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THE WILLIAMS NEWS
OPEN F OM F. E. Wells, Publisher Subscription rate Per year $2.50 ri- Entered at the Post Office at Williams, zona, as second class mail matter. Published every Friday at Williams, Arizona READ AND CONSIDER One Williams taxpayer, taking advantage of the offer made by the News to print letters per taining to the proposed high school building, sent in a communication this week which ap pears in another column on this page. We urge all News readers to read the letter carefully and determine for themselves what merit there there is in the suggestions and arguments there given. We print this letter gladly as we will any others on the same topic. The News believes in full and fair discussion of all matters of public con cern and we are glad to receive opinions from others. Williams, July 18, 1922. CONSIDER THESE POINTS In considering the contribution to our Open Forum, made this week by Mrs. Jessie A. Sine we wish to call partcular attenton to the consid eration of several points taken up therein. First let us consider what would be a reason able cost for a high school district with the popu lation and the assessed valuation of that of Wil liams School District No. 2. Mrs. Sine states that Tucson is erecting a high school building to cost $650,000. That is a little over six times the cost of the proposed building for Williams. Pima county, in which Tucson is located, had 566 high school pupils in 1921. How many of those were in the Tucson high school we are un able to say but it is indeed doubtful if there are now more than 650 enrolled in the Tucson high school. This allows 100 over the total for Pima in 1921. It is safe to say that the per capita cost of the proposed high school building for Williams would be no higher than that for Tucson gauged by the high school enrollment. The same is true of every other high school in t the state upon which we have succeeded in get ting figures, with the one possible exception of Douglas. That Douglas should make out with a $60,000 building is amazing. Nothing like that can be found in other cities of the state. We will endeavor to learn the high school en rollment and other interesting facts about this remarkable case, for use next week. We have shown in former articles that the burden upon the taxpayer in putting up a one hundred thous and dollar building in this district would be be low the average in the state. Next consider the question of playgrounds, It is true that many good high schools do not have adequate playgrounds. This is true of cities which have grown rapidly,- in particular such as Kansas City. A gymnasium and school exercises are usually made to answer the pur pose of a playground as tar as possible but they can never be more than a substitute. Exercises in a gymnasium benefit the health and build up the bodies but open fresh air will accomplish more with the same effect and expense. Schools that have no playgrounds would gladly add the grounds if it were possible but of course such is not possible in a ciowded city where the build ing is in a section where lots are extremely cost ly and already contain expensive buildings. We doubt if there is a high school superintendent in the United States who would not urge a district to purchase a playground if it could be secured at a reasonable cost. Districts are frequently forced to build without playgrounds because playgrounds are not available. It would in deed be a grave mistake for any school to fail to procure a playground where one is available. CONCERNING BUILDING SITES Three building sites within the town of Wil liams have been suggested so far: The ball ground where ten acres are offered free to the district; the lots above the present school house which would need be purchased along with sev eral buildings ; and the lots north of the Bly resi dence. Mrs. Sine assumes that the proposed grounds in the Cureton addition would require filling in. This we believe is an error on her part. Archi tect Mahoney looked over this ground and stat ed that it was a particularly favorably located piece of ground that was naturally drained and would require practically no grading whatever. He further stated that a building could be built on this ground for fifteen per cent less than it woum cost to construct a building anywhere mgxi up on ine nm sme as proposed by either of the other suggested locations. In; addition to this there would be the .cost of buying the ground. The two proposed locations on the hill side would have. the advantage of being on the south side of the tracks and one would be some what closer to the majority of the residences of the town-altho no closer to Bill Williams Avenue or the main business section of the town. The necessity of the school children crossing the tracks to reach the ball ground, should bear some weight, but it should be remembered that the children crossing those tracks would be of seventh grade age and older, making the risk much less than with small children. WE SHOULD BE UNANIMOUS IN THESE Williams needs the high school building and a one hundred thousand dollar building would not be too large, too expensive nor too good for our children. Furthermore as we have urged be fore, the high school children should be sep arated from the grades. This would entail no extra expense in teaching force. The first six grades as at present would be taught bv the grade teachers for those grades. The six high school grades have been taught by high school Mr. Editor : In a recent issue of the Williams News, you requested the residents to voice their views re garding the building of a high school in Wil liams. I respectfully submit some facts which can be verified. Douglas, Arizona has recently com pleted a high school which cost $60,000. Thls school is all that a high school should be and as large as will be necessary, ior many yean., ritv as Douelas. This high school is built in the center of one city block. Bisbee high school is about half the size of the one in Douglas and was erected on the rrt nf a hill which afforded no playground. ildintr a hicrh school to cost six urcA qtiH fiftv thousand dollars. This builing is being erected on ONE city block. No playground is provided. There are no better drilled school children in the Union than those of Portland, Oregon. They participate in the festivities at the annual Rose Show in J une. It is a joy to see them march. No large play grounds are nrovided for these children. Be cause of the inclemency of the weather, all exercises are conducted in the school buildings. Kansas City high school is adjacent to the side walk. Are the children of any of these cities physically deficient for lack of a large play ground? If Douglas with a population of over fifteen thousand, considers a sixty thousand dollar high school, all that it will require for years to come, why should Williams, with a population of about on R thousand, and no immediate prospect of ranid growth, require even a sixty thousand dol lar high school? Douglas has the same agri cultural and grazing lands as surrounds Wil liams. It has two smelters that employ thous ands of men. It has a military camp. It is on the main line of the E. P. & S. W. railroad. An other railroad extends from it into Mexico. Its prosperity is assured. What resources has Wil liams to offer? When will our slow growth in population make a city of Williams? Bisbee high school pupils have an envious record, throughout the State, in athletics. All things being equal, a high school should be as nearly centrally located as possible. In this case, that would be on the south side of the rail road tracks, where five sixths of our population reside, and where it will be easily accessible, without the extra expense of grading the roads and filling in low grounds on the contemplated location of the flats in the Cureton Addition. We know the condition of those mud flats during the majority of the months of the school year. This extra expense might be devoted to a more extensive Science course, which our high school has been unable to offer its students, such as domestic science, arts, music, etc. After carelul consideration, I would suggest the pur:hase from Messrs. ;Steeves, Holub and Buggeln the half block on south of the present school pror-erty, and ejecting a two story build ing thereon. The lower floor to be devoted to a gymnasium, with a stage at one end, and a bal cony around the sides, which would afford as creditable an auditorium as any high school would desire. Dressing rooms and lockers to be located in the snace below the stage. The upper floor to be devoted to well equipped science laboratories. The class rooms could be added to the south side of the present school building. A hallway crossing Hancock Street from the' additional class rooms to the new science building, would conveniently connect the two buildings. This is an experiment which has been found success ful in several large cities. It allows the teach ers to conduct classes in either building and saves the expense of increasing the teaching torce. J-3 ON HOUSE DRESSES $2.75 up FINE BARGAINS at our Remnant Counter BIG REDUCTION on Men's Suits this week. Clearance Sale ON ALL GIRLS' DRESSES & ROMPERS Now is the time to buy your child ren's school clothes. It will pay you. Look Just Think of It! at our Bargains in aluminum ware TEAKETTLES a PERCOLATORS V flllT ROASTERS If U II I BR "THE STORE WITH A CONSCIENCE" 39 DUFFY APPORTION $78,707 STATE AID AMONG HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICTS This location would eliminate the danger of the pupils being obliged to cross the railroad tracks. It is the unexpected and unavoidable accidents, which are constantly occuring, where school' children are compelled to cross railroad tracks. Because of such accidents. Tucson found it necessary to build a subway under the railroad tracks. Why should Williams be ob liged to face this responsibility or the alternative expense Jessie A. Sine. teachers since the high school was organized here and putting the school in a seoarate build ing would necessitate no more teachers. Onlv the growth of the school or the addition of more courses could necessitate more teachers and this would be true regardless of location. On these points we should agree unanimously : 1. We need a high school building. 2. $100,000 is not too much to pay for that building. 3. We want the high school and the lower grades- separated. LOCATION UP TO PEOPLE When the school election is called the voters will be asked to vote for two things at least. First, shall we bond the district for a high school building? Second, where shall that building be located? The first of these should be answer ed in the affirmative without a dissenting vote. The second will naturally bring out some dif ference of opinion. The News urces that this be given a thoro discussion and that the voters consider the future of Williams in voting on this point. We believe the voters of Willima will consider the good of the ch"Jdren and plan the building where the building site will lend as much as possible to the efficiency of th incfifn. tion. Wherever the buildlm? is nlnoo.i it w;n Apportionment of state aid amounting to $78,707.73 to the high school districts of the state ifor vocational training during ti.e school year 1921 1922 has been made by Miss Elsie Toles, state school super intendent, it was announced yesterday, and warrants for the amounts will be drawn at once by Charles W. Fairfield, state auditor. These amounts will be the last received by the high schools from the state as ra tr bursement for vocational train ing, as the act under which the apportionments are made each year has been repealed. Under this act, each high scnooi in tne state which had vocational training was to be reimbursed at the end of the school year for the money spent for the training, the amount of reimbursement not to exrrl $ZoOO. The two normal schools oi the state also were included m the bill. When the hitrh school ?i. tricts were included in the state aia to schools of $25 per capita of attendance, it was deemed best to do awav with th stt aid for vocational training and let the per capita annrnTiria'nn taife care of this in the hieh L- 1 Xhirty hierh schools in t.h state and the two state normal schools received apportion ment, o or the number receiv ing the maximum amount of iouu. The total apportion ment was $78,707.73, and was divided as follows: Tomb stone, $2250; Pearce, $1953: PoH""' ?246.68 ; Glendale $2098.05; with the following schools each receiving $2000 : Bisbee, Willcox, Benson, Doug las, the Northern Arizona Nor mal, Williams, Globe. Miami, Safford, Morenci, Clifton, the Tempe Normal, Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Hol brook, Winslow, Tucson, Flor ence, Casa Grande, Nogales, Prescott, Jerome, Clarkdale, Yuma and Kingman. Phoenix Republican, i C5 keep mmm Friction contamu power and develop neat and wear. Sometime friction ia utilised. In tne automobile the friction of the dutch transmits the power of the engine to the rear or driving wheels, the friction of the tires and the road surface propels the machine, and the friction of the brakes stops the car. Friction shonld be i nnfiiieil to the parts named (the clutch, the tires and the brakes), if possible. Lubricating oil osed in the automobile to prevent friction between all moving parts in direct contact baa friction within itself. This friction has to be overcome by and uses up engine power. The heavier the oil the more Ha internal friction, tha less power it leaves for useful work. Increasing Power, Speed and fQasoUne Mileage It may be proved that as much as 20 of tha power at the driving wheels may be lost through the uee of incorrect oil. Tha ideal oil is the thinnest oil which win keep the bear ing surfaces separated and at tha same time oflev in it self the least frictional resistance to tha angina power going to the driving wheels. In addition, this oil most have stability to heat, and it moat be pure. Zerolene meets tha conditions perfectly. lected crudes by our own patented high-vacuum rucnese, it has great "oiUness." which causes it to cling to bear ing surfaces while offering in itself a minimum offiieUonal resistance to the engine power; it has great stability' to resist engine beat, and it is pure. Zerolene reduces friction, and permite the of tha maximum power, spesd and gaeoHne the car. STANDARD 00. CCMsVUnr (Ceybrwia) more power S speed less fiction and wear thru Correct Lubrication I be so placed by vote of the taxpayers.