The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, April 12, 1902, Page 8, Image 8

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Tht Cindy Evil
and tbCplt$1 Kids
The banc of too much candy afflicts
the Capitol school.
Three classes of people suffer from
It the children, the teachers, the par
ents. And there seems to be no remedy.
It appears that nothing: is possible to
be done unless somebody can suggest
a way to rid the youngsters of an in
nate yearning for sweets.
Surely the grocer across the street
is not the person to suggest treatment.
He Is a happy man. He has sufficient
Has the giocer ever whispered of his
Intention to install a candy kitchen at
the rear of his store? It really might
not be a tad plan. Certainly there is
little fear of his trade leaving him.
There is not a school in town where
the little folks have more easy, pleas
ant access to the candy counter. Un
like any other school in town the Cap
itol was built right across the street
from a groceryman who was wise
enough to see his opportunity and reap
a rich reward therefrom. He enlarged
and extended his candy counter and,
in fact, quite specialized in that line.
There are no alarming evidences that
he Is disappointed in the venture. Per
haps he would be pleased to see an
other school rise up near-by and bless
Morning, noon and night he opens
his doors to trooping boys and girls
who shortly depart with crackling pa
per sacks in their doubled fists. It is
not long ere they are munching. The
grocer has enriched his cash register
to the number of some nickels and
dimes; the school teacher, like as not,
has been doomed to Intense exaspera
tion; the children have taken another
step In the ruination of their Render
stomachs, and the parents have worse
than useless cast away some small
When a child staysat home from
the Capitol school It Is pretty certain
to be because of sweetmeats eaten in
excess; when it soils its books more
than common be sure it Is because of
sticky Angers. And be sure always
that it Is to the enrichment of the
Jovial grocer who keeps his counters
supplied with the newest and most at
tractive novelties in sweetmeats.
Perhaps worse than all is the fact
that some of the young folks are learn
ing the arts of the unscrupulous in
their mad desire for bits of money.
They have been known to reach into
the purses of their mothers without
compunction. Sometimes they bring
forth their hands laden with a coin,
the value and significance of which,
they have only the vaguest apprehen
sion. And then they are rushed by
mates who love "something good."
Certain It is that the punishment is
made to fit the crime but the very
existence of the crime is evidence of
the lengths to which the passion excit
ed by the grocer leads his little trades
men. It is O and alas that the chil
dren love candy, and O and alas that
they must go to a school so near a
candy market.
Can a body think of something to
do? Statistics might be compiled
showing that candy at the Capitol
school is doing more damage to stom
achs and purses and dispositions and
attention to study than liquor is doing
to the drinking element. If matters
do not improve the teachers are likely
soon to begin taking nearve medicine,
one dose to each stick of candy, in
order to withstand the inroads of pet
ulant children on their patience, good
will and steadfast regard for disci
pline. It is very annoying to hear the rattle
of paper bags during school hours. It
is racking to catch a pupil every now
and then chanking candy. It- is very
Irritating to have to keep a constant
eye for pupils who incline to the con
cealment of candy In their desks. It
is bitterly agitating to And books and
papers and desks daubed by untidy
small folks who had not the Instant
means, even if the will were handy, to
clean smearedflngers. But what can
the dear women do?
A year ago the store burned par
tially. In fact it was quite a mess of
charred ruins. A mystery enveloped
the blaze. May it not be that Instead
of "mice and, matches" some somnam
bulistic teacher,. thinking of the candy
evil . But of course no teacher
would do a thing like that And still
you can't tell.
No one doubts that teachers are hu
man. When they see an evil difficult
to cure by ordinary means why
shouldn't they resort to something un
usual? They had been made aware
that the grocer was paying a steep
rent out of his profits on candy alone
and laying aside some besides. It
takes a good number of candy sales
to pay out of margins about $40 a
month rent for two store rooms. Sep
arate the whole sum Into nickels and
dimes and then consider that there are
no more than twenty-two days In a
school month. Where are you at?
And what would you do?
Burke S. Hall, a student at the state university and son of the late
Judge Charles L. Hall, Is scheduled for a West Point cadetship a year
from next June. At present he is pursuing his studies in the state uni
versity, where he holds the captaincy of company A and Is ranking offi
cer of the university battalion.
Mr. Hall was born in Lincoln In September, 1881. After taking a high
school course he entered the university four years ago. In 1899 he took
the competitive examination for a cadetship and was chosen as an alter
nate. In Lincoln the young man Is well known. He has at times held va-,
rious situations in the city and is popular with his acquaintances.
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1 Miller & Paine
Dress Goods,
Jjh Cloaks and Suits,
1 P Linens,
t Under wear and Hosiery,
Cotton Goods,
Rugs and Draperies,
Notions and Trimmings,
Etc., Etc.
0 and 13th Sts. Lincoln, Neb