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THE TARGET 15 Just A Glimpse A rare old manuscript, somewhat browned by time, and neatly tied with a bit of gold-colored ribbon, re- cently came into our possession. We opened it with interest and found it to be the carefully written essay of Marie Riley, who was a member of the class of 1902, which held its simple graduation exercises in room four of McKinley school, and con- sisted of thirty-nine boys and girls, pupils of Miss Eleanor Smith. The following extract is just a bit taken from this review of the Eighth grade work of the class: " As we recall the hours spent in the school room, and dream of the happy past, strange forms appear before us. What is this dark-robed figure dart- ing here and there, richly dressed In clauses, phrases, and sentences, with flowing locks bound by conjunc- tions? " ' Grammar! stand you forth and give reasons for the torture j ' ou have caused us! ' " ' Torture I have caused you ! Rather pleasure. Hoav could you give the synopsis in the second person sin- gular, solemn style, passive, inter- rogative, negative, or conjugate any verb in the English language without me? Little you may now realize what I have done for you, but as you grow wiser you will recall how T shared with you, rather than you with me! ' " But who is this tern man of for- bidding aspect that now approaches? He is dressed in Arabic costume, his head ornamented with a wreath of decimals. He stoops to pick up an apothem that hs dropped from his hand, and see, he has under his arm a bundle of Partial Payments, Stocks, and Prisms, and I verily believe he is slyly chewing. " I can endure no more! ' Hence, vul- gar fraction of a man! Begone, and at your own multiplication table mas- ticate alone your cube and square roots. ' " How we have sunk this year — up scale and down scale, sharps and flats, bass and tenor, high soprano and con- tralto; sometimes on the key, and sometimes off, with high notes and low notes, round notes and full notes, yea, and cracked notes, all with an accompaniment of jangling keys, not to speak of hemi-demi-semi-quavers. But oh! the joy of it all! " On rainj ' days we hold receptions in the halls, but the teachers often have to act rather as guardians of the peace, than as the reception commit- tee. On sunshiny days we jump rope in the yard. We can all jump French, Dutch, and Spanish, but foreign rope is not allowed as our principal thinks that English is the foundation of a good education. A high fence sepa- rates the girls ' yard from the boys ' but in spite of this barrier their base- balls fly over faster than we can throw them back. Some of the girls are fine pitchers from such continual practice. " Some days, when we return from our luncheon, we hear of great times having gone on in the teachers ' lunch room when Mr. Aitkin, the sculptor, or some other important personage, is being entertained. We
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14 THE TARGET " By my halidom! ' Tis strange I am so harassed, " he exclaimed, and frowning, turned back to the dining hall. Here a new surprise awaited him; the room before so brilliantly lighted was now in darkness save for the moonlight which streamed through the barred windows. As he hesitated in angry wonder on the threshold, the sound of a lute reached his ears and a sweet voice singing the words of a love song. Then he saw the object of his dreams, a slender figure in a carved chair by the window. Clad in white, with jewels flashing in hair and gown, she looked almost wraith-like in the moonlight. But even that white glow could not dim the brightness of her starry eyes nor change the crim- son of her lips. Her teeth flashed in a smile at his look of dismay, and to the accompaniment of the lute she sang: " Love is a will-o ' -the-wisp that lures. Ah, but ' tis passing sweet. Follow it, lad, if thy faith endures, Follow with flying feet, For ' tis sweet, sweet, bitter and sweet, Sweeter than all things sweet. " " Aye, that I will, lady fair, " cried Gagain, and leaped suddenly forward, arms outstretched to grasp her; but his fingers closed on nothing, for she had sprung unheeding to the window ledge, a quaint, ghostly figure, a very spirit of moonlight, she stood, and sang on. " Wait, I am coming! " But she did not wait. While the last note quiv- ered on the air she vanished into the night. Gawain leaped after her, plun- ging into the abyss of silver moon- light. Down, down, down, he fell. ijf. " dp. . " Jp. With a start he awoke. Before, the way still simmered in the blazing sun- light. " F faith! what a dream, " he ex- claimed, stretching stiffly in his ar- mor. " Farewell to dreams; they ' ve played me tricks enough, I trow. " He rose and swung into his saddle. Turning his horse ' s head toward Ca- melot, he rode slowly, his eyes bent on the ground. Then, suddenly rous- ing himself from his reverie, he spurred his horse to a gallop. " ' Od ' s wounds! I go no further on this quest. It pleaseth me not; back to Camelot I go, where maids are more substantial if less fair. " So rec- onciled, he was soon lost from sight. CAROL EBERTS, ' 09. Reprinted from ' The Aegis " of No- vember, 1911. THE ILL-FATED BARUNDA BIRD (A Fable from the Sanskrit) Creatures that have two separate necks Which differ when they dine, W ill die like a Barunda bird, Unless the necks combine. In a certain pond hereabout there lived birds called Barundas. They had a single stomach and two necks apiece. Now as one of these birds was wandering about at its own sweet will, one of its necks got some am- brosia somewhere. " Give me half, " said the second neck. But the first refused. Then the second neck was angry and found some poison some- where and ate it. So the bird died, because it had a single stomach. MARGARET BUCKHAM, ' 04.
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16 THE TARGET hear of ice cream and cake, salted crackers and olives, and we wish we could take a peep into the pantry, but one o ' clock comes just the same on those days and Ave grind on. " Well may we have great expecta- tions of the coming years, but as we bid each other good-bye, let us keeo a warm spot in our hearts for our dear teacher who has labored so con- scientiously and faithfully to lay for us the foundation of that priceless treasure, a good education. " A FOUR YEARS ' STAY IN EUROPE Miss Ellerhorst has asked me to write a brief account of my four years ' stay in Europe. I arrived in Bremerhafen, Ger- many, early in November, 1910. The first impression of Germany was a very pretty one with its flat green shore and the red-tiled roofs of the town. This part of the country is very much like Holland. From Bremerhafen we took a short ride to Bremen, a very quaint old city. Everything about the place was extremely clean, in fact the buildings are painted every year. From there Ave Avent to Dresden Avhere Ave spent the winter. Quiet Dresden, where the main topic of con- versation Avas the Opera, and the street-cars were decorated with elab- orate signs as to the proper -Avay to get off. These last make a very good Avay to learn German, however. If you feel adventurous you can try to talk German to some of the women dragging carts loaded with Avashing through the streets, sometimes assist- ed by a dog. With their strong dia- lect, and one or tAvo teeth, it is not an easy proposition. We spent the next three Avinters in Berlin, most of which is as neAV and modern as any American city. One of the interesting things there to see or rather hear, for they make a lot of noise, Avas the daily flight of a Zeppelin over the city. The trip started from Potsdam, fleAV over the Spree and the Havel with their canals, on over Berlin lasting tAvo hours for the price of fift} ' dollars. They have never had an accident AA ' ith their pas- senger Zeppelins. I haven ' t space to Avrite about ou; trips to other ' countries, so I shall only tell about Germany. We saw the big Fall Parade in Sep- tember, when the Kaiser reviewed 60,000 troops of Berlin and Potsdam. They made a brilliant spectacle with their bright uniforms and flashing helmets. There is so much to see in Europe that one could go again and not touch a single toAvn visited before. But the most interesting part is the people themselves, the types you see in the streets and those whom you learn to knoAA r better. I hope this rambling account has been of some interest to you. RUTH BURCHARD. DEAR OLD McKINLEY SCHOOL To McKinley School for many years We ' ve gone in rain or sun, But now those happy days are o ' er, They ' ve built another one! Oh, stately Frances Willard School! We know Ave ' ll love you well, But to dear old McKinley School We ' re loath to say farewell. MARYALLEN BENNETT.
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