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Duluth, October 1895

High School Notes

At chapel exercises on Monday morning of last week the senior class choir favored the school with a selection which seemed to be heartily favored by the students. Each of the four classes of the school constitutes a choir and as such has its day of the week to sing.

Last week the debating classes discussed the question “Was the execution of John Brown justifiable?” and decided in favor of the affirmative.

For 10 minutes every day this ear the High school scholars indulge in calisthenics, which are proving highly beneficial. On Tuesday they advanced from the exercises in the standing position to marching and are overtaking their younger brothers and visitors to the grades.

Thursday afternoon the banjo club met at its practice, and new music was rehearsed and the sophomores gave their Hallowe’en party at Odd Fellows Hall, and spent a very enjoyable evening.

Friday visitors to the school from St. Paul had praise for the method in which the work is carried on here, and especially for the manner of marching in the corridors, to and from recitations.

Friday afternoon the Adelphics gave a very good Mark Twain program as follows:

 

Piano Duet
Critics Report
Oration “Mark Twain”
Piano Solo
Reading - Selections from Mark Twain
Adelphic Paper
Debate: “Resolved, that Mark Twain has done more good for the world by his writings than has Herbert Spencer.” The debate was won by the negative side

 

[One would surmise that immigrant parents might not see much value in “higher” education of this sort for their offspring.] (Duluth News Tribune)

From the files of Ray Marshall  --  raymarsh@mninter.net 


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