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president of the S. I. S. sat in state, gracefully perched
upon an ash barrel, while the members of the club sat
about her in various positions on the neighboring fence and
grass. That a serious matter was under discussion could be
! easily seen by the thoughtful face of the president herself
and the .excited gestures of her adherents.
"Whoever heard of a Dutchman being affected? "With
me, 'Dutch' always stands for something simple and unpre- *
tenttous, ' exclaimed Laura Gale wrathfully.
"She isn't Dutch, she's French," contradicted Rosie Lee,
thereby causing for the next few minutes a heated argument"
as to the nationality of the person in question. But finally"
order was restored by the president tapping on the barrel with
a convenient stone.
"Now, girls," she said, "it's nearly time for our class
to recite and we must decide this question immediately.
Is it to be or not to be?"
' To be!" chorused a number of 'ioices, making a unani
mous decision with one exception. I, from my exalted posi
tion on the fence, had tried to object faintly. The girls, see
ing by whom the objection was tendered, began to laugh,
ahd the sedate president, giving way to her mirth, rolled off
from her barrel in a manner not at all in keeping with her
presidential dignity. Laura Gale, who lay on the grass be
neath me, grasped one of my feet and jerked me with a
thump to the ground, saying between bursts of laughterf
"That's right, Sue, don't spoil your reputation. You al
ways were the kicking minority, jou know."
Then, hearing a gong sound, we picked up our books
and ran into the schoolhouse.
The S. I. S. was a club started among my classmates
when we were in our freshman year, and since that time
it had so grown in influence and numbers that in our sopho
more year it was quite an important factor in the school.
Its christening as the "State Inspection Society" has a %ery
interesting tale attached to itbut that is another story. I
have ofen been accused by hostile teachersand all teachers
aie hostile to the S. I. S.of being the founder of this notable
association, but having always, hitherto, denied that rather
questionable honor, I will jiot now take it upon myself.
_ The purpose of -the S. I. S., as can be inferred from
its name, was to inspect, U not the state, at least the entire _
high school at W . If any pupil behaved herself according
to the standard set up by the society and treated it with all
due respect and deference, then, of course, she was not mo
lested, but should she treat its commands with contempt or
indifferencelet her beware! Even the worthy juniors and
seniors stood in gratifying awe of our decrees, while the
teachers did all they could to break up the societya sure
sign of our power.
It was small wonder that we soon became tyrannical
from- too much power, ami when Lulu "Van Brun with all
her airs and graces joined our class it did not take a Pericles
to see that war was near. From the first she had set our
decrees at naught, treating them with contempt and scorn,
and on not a few occasions wherein we had been punished
for - - 0 prank, we had found that it was Lulu who had
"gl Us awaj." Such conduct was not to be tolerated for
a mu.i'ont by the State Inspection Society, which had held
almobt absolute sway over the school for two years. There
foie a meeting, the closing incidents of which I have given ^
before, was held and the hazing of Lulu Van Brun was
decided "to be."
One morning, shortly after this meeting, Lulu came
into the classroom, seating herself with her usual little af
fected flirt of her skirts. She had not been seated long when
looking around spitefully at the other girls, she said to Mr.
Sandon, the instructor:
"Some one has been drawing on my desk. What does
this nonsensical design mean?"
Mr. Sandon strode quickly to the desk and saw upon its
smooth surface a cleverly drawn skull with two cross'bones
beneath it inscribed with the single word, "Beware!" Our
instructor straightened up with a jerlrand his face hardened
perceptibly as he said
"It is needless to ask who drew this as I know that the
S. I. S., as it i3 called, is at the bottom of the-onatter. 1
do not know what prank you intend to perpetrate now, but
I may as well say that if you persist in your outrages you
had better take your own warning and bewareT I for one
have stood your foolishness long enough."
The State Inspection Society was in nowise disturbed by
this declaration, for had not all the teachers said much the
same thing and yet done no damage to the association?
To be sure, Mr. Sandon was a new teacher, and they were
not very well acquainted with him, but then he was not the
sort of person to make the S. I. S. fear for its Safety. -
Therefore, confidently imagining that they would not
be, detected, twelve figures assembled the next afternoon in
a grove on the outskirts of W . -A donkey, one of the
most decrepit and disreputable of its kind, saddled and
bridled, was hitched to one of the trees.
"Do you suppose she wiJJ be foolish enough to come?"
asked one of the figures. n
"Of course!" answered another. "She thinks Sam is all
right and she won't let a chance to go riding with him slip
by. I copied his writing perfectly. Ah, there she is now!"
she went on as the figure of a girl came into sight.
It was Lulu Van Brum-who had come in response to this
"My Dear LuluI want you to go out riding with me
to-night as I have something I want particularly to say to
you. Of course, your mother will not consent to your going
if I call at the house, "so meet me at the grove. My turnout
is a -horseless affair, and is real swell! Be sure to come.
.Yours lovingly, Sam."
This note, apparently written by Sam Gale* was in real
ity composed by his sister Laura, one of the most active
members of the S. I. S., the society having chosen this
means of getting Lulu to the grove, where the hazing was
to take place. Their actions, as I reflect upon them now,
were somewhat dishonorable, but the society did not think
of that, and, besides, one must remember that their provo
cation was great.
As Lulu approached the place where the dozen figures
were carefully concealed, they rushed out and blindfolded
her, and then, tying her hands, they set hernone too
gentlyupon the mule. After unhitching him and unfasten
ing the bandages on Lulu's hands and eyes, they gave the
donkey a few blows with a whip.-sending him pell mell down
the main street of the village.
The sorry figure that the haughty Lulu cut as she clung
frantically to the donkey's neck was enough to satisfy even
the vengeful spirits of the State Inspectirn Society, Her hat
was flopped over on one ear, her hair was* flying wildly about
her shoulders, while her once immaculate gasla was assid
uously wrapping 'tself around the donkey's .tail. The mem-
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THE JOURNAL JUNIOR, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1902.
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LULU AND THE S. I. S.
"bers of the S.. I. S., desjrpus of geeing her mortification as
she rode through the business portion of "the town, followed
in a straggling procession, pausing every now and then to
' give vent to their mirth. How the people, knowing full well
that it was some wild school girl piank, did laugh as the
proud Lulu dashed by them on the "horseless affair." . After
running along for about three blocks, a few of the girls, of
whom I chanced tq be one, had paused a moment for breath,
when we were startled by Laura Gale, who ran up and said:
"Oh, girls, look! look! that mule is heading straight for
the river! You know Tommy taught him that trickto run
along the street and jump into the water. Lulu will surely
be killed and we'll be to blame!" *
^ We listened with sinking hearts, and, though Lulu,
"Mashing along far ahead, presented as ludicrous an appear
ance as ever, not another laugh was heard from any of us,
as with one accord we sprang up and dashed after the flee
ing pair. Fast as we went we were unable to check the
donkey before he leached the river, and when we came up
to the bank we saw him serenely swimming to the other side,
while Lulu was struggling frantically in the water.
We lined up on the bank, a forlorn group of girls, crying
and wringing our hands
What were we to do? Neither Lulu nor any member
-of the S. I. S. could swim, and we all realized that unless
help arrived soon Lulu would perish. But help did arrive.
A figure lushed by us, and, jumping into the river, in a
short time brought the half-drowned girl to the bank.
We turned to thank her rescuer, but our words died on
our hps as Mr. Sandon, for he it was, said:
"Girls, I'll see you in my office at 10 to-morrow."
Then the last meeting of the S. I. S. broke up as we dis
persed in fear and trembling to our respective homes.
We received our punishment with good grace, for we felt
that we deserved it. But though the State Inspection So
ciety was destroyed forever, the former members had one
satisfactionthat memorable ride and ducking stripped all
the pride and affectation from Lulu Van Brun and from that
time to this she has always been a kind and loving school
mate- Annabel Paddock,
Tenth Grade. Wadena, Minn.
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How This Family of Beautiful Birds Has Almost Become
The wild pigeon, which existed in countless millions
forty or fifty years ago, is practically extinct, so far as this
country is concerned. Some idea of how it has become
extinct may be gathered from an incident which occurred
The last wild pigeon seen in Chicago, so far as known,
was encountered one morning in 1894 by Edward B. Clark
an ornithologist and bird-lover. He was strolling through
Lincoln park, a favorite resort for birds, and saw the pigeon
sitting on the topmost bough of a tree.
He was examining it with interest through a powerful
field glass and feasting his eyes on its beautiful plumage,
when a hasty exclamation from some one behind him caused
him to turn his head.^
A middle-aged man was looking hungrily at the bird
"Good gracious!" said the man. "That's a wild pigeon!
It's the first one I'^e seen for thirty years. I wish I had a
Design by Colin Landm,
Den\ er, Col.
Design by Esther Chapman.
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THE LAST WILD PIGEON.
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and the boys forChrisfmas,
Haberdashers and Hatters
If it comes from Barnabys
if must be good."
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