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LITERARY.  ALICE FREEMAN PALMER.  (By George Herbert Palmer.)  So fares she
forth with smiling Godward face;  Nor should we grieve, but give eternal
thanks—  Save that we mortals are, and needs must mourn.  Alice
Elvira Freeman was born February 21, 1850, in Coles-ville,  New York. She
came to be one of the most remarkable wo­men  in the United States. 
The influence of her childhood were the country life, narrow  means,
obscurity and her father's change of occupation.  While she was still a
child, her father spent two years at the  Albany Medical College to become
a doctor, and when he came  back, the family moved to Windsor. There she
entered a larger  school, found new associations, and began to broaden her
life.  She was known in the school as one of the brightest and most 
intelligent of students. One boy in speaking of her at the time,  said,
"There's a girl in my class who knows everything, every­thing." 
During her school year at Windsor there was a young man  teacher who was
especially inspiring. It was he who taught her  accuracy and enthusiasm. He
made her see the necessity for a  greater broadening and a higher education
so that she might be  better fitted to fill her place in the world.  After
much discussion she finally persuaded her parents to  help her through
school, and she started for Michigan, choosing  Ann Arbor because it was
the best co-educational college at the  time.  She was poorly equipped to
enter, both as to financial mat­ters  and education, but her
indomitable courage that many after­wards  remarked on, brought her
through and she graduated with  honor from every one of her classes.  Her
life at Ann Arbor was one long difficult strain to keep  herself up, for
she always carried more subjects than the regular  course. She threw
herself into the society of the school, brought  the Young Women's
Christian Association up to a better stand­ard,  putting it on a surer
footing and became a member of several  clubs; and when one considers the
poor health she was in during  her whole college career it is remarkable
that she was able to do  all she did, with such courage, enthusiasm and
enjoyment.  President Angell often spoke of her "outgoing spirit" at this 
time, the wonderful sympathy she had which saw the needs of  others and
ministered to them regardless of her own.  In her Junior year financial
matters became so bad that she  took a position as teacher in the high
school at Ottawa, 111.,  taught there the rest of the year, and was able to
send enough
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2 TEE MESSENGER  money home to straighten out matters. By going to summer 
school, and taking extra subjects the next year she was able to  graduate
with her class.  The following year, 1879, she accepted a position as
teacher  of History in Wellesly College.  This College was founded by Henry
Fowle Durant in honor  of a son who had recently died. He made it a woman's
college  because he thought that they needed it more than men at the  time.
It has been said that Mr. Durant was the founder, but  Alice Freeman was
the builder.  She threw herself into the work here in the same enthusiastic
 way, and was loved and honored by every girl in the institution.  Each one
who came under her influence was moved by her wo­manliness,  her
sympathy, her love.  In 1880 Mr. Durant's health began to fail and in 1881
he died.  A short time after, the president, Miss Howard, on account of ill
 health, had to resign, and Miss Freeman was made vice-president,  but
acting president for a year.  Under the new presidency the college
flourished and grew in  size. Higher standards were brought in, and she
inspired the stu­dents  to honest effort. That indefinable quality
called magnetism  which she possessed, drew everyone to her. It was this
same qual­ity  that, when she was lecturing, people attributed to her
fine  command of English and the good appearance she made.  Professor and
Mrs. Horsford were old friends of Mr. Durant  and it was through the latter
that Miss Freeman met Mr. Palmer,  a teacher of Philosophy in Harvard. The
intimacy between them  grew until on her 32nd birthday, 1887, she promised
to become  his wife.  She expected to be married at once, but the trustees
of "Wel-lesley  College would not think of it, their reasons being that
they  would endanger the College by letting her go.  She promised to remain
for another year, by which time they  were to have another person to fill
her place.  The career of Alice Freeman Palmer's life, beginning with  her
marriage has been called the period of self-expression. She  gave
continually of herself not from any sense of obligation, but  from the
delight she took in giving from her fine disciplined  mind.  In her new
home she showed the same capacity for doing  house work as in teaching
school. One of her servants exclaimed,  while seeing her make some bread,
"That's what education means,  —to be able to do what you've never
done before."  Not very long after her marriage, she was called upon by the
 University of Chicago to be Dean of Women. Here again she had  an
opportunity to use her creative powers, for the institution was  just
starting out as a great cp-educational school,
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THE MESSENGER 3  In a short time the position of the women students was
as­sured  and she resigned, only to enter new fields of work.  Often
the continual round of lectures, visitors, committee  meetings, etc., would
become unbearable, and then she would go  into hiding by visiting her
little country home at Boxford, a small  town about twenty-five miles from
Boston, a place where the  grass grew everywhere, where the birds sang, and
hush and quiet  reigned supreme. As she said, "Here is quiet for tired
nerves that  makes one able to meet anything smilingly afterward.''  At the
funeral of a friend Mrs. Palmer said these words, "We  had better make life
here so rich and sweet and noble, that this  will be our heaven. We need no
other till He comes and calls us  to a larger life and fresh opportunity.''
 In these words she expressed her own life, for everyone who  knew her
loved her for her beautiful and triumphant life, and for  her wide and
generous sympathy.  She was ill two weeks before she died, but to the end
she re­tained  that clear intelligence which had always aistinguished
her.  She died in a Roman Catholic hospital in Europe, very quiet­ly 
and without suffering.  When Mr. Palmer returned to America, a service was
held in  Cambridge at Harvard College in memory of her. A chorus of 
Wellesly girls, and Harvard boys sang, and Presidents Angell,  Tucker,
Hazard and Eliot made addresses.  In speaking of her character one has a
very difficult task.  She was very intense in everything she did, was easy
to anger,  although it was always tempered with judgment, and had strong 
likes and dislikes. But with all this she had a very optimistic
na­ture.  She had the peculiar ability of bringing forth the best 
qualities of all whom she came in contact with. President Eliot  has said
that her courage was remarkable in a woman, that it is  a pleasing
attribute in a man, but in a delicate, tender woman it  is delightful.  In
the few years in which she lived she lavishly gave of her  rich store of
wisdom, peace, hardihood and merriment.  She raised hundreds to higher
ideals and better ways. Every­one  who saw her loved her, and everyone
who heard her was  made better. E- v - s -  PROFESSOR KINCAID—A
SKETCH.  On Friday morning, January 14th, the students and faculty  of the
Normal School were accorded a rare treat in the illustrated  lecture given
by Mr. Trevor Kincaid, professor of zoology in the  University of
Washington. He launched his address by harking  back to the life of the
earliest geological period, and with careful­ly  selected lantern
views sketched the crest lines in the advancing
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4 THE MESSENGER  wave of evolving life forms from protozoon to man. His
portray­al  of man from the sub-human to the human plane was
striking­ly  suggestive to the thoughtful student. His theoretical
picture,  rather diagram, of the long struggle of the old stone-age,  the
new stone-age and the bronze-age man, preparatory to his­torical 
civilization impresses a lesson of profound moral values.  It enforces
conviction in the worth of the eternal struggle for  betterment, of
patience, yet sublime discontent in that present or­der  of things
that thwarts the advancing goal of a progressive  civilization, and of the
positive, dynamic individual of intellect as  against the passive,
instinctive creature of stale custom. Mr. Kin­caid's  subject is of
vast and vital compass, and yet by excellent  and critical choice of
material he condensed it into a symmetrical  ensemble without sacrifice to
essentials.  Mr. Kincaid is a Canadian by birth. He was born near
To­ronto,  in 18—, but tut! tut! that is not fair, Mr. Kincaid
is a  bachelor and dates are such prosiac affairs. Mr. Kincaid is
pri­marily  a zoologist, yet he is a young man of many interests. He
is  a man of wide information. To him the cultural outranks the 
utilitarian values of life. He is a good critic of poetry and art.  He has
been heard to remark that he would rather write a great  poem than classify
all the insects extant. He is well versed in  sociology. He knows
intimately his brother zoologists over the  country. He has traveled widely
in the interests of his profession.  In 1897, he accompanied an expedition
headed by Dr. David  Starr Jordon to the Pribloff islands. The business of
this expe­dition  was an investigation of the seal question, affecting
in its  final analysis the international trade rights of the United States 
and Great Britain. In 1899, upon invitation he accompanied a  number of
scientists to Alaskan waters and territory, with the  famous Harriman
Expedition. Mr. Harriman chartered a steamer  at Seattle and with his
family and this body of scientists spent  ten weeks in Alaska regions
exploring the country as to its geo­graphical,  geological, faunal and
floral aspects. In the publication  of his results of this expedition, Mr.
Kincaid was brought into  intimate personal relations with the great
railway king, who took  a keen and lively interest in the young naturalist.
He admired  his zeal, industry and genius.  In 1908, Mr. Kincaid was
selected by the head of the United  States Bureau of Entomology to go to
Japan and hunt for insect  parasites upon the Gypsy moth, which for two
decades has been  doing such alarming havoc to the forest trees of
Massachusetts.  Suffice to say, he found the parasites and shipped them to
Ameri­ca,  where they promise to keep down the ravages of the moth. 
But Mr. Kincaid 's strong human qualities did not allow him sim­ply 
to be content with merely hunting parasites. He was inter-
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THE MESSENGER h  ested in the Japanese. He sought out a Japanese hotel
where he  was the only foreign guest. He dressed in Japanese costume. He 
ate with chop sticks. As a result, the Japanese seeing his interest  in
them, gave him an insight into their life that many foreigners  living
years among them do not get.  In 1909, in furtherance of his work in
hunting parasites, the  Entomologist-in-Chief of the United States sent Mr.
Kincaid to  Southern Russia and Asia Minor.  He has been requested by the
same authority to take charge  of the work of parasite hunting in Southern
France this year.  But this invitation and honor he has been forced to
decline be­cause  of his interest and loyalty in advancing personally
the work  of the Biological Marine Station at Friday Harbor, of which
in­stitution  he was the founder, and has been a steadfast promoter. 
Mr. Kincaid is a veritable dynamo. He works incessantly.  His very presence
is contagion for work among those who are  so fortunate as to be associated
with him. He amiable com­panion,  a charming conversationalist
and a happy and brilliant  lecturer. He has a large fund of good common
sense, and a hu­mor  that is keen, subtle and scintillating. He has
been a good  and helpful Adam in classifying and giving names to Puget 
Sound's vast and interesting fauna. He will rank as the foremost  pioneer
in the animal lore of Puget Sound. A. P. R.  A COLOR EPISODE.  "Mrs.
Perkins's Sally had on her green sun-bonnet, Tuesday."  "Yes, indeed, and
wasn't it a fright, Mary?" said Threse.  "If I were her, I would not wear
such an unbecoming color."  Then the pretty young miss eyed with
satisfaction her own fresh­ly  starched pink gingham, while her hands
nervously patted in  place one of the pink bows on her large garden hat. 
"Well," grunted Mary, "seeing that you are her cousin, I  think that you
would advise her what colors to wear." "Oh!"  was the airy answer, "It
doesn't make much difference what  Sally wears; one color is as unbecoming
as another."  When they approached Threse's destination, Mary uttered an 
abrupt good-bye and left her to talk with Mr. Noting, the new  village
teacher. Threse walked blithely up the shell road to her  grandmother's
little brown cottage. She opened the door and  closed it with a bang that
so startled the mild old lady that her  spectacles almost fell from her
nose. "Oh, it's Tessy," she  quavered. "I am so cold. Please put some more
coal in the fire  and turn off the draft." Threse looked in dismay at her
respect­ed  relative and then heroically arose and by careful
manipula­tion  succeeded in obeying the commands without soiling her 
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6 THE MESSENGER  "Grandma," hesitatingly, "I've come after my birthday 
present. Aunt Perkins said that you had one for me." "Yes, so  I have. Look
in the west drawer in the cupboard. No, not that  one—the one beneath
it. Yes, that is the bundle. Bring it to me  and I shall ojpen it for
you.''  Threse gingerly carried the bundle to her grandmother and  watched
her untie the string with expectant eyes. The string was  untied. Threse
gave one eager glance. Then her hands went up  in horror! The package
contained a bright yellow calico dress.  She laughed hysterically. "Is it
for me, grandma?" "Oh, yes, in­deed.  I guess it is more than you
expected, but I have given  Sally a beautiful green dress with sunbonnet to
match, so I had  to make things even. I could not slight you. You like it,
dearie,  don't you? I hope that you will wear it often, because I have  not
got many years more to see the young folks in their pretty  colored
frocks."  She looked very wistful as she said it. Threse impulsively  put
her arms around her and said, "I like everything that you  like, and I
shall wear it continually." Then she seized the bun­dle  and ran out
of the house. "Imagine me in yellow," she  thought. "Oh, won't Mary laugh,
and the new professor—what  will he think? But still grandma gives us
so much that I will  please her."  On her way home she met Sally,
resplendent in green, which  rendered her complexion a vivid yellow. Sally
smiled sympa­thetically  when she saw the bundle. "Oh, Sally," said
Therese,  " I 'm coming to see you tomorrow." Sally beamed as she went on 
her way. She had suffered and understood.  A MISTAKEN DESIRE.  For the
first three months on my claim, life went very much  as life will go on
claims. My brother had been with me all of the  time. Late in December,
however, having some business to attend  to, Hugh left me for a few days. 
For a whole week now I had been alone. January had come,  and with it snow,
which was very deep at this time. I had great  faith in my dog, my big old
Eobin, and my gun, which I may as  well say, had never been shot since it
had come on the place, al­though  I frequently cleaned it.  One
afternoon, just after the snow was gone, Woody Tucker  brought me a quarter
of beef. Neighbors were scarce and I gladly  listened to the old man's talk
for a few minutes. As a parting  warning when he had clucked to the horses,
he called back:  "Better be keerful and not go too fur from the digging.
Pretty  heavy snow; li'ble to bring the animals down from the hills." 
Then, with a nod, he rode away.
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I /  THE MESSENGER \ I 7  I had been preparing to go to town the next day.
After  Woody's visit I almost decided not to go to town, for deep in my 
heart I was a coward, and I had two miles to walk through the  woods before
daylight, take the boat and ride thirty-five miles  to town. But a favorite
opera was to be played the next night  and I did so want to hear it.  The
next morning I was up early. I fed the chickens, milked  the cow, and
prepared breakfast for myself and Eobin. The poor  old dog followed me
around all the while with such a wistful ex­pression  that I could not
resist putting my head down to his, and  petting him. I prepared a lunch to
carry with me, and was  ready to start at ten minutes past six.  A soft
Chinook wind was blowing, that softest of soft winds,  which makes one
forget to be afraid and makes one feel in perfect  harmony with all nature.
The stars were twinkling softly, white  and big, over the firs. Life seemed
very sweet to me.  ™~I was trudging along very happy, when suddenly
right in  front of me, appeared something gray. Another step must have 
sent me bumping into it. I made out in the dim light that it was  some
animal. Thinking it was a dog, I was rebuking my heart  for the foolish
little bump it had given, when I caught sight of  the whole length of the
animal, and with a weak, dizzy shudder,  I realized that it was a cougar! 
I have heard, that to ruffle a skunk's temper is folly, that  when one
meets a bear, one should turn quietly and go about one's  business in
another direction; but—a cougar, no one ever told  me what to do when
one met a cougar. I stood' for a second! or  two wondering whether to climb
a tree or run. Under the present  circumstances I could do neither, and it
was quite plain I was  neither going to faint, nor to be delivered. I tore
open my lunch,  thinking to stay my doom for a few minutes.  I took out a
piece of cake. It did not suit him. He smelled it,  then looked at me. The
shivers began running over me. I took  out a pice of pie. I don't know
whether it was the lard. He ate  it. Thus I continued through the whole
lunch, giving him daint­ies,  such as he had never before tasted in
all his savage life. At  last I gave him two sandwiches and two pieces of
sausage,  these pleased him mightily. I was fast beginning to think of him 
as a great big hungry dog, when a sniff at one of my hands  electrified me.
I thought to prolong the feast a little. I pulled  off one of my kid
gloves. It went down his throat instantly, and  I was tugging at the other,
when there was a sniff and a growl,  which made me move cautiously aside,
and wonderful to tell! The  gray and yellow king of the mountains shuffled
past me, as if I  had been no more than a stick or a stone.  My heart gave
one £lad thump ancl then stood still. My dog!
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8 THE MESSENGER  My gun! That horrible creature was between us! I picked up
 the one lone glove, glanced at the remains of the feast, which I  thanked
heaven was not my bones. A moment later I thought  my bones might be among
them; for there, tearing down the road,  came the cougar, and after it,
Robin. Again I moved out of the  cougar's way. When I caught my breath,
there in a tree  crouched the cougar, and there on the ground, howling and
bark­ing,  sat Eobin.  Suddenly my legs were untied and I ran, ran as
if all the cou­gars  in Washington state were after me. It was the
longest  quarter of a mile I ever remember of traveling. Finally I did 
reach my shack and grab my gun and start back. When I reached  the scene of
the late feast, Robin was still yelping and howling,  while far out on a
branch was the cougar.  Without boasting, I can shoot, but my hands
trembled so I  could not sight my gun, and when I had it sighted, I found
that  it was at Robin instead of at the cougar that I had pointed it. I 
fired at random at the cougar and must have hit him, for with a  spring and
a fall, he came out of the tree. I fired a second time  and the shot went
straight to the mark. Twice again I fired,  and the cougar was dead.  A
dead cougar is a good cougar, just the same as a dead In­dian  is
good; so I sat down and laughed and cried by turns, for  no special reason
at all, unless at poor old Robin, shaking and  pulling at the dead animal,
until he decided that it was no use,  and came to lay his head on my lap. 
The sun was just coming thru the trees as I made my way  back to my shack.
There, at first sight, I understood it all.  Hanging high in the woodshed
was the quarter of beef Woody  had brought me the day before. That was what
the cougar  wanted, and I thought he wanted me! '10.  THE WASHINGTON
EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION.  The Twenty-third Annual Meeting of the W. E. A.
was held  in Tacoma, Dec. 28-30, 1909, and is commonly designated as the 
"biggest and best" ever held—due possibly to the magic number 
twenty-three. Nearly all the leading educators of the state were  present.
Our own faculty was represented by President Mathes,  Misses George, Gray,
Moore, Jensen. Drake and Sperry and  Messrs. Deerwester and Phillipi. Miss
Moore was chairman of  the Music Section, Miss Gray was Secretary of the
Normal  School Section, and Mr. Deerwester read a paper before the
Coun­cil  on the "Preparation of the Teacher."  One of the lively
topics of discussion was the question of  teachers' pensions, which was
introduced by Supt. Toder, of Ta-
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THE MESSENGER 9  coma. Great diversity of opinion existed in regard to the
matter,  and the gist of the expressions seems to be that a majority of 
the teachers will approve the pension idea if they do not have to 
contribute the money themsleves.  Another interesting subject was the plan
proposed by Supt.  Bunker, of Berkely, Cal., for the reorganization of the
twelve  years of our ordinary course of study into three divisions—a
pri­mary  group of six grades, an intermediate group of three years 
and a high school course of three years. This is practically the  same plan
recently proposed by Supt. Cave, of Bellingham, and  seemed to meet with
much favor at Tacoma.  Many other interesting and important topics were
discussed  in the general and department meetings. The proceedings are 
published in full each year and anyone who is interested enough  to desire
to read any of the papers can secure these printed pro­ceedings  from
those of our faculty who are members.  The social features of the meeting
were probably the most  valuable ones. The banquet of the faculties of the
three state  normal schools was a delightful affair. The presence of many 
alumni of the Bellingham Normal at the association give num­erous 
opportunities for renewal of former acquaintances. Music  cal events
contributed by Tacoma people added to the pleasures  of the meeting. All in
all, it was good to be there.  THE STORY OP THE PANSY.  Once, a long, long
time ago, there lived a very mischievous  little fairy. This fairy was very
small, so small, indeed, that she  could flit in and out among the flowers
and sometimes even hide  between the petals.  It was the fairy's delight to
tease the different flowers in  the garden, and sometimes she caused much
trouble among the  flower folk. She was never still, but was constantly
watching  for a chance to get into mischief at some one else's expense. She
 had a very beautiful face, with pretty dark eyes and golden hair,  and she
always wore a beautiful green dress.  One day she came into the garden and
at once began to make  fun of a large poppy for being so stiff and
straight. The poppy  became so angry that it turned scarlet in the face,
and to this day  it's descendants have been red. Then the poppy said, "We
have  endured your nonsense long enough. I am going to call Mother  Nature
and ask her to settle the matter."  So Mother Nature said: "Little fairy, I
think you have  played long enough, so from now on you shall keep your
beautiful  face, but your pretty green dress shall be changed into stems
and  leaves and your feet into roots. Instead of being gay and
mis­chievous  you shall dwell in cool, shady places and be modest and 
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10 TEE MESSENGER  So the flower garden lost the little fairy, but if you
look in  the shady places in the garden, you will see the little fairy's
sad,  thoughtful face in the pansy blossoms. J. J. '11.  LIST OF NEW BOOKS.
 Brooks, W. K.—Foundations of Zoology.  Barker, h.
F.—Laboratory Manual of Invertebrate Zoology.  Bailey, C.
S.—For the Childrens' Hour.  Brown, H. W.—Latin America. 
Bergquist, N. W.—Swedish Folk Dances.  Burchenal,
Elizabeth—Folk Dance Music.  Comstock, J. H.—Insect Anatomy. 
Drew, G. A.—Laboratory Manual of Invertebrate Zoology.  Dougall, C.
S.—Burns' Country.  Fernow, B. E.—Economics of Forestry. 
Harner, S. F.—Cambridge Natural History, V. 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10.  Hill,
Leonard—Recent Advances in Physiology.  Hunter, S. G.—Insect
life.  Jacobs, Joseph—Indian Fairy Tales.  Kellogg, V.
L.—American Insects.  Lorimer, G. H.—Letters from a Self-Made
Merchant to his Son.  Lewis, C. T.—-Harper's Book of Facts.  Lee,
Sidney—Dictionary or Natural Biography.  Lillie, Frank
E.—Development of the Chick.  Lankester, E. Kay—Treatise of
Zoology.  Morgan, T. H.—Evolution and Adaptation.  Mann,
Gustav—Physiological Histology.  Morgan, E. T.—Development of
Frog's Egg.  Munsterberg, Hugo—Science and Idealism.  Mayer, A.
G.—Sea-shore Life.  Osborn, Herbert—Economic Zoology. 
Patterson, H. L.—College and School Directory of U. S. and  Canada. 
Peet, L. H.—Handy Book of American Authors.  Reese, Albert
Moore—Vertebrate Embryology.  Riddell, N. R.—Child Culture. 
Schauffer, R. H.—Christmas.  Schauffer, R. H.—Thanksgiving. 
Symons, Arthur—Romantic Movement in English Poetry.  Sedgwick,
Adam—Text Book of Zoology.  Sanderson, E. Dwight—Insects
Injurious to Staple Crops.  Stohr, Dr. Philipp—Histology.  Stenberg,
G. M.—Infection and Immunity.  Treat, Mary—Injurious Insects of
Farm and Garden.  Weisman, Dr. August—Evolution Theory.  Walsh, W.
S.—Curiosities of Popular Customs,
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matter, under  act of Congress of March 3,1879.  Vol. IX. February, 1910
No. 5  Once more exams have come and gone—haggard cheeks,  worried
brows and sleepless nights heralded their approach;  delirious joy, or
abject despair mark their going. Like the dra­gon  of the fairy tale,
they come and no one can ward off their  coming—they go and many
sorrows and tears mark their going.  Some few have passed, and are
happy—others have not passed  and—well, never mind; cheer up I
Try again. At least let us  begin the new semester with new hopes and new
aspirations.  Make each day better than the last and when exams come again 
perhaps they will find us better prepared for them.  If you have not paid
up your Messenger subscription, pay up  immediately and so help the
Messenger manager, Mr. Myer, and  the progress of the Messenger staff. It
takes money to run a  good paper. Surely we are worth fifty cents a year to
you.  Have you noticed the two new pictures on the second floor—  the
one by the auditorium and the one in the science annex?  Would it be
possible for us to have a few more pictures to adorn  some of the bare
halls and rooms? The two in the auditorium  were given to the school by the
Clionean Society, their aim being
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THE MESSENGER 13  to have something that would help to beautify the school.
If all  the organizations would bear this in mind, then in the course of a 
few years the results of your good work will be very evident, in-  This
would be a good suggestion for the Seniors. They us­ually  present the
school with some gift, then why not give us a  beautiful picture instead of
statuary or something of that kind.  Think about it—It is well worth
your while.  0, ye of little spirit, ye who are lacking in patriotism for
your  school; awake! arise! subscribe for the Messenger! Can you af.  ford
to let the opportunity pass? Everyone loves a bargain; then  harken to
this: To members of the Student Association the sub­scription  price
is only forty cents; to outsiders, fifty. Think of  it, fellow-students.
Nine issues, including the annual, for the  small sum of forty or fifty
cents. Do I not speak true? Is it not  the bargain of a life-time?  The
Philomatheans met on Jan. 8th, for their first session  after the Christmas
vacation. The general theme of the program  was reforms pertaining to
juvenile courts. The work of Judge  Lindsey and Maud Ballington Booth was
discussed and the  question, "Resolved; That the Jury System Should be
Abol­ished,"  was ably debated. A very interesting business and
par­liamentary  drill followed the discussion. The work for the next 
semester is partly outlined and promises even more interesting  meetings
than we have enjoyed this semester.  THE SOCIAL CULTURE CLUB.  The Social
Culture Club was organized in November, with  fifteen members. The club is
under the direction of Miss Hays  and Miss Moore. The aim of the club is to
give an hour once in  two weeks to a paper on some feature of social
etiquette, art, lit­erature.  The paper is followed by informal
discussion. A short  talk by Miss Hays before the holidays and a magazine
reading by  Miss Moore at last meeting, were suggestive and helpful. Deep 
interest is shown and it is certain these meetings will prove of  great
benefit and pleasure. Visitors are always welcome.
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14 TEE MESSENGER  HISTORY CLUB.  The History Study Club was organized under
Mr. Bever's  direction, early in the first semester, and for a time worked
very  quietly and with only temporary officers, the idea being to have  the
society consist of only those who were really interested in  history, and
were willing to study. The society grew slowly and  even now has not a
large membership, but in interest and willing­ness  it is holding it's
place and some very good papers and talks  have been given. Members choose
their topics freely and volun­tarily  and these may be written out and
read or given from notes.  Topics already discussed have been the
explorations of Bering,  Cook, Cabrillo, the Indians of the Northwest, the
Whitman Mas­sacre,  the Founding of Astoria. New topics to be taken up
are  Geographical Names in Washington, Indian Raids on Puget  Sound, the
Yakima War of 1855, First Territorial Officers, Roman  Catholic Missions,
Settlement of Seattle, etc. The society now  has a constitution and elects
regular officers each quarter. At  present Miss Allen is president, Miss
Hjort vice-president, and  Miss Webber secretary.  HISTORY CLASS.  Meetings
are held each Friday afternoon, beginning at two-thirty.  Anyone interested
in the history of the Northwest who is  willing to take part in the study
may become a member, whether  a member of the school or not, and visitors
are cordially welcome  to attend any meeting and are invited to join in the
discussion.  Y. W. C. A. BIBLE INSTITUTE.  The third annual Bible Institute
of the Y. W. C. A. was held  from January 13th to the 16th, in the Society
Hall. The speakers  were Mrs. Campbell and Miss Springer, of Seattle, and
Rev. Naftz-ger  of our own city, each one of whom gave practical and
help­ful  talks on subjects of interest. Special music was given which
 added to the enjoyment of the meetings and at the close of the  series it
was evident that the Association had passed a mile-stone  in its growth and
development and had brought strength to the  girls of the school. Mrs.
Campbell had as her different subjected  -Jesus in the Midst," "A Woman and
Her Word . * * * ,  -What is in Thine Hand?" "Elijah and Ehsha." Miss
Springer  spoke on "The New Sphere of Life-Romans," T h eN«w iU" 
nLphere of Life-Corinthians," and "The Complete Life Walk-  Galatians," and
Rev. Naftzger gave a talk on the Message of
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THE MESSENGER 15  the Bible for Social Relations.'' These are some of the
helpful  thoughts they left with us:  "The Old Testament is the enfolding
of the New; the New  Testament is the unfolding of the Old.''  Jedus
emphasized three great laws of social relationship: Ser­vice, 
sacrifice, love. "The Son of Man came hot to be ministered  unto, but to
minister." He who serves most, ranks highest.  Our ambition should be to
render more acceptable service to  Christ and our associates. Selfish
society is lost society.  Romans, with its message of faith, Corinthians,
of love and  Galatians, of freedom, give the three strands of the carpet
o/n  Which we walk to the Complete life.  Faith is the avenue down which
every good thing comes into  6}ur lives.  A moment holds the germ of all
the year. See that you have  the right attitude for each moment.  ALKISIAH.
 The Alkisiah Society is having very interesting meetings this  year under
the general head of "Gratters, Ancient and Modern."  The origin of the
grail, the Arthurian legends, and Tennyson's  version of the same, have
proved not only entertaining, but in­structive  as well.  A digression
from this theme was the meeting given over to  a debate on the subject,
"Resolved, that the study of the sciences  is of more benefit than the
study of the classics." Miss Andrea  Nord defended the sciences and Miss
Abbie Johnson the classics.  The judges decided in favor of the
affirmative. It is hoped that  more interest may be awakene'd in debating
and that we may have  inter-so;ciety debates.  YOttNtt 3M£ft'  DEBAWKG
OLtJfc.  The Debating Club held its regular meeting Thursday even­ing.
 The meeting was well attended and after the, regular busi­ness  a
very interesting program was rendered. The officers for  the coming
semester were nominated by the direct primary sys­tem.  This is the
first time, in the history of the school, any club  or society has
nominated its officers in this way. The program  was interesting from start
to finish, and Was pronounced by all  present as the best of the year. It
included a toast by Mir. Bond :  "The College Graduate." and the hearty
round of applause  given him was ample evidence it was appreciated.
President Mc-  Cbiibrey also proved himself an interesting story-teller.
The  question, "Resolved, that every mftn should marry and have a  place in
society before twenty-five," was debated. The debate
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16 THE MESSENGER  was an impromptu one and the affirmative and negative
sides  were headed by Hansen and Stinson, respectively, who chose  sides
from among the members. After an hour of interesting de­bate,  in
which both sides made many strong and interesting  points, the decision was
awarded to the affirmative. The meet­ing  then adjourned.  EXCHANGES. 
"Variety is the spice of life," and surely the spice of Ex­changes. 
We are very glad to see so many new arrivals among  our old frinds. 
Emerson College Magazine is a source of great pleasure and  instruction as
well. The reports of Dr. Vincent's lectures on  famous writers, both
English and American, are gems for con­ciseness,  and the blessing of
brevity.  Loyal Sons' Clarion, Sacramento, Cal., has in its Xmas
num­ber  a very high class paper from an artistic, as well as a
literary  standpoint.  Tahoma, always a top-notcher and welcome. A few more
 articles like, "What Road Shall I Take," would greatly add to  the lasting
merit of your paper. Why not improve your excellent  little paper with a
separate "Literary Department?"  Normal Advance, Oshkosh, one of our very
best Nqrmal ex­changes.  Variety in your headings would improve. 
Adjutant has an all round excellent number beginning with  an artistic
cover and including a football squad that inclines one  to fear you have a
corner on Adonis.  Review. An introductory heading would improve your
paper;  however, your Locals and Sponges tax one's risible muscles to the 
utmost.  Wankctonion. A decided improvement on your previous is­sue. 
Try some original stories, they would furnish variety.  Kodak has excellent
stories, if it is "cramped for space."  Cynosure, Fargo, N. D., has its
current issue dedicated to the  football team. It is an original idea and
very well done.  Orange and Black, one of the very best high school papers 
published. The apple poem typifies Spokane Spirit and is very  clever. 
School Mirror. Look into yourself and see of you don't  think your cover
would be more attractive without your subscrip­tion  rates.  We extend
a hearty welcome to* the Nugget. Your progres­sive  story of The
Captain speaks well, for two of the great re­quisites  of a successful
school paper are originality and co-opera­tion,
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THE MESSENGER 17  Iris, from N. H., is a veritable "Puritan
Proseosyphe,"—  quality, simplicity, but no variety. You need same
good attrac­tive  headings and a cut or two.  Vox Studentis. "Laugh
and the world laughs with you."  Why don't you give us a chance? Where are
your smiles, etc!  Eh, Ka, Norn. You shouldn't spoil an attractive paper by
 using business cards for fillers.  The Misses Chabot, who attended Normal
last year, started  for a two years' European trip, Dec. 30.  Miss Sarah
Cochran and Miss Minnie Dow are teaching at  Centralia.  Grace Ross is
teaching at Port Angeles.  Miss Clara E. Edmunds, a former student of B. S.
N. S., is  teaching at Sequim, Clallam Co., Wash.  Herman Smith, of
Seattle, was in Bellingham Jan. 15th.  Harry Raymond left for New York City
during January, to  resume his musical studies.  Friends in Bellingham
received cards announcing the mar­riage  of Celestine, of Seattle, to
J. Broderick, of Bellingham,  Wednesday, Jan. 12.  Miss Nora Calvin, an
elementary student of the year 1909.  was married to J. Ainsworth Clark, of
Wisconsin.  Miss Myrtle Wright is teaching at Sumner.  Miss Lulu Simmons is
teaching in Bellingham.  Miss Minerva Tower is teaching at Everett.  Miss
Lucy Crocker is teaching at Olympia.  Miss Abigail Aurnston and Miss Mary
Copeland are teaching  at Aberdeen. ,  Miss Florence Chapin, '07, is
teaching at The Dalles, Oregon.  Miss Myrtle Brown, '09V2, will teach at
Lynden.  Mrs. Ethel Luce Yuill is now living at Vancouver, B. C.  Miss
Clara Junk, '09y2, is expecting to teach near Olympia.  Miss Bertha Ross,
of Lowell, has returned from an extended  European trip.  Miss Helen Linden
is teaching at Prosser this winter.
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18 THE MESSENGER  Miss Minnie Carver is teaching at Sterling.  Miss
Kathleen Casey is teaching at Hamilton.  Mr. Noah Davenport is spending
this winter at Fort Yukon,  Alaska.  Miss Clara Tarte is teaching at Beach,
Wash.  Miss Belle Parrdt has a school at Nooksack.  Miss Artie Thrall is
teaching at Lawrence.  Miss Mildred Marston is teaching at Avon, and her
sister,  Miss Ruby, at Burlington.  Miss Hazel Horn, '09, who is supervisor
of the primary de­partment  at Roslyn, spent the Christmas holidays
with her par­ents  and friends in this city.  Miss Tillie Jacobson is
teaching at Wickersham.  Miss Elizabeth Schumacker is teaching at
Vancouver, "Wash.  Miss Clara Collins, who attended school here last year,
is  teaching in Olympia.  Miss Mary Piltz is teaching at Everett.  Miss
Lottie Crawford is at Paulsbo.  Mrs. Kate Davis Graham is living at
Bremerton.  Miss Annie Hall is teaching at Oak Harbor.  Miss Martha
McGlaughlin has a school at Bryant,. Wash.  Mr. Chas. Becker will return to
this school in February.  May Sloane is teaching in the Seattle schools. 
Fan—Did he really say I was dove-like?  Nan—No,
not—er—exactly. He said you were pigeon-toed.  If you save your
money you're a grouch.  If you spend it you're a loafer.  If you " g e t "
it you're a grafter.  If you don't get it you're a bum.  What's the use? 
"Did you ever hear the story of Algy and the Bear?" asked  a boy of his
father? "It is very short."  Algy met a bear.  The bear was bulgy.  The
bulge was Algy.  Question of a Japanese schoolboy: "Are trousers ever
po­litely  proper at half-mast?"
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20 THE MESSENGER  During the past month our new Athletic field has been 
slashed and feneed, and we are looking forward to the comple­tion  of
the work in time for the baseball season.  Friday, January twenty-first,
the Blaine team played the  Normals here. Blaine has a good aggregation
this season, and  the game was an exciting one. This game was the first
game of  the season for the Normal and had staunch support from the 
students and faculty. This is the one thing the boys need to  make the
season a success. They are giving their time, and turn­ing  out two
teams regularly three times a week for practice.  Kline Gup Games.  Seniors
vs. Second Years.  On January 13th the Seniors played the Second Years. The
 first half ended with the score 11-10 in favor of the Seniors. The  second
half ended with the score 19-13 in favor of the Seniors.  Pearl Hoffman and
Elizabeth Hamphill did excellent work for
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THE MESSENGER 21  the Seniors. Every member of the Second Year's team
played  exceedingly well. An enthusiastic crowd witnessed the game and 
both teams had good support. The lineup was as follows:  Seniors. Second
Year's.  Hilda Lobe Forward Elizabeth Arnold  Pearl Hoffman Forward Phebe
Reed  Ethel Nichols Guard Gertrude Kendle  Bessie Nichol Guard Mary Reese 
Elizabeth Hemphill Center Gretchen Stewart  The Seniors still hold 1000
points, while the Second Year's  only have 800 now. Each team starts out
with 1000 points, but  on every game lost 200 points are lost.  Third
Year's vs. Fourth Year's.  On the same evening that the Seniors played the
Second  Year's, the Third Year's met the Fourth Year's. The game wasn't  as
interesting as was expected. The Third Year's did the better  work. The
game ended with the score 11-8 in the favor of the  Third Year's. The
line-up was as follows:  Fourth Year's. Third Year's.  Eva Rooker Guard
Vera Weber  Violet Parker Guard Jeanette Barrows  LoisPebbley Forward
Georgia Allen  Lucy Fowler Forward Pearl Wright  Bergiot Everson Center
Hilda Christianson  The Third Year's still hold their 1000 points, while
the Fourth  Year's have only 800 points.  Seniors vs. Third Year's.  The
Seniors played the Third Year's Friday afternoon, Jan.  21st. It was a well
played game. On the Senior team Miss Hoff­man  shot five field baskets
and two fouls out of six, while Miss  Lobe shot two fouls out of three,
while of the Second Year's  Miss Allen shot three field baskets and lost
four fouls. Miss  Wright shot two field baskets. The Seniors excelled in
their good  team work. Line-up was as follows:  Seniors. T h i r d Year'f: 
Lobe Forward -Allen  Hoffman Forward Wright  Nichol Guard -Weber  Nichols
Guard •• Barrows  Hemphill Center Chanson  The Seniors still
hold their 1000 points, but the Third Year s  now hold only 800.  Exhibit
of Gymnastic Work of Physical Culture Department  of Bellingham State
Normal School, Jan. 22,1910:
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22 TEE MESSENGER  •1. First half of basket ball game—Juniors
vs. Fourth Year's.  -2. Grand March—All physical culture pupils.  3.
Indian Club Drill.  4. Fancy Step—Majeste School Schottische.  5.
Dumb-bell Drill.  6. Fancy Step—Shadow Polka.  7. "Fox and
Chickens"—(The runner tried to tag each girl  at end of line one at a
time—the first girl tries to protect the  line.)  8. Folk
Dances—  (a) French—Varsovienne.  (b) Swedish—Klappdans. 
(c) Bohemian—Rovenacka.  (d) American—Wild West Polka.  9.
Second half basket ball game.  CHRISTINE RANTERS.  CALENDAR.  January
4—Two bo,ys wandering down High Street, looking  friendless and
homeless. Hope springs eternal in the feminine  human breast that they are
Normal students. School opens—  "Isn't it hard to get to work again?
Honestly, I'd rather not have  a vacation." Mr. Niles returns to place
where the sunlight turns  the hair to gleaming gold. Mr. Moodie,
accompanied by Mrs.  Moodie, returns.  January 5.—Mr. Deerwester
(assigning lessons to enthus­iastic  Psychology class) I do no.t want
you to take more than  Chap. IX. Put up a sign, "Keep off the Grass." 
January 6. Mr. Odessa Sterling ate six dinners in honor  of himself. For
proof see American-Reveille and Herald for this  date.  Mr. Patchin takes
dinner with Mrs. Moodie and her husband.  January 7—Mr. Sterling
gives piano recital. Mr. Stude-baker  attends and the secret of his perfect
discipline in Ancient  History Class is solved. No wonder that the boys in
the training  department have less trouble keeping order than the girls! 
January 10—Mr. Patchin, in teachers' meeting, discussing  pros and
cons, desirability and undesirability, of nicknames.  Senior Class meeting,
in which financial condition of class is  weighed in the balance and found
wanting.  January 11.—Miss Kanters meets girls in gymnasium for 
drill practice. Girls tell her all they can about costumes they  cannot get
for the drill.  Mr. Trimble and Mr. Hansen dine at the Dormitory at b:6U, 
and at 7:00 have a turkey dinner at the Unitarian Church.
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TEE MESSENGER 23  Seen on the bulletin board: Mr. Hogan and Miss Nichols, 
office. Lost—A black beau in Gym. Return to Kanters.  January
12—Mr. Trimble and Mr. Hansen ill.  Miss Nord, in fit of destruction,
empties bottle of ink on  science laboratory books.  January
13—Unlucky day for basket ball game. Superiority  of numbers and
ancient barbarism holds sway.  Peanut sale by Seniors.  Junior girls grow
impatient at not finding all in readiness  for them in drawing and cut
class. Eye witnesses testify that  girls were seen running madly through
hall to avoid Miss Hogle.  Miss Sperry orders a twelve o'clock dinner for a
one o'clock  guest.  Bible institute opens with splendid, inspiring talk by
Mrs.  Campbell, of Seattle.  January 14—Lecture in Assembly, in which
students and  teachers are introduced to immediate and remote ancestors. 
Mr. Studebaker, hero of feminine eyes in Assembly. Other  boys green with
envy. Peanut sale by Seniors, a sequel to sale  of January 13.  Bible
Institute in the afternoon and also in the evening.  January
17—Botany class attempt to cross Normal glacier.  Girls all fall down
and coast to bottom. Mr. Moodie also loses his  balance in his heroic
attempt to rescue them. For official ac­counts  of hardy expedition
consult Mrs. Moodie.  January 17—The debaters for preliminary contest
met in Mr.  Bond's room and decided upon the subject: Resolved, that the 
Senate should be abolished. Three boys and one girl were present.  A high,
light-timbered unclassified boy was seen around the  Science Annex. 
January 18—Ancient History class complains that teacher  lacks
enthusiasm. For cause consult absence reports of Jan. IS.  Mr. Trimble
espied peeping at grand march drill.  January 19—Assessed valuation
of Seniors per capita far,  far below par.  January 20—Examinations
posted. Training teachers vie  with training pupils in being first to read
posted programme.  January 21—The graduating class, '09y2,
entertained at the  Dormitory.  Miss Kanters gives a unique gymnasium drill
in Gymnasium.  Pending examinations make students have a "hopelessly  lost"
expression.  January 20—Basket ball game, Lynden vs. B. S. N. S.
boys.  January 22—Class party to Seniors given by Mrs. and Mr. 
Deerwester and Miss Sperry.
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24 THE MESSENGER  LOCALS.  The third mid-year commencement exercises of the
Normal  School were held in the Normal auditorium, January 28, 1910.  The
following was the program of the evening:  Class March Pianist, Mrs. Mathes
 (a) Since First I Met Thee Shelley  (b) They Thought ^orch  Normal Choral
Club.  Invocation.  Vocal Solo Miss Mable M. Moore  Address, J. H.
Ackerman, State Superintendent of Public In­struction,  Salem, Oregon.
 Trio from Elijah Mendelsshon  Normal Choral Club.  Presentation of
Diplomas Principal E. T. Mathes  Benediction.  The mid-year Seniors are:
Myrtle Brown, Florence Connell,  Mary DuBois, Rose Thibert, Flora Junk,
Grace MacLeran.  Our Normal may well feel proud of the interest shown by 
former students in educational matters. This was demonstrated  at the State
Teachers' Association at Tacoma, which many Bel-lingham  Normalites
attended. Those present received not only  the benefit of the association,
but also, had the pleasure of meet­ing  former classmates and friends.
As we noted the joy with  which these students and teachers greeted each
other, we felt  that a Normal reunion each year during the Association
might,  be made one of the mo^t enjoyable social events of the
Associa­tion  for the Bellingham Normal people.  Among those present
were Ethel Revelle, Abigail Arnston,  A. D. Foster, Sarah Cochran, Myrtle
Wright, Bessie Prickman,  Carl Storley, Miss Ross, Lulu Simmons, Clara
Collins, Minerva  Tower, Lucy Crocker, Miss Tegland, Miss Haycox, Lottie
Craw­ford,  Mr. Doolittle, Mr. Evans, Mrs. Cochran, Grace Barrett. 
Several students who are attending the Normal this year were  present.
Among these were: Rose Thibert, Ida Felt, Pauline  Paulson, Lucy Bunker,
Bessie McDowell.  Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Goldie
Wres-ton  Brown, of Blaine, to Mr. George L. Conley, of "Williston, N.  D.,
the wedding having taken place at the home of her parents,  Mr. and Mrs.
Brown, of Blaine. Only relatives and a few friends  witnessed the ceremony.
Mr. and Mrs. Conley left immediately  for an extended wedding trip, and
after February 1 will be at
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THE MESSENGER 25  ho^me at "Williston. Miss Brown was a former student at
the  Normal school in this city and is recognized as a talented young 
writer, having published a book of poems last year.  We are glad to
announce that Mr. Bever, who has been ill  with appendicitis since the
holidays, will be out shortly. He  will be in school at the beginning of
the new semester. His  classes are being cared for by Senior students.  Mr.
Elmer Beal visited the Normal the first week after vaca­tion.  He
teaches in the Maple Falls schools.  The Seniors elected Miss Ada Campbell
editor, and Miss  Maude Westcott associate editor of the Senior Messenger
to come  out in June. A fine issue is promised.  Three big cheers for Miss
Gray and Mrs. Powell, was the  comment of the students who were unable to
spend their holidays  at home. And the cause of all this? Why, the Xmas
dinner.  Xmas afternoon a body of nineteen merry and hungry students 
gathered in the parlor of Edens Hall. At the joyous summons of  the dinner
bell they trooped eagerly into the dining hall, which  was fittingly
decorated with Winter's green and trailing vines.  In the center of the
students' table was a large bouquet of beauti­ful  pink and white
carnations, sent as an Xmas gift by one of  Eden's thoughtful girls.  After
a short Xmas grace by Rev. Mr. Sterling Barner, the  students sat down to a
delicious four-course banquet. Was the  turkey good? Well, I should say!
Just like mother used to cook  it. And the generous mold of cranberry
jelly! Could they eat  all those large pieces of plum pudding? No, never!
After that  came oranges, cake, nuts and raisins. They nibbled these and 
told stories, until each one protested he just couldn't hold another 
mouthful.  When they returned to the parlor Miss Clarke entertained  with
two beautiful piano solos. The rest of the afternoon was  spent in
progressive games, Miss Freda Montgomery carrying  off the prize, which was
a charming little picture in a burnt wood  frame.  In the early evening
they departed to, their respective  homes, declaring that that day would be
one of the happiest  memories of their Normal life.  During Christmas
vacation Prof Epley, assisted by some of  the students, installed a
telephone system connecting the main  office with the different
departments. A new clock, which has a  second pendulum, was also installed
in the Chemistry department.
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26 THE MESSENGER  It operates four secondary clocks in various parts of the
build­ing,  moving the hands forward one minute at a time by means of 
electro magnet. It also runs a separate program machine, which  in turn
rings the bells, both for the Normal department and for  the training
school. It is able to ring bells at intervals of one  minute during the
day. Automatically it cuts off the program  bells at night and on Saturday
and Sunday.  The electricity is supplied by storage batteries, which are 
charged by means of an electrolitic rectifier.  Eagle Harbor, Alaska, Dec.
5, 1909.  Editor Messenger:  July eighth we left Seattle on the steamer
Santa Clara for  the "Golden North." Most of the passegers were
excursionists  going only as far Skagway, and perhaps a few hours ride to
the  summit on the White Pass   Yukon railroad.  Southeastern Alaska will
doubtless continue to grow in  popularity with the tourist class. For
surely nowhere is there  such a combination of sea, forest, and mountain
scenery. The  towering mountains, whose bases are covered with evergreen 
timber, rise abruptly from the water's edge; and the towns all  have the
appearance of hanging on for dear life, for fear of slid­ing  into the
sea. The labyrinth of islands resembles Puget Sound,  and yet differs in
that these islands are high and mountainous.  There was hardly a time in
the whole trip when one could noit  seen a stream of water tumbling down a
mountain side, fed by  the melting snows above.  Enchanting as this part of
Alaska is, it is not the real Alaska  of ice and gold, and isolation. The
coldest temperature ever  recorded at Sitka is four degrees below zero.
Regular steamers  give a close connection with the outside world, and
living there  would not be very different from living in Bellingham. The
one  hundred and twelve miles over the White Pass   Yukon railroad  is the
connecting link between the real Alaska and the outside.  The tourist pays
five dollars for a round trip from Skagway to  the summit, and certainly
gets his money's worth in the grand­est  mountain scenery.  We spent
two days in Dawson. As a friend and I strolled  through the town we
marveled at the fine looking cabbages,  turnips, potatoes and even
tomatoes, which we saw in the gar­dens.  Our remarks of surprise
attracted the attention of a lady  in one of these gardens and she said.
"You fellows are 'checha-cos,'  aren't you?" Then it was that we found out
that there  are two classes of people in Alaska, "chechacos," or
tenderfeet, as  we would say in Washington, and "sour doughs," or old
timers.  One is compelled to remain a member of the first class until he 
has witnessed the break-up of the ice in the Yukon.
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THE MESSENGER 27  The following facts may be of interest: Average
tempera­ture  at this point for three summer months, fifty-eight
degrees;  average for three winter months, fifteen degrees below zero; 
highest temperature ever reached here, ninety degrees, Seattle, 
ninety-six; lowest temperature ever recorded here, sixty-six de­grees 
below zero, although there are places where seventy-six  below has been
recorded, annual precipitation here, a fraction  over twelve inches. 
Wishing the Messenger and the B. S. N. S. a prosperous year,  I am,  Yours
very truly,  W. R. NICHOLS.  Olive Watson entered school the second
semester.  Friends of Miss Lou B. Dobler received announcement cards  of
her marriage to Edward J. Doherty at Douglas, Alaska, No­vember  8,
1909. Her future home will be at Skagway, Alaska.  During vacation the
store was moved from room 29 on the  second floor to the former bench room
in the Manual Training  department in the basement. The room is very large
and will  serve its purpose very well. Mr. Johnson reports no apparent 
falling off in his trade because of the change, so the location may  prove
to be an advantageous one. The room that was vacated by  the store is to be
used by the High School department introduced  this year.  The following is
a week's menu served in the Y. W. C. A.  cafeteria: Monday Tomato soup;
Tuesday, coffee, milk, dough­nuts;  Wednesday, potato soup; Thursday,
cacoa, milk, apple  pie; Friday, oyster soup. Sandwiches and fruit are
served every  day.  The Students' Association gave the reception to the
mid-year  graduating class.  Miss Alma Barsness has entered the Normal. Her
parents  have moved here from Minnesota, where Miss Barsness attended  the
public schols. Miss Barsness has also attended the Glenwood  academy in
Minnesota.  Miss Sadie H. Bourne has entered from Anacortes. She has 
attended the University of Washington for a year and a half.  Mrs. Bernice
E. Belden comes to us from Spokane. She has
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26 THE MESSENGER  attended the Columbia College of expression and the
Washington  State College.  One of the most delightful events of the new
year at Normal  was the piano recital Friday evening, January 7th, by Mr. 
Odessa D. Sterling ,of Whitman Conservatory. The program  was particularly
well chosen, the first part consisting of a rhap­sody  in B minor, and
an intermezzo in E flat major, by Brahms,  and three German dances by
Beethoven. The Brahms' selec­tions  were very interesting, tho on
account of the long phrases is  a little difficult to understand. He is
sometimes called the  Browning of music, on account of this obtuseness. The
German  Dances, full of successive and running chord passages, and
hav­ing  short and simple themes were nevertheless not quite what  we
usually think of when Beethoven is mentioned.  The second part of the
program consisted of an Impromptu  in F sharp major by Liszt, a delightful
sparkling rippling melody  by Staub, which was so generously applauded that
it was repeat­ed,  and three Chopin numbers, the beautiful Polonaise,
the Noc­turne,  G major, and a"n Etude. The Liszt Impromptu was a 
pleasing variation from the rhapsodies, which are usually given  when his
name appears on a program.  Mr. Stirling played with fine feeling,
sympathetic touch, full  and melodious tone. In the Chopin numbers the
singing melodies  were beautifully brought out.  On Tuesday morning,
January 4, Mr. Sterling played at As­sembly,  first the "Erlking," and
then the popular "Serenade."  Dr. Mathes gave a lecture at Quincy, January
13, under the  auspices of the High School at that place, of which Mr. A.
D. Fos­ter  is principal. Dr. Mathes also delivered a lecture at
Wenatchee  before coming home.  The committee from the Students'
Association, of which Miss  V. Johnson was chairman, to select a permanent
school pin, have  chosen five * pins, which will be presented to the
faculty for  choice.  One evening during vacation a merry crowd gathered at
 Bachelor's Hall on Twenty-first street. Those who were at the  party given
there a year ago knew that a good time was in store  for them when they
received an invitation to this one. They  were not disappointed, judging
from the amount of laughter  that accompanied the different games. One of
the exciting  events of the evening was a contest in which a prize was
offered  for the one who could eat two crackers and whistle first. Mr.
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THE MESSENGER 29  Clifford came out ahead, with Mr. Krause a close second,
and  they were each presented with a toy that we know will amuse  them for
many hours. The boys certainly proved themselves  capable hosts and when
the crowd left it was with a hearty:  Rah! rah! rail;  Rah! rah! rail; 
Bachelors', Bachelors', Bachelors' Hall!  Prof, and Mrs. Deerwester and
Miss Sperry gave a reception  to the Seniors on Saturday evening, Jan. 22.
The class was out in  full force and every one reports a splendid time.  A
recital will be given by the Normal Mandolin and Guitar  Club and Quartet,
assisted by Mrs. Deerwester and Mrs.,  in the Normal auditorium
February 4th. The program is as fol­lows  :  1. (a) The Palms Faure 
(b) Promise Me Siegel  2. Magic Strings Pomeroy  3. (a) Italian Waltz
Corbett  (b) Host Greeting (Serenade) Weber  4. (a) Selected.  (b) Selected
Mrs. Deerwester  5. (a) Overture Eaton op. 90  (b) Boston Ideal March
Siegel  6. (a) Love's Old Sweet Song Malloy  (b) Bridal Chorus (From
Lohengrin) Wagner  A violin recital will be given at a future date. 
Superintendent Elmer Cave spoke to the student teachers  Friday morning,
Jan. 20, on the subject of "Retardations in the  Grades."  On January 21,
the girls of Edens Hall entertained the Sen­iors  of the mid-year
graduating class. The party was a masque­rade,  and everybody reported
a most delightful evening.  The students who remained in Bellingham during
the holi­days  did not regret it, as there was much fun going on. One
of  most enjoyable features was a trip up Chuckanut mountain.  The party
left the Dormitory about eleven o'clock accompanied  by Mr. Mellish, of
Montana, with a Montana chicken, and chaper­oned  by Mr. Patchin.  Mr.
Meyer, a famous pathfinder of the Cascades, led the way  and gained further
renown as an explorer. Trusting their guide,  the party followed where he
led, climbed perpendicular walls,
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30 THE MESSENGER  waded streams and penetrated dark jungles. Mr. Meyer is
to be  congratulated that he never once hit the path.  About two-thirds of
the way up the party stopped for breath  and lunch. A fire was made and
coffee and weenies cooked. The  chaperon carved the chicken, aided by many
suggestions from  the girls.  From the camping grounds the crowd went on to
the top of  Chuckanut, stopping often to look at the beautiful scenery, 
Mount Baker, Lake Padden, green valleys and steep moss-covered 
walls—all could be seen from this point of vantage. No student 
should miss taking the trip some time and enjoying the grand  scenery.  On
the way home the redoubtable leader again lost his way  and did not reach
Edens Hall until some time after the rest of  the party had arrived. 
HUMORESQUES.  From Kalama comes a new definition for a volcano: "A
vol­cano  is when the creator gets hot and throws stones."  A few days
before Christmas a King county teacher told her  pupils the story of the
birth of Christ. On the last day before  vacation, she asked them where
Christ was born.  " I n Bellingham," replied one bright boy.  During the
trip to Chuckanut Mountain, Miss E. P. pointed  f apparently at Mr. Stults)
and said, "Isn't that beautiful?"  Mr. Bond (in Physics, demonstrating
Newton's Universal  Law of Gravitation)—"Even little pieces of cork
will pair off."
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THE MESSENGER 31  Miss Sperry (reading Browning)—" 'The prior truth
at last  discovered none which now the second suffers detriment'. Who  will
put that into English?"  Mr. Clark (meeting Miss C. on the
stairs)—Are you looking  for trouble? Illr^^SI  Miss C—0, I'm
so glad I've found you!  In Eoom 31, between the hours of 1:30 and 2:15. 
the air is laden with algebra, but the students need not have  any fear as
it is not contagious.  Mr. Sogers (in staff meeting)—"I think Miss
Merchant, who  attended here last year is married."  Miss Crimbs
(eagerly)—"That's Miss Edna Merchant, who  was in my grammar class?" 
Mr. R—"Yes."  Miss Cribbs—"What! Did I teach her all that
grammar for  nothing?"  Mr. Patchin (in teachers' meeting)—"The
training school  boys call me 'father,' but I think I can bear the dignity
of be­ing  called 'father.' "  Mr. Studebaker, to his Ancient History
class before Christ­mas:  "Don't stand under the mistletoe."  Why is
it not necessary to go down town to get small change f  Because Mr. Hogan
has nickles (Nichols.)  Miss Moore must have taught a new name for the
upper clef,  for one of her History of Music girls was heard to call it the
 Trimble clef.  On Jan. 20, the Young Men's Debating Club debated on:
Re­solved  ; that a man should be married and have a position in
so­ciety  at the age of twenty-five. The affirmative won and the  next
night a number of the members did not get in until twelve  o 'clock.  Mr.
Hansen (at Debating Club)—"Mr. Tiddell has a tremen­dous 
reserve force behind him."  Mr. Stinson—"Yes, Mr. Hansen is sitting
behind him."  Mr. Moodie has an improved method of tobogganing. All  who
desire to know how it is done, ask Mr. Moodie. Special ex­hibitions 
are given on certain occasions.
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32 THE MESSENGER  Who says Studie's afraid to go home in the dark?  The
Senior girls.  Mr. H. (giving classification of horses)—"The draft
breeds  are the Percheron, the French Draft, the Aberdeen-Angus."  Are
Stella and Martha Brown?  Is Frances a Park?  Isn 't Miss Allason a Daisy ?
 Florence may be Bras, but she's good as gold.  Can Edna Cook?  Is Janet
Everett? (Ever it?)  Has Clara Junk?  Is Pearl a Hightower?  Is Olive Kale?
 Is Niles Royal?  What has Rose Dunn?  Can Phoebe Read?  What is Opal
Spinning?  Whose door is Lillian Tapping?  Is Jeanette always Wright?  In
Arithmetic. Miss —"Oh, Mr. Bond, which problem are  you doing?"  Mr.
B.—"Why, the first one."  Miss —"Oh, but you said a gentleman
and my book says a  person."  Miss R. (to Mr. Bond)—"You've been
arguing that we use  simple problems with some sense to them, and there
isn't a bit of  sense to this."  During the Christmas vacation Mr. Patchin
was the recipient  of the following message:  "Coeur d'Alene—Will
start back Tuesday, accompanied by  my fair lady—Moodie."  Historians
tell us that Mr. Patchin was very much shocked  at the news and very much
worried as to who would be his com­panion.  Mr. Moodie arrived
but—where was the lady fair?  What have you done with her, Mr.
Moodie?  Lost—Somewhere between Oak Street and the Normal school, 
Prof. Deerwester's grip(pe).  Has anyone found it?PPPPP