Our ice-house was partly filled with ice last week, of splendid quality, five inches thick. Unfortunately a thaw, accompanied by rains set in before we were able to complete the filling.
The subscribers to this little paper come one or two nearly every day, and I think we will reach one thousand.
News is as scarce as hen’s teeth this week. Nothing at all has happened; nobody is sick, no accident has happened, nobody has died, resigned or gotten married, everything has glided on smoothly and evenly, and while this is a good thing for the Institution, it is rather hard on the editor.
Mrs. Dudley and Mrs. Thomas, sister of Miss Annie Wardroper, entertained some of the Baptist Church members in the parlor last Wednesday night.
We have no pond located in convenient distance of the Institution where the boys may skate, but this fact has not bothered them the past week. The ground and pavements have been covered with sleet and those of our pupils who possess skates have been gliding about the yard a great deal more swiftly and securely than the individuals who slip and slide along putting their trust in shoe-leather. “It’s an ill wind.”
If our readers discover anything wrong with the DEAF MUTE this week, we must beg to excuse the same and to ascribe it to the fact that the editor has a boy, — and such a boy “as never was,” — to whom Apollo as a baby wasn’t a circumstance and Adonis was nothing but a homely little thing by comparison. His name is Francis Jasper McClure, and he made his appearance Jan. 15th. We would like to describe our little junior editor, but for fear that our readers are not so much interested in him as we are, we forbear. Besides, he needs to be seen to be appreciated.
This new year is not yet three weeks old but already the railroad record of deaf mute track walkers killed is growing long. It is the next thing to deliberate suicide for a deaf mute to take a short cut by the railroad track. Any mute who loves his life should avoid the railroad track just as much as he would the cholera or the small-pox.
Several of the State Legislatures have recently made provision for the feeble-minded. This is as it should be. With the opening of every session, we usually have two or three children brought to us whose hearing is perfect, but who have not learned how to talk or else talk very imperfectly, simply because they are mentally deficient. The first or second Institution of the kind in the United States, certainly the first one West of the Alleghenies, was established at Frankfort, Ky., mainly through the instrumentality of our old Principal, Mr. J. A. Jacobs Sr. If we mistake not, he drafted the original bill for the establishment of the Frankfort Institution, now so ably presided by Dr. Stewart and his accomplished wife.
There is much excitement in this city about the murder of Whitecotton, the town’s coal watchman. No arrest has been made yet, but we hope the murderer will be caught and punished.
There was no school Thursday, Dec. 26th, and the pupils spent the time in the manner their fancy dictated. Some of the boys went hunting, some took long walks in the country, and others played games, indoors and out. For the girls, the moving picture shows in town proved attractive. School was resumed Friday morning, but in the afternoon, the Christmas party for the little ones was given. Many merry games were played, and as committees of teachers had charge of each group, the interest was never allowed to flag. In the evening, the older pupils had their party. They gathered in the chapel where partners were chosen and all marched to the dining room where a nice supper was served, after which a social evening was passed. Games, which included all the old favorites, were played, the Virginia reel was danced, and when the signal to retire was given, all declared that they had a delightful time. About 30 pupils spent Christmas at home.
The first person in Danville to make use of the Parcels Post was Mr. C.P. Fosdick of this school. Jan. 1st was a legal holiday, so the post office was closed, except for an hour, from 10 to 11 in the morning. Mr. Fosdick was on hand when the office opened, with a package to be sent to a relative at Lebanon, Ohio. It weighed one pound and under the old rates would have cost 16 cents, but at parcels post rates cost only six cents. Charles feels that he is 10 cents richer in consequence.
Long trains of tobacco wagons go past the school every day, and the boys wonder why, when such great quantities of the weed are raised and marketed here in Kentucky, its use should be so sternly forbidden to them.
Miss Frances Cheek, daughter of Dr. F.J. Cheek, president of the board, visited many of the school rooms Monday, accompanied by Miss Lettie Green. Miss Cheek ought to feel at home at the school as there has hardly been a year since it was found when some member of her family was not connected with it.
Mrs. Marcosson has received an autographed copy of James Lane Allen’s new book “The Bronze Medallion.” The book is dedicated to Isaac F. Marcosson, a brother of our Max. The friendship between Mr. Allen and Mr. Marcosson dates back to the time when the former was just beginning his literary career and the latter was an ambitious young reporter on the staff of the Louisville dailies. Mrs. Marcosson prizes the volume highly.
We were very much interested and pleased in reading of Mr. W.H. Carter’s lecture about the deaf at the Danville public school, showing what the deaf do, and we appreciate his protest against the thoughtless characterization of the deaf as “dummies.” We wish he could lecture to every school in the state and pound prejudice out of the rising generation.
Some of the merchants and businessmen of Danville combined to purchase a handsome General Motors car before the holidays and gave tickets with all purchases or payments on accounts. The drawing for the car took place on Christmas Eve at the Kentucky Theatre. Many people from our school were on hand with a hatful of tickets each, but all were disappointed. Our folks agree with Kipling that “Good Luck is never a lady” no how.
One morning during the holidays, the temporary ceiling of the rear part of the new Farmers National Bank building in Danville collapsed and fell without warning. Fortunately, no one was under the ceiling at the time, but Mr. Lee and Mr. Charles B. Grow of our school and Mr. Carlisle Minor, president of the bank, had been standing under it a moment before it fell. It was a narrow escape, but “a miss is as good as a mile.”
So far as I know, this Christmas some 250 pupils went home to spend the Christmas vacation with their folks. The pupils who stayed here had an enjoyable time. On Christmas Day, we went to see the picture show “Heidi” played by Shirley Temple. Last Thursday, we also saw the picture show “Second Honeymoon” with Loretta Young. We opine that “Heidi” is a very good picture show.
Basketball: KSD 28 – Forkland 38. Forkland is a small school over on the West side of the county. From the small attendance at Forkland High School their coach has molded a very strong team which probably will be a threat to the state crown later in the season for they have played some very strong teams this year. Up till now they have won 13 games and have about 17 games left on their schedule. Since Forkland has not a gymnasium, the game was played on the new Perryville court.
The business recession is making itself felt among the deaf. Work for them is not as plentiful as it was a few months ago, and they have fewer days of employment. The falling price of tobacco is worrying our farmers who have not yet sold their crops. Before Christmas, the average price of white burley on the Danville market was around 26 cents a pound, while at this time it has dropped to 16 cents. We hope for better business conditions with the coming of spring.
Mr. Alfred Marshall, the older boys’ supervisor, has a new 1937 Ford V8. It is light green and white in color and Mr. Marshall is very proud of it. It had a radio in it when it was bought, but Mr. Marshall had it taken out because he had no use for it as he can’t hear what is going on.
Looking Back at KSD is compiled by Centre College Professor Emeritus Brad Nystrom and Joann Hamm with Jacobs Hall Museum.