Monticello Express, April 8, 1897

Monticello Express

April 08, 1897

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Monticello Express (Newspaper) - April 8, 1897, Monticello, Iowa VOLUME APRIL NUMBER JUST A We have given Major Farwcll con siderable this in which to represent the ideas of the four members of the school board who voted to abol office of superintendent of the cut the school year down to eight and eliminate from the high school course the studies neces sary to make it preparatory for our state on the sole plea that our school taxes are too We have but little to say in reply be cause the generalizations of the honored president of the board do not in the slightest degree shake or disprove the conclusions deduced from the statistics presented in our There is no denial of the fact that our assessment for school taxes has been lower than that of Wyoming and in this during the past six and that it is much be low the average of over thirty cities named by Instead of meeting our figures with Major Farwell contents himself with some of which sound like the campaign speeches of last and in assaulting all education be yond that whch might be acquired in a district We most hap that the good people of this com munity do not so lightly value the ben efits of such an education as which the ambitious men have all been striv ing for since the beginnings of civiliza though their ambition do bring upon them the taunt that they are emotional and We cant feel so well contented as as Major Farwell The writer is not satisfied with his own the limitations of which in nowise reflect upon the strivings of an honored father and but his ambition is to give his children a better one than he has And never will we place our selves upon record as favoring anything but the best and highest education for rich and poor that the graded schools of our city can within the limitations of a reasonable levy of which in has never reached as high as even the average of like We believe that the poor man who cannot afford to send his children to college should have the privilege of giving them an extended course in the high and we will never cease to combat the narrowness that would cut its grade down to that of country district Major Farwell devotes much space to belaboring the study of We will not take the space to prolong that but as president of the school board he should know that the board has no more right to eliminate that study from the course than it has Under the provisions of the statute the question of teaching that study was submitted to a vote of the people of this and by their ma jority vote they ordered that it be taught in the Monticello high We do not say that the conclusions of the board will not meet with favor with many who have completed the education of their own and who now object to paying anything more than a trifle for the education of their neighbors They many of with the So are those who are always against every spe cies of But the great majori ty of the people of this who voted to erect a new school and who voted to levy a but only a moiety of which was ever are not with the Scores of men who did not recognize any issue at the polls in the and who relied upon the high character and personality of the men they voted now say that they little thought the result would be what the board has There should be some head to the some controlling It would be just as sensible to say there should not as it would be to declare that the president of a bank is unneces sary because the book keepers can do all of the clerical If there is not a superintendent to direct and then some responsibility should fall up on the board yet how little can we expect in that How little does it know about the We arc in formed that not one member of the school board who voted for the resolu tion has visited the school during the present school and listened to a single They did call a few times to inspect heating but there have been no visits made with a view of knowing what was being or determining what kind of teachers are employed and yet the law provides that they shall visit the schools of their This can not to Farwell and who were just The reform reso lution was passed so soon after their though it does not take effect until September that they hardly had time to make the visits previous to its As there will be no superintendent to loiter with favorite feat ure of the work that the Major thinks might assume a serious part of the supervision will doubtless fall to the lot of the president of the It might be embarassing to him were it not for his well known gallant It is the only pleasure we discern loomingup in the distance under the new We are glad to note that the tone of Major Farwells article indicates that there is hope that the board may re consider its hasty action in cutting the school year down to eight and still give us nine months of And there is an indication that it will heed the voice of the which has has been raised during Tihe past week to a high the voice of the emotional and leave in the high school all the branches it voted to And for this hope of a return to the old order of things there will be re joicing in more than a hundred house MAJOR FARWELL HAS HIS To the Editor of The Express I thank you for your offer to furnish all Judge Kinne is and will the democratic nomination for governor if the boys want him Congressman Cousins will spend the month settling the postoffice and many there are who will call it the month of their A traveling man told us a few days ago that Monticello has become one of the best advertised towns in1 the but not exactly to the credit of its future school Jones county lost one of its most highly esteemed citizens in the death of Isbell of Center The good Doctor passed away last Thurs leaving an untarnished If a good life and a faith that deifies Christ as the representative of a per sonal God will lead a man into eternal joy then Isbell is now enjoying the blessings of a salvation that he not only believed but For many years Isbell has been a prominent figure in the social and professional affairs of Jones He has been a prudent and valuable adviser to many people in and his good sense gave his opinion weight with all The School Question at Prom the Cedar Rapids Daily The Monticello school board is at tracting public attention to itself just now by what would seem to be a short sighted attempt to adjust school finances to a sort of tencentcorn It has resolved to abolish the office of super intendent of to reduce the school year from nine to eight and to drop out of the high school course as many branches as shall be necessary in order to bring it within the limit of the capacity of two teach ers to hear all the Editor Doxsee of THE MONTICELLO EXPRESS took up the matter exhaust ively last and after reading his we conclude that the school board hasnt much to stand Doxsee demonstrates that the school levy is less than that of any other town in Jones and that it has been the least since He presents re ports from thirty six secretaries of boards of education in thirtysix towns and cities in distributed very fair ly throughout the showing up the school levy for all and Mon ticello is way below the He republishes the State Superintendent of Public Instructions report as to salar ies throughout Iowa and demonstrates again that Monticello is behind other towns of its size in this He shows farther that out of 162 high schools in Iowa in towns and cities of a population of and that 119 have a four years high school Monticello being among the fortythree that have a three years It would seem to an outsider that Monticello cannot afford to do what she Last Friday the Wash ington in an editorial on Inter est in Public said One of the most cheering indications as to the future of the nation is the steadily in creasing interest in the public Al most every legislature that has this year or hus and many of them have passed bills intended to increase and improve facilities for free public in In all the cities and in many vil lages new school buildings are being erecteu and the course of study with a view to better The annual expenditure for education increases more rapidly than the wealth of the and no other tax es are so cheerfully borne as those which go for the maintenance of The Post but expresses the sentiment of this A town in all re spects advan tageously situated as is Monticello can not afford to run counter to this en lightened sentiment that is everywhere demanding that the standard of our public schools must not be If the school boards action is representa tive of the public sentiment of our neigh boring there is need there for a vigorous campaign of and judging from Brother Doxsees opening he is fully capable of making a winning If it is not represen tative of the majority Mon ticello citizens should very speedily bring their Board of Education to un derstand that they do not propose to have it misrepresent not to say disgrace the space to reply to your article of last on school In the first 1 wish to say neither Lawrence or myself desired to be elected school Each without the know ledge of the refused to allow his name to be and we did not know wo were being voted until some time after the polls were and neither of us voted at the I wish to say further that 1 do not believe that Hicks or myself have any pique or malice what against any person connected witli the Doron has at times said hard and unkind tilings about but lie is of a impulsive and it would be unworthy of me to make them the basis of any assault upon As a lule he has been obliging and helpful to when our duties have brought us and I have in public and in given him the largest amount of credit for the good work he has done in the Monticello to his ability as an and the faculty he has of getting other people to carry out his wishes and In stating the action of the you omit the preamble which states that the debt for running expenses is and that the peo ple by their demand retrenchment in school in order that this debt may be paid and that the schools may run in the future on a basis that will not re quire a permanent increase of but you proceed to argue that our hereto have not been unreasonably and that the people should cheerfully consent to a tax levy which will pay off this and in the pay about more tax than they have ever done in the for school That is the issue as you make and as it was brought out on election Hunter and Hazlct representing your and Lawrence and Farwell the other if your views had prevailed at the it is clear that there would have been no reduction of and that the cost in the future a as they did for the past lacking a few cents also that the permanent increase in the tax levy would as I figure from five to six In support of your views you publish a table of the tax in of other towns in the showing that heretofore the levy in has not been above the This really proves in the first place with the which we have we are in debt and because it is dollars in the treasury we are obliged to and Urn levy in mills is made on the amojunt of property returned by the so as to furnish the treasury with the there is always an inducement to the as sessor to return as low a valuation as possi of the town in he because that will throw a part of the burden of state and county taxes on communities other than his and as a consequence the tax levy in for school and local must be largely increased in the town where this fraud has been No paper has pointed this out more clearly than Tine or more forcibly denounced those who were engaged in and it has been our proud boast that our property was fairly re turned for and although paying very heavy local and school our tax counted by the mill has not been inordinately The table shows that our neighboring towns of Iowa City are below in mills and Toledo and others slightly If they are running their schools without go ing in it shows they are running the schools cheaper than we As for the towns where the levy runs from 30 to 40 they are simply in the hands of boodlers and and do not count in this for no one charges that there is robbing or boodling in in connection with school Perhaps this is all that need be said upon this part of the but I feel it my duty to protest against the idea that this community should be burdened with an in crease of in from this time each Heavy taxation is the curse of the From the time of Christ the taxgatherer has been abroad in every and the older a nation has be the more ravenous and clamorous the taxeaters have been in their demands for a larger share of the earnings of those who by their labor produce the wealth of a The strong arm of the government always comes to the aid of the and in many a fair county the people have borne the ever increasing burden until finally in despair they have surrendered to and let their lands go back to Twentyseven years ago I was very active in helping to secure a tax of five per cent on the property of Monticello and a subscription of which amounted to a for the stock we were to receive we knew would be to secure the building of the Davenport road to Monti The road was built and the money paid but years widows and poor came to me and told me how had struggled for years to pay the debt then incurred and I then firmly resolved that I would never in any be responsible for placing an unnecessary bunion of taxa tion upon the The people of America seem to have gone craxy on the subject of spending Each succeeding congress now appropriates over a billion of dollars for the support of the In the time of profound in four wo have borrowed to pay the running in excess of the and unless prosperity the child is not born that will see it teachers in the high we could get at what we want to but it docs not do I understand that with the same number of teachers we has 100 more scholars than we have in Marshalltown discarded her superintendent a year but does not appear in lie Cresco has no superintendent and the schools are run as proposed by the board with a principal and They have 100 more scholars than we and the same number of Cedar Kapids appears 114 and one superin tendent at Cedar Kapids ought to pay to have the job attended to as it should Dubuqiie does not appear in the but the Herald report of school board said the estimated amount required to run the schools for the ensuing was Dububueis twen ty times larger than and if is the right amount for our schools to would in the same pro what Dubuque ought to So after all the study wo give to these wo have to come back to our own com mon and what we can learn at to know and to do what is Now let us take up the resolutions of tlio as you view the are go ing to bring ruin upon the Abolish the olllcc of superintendent of If we were embarking upon an untried I would bo greatly impressed by what you Hut we are Our schools were conducted for years under Foster without a and he and one assistant heard all the recitations in the high A suftlcient length of time has elapsed to form an opinion whether good work was done in the schools at that and I uiu free to that in my the scholars of recent years will bo fortunate if they prove to be as well equipped for the practical duties of as those who attended the school before a superintendent was ever heard or dream ed More than A teacher in the high school of told me a few years that there was not work for three teachers in and about the the high anil her conscience troubled because she felt she was receiving money which she did not and it did not seem right to have the taxpayers money wasted as it was being Is any stronger evidence need ed If I am prepared tq furnish And how about the great work otvisiling the different school I like the spirit of the teacher who said I ask no one to come into my to help me to control it or assist mo in the performance of my The fact superintendents have all the weaknesses of human beings every If they dont like a teacher they are not likely to spend much time with her and if they do they arc liable to spend too Satan always has mischief for idle hands to and a superintcndont with only throe recitations a the way schools arc run must have a good deal of idle How much better it would be for all those superintendents to spend all the school hours in hearing instill ing into the minds of their pupils the host they have intheir own well stored minds and than to lead such an trilling as they arc doing Then after half past three they could have a meeting of teachers for consultation and and for the transaction of all the business neces sary for the successful running of the It is refreshing to road of the old college how they heard classes hour after instilling into their stu dents minds their own learning and nobili ty of Reduce the school year from to eight As a rule I believe a child will learn us much in eight months as they will bo in for a school When I was a boy I remember I never attended school but six months in the In the when the school was in I was at work on a but I had no trouble in catching and keeping with my Most of the colleges and universities have reduced their terms to eight We see our own university students home having hud a six months But there is some force in the fact that about all the discipline many children receive is what they got in and if a majority of the people desire to Imvo niiic months I donot believe any member of the board would Wo certainly will not object to paying our part of the increased This relates to the studies in the high school and need not bo It was be lieved by the when the resolution was passed Unit if one teuaher was dropped some of the studios would have to be taken from the Further investigation has shown that this will probably not be neces while the perpetual burden interest will bo a upon the American Our last made appropriations in excess of the that will leave the state in debt nearly a million Jn our local fairs we are making the same kind of a and traveling the sumo Next comes your table giving the num ber of their and the salary of the I cannot see that it is of much value in getting at the whole truth in regard to the matter in If it gave the number of pupils in the grades But what harm would come to the school if a study or two were dropped V In support of the views of the read the followingfrom the report of the superin tendent of public instruction of for page 25 Despite the words of praise said of the high schools there is room for re Many of those high schools carry too many and studies quite beyond the grasp of the immature minds of their The courses ot study are dangerously top Not that their pupils may injure themselves by over but that from the more skimming of so many which is us much as they can they acquire an unfortunate tendency to superficiality which clings to them through Many of them with high ambitions attempt to imitate the customs common to and pupils are led to believe they where profound scholars acknowledge Lack of proper apparatus and unqualified instructors is not the strongest reason for criticising some of the too ambitious A few studies fairly within the comprehension of pupils of the high school pursued longer and more thoroughly than is will turn students out who know more in the true sense of this and will give them a better bent of mind cither for business or for pursuing a collegi ate than is done by mattering their energies over a lurge number of Such a course will tend to make reuj The time spent in school should not be but should bo spent on fewer of the heavy studies so us to do hotter work in those What harm would come to the school if the study of Latin was taken from the course Neither you nor I studied Latin in yet you have become a fine lawyer and an able while 1 am president of what your cultured friend in Maquoketa calls in such elegant and refined a order to succeed in any of tlio ordinary call ings of our scholars should study Lnthi or nuy other language hut tho good old and a public sentiment is being aroused thut will soon drive tho study of any out oftho public nil ovor this Tho idon of lidding a fourth year to the high school course docs not striko me very It looks very well when applied but if you und I our lives to live over knowing whnt we do iihout the groatinstitutions of learning that open their doors wide and invilo us to enter al most without and enjoy the udvunluges of their immense great and every other appliance for obtaining ac curate und scientific ciliicnlion in every brunch of guided and instructed by Iho ablest teachers tho world can fur we would look with derision upon the ideuof spending four of the precious yours of our youth in the Moiiticello high To those who do not expect lo enter the learned rather to gel their living along the every day practical walks of the high school is neither very useful or The grcul majority of the successful young business men of Monticel lifter pnssiug through the when they were spent but liltle time in the high The could not sec how a knowledge such us they acquire of chemistry and would be of any use to them in after so they abandoned school and went out into the busy world to earn their and as I look upon it 1 believe they acted wisely in so One of the able statesman of the present day in u recent address to the of his unlive said thill although he had taken tho regular course in one of Ihe oldest eastern colleges ho regarded all that was valuable to onl of the lime ho spent in going to ho got before he was four teen years of and his message to his old townsmen was to take euro of the little ones mid see limb they have proper and his gift was not to the high but to Ihe lower primary in order that the teachers anil their little pupils might have every mid appliance lo help them on in tlioir Nettie Sloopoi is doing tho greatest work that is being done our schools As she takes Ihosi little many of them from the humblest perhaps ill lirst not very and draws them lo herself with the chords ofuHcelion and plaiting their feel upon the lirsl round of the ladder of knowledgi mid touching them the riidimonls of ill things that make the human soul beuiilifn and she is doing the Masters work and laying the foundation for the develop ment of all Unit is good und true and noble in human Now we sci how Ihe changes the board propose to main can Miss Sleepers work in the leas and as these little children puss on Iron room to purled with by one louche und received by another it is impossible Ii see whore u superintendent has much o purl in their drill and Occasional ly a teacher from temporary weakness o other needs but she does not al ways get the help she The cause I have before outlined stand in the Ii a graded school in one of our Iowa towns i young lady teacher wnsko unfortunate as U lose conlrol of her and thereby los her In telling of her trouble after with lours in her she said The superintendent was not in my ronn iifteen minutes during the entire It will not do lo make gods oflhescsupei und fall down mid worship then as so many mid women arc in th habit of They are just like otho men with all their frailties mid Hev end years ago a young man was in oharg of the Montioollo II was reporle of him that at one time he took one of hi young lady pupils out A short dis lance out of town there was a saloon and h went gol a glass of took a bolt I out of his pocket and poured a liquid out il into the took it to the young hid and had her drink und then continue his lonely drive with his helpless con pun Our people arc themselves lo i for the fact that our school expense since the erection of the new huv increased about but they were th victims of misplaced confidence und fals The board was met with bulldozing demand that it should be croc ed the year before i I was but an ii vcstigution showed Hint at that time tlioi were 100 vacant scuts in tlio school rooms and the demand was The ii vesligalion showed that the primary sehoi needed u new room und the high school wi over The high school could hav been relieved by oxousing from uttciidanc a few of Iho outside and an clegai and in the high and the number of fool school It is not necessary in primary room could have boon built Instead of pursuing this course th construction of the high school buildin was entered and from the bcgimiin misfortune seemed to The contriu went to and the mistakes in il construction arc simply It not necessary to point them out except s fur as a large additional expense is to be ii cmred which tho tuxpayers will have t An insane person escaped from a ought to have known better Urn to have put in u heating apparatus tin would pour Iho hot air on Ihe heads of tl and leave the lower parts of Uioi bodies to sutler with the and an idh should have known better than to have ha the closets for the accommodation of placed in tho when tl building has no drainage Hun ing out the closets has proved u partii mid if the foul and noxious gussi und poison which pussess into every do not produce lyphoi fever and und bring sorrow an death to the homes of it will I u wonder To remedy these mistake will cost a lot of much i wi not try to How wonderful Ihcconlnu between the management of this buildin and that of the old school house under tl masterful management of John For only a liltle more money wit double the room provided for will stand a monument to his memory i long us cyclones und conjugations shall 1 it Since writing Ibis article thus I come into possession of all the olueiul dm there in regard to the Monticello school I STAR CLOTHING HOUSE7 While we do not want you to forget that we handle everythingto be found in a firstclass clothing still we wish to especially call your attention to the fact that we sell Dome GUARANTEED And offer the following reasons why you should wear Happy Home clothes Because they are nicely Because they are nicely Because they fit as though custom Because they recommend Because they are guaranteed direct by the mak ers to the Because Happy Home clothing is Because we make our customers interests our Are not these good reasons why you should come and join the ever increasing army ot sat isfied wearers of HOME Errickson find there has boon bill little change In the ivorugc in the last UO Iho highest average WUN in when the i vertigo uUemlunco was If then fell bo ow hut in IHHII it rose lo It then vent buck anil did nut reach that llgiiro igain until when the average iillond mee reached Last year it fell buck to What it will ho this year I have no but presume it will remain ihont the same as hist Of those pupils from outside the which UN Iho average utlemliince if our own outside pupils my into the treasury for between and three hundred dollars each Deduct Ibis from the which the schools cost us lust and Ilio rc ituindcr by mid yon will have what if MIS Is per to educate the children of Let everybody fake out their and do Ilieirown and then say whether the laxpayers did not havo some ground for Vising up and suying a vole of two that this thing has gone u little loo Tho bluff gumo wont and tho emotional mid hysterical ponplo who go about the streets proclaiming that a cruel blow has been given lo the cause of becaimc the hoard bus decided lo dispense with the services of one lo try and pay oilthe debt for run ning us soon us prevent itll can be permanently increased taxa should possess thoirsonls with patience until next spring if the action of tho board is not wo will Inrn to the old order of In I wish lo say Ihiil if Ihere is anything in what I have written that will wound tho feelings of any no one will regret it more than I know some of my best and truest friends do not agree with mo in regard to this and feel deeply grieved lit the action has boon I know too that all tho mem bers of tlin old school board aro men of Ihe highest who could bo in duced to do anything but they thought was mid if they havo made they have simply been curried along by the tidal wave that has swepl all over making her graded schools the most expensive of the kind the world has ever Taxpayers and school boards never hold Teiiehors mid siiporinlond cnls are holding Ilium from January to December mid when we read the report of their great stale anil national wi fear that some mild sort of dementia hut taken hold of the entire and think it would bo u good thing t huve them placed in some safe retreat whore they could fun the air and shriek the merits of their respectivefads how they halo thai word lit ouch while the public would escape having them experimented with in the public Perhaps then a school board would not be roundly abused am held lo derision and because il proposed to have the studies so changer that enough of the old fashioned edncatioi should bo as would enable the higl shool graduates lo puss an examination am obtain a eortilioiilo to teach a coninioi Tlio county lionril of supervisors is in session at this warned Highest CREAM BAKING POWER MOST PERFECT A pure Grape Cream of Tartar Free from Alum or any olher adulterant 40 YEARS THE IUOFUBSIONAL ATTOIINICV and Counselor lit Mou Will practice in District Courts In tlio oountlos of Uu Mini anil All busl IIOHH Intrimlod ID hln euro will Uo promptly illtmdud lino door nortu of tlio AJTOKNBV mill Counselor at Monti All IniHlnoBB lnlniHlod to Ills oiiiu will tie promptly lUlendud Olllooovor Moniloollo A TTOHNUV AT Cedar JV Bpuclul lo liu til lioflBtijlii IracUcc In Hluto and liotloral Transact a gonol Buy anil noil Korol nioHllo Hlllu of Good paper Auoountti rooolvod on fuvorublo Ollloo In indwells opposite the Uporu yilVSlOIAN AND ilrat dour Houlli of Uio UoiiKiOffiitlonal day or prompt ly uuotulod 1IIVBIOIAN AND Uiills promnUy attoudod day or OMIoo ovor UolilpnmuH Tailor on liliHl JIIVHIOIAN nml Will answer nltflit oiiHu Ullloo mid rcsldonco on Main llrst door wont of Jontor and Ollloo on noiUi of FlrBtBtroet HxainlnuMoiiBof llio oyo and our Mon D LHNTIBT Rooms III Montloollo llauk Over Ollloo ovor Hloka KDorfl D Ofllcio llrBl door of the Kiwlorly A Oxford TTill ory si I OH and guarantee complete satis OliurKos very Write for prlooB and the boat Jn tbe state 7tf Insurance Agent and Notary Accounts fire Insurance written ID tlio boat doodB and mortgagee care fully IIOUMOB loused uud routs collected A tfonorul olilcu business done where priors are 27 tl40 Notary Insurance and Collection Ollioo one door nortu of too post Con veyancingcarefully and prompt ly Fire insurance written in the best line of and collec tions promptly attended Rea ostate and the leasing of houses attended to for nonresidents and others on favorable Monticello Tile AND Steara Pressed Brick Factory Has a Good Stock of TILE OF ALL an to eltfht Bocond to none In quality alto a good stook of well burnt pressed brick suitable for any kind of JOHN GIBBON ;