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XXXVI., No. 49. Price $1.50 Per Year. ARLINGTON 'T'he following, which we regard as a gem, not only of lan- guage, but of thought and philosophy, is an extract from an oration on "Blue Grass" by the late Senator Jolm J. Ingalls of Kansas, and was first published in the "Kansas Magazine" in the early history of the state. Tim address w'as secured from Mr. Ida Collister of Minneapolis, Kansas, who is compiling a biography of' the author. This beautiful tribute to one of the most common and uriiversal manifesta'ti0ns of Nature's bene- ficence was most eloquently recited at the May Festival on the 8th by Miss Lena ]tollingsworth and is here reproduced for the benefit of those of our readers who were not t'ortunale enough to be present: "Next in importance to the divine profusion of water, light, and air, those three great physical facts which render existence possible, may be reckoned the universal beneficence of grass. Exaggerated by tropical heats and vapors to the gi- gantic cane congested with its saccharine secretion, or dwarf- ed by polar rigors to the fibrous hair of northern solitudes, em- hracing between these extremes the maize with i'ts resolute pennons, the rice plant of Southern swamps, the wheat, rye barley, oats and other cereals, no less than the humbler ver- dure of hillsides, pasture, and prairie in the temperate zone grass is the most widely distributed of all vegetable beings, and is at once the type of our life and the emblem of our mor- tality. Lying in the sunshine among the buttercups and dan- delions of May, scm'cely higher in intelligence than the min- ute tenants of that mimic wilderness, our earliest recollections are of grass; and when the fitful t'ever is ended, and the fool- ish wrangle of the market and forum is closed, grass heals over the scar which our descent into the 'bosom of the earth has mtde, and the carpet of lhe infant becomes the blanket of the dead. "Grass is the forgiveness of nature her constant bene- diction. Fields trampled with battle, saturated with blood, torn with the ruts of cannon, grow green again with grass, and carnage is forgotten. Streets abandoned by traffic become grass-grown like rural lanes, and are obliterated. Forests de- cay, harvests perish, flowers vanish, but grass is innnortal. Beleaguered by the sullen hosts of winter, it withdraws into he impregnable fortress of its subterranean vitality, and emerges upon the first solicitation of spring. Sown by" the winds g the subtle horticul- ture of i SEATILE TIMES WILL FEATURE LOCAL TOUR Motorlogue Party Spins Over Fine .North Fork Highway in Buick CoachSteve Arnett's Facile Pen Will Describe De- lights of Journey--Return Trip via Granite Falls and Hartford. The scenic Arlington-Darring- ton tour will take a s.potlight po- sition next Sunday on the first page of the Seattle Daily Times popular automobile section as the result of a trip over that route Tuesday'by Steve Arnett. automo- bile editor of that daily, who was accompanied by N. N. Stevens of Webster & Stevens, well kn)wn photographers, S. J. Clarke, caip manager of the Stillaguamish Fishing Club, Fortson, the trip being made luxuriously in a Buick master six coach piloted by J. G. Fenton of the Eldridge Buick Co,, Seattle. The party reached Arlington abou.t 10 a. m., and after stropping briefly and ,payirtg this office a courtesy call proceeded to Dar- rington, where they were royally entertained by the Darrington Im- provement Club with Neal Wigley in the role of ye host. After being ,regaled With the glories of Darrington and sur- rounding country as well as be- ing sho,vered with hospitality, the party managed to break away about 4 p. m., reaching Arlington at 5. From here they detoured via the South Fork road to Granite Falls and back to the Pacific Highway via Hartford. There are thousands of Seattle Times Motorlogue fans who make a practice of touring over the va- rious routes thus piloted, and as a result of this ,publicity hundreds of cars will pass over this route, particularly on the following Sunday, May 24th. ARLINGTON.WINS BALL The SnohomiSh ball League season day, May co:tending for th S:'.ohomish Granite roe and Arlin The opening cal diamcnd will ingtan and be called at by a M cal baseball d slightly behind berry, the grand proce: athletic unsacked and a balls stuffe of the umpire, Pres will deliver a brief dress. Following pressive will take their Warren, we ed, will c roue (who will be Sen. G and Mayor Verd ,v pitcher's mound.' now have arriw up ala Walte will go the first well, a throw, mainde|" will to ancient The ] Murray will ton with Sam ceiving end. lineup b.; Fahey; ss. ; Kraetz, rf. of. T It U'RSI)A Y. MA Y 14, 1925. Consolidated With Arlington Chronicle, April 3, 1915. A Glimpse of the Colorful May Fete Showing Triple May-Pole Dance o] the "Milk Maids"--Roosevelt School Motion and Color Mark Second Annual May Festival PARADE AH ATTRACTIVE FEATURE Queen's Float Most Beautiful Ever Seen in Arlington--Pied Piper Leads Marchers and Crowd to Hillcrest Terrace Where Colorful Program Is Rendered. PLAUDITS GIVEN GRADE TEACHERS ANO PUPILS blessing was invoked by Rev. Rob- ert H. Allen, after which the audi- ence, led by Attain C. Morgan, sang "America, the Beautiful." Rev. Chas. Williams then read a part of the 104th Psalm. The pretty coronation cere- mony followed, Queen Katherine (Gray) descending 'from tile. throne anal kneeling at the front of the platform. by Mrs. sion ine, :th in its place, and prevent its soluble componen of mountains, modifies climate and determines the history, character, and destiny of nations. Unobtrusive and patient, it has immortal vigor and aggression. Banished from the thor- oughfare and the field, it abides its time to return, and when vigilance is relaxed, or the dynasty lms perished, it silently re- sumes the throne from which it has been expelled, but which it never abdicates. It bears no blazonry of bloom to Charm the senses with fragrance or splendor, but its homely line is more enchanting than the lily or the rose. I t yields no fruit in earth or air, and yet should its harvest fail for a single year, famine would depopulate the world." FESTIVAL AND GRADE SCHOOLS Shadowed by the prominence of our High School with its hrilliant leadership and talented student body, we are apt to overlook, to some extent, the vital work being done by our well qualified and hard-working grade teachers vital because the grades are the recruiting ground for the High :School and in- efficiency in the former wouhl soon result in depopulating the higher institutions. J For the above reason and in order that the plrblic might be able at least once a );ear to visualize the talents and effici- ency of our grade teachers and pupils, it has been deliberately planned to give the grade schools the major place in the annual May Festival, and we thing the results have justified that policy. What, with programs, plays, athletics, and many other ac- tivities, the High School is constantly before the public. This is good for the school and the community and is in no wise a subject of criticism; but the fact remains that it makes it rather difficult for the lower grades to catch the public atten- tion and we are prone 'to almost forget that day by day our precious little tots are being taught and mothered by faithful instructors. Work done in a corner, like a plant in the dark, is apt to languish from lack of inspiration and the spur of pub- lic interest, and this thought was largely responsible for the policy of featuring our grade schools in the annual Festival The results, we think, are gratifying hoth to the public and the schools. LET'S CLEAN UP THE SEWER JOB' /. Eleven years ago when we built our sewer system we were somewhat poorer than now and thought it wise to leaire about four blocks of- the trunk sewer for future construction. Doubtless that was a mistake, but anyway we are now squarely up against the proposition of completing that jo'b let's do it and be done with the matter. The schools must have sewage if we think more of the lives of our children than we do of dollars. It will cost about $6,000 to complete the trunk sewer and we are to vote May 19 on the proposition of authorizing the city to borrow tha amount and issue bonds therefore. Under the law 50 pet' cent ot  those voting at the last gen- eral election must cast their ballots in a 'bond election and three- fifths of these votes must favor the bond issue. The thing for all le.vel-headed and loyal citizens (men and women) to do is to turn out and vote on ),fay 19th. We have shouldered lots of bigger jobs than this and let us not get weak-kneed in the face of an absolute necessity. Saturday. Pupils from every part of the county to the number of 500 attended, together with a goodly number of teachers and ,parents. The day was perfect and all enjoyed themselves to the ut- most. The writing and spelling contest were held in the forenoon. At noon many lunched at Terrace park and on the high school lawn in picnic style while others ate at the cafeteria. The track events and declama- tion contests occupied the after- noon until 6 o'clock, when the winners were announced in the high school auditorium. The day as a whole was a great success. Records Broken Three county records were broken. Brown of Snohomish jumped 5 feet 1 inch in the Mgh jump, breaking the old record of 4 feet, 8 inches. Charles Bolding of Arlington, went 8 feet, 9 inches in the pole vault. The old record was 8 feet, 6 inches. The Marys- ville boys won the relay in 53 3-5 seconds, a new record. Paul Pres- ton of Edmonds won the 100-yard dash in 11 4-5 seconds, tieing the county record. Walter Capistrant of Lakewood won the declamatory contest. Thelma Bloom of Marysville was fr ,, ,---  Monroe was first with Doris Aprill, second and Marie Lovell, third.Eva Holli :r of'Mon- roe won first place in :ivritten spelling with Gord011 rright of Snohomish, ,'|econd and Almeda Bakeman of Shorts school district third, lnez Barber ofhlonroe, won the penmanship contest, the open- ing event of the day. Katherine King of Arlington was second and Doris Schultz of Monroe, third. Results of the track meet, with the standings of the schools en- tered, follow : Arlington, 19 ,points; Marysvil- le 14, Lowell 13, Edmonds 10, Florence 10, Monroe 92-3, Snoho- mish 9 1-3, Lake Stevens 5 and Granite Falls 1. Pole VaultBolding, Arlington, first; Tom Johnson, Marysville, second; Carlson, Monroe, Brown, Snohomish and Lutz 'Snohomish, tied for third place. Height, 8 feet 9 inches, for new county record. Boys' baseball throwrZLadluke, Monroe, first; Moe;:Arlington, second; Pearson Lowell, third. Distance--246 feet. Girls' baseball throw-Ella Van Horn, Arlington, and Inga Peter- (Continued on Page Eight) i ::2__ Motion. color and precision marked Arlington'.s second Annu- al May festival hel,d at Terrace park last Friday afternoon. The ins,piring procession of flower- decked and prettily costumed school children started on the second at 2 o'clock, thanks to the fine co-ordination accorded by Supt. W. F. Martin, Principal E. M. Douglass of the Roosevelt school and the various grade teachers. The Lincoln. Garfield and RoosJevelt pupil.s assembled promptly and without the slight- est confusion on First street; the exquisitely beautiful qteen's float was ready and waiting on the depot common and the band (a fourteen-piece aggregation of fine musicians including the bandsman of Buller's show rein- forced by five or six local men) was in its place, as was also the popular Pied Piper (C. M. Mc- Questen) who took his place" at the head of the procession which was led by Uncle Sam and his bodyguard. The Queen's float fell in behind the school section and was followed by the band which discoursed lively march music. In the colorful school section Vote for Sewer Bonds! The safety of some seven h00ndred children attend- ing our Roosevelt School and HN'h School demands the efo00 e construction of a sewer to serveithese buildings b - the commencement of another school year. The Town Council has performed its duty in calling a bond election for this purpose; the responsibility for seeing to it that these children are not again exposed to the present insanitary condition and the danger of an epidemic rests on each voter. carried by the vote is now necessary that voting at the election. It is the that his or her vote is A bond election can no of three-fifths of those voting; more than fifty per cent of last general election vote on duty of every good citizen to cast May 19th. G. W. HINMAN, Clerk School Dist. 320 .Y rank, and in yet was seen many special features which added much to its attrac- 1 tiveness. AmOng these wasa pret- t I ty little float drawn by Dr. Mose's [ Shetland ,pony and bearing the little queen chosen by the Gar- field schoolpretty.Hazel Bulle. Then there were baby buggies, go carts, etc.; also Jack Peterson on his sleek pony, furnishing the one equestrain feature. Little Dorothy Bundt was truly a fairy, perched high on the float, holding pink reins which guided the eagle. The maid of honor, Elma Shannon, wore green taffeta trimmed in tiny pink rose- buds. The four maids wore light summer dresses in ,pastel shades with large )white crepe paper hats' made by Mrs. Cordz. The queen, Miss Gray, wore a gown of white satin charmouse and a long white satin court train lined this, my coronation day, let us for- with gold. Her crown, so daintily I get weighty responsibilities; let set upon her head by Mrs. W. F. t us be joyous, opening our hearts Martin, was of golden leaves, to enjoyment of the diversions GenepatsyMeyerS,DeWittBernice,,and CorrineSUlli" I prepared for this occasion and to van. I the happy allurements of the glad Cubbin were four winsome little May-time. Be assured that wher- flower girls, who scattered flow- ever there is innocent play, wher- ers in the queen's pathway from ever there is the merriment that baskets hung by ribbons from around their necks. Clifford Jen- sen and Buzzy Cady, dressed in silk blottses and velvet trousers, were train bearers to the queen. The "ladies in waiting" to the Queen were Misses Esther Botten, Edith Roy, Louise Murdock and Winnifred O'Loughlin,  Weather Man Is Good Rain the previous day and .lowering clouds the morning of the 8th caused much trepidation and it required some courage to proceed undaunted with the ar- rangdments, but the weather man repented and when the crowd and actors had assembled at Hillcrest View the clouSs were breaking away as though the sun desired a peep at the gay juvenile s, pec- tacle. It became warmer, and in fact the day was ideal, the ab- sence of dust being welcome. When the procession reached Terrace Park, it passed to the east thereof while the audience went through the park to Hillcrest View, the actors and spectators thus being entirely separated and all confusion avoided. Cars were ,parked along Fifth street under direction of Mr. Field. Pretty Crowning Ceremony Queen Katherine and hor court descended from the float on Al- cazar street and marched between lines of school children to the grounds, being announced by trumpet calls. As they approach- ed the throne a march was play- ed by Miss Ensley. When the roy- al party was in place the divine ter, a token o your May a kind Providence bess your reign with ...peace and may your throne be supported by tre and loyal "subjects." She then kissed the hand of the queen, her ex- ample being followed by the five graceful princesses. Queen Kath- erine then read her royal procla- mation in a clear and even voice, saying : "Madam, I thank you for the good wishes so gracefully expres- sed, and you, my loyal princesses, for your *pledge of fealty. It is with mingled feelings of joy and responsibility that I ascend the throne in obedience to your sum- mons--joy in being privileged to reign over a land so fair and sub- jects so loyal; responsibility in that a sovereign is held account- able for the peace and prosperity of the people of the realm. But on causes us to forget our labors and disappointments, there shall be my sympathy and benediction. With a sincere welcome to all who have come here to witness my corona- tion, let me leave with you the wish that "The night may be filled with music, "And the cares that infest the day "May fold their tents, like the Arabs, "And as silently steal away." The ceremony was followed by a xylophone .solo, Berceuse from "Jocelyn," by Miss Ruth Meri- deth of Kent, accom, panied by Miss Y, ost. The number was a revelation of the possibilities of the xylophone and was heard with evident delight. The portion of l he program pre- pared with such skill and indus- try by the grade chool teachers now came on with a 'kaleidoscope of color and action. The first wzs the s,prightly Highland Schot- tische by little girls of the Lin- coln school in Highland cosumes; then the pretty May-pole dance by little girls from the Lincoln school, in bright colored costumes and with bandeaux of blossoms. Following this was the elabor- ate and beautifully-symbolic Flower Play by pupils of the Gar- field .school in special costumes representing blossoms, birds, but- terflies, etc. This number, which required much preparation, was faultlessly executed. (Continued on Page Eight)