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Washington Post, The (Newspaper) - July 20, 1913, Washington, District Of Columbia THE WASHINGTON POST: SUNDAY, JULY 20, 1915. ARE all of you Well, the.n let me introduce Little Miss Muffett' Oh you know her al- readj That Is so much the better, then, and those who have not met her have been told about how she sat on a tuffett, eating curds and and that a most Impolite spider, sat down beside her, and scared her half to death That Isn t the way It goes' Oh yes I remember now, he frightened Miss Muffett away Here she is In any event, and she does look a bit timid, but we shall soon make her feel perfectly at home that she will forget all about her unpleasant ex- perience What do you think' Miss Muf- i-ett asks if she is too old to play with dolls tojs The old to play with dolls and kitchen sets and tiny chairs and tables and diminutive irons and small brooms' Did >ou ever think little girls just why you like to play with these things' Not only to amuse v ourselves and have a good time but because >ou are small women, even when vou are tiny little girls, and the care that vou give vour doll is the heaven-born In- stinct of motherhood and the jov that vou take out of jour tin dishes and small pots and pans and tin> sewing machine Is the natural instinct of the housewife and a number of wise people are now trving to teach little girls all of these things gradually as they grow from girl- hnod to womanhood, so that there will be no incompetent housewives You do not S v t up >our tojs but pass on from the make-believe to -the. real almost before v iu are aware of the fact So you see placing with tojs is really fitting you for vour life w >rk So your toys are serving i T f iod purpose and you need not be1 I'rid to pldy with them for any num- of to come I suppose 12 years rrts seem quite venerable to some of sweet little maids but the beautiful pl-j t me do not shorten it but try to mitvf believe Ju-rt as long as you can and, now that j ou know that It Is instructive well j ou will not be afraid of appear- inff too old T d id. Flint may be our hostess next send In your letter and your 51 tue, Edna to AUNT ANNA Pear Vunt Anna It Is Just a month 1 i sincp I last the dome of the ai ol I traveled to New York alone to im t my father expecting to spend a few days and then return home in time for the si ent Fourth and its near cele- hrat on But we were invited to spend a wrpk with friends at Sheepshead Bay, and the good times there made the hours pass verj quickly I learned to shoot an alrgun, and had great fun shooting at a dead crab pinned to a tree Incidentally I acquired innumerable mosquito bites, the scars of which I carry to this dav After leaving Sheepshead Bay I went to estchestsr N Y and had grand times pwimmlng In Pelham Bav I christened mv new bathing suit which was a Christ- mas present from my Tanta Mlna Fol- lowing this I journeved to Philadelphia, m> grandma lives, and enjoyed the of her garden and the reading of books Then came a letter from mj father saving he would take me to lantio Cltv so here I am spending these lovely cool davs bathing In the grand old ocean and swimming and diving in the For -the first time__I tried shooting the chutes, and found it great fun Days are much the same here but the life on the Boardwalk Is ever changing and In- teresting to watch Tan has followed the agonies of sunburn so now 1 can bid de- fiance to Old Sol It seems that Fate doog not intend me to spend any of my blrthdav anniversaries In Washington it occurred while I was on the ocean last while in Hazleton Pa, and this vear in the CrU of Brotherly love I have now attained the venerable age of twelve Pear dear, I have filled sev en pages and like the man In the The Sea Is Calling Me BO I must close and answer the call Iota or ove to all the cousins and Keep a goodl> portion for vourgelf LA REINE (Elenore D Ebv City e are so glad to hear from jou, Klenore and glad vou are enjoying jour vacation I am sorry jou were not here to compete In the camera contest How- ever it is still running Pear Vnna It has been so since I -written to the W P C c that I suppose I am considered a stranger 1 haven t forgotten jou for I read "our paere everv Sundav The Girls' went down the river on a moonlight ride had a glorious time Post's Old Glil I am ashamed of mvself for not sending vou thanks for your kind invitation but our Sund.iv school went on an excur- sion that Jav I hope to hear from vou soon I e to Dearie Helen of i roj and Maid Marian Good-bj, Q s but please save my letter With love E H S HANKY JPANKY Dear Aunt and Cousins I was verv glad to see my letter printed, but Dolores didn't keep her promise. I was so interested in "our page" Sunday that it seemed to me it was very soon when I i eached the last column I think that the camera contest will be verv Interesting especially the pictures of children Last night (Monday rilght) the Rectory Girls' on their moonlight excursion Helen of Trov did you have a good time' I had a dandy time A very large crowd got on the boat at "Washington and a v erv few at Alexandria There were 1.700 people on the boat It was a beautiful night the moon and the stars shining brightly The sun was setting1 Just as we were leaving Washington, and t cast Its ted glow on the water It was a verv prettv sight On account of such a large crowd I thought that I wouldn't hav- such a. good time, but I had a. most en- joyable evening Coming on the Hanky PanJcy and I were to tired nearly fell aalaep. The "Baotory THE HOSTESS. not let Granny Scrapbag get this letter Give my love to Pink Lady, Queen Phllx, Bookworm, Cup and Saucer, Jewel, and the Twentieth Century Girl Also keep for yourself. Aunt Anna. QUEE-N BEATRICE. Dear Aunt Anna- I have been reading The Post boys' and girls' page for a long time. I would like very much to Join, if you will let me. For my pen name I will take Schoolgirl, If it is not taken. I am 13 years old, and I go to the Claren- don School. Hoping to be a cousin soon, I am SCHOOLGIRL. (Berthenia Godfrey, Ballston, My Dear Aunt Anna and Cousins: Aunt Anna, please be hostess soon Baby Rose, -why don't you write' You have not written for ages And Pearl of Savoy, you must wake up, too Dixie Girl, your poems are fine. Why, Granny, how dare you Interrupt me? You know that Is not polite Give my love to the tw6 Rs and to the cousins I am, ADROMICA. (Mount Vernon School, Del Ray, Va.) Dear Aunt Anna- As Shylock says, "thanlc you, seems such- a small way to express our appreciation of winning a prUe from The Post I certainly was pleased when I saw my chapter la print last Sunday. I wonder where Shylook, Portja, and many others were on the fourteenth? Al- though Friday, the thirteenth, sounds rather queer, surely you didn't let super- stition scare you away from the picnic the next day! We certainly did have a good time, Aunt Anna, and Butterfly and I would like to tell you and The Post how we appreciated it. Older cousins, don't let's allow another whole year to roll by before we meet again. My address Is 3013 Dumbarton avenue northwest, and I would be glad to see you some time soon Really, Aunt Anna, it has 'been so hot I haven't anything very exciting to say, so good-by, with love from .ATALANTA. Hellen H Fetter P S Marlon, how did the pic- tures turn out? H. H. F. Dear Aunt Anna- Yon certainly are getting a lot of new members. Soon you will have to use two pages to get all of the letters, pictures, and articles in. I know lots of the cousins, and some who are going to Join Aunt Atjna, when and where are you going to have thOB, trtcnlc? Love to all Your nephew, BEOWULF. (George Durno IN BOOK-CHARACTER HEAVEN T Isabella Scott (Little Miss Girls" sing in the summe1- choir, as the choir boys have gone away to camp. I suppose that a. good many of the cousins are spending their vacations at North Beach or at other summer resorts I am not sure about going away, but I should love to go to the give Tech for winning the drill, but there is one consolation left, and that is East- ern won the -baseball championship Widow Wise, you have not "been reading the papers because this is the third let- ter that I have written Aunt Anna, do you rememiber a cousin named Gay' I wonder what has become of her Well good-by With love to Aunt Anna and all of the cousins, I am, MAID IMJARION. Eastern High School Yes I often think of Gay, and wonder If she has grown into "a real young lady" and thinks she la too big to write Then there are Sweet (Mistress Nell, Lit- the Cricket, Lady Rowena Rosebud, Venus to say nothing of Dolores A Good morning, dear Aunt Anna and all the cousins To say it was rather warm would fail entirely to truthfully describe-that day last week It was awfully hdt That Is the truth, not slang I had a sofa pillow on the grass undeV the trees Pandora sat a few feet frorA me with an arith- metic paper, and pencil She looked so Industrious and. I felt you let rne I say anti-Industrious, Instead of plain' lazy' The lions were exercising their mighty lungs, their voices making the air tremble A beautiful peacock was eating bread and peanuts from my hand Four little, wild timid kittens were at a short distance watching for their share of the bread which I threw to them every few rrinutes as I could not coax them nearer I was thoroughly enjoying mvself, half asleep, while the sunshine danced In and out between the green leaves over my head Suddenly Pandora handed me the paper over which She had been bending It contained no problems in arithmetic What do vou suppose met my Innocent eves' A picture of myself, drawn quite true to life, and beyond description And then Pandora got called by her own really trulv name, which always a scolding, "Pearl Frances'" Words failed me I could say no more. She dark eyes snapping sparks of amusement 1 Of course I could not make it as prettj' as -vou she said Then as she evidently thought had better leave for a little while, she took my cup and went off to get a drink of water The kittens and peacock had left me The lions had had their luncheon and gone to sleep and I was not verv far from sleep mvself enjoving the summer day I love so well at the Zoo, when Pandora re- turned with the cup of water, which she offered me This is the story she had to tell' "O Franchan' I was coming slowly along with the cupful of water and passed the horse trough It looked so cool and I was so hot, that I put my left hand into it. splashing the water with the fingers that were not hold- ing the cup 'Miss, you must not drink that water GHe me your and I will get you some ice I looked up I don't Know wheth- er he was a policeman or a park watchman, or What Anyhow 'I'll leave tiiough for the horses I told him Pandora stopped, for I roared I cer- tainly did enjov that laugh I put the cup on the ground 'I don't believe I want a drink' I said 'Honestljr, that water came from the pump.' she de- clared moat decidedly, but I did not drink it She has not found her draw- Ing since, either. A party of us went, last week, to Chesapeake Beach, about which some of the cousihs have' already written. always manage to have good times whether it is winter or summer I send my to all the cousins W hat are you all doing with vourselves these warm days' How many are study- ing up lessons for next winter's school term' Yours, always, affectionately, THE POSTS OLD GIRL. Dear Aunt Anna.- I have been very much disappointed at not seeing my let- ters in the paper I suppose many of the cousins are getting ready to go away to spend their summer vacation I guess thev are glad that school has closed until next September and then many of them will not want to go back aa they have had so much fun during their vacation I am going to send my picture in real soon, that X may toe hoatua. do begin by telling- where we are, who we are, and what we are doing: We are In book-char- acter heaven; we are the well- known characters of Juvenile fiction, and we are having a tea party. Now book-character heaven Is the place where the departed souls of all the good book characters are gone to their eternal rest, here no hostile criticism may enter and the place is quite civilized and superearthly. There Is also a limbo to which the book villains are sent, but we shall not speak of that At the time of this narrative, the king of this heaven, has Invited his children to a tea party and here are gathered all of the re- cently familiar characters of Juvenile fic- tion A lull came In the spontaneous ripple of our chatter, and the Little Colonel, believing we were wearying of the party, said "Let's tell a chain story, but in- stead ol making it up let us tell about ourselves Let it be a sort of linked confession of all of one comes to an end, or hesitates. Just say 'and and your neighbor will continue with his story Now, all hold out your hands and let's see who shall begin." This plan met with immediate accept- ance and by repeating Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, the lot fell to Prudy She was delighted to begin, because she likes to be first in everything and covets the limelight 1 I never had such a time as when I had hip trouble, she began. "Must I tell you about it'" "No' No'" was the general chorus So she started again "I really think my author could not have known me very well, because she said that next to the dear people in the Bible and my mamma I loved somebody Maybe It was Susy, but I have forgotten. No little girl like I was would say such a thing because I really and truly, blackly-bluely, hope-to-die, am not a bit prim or goody-goody, and----" Here the indignant query "When, oh, when, are you going to inter- rupted her flow of words and reminded her that there were others She sub- sided "And, as I was continued Rollo, "in going to Leghorn one has to visit the guif and read up on Shelley, and it is such a bother Of course, I always pretended that I was entirely ab- sorbed In my studies and my tutor al- ways spoke so proudly of me, but. as this is a confession, I must tell you that I didn't like to study any more than any other boy. Indeed, at times I had a i secret longing to roll In a mud puddle, Here he politely stopped and the rest of us "Good for you, Rollo; you aren't such- A sissy after all." hush! It's my turn, and you are all said Amy. Bvery one quieted down to listen to the youngest of the Little Women she began, "I am sorry I was bad during my life. I did reform at the end, but you know it is rather hard to be good like Beth Oh' that reminds me to say that Beth doesn't want to say anything, so she begs that you listen to her dear robin, and remember how much she loves us all Now, it's your she concluded, but Jo felt so self-conscious that her feet were all twined around the legs of her chair Laurie came to the rescue, and the two of them soon started every- body laughing with their utter nonsense. "And, suddenly shouted Laurie, whereupon Met: Jumped with surprise She, too, was shy until John Brooks came to her assistance Their talk was also very entertaining, if a trifle boister- ous, with the result that when they reached their "and the Little Colonel reminded the rest of us that this, was a chain-confession, not a rough house. "Do you the Little Colonel said, "I wish I was not sitting next to the Little Women, because they make me feel so inferior and small I was a girl with every possible advantage, yet all I did was to marry." "So did we chiiried in the chorus. After this the Lltttte Colonel felt better satisfied with herself, and permitted the actors of the group to take up their end of the game. As the Little Women and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm had re- cently become actresses, they and Polly of the Circus, as well as the little brother and sister. of_ the Blue Bird, gazed upon with interest and curiosity by the rest "I think, on the whole, we are doing a very good work said Polly. Actors and actresses are always BO con- ceited' what way'" asked little Prudy, glad of the chance to talk again answered Peter Pan, "we have supplied the stage with children's plays which are not too childish for our elders, and we have put within the reach of children wholesome, sincere literature, which opens a new in the drama. Henceforth, I believe there will be a suc- cession of sensible plays for the younger folk, Just as there are problem plays and society farces for the grown-ups "I hope there will began in chorus, but Just then we were called and told that our tea party was over. MARGARET L. SMITH (age When the High School Battery Seeks Academy Honors I BT STANUBY DE NBAUB. 16. Central High School.) N those early days of June, while all Seaton was either gloomily antici- pating or dolefully 'bewailing the disastrous 'HJllbury baseball. game, while "Wolcott Lindsay, flred by Laughlln's example and spirit, -was throwing himself enthusiastically into the captain's projects for the football season, two lads In a town In western Pennsyl- vania were eagerly discussing plans for the next school year. They had sent to various Institutions for catalogues, and with the catalogues had arrived circulars, pictures, and let- ters. But catalogues and pictures are at best but lifeless things; they suggest many questions and answer few. A far better persuader Is an enthusiastic alum- nus, who puts personality Into dull pages of names and pours a rosy, poetic haae over the groups of somber brick barracks called the school Such an enthusiastic alumnus had the entree of the Owen household, with the natural result that (Mr Owen soon became a convert, and a room was engaged for- Robert in a Seaton dormitory Ned Carle was longer in uncertainty. His father was not as well able as Mr. Owen to bear the expense of boarding- school life Ned himself had not long manifested an Intense ambition to go be- yond the bounds of the Terryvilie high school for his education He was a light- hearted, quick-witted, intelligent fellow, easy-going and friendly, generally liked in town and liking to be liked He would naturally have been popular if he had never had a baseball under his two lin- gers, but the fact that he wan a pitcher, and a good pitcher, not only established his popularity on a definite basis, but made him in a way a public character. When Ned Carle pitched on the high school nine and iRobert Owen caught the nine could generally be counted on to The battery was well known out- side the limits of the town, which was in its way a miniature 'baseball center. The standard ot play in Terryvilie was high. Mike McLennan, the famous professional, had once pitched on a TerryvIHe nine, and Mike, when he was at home, took an interest in the "kids" of his native place, and. gave them the benefit of his instruc- tion. So both Carle and Owen were started in their careers with professional advice of unquestioned authority. That Owen received a smaller share of the professional's favor than Carle does not signify that he was an unpromising pupil. Mr Owen did not regard McLen- nan as a wholly desirable patron for hia eon While he did not object to the boy's learning what the expert had to teach, he distinctly discouraged an in- timacy which would expose him to ques- tionable associations and false Ideals Robert, too, was reserved and quiet. The great player valued himself too highly to waste much of his attention on who -showed but small enthusiasm for his teacher With Nted Carle, however, the case was different His father cherished no such inconvenient views as to his son's asso- ciations; if he had done So, it would have made no difference, for it usually hap- pened in the Carle family that what Ned wanted the rest of the family ultimately accepted Ned took to McLennan and, McLennan to Ned naturally aa they had been born neighbors, with only a low fence and a few years' difference Jn age between them. The boy hailed the ball player as chatted with him on the street corners, aiid listened, cred- ulous and admiring, to all of his tales of great deeds on the bragged like a Homeric hero without being shocked at the language tir dazed by the improbabilities of the narrative. In return, McLennan laid himself out to make the boy a pitcher, taught him to use his arm properly and how to for it, helped him to acquire effective curves, Carle absorbs the pitching art from a famous professional. and coached him }n many of the devices by which pitchers outwit their batsmen With this tuition and a natural apti- tude, Ned Carle made rapid progress as a pitcher. The arts which he had not mastered, he knew something about, and he could talk baseball with the best As citizens of Terryvilie will recall, while the "spltball" still in harmless in- fancy, and only a few master pitchers were experimenting with It secretly, be- fore the newspapers had seized upon the mystery. Ned Carle was already making sage prophecies as to the tricky new curve, and the havoc It would wreck on batting averages and catchers' fingers Indirectly, Owen profited by this coach- Ing When McLennan, as occasionally happened, stopped over a day at his and gave Carle a few points in the back yard, Owen was, of course, called on to do the catching When McLennan was one summer laid off a whole fort- night tor assaulting the umpire, amd wished during this period of Idleness to keep his 'own arm in condition as well as assist his protege, Owen was given another and more serious privilege On eight afternoons the lad faced pro- fessional fire, guessed at the sweep of his curves, and bravely struggled to grip the ball. There were times when the man pitched at his amateur catcher as if he. held the latter responsible for his enforced Vacation The Balls came hiss- ing hot, now a high Jump that he had to reach for. now a. vicious sweep toward his ffeet, now a wide out that threw him off his balance, now a straight, jSWift shot that sped like an arrow, looked like a marble in air, and struck his mitt like a blow from a club Owen worked hard that fortnight, and his hands suf- fered; but he stood up to his task with- out a murmur, and had the satisfaction of feeling that he gained from day to day PRIZE PHOTOS IN LAST WEEK'S CAMERA CONTEST He really could not hold McLennan and he knew It. but he had lost his fear of the man, and he never again faced a pitcher with the slightest semblance of timidity From much of the baseball wisdom that the professional lavished upon Carle, Owen apparently got little benefit, though the time was to come when he should try hard to- recall the details of the coach- ing One thing, however, he had re- ceived directly It was McLinnan who showed him how to snap the ball down to second. The theory only he, owed to the veteran, his mastery of the trick was due to his own long and diligent prac- tice- It was not a very swift throw, at least in these early years, but he got rid of the ball with such extreme quickness and placed his throw so accurately that few baterunners whom the Terryvilie battery had to watch found it possible to steal second One more circumstance as to this Ter- ryvilie battery, an.i. we are ready for our A y> i C ne'Carle' class-room performances were not ex- traordinary, and he was not distinguished either as a speaker or as a writer. At the first school meeting, however. Owen learned that Poole's utterances, though lacking In finish, were listened to with greater respect than those of almost any o P else, and in all the subsurface carp- K and criticism, which as prevalent the school world as elsewhere, Poole ATS more often spared than other con- uous characters I hear you are a said the nptaln one morning, about a fortnight after the opening of school I've caught a replied Owen, modestly. How did you find that "Why, vour friend Carle told He says he has pitched a good deali la he good'" "He's all right'" Owen made haste to say, in the hopelessly vague, yet em- phatic phrase of the day "He's the best pitcher of his aget I've ever seenl He's got speed, curves, and fine control. He'a had a lot of experience, too Poole's expressive face beamed with de- light A man who could really pitch and had had experience was Just what he was on the lookout for In a moment, however, the radiance had passed away and a dubious shade settled into its place Terrj-vllle High School and the Seaton Academy were two very different places Poole had known other much- vaunted performers on high school teams who had not "made good" on the Sea- ton field. It was a question of standard of play "What kind of teams has he he asked, with doubt showing in both countenance and voice Owen understood very well the sue picion that lay behind the question. "Good ones, some of them, and some he answered dryly, smothering the sharp retort that sprang to his lipa. "We played other nines besides the high schools Carle had as good coaching as any young fellow can get. Mike MeLea- -'s has had him in hand nan of the for several years Poole caught his breath, and his danced with joy A pitcher coached by the famous professional whose name ap- peared as often in the newspapers aa the President of th> United Here was a find, indeed' But suddenly a horrible suspicion laid hold of him. He seized Owen by the arm and swung him around BO as to bring his face close to own. "Tell me straight he demanded with an earnestness that waa almost stern and looking squarely into Owen's eyes "I want the truth right now and all the truth Is his record clear' Haa he ever been paid for pitching, directly or Indlrectlv If he's got anything in his rec- ord against him, or if he's the least bit crooked I want to know it before I tackle him We can't have any ques- tionable men on our teams." Rob's first impulse was to be angry, his second to laugh aloud, but Poole's earnestness was and hia own many an- I Becond thoughts assured him that the nth. other good man. had one serious weak- captain's suspicion was natural and his strike, especially if there were men on bases, and not more than one out, wor- ried him badly He could usually put the ball where It was wanted even when a seen something of the malodorous border- land that lies between amateur amd pro- fessional McLennan's vulgarity he could put up with because of McLennan s mar- velous skill in busirress: But the failure to do BO meant passing a man, third rater and the semlprofessional, who but he possessed a strange faculty for lepresents a fair laborer, eternally spoiled trying the wrong ball. It was here that to make a poor ball player he viewed Owens good sense and cool head served with unwavering contempt So it was the pair Owen knew by instinct what with cordiality and inward approval that kind of a ball promised most In the par- h" looked directly back into Poele's dark, ticular case. Carle could pitch the ball I fiercely shining -eyes, and answered con- that Owen wanted, and, strange enough, I t dently was Willing to do so The combination 'rlis record's as clear TOUTS He'a worked so smoothly, and the pitching was chances to play for- and re- so very effective, that Carle, and even I fused them -McLennin advised him to Owen himself, failed to appreciate how keep clear of it until lie was through much of the strategy of the battery orig- school inated behind the bat Poole Ills arm "Tin mighty When Rob Owen quietly announced one glad to hear that Of course, we shall morning in May that his father to look him up, but what you say thinking of sending him to Seaton the i eassures me You used to catch him, next year, Carle was Immediately seized With a desire to accompany him The circulars and letters arrived in their tempting invitations Enthusiastic alum- nus performed his task, clevcrlj heighten- ing his description of the 01 poi tunlttes of the school, with seductive pictures of school life and sport and Jpvoun fellow- ship To the general ambition of the young American to make the most of his life was added the particular ambition of d'dn t you1 "Yes replied Owen "We've got a good catcher said the captain, "but we want good men for other positions Did you ever play in the infield' Not answered Owen Well, you must come out and try for the nine, anyway concluded the cap- tain, turning away "There'll be chance enough for any one who knows the game the natural ball player for a. wider field can hlt tne bal1 f our family or a friend is not eligible for the prise Of course, all of you may net be able to develop or print pic- tures, and this is not required, but you must take the photograph yourself. Next Sunday the result of the children and ani- mal pictures will be given And now you are, the next week, to write the concluding chapter, of the base- ball boarding school story written by Stanley Die Neale I told you of this storv some time ago, and promised to print It, but I thought at the time that it was a finished story However, it is not, ard so you are to conclude It. You may make your last chapter rather long or you may divide the rest of the story Into two chap- ters, as this one is arranged. I am sure you see what is needed to complete the story, you must make the "other 1boy" win out also. I would like a description of a stirring; game, with plenty of action and plenty of dialogue The story by Stanley De Neale, while well written Is lacking in action and dialogue Also break up your story into short pai- agraphs I am using this story to en- courage the boys to write stories of their sports and camp life, I want a lot more boy stuff than we have in the page Girls are really more Industrious than boys when It comes to writing Now, boys, those of you who have been in camp with the Boy Scouts, send In long and Interesting accounts of' your adventures d a. good scholar that with equally 1 Second prize, Claire Harris, age 16. Third prize, Helen Wallerstein, age 15. there are so many interesting things that boys could write about, and, re- member, this page is Just what >ou care to make it Do not think it is a girls' page, for indeed, it is not intended to be that altogether We want the boys, and we want them to tell ua all manner of interesting things that they are doing, and what is more Interesting than a boy after all (now, girls, you need not get so I hope you are going to fol- low this story up with others about boy life Are jou a collector' "Well, tell us about Of course, the author of the storv may your collection Aie vou inteiested in anv compete in this contest alsV> Gnls are special science' e would be so glad to not barred by anj' means, for thev may read about it Do you build ai i ships' write the concluding chapter, and the We want to know all about vour work prizes will be awarded solely on merit Are you a baseball fan? Tell us your However, this is a. boys' story, and I of the aeaaoa thus far. that it will not be the laat one, but that it will encourage other boys to write stories along these lines Remember another camera contest, and then the concluding chapter of this story Ihe atori may be sent in ai v time but all stories must be received by Saturday, August 2 This contest is open to all boys and girls 17 years of age and under. The name, age, home address, and school must be written on the back of the photos submitted and in the storj' contest these general rules must be followed also, and the story must be written on one side of the paper onlv All work be orig- inal, and last, but not least, I am in need of summei headings All work must be received on the Sat- urday named by the _ CHILD REN'3 EDITOR. The teachers agreed faithful 'work the pitcher of the school nine could have ranked far above the catcher In a cei- tam quickness of perception and facility of expression, combined with a good memory, he possessed what Boys consider the most Important elements of scholarship Of industry the great and fundamental essential, he had as yet shown little development but as this is the quality least admired among boys, and often the last acouired neither himself nor his teachers as a whole con- sidered the fault a serious one Ned's persistence seconded by the fluent superlatives of enthusiastic alumnus, was than a match for Mr Carle's doubts. By midsummer the question was settled' the 125 trunks distributed by the pxpressmaij on the first day of the fall i ei m were two marked 'Terryvilie, Pa CHAPTER II The two Terryvjlle roomed apart n had already engaged hia room be- Carle decided to accompany him to Seaton The difference of the character the two boys appeared In the of their first days in school Before the first Sundav Nad seemed to be on friendly terms With everv fellow in the entry Rob on the other'hand hard- ly knew the names of the occupants of his own floor As the football season advanced the senior became more and more absorbed in the work of tho eleven, and had less time for Incidental kequaintances Lfndsay'n visitors especially interested the new- comer They, were such important char acters in the school that he soon came to know them by sight though thev of course, had no interest in him them were Ware the manager of the eleven Hendrv a football plaver and big, serious Laughlin, the captain of the team who appeared but in the dormitory until near the end of the season, when the conferences in Lindsay s room became frequent Ot the nonfoot- ball players, no one seemed to Owen more wholly desirable as a friend than Poole, captain of the nine He was a straight dark w irv fellow of average height and weight with an open face and an air of quiet confidence and simple honest> and unaffected common sense combined with energj and principle Poole possessed ah the admirable qualities except brilliancy Being but a. fair "cholar and compelled to] work hard lor whatever ha learned, hia hardly be depended on to glorify his old catcher at his own expense Carle would sorelr be on the popular side, whatever that was and would think pretty much as thone In authority thought "Trv for the thought Owen to himself, angrily "What experience have I ever had in the infield' Here I've been playing behind the bat ever since I was old enough to hold a ball, and they tell me to try infield' I'm willing to try for anA thing, of course or play anywhere they want me, or not play at all, and if they've got a. better catcher than I am I m glad of it; but they might at least say they'd give me a show In the posi- tion I m used to' Well, It's some time before the season begins, anyway I sup- pose I came here to study, and Mat to play ball, so what's the use of worryiBflt Father would probably rather have we out of It altogether With these not altogether comforting reflectloni, Rob Owen took down hla books Poole and Borland, the catcher, aeon had Carle out for a trial The pitcher took ten minutes -to warm up, but by the end of that time he was throwing all kinds of fast and slow balls, aa Borland demanded, and putting them over ac- cording to the catcher's Poole could hardly moderate the expres- sion of his Joy into reasonably temperate used to Borland." said Carle. ag If to excuse his performance, aa he nulled on his sweater, and the two started down toward the gymnasium. Owen has always caught me." "How is aaked the ta pretty fair" said Carle always worked well together I presume I shall do ai Borland I hope so said Borland And Poole said nothing but he told Lindsay and Laughlin that night in secret that hfchad found the pitcher who going to win for them the Hillhury game Whereat Lindsay and Lauglilln gratulated him heartily and turned again to the problem of guard defensive play on an end run which thoy had been agerl} discussing The football season drew toward Its ,'nd Ve the eagerness of the school warmed to heat new les- eons as to school enthusiasm, and old ambitions sprang into new
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