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fcg been raised upon a farm, I, like all other farmer
boys, looked forward-to threshing time with about the,
same expectancy as we did to the approaching Christmas.
Up to my fourteenth year I had been too small to be of
any use around the machine and had to be content with
watching the men work. In my fifteenth year I was al
lowed to help the men, but after the first day's labor in
the heat and dust I had gained all the glory that I de
sired and made up my mind that threshing was not what
I had supposed it to be. One of my favorite pets-on the
farm was a horse that was the same age as I was. This
horse was very good natured and a pet of .the whole fam
ily, but as he had become old my father concluded to sell
him and buy another horse. "When it came to parting I
felt as tho I were parting with one of my dearest friends
and many times since I have wondered if the old horse
felt the parting as much as I jlid.
Tenth Grade. Milo Foster,
SHE SANG HEB SING.
I have not had a very eventful life, but three notable
things came to mind without much delay when I began
to think about this topic. The first was my entering
-school. Mama took me down to the schoolhonse, where
I saw that dread ogre, "the professor," whom I soon
liked, when he asked me if I were afraid of him. The
second was my graduating into high school. Some of my
class had failed in one examination or another and we
thought that there would be only three or four of
us who would march up on the platform and
receive diplomas. We worried about _that, for we
thought it would look queer for three or four to stand
up there, anddid we dread the ordeal? Oh my! We
worried in vain, however, because thru some mistake
our diplomas did not come and when we did receive them
about a year or eighteen months later, more than four
received them. The last "great event" was the first
time I sang in public. It was in a minstrel show given
by home talent and I was "blacked up." I dreaded
the singing and tried to get out of it, but when the
night came and it was my turn to sing, I arose and sang
my "sing," although my voice may have trembled up
and down the scale. Kathryn Gilbert,
Tenth Grade. Grand Rapids, Minn.
BOSSY HARDLY TO BLAME.
We all have adventures more or less and I have had
my share of them. When I was four years old, I liked
to play in the barn. One day as I was climbing, I lost
my hold on the boards and fell. A sickle was lying on
the window sill and I fell on the sickle, cutting my side.
I hopped on one foot to the house, crying and mama
asked mo what was the matter. I showed her my side
and she was so frightened she could not do or say a thing.
The doetor dressed my wound, but said I could not wal^
for three months. It was hard for me to be still, but
it was not so bad as I expected, for the children came
to see me and read to me every day. When the doctor
said I could walk I do not think there was a happier girl
than I. The second of my adventures happened when
I was six years old. I was out in the field with my
Tinele husking corn and I shook a whip at the horses.
They became frightened and ran. I was alone in the
wagon, but clung to the side until the horses were caught,
after they had run two miles. I was praised very much
because I had presence of mind enough to hold on and
not jump out. The ^ast of my adventures happened
when I was eight years old. Grandpa had a very ugly
cow one day I went into the barn and began to tease
her. I was having great fun when suddenly she broke
I jumped over the fenee, the cow after me, and
at last I climbed the smokehouse and sat there until they
saw me, as I did not dare to go down alone. They never
questioned if I teased the cow, (I told them many years
afterwards), but grandpa, thinking she was dangerous,
sold her and I wondered many times if her temper
improved. Ausie G. Harsted,
Tenth Grade. Harmony, Minn.
was to spend the Christmas vacation with my aunt
In "Watertown, S. D. I was to meet her in Minneapolis
and had to go as far as that city with one of the teachers.
The train was very late that morning and we knew that
even if it made good time I could not catch the Water
town train. When we reached the city my aunt was
not to be seen anywhere. My friend telephoned to mama
and then took me to the home of her sister to wait for my
aunt. I was very much frightened, because I had written
my aunt to be sure to meet me. She called for me during
the morning, after telephoning mama, to ask her where
I was. We were obliged to stay over Sunday in Minne
apolis and go to Watertown Monday morning. This was
a great event in my life because it was my first venture
into the big world. Last summer I saw the Indians play
la crosse for the first time in my life. This was a great
event just because I never had seen them play that
game before. One Saturday several years ago mama and
I and two other people went out in the country. On our
way home we saw a runaway coming toward us. Our
horse was old and slow, so we jumped out of the buggy
and mama went to Dolly's head. The team were running
in such a way that if they were not turned the tongue of
the wagon weuld have impaled Dolly. Mama stood by
Dolly's head and "shooed'* them.. They turned a Utile
and missed the buggy by about six inches. This was
a great event in my life because Dolly probably would
have been killed and Jhe rest of us might have been
seriously injured. Shirley Knstpp,
Ninth Grade. Crookston, Minn.
THEY TRULY SEEMED SO.
The first event that seemed great to me (for I was
only a small boy of about three years of age) was a
Christmas dinner. Three or four families that were
related decided to spend Christmas together and had
taken a big tree to the house where the day was to be
spent. The house was large and there was plenty of
room, and as many other children were there I had a good
time. And when we all saw the tree our eyes beamed
with delight, and we were all so excited that we hardly
knew what happened. The next event was on a Fourth
of July. We were getting ready to go to another town,
where a celebration was to be held, and we were all a
"hustle-bustle of excitement. I can remember it plainly,
for I was seven years old. We were provided with plenty
of money so we could have a good time. There were
THE JOURNAL JUNIOR, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 3, 1905.
races of all sorts, the bands played in the afternoon and
the ragmuflins paraded. Then at night there were the
fireworks which seemed grand. We stayed till twelve
o'clock and altogether this was a great event to me,
The third great event was a trip south. We started from
Wells, Minn., and traveled tiH we reached the Mis
sissippi. Then we took a boat down the river. I saw
many large and beautiful trees and learned many inter
esting faets. The most important thing I saw was a
cotton fifiki which to me was a very great sight.
High School. Arthur Leonard,
GOOD FOLLOWS AFTER.
I remember the first day I went to school I was very
much afraid. When the rest of the scholars saw me
coming they ran up the road to meet my sister and me.
They all wanted to have me and I began to cry. Papa
told me if I would be good and not cry I eould have a
dime, so I tried very hard to keep the tears back, but in
vain. When school began I made a noise with my feet
and the teacher said, "Who is that making such a
noisef" My sister told her it was Then the teacher
told me to stop thai made me cry again and I grew so
naughty my sister had to take me home at noon. That
was a great event for me because the next day, when I
went to school I knew how to behave. When we came
here from New Jersey I had heard of trains running into
each other. Papa said that would not be likely to
happen and so I felt better. We stopped at St. Paul a
week until papa bought a farm. That was the first
time I ever rode on a train, Imt I think it did me good
because I should not now be afraid to ride on another.
When I first started to skate 1 did what everyone else
does. First I had some one hold me up, then after
awhile I wanted to try alone and they were willing I
should. The first thing I did was to faU. They laughed,
I cried and .did not want skate any more. Mary, my
sister, wanted me to and she taught me how to strike
A SHORT-LIVED CHALLENGE.
"Pooh! I never yet saw a cat I But the hot-house foreigner happens to
couldn't whip. Come right down here, get up, and Tabby "conies right down"
you hot-house foreigner!'' herself.
out. Since then I can skate quite well. I think that
fall helped me very much. Carrie Nielson,
Sixth Grade, Harris, Minn.
Pleasant Valley School.
THE HARD EASY THING.
It was the day before examination in geography, his
torry and arithmetic. Oh, how I did dread the geography
and history! I was not afraid of arithmetic because it
was always easy for me. Geography came first in the
morning and we never had such an easy test. In the.
afternoon we had two, history and arithmetic The his
tory was easy because we only had two dates to write
and they were the beginning and ending of the revolution.
I knew them-for I had looked them up the day before.
But as I have said, I did not look up arithmetic because
I thought I knew it all, and in it were three great
problems. First, one finding the cost of papering a room
and I never could get them as I found out then. The next
was one in finding the cost of plastering a room and that
I could not do either. Third, was to carpet and floor a
room and find $he cost. There were seven problems and
I worked the other four. They were in denominate num
bers and were what I knew so I did them easily. These
problems I always thought were great because I could
never learn how to do them the right way. But I stood
high enough to pass. Minnie Perry,
Eighth Grade. Larimore, N. D.
A FEW FIRST IMPRESSIONS.
I shall never forget the first day I went to school
We lived in the country and had a long distance to walk.
I could hardly wait for the eventful morning, but when
I arrived at school I did not think it was so much fun,
after all. The boys pulled my hair, the girls made fun
of me, and everybody stared. I, cried and went home
before school closed, and would not go to*school again
for a long time. This was an important event in my life,
because I found out that school was not as lovely as I
had imagined. Another event I consider important was
when we moved to town. I had only been to town a
few times, but I had always wished to live there. When
I heard we were going to move, I eould hardly realise it.
This was important, because it was such a change in
my life. I remember well my first experience in house
keeping. Mama had gone away for a short time and left
the house in my care. The first meal I was to prepare
was dinner and I decided to make pie. It looked nice
when I put it in the oven, but listen to what happened.
I saw the dog chasing my favorite kitten and ran to its
rescue. I had. to pet it a while, and when I came near
-the house I smelt something burning. I opened the oven
door, and oh horrors! there was my pie done to a
cinder. I was discouraged with my housekeeping and was
very glad when mama came home. This taught me the
lesson that some things are not as easy as they seem.
Eighth Grade. Hilma Pederson,
Y*dS *&f**Z*fr*Jj? *Z *y~%^.~~ Canby, Minn.
WHAT WE SHOULD BE.
One great thing is that we should be optimistic,
possess the power of seeing everything that is beautiful,
for then we would never have evil thoughts and would
always be happy. The second great thing is that We
should be truthful. If we tell a lie once, our second
words will not be believed even if we do tell the truth.
This lying will lead to a bad end, if we do not stop it.
The third great thing is that we should believe everything
in nature has been made well and, consequently wt
should not find fault with anything we cannot help.
Ninth Grade. Matie E. Reinmuth,
Howard Lake, Minn.
LEARNING TO DO THINGS.
Several winters ago, my uncle sent me a pair of
skates for a Christmas present. The next day I went on
the ice to learn to skate. I put them on and tried to skats
but could not. Just as I was going to try the next time
some one ran against me and I fell down. The next time
I tried I found that I could take a few strokes without
falling. After awhile I found a thin place in the ice.
I thought I would see how many times I could skate over
it without breaking thru, but I went across onee too often
and the last time I fell in, and that ended my skating for
that day. During a summer vacation I decided to learn
to ride a bicycle. One evening I tried it but could not
ride at first. After several attempts I found that I could
ride a little way, so I started to ride around the block.
Just as I was' about around I met a team and ran into the
wagon. Then I led my bicycle home and thought I had
done a big thing. One day during vacation* I went to a
circus in Faribault. When I went into the tent the first
thing I saw was an elephant and the next thang I saw
was a lion. This took my eye more than the elephant,
altho I thought the elephant was a very queer looking
animal and also very large. When the circus was over 1^
thought it was the greatest event of all.
Eighth Grade. -Clyde Ridgeway,
HlS WISDOM UNLIMITED.
Jingo's particular friends
were the park policemen. His
natural enemies, so his canine
brain conceived, were- the
gardeners, cutters of grass,
and rakers of leaves. To sit
up on one's hind legs, with
forepaws dangling and ears
thrown back, was the con
ventional and accepted way,
he knew, of expressing appre
ciation. Therefore, when he
saw a park policeman. Jingo
politely sat up and dangled
his paws solemnly until the
^jluecoat passed by. They
treated him well in return.
One day a mounted policeman
trotted up the roadway and
stopped opposite Jingo. The
little dog was frightened at
first, and baeked away until
he had retreated six feet on
to the saered, sign-protected
grass. A laborer in a blue
checked blouse raised his hand
and opened his mouth, ready
to roar hoarsely at the dog
and drive him again to tho
concrete. But his lips closed
again with a snap and he
stood stock still when"Jingo, looking still a trifle appre
hensively at the policeman, sat up and remained at "at-
tention" just as the policeman would have done to salute
his inspector. The laborer's whole manner changed.
"Begobs, little dog," he said, "didn't yez see the
sign, 'Kape off the grass?"
And he went on with his work without another word
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