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ITbompson's Hslanb 

JSeacon 



Vol. 3 No. 1 



Printed at the Farm School, Boston. Mass. 



May 1899. 



After m storm 

Five months have passed since the 
November storm wrought such havoc here and 
inflicted damage which at the most conserva- 
tive estimate caused a loss of fully $10,000. 
They have been five busy months for every one 
connected with the School and while there are 
some things which we would have liked to do 
which have not been possible it is gratifying to 
see the results of hard work which has been 
performed during the winter and spring. We 
feel encouraged to know that by the first Visiting 
Day there will be not many tangible reminders 
of that fearful November night and day to aid 
the boys in the account of the storm which they 
will give to their friends and relatives. 

First in importance, as the loss of the 
steamer was our most serious misfortune, is 
our new steamer which bears the same name, 
the Pilgrim, being built at Lawley's shipyard in 
South Boston, and now rapidly approaching 
completion. This steamer is larger and abler 
than the other and with more modern machin- 
ery, but although more powerful, will, on ac- 
count of her improved appliances, be more 
economical to operate. 

The three rowboats which were aestroyed 
have been replaced by three others fully as good 
and named like the other boats the Brewster, 
Priscilla and Standish. Of these boats, also 
built at Lawley's, the Priscilla and Standish 
are each a little larger than the boats which 
they have replaced. The freight barge, John 
Alden, which was torn adrift from its moorings 
and cast up on the beach near the South End, 
but which bore the strain of this hard usage 
very satisfactorily, was hauled out on the beach 
this winter, repaired, calked and painted, and 



fitted with a winch which will be a great con- 
venience in handling her. 

The wharf and breakwater have been 
thoroughly repaired. The heavy part of this 
work was done under contract by Messrs. V/. 
H. Ryan & Co. New piles were driven where 
needed, a new fender-pile set at the corner of 
the wharf where one was broken off by the 
schooner "Fred A. Emerson," and the break- 
water has been entirely replanked after It had 
bsen strengthened by a row of new piling. The 
north side float and the gangway which leads 
down to it have been rebuilt, as has the south 
side float, which was driven by the storm to 
Quincy and afterwards cut up there. The tele- 
phone wires to the wharf have been repaired, as 
well as those in other parts of the Island, and 
communication restored. The rebuilding of the 
floats, repairs of the wires, and, in fact, all of the 
work except the heavy part done by Ryan & Co., 
has been performed by our own force of in- 
structors and boys. 

One of the hardest tasks has been the 
repairing of the dikes which were broken in by 
the strong wind and unusually high tides of the 
storm. Of these the greatest damage was done 
to the east side dike, and it has been necessary 
to practically rebuild this for its entire length. 
This work has been done very thoroughly. The 
face of the dike has been protected for over 
a hundred yards by a breakwater four feet high 
built of two inch planks spiked to posts set 
firmly in the earth, and nearly the entire farm 
force, with the teams, has been employed for 
many weeks cutting and drawing sods to rebuild 
the dike to a height and thickness which 
promises to make it strong enough to resist any 
future attacks upon it. The water which flooded 



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the low ground of the Island at the South End, 
and inside the east side dike, when the waves 
broke through has been drained out. but it is 
impossible to tell as yet just how great the dam- 
age to the overflowed grass land will be. Cer- 
tainly the hay crop cut there will not be as large 
for some years to come as that which has been 
cut during the last few years. In connection 
with the work upon the dikes should be men- 
tioned the repairs upon the beach road, which 
was almost entirely washed away. New timbers 
have been put where needed, such of the old 
ones as were left have been returned to their 
places and many loads of gravel have been 
put in to return the road to its former grade. 

No small part of the work done has been 
connected with the clearing up of the debris left 
by the storm. Between three hundred and four 
hundred barrels of paraffine wax, the cargo of 
the schooner "Virginia," scattered along the 
beach and over the Island, were gathered up 
and drawn to the wharf where they could be put 
on board lighters by the agents of the insurance 
company which took possession of them. A 
hundred or more of these barrels had been 
floated on to the low ground at the extreme 
south end of the Island from where they could 
be recovered only with great difficulty. The 
wreckage of the schooner "Virginia," which 
went entirely to pieces here, was drawn out on 
to the beach at low tide, as was also the wreck 
of our own steamer, the Pilgrim, which was 
stove in and sunk by the schooner "Fred A. 
Emerson;" and after all available material in the 
shape of machinery, rigging and junk had been 
removed from these the remainder of the hulls 
was broken up into shape for fire wood. The 
refuse which was not worth saving was piled up 
on the beach to be burned. To this pile was 
added such other unavailable wreckage and drift- 
wood as was collected in cleaning the beaches, 
until the pile was at least ten feet in height 
and fifty feet in diameter. This pile of waste 
wood, well dried by sun and wind, was lighted 
on the evening of April 19th, Patriots' Day, as 
a part of the celebration of that day, and made a 
fire which lasted for hours, lighting up the har- 



bor and shores of the Island for a long distance. 
It is not often that the lighting of a bonfire holds 
so much of interest, and, we might almost say 
of sadness, as did this to those who stopped to 
reflect that the beautifully colored flames which 
played about the salt water-soaked driftwocd 
were fed with fragments of the four schooners 
wrecked here, our own steamer Pilgrim and 
our three, row-boats, parts of the wharf and 
floats, and pieces of several other damaged 
rowboats which were cast ashore here. ^ 

Patriots' Day 

On the 19th of April we celebrated the 
day known in history as "Patriots' Day." After 
breakfast the Color Sergeant raised the Stars 
and Stripes to the sound of the bugle. Later 
some of the boys that had not seen the Pilgrim 
went over to Lawley's. where the work is going 
on. Early in the afternoon a number of the 
graduates came, and at three o'clock they and 
the boys played ball. The score was twenty- 
eight to nineteen in favor of the School. After 
supper we played out of doors until seven 
o'clock, when we went to the wharf where theie 
was a large pile of wood collected from the 
beach. Some of it was driftwood but most of 
it was from the schooner "Virginia" and others 
which were wrecked here in the November 
storm. This wood was thoroughly dried. 
Some of the boys got armfuls of hay and set 
the hay on fire. This caught on the dry wood 
and in a few minutes the whole pile was a flame 
of fire. After it got to burning good some of 
the waste wax that was crumbled up from the 
cargo of the wrecked "Virginia." was thrown on 
to the fire, when it lighted the harbor up so that 
we could see over to the city, plainly, and see 
the boats in the harbor. Some boys got too 
near the fire and in the morning their faces 
were sore and red like beets. We will get 
quite a lot of old iron out of the ashes. Having 
enjoyed the day we went to bed at nine o'clock. 
Walter L. Carpenter. 

Playltid marbles 

The boys are playing marbles now. They 
have several different ways of playing. They 
play "bunny," "roll at a glassy." "odd or even." 



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••eggs in the bush,'" ••roll at a button,'" and 
••block and chasing." To play "bunny'" they 
have a hole in the ground and stand a little ways 
off and try to get the marbles in. All that they 
get in are their own. To "roll at a glassy"' one 
boy sets down a glassy and others roll at it. 
The one that hits it gets it. To play "odd or 
even" one boy holds out his hand with as many 
marbles in it as he wishes and the other boy 
guesses; if he guesses right he gets it. If he 
guesses even when it is odd he has to give the 
other boy one to make it even. To play "eggs 
in the bush" a boy holds some marbles in his 
hand and the other boy guesses the number. 
As many away from it as he guesses he has to 
give the other fellow. To "roll at a button" is 
similar to rolling at a glassy, only you roll at a 
button. 1 mean fancy buttons such as you wear 
for badges. To play "block and chasing" one 
boy puts a marble down and the other boys snap 
at it. If a boy hits it the other has to give him 
a marble. It is great fun and the boys all join 
in and play. George E. Hart. 

Sifting Gravel 

During the winter the most of the gravel 
that we had on our walks has been washed down 
into the gutters and into the traps at the end of 
the gutters. This spring we have had to get 
more to take the place of that. The way we 
sift the gravel is to take a team and a large 
sieve and set the sieve up in the team so that 
the largest stones, those that don't go through 
the sieve, will fall out on to the ground. As the 
gravel goes through the sieve it forms a pile 
under it. After this pile gets large enough to 
touch the screen and .steps the unsifted gravel 
from going through it hss to be hauled off in the 
cart. When a load is sifted it is drawn up in 
front of the wash room and left for Mr. Berry to 
havc; spread on the walks. 

Chester O. Sanborn. 

Starting the l)otbea$ 

On the southern part of the Island, near the 
root cellar, Mr. Mason has two sets of hotbeds, 
where he starts tomato plants, early lettuce, and 
such things. The other day I put the horse into 
the cart and took a load of dressing over and 



tipped it in the pile. 1 shoveled the loam out of 
the hotbeds, spread the dressing four inches 
deep, put the loam back and leveled it. Then 
I came to the barn and got some windows and 
took them to the hotbeds. Mr. Mason then 
planted the seeds and put the windows on. 

Frederick F. Burchsted. 

neat Papers 

Miss Strong thought it would be nice if the 
boys that have the best and neatest papers 
cjuld have them put up somewhere so that the 
instructors and friends who come to visit the 
School could see them. So she found a place 
for them on either side of the schoolroom. The 
boys that sit on the right hand side have their 
papers put up on that side, and the boys on the 
left hand side have theirs put on the left side. 
The boy that has the best paper has his on top, 
and so on, down to the last paper which Miss 
Strong thinks is the poorest of those which 
were good enough to put up. I have quite a 
number of papers that were put up as the first 
ones. William M. Roberts. 

my mork 

We have had lots of work this year sawing 
wood. The small boys take the buck saws 
and there are four of the boys, counting myself, 
that take the two cross-cut saws. After we 
get through sawing one piece we ask Ed 
Steinbrick what one he would like us to take 
next. When he gives us a piece we get right 
to work again. Some wood is water-soaked 
and is pretty hard to cut. 

Ralph O. Anderson. 

Driftwood 

On our beaches there is a lot of driftwood 
and some more comes in with every high tide. 
There are all kinds of wood that come ashore, 
such as boards, shingles, planks, boxes, barrels, 
pieces of trees, bamboo, piles, and sometimes 
you see the bow or some part of a large 
schooner. Sometimes the boys get permission 
to go down on the beach, and they get any kind 
of wood they want. Since the storm we 
have been cleaning up the beaches and have 
got a great deal of wood. 

John J. Conklin. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cboiiip$on'$ Island Beacon 

Printed Monthly by the Boys of the 

FARM SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor. 

A PRIVATE HOME-TRAINING SCHOOL 
DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS. 

Vol. 3. No. 1. May 1899. 

Subscription Price 50 cents per year. 

Entered at the Post Office at Boston as second-class matter. 



BOARD OF MANAGERS. 



president. 

Richard M. Saltonstall. 

vice-president. 

Eben Bacon. 

treasurer. 

Alfred Bowditch. 

secretary. 

Tucker Daland. 

managers. 

!. Tucker Burr, Jr., 
Caleb A. Curtis, 
Charles P. Curtis. Jr., 
J. D. Williams French, 
Henry S. Grew, 
John Homans, 2d, M. D., 
Walter Hunnewell, 
Francis Shaw, 
John E. Thayer, 
Thomas F. Temple. 



Charles H. Bradley, 



Superintendent. 



Cittle Cbings 

Look out for the little things of life, for 
they are very apt to be the ones which will really 
most effect you for good or ill. Very rarely 
will you be brought face to face with a great 
emergency, but the small events so crowd upon 
one,- perhaps by dozens every day, -that their 
aggregate influence in the end is the greatest. 
It is just as if a man who had a long journey to 
make on foot had fixed his eyes on a range of 



high mountains in the distance, and thought of 
nothing except how he should cross them. 
Absorbed in this problem he misses sight of the 
right road, which would have led him by a 
gentle grade over the obstruction, and wander- 
ing from the beaten path falls headlong into a 
ditch which he had not noticed and in which he 
will be grievously delayed, even if the fall has 
not seriously injured him. 

Learn to notice the little things about you 
instinctively, and take advantage of your knowl- 
edge. When you cast your eyes up to the 
pennant,' notice which way the wind is blowing; 
when you go near the wharf, observe how high 
the tide is and whether it is going or coming. 
The ability to furnish this information at a 
moment's notice may save time enough to 
enable some one to transact important business 
which otherwise might have been delayed or 
even missed entirely. 

Learn to observe little things while going 
about your regular work, and reason out the 
results which may be drawn from your ob- 
servations. The power of observation which 
the American Indian has cultivated would put 
to shame many white men. One day an Indian 
returning home discovered that his venison 
which he had hung up to dry, had been stolen. 
After carefully examining the wigwam and the 
ground about it, he started out to track the 
thief. He had not gone far when he met a 
man and asked him if he had met a little, old. 
white man, with a short gun, having with him 
a small, bob-tailed dog. The man of whom the 
question was asked replied that he had met 
just such a person, but in talking longer with 
the Indian was astonished to learn that the latter 
had not seen the man whom he had so accurate- 
ly described. Being asked how he could give 
such a minute description of some one whom 
he had not seen, the Indian replied, -'I knew the 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



ihief was a little man because he rolled up a 
stone to stand on in order to reach the venison; 
I knew he was an old man by his short steps; 
I knew he was a white man because he turned 
his toes out when he walked, something an 
Indian never does; I knew he had a short gun 
by the mark it left on the tree where he had 
stood it up; I knew the dog was small by his 
tracks and short steps, and that he had a bob- 
tail by the mark it left in the dust when he sat 
down." 

"Think naught a trifle, though it small appear; 

Small sands the mountains, moments make 
the year. 

And trifles, life." 

Columbus saw a few bits of seaweed and 
some driftwood floating on th(; waves, but with 
them he was able to quell a mutiny and dis- 
cover a continent. A little boy in Holland saw 
water trickling through a tiny hole near the bot- 
tom of a dike. He knew that if he took even 
time to go for help the leak would swell until the 
whole dike would be destroyed and the country 
flooded. He pressed his little hand to the leak 
and kept it there through many painful hours, 
until he could attract the attention of a passer-by. 
He saved his country, and even now. after many 
years have gone by, his name is held in grate- 
ful remembrance in Holland. You may never 
have an opportunity to do as much as that, but 
if you will pay close attention to the little things 
with which you come in contact rest assured 
your own life and the lives of others will be hap- 
pier and more successful than they will be if you 
live careless and heedless of what goes on 

^•^o^tyou. Tr,. ^.THTa-,Ver. 

notes 

April 2. Easter Sunday. Concert at 3 
P. M. 

April 3. Band of Mercy held an evening 
session. 



April 4. Cottage Row quarterly election. 
The following officers were elected. Mayor, 
Samuel F. Butler; aldermen, Dana Currier, 
William 1. Ellwood, Clarence W. Wood; as- 
sessor, Frederick W. Thompson; street com- 
missioner, John J. Irving; chief of police, Wil- 
liam Mourey; jury, George Thomas, C. Edward 
Crowell, Frederick W. Thompson, John J. 
Powers, Barney Hill, John J. Irving, Frederick 
F. Burchsted. The mayor appointed as clerk, 
William Austin; curator, William C. Carr; 
librarian, Herbert E. Balentine; treasurer, Fred- 
erick F. Burchsted. The chief of police ap- 
pointed as patrolmen, Joseph A. Carr and 
Samuel W. Webber. 

"Reminiscences of Neal Dow" presented 
by W. C. T. U. of South Boston. 

April 5. Blacksmith shod all the horses. 

April 7. Guardian towed spar from East 
Boston for our new float. 

Nils G. Nilson finished work in Vermont. 

Oloff Wilson made us a call. 

Barge John Alden launched and towed 
to South Boston and return for freight by the 
steamer Watchman. 

Century Gallery of one hundred portraits 
received from Mr. Charles Evans. 

April 10. Book "Secret of Achievement" 
by Dr. O. S. Marden given to the library by the 
author. 

April 11. Steamer Guardian towed the 
second spar from East Boston for the new float. 
The first spar was taken from the Phila- 
delphia Line S. S. Spartan, and this one from 
the Schooner Hattie Marsh. 

Carl Steinbrick visited the School. 

April 12. Manager Mr. Francis Shaw 
passed a portion of the day here. 

April 13. William B. Winters came to 
pass a few days before going- to his new position 
with Mr. Edward Cunningham, Dedham, Mass. 

April 15. Long distance telephone line 
being put in good condition by the Company. 

The old grass was burned from the several 
fields of the Island, which is considerably later 
than usual. 



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Canvas covers arranged at the wharf for 
covering the small boats. 

Planted early potatoes, peas, beans, spinach 
and radishes. 

April 17. Mr. Be/ry visiting boys. 

April 18. Sowed onion seed. 

William May entered the school. 

Flagstaff painted and topmast hoisted. 

Mr. Thrasher visiting boys in New Hamp- 
shire. 

April 19. Patriots' Day. 

Bali game in the afternoon. 

Graduates Charles E. Andrews, Rcbert 
Blanton. William D. Hart, Will. am G, 
Cummings, Benjamin F. Gerry, Herbert A. 
and Clifford M. Pulson visited us. 

Bonfire in the evening. 

April 20. Sowed peas and oats. 

Thomas J. Hind's men began general 
repairs on the slate roofs, gutters, etc., to the 
buildings. 

April 21. Sowed the oat field. 

April 24. Howard B. Ellis began work 
in the employment of Thomas J. Hind, 19 Milk 
Street, roofer and contractor for artificial walks, 
asphalt floors, water tight cellars, etc. 

New float which we have been building put 
in place on the north side of the wharf. 

Band began practicing in open air. 

April 25. First dandelion. 

April 26. Mr. John R. Morse here to 
advise and plan with Mr. Steinbrick. the leader, 
the work of the band for the season. This is 
Mr. Morse's first visit since last fall and we are 
pleased to greet him again. 

April 27. Mrs. Glendower Evans, Dr. and 
Mrs. Richard C. Cabot made us a call. 

First radishes from the hotbed. 

April 29. Arbor Day. 

Exercises in the afternoon. 

Park Pier floats have been removed in the 
past two or three days and the steamer 
"Ella" called and reports she is to open the 
season to-morrow. 

April 30. Graduates Frank P. Wilcox 
and William G. Cummings here. 



Jlrbor Day 

It has been our custom for a number cf 
years to observe Arbor Day and have exercises 
suited to the occasion. What we did th^s year 
you may see by the programme printed in this 
number of the Beacon Many things can be 
learned on this day, such as we learned this 
year from Mr. Bradley's talk. He explained to 
us the planting of a tree and the care that 
should be taken of it. We also learned that if 
some people had not taken an interest in the 
planting of trees we should not have had 
nearly such a pretty Island. A good many 
trees were planted this year in different parts of 
the Island. The one we planted on the Campus 
was dedicated to Mr. Thrasher. 

Leo T. Decis. 

Jlrbor Day Programme 

Band 

Recitation Edward L. Davis 

Lesson of the Leaves 

( George A. C. McKenzie 
Exercise -] W. C. J. Frueh 

I George I. Leighton 
Talking in Their Sleep 
Planting of the Tree 
Song School 

O Arbor Day, Sweet Arbor Day 
Recitation Horace P. Thresher 

Spring and Summer 
Exercise Eight Boys 

Famous Trees 

Song School 

The Linden Tree 

Exercise ^ Charles W^Jorgensen 

( Herbert E. BalerAu.e 
The Oak Tree 
Recitation Joseph A. Carr 

Words from the Trees 
Band 

Tarm School Bank 

Cash on hand April 1st. 1899, $379.72 

Deposited during the month $7.60 

$387.32 
$19.91 



Withdrawn during the month 
Balance Mav 1st, 1899, 



$367,41 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



easier Concert Programme 

Song Choir. 

Joy, Joy, Joy 
Greeting Thomas Brown. 

The Easter PROMiSE 
Song Choir. 

Joyful Easter Bells 
Prayer Mr. Reed. 

Recitation George Thomas. 

Ring, Happy Bells 
Exercise W. C.J. Frueh and W. Flynn. 

In the Early Dawning 
Recitation Horace P. Thrasher. 

An Easter Bonnet 
Song Choir. 

Weeping Mary 
Scripture Selections Class. 

R_ci ATioN Don C. Clark. 

The Easter Song 
Recitation George E. Hicks. 

An Easter Resolve 
Exercise Class. 

An Easter Joke 
Song Choir. 

Sweet are the Promises 
Recitation George E. Hart. 

Blessing the Bells 
Recitation Samuel W. Webber. 

Nature's Easter Story 
Song and Exercise Choir and Class. 

Ring the Bells of Easter 
Cornet Solo Howard B. Ellis. 

The Lost Chord 
Recitation Walter L. Carpenter. 

Easter Day 
Song Choir. 

Lovely Beams of Morning 
Recitation C Alfred H. Malm. 

How THE Lilies Came to Grow 
Song Choir. 

Easter Day 
Recitation Warren Holmes. 

Easter Lilies 
Recitation William I. Ellwood. 

The Easter Spirit 

Song Choir. 

A Mighty Saviour 



Address Mr. Reed. 

Song Choir. 

The Shout of Triumph 

Row Blue Prints Jlre made 

A blue print is a copy of a drawing, and is 
made by a chemical process something the 
same as a photograph. First a drawing is 
made, and inked in. Then a piece of tracing 
cloth is laid over the drawing and traced over 
with ink. This is put into a printing frame with 
a piece of blue print paper under it, and exposed 
to the sun about eight minutes. The blue print 
is then rinsed in several changes of water and 
hung up to dry. When dry it is pasted on a 
piece of cardboard to give it additional strength. 
It is then ready for use. When drawn copies 
were used it took many days to make a single 
drawing, but with the blue print process a dupli- 
cate can be made in a very few minutes. The 
blue prints which are used in our forging class 
were made here at the school by Mr. Littlefieid 
and one of the boys, in 1896. 

Herbert E. Balentine. 

tclcpboncs 

There were 1,231,000,000 messages sent 
out last year by the American Bell Telephone 
Company. 1,124,846 instruments and 779, 
989 miles of wire were used in transmitting 
them. This Company has 465,180 stations and 
19,668 employees. More telephones are used 
in the United States than in all Europe. 

Jlrctic Currents 

The United States Government will send 
out fifty patent casks in the revenue cutter 
"Bear" to be dropped at different points in the 
Arctic ocean. The casks are to be picked up 
by passing vessels and a report made to the 
Geographical Society at Philadelphia. By this 
means the exact location of the Arctic currents 
will be found. 

The Scientific American is authority for 
the statement that Mt. Vesuvius was recently 
covered with a heavy fall of snow while the 
crater was in eruption. The sight was a very 
strange one; three streams of red hot lava 
moving at one time through the white snow. 



8 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Jllumni 

Henry O. Wilson, '89, paid us a visit 
recently and passed the night here. He has 
been Hving this winter in the town of Newington, 
N. H., where he has just finished a contract for 
chopping logs for lumber. He is spoken of 
there as an industrious young man of excellent 
habits. 

Edward G. Rodday. '94, wrote us re- 
cently from the quarters of Co. D, 13th U. S. 
Infantry, at Fort Columbus, N. Y., but he ex- 
pected very soon after that to start for the 
Philippine Islands, to which place his regiment 
had already been ordered The regiment was 
to go overland to San Francisco, and sail from 
there. Rodday seemed to enjoy the prospect, 
for he wrote, "I am at least sure of seeing for- 
eign service in this new conflict, and also will 
see a good deal of our own country going 
through the continent by rail and viewing it as 
Cook's tourists do, 'through the car window.'" 
After good wishes for all, he closes, "Have I 
been forgotten? Does absence cause forgetful- 
ness? I hope not." 

Carl Steinbrick,, '94, made us a visit 
not long ago, going afterwards to Providence to 
spend a few days with his sister there, where 
his brother Ed also joined them for a day's visit. 
Carl remains in the home where he has been 
since he left the School, with the family of Mr. 
Frank Nash of Williamsburg, Mass., from 
where the most favorable reports possible come 
of him. As Mr. Nash is at home but very 
little, and the family consists of Miss Nash and 
her mother, Carl is the man of the house, and 
very creditably indeed does he fulfill the 
responsibilities put upon him. Not only is this 
true of the family but it is also quite true of the 
neighborhood, for he is such efficient help that 
his services are frequently sought by the neigh- 
bors when there is any extra task to be per- 
formed, a condition of things which is very 
profitable for Carl's bank account. Those who 
saw Carl when he was here commented 
favorably upon his straight-forward manner and 
frank and open conversation. 



Orra H. H. Becker, '96. who has been 
living for the last three years in the family of 
Mr. Thomas S. Eaton, at Auburn. Mass., spent 
the night at the School recently. He has just 
been relocated with Sumner Parker, '90, who 
has taken a large farm in Westmoreland, N. 
H., and begun business for himself. 

Herbert A. Pulson, '96, visited us re- 
cently and reports very favorably upon his work. 
He remains with the same employers with 
whom he has been for some time, the W. U. 
Lewisson Company, manufacturers of umbrellas. 
parasols and walking-sticks. He attends the 
Congregational church in Faneuil and belongs 
to the organization of King's Sons. 

Clifford M. Pulson, '97, who is learning 
a branch of the machinist's trade as a maker of 
fine watchmakers' tools, with the Rivet Watch 
Tool Company of Faneuil, has recently been 
promoted at his work. Clifford belongs to the 
Y. M. C. A. of Newton. He retains the same 
interest in athletics which made him one of the 
best all-round athletes at the School when he 
was here, and keeps up his practice, so that he 
is becoming well known in local athletic circles. 

Robert B. Blanton, "97, who was among 
the graduates who visited us on Patriots' Day, 
is doing general machine work, this being his 
second year's apprenticeship with the American 
Tool and Machine Company of Hyde Park. 
He belonged to the Fairmount Athletic Associa- 
tion last year. He is a member of the Baptist 
church choir at Hyde Park, and is a popular 
young man in the social life of the town. Some 
of the graduates who have not seen Blanton 
recently may be interested to know that he is 
six feet, two and a half inches tall, and weighs 
two hundred and five pounds. It is very gratify- 
ing to receive such favorable reports as we do 
from Superintendent Arnold of Blanton and the 
other boys employed by the American Company, 
and to know that on account of the good record 
which these boys have made there Mr. Arnold 
will always be glad to give our boys preference 
when there is an opening there. 



ITbompson's llslanb 

JSeacon 



9 



Vol. 3. No. 2. 



Printed at the Farm School, Boston, Mass. 



June 1899. 



Every year during the summer months we 
have Visiting Days, occurring near the first or 
latter part of each month. A day must be 
chosen which suits the steamboat people as well 
as us. 

Postal cards are sent out announcing the 
first Visiting Day. The boys send these cards to 
any of their friends or relatives they wish. After 
the first Visiting Day cards are ready at the 
off.ce to be given to the visitors announcing the 
next one. The first and last . days have the 
most visitors. 

We are so anxious to have the first Visit- 
ing Day arrive, after we find out when it is going 
to be, that the days seem to be months. Every 
boy is awake early in the morning, ready for the 
work that must be done before we can have the 
pleasure. As it is one of the steamers of the 
Nantasket Line which brings the visitors we 
watch and guess the name of the steamer before 
she arrives. It is usually the General Lincoln 
or the Hingham. We are generally on the 
move before the steamer gets this side of Castle 
Island. After getting dressed we line up in 
double rank, our Band at the head, and march 
down to the wharf, a selection being played by 
the Band as the steamer comes in 

As the steamer lands, some of the follow- 
ing words may be heard, "Oh, my mother is 
here." "There is my little brother." "I'm 
glad my sister has come." and many other 
like words of surprise and joy. Sometimes we 
can hear from those on the steamer such things 
as, "I see Johnnie," or "Frank," or "Willie," 
or "George." The anxiety to get nearer the 
objects that their eyes have searched for and at 
last found causes a friendly crowding of one 



another and an advance that would end in our 
ranks being broken before our exercises were 
finished if it were not for being checked by 
some of our instructors whose duty it is to keep 
the crowd back. 

If the day is pleasant we march to the 
appointed place of gathering, usually on the 
lawn or on a large gravelly spot sloping from 
our flower gardens towards the main building. 
If it is rainy we either go into Gardner Hall, our 
gymnasium, or into the barn, where there are 
such exercises as speaking, singing and selec- 
tions by the Band. Mr. Grew, one of our 
managers, is usually here, and he gives a word 
of encouragement to both boys and parents, and 
announces when the next Visiting Day will be. 
He always lives up to his words, that he does 
not want to detain us long, and gives the desired 
signal, "Break ranks." After that there is a 
rush to the ones who said, "I see Johnnie," 
"Frank." "Willie" and "George." Each boy 
can find his friends in the crowd of visitors. 

Almost always the friends bring baskets 
and bcxes of good things to eat. After we have 
our lunch, consisting of cakes, sandwiches, pies, 
fruits and candy, and such things, we take our 
friends to see our Cottage Row, our schoolrooms 
and work on exhibition there, our cattle and poul- 
try, the farm, shop and Sloyd work and every- 
thing tiiat is of interest. 

The boat comes about 10.30 A. M. and 
g03S about 1.30 P.M. The big bell that is 
used to call the boys from their work and play 
at different times, rings ten tninutes before the 
boat arrives, so that all may gather at the 
wharf in time to get aboard. Then comes the 
saddest part of the day, the parting. When all 
the visitors are on board the steamer, and the 



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lines have been thrown and the steamer started, 
we give three cheers and a tiger. Then the large 
steamer gives three cheers with its whistle, 
and usually our steamer, the Pilgrim, gives three 
cheers with the siren whistle, thus making in 
all three times three cheers for the pleasure we 
have had during the day. Our old steamer, the 
Pilgrim, which performed the duty last year of 
giving the last three cheers, has done so for the 
last time, but the same whistle will continue to 
do the same work on our new steamer, which 
takes its place, the Pilgrim. 

The large steamer passes off one large 
bulk covered with fluttering handkerchiefs, and 
leaving a line of white foam as it bears our 
friends from us for another month. After our 
visitors have gone we change our clothes, and 
those who care for dinner have it. Then we 
have a game of ball or some other sports for 
the remainder of the day. and go to bed tired 
and with thoughts of what has occurred during 
the day. 

William I. Ellwood. 

n Row to Cong Tslana 

A short time ago three boys and myself 
rowed Mr. Bradley down to Long Island in the 
Priscilla. When we left our wharf Mr. Bradley 
was not with us. He walked over to the North 
End of our Island and met us there. As it was 
low tide and our North End beach is rock bound 
we had to do lots of dodging about among the 
rocks so as not to damage the boat. Wnile we 
were going we had the wind and tide against us. 
The wind, which was northeast, kept us from 
going very fast, but Mr. Bradley who was at the 
helm, kept us in the lee of the Island, which 
made it much easier. When we were crossing 
from Spectacle Island to Long Island we had a 
a strip of about three quarters of a mile that we 
could not be in the lee of any Island, so we pulled 
harder until we were in the lee of Long Island. 
There we followed up the beach until we landed 
at the wharf. As Mr. Bradley would not be 
gone long we stayed in the boat. On cur way 
home we had it very easy as the wind and 
waves were with us. It did not take us long 
to get home. Chauncey Page. 



Rcpasnng the Bakery 

The work of repairing the bakery, which 
was interrupted for work outside which needed 
to be done, such as repairing the wharf and 
floats, has now been finished. The old oven 
was torn down and another built in its place, 
made of stronger and better material. The old 
shelves were taken out to the shop and sandpa- 
pered and painted. New casings for the doors 
were made and new shelves were put in the cup- 
board. A large drawer was also put in. Two 
transoms were added, one being put over the 
cupboard door and one over the basement door. 
After all these repairs were made the walls and 
every part of the bakery were scrubbed and then 
painted a much lighter color than they were be- 
fore. This makes the bakery look cleaner and 
lighter. 

Ernest Curley. 

CDe Pildrim's trial Crip 

Our new steamer, the Pilgrim, was 
launched on May 22nd and on the 26th had a 
trial trip to test her machinery. About three 
o'clock on that afternoon a boy who was watch- 
ing for her saw her coming around Castle Island 
and ran to tell Mr. Berry. The bell wss rung 
and all the boys left their work on the farm, in 
school and in every department and rs-n to the 
wharf. The Band boys got their instr^iments 
and had them ready. The large American flag 
had been hoisted on the flagstaff and when the 
Pilgrim came past, the Color Sergeant dipped 
the colors three times. When the steamer 
came past the wharf coming back she was 
saluted by the Band playing Dewey sTMarch. 
Mr Chamberlin was on the wharf with a camera 
and succeeded in getting a good picture as did also 
Herbert Balentine. After leaving the wharf the 
steamer went down the harbor near Fort Warren, 
past Rainsford Island and up between our Island 
and Spectacle, back to Lawley's. All the boys 
think she is a fine boat and will come up to any 
boat of her size. When we stood on the wharf 
the house boys were in their shirt sleeves and 
the farm boys in shirt sleeves and overalls, so 
we can hardly tell how we looked to those on 
board. Merton P. Ellis. 



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eiccrion of Officers for Cottage Row 

Cottage Row officers are elected once in 
three months. A week before the election the 
voters hold a caucus in which are chosen the 
nominating committees. The Mayor chooses 
three boys who are to serve on the Mayor's 
nominating committee, and the citizens choose 
three boys who are to serve on the citizens' 
committee. These committees each nominate 
enough candidates to fill the offices. Both 
committees send in their reports to the clerk, 
who has the ballots printed. On the ballot, 
under each name, is a letter, "C" or "M," 
which tells by which committee that boy is 
nominated. Sometimes one boy is nominated 
by both committees. The election takes place 
a week after the caucus. It is held in the first 
school room. Each citizen takes a separate 
seat so that no two will be together. The ballots 
are then passed out. After the citizens are 
through voting the ballots are collected. Then 
the Mayor, aldermen and clerk count them. 
This takes quite a while. During the time the 
ballots are being counted the citizens take a 
recess. When the ballots have all been counted 
the meeting is called to order and the clerk 
reads the result of the election. First he reads 
the names of all the boys who were nominated, 
and the number of votes each received, then the 
names of the boys who were elected. Last of 
all the officers are sworn into office. The 
Judge swears the Mayor in and the Mayor 
swears the other officers into office. 

William Austin. 

Sunaay and (Uedttcsday €venind$ 

On Sunday and Wednesday evenings we 
have chapel exercise. At 7.15 o'clock the 
bugle is blown and the instructors come in. 
The meeting is begun by singing. Usually three 
songs are sung and then, on Sundays, Mr. Reed 
reads some scripture from the Bible and talks 
to the boys. On Wednesday nights Mr. Bradley 
talks to the boys. Then after singing again 
we all unite in the Lord's prayer. Then we sing 
one more song and march up to bed. On Sun- 
day evenings Howard Ellis, when he was here, 
used to play the cornet. He was the solo cornet 



player of the Band. Some nights the boys are 
asked to repeat some verse out of the Bible, 
and other nights quotations which they have 
learned. Sometimes we are asked to repeat 
the names of the books of the Bible or the Ten 
Commandments. We can repeat a number of 
Psalms, too. The boys are now learning 
poems, three of which are "The Psalm of 
Life," "The Builders," and "The Battle Hymn 
of the Republic." George E. Hart. 

Hilliitd mosquitoes 

Mosquitoes bit too hard last year and 
kerosene did not kill enough of them to be 
noticed, so this year Mr. Bradley got two bar- 
rels of gas oil to see if that was better than ker- 
osene. This oil is put in a large garden sprink- 
ler and then spread on all the stagnant pools, 
so that the wigglers cannot come up through the 
oil to get air. They come to the surface once 
in every two minutes to breathe. They cannot 
get through the layer of oil that rests on the 
surface, and in a few minutes they die. We 
want to kill them all, but some get away. 
However, those that do get away will find the 
boys too much for them. 

Charles A. Edwards. 

Repairing the Cottages 

All the springtime the boys are at work 
repairing their cottages for the summer. I own 
one cottage with two other boys. It is the 
Tritonia Cottage. The cloth in our cottage was 
getting old, so we thought we would get some 
new. The first thing we did was to take down 
all of the pictures and pull out all of the nails. 
The next thing was to brush off the old cloth 
good and clean. Then we started to put up the 
new cloth. If a cottage is large it takes about 
fifty or sixty yards of cloth; if it is a small cot- 
tage it takes only about thirty or forty yards. 
The way we get new cloth is to ask Mr. Bradley 
to buy it, and then he gets it for us. The cloth 
that we get costs us five cents a yard. There 
are a good many other things to fix, such as the 
windows, doors, curtains, chairs, table, shelves 
and the flagstaff. After we have the cottage 
done we fix the lawn, garden and plat of ground 
around it. George Mayott. 



12 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbompsoit's Island Beacon 

Printed Monthly by the Boys of the 

FARM SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island. Boston Harbor. 

A PRIVATE HOME-TRAINING SCHOOL 
DEPENDENT UPON DO NATIONS AND BEQUESTS. 

Vol. 3. No. 2. June 1899. 

Subscription Price 50 cents per year. 

Entered at the Post Office at Boston as second-class matter. 

BOARD OF MANAGERS. 



president. 

Richard M. Saltonstall. 

vice-president. 

Eben Bacon. 

treasurer. 

Alfred Bowditch. 

secretary. 

Tucker Daland. 

managers. 

1. Tucker Burr, Jr., 
Caleb A. Curtis, 

Charles P. Curtis. Jr., 
J. D. Williams French, 
Henry S. Grew, 
John Homans, 2d, M. D., 
Walter Hunnewell, 
Francis Shaw, 
John E. Thayer, 
Thomas F. Temple. 
Charles H. Bradley, 



Superintendent. 



Trom Secretary Eong 

Hon. John D. Long, the Secretary of the 
Navy, acknowledges a copy of the Beacon sent 
him, in a letter which is characteristic of his 
courtesy and kindly nature. We feel sure that 
what he writes will be as interesting to all our 
readers as it is stimulating and encouraging to 
our own boys. The photograph to which he re- 
fers is a superb photograph of the Massachusetts. 
The picture will remain one of the most prized 
ornaments of the School. 



The Secretary's letter is as follows;- 
"Navy Dep't., Washington, May 10th, 1899. 
My dear Sir: 

I thank you for sending me a copy of the 
Beacon, and I want to express my appreciation 
not only of. the excellence of the little sheet and 
of the good sentiment which it contains, but 
especially of .the spirit of enterprise and advance- 
ment which has stimulated the boys of the Farm 
School to engage in so elevating an endeavor. 
I am glad you are setting your standards high, 
and that you evidently feel the importance, not 
only of the training which you are having, but of 
a high standard of conduct and of life after you 
shall have gone from your school into the walks 
of mature life. It is not of much consequence 
what position the citizen has. There are no 
high places or low places in our country, except 
as every true man makes a high place for him- 
self and every unworthy one makes a low piece. 
'Act well your part; there all the honor lies." 

" I have asked the Chief Constructor to 
send you a photograph of one of our battleships, 
thinking you may like to hang it on the wall of 
some of your rooms. 

Very truly yours, 

John D. Long." 

Our Vounger Brothers 

The story of the cat-hole and the kitten- 
hole is an old one and has been told many 
times, but the lesson which it teaches is so 
plain and practicaLthat it is easy to understand 
why this, although one of the "old" stories, is 
ever new. 

There was once a man in a country town 
who had a cat of which he was very proud. 
Not only did he declare her to be the best 
mouser in town, but he felt sure she had the 
silkiest fur, the longest whiskers and the keenest 
eyes. When, therefore, this remarkable ani- 



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mal presented her fond master with a family of 
kittens he provided plenty of milk and a soft 
bed in the kitchen that the kittens might grow 
up to be as fine cats as their mother. 

Now in those days it was the custom in 
country homes to cut a little round hole near 
the bottom of the kitchen door, for the accom- 
modation of the cat. A door of wood, hung on 
a flexible leather hinge so as to swing both 
ways, was fitted into the hole, and the cat 
quickly learned to push against this and so let 
herself out or in when she wished, without 
troubling any one to open the door for her. 
This was called the "cat-hole," and such a 
door there had long been for the convenience 
of the particular cat of which we write. Now, 
however, as the kittens began to grow large 
enough to walk, their owner, in his desire to 
provide everything he could for them, cut a 
smaller hole beside the large one. This he 
named the "kitten-hole," and fitted with its own 
swinging door, so as to have it ready when they 
should want to use it. Imagine, then, how he 
watched for the first day when the old cat led 
her children across the kitchen floor toward the* 
door. Imagine, too, his feelings when, instead 
of availing themselves of their own little door, 
every kitten of them scampered out through the 
"cat-hole" after their mother. 

Now that story, boys, is just as true of 
people as it is of cats. Children are going to 
follow older people just the same as kittens 
follow cats. You would not intentionally teach 
your younger brother to do wrong. Remember 
that he is watching you all of the time, and 
almost always aims to copy your actions 
whether you mean to be teaching him or not. 
Perhaps some boy who reads this says, "1 have 
no brother, so this doesn't mean me." In a 
home like ours every boy is in a sense a brother 
to the others, and his duty to those younger 



than himself is just as plain as if our ties were 
of blood instead of association. You who are 
older boys. Oh, be careful what your actions 
teach those younger than yourselves! Be sure 
that many eyes are watching you, often when you 
do not know it, learning to copy what you are 
doing. Be careful of the "younger brothers," 
not only of their bodies, but even more of their 
minds and hearts and souls. As has recently 
been said to you by one of our most welcome 
visitors, "Do nothing in play or work, by your- 
selves, which if you saw another boy do would 
make you think that boy mean." Remember 
that if you do, some other boy, younger than 
you, is almost sure some day to copy you, and 
then you have led that boy to do a mean thing. 
How much pleasanter it would have been and 
just as easy, to set him an example which you 
would have been proud to have him follow! 

notes 

May 1-. Regular meeting of Company X. 

Cleaning up Bowditch Grove. 

Collection of flower seeds received from 
Mr. J. C. Ham. 

Set out forty-five maples and Norway 
pines. 

May 3. Dr. Osgood, of Harvard Veter- 
inary School removed a cow's eye and operated 
upon Fanny, the dog. 

Scow-load of freight including fertilizer 
towed by the tug "Luke Hoyt" from the Point. 

May 4. Planted table peas, beans and 
corn. 

Prepared land for sowing carrot seed. 

Walter Carpenter left the School and began 
work with Mr. Alanson Hix of Berlin, Mass. 

May 5. First lettuce. 

Sowed carrot seed, parsnips and salsify. 

Set out ten new fruit trees in the orchard. 

Weeded strawberry bed; trimmed the rows 
and set out new plants. 

Supply of flower seeds for boys' gardens 
received from Schlegel & Fottler. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



May 6. Began to plant large potato patch. 
Graduate Charles A. Lind sent music to 
the Band. 

May 7. Sunday. First asparagus. 
Manager Mr. Charles P. Curtis, Jr., called 
with his two sons. 

May 10. Eighty odd volumes for the li- 
brary received from Mrs. Sidney W. Burgess, 

First Visiting Day of the season. 170 
present. Managers, Mr. Tucker Daland, Sec- 
retary, and Mr. Francis Shaw present, also 
graduates Mr. Thomas Punchard, W. J. Trim 
and wife, Godfrey Meyer, Walter McKeever, 
Clarence W. Loud. Albert and Bennie Gerry, 
George E. Davis, Ove W. Clemmenson, and 
George Buchan. 

May 11. James Russell & Son finished 
the steamer's boiler, tested it and shipped it to 
Lawley's. 

May 12. Mr. Robinson from Oak Hall 
took measures for boys' suits. 

May 14. Mr. Charles F. Fisher, who was 
our Sunday Assistant last year, visited us and 
addressed the boys in the evening. 

A large photograph of the battleship "Mass- 
achusetts" given to the School by Secretary of 
the Navy, Hon. John D Long. 

May 15. Mr. Loring A. Chase and Prof. 
Louis H. Galbreath of Columbia College 
passed the day and night here. 

May 16 Mrs G. Howland Shaw pre- 
sented to the School, for use of the Band, an 
Eb cornet of superior tone and quality. 

May 18. One inch pipe extended through 
the garden. 

Cottage Row elected Chauncey Page as 
judge. 

May 22. Pilgrim launched at Lawley's. 

May 24. Engineering magazines received 
from Wm. J. Trim. 

May 26. Horace Edmands here. 

Trial trip of the Pilgrim. 

May 27. A fine twenty-foot "knockabout" 
presented to the School by George Lawley & 
Son Corporation. This addition to our fleet 
has been named the Winslow, in honor of 
another of the Pilgrims and also as a compli- 



ment to the principal of the School, Miss Mary 
Winslow, who is a lineal descendent of Pilgrim 
Winslow. 

May 28. Graduates Howard B. Ellis, 
Albert E. Gerry and Frank P. Wilcox here. 

May 30. Holiday. Game of ball In the 
afternoon. 

The band furnished music for Thos. G. 
Stevenson Post 26. G. A. R. of Roxbury. 
They went to the Point and returned by way 
of Marine Park Boat Service. 

I)eard on the €ampu$ 

The Mayor will not let Beacon reporters 
interview him on political affairs. 

A boy who while writing his graduation 
essay was asked how much of it he had done, 
replied, "Oh, I've just got over to where 
Napoleon is discussing the question as to 
whether the United States should take the 
Philippine Islands." 

A band boy who was asked if he was sick, 
or what was the matter with him that he did 
not eat, answered, "The thirtieth is coming. 
You fellows can't eat anything then if you eat 
too much now." 

Tarm School Bank 

Cash on hand May 1st, 1899, $367.41 

Deposited during the month $30.75 

$398.16 
Withdrawn during the month $14.85 



Balance June 1st, 1899, $383.31 

Puttind Gravel on the Ulharf 

The storm of November 27th, 1899, made 
much work for us here on the Island. Recently 
we have been carting gravel from the beach on 
to the wharf. When Mr. Mason can spare a 
cart he sends it down to the wharf to cart gravel. 
I am afternoon wharfinger and if he sends it 
down in the afternoon I help load the cart and 
tell the boy who is driving where to put it. 
After he has dumped the cart I level off the 
gravel and I help him load up the cart again. 
There have been about seventy loads of gravel 
put on so far, and it is half done now. 

Charles Hill. 



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Opcratind 

One day this spring Dr. Osgood of the 
Harvard Veterinary School came to the Island 
to operate on a cow's eye which had been sore 
for some time. We had to lay her on her 
side and tie her four legs, one of us holding 
down her head. There was a lot of kicking for 
a while. The doctor put his finger in the cow's 
eye and cut some of the muscles. Then he 
pulled the eye out and cut the rest of it. ■ After 
this he washed the inside of the eye socket with 
boracic acid and water. Then we let the cow 
get up and tried to get her to go into the barn, 
but she would not move. So we had to help 
her along. After the doctor got through with 
the cow he operated on our dog "Fanny." She 
had a large bunch on her side. Since the doc- 
tor was here we wash the cow's eye and the 
dog's side with boracic acid and water every 
day. Both of them are getting along nicely. 
John J. Irving. 

my Uisit to Cawlcy's 

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of go- 
ing to see different things at Lawley's shipyard, 
where our steamer is being built. Mr. Little- 
field went with mie. The first thing we went to 
see was our steamer, in which I was very much 
interested. We climbed up on her, walked a- 
round her cabin, noticing different things, and 
went inside and saw men working on the pilot 
house. After we had seen our steamer we went 
around in that same shed and looked at other 
boats that were being built. We next went to 
the machine shop and saw different men work- 
ing on our engine. After we had seen the ma- 
chine shop we went to the joiner shop, the paint 
shop and the shop where they make patterns. 
After we had seen the different shops we went 
to see the twin torpedo boats which are being 
built. Mr. Littlefield got some bay wood and 
then we came home. Ernest W. Austin 

Admiral Dewey has probably one of the 
finest collections of butterflies in the world, the 
accumulations of many years in his voyages. 
It includes thousands of magnificent specimens, 
and it is said to be insured for $6,000, a sum 
which is only a portion of its estimated value. 



music for Decoration Day 

On Memorial Day our Band played for 
Post 26 G. A. R, of Roxbury, the post which 
not long ago gave us our new flagstaff. We 
left the Island at 6.30 in the morning and 
reached the Post hall about an hour later. One 
of Mr. Sheldon's launches carried us over to the 
Point. After arriving at the hall we had a 
lunch and then started to march. We first went 
to the Eustis Street Burying Ground and there 
we played a dirge while the soldiers decorated 
the graves of the dead. From there we 
marched to Forest Hills Cemetery where the 
principal exercises were to take place. After 
marching through the streets for a considerable 
time we took cars for the cemetery, where we 
marched in, playing a dead march. We went 
to the Post music stand, where the exercises 
took place. The address was given by Rev. 
Frederick W. Hamilton, and was forcible. 
After the address the veterans went off in 
squads to decorate the graves of their late com- 
panions in arms. While they were doing this 
the Band played at the stand. We then 
marched back to the Post's hall and had dinner, 
and after dinner played some more, until it was 
time to come home. Ex-Commander Jones 
and Mr. McDermott, the chairman of the com- 
mittee to arrange for carriages and such things 
came down to the Point with us. After going 
on board we gave three cheers for Post 26 and 
three more for the gentlemen who came down 
with us. Samuel F. Butler. 

The captured Spanish cruiser Reina 
Mercedes arrived at the Norfolk navy yard on 
the afternoon of May 27th, accompanied by 
thirty-six tugs, all decorated with flags. The 
arrival was greeted with cheers from the crews 
of the Amphitrite, Terror, Puritan and San 
Francisco. She was turned over to the United 
States government by Captain Seymour of the 
Merritt, Chapman Wrecking Company. 

Austria has profited by our experience in 
the Spanish War and now owns an ambulance 
ship named the "Graf Falkenhayn." It was 
fitted out and presented to the government by 
private gentlemen. 



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Jflumni 

William J. Trim, 71, who is First As- 
sistant Engineer on the steamer Herman Winter, 
of the Metropolitan Line, running from Boston to 
New York, was one of the graduates who was 
with us last Visiting Day, accompanied by his 
wife. In writing us a few days later he says, 
" I enjoyed the day very much indeed, as did 
my better half. I only wish I could go down 
there every week for a month and drink a gallon 
of that milk. The next time I come down I 
shall ask Mrs. Bradley to lock me up in the 
dining room with a whole can of milk. The 
capacity of marine engineers to consume what 
they like is nothing short of marvelous. ' 

" I must say you have studied the welfare 
of the boys to a marked degree. By the way, 
I have a quantity of engineering magazines that 
contain a great amount of information for the 
young and old that I will send down to you if 
they would be acceptable. 1 will also go over 
to the Clyde Line and g,et some one to bring up 
a mocking bird for Mrs. Bradley if she would 
like one. I have one that they got for me and 
he is a great singer. I shall make an effort to 
see your new boat when she comes out. I hope 
you will have the best of success with her." 

W. L. Snow, '90, who is in Upham's 
grocery store, at Upham's Corner, sends a dollar 
for two subscriptions to the Beacon, one to renew 
his own and one to send a copy to the Young 
People's Library and Reading Room, at 
Upham's Corner. He writes, "I take great 
pleasure in each Beacon, and look forward to 
the time of its coming each month, knowing 
there will be something particularly interesting, 
not alone to me. but to every fellow who had the 
good fortune to have been at the Farm School. 
I am very glad the idea has been suggested for 
the Alumni to present the Pilgrim, which we 
all hope is to be the finest craft of her kind, 
with a full set of flags and signals," 

John F. Peterson, '95. sends the re- 
cord of his standing in the Lynn High School 
for the term just passed. It is gratifying to see 
that his standing in his studies has been high, 
while his mark for deportment has been "A" 



throughout the term, and he has had no 
absences. He has also just taken the second 
senior prize medal in the prize drill of the High 
School Battalion which was held May 5th. 

Thomas J. Fairbairn, '97, in a recent 
letter speaking of his interest in the band in 
Alton, in which he plays, says, "We are pre- 
paring for Decoration Day. We have a fine 
band and also a good Brigade, which is going to 
march on that day. I am the captain." Tom 
encloses in his letter a very good pen picture 
drawn by himself, of the buildings and grounds 
at Fairview Farm, Alton, where his home is. 
Fairview is a large establishment, with many 
excellent buildings, and Tom's picture m.akes it 
look very pleasant. 

Elbert L. West. '98. is now at work in 
the job printing office of Mr. George E. Dunbar, 
of Maiden, an establishment where a high grade 
of work is turned out. West writes that he 
likes his work and thinks that he is getting 
along first rate. 

Hiram C. Hughes, '98, who is with the 
firm of Irving & Casson, of Cambridge, manu- 
facturers of fine furniture, writes, "I am getting 
along very nicely at my work. I attend a 
modeling school in the city and the superin- 
tendent of our factory gives me, along with a 
few others, drawing lessons. He is considered 
to be one of the best men at drawing in the 
state." Hiram closes, "I am always glad when 
the Beacon comes, and generally read it more 
than once." 

Howard B. Ellis, '99, who is in the em- 
ploy of Thomas J. Hind, 19 Milk Street, roofer 
and contractor for artificial walks, asphalt fleers, 
water tight cellars, etc. writes, "The more I 
learn to do in my work the better I like it. The 
men are all willing to explain things and 1 get 
along very nicely with them. I think I can 
save a dollar or a dollar and a quarter a week, 
so I think I can get along nicely in that line. 
When I came home tonight I found the Beacon 
on the table and read it through and enjoyed it 
very much." Howard has been helping on the 
roof of some five story buildings, so he may be 
said to already be getting up in the world. 



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tEbompson's Hslanb 

JSeacon 



Vol. 3. No. 3. 



Printed at the Farm School, Boston, Mass. 



July 1899. 



Cbc Gift of the Graduates 

On the 28th of November last, everybody 
who knew of and was interested in the Farm 
School was shocked by the news of the school's 
great loss in the sinking of the Steamer Pilgrim 
by the schooner Fred A. Emerson. 

Of course we thought of and realized the 
other losses which the School sustained from 
the effects of that terrific storm, but the 
Pilgrim was grieved for most. Graduate met 
graduate and that was the general topic of con- 
versation. The Pilgrim was mentioned first, 
and the damaged wharf, breakwater, telephone 
and other effects of the wind and water were 
spoken of afterward. 

The steamer had always been loved by the 
boys, many of whom had been with her on some 
of her most trying trips. All knew that she was 
a staunch little craft and had always done her 
work well. 

So the loss of the Pilgrim was universally 
understood to be a great one and we all felt 
that the School was in some way incomplete 
without another boat to fill the place of the 
wrecked favorite. 

When we heard, therefore, that there was 
to be a new Pilgrim, which was to be a decid- 
ed improvement on the lost steamer all were 
well pleased and it was suggested by one of 
the graduates that we might be able to make 
some little gift to the new boat and thereby show 
in a small way our appreciation of the advan- 
tages which we enjoyed at the School, express 
our love for our Alma Mater and the hopes 
which we entertain for the future of our former 
home and the new Pilgrim. 

It was decided that a full set of flags 
would be an appropriate and useful gift for us to 



make, and measures were immediately taken to 
secure funds from the boys to buy a suitable set 
of flags for the new boat. 

About thirty letters were written to as many 
graduates, setting forth the idea and asking all 
who were interested and wished to susbcribe to 
the fund to send the money at once. Within 
a short time we had the full sum necessary to 
buy the flags decided upon, twenty-seven in 
number, which consisted of a School penant, a 
South Boston Yacht Club flag, a yacht ensign, a 
Union Jack, a set of International code signals, 
consisting of nineteen flags for decorating and 
signalling purposes, and four small ensigns for 
the small boats. 

Only boys in Boston and the immediate 
vicinity received letters in regard to the flags, 
and not all of these. Many other boys, I feel 
confident, would have contributed had they 
known of the movement, but the boys to whom 
we sent letters subscribed so promptly that we 
did not find it necessary to write to any others. 
Twenty-one out of the thirty to whom we sent 
letters made generous contributions to the fund, 
and some others, who for various reasons did 
not feel that they could subscribe at present, ex- 
pressed their hearty approval of the movement 
and sympathy with it. 

By the 25th of May all arrangements had 
been made, the money had been collected, and 
the following letter was sent to Mr. Bradley 
with a list of the names of the subscribers to the 
fund, and the money. 

My dear Mr. Bradley;- 

Enclosed 1 send you the amount 
subscribed by the graduates for the purpose of 
furnishing the new steamer Pilgrim with a set 
of colors suitable to the Farm School. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



We cannot but realize the advantages we 
had at the School, and we trust that you will ac- 
cept this little token which we offer in acknowl- 
edgment and as a proof of our appreciation. 

Be assured that the boys make this small 
gift most heartily, and our sincere good wishes 
to the School go with it. 

We trust that the flags will be durable and 
substantial, that the boat will in every way prove 
satisfactory, and we remain 

Very truly yours. 

That is the way which the plan was started 
and carried through. Following are extracts 
from a few of the letters which we received 
from the boys in response to the letters which 
we wrote them in regard to the matter. 

The way in which the boys made their 
contributions, the hearty letters which accom- 
panied the same and the promptness of the 
replies show better than can be expressed in 
words the love of the boys for the School and 
the old Pilgrim, their sincere wishes for the 
best good of their former home, and their will- 
ingness to help any movement which will in any 
way benefit it or better its standing. 

One boy writes:- 
My dear Will:- 

I received your letter 
and I thank you for giving me a chance to help 
buy the flags. You will please find enclosed 
my subscription. 1 hope I am not too late in 
answering your letter. Trusting that this 
reaches you in time, I remain 

Yours sincerely. 
An old class mate writes:- 
• Dear Will:- 

Have received your letter and 
was very glad to hear from you. I think that 
it is a good plan to show in a little way our ap- 
preciation for what the School has done for us. 
Your friend and class mate. 
Another says:- 
Dear William:- 

I received your letter 
yesterday P. M. It was a misfortune,- the fate 
of the Pilgrim. 1 am glad there is to be a new 



steamer as I don't think the School would be 
complete without one. Please enclosed find 
money to the amount of — . 

With best wishes, I am yours sincerely. 

One of the older boys writes:- 
My dear Cummings:- 

Your note re- 
ceived just as I was leaving the office this even- 
ing. The idea of presenting flags to the School 
for its boats is a very happy thought and I take 
much pleasure in enclosing my "widow's mite." 
Wishing you success in all your undertakings 
believe me Very trnly yours. 

The following was one of the most pleasing. 
Friend Will- 
Am much pleased to 
hear that some of the graduates have started 
such a noble cause. I am always looking for 
chances to help in any way that which may 
prove a benefit to the home which I have al- 
ways loved. I think it a very good idea and am 
glad to help it along. I remit in this letter — 
which I give most heartily with the thought that 
we, as graduates, will feel proud of our new 
steamer and its set of colors. 

Wishing you all success in your object, I 
remain as ever sincerely yours. 

The boat is now finished and floating. It 
is a bright and pleasing sight to see her steam- 
ing down the harbor with her full set of gay and 
gorgeous colors flying, but it is more pleasing to 
consider that all that beauty of fresh bright color 
is expressive of the love and hearty good wishes 
of the graduates for the School which has been 
a pleasant home for all of us in the years that 
are gone. William G. Cummings. 

Tccdiiid elephants in India 

Elephants in the Indian army are fed twice 
a day. When meal-time arrives, they are 
drawn up in line before a row of piles of food. 
Each animal's breakfast includes ten pounds of 
raw rice, done up in five two-pound packages. 
The rice is wrapped in leaves, and then tied 
with grass. At the command, "Attention!" 
each elephant raises its trunk, and a package is 
thrown into its capacious mouth. By this 
method of feeding not a single grain is wasted. 



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THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Graauatiott Day Programntc 



Disputants 



Selection 

Band 
Salutatory The Development of Literature 

Thomas Brown 
Essay 77?^ Crusades 

Frank W. Harris 
Selection When the Moonbeams Fall at Evening 

Class Band 
Essay Blacksmitivng 

Chauncey Pace 
Cornet Solo Prismatic Po/ka 

Ernest W. Austin 
Debate Question: — "Resolved that the Philippine 
Islands should be Annexed to the United States." 
\ Aff. William Davis 
{ Neg. Samuel F. Butler 
Declamation Toussaint L' Overture 

William Austin 
Trombone Solo Let All Obey 

Chauncey Page 
Class Prophecy 

Ernest W. Austin 
Valedictory "Step By Step" 

Henry F. McKenzie 
Parting Ode 

Class 
Galop Hurry Up 

Class Band 
Address 

Mr. Hezekiah Butterworth 
Presentation of Diplomas 

mr. $alton$tair$ Jlddrcss 

After Mr. Butterworth's address to the 
Graduating Class, Mr. Saltonstall President of 
the Board of Managers was introduced and 
asked to present the diplomas. He spoke to us 
about our Managers and our choice of positions 
in li;e. He spoke about the class motto which 
he taid would have to be our way in life, that 
we could not reach the high positions all at once, 
but that we must work for them as every body 
else has to. He told us that our managers 
were all hard working men and though they did 
not always visit us on our holidays they never- 
the-less keep an interest in us all and although 
we cannot see it they are working for us. In 



speaking of the positions we were to take after 
we left the school he said that we should not 
take a certain position because we think we can 
make more money out of it and rise in the busi- 
ness quicker but to take the one we are special- 
ly adapted to and make up our minds as to that 
one and work at it. After giving us this talk he 
declined the awarding of the diplomas saying 
that he preferred that Mr. Bradley should do 
that as he did not know the boys as intimately 
as Mr. Bradley did. Samuel F. Butler. 

Runtiitg €99s 

Saturday Mr. Berry took us out to hunt for 
blackbirds', crows' and English sparrows' eggs. 
First we went along the beach road to South 
End. We left two or three squads along the 
way to look over the groves, Spruce Ridge 
and Oak Knoll. We went over to Bowditch 
Grove to hunt, then Mr. Berry had a small boy 
stand at each tree and look it over and see if 
there were any nests in it, if there were he was 
to call a large boy and he would go up and see 
what was in it. We did not find much at the 
South End so we went to the North End to see if 
we could find any thing there. We found some 
empty nests and some robins' nests but nothing 
else. I went up three trees and got an empty 
nest every time. Herbert E. Balentine. 



Planting €orn 

Some of the farm boys with Mr. Walker 
planted the corn this spring. The corn and po- 
tatoes are between Cottage Row and Bowditch 
Grove. When we are going to plant corn Mr. 
Walker, takes two or three boys, and a cart with 
some bags of phosphate and some corn in it 
over to the corn piece where the rows have been 
marked out. First a boy takes a pail of phos- 
phate and puts a small handful about every two 
and a half feet, then another boy takes a quart 
rrieasure of corn and puts a little dirt over the 
phosphate with his foot and then drops five ker- 
nels of corn on top of the dirt where the phos- 
phate is. Then Mr. Walker and a boy come 
along with their hoes and cover the corn. 

Daniel Laighton. 

The more 1 saw of foreign lands, the more 
I loved my own. De Belloy. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbompson's Tsland Beacon 

Printed Monthly by the Boys of the 

FARM SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor. 

A PRIVATE HOME-TRAINING SCHOOL 
DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS. 

Vol. 3. No. 3. July 1899. 

Subscription Price 50 cents per year. 

Entered at the Post Office at Boston as second-class matter. 

BOARD OF MANAGERS. 



president. 

Richard M. Saltonstall. 

vice-president. 

Eben Bacon. 

treasurer. 

Alfred Bowditch. 

secretary. 

Tucker Daland. 

managers. 

I. Tucker Burr, Jr., 
Caleb A. Curtis, 

Charles P. Curtis. Jr., 
J. D. Williams French, 
Henry S. Grew, 
John Homans, 2d, M. D., 
Walter Hunnewell, 
Francis Shaw, 
John E. Thayer, 
Thomas F. Temple. 



Charles H. Bradley, 



Superintendent. 



mm m most of Vour Cbanccs 

By J. L. Harbour 
There is no doubt about it; it is "as true as 
preaching" that a large majority of the men 
of to-day who count for the most in the world, 
who fill the high places, and who are the most 
useful, begin life at the foot of the ladder. 
Many of them were the children of such hard- 
working parents that, in their boyhood, they went 
without shoes the greater part of the year and 
anything like luxury was unknown to them. 



The average boy of to-day spends more for 
things to amuse him than the boys of half a 
century ago spent for clothing. 

No one wants or expects the boys of our 
day to live as the boys of long ago lived. No 
one argues that going ragged and barefooted 
adds to one's mental vigor or increases one's 
chances of success in life; but some "old fogy 
fellows" are of the opinion that the desire to 
simply have a good time dominates a good 
many boys of our day and keeps them from being 
the bright and useful men they might be if they 
made the right effort. We incline to this 
opinion, that many of the boys of to-day look 
with utter indifference upon golden opportuni- 
ties that some of the boys of long ago would 
have seized with delight and made the most of 
immediately. 

Every true and loyal American is proud of 
the fact that an humble start in life is not an 
insurmountable barrier to the highest positions 
of trust and honor in our country, and it ought 
to encourage every boy when he reflects on the 
fact that many of the men who are highest in 
public trust and confidence to-day began life 
with no capital but themselves. 

When we hear men, and particularly young 
and healthy men, attributing their failures to the 
fact that they had "no chance in life," we call 
to mind these words of a noted American in an 
address to young men; "No outfit, no capital 
to start with? Young man, go down to the 
library and get some books, and read of what 
wonderful mechanism God gave you in your 
hand, your foot, in your eye, in your ear. and 
then ask some doctor to take you into the dis- 
secting room and illustrate to you what you read 
about, and never again say that you have no 
capital to begin with. Equipped? Why, the 
poorest young man is equipped as only the God 
of the whole universe could afford to equip him. 



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THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



The 'chances' of the most successful men in 
the history of the world were no better than 
yours when they began life for themselves. 
They asked for no better equipment than the 
health and strength with which God has blessed 
them. If God has thus blessed you it is un- 
manly, it is sinful for you to feel that you have 
no 'chance' because you have not worldly wealth 
with which to begin your undertakings. Chance 
will play a small part in your career if you make 
full use of the capital God has given you in a 
strong body and a clear brain. 

'What capital did you have with which to 
begin this wonderful enterprise?' was asked of 
an immensely wealthy man who was at the head 
of a commercial enterprise which gave employ- 
ment to more than six hundred men and women. 

•What capital?' was the reply. 'These,' 
and he held out his two hands. 'I earned the 
first ten dollars I ever possessed sawing wood in 
a wood yard.' Is not your capital equal to that 
of this man? The way to make the most of life 
is not to find fault with the conditions it has im- 
posed upon you, but it is to make the most of 
those conditions." 

a 

Again one of our staff has been selected 
for broader fields of labor, this time Mr. Max B. 
Thrasher for the past year and a half Assistant 
Superintendent. He enters the employ of the 
Tuskeegee Institute under Mr. Booker T. 
Washington, the colored educator and ac- 
knowledged leader of his race. Mr. Thrasher 
is well fitted for his new position, as literary 
agent and writer, if we may call it that, and we 
wish him the best of success and happiness and 
sincerely congratulate Mr. Washington upon 
securing his services. 

notes 

June 1. Mr. Loring A. Chase formerly 
of Boston but for the past twenty years or more 



a business man and philanthropist of Chicago 
came to spend a few weeks in studying our 
methods. 

June 3. Boys had their first swim in the 
salt water. 

Secretary Mr. Tucker Daland and Manager 
Mr. I. Tucker Burr passed the afternoon at the 
school and tried the knockabout "Winslow." 

June 4. Sunday. Miss Gertrude E. 
Camp a former teacher passed the day here. 

June 5. Chaplin Roswell Randall Hoes 
who was attached to the Iowa during the storm- 
ing of Cervera's fleet, passed the afternoon here 
and gave a most interesting and graphic account 
of that achievement and other incidents of the 
Spanish-American War. 

June 7. First shower since May 1 1. 

June 8. Visiting Day. 139 present. 
Vice-President Eben Bacon and Manager Mr. 
Caleb A. Curtis present also Mr. Richard C. 
Humphreys and graduates Thomas Punchard 
and William B. Winters. 

Second trial trip of the Pilgrim in the after- 
noon and she was tied up at our wharf for the 
first time. 

June 10. Herbert A. Hart began work 
for Stone & Webster, electrical engineers, 4 
Post Office Square, Boston. 

June 12. Thomas Fairbairn finished 
work for Mr. Wm. P. Peabody of Alton, N. H. 
and for the present is here. 

June 16. School closed with graduation 
exercises in the afternoon. Mr. Hezekiah 
Butterworth and the President of the Board of 
Managers, Mr. Richard M. Saltonstall addressed 
the class Among the others present were Mr. 
Richard C. Humphreys, Mr. John R. Morse, 
and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Willis, Miss 
Foley, Mr. and Mrs. Zenas Sears, Rev. James 
Huxtable, Dr. W. B. Bancroft, Miss Helen M. 
Winslow, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Sawyer, Mrs. E. 
P. Upham and Miss Irene G. Hersey. 

June 17. Teachers left for vacation. 

Forty graduates whose names follow and 
Dr. F. E. Allard, a former teacher, made a 
trip on the Pilgrim in the morning visiting 
the war ships and the upper harbor and after a 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



lunch here and a meeting of the Alumni, passed 
the remainder of the day in games on the 
campus. 

Arthur Austin Fred G. Hitchcock 

George Buchan Clarence W. Loud 

John A. Buttrick John A. Lundgren 

John E. Bete Edwin L. Marshall 

George A. Bennett Walter McKeever 

Frank G. Bryant Godfrey Myers 

Ernest E. Clattenburg John W. O'Neil 
William G. Cummings William J. Pedgrift 
George E. Davis Clifford M. Pulson 

Howard B. Ellis Herbert A. Pulson 

Harry A. English John F. Peterson 

Clarence Estes William I. Peabody 

William F Galeucia John M. Scott 
Albert E. Gerry William A. Scott 

Benjamin F. Gerry Algine B. Steele 
Herbert A. Hart William L. Snow 

George K. Hartman Selwyn G. Tinkham 
Alden B. Hefler George M. Taylor 

William A. Horsfall Elbert L. West 
Hiram C. Hughes William B. Winters 

June 19. Company A composed of 
twenty-five boys went into camp on Oak Knoll. 

June 20. Vice-president Eben Bacon 
and ■ daughter, Treasurer Mr. Alfred Bowditch 
and Mrs. Bowditch made us a call. 

June 24. Band and delegation of Co. X 
attended the Suffolk County Convention of 
Loyal Temperance Legions at Winthrop. 

Mr. Frederick W. Leavitt, formerly Sun- 
day Assistant passed the night here. Mr 
Leavitt has finished his course at the Andover 
Theological Seminary and goes to his native 
state Nebraska where he has accepted a call to 
preach in a parish near his old home. 

June 26. Treasurer Mr. Alfred Bowditch 
and Mrs. Bowditch accompanied by Mrs. M. C. 
Mallory and Mrs. L. A. CuUis passed the after- 
noon here. 

Henry F. McKenzie went to live with Mrs. 
E. A. Williams of Topsham, Maine, where he 
will have the opportunity to enter High School 
this fall. 

Company A, Camp Bowditch, was suc- 
ceeded by Company B. 



June 30. William Davis left the school 
to live with his friends in Dorchester, and will 
commence the year in the High School. 

We are indebted to Mr. S. J. Donovan of 
the Columbian Dredging Co., for the use of a 
tow boat which he kindly placed at our disposal 
one day last nionth. 

Tarm School Bank 

Cash on hand June 1st, 1899, $383.31 



Deposited during the month 
Withdrawn during the month 



$25.13 

$408.44 

$22.45 



Balance July 1st, 1899, $385.99 

Coyal Ccmpcrancc Ccgion Conv^etttion 

A short time ago Miss Wright, our Com- 
pany Superintendent and thirty-nine members of 
Company X including the band with Mr. Bradley 
attended the L. T. L. Convention at Winthrop. 
We left the Island in the Pilgrim at 9.30 for 
Winthrop Yacht Club and arrived there about 
ten o'clock. Then we marched to the Winthrop 
Steamboat landing where different companies of 
the temperance boys and girls were assembled. 
From there we escorted the entire delegation to 
Alphelion Hall where the exercises were held. 
Mrs. F. C. Loomis of Boston presided at the 
meeting, and Rev. F. M. Gardner of South 
Boston opened the exercises by a short prayer. 
Reports of the different companies were given 
showing that better work is being done in this 
line. It has been the custom for a long time 
to award prizes to the two companies who could 
present the largest number of membership fees 
before the first of May. This year Company X 
won the first prize, a banner made of red satin 
and beautifully ornamented. On one side was 
painted "MASS, L. T. L. Suffolk Div., Prize 
Banner 1899" on the other side "We are the 
Hope of the Nation." The second prize was 
won by Co. M, South Boston and it was a large 
American flag. Mr. Tilton of Co. R, Chelsea 
was elected President and I was elected Vice- 
President. Meeting adjourned at 12.45. We 
enjoyed the outing very much. 

Frederick Hill, Pres.. Company X. 



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Oraaudtion Exercises 

On June 16 the class of '99 graduated. 
The exercises were held in the first school room 
at 3 P. M. The graduating class and distin- 
guished guests were seated in the front of the 
room and the relatives of the boys in the rear. 
The exercises were very interesting especially 
the Class Prophesy. After the class exercises 
were over excellent addresses were given by 
Mr. Butterworth and Mr. Saltonstall, President 
of the Board of Managers. After the exercises 
were over the class took their relatives out to 
the shop to see their progress in sloyd work; and 
to choose a model from what the boy had made 
to take away with them. At about five o'clock 
the boat came and took the visitors away. 

Thomas Brown. 

Graduation 

Most of the boys who had essays to write 
started them in the middle of April and we had 
our graduation exercises June 16. The ex- 
ercises lasted an hour and a half and after they 
were over and after the friends had left the class 
assembled on the lawn and had their pictures 
taken. There are eight in the class. Thomas 
Brown, Frank W. Harris, Henry F. McKenzie, 
William Davis, Samuel F. Butler, Ernest W. 
Austin, Chauncey Page and William Austin. 
We all enjoyed the day very much because so 
much was done to make it pleasant. We all 
hope to be prosperous in the future as Mr. 
Butterworth and others who were here on the 
occasion wished for us. 

Henry F. McKenzie. 

P^'cKing away Blankets 

All through the winter months the boys 
have three double blankets on their beds. 
About the first of April Miss Brewster has the 
dormitory boys take off the top blankets. 
When we get them off we put them in the hall. 
Then the laundry boys come up and take them 
to the laundry and wash them. After they are 
washed and ironed they are sent to the sewing 
room to be looked over. After that they are 
sent to Miss Brewster again and we pack them 
away for the next winter. 

Alfred Lanagan. 



Che Decorations of Graduation Day 

As our Island has many beautiful flowers 
not only those that we raise in our gardens but 
those that grow wild all over the Island, they 
were very handy and proper things to use for 
the decoration of our schoolroom. At the front 
where the boys were to speak their pieces was a 
row of flowers which went the width of the room. 
There were daisies, buttercups, peonies and 
roses each of which were put in large 
tubs which were covered with pretty paper. 
The large desk and piano had vases of pinks 
and other flowers, all this not only made the room 
look pretty but made it smell very nice. On 
the three blackboards that were used we had 
pinned our school work such as drawings, and 
writing. Some of the boys drew with colored 
chalk on the board. One boy drew some roses 
the roses being red and the leaves green, another 
had a picture of an old pump which had a tub 
to catch the water as it was pumped up, another 
an artist's placque in the centre of which was 
printed in fancy letters "The Class of '99." 
Although graduation day is past we can still 
see the flowers and other pretty things which 
helped to decorate our schoolroom. 

Chauncey Page. 

Presentation of Diplomas 

The time looked forward to on graduation 
day by the graduating class is the receiving of 
the diplomas. You might ask why they should 
look forward to that as long as they get their 
diplomas. The diploma is the principal thing 
but there is some thing that goes with it at the 
same time and that is Mr. Bradley's encour- 
aging words to us which we are so grateful for 
that we cannot express our feelings toward him. 
Not only are there grammar school diplomas 
but there are sloyd and blacksmithing diplomas 
which were given out this year for the first 
time and will in after life be a source of pleas- 
ure to the boy or boys who receive them. 
The diplomas are printed here and are good 
samples of the work which is done by the Farm 
School Press. They are signed by the Pres- 
ident of the Board of Managers and the Super- 
intendent of the School. William Davis. 



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Blutnni 

Selwyn G. Tinkham, '98, who is with 
the Plymouth Cordage Company, writes "I h'ke 
my work first rate and am getting along fairly 
well. I was striking for six months, but now 1 
am at the forge. Striking is a good deal 
different from what one would think, as the man 
I strike for, Mr. Anderson, can make a good 
many things by using different tools. I do all 
the striking and he will not use his hammer at 
all. They have got quite a start on the new 
factory they are going to put up. It is just 
opposite the present factory and when completed 
will just about double the running capacity. 
They now run over 800 spinners and there are 
to be 700 in the new mill. The factory has 
been running night and day steady for over 
a year. When the new mill is completed they 
will stop night work.'" 

Jflumni Dav 

After a trip up the harbor from the Park 
Pier landing, a good view of the monster boats 
which did the work at Santiago and which 
Cervera will always remember, a visit to the Life 
Saving Station in Dorchester Bay, and landing at 
the School from the bran new steamer Pilgrim 
with all her colors flying, some forty of the 
graduates of the Farm School sat down to a 
plenteous lunch served at two o'clock in the old 
dining room where we had all sat so many 
times before, and all partook most heartily. 

Lunch finished, we retired to the school 
room and after some hearty, stirring old favorite 
college songs with Mrs. Bradley at the piano, 
we settled down to business and the reorganiza- 
tion of the Farm School Alumni Association of 
Boston, which for some time has, for various 
reasons, been rather inactive. Mr. Bradley has 
always been deeply interested in the success of 
the association, and he introduced Dr. Allard, 
who was principal of the school some years ago, 
and he with Loring A. Chase, Esquire, a gen- 
tleman interested in the school, both of whom 
are acquainted with the work of organizing such 
associations, gave us some valuable advice in 
regard to our undertaking. 

Finally a committee of three was chosen 



to act for the Association with the full powers of 
all the old officers and instructions to bring in a 
plan of proceedure. This committee will meet 
at an early date and present its plans to the As- 
sociation as soon as possible. The head of this 
committee, known as the Secretary, is the chief 
executive of the Association, and the other two 
members are to assist him. Their respective 
duties shall be determined by themselves at 
their first meeting. Its members are, William 
G. Cummings, '98 Secretary, William L. 
Snow, '90, and John F. Peterson. '96, 

This business finished, a game of ball was 
played, and finally, with cheers many and hearty 
we boarded the steamer and were soon back in 
Boston. 

A word of praise and satisfaction must be 
said for the Pilgrim. The expectations and 
hopes of the most fastidious have been fulfilled, 
and she is a model little craft. So say all the 
boys who were aboard her the 17th of June. 
William G. Cummings. 

Jflumni notice 

The Executive Committee of the Alumni 
Association wishes to give notice that the 
Thompson's Island Beacon will be used as its 
official organ through which notices of meetings 
and other important communications will here- 
after be made. 

William G. Cummings, Secretary. 

Ulbat orbcrs Say of tbc Beacon 

Hon. Thomas Hills in renewing his sub- 
scription to the Beacon writes, "I am much 
pleased to note that the tone of the paper has 
been kept up. Every number is as fresh and 
bright as that with which its issue started." 

In an editorial of the Boston Herald of 
June 14 it says- "There isn't a more interest- 
ing publication in amateur journalism than the 
Thompson's Island Beacon, which is written, 
edited and printed by the boys at the Farm 
School down the harbor. Its sketches of life at 
the school, the counsel it gives to the boys and 
its items of news connected with the institution 
are all interesting, pertinent and well put. We 
lift our best hat to this harbor Beacon." 



JSeacon 



Vol. 3. No. 4. 



Printed at the Farm School. Boston, Mass. 



August 1899. 



nir. Buttcrwortb's Address 

During the graduation exercises after the 
class band had played their last piece, Mr. 
Bradley introduced Mr. Hezekiah Butterworth, 
the story writer, to speak to the boys. At first 
he went through each different part of the exer- 
cise complimenting each boy on his part. The 
first and last boys that spoke had in their essays 
quotations from Longfellow's "St. Augustine's 
Ladder" and the "Psalm of Life." He had the 
boys repeat the "Psalm of Life" and he repeated 
"St. Augustine's Ladder." He told us of a time 
when Longfellow was summoned before the 
Queen of England and he had a very fine time. 
When he was leaving the palace in his carriage, 
a hard-working Englishman came up to him 
and said, "Are you this great poet Longfellow?" 
He answered, "My name is Longfellow and 
I am a poet." "Then," said the Englishman, 
"Will you allow a hard-working man to shake 
your hand?'" Longfellow said, "Certainly" and 
then they shook hands. Longfellow said that 
he had never received so great a compliment in 
his whole life. Just before that he was in the 
palace of the Queen and every thing was golden 
and beautiful, but he said those things were 
nothing to this. 

Next he told us the story of Sir William 
Phipps who was born in Maine, one of a family of 
twenty-six children. He had heard of a town 
named Boston and he wanted to get there. He 
got a vessel and loaded it with lumber and was 
starting out on a voyage when there was a great 
Indian massacre and all the women and children 
came flocking to him and asked him to throw 
away his lumber and take them aboard. He did 
this and took the people to Boston. When he 
got to Boston he met a widow who taught him to 



read and write. After a while he heard of some 
sunken treasure ships from Spain. He went to 
King James and asked him to fit him out 
with vessels and he would try to find them 
and give the money to King James. He got 
the vessels and started out, but the men muti- 
nied against him and he came back and mar- 
ried the widow. Next he went to the Duke of 
Albemarle and asked him for ships and men; 
he got them and started out again. He got to 
the place where he thought they were and sent 
a diver down. The diver came up with a bag 
which they split open with an axe and a lot of 
gold coins rolled out on the deck. The divers 
kept on until they got it all up and the ship's deck 
was strewn with gold. The men then asked him 
to keep the money himself but he refused, and 
he carried it all back to the Duke. There were 
$2,500,000. The Duke gave him $ 1 00,000 and 
his wife a golden cup valued at $2,500. 
He came back home and bought a mansion in 
"the fair green lane of Boston Town." That is 
the way this man earned his way step by step. 

If Mr. Butterworth had carried his interest- 
ing story a few steps further he would have 
found his hero, Sir William Phipps, the Coloni- 
al Governor, and later on, in 1814, this spacious 
mansion at the corner of Salem and Charter 
Streets which had in the olden times witnessed 
the pomp of royalty, purchased by the Mana- 
gers of this home where the'school was located 
until Thompson's Island was purchased in 1832 
and the school removed here. 

Mr. Butterworth's last visit to the School 
was about eight years ago. No boy is here now 
who was present at that time. We have all his 
latest books in our library and they are all very 
interesting. "Zigzag Journeys" are read by the 



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boys as much as any others. We thought if we 
could see and hear the author we would like it 
very much, and we did He was expected down 
here sometime, but we did not think it would be 
on graduation, day. Our class of '99 feel highly 
honored and grateful to him for being here and 
speaking to us as he did. 

William Austin. 

flwaraing m Prizes 

On July 19 the Shaw Cash and Temple 
Consolation Prizes were given out to the fifteen 
boys who had the least number of marks and 
had been in the first grade the largest number 
of weeks for the previous six months. Before 
the prizes were given out Mr. Bradley spoke of 
the giving of prizes for some of the boys who 
did not know about it. The Shaw prizes are 
given by Mr. Francis Shaw, one of our Man- 
agers, who kindly gives twenty-five dollars every 
half year to the ten boys who stand highest in 
the grade of the whole school for the half year. 
When Mr. Bradley spoke to Mr. Temple, also 
one of our Managers, about the money prize for 
the grade, Mr. Temple asked what became of 
the boys who came near getting the prize but 
just missed; Mr. Bradley said they received 
nothing. Mr. Temple said when he was at 
school he was one who almost got the prize, and 
so he said he would provide for some of the boys 
who got left, for which the boys are very thank- 
ful. Every six months he gives five good books 
to the boys who stand next to the boys who get 
the money prizes. When the prizes are given 
out they are given in order from the first to the 
fifteenth. This time the first boy didn't get a 
check for the whole twenty-six weeks and he 
received five dollars; the next, three dollars and 
twenty-five cents and so on down to one dollar. 
The books given out which are all good ones 
are, "The Days Work," "Navy Blue," "From 
School to Battlefield," "When. Knighthood was 
in Flower" and "When Boston Braved the 
King." There are five boys who got honorable 
mention and although they did not get any thing 
they hope to do better next time and so do the 
other boys. 

Carl A. H. Malm. 



Cbe l)orriW5$ 

Every Fourth of July it is the custom for 
the boys to get up a parade of horribles and the 
Island Pleasure Association was responsible for 
the sight this year. Directly after our breakfast 
the boys that were going to take part in it went 
down to the old barn where the old rags and 
junk are, to fix themselves up in time to get on 
the campus by the time the instructors had fin- 
ished their breakfast. Each boy dressed up as 
funny as he could and each had different false 
faces. Some boys carried signs. One boy 
had one that said, "The Horseless Carriage," 
and he was driving the oxen and cart. Another 
boy had one that read, "An Educated Pig," and 
he was carrying a little pig. When we got to 
the house some of the boys could not tell who 
some of the horribles were they were dressed 
so funny. After we marched around we halted 
in front of the gymnasium and Herbert Balentine 
took our pictures; we wonder that he has been 
able to take any since. After that we marched 
back and took off our make-ups and then came 
up to the house and had a very nice time the 
rest of the day. 

Charles B. Bartlett. 

Boats CDat Drift on the Beach 

Once in a great while boats that do 
not belong to us drift in onto our Island. 
Those that do are mostly of the poorer class of 
boats which we call dories or clammie-skiffs. and 
in these we generally find whiskey botdes or 
something else that gives us the idea that these 
boats were not tied up at their proper place of 
anchorage. A few weeks ago a sloop 
which appeared to be a fairly good boat 
named Mina came ashore on the east side of 
the Island. In this boat were a few men who 
had been drinking and were unable to man- 
age it. They did not get the boat off and had 
to go home without it. A week later they came 
and after many unsuccessful attempts to pull her 
off were at last able to do so. The boats that 
we think are of no use and cannot find owners 
for are taken to the lumber yard and chopped for 
firewood. 

Chauncey Page. 



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Drillina at €amp 

Our best exercise at camp was drilling. 
Each squad was taught the drill by Mr. Reed. 
We had drill three times a day, in the morning, 
afternoon and evening. After roll-call the order 
to count fours was given, both ranks counting at 
once. We went through port arms, present 
arms, right shoulder arms and trail arms. 
When we first began to drill we had the setting 
up exercises. Companies C and D had the 
bayonet drill, too. The commands in ihis drill 
are right and left parry, right and left low parry 
and head parry. Thrust and lunge were also 
given for each parry. This drill looked very 
pretty after we learned it. Company D was the 
only one to have the extended order. Most of 
the boys liked this drill better than the bayonet 
drill. This is the order which is used in battle. 
When the order "As skirmishers, Marchj" was 
given, the whole company came into one long 
line. When the command was given "Rally by 
squads!" the corporal of each squad stood where 
he wanted his fellows to rally and gave the order 
to rally. They all would come in a half circle 
around him. This is used to keep off the 
cavalry in battle. Then at the order, "As 
skirmishers, March!" the squads would come 
into line. We had such movements as com- 
pany rally, charge, by the right and left flank 
march. July 15 all the Companies came over 
to camp to drill for a prize. Company D won 
the prize. Companies C, A and B came in the 
order named. 

Dana Currier. 

$mz of our Pictures 

A short time ago Miss Winslow put some 
pictures on a rack in the second schoolroom. 
These pictures were photographs from some of 
Edwin Landseer's paintings, one of the great- 
est animal painters that ever lived. Edwin 
Landseer was born in England in 1802 and 
when he became fourteen years of age, some 
of his drawings of animals were put on exhibi- 
tion. You may know that he was a great 
painter, for in 1850 Queen Victoria gave him 
the title of Sir and he became a knight. 
When he was going to paint a picture he would 



go for miles to find the animals , he was goiBug to 
paint so that he could get just the way the ani- 
mal looked. One of his paintings is of his two 
dogs and himself. He has got the paletie upon 
which he paints, the dogs are looking over as 
sort of judges. They think they can tdl if he 
makes a mistake. Another one of his psuintings 
is a sick monkey. The old nrorikey fias a 
young sick one in his arms while one fof the 
other old monkeys is sitting on sometbjng 4n the 
background eating a cocoanut. 

Charles F. Si='ear. 

Cbc Ducks 

Recently a lady gave Mr. Bradley four 
Muscovy ducks and one drake. There is one 
good thing about them, and that as. they don't 
quack. They do not like to swim veiy much, 
but when they get into the water they wash 
themselves and then come around the hen 
house to get dry. They are a sort ©f blackish 
green color and white. The drake is about 
twice the size of the other ducks. He goes 
fighting with the hens and he pulls their feath- 
ers and they go running off mad. We expect 
to raise some ducks this year. We feed them 
on corn mush and oats, besides what they get 
out in the fields. 

John T. Lundquist. 

matcriitd tbc Crces 

This spring we have planted a good many 
small trees. To keep the small trees alive we 
must give them plenty of water. We don't 
carry water with a pail because it is too far to 
carry it from the barn. The way we do is 
to take a team and put three or four barrels in 
it. Then we take a small piece of hose and 
having fastened it onto the faucet, take the 
other end and put it into the barrel and fill it 
up. After they are all full we take the water 
to where the trees are planted^ take a bucket 
and dip water out of the barrels and put it 
carefully at the bottom of the trees. We put 
two or three buckets on each tree. If it is 
dry weather we water the trees every day for 
two weeks. 

George Mayott. 



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Cbompson's Tsland Beacon 

Printed Montkly by the Boys of the 
FARM SCHOOL 



Thompson's Island, 



Boston Harbor. 



A PRIVATE HOME-TRAINING SCHOOL 
DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS 

Vol. 3 No. 4. August 1899. 

Subscription Price 50 cents per year. 

Entered at the Post Office at Boston as second-class matter. 



BOARD OF MANAGERS. 



president. 

Richard M. Saltonstall. 

vice-president. 

Eben Bacon. 

treasurer. 

Alfred Bowditch. 

secretary. 

Tucker Daland. 

managers. 

I. Tucker Burr, Jr., 
Caleb A. Curtis, 
- Charles P. Curtis. Jr., 
J. D. WitLiAMS French, 
Henry S. Grew, 
John Homans, 2d, M. D., 
Walter Hunnewell, 
Francis Shaw, 
John E. Thayer, 
Thomas F. Temple. 



Charles H. Bradley, 



Superintendent. 



The object and methods of the Farm 
School have been so fully set forth in previous 
numbers of the Beacon, in our Reports, and in 
various other ways, that it is not necessary to 
repeat them here. Whether that object has 
been attained our record shows. We are will- 
ing to be judged by it. If it has been attained 
it is because the Management and friends of 
the School have shown a devotion to its interest 
as constant as it is inspiring. 

It is believed by many, we learn, that the 



resources of the Farm' School are sufficient for 
the demands made upon them. This is not 
correct. Excellent as are the means already at 
the command of the School its field of useful- 
ness could be immensely widened. The fact 
that some interested friends give freely and often 
does not make the gifts of others any the less 
helpful. With the record which the Farm 
School has made, then, we do not hesitate to 
ask for money for current expenses, for any 
special purpose which may please the giver, or 
to be used as an addition to our endowment 
fund. 

It may be that some one who reads this 
may think he would like nothin-^ better than to 
help such a deserving cause, but however 
strong that desire is he is unable to do the 
thing which seems to him worth an effort. We 
would suggest to such an one that he may be 
more helpful than he knows simply by bringing 
the subject to the attention of those who are 
blessed with more financially than they need for 
their own pleasures and necessaries of life and 
may be looking for just such an opportunity to 
do good. Every little helps, so do not wait for 
a chance to speak with a millionaire; try to 
make all you meet understand how worthy a 
cause it is, and if an alumnus, your moral and 
social standing will go far toward impressing 
this upon their minds. 

notes 

July I. Through the kindness of Mr. 
Wm. H. Porter of Cambridge, Miss Ida M. 
Cahill, an euloctionist, with her class of young 
people came and gave the boys a very pleasant 
time with music and recitations. Mr. S. B. 
Hubbard who is connected with the school 
board of Cambridge was one of the party. 

July 3. Company B, Camp Bowditch, 
succeeded by Company C. 

John A. Lundgren here for a short time. 

July 4. Holiday. Usual sports and races 



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Fireworks in the evening. 

We are indebted to Thos. G. Stevenson 
Post 26, G. A. R. of Roxbury, for a generous 
contribution toward fireworlcs. 

July 7. Visiting Day. 230 present, 
among whom were Manager Mr. Francis Shaw, 
Mr. Benjamin Pettee, Mr. J. C. Tibbitts and 
graduates George Buchan and Albert E. Gerry. 

Meeting of the citizens of Cottage Row. 
The following officers were elected. Mayor, 
Dana Currier; aldermen. Charles McKay, 
George Mayott and Frederick F. Burchsted; 
assessor, George Thomas; street commissioner, 
John J. Conklin; chief of police. Samuel W. 
Webber; jury, George Thomas, Frederick Hill, 
Charles F. Spear, Richard N. Maxwell, Charles 
McKay, Edward C. Crowell and John J. 
Conklin. The mayor appointed as clerk, 
Charles Hill; curator, William C. Carr; librarian, 
Herbert E Balentine; treasurer, Axel E. Ren- 
quist; janitor, Charles Spear. The chief of 
police appointed as patrolmen, Joseph A. Carr 
and Edward C. Crowell. 

July 8. To make our set of colors com- 
plete Dr. W. B. Bancroft sent us a physician's 
flag which will be displayed whenever the 
Doctor is on board one of our boats. 

July 10. Company C, Camp Bowditch, 
succeeded by Company D. 

July 12, Mr. Eben Bacon and Treasurer 
Mr. Alfred Bowditch of the Board of Managers 
and William Allen Hayes, Esq. were here for a 
part of the day. 

Mr. P. J. Hutchinson, a graduate of '65, 
passed a part of the afternoon at the School. 

July 13. First new potatoes. 

July 14. Package of literature received 
from Mrs. Jordan of Andover. 

July 15. Saturday. Being the last 
week day in camp the four companies spent the 
afternoon and evening together. A competitive 
drill took place in the afternoon in which Com- 
pany D -.arried off the laurels. A bonfire and 
band concert were participated in, in the evening. 

July 16. Howard B. Ellis called. 

July 17. Broke camp. 

Summer term of school began. 



July 18. Cornelius James Pratt entered 
the School. 

July 20. A party of Boston friends 
among whom were Mrs. Roger Wolcott, Man- 
ager Mr. Francis Shaw. Mr. Benjamin Pettee 
and Hon. Richard C. Humphreys passed a part 
of the day here. 

July 21. Richard Bell, superintendent of 
the Walter M. Lowney Co., passed the day 
here with his family, also Mr. Morse and 
daughter Mabel. 

Several boys whose eyes were troubling 
them visited the Mass. Charitable Eye and Ear 
Infirmary on Charles Street. 

July 22. Albert E. Pratt left the School to 
live with Mr. Alex. Lynnes, Highlandville, Mass. 

July 23. William Winters visited the 
School. 

July 24. George W. Byers and sister 
called. 

The Pilgrim towed the first scow load of 
dressing from Walworth's. 

July 25. Harry Hemenway Todd en- 
tered the School. 

July 26. A welcome shower. 

William L. Snow called. 

First green corn from our garden. 

A bronze name plate "Erected by Thomas 
G. Stevenson Post 26, G. A. R. and Woman's 
Relief Corps 63, Dec. 15, 1897. Flag by Nelson 
A. Miles Camp 46, S. of V." placed on the 
flag staff. 

July 28. The Columbian Dredging Co. 
began dredging out the basin between the wharf 
and breakwater and deepening the channel to it. 

Graduates ^. J. Hutchinson of Cam- 
bridge and W. W. Hutchinson and family 
of Racine, Wisconsin spent the afternoon here. 

Former Asst. Supt., Max Bennett Thrasher 
visited the School and reported on several of 
the graduates whom he had recently visited in 
Vermont and New Hampshire. He was 
accompanied by Sumner W. Parker of E. 
Westmoreland, N. H., and Orra H. H. Becker, 
the latter remaining at the School. Mr. Par- 
ker took Henry W. Chickering back with him. 



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July 29. William Mourey left the School 
to live with his mother at 55 Oak Terrace,. 
Haverhill. Mass. 

July 30'. First ripe tomatoes. 

July 3 1 . Frank Burgess visited the School.. 

The literature previously mentioned in the 
Beacon as having been received from Dr. G. 
S. Reed should have been credited to Dr.. 
Thomas G. Reed, 455 Broadway, So. Boston, 
whose contribution it was. 

Rank in Classes 

The list of boys ranking first in their class- 
es for the spring term was as follows; 

First Class Henry F. McKenzie 

Second " William I. Ellwood 

Third " George Thomas 

Fourth •' Charles F. Spear 

Fifth " Samuel A. Waycott 

Sixth, " George A. McKenzie 

membership of Classes 

The membership of the several classes for 
the coming year is as follows: 
First Class. 
Herbert F. Balentine William 1. Ellwood 
John F. Barr Frederick Hill 

Ernest Curley John T. Lundquist 

Dana Currfer Carl A. H. Malm 

Second Class 
Clarence W. Barr Daniel W. Laighton 

Charles B. Bartlett Alfred Lanagan 
George F. Burke George G. Noren 

John J. Conklin William M. Roberts 

Edward C. Crowell Charles W. Russell 

Charles A. Edwards Charles A. Taylor 
George E. Hart George Thomas 

Charles Hill Fred W. Thompson 

Charles W. Jorgensen Thomas W. Tierney 
Albert H. Ladd Samuel W. Webber 

Third Class 
Charles A. Blatchford Michael J. Powers 
Frederick F. Burchsted Arthur I. Purdy 
Joseph A. Carr Axel E. Renquist 

Henry W. Chickering John W. Robblee 
Edward L. Davis Chester 0. Sanborn 

Howard L. Hinckley Frank C. Simpson 
Warren Holmes Charles F. Spear 



Harry H. Leonard Edward B. Taylor 

George Mayofrt Harold S. Taylor 

Charles McKay Frederick P. Thayer 

Robert McKay Frederick L. Walker 

Louis E. Means Samuel A. Waycott 

William Mourey- Clarence W. Wood 
Daniel Murray 

Fourth Class 

Don C. Clark Walter D. Norwood 

Andrew W. Dean Phillippe J. Parent 

James A. Edson John J. Powers 

William Flynn Joseph E. Robblec: 

George E. Hicks C. Newton Rowell 

Barney Hill Willard H. Rowell. 

Ralph Holmes John Tierney 

EJmet A. Johnson Lester H. Witt 

William May Carl L. Wittig 

Fifth Class 

Ralph O. Anderson William C. Mcrgarh 

Walter L. Butler C. James Prati 

William C. J. Frueh Charles Wtrner 

George I. Leighton Samuel Wcstcn 
George A. McKenzie 

Sixth Class 

Ernest N). Jorgensen Frank A Roberts 

Thomas Maceda Horace P. Thrssher 
Harris H. Todd 



Tarm Scl^ool Bank 




Cash on hand July 1st, 1899, 


$385.99 


Deposited during the month 


$75.75 




$461.74 


Withdrawn during the month 


$15.63. 



Balance Aug. 1st, 1899, 



$446. 



I)eard on the Campus 

The class of '99 extend their best wishes 
to Henry McKenzie and William Davis. 

APPLY to Decis for photographs. He- 
has the craze. 

The F. S. Trading Co. now carries a full 
line of School photographs, and watches war- 
ranted to keep time for a year. 

A tin soldier at Camp Bowditch on being 
called to go on duty at midnight said, -Don't 
Wake me up first, wake the other feller." 

What new sloyd boy cut his finger first? 



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B Recent UI$U 

Our steamer left our wharf at about 1 0. 15 
A. M. Thursday, July 20, and returned about 
1 1.05 with Mrs. Wolcott, the Governor's wife, 
Manager Mr. Francis Shaw, Hon. Richard C. 
Humphreys, Mr. Benjamin Pettee and a party of 
Boston friends. They first entered the school- 
room, as school hadn't closed, afterward entering 
the diningroom while the boys were at dinner. 
After spending some time visiting other places 
in and about the house they had lunch. After 
they had lunch we gathered in the first school- 
room and the exercises were opened by a 
selection by the band, "Wild Oats." followed by 
two more selections, "Just One Girl" and "Man- 
hattan Beach." Then came an address by Hon. 
Richard C. Humphreys on moral character, 
showing that each temptation trodden under foot 
brings us nearer the light of our Heavenly 
Father's love. Then there were remarks by 
Dr. Stewart on our opportunities and the advan- 
tage of education. He said that the workm.an 
is not to be despised; he is just as much to be 
respected as any one on God's earth, if he does 
the very best he is capable of. He was followed 
by Mr. Pettee on controlling our tempers. Then 
Mr. Sprowl made a few remarks on future im- 
provements. The boys gave three cheers and 
a tiger for Governor Wolcott, Mrs. Wolcott and 
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. After 
saluting the flag we went about our several 
duties and the visitors, after a call at Cottage 
Row. returned to the city. 

William I. Ellwood. 

One m0t amt at Camp 

After supper we had parade, then we 
marched to the flag staff and presented arms 
while the bugler blew "retreat." As the bugler 
blew the last note the flag was hauled down. 
Sometimes Commandant Reed would let some 
of the boys go out in the boat and then the rest 
of us would go into our tents or sing songs. At 
a quarter past nine "tattoo" sounded and we went 
to our tents to get ready for bed, except the 
first guard. When "taps" sounded we rolled 
up in our blankets and went to sleep. At 
eleven o'clock the first guard woke the second 



and told them their beat and then the first 
guard turned in. There were four sets of 
guards in one night, two boys being on duty at a 
time. At five o'clock the last guard woke up 
the cooks and the boys that had to get water. 
At half past five the guard woke the bugler; he 
blew "reveille" and the guard hoisted the flag. 
The boys got up and got ready for mess at six 
o'clock. The roll was called then and at half 
past six we had mess. 

George F. Burke. 

Swimmind oi^er at Camp 

During the month's vacation we were in 
camp, as most of you know, and every day, if 
it did not rain, the fellows that wanted to had a 
swim. All the fellows had a swim the first day. 
two swims the next and some even three. 
Just as soon as we were undressed we went 
right in, or rather most of us did, but some 
waited for two or three minutes and yelled to 
the fellows in the water, "Is it good water?" 
If they said, "Yes" a fellow would go right in. 
Some of the best swimmers went way out to the 
channel. The boys can swim on their stomachs, 
hand over hand, on their backs, float, dive and 
do most anything. The way it goes up at the 
house is, Monday the first grade has a swim, 
Tuesday the first and second, Wednesday the 
first, Thursday the first and second, Friday the 
first, Saturday the first, second and third. 

Clarence W. Barr. 

Stories after Dark 

Several nights ago while 1 was over at camp 
the boys, after it got too dark to play, would 
gather together in front of Commandant Reed 
and around the gasoline torch. Commandant 
Reed would sit in his camp chair in front of his 
tent while the boys would sit on the ground. 
Most of the boys got their comforters and 
wrapped them around themselves, then the 
Commandant would tell us stories and some of 
his experiences out West. The name of one of 
the ghost stories that he told was, "It Floats." 
He also told us some of his uncle's experiences. 
Once in a while a boy would ask a question and 
other boys would tell some of their experiences 
down here. Charles A. Taylor. 



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Jlluttini 

Alden B. Hefler, '87, is one of the in- 
teresting young men whom we are pleased to 
mention as an alumnus. Alden is employed by 
Hugh Wright & Co., dye stuffs. 144 Purchase 
Street and lives at 15 Middleton Avenue, Dor- 
chester. 

Harold E. Brenton, '90, is spending the 
summer in Perkins' Clinomilitant Band of Bos- 
ton at New Orleans, La., as solo cornet and 
assistant leader. Leroy Kenfield, '82, plays 
first trombone in the same band. In a recent 
letter Harry speaks of the city as quite differ- 
ently managed as regards the care of streets, 
sewage, &c., from what Boston is; he also misses 
the cool east wind. He writes, "I will be glad 
to see Boston once more. Some of the boys 
have been slightly sick, but Roy and 1 have been 
like horses, you can't hurt us; our early training 
tells and I thoroughly believe it too. The positions 
which we hold in the band speak well for Mr. 
Morse, as our entire instruction was from him 
and, on my part, Mrs. Bradley. That practice 
with the piano has helped me more than any 
thing else. The men in the band have often 
rehearsed what fine musicians that Island has 
turned out; we lose no opportunity to talk it up 
and tell that was where we first saw an instru- 
ment. We have heard the crack boy's band of 
this state, about forty pieces; they could not 
play fifteen minutes with the boys at the School; 
their time, tone and style were way below par. 
Our trombone quartette spoke of it before 1 had 
said a word." Harry's address is 303 North 
Rampart St.. New Orleans, La. They are 
engaged to play in Houston. Texas, during 
August and two weeks in September. 

William 1. Peabody, '91, who served in 
the Spanish-American war, visited us a short 
time since and had every appearance of having 
fared well. He is a robust fellow. He lives at 
5 Knollin St., Maiden and works in Lynn. 

Frank P. Wilcox, '92. is making his 
vacation from Technology count by doing civil 
engineering at Narragansett Pier. 

George M. Taylor, '94, has been with the 



firm of Moore, Smith & Co., wholesale hatters, 
240 Devonshire St., Boston since leaving the 
School. George lives with his mother at 9 
Athol St., Allston, and is a very steady and 
industrious young man. 

Algine B. Steele, '95, since graduating 
from the School has been employed by the H. 
N. Bates Machine Co. He was an apprentice 
in their shop at Roxbury for about two years, 
but when the firm decided to move their works 
to Nashua, N. H., Algie entered the store on 
Congress St., Boston, where he is now shipping 
clerk. Algie has been a member of an Amateur 
Theatrical Co. and has done some hard work out- 
side of his regular employment. He was mar- 
ried in April. 1898 and now resides on Oilman 
St., Somerville. 

Walter McKeever, '95. Walter's time 
was up with F. W. Aldrich of Westmoreland, 
N. H., last spring, where his associations were 
of the pleasantest. He is now with Keck, 
Mosser & Co., leather dealers, 84 High Street, 
Boston, and lives with his sister at 1 Prospect 
Avenue. Charlestown. 

Cbe $baw Prizes 

The semi-annual award of the Shaw prizes, 
the Temple Consolation prizes, and Honorable 
Mention for the half year just ended is given 
below. The award of these prizes is based 
upon our grade system of marking. The 
names were read and the prizes distributed on 
Wednesday evening July 19. 
Shaw Prizes. 
1, George Mayott 2, Merton P. Ellis 

3, William C, Carr 4. Frank W. Harris 

5, William Austin 6, Joseph A. Carr 

7, John T. Lundquist 8, Thomas Brown 
9, Carl L. Wittig 10. Lester H. Witt. 

Temple Consolation Prizes. 
1 1, Samuel F. Butler 12, Leo T. Decis 
13, Harry H. Leonard 14. C. Alfred H. Malm 

15, Daniel Murray. 

Honorable Mention. 

16, Samuel Webber 17. Thomas Maceda 
18, James Edson 19, William Davis 
20, George Thomas. 



XTbompson's Uslanb 

JSeacon 



33 



Vol. 3. No; 5. 



Printed at the Farm School, Boston. Mass. 



September 1899. 



€amp Bowditch 

A vacation that gives an opportunity for 
play with but little work, and at the same time 
appeals to the martial spirit is one that delights 
the heart of a boy. To leave the duties and 
even the comforts of the home to live in a tent 
with no bed but a quilt and the warm earth is a 
vacation of pleasure. For in the vivid imagi- 
nation of the youthful play-soldier comforts are 
found in discomforts of camp life and a few 
tents assume the importance of an army 
encampment. Such a vacation the boys of 
the School enjoyed at Camp Bowditch this 
summer when four companies of boys camped 
for a week each. ' This arrangement in 
companies was made in order that the work 
of the house and farm rhight go on uninterrupted. 

On the nineteenth of June Company A 
marched with baggage to Oak Knoll where a 
camp was soon laid out and the flag of Camp 
Bowditch was unfurled. It was a new experi- 
ence to most of the boys to pitch tents in the 
order of a military camp. And the fact that the 
tents had been used in the army and that on 
the inside were still names suggesting army life 
gave a foundation for the play of the imagination. 
At the end of the first day the boys were occu- 
pying the tents, the cook tent was in shape, 
a telephone line nearly completed and military 
order established. In all the work the boys 
were shown how to do things in a military 
manner. 

The daily routine of duties was made out 
and carefully followed from ••Reveille" to ••Taps", 
every formation and duty being announced by 
bugle calls. In fact with the number of 
regular calls to be played and the newer ones 
to be practiced, the buglers complained of sore 



lips and overwork. The details for guards and 
cook's helpers were made from rosters kept by 
the orderly and details for special duties were 
made by the Commandant. Camp was kept 
clean by a general police under the supervision 
of the officer of the guard. Guard was kept 
every night by eight boys, two sentinels at a time 
for two hours. This not only gave a military air 
but afforded many amusing incidents, such as 
when posts appeared to be "clammies" or every 
tree hid a man. To others guard was so 
unexciting that they fell asleep listening for the 
clock to strike the end of their watch. The 
first night each company spent at camp was full 
of excitement for the boys and sleeplessness for 
the Commandant, But after that weariness 
was stronger than playfulness. 

The mess tent was in charge of a commissary 
sergeant appointed each week from the company 
in camp. Although a great deal of cooking 
was done at the house, yet the sergeants and 
their assistants did much work in a creditable 
manner. 

The military drill for the most part was on 
the more rudimentary movements of close order, 
Co. D being the only one to take up extended 
order. This was of interest to them for it allows 
a free movement and it is in this order that the 
battle exercises ar^ executed. Usually three 
short drills were held each day. Three of the 
companies had the drill of pitching their own 
tents, thus learning the qualifications of. a good 
camp. 

Camp Bowditch was also a pleasure camp, 
so much time was given for amusement. Base 
ball occupied some of the time. The boat 
Standish which was at camp was in constant 
demand for rowing and fishing. A swim was in 



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order when ever the tide permitted. Races 
were run, boys were tossed, songs were sung 
and stories told. All the ingenuity of boyhood 
was brought to bear on the fun question and 
it would not have been a lot of lively boys had 
camp been free from harmless pranks, which 
afforded subjects for good-natured camp talk. 
The last Saturday was given over for a com- 
petition drill and exhibition. In this all 
the companies took part and did well, but 
Company D carried off all honors. The day 
was closed with a band concert and a large fire 
on the beach. n r- t-. \ 

Of course photographers must be in an 
army camp as much as any one else and so it 
was in Camp Bowditch, In Company A there 
was one photographer who got several very good 
photographs of camp life, such as the Company 
at mess and at drill, our Commandant and staff 
and blanketing a private. Two views of the 
tents were taken in Company A. All except 
one of the tents were taken by Decis, the other 
was taken by myself. Company B was not so 
fortunate and had only two taken, one of the 
Commandant and staff and one of blanketing a 
private. In Company C there was only one 
taken; that was of Commandant Reed at head- 
quarters. Company D was the prize company 
and it had some pictures taken with Mr. 
Bradley's camera. The last Saturday afternoon 
I went over to camp with the large camera with 
orders to do what the Commandant wanted 
me to. When I got over there he said that 1 
had better take the camp first, of which 1 got a 
good negative; then I took some of the com.- 
pany at drill which were also very good. After 
that I took one more of tossing a private in a 
blanket. Decis got one of the Commandant and 
staff and that ended the photography for 1899 in 
Camp Bowditch. Duplicates of all these photo- 
graphs are for sale by the Farm School Trading 
Company on Visiting Days or can be obtained 
by mail on receipt of Iwenty-five cents. 
Herbert E. Balentine. 
2nd Sergeant Co. C. 



herbarium 

A few years ago an herbarium was started 
at the School as Mr. Bradley wanted to have 
a specimen of every flower on the Island that he 
could. When a specimen was found it would be 
taken to one of the teachers who pressed it, 
put it on to a piece of paper by two pieces 
of gum paper, and then the family to which it 
belongs and the Latin and English names were 
written by it. Among the specimens were fern, 
wild daisy, butter-cup, dandelion, pepper- 
grass and oxeye daisy. There are about forty 
specimens in all. For quite a while no speci- 
mens were brought in, but recently Miss Strong 
showed the herbarium to the first, second and 
third classes and most of the boys became 
interested in it. In a few days twenty new speci- 
mens were brought in. Some of the specimens 
are found only in certain places and are not 
found very often. Only wild flowers are taken. 
C. Alfred H. Malm. 

Sicyd 

A few days ago four boys including myself 
began work in the sloyd class. The first thing 
we do when we get into the shop is to take our 
coats and caps off and stand by our benches. 
Then Mr. Littlefield rings the bell and the mon- 
itors come along with aprons, pencils and 
erasers. After we have our aprons on he rings 
the bell again and the first eight boys get their 
drawings and drawing boards or whatever they 
are to work on. As soon as the first eight boys 
have their things the next eight boys get theirs, 
then we get our models. We always draw our 
model before we make it out of wood. At 
first we draw two or three models before we 
make any. I have drawn my wedge and 
planting-pin and have almost finished my flower- 
stick. When I get this done I will make my 
wedge. We have an hour and a quarter a day 
in the morning every day in the week except 
Saturday and Sunday. The afternoon boys 
have only two days in a week, as there are two 
classes and the time has to be divided up be- 
tween the two classes and one afternoon for the 
blacksmith class. 

Charles F. Spear. 



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nights at Camp 

At nine o'clock P. M. taps sounded, the 
guards went on duty and the rest turned in for 
the night. The first night that I was in camp 
I slept only about two hours. When the first 
guard's duty was up, the two others were in the 
tent that ' was in and when he went to wake 
them up 1 was awakened. When 1 looked to 
see what woke me up 1 saw that it was the 
guard that had fallen over me. and that was the 
way all the time I was over there. One night 
three or four fellows beside myself took a lasso. 
There were some boys sleeping, so 1 took the 
lasso and went into the tent where they were. 
I put a boys feet into it and then I gave the signal 
to pull and they pulled him out of the tent a-flying. 
We did the same to others that were sleeping. 
Other nights we would get our blankets and put 
them in a pile and then we would run and jump 
into the air and turn over. Sometimes we 
would roll the pumpkin. The way to do it is to 
make a pumpkin out of yourself and then turn 
over on the ground head first. Sometimes we 
would try to climb the flag staff. 

E. Carl Crowell. 

Organization of tb: new Bana 

A good many boys have gone away from 
this School this summer and most of them 
had been in the old band so we needed some 
new ones in their places. A short time ago Mr- 
Bradley and Mr. Morse thought it would be well 
if they could get some boys who had a pretty 
good ear for music and organize a new band. 
The leader of the old band picked out some 
boys who, he thought, would make a success on 
the instrument that he would get and try to 
learn. After a while they decided upon enough 
boys to fill up most of the instruments. Of 
course when a boy first takes up an instrument 
he does not expect to blow a very good tone but 
he keeps it up until he can play a scale, and 
most every boy can play the scale now. Some 
can even play pieces, so you see that some boys 
have a good ear for music. Each boy that 
they got for the new' band seems to take an 
interest in the instrument that he has and prac- 
tises most every day in the week. Even nights 



they go out and play together under the leader- 
ship of some boy. Some day I suppose that the 
boys in the new band will be able to play as well 
as the old band boys; we had to try hard to get 
into the old band. 

Charles B. Bartlett. 

Laying the Pipes 

At the beginning of the dry time which we 
have had Mr. Bradley decided we must have 
something done to keep the garden watered, and 
so he had the farm boys dig a ditch along the 
farmhouse path to lay the water pipes in. We 
had to dig it about three feet deep. We used 
the pick and shovel. After we got all done 
digging up along the path Mr. Bradley had 
some boys help him lay the pipes. After we 
got the pipes all laid the boys began to fill in 
the dirt. As they would shovel about a foot of 
dirt in we would level it off and then pound it 
down hard. When we got that done Edward 
Steinbrick would take the hose and wash the 
dirt down, then the boys would put some more 
dirt in and-do the same thing over again until 
we got it done. After this was all done they 
put some other pipes where they would branch off, 
and then they put the hose on one of those 
places and they could water the pieces such as 
the strawberry piece, onion piece and others. 
The water comes from the farmhouse cellar 
and comes under the ground until it gets to the 
place where it comes out. 

Daniel W. Murray. 

my (Uork in tbe Barn 

At one o'clock the bell rings and all of the 
boys that are not at work in the house gather in 
the playroom and line up as soon as the whistle 
is blown. After the boys are all in line Mr. 
Chamberlin gives the order for the boys to go 
to their work. As soon as we get to the barn I 
go down stairs and get on my overalls and go to 
work. 1 sweep the lower floor and then I go up 
stairs and get down some hay and 'put it down 
the trap for the stock. After the hay is all 
down I sweep the floor. About half past three 
1 bed the horses and then go to the house and 
get the swill-cart and feed the pigs and take the 
cart back again. Harry H. Leonard. 



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Cbonipson's Tsland Beacon 

Printed Monthly by the Boys of the 

FARM SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor. 

A PRIVATE HOME-TRAINING SCHOOL 
DEPENDENT UPON DONA TIONS AND BEQUESTS 

Vol. 3 No. 5. September 1899. 

Subscription Price 50 cents per year. 

Entered at the Post Office at Boston as second-class matter. 



BOARD OF MANAGERS. 



president. 

Richard M. Saltonstall. 

vice-president. 

Eben Bacon. 

treasurer. 

Alfred Bowditch. 

secretary. 

Tucker Daland. 

managers. 

1. Tucker Burr, Jr., 
Caleb A. Curtis, 

Charles P. Curtis, Jr., 
J. D. Williams French. 
Henry S. Grew, 
John Homans, 2d, M. D., 
Walter Hunnewell, 
Francis Shaw, 
John E. Thayer, 
Thomas F. Temple. 



Charles H. Bradley, 



Superintendent. 



Courage and Reason 

By M. B. Thrasher. 
When Admiral Dewey was a boy his home 
was in the village of Montpelier, Vermont, where 
his father was a physician. Just back of the 
house in which Dr. Dewey lived was a shallow 
little stream called the "Onion" river, because 
when the first settlers came there they found so 
many wild onions growing on the banks. Now 
it is called the "Winooski" river, from two 
Indian words, 'winoos" and "ki". meaning 



"plenty of onions." Montpelier is in the very 
heart of the Green Mountains, and this river, like 
all streams in a mountainous country, was liable 
to rise very rapidly if there had been a rain 
storm among the mountains. 

One afternoon in the summer, when Dewey 
was a boy, he was sent after the cows, a neigh- 
bor's boy going with him. As it was raining. 
the boys were allowed to take the Doctor's 
horse and buggy. To reach the pasture it was 
necessary to cross the river, and there were two 
ways of doing this, one by a ford near the house 
and the other by a bridge quite a good deal 
farther away. 

The boys drove first to the ford, where 
usually they could have easily waded across, but 
now they found the river swollen by the rain to 
a muddy, angry flood. The other boy wanted 
to turn back and go down to the bridge, but 
Dewey, pointing to wagon tracks down to the 
water's edge, and not stopping to think that they 
had been made there before the water rose, 
said, "What man has done, man can do." and 
drove in. The water was so deep and the cur- 
rent so strong the buggy was soon swept off the 
bottom, and the boys only escaped by crawling 
out onto the horse's back and clinging to the 
harness until the animal swam ashore. 

In this adventure Dewey showed that he 
had courage and reason. He reasoned frcm 
the wagon tracks down to the river, that some 
one had crossed there; and he had the confi- 
dence and determination to do what any one 
else had done. At the same time it would have 
been better for him if he had reasoned farther, 
which in this case he could have done without 
an excess of caution, and decided that the con- 
ditions at the ford were different when the last 
wagon before his had crossed. 

Just the right balance between courage 



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and reason is what we should strive for. If 
Dewey had driven down to the bank of the river 
anywhere, and tried to cross, merely because 
people did cross the stream somewhere, that 
would not have been courage, but simply fool- 
hardiness. 

It is just as if boys who were to £[0 aero '.s 
to the city should start out in one of the small- 
est boats, in a bad storm, because they knew 
that at some other time that boat had made 
safe crossings. On the other hand they would 
be to blame if they said, because it was rough, 
"Oh, we can't cross." and took no pains to find 
out if they could. Between the two would lie 
the right course, a combination of courage to go 
if possible, and reason to decide if it were 
possible, and if so which would be the most 
suitable boat to use. 

What would be true of the boat and cross- 
ing, would be true of nearly everything in life. 
Act, but think before you act! Courage without 
reason becomes foolhardiness. Reason without 
courage rnay degenerate into cowardice. A 
nicely balanced combination of the two enables 
a man not only to achieve success himself, but 
to accomplish great good for those associated 
with him. 

notes 

Aug. I. Finished dredging the basin be- 
tween the wharf and breakwater. 

Aug. 2. Merton P Ellis left the School 
to work in the office of Mr. Thomas J. Hind, 
19 Milk St. He will board with his brother at 
Mrs. Loud's. 40 Gates St.. South Boston. 

Aug. 5. Visiting Day. 183 present, a- 
mong whom were Managers, Mr. Caleb A. 
Curtis and Mr. Henry S. Grew, also graduates 
Thomas Punchard, John A. Lundgren, Ben- 
jamin F. Gerry and Herbert A. Hart. 

Aug. 7. Scow load of dressing towed 

from Walworth's. 



Aug. 8. Sowed' hungarian grass seed for 
green feed. 

Aug. 10. 'Vice President Mr. Eben Bacon 
and daughter accompanied by friends from New 
Orleans, Louisiana, and Manager Mr. Francis 
Shaw visited the School. 

Frank Ernest Welch entered the School. 

Herbert A. Pulson came to spend a few 
days at the School. 

Aug. 11. Chester John Parker entered 
the School. 

George Mayott left the School and is at 
work for Dr. Joseph R. Draper, Westford. 
Mass. 

Aug. 12. Sowed barley and late turnips. 

Aug. 13. William Smeaton made us a 
call. 

Aug. 14. Third load of dressing from 
Walworth's. 

Aug. 15. Joseph Pratt entered the School. 

Began cutting salt hay from the flats. 

Finished painting and varnishing the 
Standish and put her in commission. 

Aug. 16. Putting in the winter's supply of 
coal. 

Aug. 17. Finished unloading the coal. 

One lot of books received from Mr. John 
Wilson of Cambridge, Mass. 

Chauncey Page left the School to go to 
his uncle, Webster W. Page of Hopkinton, 
Mass; later he will work in town and live 
with his mother. 

Aug. 18. Pilgrim up on the beach for 
paint and varnish. 

Finished painting and varnishing the 
Priscilla and put her again in commission. 

Aug. 22. Plasterer began pointing up and 
whitewashing all through the house. 

Aug. 23. Thomas J. Fairbairn who has 
been back to the School for a short time went 
to live with his mother in Highlandville. Mass. 

Aug. 24, Harry H. Leonard left the 
School to live with his mother at 2 Greenwich 
Street, Roxbury. 



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Aug. 25. Load of dressing from Wal- 
worth's. 

Aug. 28. Company D given a trip to 
Fort Warren and other points in the harbor for 
their excellence in drilling during camp 
month and the lieutenant of the company, 
Charles A. Edwards, was presented with a watch. 

Aug. 29. First lot of tomatoes sent to 
market. 

Blacksmith shoeing the horses all around. 

Aug. 30. George Girard, '86. and friend, 
a nephew of Mr. Charles H. Chapman a 
former instructor in carpentry here, visited the 
School, also William G, Cummings. 

The knockabout Winslow given a coat of 
paint and varnish. 

Aug. 31. Began painting the corridors 
and halls. 

I)eard on tbc Campus 

The old blacking kit has gone out of com- 
mission after a cruise in the shed of seven 
years, and is now replaced by a new one. 

In spite of the way the paint was put on the 
Chilton it looks pretty well. 

Our new Chief of Police is breaking the 
record. 

Merton Ellis left telling footprints in 
the printing office which the new foreman is 
trying to erase. 

Bikes are all the rage. Williami Austin 
had his about fifteen minutes before it was ready 
to go to town for repairs. 

A new supply of harmonicas received by 
The Farm School Trading Co. Sweet music is 
to be heard about the grounds. 

The fellows are beginning to wonder if 
Mrs. Bradley is going to have any more birth- 
days or if she is going to remain the same age. 
No party this year. 

Tarm School Bank 

Cash on hand Aug. 1st, 1899, $446.11 

Deposited during the month $56.17 



Withdrawn during the month 
Balance Sept. 1st, 1899, 



$502.28 
$127.88 
$374.40 



Batbcrind Salt l)av 

During the last two weeks fo-ur of us boys 
have been gathering salt hay off the flats and 
spreading it in the field just above the beach to 
dry. Nilson mows it and three of us fellows 
gather it up and spread it out to dry. We have 
to work with the tide because when it is high 
tide the water comes up over the grass and it 
can't be cut. At low tide and half tide is the 
best time to work at it. While the boy who 
drives the oxen is gone off with a load the 
other boys pile the hay up in large piles and 
rake up the scatterings. We go over to gather it 
after it has dried and take it to the barn where 
it is put upon a scaffold and used for young 
stock and for bedding. 

Cheste.r O. Sanborn. 

mv Crip to Salem 

Thursday, June 22. Mr. and Mrs. Sears 
invited me down to Salem to spend the day 
with them. I went to the North Union Station 
and took the train. When I reached Salem 
they greeted me with joy. Then we all had 
dinner. After dinner Mr. snd Mrs. Sears 
showed me around. We went over to the old 
witch's house, or Roger ^^.lliams' house it is 
called. It has been standing there since 1632. 
There were little witches and dishes made of 
silver for sale. All these things for sale were 
on the first floor. We went up a flight of old 
stairs into the attic where I saw two old cradles, 
one of which is said to be the cradle that Roger 
Williams was rocked in. 1 saw the old mus- 
kets, spears, swords and tomahawks which they 
used to fight with and the old fashionecl hats 
that the men and women used to wear. This 
house is said to be one of the oldest, if not the 
oldest, witch house in Salem. When 1 went 
into the house 1 was a little frightened and be- 
gan to wonder if 1 would come out all right. 
There were not many windows in the house. 
We then went to see the place where they used 
to hang witches. The place is called Gallows 
Hill. On that hill barrels are piled up 
about twenty feet high in the air and burned on 
the Fourth of July to celebrate the witch town. 
Samuel W. Webber. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Pullind mild Carrots 

Some of the farm boys have been pulling 
wild carrots out in the fields lately. Mr. Sellew 
takes us out into the fields to pull these carrots 
because they are bad to have in the fields for 
when they mow the hay these carrots are cut 
down and get in with the hay and the cows do 
not like them because they are so bitter. 
When we go out Mr. Sellew gives some 
of us trowels with which to dig up the 
large carrots that we can not pull with our 
hands. After we pull them we put them in 
little piles and then a couple of boys come 
around with a bushel box and take up the small 
piles and put them all in a large pile together. 
Daniel W. Laighton. 

Cbrowiiid m Quoits 

On the play ground is a place to throw 
quoits. There is a stick placed in the ground 
where there is no grass and it is put in as solid 
as possible. At the other end is placed another 
stick at about the distance of fifty-four feet from 
the first one. There are eight quoits, four of 
which are ten-pounders and another set of four 
which weigh eight pounds. The quoits are 
round pieces of iron, flat on the bottom and 
curved on top. They are of a doughnut shape on 
top. A boy takes one in his hand and throws it 
at the other stick and he has a boy to throw 
against him toward the same stick he is throwing 
to. There is a boy at the other stick. The 
one that comes the nearest gets five. if he 
has two quoits and gets them both nearer than 
the other player does his two count ten for 
him. In case of two or four playing twenty-one 
points constitute a game, if six play fifteen 
points are the game. If a boy gets a quoit over 
the stick that one counts ten alone and so on 
till a boy beats in the game. 

Albert H. Ladd. 

Dreadiitd 

The Columbian Dredging Company has 
been doing some dredging for the School. The 
basin on the north side of the wharf has been 
all dug out. The day the dredger came 
Mr. Bradley let the fellows go down to the 
wharf to see it working. One man stands 



on a platform near the boom where the 
steam shovel is and operates the shovel by 
means of different levers. When the shovel is 
full a man that tends to the steam pulls the 
lever and swings the shovel over the mud scow, 
then the man on the platform pulls the rope and 
empties it. Each shovel-ful is about equal to 
a one-horse load. When all the scows are full 
a tugboat tows them to City Point where they 
are filling in. When one place was dug enough 
the shovel was let down and the two front spuds 
were hoisted up from the mud and the back 
ones trailed on a slant. Then the steam was 
let on and the dredger pulled itself along by the 
shovel and the spuds were let down in the mud 
to hold the dredger fast while another place was 
dug out. Our steamer at low tide would touch 
bottom before this was done; now at low tide 
there is about ten feet of water. This makes 
it possible for our steamer to enter or leave 
the basin at low tide. 

Dana Currier. 

Origin of "Uncle Sam." 

"Uncle Sam" Is a term applied to the 
Government of the people of the United States. 
it is a jocular extension of the initials U. S. 
It is used in the same sense that "John Bull"' 
is applied to the Government of the British 
people. The name "Uncle Sam" originated as 
follows: During the war of 1812 a man named 
Samuel Wilson was Government Inspector at 
Troy of pork and beef purchased by the govern- 
ment. The cases containing the provisions wer.e 
shipped to the government by Elbert Anderson, 
a contractor, who had each case marked with 
his initials, "E. A.," and underneath were the 
initials "U. S.," and he was jocularly informed 
that it meant "Uncle Sam," refer»-ing to Samuel 
Wilson, the inspector who was usually called 
"Uncle Sam." This pleasantry was repeated in 
several forms and Wilson was congratulated on 
the extent of his property, as many cases pass- 
ing there were so marked. The story spread, 
took firm root and to-day the allusion is every- 
where understood. 

No power, no respect. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Jllumtii 

William W. Smeaton, '89, made us a 
call recently. For a few years after leaving the 
School he was emp'oyed as a machinist, but 
he now is in business for himself and has a 
retail hardware store at 144 Norfolk street, 
Dorchester. 

William E. Odiorne, '90, has been work- 
ing for the last two years for Dr^ F. D. Wor- 
cester of Keene. N. H. Odiorne is a member 
of the New Hampshire National Guard, be- 
longing to Company H of the Second Regiment. 
He has recently returned from^ a five day's 
muster at Concord, which he enjoyed, and is 
looking forward to the coming trials of marks- 
man-ship. If Odiorne can shoot as straight as he 
can throw a stone he ought to take a first prize. 

Sumner W. Parker, '90. In an alumni 
note several months ago we noted the fact that 
Sumner Parker had taken a large farm in 
Westmoreland, N. H'., and gone into business 
for himself. In one of his letters from which 
we quoted at the time, he spoke of some of his 
plans for this year. It is a pleasure to know 
how successfully he is carrying out these plans. 
A representative of the School who visited him 
recently, and took dinner with him, writes, 
"What a dinner that was! 1 had to be 'boosted' 
into a wagon when I came away. And almost" 
all of it right off the farm. Big, mealy, new 
potatoes, of which Sumner has already marketed 
a hundred bushels; summer squash and cucum- 
bers from the garden; squash pie and black- 
berry pie, the berries picked at home; delicious 
cream and butter,- an average of fifty pounds a 
week of butter being made and sold,- and 
home-made ice cream which, incredible as it 
may sound to say it, wgis equal to that which 
Mrs. Bradley makes. It was quite a Farm 
School dinner, since, in addition to the School's 
representative and Sumner, there were present 
William Odiorne. John Owens and Orra 
Becker." 

Harold E. Brenton, '90, writes from 
New Orleans. Louisiana.- •■Your letter re- 
ceived, also the Beacons. What a fine 
little paper that is; it is a great thing for 



the old boys to get hold of it and read it. It 
makes one think himself back on the Island. 
There is a something about the School entirely 
its own. All the men in the house have read 
the little paper and think it a fine thing. I saw 
a little account of the Beacon in the Boston 
Herald." 

George B.. Perry, '95. A recent visit to 
Perry found him on top of a load of hay, and in the 
middle of haying. The farm on which he lives 
is the largest farm in Warren, Vermont, and 
one of the best farms in the State. Perry likes 
his home and work, and is conducting himself 
in such a manner as to be a credit to himself 
and to the School. He is singularly fortunate 
in the nature of the home in which he lives. 
The family consists of Mr. and Mrs. Frank 
Tillotson, Mr. Tillotson's father and mother, 
little son and Perry. It is very rarely that a 
representative of the School goes into a home 
where the home life is so happy and elevating 
as this, and its effect upon Perry, who is made 
wholly one of the family, is as evident as it is 
satisfactory.. It would amuse the boys at the 
School Xo see George tend the baby. Mr. 
Tillotson's little boy is about two years old, and 
he and Perry are equally devoted to each other. 
When the question was asked, as it frequently 
was, "Where's the baby?" some one would 
usually answer, "Oh, he's out with George;" and 
when George comes to the house it is usually 
with the baby on his shoulder. 

Jllumni notice 

A meeting of the Farm School Alumni 
Association will be held on Tuesday evening 
September 19, 1899, at 8 o'clock in Wheelock 
Hall, 558 Columbia Road, Upham's Corner. 
Dorchester. 

A report of the Committee appointed June 
17, 1899, will be heard, the constitution will be 
framed and adopted and any other business 
which may properly come before the meeting will 
be transacted. 

Note. If members will take a Meeting 
House Hill or Neponset carandgetoff at Upham's 
Corner some one will be there to meet them. 
William G. Cummings, Secretary. 



^bompson'e Ifslanb 

JSeacon 



'i 1 



Vol. 3. No. 6. 



Printed at the Farm School, Boston. Mass. 



October 1899. 



Cbe Tarm School Crading Company 

On February first Mr. Bradley asked me to 
take the stock of goods which he had on hand 
such as knives, harmonicas, stamps and stamp 
albums and we two become partners which 
should do business under the name of The Farm 
School Trading Company, I to be manager. 
My work is in the clothing room and these 
goods were placed in a case which had been 
made for them in one corner of the clothing 
room. This store is open evenings from 7.30 
to 9 o'clock, as that is the time any boys who 
have business to attend to can do so by asking 
the instructor who is in charge at that time. I 
open the store on Visiting Days, too, as I have 
quite a lot of photographs which different boys 
have taken of different views about the Island 
which the visitors are interested to see and 1 
sell quite a lot of them; besides I have the 
Beacon to sell at five cents a copy. The 
instructors also find it very handy to get muci- 
lage, ink, stationery, &c. I am always glad to 
have some one stop and buy for they seem 
glad to get what they want and I am glad to 
sell to them. 

When the boys used to come to Mr. 
Bradley for these things they would go to the 
office and rap, and after he told them to come 
in, one of the smaller boys would walk up to 
to him at his desk and ask if he could buy a 
a harmonica or knife. Mr. Bradley would tell 
him the price and if the boy had only a small 
bank account the boy would shake his head and 
say, "That is more than 1 can pay." Mr. 
Bradley would say, "Well, how much money 
have you?" The boy would say, "Eighteen 
cents," or whatever he had, and the answer 
would come, "You can have it, save your 
money," and "Good night." I think if I should 



do that way my balance would come on the 
wrong side of the account. 

We keep a set of books; sales book, stock 
book. Invoice book and ledger. The sales book 
shows what we have sold, the stock book shows 
what goods we have on hand the first of each 
month, the invoice book shows what we bought 
and how much we paid for it and the ledger 
shows how the different accounts stand and the 
profit or loss. We keep bank checks on hand 
so that when a boy buys anything he can make 
out his check to cover the cost and I deposit it 
to the credit of the Farm School Trading Com- 
pany. The first of each month I take account 
of stock, having first paid for any stock received 
during the month, and then Miss Wright goes 
over the accounts with me and we are able to 
tell how much we have made. I take the half 
that comes to me and add it to my own ac- 
count in the Farm School Bank and Mr. Brad- 
ley leaves his share to buy more stock with. 

When we started this business we had about 
twenty dollars worth of goods, now we have about 
twice that amount, having added rules, combs, 
automatic pencils, crayons, stationery, watches, 
purses, etc., and we are buying goods right 
along so that we have everything that is usually 
wanted by the boys. Sometimes aboy will want to 
buy some thing that we have not got. I take note 
of what it is and how much he wants to pay and 
then we send to Boston for it, if it is thought best. 
We buy our goods at wholesale and sell for 
small profit, so the fellows are able to get their 
goods cheaper than they could get them in 
Boston. Some fellows say it is a fine thing to 
have a store so you can go in and buy what you 
want, and others say it is a fine place to spend 
your money, too. Phillip J. Parent. 



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eencral Tarm lUork 

Usually the small boys have to weed and pick 
vegetables and do such small work as that. 
This week we have weeded mangels, carrots, 
parsnips, salsify, corn salad, spinach and lettuce. 
Sometimes we get ahead of the weeds and then 
we work on the dikes, pull wild carrots, pick 
vegetables and fruit. Sometimes we farm boys 
go up to the house and try to wash paint and do 
such things; we don't do it quite as quickly as 
the house boys do so they call us farmers. 
When they come down to the farm and cannot 
tell the difference between lettuce and spinach 
or something like that we call them green. 

George Thomas. 

1)armonica €razc 

It is now harmonica time and the boys are 
having a very good time with them. The Farm 
School Trading Co. has had a new supply of 
them and a great many boys have them now, 
so in the morning and in the evening before 
meals you can hear a great many harmonicas 
and Jew's-harps and it sounds very funny. If a 
boy should try to read after the whistle blows 
for "all in", I don't think he could do so very 
easily and be interested for I have tried it my- 
self and could not read on account of 
them. When it is a boy's birthday if he 
tells Mr. Bradley or if Mr. Bradley finds it out 
he will take the boy into the store where there 
are a great many nice things and ask the boy 
what he wants. The boy takes what he wants 
most, thanks Mr. Bradley and goes to bed 
feeling very happy. Harmonicas have been 
given in this way. Frederick P. Thayer. 

Cbc €odl Barge 

The coal barge came a few weeks ago and 
the farm boys unloaded it. There were about 
one hundred'and ninety tons of coal aboard her. 
A coal barge comes every summer with enough 
coal to last us a year. This time the barge 
brought 150 tons of furnace coal, 15 tons of 
stove coal and 25 tons of steamer coal. This 
time we unloaded the barge in two days. We 
had three carts carrying coal all day, the two 
one-horse carts and the ox cart. We carried 
all the stove coal and part of the furnace coal 



into the house cellar, all the steamer's coal went 
in back of the boat house into the coal shed there 
and over half of the furnace coal was carried in- 
to the barn cellar. 1 had to tend the trap door 
in the barn floor. When a cart came with a 
load some one would come up from below and 
help me lift up the trap-door and block the 
wheels with some pieces of wood; after the load 
was dumped we would take our shovels and go 
down into the bin and help level off the coal. 
When it was dinner time we all needed to wash 
pretty badly and we were hungry, too. 

Daniel W. Laighton. 

Pin mm 

The small boys make pin-wheels and take 
them out doors and hold them to let the wind 
blow on them. This is the way they make 
them; they get a square piece of stiff paper and 
make two long creases running through it from 
one corner to the other. Then they tear down 
each crease to about a quarter of an inch 
from the center. They take the four corners 
and bend them down toward the middle, then 
they stick a pin through the four corners and 
the center and put it on a stick and it is made. 
Harold S. Taylor. 

One mornind's (Uork 

This morning we worked in the orchard 
gathering up apples that had fallen on the 
ground. We started over by the old barn and 
finished over by the nursery for young trees and 
bushes. It was about a quarter of eight o'clock 
when we began. As one box was filled the two 
boys who carried the boxes would take it into 
the piggery and dump the apples into the barrels; 
we filled them and then filled four half-bushel 
boxes. We sent one bushel of the best sour 
apples up to the house and about a half bushel 
of nice red ones. As soon as we finished one 
half of the orchard we went into the other half 
and after the apples were all gathered we went 
over to the lumber yard and fixed up there a 
little. Then we went to weeding mangels. 
After we finished those we weeded the lettuce, 
the spinach, the salsify, parsnips and started to 
weed the other mangel piece. 

Clarence W. Barr. 



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Umes from the Bible 

This term and last the boys of the first 
school have had to have a verse from the bible 
every Wednesday morning and afternoon. The 
first verse we had to have began with A, the next 
with B, the next with C, and so on down the 
alphabet. The next verse we have will begin 
with O. Mr. Bradley sometimes calls for 
verses on Wednesday night in chapel. The 
boys study their verses during the week. We 
each try to have a different verse. 

Charles W. Jorcensen. 

Cbe Peacock moltitid 

This last month the peacock has been 
molting; that is, shedding its feathers. It 
would go from one place to another dropping its 
feathers: about every place it went it would 
drop one. The boys would come along and 
find them and take them up to the reading room 
and give them to Tom Brown. He would put 
them where the others were. They were put 
behind a piece of string attached to two pictures. 
They look very pretty that way as you can see 
all the colors. I have found three feathers in 
the way I have described. When the peacock's 
feathers are gone it looks funny without any tail, 
but they grow again in the spring and it looks as 
pretty as before. George G. Noren. 

cbe urns 

There are two lathes in the shop; one is for 
wood work and the other for iron work. There 
are eighteen tools for the lathe with which we 
do our wood work. When any one wants to 
turn something out on the lathe he gets a piece 
of wood and then finds the center, takes the 
corners off and puts it in the lathe. The gouge 
is used for getting the wood round. When a 
fellow wants to chuck anything out, the center Is 
driven out and then the end of the wood is 
driven into the spindle. The nosing tool is used 
for chucking anything out. The single face is 
used for making knobs and other things. A 
screw is put in the plate and then into the wood. 
There is a jig saw which is used for sawing 
table tops mostly. Some of the things we turn 
out on the lathe are boat braces, cups, napkin 
rings, chisel handles and dumb-bells. In winter 



the fellows sharpen their skates on an emery 
wheel which is attached to the lathe. The lathe 
we use for iron is not used as much as the other. 
It is mostly used for drilling holes. To bore a 
hole a drill is placed in the chuck and the Iron is 
set on the rest and then the wheel is turned. 
The iron presses against the drill which makes a 
hole very easily. Our lathes are run by a boy 
with his foot which we call kicking. 

Dana Currier. 

Star Ci$t 

A few weeks ago Miss Strong put a list of 
the boys in the first, second and third classes in 
the order named on a sheet of cardboard. 
When school opened in the afternoon Miss 
Strong told us what it was for. Every boy who 
gets perfect lessons during the day, or a five, 
which is the highest mark we can get, she 
puts a gilt star by his name, and every week 
that a boy gets five stars she adds a red star. 
When the term is over Miss Strong is going 
to give each boy his strip of fives or stars. 
When school is over most of the boys go and 
see if they have a five or ask if they stand a 
chance of getting one. The first class has the 
most for its size as there are just seven mem- 
bers. As each boy is trying to rank first and to 
get the flag for his row, it is quite interesting. 
C. Alfred H. Malm. 

Cbe Weatber Report 

Every school day when we first come in, 
Miss Strong goes up to the blackboard with a 
piece of chalk in her hand and asks the boys 
for the temperature, which way the wind is 
blowing, when it was sunrise and sunset, and 
whether it is full moon, half moon, first or last 
quarter. Every month we have a new design 
around the calendar. One of the boys makes 
the figures and Miss Strong draws the design. 
For August there were some water lilies for the 
design. When the sun is out Miss Strong 
makes a drawing of it, when it is raining she 
makes a picture of an open umbrella and when 
it is cloudy she draws a closed one. These 
things help us to be observing. 

Axel E. Renquist. 



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THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbomp$on'$ Tsland Beacon 

Printed Monthly by the Boys of the 

FARM SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island. Boston Harbor. 

A PRIVATE HOME-TRAINING SCHOOL 
DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS 

Vol. 3 No. 6. October 1899. 

Subscription Price 50 cents per year. 

Entered at the Post Office at Boston as second-class matter. 



BOARD OF MANAGERS. 



president. 

Richard M. Saltonstall. 

vice-president. 

Eben Bacon. 

treasurer. 

Alfred Bowditch. 

secretary. 

Tucker Daland. 

managers. 
I. Tucker Burr, Jr., 
Caleb A. Curtis, 

Charles P. Curtis, Jr.. 
J. D. Williams French. 
Henry S. Grew, 
John Homans, 2d, M. D., 
Walter Hunnewell, 
Francis Shaw, 
John E. Thayer, 
Thomas F. Temple. 



Charles H. Bradley, 



Superintendent. 



no Power, no Respect 

This short epigram printed in a modest 
place in the last Beacon is worthy of attention 
by those who hope to win respect. Respect is 
not given to men by chance; the heroes of the 
world are not chosen by a blind fate, but 
intelligently, because of their ability or qualities. 
Every man of reputation stands for something 
that men admire. We see in another the 
power which we possess or desire and our 
respect is commanded by that person, for he, to 



some extent, fulfills our ideal. Every boy who 
desires muscular strength respects the stalwart 
football player or the burly boxer. They are 
the names of the great athletes that are en- 
shrined in his temple of heroes. Educated men, 
although admiring physical power, give their 
respect to men of mental power. To some 
"There is nothing worthy of respect but mind." 

Young men are striving to acquire fortunes 
that they may have the respect which the power 
of wealth commands. Political power is often 
coveted by men who are not great that they 
may have the respect that comes with political 
position. Yet the highest respect of the world 
is not given to those who are powerful because 
of some acquired position but to those who have 
power in themselves. There is a vast difference 
between respect that is born of fear and that 
which is given to power such as good men 
desire. The men who are crowned by the 
world as heroes were truly great. The mem- 
ory of the scientist Bruno is more respected than 
those who had the power to kill him, for his power 
was in the greatness of his mind, theirs in the posi- 
tion they held. The name of Paul is respected 
while the name of Agrippa who had power to keep 
him in bonds is despised. An officer who has 
the power to be honest and manly is respected and 
pitied but those who had the power to unjustly 
condemn him are bitterly denounced. 

Lasting respect comes only by developing 
the power within ourselves. Men lack the 
respect of their fellows because they have not 
developed their ability to do something or be 
something. Too many men live all their lives 
unrespected because they are too lazy to use and 
increase the power that is latent. The world 
does not care for what a man might be. but 
takes men for what they are. A battery is of 
no value unless its force can be applied, so a 



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man must use his power to be respected. It was 
not Achillies sulking in his tent, but the warrior 
wielding the battle axe that was the glory of the 
Greek army. There is the possibility within 
every man of commanding the respect of all the 
men he meets. The ability one has, whether it 
is in play, school, shop or senate, if used honest- 
ly and earnestly, will be the power which others 
must admire. The great evidence of one's 
power is in an honest, upright life for "he that 
ruleth his own spirit is greater than he that 
takethacity." ^ F , Kpa^ 

notes 

Sept. 1. First lima beans. 

Sept. 2. Michael Joseph Powers went 
from the School to live with his aunt in 
Cambridgeport. 

Sept. 4. Labor Day. School and work 
as usual. Graduates William D. and Herbert 
A. Hart, John F. Peterson and Clifford M. 
Pulson passed the day here. 

Sept. 5. Visiting Day. 181 people 

present, amorfg whom were Treasurer, Mr. 
Alfred Bowditch, also Managers, Mr. I. Tucker 
Burr, Mr. Caleb A. Curtis, Mr. Henry S. Grew, 
Mr. Walter Hunnewell and graduates, Edward 
Steinbrick and William Davis. 

Sept. 7. A jobbing mason here patching^ 
plastering, whitewashing, &c. 

Sept. 9. First grade given an excursion 
down the harbor in the afternoon. 

Sept. 10. Sunday. Hon. Richard C. 
Humphreys addressed the boys in the afternoon. 

Sept. 11. Harvested table beets. 

Sept. 12. Chester J. Parker returned to 
his mother and Alexander J. FitzGerald received 
on trial. 

Sept. 13. Telephone people putting in the 
Standard battery for the long distance telephone. 

Sept. 17. Sunday. Several instructors 
and a few of the boys attended church in town. 

Sept. 18. Harvesting squash. 

The Island Pleasure Association gave a 



banquet to its members and the instructors. 
Sept. 15. Finished cutting corn. 
Sept. 16. Digging potatoes. 
First practice game of rugby. 
Sept. 19. Picking tomatoes. 

Sept. 20. Hon. Richard C. Humphreys 
gave a very interesting lecture on his recent 
travels in Mexico illustrated by stereopticon 
pictures. 

Sept. 21. Put in a supply of flour, 175 
barrels in all. 

Alexander J. FitzGerald returned to his 
mother 

Mr. A. Allen came for a few days to in- 
struct the new cobblers in their work. 

Lieut. W. G. Ross, in charge of the 2nd 
District of the Life Saving Service, sent us three 
reports of that department. 

Sept. 24. Sunday. Rev. James Hux- 
table addressed the boys at 3 P. M. 

Mr. -Charles F. Fisher, former Sunday 
Assistant, recently returned from his home in 
Nebraska, made us a very pleasant visit. He 
goes to Yale this year. 

Several of the instructors and the city 
government of Cottage Row attended church 
in town listening to the English divines who 
are in Boston as delegates to the International 
Congregational Council. 

Sept. 25. Finished housing the onions. 

Sept. 26. Leslie W. and Charles A. 
Graves entered the School. 

Citizens of Cottage Row held a caucus 
for their quarterly election. 

Sept. 28. Miss Priscilla Mitchell gave 
the Chief of Police pictures for Cottage Row. 

Sept. 29. Summer term of school 
closed. 

A heavy rain during the night badly washed 
the avenues, especially near the main entrance 
to the grounds. 

Sept 30. Four new street lights brighten 
up the court between the main building and 
Gardner Hall during the early evening. 



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Mr. Robert F. Clark gave a treat to both 
instructors and boys sending six baskets of fine 
Crawford peaches. 

Rank in €la$$c$ 

The following named boys ranked first and 
second ' respectively in their classes for the 
summer term of school. 

First Class 
William I. Ellwood., C. Alfred H. Malm 

Second Class 
George Thomas George G. Noren 

Third Class 
Harold S. Taylor Arthur I. Purdy 

Fourth Class 
William May Ralph Holmes 

Fifth Class 
William C. J. Frueh C. James Pratt 

Sixth Class 
Horace P. Thrasher Harris H. Todd 



Tarm School Bank 




Cash on hand Sept. 1st, 1899, 


$374.40 


Deposited during the month 


$44.62 




$419.02 


Withdrawn during the month 


$72.81 



Balance Oct. 1st. 1899. 



$346.21 



l)eara on the Campus 

Mr. Bradley recently gave out some badges 
to the routers of both the Shamrock and 
Columbia. It was so hot for the Shamrock 
men the next morning that they had to scratch 
off the shamrock and have the painters put a 
capital C on. 

'T think that any fellow who can, under all 
the trying conditions of Rugby, bottle up his 
wrath, must be a stopper — I mean a corker." 

"It disgusts us to see others doing the 
foolish things we do." 

Spiders 

This summer quite a number of boys have 
asked permission to walk along the bank or along 
the ditches to hunt for golden and silver spiders 
to keep in their gardens as pets. Why these 
spiders are so called is because their backs are a 
golden or a silver color. These, as all other 



spiders, shed their skins. These spiders are 
perfectly harmless. A boy will put two or three 
insects into his web a day and by doing so he 
can keep his spiders the summer round. In the 
fall a spider will leave her web and seek a hiding 
place to lay her eggs which is generally under a 
leaf. These eggs are kept in a kind of half sphere 
made out of web. As soon as a boy finds his 
spider has layed he will hunt till he finds the 
eggs of his spider: when he finds them he will 
put them in a safe and warm place to keep until 
they hatch and then he will have another batch of 
spiders. When a boy doesn't feed his spiders 
they will go to another boy's garden. When a 
boy puts anything in a spider's web she will 
wrap the web all around the food and when she 
eats her food she eats the web and all. 

C. Archie Taylor. 

mork in m Kitchen 

I work in the kitchen in the afternoon. 
When I first go in I get my rinsing pan out and 
put some good hot water into it. Then I get a 
towel to wipe dishes with and as fast as the 
other boy washes I wipe them. There are three 
boys in the afternoon; one shines the stove, 
shines the brass and does various other things of 
that sort while the other two wash and wipe the 
dishes. After I have gotten the dishes wiped 
I wash my pan well and set to work scrubbing 
the towels I have used. When they are 
washed I rinse them out and hang them up on 
the rack to dry. Next I ask the boy who 
washes the dishes to help me down with the 
swill-barrel. After we bring it up I put some 
hot water into it and rinse it out. Then I take a 
scrubbing-brush and some soap and give it a 
good scrubbing, wipe it off and put it back in its 
place. After that is done I sweep and dust the 
entries and sometimes I scrub the tables. Then 
I get ready to scrub the floor. I do that good 
and clean and then if there is nothing more to 
do we are given permission to go. After supper 
the dish-washer and wiper come in and do up 
the dishes. Then one of us winds the clock 
and if that is all that is required of us we go to 
bed. 

Harold S. Taylor. 



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School Drawings 

In school each class has drawing lessons 
twice a week. A great deal of the drawing is 
done from copies. Miss Strong draws an object 
on the blackboard and has the boys copy it or 
else places the object that Is to be drawn in 
plain view and then has them draw it. Some 
of the best drawings made lately have been made 
by Henry McKenzie, Frank Harris, William 
Ellwood, Charles Edwards, Thomas Brown, 
Ernest Austin, John Conklin, George Hart and 
Charles McKay.* The boys usually start in by 
drawing spheres, cylinders, cubes, cones and 
pyramids. In our schoolroom a large picture 
of a cow's head hangs over the door; this was 
drawn by a boyof this school, George H. Richards, 
in 1881. The first class last year copied this 
drawing on a smaller scale and some of the 
drawings looked very much like it. There are 
also ten large drawings of birds hanging on the 
wall; these are printed from the original engrav- 
ings made by Audubon. Some of the boys 
have copied these and the copies look quite well. 
The drawings that Miss Strong places on the 
blackboard to be copied are mostly taken out 
of educational journals and some are those 
that she has drawn before. Some of them are 
an old feudal castle in ruins, a painting on a 
board of objects in a desert showing the sphinx 
and pyramids, flowers, birds, etc. Those drawn 
from objects are vases, bunches of flowers, 
branches of fern, twigs of trees, leaves, the 
piano, chairs, the desk, settees, etc. For 
drawing books the first class has the National 
Series No. 6. In sloyd mechanical drawings 
are made but in the schoolroom only free-hand 
work is accepted. 

Samuel F. Butler. 

nutnicds 

Nutmegs grow on little trees which look 
like little pear trees, and are generally not over 
twenty feet high. The flowers are very much 
like the lily of the valley. They are pale and 
very fragrant. The nutmeg is the seed of the 
fruit; and mace is the thin covering over the 
seed. The fruit is about as large as a peach. 
When ripe, it breaks open and shows a little 



nut inside. The trees grow on the islands of 
Asia and tropical America. They bear fruit 
for seventy or eighty years, having ripe fruit 
upon them at all seasons. A fine tree in 
Jamaica has over 4,000 nutmegs on it every 
year. The Dutch used to have all this nutmeg 
trade, as they owned the Banda Island and con- 
quered all the other traders, and destroyed the 
trees. To keep the price up, they once burned 
three piles of nutmegs, each of which was. as 
big as a church. Nature did not sympathize with 
such meanness. The nutmeg pigeon, found in 
all the Indian Islands, did for the world what 
the Dutch had determined should not be done 
— carried those nuts, which are their food, into 
all the surrounding countries, and trees grew 
again, and the world had the benefit. 

two Titpentors 

The boys who call at the shop for a 
"Stilson" wrench may be interested to know 
that Mr. Stilson who died August 21 at his home 
in Somerville was born in Durham, N. H., and 
served his time as a machinist in the cotton fac- 
tory at New Market and Exeter, N. H. At the 
outbreak of the Civil War he was at the Charles- 
town Navy Yard and was appointed 3rd assistant 
engineer. At the close of the war he entered 
the firm of J. J. Walworth now Walworth 
M'f'g., Co., where he invented the "Stilson" 
wrench which is used all over the world. 

Robert Bunson was born in 1811 at Gottin- 
gen, Germany, where his father was a professor. 
He graduated at the University of Gauss in 1830. 
In 1833 he became professor of chemistry at 
Cassel, and later held a similar position at Heid- 
elberg University, the highest position of the kind 
he could hold in Germany. His name is con- 
nected with the Bunson battery and Bunson's 
burner. He invented the hot blast, which 
in its use with iron alone has enriched every 
person in the civilized world. 

Cbe Tirst CidbtDouse 

The first lighthouse built in America is 
supposed to have been the one erected by the 
Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1715 on Little 
Brewster Island. Boston Light now takes its 
place. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Jflumni 

Richard Bell, 74. For the past fifteen 
years Mr. Bell has been connected with the 
Walter M. Lowney Company, makers of fine 
candies. He is now the superintendent of this 
factory whose product has such a wide reputa- 
tion. Soon after Mr. Bell left the School he went 
to work as engineer in what was then Mr. 
Lowney's . small factory. As there was not 
enough to keep him busy in his own work he 
did whatever he could to help in other depart- 
ments. This gave him a knowledge of the 
work of the factory that made him a valuable 
man to his employers and at the same time 
showed his willingness to work wherever he 
could be of use. When the business increased 
so an overseer was needed Mr. Bell was chosen. 
After he had been with Mr. Lowney seven years 
he was made superintendent of the entire fac- 
tory. He now has full control in the factory 
with its five hundred employees, which is now 
running to its full capacity. Mr. Bell is married 
and lives at 35 Richfield St., Dorchester. 
His family, of which he is very justly proud 
and to whom he is very much devoted, 
consists of his wife and two daughters about 
ten and twelve years of age. They all recently 
passed the day here and it was evident that 
the pleasure and enjoyment of the occasion 
was mutually shared by us all. 

George Walthers, '84, with some of 
his friends of the Beacon Press, Beacon St., 
Boston, visited the Island, August fifth. Mr. 
Walthers has followed the printers' ' trade since 
he left the School. When he first went to work 
he showed his desire to advance by attending an 
evening school regularly for three years. The 
greater part of his work has been at the Beacon 
Press where he is now assistant foreman in the 
job department. He also worked for Alfred 
Mudge & Co., printers. 

William P. Smith, '95, who has been 
keeping books for John P. Squire & Company, 
pork packers, at Cambridge, for the past three 
years was recently promoted and transferred to 
their New York office. William is a faithful 
fellow and will appreciate this advancement. 



Albert E. Pratt, '99, is now working 
for Saco and Pettee of Newton Upper Falls, 
makers of cotton machinery. He is in the card 
department and his foreman speaks very well of 
his work. He makes his home with Mrs. John- 
son of Highlandville and is very pleasantly sit- 
uated. 2| 

Invitations are out for the marriage of John 
Phillips Ackers, '90, to Miss Adeline Well- 
ington Morse of Cambridge on October 12. 1899. 

Jfllumnj notice 

A meeting of the Farm School Alumni of 
Boston was held on Tuesday evening, Septem- 
ber 19th, in Wheelock Hall. Dorchester, and 
about forty graduates of the School were present. 
The report of the Committee appointed June 
1 7th last was heard, a constitution discussed, 
altered, amended and approved, and officers 
elected. The Committee had arranged for the 
serving of light refreshments which were grate- 
fully received and heartily partaken of by all. 

One article of the Constitution changed the 
name of the organization to the Farm School 
Alumni Association. The initiation fee was 
changed from one dollar to fifty cents, and the 
annual fee from fifty cents semi-annually to one 
dollar paid annually. The board of officers con- 
sists of a President, Vice-President, 2nd Vice- 
President, Secretary, who shall act as Treasurer, 
and a Membership Committee composed of the 
above named officers and five other members, 
whose duty it shall be to investigate all applica- 
tions for membership. The election of officers 
resulted as follows:- President, H. W. French; 
Vice-President, Walter Hermann; 2nd Vice- 
President William L. Snow; and Secretary, 
William G. Cummings. The Membership 
Committee were not elected. 

Notices of the next and possibly all follow- 
ing meetings will be found in at least two of the 
Boston papers, but they will be sure to be in the 
Beacon. The next meeting of the Associa- 
tion will be held shortly and we hope after that 
to proceed steadily and successfully, and we 
invite and expect the hearty co-operation of all 
graduates of the Farm School. 

William G. Cummings. Secretary. 



JBeacon 



Vol. 3. No. 7. 



Printed at the Farm School. Boston, Mass. 



November 1899. 



Cbe Tarm School Bank 

The boys get quite a little money in different 
ways; from prizes, work done for Mr. Bradley 
or some of the instructors, from visitors whom 
they row across and from their friends. Fifty 
dollars are given out each year in conduct 
prizes and on Visiting Days amounts ranging 
from ten to twenty dollars are deposited by the 
boys. On February 15th, 1889, a banking 
system was inaugurated which has proven very 
helpful to the boys in many ways. First of all 
it gives them ideas of business methods, as each 
boy has his bank book, deposits every penny re- 
ceived and gives his check for any amounf 
which he desires to use. Habits of thrift are 
also developed, and there is always more or 
less rivalry as to who can show the largest sum 
to his credit. The statement of each boy's 
account posted on the bulletin board the first 
of every month gives ample opportunity for 
comparisons. Stimulous for good management 
in this direction is not lacking for six per cent 
interest is allowed on all amounts above five 
dollars. One boy recently received over four 
dollars interest money. About two-thirds of 
the capital is drawing interest in a savings bank 
in town, the balance is for a working capital here. 

Opportunity is given every evening at 
7.30 to do banking, and hardly a night passes 
when there is not one or more to deposit or 
draw. , It is not uncommon for a boy to deposit 
one cent or draw a check for two or three 
cents. 

A statement published in the Beacon every 
month gives an idea of how much money is 
represented. Besides each boy's personal book 
a ledger and cash book are kept, and a bank 
statement is drawn up at the end of each month 



which shows the amount of money credited to 
the boys and the surplus on one side, and the 
amount in the savings bank and the amount in 
our safe on the other. 

The first leaf in each individual book reads; 
The Farm School Bank. Educational and 
Practical. Established 1889, for the Pupils of 
the Farm School, Thompson's Island, Boston. 
On the second leaf is found the rules and 
regulations relating to each boy's duties as a 
depositor and on the third leaf are found some 
of "The Sayings of Poor Richard;" "Light 
purse, heavy heart. Light gains, heavy purses. 
Every little makes a mickel. Beware of little 
expenses, a small leak will sink a great ship. 
If you know how to spend less than you get, you 
have the philosopher's-stone. 

"No trivial Loss, nor trivial Gain despise; 
Molehills, if often heap'd, to Mountains rise: 
Weigh every small Expense, and nothing waste. 
Farthings long sav'd, amount to Pounds at last." 

The names of boys who have been the 
largest depositors are Ove W. Clemmenson, 
Harold E. Brenton, William F. Galeucia, Harry 
H. Leonard, Merton P. Ellis, Frank G. Byrant 
and George Mayott from among the graduates 
and William C. Carr, Charles W. Russell and 
Frank W. Harris among the present pupils have 
the largest accounts. The Farm School Trad- 
ing Company furnishes ample opportunity to 
spend money although that is not the only source 
of exchange of values. Cottages are to be kept 
in repairs, cottage shares are bought and sold, 
subscriptions to the Youth's Companion are kept 
up, books and various other things are pur- 
chased. The boys find it full as easy to use 
their money ^s those older in experience. 



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Co. D'$ Crip 

When company D won the prize in drill- 
ing over at camp this summer, it was agreed 
upon that the company that won should decide 
what the prize should be. Company D decided 
that the commanding officer, Charles Edwards, 
should receive a prize and the whole company 
should go on a trip to Fort Warren. A while 
after camp was over we went on our trip to 
Fort Warren. Mr. Bradley first took us over to 
the two dredgers that were in the channel. 
Only one dredger was working, the tide being 
too high for the other one to work. As we were 
leaving the dredger Mr. Bradley called the com- 
pany down into the cabin of the Pilgrim. When 
we were all in the cabin, he took from his pocket 
a small box containing a gold watch and chain 
which he presented to the commanding officer 
of our company who we decided was to have 
a reward. The next place we went to was 
the wreck of the Mayflower at which we took a 
good look and saw one of the boats that once 
brought our friends here on Visiting Day a 
wreck lying in Boston harbor. We next went 
to Fort Warren where we saw the large 
disappearing guns which they are mount- 
ing. They have one ten-inch disappearing 
gun and two six-inch rapid-fire guns mounted. 
We visited all the important places of 
the fort. The men were blasting the earth so 
that it would be easy to shovel and remove 
it to some other place. There was also 
a steam dredger on a track digging the earth 
as fast as it was blasted. After we saw all 
we wanted to of the fort we had a pleasant trip 
home. After we got home we lined up on the 
wharf and gave Mr. Bradley three cheers 
which he answered by the Pilgrim's whistle. 
Ernest Curley. 

Dew Pieces for the Old Band 

The old band has a good many new pieces 
of music and most of them are very good ones. 
We have books numbered from one to ten full 
of good pieces, but we play some of them for a 
while and then they get what the boys say, "kind 
of old." Friday nights Mr. Morse most always 
brings some new pieces down and we are always 



glad to get them. At first when we begin to 
learn a few strains most of us begin to say, '-Oh, 
that piece isn't much good!" But after awhile, 
when each boy can play his part well, we say, 
"That's a fine piece." Among the latest pieces 
that Mr. Morse and some other people have got 
for us are, "Hands Across the Sea," "EliOreen's 
Cake Walk," "Uncle Rufe's Jubilee," "Soldiers 
in the Park" from "The Runaway Girl" and "The 
Fortune Teller." We have a good many more, 
so you see when we give a concert or play to 
some company we are ready with some new 
pieces to play. We are out in Gardner Hall 
almost every day practicing these new ones and 
when we get them worn out we most always 
have some more. Charles B. Bartlett. 

Onions 

About the first of May the farmers began 
to prepare the soil for the onions. The land is 
first plowed and harrowed and then it is all raked 
up smooth and the largest of the stones carried 
,away. Next the seed sower is used and seeds 
are sowed in rows. There are about one hun- 
dred and seventy-five rows. While the onions 
are growing a careful watch has to be kept and 
the weeds pulled so as to give the onions more 
of a chance. The onions have to be weeded 
four or five times each year. When they are 
large enough to roll we get barrels from the old 
barn and roll them over the onions. We do 
this so the food will all go to the bulb part 
instead of the stalk. The onions that fall over 
of their own accord are a great deal better 
than the ones which we roll. On the morning 
of August 4th we began pulling the onions and 
soon finished them. The first part of the 
morning we put three rows into one and layed 
them so that the onions would have a chance to 
dry quickly. About the middle of the morning 
we put four rows instead of three into one. 
They are then left there a few days to swell out 
and dry and then they are topped. After they 
are topped they are left a while and about nine 
o'clock after the dampness has gone we gather- 
ed them up in bushel baskets and stored them 
away and some are sent to market. 

Clarence W. Barr. 



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Sunday Service 

We usually have different pastors who 
come down to address us on Sundays at our 
services in the afternoon. A few Sundays ago 
we had the pleasure of having with us Rev. 
Mr. Huxtable who gave us a very interesting 
sermon, his text being, "Behold, I stand at the 
door and knock; if any man hear my voice, and 
will open the door, I will come in to him, and 
will sup with him, and he with me," this being 
found in Revelations 3:20. Mr. Huxtable 
remembers that he was once a boy himself and 
with that idea in view he made it very inter- 
esting for all that heard him. He says we can 
tell what kind of people live in certain houses 
by their doors; I mean those people who have 
had their houses built just the way they wanted 
them. The doors to some of these houses just 
speak right out and invite you to come in; others 
would be built so narrow that you would hardly 
expect to be invited in. He explained to us the 
different kinds of streets which he has been 
through and some of the houses which he has 
been in, some of these having the front doors 
and windows wholly closed up, and seldom ever 
being opened up, and when they were opened the 
rooms were found so musty and close that no 
one could bear to stay in them. He also told 
us how when in such a house he never felt at 
home. This he likened unto our hearts and to 
those who always live in the back part where no 
light ever enters, always living in the dark part, 
never seeing the light which the Lord tries to 
show us, and a number of other things of interest. 
When Mr. Huxtable comes here he usually, 
as he did this time, brings some friends of his 
who he knows would be interested to see this place . 
and whom we are always pleased to show about 
the gardens, cottages, shop, etc. 

Leo Thomas Decis. 

Ulriting for tbc Beacon 

In the first schoolroom we take turns in 
writing for the Beacon. In the morning on one 
Friday the morning boys write and on the next 
Friday the afternoon boys write. We generally 
take up the last three-quarters of an hour. The 
day before we write, Miss Strong asks us to 



mention topics about our work and play and 
then she tells us something to write about 
and asks us to think about it ready to write the 
next day. We select our own subjects and 
write them out with a pencil first then re-write 
them carefully with pen and ink. We do not 
know whether our articles are good enough or 
not until we get the Beacon. It is easier for 
some boys to write than others so their names 
appear oftener. 

Charles F. Spear. 

mr. Rumpbrevs* Calk 

On Sunday Sept. 10, the boys gladly wel- 
comed Mr. Humphreys who came down with a 
number of his friends, two of whom gave us 
very good music. Mr. Humphreys' talk was on 
Moral Character. He gave us a very good idea 
of moral character by a story of a young man 
who had received a good education from his 
father. His father died when he was a young 
man, and he thought he would go out and try to 
help other young men of his own age, thinking 
that the instructions that his father gave him 
would keep him from falling into bad habits. 
When he went out with those young men he 
did not have enough moral courage to resist 
the temptations. Years after that same man 
was a drunkard with the respect of no one. 
Had this young man stayed at home with his 
friends until his habits had become more firmly 
fixed and not thrown himself into the way of 
temptations before he was sure of his standing, 
he would have had enough moral courage to 
resist all the temptations of the barroom and 
have become an honest and upright citizen of 
his country, respected by every one he knew. 
But he did not and so found a drunkard's grave. 
Mr. Humphreys thinks that the best thing a 
young man starting out in the world could have 
is moral character and courage, then he can 
go on with a good chance of succeeding. Mr. 
Humphreys closed his talk by repeating a part 
of "Thanatopsis", one of William C. Bryant's 
greatest poems. C. Alfred H. Malm. 



A stumble may prevent a fall. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cboitipson's Island Beacon 

Printed Monthly by the Boys of the 

FARM SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor. 

A PRIVATE HOME-TRAINING SCHOOL 
DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS 



Vol. 3. No. 7. 



November 1899. 



Subscription Price 50 cents per year. 

Entered at the Post Office at Boston as second-class matter. 



BOARD OF MANAGERS. 



president. 

Richard M. Saltonstall. 

vice-president. 

Eben Bacon. 

treasurer. 

Alfred Bowditch. 

secretary. 

Tucker Daland. 

managers. 

!. Tucker Burr, Jr. 
Caleb A. Curtis, 
- — Charles P. Curtis, Jr., 
J. D. Williams French, 
Henry S. Grew, 
John Homans, 2d, M. D., 
Walter Hunnewell, 
Francis Shaw, 
John E. Thayer, 
Thomas F. Temple, 



Charles H. Bradley, 



Superintendent. 



Cbiitgs for Boys to Chink mm 

By Booker T. Washington 
You cannot afford to do a thing poorly. 
You are more injured in shirking your work or 
half doing a job than the man for whom you are 
working. 

Do not think that life consists of dress and 
show. Remember that one's life is measured 
by the power that that individual has to make 
the world better. 



Lay hold on something that will help you. 
and then use it to help somebody else. 

Show me a person who merely does as a 
duty what he is asked to do and I will show you 
a person who is never in constant demand,- a 
person who is not going to be very valuable to 
humanity. 

A person cannot succeed in anything with- 
out a good, sound body- a body that is able to 
stand up under hardships, that is able to endure. 
A great many of our young men, especially 
in the larger cities, undermine their constitutions, 
and to a great extent throw away their useful- 
ness, because they do not understand how to 
take care of their bodies. Do not keep late 
hours. Have a time to go to bed, and have 
enough self-control to say to those who per- 
suade you to dissipate, "My time for rest has 
come and you must excuse me." 

Learn all you can, but learn to do some- 
thing, or your learning will be useless. 

You will gain a great deal if in all the work 
that you perform, whether cleaning a lawn, lay- 
ing off a furrow, building a chest, drawing a 
plan or studying a lesson, you are perfectly 
conscientious. If you choose these three lines 
on which to rest your lives,- truthfulness, honesty 
and conscientious performance of duty, your 
future success is assured. 

A person must be able to earn his living 
before he can be of much benefit to himself 
and the community in which he lives. 

If you are at the head of a stable or barn, 
plan day by day how best to provide for your 
horses and cows. When you make yourself 
master of these humble positions, you will find 
that the higher calls will soon come to you. 

We should not permit our grievances to 
overshadow our opportunities. 

It is not very hard to find a person who 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



will speak good and kind words and be un- 
selfish when speaking before an audience; but 
the way to test a person's real character is to 
notice his treatment of those who come into 
daily contact with him, how he speaks to his 
companions when his voice is not heard by the 
public. 

It is a good practice for a person to get in 
the habit of making an examination of himself 
day by day, to see to what extent his thoughts 
have dwelt on those things which are high, and 
to what extent he has permitted himself to yield 
to the temptation of being low, in his thoughts 
and imaginings. 

There is no better test by which you can 
judge of a person's culture, civilization, or what- 
ever you may call it, so quickly and so accu- 
rately as by the way in which that person 
respects authority and obeys orders. 

The average boy usually has the idea that 
if he were just somewhere else, in another state 
or in contact with somebody else, he would 
succeed, forgetting too often to utilize the forces 
that are about him and in hand. 

Get hold of the spirit of helping somebody 
else. Seek every opportunity to make some- 
body happier and more comfortable. Never 
get to the point where you will be ashamed- to 
ask anybody for information. The ignorant will 
always be ignorant if he fears that by asking 
another for information he will display igno- 
rance. Better once display your ignorance 
of a certain subject than always know nothing 
of it. 

The boy who goes to school with no 
special plan, who has no time to study this or 
that, who has no regular hour for eating or 
sleeping,- you will find that very soon that 
student will be left behind. No matter how 
brilliant or active a mind he has, success can 



only come by planning work. 

I have often thought, especially when 
travelling from city to city through the north, 
what a good thing it would be to establish a 
chair in some strong university for the art of 
scrubbing,- yes, the common, homely art of 
scrubbing. Seldom do we see clean floors; the 
art seems to have passed away. 

If you want to put yourself in demand, make 
up your mind that you are going to give as few 
excuses as possible. 

If yOU are milking cows and feel that you 
know all that there is to be known about it, you 
have simply reached the point where you are 
useless and unfitted for the work. 

It is not very hard to find people who will 
thoroughly clean a room that is going to be 
occupied, or wash a dish that is to be handled 
by strangers; but it is a hard thing to find a 
person who will do a thing right when the eye 
of the world is not likely to rest upon whatever 
is done. The cleaning of rooms has a great 
deal to do with forming one's character. 

notes 

Oct. 1. Very light frost, the first of the 
season. 

Howard and Merton Ellis passed the day 
here. 

Oct. 2. Shingled the ladder house. 

Former assistant superintendent, John C. 
Anthony, passed the night here. 

Oct. 3. Started a fire in the basement fur- 
nace. 

William Winters gave us two young goats. 

Oct. 4. Band of street musicians con- 
sisting of a harp, violin and piccolo entertained 
the boys in the afternoon. 

Oct. 5. Repairing the hard water pump. 

Mr. Benjamin James, Jr., began sending 
us the American Cultivator. 

Finished painting the dormitories and main 
halls. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Oct. 6. Visiting Day. 174 present. 
Manager Mr. Henry S. Grew here, also graduates 
Leroy S. Kenfield, Harold E. Brenton, John C. 
Small and George A. Bennett. 

Oct. 8. The jury and some of the other 
officers of Cottage Row attended church in 
town. 

Oct. 9. Fall term of school began. 

Oct. 10. Leslie R. Jones entered the 
School. 

Oct. I I . Squad of boys went in the Pil- 
grim to Central Wharf to see the battleship 
"Olympia" in the upper harbor. 

Oct. 12. Long distance telephone num- 
ber changed to 378 Dorchester. 

Oct. 14. Through the kindness of Mr. 
Henry S. Grew nearly all of the boys and a 
number of the instructors viewed the Dewey 
parade from a building on State Street, going 
and coming in a special car. Lunch was served 
in the building. 

Oct. 15. Mr. Reed conducted the ser- 
vices in the afternoon. 

Oct. 16. Treasurer Mr. Alfred Bowditch 
and manager Mr. Francis Shaw visited the 
School. 

A dory and other wreckage from the 
schooner "Two Forty" came ashore. The 
schooner was a Gloucester fisherman bound 
in and was sunk near buoy No. 7 at 
6.30 P. M. by an outward bound tramp 
steamer. There were eleven in the schooner's 
crew, one man was killed and three drowned. 

Oct. 18. Miss Vora Burpee and her 
pupils from Hyde Park gave an entertainment 
in the evening which consisted of readings, 
music and tableaux. Hope and Ruth Crowell, 
sisters of Carl Crowell, one of our pupils, took 
prominent parts. 

Oct. 20. Some of the boys attended the 
Food Fair. 

Oct. 21. New double doors made with 
sash for basement in Gardner Hall. This will 
be appreciated by the blacksmith class during 
dark afternoons. 

Oct. 22. Harvest concert. 

Oct. 24. Finished getting in the corn. 



Furnace man inspecting and putting the 
furnaces in order for the winter. 

Semi-annual election of officers of Com- 
pany X, L. T. L, which resuhed as follows: 

Seniors: Pres., Dana Currier; Vice Pres., 
William C. Carr; Sec, C. Alfred H. Malm: 
Treas., Samuel F. Butler; Color Bearer, 
Charles McKay. Juniors: Pres., Daniel Murray; 
Vice Pres., John Tierney; Sec, Barney Hill 
Jr.; Treas., Samuel A. Waycott. 

Oct. 27. Graduate L. F. Vinto made us 
a call. 

Oct. 28. Miss Strong invited seven of the 
choir boys to attend the Food Fain 

Graduates Hobart W. French and William 
G. Cummings spent the afternoon at the School. 

Oct. 29. Graduates William N. Phillips. 
John A. Lundgren, Howard and Merton Ellis 
called. 

Oct. 30. Steamer Pilgrim hauled out at 
Lawley's for fall overhauling and her winter 
sheathing. 

Oct. 31. Heavy northeast storm. Chil- 
ton made a trip at night. 

A number having spoken at different times 
about a School lapel button, the Superintendent 
submitted several designs to the manufacturers 
and one which Mr. Littlefield had designed 
was adopted and has been received. They 
can be had upon application to the Secretary of 
of the Alumni Association, William G. Cum- 
mings, 19 Milk Street, Boston, at cost, or of The 
Farm School Trading Co., at the School. 
The button representing the School colors, 
yellow and blue, is of gold with the monogram 
F S in gold set in a blue enamel field. Those 
who are or have been connected with the School, 
either as instructor or pupil, are entitled to wear 
them. 

Tarm School Bank 

Cash on hand Oct. 1st, 1899. $346.21 

Deposited during the month 46.02 



Withdrawn during the month 
Balance Nov. 1st. 1899. 



$392.23 
25.53 

$366.70 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbc Tslana Pleasure ilssociaflon Banquet 

One of the most popular recreations that 
most clubs or associations indulge in is a ban- 
quet. The Island Pleasure Association has 
just celebrated its first Anniversary by giving 
one that the members determined should over- 
shadow all others, and this every one who was 
present thinks has been the case. On Sept. 1 1 , 
it was decided to have a banquet and a com- 
mittee of three was chosen to arrange for it. 
Money was raised among the members until 
what was thought to be a sufficient sum was 
reached. On Monday Sept. 18, four boys went 
over to the city to make purchases for it. 
They came back each bearing bundles and one 
a large basket full. Invitations were sent to all 
the instructors, and all but three were present. 
At nine o'clock in the evening those invited came 
out to Gardner Hall where the banquet was 
held. When they first appeared the club band 
played until Mrs. Bradley arrived and then the 
President, Ernest Curley, escorted her to her 
chair. Then we all gathered at the tables and 
after Mr. Reed, Miss Winslow and one of our 
members had made short speeches the dinner 
began. There were two waiters each dressed 
in white who served us and who looked very neat. 
After the dinner was over a toast was called for 
from each guest, some of which would compete 
in brevity with Cassar's famous message. Mr. 
Bradley gave us a very good talk on doing good 
and doing it in a plain, straightforward way 
without letting it be known. After the toasts 
were given the tables were placed at one side 
of the hall and while the Club Band played, the 
guests enjoyed themselves by dancing. At 
half past eleven the guests took leave and the 
members, after seeing everything snug, went 
into the house, getting to bed at about a quarter 
to twelve o'clock. The next morning some of 
the boys got up early and went out to the Hall 
to clean up, but this was not finished until eight 
o'clock in the morning. Only $3.52 was spent 
'oy the club, though much more would have 
been necessary had it not been for the many 
kindnesses shown by Mr. and Mrs. Bradley. 
Samuel F. Butler. 



Bn Jfdded mcrd about nutmegs 

By Mrs. Lucretia A. Cullis. 

God does not stop with making things 
useful in his world, he makes them beautiful 
also. We have his word for it when he spoke 
of the lilies, "Solomon in all his glory was not 
arrayed like one of these." 

I have traveled in the land of the Dutch, 
in the East Indies, and so when I read in your 
Beacon how plenteous the nutmegs grew and 
where- and what an article of commerce they 
were, I felt like adding a word about the beauty 
of the tree. Its height is not great, but the tree 
is symmetrical, almost cone-shaped. The 
leaves are dark green and very glossy, much 
like the leaf of the japonica. The covering of 
the nut is a light yellow and when it bursts a 
thing of beauty is revealed. The nut itself is of 
a dark purple color and the mace which covers 
it like lace work, is of bright scarlet. So you 
can imagine what a lovely sight it must be at 
this ripening stage, these beautifully colored 
opening pods in contrast to the opening leaves. 
Since visiting your School I have felt a 
deep interest in your paper that chronicles your 
doings, and when I read I pray that every boy 
may grow up manly and God-fearing to be an 
honor to the School, the family and the state. 

Religion of the €bine$e 

The Chinese religion is mainly a dim fear 
of the ill-luck from the vengeance of some 
gloomy deity. Worship, in the proper sense of 
the word, they know nothing of. The cere- 
monies at the joss-houses appear to be an effort 
to guess the future by the toss or burning of 
little sticks. They hope also on certain great 
days to please the wooden idol by burned per- 
fumes or with a multitudinous snap of millions 
of fire-crackers. But they are not wedded to 
paganism by a priestly system. They are eager 
to learn our language; gladly attend Sunday- 
schools, where they are taught to read in the 
New Testament, recite passages of Scripture, 
and the Commandments. The charity of the 
Christian religion impresses them deeply, and the 
blessed immortality brought to light in the Gospel 
is to them new as it is inconceivably desirable. 



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Jllumtti 

HoBART W. French, 78, who was re- 
cently elected president of the Farm School 
Alumni Association, made us a call a few days 
since. His first experience on leaving the 
School was on a farm in East Weymouth, 
then on milk routes about Boston and later in 
the abattoir at Brighton. While there he ac- 
cepted a position with G. F. & E. C. Swift, 
the wholesale beef house. West Washington St., 
New York City and later had charge of their 
carpentry department in Philadelphia, making 
refrigerators, crates, &c. At this time he and 
several friends became interested in army life 
and determined to become soldiers. They 
were examined but he was the only one among 
them who was accepted. He enlisted and went 
to a military training school at St. Louis for 
three months, then joined Custer's 7th Regiment 
il. S. Cavalry, Troop D and served there about 
two years when he was wounded, was discharged 
from service and came East. He married a Brigh- 
ton girl by the name of Katherine Bulle. They 
have a bright boy of twelve years and the home life 
is of the happiest. Mr. French was in the insur- 
ance business for about ten years, representing 
three of the leading companies in the districts 
of Chelsea, Woburn, Boston, E. Boston and 
Cambridge, until two years ago. He now is 
travelling salesman for Smith & Graham, 
wholesale and retail jewelers. Jewelers' Build- 
ing, Boston. Mr. French and his family spent 
the summer in Maine, their home address 
being 35 Cottage St., Chelsea. 

William N. Phillips, '94, who enlisted 
as musician in the 8th Massachusetts regiment 
and was later detailed as body guard to Maj. 
Gen. Ludlow, now military governor of Havana, 
is now in the employ of Plummer Brothers, 
grocers, 37 Decatur St., East Boston. His 
home address is 32 Decatur St. 

William G. Cummings, '98, we have al- 
ways considered one of our progressive young 
graduates. He is still with the law firm of 
Herbert & Quincy, 19 Milk Street, and Will 
seems to think his life work will be in this line. 
With this idea in view he attends the evening 



Law School at the Y. M. C. A. in addition to 
his regular duties, beside very ably filling his 
position as secretary of the Farm School Alumni 
Association. 

Jllumni notice 

A meeting of the Farm School Alumni 
Association will be held at the School on 
Thanksgiving Day. 

The boat will leave the Park Pier, City 
Point, South Boston, at 10 o'clock A. M. sharp. 
Immediately upon the arrival of the boat at the 
Island the alumni meeting will be held in the 
"First School Room" and adjourn in time for 
the dinner. The business of this meeting will 
consist of signing the constitution, the payment 
of initiation fees, the election of a Membership 
Committee, etc. In the afternoon a rugby 
game will be played between the School and 
Alumni teams, and the boat will leave the 
Island about 4.30 P. M. 

A most enjoyable day is expected and we 
all look forward to seeing many of the old boys 
present. 

William G. Cummings. 
• Secretary. 

CbanHsdloittd 

Graduates are cordially invited to spend 
Thanksgiving at the School. The steamer will 
leave our landing at Marine Park at 10 o'clock. 
As it is presumed quite a number will be 
present only graduates or graduates with their 
wives and children will be expected. Those 
accepting the invitation will please inform Mr. 
Bradley by card or letter on or before Saturday 
November 25 that ample arrangements may be 
made for the pleasure of all. 

The boy who respects his mother has 
leadership in him. The boy who is careful of 
his sister is a knight. The boy who will never 
violate his word, and who will pledge his honor 
to his own heart, and change not, will have the 
confidence of his fellows. Be the soul of honor, 
love God first, and your neighbor as yourself, and 
people will give you their hearts, and delight to 
make you happy. Hezekiah Buftefworth. 



JSeacon 



Vol. 3. No. 8. 



Printed at the Farm School, Boston, Mass. 



December 1899. 



€i?cry-day lUorR 

At a quarter of five in the morning Mr. Long 
wakes up the milkers and kitchen boys. The 
milkers get the milk pails and go down to the 
barn and milk the cows. The kitchen boys fix 
the fires and help get the breakfast ready. At 
twenty minutes of six the bugler gets ready to 
sound "Reveille" at a quarter of six. After the 
boys go down to the wash room and wash they 
have until breakfast time to play, except the 
dining room boys who come in and serve out the 
bread and other things for the boys' breakfast. 
We have our breakfast at half past six. At seven 
o'clock the steamer, wharfinger, office, kitchen, 
dining room and farm boys go to work. There 
are six dining room boys, four in the boys' 
dining room and two in the instructors' rooms. 
They wash the dishes, scrub the floors and get 
the boys' and the instructors' dinner on the tables. 
There are four boys that work in the kitchen in 
the morning where they wash the dishes that 
are used in cooking. Then they scrub the 
floor and help to get the vegetables ready to 
be cooked. The bakery boy makes the bread, 
gingerbread, cookies, cooks the beans, etc. 
The farm boys help to get in the crops and do 
general farm work, as weeding and haying. 
There is a boy that takes care of the hens and 
chickens and keeps the henhouse clean. The 
wharfingers clean up the wharf and beaches. 
There are three boys who work on the steamer. 
They shine the brass and scrub and clean the 
decks. Some boys play from seven to half past. 
Then the sewing room boys come to the sew- 
ing room and clean the lamps, then mend our 
clothing. The laundry boys report to the laun- 
dry and wash and iron the clothes. The 
dormitory boys make the beds and clean the 
dormitories up. The shop boys and printing 



office boys go to their respective work. The 
printing office boys get the Beacon out and do 
job work for people in the city. The shop boys 
do the carpentering, blacksmithing, painting and 
cobbling. There are three classes in sloyd. 
The boys in the third class go every morning 
except Saturday and Sunday. The first class 
meets on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 
from one to a quarter past two and the second 
class on Wednesday and Friday at the same 
time. The third class is in session from half past 
seven to a quarter of nine o'clock, when the boys 
come out and wash, shine their shoes and make 
themselves tidy for school which opens at nine 
o'clock. The boys going to school in the morn- 
ing work in the afternoon and vice versa. 
There are two school rooms which are swept 
and dusted by two boys who pass out the books 
and the material needed. The morning session 
of school closes at half past eleven. The boys 
that go to school in the morning and do not go 
to sloyd or other places work for Mr. Chamber- 
lin. They do the pumping, the sweeping of the 
hall, sheds and plank walk, the picking up of the 
lawns, the raking of the avenues and all 
cleaning necessary. At a quarter past eleven 
the bell rings for the boys to assemble in the shed 
and get ready for dinner. We have our dinner 
at half past eleven. At twelve o'clock a new 
set of dining room, kitchen and wharfinger boys 
go to work. We have an hour for play from 
twelve to one o'clock and at one P, M. we are 
again despatched to our several places of work. 
On Monday the blacksmith class works from 
one till five o'clock. The afternoon session of 
school is from half past two to five o'clock. At 
five o'clock the bell rings for the boys to get 
ready for their supper. Then the milkers and 
henhouse boy go to help do the chores. The 



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henhouse boy feeds the hens and chickens and 
collects the eggs and brings them to the kitchen. 
Beside our regular work there are twenty-five 
boys who may be called upon to row in the boats. 
Most of the boys enjoy their work and are 
changed about once in six months or a year. 
Our supper time is from half past five to six 
and from six till seven we enter into our sports 
again. Those who neither step in the reading 
room ncr have their clothes changed or 
mended, after meeting in the first schoolroom,, 
go to bed at half past seven except on chapel 
nights or seme other special occasion. In 
winter the small boys go to bed at half past six. 
I am henhouse boy. 

John T. Lundquist. 

Cbc Stercopticoit Cccture 

Through the kindness of Mr. Humphreys 
we were recently shown some very interesting 
pictures of Mexico through which he has travel- 
ed. As each picture would come along he would 
tell us all about it. The first picture was of 
President Diaz of Mexico. Mr. Humphreys said 
he thinks that Mr. Diaz is the greatest man now 
living, a greater man even than Dewey. Mr. 
Diaz was the- hero of more than fifty battles. 
was wounded fifty times and captured seven times, 
each time finding some means of escape. He 
has been president of Mexico fourteen years. 
We were shown the place where Maximilian and 
his two favorite generals were shot. We also 
saw Santa Anna's grave. He was the hero of 
more defeats than battles. In another picture 
was shown the burial chamber. This was a large 
wall divided into small oblong boxes open at 
one end. The body of a person was put into one 
of these places and then it was closed. 
Another picture showed the catacombs. In 
here all along a narrow hall underground were 
bodies standing up on each side, which have 
been there for hundreds of years. At the end 
of this hall were a number of them piled up to- 
gether. Several other pictures showed the 
common Mexicans and their dwelling-places 
which are nothing but shanties with a thatched 
roof. They will keep out the wind but not 
the rain. Then he showed us the great palace 



and the large cathedral which looked very fine. 
We saw the large and fine looking hotel in 
which he staid a week. It looked very well 
from the outside, but the people who kept it did 
not know- what it was to keep a place clean on 
the inside. The next picture was of the floating 
gardens. He had some doubts as to whether they 
were floating or not, but they yielded very fine 
vegetables, three crops each year. Among the 
other pictures was one of a long avenue. It 
is two hundred feet wide and several miles 
in length with large trees all the way on either 
side. Mr. Humphreys said it is the widest and 
best avenue he ever saw. The next picture 
was of the penitentiary where the criminals 
are kept. This is a round brick building with 
an area in the centre of it. The prisoners come 
to this area to sun themselves. Ail the criminals 
are kept together, from the one that stole a cent 
to the one that committed murder. All they have 
to sleep on is a blanket and the floor. After this 
we saw the three high mountains in Mexico 
which he went up. Then he showed us a 
picture of a large palace situated on a high and 
very steep hill, the name of which is Chapultepec. 
It is used as a fortress and a military school. 
The only way this place can be reached is by 
going through a tunnel at the base of the hill and 
then proceeding up to the place in an elevator. 
When the elevator is destroyed no one can get 
up there. Several other pictures showed us the 
markets, a family bathing and a number of 
important buildings in Mexico. In the middle 
of the lecture Mr. Humphreys stopped and his 
son played on the piano. The last picture that 
was shown was what he called the queen and her 
escort; then the picture was thrown on the canvas 
of his wife and himself. There was a loud clap- 
ping of hands and then Mr. Bradley thanked Mr. 
Humphreys in behalf of the School for the inter- 
esting lecture. William Austin. 

Fair seem these winter days, and soon 
Shall blow the west wind of the spring 

To set the unbound rills in tune. 

And hither urge the blackbird's wing. 
Whiitier. 



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*Xbe UolMnfwr Orcbcstra" 

A fine musical program was enjoyed by us 
all recently when Harold E. Brenton and LeRoy 
S. Kenfield, two graduates of this School, came 
and brought with them some of their friends 
from the different orchestras about town. This 
orchestra which they styled the Volunteer 
Orchestra was made up as follows:- 
John B. Fielding Conductor and Violin. 

George H. Quinn Violin. 

John E. Cole Violin. 

G. Gibson Violin. 

Arthur E. Harris Violin. 

George E. Stevens 'Cello. 

Joseph Thomas Bass. 

Charles K. North Flute. 

Fred S. Robbins Clarinet. 

F. D. Record Clarinet. 

George Gill Bassoon. 

Harold E. Brenton Cornet. 

Herbert W. Treet • Cornet. 

LeRoy S. Kenfield Trombone. 

Frank E. Dodge Drums & Traps. 

It would be impossible to single out any 
one number as more enjoyed than another for 
we were delighted with it all. After we had 
listened to the muisc for an hour and a half, 
which seemed no more than half an hour as the 
time actually flew listening to the music they 
rendered, Mr. Bradley thanked them for being 
so kind as to come here and then we were 
dismissed. Mr. Bradley then showed the 
party about and they seemed to be very 
much interested in the different things which 
they saw. 

The program was as follows:- 
OvERTURE Suppe. 

Light Cavalry 
Piccolo Solo Mr. C. K. North Damare. 

The Lark 
Selection Bendix. 

North and South 
Waltz Strauss. 

Morgenblatter 
Xylophone Solo Mr. F. E. Dodge Dodge. 

Intricacies 
Selection 11 Trovatore Verdi. 



March Sousa. 

Stars and Stripes Forever 
Selection 

Rusticone 
and an intermezzo from Mascagni's best known 
opera. 

Mr. John B. Fielding the conductor is from 
the Boston Theatre orchestra. 

Leo T. Decis. 

TK Ul. e. C. U. Ulsit 

On Sunday November 19 we had the 
pleasure of a visit from the South Boston 
Woman's Christian Temperance Union. The 
president. Miss Abbie C. Brooks, presided and 
said she was very sorry that she was unable to 
have Mrs. Rice with them to speak to us. 
First we sang a temperance song "A Harvest 
Hymn" then one of the ladies made a prayer, 
then Miss Brooks, Mrs. Henderson and Miss 
Hersey spoke very interestingly on the subject 
of temperance and told us what they are try- 
ing to do. The secretary, Mrs. Ada B. Frisbee, 
who is greatly interested in our Company X, 
brought several members of Company M with 
her and had her girls sing two or three selec- 
tions. Miss Sadie Bell sang a solo. Miss 
Marion Bell recited "Guilty or not Guilty" and 
Miss Genie Sharp recited "The Last Hymn." 
Samuel F. Butler. 

Playing Cag 

After meals, at noon or at night, a few boys 
will go up in the hall, take off their coats, get up 
on the horizontal ladder and say, "Come on and 
have a game of tag." One boy will stay down 
on the floor till the others are ready, then he 
gets on the ladder. He will tag some boy and 
they will pass it along. When a boy who is 
tagger comes up to another boy he will say, 
•■I'm it, lookout!" And then he will go to tag 
him. Just then the boy will drop from the 
ladder and get up again. The way they get up 
is like this. The slanting ladder, which is 
attached to the horizontal ladder, has rounds so 
a boy can get hold of one round and then 
another and pull himself up to still another. 
A game of tag is great sport. 

George G. Noren. 



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Cboiiip$on'$ Island Beacon 

Printed Monthly by the Boys of the 

FARM SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island. Boston Harbor. 

A PRIVATE HOME-TRAINING SCHOOL 
DEPENDENT^UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS 

Vol. 3 No. 8. December 1899. 



Subscription Price 50 cents per year. 

Entered at the Post Office at Boston as second-class matter. 



BOARD OF MANAGERS. 



president. 

Richard M. Saltonstall. 

vice-president. 

Eben Bacon. 

treasurer. 

Alfred Bowditch. 

secretary. 

Tucker Daland. 

managers. 

1. Tucker Burr. Jr. 
Caleb A. Curtis, 

Charles P. Curtis. Jr., 
J. D. Williams French, 
Henry S. Grew. 
John Homans, 2d, M. D., 
Walter Hunnewell. 
■ Francis Shaw, 

John E. Thayer, 
Thomas F. Temple. 



Charles H. Bradley, 



Superintendent. 



Che Duty of Being Cheerful 

We often speak of the duty of making 
others happy, of some one's ability to make sun- 
shine, but we are not so accustomed to think of 
the duty of being happy ourselves. This is a 
time of special good cheer, when faces look 
brighter than is wont and we hope not to mar any 
of that brightness by telling you that cheerfulness 
is a duty. The poet's words are encouraging, 

•■Laugh and the world laughs with you. 
Weep and you weep alone, 



For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth. 

But has trouble enough of its own. 

Laugh and the hills will answer; 

Sigh and it's lost on the air." 

No day should pass, we say, that we do not 
help to make some life brighter, some path 
smoother, some heart lighter. We can do this 
best by continually throwing out sunshine from 
our own countenances. What though there are 
little pains in the heart, if we smile through the 
tears we choke back, how much more heavenly 
that smile. If our duties are rough and uninter- 
esting we may help to give them a much different 
aspect by the willingness and cheerfulness with 
which we do them. If we think we have the 
hardest lot of any one everything will come hard 
to us and we shall fail to see anything bright in 
the world. The cloud no bigger than a man's 
hand will darken all the beautiful sky for us. 
We must strive to set aside all unpleasant 
thoughts and get at the secret of making sun- 
shine in our hearts. 

The boy who always wears a long face we 
think is either "sick of himself" and wishes he 
were some one else or is sick of the world and 
wants to die. It is the boy who always wears a 
smile, the one who hasabright, sunny disposition, 
always ready for whatever is required of him. 
whom we all wish to have about us and miss 
when he is gone. 

A sunny disposition does not imply light, 
frivolous, careless ways, but healthy pleasure, 
pure thoughts and right motives. We need 
to gauge our lives by the lives of others, to try 
to find wherein we lack and cultivate those 
qualities which we know we are amiss in. The 
world is as we take it; as a man thinketh in his 
heart, so is he; are truths which will help us to 
be better and happier if we fully understand their 
importance. 



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"The truth is, there are in the ordinary life 
a thousand pleasant things to one which is un- 
pleasant. It is a shame, therefore, to let the one 
roughness or pain spoil for us all the gladness of 
a thousand good things, the one discordant note 
mar for us all the music of the grand sym- 
phony." ^ ^-^ .U3^'-'C,"Ht 

On November fifteenth the floating United 
States Life Saving Station went out of com- 
mission for this year. Its berth during eight 
months of the year is only a short distance from 
us on the way to one of our landings in South 
Boston. It has been a pleasure for us to ex- 
change courtesies with the station and we shall 
miss its kindly presence and the puffing of their 
sturdy launch on its regular nightly patrol of the 
harbor. Captain Glawson and his crew of nine 
men are faithful fellows. They have saved 
many lives and much property. Their presence 
has added another charm to the many of our 
island home, and teaches more noble lessons of 
faithfulness, sacrifice and patriotism. The 
captain's manly character, vigilance and disci- 
pline strengthen our confidence in men and in- 
crease our respect for the great Government 
which he officially represents. 

notes 

Nov. 2. Regular meeting of Company X. 

Heavy sea. On account of the steamer 
being out of commission for a few days the 
Harbor Master's boat, "Watchman, made a trip 
for us bringing freight from City Point. 

Nov. 4. Edwin W. Goodnough entered 
the School. 

Steamer Pilgrim thoroughly cleaned after 
her overhauling at Lawley's yard. 

Nov. 5. Sunday, Rev. Charles O. Day 
addressed the boys at 3 P. M. He was 
accompanied by Mr. Frank K. Nash and gradu- 
ate William L. Snow. 

Nov. 8. No school. Teachers visiting 
schools in town. 

Nov. 9. Through the kind ness of Harold 
E. Brenton, one of our graduates, an orchestra 
of fifteen pieces selected from the different 



theatres about town came and gave us a most 
enjoyable concert in the afternoon. LeRoy S. 
Kenfield, another graduate who plays the trom- 
bone at the Boston Theatre, we were pleased to 
welcome as one of the party. 

A horse presented to the School by 
President Mr. Richard M. Saltonstall. 

Nov. 10. Treasurer Mr. Alfred Bowditch 
and Mr. Arthur Adams passed the day at the 
School. 

Nov. 11. Manager Mr. Francis Shaw 
visited the School. 

Nov. 12. Sunday. Mr. Reed conducted 
services at 3 P. M. 

Nov. 16. Steamer Pilgrim towed the last 
of the South Boston Yacht Club floats around to 
their winter anchorage at the south end of our 
Island. 

Nov. 19. Sunday. A delegation from 
the South Boston "Woman's Christian Tem- 
perance Union conducted services at 3 P. M. 
They were accompanied by several members of 
Company M, Phillips Chapel. 

Nov. 21. Loadof freight, meal, etc. came. 

Nov. 23. Bouquet of pansies picked from 
the boys' gardens. 

Scov/ load of dressing towed from Wal- 
worth Mfg. Co. 

Nov. 25. John F. Nelson entered the 
School. 

Columbia Dredging Co., began to remove 
gravel from our southwest bar. 

Manager Mr. Henry S. Grew and Mr. 
John T. Coolidge visited the School. 

Foot ball team from the Mary Hemen- 
way School, Roxbury, Capt. Robert E. Croke, 
played a game with our team. Score 30 to 
in favor of the Farm School team. 

Delegates previously appointed went to see 
Frank P. Wilcox off for the South. He sailed 
at eleven o'clock on the steamer "Seminole" of 
the Clyde Line for Charleston, S. C, and from 
there he goes by rail to Aiken, S. C. 

Nov. 26. Sunday. Mr. Reed conducted 
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Nov. 28. Thomas J. Hind's man here 
repairing the roof gutters and conductors. 

The farmers have been working on the 
dikes and ditches for the past week and more. 

Nov. 29. Scenery put up for the Thanks- 
giving entertainment. 

In preparation for the Thanksgiving 
dinner all the seats and desks in the chapel 
were removed and twelve new fourteen-foot 
knock-down tables were completed and put in 
place. 

Nov. 30. Thanksgiving Day. Seventy 
graduates here, including four with their wives 
and children and one with his best girl. A list 
of the fellows will be found on the Alumni 
page. 

Game of foot ball at 2,30 P. M. between 
the Alumni and home team, the former winning 
by a score of 17 to 0. 

Entertainment in the evening. 

We are indebted to Mr. D. H. Jones, Jr. 
for twelve gallons of ice cream, to Mrs. C. M. 
Warren for fifty pies and to Mr. A. M. Stone 
for cream cheese for Thanksgiving. 

1)ear(l on the Campus 

O my son, 1 wish 1 could do what Brenton 
done! 

Fellows, can you hear the pumpkins holler? 
Cutting up for Thanksgiving. 

Fatten up those turkeys. 

One fellow while playing rugby got kicked 
in the shin, but claims it nearly brained him. 

Tartn School Bank 

Cash on hand Nov. 1st, 1899, $366.70 

Deposited during the month 12.73 

$379.43 
71.28 

$308.15 

Rugby 6anic 

As is usual on Thanksgiving Day a game of 
rugby was played between the School and 
Alumni or graduates. The graduates won the toss 
and took down, as our field slopes. Edwards of 
our team kicked the ball off and it was caught and 
kicked back to our twenty-five yard line. Then 
the scrimmage began. We started with the ball 



Withdrawn during the month 
Balance Dec. 1st. 1899. 



bur did not gain much and it went to the 
graduates on downs. They rushed the ball over 
our goal line by continually bucking the guard 
and centre. We lined up again and the School 
kicked off. The graduates got the ball and 
started in with a scrimmage. The rest of the 
half was finished by the ball going from one side 
to the other on downs. A ten minutes inter- 
mission was given between the halves with the 
score 6 to in favor of the graduates. The 
second half was started by the graduates kicking 
the ball off to the School team. It was rushed 
to the centre of the field and there held. It 
went to the graduates on downs. The graduates 

rushed it up for a touch down and goal. The 

ball was put in play again and the graduates got 

one more touch down and a goal kick. The 

score was 17 to in favor of the graduates. 

The graduates were much the heavier team but 

it was an all around good game. 
The line up was as foUows:- 

GRADUATE SCHOOL 

Mason, A. A. F. B. Curley, E. 

Hart, Wm. R. H. Carr, Jo . 

Galeucia, W. L. H. Webber. S. 

Pulson, C. Q. B. Austin, Wm. 

Buchan, G. C. Ladd, A. 

Tinkham, S. L. G. Maxwell, R. 

Pedgrift, W. R. G. Currier, D. 

LeBlanc, E. L. T. Harris, F. 

Hart. H. A. R. T. Brown. T. 

Gerry, B. F. L. E' McKay, C. 

Nilson, N. G. R. E. Edwards, C. 

Thomas Brown. 

Willie Winters recently sent us two young 
goats. They came at night when we were milk- 
ing. It was dark when they came and we thought 
there was only one, for one is as black as coal 
and the other is black and white. After they 
had been here a few days they would jump 
over the pen which is about four feet high. 
When you chase them they will stand still and 
you will think you have them sure, but just as 
you go to hold them they will quickly move out 
of the way and you will probably fall on your 
face. Clarence W. Wood. 



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We have done quite a lot of work in the 
shop lately. The ash house has been repaired; 
all the old shingles that were broken have been 
taken off and new ones put on. The old doors 
in the shop basement were broken so badly that 
new ones had to be made; the old doors were 
paneled, but the new ones were made of two 
layers of pine sheathing and will have two win- 
dows which give more, light to the base- 
ment. A screen has been made; it is of oak and 
is covered with white canvas. It is to be used 
in the dormitory. A lot of new lumber came 
last week. All of the main rack in the base- 
ment is filled now. The iron bars that help 
hold the timbers together in the new barn cellar 
have been fixed and a new rod put in which 
makes the barn stronger. The furnace in the 
shop has been cleaned and the old zinc which 
went over the stove pipes has been taken down 
and galvanized iron put in its place. 

Dana Currier. 

Sports 

All our sports have a time during the year 
when they are entered into with spirit. In the 
spring we have marbles, tops, jack-stones, jump- 
ing ropes, kites, darts, bows and arrows and egg- 
gathering. In summer we have baseball, 
cricket, croquet, making, rigging and sailing 
boats, hoop rolling and swimming. Baseball 
includes scrub, sides, knock up and catch. 
"Scrub" may seem a strange name, but nobody 
here knows its origin although most of us played 
it before we entered this School. We also play 
King Philip in which nearly all our number take 
part. In the fall we play rugby and association 
and in the evening we play drop in, hide-and- 
go-seek, hill-dill-come-over-the-hill, and many 
others of the more comimon outdoor games. 
In winter we have skating, hockey en the ice, 
toboggan. ng, coasting, snowball fights and 
spend the evenings in the gymnasium. We 
put the shot at all times during the year that it 
is fit to. We make windmills and pin wheels 
whenever there is a strong wind. Nearly all of 
the boys know how to swim and skate. 

William 1. Ellwood. 



Bundles 

Every Visiting Day the boys' relatives and 
friends come down and bring with them a lot of 
candies and fruits which the boys are very glad 
to get. When their friendo go the boys put 
their bundles, as they call them, away in their 
drawer, and every morning at about a quarter past 
six all the boys that want bundles \k\e up in the 
upper shed and march in through the school- 
room into the drawer room where the boys keep 
their bundles and take out all they care for, for 
that time. Just before supper those who want 
to go up and get bundles march up again. 
This goes on for a v/eek sometimes after Visit- 
ing Day, and sometimes not so long; but I am 
always one of. the boys who go up for bundles 
the most, as I have a good lot. Very often 
some of the boys' friends do not happen to be 
able to come down. In this case they have 
chums who divide bundles with them, and 
when there are boys who have no friends at all 
the other boys who have an extra lot always 
give all who will take any, all they will take. 
There are six months in the year when we have 
no Visiting Days; then the boys' friends send 
bundles and on the holidays they get the most. 
It is when they are called up to the office and 
have their bundles opened to see all the nice 
things that are in them that they are happy. 
Frederick P. THAfER. 

Black Beauty, m €at 

Black Beauty came the last Visiting Day and 
he was brought here to one of the boys in a 
basket. Then he was put in a small cage to 
keep him from running away. He was put in 
the reading room but he soon took a liking to 
the kitchen. At first he tried to jump up on 
the table but after trying it once or twice we 
broke him of that. He likes to jump up in a 
chair and curl himself up in a ball and you 
would at first think he was dead the way he 
holds his head. When Fanny comes in Black 
Beauty bristles himself all up and begins to spit 
at the dog until she goes out. He likes to be 
petted and fooled with. He is a very good cat. 
He has caught a good many rats and mice 
while he hasbeenhere. William M. Roberts. 



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Blumni 

Hexry O. Wilson, '89. At 8 o'clock in 
the evening of July 29th Henry was married to 
Miss Lucilla P. Pickering at the home of the 
bride in Newington, N. H. A younger sister of 
the bride acted as bridesmaid and Frank 
Burgess, another of cur graduates, was best man. 
Henry, has j heme at 39 Congress Street, 
Portsmouth. N. H. 

John P. Ackers, '90, on October 12th 
was married to Miss Adeline Wellington Morse 
in St. John's Memorial Chapel, Cambridge. It 
was a quiet affair, only relatives and intimate 
friends of the party being present. The Epis- 
copal service was used. The bride looked very 
handsome in a light gray cloth iu\[ trimmed 
with white lace, wore a large black h'at and 
carried a boquet of lilies of the valley and 
maidenhair fern. After the ceremony a 
wedding breakfast was served at the home of 
the bride, directly after which the happy pair 
took the train for a trip to Montreal and New 
York. Mr. and Mrs. Ackers will reside at 680 
Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge. John has 
been with the firm of Pettingill & Co., Adver- 
tising Agenc)r22 School Street, Boston, nearly 
eight years where he has received substantial 
recognition of his faithful and efficient services. 

Frank P. Wilcox, '92. On account of 
his health Frank has been compelled to leave 
his studies at the Massachusetts Institute of 
Technology and go South for a season. Frank 
is counted one of our most promising fellows. 
He came to the School in February, '87 and in 
'92 went to live with his mother and entered 
the English High School, working outside of 
school hours to assist in paying his way. He 
was graduated in '96, standing second in a class 
of ninety-eight. Mrs. Bradley had the pleasure 
of seeing him go to the platform for seven spe- 
cial prizes. That season he came back to the 
School to work and study preparatory to enter- 
ing Technology, which he did on the opening of 
the Institute the fall of '97. He has ranked 
high in his classes, gaining the esteem of 
students and professors. He is taking the Civil 



Engineering course and last summer went to 
Narragansett Pier surveying during vacation. 
While there he contracted a cold about the middle 
of August, and on his return to his studies it de- 
veloped into a serious lung trouble. As soon as 
his condition became known, the Managers of this 
School and his friends took his case in hand and 
as a result he has gone to Aiken, South Carolina. 
where, with the excellent care which the Mana- 
gers will provide, it is hoped he will recover and 
be back in school another year, fully able to go 
on with the work he is so ambitious to complete. 
Harry H. Leonard, '99, has employ- 
ment with Burditt and Williams, wholesale and 
retail hardware dealers, 20 Dock Sq. and lives 
with his mother at 2 Greenwich Street. Roxbury. 

Cbanksgivind 

Graduates who spent the day here. 

Austin, Arthur Horsfall, Wm. A. 

Bete, John E. Lind, Charles A. 

Beuttner, Lewis C. LeBlanc. Elkanah D. 

Blanton, Robert Leonard, Harry H. 

Bryant, Frank G. Loud, Clarence W. 

Buchan. George Lundgren. Jchn A. 

Byers, George W. E Marshall, Edwin L. 

Clattenburg, E. E. Mayott, George 

Colby, Horatio A. McKeever, Walter 

Cummings, William G. McKeever, James L. 

Davis, Willie Odiorne, William 

Dixon, Royal E. O'Neil, John W. 

Dutton, Almon Page, Chauncey 

Ellis, Howard B. Peabody. Wm. L 

Ellis. Merton P Pedgrift, Wm. J. 

English, Harry A. Powers, Joseph 

Estes, Clarence Pratt, Albert E. 

Fairbairn, Thomas Pulson, Clifford W. 

Frasier, Frederick N. Robinson. Joseph C. 

French, Hobart W. , Sargent, John Scott 

Galeucia, Wm. F. Small, John C. 

Gerry, Benjamin F. Snow. Wm. L. 

Hart, Herbert A. Taylor, George M. 

Hart. William D. Tinkham. Selwyn G. 

Hartman. George K. Traiil, Albert J. 

Hefler. Alden B. West. Elbert L. 

Hefler. Clarence F. Winters. Wm. B. 

Think of many things, do only one. 



ZTbompson's IFslanb 

JSeacon 



Vol. 3. No. 9. 



Printed at the Farm School, Boston, Mass. 



January 1900 



Our m\mM% 

The animals we have are not all for 
work, some are to help feed us while others are 
for pleasure. I think the horse is the most 
important animal we have. There are five 
in all, four of them are for the heavy work 
on the farm and the other is used in the 
carriage and light buggy. They are taken care 
of by Mr. McLeod and myself. We clean 
them off every morning at five o'clock 
and Mr. McLeod feeds them with hay, bran and 
meal. At noon and at night they are fed just 
the same and are watered at morning, noon 
and night. The two heavy horses which we use 
in the double team and the oxen have been 
worked pretty hard on the dikes at the south 
end of our island, strengthening them. The 
cows are the next important animals, twenty- 
two in all. We milk only eighteen of them now 
and they give from five to eighteen pounds 
at each milking. At five o'clock in the morn- 
ing they are fed with hay and after break- 
fast at seven o'clock they are fed with bran 
and mangels; at noon they are fed with hay and 
again at night. In winter they are fed night and 
morning with cut hay and corn mixed with bran 
and water and in summer as soon as the grass 
is green enough they are put out to pasture. 
In the summer the cows that are giving milk 
are just kept in the barn long enough to be 
milked and fed with green feed and then they 
are let out into the yard to stay until after 
breakfast, if it is in the morning, or to stay all 
night if it IS in the evening. We have two little 
heifers we are raising. Mr. Mason does not 
save any of the calves unless they are from the 
best cows. We also have a fine Guernsey bull 
which when young was given to William 



Winters, a graduate, by one of our managers, 
Mr. Francis Shaw. The pigs are kept down in 
the cellar of the storage barn and a part of their 
food is the waste from the house. There are 
■ twenty-two of them and they furnish us with 
fresh meat in the winter time. 

In the lineof poultry we have twelve Muscovy 
ducks, three Mallard ducks, fifteen turkeys 
and seven Bantams; then there are about forty 
hens, forty pullets and thirty roosters, some of 
which are killed during the winter for food. 

Henry Bradley has a Shetland pony nam- 
ed Daisy, with a dog-cart and saddle to use with 
her which he enjoys very much, taking all the 
care of her himself. The dog Fanny has been 
here a long time. She is a full-blooded 
greyhound and like all her specie is very affec- 
tionate, graceful and swift of foot. The cat we 
have had but a short time but it did not take 
her long to get wonted and learn our ways. 
She is a beautiful black cat with not a single 
white or colored hair on her. 

Among the most interesting animals are 
our pets, the rabbits, Guinea pigs, monkey, 
hares, goats, squirrels, carrier pigeons, peacocks^ 
fox, raccoon, the dog and the cat. When Mr. 
Bradley came to the School some over eleven 
years ago there were not any of these animals 
here. Our first rabbits he gave to a boy in 1889; 
after that we got Nanny the goat and have kept 
adding other animalsat different times. Our pet 
animals were kept in two little huts over at Cot- 
tage Row; but when we came to have so many 
more added a small house called Audubon Hall 
was built which at different times has held 
white rats, crows, an owl, and ferrets, beside 
the animals which we now have. The rabbits 
and Guinea pigs are kept in Audubon Hall in 



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summer and down in the henhouse in winter. 
The montcey we have is an African pig-tail 
and when he first was brought here he made 
great fun for us. but we liave seen him so much 
it does not amuse us now ahhough it does 
visitors. About a month ago Mr. Bradley got 
a raccoon and a fox. The fox is a very 
pretty red one with bright eyes and a long bushy 
tail. He was captured at Weymouth, Mass. 
We sell pigs, carrier pigeons, rabbits, hares and 
Guinea pigs. One boy takes care of the poultry, 
another, the curator, looks after the pets. 
LIST OF ANIMALS 
5 Horses 3 Mallard Ducks 

1 Shetland Pony 1 Dog 
i Donkey 1 Cat 

2 Oxen 8 Rabbits 

22 Cows 8 Guinea pigs 

2 Heifers . 7 Hares 

1 Bull 2 Goats 

22 Pigs 2 Flying Squirrels 

40 Hens 40 Carrier Pigeons 

40 Pullets 2 Peacocks 

30 Roosters 1 Fox 

15 Turkeys 1 Raccoon 

12 Muscovy Ducks 1 Monkey 

There are 270 animals in ail. 

The reason for having these pets 
is to give pleasure to the beys, the instructors 
and the people who visit the School and to 
give us an opportunity to study them. 

Frank W. Harris. 

Sutscriblng for Voutb's Companion 

In October when the premium list comes 
most of the boys decide whether or not they 
will subscribe for the "Youth's Companion." 
Along the latter part of November all the boys 
who want to subscribe do so for Mr. Bradley 
and get premiums which they want for one 
subscription, and Mr. Bradley gets one for the 
benefit of the whole school, something like the 
set of Encyclopedias which are kept in the 
reading room. In this way the boys have a 
better chance for getting premiums than they 
had before. Near Christmas the long looked 
for premiums come and on the night they come 



the boys who have them stop and get them. 
Most of the boys get books; some get type- 
writers, presses, boats and watches. 

C. Alfred H. Malm. 

Rcpairind tbc Screens 

Every year the screens have to be taken in 
and repaired. This year I went around to the 
different windows that had screens on and took 
them off and brought them to the shop. Then the 
ones that did not need to be repaired were sent 
to the paint shop to have the screens black 
varnished and the frames walnut stained. As 
soon as they were dry they were taken to the 
east loft and tags were put on them telling 
which room they belong to. The screen was 
taken off and new screen put onto those that 
had holes in them. The screen comes in a 
roll and is cut off to fit the frame. There 
were about one hundred screens in all. Some 
of the screens had to have new frames made. 
There were about twenty-five screens that 
needed new wire on them. The wire came 
from the Clinton Steel Wire Company. 
Last year the screens were not all brought 
into the shop at once, but a few at a time. This 
year the screens were done better than last 
year. Dana Currier. 

Cbe Caundry lUorK 

The first thing in the morning at half past 
seven, the morning laundry boys go to work; 
except Monday morning when we come in after 
breakfast. Monday morning we do the instruct- 
ors' things, Tuesday we do all the boys' sheets 
and pillow cases, Wednesday we do the towels, 
stockings and shirts. Thursday we do Room 
3 things, kitchen things and old clothes. 
Friday we finish up what we haven't done 
through the week, and then one boy 
goes to washing windows and the rest iron. 
Sometimes we have quaker meetings be- 
cause Miss Shaw, the woman in charge, says it 
makes her head ache to hear us talk too much, 
but the boys say they can work better when 
they talk. If we get our ironing done before 
Friday noon, the afternoon boys clean up. If 
they don't we come in Saturday morning and 
finish up. We take all the things outside like 
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When we get all the varnish, bricks and brass 
"done we wash the floor and then we bring in all 
of those things again. Then we go and see if 
there is anything like clothes pins on the ground 
and put them in the clothes pin basket. One 
boy has to do our instructor's room, such as 
washing the floor and brushing the rugs. Then 
we go. There are four boys in the laundry. 
John J. Powers. 

Cb2 Tos ana Raccoon 

On Tuesday, Oct. 31, an interesting addi- 
tion was made to our list of animals, a fox and 
a raccoon. They were brought to the henhouse 
and as it was dark they could not see, but the 
fox, 1 guess, smelled something good to eat. 
To his disgust he only did see darkness the first 
nightwith the raccoon, but the next night their 
cages were fixed so they could look at the hens. 
To their dismay they could only look and get a 
watery mouth. The raccoon is a tame fellow but 
the old fox is all the time showing his teeth and 
snarling with rage. The raccoon is a blackish 
grey color; the fox is red and white. 
At first when he came down William Carr, the 
curator, had a hard time giving him water or 
anything else; but he fixed the cage after a 
while so that he could feed and water him.. 
Mr. Bradley has had two cages made for the 
fox and raccoon. The raccoon, no doubt, will 
get tame, and we hope the fox will; but they 
are hard animals to tame. In Vermont or New 
Hampshire if the people handle the bait with 
their hands in setting the traps, the fox will 
smell the blood and not go near the trap. 
Most trappers take bait in a shovel or something 
else. We feed the fox on meat, bread and 
corn; the raccoon has fish and other food such 
asthefoxhas. John T. Lundquist. 

Lobsters in tDe Bay 

We have lobsters sometimes that are 
caught in the bay around us. They are caught 
in traps called lobster pots. There are a great 
number of crabs that get in these pots and the 
men that have the care of the pots use a piece 
of wood with a hock on the end of it which 
they jab into the crabs to get them out of the 



pot and to keep them from biting their fingers. 
We get our lobsters from a man called. Lobster 
Joe. We had a live lobster in school one day 
and Miss Winslow showed and told us about the 
different parts of his body. A lobster has three 
parts to his body; head, thorax or breastplate and 
abdomen. He has eight pair of legs fastened 
to the thorax, the first three of which are used 
to break up the food and put it in the mouth. 
There are two large legs or claws right in front 
which he uses to catch the food, to give it to the 
jaw legs, and to anchor himself with. The other 
four pair are walking legs, the first pair of which 
have nippers on them. He has six pair of 
swimmerets which he uses to paddle himself 
along with. These are fastened to the abdo- 
men and at the end of this is a tail fin which is 
used to steer with. He has one pair of large 
feelers and one pair of small ones with branches. 
At the foot of these small .ones are the ears. 
The eyes are on the side of the head and are 
compound. He can look every way without 
turning his head and they are set up on stalks. 
The gills are where the walking legs join the 
body and revolve like screws. The lobster lays 
over a thousand eggs every season and they 
cling on to the swimmerets until hatched and 
then drop off. The lobster sheds its shell six 
times a year and if it gets caught anywhere by 
one leg it casts its leg off and another one 
grows. Don C. Clark. 

Tixing tbc Road. 

In wet weather the back road has always 
had gutters in the middle of it in spite of all we 
could do. We tried to fix it a year ago by 
making gutters on both sides and later by laying 
a pipe in the worst place. But it did not do any 
good. The water kept running down the middle 
of the road. This fall Mr. Chamberlin has 
laid an ackron pipe from the playground 
down to connect with the one that was 
laid before. He has also filled up the old 
gutters with the extra dirt from laying the 
pipe. When this is completed we shall put 
ashes on the road and roll them down and then 
rake gravel over all. This makes a fine hard 
road. Herbert E. Balentine. 



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Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Printed Monthly by the Boys of the 

FARM SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor. 

A PRIVATE HOME-TRAINING SCHOOL 
DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS 

January 1900. 



Vol. 3. No. 9. 



Subscription Price 50 cents- per year. 

Entered at the Post Office at Boston as second-class matter. 

BOARD OF MANAGERS. 

president. 

Richard M. Saltonstall. 

vice-president. 

Eben Bacon. 

treasurer. 

Alfred Bov/ditch. 

secretary. 

Tucker Daland. 

managers. 

1. Tucker Burr. Jr.. 
Caleb A. Curtis, 

Charles P. Curtis, Jr., 
J. D. Williams French. 
Henry S. Grew, 
John Homans, 2d, M. D., 
Walter Hunnewell, 
Francis Shaw, 
John E. Thayer, 
Thomas F. Temple. 



Charles H. Bradley, 



Superintendent. 



Cbdnkfulitcss 

The spirit of thankfulness seems to be born 
in some people and they are always grateful for 
whatever is done for them even if it be a small 
favor. It is a pleasure to do for such people for 
we all like to have our efforts appreciated. 
There are others who do not seem to have that 
trait or it is so slight it is seldom seen. Such 
people never really enjoy life. They accept 
whatever comes to them as a matter of their 
rights. But this same spirit of thankfulness can 
be cultivated by any one who will look for the 



kind spirit that prompts the giving and the help- 
ing of one another. Above all, the spirit of 
thanksgiving to God, the giver of all good, should 
be cultivated if one's nature is not filled with it. 
We have a custom of calling the boys* 
attention to the real meaning of Thanksgiving 
Day and they at that time write out. unaided, 
what they have had to be thankful for during the 
year. 

Below we quote a few from the first four 
classes in school, the first class being the 
highest. 

First Class. I am thankful for a home 
and friends, that we have not had another 
storm this year as bad as last November. 
For seeing the Dewey Parade, hearing som.e 
of the best musicians of Boston, and for the 
privileges that 1 have received 

John F. Barr. 

First that our home has so thoroughly 
recovered from the effects of the great storm 
and for the boats which were given to replace 
the old ones. 1 am thankful that I have a 
mother and sister and many other friends, also 
for the education I am receiving at this School. 
For the many kindnesses shown us by the 
Managers in the past year, that our home has 
been so free from disease, that we have had 
abundant harvest. Herbert E. Balentine. 

Second Class. 1 am thankful for what 
this School has done for my brother and me, for 
all the privileges 1 have had in the past year. 
1 am thankful that this School has such a good 
superintendent and instructors. 1 am thankful 
for such a nice day to celebrate, the day in which 
the Pilgrims gave thanks to God. 

William M. Rdberts. 

I am thankful that we have so many 
successful graduates, and that we have not had 
any real sickness in the past year. I am 
thankful that we have such a good home, that 
so many of the boys had the privilege of seeing 
Dewey. Charles A. Taylor. 

I am thankful that I am on an island and 
not running in the streets of Boston. 1 am 
thankful 1 know how to play rugby and that I 
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do work and that I am in Mr. Bradley's care. 
I am thankful for two sisters and an aunt, for 
warm clothes to wear, that Mr. Littlefield has 
taught me to make the sloyd models and has 
carried me as far as he has. 

Albert H. Ladd. 
Third Class. I am thankful that all the 
boys could go out camping this summer and 
learn how to drill, that most of the boys could 
go over to the city to see the Dewey Parade. 
I am thankful that I got a double promotion. I 
am thankful that Brenton and Kenfield got some 
men that played in orchestras to come down 
here and play to the boys and instructors. I 
am thankful that 1 am in a good home and have 
all these good things, Mr. and Mrs. Bradley 
work so hard for us. 

Samuel A. Waycott. 
Things that 1 am thankful for. For the 
Visiting Days when we all can see our friends, 
for the nice beds, warm clothes, good food, and 
for the nice times on holidays. And I am 
thankful for the entertainments we have had 
lately, and that Wilcox could go where he did 
and i hope he will soon be well and able to come 
home again. I am thankful that we did not 
have another great storm yesterday like the one 
we had a year ago. For the new steamer and 
for the privilege of going to Fort Warren with 
Company D. And, above all, for a good home 
where 1 can be brought up rightly and receive a 
good education. 

Frederick P. Thayer. 
1 am thankful we did not have a storm 
as we did last year. That we have another 
steamer. 1 am thankful there are so many 
people watching over us. 1 am thankful that 
Mr. and Mrs. Bradley give me such good dinners. 
1 am thankful that 1 am getting an education. 
Daniel Murray. 
I am thankful for my good health and that 
of the other boys of the School. I am thankful 
for the Visiting Days, they have all been pleas- 
ant. That I am working on the farm. That 
we have the new steamer Pilgrim. I am 
thankful for the prize banner and that we have 
a Humane Society. I am thankful for the 



Camp and our summer vacation, the fire 
works we had the Fourth of July and for the 
entertainments we have had. 1 am thankful for 
my food and clothes and for the library and 
reading room. Edward B. Taylor. 

I am thankful for having a good home 
and for seeing the Dewey Parade. I am 
thankful for the flags which the graduates 
gave us, for the music Brenton and some 
of his friends gave us. 

Fred L. Walker. 
I am thankful that I have not been in the 
third grade once since I have been here. I 
am thankful that i have been able to do my 
work this year. I am thankful that I have done 
so well in school and have got so many stars, 
for the rides in the steamer that Mr. Bradley 
gave us, that I have enough to eat, drink and 
wear, also a good place to sleep. 1 am thankful 
for the fine entertainment we had Harvest Sun- 
day, and that we have a new set of signals that 
the graduates presented us with. . 

Arthur I. Purdy. 
I am thankful for this nice home in which 
I live and for the clothes which the School pro- 
vides and the food also. I am thankful for the 
education that I get and the trade that I learn. 
I am thankful for the code of signals which the 
graduates gave us, and for the nice concert we 
had on Harvest Sunday and for the stereopti- 
con views which we saw one evening. 

Louis E. Means. 
Fourth Class. 1 am thankful for a kind 
mother who has always been kind to me and I 
am thankful that she is living. lam thankful for 
my clothes and the food that the kind superin- 
tendent provides me. 1 am thankful that my 
friends are good to me and that I am strong and 
well. I am thankful for the good education that 
my teachers are giving me and that I am up as 
high as 1 am in school. I am thankful that 
Thanksgiving Day is here again, and that we 
have a good and honest President, and 1 am 
thankful that this is a civilized nation and that 
it is situated in a suitable place on the land. 
Willard H. Rowell. 
1 am thankful that 1 was promoted. 1 am 



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thankful for the good home 1 am in and for 
the kind superintendent. 1 am thankful for 
the warm clothes I have and because 1 do not 
have to go hungry on Thanksgiving Day. 1 am 
thankful for the kind friends I have and for the 
Visiting Days in which they can come and see 
me. Don C. Clark. 

I am thankful that 1 am in a good home 
where I can get an education and learn to be 
thoughtful and honest. And for my clothes 
which keep me warm through the winter weather, 
which is very cold. I am thankful for the good 
superintendent who has charge of this home, 
and for the food that I get to eat and a good 
place to sleep, which some poor children do not 
get very often. I am thankful that 1 have a 
mother whom I can care for and a brother. 

Edwin W. Goodnough. 

notes 

Dec. 1. A large picture of Benjamin A. 
Gould, a former manager, presented to the 
School by Mrs. Horace McMurtrie. 

Dec. 2. Dredger finished digging gravel 
at the South End. 

Dec. 4. Lowered the topmast and housed 
the gaff on the main flag staff. 

Dec. 6. Pianos about the house were 
tuned. 

Dentist here for the semi-annual inspection 
of teeth. 

We were entertained in the evening by 
Miss Daisy Grace Earle and friends from West 
Newton. 

Dec. 7. Managers Mr. Francis Shaw and 
Mr. J. D. W. French visited the School accom- 
panied by Mr. L. G. DeBois. 

Dec. 8. Regular meeting of Company X. 

Load of dressing from Walworth's. 

Dec. 9. Game of football with the junior 
team of the Dorchester High School. Score 
23 to in favor of our team. 

Dec. 1 1. Steamer Pilgrim on the blocks 
for a coat of paint. 

Dec. 14. Cows out in fall feed for the 
last time. 

Dec. 15. Silas Snow visited the School. 

Manager Mr. J. D. W. French gave the 



School a Yorkshire boar. 

Dec. 19. Charles H. O'Conner entered 
the School. 

William C. Morgan left the School to live 
with his uncle, Mr. Comey, in Foxboro, Mass. 

Dec. 20. 120 boxes of Lowney's choco- 
lates received from Mr. Richard Bell, a gradu- 
ate's contribution toward making a merry 
Christmas. 

One lot of calendars received from W. 
D. C. Curtis, Secretary of the Dorchester 
Mutual Fire Insurance Co. 

Dec. 22. Fall term of school closed. 

Clarence W. Wood left the School to live 
with his brother and work in his brother's 
market stall. 

Sturtevant& Haley Beef & Supply Company 
sent their annual gift, 200 pounds of turkey 
for the Christmas dinner. 

Dec. 23. Mr. Charles S. Hart of Concord 
gave the mayor of Cottage Row a donkey '-for 
mounting the police force, for the street de- 
partment or for other uses." 

Two books for the library received from 
Mrs. A. T. Brown of Roxbury. 

Dec. 24. Sunday. Christmas concert in 
the evening. 

Dec. 25. Holiday. Distribution of pres- 
ents at 10 A. M. 

A lot of evergreen received frcm Mr. 
Francis S. Child of Holliston, Mass. 

Dec. 26. Arthur J. Willis entered the 
School. 

Mr. John R. Morse and graduate Mr. T. 
J. Evans passed the night here. 

Dec. 27. Mr. John R. Morse presented 
the band with two pieces of band music. 

Dec. 30. Graduates Albert E. Pratt and 
William G. Cummings came and spent Sunday 
at the School. 

farm School Bank 

Cash on hand Dec. 1st, 1899, $308.15 

Deposited during the month 33.07 



Withdrawn during the month 
Balance Jan. 1st. 1900. 



$341.22 
61.37 

$279.85 



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Rank in Classes 

The following boys ranked first and second 
respectively in their classes for the fall term 
of school. 

First Class 
C Alfred H. Malm William I. Ellwood 

Second Class 
George Thomas George E. Hart 

Third Class 
Harold S. Taylor Daniel Murray 

Fourth Class 
Willard H. Rowell George E. Hicks 

Fifth Class 
William C. J. Frueh George 1. Leighton 

Sixth Class 
Horace P. Thasher Frank A. Roberts 

Christmas Concert Programme 

Song Choir. 

The Message of the Bells 
Christmas Greeting Howard L. Hinckley. 

Scripture Selections Class. 

Song Choir. 

Sing Alleluia 
Christmas Harold S. Taylor. 

A Christmas Eve Thought Ernest Jorgensen. 
To Prevent a Mistake Thomas Maceda. 

Song Choir. 

Message of Christmas Time 
A Christmas Thought John T. Lundquist. 

Christmas Gifts Horace P. Thrasher. 

Song Choir. 

Welcome Happy Christmas 
Stretch it a Little Don C. Clark. 

Bamboozling Grandma William C. J. Frueh. 
Song Choir. 

Awake, Slumbering Hope 
Willie's Letter to Grandma James A. Edson. 
When Christmas Comes John W. Robblee. 

Exercise, Glad Tidings Class. 

Song Choir. 

Beautiful Christmas 
A Message to Santa Glaus George E. Hicks. 
The Coronation Phillippe J. Parent. 

Song Choir. 

Ring Out, Ye Merry Bells 
Christmas Bells George G. Noren. 



Song Choir. 

Hear the Angels Singing 
His Protest George A. C. McKenzie. 

Our Christmas Day Herbert E. Balentine. 

Song Cnoir. 

Sleep, Holy Babe 
Recitation William I. Ellwood. 

Christmas Time Will Come Again 
Remarks Mr. L. F. Reed. 

Song The Glad Bells Choir. 

I)auiing up the Vacht and Cifeboat for Winter 

One Friday afternoon Miss Strong went 
to town so the boys in the first school room had 
no school. After the second school room boys 
went up to school the first school room boys 
went down to haul up the yacht Winslow and 
the lifeboat David Sears for the winter. We 
took a rope and hitched it to the mast of the 
Winslow and then some boys pulled on the 
rope and the rest of us pulled. When we pulled 
it up to a certain place we lifted the bow up so 
that another boy could pull out the planks and 
rollers from under her; then we took different 
pieces of wood and piled them up on both sides 
so as to steady her. Then we pulled up the 
David Sears on two skids until we got the bow 
even with the Winslow's. We then went up 
to the house and had our fun for the rest of the 
day. George G. Noren. 

Betting the Dressing 

A short time ago the scow went over for 
dressing. We started at eleven o'clock. When 
we got out into the channel Mr. Bradley called us 
down into the steamer's cabin and we had din- 
ner. We got over to Walworth's, where we get 
the dressing, at a quarter of twelve o'clock and 
we finished loading the scow at two o'clock. 
Then we put some iron grates on top of the 
dressing. After we got done loading the scow 
we went all around the buildings where the men 
were working. We went into the moulding 
room and saw them moulding. We saw where 
they make the large Stilson wrenches. At a 
quarter of four we started for home. As we had 
a heavy load on we did not get home until a 
quarter of five. Then we washed and got ready 
for supper. George Thomas. 



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Jlluintti 



Frank P. Wilcox, '92, writes very pleas- 
antly of his home in South Carolina, where he 
went recently for his health, and that he is "at- 
tending strictly to getting well." He says. "This 
does not come as hard as I thought it might, 
for, to tell the truth, I am having about as fine 
a time here as I have ever had." His doctor 
gives him much encouragement. 

Harry R. Wilmot. '94, was recently 
heard from, his address being 682 Belmont 
Street, Watertown, Mass. Harry expects to 
enter the Valentine School of Telegraphy soon. 
Heplayesthe guitar in an orchestra of 100 
stringed instruments. 

William D. Hart, '97, is now working for 
the Boston Forge Company, 340 Maverick 
Street, East Boston. 

Selvtitn G. Tinkham. '98, is at work 
again after laying by for a couple of weeks from 
an injury received while at work. Selwyn began 
his second year as blacksmith's apprentice in 
• October; he has proved himself valuable to his 
employers, the Plymouth Cordage Company, 
and they have already given him a bonus of $50. 
in addition to his apprentice wages, on account 
of his ambition and previous training. We con- 
gratulate Selwyn. His address is North Ply- 
mouth. Mass. 

Walter L. Carpenter, '99, has been 
down from Berlin, Mass.. for a short visit. He 
likes his place with Mr. Anson Hix, and has 
joined the church in that town. Walter fre- 
quently sees Mr. Buxton who was formerly farm 
foreman here; in fact, Mr. Buxton secured this 
place for Walter. 

fllumni notice 

According to vote of the members present 
at the meeting of the Farm School Alumni 
Association held at the School on Thanksgiving, 
President French has appointed the following 
members to act with himself. Vice-President 
Hermann and Secretary Cummings. as the 
Membership Committee: Alden B. Hefler. 



William L. Snow, George Buchan, F. N. 
Frasier and George K. Hartman. It is the duty 
of this Committee, according to the constitution 
of the Association, to investigate and report upon 
all applications for membership. All such appli- 
cations for membership in the Farm School 
Alumni Association should be addressed to the 
President, Hobart W. French. 36 Cottage St.. 
Chelsea, Mass., who is Chairman of the Mem- 
bership Committee. 

William G. Cummings, Secretary. 



teamster 

We have eight teams, one pung, two car- 
riages and one drag. Most of the time we have 
a two-horse team in use and when visitors are here 
or when Mr. Bradley, or some of the instructors, 
want to go for a ride they take the carriage and 
drive anywhere on the roads they choose to go. 
When there is teaming to be done we use the 
ox cart, two one-horse teams and the two-horse 
team. I drive a one-horse team and harness up in 
the morning; while I am harnessing up the re- 
quistion boy goes to the kitchen and finds out 
what is wanted and brings the order to Mr. 
Mason. He gives it to me and we fill it out, 
then take it to the kitchen. After that is done I 
take loads of gravel, ashes, freight, wood, coal, 
etc. The two-horse team is used for 

plowing, hauling wood and for all farm work. 
The drag is used for heavy things and the pung 
is used mostly when there is a lot of snow and 
ice. Frederick F. Burchsted. 

J\xm the Cottages for Ulinter 

The boys have fixed their cottages for the 
cold weather. Some of them have taken sea- 
weed and put it up against their cottages digging 
a small trench around them and filling it with the 
seaweed. They take boards and saw them the 
width of the windows and nail them on; they 
sometimes put paper or leaves between the glass 
and the boards. Last year some of the boys 
had storm doors on their cottages, which did 
very well in keeping out the wind and snow. 

John J. Conklin. 



XTbompsotVs Ifslanb 

Beacon 



Vol. 3. No. 10. 



Printed at the Farm School, Boston, Mass. 



February 1900. 



Our jRlutnni J{$$ocldticn 

The efforts which for some time have been 
put forth in various quarters in the interests of a 
gathering of the Farm School graduates in an 
organization have at last borne fruit in the form 
of the Farm School Alumni Association. 

This is not a new organization, and yet 
again it is. It really had its beginning in and is 
the outgrowth of the Farm School Alumni of 
Boston, which was organized several years ago. 
The present organization is, however, distinctly 
different in many essential points: — it starts 
with a new hope, a new membership and a 
little experience. 

This organization is not to be composed of 
members of the School who are in and about 
Boston alone, but of all persons who are or shall 
be graduates of the Farm School. 

The most essential factor necessary for the 
success of an organization of any kind is that 
there be some bond of sympathy and under- 
standing between its members; and surely the 
graduates of the Farm School have such a 
bond. Who among all of them has visited the 
old home after an absence of several years and 
has not been surprised and delighted with the 
condition in which he found the whole Island? 
Besides the School they have one another. 
Who does not like to meet the old "boys" at 
any time? And what two having thus met ever 
part without asking for the others? Surely 
these are bonds of sympathy and understanding. 
These two bonds, — the School and the other 
fellow, — will grow more dear in future years, and 
the reunions of the Alumni Association will be 
looked forward to with more and more interest 
as the years pass. 

The initiation fee of the Association is fifty 



cents, and each member is assessed one dollar 
a year for annual dues. The idea has been to 
make the fees as small as possible and still keep 
the organization on a reasonable financial basis. 
The constitution provides for one meeting a 
year and that others shall be held when called 
by the President. 

A Membership Committee has been ap- 
pointed by the President, whose duty it is to 
consider all applications for membership. This 
Committee covers a long period in attendance 
at the School, and as they know personally a 
great many graduates and are members who 
have been carefully chosen for the office, they 
can perform their duties ably. 

Of course the hearty co-operation of every 
graduate of the School is needed in this mat- 
ter. A few members can do but little; and 
while a large number can do considerable work 
in various lines, the Association will be incom- 
plete if the name of every graduate does not 
appear on the membership list. 

The Association has not started on very 
broad lines; but it does not intend to continue 
along these lines alone, as it will broaden out in 
various ways as the circumstances will warrant. 
The graduates can be more to one another in 
future years as they come to be more to them- 
selves; the Association can mean more to the 
School and to the boys at the School; it can 
broaden out on its social basis; it might be 
made an aid financially to its members; ^'it can 
expand in all its aims and objects. 

All schools have their alumni organizations. 
The public schools of Boston have such organ- 
izations which are strengthened each year by 
the graduating class. Meetings or reunions are 
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affairs for their members. 

Such an event as this can be made 
extremely interesting and pleasant in our As- 
sociation as we have formed real friendships at 
the School and are connected by such ties as 
always exist in the proper home and which 
are fostered by the family relation. 

The Thompson's Island Beacon has been 
chosen as the proper instrument of the organ- 
ization, and we would suggest that all graduates 
subscribe for it. The School button is also 
recommended to each graduate. It is a pretty 
little emblem and is often useful. 

The organization has started with a mem- 
bership of forty, with an energetic board of 
officers, the hearty sympathy of the School and 
the Board of Managers, and our prospec-ts are 
bright. 

We have prepared and are forwarding to 
the graduates of the School a blank form of 
application for membership in the Association. 
Of course there are expenses and we need the 
fifty cents of every graduate, but the name, the 
interest, the co-operation and the support of 
every one at this time when we are endeavoring 
to place the organization on a firm and substan- 
tial basis, is thought more of than the fifty one 
cent pieces of the initiation fee. We trust that 
all the graduates will be interested enough in 
this matter to join the Association at once. 

William G. Cummings. 

Pictures of the School 

We have a number of photographs, en- 
gravings and paintings in the different parts of 
the main building. We have nearly twenty 
copies from Audubon's original plates of some 
of the birds of America. In our dining room we 
have engravings of game birds, as turkeys and 
ducks. In the schoolrooms we have more of 
birds used in study, as king fisher, Carolina 
parrot, mocking bird and others. In the first 
schoolroom we have pictures of Washington, 
Lincoln. Grant, John D. Williams, M. C. 
Warren and a large painting of the Landing 
of the Pilgrims, also a crayon drav/ing 
of a cow's head by John D. Richards, a 
graduate of the School, done in ! 881. In our 



reading room we have a picture of the Battle- 
ship Massachusetts presented to the School by 
the Secretary of the Navy, John D. Long, a 
photograph of the '99 rugby team of the gradu- 
ates, a picture of all kinds of American flags 
taken from a painting by Edwin B. Elliot of 
Philadelphia, Pa., also a photograph of the 
School's band taken in the city May 29, 1862 
after the band had played in Tremont Temple. 
In the second schoolroom is a large picture of 
Washington and his generals, all being in the 
uniform worn by an American general at that 
time. We have also large paintings of John D. 
Williams, one of the founders of this School, a 
bust and picture of Theodore Lyman, once may- 
or of Boston and president of our board of man- 
agers, pictures of Stephen G. Deblois and Moses 
Grant, both managers. Some of the pictures are 
pretty valuable, the drawings of Audubon being 
worth more than a hundred dollars. The photo- 
graph of the band was presented to the School 
in 1882 in remembrance of Stephen G. Deblois, 
by James Hutchinson, a graduate. The pictures 
of the managers of the School were mostly giv- 
en by the present managers and are in the par- 
lor. C. Alfred H. Malm. 

milkiitd 

In the morning the milkers get up at twenty 
minutes of five, go to the kitchen and get their 
milk pails, go down to the barn, put on their 
overalls, wash their hands, brush the cows' bags 
and start in milking. There are four milkers and 
they each, have certain cows to milk. When 
we get a cow milked we weigh the milk and take 
out two pounds for the weight of the pail. Then 
it is strained to get out all the impurities. 
After we finish milking we tell Mr. Mason how 
many pounds each cow gave and he puts it 
down on a record paper; at the end cf each week 
he adds it up and hands it in to the office. At 
the end of the year these record papers are all 
added up and we know just how many pounds of 
milk our cows gave during the year. We have 
twenty-one cows. We milk the cows twice a 
day; once as I have already said at five in the 
morning and again at five at night. 

Frederick F. Burchsted. 



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MAms by Dr. Greene 

On a recent Sunday Dr. Greene, the pastor 
of St. John's Church of South Boston, canne down 
and gave us boys a talk. The subject was, "Be." 
When he gave the subject he said, "Now I want 
you to put two bees in each ear and after I am 
gone I want them to buzz just as much as 
though there were some real bees in there." 
The first be was "Be on the field." This was 
about Sheridan. Dr. Greene said when he was 
a little fellow and weighed only ninety-six pounds 
he was at the battle of Cedar Mountain and 
he was on the yankee side. The yankees were be- 
ing defeated and at last one of their leaders was 
killed and the soldiers ran for their lives. It so 
happened that Sheridan was at Winchester, a 
town twenty miles away, and when he heard of 
the battle he got on his horse and rode for all he 
was worth. Dr. Greene said when he was ten 
miles away he was of no use, when he was one 
mile away he was of no use but when he was in 
front of his men he was the greatest man on 
earth, and so Sheridan got there and gathered his 
men together. They made a desperate charge 
and after a great struggle pushed the rebels 
back. But the rebels were game to the back- 
bone and they let the yankees have it and 
swept away a whole lot of soldiers in the front 
rank; but the general shouted, "Close up men, 
close up men !" and then the yankees made 
another desperate charge and swept the rebels 
off the face of the earth like grass before the 
scythe, and then they had won the day. The 
next topic was, "Be broad-minded and 
large-hearted." He said he had a friend 
when he was at college who had a violin and 
could play two tunes on his violin and when Dr. 
Greene was studying he thought it sounded like 
this, "Look out for yourself, look out for your- 
self !" and that he said was the way with a narrow- 
minded, small-hearted man. He said he went 
into a church once -and there was a large pipe 
organ and a man was seated on a stool playing 
it. At first it began low and sorrowful and 
gradually grew louder and stronger until at last 
it seemed as if everybody was wrapped spell- 
bound in its waves of music. And he said so it 



is with a large-hearted, broad-minded man. 
The next topic was. " Be ready." He said when 
he was at college he belonged to a boat-crew 
and that it had beaten Harvard, Yale, and in fact 
all the great colleges in the United States. 
Now they were going to have a race with anoth- 
er college of about their own size and he said 
the rivalry was fearful. He said not a crumb of 
food did they eat that was not for their benefit 
and when the time came there was not one fel- 
low but what felt ready for a long pull, a steady 
pull and a hard pull, and when they crossed the 
line they were quite a way ahead of the other 
boat, although the other fellows were larger and 
stronger than they. The next topic was "Be 
loyal." He said at Belle Isle there were about 
one thousand prisoners to be exchanged. 
They were so weak, sick and thin they 
could hardly stand and walk, but the thought of 
home nerved them on and so after much diffi- 
culty they succeeded in getting outside of the 
gate. There standing on a platform was a col- 
onel mostly gold lace and he said to one of the 
poor living skeletons who was a sergeant in his 
own company, "You fellows may gain your 
freedom under one condition and that is if you 
will promise never to fight under the old flag a- 
gain." And the noble sergeant drawing him- 
self up to his full height said, "If those are the 
conditions, you may count me out and all the 
rest of the boys, too; is that not so. boys?" 
And they answered, "Yes." So the sergeant 
said, "Right about, face! Forward, march!" 
And there was not a man who was not willing to 
go back and die in that den for the cause for 
which he was fighting. Harold S. Taylor. 

Repairing the Basement Stairs 

The old stairs which led from the bakery to 
the basement have been taken away. When 
the old stairs were taken down, a large lot of 
dirt was found there and things didn't look just 
right where they were taken from. All the dirt 
was taken away and the place was all cleaned 
out and the masonry was all repaired and made 
much stronger; new and stronger stairs were put 
in which mike the place cleaner and better 
looking. Ernest Curley. 



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Cboiiip$on'$ Tsland Beacon 

Printed Monthly by the Boys of the 

FARM SCHOOL 

Thonnpsons Island, Boston Harbor. 

A PRIVATE HOME-TRAINING SCHOOL 
DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS 

Vol. 3. No. 10. February 1900. 



Subscription Price 50 cents per year. 

Entered at the Post Off ice at Boston as second-class matter. 



BOARD OF MANAGERS. 

president. 

Richard M. Saltonstall. 

vice-president. 

Eben Bacon. 

treasurer. 

Arthur Adams. 

secretary. 

Tucker Daland. 

managers. 

Melvfn O. Adams, 
Alfred Bowditch, 

I. Tucker Burr, Jr., 
~ Charles P. Curtis, Jr., 
J. D. W. French, 

Charles T. Gallagher, 
Henry S. Grew. 

Joshua B. Holden, Jr., 
John Homans, 2d, M. D.. 
Walter Hunnewell, 
Francis Shaw, 

Thomas F. Temple. 



Charles H. Bradley, 



Superintendent. 



Ufhat one ftoy Jf ccontplisbcd 

By Hezekiah Butterworth. 

I have often thought, when asked to give 
advice to young men, that nothing I myself 
could say would be half as good advice as for me 
to tell the story of the life of George Stevenson. 

George Stevenson was emphatically one of 
nature's noblemen. He was born in a colliery 
village, near Newcastle-on-Tyne. England. H:s 



father was very poor, and fired a pumping engine 
in the colliery. He was the second of six 
children, none of whom were sent to school. 
He helped to maintain himself in his childhood 
by herding cows, closing the gates after the 
coal wagons had passed at night, and like 
occupations. He was a sober, steady, hard- 
working lad, and was later employed on the 
engine with his father as an assistant fireman 
and subsequently as a plugman. The machinery 
excited his curiosity; he acquainted himself with 
its construction; his mechanical genius became 
restless, and he aspired to become an engineer. 
He desired to know about the engines of Watt 
and Bolton; he saw the necessity of book-knowl- 
edge, and at the age of eighteen began to learn 
to read. He at first attended a night school 
kept by a poor village teacher, and later took 
lessons of a Scotch minister who understood 
mathematics. He used to work out his 
problems in his spare minutes at the engine, 
and before long excelled his master in the use 
of figures. He was next employed as a 
brakeman and received liberal wages. He 
occupied his leisure in studying 'mechanics, 
making inventions, and modeling experi- 
mental engines. Steadily rising he was employ- 
ed to superintend the working of one of Watt 
and Bolton's engines, near Montrose, Scotland. 
During his absence his aged father lost his 
eyesight by an accident, and, on his return to 
England the young man paid his father's debts, 
provided for his parents a comfortable home, 
and supported them out of his earnings. 

He made many improvements in engineer- 
ing apparatus, and was appointed engine-wright 
of Killingworth colliery. The construction of a 
locomotive of superior power began to be his 
study and day-dream. He felt that the engines 
of the day were practically failures: he declared 
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,and was authorized by Lord Ravensworth to 
carry out his plan. He constructed a 
locomotive which was a great improvement, 
and, having invented the steam blast, he 
constructed another which was a perfect 
success. 

Thereafter George Stevenson was a man 
of note. He was employed as a constructor of 
railways, and as an engineer, at large salaries; 
he established a locomotive manufactory; he 
superintended the construction of some of the 
most important railway connections in England; 
he was the hero of railway jubilees, at which 
the statesmen of the time w;re present; he was 
sent for by Leopold, King of the Belgians, who 
conferred with him in regard to the formation of 
railway lines in his kingdom; he was made a 
Balgian knight, and received the offer of knight- 
hood from Sir Robert Peel. The railways of 
the present time would girdle the earth many 
times. George Stevenson's works are his 
noblest monuments, and will carry his name 
into all lands. 

notes 

Jan. 1. First snow storm. 

Jan. 2. Winter term of school began. 

Walter L. Carpenter visited the School. 

Clearing off the space near the old barn 
ready to be flooded for the skating pond. 

Three, hundred pounds of animal meal for 
poultry received from manager Mr. J. D. W- 
French. 

Quarterly meeting of citizens of Cottage 
Row. The following officers were elected: 
mayor, Frederick Hill; aldermen, Joseph A- 
Carr, George Thomas and Charles Hill; 
assessor, Charles W. Jorgensen; street commis- 
sioner, Barney Hill; chief of police, Frederick 
F. Burchsted; jury, George Thomas, John J. 
Conklin, John J. Powers, Samuel A. Waycott, 
Frank C. Simpson, Barney Hill, Frederick W. 
Thompson. The mayor appointed as clerk, 
George Hart, librarian, Ralph 0. Anderson, 
treasurer, C. Henry B. Bradley, janitor, Don C. 



Clark. The chief of police appointed as patrol- 
men, John J. Conklin and Charles F. Spear. 

Jan. 4. An L. T. L. sociable held in 
the evening. 

Jan. 8. Mr. Max Bennett Thrasher, 
former assistant superintendent, made us a visit 
and spoke to the boys in chapel. 

Jan. 9. First skating 

Jan. 1 1 . Fine skating. 

Leo T. Decis left the School to work for 
The Croke Printing Company, Franklin Build- 
ing, Harcourt St., and live with his mother at 
21 Dundee St., Boston. 

Jan. 13. Robert Blanton came to spend 
Sunday with us. 

One lot of calendars received from grad- 
uate John P. Ackers. 

Jan. 14. Graduates Albert E. Gerry and 
Howard B. Ellis called. 

Through the kindness of Mr. John C. Ham 
the Rev. R. L. Green of the St. John's church. 
South Boston, addressed the boys at 3 P. M, 

Jan. 15. Putting in new pitcher pump in 
the boys' play room. 

John J. Irving left the School to work 
for the American Tool and Machine Co. of 
Hyde Park. He boards at 48 Water St. 

Jan. 16. A gift of one tub of butter 
received from C. F. Hovey & Co., Faneuil Hall 
Market. 

Jan. 17. Shaw prizes awarded at the 
chapel hour. 

Jan. 18. A squad of boys attended the 
Poultry Show. 

Jan. 21. Rev. S. H. Hilliard of Boston 
addressed the boys at 3 P. M. 

Jan. 22. The peacock died. 

Four gray squirrels added to our list of 
animals. 

Jan. 23. Udo Arthur Poppey entered the 
School. 

Jan. 24. Manager Mr. Francis Shaw 
visited the School. 

Charles McKay left the School and en- 
tered the employ of the New York, New Haven 
& Hartford R. R. in their car shops at New 
Haven, Connecticut. His address is 154 



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Plymouth Avenue, Hartford, Conn. 

Jan. 30. The first grade and some of the 
instructors skated by the light of a bonfire. 

More than 700 written orders for repairs 
were received at the shop during 1899. This 
does not include a great number of verbal 
orders. This includes wood and iron work, 
plumbing and painting. All the boats have been 
painted twice. The wharf, scow, derrick and 
flagstaff have also been painted. The halls, 
dormitories, bakery and one room have received 
two coats each. 

A 3000 lb. derrick has been made and set 
up at the wharf, also a fifty foot float and blocks 
for grounding the steamer on when repairing or 
painting her. New wood work has been put in 
to the bakery and shop basement and henhouse. 
A gaff has been made for the flagstaff. 

Cbe $baw Prizes 

The semi-annual award of the Shaw prizes, 
the Temple Consolation prizes and Honorable 
Mention for the half year just ended is given 
below. The award of these prizes is based 
upon our grade system of marking. The 
names were read and the prizes distributed on 
Wednesday evening, January 17. 
Shaw Prizes. 
1, William C. Carr 2, Frank W. Harris 
3, William C. J. Frueh 4, Horace P. Thrasher 
5, Lester H. Witt 6. Joseph A. Carr 

7. Samuel W. Webber 8, George Thomas 
9, Samuel F. Butler 10, Willard H. Rowell. 

Temple Consolation Prizes. 
1 1, C. Alfred H. Malm 12, William Austin 
13, Leo T. Decis 14 George McKenzie 

15, Samuel Weston. 

Honorable Mention. 

16, Edward L. Davis 17, Walter D. Norwood 
18, Thomas Maceda 19, Daniel Murray 

20, Carl L. Wittig. 

Tarm School Bank 

Cash on hand Dec. 1st, 1899, S279.85 

Deposited during the month 33.93 

$313 78 
Withdrawn during the month 30.82 

Balance Jan. 1st. 1900. $282.96 



Cbe Changes 

A few changes were made in the work a 
short time ago. A boy was changed from the 
sewing room to the dining room and one from 
the dining room to the kitchen. One of the 
boys that worked on the steamer went away and 
a wharfinger took his place. Another boy went 
away that worked in the printing office and so 
the other printing office boys moved up and a 
kitchen boy went in as devil. A kitchen boy 
was also put in as wharfinger. If a house boy 
gets out of the house he usually goes to the 
farm and a farm boy takes his place. 

Charles A. Taylor. 

Che Calendar 

Every morning before school a boy comes 
up to the schoolroom and writes on the board 
all he has found of interest ;! at happened on 
that day of the month. The boy is allowed to 
look in any book or ask anybody to find out, and 
in the "Popular Educator" there are a great 
many things. On most every day we have 
some battle or some great man was born or has 
died. One boy can have a week of filling out 
the calendar and every day it is read. The 
calendar helps us along in history greatly be- 
cause it gives dates and the names of places 
where the battles were fought and when noted 
men were born or have died. 

Arthur 1. Purdy. 

Plavino Games 

Thursday night instead of having the 
regular L.T.L. meeting, Mr. Bradley let us stay 
down in the schoolroom and we spent the 
evening playing games. Four tables were 
brought in, two placed on each side of the room. 
After all was ready the games were brought in. 
Each chose his own game. There were croki- 
nole, checkers, fish pond, boat race, dominoes 
and lots of other games. While we were en- 
joying ourselves some popcorn and apples were 
brought in and served to each one. Some of 
the instructors came in and spent the evening with 
us. We all had an enjoyable evening and didn't 
get to bed until nsarly ten o'clock. 

Frederick W. Thompson. 



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Tee BrcaKing Steamer 

The Ermack designed by Admiral Mak- 
aroff of the Russian Navy is three hundred and 
five feet long, seventy-two feet beam and forty- 
two feet and six inches deep. She has eight 
sets of propelling engines and four screws, one 
at the bow to throw off blocks of ice and three 
at the stern. This steamer can cut through 
five feet of ice at a nine knot speed and by 
backing and going ahead has cut her way through 
thirty-four feet of ice flow. Although wonder- 
ful in cutting ice, nineteen inches of snow on the 
ice will stop all progress. This vessel was 
built by the Armstrongs in England. 

Stamps 

Quite a number of the boys are starting 
collections of stamps. The stamp craze gener- 
ally begins in the winter when the boys cannot 
play foot ball, rugby, base ball and all out door 
sports that are played in summer. Carl 
Crowell has the best collection in the School; 
he has about thirteen hundred stamps and al! are 
different. The boys get most of the stamps by 
buying packages for twenty-five, fifty cents and 
one dollar. The boys come round and do bargains 
with each other. They generally bargain with 
duplicates, but the boys shortened duplicates 
down to "dupes;" that is, they bargain with 
stamps they have two or more of. 

Thomas W. Tierney. 

Cbe new Pump 

A little while ago Mr. Littlefield put in a 
new pump in the playroom. The old one had 
been there about eleven years. This new one has 
had a new floor laid around it and the form is dif- 
ferent, what is called a pitcher pump. The old 
casing was kind of square but this one is round. 
The sink into which the water runs has been 
painted brown on the outside and enameled on 
the inside. The first water from the pump 
tasted kind of oily but now it is all right. This 
pump is painted green like the old one. 

Daniel W. Murray. 

fencing 

The boys now ha^'e the fencing craze. 
They all want foils and want to learn to fence. 



Most all the boys can fence pretty well. About 
ths best fencer in the School is Charles Edwards. 
He has two fencing foils and two masks to pro- 
tect the face from getting hurt. The rest of 
the boys rig up foils; the best are thin wooden 
ones with leather hilts. Some that the boys 
make have no hilts and the other foil coming 
down hurts the hands. It is fine fun fencing if 
you do not get hurt. 

William M. Roberts. 

new Books 

Different boys got one, two and more 
books on Christmas from their friends and they 
seem to know what kind of books boys as a 
general thing like. Henty, Castlemon, Ellis, 
Alger, Stratemeyer, Capt. Mayne Reid and many 
other authors write good books which boys like. 
Christmas some very good books were given to 
the boys by Mr. Bradley, among which were 
••Among the Malay Pirates," '-The Boy 
Captain," ••Winning his Spurs" and "In the 
Enemy's Country." Besides money prizes, 
books were given to the first five boys 
who had the next best grade record. I don't 
remember all the names of the books but two of 
them were "Henry in the War" and •'The 
Runaway." 

Clarence W. Barr. 

Cbe Vacbt 

There is a miniature yacht in a cradle in 
the first schoolroom which was given us by Mr. 
Charles Heald. It has a single mast, three jib 
sails, a mainsail, and a topsail. The color is white; 
the keel and rudder are painted brown. The 
height from the bottom of the keel to the top of the 
mast is about eight feet and the length from the 
stern to the end of the bowsprit is about seven 
and a half feet and it is about eight inches 
across at its widest part. It looks nice when it 
is rigged up. In school the boys are drawing 
the boat. Some of the drawings look nice. We 
are going to letter each part. There are lines 
so as to lower and hoist the sails and to reef 
them, like a real boat. The boys think it will go 
fast when in the water. 

George G. Noren. 



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Blumni 

Herbert A, Stillings, '91, served an 
apprenticeship as pattern maker with the 
Brainard Milling Machine Company of Hyde 
Park. His skill and ability were recognized by 
this company and at the close of his apprentice- 
ship he was given a substantial bonus. Soon 
after he accepted a position with the American 
Tool and Machine Company of the same town 
where he remained for four years, giving 
excellent satisfaction, respected by his 
employers and associates. He went from this 
firm to the employ of E. K. Baston, 77 Travers 
St., Boston, as foreman in the pattern shop 
where he still remains. 

Herbert married Miss Maude Eldridge in 
January, 1895 and they have a daughter nearly 
four years old and live at 296 Hyde Park 
Avenue, Hyde Park, Mass. 

Charles A. Henry, '93, who saw service 
in the U. S. N. as one of the men behind the 
guns at Santiago and later received his dis- 
charge on account of sickness, is now employed 
in G. H. Bent's foundry in Everett. Henry is 
married and resides in Charlestown. 

Albert J. Traill, '94, is employed in a 
position of trust and importance at the National 
Sailors' Home in Quincy. This is the institu- 
tion popularly known as the "Sailor's Snug 
Harbor". Mr. Eben Bacon, our vice president, 
is the president of it. 

:Hiumni notice 

A meeting of the Board of Officers and 
Membership Committee of the Farm School 
Alumni Association was held on the evening of 
January 22nd, 1900, at which a majority of the 
Association were present. A number of im- 
portant matters were discussed, considered and 
decided. Several other matters were left for 
the further consideration of the members before 
finally disposing of them. 

The first object of this meeting was to 
bring the members together in a little social 
gathering so that they might become better 
acquainted with one another, and it seems that 
this object was accomplished. All matters will 



be brought before the members assembled at 
the next meeting, but important points and 
points of interest were considered at the last 
meeting so that the officers might get the 
opinions of the members on the general plan 
and attitude of the Association. 

William G. Cummings, Secretary. 

JHumiti notice 

The January number of the Beacon con- 
tained a notice of the appointment of a Membership 
Committee from which was omitted Clarence S. 
Hefler's name. It should read, President French 
has appointed the following members to act with 
himself. Vice President Hermann and Secretary 
Cummings; as the membership committee. 
Alden B. Hefler, Clarence S. Hefler, William 
L. Snow. George Buchan, F. N. Frasier and 
George K. Hartman. Ed. 

iybvSDouldn'tT? 

By Miss Helen M. Winslow. 

My canary bird sings the whole day long. 

Behind his gilded bars. 
Shut in from all that birds enjoy 

Under the sun and stars: 
The freedom, grace and action fine 

Of wild birds he foregoes: 
But, spite of that, with happiness 

His little heart o'erflows: 
The world is wide. 
And birds outside 
In happy cheer always abide. 

Why shouldn't I? 

I, too, must dwell behind the bars 

Of toil and sacrifice: 
From heavy heart and weary brain 

My prayers or songs arise: 
But all around sad hearts abound. 

And troubles worse than mine: 
If aught of comfort I can bring 

To them, shall I repine? 
God's world is wide: 
If I can hide 

The crowding tears and sing beside. 
Why shouldn't 1? 



^boinpsorVs Hslanb 

JBeac on 



Vol. 3. No. 1 



Printed at the Farm School, Boston, Mass. 



March, 1900. 



tbc Bana 

One of the pleasant features of our School 
is the band. A boy who wishes to be in the 
band asks Mr. Bradley and he turns him over to 
Mr. Morse, our band instructor, who after a 
short examination, puts him on the instrument 
that he seems best adapted to. He is then 
given the privilege of practicing at any 
convenient time. When he can produce a suit- 
able tone on his instrument he is allowed to 
enter the new band composed of beginners like 
himself and there he stays until he can play 
fairly well and then he is allowed to practice 
with the band. 

In suitable weather Mr. Morse comes on 
Friday evenings and we have a rehearsal from 
half-past seven until ten and in the morning he 
has the beginners at the same hours. On 
Wednesday night the leader of the band has the 
band out in Gardner Hall and on Thursday he 
has the beginners. All other practicing is done 
during a boy's play-time. 

We have twelve different books of music ; 
among them are "National, Patriotic and 
Typical Airs of all Nations," compiled by John 
Philip Sousa, Band Master of the U. S. Marine 
Corps; "American Band Instructor," by T. H. 
Rollinson; Coleman's "American Brass Band 
School;" "Leader's Joy Band Book" by Harry 
Prendaville; "The Harmonic Treasure" 
Edward A. Samuel, Pub.; and "No. 1 Band 
Book," H. E. McSillen. Pub.; also three books 
full of the latest marches and a folio of sheet 
music. Mr. Shaw is interested in the band as 
are all our managers and he sends us music 
often. Mr. Morse and our graduates also give 
us a large number of pieces. 

On 'Visiting Days we march to the wharf 



and play one or two pieces as the steamer that 
brings the visitors makes her landing and then 
with the band in the lead and the rest of the 
School marching in column of two's we escort 
the visitors to Gardner Hall ; or if it is pleasant, 
the exercises are held out on the lawns where a 
concert is given by the band. At other times 
when our managers are here or any visitors that 
wish to hear the band play, the boys assemble 
and give a concert. On pleasure trips down 
the harbor the band renders patriotic airs. 
In the spring the band begins to practice 
marching and nights that are pleasant one hour 
is spent in drill at marching, keeping the right 
distance apart and the step. We march in 
columns of four's in military style. The boys 
have enjoyed the privilege of making a good 
many trips to the city and to some of the 
neighboring islands, which the band enjoys as 
well as the audience. Through the kindness 
of Mr. Littlefield, our sloyd instructor, we also 
enjoy the privilege of giving the musical pro- 
gramme for the Thomas G. Stevenson Post 26, 
G. A. R., Gen. Nelson A. Miles Camp 46, 
Sons of Veterans and Women's Relief Corps 
63 of Roxbury, on Memorial Day in which we 
take an interest and which we enjoy very much. 
There has been a band in our School for nearly 
half a century and it has been in good condition 
and been built up to its present state. The aver- 
age age of the boys that play in the band is fifteen 
years and most of the boys have been playing 
three or four years. Among our graduates we 
have a large number of good musicians who 
take an interest in the band and in its future 
success, and their kind encouraging words of 
commendation are always pleasant to hear. 
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instruments and other things connected with the 
band and so try to handle them with care and 
to use them to the best advantage, though they 
are little to be compared with what is daily done 
for us and which we can never hope to repay. 
But we can have and do have a good band 
which shows that we are thankful for the advan- 
tages we receive from our managers and Mr. 
Bradley. 

The band boys are as follows: 

Charles A. Edwards Solo Bb Clarinet 

Warren Holmes 2nd " 

Frederick P. Thayer 3rd " 

Edward C. Crowell Eb 

Ernest Curley Piccolo 
C. Alfred H. Malm 

Ernest W. Austin Solo " Cornet 

Samuel F. Butler 1st *' 

John J. Conklin 1st " 

Axel E. Renquist 2nd " 

John T. Lundquist 2nd " 

William Austin Solo Eb " 

Frederick Hill " " 

Alfred Lanagan " " 

George E. Hart Baritone 

Frank W. Harris 1st Bb Trombone 

Samuel W. Webber 2nd " 
Frederick F. Burchsted Solo Eb Alto 

Thomas Brown ^ 1st " 

Barney Hill 2nd " 

John F. Barr Bb Bass 

Charles Hill Eb " 

Charles B. Bartlett Tenor Drum 
Dana Currier 

Frederick Thompson Bass Drum & Cymbals 
Charles A. Edv/ards. 

Choosing up for m Snowball Battle 

One night Mr. Bradley came in to the 
schoolroom and asked if we wanted to choose 
up for the snow ball battle and every boy with a 
loud voice said, "Yes!" because they all like to 
have a snowball battle on the 22nd of February. 
The boys who did not want to be in the battle 
went up in front. There were about fifteen of 
the smaller boys. We first named the boys 
that we wanted to be the generals and then after 



we had four or five we voted and the one who 
had the most votes was one general and the one 
who got the next most was the other general. 
The first general was Joe Carr and the other was 
Charles Edwards. Then they tossed up a c^nt 
to see who would have first choice in selecting 
officers. Joe Carr got first and he took Ernest 
Curley for his captain and Edwards took for his 
captain Tom Brown. They then chose their 
other officers which were two lieutenants and a 
color bearer. After the officers were chosen 
they chose their privates of which there were 
thirty on each side. 

Edward C. Crowell. 

Buildind tbe Torts 

The boys began preparing for the snow 
battle about a week beforehand but every one 
thought it would not snow. Finally we had a 
storm and began February 19th to build the 
breastworks for the 22nd. We piled up a large 
heap of snow for the foundation and then piled 
cake upon cake until it was about seven feet 
high and about two feet thick at the top. After 
that was done the boys filled the inside of the 
breastworks up to about four feet from the top 
and then made a shelf of snow about one foot 
higher to stand on and to keep the enemy off. 
The other breastworks were seven feet high, 
five feet thick at the bottom 'and about two feet 
thick at the top, and they had double walls and 
a square place in the back for the bags. These 
were small bags'filled with sawdust and were to 
be captured during the battle. A little while 
before the battle it was found that one of the 
forts was a foot too high so it had to be taken 
down. For a little while before the battle the 
boys thought there would be none, on account of 
the storm, but it stopped raining and the boys 
patched up the forts and fought all the harder 
for the bags. 

Arthur I. Purdy. 



The world generally gives its admiration 
not to the man who does what nobody else ever 
attempts to do, but to the man who does best 
what multitudes do well. Macaulay. 



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RocRev 

The boys have played hockey a good deal 
this winter. The way the game is played, two 
fellows choose up sides. There are about twen- 
ty on a side. T\VO sticks are set up at each 
end of the pond for goals. One side lines up in 
the middle of the pond and when the side is 
ready to begin the one who is going to knock the 
block calls out •'warney*' the other side 
"takey"". Then the game begins. After the 
block has been knocked down from the beginning 
of the game the fellows try to tribble the block 
dov/n to his opponent's goal. When a fellow is 
fribbling the block and is getting near another 
fellow he gives it a hard knock, but is not al- 
lowed to raise his club above his head. When 
it is foul it is thrown out in the middle of the 
field. Sometimes a fellow will almost get a 
goal and he gets the block taken away from him. 
A goal is made by knocking the block over the 
line indicated by the two sticks. The fellows 
like the game and play every noon and Saturday 
afternoon. Mr. Bradley gave the fellows quite 
a number of hockeys. The fellows play the 
game more than they used to. Dana Currier. 

SHutm in the Evening 

Once in a while when the skating is at its 
best, some of the boys are allowed to go down 
to the pond after chapel to have a nice time 
skating. But times when they build fires and 
have torches are the best times. As scon as we 
get down to the pond some of the boys help Mr. 
Chamberlin. the instructor in charge, to build the 
bonfires while some of the others help the lady 
instructors who are down there to skate. The 
remaining boys go skating by themselves, some- 
times by two's and some of the boys play snap 
the whip, tag and other games. On the third of 
February, which was on a Saturday, we had one 
of these great times and I think all of the boys 
enjoyed it greatly who were down there and the 
instructors also. One good thing about it was 
that when anybody was cold, he did not have to 
stand and freeze, but could go up by the fire and 
roast until he was warm enough and then go 
back and have another good skate. 

Frederick P. Thayer. 



Cutting Tccd 

We have been cutting feed for the last 
week or so. The feed consists of cornstalks 
and hay. The cutter is run by horse power. 
The strings are first cut off from the corn- 
stalks, which held them together as bundles and 
then the cornstalks are put on the floor in a pile 
near the cutter with a pile of hay with them. A 
boy stands at the end of the cutter and hands 
the hay and cornstalks to the one who is feeding 
the cutter. While they are cutting there is a 
boy taking away the feed that has been cut and 
he puts it down the trap; then it goes to the cut 
feed pen, where it is mixed together and is used 
to feed the cows. 

John J. Conklin. 

Blacksmitbing 

There are six of us in the blacksmith class. 
We have two forges and four anvils. The black- 
smith class is in session from one o'clock until 
five every Monday afternoon. We have forty 
models in the course. The first model is a prac- 
tice piece of iron, the last model is an iron and 
steel weld. Four boys work on their models at a 
time, the other two blow the forges, repair iron 
work, sharpen pick-axes, crow-bars, etc. When 
a large job like fixing a wagon or something of 
that sort is to be done we all work on it. When 
a new boy enters the class he generally picks up a 
hot iron which looks to him cold and gets a trade 
mark. We have a set of blue prints from which 
we make our models. Our stock is kept up over- 
head in the basement where we work. When 
we finish a model we cover it with oil, then we 
put some fresh coal on the fire and lay the model 
in the forge, let it get smoked up well, and then 
take it out and rub off the dirt with a piece of 
rag. If it happens to be a nut or a bolt we thread 
it. 

"The clanging of the hammer. 
The creaking of the crane. 

The ringing of the anvil. 

These sounds of industry I love, 
I love them all." 

Frederick F. Burchsted. 



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Cbompson's Bland Beacon 

Printed Monthly by the Boys of the 

FARM SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor. 

A PRIVATE HOME-TRAINING SCHOOL 
DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS 

Vol. 3. No. 



11. 



March 1900. 



Subscription Price 50 cents per year. 

Entered at the Post Office at Boston as second-class matter. 

BOARD OF MANAGERS. 

president. 

Richard M. Saltonstall. 

vice-president. 

Eben Bacon. 

treasurer. 

Arthur Adams. 

secretary. 

Tucker Daland. 

managers. 

Melvin O. Adams, 
Alfred Bowditch, 
1. Tucker Burr, Jr., 
Charles P. Curtis, Jr., 
J. D. W. French, 

Charles T. Gallagher, 
Henry S. Grev/, 

Joshua B. Holden, Jr., 
John Homans, 2d, M. D., 
Walter Hunnewell, 
Francis Shaw, 

Thomas F. Temple. 



Charles H. Bradley, 



Superintendent. 



• Few persons ever gain all that their am- 
bitions look forward to. We do not mean by 
this that all persons are necessarily restless or 
that ambition is in vain, for as we go out into 
the world our hopes and aims grow upon us. 
As we grow older our minds grow larger by 
taking in new thoughts which expand the mind. 
It is with the mind as with the body: it must 



have exercise in order to grow strong. No one 
would be so foolish as to shut his body into a 
narrow room, give it no nourishing food and 
no exercise and expect it to grow strong and 
muscular. 

The mind grows on the same principle. As 
the food to make a healthy body must furnish 
the right elements for miuscle, blood and brain, 
so food for the mind must be strong and varied. 
By this food for the mind, we mean the books 
we read, the lessons we learn, the thoughts we 
cherish and the conversation we take part in. 
If these are few and sm.all, the mind will be 
mean and narrow; if these are right and high, 
the mind will be broad and high-toned. We 
shall then be able to take a larger out-look of life 
and be capable of making our lives better and 
wider. 

The boy who sails his toy yacht looks 
forward to the years when he will own a real 
yacht, handle the sails himself and make the 
wind his servant. The time comes when he 
has outgrown the yacht and his ambition is to 
propel his boat by a stronger force and be 
independent of the wind. If this ambition is 
satisfied, he may find himself at the head 
of a steamship line. His ambition could 
be satisfied because his mind was fed up- 
on large thoughts, making his life broader. 

No matter how much we are able to ac- 
complish or how high we attain, there should 
still be a spirit for further achievement. There 
is always something more to be attained. 
Progress is the watchword of the day. Life is 
progress. If we are making no progress, we 
are going backward. Life never stands still. 

A boy will show a lack of ambition in 
certain lines. He may think he never can 
make anything of himself because he has to 
study or dislikes his work in almost any line. 



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But it is for liim to look about and find the 
thing which for him holds an absorbing interest 
and which will require his best effort. 

By putting forth his best effort his life 
grows stronger and broader and his ambition 
has found something to grow upon. If he can 
find nothing at all to call out these efforts for 
his work, his life will be of- no value to himself. 

He will simply move through the years of his 

existence like a machine. Right living is always 

progressive as it always follows a desire to learn 

and if one stops learning he ceases to progress. 

"Not in the clamor of the crowded street, 

Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng. 
But in ourselves is triumph or defeat." 

notes 

Feb. 1. Regular monthly meeting of 
Company X. 

Feb. 3. All the boys who wished to skate 
spent the evening on the ice. 

Feb. 4. Mr. A. T. Eddy addressed the 
boys at 3 P. M. 

Feb. 5. A very high wind. 

Feb. 7. Secretary Mr. Tucker Daland 
and Managers Mr. Francis Shaw and Mr. 
Charles P. Curtis, Jr., visited the School, 
accompanied by Mr. Henry Pevear of Lynn, 
Mass. 

Feb. 12. Music for the band received 
from Mr. John R. Morse. 

Chose sides for the snowball battle to take 
place Washington's Birthday. 

An Otto gasoline engine came which is to 
furnish power for the lathes and printing presses. 

Feb. 13. James Clifford entered the 
School. 

Orra H. H. Becker left the School to live 
with his sister in New Haven, Conn. 

William C. Carr left the School to work 
for Mr. C. M. Sawyer of Berlin, Mass. 

Richard N. Maxwell left the School to 
work for Mr. Amasa O. Amidon, 503 West St., 
Keene, N. H. 

Feb. 17. Heavy northeast snow storm. 



William R. Easter visited the School. 

Feb. 19. Band concert in the evening. 

Plenty of snow and the boys began building 
their forts. 

Feb. 21. William G. Cummings and 
Albert E. Gerry visited the School. 

Feb. 22. Holiday. 

Snowball battle in the afternoon. 

Patriotic entertainment in the evening. 

Feb. 23. Set up the engine. 

Feb. 25. Very high west wind. 

Telephone connection broken. 

Feb. 27. On account of continued rough 
weather the harbor master's boat made a trip 
for us. 

Long distance telephone in use again. 

Feb. 28. Four degrees below zero at 7 
A. M. 

Considerable ice in the harbor. 

Tarm School Bank 

Cash on hand Feb. 1st, 1900, $282.96 

Deposited during the month 6.54 

$289.50 
Withdrawn during the month 4.88 

Balance Mar. 1st. 1900. $284.62 

exercises on ttlasbington's Birthday 

Two weeks before Washington's Birthday 
our teachers gave out pieces for the boys to 
learn. A little over a week before the time 
came to speak, we began to rehearse our pieces 
and when the choir has to sing they rehearse 
also. Some of the boys learned their pieces 
very quickly while others knew only parts of 
theirs. The concert showed the development 
of the Declaration of Independence and the 
pieces were nearly all orations by Patrick 
Henry, William Pitt and such statesmen. The 
boys like to speak interesting pieces and they 
put a lot of life into them. Dana Currier spoke 
his piece with a lot of life and they all thought 
he spoke the best. The instructors said that 
the exercises were the best they had heard for 
a long time. The whole school sang three very 
good songs and there was a quartette by four of 
the boys. Albert H. Ladd. 



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The programme for the evening of Wash- 
ington's Birthday is given below. 
Song School. 

Land of Washington 
Essay Herbert E. Balentine. 

The Development of Independence Day 
Declamation Howard L. Hinckley. 

James Otis in 1765 
Declamation Albert H. Ladd. 

William Pitt in Parliament 
Song School. 

Onward March 
Declamation Dana Currier. 

War is Actually Begun — Patrick Henry. 
Declamation Ernest Curley. 

The Revolutionary Alarm — Geo. Bancroft. 
Quartette 

Mount Vernon's Bells. 
Declamation Frederick F. Burchsted_ 

America Still Unconquerable — Pitt. 
Recitation Charles B. Bartlett. 

The Uprising in 1776 
Song School. 

Independence Day 

Declamation Josepn A. Carr. 

Speech of John Adams — Daniel Webster. 

Recitation C. Alfred H. Malm. 

Independence Bell, Philadelphia 
Song America School. 

Cbe Snowball Battle 

A day that is always looked forward to and 
longed for is Washington's Birthday, although 
one of the hardest and toughest of our sports 
takes place on that day. A week beforehand 
the sides were chosen. We did not expect to 
have snow for the forts, but on Saturday night 
our hopes were realized. It started to snow 
and it snowed hard, too. As we did not have 
time to build forts, it was decided large walls 
would be sufficient, and they should be called 
forts. By Wednesday, the day before the battle, 
the forts were erected. The next day it rained 
good and hard most of the day, and washed 
great holes in the walls of the forts. In the 
afternoon the winds abated and it was decided 
that the battle should take place rain or shine. 



Ten or fifteen minutes were given to patch up 
the forts and get ready for the fight. The boys 
rigged themselves up in all kinds of clothes. 
Two or three boys wore rugby suits, some wore 
overalls and jumpers and belts of all kinds to 
keep them from falling apart. At a quarter 
past three the whistle summoned the boys to 
Gardner Hall. They lined up there, on either 
side of the hall. The rules for the fight were 
read off and approved by the generals. Then 
the flags which were French and Russian were 
tossed up for. As each side received its flag 
they gave three cheers for it. A few minutes 
before half past three the two sides with their 
colors flying at the head of the columns marched 
to their respective forts. Ten bags each holding 
about four quarts of sawdust were placed in 
each fort. Three judges were appointed to 
keep things straight. One was stationed at each 
fort and one half way between. At half past 
three the whistle blew for the fight to begin. 
It was a joint attack. One side sent out an 
attacking party and kept a defending party and 
the other side "ditto." There was some terri- 
bly hard fighting on both sides for about fifteen 
minutes at the end of which time our general 
was slightly wounded and left the field of battle. 
Ten minutes intermission was given. When 
this time expired the sides lined up again. 
Another code of rules was read and approved. 
Then the boys marched to their forts again. 
This time it was raining. Nineteen bags were 
placed at even distance from each fort, at about 
one hundred yards. The whistle was blown and 
the boys started from the forts for the bags. 
The object was to get the bags into the forts. 
Groups of boys were seen here and there fight- 
ing for the bags. One side was trying to hold 
them and the other trying to get them away. 
This lasted for about ten minutes. When the 
time expired the other side had one more bag 
than we did. As they passed our fort we gave 
them three loud cheers, more than could be 
expected. Both sides then went up into the 
hall and the different points of the battle were 
brought out and talked, over. Then those of the 
defeated side not invited to stay vacated the 



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'Hall and left the victors to divide up their 
"trophy box." There was plenty of cold water, 
mud and snow and it was a good hard battle. 
The boys on each side are as follows: 
French. Russian. 

General. 
Charles Edwards. Joseph Carr. 

Captain. 
Thomas Brown. Ernest Curley. 

1st. Lieutenant. 
Phillippe Parent. Frederick Hill. 

2nd Lieutenant. 
William Austin. William Ellwood. 

Color Bearer. 
Charles Bartlett. Samuel Webber. 

Ernest Austin. Ralph Anderson. 

Herbert Balentin^. John Barr. 

Charles Blatchford. Clarence Barr. 
Frederick Burchsted. Walter Butler. 
George Burke. Don Clark. 

Samuel Butler. John Conklin. 

James Edson. Edward Crowell. 

William Flynn. Dana Currier. 

Frank Harris. Edward Davis. 

Ralph Holmes. Andrew Dean. 

Charles Jorgensen. William Frueh. 

Albert Ladd. George Hart. 

John Lundquist. George Hicks. 

Alfred Malm. Howard Hinckley. 

Daniel Murray. Charles Hill. 

George Noren. Barney Hill. 

Joseph Pratt. Warren Holmes. 

John Powers. Alfred Lanagan. 

Arthur Purdy. William May. 

John Robblee. Louis Means. 

William Roberts. Robert McKay. 

Frank Roberts. Walter Norwood. 

Frank Simpson. James Pratt. 

Charles Spear. Axel Renquist. 

Charles Taylor. Frederick Thayer. 

Edward Taylor. George Thomas. 

Frederick Thompson. Thomas Tierney. 
Frederick Walker. John Tierney. 
Samuel Waycott. Lester Witt. 

Che Poultry $bow 

A short time ago Mr. Bradley took some 
of the boys up to see the poultry siiow. When 



we went inside all we could hear was roosters 
crowing and geese quacking. The most inter- 
esting things we saw were two white peacocks 
and some incubators in which we could see the 
chickens hatching out of the eggs, also a little 
house called a brooder which takes the place of 
an old hen. It is better than a hen because it 
can brood a great many more chicks. Besides 
hens there were some wild animals, such as a 
black bear, a large wild cat and some dead deer. 
There were a great many kinds of fowls, such as 
Brahmas, white and brown Leghorns and Ply- 
mouth Rocks. Of the web-footed birds there 
were African geese and different kinds of ducks. 
There was a great variety of pigeons. They were 
chiefly English pouters, fan-tail and hominy pig- 
eons. The rabbits were very pretty. There 
were Belgium hares, lop-eared rabbits and com- 
mon rabbits. And besides all these there were 
some cats one of which was said to be worth 
$ 1 000. The golden pheasants were in one room; 
there were all kinds of dressed fowls, ducks, tur- 
keys, geese, and their eggs. Then we saw 
some little Berkshire and Yorkshire pigs in some 
clean cages. We thank Mr. Bradley very much 
for his kindness in taking us to see the show. 
Edward B. Taylor. 

J\ new Boar 

We have a new pig which is a pretty tame 
one. He is different from our other boar. He 
is a white one, has a kind of pug nose and has 
long curly hair. Our other boar is black, has a 
straight nose and is large and ugly. One day 
when we were feeding the pigs the other two pigs 
cornered him and made him go to the other end 
while they ate all the swill. So we, Fred Walker 
and 1, cornered the other two and kept them 
there while the new pig ate two buckets of swill. 
I suppose they had their revenge on him after- 
wards, but he got more than he had had for quite 
a while. He does not eat as fast as the others 
and is not ugly and he keeps himself clean. 

Clarence W. Barr. 

After all, even trees have about as hard 
times as the rest of us, for their trunks are 
often seized for boa/d. L. A. W. Bulletin. 



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Blutntti 

William G. Cummings, '98, has success- 
fully passed the midwinter examinations in 
criminal law in the Y. M. C. A. law course. 

Chester 0. Sanborn, '99, is at East 
Westmoreland, N. H., with Mr. E. P. Amidon, 
on a farm. He is doing very well and giving 
excellent satisfaction. He writes: "I have been 
in the woods chopping logs and getting them 
ready to go to Keene. I try to look on the 
bright side of things and find I get along much 
better than when I am trying to see what there 
is to kick about. 

Albert E. Gerry, '99, is still with the 
Boston Tow Boat Co., where he has been ever 
since he left the School. He is running a 
stationary engine. He is taking a course in 
Stationary Engineering with the American 
School of Correspondence of Boston. 

William Davis, '99, has left the Dorches- 
ter High School and has a position'* with the 
North American Insurance Co., 58 Kilby St., 
Boston. His home is at 70 Neponset Ave., 
Dorchester. 

Leo T. Decis, '00, has a good position with 
The Croke Printing Company, Boston. Leo was 
foreman of the printing office when he left the 
School and that experience is of great advantage 
to him now. He lives with his mother at 21 
Dundee St., Boston. 

Jllumtti notice 

A meeting of the Farm School Alumni 
Association will be held at St. Andrews Hall, 
Wells Memorial Building, 987 Washington 
St., on Monday evening, March 12, 1900, at 
7.45. 

Several matters of importance will be 
considered and all graduates of the School are 
invited to be present. 

William G. Cummings, Secretary. 
19 Milk St.. Boston. 



A majestie tree fell in its prime — fell on a 
calm evening when there was scarcely a breath 
of air stirring. It had withstood a century of 



storms, and now was broken off by a zephyr. 
The secret was disclosed in its falling. A boy's 
hatchet had been stuck into it when it was a 
tender sapling. The wound had been g: 3wn 
over and hidden away, but it had never healed. 
There at the heart of the tree it stayed, a spot 
of decay, ever eating a little farther and deeper 
into -the trunk until at last the tree was rotted 
through, and it fell of its own weight when it 
seemed to be at its best. 

So do many lives fall when they seem to 
be at their strongest; because some sin or fault 
of youth has left its wounding and its conse- 
quent weakness at the heart. For many years 
it is hidden, and life goes on in strength. At 
last, however, its sad work is done, and at his 
prime the man falls. — Dr. J. R. Miller. 

Tsldttd Pleasure Jfssociation 

There are twenty members in the club 
and we hold our meetings Tuesday evenings 
in the gymnasium. We have elected new 
officers now: Thomas Brown, president; Charles 
A. Edwards, vice-president; George Thomas, 
secretary and treasurer. We have one 
trainer in our athletics, Ernest Curley. We 
also chose Charles Edwards for the leader 
of the Island Pleasure Association Band and 
lieutenant of drill. The first thing we have is 
our business meeting. In it we discuss different 
questions and what we can do for the School and 
also act on applications which are sent in by 
outsiders. Our motto is, "Give pleasure to 
others." Christmas we gave the School a 
striking bag and gloves. After our business 
meeting we have half an hour's drill with guns, 
then we practice athletics for awhile. The 
apparatus we have for these athletics is travel- 
ing rings, horizontal bars, rope ladder and per- 
pendicular ladder. After that we wind up the 
evening with a few selections by the Island 
Pleasure Association Band. Our yell is. 
"Boom-a-lacka, boom-a-lacka. sis-boom-bar! 
Ching-a-lacka, ching-a-lacka, ha ! ha ! ha ! Boom- 
a-lacka! Ching-a-lacka ! Who are we ? Who's 
from the I. P. A.? We ! We ! We !" We go 
in at nine o'clock. 

Charles B. Bartlett. 



JSeacon 



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Vol. 3. No. 12. 



Printed at the Farm School, Boston, Mass. 



April, 1900. 



Our Cibrary 

It seems almost impossible that our library 
was once only a few books as is shown by 
some of the old catalogues. During its many 
years of growth it has been making slow but 
steady progress and its best progress has been 
made during late years. 

The greater part of our library is made up 
of gifts, some large and some small, but all help 
along a good cause and are much appreciated. 

Our library covers nearly all the ground cf 
knowledge; there are books of adventure, Bible 
stories and tales of Christ, chivalry, discovery, 
fiction, feudalism, history, invention, biography, 
law, poetry, science and progress. 

Our library is divided into three sections, 
0, R, and L, and the shelves in each section 
are numbered 1,2,3, etc. and the books on each 
shelf are numbered likewise. In 1892 we had 
about 283 books in section R, 227 in section L 
and none in section 0, a total of 510 books. 
Now we have 1363 books, a gain of 853 books 
since 1895 or an average of about eight books a 
month or two a week for eight years. This 
does not include our Cottage Row Library of 
about 200 books. Our books are entered in a 
catalogue alphabetically with the title of book, 
author, number of shelf and number of book on 
the shelf, thus,- 

Title. Author. Shelf Number. 

Ben Hur. Lew Wallace. R-3-59. 

Each boy selects his book from the cata- 
logues which can be found in the reading room, 
play room, city hall or can be had at the 
library, and he calls for the shelf and number. 
The Librarian enters his name, the shelf and 
number on the record, also on his library card 
with date. 



Rules of the library are entered in the 
front of the catalogue and on the back of each 
card as follows:- 

Books may be drawn from the library at 
any seasonable hour during the week, but the 
regular times are nine o'clock Sunday mornings 
and 7.30 Wednesday evenings. 

Library privileges are extended to every 
person connected with the School. 

Each person will be allowed to take but 
one book at a time. 

Books of reference and other books, mag- 
azines and papers found on file in the reading 
room are not to be taken from the room except 
by permission from the office. 

Books to be exchanged can be left at the 
library Sunday morning or any evening except 
Saturday. 

No boy will be allowed to exchange books 
with another boy. 

Each boy must be responsible for books 
taken and if soiled or mutilated he will forfeit 
his right to take books for one month. 

Books must not be kept more than one 
week without permission from the Librarian. 

No person can draw books without present- 
ing his library card. 

These rules are strictly followed and we 
thus preserve our books to benefit those who are 
to follow us. 

Our latest gifts have been larger and more 
numerous than usual. We extend our thanks 
to Mrs. Oliver Ames for about one hunded vol- 
umes, Mrs. Sidney W. Burgess for eighty vol- 
umes, W. Graydon Stetson for fifty-six volumes, 
Capt. A. Ober, Wm. Garrison Reed, Mrs. E. R. 
Crowell, Mrs. A. T. Brown, Mrs. John Wilson 
and to manager John Homans. 2nd., M. D.. 



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for his constant interest and frequent valuable 
contributions to our library. These include a 
valuable set of encyclopedias, Harper's Pictorial 
War Series of thirty-two parts and many other 
interesting books. We have two books with the 
autograph of the author; one "The Secret of 
Achievement" presented by the author, Dr. 
Orrison Swett Marden. We have a complete 
set of Harper's Magazines, also a number of 
Scribner's and of the Century magazines. We 
have a number of books of travel, a full set of 
The Rollo Books and Zigzag Journeys. 

From our library there is a steady stream 
of knowledge being taken; there is not one 
Sunday morning or Wednesday evening passes 
that there are not at least fifteen or twenty books 
exchanged or drawn out. Some boys obtain 
less of this knowledge than other boys, but 
not because it is anybody's fault but their own. 

There are some books so interesting that 
they remain in the library only long enough to 
be recovered; (so if the author wants to impart 
his good thoughts to many others it would pay 
him well to see that his books are v/ell bound 
because it is a great strain on a book to be in 
continual use, and thus a great deal of inform- 
ation is lost in a poorly bound book.) 

We have books from nearly all the stand- 
ard authors. They are all carefully chosen for 
us, so we get all the good possible from books, 
and escape the harm from some books which 
might fall into our hands if we were to make 
our own choice. 

We have not as large a library as the 
Boston Public Library, yet we have an 
ample supply for our number. 

We have the lives of most of the great 
men and their steps to success to profit by. 

In our reference library we have Johnston's 
Encyclopedia, and the Britannica of 22 vols., the 
Statutes of Massachusetts, Acts and Re- 
solves of Massachusetts, and a number of 
other Public Statutes. 

"Many blessings be upon the head of Cad- 
mus, the Phoenicians, or whoever it was that 
invented books." — Thos. Carlyle. 

William 1. Ellwood. 



B Bdnquct 

A banquet is a rare occasion he.-e and the 
boys are always willing to accept an invit£.tion 
to one. A banquet was given recently by Gen. 
Charles Edwards and his officers of the snow- 
ball battle for the benefit of h's defeated side. 
Our instructors, the officers of the other side 
and three other guests were invited to partake 
of our enjoyment. The money was raised and 
a committee of two, consisting of Gen. Edwards 
and one of his officers, went to town to buy 
what was necessary. On a Tuesday afternoon 
Gardner Hall was arranged with tables and dec- 
orations. Toward evening the tables were set 
with the help of one of our instructors. From 
six to seven, three boys were kept going steadily 
carrying things to the hall. At half past eight 
the bugle was sounded and then our side 
marched out to the hall, followed by the officers 
of the other side and lastly came the instructors. 
Our officers acted as ushers. After all was 
quiet they took their seats. Then Gen. 
Edwards spoke and told what the purpose of the 
banquet was and asked that justice be 
done to what was on the table before them, and 
it was. Dana Currier, an invited guest, was 
called upon to speak a piece and he received 
loud applause. Different instructors were 
called upon to speak and they did their part 
well. There were about sixty-five people 
seated. After the banquet was over the hall 
was cleared for dancing. In about fifteen 
minutes the band was playing and the dancing 
commenced. The dancing lasted about half an 
hour. Then the boys lined up and went to bed. 
The next morning ten boys got up at half past 
four and by the time the boys came down at six 
there wasn't a sign of a banquet having been 
given. There was quite a lot of work to do 
before the fun of the banquet could be enjoyed 
but everybody was willing to help whenever 
there was a chance and everything went smooth- 
ly. It is true, as Gen. Edwards says, that the 
success of the banquet was due largely to the 
help of our instructors which was very much 
appreciated. 

William Austin. 



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Our Tircwood 

Our firewood comes from the harbor and 
there is so much that we use only the largest 
pieces. This is mostly old barrels, boxes, logs 
and boards. When there is more wood wanted 
for the lumber yard the horse and cart are 
taken along the beach to get what we want. 
There is always a large lumber pile beside the old 
barn. The wood is used in the bakery, and 
other departments in the house for kindling. 
In the winter there is not so much for the farm 
boys to do outside so they go to the lumber 
yard and saw and split wood. Sometimes there 
are large logs that come ashore. The largest 
of these are taken over to the dikes and put into 
them to make them stronger. In summer the 
boys go along the beach and get pieces of 
bamboo to make bows and arrows. Sometimes 
there are new planks and other pieces of good 
wood found which are put in a separate pile and 
used to fix the floors of the barn and other > 
places. 

Edward B. Taylor. 

Cbe Englisb and Boer €razc 

When the South African war began the 
boys began to bet on different sides. Some 
were on the Boer's side and others were on the 
English side. Whenever the English side 
won the English fellows would begin to shout, 
"BuUer forever!" and the Boers, "Piet Joubert 
forever!" Mr. Bradley tells us the news at 
night when he is here and sometimes the boys 
put the news up on the bulletin board. Some 
Saturdays a squad of boys get together and 
have sham fights and march up and down the 
play grounds, one squad for each side, English 
or Boers. Sometimes we get permission to 
take the practice guns up in the hall and we 
drill. One Saturday afternoon the two squads 
formed in one company and went out and cap- 
tured boys for Mr. Chamberlin who were scat- 
tering things around the play grounds. If a boy 
gets out of line the captain or one of the officers 
hits him with his wooden sword and some of 
them go traitors against the army and fight 
against it. 

George F. Burke. 



Cbc Gasoline Engine 

Instead of having the lathes in the shop 
and the printing presses run by foot power we 
have a gasoline engine to run them. All 
the sloyd benches have been moved up farther 
and bolted down. The engine room is parti- 
tioned off at the end of the shop next to the 
printing office. The floor is made stronger by 
placing large timbers under the floor, also by 
laying three layers of floor. The main shaft is 
placed over head about ten feet from the engine 
room and runs through into the printing office. 
The lathes are placed on the floor between the 
engine room and the main shaft. The engine 
is a five horse power Otto gasoline engine, her 
drive wheel makes 340 revolutions a minute, the 
main shaft 272, the wood turning lathe 3000 
and the metal working lathe 1000. The Univer- 
sal press makes from 450 to 1700 impressions 
an hour, the Ben Franklin Gordon press makes 
from 1700 to 2600 impressions an hour. The 
wood working lathe has four sets of speeds, the 
metal lathe has six and the presses have three. 
There is a counter shaft over each machine. 
The metal lathe has two belts, one crossed so 
it can reverse and a straight belt to go ahead; 
both belts are controlled by a lever. When any 
one wants to stop he can throw the belt onto a 
loose pully on the counter shaft by the lever. 
The wood lathe has no need of two belts as it 
can stop in the same way as the other one. The 
presses do not slip their belts as the others do. 
The gasoline tank is to be placed in a brick vat 
about fifty feet from the building. The water 
for her jacket comes from the main supply of 
water. These two supplies are connected to 
the engine with galvanized iron pipes. There is 
a gasoline pump for pumping gasoline to the 
engine. The governor controls the amount of 
gasoline that goes into the mixing valves and 
sends the rest to the tank. The engine has two 
sight oilers which can be regulated to so many 
drops to the minute. The batteries to work the 
engine's igniter are placed in the corner of the 
engine room boxed in. 

Charles W. Russell. 

Patient waiters are no losers. 



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Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Printed Monthly by the Boys of the 

FARM SCHOOL 

Thompsons Island. Boston Harbor. 

A PRIVATE HOME TRAINING SCHOOL 
DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS 

Vol. 3. No. 12. April, 1900. 

Subscription Price 50 cents per year. 

Entered at the Post Office at Boston as second-class matter. 



BOARD OF MANAGERS. 



president. 

Richard M. Saltonstall. 

vice-president. 

Eben Bacon. 

treasurer. 

Arthur Adams. 

■ secretary. 

Tucker Daland. 

managers. 

Melvin O. Adams, 
Alfred Bowditch, 
1. Tucker Burr, Jr., 
Charles P. Curtis, Jr., 
J. D. W. French, 

Charles T. Gallagher, 
Henry S. Grew, 

Joshua B. Holden, Jr., 
John Homans, 2d, M. D.. 
Walter Hunnewell, 
Francis Shaw, 

Thomas F. Temple. 



Charles H. Bradley, 



Superintendent. 



In order to be admitted to the Farm 
School a boy must be over ten and under four- 
teen years of age, of good moral character and 
in fair physical condition. Orphans or half 
orphans are preferred. Bad boys are not received. 
A relinquishment signed by the parent or 
guardian gives the School control until the boy 
is twenty-one years of age. As a rule he 
remains here until he is fifteen or sixteen and 



his time is divided between study, work and 
recreation in such a manner as best to develop 
natural aptitude, latent ability, strength and 
character that he may go forth equipped for the 
practical duties of life. 

The course of study completes the 
grammar school grade. The manual training 
course includes mechanical drawing, carpentry, 
wood turning and wood carving for every pupil; 
and all in turn are employed upon the farm and 
perform some part in the household duties, in- 
cluding cooking, baking, making and mending of 
clothing, washing, etc. Boys are selected ac- 
cording to their capacity to receive instruction 
in blacksmithing, painting, cobbling, printing and 
typewriting and to assist in the care and 
management of boats and in all the general 
repairs. 

At fifteen or sixteen, or at graduation, if the 
boy's parent can provide a suitable home, he is 
returned to the parent, otherwise a place for which 
he seems adapted is selected and he begins his 
career in the world receiving such supervision 
or assistance from the School as the individual 
case may require. 

Applications for admission are considered 
on Tuesdays at the office of Mr. Tucker 
Daland, 19 Exchange Place, Boston, Room 12. 
at 12 o'clock. C, h. 55ra^"levj 

The New England Magazine for April con- 
tains an illustrated article on this School written by 
Mr. Max Bennett Thrasher, our former assistant 
superintendent. Mr. Thrasher in his attractive 
way and with a full knowledge of our work tells 
a well connected and interesting story of the 
School, its early history and its aim, who are 
interested in it, who are received as its pupils. 
its special features. Cottage Row. Bank, Band 
and Beacon, manual training, etc.. together with 



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a brief history of the Island and a good descrip- 
tion of it. All graduates and friends of the 
School will be pleased to see this article, as well 
as many others who are interested m similar 
lines. O. V\. "B . 

Our thanks are due to the Mail & Express, 
Broadway and Fulton Sts., New York, for a very 
complimentary article signed J. E. C. in the 
editorial section in their issue of March 17th. 
C. H.tb. 

notes 

Mar. 1. Regular meeting of Company X. 

Mar. 2. Heavy weather. 

Harbor Master's boat made a trip for us. 

Mar. 5. Water cistern removed from 
Gardner Hall basement. 

Mar. 6. Large squirrel cage with a wheel 
made. 

Mar. 8. A few of the boys attended the 
Sportsman's Show. 

Mar. 9. Maps in second schoolroom put 
on spring rollers. 

Mar. 13. A banquet given by the defeated 
officers to the winners of the snowball battle of 
February 22nd. 

The scow which serves as our landing at 
Park Pier became flooded and had to be 
beached, pumped out and repaired. 

Mar. 14. Grading th§ slope back • of 
Gardner Hall. 

Mar. 16. Winter term of school closed. 

Mar. 21. Squad of boys took a trip down 
the harbor and saw the ruins of the late fire at 
Rainsford Island. 

Mar. 22. The gasoline engine started for 
the first time. 

The treasurer, Mr. Arthur Adams, spent the 
day at the School. 

Mar. 23. Boys' bath tubs re-enameled. 

Mar. 24. First press work done in the 
printing office with the new power. 

Mar. 26. Sowed seeds in hot bed. 

Senator Cooper who was travelling with 
Mr. and Mrs. Bradley in the Bahama Islands 
and Cuba and returned home with them left for 



his home in North Dakota after a very pleas- 
ant visit here. 

Spring term of school began. 

Mar. 29. Ordered garden seeds. 

Mar, 30. Re-arranged sloyd benches in 
the shop. 

Numbered and lettered the settees in 
chapel. 

Wood lathe run for the first time by the 
new power. 

Freight barge, John Alden, painted one 
coat on the outside. 

Rank in Classes 

The following named boys ranked first and 
second respectively in their classes for the 
winter term of school. 

Algebra Class 
William Austin Ernest W. Austin 

First Class 
William 1. Ellwood C. Alfred H. Malm 

Second Class 
George Thomas George G. Noren 

Third Class 
Daniel Murray John W. Robblee 

Fourth Class 
Clarence DeMar Barney Hill 

Fifth Class 
William C. J. Frueh Walter L. Butler 

Sixth Class 
Horace P. Thrasher Frank W. Roberts 



Tarm School Bank 

Cash on hand Mar. 1st, 1900, 
Deposited during the month 

Withdrawn during the month 
Balance April 1st, 1900. 



$284.62 
12.24 

$296.86 
16.97 

$279.89 



if there is anything that is disgusting it is 
to see a person gorge himself simply because he 
has a chance. It may look smart in the eyes of 
the offender, but rest assured, it is very disgust- 
ing in the eyes of the public. Especially is this 
so with boys. We hope that every boy in this 
School will cultivate manly habits. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



B UPclcomc 

Tuesday, March 20, Mr. and Mrs. Bradley 
returned home from their lohg trip to the 
Bahama Islands and Cuba. While they were 
coming in the steamer we dipped the Stars and 
Stripes three times and they blew the steamer's 
whistle three times in return. When they 
landed and were coming up the avenue the boys 
gathered together and gave three hearty cheers, 
which Mr. Bradley acknowledged by tipping his 
hat. We were all glad to see them back again. 
The same night Mr. Bradley came into the 
schoolroom and told us some things about his 
trip to Cuba; after he got through, when we were 
marching out of chapel, he shook hands with 
every boy. He gave each boy a Spanish but- 
ton off of some of the Spanish soldiers' clothes. 
He brought back a number of relics of the 
Spanish American War. 

Samuel W. Webber. 

Drawing Cc$$on$ 

We have drawing lessons twice a week, 
on Tuesday and Thursday. We have a special 
drawing pencil to draw with and that is all we 
are supposed to^use it for. The first thing we 
draw is a sphere which is the first type solid. 
Then we draw things based on the sphere, such 
as an apple, a baseball, a croquet ball, a cat 
and a balloon. Then we draw a cylinder which 
is the second type solid and a bottle which is 
based on the cylinder. We all have to draw free 
hand and some of the boys in the first and 
second classes have drawn free hand so long 
that you can hardly tell the difference between 
their work and that drawn with a rule and com- 
pass. When a boy has a good drawing Miss 
Strong puts it on the wall with the best draw- 
ings on top and so on down to the bottom of the 
pile. Charles F. Spear. 

Cleaning BricKs 

The bricks from the water cistern that was 
in the shop cellar were put in a pile out on the 
grass behind the hall. Since it has become 
warm outside some of the farm boys go up and 
clean the mortar off them. They have t*'o 
hatchets, about eight hammers and about ten 



drills to clean the bricks with. We put the good 
bricks which they do in one pile, the bricks that 
are more than half good in another pile, and the 
bricks that are not good at all in another pile. 
Mr. McLeod and I have taken almost all the 
bricks that are no good at all away. 

Alfred Lanacan. 

l)idc-and-90-$cck 

After supper the boys go out around the 
red bench and get up a game of hide-and-go- 
seek. The one that makes up the game has 
the boys line up in a row. Sometimes he 
counts by numbers and sometimes he says, 
"Red white and blue, all out but y-o-u!" We 
have the red bench for the goal. The boy that 
is blinder blinds and counts five hundred by 
fives. When he is through counting he says, 
"No staying around my goal or you will be it." 
The boys get in a group of four or five and take 
each other's hats and put them on. Sometimes 
we hide in the shed, hall and up near the 
gardens. When the boys get a chance they 
will run in and say, "One, two, three, for the 
boys I see !" and tag the goal. 

Charles A. Blatchford. 

Jixm the 6ar(Icn$ 

About the first of April Mr. Chamberlin 
told the boys to have their gardens fixed up 
ready to plant seeds. When we were dismissed 
a crowd of boys were seen running up to the 
gardens with picks, hoes, shovels, trowels, and 
rakes. A boy would first use a pick, then shovel 
it, then he would rake out all the stones, dry 
leaves and other rubbish which had got there 
during the winter, and level it off. After a boy 
would get his garden all dug and raked, he would 
start to stone it. Mr. Chamberlin has put 
a string along the edges; with this a boy 
can have his garden stoned straight. The 
seeds are usually given out when all the gardens 
are fixed. They look well when all stoned and 
ready for seeds. Daniel W. Laighton. 

a 

He lives longest, who best uses most of the 
hours of his life. Age is not a matter of years 
but of employment. 



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9 



The five Jiorse power engine that has been 
set up in the shop is run by an explosion of a 
mixture of gasoline and air. The gasoline is 
drawn in by a pump on the engine from a 
tank fifty feet from the shop-building and ex- 
ploded in the cylinder by an electric spark. 
The engine uses gasoline every other revolution, 
the time between being used in compressing 
a mixture of gasoline- and air, exploding it and 
getting out the exhaust. 

264,600 tons of copper were produced in 
the United States last year; this is ten and one- 
half per cent gain over the year before. Cop- 
per has become so valuable that old copper coins 
have been imported and melted up. 

mritina Cettcrs 

V/e usually have our writing day on the fif- 
teenth of each month that we do not have a Visit- 
ing Day. The boys who have writing paper of 
their own use that, while the other boys use 
the regular School paper. Our writing paper 
has the colors of the School, the paper yellow or 
gold and the envelope blue. The boys who can 
write their letters in ink first do so, while the 
others write on their work paper first. After a 
boy is through with his letter he raises his hand 
and goes up to the desk where it is corrected by 
the teacher. After that he copies it on the 
writing paper in ink. Each boy has to have his 
letter punctuated properly. As the boys have a 
whole month's incidents to write about they often 
write long letters. After a boy gets through he 
spends the rest of his time reading and studying. 
We are marked on our letters the same as on 
our regular studies. C. Alfred H. Malm. 

Shop Ulork 

There has been quite a lot of work in the 
shop lately. There was a cage built for the 
squirrels; it is lined with gavlanized iron on the 
bottom and a wheel goes in one side for the 
squirrels to swing in. It is made of two round 
boards with irons running from one side to the 
other. It swings on two brass pipes; three squir- 
rels can make it go at once. When our engine 
came we had to make a place for it. The foun- 
dation was first made and a header had to be put 
over the paint shop window. This holds two 



pieces of four by twelve pine which are braced 
at the other end by two uprights six inches square. 
Three floors were laid on top of the regular floor, 
two of spruce and the top one of inch and a half 
oak. Some of the chairs and tables from the 
dining-room have been repaired and painted. 
Dana Currier. 

Cbc new Settees 

Last Thanksgiving we had the desks and 
seats taken up in the first schoolroom. They 
were hard to get up having been there for a long 
time. After they were taken up we had to 
scrape the places from which they were taken. 
They were taken up to make room for the 
tables that were used on Thanksgiving Day. 
The schoolroom looked so well that we did not 
put them down again, and chairs were used for 
the boys to sit in at chapel time. A little while 
ago Mr. Bradley had some seltees sent here. 
When they arrived they were put in the shop 
where they were fixed up and had numbers 
painted on them so that the boys can sit where 
their numbers are. They are to take the places 
of the old desks and seats which were put down 
in the storage barn. When it is school time the 
settees are put in the back part of the room and 
three tables with chairs are used instead of the 
desks and seats. John J. Conklin. 

Bulldittd the new Cottage 

The owners of the Lilac cottage have torn 
it down and it will be replaced with a more 
modern cottage. The Lilac was the first cot- 
tage to be built. The fellows didn't know as 
much about building cottages then as they do 
now. The first task was to tear the old one 
down, the next will be to draw the plan, the next 
to build it and make the lawn and walks; after 
that the cottage will be complete. Mr. Bradley 
has offered a prize to the boy who draws the 
best plan for it. The old Lilac was planned in 
1892 and torn down December 16, 1899. 
When we build the new cottage we will find a 
good deal of our timber on the beach and the 
rest we will get from the School, but we buy the 
clapboards, cloth and other things in that line. 
We hope to have a library as we have had the 
books given to us by our friends and as prizes. 
Frederick F. Burchsted. 



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jRlumni 

William I. Peabody, '91, has a good 
position as inspector of lights for the Kitson 
Lighting Company. He rooms with Wm. L. 
Snow at 774 Dudley Street, Dorchester. 

William R. Easter, ■93.formerlyemployed 
by the American Tool & Machine Co., of Hyde 
Park, has been out of health for some time and 
after consulting Dr. Vincent Y. Bowditch some of 
our managers have kindly sent him to Aiken, 
South Carolina, where we sincerely hope he will 
be benefited. Charles A. Lind, '93, a shcp- 
mate and good fellow accompanied him on the 
trip to lend what assistance might be needed 
and to see William comfortably located. 

Walter Smeaton, '93, has for seven 
years been in the employ of Mr. George B. 
Watson, manager and principal owner in the 
American Mica Co. Walter has worked in the 
office of the company, served as apprentice, 
learning the various processes of preparing 
mica for the many and increasing purposes for 
which the mineral is used, and he has now been 
sent to one of the company's mines in Syden- 
ham, Ontario, to become familiar with this 
branch of the business. Walter was a 
popular fellow when at the School and with his 
faithful and earnest make-up and steady de- 
votion to this growing industry we shall expect 
to hear more from him. 

JHumiti notice 

A meeting of the Farm School Alumni 
Association was held on Monday evening. 
March 12, and many matters of importance 
were decided. 

An entertainment Committee was ap- 
pointed for the purpose of arranging for such an 
entertainment as they should decide upon to be 
held at such time and place as to this Com- 
mittee seemed best. Clarence W. Loud was 
elected Chairman of the Committee and the 
other members are George K. Hartman, Frank 
G. Bryant, William L. Snow and William G. 
Cummings. An announcement of this Com- 
mittee will be found elsewhere in this issue of 
the Beacon. Thomas Punchard, Richard Beil, 
John P. Ackers, Arthur F. Littell. Thomas U. 



Follansbee and Thomas J. Fairbairn were 
admitted to membership in the Association. 

The amendm.ent to the constitution which 
was presented by the Treasurer, providing that 
the annual dues of all present members of the 
Association are payable and hereafter be payable 
on the first day of January in each year, was 
accepted. This am.endment provides that the 
dues of all present members were payable on 
the first day of last January. 

President French presented a suggestion 
in regard to the organization of a band among 
the graduates of the School, and invited all 
those who may be interested in this matter to 
communicate with him concerning it after they 
have had a chance to give it due consideration. 

A portion of the business was laid upon 
the table for the present and after the adjourn- 
ment at half past nine o'clock the remainder of 
the evening was pleasantly spent with a phono- 
graph for which arrangements had been made; 
and a number of those present who possess 
more or less vocal talent enjoyed a few minutes 
among the latest popular productions. 
William G. Cummings, 

Secretary. 

Jllumni notice 

A Whist party and Entertainment under 
the auspices of the Farm School Alumni 
Association is to be held on Wednesday 
evening, April 18, 1900. at Arcade Hall, No. 7 
Park Square, Boston, Mass. Whist from 8 to 
10 o'clock followed by- an entertainment and 
opportunity for refreshments. 

All graduates of the School are invited to 
procure tickets. Orders for tickets should be 
sent to the Secretary, William G. Cummings, 
19 Milk Street, Boston, in order to receive 
prompt attention. Refreshments can be procured 
at the hall. As this is the first social which the 
Association has held, the Entertainment Com- 
mittee has made every effort to have it a 
success, and the hearty co-operation of all 
members is cordially solicited. 

Clarence W. Loud, 
Chairman of the Entertainment Con-.mittee. 



Index. 



are 



Title 



AutiiOr, 



1 After the Storm 

73 AJumni Association, Our 

33 Camp Rowditch 

36 Courage and Reascm 

49 r'arm SchooJ B^nk 

60 Duty of Being Cheerfuj 

4 LittJe Things 

20 T'al?:e the Most of Your changes 

44 No Power, No Respect 

12 Our Younger proLhei's 

52 Things for Eoys to Thinly About 

68 1 hank fulness 

76 \^/hat One Boy Accomplished 



JVi.B.Ttirasuer 
WAt, Uummmgs 
L, r» Reua 
i... E.Tiirasner 
L.3. V/rigiit 
L.o. Wrigiit 
U,B. Thrasner 
J, L nai'bour 
L. F. Reed 
L, B. Tnrasaei* 
3 , T , V/a s nmg t on 

h. Butierworcn 



6 

24 
25 

65 
75 
19 
10 

22 
35 

26 
63 
63 
79 
f.7 
83 
81 
90 
11 
19 
11 
34 
35 

31 
31 
27 
39 

31 



Arbor Day 

Alumni Day 

Addrc;S s,Mr. Butt erv;ortli* s 

Anim als , Our_ 

Address by Dr. (Jreen 

Address by Mr. Sal tons tall 

BaJkery, Repairing ..he 

Blankets, Packing Away 

Barn,i\;y '.Vork in the 

Boats that Drift O; the Beach 

Bund] es 

E 1 a ck E eau t .y , The Cat 

Books, New 

Boar, A New 

Black smithing 

Band , T_he__ 

Banquet, A 

Cottage Row, Ejection of Officers 

Corn P J anting 

Cottages, Repairing the 

Camp Bowdi tch, Carnei'a in 

C amp, Ni gilts at 

Camp, Swimming over at 

Camp, One Nignt (.)ver at 

Ca;np, Drilling at 

C ari'o L s , \Vi ] d , P uj 1 ing 

camp, Stories After D^rk 



Leo T. Decis 
V/. G. uunjmings 
V/m. Austin 
iraiiknarrio 
H. Taylor 
Sam'l Butiei' 
E. Curley 
Lanagan, Alfred 
ii. Leonard 
0. Page 
i^red Thayer 
Wm. Roberts 
C . E arr 
0. Barr 
£' , Bur ens ted 
chas . Edwards 
W'm. Austin 
Wm. Austin 
Dan. Laignton 
Ueo. iwayoti 
h.Balentine 
Carl oroweJl 

C. Barr 
Cieo. Burke 

D, ouri'iex* 

D. Laignton 
C. Taylor 



42 CoaJ Bai'ge/rhe 

50 Company D's Trip 

72 Cottages, Fixing the, for .'Yinier 

83 Cutting Feed 

78 Changes, The 

78 Lalendar 

95 Cottages, Building the Hew 

9 4 Cleaning pricks 

3 Driftwood 

23 Decorations of (rraduation Day, The 

23 Dipjomas, Presentation of 

27 Ducks, The 

39 Dredging 

71 Dressing, C-ettmg the 

94 Drawing Lessons 

S "^ Every -da y Work 

91 Engine, The Gasoline 

91 English and Boer Craze 

82 Forts, Bui 3 ding the 

79 Fencing 

41 Harm S choo l Trading Co. 

42 i'arm Work, GeEferal 
67 1^'ox and Raccoon, The 
67 Fixing the Road 

9] Fi rev/00 d, our 

^'^ liiO. ^i S'b^ firaduates 

23 (Graduation Exercises 

23 (Traduation 

3 (U'avel Sifting 

94 Gardens, Fixing the 

7 How Blue Prints are Iv'ade 

3 Hotbeds, Starting the 

19 Hunting Eggs 

26 HorribJ es. The 

34 Herbarium 

42 Harmonica Craze 

73 Hau3inp: Up the Yacht and Lifeboat 

83 Hockey 

94 Hide-and-go-seek 

55 Is3 and PJ easure Associaoion Eanque 

88 Is3and P3easure Association 

46 Kit Chen, Work in the 

62 Kids, The 

22 L. T.L, Convention 

3 Lon g T 33 an d , A Ko w to 

43 Lathes, The 



D. Lai gn ton 

E. uurj ey 
.J , uonklm 

J . conKlm 
uhas. Taylor 
Purdy 

F. bur ch seed 
A. Lanagan 

J . Lonklin 
c. Page 

m, Davis 
J . Lundquis t 
D. t^ui'rier 
(reo. Thomas 
Chas. Spear 
J. liunaquibt 
Uhas. txussejl 
ileo, Bui-ke 
A. Purdy 
Wm. Roberts 
P. Parent 
CJeo. T nomas 
J , Lundquis L 
H. Balentme 
Edw. Taylor 
Wm. oummmgs 
Tom Brown 
h, McKenzie 

C. Sanborn 

D. Laignton 
H.Balentine 
F. Bur ens ted 
H. Balentine 
uhas. Bari,lett 
A. Malm 

F. Thayer 
G eo , iM o r en 
D. uun'ier 
u: BJ.atchford 
i, S.Dutler 
u, Bax^tlett 
n. Taylor 
U. Wood 

ired liijl 

C. Page 

D. Uui'riex' 



66 
67 
89 

95 

3 

3 5 
15 

31 
51 

74 

3 

55 

35 

50 

50 

2 

2 

jO 

26 

27 

35 

42 

43 

59 

79 

78, 

74 

87 
39 

62 
75 
13 
34 
38 
43 
46 

47 
51 
58 
63 
63 
66 
79 
82 
83 
86 



L aun d i"y *'/ o rk , Th e 

Lobsters in the f-ay 

Libra ry , Our 

Letcers,*Vri ting 

T.'y ''ork 

r.'y Visit to LawJey's 

f.'usic for DGcord-tion Day 

r'osquitoes,Kij 3 ing 

I.' r , Humph r ey s T alk 

Mi3king 

Heat P'^pers 

Nev/ i:; and, Organization ol' the 

.Operation 

Old Band, New Pieces for tiie 

Onions 

Patriot's D^y 

P3 ay ing ^^^rbles 

Pilgrim' s ■ Tria3 Trip 

Prizes, Awarding the 

Pictures, Some of (lur 

Pipes, L'^ying the 

Pin Whee3s 

Peacock Moulting, The 

P 3 ay ing Tag 

Pump, The >^ew 

P 3 ay ing c^^mes 

pictux-es of the School 

Pou3 try Show 

Q,uoits, Throwing the 

Rugby (;ame 

Repairing the I^asemenc Si-airs 

Sunday and Wednesday Evenings 

S3oyd 

Sa3 t nay, (fathering 

Star-List 

Spiders 

School Drawings 

Sunday Servian 

Stereopticcn Lecture, Tne 

Shop Work 

Sports 

Screens, Repairing the 

S t arn s 

Snowba3 1 T?at tie. Choosing up for 

Skating in the evening 

onowba31 Patt3e, The 



J . Powex-s 
Don Llark 
Wm. hJ Iv/ood 
A. iviaj.m 
K. Anaex'son 
ih, Austin 
oajnM Butler 
Chas. EdVk^di'as 
A. ivxdlm 
1' . Burcas ced 
Wm, rvoberts 
U . B ar 1 1 e 1 1 
J. Irving 
U. Bartlect 
G. Barr 
V^. Uarp enter 
(fee, xxai't 
hi, Ejjis 
A. iualm 
cjhas. Spear 
D. Iviurray 
ri. lay 3 or 
Geo. iNoren 
Geo. Nor en 

D. IviUrray 
Thompson 
A. Malm 
Eaw. T ay J 01* 
A, Ladd 
Tom i^rown 

E. uurley 
(feo. nctx't 

C. Speai* 
u. oanbox'n 
A. iualm 

A. Taylor 
3 ain . B u J e i* 
Leo Decis 
V/m, Austin 

D. uurriei* 
Wm. EJiwood 
D, Currier 
T. Tierney 
^, crowejl 
i*'. Thayer 
Wm. Austin 



95 
95 

27 
38 

72 



Shop Work 



ew 



Trees, Watering the 
Trip to Salem, My 
Teamster 



D, Currier 
J . Loiiklin 
Geo, kayoLC 
3. Webber 
i^'. Burcusied 



^ Vis iting?; Days, 

31 "^^isitjA Recent 

43 Verses from the ifibJe 

59 Volujitary Orcnestra, The 

3 4 i^'ahrf jPutting (IraveJ on cne 

42 Work, One Morning's 

43 "'eather Report 

51 Writing for the peacon 

59 W.C.T.U. Visit, A 

85 V/ashington' s Birthday Exerc^-ses 

94 Welcome, A 



Wm, 


, Lilwood 


Wm, 


, Ej l®ooa 


u. 


J or gen sen 


Leo ijecis 


Chas. xiiii 


C. 


B arr 


A. 


Renquis t 


(J. 


opear 


S , 


ButJ-Gi* 


A. 


Laad 


S. 


Webber 



71 Yacht, The Geo. 1m or en 

66 Youth's Companion, Subscrxbing for A. ivialui