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TAR 31, 1S12
"BOUNCING DR. WUJEY1 '
lat makes the Potted Ham 90
green?" said Piles-on-Parado:
? feelin' fresher than it is," the
Color Sergeant said.
lat makes the ranks so white, so
white?" said Files-on-Parade.
ley're dreadin' what they've got
to eat." the Color Sortreant said.
tor they're bouncin' Doctor Wiley,
you can hear the Microbes cheer,
id the Germs is all a-sincinc'.
'Wiley's coin' away from here.
uLnd we're coming back far stronger
than we've been1 for manv a vear.
r they're bouncin' Doctor Wiley in
the mornin ."
lat makes the canned goods work
SO 'ard?" said FilfiR-nn-Parndf
KThey're flxin' for their Jubilee," the
Color Sergeant said.
lat's made that front rank man
fall down?" said Files-on-Parade.
rHe's eat cold-storage sassldges,"
the Color Sereeant said.
Phey are bouncin' Doctor Wiley,
and those sassidxes of old
pre swarmin' from their prisons
where they've lingered in the
L'nd they've brought their ptomaines
with 'em in a manner free and
they're bouncin' Doctor Wiley Jn
"B uster work Alongside o me," said
jj'-'E 'elped me tackle many a germ!"
the Color Sergeant said.
I've drunk 'is Veer a score o' times,"
And mighty Eteerile stuff it was!"
the Color Sergeant said.
Phey. are bouncin' Dr. Wiley, they
are glvin' him the larf:
ley are cuttin' off 'is wages, and 'is
red official scarf. .
Lnd y6u3ahd"me.mus analyze 'our
selves our 'arf an' arf.
For they're bouncin' Doctor Wiley in
the mornin ."
K'For what do they be bouncin' him?"
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tne color Sergeant said.
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xxu uiu Liit) migiuuca uik LUts
Blink?" said Files-on-Parade.
"They put the Blink out of a job,"
the Color Senreant said.
"'They are bouncin' Doctor Wiley,
and the Germs are runnin' free.
And the Microbes an' Bacilluses are
chortlin' with dee.
:For they'll get their starvin' 'ooks
once more on folks like you an'
After bouncin' Doctor Wiley in the
p THE GIFT AND FAVOR FORM
The back door is not used for
exit only. In teaching ethics the
main entrance must always be
through the front door, but it is
some times of advantage to gain
entrance from the rear. In other
words it is almost as pedagogical to
teach young people to avoid wrong
doing as to teach them the prin
ciples of right doing. Permit me to
gain entrance on this occasion
through the back door.
Owiner to the frecment chartrnR nf
I eraft and corruption in textbook
p adoptions in Minnesota an investi-
K gating committee was appointed a
I few years ago. As a result of the
I findings of this committee the last
legislature passed laws controlling
the sale of textbooks very similar to
si Nebraska . laws, except providing
heavy penalties on book comnanies
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law. and also nrovidlnj? severe Denal-
E ties for superintendents and teachers
r who receive pay in form of commis-
skms or presents on books sold In
Will It be necessary for Nebraska
to amend her textbook laws by pro
viding penalties on book companies
and teachers who disregard the law,
or is public sentiment strong enough
to hold in check the forms of cor
ruption discovered by the Minne
so'ta investigation? The teaching
ideals in our state are such that the
unscrupulous book man finds this a
poor field for purchasing influence.
It is a fact, however, that the now
and unsuspecting principal or
teacher is sometimes Imposed upon
and corrupted even in Nebraska.
Is it not the duty of those who
have been longer in the service to
caution those just entering upon the
duties of our profession against
these textbook influences which may
be brought to bear upon them? Why
not In all our normal schools and
at the first teachers' meeting of the
year in every county have that as
one of the topics for discussion? In
some instances it may be well for
those who have had several years'
experience to see that they do not
step over the ethical line themselves.
Let us advise young principals and
teachers not to place themselves
under obligations to companies by
accepting presents or favors of any
kind from school book men. For
instance, while it is proper where a
change is contemplated in textbooks
to receive sample books for exami
nation, it is highly improper and the
first step towards larger evils to
accept from the company other desir
able books from their list for the pri
vate library. The one who receives
these books will likely later accept
from the textbook company a dic
tionary or a desk purchased especi
ally for him. These gifts can be
for no other purpose than to pur
chase the teacher's influence. In
some respects it is more disreputable
to accept this form of pay than to1
accept a commission outright. An
other -way of purchasing the princi
pal's or teacher's influence is by pay
ing the hotel bill and bearing other
expenses at the district, state, and
other associations. The corrupt
agent makes extensive use of this
method of getting business.
It is surprising to note the extent
to which even some of our excellent
lady superintendents are annoyed at
the meetings of teachers' associa
tions by certain book men who in
sist on paying their hotel bills and
bearing other expenses.
County and city superintendents,
both men and women, have been
greatly embarrassed many times by
offers to bear all their expenses in
automobile rides and in other
pleasure trips at the associations. It
is rumored that some superinten
dents have been requested to attend
the next association without expense
to themselves, and that a few have
been approached with an offer of
payment of election expenses.
The only safe rule to follow is to
accept no pay or gifts of any kind
from those who are soliciting busi
ness from the school. Remember
that this reform must come through
the teachers rather than through
those soliciting business. Remember
also that these gifts and other favors
are given in order to secure our in
fluence in getting business for the
company, having absolutely the same
kind of corrupting Influence that was
exerted for so many yeaTS by the
railroad system of passes. Let us all
join in eliminating those corrupt in
fluences, not by turning against all
school book men, but by resenting
any attempt to use graft or corrupt
methods in getting the textbook busi
ness of our schools. Let us teach
the now recruits each year that the
highest ideals of our profession are
absolutely opposed to our accepting
gifts and unusual favors from firms
or agents doing business with our
schools. Let us have in Nebraska
such a standard of professional
ethics among teachers that it will
never bo necessary to resort to Min
nesota penalties A word of infor
mation and caution given in every
school and association at the be
ginning of each year would certain
ly establish this higher code of ethics
which would just as certainly put an
end ,to gift and favor bribery in our
state. J. W. Crabtreo, ox-State Su
perintendent Public Instruction, Lin
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At a" lecture a well-known
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tho fact that in some parts of
America tho number of men was
considerably larger than that of
women, und he addod humorously:
"I can, therefore, recommend tho
ladies to emigrate to that part."
A young woman seated in one of
tho last rows of tho auditorium got
up and, full of indignation, left tho
room rather noisily, whereupon tho
"I did not mean that It should bo
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Tho teacher asked: "When did
After the sllenco had become pain
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A boy answered: "Moses, 4000."
"Now," said tho teacher, "why
didn't you know when Moses lived?"
"Well," replied tho boy, "I
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