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Boys and Girls Magazine Section WASHINGTON'S BIRTH-DAY. (Copirlglit lir lames El»er«on.) . ' I —^ 10 many good reasons exist why the :SO many good George Washington birthday of George Washington l_~* i should be celebrated everywhere IgftgSgjjj within the limits of the United |M »»«! States, that it is like threshing over old straw to rehearse them, but a few may be briefly noted. ■. . ■ ' ' • He was our first president; he served for two terms with honor and distinction,' and as "• a private citizen he lived a life beyond:. re proach. ' " '~y ■ ' ",'] "-■■-' - ■ -;' \ : This is the verdict of history, although his tory also chronicles that during his lifetime . Washington had numerous " enemies and was the . subject of bitter attacks.) His j general ship was severely criticized, | and ' the Conti nental Congress discussed , the advisability of his removal from the command of the army; MY FRESHMAN JOKE *■-- ■ - « YkJ wi T was the second month of my Fresh la I man year at college. We had been %l* , duly hazed by the Sophomores, had CgJiJp been victims of their many practical a*wgJ jokes, and - otherwise suffered the ':;* ? ;V ;> y customary severe treatment visited by Sophomore* upon Freshmen. . But for the last few days there had been a lull in their hostilities, and we rejoiced in our present im munity. W. hoped that we hadT been ' put To bed before supper for the last time, and that we were once more to be allowed an un disturbed I night's rest. An % anxious feeling troubled us lest this lull only presaged _a storm, but nevertheless our spirits were daily "There weps fiv« of us gathered in'my~room, There were five of us gathered in my room, one night, discussing our first experiences at collegef when the door opened and Will Rath ~ After* looking carefully about, the room, he motioned us to the corner farthest from the : door, and in a low voice, said: ' .*..'' V«." I ''Boys, I know what the matter with the Sophs. They have been • getting ready for their class i supper. •' It's - tomorrow night.v Will paused, , seemingly very proud of hu ■■ it to be?" I :&*:&- ■::- ;' ! •'At the hotel in Northfield. Baker is go; E in* to drive them over in his two big stages. '. Iforthfield was a town abouk twelve miles ! from the college. Baker was .the proprietor •of the only , liv«ry stable In the village. ;4"Jupiter, fellows!" "• I«1 ened, as an idea I which - I thought I very ( brilliant flashed into 1 S, mind; j 'Tve ' got a scheme. .It will be juit the best joke out. ''.>nw.- ;■--'.- 7-,' v-, « "Yes" A interrupted - some i one, - you • will tell it to every one in the house, if you don't • make less noise. Go ahead., now, only don \Tr then explained my little scheme.". I show during his presidential term he was accused of monarchical tendencies, and all through his life he was taunted with being an aristo crat at heart. ..' , The truth seems to be that Washington was not a genial man in public or private life. By nature quiet and reserved, increas ing years and the habit of authority brought a certain gravity and dignity, which was generally mistaken for haughtiness. But time has hidden or explained away nta faults, and we now see only his undoubted virtues. He is now held in love and rever ence as the Father of his Country, and per haps the only man whose birthday can be celebrated in every section without giving rise to discussion or dispute. Even in England the name of Washington is received with marked respect and admira tion, and linked with their own great gener als, Marlborough and Wellington. The boys are the chief celebrants of Wash ed how easily we could Blip oat about mid night, go down to Baker's, pull his stages, first one and then the other out from under the shed, take them down Long HiU, across the meadow, and hide them in the tnicfc bushra by the river. Baker's stables were on the outskirts of the village, and he kept no dog. The Soph* wonld be in «uch a tremendous fix! Altoge ther, it would be a great joke. . "That will be great!" said Tom Fowler. And of course they were all anxious to go. About one o'clock we dropped quietly out of the back window, and stealthily hurried to Baker's. On the way to the.shed, Tom suggested that we take the larger stage first, for we would be somewhat tired on the second tnp. "Besides," I added, "if we have time to take only one, it wffl be best to have the big This was an unlucky thought, but we did not think so then. OUR COUNTRY'S BIRTHDAY lf all the birthdays in the land Were kept with celebration, We'd have our fill of holidays, When bells would ring and fireworks blaze Throughout this mighty nation. For many thousands every day. If each one should remember. Might join to hold a jubilee. And then what jollity there'd be From New Years till December. But should these birthdays be forgot. Our country's still we'd honor; We're children of one mother dear, The country loyal hearts revere— May blessings rest upon her! Supday February ington'a Birthday, perhaps because they hear I so much of him in school as a great raanj and as a model to be copied after. In another and quite unique way, Washington s Birth day acts as an educational factor. When a schoolboy first encounters the state ment that Washington was born on February 11 1732, he is apt to be amazed. He knows quite well that the birthday is celebrated on February 22, and if he is a bright and in quiring boy, the discrepancy in dates will arouse hU curiosity and set him to hunting up the cause. He will discover that our ancestors under took to regulate the earth by their watches and that it would not work. They would have the earth revolve in cxactlv £.65 days, 6 hours, but it persisted in revolving in 365 days, 5 hour*, 48 minutw and 50 seconds. In the course of centuries the earth had lost eleven days, so they said; in reality the people were eleven days ahead of their cal Slowly and wfthout a sound, we pulled the big stage out from under the shed, and drag ged it to the top of Long H»ll-an ascent of a mile and a quarter. We afterward thought it not less than fiv«. „ "I'm glad we are going down grade now, said Tom. "11l bet that stage'weighs ten tons," and he fanned himself with his hat. It was easy work going down the hill, but getting that stage across the meadow was aW<rn/ sorry for the horses that have to pull it," Tom remarked, as we tugged and pulled and perspired, until at last we reached the blCarefully hiding the stage in the bushes, we sat down for a few minutes rest. Suddenly there was a commotion in tne bushes around us, and some one said: "Isn't it very late for you Freshmen to be °Ye all recognised the voice and knew that our plans had been discovered. At the same For thU each year we usher in With bell and cannon's voicing. The day that gave our country birth, We dedicate the hours to mirth And fill them with rejoicing. The flag wo love unfurls its stars From ocean unto ocean, And patriotic sons attest Thro' north and south, thro east and west, A people's deep devotion. Give three times three, oh, boys aud girls, Give cheers that end in lauchter; Be glad and gay-well make the day -So bright and glorious all shall say None better can come after. • endar. At any rate, eleven days had to be added to the calendar date to rectify the This was done in England and her colo nies in 1752, by a royal decree. Washington was born in 1732, when the old style ol reckoning prevailed; we use the new style, and very properly have chars-- his natal day to February 22. . , .. In learning this, the bright boy cannot fail to learn something of astronomy, a noble science, and also some interesting facts of history. He will learn how this error of the calendar is guarded against in the future, what a leap year is and why all centennial years—l9oo for instance—are not leap years. These are facts worth knowing, and so, if there are no parades in town, no skating or other sports, and our bright boy has to stay at home, he may still enjoy Washington h Birthday in storing up useful and interesting knowledge. time we saw that we were surrounded by fully half of the Sophomore class, and that there was no chance for escape. We utruggled hard, although we realised that our straggles were in vain. The Sophomores walked us ont into the brook where the water was about two feet deep, end told us we could sit down there and rest, and that we would get cool very soon. We knew what that meant, and we sat down. Then I was requested to sing a col lege song. In a moment of insanity I re fuged. Thereupon I received as many long duckings as there were verses to the song. I have always remembered that that song had six verses. After the duckings I was again requested to sing. I sang. We were then allowed to leave the water, and Tom was called upon for a clog dance. He danced. I was asked to sing another song. I sang another song. Sf-eing that we were blue with cold, we were all made to dance for some time in order to warm us up. While dancing, Will Rathbone dropped a little rubber stamp with his name and ad dress on It Discovering what this was, he was compelled to take off his upper gar ments and was duly labeled all over bis body and arms—to keep him from getting lost, they said. '■" . , A nice, large, juicy onion was then, in tne way of refreshments, presented to each ot us, and another ducking was promised to whoever should, finish his onion l»»t. We none of us took a bite, for cold as it was we all preferred a ducking to eating the onions. We got what we preferred; we also ate the onions afterwards. It was now beginning to grow light, so we were told that an soon as we got that stage back to the village we could go home. We managed to get it there, but I try never to thint of that journey.