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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 they represent. 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 HOW 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 passers by. 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 school district. 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 EDITOR. 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. Boyhood Rapture. (Judge.) *++**+*4-H***4*-H-*++m++4+ For Junior . Artists and Designers *4.-t4.t.4 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 quarter wide. 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 coffee. 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 roasted coffee. The designs must be in the hands of the editor of the Journal Junior 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 the designer. 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 spectacles. These designs must be in the hands of the editor of the Journal Junior 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 Elliot Avenue. Esther Chapman, B 11th Grade, East Side High School, 1918 Fourth Street SE. Luella Ames, B 9th Grade, Central High School, 2008 Kenwood Parkway. 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 subject. - 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. HONORABLE MENTION. 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 November 29. Suggestions. ft 4niitiiltmini)iii 1 WM44tHIIH | 4