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Thappy when the period is over and so unhappy when
the period begins. Myrtle Ebe,
Eighth Grade, ?44 Jefferson Street NB,
ON TRAIN TIME.
The most distasteful lesson is physical culture. When
I hear the piano I am sure to be right in the midst of
reading ray geography. I hare to shut my book and stop.
Sometimes I am too late and all the boys -will be stand-,
ing. Then when my book is closed and I stand up, teacher
wiU say, "You're too late. You're train has gone by
Then I will have to sit down and stay after school for
a week and do my exercises. When I do stand in
time and do not start on the first stroke she may say
my train has gone by and the next train will be due
at four o'clock, which means that I must stay after
school. George Puller,
Sixth Grade, 240 Thirtieth Avenue N.
A LINGERING WORRY.
"Oh, those distasteful grammar tests!'' That ex
pression is uttered by many unfortunates who, when they
reach their destination in the morning rush to their seats
and when they are all properly seated, obey the teacher's
command, "Take out your writing tablets and prepare
for a grammar test." Then the vivid recollections of
definitions of complex, compound and simple sentences
and then the passing in of papers and the patient wait
ing for the teacher to return them and perchance when
a low mark is received, the grieving about its numerical
value and the long wait for a second trial. Was there
ver a more discouraging studyf
A Seventh Grade, Norman Grotte,
Holland School. 1326 Jefferson Street NB.
T.TKF. GIANTS OF OLD.
During all my school life, my most distasteful study
has been arithmetic. It is a study that always was, and it
seems always will be, hard for me. I am quite unlike
most people who dread grammar and am never so wejil
pleased as when in the midst of a grammar lesson.
Arithmetic is different. It is hard for me to master, but
when I once overpower an arithmetic example, I have
it so well learned that it is never forgotten. It reminds
me when I attempt an arithmetic lesson, of the olden
days of giants. People were always slow about attempt
ing one of those giant expeditions and were never so
glad as when it was over. Thus it is with my arithmetic
tests. When younger, I used to think it a great punish
ment to have to work my arithmetic examples. It is
always easy for me to choose my most unpleasant study,
but people do not always have what they like in this
world and must strive to 4o the best they can with
what they have. Irene M. Hoy,
Eighth Grade, 1337 Adams Street NE.
My most distasteful study is reading, because it is
so hard to pronounce the words correctly. The words which
used to be most difficult and puzzling to me were super
flrous, reciprocated and metamorphosed. I ean remember
when I first saw the word-" superfluous." 1" was at a
friend's house and when my eye caught sight of that
word I asked, "What does 'superfluous' mean?" My
friend asked what word I meant. I repeated it. She
^,did not understand me until I showed her the word
printed she said, Oh, super fluous, that means overflow,
more than needed." I shall never forget either the
meaning or the pronunciation of this word.
Eighth Grade, Myrtle Holther,
Washington School. 716 Eighth Avenue S.
A BURDEN ON MEMORY.
The most distasteful study is English history, because
theie are so many foreign names and so many kings and
queens and princes to remember. Another reason is that
there are so many cities, wars and rivers that when I am
called upon to recite, I can not remember one half of them
and the other half I ean not pronounce. In some lessons
there are such names of generals and captains that I
am sure they must have forgotten them themselves.
P Seventh Grade, Earl Gerrish,
Whittier School. 2720 Blaisdell Avenue.
WHERE THE GLOW FADED.
School was the most delightful place I ever knew of
until I entered the geography grades, and then, oh,
dear, day after day, week after week there was that
dreadful study, geography. I enjoy all my studies but
this. I cannot keep my mind on it, altho I study for
hours at home and in school and yet at recitation time
I have hardly any idea of it. Then when I have learned
my lesson almost by heart, teacher is sure not to call
on me till she reaches some hard topic I do not know.
Geography is the most distasteful study in the world,
think. Myrtle Hall,
Seventh Grade, 2111 E Franklin Avenue.
TAKING LUNCH AND KNOWLEDGE.
When three-thirty comes, I run home and put my
books in some corner and hurry to the pantry, where
I am soon hard at work eating my lunch. Many times
have I heard the words, "If he could study and learn
his lessons as fast as he can eat, he would be lucky."
When my hunger is satisfied, I Tush out-doors and can
not be found until six-thirty, when it is supper time.
After supper come home studies, no matter if* I like
them or not. My history I learn quickly because it is
interesting, but spellingthat is the study I dislike.
First I must look the woTd up or find its meaning and
then "chop it up" and find what the prefix is and the
suffix and what the root means. never shall like the
spelling book. Carl Holther,
Eighth Grade, 716 Eighth Avenue S.^
A MISERY DOUBLED.
Oh, physical culture, why did you ever add yourself
to the list of duties to be performed by the school boy
and girl! And what is more, why did you change your
length to ten minutes when before our muscles ached
after the strain of fivef To stand up and move arms,
legs, head or any other member of the body until it
seems as tho they may-drop off, after two hours of study
is certainly very tiresomeat least for me. But I sup
pose it is good for us and we shall be better for it in
the end, so we must, take them every day and "be
_THE JOUBNAL JUNIOE, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, SUNDAY MOENING, DECEMBER B, 1905.
happy about it." But sometimes it is rather hard, for
after one is in the eighth grade, it seems -more like
ioily. Ethel Harwood,
Eighth Grade, 2638 Aldrich Avenue S,
AN ANCIENT DIFFICULTY.
^1 dislike grammar. It is the one study that is hard
for me, beeause of the different parts of speech. I hope
to like and know more about grammar before I leave
this grade. Grammar has always been the hardest study
for me and I am afraid it will be so the rest of the time
I go to school. John Haas,
Seventh Grade, 5327 Minnehaha Avenue.
HARDLY THE WORD.
Spelling is the study I dislike the most. I feel some
times at night as tho I could scream when I see a long
list Of hard words for which I must look up definitions.
The home work has been spelling ever since I can remem
ber and those words must be learned even if there are
forty parties to attend. Spelling lessons are always com
ing at just the wrong time. It seems worse to me than
other studies beeause it once made trouble for me at
a church fair. Several days before I had the word
despicable" to look up and I confused it with another,
for I thought the word meant "interesting.*' I had
used it before some little girls who, not knowing its mean
ing, admired me, I suppose, for being able to use such
a big word. On. the evening of the fair, several ladies
were talking to me, when one asked me how her little
girl was doing in school. I told her I thought her
daughter was a very "despicable" girl and that th8
teacher did, too. Just then some one called me and I
could not understand why they all laughed. Afterward
mama explained and said to me, ""I think you would
better look up your words or you will have low marks."'
Eighth Grade, Catherine Hixon,
Adams School. 1410 Nineteenth Street S.
SHE FEELS ST ALT.
Physiologythis is the only subject that I dislike.
It seems to me that when we are reciting it, I feel that
something is the matter with me. When we talk about
the many ways people can become sick I feel as tho 1
were sick, too. During the period I try to pay attention
even if I do not like it. Papa says that I ought to me
more interested in it because some day I may become
a doctor, but I do not believe that I ever shall. I would
much ratheT do five pages of arithmetic than have one
lesson in physiology. Mabel Hagen,
A Sixth Grade, 3330 Columbus Avenue.
Horace Mann School.--
SOUND A POOR KEY.
My most distasteful Btudy is spelling because so
many of the words are not spelled as they are pronounced.
When I spell just the way it seems to me they are pro
nounced, I am sure to be wrong. I tase my book home
night after night and study till I almost fall asleep. In
tho morning I spell them again and think I have them
pretty well, but when I reach school and try to write them
I find I misspell many, so I always dread the time for
spelling. It seems as if good luck were against me, for
with all my hard studying I can not get spelling into
my head. Rush Kitchen,
A Fifth Grade, Margaret Fuller SehooL
A FEW REDEEMING THRILLS.
The most distasteful study for me is history. I never
liked it and I fear I never shall. Our history seems im
possible' for me to learn. We have to tell everything^
the great men of OUT country, such as Benjamin Frank
lin and George Washington have done, and of the Pilgrims
of Plymouth, the Jamestown colony and the wars between
our country and England. The last part seems easier
for me for I^ike to read about the wars. They tell of
the thrilling battles between our soldiers and the English,
also of the hardships endured by the American people
at the time $f the revolutionary war. I do not like to
recite history because it has to be learned and told.
A Sixth Grade, Eddie Lindblad,
Longfellow flehooi. 3816 Forty-first Avenue S.
"LEFT FOR THE LAST.
None df my studies is distasteful, but the one I like
least is history. Our teacher calls for it at 2:45. It is
the last recitation in the day and for that reason I
should have enough time to study it, altho I do not seem
to have any time to study it. The reason I do not care
for it is when I go to study at night I always study my
spelling first and by the time I begin my history mama
says, "You would better go to T)ed now. You have your
lessons bjr this time, have you not!" "Not quite."
THE SWING OF THE PENDULUM
TickJ Tack! Tock!
"Then you must get up in the morning and study them."
When-morning comes history finds, me in bed and I some
times wish it would come and scold me hard for not
getting up and studying it. I ought to care more for
any history, I suppose, sinee it is the history of my owm
country. Emily Morgan,
A Sixth Grade, 2531 Harriet Avenue.
SUCH VEXING NUMBERS.
The most distasteful study for me is arithmetic
Altho I receive good marks in it I can not say I like it
When the time comes for us to write our lessons I will
do a problem and look it over and over until I have the
same answer twice. Sometimes I grow so angry that I
feel like tearing the paper in two. After I do them
all I feel so sure that one is wrong that I go over the
whole lesson again. One day when I was doing my
arithmetic I could not work the second problem. So I
gave it up. In the afternoon, when I came into the
Toom, I just happened to think how to do the problem.
When I took my seat I did all of them twiee and the
next morning when I received my paper they were all
Tight. This study makes me angrier than any other study.
A Sixth Grade, Kenneth Merriman,
Calhoun School. 3010 Humboldt Avenue.
HER UMBER FINGERS.
I dislike writing very much. It is a subject that I
ought not to dislike because I must write every day of
my life. The reason I dislike writing is because our
teacher says we must learn to write slant. She says we
cannot write slant correctly if we do not have the correct
position. Feet are to be squarely on the floor, heads up,
left hand above the paper, elbows off the desks and,
worst of all, wrists flat on the desk. I have always
written with my wrist turned over and my fingers moving
instead of my arm. I do not like to have my teacher see
me when I am writing, because she always says, "Turn
your hand over, Ida, and move your arm instead of your
fingers.'' Ida* Nelson,
A Sixth Grade, 4142 Thirty-ninth Avenue S.
THE CONTRARY BRUSBC.
As I sit watching the results of the others around me
with their paint brushes, who in a short time have grow
ing from their papers a beautiful tree, I look upon mine
in consternation, disliking to call it a tree in my respect
for Mother Nature. There is no question in my mind as
to my most distasteful study, which, as you may already
have guessed, is drawing. I have no talent in that direc
tion so the harder I try the worse seem to be the results
and every drawing lesson is hailed with dread. My
relatives say that I can overcome that, but as for me, I*
have a different opinion.
Seventh Grade, Marguerite Nelson,
Bryant School. 3503 First Avenue S.
THINGS IT DOES NOT DO.
My most distasteful study is grammar. It is well
"enough when we say"I ain't" and our teaeher says it
should be"I am not," we ail understand that, but when
she says, "Explain why it is not correct," we stop to
take at least three or four extra thoughts. The reason
I dislike grammar so much is because one must be exact
and accurate. It seems that in any other subject a great
deal is granted. I enjoy reading because it generally
reveals some interesting fact geography, because it tells
about the world history, because it tells of the lives of
great men, but grammar does none of this, it merely
names the parts of speeeh. I do not know of any good
resulting from grammar. As things now stand, I shall
always dislike grammar first, because it is difficult to
understand, and second, it requires too much study.
Seventh Grade, Richard Olsen,
Jackson School. 107 Nineteenth Avenue S.
My most distasteful study does not relate to school.
It is bees! I decided one day to take up the study of
bees, so, armed with a net made of mosquito netting, and
a magnifying glass, I set out for the bee hives. I soon
met a little fellow on a flower and instantly covered him
with my net. I succeeded also in reaching in and placing
the glass over him without getting stung. I then applied
I the magnifying glass and was earnestly studying my
specimen, when "Buz-z-z-z" could be heard in every
direction. I was very wise (1) and sought safety in
flight. After they had had their revenge on me, they
let me go my way home with a very big opinion of
A Seventh Grade,
Horace Mann School.