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"I don't know," he replied. “It's up to the boys and girls. If they want me again I shall be pleased to serve them.”
The Mayor-elect declared he hadn't asked a single one of his constituents to vote for him, but a diminutive Italian boy volunteered the information that it would be a hard job to beat Ronald, as he was one of the boss athletes of the bunch and everybody liked him.
Three tickets were in the field—the Independent, on which the successful Mayoralty candidate was a nominee; the Suffrage party and the Progressive. Each party had its slogan. The Independents promised, if elected, to help make the playground the best in the country. Here is the way the girls sought to get the votes for their ticket: "You have given us the right to vote, now give us a chance to prove our worth by electing us to office.” One of the playground officials declared the most enthusiastic of the leading suffragists in Essex could not have put out a more expressive appeal for votes. The slogan of the Progressives was: “If you want a square deal, give us one on election day, November 1, and we will promise you that we will make good.”
Suffragists Show Poor Strength The number of ballots cast was 278 and only two of them were rejected by the judges. The names of all the candidates appeared on the ballot, which was typewritten, and there were spaces for crosses. The Suffrage party, as shown by the result, could not muster sufficient strength to elect a single one of its candidates. Not only did the Independents win in the contest for Mayor, but they also put over Joseph De Santi as commissioner of athletics and William Torello as commissioner of sanitation.
The Progressives elected Louis Calessimo as judge and Michael Grosso as commissioner of police. Jennie Resnick was the suffragists' nominee for Mayor.
Majorities of the successful nominees were: Smith, 27; De Santi, 34; Torello, 29; Calessimo, 24; Grosso, 23. The ballot box was formerly used as a container in potato
It was wrapped in red, white and blue bunting. In lieu of booths a small place was curtained off in the office. Here the youngsters marked their tickets—with a black pencil, of course. Joseph De Santi, candidate of the Independents for commissioner of athletics, was the first boy voter, and Regina Cerefice was the first of the girls to cast a ballot. Only those twelve years old or over who were registered were allowed to vote.
Plans for the inauguration of the winning candidate, which will take place in a few days, are already under way.
A Founders' League of Children* Frank A. Connolly, City Commissioner, New Brunswick, N. J.
For many years the city of New Brunswick, New Jersey, has had a pretty park, the gift of a former wealthy citizen, that seemed to supply many civic needs satisfactorily but lacked certain "human" factors that other city parks have. For a long time no one seemed to realize just what this lack was, until finally someone decided it was because there was not enough attraction there to interest children.
The Sunday Times of New Brunswick took the matter up and through its columns asked for petitions from local children who wanted a playground established in the city park, and the result was an avalanche of names—thousands being sent to the office during the first two weeks.
So a program was planned that called for about $5,000 worth of equipment and devices. Subscriptions and contributions began to come in and every child who earned a dollar and gave it to the Times for the Playground received a button badge that gave him a life membership in the Playground Founders' League of New Brunswick. Over a hundred Founders joined before July Fourth.
Under course of construction at this time is a wading pool of concrete, 30 feet across, with a sand “beach” two yards wide all around it. This pool is two feet deep in the center and about two inches deep at the edge, so arranged that the water can flow continuously or be changed every so often by means of convenient valves. When finished, this pool will be one of the finest in the state. The entire project bids fair to create more than an ordinary amount of interest, inasmuch as the movement was practically started and carried out by the children of New Brunswick, and
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it is seldom, if ever, that so extensive an enterprise has been accomplished in this way.
Even if the complete program is not realized this summer, there is little doubt that next season the city will take the matter up and put it through, as the move is far too popular to die outindeed, it is very doubtful if the energetic youngsters who are backing the plan would allow it to do so.
The Adult School Movement in England
"Men come to the Adult Schools not to be preached at, or to be amused, but to learn. There is an earnest facing of difficult questions, not always leading to their solution, but always arousing fruitful thought on the great issues of life. Above all, there is that real interchange of life and experience which comes from true fellowship. The educational methods and the practical subjects arouse keen interest."
This extract taken from the latest Year Book of the Adult Schools gives an idea of the earnestness permeating the Adult School Movement, which occupies a high place among voluntary organizations doing educational work for adults in England. This movement is unsectarian, having as members people of all religious persuasions; it is non-political, its members agreeing to disagree in party politics; and it is democratic.
The modern development of Adult Schools dates back to the year 1852. The need for a national and undenominational organization brought about the formation of a National Council in 1899 and at present there are affiliated with this Council, thirty Adult School Unions, throughout England and Ireland, comprising 1500 Schools, with 50,000 adults, both men and women. Many of the Schools have sections for Juniors and, of late, there has been a tendency to form separate schools for young men and women. In the Men's Adult Schools, the group usually meets on Sunday morning, and in Women's on Sunday afternoon or a week night. Many Schools consist of members of both sexes.
Through class work, study circles, discussion groups, field excursions, visits to galleries, fireside talks and above all through association, friendship and practical service, men and women are taught the humanities. An attempt is made to draw out hidden faculties, to educate by doing and to strengthen and guide the will. The great truths of life are brought out through studying the elemental facts in biology, citizenship, literature and the Bible, and application of these truths is made through discussion and social service.
Each year the National Adult School Union publishes a Lesson Handbook for the use of the schools. It also publishes a paper, “One and All”, in which suggestions are given for Adult School study and service. A correspondence study course with tuition has been recently established.
The movement relies mainly on the services of volunteer workers for leadership of classes and study groups. The local educational authorities also assist in providing lectures and study circle leaders. Much of the work in the schools is carried on by the members themselves.
Meetings are held in settlements, schools, meeting houses, village halls, members' houses and other available buildings. There are six Adult School Guest Houses which are used as holiday homes and also for week-end lecture schools, summer schools and study groups. The use of these houses is not, however, confined to Adult School members.
Practically every Adult School undertakes some form of social work and the variety of service activities, carried on by the schools as a whole, is amazing. Among those listed in the Adult School Social Service Handbook are girls' classes and clubs, free law service for the poorer people, ambulance and hospital work, preventive and prison work, work amongst the blind and crippled, girls' summer schools, hostels for girls,
nursing, exhibitions, festivals, handicraft classes, maintenance of coffee carts for early morning workers, the promotion of mothers' rest homes, school clinics, and cooperation with other organizations doing social service work.
Recreation in Denmark (As described by a Danish woman now a citizen of Seattle.)
In Denmark we have the big gardens. The king and queen, the laboring man, everybody goes there; and there is absolutely no feeling that one is better than the other while they are there. There is a big concert hall, and a big open air platform, where fifty musicians play band music, an open air theater where they have pantomime, Columbine, Pierrot, and the little French plays. There is also a closed hall for vaudeville. There are restaurants with little tables out in front.
The children come in by ticket, which costs, for the whole season, about $1.25 in American money, and admits the child and one older person, the mother or the nurse, any time after two in the afternoon. There is music, and there are swings and places for the children to play. The mother brings a basket of lunch, and leaves it with the waiter and reserves a table. After work the father comes in-for an admission of about 12/2 cents and the family have a supper together. Every hour there are amusements going on. There are over a hundred thousand persons in this garden, divided among the various entertainment's, everything that you can think of. I have been there hundreds of times in my childhood.
And in the old country we have art in the schools, we have museums, statues, paintings, most of them given by the rich people of the community. How fine it would be if the rich people in Seattle would give to the art of the city these things which last hundreds of years instead of spending their money for the selfish enjoyment of a day!
New Courses in Baltimore Training School
for Recreation Leaders
A Special Course in Modern Stagecraft began in January, 1921, comprising studies of the many phases of the theatre. It is designed especially for educational directors, students of the drama and those who are interested in the present day theatre and the mechanics of modern stagecraft, but will be of value too to anyone who expects to be connected, as producer, assistant or actor, with professional or amateur dramatics. The course treats of the trend of the theatre today with emphasis upon commercial drama, the Little Theatre, the Community Theatre, stage design and setting, the selection of plays, costuming for amateur productions, selection of textiles,