THE PERSEVERANCE CLUB. BY JAMES ALBERT WALES. boys of the Perseverance Uub voted to hold a fair to help raise s for a clubhouse, anil In carry-ut carry-ut this rroject they were well ns-1 ns-1 by their mothets, sisters and Klrl ils Everything was ready by the before Christmas, and the fair flven In Mrs. Gladwin's house. All of fancy articles, useful ns well ornamental, had been sewed, el, painted and put together In us wnjs by willing hands, and found a ready sale among sym-zlng sym-zlng friends of tho boys. Wilbur itley had painted some cleer po-ndvcrtlslng po-ndvcrtlslng the event, and as all illaga had heird of the new club Is time theie was a large attend-Lemonade attend-Lemonade and cake were served e girls, who were dressed fetch-as fetch-as uallre ses In neat aprons and hundreil and fifty-one dollars 'events -live cents was realized this fair deducting all expenses, i made a handsome beginning for lubhouso fund. The boss passed itlons thanking those who had nerously given the fulr for their i, and acknowledged the Kind In-of In-of thobe who had attended Tho itlons were published In tho Itlv- Record, the local paper, new clubhouse was discussed nt lectlng A committee of lle, with ' Hirry as chalimin, reported on 'Toms' father was an architect ad helped the boys In pieparlng drawings. isurer ' Charley" Olmsted report-it report-it he had seen Mr .lenks, owner cry suitable lot on the river-front le had said that the boss could It fir J100, although he would asked at least J1S0 of any other nas proposed that the membeis the clubhouse themselves The of materials wns figured at $250 meant that J200 must bo r.ilsul operations could begin. "Joe" suggested Issuing 2M S per cent to mature In 10 enrs, having a alue of $1 per shale, nnd to buy bonds back ns fast ns sums of y weie raised fiom gate receipts plan was accepted, nnd Treasurer ey spent his spare time during ext week collecting subscriptions e club's bond list. Boveral people live nnd ten bonds, and It was not to find subscribers to nil. Aleck egor printed the bond certificates s press using a form ndapted the bond of a corporation. It wa3 1 that tho club could nt uny time ack the bond at Its par nluo of share, rley now had $400 on hand, nnd S100 of this l.e bought tho Int. Tho now studied the plnns carefully, lubhouse was to be a one-story ng, 2"xft0 feet on the ground, 11 ilgh at the sides and 21 feet high floor to ridgepole. (Insldo mens-nts). mens-nts). executive committee wns given to proceed ut once. Teiry O'Brien's father was a lumber dealer, and the boya accepted his kind orfer to sell them lumber ut cost They ordered or-dered the following materials for a beginning: Two thousand nnd sixty feet of spruce beams, 2x2 Inches, for frame of building Slx'tnousand one hundred feet of weather-boarding for slut nnd ends. Tour thousand feet of Georgia pine. 1x4 Inches, tongued, grooved and dressed, for flooring One thousind six hundred board feet of undressed planks foi roofing. Bhlngles for 1600 square feet of roofing. roof-ing. They also purchased at a hardware store. Ten rounds 5-lnch wire spikes for frame One keg light wire mils for weather-boirdlng weather-boirdlng One keg shingle nails This nude a total expenditure of nearly 213 for first materials. It was done till the materials arrived There material than too little Fortunately, the boss would be able to get bricks for their foundation from the foundation founda-tion of a ham which had been burned down upon the site they had chosen, nnd ns the ham had been fitted with water" connection for the horses which had been kept In It the boya would have water at hand for their shower baths The fact that they could work only after rchool, between 3 30 and C o'clock, nnd on Saturday s, was felt to be a great Inconvenience. Mr O Drlen found hat he would not be able to deliver the lumber Inside of ten dass. As the football season was now over. It waa voted to organize a basketball team, as no work could be thought better to get a little too much was no Indoor space available for practice, so the boys constructed baskets bask-ets on Bmlth's lot, nnd bought a practice prac-tice ball The goal baskets were made by tvlng cord netting to stout wooden hoops, 18 Inches In diameter, braced to a framework ten feet fiom the ground A cord was attached to the bottom of the netting so nB to pull the ball out of the basket after a goal had been thrown The wooden screen back of the basket wns 4x6 feet, nnd the ground space wns marked out with lime, 2-,xG0 feet They practiced diligently and soon their choice of a team narrowed down to five regular players nnd live substitute, substi-tute, of, whom Hurry" Hnnford ..was cnpUiln and Alex McGregor manager, Tho boys had trained well, and as a result their team was fast nnd full of nervo and mdurnnco. Ten plevers, Including In-cluding tho manager. Journeyed to the city Thursday evening nnd found their way to the gymnasium of the Golden Knights. After getting Into their uniforms, uni-forms, consisting of bathing jerseys, tootbill tiousers, stockings nnd tennis shoes, which looked rather shabhy beside be-side tho neat uniforms of the Golden Knights, tho visiting playirs tried thi owing for the strange goals nnd passing the ball. They lined up In this order. Hlght forward, HanfBrd (captain); left forward, Tlcknorj center, McGrcg- lie Struck George In tie race, v or; right guard, Graham, nnd left guard, Sayles. The space around the sides of tho hall was occupied by the spectators. Including many well-dressed boys and girls and their parents. The game soon began, and tho floor becamo a bewildering bewil-dering scene of moving figures. Tho Knights had an advantage on their home floor, and for a while they swept the visitors off their feet, throwing six goals quickly. Score, 12 to 0. rei severance soon rallied and threw three goals, making the score 12-6. The scoro at tho end of the half was 14-14 One of tho Golden Knights seemed disposed to "slug and disobey tho rules whenever the umpires were not looking. Toward the end of the half this fellow, Baulkln by name, gavo Harry Hanford a sharp Jab In the ribs, causing the latter to lose his wind for a moment. Harry protested to one of the umpires, who happened to bo n substitute player of the Knights. The umpire loked nt his well-worn uniform with a scornful glance, then raised his cjes and said, slowly: "Indeed I Po you believe In telling tales, do you?" "Nothing of the kind!" Harry replied, controlling his nngcr. "It Is your business bus-iness as an official to look for foul play-Ing, play-Ing, and when ynit fall to see It tho rules provide that tho captain may protest." 'Trotest now allowed!" answered the umpire, winking at Baulkln. Harry sild nothing nnd went on with tho game, for which spirit he was applauded ap-plauded by several lovers of fair p-y In the audience. In the second half neither sldo gained any great advantage, and time was called with tho score 20 to 50. It was necessary to play overtime to decide the game. Tho bill was tossed up for the centers, cen-ters, nnd Aleck slapped It to Rex. Rex fumbled It, nnd the opposing guard threw It down the hall. Baulkln caught It, but George Graham blocked his try for goal. Biulkln lost his temper at this nnd deliberately struck George In the face with his left elbow, at the same time tossing tho ball into the basket from his right hand. There wis a cheer at this, nt It meant that the Knights hid won 22 to 20, hut Ciptaln Harry protested at once. In view of Saulkln's rough play-Ing. play-Ing. The umpires dlsigreed ns to whether the foul had been committed nnd tho referee, trow horn the decision had been left, said that as he hid not seen the play In question, ho saw no reason to lnterfeic, and the score would stand 22 to 20 This was a clear case of unfair deal. Ing, and many of the spectators Joined In protesting. The referee, who, by the way, wns a brother of one of the Knights, refused to change his decision. However, tho manager of the Knights, who seemed to he a square sort of fellow, fel-low, ngieed to play another game In the rerseverance clubhouse when It should be completed.