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OAN MILLER, better known as Jo, stole a wary glance at I Miss Perry, the teacher of 6A room, and refrained from taking a bite of her much coveted apple that had been passed around the room all that morning it always took all morning under Miss Perry’s sharp eyes. Miss Perry, glancing at her watch, rose with a business-like air, smiled approvingly at Audrey Bowers, the model child, and faced the class. She tapped briskly on her desk until she had gained the re- quired attention and then began: “Class, I have a very pleasant surprise — Joan, will you please stop chewing gum and listen to what I have to say? Now, children, to begin again, I have a very pleasant surprise for you. .A,s you all know, the sixth grades present a play every year for the benefit of the school. Last week the teachers had a meeting to decide upon the play and its characters. The one to be given is called “The Gipsy Princess,’’ and we will start practicing next week. Several of the parts to be taken are from this room and a list of them will be read tomorrow. Joan Miller! WiW you please stop shuffling your feet? Another disturbance like that and I shall have to keep you in after school. Now this is all I have to say and you may return to your lessons.’’ Jo clasped her hands. Oh, how she did wish that she would be chosen for the part of the princess. Always before, Audrey Bowers had taken the chief part in all the plays the school had given. Jo knew she could do it. She knew her lithe, graceful dancing far sur- passed the stiff movements of her playmate. But all this knowledge of personal grace and ability was of no avail. Audrey had been tak- ing the leading part in plays so long that it was almost second nature for the teachers to choose her each year. Jo gazed at the object of her thoughts; she was sitting across the aisle, primly studying her lesson, her long golden curls falling over her shoulders, the light of triumph in her eyes as though she already planned on being the princess in the play. Well! Whoever heard of a gipsy with long yellow curls. Go-od night! Well, she might as well not worry. She would take a bite of her apple now while the coast was clear; and slipping her hand into the desk she brought out the fruit and sank her teeth into the surface. “Joan, will you please throw that apple into the waste basket and come here to me, at once?’’ rasped the voice of Miss Perry as •rij 114
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Now we are sorry to see our dear friends, wliom we lia e lauglied and talked with, the ones we ha e learned to understand, lea e us, going to find a warmer climate ns winter approaches. It makes us long for and dream of the next summer when we can he together as before and enjoy the beautiful things that nature has gi ' cn us. Hut aren’t we cheered by the work of fall! W’e could not ha ’C such lo ely summers if it were not for the fall and winter. W ' e would not know just how to enjcjy and ai)preciate the warm days if it were not for the cold winter ones. In the fall of the year after the wind has blown the leaves from the trees lea ing them bare, who does not like to see the white frosts co er the roofs of our home and barns, where we know everything is protected from the cold? The fields are all white, the fodder shocks with large yellow pumpkins as pals form a beautiful setting where an artist may steal away to himself and imint one more of the beautiful scenes of nature. Next comes the cold winter months when the younger boys and girls are in school carr ’ing on their daily work. W’e find deep snows. W’e lo e to sit and watch the snow fall and we believe our teachers enjoy the snow scenes with us. d ' hen in the e ening we fine to steal away to our warm room, V here w e find our desk, writing table, chair and our l)ed, to study and prej are our work which has been assigned to us by our teachers for the next day. d ' here one can find us with compass, ruler and pencil in hand working on a i)roblem in Algebra or (Geometry or we will be wondering why we have to ha e two years in French or some other language before we can graduate. Those horrible words or sentence structures are what make us want to go to bed hoping to dream just what it is all about when we realize it is getting late and we just must go to work. Only a short time in school and the ver}’ first thing we know we ha e completed another school year, an(l are back in the summer sunshine ' once more with our former companions. d ' his is all I would ever want or ask for “a country home, with things in the country surrounding it.” Helen Morehead, ’ji. •4 113 Ih -
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she gazed severely at the startled Jo over her horn- rimmed spectacles. As a rule Miss Perry was a dear, but there must be something wrong today. Slowly Jo dragged herself to thewaste basket and dropped in the ill-fated apple, then turned to Aliss Perry’s desk. Her heart almost failed her when she saw the note which the teacher was holding out to her. “Take this home to your mother,’’ ordered Miss Perry, “and be sure you do not lose it on the way.’’ “Y-y-yes, ma’m,’’ Jo managed to stammer. At the moment the bell rang for dinner and Jo fled with a thank- ful heart to the cloak room. As she rode home with her father he wondered why Jo, usually so merry, was so very quiet. As soon as Mr. Miller’s coupe had stopped in their driveway, Jo go out and ran into the house. Meeting her mother in the hall she thrust the sealed enevlope into her hand, dodged her astonished reproaches, and fled up the stairs two or three steps at a time. ’ery much startled, Mrs. Miller turned her attention to the letter she held in her hands. Wonderingly she turned the envelope over and her face paled as she saw Miss Perry’s angular handwriting on the front, so familiar to her from the report cards Jo brought home monthly. She knew that Jo had been none too good in school but this was the first time she had brought home a direct complaint from her teacher. For although Jo’s pranks were often quite thoughtless she meant no harm by them. She slowly opened the letter and as she read it a puzzled smile spread over her face. Just then Jo came shamefacedly into the room. “Jo,’’ said her mother as she saw her, “when you go back to school this afternoon, tell Miss Perry that our address is 45 Maple Avenue and that 1 will be glad to receive her here this afternoon after school, to talk over certain matters.’’ The worst had happened! The wonder of it was that her mother lid not scold or spank her but only sat there looking at her as if she would like to laugh. “Hurry now and eat your dinner,’’ her mother interrupted her thoughts, “and if you want to go to see Ruth this afternoon you may.” •4 115 Ih -
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