that had been at school with Stevens the previous year, returned. That lot of boys seemed to me likeable and interesting. The school was _thin_ under Carson; I remember Will Foster and few more. It seemed that Will got tired of school and left in midterm _ such is my memory _ but that could hardly be, since I well remember him in the geometry class with me under Raleigh Barcan. Perhaps he left at Christmas, or maybe he stayed the year and left at beginning of next year; but I think not. It was Carson we were disgusted with. Foster was not much of a teacher, but he was educated and kindly. _ Sept. 10, 1938.
-Rock-a-bye Baby. Author: Mrs. Effie I Canning Carlton, died Jan. 7, 1940 in Boston, about 84. Composed when she was about 15, in 1870 say. _ S.F. Examiner, Jan. 8, 1940.
-Father, dear father, come home with me now,
The clock in the steeple strikes ten.
Old-time School Songs.
Rueben, Rueben, I_ve been thinking,
What a fine world this would be,
If the men were all transported,
Far beyond the northern sea.
Poplars. _ Four poplar trees stood on the east side of the house at Little Oak _ three in a row and the fourth so placed as to make with its companion two tall columns which furnished supports for the ropes of a swing where play of this sort was gratified. Poplars, tall, slender, compact, give to a flat country a certain relief, a certain air of elegance. One notes their satisfying in the landscapes painted by Corot and many another artist.