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The “Glee Club" in a college had an engagement to give an entertainment at the Woman's Club in a neighboring town on Friday night, November 21. An epidemic of measles in the college caused the college to be quarantined, and Mary Williams, the secretary of the club, sent the following telegram:
Miss Margaret Simpson,
Cheraw, S. C. Cannot give entertainment to-night. Measles in college. Quarantined.
A boy who was spending his vacation in Petersburg was offered a position in the Dupont Powder Works at Hopewell, Va. The position was offered him on Friday on the condition that he begin work Monday. He sent the following night letter to his father:
Offered position in Dupont Powder Works at $15 per week for two months. Must start Monday. Please give permission. Tell Mother that Uncle says there is no danger. Will go out from here each day. Uncle will buy everything I need.
You may have to send a telegram at some time and you should know:
1. That a fixed rate is charged for a telegram of ten words, and each additional word costs more.
2. That a telegram is hurried along and delivered without delay.
3. That a night letter received at a telegraph office in the evening is not telegraphed until after midnight and not delivered until after eight o'clock the next morning.
4. That fifty words (or less) may be transmitted in a night letter at the rate charged for ten words by day.
5. That brevity and clearness are essential qualities of a telegram or a night letter.
I You are a member of a football team in a boys' school and have been hurt in game. Telegraph your mother the facts without alarming her.
You are returning home and have missed connection at a station where you have to change trains. Telegraph your father, explaining the delay and telling him when to expect you.
Your father decides, after the party has left, that you can go to a summer camp in the mountains. Telegraph the leader, asking if there is room for you and where you may join the party.
Change the business letter on page 64 to a night letter.
Write the reply to the night letter on page 71.
BEGINNING A SCHOOL PAPER
In some schools the students have a school paper. Perhaps your school would also like to have a paper, and you should know how to begin one. The following account of the beginning of Eyes and Ears, a paper published by the Laurellville High School, will give you suggestions :
The students of Laurellville High School met in the auditorium on Tuesday afternoon, October 3, to consider the matter of starting a school paper. The school is large, with many activities, and it was felt by all the students that there should be some printed record of these activities. The previous session the Laurellville High School football and baseball teams had both won championships, while the girls' basketball team had played a number of games. The students had also given a performance of As You Like It at commencement. Besides, the need was felt for some means of calling the attention of all the students to possible improvements in the school life, a feature in which a newspaper would be of great service.
The meeting was unanimously in favor of beginning a school paper: the only question was how this should be done. None of the students had had any experience in such things, but Mr. Clarke, the mathematics teacher, had been one of the editors of his college paper and he told how a school paper should be started. He pointed out that it was advisable to have enough money for the printing of the paper insured before making any contracts.
In order to raise the money, the students were divided into two large committees - one to secure advertisements, the other subscriptions. The committees showed such enthusiasm that enough money was pledged within two weeks. In addition, the school
authorities subscribed a small sum. At a second mass meeting of the school, a board of editors was elected, with Mr. Clarke as adviser. The task of preparing the material for the first number was intrusted to the senior students who had the best record in English. Mr. Clarke made the contract with the printer, and aided the editors in revising the material for publication. On November 4, the first issue of Eyes and Ears was distributed among the subscribers, and was eagerly read. The paper contained a report of a football game; samples of English composition from each grade; personal items; and a short article by the principal, besides general news items.
The article by the principal dealt with the need of beautifying the school grounds. It was confined to two paragraphs, but much was said in these two:
It is generally agreed that the Laurellville High School is one of the handsomest school buildings in the state, and it has a commanding site. No expense was spared in making it a model modern schoolhouse. Unfortunately, however, the surroundings are not in keeping with the building. The front yard was formerly a badly-tended lawn of stringy wire grass. It was turned into a war-garden for two years and farmed by students. At present it is an unsightly chaos of loose earth and vegetable roots. Before long it will be overgrown with coarse grass and weeds.
The authorities cannot afford the labor necessary to put the front yard into proper shape. This is the duty and the opportunity of the students. Many of them have gained a knowledge of gardening from the war-garden. Let them now go to work and turn the front yard into a flower garden. Credit should be given them for the time they work, and they should have a free hand to do what they can. Laurellville High School, by next commencement, should have an approach blooming with posies and worthy of the site and the building.
The report of the football game was written by the manager:
The football game last Saturday at Grovetown resulted in a victory of Laurellville High School over Mercer Academy by a score of 10 to 6, after a very hard-fought contest. This game is one of the chief athletic events of the year,
and a good-sized band of rooters, including about a dozen girls, accompanied the pink and gray team to Grovetown. The Mercer rooters were also out in full force, and the rival cheering and waving of flags made a lively scene.
Captain Frost, of Mercer, won the toss and chose the east goal to defend. Binks kicked off for Laurellville, and Olcott, who caught the ball, fell and was tackled before he could rise. On the next play Neely broke through the Laurellville line for ten yards, but the succeeding plays failed to gain any ground and Smith kicked the ball into Laurellville territory. Laurellville now had the ball, and Captain Gillicuddy made several pretty runs around end, carrying the ball to the Mercer twenty-yard line, where Binks tried to kick a field goal but failed. For the rest of the quarter the ball stayed near the center of the field, neither side being able to advance it far.
In the second quarter, the weight of the Mercer forwards began to tell. Olcott and Neely, on a number of plays through the line, carried the ball up the field to the Laurellville twenty-yard line. Here Smith received a neat forward pass and went around right end for a touchdown. Nicodemus failed to kick goal. Score: Mercer 6; Laurellville o.
Laurellville began forward passing in the third quarter, but did not gain much. Gillicuddy, however, made a thirty-yard run through the line and brought the ball to the Mercer fifteen-yard line. Then little Dick Stone kicked a field goal. Score: Mercer 6; Laurellville 3.
The fourth quarter was especially hard fought. Mercer had the