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Spring comes to the blackboard jungle

July 5 1958

Parade

Spring comes to the blackboard jungle

July 5 1958

Parade

Spring comes to the blackboard jungle

Toronto has blackboard thickets, if not

jungles, in some of its schools. One young woman teacher has just finished a hectic but rewarding year teaching a third-grade class that sometimes seemed to be full of near delinquents and a few actuals. Most of them were trying third grade for the second or even third time. It was a tough year but by the end of it the lady teacher felt that, with a single exception, she had the entire class on her side. Then one of her tamed toughies told her she wouldn’t have any more trouble with Joey. "What happened?" demanded teacher suspiciously. “Did he break an arm or something?” “No,” squealed the young stool pigeon,

“Joey’s fallen in love with you.”

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A Parade scout in Rivers, Man., reports that the owners of an ultramodern house there have mounted a sign on their front lawn that says, “We don't like your house, either.”

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A man biting a dog may be news in some places but not in Coaticook, Que., where folks are still talking about the dog that ran into the side of a moving car, did $30.10 damage and ran off. No hit-and-run charge was laid, but the dog's owner paid up with alacrity, since he was covered by one of those publicliability policies that protects you if someone trips over a kiddie-car on your walk or gets run into by your dog. The dog, a beautiful Irish setter, didn’t suffer a scratch and didn't learn a thing; still chases cars like crazy.

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There’s a fellow selling motor boats up in the Peace River country, but we think he got his experience in another line, to judge from an ad he inserted in

the Peace River Record-Gazette: "Motor boat—Very large, big seating capacity, sturdy plywood reinforcing. Only been driven on pavement by elderly couple

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Social note about a teen-town party, in the Barrie, Ont.. Examiner: "Mr. and

Mrs. W....... chaperoned the otherwise

successful dance ...”

There’s a thrifty farmer near Vermilion, Alta., who’s going to change his ways. For a long time the farm boasted a cat that was one of the best mousers in the district, but she produced so many litters of kittens to be fed that the farmer decided it would be cheaper to put up with the mice. When the cat

finally died of old age he wouldn’t replace her and this spring it cost him eighty-five dollars to get his car fixed after mice wriggled right into the engine and built a nest there.

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Maybe Macy’s doesn't tell Gimbels but in Hamilton, Ont., recently there was an entire rack of dresses in Eaton’s that bore Simpsons-Sears labels. The clerk wouldn’t believe it either, when a stunned woman shopper reported the phenomenon, but after one look the girl went dashing frantically off to find the manager.

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Traffic was all tied up on Vancouver’s single-lane Cambie Bridge the other morning, thanks to two trucks which had pulled up near the middle of the span while workmen erected a sign reading "No stopping on bridge.”

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A woman in London, Ont., tells us she has just barely recovered from a crisis that occurred on a bus there the other day. The driver suddenly pulled into the curb, turned a stricken face on his passengers and asked if there was a nurse on the bus. Everybody looked alarmed and sympathetic but nobody spoke up, so our Parade scout volunteered. While no registered nurse, she’d been nursing a large family for years and would do what she could. Thrusting a bottle at her the driver declared in anguish, "Lvc got a terrible earache — could you put some drops in please?”

In went the drops and on went the bus.

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