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The Minneapolis journal. [volume] (Minneapolis, Minn.) 1888-1939, January 21, 1906, The Journal Junior, Image 55

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wondered if his mother would buy what he had left.
When he reached home he was very much relieved when
ds kind-hearted mother promised to buy the rest. Mff
,ent the money and received the promised package in
eturnbut all his friends still wonder why he does not
Fear his gold watch and his diamond ring to school.
Seventh Grade, Ray Chapman,
Bryant School. 3633 Portland Avenue,
Two years ago last winter I tried to earn enough,
noney to make a canoe. It would cost me considerable
bay the lumber and other material needed. I had not
ee earning money up to this time, and so I thought I
vould try. It was then about the middle of February and
he sidewalks were slippery. I was walking downtown
me day when I slipped on the ice and bumped my head.
felt pretty dizzy and saw moons, stars and suns all
ibout me. That made me notice that all the sidewalks
vere slippery and needed to be scattered with sand or
ishes. That night I fixed up a sled with- a box on it
vith a lot of little holes in it and fixed a stopper of sheet
ron, so it would eover all the holes and keep the sand
n. The next morning was Saturday and I went around
"Offering to sand sidewalks. At the first house a man
ame to the door and I told him what I wanted to do.
3e said he would give me a dime if I would fix it so it
wouldn't be slippery. The night before when he came
lome he had taken a tumble at the foot of his steps and
hat was the reason he was home from work.
The next three places were not very encouraging and
aeither was the fourth. Here the lady told me the city
lad charge of the sidewalks and she wasn't going to
waste her money on the sidewalk. I
went to a good many houses and
every now and then I would have
good luck. When I returned home, I
had made 85 cents, so my enterprise
iras not a failure after all. I earned
my eanoe during the winter and en
joyed it during the summer.
William Cuvellier,
2618 Pillsbury Avenue.
Eighth Grade,
Whittier School.
We had been promised a playhouse,
Bessie and I, and had resolved to ur
jush it ourselves. How would we do
"it! Bessie's parents had a garden
ind had, that year, a great quantity
jf beans that they could not use. So
NG made up our minds to sell beans.
Mama laughed at us and said, "You
won't keep at it very long." But
we said, "We'll show you what we
an do." So one tot August morning
-ree donned sunbonnets and started
sut, one with a quart measure, th#
ather with a pan of beans. This is
,he record of our progress.
House No. 1. People had plenty of
vegetables, as they had just bought
tome from a vegetable man. People
rery cross.- House No. 2. -Nobody -at
lome. House No. 3. Purchased two
"juarts of beans at 10 cents a quart.
Souse No. 4. Oh, my! A fierce bull
dog. Couldn't get near the door. It's mean of people
to keep- bull dogs to scare away children, especially when
they want to sell something. House No. 5. Price lower,
owing to decreasing trade. Sold one quart at 5 cents.
House No. 6. Price still lower. Sold two quarts for 5
cents. House No. 7. Nothing wanted. Another of those
horrid vegetable men happened along before us. House
No._8. Just think! A boy called us peddler! House
No. 9. Oh, dear! Nobody home. House No. 10. Grow
ing reckless. As many quarts a's anyone wants for 5
By this time we were tired and hungry. So we
started back home, exhausted, with our minds fully made
np not to peddle any more. As a consolation we made
our parents buy out the remainder of our stock. But
""""even this did not furnish the playhouse.
A Seventh Grade, Marie Crotty,
Calhoun School. 3020 James Avenue S.
One day I saw the little girl next door with a new
blue coat. How I wished 1 could buy one just like it. So
I thought of a way in which to earn some money. I went
to mama and said I would like to earn some money. I
asked her if she had any work I could do. "Yes, a
great deal," she answered, with a smile. "If you make
your bed every morning and dust your room and also the
parlor and sitting room, I will give you 25 centa a week."
"Twenty-five cents a week!" That looked large to me
then. I could buy a coat in a few months with all that
saved. All went well the first two weeks. But one morn
ing I awoke with a very severe headache. I was so cross
*"*I would not clean my room or even dust. I told mama
I could not stand it any longer to stay and work while
other little girls played. Mama saidsIin
hard and had been so good she would get me a coat just
like the little girl's next door. Mabel Kelley,
Eighth Grade, 2120 Seventeenth Avenue S.
Adams School.
had worked very
In summer -when I had nothing to do I used to go
down to the river and catch crabs and turtles and sell
them to the butcher. Catching crabs is not an easy thing.
One way to catch them is to walk around among the
stones where there are crabs and when you feel one
pinching, run out of the water. You will find the crab
still clinging to your toe and it is very hard to get off.
*~.Most of the boys would rather catch them with their
hands because it is safer and easier. Sometimes I can
get a pail full of niee large ones, which at the butcher's
will cost 10 or 15 cents, but other times I can only catch
a few small ones which are not worth anything. I made
about 50 cents a week this summer and when fall came
I had enough money Jo, buy some winter clothes.
B"Seventh Grade, George Larson,
Jackson School. 1916 Two-and-One-Half St. S.
One day last winter it was very cold and I did not
want to go out and play. The time seemed very long and N
dreary, and I began to think what I coulcL do. Soon a
bright thought Hashed into my mind,my broken sled.
The rudder was broken and a new one had to be made
and put on, and I thought that-was a good time to do it.
I went ont in.the shed and brought the sled, nails, key
saw and a hammer into the kitchen and set to -work
tearing away the old rudder. Soon I had the other rud
der sawed ont and then I made some handles and a hole
in the front for the rope. Then came the work of putting
the sled together and that was the worst of all The
runner had to be put on and I heated it, but when I tried
to handle it it was so hot that I could not touch it for
awhile. I finally managed to get it on and once more
had a good sled. That
one of my enterprises.
Sixt Grade Roy Lebeck,
Hawthorne School. 417 Twenty-fourth Av. N,
It was summer vacation and we had gone to Ger
trude's home. We had tired of playing games and de
cided to plan something new and interesting to do. Sud
denly Gertrude said, "Oh, girls I know where there's
the prettiest white sandl Come on, and 111 show you."
We soon found the pile of creamy sand, which had evi
dently been brought there for some purpose. So we car
ried a big pailful of it to Gertrude's home. The girls,
excepting May and myself (whom they considered too
small) soon contrived a scheme to have some fun. They
brought out their water-color paints and succeeded in
"Well," said the^Extinguisher :with a grin, I max not be very brilliant, but none
can call me Ught-neadedV' The Candle said nothing. Cassell's little Folks.
of each color for the extremely low price of five pins. We
nodded our heads approvingly, picturing the heaps of
pins that would accumulate, imagining that children all
over the city would rush to Gertrude's little playhouse
to buy it. The afternoon had nearly passed and nobody
had come. The larger girls told us that we could buy
some if we had any pins. We "went home and each se
cured a large package of pins. When the girls found that
we were in a position where we could buy their whole
stock, they agreed to let us become silent partners in
the ^business, and our pins were carefully laid away for
"securities." But, alas, in the night someone entered
the playhouse, some rival "store-keeper," we supposed,
and in the morning our entire "stock" was gone, and
securities also. And not one sale made! Gertrude after
ward accounted for that fact by saying that she supposed
the children hadn't heard about the storel
A Ninth Grade, Inez MacNaughton,
South High School. 2522 Seventeenth Av. S.
One day my father said, "Ed, do you want to make
some money?" I said, "Yes," and asked him what I
was to do. He said, "Next spring when I fix up my hot
bed, plant some tomato seeds and when the plants are
big enough you can sell them." I thought it a good plan
and started to build grand air castles, picturing myself
with a pocketful of silver. When spring came I planted
my seeds and each day found me out at the hotbed with
a sprinkler in my hand. My eye saw every little weed
and woe to the inseets that harmed my plants. Soon I
began to hunt for my purchasers, but they were very
scarce. Finally one man bought some plants and paid me
10 cents. This was all that I got for my trouble.
Eighth Grade, Edwin Buall,
Van Cleve Sehool. 2214 Polk Street NE.
One very warm summer day another boy and I made
a stand on the cirejnr-grounds. We had watermelons, pop
corn, peanuts, lemonade and chewing gum for sale. I
was afi ready for business at 9 o'clock in the morning
and opened the sale of my goods. Before very long I
saw a popcorn wagon stop at one of the stands. Sam
and I had 5 cents apiece and so we took that and bought
Jtwo- bottles of pop. They only cost 6 cents, so we still
had 2 cents apiece. We soon sold the pop and so we had
14 eents. It was about noon and we- were both hungry,
so we took out our lunch and ate it. After dinner the
crowds began to come and within two hours we had $2.40.
We sold our goods all out by 4 o'clock and went home
with happy hearta and $2 each. Arnold Morrison,
Fifth Grade, 2502 Pleasant Avenue,
Whittier School.
My eousin and I determined to make some money
last winter, so in the spring we would each have money
enough to get a baseball equipment. We thought that ar
both coloring the sand in ^various pale and unheard-of on my hunt for rags. You see I was going into the rag
hues, and also in ruining their paints. Then they in- business. I soon had my bag full and sat down on the
formed us that they were going*, to sell a small package steps to wait for a certain person to come riding past.
Soon he did come, and I ran calling
down the street, "Ragman, ragman
I've got some rags to sell." I could
not think what there was in this sim
ple speech which made him whip up
his horse and set off on a trot, but it
did, and left me standing alone in the
road feeling anything but happy over
this turn of affairs.
Irene Peterson,
2708 E. Twenty-second St.
A Sixth Grade, Seward School.
easy way to make money would be to flood our grand
father's lot and make a skating rink. So we asked ft
few of our friends to help us. The ash man gave us ft
wagon full of ashes and then the hard work began
which we did not think would be so hard. We had to .put
the ashes in wheelbarrows and dump them where they
were needed and then pile them all the way around the
field. But after we had finished I, for one, viewed "it
with delight. My uncle fixed it so that in about a week
the firemen came down and flooded it. The next morning
I looked out the window and, lo and behold, it was just
like glass. That afternoon the boys and girls of our
school came piling on and we could not make anyone pay.
So our rink proved a failure but our fathers took pity
on us in our disappointment and gave us all the money
that we needed. Richard Parke,
A Fifth Grade, 634 East Fourteenth Street.
Madison School.
I am going to earn some money," I said to my
mother one day. "Dear me, you are starting early," she
said, looking up from her work. I suppose you are go
ing to be a millionaire." "That's just it," I said.
"I'm going to be a millionaire. Then I'll buy lots and
lots of candy and I'll give you some, too, if you'll give
me a sack." "It's a bargain," said mother, laughing.
"There's a sack out in the woodshed you can have."
She little thought for what I wanted that sack. Off I
ran in high glee for the sack. I soon found it and started
One morning our hired man came to
me with some prickly ash berries and
told me I could make a small fortune
by gathering them and selling them to
wholesale druggists. I started out by
arranging a drying room in the attic
of an old tenement house in whieh I
found the heads of some old wooden
beds. These I washed and covered
with wrapping paper. I started out
one day and picked about six pounds,
spread them out to dry and when they
were dry I had about two pounds of
cured berries. When I had three
tables full I telephoned to our local
druggist for the address of a whole
sale house, and by the time my four
drying tables were full, I had their
letter saying they would pay me 18
cents a pound for my berries. I had
fifteen pounds of dried berries and
cleared $2.25 on them. I was as proud
and happy as if I had made a small fortune.
Eighth Grade, Joseph F. Russell,
Adams School. 901 Fourteenth Avenue S.
One day my father offered me 25 cents a week if I
would sweep the Btore every morning before 7 o'clock.
"What an easy way to earn -money," I thought, and I
said I would. At first it went along very nicely, but
pretty soon I thought what a nice thing it was to lie
in bed mornings. Soon I dreaded to get up and go out
to sweep. One morning I decided I would not get up,
25 cents or no 25 eents, so I lay in bed until nearly 8.
After I had had my breakfast I went over to the store,
but found the sweeping done. I did not get up before 7
all that week. When the time came for me to receive
my pay I was rather surprised to find I did not receive
any for that week. I asked papa why, but he said I need
not expect any pay when I did not do the work. So my
air castles fell, and I went away in hopes of finding soie
thing else to do so as to earn some money.
Seventh Grade, Ethel Rundquist,
Prescott Sehool, 2539 Central Avenue NE.
Once upon a time a boy wanted me to open a green
house with him. He said he would go around selling and
I should stay in the store. He had a little store just
about big enough for us two, which his father used when
he had a flower house. I asked him where he was going
to get his flowers and he said his father had many left,
so I said we would start the business as soon as vaca
tion began. We then fixed the store up and made a
dollar the first day of vacation and kept on making more
until we made $3.50. That was as much as we ever made.
Sixth Grade, ^Samuel Bicker,
Grant School. ft 1100 Logan Avenue N.,
Another boy and I once had an enterprise and we
succeeded just about as well as the Freneh did with the
Panama canal enterprise. Our company was organized
to dig dandelions and sell them. We started out one
morning and had a bushel dug by noon. Then we went
home for dinner, after which we started out again and by
6 o'clock we had another bushel. That night we spria
kled them with water to keep them fresh. We though*
we could get about 50 cents a bushel. But alas! wham
we reached our market and asked the buyer what tney
were worth, to our surprise he said, "Twenty cents a
bushel." We told him that we guessed we would waif
till the price raised, and we went home. W* waited three
days and then we went down to see what prices were.
This time the dealer said, "Fifteen cents a bushel, and
that is as high as they will get this year." Then^we
went home and tried to sell them to the neighbors, but
the only answer we could get was, "No, I wouldn't
take them as a gift." Disgusted and tired out, we went
home and threw them in the garbage can.
A Eighth Grade, -James Rush,
Washington School. 406 Seventh Avenue S.

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