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     ----------     Messenger - 1909 January - Page [1]

     ----------     TH E MESSENGER  Let us have faith that right makes
might and in that faith, let us to the end, dare  to do our duty as we
uuderstand it.—A. LINCOLK.  SCHOOL PAPER OF THE  BELLINGHAM STATE
NORMAL SCHOOL  BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON  S. B. Irish   Co., PrintingQ^^^^t0
13" Railroad Avenue  ROY GOODELL,  FRANK UMBARGER, -  MARY DEWAR,  GRACE
ALLEN, -  MARGARET BRYANT,  CARL STORLIE, \  VIOLA VAN CUREN, J  RUBY
MARSTON,  MESSENGER STAFF  - Editor ISABEL WILLIAMS, ")  Associate LILLIAN
CARLETON, i _ Local  Literary MAY DOLSON, ! Editors  Literary MISS SCHOTT,
J  Exchange HERMAN F. SMITH, - Business Mgr.  WINIFRED MAW, Asst. Business
Mgr.  Athletics B E L L E CREWS, - - Art Editor  Alumni  TERMS—FIFTY
CENTS A YEAR  Entered December 21, 1902, at Bellingham, Washington, as
second-class  matter, under act of Congress of March 3, 1879.  Vol. VIII.
January, 1909 No. 4  The Messenger staff wish you, one and all, a Merry 
Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Have you seen the "Messenger Clothesline"
in the  Library? Read the Exchanges.  If you want to read something good,
turn to Mr. Ro-mine's  article on Bermuda.  The following motto comes to us
from Dr. Padel-ford  of the University: "To make my students sane,
vig­orous,  and sensitive, through a balanced training of the 
intellectual, the ethical, and the aesthetic life; always

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     ----------     2 THE MESSENGER  working with reference to the
individual, that he may be  wise, humane, and gentle; such is my ideal as
an English  teacher." The spirit and thought is beautiful and helpful  and
may become a part of our creed no matter what line of  teaching we may take
up.  From Mr. G. Allison, of Tacoma, our former Editor.—  "Mr. Foster
writes me that the school is in a prosperous  condition, and judging from
the Messenger it seems to  be true. It does me good to see the students
taking an  active interest in the life of the school. After all, I
some­times  think that it is the school atmosphere which
deter­mines  to a greater extent than we think the real benefits.  I
know that my work in the various activities of the  school gave me as much
working power as my class work  gave."  What we need in our student body is
co-operation, a  means by which all things survive or develop—a means
to  an ultimate end. For such co-operation we must have  boosters, not
knockers; workers, not idlers; strong fight­ers,  and not quitters.
Every member must be as a cog  in a wheel, always ready for duty, and never
ready to  shirk. Be at assembly societies, at the lecture course
num­bers,  and on athletic field, to show your loyalty and
appre­ciation  of character building ideals. If we have lost by a 
decision or by score, don't think we have lost all, for to  those who know
how to take defeat it is oftentimes the  noble victory. Is not this our
standard and aim? Do we  not feel the necessity of working together ? Let
us make  our life the school's.  Two more things would put us on college
standings  in the athletic sphere—a tennis court and a baseball
dia­mond.  Tennis playing especially is a most scientific and 
beneficial sport for both men and women. Some mention  has been made of a
court, but nothing definite as yet has  been done, so lets get together and
work for this court.  We want a good one, one that can be used rain or
shine.  Get to work on the matter, students—boost, boost, boost,  is
our motto.  It is only when an institution is brought to a
realiza­tion  of its power that it is useful. The Bellingham Normal 
is no exception to this rule, as is evident by the different  things which
it has successfully promoted. There is still

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     ----------     THE MESSENGER 3  one activity, common to college life,
which might now  successfully be taken up—that of an orchestra. Of
the  material right in our midst we could form an orchestra  such as any
school in the land might well be proud of;  every day some one is found who
can play well on the  violin, guitar, cornet, trombone, or snaredrum. All
that  is necessary is to assemble these persons together three  or four
times a week for an hour's practice. Not only  would this talent be
developed, but it would be quite an  addition to our assembly by giving it
a smack of culture  that can be procured in no other way. Fifteen or twenty
 years hence when this institution has climbed in the scale  of fame and
efficiency equal to that of any other school  in our land, who would not be
PROUD to say, " I assisted  in organizing the orchestra in the Bellingham
Normal."  STATEMENT OP ASSOCIATION FINANCES.  The finances of the Students'
Association are far bet­ter  than was anticipated. The stock of the
supply room  purchased to date amounts to $1,297.46 cost, and in spite  of
the low prices charged for it, the earnings already  amount to $187.36 over
and above all expenses. The total  expense of operating the supply room
thus far has been  only $75.53.  The following statement is taken from the
books of  the supply room, December 23, 1908:  Assets.  Owed by general
fund $ 12.05  Students' accounts 2.95  Messenger 4.40  Inventory of stock
at cost, Dec. 23 386.38  Cash 15.68  Balance in bank 42.66  $464.12 
Liabilities.  Accounts not due until goods are sold $197.84  30-day
accounts 78.92  Profits 187.36  $464.12  The financial management of the
Messenger is most  efficient. Mr. Herman Smith, business manager, has se-

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     ----------     4 TEE MESSENGER  cured in advertising and subscriptions
a monthly revenue  of about $110.00 as against not to exceed $75.00 last
year.  As a result of this and the advantageous cnotract of this  year, the
Messenger is much larger and more attractive  than last year's, and yields
a monthly profit of about $25.  The general fund is also in splendid
condition. There  was $306.65 from student fees in this fund at the opening
 of school. Football used, above receipts, about $150.80,  and expenditure
more than justified by results. About  $50.00 was spent in paying last
year's bills and incidental  expenses, leaving but $100.00. But the
football game  Thanksgiving day, which made up $44, and the Faculty- 
Normal Boys' game, have left a total in the general fund  of $141.66. The
receipts from entertainments and basket­ball  games will undoubtedly
restore this fund to the condi­tion  it was in at the beginning of the
season.  JAMES O'SULLrVAN.  FUTURITY.  Closed, is the silent tomb of the
past;  The stone can ne'er be rolled away.  Open, is the gate of the future
 By the fair New Year today.  Ah! well for us, as the ages roll,  That
there is a Hand, strong, sublime,  That marks the path to our destiny  In
our onward course, through space and time.  Then though the world is tired
and old  Let the heart be fresh and young  And bright, with glorious hopes,
 For the year that is just begun.  —Goldie Wreston Brown.  LITERARY. 
A Seven Weeks' Sojourn In Bermuda.  "Father Neptune one day to Dame Freedom
did say,  'If ever I live upon dry land,  The spot I should hit on would be
little Britain.'  Says Freedom, 'Why, that's my own island:  O. 'tis a snug
little island,  A right little, tight little island!

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     ----------     THE MESSENGER 5  Search the world round, none can be
found  So happy as this little island.' "  The above sentiment expressing
the poet's approval  of Britain might apply with equal propriety to
Bermuda.  It would hardly be possible in the compass of this  article to
give more than an impressionistic sketch of Ber­muda.  While having
the latitude of middle George and  Alabama, the beautiful little
archipelago has a decided  sub-tropical climate, and its vegetation in many
forms is  tropical. To one who has not been privileged before to  see a
southern clime with all that it connotes in story and  in song, in the
grace and hospitality of its people, and in  the color and beauty of its
landscape, Bermuda holds a  peculiar enchantment.  The Bermudians have a
happy way of saying to the  sojourner that when the great Architect created
the world,  he built the last and therefore the best part of it in the 
form and reality of Bermuda. And those leisurely and ac­complished 
people seem to live as if they believe their  happy statement. Crime is
infrequent, the poverty that  bites is only occasional, and the maddening
strife for com­mercial  and social supremacy for the selfish eminence
of  the individual is not worth the game.  Bermuda has the contour of an
open gauntlet in  profile with the thumb view clearly in definition. Its
area  is 191/! square miles. The nearest land is Cape Hatteras.  From New
York harbor to her only dock for deep-draught  liners is 704 nautical miles
or 44 hours' sail, and after  many varying graduate to post-graduate
degrees in  gastronomic feats, the sight of Bermuda to the voyager is  like
a medicine bearing a picture of paradise upon its  label. The population of
Bermuda is roughly 18,000 peo­ple,  two-thirds of whom are negroes.
"When the New York  steamer slows up to Hamilton dock the passengers aboard
 note Sambos and Dinahs with visages gaping as if em­ployed  for
dentifrice establishments lined up galore to  welcome the good ship's safe
arrival. Though the negro  outnumbers the white man two to one, and though
there  is no discriminatory statute against, he understands that  Bermuda
is a white man's government. The two races get  along on terms of harmony,
and Sambo is rapidly substi-tuting-  the Gillette safety for the
old-fashioned long blade  razor.  The Bermndans are good politicians in the
best sense  of the term. They are quite alert as to the political  affairs
of their countrv, and yet there is little or no align-

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     ----------     6 TEE MESSENGER  ment into parties. A year ago,
however, the little island  empire was shaken from her rocky ribs to her
ridge pole  by a question of mighty import. There was automobile  and
non-automobile segregation of Bermuda's law givers.  The NON won by a bare
majority vote of one, and as a  result no skunk-wagons profane the
beautiful, but narrow  serpentine roadways of Bermuda.  Bermuda is really a
collective name, for there are said  to be 365 islands—one for each
day in the year—according  to the last census. The little group is of
interest to the  student of physical geography. It is low-lying fringed by 
reefs that bode ill to the innocent mariner. If the whole  area to the
margin of the reefs should be elevated some  200 or 300 feet, there would
be a little continent approxi­mately  230 instead of the present 1 9 ^
square miles of ex­tent.  The geology is all limestone of aeolian
accumula­tion.  This rock enters into all the structures of Bermuda 
residences, shops, public edifices, fortifications, etc., and  the effect
is quite pleasing to the eye. The Bermuda homes  are creations of simple,
yet chaste, elegant designs.  There is no running fresh water of any kind
in Ber­muda.  The water for drinking, cooking and cleansing is  rain
water. By means of carefully whitewashed expanses  of surface lime rock
serving as a catch-all the rain is led  to cisterns and reservoirs not
always too carefully guarded  for he. the most deceptive of all singers,
monsieur mos-auito  propagates prolfically in these artificial wells, and 
by night he shrills a pesty lay into the ear of him who  explores for that
"sweet sleep that knits up the ravelled  sleeve of care."  The vegetal and
animal life of Bermuda teems in  luxuriance. The oleander is in flower from
early spring  to December. The royal poinciana, the poinsettia, the 
tamarind, palmetto, palms of many species, huge century  plants, the
plantation, the banana and many others are in  striking evidence on every
hand. And these generic re­lations,  the very antitheses in aroma, the
lily and the  onion, the latter hygienic talisman of Sambo, should not  be
omitted from the floral lists. And as if to give a solace  akin to northern
climes, the Bermuda cedar clothes the  low Iviug hills with nature's ever
restful green.  The animal life, barring some beautifully plumaeed  birds,
is restricted to the reefs which, abounding with  corals that rival the
beauty of the rose, and waving sea-fans  and sea-plumes, look like
veritable sea-gardens. So  rich and beautifully blended are the colors of
the fishes

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     ----------     THE MESSENGER 7  that it would seem as if they have
done naught else in life  but to make millinery of the rainbow.  The hues
of the water and the tints of the sky are  the artist's Eden. They charm by
this soft, gentle blend­ing,  and variety of effect, yet in
gergoousness and strik­ing  grandeur the cloud effects at sunset do
not equal  those of Puget Sound. A. P. R.  ABOUT OURSELVES.  A recently
received list of questions prepared by the  United States Commissioner of
Education, Mr. E. E.  Brown, was submitted to me and presented to the
school  at the Monday morning assembly, December 7, as the  students
present on that occasion will recall. A total of  283 usable reports was
obtained and it has occurred to  me that the readers of The Messenger may
be interested  in reading the summaries. The questions covered two
sub­jects,  age and teaching experience, and the results are as 
follows:  Fifteen years of age or less, 5; sixteen years, 18;  seventeen
years, 30; eighteen years, 42; nineteen yars, 50;  twenty years, 29;
twenty-one years, 28; twenty-two years,  24; twenty-three years, 13;
twenty-four years, 7; twenty-five  years or above, 27.  The teaching
experience was reported as below:  lo. With 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year  Year
Reporting Experience Experience Experience Experience  First 38 4 2 2 0 
Second 47 7 4 2 1  Third 27 5 1 3 1  Fourth 11 4 1 I 2  Junior i n 30 14 6
10  Senior 49 21 5 6 10  Totals 283 71 27 20 24  This table shows that
almost exactly three-fourths of  our students enter the Normal without
teaching ex­perience.  Another list of questions was submitted to
twenty-five  students of the First Year class, with the following
re­sults  :  Fathers are professional men 2  Fathers operate farms
worth over $5,000. 11  Fathers operate farms worth under $5,000 5  Fathers
make annually over $2,000 from manufactur-

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     ----------     8 TEE MESSENGER  iiig, trade, office work 0  Fathers
make annually $1,000 to $2,000 from manufac­turing,  trade, etc 1 
Fathers are skilled laborers, making $750 or over 1  Fathers are unskilled
laborers 2  Fathers are dead 3  Numbers of the twenty-five students who
engaged in  gainful employment or assist in home work while attend­ing
 school:  Four hours or more per week 15  From 5 to 9 hours per week 2 
From 10 to 14 hours per week 5  From 15 to 19 hours per week 2  From 20 to
24 hours per week 0  More than 25 hours per week. 2  CHRISTMAS AT THE
NIGHTHAWK MINE.  Christmas day at the Mine had always passed just like  any
other day until one eventful time of which I shall tell  you. The Nighthawk
is in an isolated region far back in  the Cascade mountains, where the
winters are long and  severe. The snow is often six or eight feet deep and
com­munication  with the outside world almost impossible.  Clustered
about the mine are a few cabins, some bunk  houses, a store and a saloon.
The rough miners lived  base, degraded lives. After the day's work was
ended  they would congregate in Big Dan's saloon and make the  night
hideous with drinking, gambling, and fighting. But  few women lived in the
camp. Only one family, the  O'Neals, ever observed Christmas. They had a
pretty  little erirl with blue eyes and golden hair, and for her each  year
they had had a tree.  The summer preceding the winter of which I write, 
Mr. O'Neal had been killed by an explosion in the mine,  and ever since
Mrs. O'Neal had been struggling bravely to  keep the wolf away from their
door, but Christmas eve  found them face to face with starvation. She
explained  to little Donna that they had nothing more to eat, and no  wood,
so she must not expect a Christmas tree that year.  The dull aching of her
heart was almost unbearable when  she saw the look of disappointment on
Donna's face. Pres­ently  the child looked up and said, "Mamma, if I
ask  Jesus won't he give us something to eat and some wood to  make a fire?
I am going to ask him anyway," and she

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     ----------     THE MESSENGER 9  slipped down from her mother's lap,
where she was sit­ting,  and went out of the door and into the empty
wood­shed.  "Scotty" McFarland, one of the miners, was slouch­ing
 past the 0 'Neal cabin, and thinking he heard some one  speak, paused to
listen. A child's voice lifted in prayer;  she asked in childish faith for
the necessities of life, and  then she added, "Dear Jesus, I do want a
little Christmas  tree." The softer nature of the man was awakened and 
blinding tears sprung to his eyes. He hurried on to the  gathering at Big
Dan's and told them what he had just  heard. "Fellows," he said, " I ain't
goin' much on these  here Christmas doin's, and I aint any betterin' the
rest o'  ye, but that kid's gotter hev a tree—pass round the hat." 
The miners responded with their usual generosity and  one five-dollar piece
after another went into the hat to  keep company with those already there. 
The next morning little Donna went to the door.  What could it mean,
scattered all about was wood, sacks  of flour and innumerable parcels and
in their midst stood  a little fir tree decorated with ribbons and bright
paper.  Unspeakable, unutterable joy filled the hearts of mother  and
child, but this was not all, a little sack hanging on the  tree was found
to contain gold coins. The child's prayer  had indeed been
answered—Christmas had come to the  Nighthawk Mine.  0. A.  A
Second-Year Student.  JIMMIE'S CHRISTMAS.  It was Christmas eve—an
ideal Christmas eve! Snow  was falling softly, flecking the pedestrians
with its large  white flakes. The street lamps were but obscure stars.  The
hour was seven and the streets of Chicago were  crowded with happy people
on their way to the churches,  which, with very few exceptions, were
brilliantly lighted  for the services. Street cars were crowded and many
car­riages  conveyed their share of the people. Everyone  seemed happy
and glad that it was Christmas time.  No, not all; for wandering along the
street, scarcely  noticed by the passersby, was a little boy. His clothes 
were ragged and worn, his face thin and haggard, and his  body shivered
from the cold. By his side trotted an ugly  little dog and from time to
time the little master would

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     ----------     10 !TBfi kMSSEtiGER  stoop and caress him and whisper
something in his ear.  As they passed a brilliantly lighted church Jimmie's
face  wore a wistful look. How he wishes he could go to a  Christmas tree!
Last year mother had dressed him in  his Sunday clothes and had taken him
to the services. But  since then mother had gone to heaven and his father
had  taken Jimmie 's Sunday clothes and sold them to get money  for rum.
Now he scarcely had enough clothes to keep him  warm and many times he had
gone all day without any­thing  to eat. As he thought of his mother he
wished he  could spend Christmas with her.  On he wandered, not knowing
where to go but com­pelled  to walk to keep warm. At last a kind-faced
man  stopped him.  "Don't you want to go to a Christmas tree, little  boy?"
he asked.  "Yes, sir," answered Jimmie; "but I can't, 'cause  mamma's dead
and I hain't got no good clothes."  "There's a place four blocks from here
where they  want all little boys like you to come. "Yes," he added in 
answer to the questioning look, "those clothes will be all  right. They
want you to come."  With a new hope Jimmie hurried on. What would  there be
for him? And would there be anything for  Trip? Visions of beautiful
Christmas trees crossed his  mind.  They had reached the corner now and
Jimmie could  see the lights of the hall shining through the snow. Soon  he
would see the tree. As they crossed the street a car­riage  dashed
around the corner and Jimmie saw that Trip  was directly in its path. With
a cry he sprang forward  and caught up the dog. But he was too late. The
horses  struck him and he was thrown down beneath their feet.  Tender hands
carried the unconscious boy within the  mission. A doctor was summoned, but
to no avail. As  consciousness returned he opened his eyes and looked
in­quiringly  at the faces above him. The unhurt dog was  brought to
the pallet and Jimmie, satisfied that his pet was  safe, shut his eyes and
became very still. There was a  silence in the room, for Jimmie had gone to
spend Christ­mas  with his mother.  HABRY F. HEATH.  Noble blood is an
accident of fortune; noble actions  characterize the great.—Goldoni. 
i

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     ----------     !THJE MESSENGM ii  CHRISTMAS THOUGHTS.  It was in the
land of shades where the spirits of good  trees are assembled.  "And what
did you do on earth?" asked the Great  Voice of the stately fir.  " I
builded homes, and the great buildings of cities;  I furnished masts for
ships that sail the seas, and I made  warm fires for man's comfort," said
the fir.  " I , too," said the cedar, standing close to the fir, 
"protected man and helped him civilize the world. I kin­dled  his
fires."  " I , too," said the pine, and the oak, and the maple,  and the
birch; "we all helped him build the 'house beauti­ful.'  "  "And what
was your work?" said the Voice, as the  beautiful fruit trees brought their
offering.  "We furnished man food," said the orange, the apple,  the
walnut, and the chestnut.  Thus, in answer to the Great Voice, all the
trees of  the earth—the beech and the birch, the pine and the palm, 
the cotton wood and the banyan, from the north and the  south told of the
deeds they had done on earth.  At last came the little Christmas tree, all
decked in  silky tinzel and tinkle and pretense.  "And why are you here?"
said the Great Voice,  gravely.  " I do not know," said the little tree
lightly. "There  is nothing that I do but be happy." After a pause, "But 
when they look on me all the little children laugh and  clap their hands,
and grown people nod their heads and  smile through happy tears. Sour faces
grow loving and  sorrowful ones, happy."  Then spoke the Great Voice, and
it was heard through  all the forests of shade-land:  " I t is well to warm
man's body, but it is better to  warm his heart. It is a good deed to give
man food; but  it is blessed, indeed, to waken the soul."  I. R. B.  I can
think of no seasonable sentiment more inspiring  than the hopeful prayer
that the world of nations and of  individuals may realize more and more
fully than ever the  spirit of that first Christmas: Peace through good
will.  FRANK DEERWESTBR.

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     ----------     12 THE MESSENGEIt  We help our friends to celebrate
their birthdays in  the ways they like best. How shall we honor the Christ 
child's birthday? ERMA MISEL.  Not what we give, but what we share,  For
the gift without the giver is bare.  Who gives himself with his gift feels
three:—  Himself, his hungering neighbor, and me.  '' SIR LAUNFUL''
LOWELL.  To be happy, and to radiate my happiness for the  good pleasure of
others.  MARGARET F. BRYANT.  In this favored country Mother Nature adds
much to  the good cheer of the yule-tide festivities in bestowing so 
lavishly her wealth of holly, hemlock, fir, cedar, fern and  ivy for the
holiday decorations. In thus giving a part of  her very self she symbolizes
the real spirit of Christmas  giving. Truly at this season "the gift
without the giver  j s bare—any other gift is mere merchandise.  ROSE
BAXTER.  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good  will toward
all.—Luke 2:14.  BASKETBALL.  When the whistle blew announcing time
at the close  of the football game on Thanksgiving day, the boys of the 
Normal began the practice of basketball. Contrary to  custom they are doing
their chief practice in the evenings,  and every evening you can hear the
whistle in the Gymna­sium.  The Normal is putting out three basketball
teams.  On Friday, December 18th, the second team played  at Everson
against the first team there, the score being  12 to 9 in favor of the
Normal. The second team promises  to take care of the teams of the small
towns of this and  Skagit County.  The first team, composed of Umbarger and
Becker,  guards; Davenport, center, and Goodell and Petheran,  forewards,
promises to be a strong quintet. Games have  been scheduled with Lincoln
High, Mt. Vernon, Sedro-

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     ----------     THE MESSENGER i3  Woolley, Ellensburg Normal and
Anacortes High. The  schedule is by no means complete and a tour away is
anti­cipated.  Let us all "boost for" the team.  SOCIETY.  A number of
the enterprising students have organ­ized  a new society, which will
be known as the Normal  House of Representatives. The idea of the
organization  is to develop the power of debate and expression. It was 
thought that this unique way would present more novel  features and thus
insure more interest. All the business  will be carried on similar to that
of the National House  of Representatives. If the number is sufficient
there will  be a representative assigned for each state. Bills will be 
brought in and discussed by all who gain the recognition  of the speaker. 
The first meeting will be held in the Normal Society  Hall, in evening
January 8th, at which meeting Attorney  Foster, of the city, who has been
elected speaker, will pre­side.  The Thespian Dramatic Club
entertained the students  and faculty just before the holidays with "A
Christmas  Chime." There will be several more pleasant programs  given by
this club before the close of the term. This club  is developing some
strong talent along dramatic lines.  The Athenian Society will resume work
early in the  new year. This is the society with which many of the  new
students, who wish to do general literary work,  should ally themselves. 
The Alkisiah Club met Friday, December 11 at 2:30  o'clock in the Society
Hall. An excellent program was  rendered in the presence of a large number
of the stu­dents.  The program opened with a song meet in which  all
those present joined heartily. Miss Baker presided at  the piano.  After
several songs had been sung the subject for the  aay, "Play-ground
Organization," was taken up.  Miss Walborg Olsen gave an excellent talk on
thr-  "Conventions of the Play-ground Association." Follow­ing  this
was a very entertaining presentation of the High-

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     ----------     14 THJE MESSENGM  land Fling, by Misses Isabelle
Williams and Lucette Mc-  Kechne in illustration of one phase of play
ground in­struction.  The next number was a remarkably well given talk
 by Miss Annie Nord on the subject "Play-ground Organi­zation."  As a
closing number the play-ground work was far­ther  illustrated by a
series of very unique folk dances in  which several of the club members
took part. Miss Mat-tie  Stanton furnished the music for this number. 
After the program the guests were excused and the  members remained for a
business session.  The Alkisiah Club includes a number of the most
ear­nest  and ambitious students in school, and every member 
realizing the value of society work in school, is striving  to make the
club come up to a high standard. An excel­lent  program is rendered
every two weeks, to which all  of the students and teachers are cordially
invited.  W. G.  The Bible Institute—Y. W. C. A.  Because of the
great help derived from the Bible In­stitute  of last year, we feel
the need of another such insti­tute  this year. While as yet the plans
are not complete,  the time has been set and several of the speakers
selected.  The sessions will begin the second Thursday after
vaca­tion,  January 14th, and end the following Sunday.  Appropos of
the work being done in the Bible classes, the  thought of the Institute
will center around the life of  Christ. Miss Hillman, of the Tacoma City
Association, will  be with us in all of the meetings, and different pastors
of  our city will speak. Every member of the school, whether  a member of
the association or not, is urged to share the  benefit of this Institute. 
STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION.  True to the prophecy, merely a small fraction of
the  great throng of people seeking admittance at the doors of  the Normal
Gymnasium could be accommodated Friday  evening, December 11th, when the
much talked of and  already famous game of basketball was to be played by 
the sedate and stately men of the Bellingham State Normal  school faculty
and the boys of the student body.

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     ----------     ftHE MESSENGER i5  Those fortunate enough to gain
admittance were  obliged to restrain their eagerness for minor things came 
first on the program. An exciting game of basketball was  played by the
Juniors and Third Years, the proud and  mighty Juniors winning, but not
without a decided effort,  for their opponents were of such mettle as to
make the  skirmish for the ball a lively one.  The spectators were afforded
a rare (?) treat in the  minstrel performance. This was composed of
musically  talented members of the school, and the soul-inspiring  tones
sent forth from the various instruments caused the  nearts of the listeners
to swell with pride when they real­ized  that these performers were
fellow students.  The exhibition of strength by the world-famed
Sulli­van  would have been much enjoyed had the heavy weights  not
rolled lightly from within reach of the great man as  he was preparing to
lift them.  No less interesting was the black bear caught in the  wolds of
America by Theodore Roosevelt and trained to be  as docile as a child. The
creature showed almost human  intelligence in some of its tricks.  It was
finally announced that the long-looked-for  game was to take place, and
amid the thundering cheers  the players took their positions. As the game
progressed  the excitement waxed strong. Mr. Forest held the audi­ence
 spellbound until they decided which basket he was  playing for. Mr.
Deerwester made one basket and Mr.  Epley very nearly had the same good
fortune befall him.  Mr. O'Sullivan, as center, played with the zeal of a
true  athlete, and for a time even football speeches were for­gotten. 
The extreme nervousness displayed by Mr. Bond  caused him to lose several
baskets, but as the game ad­vanced  he grew more calm and played with
greater ease.  At the close of the game, while the echoing cheers  were
still ringing, Miss George, in behalf of the ladies of  the faculty,
addressed the generous but defeated gentle­men  in a speech of
appreciation for the loyal support they  had given the faculty colors. She
presented each with a  huge candy cane, which it is hoped will serve them
as a  support in their higher aspirations in the athletic field.  A. HOLM. 
A more glorious victory cannot be gained over an­other  man than this,
that when the injury began on his  part, the kindness should begin on
ours.—Tillotson.

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     ----------     16 THE MESSENGER  "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New
Year to each  and every Exchange. Our line is full this month and we  thank
you for remembering us. We feel that we have  reason to be proud of our
"Messenger" this year, and we  hope that each of our readers finds
something interesting.  Uncle Si is quite sick, but he joins in the holiday
greeting  and wants all to remember the true meaning of the  Christmas
Tide.  "Tempe Normal Student," you have a goodly num­ber  of.
editorials. Your paper is not very large, but you  never leave any empty
spaces. Have you read the edi­torials  of the "Normal Pannane" (San
Jose)? My! but  they are spicy. We like you "Pennant," and we thank  you
for your well wishes.  Eead "The Heroines of Scituate," in "Comus;" it is 
a most pleasing story. "Comus" prints good material on  good paper.  Why
that empty page, Students of McMinnville Col­lege?  Help your staff;
don't expect them to do all the  work. The "Spinster" cover is always
dainty. Have you  read its Thanksgiving story? It is good.  Did you receive
the "1908 Skagina" annual? You  ought to have one; it is splendid. I must
take these Ex-

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     ----------     THE MESSENGER 17  changes over to Uncle Si now, for he
does enjoy them. I  hope he will be able to write next month. Every one get
 rested while you are at home and make the home folks  glad you came.
SALLY.  Miss Mary O'Laughlin, '06, is teaching the Fifth and  Sixth grades
at Dryad, Wash.  Miss Margaret Stark and Evangeline Burns are
teach­ing  in a Sisters school in Seattle.  Miss Grace Griffiths is
teaching at Tumwater, one of  the suburbs of Olympia. .  Miss Lottie
Vercoe, sister of the proprietor of Ver-coe's  Pharmacy, of this city, died
December 1st in Cali­fornia,  where she had been taken by her parents
for her  health. Miss Vercoe fell a victim to tuberculosis, after an 
illness of less than four months. The body was brought  back to Burlington,
Skagit County, for interment.  Miss Zelma Blackburn is teaching at Hartson,
Oregon.  Miss Eanghild Thoen is teaching on R. F. D. No. 2  out from
Stanwood.  Miss Maude Whipple is teaching at Mount Vernon,  Skagit County. 
Miss Amy Harned is doing fine work in the school  at Richmond, Indiana.  A.
G. Stevson is teaching at Kelso, Washington.  Miss Frances A. Des Aulniers
is teaching this year at  Pleasant Valley.  Miss Jennie Byington is
teaching in the school at  the head of Lake Whatcom.  Henrietta Bucklin is
teaching at Seabeck.  Miss Blanche Clausmeyer, who was a Junior last year,

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     ----------     18 THE MESSENGER  is teaching the Second grade in her
home school, Castle  Rock.  Bertha Johnson, Sec, is teaching at Belleville;
Mable  Braydon, Sec, at Oakville; Grace Heaton, at Ten Mile,  near
Bellingham, and Belle Mornstock, at Toledo.  Miss Annie Keene, '04, and
Miss Sadie Lewellen, '01,  are teaching in Bellingham.  Miss Ethel Luce,
'01, is now Mrs. J. S. Yuill. Her  home is in Bellingham.  Mrs. Robert
Oakley, nee Miss Maude Woodin, resides  in this city.  Miss Clarice Witter,
of the class of 1901, is living in  Steilacoom. She is now Mrs. A. McLean. 
Miss Susie Arnett, '02, has been teaching several years  at Spokane. Her
work is very successful.  Miss Ada Pence, '07, and Miss Evva Eckerson, '02,
 are teaching in the city schools.  Miss Ellen Nickell is teaching at
Concully; Miss  Maude Plummer, near Mt. Vernon, and Miss Selma Beck-strom, 
at Startup.  Mrs. Tressa Flesher Ashby is living at Pullman,  Washington. 
Miss Effie Fish, a last year Junior girl, is teaching  near Olympia.  Mr.
D. H. Campbell is teaching in Arichat, Nova  Scotia.  Miss Mary Etienne is
teaching at D*Escousse, Nova  Scotia.  M. J. MacNeil is inspetcor of
schools at River Bour­geois,  Nova Scotia.  Miss Katie Stewart, who
was a Junior last year, is  teaching at Bow, Skagit County.  Miss Bertha
Thayer was recently married to George  Thompson. Their home will be in
Cashmere.  Miss Sadie Fasken, '08, is teaching at Cashmere.  Miss Florence
Sears. '04, is teaching at South Belling­ham.  Miss Ruth Sears is
teaching at Lynden.  Miss Olive Maxson is teaching in Dist. 58 in Cowlitz 
County.  Miss Althea Nuttall is teaching the primary grades  in the Oak
Harbor school.  Miss Anna Grasser is teaching the Clover Valley  school,
near Oak Harbor.

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     ----------     TEE MESSENGER 19  Miss Elsie Ware teaches in the
Franklin school of  this city.  Miss Maggie McKinnon will graduate from the
Nor­mal  at Ellensburg this year.  LOCAL.  Santa Claus visited the
girls of Jenkins Hall De­cember  17th, and found elaborate
preparations made for  his reception. The rooms were prettily decorated in
the  Christmas colors and bells. There was an abundance of  candy, nuts and
apples, and each received a useful gift.  The girls were pleased to
entertain Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins  with the tree and impromptu program. 
Misses Moore. Jensen, George, Gray and Baxter ex­pect  to spend their
Xmas vacation in Spokane, attending  the State Teachers' Association. Miss
Moore will read a  paper before the Music Department of the Association. 
Mrs. Dower, of Olympia, has been visiting her sister,  "Warrena Thayer,
since Thanksgiving.  Miss Bennett, of Marysville. has been visiting Mary 
Shoultes.  Loleta Risely, Hazel Lauers, and Frank Alsop have  left school. 
CALENDAR.  November 30—Monday, after Thanksgiving vacation!  December
2—Senior pins appear.  Don't cry, little Junior; don't cry,  You'll
wear a Senior pin by and by.  December 3—Corn Flake Day. Inquire of
the boys,  or J. O'S.  December 4—Junior Party. Mrs. "Wiggs
introduces  her daughters to society.  " I had a hand in it on December
3."—D. H. Smith.  December 7—Practice basketball game between
Sec­ond  Tears and Third Years. Score, 0-57.  December 8—Faculty
B. B. team holds full sway in  the gym.  December 9—Y. W. C. A. comes
to rescue of the cold

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     ----------     20 THE MESSENGER  lunch eaters.  December 10—Odds
in favor of the faculty team.  December 11—Lecture by Dr. Johannan. 
Class spirit very much in evidence in Assembly.  Elias Bondus exhorts the
student body to improve  their grand and glorious opportunity and attend
the  great faculty.  B. B. game.  The Alkisiah Club presented a program in
Society  Hall. Good time enjoyed by all.  December 14—"I had a hand
in it, December 3."  —Morris.  December 15—Mr.
Epley—"School clases Friday, De­cember  18. That means Friday." 
December 16—The mighty Seniors make candy for  the little tots. 
December 17—Thespian Club presented a pleasing  Christmas play. 
Alkisiah flowei :\nd candy sale.  December 18—Christmas tree! Curling
irons, guns,  dolls, stoves, rachets. whips, horns, razors, every thing for
 the faculty and the rest of the children to play with.  Did you see
Smith's doll?  Everybody happy, 'cause it's Christmas.  A BIRTHDAY PARTY. 
Each young lady, belonging to the Y. W. C. A., who  was fortunate enough to
have had a birthday since Sep­tember,  was pleasantly surprised by
receiving an invita­tion  to a birthday party in the association
parlors on  Friday afternoon. An hour was spent in playing birthday  games,
and when the birthday cake was brought in each  crirl succeeded in blowinsr
out her candle. Each guest was  given a souvenir birthday card containing
her birth-stone—  and an appropriate verse. A GUEST.  The Lunch
Counter.  Hurrah! At last the lunch counter under the auspices  of the Y.
"W. C. A. girls, has been opened and a most suc­cessful  beginning
made. It is in charge of Miss Moy  and her able assistants. Enough praise
cannot be given  these expert cooks. The dishes they serve are "fit for a 
king;" just think—tomato soup, baked beans and brown

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     ----------     THE MESSENGER 21  bread, apple pie and biscuits just
like mother makes, and  coffee with cream sent daily from father's farm. 
To get an idea of their success one has only to see the  crowd of
hungry-looking students that flock around the  counter; then to see the
satisfied expressions when they  have finished. A PATRON.  ASSEMBLY ON
FRIDAY MORNINGS.  On Friday, December 4th, Mr. J. W. Clark, who was  to
address the students, was unable to be present. The  ever- ready Mr.
0'Sullivan filled the gap and gave a talk  which might have had for its
subject, "First One Thing  and Then Another in Politics." In spite of the
fact that  Mr. 0'Sullivan had no time to prepare, his review of
cur­rent  events was very instructive.  On December 11th Mr. Bond
delivered an inspired  oration on the subject of "What the Faculty Are
Doing  and What They Intend to Do." He informed the students  in the most
eloquent language that a selected faculty team  had consented to appear on
the gymnasium floor to show  the merits and demerits of the great game of
basketball.  In following sentences filled with flowery words he
eulo­gized  the members of the faculty "five" and exhorted  the
students to attend the game. The other feature of  the program was an
allustrated lecture on "Persia," by  Dr. Johannan, a native Persian. The
lecturer kept the  audience laughing most of the time, but his talk was too
 personal. Parts of it were overdone, and beyond having a  good laugh, the
students were for the most part dis­appointed.  On Friday, December
18th, occurred the annual Nor­mal  and Training School Christmas Tree.
After a short  musical program Santa Claus appeared and helped
dis­tribute  the presents, which were found on the beautifully 
decorated tree. The Normal and the Training School ex­changed  gifts,
as they have done in previous years.  H. F. H.  Thursday. December 17th,
the Alkisiah Club had a  sale of blooming bulbs and candy. The flowers sold
rap­idly  ; in fact, nearly all were engaged before the time set  for
the sale. The venture was new, but was so very sue-

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     ----------     22 THE MESSENGER  cessful that the club members are
planning to make such a  sale an annual feature.  A large quantity of first
class candy was contributed  by the members, and it found a ready sale
among the  hungry students during the lunch hour.  The contest between the
three Normals will be held  at our own school this year—probably some
time in the  latter part of March. Students, let us make this meeting  one
of the great events in the history of the B. N. S.  First and foremost, we
must give our guests a royal wel­come  and a good time, and send them
home with none but  words of praise for our hospitality and school spirit. 
The Junior party, Friday night, December 4th, was  a great success. Each
member of the class came repre­senting,  either by actions or dress,
some well known book.  Mrs. Wiggs was there in all the glory of one who is 
conscious of having just completed an elaborate toilette—  hair
arranged in the latest style, freshly ironed calico  dress, and new
second-hand shoes (with only one hole in  the sole which didn't show). Her
children, Asia. Euro-pena  and Australia, also came to see and enjoy the
won­ders  of a party given by the Juniors of the Bellingham  Normal. 
The first part of the evening was spent in a guess­ing  contest, Alice
Tigie receiving the prize, a souvenir  book, having guessed forty-seven
books represented by  as many persons out of the some seventy Juniors
present.  Then followed a short programme, after which all  were served to
cocoa and cake. Mr. Beal, as toastmaster,  called on Mr. Deerwester to
speak, who responded with  a short but spicy speech which might have been
somewhat  longer had not Miss Sperry given a timely warning that  he must
not steal ALL of HER speech. Being a gentle­man  of peace he
immediately took his seat amid the  hearty applause of all present.  Miss
Sperry was next called upon, and gave us a  very interesting talk,
remarking (as is usually the case  whenever the Juniors are concerned) that
she was pleased  to see such a high standard of learning as was displayed 
tonight, for she had not read or even heard of nearly all  the books
represented.  The President and Secretary next gave short speeches

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     ----------     THE MESSENGER 23  expressing their appreciation of the
evening's entertain­ment.  As the Treasurer had wisely made herself
scarce  she was not called upon to give a toast.  A LONE DWELLER.  Slower
and slower we wound our way up the moun­tain  trail. Our packs were
growing heavier and we were  impatient to be rid of them. No suitable place
for camp  had yet appeared, and since the nights were cold we would  be
uncomfortable indeed unless some friendly roof offered  its shelter. 
Suddenly, as unexpected as an apparition, there stood  before us in the
trail a man, apparently a miner. He was  as startled as we were, but
quickly recovering from his  surprise, he asked us about our journey. Upon
learning  that we were shelterless he insisted on our going to his  house
and spending the night there. We needed no second  bidding, but fell in
behind our guide. He led the way  with long swinging strides. We were glad
when we  reached his cabin on the mountain side. We entered and  threw down
our packs. The cabin was a roomy one of  cedar logs. It had one peculiarity
which we could not at  first understand. Two rows of heavy posts reached to
 the roof where they were fastened to huge rafters. These,  we learned,
were a support to the roof during the heavy  snows. They were warped and
twisted from the weight  they had borne.  Meanwhile our host was busy
getting the meal. The  savory odors of ham and coffee were very welcome, as
our  fare for days had been the simplest. A feeling had been  growing on
me, ever since we had submitted to his guid­ance,  that our new friend
had a remarkable personality.  His face and figure were very impressive.
His eyes were  most noticeable. They protended from their sockets in  the
effort to see through and beyond you, for they did  not seem to stop at the
physical, but to stare on into the  distance. They had the look of one who
was not familiar  with human society, closely resembling the eyes of the 
wild animal. His hair was slightly gray. The features  of his face were
regular and strong. His shoulder were  broad and he towered up above the
usual height. Tre­mendous  strength and agility were written all over
the  man. His personal characteristics were well set off by a

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     ----------     24 THE MESSENGER  plainness in dress which was, of
course, necessary in his  walk of life. A suit of brown khaki, high topped
boots  and a fur cap constituted his every day wardrobe. I won­dered 
again and again what manner of man he was. He  spoke little, though we felt
that he was enjoying our stay  as mluch as we were. After we had spread our
blankets  in one corner and retired for the night I noticed that our  host
had left the cabin. He had been absent for some  time when I rose softly,
went to the door and looked out.  It was a brilliant moonlight night and
everything on the  bare mountain sides stood out as plainly as by day. A 
few yards away, on a projecting rock, sat our host. He  was apparently
enthralled by the magnificent display  nature had made when these jagged
mountains were piled  together. As I watched him there gradually entered my
 consciousness the reason why he lived in this wild in­human  fashion.
He was a lover or rather worshipper of  nature. Here the faithful child of
nature watched year  in and year out. If one could understand the wild call
 of the place some little indulgence would be granted him.  I seemed to see
the seasons come and go. When the white  night would be changed, when the
whirling mist should  come over the pass in great valley-filling masses and
down  the great ravine on the left would come the wildly driven  wind from
the north to catch this mist and swirl it fero­ciously  around till it
crystallized into snow which would  fall and cover the earth even to the
tree tops.  I do not know how long the hermit remained at the  watch, but
in the morning he rose early and set us on our  way. Not content with this
much hospitality, he guided  us to the summit of the pass and bid us
godspeed down the  mountain. "We had gone some distance when, coming out 
on a sort of promontory, we looked back. Our strange en­tertainer  was
standing with feet spread wide apart and  eyes on the distant fields of
jagged, spiked mountain tops,  which stretched away so far as eye could
reach. And,  thus, we left him.  NOAH DAVENPORT.  JOSHES.  Seen on the
Bulletin Board.  Lost—My Psychological Development.  Wanted at
once—Three chicken catchers. Apply room  30.

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     ----------     I  !tHfi ME8SEtfGEH 25  Is it possible for a "plumb" to
thrive when the "gar­dener"  has gone into the coffee business? 
Herman Smith wants a cook.  Mr. Stone (German)—This is the third time
today  that you failed to answer.  Mr. D—t—Give me some time
for consideration, Mr.  Stone. _ - _-v lt;  Mr. S.—Certainly, Mr. D.,
do you think two semes­ters  will be enough.  Miss C.—Life would
be awfully funny without any  pleasure. w . . . ^ ^ ^ ^ m  Prof.
D.—No, it would not be funny at all.  Miss Moore—I should like
to give this ((Christmas  song), but it will be impossible to make it
effective un­less  then young men sit by themselves.  Miss
K.—Mr. Epley, can I close the door?  Mr. E.—Why, I suppose so
if you push hard enough.  Mr. Epley (calling roll)—Speak up lively or
you'll  have to call on Lady Grey.  At the Faculty B. B. Practice.  Miss
Abild, surrounded by a tall Forrest, made a  very artistic picture.  Miss
George (Observ. Class)—Mr. Deerwester, you  needn't go, we will be
out of here in just a minute.  Mr. D.—So will I.  Teacher—"What
three words are heard oftenest in  the Senior class:  Pupil—I don't
know.  Teacher—Correct. —Ex.  Mr. E.—Elna, where were you
this afternoon?  Elna—Why, I was taking a Knap (nap).  Mr. Deerwester
(speaking of mechanical schools)—  There was a growing decrease in
that class of schools.

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     ----------     }  26 THE MESSENGER  Comparison of Adjectives? 
Ill—sick—dead.  Die—dead—buried.  F—ierce
lessons.  L—ate hours.  U—unexpected company.  N—othing
prepared.  K—nocked understanding.  —Ex.  Prof. Forest—I
don't know how true it is, but it was  told to me by an Indian from "down
below."  Wouldn't the Normal Seem Strange  If Kitty didn't talk|  If Miss
George used her Xmas present.  If C. A. talked to the girls.  If nobody
flunked in Eng. Grammar.  If there was no one on hand to eat the things
made in  room 1.  If the training school "kids" behaved.  If Mr. Stone's
red ink gave out.  Small dog  Railroad track  Toot—toot  Sausage. 
Mr. Forrest (in Methods Class)—Bee to the front in  everything. Study
and use all the new methods. The  only time you. don't want to ride in the
front wagon is  when you are at a funeral."  Training school pupil writing
an invitation to Friday  morning Christmas exercise: " I write asking your
pres­ents  at our Christmas exercises on Friday morning.  Charlie
looked at  Oh the pretty Miss  He drew a little nearer,  Then gently stole
a—Way.  Enthusiasm is the height of man; it is the passing  from the
human to the divine.—Emerson.PPPPP