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NEWBERRY SCHOOLS. <li
A Patron Writes a Protest About tc
.Books and Kicks Generally. s?
Newberry Observer. di
.[ Mil or Observer: Under any c.ir- II
cumstanees it. is disagreeable to l>o a <-'<
"kicker." lint it is tlio opinion of c<
flic heads of at least a hundred fain- N
ilies in Newberry flint the time bas
come in "kick." Tlial Micro lias been \>
''kicking," and "kicking" in no uncertain
tones, lias been evident, to
anyone Mint, lias come in contact with
any person within the past week that
has been one of those who, in order
to try to give their chaldron an education,
and in order to comply with
the rules of the schools, had to "walk
up to the captain's office" and buy
There arc many who "kick" sil-,ro
cntly, or on the quiet; who sit and
"wait for the other fellow to make the 's
move; and f have, though a humble
citizen, decided for one to enter a
protest to some things that seem un- ar
Rome time back, in the not long
distant past, there appeared in your 1^
valuable paper several communionlions
desiring the information from ^ (
the delegation in the legislature as to (1n
who was responsible for the defeat of sa
a certain bill concerning the city ?n'
schools. There are a great many pn- 011
irons of the schools in Newberry who
would now like to have a little in format-ion
along certain lines in regard
to the schools. And this inquiry is
nil in good spirit and kindly feciing, so
wit'h no ill will to any one?only n
little injured pocket book?that's all. 11,1
A\'o have heard of all kinds of is
trusts?big trusts and little trusts? l>o
and now a good many people in Now- 1
berrv would like to know if there is
not such a thing as a "book trust,"
and if the almost complete change of w?
books for (he different grades each no
year is not made in the interest of
this trust. Certain it is that they are ba
not made in the financial interest of
the patrons of the school, and wo
know that some of them at least can- ;|"
not be in the interest of the pupils. I hi
As I lie years go by matters in this Mi
regard seem to grow worse, and if it b\?
continues in the future as it. has in fr<
the past few years poor people will un
simply have Id 111 row up their hands no
and surrender, allowing their little 1,0
ones to go uneducated. There nro peo- M<
pie in Newberry today whose ehil- in
dren are remaining away from school
because they arc* not able, to buy the Mi
books to send them with?and this hu
under our free school system. Kacli un
year almost a complete change in u<*
studies; so that a new set must be .V<
bought?and this year a "song book" cli
is added in. in
And they used to exchange, take uj
old books ;is part pay for now ones; w
but, oh no, that doesn't go now. You w
must buy them out and out. To fur- '>?
nish one child anywhere from the Mi
ilirst grade, up with hooks costs any- Mi
where from $'J.f>0 to $10.00. Those di
"who have three and four to send have ki
to haul out about $20 or $2."> for books
?and next year the trustees, or somebody,
will take a notion for another *'1
change, and another new set will fol- d
low?-and so on i( goes, and the book s<'
trust reaps the harvest. b(
There are many in Newberry who w
thought that when the legislature '
changed the law so ihat the people, S<1
the patrons ot the school, could elect I'
the trustees it. would prove best for o;i
the schools; out il seems that we have ai
gone fnnn the ' sublime to the ridi- h;
culons. It has proved a dear change ki
for some of us. al
Now, a word to the patrons of the l<i
school: (let together. Hegin this fall. M
Tut in a set of men for trustees who is
'have three or four children to odu- p<
cate?-men that are not independent v<
financially; men that know how to s:i
appreciate the condition of those who
are not so well olT in this world's h<
goods; and then probably so many tr
complete and expensive changes will fl
not be made in books each year. Ww f<
is the time to begin; it will take hi
four or five years to accomplish it, si
but it is up to the patrons. Kit her do a'
this or slop "kicking" and encourag- <'\
itig others to "kick" and forever w
hereafter hold your peace. n
We would like to tro a little further St
and ask a comparison of our schools M
, with those of other cities in the State, w
and see if others are not far superior w
to ours. How often do you sev in
print and hear otherwise of the city ai
schools and their good work of Co- n
lumbia, Spartanburg, Grcenvillo, Lnu- w
rens and CJreonwood. Do you ever w
see or hoar anything about Nowberry's?
There's a reason. What is it? ai
Jsn't one or two other changes besides a
books needed? Are we getting our !(
money's worth?value received for oi
what the schools cost?
Now, to the trustees: Turn your y<
eves from books a little and look b,
elsewhere, and the book trusts won't y<
make quite so much and the patrons
will bo benofitod moro and tbo cliil1
Mi 0, h :V. .
re11?that is some of those that arc
>1 oi." I lie favored few?will fare bett.
Now, please don't, not anyways
?on, submit any question to the vot s
of the town about voting any adit
ional lax to improve the b
they should be any further .
I even the richest of our citizens
nildn't afford to buy the books,
ow don't; yes, please don't.
.'ho Voices the Sentiments of Many.
MR. WICKER REPLIES.
nswers the "Kick" of Pp.tron?
Says He Likes a "Kicker"?
Kdilor Observer: I notice in your
st edition a complaint from "Patn"
against the trustees of the
aded school and the way the school
First, let me say that we are not
lisfied with the school ourselves,
id are trying to improve the school
id bring it up to the schools that
Patron" lias mentioned in his comaint,
namely, Columbia, Sjpnrtan- |
irg, Greenville, Sumter and others.
>u will say, How are you trying to 1
1 this? I answer: By adopting the
me books that these schools are user,
by pulling now life, by devoting
r time, by giving you good teachs
and by doing all that -we know
w for the good of the school.
What is "Patron" kicking about?
>out buying books for his children,
that his child can have as good a
ance to learn as the children of
ese other towns. I think "Patron"
paying loo much for his books, as
savs it. takes from $2.50 to $10.00.
will agree to furnish all the books
r his children for the frist grade
r $1.00; so you see that "Patron"
uits to kick, and really Micro is
thing to kick at.
"Patron" says that, some time
ok there was some one asking why
o school bill did not pass. I am the
o that did most of flie inquiring, L
d did not. get an answer; and I
might that 1 did not get I lie support
at f ought to have had from our
rislalors?by their keeping quiet ?
in mir board?by I heir not taking
iy action?and by the public?by
t helping to get an answer. And
w T am ready to answer any qiiosm
that any patron will ask concern
sx the school.
Ts there a hook trust ? T am sorry
al t cannot answer that question.
i| will say that we are not in it. and
i?s| surely the change in books was
>t made to help them, but to help
>ur children. We have made some
langes this year, for the first time
years, trying to bring our school
>. If "I'atron" "will tell Ibis board
ho il is that, hasn't the books, and
mils them, T will guarantee that the
?ard will give these books out of
loir pockets?even this song book
lat "Patron" ought to have shied,
so he could sing, instead of
"Palron" has a great deal to say
to what the legislature did in
tanging I lie law as to the method of
eoting the trustees for the graded
hool, and now is the lime'for to
gin kicking. Who is "Patron"? I
ant to know, whether he, she or it.
love lo know who T am talking to,
I can lake off my hat if it is a lady.
i>n't think I am n<>t your friend lionise
you kick. I love a kicker?T
ii one?buj let us kick when we
tvo somclhing to kick about; and
ck tor the good of the school, not
>out buying books. .[ want more
ckers, for when yoit kick you are
linking about the school, and that
what we want. I want to get the
ople to work, get thoni mad, and
mi may look for something. So I
iy kick, kick.
Now. it "Patron" had stopped
re. a in 1 not have tried lo give the
usteos any advice as to submitting
10 question for an additional lax
>r tlx school, 1 would have loved
ini, or her: but here is where he
lows hi nisei t up. lie is not wanting
iy improvements in the school work,
reu to buying books for his boy. I
ill make this assertion that "Patin"
lias not been to the graded
'liool. and does not know what he is
liking about. We want this tax. and
e want you to talk about it and
rite about it, and kick, until we
id the one mille tax. Wc are not ashmod
to toll you what we want, and
ot ashamed to put our names to
hat wo write; so you will know who
o are and what wo are. So you see
for one, do not have to take your
rlviee as to not asking for the ^ax,
nd as yon have mentioned the matu\
let us keep it going, and keep
i\ and on until we got it.
So you see what you have done by
our kicking: you have started the
all rolling, and I, for one, will help
on keep it rolling.
But who aro you?
J. *11. Wickor.
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