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W Hr lA**-0-^ fc^ Sy ARTHUR UPSON.
J&\fj iK^ni •;-•' Drawings by' Bertha L. Corbett.
rT yHE V sing of lads of other times
J- And lasses who were brave,
Of doughty deeds of knights" of old,
Across the ocean's wave;
But we do ill to spread their fame
And waft abroad their praise ■,
If we forget that boys and girls
Are valiant nowadays.
So, then, Uis I will sing you, if
You gentles will allow,
The modern lay of Offie Z)owns t
A little Knight oj Now.
The day was sweet with springtime scents,
The peach-boughs glowed with bloom,
And 'round the city schoolhouse where
They shed their faint perfume,
A solemn silence gathered, which
Unbroken might have been,
But for the music floating out
From many a voice within.
The children loved this morning hour
When, gathered in the hall,
They sang the simple songs that are
The sweetest songs of all.
It was a pleasant, peaceful sound
Along the tranquil street,
And oft a neighboring housewife paused
To catch the music sweet,
And some who passed that way were cheered
From thoughts of grief and woe,
And some made thoughtful by the strains
That seemed from long ago.
No dread of harm that lovely day,
No omen in the air.
Disturbed the calm of school and home,
Nor boded danger there.
Of all the boys and girls in
(And they three hundred
None loved the morning
Nor better sang a song
Than one small chap, ten
years of age,
A jolly, freckled lad,
Who had more mischief in
I 1 .) « ac^-
DRMMERWAS A hiS head
I nan twenty others had
His parents called him "such a boy!"
His sister, "King of Clowns";,.
His teacher sometimes shook her head
And sighed, "That Offie Downs!"
&/>e World for a Week
T* S"~HB; naval court of inquiry has decided that Admiral
Schley did not handle the fleet under his command, at
_^i Santiago as an officer should have done. The only
IJBgSjg matter in which they uphold him is that the charge
«-3£ SI of cowardice is wholly unwarranted. Admiral Dewey
was the dissenting member of the court and his minority finding
In favor of Admiral Schley should count for much, because he
only out of the three members of the court, can speak from re
cent personal experience.
Marconi claims to have received messages by wireless teleg
raphy at St. Johns, Nova Scotia, from his station in Cornwall,
England. Marconi says that beyond the fact that such messages
hs*» been received across the Atlantic, there is no commercial
use for it as yet, because the instruments are very crude, Edi
aan says that since Marconi has made the statement of the re
ceipt of these messages, over his own signature, he is inclined
to believe him. He also says that it is a great achievement and
Utat Marconi will undoubtedly carry it to a commercial success.
The east suffered greatly the middle of the week from v th»
Worst flood In years. The water extended from the western por-
Uc& of H9m York and. Pennsylvania, down into Uw Virginias^ and.
THE JOURNAL JUNIOR, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY DECEMBER 21, 1901.
By ARTHUR UPSON.
Drawing's 6v Bertha 1- r.nr-h*.
You never saw a better band
Never within the Peach Street school
Was such fine order kept.
The teachers felt so happy, that
I've heard it said they wept
Not only did the pupils march
To warlike measures glad,
But Offie Downs, the "king of clowns,"
Grew quite a studious lad.
His dear snare-drum four times a day
He tapped and rapped and rolled,
And venting thus his surplus force
His mischief he controlled.
This springtime day the morning seemed
There were no little girls to chide
And capture gum-drops from;
No little boys that traded knives
Or whispered during class,
And the music teacher thought her hour
In peace was going to pass.
SWEET LAND OP LIBERTY!
"Sweet land of liberty!" they sang
And swelled the anthem higher,
When loud throughout the building rang
The awful cry of "Fire!"
"Fire, fire!" a loud voice called and, lo!
Up through the schoolroom floors
A thickening smoke arose, and flames
Came gushing through the doors.
Three hundred faces pale with fear
The helpless teachers saw,
Three hundred pairs of children's eyes
That looked to them for law.
But both the great front doors were-blocked
With smoke, and at the side
An exit yet was safe but, ah,
'Twas less than four feet widel
The fire came rushing in the hall
From burning walls below.
The teacher calmly showed them all
The only way to go
But trembled for their precious lives,
Maryland, and to the eastward through Delaware, New Jersey
and the lower part of New England. Damage was done to the
extent of millions of dollars, but no lives were lost. The coal
mines in Pennsylvania were full of water and altogether fully
40,000 people were out of work in Pennsylvania alone.
Charles Emory Smith, postmaster general, resigned Saturday
and was succeeded by Henry C. Payne of Wisconsin.
The senate ratified the Hay-Pauncefote treaty on Dec. 16, by
the decisive vote of 72 to 6.
A nephew of Mrs. McKinley says that sh« is in the same
condition that she was immediately after the funeral of the
president and that there is little hope in the family of any im
Captain Andrews and his bride who started Sept. 25 across
the Atlantic in a thirteen-foot boat have not been seen sine*
and it is feared that they have perished. They intended to hare
touched at the Azores for fresh food and water and to have
landed at some port in Spain or Portugal in six or eight weeks.
The democratic and progressive mikado baa recently startled
his subjects with the things he has done with the common peo-
Qjtan Darin* a review, lie inspected, the kit and, equipments o£ »
Now Offie Down's fath
A drummer in the
And 'twas drumming,
That Offie hankered
So the teacher bade him
bring his drum,
Which he did gladly
To drum the boys and
girls in school,
And drum them out
The children fell in line
And took the martial
For what could that avail,
That single narrow passage from
Their fire-surrounded jail!
They crowded, frightened, to the door,
Some crying, silent some—
When loud there rolled the welcome sound
Of Offie Downs' drum!
"Drr-rub, Dr-r-rub, Drrrub, D-d-dub, D-d-dub!"
Steady and strong and sure
The drummer boy amid the smoke
In confidence secure,
Pounded away in his measured stroke,
Steady and strong and fine,
Till out of habit the children fell
In the usual marching line.
THE ONLY WAY TO GO.
Then double-time his drumsticks played,
And double-time marched they,
Three hundred children down the stair
And into the light of day.
"Dry-rub, Dr-r-rub, Dr-r-rub, D-d-dub, D-d-dub!"
Did Offie Downs play on,
Till he saw safe out of the burning school
Each boy and each girl was gone.
Then out he marched, the last of all,
And how the crowd did shout!
For they saw the floor of the hall cave in
Just as the lad came out. ,
And "Such a boy!" the people said;
"It isn't many towns
Can boast as plucky a little chap
As the drummer, Offie Downs!"
Oh, sing of lads of other
And lassies who were
Of doughty deeds of
knights of old
Across the ocean's
But while we spread their
And waft abroad their
Let's not forget that
boys and girls
Are valiant now-a
Let's not forget, while
wreathes we bring
To crown the hero's
The modern lay of Offie
A little Knight of Now. offie downs.
private soldier, asking him if he did not find his food un
palatable, his life hard and his separation from his family irk
some. The man's reply was: "These hardships do not concern
a soldier of the mikado when he remembers that it is for hia
country's sake he does it" Needless to say, the soldier was
The Philippine commission says in a recent report that tho
only possible way in which to instruct the Filipinos in methods
of free institutons and self-government is to make a govern
ment partly of Americans and partly of Filipinos, with ultimate
control in American hands for some time to come. It also says
that the Filipinos should have the right of representation before
congress and the executive government at Washington, by two
When the supreme court convenes after the holidays, the at
torney general of Minnesota will present his argument against
the Northern Securities company. The latest move of the com
pany to disarm public resentment is said to be a reduction In
rates, to support their cla/4i that the consolidation of the rail
road lines is really for the Benefit of the people.
... Captain John Coff, at present at Morocco, says that he has
secured a very fine-blooded Arabian saddle horse which he hopes
to be ablo to ship to President; Roosevelt oa Deo. lfl» i