Watsonville High School - Manzanita Yearbook (Watsonville, CA)

 - Class of 1916

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THE MANZANITA 7 eager boys had met the train early that morning and had watched the fascinating performance of unpack- ing. And now the time for the big parade was drawing near. On the corner of Main and Park Streets Mrs. Domineus stood, holding little Janet by the hand, but Azalia, not eontented to wateh from the walk, had mounted a soap box. "Oh! Mother, will it never come? l'm so tired," ealled Janet. t'Here, Azalia," said the little mother, Htake Jannie up there with you. She is too small to see any- thing from here and the erowd jostles her so." Hlndeed, I won't," snapped Aza- lia. 'Ll found this box and brought if here for my own use, not for the whole family. Besides l'm not go- ing to be bothered with-Oh! here it eomes-here it comes," she squealed. Yes, it was really coming. The band, perehed upon a gilded wagon, burst i11to a spirited n1are'h. The glossy black horses tossed their be- ribboned heads and lifted their feet high in the air with eaeh step. And sueh a parade! Croftville, gather- ed on the curbs of Main Street, eheered and eheered. Wagoli after wagon passed-a cage of lions-a den of snakes-a eage of dogs-air other of lions-a polar bear-seals, some camels-and-"Oh! Mother- see the little ponies and look at that white Teddy bear ! " "Oh! Oh!" breathed Azalia, "that beautiful horse-look-see him pranee-and look at that lovely lady-all in red-my, ain't she grand!" "Hello! Mary," whined a voiee, and Azalia looked down to see the tiniest of clowns, riding on a white donkey. 'tHello, Mary," he called again. He was looking at her! Should she answer? "Hello, Mary dear!" This time he waved his hand. The parade was moving slowly on. He would be gone in a moment! Quick! he was looking now. "Hello," she quavered weakly. The word seemed to choke her. The rest of the parade passed slowly by her but Azalia's mind was still on Tilly Tad. She decided he was a- bout ber age, perhaps a little older. She stood as one in a dream. The golden rave ehariots-the ele- phants-the minstrel band-the gi- raffes-the zebra with its monkey rider-all reeeived merely a glanee from Azalia. "Come down, Azalia," urged the mother, Heome home with us. You have seen it all-why, what on earth is the matter, child? You look so queer-brush that hair out of your eyes and please don't bite your finger nails, Azalia!" "Oh! Mother, let me stay till it comes back. It won't be long and l'll hurry home. Oh! please, Mum- sie! Here-I'll take Jannie up on my box, if you will. " Well ' '-she eonvsented-' ' here, take Janet and do hurry. I want to set the table." With these words she left them. The band began to play again as the parade turned and started back. Azalia waited impat-iently till the white donkey appeared-yes, there it came and there was Tiny Tad in his cute lit- tle red and white suit and tasseled eap. Oh! if he would only look this way! VVould he wave and call a- gain? No, he was looking toward the other side of the street. All at once Azalia heard him say to Sadie

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6 THE MANZANITA lage streets. Then all at once he disappeared, as suddenly and unex- pectedly as he had come. But one week later the train again stopped to let off some strangers. The strange gentleman stepped off, then turned to lift out a tiny girl with brown hair and red cheeks. Then came a tall, manly boy with bundles and boxes, a middle-aged sweet-fae- ed woman with a parrot cage, and last, a very plump black-haired girl of perhaps fourteen summers. Croftville gave one gasp and then began to whisper. Straight through Main Street strode the large man, the family following, up Park Street for a block, and then they halted before a cosy white cottage with an ivy-covered porch and geranium- bordered walk. The next day over the door of a small office on Main Street this sign met the startled eyes of all: "Domincus and Son," agents for Gailey Insurance Co." "An lnsurance Company! Of all thingslu cried old Miss Jenkins. No one ever happens to have an ac- cident here. VVhatever could have possessed them strangers to lstart a foolish thing like that?" Surprises followed in rapid suc- cession. This extraordinary family Cfor so it proved to bel persisted in rising at six o'clock. 'fOhl You lose the best part of tl1e day if you don't," explained Mrs. Domincus in her gentle voice. The oldest girl, Azalia, romped the streets from morn till night with the boys of the neighborhood. She hated school and -always received the poorest marks in her class. No one in Croftville had ever seen such a wild, daring creature. The ladies held up their hands in horror when her latest deeds were reported, and even the men shook their heads doubtfully whenever her name was mentioned. But the boys soon stood in awe of this venturesome girl and there was always a crowd of them at her heels. She kept the neigh- borhood in constant suspense. No one knew what Azalia would do next. ' The merits and peculariti-es of this astonishing family had been discussed pro and con for one whole week when all at once the town's conversation turned into a different channel. This topic had not grown old, there was still volumnes more to be said concerning the Domincus group, but something more amazing than ever happened. For once in its life Croftville rose early one morning. The whole town was a stir at six-thirty and such bustling and such gaiety as the sleepy little villagers witnessed. Main Street was filling rapidly with people at eight o'clock and still more were coming at nine. There was a restless impatient attitude on the part of almost every one. The walks were filled to overflowing and every one was jostling for a place near the curb. The reason for all these unusual proceedings was printed in flaring letters on the bill-board farther down the street. The "VVinton-VVesley Animal Cir- cus" was coming to town. The mar- velous descriptions of trained ani- mals came next and at the bottom the excited village read these words: HSee Tiny Tad-the mirth pro- voking Baby Clown-and split your sides with laughter!" Croftville had sufficient cause to be excited for this was the first cir- cus in eight years. A crowd of

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""l"' fx 8 THE MANZANITA Jackson, i'Hello, Mary!" and Aza- lia in her jealous rage, saw Sadie smile and nod back at him. A tear started from Azalia's bright eye, but just then he turned and looked straight at her. "Hello, dearyl" his cheery voice cried, and then to astonished yet delighted Azalia he threw a Foolishly blushing, she stood in confusion, staring after his tiny form. "Why, Zaly, that clown frowed a kiss to you," cried Janet in a shocked tone. "Who is he, Zaly?" Azalia walked home slowly- thinking-wondering. She could not forget the clown's small face. How handsome and young he Was! And he had thrown a kiss-to her! At the dinner table she was so un- usually quiet that her father in- quired, "What's the matter with Puss today? Didnlt you like the parade? Don't you want to go this afternoon tl l guess you do not like circuses much, eh?" "Chl yes, she does," spoke up Janet," hut, Father, today, the pret- ty little clown boy frowed a kiss to her! My! l should think she'd he happy 'stead of mad-l would, if 'twas me!" And how Mr. Domincus did laugh. Ile laughed till the tears rolled down his face and still he laughed! "Threw a kiss to you, did he? Well Puss, l wouldn't worry about that. He does that to all the pretty girls.', As an answer Azalia made a face, stuck out her tongue, and flung herself out of the room. ln her own room she looked in the mirror. The face she saw was really pretty. Her long black hair was topped by a big pink bow, the very tint of her round cheeks. Her brown eyes flashed out from under heavy black lashes and her mouth was curved and dimpled. t'So he does it to all the pretty girls, does he?" she said spitefully to the girl in the mirror. t'Huh! didn't I see him speak to Sadie Jackson? And he never threw a kiss to her-and all the neighbors thing shc's pretty." The afternoon was one of excite- ment to every villager. The big white tent, spread on a green com- mon at the edge of town, was crowded to its utmost capacity. Mr. and Mrs. Domincus were there with all the family. Azalia could hardly wait till the performance began. Finally the band on the platform began to play "The Star Spangled Banner" and the whole audience rose. Twelve jet black horses came prancing out, bearing twelve girls. 'lhey tripped daintly to the rings, where they divided, six going into each ring. The skill of the beauti- fully dressed girls in their daring acts was a source of envy and ad- miration to Azalia. She watched their every move, her brown eyes flashing. Between each act the Baby Clown would come out, mak- ing fun for every one. Many peo- ple afterward declared they had never laughed so before in all their lives. Azalia tried to attract his at- tention by waving her hand or throwing peanuts at him and twice or three times she succeeded in get- ting a grin and a wink from him. The performance over, Azalia left the tent with reluctance. She linger- ed in the menageries as long as she could and walked oh! so slowly down the street toward home. Sud- denly, as she walked along, a bril- liant idea came to her, so brilliant in fact that it made her brown eyes shine like stars. At the same time

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