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How Boys and "Girls Who Work
All Day Are Getting
an Education
When the .3 bell rings and
school Is" over ; for the day; when, to
the boat of the drum or the sound of
the piano, the thousands of school
children of San Franclueo come march
ing out Into the Bunshlne, their work
for • the. day. 'over, how many of. them
ever think of school again until the
next morning? The big gites are
closed, the doors loek«»l, all is quiet.
And yet, in at least eight of the
city's largest schools the stillness Is
only for a little' while. Very soon after
6 the doors swing open again, the
electric lights go up, great clouds of
dust pour out from- the windows. They
are getting ready for the night school.
When hundreds of children are curled
up comfortably reading, or. ln the sum
mer out playing in the streets, the
boya and girls who have to work all
day are on their way_to school. \u25a0;.
Some of them are very little, so small
that they often fall asleep, with" their
head-on the desks. When the teacher
calls on , them* for the answer, they do
not hear, so she just smiles and passes
on to the next. Then there are the
big boys and glrls t almost men and
women, who are. trying hard to finish
the grammar, school so that they can
get to the high school. They .want to
learn and they have no time to waste.
With not a moment, free in the day
time they must^put In every, hour at
night. From 7 till 9 thoy sit studying,
studying, hardly turning their heads.
They know that without schooling
they can never hope to got along In
the world. The old M?a that a boy or
a girl could make his way without edu
cation has gone tho way of .ill falso
ideas. It isn't a theory that a boy
needs education/ 'lie has found it out
for hlmsolf. So, knowing where ho
can get it, he comes and takes it. He
Is not ashamed'lf he Is older than the
others in, the class."" In somo classes
there are grown men with children.
Life' Hasn't been very kind to them and
they didn't get'thelr chance before. Dut
it has come now and they are taking it.
Where there is a will there is n viay;
tlfe army of night school students
proves it.
Suggestions For A Junior Party
THE taking of silhouettes is usually
greatly enjoyed and adds much in
terest to an evening's entertainment.
To do tills pin a large sheet of white
paper on the wall, turn out all but one
of the lights, then let each person have
his shadow in profile fall upon the pa
per. Trace the outline with a marking
pencil, take the paper from the wall
and cut out the silhouette. After all
have been taken hang up a largo square
of black cambric, pin the portraits
upon it and invite your audience to th«
art exhibition. Select as artist and ex
hibitor some one who is Jolly and quick
with suggestions, an«t you can make a
deal of fun. Of course, each guest
takes home his or her portrait as
Another game easy to prepare and
play 1b "house furnishing." For this
make out a list of 20 or 2G articles
used In the room In which you are to
entertain. Jumble up the letters and
make a numbered list for each player.
Pass them with a pencil and ask each
contestant to furnißh the room from
the list.
If you will add to the regular furn
ishing the names of some of those
sure to bo present It will be a little
more perplexing and add' to the fun.
Give very simple prizes to the one
who makes out tl\t> first correct list.
Buzz Is another old tlmo game good
for nimble wits. To play It have the
company seated about the room In a
circle. Let the first count aloud, "one,"
the next "two," the "following "three"
and ho on quickly until number seven.
Then, instead of saying "seven," on©
must say "buzz!" Then the next one
says "eight" and the next "nine" and'
bo on until "fourteen" is reached. Then
"buzz!" Is satd again. The game must
proceed quickly, each in turn count
ing aloud with the numerals, except
ing anything that has a seven In it or
is a multiple of seven,
Heventeen would be "buzz," as also
twenty-one, twenty-seven, twenty
eight, thirty-five, thirty-seven and so
on. When you reach seventy you say
"buzz one," "buzz two," "buzz three"
and for seventy-seven "buzz! buzz!"
. Every time r. mistake is made the one
making it h'js to leave the ring anil
those remaining commence ail over
again. it is quite remarUuble how
quickly the incautious will Ijc bowled
out of the game. A simple prize can
reward the one who stays in longest.
If Good at Drawing You Can
Also Use Scissors to
A peculiar profession for a man, but
one which is satisfying in its return.
Is that of cutting silhouette pictures
of the fun loving public. The majority of
ua are familiar with the skill of the
silhouette artist, but few really appre
ciate the talent or consider for a mo
ment how much more difficult it is to
cut a profile picture which ls'a likeness
of the subject than it is to, take a pen
cil and sketch the outline. One in a
thousand can do one, while the average
person can get a more or less satis
fying result from the other.
In many ways the silhouette artist
has the advantage over a camera; for
his work is' rapid and Uiorowgh; there
is no developing nor finishing — he sim
ply glances at the subject, takes his
scissors and snips away on a piece of
black paper, which a second later he
Is pasting on a white card, and the
work Is ready for the customer a mo
ment after It Is begun. The talent of
making silhouettes, while it Is unde
niably in tho line of art, is entirely
different from that of sketching or
painting; but, strange to say, while the
majority of silhouette artists are equal
ly skillful with pencil nml brush, it is
very exceptional to find a pencil and
brush artist who can make anything
but a ridiculous botch of cutting out
a silhouette.
How Letters From Boys and
Girls to a Beloved Priest Led
to a Present Custom
Many hundreds of years ago thorn
lived a good priest named Valentine.
He never' seemed to want anything
ror himself, but spent all his. time
doing good to others, helping the sick
and the poor. No one was too poor
for Father Valentine to love, and no
one too unhappy not to feel better
Just to sco tho priest's pleasant face
and- hear his gentle voice.
Now Father Valentino loved every
thing that lives — animals and flowers
and people — and most of all he loved
little children. And because he loved and
was so good to them, they loved him.
too, and nothing hurt them so much as
to make the good father unhappy.
When tho children grew up to be men
and women thoy still loved him and
taught their children about him.
Wherever he traveled through the
country the children came out to meet
him, and as long: as he -'was In the
town they wanted to be with him al
ways. .. •
This went on for many years, until .at
hist, when he was very old. Father
Valentine fell sick. At first his heart
was almost broken, not because he was
sick, for he was very old and he knew
that Ills life was almost finished; but
it made him feel sari to be no longer
able to see the children; for, you see, he
loved them just as much as they : loved
him. As he lay In his bed thinking"
what ho could do, it came to him quite
suddenly that he, could writs them llttlo
letters and they could answer him.
So he began that very day. He wrote
letters to them all, telling them that
although he could no loiißet-KO about
amoppf them, still he was thoir friend
and wanted to .near from them just
as if he were, well and could come to
see theiri. The children were so happy
that they began writing to Father Val
entine right away, for they had ex
pected never to be able to talk to him
These"" letters were, really tho first
valentines. On the 14th of February,
which was the prood priest's birthday,
no matter how ill he was, he always
wrote all his child friends an extra,
letter, nicer' lf possible than any letter
he had written them during the year.
He lived for many years after this,
long enough for the custom of sending
special messages of love and good will
tospread and spread, until now we all
do it. even those who never heard of
the good old priest, Valentine.
Mamma, Mrs. Beddlford must come
of a very old and aristocratic family,
doesn't she?"
"I don't know anything about her
family. Why do you ask?"
"She always says kinsmen Instead of
relatives." — Chicago Tribune.. ; ,
Got the Information
Visitor— Can you tell me where Mr.
Greencorn's cottage is?
Country Youth— l can for twopence.
Visitor — Here you are; now, whero
Is it? •
Country Youth — It's burned down.—
Tlt-IJlts. -

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