Willard Middle School - Target Yearbook (Berkeley, CA)

 - Class of 1918

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THE TARGET 2; FOR VALOR. There was a lull in the fighting and Charles Bristol, a private in the British Infantry Co. 3, sat in the dugout, thinking. A picture of his old home and mother came before his mind. He recalled one deed after another, deeds he wished he could blot out. He saw himself " caught with the goods " by a policeman after a rob- bery. He had been going with a crook. Charles, without any thought of anything wrong, let the crook lead him to rob a house. The real thief escaped but Charles was caught. His mother, broken-hearted and disgraced, had seen him before he went to jail. In his cell he had vowed he would do something to cover that disgrace. The very day he got out of prison he enlisted in the infantry. Not even his mother knew because he im- mediately went away with his com- pany. Absorbed in his reverie he did not know what was going on until his " bunkie, " said, " Get ready. We are going to charge over the top. " At the signal the British went over the top firing as they went. Bristol was fighting beside the cap- tain of his company when he heard a bang, and saw the captain fall. He struggled up and led his company into the fight that drove the enemy back. Then he staggered and fell into a shell hole. Charles had been shot also during the encounter. Af- ter a while a single stretcher came along. They were about to pick up Charles. After a mental struggle he gasped, " Get — the — Captain. He ' s — in — the shell— hole. " The men carrying the stretcher obeyed and taking the captain, went away. Had Charles made amends for his disgraceful actions? RUSSELL McCONNELL. Help defeat the Kaiser, Help defeat the Hun; Do not be a miser, Sammies need you mon. DOING HIS BIT. James Burton was a successful engineer in Montana. When America entered the war he enlisted and was soon promoted to the rank of lieu- tenant. He was among the first to reach the battle front in France. In the battle of Seicheprey the Germans attacked the first line. The French and Americans put up a hard fight but they were forced to re- treat to the second line. The next day the Germans were seen at a dis- tance approaching by thousands. James Burton fought side by side with the color sergeant. At last the color sergeant was killed and Burton injured. Hundreds of Huns were approaching with fixed bayo- nets. He picked the flag up and kissed it and handed it to a com- rade. " Hold it high! " he said, " for God ' s sake! Hold it high! for the soldiers will follow it. " He quickly turned around and rushed to a machine gun near by and mowed down the first line of rushing Germans. He turned again but alas! the bullets were gone. He was wounded in several places, but he died with a smile on his face, for he had helped to send the flag ahead, which had won the day. HENRY TAKAHASHI.

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26 THE TARGET Barbara ' s Reward Barbara Gordon sat in her wheel chair, looking- out at the garden glowing in the sunlight. The day before when the doctor called, he had asked her to try walking, as he thought she was growing strong- er. But feeling quite sure of her in- ability to comply with his wish. Barbara did not attempt it. Mrs. Gordon had gone to church leaving her invalid daughter in the big sun porch until her return. As the morning was warm, Barbara soon fell into a doze which lasted about half an hour. She was awak- ened by a strong smell of smoke, and as she looked over the railing she noticed a bright light in the basement windows of the new school, which was being built next door. She called loudly for the neighbors, but received no answer. She called again, but heard no reply. What could she do? Every minute the flames seemed to grow larger. The telephone! if she could only reach it! Barbara rolled her chair to the top of the stair-case. She did not hesitate, but got out and with the assistance of the bannster, started down. A sharp pain shot up her leg, but as she went on, she gained more confidence and finally reached the telephone. With trem- bling fingers she turned the leaves of the directory looking for the num- ber. After a useless search Barbara took down the receiver and gave the warning to central. In fifteen minutes the fire was out and the whole building saved. That evening a happy family sat around the fire. Mr. and Mrs. Gor- don were smiling, and Barbara was actually seated on the floor. Sud- denly the door opened and their friend the school principal entered. After a hearty greeting, he turned to Barbara and asked, what she would like as a reward. " Thank you, " she said, " but I have received a much better gift than any you could give me, I am able to walk again. " EUNICE LEHMER. A SUNSET IN MASSACHUSETTS On a hill bordering a beautiful lake in Massachusetts, three children were seen slowly climbing to the highest point of the hill. They were soon lying flat on the ground, sup- porting their heads with their arms; they were watching a beautiful sun- set. There was not much talking but steady gazing across the lake, over another hill, towards the sinking sun in the west. The sun was large, round and red. There were many white clouds floating in every direc- tion. The sun was soon back of the hill flashing a dark and light pink, on the passing clouds. As the sky was of dark blue, as the eastern skies are, it was a very beautiful sunset. The white clouds of all shapes were reflected by the light from the sinking sun for nearly two hours. The children watched the sunset till the last ray of light in the west had faded and the ev ening star was shining in the east. The children were later seen, by the faint light of the moon, walk- ing slowly down the hill and they disappeared into a tent. EVELYN KENDALL.



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28 THE TARGET TARGET " STAFF Editor Helen Wood Manager Curtis Wright ASSISTANTS. Paul Albert, Elma Auze, Mildred Bain, Elizabeth Barndt, Emily Brown, Margaret Druehl, Robert Dunn, Jean Dupont, Muriel Engler, Erna Erbe, Evelyn Flaherty, Grace Foster, Jack Gompertz, Olga Grooms, Martha Hanna, Phyllis Harroun, Evelyn Holcomb, Ursula Howard, Pearl Johnson, Evelyn Keehner, Ancel Keys, Dorothy Lenehan, Marjorie Lewin, Conrad Lutgen, Anna McLaughlin, Elizabeth Munson, Daniel Nutting, Mary Parham, Josephine Peoples, John Railton, David Rankin, Irene Reid, Ernest de Reynier, Dorothy Ritchie,- Eugenie Schutt, Frances Seymour, Marion T. Smith, Lillian St. John. ADVISORY BOARD. MR. CLARK Principal MISS CHRISTY Teacher Our boys are proving themselves true patriots by taking their physical culture with zest. A garden or a gun. If the girls would take care of their lunch bags as carefully as they do their knitting bags, there would be less drop-stitching in the school harmony.

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