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Vol. 10. No. I 

Printed at the Farm School, Boston, Mass. 

May, 1906. 

Entered November 23, 1903, at Boston, Mass., as Second-class matter, undar Act of Congress of July 16, 1894. 

Our easier goitccrt 

At three o'clock Sunday afternoon we 
gathered to hear the exercises of the Easter 
Concert. The name of our program wa.s 
'"Hope Divine." The exercises began with a 
song given by the choir, followed by an address 
of welcome. The story of the pieces varied 
and all were appropriate for Easter. One of 
the principal numbers was entitled " Linked to 
the Cross." This exercise was given by eight 
boys who wore white scarfs with gold letters 
which signified what they linked to the cross. 
The words were Love, Strength, Purity, Light, 
Service, Hope, Faith, and Truth. Each boy 
as he recited his verse linked himself to the 
next one by means of a wreath of laurel. 
When all were through speaking they faced the 
cross and sang the first stanza of "Rock of 
Ages," then they faced the audience and sang 
the last one. Mr. Bradley made rerrarks in 
which he told us a little about the relation of 
the School to Easter. The Farm School was 
founded on Thompson's Island the day after 
Easter, or what is better known as Easter 
Monday, seventy-three years ago. We were 
very much interested in this as we had never 
heard it before. The exercises were complet- 
ed by an anthem sung by the choir. 

William N. Dinsmore. 

€astcr Concert Program 

Song Choir 

The Dawn of Hope 
Prayer Mr. Clark 

Charles W. Watson 

Address of Welcome 
Motto Exercise 


Harry Lake 

Tne Dawn of Hope 

Song Choir 

O'er The Winter Shadows 
Recitation Helen Anthony 

The Easter Bonnet 
Exercise Class 

An Easter Carol 
Song Choir 

Morning Joy 
Recitation Herbert Dierkes 

Hov/ the Lilies Came to Grow 
Recitation Roy Upham 

Willie's Easter Ecgs 
Song Choir 

Easter Chimes are Calling 
Recitation Ernest C. Nichols 

Easter Gladness 
Exercise Class 

Linked to the Cross 
Song Choir 

Jesus is Risen 
Recitation T. Chapel Wright 

No Christmas without Easter 
Recitation Thomas Carnes 

An Easter Promise 
Song Class 

Easter Bells 
Recitation Herman /. Marshall 

A Little Brown Seed 
Exercise Class 

The Message of the Lilies 
Song Choir 

The Easter Army 
Recitation Philip S. May 

An Easter Bird 

Remarks Mr. Bradley 

Song Choir 

Thou Art Risen 


Easter Decoration 

Easter Sunday was cold and very unpleas- 
ant outside but if you had stepped into our 
chapel you would have thought it was the 
brightest of spring days, for the flowers ard other 
decorations made it look very pleasant. In the 
front of the chapel against the wall were hung 
the dark red wings of our stage curtain with a 
white drop curtain between. Where the red 
was looped up were hung white bells. Suspend- 
ed in the center of the white was a green 
board bordered with rope laurel bearing the 
words ' ' Hope Divine" in gold letters. Against 
the curtain, four feet from the floor was a row 
of potted plants, the green of which stood out 
against the red and white, in the center of 
the platform was placed the piano with seats 
for the choir boys on each side. In front of 
the piano was a representation of a tomb, over 
the opening of which was the motto "He is 
Risen." Around it were branches of ever- 
green to make it look natural and to one side 
of the opening was a stone roiled away. At 
the left stood a cross seven feet high. This 
was covered with ferns with a cluster of Easter 
lilies placed where the arms crossed. To the 
right was a bank of potted plants. In frorit of 
all was a white altar rail draped with rope 
laurel. On top of the rail were potted plants 
and jardiniers of cut flowers such as tulips, 
daffodils, pinks, and roses. The rail had an 
opening in the center of about eight feet 
and on each corner was a potted hydrangea 
in full bloom. The boys stood in this open- 
ing while reciting. These decorations formed 
in our minds a pretty picture which will be one 
of the pleasant things for us to remember. 
Albert Probert. 

mr. Rumpbreys' Calk 

Thursday afternoon, April nineteenth, we 
had the pleasure of listening to Mr. Richard 
C. Humphreys, who told about his trip to 
Booker T. Washington's school at Tuskegee, 
Alabama. He told us that starting from Bos- 
ton he went through twelve different states. 
When in the South ten years ago he saw mostly 
one room cabins but now Mr. Washington has 

improved this by encouraging the people to 
build them with three rooms. At this twenty- 
fifth Anniversary of the Tuskegee Institute 
which the school was celebrating there were 
more prominent men in the South at one time 
than ever before. Among tliem were Secre- 
tary Taft of the President's Cabinet, President 
, Eliot of Harvard University, the President of 
Hampton Institute, William Lloyd Garrison, Jr. 
and Andrew Carnegie. Interesting speeches 
were made in honor of Mr. Washington and 
his great work by these well known men and by 
many others. They spoke of the Tuskegee 
spirit and work, telling the great number present 
that the motto of the School was: "Sweep 
where the eyes of the world cannot see." The 
President of Hampton said, "If Hampton has 
done nothing more than to graduate a Bcoker 
T. Washington, it is worthy of its existence." 
President Eliot told those present that Tus- 
kegee has increased more in money, buildings, 
and land in twenty-five years than Harvard 
College has in two hundred. Andrew Carnegie 
in his address said tliat as the North helped in 
the emancipation of the slaves so also it ought 
to help in their education. Secretary Taft re- 
presented President Roosevelt who expressed 
the thanks of the United States Government to 
Mr. Washington for what he is doing for the 
negroes and the whites. This great school has 
one thousand seven hundred students and has 
graduated over three thousand. Any student 
that has been graduated from the school is able 
to teach. Many times Mr. Humphreys said 
that the Tuskegee Institute reminded him of 
this school because they were making use of 
their great opportunities as we are at the 
Farm School. 

Leslie R. Jones. 

Our l>ot Beds 

We began the first of March to get our 
hot beds ready for an early start for the seeds. 
1 helped Mr. Gilbert take out the strips of wood 
that support the frames. Then we took out the 
loam and the manure that had been put in last 
fall. A scow full of fresh manure had just 
come from Walworth's. We got four cart 


loads of this and put it in the hot bed about a foot 
and a half deep. We tamped It down good and 
hard. We allowed it to remain to heat to the 
right temperature, then we covered the manure 
with rich loam about a foot and a half deep. 
This was allowed to remain until the manure 
had heated the soil to a temperature of about 
seventy degrees. The hot bed thermometer 
was placed in the soil to take the temperature. 
After this, early seed such as radishes, cab- 
bages, lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers were 
planted. The radishes came up best. After 
the tomato plants had a good start we trans- 
planted them to the cold frame where there 
was no artificial heat. From there they will 
be replanted in the gardens. 

Henry G. Eckman. 

Jlrbor Day 

Saturday, April twenty-eighth, was cele- 
brated at this School, as in nearly all schools, 
by planting trees. At half-past one we gathered 
at the foot of the grove which is situated be- 
tween the front and rear avenues to have ex- 
ercises and plant the trees. Mr. Bradley told 
us that for the last seventeen years Arbor Day 
has been observed at the Faim School. He 
also told us to whom the groves of our Island 
were dedicated and how this came about. Mr. 
Theodore Lyman, a forrner President of our 
Board of Managers, and grandfather of our pre- 
sent manager, Mr. Francis Shaw, furnished 
the larch trees that were planted at the South 
End which today form Lyman grove. These 
were planted at the time when great interest 
was taken in larches and prizes were awarded 
for the best larch groves. Bowditch Grove, at 
the North End, was planted by Mr. J. Ingersoll 
Bowditch, also a former President of our Board 
of Managers and father of our president, Mr. 
Alfred Bowditch. The opening address was 
given by Gordon Stackpole and was followed 
by a short sketch of the origin of Arbor Day. 
During the exercises songs were sung, the 
words of which were appropriate for the occa- 
sion and set to familiar tunes. A maple tree 
was then planted and dedicated to Mr. Clark, 
a theological student who has been our Sunday 

assistant for the last two years. While the tree 
was being planted Mr. Bradley explained the 
methods of planting young trees. The hole 
was dug about six feet across and two feet deep, 
with loam thrown up on one side and dirt on the 
other. The tree was placed in the hole with 
its strongest branches pointing in the direction 
from which our prevailing winds come. Then 
several shovels of loam were thrown around the 
roots and the tree shaken to allow the dirt to 
work in around the roots. At intervals during 
the covering of the roots the tree was shaken 
for the same purpose. Wliile the tree was be- 
ing planted songs were sung, the words of which 
asked God to bless the tree and make it flour- 
ish long and well. During the day other trees 
were planted on different parts of the Island. 
Ernest C. Nichols. 

makiitd an Electric motor 

Having an old magneto which was not of 
much use as the fine wire on the armature was 
broken in several places, I decided to make a 
motor out of it. I took the fine wire off the 
armature and rewound it with about number 
thirty silk Insulated copper wire. The next and 
hardest thing to be done was to make a two 
part commutator. This I made from a thin 
brass tube which I sawed in halves and then 
screwed it on to a piece of hard rubber with 
small brass screws. 1 then drilled a hole 
through the centre of the rubber for the shaft 
to go through and then drove the commutator 
on to the shaft and connected the two ends of 
the wire on the armature to each end of the 
commutator. After this was done I made 
two brushes from a thin piece of sheet brassand 
then I put the machine together and tried it 
with six dry batteries. At first it did not go, 
but after I had changed the position of the 
commutator on the shaft a few times, it started 
and went from three to four hundred revolu- 
tions per minute. I can not use this motor 
for steady work such as running a fan until I 
get a new commutator as the one I made is a 
little out of center, which causes uneven wear 
and quite a lot of sparking which burns the 
brushes. John F. Nelson. 



Cbonip$cin'$ island Beacon 

Published Monthly by the 

Thompson's Island. Boston Harbor. 


Vol. 10. No. 1 

May, 1906. 

Subscription Price - 50 cents per year. 



Alfred Bowditch. 


Henry S. Grew. 


Arthur Adams. 


Tucker Daland. 


Melvin 0. Adams, 
I. Tucker Burr, 

Charles P. Curtis, Jr., 
Charles T. Gallagher, 
Walter Hunnewell, 
Henry Jackson, M. D., 
Richard M. Saltonstall, 
Francis Shaw, 

William S. Spaulding, 
Thomas F. Temple, 

Moses Williams, Jr. • 

Charles H. Bradley, " Superintendent. 

Treasurer's Address 50 State St. 

Boston, Mass. 

For several years there has been a strong 
popular interest in the work of the United States 
Weather Bureau, and increasing attention has 
been given to the study of meteorology in nor- 
mal schools and colleges. This subject nat- 
urally makes a strong appeal, from a pract.ical 
standpoint, to agricultural schools and to farmers 

in general, The relation of the weather to 
crop production is not only an interesting study 
but is of immediate value to the modern 
farmer, and the ability to forecast the weather 
from the Government weather maps often 
means a large profit or the prevention of loss. 

With these facts in mind, and with a firm 
belief in the practical and theoretical study of 
this science, a Meteorological Department was 
established at the Farm School in October, 
1905. Its worth is plainly apparent, and our 
belief in the success of such a course is 
being justified. The technical instruction is 
of a simple nature and is given by lectures, 
illustrations and experiments, but the valuable 
part of the training for all is- the practical 
work in observing tiie weather Instruments 
and phenomena, and in making accurate records 
of the observations. 

To our boys the department has become 
a very interesting and real part of their work 
and life, and is proving not only its possibilities 
In the way of practical application to our loca- 
tion and Interests, but also its didactic value 
for schools of the grammar grade, and its excel- 
lent training in observation, accuracy, and re- 
sponsibility. We -are rated by the Department 
of Agriculture as a "Voluntary Observer," 
making our reports to the local forecast offi- 
cial at Boston. This fact helps to arouse and 
to maintain a permanent interest in the subject, 
and to Impress upon our students the broad 
value of the science, while at the same time it 
puts them in touch, and makes them a part of 
the important work accomplished by the na- 
tional government. 

In England, schools of our grade may be 
found equipped for this work, while on the con- 
tinent, in Germany, Switzerland, and other coun- 
tries, many of the schools of the grammar 


grade are teaching meteorology, and the farmers 
generally make use of their barometers and 
theriTiometers, and in the public squares are 
found thd recording Instruments where all 
may learn to anticipate the coming weather. 
We feel that we have made another very im- 
portant and practical addition to our course of 
instruction in the introduction of a subject which, 
in the near future, is quite sure to find a place 
in many of the high and elementary schools 
throughout the country. 

The Beacon is nine years old this month. 
Long live The Beacon and the Farm School. 


April. 2. Gathered driftwood. 

Removed seaweed used during the win- 
ter to banl< up the basement at the stock 
and storage barns. 

April. 3. Telephone linemen here. 

A scow load of hay came. 

C. James Pratt left the School to work for 
the Orin Desk Co., and to live with his mother in 

Cjttaga Row citizens held their regular 
quarterly election of officers, which resulted as 

Mayor, Warren H. Bryant; Aldermen, John 
J. Emory, George A. Maguire, Joseph A. 
Kalberg, Herbert A. Dierkes, Thomas Games; 
Treasurer, Thomas G. McCarragher; Assessor, 
James Glifford; Judge, Horace P. Thrasher. 
The Mayor appointed as Chief of Police, 
William N. Dinsmore; Clerk, Leslie R. Jones; 
Street Commissioner, Donald W. Roby; Li- 
brarian, Ernest N. Jorgensen; Curator, Harry 
W. Lake; Janitor, Spencer S. Profit. The 
Chief of Police appointed as his patrolmen, Don 
C. Clark, Ralph P. Ingalls, John p. Nelson, 
Albart S. Bsetchy, Everett A. Rich, William 
T. Walbert. 

April. 4. A new manure spreader came. 

Georgs Percy Wiley left the School. 

April. 5. Solar halo observed. 

A one-horse farm cart painted, 
April 6. Entertainment in the evening 
by Quinby' s band. 

Mr. James R. Jewell, of Clark Univer- 
sity, visited the School. 

April. 8. Sunday. Rev. F. M. Gardner 
of the South Baptist Church, South Boston, 
spoke to the boys In the afternoon. 

Mr. Harrison L. Evans visited the School. 
April 9. Finished cable booth at South 
End of Island. 

Out side windows removed from Main 

April 1 1 . Set four iron telephone poles on 
wharf line. 

April 13. Taking down old telephone 

Finished taking down fence from main 
building south-east to the shore. 

Renewed wires on local telephone line to 
Farm House. 

April 15. Easter Sunday. Concert by 
the boys in the afternoon. 

April 16. First radishes from hotbeds. 
Began harrowing for oats. 
April 16. Good Citi2enship Prizes award- 

Trimmed shrubbery about main building. 
April 17. Made four small tea tables. 
Made harness rack for stock barn. 
April 18. Renewed wire for telephone 
and gong to wharf. 

Completed new easel for portable black- 

April 19. Completed table for front store- 

Tomato plants set out in hotbeds. 
Load of dressing brought from Walworth's. 
Mr. Richard C. Humphreys spoke to 
the boys in the afternoon, on his trip to the 
Tuskegee 25th. Anniversary. 

April 20. Killed pig, weight 240 lbs. 
April 21. Load of dressing brought from ^ 

April 22. Capt. K. W. Perry, command- 
ing the U. S. S. Gresham, visited the School. 


April 23. Wind attained a velocity of 36 
miles per hour. 

April 24. Repaired wharf gong. 

Several Instructors and 34 boys attended 
church services in town. 

April 25. Put 24 new springs on beds in 

April 26. Harrowed ground for early po- 

Pair of gray horses came, weight. 2930 

lbs. ' 

Brought a load of lumber from Freeport 


April 27. 3 i tons of chemical for ferti- 
lizer came. 

Planted one-half acre of early potatoes. 

April 28. New raccoon added to our pets. 

Manager Francis Shaw visited the School. 

Arbor Day exercises in the afternoon, 
with planting of trees. 

April 30. Mixed two tons of fertilizer for 
corn and potatoes. 

Vo'ted on names for new horses and 
decided to call them Colonel and General. 

234 brown tail moths' nests collected and 
burned this month. 

Average temperature for month, 44 de- 

Minimum temperature for the month, 30. 

Total precipitation, 1.66 inches. 

13 clear days, 12 partly cloudy, 5 cloudy. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 266 hours 
40 min. 

Maximum amount of sunshine, April 13, 
13 hours, 49 min. 

Tarm Scbool Bank 

Cash on hand April 1, 1906 
Deposited during the month 

Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand May 1, 1906 

Goca €itizcn$1iip Prizes 

' Quarter Ending April 1, 1906. 

1. S. Gordon Stackpole $5.00 

2. John J. Emory $3.00 




3. Leslie R. Jones $2.50 

4. Horace P. Thrasher $2.00 

For the above prizes, fifty dollars a year 
is given by Mr. and Mrs. Albert H . Willis to the 
boys who show the most interest in Cottage 
Row Government, and most faithfully perform 
their duties, either as office-holders or as citi- 

6oind to CDurcb 

One Sunday, Miss Walton invited six 
boys, including myself, to go to the Phillips 
Congregational Church in South Boston. We 
were among the first to arrive. We selected a 
front seat in the gallery hoping to hear Mr. 
Richards who talked to the fellows at our School 
a few Sundays ago. When the minister came 
out we found it was not Mr. Richards but an- 
other preacher. He chose his text from First 
Samuel, ninth chapter, eighteenth and nine- 
teenth verses. We had not heard a sermon 
preached from that kind of a text and wondered 
what it would be like. Before long we were 
hearing a talk that the fellows at our School 
would like to have heard. The preacher said 
that young people ought always to stick to a 
place and not turn back. If they needed help 
to consult the "Seer," who is God or His spirit 
in a minister or a kind friend. We left the 
church at twelve o'clock and on the way to the 
boat we walked down to the park near Farra- 
gut's statue. It was a warm Sunday and we 
had a good sermon and a pleasant walk. 

Charles A. Graves. 

Saturday afternoon, April 19th. we had the 
first fishing of the season. After we had dug 
some seaworms for our bait we went to the end 
of the wharf and began fishing. There were 
several ether fellows besides me at the sport. 
I caught the first flounder, which was a large one, 
and I caught six others before I caught a scul- 
pin. 1 only caught three sculpins altogether. 
In all 1 caught about thirty flounders that after- 
noon. The crabs are sly. While you are fish- 
ing they will begin eating the bait on the hook 
while you are pulling in the line, and when you 
get him to the top he will let go and wait for 


another chance. Some of the fish we catch 
are flounders, silver hake, eels, starfish, torn- 
cod, perch, sculpins, and sometimes we catch 
smelt. There were about eighty fish caught 
and all the fellows had them fried for dinner. 
We have good sport fishing and lots of fellows 
enjoy it. Herbert J. Nelson. 

mm Hftcr l)or$c$ 

About half-past seven one evening Mr. 
Bradley asked some fellows if they wanted to 
go over with him after two new horses. I was 
one of the fellows he asked. We went down 
to the wharf and carried two gang planks down 
to the scow, one for the horses to walk up to 
the scow on and the other for them to come 
down. When we landed in Pleasure Bay two 
of our farmers went off in a row boat after the 
horses. When they brought them down to the 
beach the fellows were surprised to see such 
large ones. The first horse went into the scow 
quite readily. We had a little difficulty getting 
the other one in and he wouldn't go until the 
one in the scow called about three times. 
When the scow was pulled along side of the 
steamer we could see that they were dapple 
gray in color. After we reached the Island the 
horses were pretty anxious to get off the scow. 
They were taken off and exercised. Then the 
fellows guessed on their weight. When they 
were put on the scales it was found that the 
pair weighed twenty-nine hundred and thirty 
pounds. The larger horse weighed fourteen 
hundred and eighty, the other fourteen hundred 
and fifty. Thomas Carnes. 

Our new l)or$es 

The morning after the new horses came, 
I was in a hurry to get down to the stock barn, 
for I knew that I would have a chance to 
see them, as my work is morning cow-fellow. 
When I got down to the barn after breakfast I 
hurried downstairs to the stables. 1 found that 
the new horses were pretty; their color is a 
dapple gray. They make a very good span. 
Their tails were braided and tied in red cloth. 
There was a tag on each of them which told 
that they were five and six years old. One 
has little brown spots on his face. They are 

both heavy, and muscular, and have been pro- 
nounced "all right" by the morning farm fel- 
lows. Every one has fallen in love with them 
at first sight. William Lydston. 

mixing fmilizcr 

An interesting job was given me one after- 
noon and 1 appreciated it. 1 helped Mr. Mc- 
Leod mix fertilizer for the potatoes. We 
took seven hundred and fifty pounds of dis- 
solved bone from the bags and put four hun- 
dred pounds of sulphate of potash with it. Then 
was added two hundred pounds of nitrate of soda, 
two hundred pounds of dried blood and two 
hundred pounds of tankage. Then the whole 
was thoroughly mixed, after which we sifted it 
through a gravel screen. This made me sneeze 
but I kept at work. The last thing to do was 
to put twelve shovels full of fertilizer into each 
bag. We finished before five o'clock and start- 
ed to mix seventeen hundred and fifty pounds 
of fertilizer for corn, but the bell rang before 
we got the muriate of potash on, so we stopped 
work for that day. Stephen Eaton. 

Cite HiV) IRaccoon 

As 1 was passing the hen house one after- 
noon I saw a new raccoon. It is somewhat 
smaller than our other one. and is a lighter 
color. Over each eye is a black spot. It is 
pretty and does not quarrel with the other one. 
The new raccoon hasn't any name yet. If I 
had my choice I would call her "Pet." 

Albert L. Dillon. 

Cransplantjttd Contato Plants. 

One morning another boy and I harnessed 
the horse and carried a load of loam to the hot 
beds. We carried over some boxes in which 
we took the loam from the cart and put it in 
the cold frame. We spread this on evenly and 
then put on some water to have the soil ready 
for transplanting. The seeds had been planted 
about a month before and the plants had grown 
to be about five inches tall. We took them 
from the hot bed and planted them in the cold 
frame about five inches apart each way. Then # 
the glass was put over the beds and they were 
given a chance to grow. 

Charles W. Watson. 



Walter Hermann, 1878, was married 
Feb. 21st., 1906 and is living at 55 Antrim St., 
Cambridge, Mass. He has a good position 
with the Cambridge Box Co. 

William A. Horsfall, 1896. Mr. and 
Mrs. J. H. Reardon announce the inarriage of 
their daughter, Florence, to Mr. William A. 
Horsfall, on Monday, May the fourteenth, nine- 
teen hundred and six, at 5 1 4 Cleveland Avenue, 
Chicago, Illinois. 

Joseph Pratt, 1902, died on April 21, 
1906, of heart trouble, at his home in Charles- 
town, and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. 
He was a brother of James Pratt, also a grad- 
uat8 of our School. The funeral was attended 
by delegations from the Farm School, from 
the Prescott School, of which he was also 
a graduate, by members of Monumental 
Lodge of Good Templars,- of which the de- 
ceased was a member, and by numerous 
friends and schoolmates. Although a sufferer 
for a long time, Joseph worked steadily un- 
til a few days before his death, and had 
earned the confidence and good will of 
all with whom he had been associated. He 
was at the School at the Thanksgiving Re- 
union, and although not well at the time, was 
in good spirits, and glad to see all of the boys. 
He will be missed by his many friends, by 
the home of which he was a helpful member, 
and most of all by his faithful mother, forwhom 
we have the deepest sympathy. 

Scmnino Gravel. 

All the gravel that we have on our walks 
and roads has to be screened on the beach. It 
was my work one morning to screen it. I 
went down by the boat liouse on the beach and 
there I found the sieve all ready for me. We 
screened it through a coarse sieve and then 
through a fine one to get the sand out. What 
did not go througli the fine sieve we used. We 
screened four loads that morning before school. 
Donald W. Roby. 

nir. Garancr's Calk 

One Sunday afternoon Mr. Gardner, of the 
South Boston Baptist Church, spoke to the 

fellovs. He said that a boy must cultivate his 
mind, body, and spirit to amount to anything. 
His text was: " He that overcometh shall inherit 
all things." He first gave us these words that 
we repeated after him, "Every obstacle is an 
opportunity." He said when Farragut was a 
boy on his father's ship, he would get into all 
sorts of mischief and his father would speak to 
him harshlyand say," Boy, you will neveramount 
to anything." But he was determined he would, 
and so as a result became a great admiral and 
is honored by all people. This was an example 
of perseverance. He said that when volun- 
teers were wanted to help Hobson sink the 
Merrimac in Santiago harbor, men had to be 
chosen to go because so many were anxious to 
help the country. He told us to learn to keep 
our temper and to persevere in all things. He 
said that we should not be dependent on others. 
The fellows all enjoyed this talk very much 
and hope to hear from Mr. Gardner again. 

Philip S. May. 

Che Storm 

One morning when I awoke, instead of 
seeing the sun as usual, I heard the wind rat- 
tling the windows. Toward night it began to 
rain. It rained all night and blew a gale. 
The water came in a window so fast that a 
boy had to wipe it up. A good many of the 
boys were kept awake by the howling of the 
wind and especially by the rattling of the windows. 
The rack that we keep the scrub things on was 
blown over and also the one that the milk pails 
are kept on. There were a lot of new ruts 
made in the avenues. About eight o'clock the 
next day the wind began to- abate and by noon 
the sun was out. Herbert F. Watson. 

Getting (Carrots 

One day Mr. Gilbert told Percy Embree 
and me to hitch Brownie in the new cart and 
go over to the root cellar and get four bags of 
carrots. We drove him over and I went after 
the key in the farmhouse. We put a bush- 
el in each bag and then I locked the door 
and brought the key back. We carried the car- 
rots into the swill room to be boiled for the pigs. 
Alonzo B. James. 

Vol 10. No. 2. 

Printed at the Farm School, Boston, Mass. 

June, 1906. 

Entered November 23, 1903, at Boston. Mass., as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1894. 

mcmoriai Day 

Near the south end of our Island, in the 
shelter of a hill, is a plot of land thirty-six feet 
square. Tall larch trees grow at the four cor- 
ners of what is known as the Farm School Cem- 
etery. Here are buried fourteen persons, all 
in some way connected with our School. 

Mr Nordberg, our first sloyd teacher, is 
buried here. It is the custom every Memorial 
Day to place a Swedish flag on his grave be- 
side the stars and stripes. Another grave is 
that of a little grand child of a former superin- 
tendent. The other graves are those of boys 
who have died while at the School, or of grad- 
uates who have been buried here at their request. 
For the past few years the E. P. A. has had 
charge of the Memorial services at our ceme- 
tery. The E. P. A. is a club consistingof thirty- 
five boys, governed by a charter. The society 
has for officers, a captain, two lieutenants, and 
four sergeants, one of the last being a color 
bearer. On the pleasant mornirg of Memo- 
rial Sunday the whole School, accompanied by 
the band, marched over to the cemetery. The 
band played a number of marches with a num- 
ber of bugle calls. Upon reaching the ceme- 
tery the School seated themselves on the grass 
while the members of the E. P. A. assembled 
in a body facing the audience, ready to begin. 
The service consisted of an opening address by 
the captain in which he spoke of the signifi- 
cance of Memorial Day, and the time it is ob- 
served in other states both North and South. 
Following this came songs by the School, ap- 
propriate recitations by members of the E. P. 
A. and prayer by Mr. Clark. The programme 
was ended by the officers of the Company deco- 

rating the graves with flowers, followed by the 
impressive sounding of "Taps" by two of the 
boys. The order of service and the names of 
members taking part were as follows: — 

Programme Tor memorial Day 

Opening Address Warren H. Bryant 

Song Congregation 

Gathering Home 
Recitation George A. C. McKenzie 

Faded Flowers 
Recitation Philip S. May 

Recitation Leon H. Quinby 

Where The Flag Is 
Song Congregation 

Only Remembered 
Recitation Charles H. Whitney 

The Veteran 
Recitation Alfred W. Jacobs 

The Herald of Spring 
Song Congregation 

Are You Coming Home Tonight 
Recitation Thomas Carnes 

Blair of the Regulars 
Recitation Robert E. Miley 

Fallen Soldier 
Selection Band 

La Media Noche 
Recitation Bruce L. Paul 

Memorial Day 
Song Congregation 

Carried by the Angels 
Recitation A. Leroy Sawyer 

Why should They Kill My Baby 

Recitation William Lydston 

Be Proud for She is Saved 


Recitaiioii , trnes t N. Jorgensen 

In one Grave 

Decoration of the Graves 

Prayer Mr. Clark 

( W. Bryant 
T'sps j W. O'Coimer 

Song Congregation 


Warren H. Bryant. . 

mr. UwW$ CalR 

The Sunday before Memorial day Mr. 
Lewis, a Grand Army Veteran, came down to 
the Island to talk to us. The chapel was deco- 
rated with American flags and one of our 
own state. As Mr. Lewis entered the room 
we applauded and he greeted us with a salute. 
He told us that he considered it a pleasure to 
talk with us for we were to be men of the com- 
ing generation, in his talk he told us of the 
hardships of the Civil War and described vivid- 
ly the horrors of Libby prison and of Anderson- 
ville. In these prisons the men were crowded 
together and given very little food, clothing, or 
even water. The water that they did get was 
unfit for drinking and caused many a poor sol- 
dier's death. The men were so hungry they 
took bread from the hands of dead soldiers. Mr. 
Lewis ended his talk by telling us a little about 
a foe of our country as dreadful as war. He 
said that liquor was the ruination of many a man. 
At the end of the service he gave all who 
wished an opportunity to sign the temperance 
pledge, which we were glad to accept. All 
spent a very profitable afternoon with him and 
he left us, as he entered, with a salute. 

Thomas G. McCarragher. 

Lecture toy IHr. Richan1$ 

On Wednesday, May twenty-third, Mr. 
Richards, pastor of Phillips Congregational 
Church, gave us a very inteVesling lecture 
on "The Commerce of the Great Lakes." 
This lecture was illustrated by stereopticon pic- 
tures. We were first shown a map of the 
Great Lakes and were told about their connec- 
tion with the ocean. He told us that together 
they extended one third the way across our con- 
tinent. He then s-howed us a map of the 
United States telling us hov/ much the Great 

Lakes had to do with the commerce of our 
country, as they were situated so near fields of 
ores, grains and lumber. The iron mines a- 
round Lake Superior are the largest in the 
world, and the prairies of our country produce 
as mucii grain as any grain fields in the world. 
He told us that these lakes and the St. Law- 
rence River form one of the arteries of trade 
in our country. He showed us pictures of the 
miners going down to get iron ore and how it 
was taken up from the mines, loaded on the 
cars and* carried away. Also how it was 
unloaded and where it was put. Next he 
showed us the way the grain was cut and taken 
from the fields and also the way the lumber 
was taken from the forests. He told us that 
these lakes were named after Indian tribes 
that lived on the shores of the lakes. He also 
told us that Lake Superior was the deepest of 
the lakes and the water was so cold that most 
of the sailors of that lake did not know how to 
swim. After he had the produce all loaded 
upon the lake boats he took us by means of his 
pictures across the lakes, seeing many pretty 
scenes along the shore. He also took us 
through the locks. On our passage over LaVe 
Erie we stopped to see them change the cargo 
over to canal boats to be carried down the Erie 
canal to New York. We also stopped on our 
trip to see the Niagara Falls. We all spent & 
very pleasant evening on this picture trip and 
Mr. Richards bade us goodnight on the screen. 
Spencer S. Profit. 

mr. Reed's Concert 

On the twenty-sixth day of May, M r. Reed, 
with four Harvard students, came down to the 
Island and gave us all a very pleasant afternoon. 
The entertainment was opened by a march 
played on the piano by Mr. Reed. This was 
followed by a song given by a male quartette. 
Several of the musical selections were comical 
and we enjoyed them very much. Mr. Reed 
played another selection on the piano and also 
played an accompaniment for a 'cello solo. 
Another interesting part was selections read 
from a book which one of the students brought 
with him. The first selection was about a 



country school-house and second about a farm- 
er. After this they sang " Everybody Works 
but Father" and for the last verse they sang 
' ' Everybody should be satisfied, for that is all." 
With this the concert ended. Mr. Reed 
played a selection on the piano for us to march 
out of chapel. Joseph B. Keller. 

Our first l}\$\i\m D^V 

Visiting Day is one anxiously looked for- 
ward to by all the boys. Before it is known just 
when the first one is going to be the fellows 
make a guess as to the date. Usually Mr. Brad- 
ley tells us in chapel on Sunday night, then the 
fellows are happy. This year the first Visiting 
Day came on the ninth of May. The bell rang 
at about half-past nine for the fellows to change 
their clothes. When all was ready we marched 
down to the wharf to await the arrival of the 
Nantasket Steamer. While the steamer was 
making a landing tlie band played a selection 
to welcome them. After cur friends were all 
off of the Steamer the band faced and at the 
word of command we marched up to the house. 
We assembled on the gravel south of the g=ir- 
dens. The band played a selection and Mr. 
Bradley said a few words of welcome to our 
friends and announced the next Visiting Day. 
Mr. Grew, the Vice-President of our Board of 
Managers, was present and made a few remarks 
We were then allowed to break ranks and go 
with our friends. We showed them the dif- 
ferent places of interest and the work which we 
do. Thus we enjoyed ourselves until the bell 
rang at half-past twelve which told us that the 
boat was coming. When the steamer land- 
ed there was the hustle and bustle of good-by 
and getting aboard. We gave three cheers as 
the steamer pulled away from the wharf. We 
then went up to the house, changed our clothes 
and put the good things we received in our 
drawer. After this was done we were dis- 
missed for the rest of the day. 

William N. Dinsmore. 

Our Dance 

On May third the citizens of Cottage Row 
gave a dance in honor of Mr. Bradley. The 
boys assembled in chapel at seven o'clock 

We were given an order of the dances at the 
door. At about quarter past eight the dancing 
commenced. The first was a waltz. There 
were four waltzes in all. The instructors start- 
ed the dance and little by little the boys went 
on until there were quite a number on the floor. 
The next was a two-step and as it was the 
easiest dance of the evening there were more 
boys on the floor than instructors. A schottische 
was the next on the programme, followed by a 
two-step, a duchess, and another waltz. Then 
the boys went to the dining-room for their ice 
cream and cake in the intermission following. 
After the boys had disposed of the ice cream 
and nearly all of the cake we went back to the 
dance. We capped the climax with a Virginia 
Reel. Nearly all the instructors took part in 
this and a lot of the boys. 1 danced five of the 
dances and had a fine time and I am sure that 
those who contributed in any way were well 
repaid. Herbert F. Watson. 

Setting Out trees 

The first two weeks of May three other 
fellows and I helped set out shade and fruit 
trees. Mr. Burnham worked with us. We 
set out eighteen elms at intervals along the 
road that leads from the Beach Road to the 
Farm House and Root Cellar. We got the 
trees from the nursery where the shade trees 
are first set out as seedlings and left until they 
are about ten or twelve feet high. Fruit trees 
are grafted after two years and then allowed to 
grow the same as the others although not quite 
as tall. We have to be careful in taking up these 
young trees or saplings and not cut too 
many roots. After we had finished planting 
the elms we went up the road that runs 
along the lower part of the orchard and planted 
three maple trees. Later when the shade trees 
v/ere all planted we went into the orchard and 
set out twenty-one apple trees of different 
varieties. After our planting was completed we 
cleaned up the ground around all the young trees. 
Alfred H. Neumann. 

'.' The more one speaks of himself, the less 
he likes to hear another talked of." 


Cbonip$on'$ Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by the 

Thompson's Island. Boston Harbor. 


Vol. 10. No. 2. 

June, 1906. 

Subscription Price - 50 cents per year. 



Alfred Bowditch. 


Henry S. Grew. 


Arthur Adams. 


Tucker Daland. 


Melvin O. Adams, 
I. Tucker Burr, 

Charles P. Curtis, Jr., 
Charles T. Gallagher, 
Walter Hunnewell, 
Henry Jackson, M. D., 

Richard M. Saltonstall, 
Francis Shaw, 

William S. Spaulding, 
Thomas F. Temple, 

Moses Williams, Jr. 

Charles H. Bradley, _ Superintendent. 

Treasurer's Address 50 State St. 

Boston, Mass. 

There has been much controversy as to 
the influence of heredity, but tliere is no dis- 
pute as to the power of environment. The 
conditions of the home, the influence of parents, 
teachers, and friends, the modifying effect of 
the community life, and the molding force of 
natural surroundings, all have results which it 

is impossible to measure for the future, or to 
weigh as we look back upon the past. 

Perhaps the power of mere physical en- 
vironment is often overlooked, or given little 
thought, but we feel that our location and 
surroundings have had much to do with the 
successful growth of the School and have exert- 
ed a large influence upon the development of 
the individual. Situated as we are within the 
shadow of a great city, within sight and sound 
of its industries and activities, with its com- 
merce constantly passing our door on its way 
to every quarter of the globe, no wide awake 
boy can grow up in our School without feeling 
the touch of a broad life, — without the stirring 
of ambitions which a broad outlook must 

On the other hand, while in the city we 
are not of it. We can avail ourselves of its 
advantages, wlule we can shut out undesirable 
influences. We have ail the benefits of sea- 
shore and country life. We are in contact 
with Nature in her varying moods, and must 
avail ourselves of them or guard against them, 
as the case may be. Storm and calm, fog, 
frost, sunrise a:nd sunset, directly affect our 
activities, our habits and our characters. They 
have their influence upon our aesthetic as well 
as upon our physical development, and while a 
boy never can lose the advantages of the 
active, out of door life and the pure air, neither 
can he outlive the influence of our rare sunsets, 
the changeful sea and our broad horizon. 


May 1. Transplanted five maple trees 
from nursery to front grove. 

May 2. Five tons of plaster received. 

Planted one and one third acres of ' ' Early 
Hebron" potatoes. 

May 3. Dance in honor of Mr. Bradley 
given by the citizens of Cottage Row. 


Planted early peas, "Alaska." 
Killed pig, dressing 222 pounds. 
May 4. Planted beans, " Early Mohawk." 
Sowed spinach, beets, lettuce, radishes 
and carrots, using new seeder. 

Teams hauling manures to the fields. 
One hundred new mattresses came for the 

May 5. Planted sweet corn. 
Sowed carrots and onions. 
Plowed between rows of berry bushes. 
May 7. Cut first asparagus. 
Transplanted 200 early cabbages. 
Mixed two tons of corn fertilizer. 
Ran telephone wires from Farm House 
line to cable booth. 

May 8. Harrowed oat ground. 
Sowed onions and beets. 
Lester M. Hartshorn entered the School. 
Transplanted celery in hot bed, "Boston 

Received lime and blue vitriol for insecti- 

Allan H. Brown left the School to live 
with his mother in North Rustico, P. E. 1. 
May 9. New spray pump received. 
First Visiting Day. 205 present includ- 
ing Vice-President Henry S. Grew. 

May 10. Scow load of dressing brought 
from Walworth's. 

May 1 1 . Telephone man here at work 
on local line. 

Finished sowing oats, and sowed grass 
seed in oat ground. 

Row of elm trees set on south side of road 
from Beach Road to Farm House path. 

May 12. Flower seeds, a gift from 
Schlegel and Foltler, were given to the boys. 

Sprayed orchard with Bordeaux mixture 
and Paris green. 

Harnesses for new span received. 
Golf links set out. 

Completed one stone drag and one gravel 

May 14. 21 apple trees set in orchard. 
One lot of magazines received from 
Blodgett Bros. 

Nursery stock received, consisting of 
spruce, pine, white birch, blue spruce, mountain 
ash, American linden, horse chestnut, etc. 

May 15. Lester M. Hartshorn left the 

Spruces set out north-west of root cellar, 
as a wind break, pines and birches at North 
End; rest of stock set in nursery. 

May 16. Planted " Early Crosby" corn. 
Beached Steamer Pilgrim, took off winter 
sheathing and cleaned the hull. 

May 17. Took off smokestack of Steam- 
er, and cleaned boiler tubes and stack. 

May 18. 'Made one screen for coal and 
one for sand. 

May 19. Two swarms of bees came. 
Began planting potatoes at North End. 
May 21. Began setting out tomato 

May 22. Freight scov/, John Alden 

Finished setting 1300 tomato plants. 
Began cutting rye. 

May 23. Finished planting five acres of 

Illustrated lecture by Rev. F. B. Richards 
in the evening, on "The Commerce of the 
Great Lakes." 

May 24. Manager Tucker Daland visit- 
ed the School. 

Mowed rye piece v/ith machine. 
May 25. Set out 1 300 celery plants. 
Planted corn at North End. 
White Angora rabbit added to our pets. 
May 26. Planted corn, peas and beans. 
Sowed lettuce, radishes and turnip. 
Leslie W. Graves visited the School. 
Completed new fence around cemetery. 
Entertainment in the afternoon by Mr. 
W. H. Reed, Jr., and friends from Harvard 

Thomas Maceda left the School to work 
for Mr. H. E. Benson, at Clearbrook Farm, 
Foxboro, Mass. 

May 27. Sunday. Memorial exercises 
at the cemetery in the morning, conducted 
by the E. P. A. 


Mr. J. B. Lewis, Kinsley Post 113 
G.A. R. of Boston, addressed the boys in the 

May 28. Killed pig. 'dressing 260 pounds. 

May 29. Frederick C. Webbentered the 

Sprayed orchard second time. 

Standing work and floors re-varnished in 
two instructors' rooms. 

May 30. Memorial Day. . A number of 
boys attended the exercises at Tremont 

Loaned scow John Alden for use of 
judges at Memorial Day Yacht Races. 

Stopped using steam heat. 

May 31. Put new grates in bakery oven. 

Finished cement tide gate near storage 

Average temperature for the month, 55 

Minimum temperature for the month, 37; 
maximum, 80. 

Total precipitation for the month, 4.69 

Greatest precipitation in twenty-four hours, 
2.56 inches, May 28. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 28 1 . 

Sun dog observed. May 30 

Tarm School Bank 

Cash on hand May 1, 1906 - $465.92 

Deposited during the month 24 42 

Withdrawn during the month . 38.56 

Cash on hand June 1, 1906 $451.78 

Our motbs and Butterflies 

Last fall several boys brought caterpillars 
up to the schoolroom and these were put into a 
case with some leaves to see if they would spin 
cocoons. One spun its cocoon, but the rest 
died. Then three or four boys brought in co- 
coons from outside and these were put with the 
other in the case. About the middle of March 
the one that had spun its cocoon in the school 
room, came out. We found out that it was 
the moth of the Salt marsh caterpillar. The 
top of the wings were white and the under part 

yellow with black spots. The Friday before 
Easter we had a beautiful Luna moth come out 
of its cocoon. It measured five inches across 
the wings. These moths were chloriformed 
and v/ith their cocoons were put into our 
schoolroom collection. Any boy that sees a 
butterfly or moth of a kind that is not in our col- 
lection, catches it and brings it into the school- 
room where it is chloriformed and put with the 
rest. Clarence S. Nelson. 

Preparind and Planting Potatoes 

One morning another boy and 1 were told 
to go over to the root-cellar and get three and 
one-half bushels of seed potatoes. There was 
a large bin of potatoes of various sizes and we 
picked out the ones that had the largest num- 
ber of eyes on them and were free from scab. 
We put these on the drag and drove over to the 
potato piece. We cut them into the right size 
with one or two good eyes on each piece. The 
plow had been over the ground and liad made 
furrows deep enough to plant them in. The 
pieces were put about fifteen inches apart after 
a little phosphate had been put in and covered 
with earth. Then the furrow, which was about 
four inches deep, was filled in and the potatoes 
were ready to grow. Charles W. Watson. 

B Cesson on Planting Peas 

We have been planting peas on the Island. 
Several of the boys helped to plant them. One 
day in school John Enright told the fellows how 
this was done. The ground was first plov/ed, 
harrowed and then the fellows raked it until the 
soil was level and free from large stones. Mr. 
Gilbert put the peas into the seeder. As the 
seeder went along it made a furrow about two 
inches deep in which the seeds fell and were 
covered. Stakes were put at each row with 
the name of the pea on it. A good rule is to 
firm the ground over the seeds, but this should 
not be done if the soil is damp. Then our 
teacher told us that peas require good soil and 
a fair amount of fertilizer. Seeds to live and 
grow need three things; heat, moisture, and air. 
After we had finished talking we wrote, for an 
English lesson, how the pea is planted. 

Harold Y. Jacobs. 


Cbc mosquito 

Summer is approaching and with it many 
pests. Among those that give the most 
annoyance to man are mosquitoes. On our Is- 
land are a number of places where the water 
settles and makes small marsiies, which are 
drained by ditches. In these ditches the mos- 
quitoes breed. Wherever there is a pool of 
stagnant water the mosquitoes find it out and 
in these pools they lay their eggs in numbers 
varying from two to four hundred in a cluster. 
These eggs hatch inside of twenty-four hours into 
the larval stage or what we call the wrigglers. 
These wrigglers breathe through a tube which 
Is attached to one end of the body. They 
have to come to the surface at least once a 
minute to get air. After living in the larval 
stage seven or eight da}s the larva changes to 
pupa form. This form remains at the top of 
the water two or three days, when the coat of 
the pupa splits open and out comes the mos- 
quito.. It was discovered that to cover the 
water where mosquitoes breed with oil would 
kill them, because they could not penetrate 
the oil to get air. In past years we have used 
the common kerosene oil but it has been found 
that the kerosene oil evaporates so quickly that 
it does not pay to use it. For several years we 
have sprayed the marshes with a thicker, 
heavier oil, which is called gas oil. It has been 
my work to spray the marshes with this gas oil 
and I have all the ditches and pools coated with 
it. This oil is so thick that the larva can not 
get its tube through it to the surface to breathe 
and is drowned. This gas oil also kills the old 
mosquitoes when they come to lay their eggs, 
as well as the eggs themselves. In this way 
we are able to keep down to some extent this 
troublesome insect, the mosquito. 

Claud W. Salisbury. 

Bn Observation Cessoti 

There is a piece of ploughed ground at the 
north end of the island. It was to be measured, 
so the boys, instead of going to school, went over 
to see how the measuring was done. The first 
thing was to take the surveying instru- 
ment or transit and find magnetic north. 

Then the telescope was turned until the line 
of vision coincided with the boundary of the 
piece of land. Then one end of the piece was 
measured with an engineer's chain. This 
chain contained one hundred links, each of 
which was a foot long. Every ten feet was 
marked off by brass tags that were numbered. 
Boys carried the chain, and a boy carrying iron 
markers, which were numbered, kept ahead of 
the chain and as he placed a marker at the end 
of the chain he called out the number of the 
chains measured off. The end boundary of the 
piece was found to be four hundred fifty-five 
feet. The boundary along the east side was 
measured in the same way and found to be 
eiglit hundred twelve feet long. The north 
boundary measured one hundred fifty feet. 
The remaining side along the west shore meas- 
ured nine iuindred sixty feet. We had been 
working with square measurement in school, 
so our teachers took this opportunity to show us 
an acre and a square rod. A point in the 
southern boundary was selected and the sur- 
veying instrument set up. From this point 
we measured off the side of an acre which we 
found to be two hundred eight and seventy-one 
hundredths feet. Upon this side we built an 
acre, using the transit to measure the angles at 
the corners. Then taking one corner of the acre 
we measured off a square rod to see the relative 
size of the two. This ended our out door work 
which we had enjoyed very much. 

Clarence M. Daniels. 

new mattresses 

A load of new mattresses for the boys was 
going to be brought over from the city. I was 
told to get a number of boards and put in the 
bottom of the scow so the mattresses would not 
get soiled. Then we went over to City Point 
and found two teams full of mattresses at the 
wharf. There were a number of us fellows so 
we started to work carrying the mattresses 
from the wagon to the scow. After they were 
in the scow we carefully covered them with 
canvas to keep them dry. We landed at our 
wliarf and the boys carried the mattresses to 
the dormitories. The fellows enjoy sleeping 
on them. Robert W. Gregory. 



Selwyn G. Tinkham, 1898, is at Brown 
University, worl<ing liis way through college. He 
sends us a stanza from some verses that he 
keeps on his wall. 

"You are beaten to earth? Well, well, what's 

Come up with a smiling face. 
It's nothing against you to fall down flat, 

But to lie there - that's disgrace." 

Richard N. Maxwell, 1900, isgardener 
and horticulturist on the estate of Mr. E. H. 
Chandler, Danvers, Mass. Richard has had 
excellent training and experience and is proving 
his ability in this line of work. 

Lester H. Witt, 1902, is living with 
his grandparents in Marlboro. He is doing 
considerable work for other people after his 
own work is done, and is proud of a growing 
bank account. He sends two years' subscrip- 
tion for the Beacon, in advance. 

Frank C. Simpson, 1903, has full man- 
agement of the poultry plant at the Connecti- 
cut Agricultural College, Storrs. Conn. They 
are running fourteen incubators, and have a 
large modern plant and stock. Frank has 
charge of the experiments conducted in con- 
nection with the course in poultry culture, and 
is accumulating very interesting and valuable 

Dinitti) Room Ulork 

After I come down stairs in the morning 1 
get ready for work. 1 put the bread around on 
the tables and after breakfast I help wash and 
wipe dishes. I empty the waste pail and wash 
out the towels that I wiped disheswith. 1 then 
shine the brass and clean out both sinks and 
scrub the table the bread cutter is on. After 
that I set around the dishes. Every day there 
are always pitchers and mugs for the water to 
be placed at each table. Sometimes 1 wash 
salt shakers. 1 always fill them every morn- 
ing. At eleven o'clock I bring in the water and 
then I help serve out the food. Then the boys 
have their dinner and 1 have mine. 

Herbert J. Nelson. 

CIcatiind Ti$b 

Fishing is good sport for some fellows but 
they do not always like to clean the fish after 
they are caught. Sometimes a fellow will get 
another boy to clean them for him. About a 
week ago a fellow went fishing and I happened 
to go with him. He caught twenty-seven floun- 
ders from . the end of the wharf. I cleaned 
most of them. As there were others who 
caught a number we had them for dinner. 
They were fried in bread crumbs and tasted 
good. Ralph H. Marshall. 

Torking Drcssiitd 

In the spring there is a lot of dressing to 
be forked and carted to the various fields on 
the Island. During the winter the dressing is 
put in a large pile near the west beach. In the 
spring it is carted to the fields and put into 
piles, then two boys fork it into our new man- 
ure spreader and the spreader does the rest. 
All our dressing comes from our own stables and 
the stables at Walworth's Manufacturing Com- 

Charles A. Graves. 

Our Library 

In our library there are about sixteen hun- 
dred volumes. There are books which most 
every fellow wants to read. There are also 
many books written by the most noted authors. 
The regular hours that books are taken out are 
Wednesday at seven P. M. and Sunday at 
eight A. M. The boys that have books out 
and want them returned leave them on the top 
shelf in the assembly room and the librarians 
take these books up to be changed. Then the 
number of the boy's book is read and the num- 
ber with his name is crossed off as having re- 
turned his book. The book is then put away 
and the next number that is on the card, if the 
book is in, is given to him. There are two 
large book cases with seven shelves in each 
case, which are divided into two sections. The 
sections are lettered R, L, C, and one of 
reference. The reference books may be taken 
to the reading-room and put back when through 
with them. Philip S. May. 



Vol. 10. No. 3. 

Printed at the Farm School, Boston, Mass. 

July, 1906. 

Entered November 23, 1903, at Boston. Mass.. as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1894. 

graduation Day 

Our exercises for graduation were held on 
the afternoon of Friday, the fifteenth of June. 
A temporary platform was erected on the north- 
ern slope from the main building, and on this 
picture.sque spot, surrounded by the beauties of 
nature, we held our exercises. The day had 
been eagerly anticipated by all the graduating 
class. It was bright and pleasant. Invita- 
tions had been sent to friends of the grad- 
uates and they came over in the barge 
from City Point to the Island. The band was 
ready at the wharf to welcome them. As we 
marched up the avenue the band played and 
when we reached the lawn the other boys were 
drawn up in two lines and we marched past them. 
Then all were seated. The managers, v/ith 
Mr. and Mrs. Bradley, sat on the right, the in- 
structors on the left, while the friends and boys 
occupied two sections in the center. The band 
and the graduating class sat on the platform. 
Programmes were given to all. These had a 
picture of the old elm on the front and were 
tied with the School colors, with the pro- 
gramme following, and then the names of the 
boys who had graduated from the three courses, 
literary, sloyd, and forging. Our exercises 
opened with a selection from our band. "La 
Media Noclie." Following this was the prayer 
by Rev. F. B. Richards. The salutatorian 
spoke a few words of welcome to all and then 
delivered an essay on the American Indian. 
Then followed the various essays and recita- 
tions, all of which were spoken well and each 
one was greeted with applause. After these 
came the class prophecy by Leslie R. Jones. 
This was a little change from the other years 
and all the boys looked forward to it anxiously. 

He started by telling how he had wandered 
over to the south end of our Island in search 
of Indian relics. While there he happened 
to see some bits of broken china and he 
began to fashion them together and found 
it to be an old clay pipe. While doing this 
he became tired and was soon asleep^ While 
asleep he dreamed that he saw a man smok- 
ing the very pipe he had constructed. This 
man he recognized as David Thompson, the 
founder of our Island. He was surround- 
ed by a circle of Indians smoking the pipe 
of peace.' One of these men was controlled by 
the Great Spirit and "has the power to tell you 
anything you wish to know about the future. 
Ask of him what you will and he will tell thee 
thy desire." He asked him for the future of 
the class of nineteen hundred six. Then the 
Indian took him in his canoe and they went to 
the various places where the boys were work- 
ing. This essay the boys liked very much and 
after he had spoken he was applauded heartily. 
The valedictorian spoke on the class motto 
"Strive to ExceL" He fiist thanked the 
Managers, Mr. and Mrs. Bradley and the 
instructors for the kind spirit which they had 
shown towards us and the encouragement they 
have given. Hon. Charles T. Gallagher, 
one of our Managers, spoke to the graduating 
class, telling us a few of the first principles of 
success. He emphasized these three; be hon- 
est, be busy, and do a little more than is re- 
quired of you. All of his words were good 
advice to us and we were very grateful for 
having such a busy man as Mr. Gallagher 
take time to address our class. Mr. Bradley 
now presented each graduate with his diploma, 
giving to each a few words of encouragement 


for his future life. Each year the Alumni 
present to the fellow standing highest in 
scholarship for the last two years a gold 
medal. This prize is highly valued by the boys. 
It is presented on graduation day by the Presi- 
dent of the Association, who is Mr. George Bu- 
chan. This year it was given to Charles W. 
Watson. There are also the United States, 
History Prizes given out on graduation day. 
These consist of twenty-five dollars and are 
given to the three boysstanding highest in United 
States History, in recitation and examination. 
These are given by Dr. Frank E. Allard, who 
was present to give them to the boys. They 
were presented as follows: Philip S. May, 
$12.00: William F. O'Connor, $8.00; William 
A. Reynolds, $5.00. The exercises were com- 
pleted by another selection from the band, U. 
S. Cruiser "Maryland." The boys then had a 
short time with their friends and had an oppor- 
tunity to show them their work for the past 
year. As the friends boarded the steamer we 
all said farewell and in our hearts we felt that 
the day had been a pleasant and successful one. 
Charles W. Watson. 

Graduation Programnte 

Music Band 

La Media Noche 
Prayer Rev. F. B. Richards 

Salutatory C. Ernest Nichols 

The American Indian 
Essay Herbert A. Dierkes 

Fruit Culture 
Recitation Matthew H. Paul 

The Captain's Well 
Essay William T. Walbert 

Declamation S. Gordon Stackpole 

The Dignity of Labor 
Recitation Don C. Clark 

The Vision of Sir Launfal 
Music Band 

La Sorella 
Essay William N. Dinsmore 

Usefulness of the American Toad 
Declamation Everett A. Rich 

The National Flag 
Class Prophecy Leslie R. Jones 

Valedictory Charles W. Watson 

Strive to Excel 
Address Hon. Charles T. Gallagher 

Presentation of Diplomas 

By the Superintendent 
Awarding of Alumni Gold Medal 

Mr. George Buchan 
Awarding of United States History Prizes 

Frank E. Allard, M. D. 
Music Band 

U. S. Cruiser, "Maryland" 


Literary Course 

Don Carlos Clark, Herbert Adolph Dierkes, 
William Nason Dinsmore, John Joel Emory, 
Leslie Ronald Jones, Joseph Bastien Keller, 
Charles Ernest Nichols, Matthew Henry Paul, 
Albert Probert, Everett Alfred Rich. Stephen 
Gordon Stackpole, Horace Preston Thrasher, 
William Thomas Walbert, Charles William 

Sloyd Course 

Louis Clifton Darling, John Joel Emory, 
Paul Herbert Gardner, Robert William Greg- 
ory, Joseph Andrew Kalberg, Joseph Bastien 
Keller, Ervin Guy Lindsey, Thomas McCar- 
ragher, Charles McEacheren, John F. Nel- 
son, William Ash Reynolds, Charles Franklin 
Reynolds, Everett Alfred Rich, Albert LeRoy 
Sawyer, Stephen Gordon Stackpole, Charles 
William Watson, George Percy Wiley, Her- 
bert John Phillips, Charles H. Whitney. 

Louis Peter Marchi, George A. C. Mc- 
Kenzie, Horace Preston Thrasher. 

Didding Bait 

The fellows who go fishing need bait. It 
is found by digging it from the beach. We first 
get some clam diggers and a rake, and hunt for 
tin cans to put the bait in. We then begin 
to dig. As soon as we find a seaworm we put 
it in a tin can, putting in some dirt. When it is 
time to stop we return our tools, after filling up 
the holes we have made in the beach. 

Leon H. Quinby. 


flag Day 

The Sunday before Flag Day, we had the 
pleasure of having with us Dr.-T. D. Smith, a 
veteran of the Civil War. He gave a very 
interesting talk on our flags. Our Chapel was 
prettily decorated with flags, having not only 
the national flag, but those of all the states of the 
country and of other nations. He told us how 
the flag was originated and of its growth. He 
started with the English flag which had the cross 
of St. George upon it and explained the changes 
through which it passed to the present English 
flag, which is a red one with the crosses of St. 
George and St. Andrew on a field of blue in the 
upper corner. Mr. Smith then explained the 
changes through which our flag had passed, 
telling us what each one stood for and the mean- 
ing of its colors, red for bravery, blue for truth 
and white for purity. He said that the Ameri- 
can colors had helped our country in that it had 
kapt the soldiers many times from losing cour- 
age when about to be defeated and cheered 
them on to victory. He told us of the feeling 
which he experienced as an American citizen, 
when he looked upon the American flag today. 
•We- enjoyed this interesting talk very much and 
most of us took lessons from it which we shall 
never forget. Claud W. Salisbury. 

Indian Kclics 

in our reading-room we have a collection 
of Indian relics which were found on our Is- 
land. There are arrow-heads, and chips of all 
kinds showing ' that Thompson's Island was for 
many years inhabited by the Indians. When 
the ground is ploughed the fellows continue to 
find and bring in arrow-heads and spear-heads 
made of colored jasper, and chips of various 
sizes. At the north end of our Island there is 
a grove. The earth in this grove was ploughed 
last fall and here some of the fellows have 
found very good relics. There is a spring in 
the lower right hand corner of this grove, and 
here a fellow told nie was a good place to find 
relics as the Indians might have had a camp 
there a long while ago. The fellows like very 
much to hunt for these relics. 

William A. Reynolds. 

my telescope 

I was surprised one day to go up to 
the office and receive a box from home. In it 
I found a good sized telescope. When it is 
open it is about two feet long and when it is 
closed it is about fourteen and a half inches long. 
It is brass at each end with a linen cover 
to protect the barrel part. I brought it 
down and let some of the fellows look through 
it. I can take it apart when I want to clean it. 
1 have had a very good time with it so far. I 
have seen many things of interest. One day I 
noticed a battle ship in the navy yard with 
three stacks. I could see it very plainly. At 
the same hour I was looking at a revenue cut- 
ter that was anchored right in front of our Is- 
land. I could see the men working on board 
and could see them strike the bells every 
half hour. I looked over home in Chelsea 
on the hill and could see the trees in front 
of my house. I could see just the top of the 

Albert M. DeWolf. 

Cbe Bulletin-Board 

The bulletin-board is situated on the west 
side of the Assembly Room on the door lead- 
ing to the area. It is a black board on the up- 
per part of the door and is easily distinguished 
because of the fact that "Bulletin" is painted 
above it. On it are placed notices of things 
which interest the fellows. There are some in- 
animate notices — that is what I call the ones 
that stay on week after week. These are, a 
notice ordering the removal of all gypsy or brown 
tail moths from property, a list containing the 
names of those in the boat crew, another is a 
card which explains the whistles the supervisor 
blows when it is time to line up, to wash, etc. 
Another is a notice telling the flag days in 
Massachusetts, that is holidays, etc., when the 
flag should be raised. The other (animated) 
notices are too numerous to mention. They are 
the notices which stay on for a day or two, and 
are always the center of attraction when they 

William Lydston. 


CI)oinp$on'$ Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by the 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor. 


Vol. 10. No. 3. 

July, 1906 

Subscription Price - 




Alfred Bowditch. 


Henry S. Grew. 


Arthur Adams. 


Tucker Daland. 


Melvin 0. Adams, 

I. Tucker Burr, . 

Charles P. Curtis, Jr., 
Charles T. Gallagher, 
Walter Hunnewell, 
Henry Jackson, M. D., 

Richard M. Saltonstall, 
Francis Shaw, 

William S. Spaulding, 
Thomas F. Temple, 

Moses Williams, Jr. 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent. 

Treasurer's Address 50 State St. 

Boston. Mass. 

The Farm School has long been known 
as a technical school of the grammar grade 
and considerable attention has been given in 
these columns to the technical training given 
in agriculture, sloyd. carpentry, printing and 
care of engines, but only indirectly have we 
made mention of the important instruction 

given in forging and machine work. 

Tiie work in mstal follows and supplements 
the courses in sloyd and practical carpentry. 
The equipment in this department consists of 
two Buffalo forges with fsn blower attschirent, 
four anvils and the usual tools. The course 
gives exercises in drawingand shouldering, bend- 
ing, twisting, upsetting, making square and hex- 
agonal heads, square corners, etc. The L, T, 
and butt welds are taught in making rings, 
chains, ring-b^lts and tongs. In steel working 
we make the center punch, cold chisel, hammer 
head, springs, and the steel and iron weld. 
Each boy works from tiie blue print of his model, 
gets out and cuts the stock, and each piece, 
when completed, represents his own work in 
every detail. In the machine shop there is a 
twelve inch standard screw cutting lathe, a mill- 
ing machine, an upriglit drill, and a double em- 
ery grinder, with essential tools. 

The work in these two departments is 
made practical by application to the- large 
amount of new W3rk and repairs constantly 
called for on a large estate, on tools and farm 
implements, engines, presses and other ma- 
chinery, and by the making of tools, skates, 
cannon and other articles by the boys for their 
own use. This instruction is in itself most 
excellent training, gives opportunities for pres- 
ent usefulness, broadens the boy's outlook upon 
life, and puts another implement into his hand 
wherewith he may carve out his future destiny. 


June 1. Repaired fence around cow pas- 

Cows sent to pasture for first time. 

Re-plowed land back of Cottage Row. 

Planted one and one-half acres of sweet 
corn, on knoll by Beach Road. 

June 2. Fred Burchsted and Alfred 
Lanagan visited the School. 


Put wire fence around yard at Audubon Cut alfalfa for green feed. 

Hall, for pet animals. Sprayed potatoes at North End with Paris 

Sowed radishes, salsify, parsnips, turnips Green. 

and tv/o acres of millet. 

Mr. H. A. Dennison visited the School 
and made a sketch of the old elm. 

June 4. Plumber here. 

Weeded garden. 

Harrowed millet. 

Sprayed potatoes. 

June 6. Raised topmast and gaff on flag- 

Mr. Richard C. Humphreys spoke in the 
evening on "A Trip to Jamaica", and other 
friends gave a musical entertainment. 

Planted sweet corn, ' ' Country Gentleman" 
and "Stowell's Evergreen." 

Planted peas, "Telephone" and "Thomas 

June 7. Visiting Day. 271 present. 

Cultivated gardens and sweet corn. 

June 8. A horse, "Baby", given to the 
School by Mrs. I. T. Burr. 

June 9. Game with St. Mary's Base 
Ball team. Score, St. Mary's, 2, Farm School, 

Pres. N. L. Sheldon, Dr. W. R. Shipman, 
Dr. G. W. Bryant, and Dr. E. A. Burnha-m, of 
the Vermont Association Executive Committee, 
and Mr. N. H. Willis, of Boston, visited the 

June 10. Dr. T. D. Smith spoke to the overhauling 

Made four oak log benches for play- 

June 15. Put up a platform in the grove 
for graduation exeVcises. 

Graduation Day. Vice-President Henry 
S. Grew, Treasurer Arthur Adams, Man- 
agers 1. Tucker Burrand Charles T. Gallagher , 
with graduates T. J. Evans, Herbert W. 
French, George Buchan and Merton P. Ellis, 
were present. Dr. Frank E. Allard was also 
present, and presented the United States His- 
tory Prizes, given by him each year. The 
Alumni medal was presented by George Buchan, 
President of the Association. 

June 16. Sowed one acre of mangels. 

Base Ball Game with Alumni, score, 
Alumni, 4, Farm School, 28. 

June 17. Planted peas, beans and sweet 
corn for late use. 

June 18. Launched the sail boat Wins- 

Planted field beans, melons and cucum- 

Sowed Hungarian grass and millet in Bow- 
ditch Grove. 

June 19. Plowed rye piece. 

William N. Dinsmore left the School. 

Towed the Winslow to Lawley'syard for 

boys on the origin and development of our flag 
and flag day. 

June 11. Cut the first spinach, one 


June 12. The Metayer Club visited the 

Frank H. Machon and Theodore M. 
Fuller entered the School. 

Planted five acres of field corn. 

Planted three-fourths acre of sweet corn 
for fodder. 

Essex County Commissioners, and Mr. 
and Mrs. W. Grant Fancher, visited the School. 

June 14. Picked first strawberries. 

June 20. Don C. Clark left the School. 

The boys went to Barnum and Bailey's 

June 21. Began haying. 

Lawn party in the evening. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Brenton visited 
the School. 

June 22. By the courtesy of Captain 
Perry, boys and instructors visited U. S. S. 

June 24. George B. Beetchy visited the 

June 25. Set 700 cabbage plants. 

June 26. Set up new horse rake. 


Made a few repairs on sloop yacht Tre- 


June 27. Finished repairs on rowboat 

Sloop yacht Trevore painted and var- 

June 28. North side float beached and 

Sprayed currant bushes with hellebore for 

Steamer Pilgrim beached for painting and 
varnishing, inside and out. 

June 29. Fireworks received for the 

Planted squashes and pumpkins in corn- 

Transplanted Red, Dutch and Savoy cab- 

Mean maximum temperature 73.6 

Mean minimum temperature 55.5 

Maximum temperature 86 on the 10th. 

Total precipitation 2.15 inches. 

5 clear days, 18 partly cloudy, 7 cloudy. 

Lunar halo observed on the 1st. 

Solar halo on the 4th. 

Total Sunshine during June, 245 hours, 
45 min. 

Tartti School BanK 

Cash on hand June 1, 1906 
Deposited during the month 

Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand July 1, 1906 





From the Fifth Class to the Fourth 
Albert L. Dillon William W. Foster 

Stephen Eaton Harold Y. Jacobs 

Christian Field J. Hermann Marshall 

Bruce L. Paul 

From the Fourth ''Class to the Third 
George J. Balch Clarence S. Nelson 

Frederick J. Barton Terrence L. Parker 
Alfred W. Jacobs Louis Reinhard 

Robert H. May Frederick J. Wilson 

From the Third Class to the Second 
Van R. Brown Charles F. Reynolds 

James Clifford Claud W. Salisbury 

Louis C. Darling Herbert F. Watson 

Ernest N. Jorgensen Frederick C. Webb 
J. Herbert Nelson C. Clifton Wright 
Alfred H. Neumann T. Chapel Wright 

From the Second Class to the First 
Harold E. Daniels Philip S. May 

C. Archie Graves William F. O'Conner 

William Lydston Leon H. Quinby 

William A. Reynolds 

B Pleasant Bcning 

On the evening of June sixth, we were en- 
tertained by Mr. Richard C. Humphreys, who 
told us of his trip to Jamaica, and by some 
young ladies who furnished music. On his 
way to Jamaica, Mr. Humphreys passed the Ba- 
hamas. He stopped at Kingston, the capital 
of Jamaica, where the people were mostly 
negroes, Spanish or mulattoes. He described 
many tropical plants which he saw growing, 
such as vanilla and cocoa bean, nutmeg, egg 
fruit, cocoanuts, oranges, sugarcane and many 
varieties of woods. The people of Jamaica 
take the different kinds of seeds and string 
them into cnains which they sell for beads. 
Some are given odd names, as "Job's Tears" 
and "Job's Smiles". The Spaniards once had 
possession of the island and treated the natives 
cruelly, holding many of them as slaves. Many 
of the plantation owners there today hold slaves 
as a part of their property. Mr. Humphreys 
saw at Kingston an old treadmill run by the 
prisoners, all of whom were negroes. The la- 
dies who came with Mr. Humphreys furnished 
music on violins and piano at intervals, which 
made the evening a very pleasant one. Before 
going to bed we passed by a table upon which 
were many interesting souvenirs which Mr. 
Humphreys had brought home with him." 

Ernest N. Jorgensen. 

"He is much greater and more authentic, 
who produces onething entire and perfect, than 
he who does many things by halves." 



The United States revenue cutter Gres- 
ham has her station in Boston Harbor near 
Central Wharf. Between a few of her cruises 
she lay off the west side of our Island in front of 
the wharf. As the boys on the Island watched 
her and the crew they often wished that they 
might go on board her sometime. One after- 
noon, through the kind invitation of Captain 
Perry, the band and all the boys that were off 
duty after noon went aboard the Gresham to 
spend a pleasant time. Before we started to 
look around, our band played a few selections 
which seemed to be enjoyed very much. The 
captain then told us that we might go all over 
the ship. The sailors showed some fellows 
around, telling them about what they did each 
day, from reveille to taps. We went into the 
engine room and v/ere very much interested in 
the pumps and engine, it was noticsd by every 
one how clean it was kept. The pilot house, 
bridge, galley, and the room where the arms are 
kept, were all visited. On the bridge is kept 
the electric light wig wag system which is used 
at night, the whistle being used in a fog and the 
flag by day. There are many other things 
which kept the boys busy until it was time to go. 
We then thanked the captain for his kindness 
toward us and left for the Island, enjoying our 
trip very much. After supper, the boys who 
had not been aboard during the afternoon, had 
their turn. 

Louis P. Marchi. 

Che Circus 

On June 20, we all had the pleasure of 
attending the large Barnum and Bailey circus. 
Taking the steamer and barge at our wharf we 
soon landed at City Point whence a special 
car took us to the grounds. We first entered 
the tent where the animals and curiosities were 
located. Before the large show began we de- 
voted our time to watching the menagerie. 
We also saw the largest and smallest men and 
women in the world, the only giraffes in Ameri- 
ca and some other very rare animals. When 
the large tent opened we assembled in a front 
seat near where the "Dip of Death" was to 

take place. The first thing was a parade con- 
sisting of different nationalities. Many inter- 
esting feats then followed in the center rings. 
French dancers performed. A Japanese showed 
his skill in walking the tight rope, which was 
put on a slant from the ground, up about thirty- 
five feet, then sliding down backwards. Anoth- 
er Japanese balanced a man on the end of a 
pole which was about ten feet long. Both ele- 
phants and horses performed while acrobats 
were doing some very daring feats on the trapeze. 
When the center rings were unoccupied some 
interesting races took place such as the chariot 
race, jockey, grey hounds, monkeys on ponies, 
and horses hurdling. All the time, the clowns 
were making us laugh by their comical perform- 
ances. The most important thing was the 
"Dip of Death." of which we had a good view. 
The girl who performed this feat was hoisted 
up to where the automobile was, in which she 
was placed by two men. A man gave the 
signal, the catch was unfastened, the automo- 
bile gave a dash, turned up side down and landing 
on a curved surface came down a runway and 
was stopped by attendants. This finished the 
programme for the afternoon. We took the 
special car back to City Point, where our 
steamer and barge took us to the Island. 
We enjoyed the circus as only boys can. 

Leslie R. Jones. 

Teitcing Toils 

A few fellows here have fencing foils. 
The foils are made out of oak, ash, hickory and 
other hard wood. The blades of the foils are 
thirty-four inches long. They are round, with a 
piece of leather four or five inches in dia- 
meter near the handle to protect the hand. To 
prevent the leather from slipping, tape is wound 
around the foil. At the point of the foil is a 
little knob so when you hit a fellow it won't hurt 
him. Fencing gets your wrist tired but will 
strengthen it. It teaches one to be quick in 
their movements. A number of fellows enjoy 
the sport and practice it in their spare mo- 

George A. Matthews. 



Alfred Lanagan, 1901 , Is a musician on 
tlie U. S. S. Colorado. He recently visited the 
School, and told us of his cruise to Guantanamo, 
Culebra and Granada, where they stopped for 
target practise, before starting for a cruise 
among the Barbadoes. 

Frederic F. Burchsted, '02, is at the 
Fore River Works, Quincy, where he is em- 
ployed as a draughtsman in the machine 
draughting department. 

J! Dwn Party 

One evening, to the boys' surprise and 
pleasure, they assembled in the grove west of 
the tennis lawn for a lawn party. The band 
was seated on a platform in the foreground and 
when everything was ready played a selection. 
The grove was gaily decorated with Japanese 
lanterns and the band stand was lighted by gaso- 
line lamps, making a very pretty sight to us 
and to people on the other shore. The boys 
played games of different varieties such as 
leap frog, tag, hide-and-go-seek and others. 
The band played selections at intervals led by Mr. 
Brentonof the Boston Symphony Orchestra and 
a graduate of the School. After the boys had 
been playing for quite a while they were all 
heated up and thirsty. Then tonic was served 
out to all, accompanied by a banana. After 
those had been disposed of the boys continued 
their play until about half-past nine. The band 
closed the party by playing a march. We all 
adjourned to our dormitories having enjoyed our 
party very much. 

1. Banks Quinby. 

Care of tbc Sadiron l)catcr 

One of my jobs in the laundry is to take 
care of a small sadiron heater. There is a rim 
all around the heater about one inch wide and 
half an inch thick, which holds the flat irons in 
place. Every morning except Saturday and 
Sunday I have to build a fire in this heater. I 
first dump the grate and get all of the ashes 
out of the place where the shavings and wood 
are to be put. Then I take the shovel and 
poker and get a few hot coals from the other 

heater where the fire is kept burning all night 
and throw them into my healer. As soon as 
the wood is burning a hod of coal is put on. 
Each day I mark upon the coal tally the num- 
ber of hods of coal used. I use three during 
the morning. On Saturday I have to black the 
heater and oil the flatirons with kerosene oil. 
Robert W. Gregory. 

Jlppearance of the Tstana 

The appearance of our Island is very 
pretty this year. Out around the house jyst 
about sunset it looks beautiful because the red 
sun makes it all aglow with color. Every year 
the trees and shrubs look better. A little while 
ago the orchard was all in bloom but now 
the blossoms are gone. When the flowers 
in our gardens are in bloom they will remain 
longer. Out on the tennis lawn the trees are 
growing and will make a pleasant shade for 
Visiting Days. 

J. Herbert M. Nelson. 

Birds' nests 

One day vi'hen I was going to my rat-trap 
another fellow and I saw a bird fly up from the 
ground. We looked around to see if we could 
find the nest and I looked under a clump of 
grass and I saw a nest with five eggs in it. 
When we got to our traps we found there were 
no rats in them. We were going to change 
the place of our traps when we saw another bird 
fly from the ground. Another fellow that was 
with me found the nest and that nest had five 
eggs in it, too. Both nests were those of 
ground sparrows. We are going to watch for 
the little birds. Harold N. Silver. 

€teatting tbe Sbop Cellar 

One morning it was my work, with the help 
of another fellow, to clean the shop cellar. The 
first thing was to straighten out the wood in the 
pigeon holes. Then we sprinkled water on the 
floor to keep the dust down and swept it. We 
took some waste moistened with gasoline and 
wiped all the machines off and then dusted and 
washed the windows. When the dusting and 
cleaning were finished we put everything in its 
right place. 

Donald W. Roby. 



Vol. 10. No. 4. 


Printed at the Farm School. Boston, Mass. 

August, 1906. 

Entered November 23, 1903, at Boston. Mass.. as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1894. 

Onr Tourtb 

It may be interesting for our friends to 
know how the Fourth of July was spent at our 
School. At eleven minutes past four in the 
morning we were awakened by the roar of a 
cannon and the notes of a bugle. This was 
the beginning of our Fourth. After the boys 
were once awake it was almost impossible to go 
to sleep again as a number of the boys wanted 
to get up. When Reveille blew, the boys 
jumped out of bed and dressed as fast as they 
could. Then they marched down stairs and got 
ready for breakfast which was an unu- 
sually good one. After breakfast the boys 
went outside and began to play around the 
house and hall until it, unluckily, began to rain 
and it looked as If we were not going to have 
any fun that day, but all of a sudden a little 
patch of blue sky appeared which rapidly grew 
larger until the sun was out and it looked as if 
it was going to be pleasant after all. We went 
to the chapel where the boys were given fire- 
crackers, punk, torpedoes, and also fireworks 
which their friends had sent to them. The 
boys were then assembled at the wharf to ob- 
serve the aquatic sports which were very 
interesting and exciting. 

We then went to dinner where we had 
water-melon for dessert. At twelve a salute 
was fired with the new cannon. In the after- 
noon the boys assembled on the playground. 
Here we saw a number of sports. One of these,* 
a pie race, was very comical. The boys 
that took part had to take off their shirts and 
have their hands tied behind them. The object 
of the race was to see who could eat his juicy 
blueberry pie the quickest. When they had 

finished they looked very funny. 

We then went down on the beach road 
and saw several other races. Next we 
had supper which we were glad to get as we 
were all hungry. Then we had a pleasant 
time on the playground. The flag lowering and 
salute took place at twenty-four minutes after 
seven. A band concert began the evening's 
entertainment. At eight o'clock there were 
fancy fireworks set off by the School. This 
continued until nine o'clock when the "Czar's 
Nightmare" took place. This was a battle 
with fire balls which were made of cotton 
wicking sewed into balls and soaked in turpen- 
tine. When lighted they would burn some 
time. If you take hold quickly to throw 
them they will not burn you. This lasted un- 
til a few minutes before ten o'clock. When 
the balls had all burned out we washed and went 
to the chapel where we returned the crackers 
and other supplies which had not been used. 
Those who had won prizes in the various events 
also deposited their money. Then the boys 
went to the dormilory. Here, as usual, taps was 
blown and the boys went to bed pretty well tired 
out. There was not one who had not had a 
good time, if so I was not one of them as I en- 
joyed the day very much. 

Clarence M. Daniels. 

Tourtb of 3ulv 

The programme with the names of the win- 
ners in order, was as follows: 

4.11 A. M. Flag Raising and Salute. 
8.00 Distribution of Supplies 
9.00 Aquatic Sports by the Landing. 


Swimming Race, under 15, Embree, Harold 

Marshall, Morse. 
Swimming Race, over 15, Probert, Whitney, 

Freak Swimming, Bryant, Thrasher, McEach- 

eren, Dierkes. 
Obstacle Race, Probert, Whitney. 
Tight Rope over the Water, Bryant, Carnes, 
Emory, Marchi, Charles Reynolds, Roby, 
Salisbury, Charles Watson, Clifton 
11.30 DINNER. 
12.00 Salute. 

2.00 P. M. Sports and Races on the Play- 

Running High Jump, Probert, Bryant, Ingalls. 
Running Broad Jump, McKenzie, B. Quinby, 

Blind Race, J. Gregory, Foster, Chapel Wright. 
Backward Race, Ingalls, H. Nelson, Graves. 
Obstacle Race, Eckman, Salisbury, Profit. 
Pie Race, Clarence Nelson, Morse, Smyth. 
3.30 Races on the Beach Road. 
220 Yard Race, over 15, Clifford, Lake, Ma- 

220 Yard Race, under 15, Balch. H. Nelson, 

P. May. 
Barrel Race, Bryant, Wittig. Walbert. 
Three Legged Race, Maguire and Emory, 
Bowers and M. Paul, Porche and Lake. 
Wheelbarrow Race, Walbert, Lake. 
440 Yard Race, R. Gregory. C. Reynolds, R. 

Half Mile Race. Emory, Maguire, Dierkes. 
Mile Race, Probert, Ingalls, Graves. 
5.30 SUPPER. 

On the Playground. 
6.45 Band Concert 
7.24 Salute and Flag-Lowering 
8.00 Fireworks 
9.00 The "Czar's Nightmare" 
10.00 TAPS 

Our T^urtb's Programmes 

Our programmes of the Fourth were very 
pretty and the fellows liked them. The boys in 
the printing-office printed them. They were 
in book form eight inches by four and one quar- 
ter, the print being red and blue on cream 
colored paper. On the outside of the first page 
, a small American flag was pasted, and under it 
the words, " Fourth of July 1906, Farm School. 
Thompson's Island, Boston Mass." On the in- 
side was the day's events, in detail, from flag- 
raising until taps. The programmes were de- 
corated on the edges and on the back with fire- 
works in red. Each boy was given one and 
many boys saved them as a souvenir of the 

Everiste T. Porche. 

Cl)c educated 1)or$c 

Princess Trixy is a well educated horse 
that is on exhibition at Wonderland. The fel- 
lows were invited to go into her place of enter- 
tainment and witness the exhibition of her skill. 
This horse is well trained. She can tell time 
from any person's watch. She can tell the 
different colors of the dresses of women who 
are in the audience. She is able to open a 
cash register and make correct change from a 
two-dollar bill. She sits down in her master's 
lap. She also lies down and acts as a horse 
would if it had the colic and shows how the 
last kicks are given just before death. The 
fellows enjoyed seeing her perform. 

Charles F. Reynolds. 

B Cow Boy's mork 

We keep about thirty cows on our Island. 
There are Jersey cows. Guernseys and Ash- 
shires. Every afternoon Roy Upham and I 
drive them out to pasture at the south end of 
our Island. While they are feeding I rake up 
twigs in Lyman grove, level off piles and put 
the dirt into hollow spots, pick up tin cans and 
bring them over to the place where odd stuff is 
put, and I watch the cows, meanwhile, so they 
will not stray away. When it is half past four 
we drive them to the barn. Sunday I do not 
have to work, 1 just mind the cows. 

Ralph A. Whittemore. 


Cbc Infant Tncubators 

One of the places I "took in" at Won- 
derland was the Infant Incubators. We en- 
tered and saw a row of glass cases. These 
were the incubators. They are kept at an even 
temperature, and the sea air is sterilized and 
filtered before the babies receive it. Each one 
of these incubators contained a doll like infant. 
Some had pink ribbons around them, showing 
that they were girls, and others had blue ribbons 
denoting they were boys. The smallest 
baby was five weeks old and weighed twenty- 
two ounces, having weighed fourteen when it was 
born. We next passed into the nursery, where 
the infants are put after remaining in the incu- 
bators the required time. Here they are bathed 
every morning by the nurses. We then passed 
out after having had a very interesting and 
instructive time. 

William Lydston. 

UlasDlng n Carriage 

The other day I took the single carriage 
down to the wharf to be washed. I first took a 
bucket filled with fresh water, and with a sponge 
1 washed the wheels. Then with a fresh buck- 
et of water 1 washed the body and other parts. I 
did this to get the sand and mud off. I 
rinsed it with the hose to wash off any gritty 
substance that might be left. When I was 
sure it was well rinsed I wiped it with a clean 
soft cloth. After it was thoroughly dry I drew 
it back to the carriage room in the stock barn. 

Harry W. Lake. 

Uisiting Days 

Visiting Days are one of the most pleasant 
events looked forward to by the boys. There are 
six Visiting Days during the summer. The boys 
on a Visiting Day put on their best suits and 
march down to the wharf. When the boat is 
landing the band plays. It also plays when we 
march up. Then we assemble in two lines and 
Mr. Bradley tells us when the next Visiting Day 
will come. After this we are dismissed and 
rush to meet our friends and to show them 
around and eat the good things which they have 
brought. When the boat is seen coming back 

the bell rings and we go with our friends to the. 
wharf. After they go we change our clothes 
and have the rest of ttie day for play. 

Clarence S. Nelson. 

Zh^ mm Race 

One of the funniest races we had on the 
Fourth of July was the blind race. About fif- 
teen fellows took part in it. We were blindfold- 
ed with a handkerchief and placed in a line. 
As the pistol went off we all started for what 
we thought was the goal. 1 went about four 
feet when another fellow and I bumped into 
each other. He fell down but 1 ran straight 
ahead until I was stopped by a rope. I heard 
the fellows talking so I knew I must have reached 
the goal. I took off the handkerchief and 
looked around. Everywhere were fellows 
stumbling over things and bumping into each 
other. Just then Mr. Anthony put the mega- 
phone to his mouth and read off the names of 
the winners. James Gregory, first; William 
Foster, second; and Chapel Wright, third. My 
prize was fifteen cents. 

T. Chapel Wright. 

Tarnt U(ork 

July is one of the busy months on our 
farm, as it is for all farmers who take an interest 
in their work. We have had so much to do that 
Mr. Bradley took the boys on the farm and sep- 
arated them into three squads with an instructor 
over each. These squads took weeders and 
hoes and went to their work each in a different 
field. There is more weeding to be done than 
any other kind of farm work at the present time 
and it takes more boys to do it. This wet 
weather makes the weeds grow very fast and 
we have to work hard to keep ahead of them. 
After the weeds are pulled some of them 
are carted away to where the cows feed, 
and others are taken to the pigs. From some 
places we carry away many loads of pigweeds, 
witch grass, blue grass, smart weeds, and other 
kinds. I helped weed the cabbages, beans, 
shrubs, and lettuce. 

Percy Smyth. 


Cbonip$on'$ island Beacon 

Published Monthly by the 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor. 


Vol. 10. No. 4. 

August, 1906. 

Subscription Price - 50 cents per year. 



Alfred Bowditch. 


Henry S. Grew. 


Arthur Adams. 


Tucker Daland. 


Melvin O. Adams, 

I. Tucker Burr, 

Charles P. Curtis, Jr., 
Charles T. Gallagher, 
Walter Hunnewell, 
Henry Jackson, M. D., 
Richard M. Saltonstall, 
Francis Shaw, 

William S. Spaulding, 
Thomas F. Temple, 

Moses Williams, Jr. 

Charles H. Bradley, 


Treasurer's Address 50 State St. 

Boston, Mass. 

Every boy has dreams of greatness 
into which he hopes his life may grow. He Is 
looking forward with eager anticipation to the 
time when he will come into the full realization 
of his powers, and so be able to bring to pass 
those things which are merely dreams. 

It should be borne in mind, however, that 

there is a greatness which is first-rate and a 
greatness which is second-rate. The second- 
rate greatness is largely of a selfish nature. 
Its deeds are done mainly for the purpose of 
drawing attention to self. In fact it lacks the 
true spirit of charity, for it is seeking self ad- 
vancement rather than the good of others. 

The contrast between second-rate great- 
ness and first-rate greatness is very marked. 
The latter is distinguished by simplicity in all 
of its relations. There is no desire to cover up 
anything or to make things appear different 
than they are. There is no special motive in 
that which is done. The man is acting from 
the true and spontaneous impulses which are 
from within. There is a deep reality to the 
whole of his life. It can bear the sunlight 
which may be turned upon it and will grow 
constantly brighter as it is observed. 

But further than this there springs from 
first-rate greatness a true spirit. It is from 
such a spirit that great movements take their 
rise. Such movements, as those which 
resulted in the independence of our own country, 
arise among men who certainly have this spirit 
of greatness. It is far removed from self- 
seeking. It is in a true sense seeking the good 
of all. 

Men who are possessed of this spirit and 
who are backed by ambition and ability will be 
able to carry the work, which they undertake, to 
a successful issue. Such men are needed to 
mould the life of the world to-day. May second- 
rate greatness quickly disappear, and first-rate 
greatness possess the spirit of mankind. 


July 2. Cultivated corn. 
Began plowing the orchard. 
Thomas Maceda returned to the School. 
July 3. Thomas Milne entered the 


Sprayed potatoes in garden for bugs and 

July 5. Rigged sloop Trevore. 

Treasurer Arthur Adanns visited the 

July 6. Visiting Day. 271 present. 
Conduct prizes awarded. Graduates John 
Shaw, T. J. Evans, E. D. LeBlanc, and 
William Dinsmore here. 

July 7. Picked first string beans. 

Spliced new cables for boat moorings. 

A. LeRoy Sawyer left the School to work 
for H. E.Smith, Harrington Park, New Jersey. 

Necessary painting and varnishing done 
in school rooms. 

July 9. Trustees of Sailors' Snug Har- 
bor called. Sprayed potatoes at North End. 

July 10. Graduate Silas Snow visited the 
School. Reset mooring stone forscow John 

July 11. Boys visited Wonderland. 

July 12. Put mixture of Paris green and 
plaster on potatoes for the potato bugs. 

July 13. Painted new iron telephone 
poles and cable booth. 

July 14. Waxed lower hall floor. 

A plumber set new bowls in bath room. 

Boys went on an excursion down the harbor. 

July 16. School began. 

July 17. Reset mooring stone for sloop 

July 18. Hauled up sloop Winslow. 

Graduate Charles A. Blatchford visited the 

July 19. Row boat Standish painted. 
Load of lumber from Freeport Street. 

July 20. Began mowing oats. 

Graduate Charles W. Jorgensen visited 
the School. 

July 21. Graduates William Horsfall 
and Howard H inckley visited the School. 

Vice-Presedent Henry S. Grew visited 
the School. 

July 23. Visiting Day. 172 present. 
Graduate Don C. Clark here. 

July 24. Morning school boys with teach- 
ers visited Faneuil Hall, Old State House and 

Post Office. 

A new rowboat placed on the steamer's 

A new mowing machine came. 

Made four window screens for tower. 

July 25. Mr. Humphrey called. 

Weeding in corn and potato fields. 

Overseers of the Poor of the City of Bos- 
ton visited the School. 

July 27. Four boys visited Nantasket. 

Two tons of wood ashes received for top 

July 28. Dug the first potatoes. 

Graduates Thomas Brown and Charles H. 
O'Conner visited the School. 

July 30. New cemetery fence painted. 

Finished a reenforced concrete tide gate 
at east side of the Island. 

July 31. Sloop Winslow painted and 

Hauled nine loads of oats. 

Ralph Ingalls left the school to work for 
the National Tar Co., Everett. 

Afternoon school boys with teachers visited 

Leland B. Watson, Vernon R. Birchmore 
and Leon J. Roby entered the School. 

3uly meteorology 

Maximum temperature 87 on the 1 7th. 

Minimum temperature 56 on the 1st. 

Mean Temperature for month 71.3. 

Total precipitation 4. 95 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in twenty-four hours, 
1. 31 inches on the 30th. 

19 days with .01 or more inches precip- 

1 clear day. 

22 partly cloudy days. 

8 cloudy days. 

Total number of hours sunshine 208. 

Tarm ScDool Bank 

Cash on hand July 1, 1906 
Deposited during the month 

Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand Aug. 1. 1906 





Conduct Prizes 

The semi-annual award of the Shaw Prizes, 
the Temple Consolation Prizes, and Honorable 
Mention for the first half of the year is given 
below. The award of these prizes is based on 
our grade system of marking. The visiting 
friends had the pleasure of witnessing the pres- 
entation which took place in the grove directly 
after their arrival on July 6th. 
Shaw Prizes 

I. Foster B. Hoye 2. William T. Walbert 
3. Everett A. Rich 4. Horace P. Thrasher 
5. A. LeRoy Sawyer 6. Ernest N. Nichols 
7. Harold E. Daniels 8. Herbert A. Dierkes 
9. Albert S. Beetchy 10. I. Banks Quinby 

Temple Consolation Prizes 

II. John F. Nelson 12. Charles Whitney 
13. J. Herbert Nelson 14. Earle C. Marshall 

15. Harry W. Lake 

Honorable Mention 
16. Warren H. Bryant 17. Louis P. Marchi 
18. Alfred Neumann 19. John J. Emory 

20. Ralph H. Marshall 

School Classes 

The membership of the classes for the 
coming year of school is as follows: — 

FIRST class 

Harold E. Daniels Thomas McCarragher 

Charles A. Graves Robert E. Miley 

Ralph P. Ingalls William F. O'Conner 

William Lydston Leon H. Quinby 

Philip S. May William Reynolds 

SECOND class 

Van R. Brown Herbert M. Nelson 

Thomas Carnes John F. Nelson 

James Clifford Charles A. Reynolds 

Louis A. Darling Claud W. Salisbury 

Asa A. Eaton Herbert F. Watson 

Ernest N. Jorgensen Frederick C Webb 

Alfred H. Neumann Clifton C. Wright 

Frank H. Machon T. Chapel Wright 

THIRD class 

George J. Balch Harold L. Marshall 

Frederick J. Barton Ralph L. Marshall 

Clarence M. Daniels George A. Matthews 

Paul H. Gardner Robert H. May 

James R. Gregory Charles McEacheren 

Robert W. Gregory Clarence S. Nelson 
Leonard S. Hayden Terrence L. Parker 
Alfred W. Jacobs Everiste T. Porche 

Joseph A. Kalberg Louis Reinhard 
Harry W. Lake Donald W. Roby 

Ervin G. Lindsey Percy Smyth 

George A. Maguire Charles H. Whitney 
Earle C. Marshall Frederick J. Wilson 

Fredrick W. Marshall 
Fourth Class 
Albert S. Beetchy Roy R. Matthews 

Elmer Bowers Hermann J. Marshall 

Albert L. Dillon Prescott B. Merrifield 

Stephen Eaton Bruce L. Paul 

William W. Foster Spencer S. Profit 
Christian Field Theodore M. Fuller 

Harold Y. Jacobs 
Fifth Class 
Warren J. Barter Charles E. Morse 

Albert M. DeWolf Harold N. Silver 

Percy J. Embree Laurence C. Silver 

Henry G. Eckman Roy D. Upham 

John O. Enright Ralph A. Whittemore 

John C. Holmes Thomas Milne 

Alonzo B. James 

Our Crip to Ulonaerlana 

Wednesday, July eleventh, the School 
had the pleasure of a trip to Wonderland. After 
dinner we lined up and marched down to the 
wharf and got on board the scow, which took 
us over to City Point. Just as we went up 
the gang plank we saw the special car which 
General Bancroft, President of the Boston Ele- ■ 
vated Railway Co., had kindly furnished to take 
us to the ferry at Rowe's Wharf, and all got into 
it. On our way to the ferry we took in Dr. Ban- 
croft, our School doctor. When we arrived at 
Rowe's Wharf we got on the ferry which car- 
ried us across to the narrow gauge station. 
We next boarded the train for Crescent Beach. 
Mr. Melvin 0. Adams, the President of the Re- 
vere Beach and Lynn Railroad Co., and also one 
of our managers, gave us the ride on the ferry 
and also provided a special car to take us to 
Crescent Beach. Here we got off and a man 
from Wonderland, at the top of the stairs, call- 
ed through the megaphone, "Mr. Bradley and 


the boys up this way." We went up and walked 
down Beach Street until we came to the 
famous Wonderland. The managers of Won- 
derland gave us free admission to the grounds 
and also furnished tickets for several of the enter- 
tainments. We went in and after awhile went 
to see Hell Gate, then we went down the 
' 'Shoot the Chutes", and next into Hale's Tour. 
After this we went in the circular swing. The 
School Treasurer, Arthur Adams, who had made 
this trip possible, came out during the afternoon 
and gave us tickets for several of the entertain- 
ments, one of which was a ride on the Scenic 
Railway. Mr. Adams seemed to have as much 
fun as the rest of us. After this we walked a- 
round and a man gave each fellow three shots 
at an African dodger. After the fellows had 
looked at all they could see, we had supper, 
which was furnished through the kindness of 
Manager Henry S. Grew; then came home. 
We had a fine time and feel very grateful to all 
of those who helped to make the day pass so 
pleasantly for us. Frederick J. Barton. 

Cbc Scenic Railway 

Mr. Adams gave us the pleasure of having 
a ride on the Scenic Railway when we went to 
Wonderland. I liked this the best of all the 
places that we went into. We went up to the 
platform and got into the cars. After they were 
filled they started and went along on a level 
platform; then we went up and down like a 
small boat riding the ocean waves. We went 
• in this manner to the end of the track and then 
turned and came back again to where we 
started, continuing to ride now on another 
track, which was steeper. We liked this one 
the better of the two tracks. When we got off 
the cars the fellows wished the ride was longer, 
because it was such fun. 

James R. Gregory. 

Sbootitid tbc €butc$ 

One of the greatest attractions at Won- 
derland was "Shoot the Chutes." The Chutes 
can be seen as soon as one leaves the admission 
building. We crossed the bridge and went to 
the opposite side of the lagoon where we took 
our seats in a boat. Then we were put onto a 

clutch cable and were drawn slowly up 
the steep incline. While we were going up we 
had a constantly increasing view of Wonder- 
land by looking behind us. We reached the 
top at last, hung in mid air for a moment, then 
plunging downward our ride had begun. 
The boat went swifter and swifter until the mo- 
tion almost took our breath away. We struck 
the water at the bottom with a splash and glid- 
ed along to the bank of the lagoon where we 
got out. 

Herbert F. Watson. 

€04i for tbc Kitcben Rattdc 

When a barge of coal comes to this School, 
the coal is stored away in different places. 
Some of it is put in the cellar under the kit- 
chen. This is used in the kitchen for our three 
fires. When coal is needed, 1 fill two hods 
and carry them up stairs to the kitchen. For 
each hod of coal I get during the week 1 put 
down one mark on a coal tally which we keep 
in the kitchen for that purpose. At the end of 
the week the marks are added up and multiplied 
by twenty-eight, which is the average weight, 
in pounds, of a hod of coal. In this way we 
keep a record of all the coal that we burn. 
Frederick J. Wilson. 

Our Tarcwell to mr. Bowditcb 

At half past one o'clock one day we were 
called up to the house to prepare to go some 
where. When we were ready we lined up by 
twos and marched down to the scow, which we 
boarded. We set out to see the Republic on 
which Mr. Alfred Bowditch, President of our 
School, sailed to Europe, We got out to the 
channel a little early so we had a little ride a- 
round. We neared a dredger and saw it work. 
At last we saw the Republic sailing out of the 
harbor so we got where we could see it and not 
be in the way. When she came alongside of 
us, one of the instructors fired three shots and 
then the fellows gave three cheers for Mr. 
Bowditch. Mr. Bowditch came to the rail of 
the boat, smiled, and waved his hat to us. We 
hope he will have a pleasant voyage. 

Ralph H. Marshall 



Ernest W. Austin, '00, is working for 
Cudw'orth & Woodworth, Architects, Norwich, 
Conn. He is enjoying his work and writes a 
good letter. 

Andrew W. Dean, '03, is on the U. S. S. 
Colorado. They are now making preparation 
for a crjise to the Philippines this fall. He is 
spending his spare hours studying engineering. 

Robert McKay, '05, writes from Range- 
ley Lake that they are very busy making prepa- 
rations for theirguests. Bob finds time to study 
the birds and to enjoy the pleasures of out-door 

Allan H. Brown, '06, is living with his 
mother on a farm in Prince Edwards Island. 
He is takitig a great deal of interest in his work 
and finds that the things which he learned on 
the farm here are of great value to him. 

Charles H. O'Conner, '06, located with 
the A. T. Stearns Lumber Co., Neponset, 
working as a wood turner in the carpenter shop. 
He had the misfortune to cut his thumb quite 
seriously but it is now nearly well. 

C. James Pratt, '06, is working for the 
American Sugar Refining Co. of South Boston. 
He is in good health and is working hard. 

Spraying Potatoes 

Potato bugs have been very numerous this 
year and have caused us considerable work, 
'though we have been very successful in fighting 
them. A few fellows and 1 went over to the 
piece on the north end of our Island to spray po- 
tatoes with plaster and Paris green. A dump 
cart with four or five bags of plaster was await- 
ing us. Two of the bags, which weighed two 
hundred pounds each, were put in a box and 
mixed with Paris green to dilute it. Two 
pounds of Paris green was used with every hun- 
dred pounds of plaster. After these were thor- 
oughly mixed we took a small bag and put a few 
trowelfuls in it. We shook the mixture over 
the plants. The wind was blowing quite hard 
and it blew it all over us. After we finished 
that piece we went over to the piece near the 
Farm House and treated the plants there in the 

same way. This Paris green mixture has 
killed a great many of the bugs and we expect 
a good potato crop for the plants are now in good 

Harold E. Daniels. 

Our Cifc Boat 

Last Visiting Day after the friends had 
gone, the boys had a swim. At every swim 
there is always a boat manned in case a fellow 
becomes tired or helpless, this being handier 
and surer than having a fellow swim after him. 
It is thought best to use a light flat bottom boat 
while the fellows are in swimming as it can be 
put to most any place in less time than the heav- 
ier boats. We seldom have occasion to use 
the boat but we are always ready in case there 
should be some one who needs help. 

Ralph P. Ingalls. 

I)en Gate 

The day the fellows went to Wonderland 
at Revere Beach was a very pleasant day for 
all of us. One of the most interesting places 
to me that we went into was Hell Gate. We 
were all seated in about twelve different flat 
bottom boats which, from a shove of the boat 
tender, glided along with the current. We 
sailed around in circles about five times, then 
shot into a cavern where we saw a lot of skel- 
etons hanging, and other curiosities. When 
we left the boat we walked through a hall way 
and just before going out a devil popped out 
all lighted up with electricity. 

Fred Wilson. 

Cbc first Sweet Pea Blossom 

This year there are sweet peas planted in 
twenty-three of the boys' gardens, Roy Up- 
ham and I planted some in ours. We planted 
them in the evening of the second Visiting 
Day. June seventh. It seemed as if they 
would never come up but they did and when they 
grew tall enough I made a trellis about three 
feet high for them to climb upon. When they 
got as high as the trellis they began to bloom. 
Roy and I had the first sweet pea blossom in all 
the gardens. It was pink and white with 
red veins. 

Louis M. Reinhard. 



Vol. 10. No. 5. 

Printed at the Farm School, Boston, Mass. 

September, 1906. 

Entered November 23, 1903. at Boston. Mass.. as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1894. 

Our farm 

The land of our Island may be divided into 
three parts: that occupied by the buildings 
including the surrounding lawns, the groves, 
and the farm. 

The part which takes our greatest atten- 
tion just now is the farm, which is divided 
into hay land, cultivated land, and the land 
occupied by the farm buildings. The buildings 
are a stock barn in which the stock is kept 
and its food stored away, a storage barn where 
the machines are kept, a corn barn in which 
we store corn for the winter, and a hennery 
in which are kept chickens, ducks, geese, and 

The land upon which hay is grown needs 
very little care. ' In the spring, squads of 
boys are sent to the fields to remove all stones 
and rubbish which would be liable to damage 
the mowing machine while cutting the grass. 
From that time until the grass is ready to be 
cut the fields need little attention. Beside the 
hay land we have a number of acres which we 
sow with millet, buckwheat, and a mixture of 
oats and peas, all of which are used for fodder. 
In the spring this land is plowed up, fertilized, 
and the seed sown broadcast. 

The cultivated land requires considerable 
work to prepare it for the seed. If the ground 
was not plowed the autumn before it is plowed 
as soon as the frost leaves in the spring. 
After it has been thoroughly plowed it is spread 
with manure, a two-horse manure-spreader 
being used to do this work. The manure is 
harrowed into the soil with a disk-harrow. 
Then we gather up and cart away the large 
stones that have been turned up and go over it 

once more with the spike-harrow to make it 


The seedlings that need extra care in 
raising and the early vegetables such as lettuce, 
radishes, and tomatoes are planted in our hot 
beds, the soil and manure of the previous year 
being removed and the beds refilled with fresh 
materials. The seeds are planted thickly in 
rows about six inches apart. Then the sashes 
are put on and left until the plants are strong 
enough to stand the out door air. At that time 
they are transplanted to the gardens in rows 
from one to four feet apart, the distance depend- 
ing upon the kinds of plants we have. 

Some of the seeds which are planted in 
the gardens are corn, peas, beans, potatoes, 
onions, mangels, carrots, turnips, and beets. 
The ground is prepared and the fine seed is 
dropped in by means of a small seeder run by 
hand. The large seeds, such as corn, peas, and 
beans, are dropped with a horse-power planter. 
The potatoes are planted by hand. When once 
the potatoes start to grow they need a great 
deal of attention, for here the potato bugs start 
their work very early. At first, squads of 
boys go to the potato piece and pick them off 
the vines. As the plants increase in size this 
becomes difficult and so we spray the plants 
with a solution of Paris green and Bordeaux 
mixture, or dust upon them a mixture of plaster 
and Paris green. As soon as our plants appear 
above ground, we start cultivating. We run 
the horse cultivator up and down between the 
rows about twice a week until the plants have 
grown to a good size. This is done to keep the 
weeds down and also to loosen the surface soil 
so that the air can penetrate. 


B}' this time the hay is ready to cut. For 
this purpose we use a mowing machine. 
After the grass is all down and drying we go 
over it with the hay-tedder which turns the 
hay so that it can dry on both sides. When it 
is thoroughly dried it is gathered up with a 
horse rake. Then the fellows cock it and as 
soon as possible it is thrown onto the wagon 
and carted to the stock barn. 

The harvesting time, which is looked for- 
ward to by the fellows, is another busy season for 
every one. There are potatoes and roots 
to be dug and stored away in the root-cellar; 
corn to be cut and taken to the barns to be 
husked during the late autumn; and pump- 
kins, cabbages, and other vegetables to be gath- 
ered in from the coming frost. 

All the fellows that have an opportunity to 
work on the farm thoroughly enjoy the busy life 
there. John F. Nelson. 

B Crip to Boston 

A Irip to Boston to visit a few of its many 
places of interest was a pleasant surprise that 
was given to some of the boys. From City 
Point we went by electric cars to Adams 
Square. From there we went through Faneuil 
Hall Market where there were many stalls each 
owned by different men. We then went up- 
stairs into the hall and armory where we saw 
many things of interest. From the windows 
of Faneuil Hall we saw the place where the 
Hancock Tavern used to be and where the 
men, dressed as Indians, at the Boston Tea 
Party went to disguise themselves. From that 
place we went to the sight of the Boston 
Massacre and our teacher told, us about it. 
Then we went to the Old State House where 
we saw the old Franklin printing-press and 
other things of interest. Then we went 
by the Old South Church and down to the 
post office. Here, through the courtesy of 
the postmaster, Mr. George Hibbard, we were 
given permission to walk through the sorting 
department. We saw the collectors sort the 
letters and then stamp them. After they were 
stamped they were again sorted according to 

states and cities. Then we saw them tie each 
pack into small bundles and some of the bun- 
dles were sent by means of pneumatic tubes 
to the North and South stations. The guide 
told us that it took one minute and a quarter 
for a carrier to go from the office to either 
station. As the time was drawing near for us 
to be at City Point we had to leave this inter- 
esting place and start for home. We felt as 
if we had learned something besides enjoying 
the morning. 

Theodore Fuller. 

faneuil 1)all 

Thfc boys who g- to School in the morning 
took a trip to Boston to see the historic places 
of interest. We first went to Faneuil Hall, 
named for its donor, Peter Faneuil who was a 
rich Boston merchant. He erected and gave 
this hall to the town of Boston in 1740 for a 
market and town house. The building was 
burned in 1761 but was rebuilt in 1762 making 
it at present one hundred and forty-four years 
old. After looking at the market we entered 
the hall above, where in earlier days, the most 
prominent of public men have spoken from the 
platform, and from the fact that it has been 
the custom for the citizens to go to Faneuil 
Hall to consider matters of stirring interest as 
they have appeared, the hall has become gen- 
erally known as the Cradle of Liberty. The 
large painting over the rostrum represents 
Daniel Webster replying to Senator Hayne of 
South Carolina in the United States Senate in 
1830. The picture is thirty by sixteen feet in 
size and cost forty thousand dollars. Around 
the walls are portraits of famous men. The 
clock was given by the school children of 
Boston in 1850 and paid for by penny subscrip- 
tion; their names were placed in a box which 
was deposited in the case to be opened in 1950. 
In the upper hall is the armory of the Ancient 
and Honorable Artillery Company, the oldest 
military company in the country, and the sec- 
ond oldest in the world. This interesting old 
building is always open to the public. 

Earle C. Marshall. 


J\ Tarm School Pruitcr 

When a boy gets into the printing-office 
he has, at first, odd jobs to do such as washing 
and cleaning the presses, taking care of llie 
ashes and blacking the stove. After he has 
been in the office a little while, one of the ad- 
vanced printers teaches him the type case. 
He starts out with the letter a and learns the 
position in the case of each letter in the alpha- 
bet. He is shown the different spaces and 
their use, also where the commas, periods, and 
apostrophies are kept and how used. After he 
learns the lower case he is next shown the 
places of the capital letters. He then is given 
a stick and receives his first lesson in com- 
posing. When the month's Beacon is started he 
is given an article to set up. One of the older 
printers is usually working beside him so that 
h3 can help him in his work. When there is 
not much work he is told to go over to the 
press and watch the pressman make the job 
ready and run it. After a while the pressman 
lets him try running the job. The fellow finds 
that he is not quick enough. He takes hold of 
a small sheet with a grip of iron and pushes it 
in only to discover, after it is printed, that it 
ought to be put in square. He is shown how to 
tie up a page or job and the first time he tries 
to do this he puts a very little string around it 
and then tries to pick it up, which results in his 
first "pieing" of type. His next lesson consists 
in learning how to lock up a form and plane it. 
He is taught how to use the proof press and 
paper cutter. After he has been in the printing- 
office about three years he becomes the fore- 
man if the boys before him go away. 

Leonard S. Hayden. 


At one o'clock one Saturday afternoon the 
boys were lined up in the assembly room. 
While we were standing there Mr. Bradley 
came in and asked for volunteers to work on the 
farm for a few hours. I was one of the boys 
who volunteered. I was sent with two boys to 
rake the scattered hay that was on the road 
from the scales to the root-cellar. We took 

wooden rakes and made piles as we worked 
along. When we finished raking we took up the 
piles in the blue cart and hauled it up to the 
new barn to be put with the other hay. After 
the swim at night all the fellows marched up 
to the assembly room and were dismissed. In 
a few minutes the supervisor unexpectedly blew 
the whistle and said, "All the boys who volun- 
teered to work this afternoon may report 
at the wharf." We all went down, and as a re- 
ward for our afternoon's work we were given a 
sail down the harbor on the steamer Pilgrim. 

Stephen Eaton. 


One of the things a fellow can have some 
fun v/ith is a boomerang. It is made mostly of 
wood called beech. If it is thrown correctly, it 
will go around in a circle and fall in about the 
same place it was thrown from. The boom- 
erang has to be made accurately or it will not 
make a good circle. After they are made, they 
can be painted different colors to make them 
look "gaudy." After that a coat of shellac is put 
on to keep the paint from coming off. The 
boomerang can be used in a game called whisk- 
boomerang. In this game it is thrown around 
a twenty-foot house and when it comes back, 
you have to catch it in a net. If you do not 
catch it. a certain number of points is taken off. 
If you do, it adds on some. There are only two 
fellows that have them now and I am one of 

Herbert J. Nelson. 

Cbe Blue l)eron 

One afternoon another boy and I were 
pulling weeds on the bank when we heard a 
flutter in one of the willow trees. We ran over 
to see what it was, and just as we got there a 
large heron flew up and gave three calls, fly- 
ing towards us. We moved backward for we 
did not have anything with which to defend 
ourselves. It did not come very near but 
flew over to the south end dike, lightingin front 
of two boys who were looking at their rat traps. 
The heron does not visit us often. 

George J. Balch. 


tl)onip$on'$ Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by the 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor. 


Vol. 10. No. 5. 

September. 1906. 

Subscription Price - 50 cents per year. 



Alfred Bowditch. 


Henry S. Grew. 


Arthur Adams. 


Tucker Daland. 


Melvin O. Adams, 
I. Tucker Burr, 

Charles P. Curtis, Jr., 
Charles T. Gallagher, 
Walter Hunnewell, 
Henry Jackson, M. D., 

Richard M. Saltonstall, 
Francis Shaw, 

William S. Spaulding, 
Thomas F. Temple, 

Moses Williams, Jr. 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent. 

Treasurer's Address 50 State St. 

Boston, Mass. 

in the spring the farmer goes to his work, 
plowing his fields and scattering his seed, al- 
ways looking forward to the harvest which he 
expects, later, to reap. The spring work is but 
a preparation for the harvest. The work must 
be well done; the seed must be put on in proper 
quantities or the farm will not yield as large a 

harvest as it should. He would be considered 
a foolish man if he planted his seed sparingly 
because he could see no immediate return 
coming. If the harvest is to be reaped, the 
seed must be sown. If the reaping day is long 
delayed still the seed must be scattered and 
with patience must we wait for the day to come 
when the harvesting may begin. 

The truth which is here so evident may 
be applied to the whole life of man. In the 
springtime the youth is making the preparation 
and sowing thg seed which will determine the 
harvest of later years. He may be anxious to 
get into the business upon which he has set his 
heart. But he must prepare himself for the 
work. . A long course of preparation even may 
be necessary. Need he become weary during 
the progress of that preparation? Should he 
not rather, like the farmer, ever keep his eyes 
set on the distant harvest and so scatter his 
seeds of preparation with a generous hand? 
The many short cuts which maybe offered him 
in the line of his preparation are merely sugges- 
tions of reaping a good harvest without making 
a good seeding. He cannot afford to use 
them. He must see that his preparation is 
thoroughly made. 

Effort must be constantly put forth if we 
are to accomplish that which we have set be- 
fore us as our ideal. The goal may be far 
distant but that is no reason why we should re- 
linquish our efforts. Every day brings its trials 
which have to be met. Often it may seem as 
though the harvest is so remote that there is no 
longer any use to keep up our efforts. Many 
times, because we do not reap an immediate 
result, we say that we will therefore give up. 
But that is playing the coward. We are look- 
ing for the harvest too soon. We are anxious 
to save from the seed, not realizing that it will 


surely diminish the harvest. If we expect to 
reap we must be sure that full preparation is 
made and that good seed is sown, for as 
Tliomas Carlyle says, " If there is a harvest 
ahead, even a distant one, it is poor thrift to be 
stingy of your seed-corn." 


Aug. 1. Drew ttiirieen loads of oatsfrom 
South End field. 

Steamer Pilgrim inspected by U. S. in- 

Aug. 2. Banking the celery. 

Aug. 3. Sowed late turnips. 

Row boat Bradford condemned, too old 
for repairs. 

Painted and varnished the pantry. 

Herbert Dierkes left the School to work 
for Mr. A. M. Vaughan, Randolph, Vermont. 

Aug. 6. Carl L. Wittig began work 
in Barbour & Stockwell machine shop, Cam- 
bridge, Mass. 

Aug. 8. Renewed section of stock barn 

Aug. 9. Mr. Larsson, and summer class 
from North Bennet Street Sloyd Training 
School, visited here. 

Aug. 10. Finished cutting first crop of 

Set out two hundred strawberry plants re- 
ceived from Mr. N. T. Robinson. 

Aug. 13. Steamer Pilgrim taken to 
Lawley's for annual overhauling. 

Aug. 15. Back staircase, closet, and 
slop closet varnished. 

Aug. 16. Mr. Bradley sent the School 
six wild geese from Vermont. 

Varnished the seat under The Old Elm 
and six hard pine benches. 

Aug. 17. Received toads for boys' gar- 
dens sent by Mr. Bradley. 

Telephone inspector here. 

Aug. 18. Steamer's tender painted and 

Graduates George Leighton and William 
Clark visited the School. 

Ball game between the instructors and the 
first nine. Score, six to thirteen in favor of 

first nine. 

Aug. 20. Harvested twenty-eight bush- 
els of early apples. 

Aug. 21. Began cutting salt hay. 

Mr. John R. Morse visited the School. 

Aug. 22. Set out eight hundred straw- 
berry plants. 

Aug. 23. South side float beached, 
scraped and repaired. 

Aug. 24. Band music received from 
Mr. T. J. Evans. 

A number of boys visited the U. S. 
Weather Bureau at the Boston Post Office. 

Aug. 25. Finished repairs on row boat 

Aug. 27. Began feeding fodder corn to 
the cows. 

Picked fourteen bushels of Bartlett pears. 

Aug. 28. Mowed Hungarian grass in the 

Aug. 29. Finished removing forms and 
filling dirt around new reenforced concrete tide 
gate at South End. 

Aug. 30. Finished pruning trees in Ly- 
man grove. 

Captain K. W. Perry, commander of the 
U. S. R. C, Gresham, visited the School. 

JIudust mncoroiodv 

Maximum temperature 91 . on the 6th. 

Minimum " 58. on the 24th. 

Mean temperature for month 72.4 

Total precipitation 1.28 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours .42 in- 
ches on the 8th. 

7 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 

10 clear days. 

16 partly cloudy. 

5 cloudy days. 

Total number of hours sunshine 28 1 . 

farm ScDool Bank 

Cash on hand Aug. 1, 1906 
Deposited during the month 

Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand Sept. 1, 1906 





l^epairind moorings 

In our vacation Mr. Bradley wished to 
have the boat moorings taken up and put on the 
beach v/here the fellows swim. The first one we 
removed was the Sachem's. At low tide the 
scow was put over the mooring, which was a 
heavy stone, and the chain fastened on to the 
bitt so it would not slip. As the tide came, it 
lifted the scow and that raised the mooring.' 
Then the scow was taken along by the wharf 
and brought up as far as possible on the beach. 
After this we let the chain go and put the scow 
out to Its own mooring. In the same manner 
the moorings of both the Winslow and the 
Trevore were taken up. The Trevore's was 
rather a difficult one to get because it was out 
in deeper water, and after getting the bearings 
we had to grapple for it. While we were grap- 
pling we thought we got hold of the mooring 
but on pulling it up found it to be what the fel- 
lows call devils' tails. We found that they were 
growing on the chain. On one mooring we 
could not find the chain, so a rope was brought 
and Foster Hoye dived down and passed it 
through the ring in the stone. We moved the 
scow's mooring nearer the wharf than it had 
been before. On the Sachem and Trevore's 
moorings new lines were spliced and they were 
taken back and dropped in their old places. On 
the Winslow's mooring a new chain was need- 
ed. As soon as it came it was put through the 
ring-bolt that was in the stone and a new line 
put in and made ready for use. This ended 
the work on the moorings for the season. 

Joseph A. Kalberg. 

Cbe montl) of Bnmt 

All fellows do not know why August has 
thirty-one days. July, which takes its name 
from Julius Caesar, has thirty-one days. Au- 
gustus, who finished the calendar, wanted to 
have the month named for him and receive the 
same number. The astronomers hit upon a 
plan and took twenty-four hours, or one day 
from February, and added it to the month of 
August so it could have just as many days as 

Frederic J. Barton. 

j>)n Tntemtiitd 6amc 

Most all the fellows enter heartily into all 
the games played here, especially anything new. 
Lately the fellows have been playing quoits, and 
they enjoy the game so much that it is played 
constantly. A stake is driven into the ground 
at a little distance from the hedge (at one end_ 
of the playground) and about twenty-six feet 
from this stake another one is put down. Then 
two boys agree to form one side and try to beat 
another side. The score limit is ten. A boy 
steps up to the stake with two quoits and 
tries to pitch them as near as possible to the 
further stake, then one opponent tries his luck 
at pitching them. After all have pitched the 
point is determined by seeing who has come 
the nearest. Then the game is continued un- 
til the score has been won by one of the two 
sides. If a boy has as much luck as to ring 
the stake it counts five; if the quoit leans on 
the stake it counts three. After one side has 
been beaten, another side takes the place of the 
defeated one and tries to beat the winners. 

Philip S. May. 

J\ Crip Down tbc l^arbor 

Through the kindness of Mr. Bradley all 
the fellows went down the harbor for a boat ride. 
We started from the Island at half past two and 
went on a straight course toward Deer Island. 
From where we were, off that island, we could 
see men working. Mr. Bradley pointed out to 
us the places of interest. From Deer Island we 
steamed passed Spectacle, Long and Rains- 
ford Islands, Fort Strong and Fort Warren. 
We passed a boat load of soldiers going to a fu- 
neral. We returned along Squantum shore, 
around the south end of our Island, and landed 
at the wharf. We all enjoyed the sail very 

William A. Reynolds. 

' ' All that we are, is made up of our thoughts; 
it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of 
our thoughts. If a man speak or act with a 
pure thought, happiness will follow him, -like a 
shadow that never leaves him." 



In school we have been studying about 
crabs. We had three live crabs in a dish of 
saltwater. Crabs are very interesting, and it 
is a good thing to knowabout them. We have 
three different kinds of crabs around our Island. 
They are the edible or common crab, the horse- 
shoe or king crab, and the hermit crab. The 
horse-shoe or king crab is a scavanger because 
he eats dead fish. He is the nearest relative 
to the trilobite. There are no trilobites now 
for they existed long ago. Mr. Sinnott showed 
us the fossil of one last fall when he lectured to 
us about geology. The horse-shoe crab is 
more like the spider. It has twelve legs while 
the common crab has ten. The hermit crab is 
a small crab that lives in a snail's shell. The 
crabs first got their name from the Romans 
when they invaded Great Britain. They saw 
large numbers of creatures crawling along the 
beach and were not slow to find out that they 
were good to eat. They had to have some 
name for them so they called them carabus. 
From that word we have the common name of 
crab. Once a year the crab changes its shell. 
It hides in a hole or some out of the way place 
and keeps working its body until the shell comes 
off. Then he lays still for about two days and 
grows his year's growth, a new crust chiefly of 
carbonate of lime beginning to form, growing 
harder and harder. It is because of this crust, 
which some call a shell, that makes the crabs 
belong to the Crustacean family. The crabs 
lay eggs once a year. When the eggs hatch, 
the young look like anything excepting crabs. 
Some people catch them on their fish lines and 
think that they are some new kind of fish and 
find out that they are the common crabs. 
Crabs live on high mountains as well as near 
the sea-shore. These crabs carry water to 
wet their lungs when they become dry. Once 
a year they go in long armies a mile and a half 
long and about forty paces wide down to the 
seashore to lay their eggs. If an unlucky crab 
happens to fall on the way down, he is gobbled 
up by his companions. When crabs see a 
storm coming they hide under the sand until 

it is over. Crabs are interesting to know about 
and there are many different kinds of them. 
Clarence S. Nelson. 

Cbc Squirrel in the Bira's ne$t 

One morning some of the boys in the east 
dormitory were awakened by the shrill cries of 
four or five sparrows who were fluttering about 
the south-east corner of the area. A few of 
the boys looked out of the window and saw a 
nest in the corner of the area. It was built of 
straw, hay, and string, and neatly lined with 
feathers. In this nest, made with such care, 
was one of our gray squirrels sitting on his hind 
legs, carefully pulling out the feathers, one by 
one, and dropping them over the edge. The 
four disturbed sparrows were soon joined by 
two more and a robin, all screaming together. 
After a while they all went away but two spar- 
rows, evidently the owners of this home. The 
squirrel seemed much amused at the efforts of 
the birds to rout him out, but went steadily on 
with his work of destruction. He succeeded 
so well that no doubt the bird§ wilj have a little 
extra work this year to "refurnish" their house. 
As the squirrels run about a good deal, probably 
this one jumped from a tree to the roof of the 
house and from there to the bird's nest. 

Hebert F. Watson. 

Che Congfeliow l)Ou$e 

The Longfellow House is a large colo- 
nial house painted yellow with white trimmings 
and set back from the street. It has a well 
kept lawn in front surrounded by beautiful trees. 
We were kindly permitted to look into Mr. 
Longfellow's study. We marched up the 
front path to a piazza and from one of the win- 
dows W8 could look into a corner room which 
was Mr. Longfellow's library. We saw the 
chair which the school children of Cambridge 
presented to him. This chair is made of wood 
from the spreading chestnut tree which is des- 
cribed in his poem "The 'Village Blacksmith." 
We also saw the desk where the poet sat and 
the quill pens with which he wrote many of his 
poems. I think this visit was the^best part of 
our trip. 

Paul H. Gardner. 



Herbert J. Phillips, '05, has success- 
fully completed his first year's work at the 
Rockland High School. He is spending his 
vacation working in a shoe factory in that city. 

George I. Leighton, '04, is still working 
for the Boston Counter Co. The position was 
secured for him when he left the Farm School. 
He is working hard and doing well. 

William F. Clark, '02, is attending the 
Goodwill High school and working on the 
Goodwill Farm. He expects to be graduated 
next spring. He spent his vacation with his 
mother in Boston. 

Uisiting Cambridge 

The boys that go to school in the after- 
noon had the pleasure of going to Cambridge 
to see Harvard College and other places of in- 
terest. Our steamer Pilgrim carried us to 
City Point where we boarded a Harvard Square 
car. When we got to Harvard Square we took 
another car and rode to the Washington Elm. 
Under the Elm we saw a granite tablet which 
stated that, on that spot July 4, 1775, Wash- 
ington took command of the Continental Army. 
We next went to see the poet Longfellow's 
house. We saw his studio and the chair that 
was given to him by the school children. We 
then went to the Agassiz Museum where there 
are many large skeletons of different kinds 
of animals. In one part of this building may 
be seen the beautiful glass flowers that were 
made in Germany and given to Harvard Mu- 
seum. They are very true to nature. After 
that we went to the Peabody Museum where 
there are many Indian relics. From here 
we went through Harvard College grounds and 
took a car for home. We enjoyed the afternoon 
very much. 

Charles A. McEacheren. 

Uisit to tbe museums 

One day the first three classes paid a visit 
to the Agassiz and Peabody Museums. We 
first visited the Agassiz. As we entered we 

saw upon a side wall a life size portait of the 
great naturalist, Louis Agassiz for whom the 
museum was named. We passed into a room 
that was filled with skeletons. In one case 
there were several skeletons of upright mam- 
mals. They ranged from a skeleton of a civil- 
ized man down to the lowest form of ape, 
taking in the savage and gorilla. To the ceil- 
ing of the same room was attached an immense 
skeleton of a whale. From the great jaw bones 
hung something which looked like black brush. 
We were told that it was from this that we get 
the whale bone. We also saw there the skeletons 
of many animalssome of which are now extinct, 
as the mastodon. As we entered the next 
room we saw cases of stuffed animals. Here 
there were elephants, giraffes, gorillas, bears, a 
hippopotamus, and many others. We should 
have enjoyed looking more closely but we had 
to pass into the next room where we saw many 
beautiful birds. There were also fishes of 
many kinds preserved in a liquid. A few of 
them we recognized, but many we had never 
even heard of before. As we were walking 
through the different rooms we saw some low 
cases filled with flowers. As we examined 
them we found they were models of flowers 
made of glass. They were very life like even 
to the color. The flov/ers were made by two 
brothers who live in Germany. These were 
bought and given to Harvard by Mrs. and 
Miss Helen Ware. In this same room were 
fossils of flowers, ferns, and fishes. As the 
time was passing quickly we left this building 
and went over to Peabody museum where we 
saw many interesting Indian relics. There 
were wampum belts and implements of war. 
Figures were dressed in their war-dress, paint 
and feathers. From the ceiling were suspend- 
ed canoes both large and small. In some of 
the cases were arrows and spear heads, many 
of which seemed no better than some that we 
have. In the center of one of the rooms was 
a very good representation of an Indian village. 
We felt that we had spent a very profitable 
afternoon among these interesting things. 

Van R. Brown. 



Vol. 10. No. 6. 

Printed at the Farm School, Boston, Mass. 

October, 1906. 

Entered November 23, 1903, at Boston. Mass.. as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1894. 

Pleasure Crips 

With all our work we have managed to get 
in, at intervals, many interesting, pleasing, and 
instructive trips. Some have been on water 
and some on land. Sometimes the school goes 
in a body, other times small squads go to places 
of interest with an instructor. When we go 
in a body our barge, John Alden, is used for 
transportation to the mainland, and is towed by 
our steamer Pilgrim. 

The first trip we took this season was 
the thirtieth of May, when about thirty boys 
had the privilege of attending the memorial 
and historical exercises at Tremont Temple. 
The next was one which is looked forward to for 
nearly a year: — the circus. That time all the 
boys went. From City Point we were carried 
to the grounds in special cars. We first 
visited the menagerie where we saw animals 
from all climes. We also saw representations 
of the smallest and largest people on earth. 
Then we went into the main tent to watch the 
performance and were served with the regular 
circus refreshments of peanuts. 

Several days later we were invited by Captain 
Perry to visit the United States revenue-cutter 
"Gresham." When we boarded it, the cap- 
tain gave us permission to look at all parts of the 
ship, and the crew explained to us the use of 
several of the nautical instruments and the guns. 

Then came a trip which was wholly for 
pleasure and which we class along with the 
circus and that was our visit to Wonderland 
Park at Revere Beach. We travelled back 
and forth on special cars. Once inside the 
park, we entered a number of the interesting 
shows and before we left for home each boy 

had had his fill of a good dinner. 

We had the pleasure of taking two trips 
on the water. First, the President of our board 
of managers, Mr. Alfred Bowditch, made a voy- 
age across the Atlantic and the boys and in- 
structors sailed out into the channel to bid him 
good-bye. As we were early we sailed up into 
the harbor to meet the ocean liner. Then again 
Mr. Bradley surprised us one hot afternoon, 
with a boat ride out in the harbor and around 
our neigliboring islands. 

At the beginning of the summer term of 
school the teachers took the classes to see 
many places of historical interest. The morn- 
ing classes went to visit Faneuil Hall and mar- 
ket, the Old State House, and the Post Office. 
They saw and passed the Hancock Tavern, 
the spot of the Boston Massacre and the Old 
South Church. The afternoon classes made 
a tour of some of Cambridge's irrteresting 
places, such as the Washington Elm, Longfel- 
low's house, Agassiz and Peabody Museums. 
The advanced classes went over the buildings 
of Faneuil Hall, the market, the Ames Plow 
Company and the Post Office. 

The last trip that all the fellows went on 
was our trip to Gloucester. We left here early 
in the morning and by means of special cars 
we soon arrived at Central wharf where we 
boarded the steamer Cape Ann. The sail this 
year was much pleasanter than it was last, 
for it was very calm and no one was sea-sick, 
which could not be said of last year's trip. 

Before we entered Gloucester harbor we 
all had our lunch and we were ready for it. Our 
lunch was refreshed, through the kindness of 
Mr. Arthur Adam's, with a bottle of iced 


tonic. While in Gloucester we visited a fish 
wharf and saw the fishermen unloading their 
schooner. Across the street we entered a 
building and saw the process of curing the fish 
and preparing it for market. From there we 
visited City Hall and an engine-house. We left 
Gloucester about two o'clock and had a very 
pleasant sail home. 

Beside these many trips enjoyed by the 
boys as a whole, the boys that have done their 
best in work and conduct have had special priv- 
ileges. One pleasure that all boys thoroughly 
enjoy is to go to the city and visit their friends. 
Some spend the day, while others spend several 
days with them. Again a few boys were taken 
to see a number of good plays at the theatre 
and also to Nantasket Beach. Two boys went 
to the Public Library and through the Youth's 
Companion building. 

Some years we make trips to different 
places and generally we manage to get in a 
trolley ride out into the country. We all 
feel that the past spring and summer have 
surely been made very pleasant for us. 

William Lydston. 

Che Voutb's Companion Building 

A number of fellows are subscribers of the 
Youth's Companion, and many read the paper 
and buy presents from this company for Christ- 
mas. One day it was my pleasure, with Miss 
Walton and a fellow, to visit this interesting 
building. T|je guide took us down to the engine 
room where we saw two immense engines which 
run the machinery. Up stairs we were told of 
the process of mailing and addressing the paper 
and that it takes fifty tons of type each year for 
the addresses. The paper is sent to every 
state in the United States and even finds its 
way to the Congo River in Africa. The Youth's 
Companion is mailed to certain states each day. 
Ten mailing machines are in use with an out 
put of 150,000 papers daily. We saw the 
different printing machines. There is a little 
roller at the bottom of the press for the ink. 
Another roller strikes this one and passes over 
the electro and half tone-plates. Large sheets 
of paper are passed into the press and four printed 

pages come out. As the paper comes out it is 
put on a rack. We saw the Dexter folding 
machine which folds 25,050 papers a day. We 
also saw the pasting and trimming machines. 
We then went into the art department and 
saw some very fine sketches and drawings all of 
which are original. The first paper was printed 
April. 16, 1827, by Mr. Nathaniel Willis. 
Mrs. Hannah M. Parsons was the first sub- 
scriber, and she still subscribes for it. She 
lives in the Emerson House in Concord, Mass. 
We waited long enough to register and then 
went down stairs. We enjoyed our visit very 

Philip S. May. 

Scraping off Barnacles 

When it is low tide a great many barnacles 
may be seen on the posts that support the wharf. 
Barnacles are very white and hard as their 
shells are made mostly of lime. A great many 
had gathered on the south side float. One day 
a number of fellows and myself had to scrape 
the barnacles off because they made the float 
so heavy that it did not set well in the water. 
The float was hauled up on the beach. We 
used hoes to help do the work with. 

Henry G. Eckman. 

Effects Of music 

One morning, before Mr. Bean announced 
the usual work, he said that Mr. Morse wanted 
the band to practice in the chapel. I was very 
glad of this because I work in the dormitory, 
right above the room where the band plays, and 
so could hear the music very plainly. I could 
almost have my work go on in time with the 
music. Frederick J. Wilson. 

mending Blankets 

After the blankets on the boys' beds are 
washed they are brought into the sewing-room 
to be repaired. Sometimes the hem is torn, 
if that is the case, the part is cut off and the 
blanket is hemmed anew. When we get them 
all mended they are carried to the dormitory 
where they are packed away until they are 
needed. If they are not worth mending they 
are put into the rags to be sold to the junk man. 
Frederick W. Marshall. 


September twenty-fourth, our egg coal 
came in a lighter. In the morning Mr. Bean 
who sends us to work, read the names of the 
boys to work on the coal. Some were to drive 
the teams and others to keep the coal back from 
the place where it was put in. We had four 
one horse carts and one double horse cart to draw 
our coal. The coal is stored under our stock 
barn, a necessary supply being kept for the shop 
furnace in a bin in the basement of the shop. 
We also stored some in the basements of the 
main building. One of the teams drew to the 
stock barn, where the coal was dumped down a 
trap into the largest coal bin we have. It 
took us two days to draw and store our hard 
coal. The next morning our stove and soft coal 
came. This coal is used by the steamer. 
We have some coal for our blacksmith class 
also. It took us one day to unload and store 
our soft coal. I worked on the coal two after- 
noons. I drove one of the single teams and 
enjoyed the work. Leonard S. Hayden. 

from m lUood Pile 

At the south side of our storage barn 
there is a lumber pile made up of drift wood 
that comes on our beach. Some times the 
wood is used by the fellows to help out in build- 
ing their cottages, and some of it is used for fire 
wood. In this pile of lumber there was a large 
cover to a hatchway that came off of a schooner 
that went down off the west side of our Island 
last June. It was covered with tar paper to 
keep the water from going down into the 
hold of the ship. It was about eight feet long 
and six feet wide, and made of pine with a 
tongue and mouth on the edges of the boards, 
so they would fit tightly together. There were 
four cross pieces to nail the boards to. When 
we examined this cover we found it could be 
used. It was the work of another fellow and I 
to take this apart one afternoon. First we 
took off the tar paper. Then by the help of 
iron bars we pried the planks apart. We piled 
them up off to one side of the pile for the fel- 
lows to use. 

Albert S. Beetchy. 

Cbc Raccoons' Batb 

Once every week 1 bring the raccoons up 
from Audubon Hall to the house and give them 
a bath. I get a hose and fasten it on the hy- 
drant, then I wash the cage. I turn the cage 
on its back and fill it about a quarter full of 
water, I leave it that way for about fifteen min- 
utes so as to give the animals a bath and a swim. 
They seem to like water and have a great deal 
of fun in it. Then I open the door of the cage 
a little way and let the water run out and wait 
for the cage to dry. After this the raccoons 
are taken back to Audubon Hall. 

Harry W. Lake. 

Our TIagstaff 

We have a flagstaff on the playgrounds 
which is eighty-five feet high. It has a topmast 
and gaff. During the summer time the gaff 
and topmast are up, but in winter the topmast 
is lowered and the gaff taken down to the stor- 
age barn. There are two lines running from 
the gaff to iron stakes driven in the ground to 
keep it from swinging around when the wind 
blows. School days the School's colors are put 
up and on Visiting Days the long pennant is at 
the topmasit head and the large American flag 
on the gaff. On other holidays the American 
flag is used at the topmast. No colors on Sun- 
day. It was erected December 15, 1897, by 
Thomas G. Stevenson, Post 26 G. A. R. and the 
Women's Relief Corps 63. The flag was given 
to the School by Gen. Nelson A. Miles, Camp 
46 Sons of Vermont. Donald W. Roby. 

Critnntind trees 

Early one morning I went down to the 
stock barn after a pruning saw. Then I went 
with Mr. Bean over to the cottages. I was 
shown an oak tree, a number of limbs of which 
were in the way as one passed on the road, so 
they were to be cut off. I removed as many 
as I could that morning. I finished sawing the 
limbs off before school. The next morning I 
carried an axe over where I had pruned the 
trees the day before, and cut up the limbs for 
kindling wood. Then I separated and put in 
piles the snTall twigs from the large pieces of 
wood. Charles H. Whitney. 


tbomp$on'$ Tslana Beacon 

Published Monthly by the 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor. 


Vol. 10. No. 6. 

October. 1906. 

Subscription Price - 50 cents per year. 



Alfred Bowditch. 


Henry S. Grew. 


Arthur Adams. 


Tucker Daland. 


Melvin O. Adams, 
L Tucker Burr, 

Charles P. Curtis, Jr., 
Charles T. Gallagher, 
Walter Hunnewell, 
Henry Jackson, M. D., 

Richard M. Saltonstall, 
Francis Shaw, 

William S. Spaulding, 
Thomas F. Temple, 

Moses Williams, Jr. 

Charles H. Bradley, Superintendent. 

Treasurer's Address 50 State St. 

Boston, Mass. 

To many of the young people of our coun- 
try, th-e fall of the year suggests new possibilities. 
It holds an atmosphere of change. For pupils, 
there is the adjustment to new classes and the 
entrance into higher institutions of learning. 
For a large number of youths it is the time 
when they take their first step into the world to 

be dependent upon their own efforts. It is now 
that the years of careful training is put to the 

Many helps have been suggested, many 
virtues emphasized to help them. Stored 
away in their minds are numerous maxims and 
precious class mottoes, which from the fre- 
quency of their being heard, appear like 
nothing but a babble of words. To all the good 
advice given we would not take away one quota, 
nay, we would add more in the presence of 
everyone who is about to join the great army of 
bread winners. It is only this common-place 
advice: have the courage to remain in your 
new position, not allowing small wages and long 
hours with, perhaps, an ill-tempered employer 
to make you turn back home. 

At times you may think yourself much 
abused, perhaps treated unjustly and your mind 
naturally turns to your friends; they, at least, 
understand and appreciate you. So you firmly 
resolve that, as you, at any rate are free from 
all blame, you will not stay longer to endure 
such hardness. 

My friend, did you ever stop to think how 
unkindly Abraham Lincoln was treated by a 
number of men with whom he was closely 
associated? Only the greatest tact on his 
part could keep unpleasantness below the sur- 
face and his helpers from leaving him. The 
world calls this man one of our greatest heroes 
and we honor his memory — yet he bore 
much abuse for the sake of keeping peace. 
Are you so lofty that you cannot do the same 
if need be? 

Hardships are not always handicaps. 
Often they are helps. You will understand 
this better as you grow older. Pluck nearly 
always wins. To succeed in anything one 
must overcome obstacles, for force and fibre 


are built by hardships. 

Then do not leave your first position until 
you have won the respect, and if possible the 
confidence and good-will of your employer. In 
after years may you be able to look back upon 
your first efforts, not with regret, but with that 
genuine satisifaction which comes from doing 
one's best. 

And the virtues that lead you to these re- 
sults, are after all, ones that are familiar to all 
ears - patience and perseverance. Patience 
is the preserver of peace, the teacher of hu- 
mility: while perseverance is the great force 
that is behind all success. 

' ' Who first consults wisely, resolves firmly, 
then executes his purpose with inflexible per- 
severance, undismayed by those petty difficul- 
ties whicii daunt a weaker spirit - that man can 
advance to eminence in any line." 


Laid a floor in east basement 
Graduate Carl L. Wittig visited 

Sept. 1 
coal bin. 

Sept. 3. 
the School. 

Sept. 4. Finished digging one and two 
thirds acres of potatoes in garden. Yield 212 

Sept. 5. Visiting Day. 235 present. 

Graduate Charles A. Blatchford visited 
the School. Pruned raspberry bushes. 

Mr. N. A. Jorgensen gave five books to 

Sept. 6. Pulled onions. 

Warren Bryant left the School for Wash- 
ington D. C. .where he continues his studies. 

Sept. 8. Repaired horse stalls in stock 

Sept. 10 Pulled and stacked the field 

Sept. 11. Banked the celery. 

Sept. 12. Picked the first Lima beans. 

Finished repairs on rowboat Priscilla. 

Sept. 13. Sent 20 bu. of tomatoes to 

"Stark's History and Guide to Barbadoes 
and Carribee Islands" given by the author, Mr. 
John H . Stark. 

Sept. 14. Began cutting Sanford field 
corn at North End. 

Sept. 15. E. P. A. Banquet. 
Treasurer, Mr. Arthur Adams visited the 

Sept. 16. Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Clark 
visited the School. They leave the 18th. for 
Burmah, India. 

Sept. 17. Topped onions. 

George A. C. McKenzie left the School to 
work for Holmes and Blanchard. 

Sept. 18. Sent 20 bu. of tomatoes to 

Thomas Maceda left the school to work 
on a farm in Braintree. Charles Watson left 
the School to live with his mother in California, 
where he will continue his studies. 

Sept. 19. School went on excursion to 

Sept. 20. Mr. J. M. Barrs, Supt. of the 
Stetson Home, Barre, Mass. visited School. 

Plowed two acres for fall seeding and 

Sept. 22. Finished concreting foundation 
for weather bureau observatory. 

Sept. 23 .Rev. S.H . Hilliard of Jamaica 
Plain spoke to the boys. 

Treasurer, Mr. Arthur Adams visited the 

Sept 24. First barge of coal came. 

Sept 25. Graduate Don Clark visited the 

Sept 26. Second and last barge of coal 
came and unloaded. 

Sept 27. Sowed piece of rye. 

Sept. 28. Spreading manure for fall 

Summer term of school closed. 

Sept. 29. Albert Probert left the School 
to live with his mother in Cambridge. 

Old wooden tide gate at South End torn 

September nieteorologv 

Maximum temperature 89. on the 18th. 


Minimum temperture 5 1 . on the 24th. 

Mean temperature for month 72.1. 

Total precipitation 2.56 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours 1.12 
inches on the 30th. 

7 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 

17 clear days, 10 partly cloudy, 3 cloudy 

Total number of hours sunshine 287. 

Tarm School Bank 

Cash on hand Sept. 1, 1906. $464.40 

Deposited during the month 22.1 1 


Withdrawn during the month 

Cash on hand Oct. 1. 1906. $462.04 

€. P. B, Banquet 

It is the custom of the Elk Pleasure As- 
sociation to hold its annual banquet the fifteenth 
of September. This year when the evening 
arrived Gardner Hall was bright in colors to 
receive our guests. It was prettily decorated 
with bunting in the School's colors, yellow and 
blue, and the Association's colors red, white 
and blue. These were festooned from the 
center to the four sides of the hall. Around 
the walls were hung the national colors, and 
over the stairs was suspended a large American 
flag, in the center of the hall a table was 
placed crosswise and each side of this center 
table were two, placed in the opposite direction. 
The tables were prettily set and on each were gay 
bouquets. After supper the captain told briefly 
the history of the club and then called on otiiers 
for toasts. The speeches were interesting and 
contained many amusing jokes. After the 
speeches were over, several honor badges were 
given to those who had shown a special interest 
in our club. A pleasant evening was ended, 
after a dance, by the sounding of taps. 

Albert Probert. 

Cbe Public Cibrary 

The two boys who acted as librarians last 
year made a visit to the Boston Public Library, 
with Miss V/alton. The building is one 

of the most beautiful buildings in the world. 
At the entrance we saw the large bronze doors. 
As we passed through the doorway we saw a- 
head of us the beautiful arch and stairway 
made of costly Italian marble. At the turn of 
the stairs there are two large crouching lions 
carved from the same^kind of marble. At the 
landing is a window, from the balcony of which, 
we looked down upon tlie inner court. In the 
court a fountain plays from the center of 
a square pond. Around the sides of the court 
is a pleasant arcade. On the walls of the main 
corridor and some of the main rooms we saw 
Chervennes, Abbe, and Sargent's celebrated 
paintings. We entered the catalogue room 
and saw how people looked up the numbers of 
the books they wished to take out. We also 
saw Bates Hall, the general delivery room, and 
many other rooms which held interesting things. 
The people of Boston ought to be proud of their 

Charles A. Graves. 

j\ dmz of Kudby 

On Visiting Day afternoon there was a 
game of Rugby between the second and third 
eleven. We began the game about three 
o'clock. The third eleven did not carry the 
ball far because a fellow on the opposite side 
tackled him. We played until quarter of five. 
The second eleven beat the third by a score of 
twenty-nine to nothing. Rugby is one of the 
sports that all the fellows enjoy. This year 
there are six elevens. Each eleven chooses its 

Jaivies R. Gregory. 

B Playfellow 

One Sunday afternoon I asked the cura- 
tor of Cottage Row if I could take a guinea pig 
to play with. He gave me one and I went out 
on the lawn and played with it. It ran up my 
coat sleeve. The color of the guinea pig was 
white and brown. The pigs stay out of doors 
on hot days in a little yard made for them. 
Lawrence C. Silver. 


Sbocting Dam 

In the fall, to take place of the fun we 
have in the summer and winter, some of the 
boys have bow and arrows, and darts. The 
darts are made out of shingles. They are 
pointed at one end and the other end has a 
diamond shaped tail. They are thrown by a 
round stick which is about a foot long and a 
half an inch thick. A piece of string is tied 
near the end in a groove. This is called a 
shooter because it gives the force which sends 
the dart through the air. The dart is balanced 
and at the place where it balances a notch is 
made. The' string of the shooter is fastened 
into the notch in the dart. The tail of the 
dart is held in the left hand and the shooter in 
the right. With a swing of the right arm 
the dart is sent -through the air. This year the 
fun of shooting darts was started by two boys. 
One boyafter another made them until now lots 
of fellows have them. Some of them see 
how many shots it takes to go the length of the 
playground, a distance of three hundrd feet. 
Some of the good darts can go the whole length 
in one turn The others take two or three 
turns to do it. We do not shoot these darts 
at night because it is too dark and we should 
lose them. 

William W. Foster. 

Our Gastcr Cily 

After Easter, when the blossoms of the 
Easter lilies had dried up, the plant was cut 
down and the bulbs were put down cellar. The 
boy who takes care of the plants saw the bulb, 
picked it up and planted it. It began to grow 
quite well and on the twenty-ninth day of Au- 
gust it had a bud on it. The boy brought it into 
the schoolroom, and on the thirty-first of Au- 
gust it was in full bloom. It looked very pretty 
and smelt very sweet. We all enjoyed it very 
much for it helped to brighten up our school- 
room with its whiteness and perfume. 

Harold Y. Jacobs. 

J\ Tox eDasc 

One morning the door to the fox"s cage 

was left open long enough for our silver gray 
fox to get out. After it was found out that he 
was gone, we kept a close watch to see that 
he did not go to the hen house and catch some 
of the chickens. He was seen a few times 
during the forenoon but he stayed at the north 
end of the Island. In the afternoon one of the 
instructors and a few boys went out to hunt for 
him and if we could not catch him alive we 
were going to shoot him. We went over to 
the north end but did not see him, so we looked, 
up around the hen house and orchard but he 
was not there. Then we went back to the 
north end, and saw him in the potato patch. 
He saw us coming and ran to the corn piece 
with us after him. He was chased about fif- 
teen minutes when he ran out of the corn and 
one of the fellows threw a stick at him and 
knocked him over the bank. The bank was too 
steep for him to run up, so we surrounded and 
closed in on him yelling "Don't shoot him, we 
can catch him alive." One fellow stunned him 
with a club, after which he picked him up by the 
back of the neck and brought him to Audubon 
Hall and put him in his cage. He is now as 
spry as ever. 

Harry W. Lake. 

Salt f)ay 

Salt-hay is a coarse hay that grows in 
low places near the sea and is wet by the water 
at high tide. It is used for bedding the 
horses, cows and pigs. It is not given to the 
cows for feed because it would make the milk 
taste marshy. On our Island salt-hay grows 
on the beach and is gathered at low tide. 
One fellow cuts it with a scythe while another 
fellow comes along and throws it on to a cart. 
Then it is taken to a place where the land is 
high. Here it is spread out and allowed to dry. 
After it has been there long enough to get dry on 
the top it is turned with pitch forks and allowed 
to dry on the other side. When it is dry on 
both sides it is gathered and stored away in the 
storage barn in the upper loft for future use. 

Elmer Bowers. 



Frederick J. Colson, '81 , is a musician 
on the U. S. S. Indiana. 

John A. Buttrick, '95. and wife are on 
a pleasure trip to California. John writes from 
Denver that they are having a fine time. 

Frank C. Simpson. '03, has given up his 
position in the poultry department of the Con- 
neticut Agricultural College and entered the 
employ of the Cyphers incubator Co. Franks' 
strict attention to business is bringing him the 
success he deserves. 

William Horsfall '96 has gone to Cali- 
fornia where he expects to find lucrative em- 
ployment at his trade, plumbing. His wife will 
join him as soon as he is settled. 

Samuel A. Waycott, '02, has had to give 
up his work with T. D. Baker & Co., on 
account of poor health. Dr. Bancroft, who has 
been attending him, has advised Sam to go up 
into the country where it is hoped, with rest 
and proper treatment, he may regain his usual 

William N. Dinsmore. '06. is living 
with his mother, attending high school and 
taking cornet lessons. A letter recently re- 
ceived has the right ring to it. 

Don C. Clark, '06, lives with his grand- 
parents and works for J. E. Turner and Co., 
wheelwrights, Reading, Mass., where he is 
learning the business. All speak well of Don, 
he is happy and his recent raise in pay tends to 
show that he is giving satisfaction. 

ZM Rodent Tamily 

Any one visiting our Island would not fail 
to see our pretty gray squirrels frolicing about 
from one tree to another. Mr. Bradley bought 
our squirrels at different times. The last 
ones arrived last spring. They were put in a 
cage for about four or five weeks and then were 
let free to roam about the Island. The mouse, 
rat, beaver, rabbit, porcupine, squirrel, and 
many other animals belong to the "Rodent" 
family. This family contains about one third 
of the animals in the world. The word " Ro- 
dent" means gnawing. Members of this family 

can easily nibble their way through a tough 
piece of board because they have their teeth 
formed for this purpose. You would think that 
teeth of this kind would wear away as they are 
constantly in use, but they do not, because they 
never stop growing. Sometimes this causes a 
strange accident. These teeth are like a pair 
of scissors that cannot be used unless they 
have one another to work against. If the lower 
one gets broken off the tooth opposite in the 
upper jaw has nothing to work against and is 
useless. It keeps on growing and in time it 
curls around under the chin and at length pre- 
vents the animal from opening its mouth, so it 
dies of starvation. If the upper tooth is broken 
off the opposite in the lower jaw keeps on 
growing and in time it pierces the flesh of the 
forehead, then the skull beneath it-and enters 
the brain and kills the animal. The tail of the 
squirrel is of great help to him. He uses it in 
different positions to balance his body. The 
squirrel lives on sprouts of trees, nuts, acorns 
and other eatables. This time of the year 
you will see them carrying the acorns in their 
mouths, first testing each nut. The fellows 
give the squirrels peanuts, walnuts, and butter- 
nuts to eat. 

George A. Matthews. 

€dtberind tomatoes 

The tomatoes are ripening very fast on the 
vines, and so have to be picked. One afternoon 
Mr. McLeod went over to the tomato piece 
with about seven boys, and I was one of those 
to go. The first part of the afternoon we all 
picked tomatoes. About half past two, Mr. 
McLeod and three boys went up to the storage 
barn to sort, Wipe and pack them. Three of 
the boys and I remained to pick. After pick- 
ing a short time we went up to the barn. 
There were three boxes on the rack. In the 
first were tomatoes which had not been sorted; 
in the next box were tomatoes that had been 
sorted and wiped; and in the third were 
tomatoes packed ready for market. This 
morning twenty bushels were sent over. 

Leland Watson. 

Vol. 10. No. 7. 

Printed at the Farm School, Boston, Mass. 

November, 1906. 

Entered November 23, 1903, at Boston. Mass., as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1894. 

C!)c Ctacgates 

Naar the centre and .south end of our Is- 
land tlia ground is very low and flat allowing tiie 
w-(ter to settle in these parts, and making 
mirshes, -vhich serve as very good breeding 
places for mosquitoes. Wooden tide-gates 
have let the surface water out at lov/ tide and 
kept the salt water from coming in at high tide. 
There are three sets of gates One is at tlie 
south e id draining the large marsh, one on 
tlie east side draining the orchard marsh, 
and one on the west, araining what was a small 
pond, by the storage barn. 

The wooden tide-gates rotted so fast that 
naw ones of reenforced concrete were iiiade to 
replace them. 

Early in the spring, a number of fellows 
under tlie instruction of Captain Dix began to 
build them. 

First, wooden forms were constructed be- 
tween which concrete was laid to form the walls. 
For these forms, frames were made to nail 
the bearding on. Some good, straight spruce 
stock, two by four inches, was selected and 
cut in right lenglhs to form frames, the joints 
of which were securely fastened together. 
Bjards were nailed on these forms making 
them the right dimensions to form the walls 
of the gates. 

Enough of these frames were made, so 
that the boarding could be nailed on substan- 
tially to withstand the pressure of the concrete 
when it was tamped in place. 

After we had finished both inside and out- 
side forms we set them in place, levelling and 
bracing them so that the wall could be made 

The concrete wa-; then mixed in the fol- 
lowing proportions: one of cement, two and s 
half of sand, and five of stone. When we had 
put enough of this concrete in the forms to 
make a foundation six inches deep, it was nec- 
essary to lay sections of Akron dr£.in pipe, 
twelves inches in diameter, at both ends of the 
tide-gate through which the water could flow 
to drain the ditches at low tide. 

At this time we set vertical bars of twisted 
steel, about fourteen inches apart, in'o this 
foundation. These were the reenforcing rods 
which served to strengthen the walls. More 
concrete was then mixed and thoroughly 
tamped in place with iron tampers. This 
makes a good face and a solia wall. As the 
wall was built, horizontal bars of twisted steel 
were put in about a foot apart. 

We used in the construction of the South 
End tide-gate nine barrels of Portland cement. 
This was enough to make a retaining wall seven 
feet long on each side of the gates, and also 
served as walls for the gates. The retaining wall is 
to hold the bank in place, and keep the dirt from 
falling into the ditches. 

After we had put in all the concrete, it 
was allowed to remain for several days to hard- 
en. Then we removed the forms. The out- 
side form was constructed so that the walls 
would taper from a thickness of twelve inches 
at the base to about six at the top. The re- 
moval of the inner form made a well-space 
two feet wide, four feet long, and about eight 
feet deep. A cement floor was then laid be- 
low the bottom of the drain pipes. 

Thfe gates themselves were made of two- 
inch spruce about four inches wider than the 


hole of the pipe. One side of the gate is cover- 
ed with a piece of leather so as to make a 
good joint against the end of the drain-pipe- 
A lever is hinged to the gate at one end of 
this four-foot space, of sufficient length to reach 
the gate at the opposite end. The position of 
this lever is such that it can be driven down from 
above, forcing the two gates tightly against the 
Akron pipe to prevent the water from flowing 
in from the ocean as the tide rises. 

On the top of the concete wall another 
lever was adjusted, connecting the lower one 
by means of a chain, so that the gates could 
be released and raised when it is necessary to 
drain the ditches. The gate is made long 
enough so that it can be raised from the top of 
the wall and guided in place by means of jambs 
which are bolted securely to the concrete wall 
with the anchor bolts we had placed in posi- 
tion, while the wall was in process of construc- 

A finishing coat of cement wash was then 
put on the outside and inside of the walls- 
This gave the face of the walls a smooth finish. 

These gates are very serviceable, look well, 
are durable, and probably will never have to be 

Louis P. Marchi. 

tbe JIrt museum 

During the first term of school, the first 
class studied Greek history in which we learned 
about Greek sculptors and painters. On Sat- 
urday afternoon, October twentieth, we visited 
the Art Museum of Boston to see representa- 
tions of this art. Some of the first things we 
saw were Grecian vases, most of which were 
pieced together. On these vases were Greek 
patterns and borders. In another room there 
was the Greek sculpturing. Among this were 
statues of their gods and goddesses such as. 
Zeus, Athena and Apollo, and also their noted 
orators and statesmen such as Demosthenes 
and Socrates. Besides these there were stat- 
ues showing men taking part in some of their 
favorite sports, which they took such pride in 
such as, "Throwing the Discus", "The Wres- 

tlers" and the "Dying Gladiator". We also saw 
a representation of the Parthenon. To show the 
comparative size, a miniature man was standing 
between two pillars. In an adjoining room was 
a miniature Acropolis of Athens as it stands to- 
day showing the ruins of seme buildings and 
others that have been restored. On the side of 
the Acropolis were the amphitheatres hewn out 
of the solid rock. Around the walls of the same 
room was the bas-relief taken from the walls of 
the Parthenon. This showed the Athenians go- 
ing to war and also their triumphal return with 
their trophies. The next room we went into 
held Japanese carvings of different idols, many 
of them were no larger than a thumb nail. One 
of the most interesting sights to me was differ- 
ent things of glass made by the Germans. 
There were chessmen and checker-boards, orna- 
ments and boxes, Egyptian mummies and Greek 
money which was very old; and helmets, armor, 
swords and daggers, some of the handles of 
which were made of ivory and gold. In the 
picture gallery we saw many paintings by noted 
American painters, among them were Stuart's 
noted paintings of George and Martha Washing- 
ton. There were many of Copley's paintings 
and a number by Turner. We also saw beautiful 
pictures by foreign artists, among them was 
one of Corot's. There were many other interest- 
ing things we enjoyed looking at. 

Leon H. Quinby. 

Gathering Ceaoes 

The leaves of the trees on our Island begin 
to fall about the middle of August, and from 
then until the snow comes the fellows pick them 
up and carry them off. Sometimes they carry 
them over to the bank and sometimes they carry 
them down to the barn to be used as bedding 
for the horses and cows. Quite often some 
other fellows and I are sent out to pick up these 
leaves. Often the leaves are very thick on the 
front lawn and sometimes on the tennis and 
croquet lawns. We work at this job from 
after breakfast till school time. 

Roy D. Upham. 


$idn$ of mintcr 

The coming of winter is shown by different 
signs. The leaves on the trees are turning 
their colors, many of which are falling, leaving 
the trees bare. The different colored leaves 
make a very pretty sight to look at. The fruit 
in the orchard is being picked. Our 
vegetable products on the farm are being har- 
vested. Another sign is that the days and nights 
are getting colder, the nights longer and the 
days shorter. The squirrels are busy gathering 
their winter stock of nuts and acorns. The 
birds are going south. 

Donald W. Roby. 

mr, BurnDam's Crip 

One evening, we had the pleasure of hear- 
ing about a trip to the Great Lakes and interest- 
ing things about some of the Western States told 
by one of our instructors, Mr. Burnham. He 
started from Boston and went through the state of 
New York to Buffalo. The house where Presi- 
dent IVIcKinley died is in this city. From Buffa- 
lo he went to Niagara Falls. Here Mr. Burn* 
ham took a car which is on the Niagara belt 
line. Many things of interest are seen on this 
route. This line takes a person around the 
Falls and over the rapids. Mr. Burnham went 
back to Buffalo and boarded one of the large 
steamers that ply between the Great Lakes. 
There are two that are for passengers and their 
baggage. The names of these vessels are the 
" Northwesf'and "Northland". The length of 
each is three hundred and eighty-six feet and 
the breadth forty-four feet. They carry over five 
hundred passengers and a crew of one hundred 
and ninety-five men. The first place of interest 
where they stop is at Cleveland, the most beau- 
tiful city of the Lakes. Here the boat stopped 
and took on coal. It took about five minutes to 
coal up. It stopped at Detroit to take on pas- 
sengers that come from the Southern States. 
The next interesting place is Mackinac Island. 
Here the two vessels pass each other. She 
next stops at Harbor Springs, a noted summer 
resort. A short stop is made at Milwaukee, 

the Cream City, and at Chicago, the Metropolis 
of the West which is a great railroad center. 
Mr. Burnham had a very interesting trip, and it 
gave us great pleasure to listen to the descrip- 
tion of it. 

Leonard S. Hayden. 

Uliia Bira$ 

In the fall of the year, we can see large 
flocks of geese and ducks migrating southward. 
Sometimes the geese fly low enough to be 
heard but generally they fly high in the air, and 
all one can see is the letter V formation in 
which they fly. The first flock of geese I have 
seen this season flew by on September sixteenth. 
The ducks stop on their way and can often be 
heard near the waters around our Island. 


f icia mice 

One afternoon another fellow and I were 
sent to pull chickory, below the back road. 
While I was at work I saw a field mouse 
run through a trail in the grass. I • fol- 
lowed the trail and came to a nest made of 
hay. I pulled the nest apart and found five 
young mice. I carried them to Mr. Bean and 
he told me to kill them. These field mice 
destroy corn and vegetables, so we kill all we 

Clarence S. Nelson. 


One evening it was my work to pull weeds 
on the bank near the east dike. I had been 
working about fifteen minutes when I looked to- 
wards Moon Head, and there I could see a rock, 
about half way from our Island, with something 
on it that looked like a boat tossing to and fro. 
When I looked again there was a sail boat 
heading for the object and when it got within 
fifty yards the object plunged into the water. 
It was then the thought struck me that it 
was a seal. They are around our Island very 
often, and many of the boys speak of seeing them. 
Frederick J, Wilson. 


Cboiiip$on'$ Tsland Beacon 

Published Monthly by the 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor. 


Vol. 10. No. 7 

November, 1906. 

Subscription Price - 50 cents per year. 



Alfred Bowditch 


Henry S. Grew 


Arthur Adams 


Tucker Daland 


Melvin 0. Adams 
i. Tucker Burr 

Charles P. Curtis 
George L. DeBlois 

Charles T. Gallagher 
Walter Hunnewell 
Henry Jackson, M. D. 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

William S. Spaulding 
Thomas F. Temple 

Moses Williams, Jr. 

Charles H. Bradley 


Treasurer's Address 50 State St. 

Boston, Mass. 

A haze on the fair horizon, 
The infinite, tender sky, 

The ripe, rich tint of the corn-fields, 
And the wild geese flying high — 

And all over upland and lowland 

The sign of the golden-rod — 

Some of us call It Autumn, 
And others call it God. 

William H. Carruth. 

Whatever name may be given to this time 
of the year, no one who keeps in touch with the 
glorious out-of-doors can help but feel its mys- 
terious beauty. It is a season of giving in por- 
portion to labor and all nature assumes a gala- 
day appearance for the occasion. She smiles 
at us from every forest and meadow, compeliirg 
us to admire her changing expressions and 
leaving for all, by the warmth and extravagance 
of her coloring, cheer and contentment thai we 
feel and would long remember. 

Would it not sweeten our own lives srd 
those about us if we stored away some of this 
gladness we have inbibed from the season to 
enrich the bleak winter months which are be- 
fore us? The busy holidays are not far distant. 
Cannot we infuse into them some of this en- 
thusiasm? Then we should be able to perform 
our tasks with a more lightsome heart not 
dreading, as has been our wont, the troubles of 
to-inorrow, and next week, and next year. 
Can we not enter more into the work of the 
coming days as though we were born to the 
task of preforming a blithesome part in them? 
If we do not take joy with us we will never find 
it, and he who has formed a habit of looking at 
the bright, happy side of things — who sees the 
the glory in sky, sunshine in the flowers, beauty 
and good in everything has a much richer life 
aiid is far happier than the traveller who passes 
them unseen. 

Our minds ought not to be so crowded with 
cares as to leave no room for these things. In 
every life there are always trials, but it is the 
true man or woman who can meet them with 
a smiling face, and, drawing inspiration from 


some hidden store, realize tliat anxiety, grief, 
and worry are the great enemies of existence, 
especially of the American people, and should 
be resisted as we resist a plague. 

•'I saw a delicate flower grown up two feet 
high," said Thoreau, "between the horse's path 
and the wheel track. An inch more to the 
right or left, or an inch higher would have seal- 
ed its fate; and yet it lived to flourish as much 
as if it had a thousand acres of untrodden space 
around it and never knew the danger it incurred." 
May we not here see a lesson for us? The flower 
did not borrow trouble, nor invite an evil fate by 
apprehending it. 

Let it be our duty, then, to radiate as much 
gladness as possible for it is, after all, the cheery 
person who is desired. It is now conceded 
that cheerfulness ought to go hand in hand with 
ability. Long ago we learned that the world did 
not care for our troubles, but only cheerful looks 
and actions were wanted. The source of this 
good cheer rises from pure thoughts and good ac- 

May the exhiliration of these autumnal days 
help us to cultivate more and more this spirit of 
joyousness, inspiring all that is best in our 
nature and filling our souls with music to which 
others will respond. 


Oct. 1. Load of grain came. 

Load of dressing from Walworth's. 

Oct. 2. Load of dressing from Wal- 

Frederick Hynes entered the School 

Oct. 3. Last Visiting Day, 199 present. 

Treasurer Arthur Adams and Manager I. 
Tucker Burr were here; also graduates Carl 
Wittig, Leslie Graves and Frank Miley. 

Willis Good Citizenship Prizes, Grew 
Garden Prizes, and Adams Agricultural Prizes 
awarded. Exhibition of farm products, 40 va- 

rieties of vegetables, roots and grains. 

Oct. 4. Load of dressing from Wal- 

I. Banks Quinby left the School to work 
in the printing-office of the Maiden Boys' In- 
dustrial Club. 

Oct. 5. Began repairing the wharf. 

Load of dressing from Walworth's. 

Oct. 6. Shipped a calf. 

Oct. 7. Rev. A. A. Smith of Reading, 
Mass. spoke to the boys. 

Oct. 8. Harvested onions. 

Magazines received from Mr. Duncan 

Oct. 9. Shipped a calf. 

Harvested beets. 

Began plowing piece below play-ground. 

Finished cutting and binding field corn. 

Oct. 10. Harvested turnips. 

Oct. 11. Began digging potatoes. 

Covered tomato vines for fear of frost. 

Oct. 14. A number of the boys went in 
town to church. 

Oct. 15. Leslie R. Jones left the School 
to work for Barber & Stockwell, Cam- 
bridge, Mass. 

Oct. 16. John J. Emory left the School 
to work for S. M. Spencer, Manufacturing Co. 
Boston, Mass. 

Oct' 17. James L. Joyce entered the 

Oct. 18. Harvested carrots. 

Albert Dillon left the School to live with 
his mother. 

Oct. 19. A number of the boys went to 
theFood Fair. 

Finished digging potatoes. 

Mr. Morse came to instruct the band. 

Finished concreting walls to manure-pit. 

Oct. 20. Members of the First Class 
visited the Museum of Fine Arts. 

A number of boys went to the Food Fair. 

Oct. 21. Sunday evening Mr. Burnham 
told us of his trip through the Great Lakes. 

Oct. 22. A load of bran came. 
A Jersey bull-calf given the School by Mrs. 
Theodore Lyman. 


Louis P. Marchi left the School to live 
with his mother and work for Walter H. Phil- 
lips, 43 Purchase St.. Boston. 

Oct. 23. A load of bran came. 

Graduates Harry Chase and Ralph Ingalls 
visited the School. 

Oct. 24. H'arvested corn. 

Winter's supply of flour came. 

Oct. 25. Finished harvesting apples and 

Mr. Richard Humphrey gave the boys a 
talk on Dorchester. 

Oct. 26. School closed for the day. 
Teachers attended Convention. 

Oct. 27. Graded around cable booth at 
South End. 

S. Gordon Stackpole left the School to live 
with his mother and work in Mr. Alfred Bow- 
ditch's office. 

Oct. 29. Harvested mangles. 

Oct. 30. Pulled cabbages and hung 
them in basement of stock barn. 

Oct. 31. Hallow e'en party. 

Finished plowing the piece that is below 
the play-ground for corn. 

October meteorology 

Maximum temperature 72. on the 26th. 
Minimum temperature 35. on the 31st. 
Mean temperature for month 53. 8. 
Total precipitation 3. 21 inches. 
Greatest precipitation in 24 hours 1.78 in- 
ches on the 9th. 

9 days with .01 or more in. precipitation. 

10 clear days, 13 partly cloudy, 8 cloudy 

Total number of hours sunshine 182. 

Tarm School Bank 

Cash on hand Oct. 1, 1906. $462.04 

Deposited during the month 75.29 



Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand Nov.!. 1906. 


This year Hallow e'en was celebrated in 
the stock barn. At half-past seven in the even- 
ing we assembled and marched down there 

where we found rows of benches placed beside 
piles of corn, which was to be husked. Some 
of the fellows were chosen to supply the rest 
with corn and carry the husks away. When a 
box was filled, it was taken to one end of the 
barn and the corn put in bags. After we had 
finished husking, we cleared the floor and 
moved the benches up close to the hay, and 
while we waited for the refreshments Miss 
Balch spoke about the origin and customs of 
Hallow e'en. She told us that Hallow was an 
old English word which meant holy and e'en 
meant evening. At one time this night was ob- 
served by the church. Then came the pumpkin 
pies, each one was supplied with the whole of 
a small pie. As soon as these had disappeared 
the drop-cakes and fig-bars came around. 
While the instructors hid ten pounds of mo- 
lasses kisses we waited outside the barn. When 
the doors were opened a rush was made for 
the hay, cut-feed machine and all parts of the 
barn where they could be hidden, as if we were 
rushing for a goal in football. After the kisses 
were found we were given directions to line up 
by the bran-room door to have our fortunes told. 
A line was formed along the side of the bran- 
room and each fellow went into a tent which was 
in the bran-room and had his fortune given him. 
As one fellow came out of the room another 
went in. As we entered the tent we discovered 
a pumpkin with red strings coming out of an 
opening in the top and behind the flap of the 
tent we found a witch dressed in red. She 
said, "Pull the string" and took the cover off 
the pumpkin. We pulled a string and got a 
card with our fortune on it. While our fortunes 
were being given some of the fellows were bob- 
bing for apples in a tub. Then pictures of a don- 
key, elephant and a girl were pinned on the wall. 
The object was to pin a tail on the donkey, a 
peanut in the elephant's mouth, and a shoe on 
the girl's foot. All this had to be done with a 
cloth tied over the person's eyes. A prize was 
given to the winners of each. Then came the 
potatoe race. Half of the fellows lined up on 
one side of the barn and the other half on the 
other side. Fifty potatoes were passed along 


each line and put in a basket at tlie end. As 
soon as fifty were deposited in the basket they 
were started back again. The captains of 
each line received a prize. The side that 
Albert Beetchy was captain of received first 
prize. Another curious race v/as the raisin 
race. A raisin was strung in the center of a 
piece of string. One of these ends was given 
to one boy and the other end to another. 
Ttie string was taken in the mouth of each 
boy and he tried to get the raisin by taking 
the string into his mouth. The prize was the 
raisin. The next was a cracker race. A crack- 
er was to be eaten and "Yankee-Doodle" 
was to be whistled. A prize of another cracker 
was given to the winner. After the games 
were over the witch from an elevated place 
held up a placard with the picture of a black 
cat in a night robe carrying a candle and the 
words "good night" on it. We gave three 
cheers and then went to bed having heartily en- 
joyed our Hallowe'en party. Hallowe'en is one of 
the pleasant evenings in the year at the School 
and is always full of good cheer and we owe 
our thanks to Mr. Bradley and the instructors. 
Harold E. Daniels. 

mr. l)umpbrcy'$ CalR 

One Thursday afternoon, IVlr. Humphreys 
gave the fellows a lecture on Dorchester. 
First he showed us some of the things his par- 
ents used to own. He exhibited a doll that be- 
longed to his mother and said that it was the 
only doll she ever had. Mr. Humphrey said that 
Dorchester was a very old town. It was named 
after Dorchester, England. John White was 
its founder. He raised three hundred pounds 
for the settlers and preached his first sermon 
in 1629. At that time a minister was chosen 
by the vote of the town and church; for one 
hundred and eighty years it was this way. Mr. 
Humphrey then showed us a piece of apple tree 
planted by Peregrin White. A Puritan, Roger 
Clapp was associated with John White in the 
early settlement of the town of Dorchester which 
in 1640, extended over one hundred and sixty- 
two rods to Rhode Island and included many 

towns. An old house stands in Dorchester in 
Edward Everett Square, it was built in 1640 
and called the Blake House. It has recently 
been restored by the Historical Association as 
a place to hold its meetings. The first school 
committee was chosen in 1644, and here was 
founded the first mill, church, and school in 
Massachusetts Bay. Among the interesting 
relics was a spoon that came from under the 
old Matthews House and the cane that Mr. 
Humphrey's father had used in walking from 
Ticonderoga, New York, to his home in Dor- 
chester after he was released from prison. 

Louis M. Reinhard. 

Cbc Onion Piece 

We have a large onion piece near the 
Farm House. It contains three quarters of an 
acre. In May, I helped plant the small, black 
onion seed. We used a planter, so the plants 
came up in long, straight rows. Then all sum- 
mer the plants were watered and kept weeded. 
When they got well started they were thinned. 
After this the soil was hoed between the rows. 
Then the onions were allowed to grow until it 
was time to harvest them. The other day I 
helped Mr. McLeod pull them. We pulled 
them all one morning and the next, and about two 
weeks later after they were dried, I helped 
pick them up. We got boxes from the barn 
and went to the field. There was a wagon 
over there, so as fast as we picked them up 
they were carted away. We picked about half of 
the onions that morning, and in the afternoon 
the fellows finished them. 

Terrance L. Parker. 


While at work one afternoon, I saw an owl. 
It stared at me a little while, then slowly flew 
away. The next day I saw two owls. They 
flew out towards the water, then circled around 
and perched on a tree. I tried to find them, 
but I couldn't. They were brown and I thought 
very large. 

Ralph A. Whittemore. 



Arthur M. Stygles, '95, has not been 
heard from since February 16. 1906. At that 
tim? he started out in a snow storm from a log- 
ging camp in the vicinity of Berlin N. H. to go to 
another camp. Searching parties were sent 
out and his father has since tried to find him, or 
his body, but with no success. A part of his 
luggage was found, but it is thought he must 
have got off the tri'.l and probably perished at 
some spot seldom travelled by any one. Tlie 
only hope is that possibly some hunter may 
discover the body. 

Merton P. Ellis, '99, the genial secre- 
tary of the Alumni Association is a busy man 
these days. During tlie seven years that he 
has been with Thomas J. Hind, 19 IVlilk Street, 
Boston, he has steadily worked his way up from 
office-boy through various positions until now he 
is superintendent of concrete work, a position 
which takes liim throughout tlie state, or where- 
ever they have a contract. 

Herbert E. Balentine, '00, is a first 
class machinist in the navy. He is, at present, 
stationed on the receiving ship Wabash at 
Charlestown. Herbert expects to enter the 
merchant service when his enlistment expires. 

(ioind tor Bran 

One Monday, a number of fellows made the 
scow ready to go for bran. We put planks in 
the scow and pumped out the water. Then the 
steamer, with the scow alongside of it, went to 
City Point for the bran. There, in waiting 
were two teams, one a one-horse team and the 
other a three-horse team full of bags of bran. 
The fellows then helped put the bran on board, 
two smaller fellows carrying one bag and the 
larger fellows one bag apiece. We returned 
to the Island, unloaded the scow and took out 
the planks. We got one hundred and ninety 
bags of bran which serve as food for the cows. 
They were all taken to the stock barn and were 
placed above the bran-room, to be used when 

Louis M. Reinhard. 

:Rttcn(Iin9 CtiurcD 

A number of Sundays during the year, the 
fellows have a chance to attend church in 
town with an instructor. Last Sunday, the boys 
of the first and third classes went to church. 
On the way we passed Dr. Bancroft's house, 
he came and joined our party. Members of 
the first class visited the Unitarian cl uicl ii 
South Boston, the third class went to ihe 
Philipps Congregational «nd heard the Fev. 
Frederick B. Richards. There were twenty- 
five of us who went there. We all sat in the 
four front pews. Mr. Gardner preached a iive- 
minute sermon for children about keepii g of 
the Sabbath Day. He said that Sundav sliculd 
be the day of all the week most looked forward 
to. In some families parents keep certain becks 
for their children to use only on this day. I'lie 
pastor said tliat children should consider th.e 
rights of others on Sunday ynd not by playing 
on the streets, destroy the peace ai:d quiet- 
ness which people who have woiked hard during 
the week wish to enjoy. The sermon which 
followed was taken from Mark 12: 31 the sub- 
ject being "Christ's Law of Social Service." 
After the sermon Mr. Richards and his wife 
shook hands with each boy. It v/as a beauti- 
ful Sunday, and we enjoyed the walk to City 
Point where the boat was all ready to carry us 
to our Island. 

Percy Smith. 

Boats Seen 

From our Island we can see a number of 
boats that go in and out of Boston Harbor. 
We see sail boats of all kinds and sizes; 
launches, and steam yachts, Nantasket steam- 
ers, Gloucester steamers and the ocean liners. 
Most allot the sail boats are painted white. 
One of the Gloucester steamboats is painted 
white with a buff smoke-stack. T'le other one 
is painted black with a white cabin and a black 
smoke-stack. It is interesting to watch the 
different boats, and the fellows are on the look- 
out for them. 

George A. Maguire. 

Vol. 10. No. 8. 

Printed at the Farm School, Boston, Mass. 

December, 1906. 

Entered November 23, 1903, at Boston. Mass., as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1894. 

Cottage Row Government 






It has been the custom of our Government to set 
apart a day each year in which to give thanks to the Al- 
mighty God for the many blessings we have received 
and of prayer that these blessings may be continued. 

Let us give thanks to God for the bountiful harvest 
of this year, for the good heaUh that we have enjoyed, 
and the opportunities we have had to widen our know- 
ledge, making us better fitted for this life and that which 
is to come. Let us be thankful for the many excur- 
sions and pleasures of all kinds that have been given 
us during the year. We are thankful for Cottage Row 
and 'its government which is training and encouraging 
us to become good and honest citizens in the world. 
Let us, now and always, be ever grateful for all that 
the Farm School, its Managers, and every one who is 
associated with it, are doing for our welfare. 

Wherefore I, WILLIAM T. WALBERT, Jr., Mayor 
of Cottage Row, with the advice and consent of the 
Board of Aldermen, set apart Thursday, the twenty- 
nineth day of November, as a day of praise and thanks- 
giving to God for the many blessings bestowed upon us. 

Given at the Farm School, this twenty-fourth day 
of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand 
nine hundred and six, the ninety-second year of our 
School, and the eighteenth year of Cottage Row. 


By his Honor, the Mayor of Cottage Row, with the advice and 
consent of the Aldermen. 



God save the Government of Cottage Row. 

I)0W Ule Spent CDanksgivind 

Whea we think of Thanksgiving, we think 
of it as a day of happiness because it always Is at 
our School. This Thanksgiving was no excep- 
tion to former ones. 

A custom of Mr. Bradley's which has been 
observed for eighteen years, is to read the 
President's and Governor's Proclamation on 
the Sunday before Thanksgiving. This makes 
us feel thatthetimeofitscomingisnearathand. 

Thanksgiving morning we awoke to find 
snow on the ground and the air clear and cold. 
Tb.ese conditions the boys enjoyed as it gave 
them an opportunity to have their first coasting. 

After we had eaten a good breakfast we 
were dismissed. A number went to the gym- 
nasium, there to enjoy themselves by playing 
tag, doing stunts on the ladder, dancing and at 
various other sports. 

A little before ten o'clock, bundles and 
boxes from the boys' relatives and friends were 
given to their owners. These the boys eagerly 
looked forward to receiving and enjoyed eating 
the sweets they contain. It was not long before 
the whistle reminded us that dinner was yet to 
be eaten. We all enjoyed the turkey, celery, 
turnip, squash, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, 
apples, figs, nuts, and raisins, a part of which 
was each boys' share. 

One of the treats of the day was the enter- 
tainment which occurred in the afternoon. This 
was provided for the boys through the kindness 
of Mr. John T. Coolidge. The "Copley Square 
Concert Company" gave the entertainment 
which consisted wholly of music. The first 
number was a violin solo, a selection from the 


"William Tell". This was encored by " Annie 
Laurie". Two of the xylophone solos were 
Sousa's selections and were familiar to the boys. 
Following this came a mandolin and guitar 
duet, selections on the bells, and a xylophone 
duet. This entertainment was heartily enjoy-- 
ed by all. 

Then we were dismissed and the boys 

spant the remainder of the day at games. By 

bedtime we all felt that our Thanksgiving had 

been one of the most pleasant days of the year. 

Ernest C. Nichols. 

Our ZDmU 

Each year the boys are given an oppor- 
tunity just before Thanksgiving, to state their 
special reasons for thankfulness. The follow- 
ing are some of their expressions. 

Advanced £ia$$ 

I am thankful that my mother and sisters 
are alive and well. I am thankful that 1 had 
the chance of coming to this School. 1 am 
thankful that I have finished the course in class- 
room work, blacksmith and sloyd. 1 am thank- 
ful, at this time of the year, that ! am not, as 
some boys are, out in the cold and without any 
place to go this winter. I am thankful for all 
the privileges 1 have received while at the 
School. I am thankful to those who have 
helped me in any way. 

Horace P. Thrasher. 

I am thankful tor the home I liave here at 
this School. I am thankful for an education. 
I am thankful for my many good relatives and 
friends. I am thankful that I have been taught 
about the Lord and the Bible. 1 am thankful for 
all that the Managers and Superintendent have 
given and done for me, while I have been at 
this SchooL 

Foster B. Hoye. 

Tirst Class 

I am thankful for a great many things a- 
mong which are these: that i have a mother who 
is in good health, two brothers, two sisters, 
and a good teacher. I am glad 1 have iiad the 
chance to have the advantages of this School, 
and I am in the first class and have the chance 

to finisii school next summer. I am thankful 
1 am on the farm where I like to work; that 1 
am in the band; that I own on a cottage and am 
an officer of our Government; that I sleep in 
the north dormitory wliere we have more privi- 
leges than the others. Also I am grateful for 
what the Managers ann Mr. and Mrs. Br?aley 
do for us. 1 am thankful that my friends and 
myself have good health. 1 am thankful for all 
God lias, and is doing for us. 

Charles A. Graves. 

As 1 have been ihinliiiig, I fir.d that 1 have 
many things to be thankful lor. 1 am tlianklul 
tliat God has kept my friends and myself in good 
health. 1 am also liiankful that 1 am in this 
School, for wh:at 1 have learned here, ar.d 
the clothes and food that are given me. 1 am 
grateful that 1 am not in the way of temptation 
that 1 might be in if I were not here. For the 
pleasures and enjoyments which 1 havehsd 
during last winter and this summer; the oppor- 
tunity of learning something about building 
construction and wood-work while working on 
the observatory, and learning about the weath- 
er instruments and many other things. 

Harold E. Daniels. 

I am thankful to God for my life and 
health, and that of my friends and relatives. 
Lam also thankful for my clothes, food, and 
education, and the many advantages which this 
School gi\es to the boys who come here. 

John F. Nelson. 

First of all, I am thankful that ! have a 
mother to love me. 1 am thankful that I have 
a good teacher. I am thankful that 1 have a 
good home, and for all its different opportunities. 
I am thankful that 1 have a brother and sister. 
I ain thankful that I have a warm bed to sleep 
in, and that we have a gymnasium in which I 
can have fun. I am thankful for the opportuni- 
ties of learning to play an inslrun:ent in the 
band. I am thankful for tlie many pleasure s we 
have had this summer, and that I 1 ad tl.e 
pleasure of visiting my friends. lam thankful 
for the education I am getting and that I 
came here. I anr thankful to God for all 
these blessings. WiLLiAivt A. Reynolds. 


Second €la$$ 

I am thankful that 1 am in good health, 
and that my mother and sister are living. 1 
am thankful ttiat I can learn different things 
each week. I am very thankful for the pleas- 
ures that I had last summer, and that every 
thing has gone on all right. I am thankful that 
1 am in the band so that I can learn to play. 
Frank H. Machon. 

I am thankful for everything God has given 
me; tliat I have a mother, brothers and sisters, 
aunts and uncles. I am thankful God has pre- 
served their health. I am really thankful that 
this nation, in which I live, has such a good 
government, also that Moran was not elect- 
ed governor because I can see what harm 
would come to the state and perhaps the na- 
tion from it. I am thankful for lots of things 1 
iiave that everyone does not have. 

Alfred H. Neumann. 

I am thankful that 1 am in good health. 
I am thankful that 1 have a good kind rnother, 
aunt, and grandmother, and that they are in good 
health. I am thankful that I have a good 
teacher. 1 am thankful that Mr. Bradley is in 
good health. I am thankful that 1 had so many 
pleasures last summer. I am thankful that 
I had the chance to go to see my friends. 
I am thankful that I am in the band, that I 
have something to wear, and that I have a 
house of shelter. 

Herbert M. Nelson. 

Chira CUss 

I am thankful I have my brothers and 
sisters. I am thankful I have a good mother, 
i am thankful for the food and clothes I have. 
I am thankful for the good times and many 
other things that 1 have. 

Terrance L. Parker. 

I am thankful that my relatives and friends 
are well. I am thankful that there are so 
many good people interested in this School; 
tliat Mr. and Mrs. Bradley are well; and I am 
getting a good education. I am thankful for 
the things that are being done for me. 1 am 
also thankful for the heahh I have; that we 
have a good chance to get a start in the work 
some of us wish to follow; that when I am out 
in the world 1 can practice what I have learned 
here; that we are ready for the winter and have 
a supply of coal in. 1 am thankful that we 
have good teachers and Managers. I am 
thankful that we have so many pleasures and 
that God has given us all of these blessings. 
Louis L. Darling. 

I am thankful 1 have a mother and father 
and other relatives who care for me. I am 
thankful that Gov. Guild was reelected. I 
am thankful for all Mr. Bradley has done for 
me. I hope, when I am a man, I shall appreci- 
ate fully what has been done for me. I am 
thankful to God for His many blessings. 

Ernest N. Jorgensen. 

Thanksgiving is the time more than others 
that we express our thanks. I am very thank- 
ful for many things. I am thankful that iny 
mother is alive and well. I am thankful for 
ail the Farm School has done for me. I am 
very thankful for all that Mr. and Mrs. Bradley 
and the instructors have done and tried to 
do for me. I am thankful for all that the 
Managers have done for this School. I am 
thankful that 1 have a good school teacher. I 
am thankful that it is very seldom that I am in 
the wrong grade. I am very thankful that God 
has watched over me so carefully. 

Charles A. McEacheren. 

The first thing I am thankful for is that I 
have a good mother. I am thankful for the 
education I am getting. I am thankful that 
I have had such good health the past year. I 
am thankful I live in the United States. I am 
thankful for the pleasures I have had this sum- 
mer. I am thankful for the good President we 
have. I am thankful that the twenty-nineth is 

George J. Balch. 


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dences of its existence. Nowhere do we find 
the attribute of thankfulness better expressed 
than in the ancient Hebrew poetry written by 
King David. 

For over forty-four years the entire United 
States has followed the custom of commem- 
orating a special day of Thanksgiving, as first 
observed in our country by the Pilgrims. 

At no season is it more fitting to pause 
and consider our Forefalliers and their cus- 
toms than now. As time goes on we reverence 
their memory more and more, not alone for 
what they actually accomplished, but for the 
spirit in which they v^^orked. Simplicity, loyal- 
ty to the truth, generousiiy and gratitude are 
among the virtues that held a prominent place 
in the character of these stalwart men and wo- 

No wonder that we feel proud, and justly 
so, to be descendants of these righteous people 
whoin we now regard as the backbone of our 
nation. But how much more lienor would it be 
for us to possess the qualities which distinguish- 
ed them? In instituting a Thanksgiving Day 
the Pilgrims have left to us the gifts of rever- 
ence and gratitude, heirlooms that will never 
tarnish or need to be carefully stored away. 
Their possession and constant use,- not alore en 
Thanksgiving Day but on every other day of the 
year,- will be of greater value to their owner than 

e • i J 1. any material treasures. 
Superintendent ■' 

The first Thanksgiving happened long ago, 
but out of it all our latter ones have grown. 
Let us remember that in spite of our bountiful 
dinner parties and happy family reunions, the 
The thankful spirit, which so peculiarly true Thanksgiving consists not only in perceiv- 
belongs to Thanksgiving Day, has long been jng blessings, but in recognition and humble ac- 
known to the human heart. Every one of us knowledgment of them, realizing they ccme 
has, and should have our moments of thankful- from the hand of an all-loving Gcd who gives 
ness. Among all people there has been evi- us the faith to believe, " We are living in the 


Alfred Bowditch 


Henry S. Grew 


Arthur Adams 


Tucker Daland 


Melvin O. Adams 

I. Tucker Burr 

Charles P. Curtis 
George L. DeBlois 

Charles T. Gallagher 
Walter Hunnewell 
Henry Jackson, M. D. 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

William S. Spaulding 
Thomas F. Temple 

Moses Williams, Jr 

Charles H. Bradley 

Treasurer's Address 50 State St 

Boston, Mass. 


world at the best time and in the best place. 
Eiirti";, air, and sea, minister to our needs as 
never before. The measures of knowledge are, 
with every year, unfolding before us in larger 
measure, and that life is becoming a greater, a 
richer, and a grander thing." 


Nov. 1. Plowed field at North End. 

Nov. 2. Letter Day. 

Husked and drew corn. 

Nov. 4. A number of the boys attended 
church in town. 

Nov. 6. Hauled up sloop "Trevore." 

Graded around tide-gate at South End. 

Nov. 9. Hauled up sloop " WiNSLow." 

Nov. 10. John LeStrange entered the 

Nov. 1 1. Sunday. Rev. Clifton D. Gray 
of Dorchester addressed the boys. 

Nov. 12. Finished concrete floor in 

Nov 13. A package of magazines receiv- 
ed from Blodgett Clock Co. 

Maps given to the School by Miss Jennie 

"Dan," new horse came. Gift from Dr. 
Henry Jackson. 

Nov. 14. Load of plaster came. 

Mulched rhubarb, asparagus and strawberry 
beds for the winter. 

Nov. 16. Repaired large farm cart. 

Nov. 17. Several boys went to the thea- 

Nov. 20. Mr. William M. Flanders of Mar- 
tin L. Hall & Co., gave nuts and raisins for 

Horse "Captain" humanly disposed of. 

Load of lumber for wharf and manure-pit 

Rowboat "Priscilla" painted. 

Began putting manure into the manure-pit. 

Nov. 21. Graduate William L. Snow vis- 
ited the School. 

Nov. 22. Lawn seats revarnished. 

Replaced a few planks in wharf. 

Nov. 23. Two deer given by graduate 
Robert McKay. 

Nov. 24. Graduate Albert Probert vis- 
ited the School. 

Rugby game between fellows of the North 
and West dormitories. Score to 0. 

Nov. 25. Sunday. Rev. James Huxtable 
of South Boston addressed the boys. 

Graduate Carl L. Wittig visited the 

Nov. 26. Graded around manure-pit. 

Nov. 27. Gordon G. Maclntire and 
George M. Holmes entered the School. 

Nov. 29. Thanksgiving Day. Entertain- 
ment by Copley Square Concert Co. 

Treasurer Arthur Adams visited the 

Mrs. C. M. Warren as usual sent a gift 
of Thanksgiving pies. 

Nov. 30. . Banked root-cellar and Farm 
House with seaweed. 

noocmbcr meteorology 

Maximum temperature 66. on the 1 8th. 

Minimum temperature 24. on the 29th. 

Mean temperature for month 41.6. 

Total precipitation 2. 43 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours .65 in- 
ches on the 15th. 

14 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 

7 clear days. 10 partly cloudy, 13 cloudy 

Total number of hours sunshine 122. 

Jam School Bank 

Cash on hand Nov. 1, 1906. 
Deposited during the month 

Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand Dec. 1. 1906. 





f ourtD Cwss 

I am thankful that I have not been sick 
this year and am in good health. 1 am thankful 
that 1 get enough to eat and a good place to sleep. 
I am thankful that I am getting a good educa- 
tion. I am thankful that I have a good mother 
and that I can see her six times a year. 1 am 
thankful that I have the chance to write what 
I am thankful for. 

Elmer Bowers. 

I am very thankful that only one of my 
nearest relatives has past away lately. I am 
also grateful for what is being done for me in 
the line of health, manual training, industry, and 
conduct. I am also thankful that my brothers 
are with me to share my blessings and that my 
dear mother is in good health. 

J. Hermann Marshall. 

I am thankful 1 have a good home. I am 
thankful I am getting a good education and 
that I am working on the farm and in sloyd. 
I am thankful 1 am in the band, and for the 
pleasures 1 have had in the past year. I am 
thankful for the food and clothing which have 
been given me in tlie past year. 1 am thank- 
ful I have my health. I am thankful 1 have 
a good aunt who writes ms letters. 1 am thank- 
ful that all my friends have had their liealth in 
the past year. 

Spencer S. Profit. 

I am thankful there is such a place as 
the Farm School. I am thankful for the many 
privileges that we have. I am thankful that 
God takes care of us all. We should always 
be thankful that we have work. I am also 
thankful for the Sunday School and church. 1 
am thankful for the things that are given me. 
Everybody should be thankful for the trees and 
and birds, and I think we should be thankful for 
many other things. 

Frederick Hynes. 

?ifth €la$$ 

i am thankful that the boys go on so 
many trips. I am thankful that Mr. and Mrs. 
Bradley can go on a vacation. I am grateful 
that there is a good place like the Farm School. 

I am thankful the boys have so many privileges. 
I am thankful that we'have so many entertain- 
ments. I am grateful that 1 am on the farm. 
1 am thankful for the education I am getting at 
the School. I am thankful that we have six 
Visiting Days in the year. I am thankful that 1 
have a brother at the School. 1 am thankful 
that I have a garden. I am thankful that 1 
have a mother. 1 am thankful that I have 
some good friends at the School. I am thsnkful 
that God is taking care of me. I am thankful 
tliat we get a cent for catching a rat. I am 
thankful that 1 can go to school. 1 sm thai k- 
ful that I get enough to eat and drink. I am 
thankful tliat I am a citizen of Cottage Row. I 
I am thankful tliat tne curator of Cottage Row 
lets me take the Guinea-pigs. 

Laurence C. Silver. 

I am thankful I have a sister. 1 am thank- 
ful I can go to school. 1 am thankful I have 
some good clothes. I am thankful I have 
a house to live in. I am thankful I get plenty 
to eat. 1 am thankful I have some good 
friends. 1 am thankful 1 am cow-fellow. 

Roy D. Upham. 

I am thankful that I have a mother, a 
brother and sister. 1 am thankful 1 am on the 
farm and in the sloyd class. 

John C. Holmes. 

One Use of Stones 

In making concrete walls and floors we 
use a great many stones for filling in between 
the forms. We use these stones to be eco- 
nomical, and also to strengthen the work. When 
stones are wanted I sometimes get them. I 
take a horse and wagon and drive along the 
beach, filling the cart with stones about the size . 
that is needed for the job. In making walls we 
use stones about six inches by four incliesor as 
near these dimensions as 1 can find. In mak- 
ing concrete floors, we use stones all of which 
are not more than three inches thick and about 
a foot long. We use this kind because it covers 
more space, and therefore does not require so 
many of them. 

William F. O'Conner. 


n dial 

Among the officers of Cottage Row are a 
Chief-of-pjlice and his squad of patrolmen. 
These are appointed to see that tlie laws, or or- 
ciinances, are CcV ied out. Tiiete iias been a 
n = w law passed by the aldermen that, "No boy 
sliali tliroA' rubbisli on, or about, the Island." 
Visiting Day afternoon the boys were careless 
andbrjke this law. There was a warrant made 
out and twelve boys were arrested. One Sat- 
urday night the citizens of Cottage Row gathered 
in the chapel to hold the trial. Tables and chairs 
were placed in order, as in a court room, at the 
front of the hall, and the clerk, lawyers, and 
officers took their seats. After the court was 
called to order, nine jury-men were impanelled 
by Judge Thrasher and took seats at the front of 
tlie room. The culprits and the government 
each had a lawyer. The culprits' names and 
cliarges were read off by the clerk. The wit- 
nesses were called up and the juage asked them 
if they would solemnly promise to tell the truth, 
the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, and 
so help Cottage Row. If so, they were to raise 
their right hand and say " 1 do'". Then the boys 
were sent to their seats. Each boy was call- 
ed up and tried separately. After they were all 
questioned the jury retired to decide whether or 
not they were guilty of the offense; and returned 
with the verdict of three guilty. These were 
sentenced to pick up refuse on the grounds for a 
week. Then two boys were brought 'to trial be- 
fore a new jury for teasing the raccoons, and were 
both found guilty. Their sentence was to help 
the cirator of Cottage Row for a week. Anoth- 
er boy was brought to trial for disputing with the 
patrolmen about breaking an ordinance, but he 
pleaded not guilty and was dismissed. As all 
the business of the court had been finisiied, the 
session was adjourned. 

Theodore M. Fuller. 

Cider flppks 

Some of the apples of our orchard we use 
for making cider. One day another fellcw ar.d 
myself were told to pick up these cider apples. 
After we got the apples picked up under one 

tree we would start to clear the ground under 
another one. The names of the apples that 
we picked up are: Baldwins, Greenings, North- 
ern Spy, Fallwater, and Tclman Sweets. 
The mixture of the juices from these varieties 
iTiake a cider wliicli has a pleasing taste. We 
picked a number of bushels of these apples 
and put them in the storage barn in barrels, 
to make cider. 

Henry G. Eckman. 

ZnHm Oown Crccs 

West of the main building, lying between 
the two main avenues, is a grove. At one time 
the trees in this grove were mostly spruce and 
oak, but as these trees died they were cut down 
and others were put in their places. Along 
the edge that borders the front avenue, were 
a number of large spruce trees that have been 
standing a great many years. As these grew 
older the lower limbs died, and not only spoiled 
the looks of the trees, but^also the looks of the 
grove. It was decided to take them out, also a 
number of scrub oak which were dying and 
were too near other trees. We first dug the dirt 
away from the roots and then cut off as many 
of the roots as we could reach. When this was 
done we tied a rope around the upper part of the 
trunk and a number of fellows pulled on it until 
we pulled it over. When the tree was down the 
branches were cut off and carried away, and 
the trunk was taken to the wood-pile. After it 
had been carried away, the hole which had been 
made by removing it, was filled in with loam 
and grass seed planted. Maple trees are being 
planted in some of these places. 

Thomas Carnes. 

Rat Craps 

The other day rat traps were given out 
again. We all got into a line and Mr. Beane 
gave a trap to each fellow who wanted one. 
When I had my choice, the trap I wanted was 
a cage trap, but it was not there, so I took an 
Erie trap. I set my trap on the road near 
the manure pile. I have had my trap two 
days and have caught two rats. I will get a 
ceint apiece for them. 

Frederick J. Barton. 



Henry O. Wilson, '89, on going West 
in January, 1904, worked a while in Arkansas 
then in Oregon, and is now on a wheat farm in 
Walla Walla, Washington. Henry says he was 
married in May, 1905, that they have a girl 
baby, white-headed like himself, and that they 
are all happy. 

John F. Barr, '91, formerly with IVlr. 
E. W. Bowditch, landscape gardner, is now in 
the Civil Engineering Department of the town 
of Winchester. 

William I. Peabody, '91, is with the 
Lone Star Oil Co., Houstan, Texas. He has 
recently been given entire charge of that com- 
pany's business in Houstan. 

Daniel W. Murray, '03, is still with 
the Regal Shoe Co., at East Whitman. Dan 
writes in his usual happy mood and says he is 
in good health and is happy out in the country. 

Robert McKay, '05, arrived November 
twenty-third from the Maine woods bringing 
with him as a present to the School, two fine deer 
which he shot the week before, one a buck with 
eight prongs to his horns, the other a doe. Bob 
doesn't forget any of us and the venison is al- 
right. He intends to secure employment 
about here for the winter and go back to the 
Maine camps after the Sportsman Show in 


Every morning at five o'clock the watch- 
man awakens the milkers. We wash and then 
go down to the barn, take our stool and pail, and 
milk our regular cows. Each milker has six 
or seven cows to milk. When we get through 
milking one cow, we weigh the milk and 
write the amount on the milk report. A pound 
is one pint. We get through milking at quarter 
of six every morning. In the afternoon, assoon 
as school is dismissed at five o'clock, we milk 
again. We finish at about quarter of six. I 
like being a milker very much. 

Harold L. Marshall. 

J\ f)ms 6oni?cr$dtion 

The other day I happened to start a con- 
versation with a friend of mine, about the 
place where I used to live. It was in a country 
town in New Hampshire. I found that he lived 
there at one time. It seemed nice 1o talk of 
our old home once more. We were talking of 
the places where we use to fish and pick ber- 
ries and all things that we enjoyed. We were 
wondering how our friencs were. We hope 
that they are well and that we may see them 
again sometime. Albert M. DeWolf. 


For several weeks the sloyd class instead 
of going to sloyd, go over to the observatory to 
work. Shingling is one of the things to be done. 
The instructor in charge takes the chalk and 
chalk line and makes a line for us to go by. 
Two fellows work together, one lays the shirgles 
for the other fellow to nail on. The shingles 
are laid on in rows seven inches apart. Most 
of the fellows did not know how tosiiingle when 
we first went over there, so Capt. Dix showed 
us how. 

Frederick W. Marshall. 


Let me but do my work from day to day 
In field or forest, at the desk or loom, 
in roaring market-place or tranquil room; 

Let me but find it in my heart to say, 

When vagrant wishes beckon me astray, 
*'This is my work, my blessing, 

not my doom: 
Of all who live, 1 am the one by whom 

This work can best be done, in the right way." 

Then shall I see it not too great or small 
To suit my spirit and to prove my 

Then shall 1 cheerful greet the laboring 
And cheerful turn, when the long shadows 
At eventide, to play and love and rest, 
Because I know for me my work is best. 
Dr. Henry Van Dyke. 

Vol. 10. No. 9. 

Printed at the Farm School. Boston, Mass. 

January, 1907. 

Entered November 23, 1903, at Boston. Mass.. as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1894-. 

Jliumni Dinner 

The first dinner of tlie Farm School 
Alumni Association, which was held at tlie 
Copley Square Hotel, Boston, on Thursday 
evening, December 13. will long be remember- 
ed as the most interesting and successful 
gathering of the Alumni. The graduates, old 
and young, turned out in force, and a spirit of 
loyalty to the School, and pride in its work and 
purpose, were manifested during the evening. 
The testimony of many of the older graduates 
shed a new light upon the achievements of the 
School, in its work of educating the boys. 
Throughout the whole evening's exercises there 
was a note of pride on the work of the School, 
and a spirit of general hopefulness for future 
efforts and results, which was most gratifying to 
all present. 

The Dinner illustrated the power which a 
wall organized and enthusiastic Alumni can ex- 
ert in behalf of any School. It gives the 
Board of Managers more encouragement to 
find a hearty cooperation on the part of the 
graduates of the School, and, while there has 
been no question as to the loyalty of the Farm 
School Boy, the strength of the sentiment 
shown at this Dinner, gave the Managers, the 
Superintendent and all the friends of the School, 
renewed confidence for the work that is yet to 

Tne tables were pleasingly decorated with 
flowers, the School colors being represented by 
a boutonniere of the corn flower and the coreop- 
sis at each plate. These, with boquetsof large 
crysanthemums, gave a very attractive appear- 
ance. Another feature that added to the suc- 
cess of the evening was the Astrella orchestra 

which rendered music for the pleasure of the 
fifty-five persons present. 

During the evening two graduates called, 
thus showing their interest in the Association, 
although they were prevented from remaining on 
account of their work. 

Mr. Clarence W. Loud, the newly elected 
President of the Farm School Association, pre- 
sided at the Banquet, and in his opening re- 
marks congratulated the Alumni on having 
come together in such numbers at the first 
Dinner. He then introduced as toast-master, 
Mr. Thomas J. Evans, one of the senior grad- 
uates of the School. Mr. Evans is now a 
manufacturers' agent at Brockton where he is 
charged with responsible duties of adjusting 
difficulties which arise, from time to time, 
between the great shoe manufacturers and their 
employees. Mr. Evans presided with great tact 
and gracefully introduced the speakers. 

Mr. Alfred Bowditch, President of the 
Board of Managers, was the first speaker of 
the evening. Mr. Bowditch urged the grad- 
uates to have more frequent meetings, and in 
practical remarks dwelt upon the value of such 
meetings as this. He also referred, in a rem- 
iniscent way, to the interest which his family, 
for many years, has taken in the graduates as 
well as the pupils of the School. 

Mr. Arthur Adams, Treasurer of the 
School, told of the keen interest which has 
aroused in him since his association with the 
Farm School, as also did Mr. Tucker Daland, 
Secretary of the Board. 

Manager Melvin O. Adams spoke of the 
good training that boys received on the farms in 
New England communities and brought home 

2 * 


the comparison of the Farm School, which, 
located at the very gates of a great city, is giv- 
ing its scholars the same sort of education and 
training that boys receive in the country. 

Manager Charles P. Curtis gave a most 
interesting account of a recent trip through the 
West, and spoke of the opportunities that agri- 
culture afforded to young men. His reference 
to this situation of affairs, as it had come under 
his personal observation, were particularly 
interesting in view of the work of the Farm 
School in fitting boys to undertake the work of 
modern, scientific farming. 

Manager Charles T. Gallager, in his re- 
marks impressed the Alumni, Managers, and 
guests alike with ihe impoitance of the School 
work, its achievements and the prospects for 
is future, through the cooperation of the Alum- 
ni, the Managers, and the administrative force. 

The most humorous speech was that of 
Dr. Frank E. Allard who told of the old days at 
the Farm School when the equipments were 
small and the methods crude as compared to 
the present ones. His remarks brought out, in 
strong relief, the forward steps that have teen 
taken in bringing the School up to its present 

Mr. J. R. Morse also made a most interest- 
ing comparison of past and present days in the 
School. Mr. Morse's remarks showed a con- 
nection between the old and new, as he has been 
for many years familiar with the School and 
has observed from time to time, the progress 
and changes which have been made in the 
equipment and plan of the School, as modern 
ideas and methods have be been introduced. 

One of the most impressive speeches of 
the evening was that made by one of the grad- 
uates, Mr. Richard Bell. He told of the value 
of the School to him, and rendered his personal 
tribute to the School and its Managers for the 
training and education he had received at the 
Farm School, fitting him to make his way in 
the world to that success which has been his. 

Remarks were also made by the Alumni 
Treasurer Herbert W. French, Secretary 

Merton P. Ellis, Ex. President George Buchan, 
James A. Cross and Superintendent Charles 
H. Bradley. 

Before the Dinner, the annual meeting of 
the Farm School Alumni Association took 
place and the following officers were elected for 
the ensuing year: 

President, Clarence W. Loud, 28 State St. 
Secretary, Merton P. Ellis, 19 Milk St. 
Treasurer, Herbert W, French, 1 17 Milk St. 

Sevsn new members were admitted to the 
Association making a total of one-hundred and 
twenty-seven. The Association voted to pre- 
sent the usual Alumni gold medal to the School', 
to be given to the scholar showing the highest 
record of good scholarship during the year. 
This custom of the Alumni Association of giving 
his gold medal, is appreciated by the pupils and 
encourages them to greater efforts. 

Bn Entcrtaintncttt 

One evening an entertainment was given 
by Messrs. Giles and Wheeler. The curtain 
was lifted, showing the ir.side of a room. Mr. 
Giles came on the stage and told us the order of 
the programme. He then recited some comic 
selections, imitating the voices of men ar.d 
women.' This was followed by a farce called, 
" My Yankee Cousin". Mr. Giles represented 
the nephew and played the part of sn English 
dude. Mr. Wheeler acted the part of a country 
uncle. The nephew had been sent to the 
uncle's farm to break him of tiie desire to go 
on the stage. The uncle was disgusted with 
him at first, but finally found, by pretending to 
be a cousin, that the boy was only playing the 
part of a dude to plague him. After this came 
funny songs and sayings by Mr. Wheeler. 

The evening's fun was ended by a farce 
called the "Widow's Proposals". Mr. Giles was 
dressed up as the widow, and men came into 
see her. Mr. Wheeler took the part of the 
different men. Instead of the men proposing 
to her, she did the proposing. When we were 
dismissed we felt better for the many laughs 
we had that evening. 

Leon H. Quinby. 


Che Tirst Jam School iSiumni Dinner at £opky Square l)Otel, OeccmDer n, 1906. 

Reading from left to right, those standing are: 

Herbcri A. Hart, John E. Bete, John A. Butlrick, Albert Probert, Albert H, Ladd, 
Ernest Curley, Don C. Clark, Robert McKay, William N. Dinsmoie, William 
Davis, Frank [. Lombatd, John H. B irnliam, Secretary ot the Ass'n. Merton P. Ellis, 
Ex. President Gsorge Bucl)an. 5. Gjrdon Stackpole, Thomas Brown, Clifford M. Pulson, 
Edward L. Davis, Ciiarles F. Spear, George Burke, Charles W. Russell, Charles E. Liltlefield, 
John T. Lundquist, H. Champney Hughes, 
Those sitting in rear are: 

Norman Morse, Dr. Frank E. Allard, Manager Charles P. Curtis, Manager Melvin 0. 
Adams, Treasurer of the Ass'n. Herbert W. French, Manager George DeBlois, Secretary, 
of the Farm School Tucker Daland, President of the Farm School Alfred Bowditch, President 
of the Ass'n. Clarence W. Loud, Thomas J. Evans, Superintendent Charles H. Bradley, Treas- 
urer of the Farm School Arthur Adams, Rev. James Huxtable, Charles W. Matthews, Alfred 
C. Malm. 
Those sitting in front are: 

William A- Morse, Almah L. Dix, Dr. W. B. Bancroft, Charles H, Bradley, Jr.' Frederick 
N. Frasier, Charles H. Brigham, Alden B. Hefler, Band master John R. Morse, Henry M. 
Stokes, Richard Bell, Ernest B. Favier, James H. Graham, William L. Snow. 

The following were present but not in the picture: Manager Charles T, Gallagher, Joseph 
J. Colson, James A. Cross, William F. King. 


Cbompson's Tsland Beacon 

Published Monthly by the 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor. 


Vol. 10 No. 9 

January. 1907. 

Subscription Price - 50 cents per year. 



Alfred Bowditch 


Henry S. Grew 


Arthur Adams 


Tucker Daland 


Melvin 0. Adams 

1. Tucker Burr 

Charles P. Curtis 
George L. DeBlois 

Charles T. Gallagher 
Walter Hunnewell 
Henry Jackson. M. D. 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

William S. Spaulding 
Thomas F. Temple 

Moses Williams, Jr. 

Charles H. Bradley 


Treasurer's Address 50 State St. 

Boston, Mass. 

Once each year we are forcibly reminded 
of the greatest of all gifts ever given to the 
world, the Christ Child. 

In these days of universal Christmas ob- 
servation it i.s not out of place for us to pause 

and ask ouiselves the question, "What does 
Christmas mean to me?" Does it meansimply 
the i^uying of presents to be exchanged with 
others of eqjal value? Is the Day sometimes 
remembered by a childish disappointment occa- 
sioned by not receiving the kind of a gift we had 
anticipated from some special person? Does 
tlie Christmas season serve cnly to biirg to us 
a fuller consci.^usness o( our limited time and. 
above all, of the extent of our purses that we de- 
sire to have well filled, especially at this season? 
Does Christmas time mean to some of us that 
tliere are so many hurried, discordant sounds 
witnout, that we fail to hear the joybells in 
our own hearts telling us that the birthday of the 
Christ is here? 

Or. does Christmas mean to us an occa- 
sion, more than all others, when we forget our- 
selves and our cares and enter with joy and 
merriment into" the spirit of the day? When 
the kindly word and happy smile make glad 
the heart of childhood and we are one wiih 
them as they recite the simple story of the 
inanger and the shepherds? Does the season of 
"Peace on earth, good will to men" mean to 
us the forgetting of old grievances, and the hap- 
py remembrance of friendships formed long 

Does Christmas mean to us that we have 
learned the lesson, "That happiness does not 
come in with the gifts that are bestowed upon 
us? It comes in when we open the door and let 
ourselves out to others; as we pass out of the 
rooms in which we live, and are so occupied 
with the interests and happiness of others that 
we forget ourselves, happiness comes in, and 
when we return, it meets us smiling on the 

The Christmas season means to each ac- 
cording to the importance we attach to the com- 


ing of the Christ Child. Wonderful may be the Manager George L. DeBlois visited the 

transforming power of Christmas! If we have School. 

mad3 the rightuse of the occasion, we have been Dec. 23. Sunday. Chrislmas concert. 

, , , ■ ., , Dec. 24. Beginning of school vacation- 
annD:nted for the new year upon wliose thresh- 
old we now stand. 

Mr. James VI Gleason gave ten dollars 
toward our Christmas pleasures. 

"^•^5 Dec. 25. Ciuistmas tree in the morning 

Dec. 1. George Maguire left the School Minstrel show provided by Treasurer 

to work for R. G. Dunn & Co., 3 Winthrop Arthur Adams in the afternoon. 

Square, City. Treasurer Arthur Adams, Manager Charles 

Dec. 3. Winter shirts were given out. P.Curtis, Dr. W. B. Bancroft and Merton 

(Winter suits were given out November p. Ellis spent the day with us. 

second.) Manager Charles P. Curtis gave the School 

Dec. 4. William J. White entered the a barrel of Malaga grapes and a box of oranges. 

School. Dec. 26. Put new composition bolts in 

Two and three-fourths tons of grain came. steamer's skeg. 

Dec. 5. One and one-quarter tons of Dec. 27. Three cows returned from 

oats came. Manager Francis Shaw's farm in Wayland. 

Dec. 7. Letter Day. Dec. 28. Graduate Robert H. Bogue 

Blacksmith shoed horses. visited the School. 

Watch caps given out made of the School's Dec. 29. Graduate Leslie R. Jones vis- 
colors, ited the School. 

December meteorology 

lean temperature for month 28. 2. 

■D3C. 10. Ciiarles A. IVlcEacheren left the 
School to live with his mother in North 
Rustico, Prince Edward Island. Maximum temperature 54 on the 1st. 

Put winter sheathing on steamer. Minimum temperature 3 on the 8th. 

Dec. II. Rev. A. T. Kempton gave a 
stereopticon lectuie on ".Hiawatha". 

William B. Laing entered the School. Total precipitation 3. 49 inches. 

Dec. 13. Lined up shafting in shop. Greatest precipitation in 24 hours 1.23 

First Alumni Dinner of the Farm School 5^^,^^^ ^.^ ^1^^ 3,^t_ 
Graduates held at Copley Square Hotel. 

Dec. 15. Christmas box of Downey's 
chocolates received from Mr. Richard Bell. 

12 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 

Dec. 16. Graduate Carl L. Wittig visit- 6 clear days. II partly cloudy. 14 cloudy 

ed the School. daysT 

Dec. 17. Sent seven cows to Brighton. 

Dec. 18. Seven cows came from East 
^i-fQ,-i_ First snow on the 9th. 

Dec. 19. Entertainment given by Messrs. 
Walter C. Gile and George A. Wheeler. 

Dec. 20. Two tons of gluten came. q^^^^ o,, ,^and Dec. 1. 1906 $457.48 

Outside windows put on main building. Deposited during the month 58.12 

Received from Mr. C. S. Tenney one box 

Total number of hours sunshine 90. 

Jutm School Bank 


Dec. 22. President Alfred Bowditch and Cash on hand Jan. 1, 1907 $482.04 

of oranges, a box of nuts, and two boxes of figs 

, ^1 . , Withdrawn during the month 33.56 

for Christmas. '^ 


Concert Programme 

Song Choir 

Sing Glory 
Prayer ^^- Thompson 

Recitation William Foster 

We Greet You 

Roll Call Class 

Song Choir 

Song And Light 

\ Leon Quinby 
Recitation -^ George Balch 

The Wondrous Star 
Recitation Frederick Webb 

Christmas Angels 
Song Choir 

Recitation Herbert Watson 

If the Christ Child Came 
Exercise Class 

The Message of the Bells 

Song Choir 

The Angels' Song 

• Recitation Ernest Jorgensen 

Kindly Thought 

Recitation Leland Watson 

Christmas Morn 
Song Choir 

JuDAH, Take Thy Harp 
Recitation Frederick Barton 

Exercise Class 

Trimming the Christmas Tree 
Recitation Philip May 

Song Choir 

Shine On 
Exercise Class 

The Making of Christmas 

Remarks Mr. Thompson 

Remarks Mr. Bradley 

Song Choir 

Ring Out the Tidings 

eiping Out Dew Caps 

Every spring and fall the fellows receive 
new caps. A short time ago Mr. Bradley came 
into the dining-room at noon and told the boys 
that their winter caps had arrived. They were 

watch caps made in the School's colors, 
yellow with a blue border and tassel. As v,e 
marched out from the dining-room Mr. Beane 
handed each fellow one. There were not quite 
enough to go around that day, but some inore 
came later so that each fellow has one. They 
show up very well as we stand in line with them 
on. We like our caps very much because they 
keep us warm and stay on well. 

Christian Field. 


Two years ago Mr. Kempton gave a sler- 
eopticon lecture on "Evangeline" at ilis 
School. It was very interesting and we hoped 
to have the opportunity of listening to another 
one from him some time. Tuesday, December 
eleventh, we had the pleasure of a lecture on 
" Hiawatlia" given by Mr. Kempton, while Mt,s. 
Kempton took charge of the lantern. 

Mr. Kempton first told us the history of 
the Ojibway Indians. He had the pleasure of 
visiting these Indians on the shores of Lake 
Erie, and was told of their corquests and cus- 
toins. An Indian becomes of age when lie 
shoots his first deer and gets it ready to eat 
without any help. He then told us tiie main 
points of Hiawatha!'s life, and said that in the 
summer the Indians play "Hiawatha" in the 
open air every day, and follow the story of 
Longfellow's poem. They look up to Hiawa- 
tha the same as we do to Christ. According to 
their myth he disappeared from the earth at 
about the same year of his life that Christ as- 

All of Mr. Kempton's views were taken 
from life. He showed us pictures of Hiawatha 
as a boy, and of him shooting his first deer. 
Then followed pictures of Minnehaha, the daugh- 
ter of the Arrow Maker and the wife of Hiawa- 
tha, the death of Minnehaha, Hiawatha's fight 
with Mudjekeewis and Hiawatha's departure 
from earth. We were shown a picture of 
Longfellow which seemed very natural. After 
we had seen many other beautiful pictures, we 
went to bed, having passed a very pleasant even- 
ing and learned many things of interest con- 
cerning the Indians. Philip S. May. 


Cbe Pleasures of £bri$tma$ Day 

Ciuistmas morning dawned cold and gray 
and before the Day was over we had a typical 
Cliristmas Day with its snowstorm; but inside 
was plenty of Christmas cheer. 

The first pleasure of Christmas Day looked 
forward to by the boys is wishing each other 
a "Merry Christmas". Each fellow tries to be 
the first to make the wish. 

After breakfast we settled down for a 
short time to do the necessary work. At ten 
o'clock we assembled in the chapel to receive 
our gifts. In the front of the room stood a large 
tree well laden with presents, and in back of it, 
piled on the floor, were the boxes and bundles 
sent to us by our relatives and friends. Two 
of our Managers, Mr. Adams and Mr. Curtis, 
and Dr. Bancroft were wifh us to share our 
Ciiristmas fun. 

As Mr. Bradley was about to distribute 
the gifts, sleigh bells were heard outside and a 
small Santa Claus came out from the fire-place 
to help in the distribution. Each boy received 
a present from the School, and many of them re- 
ceived packages from their friends. Mr. Adams, 
Dr. Bancroft, and many of tlie instructors re- 
ceived comical presents, causing considerable 
laughter. The presents were followed by the 
usual gift from Mr. Richard Bell, of a box of 
Lo\vney's chocolates for each fellow. The boys 
were given time to exarnine their presents, and 
those who wished to put them away, were 
allowed to do so. 

Then we assembled in the dining-room for 
a good Christmas dinner. We were given nuts, 
oranges, and figs by Mr. Tenney, an uncle of one 
of the boys, and Malaga grapes and oranges 
were given to us by Mr. Curtis. After dinner, 
the time was ours to amuse ourselves as we 
chose until two o'clock. 

A short time ago Mr. Adams, who kindly 
furnishes us with our Christmas entertainment, 
gave us the privilege to select the kind we wish- 
ed. The majority of the fellows voted to have 
a minstrel show, so this was decided upon. 

The boys eagerly looked forward to this 
entertainment, and at two o'clock Christmas 

afternoon tiiis long anticipated minstrel show 
started. We were entertained by Mr. William 
F. Doiiagan and his troop of colored people, 
"Dose happy people of de South as dey were 
before de War." 

They sang some very funny-songs such as: 
" Whriii Aunt Dinah's Pickaninnies Harmonize"^ 
"Possum Pie", "There's a Warm Spot in 
My Heart for You", ana" So You're Going to 
Leave tlie Old Home, Jim" amid great ap- 
plause. The jokes cracked by the end-men 
were appreciated very much by us, especially 
those that hit on Thompson's Island. 

When we were dismissed at five o'clock 
we all felt that we had spent a pleasant after- 
noon. We retired at seven o'clock tired, but 
having spent a very happy day. 

WiLLiAivi A. Reynolds. 


One of the jolliest sports of winter, which 
the boys look forward to with great pleasure, is 
skating. When the pond needs flooding, Mr. 
Beane ge^ts a few boys to help him stretch the 
hose from the hydrant, near the barn, down 
through the orchard to the pond. The place 
that is flooded is a marsh, near the storage barn. 
From this marsh there is a tide-gate made of 
concrete to let the water out. When it is 
flooded, it makes a very large pond. One after- 
noon when 1 came back from the trip, which 
the steamer made, 1 went skating. When I 
had on my skates I started off to join the 
other boys. I had not been skating long 
when Mr. Thompson, who is our minister and 
a very nice man, came down with his skates. 
When he had them on, and was skating around, 
one of the boys suggested a game of tag. Mr. 
Thompson entered in the game and we all enjoy- 
ed it very much. The game lasted a long time. 
At the end of the afternoon, when the ice was 
getting pretty well cut up and becoming soft, 
Mr. Beane, with the help of a few boys, relaid 
the hose and started flooding the pond once 
more. We skated until stopped by the water 
coming on the ice. 

Joseph A. Kalberg. 



Walter E, Cleary, '93, is ill at the 
Pembrooke Sanitorium, Concord, N. H. Walter 
was taken sick a year ago last November on 
his return from Denver, and went to Concoro 
in May last. He is up and about most of the 
time, and although he feels that he has not im- 
proved very much, lie thinks he is holding his 
own and has a fighting chance. His letter 
was cheerful and in good spins and showed 
that Walter had not lost any of his old-iime 
happy nature. No doubt he would like to hear 
from more of his old friends. We most ear- 
nestly wish for his complete recovery. 

Frederick P. Thayer, '04, is still with 
T. W. Ripley & Co., 181 Devonshire Street, 
where he went on finishing School, and where 
he has been steadily advancing in skill and in 
efficiency with increasing pay. The firm has 
recently put in a type-caster, and selected Fred 
to learn its use with a view of his having 
charge of the machine and teaching others. 
It is Fred's ambition to become one of the first 
in his line of business and certainly he is on the 
right track. He lives with his mother at 937 
Massachusetts Avenue. 

William C. J. Frueh, '05, is in the ma- 
chine shop of the N. Y. N. H. & H. Railroad. 
He writes of his work, his church and the enter- 
tainments he has attended. In the last debate 
of his Sunday School class, it was decided that 
the country makes better citizens than the city. 
William is working on a lathe and likes it very 
much. He lives with his mother in Jamaica 

Albert L. Sawyer, '06, writes in his 
usual bright and hopeful spirit. He is interest- 
ed in his work and in those with whom he is asso- 
ciated. In his spare moments he is taking up 
surveying, and with his friend, Mr. Smith, he has 
at odd times, been building an incubator house 
with concrete walls and floor. He sends a pic- 
ture of the house and workmen. He is an 
office-boy in New York City, and lives at 
Harrington Park, New Jersey. 

Christmas Concert 

It is a custom of our School to have a con- 
cert every Christmas. This year, as in years 
past, the chapel was decorated for the occasion. 
A stage was erected with a curtain in front. 
On the sides of the stage, evergreen trees were 
placed. In the back-ground, against tl;e wall, 
white cheese cloth was draped, at the top of 
which evergreen was hung. In the center, . 

against the back of the stage, stood a red fire- 1 

place. The ceiling was festooned with ever- 
greens, making the whole room look very 
Christmas like. The Sunday night on which 
the concert was held, the choir consisting of 
thirty-seven boys, sat on the right hand side. 
The concert consisted of songs sung by the 
choir, recitations by the boys, and remarks by 
Mr. Bradley and our Sunday assistant, Mr. 
Thompson. The boys liked two selections very 
much. One of these was an exercise called 
"Christmas Bells". A number of boys dressed 
in short trousers and wearing red sashes marched 
in a number of ways. Then they sang in chorus, 
two boys behind the stage singing solos. After 
each boy had recited his piece the class march- 
ed off the stage in twos. 

Another pretty exercise was where a boy 
recited a piece called the "Wondrous Star." 
When he come to a part where there was music 
referred to, "Nearer, My God to Thee" was 
played outside, and a boy behind the scenes 
was the voice in the piece that told what the 
star said. We all liked the two Santa Claus 
who came down the chimney and spoke their 
pieces, one carrying a large pack of supposed 
toys for all good boys and girls. 

Percy Smith. 

Christmas Uacaticn 

This last vacation the boys had a lot of fun 
because most of us had the Christmas spirit. 
We enjoyed our Christmas and the many things 
that came with it. We liked the nice presents 
that came from home and the pleasure of spend- 
ing such a good Christmas which Mr. Bradley 
had given to us, I am sure that we are all 
grateful for the things that were given to make 
us happy. Albert M. DeWolf. 



Vol. 10. No. 10. 

Printed at the Farm School, Boston, Mass. 

February, 1907 

Entered November 23, 1903. at Boston. Mass.. as Second-ciass matter, unaer .Act of Congress of July 16. 1894. 

Cbanging Cows 

One morning seven fellows including my- 
self were sent to the wharf to beach the scow. 
When all was ready, we got seven cows fi'om ihe 
bat-'hyard and led them into the scdw. Sonle 
of tlienii"went on very easily, but others did hot 
like the water and made quite a time of getting 
on board. The tide soon floatedihe kcd'w a'n'd 
it Vas'talcen alongside of the stea-iner andtowed 
to City Point, where it was again'beached and 
the cows led off. Each fellow took a'C'dw by 
the hafter and after a long wa+k through ■the 
city, we reached the stockyards- of Brig'htottl 
This walk was made lively by their friskfriessv- 
but after tliey had walked some -distartcW they 
began to lag behind. -^-w h'c: r? He'daev/ 

i;! Tlw.iiext day the sameseyen fellows w^n,tr. 
bacK to Brigl).ton to get seven new cows JJ.ia.t, 
were coming to the yards for us frorn.^ ^East 
Acton... We arrived there about half pa^teighl 
and waited for the car toccire in. N.O|Ontime 
canie ^ndithe car had not arrived, so we went 
to lunch. After lunch we went back to the 
stocKyards and waited' until about four o'clock, 
when the car which held the cows, backed in on 

. .. -nA ^f t vi7 .'! 

the track. They were in with a number of others 

.-.•.- ^- ni ',.1. I'.i I. 

and v/ere. all turned loose in a small pen.^ Our 

new C0W3, a good grade of Ayrshires and ler- 

^ ^ -^ . , J -i^ii .t' '.11. 

seys, were pointed out to us and we had I9 catch 

the,m and. put the halters on. Then we started 

for;. home. We arrived at City Point about 

" ' ' ■ . i-^!^ .- li.iLo- .^. 

six o'clock, and as the tide was low, we nad to 

J I-,,,. ;:v it yrxi-r -.'^ 
wait awhile for it to rise so that the scow could 

be beached. While we were waiting, the cows 

were milked. ^We jqaded them on the scow 

and started for home After they were safely 

barned, we §at down to a good hot supper^ "We 

li (SV£'i'!f 

were all glad tof get into our beds that night. 
About a year ago seveai h^Uers were sent 
up to the fefvn of Mr. Francis, Shaw, owe of our 
Managers-; Three of them in fresJi. milk, were 
sent -back to us December twenty-eighth-. ;iAt 
nodn-^time' three' fellows .star-ted, with n Mr. 
McLeod for the North Station wherei.'WeM'.eX'- 
pecte'd to -find the cows waiting foi:-u^..; rWie 
arrived at the station a little after one, ibut the 
cows did not dome in, until about six o'clock. 
The roads were covered witli.slueh which made 
our walk home- an unpieasai-it one. t: . 
gfiiawThe addition of these to'our.stock 
l"£as- five re aged our milk supply so that jio,w thensj 
is'^plenty of milk for all uses. ,,, ,\f,r 

iJ^ji ■ ' Thomas G. MGCARRACH,E,R.i;iiv 

bei! 1 3i Brown-tail mojbs 

A troublesome pest of our Island is the. 
brown^tail moth, so called because the end 
of its tail is broiwn. The brown-.tails firsj;,came 
from Europe about eighteen-ninety. ^ jThe.,mptljs 
lay eggs, in July and they hatch, out in , August. 
The, caterpillar soon-begins to spin its cocoop 
for the winterr and comes out of it in April. 
Sqtrie nests contain two-hundred and fiity cater- 
pillars. They are on the ends of branches. 

~„, ! -T >! I; .f, - ■ -'•- 

A good. time to gather these nests is in wintei 

wh^iX. the trees are bare. This is done by 

cutting them off with a pruner. Usually three 
, .7 . - •- 1 .T irb .: I'"-- 

boys take pruners, and as they cut the nests off. 

a boy with a basket picks them up. When it is 

filled, the nests are put in a furnace and burnt up. 

The,tr!3es the moths" feed upon mostly' are the 

oak, elm, apple, and pear. We are at work 

gathering them now and keep a record of all 

the nests of the brown-tails we get. 

..^f>( . Clarence S. Nelson. 


mv Slew Scftooi BCK 

The school boxes tliis term are very pret- 
ty. They are brown, with different designs on 
them. The design on my box is of a nastur- 
tium flower. The boxes are made of sycamore 
wood, and are polished. They have little hinges 
and a lock and key. The inside of the box is 
divided into places for pens, pencils, and other 
things. Harold N. Silver. 

Ulorkind witb 0ravcl. 

Just at this time of the year we are using 
considerable gravel on the dikes and avenues. 
It was the job of three fellows including myself, 
with two teamsters, to load the dump carts 
with gravel on the beach. I helped shovel the 
gravel into the cart. When they were filled 
we went over with them and helped spread the 
gravel on the dikes. Louis Reinhard. 

Cbc new milk Scales 

One day when the milkers went down to 
the barn, Mr. McLeod put up some new 
milk scales. He then told us how to weigh 
the milk. The scales look something like a 
dial of a clock. There are two hanas, one is red 
and the other is black. The red hand tells how 
much the milk weighs, and the distance be- 
tween the red hand and a black one tells how 
much the milk pails weigh. The scales are 
marked off in halves, quarters, and eighths. 
They are guaranteed to weigh thirty pounds, and 
give the exact weight. They are put up near 
the milk report, are of good service, and look 
well. Robert H. May. 

Cm of muk £m% 

A good deal of care is taken with our milk 
cans. Lately we have had sixteen new ones. 
Four have handles. These we use for carrying 
milk from the barn to the house. The remain- 
ing twelve are for setting the milk away in. My 
work is to help see that the cans are kept clean. 
I wash them in two waters and rinse them in 
scalding water. Then 1 put them on a rack 
out-of-doors. If the weather permits, they are 
left there until milking time. After the cans 
are filled with milk, I carry them to the store- 
room to be placed in running water. 

Donald W. Roby. 

MMm Butter 

A great deal of the butler we use is made 
here. It is part of my work to help in the 
making of it. After tlie milk has stood long 
enough for the cream to rise, we skim it. 
Some of this cream is put into a stone crock 
and allowed to sour. Then this sour cream is 
strained into the churn. We use a barrel churn. 
The barrel part is set on a frame and is whirl- 
ed around by means of a crank. The motion of 
the churn packs the globules of butjer fal to- 
gether so that the butter is soon formed. 

The butter is taken out and thoroughly 
washed in cold water to be sure that all the but- 
ter-milk is removed. It is then weighed, and 
one ounce of salt with a little sugar is added 
to each pound of butter. 

After the salt and sugar arethorougly mix- 
ed into the butter, it is pressed into a mold. 
The mold is an oblong form of wood which 
holds a half pound. The bottom piece is divid- 
ed into halves by grooves and each half has a 
pattern in the center. 

After the butter is printed, we carefully wrap 
each print in a piece of butter-paper and place 
it upon a platter. It is put away in the store- 
room refrigerator until needed. During the 
month of November, we printed twenty-nine and 
a fourth pounds, during December, fifty-seven 
and a fourth, and so far this month we have 
made sixty-five and three fourths pounds. 

William A. Reynolds. 

PoiisMiid m £bdpel floor 

The last time our chapel floor was polish- 
ed it was soiled more than usual, so that it had 
to be scrubbed before the wax was put on. It 
was scrubbed with hot water and soap to re- 
move the dirt and old wax. After it was 
thoroughly dry, the wax was put on and rubbed 
in as well as possible with woolen cloths. The 
floor was left until the wax was well dried. Then 
we took polishing brushes and went over it, first 
against the grain and then with it. This rubbed 
the wax well into the wood. Last of all we 
covered our brushes with woolen cloths and 
polished it up. We went over it several times 
to make it look well. Albert S. Beetchy. 


Jin €ntcrt4iiiittcnt 

Our band has been divided into two, and 
they take turns in giving entertainments. 
These two bands have leaders. On January 
twenty-third, V/illiam OConner's band gave 
an entertainment which consisted cf rr.u£ic 
from the band, recitations, reading, singing and 
teUing jokes The entertainment began at 
half-past seven o'clock by a selection from the 
band named "Hail Columbia." Tlien follow- 
ed recitations. There was a recitation named, 
"My Mince Pie, " Philip May came out on the 
stage and sat down and began to recite his 
piece, and pretty soon a waiter came in carry- 
ing a mince pie and every time Philip came to 
say, "My Mince Pie" he would take a bite. 
Another number that the boys liked very much 
was when Harry Lake came on the stage dress- 
ed as a railroad man and sang, "I've Been 
Working on the Railroad," the rest of the band 
joining in the chorus. Next came out a while 
man and a colored one. They told jokes and 
sang songs. The entertainment was good and 
I think the fellows liked it, Percy Smjth. 

ecttiitd up Oil 

I helped get up oil to the west basement 
one Saturday afternoon. It takes two fellows 
to get the oil up to the house. We harnessed 
"Brownie" in the dump cart. The oil is kept 
in one end of the compost-shed, so we drove 
over there and got a barrel of oil into the cart- 
Then we drove up to the house with it. There 
(s a pair of stairs leading down to tlie basement, 
so we fastened ropes to hooks at the top of 
stairs so the barrel would go down easily because 
it might break if allowed to go down too fast. 
We werecareful and got it down safely. 

Frederick W, Marshall. 

Repairing (Ubeeibarrows 

Wheelbarrows are used a great deal in 
the work on the farm so they liave considerable 
wear. It is the work of the shop fellows to re- 
pair things hat are in need of it. When the 
wheelbarrows get broken they are sent up to 
the shop. We look them over carefully to find 
out what is the matter with them. If we find 

that there is one that is not worth mending we 
take it apart and use the good parts in repair- 
ing others. Sometimes we have to put in new 
handles where the old ones have been broken 
off. Most of them need nuts or bolts put on 
and sometimes both. After all the repairing is 
done v;e wheel them down to the storage barn 
where wheelbarrows are kept. 

James Clifford. 

milk Carrier 

Every night and morning at five o'clock^ 
1 go down to the barn to carry the milk up to 
the house. As the milkers milk the cows, 
they weigh the milk and strain it right into one 
of the four cans. Each can holds twenty-four 
pounds or twelve quarts. When two cans are 
full, I carry them up to the house and strain the 
milk into cans that are there ready for it. By 
the time I get back to the barn, the other two 
cans are full and I carry them up and so on un- 
til the milking is finished. 

Ervin G. Lindsey. 

Playing l)ide-and-$eck 

The dining-room and kitchen fellows work 
while the other fellows are at play, so they 
have their play time by themselves. One of 
the games that we play is hide-and-seek. The 
goal is the old elm and the fellow that is " it", 
counts five hundred by fives. The fellows hide 
in the assembly-room and in the hall. Some 
times the fellows get "in" without getting 
caught. The first fellow caught is "it" the next 
time. It is good fun to play hide-and-seek and 
I like it. Harold Y. Jacobs 


The first of January many people receive 
calendars. In our school-room we have five, 
one of which is a drawing on the black-board. 
Two of the calendars came from insurance 
companies, — the Hanover and the Dorchester 
Mutual Fire Insurance. The other is from the 
State Street Trust Company with a scene of 
the Boston Massacre on it. Calendars are 
handy to have around and they are very near 
my seat so I can look up and see the date to 
put on my written work. Roy D. Upham. 


Cbompson's Tsland Beacon 

Published Monthly by the 

Thompson's Island, Bosto'n Harbor 


Vol. 10. No. 10. 

February. 1907. 

Subscription Price - 50 cents per year. 


committees, and was vice-president in 1897. 

Mr. Temple took great pride and pleasure 
in the School, and was once cartooned at an 
artist's exhibit with the Farm School as his 
hobby. He appreciated the joke, purchased 
the picture, sent it to us, and it has ever since 
hung in our office. 

Mr. Temple stood strongly for good con- 
duct and good citizenship. In 1888, he began 
giving the Temple Consolation Prizes, which so 
many boys have received. His interest in 
Cottage Row brought to its citizens many 
pleasures, also the gold watch that the in- 
corning mayors have received ftom their pred- 
ecessors. He presented the School with the 
beautiful silk Ainerican flag and markers in 
School's colors. 

His pleasure was in doing for each indi- 
vidual. Hundreds will remember his Christ- 
mas gifts, his entertainments given here, and 
the luncheons, his theatre parties in town, 
and the outings. 

He loved to have the Farm School boys 
hail him where-ever they saw him, — he knew 
the most of them. Every one connected with 
the Farm School will greatly miss this gen- 
erous Manager and loyal friend. 

The Superintendent feels a deep personal 

loss. Aside from our always cordial official 

relations, we were brought together socially 

and fraternally in many ways, for a number 

Superintendent of years it was our custom to lunch together 

" on Tuesdays. Those days, with the trips to 

his farm, and other occasions, always enlivened 

_^___ with his ready wit and fresh stories, will re- 

Thomas F. Temple died at his home "^^i" ^ '^o^' P'^^^^"^ memory. 
2 Wood Street. Neponset, January 2. 1907. Mr. Temple was born in Canton, Mass.. 

Mr. Temple became a Manager of the Farm May 25, 1838, and received his early education 

School in 1883, and remained on the Board in the schools of Dorchester. While in the 

until his death. He served on various High School, he worked much of his spare 


Alfred Bowditch 


Henry S. Grew 


Arthur Adams 


Tucker Daland 


Melvin O. Adams 

I. Tucker Burr 

Charles P. Curtis 

George L. DeBlois 

Chariest. Gallagher 
Walter Hunnewell 
Henry Jack?on. M. D. 

RiCHAkD M. Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

William S. Spaulding 
Moses Williams, Jr. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bi^adley 

Treasurer's Address 50 State St 

Boston, Mass. 


time in the office of the Dorchester Mutual 
Fire Insurance Co., and after being graduated 
in 1857, he was engaged permanently by that 
company. He rose from his modest begin- 
nings, through various positions, until he became 
the president of the company in 1890, serv- 
ing also as its treasurer. 

From 1864, he served as town clerk and 
treasurer of Dorchester, until the annexation 
with Boston in 1870. Previous to this he was 
trial justice of Norfolk County, and became the 
first judge of the Dorchester District Municipal 
Court. In 1870, he represented the new Dor- 
chester district in the Boston Common Council. 
It was in the following year that he was first 
elected to the office of Register of Deeds, and 
he thereafter held this position through various 
re-elections until the last state election in 
November. Mr. Temple's usefulness to the 
community has been well emphasized. He 
held many positions of trust and honor, and was 
one of the best known fraternal men in this part 
of the country. 

His friends were legions, and had the fam- 
ily custom been ignored, and a public funeral 
given him, the largest church in Boston would 
have been taxed to its limit. 

Notwithstanding the request that organ- 
izations send delegates only, the simple ser- 
vice held at his late home, January 5, was at- 
tended by such a large number of relatives and 
admiring friends, that the house could not con- 
tain them, and many stood in the yard and on 
the street. 

The Farm School was represented by its 
Managers, the Superintendent and Mrs. Bradley, 
and a delegation of boys. The Alumni Associ- 
ation, by its president, secretary, and a number 
of fellows. Dr. Cutter's noble eulogy was in 
true sympathy with all present. 

Mr. Temple was buried in Cedar Grove 
Cemetery, Dorchester, in the shadow of the 
beautiful monument he gave to the Grand 
Army Post. 


Jan. 1. Washed and disinfected stables. 

Thirty bags cornmeal came. 

Manager Thomas F. Temple died. 

Jan. 2. Began hunting moths' nests. 

Quarterly election of Cottage Row 

School opened after Christmas vacation. 

Finished shingling roof of compost-shed. 

Finished repairing chairs in reading-room. 

Jan. 3. Repaired ten wheelbarrows. 

Jan 5. Mr. James M. Stevenson and 
Mr. James M. Gleason visited the School. 

Overhauled gasoline engine. 

Funeral of Manager Thomas F. Temple. 

Graduates. Gordon Stackpole visited the 

Tub of butter given to the School by Mr. 
E. A. Harris. 

Jan. 7. Painted and varnished outside 
steamer's cabin. 

Jan. 8. Finished repairing chapel settees. 

Hauled snow from barn and clothes yards. 

Transplanted maple trees from nursery to 
grove west of main building. 

Working on beach road at south-west end 
of Island. 

Preston Maynard Blanchard entered the 

Jan. 9. Graduate John Emory visited 
the School. 

Jan. 10. Letter writing day. 

Installed new milk scales and new rules 
for milking put in force. 

Finished balcony rail in shop and put 
same on roof of observatory. 

Jan. 12. Graduate Louis Peter March! 
and I. Banks Quinby visited the School. 

Jan. 13. Graduates Robert McKay and 
Albert Probert visited the School. 
Jan. 14, Killed a pig. 


Shaw Conduct Prizes and Temple Conso- 
lation prizes awarded. 

Everiste Torrence Porche left the School 
to work for Mr. Rudolf C. B. Bartsch, West 

Machinest working on steamer ' ' Pilgrim." 

Jan. 17. Began grinding corn. 

Jan. 18. New express sleigh came. 

Chairs in boys' dining-room shellaced. 

Jan. 20. Graduate William Nason Dins- 
more visited the School. 

Jan. 21. Working on the beach roads. 

Jan. 22. Picture of Alumni Association 
. and guests present at first Alumni Dinner, 
given by Treasurer Arthur Adams. 

Jan. 23. William O'Conner's band gave 
its first entertainment. 

Mr. Frederick A. King of the George 
Junior Republic visited the School. 

Graduate S. Gordon Stackpole visited the 

Jan. 24. Alumni meeting at Dr. Frank 
E. AUard's. 

Dorchester Bay frozen. 

Jan. 27. Sunday. Rev. William 1. Sweet 
of Everett, Mass.. addressed the boys. 

The Misses Silsby visited the School. 

Graduate Don C. Clark and wife visited 
the School. 

Jan. 30. Veterinary here to examine 

Jan. 31. Used snow plow on South End 

3atiuarv IttetcorolodV 

Maximum temperature 57' on the 20th. 

Minimum temperalure 5' on the 24th. 

Mean temperature for the month 26.5 

Total precipitation 2.28 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours, .60 in~ 

on the 22nd. 

15 days with .01 or more inchesprecipita- 


Tartn School BatiK 

Cash on hand Jan. 1. 1907 
Deposited during the month 




8 clear days, 14 partly cloudy, 9 cloudy 

Total number of hours sunshine 103. 
1 snowfall tor the month 18.50 Indies, 

Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand Feb. 1, 1907 

Press mork 

One of the interesting things that a press- 
man in our printing-office learns to do, is mak- 
ing ready different jobs in the press. He first 
sets the pieces of steel called fingers, so they 
will not jam the plate or type. These fingers 
hold the paper while it is being printed. He 
then removes the sheets of paper that were 
used while the other job was printed. The 
pressman then takes the number of new sheets 
he thinks will give the right impression and 
puts the clamps down that hold this paper on 
the platen, if he is making ready on the Uni- 
versal press, he regulates the eccentric, and 
pulls his first proof. If the impression is even 
and all the printing is plain, he raises the 
clamps and puts the tympan top sheet of Ma- 
nila paper on the other sheets, puts down the 
clamps and prints on the sheet. He then 
measures the right distance from the bottom of 
the print and draws a straight line, measures 
for the side gauge and makes a small mark, and 
takes a proof on the stock that is going to be 
used in feeding the job. He next shows the 
proof to the proof reader for approval. If there 
are any corrections, he makes them, and if the 
next proof is all right, he feeds the job. 

Leonard S. Hayden. 

KeliindOll Barrels 

One day last week Mr. McLeod told us to 
gp down to the storage barn and roll the empty 
oil barrels, that were on the floor, down to the 
wharf. It was very slippery that day and was 
quite hard to roll them. Sometimes we 
would slip and the barrel would roll in any 
direction but the right one. We rolled forty- 
six kerosene barrels and thirty-three gasolene 
barrels down to be loaded upon the scow. 

Spencer S. Profit. 


Ulaccbind the Tec 

At this time of the year, wheii we liave 
cold weatlier, the water up in ttie Neponset 
River freezes, and when the tide turns and 
starts to go, the ice comes down past our 
wharf. One day when 1 was looliing at a floe 
of ice coming down, I saw a number of ducks 
in front of the ice. As the ice was coming 
nearer the wharf it drove the ducks along with 
it. When it was quite near the wharf 1 came 
in sight of the ducks, which, when they saw me, 
flew away. As they flew, their wings made a 
whistling noise. The ice came and struck the 
small dolphin and broke it off. Then struck the 
wharf which made the piles tremble with the 
pressure. The big dolphin and the wharf stop- 
ped the floe of ice and then the mass turned a- 
round slowly and passed the wharf and out of the 

Joseph A. Kalberg. 

Cbc express Sleiob 

In January Mr. and Mrs. Bradley went out 
to Reading to see Don Clark and Robert Mc- 
Kay. While there Mr. Bradley bought an 
express sleigh that was made in the shop where 
Don and Bob work. It came January 18, and 
was put together by the shop fellows. It is a 
double runner and is the kind commonly used 
by express men and grocers with a swinging 
tailboard. We use tt for getting freight up 
from the wharf and carrying light loads, it 
had thills for one horse, but since then a pole 
has been made by Mr. Ekegren and his boys 
and the sleigh can now be drawn by two horses. 
It can be used for riding as well, so two extra 
seats were made in the shop and nine people 
can ride in it. It was new and not painted 
when it came, so Mr. Burnham put a priming 
coat on for this winter and the painters will 
do a good job on it when we are through with it in 
the spring. The seats can be removed when 
not in use. All the fellows have had a ride in 
the sleigh. We used to have a pung made of 
planks but there has never been a sleigh here 

C. Nichols. 

Oisr CiDrary 

One day William Foster and myself 
thought we would like to start a library. We 
went to the office after some paper to cover 
our books with, then we put some stici-^ers on 
the back of each and numbered them. We 
made some library cards of paper and wrote on 
the back a rule saying that no book could be 
kept out over a week. Then we let the fellows 
take out the books to read. We have thirty 
books between us. Horatio Alger has written 
most of them. He is a good story teller and 
the boys like his books. 

Ralph A. Whittemore. 

One Sunaay nidbt 

Sunday night, after Christmas, at seven 
o'clock the whistle blew for the boys to get 
ready for chapel. When we were seated we 
were surprised to see a phonograph in the front 
of the roam. Mr. Bradley soon started it go- 
ing and we listened to about ten hymns and 
good songs. After that two large baskets of 
apples were brought in for each boy to have one. 
We ate them while Mr. Bradley read to the 
fellows "How John Norton, The Trapper. Kept 
His Christmas." Generally we have chapel- 
service Sunday nights but this was a change 
which we all enjoyed. Charles E. Morse. 

B Ulalk 

One afternoon when the dormitory, dining- 
room, and kitchen fellows were all through their 
work, Mr. Beane asked us if we would like to 
take a walk with him. We all wanted to go. 
First we went over to the compost-shed and 
looked at it; then we walked up to the obser- 
vatory and looked at that. When we had 
reached the observatory we wished we had 
our skates, because the beach road was all 
covered with ice. We next went over to the 
South End skating-pond which is mostly rain- 
water. From here we went over to where 
David Thompson had his log cabin. We at 
last went down on the beach and back to the 
house. We all enjoyed the walk very much 
and thanked Mr. Beane for the pleasure of 
going. George J. Balch. 



William J. Trimm, 71, died Friday, 
January 4th. William was working in the en- 
gine room of one of the ship's buildings at 
the Fore River Ship and Engine Works when 
a beam fell from above, striking him on the 
head. He lived but forty minutes. The 
funeral took place on Tuesday, Jan. 8th, at twelve 
o'clock from his late residence, 192 Green 
Street, Cambridge. James H. Graham, '81 , a 
long-time friend, attended the funeral and repre- 
sented the Alumni. He -leaves ,a wUe-, _a: 
brother, Ralph, '79, and a married sister. 

William was for a long time engineer of the 

>. r.. i'^ ". 
police boat, Patrol, later-entering the employ 

of the Metropolitan Steamship- Co., as assis- 
tant engineer and working up to chief engineer 
of one of the boats. While with tlie Metropol- 
itan Co., he assisted several Farm School' boys 
to positions in his department. A little more 
tfiali a'year ago he entered the employ of the 
F^ore f^iver Co. When the School steamer, 
Jane McCrea, was sold, William went to New 
York and other places with the Superintendent 
to assist in selecting a new boat. Tlie first 
Pilgrim was bought in Plymouth at tliat time. 
William was a mechanic of good judgment 
and "ability, an engineer faithful and untiring, 
a graduate loyal and true -to his colors. 

\-'-- Herbert A. Stilling, '91, is one of the 
graduates who stuck to the work he took up on 
finishing^^School. Pattern making was his 
choice an<i, onaccount'of his skill. and ability., he 
hasihad 'the 'distincitioh of receiving, probably., 
the higihest Wages of any pattern iii^k,er.: in 
Bostanv He was trusted, resp^.cted,_,and.spo,ken 
of inithe highest terms by his employer., Illness 
has Bftcently compelled Herbert to give u,p his 
work fora timd and he has gone to Aiken, Squlh 
Carolina' for -rest and recuperation. Friends 
of the School take great pleasure in rendering 
every needed assistani§e.,ti;) ^ fellow like him. 
He writes that. h^ i^rfe^lingjfiine and likes tlie 
place ajid.people v^iiy gnuAl?':. :His wife and two 
children are at present stopping with her mother. 

Howard Boynton Ellis, '99, was marri- 
ed Dec. 15, 1906, to Miss Elida Theodora 
Thoresen at 299 Norfolk St., Dorchester. The 
wedding was a pretty affair. Howard's brother, 
Merton, the very efficient secretary of the 
Alumni Association, acted as best man. They 
are keeping house at 62 Mountain Ave., Dor- 
chester. Howard is with Thomas J. Hind, the 
roofer, where he went to work on leaving the 

Royland Tyler, '04, is a pupil in the 
junior class of Colby Academy, New Haven, 
New Hampshire. By working in his vacations, 
first at farmj^^, theii, ,^§. _i?Qlj-boy in a hotel, 
and at other kinds of,_w^(^rk, Rowland has earned 
enougli money to ,he]p^. himself along. In the 
Academy he is assistant editor, of the school 
paper, vice-president of the literary society, a 
member of the debating team, treasurer of the 
Y. M. C. A., and vice-president of his class. He 
is also the school's mail-carrier and does some 
clothes pressing^ to .supply, himself with pocket 
money. Royland's a^nbition its to go.ta Brown 
University. His past prpsperity seems to point 
to the fulfilment of his plans. We wish him 
success and believe ..tlj^at his perseverance and 
industry will be- rewgrdied-. ; ., 

William E. PRpcT;'Of?,i 'Oj^,i]Ptill at .Pitts- 
field, is learning (to becoir^e a praqlical farmer^ 
He writes of cutting ^nd dr^-wing |V.joo£i as.part 
of his winter's work. Williaraci.s \yieil and. seems 

Don C. Clark, '06, was married Dec. 17, 
1906, to Alice Ethelyn Nichols. They are very 
comfortably \o^^\pid. witfai'-her- ■ mother at 5 
Lowell St., Read log^ I Mass. Don has a good 
position in that -to^r).,;With the J. E. Turner, 
Wagon Co. ..^ , ..■ 

Owr Uioodpiic 

All good farjners have a wood-pile. We 
have one neaj, thesis fpr.age-bja rn,. A gr^eat deal 
of it is drift. wood -.frp.i|TL, tkqbeaclr. Lately we 
have had very.high,tid^s-a5>d a-good deal of wood 
washed ashore onour beach. The fellows gath- 
er the wood in teams and take it to the wood- 
pile. Here it is sawed up and neatly piled. 

Thomas Milne. 

Vol. 10. No. II. 

Printed at the Farm School, Boston, Mass. 

March, 1907 

Entered November 23. 1903. at Boston. Mass.. ae Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16. 1894. 

Cbc SnowbdII Battle 

The afternoon of February twenty-second 
was made both lively and interesting by our 
annual Snowball Battle. Right after dinner, 
the boys that were to take part in the fight, 
started to dress. At about two o'clock Gener- 
al Clifford and his men lined up on one side of 
Gardner Hall and General Weston and his 
men on the other, where they received their 
colors. These had been decided on before 
hand. General Clifford choosing to fight under 
the Turkish flag and Weston taking the Germsn. 
Mr. Bradley then tossed up to see who would 
attack or defend first. After each side had 
heartily cheered the colors they hoped would 
lead them on to victory, at a signal from tlie 
cannon we marched out to our forts. 

Gen. Clifford stationed his men in their 
places ready to hold the fort against Weston's 
attack. A shot from the cannon was the sig- 
nal for the attack to start. At the sound of it, 
the Germans charged at the Turkish fort with 
a yell. The smaller fellows braced together, 
making a platform for the large fellows to stand 
upon. Both sides fought well as long as the at- 
tack lasted. A few of the Germans got into the 
Turkish fort, but were unable to get any bags 
out as they were thrown into a deep trench and 
held there. At the end of fifteen minutes the 
first attack was ended and we had ten minutes 
rest before the time of the second attack. 

The Germans then took their places in their 
fort and waited the attack of the Turks. It was 
started in the same way as the first; but, al- 
though the men fought just as hard, not a man 
was able to enter the fort, not even to be held 
in the trench. The end of fifteen minutes 

found them without any bags. This attack was 
followed by a fifteen minutes intermi.'^sicn. 
The bags were then put at an equal distance 
from each fort, and, at the firing of the cannon, 
both sides started for them. They tried to see 
which one could get the most bags into their 
forts at the end of five minutes. Some ran for 
the bags and others tried to stop these fellows 
before they got them safely lodged. When the 
bags were counted it was found that the Turks 
had fifteen bags and the Getmans six. 

Gen. Clifford and his men lined up in 
front of Gardner Hall. To the sound of the 
cornet and bass drum, which was beat by our 
friend and bandmaster, Mr. John R. Morse, the 
victors marched around to the kitchen porch, 
where they received the banner and trophy. 
This consisted of a bunch of bananas, a box of 
oranges, three boxes of cookies, a bushel of 
peanuts, and a twenty-five pound bucket of can- 
dy. They~ marched up into the hall with their 
prize and the officers of each side were cheer- 
ed for their good wori^. Then the Turks took 
seats on the benches that were arranged in front 
of the hall, and the trophy was divided among 
them. Thomas Carnes. 

The Victors in Snow-ball Battle 
James Clifford, General 
Donald W. Roby, Captain 
Joseph A. Kalberg, 1st Lieutenant 
Thomas Carnes, 2nd Lieutenant 
Alfred H. Neumann, 1st Sergeant 
Harold L. Marshall, 2nd Sergeant 
William A. Reynolds, Color Bearer 



Frederick J. Barton 
James P. Embree 
George M. Holmes 
Ervin G. Lindsey 
Robert R. Matthews 
Philip S. May 
Charles E. Morse 
Clarence S. Nelson 
Spencer S. Profit 
Charles F. Reynolds 
Roy D. Upham 
Herbert F. Watson 
William J. White 


Louis C- Darling 

John C. Holmes 

Frederick J. Hynes 

Frederick W. Marshall 

Robert H. May 

Prescott B, Merrifield 

John H. Nelson 

Terrance E. Parker 

Louis Reinhard 

Percy Smith 

William T. Walbert 

Frederick C. Webb 

Frederick J. Wilson 

Building Tom 

The men that were going to fight went out 
and made a pile of the snow. When this was 
done we went to the storage barn and got a num- 
ber of old doors. We divided the number be- 
tween botli sides, stood them up on the chosen 
side and threw snow against them. The fellows 
who had rubber boots on tramped it down. 
After v/e made a round mass of snow about 
fifteen feet in diameter, we took buckets of 
water and poured it on to the snow. To make 
it hard on top we took crov/-bars and made 
holes down through the snow and poured in 
water so it would make it icy at the bottom and 
would not cave in. After the plans were made 
out by the generals and their officers, they dug 
out the interior of the mass of snow and ice 
There were rough places in the walls of tlie forts 
where a fellow in tlie opposite army m.ightgeta 
footing. To prevent this, water and snow were 
mixed and the walls smoothed off. On the day 
of the battle, salt was put on the path that led 
around the forts to melt the ice, and then saw- 
dust was put on so we would not slip. The plans 
of the forts were pretty nearly the same. Gen. 
Clifford's fort was about twenty-three feet in di- 
ameter with, a tower in the center and a trench 
around the tower so if a fellow got in he was 
put down there and held. Gen. Weston's 
fort was about seventeen feet in diameter with 
a tower in the center and a trench half way 
around it. Both forts were five feet high. 
James R. Gregory. 

€boo$ind Up Sides 

One noontime Mr. Beane read off the 
names of the fellows who were to run for 
generalship in the Snowball Battle. Each fel- 
low was allowed to vote for any two of the 
names read off. Samuel Weston was elected 
general of one side and James Clifford of the 
other. Each of the generals in turn called out 
aloud their captains, then their first and second 
lieutenants, and their first and second sar- 
geants, and last, the color bearers' names were 
called. Then the privates were called off. 
The fellows seemed impatient to be chosen so 
as to know what side they were to be on. I 
was on Clifford's side. 

Harold L. Marshall. 

One Sunday Rev. Frederick B. Richards, 
the pastor of the Phillips Congregational 
Church of South Boston, spoke to the beys, 
and Mrs. Richards sang. The scripture read- 
ing was the two parables cf the lost sheep and 
the lost coin. 

Mr. Richards then asked us what his talk 
was about last year. One of the boys said it was 
about "dogs." Mr. Richards said it was a- 
bout dogs, but his subject was "The Call of 
the Wild." He told us that this time he was 
going to try to make us understand what " Lost'' 
meant as it is used in the Bible. 

Mr. Richards then took a piece of money 
from his pocket and asked us what it was- 
We said it was money. He said, "Yes, and 
something else too; it is currency, which comes 
from the Latin, meaning to run, to move a- 
bout." He then illustrated his meaning by 
telling us some of the different persons who 
handled money as it goes around doing what it 
was made for. 

" Refuse silver shall men call them, be- 
cause God has rejected them," was tiie Bible 
verse taken from Jeremiah, sixth cliapter, 
thirtieth verse, that Mr. Richards then quoted. 
He told us that he had visited the mint in 
Philadelphia where he saw them make the 
money. As he went into a room he saw a 
box of refuse coins. The guide told him to 


pick up one; he did so, and on looking at it, 
found it had a hole in it which had been plug- 
ged up with lead. On picking up another piece 
he found that the edge had been clipped off so 
that it was of no use. He picked up another 
and found it had the face worn off. Another 
coin had the inside eaten out by acid. 

Mr. Richards said that he would tell us 
how some people represented these pieces of 
money. The plugged coin was like the man 
who does something wrong and tries to cover 
it up so as to make other people think he has 
not done it. He said that clipped money was 
like a man that said, "I will not give ail my 
time to God, but 1 will keep part of it for my- 
self." The one that had the face worn off was 
like a man who had God's image worn off by 
getting away from Him. The coin that had the 
inside eaten out represented the man who let 
bad habits come into his life and they had eaten 
the good ones. He then lold us of a machine he 
saw in the Bank of England which separated the 
light weight mon#y from the good money. 

Mr. Richards closed his talk by saying 
that he hoped none of us would be lost or of no 
value to the world, like refuse money, but would 
ring true all the time. 

Ralph H. Marshall. 

B Calk en Tnaia 

One Sunday night we had the pleasuieof 
having Mr. Armstrong, who had lived in Bur- 
mah, India, tell us about the place where Mr. 
and Mrs. Clark now live. Mr. Clark was our 
minister. Mr. Armstrong told us how he went 
there. He said that first he took a boat from 
Boston to Liverpool , England, then went through 
the Mediterranean Sea, to the Suez Canal, 
which is eighteen or twenty miles long, through 
the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean, up the Bay 
of Bengal to Calcutta. From there he took a 
boat to Rangoon. In India the people do not 
dress as we do; they wear very little clothing and 
a long wide cloth wound around their heads for 
a hat. Wiien you get there, a "garry," which 
is like a team and has seating room for about 
four persons, drawn by a negro, takes you to a 

house which is built on high posts making it about 
six or eight feet above the ground. It is built 
in this way to keep the house up from the damp- 
ness. You have to have a mosquito netting over 
the posts of the bed, to protect you from in- 
sects. The work that missionaries attend to 
mostly is teaching. We were told a story about 
a little boy named Adam four years old. He 
came to the school and was very fond of coming 
and learning the Christians' songs. His mother 
and father worshipped idols. Finally his mother 
came to the school to watch the children and 
she, too, became a Christian. The missiona- 
ries travel in ox-carts that slant toward the front 
and are drawn by oxen. It is very unpleasant 
to travel a long distance in them as they have 
no springs. A jungle means anywhere outside 
the city. When you want to go to a jungle 
village you travel in an ox-cart. The people 
have to be sure to carry all they need and es- 
pecially a mosquito netting. Mr. Armstrong 
closed his talk by singing a Tamil hymn to us 
all. The talk was very interesting. 

Percy Smith. 

Bn earCy Uisitor 

In the back of our schoolroom we have a 
box partitioned off into twelve parts. In this 
are kept cocoons which went into their pupa 
state in the fall. One morning, as 1 was doing 
the cleaning, I looked into this box, and there 
to my surprise, was a little hickory tiger moth 
crawling up the wire that is on the front of the 
cage. The moth was a light brown color with 
dark brown and white spots on its wings. The 
cocoon that this little moth came out of, was 
covered with little gray hairs that weie thrown 
off from the body of the caterpillar. The hole 
at the end of the cocoon was about one quarter 
of an inch in diameter so you can see the moth 
must have been a small one. The moth was 
chloroformed and mounted with its cccoon on 
a piece of white paper. After each fellow had 
had a chance to see it, it was placed in the col- 
lection of moths and butterflies which is kept in 
our schoolroom. 

Stephen Eaton. 


Cbompson's IslaKd Eeacow 

Published Monthly by the 

Thomoson's Island, Boston Harbor. 


Vol. 10 No. 1 

March, 1907. 

Subscription Price - £0 cents per year. 



Alfred Bowditch 


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Charles P. Curtis 
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Richard M. Saltonstall 
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William S. Spaulding 
Moses Williams, Jr. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bradley 


Treasurer's Address 50 State St. 

Boston, Mass. 

In preparing for winter, due care must be 
used to protect the property in our different 

Our island location makes us dependent 
on our boats for transportation and this depart- 

ment is protected as well as possible from ice 

In December our meteorological records 
showed a steady lowering of the temperatures, 
and on the eighth, when the air temperature 
was quite low, a dense vapor was formed over 
the surface of the harbor. This vapcr, though 
it was only a few feet in height, seem.ed like a 
group of thick clouds, so dense that at times it 
was impossible to see the length of our steam- 
er, but the biting cold did not indicate a sum- 
mer fog. Winter had taken possession of his 
territory and a few days later a thin coating of 
ice was formed on the surface of the harbcr, 
and the familiar grind against the sheathirg wss 
heard as the steamer rapidly broke her course 
through it. The value of sheathing our steam- 
er has been proven for again the sheathing has 
demonstrated its efficiency, protecting the 
hull against the grinding wear of the ice. 

In January we had some difficulty to keep 
our channel clear, but the month of February 
was nearly a record breaker for continued low 
temperature. Only by persistent effort were 
we able to make our trips, and no promises were 
inade for succeeding days. 

The elements are not unkind and more 
often help than hinder us, though sometimes 
seem in conspiracy to freeze us in. Directed 
against nature, man's puny efforts avail but little; 
take advantage of her offers and how different 
the result. The wind, tide, and storm would 
often assist us in our task of keeping a clear 

With the bay a sheet of solid ice it often 
looked as if we could not cross, but we get up 
steam, break loose the riding cables, and after 
breaking the ice around the steamer start slow- 
ly ahead. When sufficient space has been 
cleaned, we back off and then at full speed tackle 


the ice sheet. If the sheet is heavy we break 
ahead several steamer lengths then as our speed 
slackens the steamer rises forward, and the 
waight crushes the ice and lengthens our cut. 
[f much resistence is met these tactics are often 
repeated. When we have cut the field loose, 
the tide carries it out to sea for we do our ice 
cutting while the tide is ebbing. Sometimes the 
wind helps, and at other times it blows the ice 
against the island and holds it. When this 
happens, we force one end of the field out 
by pushing against it with the steamer, far 
enough for the tide to take it out. Some new 
phase is constantly being presented with the 
ice situation and the changing conditions pre- 
sent a most fascinating study. 

It almost seems that our steamer teach- 
es us a lesson in loyalty, cheerfulness and ener- 
gy, and the willing spirit shown by the boys, 
seems to be in accord with the boat. 

At no time was failure considered, the ice 
was to be conquered, and while the season has 
bsen long and unusually cold, the difficulties have 
been met and the way made easier to meet the 
larger problems that might occur. 


Feb. 1. Killed pig, dressing three hun- 
dred and forty pounds. 

Feb. 2. Finished waxing chapel floor. 

Graduate C. James Pratt visited the 

Feb. 4. New stitchingand punching ma- 
chines for the printing-office arrived, gift of a 

Feb. 5. Finished feeding corn fodder. 

Feb. 6. Harold E. Daniels' band gave 
their first entertainment. 

Feb. 8. Repaired cultivator, and spring- 
tooth harrow. 

Finished eight sections of concrete gutter. 

Feb. 9. Harry Lake and Vernon Birch- 
more left the School. 

Feb. 10. Sunday. Rev. Frederick B. 
Richards of South Boston addressed the boys. 
Mrs. Richards sang a solo, 

Mr. George F. Lawley visited the School, 
also graduate Robert McKay. 

Governors Proclamation of Lincoln's Day 
read in chapel, 

Feb. 11. Obliged to land in Pleasure 
Bay on account of ice around the Public Land- 

Small dolphin broken by ice going out. 

Blacksmith shod horses. 

Feb. 12. Half holiday; Lincoln's Day. 

Appropriate exercises held in school. 

Hauled coal to main building. 

Feb. 13. Renewed part of bow sheath- 
ing of steamer Pilgrim worn by ice cutting. 

Feb. 14. Chose up sides for the Snow- 
ball Battle. 

Feb. 15. Killed pig, dressing three hun- 
dred thirty five pounds. 

Feb. 16. Again able to land at Public 

Feb. 17. Sunday. Mr. Cotton from 
Newton Theological School addressed the boys. 

Feb. 18. Finished waxing hall floors and 
stairs of main building. 

Feb. 19. New printing-press arrived, gift 
of a friend. 

Feb. 21. Several of the boys, including 
the generals of the Snowball Battle, attended 
the drill of the Boston Latin School. 

Run the first job on the new printing-press. 

Made pole evener and axle stock for the 
two-horse lumber wagon. 

Began cutting oat hay for cows. 

Feb. 22. t^oliday. Snowball Battle. 

New halyard put on flag pole. 
A number of the boys went on a sleigh ride. 
Stereopticon lecture on the Yellowstone 
Park, given by Mr. J. R. Morse. 

Feb. 23. The remaining number of boys, 
had a ride in the new sleigh. 

Feb. 24. Sunday. Mr. Armstrong from 
Newton Theological School addressed the boys 
giving a talk on India in the evening. 

Feb. 25. Did repairing in printing-office. 


Feb. 27. Renewed sections of flooring in 
Gardner Hall. 

Meeting of the Alumni Association at 
■^■hich Mr. Walter Adams gave a talk on the 
Government at Washington. 

Put new asbestos packing around exhaust 
pipe in engme-room. 

Seven hundred and fifty eight brown tail 
moths' nests collected this month, 

Feb. 28. Infirmary bathroom revarnish- 

Killed beef, dressing four luindred and 
ninety six pounds. 

Maximum temperature 48'' on the 1 4th. 

Minimum temperature T"* on the 23rd. 

Mean temperature for the month 21.8'^'. 

Total precipitation 1.72 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours ,71 
inches on the 5th. 

12 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 

6 clear days, 13 partly cloudy, 9 cloudy 

Total snowfall for the month 18,65 inches. 

Monthly average 7. 3° lower than corres- 
ponding temperature for Feb. 1906. 

Total number of hours sunshine 130. 

Tarm Scboo! Bank 

Cash on hand Feb. 1, 1907 
Deposited during the month 






Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand Mar. 1 , 1907 

new macbtncs 

Two of the new machines for the printing- 
office are a Boston Wire Siltching Machine, 
and the other, a Sterling Cornering and Punch- 
ing Machine. 

The stitcher is a very interesting machine. 
It is about four feet high and two feet wide. 
It has a saddle and a flat table which, when not 
in use, can be dropped. The saddle is used for 
binding small pamphlets. The flat table is 
used for binding calendars, reports, etc. This 
machine is self regulating in all parts, except 

setting the thickness of the work. The simple 
operation of compressing the pad of paper, con- 
stituting the job, by means of a hand wheel, sets 
the feed of wire, clincher, table and every parJ 
of the stitcher to absolute adjustment. The 
principal working parts are the driver, bending- 
bar, which bends the wire, wire cutting driving 
bar, which forces the wire down into the stock 
that is to be stitched, and the driving-bar spring. 
Our machine makes from three-eights to one- 
half inch stitches. We have used the stitcher 
for stapling our Beacons and calendars. 

The cornering machine has got a hand 
and a foot power attachment. There are two 
gauges, one a small one, the other is longer to 
jog the stock against, which is going to be cut. 
A clamp comes down first and holds the stock, 
then the knife comes down and cuts off the cor- 
ner. The knife goes against a wooden cutting 
block. When your foot is taken off, the knife 
and clamp go into place again. The attach- 
ments to the cornering machine can be taken 
off and in the place of the two gauges, a table 
can be used. In place of the knife a punch 
can be inserted. This we use for punching 
holes in the sunshine recorder records. We 
also have an eyelet set which may be attached 
and used for punching eyelets in calendars, etc. 
On this table there are gauges which can be 
used for setting the stock which is to be punch- 
ed. Earle C. Marshall. 

Cbc flew Press 

Our old Universal press had been in use 
for a number of years, and as the work turned 
out was not satisfactory to us. it was decided 
to get a new one. February nineteenth an Im- 
proved Colt's Armory Universal Press made 
by John Thompson's Press Company arrived. 
It is much larger than the other press and weighs 
twenty-six hundred pounds. Its chase is four- 
teen by twenty-two inches and we can take an 
impression of four pages of the Beacon at once. 
It has automatic oilers. There are three foi m 
rollers. When the rollers are in position the 
ink is distributed by a distributing roller and as 
they start to go down over the form, one of the 
rollers is pushed out of position so tliat it will 


not touch the form on the downward stroke. As 
U comes back this fresh roller passes ■over th« 
form, so that the type gets an even supply of ink. 
The distributing roller is of steel. Wiien the 
press is working it moves on a change thread, 
back and forth, thus passing the ink evenly on 
the rollers. There are three steel fingers to 
hold the paper in position while taking the im- 
pression. We use this press in printing all our 
large jobs such as Beacon, weather charts and 
calendars. This press can run at the rate of 
seventeen hundred sheets an hour. We all ap- 
preciate this press as the improvements make 
the work easier and better, Philip S. May. 

Rcpasrind J\ Screen 

A short time ago \ had a job of repairing a 
folding screen which came from the laundry. 
It was covered v.'ith enamel cloth and as the 
cloth was old, it needed to be renewed. After 
I had taken it off I scraped the frames and then 
sandpapered then^. I then shellacked them 
twice and then tiiey were ready for the cloth. 
I cut the cloth into pieces and tacked them on- 
to the three sections of the screen. ! used 
round head copper tacks and drove them in a- 
bout two inches apart. 

Charles H. Whitney. 

Paring Potatoes 

In the kitchen we pare potatoes quite often 
for the boys' meals. We pare them different- 
ly from the way most people do, but yet it is a 
quick way. We put the apple-parer on the 
edge of the table, and place a box or a barrel 
under the parer to catch the peel. They are 
first pared by the machine, and then put in a 
pan of cold water. Anotner boy trims off the 
small pieces of skin that are left, for the parer 
does not take it all off. These potatoes are 
used in various ways, such as for soups, chow- 
ders, to boil, or to fry. 

Prescott B. Merrifield. 

Setting the Hew Press 

Tuesday afternoon, P'ebruary nineteenth, a 
new press was brought to our Island on the scow. 
The press weighed twenty-six hundred pounds 
so the easiest way to unload it, was to beach the 

scow. The next morning the farm fellows cart- 
ed a lot of blocking down to the beach. The 
blocking was piled in three piles and long heavy 
planks were placed on these. Then, by means 
of tackle-blocks which were attached to the 
boat-house, the press was moved on these planks 
on pipes used as rollers, to the drag and hauled 
up to 'lie slup. We had to roil it upon plants 
to get it i«i «l:e shop. Harold E. Daniels. 

Barn T«llow 

In the afternoon when 1 go down to the 
farm. I do the barn work. I fork the manure 
from behind lire cows and horses and put water 
down il:e drains, I then sweep the lower barn 
floor and get down hay for the horses. When 
there is not enough cut-feed for the cows, I get 
hay for them. After that I sweep the upper 
barn floor. At four o'clock another fellow and 
I feed the pigs, and when we get through 
feeding them, we push the cart up behind the 
ash-house to be filled the next day with more 
waste. J. Percival M. Embree. 


Before we started to build our observatory 
we had to dig a large hole for the foundation. 
The dirt from this hole was thrown into two 
.large piles south of the observatory. Now, that 
the observatory is finished on the outside we 
are putting the dirt up against the cement 
foundation to shed the water. This is called 
"grading." The dirt is put up higher next to the 
cement, gradually sloping down to the level of 
the ground around the building. The stony 
earth was put down first and then the loam 
was put on top of it. 

Clarence M. Daniels. 

tuesday Higbts 

Some Tuesday nights Mr. Bradley brings 
his phonograph into the chapel and it plays 
while We are waiting for our turn to bathe. He 
has many pretty pieces which the fellows like, 
"Keep on the Sunny Side", " Arrah-Wanna", 
and "Old Heidleberg". Sometimes if we come 
to one we like, we join in and sing. We all enjoy 
these good times. Albert M. DeWolf. 



A new feature o.f the Alumni Association, 
one which has long been needed, and in which 
the fellows are taking great interest, is the 
monthly gathering. 

The first was held at the r ms of Dr. 
Allard on Commonwealth Avenue in January 
and there were twenty-five fellows present 
also Manager Arthur Adams, Mr. Bradley and 

This meeti-ng was rather experimental and 
it was a question to those who started tlie good 
work, how many fellows would turn out, will they 
be interested enough to follow it up and come 

The second gathering which was held Feb- 
ruary twenty-eighth demonstrated the fact that 
we were on the right road, that we had the fel- 
lows interested and coming, and the Secretary 
counted forty-eight fellows present, the largest 
gathering the Association ever held at any time 
with the exception of the Thanksgiving Day 
meetings at the School. 

Mr. DeBlois represented the Managers 
and gave us a short story, as he was "Only then 
getting acquainted", but we will expect more 
from him the next meeting he attends. 

Henry A. Fox, Dis't Chief of the B. F. D. 
one of the older boys and one whom we have 
not seen before at our meetings, on account of 
the nature of his business, gave us a talk on 
' ' Sticking by the School". He told us he would 
fight over some of his fires and tell us of the 
workings of the "department" in detail at some 
future meeting. 

He was followed by Charles H. Bridgham 
and A. H. Dutton, both older fellows and wide 
awake in the affairs of the Association. 

Mr Walter Adams, formerly Washington 
Correspondent and late City Editor of the Bos- 
ton Herald who was present at our January 
meeting, gave us about an hour's talk on the 
"Government at Washington". The talk was 
most interesting and instructive and it might 
be said that over half of the fellows were 
not formerly acquainted with the facts brought 
out by Mr. Adams. 

One amusing incident he told was of the '/ 
President's public reception where he is called 
upon to shake the hands of hundreds. He 
presents his hand to the person and as soon as 
his hand touches the person's hand in question 
he almost immediately withdraws it, without 
clasping; if he did not do so, his arm would ex- 
perience that tired feeling some of us have felt 
after playing foot-ball without any practice. 
It might here be suggested, that fellows with the 
''presidential bee in their bonnets" might store 
this point up for future reference. We all felt 
grateful to Mr. Adams for his talk and a vote cf ] 
thanks was unanimously given him. 

Mr. Bradley woundup the evening, tellirig 
us of some improvements made at the School 
and the condition of some of the graduates who 
are under the weather. 

And right here the fellows are reminded, if 
at any time they are sick or know of others 
who are, they ought to notify the Association 
or the School of the fact, and proper measures 
will be taken when necessary. The absence 
of the treasurer was noted by mere than one. 
Eight application blanks were signed for admis- 
sion, accompanied by the usual initiation fee 
and better, some of our delinquent members 
paid their arrears and others something on ac- 

To sum up the meetings held thus far. 
they have been interesting and instructive, they 
have been the means of bringing the fellows to- 
gether, members in arrears have paid, the 
membership has increased, and a bright future 
seems to be before us. 

To keep up the spirit, the fellows must 
keep in mind that a good deal depends on each 
one. When a meeting is called they must 
make it a point to be on hand, and if they 
meet a fellow who has not joined, ask iiim to 
make appliacation and be with the fellows. 

The next meeting will be held the latter 
part of March and we expect to have seventy- 
five fellows turn out, so be sure you are one of 
the crowd. 

Thomas Brown. '00. 

Vol. 10. No. 12. 

Printed at the Farm School, Boston, Mass. 

April, 1907. 

Entered November 23, 1903. at Boston, Mass.. as Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1894. 

Our €3$tcr Concert probably the number will be remembered by all 

On Easter afternoon we held our regular who saw it. One of the other selections was 

Easter concert which consisted of recitations ^^''^d the "Crown of Easter" in which a boy 

and songs appropriate for the occasion. The representing Spring wearing a green .niit and 

background of the platform was a white cheese- carrying an armful of yellow flowers, came out 

cloth curtain backing three green arches, the «" 'he platform and was asked by another boy 

center one higher than the others, bearing the ^hat he brought us. When he had finished 

words "Songs of Immortality", which was the 
subject of our concert. 

The arches were covered with palms and 
other greens and looked very pretty. From the 
center of the middle arch hung a cross covered 
with ferns and a cluster of calla lilies in the 
center. Just below on the floor was a repre- 

speaking another boy came out representing 
Easter, dressed in white and bearing an armful 
of Easter lilies. When asked what he brought 
us, he replied by telling of the story of Easter 
and its beauties. 

Mr. Thompson then spoke to us, telling 
about what we should see if we could take a trip 

sentation of an altar which was also covered o" Easter over England and the continent. He 
with ferns. Across the front of the platform said that in England, France, Germany, Bel- 
was a white altar rail, on the top of which were g'U"T and the civilized countries we would find a 
potted plants such as Easter lilies, tulips and certain stir and bustle all betraying the presence 

daffodils, and cut flowers 

The concert began about three o'clock 
with the song by the choir. Then followed an 
an address of welcome given by a boy One 
of the interesting pieces was given by Ralph 
Marshall who carried a floral cross called the 
"Cross of Easter" and after he had finished he 
put the cross at the head of the altar. Another 

of Easter. But in the northern part of India 
and the northwestern pait of Chins there would 
be no unusual excitement except where some 
little church had been built. He closed the talk 
by saying that the true spirit of Easter was that 
of helping others and of being more willing lo 
give than to receive. 

At the close of the concert, Mr. Bradley 

interesting number was a fancy march by six- spoke about what it meant to him, and what it 

teen boys carrying lilies and wearing green should mean to all that took part in it or listen- 

and white sashes. When they were about half ed to it. Mr. Bradley said that Easter Mon- 

through the inarch they all spoke individually, day was the day when the School on this 

except four who spoke a stanza together. Then Island was dedicated. Prayers were held for 

when thiy were nearly through they sang a song. 'ts success in the Farm House and a mulberry 

When they came to the place in the second ^^^^ ^nd potatoes were planted at that time, 

verse where it says, "Ever moving onward, step The fellows were pleasantly surprised to see 

by step we'll go" they started to march again 0"^ of our managers, Mr, Arthur AdaiT,s, pres- 

and marched off to the music of their song. It ent at our concert. We are always glad to have 

was a ten minutes very pleasantly spent, and him with us. Herbert F. Watson. 


easter Concert Programme 

Seng Choir 

Come. Join the Song 
Prayer Mr. Thompson 

Address of Welcome Leon H. Quinby 

The Easter Story Harold E. Daniels 

Recitation Laurence Silver 

Song Choir 

O. Herald Bright 

Recitation T. Chapel Wright 

If 1 Could Be a Big Church Bell 

Exercise Class 

Glad Voices of Easter 

Song Choir 

In the Tomb 

Recitation William F. O'Connor 

Visions of Heaven 
Recitation Ralph H. Marshall 

Emblems of Easter 

Song Choir 

Easter Carol 

Declamation William Lydsion 

Risen With Christ 



Easter Lilies 
Recitation George J. Balch 

The Easter Promise 
Remarks Rev. Mr. Thompson 

Song Choir 

The Risen Saviour 

Recitation Philip S. May 

Signs of Resurrection 
Exercise Class 

The Crown of Easter 

Recitation Roy G. Upham 

The Blue Bird 

Song Choir 

Greet the Easter Morn 

Exercise Class 

Nature's Choral 


Mr. Bradley 

Night is O'er 

Caster Gifts 

Easter Sunday as we went into dinner, we 
saw on eacli table a vase holding pinks, one for 
each boy. There were red, pink, white, and 
red and white ones. These were given to the 
boys by Mr. Bradley as he has done every year. 
Some of the boys pinned them on their coats 
and others left them in the water to see how 
long they could keep them. While the fellows 
were eating, Mr. Bradley came into the dining- 
room carrying a basket. He told us that he 
had an Easter gift for every boy from Mr. W. 
D. C. Curtis, a friend of the School. They 
were pocket toilet-sets. The case was of ox- 
idized steel and had a small mirror on one side. 
In back of the mirror were pockets containing 
a comb, finger-nail file, tweezers and ear spoon. 
By slipping a catch, the case opens and one 
side was a hair brush folded up. By means of 
a small lever the bristles could be made to 
stand up. Tiie whole was in a leather case. 
We all were very much pleased. Most of us 
carry them in our pockets. Some put them 
away to keep. With our pinks on ourcoats and 
our cases in our pockets we felt that much had 
been done to make our Easter a pleasant one. 
Warren J. Barter. 

Our easter Tlowers 

After Easter the plants and cut flowers 
used in the chapel were sent to different parts 
of the house. Each of the schoolrooms had a 
pot of Easter lilies and a pot of pretty yellow 
daffodils. In the dining-room were pots of red 
tulips. The pot of Scotch heather in full 
bloom was placed in the office for there every- 
body could see it. The cut flowers were put in 
the office, reading-room and boys' dining-room. 
We all like the pretty flowers and they make 
our rooms look very cheerful. 

Bruce L. Paul. 

Vellowstone national Park 

On the evening of Washington's birthday 
the boys and instructors had the pleasure of a 
stereopticon lecture on Yellowstone National 
Park. This lecture was given by Mr. J. R. 
Morse, our band instructor. 

Yellowstone Park is situated in the north- 


western corner of the state of Wyoming. It is 
almost as large as the state of Connecticut. 
The most interesting of these sights were the hot 
springs and geysers. 

A geyser is a spring which throws hot water 
into the air from time to time. Some geysers are 
in action very often and others once in two or 
three months. The most regular geyser is Old 
Faithful which spouts about once an hour. The 
Grand Geyser is the largest of them all. When 
it spouts it throws its contents three hundred feet 
into the air. There is accompanying it, a loud 
roaring noise. 

The hot springs are building up strange 
forms. One has formed a white terrace, over 
two hundred feet high. The water as it flows 
down from one terrace to another leaves a sedi- 
ment which colors the sides with brilliant shades. 
Other interesting springs are the Paint Pots and 
the Punch Bowl. 

Another curiosity is a cliff of obsidion with 
a road cut through it. The road was begun with 
drills but the drills became dull so fast that they 
had to try another scheme. They took old and 
dead trees laid them on the glass and burnt them. 
This cracked the glass and it could then be taken 
off. This process was continued until the road 
iiad the desired foundation and width. 

Yellowstone Lake is a large and beautiful 
lake in the park where trout abound in great 
numbers. Yellowstone river, the outlet to this 
lake, starts on its course from the lake slowly 
and majestically; when it reaches the mountains 
it tumbles and roars. There are two beautiful 
falls in this river and, as the canyon which the 
river has worn is very deep, they form a great 
height and make a loud and incessant roar. 

There are laws that no person who is visit- 
ing the Parks shall harm any animal or take 
anything for a souvenir that is in the Park. The 
guides of the Park are two squads of cavalry. 
They are supposed to kill all mountain lions they 
meet as they destroy great numbers of deer. 
There are a few bears who will eat within a rod 
of a person. There are others not so tame. 
There has been a few shot because they were 
too tame and were apt to get into mischief. 

At the most interesting points in Yellowstone Park 
beautiful and commodious hotels are situated. 

We were much pleased with this lecture 
and Mr. Morse was applauded again and again. 
Clarence M. Daniels. 

J\ Band Entcrtdinment 

Wednesday evening, February sixth, 
Harold Daniels' band gave its first entertain- 
ment. It consisted of vocal and instrumental, 
music and humorous recitations. It opened 
with the song "Old Folks at Home" sung by 
the band. Then followed several recitations 
and band selections. Alfred Neumann came 
out dressed as a farmer carrying a carpet-bag 
and chewing at a piece of straw, and recited a 
piece about "Farmer Zeke". This Vi'as fol- 
lowed by a selection played by an instrumental 
quartette consisting of a cornet, alto, baritone, 
and bass trombone. Several more band se- 
lections and recitations and a harmonica duet 
were given. Then came a mock trial in which 
all the characters were darkies. The prisoner 
was found guilty, but bribed the judge, who de- 
clared the verdict of the jury "nil nihinongood- 
abus." This aroused the indignation of the jury 
and a general "mix-up" closed the scene. The 
final number was an old cabin scene with sev- 
eral darkies picking over cotton. They crack- 
ed jokes and sang some familiar negro songs, 
ending with," The Old Kentucky Home." The 
band played for the fellows to march out, and 
this ended a pleasant evening. 

William Lydston. 

CDC €. P. B. Dance 

A pleasant evening was enjoyed when the 
E. P. A. gave a dance to the instructors and 
themselves. The chapel was decorated with 
the School's colors, which are old gold and 
navy blue, and our country's colors as well. In 
one corner an archway was formed and draped 
with colored bunting behind which the E. P. A. 
orchestra played and furnished music for the 
dancing. During intermission refreshments 
were served consisting of lemonade and differ- 
ent kinds of cakes. These were passed around 
by the officers of the Association. The fel- 
lows had a good time and enjoyed the dance 
as much as the instructors did. 

Ervin G. Lindsey. 


D(Mttp$on'$ Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by the 

Thompson's Island. Boston Harbor. 


Vol. 10. No. 12. 

April, 1907. 

Subscription Price - ZO cents per year. 



Alfred Bowditch 


Henry S. Grew 


Arthur Adams 


Tucker Daland 


Melvin 0. Adams 

). Tucker Burr 

Charles P, Curtis 
George L. DeBlois 

Charles T. Gallagher 
Walter Hunnewell 
Henry Jackson, M. D. 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

William S. Spaulding 
Moses Williams, Jr. 
Ralph B. Williams 

Charles H. Bradley 


Treasurer's Address 50 State St. 

Boston, Mass. 

The n^en of today were the boys of yester- 
day, and the boys of today are the men of to- 
morrow. Many of the men of tomorrow are 
training themselves for a life work of usefulness 
and helpfulness here at the Farm School. One 
end is in view, for one goal is the aim of all. 

the building up of the greatest thing in man, 
right character, the character that combines 
the best development of body, intellect, and 
spirit, to make the noblest manhood that is 

One may be a clever woodworker, or a 
fine student, or a good farmer, or a deft printer, 
andyet be a failure in the world. With a strong, 
firm, steadying character, which gives play to 
the best in the boy or man, and shuts out the 
destroying and hindering temptations, a person 
is sure to succeed in the work that he takes up. 
Along the lines of daily duties. £clicol, woi k- 
shop, or farm, such character must be wrought 
out, each striving to forge out that which is 
permanent for himself, and helping others to 
make the best of themselves. 

There has been success in striving for the 
goal. And success is still with us, as we work. 
We are not yet in the same condition as was 
Alexander the Great when he mourned because 
he had no more worlds to conquer. Here our 
worlds are never fully conquered and new 
worlds of human nature spring up every day. 

The possibilities are enormous in this 
searching for the best that is in us. We have 
friends to help us, who are doing a great work 
because of their deep interest, and for whom 
we should be most thankful. We are optimists, 
but not boastful, because we are never at an end 
of half of what we would like to accomplish. 
We are optimists merely because we know that 
some measure of success must surely come 
when so many firm and faithful supporters are 
urging us on to victory, which is to be reached 
in characters built. 


Mar. 1. Books and magazines given by 
Manager Henry S. Grew and Mr. Alfred 

William O'Connor's band gave their 


second entertainment. 

Walls of reading-room painted, standing 
work varnished, and floor waxed. 

Mar. 2. Began feeding mangels to cows. 

Placed and fastened down the new Press 
and Wire Stitcher. 

Mar, 4. Began hauling manure to North 

New belts in printing-office. 

Mar. 5. Sent onions to market. 

Large field of ice floated out of the bay. 

Mar. 6. Made a stone drag. 

Made two tables for printing-office. 

Mar. 7. Dug first parsnips in garden. 

Old Universaj Press sent away. 

Play given by the instructors. 

Walls of northeast staircase painted, 
standing work and stairs varnished. 

Mar. 8. Finished sheathing inside walls 
of observatory. 

Mar. 9. Began using manure spreader. 

Boys' private room varnished. 

Through the kindness of Mr. S. E. Chand- 
ler several of the boys attended the Automobile 

Mar. 12. North Dormitory revarnished. 

Ice lifted out of place the outer end of tide- 
gate at South End. 

Mar. 14. Sent onions to market. 

Took winter cover off hot beds. 

Put toboggans and skates away. 

Mar. 15. Veterinary here. 

School closed for a week's vacation. 

Dance given by the E. P. A. 

Got a small load of lumberfroin Freeport St. 

Mar. 16. Pork sent to market. 

49 bu. of onions sent to market. 

Made two wooden horses for paint shop. 

Mar. 18. Getting farm roads in shape. 

Finished making four brackets for street 

Mar. 19. Pruning in orchard. 

Norman V. Johnson entered the School. 

Mar. 20. Float at City Point damaged by 
severe storm. 

Laid top floor in the observatory. 

Mar. 21. Song sparrow and robin seen. 

Hall in northeast wing varnished. 
Outside windows removed from main 

Mar. 22. Blackbird seen. 
Made hot beds ready and put sash on. 
A load of dressing from Walworth's. 
Nine officers of Cottage Row Govern- 
ment visited the State House, the Old State 
House, the Market and Faneuil Hall. 

Mar. 23. Five boys went to the Eye and 
Ear Infirmary to have eyes tested. 

George P. Wiley, a former pupil, visited 
the School. 

Mar. 24. Treasurer Arthur Adams visit- 
ed the School. 

Mar. 25. School began again. 
Began rolling lawns. 
Sent onions to market. 
Dr. Bancroft's literary prize awarded. 
Mar. 26. Harland Stevens entered the 

Planted tomato seed in window pans. 
Completed stairs in the observatory. 
Mar. 27. Sowed radish, lettuce and cu- 
cumber seeds in hot bed. 

Began picking up stones on grass land. 
Prepared piece for planting peas. 
Plowed asparagus bed and cultivated berry- 

Mar. 28. Graduate William N. Dins= 
more visited the School. 

Mar. 29. Seeds up in hot beds. 
Total number of browntail moths* nests 
Collected this winter, 2448. 

Mar. 30. Decorated chapel for Easter. 
Graduate Harold Taylor visited the School. 
Mar. 31. Easter Concert. 
Treasurer Arthur Adams visited the 

Mr. W. D. C. Curtis gave each boy a 
pocket toilet-case, 

Tarm School BaitK 

Cash on hand March 1, 1907 
Deposited during the month 

Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand April I, 1907 





marcb meteorology 

Maximum temperature 68" on the 30th. 

Minimum ten.iperature 15°.on the 1st. 

Mean temperature for tlie month 37.3'^. 

Total precipitation .94 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours .13 in- 
ches on the 19th. 

6 clear days, 17 partly cloudy, 8 cloudy 

Total snowfall for the month 5.9 inches. 

The wind velocity was 65 miles per hour 
on the 20th. 

Total number of hours sunshine 192. 

J\ Uisit to m State I)OU$e 

During our spring vacation, nine of the 
officers of Cottage Row had the pleasure of 
spending the greater part of the day at the 
State Capitol in Boston. The first thing we 
noticed on approaching the Capitol, was the 
Col. Robert Shaw Memorial, which stands op- 
posite the State House. We entered the 
State House by a door which led into Doric 
Hall. The guide took us over the building 
showing us many very interesting things. Over 
one of the large staircases, were great paint- 
ings of James Otis making his famous argu- 
ment against the "Writs of Assistance" one of 
Paul Revere's Ride, and another of John Eliot 
preaching to the Indians, in one of the halls 
we saw the Gov. Wolcott Memorial. 

Ascending to the floor above we were 
shown into the Hall of Representatives which is 
finished in white mahogany. We noticed 
upon the frieze, names of fifty-one noted 
men of the state. We sat in the seats of some 
of the Representatives and then we went down 
to the Speaker's desk, and the Mayor of Cottage 
Row had the pleasure of sitting in the Speaker's 
chair. Suspended opposite the desk we saw 
a wooden codfish given to the state more than 
a hundred years ago, representing the occupa- 
tion of the people at that tiine. We also went 
into the Senate Chamber. We were every- 
where impressed by the immense columns of 
Italian marble and were told that the State 
House cost nearly seven million and a half dol- 
lars. We entered a wide hall from which opened 

the Council Chamber and the Governor's office- 
rooms. After a short wait, we entered the 
Governor's reception room according to the 
rank we held in Cottage Row. The Mayor 
was first introduced by the guide and then he 
introduced the other fellows as they came up. 
Governor Guild shook hands with us all and we 
had a pleasant talk with him, during which he 
told us that there were only four Common- 
wealths in the Union. These are Massachusetts, 
Pennsylvania, Virginia and Kentucky. We 
then visited other places of interest in the 
building, such as the engine and boiler rooms 
and the coal pocket. 

As the Senate and House do not 
hold their sessions until afternoon, we 
made use of our time by visitingother places of 
interest in the city. We went to the Old State 
House where we spent a very pleasant half 
hour, and from there we went to dinner, to 
which we all did justice. After dinner we went 
through F'aneuil Hall and saw the many things 
of interest there. We were just in time to see 
the ball on the Ames building fall from a pole 
as it does every day to tell people the exact 
time, twelve o'clock. We then went back to 
the State House to see the Legislature in ses- 
sion. First we went into the Senate Chamber 
and listened to the proceedings. From there 
we went into the Hall of Representatives where 
things were more lively and interesting. Espe- 
cially one of the bills brought before the house, 
for it was a question as to whether a new law 
could be passed, giving the fishermen a right 
to dig clams for bait; so as to over-rule the 
law prohibiting all digging of clams in Boston 
Harbor. After listening to several other ques- 
tions discussed, we left for home havmg had a 
long and profitable day's outing. 

Alfred H. Neumann. 

Jin €ntertainmetit 

March eighth we spent a pleasant evening 
watching a play given by the instructors. It 
was a comedy in two acts called "Mr. Bob". 
Before it started and between the acts refresh- 
ments were passed around to the fellows. The 
scene lay in a little town in England. It took 


place at the home of Miss Rebecca Luke, a 
maiden lady, who was very fond of cats. Liv- 
ing with her, were her niece, Katherine Rogers, 
and her nephew, Philip Royson. Katherine 
was expecting a girl friend whom she called 
"Bob". Philip was very much interested in 
boats and was expecting a friend by the name 
of Mr. Saunders to enter a boat race with him. 
Miss Rebecca was expecting an architect, Mr, 
Brown, with plans for changing a part of her 
house into a home for cats. She told her ser- 
vants, a very'dignified butler and her maid who 
was very fond of dancing, not to mention his 
name or business to anyone, and then went out. 
A lawyer bearing the same name as the expect- 
ed architect arrived while Miss Rebecca was 
out, and in spite of the servant's efforts, Philip 
and Katherine discovered him. Philip thought 
he was Katherine's friend "Bob" whom he 
thouglit was a man, and Katherine ttiought 
it was Mr. Saunders, Philip's friend. For a 
while things were mixed up. When Miss 
Rebecca returned she mistook the lawyer for 
iier arciiitect. After a while of this amusing 
"mix-up" of names, it was found who this Mr. 
Brown really was. in one part of the play we 
ware all pleasantly surprised to see the maid 
bring two cats on the stage for no one knew 
that there were any cats on the Island. We 
all spent a very pleasant evening. 

Spencer S. Profit. 

Cleaning Cages 

The animals which ate kept in Audubon 
Hall in summer, are kept in the poultry house 
during the winter season. The poultry house 
fellow has the cleaning of their cages to do. 
The monkey, raccoon, and fox cages are clean- 
ed every day except Sunday. The others are 
cleaned every other day. The trays which 
are on the bottom of the Guinea-pigs' cages, 
are taken out and the bedding is scraped into a 
box. The tray is then covered with chaff and re- 
placed. The bedding in the monkey cage is 
put in, and often, disinfectant is applied. The 
fox and raccoon cages are cleaned with an iron 
bar which has one end bent. 

Harold E. Daniels. 

Our 6cograpbv (UalK 

One morning the teachers came to the 
assembly-room and we went for a geograpliy 
walk. As there was ice all around our IsUnd 
we carried a six-foot measuring-stick to get the 
thickness of some of the cakes. Along the 
beach we saw many cakes of ice, some of 
which we measured. One, which seemed larger 
than the rest, measured about forty-two inches 
in thickness. This was floating and nearly 
three-fourths of it was under water. As we 
walked along, we noticed that the large elm 
trees all bent in the same direction. We were 
told that the prevailing winds blowing from the 
west caused this. We looked back after pass- 
ing Observatory Hill, and saw how the hill had 
been rounded off by the glacier many thousand 
years ago. The snow that had piled up and 
hardened at the water's edge at the south end 
made a good example of an ice barrier The 
cakes of ice showed us how the soil is carried 
about by the glacier. Many cakes held soil, 
gravel, and some held good sized boulders. 
When they move they carry this soil with them, 
and when they melt it is deposited. One of the 
hills was covered with snow at the top. As it 
melted, little streams ran down and joined, mak- 
ing larger streams. They brought soil with 
them. Our teachers told us that many of our 
large rivers were started in this way, only the 
snow covered hill would be a mountain covered 
with perpetual snow. We had an interesting 
walk and had a better idea of our work in 
geography. J. Hermann Marshall. 

mixing Bran 

The other day Charles Morse and 1 mixed 
bran for the cattle. We had to get five one- 
hundred-pound bags of bran, two one-hundred- 
pound bags of gluten, and one one-hundred- 
pound bag of cotton seed meal. After putting 
the bran, gluten, and cotton-seed meal into the 
bin, we took shovels and kept stirring them back 
and forth until they were mixed. When we 
were done, we threw it in a pile over the spout, 
where Mr. McLeod, when he wants it. just pulls 
out the slide and fills a basket. 

Preston M. Blanchard. 



Samuel F. Butler, '00, has been with 
the New England Telephone and Telegraph 
Company since leaving the School. He works 
with the construction department, and is on the 
go through Maine and Massachusetts most of 
the time. 

Thomas Brown, '00, is with Alfred H. 
Aldrich Company, 45 Chatham St., dealers in 
cheese. Mr, Aldrich is the man Tom went to 
work for in 1900. His name is on the firm 
Stationery as Clerk, and he is the right hand 
man of the firm. Tom is Chairman of the En- 
tertainment Committee oi the Alumni Asso- 
ciation, and is always on hand. 

Ernest CuRLEY, '01, entered the Mas- 
sachusetts Institute of Technology in 1905, and 
is taking the course in Mechanical Engineering. 
Ernest is a persistent worker and will win out. 
He has made his home with Dr. A.N. Blodgett 
51 Massachusetts Ave., ever since leaving the 
School. This speaks well for both him and the 

B Rescue 

As 1 was walking through the barn one 
day 1 heard a rattle of chains on one of the 
scaffolds overhead. 1 did not pay much atten- 
tion to it at first, thinking it was made by some 
of the squirrels running around. But as it 
continued, 1 looked more closely and saw a 
squirrel's tail over the side of the scaffold. 
Then 1 said, "I guess there is a squirrel in a 
steel trap". 1 went up the ladder that leads 
to the scaffold and found that my thought was 
true. 1 went to pick him up and he jumped on 
a pile of bran bags about ten feet away from 
the scaffold, carrying the trap and chain with 
him. When 1 caught him I took him near 
the front legs so he could not bite me, and got 
another fellow to take the trap from his leg. 
1 took him down to the poultry house and put 
him in a cage to see if his leg was not broken. 
It was not, for he jumped around very lively. 
We let him out and he ran out the door glad 
of his freedom. Charles A. Graves. 

Clotbing Koom 

Two rooms of our building are set apart 
for the purpose of keeping the boys' clothing and 
supplies. In one room we keep a supply of new 
clean, and mended clothes. When a boy tears 
or wears out his clothes he comes to this room 
to have them changed. There is a book in 
which is kept a record of all things given out. 
In one corner is a small closet which is called 
the Trading Company. In this is kept a supply 
of knives, scrap-books, hinges, pencils, har- 
monicas, memorandums, etc., which the boys 
may buy. In the other room is a case for shoes 
that have been mended. Around the walls are 
a number of rows of drawers which are all num- 
bered. Each fellow has the use of one of these, 
in which he keeps an extra suit, a regulation 
cap and anything else he wishes. 

Thomas G. McCarragher. 

Unlodaing the Bar«ic 

After the barge goes for dressing, it has to 
be unloaded. It is first beached, then teams 
are backed up against it and the fellows load a 
cart with the dressing. We use manure forks 
to pitch tlie manure into the carls, taking the 
manure away from the front of the barge where 
it is kept piled up by a number of fellows from 
the back. After the barge has been emptied, it 
is swept, then scrubbed and left clean. 

James R. Gregory. 

Cbe Prize Contest 

■"Some village Hampden, tliat with dauntless breast 
The little tyrant of his fields withstood. 

Some mute, inglorious Milton here may rest; 

Some Cromwell, guiltless of his country's blood." 

Dr. Bancroft kindly offered to give two 
dollars to the boy who could tell who wrote the 
above lines, and give the best account of 
Hampden, Milton, and Cromwell in not more 
than five "hundred words. Quite a number of 
the boys tried for this prize and handed in their 
compositions One night while we were in 
chapel, Mr. Bradley spoke about the contest 
and said that it had been decided to award the 
prize to Leon H. Quinby, of the graduating 
class. Ernest N. Jorgensen. 

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