*; Warren,-Minn.
More Benefit to the Masses.
;■:. (High School Credit.)
WITHOUT the printing press the world would be two or three
hundred years behind the civilization; of to-day, and re
ligion could | hardly Ibe v the people's due inheritance. .Without
America—it is , hard to say' It—but the world would probably
wag on and the surplus population would seek homes in the thin
.ly settled parts of Asia, Africa and Australia. In the sixteenth
century the printing press was the chief instrument of intellec
tuality, awakening man to the wonderful possibilities of classical
learning. Without printing the mass of people never, could have
received its ; countless ' benefits, '-. for aside ' from cost, : X I -would
have - been an" impossible task for the monks to copy so many