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P(U LITTLE FOLKS.
A COLUMN OF PARTICULAR IN
TEREST TO THEM.
Somt. thine; tliat Will Interest the Ju
venile Members of livery Household
OiKJint Actions ami IIriht Sayings
of .Muny Cute ami Ciinniiijj Children.
From Widrilctoti to Waddlcton.
U'litü f set out a -journeying, my baby
girl and I.
It re;.!l. is a wonder how the way goes
:! ting ly;
Tin- r-onrff is from the sitting-room, her
i h:irg-r is my knee.
Ainl tin- minstrel music with us is her lit
tle laugh of glee.
iih. from Wi.MIeton to Waddleton it's
Hut from Wa.!.l!etoii to Widdht.m it's
(Whi.-h is just a freak in distance which
i.iy conscience reeoueiles
"With i lie theory that laly s..ngs are full
of treks aii'l wih-s -'Oil.
from Wi.hlietou to Wadilleton it's
Ilt-r gr;;inhna is so jealous when we set
j.boe.t our trip.
S!ie !;:iins to .see a Itar shade in tie
ij iiw r of her lip.
Sin- .-..: the way is rcky anl the stel
is reuyhly shod.
lt::t v, e ?( 11 hr of nnolh.-r path that's
smooth aiel clear and broad.
W- i?ccr have arrived at when' we set
;:hout to go.
l'or .,.!,.:is on the journey baby's curly
' iw.ul drops low.
.Am! then I lraw lier eloper, eloser. eloper
to my breast.
An! the steed is te.rnel to pasture ami
j it rider is undressed.
'.Still from Widdleton to Waddleton it's
.And from WmMIeton to WiiMletnu it's
'Ami the breezes brini?; a murmuring
from drowsy ufterwJiiles.
And a little prayer is uttered for a life
to know no trials
Oli. lnm Widdleton to Waddleton it's
L:; dies' Home Journal.
T::":s engraving shows a novelty In
1op recently added t the long list
of interesting modifications of this old
Ti;c novelty ia the present case con
nisis n making the point upon whieli
the :tp spins produce a record of its
The top consists of a heavy disk of
Jroii secured to :i spool on which to
Avit.d tiie string. The sjiool is bored
nxiaiiv to receive a pencil which forms
the point on which the top spins. Tho
liamlio is swivele.l so that the top
may bo spun while the handle is held
In the 'hand. After the top is set In
motion, it is placed on a paper in the
position shown in the engraving. The
)cii il point then traces the intricate
curve as shown.
If desired, a slate pencil may he suh
fdimted for the lad pencil. The man
ufacturers state that a well centered
har.i pencil with the lead cut square
hc;-is gives the most acctirate curves,
though not necessarily the most beau
tiful. Johnny's stilts.
"J-oSt look at that boyl" exclaimed
fJra.'.tlnut Peters, with a conlemptuous
suit!, dropping her knitting in her lap
ud peering out the window at .Johnny,
who was painfully stalking about the
yard on stilts.
"What's the sense of walking on
them things, when it would be a sight
easier to walk on the ground? It's
T!ectly ridic'lous!" and lier knitting
needles Hew faster than no fore to make
tij for lost time.
.M.'iiiinia looked out the window, too,
nnd laughed good-naturedly.
"It does look rather useless, doesn't
It. grandma? Put I guess boys always
liave a time of walking on stilts, and
3t's very innocent sort of fun if they
don't get hurt."
Irardma gave another little sniff.
"J'.oys are queer," she said.
Johnny kept on practicing every day,
til"; in a short time lie could go quite
fast, while grandma would look out
now and then and .say how foolish it
one day It mined and rained from
morning till night, and Johnny had to
May in the houshe because his every
day shoes leaked so badly, ami mamma
said it was too cold to go barefoot.
Just before supper time mamma dis
covered that the tea caddy was quite
empty; and what was to bo done, for
3iow could grandma get aJoug without
flier 'iip of tea?
"I'll go after It, mamma," said John
ny. "P.ut you'll get your feet so wet,"
"Iii. I won't gt mj" feet wet!" John
ny cried: and running out into the shed,
(lie got his stilts and was soon stalking
.off in th wet grass.
Vo grandma had her nip of tea the
r.tmc as ever, and after that she didn't
fay anything more about the stilts.
How to Ti 11 the Key.
"Amnteiir musicians often are somo
rwhat emlrsrnis.'-cd by the unexpected
juuy a.s to what lay a piece o music
Is In when playing In company, rt4
marked a well-known teacher. "They
can tell on a little relied Ion, but nil
array of live sharps or Hats la apt to
temporarily confuse the best of them."
"Here is a simple little guide or re
minder, which, if rehearsed a few
times, will always keep tlcm right and
ready to make a quick response to such
a quest ion.
"In sharp just dot down this sen
tence, the capital letter beginning each
word representing an additional sharp,
from one to si;;: 'Cod Deluged All
Earth r.y Flood.' "
In tlats the same rule obtains In con
nection with this amusing line. "Fanny
linker Fats Apple Dumpling tJroodily."
Points on l.t :qnrttc.
You know that it is not considered
polite to ask to be helped twice to any
dish when you are at a stranger.7-, table,
but did you know that when friends
are visiting you it is correct form to
say: "May I help you to sonn of this?"
ignoring the fact that the person ad
dressed has been served with it. It is
one of ihose minor points of good breel
Ing which distinguish the lady from the
good-hearted but ignorant hostess.
True, Whoever Said It.
A story attributed to various distin
guished men is going the rounds. It is
a bit of advice given to one who could
never find any occupation which suited
him and is as follows: "My dear Iny.
observe the jmstage stamp: its useful
ness depends upon Its ability to stick
to one thing until il gets there."
Papa's Little Man.
The father, having grown tired of the
noise made by his little .".-year-old, took
him in his arms and said:
"Lie down, my little man, ami I
"I don't want to lie down, papa,"
said Stuart. "I want to lie up."
Match-making mammas have been
the subject for many a newspaper joke
let and much serious condemnation, by
no means ali of which Is deserved.
There is a kind of match making which
is not only commend able, but a iosi
tive duty on the iart or the mother of
girls, though, of course, it has its strict
limits. American girls of HO or there
abouts, are apt to feel that the earth
and the fullness thereof arc made for
them, and to believe that they can
guide themselves a great deal better
than their mothers can guide them.
The match-making duty of a mother
resolves itself into a simple matter of
introducing to her daughter young men
of good moral character and who are in
a position to marry. No mother has the
right to attempt the smallest coercion
or even persuasion to bring about the
most desirable marriage, but she griev
ously fails in duty if she does not use
every means in her power to prevent
an evil one. New York Commercial
Twain .lust Wanted to YeP.
Mark Twain, who recently started on
a tour around the world, told a recent
interviewer how he often felt a desire
to "cut loose" from civilization and to
get away by himself, where he could
run and yell to his heart's content. In
this connection then? is a story about
the humorist and Canon Kingsley.
Walking along the street one day, Mark
felt the impulse to yell coining on him
with irresistible force, and said to
Kingsley: "I want to yell; I must yell."
The canon said: "All right; yell away;
I don't mind." "And with that," said
Mark, "1 stepped back a few steps,
and. throwing my arms above my head,
let out a war whoop that could be
heard for miles, and in less time than
you can count Canon Kingsley and
myself were surrounded by a multitude
of anxious citizens, who wanted to
know what was the matter. I told them
nothing was the matter; I just wanted
to yell, and had yelled."
Iiittle iirls Wish.
Speaking of lit Mo girls, there was a
cabinet otticer l ore a few years ago
who had a little girl about 7 years old.
The nurse took her one day tw lind tho
washerwoman. They found her in a
little frame shanty of only one room,
which seemed a great novelty to the
Un returning home she was telling
her mother about the wonderful house I
1.! -1- 1. -.1 i - - .... . ,?t. , I
wnicu iiau jusi one room. un a sign
and an earnestness born of deep long
ing, she said:
"Oh, mamma, how I wish we lived
in that house."
"Why, my child, why should you wish
stH-h a strange thing?"
"Then, don't you e, when I was
put to IkmI at night I could hear every
thing that was said, because you would
n't have any other room to sit In."
What'Htlie Matter with the Ihnpress?
The Dowager Knipress of China is
said to be very much subdued of late.
She was formerly an arrogant, aggres
sive woman, who believed that she wa.s
the center ujmii which the universe
turned. Itecent events have had a
strong influence upon her and she has
aged very rapidly. Her domineering
wajs have disappeared, and she listens
humbly to words of advice from people
who used to fear to address her.
Hit ten by a AVanp.
tJeorge Ilolbrook's ."-year-old child,
while playing near the home of its par
ents In Letcher County, Missouri, was
stung by a yellow jacket. The little
one screamed and Its mother ran to Its
assistance. The sting had entered Its
left leg below the kn-e. The limb be
gan to swell rapidly, the child went In
to spasms, and in ten minutes after the
insect had stung it the little one died.
An Appropriate Keepsnke.
"i presume you carry a memento of
pome sort in that locket of yours?"
"Precisely; it is a lock of my hushand'a
hair." "Put your husband Is still
alive!" "Yes, sir; but Ids hair Is all
gone. "La Splrito FoiloUo.
LET US ALL LAUGH.
JOKES FROM THE PENS
Pleasant IncMcntH Occurring hc
World Over Sayina that Are
Chct rfu'. to the Old or Young Fun
ujr Select ioiot that Von Will Jliijoy.
He Was All Right.
First Yale Mudont Have you tele
graphed to the old man for money."
Seeot.d Yale Student Yes.
"(Jot an answer':"
"Yes. I telegraphed the old man:
'Where is that money I wrote for? and
his answer reads: In my inside pock
et.' "Texas Sittings.
A Fiend Incarnate.
Wickwire That kid across the street
must be a perfect lieml.
Mrs. Wickwire Why. he seems to be
one of the nicest little boys I ever saw.
"No use to tell me what he seems to
be. I actually saw his old grandmother
giving him a licking the other day."
One of those fellows who
fanot take a hint. Life.
"Do you understand French, Jack?"
asked an Allegheny young man of his
"Then perhaps you can help in
Miss Northside told me last night that
I was non persona grata and I would
like to know w hat sort of a compliment
she meant to bestow upon mo." Pittsburg-
For the Public Safety,
lie looked at her earnestly. "You
have changed since last we met," he
"Yes," she answered. "Those red
ones were causing so many runaways
that I thought I would adopt a pair
of a more somber hue." Indianapolis
f Kathcr Mixed.
Mrs. Teechum That small engine
pounding away in the corner, Toby, is
called a donkey engine.
Toby And yet the engineer says it
works with a four horse-power. That's
funny, isn't it V Harper's Pound Table.
Her First Thought.
"Just think. Fraulein Kosalind. I was
dreaming about you last night."
"Indeed! What dross did 1 have onV"
Sure to I Je n Success.
Louise Rose, is that novel which
you have written up to date?
Kose Oh, delightfully so. Louise. In
fact, I had to write some parts of it in
French. New York World.
First Poet Did yti get a chock for
your poem that you read to me awhile
Second Poet No; my aspirations got
a check. Somorville Journal.
An Accommodating Chap.
Dear me, is that mustache all your
"Well a say one word and It will
bo yours."- St. .James Iludget.
"Isn't this coat too big for nie?" lie
asked of the taih
"It Is, sir," replied the enterprising
clothier, "kJit I am something of a
plironologist and 1 can foresee that. It
will not lie long before you uro a big
man." Harper's Pazar.
' i i :
"IIa." cried the old navigator.
"Ill ing mo u glass."
He scanned the hori.oii eagerly.
"Another glass. Ha:"
After the second glass ho had no
trouble In discerning the outline of a
sea serpent, which was signaling that
its steeling gear was not under good
control. Detroit Tribune.
Music at Home.
Prospective Lodger Yes. I think the
rooms will do. P.y the way. I hope no
one in the house plays tho piano?
Prospective Landlady My youngest,
sir, but she's only a beginner. Sketch.
"I am not of a jealous disposition,
out I really object to your kissing your
"I did nothing of the kind."
"Put. I saw you."
"Then that shows that you do not
love me any more, when you prefer to
believe what you see to belicveing what
I tell you."-Judge.
"How does your father manage to
catch such big tishV"
"Oh, it's easy enough," replied the
boy who was with him on the vacation
"Does he have any special tackle?"
"No, indeed. Ho just linds a nice
shady sjiot and throws his line into
the water and lies down with his hat
over his eyes and just dreams." Wash
Mrs. Latechurch John, is "
Mr. Latechurch Yes. No. Yes.
Mrs. Latechurch Mercy! AVhat dc
Mr. Latochttrcli (rapidly) That your
i'asc looks all right, that it don't dip
tip in the back and that your- hat is on
straight. Come on! Judge.
Also of the Finprcrs.
"Piano playing." remarked tho virtu
oso, '"is a matter of the head rather
than Mie heart."
Ami !rs golden hair looked like a
load of hay. Detroit Tribune.
IÄc Thought of It.
Maud You are frightfully e:tra va
cant! You o.ever seem to think of a
Mario Ihm't I? I bought a dozen
pairs of silk stockings yesterday. New
F a vc To.
"I see it is esiiinatiil that the Kaffirs
.steal $ 1,'JÖ , m k j worth of diamonds a
"Yes I suppose the poor creatures
have to wear something." Washing
What He Was.
Little Miss Muggs Your father is in
trade. He keeps a peanut stand.
Little Miss Frecklos-IIuh! what's
Little Miss Muggs lie's a profession
al bootblack. Cood News.
"What! F.een playing football?"
"No. Fell down stairs. You see, I
started to go down and my wife said,
'lie careful, John, and I'm not the man
to be dictated to by any woman and
so I went." Collier's Weekly.
Trouble in the Dime Museum.
Manager What's all this infernal
Factotum Please, sir, th two-headed
girl is a-piarrelin' wid herself.
Wife Shall I put your diamond studs
in your shirt, dea-?
Husband What on earth are yor.
thinking of? Do you want to ruin me:
I have a m.ctiiig with my creditors
this morning. Texas Siftings.
The Hicycle Suit.
"Have you a bicycle suit, Larkin?"
"Does it lit."
"My lawyer fears it will when it
comes to trial." Detroit Free Press.
In (treat Luck.
Friend How are you coming on?
AuthortJood. I've got tho material
on hand for a first-class novel.
"You are a lucky man."
"That's not all. I've got the material
for a splendid comedy besides."
"You are fortunate."
"Yes; all I need now is the material
for a new pair of trousers." Pearson's
Most If cmarkahle.
llinlto Actresses don't have their dia
monds stolen any more when they want
Kirby No. They get married and
live sweet homo lircs. Truth.
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NOTES ON EDUCATION.
MATTERS OF INTEREST TO PU
PIL AND TEACHER.
RencfitH of a System of Individual In
btruction Gooo Teaching Secures
Ctood Thinking Advice to Those
Who Are Fond of Reaitiiif
Instruction in Algebra.
On the lirst day of the term the II
class of the high school was informed
that no lesson would be assigned in
ulgebra. Lach pupil was requested to
fctudy tho subject in his own individual
interest, begin at the place dictated by
his best judgment, and be prepared,
when called upon, to pass examination
n any part over which he had gone.
During the recitation period the mem
bers of the class wer called separate
ly to the teacher's desk, their written
work examined, their ability tested,
and tho page recorded to which each
was found proficient. If one lacked
knowledge in what may bo termed
the mechanical part. le was directed
to the principles involved in the ques
tion and asked to review and apply
them. If he did not comprehend the
meaning of some statement it was sim
plified. Many have been able to master
the subject thus far with little assist
ance from the teacher. With such it
was necessary simply to test their
knowledge and direct their study: wifh
others additional timu was required to
give the needed explanation. At the
close of the first month the pupils were
all studying different parts of the sub
jectfractions, simple equations, invo
lution, evolution, radicals and quad
ratics. What are the bonenSs of this system?
First, it compels the pupil to study the
text-look more thoroughly and refer
to it for assistance, rather than to the
teacher or other pupils. In the ordi
nary recitation many things are ex
plained which tho pupil will discover
if encouraged to do so.
Second. This brings each pupil under
the teacher's special attention, reveals
his peculiar difficulties, and permits
him to study iu harmony with his own
development. Some may think that
pupils classed together for several
years and instructed In a similar man
ner would meet the same ditlicultles in
pursuing a now subject. Fxperienco
contradicts this. Even the grades do
not equalize children's ability. There
are too many homo and outside influ
ences. Each must be taught as an in
dividual. Personal effort is as neces
sary for successful instruction as for
Third. Class instruction is said to en
gender enthusiasm. It is tho judgment
of those who see many kinds of clashes
that enthusiasm emanates from the
teacher rather than from class t-pirit.
The truly enthusiastic teacher does not
need the element of competition among
pupils to arouse an interest and c reate
a desire for well-prepared lessons. A
single pupil can be awakened and urg
ed to his utmost by a teacher really in
terested. P.y this method tho bright
Iupil's interest is not diminished by
being compelled to listen to some sim
ple explanation over flnd over for the
benefit of a few. He is busy mastering
new principles and his enthusiasm has
no opportunity to wane.
Fourth. Do tho pupils receive ade
quate drill? If they have mastered the
subject there is no necessity for fur
ther drill so essential in the lower
grades. Each must drill himself. He
is compelled to do this or fail. Does
this method allow opportunity for
thorough explanation? Can the teach
er have the knowledge at his com
mand? This depends upon the teacher
and his previous training. He must bo
familiar with the entire subject. The
effort to accomplish this will render
him a better instructor. His mind is
fresh from constant reference to the
various divisions of the subject, and ho
is better prepared to furnish clear and
definite explanations than if he had ren
dered only a small portion. No ambi
tious teacher will long lind the extra
preparation a burden.
This is not a new and untried plan.
Fifteen years ago Dr. Harris used it in
St. Louis. Supt. Hogers introduced it
into the grammar grades of the Mar
shaltown. Ia.. schools last year and
says his teachers would not return to
tiie former method. In the Pueblo
schools this plan is followed in all the
grades. Pupils are classified for con
venience, but are not obliged to tread
in the same grade. It seems calculated
to produce good results and is certainly
feasible for advanced pupils. Py it wo
shall not expect every pupil to become
a scholar, !ut each may exert all his
powers untrammeled by other m-'nibers
of tho class. This will produce. In ac
cordance with nature some an hundred
fold, some sixty and some thirty. Iowa
CorrcctiiiK Spelling Papers.
The examination of spelling papers
is a slow and tedious process and most
teachers allow the pupils to exchange
papers and correct each other's exer
cises. A better way, where tho sense
of honor is strong enough, would bo
to lot the pupils correct their own pa
pers. In most cases, however, this plan
is not advisable as it lays a heavy
temptation on a boy or girl who stands
well in the class but has neglected to
study a particular lesson; and wo
should always carefully avoid giving
tho children a chance to cheat or de
ceive. A thoughtless person might s-.'iy
that tho teacher could look over tho j:
pors afterwards to see if they wer
correctly marked. This, however, would
be a very bad plan, as it would show
tho children that you suspected them
and they would be likely to reason that
It was not wrong to cheat if they could
do it without detection.
In almost every class there are a few
bad Fjcllors; bad spellers not from the
Constitution of their minds, but bo-
eat.si? they nr careless and not
study their lessons. This is a distinc
tion in poor scholars which should al
ways be borne in mind, and the hard
working, but dull, pupils should not ho
punished for their failures, but bright,
though lazy or thoughtless pupils must
be made to see the error of their ways.
Pou'tn for Header.
Don't read in railway train or in ve
hicles in motion.
Don't read lying down or in n con
Don't read by lirelight, moonlight or
Don't read by a flickering gaslight or
Don't read books printed on thin
I )oii't read books which have no spaed
between the lines.
Don't read for more than fifty min
utes without stopping whether tho
eyes are tired or not.
Don't hold the leading close to tha
Don't study at night, nut in the morn
ing when you are fresh.
Don't select your own glasses at tho
It would almost sem as though some
of these rules Were tx obvious to re
quire mention, but practical experience
shows that myopes abilM? their eyes
just in the ways : tavil. Leading by
fnvlight or by moonlight are favori'e
sins. Heading lying down tends to in
crease the strain on the accommoda
tion, and while traveling tires the cil
iary muscle because of the too frequent
adjustment of fo.-us. In short, any
thing which tends to increase tho quan
tity of blood in the organ favors the
increase of the defect, leading in ex
treme cases to detachment of the retina
and blindness. Tho Canada Lancet.
Illnomer Girls Weep.
The Professor's Uecitation Made
Them Cry, and They Had No Hand
kerchiefs. Twenty-live girls in the
Northwestern University, members of
tho junior class in oratory, appeared
in the class room in bloomers. With
out exception they belonged to wealthy
families. Many of them are preparing
for the stage. Prof. Cummock was iu
tho class room when the girls appeared.
Their suits were black or dark blue and
were trimmed in yellow. The bloomers
were gathered just below the knee and
black stockings completed tho outfit.
After he had recovered from the
shock Prof. Cumnock took the stage
and proceeded as though bloomer girls
in tin class room were an every -day
affair. After calling tho roll ho called
upon Miss Dewey to take tho piatfonn.
Miss Dewey was clad in a bloomer cos
tume that came dangerously near be
ing plain knickerbockers. She was
embarrassed and linally stammered out
an excuse that she was not prepared to
recite, lie called upon several other
bloomorites, but all pleaded the same
excuse. The professor said he would
occupy the hour himself. He deliver
ed a pathetic recitation, which brought
tears to the eyes of no girls, but un
fortunately they had no handkerchiefs
; and were forced to allow the tears to
: trickle down their faces. The reason
given for tho bloomer display was that
it was tho gymnast hour and the girls
did not expect to bo called for elocu
tion. Educational Note.
Normal University nt Normal, Ill
will have a new S-PUmh) building for
physical training and society purposes.
There are -lo.ni:o women attending the
colleges of the United States. Thirty
years ago not a college in the country
was open to women.
The ladies of Lexington. Ky., have
elected four members of tho City Hoard
of Education. In Neuport and in Cov
ington the women were defeated.
Eight thousand, three hundred and
forty-three are entitled to lecture priv
ileges at the University of llerbn. The
largest attendance of any similar insti
tution in the world.
There are .".PfO students in tho nor
mal schools and their attached model
schools in Pennsylvania. These seiiools
have had a total of IiM.immi students,
and nearly lo.oon jirofessiou.il teach
ers have graduated.
Twenty-four Vassar graduates write
for magazines, only six for newspapers,
live are professional journalists, four
are professional editors, while only
four are novelists. Twenty-five have
taken the degree of M. D., and are most
ly practicing physicians.
Tho P.oard of Education of Stockton,
Cal., has re-elected Jas. A. Parr as
superintendent of schools and increased
his salary by S..ui). The ligure itself is
not startling, $i!.tno being, if anything,
below the average for a city of L'tl.OiK)
people. The significant fact lies in the
voluntary action of the board.
Miss Edith Oakey graduated from
the Veterinary College of Toronto, Can
ada, being the lirst s-.-man to win a
diploma. She has hung out her shingle
at Sandoval, Ohio, in the center of a
rich grazing country. Diseases of milch
cows have been Miss Oakey's special
study. She has done well and employs
three male assistants, who relievo her
of much of the manual labor.
It is a strange commentarv that In
our ungraded schools throughout tho
country children attending school from
four to six months per year for a period
of from six tq eight years are better
educated and prepared to enter upon
tho ordinary duties of life than the ma
jority of children after taking the full
course of eight years of ten months poi
year.- President Felke!, Crand Kapid.i.
Midi., School Hoard.
One of the worst features of our
American life is its invasion of pri '
vr.oy. There is frequent complaint tha
individuals with us have no security,
and that the pencil of the reporter an
the camera of the nhotorranhor ionv re'-
- - i - -
cord with impunity tho doings of Indi
viduals without possibility of redrew
for those who suffer. Indianapol