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THOMPSONjS ISLAND 



Vol. 15. No. 1. Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. . May, 1911 

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



Cottage Row election 

Wednesday evening, April fifth. Cottage 
Row held its second quarterly election for this 
year. The meeting came to order about half 
past eight. Benches were arranged to write 
upon so as to accommodate as many as possible. 
The Shareholders voted first. They are allowed 
to vote for all the officers. After their votes 
were closed the Non-shareholders voted. They 
vote for all except Assessor. The Australian 
ballot was used as is the custom and after they 
were marked they were put into the ballot box 
head in and down. After the election the tellers 
went to the reading-room and counted the votes. 
The next morning the returns were posted on the 
bulletin-board. The officers elected were as 
follows: — Mayor, Royal R. Ellison; Shareholding 
Aldermen, Preston M. Blanchard, Richard W. 
Weston, and Thomas Milne; Non-shareholding 
Aldermen, James A. Blakemore, and William E. 
Rowell; Treasurer, Frank A. Tarbell; Assessor, 
Ernest E. Slocomb. The following were later 
appointed: — Chief of Police, John H. Marshall; 
Police, Edric B. Blakemore, Ernest M. Cat- 
ton, Cecil O. Jordan, William B. Laing, John 
LeStrange; Janitor, Lawrence C. Silver; Street 
Commissioner, Thomas H. Taylor; Librarian, 
William E. Cowley; Clerk, Dick W. Steenbrug- 
gen. Royal R. Ellison. 

Cboositid Up Sides 

April nineteenth we chose up sides for base- 
ball. The first class had the privilege of choos- 
ing the four best players in the School for cap- 
tains. They are, in order, Robert H. May, 
Royal R. Ellison, William B. Laing, and Ralph 
A. Jones. The captains chose their players. 



the last named captain having first choice. 
Each side had fifteen players, nine regular play- 
ers and six substitutes. Mr. S. V. R. Crosby, 
one of our Managers, is going to give a shield to 
the team winning the most games, and individ- 
ual cups to the best players, the same as he did 
in the foot-ball games. Mr. Bradley arranged a 
schedule of games which has been printed and 
one given to each fellow so that we may know 
when we are to play and who the opposing teams 
are. George A. Mansfield. 

Spring mork on tbe Steamer 

April twenty-fifth, about eight o'clock, we 
took the steamer around to the blocks near the 
Chilton boat-house. The tide was too high for 
work on the hull, so the painters worked on the 
top of the cabin and smoke-stack while two other 
fellows scraped the rails so they would be ready 
to be varnished. At noon the tide was low 
enough for us fellows to begin work on her hull, 
and with old brooms, water and sand we scrubbed 
the hull and sheathing. Then after the water 
line was marked upon the sheathing the screws 
were taken out and each piece was taken away 
as it came off. After the sheathing was all taken 
off the screw holes were puttied up. Then the 
two painters removed all loose paint and painted 
the hull. All the painting we could do that day 
was finished about six o'clock then she was ready 
to go back to her berth, and about eight we got 
her off and pulled her back to her place at the 
north side float. Ralph A. Jones. 

Going for 1)av 

Friday morning, March lliirty-first, Mr. 
Kibby, some of the fellows and I went to City 
Point to get a scow-load of clever hay. Two 



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teams brought it to the landing, one four-horse 
team with a hundred bales and one three-horse 
with eighty bales. There were ten tons in all. 
We had hooks so that we could handle the bales 
easily. We covered the bottom, of the scow 
first with the bales running across it. The next 
layer we piled just the opposite so that it would 
bind the load. We could not pile it all on the 
scow so we left part of it over there to go for 
again. A canvas was put over the hay to protect 
it from the salt water as it was quite rough, and 
we started for the Island, We stayed on the 
side of the steamer to keep the scow from bump- 
ing up against it. The scow was landed on the 
north side of the wharf and the farm fellows un- 
loaded it. Ralph A. Whittemore. 

Cottm How CridI 

Five fellows had been arrested for not 
having their cottages cleaned, and two for not 
having their cottage certificates framed, so a 
trial was held. The fellows who did not desire 
to stay to the trial went to bed. In holding 
court the Judge calls the court to order. Then 
the prisoners plead guilty or not guilty. Those 
who are guilty are fined by the Judge. Those 
who plead not guilty are tried. The Judge se- 
lects his jury of nine citizens. The lawyers 
each sit at a table, the government on the right 
and the defensive on the left of the Judge. If 
either lawyer objects to any of the jury they 
leave and other citizens are put in their places 
and when all are satisfactory they take the oath. 
Then the witnesses are put under oath. The 
prisoners don't have to testify unless they wish 
to, but if they do they take the oath. The trial 
starts by the government lawyer picking the 
prisoner whom he wishes to try first. The wit- 
nesses are questioned first by the lawyer who 
called them and then by the other lawyer. If 
the ones arrested are all for the same offense 
they are all tried in the same manner and after 
they have all been tried each lawyer makes his 
plea to the jury. Then the jury retire into an- 
other room and the cases are decided upon. 
The foreman writes out the verdict and brings 
it to the Judge when the jury comes back to court 
and the decision is read in court. The Chief 



of Police goes with the jury to see that they 
have no communication with anyone outside. 
The prisoners found guilty are fined by the Judge. 
At the last trial the prisoners were all judged 
not guilty. If the Judge sees fit he may fine 
anyone making a disturbance for contempt of 
court. After the trial is over the clerk makes a 
record of it. Norman V. Johnson. 

Cbc Size Up 

On Tuesday night, April twenty-fifth, after 
bath a size up was held in order to have the 
fellows in their right places as regards height. 
Capt. Dix began with the large fellows. In order 
to get the right height a thin straight board is 
used with a handle in the middle. This board 
is held on the fellows' heads and if one fellow 
is taller than the one next to him it will show 
the difference and he will be moved up. After 
one set of fellows has been sized up the largest 
one says "one" the next "two" and so on down 
the line until each fellow has his number. After 
this the fellows' things are changed from their 
old drawers to their new numbers. Later the 
tooth-brushes and towels are also changed in 
order for each fellow to have his own. Usually 
we have a size up after new fellows come to the 
School. Walter I. Tassinari. 

new Base ball Jlrticles 

April twenty-seventh a large wooden box 
came over on the steamer and was taken up to 
the clothing-room. I told Mr. Bradley that a 
box had come and he said for me to unpack it. 
When I took the cover off I found it contained 
base-balls, base-ball gloves and bats. All the 
goods were either Reach or Victor make. There 
were twelve fielders' gloves and three catchers' 
mits, one of them for a left-handed thrower. One 
box contained a dozen Reach official American 
League base-balls. These have a center of cork 
instead of rubber as other balls have. There 
were twenty-three base-ball bats. All the fellows 
who play ball will enjoy using these things. 

Edson M. Bemis. 

Che Caster Concert 

On Sunday, April sixteenth, we had our 
Easter Concert in assembly-hall. The choir was 



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seated in the front of the room facing the boys 
and instructors. In front of the choir was a 
railing decorated with plants and draped with 
white bunting. The wall was hung with white 
and decorated with ivy and Easter lilies. Near 
the piano was a large plant stand filled with ger- 
aniums. The windows were also filled with ttiem. 
For other flowers there were pinks, roses, ferns, 
tulips, and growing plants of different kinds. 
The three pots of Easter lilies I liked the best. 
When a fellow spoke he stood between the choir 
railing and the front settee. 

The program was as follows: — 
Song - - - - Choir 

"With Joy We Hail" 
Responsive Reading 

Leader, LeRoy B. Huey 
Invocation 

Mr. Creelman 
Song - - - . Choir 

"The Lily Song" 
Recitation - - Frank A. Tarbell 

"To Make a Happy Easter Day" 
Exercise - - - Eight Boys 

"Crowns for the King" 

Song - - - Ten Boys 

"What Do the Lilies Say?" 

Violin Obligato — Ernest M. Catton 

Recitation - - Perry Coombs 

"The Joy that Easter Brings" 
Exercise - - - Three Boys 

"Life of Christ" 
Recitation - George A. Mansfield 

"Easter Harmonies" 
Song . - - - Choir 

"The Glorified Savior" 
Reading - - Frederick V. Hall 

"The Date of Easter" 
Exercise - - - Six Boys 

"Jesus Lives" 
Song - - - - Choir 

"Jesus of Nazareth" 
Exercise - - - Five Boys 

"The Friends of the Flowers" 
Song - - - - Choir 

"Banners of Spring" 
Remarks - - Mr. Creelman 



Recitation - George W. M. Starrett 

"Christ is Risen" 
Song - - - . Choir 

"King Eternal" 
Exercise - - - Six Boys 

"Easter Opening of the Owl Club" 
Song - - - - Choir 

"'Tis Sweet to Know" 
Recitation - - Perley W. White 

"To Know the Christ" 
Recitation - - Theodore Milne 

"The Waking" 
Song - - - . Choir 

"Angels Rolled the Stone Away" 
Remarks - - Mr. Bradley 

Everett W. Maynard. 

Caking off Storm Windows 

As the weather was getting warmer it was 
thought best that the storm windows should be 
removed from the main building. The windows 
were fastened on the inside so we had to take 
the screws out from the inside. Then someone 
on the ladder outside took the window down and 
it was wiped off and a tag put on so that it could 
be put back in the same window next winter. 
On the second floor the windows were taken off 
from the inside and then taken care of in the 
same way. They were stored in the west loft. 

Robert H. May. 

Cops 

When Mr. Bradley announced he would 
give out tops, the fellows who wanted them lined 
up, and as they passed Mr. Bradley, he held the 
box of tops out and they took their pick. As 
they passed along LeRoy Huey gave them top 
strings with wooden buttons. Then everywhere 
about tops were being tried out to see how they 
could spin. The fellows have games they play 
with the tops. One of them is called "Top in 
the Ring." If a player fails to spin his top in the 
ring he must put it in the center of the ring, and 
the other boys have a chance to get a hit at it 
with their tops. Sometimes there are ten or 
eleven tops in a pile and a fellow hits the top in 
the center of the pile and most all the rest fly 
out of the ring. John W. Lincoln. 



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Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS 
A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR WORTHY BOYS 



Vol. 15. No. 1. 



May, 1911 



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BOARD OF MANAGERS 



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VICE-PRESIDENT 

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TREASURER 

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SECRETARY 

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managers 

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1. Tucker Burr 
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George L. DeBlois 

Charles T. Gallagher 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Walter Hunnewell 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Charles E. Mason 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

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



Charles H. Bradley, - - - Superintendent 



It is a great pleasure to picture the young 
people of the schools of our country assembling 
in the open to celebrate Arbor Day by the plant- 
ing of trees. 

Arbor Day will make the country more beau- 



tiful every year, and valuable lessons in economy 
and unselfishness will be taught. Its observance 
will serve to recall the services of the trees on 
every hand and remind us of their ministry. 
One of the happiest results of the new holiday 
will be the increase of knowledge which springs 
from personal interest in trees attracting boys 
and girls to a love and knowledge of nature and 
a new interest in them. 

Mr. Charles S. Sargent says: — "A knowl- 
edge of trees, the ability to at least recognize 
and identify them, adds vastly to the pleasures 
of life. One who knows trees will meet them 
like old friends; each season invests them with 
fresh charms, and the more we study and know 
them the greater will be our admiration of the 
wonderful variety and beauty displayed in the 
different seasons." 

It is high time we considered the trees. 
They are among our chief benefactors and are 
much better friends to us than we are to them. 
Their service begins with our earliest needs. 

In this country, our homes, the furniture, 
and the fences that inclose them are largely their 
product. The fuel that warms us, even if it be 
coal, is the mineralized wood of past ages. In 
the frames and handles of the agricultural imple- 
ments that our boys use on the farm, wharf, boats, 
and carriages — wherever the eye falls it sees 
the beneficent service of the trees. We like to 
think that no view from our windows can hide 
their beauty from us. 

Tree-planting has been connected with our 
School from its earliest history. Our location 
demands unusual care, first in the kind of trees 
selected, then their planting and constant vigi- 
lance during their growth. As a result it is now 
our privilege to enjoy the distinction cf being 
"Th'^ island in the harbor with trees on it," the 
reward of past years of unmitigated labor. A 



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nearer view reveals numerous groves, an orchard 
that every May presents an appearance of great 
beauty, an arboretum containing many choice 
varieties, and large, stately, shade trees scat- 
tered over broad lawns. 

These trees that we so thoroughly enjoy, we 
must remember, are the result of unselfish labor 
and devotion of the past. They have been the 
constant companions of the boys, and as the 
boys watch the development of tree-planting may 
they feel its spiritual and refining influence. 

The thoughtful youth may see in a great 
tree a noble image of a strong man struggling 
with obstacles that he overcomes, wrestling 
mightily with the wintry gales, and extorting a 
glorious music from the storms which it trium- 
phantly defies. 

We, The Farm and Trades School, welcome 
most heartily Arbor Day and trust that in the 
years to come its observance will be in every 
home as well as in the schools of our land. 

notes 

Apr. 4. Chemicals for fertilizer came. 

.Apr. 5. Second quarterly election of offi- 
cers of Cottage Row. 

Apr. 7. Finished pruning the orchard. 

Howard B. Ellis began assisting Mr. Morse 
with the band. 

Apr. 11, Annual setting out of willow 
shoots in east side bank. 

Mr. H. Taggard sent an interesting lot of 
magazines and books to the School. 

Apr. 12. First radishes from hotbed. 

Apr. 14. Job plasterer here patching walls. 

Apr. 15. Paul R. Rietz returned to his 
mother. 

Prescott Merrifield visited the School. 

Apr. 16. Easter Sunday. Concert in the 
afternoon. 

Apr. 18. Magazines received from Mrs. 
H. S. Grew. 

Apr. 19. Graduate Clarence DeMar won 
the Marathon Race. 



Graduates Charles A. Blatchford, Robert 
H. Bogue, and George 1. Leighton visited the 
School. 

Apr. 22. Graduate James Clifford visited 
the School. 

Harold Leon Carlton admitted to the School. 

Apr. 24. Painted fire doors in boiler and 
engine rooms, and blacksmith shop. 

Apr. 25. Received 10 tons of clover hay. 

Manager MosesWilliams, Jr., gave "Duke," 
a horse, to the School. 

Apr. 26. Steamer on the blocks to re- 
move winter sheathing and paint hull. 

Sowed peas and clover and stocked down 
with red clover and timothy. 

Apr. 27. Mr. Gustaf Larsson and Prof. 
Henderson visited the School. 

Universal saw bench came, gift of Mr. Laban 
Pratt. 

Two motor-driven manual training lathes 
given the School by Mrs. H. S. Grew. 

Apr. 28. Painted steamer's decks. 

Apr. 29. Removed storm windows. 

Began using ice in the refrigerators. 

Set out seventeen horsechestnut trees 
around the spring. 

Sprayed the ditches with gas oil to kill 
larvas of mosquitoes. 

First base-ball game of the season for the 
Crosby cups and shield. 

Cbc Tartn and trades School Bank 

Cash on hand April 8, 1911 $888.02 

Deposits to May 1, 19 11 16.10 

^04.12 
Withdrawals to May 1, 1911 10.57 

Cash on hand May 1, 1911 $893.55 

Jlprll mcfeorolodV 

Maximum temperature 78° on the 27th. 

Minimum temperature 15° on the 5th. 

Mean temperature for the month 43°. 

Total precipitation 1.96 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in twenty-four hours 

.74 inches on the 4th. 

5 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 
tion, 13 clear days, 12 partly cloudy, 5 cloudy 
days. 



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Total number of hours sunshine 213 and 35 
minutes. 

Cleaning tbc Gardens 

I cleaned the boys' gardens one afternoon. 
I raked all the paths around the gardens and 
made piles of leaves. These I put into bags and 
carried them to the ash house. When the bell 
rang I got my tools together and put them back 
where 1 got them. About the middle of April 
the boys fix their gardens. They loosen the soil 
and re-stone the gardens. When the rest of the 
work is done on the gardens the fellows put some 
dressing on and mix it in with soil, breaking up 
the lumps and raking out all the stones. It gen- 
erally takes two wheelbarrow loads of dressing 
for a big garden and one for a small one. Some- 
times a few of the fellows will take a quarter- 
inch gravel screen and screen the dirt to get out 
all the stones and lumps. In May they begin to 
plant their seeds. Arthur G. Appel. 

Cbe Incubator 1)0U$e 

The duck-house which has been kept down 
under the large oaks south of the storage-barn 
was moved the last of March up under some 
apple trees south of the poultry-house. It is to 
be used as an incubator house this spring. It 
has a large window in the side toward the poultry- 
house and this is to be the door. A square place 
has been cut out of the floor to let the incubator 
stand on the ground so that when anyone comes 
into the place the incubator will not be jarred. 
In the incubator there is a tray which is divided 
in the middle and each side holds sixty eggs. 
One hundred thirty-two were put in at first for 
when they are tested some eggs usually have 
to be taken out. The eggs have to be taken 
out once every day for the first nineteen days 
and turned, and the tray is generally put back in 
the opposite way. The lamp has to be filled 
once a day and the wick trimmed. 

Richard W. Weston. 

Getting tbe new 1)or$e 

One afternoon the farm fellows were sent 
dov/n to the wharf to unload the freight barge 
that had hay in it, and put two gang-planks on 
board. Capt. Dix asked Mr. Kibby if he might 



have a boy to go over in the barge. Mr. Kibby 
said he might have me if I would be any good to 
him. He said that 1 would, so 1 went on board 
and helped with the gang-planks. The barge 
was taken alongside the steamer and was m.ade 
fast. There was a pail of sand on board to 
put on the gang-plank so that it would be easy 
for the horse to come up and into the barge. 
There was some chaff on the floor and we, the 
steamer fellows and I, cleaned it up and threw it 
overboard. When we got near enough to the 
landing to put out a gang-plank we did so. Mr. 
Gordon got on the gang-plank and coaxed the 
horse on. He would come partway on and then 
go off again. Mr. Gordon asked me for more 
sand and I emptied the pail on the gang-plank 
and he came on all right. The horse is a beauty. 
His name is Duke. Manager Moses Williams, 
Jr., gave us the horse and Mr. Gordon went 
to Needham Junction to get him. 

Charles R. Jefferson. 

transplanting Raspberry Busbes 

One day Mr. Kibby told some of us boys to 
get shovels and go with him. First we went 
over to the plowed ground by the orchard and 
dug some holes. When we had a row of holes 
done, Mr. Kibby told four of us boys to go over 
to the raspberry patch with him. There we dug 
out some raspberry bushes. After we had a good 
many out Mr. Kibby took a pair of pruning shears 
and trimmed the bushes and made four piles of 
them. After he had made the piles, each one 
of us took a pile up to where the holes were. 
One fellow handed them to Mr. Kibby and two 
fellows shoveled soil into the hole, while the 
others leveled off around the raspberry bushes. 
William J. Grant. 

Planting trees 

There has been some tree planting done 
lately. Some trees were sent from the Bay State 
Nursery to the School. They were all planted 
in the orchard. Mr. Kibby had had the old trees 
taken up and carted away. There were also 
some small trees dug up. The new trees were 
placed in the holes where the old ones came out. 
Four lellows went with Mr. Kibby and filled in 



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partly 'around the trees while he held them up. 
Two other boys and myself stayed back and com- 
pleted the filling in. We planted about twenty 
trees that afternoon. After we got all the dirt 
in we could, we got hoes and cleaned the rest off. 
Franklin E. Gunning. 

l)arrowing 

Harrowing is done to mellow the soil, con- 
serve moisture, kill weeds, and smooth the sur- 
face of the soil, and also mix in the compost. 
The land here is somewhat moist and therefore 
a little muddy in the low parts of the Island. In 
harrowing it is necessary to cut up the dead 
furrows and fill them in level with the rest of the 
soil. A dead furrow, as it is called, is the last 
furrow in the piece. The kind of a harrow we 
use is a rolling cutter. In harrowing the har- 
row is generally lapped half the length every time 
back and forth. When I harrow I work the cor- 
ners of the piece round so that the horses can 
keep on going without stopping to turn. 

William B. Laing. 

Cbe new Cable £loti)$ 

Recently the work of the morning dining- 
room fellows was to help measure and cut out 
table cloths for the boys' tables. Three large 
rolls of oil cloth were sent in. A table was 
measured and found to be three feet wide and 
six feet long. The oil cloth was cut into seven- 
teen pieces of four feet wide and about seven 
feet long, so that some would hang down over 
the edge of the tables. Some round pads were 
cut out of cotton flannel and these were glued 
on, one on each corner of the cloth so that 
the corners of the cloths would not wear out 
so quickly. There was also a table cloth cut out 
for the table on which the dishes are washed. 
Stanley W. Clark. 

easier Decorations 

On the day before Easter, the teachers, two 
other fellows, and 1 decorated the assembly-hsll 
for the Easter concert. Along the walls of the 
front of the room we draped white bunting over 
which we hung Engksh ivy. The door was taken 
down, the frame covered with white cloth, and 
Easter lilies arranged over this. Beyond the 



doorway was placed a large white cross, the 
base of which was covered with geraniums in 
blossom. The altar rails were draped in white 
and decorated with wistaria, pink geraniums, 
and Easter lilies. The windows were filled with 
geraniums, while a beautiful rose-bush, spirea, 
yellow vetch, ferns, and other plants were placed 
in different parts of the hall. We also had cut 
flowers such as pinks, tulips and roses. There 
were one hundred and twenty geraniums besides 
those taken from the dining-room and school- 
room. These will be given to the fellows for 
their gardens. Frederick S. Hynes. 

Cbe Ulaste-paper 

In the attic there are two bags in which we 
keep printed and unprinted waste-paper. The 
paper that is put into these bags comes from Mr. 
Bradley's office and the main office. Each 
morning the basket that is in Mr. Bradley's office 
is taken out and the paper that is in it is put into 
the basket that is in the main office and then it 
is taken up stairs where it belongs. When the 
paper bags are all full, one of the office fellows 
takes them down to the storage-barn where all 
the printed and unprinted paper belongs. When 
he has put the bags in the right places he gets 
two more bags and takes them up to the house 
where he puts a tag on each bag so we will 
know which bag is for the printed paper, also for 
unprinted paper. Frank A. Tarbell. 

J\ morning's UlorR Before School 

One morning after we came from breakfast, 
I was sent to Capt. Dix. He had me make a 
fire in the forge. 1 got some shavings and put 
them in the center of the forge and covered them 
with soft coal. Then 1 lighted the shavings and 
pumped the bellows. When I had a good fire, 
Capt. Dix came in and put on a pot full of lead. 
He said when I got the lead melted to take it 
to the boiler-room in the power-house, and I did 
so. We leaded iron soil pipes. Oakum was 
first put in the bottom of the joint and lead 
put in around it after it was well calked. After 
the joints were done, 1 swept the floor around 
the forge and then it was time to go to school. 

James A. Peak. 



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B\mn\ 

James McCabe, 75, captain in the Cam- 
bridge fire department, while extinguishing the 
^flames in a blazing automobile was severely in- 
jured about the face and head by the explosion 
of a chemical fire extinguisher. Though his in- 
juries are painful, he is making good progress 
toward recovery and expects soon to be able to 
resume his duties. 

€lc4nind Dmps 

My first work after breakfast is to clean 
lamps and lanterns. I take off the chimneys 
and globes to be washed, then 1 fill and wash the 
lamps and lanterns. After the chimneys are 
done, I trim the wicks and light them to see if 
they are all right. After this 1 wash the table 
and pail and put my things away. These lamps 
and lanterns are used in different parts of the 
house, and by the watchman after eleven o'clock 
at night when the electricity is shut off. 

Eldred W. Allen. 

Planting Ulillow Sboots 

We have planted willow shoots on the south- 
east bank of our Island. The shoots were cut 
from the large willow trees. Two fellows with 
saws selected the limbs for planting and sawed 
them off. Two other fellows brought the limbs 
over to where we were planting. Before setting 
them out they were pruned to about two or three 
feet in length. We planted about two hundred 
of these shoots, fifteen feet apart. 

Charles E. Morse. 

Gcttiitd Bedding for the Cows 

One day when there wasn't enough salt hay 
in the stock-barn to bed the cows wjth, 1 asked 
Mr. Kibby what to do. He told me to take the 
leaf crate that was down at the storage-barn 
and fill it with salt hay. Another boy and my- 
self took pitch forks and filled the leaf crate with 
hay, then we put it on a wheelbarrow. One 
wheeled it while the other kept it from falling off. 
When we got it up to the stock-barn we took the 
crate inside and bedded the cows with the hay. 
Then 1 returned the crate. 

Walter S. Hall. 



J\ Statnt) Collection 

Stanley Clark and 1 have the stamp craze. 
We have been collecting stamps for quite a few 
weeks and have between six and seven hundred. 
We keep our stamps in a large album which we 
got by trading. It is called the International 
Postage Stamp Album and has four thousand il- 
lustrations. It will hold ten thousand stamps. 
We are saving stamps from Mexico, Brazil, 
New Zealand, Persia, and Peru. When a fel- 
low has two of the same kind of stamps he gen- 
erally trades for some he has not got. We ako 
buy stamps from the Trading Company. Some 
of the twenty-five and fifty-cent packages are 
very good. The fellows stick their stamps in 
with stamp hinges or gummed paper. Our 
teachers pass us the gummed paper. It comes 
in large sheets and is cut into pieces about three 
inches long and four inches wide. The stamp 
hinges cost five cents a thousand. Some of the 
fellows have between five and six thousand 
stamps. Harry L. Fessenden. 

Deliverind Laundry 

Each instructor's room is numbered, the 
numbers running from one to fifteen. The 
laundry, such as sheets, pillow-cases and towels, 
is marked with the number of the room where 
it belongs. All the instructors' clothes are 
marked with their names or initials. When the 
clothes are all washed and ironed they are sorted 
into different pile.s according to the rooms where 
they belong. They are put into a basket and 
are taken around to the rooms by Miss Pierce 
and one of the fellows. The clothes that go to 
the farm-house are taken over by the farm-house 
boy. John LeStrange. 

Painting 

The hall near the office has recently been 
painted. We went over the walls with our putty 
knives and scraped off all the loose paint and 
puttied up all the holes and cracks. After we 
had the walls smooth and in good condition we 
painted them with a cream colored paint. We 
also scraped the base boards and shellacked them. 
Walter R. Horseman. 



THOMPSO]^ ISLAND 

BEAtON 



Vol. 15. No. 2. 



Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston Mass. 



June, 1911 



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



memorial Day Exercises 

According to custom the E. P. A. had the 
pleasure of conducting the Memorial exercises 
on the Sunday before Memorial Day. Last year 
the exercises were held near the cemetery but 
this year the sun was so hot that the place was 
changed to Lyman Grove. About three o'clock 
the fellows lin^d up near the main building and 
the members of the E. P. A. got the guns they 
use for driUing and formed in line near Gardner 
Hall. There were in the lead, two drummers, a 
bugler and two color-bearers, one carrying the 
club's colors and the other the United States 
flag. Behind these were the members of the 
E. P. A. The rest of the fellows fell in behind 
the club. The exercises consisted of several 
hymns and poems appropriate to the day. After 
these we marched to the cemetery where the 
officers put flowers and United States flags on 
each grave and also a Swedish flag on the 
grave of a Swedish sloyd teacher. 

LeRoy B. Huey. 

Jlntlcipatloit 

All through April we were anxiously waiting 
for Mr. Bradley to tell us the date of the first 
Friends' Day. At last he did. From that time 
to Friends' Day we were all counting the days 
one by one. Finally we wrote the cards and 
that seemed to bring it a little nearer. The day 
before Friends' Day we were all prophesying what 
the weather would be. At night when the ob- 
servers came back from the observatory they 
were asked whether the barometer was falling 
or rising. The morning of the sixteenth every- 
body went out doors to see what the weather 
would be. It looked stormy and it finally com- 



menced to rain, but by the time we came out of 
the dining-room it had stopped. The sun cam.e 
out and then we were all satisfied. There were 
two hundred, thirty-one people. There were 
only a few fellows who did not have friends 
come so other fellows shared their good things 
with them. Ralph A. Whittemore. 

Overbauliiid Cawn-mowers 

Every spring the lawn-mowers are taken 
apart and we repair whatever needs it. The in- 
casement which holds the gear is taken apart 
and cleaned of all the dirt and grass that has ac- 
cumulated in the past year, after which it is 
washed off with gasoline to remove all the oil 
and grease. On some of the lawn-mowers the 
cogwheels are worn out from constant use and 
new ones are put in to replace them. New 
rollers are put in those that need them. Before 
the incasement is adjusted all parts are well 
oiled. The knives are sharpened by means of 
a crank inserted in one of the wheels and a little 
oil and carborundum powder put on each knife. 
This crank is turned around until the knives be- 
come bright and sharp. Louis M. Reinhard. 

Cutting Jfsparagus 

Some mornings 1 cut asparagus and carry it 
to the kitchen. I take an asparagus knife and 
a basket to the asparagus patch where there are 
five rows of asparagus to be cut each morning. 
In order to cut it, 1 push the knife into the ground 
close to the asparagus and cut it off down in the 
ground. When 1 have it all cut, 1 carry it up 
to the barn and weigh it. I then make out du- 
plicate cards and put one on the basket of aspara- 
gus, and leave one at the barn, after which I carry 
the asparagus up to the kitchen. 

Herbert L. Dudley. 



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Buffalo Blirs Show 

A number of fellows had the pleasure cf 
going to see Buffalo Bill's show. One lot of 
us went Friday, May nineteenth, and another 
went on Saturday. We started a little after cne 
o'clock. When we arrived at the Point, we 
took a car for the transfer station and got a car for 
the grounds from there. We got off at the Back 
Bay Fenway and walked to the grounds. Mr. 
Beebe got the tickets and we went in and had 
orchestra seats. The most interesting perform- 
ances were the shooting by Buffalo Bill and the 
lassoing done by a Mexican. The U. S. Cavalry 
bareback riders did some good feats. The drill 
of the West Point Cadets was very interesting 
esoecially when they scaled the "Walls of Pekin". 
The coach robbery and the Indian settlement 
were both interesting. We all had a very good 
time. Norman V. Johnson. 

mintcr Rye 

Nearly every afternoon lately 1 have hauled 
two loads of winter rye to the barn. When 1 
get my tools, horse and cart ready, 1 drive over 
to the piece south of the power-house where the 
rye is. It is all mowed, so all I have to do is to 
load it upon the cart. I load the rear end of the 
cart first because 1 can get a larger load on in 
this way. After 1 have a load, I take it to the 
scales to be weighed. As 1 weigh the horse 
and empty cart before getting my load, I can 
get the net weight of the rye which is generally 
from four to five hundred pounds to a load. After 
the rye is weighed, I take it to the feeding floor 
and dump it. Edric B. Blakemore. 

$cc!iO!t$ of tbe Band 

So that the boys on the different instruments 
might have more practise, Mr. Morse divided 
the band into sections and put a fellow in charge 
of each section. In charge of the five cornets 
is Edric B. Blakemore; the five clarinets, and 
piccolo, Ralph A. Whittemore; tenor drums, 
bass drum, and cymbals, William B. Laing; and 
the harmony consisting of three altos, two basses, 
two tenors, three trombones, and a baritone, 
Willard H. Perry. Tuesday nights the cornets 
go out and practice from seven till nine, Wed- 



nesday nights the clarinets go out, Thursday nights 
the harmony instruments practice, and Friday 
nights all the band goes out and Mr. Morse is 
usually here. Saturday nights the drums and 
cymbals go out. On these nights we play over 
what we have been told to practice and this is 
a great help. Harold L. Wynot. 

TisWng 

On Saturdays the fellows often go fishing 
in the afternoon. At one o'clock, we ask Mr. 
Beebe if we may go. After receiving permission, 
the largest fellow is put in charge and we all go 
to the wharf. If it is low tide we dig our bait. 
Sea worms are used chiefly but some fellows 
use clams and mussels. The fish that we catch 
the most are flounders, but some salt water perch 
are caught, also smelt and crabs. When we 
return to the house we clean the fish and take 
them to the kitchen to be fried for breakfast or 
dinner the next day. 

Stanley W. Clark. 

6!0ittd out Seeds 

On Saturday, May thirteenth, Mr. Bradley 
came out to the Old Elm where the fellows were 
with a large box of flower seeds to distribute 
among us. It is the custom every year for seeds 
to be given out for the fellows to plant in their 
flower beds. This year there were a great many 
varieties. The seeds were spread out on a table 
and the fellows received them by turns. We 
were provided with envelopes, and as we told Mr. 
Bradley what kinds of seeds we desired, he trans- 
ferred them from the packages into our envelopes. 
The most popular flowers among the fellows are 
asters, zinnias, marigolds, and bachelor buttons. 
Oscar E. Neumann. 

Cransplanting £clcrv 

One afternoon my work was to transplant 
celery in the hotbeds. I set out the plants 
about two inches apart having three plants in a 
row. After one row was finished 1 began on an- 
other, having themi two inches apart and the 
rows running the width of the hotbed. 1 planted 
thirty-one rows during the afternoon. Before 
leavjig, 1 watered all the hotbeds. These plants 
will again be reset. Charles E. Morse. 



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Sprayiug Cms 

This spring as usual arsenate of lead was 
sprayed on the elm trees to kill the elm-leaf 
beetle. Two pounds of arsenate of lead was 
mixed in about fifty gallons of water. The 
hand pump was used to spray the Old Elm with, 
but our new "Jack Junior" gas-engine with a 
pump attachment was far better so that the rest 
of the tress were done with this. The pump 
was in the cart and, after being placed in the 
right position, every thing was ready. The two 
spray nozzle were taken by fellows who could 
climb well and, after getting as far up in the tree 
as possible with a ladder, they climbea until a 
suitable place was reached. The wind carried 
the spray very well. Some trees were easily 
reached from the ground so we were saveo llie 
bother of climbing. Walter A. Jordan. 

Uldsbing BlastKcts 

As the weather grows warmer the blankets 
are taken off the fellows' beds and taken to ihe 
laundry to be washed. During the latter part of 
the week when all our regular work is done we 
do them. After we get the dust out of them we 
wash them in luke-warm, soapy, water, three 
fellows working on a blanket, one on each end 
and one in the middle. After we get a dozen 
or so washed we rinse them, and hang them out. 
After they are dry they are taken to the sewing- 
room and mended. Three fellows can wash 
about twenty blankets in a morning. There are 
about three hundred in all to do. 

John LeStrange. 

Cbc StancitsD 

One morning five other fellows and myself 
were sent to take the rowboat, Standish, to the 
shop for repairs. Three of the fellows took down 
long planks so that we could place the rowboat 
on these, and with a fellow on each side of the 
plank the boat could be carried easily. We 
carried the boat up the rear avenue to the shop 
in Gardner Hall where it was repaired and 
painted. We then took our planks back to the 
storage-barn where we piled them up with the 
others. Preston M. Blanchard. 



(Uatcbitig tbc Tranccnia 

At noon, May second, the fellows were on the 
lookout for the Franconia. We watched her 
leave the dock and in a few minutes she was out 
in plain sight. The Franconia is a very large 
boat and through field glasses we could make cut 
some people on deck. She stayed at quarantine 
for a long time and then went on her way. We 
like to watch for the large ships. In looking at 
the different papers we can keep track of the 
boats and when they sail. Some fellows hsve 
a small book with picture:> of the different steam- 
ship lines and showing how we may tell them 
by the funnels and flags. 

William B. Deane. 

new mats 

In the hall by the boys' dining-room there 
has recently been two new mats put in. The 
one that goes from the kitchen dcor to the 
stairway that leads down to the lower hall is 
twenty-five feet long and three feet wide. The 
other is from the dining-room doer to the store- 
room and sewing-room doors which are cppcsile 
each other. That is twenty-one feel long and 
the same width as the other. They are made 
of rubber anJ are easy to sweep. A mat was 
also put in the dining-rocm in front of the sii.k, 
but that was cut off one of the n sts that v, tie 
in the hall before the new ones were put in. T liey 
help save the fleers. Leslie H. B/rker. 

l\iv Baseball $]\n$ 

Mr. Bradley ordered some new ball suits so 
that the two teams playing could both have suits. 
The new suits came and were worn for the fiist 
time by Ellison's team. May twenty-seventh. 
They are navy blue with a blue monograiri on 
old gold pockets. The stockings are blue \>,\{h 
two old gold stripes. There were some gray caps 
bought for the old suits and blue caps go with 
the new suits. The old suits are gray with an 
old gold monogram on the blue pockets, and .he 
stockings are blue with one old gold stripe. 1 he 
new suits were made at Wiight and Ditscn's 
and the fellows like them very n uch. 1 1 ey 
were the gift of the President of tl.e School, Mr. 
Alfred Bowditch. Lawrence C. Silver. 



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Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS 
A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR WORTHY BOYS 



Vol. 15. No. 2. 



June, 1911 



Subscription Price 



50 Cents Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 

VICE-PRESIDENT 

Charles P. Curtis 

TREASURER 

Arthur Adams 

20 Broad St. 

secretary 

Tucker Daland 

19 Exchange Place 

MANAGERS 

Melvin 0. Adams 
Gorham Brooks 

1. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 

George L. DeElois 

Charles T. Gallagher 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Walter Hunnewell 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Charles E. Mason 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

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



Charles H. Bradley, - - - Superintendent 



The purpose of our conduct system is not 
merely that of immediate discipline, but of cor- 
recting the faults and bad habits of the pupils 
and training them to become good men and 
useful citizens. 



In order that the terms used in the opera- 
tion of this conduct system may be understood, 
it may be well to make some explanation of their 
meaning. A "check" is a record of some offence 
of commission or omission, which is worth a cer- 
tain number of "marks." These marks, in turn, 
determine into which disciplinary group or 
"grade" a boy is to be placed. 

During a day each boy comes under the 
supervision of five instructors. One instructor 
is responsible for him at night, another, besides 
being present while the boy is at play, sends him 
to work and school, a third has him at his work, 
a fourth instructs him in school, and a fifth is in 
charge of him while he is at his meals. 

When a boy commits some offence, the in- 
structor under whose care he is at the time makes 
a note of it. At the end of the week the in- 
structor sends, to the Superintendent, a report 
blank containing a list of offences, on which a 
check has been made opposite the proper desig- 
nation. On this blank the offences are arranged 
in three columns under the headings Personal, 
Vocational, and Moral. The personal column 
contains offences which pertain to appearance, 
etiquette, and general conduct, the Vocational 
column contains those which relate to the observ- 
ance of rules and the meeting of obligations; 
the moral column contains those of the most 
serious nature. Space is reserved below these 
columns for special remarks which may either 
refer to some check above or to the noting of 
CO nmendable conduct. 

This system is made fairer than many others 
because the final grading rests with one person, 
the Superintendent. He is familiar with the 
peculiar characteristics of each boy, his previous 
record, his endeavors, and his hinderances. He 
is also cognizant of the characteristics of the 
various instructors, their tendencies, and their 
faults. With this knowledge he is able to make 
allowances both in behalf of the boy and the in- 
structor and hence to judge impartially. 

The grading of the boys is done each week 
in the following manner. The Superintendent, 
after considering the reports sent to him from 



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the various departments, decides the number of 
marks each check should receive. In general, 
offences belonging to the personal column re- 
ceive few marks; those of the moral column re- 
ceive the most. When all the reports concern- 
ing one boy have been collected, he is placed, 
according to the total number of marks, in the 
first, second, third, or fourth grade. After this 
has been done, the reports of each boy are filed 
whe;-e they can be conveniently referred to at 
any time. 

Upon entering the school each boy is placed 
in the first grade. When he has received a 
check, one to fifteen marks place him in the 
second grade; fifteen to thirty-five, in the third; 
thirty-five or more, in the fourth. One perfect 
week's record is required to be entitled to rise 
a grade; hence if a boy drops to the fourth grade, 
it takes him at least three weeks to rise again 
to the first. 

The effectiveness of the system is secured 
throught the rewards and restrictions which are 
dependent upon the grades. This may be illus- 
trated by showing hew the grades regulate swim- 
ming in summer and skating in winter. A 
boy who is in the first grade may participate in 
these pleasures every day; one in the second 
grade, every other day; one in the third grade 
only on Saturday; one in the fourth grade not at 
all. A fourth grade boy is allowed no pleasure, 
because, except when he is asleep, at meals or 
at school, he is required to work. Those who 
stand highest in their conduct are selected to be 
responsible for others. They are chosen, when 
the opportunity is afforded, to attend the theatre, 
a circus, a fair, a lecture, or to receive some 
special pleasure. Further stimulus is offered in 
the form of prizes which are given to those who 
have been in the first grade for the greatest num- 
ber of weeks during six months, preference being 
given to those having the smallest number of 
marks against them. 

The results of this system which we have 
described a-e shewn in msny ways. The fol- 
lowing are am.ong the most striking examples. 
The boy is taught proper habits, instructed in the 



consideration due others, made to feel respon- 
sibility, and becomes more self-controlled. 

This conduct system has been successful 
on account of its wide scope and fairness. Al- 
though at times it may appear to the boy to be 
rather strict, it does after all, no more than pre- 
pare him for active life, because,,in correcting 
his faults, teaching him that punishment of some 
kind fellows misbehavior, and that good behavior 
has its reward, he becomes familiar with what 
he is to expect when he starts out for himself in 
the world. 

notes 

May 1 . Renewed planks in horse-stalls. 

Manager Francis Shaw visited the School. 

May 2. Painted life boat on steamer Pil- 
grim. 

May 3. Cut the first asparagus. 

Finished painting and lettering eighty gar- 
den stakes. 

May 4. Electric motor came for buzz 
planer and saw bench. 

Sowed pea, spinach, beet, swisschard, onicn, 
and lettuce seed and finished planting potatoes. 

May 5. Replaced several wharf planks. 

May 6. Made covers of enamel-cloth for 
engines and motors in engine-room. 

May 8. Moved hose-house back of poultry- 
house for incubator house. 

May 9. Finished transplanting blackberry 
bushes. 

May 10. Refitted grey uniforms. 

May 11. Wet tool-grinder, and gasoline 
engine spray-pump came. 

Planted popcorn, Farquhar's first-crop sug- 
ar sweet corn, and sowed millet seed. 

May 12. 12 inch buzz planer received, 
gift of Mrs. George Howland Shaw. 

May 13. Twenty-five boys attended the 
Harvard- Brown base-ball game through the kind- 
ness of Mr. /rthur Beane. 

May 14. Sunday. Rev. James Huxtable, 
accompanied by several of his parishcners, ad- 
dressed the boys. 

May 15. Freight barge John Alden re- 
paired and bottom re-caulked. 



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May 16. First Friends' Day, 231 visitors 
present. Secretary Tucker Daland and Manager 
Francis Shaw were here, also graduate Howard 
Ellis with his wife and little son. 

May 17. Steamer Pilgrim varnished. 

Planted Peep o' Day sweet corn, cucum- 
ber and melon seeds. Cut the first winter rye 
for green feed. 

May 19. Twenty-two boys attended Buf- 
falo Bill's Wild West Show. 

May 20. Twenty-two boys attended Buf- 
falo Bill's Wild West Show. 

May 23. Laid electric cable conduit in 
concrete floor of carpenter shop. 

May 24. Masquerade dance. 

May 25. Planted Longfellow corn. 

Put screens on windows and doors at main 
building. 

May 28. Memorial Sunday. Appropriate 
exercises at the cemetery as usual by the E. P. A. 

May 27. Repaired row boat Standish. 

May 29. Turned cows out to pasture. 

Second Friends' Day, 190 visitors present. 
Secretary Tucker Daland present, also graduate 
Bertrand B. Keyes, wife and daughter. 

May 30. Memorial Day. 

Freight barge John Alden loaned for judges' 
boat at S. B. Y. C. Races. 

May 31. Twenty-five boys attended Ring- 
ling's Circus. 

Began spraying the elms with arsenate of 
lead solution to kill elm-leaf beetles. 

Cbe Tarm ana trades School BanK 

Cash on hand May 1, 191 1 $893.55 

Deposits to June 1, 1911 44.27 





937.82 


Withdrawals 


54.78 


Cash on hand June 1, 1911 


$88j.04 


m.JV mneorologv 





Maximum temperature 89^ on the 22nd. 
Minimum temperature 31° on the 4th. 
Mean temperature for the month 59.9° 
Total precipitation .34 inches. 
G.eateot precipi.aiion in twenty-four hours 
15 inches on the 25th. 

5 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 



tion, 13 clear days, 15 partly cloudy, 3 cloudy 
days. 

Total number of hours sunshine 232 and 
30 minutes. 

Thunder showers on the 19th and 25th. 

Kc$cttiit9 €annon-l)all$ 

During the winter the cannon balls on the 
grounds that are used for markers had settled, SC' 
the pedestals upon which they rest could not be 
seen. Mr. Beebe told me to get a hoe and pick 
and raise them to a higher level. I rolled the 
cannon-ball off the pedestal and filled the depres- 
sion with dirt. Then 1 placed the pedestal so 
that it was level and rolled the cannon-ball tack 
again into place. I fixed seven cannon-balL in 
this way. Thomas Milne. 

making a Crip in a Kowboat 

Recently while the steamer was being 
painted, trips were made to City Point in row- 
boats. It was my pleasure one morning to row 
over to City Point in the Standish, a four-oared 
boat. The Standish is very light and two fellcws 
can row her. The water was very calm so the 
trip was made quickly. Larger and heavier 
boats are used when the water is rough. It 
takes about twenty minutes to row to City Point. 
Herbert A. Souther. 

(Uccding the Strawberries 

Every fall we put seaweed on the straw- 
berries so they won't winter kill. It keeps the 
ground from first thawing and then freezirg. 
When spring comes we take the seaweed off 
and cart it over to the incinerator. Then a 
little while after we take it off we commence 
weeding the plants. Our instructor shows us 
what he wants us to do. We pulled up all the 
weeds, dandelions, grass and dead strawberries. 
These we put in a basket and when it is full 
we empty it over behind the cher y trees where 
the fellows can harrow it in. The plants will 
have to be weeded five or six times this sum- 
mer. Last winter was a bad one. Some of 
our fine plants were killed and we shall have to 
tran. plant some more. 

Robert C. Casey. 



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gct^crltid Singing Books 

The singing books which are used in chapel 
needed to be covered. They were sent to the 
office and 1 covered them. They were to be 
covered with black paper and a label affixed to the 
cover, with a number stamped on it. The num- 
bers were from one to one hundred twenty-two. 
The old covers were taken out to the waste- 
barrel where they were collected and carried to 
the incinerator and burned. It was an after- 
noon's work covering these books. 

Claire R. Emery. 

Splicing Kope 

Every time that we need a line 1 splice 
it, as 1 like to splice. One afternoon it was my 
work to splice a deck-line. 1 measured fifty- 
three feet of rope, three-fourths inch in diameter 
as that is the size we use for deck-lines. After 
getting the right length I cut it off, mousing the 
end. The loop of the rope is three feet. In 
splicing, the middle strand is put through first 
and then the other two. After it has been put 
through once it is quite easy to finish as I take 
every other strand to put the ends through. We 
usually put the ends through four times for safety. 
The places where we use the most rope is on the 
floai as they chafe a good deal' but to keep them 
longer, we put chafing pieces on them. These 
are pieces of canvas sewed around the rope. 
Then the wear all comes on the canvas and pro- 
tects the rope. Bernhardt Gerecke. 

Picking up UFastc 

For a few days my work was to pick up 
waste around the roads. 1 got a gccd wheel- 
bariow from the storage-barn and started at the 
wood pile and went along below the orchard. I 
picked up papers, sticks, and all waste. I went 
up the farm-house path as far as the poultry- 
house. I had to go over to the end of the or- 
chard for some papers. When I got a load I 
went back to the storage-barn and put it in a 
b?-rrel. Then I went along the beach rc?d as 
far as the con pcst-shed vhere 1 turned off to 
the road that goes past the vegetable cellar. 
When I got over to the incinerator 1 had to 



come up for supper. The next day I finished the 
South End and picked up stones on Highland Road 
as far as Bowditch Grove. 

Frederick E. Van Valkenburg. 

Cbc Pageant and missionary exposition 

Saturday, May sixth, Preston Blanchard 
and i had the pleasure of seeing the "Pageant 
and Missionary Expostion" at the Mechanics 
Building with Miss Pierce. We arrived there 
about half-past one. There were booths and in 
these were missionaries dressed in costumes of 
the nationalities which they represented. Some 
of these booths had bronze images which the pa- 
gan people worship. One place of interest was the 
booth of China. Around it was scenery represent- 
ing the Wall of China. After looking at the dif- 
ferent booths we saw the '-Pageant Play." This 
play portrayed the manner of life in different sec- 
tions of the world. Livingston's life among the 
black race was portrayed. Cecil 0. Jordan. 

Caving Sods 

A large oak tree that was dead was removed 
from the front lawn near the arboretum. When 
this was removed it left a large bare spot, and 
it was the work of another fellow and myself to 
fill the hole in with dirt and cover the place with 
sods. Before we laid the sods, we each got a 
wheelbarrow and wheeled sods and loam to the 
place. We filled the hole with loam and then 
started laying the sods. I made a row around 
the outside and one inside of that and kept work- 
ing toward the center laying them a little higher 
than the surrounding grass so as to allow for a 
settling. Roy D. Upham. 

Sprinkling Lawns 

During the spring and summer our lawns 
are watered. We have two hydrants, one by the 
main building and stock-barn. The cap is taken 
off the hydrant and a valve screwed on. Then 
the hose is put on and lengths coupled together 
and sprinklers put on. When running two sprin- 
klers from the same side a "Siamese" is used, the 
hose running out from the arms. When not in 
use the hose is kept in the west basement and 
the spinklers in Gardner Hall basement. 

John O. Enright. 



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Jllumni 

Harold W. Edwards, ' 10, is living at 24 
Park St., Lynn and still working for the General 
Electric Co. in that city. Ha is regularly attend- 
ing Sunday School and, in the final report of the 
School, received second honor for scholarship and 
conduct. Harold is justly proud of this distinc- 
tion and we congratulate him, because all efforts 
in this line speaks well for a graduate's charac- 
ter. 

Edwin J. Tape, '10, writes an interesting 
letter from South Acton, Mass., where he is at- 
tending High School and working for a farmer 
nearby, helping him with the chores. Edwin 
says that the money he earns is very handy and 
the extra work keeps him occupied. This va- 
cation, he writes, he is going to work in the 
Merriam Piano-Stool Factory the best place in 
town. Edwin writes hopefully of his studies and 
shows a live interest in the affairs of this School. 

Alfred W. Jacobs, '10, is employed in 
the stock-room of the New England Telephone 
Company in Hingham. He has charge of the 
stock, distributing it to the men. He says he 
likes his work. Alfred takes the Beacon and 
looks forward to its arrival. He says: "1 read 
the Alumni notes first to see what the other 
fellows are doing, then I read every thing 
else in the paper, from cover to cover." 

Harold Y. Jacobs, '10, is working for G. H. 
Morrill & Co., Printing Inks, coiner of Purchase 
and Pearl Sts., Boston. He is in the mixing- 
room where the special orders of ink are mixed. 
Harold says he practices on his cornet every 
night and on July Fourth is going to play with 
the Hingham Band. Both Alfred and Harold 
are living in Hingham with their mother. Their 
unusual neat and manly appearance are valuable 
assets to them in any pursuit they may follow. 

Cransplantitid Blackberry Bushes 

One afternoon in the second week of May 
Mr. Kibby told another fellow and me to get 
shovels and come with him. We went to the 
berry bushes. He told us to dig out all the good 
ones and put them in a pile. Then he cut off all 



the old branches. When we got quite a few of the 
plants dug, we took them down by the the orchard 
where they were to be replanted. The holes 
were already dug so one fellow handed Mr. 
Kibby a bush and the other fellow shoveled the 
dirt on the roots. After we had these all planted, 
we went back and got some more. We made 
four trips and planted one hundred and twenty- 
five. All the dead ones were put into a pile 
and Mr. Kibby burned them. 

Ernest E. Slocomb. 

ZMnq the Cows to Pasture 

On May twenty-ninth, our second Friends' 
Day, the cows went out to pasture for the first 
time this year. We had two cow-boys and an- 
other fellow to help as the cows were quite frisky. 
After we drove them to the North End, we let 
them have their Friends' Day dinner which 
they enjoyed very much. Most of the pastures 
have no fences and it is the work of two cow-boys 
to keep them out of the corn, hedges, flats and 
salt hay as well as the lawns if the pasture is near 
them. The most common pastures are Oak 
Knoll, Lyman Grove and between Oak Knoll and 
Whales Back as well as the North End. At the 
last of the season the cows are allowed to go into 
the meadows. Walter L Tassinari. 

moving the l)Ose-house 

We moved the hose-house from its old 
place near the power-house to the orchard near 
the hen-house where it is to be used for an in- 
cubator house. When we got ready to move it, 
we jacked it up and put it on rollers, then we 
put a long rope around it and a number of fellows 
took hold of the rope and began to pull. There 
were two fellows who stayed near the house to 
carry the rollers from the rear end of the house 
to the front end as the house moved along. 
Mr. Bradley came down where we were working 
and said that we were getting along finely. Then 
he went up to the house and came back with a 
case of ginger ale and he served it to Mr. Beebe, 
Mr. Kibby, and the fellows who were working 
here. It was not hard to move the building but 
it took more than one day to move it. 

Bernard F. Murdock. 



THOMPSONjS ISLAND 

BEAtON 



Vol. 15. No. 3. 



Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston Mass. 



July, 19 11 



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



Graduation Day 

It is the custom for our graduation exercises 
to be held on the front lawn when the weaiher 
permits. Our surroundings make this a very 
pleasant meeting place for our friends who coire 
to these exercises. June ninth, seats were 
arranged in a semicircle in front of the platfoim 
from which the speaking was made. The pro- 
gramme was as follows: — 
Music - - . - Band 

Prayer - - Rev. F. B. Richards 

Salutatory - - LeRoy B. Huey 

Essay - - Norman V. Johnson 

Massachusetts Schools 
Song - - - - Chorus 

Crew Song — Gregh 
Essay - - Walter A. Jordan 

Insect Pe^ts 
Class Prophecy - Dick W. Steenbruggen 

Valedictory - - Royal R. Ellison 

Song - - - - Chorus 

At Twilight — Gow 
Address - Hon. Samuel J. Elder 

Awarding of the United States History Prizes, 

given by Frank E. Allard, M. D. 
Presentation of Diplomas - Mr. Bradley 

Music - - - . Band 

Class Motto: "Fidelity" 
The following numbers were prepared but 
on account of the length of the programme were 
omitted: — ■ 
Essay - - Ernest M. Catton 

Lumbering in Maine 
Essay - - Orice M. Merrick 

New Hampshire Scenery 

Essay - - Dana W. Osborne 

History of Vermont 



Essay - - John H. Marshall 

Rhode Island and its Oyster Fisheries 
Essay - - Ralph A. Whittemore 

Connecticut's Famous Men 
Essay - - George H. Appel 

Modem Paintings 
E^say - - - Robert H. May 

The Power-house 
Essay - - Bernard F. Murdock 

Famous Ships 
Poem - - John LeStrange 

Legend of Bregenz — Adelaide Proctor 
We, of this year's class, considered ourselves 
very lucky in having present such a number of 
distinguished speakers. Mr. Elder in his ad- 
dress said that every age in the history of the 
world has had its problems to solve. He said, 
"This is the period of individuality. Hand con- 
tracts is an education which books alone cannot 
supply." 

While Mr. Elder was speaking it seemed 
that his audience would be increased by two 
from the overhead route. The buzzing of the 
airship's motors was heard coming nearer, it 
was their intention to land, but seeing- us assem- 
bled on the lawn and thinking we were holdirg 
exercises, the occupants flew directly over the 
platform, turned around, and went away. 

Prof. Justin H. Smith said, "The right way 
for boys to make progress is to start in the right 
direction and keep going." He told a story 
which is well for us to remember. 

Mr. Gallagher, one of our Managers who has 
taken the pains to hunt up the records of grad- 
uates in the last ten years, two hundred and fifty 
in number, all of whom have made good, said 



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that this should be an inspiration and stimulus to 
us. 

Dr. Allard awarded the United States His- 
tory Prizes, and also addressed us giving a very 
good recipe which, if followed, would lead to 
success. 

After Mr. Bradley had presented the di- 
plomas, as is his custom, he addressed the class 
urging us to do our best for our School and our- 
selves when we leave and go out into the world. 

In the evening, the graduating class, Mr. 
and Mrs. Bradley, teachers, and instructors had 
a dance, an orchestra from the city furnishing 
music. The following day the class went on a 
picnic to Norumbega Park. 

We feel that we have finished a successful 
year and had an extremely good Graduation 
Day. We are very grateful to all who have 
aided and encouraged us to do our best while 
we have been in this School. 

Royal R. Ellison. 

Promotions 

Promoted from the second class to the first 
class: — 

William G. Beadle Thomas Milne 

Edric A. Blakemore Charles E. Morse 
Preston M. Blanchard Oscar E. Neumann 

Clarence Burton James A. Peak 

Claire R. Emery William E. Rowell 

John O. Enright Bradley M. Sherman 

Bernhardt Gerecke Herbert A. Souther 

Harry M. Godshalk Levi N.Trask 

Frederick S. Hynes Roy D. Upham 

Promoted from the third class to the second 
class: — 

Leslie H. Barker Charles R. Jefferson 

Edmund S. Bemis George R. Jordan 

Edson M. Bemis John W. Lincoln 

Alfred H.Casey George A. Mansfield 

Robert C. Casey Everett W. Maynard 

Allan B. Cook Edward M. Powers 

Perry Coombs Abraham Samara 

V/illiam E. Cowley Paul C. A. Swenson 

William B. Deane Frederick E. Van 

Howard A. Delano Valker.burg 

Frederick V. Hall Richard W. Weston 
Ernest V. Wyatt 



Promoted from the 
class: — 

James A. Blakemore 
Lawson H. Billings 
Lawrence M. Cobb 
Franklin H. Freuden- 

berger 
Walter S. Hall 
Promoted from the 
class: — 

Stanley W. Clark 
Byron E. Collins 
Harry L. Fessenden 



fourth class to the third 

Carl D. P. Hynes 
Earl C. Miller 
Theodore Milne 
Harold D. Morse 
George W. N . Starrett 
Frank A. Tarbell 
fifth class to the fourth 

Walter R. Horseman 
Benjamin L. Murphy 
Spencer M. Williams 



Plaittiiid UcdctdDlcs 

Mr. Kibby had some of us fellows hoe the 
weeds away from the peas. When we got through 
he drove a stake into the ground at one end of the 
piece and another opposite it at the other end 
and stretched a string from one end to the other. 
Then he showed me how to fix a place to plant 
squashes. 1 dug three places between the trees. 
The fellows that were not digging places for the 
seeds planted and covered them. 1 made the 
hills a rake-handle length apart and drove in the 
stake with the name of the vegetables on it in 
black letters. We planted squash, cucumbers, and 
muskmelon. Robert C. Casey. 

Packing up Soap 

It was my work one morning to unpack some 
boxes of soap. I took the boxes up to the attic 
where 1 took off the covers. Then 1 went to the 
west loft for a box to put the wrappers in. I began 
to unpack the larger cakes of Ivory Soap and put 
them on the middle shelves. When I got all the 
larger cakes packed up neatly, I began to unpack 
the smaller cakes. When this was finished I 
had put up one shelf of small cakes and one shelf 
and a half of larger ones. I then took care of my 
wrappers and put my boxes away when the bell 
rang. Frank A. Tarbell. 

Cutting meat 

It is my duty to cut the meat for the instruc- 
tors. 1 cut up beef, veal, pork, lamb, and sausage 
meat. When cutting steak 1 trim the outside 
and cut it into slices for broiling. Then 1 trim 
off the fat, and take out the bones which are 



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cleaned and used for soup. When a leg of veal 
comes, I cut off what is wanted for steak and 
trim up the other piece for roasting. We gen- 
erally raise our own pork. 1 have to fix the chops 
and roasts. When I cut for roast, the ribs are 
generally used. 1 cut through the backbone 
making two pieces, then I cut it through the bone 
for slices. When I cut sausage meat i cut it 
in slices and grind it. Then it is seasoned and 
left in the meat cellar until wanted. When a 
lamb comes 1 cut off the neck, fore legs and flanks 
for a stew. The shoulders and hind legs are 
used for roasting and the two sides of the back 
for chops. Each piece is done up in paper and 
put in the meat cellar. Norman V. Johnson. 

Our Cradind Company 

For the convenience of the boys there is a 
trading company of which I am manager. On 
trading days after dinner the boys wait in the 
assembly-room until they may go up to trade. 
Three or four fellows go up at a time. In the 
trading company there are stamps, stamp albums, 
stamp hinges for boys who have stamp collections; 
also jack-knives, combs, mirrors, toilet-soap, 
tooth-powder, nail clippers, shaving-brushes, 
shaving-mugs, and straps, for larger boys who 
shave; memorandum books, pencils, brass hinges, 
and clasps, carving tools, small thermometers, 
skeins of yarn, and silkateen of the School's col- 
ors, navy blue and old gold. There are also many 
things for summer use such as fishing lines and 
hooks, sinkers, bobs, etc. There is an iron safe 
which was General Lyman's strong box, where 
former records of the trading company are kept. 
When a fellow is through trading he goes to the 
teller who gives him a check and tells him to make 
it out to the F. & T. S. Trading Co., and when he 
is finished, he hands it to the teller who looks it 
over to see if it is all right. When the boys are 
all through trading, the checks are given to me 
with a list that has been recorded as the fellows 
traded. 1 then compare the list with the checks. 
If they correspond, 1 make out a number of deposit 
slips with the fellows' names on them and pass 
both checks and deposit slips in at the office. 
The book-keeper withdraws the correct amount 



from their bank books and puts it to account of 
.The Farm and Trades School Trading Co. 
Claire R. Emery. 

€lcanitid tl)c Jlssembly-ball 

Every week Miss Brewster has me clean 
assembly-hall. After I sweep, I move all the 
settees up to one end of the room and wash and 
polish the floor of the other half. Then 1 put 
the benches back where they belong which brings 
them on the polished half, then I can wash and 
polish the rest of the floor. If the windows need 
washing, I clean them. The settees are all 
washed Saturday so that they will not be dusty 
for Sunday. All the other woodwork is also 
washed Saturday. Edson M. Bemis. 

Sbiniitd Silver 

When the regular work in the dining-room 
was all done one day, Mrs. Ekegrenhadus shine 
the forks and some of the spoons. Part of the 
spoons had been done that morning. She had 
everything ready for us. I took a wet cloth and 
rubbed it on the cake of Bon Ami and then on 
the silver. After they were well scoured, 1 passed 
them to two boys who rubbed them with a 
dry cloth which polished them nicely. After 
they were all polished, we took them to the sink 
and washed them. We finished about half-past 
two. 1 hope we shall do it again before long for 
it is lots of fun. Everett W. Maynard. 

Carryiiid milk 

One of the occupations on this Island is 
milking. A farm instructor and six fellows do 
the milking, and a fellow carries the milk up to 
the house, two cans at a time. The milk is 
strained at the barn and when the fellow that 
carries it gets up to the kitchen, he strains it 
there also, and then goes back for more cans. 
The milk is weighed at the barn and a record 
of each cow's milk is kept. The milking is 
done between five and six o'clock, morning and 
night. In the morning, the watchman wakes up 
the milkers and they go to the kitchen porch 
and get the pails, cans, and strainers. While 
the others are milking, the fellou that carries 
the milk is feeding the cows and doing other 
work. Howard A. Delano. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cl)onip$on'$ T$land Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS 
A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR WORTHY BOYS 



Vol. 15. No. 3. 



July, 1911 



Subscription Price - 50 Cents Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



PRESIDENT 

Alfred Bowditch 

v/ICF-PRESIDENT 

Charles P. Curtis 

treasurer 

Arthur Adams 

20 Broad St. 
SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

I 9 Exchange Place 
MANAGERS 

Mflvitj O. Adams 
Gorham Brooks 

1. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 

George L. DeBlois 

Charles T. Gallagher 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Walter Hunnewell 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Charles E. Mason 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

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



Charles H. Bradley, 



Superintendent 



"The worldly Hope men set their Hearts upon 
Turns Ashes — or it prospers; and anon. 
Like snow upon the Desert's dusty Face, 
Lighting a little Hour or two — is gone." 

Often we have desired some article or 



pleasure. Almost as often when we have ob- 
tained our desire, we have found that it did not 
fulfill our expectations, or we have found that 
our desire was vain. Again, we have enjoyed 
and have profited by the realization of that for 
which we had wished. In the latter case, al- 
though the thing itself may have gone by and 
disappeared, it has left its effect upon us. In 
this connection we should keep in mind the 
diploma of The Farm and Trades School, 
what it means to us, and for what it stands. It 
is given in recognition of the fact that we are 
well started towards being good men and useful 
citizens. Those of us who have received this 
diploma are justly proud, because we have 
desired and won something worth while; those 
of us who will soon begin the new school year 
should anticipate and work earnestly for this 
distinctic'n. 

In general we may say that the realization 
of our selfish desires has vanished quickly, and 
has done us the least good. Anticipation, in 
regard to such, brought us the most pleasure. 
The higher desires of life; the desire to do good, 
to help our fellow men, and to bring joy to others 
have brought us the greatest and most lasting 
pleasure. I^^hd these same desires have been 
the means of making us work to be better our- 
selves, in order that we might be more effective. 
Furthermore they have left a lasting mark upon 
our hearts and souls. 

We should keep these facts in mind. We 
were not placed in this world for our own 
selfish pleasures; we were created for a purpose. 
We were wrought thoughtfully to live pure and 
unselfish lives. Our training at The Farm and 
Trades School is steadily fitting us to this end. 
If we live up to the teachings of this School, v/e 
shall be successful men in every sense of the 

word. 

* * "Surely not in vain 



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M/ substance from the common Earth was ta'en, 
That He who subtly wrought me into Shape 
Should stamp me back to common Earth again." 

notes 

June I. Magazines received from Mr. H. 
Taggard. 

Sprayed elm trees with arsenate of lead to 
kill elm-leaf beetles, using new gasolene spray 
pump. 

Mr. Gustaf Larsson, principal of the Sloyd 
Training School, visited here with his graduating 
class. 

June 2. Began haying. 

Thirty boys attended the circus. 

June 4. Sunday. Rev. George H. Flint 
of Dorchester, accompanied by several of his 
parishoners, addressed the boys. 

June 5. Planted Josiah Crosby's Early 
Strain sweet corn. 

Steamer Pilgrim on blocks; painted hull 
and cabin. 

June 7. Enameled milk box and renewed 
discharge pipe. 

Man from Domestic Sewing Machine Co. 
here to repair machines. 

June 8. Dr. Alexander Burr, veterinary of 
the Boston Board of Health, here. 

June 9. Graduation exercises. 

Pinks presented to graduating class by Mrs 

A. T. Brown, as usual. 

Secretary Tucker Daland and Manager 
Charles T. Gallagher here. 

History prizes awarded by the giver, Frank 

E. Allard, M. D. 

Dance given to graduating class in the 
evening. Music furnished by graduate Howard 

B. Ellis and orchestra, including graduate Fred 

F. Burchsted. 

June 10. Treasurer Arthur Adams gave 
the graduating class a trip to Norumbega Park. 

June 12. Duke, the horse, sent to Mr. 
Arthur M. Stone. 

Vacation began. 

Launched new pontoon float for north side 
landing. 

June 16. Finished transplanting two thou- 
sand celery plants. 



Planted Stowell's Evergreen sweet corn. 

June 17. Alumni Field Day, sixty-three 
present. 

June 18. Sunday. Boys and instructors 
went for a sail up Neponset River and around 
the Island. 

June 19. Rowboat Standish repaired and 
painted. 

June 22. 
came. 

June 23. 

June 24. 



Five forges'for blacksmith shop 



Blacksmith here. 
Picked the first peas. 

Treasurer Arthur Adams visited the School. 

June 25. Sunday. Boys and instructors 
went for a sail up by the Charlestown Navy Yard. 

June 27. Hive of bees swarmed. 

Third Friends' Day, 151 present. 

Messrs. George A. Martin and Joseph 
Morrison, Scotch bagpipers, entertained the boys 
in the afternoon with their playing. 

June 30. Second hive of bees swarmed. 

Pole for giant swing placed on playground. 

Painted flagpole on playground. 

Twenty barrels of cement came. 

Cbe Tarm and Cradcs School Bank 

Cash on hand June 1, 1911 $883-04 

Deposits to June 1, 1911 74.16 



957.20 
13.37 
"$943.83 



Withdrawals 

Cash on hand July 1, 1911 

3uitc meteorology 

Maximum temperature 85^ on the 19th. 

Minimum temperature 52° on the 2nd. 

Mean temperature for the month 64.2° 

Total precipitation 3.81 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in twenty-four hours 
1.60 inches on the 13th. 

8 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 
tion, 7 clear days, 16 partly cloudy, 7 cloudy 
days. 

Total number of hours sunshine 209 and 10 
minutes. 

(Uasbing the Bread Cupboard 

The fellows who work in the boys' dining- 
room have the work of washing the bread cup- 
board. It is generally done on damp days 



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when we cannot scrub the floor. There are six 
large panes of glass in the doors, and five shelves 
to wash. One fellow works on the glass while 
the other does the shelves. When the shelves 
are all done, the bread is put in. The fresh 
bread is put on certain shelves and the older 
bread on other shelves. 

Spencer M. Williams. 

Cicaniiid the Storadc-biirit 

One rainy day Mr. Kibby said 1 was to 
clean the storage-barn. I took a broom from 
the stock-barn and went down to the storage- 
barn. I began to sweep in under the farm 
wagon, hay-rake, tedder, and then the plows, 
cultivators, weeder, and manure spreader. After 
I got the floor swept, 1 put the dirt into the 
pig-pens. Then Mr. Kibby came around and 
told me to take some laths that were on the 
floor, and put them up overhead, and then 
put everything in order. Perley W. White. 

mm to the Circus 

Wednesday afternoon, May thirty-first, 
twenty-five fellows had the pleasure of going to 
Ringling's Circus. We left the Island about 
quarter-past one, and got to the circus grounds 
at a little after two. We went into the main 
tent and the circus had begun. The acrobats 
were very good. 1 liked the clowns best as they 
did many funny things. There were some ele- 
phants that did good performing; one walked 
across the ring on a barrel. The circus lasted 
until four o'clock, then we went out to the men- 
agerie to see the animals. There were a great 
many elephants, lions, tigers, hyenas, monkeys, 
giraffes, deer, elk, polar bears, black bears, cam- 
els, and a hippopotamus. The tigers from India 
looked very pretty. We left the circus grounds 
at half -past four, and got home about six o'clock. 
We all thanked Mr. Bradley for the trip. 

James A. Peak. 

Band Concert 

Friday evening. May fifth, the band assisted 
by Mr. Howard Ellis gave a concert under the 
direction of Mr. Morse. The cornet solo given 
by Mr. Ellis was very good. There was also a 
good baritone solo by Willard H. Perry and a 



duet on the clarinets by Ralph A. Wittemore 
and Preston M. Blanchard. After the band 
had played four or five selections, Mr. Morse 
had the beginners' class line up and play for 
us. Just before the close of the concert Mr. 
Morse had the beginners' class line up again 
and stand with the others. Then he told us that 
that would be the size of the band in the future. 
Then he announced that Edric B. Blakemore 
would be the leader of the band and he appointed 
different boys as leaders on the various instru- 
ments. The concert was fine and we hope we 
may have another one soon. 

Orice M. Merrick. 

Getting tbe Scow Ready 

The judges in the races of the South Boston 
Yacht Club use our scow every Memorial Day, 
so just before the thirtieth of May it is the work 
of the steamer's, crew to get her ready. After 
she has been painted inside and out, the rigging 
is taken down from the scaffold in the boat- 
house and cleaned and painted. Then the frame- 
work or rigging, as it is called, is put on. This 
consists of six posts bolted to the sides of the 
scow. Then three carlines are put on and 
bolted to the stanchions. The ridge-pole fits on 
these three and there are also two side pieces that 
are bolted to the posts. After this is all put on 
and bolted securely the military mast is stepped. 
The canvas is brought from the clothing-room 
and fastened on, making an awning. When 
Memorial Day comes, the scow is taken along- 
side the steamer and made fast. A large 
anchor is then brought aboard and the scow's 
large anchor line. The line is bent on to the 
anchor. We then take the scow over and 
anchor it a little way off from the South Boston 
Yacht Club house. After the races are over, 
the steamer brings the scow back. The canvas 
and anchor are taken off and the scow taken to 
her mooring. The framework is usually left on 
until after graduation day. 

Bernhardt Gerecke. 

Planting €orn 

Mr. Kibby picked me out one day to work 
for him. He got out some ears of corn for me 



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to shell. He showed me how to do it and told 
me to leave about one inch at each end so as 
not to put the poor kernels in. When I had that 
all done, he told me to get a hoe and go with him. 
We went over to the farm-house and in a back 
room there was some pop-corn in barrels. I 
shelled some of this and then we went up to the 
corn piece by the orchard, and he told me to plant 
the corn where there was not any and in hills 
about three feet apart. That afternoon I planted 
six rows. Edmond S. Bemis. 

Planring Seeds 

One afternoon Mr. Gordon was away and 
Mr. Kibby was in charge of us four boys. That 
afternoon we planted seeds in the piece east of the 
orchard. We planted squash, muskmelon and 
cucumber seeds. There were several kinds of 
muskmelon seeds and two kinds of cucumber 
seeds. It was interesting planting the seeds, as 
I had never done it before. One boy took a rake 
and measured the length of the rake on the 
ground and then made a hill there by hollowing 
out a little hole about two feet across and from 
two to four inches deep. He spaced all the hills 
in this way. Another boy went along after him 
and planted the seeds and a third boy covered 
them over. 

Dexter L. Noble. 

tbe I)e(t9e 

Along the north and east sides of the boys' 
gardens is a buckthorn hedge. There is an arch 
cut through the middle of the north end so we 
can follow the main path through the gardens 
to the playground. Every year the hedge is 
trimmed and made even. To do this we have a 
long ladder, made especially for the purpose, that 
is spread apart and goes over the hedge. A piece 
of marline is stretched from the corner to one 
end to go by to get the right height. We use 
grass shears to trim it with. This year there 
have been quite a few birds in the hedge as the 
branches are very thick. 1 have seen black 
and white creeping warblers, a Maryland yellow 
throat, redstarts, a chewink and some robins. 
There a . three robins' nests there too. 

Leslie H. Barker. 



Jllumni 

Chauncey Page, '99, visited the School 
a short time ago. Chauncey is working for the 
Michigan Wire Fence Company at Adrian, 
Michigan where he has been for the past six 
years. His practice on the trombone in our 
band has made it possible for him to be a member 
of the Imperial Band and of Cornell's Dance 
and Concert Orchestra, both of Adrian. Chaun- 
cey is married, has one daughter, and is evi- 
dently very fond of his family. 

Philip S. May, '07, who visited us a few 
days ago, was graduated in June from Cushing 
Academy at Ashdurnham. During the summer 
he is a waiter at the Mt. Washington Hotel at 
Bretton Woods. Philip was looking well and 
said that he hoped to enter college this fall. 

Alfred H. Neumann, '08, recently wrote 
an interesting letter from The Marine Officers' 
School at Port Royal, S. C. He had just re- 
turned from Camp Myers, Guantanamo, Cuba 
where he was one of the fifteen brigade signal- 
men. We are happy to note the fact that dur- 
ing the seven months he has been in the Service 
he has maintained a perfect record. The ex- 
perience he had in meteorology here at the 
School has deen very useful to him. We hope 
to hear soon that Alfred has changed his work 
from the navy to a position which will enable 
him to serve the Government even more effi- 
ciently. 

Thomas Carnes, '08, is the happy father of 
the "Original Class Baby." The young lady was 
born June twentieth, and weighed eight and one- 
fourth pounds. If the young lady inherits her 
father's genial smile, we predict many friends 
for her in the future. Our best wishes for the 
little daughter as well as her prcud parents. 
Tom is still working at the Fiske Building, as- 
sisting one of our enterprising and popular gradu- 
ates, Jimmie Graham. 

William. M. Marshall, '10, spent two 
days with us recently. He is living with his 
mother in New Bedford and is working for the 
New England Cotton Yarn Company, Depart- 
ments one to four. William took pride in saying 



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that he attends regularly the Sunday School of 
the Saint James Episcopal Church. 

J\\mn\ Ticid Day 

The annual field day of the Alumni Associ- 
ation of The Farm and Trades School was held 
at Thompson's Island on Saturday, June 1 7th, 
sixty-two members with their wives and children 
being present. Superintendent Charles H. Brad- 
ley met the party at the School wharf and, after 
a short meeting, lunch was served on the lawn. 
The School band furnished selections. At one 
o'clock races for the boys of the school were held 
on the playground at which Richard F. Bell and 
Charles F. Spear acted as judges. A race be- 
tween the ladies was won by Mrs. Buchan with 
Miss Sederholm second. The annual ball game 
be';ween the married and single men proved to 
be the same old story; score single men 25, 
married men 7. The line up was as follows: 

Married men Single men 

Bete, J. E. C * Jorgensen, E. N. 

Hughes, H. C. P Thayer, F. P. 

Fox, H. A. 1st B Spear, C. F. 

Graham, J. H. 2nd B Davis, E. L. 

Buchan, G. 3rd B Ellis, M. P. 

Loud, C. W. S S Jacobs, H. Y. 

Robinson, J. C. R F Foster, W. W. 

French, H. W. C F Frasier, F. N. 

Sargent, J. M. L. F Jacobs, A. W. 

A. T. Bunten and A. D. Fearing, umpires. 
The following were present, 
Alcott, William 

BbII, George L. 

Bell, Mr. and Mrs. Richard 

Bell, Miss Alice M. 

Bete, John E. 

Boutwell, Mr. and Mrs. H. L. 

Bridgham, Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. 

Bridgham, Mr. and Mrs. George E. 

B ichan, Mr. and Mrs. George 

Bunten, Frederick R. 

Bunten, Alger T. 

Bunten, Kenneth R. 

Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. 



Denton, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. 

Denton. Miss, Alida M. 

Duncan, Mr. and Mrs. Charles 

Duncan, Miss 

Ellis, Merton P. 

Evans, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. 

Fearing, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur D. 

Foster, William W. 

Fox, Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. 

Frasier, Frederick N. 

French, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert W. 

Graham, Mr. and Mrs. James H. 

Holman, Mr. and Mrs. Solmon B. 

Holman, Miss Alice 

Hughes, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. 

Jacobs, Alfred 

Jacobs, Harold Y. 

Jorgensen, Ernest N. 

Loud, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence W. 

Lynos, Miss Eleancr N. 

Piercy, Frederick W. 

Robinson, Joseph C. 

Sadler, Miss E. 

Sargent, Mr. and Mrs. John M. 

Sederholm, Miss E. A. 

Smith, Mr. and Mrs, Charles A, 

Spear, Charles F. 

Thayer, Frederick P. 

Wickett, Mr. and Mrs. William J. 

Young, Miss Alice. 

Merton P. Ellis, '99, Sec. 

Spreading Jl$bc$ 

Mr. Kibby had some of the morning and 
afternoon farm fellows spread wood ashes to 
fertilize the grass. We got the ashes from the 
incinerator. The first day we did all the front 
lawn and all around the house, and used one 
load of ashes. We carried the ashes from the 
cart in pails and threw them around by the hand - 
ful. It was my work to carry the full pails to 
the others when they needed them. The next 
day we worked on Observatory Hill and we put 
the ashes on with a shovel. We emptied five 
loads that afternoon and had two teams going 
part of the time. 

Ernest E. Slocomb. 



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Ristory of Our Printing-office 

The printing-office at The Farm and 
Trades School had its beginning just thirty-one 
years ago. It was on May 25, 1880, that Mr. 
John R. Morse, then principal of the School, 
bought a small printing-press and half a dozen 
fonts of type and had them brought to the Island, 
where they were set up in front of the northerly 
window in the recitation room. 

Bertrand B. Keyes, one of the older boys in 
the School, was the first printer. He received 
his instruction in the art from Leo R. Lewis, 
son of the late Rev. J.J. Lewis, who at that 
time was pastor of the Broadway Universalist 
Church in South Boston. Mr. Lewis is now 
professor of music at Tuft's College. This was 
the only instruction Keyes ever received from 
others, and he transmitted his information first 
to Charles W. Wilson, and Wilson subsequently 
taught the writer. 

From the very beginning the printing-press 
was a source of interest. The first printing- 
press in British North America set up in Cam- 
bridge, Mass., in 1638, could hardly have excited 
more interest among the inhabitants of the Mass- 
achusetts Bay Colony than did the little amateur 
printing-press on Thompson's Island to the in- 
habitants thereof 242 years later. The output 
of the latter press, especially the visiting cards, 
ornamented as the fashion was in those days 
with gilt and beveled edges and with turned 
corners, was considered wonderfully fine. 

The idea of a printing-press received the 
hearty approval of Mr. William A. Morse, the 



Superintendent of the School, and likewise of the 
B ard of Managers, and before many months 
had gone by a generous offer was made by Mr. 
Charles P. Bowditch, a member of the Board of 
Managers, to provide a larger outfit, where prac- 
tical instruction in the trade could be given to a 
greater number of boys. This offer came dur- 
ing the erection of Gardner Hall, in which pro- 
vision was to be made for teaching several trades, 
and the offer of Mr. Bowditch made possible the 
addition of another trade to the original scheme. 

The material for the Farm School Printing 
Company was bought from Golding & Co., in 
Fort Hill Square, Boston, on May 25, 1880. 
The outfit cost exactly $16.02. It consisted of 
a self-inking hand-power press, niade by Golding 
& Co., and called "The Official," and half a 
dozen fonts of type. As near as my recollection 
serves me now, the fonts of type were as fol- 
lows: — Double English Old English, Double Pica 
Payson Script, Long Primer Light Face Gothic 
Italic, Brevier Modern Roman, Brevier Modern 
Roman Italic, and Nonpareil Light Face Gothic. 
Mr. John R. Morse furnished the original capital, 
and sold a half interest to Keyes. In a few 
months Keyes had earned enough on the press 
to buy the other half interest in the business, and 
it was sold to him. With that transaction the 
Farm School Printing Company came to an end, 
Keyes becoming sole owner. The entry in the 
memorandum book kept by Mr. Morse is as fol- 
lows: — 

"The Farm School Printing Company dis- 
solved this day, August 18, 1880, and the 



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stock and business passed into the hands of 
B. B. Keyes." 

In another part of the book, in which was 
also kept the accounts of the Farm School Bank, 
is shown the earnings of the printing venture. 
Incidentally it shows that when the bank was 
opened, Keyes was the largest depositor, and on 
June 2, 1880, his account shows a balance of 
$8.45. On June 5, 1880, he paid $8.01 for 
"one-half interest in printing machine." On 
August 18 of the same year another entry shows 
that he paid $8.01 for "other one-half printing- 
press." On the same date there was a settlement 
of the business. Keyes paid for half the expenses 
of the venture, amounting to $3.66 as his share, 
and he was credited with half the balance on 
hand, his share being $5.34. 

He continued the business, printing cards 
for the instructors and girls (the employees) 
and the boys at the School, generally a dozen or 
twenty-five, according to the style of card, for ten 
cents. Keyes was real active and managed 
to make quite a little money from the press. 
When Keyes left the School he sold the out- 
fit to Charles W. Wilson, who, in turn, 1 be- 
lieve, sold it to George E. Bridgham, and when 
the latter left the School, he took the press with 
him. 

The amateur press was succeeded in about 
two years by a well equipped printing-office. 
This was situated in the southwest corner of the 
first floor in Gardner Hall, and contained a quar- 
ter-medium Universal Press, with a chase ten 
by fifteen inches, forty or fifty fonts of display 
type, and several full size cases of body type. 
When the larger outfit was purchased, the ne- 
cessity became apparent for a practical printer 
to have charge of it and to give instruction to 
the boys in printing. Keyes had already left the 
School, and although three or four boys had 
learned to set type and to run the Official Press, 
none were competent to handle the larger outfit. 

Mr. Bowditch had his Boston office then, as 
now, at No. 28 State Street, and he had his 
printing done at the office of John H. Eastburn 
at No. 14 State Street. To Mr. Eastburn, Mr. 
Bowditch made known his wish to get a printer 



of practical experience and good character as 
instructor in the new printing-office at the Farm 
School. There happened to be employed at the 
Eastburn Press at that time the son of a partner, 
Mr. George T. Barker, Jr., who had learned the 
printing trade at the Riverside Press in Cam- 
bridge, and who had spent one summer at the 
Isles of Shoals as assistant steward and printer 
at one of the large hotels. Mr. Barker went to 
see Mr. Bowditch, and as a result was engaged 
to put the printing-office in operation and to give 
instruction in printing. 

The printing material had just arrived at 
the School, and Mr. Barker's first work was to 
put the press together, set up the frames and 
lay the type before the office could be put in op- 
eration. In the equipment were two full-sized 
frames, carrying two cases each of brevier 
Modern Roman, two cases each of small pica 
Modern Roman, and one case of double small 
pica Modern Roman. A cabinet of two-thirds 
cases contained the display type, two or three 
fonts being laid in each case. 

Mr. Barker began his employment as in- 
structor in the late summer of 1882, and con- 
tinued as such for nearly a year. He lived at the 
School from Monday until Saturday, returning to 
his home in Cambridge for over Sunday. There 
was some unusually severe weather that winter 
of 1882-3, as Mr. Barker found to his sorrow. 
One Monday morning, upon arriving at City 
Point, he found the harbor frozen so solidly that 
no boat then in commission either at the School 
or at City Point could break it, and the danger 
of attempting to cross on the ice without care- 
ful exploratory work, was out of the question. He 
reached the Island after noon that day, through 
the help of the harbor police, whose boat was 
equipped with steam power and an ice cutter. 
Not many weeks later Mr. Barker arrived at the 
School one Monday morning with both hands 
and both feet frozen from his exposure in the 
open boat. 

The new printing-office, with its new type 
and superior press was able to turn out better 
work than before. The School stationery of all 
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for the Friday night entertainments, and holidays. 
Then a really large job of printing was under- 
taken. It was the annual report of the Board of 
Managers of the School, together with a brief 
history of Thompson's island and the Farm 
School, and an alphabetical list of all the beys 
who had attended the School, with their names, 
dates of admission and discharge, and the ad- 
dresses to which they went. The work made 
about ninety pages, and was set up and printed 
four pages at a time, the whole job occupying 
several months. 

Upon Mr. Barker's retirement in the mid- 
dle of 1883, the printing-office was placed in 
charge of Mr. William Austin Morse, son of the 
Superintendent, who had just finished a course at 
Eastman's Business College in Poughkeepsie, 
N. Y., and under his direction the policy was 
somewhat changed. Up to this time no print- 
ing had been done except for School purposes, • 
but now the office began to do printing for others. 
The first and largest patrons were H . Bird & Co., 
dealers in beef in Faneuil Hall Market, Nathan 
Robbins & Co., dealers in poultry in the same 
place, and the Washington National Bank on 
State Street, Boston. Although Mr. Morse se- 
cured a positon in Boston in the fall of that year, 
he continued to exercise a supervision over the 
printing-office for some months afterward. In 
his absence the office was in the writer's charge. 
Next to the School report, the largest print- 
ing job of the early days, was probably "The Re- 
union Gazette," an eight page paper published 
in April, 1885, to permanently record the reunion 
of the former members of the Farm School Band, 
which had been held at the School on October 
4, 1884. The Gazette was edited by Mr. John 
R. Morse, while the printing was almost entirely 
the work of Masters George W. Russell, George 
E. Bridgham and Harris W. Bates. The pages of 
the Gazette were each eight by ten inches in 
size, with two columns to a page, the columns 
being three inches wide and eight and one-half 
inches long. It was set in leaded brevier, and 
carried about a page and one -half of displayed 
advertising. 

In the first group of boys assigned to the 



printing-office under the instruction of Mr. Barker 
was George L. Bell, Clarence A. Knowlton, 
George W. Russell and the writer. Upon leaving 
the School, B. B. Keyesaim.ed for a musical pro- 
fession, and in it has achieved something of suc- 
cess and more than local fame. Charles W. 
Wilson entered the Riverside Press in Cam- 
bridge and followed printing for some years. 
George L. Bell has steadily followed printing and 
is now foreman of the Sparrell Print in Boston. 
Clarence A. Knowlton worked at the trade for a 
time, but long since went into other occupations. 
George W. Russell worked at printing while he 
fitted himself for the ministry, and he is now 
settled over a Baptist Church in Vermont. The 
writer followed the trade until he entered news- 
paper work, in which he has since continued. 

The little Official printing-press left the 
School in the possession of its owner, George E. 
Bridgham in May, 1885, who retained it until 
November, 1891, when he presented it to the 
School, through Mr. C. H. Bradley, the present 
Superintendent. 

It is due to Mr. Bradley's efforts that this 
branch of the work of the School has steadily 
grown. New and increased facilities were much 
needed, and the Universal press, which was in 
use, earned enough money to buy another, a 
Ben Franklin Gordon. In addition, new type 
was at that time added, also a large new paper- 
cutter, a proof-press, a lead and brass rule-cut- 
ter, and a card-cutter. 

On February 4, 1907, a number four Bos- 
ton wire stitching machine, and a Sterling ma- 
chine with round cornering, punching, eyeletting, 
and perforating attachments, were further added 
to the printing-office. A wide range of work 
may be done on the Sterling machine as will be 
seen from the number of attachments which we 
have for it, and it has a convenient arrange- 
ment for either hand or foot-power. The stitcher 
is equipped for both flat and saddle stitch work, 
and on it we stitch the Report of the Board of 
Managers, the Beacon, tide calendars, and the 
usual bound work of a small printing-office. 

Besides these two additions to the office, 
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an improved Colt's Armory Press, made by 
the John Thompson Press Company, arrived 
and took the place of the former Universal that 
had faithfully done the printing of the School for 
about twenty-five years. The new press is much 
larger than the other and weighs twenty-six 
hundred pounds. Its chase is fourteen by twenty- 
two inches and can take an impression of four 
pages of the Beacon at once, running at the rate 
of fifteen hundred sheets an hour. This press 
is used in printing all large work, such as the 
Report of the Board of Managers, the Beacon, 
calendars, weather charts, catalogues, etc. 

In addition to the new machines, the Ben 
Franklin Gordon is still used for the smaller 
work, which, with the recent machines pre- 
viously mentioned, and a goodly supply of type, 
completes the present equipment of the printing- 
office. A five-horse power gasoline engine fur- 
nishes power to run the presses and the wire 
stitcher. 

This enables the printing-office to do all 
the printing of the School and many outside jobs 
as well, which include a variety of work such as 
bill-heads, statements, checks, cards, letter- 
heads, etc. The office is under a competen 
instructor and the training there received gives 
valuable lessons in skill, neatness and accuracy 
that have proved most practical to the boys. Of 
the graduates, Elbert West, Frederick Thayer, 
Clarence DeMar, who won the Marathon race 
April 19. 1911, Banks Quinby, Frederick Bar- 
ton, and Earle Marshall are still working at the 
printing trade. William Alcott, '84. 

Oiliitd Ditcbcs 

One Saturday afternoon 1 worked for Mr. 
Kibby oiling ditches. I put on a pair of overalls 
and then I was told to get a watering-pot and 
rinse it out. We went over to the com- 
post-shed where the oil is kept. We moved 
a barrel so that we could get at it easily, 
leaving the bung on top so Mr. Kibby could bore 
a hole in it with a three-quarter inch bit. After 
it was done, he bored another hole on the end just 
below the first, and put in a faucet. We put the 
watering-pot under and drew some gas oil. In 
order to draw the oil we have to put a key in and 



turn it half way to the right or left. After we got 
a pot full, we went over towards the south end and, 
as we went along, we put a thin layer of this oil on 
all the ditches. The reason that we put it on the 
water is to kill the mosquito larvae. This oil 
forms a thin layer over the water and when the 
larvae try to get air they can't so they are 
smothered There were a number of wigglers 
about to turn into mosquitoes. 

Harold L. Wynot. 

CDc Different Boats 

At this Island we have the chance to see 
the different boats and battleships that come in 
and go out. Two or three fellows have field 
glasses and on Sundays we watch the boats 
from the playground. The ones we look for the 
most in the summertime are those of the Nan- 
tasket line. The fellows try to find out the 
names of the different ones and see how they 
can tell one from another. Next to the Nan- 
tasket boats we are most interested in the 
battleships. There have been a good many of 
these in lately. We also see the large liners. 
Some fellows know them quite well. On Friends' 
Day, the fellows can tell the boat that's bringing 
their friends just as it turns out of the channel. 
1 can tell only one boat of the Nantasket line. 
Frederick V. Hall. 

Kingiitd tDe Bell 

In the city when it is time for work to stop, 
a steam whistle usually blows to let the people 
know it. Instead of a whistle here we have a 
bell that can be heard nearly all over the Island. 
It is rung at eleven-fifteen and at five to let us 
know that work and school for that part of the 
day is over Then it is rung again at twelve-fifty 
to mark the end of our noon playtime. At seven 
o'clock it tells us it will soon be time to go to 
bed, excepting the first graders and observers. 
These are the only times the bell is rung 
excepting on Friends' Days when it rings in the 
morning when it is time to put on our uniforms, 
and again at the time the Nantasket steamer 
is coming back for our friends. The bell hangs 
in the tower and is rung by means of a rope 
which is attached to it. We all like to ring the 
bell. Abraham Samara. 



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Tourtb of 3UIV Sports 

Our contests on July Fourth began with the 
cross country run. In this race the contestants 
were to keep the course given, if not they were to 
be disqualified. The race was won by John H. 
Marshall, Royal R. Ellison being second, and 
Preston M. Blanchard, third. The barrel race 
was won by Ernest V. Wyatt; Charles E. Morse, 
second, and Edward M. Powers, third. The 
obstacle race was rather a hard one but interest- 
ing, and was won by Lawson H. Billings; Ber- 
nard F. Murdock, second, and Paul C. A. Swen- 
son, third. The high jump is more for the large 
boys, and Preston M. Blanchard was the winner, 
with Robert H . May a close second, and Harry M. 
Godshalk, third. In the crab race a number of 
the fellows who were first to finish were disqual- 
ified, but Perry Combs was declared the winner. 
We thought we had lost all of our boys with large 
mouths but the pie race proved the contrary to us. 
A generous number of pies had been provided 
and Abraham Samara did ample justice to his, 
and Herbert L. Dudley and Frederick V. Hall 
were not far behind him. 

After dinner the first race was the mile run , 
won by our long distance runner, Bernhardt 
Gerecke, followed closely by Edward M. Powers, 
and Frederick S. Hynes. The hundred yard 
dash was won by Harry M. Godshalk; Frederick 
V. Hall, second, and Robert C. Casey, third. 
In the two hundred twenty yard dash Thomas 
Milne, Roy D. Upham, and Dana W. Os- 
borne were the winners. The wheelbarrow race 
for fellows under fifteen was somewhat crowded 
at first, but Perry Coombs won with Allen B. 
Cooke second. The larger fellows like to be 
in every thing, so they had a wheelbarrow 



race with Robert H. May, Cecil 0. Jordan, and 
Harlan Stevens for winners. The last race on 
the Beach Road was the relay race, the teams 
being chosen beforehand. The team winning 
was made up of Frank S. Mills, Walter A. Jordan, 
Dana W. Osborne, and Alfred H. Casey. 

In the swimming race under fifteen, Robert 
C. Casey won the first place, with Allen B. Cooke 
second, and Thomas H. Taylor, third, Robert 
was the winner of this race last year. In the 
swimming race over fifteen, Cecil O. Jordan, 
Charles E. Morse, and Alfred H. Casey were the 
winners. The under-water swimming was won 
by John H. Marshall; Herbert A. Souther, se- 
cond, and Clarence E. Norrby, third. The 
swimming race on the back was also won by 
Cecil O. Jordan; James A. Blakemore, second, 
and Ernest V. Wyatt, third. Paul C. A Swenscn 
succeeded in walking the greased spar. 

Ralph A. Jones. 

Tixing tht l^ot-bcds 

One morning Mr. Kibby said that he would 
like to have me clean up around the hot-beds 
and vegetable-cellar. I took a rake and a hoe 
and hoed up the weeds that had sprung up around 
the hot-beds. 1 did the same thing around the 
vegetable-cellar. When I had hoed all the 
weeds up, I raked the ground all over to make it 
level. I then pulled up the weeds in one of the 
hot-beds and piled them up in one corner. I also 
put the other weeds there that I had raked up in 
the hot-bed. There were some large stones 
laying around and these I raked up and carried 
away in a wheelbarrow. It looked a great deal 
better when I had finished. 

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my Ulork 

Since work has been changed, I have been 
on the farm in the morning. When 1 first came 
to this School 1 worked on the farm. After 1 
was here four or five months, I went into the 
kitchen and stayed until this July when I went on 
the farm again. Every fellow has a chance 
for a different occupation after a while. On 
the farm I pick peas, hoe corn, mangles, etc. 
The other morning five other fellows and myself 
picked two bushels of peas in an hour and a half. 
The largest peas are picked first. Hoeing corn 
is done by hilling the soil on each side and get- 
ting all the weeds out, or covered over with the 
soil, and smothering them to stop their growth. 
Harry L. Fessenden. 

B Crip to tbe Tim Vard 

On Sunday, June twenty-fifth, the fellows 
went on a trip to the Navy Yard. We left the 
Island at about two-thirty in the John Alden which 
was towed by the steamer Pilgrim. Some of the 
boats we saw were the ocean tug International, 
the Franconia of the Cunard line, the police 
boat Watchman, and three fire-boats. As we 
approached the Navy Yard, the first ship we saw 
was the Wabash which is now used as a receiv- 
ing ship. After that we saw the cruisers Chester, 
Des Moines, and Dixie; the supply ship Celtic; 
the battleships Illinois, Missouri, and Rhode 
Island; and the unarmored cruiser Chicago, 
which was at one time flag-ship of the White 
Squadron. Besides these we saw two or three 
others that were in dry dock. We also sailed 
by seven torpedo boats. We enjoyed the trip 
very much, and thanked Mr. Bradley for giving 
us such a pleasant afternoon. 

William E. Rowell. 

Cbe new Bubble 

Recently a new bubble was placed in the 
gardens so that the fellows could get a drink 
without going to the assembly-room. There is 
a little wheel we turn to make the water come 
out; and when we let go of the wheel, the water 
stops running. When the water was turned on 
it ran down to the ground and wore it away, so 
the carpenter made a trough to drain off the 



water. Then there is the faucet where we can 
get our water for the gardens. The faucet was 
lowered so that they could put the bubble on. 
There was a hose attached to it and we put the 
hose in the watering pot and turned on the water. 
We had been obliged always to hold up the 
watering pot, but the carpenter has saved us 
from that by building a gracing on which we may 
set the watering pots. That bubble has saved 
us a lot of trouble. While playing base-ball, if 
we are thirsty and don't have time to go down 
to the assembly-room, we can get our drinks 
there. Robert C. Casey. 

J\ Padaock for tbc €olt 

A little over a year ago something new came 
to the Islandandour attention was turned towaid 
making it comfortable. The "something new" 
was a colt. A portable fence came and was put 
up at once. This year the paddock is located 
west of the corn- crib. It starts at the stone- 
wall that is north of the corn-crib. The stone- 
wall runs east and west, while the fence extends 
southwest for a distance of forty feet and then 
directly west for the same distance to a fence 
that extends between the storage-barn and the 
stonewall. It was my work this year to put the 
fence up for the paddock. The holes for the 
fence are eighteen inches deep. Two trees that 
are in the paddock are fenced in on account of 
their having been sprayed with poison. After 
the fence was in place and the holes filled in, 
the dirt was tamped with a tamper so as to make 
the fence substantial. The paddock is nearly sur- 
rounded by trees and is well shaded. 

Cecil O. Jordan. 

Cransplatiting Syritida Busbcs 

One morning the farm boys transplanted 
syringa bushes. We dug holes three feet in di- 
ameter and one and one-half feet deep. When 
they were done, the bushes were ready to put in. 
The boys who worked for Mr. Beebe dug out the 
bushes, and another boy put them on the drag 
and hauled them to the place where they were 
to be reset. When they were in the holes and 
fixed just right, we shoveled in the dirt around 
them. George W. N. Starrett. 



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Conduct Prizes 

On Friends' Day, July twenty-sixth, Mr. 
Bradley gave out conduct prizes. These prizes 
are given out twice a year. Of the Shaw Con- 
duct Prizes Lawson H. Billings received the first 
of $5.00; Roy D. Upham second, $3.25; William 
E. Cowley third, $3.00; Harold D. Morse fourth, 
$2.75; Dexter L. Noble fifth, $2.50; Clarence 
Burton sixth, $2.25; Walter S Hall seventh, 
$2.00; Perley W.White eighth, $1.75; Royal R. 
Ellison ninth, $1.50; and Howard A. Delano 
tenth, $ 1 .00. The Temple Consolation Prizes 
of books were received by John O. Enright, 
Frederick S. Hynes, Hubert N. Leach, Ralph 
A. Jones, and John W. Lincoln. The fellows 
that received honorable mention were as fol- 
lows: — Edmund S. Bemis, Laurence C. Silver, 
Louis M. Reinhard, Robert H. May, and Charles 
R. Jefferson. Harry M. Godshalk. 

new maps 

Capt. Dix has recently completed some 
maps of our Island. They are made on blue- 
print paper and mounted on heavy mounting 
board. The maps are thirty-four inches long 
and twenty-four and one-half inches wide. 
These maps show all the different buildings, 
roads, groves, wharf, orchards, and farm plots 
where the vegetables are planted. The maps 
are drawn to a scale of five inches to a thousand 
feet. In school we shall use them for problems 
in arithmetic, such as finding the areas of differ- 
ent plots, and the value of the vegetables raised. 
Franklin H. Freudenberger. 

Elcctricltv 

1 am very much interested in electricity, 
and Thomas Milne and I own an Ajax motor, 
which is very good for a little fun. We have a 
switchboard on which are numbers from one to 
eight. One is the lowest and eight is the highest 
speed. I am an owner in one of the cottages, so 
have a good place to work on all things. There 
are wires running through the walls to which we 
connect the wires of the motor. Later on we 
expect to have more motors. Mr. Bradley gives 
us batteries which have been used a little, but 
they answer our purpose very nicely. 

Harold L. Carlton. 



Tilling in Dircbcs 

One afternoon Mr. Kibby told Walter Jor- 
dan and myself to fill in the ditches over at the 
South End with stones. There were four teams 
hauling stones from a field on the west side of 
the playground. When each team came, we 
told them where to dump their load. We then 
threw the large stones into the bottom of the 
ditches and covered them with small ones. We 
filled the ditches with stones to about one foot 
from the top. There is going to be loam put 
on top of the stones and then grass seed sown. 
Lawrence M. Cobb. 

lUatcrind flowers 

One afternoon before school, another boy 
and 1 got a watering cart each from the barn and 
filled them with water for the flower garden 
below the back road. After the carts were full, 
Mr. Beebe got two watering-pots, and he and I 
wheeled the carts down to the garden. He 
showed me how to water the flowers, and then 
left me to myself. 1 watered almost all of the 
garden. After the watering was finished 1 put 
away the carts and watering-pots. There are 
nasturtiums, bachelor's buttons, and sweet peas 
in the garden. Edric B. Blakemore. 

Cbe Scotcl) l)idblandcr$ 

On Friends' Day, June twenty-seventh, be- 
fore our visitors came, Mr. Bradley told us that 
there were going to be two Scotchmen here in 
the afternoon to play on bagpipes during the base- 
ball game. When they arrived they were dressed 
in their Highland costumes, and they soon put 
their instruments together and tuned up. They 
began to play and marched up and down the play- 
ground. After they had played two selections, we 
gathered around them and asked them questions 
which they were glad to answer. One of the 
questions we asked was "How did the thistle 
become the Scotch flower?" One of the High- 
landers told us the story that was handed down 
to them. They also told us what their instru- 
ments were made from and about the different 
parts of their costumes. This was all very inter- 
esting to us. After the game was over, they 
played several selections which we enjoyed. 

Roy D. Upham. 



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August, 1911 



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president 

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Charles P. Curtis 

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MANAGERS 

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N. Penrose Hallowell 
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Charles E. Mason 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
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Charles H. Bradley, 



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We think of the Fourth of July as a time to 
make merry with fire-crackers, torpedoes, and 
fire-works, forgetting often the real significance 
of the day. When our forefathers were fighting 
at Concord and afterwards signing The Declara- 



tion of Independence, they were doing what they 
felt to be fair to themselves and for the best good 
of their posterity. 

It is well to have a national day of festivi- 
ty and rejoicing, because it unifies to a great 
extent the mass of the nation, but along with our 
rejoicing we should think of the serious side, the 
feeling of our forefathers in 1 776. It was loyality 
to their fellow country-men, a patriotic feeling 
of community interest. 

Let us profit from the observance of the 
Fourth of July by endeavoring to follow their 
example. We may not be called upon to fight 
for our country, but at least we may contribute 
to the welfare of our fellow schoolmates by living 
each day in such a way as to be worthy of the 
advantages we are receiving at The Farm and 
Trades School. In this way we will help one 
another, and at the same time prepare ourselves 
to be loyal to the country for which our fore- 
fathers fought. 

notes 

July 1. President Alfred Bowditch visited 
the School. 

Mr. Louis Bacon gave the School a foot- 
power lathe. 

July 2. Sunday. Band concert. 

July 4. Usual celebration. 

Dr. Bancroft here for the day with his usual 
contribution of peanuts. 

July 6. Quarterly meeting of Admission 
Committee. 

The following boys were admitted: — Law- 
rence C. Hopkins, Howard F. Lochrie, Fred J. 
Mandeville, and Charles O. Rolfe. 

July 7. Graduate Chauncy Page visited 

here. 

President Alfred Bowditch gave the School 

a horse. 

July 8. Ernest M. Catton and William H, 
Sowers left the School. 

July 10. Summer term of school began. 

Renewed flooring in some of the horse stalls. 



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July 12. Rowboat Brewster repaired and 
painted. 

Miss Alice C. Linscott, who died July 7, left 
the School $25,000. 

July 15, Painted derrick on wharf. 

Mr. and Mrs. Bradley, three instructors, 
and four boys attended the convention of the 
Massachusetts Society of Beekeepers at Stough- 
ton. 

July 16. Sunday. Boys taken for a sail 
around the harbor. 

July. 17. Lawrence C. Hopkins returned 
to his mother. 

July 18. Landing float and gangplank re- 
paired and placed at south side of wharf. 

July 19. Varnished cabin on steamer Pil- 
grim. 

July 20. Mr. Frederick M. Hersey in- 
spected the wharf. 

July 23. Sunday. Band concert in the 
afternoon. 

July 25. Finished agricultural maps. 

Planted golden wax beans. 

Norman V. Johnson left the School. 

Fainted gutters around main building. 

July 26. Fourth Friends' Day. 

Dana W. Osborne left the School. 

Awarded the Shaw Conduct and Temple 
Consolation Prizes. 

Manager Charles T. Gallagher and Mr. 
Nelson L. Sheldon present. 

July 27. Barge arrived with this year's 
supply of coal. 

July 29. Graduates Alfred W. Jacobs, 
Harold Y. Jacobs, and Frederick J. Wilson 
visited the School. 

July 30. Sunday. Boys given a sail in 
Old Harbor and Pleasure Bay. 

July 31. Sloyd classes began work. 

CDe Tarm ana trades School Bank 

Cash on hand July 1, 1911 $943.83 

Deposits to Aug. 1, 1911 82.09 







1,025.92 


Withdrawals 




61.37 


Cash on hand Aug. 1 


. 191 1 


$964.55 



3ulv meteorology 

Maximum temperature 101° on the 3rd. 

Minimum temperature 56^^ on the 26th. 

Mean temperature for the month 74.6° 

Total precipitation 3.76 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in twenty-four hours 
2.80 inches on the 28th. 

4 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 
tion, 14 clear days, 14 partly cloudy, 3 cloudy. 

Total number of hours sunshine 286 and 20 
minutes. 

Solar halo observed on the 27th. 

B Crip to Stougbton 

On Saturday morning, July fifteenth, three 
boys and I got ready to go to Stoughton to visit 
the Convention of the Massachusetts Society of 
Beekeepers. Mr. and Mrs. Bradley and three 
instructors went with us. We took the train 
from the South Station and Mr. Britton, presi- 
dent of the Society, m.et us at the station, and 
showed us to the automobiles in which we rode 
up to his homestead. From eleven to twelve- 
thirty we had a social time, and saw many inter- 
esting things such as hives of Italian, Educated, 
and Non-swarming bees;honey made in May and 
June, and observation hives made of cedar, 
chesnut, or pine. The Italian bees are supposed 
to be the best honey makers. At one-thirty the 
meeting was called to order by the President, 
E. Clinton Britton. The business of the Society 
was done and quite a number of new members 
were elected, Mr. Bradley being one of that 
number. Then Prof. Burton N. Gates, State 
Instructor of Apiaries, gave an address upon 
Agricultural Advancement which was very inter- 
esting. He showed us a smoker used to stupify 
the bees so that a person may handle them with- 
out protection. Mr. Britton gave a practical 
demonstration of this smoker with a three- 
queen hive. This hive was divided into three 
sections so that the queens could not fight. 
After some musical selections by Messrs. H. W. 
and E. C Britton on the cornet and trombone, 
the meeting adjourned at four-thirty. We left 
in time to catch the four-forty train, arriving 
home at the Island about six-thirty. We learned 



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a great many useful things about bees, and 
thanked Mr. and Mrs. Bradley for the pleasant 
day we spent. 

William B. Laing. 

£^iim Row Election 

On Tuesday evening, Julyeleventh, the third 
quarterly election for nineteen-eleven of Cottage 
Row Officers was held in the east basement. The 
mayor appointed three tellers. One teller gave 
out ballots, another pencils, and the third took 
care of the ballot box. The shareholders vote first 
because they vote for assessor, and their votes are 
kept separate from the non-shareholders as the 
latter do not vote for assessor. The non-share- 
holders vote after the shareholders have all voted. 
When the election was over, the tellers went to 
the reading-room to count the votes, and the 
next morning the clerk posted the result on the 
bulletin-board in the assembly-room. The re- 
sult of the election was as follows: — Mayor, 
James A. Peak; Shareholding Aldermen, Law- 
rence M. Cobb, Dick W. Steenbruggen, Richard 
W. Weston; Non-Shareholding Aldermen, James 
A. Blakemore, Clarence Burton; Treasurer, 
Alfred H. Casey; Assessor, Ernest E. Slocomb. 
The mayor appointed the following officers: — 
Chief of Police, Preston M. Blanchard; Lieuten- 
ant of Police, Thomas Milne; Sergeant of Police, 
Edric B. Blakemore; Patrolmen, Edson M. 
Bemis, William B. Laing and Thomas H . Taylor; 
Janitor, Frederick S. Hynes; Librarian, William 
E. Cowley; Curator, George H. Appel; Street 
Commissioner, Harlan Stevens. 

James A. Peak. 

B masquerade 

Mr. Bradley announced one night to the 
School that the teachers would give a masquer- 
ade dance on the evening of May twenty-fourth 
and that the first and second grades were cordially 
invited to attend. Cloth was given out for masks 
and we could wear any kind of costume we 
wished. Some had very good costumes. Among 
the best characters by the boys were an acrobat, 
school-girl, old lady, dude, ghost, Roman, 
sailor, Chinaman, cadets and darkies. Robert 
H. May and Preston M. Blanchard were 



the two stars for the best make-ups. May was 
the dude and Blanchard was the old lady. The 
instructors were dressed up in good costumes 
also. The band played for most of the evening, 
but we had the Reginaphone for the barn dance 
and the piano was played for a few dances so the 
band fellows could take part. Refreshments 
were served consisting of lime juice and cookies. 
This was the first masquerade ball we have had 
and we all enjoyed it and hope we may have 
another. Harold L. Wynott. 

J\ Picture 

In our school-room there is a picture called, 
"Move On." It shows an old man in the street 
who is picking up some flower pots which 
are scattered all around. His little donkey is 
standing near with his head down. He looks 
rather tired. One wheel has come off the cart 
and the top has slipped off. The funny part of the 
picture is a policeman telling him to move on 
when his cart is broken, and broken flower pots 
are in the street. The policeman has his finger 
pointed to the man and is standing very straight. 
It is a good picture. William E. Cowley. 

l)oeing jflround Jfpple Crees 

The work that 1 did on the farm one morn- 
ing was hoeing around apple trees. Mr. Kibby 
showed me how to do it. The reason he had 
me do it was to cut out the witch grass that was 
around the trees. I had to be careful not to 
strike the tree with the hoe. He told me not 
to dig out too far, because there were some peas 
planted near by. Mr Kibby hoed around four 
trees and then left me to do the others. There 
were ten rows of trees and six trees in a row. 
It does not take very long to do a tree. I did 
nine rows of trees during the morning. 

Lawson H. Billings. 

Cbe Tir$f Swim of the Season 

On June eleventh, the fellows had the first 
swim. We were called away from our work 
about eleven o'clock to assemble under the Old 
Elm. When all were present we went down to 
the wharf. Mr. Bradley then spoke to the fel- 
lows, telling us the rules we were to abide by. 
Then we got ready to go into the water. A boat 



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which is in charge of two members of the boat 
Crew, and is used as a safeguard against ac- 
cident, was rowed out to its mooring, and then 
the signal was given for us to go into the water. 
We were allowed to remain in the water nearly 
half an hour. When all the fellows were dressed 
we went to the house to get ready for dinner. We 
all enjoyed the first swim. 

Herbert A. Souther. 

Strccr Commissioner 

When the Mayor of Cottage Row appointed 
his officeis last term, 1 was made Street Com- 
missioner. It is my work to see that the street, 
the land behind City Hall, and the waste barrels 
are kept in good order. In my noon and night 
hours lately, 1 trimmed the edge of the grass 
ground that touches the street. The two fellows 
who were working for me threw the sods we cut 
down over the bank. 1 raked the street 
ready for rolling. This will make the street 
level, so it will look well when we spread the 
gravel on it. Thomas H. Taylor. 

Kakiitd the Jlocnucs 

It is my work on week days before school 
to clean the front avenues. 1 have a short tooth 
rake as 1 like it better than a long one, for the 
leaves and twigs do not go through it so easily. 
The avenues are raked so that they look like a 
herring bone. I rake both sides down toward 
the center and this brings all the twigs, leaves, 
and other litter toward the center. Then 1 rake 
all the litter into piles, collect it in a basket and 
put it into the waste barrel, after which it is 
taken to the incinerator to be burned. I pull 
all the weeds that have grown in the stone gut- 
ters that line either side of the avenne. It takes 
about one hour and a quarter to do this. 

Frederick S. Hynes. 

eoitid for Cemciti and Sana 

One afternoon it was my work to get the 
freight-barge, John Alden, alongside the steamer 
and make her fast so that we could get some 
cement and sand. A small gang-plank was 
placed inside the barge and also a large piece of 
canvas. We then started for City Point. When 
we arrived there, we made fast alongside the 



stone wall where we could load the bags conven- 
iently. There were eighty bags. These were 
passed from the wagon by two fellows and the 
teamster to another fellow, who in turn passed 
them to four other fellows who piled them in the 
barge. The sand came in barrels and was 
loaded on by the fellows. After the cement and 
sand were all on, we sailed back to the Island 
where we unloaded at the stone dock and put 
the freight-barge out to its mooring. 

Bernhardt Gerecke. 

f)m\m Jlsbes 

One Saturday morning Mr. Beebe told an- 
other fellow and me to go over to the South 
End and get the cart that the other fellows were 
then using, and tell them to go up to the house 
to get ready for town. They had just gotten 
over with a load of loam from a place near the 
house. After we told them, we dumped the load 
of loam on the pile. Then we loaded our cart 
with ashes and hauled them up to the house. 
We spread the ashes in a circle out on the play- 
ground. This circle has a pole in the middle, 
with a cement base. The pole has ropes hang- 
ing down on which the fellows swing. The sods 
had been taken up and we were hauling the 
loam over to the South End and bringing ashes 
back. 

Edson M. Bemis. 

Playtime 

During vacations we have the most play- 
time. The fellows who usally go to school in 
the morning have from nine o'clock to quarter- 
past eleven to play, and those who go in the after- 
noon have from, half-past two until five. Dur- 
ing this time the fellows can have a lot of fun 
playing ball, croquet, working in the shop, going 
around the beach, and doing other things. It is 
base-ball season now and the fellews that are on 
teams use a good deal of their time for that. 
When school begins, we have our noon and 
night hours in which we do numerous things. 
The first graders can go in swimmtng every day; 
and the third once a week. The fellows here 
generally have something to do in their play time. 
John W. Lincoln. 



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J{\nmn\ 

Ralph H. Marshall, '09, visited us this 
month and we were as glad to see him as we 
were to see his brother last month. Ralph is 
also living with his mother in NewBedford, and 
is working for F. M. Jenkins, an optician with 
whom he has been for about a year. He belongs 
to the Forward Club of the Saint James Episco- 
pal Church and is first lieutenant of a brigade. 

Frederick J. Wilson, '09, spent a few 
days with us lately. Fred is still with Mr. Mon- 
tague in Woodstock Vermont with whom he has 
been since he left the School. He has been at- 
tending the Woodstock High School for two 
years. It was pleasant to hear Fred speak not 
only of playing on his high school football team 
and of playing the clarinet in Taft's Orchestra, but 
also of his work on Mr. Montague's farm and of 
his work in school. It was evident that he enjoys 
and is interested in his community. 

l)aulind Seaweed 

One afternoon another fellow and 1 hauled 
seaweed away from the beach. We asked Mr. 
Kibby if we could take a horse and cart. He 
said "yes," so we went to the barn where we 
harnessed the horse Bell, and then 1 took her to 
the basement in the stock-barn to get the cart, 
while the other fellow got two manure forks. 
When we were already to begin to haul the sea- 
weed, the horse was driven down to the beach 
where the cart was loaded. The seaweed was 
taken to the incinerator to be burned. After 
two cart loads had been taken away, we unhar- 
nessed Bell, gave her a drink, and put her in 
her stall. William G. Beadle. 

Picking Peas 

On Friday, July fourteenth, a number of the 
boys who work on the farm were occupied in 
picking peas. Each fellow had a basket and 
started picking at the end of a row. We picked 
all the peas that were large enough and found 
that we had just two bushels. We carried them 
to the stock-barn and Mr. Gordon made out a 
vegetable tag in duplicate. One of these and 
a basket check was fastened to one of the boxes. 
We took the peas up to the kitchen where they 



were shelled and prepared for dinner. 

Oscar E. Neumann. 

making BwW Blocks 

In the new blacksmith- shop at the power- 
house, a concrete floor is being laid, so the an- 
vil blocks are being made and sei in the ground, 
and the concrete put around them to make them 
firm. These anvil blocks are made of oak, and 
are very hard. They are about four feet long, and 
are set in the ground and concrete at a depth of 
two feet five inches. They are twelve inches 
square at the base. Above the floor they are 
straight for six inches, and then they slant for 
thirteen inches down to ten and one-half by ten 
and one-quarter inches at the top for the anvils 
forest on. These 'blocks come from the butts 
of trees that have been cut down on the Island. 

Thomas Millne. 

Clapboarding 

When the winter was over and the snow 
was off the ground, Thomas Milne and myself 
began to clapboard our new cottage. We first 
went to the storage-barn where we secured the 
clapboards necessary for our work. Then we 
went to the shop and got our tools. When we 
were ready, we started on the front, beginning 
at the top and using a small block as a spacer 
so that the clapboards would be the same distance 
apart. When we had finished the front, we went 
around to the sides and so on until we had fin- 
ished the whole cottage. 

Preston M. Blanchard. 

Cbe machine shop 

Lately I have been washing windows in the 
machine-shop. There are eleven windows and 
two doors, and it takes about two mornings to 
get the windows washed. The machine-shop 
is thirty-eight feet three inches long; twenty feet 
five inches wide; and eight feet ten inches high. 
In one corner of the room there is a sink and a 
towel hanging up beside it. There are six ma- 
chines there now and a dynamo and switch. 
There is a large cupboard in which to keep tools, 
bolts, and other articles. In the other corner, op- 
posite from the sink, is a bench running along the 
side and end of the wall. One of the doors opens 
from the carpenter-shop and the other from the 
outside. George A. Mansfield. 



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Our JInitnals 

We have eight horses and one colt. They 
are General, Colonel, Major, Bell, Dolly Gray, 
Dan, Yellow Jacket, and George. General and 
Colonel make a splendid pair, and they do a 
great deal of work for us. The colt, whose 
mother is Dolly Gray, was born about a year and 
a half ago. Her name is Topsy and her color 
was entirely black, but is now turning to an 
iron-gray. Topsy is put out in the paddock 
every day. The horses are fed by Mr. Simpson 
and ars given cracked corn, oats, and hay for 
each meal. They are watered three times a 
day. 

We have twenty-eight cows. They are 
Jerseys, Guernseys, and Ayrshires. The cows 
are milked twice a day at five o'clock, morning 
and night. They are fed on mixed grain and 
cut or green feed, besides going to pasture twice 
a day during the summer. There is a large 
watering tank in the barn-yard where the cows 
get their water. Each cow gives from two to 
seventeen pounds of milk at each milking. 
The cows are cleaned and taken care of by four 
cow-boys, two in the morning and two in the 
afternoon. We have one bull which is of Guern- 
sey breed. 

For poultry we have two Chinese geese, 
five other geese and a gosling, two hundred 
seventy-nine pigeons, twenty-eight ducks, nine- 
teen turkeys, forty chickens, three roosters, 
and forty-four hens. We have two different 
kinds of hens, Rhode Island Reds, and Barred 
Plymouth Rocks. 

Our hogs, of which we have eleven, are in 
the basement of the storage-barn. Hogs are 
often killed during the winter, and we enjoy the 



fresh pork. We have four dogs, two of St. Ber- 
nard breed, and two fox-terriers. We have had 
Major, a St. Bernard, but a few days. He is 
a very pretty dog and so gentle and affection- 
ate that we all like him. 

For pets, we have rabbits, Guinea pigs, a 
monkey, and two tame crows. We have the 
crows in a large cage now, but once in a while 
we let them out. They were presented to us 
recently by Mr. Mead, a former supervisor. 
The rabbits and Guinea pigs are kept in Au- 
dubon Hall. One of the boys takes care of the 
poultry, and another, the curator, has charge of 
the pets. There are a number of gray squir- 
rels which play around the yards. We have 
about five hundred animals in all. 

James A. Blakemore. 

forking on rbc Catbc 

On July thirty-first, the fellows began to go 
to sloyd again. That morning v,e were given a 
few rules. We went on the following Wednes- 
day morning for the next lesson. Mr. Ekegren, 
the instructor in charge, took us around the 
lathes and explained things about them. Then 
he set another fellow and me to work on them. 
The first thing 1 made was a cylinder. 1 
used two tools on it, the large gouge and the 
large chisel. When I got the cylinder done, 1 
made a file handle out of it. In making the file 
handle, 1 first cut a place for the brass ring and 
■fitted it on. Then 1 marked the dimensions en 
the cylinder and shaped it out like a file handle. 
I sandpapered it all up. The tools I used on it 
were two gouges, two chisels, and a parting tool. 
The lathe is motor driven. The switch is under 
the lathe. On the right hand side of the lathe 
is the rheostat. To start the motor, close 



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the main knife switch. Then move the lever 
on the rheostat to first segment and hold it 
there for one or two seconds, then to the sec- 
ond segment and hold it there for one or two 
seconds, and so on from one segment to the 
next until the lever has been moved to the 
short circuit position where it is held by the 
retaining magnet. To stop the motor, open 
the main line switch and the rheostat will take 
care of itself. Alfred H. Casey. 

Spraying Potato Plants 

We sprayed our potato plants this year 
with Bordeaux mixture. Four barrels were 
used for this mixture. One barrel was about 
half full of water and lime, a pound of lime to a 
gallon of water. In another barrel there was 
blue vitrei water. This blue vitrei had to be 
dissolved in a bucket of hot water. Then an 
empty barrel was taken and filled about two- 
thirds full of water, and half a pound of Paris 
green was put in it. Added to this were four 
gallons of lime water. Then four gallons of 
blue vitrol water were put in, and more clear water 
was added to fill the barrel, and the other barrel 
was filled in the same way. 

William B. Laing. 

J\n Observation Crip 

On the ninth of August the fourth and fifth 
classes had the pleasure of going on a trip to the 
State House. We left the Island about quarter 
past twelve and arrived at the State House early 
in the afternoon. We were taken by our teacher 
and another instructor. A guide escorted us 
around, first showing us the flags which were in 
glass cases in the corners of the room. He 
spoke especially of the only flag brought back 
from the Civil War with a blood stain on it. 
That was carried by a sergeant who had both of 
his arms torn from their sockets in one of the bat- 
tles. He dropped the flag and it was picked up 
by another soldier. In the center of the building 
is Memorial hall. The circular gallery is sup- 
ported by sixteen pillars of Siena marble. Our 
guide told us that all the marble we saw came 
from Italy. We visited the ladies' reception 
room and Representatives' Chamber. 



These rooms are both finished in white ma- 
hogany. The walls are covered with embossed 
leather that cost forty dollars a yatd. There is 
a table in the ladies' reception room that cost one 
thousand dollars. It is made of white mahogany 
which came from the west coast of Mexico. 
In the library we saw a manuscript which was 
written by Governor Bradford in the cabin of 
the Mayflower. We went up in the dome of the 
State House where we could get a fine view of 
Boston. We could see our Island. There are 
seventy-three clocks in the building all run by 
electricity. The correct time is sentfiom Wash- 
ington to the State House every day at quarter 
past twelve. We had the privilege of shaking 
hands with a gentleman who was awarded a 
medal of honor for bravery in the battle of Get- 
tysburg. We discovered later that cur guide 
had attended Mr. Lincoln's last reception ten 
days before his assassination. We were glad 
to have the privilege of shaking hands with a 
person who had shaken hands with Mr. Lincoln. 
When we got back to the Island, Mr. Bradley 
was at the wharf and we thanked l-im very much 
for the trip. Harry L. Fessenden. 

Sorting Paper 

On July twenty-eighth it rained pretty hard all 
the morning, so the farm boys could not work 
outside. Mr. Gordon took seven of us fellows 
down to the storage-barn to clean it up. We 
went up on the scaffold and sorted paper. We 
put the printed paper and the unprinted paper in 
separate bags. After a bag was full, it was tied 
up and a tag was put on it telling if it contained 
printed or unprinted paper. This waste paper 
comes from the printing-office and is sorted. 
Here it accumulates and is finally sold. 

Oscar E. Neumann. 

J\ Seocntccn-ycar Cocust 

One morning as I was coming up the av- 
enue, 1 saw a little black thing move on the 
gravel. I went away for a little while, and then 
returned to see what it was. 1 took it up to my 
teacher and she said it was a seventeen-year 
cicada. I put It in the insect case in the back 
of the room. This one had been out of the pupa 



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case for quite a few days. The eggs of these 
locusts are deposited in slits in twigs of trees. 
These eggs hatch in a few weeks, and the lavae 
fall to the ground, where they bury themselves 
and feed on the roots of trees for seventeen years. 
When they are fully grown, they crawl out of the 
earth on the tree trunks, and the skin on the back 
bursts, and the locust crawls out. In a few min- 
utes they fly away to enjoy the few weeks of 
their life in the tree tops. These locusts do very 
little harm to trees or crops, and the hens and 
pigs devour them. Theodore Milne. 

Cbe Giant Switid 

The giant swing is erected on the play- 
ground. This consists of a pole set six feet into 
the ground, and rising to a height of about twenty 
feet. At the top there is a plate of iron where 
the ropes are hitched. This plate revolves so 
that the ropes will not wind around the pole. 
The ropes hang down within four or five feet 
from the ground, and on the end of each is a han- 
dle. Around the pole there is a circle of sod 
taken out and ashes are spread over the dirt so 
that it will dry up quickly and so that we will 
not slip while swinging. Mr. Bradley told us 
that the way to swing was to take a stride, mak- 
ing our strides longer as we went around, and so 
making a complete circle around the pole until 
at last we should swing off into the air. 

Preston M. Blanchard. 

6ytiina$tic$ 

The pupils of the second, fourth, and fifth 
classes have had gymnastic exercises and deep 
breathing this term. The exercises were at 
first very simple and were not enjoyed quite as 
much as the harder ones we have now. They 
last only a short time each day. The time 
seems too short to most of us but we are glad to 
have them at all. We take such movements 
as will exercise all the parts of the body. We 
have foot placing, facing exercises, arm ?nd 
balance movements, trunk bending, and deep 
breathing. These gymnastics tend to make the 
body agile, shoulders erect, and chests high. 
We all enjoy this very much. 

George R. Jordan. 



Seaweed 

Some people not knowing the value of sea- 
weed and the money that can be saved by using 
it, buy other materials to use as bedding for the 
animals. On our Island we make a practice of 
using every thing we have to the best advantage. 
The seaweed is gathered and spread out en 
some open space where the sun can get at it 
and dry it. This year we put it on the grass 
plots between the stock and storage-barns, and 
on the bank where the boys undress to go in 
swimming. It was rather wet when it was put 
there and had to be turned a number of times. 
We worked on this seaweed for about four days 
in all. Finally it was taken to the stock-barn 
and the piggery where it will be kept until it is 
wanted. Edward M. Powers. 

€lcanind a Cowcl H^ck 

In the afternoon before school, I work for 
Capt. Dix. One afternoon he told me to go 
to the dining-room and get a towel rack that 
was to be re-varnished. When I returned to 
the paint shop, 1 selected two of the best steel 
scrapers, one large and one small size, and 
started in. I scraped the rounds first, and ir.ade 
them all white. Then I scraped the two end 
pieces. The rounds are made of spruce, and 
the ends are made of oak This rack is about 
three feet high. When 1 finished scraping it, I 
sandpapered it and then it was ready for varnish. 

Roy D. Upham. 

Cbc Oia Elm 

The Old Elm is a chief source of interest. It 
is quite old, having weathered many years. It is 
situated between Gardner H?ll and the main 
building. This tree is the oldest on the Island. 
Around the tree is a bench where the fellows 
can read and study. In summer it has a lot of 
leaves and gives a good shade. As the tree 
grows older the fellows will take more notice of 
it as they should. When fellows have their pic- 
tures taken they often sit around the Elm using 
this as a background. After the fellows leave 
the School, they will always look back fondly 
to the good times they had under the Old Elm. 
John W. Lincoln. 



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Vol. 15. No. 5. 



September, 1911 



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president 

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vice-president 

Charles P. Curtis 

treasurer 

Arthur Adams 

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SECRETARY 

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MANAGERS 

Melvin 0. Adams 
GoRHAM Brooks 
I. Tucker Burr 
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George L. DeBlois 

Charles T. Gallagher 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Walter Hunnewell 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Charles E. Mason 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

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

Charles H. Bradley, - - - Superintendent 

Nothing tends to the destruction of na- 
tional and individual prosperity more than idle- 
ness. Circumstances, to a certain degree, cause 
this evil. Some climates and seasons of the 
year induce lassitude; some constitutions possess 



less energy than others; but in by far the larger 
number of cases idleness results from the indul- 
gence of luxurious habits which destroy the en- 
ergy of the character. Some people lack enter- 
prise, and others, lacking perseverance are dis- 
couraged by difficulty and accomplish but little 
or nothing. 

The lack of method and habit in early life 
is answerable largely for this evil. When a 
person in youth becomes accustomed to regular 
and industrious employment, he seldom loses 
such habits in after life. The more a person 
accomplishes the more he is capable of doing, 
for the enterprising are most busy. "An active 
tool never grows rusty." 

The Farm and Trades School teaches ac- 
tivity in body, in mind, in everything. The 
preservation and improvement of our abilities de- 
'pend upon their constant exercise. Everything 
is kept going, and the reward of our industry is 
success in our undertakings. 

"Labor is life! 'Tis the still water faileth; 
Idleness ever despaireth, bewaileth." 

notes 

Aug. 1. Set channel marker off Head 
House at South Boston. 

Aug. 2. Painted and varnished first floor 
toilet. 

Aug. 3. First class boys visited the Har- 
vard University Museum with Mrs. Cotton. 

Aug. 4. Began painting the stock-barn. 

Aug. 6. Excursion around harbor. 

Aug. 7. Mowed rowen. 

Began plowing the meadow at south end. 

Laid concrete floor in blacksmith shop. 

The Massachusetts Press Association met 
here. 

Aug. 9. Dug the first new potatoes. 

Graduate Ralph H. Marshall visited .the 
School. 

Raymond Hooker Batchelder entered the 
School. 



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Third class boys visited the Boston Public 
Library with Mrs. Cotton. 

Fourth and fifth class boys visited the 
State House with Miss Lothrop. 

Aug. 10. Sprayedpotatoes with Bordeaux 
mixture. 

Repaired copper gutters on main building. 

Began digging drain for south basement. 

Aug. 12. Cut first fodder corn. 

Painted iron telephone poles. 

Graduate Edward M. Bickford visited the 
School. 

Manager and Mrs. I. Tucker Burr visited 
the School. 

Aug. 14. Manager Francis Shaw paid us 
a visit. 

Renewed planks in bridge entrance to stock- 
barn. 

Aug. 15. Twenty-five barrels of flour 
came. 

Man here to overhaul printing presses. 

Aug. 16, Charles H. Herrick, agent for 
Nash gasolene engine, here. 

Second class boys visited the Natural His- 
tory rooms with Miss Lothrop. 

Aug. 17. First pears picked. 

Steamer Pilgrim at Lawley's for annual 
overhauling. 

Aug. 18. Began cutting marsh grass for 
bedding. 

Aug. 19. Laurence Carlton Silver re- 
turned to his mother. 

Aug. 2 1 . Painted hull of steamer Pilgrim. 

Aug. 24. Picked Bartlett pears and plums. 

Aug. 25. Fifth Friends' Day. 186 pres- 
ent. 

John Hermann Marshall went to live with 
his mother. 

Aug. 26. Renewed part of flooring in as- 
sembly-room. 

Last base-ball game of the season. All 
went to south end of Island to see the airships. 

Aug. 27. Seeded piece west of farm- 
house with timothy. 

Aug. 30. Preserved plums. 

Picked one bushel grapes. 



Aug. 31. Graduate Terrance L. Parker 
visited the School. 

CDe Tarm and Cradcs School Bank 

Cash on hand Aug. 1, 1911 $964.55 

Deposits to Sept. 1, 191 1 21.14 

^985^69 
Withdrawals 33.05 

Cash on hand Sept. 1, 1911 $952,64 

jiuaust meteorology 

Maximum temperature 90'' on the 10th. 

Minimum temperature 50° on the 3rd and 
31st. 

Mean temperature for the month 66. 7*^. 

Total precipitation 4.72 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in twenty-four hours 
1.38 inches on the 31st. 

10 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 
tion, 5 clear days, 17 partly cloudy, 9 cloudy. 

Total number of hours sunshine 224 and 14 
minutes, 

Pmcrvind Blueberries 

Lately, in the kitchen, we have been pre- 
serving blueberries. The blueberries are first 
looked over very carefully. There is a large ket- 
tle to cook them in before putting them into jars. 
\fter they are put on the range, the berries are 
cooked until they boil, and then put into the one- 
quart and two-quart jars, and set in the pantry to 
cool. Then they are carried to the dairy cellar, 
where they will be kept until winter, when they 
will be used for pies. Thomas H. Taylor. 

making €ocoa 

One day I made cocoa for the fellows. 1 
put on a large boiler and a small ere. 1 filled 
them half-full of water and put them on the range 
to be ready in the morning. I made a paste of 
the cocoa and sugar, using two and one-hflf 
cans of cocoa and five pounds of sugar. When 
1 got up the next morning I put the boilers where 
the water would boil. I then put the milk and 
cocoa in each. A little salt was added and 
then some sugar. 1 tasted it to see if it v?s 
sweet enough. At twenty minutes past six it 
was taken into the dining-room and put on the 
tables in pitchers. Harold Pearson. 



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Jl Uisit to tDc University museum 

Thursday, August third, the members of 
the first class had the pleasure of visiting the 
University Museum at Cambridge. We arrived 
there about three o'clock. The first rooms we 
went into contained a collection of glass flowers. 
They are beautifully colored, and show not only 
the flowers as a whole, but the different parts, 
very much enlarged. These flowers are the 
handiwork of Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka 
of Germany, and the collection was begun in 
eighteen hundred eighty-six, and now consists 
of one hundred forty-seven natural orders. 

In the next rooms there were many different 
kinds of birds, their nests, and eggs. The tailor- 
bird, which is noted for its skill in sewing leaves 
together for a nest, the ostrich, penguin, the 
macaw, with its brilliant coloring and large bare 
spots around the eyes, the lyre bird, and differ- 
ent kinds of phesants were all very interesting. 
The American flamingo is one of the most 
beautiful birds we saw. It is pink with touches 
of black along the wings, and the tail is about 
four feet long. A large case was completely filled 
with humming birds of great variety and color- 
ing. The two largest animals we saw were the 
elephant and giraffe. There were also buffalos, 
a zebra, a hippopotamus, bears, musk-ox, wolves, 
and a wild boar. A Rocky Mountain goat was 
on a shelf above the other animals. Its head 
was lowered so as to make it look downward. It 
had a coat of white wool, and short black horns. 
Among the smaller animals were monkeys of 
many sizes and kinds, an ant-eater, minks, otters, 
beavers, opossums, foxes, porcupines, and arma- 
dillos. 

After seeing the animals we went up into 
the balcony where we saw a great many snakes 
and lizards of which we noticed the American 
lizard or iguana. Many of these specimens were 
preserved in alcohol. From here we could look 
down on the skeletons of the fin-back whales and 
the octopus. We were much interested in the 
skeleton of a giant squid which was caught off the 
coast of Newfoundland. Science has reported 
the existence of these monsters for only a few 
years. Other fish we saw were the hogfish, the 



ling, and the broad nosed gar having a head' one 
third as long as the body. We also saw many 
members of the crab family. 

Another room was filled with cases of butter- 
flies, the gift of Mr. J. L. Gardner. We could 
have enjoyed ourselves for a long time studying 
the collection of minerals in another room, but 
we had time to look at only a few. We saw 
large specimens of purple quartz or amethyst. 
About the last interesting thing we noticed was 
a large semi-circular relief map of Boston and 
vicinity made by G. C. Curtis, upon which one 
of the places we located was our Island. We 
left there about half past four, and arrived at the 
Public Landing about half past five. We enjoyed 
the trip very much. Wilijam E. Rowell. 

Rorse Tellow 

There are two fellows who take care of the 
horses. 1 happen to be one of these fellows. 
We go down to the barn at five in the morning, 
and at the same time at night, and stay until 
the work is done. We have our horses to Icok 
out for. When we get down there in the morn- 
ing, we water the horses, curry them off, and 
spray them. At night, the steamer generally 
gets freight and it is our work to take it from the 
wharf to wherever it belongs. We know when 
there is freight because the steamer's whistle 
blows one long blast and one short one. When 
the whistle is heard, we take the horse that is left 
in the cart and go down to the wharf. Every 
other night I go down for freight. While the 
other fellow is after it, 1 polish the brass on the 
harness. Harold L. Wynot. 

Cleaning the Plaster-room 

One rainy day Mr. Kibby told me to clean the 
plaster-room in good shape. I got the key from 
him and went to the storage-barn, unlocked the 
door, and started my work. I first moved all 
the things out of my way and began sweeping 
the floor. When the farther corner of the room 
was done, I put all the things back in their places 
and fixed up the pile of plaster bags. I then 
began my sweeping again. I got a barrel and 
put my dirt in it. After dusting I was done. 
Arthur G. Appel. 



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€oal 

On July twenty-seventh, our annual supply 
of Pocahontas or New River soft coal came for 
the power-plant and steamer. The lighter, 
"Lark," brought the coal this year. Last year 
the "Marie" brought the coal. We began haul- 
ing the coal at one o'clock with five carts, four 
single and one double. When the carts were 
loaded, they were weighed on the scales near the 
stock-barn. They then took the coal to the 
pocket at the power-house and to the pile at 
the boat-house. As soon as the carts were 
dumped at the coal pocket, three fellows shov- 
eled the coal back against the wall so that more 
loads could be dumped. This was repeated 
until all the coal was unloaded. 

Cecil 0. Jordan. 

my mork in m Shelter 

About every week 1 have to clean out the 
shelter. The shelter is ocated on the easterly 
side of the front lawn in the arboretum. One 
Saturday, after 1 had my regular work done, 1 
asked Miss Stratton what to do. She told me 
to clean out the shelter. 1 got a pail of water, 
some soap, a brush, and some cloths. I first 
washed off the furniture and set it out of doors. 
Then I washed the woodwork and washed the 
windows. After that 1 scrubbed the floor and 
while 1 was waiting for the floor to dry, 1 brushed 
all around the outside of the shelter so as to 
make it look clean. Then 1 put back the furni- 
ture. The shelter looked clean when 1 had 
finished. Hubert N. Leach. 

Cbc Bread Cutter 

In the boys dining-room near the sink is 
the bread table. At one end of the table is the 
bread cutter. It can also be used to cut cold 
meats such as ham and bologna sausage. There 
is a shelf made of iron to put the bread on. 
When a loaf of bread is put in, the bottom of 
the loaf is placed against the back of the shelf 
with one side of the loaf down on the shelf. The 
loaf is pushed through as one turns the handle 
which makes the blade go around. The blade 
may be regulated so as to make the slices thick 
or thin. When the handle is turned, the part to 



which the knife is attached goes back and forth 
on a piece of steel. The bread that is cut falls 
into a tray where another fellow picks it up and 
puts it in place and then places it on a plate to 
go on a table. 1 have to cut seventeen loaves 
of bread for a meal. The waiter cuts more if it 
is needed. After this I clean the bread cutter 
and put the crumbs in the chicken feed, and 
the fellow who catches the bread brushes up the 
crumbs on the floor. Leslie H. Barker. 

Cbe new Books 

On August ninth, some new books came. 
They were put in the reading-room to be covered 
before they were sent to the school-rooms. 
There were some general histories, American 
histories, stories of American history, writing 
books, dictionaries, and some reading books. 
The general or ancient histories are written by 
Myers. They are used by the first class. The 
fellows who had old editions got new ones and I 
had one of these. General history is one of the 
most important studies in the first class, and we 
have to recite nearly twenty pages each week. 
The American histories were given to the second 
and third classes. Stories of American history 
were given to the fourth and fifth classes. All 
the classes use the writing books. The readers 
will be used by the first, second, and third classes. 
Harry M. Godshalk. 

mm tbe new macbiites 

July thirtieth, we started to use our new 
machines. At nine o'clock Mr. Ekegren had the 
gas engine started which runs the small generator 
in order to get current to run the motor for the 
machines. He said he would run the machines 
in the carpenter shop. After putting on the saw, 
he started the motor to see how they both worked 
together. Then taking off the planer belt, the 
saw was started and a piece of wood put through. 
Then getting the planer ready to run and regu- 
lated for the thickness of the shaving, it was 
started and a piece of wood put through to see 
how it worked. The wet grinding machine which 
sharpens all the tools was used, as well as the two 
new sloyd lathes. These are found to be great 
labor-saving machines. John O. Enright. 



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Jllumtti 

Frank C. Simpson, '03, was married on 
July seventeenth. His honeymoon of ten days 
was spent at Peak's Island, Maine. Frank is 
employed as salesman by the Cyphers Incubator 
Company in Boston, with whom he has been 
about three years in all. The young couple will 
probably live in Somerville. We wish them 
much happiness. 

Walter L. Carpenter, '99, spent Sat- 
turday afternoon here lately with his wife and 
cousin. Walter lives at 88 Vane Street, Revere, 
and has been a fireman for the past two years 
for the Revere Rubber Company. 

Earle C. Marshall, '10, has followed the 
example of his two brothers in visiting the School 
this summer. Earle also lives with his mother 
in New Bedford and seems to take the same in- 
terest as his brothers in the Saint James Episco- 
pal Church. At present he is employed in the 
stereotyping-room of The New Bedford Standard. 

Terrance L. Parker, '10, has completed 
his first year at Colby Academy at New London, 
N H. He has been taking the classical course 
but next year expects to take the scientific course. 
Terrance spent the summer taking care of a 
boat livery at George's Mills on Lake Sunapee. 

makitid Butrer 

Recently I have been helping to make but- 
ter in the kitchen. The butter is churned in 
the morning and the butter-milk is drawn off. 
The butter is washed until it is clean and all of 
the butter-milk is out. In the afternoon when 1 
come into the kitchen 1 get the butter materials 
which consist of butter-board, butter-paddle, 
print, pounder, butter-papers, platter, and some 
water in a press-pan to wet the papers with. 
We put the butter on a platter and weigh it. 
After we weigh the butter we add salt and sugar, 
using one scant tablespoonful of salt to every 
pound of butter, and one scant tablespoonful 
of sugar to every five pounds of butter. Then 
we put it back in the churn and mix it well. I 
get a larger platter and put some ice on it with 
which to keep the butter cool. We put the 



print together and put some butter in it with 
the butter-paddle. Then Mrs. Burke or I pound 
it down hard, putting more butter in it when it 
seems necessary and pounding that hard too. 
When we get it printed we wrap it up in papers 
and put it on the platter, and later in the refrig- 
erator to cool and harden. Each print is sup- 
posed to weigh one-half pound. After we get all 
the butter done and put away, 1 wash and wipe 
the churn and the other butter making materials 
and put them away. 

Charles R. Jefferson. 

J\ Crip to m Public Eibrary 

One day the third class went over to the 
Boston Public Library to see the paintings by 
Mr. Edwin A. Abbey of the Holy Grail. We 
boarded a car at City Point that took us to the 
door of the Library. The first thing we saw as 
we went into the Library was the statue of Sir 
Harry Vane. As we went up the stairs, we 
saw two stone lions that were designed by Louis 
St. Gaudens. The first room we visited had the 
paintings of the Holy Grail. These pictures are 
beautiful and illustrate Lord Tennyson's poem, 
Sir Galahad, a supposed descendant of Joseph 
of Arimathea, is shown in his search for the 
Grail. His face, as a youth, is bright, and free 
from care, but as time goes on he shows the 
results of his long search until at last he succeeds 
in finding the Cup. In- all the pictures he is 
dressed in very brilliant colors. Mr. Abbey who 
painted these pictures was born in Philadelphia, 
on April 1, 1852, and died in London August 1, 
1911. He was a great painter, and his works 
were liked all over the world. His idea was not 
to make money, but he painted for the love of the 
work. After leaving this room, we looked from 
the balcony down into Bates Hall, which is two 
hundred eighteen feet long, forty-two and one- 
half feet wide, and fifty feet high to the crown of 
the arches. This room is named in honor of 
Joshua Bates who gave the Library at its begin- 
ing $50,000. In Sargent Hall, we saw the deco- 
rations by John S. Sargent which represent the 
triumph of religion. We spent a very pleasant 
morning, and returned to our Island about one 
o'clock. Frank A. Tarbell. 



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Lately some excavating has been done on 
the avenue in front of the main building. A 
trench was dug in which pipes were laid to drain 
the south basement. This trench was nine feet 
deep at one end, and four feet deep at the other 
end. A platform was made from two sections 
of a concrete mixing board and put in place to 
put the dirt on and keep it off the grass, but as 
the work progressed the dirt was hauled away or 
filled back in again, so the platform was taken 
away. When the trench was deep enough, it 
was continued across the avenue and down into 
the grove. The pipe was then laid, and as fast 
as it was laid it was covered up with the dirt 
that was taken out of the trench in the grove. 
This pipe was connected with the drain from the 
west basement which was lowered to the same 
level. As soon as the trench in front of the 
main building was filled within two feet of the 
top, the avenue was dug down two feet. Some 
large stones were hauled from the beach and 
these were thrown in to make a blind dr?in. 
Several loads of cinders were put in and tamped 
down. Then a few loads were screened and 
put on top to make a better path and to absorb 
the water readily. Then some screened gravel 
was put on top. It took us quite a while to do 
this work. • Roy D. Upham. 

Mm Experiments 

One afternoon in the physiology class, cur 
teacher suggested that we try some experiments 
with bones to find out of what material they con- 
sist. One of the boys in our class who works in 
the kitchen volunteered to supply us with a bone 
and also to burn one in the fire for a little while 
and bring the remains up to the school-room the 



next day. Our teacher took the bone she had and 
put it in a bottle of diluted nitric acid. When 
we looked at the bones later, the animal matter 
was all that remained of the bone which was put 
in the acid. The acid was so strong that it had 
eaten away the mineral matter entirely and al- 
though the shape of the bone was the same, it 
was soft and flexible. The bone that had been 
put in the fire was very much changed. It was 
very light and brittle, and crumbled easily. The 
hot fire had burned the animal matter out of the 
bone leaving only the mineral matter. We hope 
to try other experiments in the future. 

Bradley M. Sherman. 

Cutting Corn 

One afternoon the farm fellows cut corn. 
First some fellows with baskets picked all the 
ears of corn. We then started to cut the corn 
with sickles and lay it in a pile to be tied up. 
After 1 cut for a while, Mr. Gordon gave me 
some string and told me to tie up the corn to be 
put in stacks. There were two fellows putting 
the corn in stacks. Mr. Gordon said to put as 
much corn in a pile as the string would reach 
around and to tie it in a good hard knot. After 
tying it I helped the fellows pick corn. We 
put the corn that we picked in the field below 
the storage-barn. Lawrence M. Cobb. 

B Debate 

The second class have been studying about 
slavery in history. We became interested in 
John Brown. He was one of the men who went 
to Kansas when it was about to decide whether 
or not it should join the Union a free or-a slave 
state. He deliberately killed five men in their 
beds at Lawrence and later shot another man 
who was a slaveholder in Missouri. This was 



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in payment for the attack the slave state men 
had made on Lawrence. He made a raid, 
sometime afterward, at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, 
with about twenty men, and it was necessary to 
call out the National troops to put him down. 
In this attack two of his sons received their 
death wounds and one other escaped. He was 
slightly wounded himself. Our teacher sug- 
gested that we have a debate about John Brown. 
The class was about evenly divided in opinion, 
half choosing the positive side of the argument 
that John Brown did right, and the other half 
deciding against him and what he did. The 
boys for the positive side argued first, Cecil Jor- 
dan opening the debate and Fred Hall summing 
up their evidence. George Mansfield spoke 
first for the negative side. The debate was 
closed when Edson Bemis summed up their ar- 
guments. It was proved to the satisfaction of 
all present that John Brown did not do right. 
The class decided that William Deane spoke best 
for the positive side and George Jordan for the 
negative side. We all enjoyed the debate very 
much. Abraham Samara. 

mm to churcD 

On Sunday, September tenth, the advanced 
and first classes went to church in South Boston. 
On Sunday, September seventeenth the second 
class went to church. Before leaving the Island 
Mr. Bradley arranged us in squads. There were 
five squads and four or five fellows in a squad. 
Each group was in charge of a large fellow. 
The squads chose what church they wanted to 
go to and told Mr. Bradley. The churches at- 
tended were, Phillip's Church, St. John's Church, 
Hawe's Church, and the South Baptist Church. 
I was in the squad that went to the South Baptist 
Church. We all enjoyed the services very much. 
William B. Deane. 

Cbe Jli^iatton meet 

This year the fellows became very enthusi- 
astic about aviation as the time for the meet 
drew near. It opened August twenty-eight, and 
that afternoon, after the ball game was over, we 
went to the south end of the Island to watch the 
aviators flying. The following Monday it rained 



hard and continued to do so until Friday. Fri- 
day was an ideal day for flying. We saw two 
biplanes up for speed and passenger carrying. 
The real fun for us was September fourth. Labor 
Day. At eleven o'clock we saw Mr. Ovington 
in his monoplane start on the cross-country flight 
for the Globe's $10,000 prize. He passed quite 
near the Island. In the afternoon we got the 
steamer and freight barge ready and nearly all 
the instructors and fellows sailed over as near 
the aviation field as we could go. We got a 
good view of everything that was going on. We 
saw two or three biplanes up, among them was 
Mr. Beatty's. Grahame-White was in his mon- 
oplane and we had a good view of him. About 
five thirty, Mr. Beatty gave an exhibition flight. 
One of the things he did was to swoop down 
among the many boats. At five forty-five, we 
saw a small dark object just over Blue Hills. 
We could not make out what it was at first. 
Some of us thought it was a kite. But when it 
came closer we discovered it was a monoplane. 
We later learned that it was Mr. Ovington, the 
winner of the cross-country flight. About fifteen 
minutes later Mr. Atwood was observed coming 
from the direction of City Point. After waiting 
to see these two land we weighed anchor and 
sailed for the Island thinking of the pleasant 
afternoon we had enjoyed. 

Bernhardt Gerecke. 

SDelling €orn 

Recently the farm fellows have been shelling 
yellow corn for the horses to eat. We take a 
corn cob in one hand and rub an ear of corn 
against it, turning it all the time. One afternoon 
we used a machine which looks like an oblong 
box with a hole in the top where the ears are 
put in. On the inside are two round disks 
with teeth projecting from the sides, pointing 
toward each other. When the ears of corn pass 
through these, the kernels are taken off and 
they fall through a hole in the bottom. One 
ear is put in after another and when the handle 
is turned the disks draw the ears along. The cob 
comes out the other end. The fellows took turns 
running the machine and we shelled four barrels 
of corn that afternoon. Edward M. Powers. 



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B Barge Hiae 

One Sunday afternoon Mr. Beebe called 
the fellows to put on their uniforms. After we 
were ready we went out under the Old Elm and 
waited a little while, then lined up and went 
down to the barge. The band fellows went in 
first and sat down on the benches. When we 
were about ready to start a fog came up so we 
could not go down the harbor as was intended, 
but we went to the Life Saving Station. We 
went around it, and then stopped up close and 
the band played a few selections. Then we went 
over and anchored in front of the South Boston 
Yacht Club. Here we stayed a long while and 
the band played. People in boats came near us 
to listen and many people at City Point crowded 
around to hear it. During this time refresh- 
ments were served. In due time we returned 
home. Perley W. White. 

SDarpcning Tartti Tttiplcmcnrs 

When the weather does not permit the 
farm fellows to work outside, it is their work to 
clean the storage and stock-barns. The work 
is to wash windows, clean harness, and do other 
necessary work. My work one rainy morning was 
to sharpen farm implements, such as scythes, 
sickles, mowing-machine knives, and an axe. 
1 took them down to the basement of the stor- 
age-barn where the grindstone is kept. The 
hardest of these to sharpen was the mowing- 
machine knife. This knife is about six feet 
long and holds twenty small blades. It takes 
about fifteen or twenty minutes to sharpen one 
mowing-machine knife. 

Herbert A. Souther. 

Cottage Row Dance 

Wednesday evening, September thirteenth, 
a dance was held in the assembly-hall. This 
dance was given by the officers and shareholders 
of Cottage Row. The dance was in charge of 
the judge and mayor of Cottage Row. The 
assembly-hall was made ready for dancing by 
removing the settees that were necessary. 
Bouquets of asters were placed in the windows 
and on the piano. Each lady was given a bou- 
quet of pinks. The dance began at eight o'clock. 



The shareholders brought their certificates of 
ownership and the officers wore their badges 
in order to be admitted to the hall. The music 
was furni.shed by graduate Howard B. Ellis. 
The orchestra consisted of a pianist, a violinist* 
corneter, drummer, and clarinetist. Refresh- 
ments were served about half past nine. Mr. 
Desha, Harvard '12, sang a few songs and 
played a few selections on the guitar. We went 
to bed about eleven o'clock feeling that we had 
enjoyed a pleasant evening. 

James A. Peak. 

transplanting Ticwers 

After school was over one night before sup- 
per, 1 went up to the gardens to water my flow- 
ers. My garden was crowded and uneven in 
some places. 1 thought it would be a good plan 
to fix it up, so that night after supper I thinned 
it out and arranged it so that it looked balanced. 
Every night after school I water and dig up the 
soil around my flowers. My garden is shaped 
somewhat like a horn. It is straight at one 
end and curved at the other. There is a bunch 
of modesty at each corner of the straight end, and 
a bunch of lillies at the curved end. There is a 
rose bush in the center, and the rest of the 
garden is occupied by zinnias, asters, Chinese , 
pinks, and balsam. Harry L. Fessenden. 

Changing Sheets and Pillow-cases 

Every Tuesday morning the dormitory fel- 
lows change sheets and pillow cases on the fel- 
lows' beds. The lower sheet is taken off and 
put in the middle of the bed. The pillow-cases 
are taken off the pillows, and put at the foot of 
the bed. Then they are all collected and put in 
a pile on one of the beds, there being a pile for 
the sheets and one for the pillow-cases. The 
laundry basket is taken into the dormitory where, 
after the sheets and pillow-cases are folded, they 
are put into the basket ready for the fellows to 
take to the wharf. After this we go to the cup- 
board in the west dormitory that we call the 
sheet cupboard, where we get the number of 
sheets and pillow-cases we want. Then the 
clean sheets and pillow-cases are put on the beds. 
William G. Beadle. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS 
A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR WORTHY BOYS 



Vol. 15. No. 6. 



October, 1911 



Subscription Price 



50 Cents Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



PRESIDENT 

Alfred Bowditch 

vice-president 

Charles P. Curtis 

treasurer 

Arthur Adams 

20 Broad St, 
SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

19 Exchange Place 
MANAGERS 

Melvin O. Adams 
GoRHAM Brooks 

1. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 

George L. DeBlois 

Charles T. Gallagher 
N, Penrose Hallowell 
Walter Hunnewell 

Henry Jackson, M. D, 
Charles E. Mason 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

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

Charles H. Bradley, - - - Superintendent 

The value of an effort is often determined 
by the motive which prompts it, rather than by 
the actual results obtained. The advantages or 
disadvantages in each individual case will differ. 
As a consequence this has a corresponding bear- 



ing on the degree of success achieved. By mo- 
tive, we mean the preponderance of the whole 
of what prompts or excites the mind, whether 
that be one thing singly or many things con- 
junctively, acting for the good of some great 
whole; doing the right thing at the right time 
and in the right place; a determination of ac- 
tion; a virtuous ambition, or a desire for pro- 
motion. 

The dominion of the mind over the man 
which leads us forward by an appeal to our nat- 
ural desires for good, spurs us on to an increased 
endeavor to become proficient in what we un- 
dertake and gives us a confidence in our ability to 
meet the issues, and distinction or development 
of any particular action. However, all persons 
cannot be experts, nor equally advanced in busi- 
ness, art, science, or any branch of learning; 
but the thoughts we have which lead us forward, 
books we read that injpire us to try for greater 
things, and the inestimable benefits derived from 
proper associations should prove of incalculable 
value, and greatly aid toward the improvement 
of personality and possession of knowledge. 

In some cases a probable inability to look 
into the future and provide therefor, often ham- 
pers and makes progress rather slow, or per- 
haps impossible. Then, again, there may be a 
feeling of self-satisfaction or secureness in the 
thought that the future should be left to itself. 
We are prone to think that this belief exists in 
the mind of the younger or rising generation. 
Not taking advantage of opportunities, through 
indifference or a combination of circumstances, 
will invariably bring failure and disappointment. 
There should be no lost action. Nothing will 
come to us voluntarily. We have to get cut 
and hustle for it, and the determination of the 
value of our efforts will be proportionate to the 
labor expended, and the enthusiasm with which 



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we perform our duty. We are not judged so 
much by the things that we do, as by the things 
that we leave undone. Let us emphasize, then, 
ambition, enthusiasm, energy, and thoroughness, 
with persistency thrown in for good measure. 



Toot'Dall Schedule 1911 

For the Crosby Shield and Individual Cups 



Team A 
Charles E. Morse, Capt. 

Team B 

Edric B. Blakemore, Capt. 

Team C 

Preston M. Blanchard, Capt. 

Team D 

Clarence Burton, Capt. 



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notes 

Sept. 2. Began repairing stock-bam. 

Sept. 4. Finished laying drain pipe for 
south basement. 

Sept. 7. Repaired and painted rowboat 
Priscilla. 

Sept. 8. Sixth Friends' Day. 107 pres- 
ent. 

Sept. 10. Members of advanced and first 
classes, and eight instructors attended church 
in town. 

Sept. 13. Graduate Spencer S. Profit 
visited the School. 

T. E. Ruggles began driving piles in wharf 
repairs. 



Dance given by Cottage Row. Music fur- 
nished by graduate Howard B. Ellis and orches- 
tra. 

One ton of gluten, one-half ton of cotton 
seed meal, thirty barrels of pastry flour, six 
barrels of gasolene, three barrels kerosene, and 
one barrel of gas oil came. 

Sept. 15. Insurance boiler inspector here. 

Class in blacksmithing began work. 

Sept. 16. Last swim of the season. 

Sept. 17. Members of the second and 
third classes, and three instructors attended 
church in town. 

Sept. 19. Hauled up launch Sachem. 

Sept. 22. Summer term of school closed. 

Vice-President Charles P. Curtis and Man- 
ager Gorham Brooks visited the Island. 

Sept. 23. Graduate Frank W. Harris 
here, 

Sept. 24. Abraham Samara and George 
Arthur Mansfield returned to parents. 

Seventeen members of the third class and 
several instructors attended church in town. 

Sept. 26. Small load of spruce boards and 
cedar shingles from Freeport Street. 

Sept. 28. One hundred barrels of flour 
came. 

Lawson H. Billings returned to his mother. 

Quarterly meeting of Admission Commit- 
tee. 

The following boys were admitted: — Wil- 
liam Burton Cross, William Hill, Horace Carl 
Jenney, Cecil Edward McKeown, and Floyd Al- 
bert Warren. 

Sept. 29. Sized up. 

Dentist here. 

Ten tons of bran came. 

Walter A. Jordan went to work for the 
Henry F. Miller Piano Co. and is to live with 
Mrs. G. B. Edwards, of 33 Sweetser Street, 
Wakefield. 

Sept. 30. Royal R. Ellison went to work 
for McGrath and Woodley Printing Establish- 
ment and is to live with his sister, Mrs. Alice 
Deane of 328 Ferry Street, Everett. 



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Che Tarm and Cradc$ School Bank 



Cash on hand Sept. 1, 1911 
Deposits to Oct. 1, 191 1 

Withdrawals 

Cash on hand Oct. 1, 1911 



$952.64 

35.38 

988.02 

40.01 

"$948.0l 



September meteorology 

Maximum temperature 80° on the 2nd. 

Minimum temperature 43° on the 29th. 

Mean temperature for the month 60.9°. 

Total precipitation 2.81 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in twenty-four hours 
.89 inches on the 25th. 

10 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 
tion, 12 clear days, 13 partly cloudy, 5 cloudy. 

Total number of hours sunshine 188 and 5 
minutes. 

Thunderstorm on the 25th. 

Saluttitd the Traitconia 

One morning Capt. Dix told Thomas Milne 
and myself to go down to the steamer, put on 
our white duck suits, and be ready to make 
a trip. Thomas Milne was stern deck-hand 
and I was bow deck-hand. The brass cannon 
was lashed to the forward deck of the steamer. 
We started out toward Castle Island. We had 
not gone far before we saw the Franconia com- 
ing out. When we got near her we saluted her 
by firing three shots and dipping the flag after 
each shot. The passengers we saluted returned 
our salutations by waving their hats and handker- 
chiefs. Walter R. Horsman. 

Steamer Brass 

Every morning before school the two deck- 
hands on the steamer Pilgrim shine all the out- 
side brass. The bow deck-hand shines all the 
brass forward of the engine room and the stern 
deck-hand all the brass aft of the hatch. The 
brass polish is kept in the light box on the stern. 
The railing along the top of the cabin and pilot 
house has to be shined, also the stern railing, 
steam siren and whistle, the side and stern 
hatches, the brass along the gunwale, and the 
brass at the stern near the chocks. 

Ernest V. Wyatt. 



Pulling 0<>er a Cree 

Whenever a tree is found to be dying it 
has to be pulled over. First two fellows are told 
to dig the sods up in squares and lay them to one 
side. Then with pick and shovel they dig out the 
roots and cut them off. After this is done they 
tell the instructor in charge and he gives them 
a rope, and sends a lot of fellows down to help 
them pull it over. When it is felled, two fellows 
get a cross-cut saw and saw off the butt so that 
it can be drawn away easily. The small limbs 
are chopped off and put in a pile to be burned. 
The large limbs are used for fuel, the stump for 
filling in the dike, and the log is used for piling. 
Frederick V. Hall. 

Sewing 1)arne$s 

It is the cobbler's work to sew and repair 
all the harness that are broken or need stitching. 
On rainy days the harness can be spared better 
than in fair weather. Mr. Simpson, the team- 
ster, brought up to the shop a part of his double- 
horse harness, a back saddle, and a bridle. On 
the bridle, 1 put half of a bridle head which h?d 
been pulled off. I shortened up the belly girth 
on the saddle six inches, and also sewed in a 
ring. I made some extra strong waxed end for 
sewing on the ring. On the others 1 sewed in 
some side straps. I then oiled the harness with 
Neat's-foot oil to soften the leather. After that 
1 picked up my tools and returned the harness to 
the stock-barn. Harold D. Morse. 

Discarding music 

One night Mr. Morse had some band fel- 
lows help him sort over a lot of music to be 
burned. Four or five music books with a great 
deal of loose music were put in a basket. This 
music was in the way, and when we looked for 
a piece we were about to play, we would some- 
times have to look through a great many books. 
This music is what the band used to play, but 
now we have new music. We saved four books 
because they have good and easy music in them. 
There is one book which we shall always keep, 
and that is the American Band Instructor. We 
have new music as fast as we can learn it. 

William B. Laing. 



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One day after 1 got my work finished in 
the dormitory I had to wax the floor in one of 
the halls. I first got a cloth and then a can of 
wax and a piece of wood with which to spread 
the wax on to the cloth. 1 rubbed the wax well 
on to the floor. Then I got a polishing weight 
which has a brush on it. 1 pushed this over the 
floor which made it shine. Then 1 went all over 
it again with a clean cloth under the weight. 
The floors have to be scrubbed thoroughly and 
dried before the wax is put on. 

Dexter L. Noble. 

Carrying Bwns Ulastc 

It is my work every morning when I do not 
go to sloyd to carry away the waste. Mr. Beebe 
sends me to the stock-barn for a horse and cart. 
After 1 am told what horse to take, I hitch up 
and drive to the power-house and load on the 
waste which is there in barrels. If there is 
so much waste that I cannot get the barrels in, 
I dump it in the bottom of the cart. After that 
1 put on the ashes, fasten in the tail-board and 
start off. When I get over to the south end, 1 
go to the ash pile first and dump the ashes, and 
then drive over to the incinerater and dump 
the waste. Ernest E. Slocomb. 

1)u$kind Corn 

It is the work of the morning kitchen fellows 
to wash and husk the corn for the boys' dinner. 
Every morning except Sundays and holidays, 
between two and six hundred ears of corn are 
sent up to the kitchen where the kitchen fellows 
husk them. Then two fellows wash the corn and 
two carry the husks down to the stock-barn 
where they are later given to the cows. The 
empty boxes are taken down to the storage-barn. 
There they are piled up where they can be found 
when needed. Stanley W. Clark. 

new Tiy Catchers 

Recently we received a box containing 
some new fly catchers. These are called the 
"Pyramid Fly Catchers." The boxes are quite 
small and are cylindrical in shape. There is 
a role of sticky paper in each one which has to 



be pulled out when they are to be used. It was 
my work to hang these up. I got a piece of 
twine and put it from one light to the other, 
in the kitchen, and then to the pipes over the 
sinks. Then I got some twine to put through 
the hanger on the tops of the boxes with which 
to tie them to the twine which I had first tied to 
the lights. I put two in front of each window 
in the kitchen, and one in front of the window in 
the pantry. I then put twelve in the kitchen on 
the twine, and five in the pantry on the pipes. 
They looked like candles when they were first 
hung up; but they looked like fire-crackers in 
the box. There were some put in the bakery 
and the boys' dining-room. 

Charles R. Jefferson. 

OlatcDittd a Butterfly 

As I was passing my garden recently I saw 
a butterfly sailing through the air. 1 thought I 
would watch it. The color of its wings was 
orange, and a dark colored line was zigzagged all 
over the orange. It alighted on some of the 
flowers, and it seemed to be getting something 
from within them with its proboscis. It carried 
this rolled up in its mouth. Its legs were long, 
black, and thin, and when on flight it carried 
them folded up. I think it must have been a 
milkweed butterfly because of its color. 

* Spencer M. Williams. 

making l^andles 

The new blacksmith tools, such as ham- 
mers, flatters, hot chisels, cold chisels, sledge 
hammers, and setters, needed handles, so Mr. 
Ekegren had the shop boys make some. The 
handles for the sledge hammers, cold chisels, and 
flatters were ordered all ready made, but we had 
to make handles for the other tools First some 
hickory, one inch by three-fourths, and two feet 
long, was sawed out, and the end was tapered 
from the middle to fit the head of the tool, and 
the rest of the handle was made oval in 
shape to fit the hand. When these were all 
made, they were driven into the head, and sawed 
off at the right length, sandpapered and shel- 
lacked twice, and then they were put in the 
tool cupboard ready for use. Thomas Milne. 



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Jllumn) 

William T. Walbert, '07, works as a 
drill hand in Howard and Bullock's machine- 
shop which manufactures cotton machinery. 
As a side issue, at his home in Attleboro, he 
raises poultry in partnership with a friend. 
His address is Attleboro, R. F. D. 104, Box 2. 
William belongs to a Knights of Pythias lodge of 
which he is Master of Arms. During his recent 
visit to the School, we were pleased to note that 
he was enjoying his usual good health and spirits. 

George A. Matthews, '09, spent Sunday 
with us a short time ago. George is an electri- 
cian for A. G. Allard who is at present doing 
a sub-contract job for the Westinghouse Com- 
pany at Natick. Previous to this he was work- 
ing in the same capacity at the Lowell Car- 
pet Company plant, which has just been fin- 
ished. George tells us that he devotes much 
of his spare time to studying electricity. 

Leslie R. Jones, '06, visited us recently. 
He lives at 3 Harvard Avenue, Dorchester, and 
attends the Methodist Episcopal Church. Leslie 
has been working for about a year as a pattern 
maker at the United Printing Machinery Com- 
pany in Jamaica Plain. His foreman is Louis 
Means, another of our graduates. 

1)auling Shindies 

One afternoon 1 worked for Capt. Dix. 
He told me to get a horse and cart and then 
take away the shingles which were on the beach. 
There were a whole lot of shingles that had 
floated in one night. The fellow who takes 
care of the wharf had raked them into a pile. 1 
took them away in one good sized load and 
hauled them over to the incinerator where they 
were burned. Robert C. Casey. 

Toot-ball teams 

On Wednesday evening, September twenti- 
eth, the fellows went to the assembly-hall for 
the purpose of choosing up sides for the foot- 
ball season. The fellows who received the Crosby 
cups last year were appointed to pick out the 
four best players for captains. After discussing 
the matter a short time we selected the four 



fellows we thought to be the best players, then 
the whole School had the chance to appoint any 
others they considered were good players. They 
selected one fellow and then we voted for the 
four we thought the best. The four captains are 
Charles E. Morse, Team A; Edric B. Blakemore, 
Team B; Preston M. Blanchard, Team C; and 
Cla ence Burton, Team D. The best player of 
the four had the last choice, while the poorest 
one chose first. Before they began to choose, 
the fellows who did not care to play went to bed. 
Every fellow who wished to play was chosen 
making about sixteen players on each team. 
It was then arranged so that Teams A and B 
should play the first game on Saturday, Sep- 
tember twenty-third. William E. Rowell. 

early (Uork 

Every week two of the kitchen fellows have 
to get up at five o'clock. The first thing we do 
is to get a shovel from the laundry and clean the 
ashes out of the range. After this is done they 
are carried down to the ash barrels in the rear 
of the power-house. While one fellow is clean- 
ing the ashes out and carrying them down, 
the other fellow sweeps the floor, cleans the 
range, and washes up the floor in front of the 
range. Then we go out and bring in the milk- 
cans. These have to be rinsed out and set in 
a row in front of the table so that the milk carrier 
can fill them. By the time we have all this 
done the instructor in charge comes down and 
we put on our aprons and help her. 

William J. Grant. 

Sweeping tbe Jfssembly-rooni 

Hereafter in the morning, before school, I 
am to sweep the assembly-room, tower, and 
wash-room cupboard, rake the area and water 
the plants. First I remove everything from the 
cupboard and sweep it out. 1 then move the 
benches, and put the mats out on the grass, and 
begin to sweep the assembly-room. When I 
have that done I sweep the tower. 1 then rake 
the gravel in the area and get a watering pot and 
put two pots of water on the plants. I put my 
things away when the whistle blows to get ready 
for school. Charles O. Rolfe. 



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Papers 

When a fellow passes in a very good paper 
it is put up on the wall. It may be an arithmetic 
paper which is perfect, or a language or writing 
paper. Never mind in what subject the paper 
is written, if it is well done, it is displayed. Then 
again, if a fellow has hard work to get his arith- 
metic examples all done correctly, but always 
passes in a tidy paper, he receives due credit for 
his effort, and his paper is shown to the class as 
an example of careful work. Sometimes our 
teacher hangs up whole sets of papers with the 
best ones on top. We have some very good 
drawing papers up now. Every fellow is pleased 
to see his papers on the wall. It not only shows 
the other fellows what he can do, but it encour- 
ages him to try all the harder in the future. At 
the end of every term a fellow can count how 
many papers he has had up and then try the next 
term to get more. John W. Lincoln. 

Cottage Row Election 

On October third a notice was posted on 
the bulletin-board stating that the fourth quarterly 
election for nineteen eleven would be held Wed- 
nesday evening, October fourth. All the citizens 
filed to the east basement where the mayor called 
the meeting to order and appointed tellers. The 
shareholders voted first and as they filed to the 
table each one was handed a ballot and a pen- 
cil, after which they went to the benches ar- 
ranged for this purpose and voted. The non- 
shareholders voted next, but they were not al- 
lowed to vote for assessor. After everybody 
had voted the meeting was adjourned and the 
fellows went to bed. The mayor, clerk, and 
tellers remained to count the votes. The fol- 



lowing officers were elected: — Mayor, Preston 
M. Blanchard; Shareholding Aldermen, Edric 
B. Blakemore, Ernest V. Wyatt, and Harold D. 
Morse; Non-shareholding Aldermen, George H. 
Appel and William G. Beadle; Treasurer, -Alfred 
H. Casey; Assessor, Harry M. Godshalk. The 
following were later appointed: — Chief of Police, 
Herbert A. Souther; Lieutenant, Charles E. 
Morse; Sergeant, Cecil O. Jordan; Patrolmen, 
Richard W. Weston, Clarence Burton and 
Thomas H. Taylor; Janitor, Claire R. Emery; 
Street Commissoner, Charles R. Jefferson; 
Librarian, Bradley M. Sherman; Clerk, George 
R. Jordan; Curator, Frederick S. Hynes 

Levi N. Trask. 

Picking Grapes 

We picked the grapes on the afternoon of 
September eighteenth. We picked the Concord 
grapes first. We each had a pair of pruning- 
shears to cut the clusters from the vine so we 
would not crush them. After we had finished 
picking the Concord grapes, we began to pick 
the Niagara grapes. These clusters were very 
large and easy to pick. As fast as we picked the 
grapes, one of the fellows carried them up to the 
kitchen. We finished picking them that after- 
noon. Charles F. Hopkins. 

B Uisit to the exposition 

Nearly all the fellows in the School visited 
the New England Industrial and Educational Ex- 
position by invitation of Mr. Walter M. Lowney. 
We left the Island at one o'clock. At City 
Point we found a special car waiting which 
took us to the Mechanics Building. As we en- 
tered we first noticed the exhibit of jewelry. The 
exhibit of the American Sugar Refinery was very 



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interesting, especially the machine which filled 
the cartons wifh sugar, and then closed and 
sealed them. Further on, we saw the entire 
work of shoemaking, and the many machines 
used in their manufacture. The exhibition of 
everything relating to a New England farm was 
very interesting. The vegetable products showed 
what may be done in the way of raising vegeta- 
bles of the highest perfection. We saw many 
interesting things such as the making of rubbers, 
manufacture of cloth both by old and new-fash- 
ioned methods, making of paper flowers, and 
exhibits of automobiles, and aeroplanes. We 
were interested in seeing the aeroplane in which 
Mr. Atwood made his cross-country flight. The 
time passed all too quickly, for at about five 
o'clock the car came to take us back to City 
Point. We thanked Mr. Bradley for the en- 
joyable and interesting afternoon. 

Charles E. Morse. 

Zhz East Tricnds' Day 

October tenth was the date of the last 
Friends' Day of the season. The Nantasket 
steamboat left Rowe's Wharf at ten twenty. The 
weather bureau had predicted fair weather for 
the day, and the prediction was correct. When 
our friends had landed they came up to the front 
lawn escorted by the band playing "Facilitation 
March." When the people were nearly all 
seated the band played two selections. After 
the band was through playing, the Grew Garden 
Prizes were awarded by Mr. Bradley. He also 
gave us the base-ball cups and shield in behalf 
of Mr. Crosby. The fellows were then dismissed 
and enjoyed themselves with their friends until 
twelve thirty. The boat returned and our friends 
left while we gave three hearty cheers to which 
the boat responded by three whistles. 

Herbert A. Souther. 

Overhauling tbc Steamer 

Our steamer needed repairs and was taken 
to Lawley's boat yard at Neponset, Upon ar- 
riving at the yard we made fast to one of the 
docks. A machinist came aboard to find out 
what repairs were needed. Later on two mach- 
inists came down and began work. They re- 



moved the pistons, valves, crank shaft and cyl- 
inders, taking them to the shop to be trued up. 
In the afternoon the steamer was taken upon 
a railway for repairs on her hull. While on the 
railway the crew got her ready for painting. 
The engine's crank shaft was the first thing to 
be brought back and put in place. The crank 
boxes had to be rebabbited, necessitating refitting 
the crank shaft to them which was done by 
carefully scraping out the babbit until a perfect 
fit was obtained. The high pressure cylinder was 
rebored and a new piston fitted to it. When all 
the necessary repairs had been made upon the 
cylinders they were brought on board and set in 
place. When the last part of the work was 
near at hand, I got up steam to enable us to get 
away in the afternoon. When all mechanical 
work was done on the engine we ran it a while at 
the dock to test it. Then taking the machinist 
with us we started out for a run. We ran at a 
good speed to our wharf. We stopped and then 
ran back, returning to our own wharf at night. 
The next morning we went to the shipyard 
again and got one of the machinists to complete 
the work. Ralph A. Jones. 

Bagding Ceases 

In the autumn many leaves fall from the 
trees and are scattered on the lawns and around 
the buildings. Every morning Mr. Beebe sets 
a party of fellows to raking, while some bag them 
and take them to the stock-barn. The easi- 
est way for me to bag leaves is to lay a bag down 
in front of the pile and stand on the bag so as to 
hold it in place, then hold up the bag in the middle 
with one hand, and push in the leaves with the 
other hand. I can put up fifteen bags of leaves 
before I go to school. Walter I. Tassinari. 

Che Size Up 

Each boy is provided with a drawer in the 
east basement in which he may keep his private 
property. These drawers are numbered, the 
tallest fellow getting drawer one; the second in 
height getting drawer two; and so on, the smallest 
fellow in the School getting the drawer numbered 
one hundred. On Friday, September twenty- 
ninth, all the fellows were sized up; that is ar- 



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ranged according to height. This necessarily 
made quite a change in drawers. My old drawer 
was number fifty-eight and my new drawer cor- 
responding with my new number is fifty-five. I 
went up three numbers only. The next morning 
the tooth-brushes were taken out of the rack in 
the wash-room where they are kept and put in 
their new places. The following Sunday morn- 
ing the towels were changed and we all took our 
new numbers. George R. Jordan. 

Cbe €ro$by Shield and €up$ 

On October tenth, our last Friends' Day, 
Mr. B.-adley awarded to the winners in the base- 
ball series the Crosby shield and individual cups. 
The large shield is made of mahogany, with a 
small silver shield mounted in the centre. A 
smaller shield also is on the top bearing the name 
of the captain of the winning team and his players. 
The shield was won by Team A, Robert H. May, 
Captain. The fellows who received the cups were 
as follows: — Royal R. Ellison, catcher; Ralph 
A. Jones, pitcher; Thomas Milne, first base; Earle 
C. Miller, second base; Arthur G. Appel, third 
base; Orice M. Merrick, short stop; Edson M. 
Bemis, left field; LeRoy B. Huey, centre field; 
Edward M. Powers, right field. William B. 
Laing, Clarence Burton, Charles R. Jefferson, 
Everett W. Maynard, and George A. Mansfield, 
received substitute cups. We were all sorry 
Mr. Crosby was not here to give out the cups be- 
cause we appreciate his generosity in giving 
them to us. James A. Blakemore. 

J\ 1)allowe'cn T)U$king 

October thirty-first, a Hallowe'en husking 
was held in the stock-barn. We went down the 
back road to the farm-house path. The road 
and the trees were lighted up by Jack-o'lanterns. 
We went down through the orchard and saw a 
ghost. Then we went into the storage barn and 
we met another ghost there. We went up to 
the stock-barn. In the middle of the floor there 
were piles of corn with seats on either side. 
We sat down and began to husk corn. After 
we had the corn husked we put the husks 
in a pile and got ready for a witches' dance. 
There were four witches and four ghosts. The 



next stunt was eating candy. The candy was 
on a string. The object of the race was to see 
who could get to the middle of the string first. 
The one who did got the candy. Then the 
spook orchestra played a few selections. Their 
leader, Robin Goodfellow, was dressed in red. 
After that, refreshments were given out which 
consisted of cider, apples, and pumpkin pie. 
Then a witch gave out the fortunes. After that 
Capt. Dix told a ghost story and a ghost caine out 
and frightened one of the ladies. The last was 
a tableau. A flag was brought in and raised 
while a fellow played the bugle. Then five 
ladies with, guns and dressed as soldiers sang, 
"Tenting on the Old Camp Ground." This 
ended the party, at which we all had a good 
time. George W. N. Starrett. 

B Dial 

On Wednesday evening, October eleventh, 
there was a trial in the east basement. There 
were several prisoners brought up for different 
offences. Mr. Bradley told us the meaning of 
a law that had just been made: — "No persons are 
allowed on Cottage Row bounds, unless they are 
shareholders, without the consent of the owners 
or the mayor." We were also told several things 
about courts and officers' duties which we weie 
glad to know. Each fellow was given a folder 
that tells about Cottage Row, of what it con- 
sists, and how it is carried on. Several of the 
fellows asked questions which were answered. 
After the prisoners were tried we went to bed. 
Warner E. Spear. 

Sowing Grass Seed 

On Monday, October ninth, I helped Mr. 
Fairbanks seed a piece of land at the south end 
of the Island. First we went to the farm-house 
and got the seed-planter and the seed we were 
going to use. We took them to the piece where 
the seed was to be sown. We then filled the 
holder full of Timothy seed and started to sow it. 
Mr. Fairbanks told me to take a potato digger, 
which was handy, and drag it along the ground 
right after the planter so that he could tell where 
he left off each time. After this seed was sown he 
sowed some red top. Lawrence M. Cobb. 



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Cbompson's Tsiand Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS 
A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR WORTHY BOYS 



Vol. 15. No. 7. 



November, 1911 



Subscription Price 



50 Cents Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



PRESIDENT 

Alfred Bowditch 

VICE-PRESIDENT 

Charles P. Curtis 

TREASURER 

Arthur Adams 

20 Broad St, 
SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

19 Exchange Place 
MANAGERS 

Melvin 0. Adams 
Gorham Brooks 
I. Tucker Burr 
S, V. R. Crosby 

George L. DeBlois 

Charles T, Gallagher 
N, Penrose Hallowell 
Walter Hunnewell 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Charles E. Mason 

RJCHARD M, SaLTONSTALL 

Francis Shaw 

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



Charles H, Bradley, - - - Superintendent 



For the first time in the history of the 
Beacon we are going to break away from its 
fixed policy and, although it is with some diffi- 
dence that we do so, we hope that it will meet 



with the approval of our friends and bring about 
the desired results. 

The age of our School has brought to it a 
certain dignity and reserve which has inclined it 
to stand more and more on its merits and to 
rely upon its friends to spread its reputation and 
advertise its needs. In this we have not been 
disappointed, for our friends have been loyal and 
generous. We believe that they will continue 
so, but perhaps we have been too modest and the 
Beacon can and should interest more thoroughly 
our present friends and try to make new ones 
by speaking from time to time of our needs with- 
out annoying our friends or detracting from the 
attractiveness of the paper. Perhaps some of 
these needs, small or large, will appeal to some 
reader to the end that our work may be made 
more thorough and efficient. This may be for 
improvement in methods or equipment, for 
health or safety, for economy or easing a bit 
the hard places, or for pleasure. We shall try 
to state it all fairly and candidly and leave the 
rest to those who want to do something for 
others. 

Special Needs 

Two hundred dollars for extending electric 
lights to the barn. 

One hundred fifty dollars for changes in 
printing-office. 

Steam cooking equipment for the kitchen. 

Machinery for the laundry. 

Band saw for the carpenter-shop. 

Two hundred fifty dollars for two manual 
training lathes. 

Oct, I - Sunday. Group of boys went to 
church in town. 

Oct. 2. Fall term of school began. 

Oct. 4. Fourth quarterly election of Cot- 
tage Row Officers, 



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Ten books, "Scenes from Every Land," do- 
nated by Mr. Arthur Beane. 

Oct. 5. Dick W. Steenbruggen went to 
live with his mother. 

Oct. 6. Frederick A. Sanderson, photo- 
grapher, here taking pictures. 

Covered the inside of sidewalls to corn-crib 
with one-half inch mesh galvanized iron wire 
netting. 

Two instructors and nine boys attended the 
Brockton Fair through the courtesy of Mr. Arthur 
Adams. 

Oct. 7. Entertained by Mr. Archie Leon 
French, ventriloquist and impersonator. 

Oct. 8. Sunday. Rev. James Huxtable 
spoke in chapel. 

Oct. 9. Finished seeding field near south 
tide-gate. 

Cut pop-corn and Quincy Market sweet 
corn. 

Oct. 10. Last Friends' Day, 237 present. 

Grew Garden Prizes awarded. 

Secretary Tucker Daland visited here. 

Crosby Shield and individual cups awarded 
to base-ball players. 

Oct. 12. Graduate Frederick J. Barton 
visited here. 

Finished picking corn on south piece. 

Treasurer Arthur Adams passed the day 
here. 

Oct. 13. Mowed clover north of power- 
house. 

Orice Merrick went to live with his mother 
and attend high school. 

Oct. 14. Graduate William Proctor vis- 
ited here, 

Mr. Frederick A. Sanderson, photographer, 
finished taking pictures. 

Carlquist William Walbourne and Edward 
Henry Altieri entered the School, 

Oct. 15. Sunday. Rev. James Harry 
Holden of Roxbury, Mass., spoke in chapel. 
Mr. Harvey King came with him. 

Oct. 16. Commenced husking corn. 

New piles driven in repairs to outer break- 
water. 



Oct. 17. Twenty Buff Offington chickens 
came. 

Oct. 20. Finished plowing for winter rye. 

Mr. and Mrs. Bradley, four instructors and 
eighty-eight boys visited the New England In- 
dustrial and Educational Exposition. 

Oct. 23. Managers S. V. R. Crosby and 
N. Penrose Hallowell visited the School. 

Oct. 24. Finished picking apples. 

Capt. Dix with three of the boys went to the 
New England Industrial and Educational Ex- 
position. 

Oct. 25. Manager Henry Jackson, M. D., 
visited here. 

Varnished outside of steamer's cabin and 
painted deck. 

Oct. 26. Sowed winter rye north of Cot- 
tage Row. 

Oct. 27. Cut asparagus tops and harrowed 
ground. 

Mr. E. Clinton Britton, President of Massa- 
chusetts Society of Beekeepers, lectured on 
bees and gave demonstration. 

Oct. 28. Twenty-four Plymouth Rock 
pullets came. 

Twenty-five boys and three instructors at- 
tended the Harvard-Brown foot-ball game 
through the courtesy of Mr. Arthur Beane. 

Royal Commission on Industrial Training 
and Technical Education from Canada, accom- 
panied by Mr. Gustaf Larson and Mr. Joseph 
Sandberg, visited the School. 

Oct. 29. Sunday. Rev. Chas. Francis 
Dole, of Jamaica Plain, spoke in chapel. 

Oct, 30. Commenced feeding the bees. 

Commenced banking and storing celery. 

Oct. 31. Husking and Hallowe'en sports 
at the stock-barn. 

Finished painting outside of stock-barn 
one coat. 

CK Tarm ana trades School Bank 

Cash on hand Oct. 1, 191 1 $948.01 

Deposits to Nov. 1, 1911 52.97 

1 ,000.98 
Withdrawals 43.40 

Cash on hand Nov, 1.1911 "$957^58 



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October meteorology 

Maximum temperature 67° on the 5th and 
14th. 

Minimum temperature 33° on the 29th. 

Mean temperature for the month 51.9°. 

Total precipitation 3.05 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in twenty-four hours 
.65 inches on the 7th. 

13 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 
tion, 8 clear days, 16 partly cloudy, 7 cloudy. 

Total number of hours sunshine 152 and 30 
minutes. 

Jiutuitin 

In the autumn months I like to see the corn 
stalks stocked up in the field and the corn ears, 
pumpkins, and squashes spread out on the grass 
to dry. Then when I look at the leaves on the 
trees in autumn colors and the garden with the 
flowers dying and going to seed, I begin to think of 
the winter which is coming. Now that the au- 
tumn winds are beginning to blow, and the leaves 
are racing over the ground helter-skelter it really 
seems like autumn. In the evening when the 
full moon appears and lights up the fields, all 
looks very beautiful. As we look across the 
water and see the boats, which are few; and as we 
notice the winter birds beginning to come, and 
the shortness of the days, we are obliged to 
realize the presence of autumn. 

William B. Deane. 

Brockton Tair 

On Friday, October sixth, eight fellows went 
to the Brockton Fair with Mr. Fairbanks and 
Mr. Kinney. We left the Island about nine 
o'clock. When we reached City Point, we took 
a car to the South Station, and then took the 
steam cars direct to Brockton. When we 
reached the fair grounds, the first thing we did 
was to divide into two groups; then we visited the 
fair building in which we saw various things of 
interest. We went over to the cattle sheds 
where we saw some very fine cattle of Guernsey, 
Jersey, Ayrshire, and Holstein breeds; we also 
saw some good looking sheep and swine. An 
interesting scene to watch was the firemen's con- 
test in throwing a stream of water. After a little 



more walking around we had dinner. After din- 
ner we went over to the race track where some 
of us had the pleasure of seeing Clarence 
DeMar, one of our graduates, finish first in the 
Marathon Race. We also saw some horse 
races, jockey races, and chariot races, and a 
mili'.ary parade. On the way home we stopped 
to get a souvenir each, then took a car to the 
station where we entrained for home. We 
arrived at the Island about six o'clock, having 
had a very good time. We thank Mr. Adams 
and Mr. Bradley for letting us go. 

Edric B. Blakemore. 

Picking Peaches 

One morning after picking vegetables, two 
other boys and myself helped Mr. Fairbanks pick 
peaches. We first got some bushel boxes and 
put paper in them; then we began to pick the 
peaches we could reach from the ground. We 
put them all into one box, while Mr. Fairbanks 
sorted them, putting the large ripe ones into 
one box, and the large green ones into another. 
He also put the small ripe ones and the small 
green ones in separate boxes. We got a short 
ladder and picked the rest of the peaches. After 
they were all sorted we took them up to the 
kitchen. Oscar E. Neumann. 

helping 

It was my work one morning, after I had 
finished my regular work, to help scrub the north 
dormitory. 1 got a broom and swept, and then 
moved all the beds to one side. I got my scrub- 
bing things and commenced. We finished in 
one hour and a half, and then the beds were put 
back in place. The chests and chairs were 
also washed. Frank S. Mills. 

making Banners 

One afternoon a lot of felt came with which 
to make The Farm and Trades School banners. 
The colors of the School are blue and gold so 
some felt was blue and some yellow. Another 
fellow came into the sewing-room to help make 
them because he had made them before. At 
first the letters F. T. S. had to be cut out of 
cardboard and then cut out of the yellow felt. 
After this was done a piece of blue felt was 



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cut out in the shape of a triangle. The base of 
the triangle was ten inches wide and the sides 
were twenty-six inches long. The letters were 
basted on in the middle of the banner and 
stitched on with yellow sewing silk. There is 
a piece of yellow felt placed across the top so 
the straps can be sewed on between the yellow 
and blue felt. The straps are five inches long 
and half an inch wide. There are six straps in 
all, the three bottom ones are blue and the three 
top ones are yellow. One banner has been made 
with large yellow letters and small blue letters 
on top of them. These are very pretty when 
finished. Frederick V. Hall. 

Sorting Jfpples 

One morning Mr. Fairbanks had me sort 
apples. I sorted them in this manner: — The 
nice big apples 1 would call number one's and 
put these in a basket all by themselves. The 
apples that were medium sized, or large but with 
a worm hole or slight bruises were called number 
two apples. The small apples with worm holes 
are called number three apples. The very small 
apples that are cracked go for cider apples. 
When I got a basket full I would empty it into a 
certain barrel. These were marked according 
to the kind and quality of apples they contained 
and then they were put into the old seed house 
to be stored for the winter. 

Howard F. Lochrie. 

Cbe l^arvard^Brown Game 

Saturday, October twenty-eight, twenty-five 
fellows accompanied by our foot-ball committee, 
Mr. Beebe, Mr. Fairbanks, and Mr. Miller, at- 
tended the Harvard-Brown foot-ball game. We 
left the Island at half past twelve. We arrived 
at the stadium about two o'clock. While we 
were waiting for the game to start, Mr. Arthur 
Beane, who provided this opportunity, csme 
along and shook hands with all the fellows, 
and told them he was glad to see them. At 
three o'clock the game started. Captain Fisher 
of Harvard won the toss. He chose to have 
Sprackling of Brown kick off to him. Both 
teams had strong and snappy players. The 
Brown squad had a shift that puzzled the Har- 



vard men, but Harvard had a trick that was 
equal to theirs. The full-back would get back 
and signal for the ball, but the ball would ret go 
to him but one of the half-backs who at the time 
was standing by the quarter-back ready to re- 
ceive the ball and go through the line. Both 
squads did exceedingly good forward passing. 
The game ended with a score of twenty to six 
in Harvard's favor. We all enjoyed the game 
and thanked Mr. Bradley very much for taking 
us. Carl D. P. Hynes. 

One afternoon, on the farm, 1 helped the 
farm fellows with the bran. First we built a 
staging overhead by the bran room. When 
that was done, Mr. Gordon stood on it while a 
few fellows passed. him the bags of bran from 
overhead. When Mr. Gordon got the bags, he 
handed them to the fellows down below and 
they put them in the bran room. After the 
bags were all in we swept the bran down on the 
floor so everything would be clean for the new 
bran that was coming. Five fellows got the 
horses ready so they could go to the wharf for 
the bran. When it was all taken care of we 
put up our horses. Arthur G. Appel. 

(Uasbitid lUindows 

One morning Mrs. Ekegren told me to wash 
windows in Mrs. Bradley's dining-room. 1 got 
a pan, two cloths, and a piece of chamois. I 
started on the windows and cleaned them inside 
and outside. After I had them washed, 1 took 
a clean cloth and went over them and then 
cleaned them with my chamois. 1 did three 
windows that day. Now I dust and clean this 
room very often. Eenj/^min L. Murphy. 

€bangind BianRcts 

A few mornings ago when we had finished 
our regular work in the dormitory Miss Brewster 
told us that we were going to change the blankets. 
We took the dirty ones off and folded them to go 
to the laundry to be washed. Then we went up 
to the west loft and got two sets of clean blankets 
to put on the beds. We had to have two hundred 
in order to supply each bed with two blankets. 
Herbert L. Dudley. 



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Jlluniiti 

Merton p. Ellis, '99, was married on 
October twenty-fifth to Eleanor Louise Lyons 
in Dorchester. Merton is superintendent for 
the Adanns Pond Company, Inc., contractors. 
As secretary of the Alumni Association he is 
well known to a large number of graduates. The 
young couple will be at home after the first of 
February at 461 Columbia Road, Dorchester. 
We wish them the best of good fortune. 

Thomas R. Brown, '00, was also married 
on October twenty-fifth, to Mary Ella Ross in 
Worcester. Tom is the popular room clerk at 
the Parker House. His cheerful disposition 
and conscientiousness aid greatly in his suc- 
cess. We wish Tom and his wife many years of 
happiness. 

John W. Robblee, '03, recently returned 
from a trip around the world during which he 
acted in the capacity of chauffeur for Mrs. Bar- 
rett Wendell. This must have been a very 
pleasant experience and we are glad that he had 
the opportunity. On October fourth John left 
for the Philippines where he is to take charge of 
the Government automobiles. 

Frederick P. Thayer, '03, is another of 
our young graduates who has recently been 
married. On September twenty-sixth he was 
married to Alice F. Young in Dorchester where 
the couple will be at home after December 
fourth at 55 Olney Street. Fred is with the T. 
W. Ripley Company, printers, where he has 
been since leaving the School. Our best wishes 
go with Fred and his wife. 

William N. Dinsmore, '06, is to be con- 
gratulated on the announcement of his engage- 
ment to Miss Mildred Lee Gilkey of Cliftondale, 
Mass. 

Frederick J. Barton, '09, was in good 
spirits and looking well when he visited the 
School recently. He is living with his brother 
in Farmington, Maine, and works as a cylinder 
pressman in the Knowlton, McLeary Printing- 
office. Fred says that he attends church regu- 
larly and is a member of the Farmington Grange. 



Grew eardcn Prizes 

On our last Friends' Day, October tenth, 
Mr. Bradley presented the Grew Garden Prizes. 
These prizes were formerly given by the late Mr. 
Henry S. Grew, and are now given by his daugh- 
ter, Mrs. S. V. R. Crosby. These prizes are 
given every year to the fellows who have the 
best garden through the summer. The winners 
were as follows: — Ernest V. Wyatt, first, five 
dollars; Charles E. Morse, second, four dollars; 
Frederick S. Hynesand Harold D. Morse, third, 
three dollars; John O. Enright, fourth, two dollars 
fifty cents; Alfred H. Casey, fifth, two dollars; 
Harlan Stevens, sixth, one dollar fifty cents; 
Levi N. Trask, seventh, one dollar; Oscar E. 
Neumann, eighth, one dollar. 

James A. Peak. 

Jfn Gntmainment 

One evening a gentleman came to the 
Island to entertain us. His name is Mr. Archie 
Leon French, and he is a ventriloquist and imita- 
tor. At seven o'clock we went to the assembly- 
hall, and soon after this Mr. French came in. 
H e began his programme by telling us a few jokes. 
Then he played on a mouth organ. He cculd 
play this without touching his hands to it. He 
gave a monologue of a Swede who went to the 
World's Fair at St. Louis. He recited some 
poems for us, and did some feats in ventrilo- 
quism, some of which were very interesting. 
We enjoyed the evening very much. 

Harry M. Godshalk. 

Troning tabic £incn 

Every Tuesday and Friday, it is the work 
of the laundry fellows to iron the table and other 
linen. This consists of table cloths, napkins, and 
the waiters' jumpers and aprons. There are usu- 
ally about five table cloths, six jumpers, six 
aprons and thirty napkins. The table cloths are 
folded and ironed on both sides. They are folded 
again and creased, and then hung on the 
reel ready for the dining-room. The napkins 
are also folded and hung on the reel. This 
table linen requires some very hot irons, as it 
has to be thoroughly dried. 

Preston M. Blanchard. 



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Vol. 15. No. 8. Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. December, 1911 

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 

PRESTON M. BLANCHARD 

MAYOR: 

A PROCLAMATION 

FOR A DAY OF 
THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE 



It is in keeping with the custom of our Cottage 
Row Government to appoint one day each year to be 
observed by our citizens in thanking God for the many 
blessings He has bestowed upon us. 

On that day we should join in praising the 
Almighty for the favorable conditions which surround 
us at this School; for the equipment of our shops with 
valuable machinery; for the practical education that 
the Managers have made it possible for us to gain; for 
our freedom from sickness during the year; for the 
good harvest that we have gathered from our fields; 
and for the knowledge and pleasure we have gained as 
citizens of Cottage Row Government. 

Therefore, I, Preston M, Blanchard, Mayor of 
Cottage Row, with the advice and consent of the Board 
of Aldermen, set apart Thursday, the thirtieth day of 
November, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to 
God for the many blessings He has granted to us. 

Given at The Farm and Trades School this 
eighth day of November, in the year of our Lord one 
thousand nine hundred and eleven, the ninety-seventh 
year of our School, and the twenty-third year of Cottage 
Row Government. 

PRESTON M. BLANCHARD. 

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

GEORGE R. JORDAN, 

CLERK. 

God Save the Government of Cottage Row. 



making CDanksgloing Booklets 

Last month in school we made some little 
booklets for Thanksgiving. I made one six 
inches long and three and one-half inches wide. 
The cover was made of gray drawing paper 
folded together. I made a quarter of an inch 
margin around my front cover and drew a pump- 
kin in the lower left hand corner. Then there 
was a verse printed in the remaining clear space. 
After this was done I cut out a piece of white 
drawing paper to fit in the inside. On this I 
made a picture of the Mayflower in silhouette, 
leaving the boat white against a black back- 
ground. Then 1 wrote a verse taken from "The 
Landing of the Pilgrims." When I had it all 
finished I took it up to the teacher and she put 
a small paper fastener in it to keep the middle 
page fastened to the covers. The other fellows 
in the class made booklets, too, using various 
designs. Some drew turkeys on the covers and 
some cider jugs, apples, and so on. 

Leslie H. Barker. 

Cbanksgiving Programmes 

This year the programmes had eight pages 
in them. There was a green cover. On the first 
inside page at the top was printed "Menu and 
Programme." Underneath that was "Thanks- 
giving 191 1" and then a small circular cut, sim- 
ilar to a seal. At the bottom was a design in 
which was represented a pumpkin, apples, a pie, 
and a cider jug. On the second page there was 
an article on Thanksgiving which told how in the 
history of this Island we were closely associated 
with the Pilgrim Fathers. It also stated that 
Myles Standish when exploring Massachusetts 
Bay had landed on this Island. On page three 



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was a poem by Ella M. Powers. Below the 
poem was the menu which was as follows: — 

ROAST TURKEY 

Dressing: 
Giblet Gravy 

Sweet Potatoes 

Celery Cranberry Sauce 

Mashed Turnip 

Bread and Butter 

Mince Pie 

Cheese 

Apples Rasins Figs 

Dates Nuts 

After that was another little poem. Page 
four had the President's proclamation. Oppo- 
site that was the proclamation of Cottage Row 
Government written by Preston M. Blanchard, 
Mayor. The sixth page had the evening pro- 
gramme which was as follows: — 

First Part 

Selection Orchestra 

Baritone Solo Willard Perry 

Selected 

Songs Ladies' Quintette 

Please Won't You Be My— Hm? 

The Shoogy-Shoo 

The Elephant and the Chimpanzee 

Violin Solo Mr. Dix 

Rubinstein's Melody in F 
Piano Duett Mrs. Bradley and Miss Wood 

The Witches' Flight 
Selection Orchestra 

Second Part 

A Comedy, Too Much Married, in 2 Acts 

Cast of Characters 

Bob Henshaw Mr. Fairbanks 

Who Needs a Wife and Baby and Gets 

More than He Bargained For 

Jerry Finnegan Mr. Miller 

Bob's Gardener 
Deacon Silas Jones Mr. Beebe 

Bob's Uncle from Missouri 

Miss Cordelia Miss Lothrop 

Bob's Housekeeper, a Vinegary Virgin 



Sally Miss Brewster 

Bob's Maid of All Work 

Act L Scene: Living room in the Henshaw 
home; Time, morning. 

Act II. Scene: The same; Time afternoon of 
same day. Perley W. White. 

Our Cbanks 

Each year the boys are given an opportun- 
ity just before Thanksgiving to state their special 
reasons for thankfulness. The following are 
some of their expressions: — 

Tirst Class 

I am thankful for the friends I have, and that 
I can see them on Friends' Days. I am grate- 
ful for what they have done for me and I am in 
hopes I can pay them back some day. When 
I think of the nations at war it makes me feel 
grateful to God that our country is not at war. 
Sometimes I think of the fellows in the city 
smoking and doing other things, and I am glad 
that I have not the chance to do these things 
here. William G. Beadle. 

I am very thankful I am a pupil of this 
School and that there are so many opportunities 
for each and every one to make good use of, 
such as playing in the band, working in sloyd, 
blacksmithing, and working on the farm. 1 am 
grateful for the good care that has been taken 
of me during the past year, and for the good 
health I possess. 1 am thankful that my brothers 
and sisters are in good health and good cheer, 
and that they have done so much for me in the 
past year. Clarence Burton. 

I am very thankful that I am a pupil at The 
Farm and Trades School where I am learning 
many useful things. It will soon be time for skat- 
ing and coasting for which 1 am thankful. I am 
glad that I own in a cottage so that I can stay 
there Sundays. I am thankful that I am in the 
first class, and that I am in the sloyd class. 1 
thank the Lord that I have had good health dur- 
ing the past year and that my friends have, too. 
1 am very grateful for my good home at The 
Farm and Trades School. 

Harry M. Godshalk 



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As we pick up magazines and papers we 
read of disasters that come upon boys that are 
in the city and that are not taken care of as we 
are at this School. 1 am thankful that I am not 
one of these boys. I am grateful for the many 
things this School has done for me. 1 am thank- 
ful that 1 have a mother and that she and my 
brothers are enjoying good health. I am thank- 
ful for the education 1 am receiving at this 
School; for the sloyd, blacksmithing, and shop 
work. I am thankful that all my friends are 
well and that I can hear from them from time 
to time. Thomas Milne. 

Second €la$$ 

I am thankful 1 have a good mother, a 
grandmother, a stepfather, and good friends. I 
am thankful for what Mr. Bradley and the Man- 
agers have done for me. 1 am thankful for the 
good food 1 get and the clothes I have to wear. 
I am thankful we have a day of thanksgiving and 
praise. I am thankful 1 have a chance to go to 
sloyd, and that we have a good gymnasium. 
Edmund S. Bemis. 

I am thankful for the food and clothes 
I get, and that 1 have a house to shelter me. 1 
am thankful that I have a mother and sisters who 
come to see me on Friends' Days. 1 am thank- 
ful for the good home 1 have and that I shall be 
a help to my mother when 1 graduate. I am 
glad we have such good Managers and I am 
grateful for the pleasures and privileges Mr. 
Bradley permits us to have. 1 am thankful for 
the education and good teaching I get at this 
School, i am glad 1 work in the kitchen, and 
go to sloyd. 1 am thankful for my good surround- 
ings and good health I am glad I had a chance 
to play foot-ball the past season. 

William E. Cowley. 

1 am very grateful that I am in good health. 
I am thankful that 1 am in sloyd where 1 can 
learn something about woodworking. I am 
thankful that I have sisters, and a guardian who 
will look after me, also that I have a great many 
friends. 1 am very grateful that I am in a place 
where I can become fitted to do my part in the 
world well. I am very grateful to the superin- 



tendent and those who have to do with this 
School. 1 am also thankful that I am in a 
school where 1 can learn to read and write, and 
do other things which some of the boys and girls 
cannot do in foreign countries. 

Howard A. Delano. 

1 can hardly express all the things that 
1 am thankful for. There have been so many 
good times and such a good harvest! 1 am 
thankful that my mother and friends are well and 
that my health has been good. I am grateful 
for all the things the School has provided for me. 
1 am surrounded with good opportunites and 
many costly things which 1 am thankful to the 
Managers for. There are many improvements 
that have been made which make things more 
comfortable for me and my friends here which 1 
am also thankful for. The foot-ball season was 
a very successful one and I am thankful to Mr. 
Crosby for his interest in our sports and his gen- 
erosity in giving us the cups and shield. I am 
also grateful that the holidays are near and 1 hope 
they will be happy ones for all. 

George R. Jordan. 

I am thankful that I have a good bed to sleep 
in, good food to eat, and a good dining-room 
to eat it in. I am also thankful that 1 am well 
and that this Island is a healthful place to live on. 
1 am grateful that my sisters and my aunts are 
all well and happy. I am thankful that I am in 
the second class and that 1 am in the first grade 
the greater part of the time. 1 am thankful that 
I am in sloyd and that I work in the afternoon dor- 
mitory. 1 am thankful that I own in a cottage 
and have the use of the playground, and that by 
the Cottage Row Government I am able to learn 
about the real government of the United States. 
I am grateful that we played foot-ball this fall, 
and that we have a gymnasium in which we can 
exercise and have fun during the winter. 

Dexter L. Noble. 

I am thankful that I have a mother, grand- 
mother, grandfather, and a sister. 1 am thank- 
ful for the good times we have here; that 1 woik 
on the farm; that we have a gymnasium; that 1 
go to sloyd; and that I am in the second class. 
Frederick E. Van Valkenburg. 



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Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

DEPENDENT UPON DONATtONS AND BEQUESTS 
A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR WORTHY BOYS 



Vol. 15. No. 8. 



December, 1911 



Subscription Price 



50 Cents Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



PRESIDENT 

Alfred Bowditch 

VrCE-PRESrDENT 

Charles P. Curtis 

TREASURER 

Arthur Adams 

20 Broad St, 
SECRETARY 

Tucker Dalaptd 

19 Exchange Place 
MANAGERS 

Melvin 0. Adams 
GoRHAM Brooks 
I. Tucker Burr 
S, V, R. Crosbt 

George L. DeBlois 

Charles T. Gallagher 
N, Penrose Hallowell 
Walter Hunnewell 

Henry Jackson, M. D. 
Charles E. Mason 

Richard M, Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

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

Charles H. Bradley, - - - Superintendent 

From the time of the announcement by the 
President of the United States that he has 
set apart a special day for "Thanksgiving and 
Praise," many and varied preparations are put 



under way for the fitting observance of the 
occasion according to inclination. Many spend 
the day devoutly in giving thanks for the success 
that has attended them during the year past; 
others express their gratitude for the eradication 
of an illness or an affliction of long standing; or 
possibly that the family circle still remains un- 
broken, and that the annual reunion of the family 
takes place once more. 

Then there is still another element in the 
make up of our population of an athletic trend 
of mind who see fit on this day to vie with one 
another in all sorts of events from road racing to 
foot-ball games, and for their success in this line 
of action they have their just reason for being 
thankful. In fact, we feel safe in saying that it 
would be hard, indeed, to find a person who has 
not been favored, in a way, commensurate with 
the efforts put forth, or been the recipient, in 
some form, of a privilege that will enure to his 
future prosperity or happiness. 

We might continue with a never ending 
enumeration of those things for which we have 
cause to be thankful, but that is not wholly our 
purpose. It is our desire to emphasize the sig- 
nificance of the meaning, intent, and purport of 
"Thanksgiving and Praise." We urge that the 
recognition of that for which we have cause to 
be grateful should not be shown by an indifferent 
or artificial expression of sentiment, but by one 
that is genuine and spontaneous, such as is evi- 
denced by the spirit found in the thankful articles 
of our pupils. 

notes 

Nov. 1 . Finished banking celery. 
Nov. 2, Finished plowing about south 
marsh. 

Renewed rain leader pipes on stock-barn. 
Nov. 3, Telephone inspector here. 
Harvested onions and Brussels sprouts. 
Dr. Alexander Burr, veterinary, here. 



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Nov. 4. Began hauling in corn fodder. 

Mr. Joe Laurens gave an entertainment in 
the assembly-hall. 

Nov. 5. Rev. Frederick B. Richards con- 
ducted Sunday services. 

Nov. 6. Harvested pumpkins and beans. 

Painted outside of tower at main building. 

Five boys were operated on for adnoids and 
enlarged tonsils. 

Nov. 8. Repaired chimney tops at farm- 
house. 

Entertainment in assembly-hall for instruc- 
tors and first grade pupils. 

Nov. 9. Killed a pig, dressing 303 pounds. 

Renewed riding cables for steamer Pilgrim. 

Nov. 10. Mr. John Parks donated trom- 
bone oil. 

Nov. 11. President Alfred Bowditch here. 

Nov. 13. Stored onions, and finished stor- 
ing celery; also planted peas, and set out flowering 
bulbs. 

Nov. 14. Planted sweet peas. 

Dug ditch to drain piece near Oak Knoll. 

Nov. 15. Seven boys visited the dentist. 

Nov. 16. Painted steamer's hull. 

Killed 7 Buff Orpington Roosters. 

Received Rhode Island Red Rooster from 
William Walbert. 

Nov. 17. Finished hauling corn fodder 
from south piece. 

Nov. 20. Stored beets and turnips. 

Began hauling in corn from field north of 
Cottage Row. 

Nov. 21. Seven boys visited the dentist. 

Harold L. Wynot returned to his mother. 

Nov. 22. Began harvesting mangels. 

Managers Francis Shaw and I. Tucker 
Burr visited the Island. 

Nov. 23. Shipped scow-load of old paper 
and iron junk, and received 100 bags of gluten, 
40 of cotton-seed meal, and 6 of cracked corn. 

Nov. 24. Sixty bags of land plaster came. 

Set up corn cracker on first floor of Gard- 
ner Hall. 

Shipped another load of old paper, brass 
and copper junk. 



Nov. 25. Wm.' M. Flanders Co. donated 
a box each of raisins, figs, dates, and nuts for 
Thanksgiving. 

Nov. 26. Mr. John Foote, of the Newton 
Theological Seminary, spoke in chapel. 

Nov. 27. Finished harvesting mangels. 

Manager Ralph B. Williams visited here. 

Laid 150 feet of lead cable for telephone 
and gong on wharf. 

Nov. 28. Finished raking leaves in Bow- 
ditch grove. 

Nov. 30. Thanksgiving. Foot-ball game 
between picked teams called Harvard and Yale. 
Harvard won 6-0. 

Entertainment consisting of a musical pro- 
gramme and two act play given by several in-' 
structors and boys. 

Cbe Tarm and trades School BaiiK 

Cash on hand Nov. 1, 1911 $957.58 

Deposits to Dec. I, 1911 21.12 

978.70 
Withdrawals 105.38 

Cash on hand Dec. 1 , 1911 "$873^ 

novcitiDcr mctcorolodv 

Maximum temperature 68° on the 13th. 

Minimum temperature 19° on the 10th. 

Mean temperature for the month 41.7°. 

Total precipitation 3.35 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in twenty-four hours 
.66 inches on the 24th. 

13 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 
tion, 3 clear days, 21 partly cloudy, 6 cloudy. 

Total number of hours sunshine 143 and 56 
minutes. 

third eiass 

1 am thankful that 1 have had such good 
health all my life. I have many kind friends, 
and it is a pleasure to me to receive their letters, 
I am grateful that I have a good superintendent, 
and teachers. I am very thankful that we can 
have a day of Thanksgiving as did our Pilgrim 
Fathers, and that we can give thanks to Him 
Who has kept us so well during the past year. 
Raymond H. Batchelder. 



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I am grateful that I have a mother and that 
she is well. I am very grateful for all this School 
has done for me. 1 have had many good times 
this year for which I am thankful. I am learn- 
ing so many different things at this School 
that will be helpful to me when I am a man and 
supporting my mother that I feel very grateful. 
1 am thankful for the jolly time we had Thanks- 
giving Day. Lawrence M. Cobb. 

1 am thankful that 1 have a good mother, 
brother, and sister. 1 am thankful that 1 am 
not in the fourth grade. I am glad Christmas 
is so near with its good times. 1 am glad that 
I am not sick, and that 1 work on the farm where 
there is good air. I wish to give thanks that 1 
am where my mother knows 1 am well and cared 
for. I am also grateful that we have Friends' 
Days. 1 am thankful that 1 am in the third 
class. I am glad that winter is so near that the 
fellows can go skating and sliding. I am glad 
that I am in the band and can learn to play well. 
Franklin H. Freudenberger. 

Thanksgiving is a day of thanks to God. 
We should all have something to be thankful 
for. 1 have a great many things. First, I am 
thankful that 1 have had no sickness during the 
year. I am also glad that 1 have such a good 
mother who encourages me in all my work. 
I am thankful that 1 have an opportunity to learn 
the different things at this School, and as the 
time draws near at hand to go out into the world 
I shall have a chance to earn my own living. 1 
am glad that 1 have such a fine lot of instructors 
working patiently with me and teaching me 
many different things. 

Franklin E. Gunning. 

1 wish to give thanks for the many good 
surroundings 1 have. 1 am thankful that 1 am 
in the sloyd class; for my chance to work out- 
doors; for the opportunity to go to school; for 
my good health and my boy friends. 1 feel 
very grateful to this School, the Board of Man- 
agers, and Mr. and Mrs. Bradley. 

Earle C. Miller. 

I am glad that I live in an age when there 
are so many inventions. 1 am thankful that I 



have the opportunities of an American boy and 
the chance of learning so much at this School. 
1 am grateful for having a mother and brothers. 
1 am getting to be a big boy now, and am well 
and strong. This is because 1 have good food, 
air, and sunshine; and for all these things 1 sm 
grateful. 

"1 thank God very much 

For all that 1 enjoy; 

And hope that next Thanksgiving Day 

Will find a better boy." 

Theodore Milne. 

1 think there is one thing that every person 
in the United States is thankful for, at least it 
is what 1 am grateful for, and that is that we live 
in a great and peaceful land. I am thankful that 
we can celebrate Thanksgiving Day. I am 
grateful for all Mr. Bradley has done for me at 
this School. 1 am grateful for all the pleasures 
1 had last summer, and for all that Cottage Row 
Government means to us. 

Harold D. Morse. 

1 am thankful for a good father whom 1 can 
send things to; for the good health I have; and 
the good air I have here. I am thankful 1 am 
in sloyd and for what 1 am learning there. I 
am grateful for the entertainments 1 am able to 
see; that Christmas and the snowball battle is 
drawing near; for Friends' Days and furlough 
time; for the warm clothing that 1 get here. I 
am thankful I can enjoy all these things. 

Warner E. Spear. 

I am thankful that 1 have good health and 
strength. I am thankful that 1 am at a School 
where 1 may receive an education and learn many 
useful things. I am glad that 1 am where 1 can 
have-fresh air and sunshine. 1 am glad that all 
of my relatives are well and happy. 1 am happy 
to think of the improvements that have taken 
place in the past year that help us to become 
good citizens. 1 am glad for Cottage Row and 
its government. I am also happy for the peace 
and plenty that is blessing the United States. 
Walter 1. Tassinari. 

1 wish to give thanks for the opportunity 
I have as a pupil at The Farm and Trades 



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School with its wonderful advantages and oppor- 
tunites. 1 am thankful for the home that 1 have 
here, and for the friendship of the boys. I am 
grateful for the sunshine that makes us grow 
healthy and strong; for the good food we have to 
eat; for the good times I have here. 1 hope to 
become a good man and repay this School and 
Mr. and Mrs. Bradley. 

Carlquist W. Walbourn. 

Tourtft Class 

I am thankful that 1 am alive and having a 
good time. 1 am thankful that my father placed 
me in this School where 1 can learn something. 
1 am thankful that 1 have a good place to sleep 
and good food to eat. 1 am thankful for the 
electric lights and the steam heat. I am 
thankful that I work in a warm place in the win- 
ter. 1 am thankful that we have a gymnasium 
in which to exercise our muscles. 1 am thank- 
ful that we have some cows so that we do not 
have to buy our milk in the city. 

Eldred W. Allen. 

I am thankful that I have a good mother 
and that none of my relatives have died this 
year. 1 am thankful that 1 am at this^School 
and for the good care I receive here. I am 
thankful for the nice dormitories we have to 
sleep in. I am thankful for Thanksgiving Day. 
1 am thankful for the good education which I 
am receiving here. 1 am thankful that I have 
good health. William J. Grant. 

Some of the things which 1 have been 
thankful for this year are that my mother and 
father are living and have good health, and that 
they celebrate Thanksgiving every year. An- 
other thing 1 am thankful for is that I have had 
a good time this year. Another is that we have 
good places to play and good surroundings. 1 
am thankful that 1 came to this School to get a 
good education, and 1 am thankful that 1 have 

clothes to wear. Floyd A. Warren. 



Tim Class 

The first thing 1 am thankful for is that 1 
have a father and mother. I am thankful for 
the good education I am getting. 1 am thank- 



ful for the food and clothing 1 get; also for the 
pleasures Mr. Bradley gives me. 1 am thankful 
for the skating and coasting 1 have in the winter. 
I am thankful for the day of thanksgiving and 
praise. Elwin C. Bemis. 

I am very thankful that 1 am at this 
School and grateful for the education the boys 
get here and for the good times. 1 am thankful 
for the pure food and good clothing and for the 
good people 1 have who do so much for me. 
I am very thankful also that I have a father, two 
sisters, a grandfather, grandmother, six aunts, six 
uncles, and seven cousins. 1 am thankful they 
are in good health and living very comfortably. 
William B. Cross. 

1 am thankful that I have a chance to get a 
good education. I am glad that I have a father. 
mother, sister, and grandmother who are so 
kind to me. 1 am thankful that Mr. Bradley and 
the instructors are kind to me. Going into 
chapel every Sunday is doing me good. 1 am 
thankful to learn how to do farm work. My 
work in school is helping me, and 1 am gain- 
ing my strength in the gymnasium. 

Horace C. Jenney. 

1 am thankful that I have a father, mother, 
brother and sister, an aunt and uncle. I am 
thankful for our gardens. 1 am thankful that 
we have good playgrounds and that we have Cot- 
tage Row. 1 am grateful for the food we get. I 
am thankful for the freedom to worship God. 
I am thankful that I can be at this School. 

James R. Williams. 

Curmq tbc turkeys 

On Thanksgiving we had a grand dinner. 
Each table had a whole turkey and Mr. Bradley 
instructed the boys how to carve them. First 
he told them to put the fork into the breast of 
the turkey so as to hold it firmly. Then he 
said to cut off the legs and wings. Then the 
carver has a chance to carve the meat off the 
sides and breast of the bird. The monitor at 
each table carved his turkey as Mr. Bradley had 
said. We all enjoyed the turkeys and the rest of 
the dinner very much. Cecil E. McKeown. 



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Jilumiti 

Foster B. Hoye, '07, writes from Roch- 
ester, N. Y., where he has been for some time, 
and tells us the experience he gained here has 
been of inestimable value to him in many ways. 
Foster has been employed in a railroad repair 
shop in various capacities, and now is a locomo- 
tive fireman. Wishing to get in closer touch 
with the School he has enrolled as a subscriber 
to the Beacon. 

Royal R. Ellison, ' 1 1 , is very enthusias- 
tic in expressing himself regarding his position 
with McGrath & Woodley, printers, at 74 India 
Street, as well as to mention the fact that he is 
enjoying himself and occasionally has the privi- 
lege of listening to a political orator. Royal is 
receiving a substantial stipend for his services, 
a portion of which finds its way into a bank. 

Dick W. Steenbruggen, '11, who found 
a position with the Blake Electrical Manufact- 
uring Co., at Rowe's Wharf, sends us a very 
interesting letter describing the various parts of 
the work he has been doing, and that his pay 
has been increased. Dick is taking up machine 
drawing and attends school two evenings a 
week, which he says he likes very much. 

Bundles 

All the fellows here are glad to receive 
bundles from their friends. In the winter time 
some fellows write home for them. Around 
Thanksgiving and Christmas the fellows expect 
these gifts more than at any other time. Our 
friends send these bundles by Pierce's South 
Boston express. They are left in the School 
locker at City Point until our steamer goes over 
and brings them to the Island. When there are 
quite a few packages there is a team that goes 
to the wharf for them and brings them to the 
house. As soon as a fellow receives a package 
he writes home telling that it came safely and 
thanks his friends for it. 

Frederick V. Hall. 

J\ Toot-B4ll eaitic 

On November thirtieth, the last foot-ball 
game was played. It was called the Harvard 



and Yale game. The best players in the School 
played. Preston M. Blanchard was captain of 
Harvard and Robert H. May of Yale. The 
two teams were pretty evenly matched but Yale 
was a little heavier team than Harvard When 
we were playing Mr. Bradley came over to the 
teams and said that he would give fifty cents 
to each fellow on the winning team. Every- 
body buckled down and played his best. It 
was a tough game. The score was six to noth- 
ing in favor of Harvard. There was a lot of 
cheering. The Yale cheerers were on the west 
side of the playground and the Harvard cheerers 
on the east. When the game was over both 
teams cheered. The line up was as follows: — 

Harvard Yale 

Upham 1 e Taylor 

Burton 1 t Blakemore, J. 

Casey, A. 1 g Stevens 

Appel, A. c Hynes, F. 

Powers r g Gerecke 

Bemis, Edson r t Appel, G. 

Morse, C re L'Estrange 

Blanchard q b Jones 

Jordan, C. r h b Blakemore, E. 

Souther f b Reinhard 

Mills • 1 h b May 

Alfred H. Casey. 

Cleaning tbc Bcacb 

Every time the tide comes in different sub- 
stances are found on the beach such as weed, 
barrels, boxes, tin cans, seaweed and various 
other things. These would soon accumulate 
and cover the beach if not taken care of. The 
cleaning up work generally falls to the farm fel- 
lows. To begin with we start on the south side 
of the wharf and work south. All tin or metal 
that will not burn is put into one pile to be 
taken to the dump at the south end. The wood 
is separated into two piles, one with all the wood 
in it that is shorter than a barrel stave which 
goes to the incinerator to be burned. All wood 
longer than a barrel stave goes to the wood 
yard where it is sawed to be used as bakery 
wood. The seaweed is dried when possible to 
be used as bedding, but the rest is burned in the 
incinerator. Richard W. Weston. 





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Vol. 15, No. 9. Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. January, 1912 

Entered NoTetnber 23. 1903, at Boston, Mass., as Second-class matter, undsr Act of CongTess of July 16, 1894 



making a Booklet 

One Sunday evening after the service 
was over Mr. Bradley said that he had a letter 
from Mr. Richard C. Humphreys which he would 
like to read to us. This letter was all in rhyme. 
After reading it Mr. Bradley said he thought he 
would have it printed and he would give us each 
a copy and also the graduates. When the copy 
was sent out to the printing-office it was first set 
up, and then corrected. It was then locked up 
in a four page form and printed, there being 
eight pages. Then the title page was.printed, 
and after that the cover. When they were all 
printed they were folded and the different parts 
inserted. This being finished they were all 
stitched and trimmed. When finished there 
were six leaves and a cover to it. In this letter Mr. 
Humphreys told of his vacation of the past sum- 
mer in the woods which was very interesting. 
We were very much pleased to hear from Mr. 
Humphreys because he has been a friend of the 
School for many years. Roy D. Upham. 

morkittd in the Kitchen 

One afternoon when there was no school 
Mr. Beebe told another fellow and me to report 
to Mrs. Bradley. She told us to clean up the 
west basement. When I got to the kitchen Miss 
Gilpin told me to take Thomas Taylor's place 
scrubbing the stairs. When I got the stairs 
done she told me to help another fellow sweep 
the basement. Then she told me to scrub the 
wall over towards the heater in the south corner. 
I got a pail of water, some soap, a scrubbing- 
brush and a cloth and started scrubbing. I stood 
up on the water heater stove to scrub the wall. 1 
did that and half of the other wall that afternoon. 
Ei.DRED W.. Allen. 



making €Dri$tma$ Cards 

One day our teacher told us we were going 
to make some cards to go with our Christmas 
presents. We were all glad to do this. The 
cards are three inches long and one and one- 
third inches wide. Some of the fellows made 
holly wreaths and some Santa Glaus heads on 
them. If we wanted to make holly wreaths we 
took a compass and drew a circle and put holly 
leaves around it with berries between each leaf. 
We painted the berries red and the leaves green. 
In the space that was left each one wrote "Merry 
Ghristmas," the name of the person the present 
was for, and whom it was from. 

Byron E. Collins. 

Current €i)ent Calks 

In the first school-room we have been hav- 
ing current event talks. On Monday nights Mr. 
Bradley sometimes speaks of the events cf Ihe 
week such as the warinTropli between Italy snd 
Turkey, the civil war in China, and other events 
of great importance. We talk over the different 
subjects in our class room and have some long 
discussions. We also read the news of the day 
in The Christian Science Monitor, Current 
Events, and other reliable papers, and tell these 
different things to the class. We use the Out- 
look in the school-room. In this way we learn 
all about these things in a broader sense than if 
we just read them and let them pass by. 

Thomas Milne. 

Our Christmas Concert 

Every year a Ghristmas concert is given by 
the fellows. We enjoyed our concert this year 
very much. The choir sang a number of very 
pretty pieces and the speaking was also good. 



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One of the best pieces was given by eight fellows, 
entitled "King Christmas and His Subjects." 
The following was the programme: — 
Song Bells of Christmastide 

Choir 
Prayer 
Responsive Reading 

Leader, Thomas H. Taylor 
Recitation A Christmas Welcome 

Edmund S, Bemis 
Song The Gift of Love 

Choir 
Recitation A Christmas Carol— Lowell 

Franklin E, Gunning 
Exercise Emblems of Christmas 

Eight Boys 
Song Let the Christmas Angels In 

Selected Voices 
Recitation The Queen of the Year 

Frederick S. Hynes 
Exercise Christmas 

Three Boys 
Song Bells of Gladness 

Choir 
Recitation The Shepherds in Judea 

Raymond H, Batcheidef 
Recitation Legend of the Christmas Tree 

Charles O. Rolfe 
Song Star of the Morning 

Six Boys and Choir 
Recitation Jest 'Fore Christmas^Field 

William E, Cowley 
Recitation Christmas Eve 

Claire R. Emery 
Song The Song of the Heart 

Choir 
Recitation Our Christmas 

Walter S. Hall 
Song Bright Morning Star 

Four Boys and Choir 
Exercise King Christmas and His Subjects 
King Christmas— Thomas Milne 
Father — -Oscar E. Neumann 
Lord of Misrule— Harry M. Godshalk 
Babouscka- — Preston M. Blanchard 
Ghost of Christmas Feasts— Carl D. P. Hynes 



Knight Rupert — -Roy D. Upham 
A Christmas Wait — Carlquist W, Walbourri 
A Messenger — Cecil E. McKeown 
Song Welcome the King 

Choir 
Remarks 

Mr. Bradley 
Song Bells Are Chiming 

Choir 
Frederick S- Hynes. 

Seffittd Out Cbristitids Crccs 

A few days after Christmas we started to 
set out our Christmas trees as wind-breaks. 
Mr, Beebe set trees around the gardens, in 
front of the house, near the laundry and kitchen 
porch, and some along the front avenue. Mr. 
Fairbanks had trees set near the stock-barn op- 
posite the front avenue, and some in the back, 
driveway, and along the picket fence near the 
storage-barn. A few were set around the bee- 
hives and a number near the wharf and boat- 
house. The lower parts of the trees were first 
sharpened so as to set in the ground easily. 
Then holes were made with a crowbar the right 
size and the trees were set in and dirt tamped 
around them so as to hold them in place. Be- 
tween twenty and twenty-five hundred trees were 
set out. We are very glad to have these trees 
for they shelter us from the snow and wind and 
look nice during the winter. 

Lawrence M. Cobb. 

Our Seu^ng^machines 

All of our mending is done in the sewing- 
room by one instructor and four boys. We have 
two machines to help us in our work, a darning 
machine and a stitcher. These are both Singer 
machines and strongly built. They have sev- 
eral attachments which are very useful such as 
a kneelifter which lifts the presser-foot by a 
simple movement of the knee; and an automatic 
hemmer which will turn a hem of any desired 
width. There is also a nickel plated fixture for 
the darner which enables one to darn table 
linen or other things very neatly. There are 
bobbin winders on both of these machines. 

Oscar E. Neumann, 



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mintcr $Dirt$ 

Recently the fellows have changed the 
summer shirts for the winter ones. When we 
came from the bath we waited our turns to get 
a winter shirt. These shirts are blue or gray 
flannel and are of quite heavy material. After 
the clothing-room fellow fitted us out with shirts 
we showed them to Capt. Dix to see if they 
fitted well. Each fellow has two woolen shirts, 
and they are marked with the names of the 
fellows to whom they belong. 

Warner E. Spear. 

Place Cards 

In the third class the fellows cut some tur- 
keys from paper. Each fellow was given a piece 
of gray drawing paper, six inches wide and nine 
inches long. The pattern was in two pieces, one 
for the body and the other for the head. After 
we had it cut out we began putting it together. 
We folded down the sides and legs and brought 
the tail up to the back where the wings held it 
in position. When we had it all cut out it was 
ready to put together. After that we made a 
cutting in the body for the head to fit into. When 
we had the turkeys done they would stand up. 
We put in the eyes with ink, wrote or printed 
our names on them and they were finished, 
Ernest E. Slocomb. 

CoiJcring Crccs 

There are two quite valuable Colorado 
spruces on this Island, and as winter was drawing 
near it was thought best to protect them from the 
sun and prevent fading, as they are small trees. 
Mr. Beebe had some poles sharpened at the bot- 
tom and put into the ground around the trees. 
The poles were driven slantingly into the ground, 
and to make a tight fit at the top, joints were 
sawed out at the top of the poles and then nailed 
together. Bags were then cut out the right way 
and were nailed around the poles, thus making a 
kind of wigwam. Carl D. P. Hynes. 

Paintitid 

About four weeks ago Capt. Dix told three 
other fellows and myself to scrape the cahcrrir.e 
off of the ceiling in Mr. Bradley's chambers. 



After scraping the ceiling, small steel scrapers 
were used for scraping the outside coat of paint 
off of the wood work. The first coat of paint, that 
is the one next to the wood was burnt off, it being 
so hard to remove. We next had to putty the 
ceiling with white lead but before doing so the 
cracks were painted so as to make the putty 
stick. A coat of thin white paint was then put 
on the ceiling. The wood work having been 
scraped and sandpapered, we next put a coat 
of thin paint on that. The ceiling and wood 
work were sandpapered again taking just the 
rough places off. Three more coats all around 
were applied making four in all. When the last 
coat of paint was dry we applied two coats of white 
enamel, the first coat being thoroughly dry be- 
fore the next one was applied. The inside of 
the closets had four thin coats of blue tint paint. 
Cecil O. Jordan. 

€br]$tina$ IHorniitg 

It was the pleasure of most of the fellows to 
go down to the wharf Christmas morning to get 
a "Merry Christmas" on Mr. Adams and Dr. 
Bancroft, but they got ahead of us. Dr. Ban- 
croft took the bass drum and with the beating 
of that and the ringing of bells, we marched up 
the front avenue around the main building, down 
around Gardner Hall and around the main build- 
ing again. When we reached the assembly- 
room we parted and got ready to go to the 
assembly-hall to receive our presents. 

Harold L. Carlton. 

Cicaniltd Fainr Pots 

One afternoon Capt. Dix told me to scrape 
and clean some old paint pots, 1 put on a pair 
of overalls and got a putty knife and scraped out 
as much of the paint as I possibly could. Then 
1 asked Mr. Ekegren for the use of a forge, and 
he gave his consent. 1 got all the pots and went 
down to the blacksmith shop to start a fire. First 
1 dug out a small hole next to the blower and put 
in some shavings and then lighted them. After 
the fire was hot I burned out all the pots and 
cleaned up around the forge. 1 took the pots to 
the paint shop and scraped them out so that they 
were clean. James A. Blakemore. 



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Cbo]iip$on'$ Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS 
A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR WORTHY BOYS 



Vol. 15. No. 9. 



January, 1912 



Subscription Price - 50 Cents Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 

vice-president 

Charles P. Curtis 

TREASURER 

Arthur Adams 

20 Broad St. 

secretary 

Tucker Daland 

19 Exchange Place 
MANA&ERS 

Melvin O. Adams 
GoRHAM Brooks 

I. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 

George L, DeBlois 

Charles T. Gallagher 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Walter Hunnewell 

Henry Jackson, M. D, 
Charles E. Mason 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

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

Charles H. Bradley, - - - Superintendent 

"A bright New Year, a glad New Year, 
hath come to us again". How much joy there 
may be in it stored up for us! What promises 
and prophecies it brings with it! 



We recall the events of the past year in 
such domains as agriculture, education, labor, 
science, art, law, and religon, and ask ourselves, 
"Was the year which has just gone darker or 
brighter than its predecessor?" We say it was 
better. This is a wonderful time and a wonder- 
ful America in which we are living. There have 
been great changes in industry, a remarkable 
increase in productiveness, and we are told that 
it is the time of greatest prosperity. 

Yet we know there are in the world false- 
hood, meanness, and selfishness, but with truth, 
generosity, and justice holding sway. If this is 
true of the world in general it is true of the in- 
dividual for there are constant likenesses be- 
tween the world and the individual. 

There is a danger which besets all and that 
is the merging of the personality in the great on- 
ward movement of the mass. What is it that 
brings to many a young man a feeling of recoil 
from the demands and habits of modern life? 
It is the fear that his individuality and originality 
may be lost. Every man can prevent this danger 
from becoming a reality — he can be strong in 
himself. 

What can we do at The Farm and Trades 
School to make this the best year we have ever 
experienced? Stevenson has said, "There is but 
one person whom it is my duty to make good — 
and that is myself." Our School is strong and 
based upon principles of integrity and truth. 
Let us strive to make it still stronger by being 
honest to a greater degree, more unselfish, kind, 
and just. 



Special Needs 

Two hundred dollars for extending electric 
lights to barn. 

One hundred fifty dollars for changes in 
printing-office.^ 

Steam cooking equipment for the kitchen. 



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Machinery for the laundry. 
Band saw for the carpenter-shop. 
Two hundred fifty dollars for two manual 
training lathes. 

Typewriter for office. 

notes 

Dec. 1. Pumped out City Point landing 
float. 

One hundred bales of hay and 3 bags of 
plaster came. 

John Martin Thomas, D.D., LL.D., presi- 
dent of Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt., 
gave an interesting talk in the assembly-hall. 

Dec. 2. Manager George L. DeBlois and 
daughter here. 

Graduate Harold Y. Jacobs visited the 
School. 

Dec. 3. Several instructors and the first 
grade boys attended church in town. 

LeRoy B. Huey went to work for the 
American Sugar Refining Co., and lives with 
his sister, Mrs. Neil D. Jones, 337 E. Eagle St., 
East Boston. 

Dec. 4 Stored soil in hotbeds for use in 
spring, and covered with seaweed. 

Blacksmith here to shoe horses. 

Dec. 5. Killed a calf. 

Storm windows put on main building. 

Finished mulching peas with manure. 

Began sorting potatoes at vegetable cellar. 

Dec. 7. Eighty-one bales of hay came. 

Secretary Tucker Daland visited the Island. 

Col. James P. Ramsey gave Scotch read- 
ings and dialect stories in the assembly-hall. 

Dec. 1 1 . Disinfected poultry house. 

Dec. 12. Plasterer finished repairs on 
walls and ceilings. 

Dec. 13. Plowed Cemetery Hill. 

Dec. 14. One lot of books donated by 
Mr. Charles H. Woodsum came. 

Musical and Literary entertainment by 
Messrs. Giles and Wheeler assisted by Miss 
Haywood. 

Dec. 15. Hydrants repaired. 

Dec. 18. Covered the Colorado spruces. 



Finished planting bulbs from R. & J. Far- 
quhar & Co. 

Scow-load of spruce, pine, oak and cypress 
lumber from Freeport Street. 

Dec. 19. Put storm windows on farm- 
house. 

Dec. 20. Killed 2 calves. 

Dec. 21. A. W. Draper, state veterinary, 
inspected cattle. 

Dec. 22. Fall term of school closed. 

Mr. Edward F. Kibby visited the School. 

Dec. 23. Oak floors laid in Superinten- 
dent's chambers. 

Mr. Charles L. Tenney gave nuts and or- 
anges for Christmas. 

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

Dec. 25. Treasurer Arthur Adams and 
Dr. W. B. Bancroft here. 

Christmas observed. Distribution of gifts 
in the morning. Treasurer Arther Adams pro- 
vided an entertainment in the afternoon. 

Dec. 26. One hundred twelve bales of 
hay came. 

Over 2000 Christmas trees were received 
and set out in various places as wind-breaks. 

Dec. 27. Forty-two bales of hay came. 

Shipped 3 cows to Somerville. 

Planted bulbs from James E. Grey and Co. 

Two tons of baled hay came. 

Dec. 28. Finished putting loam and sub- 
soil on west driveway to stock-barn. 

Dec. 29. First skating at south end. 

Dec. 30. Disinfected cow stable. 

Manager Charles E. Mason here. 

CDe farm and trades School BanR 



Cash on hand Dec. 1, 1911 
Deposits to Jan. 1, 1912 

Withdrawals 

Cash on hand Jan. 1, 1912 

December Itleteorolosy 



$873.32 

73.46 

94678 

111.98 

'$834.80 



Maximum temperature 65° on the 12th, 
Minimum temperature 19° on the 5th. 
Mean temperature for the month 37.3°. 



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Total precipitation 2.69 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in twenty-four hours 
1.16 inches on the 23rd. 

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

Total number of hours sunshine 120. 

Wind attained a velocity of 56.8 miles per 
hour on the 28th. 

£bri$rma$ Books 

For Christmas this year many of the fel- 
lows got books for presents. After they had read 
them they were kind enough to lend them to 
different fellows who wish to read them. Now 
some of the fellows' happiest moments are when 
they are interested in a good book. The fellows 
like the latest boys' books where they read about 
great inventions or some military academy where 
a boy performs a deed of heroism. Such books 
as these encourage a fellow and make him 
think he has just as good a chance to succeed. 
Some of the Christmas books were The Rover 
Boy's Series, West Point Series, and Aeroplane 
Series. Edward H. Altieri. 

Catching Ticia mice 

One afternoon four other boys and I went 
after field mice. We went in sections, three 
in one group and two in another. One has to 
have sharp eyes because the holes are not very 
big. When we discover a hole we look for the 
other, for you know every family of mice has 
two holes, one for a back door and one for a front 
door, probably. These are not usually far apart. 
We put a stick into one hole and drive the mice 
out of the other. Two fellows are ready to kill 
them when they come out. Sometimes there 
will be only one in a hole but fortunately we found 
four in one hole, the mother and her young. 
Paul C. A. Swenson. 

making a Crip 

One evening recently, Mr. Beebe got seme 
fellows that were in the boat crew and had them 
go to the wharf. The steamer's deck had been 
painted and the fellows were to m.ake a triple 
City Point in the rowboat, Mary Chilton. When 
we got to the wharf the boat was all ready to 



start, so we took the places to v^hich we were 
assigned. As the Chilton is a double banked 
boat the first command is "Stand by to get up 
your oars, shove off, forward." The next is "Let 
fall," when the oars are put into the oar locks 
"Give way together," Give way port," or "Give 
way starboard," which ever is required is the 
next command. When a landing is to be made 
the commands are "In bows," when the bow 
oarsman tosses and boats his oar and gets ready 
to fend off. When the order "Way enough," is 
given the oars are taken out and put in the boat 
with the blades toward the bow. When the 
order "Oars" is given we rest on our oars. It 
takes about twenty minutes to row from our 
Island to City Point. James A. Peak. 

Our Corn-criD 

In the orchard we have a corn-crib which 
is built twenty-five and one-half inches from 
the ground in front and thirty-eight inches in the 
back on account of the slope of the hill. The 
crib is built on posts. This fall a wire netting 
has been put up on the inside to keep the squir- 
rels out. After this was done the corn was put 
in. On each side of the crib is a bin extending 
the whole length of the crib. The crib is thirty 
feet one inch long, fifteen feet eleven inches 
high, and twelve feet eleven inches wide. The 
bins are thirty inches wide with a passage of 
five feet in width between them. These bins 
are nearly filled with corn this year. At one end 
of the crib is hung braided corn for next year's 
seed. William B. Laing. 

Sbcliiitd Beans 

One afternoon Mr. Smith told two of us fel- 
lows to shell beans. We went down to the stor- 
age-barn where the beans were and picked the 
pods from the vines. We then got the bean 
blower which has sieves on it. We turned a 
crank which turns a fan and moved the sieves 
sidewise. The dirt and beans fell through the 
large sieve and upon a smaller one where only 
the dirt went through and the beans ran down 
a shute and into a box or basket at the end. We 
shelled more than a basket full that afternoon. 
Franklin H. Freudenberger. 



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Jin Evcniitd's €ntcrrainment 

One Monday night Mr. Bradley told us that 
on the following Thursday night we would be en- 
tertained by a Scotchman, Col. James P. Ram- 
sey. All the fellows looked forward to his com- 
ing, December seventh. At last the evening 
came and the fellows filed into the assembly hall 
where the band played a few selections. Mr. 
Bradley introduced Col. Ramsey and he began 
his talk by telling stories about his own life. 
Then he told us some funny stories and also some 
serious stories that ended up as dreams. Many 
of his stories had good lessons in them. In clos- 
ing he did a few tricks with cards to show 
us how easily the gamblers win their money in 
games. Col. Ramsey has been a friend of Mr. 
Bradley's for a good many years and he is now 
probation officer for Middlesex County. We all 
hope that we may see Col. Ramsey again. 

Preston M. Blanchard. 

CDC €oa$t$ 

Each year when the snow comes the fellows 
begin to think of coasting. The fellows who are 
in the right grade can go down on the avenue, 
down the back road, over to the north end, or 
most anywhere they like. But the fellows who 
are not in the right grade can only go on the 
playground where Mr. Beebe had a coast made. 
1 have been quite a few times. 

Perry Coombs. 

€xrra lUork 

When we do not have any scrubbing to do 
in the laundry we shine all the brass. The fel- 
lows who are to do the brass get two pieces of 
cloth, one to rub the brass with and the other 
to put the polish on. We use bristol brick 
for a polish. We cut it up as fine as we can 
and then mix it with some kerosene. If we 
have time when we have all the brass done, we 
wash out all the tubs and put things in good shape. 
Frank A. Tarbell. 

Christmas Decorations 

I never saw the assembly hall look prettier 
than it did on Christmas eve. A cottage was 
built on the stage, the front being open showing 



a pleasantly furnished room. A fireplace was 
at the back part of the room. The furniture con- 
sisted of some easy chairs and a writing desk. 
Some pictures, of course, were on the wall to 
complete the coziness of the room. From the 
audience we could see one side of the roof which 
looked as if it had been snowing hard. Icicles 
hung over the edge of the roof and lamp-shades 
with the words "Bells of Christmastide" were 
placed on the electric lights just inside the roof. 
The blue sky with stars and a new moon, and 
the trees covered with snow made the scene 
look very real. Ropes of evergreen, holly and 
green wreaths made the hall look like Christ- 
mastide. The electric lights were shaded with 
poinsettia shades which made a cheerful light. 
Bradley M. Sherman. 

Stretching a mooring 

Every year, as winter draws near, it is the 
work of one of the steamer fellows to stretch the 
moorings of the sailboat, Trevore, and launch. 
Sachem. In stretching, a coil of galvanized 
wire is procured and the line pulled up until the 
loop may be obtained. After the wire has been 
made fast to the loop, the line with the pick-up 
on it is taken off and placed in the boat house. 
The line is then stretched to the dolphin and 
tightly as possible, made 'fast, and slipped down, 
passed around one of the piles, and hauled in 
to the bottom of the pile so that the line will lie 
on bottom. In the spring these are hauled up 
and a new line spliced to the mooring chain. 
Bernhardt Gerecke. 

Scbool-room Ulork 

I clean the first school-room every morn- 
ing. I erase and clean the blackboards and 
chalk ledges, open the windows, and sweep the 
floor. After sweeping, I dust the desks, chairs, 
table, window-sills, doors, and book case. Twice 
each week I clean the electric lights and polish 
the door knobs. We have some geranium plants 
which I water every morning, and if there are 
any bouquets of flowers in the room I put fresh 
water in them. Last of all I empty the waste 
basket and clean the erasers. 

Walter S. Hall. 



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Jtlumni 

The thirteenth annual meeting of the 
Alumni Association of The Farm and Trades 
School was held on Wednesday evening, De- 
cember 13th, 1911, at 15 Doane Street, Boston. 
Reports of committees were received and 
the following officers were elected: — President, 
Richard Bell, 73; 1st Vice-President, Charles 
H. Bridgham, '85; 2nd Vice-President, Henry 
A. Fox, 79; Secretary, Marton P. Ellis, '97; 
Treasurer, Herbert W. French, '78; Historian, 
Charles F. Spear, '03. During the year the 
following were admitted: — Bertrand B. Keyes, 
'81, and Joseph C. Robinson, '94; and at this 
meeting William F. King, '84 and George J. 
Walter, '84. The attendance at the annual 
meeting was twenty-eight; semi-annual meeting 
nineteen; special meeting twelve; and Field Day 
thirty. Those present were: — 
Alcott, William Frasier, Frederick N. 

Bell, Richard French, Herbert W. 

Bridgham, Charles H. Graham, James H. 
Buchan, George Hartman, George K. 

Burchstead, Fred'k F. King, William F. 
Byers, George W. E. Loud, Clarence W. 
Capual, Edward Malm, Alfred C. 

Davis, Edward L. Spear, Charles F. 

Ellis, Merton P. Stokes, Henry M. 

Evans, Thomas J. 

COMMITTEES FOR 1912 
Membership Committee 
Richard Bell, Chairman 
Charles H. Bridgham Edward Capaul 
Henry A. Fox William N. Dinsmore 

Merton P. Ellis Ferderick P. Thayer 

Auditing Committee 
Alfred C. Main, Chairman 
Charles Duncan William F. King 

Finance Committee 
Richard Bell, Chairman 
Merton P. Ellis Herbert W. French 

Entertainment Committee 
Frederick N. Frasier, Chairman 
George Buchan Merton P. Ellis 

James H. Graham Charles F. Spear 



Sick and Visiting Committee 

Herbert W. French, Chairman 
George L. Bell George G. Noren 

Resolutions Committee 

William Alcott, Chairman 
Thomas J. Evans Alden B. Hefler 

Trustees Alumni Benevolent Fund 

Frederick N. Frasier, 1914 
Richard Bell, 1913 Herbert French 1912 

B Dance 

Christmas evening there was a dance to 
which the first and second classes were invited. 
The orchestra consisted of ten instruments; two 
cornets, one clarinet, one piccolo, one bass, one 
alto, two trombones, and the drums and baritone. 
Mrs. Bradley and one of the instructors played 
the piano part of the time for the people to dance. 
Some of the pieces the band played were: King 
Gold March, Fly Away Galop, Monstrat Viain 
and Officer of the Day. We all spent a very 
pleasant evening. Perley W. White. 

Scrubbiiid Cables 

The first thing in the morning it is my work 
to scrub a table which is in the kitchen. 1 get 
the pail, brush and cloth which are used for the 
tables. 1 put a little sand with the soap and 
scrub the table. After scrubbing it well 1 wipe 
up the soap and rinse it well with clear water. 
During the morning I often scrub other tables. 
Occasionally I clean the legs, bottom and sides 
of the table in the same way. 

Clarence 0. Norrby. 

Cleaniiid tbe Boat bouse 

One afternoon 1 cleaned the boat-house. I 
moved all the anchors out of the corner and 
cleaned it out. Then I placed them back in 
order, the largest on the bottom. After recoil- 
ing the lines and straightening up the cork for life 
preservers 1 moved out the canvas used for cov- 
ering and folded it up. I moved the life pre- 
servers and new lines, cleaned out and put away 
the two small boats and finished by sweeping 
the floor. Ernest V. Wyatt. 



THOMPSONJiS INLAND 




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Vol. 15. No. 10. Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. February, 1912 



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



Cottage How Election 

Tuesday evening, January second, the first 
quarterly election of Cottage Row for 1912 was 
held in the east basement. The meeting was 
called to order by the mayor. The shareholders 
voted first and then the non-shareholding cit- 
izens voted. The tellers counted the votes and 
the returns were posted on the bulletin-board. 
The following were elected: — Mayor, Charles 
E. Morse; Shareholding Aldermen, Harold D. 
Morse, Frank S. Mills, Dexter L. Noble; Non- 
shareholding Aldermen, George H. Appel, Eliot 
Rowell; Treasurer, Alfred H. Casey; Assessor, 
Frederick V. Hall. The mayor appointed the fol- 
lowing: — Chief of Police, Herbert A. Souther; 
Lieut, of Police, Preston M. Blanchard; Sergt., 
Cecil 0. Jordan; Police, Edric B. Blakemore, 
William B. Laing; Clerk, George R. Jordan; 
Street Commissioner, Perley W. White; Janitor, 
Claire R. Emery; Librarian, Bradley M. Sher- 
man. James A. Peak. 

Cracking Butternuts 

One afternoon Mr. Beebe asked us if we 
would crack some butternuts, and he would make 
up for the time we lost. We went down to the 
blacksmith shop in the power-house. We each 
got a hammer and went over to the anvils. He 
gave us some nuts and we hit them on the ends a 
couple of times and pulled the outside shells off 
and then we cracked them and put them into a 
box. We counted those we got out whole just 
to see who could get the most. 

Robert C. Casey. 

B Stereoptlcon Lecture 

On Thursday evening, January eighteenth, 
we had the pleasure of hearing a lecture by Mr. 



E. Cyrus Miller, apple specialist and consulting 
orchardist from Hillside Orchards in Hayden- 
ville, Massachusetts. He had his lecture illus- 
trated with stereopticon pictures. His object 
was to show us the value of the apple-orchard 
and what profit may be derived from it by giv- 
ing it good care. He showed us how a piece of 
woodland was cleared and made into a beautiful 
orchard at his home. Other pictures showed 
the process of picking and sorting apples, also of 
shipping them. Letters from prominent produce 
dealers that have used his apples and other 
records certify that his methods must be excel- 
lent to obtain such good products. He gave us 
pamphlets about the care of an orchard. 

Claire R. Emery. 

$now 

After a snowstorm some of the boys set to 
work at once to shovel the snow from the av- 
enues. The boy who takes care of the wharf 
shovels off the snow there. The snow around 
the house is put into piles and wheeled on to the 
coast. Some of the cleanest snow is packed 
away in barrels to be kept until later when there 
may be a sugaring-off. In the drifts the snow 
is about four feet deep, other places there is 
not any. Before Washington's Birthday the 
snow is collected for forts. We have had quite 
a lot of snow so far this year. 

William E. Cowley. 

Cbird Class entertainment 

Thursday morning, January 25th, an invita- 
tion was received by the second class from the 
third class requesting our presence in the as- 
sembly-hall on the following Friday at quarter 
past nine. The exercises were brief but very 



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interesting. A double quartette sang several se- 
lections which were very much enjoyed as was 
the school singing. The poem "Keep Still" 
gave the idea that although one would like to 
say something when things go wrong it is best 
to keep still. The recitations were good and 
well spoken, too. Mr. and Mrs. Bradley with 
the visitors who are here also attended the ex- 
ercises. At the close Mr. Bradley spoke to the 
fellows saying that it reminded him of his school- 
days when the same things were done and the 
committee men of the school would come and 
listen to their singing and speaking. The enter- 
tainment was very much appreciated and the 
second class extended their thanks to the third 
class for the pleasant time. The programme 
was as follows: — 
Song Double Quartette 

My Old Kentucky Home 
Recitation Thomas H. Taylor 

Boys Wanted ^ 

Song School 

Maryland, My Maryland 
Recitation Frank A. Tarbell 

Keep Still 
Song Double Quartette 

Jingle Bells 
Recitation Raymond H. Batchelder 

The American Boy 
Song School 

Battle Hymn of The Republic 

Declamation James A. Blakemore 

Extract from Webster's Speech in 

Reply to Hayne 

Song School 

The Star Spangled Banner 
Recitation Franklin E. Gunning 

Deacon Brown's Way 

Song School 

America 

Cecil 0. Jordan. 

When new holders are needed in the 
kitchen or laundry it is part of the work of the 
sewing-room fellows to make them. Those for 
the laundry are made in the shape of a circle. 



and those for the kitchen are made square 
about five inches on a side. Both kinds of 
holders are made of Otis check gingham. The 
stuffing of the holders for the kitchen consists 
of two layers of heavy cloth and two of thinner 
cloth much like the gingham. After the cover- 
ing is basted down to the stuffing it is hemmed 
around the edge. Then the holder is stitched 
from corner to corner. The holders for the 
laundry are made in a similar way only being 
thicker. These are used for ironing. 

John W. Lincoln. 

Covering Books 

Most of the books when they need cover- 
ing are sent to the office and the office toy 
covers them. They are covered so as to save 
them from being soiled. Heavy paper of green- 
ish gray color is used and the books look well 
when they are covered. All the school and 
library books are covered in the same manner. 
Paul C, A. Swenson. 

Conduct Prizes 

Through the kindness of Mr. Francis Shaw, 
conduct prizes of money are given to the ten 
boys who have been in the first grade the great- 
est number of weeks for six months. On Jan- 
uary twenty-ninth Mr Bradley gave out the prizes 
as follows:— Charles E. Morse, first, $5.00; 
Frederick S. Hynes, second, $3.25; Dexter L. 
Noble, third, $3.00; Paul C. Swenson, fourth, 
$2.75; Franklin H. Freudenberger, fifth, $2.50; 
Harold D. Morse, sixth, $2.25; John 0. Enright, 
seventh, $2.00; Lawrence M. Cobb, eighth, 
$1.75; Roy D. Upham. ninth, $1.50; Walter S. 
Hall, tenth, $1.00. Mr. Alfred Bowditch has 
continued the Temple Consolation Prizes since 
Mr. Temple's death. These consist of five books 
given to the five boys who came next in rank. 
This time the books were awarded to the fol- 
lowing boys: — Walter R. Horseman, George H. 
Appel, Charles R. Jefferson, Thomas Milne, 
Frederick E. Van Valkenburg. The five boys 
who received honorable mention are: — Edric B. 
Blakemore, Edward M. Powers, William J. 
Grant, William E. Cowley, Perley W. White. 
Erwin L. Coolidge. 



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morkind in tbe Shop 

The boys who wish to work in the shop are 
allowed to if they are in the right grade and 
have had sloyd. The first thing to do is to ask 
permission to work in the shop then to write a 
requisition to Mr. Ekegren for lumber. There 
are two benches in the shop, one on the right 
hand side and the other on the left hand side 
of the shop. The one on the right hand side is 
for the boys to use and the other one is for spe- 
cial work. There are four vices and six bench 
stops on the bench and that will accommodate 
ten boys at one time. There are not usually 
more than ten who wish to work on it at one 
time. The tools are kept in two cupboards and 
the boys can use the tools in either of these cup- 
boards. Dexter L. Noble. 

B Picture 

In the second school-room there is a pict- 
ure of Sherman's march to the sea. It shows 
the soldiers taking up the railroad tracks, cutting 
the telegraph wires, chopping down telegraph 
poles, burning houses and bridges, driving off 
cattle and destroying anything that would be of 
any use to the Confederates. It shows two or 
three officers on horse back supervising the 
work. It also shows that many of the negroes 
have joined the army as many of them are 
shown in the picture. Allen B. Cooke. 

makind Envelope Openers 

Lately the fellows have been making en- 
velope openers. They get a piece of wood three 
inches long and one inch wide. After drawing 
a design on the wood showing the shape of the 
handle and of the knife part, they cut around 
the lines of the design making the point of the 
blade very sharp. When this is done the opener 
has to be sandpapered and varnished. These are 
sent away as presents to friends. 

Clarence O. Norrby. 

Toot-ball €up$ ana Shield 

On Monday night, January twenty-ninth, 
Mr. Bradley had the Crosby foot-ball cups and 
shield brought into the assembly-hall to be pre- 
sented to the winners. The players who thought 



they had won a cup looked forward to this time 
with great anxiety. First Mr. Bradley awarded 
the shield to the winning team. After he had 
read the names of the fellows on the winning 
team Preston M. Blanchard, the captain, went 
forward and received the shield. Then as Mr. 
Bradley read the names of the cup winners they 
went forward and got them. They were as fol- 
lows: — Thomas Milne, full back; Roy D. Upham, 
left end; Preston M. Blanchard, right half back; 
Carl D. P. Hynes, center; Alfred H. Casey, right 
end; Arthur G. Appel, left guard; Frank S. Mills, 
left half back; Fredericks. Hynes, quarter back; 
Earle C. Miller, right guard; James A. Peak, right 
tackle; and Frederick V. Hall, left tackle. The 
following fellows tried very hard but didn't quite 
reach the mark for the regular cup and so got a 
substitute cup;— Cecil O. Jordan, right half back; 
Clarence Burton, right half back; and Edric B. 
Blakemore, left half back. As each fellow re- 
ceived his cup he was heartily applauded by the 
rest of the fellows. The fellows prize these cups 
very highly as it shows their ability in sports. 
Every fellow tries hard for them. 

Frederick V. Hall. 

Jin Gntertainment 

On Thursday evening, January eleventh, a 
number of men from Harvard College were here 
to give us an entertainment. Mr. Arthur Beane, 
a former instructor, asked the men to come. Mr. 
Jack Desha of Hilo, Hawaii, played on the guitar 
and sang a number of songs in English ard in 
his own language. Mr. James Savery recited 
some amusing selections which we enjoyed veiy 
much. Mr. Maurice Smith told us about an In- 
dian dance which he witnessed. Then he gave 
an imitation of the Indian music on the piano 
and sang in the Indian tongue. Mr. Townsend, 
one of the students, gave us very much pleasure. 
He put on his wrists a strong pair of handcuffs. 
A screen was put up in front of him and he 
came out with the handcuffs off. He also did 
some excellent card tricks, besides getting out 
of a bag when it was padlocked together. We 
hope that they will come again, for we enjoyed 
the entertainment. Carl D. P. Hynes. 



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Cbompson's Island Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR WORTHY BOYS 

OF LIMITED MEANS 



Vol. 15. No. 10. 



February, 1912 



Subscription Price 



50 Cents Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 

vice-president 

Charles P. Curtis 

TREASURER 

Arthur Adams 

20 Broad St. 

SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

1 9 Exchange Place 

managers 

Mblvin O. Adams 
GoRHAM Brooks 

1. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 

George L. DeBlois 

Charles T. Gallagher 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Henry Jackson, M. D. 

Charles E. Mason 

Richard M. Saltonstall 
Francis Shaw 

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



Charles H. Bradley, 



Superintendent 



February, though the shortest month of the 
year, occupies a conspicuous position in the cal- 
endar of months because of its large share of 
important anniversaries. At this time, the birth- 



days of many famous men are commemorated. 
This year of 19)2, special tribute is paid to the 
memory of Charles Dickens, the great English 
novelist, because February seventh marked the 
one hundredth anniversary of his birth. The 
position his books occupy in the literary world 
shows far better than words can express how 
greatly his talent and his work for mankind have 
been appreciated. 

Washington and Lincoln were both born in 
the month of February, and their birthdays are 
celebrated at the present time fully as enthusi- 
astically as ever before. What a thrill of patri- 
otic pride the true American experiences when 
the stories of these national heroes are brought to 
mind! How we admire, honor, and love them; 
such truly great and good men! 

Longfellow and Lowell, too, have their share 
of the month's honors. We are proud that these 
two men were Americans! To their work, to 
their nobility of character we gladly bring our 
tribute of praise. 

We want our boys to be inspired by the ex- 
cellent traits displayed in the characters of these 
men. We try to influence them to form for 
themselves such ideals as shall lead them straight 
along the paths of right; learning as they go, 
from their daily experiences and from the study 
of the lives of such men as these, the necessity 
of courage, honesty, unselfishness, and loyalty. 
Longfellow has so truthfully said: — 

"Lives of great men all remind us 
We can make our lives sublime, 
And, departing, leave behind us 
Footprints on the sands of time." 



Special Needs 



Two hundred dollars for extending electric 
lights to barn. 



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Steam cooking equipment for the kitchen. 
Machinery for the laundry. 
Band saw for the carpenter-shop. 
Two hundred fifty dollars for two manual 
training lathes. 

Typewriter for office. 

nous 

Jan. 1. Mr. Edward F. Kibby, former ag- 
riculturist, visited the Island. 

Shipped 15 empty oil barrels and received 
5 barrels of gasolene and 5 barrels of kerosene. 

New Year's dance in the assembly-hall. 
Music furni.shed by Astrella brothers consisting 
of flute, violin, and harp. Several young people 
from ashore attended. 

Jan. 2. Winter term of school began. 

Frist quarterly election of Cottage Row of- 
ficers for 1912. 

Jan. 3. Small load of spruce and pine 
lumber from Freeport Street. 

Jan. 4. Blacksmith here. 

Hauled coal to main building. 

Quarterly meeting of Admission Commit- 
tee. 

The following boys were admitted: — Les- 
ter Eugene Cowden, Robert Earl Dudley, John 
William Greenwood, Chester Royal Wood. 

Jan. 5. Killed a pig. 

Hauled up south side landing float. 

Mr. Arthur Beane, former instructor, spent 
the night here. 

Jan. 6. Began piping Gardner Hall for 
steam heat. 

Jan. 8. New corn sheller received. 

One hundred Christmas trees came. 

Jan. 10. Veterinary here. 

Jan. 1 1. Dorchester Bay frozen over be- 
yond our course to City Point. 

Through the kindness of Mr. Arthur Beane, 
a former instructor, eight Harvard students gave 
an entertainment. 

Jan. 16. Sawing wood. 

Jan. 17. Louis Reinhardt went to work 
for E. B. Badger & Sons Co., 75 Pitts St., and 
is to live with his sister, Mrs. H. N. Bloods- 
worth, 34 Mt. Hope St., Mt. Hope, Mass. 



Jan. 18. Mr. E. Cyrus Miller gave a ster- 
eopticon lecture on "Apple Growing." 

Jan. 19. Veterinary here. 

Graduates Alfred C. Malm and Dana Cur- 
rier visited the Island. 

Made trips to Pleasure Bay on account of 
heavy ice in regular course. 

Jan. 22. Secretary Tucker Daland here. 

Began collecting brown-tail moth nests. 

Shipped some second-hand wood working 
machinery, two power lathes, one power saw 
bench, and two foot power lathes with shafting. 

Jan. 25. Finished painting walls and ceil- 
ings of six halls in main building. 

Jan. 27. Removed Christmas decorations 
from the assembly-hall. 

Jan. 29. Crosby foot-ball cups and shield 
awarded. 

Shaw Conduct Prizes and Temple Consol- 
ation Prizes awarded. 

Jan. 31. Blacksmith here. 

CDc Tarm ana Crades School Bank 

Cash on hand Jan. 1, 1912 $834.80 

Deposits to Feb. 1, 1912 73.96 

~90877l) 
Withdrawals 40.33 

Cash on hand Jan. 1, 1912 $868.43 

January mcrcorology 

Maximum temperature 52^ on the 19th. 

Minimum temperature -6° on the 13th and 
14th. 

Mean temperature for the month 20.2°. 

Total precipitation 3.20 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in twenty-four hours 
1.16 inches on the 15th. 

13 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 
tion, 3 clear days, 25 partly cloudy, 3 cloudy. 

Total number of hours sunshine 133 and 18 
minutes. 

Wind attained a velocity of 68 miles per 
hour on the 9th. 

Dorchester Bay frozen over on the 11th. 

Monthly snowfall 18.55 inches. 

monaay niabr Cccrurcs 

Each Monday night we are given lectures 
on either agriculture or meteorology. The' ag- 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



riculture is given by Mr. Fairbanks, our agricul- 
turist, and the meteorology by Capt. Dix. These 
lectures are started the second term of each 
school year. When we go up to the assembly- 
hall the books in which we take our notes are 
given out and also the pencils. After the grade 
has been read the lecture is given. Our first 
lecture this year was in meteorology and was 
about "Frosts and Dew." In this we were told 
when to expect frosts and how to protect plants 
during this time. The next lecture was on the 
"Importance of Agriculture" in which we were 
told about the formation of soil. Some of the 
other subjects were "Apples," and "The Origin 
of the Atmosphere." At the end of each term 
we are given an examination on these lectures. 
On the Monday night before examinations, we 
are allowed to ask any questions about the lect- 
ures and study the notes we have taken. Then 
we are given our examinations and the marks 
are averaged up with those of our other studies. 

Roy D. Upham. 

Tixing m Roda 

The road between the compost shed and 
the incinerator has had a coat of gravel about 
one inch in thickness put on it to iill up the holes 
and make it level. The gravel is taken from 
the bar at the south end of our Island. Three 
fellows stay at the bar to help load the carts. 
There are generally four teams hauling: the 
double-team and three single carts. The loads 
are shovelled off in about six piles and then 
they are leveled off by Mr. Smith and tvo boys. 
One team carts six loads at the most in the 
afternoon. Richard W. Weston. 

Scttittd Craps 

There are quite a number of rats around 
the barns and I have lately been setting traps 
for them. In the basement of the stock-barn 
the rats try to spring the traps and they succeed 
to a certain extent. I finally got one big fellow 
and that encouraged me, so I set some steel 
traps and covered them over with some light 
substance so they could not be seen easily and 
put them in some of the trails. At the storage- 
barn, I have some traps and I catch quite a few 



rats there nearly every night. There is one rat 
there which many of the fellows have been after 
but could not catch. I have set three traps for 
him, one baited with meat, and the other two I 
have put in a basin of grain hoping he will run 
over them. Levi N. Trask. 

Cbc Tirst Snowfall 

One morning when we woke up we were 
not a little surprised to see the ground white. 
When we had washed up some of the boys made 
snowballs. We are glad to have the snow so we 
can make snowballs and snowmen. We are glad 
that we now have skating and coasting. 

Theodore Milne. 

Jlftcnding to tbc Tires 

Every morning after I clean the watchman's 
room, it is my work to look after the fires at the 
farm-house. I go around and put coal on the 
fires that are not too low for the coal to burn. 
If the fire is low I put on some wood and when 
the wood is burning I put on coal. If there 
are any fires out I go and get some wood, paper, 
and coal. I put some paper and wood in the 
stove and light it. After the wood has started 
to burn, I put some coal on and go on with my 
work. About ten minutes of eleven I put some 
coal on all the fires and shut the drafts and re- 
turn to the main building and get ready for din- 
ner. William Hill. 

making a Burtcr Paddle 

I first drew a plan of my butter paddle on 
paper. 1 then wrote an order to Mr. Ekegren 
for some lumber of which to make miy butter 
paddle. I planed one broad surface and one 
thin edge. 1 marked off the thickness and width 
and then planed it up. I next drew my model 
on the wood and sawed it out with the turning 
saw. I then got a spoke-shave and made it 
square. In the curved places where I couldn't 
get in 1 used my knife. I then planed the pad- 
dle part down to about a sixteenth of an inch so 
that it would cut. The next thing I do will be 
to round the edges off and then sandpaper and 
shellac it and then it is finished. 

Edmund S. Bemis. 



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Tun in m Snow 

Down along the banks of our Island where 
there are big snowdrifts the fellows have been 
making tunnels so they can crawl and slide 
through. A tunnel is made in this way. First 
a fellow picks out a place along the bank where 
the snowdrift is its deepest. He then takes a 
running jump and lands feet first in the drift. 
Another fellow is at the bottom end who helps 
to dig him out. One can enjoy life here very 
well especially in winter when there is plenty of 
sliding and skating. Benjamin L. Murphy. 

Disinfcctind 

A short time ago we disinfected the poultry- 
house. First I took the old litter up and swept 
the smaller particles up and put them into a 
wheelbarrow to be taken to the pig-pens. Then 
1 took a scraper and scraped the manure up that 
was stuck to the floor, i used a pail of water 
with some creoline in it and scrubbed the floor 
and dropping boards. When that was done 1 
rinsed the floor thoroughly with clear water. 
When the floor was dry I put clean litter in and 
put sand on the dropping boards. 

Perry Coombs. 

Cbc Blacksmitbtng Class 

There are six fellows in the blacksmithing 
class. We have six anvils and five forges. 
Four of the forges are supplied with electric 
blowers, and the fifth one is a hand worked one, 
and is used for odd jobs when the class isn't in 
session. There is a cupboard divided into sec- 
tions. The first contains places for each fellow 
in the class to put his apron and models. In the 
other half are kept the tools, such as hammers, 
sledge hammers, flatters, cold chisels, hot chis- 
els, setters, etc. Each forge is equipped with five 
flat-nosed and five round-nosed tongs. There 
is in one corner an iron table on which are kept, 
chisels, punches, extra tongs, etc. The class 
works once a week, on Friday afternoon. 

Edric B. Blakemore. 

ectting Burtcr 

Every time that the boys have butter for 
dinner it is my work to go with the instructor 



for it. I usually go at fifteen minutes of eleven. • 
First 1 get a large platter and a butcher knife. 
Then the instructor gets the keys and we go to 
the meat cellar. In the meat cellar there is a 
large refrigerator divided into three sections. In 
the section under the ice box the butter is kept. 
It usually is in a tub weighing about fifty pounds. 
From this are cut seventeen cakes of butter. 
The last order of butter came in a large wooden 
box. There were quite a number of pieces of 
butter in the box and each piece was divided 
into four parts. Harry L. Fessenden. 

Caking Charge 

One day when our teacher was out at the 
beginning of school I got up and took charge un- 
til she came back. I thought that it would be 
all right to sing so I gave out the books and we 
sang until she came back. She asked if the 
room had been all right and 1 said "Yes." She 
said that I could go on and take charge of the 
singing for a while longer. 

Frank S. Mills. 

Cbc Sunshine l^ccordcr 

The sunshine recorder is an instrument 
which registers the number of hours and minutes 
which the sun shines during the day and the time 
when it shines. The recorder that we have at the 
School is a hollow brass cylinder. On one end 
of the cylinder is a tight fitting cover which keeps 
the interior dark. On each side is a small open- 
ing about one-eighth of an inch long. In the in- 
terior of the cylinder there is placed a piece of 
undeveloped blue-print paper which is marked 
off into hours and minutes. This covers the 
cylinder sides entirely. As the sun moves 
across the sky it prints a heavy line upon the 
paper. When the clouds obscure the sun it 
leaves a space. Every evening after sunset 
the day's record is taken and a new blue print 
is put in the recorder. The records are washed 
in cold water for at least twenty minutes then 
they are dried and the date stamped on them. 
There is a chart in the reading room upon which 
is kept a record of the total number of hours and 
minutes the sun shines during the day. 

William G. Beadle. 



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;Rlumni 

John E. Bete, '89, of Stoughton, Mass., 
seems to be getting along well, and is accumu- 
lating some of the world's goods, as he has a 
winter home at Stoughton, and a summer cottage 
on an island in Onset Bay, with two additional lots 
to build on later. John is doing well with his 
shoe tree or form, at the 0. A. Miller Tree- 
ing Machine Co., of Brockton, where he re- 
ceives a royalty on every pair manufactured 
in addition to being employed in their manu- 
facture. John's family consists of four members, 
there being one boy seven years old and another 
four years old, and all are happy. 

Silas W. Snow, '94, of the firm of Crosby 
& Snow, Real Estate and Insurance Brokers, of 
Brooklyn, N. Y., writes very enthusiastically of 
his home and business life. Silas is exception- 
ally busy just now as he is a co-executor of the 
estate of the late Prof. William Ludden, of 
Brooklyn, N. Y.,and Williamsburg, Mass., with 
whom he had been confidently and pleasantly 
associated for a number of years. 

Fred L. Walker, '99, is in charge of the 
printing department of what is known as the Bos- 
ton Duck Co., Holyoke, Mass. He is also in 
charge of a 550 horse-power generator. Fred 
has been a printer for four years and likes the 
work. After leaving the School he worked at 
the auto, business, and owns a runabout which 
he practically built himself. With his little fam- 
ily, his machine, and what hunting he finds time 
to do Fred is apparently getting considerable 
pleasure and making good. 

Sawim Ulood 

Each afternoon there are seven boys who 
work on the wood pile. There are three boys 
who work with buck saws and four who work 
with cross-cut saws. It takes two boys to one 
cross-cut. The boys with cross-cuts have to cut 
hard and thick wood. The boys who use buck 
saws saw planks and wood which is too small 
for the cross-cut saw. Each fellow has a saw 
horse and they saw as much wood as they can 
■ in one afternoon. About one-fourth the pile is 
gone. John W. Aylsworth. 



ScrubWitg fbc Priitting-offlcc 

The printing-office floor needed scrubbing, 
so Mr. Miller told me that I should scrub half of it 
one morning, and another fellow was to scrub 
the rest in the afternoon. 1 first moved all the 
boxes and things that were under the benches 
to the other end of the room, or put them upon 
the benches. Then 1 got a broom and swept 
the floor clean. 1 got my pail and scrubbing 
materials and started in. The water was hot 
and took the dirt off quite well. I scrubbed 
each strip twice. It took me nearly all the 
morning to scrub it. When 1 finished 1 put 
all the things in place and put away my scrub- 
bing articles. Frederick S. Hynes. 

Substituting 

Whenever any fellow is sick or goes to 
the city another fellow is sent to take his place 
and do his work for him. 1 work on the farm 
regularly but I was sent into the laundry one 
afternoon to take a fellow's place who had gone 
to the city. The first thing 1 did was to wash 
the fellows' shirts and hang them out. Then 1 
washed the printers' aprons and some of the 
farm overalls and jumpers. The last thing 1 
did was to bring in the shirts 1 had washed and 
hang them on a pair of bars. 

Everett W. Maynard. 

Scrap-books 

Lately the fellows have been given books 
called The Rudder. They contain fine pictures 
and diagrams of boats. The books are given 
out Sundays. A few of the boys have started 
to save the pictures in them by putting them in 
scrap-books. Two fellows are saving diagrams 
and two the pictures of engines. The largest 
collection of pictures of boats is owned by Ernest 
Wyatt; the second largest, by Everett Maynard. 
Some fellows save base-ball pictures. Lawrence 
Cobb and Edmund Bemis are first in this. The 
fellows also save swimming pictures, pictures 
of hrrses, and so on. Richard Weston has a 
good collection of poultry clippings. Each fellow 
makes a collection of pictures of things in which 
he is especially interested. 

William B. Deane. 



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



€uttind Tee 

In order to make trips between City Point 
and our Island we have to cut the ice. For 
quite a while there have been ice-fields about 
our wharf, half way over, and often all the 
way to the Public Landing. Our steamer is 
equipped with a steel ice-cutter, and oak sheath- 
ing all along her water line to protect the hull 
from the ice. In the morning when the ice 
is thick, we start about seven thirty. To get 
started the deck hands break the ice at the bow 
with pieces of two by four The engine is started 
and runs the boat ahead which breaks an open- 
ing. If we cannot go any farther we back up, 
then run ahead at full speed into the ice; if the 
ice is not too thick we run about thirty feet. 
Sometimes we can go only four feet at a time. 
The way we clear the bay below our wharf is to 
make a channel from our wharf out to the open 
water then run and cut a channel from the break- 
water to the open water along the beach. 
When the tide turns and runs out, this ice 
flows down and out to sea. Our steamer makes 
good progress through the ice although she is 
only a small boat. It sometimes takes three 
hours to get from our wharf to City Point. 

Ralph A. Jones. 

Coasting and Skating 

The two out-of-door sports that the fellows 
have in winter are coasting and skating. This 
year we have had a lot of snow, and this means 
large ponds and good coasting. One day W(Fi,had 
a storm and Mr. Beebe had a lot of snow 
gathered and made a coast on the playground, 
A coast was also made on the avenue but this 
did not last long and we had to resort to the one 



on the playground which had turned icy and gave 
us a long, swift coast. We have a large number 
of flexible flyers and a few double-runners. The 
ponds are made mostly by the melting snows 
and when frozen over, one is very large and the 
other large enough for us during the noon and 
night playtime. We have nearly all kinds of 
skates from the round runner clamp skate to the 
safety edge hockey skate. We have great fun 
playing hockey, and when not skating around 
generally play this. We also play snap the whip. 
Another thing we do is to cut circles and leave 
a ring of scrapings on the ice where we go 
over it so many times. 

Frederick S. Hynes. 

Rewards 

Mr. Bradley gave two boxes of candy to 
each teacher to be given to one boy in each 
class. The teachers could give this candy out 
according to rank in lessons, good conduct, or 
in any way they thought best. The first class 
boy who received the prize was Levi Trask who 
stood longest in a spelling match. In the second 
class John Lincoln got the box for good scholar- 
ship, effort, and for not having been checked this 
year in school. In the third class Albert Blake- 
more won for standing longest in a spelling 
match. Last was Stanley Clark who secured the 
candy in the fourth and fifth classes because 
of good scholarship, effort, and conduct. 

Clarence O. Norrby. 

Cbe Snowball Battle 

The day of the snowball battle, February 
twenty-second, at last, arrived. We were all 
assembled in Gardner Hall at about three o'clock 
where Capt. Dix read us the rules of the game. 



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The battle was divided into four periods. In the 
first period five scouts were sent out from 
each side, each scout wearing a 'United States 
Flag in his cap. The work of the scouts was, if 
possible, to capture the enemy's colors, Souther's 
being the blue flag, and Gerecke's the yellow flag. 
Souther captured the yellow flag and put it up 
on his fort, amid a heavy volley of snowballs 
from the defenders. Then he and his four 
scouts succeeded in getting through the port- 
holes into Gerecke's fort. While the scouts of 
Souther's side were doing this, Capt. May of 
Gerecke's side succeeded in getting the colors 
off Souther's fort and putting them on Gerecke's 
fort. The five scouts from Gerecke's side also 
succeeded in getting through the portholes into 
Souther's fort, but unfortunately, Capt. May, while 
trying to get the colors from Souther's fort, 
broke the flag staff and was ruled out of the 
battle and his side lost twenty-five points. 

After a short intermission. Souther's men 
attacked, and succeeded in getting all of the men 
into Gerecke's fort. This ended the second 
quarter. 

At the beginning of the third quarter, the 
scouts were again sent out. This time Gerecke's 
scouts succeeded in capturing the colors and 
entering the enemy's fort first. 

The bags were then brought out and put in 
front of Gerecke's fort. When the signal was 
given Gerecke's officers took the bags and tried 
to throw them into Souther's fort and have them 
land on the ground. They could be thrown out 
again if they had not touched the ground. All 
the bags landing in the fort and not thrown out 
counted five points for the attacking side, and 
all those thrown out counted one for the defend- 
ing party. When the time was up Gen. Souther 
had won, having ninety-seven points to Gen. 
Gerecke's side having eighty points. 

Eliot Rowell. 

tide Calendars 

Every year tide calendars are printed for 
the School. They are printed from electrotypes 
and these plates are brought from the City. 
Eight weeks are printed on a sheet at once. 



After they are printed they are cut so as to have 
two weeks on a sheet. These sheets are piled 
up and gathered so that the weeks will come in 
order. After they are all gathered they are in- 
spected, that is, they are looked over carefully 
to see that there are not any mistakes. Then 
paper of another color is cut the size of the cal- 
endars for the last sheet or back. They are 
then padded. After they are padded they are 
trimmed. Then the mounts are printed, and 
holes punched and eyelets put in. The pads 
are stitched to the mounts and the calendars 
are then ready for delivery. The small cal- 
endars are then made; these have only one 
week on a sheet. The size of the large one 
is twelve and three-sixteenths inches long and 
six and seven-eighths inches wide, and the 
small one is nine and one-fourth inches long and 
three and one-half inches wide. The illustra- 
tions are generally those used in the annual re- 
port. James A. Peak. 

Cbc Choir 

The choir is now composed of twenty fellows 
who are the best singers in the School. It is 
the choir that does most of the singing Christ- 
mas and Easter when we have concerts. There 
are four parts, soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. 
Every Saturday night the choir rehearses the 
hymns that are to be sung on the following Sun- 
day. One of the teachers has charge of this 
work. Sometimes selected voices sing the 
verses of a song and the choir joins in on the 
chorus. We are provided with special book- 
lets containing songs appropriate for the time. 
George R. Jordan. 

Post-cards and Ualentincs 

February fourteenth, Mr. Bradley came to 
Gardner Hall during our night hour. He blew 
his whistle and we all came to attention. He 
told us if we wanted any post-cards to line up 
and he would give them to us. We went around 
four times and got four post-cards each. We 
thanked Mr. Bradley very much. In the even- 
ing there was an entertainment in the assembly- 
hall and after it was over each fellow got a val- 
entine. Edmund S. Bemis. 



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Cbc n«w Corn=sbcn<r 

Recently there has been added to our farm 
Implements a new corn-sheller which has been 
placed in the corn-house. This machine is built 
on a box-like arrangement and has a wheel with 
a handle. Near the bottom of this box there is 
a trough divided into two compartments. There 
is a wire netting in this trough to separate the 
shelled corn from the cobs. Near the end of 
the trough there are two baskets placed to re- 
ceive the shelled corn and the cobs. One boy 
fills the basket with ears of corn to be shelled, 
another turns the handle to shell them, and a 
third puts in the ears of corn to be shelled. 

Raymond H. Batchelder. 

Collecting Brown-tail Itlotb nests 

We began collecting brown-tail moth nests 
on the twenty-second of January. We selected 
a pleasant, calm day for this work, because if the 
wind blows the nests as they are cut from the 
trees, we are apt to lose them. Five of us fel- 
lows went over to French Grove with cutters and 
baskets. We collected all there were there and 
then went to Bowditch Grove. We worked here 
the remainder of the afternoon, three fellows 
cutting the nests from the trees, and two picking 
them up as they dropped. We gathered three 
hundred and seventy nests that afternoon. After 
counting them we put them into a bag and Mr. 
Fairbanks burned them. 

William B. Laing. 

I)clping in tbc Jlsscmbly ball 

On Sunday morning 1 go up and help an- 
other fellow in the assembly-hall. The first thing 
we do is to get out all the singing books and put 
them around in their right places. Then 1 put 
around the quarterlies and next the Bibles. 
Then some Bibles and quarterlies are taken to 
the first school-room and a quarterly and Bible 
put on each desk. After we have that all done 
we place the settees and then sweep. After 
Sunday School is over we collect the Bibles and 
quarterlies and pack them away. Before after- 
noon and evening services we arrange the seats 
and get the hymn books ready. 

Frank A. Tarbell. 



BeacDing tbc mary £bilton 

A short time ago we had to use the Mary 
Chilton for the trips. When the steamer came 
back it was thought best to beach the boat then, 
as the harbor was all ice and the boat might get 
damaged. So one afternoon fifteen fellows 
went down to do this. Under Capt. Dix's 
instructions, we carried the line with which she 
was made fast to the wharf to the beach and 
pulled on it. At first she did not start but after 
some hard pulling she came up on the ice and 
we pulled her along finely until we came to the 
large pile of ice that was left there by the tide. 
Here we had to lift the bow up on the ice and 
pull her over. Then we pulled her upon the 
level ground and propped her up. A few days 
later we went down and turned her over to keep 
the snow and rain out. Roy D. Upham. 

J\ Picture 

There is a picture in the first school-room 
of a temple named the Parthenon. This is said 
to be the most perfect piece of architecture the 
world has ever known. It was built more than 
two thousand years ago as a temple to Athena 
whom the Greeks worshipped as the goddess of 
wisdom. This temple is now in ruins. The 
Parthenon stood upon a steep, flat-topped hill 
named the Acropolis. This hill rises above the 
center of Athens. The center of the temple 
was completely surrounded by rows of tall mar- 
ble pillars. In a windowless hall a large statue 
of the goddess was placed. This was made of 
gold and ivory. Walter S. Hall. 

making Sbeets 

One day in the sewing room we started to 
make one dozen sheets. We got down a latge 
roll of cotton sheeting and Miss Wood cut them 
off. These sheets were ninety-three inches long 
before hemming, and an inch hem was turned 
at each end. As we basted them we measured 
the hem with an inch measure. After they were 
all basted they were stitched on the machine. 
When these sheets are completed they will be 
put up in the closet where the new completed 
articles are kept until they are needed. 

Oscar E. Neumann. 



THOMPSON'S (SLAND BEACON 



Cbomp$on'$ Uland Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR WORTHY BOYS 

OF LIMITED MEANS 



Vol. 15. No. n. 



March, 1912 



Subscription Price 



50 Cents Per Year 



BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 

VICE-PRESIDENT 

Charles P, Curtis 

TREASURER 

Arthur Adams 

i35 Devonshire: SrBfEET 

secretary 

Tucker Daland 

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MANAGERS 

Melvin O. Adams 
GoRHAM Brooks 

1, Tucker Burr 
S, V. R. Crosby 

George L, DeBlois 

Charles T. Gallagher 
N- Penrose Hallowell 
Henry Jackson, M. D. 

Charles E. Mason 

RtCHARD M. SaLTONSTALL 

Francis Shaw 

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



Charles H. Bradley, - - - Superintendent 

Considerable effort fs being made at the 
present time to suppress the publication of read- 
ing matter which does not tend to cultivate the 
best tastes, inclinations or desires of the reader, 



and give him, subconsciously, ideals and aspira- 
tions, 

Many fail to realize what an influence a 
picture or a story may have on a person's charac- 
ter. A good and beautiful picture is an inspira- 
tion to some, stirring them to the very depths of 
their natures, and raising the standard of their 
ideals. A musical composition or a literary pro- 
duction may have the same or like effect upon 
those who can be reached more easily by one of 
these than by Art, 

There are certain characteristics which are 
almost universally admired. We admire brav- 
ery, courage, honor, loyalty and unselfishness. 
Such traits as these are combined in our con- 
ception of the ideal and the noble. After finish- 
ing a book in which we have been especially in- 
terested, we usually turn the story over in our 
minds for a time, admiring this character or 
feeling disappointed in that one. We wish per- 
haps that we might be more like the one who has 
seemed to possess so many desirable traits. 
The reader who feels like this after completing a 
book has been benefited. 

We have considered thus far some good 
influences of Art, Music and Literature- There 
are pictures and books which may have a dis- 
tinctly bad effect, forming in one's mind the de- 
sire to experience for himself something which 
he has just seen or read. Continuance of sim- 
ilar observations and readings may change that 
desire to a purpose. 

The third result which may come to the 
observer or reader is the indifferent effect. 
Either a good or bad production may influence 
indifferently, but of this we can never be certain. 
We can be sure only that a good picture or a 
good book cannot influence for the bad; a bad 
picture or a bad book cannot influence for the 
good. Believing this to be true, we try to put 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



before our boys such Art and Literature as shall 
certainly not belong to the latter class. Our 
library contains nealy 2000 carefully and wisely- 
chosen volumes. Our reading-room has only the 
high class daily-papers both political and relig- 
ious. There is a variety of periodicals, espe- 
cially selected, touching on the various trades 
and industries, all of which supplement our in- 
struction. 

By carefully chosing the best literature and 
surrounding them with the best pictures, we try 
to inculcate in the minds of our boys the high- 
est ideals and noblest aspirations which go far 
toward the make-up of true nobility of character. 



Since our last issue the improvements in 
the printing-office have been provided for by Mr. 
Charles E. Mason, and Miss Eleanor Parker has 
given an up-to-date typewriter, all of which are 
gratefully acknowledged. 



Special Needs 



Machinery for the laundry. 

Steam cooking equipment for the kitchen. 

Two hundred dollars for extending electric 
lights to barn. 

Two hundred fifty dollars for two manual 
training lathes. 

Two hundred thirty-two dollars for band saw 
in carpenter-shop. 

Three hundred dollars for pressure boiler 
and changes in hot water system. 

notes 

Feb. 1. Stored snow. 

Feb. 3. Took instructors and boys sleigh- 
riding. 

Renewed shelves in west dorinitory closet. 

Feb. 6. Steamer Pilgrim taken to Lock- 
wood's for repairs. 

Feb. 8. Horace C. Jenney returned to his 
mother at New Bedford. 

Feb. 13. Piano tuner here. 

The water having been shut off from our 



Island on account of break in Milton, caused the 
wharf pipe to freeze. 

Feb. 14. Plumber here. 

Relaid water pipe on wharf. 

Entertainment in the assembly-hall given 
for instructors and boys. 

Feb. 15. Plumber here. 

Chose up sides for snowball battle. 

Feb. 17. Finished piping Gardner Hall 
for steam heat. 

Graduates Harold Y. and Alfred W. Jacobs 
and T. Harold Doty visited the School. 

Feb. 18. Mr. Allen D. Creelman of the 
Newton Theological Institute here as Sunday 
assistant for Mr. G. S. Miller. 

Feb. 20. Scraped trees in west half of 
orchard. 

Feb. 21. Raked up Bowditch Grove. 

Feb. 22. Annual snowball battle. Gen- 
eral Souther won, scoring 97 points against 80 
for General Gerecke. 

Feb. 23. Received 60 bushels of potatoes 

Feb. 24, Began feeding mangels to cows. 

Manager George L. DeBlois visited the 
School. 

Feb. 26. Rev. James Huxtable visited 
the School. 

Received 80 new books for the library. 

Feb, 27. Prepared hotbed. 

Began pruning orchard. 

Finished sawing 30 cords of wood for bak- 
ery. 

Feb, 29, A Deane three-cylinder motor- 
driven pump came. 

CDe Tarm and Crddcs School Bank 

Cash on hand Feb. 1, 1912 $868.43 

Deposits to Mar. 1, 1912 17.04 

"885.47 
Withdrawals 19.69 

Cash on hand Mar. 1, 1912 $865.78 

Tcbruary mctcorologv 

Maximum temperature 56° on the 22nd. 
Minimum temperature -3"^ on the 10th and 



Ith. 



Mean temperature for the month 25^, 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Total precipitation 1 .33 inches. 

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

6 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 
tion, 7 clear days, 19 partly cloudy, 3 cloudy. 

Total number of hours sunshine 186 and 20 
minutes. 

On the 17th the ice went out east of a line 
from our wharf to the head house at City Point. 

Che CbcwinR 

In the first school-room there are some 
pictures of birds that come to our Island in the 
spring and summer, and the chewink is one of 
them. The chewink is a little larger than the 
Baltimore oriole. The female chewink's color 
is the same as the male's only where the female 
has brown the male has black including the 
beak. The song it has is "cher-a-wink" or 
"towhee" and the male has a very pretty song. 
The food they live on is bugs, worms, beetles, 
and seeds found on or near the ground. The 
nest is made on the ground of roots, leaves, and 
grasses. This bird has four to six eggs, white 
marked with brown. The chewink scratches 
among the leaves just as a hen does for food. 
Arthur G. Appel. 

Going Hattiiid 

Sometimes there are fellows who go out 
ratting after dark. They have two dogs to go 
with them and each fellow carries a hockey- 
stick. Six fellows go at one time and they are 
allowed to stay out until nine o'clock. When 
we want to go ratting, one of the fellows asks Mr. 
Bradley's permission. If he is willing the fellow 
arranges with Mr. Beebe and the night watch- 
man. The rats do a good deal of damage to 
the crops and that is why we are allowed to kill 
them. Harlan Stevens. 

£boo$ind Sides for m Battle 

On the evening of February fifteenth, Mr. 
Beebe told us to file to the east basement to 
choose up sides for the snowball battle, A large 
number of fellows were nominated as gener- 
als, mostly the big fellows. We then voted 
for two generals and Herbert A. Souther and 



Bernhardt Gerecke were elected. We were 
told to come up to the front benches if we wished 
to play, and if not to take the benches in back. 
Gerecke, being the smaller, had first choice. 
The generals, as well as Mr. Beebe, kept an ac- 
count of the fellows chosen on both sides. Each 
side, besides having a general, had a captain, a 
first and a second lieutenant, a first, second, and 
third sergeant, and a color-bearer. There were 
sixty fellows who participated in the battle. 

Charles O. Rolfe. 

Oyster Supper 

Mr. Bradley told us a few days before the 
twenty-second of February that the trophy for the 
snowball battle would be in the form of a supper 
this year and all the fellows who took part were 
to be invited. He also said that the winning side 
would be given an excursion to some historical 
place. We assembled in Gardner Hall at half- 
past seven. Then we formed in two lines ac- 
cording to size and went to the dining-room. 
We all enjoyed the banquet very much. The 
menu was as follows: — 

Oyster Stew 
Crackers Pickles 

Cup Cakes 
Chocolate Cream Pie Mince Pie 

Theodore Milne. 

Jin Owl 

On February second when the milkers went 
down to the stock-barn they saw an uncommon 
sight. A small owl was perched in the corner 
above the milk shelf. When the fellows went 
near it, it flew from one end of the barn to 
the other. 1 liked to see him swoop when he 
was about to make a landing. He perched on 
different places and looked around as though he 
were in charge of the barn. Occasionally we 
see these birds around the Island. This one 
probably stays around the barn because he can 
catch mice for food. Undoubtedly he will stay 
around as long as he can get what he is looking 
for and is not disturbed. The owl's color is gray 
with a dirty white speckled part here and there. 
Edward M. Powers. 



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Building the Torts 

This year we had our snowball battle as 
usual on the twenty-second of February, Wash- 
ington's Birthday. We began building our forts 
about a week before the battle. They were 
fifty feet apart, twenty-two feet long, and four 
and a half feet high. Each fort consisted of 
two walls about six feet apart and three feet 
thick. Two barrels were placed in each front 
wall one at either end, one foot above the ground, 
for port holes. A trench six feet wide was made 
between the two walls. At the back of each wall 
a shelf was cut out about three feet down and one- 
half foot in for the defenders to stand on. A nar- 
row wall was built on the back edge of the shelf in 
the rear wall to support the players. The forts 
were made by putting up two rows of old doors 
and large boards, and filling the spaces between 
with snow, and wetting and tamping it until hard. 
We did not complete the forts until the day of 
the battle. Lawrence M. Cobb. 

l)i$tory mm 

While the second class was studying about 
the Civil War in history, our teacher placed two 
maps on the blackboard to make the work more 
interesting. One was of the entire United States 
as it was in 1861. The slave states and slave 
territories were colored in with yellow chalk, and 
the free states were colored in with blue chalk. 
The other map was of those states in the Union in 
which the battles of the war took place. As soon 
as we studied a battle in class, some fellow was 
chosen to mark the place on the map where that 
battle was fought; with blue chalk if the Union 
army won, and with yellow chalk if the Confeder- 
ate army won. Leslie H. Barker. 

Celebrating Cincoln's Birthday 

This year we celebrated Lincoln's birthday 
in exercise and song. A number of fellows pre- 
pared recitations and the whole school sang pat- 
riotic songs. I liked Preston Blanchard's reci- 
tation very much, and Stanley Clark gave, "Lin- 
coln's Gettysburg Address," in a very pleasing 
way. The program was as follows: — 
Song - - - - School 

Tramp, Tramp, Tramp 



Prayer - - Mr. G. S. Miller 

Recitation - Raymond H. Batchelder 

Abraham Lincoln 
Exercise - - Fourteen Boys 

Life of "Honest Abe" 
Song - - - - School 

Maryland, My Maryland 
Recitation - Franklin E. Gunning 

No Slave Beneath That Starry Flag 
Recitation - - William B. Laing 

Faithful Unto Death 
Recitation - Cecil E. McKeown 

The Losing Side 

Declamation - James A. Blakemore 

Abstract from Webster's Speech in 

Reply to Hayne 

Song - - - - School 

American Hymn 
Recitation - - George R. Jordan 

Sheridan's Ride 
Recitation - William E. Cowley 

Our Country 
Recitation - - Thomas H. Taylor 

Gone Forward 
Recitation - - Carl H. Collins 

Reunion 
Song - - - - School 

Star Spangled Banner 
Recitation - Oscar E. Neumann 

The Old Flag 
Recitation - Preston M. Blanchard 

Bounding the United States 
Declamation - Stanley M. Clark 

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address 

Song - - - - School 

America, With Flag Salute 

James A. Blakemore. 

Cleaning tbe float 

Every little while the north side float, 
where the steamer Pilgrim berths, has to be 
cleaned. This is done with a bucket full of 
beach sand, water, and an old broom. The 
float is scrubbed until the mud is taken out of 
the wood. Then it is rinsed thoroughly and 
the water swept off. Ernest V. Wyatt. 



8 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Jllumiii 

In the February Beacon it was inadver- 
tently made to appear that John E. Bete left us 
in 1889. It should have been 1898; also Fred 

L. Walker should have been 1904 instead of 

1899. 

George Lyman Look, '66, founder of Bos- 
ton Lodge, No. 2, Theatrical Mechanics' Asso- 
ciation, died on Friday, February twenty-third, 
in his fifty-eighth year. Deceased was promi- 
nently and actively connected with many frater- 
nal organizations: the Ancient and Honorable 
Artillery Company, the National Lancers, De- 
Maloy Commandery, K. T., and other Masonic 
bodies, and the Independent Order of Odd Fel- 
lows. 

Theophilus (Tafley) Mauch, '80, died of 
tuberculosis, at his home in Allston on January 
28, in his forty-eighth year. He had been solo 
corneter of the Fitchburg Military Band for 18 
years, manager for 12 years, and at the time of 
his death was conductor of that organization. 
Having been born in Germany he came to this 
country with his parents when he was one year 
old. After leaving this School he was associated 
with many prominent musicians, and musical 
organizations. Tafley was a man of engaging 
personality, an enthusiastic musician, conscien- 
tious, and dependable in his work. A wife, two 
daughters, and one son survive him. The fun- 
eral was held from his late home, 58 Royal 
Street, Allston, on Wednesday, January 31. 

Andrew W. Deane, '03, whose address is 
13 Church Street, St. Johnsbury, Vt., works in 
the Fairbanks Scales Factory where he has been 
employed for the past two years. Andrew is 
married and is the father of a boy that joined 
his household some thirteen months ago. All 
hands are happy and well. 

James L. Joyce, '10, writes a very lengthy 
and interesting letter from Los Angeles, Cal., 
telling of the pleasant experiences he is enjoy- 
ing there. James is employed by the Sant Fe 



Railroad and is constantly on the go, having trav- 
eled nearly all the Pacific Coast he says. In 
mentioning the weather he writes us that he was 
up in the mountains one day recently throwing 
snowballs, and within half an hour he descended 
and was walking through palms and gardens of 
roses just as though he had never seen snow. 
James seems to be getting along finely, is happy 
and well, and in line for better things. 

€nterrdinmeiit 

A few instructors gave the boys a little play 
on the evening of February fourteenth. We all 
enjoyed it very much and it was certainly funny. 
These instructors were supposed to be the mem- 
bers of the senior class in the Nostudie High 
School and they had their commencement exer- 
cises on this occasion. The class had a motto 
which was, "Me for a Diploma." There were 
programs given to the boys, and at the end of 
the play each boy was presented with a valen- 
tine. Miss Brewster and Mr. Ekegren were the 
teachers. After the exercises dancing was en- 
joyed by a selected number of boys. The pro- 
gram was as follows: — 
James Sinbad Janney - Mr. Alexander 

Salutatory 
Ethyl Constance Smythe - Miss McNeil 

Essay — Pies 
Claudius Culver - - - Mr. Dix 

Oration — Life 
Priscilla Jones - - - Miss Lothrop 

Solo 
Mary Corrigan - - - Miss Gilpin 

Essay — Hair, Hats and Clothes 
Class 

Song — Auld Lang Syne 
Maybell Alcott Wheelcox - Mrs. Cotton 

Class Poem and Class Prophecy 
Daniel Webster Clay - - Mr. Miller 

Oration and Valedictory — The Auto- 
biography of a Microbe 
Class 

Song — Senior's Farewell 

President of the Board - - Mr. Beebe 

Presentation of Diplomas 

John W. Aylsworth. 



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Vol. 15. No. 12. Printed at The Farm and Trades School, Boston, Mass. 



April, 1912 



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



Jin €ntcrtdinnicnt 

On Friday evening, March twenty-ninth, 
we got ready to go to supper as usual, but as we 
entered the dining-room we were surprised to 
see on the tables, cold ham, butter, cheese, 
bread, milk and cake. Later ice cream and 
more cake were served. At about eight o'clock 
we went to the assembly -hall where we listened 
to a musical entertainment given by the Hayden 
Concert Company. The progamme was as fol- 
lows: — 

Overture 

"Lustspiel" Keler Bela 

The Trio 
Reading 

Maud Huntington Benjamin 
Mandolin Solo 

"Blue Bells of Scotland" Farmer 

Air Varie 

Eleanore Soule Hayden 
Operatic Selections 

With Chimes and Xylophone 
a Sextet from "Lucia di Lammermoor" 

Donizetti 
b "Miserere" (II Trovatore) Verdi 

c Soldiers' Chorus from "Faust" Gounod 
The Trio 
Violin Solo 

a "Nordische Sage" Bohm 

b "Souvenir" Drdla 

Edwin Byron Powell 
Chimes Solo 
"Sweet Afton" 

Eleanore Soule Hayden 
Reading 

A group of selected poems 

Maud Huntington Benjamin 



Xylophone Solo 

"The Mocking Bird" Stobbe 

Eleanore Soule Hayden 
Selections With Chimes 

a Barcarolle Offenbach 

b "Chapel in the Mountains" Wilson 

The Trio 
Finale 

"Husarenritt" Spindler 

With Xylophone 
The Trio 
The entertainment and the ice cream and 
cake were provided for by the instructors. We 
all enjoyed the pleasant evening we had, and 
thanked the instructors for it. Eliot Rowell. 

Diaries 

Some of the fellows like to keep diaries of 
things that happen during the year. When we 
have gone away and are out in the world we can 
look back at some of the good times we had 
here. Most of the boys write down all the things 
that happen, and some of them only the most 
important things. 1 like to make a note of the 
number of weeks I have been in the first grade. 
I also keep a diary of the entertainments and 
pleasures we have. Harold L. Carlton. 

Spring 

We are all glad that spring is here so we 
can see the snow melt and see the birds come, 
and see the farmers get ready to plow the 
ground and plant the gardens. The buds com- 
mence to come on the trees and the apple blos- 
soms show their beauty. The cows go out to 
pasture and enjoy themselves eating the fresh 
green grass. All these things are pleasant for 
any one to look upon. Elwin C. Bemis. 



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Caroing meat 

1 almost always help carve the meat. 1 get 
the large meat board, two large knives, one fork 
and seventeen platters. The meat is brought in 
from the kitchen to be carved. The meat is 
not always the same. Sometimes it is roast 
pork, roast beef, lamb or corned beef. 1 like 
to cut it when it is cold the best as it cuts easier. 
1 have been told that meat should be cut across 
the grain as much as possible so that it will not be 
thready. While I worked in the kitchen 1 
used to cut the m.eat sometimes. 1 always 
liked to do it as it may be of some use to me 
some day. Mr. Bradley orders the meat from 
some large miarket in Boston. It is always ten- 
der and fresh when we get it. 

Harry L. Fessenden. 

Piaying Games 

Now tnat spring is coming, some of the fel- 
lows stay out after supper and play games. 
Some of the games are run a mile, throw the 
bar and hill-dill. There are many other games, 
but the fellows like these pretty well. Later on 
when it gets warmer the fellows will play base- 
ball. In the winter time the fellows stay in the 
gymnasium more, but when summer comes 
again they may have sport and fun out of doors. 
There is a large playground where the fellows 
spend their spare time. There is a giant swing 
which the boys like very much. It is a nice 
time to play games now because it is warmer 
and one can have more enjoyment. 

Benjamin L. Murphy. 

B minstrel SDow 

Thursday evening, March fourteenth, a 
minstrel show was given by eleven of the boys. 
Preston Blanchard was manager of the enter- 
tainment and Miss Lothrop drilled the company 
in singing and helped them out in other ways. 
The show started at eight o'clock and lasted till 
nine. The jokes were very funny, especially 
those which were made up about the instructors 
and fellows. Edric Blakemore sang a topical 
song in which he mentioned some of the boys. 
After the circle came the olio. This started off 
with some clog-dancing, which was fine. Then 



came a comedy sketch entitled, "The Old Par- 
son." Third came a Cake-walk. This was 
very fine! Preston Blanchard was a colored girl 
and Cecil Jordan a colored man. Shortly after 
the show came a dance. This was given by the 
company for all the instructors and some fellows. 
The whole entertainment was fine and pleased 
everybody. The programme was as follows: — 
Circle 
Ralph A. Jones, Interlocutor 
Roy D. Upham George H. Appel 

Franklin E. Gunning Clarence Burton 

Thomas H. Taylor Edric B. Blakemore 

Bones Tambos 

Cecil O. Jordan Charles E. Morse 

Frank S. Mills Preston M. Blanchard 

Programme 
Opening Chorus Company 

Medley of Popular Choruses 
End Song Frank S. Mills 

Alexander's Ragtime Band 

Song Thomas H. Taylor 

It's Great to Meet a Friend From 

Your Home Town 

End Song Preston M. Blanchard 

Listen to That Jungle Band 
Topical Song Edric B. Blakemore 

Olio 

A few minutes with clogs Cecil O. Jordan 

The Old Parson, a Comedy Sketch 

in One Act 

Characters 

The Old Parson George H. Appel 

A Man of Peace 
Mr. Williams Ralph A. Jones 

A Mediator 
Jackson Doolittle Charles E. Morse 

The Bridegroom 
Ariminta Barnrake Roy D. Upham 

The Bride 
Mrs. Barnrake Clarence Burton 

Her Mother 
Topsey Franklin E. Gunning 

Always in Trouble 
Cake-walk 

Preston M. Blanchard, Cecil 0. Jordan 
William B. Deane. 



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€ork 

A little while ago, our teacher gave out 
some new books to read. They told us about 
the origin and use of cork. The cork territory 
covers Portugal, the southern part of Spain, 
Algeria, Tunis, France and Morocco. The cork 
oak grows to a height of from twenty to sixty feet 
and is sometimes four feet in diameter. When 
the tree is twenty years old the first bark is re- 
moved. This is rough and coarse and is of little 
value. At the age of forty years, the oak yields 
the best bark. In Algeria they use crescent 
shaped saws to remove the bark. In Spain they 
use a hatchet with a long handle. As the bark 
is removed it is put in piles to dry, then it is 
weighed and carried in wagons to the boiling 
station. After the boiling the outer bark is 
scraped off. When it is sorted, it is ready for its 
first long journey. Broad sheets are placed at 
the bottom and smaller ones are laid above them. 
Then it is securely bound and sent to the United 
States and other countries. From cork they 
make bobbers for fishing lines, instrument and 
fishing rod handles, insoles for shoes, discs and 
washers, life preservers, buoys, fenders, carbure- 
tors, buttons, penholders, mats and pincushions. 
George W. N. Starrett. 

Scrapind Crm 

Tuesday, February 20, Mr. Fairbanks told 
us we were to scrape all the dead bark off the 
trees. At first Mr. Smith and 1 worked to- 
gether, but after awhile, when Mr. Fairbanks 
went away, a boy came to work with 
me. The scraping is done with a hoe, not 
too dull. In scraping, one must be careful or 
he will injure the tree. One boy generally 
climbs the tree that is to be scraped and scrapes 
the higher branches, while another scrapes as 
far as he can reach from the ground. In some 
trees worms v/ere found. There are three ob- 
jects in scraping trees. First, it improves the 
looks of the tree; second, it prevents insects 
from depositing their eggs on or under the bark; 
third, it puts the trees in a better condition for 
spraying a few weeks later. 

John W. Greenwood. 



mecbanical Drawing 

Before we make the sloyd models we have 
to draw a plan of them on drawing paper. When 
we draw the smallest models we usually draw 
two on one piece of paper, and the three first 
models are drawn on one piece. The way we 
draw the models is to get a piece of paper, a 
drawing board a little larger than the drawing 
paper, four thumb tacks, an eraser, a pencil, a 
T-square, triangle and the model we are going 
to draw. First we draw a half-inch border 
around the paper and then we measure the 
model we are going to draw. We then draw it 
on the paper, drawing as many faces of the 
model as are necessary to show all the things 
needed to make the model. We put on all of 
the dimensions of the model. Every drawing 
has a number and it is called a plate. We 
print the plate number in the upper left hand 
corner and The Farm and Trades School in the 
upper right hand corner, the date under that, and 
in the middle of the paper a little below the date 
we print the name of the model, the kind of 
wood it is to be made from and the thickness of 
the wood. In the lower. right hand corner the 
fellow prints his name. If it is approved by the 
sloyd instructor we pass the drawing in and make 
out a lumber order for the wood. 

Dexter L. Noble. 

making a mbcclbarrow 

One afternoon 1 went to the storage barn 
and picked out the frame of an old wheelbar- 
row to put in place of the broken one at the 
coal-pile. I also got some six-inch boards which 
I cut three feet long and nailed across the frame 
with a two-inch strip on either side to hold the 
two coal cans on. This made the width of the 
wheelbarrow three feet and the depth two and 
one-half feet, giving room enough for a third to 
be placed in back of the other two. For a front 
piece I nailed two pieces of six-inch board to- 
gether with two two-inch strips in the center 
about eight inches apart on the outside. On 
the inside 1 nailed two similar strips on either 
end. From the center strips 1 nailed a brace to 
each of the shafts. Ernest V. Wyatt. 



THOMPSON'S ISLAND BEACON 



Cbomp$on'$ Tsland Beacon 

Published Monthly by 

THE FARM AND TRADES SCHOOL 

Thompson's Island, Boston Harbor 

DEPENDENT UPON DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS 

A PRIVATE SCHOOL FOR WORTHY BOYS 

OF LtMITED MEANS 



Vol. 15. No. 12. 



April, 1912 



Subscription Price 



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BOARD OF MANAGERS 



president 

Alfred Bowditch 

VICE-PRESIDENT 

Charles P. Curtis 

TREASURER 

Arthur Adams 

135 Devonshire Street 
SECRETARY 

Tucker Daland 

\9 Exchange Place 
MANAGERS 

Mflvin O. Adams 
Gorham Brooks 

1. Tucker Burr 
S. V. R. Crosby 

George L. DeBlois 

Charles T. Gallagher 
N. Penrose Hallowell 
Henry Jackson, M. D. 

Charles E. Mason 

Richard M. Saltonsta! l 
Francis Shaw 

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



Charles H. Bradley, - 



- SuDerintendent 



The care-free child, unencuiTibered by self- 
consciousness, makes friendly advances to all 
with whom he comes in contact. He speaks his 
thoughts without restriction, without fear, and 



attracts the pleased attention of sympathetic 
listeners. The little one just beginning to talk 
gets a responsive smile or word from the person 
upon whom he chooses to bestow his friendly 
"Hello!" The little fellow makes the advance, 
and his feeling of friendliness is immediately 
reciprocated. If more people could but retain 
in maturer years the sincere and friendly initia- 
tive of childhood! 

It is so difficult for many to show their good 
will toward mankind even when it is present in 
all sincerity in their hearts. They cannot for- 
get themselves long enough to do or say the 
things prompted by instinct, but are restrained 
and embarrassed at the thought of the adverse 
criticism they may possibly receive. 

The person who has the pleasing faculty of 
acting his natural self upon all occasions is uni- 
versally admired. Everyone likes him and sym- 
pathetically responds to his genial smile and ex- 
tended hand. He is able to take the initiative. 
This power is considered a gift by many, there- 
fore they fall to cultivate it in themselves. The 
proud and apparently cold person gives this ap- 
pearance, probably because he has failed to ex- 
press his real self. Let us forget self and put 
our minds upon the other fellow. There is al- 
ways somebody to smile at; somebody to stretch 
out a hand to; somebody for whom we may do 
a little act of kindness. Let us not wait to see 
how someone else is going to treat us, but let 
us determine to act first, to invite the other's 
friendliness by first offering our own. In other 
words, let us cultivate the power to take the 
courteous and friendly initiative, and the re- 
sults are best expressed in Lowell's words: — 

"Be noble; and the nobleness that lies 
In other men, sleeping, but never dead. 
Will rise in majesty to meet thine own; 
Then shalt thou see it gleam in many eyes, 
Then will pure light about thy way be shed, 
And thou wilt never more be sad or lone." 



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Special Needs 

$1000 has been given by a New York 
friend for special needs. 

Still Needed 

Part of machinery for laundry. 

Two hundred fifty dollars for two manual 
training lathes. 

Two hundred thirty-two dollars for band saw 
in carpenter-shop. 

notes 

Mar. 1. New Remington typewriter came. 

Mar. 2. Treasurer Arthur Adams visited 
the School. 

Mar. 3. Yorkshire boar came. 

Miss Fanny L. Walton spent Sunday here. 

Sunday Mr. George E. Miller gave a stere- 
opitcon lecture upon the Life of Christ. 

Mar. 5. Forest Leslie Churchill entered 
the School. 

Mar. 6. Dr. W. B. Bancroft here. 

Mar. 7. Installed motor driven pump for 
cisterns. 

Finished hauling thirty-five tons of range 
coal to main building. 

Mar. 8. Scow load of N. C. pine and 
spruce from Freeport St. 

Filled wood cellar with bakery wood and 
kindling. 

Mar. 9. Graduate Dana W. Osborne visited 
the School. 

Mr. Beebe and several of the boys attended 
the Automobile Show. 

Mar. 11. Recovered in Area 420 lbs. of 
obsolete lead pipe while installing cistern pump. 

Mar. 13. Veterinary here. 

Mr. Arthur Beane spent night here. 

Yearling Ayrshire bull received. 

Mar. 14. Shipped a boar to Brighton. 
Weighed 455 lbs. 

Minstrel show and dance given by Preston 
M. Blanchard and boys in assembly-hall. 

Mar. 15. Winter term of School closed. 

Mar. 16. Scraped trees in east half of the 
orchard. 

High winds and seas wrecked City Point 
Landing float. 



Mar. 18. Surveyed and staked out bulk- 
head line for road to reinforce east dike. 

Several of the Instructors and boys attended 
the Evacuation Day Parade in South Boston. 

Mar. 20. Admission Committee meeting. 
Two boys were admitted, Harold LeRoy Card 
and Douglas Abbot Haskins. 

Mar. 2 1 . Began driving piles for east dike. 

Mar. 23. Finished storing three hundred 
ten barrels ol snow in root cellar. 

Mar. 25. Spring term of school began. 

Planted radishes in hot beds. 

Began piping for hot water, steam heated 
tank in kitchen. 

Mar. 26. Mr. E. Cyrus Miller gave a dem- 
onstration of orchard renovation. 

Mar. 28. Began spading up around small 
trees in orchard. 

Several Instructors and ninety-one boys 
visited the Italian gardens at Horticultural Hall. 

Mar. 29. Entertainment by the Hayden 
Concert Co., provided by the Instructors. Re- 
freshments were also furnished. 

Total brown-tail moths' nests collected 
for the season, 10,695; total gypsy egg clus- 
ters painted, 2,285. 

Cbc T4rm ana Cradcs School BatiK 

Cash on hand Mar. 1, 1912 $865.78 

Deposits to Apr. 1, 1912 70.86 

936.64 
Withdrawals 37.86 

Cash on hand Apr. I, 1912 "$898T78 

march meteorology 

Maximum temperature 63° on the 15th. 
linimum temperature 1 1° on the 2nd and 



3rd. 



Mean temperature for the month 34.2° 

Total precipitation 3.39 inches. 

Greatest precipitation in twenty-fcur hours 
.70 inches on the 28th. 

13 days with .01 or more inches precipita- 
tion, 5 clear days, 19 partly cloudy, 7 clcudy. 

Total number of hours' sunshine 2 1 5 and 50 
minutes. 

Wind attained a velocity of 72.8 miles per 
hour on the 15th. 



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Kitcbcn Aprons 

One afternoon after the regular work in the 
sewing-room was done, another fellow and I be- 
gan making aprons. These aprons were to be 
made of fine blue checked gingham which was 
thirty inches wide. Each apron was cut thirty- 
three inches long. An inch hem was made at 
the bottom of the apron. After this was done 
the two upper corners were turned in so as to 
leave a straight edge at the top ten inches long. 
A one-inch hem was made at the top. The 
edges of the turned down corners were stitched 
to the aprons. There was a strap made to form 
a noose for the head. This was twenty-two 
inches long and one inch wide. The belt strap 
was twenty-two inches long also and was sewed 
to one side of the apron. A button was sewed 
on to the apron on the opposite side from which 
the strap was attached. We made four aprons 
that afternoon. John W. Lincoln. 

Clcanitid tbe Tartti bouse Cellar 

One morning Mr. Smith told the farm fel- 
lows that we weie going to clean out the farm- 
house cellar. He first told some of the fellows to 
sweep the walls, ceiling and everything. Then 
he told two other fellows to jump up on a kind of 
loft that was there and gather up all the old 
papers and rags that they could find and bag 
them. Then he told me to pick up all the sticks 
that I could find and put them on the kindling 
pile. Mr. Smith saw that it was dark, so he 
got two lanterns and gave them to us to use. 
When I got my work done he told me to help 
the other fellows. 1 went over with a fellow 
who was dusting off a lot of jars and helped him. 
When we finished that we swept the floor. 

Howard F. Lochrie. 

eicanitid Up 

One morning it was my work to pick up the 
waste in the meadow west of the playgrounds. 1 
first got a basket and started around the edge 
and kept working in toward the center. I put 
the large pieces of wood in the wood cellar and 
the small pieces of wood and papers in the waste 
barrels in back of the power-house. When 1 



got to the middle of this piece, or field, 1 found 
a large plank about five and one-half feet long, 
eight inches wide and two mches thick. Under 
it were a lot of green grass and dandelion 
leaves coming up. That reminded me of sum- 
mer. After 1 got that piece done it was about 
quarter of nine. Then 1 put my basket away and 
got ready for school. Alfred H. Casey. 

Sorting Beacons 

Lately, every day when 1 get my work in the 
offices and reading-room done I sort Beacons. 
There are Beacons of nearly all the months 
from eighteen hundred ninety-five to nine- 
teen hundred twelve. There are a number of 
boxes nailed together in which we put the 
Beacons of different years. After we get those 
of one year in a box we sort them over ac- 
cording to months. We separate one month's 
Beacons from another by placing a slip of col- 
ored paper between the piles. 

Perley W. White. 

Paper for Practice 

Most of the fellows like to have paper for 
practice in school. We can get a block of paper 
from the office if we send in a requisition for it. 
This is about five inches long and three inches 
wide. Other times waste goes down to the 
storage barn from the printing-office. This is 
about a foot long, sometimes two, and about two 
inches wide. We can also get scrap paper in 
school that is left over. We use this for arith- 
metic, spelling, drawing and other things. 

Frederick E. Van Valkenburg. 

masbing Stockings 

Every Wednesday morning the morning 
laundry fellows wash the boys' stockings. We 
divide them evenly among four of us. After we 
get through washing them two fellows rinse them. 
We put them into two tubs and put cold 
water on them and do that five or six times. 
Then we put scalding hot water on. After that 
we let them stay in the hot water for five or ten 
minutes. We let out the hot water and put on 
some cold, then wring them out and hang them 
up on the bars. Eldred W. Allen. 



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Rolling tbe Grounds 

Each year in the spring the lawns have to 
be rolled. For this a large two-horse roller is 
used. It is drawn by a squad of boys who work 
for Mr. Beebe before school. When this work 
is first started the roller is brought up from the 
storage-barn and used. When it is time for the 
boys to go to school they take the roller to the 
playgrounds, where it is left ready for the next 
day's work. The object of rolling the lawns is 
to make the ground even for the lawn mowers, 
and to get all the foot-prints out that were 
made during the winter and early spring when the 
ground was wet and soft. This rolling is com- 
menced as soon as the ground is dry enough. 
The playground is also rolled. 

Roy D. Upham. 

my mork 

I work in the kitchen in the morning. 
When 1 go in before breakfast, the first thing I 
do is to toast bread. I toast about fifteen pieces 
for the early breakfast. If 1 get that done before 
it is time for me to go to my breakfast, I help 
the instructor get other things ready for the early 
breakfast. When 1 come out from my breakfast 
at seven o'clock 1 wipe the dishes and put them 
in their proper places. When the dishes are all 
washed and wiped I wash the dish towels and 
put them on the range to boil. Then 1 do odd 
jobs. Sometimes 1 help get the boys' dinner 
ready and sometimes I wash the windows and 
scrub the walls or ceiling, or clean the woodwork. 
At quarter past eleven I help get the boys' dinner 
into the dining-rooin. Then 1 go to my own 
dinner. Stanley W. Clark. 

€leattitid tbc Penthouse 

One day it was my work to clean the pent- 
house. The first thing to do was to sweep, pick 
up the dirt, then get some water and scrub the 
floor. Then 1 got a cloth and dusted. 1 asked if 
the windows didn't need washing, and so 1 got 
some window cloths and washed them. There 
was one large door and two small ones, and two 
windows. The penthouse is on the northeast 
wing of the main building and it has a glass 



roof. On the inside it has two planks and two 
landings, and a rail going three-fourths around. 
One side has no railing. On the outside it has 
a platform in front of the door and two planks 
with some sticks going across it for a ladder, and 
one can get up on the ridge pole. You can see 
good scenery from there. Frank S. Mills. 

Cleaning Gutters 

One afternoon while I was doing my work 
in the wash-room, Mr. Beebe came in and told 
me to go up to the west loft door and wait until 
he came up. He came up with the east and 
west loft keys. We first went into the east loft 
and got a long, stout rope which he tied around 
me. 1 then got out of the west loft window and 
slid down the roof to the gutter. Mr. Beebe 
passed out rope as 1 needed it. 1 took a hatchet 
and chopped out all the ice that was in the gut- 
ters. This was done so as to let the water flow, 
as the ice had been blocking its way. After I 
had cleaned all the ice out of the gutters Mr. 
Beebe pulled me up again by means of the rope. 
1 liked the job very much. 

Carl D. P. Hynes. 

Clappers 

One day when I went down to the wood 
cellar with my scrubbing materials, 1 secured 
an instructor's permission to get a piece of wood. 
I got a piece of quartered oak. When all of my 
work was done 1 thought 1 would make some 
clappers from it. 1 made two of them; they 
were six inches long and three-quarters of an 
inch wide. Some of the fellows have bone 
clappers and ebony clappers which they have 
bought. Byron E. Collins. 

$\)\nm nty Tnstrument 

The fellows in the band have to keep their 
instruments looking well, therefore I shined and 
cleaned mine up. My instrument is the third 
E-flat alto. It is hard to get in around the dif- 
ferent valves of the instrument. If once the in- 
strument is well cleaned and taken good care of 
right along and wiped off after it has been used, 
it will not be so hard to clean it again. 

Robert C. Casey. 



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:Hlunini 

Ernest M. Catton, '1 1, writes from New 
London, Connecticut, saying that he has been 
working in a wholesale grocery store this winter. 
In addition, he has had an opportunity to enjoy 
the winter sports. Ernest says he attends 
church regularly and that his health has been 
very good. 

James R. Gregory, '10, wrote us a letter 
some time ago which indicated that he is 
interested in his work as stock clerk with the 
firm of E. Teel & Co., wagon manufacturers, 
of Medford. His brother Robert, he says, is 
still in the blacksmith shop of the same firm. 

Carl Steenbrick, '94, who works for Mr. 
Frank Bird, Canton, Mass, at the Massachu- 
setts Hospital School, wrote us a card from Ber- 
muda where he was spending two weeks on a 
vacation. We were pleased to note his evident 
cheerfulness of spirit. Carl is very well liked 
where he works. 

William A. Horsfall, '96, is now work- 
ing in San Francisco, Cal. He says that al- 
though he is working at present, conditions on 
the Pacific coast are terrible, and advises people 
thinking of going to California for work to stay 
away. Wi-lliam shows his interest by sending 
the amount of his subscription to the Beacon. 

When it is time for the fellows to stop work 
or play there is always a signal. It is the duty 
of Mr. Beebe, the supervisor, to give these sig- 
nals. When it is time for the fellows who work 
in the morning to stop work, which is at quarter 
past eleven, he rings the bell. Then the fellows 
have about fifteen minutes to wash up and get 
ready for dinner. About two minutes before half 
past eleven he blows the whistle for them to line 
up. He blows one long and two short whistles. 
He rings the bell four times a day, cnce at quar- 
ter past eleven, at ten minutes of one, at five 
o'clock to assemble the afternoon workers, and 
last at seven o'clock to call the fellows to the as- 
sembly-room. On Sundays, instead of ringing 
the bell, he uses his whistle. 

Frederick V. Hall. 



Cleaning Pig-pcns 

The pig-pens are cleaned about twice a 
month, it was my work to help do it this time. 
The pens were cleaned of everything and new 
bedding was put in. First a pile was made near 
the front and then it was thrown into a team. 
When we had a load it was taken to last year's 
potato field and there spread. The pens are 
made of concrete and the front half is level with 
the floor outside, and the back half has an eleva- 
tion of about four inches. There is an iron door 
to each pen, which swings inward. A concrete 
trough is just inside the door. We shall have 
about nine loads when the pens are cleaned. 

Levi N. Trask. 

Cbc South Pole 

Lately we have heard a good deal about 
the discovery of the South Pole. We have been 
much interested to learn who really did discover 
the pole, Scott or Amundsen. Most fellows hope 
it was Scott, but a few hope Amundsen was the 
one. We have a number of pictures taken from 
the papers, which show different views of Scott, 
Amundsen and their ships. It was said Scott 
had the best fitted-out expedition in polar history. 
We also have a map picture showing the routes 
taken by these men. Scott is an officer of the 
Royal Navy and it is hoped by the majority of 
people that he is the man. However, 1 hope 
it was Amundsen who discovered the pole. 

Edson M. Bemis. 

Cleaning Out the Bran-room 

One forenoon Mr. Fairbanks told me I 
could help Levi Trask clean out the bran-room 
which is at the west end of the stock barn. 
The bags of bran were all over the floor so that 
we had to pile them up out of the way so that 
we could sweep the floor. We swept the bran 
that was on the floor into a pile and carried it 
down to the pig-pens. We then took the empty 
bags and carried them to the storage barn and 
put them up over the junk room. After that we 
cleaned off the shelves and straightened things 
up. Cecil E. McKeown 



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