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Vol. 21
To lto back to the days of
youth and live over again the
pleasures and disappointments,
the rewards and punishments of
one's school days is a privilege
given to few. The members of
the Masonic and Easter r. Star
lodges laid aside dull care, how
ever, for one night last week and
clad in youthful costumes par
took again of the joys of the
good old days of the "district
skule."
TheDecstrict Skule
Mrs. A.A. Peterson was the
worthy school mistress who
lyged the pupils along the
flowery paths of knowledge
clad in a beautiful long white
polonaise sacque, unique in the
extreme, and with corkscrew
•curls bobbing round her head
she made a perfect pedagogue of
the old time school. About sixty
pupils, seated in big seats and
kindergarten chairs were pres
ent for instruction, and many
visitors and the school board
were seated in the rear of the
room. Each pupil was required
to register his name, age, nation
ality, religion, and peculiarity or
physical defect. Some were too
timid to register so that in look
ing over the teacher's book the
scribe could not find all the
names, but he noticed that the
ages of the pupils ranged from
five to fourteen and that the
nationalities included Indians,
Germans, Jews, Nowegians,
Good Old Days Lived Over by Local
Masons and Eastern Star Ladies.
Austrian«. Dutch and Amer
icans of all kinds and degrees.
The register showed the fol
lowing names and physical de
fects or peculiarities:
1 Sally Snodgrass, Weak
chest, Mrs. Howard Babcock.
2 Lucinda McClure, sore
hand, Emma Peever.
3 Mary Ann McCan, pink
•eye, Mrs. Paul Rickert.
4 Polly Ann Smith, bald
headed, Susie Hill.
5 Willie Jones, short hair,
cause unknown, Supt. W. J.
Guthrie.
6 Frankie Thompson, hectic
Hush, Mrs. J. A Rickert.
7 Tribulation Smith, new boy,
Mayor Knapp.
8 Vienna Niel, too bashful,
Mrs. S. K. Olberg.
9 Herman Dixon, lame in one
!eg, Geo ez Mcroiald.
10 Gretchen Sehne id elf ritz,
fuss budget, Mrs. J. C. Knapp.
11 Alonzo Consolas, cross eyed,
Wm. Hartge.
12 Clara Belle Goodhue, cross
iyed, Mrs. May Knappen.
13 Mehetable Green, hump
racked, Mrs. M. E. Crockett.
14 Billie Waterliouse, blind in
me eye, H. L. Spackman.
15 Jenny Lind, springs in
"'eet, Mrs. W. J. Thomas.
16 Susie Persimmons, pigeon
*oed, Mrs. P.H. Brown.
17 Willie Three, deaf and
lumb, Wm. Miller.
18 Billie Two.two, too slim,
Mr. Dodge, Agency.
19 Annabell Lee, too fat, Mrs.
H. L. Spackman.
20 Moses Cohenstein, sore
throat, Paul Rickert.
21 Belinda Ann Murphy, too
bashful, Mrs. W. J. Guthrie.
22 Clara Belle Buchanan,
twisted hair, Mrs. H. S. Morris
23 JanieMac Lean, too smart
tor her class, Bonnie Andrews.
24 Sigri Spits, heavy weight,
Mrs. O. P. Rask..
25 Aslaer Spits, light weight,
A. A. Peterson.
TW Kissetan
26 Jean Carter, owner of a
goat, Allie Kennedy.
27 Jerusha Jane Smith, tongue
too long, Mrs. Robt. Lowery.
2S Elizabeth Blodgett, too
wide, Mrs. J. O. Andrews.
00 Lesina Peck, club foot, Mrs.
H. D. Massingham.
30 Philipina Carolina Magde
lina Allgreen, school Hirt, Mrs.
L. S- Babcock.
31 Sally Jones, broken vocal
cords, Hannah Rask.
32 Jimmie Schneidecker, book
worm, J. A. Rickert, (minus his
mustache.)
33 Johnnie What, toothless, H.
L. Allingham.
34 Shorty Longfellow, height
unmanageable, Laura Rask.
32 Gretchen Gross, dwarf,
Mrs. Wm. Miller.
36 Mary Jane Jones, eye on
each side of the nose, Mrs. Geo.
Crosby.
37 Jackie Rolinski, lisp, H. D.
Massingham.
38 Walter Thinktop, over
abundance of brains, Robt. Low
cry.
30 Mahetable Sophia Jones,
too short for the width, rs.
Warring.
40 Miranda Jones, large for
her age, Mrs. J. L. Minder.
41 Baby, Major Allen.
42 Jennie inks, deaf in one
ear, Mrs. Allen.
43 Sarah Brown, four fingers
on one hand, Mrs. Tourtillott.
Among the members of the
school board were Wakokipe Sa
(Scared boy) known to his broth
er Masons as H. S- Morris, and
Cinyeku Unna (other brother,)
W. J. Thomas, the first of whom
responded to the invitation of the
school mistress and addressed
the school in his native tongue.
Seated in the group of visitors
were Pliny the Elder, and Pliny
the younger, or Harvey Crosby
and son, George Red Thunder or
Mr. Turtillott, and the mother of
Tribulation Smith, Mrs. C. Wil
liams.
After the teacher had, with
much difficulty, secured a sem
blance of ordeg in the school
room, a program was given by
way of entertainment to the vis
itors and members of the school
board who were greatly aston
ished by the display of talent.
The program opened with a
school song sung in seven differ
ent keys at once and was follow
ed by the Natural History class
which presented a marvelous
array of facts on the history of
Sisseton. Next came the gram
mar class in which compara
tive study was made of the Ger
man, Dutch, Norwegian, Scotch.
English and French languages.
A dialogue followed, given by
five featherweights, (combined
weight only about one thousand
pounds.) All the parts were
well done except Elizabeth Blod
gett's she was almost too fright
ened. The dialogue received a
hearty encore and the five grace
fully responded with the story
of "Pigs in the Market." Jenny
Lind then covered herself with
glory by eiving a song and dance.
An intellectual flavor was given
to the program by two essays
remarkable for the grandeur of
sentiment and depth of thought
they contained. We refer to the
classic on "The Hen" by Moses
Cohenstein and the work "An
Automobile" by Shorty Long
fellow. A beautiful duet came
SlrtSETON, ROBERTS COUNT*, S. D., FRIDAY, MARCH 27. 1914
next, a selection from grand
opera entitled "The Spanish
Cavalier," sung by the two Sal
lies, and a heart rending mouth
organ duet followed, given by
Annabelle Lee and Sally Jones
with Willie Jones holding the
music. The literary talent of
the school was displayed by
Jimmie Schneidecker in his
original story on "The Capture
of the Goat" a piece of work
which ought to be copyrighted.
Willie Jones, the school elocution
ist, read a very pathetic parody
on "If I Should Die Tonight,"
and Mary Ann McCan with ap
propriate gestures recited "I
Shot an Arrow into the Air."
Herman Dixon, he of the lame
leg, rendered with intense dra
matic effect "Mary and her
Mule." Susie Per-immons sang
very pathetically and with ges
tures equal to those of Mary
Ann McCan "The King of France
with his Thousand Men." "The
Wreck of the Hesperus" was
touchingly portrayed by Clara
Belle Goodhue, and then Willie
Three, being deaf and dumb and
unable to recite, gave a tango
solo dance. Belinda Ann Mur
phy recited "In the Usual Way"
in a very unusual way. Billie
Two two in concert with his other
brother Cinyeku Unna, earnestly
tried to find out from the rest of
the school whether lie was the
twin that lived or tlv one who
had died. Sigri Spits and As lag
Spits with much show of patri
otism gave a national song and
dance. Jean Carter and Polly
Ann Spits gave an organ duec,
the most marked part of which
was the intense counting of time.
Jerusha Jane Smith, aged eight
spoke an old woman's piece..
The program was badly in
terupted by Tribulation_Smith
who had been brought Iqy his
mother to school for the first
time, that day. Owing to his
timidity he was seated next to
the teacher and often interrupted
her by such brilliant conun
drums as, "School ma'am,
didn't your folks have a good
stove when you was little?"
"Why, yes, Tribulation»" replied
the teacher, "Why?" "Well,
mam says you aint more'n half
baked" came the reply. Another
interruption was brought about
by the artistic efförts of Janie
Mac Clean who attempted to en
tertain the school by portraits
of the teacher on her slate.
Philipina Carolina Magdelina All
green, the school flirt was dis
covered with a handful of mash
notes signed''-by "Willie Jones,
Billie Waterhouse, Aslag Spits,
Willie What and. Jimmie Schneid
ecker. All came to grief and
with tfiem Frankie Thompson
and Mahetable Sophia Jones who
were found to be the authors of
the notes.
The program closed with the
singing of a number of s.ngs,
,among them the rounds "Three
Blind Mice," and „Scotland's
Burning" (the tune of which was
somewhat ad libitum) and last of
all the multiplication table to the
tune of Yankee Doddle.
I During a recess which was
(taken
in the middle of the pro-
'gram, a row was started as to
who should pass the water. It
was finally settled in favor of
Johnnie What who performed
this all importont function of the
village school.
When the program ended, the
dinners were eaten from the
regulation tin pail, and coffee
was served from a pail and dip
per. School was then dismissed
and pupils and teacher are now
enjoying a well earned vacation.
Advertising
brings results.
-^M t-
Joe Porter to
On Location Histoid Building
on Main Street.
Workmen began clearing out
the old Porter ^building Monday
and if the weather permits the
work of reconstructing and en
larging the building will go right
along. The building will be of
brick and will I be 20x80 feet in
size, and it will have a strictly
modern front-for the display of
goods. As soon as completed it
will be occupied by the Golden
Rule Clothing $0.
4-4
The first /distinctively tem
perance meeting' of the present
campaign was held Wednesday
evening at the N.ew Grand the
atre. Rev. K. N. jl^udie presid
ing. The meeting',Opened with
a song by Prof. Reinstad
of Minneapolis, wljo has sung in
many European countries. While
suffering with a bad cold, the
professor's singing greatly
pleased the large audience, two
numbers in Norwegian dialect
giving especial pleasure to the
people of that nationality who
were presunt.
Mr. Ivnut Johnson, also of
Minneapolis, gave a good tem
perance talk which was well
seasoned with humorous stories.
r. Johnson' is a veteran of the
Civil war li.ml is now fighting
tin1 saloon evil with
vigor ho used in'fight in
slavery, lie uindA'thv 1
the same
against
Me ujudO.'Vii' prediction
j.thai Si's'seton Will .g&'(lr.y at the
flext election. LeVu'i, hope that
L%-is a true proplietV-
PaI'txrf L'hev'elc^inn went prct
jty pu 11 fdr ihinority faction
I of the Reptijbtitia'h party in Rob
erts count^,: Mäni being defeated
for the otjfjfee of county attorney,
and Stevens 'being defeated for
clerk of court's.
Regarding strfjjfitf. election re
turns Bur.ke leads Crawford
cN ulty tfeopived a good vote
in Roberts -county and would
have received a much better had
not his old ft^be, 'friends stuck
the knife inwjiim
Byi'ne won orft over Anderson
for governor.
Owing to the fact that the fore
man in the Standard office has
been sick for two days, it is im
possible to print a fuller report
of the resultsxof ejections in this
issue. We 'hope to be able to
print, a .tabjjlafpd 1 report next
week.
'•i-i !!»•.
Sunday Lecture at
the New Grand
Wie. A. Ward, of Cherokee,
Iowa, will speak at the New
Grand Sunday evening, March
29th, under the auspices of the
Men's Christian and Civic As
sociation. This meeting is the
beginning of a series though the
following ones will be. for another
organization. These ltictures will
be on social and economic sub
jects from the Bible standpoint.
Mr. Ward is a minister who
has, for several years past, de
voted himself to the special ed
ucation work which has called
him here. He was a candidate
in Missouri for Governor at the
last election, has lectured on
many lyceum and Chautauqua
platforms and in many of the
leading churches of America and
has gained a wide reputation as
an orator and an expert in his
special subjects.
Rev. James S. Harkness of
Aberdeen gave a very interest
ing and instructive address at
the Methodist church last Sun
clay evening to a good sized
audience. A large choir of young
people led in the music of the
evening services and there were
two special musical numbers, a
beautiful duet, "My Father
Knows It All" by Misses Hazel
Brewster and Frances Carlaw,
and a fine baritone solo, 'Hold
Thou My Hand," sung by James
Hanson.
The talk given by Mr. Hark
ness consisted principally of a
report of two very interesting
conventions, a national Method ist
Missionary convention at Indian
apolis and the National Temper
ance convention at Columbus,
Ohio. The purpose of the big
convention at Indianapolis was
t- increase the intelligence of
missionary conditions both at
home a,nd abroad, to promote the
principles of christian life, and
to enlist interest in evangelistic
service. Not only were there
prominent Methodist ministers
at this convention, which had
I three, thousand registered dele
gates, but other churches were
represented by their prominent
men showing the common in
terest in this important, feature
of christian work and service.
Christ brought to this world a
a message, which is stiff a living
message to a world which was
lost and will continue to be lost
as long as the words of Christ
are unheeded. We live under
obligation to give this message
to the world by living the Christ
life every day that those around
us may come under its influence
und by giving all we can to
spread"the
^naf/^iC.
Gospel message at
I0'000" home and abroad.
The story of the cross has ever
k„ —1 .u K...1 magnetized human hearts and it
spread rapidly after Christ's
death to all parts of the Roman
kingdom in spite of bitter op
position. Although the christians
made up less than a tenth part
of the population of the empire
in the reign of Constantino, yet
they were the strongest force
within it, admirably organized
for rapid, united action, and
Christianity was established as
the most favored religion of the
empire. The conversion of the
Roman Empire became the lead
ing fact in all history from that
time onward, for where Rome
led all must follow. Christianity
took firm hold among the Teuton
conquerors who later took pos
session of the Roman Empire,
spread rapidly through the
Frankish and Germanic tribes,
won its way into Ireland and
spread to the shores of the new
world after the American, con
tinents had been discovered.
Now the American people must
send back the great message of
Christ to those people of the
Old World who have not yet
had a chance to realize its bles
sings.
Bishop Hughes talked at this
Indianapolis convention about
the emigration problem. We
owe more to the foreigners and
to the emigrants than we realize.
Wireless telegraphy was invent
ed by an Italian, all the great
master pieces of art, music
and sculpture were made by
foreigners, the great fundament-
a
Great Conventions
Report of Big Gatherings at Indianapolis
and at Columbus, Ohio.
NO. 40
al principles of education were
propounded by foreigners, the
Irish make up the bulk of our
police, the Italians build our
railroad tracks, etc. More than
a billion emigrants come to our
shores every year, and of these,
twenty-seven hundred come
every day who know not the
bible. The emigration problem
is a question of the future of
the United States. Emigration
spells obligation we must Amer
icanize them or they will foreign
ize us. In addition to our obliga
tions at home there is the great
field of foreign missions, where
one hundred fifty million people
have still to hear the gospel
message. There is no over
lapping of territory in the foreign
field each church has a certain
district marked off for itself, but
there are in all only twelve
hundred missionaries to accom
plish .this great work and they
are often severely handicapped
by lack of funds. The cause of
this deficiency is lack of system
in giving and a careless disre
gard of the importance of the
work. The Hone Missionary
Board has now worked out a new
plan of giving, the success of
which depends largely on the
laymen.
In order to bring people to
Christ there must be spiritual
education and spiritual regenera
tion. In talking on spiritual ed
ucation the speaker gave some
very encouraging statistics on
Sunday school work and work
among young people, and urged
the parents and older people to
remain in the Sunday school so
that they might be an example
to the young and thus aid greatly
in the work. In speaking of
spiritual regeneration, Mr. Hark
ness said that the reason church
es do not make the converts
now that they used to, is
because
they have lost the passion for
redemption of souls. The sal
vation of the individual is not
the end to be sought, but the re
demption of society save the
individual and you save society,
and eventually the world. Some
of the great evils confronting us
today are the great injustice of
property decisions, the awful
divorce evil, the record in Unit
ed States now being one divorce
in every eleven marriages, and
the social evil, all of which may
be true due to a certain extent to
industrial conditions. Unless the
church brings the message
of Christianity to bear on all
these problems, outside organi
zations will do it. In one state
the Masons have already taken
up the temperance question and
the Elks are beginning to deal
with the boy problem.
Speaking of the temperance
question, Mr. Harkness said that
the temperance forces realizing
that the liquor evil cannot be
settled by local option, or by state
action are now lined up for mak
inga constitutional amendment.
He gave a brief history of the
work the present administration
in our national government has
accomplished for temperance
and then told of some of the ad
dresses made at the Columbus
convention, where United States
senators, governors, judges, and
other prominent men of the
nation gave encouragement to
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