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So disheartened were all that no watch was kept, and
Bttie heed given to^what was going on along the banks of
the stream. In this way ten or twelve miles were cov
ered, when Todd happened to look up. Then with a
startled cry he arose to his feet, pointing ahead. The oth
ers, gazing in the direction indicated, saw on a point of
land not far away an Indian encampment.
"Quick! "We must run inshore," the professor cried
excitedly "until we can ascertain what kind of a recep-
NEWS FROM THE SCHOOLS
(Reports should be in the editor's hand not latex than
the Monday before publication.)
Tillie Will, Reporter.
In the baseball game between Central and South
High, played at Minnehaha Park, May 12, the fates were
again opposed to the orange and black. The South High
team, under Captain Berg, played a good game, but the
Central boys played a better and the score stood 5 to 2 in
The annual oratorical and declamatory contest held
in the South High hall Friday evening, May 12, under the
auspices of the South High Literary society, was a great
success. The program was opened with a violin solo by
Jean HartzeU. Declamations by Ruth Harrison, Marjorie
Smith, Virginia Hansen and Florence Engstrom were well
given and equally as well received orations were given
by Tillie Will, Ed McKeen, Otto Sanaker and Gerald
Soung vocal solos by Rosetta Monahan and Bessie Hall
added zest to the program.
Professor Maria Sanford, on behalf of the judges,
presented the prizes, two for orations and two for dec
lamations. Gerald Young, "The Power That Rules," took
first place, and Tillie Will, "The Last Philipic," received
second. In declamation, Ruth Harrison, "The Grena-
dier," and Virginia Hansen, "My Wedding Day," car
ried off the honors. Misses Engstrom and Hansen were
substitutes for Bertha Sanford and Marion Wolk, who
were prevented by illness from taking part.
Hazelle Roberts, Reporter.
Friday, April 28, the A room listened to a debate on
"Resolved, That the Omnibus Bill of 1850 was unjust."
Ira Courtney was captain of the4 affirmative, supported by
Thomas PhUlips, and Charles Tupper was the captain of
the negative, supported by Arthur Stewart. The judge
decided in favor of the negative. On Friday, May 5, an
other debate was given, the question being, "Resolved:
That the Indians were more badly treated than the ne
groes." Ruth Marshall led the affirmative and was sup
ported by Charles Tupper, and Pearl Sutherland. The
negative was led by Hazelle Roberts, supported by Arthur
Stewart and Mildred Coffin. The judge decided in favor
of the negative.
So far, there has been no tardiness this term in the
A room. They trust the term will be finished with none.
Still a third debate was upon the question, "Resolved:
That the study of drawing receives too much time and
attention in the public schools." Amanda Erickson, Rob
ert Holmes and Louise Gilman took" the affirmative. The
negative was taken by Helen McCall, Ira Courtney and
Corinne Frank. The scholars were the judges, and de
eided in favor of the negative. JEFFERSON.
Katharine Hoag, Reporter.
A debate was held between and rooms May 12.
room had the negative and room the affirmative.
The question was, "Resolved, That it is for the best
interests of the United States to build and maintain a
large navy." Those on the affirmative were Harry Per
rizo and Aaron Torgesen. Those on the negative were
Alvin Scott and Grace Matthews. The negative won by
twenty points. The judges were high school students.
Margaret Clark, Reporter.
On Tuesday, May 9, at the East High school, Miss
Strohmeir's and Miss Shillock's German classes united
to celebrate the anniversary of Schiller's birthday. The
exercises consisted of recitations and songs, and were
held in Miss Shillock's room during the sixth period.
Friday, May 12, in the auditorium, several senior
boys spoke, urging the pupils to take an active interest
in the baseball games and athletic meets. Next Wednes
day, May 17, the interclass meet is to be held at North
rop Field. The class winning the most points is to be
presented with a beautiful silver cup.
At the fourth and fifth periods on Friday Mr. Web
ster gave a lecture on Grecian art and architecture. The
lecture was held in the auditorium, and illustrated by
beautiful stereopticon .views. The history pupils of all
classes were excused from their fourth and fifth-period
recitations to attend.
Friday afternoon the North High defeated the East
High in baseball with a score of 7 to 6. The game was
played at the North Side field. Saturday the baseball
team left for Faribault to play Shattuck.
The junior-senior reception was given in Masonic
Temple on Friday evening. The social committee having
it in charge worked hard to make it a beautiful affair,
and succeeded. The grand march began as soon after
8:30 as possible, and a program of twenty-six numbers
The Alumni Association will give an informal dance
for the seniors at Noble's hall the latter part of May.
WHAT WAS USED THEN?
The thirst for knowledge occasionally leads wide
awake people into asking hasty questions which they oft
en regret. A story which reminds one of the old fable o
looking before a leap, is told of a Harvard instructor, lec
turing on oxygen. "Oxygen," said he, "is essential to
all animal existence. There could be no life without it.
Yet, strange to say, it was discovered only a century
"What"did they do then, sir," a student asked, "be-
fore it was discovered!''
THE JOUBNAL JUNIOR, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY, MAY 20, 1905.
tion they are likely to give us, we must hide in the
woods and he began to work the great paddle vigor
"It is too late!" exclaimed Mr. Todd "we are al
His declaration was true. A large canoe, in which
were eight men, had already put off from the group of
hots, and was headed directly for the raft.
(To be continued.)
MORE SCARCE THAN GOLD
Ambergris Is So Very Rare and Valuable That Is Is the
Subject of Intrigues.
A hundred pounds of ambergris has been seized at
Seattle as stolen property. The appraised value is $30 kout
$16,000. And were a hundred pounds of gold to be stolen
at Seattle a great stir would be made about it. Amber
gris is scarcer than gold. It is more of an uncertain
quantity. It is harder to find and harder to transport.
It is found floating in lumps in the ocean, and occasion
ally in the intestines of~he spermaeeti whale. There
are, however, few sperm whales available, and the lumps
of ambergris have been growing scarcer as the whales
have decreased in number.
The price has advanced, but ambergris always sold
fell. A piece weighing 130 pounds found inside a whale
killed near the Windward Islands forty years ago sold/
for $2,500 nthe spot, and for much more when it reached
market. The Dutch East India company paid the king of
Tidore a fortune for a lump of ambergris weighing 182
pounds. Forty and fifty years ago, when ambergris was
THE AMATEUR TROUT FISHERMAN.
Mother BirdLook out, my children! There's a
horrid man trying to catch you."Judge, Copyright, 1905.
worth $5 an ounce, it _was as much a center of thieving
intrigues and plans as diamonds. In hundreds of cases
sailors in the Caribbean sea and in Bahama waters be
came involved in serious trouble thru attempts to steal
lumps of ambergris.
In the old time it was made the subject of sea fights,
and now that it worth six times as much as it was forty
years ago men plot to steal it as they would plan to rob
a bank. Adventurers watch for vessels carrying 100 or
200 or 500 upounds of ambergris as train robbers watch
trains carrying gold east or west. Little wonder, is it,
then, that the Puget sound country is as much disturbed
over the stealing of 100 pounds of ambergris as it would
be over the stealing of a cargo of gold from the Klon
dike? Ambergris in this day is worth more than its
weight in gold.
Talking by Whistles and Drums.
There is a perfect whistling language used by the
aborigines of the Canary Islands, and the people can
communicate with each other over long distances. A
stranger wandering over the islands is frequently sur
prised to hear from a hilltop the sound of loud whistling,
which is quickly repeated on the next MIL and so is
earried from summit to summit, until it dies away in the
distance. But perhaps the most curious means of com
munication in the world is the drum language of an Af
rican tribe, named, as nearly as the word" can be repre
sented in our 'letters, Thang-Tu. These queer people can
talTr to each other with large drums made of bamboo
hoops, over which the skin of some animal is stretched.
The drum is used only on important occasionssuch as
the meeting of war or the trial of some members of tfhe
tribe who have broken some of the complex religious
rules. Then the head mrm of the village, who is hidden be
hind a rough grass screen, asks questions of the witnesses
by tapping on the drum, and finally delivers judgment by
giving either the three sharp bangs, which means death to
the prisoner, or the one light tap that means freedom.
THE ABSENT-MINDED OPERATOR.
N James Maloney went to work, rustling freight
the C, P., Q. & R. railroad, he was immediately
dubbed "Red" by his fellow workers on account of a
luxuriant growth of bushy red hair. Altho an excellent
student he never had succeeded in learning the multipli
cation tables and always carried an arithmetic containing
them. You will wonder how a
ory could hold his place ovenr'* nighvteonhasuchlaflagwhy,shitmemrbu,poorailroadwitnahma
chief laughingly saida could not do without Jimmy.
''For," her "if we should happen to have a
an ounce, or $48,00?) for the hundred pounds. A hundred J^f axed, head would^stop a thunderbolt. All Jimmy
pounds of pure gold would not be worth as much by
would have to do would be to remove his hat and he
would hold everything on the line."
But that awful habit of forgetfulness was always get
ting him into trouble. He did not know what was wrong
when he was hungry and only upon consulting his rule
book would he realize it was dinner time. He paid the
night man $1 a month to tell him when it was time to
stop work in the evening. His great ambition was to be
come an operator and he even dared, after an exception
ally successful day of baggage smashing, to think that
someday he might sign his name, "James Maloney, dis
patcher." The operator at Henning, the place where
Jimmy worked, was a good-natured sort of a fellow, and
he fixed up an independent key and sounder for him and
armed with a Morse alphabet "Red" set to work. He
learned rapidly, spite of his habit of looking at the
rules on telegraphy every time he sat down at the table
to see if all of his instrument was there.
Things went on smoothly for a long while and "Red"
kept improving under the operator's instruction. He had,
because of his habit of reading the rules, attained the
name of "Ruly Red" instead of just plain "Red."
When one day the night operator at Henning got his
time for giving a "lap order," Ruly Red was appointed
to take his place. His dream had in part become a re
ality, and the town of Henning never held a more self
important operator than "Ruly Red" proved to be.
With a time table and rule book he managed to run
trains successfully, until one night he went to work with
out his rule book. Looking out of the window an hour
later and seeing a train coming, he looked for his rule
book, but it was nowhere to be found. Ruly Red was
half frantic at the thought of his inability to act. The
train pulled up to the station, stopped, and the conductor
came into the depot, glared fiercely at Jim and said,
"Well, Kid, Where's my orders?"
"What orders?" asked Jim, weakly.
"What orders!" shouted the conductor. "Well, of
all idiots you are the biggest!" Being an operator him
self he went into the office and wired the dispatcher for
orders. On getting them, he pulled his train out of Hen
ning and Jimmy took the opportunity to run to the hotel
for his rule book.
He got over the difficulty of forgetting his book by
tying a string to it and fastening to his buttonhole. One
night as he sat at the key the dispatcher called Hen
ning. Jimmy answered and received the message, "W.
K.," meaning "wreck." He turned to the place in his
rule book where it said, What to do in case of a wreck,''
and saw the words, "Place a red lantern on the track."
Ruby Red seized a lantern and forgetting to light it,
rushed out onto the track only to feel himself hurled thru
the air. He had been struck by the midnight express.
When he came to his senses he crawled slowly and
painfully back to the depot.
Several hours later the superintendent's special
stopped at Henning, and they found Jimmy in his chair,
insensible from loss of blood, but with his much-used rule
book in front of him, opened at the place, "How to Re
He recovered from his injuries and was given a posi
tion in the dispatcher's office. Strange to say there was
not a man on the road with a better memory than he had.
The shock of his colbsion with the midnight express had
cured him of his forgetfulness, and now the wife of
James Maloney, dispatcher, calls her husband "Unruly
Red.'' xPercival F. Fountain,
Eighth Grade. Hawley, Minn.
Small Specialists Turned Loose in Flower Beds Make
Short Work of Weeds.
When Mrs. Primrose called upon Mrs. Bell, she found
the latter rocking comfortably on her piazza while the
four children worked busily in the garden beds Mrs.
Primrose fanned herself with her hat and noted the in
dustrious little figures.
"What on earth are those children doing?" she
"Weeding," said Mrs. Bell.
"But can you trust them?"
I couldn't trust my Nell and Grace, and they're
older than yours."
"You mean they wouldn't know the weeds from the
Mrs. Bell leaed forward- impressively. She had on her
intelligent lookthe one she assumed when she addressed
a club on civic rights. My dear,'' said she, this is the
age of specialists. Each man, each woman, is, or should
be, devoted to one department. Children may not be ca
pable of learning to distinguish all weeds, but any child
ean learn one. I have taught Elate pigweed, Annie pus
ley, Gladys chickweed and Tom sorreL Each goes thru
a bed and selects his or her specialty. I sit here on the
piazza and rock."
THE INTRODUCTION OF FORES.
In the year 1611 an Englishman traveling in Italy
made the following entry in his diary: I observe a cus
tom not used in any country I was in. They use a small
fork when they cut their meat." He purchased one and
carried it to England, but when he used it he was ridi
culed by his friends. That little two-tined article of table
furniture brought about a fierce discussion. It was an
^innovation unwarranted by the customs of society