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wooden depot to find the only applicant a rough man who stepped forward and aske d, "Be you tb.e lady :MIS' W. was 'spectingf" I replied that I was, smiling at being 'spected. Arrived at the farmhouse, my aunt came for ward to meet me. But my cousin Alicehorrors! a little four-year-old baby! And I had planned fun with a four teen-year old girl. I was disappointed. But the next moment I was the disappointer. For my other cousin, a boy of twelve, said dejectedly, "She's a prl! Now all I will hear I suppose will be, 'Oh, go away, your hands are dirty, don be so rough, and please don't rvunple niy hair.' He had expeeted me to be a boy, so he was dis appointed. I felt very lonesome at this reception, but soon won the good will of both my cousins, who actually cried when I left. Mabel Niles A Eighth Grade, 2203 Seventeenth Ave. S. Adams School. ASK TEACHEBiSHE KNOWS. I do not like to disappoint people but I am afraid I disappointed the teaeuer th is morning when we had our spelling test. She read the averages as far down as eight}. I did not hear my name so I think I must have had a pretty low mark. When she said the rest were be low eighty she looked very disappointed. I think most people like spelling but I do not. They say that some people are born spellers but I am pretty sure I am not one. You can ask my teacher and she will tell you what kind of speller I am. Some folk always say that spell ing is easy, but you will notice that those people are always good spellers. Albert Nelson, A Sixth Grade, Spring Beach, Lake Calhoun. Calhoun SchooL SPOET ON THE TRAIL. Our dog is very fond of chasing the fire teams. Whenever he hears anybody shout "Fire!" he pricks up his ears and ru ns toward the fire barn, which is a block away. One day having nothing to do I lay down in the shade of a tree. Suddenly I had an idea. I sprang to my feet shouting "Fire! fire! fire!" Sport toro -ross the field and disappeared around a house. A later he re turned, his head hanging low. J," I said, I did not mean to disappoint you sc lly.'' But I could not help laughing because I pictured him again and again running across the field. George 03born, A Sixth Grade, 3426 Elliot Avenue. Horace Mann School. A DELIGHTFUL RUMMAGE. "Tan't I go even tho it is raining, mama?" "No. you can't. Why, you would be sick in bed to morrow if ou went in all this rain.'' I know why it rained," said my brother teasingly, "just to disappoint you." "Wellthen I'll disappoint it, and I shall have some fun anwaj. With that I disappearedout of the room and up into the attic where I began to rummage in the trunks. I opened the first and found it full of queer dresses that I had never seen before. Oh, then such fun as I had dressing up' I could not tell it all. I went down about supper time and found the family eating. "What have you been doing?" my brother asked. "I've been all around looking for you." "Disappointing the ram," I Baid, without giving any further information. Sixth Grade, Irene Peterson, Seward School. 2708 Twenty-second St. S. THE FINGER OF FATE. One day last summer as a party of boys were driving past our home on their way to the country, I called to them to wait for me. I ran into the house to get permis sion from father to go with them. I joined them and -we drove over to Mr. B.'s house to get another boy who was to act as guide. But he could not go unless some one watched the pig pen. We drew cuts to see who should watch first. But luckily it did not fall to me. Each boy was to watch for half an hour so that everybody should have a turn. We started out, the boy led us to a berry farm and told us to eat all we could because we should be hungry in the afternoon. We rambled around' for a while and then returned to relieve the other boy of his charge. We drew cuts again, and, "As if by sudden impulse as of fate It was my turn to watch the gate." took my char ge rather reluctantly, you may be sure, and I amused myself by playing with "a small pig. I rolled him over in the mud and then walked to a safe dis tance to avojd coming in contact wjth the mother. I gathered flowers for a while, and when I asked 'a man what time it was he said it was only seven minutes past the time when I took my charge. Oh, how time dragged along! I was in despair I felt like leaving the pigs to their own intention of running away. At last I did leave them, and every one of them save one ran away and it took two days to find them again. It was then I disap pointed somebody. Arne Sorum, A Seventh Grade, 2118 Seventh Street S. Monroe School. EVENT TO THIS DAT. One day when I was about seven years old I was playing in the yard with one of my friends, and I told her I knew something nice, and she asked me what I knew. I said: I will not tell you." Then she said: "If you do not tell me I will never like you again." But I would not tell her and she started home. I called to her and told her I would tell her if she came back, so she came back and I told her that her mother said 'she was going to give her a surprise. She asked me what kind of a surprise, and I said a party. Then she wanted to start right out and invite some girls, so we started, and she kept telling me all the time whom she would invite. When at last we returned home her mother asked her where she had been, and she said she had been in viting some girls to her party. After dinner her mother put on her clean dress and my mother put on mine and we had to go to every house we had been to in the morn ing and tell them there was not going to be any party. And, so far as I know, she has not had the party yet. Fifth Grade, Calhoun School. Helen Stratton, 1202 West Twenty-eighth Street. 6 ALL ON" A PICNIC DAY. "Hurry and get your wraps," I heard a girlish voice say at our door one morning. "Oh, yes, the picnic! I'll meet you at the station," I sang in reply. JHB JOURNAL JUNIOR, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY, KFBJL 28, XOT& "My dear, you haven't done the practicing I told yon to do befo re you could go this morning.' Praeue ingi Oh, dear' I had thought that I was all done. The twenty minutes at the piano dragged like hours. The clock struck 9 I had done my practicing, but missed my car. "I'll catch the next one," I said, hopefully, starting for my wraps. "Oh, mama!" came in dismayed tones from the cloakroom the next minute, "my jacket has a big spot on it and the rubber^'s off my cap." "I'll sew the cord on while you sponge your jacket," Said mama patiently. "There,'* said I, coming from sponging the jacket, "that's done, and I can catch th 9:30." Just then I stumbled, cutting my hand. I could not go. But I was as disappointed as the girls were. Seventh Grade, Virgila Stephens, Calhoun School. 3032 Harriet Avenue S. AN INFANTILE FAILURE. It was my first public appearance, my maiden speech, eo I could hardly be blamed. Nevertheless, Aunt Kate affirms it was er greatest disappointment. I was the youngest niece in the family and I think nature's lavish finishing touches in outward appearance had occupied so much time that the higher sensibilities had been en tirely neglected. Howbeit, Aunt Kate and several other admiring relatives, as only admiring relatives can, pro tested, affirmed and agreed that they had discovered some signs of budding genius for "the baby" coulcl say "Little Jack Horner" quite thru! We had been visiting Aunt Kate for some time and at last the day had come jwhen a lonesome father could IN A DILEMMA. PhotographerThe camera won't take you all in, sir. I'm afraid I'll have to photograph you inertwo half length pictures-Chums. wait no longer for our return and we received imperative commands to "come home" in the form of a limited ticket. But there must be a farewell reception and "tne taby" muBt say "Little Jack Horner" -for the company. Yes, I would if they gave me some candy and let me go see daddy." The company sat still "and waited. The young prodigy stood on a chair and made her bowand that was all. All, did I say? Not quite, for on a moment's inspiration, doubtless to relieve the monotony of being stared at and nodded upon encourag ingly, I began to ery. Nor coaxes, nor threats, nor prom ises could quiet my prolonged wail, and the poor com pany had to eontent itself with the efforts of big sister to say "Three Little Mice," and the farewell speech of the preacher in lieu of the event of the evening. Nor could any later and more pretentious efforts quite blot out the memory and stmjy of that infantile disappoint ment. Tillie Will, A Eleventh Grade, 1909 Clinton Avenue. South High School. WHAT WERE FINGERS FOR? Cooking Club. It seems strange that the use of forks began only with our easily remembered forefathers that the ..Greeks and Romans did not know anything of them, and that in the far eastern countries their use is still unknown. Up to the fifteenth century they were known only in Italy. Elizabeth had three "forks" "garnished with gold sleightly," and with "lyttle perles pendant," but they were considered as curiosities and never used. In deed, in that era it was considered bad form, and min isters contended that to use them was an insult to God. What were our fingers for? In Thomas Coryates' "Crud ities," published originally in 1608, is this: *'I observed a custom in all those Italian cities and towns thru -which I pass ed that is not used in any other country that I saw on my travels neither do I think that any other nation in Christendom doth use it, but only in Italy. The Italian, and also most strangers, do always at their meals use a little forke when they cut their meats. For while with their knife, which they do hold in one hand, they cut the meate out of the dish, they fasten the forke, which they hold in the other hand, upon the same dish so whatsoever he be that, sitting in the company of others at meals, should inadvisedly touch the dish of meats with his fingers, from which all the table do cut, he will give occasion of offense to all the company, as having transgressed the laws of good manners, in so much that for his error he shall be at the least brow beaten, if not reprehended in wordes. This form of breeding, I understand, generally used in all places of Italy, their forkes being for the most part made of iron, Steele and some of silver but those are used only by gentlemen. The reason for this curiosity is because the Italian cannot by any means indure to have his meat touched with fingers, seeing that all men's fingers are no* alike clean.'* Not untD the middle of the seventeenth century aid England's nobility begin the use of forks, but they came into use slowly, and even in the early part of the eigh teenth century gentlemen who traveled carried a knife and fork, because the inns were not likely to have them. The Guardian Fawn. The London Spectator. A sambhur fawn I possessed in India, of the age of four to six months', made a practice of chasing all dogs that came into the compound, and did so with every ap pearance of considering it the greatest possible fun. The dogs, on the other hand, fled with their tails between their legs. This fawn evidently, imagined itself to be the guardian and protector of the establishment. I have a vivid picture in my recollection of the gentle little beast transformed into a perfect fury, its coat bristling on end to make it look twice its natural size, head and tail de fiantly erect, stamping sharply on the threshold with its dainty forefeet, demonstrations intended to frighten away two pariah dogs who cringed before it on the ver anda, yet showed a great desire to intrude into the house. The dogs finally sneaked off, depressed and defeated, and the conquering fawn swaggered back into the room to be praised by me, either for once disdaining to chase its foes or deterred therefrom by its strong dislike to the noonday sun. You told me this horse has won half a dozen matches against some of the best horses in the country. The brute can't trot a mile in six minutes to save him.'' "It was plowing matches that he took the prizes, sir." Wrought Iron. The British Museum possesses what is probably tho oldest known piece of wrought iron. It was found in tho pyramid of Cheops, and must be 4,900 years old. Fear to Gaze on Royalty. Formerly a Chinaman who gazed upon the emperor or Empress while they were being carried along the street lost his head. Since the emperor's return from Singanfu this rule has been revoked, but the jpopulace has not yet mustered its courage, and not long ago, when the imperial party were in Shanghai, the streets were deserted. Like other men of prominence, Admiral Dewey often comes across the irrepressible party who always affects to be an terms of intimacy with notable personages. Courteous and genial, the admiral has profound dislike for this sort of nuisance. Not long ago, while out walking in Washington, he was aceosted by an-effusive stranger, who grasped his hand and said: "George, I'll bet you don't know me." The admiral dooked his displeasure as he answered grimly: "You win," and walked on. Most Active Volcano. Mount Sangay is the most active volcano in th world. I is situated in Ecuador, is 17,120 feet in heigh* and has been in constant activity since 1728. The sounds _of its eruptions are sometimes heard in Quito, 150 milea distant, and once 267 reports were counted in one hour. THE SOUVENIR BUTTONS A Junior button is given to every contributor for his first paper printed, provided It Is neither a prize winner nor an "honorable mention Only one Junior button is given a year, and this is sent without application. The new year began September 10, 1904. An Honor button is awarded for an "honorable mention" and is sent without application An Houor button Is awarded to every Junior who has three papers printed which are neither prize winners nor honorable mentions These must be claimed by the winner, giving dates of publication. An Honor button Is awarded for an accented contribution to the storyteller column, and is sent without application, to gether with an order for a book. Any number of Honor buttons may be won. 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