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Page 16 text:
Some Advantages of Our High School
IN years we are young, neither do we deceive ourselves
about all beginnings being diflicult. Thanks to the
local school board, all our reasonable needs have
been generously provided for. A commodious building,
centrally and prominently situated, will be used ex-
clusively for high school purposes, as soon as our
growth requires it. The steam heating, electric light-
ing and plumbing throughout the building are modern
and superior in every respect. The library is being
added to constantly and already contains many of the
most essential reference and reading books. The
science laboratories and other equipments are meeting
our necessary requirements.
Our course of study has been broadened so as to
meet the needs of our enlarged constituency. This in
turn necessitated increasing the number of members
of the faculty. Our graduates and near-graduates meas-
ure well above the average in scholarship, character,
and general ability. Our school, in fact, is standing on
the tiptoe of exceptancy to know whether the State
University will say "Well done, thou good and faithful
servant,” and reward us with a place on its roll of
merit—its accredited list.
A well-lighted gymnasium, provided with dressing
rooms, lockers, and bath, has afforded unusual faciliiies
for winter athletics. A series of intramural games
among the students themselves and with local teams,
have afforded many of the advantages of interscholas-
tic contests with few of the disadvantages.
The Westwood High School is unique in that it
furnishes practically all text-books and supplies free.
It is doubtful also whether many, if any, high schools
of our size offer so much free evening school work.
Has nature’s environment of forest and mountains
ever appealed to you as an educational asset? ‘I will
lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh
my help." Have the "high places’’ lost all their signi-
ficance as an inspiration for the weary and discouraged
and as the dwelling place of the Most High? Have the
tills clad in "snows that fall a trifle whiter” no lesson
n purity? "The groves were God’s first temples."
Must our worship be ever in a chapel and never in a
grove? Who shall say but that the distant pines, whose
verdure merges almost imperceptibly with the “skies a
trifle bluer.” hold thetr lesson of devotion to purpose?
Is there not a "Great Stone Face” resident in our own
majestic mountains, which is casting a benign influence
May it be given us to realize our advntages both the
unseen and the seen.
A. H. VOEGELEIN.
Page 15 text:
YOUNG man with his burro and prospecting out-
fit had just crossed a meadow in a valley among
the hills of the northern end of the Sierra Nevada
Mountains He had unpacked his food and blankets,
picketed his burro and made camp beside a clear spark-
ling spring under some tall pines. lie had begun to
prepare his evening meal when he chanced to look up
and see a tall, haggard old man leading a jaded burro
toward him. He immediately arose and greeted the
stranger and, finding that the latter was out of
grub," invited him to share his food. The young
man soon learned that the old stranger’s name was Tim
London and that he was a prospectoi Lke himself and
Tim learned that the young man's name was John
Roland but that he was called Jack. When London had
warmed up he began to talk.
‘ Bill Walters ai.d 1 were partners. We had prospected
together over most of this country and we were about
to start for Montana when we happened through here.
That night we decided to look a little farther, so early
next morning we started up that mountain you see over
"We had crossed some rocky ground and had started
up some steep rocks near the top when Bill f?ll about
ten feet to the base of the rocks. I climbed down and
found that he had sprained an ankle a"d that he was
jarred up quite a bit.
‘T pulled off his boot, helped him on his burro and
took him down to a small stream of water. I fixed
him up the best i could and made camp. A sprained
ankle meant that Bill must be quiet for several weeks,
so we camped there.
"For the next two weeks 1 hunted around among
the hills looking for gold. One day 1 passed four clear,
cold, deep mountain lakes, in which were many fish. I
returned to camp by a longer, more round-about way
and I saw two more clear mountain lakes. But then
were no traces of gold. I went almost every where,
north, south, east and west, but no gold.
•'One day Bill got out his boot because he wanted
to try to walk around a little. One of the boots was
torn where a rock probably cut it near the sole so he
set about mending it while I made breakfast. A little
later Bill called me and I went to see what was the
matter. lie showed me a small piece of gold about the
size of a grain of wheat that he had found wedged into
the sole just below the cut. It must have stuck to his
boot when he fell from the rocks. I went there im-
mediately and there, at the base of the rock where Bill
had sprained his ankle, was the gold.
“I dug up some dirt and found nuggets, some as
large as hen’s eggs and others as small as to be merely
"The following month Bill and I had sunk a shaft
only about ten feet deep and we had taken out about a
hundred thousand dollars worth of gold. Most of the
gold we dug was put into a heavy box, which we k» nt
just inside the mouth of the mine.
“One day about noon the earth began to shake. Bill
and I hurried down into the meadow so that no ro k=
would roll onto us. The next day the earth rocked
and swayed. The third day the earth stopped quaking
and Bill and 1 started back to our mine. But no mine
could we find. Almost everything was changed, the
large rocks that had been near our mine had shifted and
as 1 later found out, only two of the six lakes I had
seen one day were to be found.
“Bill and I spent years and most of our money bunt-
ing for the mine but we never found a speck of gold
near there again.
“Well, whoever finds it will have about one hundred
thousand in gold already dug and a lot waiting to be
“I guess I’ll turn in. Good night.
JENS JACOBSEN “21.”
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