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When school starts you hopefully start the diary ajjain, but again you weary of it in a few weeks. Then conies the last straw, some meddling person finds your “d ' houghts” and reads them. In a great fury you wrench the diary from the culprit’s hands and cast it into the fiery furnace. 1 )iary writing is one of the most difficult occupations to carry on, though e ery one at one time or other is bitten by the “diary-bug.” This insidious insect causes an itch which waxes and wanes, but is hardly ever cured until one or more diaries are in flames. K. Knapp, ' 31. ■4 119 -
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VERY PERSON at some time of his life has attempted to write his diary. Not many, howev er, have ever been finished. A note-book is first used and you write with great enthusiasm the history of the day you begin. As a rule this first entry recei es at least five pages, but by the end of the week you are writing one page and finally, at the end of the next week, one-half page. The two following weeks you probably skip every other day. You think that by this time, since nothing very exciting has happen- ed, that the coming generation will not be interested if you have gone down town to buy some buttons, eggs, and get a haircut and a shoe- shine. The note-book diary was begun in December; now it is April. The summer has passed, yet only a few weeks during that time have you written in your diary. It is now lying in the attic with a fuzzy cover of dust adorning it, but hidden so that no prying hands will find and read the secret history of your past. Christmas again, and though you have thought you never wanted to see a diary again, there is a beautiful book with “A Thought for Each Day” inscribed upon the cover, addressed to you. Then mak- ing a solemn vow that you will fill the diary and publish it, you start writing. You think that there is not enough room in the allotted space to W ' rite the story of your career, and find you are in a terrible predica- ment because you have not thought of one special thought the whole day. You therefore, write in the space for December the twenty- fifth: “Today I received my diary.” Though faithfully w riting just one thought a day for two months, you still are sadly thinking that a line a day is not enough to accjuaint people with the inside matters of your life, but you submit and still write. February has arrived and you still write spasmodically, but finally throw ' your pen down saying that you will write again when something really exciting happens — though you secretly hope nothing will happen as you are completely sick of the w ' hole affair. This sum- mer the diary shows the same fate as the note book diary. -4 118 Jh-
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I llhj cRooni X X SELECTING my own room, I chose a large one with plenty of windows for I like to read very much, so I need plenty of light. 1 particularly like an enormous closet for my sled, football, Indian clubs, basketball, tool-chest, l)ase- ball glove, camp cot and many other treasures, which to say the least, are rather bulky. Of course it is necessary to ha e a bed, bureau, table, chair and chifferobe. In a choice corner there is a desk whose drawers contain not only stationery and writing materials but also some more im- portant things such as five or six cartridges for my broken rifle, a harmonica upon which I ha e labored many hours but can not yet play, a small bank holding a few odd nickels and dimes, some garden seed my kid sister sold me to benefit the school, a flashlight without any batteries, a couple of l)roken fountain pens, a kodak without any films, and last but not least a small safety razor for my own experi- menting. If you should try to open the other rlrawer of this desk you would not succeed. Why is it locked, you ask? Now you ha -e hit on a ticklish subject. All the family, and the maid too, would give their right arms to get at the contents of that drawer. So far 1 have managed to keep it shut despite the teasing of my kid sister. You see, it holds some letters which I recei ed from a certain person about once a week. Of course you glance knowingly at a picture on the bureau. But to get back to the subject — this room has a large trash bas- ket to recei e chewing gum wrappers, burnt matches, old newspapers and the like. I am not particular about the kind or color of the wall paper but I want a place for my cuckoo-clock. There are also several pictures, calendars and pennants tacked up unartistically. Of course a fellow has to ha e a mirror to slick his hair down and arrange his tie, but this is a part of the bureau. In the drawers of this i iece you find a few peculiar articles. Eor the most part, these are useless but they ha ' e been there so long I ha -en’t the heart to throw them away. Near the foot of the bed there is a small bookcase holding some of my favorite books and a great many choice magazines. Eor lights I like a ceiling light with a switch at the door, a wall bracket, and a clamp lamp to go on my bed, desk, or table. All of this sounds very pleasant, but there are times when a fellow feels uncomfortable in his own room. Once I entered my •4 120
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