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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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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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room and was astonished at the bareness and unnaturalness of it. d ' he maid had suddenly had an insi)iralion to clean it up. . 11 the magazines 1 had been reading and had placed on the desk together with some other things, ha l anished. Later 1 diseoxered them either on a shelf of the closet or in the trash basket. .Also 1 see that the pile of articles that had accumulated on the bureau is gone too - pocket knife, school books, watch chain, checker board, mouse traj) I got at a bazaar, box of matches, three or four ears of pop-corn, hair tonic, button off my coat, thumb tacks and tlsh hooks had all been taken to different parts of my room, d ' hese things occur about ex’ery two weeks or sometimes oftener, but they simply hax e to be put uj) with. Worse still, this i)articular time, 1 found that while I was out my kid sister had broken the lock of that precious desk drawer with my own screw-driver and had strewn the contents all over the bed. Inwardly raging at all maids in general and kid sisters in par- ticular, 1 set about to “re-civilize” my room. Robert King, j7. 121 Iff
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