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SMewwipwnBW s= TE JOURNAL JUNIOR fae Harris Anson Editor Tb Joumtl Junior paUisked by The Xianaajwbs Journal for tko pablie Mhool children of the Northweet, and ii devoted priael pally to their own writiaci. There is no expense attached and all are welcome eompetitori. The editor wiahea to eneouzag* eorre tpondeaoe and aarg-eations from teacher*. All correspondence aaoald be addreucd to the Editor Journal Junior. A NOVEL TOP SPINNING CONTEST. *T*HE boys and girls at Graham School, Chicago, gave a most original entertainment not long ago. The principal had noticed that the pupils were doing some very clever things in top spinning, and finally became so enthusiastic over their cleverness that he proposed a top spinning contest. The whole school took to the idea with enthusiasm, and when the day of the contest finally came, forty-seven boys and thirty-five girls, armed with tops, were scheduled to compete for prizes. There was an orchestra composed of boys to furnish music and a great crowd of parents and friends and notabilities to \Mtch the contests. Some of the most difficult feats were looping the loopspinning the top in a loop of cord. Looping the gapSame as first, but with additional feature of throw ing top in the hand. Double whirlThrowing top out with the cord and making it return. Cowboy whirlIn which the cord is used after the fashion of a lariat, the most difficult of all. Size did not seem to cut any figure so far as skill was concerned, for the smallest boy contestant won the first prize and the championship of the sehool, as well as a small mountain of tops, the other contestants tossing theirs to him upon the stage as he bowed his acknowl edgments. It was play for the boys and girls, but a good many of the older people thought it meant something much better. The principal expressed this feeling when he Baid- "Any boy or girl who has concentration enough \o spin a top skilfully will make a good citizen." Are you skilful at spinning a topf _ A COFFEE MILL PLUS A BRIGHT IDEA. "C VERY Junior who has crawled under a barbwire fence and left a scrap of clothing, carrying away a ragged tear, has wondered why in the world anyone ever invented such a fiendish kind of fence. The recent death of the inventor at De Kalb, HI., recalls the story of the necessity of the pioneers on the Illinois prairies, which struck the fire of ingenuity and resulted in what Juniors generally call "bobwire." When Joseph Glidden took up 600 acres of land in the prairie country of Illinois, he found it a problem how to fence in his land because woodland was so scarce, and it took so long to split the rails necessary. His neighbors were just as badly off, and often djiscussed sub stitutes. Finally Joseph Glidden had a bright idea. Why not use wire fencing? He quickly found that plain wire was not effective because cattle strained it and loosened it from the posts. Then the idea of barbwire came into his mind, and he began the manufacture of it on his farm, cutting the barbs out by hand and twisting them upon the plain wire by means of a primitive machine, which he rigged up out of an old coffee mill. After he had patented the device and made a large fortune from the manufacture of barbwire, he sold out to one of the great steel and wire companies which has absorbed nearly all such manufactories. Today, barb wire made by the most improved machinery, is sold all over the country, but it does not look a bit different from that turned out by Joseph Glidden's own hands with the help of an old coffee mill. It does not seem to matter much what one works with, so long as the idea back of it is all right. "IF"' People of today all know about foolscap Fools paper, tho between the size of paper de Cap manded by typewriting machines and school Paper "tablets" much less is used than twenty years ago. But even when it was most used* very few people knew that the name was associated with the unfortunate King Charles I. of England. Among the monopolies that he granted was that of making paper. The water mark of the finest quality was the royal arms of England. As in onr own day, the people who enjoyed this monopoly acquired immense fortunes. One of the first acts of the rebellions parliament was to set this monopoly aside, and when Charies was brought to the scaffold, they added insult to injury by substituting a fool's cap, and bells for the royal watermark. It is more than 250 years since this was done, but the name still re mains, tho its origin is not generally known. Three thousand years before the first sugar Honey refinery was built, honey was the most prized Good and principal sweet. Since the agitation Pood. against adulterated foods, scientists have been looking into the matter and now de clare that "it would add greatly to the health of the present generation if honey could at least partially be re stored to its former place as a common article of diet." Is there a single Junior who would object! The emperor of China gets up at four Not o'clock every morning to study Englkh be To Be fore breakfast, and he goes to bed at sun Envied, set. Is there anybodyin Juniordam, at leastwho would like to be the empeaor of China* 1 THE JOURNAL JOHIOB, jnHOTBAPOLIS, MINOTSQTA, SUTOAY JBOBNING, NQ^MEBB 4* 1908, EVERETT. Editha Washburn, Reporter. On Monday noon the fire drill was enjoyed by two visitors who happened to be in the building. They were greatly pleased with the quiet way in which the pupils cleared the building in one and a fourth minutes. The sixth grade class is enjoying its work in clay modelling while the fifth grade is working enthusiastically with putty maps of the continents. DOUGLAS. Lu&le Cooke, Reporter. Miss Meade, the teacher of the second grade, has been granted leave of absence for ten weeks on account of her health. The orchestra now plays at the physical exercise period, making the work far pleasanter than before. HAWTHORNE. Esther Granlyn, Reporter. room has just completed a successful and very en joyable period of autumn landscape work. room had an oral test in geography, Friday after noon, to see who could stand up the longest without miss ing. Effie Eood was the winner. room had the highest mark in spelling test last week, the average being 95.5 per cent. LAKE HARRIET. Ethel Wetmore, Reporter. A room of the Lake Harriet school has organized a Lincoln Civic club. The officers elected were: President, Harold Robach vice-president, Gertrude Walter secre tary, Florence Frost treasurer, Charles Peck chaplain, Joseph Howard librarian, Ruth Gage. The club has be gun doing civic work outside of school. Every Friday, this club means to take care of the school yard. At the meeting on Oct. 18, Major Clancy was present and ex pressed himself as "Very much interested in the work. He told about his early school life and, altogether, the meet ing was very profitable. Dr. Jordan and his family were out to see the new school building a few days ago. The1 sehool is now established in the new building and the pupils enjoy the change very much. AMBOT, MINN., HIGH SCHOOL. Mayme Louer, Reporter. A lecture on art is to be given by Mr. Ball, early in November, the proceeds from which will be invested in pictures and works of art for the school. Miss Winston, the principal, went to Hamlin on Fri day the 5th, to spend Sunday at her home. A basket ball team has been organized by the boys, and the girls are now endeavoring to organize a team also. There are a number of workmen about the building at present, piping gas into the building and completing the chemistry laboratory. ARGYLE, MINN. Harold B. McKay, Reporter. Sehool opened with a new corps of teachers and a large enrollment. The W. C. T. TJ. entertained the teachers, members of the school board and their wives. The high school has organized a literary club, which gave their first entertainment last Friday. The program consisted of songs, a violin solo, readings, quotations from "Julius Caesar" and "Hamlet." The subject for debate was, "Resolved, That the immigration to the United States from southern Europe and Asiatic countries should be stopped." The affirmative side won. The high school boys have sent for a football and ex pect to have a good team before the season closes. COKATO, MINN., HIGH SCHOOL. Ruth E. Olson, Reporter. The Cokato high school Lyceum held its first meeting Oct. 19, at which an excellent program was rendered. One of the features was a series of anecdotes told by the younger members. The girls have organized a basket ball team, and prac tice will begin as soon as the weather permits. AN OBLIGING TRAIT. A* traveler who has spent some time in South America says that he once saw an Indian kill a rattlesnake in a very peculiar manner. The reptile was about a dozen feet away from the Indian, who was calmly resting a rifle on his knee, apparently taking aim." Whenever the Indian moved his weapon a few inches, the snake would immediately crawl round and get ex actly in line with it. Then, to show how the thing was done, the Indian dexterously moved about the snake in a circle, and the reptile moved as if his tail was a pivot, and always kept his head and body in line with the gun. The Indian then arranged with the traveler to bandage his (the Indian's) eyes after which, blindfolded as he was, he declared that he would surely shoot the snake in the mouth. The Indian's eyes were duly bandaged by the traveler and, precisely in accordance with what he had said, he held the gun at arm's length, pulled the trigger, and the ball entered the snake's mouth. "But how did you manage to take aimf" asked the puzzled traveler. "Me no take aim the snake he take aim," was the Indian's reply. An old hunter, to whom the traveler afterwards spoko on the question, claimed that the rattlesnake will always range itself directly in line with a gun or stick that 4 pointed at it. i i i HIT BACK. A courthouse in a certain provincial town stands near a common. During one of the cases that were being tried there, counsel was in the middle of his speech for the defence when a donkey outside began to bray. The judge, who was notorious for his wit, put up his hand at this juncture and said to the counsel: "Kindly stop a minute, Mr. lam unable to hear two at once." A little later, while the judge was summing-up, the donkey again brayed, and the counsel, seeing an oppor tunity for revenge, stood up and said: "Would your lordship mind speaking a little loudert there is an echo in the court." News From the Schools, By Journal Junior Reporters CANNON FALLS, MINN. Pearl Billing, Reporter. The Literary society of the high school held its first meeting for the year on Friday evening. The audience appreciated every number, especially the "newspaper," which gave the students some interesting news. The topic for debate was, "Resolved, That the wages of wom en should be lower than those of men." Agnes Inberg and George Van Campen upheld the affirmative, while Agnes Richie and Philip Lindquist won the debate for the negative side. DETROIT, BONN. Maxgarette Kelley, Reporter. The question, "Were the three witches the cause of Macbeth's downfall?" was debated by the senior Eng lish class, resulting in favor of the negative. During the past week the eighth grade has collected several specimens of sandstone, limestone and granite for their work in physiography. The junior English class held a formal debate on Oct. 19. The topic under discussion was, "Woman Suffrage," in which the negative gained the victory. Superintendent J. J. Bohlander was pleasantly sur prised at his residence, on Oct. 23, by a number of friends, the event being his thirtieth birthday anniversary. Detroit high school team played Fargo high school at this place Oct. 20. The score was 5 to 0 in favor of the Fargo players. HAWLET, MINN. Alberta A. Davison, Reporter. The boys of the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades, under the supervision of Superintendent Spear, have organized a "Boys' Town." The purpose of the organization is to learn the art of self-government by practical experience. The government is strictly demo cratic in form, nearly all business being done in the "town meeting" held every Friday night after school. The officers are: President, Kenneth Griffin recorder, Ralph Ritteman treasurer, Thomas Betz justiee of the peace, Harry Jenkinson constables, Harry Hendrie and William Oppel. The "council" consists of the president, recorder and treasurer, together with one member elected from each grade. At the next meeting the "town ordi nance" will be presented for adoption by the council, and hereafter any offenders will be dealt with according to the law. LE SUEUR, MINN., HIGH SCHOOL. Howard C. Dressel, Reporter. The high school now has an enrollment of eighty-eight. This is the largest in the history of the high school here. In the senior class, there are fifteen students, also the largest senior class since the Le Sueur high school course was established. There are four basket ball teams, con sisting of girls from the different classes, and the teams of the higher classes expect soon to arrange a series of games. The football team defeated the Le Sueur Center team by an overwhelming seore. There is some talk of re organizing last year's orchestra, but no definite decision has been reached. MONTEVIDEO, MINN. Mildred Bentley, Reporter. The football teams played at Granite Falls, Friday, Oct. 20. The score was 5 to 0 in favor of the Montevideo boys. They are much elated over this victory, since a short time ago they were defeated by Renville. The Western Minnesota Teachers' association met at Montevideo Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27. It was of especial interest to the high school students be cause they were given a half holiday on Friday afternoon. The Journal Junior prize picture won by Mildred Bent ley in last spring's high school credit contest has been received and hung in the assembly room. Of the three sent for choice, the "Iron Battalion was chosen. A junior class party was given Saturday evening, Oct. 21, by four junior girls, Hattie Tomhave, Pearl Mettling, Mildred Bentley and Gertrude Clark, at the home of the latter. Nearly all the juniors came and en joyed themselves. DULY DISPLAYED.' The proprietor of a certain athletic outfitting estab lishment relates the following experience: Toward the close of last season he had a good many footballs left on his hands. These he decided to clear "at greatly reduced prices." He filled his window with footballs of every shape, size, and quality. Before he had finished he was called away, and, turning to a young lady assistant, he in structed her to affix the price of each football in plain figures. The young lady did so, and when her employer re turned a wonderful sight awaited him. Most of the footballs looked as if they had been taking part in a very rough match, while the once beautiful pyramid of balls in the center of the window was now a shapeless mass. "Here, Miss B," roared the tradesman, "what on earth's the matter with these balls?" "Don't know, sir," was the reply, "unless it's the pins, sir!" She had pinned the price tickets on to them. BY SHEER ACCIDENT. Great calamities are often averted by very trifling means. As an illustration, there is the story of a fire occurring in a gentleman's country house. There had been a prolonged drought, the well was dry at the time, and there was no other water within half a mile. The housekeeper discovered the fire burning on the roof, and help was as scarce as water. She began wringing her hands and saying over and over to herself: "Here's a pretty pickle!a pretty pickle!" The word "pickle" unconsciously repeated itself, and then, like a flash, came the recollection of a barrel of pork pickle in the cellar. She darted down to the cellar, and soon began deluging the roof with brine. Everyone who has tried knows that salt water is an excellent fire extinguisher, and in this case it worked like a charm. Before the supply of "pickle" was exhausted she had the fire out, and probably saved the whole build ing from destruction.