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The Eschool TW |Roberts county, at the opera I house in this city last Friday, |was the most successful meeting ever held here. weather was ideal, so that all parts of the county were well represented. In fact the chairs on the floor of the opera house would not accommodate all who came, and it was found neces sary to throw open the balcony in order that all might find seats. I of this character «The At both morning and afternoon sessions the Unique orchestra, composed of Misses Hazel Bolim bach and Hannah Ilask and Messrs. Fern and Hub Bolle n beck, were present and furnished music of a very high order which so pleased the large audience that every number was given a recall. For vocal music there was a chorus beautifully given by the Sisseton High School Glee Club, composed of girls, arxl a solo by the instructor of music. Miss Clark, which was given a hearty encore. fhe Biggest and Best Ever Held Fine Music, Splendid Addresses and Great Entusiasm at Annual Meet ing of School Workers. annual meeting of the officers and teachers of The morning program opened with an invocation by Rev. J. W. Christianson. This was followed by a short address of greeting by the county superintendent, Miss Bonnie Andrews- After expressing pleasure at the splen did attendance Miss Andrews told with pride of the satisfac tory work that is being done in the schools of the county. In fact she said that the past year had been by far the most satis factory of any year since the schools have been under her supervision. The standard of teachers is now higher than ever before, there having been a great increase in the number of those who are holding first and second grade certificates, and there has been a noticeable de sire on the part of the teachers to do the very best work possi ble. In l'.i 10 the graduates from the eighth grade in the county numbered but ß-, while in 1013 there were 133, just one less than double the number of the first year of her work. That the school boards have been trying to do their share was shown by the number of fine school build ings that have been erected along modern lines by the putting in of improved heatinsr plants, ven tilating apparatus, increased equipment, better supplies, etc. School officers were urged to be careful in the selection of teach ers and to get the very best at their disposal. To then visit the schools often and keep in close touch with the work being done:' and should criticism of a teacher come up to be slow in deciding]to educate a against her, but to first make a calm and thorough investigation oi the matter and then to act work as shown in the recent in dustrial contest. Miss Andrews closed with a touching little talk on the true value of the child and the great importance of its proper bringing up. Supt. J. W. Guthrie of the city schools was the next speak er." his subject being "The School as a Community Center." He prefaced his talk with a good story which all appreciated. The backbone of prosperity is agri culture, said the speaker, and the place to help the child is right here at home. Too little has been done in the past to make life in rural communities attractive \to boys and girls, hence their desire to break away and go to the cities. Conditions are now improving along this line, but there is much that could yet be done. During the first four or five years children of the rural schools should have their interest awakened by nature study, followed by in struction along the line of prac tical agriculture. And what a wonderful opportunity the school grounds might be made for in vestigation along these lines. The school house should be the social as well as intellectual center of euch community. It should be tiie place for good old fashioned socials, with plenty of good things to eatx spelling con tests and other forms of amuse ment. Do everything possible to make school work and home life attractive. Get together on consolidated schools. Then meet there often for the discussion of topics of common interest. down false barriers and get to gether for the common good. The cost for running such schools may be somewhat great er, but the results will more than justify the additional out lay. Denmark has solved the problem. There the master lives in a cottage near the school house, and his garden is used for agricultural experimental purposes. Everything is made so attractive there that there is no movement towards the cities. Sacrifice if necessary to keep the boys and girls from going away, as home and school are the best places on earth for their care and 'protection. In behalf of the Sisseton school Mr. Guth rie offered the services of teach ers and pupils to the rural com munities at anytime when their services can be of use. The address of the afternoon was given by State Superintend ent Lawrence on certain phases of educational problems. He expressed great gratification at the report given by justly. Praise was given the and give them a co-operative in boys and girls for their splendid terost in what is being done. So many are keeping their boys at hard work until they become of are, giving them no share of Vol. 21 SISSETON, ROBERTS COUNTY, S. IX, FRIDAY. JANUARY ',3. 1914 Miss An drews of the contest, and said that he was convinced that these contests were proving very help ful in securing a better school attendance, the enrollment in one school coming under his ob servation being increased about 20 per cent on account of this influence. He said if you want hild you must ap peal to his interests. To keep the boys on the farm, the fathers must take them into partnership what they produce, and it is no wonder that they become dis couraged, learn to detest the farm and ultimately drift away to the cities. From an educational standpoint we have much cause for optimism. Appointed by Governor Byrne to Fill Vacancy. As soon as Judge McNulty handed in his resignation last week, it was a foregone conclu sion that the governor would ap point Thos. L. Bouck of Milbank to the judgeship, which has since come about. Mr. Bouck will assume the ermine on Feb. 1, and will begin to get in prac tice for the position he expects to hold for some years to come. Bouck Is to Be Judge! Detective Swore Falsely In the past seven years over 1000 new school houses have been built in the state and the wages of teachers have been raised, but educational opportunities for the boys and girls of this state are far from what they should be. South Dakota is an agricultural state, and an education is needed which will enable the farmers to get greater returns from the soil. The backbone of this nation we must look for in country life. Then give the country boy and girls an equal opportunity with the town boys and girls, and give it to them right here at home. It is a pleasure to note the progress being made in Roberts county, but with the rest of the state there is great need hereof more improvements. Only 11 per cent of the boys and girls of this state ever get beyond the eighth grade go no further Why is this? of school to work. An awakening Break of public sentiment is needed. Children are entitled to better treatment. Even if permitted to attend, the present system is wholly inadequate to the needs of the child. With the lack of opportunity for grading and the large number of classes it is al most a miracle that teachers are able to secure as good results as they do. The remedy for this is consolidation. Every town ship should secure 40 acres of land and built thereon a consoli dated school and the boys and girls be given the chance for an education that is rightfully theirs. Better teachers could then be hired, teachers with a normal training. And it would be well to do as Mr. Guthrie says they are doing in Denmark--build cottages where the teachers and their husbands could live the year round. (Several smiles in the audience.) Teachers with a vision are needed to prepare for this work. Teachers are the seed corn stored away to bear fruit in the future. Theirs is the greatest calling there is a life of consecration and service. Are you doing more that you get paid for'.- She that does no more than she gets paid for, gets no, more pay than for that which she does. What is needed is a vision of the highest citizenship, seeing I Iii the past the state has ap- Meeklu Standard Tried to Convict Druggist with Trumped Up Evidence. Frank Miller, a self styled private detective, who has been employed by parties in the north end of the county to gather evi dence of the illegal sale of intox icating liquors, has signed a sworn statement that his charg es against B. A. Connelly, a Ros holt druggist, were false and un true and that he never purchased any liquor of Connelly. He further alleges that parties who were enemies of Connelly were at the bottom of the charges. Miller flight to be prosecuted along with the parties who paid him —Summit Independent. If it is true that Miller simply "cooked up" his case against Connelly for the reward he was to receive in case of conviction, he should be given the limit of the law. In his testimony against Connelly, on cross examination, Miller admitted that his pay in blind pig cases depended upon the conviction of the parties ac cused. Bootleggers Already this week six or seven bootleggers have been brought before Judge Andrews in munic ipal court:, and it is said that there are more to follow. The tnd 25 per cent! u. Z. Marshal and a special do than the bth grade. tective Inve been here to work It is because the Up fathers are so intent on raising has done some good work more corn to leed more hogs to cases. States Attorney buy more land" that little regard |and Frank Melvenna are doing is paid to the welfare of the boys the prosecuting, and Messrs. and girls and they are kept out Batterton and Turner are de- evidence, and Chief McDonald on the Mani fending the accused men. The cases will come up for trial at the next term of munici pal court, on Tuesday, Feb. 3, when a jury will listen to the evidence. There was also one case before U. S. Commissioner .J. P. Croal. I something noble, something: more than material success, more than prosperity—a vision of the higher things of life. A man complains of a SI0 F'irst American Cabinet. "tiifii John Hancock was presi dent congress in 1789 and had :i r.iii. at Cherry street, in New city, there were only three £raml departments of tlie United Si.ites. which performed the func tions now performed by the presi dent's cabinet. These three grand departments were distributed as follows: The Hon. John .lav, secre tary for foreign affairs, at S Broad way lion. Henry Ktiox, secretary of war, -', Smith street the Hon. Wal ter Livingston. Samuel Osgood and Artlmr Lee. commissioners of the treasury. The "ollice of congress"' in that period was at 81 liroad wa v. When Washington was first elected president in 1 ?s:i there were four members of congress from New ork as follows: .lohn Lawrence. John Harling. Melanelit lion Smith and 'eter W. Yates. Large Game. "For the making of billiard halls 500 elephants are needed overv year." said the famous big game hunter in his lecture on India. '"Ilow strange." whispered Mr-. Winsome to the lady who sat next, "that people can teach such groat beasts to du such delicate »«ork!"— New York Post. the one in Sisseton, should be provided with a normal depart ment where right at home the young people could be given school 'proper training for better teach- tax and cheerfully pays $40 in the rural schools, and this ., iiii -department should be kept up a thoroughbred hog. Does he bv the state place the true valuation upon his The above are a few of the child': yj portant points brought II)ust propria ted large sums of monev ., img easily kept throughout foi school putposes, but it has (entire address mostly been for the higher plac es of education. A public senti ment should be created whicli will demand that the next legis lature do more for the common schools. Every high school, like tin- out in a interesting manner, the be the live interest of the. audience The meeting closed with a question box in which many in teresting matters were brought out and disposed of. The total number in attend ance at this meeting was 323: 75 visitors, 96 teachers, 132 officers. fr'lüKKlS, B. D. Department of HistOif! Interest Growing Sunday Evenings Crowd Too Large to Be Accommodated at Last Meeting Under Auspices of Men's Association. The biggest meeting of thehe wanderei on and on. In his series so far given by the Men's Association was that of last Sunday night. The New Grand would not seat all who came and many had to be turned away. The speaker was Rev. C- E. Kearns ot Watertown who on Tuesday night of this week closed a most successful series of meetings at the Presbyterian church which were well attend ed every night. The subject Sunday night was, "The Joy of Angels," and the following are extracts from the address de livered: Likewise I say unto you there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. Luke 15, 10. The angels are not so far away as we sometimes think.! know the meaning of repentance. One of our Christian school boys in the crowd said, "I know of something more wonderful than that, did you ever hear of getting the answer before the message is sent?" and he quoted, "It shall come to pass that before they call, 1 will answer, and while they are yet speaking 1 will hear." Heaven is not faraway and the joy of angels, is intimately con nected with the earth. When the church bells ring and men gather devoutly in the house of God for worship, there is great rejoicing in heaven for the world of spirits views things from a different standpoint. Let me suggest that the angels rejoice over one sinner that repenteth, because they know the value of a soul. Immortality is to us only a faith to the angels it is a fact, I seen and known. We stare into the blackness of the grave and see nothing, but they see how the physical body passes away jand the soul remains they see the mortal putting on immortal I ity and the corruptible putting on incorruption. With them the shining host of the redeemed is ja standing object lesson. Only that wire is up they can send a pardon. With great joy lie hast message to Tokio and get an vned to the south and found the answer back in twenty minutes." cell of his son in that federal penitentiary. He stood outside one soul, but the angels it's value as we do not, have perhaps heard the Russian legend, of a man who found his way into a diamond mine. He tilled his pockets with precious stones only to cast them away for larger and more valuable ones. Wandering on in the midst of this great wealth ho realized that he was lost. Then by and by he found that he was thirsty. He began to search for water but found none. Hours passed and his search continued until delirium came to him and still NO. 31 delirium he thought he heard streams of running* water, but when he reached them they were rivers of jewels, cascades of gems and he would have given them all for one drop of water. Like one drop of pure water in the midst of acres of diamonds, is the soul of man, more valuable than all of them, priceless. The angels know its value. The angels rejoice because they know the curse of sin. Sin is like scarlet, like folly, like deadly disease germs, like a serpent which a man takes into his life and fancies he can con trol, but after a time it will crush the life out of him. The angels rejoice when a sinner repents because they When the war broke out between Repentance is turning from sin Japan and the Japa-j und condemning it and turning telegraph line to God and believing in his par don and redemption. There is joy when the angels see the prodigal returning from the far country. Russia and nose threw across Korea a thousand miles to the Manchurian border and followed it up with a railroad built in record-breaking time, I happened to be in a little village?! in north Korea when the advance1 guard came through stringing' pany and joined t!:e Ivu-klux the first wires. A crowd of na-' gang. He was finally caught tives gathered in the main street1 and sentenced to the penitent! to watch the linemen. A keen ary. His old father circulated a faced business man said, "What' petition, finally carried it to a wonderful invention. When A 1 Presbyterian minister's son in the war time got into bad com- President Grant and secured a and cried "John, I have good news, I have a pardon for you. You can go home and see mother before she dies." From the depths of the cell that boy said "Father, I have decided that I cannot accept any favors from this administration." In vain the father pleaded, the boy re fused to accept. Now General Grant did not order the prison door opened and the prisoner tlirust out. He simply let the sentence stand. As an ambassador of Christ, I come from the high court of heaven and stand be lure the grated door of sin with a pardon written in the blood of Christ, and 1 offer you liberty in the name of Jesus. If you accept, you will be free and there will be rejoicing in heaven. If you reject it, the wrath of God must abide. The special music was furnish ed by Messrs. E. E. Cook, James Hanson. Lloyd Peterson and C. L. Preston, with several violin numbers by Tollof Miller. The speaker at the New Grand next Sunday niirht will be Rev. IYV. J. Calfee who is to be here know and hold meetings at the Meth ^ou od ist church for several weeks. Everybody is cordially invited. A Broken Toy Mary hud a little lamb, Beneath the holly bough, Dad got his wheels beneath heels his And it is useless now —Kansas City Journal* Then Mary got herself a beau, Who hung around the house, Until his exit he did make Upon her daddy's toe.