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NEW BITS OF TALK FOR YOUNG FOLK.
BY (H. H.) HELEN JACKSON.
“ WAIT!”- A NEW TIME-TABLE FOR BOYS are collisions, and running off the track. Well, AND GIRLS.
don't we stand in the same peril? I am sure that
we are too apt to have collisions with other people, EVERYBODY knows the time-tables that tell at collisions with circumstances, collisions with our what hours trains come and go. Travelers consultown weaknesses and perversities, even. And when them to learn how to reach their destination; when we spend our time trying to do something that we to start; how long they are to be on their way; don't know how to do; when we are idle, and where they will make stops; and many other things hinder busy people; when we act as if we believed to be found out before a journey is undertaken. that any sort of good end could be reached with
But there are other time-tables, on all railroads, out hard work, and steady work, and cheerful work, of which the passengers know nothing. These we are certainly off the track. schedules are made out for the conductors and Well, then, when we know that such is our engineers, and show the exact second at which plight, don't you think that the sooner we stop, each train is due at each station, along the whole the better? Whether it is a question of possible line of the road. You see there are so many trains collision, as in a rudeness to some one of the home running both ways, every day, that the most exact circle, a quarrel with a friend, an unkind word to arrangements must be made for their passing one a servant; or of running off the track through another at the right places. If a single train be- headlong blundering, or bad preparation, or ignohind, it throws all the rest out of order. So every rance, or willfulness, we might, half the time at conductor is instructed by his time-table where to least, save ourselves from these misadventures, if wait, if another train is late, how many minutes to we took time to think, if we remembered to “wait." hold back his own train, how far he may then Perhaps a jingle which I have written may help push on, and how long he is again to wait. Mean- you to recall this good advice (for we are apt to while, the belated conductor is instructed by his forget good advice when we most require it), at time-table how to avoid danger. If he can not the moment when you find yourselves in danger. reach such a station at such a time, he must stand still, at whatever safety-point he may have reached
A NEW TIME-TABLE—“WAIT!” till the approaching train has passed him. Let but one man on the line disregard or misinterpret his WHEN you are puzzled and perplexed, instructions, and a frightful collision may follow. Leave off the worrying debate, Indeed, some of the most dreadful casualties ever And think of other things awhile; known have been caused by the pushing on of a You 'll see it clearer, if you train that should have been kept back. That is why I have selected, for the motto of our private When temper rises, hot and quick, time-table, “Wait!” It might well be written And you are vexed at friend or mate; three times over, “Wait ! wait ! wait!” If we are Watch your time-table! stop just there! angry,- wait! If we are tired, -- wait! If we are Save the collision ! Simply
" wait !” perplexed, -wait!
After all, managing ourselves is not so very Each thing in nature keeps this law, unlike managing a train. As the train must be The smallest plant abides its date, in good order,-engine, brakes, wheels, couplings, And summer's heat, and winter's flaw,
– to make time; so we must keep organs and senses And storm, and calm, their season wait." up to the mark, or drop behind. Other people who have better health, greater strength, more This is the law that rules our lot, industry, will run ahead of us, do more good, enjoy And holds the whole of human fate; life better, improve faster.
He conquers who has force to strive, Again, the greatest dangers that threaten trains And equal patience has — to "wait.”
VACATION-SCHOOLS IN BOSTON.
BY EDWARD E. HALE.
“ It is beastly!” said John Dowd.
by the elders, and is something which they ought “What is beastly?” said Oliver, and he looked not to propose, and ought not to encourage. Cerover John's shoulder at the Boston Transcript, tainly it should not be encouraged by the young which he was reading.
people." John showed him the paragraph.
“I do not know any young people who do more “I have not read it,” he said, pretending to to encourage it,” replied the Judge. “I should shudder. “Take the paper and read it if you never have sent my fifty dollars, if I had not seen can. It is an account of a Vacation - School.
to how much purpose you use your vacation. It Fancy! a vacation - school ! We shall have a is clear that Waterville life is the best thing for man here to-morrow selling sour sugar. Then you, and you may thank the city fathers, and the they will make you play tennis with a square ball. school committees for gradually lengthening the I beg your pardon, Miss Holder, I should have summer vacation for you. Have they found out, said a 'cubical ball.' I beg your pardon, Mr. Hal- perhaps, that schola once meant leisure? Fathers sted, I should have said the man will sell .acid and mothers are willing to agree that it is wise to hydrate of carbon, C12 H11 077.777.""
take you from your lessons, and they find out at the They all were sitting on the southeast piazza, end of the summer that you go back to your books at Waterville, in the very heart of the White with pluck, and even the studies come out fresher Mountains.
after the summer's idleness. I am sure you have Miss Holder was just the nicest, jolliest, prettiest been learning the ways of birds and beasts, and schoolmistress, who ever led a party of rollicking all growing things. Tom has shot his quawk, boys and girls up to Greeley's · Pond, and John and learned how to stuff it, and where to place liked to twit her.
it in the heron tribe, and Sally has amazed me He was pleased with his fancy, and when the with her microscope. I should never else have Rev. Dr. Ewing and Judge Thoulet came up, he known how that lovely fern manages with its cried out:
spores. Are not half of you at this moment writ“Judge Thoulet, they propose to have a bench ing to St. NicHOLAS your notes for the Agassiz of unjust judges in Boston ; Dr. Ewing, they are Association? going to appoint some profane clergymen. You “Now, please stop a minute to think of the will find all about it in the Transcript. They thousand and more children that you have left begin with vacation-schools."
behind in the city streets, who have no chance to The gentlemen were amused by his wrath, and run on the beach or in the fields, who have seen even the ladies turned a minute from their crochet no flowers except those the Flower Mission brings counting. Judge Thoulet would not so much as them, who do not know that a cow is larger than look at the paper.
her picture in their primers, – because they never “I know all about it,” said he. “That letter saw a cow, except in those primers, now hated and you mailed for me yesterday, at Bear Mountain, left behind by you !” contained my check for fifty dollars for the ‘Indus- So much for John Dowd and Judge Thoulet. trial Vacation-School!'” John groaned.
It was a public school teacher, Miss Very, who "Industrial !” he cried, “that is one grade first appreciated this need of stay-at-home children. worse !”
She was one of the many teachers to whom the “Why,” said the Judge laughing, “I know no city children owe so much, a teacher to whom a one who has been more industrious than you, in vacation is as great a boon as to the idlest or hardthe building of the ' Fire-fly,' else dear Miss Hol- est-worked schoolboy or schoolgirl of you all. der could never have presided at the launching.” She too, might have gone into the country to
“My dear sir," said the boy, we will not quar- find a shady place to rest in, under an applerel about names. — But, yes, we will! Vacation tree, perhaps, with a novel in her hand. But, means not going to school. It means freedom to instead, she set herself to planning something do as you please, to walk or ride or shoot or swim, for the children of Boston who are cooped up in but to have a good time. The idea of going to the narrow streets. They have not even an airy school in vacation is a fraud and a snare, instituted school-room to go to of a hot summer day, nothing
but a close attic, or a sunny sidewalk, for their it is of far more consequence than any technical summer mornings and afternoons, glad even to system pursued. stay out in the narrow streets, full of smells and Strangers who visit our public schools are noises, through the hot evenings, rather than to go puzzled to know where we keep the children of to the crowded rooms of their homes.
the very poorest families.” They do not recogTheir teachers know well what their “homes" nize them in the rows of neat-looking boys and are, and they know, as Miss Very knew, that in girls before them, and are unwilling to believe comparison with them, the schoolroom is an airy that the children sitting there, with white aprons, palace. She, as well as the other teachers of and nice shoes and stockings, and clean faces and
Boston, have long been conscious of the influ- hands, have come from the most squalid parts ence for good which they are spreading from the of Boston, from “homes” that do not deserve the schoolroom.
But their teachers, knowing all about Most people do not appreciate the moral work these homes, have been daily teaching them the done by the teachers in the school term, quite self-respect that comes from cleanliness and neatapart from any work in books and lessons. The ness. They are even ready to supply the shoes
course of study" is changed from year to year, and stockings and clean aprons which the little and we hope it is improving, because, gradually, waifs need that they may come to school. The more attention is given to the kind of instruction truant-officer, whose name is a fear and a dread to needed by the children. But, after all, it is their the idle boy who shirks his school, is in reality a daily intercourse with refined and conscientious kind friend to the poorer boys, who form the teachers which really educates the children, and greater number of the daily “ truants.” He has
takes in each one of them gives them hopefulness such as they had not known of before. No wonder that the schoolroom is so pleasant a place that they are willing to flock to it, even in the weeks when most boys and girls are enjoying vacation.
Indeed, some of you more “pampered” children, weary with a round of lawn tennis and evening “hops," at a gay seaside resort, might not object to the entertainment afforded by such a schoolroom as is described in this account of the Tennyson Street Vacation-School in Boston :
“In one room are the younger children. Some of them string large beads, learning by this work, or amusement rather, lessons in color, in arrangement, and in counting. Others make worsted cords, and others paint the outline pictures in books prepared for that purpose. One of them is called, “Painting-Book Steps to Art,' after Kate Greenaway. Another is Painting-Book, Young Artist.' The children have colored crayons, and are, of course, delighted with their occupation, while the teacher gives them all needed advice and criticism about the
color and delihis closet full of boots and shoes, contributed by cacy of the friends, and thus he is ready to supply them to foliage and those who would really stay away for want of them. Most of the “truants” are those who stay away, not because they don't wish to go to school, but because they can't go.
You boys and girls who have so inany playthings at home that you do not have time to give them each a turn, are very likely to grudge the hours you have to spend at school, and perhaps you consider the teacher a tyrant, who is in league with your obdurate parents to rob you of time from your games and amusements. But these boys and girls have not any games and amusements to leave, and their parents are really so
ROOM, THE GIRLS
WERE EMBROIDERING." "obdurate” that, in comparison, the teacher seems
flowers, and about the indeed the genial and kind
clothes of the figures, which friend that she is. She
they are trying to represent. gives them a pleasant greeting every day, such as All this is simple and looks like mere play, but it is they never meet elsewhere, and the interest she the sowing of good seeds, and no one can say how
much it will add to the neatness and orderliness of in Boston, advertised for young lady volunteers to these children when they grow up,- how much it assist in a summer school for the benefit of the will help them to refinement of taste and manners. poor children in his parish. The school was to be
“In another room the girls were embroidering, doing the whole work themselves. Some were making designs from nature,- sketching from a spray of woodbine, from a fuchsia, a fern, or other plants; some were stamping their own patterns, and others working them in white or in colors, on towels, tidies, table-covers, and other useful things. This is charming work for girls, and the progress they make is astonishing. Still another class was busy with dolls' clothing, toy beds and tables, and various kinds of knitting.
“An advanced class has been added to the kitchen garden. The little kitchen gardeners work with playthings, that is, with furniture fit for a baby-house, although their lessons may be applied in a house of any size ; but the advanced class at this Vacation - School learn the duties of a waiter by practice at a fully served table, well set with suitable china, glass, and damask.
“All this is good and pleasant and useful; it helps the young people who must stay in the city held in the chapel on Cortes Street, and Mr. through the long, hot summer; it gives them Franks's plan was to divide the work between much that interests them; it makes them happy, several young ladies, two serving each week. This and teaches them a hundred things which they advertisement met the eye of Miss Very, among would learn in no other way,—not only occupation others, then a teacher in the Hillside Grammar for their hands, skill in needle-work, but neatness, School for girls, at Jamaica Plain. Miss Very was accuracy, promptness, how to work together with- young, enthusiastic, and a genuine lover of chilout interfering with each other, mutual respect for dren, especially interested in the poorer classes. individual rights, and courtesy of speech and She volunteered at once, and prepared to enter manner.”
upon her labors. But Mr. Franks was called away Eight or ten years ago, the Rev. Mr. Franks, to Europe before the time came for opening the minister of the Church of the Good Shepherd, school; so his plan fell through. But the idea of