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ONE HARD SUB E
Minneapolis Juniors Make Their Little Moans
Over Studies that Seem to Have No Appeal
ing- Charms at AIL
TOPIC: "THE MOST DISTASTEFUL STUDY.
FEW of the writers have the daintiest way
of hinting how much they would like a prize.
They begin their papers with a beautiful
drawn and boxed initial. The trouble ifl
that it is the story and not the initial that
takes the prize every time. The initial de
signs were clever and neat and, judging from
results, writers must have given more time
to them than to answering the all important
"Whyf" of the topic. In addition many of
these stories were of interviews with dwarfs,
fairies or genii of some distasteful study
and the topie specified that "the stories
must be true!'' Juniors seem to have a
way of thinking that the editor literally means every
thing she says everywhere in the Junior, except under the
topics. A few weeks ago in an
editorial she suggested that if
Juniors could not write their
names clearly possibly they
would better print them. And lo'
this week several papers came
inr written very clearly and with
ttte signatures printed in sturdy
smatfL black letters! There is
BO mistaking those names, but
why 'not be as conscientious
bout the "do's" and "do
T&Jr^ Is the Woeful Prospect of
More to -Come.
EADING- is^%#f^vori^ pas
time^ at hoS% but at school
by any means, abut it ^E| very
monotonous having to real "Rip
Van Winkle" so often. When I
was-^oung and read the story
for the first time, I found it very
interesting. "We will now have
ouiL reading," $ays Miss X.
"T^ke the first two pages of
'Rip-Van Winkle.' My heart
ginks as I open the book at the
old place. To anyone who has
read the story 4n almost every
gradedknows the song by heart,
has seen .the play,and is
Ifcold by her sister not to grow
tired yet, for she will still have
"Rip" in high school, it is eer
ta5nry discouraging. The song
-peaks of Rip as being a lucky
man and the story, as a descend
antf of the Van Winkles, "who
figured so gallantly in the time
of the good Peter Stuyvesant
(may he rest in peace!)" Why
cannot poor Rip also rest in
peacef We have heard and read
so mueh about him and his
scolding wife, Gretchen, that
"Hyida, you may read," said
MissX. "Oh, dear!" I feel like
saying as Gretchen did in the
pbty, 'Rip! Rip! you will be the
death of me yet.'
A* Seventh Grade,
1605 West Thirty-first Street
SOME TROUBLES WITH A PEN.
The Lesson Seems to Be a Problem of Keeping in Posi
tion and Moving a Muscle.
DISLIKE writing very mueh because I cannot write
very well with that difficult arm movement. I
can put my hand in plaee easily, but the arm movement
I cannot get. Sometimes when my arm happens, to go
right my hand is not in position and then when the hand
is in place the arm is not and I feel angry and say to
myself, I can not do it. I wish I eould write like Mr.
H. and make birds out of capitals and write without the
arm movement. I wish they had never started the slant"
writing and the arm movement and the hand position.
The teacher says, "Pens up and the back of the hand
toward the ceiling, fingers turned under feet flat on the
ftoer and see that the muscle in your arm works." Some
times mine will work and sometimes it will not. It is a
stubborn little thing my hand is not so stubborn as the
arm. When one has not a good pen he can not write well
and by the end of the month my pen is not very, good."
It sticks in the paper and makes big blots, so I have to
do it over again with all that arm movement.
A Fifth Grade, Walter Lundquist,
Garfield School. 2208 Eleventh Avenue S.
*"ci -^v h* "*J
(High School Credit.)
Every day when the half-hour came for drawing, at
the end of the afternoon session, teacher was eross and
The JourrveJ Junior\
SUPPLEMENT TO THE MINNEAPOLIS JOUiiNAL
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN*, SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 3, 1905.
all"the pupils, including myself, were "fidgety." The
objects we were expected to draw were enough to give
any second and third grader the "fidgets." Usually we
were given a time-worn cube and a finger-marked sphere
to sketch. When we had drawn these for weeks, until
we dreamed of them, imagined jre saw them in the dark
and actually shuddered whenever we saw them, we trans
ferred our affections to nature studies. We drew trees
which we could see from the window and which, when
finished, looked as tho they had escaped from a Noah's
ark. Then came woodbine, "creepers" and such things..
We held "finders" in front of the groupswhere and how
that name was given was a mystery to us, unless it was
for their ability to find trouble, which always bobbed up
when we used them. I always disliked drawing because
I never could draw. When it came to painting it was
worse! One simple landscape painted by me, immedi
ately assumed an air of similarity to Joseph's coat of
many colors. But gradually I seem to like it better be~"
cause, as I suppose, tho I make just as discouraging re
sults, it is with so much less effort.
Ninth Grade, Inez MacNaughton,
South High SchooL 2522 Seventeenth Ave. S.
AN UNTAMABLE BBEAST.
"Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast."
Maybe it soothes some "savage breast," but it does not
(Continued on Sixth Page.)
WHEN CHRISTMAS IS COMN'.
Brother BobTurned over a new leaf yet, Sis?
Sister SueNo, people do that January first.
Brother BobNot people that are onthey don't December first's Mte time.
THE WEEK'S ROLL OF HONOR
MTHZTEAPOXXS PBIZE WZHKEBS.
Hytda Pdlatt, A Seventh Grade, Calhoun School, 1605 W
Walter Umdontat, A Fifth Grade, Garfield Scbooi, 220*
Eleventh Avenue ,8.
Gear** Leaky, Kichth Grade, Bmemon School, 1706 Linden
Seam Robertson, Ehrhth Grade, WhitHer School, 2630
Marguerite Thomaa, Sixth.
Grade,' Grant School, 181S
NOBTHWESTEBH PBXZE WTHHKRS.
Ore Wirtnrnm, Eighth Grade, Comfrey, Minn.
BaXta Mnbratiy Sixth Grade, Lester Prairie,
Bodney Tone*, Btghch Grade, Preeton, Minn.
nateace Olirer, Seventh Grade, Washington School, St. CSoad,
Charlott* Almqaist, Sixth Grader Hawley, Minn.
HIGH SCHOOL1 CREDITS.
Levers* Leonard, ttxth Grade, Qdano, Mhm,
I BM XacManshtaa, Ninth Grade, Sooth High School, 282*
Seventeenth Avennt S.
a Wynne, Ninth Grade. Grafton. N. D.
RED LETTER EVENTS
Scholars and Wits Among Northwestern Juniors
Bestow the Epithet "Great" Upon an Amus
ing Variety of Things.
TOPIC "THREE GREAT THINGS (OB
was such fun to have the privilege of tell
ing the great things that happened in one's
life or throwing some new lights on old his
tory it seems as if a class of third graders
"just had to" write. They sent in a lit
tle bunch of such clever stories that they
ought to sweep everything before them two
years from now when they are fifth grade
pupils and eligible for Journal Junior work.
The most promising thing about the stories
was the fact that they showed originality. It
may seem hard that since they were good
they could not be printed but rules are rules,
you know, and Junior lines are drawn at the
fifth grade. The personal occurrences that seemed great
were by far the most entertaining stories. A mixture of
the historical and the personal
was very apt to bring some
startling contrasts to the minds
of readers. For instance, one
writer's second event was a
high school football game and
his third the Jap-Russian war.
Those were indeed degrees of
importance with a long leap be
tween^ but merely proves again
that football undoubtedly holds
the highest place in Junior
I began to cry. The teacher then gave me some cards t#
sew and I was happy once more. By the time I reached
home I had formed a very agreeable opinion of school and
waited impatiently for my sixth birthday.
Eighth Grade. Ora Blackmun,
THRU MANY YEARS
A Little Journey from Old Wars to New Progress and
Inspiring Graduation Day.
cousin was in the war that was carried on by
Prussia and France. He fought against France.
This war began in the year 1870. During the war food be
came scarce and after a battle he was hungry and tired
and lay down to rest among the wounded and dead. Dur
ing that time robbers came and gathered the money and
jewels from the dead and wounded. A robber wanted to
take the jewels from an officer. When mama's cousin
saw this he fought and killed the robber and saved the
officer's life. For reward he received an office. Her cous
in was a great man because he saved a life. The second
event happened nearer home. It was the building of the
first railroad that went thru Lester Prairie. First the men*
piled up the sand to make it level. Then they began to
lay the track. The men worked day and night and fin*
isned on Christmas, 1886. This was a great event to the
people. It saved livery expense and by it people could
dispose "more easily of their produce. The third event watt
the graduating exercises whieh were held in the city hall
at Lester Prairie, June 6, 1905. They were the first of
the kind ever held here. The program was very good*-
Some Youthful Decisions Made
three most important
in my life are: the
first Thanksgiving I remember
the first time I milked a cow and
my first day at ^school. One
Thanksgiving when I was small
we had all our relatives come to
our house. What fun we chil
dren had playing! But the din
ner was the best of all, with the
big turkey in the center of the
table. When our turn came to
pat I am sure we did justice to
his highness, the turkey. After
supper the aunts and uncles be
gan to go home. One of my
aunts invited me to go home
with her. I think his was the
best Thanksgiving I ever spent.
One time when visiting on a
farm I decided to learn to milk.
So I took a pail and set out for
the barn. I found a gentle eow
and sat down at one side of her.
I had only a little milk in my
pail when the cow gave a kick
and I went sprawling on the
floor. By the time I was on my
feet I had decided never to be a
When 1 was five years old I
begged to go to school. Mama
finally consented and I set off.
The teaeher gave me a seat with
another girl. After school had
begun the teacher laid a slate
on my desk. I tried to read the
writing on it, but could not, so