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We have swept through the trees, and they gave
forth our song, "Ahoy! ahoy! We are strong! we are strong!" The dark land had yielded and sung forth our
power; We were masters of all, and the whole world did
THE WINDS OF MARCH
BY JEAN HARPER (AGE 17) (Gold Badge. Silver Badge won October, 1919) By the hand of the wind-king I've mounted the
blast, And on his charger ridden far and fast. The spring was not come, and the land yet was
brown; The dark of the night was on meadow and down. The joy of the hunter ran swift through my veins, And we urged on the charger and threw loose the
reins; O'er mountain and valley, o'er land and o'er sea! And I felt a wild joy, irresistibly free. We spoke to the weathercocks; they screamed at
the sound, And on their rods swung round and round. The ship of the sailor trembled and fled, Like a white-shrouded ghost to the land of the
By the hand of the wind-king, I stepped from the
A GOOD EXCUSE
(Silver Badge) "I WONDER which of us will be chosen for the queen to wear at the wedding,” said Rose, as she nodded and swayed in the breeze, to tall White Lily.
"Why, Rose, you will, of course. You are her favorite flower," exclaimed Lily.
“But I do not wish to be worn and admired by the queen and all her ladies," sighed Rose.
“What excuse have you?" exclaimed Lily. “Because—" and Rose hung her head.
Suddenly, the high-pitched voice of Jack-inthe-Pulpit arose from somewhere near by. “Here, here! None of this. It is very rude to answer questions like that. We want a good excuse. Now in my day 1—" but he was interrupted by a chorus of voices, “Hush! Stop your preaching!"
Just then the bluebells tinkled a warning, for up the winding path_the queen was leisurely strolling. Coming to Wild Rose, she whispered, "I think the head gardener overheard a little conversation between you and White Lily. What is this about not wishing to be taken from the garden?”
"I was very rude to say such things," Rose hesitated. "I'm sure you will forgive me.”
"But come, what is your excuse?”
"Because I want to remain just what I am, a free, gay, happy, little wild rose.”
For a minute the queen looked tenderly down at her, and then whispered: “Your wish is fulfilled, little one. Yours is indeed a good excuse. You shall not be made proud and vain by your ad
mirers. You shall stay here, laughing and dancing in the breeze and be my own sweet little Wild Rose."
The voice of the lakes rose high at our word;
the arms of our might, And laughed at the leaves as they whirled out of sight.
BY ETHEL DURBIN, AGE 14
THE WINDS OF MARCH
BY ELIZABETH BRAINERD (AGE 8) HARK! is it a bird,
A bird of early spring?
Hear them whistling.
And blow the remaining leaves away, That new ones in their place may come
Some early April day. So come, let us dance with the winds,
And the little brown leaves too, Over the fields that begin to be green
And over the hills of blue.
A GOOD REASON
(Honor Member) It was the last day of March, and the North Wind came dancing over the hills in great glee, for he meant to sweep the country-side and make the spring flowers shiver in their beds. He was also planning to spread a blanket of snow over the fields and meadows. As he tripped gaily through the woods, he suddenly stopped, and a look of great surprise spread over his face. There before him, in a bank of moss, were two wee violets, peeping at him through the leaves. He was very much disgusted, and he blew a shrill blast at them as he passed. Before he had gone far, however, he spied a cluster of pink arbutus looking up at him with a smile. Tiny green leaves were sprouting on the bushes, and as he passed the swamp he found, to his amazement, that the pussy-willow bushes were covered with soft, downy kittens. When he came to the brook, he saw that the layer of ice which he had made so carefully only a week ago was broken, and the brook was babbling over the pebbles and singing a joyous song at being free again. In the apple orchard, he caught a glimpse
WHEN MARCH WINDS BLOW
THE WINDS OF MARCH
BY ANNE MARIE HOMER (AGE 14) As the mighty wind sweeps through the wood And o'er the tossing sea, it bodes no good, No good to the giant pine in the west, Which it bends to the ground with furious zest, No good to the tossing ship on the sea, Which is no longer mighty, no longer free, But is wrecked by the cruel wind, wrecked as the tree.
A GOOD REASON
BY MADELINE BLOSSOM (AGE 10) SNOWDROP was a spoiled and petted cat. She was one of the most important members of the Smith family, and for two weeks not a sign of Snowdrop could the anxious Smiths see.
At last, Mary said to Uncle Harry, "I think Snowdrop is a very ungrateful cat to run away."
Uncle Harry smiled. "Do you really think Snowdrop could have had the heart to run away?” he asked.
"I believe she has," was Mary's tearful reply. They were standing in the hall and Uncle Harry pushed open the door of a closet, remarking, “I think there is a good reason for it."
And there, curled up beside Snowdrop, were four good little reasons, all fast asleep. And Snowdrop licked Mary's hand as if to say, “I am not an ungrateful cat, little mistress."
"IN THE OPEN." BY MARIE RUBEN, AGE 14
THE WINDS OF MARCH
And the sky is azure blue,
Oh, 't is then I dream of you!
And your smile is like the sun,
When the day has just begun.
And the sparks are dancing high,
A GOOD REASON
BY HELENE SPOONER (AGE 11) DURING the World War a young soldier at Camp Dixen, whose name was Bob Collingwood, desired a furlough to go home and see his parents.
As his troop expected to be called across the sea any day the general would not permit Bob a furlough of even twenty-four hours.
One day when the soldiers were having targetpractice, Bob saw one of them standing right in the way of an on-coming bullet. Not a minute was to be wasted or else the soldier might have been seriously hurt. Bob sprang forward and dragged the soldier out of the way and pulled him back just as the bullet whizzed past him. It went through Bob's leg and he fell down. When the other soldiers saw what had happened they ran up and carried Bob to his tent, where he recovered, after several weeks. He was given a gold medal for bravery. But best of all he was allowed a three-day furlough. A better reason could not be found for this great privilege.
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ROLL OF HONOR A list of those whose contributions were deserving of high praise: PROSE Isabel C.
George Wunderlich, Arthur Carson
Jr. Frances K.
Ann Sommerich Jane H. Campbell Beckwith
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Ada G. Osann
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Kennedy R. Ludlam Helen L.
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