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J5he JOURNAL JUNIOR.
M&e Harris Anson Editor
The Journal Junior Is published by The Minneapolis Journal for
thepublic school children of the Northwest, in arid above the fifth
grade, and Is devoted principally to their own writings. There is no
expense attached and all are welcomed as competitors. The editor
wishes to encourage correspondence and suggestions from teachers.
All correspondence should be addressed to the Editor Journal Junior.
THE Juniors who are enjoying the serial story now run-
*~ ning in the Junior will be glad to know that steps have
been taken to secure another story to run in the same* way
when "The Master Key" is ended. It has been a long search
And an unsatisfactory one,and possibly even now the end
Is not reached.
There are thousands of "books for young people" put out
every year. There are only a very few,in the fiction line
at least,'which are worth the while of the said "young
people." There Is a distinct "writing down" to the intended
public, that any self-respecting Junior ought to resent.
Moreover, the majority of the stories are thin and sketchy
they do not give a true picture of the times, or the circum
stances. Many of them attempt dialect which is no more like
the real thing than a crow is like a canary. The books are
carelessly slung together as to style, the language is trivial,
altogether, the majority of books that fall across the path
way of the average Junior are those against which "Don't"
should be written.^
The average scholar of the present day thinks he "hasn't
time" to do much reading. Perhaps it seems that way. At
the same time, he will realize later on in life that little aa
he thought his school day reading hours were, they are in
finitely more than he ever finds in his grownup life. There
are many books,included under the terms "the classics"
which the man or woman making any claims whatever to
education simply must be familiar with. The time for read
ing these is during schooldays.
Try to find out what these classics are. They are not
half so dry as the name would seem to imply. Among them
is "Alice in "Wonderland," the works of Dickens, Scott and
Thackeray,surely these authors have written stories that
are infinitely more interesting than the namby-pamby books
sent out under the impression that the children of to-day
are less able mentally to appreciate the books that brought
Joy to their fathers and mothers, even their grandfathers and
grandmothers in their childhood. Are the children of to
day content to rest under this estimate?
Interest in the Thanksgiving number of the Jouranl
Junior has been quite widespread. The announcement at
tracted the attention of a Brooklyn man, who sent it to a
young friend in Natchez, Miss., with the result that a
cartoon was speedily sent upon its way. The Journal Junior
and the work the children of Minneapolis and the northwest
are doing are known *to a far wider extent than Juniors
dream. The editor knows of many a school in the far west
and in other parts -of the country which cannot be included
in the term "the northwest," where the Journal Junior is
a welcome visitor every week. The best that Juniors can do
in any direction is none too good for the honor of the section
Sfte B00K Question.
In Memory of Kate Greenaway.
TN days gone by, and yet still within the memory of the
fathers and mothers of Juniordom, children were garbed
in imitation of their elders,poor, fettered little men and
women,little caricatures-of the absurdities in the dress of
their fathers and mothers and aunts and uncles. For ages
and ages this had been the idea. In the days of wigs and
monstrous hoops, of silks and satins and patches, the little
people wore the same fabrics and styles as did the men and
women out in the big world. The girls had trains and
paniers and hoops the boys great, rustling full-skirted
coatsstyles In which there was a total ignoring of play
time awt comfort.
Eto& there was a Moses coming for the boys and girls
of the nineteenth century and the Moses bore the charming
name of Kate Greenaway. This quiet little woman, perhaps
unconsciously disapproving of the gowns and clothes of the
children of the day, began to draw pictures of her ideal
children. Quaint and picturesque they were. Dainty and
delicious in color, attitude and design. The pictures leaped
into sudden popularity,and then it was but the question of
a very short time when Greenaway children began Jto appear
in real life.
While the children of to-day da not wear the distinc
tively Greenaway styles, it is a fact, nevertheless, that
her creations brought about the great change making for the
comfort and the practical nature of the clothes of Juniordom
at large to-day.
Now the plan is on foot in England to raise a fund by
popular subscription by children, of a few pennies apiece,
to endow a cot perpetually in the Children's hospital in
Great Ormonde street, London, in memory of Kate Green
away. It is in this same hospital, by the way,
that a cot has been similarly endowed in memory
of Lewis Carroll, the author of that nursery classic, "Alice
in Wonderland." The names of all the cnildren who con
tribute are to be kept and a subscription card with a Kate*
Greenaway illustration will be sent to each. It is a prac
tical monument to a very worthy subject, as well as a grace
ful tribute to the place Kate Greenaway held in the affec
tions of the world at large.
Colonel John Jacob Astor, who has patented several de
vices for marine turbine engines, has given the use of them
to the public. Under ordinary conditions, he could have had
the exclusive rights to them for seventeen years, together
with all the money that could be made from their use. This
kind of a millionaire quite offsets the millionaire who thinks
of the public merely as an orange that he may squeeze.
THE JOURNAL JUNIOR, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1902.
JUST BETWEEN YOU JIND ME
many of you boys smoke? If that question were
put to the majority, you might look sheepish, but like
Bre'r Fox, you would "lay low and say nothin'." Perhaps
you think I do not know that a good many of you smoke on
the quiet. Why, morning after morning on my way to the
office I see small boys, not yet out of knee pants, smoking
cigarettes. And they think themselves so very smart that
some of them have impudently puffed the smoke at
One night when I came home about 8.30, I saw
three boys, not one of whom was over fourteen, smoking
on the steps of the church at the corner of Fourteenth
street and Second avenue S. I could not tell whether it was
cigarettes or cigars. All of these instances are in Emerson
Entirely aside from the question of health, you boys
should understand that in such smoking you come into a
collision with the law. According to its provisions, tobacco
in any form must not be sold or placed in the hands of
children. Any citizen who sees a boy smoking may cause
his arrest. If the smoker will not tell where he bought the
tobacco, or how he obtained it, he may be prosecuted.
Boys generally like to do things to show they are "grown
up." Everybody likes a manly boy, but it is far from manly
to be able to puff a cigar or a cigarette. That is nothing
but trying to be a "smarty." It does not need a diagram,
I am sure, for you to know what that is,or how people in
general look at one who is classed under this name.
"Why?" is a word with which you are all very familiar.
To many I presume that the expression "the editor of the
Journal Junior" suggests a very animated and persistent
interrogation point. The good newspaper man always asks
"why?" as to everything he sees, and it is his business
to answer his own question. That is news. And news is
what papers are for. So, as a newspaper "man," you could
not expect me to forget my early training and let the im
portant little word drop out of my vocabulary merely because
you find it hard to answer sometimes and grumble about it.
There are ever so many Vwhys" that I never ask you. Odd
things and doings are continually cropping up in the Junior
papers and as I smile over them I "wonder why." This
week when I came to read the stories sent in for the Thanks
giving number, I found a story of some twelve or thirteen
pages written by a well-known Junior. The first half was
written as it should be,on one side only of the paper. The
last half was written as it should not beon both sides of
the paper. Now I wonder why.
What was the mental process or the mental per
turbation that made the writer prepare one half of her
story right and the other half wrong? That is the "why"
I should like to know.
Still another amusing mistake, but not an unusual one,
even for grown-up writers, was the mistake a Lake City
Junior made in addressing her letter. She wrote it all cor
rectly except for the name of the town, which she wrote
"Lake City" instead of "Minneapolis." Fortunately, some
body in the postoffice at Lake City knew a thing or two,
so he crossed out "Lake City" and wrote "Try Minneapolis."
Inquiry was made early in the week as to whether the
winner of a first prize in the High School Credit contest
was barred from winning a second prize. When a high
school wins a first prize it is out of the running for another
first prize during the school year, but may take second
prize any time it can win it. It is not intended to shut out
high school Juniors from the contests, just because they
happen to do the unusually good work that wins a first prize.
Much of the best work,best, that is, in depth of thought
and smoothness of expression,comes from the high schools.
Naturally, I do not want to lose that work.
Can you sing "America" through to the end? Do you know
the words of more than the first stanza? Can you carry the
tune of "The Star Spangled Banner?" Then you are doing
something in which the average grown-up is found wanting.
Many, even, do not know the tune when they hear it. If
they do, they may sing the first verse with all confidence
and patriotism, but the rest of the song is a succession of
"Hm-m-mm-hi-mm-mm-ha-mm-mms." One evening not
long ago, a man in temporary possession of a music box,
asked some of his friends in to enjoy its playing. They are
all above the average so far as intelligence goes, but none of
them happens to be what is called musical. The host is very
fond of the swelling measures of "America," and during the
evening he put that roll into the box. It seems incredible,
but actually not one of the company recognized it. That is
even more remarkable than the inability to sing the words
of all the stanzas. There are two things you ought to learn
to do in the musical line. No matter if you have no voice
no matter if you are unable to keep on the key no matter
if you find it hard to remember the tune, you certainly ought
to be able to sing every verse of "America" and of "The Star
Spangled Banner." Moreover, you ought to show your
patriotism by swelling the chorus whenever there is a re
quest for the audience to "join in the chorus."
Not one of you girlsor boys, either, for that matter
dislikes to wash dishes any more than I do. So I am glad
to be able to pass along a scheme I have recently heard of
for making dishwashing time less irksome, if not positively
agreeable. In one family, where the boys have to help in
the work as well as the girls, they have a habit of making
poetry to fit the occasion. One specially nonsensical 'effusion
they sing to a tune of their own composition. The poetry
is not very goodas poetryand the music would probably
set a real composer mad with its violations of the rules of
musical composition but It keeps the young people happy
and makes what Is generally a cross time pass agreeably,
and certainly all this ought to count in its favor. Still an
other rule Is to think of all the pleasant things one can
while sudsing around in the water and flirting the dish
towel. Probably this last is nearer to what I do under these
circumstances than the poetry and music suggestion. In fact,
I generally get to thinking of the many, many things I
really must do within the next hour or so,and the dishes
sometimes seem to be done by magic. You see, I have so
many more things to do than could possibly be done in the
allotted time, unless I could call in the help of the fairies,
that I unconsciously hurry through with the work. My
dish washing, of course, is extremely light, and only hap
pens now and then, but I dislike it quite as much as if it were
a case of a large family and three meals a day.
The little boy is full of fun for him there is no shade.
The world is brimming full of sun, the roses cannot fade.
Upon the grass he rolls all day and kicks his heels on high,
and not a swallow is more gay when circling in the sky.
He's happy as the lily fair that dimples all the pool bis rap
ture trickles off his hairthere isn't any school.
. Artists and
Suggestions for Designers.
The designs may contain drawings, photographs,
poems, anything. In fact, that will attract attention
to the firm that is advertising.
There Is no expense attached to the work.
The designs should be at least six inches and a
All drawings must be in black and white only.
India ink should be used. Avoid all colored inks, even
blue black or greenish black ink.
Do not make the designs too crowded.
White spaces show off advertising matter.
Name, address, grade and school should be written
0:1 the back of the design itself, and not on a separate
piece of paper.
One dollar each is offered for the best advertisements
designed for R. M. CHAPMAN, GROCER.
Each advertisement must contain the name "R. M.
Chapman, Grocer," the address, "732-734 Nicollet Avenue,"
and some phrases making the point that Mr. Chapman makes
his own pastry, and his own candy and roasts his own
These last three points are very important ones, as these
three things are Mr. Chapman's own particular features.
No one must be omitted. It Is "own" pastry, candy and
The designs must be in the hands of the editor of the
Not Later Than Monday Evening, Dec. 1,
at five o'clock. They must be strictly original, and each
must be signed with the grade, school, name and address of
One dollar each is offered for the best advertisements for
BARNABY & CO., HABERDASHERS AND HATTERS.
The designs should be particularly appropriate-for the
advertising of Christmas stock.
The advertisements must contain the name of the firm,
"Barnaby & Co.," the address, "Nicollet Avenue, at Fourth
Street," and the phrases, "Haberdashers and Hatters" and
"If it comes from Barnaby's it must be good."
Try in these designs to get something new. Because
grownup designers of such advertisements generally use cer
tain things, do not think that you have to follow their
example. The idea of this Junior advertising is to get an
entirely different point of view. Look through your own
These designs must be in the hands of the editor of the
Not Later Than Monday Evening, Nov*. 24,
at five o'clock. They must be strictly original, and each
must be signed with the grade, school, name and address
of the designer. ~ '
PRIZE WINNERS IN THE VO-GELI CONTEST.
Zula J. Bottenfield, A 7th Grade, Madison School, 1522
Esther Chapman, B 11th Grade, East Side High School,
1918 Fourth Street SE.
Luella Ames, B 9th Grade, Central High School, 2008
Colin Landin, A 9th Grade, South Side High School, 120S
Eighth Street S.
Sadie A. Norris, 1611 W Lake Street.
Hazel Willis, 2416 Girard Avenue S.
Thomas H. Foley, 1534 E Twenty-second Street.
Clarence J. Faust, South Side High School.
George Dumas, 3605 Cedar Avenue.
Ray Buffington, 826 Elwood Avenue N.
Fred R. Morgan, Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Charles Byrnes, 19 Fifteenth Street N.
When free from Ice the Yukon river Is navigable for large
steamers 1,965 miles, a distance more than twice as great
as that from Chicago to New Orleans.
. The papers must be strictly original.
Avoid all imitation of encyclopedia information.
Get the facts, of course, but dress them over wholly in
original language. Do some individual thinking on the
The papers must be written on one side only of th
paper, and each must be signed with the grade, school, nam*
and address of the writer.
THE NAVIGABLE YUKON.
$10 in Prizes=^
First Prifce $400
Second Prize $2.00
Four Prises of $1.00 Each
The Goodfellow Dry Goods Co.
offers the above prizes for the best six
compositions on "Silk: its History, Culture*
Manufacture and Use." None is to exceed
700 words. School children anywhere and
of all ages may enter the contest. All com
positions must be mailed to or in the pos
session of The JournalJunior not later than
Monday, November 24
Prize winners will be announced
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