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All Year School and System of Credits
For Pupils’ Outside Activities.
The plan of keeping the public schools
open throughout the calendar year Is
to be put in practice for the first time
in the United States at Ardmore, Okla.
The experiment is at the suggestion of
School Superintendent Richards, who
advanced the idea two years ago. The
eight year course under the present
system of education in this country can
be completed in six years under the
new plan; the four year high school
Course can thus be completed in three.
The course of study now being used
in the Ardmore schools was mapped
out by Superintendent Richards with
the idea in mind of the all year school,
including the plan of promoting the
pupils every three months. This policy
is meeting with success and has cut in
half the number of pupils who fail to
pass at the end of a term. Under this
system when a pupil fails it is for only
three months, and this encourages those
who fail to go to work and make up
their studies to pass at the end of the
school year.
The school children of Ardmore will
not be obliged to attend during the
summer, but a corps of teachers will
continue through the entire year, and
Superintendent Richards is confident
that there will be a good percentage of
pupils who will want, to attend and
thus finish their schooling earlier.
Another educational novelty that Ok
lahoma proposes is what might be call
ed the twenty-four hour a day school
which is in vogue at Arapahoe. This
is the result of the establishment of a
system of scholastic credits by Super
intendent Campbell. All home duties,
cultural and social work, home study,
outside labor, record for punctuality,
attention to health, deportment ani
participation in organized play get
credits that count on the school record,
as well as all sorts of service for the
parents, Indoor or other.
Cultural and social credits include
reading magazines, books, etc., prac
ticing on the piano or organ, glee club
work, girls’ club work and boy scouts’
Under health credits are given for
sleep, amounting to not less than eight
hours a day In a well ventilated room;
baths at least twice a week, care of
teeth, hands, nails, face, hair and cloth
It is possible for a student to earn
1,500 to 1,800 credits a month outside
the regular credits. For every 500 of
these outside credits 5 per cent is add
ed to the branch of study in which the
student has the lowest grades.
Well Named. - -J
Baker—Why do you call your glorlotjg
new apartment house “The Diogeneo’T
Barker—It’s built for people who live
In tubs.—Life.
For Infant* and Children.
Tin ISM You Han Afwan Bought
Boar* th.
Agnahn ' QJ
mother, You
Should Know
that the care of your little
one’s constitutional habits
during childhood, is your
first and greatest duty.
You should know that the
prompt and proper breaking
up of the costive tendency to
which most children are prone,
may save your child from af
ter-years of digestive misery.
That trusted remedy of many
Mother Bray's Snot
Powders (or Children,
Used by mothers for 22 years,
gives the little one exactly the
digestive assistance needed.
rnese powders are
pleasant to take and
easy for parents to
give. There is no
harmful purgative ac
tion. When your child
i feverish, with bad
stomach, or fretful
and constipated, ori
has symptoms of
worms, these powdefs
never fail. Price 25c.
at your Druggist.
Trade Mark.
Don't accept
iny substitute
You should ask for
Mother Grey’s Sweet Powders
placing orders with us in the
morning on the way from ferry
or tube will find them ready
for delivery in the afternoon.
Garden Seeds
Roses, Dahlias, etc.
Bulbs and Roots
Vegetable Plants
Lawn Grass Seed
98 Chambers St, bet. B’way & Church St
A toilet preparation of merit.
Helps to eradicate dandruff.
For Restoring Color and
Beauty to Gray or Faded Hair.
60c. and fl.c5 at Draggista___
Soldiers’ Fun and Frolic In the
Old Mexican Town.
Americans Conquered City Easily, but
Are Helpless In the Face of Dusky
Little Native Bootblacks, Who Call
Them “Meester” and Charge Them
What They Please.
Teeming with human Interest Is a
story from William G. Shepherd to the
New York Evening Sun picturing our
troops at play in Vera Cruz. Mr. Shep
herd says:
The first tiling you see in Vera Cru*
these days is the American flag flying
over the Terminal hotel, and you find
the wide corridors Ailed with hurrying
officers and bluejackets.
You sally forth Into the town. First
you cross the ten acre field which lies
between the American consulate and
the water front. There are the brown
tents of infantrymen and the pastured
horses of officers. In one corner of
the lot soldiers are tossing a baseball.
In the streets that skirt the field the
flags of different nations float over two
story business houses as if to say,
"This isn’t a Mexican house; don’t
shoot at it!"
Follow Baseball Scores Closely.
Here are some of the other thing*
you see as you walk along the street
A group of our boys reading a notice
pasted on the wall of the cable office,
and you discover that it’s a cabled re
port of the baseball games of the day
In far away American cities.
Baseball follows the flag. A street
car loaded with unshaved, begrimed
American soldiers; they’ve been out on
the advance line in the sandhills, and
they’re on their way to the beach,
where they’ll stack their rifles within
easy reach, strip down to their under
drawers and plunge Into the cool surf
with yells of delight.
Here you are at the plaza. Every
Mexican city or town has in its very
center a square park, crisscrossed by
gravel walks and centered by a band
stand, which is called the plaza.
Here in the late afternoon and early
evening the Mexicans gather to listen
to the town band. It Is the custom for
the senoritas, accompanied by their
chaperons, to walk in one direction
about the park and for the lads to
walk in the other and to flirt with their
eyes as they pass.
Now you're in the very heart of Vera
Cruz, and it will keep your eyes busy
to catch all the sights.
Mexican Bootblacks Reap Harvest.
There’s a yell, and a company of
khaki clad infantrymen swing Into the
square. They are army boys, part of
the thousands who have arrived to re
lieve the navy of the duty of policing
/he city. Soldiers ride by, singly and
In pairs, on rangy, mangy Mexican
ponies which they have picked up
goodness only knows where. There’s
ft quarrel at a table near you. Two
shoeshlning boys are demanding 50
centavos for shining the shoes and
riding leggings of a couple of Infantry
men, and the latter think the price Is
too high.
The infantrymen can’t talk Spanish,
and the only English word the dusky
little shoe shiners know Is “meester."
These American soldiers may have con
quered Vera Cruz, but they can’t con
quer the bootblacks.
By this time evening ts falling. The
tropic sunshine has disappeared; a
cool breeze Is blowing In from the Mex
ican gulf. Three thousand persons or
more fill the plaza—soldiers, white clad
men and women, brown Mexican beau
ties In white and browner Mexican
men In sombreros. The electric tights
blaze out among the tropical trees.
The wigwag men on the roof are
using blinking electric lights now in
stead of their flags. On a balcony
stands a little Mexican girl waving her
arms In Imitation of them, it’s a trick
she has learned since the “gringos”
came. It’s almost bedtime for her and
her grown folks, too, because the city
Is under martial law, and “taps” sound
at 9 o’clock.
Soon the streets will be deserted and
the houses dark. The only footfalls on
the pavements will be those of guards
or of belated newspaper correspond
ents working their way from sentry to
sentry down to the cable office. Out
in the sand hills in a circle that reaches
miles beyond the town American sol
dier boys are keeping their vigils.
A Family Face For Each Hour on This
Man’s Watch Dial.
S. Wood McClave of Grantwood, N.
J., whe, with Mrs. McClave. is at his
summer home, State Line Farm, at
Colebrook, Conn., tells time by the
faces of his family.
In place of numerals on the dial of
his new watch appear pictures of him
self and Mrs. McClave and their ten
children. Hour 1 is S. Wood McClave,
Jr.; hour 2, Roscoe McClave; hour 3,
Mrs. McClave; hour 4, Mildred Me
Clave; hour 5, Ormonde McClave; hour
6, Ella Louise McClave; hour 7, Clarice
McClave; hour 8, Duncan McClave;
hour 9, Mr. McClave; hour 10, Mrs.
Florence Holtbauseu; hour 11, Mar
guerite McClave, and hour 12, John
Wounded Sailors Laud Boys
Who Fell Fighting.
Schumacher of the Florida Died After
Jests About the “Greasers’ Greased
Bullets”—Returned Heroes Tell of
Summary Execution of Thirty Mexi
can Snipers With One Volley.
Tales of the tragic two days when
suilors and marines dodged througty
the streets of Vera Cruz targets for the
bullets of hidden snipers were told by
the sixty-two wounded who arrived at
the New York navy yard on the hospi
tal ship Solace and were taken to the
naval hospital.
Of the wounded men in the hospital
three had legs amputated, two lost
arms and others are so wounded that
their fighting days are over.
In their story of the taking of Vera
Cruz they told of soft nosed bullets
that mangled horribly, of shots that
seemed to come from nowhere, of
quick reprisals. Some recounted how
thirty snipers, taken firing on the Red
Cross attendants who tried to minister
to the wounded, after a trial of twen
ty minutes were executed with one
volley against a stone wall.
George P. Kinsman of the Vermont
told of picking a sniper out and shar
ing him with a mate who also had
marked him for death.
Lost a Leg, but Had Revenge.
“They got my leg,” said Kinsman
“but I’ve got one satisfaction that I’L
carry the rest of my life. We had lain
in the dirty boat yard all morning after
rushing the boathouse and clearing it
out. A shot came from the boathouse,
and we knew the ‘spiggoty’ gang was
back again, sniping. We had started
to rush the boathouse when I saw one
of them crawling along with his rifle.
Lee saw him, too, and we agreed to kill
him together.
“Each of us drew a bead on him.
He was heading for a stone house
when I said to Lee:
“ ‘We'll let the rat think he’s safe.
We’ll let him get as far aa the house,
and just when he thinks the danger is
over we’ll give it to him.’
-“And that’s the way we did.
“A minute afterward he started an
other rush on the boathouse, and I got
a shot in the leg at the ankle. Lee got
it in the calf of the leg, and we lay
while the rest of the battalion made a
sieve out of the boathouse. Those bul
lets are mean to use on a man; they
don’t give you a chance once they
August Ebel of the Utah, who was
shot three times through the shoulders,
“We were advancing on the acade
my when I got a bullet in the shoulder
that knocked me down. I was figuring
that I had to get out of danger and
was crawling along when a Red Cross
man came up to me. While he was
trying to get me on a stretcher I was
shot twice more by some one who had
me marked and wanted to finish me.
The Red Cross man was shot in the
heel. Afterward I found out that the
boys discovered eight men doing the
sniping in a house opposite and killed
them all.”
Shot Thrice and Joked About It.
Edward Schwartz of New York, who
belonged to the gun crew commanded
by John Schumacher, the Brooklyn lad
who was killed, wouldn't say a word
about the wound in his shoulder. All
he would talk of was of how Schu
macher died, an example to his com
“John Schumacher was one of the
finest men on the Florida,” said
Schwartz before he went tc the hos
pital. “It was hard foi the ri»t of us
to restrain ourselves wlieYi he was kill
ed, but orders are orders, and we had
to treat the Mexicans in a way we
didn’t like very much.
“He was hit three times, and each
time he smiled, even when a bullet
thudded into him and dropped him in
his tracks. He looked up at his friends
as they stood around him, grinned and
“ ‘These greasers make the bullets
slippery with their own grease, I guess,
they hit so hard.’
“An hour later he was dead. But he
is only one. They all died that way—
not a coward in the lot.”
C. L. Doyle, messenger for Captain
Rush of the Florida and in charge of
the landing party, went through a hail
of bullets, which riddled his canteen,
but did not wound him. Doyle was
beside Captain Rush when the firing
from the Naval academy became dead
ly. He was detailed to take a message
to the Prairie asking her commander
to open up with his big guns. The
messenger got to the launch, although
he was fired upon. He delivered his
message, and while he was returning
to shore the Prairie’s guns began to
illence the Mexicans.
Will Tango In Town's Main Street.
On July 4 the town of Beaunnmt.
Tex., is to inclose its entire main
street, which is called Broadway, and
is to locate several bands at intervals
so that the street may be turned into
a tango dancing floor. In addition
there will be illuminations and fire
Are Existing Laws Increasing
or Diminishing Numbers?
Department of Agriculture, Asking Co
operation of Bird Lovers Throughout
the United States, Makes Announce
ment of Information Desired and
How to Obtain It.
A census of nil the birds of the
United States Is suggested for this
summer, and the department of agri
culture is inviting bird lovers through
out the country to co-operate in tak
ing it. The object is to determine how
j many pairs of birds of each species
i breed within definite areas. By com
paring these figures with those of sub
sequent censuses it will be possible to
ascertain whether the present state
and federal laws are effective and
game and insectivorous birds increas
ing or diminishing in numbers. Vol
untary observers are relied upon to
furnish most of the desired data to
(the department.
As a beginning the department ha*
asked about 200 correspondents
throughout the country, who have pre
viously rendered valuable service, to
follow a general outline in supplying
t Tin? correspondents have been advb
ed that the census of the birds should
be taken over some area that fairl.
represents the average character o
the country In the immediate neigh
t borhood. The area selected shoul
represent average farm conditions, bn
without woodland; should be not les
than forty acres (a quarter of a mil
Square) and cot more than eight>
acres and should include the farm
buildings, shade trees, orchards, fields
of plowed land and pasture. It Is de
sired to take a census of the pairs of
birds actually nesting within the se
lected area.
How to Take Bird Census.
It Is practically Impossible to make
this census on ilie scale of 4C-80 acres
In a single day. A plan which has
been used wllh advantage for several
years Is to begin at daylight some
morning the last of May or the first
week in June and zigzag back and
forth across tiUe area, counting the
male birds of each species. Marly in
fbe morning at that season every male
bird should be in full song and easily
counted. After the migration is over
aiui the birds a.-e settled in their sum
mer quarters it Is safe to consider that
each mole represents a breeding pair.
The final results of the census should
he sent to the biological survey depart
ment of agriculture, Washington, about
June 30, accompanied by a statement
of the boundaries of the selected area
defined so explicitly that it will be pos
sible twenty-five years hence to have
the census repeated. The name of the
present owner of the land should be
given, together with a careful descrip
tion of its character, including a state
inent whether the area is dry upland
or moist bottom laud, the number of
acres in each of {he principal crops or
In permanent meadow, pasture, or
chard, swamp, roads, etc.; the kind of
fencing used and whether there is
much or little brush along any fences,
roads or streams or in the permanent
Second and Third Censuses.
A second census desired is one of
some isolated piece of woodland com
prising from ten to twenty acres. In
giving the results of this census the
number and kinds of trees in the wood
land should be stated as well as
whether there is much or little under
Still a third census to be taken is
that of some definite area—forty acres,
for Instance—forming part of a much
larger tract of timber, either deciduous
or evergreen. While the number of
birds on such a piece of land will be
far less than on an equal area of mix
ed farm land, their correct enumera
tion will require considerably more
care and time.
The department also will be glad to
have information concerning any
changes noted in the bird life of an;
locality, especially if the observations
extend over any considerable number
of years.
In the past, under mixed game regu
lations of various states, bird life has
been decreasing. Now that the birds
have been placed in charge of the de
partment of agriculture definite and
uniform measures are being taken to
preserve them and increase their num
ber. The new bird census and the
censuses to follow will materially aid
the department in its effort to presen e
a valuable national resource, and the
voluntary efforts of bird lovers In aid
»f this movement will be appreciated.
Charts of Canal and Its Approaches.
The coast and geodetic survey of
flee has issued a series of charts of
the canal and its approaches. The gen
eral chart of the Panama canal and
Its approaches is on a scale of one
one hundred and forty-six thousandths,
or one-half inch to the nautical mile,
and is In colors. The canal is colored
dark blue and the ocean waters a light
blue, while the region of the canal zone
is colored a light pink tint and the ter
ritory of Panama is given a pale buff
In TnEfecuam
The exile of Dantzlc, Crown Prlncs
Frederick William, Is back In Berlin,
after two years at the head of his
Death’s Head hussars. He comes to
Berlin to study war plans and admlnlat
tratlon under the guidance of the able
soldiers of the general staff. He could
not have come at a better time if ho
really desires to work and leant.
Preparations for increasing the army
under the terms of last year's arma*
ment bills are well under way, and tho
staff is loaded with work of a highly
practical executive nature.
The crown prince will probably no^
stay at Berlin long. He will be in-r
structed by past masters in strategy^
the mobilization of troops, in all thatt
can be taught from maps at a dealt]
Then he will be sent to some other
regiment to take up again the prac]
tical work of soldiering. By incllna|
tion as well as training, young Fred]
erlck William appears to be a thor]
ough soldier. He may find himself]
oume aay in a position wnere he will have to use his knowledge of the warj
game. There are many reasons to be apprehensive of this, although tha
horizon Is now fairly clear. War clouds roll up quickly In Europe. In thal
formal phrase of democracy, Germany's relations with all otber powers arsi
just now “correct"
Mr. Walker W. Vick of New Jersey,
general receiver of the Dominican cus
toms for Uncle Sam, has just ren
dered the sixth annual report of the
receivership. A summary of the re
port shows that big business at the
Dominican capital showed some trepi
dation when President Wilson brought
about a change of administration of
custom affairs in Santo Domingo.
They feared the new broom might
sweep too clean.
As the new receivership administra
tion gradually unfolded its purpose,
however, there was a natural sub
sidence of concern within business cir
cles, and now the conclusion is in all
realms of Dominican financial and
commercial circles, that the right
kind of sweeping has a salutary effect
on the financial, as it does on the do
mestic household, and that cobwebs
of debatable precedents are not al
ways conducive to forceful achieve
ment. When what is known as the
American-uominican convention of 1907 was created, the United Stateg
accepted the responsibility of receiving all the customs duties; to pay g|
definite proportion of the same each month to the Republic, and to apply all
else In payment of interest on a $20,000,000 bonded debt and into a sinking
fund for the discharge of -the principal.
During the dlx yeart of "this Dominican receivership great progress hag
been made toward the repayment of the principal of the $20,000,000 loan, thg
customs receipts climbing from about $2,000,000 a year to an annual total cufc
toms receipts for the calendar year 1913 of over $4,000,000, or, to be exact*
__ 1 i
A woman with white hair and wit!}
the spirit of perennial youthfulnesa
and enthusiasm shining from her facer
has been awarded the Red Cross gold
medal of merit by the central board ol}
that organization. The woman thuq>
honored is Miss Jane A. Delano. Pre^
ident Wilson made the award of that
medal. In presenting Miss Delano^
to the president, Miss Mabel T. Board
man, the active head of the Americao(
Red Cross society, said of her: *
“It is due to Miss Delano's devoted}
and efficient labors that a splendid
corps of over 4,000 of the best trained,
nurses in the country have been eivj
rolled in the Red Cross for active)
service in time of war or disaster^
The people of the United States may!
well be grateful for the unremuneratt
ed and efficient work of this devoted)
The practicability of the remark-)
able organization effected by Miss Dm
lano, whose official title is chairman]
of the national committee on Red Cross nursing service, has many times beet*
tested. Last spring, for Instance, during the Ohio flood, Miss Delano and heB
coworkers were able to mobilize within a few hours’ time an efficient corpa}
of trained nurses to assist in the relief work, and the Red Cross can at allj
times secure through its 110 local committees on nursing service the numbaa
of nurses required in disaster or war.
The entire corps of Red Cross nurses represents a high professional stands
ard, and has been made a nursing reserve for the army and navy. ^
Alfred Noyes, the English poet, who
Is In this country lecturing in the
caase of world peace, has been asked
to Join the faculty of Princeton uni
versity, and It Is understood that he
has agreed to accept. His election, It
/» said, will be sanctioned by the trus
tees at their meeting in April.
The position which Mr. Noyes Is to
fill, it Is said, is a visiting professor
ship, with lectures on anodera English
literature. It will begin about the
middle of next February and extend
through the second term of the uni
versity, and, it Is understood, will con
tinue in this way for several years,
from February to June.
Mr. Noyes is thirty-three years old,
and has been writing poetry for more
than 80 years. At the age of fourteen,
he wrote his first epic, a production
in rhymed verse of several thousand
lines, describing allegorically the voy
age through life as on a ship. This
poem was not published. Five years
later “The Symbolist was printed In the weekly supplement of the London1
Times. At that time he was in Exeter college, Oxford, achieving a reputation!
far more through his prowess as an athlete, and especially pn the class crewj
than aa a poet. . , ------A_;-, >

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