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"The Spartan." '
HE first number of THE SPARTAN was issued in November
1885 and the following were the editors:-
VV:-tlter Smith--Managing Editor.
Robert McCoy--Business Editor.
Hattie Lawrence -
Ida Coon i Lnemry'
Laura Miller -Personals.
Miriam jewett- -Exchanges.
Flo 'd McClure
Setli Burroughs LUCJIS'
In the hrst editorial was an article concerning the purpose of
THE SPAR'1'AN which we think has been carried out throughout
the six years that the paper has been in existence. "THE
SPAR'1'AN aims, first, to be the true representative of tl1e Sparta
High School. It is to he the production of tl1e scholars them-
selves as a body. Its columns will be open for the expression of
honest opinions and the only test for the admission of articles
will be merit and originality.
No pains will be spared in making the Alumni column one of
the most valuable departments of our paper for we wish THE
SPARTAN to be indispensible to all graduates and former students
ofthe school. lt is unneccessary to state that a large space will
be allotted to matters of especial interest to the school.
"Finally remember that our success in the establishment and
maintenance of this paper will depend in great part upon the
interest tal-:en in it by the students. We have a good school of
which we are well proud and in this undertaking which we be-
lieve will be of great value to the school, we ask the hearty
co-operation of all its students, patrons and friends."
The first year there were seven numbers issued. The paper
was continued the next year 'and the editors were as follows:-
- Robert McCov, 'XT Managing Editor.
Leo Schram, '88 f- Business Editor.
Nellie Morse, '87 Z
Mary Bisbee, '88 Literary.
Agnes Davenport, F93 .
Laura Miller, '87 2
Floyd McClure, '85 Locals.
h Seth Burroughs, '90 S
Lew Trucks, '98-Exchanges.
l.elia Palmer, '91---Personals.
- There was a poem published in the june number of that
ye ir's SPARTAN which was as follows:-
THE DEATH Ol" THE SCHOOL DAYS.
The melancholy days are 4-ome. the saddest of the year.
Wltli shouting' boys and horrid noise and school rooms dark and
D4-ep in the hollows of the grove. the boy stands on hls head,
And ln the mill pond burns his hack until 'tis rosy red.
The xzlrls ln p -rlors pass their time. and on pianos play,
While weary mothers break their bucks rt scrubbing all the day.
Where arie the flowers, the fair young flowers, that lately rose and
And rt-nd their essays from the stage the very best they could?
Alas! They all have la-ft our side, a drove in shady howers,
When nt-'er a cure fflllll school life drear, shall end theirhappy hours.
The dust is settling: on the desk, and for months lt may remain,
Before the girls with dresses clean, shall wipe it, off again.
The dainty girls. all lily white. into their homes do go,
And the pre-tty boys, the "dudy" ones, all hidu from summer's glow.
But on the hlll the farmer boy, and the botmtlst in the woods,
And the angling la.d down by the brook, in ruddy health und good.
will enjoy the summer time, and when school shall call once more
Nl ill return to work in the wa-ll known room, as ln the days of yore.
And now, when comes the calm mild day, as such still days will
When the girls sit idly under a tree and plaeidly chew their gum.
When the boys all tired with their long play spell at home in the
house sit still,
And ln the meadows, down by the lake, soft sings the "whlperwill,"
The mlnds of all turn toward the school und long for lt once more,
And wonder how in the days gone hy, 'twas ever thought a. bore.
After this year no other High school paper was published
until the fall of 1897 when the work was again taken up. The
'98 was started four years ago by that class and the editorial
board was as follows:
Editor-Alice M. Beebe. ,
Business ManagerfElla Esch.
Alumni-Earl C. Howard
High School Notes--Myrtle NVood. ,
Topics ofthe TimesANorman Durrie, Nellie Wood. ,
The paper had a large '98 at the top with a picture of the
High school building in the middle and the names of the editors
below, on the outside. Among the articles written for this paper
that were especially good we would name two poems written by
Mabel Eefiple, fgrnaerlsy with '01, and the article entitled Reminis-
censes y 7 a .sc 1' 8.
The name of the paper next year was changed back to "THE
SI-'ARTAN," lpitlthe paper was not changed in appearance. The
staff was as o ows:
Editor in Chief-Agnes Bowler.
Business Manager-Frank Woy.
High School Notes--Emma Saxton.
Topics of the Times-Paul Bush, Mae Robinson.
Proof Editor----Generva johnson.
Among the best things published in that paper was a Revis-
ion of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice by Fred Smith, '00, a
poem written for the Sparta--Viroqua entertainment, " That Calf"
and " If Washington should come back," by Susie Finn, ' 99.
Theqnext year's paper was decidedlv changed in appearance.
A cover was added and picture of the High school building was
placed on the first page within the cover. In this paper there
was an excellent article by Charles Floyd McClure entitled " ln
'88," and a confirmed story entitled " The False Prophet," by
Blanche Chamberlain and Nettie Sholts. The editors were as
essie Thayer- A umni.
May, Hubbard -High School Notes.
Ethel O'Leary, Herpert Ford-Topics of the Times.
Ernest Servis -- Ath etics
Anna Nyberg--Proof Editor.
The present staff is as follows:
Bessie Teall - ,
Carrol Ayers ifnerary'
Charlotte ohnsonl -
Charles Czirnahan i Athleucs'
gigilfsolfztdsy S Topics of the Times.
Blanche Bo den -Exchanges.
The class of, 1902 have elected their staff for next year. It
is as follows. '
Ethel Link -
Roy Smith Lnemry' 4
Topics of the Times.
Ruth Dalaba 8
Herman Canfield-Business Manager.
It will be noticed that heretofore the editor-in-chief was ofthe
feminine gender and that next year there is going to bca change.
The edit0r's chair willthen be occupied by a man. The present
staff wish the best of wishes for the Spartans continued success.
May it never cease to be part of the Sparta High School and may
it grow better with the passing of the years. The school should
feel more that it is their paper and not only everyone take it but
try to write something for it, and to make the editors feel that the
school is back of them ready at all times to help make the paper
go. Then here's to the prosperity and growth of "THE
SPARTANU for many years to come. Bnssne TEALL.
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SPARTAN EDITORI L STAFF.
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PHOTO EV FOSTER I SHIDELL.
I-Idwin Rich. Carroll Ayres. Charles Roy. Charles Carnahan. Ernest Brooks. Isaac Lewis
Blanclic lioyclen. Fern Scott. Bessie Teall. Edith McCurmack. Ida Clark. Charlotte lolinswn.
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March 22nd, 1901.
The Referendum as a Plan of Government.
N the evening of March 22nd, 1901, the representatives of
the above named High Schools met in this city at the
Armory to debate the question, "Resolved, tl1at the Referendum
as a Plan of Govern-
ment Should be
Adopted for the Gov-
ernment of the State
of Wisconsin and of
were greeted by a
large and enthusias-
tic audience and
PHOTO BV FOSTER A SHIDELL.
throughout the whole debate, the sup-
porters ofthe two sides kein the hall
ringing with their respective school
The affirmative was supported by
j. Lewis Aton, Guy Frank Risley and
XV. F. Kachel tcloseri, of Baraboo, while
the negative was upheld by Charles
Potter, Herman Canfield and Isaac
Lewis tcloserl, of Sparta. The judges
were judge Bryant, Mr. Bunge and Rev. Thomas, all of La Crosse.
Sparta's representatives had written over three hundred
letters to many consuls in foreign countries and in this country,
to prominent men in this state and in South Dakota and Utah in
which states the referendum has been adopted.
The question of whether or not the voters of a state shall
have the right to vote on a law if a certain per cent. of them
desire it, is one of great importance and one that is before tl1e
citizens of this country as a very prominent issue.
There was some difficulty among the debaters as to the
proper interpretation of the question. Baraboo contended that
merely an optional referendum, that is a referendum upon peti-
tion of a certain per cent. of the citizens, would satisfy the de-
mands of tl1e question: while Sparta argued that the referendum
as a plan of government must apply to all general state legisla-
tion, that is, the people must actually vote on a majority of state
legislative acts to constitute a referendum plan of government.
The former interpretation was based upon Webster's definition
of referendum, while the latter was based upon quotations from
a Swiss referendum law, from the law of South Dakota and up-
held bythe opinions of fifteen of our most prominent circuit and
supreme court judges, and of four of the United States judges of
PHOTO BV FosTER at sr-HUELL.
The affirmative showed the corruption in our legislative
bodies, both state and city, especially in Nlilwaukeeg they dwelt
upon the advantages there would be if the people had constantly
the right to have any law that is passed by their legislative bodies
referred to them for their approval. They showed the effect
sucha right vested in the people would have in preventing
vicious laws from being passed. They explained the effect it
would have in doing away with corrupt lobbying and lastly how
'simple the refere11dum is brought into operation.
The negative on the other hand showed that our present
form and condition of government is a success, that in our state
popular opinion rulesg that we do not need the referendum: that
Wisconsin is doing well without it. They
proved by the testimony of eight, promi-
nent professors in our university and of
otherpmen that corruption does not exist
today to a great extent ill either city or
state government. They showed the evil
elfectsthe referendum had brought about
in Switzerland, Utah and South Dakota,
that it would destroy our representative
government, that it was expensive, that
only about thirty per cent.of the people
vote now on state constitutional amend-
ments, that the popular voting on banking
laws is being taken
cxuse it has worked
y thlt where
country in cities tu
Point, South Dakota,l
it has been a nuisance
and a failure.
While the judges
were making their de-
cision we listened to
som e selections by
the Owl Club and a
recitation by Marcus
Hanson which w e r e
ve ry fine. The de-
cision was unanimous
After the debate
a reception was given
to the Baraboo dele-
PHOYO BV FOSTER A
away by the law be-
so disastrouslv, and
has been used in this
1 Aberdeen and Elk-
gation of about thirty at which all l1ad an enjoyable time. When
the time of leaving came they departed with the best of feelings
existing between the two schools and prospects of another con-
test of this kind next year.
Debating contests between High Schools have come to stay.
May the students of the Sparta High ever sustain the reputation
gained for the school by the two victories of 1901.
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