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SNOW ROGERS SCHOOL FINE EXAMPLE
OF RURAL COMMUNITY CO-OPERATION l»y FLORA MILNF.lt HARRISON out in tne country between Morris ana Jugtown, 13 miles from Birmingham, is the new Snow Rogers school, one of the 45 schools which are in session, during the summer. Kor a generation the school was the last consideration of the com munity. Social and church life were not neglected, and farming was conducted in an intelligent manner, but the school waj far behind. The little school house final ly became too dilapidated to use, and last summer it was decided to build a new one. Some of the patrons contributed the $200 necessary to secure the same amount from the state for building a school house, and Mr. Snow Rogers of Morris gave the two acres of land. The men of the neighborhood hauled the lu*.* her, built the school house and painted the outside, thus giving time and labor in cases where they could not give money. The state adopted plan for one-room school houses were used, with the light coming from the rear ami the left of the pupils' desks. The building is ideally situated on the top of a low hill, and it faces east. When it was completed and stood as in disputable proof that they could accom plish things, the people began to realize that they could improve school condi tions here, and they determined that they would not longer lag behind. Some months before the opening of the sum mer term, the patrons and trustees asked the county board of education to send them a teacher for that term who would co-operate with them in standardizing their school. The school became the prin cipal subject of conversation, and the selection of a teacher for the three sum mer months was particularly important. The county board selected Mrs. Lillian T. Wall, who is especially interested in the development of the country schools, and who has been remarkably successful in her teaching. School began on the 16th of June, with the patrons conscious of the fact that the school was behind the times and eager to improve it. The build ing and the desks were new and there were two maps, presented by a former teacher, but. that was all of which the school could boast. x in cr »rrx»o lain, >' 11 uni III un.T I ■» school picnic was given. Twenty grown people and most of the school children attended, and the day was spent in I friendly discussion of the needs and possibilities of the school, and in plan ning for its welfare. On this occa sion the foundation was laid for a very strong and sympathetic friendship be tween the teacher and the parents, and to this friendship and the harmony Mfhich it created, is due the success of the school. In the afternoon, as the party sat in groups under the trees, a school improvement association was formed. An unusual feature of tlie as sociation is that the fathers as well as the mothers became members, and they have shown a remarkable degree of enthusiasm in carrying out the plans of the ladies. It was decided that the first undertaking should be the giving of a box supper to raise funds for the equipment of the school. This was a social and financial success, and with the funds secured, the association bought 12 yards of blackboard cloth, a geographical globe and two water coolers. Heretofore a water bucket and common dipper had been used, but when it was suggested that these were Insanitary, the coolers were supplied and individual drinking cups were used. The crowning achievement, how ever, was the building of a front porch. As the sclioolhouse has large double doors and two windows facing east, it was Intensely ht during the morning hours, and the wide porch affords de lightful relief from this condition. One of the trustees bought an arm chair and a flat top desk for the teach ers use. Both teacher’s and pupils’ desks are In light oak, and they are all new, giving more attractive seating than that of most country schools. The Interior will be painted a cream color, and when that is done the little school house will he as pretty and tasteful as can be desired. Money for a large bell was secured by private subscrip tion. When the trustees were notified one Saturday afternoon of its arrival at the freight office at Morris, one of them made the 10-mile trip in order to have it at once. On the following Monday one of the patrons and sev eral of the school boys put it up in the belfry. Everybody is pleased with this new purchase and the children are especially delighted, as Mrs. Wall lets them take turns ringing it. One little boy said to his mother on the day the bell was put up: "Mrs. Wall hasn’t rung the bell a single time. She let me ring it at dinner.” Unlike most waves of enthusiasm, this lias increased rather than dimin ished. It Is thoroughly sane and has been the means of drawing together the community. The trustees are fixed In their determination to bring this school up to the standard set by Mr. Baker, state supervisor of rural schools, and the patrons are in accord with them in tills determination. The trus tees have asked Mrs. Wall to advise them as to what is needed to equip the school properly, and these things are being supplied as rapidly as possible. The next work planned is to have the school grounds fenced and the well cleaned and repaired. At the last meet ing of the school improvement society it was decided to have the well put in “GETS-IT” Is a Wonder for Corns SI* Fuui No Pain, Sure and Quick. Nothing Mke It. ••tletn" Them Every Time You never used anything like “GETS fT” for corns, before! You're sure at fast that every stubborn corn that Corn. Are (lose VI Last. 'GETS IT* Dl«l It!” you've tried so long to get rld_o£ Is. a 'Vonsr " \ou iippv ^ I’a J ■ ill a seconds, that’s all. "GETS-IT" does the rest There's no more fussing, no more bandages to fix. no more salves to turn the flesh red and raw. No more plasters to get misplaced and press on the corn No more "pulling," no more pain, no more picking and gouging. No more razors. "GETS-IT" stops pain, shrlvils up the corn, and the corn vanishes. "GETS-IT" never falls, is harmless to healthy flesh. TVarts, callouses and bunions disappear. "GETS-IT" is sold at drug stores at t6c a bottle, or sent on receipt of price b; E. Lawrence & Co.. Chicago. Sold Ir. nirmingham by Eugene Jacobs’ Drug Store, Cale Orug Oo. (2 stores) at)7 Wist avenue and Trail Sta-1 Use. Trait City. Ala. The new Snow Rogers school building ■ I. ■■■ .1 ■ ■ . The old school house I"****" I II-ITT—Mill..hi Where (he open nir school is taught A group of the Snow liopers school children order at once, as a distant spring lias to be used. Tills is truly an awakened community and one which appreciates its school. There are boys of 21 in school and little beginners of seven or eight representing' the extremes of school age, and every child in school age In the district lias been accounted lo.r. Of course the majority of those over 18, although within school age, are not attending school, but are at work. There are 19 families with chil dren in the district, and 18 of them are represented in school. According to a member of the county board of education, this is the best record In the county. This is a one-teacher school, but it has become necessary to have an assistant during the summer term while thj school is being reorganized and standardized. This assistant is Miss Lacy Wall, whose work is out of doors. Some benches have been moved out under the shade trees and her classes are sent from the school house to this ppen-air school. In case of a . summer shower, thgfre classes ad-' journ to the spacious front porch. Miss Wall s happy, disposition and her excep tionally good t mining in kindergarten teaching, have oorpbined to prepare her for the work she is doing this summer, and to make a very bright spot in the school days of her little pupils, as well as the advanced students, all of whom have become devoted to her. Manual training lias been Introduced into the school this summer, and the chil dren are delighter with it. They have made some pretty baskets sewed with raffia, and they are now engaged In plait ing corn shucks for mats, strips of cloth for rugs, and in making baskets of white oak splits. One of the, boys Is plaiting a black snake whip. While t he children *re learning to use their hands, Mrs. Wall is quietly stressing mental training as well, and Is teaching her pupils to think, believing that that is the most important duty of tlie sciiool .and knowing that mental concentration is sadly neglected. There are some pleasing and unique fea tures in the school, and there have been some amusing and delightful incidents during tills summer. One of the trus tees accompanied Mrs. Wall no her first visit to the homes before the opening of school. They drove up to the field where one of the patrons was plowing and the trustee introduced him. adding that the county board considered Mrs. Wall one of the best teachers in the state. “Well/’ he replied calmly, “we’ll kr.ow more about that when she comes up here and teaches this school for us!" He is now' quite satisfied that the board was right. When the pupils w'ere being classified, the beginners were asked tocount as far the beginners were asked to count as far and began counting as fast as possible until she passed 25. when she lost her breath. She gasped “twenty-six,” dropped into her seat as if she had reached the end of all counting, and subsided. Each succeeding beginner counted in his turn, but each, following like sheep, stopped at 2»> and could get no further. There have two unexpected treats in watermelon cuttings at the school house. One of tlie mothers sen* melons enough for all the schools and tlie man who put up tlie bell drove over with several melons which he cut for all to share during the noon ro<v.*cs. While the open-air school was bus> with a lesson one day, a man with a monkey passed. It was so groat a curios ity that the children were unable to re strain their eagerness to sec. and Miss Wall allowed them to stop lesson long enough to look at it. Only one of them had ever seen a monkey. Automobiles are quite common and cause little dis turbance among those reciting, but motor trucks filled with happy picnic or fishing parties are always interesting. Instead of having a janitor, the care of the school building and grounds is shared among the pupils. They are very willing to do this work and are not inclined to slight or shirk it. In preparation for a recent special occasion, the boys cu* the weeds and cleaned up the yard and car ried water, while the girls scrubbed the floors and washed the windows inside and out. They made a merry crowd and great ly improved the appearance of the school and grounds. The children do tho sweep ing and other necessary daily work. They are remarkably healthy, and they are thoroughly enjoying this summer’s work, and its play, its new features, and its at mosphere of enthusiasm and succeeds. There are many round, rosy cheeks and bright eyes, the happiest smiles and most friendly manners, with enough dignity to win one’s admiration. There is a most lovable little boy whose smile, Mrs. Wall says, reminds her of a slice of water melon. He is just 10 years old. Upt he can hitch and drive his father's mule, and this .summer he has been plowing and hoeing, and helping to make a crop. All of the boys learn early to care for stock and to begin farming. Just now they are helping to pull fodder. Modern methods of farming are being adopted, as this is a strictly agricultural district. Mr. Jackson Glenn, one of the school trustees, has recently drained and reclaimed a pasture which was covered , water. During an idle time last sum i.icr he cut a deep, narrow ditch through the field, and he now has a good piece of land. There are large fields of cotton and corn, besides vegetables, broom corn, sorghum, ground peas, a few grape vines and fig trees, potatoes and an apple orch ards. Many of the people subscribe to a farm journal published in Birmingham, and depend largely upon it for farm methods. One woman who has never paid especial attention to the sicentlfic care of her cows, is now raising one in strict conformity with the Instructions given in this mag^nize, and is finding pleasure in her success. Some of the farmers are planting seeded sugar cane instead of sorghum, w-hich has long been used. ' ' ° w quaint, old-fashioned customs and reminders of by-gorte days, are found in the community. All the houses have open fireplaces with' andirons, and wood is burned exclus ively A number of families keep bees and have their own honey and they make their own syrup at home. There are two local telephone linss which meet at Mr. .1. M. Gillespies, where there Is a long distance telephone connecting with Birmingham. The now stale highway is completed to the south end of the neighborhood, and the grading extends farther. Tin* new r<-ad is a decided improvement over the old. and Its completion to flic coun ty line will develop the country through which it passes. The mail is sertt out on a rural route from Morris. The par cel post system is popular, as there is no store near and shopping trips are inconvenient and expensive. A wholesome social spirit ir evident in the community. All the people own horses and buggies, and can e asily vis il, or attend church. The Sunday school of the little neighborhood church ** showing the results of enthusiasm In the public school. Early in to,, spring the district president of the Aiabam; Sunday School association organized this Sunday school. >orming a uomo department, cradle roll and other graded classes. Mrs. Wall has helped with this work through the ' mimmo. and the Sunday school now has the 10 Points necessary to make it a haunei school. A few days ago the public school, in a body, attended a n«n>n time religious service at the church. A few moments before the opening of the services, they marched in twos to the church, a quarter of a mile irom tin school house. No especial restrain* had been thrown about them, yet their conduct throughout the hour's services was perfect and caused favorable com merit from many who are gratified with the teaching and training now being done in their school. tTnere are • Mcomaging indications that the newly created interest in the school 'vill con tinue, and that the present appreciation will result in further improvements. The trustees are capable men, nnd are awake to the possibilities o** their school. The present term will «lose in September, and there will be a vacation • >f several weeks before the opening of the winter term. e H i Wx s r y - v a nd CARBOLIC ACID “COCKTAIL” DID’T FEAZE THE MULETEER Capt. Til Huston, the most important contractor in all Spanish-Amerira, goes to New York as often as possible in the summer to see baseball games. In the winter he has arranged it so that Amer ican teams play In Cuba, says the f,’hl cogo Daily News. His particular little playmate there is John J. MeGraw. "1 traded So-and-So/' said MeGraw, "because his health is poor." “During the Spanish war," said Captain Huston, "T was stationed at a hospital camp at Ybor City. Your statement re calls an accident 1 witnessed. Half a mile down the road through a palmetto swamp was a mule camp. The muleteers had been picked in the Cnited States because they were the only things In the world that were tougher than an army mule. One clay, as we lay under a tree, we saw' a man galloping a big mule through tic swamp. “ ‘Hurry, Doc,' the man gasped as he got to us. hurry. Me and another guy w'as lyin’ under a wagon jus’ now' takin' a drink now’ and then. Air we got hold of the wrong bottle and we both took a pull at some carbolic acid that I’d been dressing u mule’s shoulder with.’ "The doctor filled him full of grease and emollients, and then tried to put him to bed. “ ’Nix.’ said be. Tm a busy man. \ gotta get back to that camp and make them guys do their w'ork.' "So awav he rode, with the carbolic acid funding and streaming inside him. In another half hour he came charging back through the swamp on Ids big mule. " ‘Turn down that bed. doc!’ he yelled. *1 think I'll stick around a while. That other guy s lyin’ under the wagon, dead ern'n li—!.’ " 'I should think you’d be scared.' said the doctor. " ‘Aw,* said the mule, driver, ‘he never did have no constitution.’ ” Nuts Aid Complexion Eat Brazil nuts if you would possess bright, sparkling eyes and a clear, at tn.ctive complexion. Such was the state ment recently made In Glasgow', Scotland, at a lecture given on dietetics, says the Chicago Tribune. There was a time, it seems, not long ago, w'hen people declared nuts gave them indigestion, that they were only for squirrels, and that they should never be eaten by human beings in their right minds and senses. But times change. Nuts are universally recognized as .a health-giving food, and the wonderful cosmetic qualities of the oil of the Brazil jiut are being slowly appreciated by Eu ropean w’omen. The fat. protein and carbohydrates whmtch they contain in valuable propor tions are invaluable In the rendering of clearness to the skin, and. besides being beautifying, they are sustaining as well, concludes the lecturer, so men as well as women need not be ashamed to use them. One Kind From the Cincinnati Enquirer. Willie— Paw\ what is a boy scout Paw—A woman of 3D who chases a youth of IP, my son. ! Loveman, Joseph & Loeb 11 1 111 - —I I ■ ■■ .1^1 Loveman, Joseph & Loeb Jlonday, £rptrmbPF i, labor lay Store Will Close Tomorrow at One O’Clock On Tuesday, September 2, Begins The Postponed Sale of Chinawares, Glasswares and Housewares This Sale Will Make a Brilliant Opening for These Greater Departments Now in Their New Home on the Fourth Floor The Complete Announcement Either Eicvator Qf Thjs Sale Will Appear in Not a steP Mam Floor ■" —**■ Further the Monday & Tuesday Papers i Loveman, Joseph & Loeb -- ' --i' Loveman, Joseph & Loeb 'L 1 ■■ ■ Raising the Curtain on a New Season! Here Autumn Fashions Find Wonderful Expres sion in the New Suits, Coats, Dresses and Skirts This Women’s Gaimont Store generously displays the latest models, the most brilliant nov elties in line, fabric and color ing. The newest fabrics are Duvetyne and Peau de Peche ! (translated, the latter fabric is ‘skin of the peach”), and the fabric is typical. Duvetyne is a beautiful rich, soft surfaced worsted that will rule in the sea son's fashions. | There are other beautiful fab rics that we can but briefly hint at, such as Velour, De l^ine in plnin stripes and fancy cord effects. Shark Skin Cloth, very soft and downy; Peau de Soire and again satin finished Broadcloth for fancy and nov elty --Its. 'iid Eponge in the mere -- lei 1 garments. Of course t.' e • '-> styles in the fine an’ <•’ ant plain tailored suits c-t’"' • to use Govern ment Serges. There are new colors that are distinctive a;:d o-iginal. Ar ranged in their order as we find them on FashiPalette are Mahogany, Terri Cotta, Russian Green, Peacock Blue, Wine, Smoke Mole, Wood Brown, Dark Navy and Black. The New Suits The new Tailored Suits are a success in every sense of the word. They have practical style and tailored elegance. There are beautiful Suits of the new Shark Sktn Cloth in Terra Cotta, Peacock Blue. Wine, Brown, Navy, Taupe and Black, at 25.00, 27.50 and 30.00. There are Novelty Suits in Peau de Peche, Duvetyne. Ve lour de Lalne and Fancy Corded effects; 32.50, 35.00 and 50.00. The New Serge Suits Are Excep tional at $19.95 Made of first quality United States Serge, in Black and Navy. Smart three button cut away coats 36 inches long, Skin ner satin lined. The skirts in the newest draped effect. The New Dresses With the Dresses we must first talk of materials. The new silk Canton Crepes, Crepe de Chines, Crepe Meteors, Char raeuse and Silk Serges. Fine Evening Dresses exquis itely dratted in soft, sheer, trans parent materials—silken fab rics'overdraped with chiffon and novelty trimmings. Dinner Dresses a nil Street Dresses An interesting selection Silk Serges, Charmeuse and Canton Crepe, in the newest shades of Mahogany, Wine, Peacock Blue, Wood Brown, Navies and Black. Of the Dinner Dresfces there are those of Silk Charmeuse with plaid trimmings, in beauti ful new Browns, Blues and Taupe, at 30.00 and 32.50. There are Silk Crepe de Chino Dinner Dresses with filmy, lacy waists, at 27.50 to 40.00. The Serge Street Dresses Are Emi nently Practical and Pretty There are styles here for 10.00, 12.50 to 20.00, and im ported Serge Dinner Dresses with plaid silk drapery from 60.00 to 65.00. The New Coats and Wraps Two distinctively different types of separate coats are now on display. They are the short dressy cutaway coats, 39 to 40 Inches in length, and the full length coats from 42 to 54 inches. Pile fabrics are featured for this purpose, and are developed with exceptionally beautiful soft finish worsteds. There Is a beau tiful Brocaded Velour de Tatne, Monotone Broadcloath, Moire Plushes, Brocaded and Plain Plushes, Wool Astrachan, a fab ric frequently resembling the skins of mole, seal, coney or at trachan.