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Letters on the Aesthetical Education of Man

Friedrich Schiller


The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

Arthur Edward Waite


Esoteric Buddhism

A. P. Sinnett


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A. Conan Doyle


Boy scout entertainments

by Clifton Lisle

Excerpt:

Mr. Hamilton his partner

Jenkins ...... a draughtsman

Tommy . ... an office boy, but a poor one

Jerry . . . . .a Boy Scout who needs a job

Time.—Thirty minutes.

STORY OF THE PLAY

Tommy, the office boy of the Intercolonial Construction Company, is careless. Jerry West, a Boy Scout, calls and asks for a job. Tom is caught lying and is discharged; Jerry, taking his place, is left in charge of the office. While Jerry answers the telephone, Tom takes vengeance by spilling ink on a drawing and breaking the glass on a picture. Jerry is accused and fired. He comes back to get his cap and meets Tommy, who is making his escape. "It was you. You've 'got ink on your hands now1" Tommy hits Jerry, who knocks him down and he cuts his hand on the broken glass. Jerry, familiar with " First Aid," binds it up and Tommy, overcome by Jerry's straightness, confesses. "I guess I ain't got anything against you. I busted that picture." "Where'd you learn the Red Cross stuff?" "It's a part of the Boy Scout training. They teach you lots of things,—First Aid and athletics and wireless and—and how to live right,— straight, I mean." Jerry helps Tommy join the Scouts; he keeps his job and Tom is promised a job, too, if he makes good.

COSTUMES AND MAKE-UPS

Morton. A tall man of about fifty, rather dignified in appearance. Gray wig (or the hair may be powdered), and a short gray moustache. Dark business suit. *

Hamilton. Tall, about thirty-five. Business suit.

Jenkins. About twenty-one or two. Somewhat sporty in appearance. Light-colored suit of the sort that clothiers advertise as the latest cut for young men. He wears a shirt of rather conspicuous design and a brilliant tie. When he first appears he has no coat on, and his shirt sleeves are rolled up to the elbows. He wears tortoise-shell spectacles because he thinks they are " stylish."

Tommy. A small boy of about fifteen. Redheaded, if possible. He wears knickerbockers. His clothes are worn and not particularly neat and his boots are dirty. Cap.

Jerry. About Tommy's age and size. His clothes are old and show wear, but are clean. His hair is well brushed, in contrast to Tommy's ruffled head, and he gives the impression that he tries to appear as neat as possible. He wears knickerbockers, and carries a cap.

PROPERTIES

This list is intended to cover only " hand properties," that is, small articles used in the action of the play. It does not include furniture, etc., which is described elsewhere.

A large drawing—the plan of a building—fastened to the table with thumb-tacks at the beginning of the play.

A book on the desk.

Hamilton carries a watch.

A pencil on the table; a pencil and a few sheets of note paper on the desk; Jenkins has a pencil in his coat pocket—this should be a new one, long enough to be used in tightening the bandage on Tommy's wrist.

A small package in Tommy's pocket. His pockets are stuffed with numerous other articles: scraps of paper, tobacco coupons, elastic bands, stubby pencils, erasers, one shabby glove, a dirty handkerchief, the remains of a cake of milk chocolate which is shedding its skin of tin-foil, etc.

A picture, about twelve inches long, framed and with a glass. When first brought on by Jenkins the picture is neatly done up in wrapping paper and tied with a cord.

A dust-cloth for Jerry. This should be placed just outside the door, R.

A telephone bell outside the door, L.


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