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THOMPSON^ IkSLAND 




BEACON 




Vol. 12. No. 1. Printed at The Farm And Irades School, Boston, Mass. 



May, 1908 



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



Cbe School's Ulater System 

The water used by the School for various 
purposes comes from the high service of the 
Metropolitan Water Works. The main pipe, 
which is six inches in diameter, comes under the 
water of the bay from Dorchester by way of 
Squantum. This pipe like all the large ones is 
of cast iron. At the south end of the Island, in 
the main pipe, is a water gate which can be 
closed for repairs to be made. On a hill over 
which the pipe passes is an air plug which can 
be used if the pipe gets air bound. 

From the water gate the pipe runs to the 
hydrant by the house where it is continued by a 
four inch pipe which goes just inside the build- 
ing. From this four inch pipe, a two inch pipe 
connects with two tanks in the attic. A fire 
hose is connected with these two inch pipes 
on each floor. 

These tanks are rectangular in shape and 
are copper lined. One holds one hundred thirty- 
five gallons and the other holds seven hundred 
thirty-six gallons. These tanks are so ar- 
ranged that either one or both may be used. 
This is very convenient, especially when repairs 
are necessary. Pipes lead from these tanks to 
the dining room, wash room, laundry, and other 
places where cold water is used. The water to 
be heated goes to two heaters from the tanks, 
one in the laundry, and one in the kitchen. 

The water used for drinking in the house, 
at the gardens, industrial building, farm house, 
barn and wharf, comes direct from the main pipe. 
Below the back road is a water gate where a 
pipe branches off to the barn and wharf. This 
is a very important pipe as it supplies water for 
the barn hydrant, animals, the steamer, and for 
the boats. 



Besides the system of running water we 
have five large cisterns which hold rain water. 
There are also two wells, each of which is sup- 
plied with a pump, the one at the house being 
eighty feet deep. This part of our water system 
is not used however. 

The hydrant near the house, and the one 
near the barn, are both protected by small houses 
in winter to prevent their freezing. 

Frederick C. Webb. 

eastcr 

Easter comes the first Sunday after the 
first full moon in Spring. This year, Mr. and 
Mrs. Bradley were away and did not get back 
until a week before Easter, and that left us only 
a week to prepare for the concert. The choir 
rehearsed the songs, and the fellows studied 
their recitations so they were all learned by 
Saturday night. 

On Sunday afternoon, as we entered the 
chapel, we noticed the pretty decorations in the 
front of the room. They consisted of Easter 
lilies, daffodils, geraniums, pinks, roses, tulips, 
and a white lilac tree, besides many other plants. 
All of these were artistically arranged. 

The service commenced wi1h a song by 
the choir, followed with a prayer by our minis- 
ter, and then a recitation. An interesting fea- 
ture was an exercise by nine small boys. First, 
one boy marched out with the flag of France and 
said something in praise of it. Then another 
came out with the flag of Spain, and then one 
by one, representatives of other countries ap- 
peared until all but one had spoken. He 
marched in with a large white banner bearing 
the words "Jesus is Risen," in gilt. He said 
that all these countries were very great in 
power but that they all bowed down to the 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



power represented by his banner, and he called 
upon them to salute his flag. This they did, 
acknowledging him greater than the rest. 

After the service, Mr. Bradley said that 
each fellow was to be given one of the geranium 
plants as soon as the weather was suitable to 
put them out of doors. He also gave credit to 
those that took part in the concert for doing so 
well in a week's time. We then each received 
a pink and this ended the pleasant afternoon's 
concert. Herbert M. Nelson. 

Kitcbeit mcrk 

To do the work in the kitchen there are 
three fellows and the baker in the morning, and 
four others in the afternoon. Two fellows get 
up at five o'clock each morning to help prepare 
the breakfast and wash the milk pails. At six 
the two other fellows come in and help them. 
In the morning one boy besides his other work, 
has to prepare all the potatoes that we use. 
Another has to look after the fires. The other 
fellow helps in any way he can. The baker 
works all the morning. When he mixes bread 
another fellow helps him. Besides baking the 
wheat bread, he bakes the ginger bread, corn 
bread, and cookies which are baked in the large 
brick oven. The work in the afternoon is done by 
the other four boys. They work from twelve 
o'clock until the work is done, and they work 
after supper also washing the dishes used in pre- 
paring supper. 

Frederick W. Marshall. 

Cbc Presidents 

Probably most people never stop to think 
how old the presidents were when elected, and 
their age at death. James Garfield was the 
youngest when he died, and John Adams, the 
second president, lived to be the oldest, ninety- 
one years. Garfield was fifty. George Wash- 
ington was sixty-seven, although he is generally 
thought to have been older. Two presidents 
were fifty-six, two sixty-seven and two sixty-eight. 
The average age of the presidents when they 
died was seventy years and a fraction over. 
The ages of some run like this, 7 1 , 72, 73, 74, 77, 
78, 80, 81. The next oldest was Andrew John- 



son, the seventeenth president, who was eighty- 
nine years old. Three presidents were 5 1 when 
elected, and five were 57. One president, 
James Garfield, died the same year he was 
elected. Five presidents died in office, three 
having been assassinated. There have been 25 
presidents. 

The following are the names of our presi- 
dents with their ages when elected, and when they 
died: Elected Died 

George Washington 57 67 

John Adams 61 91 

Thomas Jefferson 57 83 

James Madison 57 85 

James Monroe 58 73 

John Quincy Adams 57 8 1 

Andrew Jackson 61 78 

Martin Van Buren 54 80 

William H. Harrison 67 68 

John Tyler 5 1 72 

James Polk 49 54 

Zackary Taylor 64 66 

Millard Filmore 50 74 

Franklin Pierce 48 65 

James Buchanan 65 77 

Abraham Lincoln 51 56 

Andrew Johnson 57 67 

Ulysses Grant 46 63 

Rutherford Hayes 54 71 

James Garfield 49 50 

Chester Arthur 5 1 56 

Grover Cleveland 47 — 

Benjamin Harrison 55 68 

Grover Cleveland 55 — 

William McKinley 53 57 

Theodore Roosevelt 43 — 

Average age 70. 

Herbert F. M. Watson. 

Birds 

There are many different kinds of birds on 
the Island. Some of the birds build their nests 
near the house. I know where there are six 
sparrows' nests and three of robins. We see 
the robins, brown thrashers, thrushes, sparrows, 
chickadees, meadow larks, and many other dif- 
ferent kinds of birds. 

Spencer S. Profit. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Our new Cead and Rule Cutter 

Recently we received a new lead and rule 
cutter in the printing office. It is a great deal 
better than the one we formerly used. It will 
cut from one up to one hundred picas. It has 
two knives attached, one for cutting leads, and 
the other for cutting rules. There are front and 
back gauges which can be set for the desired 
length. The front gauge can be set to cut any 
length from one pica to fifty. The back gauge 
can be set from five to one hundred picas. On 
the cutter there is a graduated scale, marked 
off by half and even picas, by which the gauge 
is set. This machine is operated by a handle 
which works similar to a pump handle. This is 
a very interesting machine. 

Earle C. Marshall. 

Cutting Sod 

One day, another boy and I were sent to 
cut sods on the right-hand side of the farm 
house path going towards the barn. We cut 
strips about three feet and one-half long and one 
foot wide. We cut the sods and then loosened 
them with the forks we had. 

Edward H. Deane. 

Sloyd Course 

Sixteen boys go to sloyd in the morning 
from seven o'clock until eight forty-five. When 
a fellow first gets into sloyd he is given a hook 
to hang his coat and hat upon, and a bench is 
assigned to him at which he is to work. Then 
he is set to work drawing his first three models 
which are the wedge, planting pin, and plant sup- 
port. After these are drawn he fills out a lum- 
ber order blank. If it is approved by the In- 
structor, he selects his wood and makes his first 
model. The same plan is carried out all through 
sloyd until he comes to the boat. The sloyd 
models consist of a wedge, planting pin, plant 
support, flower-pot stand, coat hanger, cylinder, 
file handle, hammer handle, butter paddle, paper- 
knife, picture frame, towel roller, bread board, 
pen-tray, nail box, cake spoon, mallet, diploma 
frame, sugar scoop, book support, sundial, dumb- 
bell, boat, and tool chest. 

Louis M. Reinhard. 



B Cecture 

Two years ago Mr. Myron J. Cochran gave 
an illustrated lecture on the making of maple 
sugar. This year, April twenty-second, he gave 
another stereopticon lecture covering points of in- 
terest in Massachusetts, and several Vermont 
scenes were also shown. He started the lecture 
with views of Concord and Lexington, showing 
us the points of interest along the route the Brit- 
ish marched from Boston to Concord. As a pic- 
ture came on the screen, he told the chief 
points of interest about it. Some of the pic- 
tures shown were the tavern near where the 
battle of Lexington was fought; also a monu- 
ment in memory of Captain Parker who said: 
"Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean 
to have war, let it begin here." There were 
pictures of the houses of famous men and 
churches, and the "Minute Man" of Concord. 
Thomas Carnes. 

CDe Ball Game 

One Saturday afternoon our first nine played 
the Boston Latin second team. The game was 
very exciting, too. At the first the visitors were 
ahead, but in the last of the ninth inning we tied 
the score so we had to have another inning, 
ending with the score fourteen to thirteen in their 
favor. William W. Foster. 

makind maps in School 

We drew a map of the Central States and 
colored it. It was dark green in the valleys 
with a white line for rivers, and it was colored 
a darker yellow for high lands. The Black hills 
and Ozark mountains were the highest. The 
Mississippi was the lowest, and the Missouri 
next. Warren A. Skelton. 

Screening Gravel 

In the spring large quantities of gravel have 
to be screened because the other gravel has 
almost all been washed off of the walks. First 
the gravel is put on the sand screen to get the 
sand out. Then it is put on the gravel screen 
and all that goes through the screen is the right 
size. Then the gravel is taken up and put on 
the paths and avenues. 

Harold Y. Jacobs. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbotiip$on'$ Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 
Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor. 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR WORTHY BOYS 
DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS. 



Vol. 12. No. 1 



May, 1908. 



Subscription Price - 50 cents per year. 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 

vice-president 

Henry S. Grew 

treasurer 

Arthur Adams 

secretary 

Tucker Daland 

managers 

Melvin 0. Adams 
I. Tucker Burr 

Charles P. Curtis 
George L. DeBlois 

Charles T. Gallaghef 
V/ alter Hunnewell 
Henry Jackson, M. D. 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

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



Charles H. Bradley 



Superintendent 



Treasurer's Address 50 State St. 

Boston, Mass. 

The following success maxims from an 
after-dinner speech given by Mr. J.J. Hill, the 
Great Northern Railway Magnate, praises anew 
the spur of necessity and the value of doing 
things well. The truth of these words can 
easily be traced in our own little community 



and in the lives of its present and past citizens. 
Look about boys, and think. Seriously apply 
yourselves now, for your own success, and for 
the good of the community. 

"For a man to say that power, or the power 
that wealth gives, is something for which to 
make a slave of ourselves is not fit. I would 
not do it; it is not worth the candle. And if to 
make money was the object of my life I could 
have been satisfied long ago, because I hope I 
have learned that for myself and those who 
come after me it is not the most fortunate or 
best thing that they should have more money 
than their share. 

There is one thing that young men feel is 
a burden and hardship, and I want to tell them 
that the spur of necessity of which many com- 
plain is a rich heritage, and that most young 
men who miss it fall in the race. 

The spur of necessity, of doing ' what you 
have to do and doing it well because you feel 
you must do it well or fail and be written down 

as a failure — that really is of more value to a man 
who has to meet the conditions that present 
themselves in all the varied business affairs, 
and is of more value to him than anything that 
I know of; more, 1 might say, than anything 
else, unless — and I won't claim any original 
credit — that a man must make up his mind, if 
he is going to succeed, that he must, as some 
one said, if he takes the other man's dollar, 
must give it back to him with a fair and honest 
return. 

If any business enterprise is honestly con- 
ceived and executed business reward will follow. 

The character of every community, city or 
state, is the character of the men who consti- 
tute it. 

My work is nearly done. I have always 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



looked forward to a little leisure and time to 
read a book or two. 

When I do lay down the work there has 
not been a line written that cannot be published 
to the world." 

notes 

April 1 . Finished a junk room in storage 
barn. 

April 2. Sowed clover seed back of Cot- 
tage Row. 

Load of joists, clapboards, and shingles from 
Freeport Street. 

20 bushels cracked com, 60 bushels oats, 
600 pounds cottonseed meal, and 600 pounds of 
gluten came. 

April 3. Made a roof ladder for north 
wing. 

Planted 16 Sugar maples on Cemetery 
hHl. 

April 6. Set out willow shoots along the 
east shore. 

A load of dressing from Walworth's. 

April 7. Ernest Matthew Catton entered 
the School. 

April 8. First radishes from hot bed. 

April 9. Steamer painted and varnished 
outside. 

April 10. A load of dressing from Wal- 
worth's. 

April 1 1 . Observatory floor and stairs 
varnished. 

April 12. A litter of 10 pigs born. 

April 13. Put a new door in the pent 
house. 

April 18. Planted Alaska peas. 

Decorated chapel for Easter. 

April 19. Sunday. Easter concert. 

First chickens hatched. 

April 20. Treasurer Arthur Adams visited 
the School. 

Planted shrubs at east end of the farm 
house. 

April 2 1 . Floors of boys' private room and 
slop closet varnished. 

Edwin James Tape entered the School. 

George Wilford Eastty returned to his father. 



April 22. Covered roof of cow run with 
mineral roofing. 

Stereopticon talk on historical places around 
Boston, by Mr. Myron J. Cochran. 

April 23. 200 pounds meal, 10 bushels 
cracked corn, 60 bushels seed oats, and 5 bags 
wheat came. 

April 24. Two and one-half tons chemicals 
for fertilizer came, also seven tons plaster. 

Sowed oats and seeded down the piece 
back of Cottage Row and in Bowditch Grove. 

April 25. Mixed fertilizers. 

Put on summer caps. 

A play entitled 'The Spy of Gettysburg" 
given by the first class. 

Ball game with second team of the Boston 
Latin School. Score 14 to 13 in favor of visit- 
ing team. 

April 26. A number of the boys attended 
church in town. 

April 27. Planted an acre of potatoes. 

Secretary Tucker Daland visited the School. 

Set out 30 white spruces north of the root 
cellar. 

April 28. Room No. 5 painted. 

Peas planted April 1 8 germinated. 

William Howard McCullagh entered the 
School. 

Planted peas, spinach, lettuce, and radishes 
in the garden. 

Ernest Niels Jorgensen left the School to 
work for N. F. McCarthy & Co., Florists, 84 
Holly St., City. 

April 29. Claud Wallace Salisbury left the 
School. 

Graduate Alfred Lanagan visited the 
School. 

Hall Graff am returned to the Children's 
Home, Fitchburg, Mass. 

William Frank O 'Conner left the School to 
work for the A. T. Stearns Lumber Co., Nepon- 
set. 

Entertainment consisting of music and reci- 
tations given by Miss Ethel C. Jackson, Miss 
Anna E. White, and Mr. Ralph G. Winslcw cf 
Dorchester. 



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April 30. Transplanted celery in hot beds. 

Hoisted topmast to flag staff. 

Treasurer Arthur Adams visited the School. 

Stereopticon talk on Alaska of today by Rev. 
Frederick M. Brooks, who recently visited there, 

Joseph E. K. Robblee visited the School. 

A Guernsey bull added to the herd. A gift 
of Mr. George Mixter. 

J\pr\\ metcorolodv 

Maximum temperature, 82° on the 23. 

Minimum temperature, 24° on the 4. 

Mean temperature, for the month, 45.8°. 

Total precipitation, 1 .09 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in twenty-four hours, 
.27 inches on the 9th. 

5 clear days, 23 partly cloudy, 2 cloudy 
days. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 248 and 
30 minutes. 

CDe Tartti and trades School BanR 

Cash on hand April 1, 1908 $505.04 

Deposited during the month 11.10 

$516.14 
Withdrawn during the month 20.78 

Cash on hand May 1, 1908 $495.36 

Black Putty 

In making black putty a small round pan is 
quarter filled with linseed oil. Into this lamp 
black is put to make it just black enough. Then 
whiting is added to make it stiff so as to work 
on a board. The putty is then taken out of the 
pan and put on a board so as to be worked stiff 
enough to use. Frank H. Machon 

Cementing Crees 

In the orchard there are quite a number of 
trees which are decayed or have been hollowed 
out by woodpeckers. In such cases we have to 
fix the holes in them. This is done by filling 
with stones, and cement or concrete. The pro- 
cess by which the concrete is made is as follows: 
five parts of fine sand are sifted, then one part 
of cement is added. These are thoroughly 
mixed and last of all there are added about one 
and one-half gallons of water. It was my work 



one Saturday morning to help Mr. Kibby do this. 
We did almost the whole orchard that morning. 
Our object in filling those cavities was to pre- 
vent the rain from filling them and causing the 
tree to decay, and to destroy the gypsy moth nests, 
Theodore Miller. 

Tilling Ruts on the Playground 

During the fall and winter just passed, the 
rain and snow storms caused large ruts to appear 
in the middle of the playground. If these ruts 
had been allowed to stay it would have spoiled 
baseball playing for this year. The fellows have 
long since filled them in and rolled the play- 
ground all over. The filling was taken from a 
large pile of clay behind the shop, over which 
we spread loam, and then planted grass seed. 
Now that this has been all done the grass will 
soon grow and the playground will look like a 
lawn that has been nicely kept up. 

Paul H. Gardner. 

Putting the Shot 

The fellows have commenced to throw the 
shot. About every day a number of fellows are 
to be seen throwing it. We have two shots, 
one a sixteen pounder, and the other a twenty- 
two. When a fellow is going to throw the shot 
he steps back from the line and runs, and when 
he comes to the line he throws it. He does 
this to get more force into the throw. On the 
Fourth of July there is a contest. A six foot 
circle is marked out and each fellow in turn 
steps into it and throws the shot. If the fellow 
steps outside the circle while throwing the shot 
that throw is not counted. 

Clarence S. Nelson. 

Boating 

It is the privilege of the boys in the boat 
crew to go out in the boats rowing if they 
choose. On Saturday afternoon somebody wants 
to go out in the boat, so after getting permission 
they go down to launch the boat. The boats 
are kept on the wharf and are launched with the 
aid of a derrick. A rope is hitched to a ring in 
the bow and stern of the boat. The boat is 
then raised so it will swing over the railing on 
the wharf. The derrick is then swung around 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



so the boat is over the water, and lowered. The 
oars are then put in and everything is ready for 
the start. There are two large buoys which 
mark our course. These are on the north- 
western side of our Island. We row between 
these bouys which are about a mile apart. 
This gives us quite a large course to row. There 
are four boats which we use for this, the Standish, 
which is a four-oared boat, the Brewster, having 
six oars, the Priscilla which has eight oars, and 
the Mary Chilton, which is a nine-oared boat 
twenty-four feet long. Louis C. Darling. 

matchind a Bira 

One morning as I was walking along "Cot- 
tage Row," I happened to see something run in 
under the Corinthian Cottage. I looked again 
and saw.it was a bird. When the boys find a 
bird they report it in school and write it down 
on the bird list. I hadn't seen a bird like that 
before this year. I had a chance to get quite 
close to it and 1 kept still to see its colors or 
markings. I got a good view of it and then 
came up to the house and described it to the 
teacher of our class, and then we looked it up 
in the bird book. We found it was a chewink, 
and I wrote it down in my bird list. 

James L. Joyce. 

Kcpairing £^ttm^ 

Most of the cottages of Cottage Row need 
repairing every spring and this spring was no 
exception. The first thing usually done is to 
take down all of the pictures and put the furni- 
ture and other things in a corner where they 
will not be in the way. Then if there is any 
repairing to be done, one of the owners gets the 
necessary things from the shop. Usually the 
doors are warped and have to be planed down so 
they will open and shut easily. If any of the win- 
dows are broken, new glass is set in. After 
all the repairing is finished, inside and outside, 
the walls are washed and then painted. The 
floor is scrubbed next, and if the owners have 
any carpet or mats, they are put down. Then 
the Cottage is painted on the outside. When 
a boy wants paint to use on his cottage he 
sends in a requisition to Mr. Burnham, who 



looks at the boy's cottage to see if it needs 
painting very badly. If it does he will give the 
boy the right kind of paint. The owners try to 
have their cottages repaired by the first Visit- 
ing Day so they can show them to their rela- 
tives. T. Chapel Wright. 

gleaning m Pigeon Eofts 

When the pigeon lofts need cleaning, and 
fresh litter put in, it is my work to do it. First, I 
scrape the old litter into a pile, then shovel it 
into a barrel. After sweeping the floor to get the 
remaining Utter and dirt up, I wheel it down to 
the pig pens for the pigs. Then I spread fresh 
litter on the floor to the thickness of about two 
inches. When this is done, 1 sweep the cobwebs 
from the walls and ceiling, then 1 wash the 
windows. The lofts need cleaning every week, 
Prescott B. Merrifield, 

morkind in the Sbop 

One of the pleasures which the fellows have 
is working in the shop. Every day the first 
graders can go in there to work if they want to. 
On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday the second 
grades are allowed to go in there to work. The 
fellows use gumwood, mahogany, maple, and 
many other kinds of wood to work with. They 
make pen trays, paper knives, jewelry boxes, 
and many other articles. The fellows can also 
work on the lathe. The lath^ is very useful for 
making many things such as dumbells, Indian 
clubs, file handles and other things. 

A. Allan Eaton. 

Cbe Gluing Outfir 

There is a new gluing outfit in the printing 
office. It consists of a lamp which has a tin 
chimney with a space where mica*is put so the 
one using the outfit can see the blaze and regu- 
late it. This is surrounded by a tin shield 
about a foot high with an opening in it near the 
bottom, and it has holes all around the top of the 
shield which is open at the top. A copper pail 
is put inside with hot water in it. A tin cup is 
put in the pail and pieces of glue are put in and 
melted. The glue is applied with a brush in 
making up blocks, and in binding different pam- 
phlets for the School. Leonard S. Hayden. 



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Jllumni 

Herbert W. French, 78, George W. 
Byers, '86, Edward L. Davis, '02, 
Charles F. Spear, '03, and George A. 
Maguire,'06, were sufferers from the Chelsea fire 
which occurred April 12. They all lost everything 
except what they had on. Mrs. French was seri- 
ously burned. Mr. French and his son Hobert 
had great difficulty in putting out the fire in Mrs. 
French's clothing, as well as that in their own 
clothes, which caught fire several times in their 
flight for life. Mr. Byers lost two houses which 
were insured. Spear and Davis, as well as the 
other fellow, showed the usual Farm School spirit 
when offered assistance, preferring that others 
should be helped first as they were well and had 
employment. 

Henry A. Fox, '79, District Chief of the 
Boston Fire Department, with his driver, was 
thrown from his wagon on going to a second 
alarm fire in Charlestown, April 22. Beyond 
a good shaking up and some bruises neither men 
suffered severely. Chief Fox as usual landed on 
his feet so to speak, and was soon at his post of 
duty. The most damage was to the horse and 
wagon in the run-away which followed. 

Walter Cleary, '93, died at Roslindale, 
Mass., April 27. Walter left the School in 1 893 
to work for the Brainard Milling Machine Com- 
pany at Hyde Park, Mass. An injury to his left 
hand two years later prevented further work in 
the shop and he began work for the Metropolitan 
Sewer Commission Engineers Department. 
Later he went to Colorado for his health; return- 
ing he entered«the Pembrooke Sanitarium, Con- 
cord, N. H. Our last letter from him was from 
Concord thanking us for a remembrance box. 

^it Jfftemoon UlalK 

One Sunday afternoon we went for a walk 
with Mr. Bradley. First, we visited the hen 
house and looked at the hens, monkey, and rab- 
Lits. Outside we visited the raccoon. It was 
a cross one and didn't seem to enjoy our visit. 
We then went along the beach road and through 



Lyman's grove. Then went over to the point 
where the cable runs through to the mainland. 
Mr. Bradley explained all about it. Next we 
went where David Thompson's cabin used to 
stand and Mr. Bradley explained about that also. 
We then visited the bee hive and from there we 
went up to the house. Edwin J. Tape. 

Cbc Brown Cbrasbcr 

One afternoon, while taking a wheelbarrow 
full of sod over to the sod pile at the south end, 
I saw a bird new to me. It had a pale red- 
brown back, darkest on the wings, underneath 
white, breast heavily streaked with dark brown 
arrow-shaped spots on a pale white background. 
The bird had a tail about five inches long, and 
it had a long bill curved at the tip. When I 
looked it up in the bird book, I found it was a 
female brown thrasher. It allowed me to creep 
up underneath the branch on which it sat, and 
look at it for two or three minutes, while it looked 
at me with its yellow eyes. Then it flew to a 
higher branch and 1 went on my way. 

Edward M. Bickford. 

J\ Hew Jlrrangcment 

In the barn we have been in the habit of 
getting our plaster out of a bag which was kept 
on the cow run. But this was not a very good 
way because cows going out and coming in often 
tipped the bag over and the plaster went on the 
floor. To remedy this a box was made, up in a 
corner out of the way, to hold four hundred pounds 
of plaster. This box is very convenient. The 
plaster is brought up from the storage barn in 
two-hundred pound bags and emptied in the box. 
Theodore M. Fuller. 

Gypsy moths 

A gypsy moth is a tree destroyer and if 
the eggs are allowed to hatch, the caterpillars 
will eat the tender leaves, and so destroy the 
tree. A remedy for them is creosote. This is 
put on the eggs and it burns them so they can- 
not hatch. A brush is used to put it on with. 
The eggs are generally found on the under sides 
of bark, boards, stones, etc. They are found in 
nests of about three hundred eggs. 

Terrance L. Parker. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND 





BEACON 



Vol. 12. No. 2. 



Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. 



June, 1908 



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



memorial Sunday 

Each year the Elk Pleasure Association 
makes up the programme for Memorial Sunday. 
This year. Memorial Sunday came on May 31. 
Saturday, it rained hard and we thought that it 
would not be a good day, but when we woke up in 
the morning, the sun was shining, and it was a 
fine day for our exercises. The pieces were 
given to ten different fellows, about two weeks 
before Memorial Day. In the afternoon, we 
all changed our clothes. The singing-books 
were brought down from chapel and carried 
over to the cemetery at the south end of our 
Island in a hand cart. The flowers were also 
taken over in the same way. We had daisies, 
buttercups, bluegrass, white violets, peonies, 
Japanese snowballs, and a vine called honey 
suckle. All of these flowers were made into 
bouquets. About quarter of three the bugle 
sounded the call to line up. In the front of the 
line were the drummers, bugler, and color ser- 
geant, and then the E. P. A. privates, with the 
officers at the side. Next came the Gardner 
Pleasure Club led by George Holmes; next to 
these were the rest of the fellows who are not in 
either club. 

We first marched down to the wharf to 
receive Mr. Scott, an old war veteran. We 
then marched along beach-road and up through 
Lyman Grove to the cemetery. Captain James 
Clifford gave the first address. After the sing- 
ing and speaking by the boys was over, the offi- 
cers decorated the graves with flowers, and 
placed one United States flag on each grave, 
with the exception of one, on which was placed 
al:o a Swedish flag, in honor of our first sloyd 
tercher, who died, while trying to save the lives 



of some of the fellows. When the graves were 
all decorated the bugler sounded the "Taps." 
Mr. Bradley next said a few words and an- 
nounced that Mr. Scott, who had been through 
the Civil War, would speak to us. Mr. Scott 
gave a very interesting account of his life during 
the war. We all started for the house, feeling 
that we had had a very pleasant time. 

George H. Balch. 

Caundrv Ulasbitid Routine 

We have special days on which to do cer- 
tain things. On Monday we wash the instruc- 
tors' clothes, on Tuesday we wash the boys' 
sheets and pillow cases, on Wednesday the boys' 
shirts and stockings, on Thursday the boys' coats 
and pants that have been changed during the 
week, and on every other Friday we have the 
farm overalls and jumpers, the shop overalls and 
aprons, and the sloyd and printing office aprons. 
Weeks when we have these, we clean the laun- 
dry on Saturday morning, and when we do not 
have them we clean up on Friday morning. 
Clarence M. Daniels. 

Repairing tbe Tarm l)ou$e Path 

One afternoon Mr. McLeod, Harlan Stevens 
and 1 got some clay and gravel in a wheelbarrow, 
and went to the farm house path. Then we took 
a bushel box and put straps in the handles so we 
could carry it easily. After this Mr. McLeod 
put some gravel in the box. Another boy had 
put on the clay so Stevens and 1 took the gravel 
and dumped it on the clay. Then Mr. McLeod 
took a rake and smoothed it out so it would look 
even. After that we went farther down the path 
with the wheelbarrows full of gravel and dumped 
it, ready to be spread out by Mr. McLeod. 

Harold W. Smith. 



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tbe Beacon's Birtbaay 

The Beacon is eleven years old. It was 
born in May, 1897 and has, ever since, entered 
the offices and homes of its subscribers monthly. 
There were two reasons why the school was 
prompted to publish the Beacon, first for its ed- 
ucational value to the fellows on our Island, and 
second that the friends and relatives would get an 
idea of the school in their boys' own words. 
When the Superintendent and Managers thought 
of having a paper the next thing was the question, 
"What shall we name it?" After having sug 
gestions, offered by graduates, and friends of the 
school, it was decided to take the name suggested 
by a former pupil, John P. Ackers, who at that 
time was president of the Alumni. The name 
which he gave was the "Beacon" and this 
seem.ed to fit the school's position, it being on an 
Island, in the midst of water, casting rays of hope 
to some person wanting to have their boy come 
to this school. The Beacon is looked forward 
to right here at the school by the fellows, because 
when a boy gets a Beacon fresh from the press, he 
looks to see if his article has been printed, as 
most of the fellows try to get an article in the 
Beacon as often as possible. 

Frederick J. Wilson. 

Strainiitd milk 

Every morning and night, at five o'clock, it 
is my work to carry milk. I get the strainers at 
the kitchen and carry them down to the barn and 
put them on the can. There is a shelf that holds 
two cans. When the milkers get through milk- 
ing one cow they weigh the milk on a pair of cir- 
cular scales. Then they mark it down on a 
chart beside the number of the cow that gave it. 
Then the milk is strained into a can which holds 
twenty pounds. The can weighs five pounds. 
When two cans are filled, 1 carry them up to 
the kitchen. Here I strain it again into a can. 
We get seven or eight cans of milk night and 
morning. Henry G. Eckman. 

Diddittd up Cms 

One day Mr. Kibby, a lot of other after- 
noon farm boys, and I went over to the Whale's 
Back and dug up all the small dead trees. We 



dug around the roots first as far as we could and 
then pulled the trees up. Then we continued to 
dig the holes until they were a foot and a half deep. 
We put sods on the east side of holes, the loam 
on the south side, and the gravel on the north 
side. We dug up these trees so that we could 
plant new ones in their places. This job lasted 
all the afternoon and at the end the team came 
and took away the trees that we dug up. 

Oscar Neumann. 

my Dog 

I had a dog before I came here and his 
name was Duke. He was very lively and in- 
telligent. He used to come to school and meet 
me. When I came home he would want to go 
out and have a frolic. One day I gave him a 
bone and he went out and buried it and several 
days after he went and dug it up and ate it. He 
runs up and down stairs so hard that you would 
think a man was running up and down. 

Edric Blakemore. 

Picking up Stones 

One day some other fellows and I went 
picking up stones on the beach. We put them 
in piles ready for the teams. When the teams 
came we loaded the stones into the carts. We 
worked two or three hours there until the tide 
came. Then we went over to pile them on the 
dikes. Dana W. Osborne 

Beacon €bart 

Each school room has its Beacon Chart. 
The one in the second school room is one yard 
three inches long, and eleven inches wide. In 
the second school room there are three classes, 
and in the first school room two classes. Each 
class has a separate chart and they are tied to- 
gether with red ribbons. When a fellow gets 
an article in the "Beacon" there is a star put 
opposite his name. I have one star. 

A. Bennett Cooke. 

Uisiting Day 

Visiting day dawned bright and clear, the 
great day looked forward to by all the boys. 
We worked until half past eight: then the bell 
rang and we got ready to receive our friends. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



When we were ready, we marched down on the 
lawn to see where we were to stand. From 
there we marched to the wharf at the beat of 
the drum. When we got there the boat was in 
sight, and as itneared the wharf the band struck 
up a lively tune and played until the people got 
off the boat. Then we marched up in step 
with the band, onto the lawn; there the band 
played two or three pieces. Mr. Bradley spoke 
to the visitors and announced the second visit- 
ing day, then he dismissed us and we ran to 
our friends. We showed them all around the 
buildings, then we had our luncheon, with our 
friends. Then the bell rang, and we went to the 
wharf, to bid them good-bye. After they were 
on board, we gave three cheers and a tiger, and 
marched to the house to put our food in our 
drawers. Frederick J. Barton. 

B Strange Scene 

One noon, while Fred Webb, Willard 
Perry, and I were playing ball, our attention 
was attracted by the blowing of a steam whistle. 
We looked out in the harbor and saw a light- 
ship coming in. It got half way to Castle Island 
and turned around and went out again. It 
seemed to be going at a good speed. That 
was the last we saw of it until quarter past two 
in the afternoon and then it came down between 
Spectacle Island and our Island, and we saw 
this — "90 Hedge Fence 90" — on the side. On 
the mast at the top, it had a large black flag with 
the words "Fore River" in white letters. It 
looked like a new ship. Some thought the 
engines were being tested. 

Gordon G. MacIntire. 

Printing Uisitittd Day €ard$ 

Every year, about the last of April, or the 
first part of May, the printers are busy preparing 
the visiting day cards. We first got the re- 
quired amount of stock and cut it up the right 
size, which is five and one-half inches long by 
three and one-quarter inches wide. Then our 
instructor made up a good design for the face of 
the card, and then printed nearly two thousand, 
enough for the rest of this year. Mr. Bradley 
then sent down a paper telling when the first vis- 



iting day was. 1 then set it up in a plain type, 
and locked it up in a chase. While I was doing 
this another fellow was printing four cuts, repre- 
senting a number of the trades taught at the 
School, on the back of the card. One was of a 
carpenter, sawing a board, and one at the lathe. 
The other two were of a blacksmith, and a 
printer. After he had finished this, the form I 
had set up, was put on the press, and three 
hundred and fifty cards were printed, for the 
first visiting day. The fellows think this card 
an improvement over the old one. 

Herbert M. Nelson. 

flower Gardens 

On the northern part of our Island near the 
hedge are situated the gardens. Every fellow 
who owns a garden has to take care of it 
during the summer months. As soon as the 
weather becomes warm, which is usually in the 
month of April, he is up there with a shovel, 
rake, and trowel, starting to repair his garden. 
First, he takes a shovel and digs up the ground 
until it is soft, breaks up the lumps of earth so 
that the ground is not lumpy, and takes out the 
large stones. Then he levels the dirt off and 
puts stones around the edges. Many of the 
fellows, in order to have good garden stones go 
around the beach and pick them up. Then 
they get the required amount of dirt that they 
need, because both the rain and snow have 
washed a good deal of the old dirt away during 
the winter. When all this is done the fellows 
are then ready to plant their seeds. 

Percy Smith. 

Planting Potatoes 

Every year, about May first, the farm fellows 
are busy planting potatoes. They are first soaked 
in formaldehyde so as to keep off the potato scab, 
then they are cut up leaving at least one eye on 
each piece. The rows are from three to four 
feet apart and are from eight to ten inches deep. 
The fertilizer is spread in the rows and the po- 
tatoes are dropped about fourteen inches apart. 
After the potatoes are covered, they are not 
worked until they are up and growing pretty well. 
Terrance L. Parker. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Doiiip$on'$ Tsland Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR WORTHY BOYS 
DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS. 



Vol. 12. No. 2. 



June, 1908. 



Subscription Price - 50 Cents Per Year. 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

'Alfred Bowditch 



vice president 

Henry S. Grew 



treasurer 

Arthur Adams 



secretary 

Tucker Daland 



managers 

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 
Moses Williams, Jr. 
Ralph B. Williams 



Charles H. Bradley, 



Superintendent 



Treasurer's Address 50 State St. 

Boston, Mass. 



The "Listener" in the June 6th Transcript 
expresses so much sentiment concerning this 
School that will interest our older readers, who 
perhaps have not seen the article, and that our 
boys may grasp, if possible, a little better the 
associations that surround them we reprint be- 



low, by permission, what Mr. Clement says: — 

Almost "tout Boston," that is to say, the 
old "tout Boston" — -the Boston of the Beacon 
Hill of the middle of the nineteenth century — 
took, its annual sail down the harbor Friday. 
It only went as far as Thompson's Island — noth- 
ing of course like Nantasket is within its ken — 
for its immemorial, yearly inspection of the 
Farm School, now "The Farm and Trades 
School," if you please, being thus officially 
designated in the amended charter. It is one 
of the many monuments of the enlightened phil- 
anthropy of Boston and dating back to the leaders 
of the social life of the first generation of the 
nineteenth century, it shows that this Boston 
"home," "asylum," arid school-founding habit is 
of long growth. The big old school house on 
Thompson's Island is as genuine and unspoiled 
a bit of old Boston, the Boston of long before the 
war, the Boston of the "swell front" houses with 
purple panes of glass in the long windows, on the 
slope of Beacon street; of the Boston when the 
homey streets of the West end converging into 
Bowdoin square, made Tremont row and Court 
street, with their bright shops, the promenade for 
the afternoon, as Boylston street with its new 
shops is today. The whole detail of this most 
interesting institution is of the period — down • to 
the eight by ten window-panes and the slim 
round mahogany banisters. The facade carries 
with an air something of the grandiose architec- 
ture of a public building — with four fluted col- 
umns and the broad space above the entabla- 
ture pierced by a half-round lunette — fronting 
though it does only the boys and the farm, and 
the southwest winds. But the grandeur is mod- 
est in brick and demure in a certain grayish 
yellow paint, a color stipulated in the bequest 
which was left by one of the worthies of the per- 
iod to the foundation for its periodical repaint- 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



ing which insures its always looking fresh in this 
Puritan suit of yellowish drab. The whole thing 
is truly touching, though it is flourishing in its 
age like a green bay tree. It irresistibly ap- 
peals to the veneration that every true Boston- 
ian feels for the great old names of our chro- 
nicles to see that the affairs of the Farm 
School are still in the hands of the quietly loyal 
and loving, and sturdily up-keeping sons and 
grandsons of the founders. 

So a distinguished company of these and 
their sisters, and their cousins, and their aunts, 
with a few invited guests appreciating their priv- 
ileges, fairly filled solid the walk from the end of 
the pier winding up through the finely crowned 
road to the great- school-house on the top of the 
broad-topped, splendid hill which forms the 
northern half of the Island. There, under the 
noble old trees making an academic grove in 
front of the main building, the view for the com- 
pany swept down the length of the fair Island 
with its beautiful rolling land — here a green knoll, 
there rich with black soil, now studded with the 
lines of the new springing crop. The pictur- 
esquely charming Squantum Head, with its sav- 
in-decorated rocky promontory, lies in the mid- 
dle distance, and Quincy and the Blue Hills 
supply the distance. Among the white-haired 
men and matrons were representatives of the 
■smart second generation come down from State 
street for the afternoon on cheerful duty bound, 
keeping informed as to the ancient trust. Gaz- 
ing across the land and water and listening now 
and then to the vigorous music of his boys' band, 
the company were given in a brief resume, by 
Superintendent Bradley, more than a score of 
years now headmaster, the whole long history of 
Massachusetts B.ay for background. One could 
almost see Captain Miles Standish in his steel 
armor and helmet landing at the tip end of the 



Island as plainly as one saw Mr. Henry S. Grew 
in his straw hat beaming upon Mr. Bradley and 
the company assembled to show their continued 
faith in him and interest in the work. 

It is another visible proof, this whole beau- 
tiful Island and the clean and simple, whole- 
somely thorough work done there in character- 
building, that the Boston men of other days who 
gave the town its tone and name in progress in 
benevolence and enlightenment, took their 
measures well. It shows the right seed sown 
and planted and watered, the best sort of trees 
selected. Here is a plant that has constantly 
grown in value and improved in character. If 
it is still true that the boys are "indigent" they 
are not told so or described thus to the public. 
It is no longer an "asylum" that they are nur- 
tured in from tender years to manhood's threshold ; 
but a home in all senses and a school; and they 
are not grudgingly limited to the three R's 
and the useful trades; they may lay here the 
foundation for all the cultivation they can take 
in future years and all that it is necessary to 
have at eighteen in any walk of life. The old 
stigma is as completely gone, there are no 
more bad boys at The Farm and Trades School 
than there are Indians at Squantum or Fore 
River, where on the trip when he took in 
Thompson's Island Captain Standish killed a 
couple of men and a boy becauase he wanted 
their cabin to pass the night in, a little incident 
of that period which corresponds to boy-gunners' 
feats with the feathered tribes inhabiting the 
coves along the shore. The boys are good ap- 
parently without any discipline, nowadays. The 
atmosphere created by the teachers and the 
beauty of the environment are enough to insure 
that. The little old "Gardner Hall," with stair- 
ways strongly suggestive of the severely plain 
passageways of Hollis Hall at Harvard, and the 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



gift of the old John L. Gardner — not the late 
"Jack" — of HoUis's period, is a small "Tech" 
teeming with fine salable works from joinery to 
blacksmithing and job printing. 

notes 

May I , Veterinary here. 

Picture moulding put up in Room No, 5. 

Transplanted 1800 celery plants in hotbed. 

May 5, Royal Raymond Ellison entered 
the School. 

Raised front of cow mangers 12 inches 
higher. 

May 6. Through the kindness of Mr. 
Arthur Beane the first nine attended the Har- 
vard-Williams base ball game. 

May 7. Cut asparagus for the first time. 

May 8. Sowed peas and oats and seeded 
down the piece by the observatory. 

Through the kindness of Henry Bradley 
several of the boys and instructors attended drill 
at the Boston Latin School. 

May 1 1 . Put out rat poison. 

May 12. Finished planting 5 acres of po- 
tatoes. 

Edric Blanchard Blakemore entered the 
School. 

Entertainment on "Yawcob Strauss" by 
Mr. Charles FoUen Adams. 

May 13. Planted early sweet corn and 
beans. 

Graduate Matthew H. Paul visited the 
School. 

May 14. A litter of nine pigs born. 

Began repairs in sitting room and parlor. 

Scott's works given to the School library 
by Mr. Alfred Howard. 

Removed fence crossing the Island by 
Cottage Row, except that directly back of the 
cottages.. 

May 16. Planted onion seeds. 

May 18. First visiting day. 208 present 
including Vice President Henry S. Grew, Sec- 
retary Tucker Daland, and Manager Charles T. 
Gallagher. 

May 20. 40 bushels of rhubarb sent to 
market. 



May 21. Farm School Alumni Associa- 
tion name changed to Alumni Association of 
The Farm and Trades School. 

May 22. Finished transplanting 1260 to- 
mato plants. 

May 23, Put up School sign on the wharf. 

Ball game with North Bennett Street 
School. Score, 12 to 12. 

Graduate S. Gordon Stackpole, and Evariste 
T. Porche a former pupil, visited the School. 

Mr. Gustaf Larsson and graduating class 
from the Sloyd Normal Training School spent 
the forenoon here. 

May 24. Sunday. Rev. Ernest Lyman 
Mills of South Boston spoke to the boys. Ser- 
vices were held on the front lawn. 

May 25. Sprayed the orchard with bor- 
deaux mixture and Paris green. 

May 26. Harry Arthur Bagley and 
Warren Augusta Skelton returned to their 
mothers. 

Removed stack of Steamer "Pilgrim" to re- 
pair whistle pipe and clean boiler tubes, also 
fitted new gaskets at hand holes. 

May 27. Two tons of wood ashes came. 

Set out 1000 strawberry plants. 

May 28. 12 boys went to the circus. 

Finished planting field corn. 

May 29. Scow John Alden painted. 

May 30. 14 boys went to the circus. 

Cucumbers and peas in blossom. 

Scow John Alden made ready for use as 
judge's barge at the South Boston Yacht Club 
races. 

May 31. Memorial Sunday. Appropriate 
exercises at the cemetery by the Elk Pleasure 
Association as usual. Mr. Scott, a Grand Army 
man, spoke to the boys. 

may meteorology 

Maximum temperature, 85" on the 27th. 
Minimum temperature, 38° on the 2nd. 
Mean temperature, for the month, 57.4^. 
Total precipitation, 2.47 inches. 
Greatest precipitation in twenty-four hours, 
.99 inches, on the 8th. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



12 days with ,01 or more inches precipita- 
tion, 8 clear days, 20 partly cloudy, 3 cloudy 

days. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 227 and 
■40 minutes. 

Che Tarm and trades School Bank 

Cash on hand May 1, 1908 $495.36 

Deposited during the month 56.77 



$552,13 
Withdrawn during the month 15.86 

Cash on hand June 1, 1908 $536,27 

CDc Gardens 

Every boy who wants a garden has one. 
Some boys own one together, I own with an- 
other boy, I have already planted my sweet 
peas, nasturtiums, and pansies. The boys 
have stones for the border of their gardens. I 
think that the gardens are very pretty. 

Frederick J, Hynes. 

Vawcob $trau$$'$ Lecture 

We have been having some lectures lately. 
We had one May twelfth, on poems that 
were written by Mr. Charles Follen Adams, or 
"Yawcob Strauss," as he called himself. He 
writes in the "Dutch" dialect. He wrote "The 
Long Handled Dipper," "Little Yawcob Strauss," 
"My Mother-in-law," and "Vos Marriage a 
Failure?" These were interesting to listen to. 
He is a veteran of the Civil War having been a 
Union soldier. He fought at Gettysburg and was 
wounded. The fellows had an opportunity to 
see some of his books, one of them, "The Long 
Handled Dipper," was published in the shape of a 
dipper. His poems were divided into four groups, 
and after each group the band played. 

Paul R. Rietz. 

One of Our Pleasures 

While the "Rebecca Palmer" was laying 
at anchor near our Island all the boys had the 
pleasure of going aboard it on visiting day after- 
noon. We were taken aboard her in groups by 
the steamer "Pilgrim." The "Rebecca Palmer" 
is two hundred eighty-five feet long, forty feet 
wide, thirty-five feet deep. It has five masts 



and each one cost twelve hundred dollars. The 
hoisting of the sails and boats is done by steam 
power. It takes three-fourths of an hour for 
the vessel to get under way. This vessel is a 
coal carrier and holds four thousand two hundred 
tons of coal. It takes two days to load and two 
days to unload. It carries coal along the coast. 
While we were on board, we were entertained 
by a boy who worked on board. He played upon 
the piano with a pianola attachment. Besides 
this, we were allowed to go about at our will. 
Roy D. Upham. 

nortb and South €nd Bars 

The north end bar is on the north-eastern 
end of the Island. The south end bar is on the 
south-eastern end. The north end bar is 
wider and not so long and narrow. These bars 
are formed of material that has been washed 
from the Island and been carried down by the 
tide and wind. The sea gulls stop on these 
bars, especially the one at the south end, after the 
tide has gone out. These bars are made 
mostly of sand, some stones, and shells. There 
is a swift channel that runs past the south end 
bar and this is the only separation from Squan- 
tum, a part of the mainland, 

Stephen Eaton, 

my Desk 

My desk is two feet and four inches high, 
one foot eleven and one-half inches long, fifteen 
inches wide, and four and a half inches deep. 
I have five books and two pencil boxes, and an 
ink well, I have a chair. Another boy sits in 
it in the afternoon. Frank S. Mills. 

mork in the Orchard 

One afternoon I worked with Mr. Kibby in 
the orchard. The first thing was to hold the 
pail for Mr, Kibby to cement the holes in the 
apple trees. In a little while Mr, Kibby told me 
to go up in number seven room and get a bottle 
of creosote and paint the gypsy moth nests 
We cement the holes up to keep out the gypsy 
moths. The creosote is to spoil the eggs of the 
gypsy moths and kill them. 

Harold D. Morse. 



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Jlluitiiti 

John A. Buttrick, '95, Agent for The 
New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, 
at Blackstone, Mass., writes that he was ap- 
pointed to his present position December 1, 
1907, and seems to be master of the situation, 
as he has found time to take on twenty or more 
pounds of flesh. 

Edward Steinbrick, '95, writes from Re- 
hoboth, Mass., where he now is, mentioning the 
many benefits derived from his attendance at 
this school. He expects to shortly start on a 
large carpentry contract. At present he is farm- 
ing as his health is not of the best. 

Joseph E. K. Robblee, '04, died Wed- 
nesday, June 3d, with Tuburcular Meningetis 
after being sick in bed but two weeks, and not 
thought to be seriously ill at the time. Joe 
visited the School April 30, and seemed in 
good health. Not long before that Joe brought 
Mrs. Bradley home from the Symphony in his 
automobile; he was a careful driver, happy and 
cheerful in disposition, and well liked by his em- 
ployers. He was buried at Newton Centre, 
Friday, June 5. 

The annual business meeting of the Farm 
School Alumni Association was held on May 21 
at Winthrop Hall, Dorchester, at which a num- 
ber of important matters were discussed. The 
following were admitted as members: — Frederick 
B. PuUen, '58, J. Frank Dutton, '82, Leroy S. 
Kenfield, '82, Fred W. Piecey, '86, Richard 
N. Maxwell. '00, Evariste T. Porche, '07, 
Ernest N. Jorgensen, "08. It was voted to 
change the second article of the Constitution to 
the following: — Name. The name of this or- 
ganization shall be The Alumni Association of 
The Farm and Trades School. Resolutions 
were passed and sent to the Board of Managers 
expressing our appreciation of their action in 
changing the name of the School. All of the 
Treasurer's records were destroyed In the Chel- 
sea fire, but as the funds were in the bank no 
money loss was suffered. Resolutions of sym- 



pathy were passed to those of our number who 
were affected by the fire and assistance was of- 
fered. Mr. Bradley having invited the Association 
to pass a day at the School, the entertainment 
committee announced a field day, to be held on 
the Island June 17th, open to members of the 
Association with their wives. A committee was 
appointed by the President to draw up a revised 
set of By-Laws and report at the next metting. 
Merton p. Ellis. 

Our €lotl)c$ Dryers 

When it is stormy weather we hang the 
clothes in the laundry instead of the clothes 
yard. We use for this purpose two clothes 
horses, for the boys' clothing, which hold a great 
many things, then there is a reel which turns so 
the clothes will all have a chance to dry near 
the fire. For the instructors' clothes there are 
two horses and a reel. These reels each have 
three sets of rods. The reels are in both ends 
of the laundry and extend to the top. 

James R. Gregory. 

the mash Koom Cupboard 

In the assembly room there is a cupboard 
which is called the wash room cupboard. 
There are hockeys, tools, skates, flags, and 
many other things. Some Saturday mornings 
1 take the things all out and put them in the 
assembly room. Then 1 sweep out the cup- 
board and scrub it. Then 1 put the tools back 
in again. The cupboard is about thirteen feet, 
seven inches long, and about four feet, four 
inches wide. Lawrence C. Silver. 

Bakery Ulork 

One Friday morning when Harold Marshall, 
the baker, went to play in the band, Charles 
Morse and 1 took the bread out of the oven. 
The oven is a large brick one which holds over 
a hundred loaves of bread. We took two holders 
each so that we would not burn our hands. 
We took a long pole with a flat end like a shovel, 
called a peal, to pull the bread out of the oven 
with. He pulled the bread out and passed it to 
me, and 1 took the loaves out of the pans and 
piled the pans up. 

Preston M. Blanchard. 



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Jllunini Tield Day 

Some forty members of the Association 
with their wives were fortunate in having fine 
weather for their second annual field day at the 
School on June 17th. The steamer "Pilgrim" 
with its mate, the "John Alden," left City Point 
at 10.30 A. M. for the School, arriving there 
soon after. While going over, a short business 
meeting was held at which John J. Henry, '50, 
Soloman B. Holman, '50, and Thornton B. 
Lewis, '80, were admitted. Teams for the ball 
game were also made up with the married men 



against the single men. After hard work nine 
married men were finally located and drafted 
for the team. Some were eager, but not as 
young and spry as years ago, neither were they 
as thin. 

As soon as we arrived at the Island the 
boys spread around to look over the improve- 
ments and changes that have been made. 
Many favorable comments were heard on the 
condition of things in general. 

• At twelve o'clock we had lunch on the 
tennis lawn, and immediately after we were pre- 



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vailed upon to gather together and keep quiet 
long enough to have our photograph taken. 
Then came the ball game. The married men 
being so used to being looked after by their wives 
were not able to find the ball and consequently 
were beaten by the single men, 1 5 — 8. Graham, 
for the married men, at second base in blue over- 
alls for a suit, was easily a good comedian, even 
if he had to a certain extent forgotten baseball. 
Umpire Kenfieid managed to last through the 
game and was not obliged to call on the police 
of Cottage Row for assistance. His efforts 
were rewarded with a handsome (?) prize. The 
line up was as follows. 

Married. Single. 

Hefler c Bryant 

Hughes p Pulson 

Buchan 1 b Dinsmore 

Graham 2nd b Stackpole 

Piercey 3rd b Malm 

Loud s.s. Means 

Duncan r f Pratt 

French c f Capaul 

Alcott, G. J. If Thayer 

The sports which followed the game were 
quite interesting, the race of the fat men very 
amusing, Graham again making himself notice- 
able by winning. Mrs. Graham, not to be out- 
done, won her running race. Time slipped by 
too fast and soon it was time to leave. The 
prizes were given out on the return trip and 
were won by the following. 

Running Jump, A. C. Malm; Standing 
Jump, D. C. Clark; Light weight ladies' race, 
Mrs. D. C. Clark; Heavy weight ladies' race, 
Mrs. Graham; Heavy weight men's race. J. H. 
Graham; Light weight men's race, D. C. Clark; 
Backward Race, A. C. Malm; Race to wharf, 
1st, Henry Bradley; 2nd, E. Capaul. 

The field day under the direction, and for 
the Alumni Association, is now an annual event 
and all the members should try to be present. 
That they would enjoy it can be vouched for by 
members coming from as far as Woonsocket, 
Bridgewater, and Marlboro to be present. Cele- 
brations elsewhere prevented a number from 



being at the school. Those present are named 
below: — 

George J. Alcott '80 John J. Henry '50 
Herbert Balentine '00 Champney Hughes '98 
Charles Blatchford '04 Herbert A. Hart '99_ 
Charles Bridgham '85 Leroy S. Kenfieid '82 
Harold E. Brenton '90 Clarence W. Loud '96 
Warren H. Bryant '06 Thornton B. Lewis '80 
George Buchan '97 Alfred C. Malm '01 
Fred'k Burchstead '02 Louis E. Means '04 
John A. Buttrick '95 Fred'k W. Piercey '86 
Edward Capaul '05 Evariste T. Porche '07 

Don C. Clark '06 C. James Pratt '06 

James A. Cross '73 Clifford M. Pulson '97 
Wm. N. Dinsmore '06 1. Banks Quinby '06 
Charles Duncan '71 Frank C. Simpson '03 
Merton P. Ellis '99 William L. Snow '90 
Herb't W. French '78 S. Gordon Stackpole '06 
Jas. H. Graham '81 Henry M. Stokes '76 
Alden B. Hefler '87 Fred'k P. Thayer '04 
Lester H. Witt '02 

CDe Book Cupboard 

In the assembly room there is a book cup- 
board. As you come in the "elm tree" door, it 
is in the left-hand corner. This cupboard is 
five feet high and four feet long, and has ten 
shelves. When the fellows go to work they put 
their books in it. The fellows keep library 
books, stamp albums, their own books, scrap 
books, and post card albums there. On Wed- 
nesday nights, and Sunday mornings, library 
books are changed. When a fellow wants a 
book changed he leaves it on the top shelf, from 
which it is taken up to the library, and the ex- 
change made. John L' Estrange. 

J\ Crip to the Circus 

On Saturday afternoon, May 30, some of 
the boys went to the circus. We got there just 
about in time to get a seat. The band played 
until the parade was ready and then a man blew 
a whistle for the parade to start. It was led by 
four trumpeters. In the parade were people 
representing many different tribes, also trained 
animals, and other interesting things. In the 
ring near us, there were a dog and five ele- 
phants that did tricks, some daring trapeze per- 



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formers, a double-jointed man, tight rope 
walkers, and others. In the arena there were 
horses and ponies that did things such as jump- 
ing and racing. There were three horses with 
high jumping records of 7 ft. 8 in., 6 ft. 8 in., 
and 6 ft. 9 in., respectively, and two ponies with 
leaping and broad jumping records of 6 ft. 1 in. 
A ladies' jockey race went three times around 
the track, a two horse race went three times 
around the track, and a four horse chariot race 
went around three times. There was also a 
race between the fleetest American and English 
whippet racing dogs. The last was the autos 
that pass in the air, and this was done by two 
women, one driving the red car, the other the 
white. They both start at the same time, one 
in back of the other, down a ninety foot runway. 
The foremost car turns a somersault while the 
other car glides under it and lands on a plat- 
form closely followed by the car that turned the 
somersault. Before coming back we visited 
the animals. We enjoyed every moment. 

Laurence C. Silver. 

It was my work to harness up Major and 
Bell to the spring-tooth harrow and harrow over 
on observatory hill. This piece had been done 
with the disk-harrow to cut the pieces of sods 
up and to stir the manure in with the soil. It 
breaks up the lumps of soil, then it has to be 
done again with the spring-tooth harrow to 
smooth it. 1 harrowed all the afternoon. 

Henry G. Eckman. 

Roofing 

In the cow yard there is a small shed, and 
at one end is a cow run which was to be covered 
with Andamant roofing. Another fellow and I 
hammered the nails down on the roof of the run 
to make it smooth for the roofing. In each roll 
of roofing there is a can of cement and enough 
large headed nails to lay the roll. We com- 
menced laying the tooting at the eaves and par- 
allel with them, allowing the sheet to bend one 
inch over the edge of the roof, securing it with 
the large headed nails, driving them in two in- 
ches apart. The second and succeeding sheets 



were lapped over three inches, applying the 
cement thoroughly the entire length of lap, then 
nailing it one inch back from the edge of sheet 
and having the nails about two inches apart, 
A light board was used to stand upon when 
nailing and cementing. When we came to 
where the barn and roof of the run join, making 
a flashing, we turned the roofing up under the 
clapboards about four inches against the barn. 
After cementing the boards, we bent some new 
pieces of tin and nailed them on the roofing. 
Elmer Bowers. 

Clcanittd the mcst Dormitory 

Every morning after we make the beds in 
the west dormitory we sweep. We first move 
all the beds to one end of the dormitory. When 
that is done it leaves a space at the other end. 
We sweep this space and move the beds that 
belong there back, and so on until it is all done. 
We sweep the dirt into a pile and take it up with 
a dust pan and brush, and empty into the dirt box. 
One fellow does this and another dusts the 
dormitory. When this is done we straighten up 
the pillows. Each fellow has two rows to 
straighten up. While we straighten up a pillow 
we straighten up the beds also, \ mean by this to 
get all the wrinkles out and make the beds look 
smooth. Alonzo B. James. 

Cleaning tbc CDapcl 

The chapel is our largest assembly hall. 
When it is to be scrubbed it is f'rst cleared of 
the chairs, settees and other furniture. When it 
is scrubbed once, or as many times as it is 
needed, it is waxed, by putting the wax on a 
cloth and then rubbing it in thoroughly. After 
it is rubbed in, it is polished with some polishers 
or weights. Then the wood work is washed and 
the furniture put back. Percy Smith. 

B new Club 

In our new club we have twenty boys, and 
we have given it the name of the Gardner Pleas- 
ure Club because it was organized in Gardner 
Hall. The purpose of it, is to have gun drills 
and pleasure. William B. Laing. 



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Dompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR WORTHY BOYS 
DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS. 



Vol. 12. No. 3. 



July, 1908. 



Subscription Price 



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BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 



vice president 

Henry S. Grew 



TREASURER 

Arthur Adams 



secretary 

Tucker Daland 



managers 

Melvin O. 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. Spauldin^ 
Moses Williams, Jr 
Ralph B. Williams 



Charles H. Bradley, 



Superintendent 



Treasurer's Address 50 State St. 

Boston, Mass. 



Salvation sounds like a religious word but it 
is no more nor less religious than the trees and 
flowers. It is natural. It stands for perfect 
health of body and mind. God meant every boy 
and girl, man and woman, to be saved in just 
that way. 



Perfect health means muscles that are 
obedient servants to the mind, that can lift and 
carry, and help every other part to do its work. 
If a muscle in the arm acta out of order then 
there is trouble and the days work cannot be 
finished. If a muscle in the leg says that it 
will not act with the other muscles, then there is 
trouble, and so trouble in the whole system, 
because every part sympathizes with every 
other part. Each muscle must be obedient, there 
must be good team play, then there is happiness, 
unconscious right action, and a chance to win. 

When we ask ourselves what we are, the 
answer comes back that we are just what our 
minds are. Your mind is you, my mind is me. 
It is that which reveals us to each other. It is 
that which trains us and guides our thoughts. 
It teaches us to think good, strong, pure 
thoughts, until we are able to stand in all cir- 
cumstances and win a victory over everything 
and anything that is not absolute good. In our 
gardens, if a supposed flower turns out to be a 
weed, we pull it out just as quickly as we can 
and put a good flower in its place. 

Our minds are like gardens that bloom all 
' the year around. When we see that thoughts 
are going to grow bad, we can pull them out and 
put good and right thoughts in their places. 
We can uproot jealousy and meanness, and un- 
kindness in all forms, and every thing like that 
that would try to hinder our growth and choke 
our good deeds and thoughts. 

We can resolutely plant love and grati- 
tude, a desire to be of service to those about us, 
and a determination to do the duty which is 
before us although it may be unattractive and 
disagreeable. We can only grow through obe- 
dience. Intelligent obedience is the test of 
the highest culture. It is the stepping stone to 
knowledge, power, and practical wisdom. 



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Napoleon learned to command through 
learning perfectly to obey, in the military school, 
when he was poor and unknown. By obedience, 
the muscles grow and serve. By obedience to 
the highest thoughts and instincts, the mind 
grows and serves, and a healthy body, the 
servant of a healthy mind, saves one from evil. 
Through daily effort each saves himself by 
achieving a character which withstands and 
protects, and is his salvation. 

Dotes 

June 1 . Planted cucumbers and mangles. 

Repolished Assembly Hall floor. 

June 2. Through using steam heat. 

June 3. Repaired picket fence back of 
Cottage Row. 

June 5. Planted sweet corn and beans. 

June 8. Began haying. 

June 1 1 . Made a platform for graduation 
exercises. 

June 14. First green peas of the season. 

June 15. Superintendent's sitting-room, 
parlor, and hall painted. 

June 19. Planted cabbage seed. 

A small load of spruce and pine lumber came 
from Freeport Street. 

June 20, Launched the Lozier launch. 

Sail yachts Trevore and Winslow painted 
and varnished. 

Fire escape on northeast wing painted. 

June 22. Picked the first strawberries. 

A swimming float for boys use completed. 

Screen doors and windows put on Main 
building. 

June 23. Plumbers finished putting in 
closets in east and west dormitories, and a 
drinking fount on the same floor, also stand pipe 
for fire service on top floor. 

June 24. Renewed fire grates in Steamer 
"Pilgrim." 

June 27. Finished transplanting 1800 
celery plants. 

Finished a map of farming operations for 
1908. 



3unc meteorology 

Maximum temperature, 88"" on the 8th. 

Minimum temperature, 48° on the 2nd. 

Mean temperature for the month, 67°. 

Total precipitation, 1 .68 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours, .83 in- 
ches on the 29th. 

7 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 
tion, 6 clear days, 24 partly cloudy. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 317 and 
30 minutes. 

Thunderstorm with hail on the 28th. 

Cbe Tariti and trades School Bank 

Cash on hand June 1, 1908 $536.27 

Deposited during the month 54.75 



$591.02 
17.13 
$573.89 



Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand July 1, 1908 

Graduation Day 

The twelfth of June was Graduation Day. 
It was an ideal day for such an event. The ex- 
ercises took place on the front lawn, where set- 
tees had been placed for the guests. A plat- 
form was erected where the members of the 
class stood while speaking. The programme 
was opened with a selection by the band, after 
which Rev. F. B. Richards led us in prayer. 

T. Chapel Wright, after welcoming the 
people, gave an essay on Forestry. This 
was followed by an essay on the life of Thomas 
Edison, by Frederick Webb. Next, four boys 
told about the principal legal holidays celebrated 
in some of the different states, giving what has 
been written concerning some of them by our 
poets and statesmen. The history of Cottage 
Row was given by James Clifford, who told how 
it was started, and its growth up to the present. 
Louis Darling gave some interesting facts about 
mosquitoes, and the methods used here for their 
extermination. Meteorology was the subject 
taken by Alfred Neumann, who told about the 
observatory and the different instruments used 
at this school. Thomas Carnes decided in his 
essay that the Germans were the best immi- 
grants to this country. The class prophet was 



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Herbert Watson, who created much laughter, 
especially about the future of Thomas Carnes 
whose highest ambition in life was to be the 
"best dressed man in the country." 

The others were given these futures: — 
A. Neumann, keeping a hair-dressing shop; C. 
Clifton Wright, farming down in Mexico; Louis 
Darling, a theatrical manager; Van Brown, 
dancing teacher; A. Allen Eaton, a star base- 
ball pitcher whose "hornets" cannot be beaten; 
James Clifford, a mayor; Frederick Webb an 
inventor whose inventions were a benefit to this 
school in doing away with laziness; T. Chapel 
Wright, a manager of an agency for office-boys; 
Herbert Nelson, editor of "Colored People's 
Matrimonial Gazette;" and Frederick Marshall 
a teacher of higher mathematics in India. 

The class motto "Loyalty," was the last 
essay. The band now played another selection. 
The Rev. Charles F. Dole, the speaker of the 
day, gave a fine address on the highest kind of 
power. 

The diplomas were then presented to the 
members of the graduating class by Mr. Bradley. 
The alumni gold medal was also awarded to the 
graduate that stood highest in the class, by Mr. 
J. T. Evans. Dr. Frank E. AUard gives three 
prizes each year to the three fellows that show 
the most interest in the United States History. 
They were awarded by Mr. Bradley to Percy 
Smith, Harold L. Marshall, and Robert W. 
Gregory. The exercises were concluded by an- 
other selection from the band. At five o'clock 
the guests returned home, accompanied by the 
graduating class as far as City Point. 

Frederick W. Marshall. 

Jllllgator Pear 

Mr. Bradley brought to the first school room 
a fruit which he said was an alligator pear, brought 
him by Mr. Adams, from Philadelphia. It 
is a tropical fruit, although it is sometimes 
known as a vegetable. The fruit weighs from 
one to two pounds, and contains a single seed, 
enclosed by a hard, firm, yellowish-green pulp. 
The seed is removed and the pulp eaten with 
vinegar, salt, and pepper, or a French dressing. 



This pulp also contains an oil which is used for 
illuminating purposes, and for making soap. 
The seed yields a deep, indelible, black stain, 
employed for marking linen. The Alligator 
pear tree is an evergreen which grows to be 
about thirty feet high. It is grown as far north 
as Los Angeles, but it needs a hotter climate to 
make the fruit palatable. Most Europeans do 
not like the taste of the Alligator pear, but once 
it is acquired they become exceedingly, and 
sometimes excessively fond of it. The tree 
bears fruit when five years old. 

Herbert F. M. Watson. 

Coveritid Books 

The office boys cover all the books. The 
different books we have to cover come from 
the school rooms, office, library, and chapel. . 
When the covers of the library books get torn 
or badly soiled, they are sent around to the of- 
fice where they get re-covered as soon as possi- 
ble. When the school terms are over, a good 
share of the school books need covering. All 
new books are covered. This is done with a 
heavy gray paper. The hymn books have to be 
re-covered nearly every year. They are cov- 
ered with a heavy black paper. Sometimes 
when a book comes in to be re-covered, the 
binding is torn and some of the pages are loose. 
These are glued so they will be in a good con- 
dition for the next user. 

T. Chapel Wright. 

Dclit^eritid €iothe$ 

Every week after the clothes are washed 
and ironed, they are taken to the rooms, where 
they belong. We take the clothes off the reel 
where they are hung, after they are ironed, and 
sort the clothes and put them in their right piles. 
Then they are put in blankets and delive.ed to 
their respective rooms. 

Clarence M. Daniels. 

Tun in the 6ymna$ium 

In the winter time the majority of the fel- 
lows are found in the gymnasium in Gardner 
Hall. There, they spend their play hours doing 
stunts on the ladder, swinging on the rings, 
practising on their band instruments, climbing 



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the rope, and swinging Indian clubs. On the 
three traveling rings, the fellows play tag. The 
fellow with the middle ring tries to tag either of 
the other two fellows and then the one he tags 
has to be "it." On the ladder are stunts of 
many kinds, two of. which, are to get up over 
the side hand over hand, and skip three rounds 
at every swing the whole length of the ladder. 
On the climbing rope, which is twenty feet long, 
are two very good stunts to go up hand over 
hand with kicking your feet and without kicking 
them. There are not many fellows that can 
swing the Indian clubs very well but they are 
learning. There are other sports which the fel- 
lows enjoy besides these. 

J. Herbert M. Nelson. 

The fishing has begun now and quite a 
number of the fellows go- out on Saturdays. 
For bait, sea worms and clams are used. The 
best fishing is done on the end of the wharf and 
that is where most of the fellows go. The fish 
that are caught are flounders, and sculpins. 
The flounders are kept and cleaned, and the 
sculpins are thrown overboard. After the 
cleaning is done they are brought up to the kit- 
chen where they are cooked and then sent into 
the dining room for the fellows who caught them. 
James R. Gregory. 

Samplittd Grain 

In the second school room, there are ten 
bottles of sample grain. I weighed them and 
found that the linseed meal weighed the most, 
buckwheat next, and corn bran, the least. The 
different states legally decide the number of 
pounds to a bushel of the different grains. At 
present, the general reckoning is: — oats, thirty- 
two pounds, wheat, sixty pounds, and rye, fifty- 
six pounds to a bushel. This seems very inter- 
esting to me because 1 am interested in every- 
thing about a farm. George M. Holmes. 

Cbe nidnkcv 

We have near the house, a monkey named 
"Whitey." She is in a cage. Mr. Mead and 1 
made a trapeze for her to swing on but she did 
not seem to appreciate it so Mr. Mead made a 



rope ladder and 1 helped him to put it up. She 
uses it quite often. I was going into the cage 
one noon, to feed her and clean it out, and she 
jumped on my back, then up to the top of the 
ladder and began shaking it until she hit me in 
the back of the head. After I got through I 
stepped out and filled her dish with water and 
she stepped up and let me smooth her and 
looked up in my face as if to say "I'm sorry." 
She then jumped up the ladder, after I shut the 
door, and I said, "down," just to see what she 
would do, and down she came to the door. All 
the boys like to see her go through these actions, 
but it is hard to get her to when so many are 
around. Gordon G. MacIntire. 

Cestiitd Seeds 

After last year's planting we had some vege- 
table seeds left. Some seeds die when they get 
old. Mr. Kibby took a hundred of each kind of 
seeds and placed them in between two pieces of 
cotton flannel, then dampened the cloth and put 
them into dishes, each with another dish on top 
so as to make it warm and damp inside of the 
dish. Then the dishes were put into a window 
box in the school room. If the seeds are good 
they will sprout. If enough of these seeds are 
good we will not have to have to buy so many 
next spring. N. Harold Silver. 

Postal Cards 

Lots of the fellows collect postal cards and 
keep them in albums. Some fellows have quite 
a number. I am saving postal cards and have 
about one hundred and ninety. I have some 
from different places such as Mexico, California, 
Arizona, and other interesting places. Mr. 
Bradley sent the boys postals when he was abroad 
and also Mr. Humphreys gave us each a postal 
card. Some were of Italy, and others of Africa. 
On Christmas and the Fourth of July many of 
the fellows have postals appropriate to the day. 
Each year brings up our collection so that now 
and then we have to get new albums. Ralph 
Whittemoie has the largest collection of any 
fellow in the School. It consists of about five 
hundred. William W. Foster. 



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jn\mn\ 

C. Archie Graves, "07, now in Dorset, 
Vermont, writes from his home, with Mr. C. B. 
Gilbert. Not only on the farm but in the church 
he has made a place for himself, taking part in 
the meetings and leading them when necessary. 

Foster Hoye, '07, writes from Watertown, 
New York, that he is a chaff eur and well and 
happy. His employer was so well pleased with 
his work that he engaged him for the winter. 
He subscribes for the Beacon, because next to 
seeing Thompson's Island is hearing from it. 

Cms of Our Tsland 

We have many varieties of trees on our 
Island. The "Old Elm" is the oldest and 
largest. It is situated between Gardner Hall 
and the main building. In front of the house 
are two large acacia trees. On one side of the 
playgrounds are two rows of trees some of 
which are maple. On the northwest side of 
the main building we have a grove comprised 
mostly of pine, oak and maple. At the south 
end of the Island are Lyman Grove, Oak Knoll, 
and Whaltbapk. Lyman Grove is mostly of 
osks and larches. Oak Knoll has oak trees from 
which it gets its name. On Whaleback there 
are spruce and oak trees. At the north end 
there is Bowditeh Grove of oak, maple, and 
spruce trees. At the extreme north end, there 
is a grove of Austrian pine and white birches. 
In the orchard we have apple, pear, and cherry 
trees. Ralph A. Whittemore. 

Tronitid napKins 

One afternoon I had to iron napkins. It 
was a special "Visiting Day," and ever so many 
people come through the laundry. I had my 
picture taken as 1 was working. 

Walter R. Horsman. 

Putting in Rich Soil 

One afternoon Mr, McLeod had a few 
boys shovel the gravel from around the com- 
post shed to make ready for planting shrub- 
bery. The boys loaded the teams with gravel, 
then the driver took it over to the south end 
bringing back a load of loam. The gravel was 
taken out about two feet deep and a rake 



handle's length wide. When the loam was put 
in, Mr. Kibby went over to the nursery and se- 
lected some shrubs. The largest ones were 
put in the background and the smallest ones in 
the front and on the ends. After they were 
planted, a boy got the water barrel and a bucket, 
and watered the shrubs, allowing about a bucket 
full to three shrubs. Edward H. Deane. 

Sewing 

Of late, extra work has been brought into 
the sewing room, such as flags, curtains, and 
other things. The ends of the flags were torn 
and had to be mended. If there was a tear in 
the stripe, it had to be repaired up as far as the 
tear went. Then the instructor in charge put a 
new piece in. There was also a Union Jack and 
a pennant to be mended. All around the stars of 
the Union Jack the cloth was thin and torn, so 
they were taken off and replaced by a new and 
better piece. Then the stars were sewed on 
again. The end of the steamer's pennant was 
torn. This had to come to an exact point so the 
boys did not help mend it. When the sheets 
are torn too much they are thrown away. These 
of course have to be replaced. The sheets and 
pillow cases are hemmed by the sewing room 
boys. I like the work quite well. 

Leland B. Watson 

Che Pictures in Our School Room 

The pictures in our school room are very 
pretty. There are about fifteen in all. One of 
the pictures represents "The Village Black- 
smith." In it one may see the blacksmith, 
working at the forge, and the school children, 
looking in at the door. Another, represents 
"The Childrens' Hour." In this, there are three 
little girls coming down the broad stairs, and 
there is a large clock in the back. Another, is 
"The Gleaners," which is Millet's masterpiece. 
In this, three peasants are picking up the re- 
maining sheaves of wheat. In the distance 
there is the large wagon, waiting for the grain. 
Another, is "George Washington," by Copley, 
an early American painter, which we all like very 
much. Still another, is of the Matterhorn, in the 
Alps in Europe. There are also other very good 
pictures but these especially interest us. 

George A. Matthews. 



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Vol. 12. No. 4. Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. August, 1908 

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



Tourrb of 3uly 

Fourth of July is one of our most interest- 
ing days of the year and is looked forward to by 
every fellow. On the night before the fellows 
assembled around the Old Elm. Mr. Bradley 
read the names of the races, one by one, and the 
fellows who wished to enter a race had their 
names put down. 

After this was done we went to bed anxious 
for the night to pass. At sunrise most every 
boy was awakened by the sound of the bugle 
and the noise of the cannon. At half past six 
we had breakfast. 

At seven o'clock the necessary work was 
done and at eight o'clock we went to the as- 
sembly hall and each fellow was given five 
bunches of fire-crackers, a piece of punk, and a 
package of torpedoes. 

About nine o'clock we were ready for the 
cross country run. Mr. Bradley started the fel- 
lows off. All the rest of the fellows were anx- 
ious to see who had the lead. Some went up 
in the gymnasium to watch them. In a little 
while some one told us that Clifton Wright was 
ahead when they passed the farm house, but 
as they approached nearer Robert Gregory was 
about twenty yards ahead and he won. The 
blind race v/as a good one because it caused 
lots of laughing. The fellows in it were told to 
get their towels and have some one tie them 
over their eyes. They were then told the course 
to take, and at a given signal, started off. Some 
of them ran into trees, others ran into the potato 
piece, and a few ran straight for the goal. 
Another funny race was the obstacle race. 
The fellows that were in this had to go through 
the rounds of a ladder, through a barrel top of a 
bench, under a bench, then run down to a bench 



that had mugs on it, with corn in them. They 
had to take off their shoes and stockings, turn 
the latter wrong side out, put them on again, 
then count the corn in the mugs and put the 
amount and his name on a tag on the mug, 
then run back to the starting point. 

At eleven-thirty we had dinner. At twelve 
o'clock the salute was fired. It was raining at 
two o'clock p. m. so we had to postpone the 
races on the beach road until it stopped. After 
it stopped we were given a bag of "Dr. Bancroft's 
double-jointed, California fresh roasted peanuts." 
After the peanuts were passed around we went 
to the wharf to watch the swimming races. 
They were, follow the leader, the obstacle race, 
and the two swimming races. We then went 
over to the beach to watch the races there. 
Some of the best and funniest ones were the 
three-legged, wheelbarrow, and barrel races. 

After the races were all over we went to 
the house and at five-thirty we had supper. At 
seven twenty-four came flag lowering and salute. 
Then came the tug of war that was between the 
odds and evens. The evens won. At eight 
o'clock the fire-works were started, and enjoyed 
by every one. By nine o'clock we were ready 
for the fire-ball battle, or Mexican Insurrection 
as it was called. This looked very pretty. 
Every fellow tried catching a blazing ball of 
wicking soaked with turpentine. They threw 
them as far and as high as they could. After 
the fire-ball battle Mr. Bradley lit some red 
torches and stuck them in the ground around the 
main building, and we went up to assembly hall 
and returned the fire-crackers, or punk that we 
had not used. After this we went to bed rather 
tired, but feeling that we had spent a glorious 
fourth. Stephen Eaton. 



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ma$b Room 

1 have been assigned as morning wash room 
boy. It is my duty to keep the wash room clean 
and to siiine the brass. I open the wash room 
cupboard in the morning and give the boys the 
things they need to work with. Then I go to my 
work. For the last few days I have had some 
one to help me. The towels are changed twice 
a week. On bath night 1 get out the soap and 
put the brushes on the floor. 

Royal R. Ellison. 

Out Sailing 

Visiting day afternoon Mr. Bradley asked 
some of the fellows if they wanted to go for a 
sail. I guess we did! Some of the boys went 
down and got the "Winslow" ready. She is an 
eighteen foot knockabout. We sailed from our 
Island across to the South Boston Yacht Club 
where we made a short stop. From there we 
sailed in back of the Life Saving Station and 
past the Gasoline boat. Then we headed for 
our Island. It was a cool trip and we all enjoyed 
it. Frank H. Machon. 

Squash 

In preparing summer squash for dinner, 1 
first wash them, and then cut them in slices and 
peal off the skin. After that I put a pail of 
water in the boiler with the squash and put them 
on the stove and let them boil until they are 
soft and mushy. They are then strained, that 
is, all the water is strained out and then salt, 
pepper, and butter added to flavor them. They 
are then taken to the boys' dining room ready 
for dinner. Gordon G. MacIntire. 

Jlwaraing Prizes 

At the end of every six months conduct 
prizes are awarded. Mr. Francis Shaw, one of 
the Managers of the School, gives fifty dollars 
annually to be distributed to the ten boys who 
stand highest in their grade, and receive the 
least number of marks. These prizes are called 
the Shaw Cash Prizes. 

The Temple Consolation Prizes are given 
by Mr. Alfred Bowditch, in memory of the late 
Mr. Temple, a former Manager of the School. 
These prizes are books, and are given to the 



next five fellows who stand highest in grade. 
Honorable mention is for the next five fellows 
that are highest in grade. 

These prizes were awarded by Mr. Bradley 
on the fourth visiting day. Also the Good Citi- 
zenship prizes were awarded, which are given 
by Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. Willis, to the four 
fellows who show the most interest in Cottage 
Row, and do their duty best, either as office 
holders or citizens. 

The fellows who received the prizes are as 
follows: — ■ 

Shaw Cash Prizes 

1 John F. Nelson 6 Joseph Kalberg 

2 Herbert M. Nelson 7 Roy R. Matthews 

3 Frank H. Machon 8 Alfred Neumann 

4 James Clifford 9 Thomas Carnes 

5 Harold N. Silver 10 A. Bennett Cooke 

Temple Consolation Prizes 

1 A. Allan Eaton 3 Ralph H. Marshall 

2 Laurence C. Silver 4 Herbert H. Kenney 

5 Percy Smith 

Honorable Mention 

1 John 0. Enright 3 Harlan Stevens 

2 Clarence S. Nelson 4 Alfred W. Jacobs 

5 Herbert F. M. Watson 

Good Citizenship Prizes 

1 James Clifford 3 Laurence C. Silver 

2 Stephen Eaton 4 Harold N. Silver 

Clarence S. Nelson. 

Che Tourtb Uisitina Day 

July twenty-ninth dawned eventually, much 
to the joy of many boys who expected to see 
their friends on that day. At seven o'clock I 
went to my place of work in the sewing room, 
and started to work washing, wiping, and shining 
the lamp chimneys, while Frederick Barton filled 
and cleaned the lamps. After all were done, I 
went and told Paul Gardner that his lamps were 
ready and he came and got them and put them 
in their places. Soon the bell rang for us to 
stop work and change our clothes, and assemble. 
When all was ready, we filed down to the wharf 
with the band in the lead. When the guests 



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arrived, we all assembled on the front lawn where 
the band played a few pieces, and then Mr. Brad- 
ley awarded the Conduct, and Good Citizenship 
prizes. The Conduct prizes are given by Mana- 
ger Francis Shaw, and Mr. Bowdich, who con- 
tinues it in memory of the late Mr. Temple, a 
former Manager of the School. The Good Cit- 
izenship p;izes are given by Mr. and Mrs. 
Willis. The boys were then dismissed and all 
had a pleasant time until half past twelve, when 
the boat came and carried off our friends, and 
then every boy looked sad until we went in 
swimming, then the water washed the sad look 
away. Edward M. Bickford. 

J\ Pig Pen 

The last of July Mr. Kibby and four fellows 
went to -the woodpile and got stakes and boards 
and had them carried over to the field near the 
celery piece. Then we staked out a square by 
first driving the corner stakes and putting in 
others between them. Then we nailed on 
boards. In the northwest corner we made a 
shelter for the small pigs. When this was done 
we took the pigs by their hind legs and handed 
them to a boy to put in the wagon. They were 
then driven totheir new home. There are nine- 
teen of these small pigs. They are mostly 
Berkshires, a few being Chester white. 

Herbert A. Souther. 

Comatocs 

The tomato plants were started in the hot 
bed about five weeks before they were trans- 
planted into the field in rows five feet apart, and 
opposite each other. The cultivating of the to- 
matoes is done every week to keep the weeds 
down, and also to let the moisture get at the 
roots better. Hoeing and weeding is done to 
prevent the weeds from getting the start of the 
plant, and so take the nitrogen from the plant. 
Terrance L. Parker. 

Eauncbitid a Rowboat 

Our rowboats are kept on the wharf under 
wooden covers. When a boat is going to be 
used for any purpose this cover is lifted up and 
the boat pulled out. The boat is then carried 
over to a derrick which stands on one edge of 



the wharf. A piece of rope called a sling, or 
bridle, with a hook on each end and a ring in the 
middle is now taken. The hooks on the ends 
of the sling are fastened on to two rings in the 
boat, one in the bow and the other in the stern. 
The ring in the middle is hooked on to the derrick 
rope. One fellow stands by the boat to guide it 
while the other fellow hoists the boat high enough 
to clear the railing. The derrick is then turned 
around so that the boat can be lowered into the 
water without hitting anything. Then the boat 
is lowered, the ropes put away, the oars, oarlocks, 
rudder and tiller put in place, and the boat is 
ready for use. Clarence M. Daniels. 

Picking Berries 

One morning on the farm, Mr. McLeod, 
Harold Jacobs, and 1 picked berries. We got two 
crates and some boxes from the storage barn 
and carried them over to the berry bushes. 
First, we picked the large red gooseberries 
about as large as strawberries. Of these we 
picked seven and one-half quarts. We then 
picked ten quarts of yellow ones of the same 
size. The rest of the gooseberries were small 
and green, although they were just as sweet. 
Next we picked blackberries and raspberries, 
but there were not many of these. By noon we 
had picked about fifty quarts of gooseberries, 
four quarts of raspberries, and two quarts of 
blackberries. George J. Balch. 

Biur a Rain Storm 

Besides the good which a rain storm does, 
it also makes a lot of work for us. During a rain 
storm large gullies are washed out of the 
avenues and around the house. After the storm 
is over these have to be filled. Generally the 
work is given to the larger fellows to do before 
school. Three or four are sent to get clay and 
gravel from the beach. The clay when dug is 
wheeled to the gullies and dumped, then it is 
tamped in. Gravel is then sifted and spread 
over the clay, and it is raked off smooth with 
the ground around it. Rain makes the weeds 
grow faster than the plants, and this keeps the 
farm squads busy, also, getting ahead of them. 
Frederick J. Wilson. 



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A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR WORTHY BOYS 
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Vol. 12. No. 4. 



August, 1908. 



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BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 



vice president 

Henry S. Grew 



treasurer 

Arthur Adams 



secretary 

Tucker Daland 



MANAGERS 

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 
Moses Williams, Jr. 
Ralph B. Williams 



Charles H. Bradley, 



Superintendent 



Treasurer's Address 50 State St. 

Boston, Mass. 

The value of a technical education cannot 
be over-estimated, as is evidenced by the many 
training schools, and the immense amount of 
money being constantly expended for the main- 
tenance of such. A special training and an 
adaptness to readily apply one's self to the op- 



portunities constantly arising is an open road 
stead to success. 

A willing disposition and an alertness to 
execute a given trust is quite an important factor 
in the commercial world, which must not be 
overlooked on the part of one who aspires to 
reach the topmost rung in his particular line of 
work or occupation. 

Impatience is often a handicap for many 
who desire to step into a "soft thing," as it were, 
right from the commencement, but it has been 
found that it takes a good, hard, practical 
demonstration of one's fitness to secure the 
coveted place, and then it is that what appears to 
be the real, hard work is only just commencing. 

To successfully discharge the duties in an 
executive position one must have fully mastered 
all the details of his business from the very 
commencement, always being on the alert to 
correct, or improve any error, or improper 
method of construction, or process of manufact- 
ure. 

In performing the duties of a position, no 
matter in what capacity, the aim should always 
be to so improve it that there would be no pos- 
sible barrier to promotion. Rather seek addi- 
tional responsibilities than to shirk or dodge what 
you are already obligated to do. 

There has been no time in the history of 
these United States, when there has been a bet- 
ter opportunity to prepare one's self to properly 
combat the constantly arising necessities of a 
thoroughly all-around knowledge of practical me- 
chanics, generally applied, and the ability to 
properly apply this same knowledge, it being 
thoroughly essential to know what relation one 
trade or craft bears to another, as will be found 
by comparison, or by giving a brief review to 
experiences. 

Ambition should always be the watchword, 



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and to satisfy this ambition it is absolutely nec- 
essary to be ever watchful of what is going on 
around you, always alert to learn something that 
will prove of great value to you in the future, 
there being a great many opportunities constantly 
presenting themselves in a variety of forms, 
which require only a slight observation, and no 
more exertion than carefully storing away in the 
memory that which will ultimately be beneficial. 

To be successful in a chosen profession, or 
calling, one must become a part of the work it- 
self, so to speak, and in this way become a mas- 
ter workman, or a specialist. 

A constant, conscientious effort, and a vig- 
orous determination to succeed, are the two 
most im.portant characteristics appurtenant to a 
successful career. 

Dotes 

July 2. Finished repairs on rowboat 
"Standish." 

July 3. First string beans. 

Painted fence by Highland road. 

July 4. Usual celebration. 

July 7. Stanley B. Tisdale entered the 
school. 

July 9. Some of the boys visited scene 
of East Boston fire. 

Steamer "Pilgrim" took fire about the 
boiler sheathing. 

July 10. Took the "Pilgrim" to Lawley's 
for repairing fire damage, and a general over- 
hauling. 

July 1 1 . Finished haying. 

July 13. John F. Nelson left the School 
to work for S. H. Couch 8z Co., Boston. 

July 15. Third visiting day, 240 present. 

A new bull added to the herd. 

Room 7 painted and varnished. 

July 16. School began. 

First ripe tomatoes. 

Albert Leslie Allyn entered the School. 

Franklin Stanley Keehlwetter and Frank 
Elmer Richards returned to their mothers. 

Herbert Fenn Watson and Leland Ballard 



Watson left the School to live with their mother. 

July 20. Picked first cucumbers and 
squashes. 

July 21. Transplanted late cabbages. 

July 23. Painted new plastering in hall 
and dormitories. 

July 27. Beached the north side landing 
float for cleaning and repairs. 

July 28. Several boys spent the day at 
Nantasket. 

Carl Dewey Philip Hynes and James 
Arthur Peak entered the School. 

July 29. Planted corn for fodder. 

Fourth visiting day, 186 present. 

Shaw Conduct Prizes, and Willis Good 
Citizenship Prizes given out.. 

July 31. First green corn of the season. 

Graduate Andrew W. Dean visited the 
School. 

3ulV meteorology 

Maximum temperature, 96° on the 12th. 

Minimum temperature, 54° on the 18th. 

Mean temperature for the month, 72.7°. 

Total precipitation, 3.01 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours, 1.21 in- 
ches on the 22nd. 

9 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 
tion, 10 clear days, 20 partly cloudy, and 1 
cloudy day. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 256 and 
20 minutes. 

Six thunder showers during the month. 

Cbe Tarm and trades School Bank 

Cash on hand July 1, 1908 $573.89 

Deposited during the month 105.07 

$678.96 
Withdrawn during the month 26.13 

Cash on hand August 1 , 1 908 4)652.83 

Che €lk Pleasure Association 

The Elk Pleasure Association is a club 
that was organized by the boys, in the month of 
September, 1900. It began in this way. A lot 
of fellows congregated in one of the cottages 
one day, and they all contributed some of the 
dainties that they had received on visiting day, 
and took them to this cottage, called the Elk, ana 



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had a great time. Each fellow received a share 
of the food contributed. They then talked and 
sang, and one of the fellows suggested that 
they should organize a club, which they did, and 
called it the "Elk Pleasure Association," in 
honor of the cottage which stood so long, and in 
which they had had so many good times. The 
following night, after this plan had been sug- 
gested, a notice was put up on the bulletin board, 
inviting the boys who wished to join the club to 
write out applications and hand them in to any 
of the originators of this plan. Almost imme- 
diately a number of applications were sent in. 
There are now about forty-three members in 
the club. After they had a sufficient number a 
meeting was held to elect officers, a captain, 
lieutenants, and sergeants. These officers com- 
mand, preserve order, and conduct the affairs 
of the club. They then voted for a constitution 
to govern the club. The members are ex- 
pected to live up to these rules or be fined a 
ce tain amount 'of money. Then dues were 
collected every term, which is three months for 
five cents. The E. P. A. was not satisfied with 
this, they wanted to still improve the club, so 
they organized a company to drill and they had 
wooden guns made for their use. After they 
practised drilling they had Memorial exercises 
over at the cemetery on Memorial Sunday. In 
the winter the club had to improve their time 
some way, so they organized a band and gave 
dances and in this way provided much pleasure 
for the instructors as well as the fellows. Every 
year the E. P. A. has a banquet to honor the 
birth of the club. Paul H. Gardner. 

Ccdrnttid to Dive 

The first dives a fellow takes when learning, 
he most always lands on his stomach and makes 
it all red and smarty. Also the first ones are 
deep, and he thinks he is never going to come 
up to the top. But just as he needs a breath and 
thinks he's on the bottom he breathes and finds 
himself in free air. After a few days or so he 
can dive pretty well. Some of the boys take 
backward, running, and other dives. 1 like to 
dive off the spring board, or from the wharf. 
Frederick J. Barton. 



Pickiiid Beans 

One Thursday a number of the fellows went 
back of the farm house to pick string beans with 
Mr. Kibby We were told to pick all the big ones 
and picked all the afternoon getting ten bushels 
and a half. Lawrence M. Cobb. 

Sunday Refreshments 

The Sundays during vacation Mr. Bradley 
sent either something good to eat or drink out 
to the play grounds for the fellows. One Sunday 
a large boiler of ginger pop was made and set 
out on a bench. One fellow served it out, and 
we each had all we wanted. It was a hot day 
and the pop tasted good. Another Sunday a 
bottle of lime juice was given to the owners of 
each cottage. The best of all, though, was the 
treat a few Sundays ago. Three boxes were 
seen coming out. There was a box of ginger 
ale, a box of birch beer, and a box of cookies. 
Each fellow had two cookies and a bottle of gin- 
ger ale, or a bottle of birch beer, whichever he 
chose. The refreshments were enjoyed by all. 
Theodore M. Fuller. 

Cbe "mary Cbliton" 

The boat which we have been using the most, 
lately, is the "Mary Chilton." It has a crew of 
ten fellows and is the largest of our rowboats. 
The boat usually makes a trip in the morning and 
in the afternoon. There are five fellows who 
row on the starboard side and four on the port, 
and the coxswain. This boat has two life pre- 
servers, two boat hooks, and a bow and stern 
line. As we start out the orders are: — "shove 
off forward," "out oars," or "up oars," and "let 
fall," "Starboard give way," or "port give way," 
"give way together." When we are making a 
landing the o.ders are: — "way enough," "bows 
out," "oars out," "stow oars," "fend off." 

James R. Gregory. 

mashing Bread tins 

Every little while 1 have to wash the bread 
tins as they get quite dirty, and 1 put them in a 
boiler with some soft soap and boil them about 
an hour. Then I scrub them and put them 
where it is hot and let them dry. There are 
eighty-six tins in all. Harold L. Marshall. 



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mcasurittd Koom$ 

One day, I went with Mr. Miller, the in- 
structor in printing, to measure the rooms in 
Gardner Hall and the other buildings. We first 
measured the printing office, then the shop, and 
the gymnasium. We measured their length, 
breadth, and height. We then went to the as- 
sembly room, wash room, chapel, reading room, 
kitchen, bakery, laundry, dining room, ladder 
and hose houses, the barn, and boat house, and 
measured them in the same way. We meas- 
ured the rooms because we are printing some 
cards with the measurements on them. These 
are posted near the doors so that the fellows may 
know the length, breadth, and height of each 
room, and the buildings, and learn to judge such 
things. Earle C. Marshall. 

Sports in (be U)nur 

One of the sports that the fellows like best 
of all is swimming. When we undress some of 
the fellows see who can get undressed first and 
get out to the float before anybody else gets out 
there. Some take a running dive and see how 
far into the water they can go Some of the 
fellows dive off the spring board and others dive 
down and try to find clam shells to bring up with 
them, and see how far they can swim under 
water. Five or six of the fellows can swim 
under water and come up through the round life 
preserver. Some of the boat crew fellows get 
on oil skins and dive and swim with them on. 
The fellows that cannot swim stay in near the 
shore. There is always a boat with two fellows 
In it around where we're swimming, and two 
instructors on shore to aid anybody who might be 
in need. Mr. Bradley often tells us not to make 
believe we are in distress because sometime 
when we are really in need of help they will 
think we are fooling and then we might be 
drowned. A few weeks ago Mr. Bradley had 
two old boats that came on the beach and he let 
the fellows that could swim have one out in the 
deep water, and the other one he let the fellows 
that could not swim have in shallow water. A 
lot of the fellows that can swim got the boat out 
in deep water and had lots of fun with it. Some 



of our best swimmers are, Harold Marshall, 
Harold Silver, Thomas Games, Robert Gregory, 
Leonard Hayden, and Fred Wilson. 

Alfred W. Jacobs. 

Crip to East Boston 

One day in vacation a number of the boys 
went to see the fire over at East Boston. The 
Cunard docks were all burnt, with some others. 
While we were there we saw some fire boats and 
engines. On our way back we went near a 
barge and the men invited us on it. We made 
fast to it and waited until a diver came up. 
When he came to the top he looked like a big bear 
because his rubber suit was blown up with air. 
He had on a helmet made of brass, a pair of 
canvas overalls, and mittens, also weights on 
both of his shoes. He stayed down quite a 
while. We also saw other interesting things on 
our way home. Laurence C. Silver. 

1)avind 

We do our haying during the months of 
June and July. The hay is cut with a mowing 
machine. When the machine cannot cut around 
trees a scythe is used. The grass is left out 
until dry and then when it is ready a horse rake 
is sent out to rake it up. Then we get our hay 
wagon and load on the hay. Each time we get 
a load it is taken up to our scales and weighed, 
after v/hich it is put in the barn for use. We 
have our first crop all done and hope to have a 
second crop. Robert W. Gregory. 

Screening Grai^el 

One morning, Mr. Mead sent four other 
fellows, and myself, to screen gravel on the beach 
north of the boat house. We took the sand 
and the fine gravel screens from the storage 
barn and set them up where we were going to 
work. We first put the gravel on the sand 
screen to get all of the sand out. When we 
had a good sized pile of gravel we put it on the 
gravel screen. All of the fine gravel that went 
through we put into a barrel to be used on the 
avenues and , walks. The coarser gravel we 
threw to one side. 

Prescott B. Merrifield. 



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John J. Henry, '50, diedJuly 11, 1908, 
in Quincy, Mass., of heart disease. He was ill 
but a short time, although much run down and 
in need of rest, which in his devotion to business 
he thought he could not take. Mr. Henry was 
Secretary of the Real Estate Exchange, 16 State 
Street, and had been in the real estate and 
auctioneer business for many years. His busi- 
ness reputation was Al with many acquaint- 
ances. Socially he enjoyed a large circle of 
friends. He was a Mason and a member of the 
Alumni Association. His picture is shown in 
the last Beacon. He is sitting on the ground 
in front of Mrs. Henry, with his head tipped back 
a bit. Mr. Henry was a good speaker and was 
to address the boys here on the Sunday which 
followed his death. His home life was ideal. 
He leaves a widow and a married son who was 
graduated from Harvard, and from the Andover 
Theological School, and is now preaching in 
Tyngsboro where Mrs. Henry will soon make 
her home. 

William Bird Winters, '91, diedJuly 24, 
1908, after two years of sickness, the last month 
of which he was very ill. Since last April 
William had been most kindly cared for by Mrs. 
C. S. Tuckerman at her home in Ipswich. 
Probably William was more widely known than 
any other boy of his class; he had many good 
qualities and will be kindly remembered espec- 
ially by those who knew him best. His quick 
impulsive nature and high temper developed ner- 
vous troubles which finally took him away. 

Silas Snow, '94, is engaged to Miss Fran- 
cis Clary of Williamburg, Mass., who was grad- 
uated from Smith College this year. Silas is 
private secretary to Mr. Luddin, 221 Gates Ave., 
Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Howard Boynton Ellis, '99, is the proud 
father of a boy born July 5th, named Howard 
Boynton Ellis, Jr. 

Swimmind float 

The first of the season Mr. Dix asked the 
boys how many would volunteer to build a 
swimming float. A large number of boys 



volunteered. So the next day a number of the 
boys went to the beach with Mr. Dix who in- 
structed them what to do. A large log was cut 
in two. When this was done holes were bored 
in the two halves so as to fit cross pieces on. 
It was then boarded up. He then asked us if 
we wanted a spring board, all saying, "yes!" 
After that was put in, the float was completed. 
Then it was anchored out in the water near the 
stone wharf. Edward H. Deane. 

Ulatering Cabbage 

One afternoon it was my work, with two 
other fellows, to water the cabbages over by the 
compost shed. The water was taken from the 
barn, in a barrel on wheels. We dipped our 
sprinklers in the barrel and got the water out 
that way. The ground was very dry so it took 
all the afternoon to water the cabbages. We 
used about seven barrels of water. 

Allen Bennett Cooke. 

Cowboy's Work 

The cowboy's work is to drive the cows 
to the south end of the Island where there is a 
cow pasture. When he is not busy keeping the 
cows out of the marshy ground he picks up waste 
matter, such as paper, sticks, and stones. The 
cows are out of doors about ten hours every day. 
Spencer S. Profit. 

lUarcrlnd Crces 

As there has not been much rain lately-, 
some of the smaller trees have withered. One 
day, before school, another fellow and I were de- 
tailed to water them. There were a number 
of small maple trees and two small Colorado 
blue spruces which had to be watered. We put 
about eight pails of water on the spruces, and 
two or three pails full on each of the small 
maple trees. Ralph H. Marshall. 

Cbatialna mork 

The morning fellows went up to the chapel 
recently to have their work changed. Mr. 
Bradley came in and -told them the place where 
they were to work. Then the afternoon fellows 
came in later to have their work changed also. 
Most of the fellows like the kind of work they 
do. Harold Y. Jacobs. 





BEACON 

Vol. 12. -No. 5. Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. September, 1908 



Entered November 23. 1903. at Boston, Mass., 



Second-class matter, under Act of Congress of July 16, 1894. 



Che jm Staff 

One of the prominent things on our Island 
is the flag staff. It is 85 feet high. The first 
flag staff which we have any record of was a 
small one, erected on the Island, June 15, 1853. 
This held the flag for nine years, until April 16, 
1862. Then we had one which bore the stars 
and stripes through a long and terrible Civil War. 
This one was replaced by a larger and stronger 
staff deeply imbedded, and strongly braced, 
which stood through storm and wind, until April 
19, 1897, when the topmast broke about half- 
way down and the flag and all fell to the ground. 
The flag staff was without a topmast for a short 
time until a new one was put in place. This 
flag staff stood for a few months with the new 
topmast but the lower portion was weather worn 
and decayed. On December 1 , 1 897, a new one 
was towed from East Boston, and on December 
5, 1897, the Thomas G. Stevenson Post, 26, G. 
A. R., of Roxbury, Mass., presented it to the 
School. It was made by the Boston Spar Com- 
pany. 

The School was given a holiday and at ten 
o'clock in the morning the staff was raised. On 
Saturday, December 15th, 1897, the Nelson A. 
Miles Camp, Sons of Veterans, and the Woman's 
Relief Corps, came to the Island and formally 
presented the staff to the Farm School. It was 
then put into place. The flag presented by the 
General Nelson A. Miles Camp, Sons of Veter- 
ans, was then hoisted. In the spring. 1899, Mr. 
Bradley added a gaff, out of sympathy for the sail- 
ors who pass our home. This made the staff 
complete. Every year at Thanksgiving time the 
gaff is taken down and housed for the winter. 
The topmast is lowered half-way down to keep it 



from being injured by the winter storms. About 
the 19th of April I had to help get these parts into 
place for the summer. When all of the lines 
were arranged the gaff was hoisted. 

John O. Enright. 

Clcanittd up the Storage Barn 

Every day it is my work to clean up the stor- 
age barn. I pack up the bushel boxes, then I 
clean the farm tools, such as the cultivators and 
plows. Then I sweep the floor. After that I 
pack up the tools and do other little jobs that I 
see need to be done. Allen B. Cooke. 

Picking Uegetables 

One morning, six of us farm fellows under 
the charge of two instructors, picked vegetables. 
We all took half -bushel baskets and bushel boxes 
over to the vegetable gardens. The vegetables 
we picked, were lettuce, beans, cucumbers, 
sweet corn and squashes. The lettuce was 
rather old so we had to pick out the small and 
tender heads. We picked one bushel of lettuce. 
We next picked beets. We also picked only the 
smallest beets for pickles. The large ones are 
for later use. We pull these out of the ground 
and break the tops off about two inches above 
the beet. This is done to keep them fresh. 
We picked one-half bushel of these. There 
were three kinds of cucumbers we picked — 
Early Clusters, Boston Picklings, and White 
Spines. The Early Clusters are small, round 
cucumbers, and they are ripe before the rest. 
The Boston Picklings, and White Spines are 
large, long cucumbers. After the largest of 
these were picked the small ones were picked 
for pickles. The middle-size cucumbers were 
picked next for salting. Next were picked two 
kinds of summer squash, the long green ones. 



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and the round white squash. We next picked 
the last of the string beans, and the first bushel 
of sweet corn. After each vegetable or fruit is 
picked, a card is made out by the instructor in 
charge, telling the hour of picking, the name and 
quantity. It is then carried to the kitchen. In 
all we picked the following: — one bushel of let- 
tuce, one-half bushel of beets, three and one- 
half bushels of cucumbers, two bushels of squash, 
one bushel of sweet corn, and one-half bushel of 
beans. George J. Balch. 

For three afternoons I had to work in the 
coal. The first afternoon it wasn't very hard, as 
it was just shoveling back the coal as the team 
dumped it through. This was in the stock barn 
basement. The second afternoon was much the 
same, but the third afternoon we had to get down 
on our knees and shovel away the coal from the 
trap so as to make room for the other loads. 
When we came up we looked as black as the 
coal itself. Edric B. Blakemore. 

SfraidDtcnind tbe Plank Ulalk 

Between the main building and Gardner 
Hall there is a plank walk. Mr. Mead noticed 
that it was not straight nor level, so he told an- 
other fellow and myself to make it so. We got 
a large hammer and some blocks and set to 
work. We moved the planks so that the walk 
was straight, but in straightening it we pushed 
some of the blocks out of place that keep it level. 
We put these back in place but there were not 
enough so we got some more blocks and put 
them on the low side, and where they were 
needed. Alfred W. Jacobs. 

Ulooa Ulcrkitid 

The boys like to make things to give to 
their friends. Most of the work given away is 
wood-work. The boys make glove and jewelry 
boxes, paper knives, pen trays, picture frames, 
napkin rings, thermometer holders, key boards, 
and numerous other articles. Each boy in 
making a box, or anything, uses the wood which 
he thinks will look best. If he is going to inlay 
he chooses wood which will look good against 



his background. If he is going to carve he 
takes some wood that in his judgement is best 
for carving. The two chief woods most always 
used in boxes are cherry and gum wood. If a 
boy is making a bow he generally uses either ash, 
oak, or hickory. His arrows are usually made of 
quarter inch dowels. If he is making a boat he 
uses mostly soft pine. A pen tray is generally 
made of cherry. A paper knife can be made 
from almost any kind of wood. Maple is the 
most durable and hardest. Some of the fellows 
prefer cherry, mahogany, black walnut, or gum 
wood, for their paper knives. The different 
kinds of wood we keep on hand for any purpose 
for which it might be used are — oak, hickory, ash, 
cherry, mahogany, maple, cypress, hard, soft, 
and white pine, spruce, and a small amount of 
ebony for inlaying. Clarence M. Daniels. 

Swimming 

All boys like swimming. Every day, one- 
half hour after dinner or supper, the whistle blows 
to line up. We line up according to size, the 
two largest fellows at the head of the line and the 
smaller fellows at the end. We line up by twos 
and march down the rear avenue to the swim- 
ming beach and the boys who are in the right 
grade can go in. We have a half-hour to swim. 
I like the sport very much. 

Charles E. Morse. 

masbing Stanchions 

One rainy day Mr. MacLeod had the farm 
boys wash the cows' stanchions. We had scrap- 
ers, scrub-brushes, rags, and a pail of water. 
We were all the afternoon washing them. 

James A. Peak. 

Bcacb materials and Chcir Uses 

There is much material that is useful to 
this Island that the beach gives us, such as the 
sea-weed that washes in upon the shore. It is 
used as bedding for the pigs, and for the cover- 
ing up of plants that need protection during the 
winter. There is the drift-wood that is washed 
ashore, and gives us, after it is sawed and 
chopped, our supply of wood. Clay is another 
very useful material that we use a large amount 
of. When it rains, gullies are washed out, and 



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chy is used filling them in. Over this clay is 
spread gravel which is also obtained from the 
beach. When gravel is screened for this pur- 
pose, some of the sand is kept and used for the 
winter time when it is icy. Another use for 
sand is mixing cement and mortar. On the 
northern end of the Island there are many 
stones which are used for the dikes and other 
similar places. When the fellows want to go 
fishing they first go to the beach to dig sea- 
worms. This is another way which the beach 
helps us, and we are all thankful for its mate- 
rials. Terrance L. Parker. 

my melons 

One visiting day when my father came 
down to visit me he brought me some musk 
melon seeds which he had got at Petticoat Lane, 
London, when he was there. I got permission 
from Mr. Bradley to plant them. After they 
were planted and began to grow, I would weed 
them occasionally. Now, 1 have about seven 
vines with blossoms on them, and melons too. 
When they are ripe they are yellow. I expect 
to have them for my table when they are ripe. 
Theodore M. Fuller. 

Ulork on tDe Tarnt 

One day Mr. MacLeod got hoes and gave 
them to a number of farm fellows. Then he 
told us to go to the shrubbery over by the farm 
house and to hoe around the cherry and plum 
trees. Around each tree we dug out the weeds. 
This loosened the soil so that water could sink 
in and moisten the roots of the trees. After 
that we weeded the raspberries, and the aspara- 
gus bed. When we got that done some of the 
fellows went with Mr. MacLeod to pick rasp- 
berries until the bell rang. That was the last 
of that afternoon's work. Levi N. Trask. 

Printing Pictures 

On a recent visiting day my friends brought 
me a package of solio paper for printing pictuies. 
There are two dozen sheets in one package. 
The size of the solio paper is four inches one 
way, and five inches the other way. I borrowed 
John Enright's printing frame which is made of 
wood and glass, and is the same size as the solio 



paper. I also borrowed some negatives from 
some of the boys and I had some of my own. 
I went out on the play ground and sat down in 
the shade of the trees and took two negatives 
which 1 wanted to print. I put the shiney side 
down to the glass and put the solio paper in the 
same way, and then 1 put the back on. After 
doing this I took it out in the sun and held the 
side with the glass up for the sun to shine on in 
order to have the negative print on the solio 
paper. When the solio paper turned the proper 
color I took out the back of the printing frame 
and then the solio paper, and put it in a book as 
soon as 1 could because it will turn red if it is held 
to the sun too long. 1 had one of the other boys 
tone them for me. Alonzo B. James. 

Baking Beans 

The first thing 1 do in baking beans is to 
put twenty quarts of beans in the water to swell 
and take part of the beany taste away. 1 leave 
them there over night, then 1 change the water 
they are in, and put them on the stove to par- 
boil. This happens generally on Friday morn- 
ings. When they have boiled long enough 1 
drain the water off and put the beans into six 
bean pots. 1 put in each pot one-fourth of a cup 
of salt, one cup of sugar, a piece of salt pork, and 
fill the pots up with water, then I put them in the 
brick oven. About noon-time 1 fill the pots with 
water. At five o'clock in the afternoon 1 take 
them out of the oven and again fill them with 
water. On Saturday morning 1 put them in the 
oven again, and by noon-time they are generally 
baked and ready to eat. 

Harold L. Marshall. 

filling in the Beach Road 

Recently, some other boys and I filled in 
the beach road. There were three teams haul- 
ing dirt from the cellar of the new building. 
We filled in about half of the road between the 
storage barn and the compost shed. The rest 
of the fellows loaded the carts and they kept us 
busy leveling it and raking off the stones. It 
was quite warm and the perspiration stood out 
on our faces. Mr. Kibby was in charge, and 
he helped us rake. LeRoy B. Huey. 



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Published Monthly by 

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Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

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Vol. 12. No. 5. 



September, 1908. 



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BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 

vice president 

Henry S, Grew 

TREASURER 

Arthur Adams 

secretary 

Tucker Daland 

managers 

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 
Moses Williams, Jr. 
Ralph B. Williams 



Charles H. Bradley, 



Superintendent 



Treasurer's Address 50 State St. 

Boston, Mass. 

The warm days are going, the winds are 
blowing more briskly, and making the leaves 
dance. Red and gold, the maples gleam on the 
mountain sides in the northern country and the 
barns are being prepared for the harvest. 

What a joy it is to know that the work has 



been well done, to know that there is plenty now 
and enough stored away for the winter. 

The spring planting and summer labor have 
borne fruit. Some of the crops are better than 
others. Some were injured by too little rain, 
some were planted in poor soil, some were 
merely experiments. Some of the seeds were 
better than others; some were crowded, so that 
they could not send their roots out far enough 
to get sufficient nourishm.ent. 

Some of the seeds that were planted were 
devoured by rats or crows; some had less ability 
to withstand the cold, heat, and winds, yet each 
one was made to grow, each one had within it 
that wonderful germ of life that time cannot kill, 
that principle mystery, before the wonder of 
which the greatest scholars are dumb. They 
cannot explain it. Seeds have been taken 
from Egyptian tombs — (the wisest men have 
said that they were 2000 years old) planted, 
and have grown and borne grain. This seems 
like a miracle and it is. Every time a boy 
plants a seed in the ground, a miracle is to be 
unfolded before his eyes. That wonderful seed- 
life is to coax from the earth, food and drink, 
to select properties in the soil that will nourish 
it. It eats and drinks until the seed-coat is too 
small, then it pushes it aside, or up, and takes 
hold of the ground by means of its wonderful 
plant fingers, or roots. When it pushes up higher 
into the world it finds altogether different con- 
ditions — air, water, sun, bugs, worms, friends 
and foes. It needs more air and moisture and 
sends out leaves, to absorb them from the 
atmosphere. 

After a while something very wonderful 
happens, a bud appears, which develops into a 
flower, with sepals and petals, and a pistil and 
stamens, and filaments, and anthers. 

We have seen the marvels of Divine In- 



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telligence, first life, then obedience to the law, 
then growth and perfection. 

Man is always in the presence of God, as 
long as he breathes, he is a walking miracle; he 
is surrounded by miracles, and each harvest 
season gives us a clearer vision of Him, a recog- 
nition that character is a growth, like the flower; 
first, there must be obedience to environment, 
making the best of conditions, making the dark- 
ness even a source of strength. 

Like the plant only those things must be 
selected from the multitudinous offerings of the 
world that will truly help and strengthen. 

The desire to be worthy and embody useful 
and beautiful thoughts causes the boy or man to 
unconsciously exhale kindness and goodness, and 
be an inspiration to every other struggling soul. 

Exactly what is sowed is reaped. If a boy 
drinks and dissipates he reaps dishonor and 
finally — -death. If he labors faithfully and desires 
at all times to be a genuine man, he reaps honor, 
respect and success. 

God's laws are unchangeable — as we sow 
we reap, and the fact is before us that there is 
always a harvest day. 

notes 

August 3. Graduate William E. Procter 
visited the School. 

August 4. First early potatoes. 

William Marsden Marshall entered the 
School. 

Charles Russell, a former pupil, visited the 
School. 

August 5. Launched sloop Trevore. 

August 6. Staked out and broke ground 
for power, light and heat building. 

August 7. Floor layers finished in sitting 
room, parlor, and hall. 

Leonard Smith Hayden left the School to 
live with his mother. 

Charles Clifton Wright left the School to 
live with his step-father. 



August 14. North side float repaired and 
replaced. 

August 15. Fred Calvin Webb left the 
School to work for General Electric Co., Lynn, 
Mass. 

August 17. Winter supply of coal came. 

August 20. Stacked beans. 

Parlor and sitting room furniture refinished. 

August 21. Walls painted and floor var- 
nished in room 14. 

August 22. Repaired several windows and 
frames in stock barn. 

August 23. Began digging field potatoes. 

August 24. Veterinary here. 

August 25. Charles Howard MacSwain 
entered the School. 

30 bushels of tomatoes sent to market. 

August 26. Two books, "The New Basis 
of Geography," and "The Teaching of English," 
given to the School by Mr. Harlan Peabody. 

August 27. Began cutting salt hay. 

August 28. Fifth visiting day. 250 pres- 
ent. 

Boys went to Keith's Theatre where an il- 
lustrated talk on the School was being given. 

Treasurer Arthur Adams visited the School, 
also graduate Philip S. May, and Ernest N. 
Jorgensen, a former pupil. 

August 29. Graduate Herbert A. Dierkes 
visited the School. 

Finished relaying sea wall in front of storage 
barn. 

Gordon G. Maclntire left the School to live 
with his mother. 

President Alfred Bowditch and Mrs. Bow- 
ditch visited the School. 

August 31. Restocked Observatory piece. 

Burnt meteorology 

Maximum temperature, 88' on the 14th. 

Minimum temperature, 53' on the 21st, 
28th, and 30th. 

Mean temperature, for the month, 67.70". 

Total precipitation, 2.93 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours, 1 .04 in- 
ches on the 26th. 



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9 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 
tion. 12 clear days, 17 partly cloudy, 2 cloudy 
days. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 258 and 
20 minutes. 

Thunder storms on the 5th, 7th, 17th, and 
27th. 

Cbc Tartti and trades School Bank 

Cash on hand August 1, 1908 $652.83 

Deposited during the month 40.07 

$692.91) 
Withdrawn during the month 49.22 

Cash on hand Sept 1, 1908 $643.68 

Cutting €orn Stalks 

One morning I helped James Clifford cut 
corn stalks where the corn had been picked. 
There were four long rows. He cut the stalks 
and I put them in a pile and got about four piles. 
Then we went up and got a team, but as we did 
not have a load we cut the rest of the stalks. 
Then we had most two loads. We put it in the 
barn and then we got ready for dinner. 

William M. Marshall. 

miping Disbcs 

Every afternoon it is my work to wipe dishes. 
When 1 go in the dining room at noon, I 
clean up my sink and get my towels ready. 
First, 1 wipe the silver, mugs, plates, extra dishes, 
bowls, butter dishes, and then I am all through 
wiping, after which 1 put them away. After I get 
that done I scrub my table and wash down my 
sink, and then go and take my play time. 

Bernhardt Gerecke. 

Jlmerican Sparrow l)awk 

In the reading room we have a hawk. It 
is about the size of a pigeon. The first two or 
three days that we had him in the cage he was 
rather wild, but now he has got so that he will 
let you put your hand in and pat him. One day 
one of the fellows put his finger in the cage and 
the bird came and sat on it. The color of this 
bird is a slaty blue on the head, rufous on the 
back, and rufous spots on his white breast. We 
feed him mostly on raw and cooked meat, po- 
tatoes, and worms. John LeStrance. 



Preparing Corn for the Boys' Dinner 

When the boys are to have corn for dinner 
it is the kitchen boys' work to husk and prepare 
it. Two boys husk the corn while one boy cuts 
the ends and bad places off, and another boy 
washes it and puts it in the boiler. Just before 
dinner when the corn is all cooked we drain the 
water off. When that is done it is carried into 
the boys' dining room and distributed to the dif- 
ferent tables. Theodore Miller. 

Che eim Ceaf Beetle 

The elm leaf beetle, which inhabits the elm 
tree, is very destructive. One day Mr. Bradley 
had a paper telling how to destroy these things 
and he collected some slugs and leaves, some 
of which were partly eaten. He sent the paper 
and leaves, with the slugs on them, around to the 
school rooms and we looked at them through a 
microscope. The back of a slug is yellowish 
black, and is about a quarter of an inch long. 
This can be destroyed by putting ten pounds of 
arsenate of lead with one hundred gallons of 
water, spraying the trees between the first 
and the fifteenth of June. 

Ernest M. Catton. 

UJeeding 

One day Mr. MacLeod and a number of boys 
went weeding on the corn near the farm house. 
We weeded the whole piece and the blackberry 
bushes. They were very hard to weed as the 
briers scratched our arms and hands. After 
that we weeded the asparagus. It took us all 
the afternoon to weed all of these things. 

Harold L. Wynot. 

making a Torm 

One afternoon 1 helped the mason make a 
cement form for the new drain pipe that had 
just been laid. We used about six buckets of 
gravel and one bucket and a half of cement to a 
mixing. I then mixed that up and shoveled it 
into the hole where the drain is going to be. 
After the form gets quite hard it will be knocked 
off and a new grating will be put on the top of 
the drain and packed down hard. It took about 
four mixings to make the form. 

James P. M. Embree. 



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two Hinds of Suckers 

Of course all people know that there are 
the blood suckers, which are used in hospitals to 
take bad blood from people. But the kind of 
suckers I am going to tell about are the oak 
suckers. What I mean by oak suckers are 
small shoots that come from the trunk of the 
tree. These suckers take the nourishment 
which goes to the tree. The way to pre- 
vent this is by taking them off as soon as pos- 
sible and the tree will then have enough nour- 
ishment to support itself and will be as good as 
ever. There are some of the suckers in Whale's 
Back that grew a year ago. 

Norman V. Johnson. 

mcdtbcr Bureau 

Every month five fellows are selected as ob- 
servers. Last month 1 was selected as one. 
Every morning and evening, at eight o'clock, ob- 
servations are made. The following instru- 
ments are at the observatory: — polymeter, ba- 
rometer, maximum and minimum thermometers, 
rain gauge, sunshine recorder, and anemometer. 
Besides the five observers there is a chief, and 
a deputy, to take the place of the chief when he 
is absent. Each observer has to fill out a blank 
and chart the readings of whatever instrument 
he is observer of. Clarence S. Nelson. 

CDe Utew from Our Tsland 

One important thing at our Island is the 
view which surrounds us. On Sunday the boys 
sit around under the trees west of the play 
grounds and look through telescopes at the big 
liners that come in. Some watch for the names 
on the Nantasket steamers. I like to look over 
to the city at the State House and Dorchester 
Heights, and the Navy Yard. The boys like to 
look through Mr. Bradley's telescope because it 
is larger and stronger. We watch the boat races 
which go by quite often. 

Herbert H. Kenney. 

Our Cibrary 

Our library contains some two thousand 
books, all numbered as in a public library. The 
books are covered with a heavy gray paper to 
keep them clean. The library is open twice a 



week, on Wednesday at 7 p. m., and Sunday at 
8 a. m. One of the fellows acts as librarian, 
and sometimes has an assistant when the work 
is rushing. A teacher has charge and sees that 
everything goes right. To obtain a book a fellow 
gets a card from the librarian, and after referring 
to the catalogue which is hung on the bulletin 
board, he marks down the case, shelf, and num- 
ber of the book he wants, and hands the card to 
the librarian. A fellow is allowed to keep a book 
out of the library one week. When the pages get 
loose, or the cover torn on a book, it is sent 
around to the office where the office fellow re- 
pairs it. A half of one case is given to refer- 
ence books which are not taken outside of the 
chapel and reading room. 

Frederick J. Wilson. 

Picking Apples 

It was the work of three other fellows and 
myself to pick apples. We took two ladders 
and some baskets and began picking them. We 
would pick all the apples in reach of the ladder 
and then climb into the trees after the other 
ones. The ones we could not get we would 
shake off. We picked a bushel and a peck. 
They were Red Astrakhan. 

Harold Y. Jacobs. 

?mt\m Piitcbes 

In different places in the halls, dormitory, 
and dining room, the plaster was loose and had 
begun to fall out. A mason and two fellows re- 
paired these places. After they were dry, it 
was my work to paint them. I gave each patch 
two coats of paint to match. 

Harold N. Silver. 

map Copying 

In school we have been drawing maps of 
Mexico, the exact size of the one in the book. 
This was done by marking off a piece of paper 
eight inches by five and one-eighth inches. 
Every little while we measured how far in and 
how far down to go. After we got it drawn we 
painted it different colors. Some fellows divided 
the country into its states, territories, and fed- 
eral district. Most of the fellows paint fairly 
well. M. Louis Reinhard. 



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Jllumni 

Henry M. Stokes, 76, recently returned 
from a pleasure trip to the British Isles and 
Holland, and we were pleased to receive a call 
from him and hear of some of his interesting ex- 
periences. He is now back at the old stand 
ready for business, of which the firm of Bathrick 
and Stokes, 471 Tremont St., evidently gets its 
share. 

Ernest N. Austin, '00, recently lost all of 
his belongings by fire, including the clothes of 
himself and wife, but is cheered by the fact that 
he will probably receive first prize in a cottage 
designing contest and the amount of that prize 
will about equal his loss. Ernest is with Griggs 
& Hunt, Architects, 51 Leavenworth St., Water- 
bury, Conn. 

Frederick F. Burchsted, '02, is the proud 
father of a ten pound boy born September 
5, 1908. 

Harry M. Chase, '04, is married and keep- 
ing house in Hyannis, Mass. 

William E. Procter, '05, has enlisted in 
the navy and is now an apprentice seaman at 
the U. S. Naval Training Station, Newport, R. 1. 

Keith's Bijou 

We were all pleased visiting day afternoon 
to hear that we were going to visit Keith's Bijou 
Theatre. After putting away our food and other 
things we shined our shoes, and combed our 
hair, all ready to start. At about two-thirty we 
all went to the wharf, where the Life Saving 
Service's steamer named Relief was signalled 
for, our own being under repairs. The Relief 
towed our barge to City Point where we. boarded 
two special cars to be carried to town. The 
name of the first set of moving pictures was 
'The Disastrous Flirtatation." This was of a 
very polite gentleman who would tip his hat to 
every young lady he passed, and wouldn't look 
where he was going, and so got into trouble. 
There were many other moving pictures, among 
them, "The Revengeful Deed" and "An Indigesti- 
ble Meal." The most interesting to us was a lect- 
ure on our School showing pictures of the house, 



storage barn, farm house, graduating class of '08, 
the band, Gardner Hall, cottages, observatory, 
wharf and steamer, and also some of the fellows 
on the farm working, and a few more, all familiar 
to us. At five-ten we all started for home hav- 
ing, had a very pleasant time and thankful Mr. 
Keith gave us the pleasure. Percy Smith. 

J\ Cc$$on on tbc Gypsy moth 

One morning when we were ready for 
school Mr. Kibby said he was going to give us 
a lesson on the gypsy moth. So we all went 
over to Cottage Row where there are some oak 
trees and we found there were a number of them 
there. Mr. Kibby had a two quart measure 
which he used to put them ,in. He said there 
were four stages. The first was the egg stage, 
second the caterpillar, third cocoon, fourth the 
moth. When the moth lays her eggs she then 
dies. You will find the eggs under the bark of 
trees and on the under side of branches. The 
gypsy moth eats any trees, such as the maple, 
elm, pine, balsam, oak, cedar, etc. The gypsy 
moth is one of the pests of our Island. 

Harold D. Morse. 

UviWm Uarnish 

When furniture has been varnished it is 
sometimes sort of rough. In order to make the 
varnish smooth, pumice is used. Rrst, a small 
quantity of pulverized pumice is put on the 
piece of furniture. Then a small quantity of 
water, and both are rubbed over the varnish with 
a piece of woolen, or felt. This cuts the varnish 
down so it has a smooth surface. The furniture 
is then washed with a sponge and dried with a 
piece of shammy skin. This is used to avoid 
lint. Then the piece of furniture is smooth and 
ready for the next coat of varnish. 

Frank H. Machon. • 

Barn Vard iUork 

My work is now in the barn yard. I sweep 
the run and the stones around the watering- 
trough. Then 1 take the cow manu-e up and 
put it in the cart and empty it. I am all done 
at three o'clock except feeding the pigs. We 
feed them at four o'clock, and have fourteen of 
them. Harlan Stevens. 



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Vol. 12. No. 6. Printed AT The Farm AND Trades School, Boston, Mass. October, 1908 



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



Cbc Construction of 4 Cottage 

This year, the citizens are taking consider- 
able interest in the conditions and welfare of 
Cottage Row. Some have taken the opportun- 
ity to pull down three of the cottages, and have 
started to replace them with new ones. This is 
the way the work is carried on: — they first 
draw a plan of the size and shape of the cottage, 
using the scale of one inch to a foot. 
When the plan is accepted by Capt. Dix, who is 
in charge of all construction work at the school, 
they get enough lumber to start with. First 
four post holes are dug and four posts are sunk, 
each post being three feet long, and six inches 
in diameter. Three inches of the post are left 
above ground for the foundation to rest on. 
Our cottage is eleven feet long and seven feet 
wide, and six feet to the eaves. The posts are 
eleven feet apart one way, and seven feet the 
other. 

Sills are made out of some strong 
lumber, into the shape of a rectangle and nailed 
on to the posts, each corner of the sill resting on 
a post. This is the foundation. About every 
three feet, floor timbers are put in two in- 
ches thick by three inches wide, and about six 
feet eight inches long. Half joints are made 
at each end of each piece so they will lie on the 
sill. Some more two by threes are cut up six 
feet long. These are put every three feet apart 
all around on the sill, in an upright position for 
studding. These are nailed to the floor tim- 
bers and on to the sill. A plate is then made 
to match the sill, this being nailed on top of the 
studding which forms the framework. The door 
and windows are sectioned off. The boards are 
then put on. 

The right angle is then found for the roof, 



and the rafters for the roof are sawed off. A 
ridge pole is made for one end of the rafters to 
rest against, the other end resting on the plate. 
The rafters are placed three feet apart. The 
roof is then boarded up. The trimmings are 
next made from new stock which is used for 
that purpose. It is then ready to be shingled. 
Shingling is started at the eves and works up to 
the ridge pole. Two layers are put on the first 
row and one on the others. The shingles hang 
over the edge of the roof about an inch or two. 
Each row is spaced off. After the shingles are 
put on, the clapboards are put on. When this 
is done, the work on the inside begins. The 
window frames and casings are made, and the 
cottage is sheathed inside and then it is ready 
for a coat of paint. The trimmings are painted 
one color, and the clapboards another. The 
inside is varnished or painted, just as desired. 
A hard wood floor is laid and this is also painted 
or varnished. The cottage is then ready for 
use. Paul H. Gardner. 

Che e. p. H. Banquet 

Wednesday evening, September 16, the 
Elk Pleasure Association held its eighth annual 
banquet in Gardner Hall. About eight o'clock, 
we entered the hall, which was decorated with 
the colors of the Association, red, white and 
blue; and'the colors of the school, old gold and 
navy blue. On each table there was a large 
bunch of asters, and other flowers. We had for 
refreshments, ham, tongue, sardines, sand- 
wiches, cakes, cookies, pie, fruits, and candies. 
After we were through eating, Capt. George 
Matthews appointed 1st Lieut. James Clifford, 
as toastmaster, who called on about all the in- 
structors present, and quite a number of the fel- 
lows to speak. There were funny stories related. 



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while others told of the improvements of the As- 
sociation and its work. Mr. Bradley gave a 
very interesting talk about Phillips-Exeter Acad- 
emy which he and Mrs. Bradley had visited that 
afternoon. After the speeches, Capt. Matthews 
thanked all who helped make the banquet a suc- 
cess. Then we adjourned to the assembly hall 
which was also decorated for the occasion, and 
enjoyed a social dance. 

James R. Gregory. 

Cbc €orn Roast 

One night when we came out from supper 
Mr. Mead told us to help get ready for a corn 
roast, so we went down to the beach and gather- 
ed all the dry wood we could find and put it in a 
pile. After this was done, torches were lighted 
and put up in different places to light the way to 
where the roast was going to be. After that the 
fire was started. Each fellow was given all the 
corn he wanted. We all had sharpened sticks, 
on the end of which we put an ear of corn and 
held it over the hot coals to roast. After the 
corn was eaten every fellow was given water 
melon and bananas. While all this was going on 
red torches were being burned along the bank. 
It was a beautiful evening, the stars being out 
and the moon shining brightly. We all thanked 
Mr. Bradley for his kindness, and went to bed 
feeling tired, but happy. 

Stanley B. Tisdale. 

Our new 6eo9rapDie$ 

Our geographies were getting old and 
torn, and were not up-to-date, so Mr. Bradley 
bought us some new ones. He bought enough 
so that each fellow could have one. These 
geographies are up-to-date and more interesting 
to read and study. They have a picture of a 
vessel on the cover. The name of the geog- 
raphy is 'The Natural School Geography," 
by Redway and Hinman. We all thank Mr. 
Bradley for his kindness for we needed them 
very much. Stephen Eaton. 

mork in tbe Dormitory 

Every week day afternoon I work in the 
dormitory. The first thing 1 do is to sweep the 
long hall, then the wide hall, and the main hall. 



After this 1 sweep the stairs going from the 
wide hall to the kitchen door. Then I empty 
my dirt box and put away my things, then pol- 
ish the zinc, and wash the floor. After this I 
scrub the floor just outside of the bath room. 
When this is done my regular work is over. I 
then sometimes wash one of the instructor's 
rooms, and other times I polish the halls that 1 
sweep. 1 like to work in the dormitory. 

Frederick Hynes. 

B musical treat 

On September 25, our sixth visiting day, 
the First Corps Cadet Band gave us a compli- 
mentary concert in the afternoon on the croquet 
lawn, where a platform had been erected for the 
occasion. The players were in full uniform and 
were excellent musicians. There was a great 
variety of pieces including a baritone solo by 
John F. Park, a sextet of trombones playing the 
sextet from the opera "Lucia di Lammermoor," 
and Fielding's burlesque on 'The Merry Widow" 
by the full band, which wound up with a so-called 
"brainstorm." Mr. John B. Fielding led the 
band and everyone enjoyed this musical treat. 
Harold W. Smyth. 

Ulorkiud in tbe Shop 

One of the pleasures we enjoy is working in 
the shop during our play time. During this time 
we can make things, such as paper knives, pen 
trays, butter paddles, glove and handkerchief 
boxes, sugar scoops, etc. To be able to keep 
this privilege we must clean our benches and 
make things look neat, as we ought to do. I 
have made a sugar scoop for my mother, a pen 
tray for my sister, and a paper knife for my 
brother. James L. Joyce. 

mr$. Bradley's Birthday €ake 

August 28, was Mrs. Bradley's birthday. 
After supper Mr. Bradley come into the boys' 
dining room with a monsterous cake. 1 held 
my breath for a second, for I didn't think it was 
really a cake, for it was so large. Then Mr. 
Bradley told us it was Mrs. Bradley's birthday 
cake. It v/as marked off so that it could be cut 
into one hundred and fifty pieces. It was 
covered with frosting and had a pink border. It 



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was about sixty inches around, and the thick- 
ness was three inches. The tin was made es- 
pecially for baking the cake. The cake weighed 
fourteen pounds, six ounces. Mrs. Bradley 
presented each one with a piece. When we all 
had our piece of cake the middle was left. On 
this was made in the frosting, Mary Chilton 
Brewster Bradley, 1908. 

Herbert H. Kenney. 

eettiiid Tee 

When ice comes from the city in one of 
our boats, one of the steamer fellows comes and 
tells one of the farmers, who then has a fellow 
harness one of the horses to a cart and go down 
to the wharf. One morning I helped bring it up. 
I harnessed Bell to the new dump-cart, got the 
ice tongs and rubber blankets from number seven 
room, and went- down to the wharf. Usually 
we get about four large cakes at a time. We 
first washed these cakes off with a hose. We 
then put the ice into the cart and wrapped the 
ice in the blankets so as to keep the sun from 
melting it. The ice was then weighed and car- 
ried up to the house. Three of the cakes were 
put into the ice chests in the meat cellar, and 
the other cake was put into the ice chest in the 
store room. We get ice very often during the 
hot weather. George J. Balch. 

mork and Play 

The afternoon kitchen and dining room fel- 
lows do their work while the other fellows have 
their play time and swimming. In the afternoon 
when we finish our work we have our play time 
while the others are working. There are nine 
fellows, four in the kitchen and five in the dining- 
room. When it is swimming time Mr. Mead 
takes us down to the beach. If it is low tide we 
can go off the south side float and swim. We 
play games and have a good time. 

Charles E. Morse. 

mt. Uernon 

We have in our school room a picture of 
Mt. Vernon, Washington's home. George 
Washington was born at Bridges Creek, Virginia, 
on the Potomac river about forty or fifty miles 
from where the city of Washington now stands. 



There is nothing standing where he was born but 
a stone slab on which is written "Here, the 1 1th 
of February 1732, George Washington was born." 
As we now reckon, it is the 22nd of February. 
Washington's grandfather was John Washington, 
who came from England to Virginia in 1657. 
George got a fair English education. When 
his brother, Lawrence Washington died, George 
had possession of Mt. Vernon. In 1759 George 
married Mrs. Martha Custis. He died in 1799 
at Mt. Vernon. His name will always be in the 
United States History. The whole country 
united to do honor to the memory of one who 
was "First in war, first in peace, and first in the 
hearts of his countrymen." 

Norman V. Johnson. 

Playiiid Drive 

One Saturday morning when the dining- 
room and kitchen fellows were excused we chose 
sides and had a game of drive. This is the way 
we play it: — when we have our sides chosen one 
side takes the rugby and puts it in the middle of 
the field. Then the best kicker kicks it to the 
other side. When the other side gets it they 
kick it back again • and they keep that up 
until one side drives the other side back to the 
goal. Then they change sides and play another 
game. Roy D. Upham. 

(Uasbing l)andkereblef$ 

On Wednesdays a part of the laundry boys' 
work is to wash handkerchiefs. They are di- 
vided up so that there are about fifty for each of 
us to do. After we wash them we rinse and 
scald them. Then we rinse them again, wring 
them out, and then hang them up on the reel to 
dry. Albert A. Anderson. 

€leanind the Vards 

Every morning after breakfast, two other 
boys and I rake up the yards. First, 1 go around 
to the office path and work down to the base- 
ment, then down to the assembly room door, 
and rake down toward the shop. The other boy 
does the rest. If I get done before he does I 
help him and then we take a waste barrel and 
pick up all the piles of leaves. 

Edric B. Blakemore. 



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Cbompson's Tsland Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

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Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR WORTHY BOYS 
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Vol. 12. No. 6. 



October, 1908. 



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BOARD OF MANAGERS 



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vice president 

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treasurer 

Arthur Adams 



SECRETARY 

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managers 

Melvin 0. Adams 
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Charles P. Curtis 
George L. DeBlois 

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William S. Spaulding 
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Charles H. Bradley, - - - Superintendent 

Treasurer's Address 50 State St. 

Boston, Mass. 

The bracing breezes hurry along, playing 
with the leaves, tossing them into riotous masses, 
and the leaves, as if possessed by the spirit of 
glee, dance and whirl, as if to say, "We are bits 
of joy, to the last." 

A leaf is one of the most fascinating things 



in the world, from the moment when the bud is 
formed and warmly wrapped up by "Mother 
Nature," to protect it from storm and wind. 

In early spring the quilt gets too small and 
out conies the leaf and figuratively opens its 
eyes and takes a long breath. 

Leaves are so different in tone and form. 
The elm leaves come forth, a tender green, ex- 
quisite, blending with the delicate spring tones 
of grass and sky. The maple leaves unfold, a 
grayish green, with dashes of pink that suggest 
the brilliancy of their maturity. 

Each leaf shows by form and coloring its 
family tree, and leaves are as individual as people. 
On the same tree you will hardly find two alike. 
Take up a leaf and notice the general formation. 
Walter Crane, the great English illustrator, says 
that the tree, as a whole, grows like the leaf, in 
form. Think this over, observe carefully and 
consider whether you agree with him or not. 
Get his delightful book, "Line and Form," and 
see how he works out the problem. 

Look at the leaf again and notice the won- 
derful veins, which absorb air and moisture, and 
help to sustain the parent tree. How quickly 
they show when the soil is poor, or the roots need 
more water, or air, or sun. 

In the morning (spring) of the year, the 
leaves grow; at noon (summer) they serve the 
parent tree; afternoon (fall) sees them most 
beautifully dressed, and joyously dancing, with- 
out sadness or regret, to the ground. As night 
(winter) comes on they fade, and sinking into 
the ground warm and feed the roots of the tree. 

The leaves show us the beauties of unfold- 
ment, of maturity, of age, and more than all, the 
continuous joy of life and in it. Through their 
entire existence there is the keynote of silent 
"Service." 

They show the consecration of the individ- 



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ual to the cause, the survival of the race of 
leaves, and that continually is made possible 
through the steady upbuilding of the tree. 

Beauty and usefulness are combined and 
the shade of the great tree expands with the 
years, and ministers to all weary creatures who 
seek rest beneath its branches. 

The keynote of creation is "Service." We 
are stepping stones for future men and women, 
whom we know not nor can know. When any 
created thing serves, it grows and is clothed with 
spiritual beauty. 

Everything in the world depends in some 
way upon every other thing, and from the God- 
like ant to the God-like man, the more persist- 
ent and sincere the desire to serve, the more 
sure the promise of immortality, because we saw 
as we followed the transformation of the leaf, 
that nothing really dies, it only changes form. 

Dotes 

Sept. 1. Annual inspection of steamer 
"Pilgrim." 

Ralph Abriel Jones entered the School. 

Sept. 4. Graduate William N. Dinsmore 
visited the School. 

Five barrels headlight oil, two barrels gas oil, 
and four of engine gasolene came. 

Sept 5. Finished cutting the salt hay. 

Asa Allan Eaton left the School to live with 
his mother and attend Bryant &. Stratton Com- 
mercial School. 

Sept. 7. Picked 1 3 bushels Bartlett pears. 

Graduates Merton P. Ellis, Robert Blanton, 
and S. Gordon Stackpole visited the School. 

Sept. 8. Caleb Buffam Frye entered the 
School. 

Sixteen bushels tomatoes sent to market. 

Graduates Edward B. Taylor and Frank C. 
Simpson visited the School. 

Got a scow load of spruce, cypress, and pine 
lumber from Freeport St. 

Sept. 9. Finished digging the potatoes. 



Graduate William E. Procter visited the 
School. 

Sept. 1 1 . Corn roast on the beach. 

Sept. 12. Water sports. 

Three boys went to Gloucester. 

Staked off ground for Power Plant. 

Loaned Scow "John Alden" to S. B. Y. C. 
for judges' boat at yacht race. 

Frederick William Marshall left the School 
to live with his mother and attend the Lowell high 
school. 

Sept. 14. Remainder of boys went to 
Gloucester. 

Load of bran and ten barrels of cement 
came. 

Small load of gum wood and cherry from 
Freeport St. 

Sept. 15. Pulled the onions. 

John Herbert M. Nelson left the School to 
work for Mr. T. L. Kinney, South Hero, Ver- 
mont, and attend high school. 

Sept. 16. Annual E. P. A. banquet. 

Sept. 17. Harvested the millet for hay. 

Went down the harbor to salute Vice Pres- 
ident Henry S. Grew as he returned from abroad. 

Sept. 1 8. Van Renssellaer Brown left the 
School to attend high school in Groton, Mass.. 
where he is to live with his aunt. 

Sept. 21 Killed a pig weighing 180 pounds. 

Sept. 24. Load of dressing from Wal- 
worth's. 

Sept. 25. Sixth visiting day. 188 pres- 
ent. 

First Corps Cadet Band gave a concert in 
the afternoon. 

Sept. 26. Set cement monuments with 
brras plates marking gates, etc., on water mains. 

Sept. 28. Inspectors from City Water 
Department here. 

Graduate Clarence C. Taylor visited the 
School. 

Through the kindness of Mr. Arthur Stone, 
Mr. Carl Weitz gave the School a horse. 

Sept. 29. Fifty barrels of cement came. 

Load of dressing from Walworth's. 

Sept. 30. Another load of dressing. 



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Stptcmber macorolcgv 

Maximum temperature, SS*^ on the 1 1th. 

Minimum temperature, 48° on the 30th. 

Mean temperature, for the month, 64.1°. 

Total precipitation, .49 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours, .41 in- 
ches on the 29th. 

12 clear days, 17 partly cloudy, one cloudy 
day. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 247 and. 
20 minutes. 

The monthly rain-fall was very light and 
much below any of our preceeding records for 
the same month. 

A clearly defined aurora, presenting many 
interesting changes in form, and accompanied 
with beautiful color effects, was observed on the 
evening of the 29th. 

Cbe Jum and trades School Bank 

Cash on hand September 1, 1908 $643.68 

Deposited during the month 23.07 

$666.75 
Withdrawn during the month 62.74 

Cash on hand October 1, 1908 $604.01 

Crip to Gloucester 

One morning Mr. Bradley told us that we 
were going to Gloucester, so when the work was 
done and all were ready, we boarded the scow 
and left our Island at fifteen minutes of nine. 
We took a special car at City Point. Near 
the south station we saw the lighter "Merchant" 
at dock with ten logs of mahogany on the deck. 
We passed on and reached the boat at the north 
side of Central Wharf, at the foot of State Street, 
and sailed for Gloucester at ten. We passed 
the "City of Gloucester," the "Yale" of New 
London, and the United Fruit Company's 
Steamer "Admiral Sampson," at their docks, 
and "Engine 31" of Boston. 

Soon we passed Deer Island light, and Nix's 
Mate, and farther on passed the Graves light and 
Norman's Woe, the latter made famous by 
Longfellow's "Wreck of the Hesperus." 1 soon 
went down below and saw a dial-shaped machine 
to tell the balance of the boat "Cape Ann." 



Shortly before twelve o'clock we ate dinner, 
and in a few minutes disembarked in Glouces- 
ter. We visited a glue factory where sword- 
fish heads, fins, tails, and fish refuse were boiled 
down and pressed to get the glue out. Curi oil, 
instead of linseed, is manufactured here out of 
a different kind of fish. We next visited the 
building where codfish is dried. There were two 
long racks to dry fish on in the yard and four 
racks on the roof. The dried fish were dumped 
on the floor. The fins, bones, and tails were 
cut off by men at a row of tables while men in 
other sections of the building cut them into right 
sizes for packing which was done by wom'en and 
put in wooden boxes. In another section men 
pressed the fish into oblong packages, and an- 
other man wrapped and packed them in boxes. 
They were then sent away. 

We visited a fire house. In the front part 
there was Hook and Ladder Truck No. 1, with 
a seventy-foot extension ladder on top of which 
a ten foot ladder could be affixed in case of 
necessity. Chemical No. 1, could be seen at 
the left of the hook and ladder. In the rear 
the four gray fire horses were kept. 

On the way back to the boat we stepped 
into the police station, which is in the same 
building with the court house. It has ten cells, 
numbers three and four being reserved for 
women, but all were empty. As we passed City 
Hall I saw on the grounds a cannon that was 
captured in the Spanish War by the "U. S. S. 
Gloucester." Mr. Bradley gave each boy a 
souvenir post card of Gloucester. The boat 
sailed for home at two-fifteen with all on board, 
and soon arrived at Boston having covered thirty- 
one miles in two hours. We reached home in 
time for supper. Edward M. Bickford. 

Our Sloyd Course 

Our sloyd course consists of twenty-four 
models, some of which are the wedge, hammer 
handle, book support, sun dial, tool chest, mallet, 
and a small model of a sail boat. There 
are three different classes. The class that gees 
at seven o'clock in the morning consists of boys 
who go to school at nine o'clock. This class 
goes every day except Saturday and Sunday. 



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The two classes that go at one o'clock are made 
up of boys who go to school at two-thirty o'clock 
in the afternoon. One of these attends Mon- 
days and Wednesdays, and the other Tuesdays 
and Thursdays. The morning class has one 
hour and three quarters, and the afternoon class 
has one hour and a quarter. When sloyd first 
started, the classes made the small benches at 
which we now work. Each bench has one vice, 
one back saw, one T square, one knife, one 
ruler, one jack plane, and one marking gauge. 
The other tools are kept in the tool cupboard. 
When a fellow first enters sloyd a bench is as- 
signed to him. He then draws a plan of the 
wedge, planting-pin, and plant support. After he 
has drawn these he makes out a lumber order for 
the wood he needs for his first model, and so on 
until he has finished the course. We have for 
our use a number of smoothing and block planes, 
two spokeshaves, six saws, two turning-saws, 
one keyhole saw, and a number of files and ham- 
mers. We also have two lathes which are run 
by a gasoline engine. Some of the woods we 
use are, white pine, white wood, gum wood, 
maple, cherry, and hickory. Most fellows finish 
this course in about one year and a half. Upon 
completion each fellow who passes receives a 
diploma. Ralph H. Marshall. 

Destroyiitd Old Tlags 

One evening while the fellows were lined 
up outside Mr. Bradley showed us some old worn 
cut flags, which he said he was going to destroy. 
He put them on the ground and set them on fire. 
They did not seem to want to burn, so he put 
some shavings with them and they burned all 
right. This is the proper way of disposing of old 
flags in the Army and Navy. Mr. Bradley said 
that there was a sailor on board one of the ships 
of our navy, that used a piece of an old flag for 
a scrub rag. He was court martialed for this 
grave offence. Clarence S. Nelson. 

Pointitid 

My work recently was helping the mason do" 
the pointing on the new sea wall that has just 
been put up in front of the storage barn. The 
pointing material consisted of cement and sand 



mixed, and lamp black added. The first thing 
to be done is to take a hammer and chisel, and 
cut some of the cement off the wall to make it 
rough so the pointing cement will stick. After 
that is almost hard a piece of old burlap is used 
to rub the smooth surface so as to make it some- 
what rough in order to make the cement stick 
better, and so the rain cannot get in behind it 
and wash it off the wall. 

James P. M. Embree. 

1)ome Cifc and School Cifc 

At home nights, 1 always had my books to 
study and did not have much work to do. I got 
wood and coal for my mother and helped her 
with the washing. Now I go to work as a man, 
and go to school as a boy, and at night play, then 
go to bed. So 1 find it very different here than 
at home. 1 miss my little dog that thought so 
much of me. I like farm work, and like to do 
what other boys cannot do. 1 don't want to be 
beaten in anything. I will try to do things well 
here, so that when 1 leave this school 1 can pay 
back what my mother has done for me. 

Ralph A. Jones. 

Scrapind and Rcmoi^ind Uarnisi) 

When the varnish has been on the settees 
for a length of time they look bad. In order 
to have the settees look well all the varnish on 
the face of them is scraped off. In scraping, 
all the varnish doesn't come off, so "Ab-lu-ent" 
is applied on the varnish. This is a liquid which 
softens the varnish so it may be scraped off 
easily, and the wood be left clean. Then the 
settees are varnished again. 

Frank H. Machon. 

making morrar 

Mortar was needed for the wall that was 
erected near the storage barn. To make a bed of 
mortar a half barrel of lime is put in the bed and 
then enough water to slack the lime. After it 
has slacked then sand is added and it is mixed 
until it becomes stiff. When the mason is about 
ready for it, some cement is added with a little 
water and then all is mixed together, after which 
it is ready to be used. 

Robert W. Gregory. 



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JHumni 

George W. Berry, '83, was a recent 
visitor at the school, with his wife and youngest 
son of seven years. He has three other chil- 
dren, the oldest a son, graduating from the high 
school this year. Mr. Berry, on leaving the 
school, learned the Carriage Trimmers' trade. 
Then for five years he worked for the American 
Express Co., but for the past nine years he has 
been with the Haverhill, Merrimac and Ames- 
bury Street Railway, and his home is at Merri- 
mac, Mass. 

Edward B. Taylor, '04, has charge of 
the Poultry Department of the New Jersey 
State Hospital, Morris Plains, where he has 
been for the last two years. 

Clarence L. Taylor, '05, after finishing 
the Poultry course at the Connecticut Agricul- 
ture College in February last, went to work at the 
Sunswick Poultry Farm, South Plainfield, N.J. 
Clarence, like his brother Ed, enjoys his work 
very much. 

C. James Pratt, '06, has been with the 
American Sugar Refining Company since August 
1906, starting in as collector and assistant re- 
ceiver, and has now been advanced to re-weigher 
and receiver. James lives with his mother at 
4 Derne Street, Everett, where he enjoyes his 
home. He has a garden and keeps some poultry. 

(Uater Contests 

As the swimming season was drawing to a 
close, Mr. Bradley suggested that it would be a 
good idea to close with some aquatic sports and 
races near the landing. He said he would like 
them to be arranged for, and conducted by the 
fellows, or a committee. In a few days a com- 
mittee of three took up the suggestion and de- 
cided on the races and got entries for them. 
September 12th was chosen for the date. At 
half past two the fellows went down to the land- 
ing and those who were to enter the contests 
got ready. The races began with diving from 
the wharf. There was the high dive, running 
dive, sailors' dive, and backward dive. 

The races were as follows, with their 
victors: — ■ 



Diving, — first, Frederick Hynes; second, 
Harold Silver; third, Frederick Wilson. 

100 yard swimming race, over fourteen: — 
first, Thomas Carnes; second, Percys" Smith; 
third. Christian Fields. 

Swimming race under water: — first, Harold 
Silver; second, Henry Eckman; third, Frederick 
Wilson. 

Plank race, under 14: — first, Frederick 
Hynes; second, Roy Upham; third, Frank Mills. 

50 yard swimming race, under 14: — first, 
Roy Upham; second, William Foster; third, 
Warren Twombly. 

First, second, and third cash prizes were 
awarded after each event. 

The judges appointed by the com.mittee were 
Herbert Nelson, Percy Embree, and Thomas 
Carnes. 

Committee: — Harold Marshall, Harold Sil- 
ver, and Frederick Wilson. 

Frederick J. Wilson. 

Onions 

One day the afternoon farm boys went over 
by the farm house to the onion piece. The in- 
structor had some of the boys take knives, and 
others scissors, and we started cutting the tops off 
the onions. When we finished doing that we 
helped the other boys who were gathering the 
onions to put them into bags. Each bag held a 
bushel. We got about fifty-four bushels of 
onions. When they were put into bags, a team 
came and took them over to the root cellar. 
Arthur R. Merrifield. 

f)m\m Bakery Ulood 

One afternoon Mr. MacLeod told me to 
take Bell and the small dump cart and haul 
bakery wood, and to have Carl Hynes pile it for 
me. 1 went down to the storage barn where the 
wood is kept. We took a wheelbarrow and 
put it into the cart. It took about seven wheel- 
barrow loads to fill the cart. Then I drove up to 
the house and dumped it in the basement under 
the laundry. When I was getting the third load 
Van Brown came and told me that Mr. MacLeod 
wanted me to go and help rake salt hay. 

Elliott W. Rowell. 



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Vol. 12. No. 7. Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. November, 1908 

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



map Of Our Tsland 

A map of our Island has been prepared 
showing the various farm plots, buildings and 
other features of the School. These maps have 
been posted in the school rooms, the barn, and 
the shop, for reference and tor instruction. 

First, a tracing was prepared by Capt. Dix, 
then a photograph was made of the tracing, and 
a zinc etching twelve by nineteen inches was 
made from the photograph, from which we printed 
the maps. Some were printed on paper, and 
some on heavy cardboard, the size being thirteen 
and one-half inches by twenty and one-quarter 
inches. 

The maps printed on paper were arranged 
for a supplement to go out with this issue of the 
Beacon, and the maps on the heavy cardboard 
were punched and eyeletted. Each map having 
two eyelets. After the maps were all printed an 
index or key was printed in at the bottom of the 
map. 

On the map the farm plots, buildings, groves, 
and other features are all numbered in a system- 
atic manner, one to fifty-one inclusive, which 
tell at a glance where any particular farm plot, 
grove, or building can be found. For example, the 
site of David Thompson's cabin is number thirty- 
five, and the main building is number one. The 
site of the new power house being erected is 
number ten. 

There is a scale of two and seven-eights 
inches to one thousand feet just above the index. 
There are three tide gates numbered twenty-two, 
twenty-six, and forty-seven, respectively, which 
are the east, west and south tide gates. In winter 
the meadows which are drained by these gates 
are flooded and form our skating ponds, giving us 



a great deal of pleasure in our play time. One 
of the arrows point to the true north and the 
other arrow is the magnetic north. 

Earle C. Marshall. 

Playing 3acR Knife 

As soon as the afternoon dining-room and 
kitchen fellows finish their work they go for some 
fun. One afternoon we played jack knife. The 
one who beat was to get a stick about four inches 
long, and hammer it in close to the ground, and 
the fellow who lost dug with his teeth until he 
got a good bite, and then pulled with all his might 
until he drew the stick out. 

Charles E. Morse. 

Banking Celery 

One morning three other fellows and 1 
banked celery, the purpose of doing this being 
to bleach it. One fellow has to hold the leaves 
while another fellow hoes the dirt around the 
stalks. After this has been done the dirt has to 
be pounded to make it firm. 

William M. Marshall. 

Brockton 

The morning of Oct. 1st, Mr. MacLeod took 
George Balch and me to the Brockton Fair. 
After an hour's ride in the train we got off at 
Brockton. Then we took a car and rode to the 
fair. We went inside and could hear balloons 
squeaking and men talking. We visited many 
interesting things. First, we went into the cow 
stable, where we saw Holsteins, Guernseys, and 
others. We then went to see the hogs which 
were very large. There were some little pigs 
that weighed no more than five pounds. After 
walking around a while we watched the horse 
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for we saw four men rubbing down one horse. 
After a few hours we went to a lunch room for 
our dinner, which seemed a queer place to eat. 
It was called "Ye Olde English Kitchen." After 
dinner we went to the poultry houses where we 
saw hens, roosters, pullets, geese, ducks, etc., 
many of which had prizes hung over their cages. 
Then we went into a canvas tent to see a giant 
with two heads. He lay in a box with glass over 
the top. A man stood there and explained it to 
us telling us he was petrified and was found in 
South Africa by a doctor. He was killed in a 
fight with some other wild men. We went up 
in a Ferris wheel and could see all over Brockton 
Fair. We got off and went out to an "African 
Dodger," where we tried our skill, George Balch 
putting a ball through the hole where the dodger 
had his head. We got back home between five 
and six o'clock. Herbert H. Kenney. 

Signs of minter 

The coming of winter is shown by different 
signs. The leaves on the trees are turning to 
their bright colors, and many of them are fall- 
ing, leaving the trees bare. The different col- 
ored leaves make a very pretty sight to look at. 
The fruit in the orchard has all been picked, 
and the vegetables on the farm have been har- 
vested. Another sign is that it is getting colder, 
and the days growing shorter, while the nights 
are increasing in length. The squirrels are 
gathering their winter stock of nuts and acorns, 
and the birds are going south. 

John H. Marshall. 

Illustrated Cecture on Coloraao 

One evening, recently, Mr. Arthur Adams, 
Treasurer of our School, gave a very interesting 
lecture on Colorado, he having been there to at- 
tend a convention of the National Bankers' As- 
sociation. We were shown a map of Colorado, 
and the mountain ranges, peaks, the divide, 
cities, and parks that he visited were pointed 
out. A street scene of Denver was shown with 
some of the buildings, including the city hall, 
while the towering mountains could be seen 
twenty-five miles away. Views of Colorado 
Springs were shown next, some of which were 



quite life-like, and Mr. Adams helped to make 
them more so, because of his excellent descrip- 
tion of them. Pike's Peak and the cog railway 
running up its side was seen. 

We next saw a gold mine in a flourishing 
town. Mr. Adams went down one thousand feet 
in a mine a short distance from the one shown 
in the picture. He told us that it was necessary 
to don old clothing, because it is not over clean, 
as well as being quite damp down in the mine. 
We were shown a piece of ore that he picked up 
while at the bottom of this mine. 

A view of Royal Gorge was seen, which 
was quite interesting, as we saw a place where it 
was necessary to have the railroad suspended 
from the walls of the gorge which was too narrow 
at this point to allow of the passage of the rail- 
road and a river. 

Leadville, Grand Junction, Cripple Creek, 
Glenwood Springs, and other places of interest 
were shown and described, after which we 
thanked Mr. Adams for his interesting lecture, 
bade him good night, and then went to bed. 

Edward M. Bickford. 

flailing Beans 

One afternoon four of us fellows helped an 
instructor flail beans. The beans had been 
put in the barn. The flailer is a pole about six 
feet long, with a stick about three feet long tied 
on the end of it so that it will turn around when 
one is swinging it. We put the beans on the 
floor, after it had been swept, and flailed them 
until they were out of the pods, when we put the 
beans in bags, and the pods in a pile. 

Levi N. Trask. 

1>usklng €orn 

The corn had been picked and laid out to 
dry beside the storage barn. A few days later 
the farm boys were sent husking it. On the 
seed ears the husks were just pulled back so they 
could be braided together and hung up in the 
corn house. These ears had to be ten inches 
or more long, with the kernels running in straight, 
unbroken rows. They had to be full, coming 
together at the ends. The seed ears were put 
in piles and the others in boxes. Two of the 



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boys pulled off some of the outside husks on the 
seed ears and the instructor in charge braided 
them together. Some of the boys gathered the 
husks and put them into a pile. Then a team 
came after them, and took them up to the 
stock barn, where they were put into a bin. 
They will be fed to the cows. About four-thirty 
o'clock the boys took the corn up to the corn 
house where it was put in bins. The seed ears 
were hung up. Royal R. Ellison. 

TootDall Game 

Saturday, October 17, eighteen fellows saw 
the football game between Harvard and Spring- 
field Training School. We went to City Point 
and then took a car for Harvard Square. We 
walked then to the stadium. We saw the Har- 
vard men do a little practise. At three o'clock 
the game started. It was not long before Har- 
vard had a touchdown. At the end of the first 
half Harvard had 30 points to 0. We heard 
some singing from the Harvard men. At the 
end of the second half Harvard got 14 more 
points which made 44 to 0. Most of us were 
glad to see Harvard win. We all enjoyed the 
afternoon, thanks to Mr. Beane. 

Robert W. Gregory. 

Zsm Com 

One afternoon five other boys, one of the in- 
structors and I, went over to the north end and 
tied up all the corn. We tied it up by rows. 
We put from twenty to thirty stacks in each bun- 
dle and tied it up close to the top with a piece of 
string. After we had got all the corn tied up we 
stacked it. We brought the bundles to the in- 
structor and he put them together. Then two 
boys put a strap around the top of the stack and 
pulled hard to make it firm and tight, so that it 
could be tied with a string. 

Edric B. Blakemore. 

Jlcridi navigation 

One Saturday we had the pleasure of hearing 
Mr. Henry Clayton, Meteorologist of the Blue 
Hill Observatory, lecture on navigation in the air. 
He illustrated his talk by pictures of air ships, 
balloons, cities, clouds, landscape and other 
views. Mr. Clayton went in a race at St. Louis 



with eight other balloonists from different coun- 
tries. His partner was a German, and they went 
together. Each balloon was to have a certain 
course as there are certain air currents. Mr. 
Clayton chose a high and strong one. The others 
a low one. The balloons were spread out on the 
ground with enough sand or ballast to keep from 
going before they were ready. Then gas running 
through pipes filled them all about the same time. 
They bade good-by to their friends and started. 
The gas bags were open all the time, because if 
they were shut the balloon would explode, so they 
were losing a small amount of gas all the time, 
and throwing out ballast as the gas became less. 
The balloon passed the Mississippi river into 
Illinois; from there to Indiana, Ohio, Pennsyl- 
vania, and New Jersey, where their journey 
came to an end in a little town on the coast. 
Mr. Clayton and his partner made a new record 
for distance in this country, and the second in 
the world. 

Balloons also go up for height, but it is 
dangerous, owing to the inability to breathe, after 
a certain height. To guard against this they 
send up balloons in France with only a record- 
ing instrument in them to record how far they 
go. One reached the height of fifteen miles. 

The Wright brothers, of Ohio, have been 
successful in building the first good air ship. 
They made the world's record for distance. 
One of them was injured while up in one with 
another man who was killed. 

Count Zepplin of Germany made a big 
balloon in the shape of a fish, and it was the 
largest balloon in the world. During a storm it 
was destroyed. Edwin J. Tape. 

Digging Carrots 

One day an instructor sent a squad of fel- 
lows down to the carrot piece in couples. One 
fellow would dig beside the carrots, while the 
other fellow pulled them up and put them in a 
row. After we had them all up we pulled the 
tops off and laid some of them down and piled 
the carrots on them, with the rest of the tops 
over them to keep them from freezing. We 
got some very large ones. 

Dick W. Steenbruggen. 



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Dompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR WORTHY BOYS 
DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS. 



Vol. 12. No. 7. 



November, 1908. 



Subscription Price - 50 Cents Per Year. 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 



vice president 

Henry S. Grew 



treasurer 

Arthur Adams 



secretary 

Tucker Daland 



managers 

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 
Moses Williams, Jr. 
Ralph B. Williams 



Charles H. Bradley, - - - Superintendent 

Treasurer's Address 50 State St. 

Boston, Mass. 



There is a worthy proverb that "a contented 
mind is a continual feast." Real contentment 
is real philosophy; but the word, "contentment" 
is far from being perfectly understood. To be 
truly content is not to be satisfied with our 
small attainments, nor is it in any sense that in- 



dolent ease which leads us to lose sight of the 
fact that every morning opens before us new 
vistas of opportunity for doing good in the world 
for others and for ourselves. This is sheer blind- 
ness or crass laziness, and not "contentment" in 
any true sense. To be dontent is to be satisfied 
to endure bravely whatever of misfortune or un- 
toward circumstance have come to us by no 
fault of our own and to bide our time for sur- 
mounting them by conscientious effort; to believe 
that God does not suffer us to be afflicted with 
burdens greater than he enables us to bear, and 
that in the end we may find that what seems 
hard or evil may redound to our ultimate well- 
being and happiness. To be "content" is to ap- 
propriate and use whatever gifts or good fortune 
may be ours, without a tinge of envy toward 
others whom we think, perhaps mistakenly, are 
more fortunate than ourselves. We say "mis- 
takenly," because it is often true that the pos- 
session of some things we crave might prove to 
be the worst thing that could befall us. 

But we should shun the false "contentment" 
of self-satisfaction and indolence previously spok- 
en of. No one is so good, or intelligent, or learned, 
or successful, but these endowments should be 
made the inspiration and the stepping-stones to 
still higher virtue and attainment, and the larger 
accomplishment of all worthy aims. 

The late Dr. Holland said that there was a 
good deal of fault-finding with that very nebulous 
entity we call society; but if we examined care- 
fully we should find that it was uniformly the 
shirks who made the most complaint. It is 
rarely that a man who performs his own duty to 
society is ever heard to complain of society as 
an institution. It is always the lazy man, — the 
one who is "contented" in the false sense, who 
is heard to say that "the world owes him a liv- 
ing." It does if he pay the debt he owes the 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



world by earning it, and it will exchange all its 
blessings for his effort; and after the exchange 
is made and he gives the world its due, and is 
able to feel that the world and he have made the 
truly equitable and excellent exchange, that he 
may know what real "contentment" is and re- 
joice in it. 

The world owes a living, absolutely, to 
those who are not able to earn it, — to the 
children, the sick, or the aged, — but not to those 
who are able, but unwilling to earn it. When a 
falsely-contented shirk whines that "the world 
owes him a living," he has the disposition of a 
highway robber, without his courage, or his en- 
terprise. Every man who is "contented" in the 
sense that he is too indolent to think out and 
employ new means of making himself useful to 
the world and to himself is a drone, and a tax 
upon society about him. Such a man never 
built a house, or a bridge, or a railroad, — he is an 
incubus and a barnacle upon progress and misses, 
not only all opportunity for achievement, but all 
the comfort and blessing which comes from it, 
as its natural and logical result. 

There is no boy in this School but may 
achieve more in the world than he ever dreamed 
if he will put false content behind him and cul- 
tivate the true content which will make him 
thankful, not only for whatever of comfort sur- 
rounds him, but for the abundant opportunity 
which is his for the asking. The true spirit is 
to be content with one's starting-point, and then 
to go on to better and higher things each day, 
by conscientious, brave, and withal, confident 
effort, and every night which follows such a 
day of endeavor will bring its own reward of 
that well-earned "content" which is "a con- 
tinual feast:" — and the boy who does this with 
each recurring day will as surely accumulate the 
riches of a successful career as a dollar in bank 



accrues the interest upon it. 

It is in the power of every boy in this School 
to possess, ten years hence, by the exercise of 
honest, persistent, painstaking effort, a success 
beyond the price of rubies, which cannot be 
measured by metes and bounds, and be able to 
say, with true contentment and satisfaction: 
"This is mine! 1 have earned it!" 

notes 

Oct. 1 . Finished two more concrete hot 
beds. 

Alfred Hugo Neumann left the School to 
work for Mr. Albert M. Gifford, Pocasset, Mass. 

Oct. 2. Began using steam heat. 

Oct. 3. Hauled out sloop Trevore. 

Oct. 4. Sunday. Rev. S. H. Hilliard ad- 
dressed the boys. 

Oct. 5. Fall term of school opened. 

Oct. 6. Quarterly election of Cottage Row 
officers. 

John Thomas Slade, and Edson Morton 
Bemis entered the School. 

Oct. 7. Commenced putting in concrete 
footings for power house. 

Oct. 8. Theodore Chapel Wright left the 
School to live with his mother. 

Oct. 9. Finished a concrete walk in front 
of kitchen porch. 

Oct. 10. Seventh and last visiting day. 
249 present. 

Vice President Henry S. Grew, and Manager 
Charles T. Gallagher were present; also Mr. 
Henry C. Harden, a former teacher. 

Grew Garden prizes, and Willis Good Citi- 
zenship prizes awarded. 

Graduates Frederick W. Marshall, and A. 
Allan Eaton visited the School. 

Illustrated lecture on Aerial Navigation by 
Mr. Henry Clayton, of the Blue Hill Observ- 
atory. 

Oct. 1 1 . Sunday. Rev. James Huxtable 
addressed the boys. 

Oct. 13. Fifty barrels of cement came. 

Graduate Joseph B. Keller visited the 
School. 



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Oct. 14. Harvested seed cucumbers. 

Scow load of spruce boards, and two by four 
came. 

Oct. 15. Banked celery for the last time. 

Oct. 16. Began top dressing. 

Graduate Don C. Clark and wife visited the 
School. 

Oct. 17. Finished concrete floor in 
laundry porch. 

Burned refuse wood and sea weed, obtaining 
two tons of ashes. 

Through the kindness of Mr. Arthur Beane, 
eighteen of the boys attended the Harvard- 
Springfield football game. 

Oct. 18. Sunday. Rev. Mr. Spencer, 
of Everett, addressed the boys. 

Oct. 20. Began picking apples. 

Harvested water-melons. 

Walter Scott Hall, Jr., entered the School. 

Oct. 21. 15 tons of bran came. 

50 barrels cement, and 100 feet Akron 
drain pipe came. 

Robert McKay, a former pupil, visited the 
School. 

Oct. 22. Graduate Horace P. Thrasher 
visited the School. 

Oct. 23. Harvested 30 bushels turnips. 

Oct. 27. Finished picking winter apples. 

45 barrels flour came. 

Thomas Harold Doty, Harold Pearson, 
and Dick William Steenbruggen entered the 
School. 

Oct. 28. Dentist here. 

80 barrels flour came. 

Oct. 29. Pulled the carrots. 

Graduate William N. Dinsmore visited the 
School. 

Treasurer Arthur Adams gave an illus- 
trated talk on his recent trip to Denver, Col- 
orado, and vicinity. 

Oct. 31. Graduate Merton P. Ellis vis- 
ited the School. 

Boys held a political mass meeting; 
speeches given and campaign pictures shown; 
voted for national and state officers. 



October meteorology 

Maximum temperature, 76° on the 17th. 

Minimum temperature, 33° on the 31st. 

Mean temperature for the month, 54°. 

Total precipitation, 2.55 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours, .88 in- 
ches on the 29th. 

10 clear days, 14 partly cloudy, 7 cloudy 
days. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 178 and 
25 minutes. 

Wind attained a velocity of 48 miles per 
hour on the 30th. 

Cbe Tarm ani trades School Bank 

Cash on hand October 1, 1908 $604.01 

Deposited during the month 58.64 

$662.65 
Withdrawn during the month 103.32 

Cash on hand November 1 , 1 908 $559.33 

Pickind and Sorting Jfpplcs 

My work one day, with six other fellows, was 
to pick apples. We went and got three ladders 
and five baskets, and started work. I picked 
up all the windfalls at first, and then helped pick 
from the tree. After we had picked quite a 
while it began to rain, and we stopped and went 
up to the corn house "to help Mr. MacLeod sort 
the apples. Edson M. Bemis. 

Cbe election 

Saturday evening, October 31, we had a 
mock election. At seven o'clock we all gathered 
in the assembly-hall and Mr. Bradley showed us 
some stereopticon pictures of the Island, the 
harbor, public buildings, and prominent men. 
In the pictures of the Island were boys playing 
football, the band, Mr. Bradley and his family, the 
steamer, wharf, and main building. Then he 
showed the candidates for president, vice pres- 
ident, governor, and lieutenant governor. After 
these were over he called for speeches and a 
debate followed. Thomas Games and others 
spoke for Bryan, and Clarence Daniels was the 
leading speaker for Taft. After each speech 
there was applause. The best speaker was then 
voted upon, Clarence Daniels receiving the prize, 
which was a subscription to any magazine. After 



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the speeches came the voting, Ninety-eight 
boys and eleven instructors voted. While the 
votes were being counted, Hallowe'en stories 
were told with the lights turned low. 

I told one first, then some other boys, and 
also some of the instructors. Mr. Dix took the 
prize for the instructors, which was a plate of 
ice cream. I took first prize in the boys' part, 
a book of Hallowe'en stories. Then the votes 
were read and this is the way they came out: — 
84 for Taft, 86 for Sherman, 14 for Bryan, and 
1 for Kern. Draper received 92 and Vahey 1 . 
The instructors' vote was 10 each for Taft, and 
Draper. Then Mr. Bradley again showed Mr. 
Taft's and Mr. Draper's pictures amid great ap- 
plause. Then came a picture of the flag that 
always floats. We had a pleasant evening. 

Ralph A. Jones. 

Che €ottiind Tair 

We are going to have a fair this winter, 
some time near Christmas. The instructors are 
getting it up. The money that is gained is to be 
used for a good time for the fellows. Mr. 
Bradley told us this as we were in chapel one 
night. He said the instructors were pleased with 
pleasures that the E. P. A. had given to them. 
Banners are being made for the fair, with a blue 
field and yellow F. T. S, letters, and there are 
also flags being made for the E. P. A., their col- 
ors being red, white and blue. There will be 
a candy counter, and tables where other things 
will be sold. The fellows are pleased with the 
fair and will help it along. 

» Alfred W. Jacobs. 

Cottage Row Election 

Every three months Cottage Row holds an 
election. The election is held in assembly-hall, 
the Australian ballot being used. The share- 
holders pick out five shareholding fellows who 
wish to be aldermen, and the non-shareholders 
pick out three of their number also. These, with 
two candidates for mayor, treasurer, and assessor 
are put on the ballot. Two candidates for judge 
were put on the ballot this time also. Each fel- 
low is given a ballot and allowed to vote for one of 
the candidates for mayor, treasurer, and assessor, 



two for non-shareholding aldermen, and three for 
shareholding aldermen. Only the shareholders 
are allowed to vote foi* the assessor. Every- 
body is allowed to vote for judge. At the last 
election, October sixth, the following officers 
were elected: — 

Judge, James Clifford; Mayor, Percy Smith; 
Shareholding Aldermen, Willard Perry, Robert 
May, and Harold Silver; Non-Shareholding 
Aldermen, Frederick Wilson and Roy Matthews; 
Treasurer, Harold Smith; Assessor, Lawrence 
Silver. The following officers were appointed: — 
Chief of Police, Frank Machon; Policemen, 
Alfred Jacobs, George Balch, George Matthews, 
Percy Embree, and Clarence Daniels; Street 
Commissioner, John LeStrange; Librarian, Wil- 
liam Foster; Janitor, Charles Morse; Curator, 
Edward Powers; Clerk, John Enright. 

Spencer S. Profit. 

Leaves 

In the fall of the year the walks and lawns 
are covered with leaves which have been blown 
from the trees by the wind. The leaves which 
fall on the walks and lawns become of good ser- 
vice. They are gathered up by some boys, with 
wooden rakes, into piles, and from there put into 
barrels, or bags, which are carried down to the 
barn to be used as bedding for the cows, horses, 
and swine. Edward H. Deane. 

Out Rattiitd 

One night Warren Barter and 1 went ratting. 
We got two lanterns and the dog, "Jack," and 
started along the beach toward the north end. 
We walked along quite a distance when all of a 
sudden we heard Jack give a howl, for he had 
driven a rat under the rocks, and then we 
began poking our sticks under the rocks after 
him. One of us started him out after a while, 
but Jack did not get him. We then went through 
the north end grove and into the corn field where 
the corn stacks are. After a while a rat went 
under a corn stack. We lifted up the corn stack 
and out he came and Jack got him. We were 
allowed to stay out until nine o'clock. We got 
three more afterwards, and it was quarter of nine 
when we started for the house, having had a 
good time. Harold D. Morse. 



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Jflutniti 

. John M. (Scott) Sargent, '97, lives at 
16 Hano St., Allston, and works for Thompson 
and Norris Co., paper box manufacturers, just 
across the street. John has worked for this firm 
for eight years, and his brother, Willie is em- 
ployed there also. John is married and on a 
recent visit here with his wife they looked pros- 
perous and happy. 

George Thomas, '02, is with the Greenfield 
Baking Co., Greenfield, Mass., where he has 
been for the past two years as bookkeeper and 
salesman. George is a member of the Green- 
field military band, an Oddfellow, and is evi- 
dently one of the all around fellows of the town. 

Horace P. Thrasher, '07, lives in Hatch- 
ville, with his uncle, and works at cabinet mak- 
ing and carpentry most of the time. Horace is 
looking fine, evidently living well, and enjoying 
himself. 

music 

A fellow when he first enters the school is 
attracted by music. Some individual fellow or 
the whole band is playing a piece. The fellow 
if he has any musical talent in him will stop to 
listen. A day or two afterward he will be whistling 
that same piece. He begins to feel as though 
he would like to learn to play an instrument and 
so asks for a chance when there is a vacancy. 
He gets what he wants and starts in. He first 
learns to bring forth a clear tone, which he 
succeeds in doing after a little practise. He 
then learns a few scales and after that some of 
the simple band pieces. He then tries his skill 
in playing with the rest of the band. His ability 
each day grows stronger, and finally after he goes 
away, if he keeps it up, it develops and he be- 
comes a good musician. 

Paul H. Gardner. 

Cbe Cast Uisiting Day 

Visiting days occur once a month, from May 
until October. This year the last visiting day 
came on Saturday, October tenth. After our 
friends had arrived and assembled on the front 
lawn, the band played, after which Mr. Bradley 



awarded the Grew garden prizes, and the Good 
Citizenship prizes. Mr. Gallagher, one of the 
Board of Managers, gave a short talk and then 
introduced Mr. Henry C. Harden, who gave us 
an address. He was once a teacher at this 
School. Mr. Harden said that it was sixty 
years ago that he was at the School, and that 
he remained a little over a year and seven 
months. It was a fine talk. 

The Grew garden prizes were awarded as 
follows: — Charles Morse and Robert May, 1st; 
William Laing and Frederick Hynes, 2nd; 
Clarence S. Nelson, 3rd; John Enright, 4th; 
Percy Smith and George Balch, 5th. The Good 
Citizenship prizes, which are given by Mr. and 
Mrs. Willis, were awarded as follows: — Frank 
Machon, 1st; Harold Morse, 2nd; Harold Silver, 
3rd; and Edward Powers, 4th. 

Clarence S. Nelson. 

Sizing Up 

One Tuesday night after bath we had a size- 
up. First the tallest fellows on the back seats in 
assembly-hall arose and stood in a line in the 
back of the room. Mr. Dix was there and sized 
us up. If a fellow had grown quite a bit and was 
taller than some of the fellows in front of him 
Mr. Dix would put him where he belonged. 
Then we took our seats by fives and filled up the 
benches beginning with number one. Most of 
the fellows had their numbers changed so that 
we had to change the drawers in which we keep 
visiting day suits and other things. We also 
had to put our tooth brushes and towels on our 
right numbers. Christian Field. 

Cbc Dentist 

The dentist usually comes down once a year. 
This year he came down and some fellows wished 
that he had not come, but most of them were 
glad after it was over. The teeth were pulled in 
the office. Some had only one, while others 
had two or three pulled. Later on some are to 
have their teeth filled. Dr. Taylor is a good den- 
tist, but he cannot take the pains that he could 
at his office, if. only one or two came at a time. 
He has the teeth of ninety-eight boys to look over 
in one morning. Ralph A. Whittemore. 




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Vol. 12. No. 8. Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. December, 1908 

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



Cottage Row Government 

BY HIS HONOR 

PERCY SMITH 

MAYOR: 

A PROCLAMATION 

FOR A DAY OF 
THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE 



Each year our Government has set apart a day to 
give thanks to Almighty God for the blessings He has 
bestowed upon us, making us well, strong, and happy 

Wherefore I, Percy Smith, Mayor of Cottage Row 
with the advice and consent of the Board of Aldermen 
set apart Thursday, the twenty-sixth day of November 
as a day of remembrance and thankfulness to God. 
call upon the citizens of Cottage Row to observe this 
day by giving thanks to the Giver of Good, for the pros- 
perity of our Government and School, which the Man- 
agers are making better each year. 

Let us give thanks for the new building we are to 
have, and for the generosity of those who have con- 
tributed towards it. Let us give thanks for our health, 
the prosperity of our nation, our harvest, and for the 
success we have had at different branches of work pur- 
sued at this School. Let us then give heartful and sol- 
emn thanks to God, and seek to praise Him not by words 
only but by deeds. 

Given at The Farm and Trades School this nine- 
teenth day of November, in the year of our Lord, one 
thousand, nine hundred and eight, the ninety-fourth 
year of our School, and the twentieth year of Cottage 
Row. 

PERCY SMITH. 

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

JOHN 0. ENRIGHT. 

clerk. 

God save the Government of Cottage Row. 



Our Cbanksdiv^itid 

The Sunday before Thanksgiving, in chapel, 
Mr. Bradley read, as usual, the proclamations of 
the President of the United States, and the Gov- 
ernor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
On Tuesday night, Mr. Bradley gave out the 
Mayor's proclamation. This one is written by 
the boy who is Mayor of Cottage Row Govern- 
ment. That Thanksgiving was approaching 
could be seen by anyone passing through the 
kitchen. The fellows were picking pin feathers 
out of the turkeys, helping with the making of 
cranberry sauce, and other things. 

At last it came, although the day was not 
as pleasant as one would wish. I am sure we 
all had a good one, 1 know I did. 

When we went to breakfast, we found that 
it was the same Thanksgiving breakfast as we 
always have — bread, coffee, and mince pie. 
After breakfast we went out to the assembly- 
room, and after the necessary work was done we 
were dismissed to enjoy ourselves as we pleased. 

Some fellows read books, worked in the 
shop, practiced on their instruments, or walked 
around, but the main thing was a football game 
between the West and East dormitories. The 
halves were thirty minutes, with ten minutes 
intermission. In the first half the West side 
scored two touchdowns but did not kick a goal 
either time. In the last half the East side held 
the West down to nothing, the game ending 
with the score ten to nothing in the West dor- 
mitory's favor. 

At eleven o'clock the bundles which the 
boys had received from their friends were given 
out, making those who received them happy, as 



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they contained many good things, such as chick- 
en, candy, nuts, etc. 

The next thing was dinner. Each boy re- 
ceived a printed menu of the dinner, which read 
as follows: — roast turkey, giblet gravy, celery, 
cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, mashed turnip, 
onions, bread and butter, oranges and apples, 
nuts, raisins, figs, and Clicquot Club sodas. 
Each boy had all he wanted. This year, for the 
first time, a turkey was put on a platter at the 
head of each of the seventeen tables, and the 
monitors had an opportunity to try their hand 
at carving. Some fellows had rather a hard 
time at it, but there were some instructors on 
hand who helped some of them, so that the next 
time they will be able to do it without any help. 
The oranges, nuts, raisins, and figs were fur- 
nished, as usual, by Mr. Tenney, Robert May's 
uncle, and Mr. Flanders, of Martin L. Hall Co. 
I am sure we all thank them very much for their 
kindness. 

After dinner the fellows walked around and 
settled their dinner. After awhile some of the 
fellows got ready for a football game between the 
North and West dormitories, which came off at 
three o'clock. There were thirty minute halves 
with ten minutes intermission. This was also 
an exciting game, the West dormitory trying to 
hold the North down from scoring, but try as 
hard as they might, the North dormitory scored 
two touchdowns, but did not kick a goal, the 
game ending with the score ten to nothing in the 
North's favor. 

Then came supper, which consisted of 
bread, milk, and cup cakes. After supper the 
fellows played around until half past seven, and 
then went up to the assembly hall. Mr. Bradley 
said there would be some boxing matches for 
those who cared to box. Quite a lot of fellows 
wanted to try their hand at it, and there were 
some exciting exhibitions. This was the last 
feature of the day, and we all went to bed feel- 
ing that we had had a very pleasant Thanksgiv- 
ing. William W. Foster. 

Our Cbanks 

Each year the boys are given an oppor- 



tunity just before Thanksgiving to state their 
.special reasons for thankfulness. The following 
are some of their expressions: — 

Tirst Class 

Every year, around Thanksgiving time, each 
fellow is given the opportunity to express en 
paper his overflowing gratitude for all that is done 
for him. 1, also, express my gratefulness, first to 
God, who has so far laid a smooth path for me. 
I am grateful for the moral education, as well as 
the mental education I am getting at this School. 
1 am thankful that my friends are all well. 
These are only a few of the many things 1 am 
grateful for. Paul H. Gardner. 

One thing that 1 am thankful for is that I 
can work on the farm, because it is healthy, and 
1 am not doing the same thing all the time. I 
am thankful that we have visiting days so that 
my mother, brothers, and friends can come and 
see me, and that we can play a couple of hours 
every day, besides every Saturday afternoon. 
Another thing which I am thankful for is that we 
have a gymnasium and can use all the things 
that are in it. Thomas H. Doty. 

1 am thankful that 1 have some very good 
friends and that they come to see me on visit- 
ing days and write to me often. I am thankful 
that 1 am a member of the first class, of the 
boat crew, and am on the football team. I am 
grateful that our class pins have come. I am 
also grateful that 1 have a good bed to sleep on, 
and that 1 sleep in the North dormitory and 
receive the privileges that are given to the North 
dormitory boys. I am thankful that my friends 
are in good health and that 1 am also. 

Harold L. Marshall. 

1 am thankful that 1 am living and have 
good health. 1 am thankful that we have visit- 
ing days. 1 am grateful for what Mr. and Mrs. 
Bradley and the instructors have done for me 
since 1 have been at this School. 1 am thank- 
ful for the good times 1 have had this last year. 
Robert W. Gregory. 

I am thankful that 1 am a pupil in this 
School, and am receiving the excellent training 



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which this School gives. I am also extremely 
grateful for the good advice given me, and the 
preparation 1 am receiving to fight life's battles. 
I am thankful for the many pleasures received 
from our Managers. Superintendent, and others 
who are interested in the School. I am thankful 
that when I start out in life I will be better 
prepared than the average boy, I am thank- 
ful that my relatives and friends are getting 
along fairly well, and are in good health. 

Clarence M. Daniels. 

Most everybody knows what it is to be 
thankful. I do not think I realized what it was 
to be thankful for what was being done for me 
until I came to this School. It has been the 
custom before Thanksgiving to write a thankful 
article. I am glad to say I am thankful for a 
great many things. First,' that my friends are 
well and happy, and that 1 am in the best of care, 
so that I may be able to help them when the 
proper times comes. I am very thankful for 
what is being done for me at this School. 1 
hope that everybody is happy. 

WiLLARD H. Perry. 

Second €la$$ 

I am thankful that I exist. I am thankful 
that I am in good health. I am thankful I have 
a kind mother, and other good relatives and 
friends. I am thankful I work in the printing-of- 
fice, lam thankful 1 have a good home and 
enough to eat. 1 am thankful we have a gym- 
nasium in which I can play. I am thankful we 
have a band. 1 am thankful I am having good 
schooling. I am thankful there is a Farm and 
Trades School and I am a pupil. 1 am thankful 
there are all the buildings there are on our Island. 
I am thankful for all the entertainments and other 
good things the School has given me. I am 
thankful 1 am in the second class. 

William H. McCullagh. 

1 am thankful because I am allowed to 
write letters to my relatives and friends. Thank- 
ful for the plain, hearty, wholesome, muscle and 
brain-producing food that is given me. Thank- 
ful for a warm place to sleep, a large, roomy, 
warm sewing-room to sew in. Thankful because 



1 am allowed to collect stamps, post cards, and 
post marks. Thankful because I have the op- 
portunity that thousands of boys all over this 
country wish for. Thankful to become a good, 
honest, upright citizen of the United States. 
Edward M. Bickford. 

As the days pass on to make a year I think 
sometimes what I am thankful for. Many years 
ago when the settlers came to this country, they 
ill used some things — such as the forests. If 
the forests had been saved then, many people who 
live now, would be thankful. I am thankful for 
the opportunity of living, and having the advan- 
tages some do not have. I am thankful for my 
friends, and that they are in good health. 1 am 
thankful for my chance to learn and be taught 
about agriculture, which I hope will be my ad- 
vanced work in life. I am thankful that one of 
my former pieces of work was learning how to 
plow, along with many other useful things, which 
will surely become useful to me later on. 

Terrance L. Parker. 

1 am thankful 1 am in good health, and have 
not been sick this year. I am thankful that I 
have a brother, two sisters, and a mother, and 
that they are all well and in good health. 1 am 
thankful for the good President that we have to 
rule the United States. Elmer Bowers. 

I am thankful that I have a mother, brother, 
and sisters that are in good health, and are com- 
fortable, and all are able to come and see my 
brother and myself. I am thankful for the train- 
ing and schooling I am getting, as well as for the 
clothing and food that is given me. I am thank- 
ful for all other things that are being done daily 
for my relatives and myself. 

Alfred W. Jacobs. 

1 am thankful that I have a good home and 
am learning a trade. I am grateful that I am 
being educated in many ways. I am thankful that 
I have a good aunt and uncle who write to me 
often. I am thankful that 1 have a good bed to 
sleep in and plenty of good wholesome food. I am 
thankful that my health is good. I am thankful 
for the opportunity that I have to make things in 
the shop, out of wood. Spencer S. Profit. 



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Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR WORTHY BOYS 
DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS. 



Vol. 12. No. 8. 



December, 1908. 



Subscription Price 



50 Cents Per Year. 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 



VICE PRESIDENT 

Henry S. Grew 



treasurer 

Arthur Adams 



secretary 

Tucker Daland 



managers 

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 
Moses Williams, Jr. 
Ralph B. Williams 



Charles H. Bradley, - - - Superintendent 

Treasurer's Address 50 State St. 

Boston, Mass. 

Again Thanksgiving is with us. As we read 
the thankful articles the boys of our School have 
written we, also, hastily review the year and 
dwell with grateful hearts on the many blessings 
we have received. 

There are three causes that we, as a 



School, wish to publicly acknowledge. We are 
thankful that Gov. Bradford obeyed the impulse 
that prompted him to send four men "on fowl- 
ing," so that they might, after a special man- 
ner, rejoice together after they had gathered 
the fruit of their labor. It was the result of this 
one man's obedience to his sense of duty, ex- 
ecuted by four others, that gives us the record 
of the first American Thanksgiving now annual- 
ly observed by us as a Christian nation. 

The second cause for gratitude is the ex- 
amples of those qualities that make for good cit- 
izenship. Says a distinguished writer, — "Among 
the remarkable qualities with which Providence 
for its own wise ends seems to have endowed 
the character of our ancestors, 1 know of none 
more striking and admirable than their love of 
order, and their submission to those just re- 
straints whereby society is held together, per- 
sonal security guarded, and public liberty pre- 
served. . . . Before they left the ship they 
projected, formed, and signed the first compact 
for liberal government under equal laws of which 
we have any record." They, our forefathers, 
were submissive to authority. 

Thoughtful men tell us that the greatest de- 
fect of American character today is lack of rev- 
erence for authority and that what we need is to 
follow this example of the Puritans and the Pil- 
grims, and gain as a nation, a new and effective 
baptism of the spirit of submission and obedience 
to laws for the general good. We need a greater 
respect for authority in our homes, and in our 
schools, in private, as well as public life. 

The third cause for thankfulness is that the 
Pilgrims so finely exemplified the truth that the 
conquering of hardships is the course of true suc- 
cess. We have a tendency towards making all 
conditions too easy. The parent and the modern 
teacher are in grave danger of making things too 



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easy for the child and allowing him to miss the 
tonic of striving against unfavorable conditions, 
and the satisfactory gain in the end. They, our 
forefathers, schooled and prepared themselves 
from the first to bear many adversities, and 
divers kinds of trouble, knowing that it would 
be well with them. 

Especially for these three causes, — Gov. 
Bradford's form of gratitude, our forefathers' ad- 
herence to authority, and their braveness in 
overcoming hardships, do we as a School re- 
turn gratitude at this Thanksgiving season. 

notes 

Nov. 2. Fifty barrels cement came. 

Nov. 3. Finished harvesting mangels. 

Nov. 4. Harvested the turnips and beets. 

Nov. 5. New bull came. ^ 

Several boys visited the dentist. 

Nov. 6. Harvested corn fodder. 

Nov. 8. Sunday. Rev. G. W. Solley ad- 
dressed the boys. 

Nov. 9. Load of dressing from Wal- 
worth's. 

Outside of steamer cabin varnished. 

Kate, the horse, humanely disposed of. 

Nov. 10. Writing day. 

George Racey Jordan entered the School. 

Graduate Merton P. Ellis visited the School. 

Warren Albert Twombiy returned to his 
mother. 

Rev. J.J. Lewis gave an illustrated talk on 
"The Passion Play." 

Twenty-five barrels of kerosene, two of gas- 
oline, and ten tons of gluten and cotton-seed meal 
came. 

Nov. 1 1 . Concrete work for basement of 
power house completed as far as capstone ele- 
vation. 

Nov. 12. Telephone installed in our locker 
at City Point. 

Tonnage and number cut in steamer "Pil- 
grim's" timbers. 

Nov. 13. Several boys visited dentist. 

Nov. 14. Four boys went to the theatre. 



Nov. 15. Sunday. Rev. James Huxtable 
addressed the boys. Miss Cambridge sang, ac- 
companied by Mrs. Porter. 

Nov. 16. Load of dressing from Wal- 
worth's. 

Fire extinguishers refilled, and fire pumps 
overhauled. 

Nov. 17. William George Beadle entered 
the School. 

Finished shingling roof over front wing of 
main building. 

Nov. 18. Put metal bow plates, and winter 
sheathing on steamer "Pilgrim." 

First class and advanced pupils entertained 
by their teacher. 

Nov. 19. Load of dressing from Wal- 
worth's. ^ 

Replaced spar buoy in channel off Head 
House, City Point. 

Nov. 20. Harvested celery. 

Load of dressing from Walworth's. 

Nov. 21. Two boys went to the theatre. 

Six boys attended the Elmendorf lecture on 
"Norway." 

Window and door screens removed from 
main building. 

Zero-setting rain gage added to meteoro- 
logical instruments. 

Nov. 23. Load of dressing from Wal- 
worth's. 

Nov. 24. Albert Leslie Allyn returned to 
his guardian. 

Small load of spruce and cypress lumber 
from Freeport St. 

Mr. C. S. Tenney gave raisins, nuts and 
oranges for Thanksgiving, and Mr. William Flan- 
ders, of Martin L. Hall Co., gave nuts, figs, and 
raisins. 

Nov. 26. Thanksgiving Day. Football 
game in morning and afternoon, and boxing 
matches in the evening. 

Nov. 27. Rough day. 

Sailboats and Lozier launch covered for 
the winter. 

A launch and rowboat cared for, and the 
crews taken to City Point. 



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Three masted schooner, W. S. Perkins, 
grounded on south end bar while being towed to 
Dorchester by a tug. 

Nov. 28. Graduate Frederick W. Mar- 
shall visited the School. 

Banked the root-cellar and hot-beds with 
seaweed. 

Several boys attended the Elmendorf lect- 
ure on "Holland." 

Nov. 30. Renewed riding cables for 
steamer "Pilgrim." 

Set out shrubs around the spring in Bow- 
ditch Grove. 

novcmbcr meteorology 

Maximum temperature, 62 on the 4th. 

Minimum temperature, 25" on the 16th. 

Mean temperature for the month, 41.5". 

Total' precipitation, .76 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in 24 hours .32 inches 
on the 15th. 

4 clear days, 2 1 partly cloudy, 5 cloudy days. 

Total number of hours sunshine, 150 and 10 
minutes. 

A Lunar corona observed on the 29th. 

First snow of the season on the 17th. 

ClK Tarm and trades ScDool Bank 

Cash on hand November 1, 1908 $559.33 

Deposited during the month 20.78 



$580.11 
Withdrawn during the month 80.38 

Cash on hand December 1, 1908 $199.73 

Cbird €la$$ 

I am thankful that 1 have a good mother 
and other relatives. 1 am thankful that 1 can 
get a good schooling. 1 am thankful that I have 
to work so that when 1 start out in the world 1 
will know how to use my hands and brain. 1 am 
thankful that 1 have a chance to work in the shop 
and on the farm, and around the yards, too, 
making things look neat. For the playgrounds 
and gymnasium. 1 am thankful that at night 1 
am sure of a good bed, and that 1 am sure of 
three meals a day. 1 am thankful that we have 
a good Superintendent. 1 am thankful that we 



have so many entertainments. I am thankful 
that the dentist came down to look over and fix 
our teeth. 1 am thankful that we have so many 
privileges. If 1 were to write all 1 am thankful 
for 1 should fill a book. 

Ralph A. Whittemore. 

1 am thankful that I can be about in the 
beautiful sunshine, and that I can see the beau- 
tiful birds and flowers. 1 am glad that I can 
hear the birds sing, and the other things that 
sound pleasing and make us happy. 1 am thank- 
ful that my friends and relatives are all well. I 
am grateful that 1 can get an education, and 
learn the good things in life. 

Dick W. Steenbruggen. 

I am thankful that 1 am alive and well. 1 
am thankful that I have a bed and my meals to 
look fo ward to. 1 am thankful 1 have clothes to 
wear, a chance to learn so many things, and a 
gymnasium which furnishes so much fun. I am 
thankful I have many friends and they are all well, 
and for the privileges and good times I have. I 
am thankful for the visiting days we have, the 
library, and good Superintendent of this School. 
Royal R. Ellison. 

I am thankful that I came to this School to 
learn so that 1 may be a successful man some 
day, and go out into the world and make a good 
living. I am thankful for the good food I get, 
and thankful that 1 am getting on all right in my 
studies, and 1 am more glad that 1 have a good 
time here. I am thankful I have a good mother. 
1 am thankful 1 have my health and strength. 
Ralph A. Jones. 

1 am thankful that I am in sloyd, as 1 can 
learn to make different models, and learn how to 
carve them, and 1 am grateful that I have 
good relatives and friends, and that they got me 
in a good school where trades of different kinds 
can be learned, so that when I go out in the 
world 1 will know something. 1 am thankful also 
for the library, where many interesting books 
are kept for the use of the boys. I am also 
grateful for the gymnasium, where the boys have 
a lot of fun in their play time. 1 am also grate- 



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ful for the education that ^can be got here, and 
also for the government of Cottage Row, which 
will teach us to be desirable citizens. 

Ernest M. Catton, 

We all have many things to be thankful 
for. I am thankful that I have health and 
strength to do my daily work, and that I know 
where my next bread is coming from. I am 
thankful that I am in this School so that I will be 
prepared for my work in the world when I get 
through. Caleb B. Frye. 

Tourtb Class 

I am thankful that Thanksgiving and Christ- 
mas are so near at hand, and that there are so 
many good things in store for me and everybody 
else. I am. thankful that I have a good mother, 
brothers, and sisters, and also that I have other 
good relatives. I am thankful that 1 am not in 
the city with the bad boys so that my mother 
would worry about me. 1 am thankful that God 
has kept me alive and well, and that I am in a 
good home. Oscar E. Neumann. 

1 am thankful for this home and that I am 
getting along so well. That I have relatives to 
see me every visiting day. I am thankful that 
I am treated well by all the instructors. I am. 
thankful that it helps my mother while I am 
here. And I will be thankful when I can help 
her more. Harold L. Wynott. 

I am thankful for my warm clothes. 1 am 
thankful for this warm house to live in. I am 
thankful for a bed to sleep in. 1 am thankful for 
my food. I am thankful for the sunshine which 
gives us light. I am thankful for my eyes to see 
all the beautiful things of nature. I am thankful 
for my hands that enable me to write this thankful 
note. I am thankful for everything. 

George R. Jordan. 

I am thankful that I have a mother, brothers, 
and sisters. I am thankful that they are well 
and happy. 1 am thankful that I have plenty of 
food and drink. I am thankful that I have a 
good place to sleep. 1 am thankful that I am 
well and that I am living at this day. I am thank- 



ful that there is a school to go to to learn. I am 
thankful that I have friends and playmates. 1 
am thankful 1 am in this land. 1 am thankful 
that I do not have to beg for my food, and that 
I haven't got to sleep in a barrel, or under a tree. 
William G. Beadle. 

Tiftft Class 

What I am thankful for is 1 am in such a 
good place, for it is better than to grow up to be 
of no use. I am also thankful that I have such 
good health and I am able to work. I am thank- 
ful for so many animals that are here. 1 think 1 
will be all the more thankful after I have grad- 
uated that 1 have been in such a good place. 

Stanley B. Tisdale. 

I am thankful that my mother, brother, and 
sisters are well. 1 am thankful that 1 am getting 
along well at the School. I am thankful that we 
have such a nice Island. I am thankful we have 
such a good Superintendent as Mr. Bradley. I 
am thankful that 1 can go home and see my 
mother awhile in the spring. 

Edson M. Bemis. 

The first thing 1 am thankful for is that 1 
am at a place where I can get a good education 
and be ready to go out in the world. I am 
thankful for having a good mother, aunts, and 
grandmother. I am thankful we get good whole- 
some food. I am thankful for so much sunshine. 
I am thankful for having Thanksgiving. I am 
thankful for having a good Superintendent. 

Harold D. Morse. 

I am glad 1 am here at this School. 1 am 
thankful for my clothes. I am glad to be here for 
Thankgiving, Christmas, and New Year's. 1 am 
thankful to work on the power house and on the 
farm. John T. Slade. 

1 am thankful for two good sisters, and a 
father that 1 have. I am thankful because there 
is one special day when we can give thanks to 
God. I am thankful for the pleasures and visit- 
ing days we have had. 1 am thankful for the food 
I get. 1 am thankful for the good home I have, 
and the good teacher. Edward M. Powers. 



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Jflumtii 

T. John Evans, '64, Secretary of Brock- 
ton Shoe Manufacturers' Association for the 
past six years, and the only man who has held 
that office, has resigned and will take charge of 
the office of the new George E. Keith Company's 
factory at East Weymouth. His long experience 
in the shoe business well fits him for the new po- 
sition. As Secretary for the Shoe Manufac- 
turers' Association, Mr. Evans has represented 
his firms before the State Board of Arbitration 
in all matters in which the companies and the 
unions were involved, and this has been done 
without a strike, and in a highly satisfactory 
manner to all parties. 

I. Banks Quinby, '06, is back from Willi- 
mantic, Conn., where he went to play in an or- 
chestra, and is again with the Reading Chronicle, 
where he likes and is much liked. Banks also 
plays in the Euterpe Orchestra of Reading. 

Leon H. Quinby, '07, who was with Mr. 
T. L. Kinney of South Hero, Vt., is now living 
with his sister in Sanbornville, N. H., and attend- 
ing high school. He is very happy and has a 
good chance. John Herbert M. Nelson took 
Leon's place at Mr. Kinney's. 

Cbc Passion Play 

Tuesday, November 10, we had the pleasure 
of hearing Rev. J.J. Lewis tell us about his trip 
to Oberammergau. He showed us pictures of 
the village, and of the Passion Play. This is a 
religious play given every ten years and is a rep- 
resentation of the suffering of Jesus. The first 
pictures he showed us were of the houses and 
some of the people that took part in the Passion 
Play. He showed us pictures of where Jesus 
was going into Jerusalem, and also many other 
scenes of the last week of Christ's life on the 
earth. We saw a picture of Jesus and His Dis- 
ciples at the feast of the Last Passover. It 
was a most excellent lecture, and we enjoyed it 
immensely. Laurence C. Silver. 

€lmendorf Cecture 

One Saturday afternoon six boys went over 
town to hear an illustrated lecture on Holland, 
given by Mr. Elmendorf. Among the many in- 



teresting views shown were, a map of Holland, 
the wharf at Rotterdam, and a picture of a tab- 
let in a Baptist Church commemmorating the 
day the Pilgrims sailed for America. Views of 
some of the native sports were seen, as well as 
what seems to us a queer mode of dressing. 
We enjoyed this lecture very much, and at the 
conclusion we left for home arriving at about six 
o'clock. William M. Marshall. 

J\ Schooner 

On November 27, a three masted schooner 
grounded on the bar at the south end of our 
Island while being towed to Dorchester. A 
small tug was towing it, and it grounded shortly 
after two o'clock in the afternoon. The tug tried 
to pull it off but without success. The name of 
the schooner was "W. S. Perkins." When the 
tide went out it was left high and dry on the bar. 
The next morning some of the fellows went over 
and had a look at it. The schooner was finally 
pulled off after being aground two days, and 
towed to its destination by two tugs. 

Clarence S. Nelson. 

Part Of the Ritcbcn Work 

Every noon, after dinner, we kitchen boys 
go out to the kitchen and start our work. We 
wash all the dishes we can and scrub the meat 
boards, and that leaves one of the tables clear 
of everything. Then the food is brought up from 
the instructors' dining-room and is put on one of 
the tables in the kitchen. When all the food is 
brought up from the lower dining-rooms, Roy 
Upham and Frank Mills take the food around to 
the front store room and bring up the dirty dishes 
to be washed. Then that table is scrubbed. 
About two o'clock 1 dump one of the fires so that 
the stove will cool off a little. When it has 
cooled off enough I get the brush, pail, soap, 
cloth, and hot water, and wash the top of the 
stove, and the sides, and then put the things away. 
1 next build the fire. I get the wood, shavings, 
and coal. I put the shavings in first, and the 
wood next, and then the coal. Then I light 
the shavings and see that it doesn't smoke. 
The last thing that is done is the scrubbing of 
the floor. Alonzo B. James. 



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€bri$tma$ Day 

Christmas morning came with a great deal 
of cheer and happiness here on our Island. 
Everybody was wishing everybody else a "Merry 
Christmas." After breakfast some of the fellows 
went skating until it was time to go to assembly 
hall for the distribution of packages from home, 
and the presents given to each of the fellows, 
from the School, and a box of Lowney's choco- 
lates from Mr. Richard Bell. The fellows all 
enjoyed themselves looking over their presents 
until time for dinner. Some of the presents 
were as follows:— sleds, knives, tools, neckties, 
harmonicas, books, handkerchiefs, sweaters, 
shaving outfits, gloves, games, candy and nuts. 

In the front of the assembly hall was an 
elevated platform, and on it were Christmas trees 
situated along the sides and back, and in one 
corner was a log cabin with holly growing by it. 
While the distribution of presents was going on 
a clown came out and did some feats in juggling 
that were quite interesting. 

After our Christmas dinner the boys went 
skating again until three o'clock. Then we tidied 
up for a vaudeville show which was provided 
by Mr, Adams. When we were all gathered in 
assembly hall Mr. Adams awarded the agricul- 
ture prizes which he gives each year. The first 
prizes of five dollars each were awarded to 
Terrance L. Parker and John H. Marshall. The 
second prizes of three dollars each to William B. 
Laing and James Clifford, and the third, of two 
dollars each, was given to Bernhardt Gerecke 
and William M. Marshall. These prizes were 
given to fellows in the School. The next prizes 
of five dollars each were given to boys who have 
left the School and are showing a great deal of 



interest in their work on farms. Their names 
were C. Ernest Nichols, C. Archie Graves, 
Joseph Keller, and J. Herbert M. Nelson. 

In the show which followed, there was clog 
dancing, singing and acrobatic tumbling. There 
were two boys who took part in this last one, a 
little fellow who did a great deal of the tumbling, 
and a larger fellow who threw him. At the con- 
clusion of the show, there was a sketch in which 
a man and woman took the parts of two people 
who had, first, no turkey for Christmas, then two 
turkeys, then none, and finally one which they 
kept. Harold L. Marshall. 

B Successful fair 

Friday evening, December eleventh, we had 
the big fair which the fellows had looked forward 
to. The instructors provided the fair for the 
benefit of the fellows, and the money that was 
made will be used in providing an entertainment 
of some kind, the nature of which, will be decided 
by the fellows themselves, as they have the priv- 
ilege of voting for what they think will give them 
the most enjoyment, and we are all wondering 
what it will be. The articles, which comprised 
about everything from a popcorn ball to a shawl, 
were sold, and they were not too expensive for 
the fellows to buy and send away for Christmas 
presents to their friends. Everyone who at- 
tended voted the fair a success, and it is re- 
ported, the sum of $83.86 was realized. Quite 
a number of interesting and amusing things were 
seen, which will be described elsewhere in this 
issue of the Beacon. James R. Gregory. 

6ettitid Ready for the Tair 

One night a few other fellows and 1 had the 
pleasure of helping Miss Ferguson and Miss 



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Stratton make popcorn balls and candy for the 
fair. First, we put together the candy boxes, 
which were made of cardboard covered with 
pictures and Mother Goose rhymes. We filled 
forty-five of them with candy that was already 
made. Miss Stratton had charge of the corn- 
balls with three fellows popping the corn, and 
three making the balls, while Miss Ferguson had 
another fellow and me help her make the candy. 
First we shelled peanuts and made peanut candy, 
then we had to make plain fudge. This was 
very easy so I could make some alone. The 
way we made it was to put four cups of sugar to 
two cups of milk, two squares of sweet chocolate 
and some butter. To find out when it was done 
we tested it in a cup of cold water. When it was 
just right we took it off the stove and added one 
and one-half teaspoonfuls of vanilla and stirred 
it until it became thick, then put it into pans, 
and put it out of doors to cool. While we were 
making this much again, the other would be pretty 
well hardened. After the candy was good and 
hard we cut it up and put it into boxes. 

The cornballs were being made as fast as 
the candy. White sugar and molasses was 
boiled until it would thread. While three were 
popping the corn the rest picked out "old maids." 
When a large pan full of corn was ready the 
molasses was poured over it and some began to 
make balls while two fellows wrapped them up in 
paraffine paper. We all took great pleasure in 
testing the candy and cornballs as well as making 
them. As it was getting late, all the fellows 
went to bed but three of us who stayed to clean 
up. We cleaned off the stove, swept the floor, 
and washed all the dishes and pans. In all there 
were one hundred and fifteen boxes of candy, and 
two hundred and fifty cornballs ready to be sold 
at the fair. We all enjoyed the evening very 
much and hope to have a chance at the same 
work again. George J. Balch. 

Decorations and music at the Tair 

Assembly hall was decorated for the fair 
with the national colors, and navy blue and old 
gold, colors of the School. The wide bunting 
with red and white stripes on the outer egdes, 
and a central stripe of blue with white stars, was 



hung around the top of the hall and came toward 
the middle from the center of the sides, dividing 
the ceiling into four parts and coming in the cen- 
ter to form a canopy for the fancy table. At 
either end of the table was a national flag on a 
stand. The School's colors were looped all 
around the walls of the room. The different 
tables were also decorated. The fancy table 
was decorated with red, white and blue bunting. 
The pennant table was decorated with white and 
navy blue bunting with a large knot of old gold. 
The candy table had blue bunting draped with 
old gold bunting looped and knotted at intervals. 
The table for the old man was all draped in red. 
Where the squash was placed was decorated in 
white. The decorations looked very pretty. 
During the fair the School's band furnished 
music. We also had two graphophones going. 
At the end we danced. Mrs. Bradley played the 
piano so the band fellows could dance. 

Robert R. Matthews. 

cne oia man 

A few days before the fair we were sur- 
prised to see signs on yellow cardboard posted 
up in different parts of the house. Some were 
printed "Visit David," "Oh! Whiskers," "Pull 
'em Quick," "Pull 'em Good," "Visit the Old 
Man of the Island," "Blue 5c," "Yellow 10c," 
"Pull for a Prize," "Pull 'em Often," "5c and 
10c a Pull," and "Pull Whiskers." Some of 
these were on blue cardboard, and were alter- 
nated with those on the yellow cardboard and 
made into banners and hung around to advertise 
the old man. These were auctioned off during 
the fair and brought quite a sum. When we en- 
tered the hall, on one side we saw a head painted 
to look like an old man. The whiskers were 
made from narrow strips of blue and yellow 
paper and each one was numbered. When a 
fellow pulled a whisker he told Mr. Miller, and 
then went to either Miss Brewster or Miss Gor- 
don after a prize. Harold W. Smyth. 

Pennants 

One of the most attractive things at the fair 
was the pennant table, where School pennants 
were sold by Mr. Ekegren and Miss Pierce. It 
was situated in one corner of the hall. The pen- 



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nants were pinned upon three screens and also laid 
on the table. The first thing the fellows bought 
were the pennants. The largest of them were 
made of navy blue felt and had old gold F. T. S. 
letters on them. These cost fifty cents and the 
staff five cents. The small pennants cost 
twenty-five cents. The pennants of the E. P. A. 
were red with white letters and blue ends, while 
others were blue with white letters and red ends. 
They sold for twenty-five cents. The armbands 
were navy blue with old gold F. T. S. letters on 
them, and cost fifteen cents. The pennants went 
very fast and many more could have been sold. 
Edward H. Deane. 

Cbc $qua$l) Contest 

In one corner of assembly hall, there was 
a squash, that most of the fellows called a 
"freak" because they had never seen one of such 
a color before. In back of the squash was a pil- 
low of navy blue felt which had the letters F. T. S. 
embroidered in old gold. The one who came the 
nearest to guessing how many seeds there were 
in the squash would get the pillow. In order to 
have a guess you had to pay one cent. Some 
of the instructors paid ten or fifteen cents. 
After all had guessed the seeds were counted and 
Mr. Bradley read off how many seeds there were 
and who guessed the nearest to the correct num- 
ber. There were six hundred eighty-seven, and 
Ralph Whittemore guessed six hundred ninety- 
nine. His guess was the nearest so he got the 
pillow. Stephen Eaton. 

Rebecca at the lUell 

One of the attractions at the fair, was an old- 
fashioned well, and a well sweep from which was 
suspended a bucket. The well stood in one cor- 
ner of the hall. It was about three feet square 
and about three feet high, and was made of slabs. 
The punch was made of lemonade and grape 
juice. Miss Ferguson was Rebecca. She was 
dressed in an oriental dress of blue and white, 
with her hair in braids. The punch was sold by 
Miss Ferguson and Mr. Kibby for two cents a 
glass. The cornballs and candy made the fel- 
lows thirsty, so the well was well patronized. 
Harold Y. Jacobs. 



Che Taney Cable 

As we entered assembly hall, on the night of 
the fair, the first thing we noticed was the gaily 
draped fancy table in the center of the room. 
Around it stood Mrs. Dix, Miss Walton, Miss 
Balch, and Mr. Thomas, who were selling the 
articles. On the table were things for sale that 
the instructors had made, such as handkerchiefs, 
aprons, neckties, etc.; also many fancy articles 
that came from the city, such as bags, pin- 
cushions, and other things. Elmer Bowers. 

Che Candy Cable 

The candy table was located on the area 
side of the assembly hall. A few days before the 
fair, anyone passing through the kitchen would 
smell the fudge and popcorn. The fudge was put 
in little boxes covered with pictures and Mother 
Goose rhymes. This table was the chief one of 
interest and quite a crowd was there all the time. 
The cornballs were made of popcorn, molasses 
and sugar boiled until hard, and then made into 
balls and wrapped up in paper. The fudge was ten 
cents a box, and cornballs one cent apiece. All 
the candy and popcorn balls were sold, and more 
could have been sold. Alfred W. Jacobs. 

J\ fortune Celler 

One of the enjoyable things at the fair was 
to visit "Madam Zorah," a lady who told for- 
tunes. To have our fortune told we had to pay 
the small sum of two cents. Every boy that 
cared about it, and that had a chance to see the 
fortune teller, did so. She was seated behind 
screens so that none could see except the one 
whose fortune was being told. She had a pack 
of playing cards that she would shuffle before 
she began, and she told the past, present, and 
future. Miss Lilla Elizabeth Kelley did this. 
James L. Joyce. 

Storm mindows 

Every fall the storm windows are taken from 
the west loft and brought down to the wash- 
room, where they are washed, after which they 
are put on to the windows most exposed to the 
weather. In winter, the most severe winds are 
from the North, Northwest, and West. 

Frank H. Machon. 



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Cboinp$on'$ Tsland Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR WORTHY BOYS 
DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS. 



Vol. 12. No. 9. 



January, 1909. 



Subscription Price - 50 Cents Per Year. 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 



vice president 

Henry S. Grew 



treasurer 

Arthur Adams 



secretary 

Tucker Daland 



managers 

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 
Moses Williams, Jr. 
Ralph B. Williams 



Charles H. Bradley, 



Superintendent 



Treasurer's Address 50 State St. 

Boston, Mass. 

Confidence in a person may be likened to 
the main spring of a watch. The main spring is 
the most vital part of the watch, without which 
it would be practically useless as a time keeper. 
It must be perfect, and unbroken, and so ad- 
justed as to work harmoniously with every other 



part of the watch; and likewise a person In whom 
no confidence can be placed is as helpless as a 
ship in a turbulent sea with neither sails nor rud- 
der to guide it, insofar as being able to gain and 
maintain a position in life such as only comes to 
those whose every act has been so molded as to 
merit the confidence and respect of their busi- 
ness associates, employers, friends or neighbors. 

Lost confidence should be abhorred by all 
well-meaning people, and the old adage — "What 
is worth doing at all, is worth doing well"— should 
be always paramount, for with such a determin- 
ation, success is bound to come, and with success 
respect is bound to come too. The failures seen 
as one goes about can be traced more or less 
directly to a careless, indolent person, whose 
only aim or wish is to see not how much, but 
how little can be done in a given time. Such 
tactics are equivalent to a sly, deceitful, under- 
handed method of pilfering, when pay is taken 
for work that has never been done, but purposely 
neglected with the intention of deceiving, and 
getting something unjustly deserved. The one 
who thinks he is the smart one and is contin- 
ually trying to deceive someone, is the real fool 
indeed, for, sooner or later, a bomb will explode, 
so to speak, and he will find himself buffetted 
about in the storm of a general shake-up in the 
working force, and some industrious fellow, who 
has been a conscientious worker, pushed ahead 
with increased pay, while he joins the ranks of 
the unemployed, and frets and fumes about in- 
justice and an ungrateful employer. 

Confidence when once lost can never be re- 
gained, no matter what one's position is in life, 
nor where located. It is what seem to be the 
small things in life that are eventually the 
really great ones. Therefore, it behooves every- 
one to be on the watch, and help themselves by 
helping others. Neither success nor prosperity 



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can be received without being created. It is 
upon the efforts of the faithful workers whose 
whole hearts and souls are in their work that 
comes the burden of supporting the indolent and 
shiftless, unappreciative class of ingrates. It is 
a pity, indeed, that such facts can be chronicled, 
and with no apparent effort on the part of the re- 
cipients of such consideration to benefit their 
condition, nor willing to contribute their share 
to the well-being of the community. 

Deceitfulness, and a shirking of what is 
justly expected from one, are the quickest roads 
to failure and lost confidence. A knowing dis- 
regard of instructions and directions for per- 
forming a given duty is another direct road to an 
unsuccessful career. It is being demonstrated 
more and more every day, that the ones who do 
things, under any and all circumstances, whether 
some one is watching their every movement or 
not, are the ones who reach the front rank of 
success, and have the confidence of the people 
at large. Dishonesty, deceitfulness, laziness, 
and an ungrateful spirit, are closely related and 
inseparable, and when one is inculcated, the 
others fall in line with the regularity of a well- 
drilled body of soldiers. 

notes 

Dec. 1. Killed a pig and bull. 

50 barrels of cement came. 

Mr. Richard Humphreys gave an illustrated 
talk on his trip to Africa. 

Dec. 2. Pulled the parsnips. 

Dec. 3. Harvested the cabbages. 

Seven boys visited the dentist. 

Dec. 4. Play, "Belle, the Typewriter Girl." 
given by the boys. 

Dec. 8. George Homer Appel, and Arthur 
Gardiner Appel entered the School. 

Small load of spruce, and some spruce slabs 
from Freeport Street. 

Dec. 9. Banked hotbeds with seaweed. 

Henry George Eckman left the School. 



Usual Christmas box of Lowney's choco- 
lates came for the boys and instructors, from Mr. 
Richard Bell. 

Musical entertainment by Mr. Clarence 
Humphreys and friends. 

Dec. to. Graduates C. Alfred Malm and 
Merton P. Ellis visited the School. 

Dec. 11, Made 20 trespass sign boards. 

Made a few repairs on rowboat "Standish." 

Fair given by instructors for the pleasure 
and benefit of the boys. 

Completed six horses and ladders for Mass- 
achusetts Humane Society. 

Dec. 12. Moved hose house to temporary 
location. 

Treasurer Arthur Adams visited the School. 

Dec. 14. Load of dressing from Wal- 
worth's. 

Dec. 15. Began top dressing. 

Covered the strawberry plants. 

Pumped out City Point landing float. 

Dec. 16. Moved ladder house to tempor- 
ary location. 

Magazines received from Miss Lilla Eliza- 
beth Kelley. 

Dec, 17. Placed horses and ladders on 
the bank of the Charles River for Massachu- 
setts Humane Society. 

Dec. 19. Decorated chapel for Christmas 
concert. 

Branch and gate for power-house water 
supply installed on main pipe line. 

Dec. 20. Sunday. Christmas concert, 

Dec. 21, Killed a pig. 

Load of spruce boards and matched planks 
from Freeport Street, 

Louis Clifton Darling left the School to 
work for Martin L, Hall Co,, Boston, 

Dec, 22. Fifty barrels of cement came. 

Dec. 23. Fall term of school closed. 

First skating of the season. 

Set hydrant houses to protect hydrants from 
freezing. 

Dec. 25. Christmas, Awarding of the 
Adams Agriculture prizes. 

Usual distribution of gifts in the morning, 



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and in the afternoon, entertainment provided by 
Treasurer Arthur Adams. 

Dec. 28. Set out Christmas trees around 
walks and buildings, for protection and ornament. 

Load of dressing from Walworth's. 

Dec. 30. Through the kindness of Mr. 
Bayard Thayer, thirty-three boys attended the 
Sportsman's show, and all are to do so. 

Dec. 31. Rowboat "Standish" painted. 

Thirty-three more boys visited the Sports- 
man's show. 

Deccmi^r meteorology 

Maximum temperature 64" on the 1st. 

Minimum temperature 1 1 ° on the 6th. 

Mean temperature for the month 32.2°. 

Total precipitation 1 .44 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in twenty-four hours, 
.42 inches on the 8th. 

9 days with .01 or more inches precipitation. 

3 clear days, 23 partly cloudy, 5 cloudy days. 

Total number of hours sunshine 127 and 10 
minutes. 

Monthly snowfall 2.50 inches, 

Che Tdrtti and trades School Bank 

Cash on hand December 1, 1908 $499.73 

Deposited during the month 89.40 



$589.13 
Withdrawn during the month 109.46 

Cash on hand January, 1, 1909 $479.67 

ClK Christmas Concert 

The fellows gathered in assembly hall the 
Sunday before Christmas to have a Christmas 
concert. Twenty-one fellows spoke pieces, the 
choir gave a number of selections, and two boys 
sang a song, the choir joining in the chorus. 
The selection the fellows liked the best was the 
one given by George R. Jordan and John O. En- 
right — "A Plan That Failed." One of them was 
Santa Claus and the other boy represented a 
fellow who hung up an extra large stocking to get 
more presents, but the plan failed. Another one 
was "Through the Telephone," by Dick W. 
Steenbruggen. Here a boy telephoned to the 
North Pole and found out that Santa Glaus was 
on his way to the Island. Another prominent 



feature was "The Signals." Seven boys had 
signals and after each one of them told the 
meaning of his signal, Thomas Games hoisted 
them up on a flag staff. Mrs. Dix then sang 
"A Lullaby," the choir joining in the chorus. 
Mr. Bradley and Mr. Thomas made remarks on 
Christmas. 
Song . - - . Choir 

"Glory in the Highest" 
Address of Welcome Clarence M. Daniels 

Responsive Reading 

Leader, Paul H. Gardner 
Song Fred'k Hynes, Dana Osborne and Choir 

"Hail the Day" 
Recitation - - Carl D. Hynes 

"A Recipe for Christmas Cheer" 
Recitation - William M. Marshall 

"Santa Glaus' Names" 
Song - - - - Choir 

"Bethlehem Star" 
Recitation - - LeRoy B. Huey 

"Alaska Christmas Candles" 
Recitation - Terrance L. Parker 

"The Carving of Fra Bernardo" 
Song _ - - - Choir 

"The Shepherds" 
Recitation - Dick W. Steenbruggen 

"Through the Telephone" 
Exercise George R. Jordan and John 0. Enright 

"A Plan that Failed" 
Song - - - - Choir 

"Swing Christmas Bells" 
Recitation - - William E. Rowel! 

"Christmas in Sweden" 
Recitation - - George J. Balch 

"The Silent Guide" 
Song - ■; - - Choir 

"0 Chime Again" 
Recitation - - Laurence C. Silver 

"Just in the Place Where We Live" 
Recitation - Edward M. Bickford 

"What Happened on Christmas Day" 
Song - - - - Choir 

"Blest Mom, We Hail Thee" 
Recitation - Ralph A. Whittemore 

"Christmas Tokens" 
Exercise . . - Class 

"The Signals" 
Song - - - - Choir 

"O. Peal Your Merry Chimes" 
Remarks - - - Mr. Thomas 

Song - - Mrs. Dix and Choir 

"A Lullaby" 
Remarks - - - Mr. Bradley 

William H. McCullagh. 



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Bclk, the typewriter 6irl 

One of the most interesting entertainments 
we have had this winter was a play in five acts 
given by some of the fellows. The first Friday 
in December the play came off. On that even- 
ing we all entered assembly hall and were con- 
ducted to reserved seats by ushers, and at eight 
o'clock the play began. The players were: — 
John Randall - - George J. Balch 

A returned diamond miner from Africa 
Simon Morgan - Clarence M. Daniels 

A banker and broker 
Ralph Morgan - - Paul H. Gardner 

His son 
Edward Blake - - Willard H. Perry 

Morgan's chief clerk 
Abe Cohen - - Terrance L. Parker 

With a gold mine to sell 
Belle Randall - Louis C. Darling 

The miner's daughter 
Julia Randall - - Frederick J. Wilson 
The miner's wife 
Between the acts we enjoyed music, refresh- 
ments were sold, and between acts three and four, 
a sketch entitled "Words to the Wise," was given 
by Frederick J. Barton. Percy Smith. 

Sale of Cickets 

Assembly hall, where "Belle, the Typewriter 
Girl was given, was divided into sections, A, B, 
C, and D. At one in the afternoon, the day be- 
fore the show was given, the fellows lined up in the 
reading-room to get their tickets. Everyone was 
trying to get a good seat. Some fellows got good 
ones, and some not so good. The tickets con- 
formed to the sections and numbers on the set- 
tees. We filed to a table, and Louis Darling 
sold the tickets. The tickets were 5 cents, and 
10 cents for those over 20 years. 

Herbert H. Kenney. 

Sportsman's Show 

We had the privilege of attending the Sports- 
man's Show this year as we havehad in previous 
years. We left the Island at nine o'clock in the 
morning arriving there about ten. The fellows 
went in three different groups. The first group 
attended on Wednesday, and the last on Friday. 
As we entered the building the first things that 
met our gaze were large cages divided into sec- 
tions containing pheasants and grouse. In the 



middle of the building was a large pond where 
water birds were kept. As we proceeded we 
came to where the game animals were kept, such 
as moose, elk, raccoons, rabbits, deer, a Rus- 
sian wild boar, and some squirrels. The gun 
case was another place of attraction. Here were 
kept the different models of guns, such as differ- 
ent sizes of Colt revolvers, rifles, doudle-barreled 
shotguns, triple-barreled shotguns, etc. In the 
back part of the hall was a large tank of water 
where the aquatic sports took place, such as div- 
ing through a hoop, a tub race, a relay race, fancy 
diving, swimming races, etc. While these were 
going on the Salem Cadet Band was playing. 
Down stairs was the shooting gallery where the 
men were trying their skill. On the second floor 
was an exhibit of the sub-target gun. This is 
used in armies and navies for practice. Oppo- 
site this was the bowling alley. We left the 
building about three forty-five, arriving at the 
landing about four-thirty, having had a fine time, 
for which we are indebted to Mr. Bayard Thayer. 
George A. Matthews. 

Ceaf mould 

In the rear of the storage barn is a bin that 
has lately been rebuilt. In this bin leaves are put 
that the fellows have picked up on the lawns, 
under the trees, on the back road, and various 
places to form leaf mould. Leaf mould is formed 
by time and weather. It is composed of nitrogen, 
hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon. It is called 
"humus." Humus gives a dark brown or blackish 
color to the soil. This is very good for trees 
and sandy soil. Stanley B. Tisdale. 

Gatberiiid Drift Ulooa 

One afternoon another boy and I, with one 
of the farm instructors, went around the Island 
picking up drift-wood. One boy drove the double- 
horse team while the instructor and 1 threw the 
wood into the cart. We got four or five loads 
that afternoon, which were taken to the wood- 
pile. After we got our last load, and had emptied 
it, the instructor cleaned out the cart and went 
down to the wharf after freight, while the other 
boy and 1 bedded the stalls of the gray team. 
Edric B. Blakemore. 



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Fred P. Thayer, '04, is with T. W. Ripley 
& Co., printers, where he went to work on leav- 
ing the School. Fred writes an ambitious and 
hopeful letter, and expresses his determination to 
thoroughly understand the printing business. 

Geo. 1. Leighton, '04, writes to wish us a 
"Happy New Year," and to add two more years 
to his subscription to the Beacon. George is still 
working for the Boston Counter Co., having been 
employed there since leaving us. 

Ernest Nichols, '07, works for Mr. 
Arthur M. Vaughan, of Randolph, Vermont. 
Mr. Vaughan is State Forester of Vermont, and 
was for some years instructor in agriculture at 
this School. Ernest attends, the high school, 
and is happy to be able to continue his studies. 

T. Chapel Wright, '08 sends an interest- 
ing letter from Three Lakes, P. Q., where he is 
living on a farm with his mother and step-father. 
He, and his brother Clifton, are helping to build 
a log house. Clifton hopes to visit the School 
next summer. 

J\ musical etttcrtainment 

V/ednesday, December nineth, Mr. Richard 
C. Humphreys provided a musical entertainment 
for us. These people contributed to our pleas- 
ure: — Miss Charlotte D. Pope, Soprano; Mr. A. 
S. Nye, Baritone; Mr. C. B. Humphreys, Pianist; 
and Miss Margaret Langtry, Violin, accompanied 
by Miss Gertrude Belcher. Mr. Humphreys 
began by playing a piece on the piano. Then 
Mr. Nye sang. Miss Pope sang in Italian, which 
sounded very funny, and then she sang two 
Stevenson songs. Miss Langtry played a piece 
entitled "Perpetual Motion." It was very quick 
and pretty. The fellows clapped a long while 
and she played it over again. We heard some 
fine duets by Miss Pope and Mr. Nye, and a 
number of selections by Miss Langtry, and Mr. 
Humphreys. We went to bed thankful for hav- 
ing heard such good music. 

Frederick J. Barton. 

B €ban9c of Classes and mork 

On December eleventh, the first and third 
classes changed sessions. The first class is 
having the forenoon session, while the third class 



attends school in the afternoon. I am glad the 
first class has the morning session because we 
had to work by lamp light the latter part of the 
afternoon. The classes were changed so as to 
have a larger squad of fellows on the farm morn- 
ings. A change of classes made it necessary to 
change their work. When we came out of the 
dining-room the morning of the change, the third 
class fellows who were to work in the morning 
were told where they were to work until further 
notice. The first class were told at one o'clock 
where they were to work. 

Frederick J. Wilson. 

£ccturc on a Crip to jFffrica 

Mr. Richard C. Humphreys recently gave a 
stereopticon lecture on his trip to Northern 
Africa and the Mediterranean, and including the 
Azores, Gibralter, Morocco, Algeria, Tripoli, 
Tunis, Crete, Malta, Sicily, and Italy. Mr, 
Humphreys first showed a view of the Azores 
landing, the Battle of Flowers, and then a beauti- 
ful view of Gibralter and the Rock itself. Other 
pictures following were of an Arab, who was Mr. 
Humphrey's guide, an Arab on a camel, a lion of 
the desert, Arabs in camp with their camels, 
a wharf in Tunis, which was made of cork, the 
chapel of bones in Malta, a view of a city after 
a volcanic eruption, Mt. Etna, Mt. Vesuvius, and 
a great many others. After the lecture Mr. 
Humphreys asked if anyone would like to ask 
any questions. A few were asked and answered, 
then some souvenirs of his trip were shown. 
Mr. Humphreys was thanked for his very inter- 
esting lecture. Edward M. Bickford. 

milkind 

Every morning, at quarter of five, the 
watchman awakens the milkers. After we wash, 
we go to the barn, take our stools and pails, and 
milk our regular cows. Each milker has five or 
six 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 about quarter past six every morn- 
ing. In the afternoon, as soon as school is dis- 
missed at five o'clock, we milk again. We finish 
at about quaiter of six. 1 like milking very 
much. John H. Marshall. 



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Vol. 12. No. 10. Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. February, 1909 

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



Our Tariti macbines 

On our farm we have a number of farm 
machines that help us do our work. In the 
spring or fall the land is plowed, harrowed, and 
fertilized. For this purpose we use the plows, 
harrows, and the manure-spreader to spread the 
manure. In summer time the vegetables that 
are planted have to be cultivated, hoed, weeded, 
and fertilized. In planting our corn we use the 
corn-planter. The corn and fertilizer are put 
in the machine and then a horse draws it along 
and the wheels go around to plant the corn. 
Then a big wheel turns to cover it over. In 
weeding this corn we have a weeder with teeth 
similar to a horse-rake. It is called the "Star 
Weeder." A horse hauls it along and a boy 
guides it. It weeds a number of rows at a time. 

In June, when the hay and weather are 
right, we begin our haying season. In haying, 
first of all we use the "Walter A. Wood" 
mowing-machine to mow with. The tedder kicks 
up the hay and turns it over to dry. When it is 
dry the hay-rake rakes it up and it is hauled to 
the barn in a hay-rack. After the haying sea- 
son is over the apples begin to get ripe. We 
have a cider-mill to help us make our cider. It 
consists of a frame work and trough to put the 
apples in, then a wheel is turned and the apples 
are crushed and then pressed, the juice running 
into a pail. Our corn is husked and the stalks 
used as cut feed for the cattle. We have 
a horse-power and cutter, that cuts the corn 
stalks for this purpose. The cobs with the 
kernels on them are put in a machine which is 
called the corn-sheller. This machine shells 
the corn. 

When mangels are ready to be pulled, we 



gather them in and grind them for the cattle. 
The grinding is done by a vegetable grinder. 
The mangels are put in and the wheel is turned. 
This turns a roller which has spikes on it. The 
mangels go between the rollers and are crushed 
and ready to be fed to the cattle. 

In grading land we first use picks and 
shovels, and a horse scraper. After it is leveled 
off we have a two-horse roller that rolls the land 
and makes it ready for grass seed or whatever 
is going to be done with it. When we sow 
grass seed we have a little machine which can 
be strapped around the waist. We fill it with 
grass seed and turn the main wheel which turns 
two cog-wheels that turn the sifter that the seed 
is in. It sifts the seeds out on the ground. 

Our farm machines are kept clean and are 
always to be found in the barns when not in use. 
They are good helpers and we could not get 
along very well without them. 

Theodore M. Fuller. 

6etrind Beacons Rcaay 

Every month when the Beacons are printed 
it is the office-boys' work to get them ready to 
go to the subscribers. We put the address on 
the wrappers, which is done by a machine that 
puts paste on the back side of the addresses, 
cuts them off, and pastes them on wrappers. 
After this is done the Beacons are folded once, 
and while one of us is doing this the other puts 
the wrappers around. This is done partly by 
machine and partly by hand. In the machine 
there is a board about the size of the wrappers, 
and on the front edge of this board is a groove 
with small holes in the bottom to let out the 
paste. Half way down on the board there are 
two pieces of iron to keep the wrappers in place. 



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We then take a Beacon, fold the wrapper around 
twice, then pull the wrapper out from under the 
groove, which will have paste on the edge, and 
paste it down. After they are wrapped they are 
stamped. The postage on the Beacons that go 
outside of Boston is paid for by the pound. We 
have about thirteen hundred subscribers. 

John Le Strange. 

Cbe Dm Box 

A box has been made in which the 
steamer's stern and bow lights and the two side 
lights which are used at night are kept. This 
box is lined inside with zinc. It is made of 
white pine three-fourths of an inch thick. The 
cover is cased with canvas so water will not get 
in. On the ends are handles. This box is kept 
on the stern deck. There were two ring-bolts 
put in the deck about one-half foot from each 
end of the box, which is lashed to the deck of 
the steamer. The box is painted a buff color. 
Warren J. Barter. 

Cottage Kow Election 

The quarterly election of Cottage Row 
Government was held Thursday evening, January 
fourteenth, in the first and second school-rooms. 
The meeting came to order and the Mayor, 
Percy Smith, appointed for tellers Robert May, 
Frederick Wilson, and George Balch. We at 
once gave out the ballots. The shareholders 
voted first. They can vote for every office, and 
the non-shareholders can vote for all but as- 
sessor. After the election was over, the last 
term's officers were requested to hand in their 
badges. After the others went to bed, the tellers 
counted the votes. The following officials were 
declared elected: — Mayor, Willard Perry; Share- 
holding Aldermen, Alonzo James, Christian 
Field, and Harold Silver. Non-Shareholding 
Aldermen, Edward Deane and Alfred Jacobs; 
Treasurer, Stephen Eaton; Assessor, Ralph 
Whitternore. George J. Balch. 

Conduct Prizes 

January fifteenth, conduct prizes were given 
to the boys who had had the least number 
of marks for the preceding six months. Man- 
ager Francis Shaw, gives, twice a year, twenty- 



five dollars which is divided into ten money 
prizes, for conduct, the first being five dol- 
lars and the last one dollar. Temple consolation 
prizes are given by President Alfred Bowditch, 
of our Board of Managers, which consist of 
five books. The following named boys re- 
ceived the Shaw prizes: — James Clifford $5.00, 
Clarence S. Nelson $3.25, Earle C. Marshall 
$3.00, Frank H. Machon $2.75, Herbert H. 
Kenney $2.50, Harold L. Marshall $2.25, Alfred 
W.Jacobs $2.00, Percy Smith $1.75, Robert 
H. May $1.50, and Harold N. Silver $1.00. 
The Temple consolation prizes were given to 
Ralph H. Marshall, Thomas Carnes, Louis M. 
Reinhard, Prescott B. Merrifield, and Robert R. 
Matthews. Harold W. Smyth, Royal R. Ellison, 
John 0. Enright, LeRoy B. Huey, and Joseph A. 
Kalberg received honorable mention. 

Robert R. Matthews. 

B Peitorating Jlttacbment 

A perforating attachment has been added to 
the other attachments for our "Sterling" ma- 
chine in the printing-office. It is very simple to 
operate, and extremely useful. The perforator 
itself is a box-like affair, about three by twelve 
inches, and is screwed on to a table which is 
twenty by twenty-one inches, and the table is fas- 
tened to the "Sterling" with a screw, while the 
perforator is connected to the driving-rod by an 
L shaped cam which operates the lever upon 
which the perforating punches are fastened, giv- 
ing it a sheer-like movement. The length of the 
perforating bar limits a single perforation to ten 
inches in length, but by reversing the sheet, and 
making a second perforation, any length up to 
twenty inches may be obtained, and from one to 
four sheets may be perforated at a time if the 
paper is not too thick. There are fifteen punches 
to the inch. There are also adjustable guides 
which can be set for different sizes of paper. 
Earle C. Marshall. 

meatber Signals 

Our weather signal-flags are furnished by the 
United States government and are the same as 
are used all over the country. They are displayed 
at the observatory. A white flag indicates fair 



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weather and stationary temperature. A blue 
flag indicates rain or snow. A half white flag 
and the other half blue indicates local rain or 
snow. A white flag with a black pennant above it 
indicates fair, and warmer weather. A white 
flag with a black pennant below it indicates fair 
and colder weather. A blue flag with a black pen- 
nant above it indicates rain or snow and warmer 
weather. A blue flag with a black pennant below 
it indicates rain or snow and colder weather. 
Frank Machon, chief of the weather bureau, 
puts these signals up on a flagstaff on the roof of 
the observatory. Spencer S. Profit. 

J\ Storm 

January seventeenth, we had a very severe 
snow storm which later turned to rain and event- 
ually froze, doing considerable damage to the 
trees, bushes, etc. The limbs of the trees were 
nearly touching the ground under the weight of 
the ice. There were many branches and limbs 
broken off the trees, some big branches and 
limbs from "The Old Elm," one from a tree on 
the west side of the main building, and one down 
by the shop. The trees and bushes looked pretty 
when the sun was shining on the ice. A num- 
ber of the instruments at the observatory were 
frozen, and the weather-flag was frozen stiff for 
two days so that it could not be taken down. 
Laurence C. Silver. 

n mekb RarcDit Party 

Our teachers and one of the other instruct- 
ors gave the boys of the first class a merry 
evening January 28th. We were told that our 
presence was requested in the first school-room. 
We began by playing games and guessing conun- 
drums, after which followed the rarebit, the mak- 
ing of which was very interesting to us as we are 
not very well acquainted with the chafing-dish. 
When it was done, it was served on crackers. 
We went to bed feeling we had passed a pleasant 
evening and thanked those who took the pains to 
give it to us. Willard H. Perry. 

Sidn Boards 

Some new trespass sign boards have been 
made to put around the Island. These boards 
are an improvement over the old ones, which 



were painted white with black letters. The new 
ones have cypress backs of seven-eighths stock, 
and are sixteen and one-half inches long and 
thirteen inches wide. Two dovetail keys were put 
in the back of each board, and the top rounded off 
in a good curve to make it look better. Split 
dowels with grooves in them, were nailed on in 
such a way that a card will just slide into the 
grooves. Then two side pieces extending half 
way down the sign, and a top piece, which slanted 
to shed water, were nailed on. The cards with 
the notice on will be put in the grooves and a tack 
in the lower part will hold it in place. There are 
going to be twenty of these signs put around the 
Island. Clarence M. Daniels. 

Playind 1)0CKey 

One Saturday afternoon, a lot of boys chose 
up sides for a game of hockey. For goals we 
had four sticks which we got from the woodpile. 
We put two at each end of the pond, about six 
feet apart. Two boys stood in the middle of the 
pond and when we were ready to start they hit 
their hockeys together three or four times and 
then hit the puck. It took the opposite side from 
the one I was on a long time to get a goal. At 
the end of the game the score was ten to ten. 
Harold D. Morse. 

Scrapiitd tbc Tee 

On a recent holiday, which we were given, 
six of us fellows went down and scraped the pond 
near the storage-barn to make it good and smooth 
for skating. We all took shovels and started in 
to scrape all the rough places, the snow, and all 
that spoiled the skating. We took the back side 
of the shovels, and so got it quite smooth. It 
was then swept. Caleb B. Frye. 

. Blistering Paint 

The rowboat "Standish" was sent to the 
paint-shop to be painted. The old paint that was 
on the outside was in a very bad condition and 
very thick. In order to scrape the old paint off, 
it had to be blistered. This was done with a 
painter's torch. One of us would blister the paint 
while the other one scraped the blistered paint 
off with a putty-knife. Harold N. Silver, 



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Cbompson's Tsland Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR WORTHY BOYS 
DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS. 



Vol. 12. No. 10. 



February, 1909. 



Subscription Price 



50 Cents Per Year. 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 



vice president 

Henry S. Grew 



treasurer 

Arthur Adams 



secretary 

Tucker Daland 



managers 
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 
Moses Williams, Jr, 
Ralph B. Williams 



Charles H. Bradley, 



Superintendent 



Treasurer's Address 50 State St. 

Boston, Mass. 

Apropos of what has been written, or read, 
concerning the collision at sea, of the "Repub- 
lic" and the "Florida," we think it would not be 
amiss to dwell awhile upon the lesson taught by 
the fidelity and devotion of the Captain of the 
"Republic" to his ship, and the attachment of an 



under officer for his superior, and the sacrifice 
each one was willing to make in the performance 
of what they considered their obligated duties, 
and the illimitable courage they also displayed 
in the face of overwhelming odds. 

It is not the purpose of this article to eulo- 
gize nor specialize on these particular men, but 
to treat with fidelity and devotion to duty, and 
with courage to perform this same duty, no 
matter what it may be, providing, of course, that 
it be one of the many legitimate pursuits that 
can be engaged in. By this, we mean that when 
a person has selected what seems to be the 
most inviting, or remunerative occupation, and 
starts in, it must be with the determination to do 
the position justice, not the position make the 
person, but rather the person make the position, 
and not with a sullen, don't-care spirit, but with 
a vim and a manifest willingness that will not 
be mistaken, and by a close study and application 
of detail become a live factor in the hum of in- 
dustry. 

It does not necessarily follow, that to be- 
come devoted to duty, one must give up all else, 
without diversity of any sort, for such is a mis- 
taken idea, but one thing should surely be 
shunned, and that is, to become imbued with the 
spirit of dissatisfaction too often prevalent, that 
detracts, more or less, from the fidelity that 
would otherwise be shown if more devotion was 
given to duty, and a courageous attempt made 
to surmount whatever obstacles might present 
themselves. 

The influences of association oftentimes 
tend to broaden or lessen the mind, to a certain 
degree, and should be given the most careful 
consideration, and when an associate or com- 
panion is chosen, let it be one whose fidelity is 
beyond question; one whose counsel and advice 
are of the highest quality; one who is always 



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cheerful, and not continually grumbling because 
of his lack of something within his grasp, yet too 
lazy to reach out and get; one whose influences 
are an inspiration to aspire for the good things of 
life; and one whose sense of honor and justice 
is beyond refute. 

We realize that there may possibly be a 
widely diversified opinion as to what may be 
consistently called a devotion to duty, but we as- 
sume that the predominating inclination should 
be a willingness to sacrifice those things that are 
of an insignificant, pecuniary personal gain, and 
put forth every effort to become more proficient; 
to also train the mind to become more active and 
exacting; to utilize a few of the many spare hours 
at one's command for the betterment of civic 
conditions; an inculcation of a spirit of thrift, 
and, above all, a courage to do our duty no mat- 
ter what, when, or wherever we are. 

notes 

Jan. 1. Nineteen boys visited the Sports- 
man's Show. 

Usual supply of calendars received from Mr, 
W. D. C. Curtis. 

Jan. 2, Small load of lumber from Free- 
port Street. 

Jan. 4. Winter term of school began. 

Finished concrete work on pig-pens under 
storage-barn. 

Jan. 5. Dr. Alexander Burr here to see 
cattle. 

Completed six horses and ladders for Mass- 
achusetts Humane Society. 

Jan. 6. Load of dressing from Wal- 
worth's. 

First grade boys spent evening in the as- 
sembly-hall with instructors, playing games and 
singing. 

Jan. 9. Letter-writing day. 

Placed three horses and ladders on bank of 
Charles River, Boston side. 

Jan. 13. Annual dinner of The Alumni 
Association. 



Rev, T. Namae, from Japan, and graduate 
William T. Walbert visited the School. 

Jan. 14. .Killed two pigs. 

Finished setting three windows in piggery. 

Jan. 15, Shaw conduct prizes awarded. 

Play "Out in the Street" given by the boys. 

Jan. 16. Foster B, Hoye, a former pupil, 
visited the School, 

Placed three horses and three ladders on 
bank of Charles River, Cambridge side, 

Jan. 17. Sunday. Rev. T, Namae again 
visited the School, In the afternoon Mr, Namae 
told the boys something of the Japanese people 
and their customs. 

Jan. 18. Load of plaster came. 

Jan. 20. Teachers visited schools in 
town. 

Jan. 22. Finished stonework necessary to 
carry foundation down to level in east basement. 

Jan. 23. Finished sawing 24 cords of 
wood for the bakery. 

Jan. 25. Began collecting winter web of 
the brown-tail moths. 

Jan. 26. George Arthur Mansfield entered 
the School. 

Killed a beef and two pigs. 

Jan. 27. Capt. K. W. Perry, of the Reve- , 
nue Cutter "Gresham," told of the experience of 
the cutter in going to, and trying to save the 
"Republic," 

Load of gtain came. 

Jan. 30. Five boys visited the Motor Boat 
Show. 

Jan. 31. Treasurer Arthur Adams visited 
the School. 

January meteorology 

Maximum temperature 58*^ on the 5th, 
Minimum temperature 3° on the 19th. 
Mean temperature for the month 30.3°. 
Total precipitation 3.08 inches. 
Greatest precipitation in twenty-four hours 
,64 inches on the 24th. 

14 days with one or more inches precipi- 



days. 



2 clear days, 1 8 partly cloudy, 1 1 cloudy 



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Total number hours sunshine 85, 

Snow, turning to a rain and sleet storm on 

the 14th and 1 5th, caused some damage to trees 

by breaking limbs, 

Cl^e Tarm and trades School Bank 

Cash on hand January, 1, 1909 $479.67 

Deposited during the month 37.72 

$517.39 
Withdrawn during the month 34,62 

Cash on hand February 1, 1909 $482.77 

Skafingi 

So far this year we have had some good 
skating. The fellows like skating about as well 
as any winter sport we have. Some like to skate 
to one end of the pond on windy days, and let the 
wind carry them to the other end, some like to 
play hockey, and some like to see how long it 
takes them to go around the pond. We have 
various kinds of skates, such as clamp, hockey, 
long-runner, wooden-top, and different kinds of 
key skates. We have three ponds, one at the 
south end, which is flooded by the rain, melted 
snow, and salt water from the tide-gate, one by 
the east side tide-gate, which is formed by rain 
and melted snow, and another one is by the stor- 
age-barn, and is flooded from a hydrant near the 
stock barn. Prescott B. Merrifield. 

B Calk on Japan 

One Sunday afternoon, we had the pleasure 
of hearing Rev. T. Namae, a Japanese friend 
of Mr. Bradley's, speak. His talk was based on 
obedience and loyalty. He said that in his 
country the children are very respectful to the 
old people. They are taught to take care of their 
parents in their old age. The children when very 
young work hard and save their money so that 
when their parents are old and unable to work 
any longer, they can live comfortably. Japan is 
continually sending out men to different countries 
to learn their ways and then to come back and 
teach these ways to their people. When the war 
with Russia began, many a young man left his 
good home to go to the front to fight for his 
Nation. In Japan, the people never show their 



sorrows to any one. They are never seen to cry. 
They have a very strong will power and are able 
to keep their sorrows hidden. As soon as the 
war began many children were either homeless 
or fatherless. The mothers of the children had 
to go and find work, and the condition of their af- 
fairs was pretty bad. While the mothers were 
out working, day nurseries were started where 
the mothers might leave their children. These 
nurseries did a great deal of good for Japan, 
There were also nurseries for the children who 
did not have any homes. The children were 
taken there and looked out for. At the end 
of Mr. Namae'stalk he said the Lord's Prayer in 
Japanese. It was very interesting, and we en- 
joyed it very much. Paul H. Gardner. 

CDe **6mbam" and m ^'Republic" 

On the evening of January twenty-seventh, 
we had the pleasure of listening to a thrilling talk 
given to us by Capt. Perry, of the United States 
Revenue Cutter "Gresham." He had taken an 
active part in trying to save the "Republic," 
which had been rammed by the Italian Steamship 
"Florida." The latter was an inbound steam- 
ship for New York, and, owing to the elements, 
had gotten away from its regular course, and not 
being equipped with the "Wireless," there were 
no means at hand by which communication 
could be had with the Nantucket light-ship 
, which was only a few miles away. The "Re- 
public" was outward bound, with a large pas- 
senger list, and supplies for the United States 
battle-ship fleet on its way around the world. 

On the morning of the disaster, while eating 
his breakfast aboard the "Gresham," which was 
at anchor in Provincetown harbor, Capt. Perry 
received one of the many wireless messages sent 
out from the "Republic," calling for help. Capt. 
Perry immediately got under way, although a 
very dense fog prevailed. Eventually, the "Re- 
public" was located, but having been struck amid- 
ship, the water rushed into the engine-room and 
disabled the engines, leaving the steamship at 
the mercy of the sea, so a hawser was made fast, 
and an attempt made to tow it to safety. The 
passengers had been taken off. After awhile. 



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it was seen that the "Repubhc" was begin- 
ning to sink, so the hawser was cut, and in a 
very short time this splendid ship went to the bot- 
tom, thus ending one of the most remarkable 
shipwrecks that has ever occurred. 

Capt. Perry also told us the purposes for 
which the revenue-cutter service was created, 
and the work it is now performing. On Decem- 
ber first, the "Gresham" is ordered to be 
ready to go to the assistance of any vessel 
in distress, anywhere on the coast, from 
Portsmouth, N. H., to the Nantucket light- 
ship, and these orders are effective until the 
first of April. It was a very interesting lecture, 
enjoyed by everyone present, and we all thanked 
Capt. Perry for his kindness. 

Harold W, Smyth. 

Cow-bov 

One morning, the farm instructor told me to 
go as cow-boy and see if I could do better than 
the other fellow did, so 1 went down and began 
my work. I took a card and brush and began 
cleaning off the cows, after which I helped the 
barn-fellow sweep the floor and clean the cracks. 
When it was time, we let out the cows, gave 
them a drink, and then waited until the barn- 
fellow got the floor and gutter cleaned, then we 
let the cows in and cleaned them off again. 
After this we helped the barn-fellow get down 
hay. There are twenty-seven cows and one bull 
in the barn. Levi N. Trask. 

match Caps 

January ninth, the watch caps were given 
out. Every fellow in the School was given one. 
The tops are old gold, and the rim is navy blue, 
which are the School's colors. These caps are 
very warm and we are glad to have them. 

Stanley B. Tisdale. 

Cbe trading Company 

For the convenience of the boys wishing to 
purchase articles, for their use, a Trading Com- 
pany was established with the clothing-room boy 
as manager. This manager hands Mr. Bradley 
a slip with the names of the articles he wants to 
order on it. When the things come, the bill is 



copied into the invoice book, then the cost is 
found of each article and from that the selling 
price is decided. When a boy buys anything he 
makes out a check to The Farm and Trades 
School Trading Company. On the check he 
also puts what he buys. A record is kept in a 
sales book of what is bought, who buys it, and the 
price paid for it. The checks are deposited by 
the manager who also keeps the books. The 
first of every month an account of stock is taken 
with the cost of each article and how much they 
all cost together, then this is all added up. The 
amount sold, and the gain, is also found. After 
this is done Mrs. Dix approves the books. The 
hour for trading is between twelve and one o'clock. 
The manager gets half of the profit, and the 
rest goes into the business. 

Ralph H. Marshall. 

ntakind $m%m m^dt 

Whenever a pig is killed a certain part is 
saved for sausage meat. One afternoon 1 had to 
get the meat-chopper from the back store-room. 
This meat-chopper is fastened to a board four 
feet long by one foot wide. I put it between two 
chairs, and the instructor sat on one end and I 
sat on the other end to hold it down. Theodore 
Miller and I took turns at grinding. When the 
meat was all ground I washed the chopper and put 
it back in the store-room. Roy D. Upham. 

Juddiing 

One of the sports I like to do is to juggle 
tennis balls. 1 keep three tennis balls with me, 
and am learning to keep them going in the air, 
and as soon as one lands in my hand, I throw it 
up as quickly as I can, and in this way, I keep 
three going, one in one hand, and two in the air 
all the time. William B. Laing. 

Cleaning off the Ulbarf 

Every morning 1 clean off the wharf and 
south-side float. I take a broom, a shovel, and 
an ice-chisel down to the float, and begin there 
first. I cut all the ice that has frozen during the 
night with the ice-chisel, scrape off all 1 can, and 
then sweep it. I do the same to the wharf. 
Charles H. MacSv/ain. 



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Jllumni 

Herbert A. Hart, '99, writes to send 
greetings from both his brother and himself, and 
to say he is well and getting along nicely, and 
wishes to be remembered to all who may know 
him. Herbert is with the S. S. Pierce Co., and 
his brother is at Wareham, Mass. 

Charles M. McKay, '00, is at Cape Pogi 
Light, Edgartown, Mass., where he went from 
New Haven. Charlie likes his new position and 
expects to move his family to Edgartown about 
the first of April. 

Frederick F. Burchsted, '02, who was 
formerly with the Fore River Ship Building Co., 
as draftsman, is now located with the Blake 
Pump Co., at an increased salary, and is quite 
well satisfied at present, but is studying evenings 
so as to fit himself for a still better position. 
Fred is going at it the right way, and his example 
is a good one to follow. 

JInnual meeting and Dinner 

The third annual dinner, and the annual 
meeting of the Alumni Association of The Farm 
and Trades School was held on Wednesday 
evening, January 13th, at the Boston City Club, 
9 Beacon Street, Boston. The meeting was 
held at 7 p. m., and after the reports of the va- 
rious committees were received the following of- 
ficers were elected for the ensuing year: — Pres- 
ident, Thomas J. Evans, '64; 1st Vice-President, 
Clarence W. Loud, '96; 2nd Vice-President, 
Charles H. Bridgham, '95; Secretary, Merton P. 
Ellis, '99; Treasurer, Herbert W. French, '78; 
Historian, Alfred C. Malm, '01. Walter B. 
Foster, '78, and William T Walbert, '08, were 
admitted members and Rev. T. Namae, Kobe 
City, Japan, was elected an honorary member. 
The following guests were present also: — Alfred 
Bowditch, Arthur Adams, George L. DeBlois, 
Charles H. Bradley, Frank E. Allard, William 
A. Morse, and Rev. T. Namae. 

Cbe Cobbler's Outfit ana mork 

One of the morning shop boys is cobbler. 
His outfit consists of a stand, a set of lasts, (two 
of each size), a hammer, knife, file, lamp, awl, 
stretchers, heel and sole trimmers, bone-black 



irons, bone-black, leather, shoe-nails, ink, and 
oil. He keeps an account of how many shoes 
are brought in, the number tapped, heeled, dis- 
carded, and returned to the clothing-room. At 
the bottom of this account he has to put down 
the extra work he does other than that of a cob- 
bler. When a heel is to be put on, hemlock 
trimmings are used, and are put on in tiers until 
the heel is high enough, then a piece of leather 
of a better quality, and the shape of the heel, is 
fastened on with a row of iron shoe-nails, after 
which it is trimmed and inked. When the ink 
is dry, bone-black is put on, and then it is oiled 
and left to dry, after which the shoes are taken 
back to the clothing-room. The taps are done 
the same way, except that they are not built up, 
but only one layer of leather is put on. 

John 0. Enright. 

Sidbts 

From the Island a great many different 
things and places can be seen. At the south are 
the Blue Hills, Squantum, and the new houses 
that are being built. The view east includes 
many islands, the forts, also the outer harbor. 
Looking north, Deer Island, Winthrop, and many 
different kinds of schooners and ships entering 
and leaving the harbor are seen. To the north- 
west, East Boston, Charlestown, Bunker Hill 
monument, battle-ships, liners, tugs, barges, and 
many other things can be seen. Towards the 
west, South Boston, Dorchester, and Dorchester 
Heights can be seen plainly. 

Clarence S. Nelson. 

StoKer 

In the laundry there are four fellows who 
work in the morning and four in the afternoon. 
One of the morning fellows has charge of the 
stoves there. The water-heater, which furnishes 
hot water all over the house, has to be looked 
after as well as the stove which heats the sad- 
irons. One fellow gets up at five o'clock to see 
that things are all right for the day. A new 
fire is made every morning in the sad-iron 
heater except Sunday, but a fire in the water- 
heater has to be going all the time to keep the 
water hot. George A. Matthews. 



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Vol. 12. No. 1 1. Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. 



March, 1909 



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



Caking JInotbcr Teilow's Place 

One morning when Harold Marshall went to 
school at nine o'clock, the bread was left in the 
oven and 1 had to take it out, with Norman 
Johnson's help. There were eighty-five loaves 
of bread. , It was taken out with a peel with a 
blade four and one-half feet long, and nine inches 
wide, and the handle ten feet long and three 
inches in diameter. This peel will hold twelve 
loaves. 

The pans with the bread in them were taken 
out and put on the table and turned over, and the 
bread was taken out and laid on four boards about 
four feet long, two feet wide, and one inch thick. 
The pans were put in back on a stand. 

When the bread was all taken out, I put in 
the beans to bake. Harold Marshall had put 
them in the pots and fixed them so that all I had 
to do was to put some water in them and put 
them in the oven or on the grate. 

Then I moved most of the things in the 
bakery and swept and got things ready to scrub. 
The next thing I did was to scrub the floor and 
put things in order again. After that I got up 
wood and put it away under the oven to have it 
handy at any time, or before five o'clock in the 
morning, or when the watchman builds a fire. 

The tops of the mixing tray were scrubbed 
and wiped dry. The next to the last thing was 
to get a barrel of flour, and the last thing to be 
done was to set the yeast soaking in warm 
water. 1 had never set the yeast soaking but 
had seen it done and knew how to do it if nec- 
essary. Alonzo B. James. 

tide Calendars 

One of the pieces of work that we do in the 



printing-office is the tide calendars which are 
printed every year. 

We make them in two forms of sixteen 
weeks each and one of twelve. Then they are 
printed. After they are printed and are all dry 
they are cut and arranged on the bench in order 
of the months. A fellow then starts to gather 
them. When they are all gathered a piece of 
colored paper is inserted to keep the sets separate. 
Then they are piled up nicely and looked over to 
see if they are in the proper order, after which 
they are stacked up evenly and padded. They 
are trimmed on both sides and on the bottom. 
There are two different sizes. The small one 
has one week to a leaf, while the larger one 
has two weeks to a leaf. 

The next step is getting the backs ready. 
These are printed on cardboard that has a very 
smooth surface so that the half tones that we 
print on it will show up good and clear. We 
generally have four different illustrations that 
pertain to the School and its work. 

After the backs are all printed they are 
punched and eyeletted. Then the last stage of 
the work is done which is stitching the pads to 
the backs, and then the calendars are all ready to 
send off or keep for our use. These calendars 
are used to tell the time when it is high water, 
and also tell the time when the sun rises and 
sets. Our location makes these tide calendars 
very useful to us. Earle C. Marshall. 

J\ Calk on music 

One Sunday afternoon Mr. Thomas, who as- 
sists in our Sunday services, gave us a very in- 
teresting talk on music in connection with relig- 
ion. He said it is a fundamental principle of all 



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Christian services. In the ancient world it is 
said they had large choirs numbering, it is 
thought, two or three thousand men, women, and 
children. Their instruments were of a very odd 
make but the music that they produced was very 
soft and sweet to them. It is thought that these 
choirs sang the Psalms that we have in our Bible. 
In this way the vocal music was passed down 
through generations to the present choirs we have 
in our churches, but greatly reduced in number. 
Also the church organ takes the place of those 
weird sounding instruments of the earlier times. 
He said that the Indians had vocal music 
singing their song to the rising sun. They wor- 
shipped the sun and every morning and evening 
when the sun rose and set they would face it and 
sing their song. The early Egyptians also wor- 
shipped the sun in about the same manner. 
While Moses was in Israel he wrote a number of 
Psalms and gave them to the children of Israel 
to sing. In Greece and Rome they had the best 
music of the time. Then going to the time of 
the Reformation he said that Luther also wrote 
songs of praise. In this way the music developed, 
starting with the music written all on one note 
which made a weird sound, and a little later it was 
written with one melody, and still later two parts 
were written, and finally the four parts were writ- 
ten making a melody and harmony. Moody and 
Sankey were two men who worked for the build- 
ing up of the Christian religion. Moody was an 
evangelist and Sankey was a singer. They went 
around, one preaching and the other singing. 
They did a great deal of good. In speaking of 
songs in our own time we are told that President 
McKinley on his death bed asked to have his 
favorite hymn sung to him, "Nearer, My God, to 
Thee." Another song "When Sorrows Like Sea 
Billows Roll" was composed by a woman who 
was traveling on a ship that sank and her two 
children with it. When she recovered from the 
shock, she wrote this song and it has been pub- 
lished in the church hymn books. Mr. Thomas's 
talk was very intersting. Paul H. Gardner. 

Ulorkitid in the east Basement 

At the beginning of the work in the east base- 



ment, holes had to be dug out from under the 
old walls so as to put in large bowlders and con- 
crete and so make a better wall and a stronger 
foundation. They were not low enough and so an 
underpinning was needed. 

These holes were two or three feet square 
and every few feet apart. When they were dug 
down the length of an eight foot pole from the din- 
ing-room floor, a layer of concrete was put in 
three or four inches deep, then we filled in as 
many large granite bowlders as could be put in, 
these being held together with sand and cement. 
Then the ends were blocked up with bricks and 
filled up with concrete until solid. 

When these first posts were hard, the spaces 
between were dug out and then filled in with 
bowlders and concrete the same way. This was 
done until a wall was built all around the base- 
ment from the dining-room floor to the basement 
floor. Part of the wall was pulled down, leaving 
an opening large enough for doors, one opening 
into the tower and one into the assembly-room. 

Afterwards the dirt under the tower was 
dug out and carried away until a hole was dug 
back far enough to admit a stairway. Near the 
walls on all sides forms were put up and filled with 
concrete, the mixing beirg three parts sand, four 
and one half parts gravel, and one part cement. 

This concrete was of a different thickness in 
different parts of the wall. Just sand and cement 
was put in places where it was too small for the 
coarse concrete to penetrate and make a smooth 
face. The walls will finally be finished off with 
fine sand and cement, this being mixed one part 
sand and one part cement. Later on a concrete 
floor is to be laid. 

Louis M. Reinhard. 

Digging trenches 

Along the side of the road that leads to the 
wharf the old timbers are rotten and not much 
good to hold anything with. 1 dug two trenches 
so that new timbers could be put in. I made 
them about one foot wide and as long as the tim- 
bers are. It took me about three hours to do 
this as there were a number of big rocks in the 
way. Charles H. MacSwain. 



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Use Of fbe ''Tair money" 

The evening of February twenty-second, we 
listened to a stereopticon lecture on Europe which 
Mr. Bradley kindly gave us. After the lecture 
Mr. Bradley allowed the boys to vote how to use 
the proceeds of the recent "Fair." First he 
asked for suggestions. Somebody said, "Three 
days' campaign of 'King Philip'," somebody else, 
"moving picture show," another, "banquet here, 
and go to theater in town," some one else, "go 
to just theater in town," some one else, "banquet 
in town," and still another," banquet here and 
show here." We finally decided on having a 
banquet and show here. Between forty and fifty 
dollars out of the eighty-four dollars and seventy- 
six cents was devoted to the banquet which was 
held February tw-enty-seventh, and the remainder 
will be used for the show. 

Theodore Miller. 

Padding 

When there is any padding to be done in 
the printing-office we get the stock, and see 
that it is cut, and divided off into the required 
number of pads, after which we get the pad back 
and cut it up to the proper size, and then place 
it so as to come at the bottom of each pad. 
When this is done we get the blocking press, 
which has a post at the top and right-hand side, 
so we can stack up the stock and have good, 
square edges on the top and right-hand side, to 
be used as guide sides when the pads are 
trimmed. 

After the pads have all been stacked up and 
weighted down we get the padding glue and 
glueing outfit ready, which consists of a stove, 
steaming-kettle, and melting pan. The glue is 
cut into small pieces and put into the melting 
pan, and then as soon as the water in the steam- 
ing-kettle begins to get warm the glue will melt 
and when it is at the proper temperature it is 
taken to the bench, and two coats applied to the 
stock, and then a piece of cheese cloth is put on 
and two more coats of the glue applied. When 
the padding glue is used separately, the pads 
sometimes get broken into several pi-eces, but 
when cheese cloth is used they hold together 



much better and stand hard usage. 

These are the principal things we do in pad- 
ding, but after this is all done the glue is allowed 
to dry over night, and the next morning the pads 
are split, or separated, then trimmed to the right 
size, after which they are ready for delivery. 
William H. McCullagh. 

Dkind Coasting Pictures 

One Wednesday afternoon before school 
Mr. Bradley told some of the boys to get sleds 
and go to the front lawn to have their pictures 
taken. We all took a sliding position, the 
double-runner in front with a "flexible-flyer" on 
each side. There were also sleds, and toboggans 
scattered on the brow of the slope, and three fel- 
lows standing in back of them. Mr. Bradley 
took pictures from different positions. Then we 
were told to slide down once, after which we re- 
turned to school. Robert R. Matthews. 

Bugler 

For quite a number of years it has been the 
custom of the School to have two or three buglers 
to do work similar to that done in the army or 
navy. There are different calls such as reveille, 
which calls the fellows to get up and dress; mess, 
which is blown before each meal; and taps, which 
is blown the last thing before going to bed. Be- 
sides these everyday calls we have the assembly, 
church call, fire call, and other calls which are 
blown on special occasions. Attention is given 
to taps. When it is blown every fellow stands 
still and when in the dormitory stands by his bed. 
Percy Smith. 

Sunday morning farm Ulork 

Sunday morning, the farm boys do only the 
work that must be necessarily done, such as 
cleaning the cows and horses, watering them, 
cleaning up the barn and getting down hay. It 
is the work of the cow-boys and barn-fellow, but 
on Sunday we help them so that they will have 
some time for themselves and be in time for 
Sunday School. Sometimes I help clean the 
cows and sweep the mangers, and other times 1 
get down hay. 1 like this kind of work very much. 
Dick W. Steenbruggen. 



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Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR WORTHY BOYS 
DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS. 



Vol. 12. No. 11, 



March, 1909. 



Subscription Price 



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BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 

VICE PRESIDENT 

Henry S. Grew 

treasurer 

Arthur Adams 

secretary 

Tucker Daland 

managers 

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 
Moses Williams, Jr, 
Ralph B. Williams 



Charles H. Bradley, - - - Superintendent 

Treasurer's Address 50 State St. 

Boston, Mass. 

Nothing is more important than good 
thoughts. Every earnest parent or teacher de- 
sires to instill into the life of children about him 
a goodly supply of them. He realizes that if the 
child is taught only the subjects in the prescribed 
course of study, the more important part of his 



education will be omitted. Especially is this so 
of a private school like The Farm and Trades 
School. Here the boys are with us all the time 
and during their stay we create their home in- 
fluence. 

What, then, is the best means of teaching 
good thoughts, as well as good actions? The 
first important factor lies in the character and 
personality of the teacher. The child more than 
others, unconsciously feels the influence of the 
people who surround him. A teacher, then, 
who has high ideals will radiate an atmosphere 
of good thoughts, and will suggest them uncon- 
sciously to the child. 

Secondly, our school stands for work, the 
dignity of labor. We realize and impress upon 
our boys the satisfaction of duties well done; that 
honest effort brings its own reward. We be- 
lieve that an intelligent recognition of his efforts 
will help the boy, promote good thoughts, and 
bring to him happiness. 

Thirdly, every child has, to some degree, 
the love of the beautiful. Since the child enjoys 
beautiful flowers, pictures, books and colors, these 
are a real source of education to him. To-day 
the fine thoughts of the writers of many times 
and lands are offered to children. Some of the 
most precious bits of literature offer good food 
for the mind. Much is gained if they are com- 
mitted to memory. 

From our location, we have an unusual ad- 
vantage of seeing Nature in her different aspects. 
She presents an interesting appearance in sum- 
mer, in winter, in calm days as well as stormy 
ones. The boys who carry the milk from the 
barn to the house have a splendid chance to en- 
joy the fine sunsets. 

If a boy reads, he finds many ideas in books. 
Care has been taken that the books of our library 
and the papers of the reading-room are of the 



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helpful and inspiring kind. The plays that the 
boys "get up" also serve as a proper center of 
thought. 

All interests of an educational value should 
be encouraged, all others should be shut out. It 
is the abundance of good thoughts that will crowd 
out poor ones — there will be no room left for them. 
Therefore, "Whatsoever things are pure, what- 
soever things are lovely, whatsoever things are 
of good repute, think on these things." 

notes 

Feb. 2. Cleaned snow off skating pond. 

Feb. 4. Several of the band instruments 
repaired. 

Feb. 5, Class in machine work formed. 

Feb. 6. Graduate S. Gordon Stackpole 
visited the School. 

Feb. 8. Good Citizenship Prizes awarded. 

Feb. 9. Letter-writing day. 

Feb. II. Made a few repairs at City 
Point Landing. 

Feb. 12. Lincoln Day, Appropriate ex- 
ercises by the School. 

Graduate Alfred H. Neumann, and George 
A. Maguire, a former pupil, visited the School. 

Valentine exchange in assembly-hall. 

Feb. 16. Killed a pig. 

Feb. 22. Washington's Birthday. 

Game "King Philip" played in afternoon. 

Treasurer Arthur Adams visited the School. 

Stereopticon views of Mr. Bradley's trip 
abroad in evening. 

Boys voted to use proceeds from fair for 
banquet and entertainment. 

Feb. 23. Repaired south side gang plank 
and landing float, it having been damaged by 
heavy seas. 

Collected 1426 brown-tail moth nests. 

Feb. 25. First grade boys entertained in 
assembly-hall by teachers. 

Feb. 27. Banquet for boys. 

Began hauling dressing from the compost- 
shed to North End. 



Removed about fifteen feet of stone wall 
on account of changes and new work in east 
basement. 

Feb. 28. Sunday. Rev. S. H. Milliard 
spoke to the boys. 

Veterinary here. 

Tcbruary meteorology 

Maximum temperature 60° on the 6th. 

Minimum temperature 3° on the 1st. 

Mean temperature for the month 32.4°. 

Total precipitation 2.49 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in twenty-four hours 
.50 inches on the 17th. 

10 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 
tion, 4 clear days, 19 partly cloudy, 5 cloudy days. 

Total number of hours sunshine 135 and 30 
minutes. 

Monthly snowfall 2.25 inches. 

Sleet storm on the 14th and 15th slightly 
damaged some trees and shrubs by breaking 
branches. 

Cl)e Jam and trades School Bank 

Cash on hand February 1, 1909 $482.77 

Deposited during the month 23. 1 1 

$505.88 
19.89 



Withdrawn during the month 
Cash on hand March 1, 1909 



$485.99 



1)0vv me Spent CIncoln Day 

Lincoln Day with us was a holiday and in 
the morning the fellows hurried around to get 
their work finished. At half past nine we stopped 
work and at ten o'clock we assembled to hear 
the exercises. 

When we entered the assembly-hall almost 
the first thing we saw was a large United States 
flag over the door. On one side of the door was 
hung a state flag of Kentucky, and on the other 
side one of Indiana. 

On the left hand side of the room was an 
easel with a picture of Lincoln draped with a 
United States flag, and a large laurel wreath 
above his picture. Before the exercises each boy 
was given a small United States flag which he 
pinned to the lapel of his coat. We had pieces 



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spoken and songs sung and we enjoyed them very 
much. 

One of the principal features was a drill given 
by sixteen boys each holding a United States 
flag over his shoulder. After a very pretty drill 
they sang "The Red, White, and Blue" waving 
their flags while they sang the chorus. The pro- 
gram follows:^ 

Remarks - - - Mr. Bradley 

Prayer - - - - School 

Song - - - - School 

"America" 
Recitation - - - Alfred Jacobs 

"Abraham Lincoln" 
Song - - - School standing 

"The Star Spangled Banner" 
Recitation - - Frederick]. Barton 

"0! Why Should the Spirit of Mortal be Proud?" 
Reading - - - Ralph Marshall 

"What Made Lincoln Great?" 
Song - - - - School 

"Battle Hymn of the Republic" 
Recitation - - - Ralph Jones 

"O Captain! My Captain!" 
Reading - - Frederick Wilson 

"Brief Sketch of the Life of Abraham Lincoln" 
Song and Drill - School and sixteen boys 

"Red, White, and Blue" 
Recitation - - - Ernest Catton 

"Toast to the Flag" 
Recitation - - - Seven boys 

"Lincoln as a Humorist" 
Recitation - - Harold L. Marshall 

"Gettysburg Address" 
Saluting the Flag - - School 

Song - - . - School 

"Marching Through Georgia" 
At dinner time we had a good dinner. 
There was candy on each table. In the after- 
noon we went on a visit to the schooner, "Fuller 
Palmer." It was a good deal of enjoyment to 
look over the different parts of the ship. This 
boat was launched in November, 1908. 

When evening came we again went to as- 
sembly-hall and Mr. Bradley gave out valentines. 
We were then allowed to change them with each 
other. Mr. Bradley also gave us some post 
cards, mostly funny ones. 

In the front of the room was a table upon 
which lay some interesting war relics from 
Gettysburg and souvenirs from other places. 



These Mr. Bradley explained to us. There was 
a piece of wood from Lincoln's log cabin, a nail 
and piece of iron from the "Merrimac," a large 
shell and several bullets, three beautiful canes, 
two that were made of wood that grew on the 
battlefield and one of a piece of wood containing 
a bullet. This bullet had lodged in the tree 
during the battle and afterwards the wood was 
made into a cane with the bullet in the handle. 
There was alsc a number of various other relics 
that we enjoyed. This ended a very pleasant day 
for all. Harold W. Smyth. 

Clearing out a Drain 

One day it thawed while the ground was cov- 
ered with snow. As a result a great quantity of 
water came into the shop basement. This was 
pumped out but the next day it was flooded again. 
Then we saw that our drain was blocked up. We 
took two lengths of fire hose and coupled them 
together, fastened one end to a hydrant and 
screwed a large fire nozzle to the other. This 
end we put in the drain and the water was turned 
on. For a few minutes the water came up the 
drain into the basement, then it went down with 
a rush. We then swept all the water that was in 
the basement down the drain which now keeps 
the basement dry. Clarence M. Daniels. 

Cbc Bell 

At the top of the tower of the main building 
hangs a bell which is rung by means of a rope in 
the tower. The chief work of the bell is to call 
all the boys up to the house to get ready for din- 
ner or any thing that is wanted of them. The 
bell rings at fifteen minutes after eleven for the 
boys to stop work and at one o'clock for them to 
go to work again. At five o'clock the bell rings 
again at the close of work and after supper is 
over it rings again at seven o'clock, this time 
to get ready for bed or whatever may be going 
on. Ernest M. Catton. 

'%m pwiip" 

Washington's Birthday is usually celebrated 
by a snowball battle. This year as there wasn't 
any snow, we played "King Philip." We 
chose the Colonial General and King Philip, and 
they chose their officers, and subordinates. 



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The Colonists were as follows: — General, 
Captain, First Lieutenant, Second Lieutenant, 
Third Lieutenant, First Sergeant, Second Ser- 
geant, Third Sergeant, Color Sergeant, and Pri- 
vates. King Philip's were: — King Philip, Big 
Chief, Little Chief, King Philip's Wife, King 
Philip's Son, First Brave, Second Brave, Third 
Brave, Medicine Man, and the Young Bucks. 

The leaders were equal to twenty-five points, 
Big Chief and the Captain were equal to fifteen 
points. Little Chief and the First Lieutenant equal 
to ten points, King Philip's Son and Second Lieu- 
tenant equal to five points. King Philip's Wife 
and Third Lieutenant equal to five points, First 
Brave and First Sergeant two points, Second 
Brave and Second Sergeant two points. Third 
Brave and Third. Sergeant two points, Medicine 
Man and Color Sergeant two points, and the 
Young Bucks and Privates were equal to one, 
point. 

The forts were located one at the back of 
Gardner Hall and the other over by the sumach 
trees. If a spy was caught he was out of the 
game altogether. To capture a man you must 
be his equal or higher in grade. Each side tried 
to see how many men they could capture or how 
many points they could get. There were scouts 
on both sides. On the Indians' side there was a 
scout on Whale Back, Oak Knoll, Spruce 
Ridge, and one near the cemetery. The scout 
at Whale Back was to signal to the other scouts 
if he saw any of the other side. They were fur- 
nished with flags to do this. Toward the end of 
the game while some of the Indians were scout- 
ing on the east side of the Island, King Philip 
took the remaining men he had and tried to 
capture the Colonists' fort and then sweep down 
and capture the men. While marching up to 
do this one of the scouts on the other side saw 
them and signalled to the Colonists to go to the 
fort. Just as the Indians got there, they were 
captured by a higher grade of points, ending the 
game with the Colonists the winners. 

George A. Matthews. 

Uisiting the "Tulkr Palmer" 

The afternoon of Lincoln's centennial anni- 



versary Mr. Bradley took the boys out to the 
"Fuller Palmer," a five-masted schooner an- 
chored not far from our Island. This is the newest 
boat of the Palmer fleet of which there are four- 
teen. It was launched November tenth, nineteen 
hundred and eight. It has a capacity of fifty-two 
hundred tons. It is three hundred nine and four- 
tenths feet long, forty-eight and nine-tenths feet 
beam, twenty-seven and four-tenths feet draft. 
It cost about one hundred and fifty thousand dol- 
lars. The masts are made of Oregon pine and 
are thirty-six inches in circumference at the 
base. There are four pets on the boat, an angora 
cat, Scotch collie, a parrot, and a canary bird. 
We were taken to and from the boat on our 
steamer. We noticed the mud anchors on it 
which few other boats have. The captain was not 
on board but the first and second mates showed us 
around the boat. Only Capt. Clarke and the 
first and second mates live on board now. The 
boys all enjoyed the afternoon very much. 

Royal R. Ellison. 

Sifting Jfshcs 

One day Mr. Burnham told me to help Paul 
Rietz sift ashes. I went to the ash pile and 
began to sift them. Some ashes had just come 
from the shop so we had enough to keep us busy. 
After we sifted them we took out all the clinkers 
and then put the coal in a big can, ready to be 
used again, and wheeled it to the shop basement. 
Albert J. Blakemore. 

Playing **3ack on Rips" 

One day a gang of fellows started to play a 
game of "Jack on Hips." First, two fellows 
chose up sides, then one side "got down," that 
is they bent over, each putting his head between 
the legs of the fellow in front of him. The first 
fellow leans against a post or a fellow standing 
against the wall so this first fellow won't get hurt. 
The other side has three turns to run and jump 
on these fellows. If the side that is down caves 
in or le's all the fellows on their backs fall down, 
that side gets another jump. If the side that is 
jumping touches the floor, they lose the rest of 
their jumps, and the side that was down has 
three jumps. Frederick J. Barton. 



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Jllumni 



Joseph W. Clark, '93, who lived at 28 
Conley St., Dorchester, Mass., died Dec. 18, 
1908 at his place of business, 452 Neponset Ave., 
Dorchester, poisoned by illuminating gas. He 
was buried in Garden Cemetery, Chelsea, Mass. 

Chester R. Palmer, '95, who is at Lynn, 
Mass., writes that he often thinks of the pleasant 
times he had at the School, even though he has 
been away thirteen years, and sends his best 
wishes to the boys. 

Thomas J. Fairbairn, '97, writes from 
Plaistow, N. H., that he is living with his mother 
and sister, and is working in Haverhill. Tom has 
a garden, a fine little place, is enjoying himself, 
and is identified with church work, having be- 
come a member of the Congregational Church 
and Christian Endeavor. 

Elkanah D. LeBlanc, '97, is at Charles- 
town, Mass., and writes that he is living right, 
and speaks well of former pupils of the School 
that he is constantly in touch with. 

mv every Day 3ob 

Every day 1 attend to the cows with another 
boy. 1 clean off half the number of cows. 
When 1 get through if it is half past eight I help 
let the cows out, after which I wash the milk- 
stands, sweep half the cow mangers, and water 
the bull. If there is nothing else to do 1 help to 
get down some hay, let the cows in and brush 
my half off again. After this is done my barn 
work for the day is over. George H. Appel. 

mritiitd Day 

Every month for six months of the year the 
fellows write letters to their friends. Writing day 
comes about the tenth of every month. The 
other six months the fellows' friends come and 
see them. I write quite a number of letters and 
wish 1 had more friends to write to. 

Frederick Hynes. 

B new Cool-Cbe$t 

On February first, Mr. Ekegren, our sloyd 
teacher, finished a new model of a tool-chest. 



This chest is twenty-six inches long, fourteen 
inches wide, and twelve inches high, being two 
inches longer and wider than the old model. It is 
made from three-fourths inch soft pine, and the 
trimmings are of one-half inch maple. It has 
forty dovetail joints, eight more than the former 
one had. The fellows like this chest a great 
deal better than the other one, and three or four 
fellows have each begun making one. The chest 
is the last model in the sloyd course and is given 
to a fellow when it is finished for his use and to 
take away with him when he leaves the School. 
Frederick J. Wilson. 

Drawittd maps 

One of our recent drawing tests this term 
was to draw the map of Southern Europe. This 
includes the countries of Portugal, Spain, France, 
Italy, and parts of Switzerland, the German Em- 
pire, Austria-Hungary, Belgium, and the British 
Isles. We put in Sicily, Corsica, Sardinia, and 
a few other islands in the Mediterranean Sea. 
When the outline was all drawn the countries 
were marked off and their names printed in. 
Prescott B. Merrifield. 

Being Careful 

Signs have been put up on different stair- 
ways in the house, saying, "Do not hit riser," 
and " Do not scuff . ' ' This was done so we fellows 
will be careful, the stairs will not be disfigured, 
and we will make a better appearance. Mr. 
Bradley said that we would look better if we 
would walk more manly and not scuff. 

George M. Holmes. 

Scrubbitid the Ceiling 

The ceiling of the second school-room is 
painted. It needed to be scrubbed so I was 
chosen to do it. I work at it every morning until 
half past eight. To reach the ceiling I use a 
ladder. I get a pail of hot water, a scrubbing- 
brush, two cloths, one to wipe and one to wash, 
and a piece of soap. I scrub in squares and rinse 
with hot water without soap in it. Around the 
places where the four lamps hang is the worst. 
I use more soap and scrub harder in these places. 
I have a large square done now but there is much 
more to be done. William J. White. 



TH0MP30NVS 

BEACON 




Vol. 12. No. 12. Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston. Mass. 



April, 1909 



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



\m Reports 

The annual reports of the School, which are 
printed in our printing-office, usually contain from 
twenty to twenty-four pages and a cover. This 
year there were twenty-four pages beside the fol- 
lowing illustrations: — "A Coasting Scene," four 
small views of the "Foundation Work on the 
New Power Plant," "Horizon Direction of the 
Sun at Sunrise and Sunset," and "Group on 
Alumni Field Day, June 17, 1908." 

After the type had been set for the reports 
and proofs taken, corrected, and approved, the 
type was made into pages, after which a form 
of four pages was locked up, put on the press, 
made ready, and then printed. There were two 
thousand five hundred copies to run off. After 
all the forms had been printed the illustrations 
that were to be inserted were printed. After this 
had been done the paper was folded and the dif- 
ferent sections of the report iarranged in order, 
the illustrations inserted, gathered, stitched, the 
covers glued on, and then trimmed on three 
sides, after which they were taken to the office 
ready to be sent out or filed away for future use. 

The reports have a drab-gray "Paradox" 
cover, on which was printed in red ink: — "The 
Farm and Trades School, 1909, Ninety-Fifth 
Year." 

In the reports are printed the list of present 
and former Officers and Managers of the School; 
a review of what has been done in the way of re- 
pairs, alterations, or additions, during the past 
year; a brief outline of the agricultural, meteor- 
ological, and manual training courses. Atten- 
tion is called to the School paper, the "Beacon," 
published monthly; Cottage Row, our bank. The 



Trading Company, pleasures and meetings, and 
the Alumni are each described in turn. 

To call attention to the financial needs of 
the School a pink slip of paper is inserted at the 
first page on which is printed a request for aid, 
from the Managers. There are lists of the 
names of the people who contributed the past 
year to the School, and toward the new power 
plant. 

Toward the last came the Treasurer's re- 
port, a schedule of investments, a printed voucher 
of the Treasurer's record, and a statement of 
the amount placed to the credit of the School. 

These annual reports give printed intelli- 
gence about the different features of the School, 
and the work that is being done. 

Earle C. Marshall. 

Sprittd 

All the fellows are glad to know that spring 
is here. The birds have come, the buds are 
bursting, the grass is beginning to grow green, 
the rhubarb has begun to sprout, and the shrubs 
to leaf out. Some of the fellows are working oh 
their gardens, while others are fixing their cot- 
tages. We are all glad that spring is here with 
its bright, warm sunshine and happy days. 

Oscar E. Neumann. 

Carryittd £odl 

One morning, five other fellows and I car- 
ried coal from the carts as they came from the 
stock-barn basement. We carried the coal to 
the furnace bin and when we had that filled, we 
carried some to the boiler-room bin and filled 
that. There were about eight loads brought up 
and emptied that morning. 

Dana W. Osborne. 



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Rodents 

The gnawers, or "rodents," are among the 
worst enemies of the farmer. There are several 
different kinds of rodents such as the rat, squirrel, 
muskrat, beaver, chipmunk, woodchuck, rabbit, 
and different varieties of mice. 

The Norway rat is brown in color and makes 
its home on the banks, around the barns, and in 
the barns. It was not until a few years ago that 
it was thought necessary to put poison around 
the Island to destroy them. This poison was 
put around in several different ways such as in 
fish, on bread, and on wooden plates. In this 
way we got a good share of the rats taken care of. 

The squirrel is a pet on the Island, as he 
does no damage of any account. The varieties 
we have here are the gray and fox squirrel. 

The muskrat is brownish in color, and con- 
siderably larger than the Norway rat. There 
are very few of these seen around the Island 
as they need fresh water. The muskrat lives 
on clams and things found on the beach. 

The teeth of the rodents are very peculiar. 
They have to keep gnawing to ket>p their teeth 
the right length. 

The rabbit is a pet here at the Island and 
a white Angora is kept in Audubon Hall. Some 
rodents are pets, while others are pests. 

Robert H. May. 

ecttiitd Ready for Baseball 

Now that spring has come and the days are 
getting warmer and longer, the boys are begin- 
ning to play baseball. The fellows have picked 
their nines and are practicing on the playground. 
These nines play each other according to their 
rank. The first and second play each other and 
the second and third play each other, and so on. 
I play baseball and 1 think it is a pretty good 
game. James L. Joyce. 

mendltid Clothes 

Miss Putney looks the boys' clothes over 
to find the ones that need mending. There are 
sometimes quite a number of trousers to mend. 
After they are all looked over we commence 
mending them. There are mostly rips and tears 



to be mended, and sometimes buttons have to be 
sewed on. When there are holes in them Miss 
Putney puts on patches. Sometimes there are 
trousers that are worn so much that we save only 
the best part of them and use these for patches. 
The trousers usually come in the last of the 
week and we do them sometime during the next 
week. When they are all mended the sewing- 
room boys carry them to the clothing-room 
where they are given out when needed. 

Thomas Milne. 

Cbe masDroom Sink 

The washroom sink, where all the fellows 
wash, extends almost the entire length of the 
washroom, and is supplied with hot and cold 
water. A shelf holds the soap and brushes we 
use. Here the boys wash three times a day, and 
oftener if necessary. The sink has to be kept 
clean and in good order. Kerosene oil is used 
to remove any rust from the sink, and fcr the 
brass water pipe that runs the length of the sink 
kerosene oil and bristle brick are used for clean- 
ing and polishing it. Each boy has a stream of 
water to himself. Albert J. Blakemore. 

Our Brick Oven 

In the bakery there is a large brick oven in 
one end of the room. Here the boys' baking 
is done. It is of red brick and painted red in 
front and the color of the walls on the side. The 
oven is in the center of the front, and has 
an iron door. This is where all the food is 
baked. Below is another opening not so large as 
the main oven, where the wood that comes from 
the beach is dried. At the right hand side of 
the main oven is an iron door that leads to 
the grate. Here is where the fire is built that 
heats the oven. Before I put anything into 
the oven I clean it out by means of a long pole 
with a cloth on the end. Alfred W. Jacobs. 

Cbe Battle of Gettysburg 

Among the beautiful pictures that adorn the 
walls of our school-room, there is one which has 
impressed me more than any of the others. It 
is a beautiful engraving of the battle of Gettys- 
burg. This picture is a fine illustration of the 
three days' battle. In the background every- 



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thing is being devoured by fire. In the fore- 
ground the troops are engaged in a desperate 
fight, the North against the South. The ground 
is covered with dead and wounded men and 
horses. Some of the ranks are scattered by 
the enemy's cannon. The bombs are doing their 
share of the deadly work by bursting in the air 
over the soldiers' heads. This picture has 
always made this impression on me, that war with 
other countries should be held off as long as 
possible. Under this picture is a key to it telling 
who the different officers were who took part in 
the struggle. Paul H. Gardner. 

Getting €citicttt 

One afternoon the steamer m.ade a trip to 
the Public Landing for a load of cement. When 
she arrived two planks were nailed to the gang- 
way so as to form skids for the barrels to slide 
upon. A pair of skids was placed in the scow 
and two fellows rolled the barrels into it while one 
fellow piled the barrels up. On arriving at the 
Island the scow was beached and the cement un- 
loaded and taken to the house and barn. There 
were fifty barrels of cement in all. 

Ralph H. Marshall. 

Sctriitd a Pane of Glass 

If a pane of glass is broken, it is the work 
of one of the painters to set a new one. The 
sash that needs a new pane is taken out of the 
window-frame and carried down to the paint- 
shop, where the putty, glazier's points, and 
broken glass are chiseled out. A new pane of 
glass is then set, and the sash returned to where 
it belongs. Harold N. Silver. 

my first Earbc Ulork 

My first work on the machinist lathe was to 
true up a cast iron cylinder, making the length 
eight inches, and the diameter one inch and five- 
eighths. 1 then divided the length into four equal 
parts of two inches each, made square shoulders 
an eighth of an inch, that is, the first two inches 
the diameter was one inch and five-eighths, the 
next two inches it was an eighth of an inch 
smaller and so on until 1 finished. I then shined 
it up with emery paper and oil. 

WiLLARD H. Perry. 



l)orses 

We have six horses, named as follows: — 
Baby, Bell, Colonel, Dan, General, and Major. 
Baby is the carriage horse, snd the others are 
work horses, Colonel and General being used as 
a team. Our horses are very useful to us and 
we use them for various purposes, such as haul- 
ing, ploughing, cultivating, mowing, other farm 
work, and for family driving. I take care of the 
horses and have noticed many things that they 
do. They know the way into the barn, when it 
is time to be fed, and when I speak to them they 
prick up their ears. We treat our horses kindly. 
They are cleaned off every day, and with the ex- 
ception of Baby, are fed two quarts of oats, one 
quart of corn, and some hay three times a day. 
Baby is fed only half of this. They are also 
watered three times a day. 

Harold Y. Jacobs. 

Quotations 

About every morning, when the fellows come 
into school, they look on the black-board to see 
if there are any quotations to learn. There is a 
different one there about every morning. When 
the time comes our teacher gives us a few min- 
utes in which to learn it, after which we repeat 
it. Recently we had quotations from Tennyson, 
Oliver Wendall Holmes, and Gladstone, all of 
whom have their hundredth anniversary occur- 
ring this year, so we learn different selections 
from them that will help us in life. One of 
them was as follows: — 

"Some will hate thee. 
Some will love thee, 
Some will flatter. 

Some will slight, 
Cease from man and look above thee, 
Trust in God and do the right." 

Elliott W. Rowell. 

making Curtain Rods 

Most of the cottages have window curtains. 
I needed some rods for mine so I took two small 
dowels four feet long, and sand-papered them 
good and gave them a coat of shellac, after 
which 1 cut each one in halves and rounded off 
the ends. These rods will be held up by screw 
eyes. Prescott B. Merrifield. 



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Cbonip$on'$ Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR WORTHY BOYS 
DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS. 



Vol. 12. No. 12. 



April, 1909. 



Subscription Price 



50 Cents Per Year. 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 



vice president 

Henry S. Grew 



treasurer 

Arthur Adams 



secretary 

Tucker Daland 



managers 

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 
Moses Williams, Jr. 
Ralph B. Williams 



Charles H. Bradley, 



Superintendent 



Treasurer's Address 50 State St. 

Boston, Mass. 

The future of the younger generation is 
of the utmost importance. Its seriousness should 
be constantly before us. It should be so im- 
pressed upon the mind of the youth that he 
will realize the necessity of a proper prepara- 
tion to make a place for himself, and to provide 



for the adversities of life. In a sense his future 
is in his own hands. 

Probably the first thing to be given consid- 
eration is the disposition — that is, the youth 
should be taught the necessity and advantage of 
having a willing disposition, a courteous manner, 
a tidy personal appearance, an alacrity in doing 
things, an orderliness in what he is doing, a 
sensitive regard for the feelings of those with 
whom he is in daily contact, and to avoid a 
needless waste either from wanton carelessness 
or destructive inclinations. 

The parental influences should ever sur- 
round the boy, and the interests be mutual and 
general. He can be taught to feel how keenly his 
efforts are appreciated, and the joy and pride 
his success will bring to those at home who 
are so zealously advising and watching him. 
Under such circumstances there is no doubt the 
boy will do his best to succeed. 

The home training of the boy is conceded 
to control his destiny to a certain extent, and 
bespeaks his inclinations, disposition, and possi- 
bly his ambition. It is instantly discernible by 
those with whom he is associated, especially by 
one of refined tastes and a high moral character. 
The faculty of seeing and grasping an opportunity 
is to the advantage of everyone, and there are 
many opportunities always presenting themselves 
to an ambitious boy, who is alive to his own in- 
terests. One who proves by his own effort* 
that he is willing to help himself is not only 
bound to receive the admiration of his parents, 
but will have means placed at his command 
by which he may possess that to which he as- 
pires, and so on throughout his whole career. 

Success sometimes comes slowly, only after 
a long, determined, laborious effort, and then 
again it sometimes comes rapidly. In neither 
case can reward be expected unless earned, and 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



a boy should begin to lay his foundation for the 
future at the earliest possible moment, and never 
allow a relaxation of his watchfulness for his in- 
terests and responsibilities. Whatever duties 
he may be given to perform, let them be done 
with a cheerful spirit, whether they be pleasing 
or distasteful, and also in the best possible man- 
ner, and to realize the advantage of so doing. 

Nowadays a boy has a great many oppor- 
tunities of various sorts to improve his condi- 
tion, and he is constantly apprised of the fact. 
Whether at this School or some other, there will 
be found many things of a similar nature to be 
learned, that if properly digested by the boy will 
become of inestimable value at some future 
time. As the years roll along he will look 
back with a feeling of gratitude for those who 
labored so arduously for him that he might be- 
come a successful man. 

notes 

March 3. New Singer sewing-machine, 
and darning-machine installed in sewing-room. 

March 6. Went to Freeport Street for 
small load of North Carolina pine. 

Manager George L. DeBlois, with Mrs. 
DeBlois and little daughter, visited the School. 

Mr. Frederick N. Frazier, a graduate of the 
School, sent a box of Porto Rico oranges to the 
boys. 

March 8. Began work on the hotbeds. 

Load of dressing from Walworth's. 
^ March 9. Fifty barrels of cement came. 

Leslie Howard Barker entered the School. 

March 10. Letter-writing day. 

March 1 1 . Replaced gang plank at City 
Point. 

March 12. Planted lettuce, tomatoes, and 
radishes in the hotbed. 

March 14. A number of boys attended 
church in town, 

March 15. Outside windows removed 
from the main building. 



Planted spinach, peppers, egg plant, and 
radishes in hotbed. 

Manager Francis Shaw visited the School. 

March 17. Seventy-six barrels of cement 
came. 

Musical and literary entertainment by Mr. 
Edward Brigham. 

March 19. Seventy-four barrels of ce- 
ment came. 

All day campaign game of "King Philip" 
played. 

March 21. Several boys attended church 
in town. 

March 22. Secretary Tucker Daland vis- 
ited the School. 

March 23. Rowboat "Brewster" painted. 

Finished removing ten brick piers, and re- 
placed them with ferro concrete columns in east 
basement, 

March 26, Inside of the penthouse revar- 
nished, 

March 27, Transplanted lettuce. 

Finished collecting brown-tail moths' nests; 
total 6,798. 

March 29. Load of dressing from Wal- 
worth's. 

march meteorology 

Maximum temperature 52° on the 11th 
and 27th. 

Minimum temperature 17° on the 1st. 

Mean temperature for the month 35.5°, 

Total precipitation 1.79 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in twenty-four hours 
.90 inches on the 25th. 

1 1 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 
tion, 7 clear days, 18 partly cloudy days, 6 clear 
days. 

Total number of hours sunshine 195 and 
30 minutes. 

Monthly snowfall 1 .25 inches. 

Cbe Tarm and Crades School Bank 

Cash on hand March 1, 1909 $485.99 

Deposited during the month 7.71 

$493.70 
Withdrawn during the month 10.65 

Cash on hand April 1, 1909 $483.05 



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new $ewin9-Koom macDincs 

In the sewing-room we have two new ma- 
chines. One is a darning machine, and the 
other an ordinary sewing-machine, both being 
"Singers." The sewing-machine is used for all 
kinds of boys' work that needs to be stitched. 
There is a new way of winding the bobbin on this 
machine. The bobbin winds while the machine 
is stitching, by means of an automatic bobbin 
winder. The presser-foot is lifted by pressing a 
piece of iron near the treadle with the knee. 
This machine is a fast feeder. The darning 
machine is used for darning stockings and other 
things. There is a projecting arm that the 
stocking is put over ready to be darned. Trous- 
ers are darned the same way. For darning 
sheets, towels, etc., a steel plate is clamped over 
the arm. All the sewing-room boys like these 
machines. Preston M. Blanchard. 

Scrubbing the m\\% 

During the winter the walls in the kitchen 
got rather dirty, so one day 1 got a pail, brush, 
and step-ladder and began to scrub them. I be- 
gan on the side nearest the door leading to the 
hall and scrubbed from there to the door leading 
into the bakery. Then as it was dinner time 1 
put my things away and the work was finished 
another day. George M. Holmes. 

Cbe Scbool-Room Cibrary 

On a shelf, in the back of the first school- 
room, are fifty-nine books which can be read dur- 
ing our spare time in school. Each book is num- 
bered and has a special place on the shelf. 
When we want a book we ask permission and 
must judge by the name which one we want be- 
cause we are not allowed to look them over at 
the back of the room. There are a variety of 
histories, geographical readers, and nature books. 
Dick W. Steenbruggen. 

One Saturday afternoon another fellow and 
I made fudge. We borrowed a copper kettle 
and a spoon. Into the kettle we put four cups 
of sugar, and cut up two squares of chocolate, 
adding to this a cup of milk and a pinch of salt, 



and then stirred it all together. While it was 
boiling I put in a piece of butter. To find out 
when it was done I took a cup of cold water and 
poured some of it in, and then turned out the 
water, and if it was a sticky mass it was done, 
after which we took it off the stove and beat it 
until it became stiff, then I poured it into 
greased pans where I left it to harden. At last 
it was cut up into squares and put in a box. 
Norman V. Johnson. 

Telling Crccs 

On our Island are many trees, some of which 
have died. These trees are first dug around at 
the foot so as to get at the roots which are 
cut with an axe. When all the roots are cut 
that can be seen, a rope is attached to the top of 
the tree and a number of fellows pull on the rope 
in a certain direction so as to have it fall right 
and not injure other trees. The limbs are 
chopped off and saved, to be burned in the bakery, 
and the twigs are gathered and taken to the 
burning pile. The stump is sawed off and carried 
away, while the trunk is saved to make spars and 
other things out of. In Lyman Grove we felled 
four trees in an afternoon. Percy Smith. 

Uacation 

Vacation started March twelfth, much to 
the pleasure of the boys who expected a pleasant 
time. During the week we had such sports as 
baseball and marbles. Some of the boys have 
quite a few glassies, some of which they received 
from Mr. Bradley. One of the best things we had 
during the vacation was a day's campaign play- 
ing "King Philip," We started at nine o'clock 
in the morning carrying our provisions with us and 
continued up to nine o'clock at night. The next 
day most of the boys were pretty tired. 

Edward H. Deane. 

Six Tamous Poets 

In the first school-room, hanging up on one 
of the walls is a picture of six famous New Eng- 
land poets. They are noted for their poems all 
over the world. They are Longfellow, Lowell, 
Holmes, Emerson, Whittier, and Bryant. 

Thomas H. Doty. 



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On the eighth of March, we began to get 
the hotbeds ready for planting. First the winter 
covering of boards and seaweed was cleared away 
and compost was hauled and spread about 
eighteen inches thick over the bottom of the four 
hotbeds. Loam was sifted and put on about five 
inches thick. The glass was then put on and 
when the temperature rose to between sixty and 
seventy degrees the hotbeds were ready for 
planting. Frederick J. Wilson. 

eoitid for fertilizer 

One day before school some other fellows 
and I went after fertilizer in the scow. When 
we got over to City Point, the team was just 
coming so we did not have to wait for it. There 
were thirty-three bags of chemicals that we 
mix for fertilizers. We carried them down 
to the scow where two fellows took them and 
piled them up. The bags varied in weight, some 
weighing two hundred and twenty-four pounds, 
some two hundred pounds, and others one hun- 
dred pounds. When we got them all on board 
we started for the Island. 

Charles H. MacSwain. 

€99 Carriers 

The egg carriers that we use are about eight 
inches long, six inches wide, and two inches high. 
They are made of soft pine and each holds one 
dozen eggs. The eggs are put on end between 
two curved wires. These wires are bent into 
about the shape of the egg. The eggs are 
brought up from the hen-house in the carriers 
that are kept there. They are then washed and 
I^t into carriers that are kept in the store- 
room. One morning ! washed some of the 
carriers. Roy D. Upham. 

Gardening 

When 1 came to the School I had a garden 
given me. 1 have kept it ever since, but this 
year I wanted a larger one so 1 changed with 
another fellow who wanted a smaller one. I 
took the loam out and put it at one end of the 
garden, then I took the clay soil to the dirt pile. 
1 took out about a foot of clay and shoveled the 



loam into the place where I had taken the clay 
from. After this is all done I will fill it with 
loam and make it oval in shape, then I will get 
some stones with rounded tops and set them 
around the edge of the garden so that they will 
be about two inches out of the ground on the 
edge of the path, and in the garden there will be 
soil almost to the top of the stones. I think the 
garden will be ready for planting then. 

Frederick Hynes. 

Dressing 

A number of the fellows often go to Wal- 
worth's after dressing. This is the time of the 
year to put it on the land. When they come 
back with a scow full, the scow is beached 
and at low tide the carts are driven down and the 
fellows unload it. The farm fellows are kept busy 
spreading it on the ground. 1 helped to spread 
it one day at South End. John T. Slade. 

Repairing BasKets 

A couple of laundry baskets were badly 
broken and were sent to the shop for repairs. 
Some thin strips of maple not quite an eighth 
of an inch thick were sawed out and soaked in 
water to make them pliable. While the new strips 
were soaking the old broken ones were removed. 
The new strips were then woven in just as the old 
ones had been and the baskets were almost as 
good as new. Clarence M. Daniels. 

new Library Books 

Lately we have had some new library books 
given to us by Manager Henry S. Grew. The 
names and numbers were posted on the bulletin 
board. The next week all of them were out. 
Most of the books were by Edward Stratemeyer. 
He is a favorite author of the fellows. The 
names of the books are, "Dave Porter at Oak 
Hall," "Dave Porter in the South Seas," "Dave 
Porter's Return to School," "Dave Porter in the 
Far North," "Defending His Flag," "Between 
Boer and Briton," "The Motor Pirate," "A 
Tar of the Old School," "American Boy's Life of 
Theodore Roosevelt," "At the Fall of Port 
Arthur," and "Bound to be an Electrician." 
We all like these books very much and thank 
Mr. Grew for them. Frederick J. Barton. 



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Jllumni 

Andrew W. Dean, '03, is working in a 
saw-mill at St. Johnsbury, Vt., where he expects 
to be for another month, after which he is going 
to learn blacksmithing. 

Harry M. Chase, '04, is working for J. K. 
& B. Guires, lumber concern of Hyannis, Mass. 
Harry is doing well, has a good home, is mar- 
ried, and has a little one seven weeks old. 

Matthew H. Paul, '06, recently visited 
the School. He is in the shipping department 
of Selmar Hess & Co., publishers, Boylston St., 
Boston. 

C. James Pratt, '06, writes us from 
Everett, that he is working every day and enjoy- 
ing himself. James is interested in poultry and 
expects to raise quite a number of chickens this 
year. He also has a garden. 

Albert L. Sawyer, '06, is with the Roy- 
crofters, at East Aurora, N. Y., has a good posi- 
tion, and is getting along finely. 

Pruning 

The object in pruning is to cut all the dead 
limbs out, to cut out all limbs that interfere with 
other limbs and to make a well-formed head. 
The trees that we pruned were in rows in the 
orchard. We took the first row and went through 
to the end before we started on the next row. 
Suckers had to be cut off, and the limbs cut close 
to the tree. The old limbs were put in piles and 
were taken to the burning pile at the sorting 
grounds. Ralph A. Whittemore. 

Ploagbing 

As the ground was ready to be ploughed, I 
was sent with another fellow to take the gray 
team and help plough it. We went to the stor- 
age-barn to get the side-hill plow. We put it on 
the drag and took it to the corn piece at North 
End. Then the horses were hitched to the plow 
and we were shown how to hold and reverse it. 
We ploughed back and forth, and so had to re- 
verse the plow at the end of each furrow. Har- 
old Jacobs drove the horses while I held the 
plow. When I was taking too wide a furrow I would 
tip the plow a little towards the opposite side of 
the moulding-board, which narrowed the strip. 



Tipping it the opposite way would widen it. The 
way this plow is reversed is to push a lever up, 
have the horses turn, and, as they turn, lift the 
plow a little, the moulding-board swings over, and 
the lever pushes down to hold it in place. Then the 
sod colter and gauge are moved. 

James R. Gregory. 

In the morning, before school, Earle Miller 
and 1 sweep the assembly-room. The assembly- 
room is where the fellows hang their coats and 
caps before washing, and where they assemble be- 
fore going to meals, school, work, and other places. 
There are four benches and four windows in the 
room. We hang up the sweaters, sprinkle the 
floor, and then sweep it. After we get it swept 
we fix the boys' books in a little cupboard at one 
corner of the room. Edson M. Bemis. 

Sweeping Cobwebs 

Our barns get dusty and cobwebs collect at 
the top of them, so Mr. Kibby had a squad of 
the farm fellows set out one day to clean the 
stock-barn. We took brooms and climbed on 
the beams and scaffolds and swept down the 
cobwebs and cleaned up in general. 

Earle C. Miller. 

Concrete Tloor 

In the east basement we are laying a con- 
crete floor. This floor is four inches thick. We 
lay three inches of concrete, composed of cement 
one part, sand three parts, small stones four 
parts, and finish with one inch of fine sand and 
cement. This sand is put through a small 
screen which takes out all the gravel and leaves 
good fine sand to finish off with. The concrete 
finish is put on in the morning about ten o'clock, 
and in the afternoon about four o'clock it is trow- 
eled off good and left to dry. 

Robert W. Gregory. 

Che Sltower 

The boys bathe under the shower in the 
washroom. This shower is eighteen and one- 
half feet long, the two pipes are two feet apart, 
and six inches in circumference. It is the wash- 
room boys' duty to keep it clean. We shine it 
with bristol brick and oil. Royal R. Ellison.