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THE POTTER SHIELD
immediate use to the nation the moment they are called upon. .There Wlll be 110
need to waste time in showing them the fundamentalsof the training, but, on the
other hand, they will be able to show others. They will enter the service as non-
commissioned officers, and will have a big advantage over the raw recruit. There
is no getting around the fact that some of us may have to g0, SO Why 110t PTCUMQ
now? It will not only help our country, but will make lt a great deal more pleasant
for ourselves when the time comes. A
The fellows here are doing their share. Mr. Potter has been able. to get us
Sergeant Miller from the United States Army, .and with the cooperation .of the
student body back of him he has already organized a company that prOm1SGS to
do the school justice. This is a time when military training IS more important .than
athletics, and everyone should realize its necessity. We can't have proper tra1n1ng
if everyone tries to get out of it, so it's up to us to help Uncle Sam win by doing
GN Thursday, November the fifteenth, a movement to form a Boy Scout Troop
here at school was started. A meeting was held of all boys of this school who
were interested in the idea. About thirty-five fellows attended, some of whom were
already scouts. Mr. Goodwin, scoutmaster of the crack troop of San Francisco,
who is going to lead our troop also, was present, and he immediately proceeded to
organize the "rookies" into different platoons. The boys were then given a short
drill in close formation marching, and the troop was started on its way to become
the pride troop of the city.
The SHIELD is a strong advocate of the Boy Scout movement. It is a good
thing. It gives the boys a new interest. It keeps them off the streets. It furnishes
something to do for those boys who do not partake in athletics here at school.
It teaches boys much practical knowledge and gives them a chance to put what
they learn into practice. Above all, it instils in the boys some good, sound princi-
' ples, which, if followed out, will make successful men out of these boys.
The SHIELD hopes and believes that the troop that is being organized will do
the school justice, and eagerly awaits the time when the Potter School Troop will
be recognized as the best scout troop in San Francisco.
EVERYBODY in this country today is helping to win the war by saving the food.
This economy is being practised in every home, hotel and restaurant through-
out the country. We practise it here in school. WVe have our meatless day, our
sugarless day, and our wheatless day. We are doing our small bit to help America
in this war. A
But we can do more than this for our country. We can make ourselves into
useful men. America today is calling millions of her sons to serve under her
standards. As some of this number will undoubtedly be killed we should fit our
selves to take the places of these men. To do this, we must save more than food,
we must save time.
Look at it in this way. There are approximately one hundred and twenty-five
boys in the. upper school. Let us be conservative and say that each boy wastes
onl ten min t f h l ' ' '
y u es to sc oo time each day. This means that in the upper school
alone there are being wasted daily over twenty hours that might otherwise be util-
ized in fitting ourselves to serve our country.
How many times is the expression heard in school' 'KI havenlt 0'ot time."
Why hasni t a boy time? It is because he is not systematic. He does nat plan his
wor . '
in a vance nd, finally, whenever he does study, he does not apply himself
exclusively to the matter in hand. When he is supposed to be studying, he thinks
about the wonderful brand of football that he is going to put up that afternoon.
When the time for football comes he has to stay in school a d l '
, . 7 elf- tl . 7 'lx
that he did not do in the morning. H mil Q up le ll O1
H 'Sins kind of work' does not pay. Tt hurts the boy, it hurts the school, and
na y, it hurts the United States. For if the boy does this sort of work in school, he
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IS MILITARY training a good thing for schools? This is a question that has
been asked and talked over by parents, school principals and all people of
authority and understanding in the United States during the past four or five
years. At last the people of the United States have come to realize that military
training is not only a good thing, but an absolute necessity. Our country has been
very slow to see this, or, if it ever was seen, and admitted to be necessary by a few
far-sighted people, the horrible need was never brought home to all classes at large
until this country entered into the great war against Prussianism, Militarism and
Even for a long time after Europe was engaged in the greatest war the world
has ever known, the people here have been kept optimistic and indifferent by false
reports. These reports have been largely circulated by German influence and pro-
German editors, who have poisoned the minds of Americans against the Govern-
ment, so as to accomplish their own ends, and prevented them from realizing what
the true state of conditions were. Not until our own men were drafted into the
army, and the realization that this draft would take millions of the best in our country,
not until the Government asked for money, and the realization that this money
would amount to billions and billions of dollars, did this country fully awaken to
the grim proposition that lay before it. General Pershing's words, "This war
cannot be Won by giving money to reliefs, but only by striking hard and fast blows,"
shows us that Germany is not to be beaten without a tremendous effort on the part
of every man, woman and child in the United States.
The War Department at Washington is preparing for a five years' war. With
the armies of the Central Powers advancing over the Venetian plains, gradually
closing in on Russia, and offering a stubborn resistance on the western front, there
is no telling what may happen in a period of five years. One thing we can be sure
of, and that is, we will have to work hard in order to win. ,
It will be hopelessly impossible for General Pershing to constantly hammer the
lines of the Central Powers if he is to be hampered by a lack of men. He must
have at his command an endless supply of trained soldiers, ready at a moment's
notice to take the places of those who are killed in battle. It is not at all improbable
that, before the war is won, the boys who are now in the upper classes at Potter's
will be called- upon to serve the flag, and there is nothing like getting ready in time.
In all the schools of any standing throughout the country the students are
undergoing a certain amount of military training that will prepare them to be of
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will not do much better when he gets out into the world. And a man who cannot do
one thing at a time and do that well is more of a hindrance than a help to his country.
So let us see if we cannot cut down the amount of time wasted. This is a
patriotic duty, and it is up to each one of us to do our best for our country.
THE SHIELD is strictly a school paper. It is supposed to be written, illustrated,
and supported by the student body of the Potter School, not by the SHIELD
staff. The student body elects an editor, but that is not all it must do. It must
write a paper. It cannot sit idly by and expect the editor and his staff to write
stories, draw headings, look up school notes, and get advertisements. Everyone in
the school must do his share in order to publish a School paper. It is not only impos-
sible for the staff to do all the work alone, but a paper written by a few fellows does
not represent the school. Everybody must help. .
This issue of the SHIELD has not been supported by the School as well as it
might have been, but we hope that the next one will be. You are all able to write,
draw, and get advertisements. It is no disgrace if your work is not accepted.
Perhaps there was someone who did a little better, and yours will find a place
next time. L You are only asked to do your best, more than that no one expects of
you, and the SHIELD appreciates everyone's effort.
We are going to get busy on the next issue as soon as this one is sold, and we
look forward to help from each and everyone of you. You will all be given lots of
time, so start right away, and do all that you can for any department of the paper
you think you can help most. Remember that the SHIELD is a school paper, and
it's up to the School to write it.
To those whose work is not accepted for the SHIELD:
The editors regret
That they cannot make use of
Your worthy' contribution,
Which is- herewith returned
Rejection does not
Necessarily imply lack of
The editors are always glad
We thank you.
The SHIELD wishes to acknowledge the following exchanges:
Sequoya CUnion Highj, Redwood.
The Index CThe Haverford Schoolj, Haverford, Pa.
The Megaphone CCountry Day Schoolj, Newton, Mass.
The Tripod CThe Roxbury Latinb, Boston, Mass.
The N oblefrnan CNoble and Greenoughj, Boston, Mass.
Works and Days CBurkej, San Francisco.
The Manzanita Bark CManzanitaD, Palo Alto.
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