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The Jfovirna^l J\ir\ion
Minneapolis, Minn.. Saturdeiy, December 21, 1901. SOCIETY, j
Minneapolis Juniors Describe Pleasant
and Pathetic Phases of the Night Be
fore Christmas. * * * yf if *
EVER were there such glorious times as Juniors had
on Christmas eve! There were trees all sparkling
with gay tinsel and laden with the best kind of
fruit; there were any number of jolly relatives to
add to the merriment; and in many instances
Santa Claus was present at the festivities in per
son. Stockings, brimming with what childish
hearts most longed for, were a never-failing fea
ture; and good dinners, parties, and entertain
ments, were enjoyed by the majority. The memor
able days of many proved to be the time when
faith in the children's patron saint was shaken.
Usually tittle Paul Prys and Meddlesome Matties
lurked in corners to see St. Nicholas, and saw
mama and papa instead; but sometimes they deliberately sought
for hidden gifts. However the revelation came, Juniors agreed
to a man that they have never enjoyed Christmas as much since.
Christmas eve was not always pleasant; one Junior's home
burned to ashos: several mourned the loss of friends, and some
■were quarantined. Many expectant lit
tle ones were plunged into deepest woe
by finding coal, potatoes, wood,
switches, and mice, in their stock
ings, although in the latter case they
found a hole rather than a mouse.
"The hours wont by like centuries"
to one little miss; and a boy discov
ered the worst phase of Christmas—
"it does not last long." Some one
remarked upon a "fur tree"; and an
other Junior, certainly a boy, told how
"we unspread the table."
Some beautifully initialed papers
were received from the Horace Mann
school; the work was appreciated but
it could not possibly be used.
If there were any papers left at the
old Junior office they were not re
ceived, although they were looked for.
Do not forget hereafter that the
Journal Junior office is at room 207,
Journal building.
Cold Comfort Found on a /(Vis
Kringle Hunt.
T T was almost as cold as Greenland
*■ outside. The windows were frosted
to the very tops; and as the flaring
lights within flashed upon them, they
looked like sheets of pearl and threw
a pale gleam on the snowy coverlet
without. I was determined to see Kris
Kringle. So after I had been snugly
tucked into bed, I crept out and
crouched down by the frosted window
to watch. I put my tongue upon the
window to make a place to see through.
It was now nearing the midnight hour.
I began to feel drowsy, and— fell
asleep. Next morning about 6:30
o'clock the family doctor was sum
moned in a hurry. Frankie was very
ill; the doctor pronounced the case
tonsilitis. My throat was so sore I
could not talk nor eat. I really think
that was the most memorable Christ
mas eve I have ever spent. By the
way, I did not see Kris Kringle at all;
and it was not until the 31st of Decem
ber that I was presented with my
Christmas gifts, candy and nuts.
—Frances Wilcox,
A Seventh Grade. 920 22d Ay. NE.
Van Cleve School.
Jh Sorrowful Little Pauline Pry Who Discovered
Santa Claus at Work.
(Fifth and Sixth Grade Prize.)
All V most memorable Christmas eve was spent when I was five
*"* years old. My father was not at home at that time, and so
my mother, brother and myself were to spend Christmas by our
selves. I went to bed very early lest Santa Claus should come
and find me awake; but I was so excited thinking about Christ
mas, that after an hour's struggle I still found myself quite
By and by I heard paper rattling and boxes opened in the
next room, and I thought surely it was Santa Claus who had
come and was emptying his pack. I tried very hard to go to
sleep, but the more I tried the wider my eyes opened. By and
by the thought struck me, "Suppose I should look at Santa
Claus a minute! It would do no harm." So I arose very quiet
ly and peeped through a crack in the door. To my astonishment
there was no Santa Claus, but mama was trimming the tree and
filling our stockings. I went back to bed and cried and cried,
thinking I should not enjoy my toys at all— the next day I
changed my mind. —Grace Founder,
B Sixth Grade, 2349 Third Avenue S.
Bryant School.
St. Mick's Mystic Whistle.
(Honorable Mention.)
VY . . I started up from bed. Who could have whistled then
but Santa Claus! I jumped out of bed to see if I could not
catch a glimpse of him, and my brother followed.

"It's only the wind!" said my brother, fall of disgust, as
the sound was repeated. "Maybe he's been here," said L Then
we began to look around for presents, but as we found none
we felt sure he had not come yet. Then the thought struck us
that we ought to light the Christmas tree so that Santa could
see what kind of presents he was giving us, and so that we
should not get girls' presents instead of boys'. When we had lit
the candles we went to the window to look for him and his
pretty deer.
Soon we heard some crackling behind us and, thinking it was
St. Nicholas who had come, we turned around, and found it was
the Christmas tree which had caught fire. I ran to the kitchen
after some water. It was all gone, and when I came back to
the tree my brother had put out the fire by throwing his over
coat on it. The curtains had a narrow escape from being burned.
If they had caught fire I do not know that we should have been
able to extinguish the fire, and then probably when Santa came
he could not have found us. —Johnny Nordberg,
B Seventh Grade, 2614 B Twenty-second Street.
Scward School.
TAte Bright Side to the Cloud.
(Honorable Mention.)
'THE day before Christmas had come and we were very much
* disappointed, for half the family was sick. The prospects
•were not very bright, but anyway my father said we must have
our usual Christmas tree. When he came home from work on
Christmas eve, he brought with him a very pretty tree. We
trimmed it up as best we could, and then sat down to our supper.
■ ' " ' ■/'''"■ . . . '
The Week's Roll of Honor.
Minneapolis Prize Winners.
Frances Wilcox, A 7th Grade, Van Cleve School, 920
22d Ay. NE.
Grace Fournier, B 6th Grade, Bryant School, 3349 3d Ay. S.
Johnny Nordberg, B 7th Grade, Seward School, 2614 E
22d St.
Esther Rainbolt, B Bth Grade, Logan School, 3022 Emer
son Ay. N*.
Ruth Munson, B 6th Grade, Hawthorne School, 2406 Lyn
dale Ay. N.
Selma Nelson, B 6th Grade, Monroe School, 720 21st Ay. S.
Northwestern Prize Winnert,
Fred Hummel, Bth Grade, Dundas, Minn.
Florence Diment, B 6th Grade, Fairmont, Minn.
Katherine Ledwich, Bth Grade, Grafton, N. D.
Walter Stahr, Bth Grade, Hodgen School, St. Louis, Mo.
Ruth N. Anderson, 6th Grade, Central School, Luverne,
Mabel Jones, sth Grade, Stewartville, Minn.
Dish School Credit.
Roy V. Nordby, 9th Grade, Two Harbors, Minn.
(Continued on Sixth Page.)
Monuments and Memorials Suggested by
Northwestern Juniors in Honor of
Men, Women and Events. * * <&
\ TOPlC—Monument Most Needed in the United States. Why ?
' What Should It Be ?
■ I
honor roll of the world was diligently searched
for people and events deserving monuments; but
with a characteristic love of things American, the
majority of the Juniors selected shining lights of
American life —patriots, generals, authors, poets,
painters, inventors; and mile-stones in our his
tory, such as the discovery of America, the landing
of the Pilgrims, the Declaration of Independence,
the revolutionary war, the civil war, and the late
war with Spain. Famous folk of other lands to be
I; Pilgrims, the Victoria;* Rosa Independence,
ivolutionary war, the civil war, and the late
ith Spain. Famous folk of other lands to be
ed were Queen Victoria, Rosa Bonheur, Flor
ence Nightingale, Wagner, Mozart, Schubert, Men
delssohn, Beethoven, Count Pulaski, Raleigh, and
Napoleon. Original Juniors would erect memorials
to Horatius, the minute men, Massasoit, Mrs. Dustin, Daniel
Boone, Noah Webster, the discovery of gold in California, to the
stokers of Dewey's battle-ships, and to the poor. Memorials
were generally of marble and granite,- and consisted of statues,
tablets, obelisks, and pillars, carved with designs and inscrip
tions. |> They perpetuated noble deeds
on the battle field and in humble life,
or the masterpieces of genius. An art
gallery and museum would be dedi
cated to liberty by a young patriot; a
home for widows and children of vet
erans would be built by another; and
a fountain for animals would be placed
in a busy street by a kindly disciple
of Ernest Thompson Seton.
A monument to John Eliot would
bear "corn-cobs and . other vegetables
engraved in stone"; and one to Long
fellow would have atop an eagle read
ing a book of poems. A Junior would
erect a memorial to a woman "because
I think she would enjoy having one";
and another remarks philosophically,
"I think all men are great."
Honor for the Moble Servicm
of Pulaski.
AMONG the brave men who will
n never be forgotten in American
history, Count Pulaski is one whose
noble service and brave deeds call for
a monument. He was not of Americaa
birth but his heart was with the
American cause, and in 1777 he left his
home in Poland for the hardships of
American army life. For two years he
shared with the Americans their
glories and their defeats. He had
brought with him his wealth; this he
gave to help clothe the army. He had
some experience in military training,
and so he helped to discipline the
army. He firmly believed that the
Americans would be victorious, but he
did not live to see the end of the
struggle. Late in the year 1779 in an
unsuccessful assault made upon Sa
vannah, he fell while bravely charging
the British works. His name we can
never forget; but in erecting where he
fell a monument to his memory, we
would show the world that we 'still
appreciate the services of the brave
foreign officers who helped us gain our
The statue should have a massive
square base of granite, with the
name and dates carved simply on one
side. On top there should be a statue
of Count Pulasbi, with his sword pointing upward as he ap
peared in his last charge. —Fred Hummel
Eighth Grade. . Dundas, Minn.
A Brave Young American, Who Sacrificed Lift
for the Sake of His Country.
(Fifth and Sixth Grade Prize.)
A CCORDING to my idea, no hero is more deserving of a monu
**■ ment than Nathan Hale, the young patriot. He was aa
American, and was going into the British lines to learn their
plans. He knew if he was caught he would have to lose his life.
He was captured and hanged as a spy near Troy, N. T., Sept. 22,
1776. I think Nathan Hale ought to have a monument because
he was such a brave patriot and was not afraid to give his life
for his country although he was yet young; with many hopes
and prospects before him it was still hardei-.
The monument should be a block forty feet each way, wita
a statue of Nathan Hale on the top. On one face should be
written his last words which were, "My only regret is that I
have but one life to give for my country," which saying should
be learned by every pupil in this country.
—Florence Diment,
B Sixth Grade. Fairmont, Minn.
A Fount of Humanity.
(High School Credit.)
IF I were to select a man for a monument it would be Ernest
Thompson Seton. The monument should be in the shape of
a large basin on a pedestal. In the middle of the basis woold

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