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SOME CHRISTENING CLOTHES.
MISS CHICAGO TELLS OF TIIE BAP
TISMAL SHOES SHE IS TO IHE
SKXT TO HER GODCHILD.
Tlie Whole Outfit Come* In a White
Ho*. With the Baby** Name on the
'Top S>onie Christening Slipper*
Are of Gold and Silver Tissue,
Sui**rlily Kinbrolilerril Other
Pretty Fripperies for Well Drcst
etl Children —Mrtisie'. 'White Or
isuntlie Crisp ns French Pastry.
New York, June 22.—“ There Is no doubt
that summer fs no longer y'cummln’ in, es
the spring poem of the middle ages has
it. but the season has already arrived,
and with a vengeance that calls for a
powerful protection of organdies,” an
nounced (Maisie os an excuse or explana
tion of the snowy frock, crisp as French
pastry, in which she adorned the top step
of the vine clad veranda.
In white organdie, based upon a white
lawn underdress, she looked like a sum
mer cloud stooped down from heaven,
Down from her waist ran to her knees lin
gerie tucks picked up in the organdie, two
In each group, spaced a few inches apart.
Three times this tucked extent of 6kirt
was latidudinally barred with entre deux
of faintly cream rennaissanee insertion,
and below the lowest line of lace frothed
out her side pleated annex flounce of or-
SMART STYLES FOR VERY YOUNG LADIES.
pandie. Through a yoke of lace her shoul
ders showed in pearly plnkness, and the
tucked sleeves had the new elbow decora
tion of frills, with a:* arrangement of
lace to the wrist tliat suggested, while it
did not exactly copy, the new" mode of the
under aleeve. Over the top of her delicate
rice straw bonnet two white plumes nod
ded, and a big 6carf of white silk muslin
was drawn full under the rounding chin,
while a big fringy parasol guarded the
radiant vision from the justly curious
“You look like, one of the Illle* of ‘the
field,” said the hostess, coming forward in
a atriped lilac and black foulard, powdered
with wee w'hite dots and adorned to perfec
tion by a folded collar, and stole ends of
white silk muslin, garnished with a big
lace medallion, ami a collar of muslin
A Crisp Frock for a June Day.
bordered with lace. “I am dressed, you
observe, in this soft wilk and full train to
greet o flock of babies ask* i in to eat
Jack Homer pie and sponge coke with my
Little Folks' Finery,
"Already four young ladies have ar
rived, and I must admit their gowns are i
charming. All of them, save a men who
has but Just learned how to walk, arc
•wearing thin black lisle hose and low r , one
strap, clippers of soft French kid. Patent
leather is now- regarded In the same cat
egory as diamonds and long skirts, too old
for little girls. Brown shoe for out of
doors, and the morning to quaint, plain,
low heeled slippers for the house and dress
occasion*. Nearly all the little maids
have their locks fulling free about their
shoulders with one tress caught up on
the left side and tied over the brow with
a rig bow of gauzy pink, blue or green
ribbon. One or two of my small guests
even wear these gay top knots of wired
p.>stei tinted taffeta cut from the piece
and made as artfully end carefully us
the aigrettes of tulle and feather* for
their mammas. There are two bewitching
Pink batiste frocks on my lawn now. One
1* in stripe* of rove and white, the skirt
quite plain, the full body made with a
yoke of ci<*un> embroidered lawn, finished
wl,h ahou'der frill of the eume. The
child wears a big- pink Liberty satin bow
in her chestnut hair, and a very narrow
ly folded girdle on long rear sash ends
of the ivory tinted law’n.
Empire Style* and Vliieli ISatistc.
“Her sitter wears a figured pink batiste,
fine and soft as mull, with a yoke anti
sleeves nil prettily rucked. Another
youthful beauty, is in white, a crisp pine
apple grenadine, with a yoke of Valen-
Clennee. knots of cherry ribbons on her
shoulders and a quaint belt of 1 are bead*
in through which narrow ribbons run.
Her graceful sleeves arc in two pieces,
a puff on the shoulder ending in heading
and ribbon, and then the full long Hleeves
to the wrist are finished like the bottom
of the puff."
“What is Pauline arrayed In for her first
afternoon tea? ’ queried Maiaic.
“In an empire creation." smiled th#
fond mother. “It is pale blue Indian mus
lin. short upon her chubby aims, and c t
open a bit about her plump neck. The bot
tom of the little skirt is very lboruUly
hemstitched, and then a very f ill frill of
Valenciennes whipped to the edge of that.
Right up under her fat arms a beading
runs, and blue ribbons threaded througn
this gat hex the gown in a very short < m- ■
pire waist line and knot in a big frir.gy
“Sweet!" exclaimed the visitor, appre
ciatively, os they came In view of the
lawn full of children, dancing about like
flowers in the breeze. “Thai baby in the
embroidered white muslin with the Fol y
frill about the yoke of lace and the whit**
kid shoes is a beauty. Ry e way, I
am a godmother and the business of one
under such vows is to present the child
not only with appropriate silver and a
string of coral beads, but the christening
shoes. I bought my baby an adorable
pair of white silk sandals exquisitely
worked in while ribbon embroidery an I
seed pearls. That’s the latest christenii g
wrinkle, and with the shoes the while
spun silk stockings must be given, and
the whole outfit comes in a white box
covered with satin paper and the baby’s
name on the top.
“At the shop where I bought my baby's
shoes they showed me wonderful pairs of
christening slippers of gold and silver
tissue and of silk and satin superbly em
broidered in white silk with gold ands 1-
ver thread. On some of them they work
the crest of the baby’s family or the lit
tle stranger’s own initials iifside a wreath
Just at this point Miss Chicago came
mincing over the lawn in a white linen
skirt and a waist of striped and dotted
foulard with a novel and becoming shoul-
der scarf of plain white silk. On her
head rested a ?rown of pink roses, and a
roseate glow was shed by her black spot
ted pink parasol.
“I thought you were asked to help en
tertain the babies." she said, sinking into
a scat beside Maisle, while the hostess
hurtled off to greet a batch of youngsters
Just arrived. "Here 1 come to find you
talking clothes instead of rallying to the
: post of duty."
I **l am here to help serve things," an
swered the lazy (Maisfte. "Any news?"
"Well, nothing important except that I
have anew brown linen eton and skirt.
| both decorated with *iltched down straps
| the edges of which are piped and narrow
I folds of black taffeta. It all came of my
j seeing tho most attractive white lin*u
| suit, piped at every possible* point with
turquois blue taffeta, and this was worn
in fellowship with a blouse of blue silk
and a blue hat. 1 fell In love with that and
ordered my brown and black. Looking
around carefully of late I see that women
are not wearing long chains as much as
was the habit a few months ago. To the*
right aide of the dross belt It is now
rather tho mode to fasten a stout, hand
some j I <r t'\ which drop three short
chains, t tiding, respectively. In h waten.
• charge purse and a pencil. I am going
, to have one, but there comes the cake
> tray*, we must go."- Mary Dean.
THE MORNING NEWS: SUNDAY, JUNE 24. 1000.
CUBAN SCHOOLS AND
ENTIRE ISLAND WROUGHT UP OVER
COMING EXCURSION TO l SITED
How the Prrui'Dt Educational Sjn
t*m Wn* Created—Blocked Out and
Perfected by Alexis Kverltt Frye,
Present Superintendent of Instruc
tion on tlie Inland.
Havana, June 38.—For months all Cu
ba has been in a ferment over the coming
excursion of teachers to the’ United
States, and ns the date of Its departure
approachtH, excitement concerning it Is
rapidly nearing fever heat. This is not
surprising since the excursionists are to
number 3,450, are to be selected from the
schools of the entire island and their
whole expenses ore to be paid by the
United Slates government and the author
ities of Harvard University and their
friends. Such an excursion from any part
of the United States to another would
rouse general Interest throughout the
Tills remarkable enterprise was planned,
and all its details blocked out by Alexis
Everett Frye, superintendent of the Cuban
schools. The idea of such an expedition
took possession of him. noon after he as
sumed! charge of the island's educational
system. In carrying U out, he has been
well supported by the entire faculty of
Harvard University, and particularly by
President Elliot. Gen. Wood ha.s also
indorsed and helped the scheme material
ly, and War Secretary Root has shown his
approval in the most practical manner, by
designating the five largest transports
in the service to take the teachers from
Havana to the states. You have probably
read already of the support afforded the
scheme by the people of Cambridge, who
will entertain the teachers while they are
on American soil. A
Cuba** School System.
The organization of an educational sys
tem was one of the most serious problems
which confronted the American adminis
tration of the island when it took hold.
The problem was not to remodel an exist
ing system, since there was literally no
system to remodel; it was to build anew,
Foulard In Two Shades of Lilac Trimmed With Batiste and Guipure. •
from the ground up.
This is strictly true. Tn all my travels
In Cuba, from 1895 to 1898, which took me
from Cape Maysi to Cape San Antonio, 1
never saw one schcol house—that is to
say, a building built ami occupied s ilely
for schcol purpo es. such as we have in
the United States. There were houses use!
for allege! school purposes, and these 1
paw, but they w. re without exception
building* devo'd of sanitary appliances,
miserable as to light, totalliy Inadequate
as to accommodations and utterly bare
of the modtrn and indisptn able adjuncts
for educational purp<s<B w ith which ev* n
most cf our country districts are now
In these houses the teacher, and of:< n
his family, lived, the house being given
rnt free. One room was set aside for
tlie school, *irul there the children were
huddled in promiscuous fashion, seated
on a variety of seats, ranging from u
wooden bench to a inambi chair, made of
a wooden frame, an 1 covered with mi
tanned h d.*; in some instances there .were
no seats at all and the children squatted
on the floor.
Th tear her. always had a salary prom
ls and. but it was n°v(r paid, though he was
al owrt to collect tuiiion from tne parents
of such pupil* as were able to pay. There
was no school law ; there was r.o course
of study; ihore were no teachers' exam
inations; no school board, no supervision,
no r. gulation, no supplh s. None of the-o
was included in the farcical thing which
Spain called the educational system of
Al the close of the Spanish-American
■ war there were virtually no children in
j school at ell. not even in Havana an<F
the larger cities. Most c f the parochial
schf os, even, we. e di.l' n led, and in a
ijot-u.atijn of about a million at and a half
he education of the ch.ldren vtas quite
In November, 389. after almost a year
of American occupation, the reports show
ed a nominal school enrollment of only
1 about 40.000 pupils. To ihe Cuban secre
! <nry of justice- and publi: instruction in
| Gen. Brooke’s cabinet had been entrusted
j the work of drawing up a school law, but
| it had been drafted along the lines of the
Spanish regime, and Us schedule was an
j impossible one, presenting such manifest
absurdities as the ten hing of higher math
ematic's to childern of 10.
Down to this time t enforcement of
law and order and various strictly sanitary
anil military problems had occupied the
energies of the Ameri.an ofTioias in Ha
! vana, but it was now evident that the se
| rious matter of founding a system of pub
;]ij schools could no longer he delayed.
It was then that Air. I- • am* to Cuba
at the suggestion of the Secretary of War
and on the invitation of Gen. Brooke,
whose personal friend he was.
Air. Frye's U ork.
Mr. Frye investigated conditions thor
oughly and made an unofficial report to
Gen. Brooke. It was plain that nothing
could bo done without anew and practical
school law. One hot evening Mr. Frye
went home and worked till morning by the
light of the candles. The next day he
took a workable law to Gen. Brooke. It
was promptly signed by the Cuban secre
tary of justice and public instruction, and
at last the foundation was laid. From that
hour to this no changes have been made
in the law, either by Gen. Brooke or Gen.
Wood, and its success is assured.
The field was now clear for Mr. Frye’s
work, and he set about it with character
istic energy. He hod previously volun
teered to serve five years in the Philip
pines without pay, and he offered his ser
vices here on the same terms. A salary
of S3.(XX> was offered, but declined, lie is
now receiving the same salary as his first
assistant, s2,s<X>. but he has never kept
for his own use any portion of this, de
voting it each month to relief work among
the more needy schools.
Mr. Frye is unusually well endowed fer
liis work, both by temperament and train
ing. His energy is remarkable; his pa
tience boundless; his courage Aid cheer
fulness unfailing. From the beginning he
has, labored early and late; his overtaxed
system gave way during his recent trip
to the United States, when he perfeotel
the plans for the teachers’ excursion, and
he lay HI for some time in Bos ten, hut
even from his sick bed ho dictated corres
pondence and rave directions for carry
ing out the plan.
Mr. Frye is a graduate of Harvard,’•he*
been principal of the Quincy, 'Mass., High
School, and & inerirteiident of schools in
California, and u teacher of method* in
the Chicago Normnl School. He lias lec
tured before U a<*iiers' associations in
neatly every state in the union, and is
the author of a round dozen of sticeensfu!
text books. llis hom •is now in South
ern California, where he engaged in-tho
raising of horses and the culture of
At the beginning Mr. Frye met with
violent opposition on the part of the Cu
bans. They fancied that his sole object
in establishing a public school system,
avowedly bared or that of the. United
States, was unduly to "Americanize'' the
Cubans and further annexation. This
report ran like wildfire all over the isl
and; the newspapers broke out in viru
lent and scathing editorials, nnd not a
clay parsed that Gen. Wood was nut re
quested to discharge tills purveyor of
pernicious education, and letters arid pe
titions. against the- new system poured
in from all sources for weeks. During
that period Mr. Frye was ihe mo** cor
dially hated American on the island.
Then the bubble of opposition collapsed
sod the reaction set in. To-day the- flood
tide of native enthusiasm over Mr. jfry#
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Box 629, Louis, Mo. Send for testi
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This is to certify that I have used Dr.
Hall’s Greit Discovery for Rheumatism,
Kidney ar.d Bladder Troubles, and will
it is tar superior to anything I have
ever used for the above complaint. Very
H. I. HORTON, Ex-Marshal.
and his wonderful work is at its hight,
the present appreciation of him being
commensurate with the abuse which was
heaped on his head at first. The reversion
of popular feeling was natifral enough.
Mr. Frye simply went steadily ahead, re
ceiving with smiling cheerfulness all who
cam© int> his ollice to denounce him
and unfailingly expressing his faith
in the Cuban ’people when they
should understand his real motives.
Above all. he never turned aside to notfc*
the torrai* of vituperation that filled the
columns af the papers all over the island.
To-day ti e active work of carrying on and
perfecting rhe new school system is large
ly in the Cubans’ own hands.
The System To-day.
There : t re now' 3.079 schools on the isl
and, with about 140,0C0 schcol children en
rolled: half a million dollars’ worth
of most modern schcol furniture has been
purchased and sent to the different mu
nicipaliiies; the pupils of the island are
furnished with books and all necessary
school supplies free of charge; night
schools for adults are about to be es*ab
lished, And a plan has been formulated
for a teachers’ normal school on the island
during the summer months for the bemeflt
of ihos* who can not join the excursion
to the United States.
Particular stress should be laid upon
the tart the natives are taking in the
work. Thus, the teachers are Cubans,
1 cards of education are made up of Cu
bans, lie alcade, or mayor, in each town
being ex-officio a member of the hoard,
and each municipality conducting its own
affairs exclusively. This lias contributed
to great and pardonable pride on thtir
I art. and they are doing all within their
power *0 make it a success. Local ambi
tion in many casts rune high, as instanc
ed by the alcalde, who went to Gen.
Wood and asked that a system of munici
pal taxation might be established in h s
town, which, he said, desired to make its
• wn appropriation for the school fund
and be seif-support! ng, instead of be
ing dependent on the island revenues. Thi3
request Gen. W<oi was obliged to refuse,
as tiie time for municipal taxation has
not vet quite arrived, and when it d.es
the system must necessarily be uniform,
but the case deserves to go on record.
Mr. Frye modestly assert* that the suc
cess of the wotk is almost entirely due
to the spontaneous and universal assist
ance the Cubans have given him s nee
they understood the import of the sys
The supply of bcoks. material, etc,, fie©
cf (barge to the pupi’s is probably the
iron remarkable in th© word. It was
mule necessary by the empty treasuries
and the impossibility of raising money
sufficient for the purpjse by any sys
tem of internal revenue until the coun
try con'd recover somewhat frem the de
vastating effects of the war. The law pro
vide 1 for compulsory attendance at
school. Now, if the children went to
school they must have books, but the
parents had no money with which to
buy bocks, and frequently there were no
parents, there b ing upward of 50 0.0 or
phans on the island to-day, according
to the official returns. The time will prob
ably come when such lavish furnishing of
supplies will no longer be necessary, but
that will not be for a year at least.
To the Cubans the arrival of the school
furniture and supplies, maps, bookcases,
globes, blackboards, etc., especially in the
remote portions of the island, marked a
red letter day. Never before had such
equipments been seen. "Carramba!" was
the universal exclamation—here were
things meant for use exclusively in
schools, just like the Americans! The
awarding of the contracts for that furni
ture wes a most important detail, and
many days and nighta of unceasing in
spection and vigilance were devoted to
Representatives of both Cuban and
American firms fairly swarmed about Mr.
Frye as soon as it was known that the
furniture was to be bought, for the value
of equipments needed mounted up to more
than $550,000, the order being the largest
of its sort ever placed. Thic provided
for over* 100,000 pupils, and it was thought
at the time that it would do for the whole
of the present school year, but the in
crease of enrollment has been eo great
that at this writing several thousand
children are unprovided for in any way,
and the prospects are that new awardg
must be made by the opening oi the next
Cnhnn Tearhera Are Well Paid.
To most American teachers the salaries
paid to the teachers of Cuba will proba
bly seem high. But it should be remem
bered that living is much more expensive
in Cuban than American cities, a fact
which Americans in Havana learned by
sad experience last winter. Also that
formerly yio Cuban teacher had his
house free of rent, a custom that has been
done away with under the new regime. It
was in addition thought desirable to fix
good salaries in order that the best possi
ble material might be secured. At pres
ent about three-fifths of the more than
3,000 teachers are women and two-fifths
are men. no discrimination being made be
tween the sexes in the matter of pay
when similar services are performed.
The lowest salary paid to any teacher
in Havana is |9OO, and this is 25 per cent,
more than the average of the hight sal
aries paid in fifteen of the largest cities
of the United Spates. Seven ether cities
in Cuba receive exactly this average o
highest salaries in thefce cities cf our
country, while the lowest salary paid to
any regular teacher in the Cuban public
schools is S6OO.
It must not be supposed, however, that
many well trained, highly qualified teacn
ers arc now In the work. The exigents
of the situation demand that the -,cho l
boards should simply select the best a'd
most available men and women and em
ploy them. There is not a single teacher
now in the Cuban schools who las passe)
an examination, but tfie school law pro
vides that after Sepiember next all teach
ers must be examined. This w ill he after
the great excundon has returned from the
A special summer course with reference
to the needs of the Cuban teachers has
been arranged at Harvard, and Instruct
ors conversant with both languages will
Impart the Instruction. At the same time
It is expressly understood that on their
return the excursionist leaf Tiers are to
impart as much of the Instruction received
ns they can to those who remain at
home, and also to describe the trip in
general in as great detail as possible. Thus
tho idea gained will be distributed over
the entire Island.
It will be seen that the Cuban teachers
are to receive a great object lesson. They
are to be introduced in American homes
and entertained, and besides thts. instruc
tion of the regular six weeks' course, they
are to eeo out- museums, laboratories,
parks, great public buildings and public
works; they are to have the opportunity
of studying our cities arlH our manners
and customs In general. Tlic plan In
cludes outing and social features as
well us study, and a trip to Washing
ton. Chicago, Niagara Falls and New
York has been planned, the citizens of
New York being now engaged in raising
a fund of SIO,OOO to provide for their en
tertainment while there.
Tho only cost to each teacher will be
traveling expenses to the seaport from
which the transport will sail, and inci
dental Individual outlay. The women
teachers will have accommodations in the
homes of private citizens; the men will
be lodged in the dormitories. The women
will dine in tbe beautiful Memorial Hall
and another iarge new building, with
spacious reading rooms and parlors in
charge of a Cuban woman, has been es
pecially prepared as a meeting and rest
ing place for them. The government
transports on which they will sail are the
Burnside, the McPherson, the McClellan,
the Crook and the Sedgwick. Sailing day
is June 25.
Soon after the excursion was announced
a discovery was made on the part of cer
tain persons here that it would be highly
improper for several hundred young Cu
ban women to go junketing to the United
States under the guise of an educational
excursion unchaperoned and wthout the
restraining influences and moial benefits
supposed to attach to constant espionage.
This discovery was followed by a general
outbreak in the Cuban which lastel
for about ten days, Mr. Frye b°ing cnce
more placed under fire, while the usual
threats were made to issue an appeal
"signed by the best citizens of Cuba,” to
be presented to Gen. Wood, forbidding h“
trip. A general lowering of the moral
standard and a debasement of woman
hood shocking to contemplate were pre
dicted as inevitable results cf such a tour,
and Cuban mothers we r e implored to send
their daughters to Cabanas before they
would, allow it. In the meantime hun
dreds of letters were pouring in on Mr.
Frye every day from teachers all over
the island, chiefly women, imploring to
be taken on- the excursion and urging ev
ery possible reason why they p rsonal’y
should bfe included. Then it was discover
ed that Mr. Frye had provided a num
ber of Cuban women to accompany the
party as chaperones. The sudden bub
ble of opposition was pricked once more
and preparations for the excursion ate
now going merrily forward.
Stalky & Co.'s
Talk With the Little Red Sergeant
Who Kittling Hua Hade Immortal.
CY HELEN DAMES BROWN.
“Ylss,” says my Devonishe drivler,
"yiss, yonder's wheor Kipling surruved
bis tolme.” He pointed his whip toward
a “terrace’’ of bow-windowed houses, and
kept on pointing till I read aloud for his
satisfaction the words upon the front:
"United Service® College.” "Yes,” I re
peated, “that is where Stalky & Cos., serv
ed their time, too.” The buildings were
commonplace, brownish-grayish in color,
and insignificant in architecture. They
stood high above the road, with a noble
conumnnd-of the sea. For this was West
ward, He, on the North Devon coast, and
I had driven over from Bideford partly
in honor of Charles Kingsley, chiefly in
honor of Rudyard Kipling. Westward, Ho
Is that dismallest of spots, an unsuccess
ful watering place; and Kingsley College,
next neighbor to Stalky's Is that forlornest
of ruins, an abandoned school.
My visit fell In the dead vast and mid
dle of the summer vacation. A school
in summer has a silence of its own—si
lence audible, like .darkness visible. To
my imagination the place was filled with
the absence of the school boys there, and
rang with the silence of their war drum.
I followed the graveled path, to the door,
but hardly expected to enter, for I am the
deprecating, retreating American when
on my travels. At the entrance appeared
a little man, red-haired, red-faced, very
straight in the back, stiffened from head
to foot with authority.
"Would it be possible for me to step
inside the door?” said I. turning awav.
He thought not. I quite understood,
and drew back from the doorway.
“I could show you 'is study, at the top
o' the stair,” paid the man of authority.
“Number live 'e called it. Number three
hit is. That was the way 'e changed
things. That door was Mr. Prout’s, 'is
name not bein’ Prout, however, though
beginnln’ ■with a P. He changed every
name except the cook's. He put us ail
“And you, too, are in the book?”
“Yiss,” he answered shyly; “I'm—well.
I'm the little red sergeant. They called
me Foxihus. 'E's put me in ’is stories
three times. I wrote 'im a letter; I said
'e'd better take me hoff the stage, and
'e answered me a letter—l've it in my
pocket now. I couldn't read tt to you.
though I'd like to’ it bein' so hirvtimate."
Could Beetle but have seen the proud,
fond touch Foxihus gave his letter!
“ 'Ere’s the study that ail the lads are
It was a study that had seen service.
Indeed, from end to end, Stalky’s school
wan as ink-bespattered a place of edu
cation as I have ever visited.
There was not much to see in study.
Number five; there was a gTeat deal to
think. The little red sergeant’s remin
iscences of Beetle shall wait till Mr. Kip
ling’s biography is written—may the day
bo far digjant.
■■ ’E was a little racal,” says Foxihus.
affectionately; “ > gave me a deal o'
trouble, that did,” and the little man
says It as if It were the thing in all his
life he was proudest of.
“I’m ’avin’ to wear spectacles made H
awkward in a fight;” and up rose before
me the poet Beetle, spectacles mended
with an old boot lace, as on page forty-
Foxibus, unbent, tried no more disci
pline upon me. bur led me over the house,
with great geniality and thoroughness,
even throwing open the bath room door,
that I might see where “the lads showed
each other their wales;** and even con
ducting me to Richard's sanctum, where
that worthy blacked the boots.
“And ’ere> where I drilled ’em." shew
ing the gymnasium, scene of "The Flag
of their Country."
“Ami 'ere’s where the cat—"
"Yes, I remember," I said quickly.
"I could tell you the truth of that
But I made nn immediate remark about
the sen. which filled every window, with
a blue expanse.
Foxi bus led me through form rooms,
dormitories, dining rooms. wholesome
with the bright, keen ocean air, and cheer
ful with their wide, free outlook. All
was plain nnd simple to bareness, a prep
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and there one saw pictures of military
heroes, Lord Kitchener conspicuous amontr
And there’s where ’<? eat et tg,ble, as I
chn just remember, ’im, a little lad."
“Stalky & Co.,’’ I think, is not so good
a book for boye as for their teachers and
their maiden aunts. The trio are, in many
respec'ts, boys of the Stone Age, as I be
lieve someone in the book suggest*, They
answer to Plato’s famous definition: "Of
all animals, the boy is tho most unman
ageable, inasmuch a.v he has the fountain
of reason in him not yet regulated, he is
the most insidious, ted and in
6ubordinate of animals.” "It’s not brutal
ity," says the tutor, Hartopp; "it’t# boy,
In the head, the chaplain, and “little
Hartopp," the’book has a saving remnant
of human teachers; but the chaplain re
marks: ‘Never again will I forget that
master is not a man.” In "Stalky & Cos."
it is the teacher as dunce who take© his
turn. This shriveled man is pathetic, be
littled by living ’continually with his in
feriors—the man who has taught Latin
so long that he talks like a translation of
Cicero. King addresses Bottle: “Com©
forth, thou inky buffoon. You supply. I
presume, the doggerel for this entertain
ment. Esteem yourself to I>e, as it were,
a poet?’’ (That quasi is delightful.)
The autobiographical twits lire In ten
esting: Beetle taking to books in the li
brary of the Head, who “would read her©
a verse and. here another of these poets,
opening up avenues;’’ Beetle editing the
school paper; Beetle, the laureate of the
school, tir songster and spokesman;
his pen the torment of the masters*—"You
see I can always make him hop with
some more poetry."
“ ‘E was always writ In'," says Foxl
bus; “sometimes it was for the Bideford
paper, all unbeknown. You couldn’s keep
him from writin’ then no more than now."
Everywhere, the little red sergeant
seemed bewildered s to his own, identity,
perplexed to find himself both inside and
outside a book, at the same time. Th©
old soldi r had been twenty years in th©
army school at Westward Ho. but plain*-
ly the most wondeful experience of hi 9
career had been the entertaining and dis
ciplining of a genius unuwares To be
years after introduced to the world by this
troublesome lad, such was the romance
of Foxihus. the little red sergeant.
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