THE HOME CIRCLE
A LITTLE FELLOW S TIME.
When you were little did you have
A little fellow’s time?
That is—I mean—a grapevine swing
And gnarly trees to climb,
And awkward-legged calves to chase,
And yellow' chicks to hold,
And an old hissing gander, too,
To scare you stiff and cold?
Say, did you have a little lamb,
And colt, all for your own,
And an old cow’s sleek sides to stroke
And an old bowlder-stone
Beside the kitchen door w'hereon
You, a wee yellow-head,
Were w'on’t to sit and swing your
And eat your ’lasses bread?
And was there, too, an old gray mare,
A “Dobbin” or a “Kit,”
On whose broad back, with daddy’s
You used sometimes to sit
And ride away down to the creek—
In which she used to wado
And thrust her nose until you
It made you so afraid?
A mother and grandmother, too?
A grandpop and a dad
To take you with them to the fields
And woods and make you glad
With goblin stories, told so deep,
You didn’t care to cheep;
And nights did they just fairly fuss
To smuggle you to sleep?
O, meadows, fields and wooded ways,
And creeks of long ago!
O, awkward calves and hissing geese.
And cows that used to low!
What pleasant memories ye make
When age bows down the head
Of him who, when a kilted babe,
Once ate 'lasses and bread!
—J. M. Lewis’ in Houston Post.
YOU CAN SEND YOUR BOY AND GIRL TO COLLEGE.
They Will Be at a Disadvantage in the Twentieth Century With
out College Training—How Some Parents Managed to Educate
All Their Children—Make Children Pay Their Way as Far ns
By Mrs. F. L. Stevens.
EDUCATION of a generation ago
trained only for the profes
sions, for law, for the clergy,
for the teaching professions, an edu
cation that trained the intellect and
it was agreed
that a youth or
maiden who was
not to go into one
or the other of
no need for col
lege training, that
mrs. stkvens. fGr practical effi
ciency could be given in the routine
.‘of the daily life. Now we know that
for efficiency the boy or girl must
have training for his particular work
in the world, however small or hum
ble that work may be.
Ia the past we have seen the spec
tacle of the keen, alert boy or girl
sent promptly to college to be train
ed for one of these so-called learned
professions, while the slow, plodding
brother was kept at home because
he was to be “just a farmer,” or the
unaggressive daughter stayed at
home to “help with the house work.”
Now we know that to be "just a
farmer,” requires a broader, fuller
education than is demanded for the
“learned professions,” that to “help
► with the house work” requires a
knowledge and training for efficient
home service, along its many lines of
activity. We do not expect that all
our boys and girls will stay on the
farms. Some will be doctors, clerks,
stenographers, teachers, business
men and women, but whatever the
tendency and inclination, they should
have the best possible preparation
for that business.
Every Boy or Girl Can Go to College.
One meets too frequently parents
who have without any study of the
problem, notions that college train
ing is not essential to the preparation
of the son or daughter for his or
her life work, or they may have
decided that they are too limited
financially to undertake the burden.
If there are heavy financial responsi
bilities and the boy and girl are tc
be turned out upon the world with
empty hands, then for that special
and particular reason they should
have the best possible educational
equipment. The trouble too often is
this, that parents, because of limited
means, come to the early conclusion
that they can not educate their
children and no effort is made in that
direction. If there is a prior resolve
in the hearts of the parents that
whatever may be the handicap, the
children must go to college, gener
ally wavs and means will be provid
ed to accomplish that end. If child
ren from their infancy are reared
with the understanding that they are
to have every advantage of higher
education that is possible, and that
these opportunities will depend large
ly upon their industry and economy.
opportunities unmougnt or win open
upon every hand. Able bodied child
ren given able bodied parents hav®
no just reason for going out Into
the activities of life untrained and
unprepared for these activities
Parents who wish to shirk this re
sponsibility frequently point out that
distinguished men and women who
succeeded at life’s work have done so
unequipped with college training.
Men who have succeeded brilliantly
without the help of the college are
the rarest exceptions. They have
been men of genius and perseverence
who have by self-effort succeeded in
doing what the college could have!
done for them. They have succeeded
not because of tliejr lack of educa
tional opportunities, but despite this
Value of Self-Help.
A stringency in the home money
market may be even of advantage' to
the young people of that home. Un
fortunately not the highest type of
citizen comes always from the home
where there is the full purse. Self
effort is a line incentive to the boy
or girl who looks forward to college.
Indeed, I might say that financial
prosperity is one of the least of the
essentials. Resolution on-the part of
the parents and stimulation to self
effort on the part of the youth are
the important considerations.
A friend of mine is fond of telling
of a youth who arrived at college
with $3 in his pocket and when he
left at the end of a prosperous four
year’s course of study still had 76
cents of the original sum. I do not
wish to be counted as advising young
people to go to college without money
to pay a large part of their college
expenses, although history is full of
instances of youths who have earned
their entire college expenses while at
college. This means, however, de
privation and self sacrifice oftentimes
of the keenest sort, and if possible,
should not be attempted; but if it
is the only way, then it must bo ac
complished in that way. There is a
certain agricultural college in the
South that is offering what Is known
as a “work course" where the stu
dents week about, study in the col
lege and do farm work, thus paving
their entire college expenses. One of
the interesting features of last year's
college report was the appearance of
the name of one of these working stu
dents among the list of students who
received honorable mention for schol
A Good Idea for Those Not Rich.
One of the most feasible and prac
tical methods used in the education
of the family was practiced by a
farmer of my acquaintance. Having
determined from the birth of the
first son Into the home that this boy
and succeeding children should he
sent to college, the husband and
wife found ways of laying by a little
at a time for the education fund. In
the course of years eight boys and
girls appeared in this home and the
problem of a college training for all
of them began to be a serious ques
tion. When the eldest was old enough
for college there was a fund sufficient
for him, so he was sent to college
with the understanding that the
money he used while at college was a
loan only, nnd that as rapidly as pos
sible at the completion of his college
course it must he repaid with in
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