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This was important because it made other children want
to graduate in the same way. Balla Millrath, N
Sixth Grade. Lester Prairie, Minn.
THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT 'EM.
(High School Credit.)
You may laugh and laugh heartily when I say that
three great things are: first, the study of algebra second,
Xhetoric third, United States history. I almost imagine
I hear a gasp, or a suppressed giggle, or an awestruck
whisper, "The three hardest studies there are! I don't
see how they can be great." Nevertheless, I think they
are. The question, "How can algebra be of any use to a
girl in later lifef has been worn threadbare in the ask
ing, altho the real answer is not any the worse for wear.
No one will deny that algebra is a great help to one
having a great deal of mathematical work to do, but what
use is it to those who do not follow that line of workt
First, almost -every one is called upon at some time or
other for some mathematical solution which, if difficult,
may be solved by an algebraie solution, thus saving en
ergy and time. Second, who knows, but that at some time
one may be called upon to choose the teaching of that
detested algebra for a vocation and then? So alge
bra after all is entitled to a little corner in this world.
If any one asked me of what use rhetoric is, I should
think it a very foolish question. If there were no rhet
oric nor grammar, we should all be going about saying,
I hain't got it," "I-done it," I beared it"or some
thing worse. If we did not study rhetorie we should be
utterly in the dark as to whether such expressions were
correct or otherwise. Next comes history. If there is
anything drier than that, I should like to know what it
is. But just think how beneficial it is to one. If we did
not study history we should not know anything about our
country, how it was discovered, settled or claimed. II
the gentleman whom I once heard discussing the crossing
of the Delaware'by Patrick Henry and the inauguration
of Columbus had ever seen a history, he would not have
been so grievously mixed up. Last, but not least, if
these three "great things" should fail in all other par
ticulars, they furnish employment to hundreds of idle
children and keep their minds in a pleasant and happy
condition. In fact, they are a joy, forever.
Ninth Grade. Sadie C. Wynne,
Grafton, N. D.
LIKE THREE LINKS.
The first event was a party at the home of one of
my friends. I went there about two o'clock and stayed
until six. Ice cream and cake comprised most of the
"bill of fare" and I disposed of four dishes of ice
cream. When I reached home I began to feel uneasy
and sick. Then came the second event in the form of
severe cramps. I was out in the barn and was so sick
I could hardly move, so lay down on a pile of hay. After
awhile my sister came and helped me into the house.
Then the third event occurred with the arrival of the
doctor. He gave me some quinine to take and after
swallowing about two glasses of water I bit down into
the capsule. I then forgot all about the cramps and bus
ied myself for about* fifteen minutes withT he quinine^
When I at last had it all out, I found I had completely
jarred away the cramps. Rodney Jones,
Eighth Grade. Preston, Minn.
TWO SMILES, ONE WEEP.
One summer evening in a little village in Michigan,
just as the nine o'clock train came in, a baby girl opened
its large blue eyes. As its father came in and smiled
down at her, he Baid, "Well, little one^you came in on
the nine o'clock train, didn't you?" and that baby was
my grandmother. Thirty years later, another little blue
eyed baby opened its eyes and smiled up in the face of
its mother. That baby was my mother. When twenty
five more years had gone by, the third little baby girl
come into the world and she -wrinkled up her little face
and cried. Whereupon its mother began to quiet it and
rocked it back and forth and that baby was myself and
the dawnings of the three lives were great events.
Seventh Grade, -Florence Oliver,
Washington School. St. Cloud, Minn.
EVERYONE HARD TO PLEASE.
One day when I was a small girl I wanted to mend
my toy piano. I took some tar and rubbed it on the
black keys, then I painted the white keys with some
For Sunday, December 17:
"T HE TWENTIETH CENTURY DISCOVERER."
The stories must be strictly original.
The stories should be of some imaginary man,
woman or child, whose discovery would entitle him
to go down in history as "the" discoverer of
the twentieth century. Make clear what the dis
covery" is, and why it entitles the discoverer to^
the word "the."
The papers should be mailed so as to reach the
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Not Later than Thursday Morning, December 7.
They must be written in ink on one side only of
the paper, not more than 300 words in length, nor
less than 100, marked with the number of words
and each paper signed with the grade, school, name
and address of the writer. The papers must not
For Sunday, December 24:
"FIRST CHRISTMAS PRESENT YOU REMEM-
BER, AND WHAT BECAME OF IT."
The stories must be strictly original and true.
They should be mailed so as to reach the office of
The Journal Junior
Not Later Than Thursday Morning, December 14.
They must be written in ink, on one side only
of the paper, not more than 300 words in length,
nor less than* 100, marked with-the number of
words and each paper signed with the grade,
school, name and address of the writeri^-'The
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THE JOURNAL JUNIOR, MINNEAPOLIS* MINNESOTA, SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 3, 1905.
white paint. We had some green and red paint, so I
painted the rest of my piano red and green in lengthwise
stripes. When this was done I thought it looked pretty
and I showed it to mama thinking she would be pleased.
I also was going to show it to the clerk from whom mama
bought it and ask if it was not prettier than before. But
AS A RUGGED PALM
If, on looking back, your whole life
should seem rugged as a palm tree stem,
still, never mind, so long as it has been
growing and has its grand green shade
of leaves, and weight of honied fruit at
SOME ORIGINAL IDEAS.
_^_ -(Honorable Mention.)
One day when, I was three years old I was playing
"with my dolls in the front yard. I lost a pin in the
grass and as I was hunting for it I found fifteen eents.
I ran to the store to buy some cloth for a b^ss Mama
did not know of it. Instead of getting dress goods
bought quilting goods. You can imagine how it looked,
for I took the cheapest I could find. Then I went to the
dressmaker to have it made. I had it made to my shoe
toj*. When it was done I walked proudly down the
street to my home. When I reached "there, oh, how they
laughed. Altho they laughed I felt as" important as
Queen Elizabeth, because my dress came to my shoetops.
This year, for the first time, I picked berries. I jnst
picked two days and earned eighty cents. When I was
paid I felt very important. Thirst I wanted to buy a
bicycle, kid gloves, dress cloth, coat, etc, but jmama
said, "You will find out that you can't have much for
eighty cents." One April day the sun was shining very
brightly. I was eleven years old and it was my birthday,
I invited a number of girls to my party. In the evening
it began to rain, so-there were but a very few present.
We had a jolly time playing games and other things. I
thought that was a great event because it was a party.
Sixth Grade. Luvern Leonard,
The civil war was one of the most important wars of
history. Before the civil war was fought negro men and
women were bought and sold as cattle and horses are.
Sometimes the men who bought them treated them worse
than dumb animals. It was of great importance to the
welfare of the nation to have the slaves set free. The
Revolutionary war, in which George Washington set our
country free from Engand, was a second great event. If
our country, had not been set-free it would not have de
veloped as rapidly as it did. The discovery of America*
by Christopher Columbus was a third important event.
If it had not been for nim North America might not have
been found for quite awhile because the people
afraid to venture out into the ocean.
Eighth Grade. Helen Allison,
Forestburg, S. D.
IMPORTANT TO ONE, AT LEAST.
One day when I was little, I happened to find five
dollars. I took it to papa and he said he would give it
to the one who lost it. He inquired and finally found that
a woman had just ..earned it by washing. He gave it to
her, then papa gave me five dollars. It was a great
event to me because it brought me the most money I had
"ever had and it probably was an equaHy great event to
the poor woman-to find what she had lost.
Another boy and I had been visiting at our ranch in
the country. We had stayed a month or so but had
grown tired, so we started to walk back to town, a dis
tance of ten miles. When we bad gone about two miles
we caught a ride. Shortly before reaching Fort Meade
we could see a dreadful storm coming, so the man made
his horses gallop. We were thru the post when it began
to rain. It rained so hard that we could not see two
feet ahead of us. The man drove under the bridge and
we stayed there till we could not stay any longer because
the creek was so high-that the man^could not get his
horses out. We all swam ashore and the horses kicked
loose from the wagon and it went floating down the
creek. We found the horses standing under the trees.
That day a man was drowned in the ereek and if we had
not swam out when we did we might have gone, too.
This same day was my thirteenth birthday and my mother
and sisters gave me an Indian pony. did not know any
thing about it until noon, when we reached home. The
Indian who brought the pony asked me what I would
give him for it. I said I did not know. I went into the
house, and pretty soon mama came out and handed him
the money. The pony was mine and I bave him yet. The
importance of this event cannot be fully appreciated by
anyone except his master, who has had many a fine ride
ojx hi Samuel Beardshear,
Eighth Grade. Sturgis, S. D.
TWO FLOODS AND A WDSOOT ~J
It was very early one morning that I woke'up and
looked out of the window to see what kind of a day it
would be. I did not see much of the day, because the
river we were living neax had overflowed and we could*
mama did not like it. -8ne told me to play on the keys, with another child and had just started home when the
but my fingers stuck and it would not sound. At first I
thought it was a great thing to have done, but I did not
think so after mama was not pleased. Another time, not
very long after this first "great event," my brother was
weeding our garden. I wanted to please hum, so I weed
ed the carrot garden. I pulled up every carrot, and left
all the weeds. I thougnt my brother would be pleased,
but to my surprise he was not. One night we were all
going to a concert. It was to begin quite early, so we
had to hurry. I was going to milk the cow for papa,
but she would not give more than a few drops. So I
took another pail and emptied a few drops of milk into
it and left a few drops in the pail in which I milked.
Then filled the pails with water. I thought that was
what pap'a did, because the cow did not give all the milk.
Thinking papa would be pleased I carried the pails to
him, but he replied, "That is not milk."
Sixth Grade. Charlotte Almquist,
see nothing but water and continued to see water of
nearly three weeks. It was very great to~ me because
then I could have my sisters and brothers home to play
with me. Two years ago there was a bad storm where wo
were living. The clouds looked very black and the wind
blew. There was a little girl who had gone over to play
storm came. She could not walk in the wind, so she lay
down fiat on the road. When the storm had passed some
one found her. She was iiot hurt, but badly frightened.
It was a great thing that she knew what to do. One time
when I was going on a visit, it eommeneed to rain very
hard. It rained and rained and by the time we had ar
rived at the place the water was almost up to the buggy.
I was very glad we were not drowned.
Fifth Grade. -Pearl Billings,
Cannon Falls, Minn.
WITHIN THE YEAR.
The year 1905 has been a notable one in the history
of the world. A great many important events have oc
curred which show that we are making rapid progress.
Perhaps the three most important events were: the treaty
of peace At Portsmouth, the dissolution of the union be
tween Sweden and Norway, and the ending of autocracy
in Russia. Of the first event, the American people have
reason to be especially proud, for had it not been for our
president, peace terms might never have been agreed upon.
This treaty ended a great conflict which has cost an im
mense amount of money and thousands of lives. The dis
solution of the union ofJ3weden and Norway has shown
the world that now great national problems may be solved
peaceably and with6ut a conflict. Had this difficulty not
been solved, other nations might have -been involved and
a great deal of trouble resulted. By the ending of
autocracy in Russia, the people have secured greater free
dom and are not beld down like slaves as they have been.
This is certainly a great step forward in the advancement
of that country. Hazel Bristow,
Ninth Grade. Montevideo, Minn.
IN THE UTEY ARENA.
Perhaps to some The Journal Junior does not seem
of much importance, but to me it always has, because I
felt sure that those who had stones printed, especially
those who received prizes, would not be forgotten for
centuries. The fifth grade, it seemed to me, would never
forget the child who won the first prize in that room, so
when one of my most intimate friends was the successful
one, there was at least one person from whom she received
due honor and respeet. One day in January I had a
story printed. It did not seem very important to anyone
but myself, but when I discovered it, I felt as tho I was
a very important person, almost as tho I was another
George Washington. In February I had another printed.
You cannot imagine how I felt. Washington and Lin
coln together could not have lived more eventful lives
than mine. In May I found another story signed "Rus
eella Cooper." I could resist no longer^ and I shouted,
jumped up and down and clapped my hands till I fell
into a chair, thinking I had done enough. No one ever
felt more "eventy" than I did then, I know.
Sixth Grade. Sussella Cooper,
c Chatfield, Minn.
THEY WERE NEAR TOGETHER.
This great region extended from the Rocky mountains
to the Mississippi river. A part of this great region
along the Mississippi river was first explored by La Salle,
the Freneh were the first to make settlements and claim
the land. In 1762 France gave this territory to Spain, but
in 1780 it was ceded back to France. The United States
wanted to buy this territory and so France sold it to her
for fifteen million dollars, in the year 1803. By this pur
chase the United States has acquired a larger territory
than she ever before possessed. Aaron *Burr, who was
then vice president, tried to detach Louisiana and some
of the western states from*the union. He bad enlisted
soldiers in Ohio, but when he went down the river he was
arrested and tried for treason. Two or three years after
this purchase there was a man named Robert Fulton who
invented the steamboat. After that the steamboats were
used instead of keelboats, and it greatly aided in the
rapid development of the country. They were also used
for eommerce and travel where there were rivers and
Eighth Grade, 616 Third Avenue S,
Longfellow School. Sioux Falls, S. D.
A great event in my life happened one day when my
mother went visiting. She would not be baek until time
for five o'clock tea. I thought I would steep some nice
tea. I put the tea leaves in a cup and forgot them on
account of seeing my sister Edith go head-first into the
flour barrel. How I was laughed at when I went to pour
the teal Another great event occurred when I was a
small girl. My father sent me downtown to order a
stovepipe. *I did not hear the word "stove," as I was
in a hurry, and I dame home with a large smoking pipe.
I never heard the last of it from my oldest brother. The
third great joke on me was when my mother asked me to
go to the store. I did not like to go, because I was
always BO thirsty coming home. Finally she persuaded
me to go and handed me a package which she said I
might open on the way home. Walking down was all
well, but coming back, I was so thirsty I did not know*
what to do. I might have gone in at a house and asked
for a drink, but being too bashful for that, I walked on.
I had already forgotten about the package my mother
had given me, which was in the basket with the other
parcels, and did not remember it until I reached home
Opening the package I found a lunch and some lemonade
Mother laughingly remarked, "You could carry a ton
and forget about it." Lillian Engbloom,
Eighth Grade, Box 39, R. 3, Elk River, Minn.
AN BOOL SHATTERED. ^g.
From my earliest boyhood I, like most other boys|
was possessed of a great longing for a gun. To have a
gan with which to shoot squirrels and rabbits was a thing
to be imagined rather than realized. The boys of my
acquaintance possessing guns were looked upon as very
fortunate, indeed. My delight can be better' imagined
than described when one day upon returning from town
my father presented me with a gun. From that time on
I was content and when not having anything to do, I
would roam the woods and fields in search of game and
toon became quite proficient in handling my gun. Hav-