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FRANKLIN ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL ANNUAL ll
"Yes," replied jack, "It is a fine morning. I thought I would drop in a
minute and see what you ask for old Nancy."
A crafty smile passed over Bill's face, as he answered, "VVell, I'll tell you.
I don't want to sell her very bad, but I'll sell her for a hundred and fifty
"Say, Bill," said jack, "you must think your old horse is made of gold!
Whoever heard of such a price for an old plug like that? You must be
crazy. Why, I won't pay one cent over a hundred for her."
The smile left Bill's face as he answered. "I guess it's you that's crazy!
Why, Nancy's worth two hundred this minute. But since it's you, I'll knock
off twenty-live dollars. Now, what do you think of that ?"
"I don't think, I know," said jack, "that I won't pay one cent over a
hundred, and if you can't sell her for that. I don't want her."
As jack said that, he started for home, and Bill, seeing his bargain lost,
told jack to wait a minute, that he wanted to figure a little. jack came back
and Bill seemed to be lost in a deep mental calculation, but he spoke at last.
"Well, I will lose on Nancy, if 1 sell her at that price, but I guess I'll let you
have her. You have been pretty good to me lately. so I'll call it a bargain
at a hundred."
As Jack again started for home. the smile again appeared on Bill's face
and slapping his hands together, he exclaimed, "Ginger! NVhat a bargain!
XVhy, Nancy's only worth about fifty dollars."
-Joseph Horton, '23
An Imaginary Page from the Diary of
April 12, 1784-1 went to church at IO A. M. Enjoyed the service by Rev.
Carleton very much. After lunch, took a ramble in the fields. It was beauti-
ful. The foliage is just beginning to green out. Saw a strange bird-was
not able to determine what it was. Have decided to name my last poem "The
Cotter's Saturday Night."
April 13-Took my usual morning walk to the lake. Arrived just as the
sun was risinglin all its glory. Wrote a short poem for which I have not
decided on a name. I went to a lecture at Oakleyfs Hill in the afternoon.
Here I met Albert Townsend, whom I like very much. He is so genial and
April 14-Gilbert and I did a little work around the farm this morning.
While plowing. I upturned a mouse nest, and now the poor thing will have
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10 FRANKLIN ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL ANNUAL
There is no smoke to mar the deep blue of the sky or to deprive the leaves
of their freshness, here. The occasional passing of a motor-car alone re-
minds one of the fact that this tranquil village is really a part of this bustling
twentieth century world.
Indeed, one can but' think of those quaint New England hamlets, of which
one reads, as he takes a last look at the serene landscape.
-Catherine Cornell, '23
'Twas midnight in Prattsburg,
Not a street car was in sight,
And the streets were brightly lighted,
For we had electric light.
The pavement reached from curb to curb,
The movie-shows were crowded,
The ice-cream shops were full of girls,
And not a brow was clouded.
The department stores were open wide,
It was a bargain rush,
Potatoes were three dollars per,
And all the farmers flush.
'Twas then that I fell out of bed,
And made an awful thud,
I opened up my window,
And the streets were full of mud.
-Ruth C. Munson, '24
A Good Bargain
Old Bill Lamson stood by the gate and watched jack Hill come up the
long driveway. As jack came along, Bill stood and wondered what he
could want, but after a little he suddenly exclaimed, "I know what he wants!
He wants to buy my horse. I hope I can make a good bargain because
Nancy is old and I want to sell her."
As Jack came nearer, Bill grinned and said, "Good morning, jack! Fine
day, eh ?"'
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12 FRANKLIN ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL ANNUAL
to build it all over again. This inspired me to write a poem, "To a Mouse,"
which is one of the best I have written yet. I saw Jean this afternoon. She
is as beautiful as ever. We went for a little row on the lake.
April 15-Gilbert and I are getting very well settled on the farm now. I
haven't done so much work in years.
April 16-I met two jolly tramps this morning on my rambles. Had quite
a talk with them. Then I went to the lake and wrote "The Jolly Beggars."
It is my best yet.
April 17-Helped Gilbert all the morning. Went to another lecture at
Oakley's this afternoon. The subject was "Sincerity." It set me to thinking
April 18-Werlt to the mountain this morning. It was quite a climb to the
top. Found a nest of eagles under a huge Hat rock. I missed my lunch and
did not get back home until well towards night.
-Charles Higby, '22
EPISTULA AD MARCUM
Porsenus salutem Marco dicit-:
Non audivi ex te, cum venirem ad Prattsburgum et sum solitarissimus
Pradent dissimillimo modo e nobis. Prima die venibam ad deversorium
et reclinabam. Famula rogabat me si essem aeger.
Respondi me esse non aegrum sed famelicum.
Fui hic septem dies et res videntur tam perigrissimae ex nostra Cara
Roma. Sed nolite existimare me reversurum esse aute hiemem.
Video populum vestitus aliter e habitu Romanorum uti. Homines gerunt
longas bracas, extendentes e cingulis ad calceos. tunicam atque altissimum
torquem. Eorum calecei sunt gravissimi. Animo concipite me in tantis vesti-
Prandent dissimillimo modo e nobis.
Prima die venibam ad deversorium et reclinabam. Famula rogabat me
si essem aeger.
Respondi me esse non aegrum sed famelicum.
Ea invitabat me ire ad mensam. Rogabam eam qua de causa.
Decit, "edire.," g
"Edire" respondi, "reclino dum edo."
Audieudum est non magnum-cricter septeingenti populi. Sunt crebrae
Oppidum est non magnum-circiter septingenti populi. Sunt crebrae
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