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THE POTTER SHIELD
A Potter Porridge -
IT WAS a Black Knight iniSan Francisco. An Abbott was slowly walking down
Jackson Street. Hale was falling, and the poor man seemed in great Payne. A
Talbot rather husky Young man, wearing a heavy Browne McIntosh and with a
large Dimond pin in his cravat, drove up in a one-Horsford with a Damon the
seat beside him, and asked the Abbott what caused him such Payne.
The Abbott looked at him a minute, and then said, "Several Summers ago I
was a Dean in one of the best universities in this country, but I did not like my
work. I wanted to join the church. After much studying I became a Bishop, and
my boy grew into a strong Young man, of whom I was very proud. After a while
my son fell in love with the daughter of a lazy Miller, who never worked, but spent
most of his time trapping Beaver. I did not want him to marry the girl, but when
I said so he became very Moody and told me that I had' a heart of Stone. So I
let him have his way, and he married her and built her a Newbauer at the foot of
a Bigelow hill. For some time they lived happily. She used to Cook the food, and
I gave them part of Mailliard, as theirs was very small. Then one day they came
to San Francisco and I read that he had watched her drown at Sutro baths and had
made no attempt to Fisher out. After this he stole a lot of money from a bank on
McAllister street, and has not been seen since. This gave me so much Payne that
I went away and became an Abbott. Since then I Doolittle but wander about
f'What's your name?" asked the Young man.
"Rear," the Abbott replied.
"Orear!" exclaimed the youth, "my father."
"Bachman!" exclaimed the aged one, "or I'll Pierce you with this knife."
"Put up that weapon," cried the youth, now very angry, "or I'll Hammer your
It looked as if a fight was on, but at this moment there was a sound of Drum
and Fyfe and a body of soldiers appeared, crying out that they would Lynch the
"Folger arms," shouted the Captain, "or you'll both be buried in the Potter's
field by tomorrow Knight."
The man in the McIntosh attempted to escape, but as the one-Horsford would
not start he tried to Wheeler away, but an Eddy of wind blew off his hat, and when
he stopped to get it he was caught.
"Try to beat it, eh?,' bellowed one of the soldiers in great anger, as his fingers
closed upon the Adams apple of the would-be runaway.
When you've bats in your belfry that knock,
When your Hcomprenez-vous" rope is cut,
When there's nobody home
In the top of your dome, .
Then your head's not a dome, it's a nut.
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THE POTTER SI-IIEI.D
for objects below were turning around and around. The earth seemed to expand
and then rush up to meet us. There was a jounce, a series of sharp jolts and before
I realized it we had come to a stop.
I stretched myself languidly, brushed a fly from my nose, and sat up. At the
same time a book that I had been reading fell to the floor. It was a book on aero-
nautics, by a celebrated English aviator. My flight had been nothing but a dream.
. c. H., '20.
Two Clever Crooks
A STRANGER entered the jewelry store of Gale and Company, Chestnut
Street, Philadelphia, one day, and walking over to the diamond counter stood
there for some time admiring the jewels. Finally a clerk approached him and
politely inquired if he would like to be shown anything special. The stranger
replied, "I have nothing definite in mind, but I am very much interested in precious
stones of all kinds." Then he added, "I increase my collection whenever I see a
gem that appeals to.me." The clerk, knowing that his employer had a collection
of valuable diamonds and judging his prospective customer to be a man of wealth
by his faultless attire, offered to have the gems shown him. .Disappearing into
the private office, the clerk presently returned and invited the prospective pur-
chaser into the adjoining room to- see the wonderful collection. '
In the meantime anothermanucame into the store, and briskly walking to the
counter he addressed the clerk in a brief undertone. Ina few short sentences he
volunteered the information that he was a detective, and had come to warn Gale
and Company of a clever, crook who had beenin the city a short time. The
detective described thevcrook, and the amazed clerk in an awed whisper revealed
the fact that in the private office that very moment with the precious gems within
easy reach was the identical duplicate of the detective's description! At the
request of the detective the clerk ushered him into the office where the crook was
examining the diamonds. .Under cover of the confusion caused by the hurried
entrance of the clerk and the detective, the crook slipped a paper of gems into his
The detective displayed his badge, pointed to the crook, and at the same time
informed the jeweler he was entertaining a notorious thief, and advised him to
count his papers of gems. "There is one paper missing," replied the excited
jeweler. 'There were thirteen papers in the iron box and there are only twelve
here now." The 'detective stepped over to the crook, searched his pockets and found
the missing paper of diamonds. "Telephone for the police patrol," was his laconic
order to the clerk. But the handcuffed crook pleaded that he be taken to the
police station in a taxi, so the detective indifferently agreed.
When the taxi arrived and the detective was about to depart with his prisoner
he informed the jeweler that it was necessary to take the paper of diamonds with
him as evidence. The jeweler accordingly handed over the required package.
The detective and his prisoner drove off in the taxi, and the jeweler returned to
his office congratulating himself upon the narrow escape of his loss.
However, the jeweler is still waiting for the return of his diamonds and pon-
dering over the clever teamwork of the two crooks.
, R. H., '20.
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THE POTTER SHIELD
The Potter Field
Down at the Fair Grounds, all alone,
fOr where the Fair Grounds used to be,j
Thereis a field shut in by fences high,
That. seem to reach up to the sky,
A lonely sight to see.
' Tis the Potter Field, if one should ask.
One usually does, as a rule.
No, not the burying place for the dead,
It's the scene of joy and life instead,
And belongs to the Potter School.
And every day, if you will note,
Fair children come to play.
They bat a tennis ball around,
Or kick a football on the ground
And then they go away.
Day in, day out, the same occurs,
A movie film unreeled,
And many a game has been lost or won,
And many a touchdown and many a run .
Has been made on the Potter Field.
A. v. D., '19,
Hoover is a patriot true,
Our luncheons he has cut in two,
Our meat and sugar he takes away,
.Very little he allows to stay.
Every day with something less,
Relieves our allies in distress.
Potter boys his wish obey,
Our stomachs are in great dismay,
Trying hard to win the war,
They have respect for Hoover's law.
Eddie seldom gives us stew,
Remembering it's not the thing to do.
Tuesday is a longed-for day,
U all the reasons know,
Everybody loves the beans
Served hot and all aglow.
Damon serves the first-class crowd,
And his job is no daisy,
Yaps and shouts for something more
Simply drive him crazy.
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