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THE GUARDIAN Page EleveJ, GREEN DRIVERS HOW TO RUN AUTOMOBILES EXPERIENCE AT THE WHEEL WITH )RNS AND LIVES TO TELL THESE TALES. one can learn to drive an pils. They are as apt to put up the easy.', Stop hnd to a student as to any full- Albert B. Hawes, senior in- fiedged driver. They do have a smile at the Y. M. C. A. Road now and then. "Sometimes it would , says so. He's never had an be just as well for them to let us go by," said Mr. Hawes. "A pupil might But-- _ get fussed up and have trouble' in jump down on his knees changing gears. Many policemen and eluth pedals with don't understand that the work we do to avert catastrophe while now helps them later." was learning. (He didn't hurt her toes by stepping on to fight for the wheel strength when a aa steered for a precipice. day's work," says he. ling driving for eight Sad his nerves aren't jaded yet. have job enough. Here's teacher who gets the the inspector does. laght to Know Better. are doing funny things Mr. Hawes says. "I've million funny things, but they so often I don't bother to re- them. aked a man, who had had to see how much wa- In the radiator. The student into the slats at the radiator. He was trying Within one hour I've had a tt the gasoline tank at the he machine when I asked crank the car. He had seen of autos to know better. fellow reached way up the knob that fastens the to the windshield. I had to turn on the switch: It lesson, either. is an ideal place to teach Person can drive in Bos- drive anywhere else in the Streets are narrow, crowd- are so many quick knows every crooked lane For a low average he ' railes a day over them, and and night except Sunday. l]ave One Experience I don't take pupils down traffic until I have a pretty they'll do. Sometimes, get panicky. I had t ne student through the he tim war tanks jammed *, and when we came out on at the Tremont street the subway, he tried to sidewalk. a student will do well of traffic and then road will go all to pieces. faust have some kind of they get rid of fear. over, everything leople are quicker to learn Either they are in the things quickly or got the background of mind pictures of acci- people have, are more slower. are the hardest to drive a car. Per- Worked so long over so much about the are afraid of do- it. Then again, they so much about a ma- n teacher can't tell them PUpil Has Passed. know nothing about easier to teach than per- something about it. , of time to adapt the lat- machine or to cor- has a pride in saying had a pupil give up one of his students has It has often meant in and in a few cases by the State in- uo matter how slow a learn he has eventually a license. despite the fact that a for the teach- advised him to take e Woods and bury it. d One policeamn doesn't think much 0 a teacher's task, and time and again has marveled at Mr. Hawes' even temper. "Wouldn't take your job for $100 a day," is his stock de- claration. When it comes to a question of whether men or women are harder to instruct Mr. Hawes sidesteps. Once he said the men were a great deal worse, but finally he declines to make any distinction. His public opinion is that at least women won't go up to be examined until they're reasonably sure they'll pass. Men go regardless. "Of the small percentage rejected four a license on the first trial the ma- jority are men. They go up before they are capable. Turning Around the Hardest "Turning around is the most diffi- cult lesson to teach. People get mixed up with right or left. They may know perfectly well which direc- tion they want to turn, but their hand3 at the wheel do the opposite. I've found students who couldn't see operations, couldn't visualize what the machiqe ought to do, how the wheels ought to be. The difficulty lies in their not being able to see the wheels. Once in a while I have to set the pupil out on the sidewalk to watch the wheels while I turn so they will get the idea." In China half a license is given when a person can ride ahead, the other half when he can turn around. Following a preliminary lesson or lessons in the quiet of some Fenway, what would seem the bugbear of a pupil is introduction to Boston's cen- tral traffic. In one of Mr. Hawes' in- struction machines are double brake and clutch and pedals. In one car there are none. It was in this car that Mr. Hawes had to drop on his knees and push with all his might to save smashing into a truck. In an hour a pupil may get prac- tice in driving through the South End, around corners, over bridges, by traffic cops, down Newspaper row, Salem street, up Scollay square, along tile truck drivers' board-walk and in- to the theatre district, "looking for traffic." It is  patient grill in keep- ing a level head. Not for one moment can Mr. Hawes be off the alert. Machines Long Lived Now and then the student has to follow the leadership of a heavy team, maybe loaded with beer barrels (noth- ing dripping). "Up with the cluth, on a little gas, down with the clutch, up, gas, "stop, down." It is a great journey to keep a machine dogging a rumble of freight on cobblestones, but excellent practice for the lines snail- ing at the order of the traffic cops. Once the teamster ahead didn't like the idea of a trailer and craned his neck so much to make out "why" that he finally pulled up to a halt and hol- lered to the snailers. The instructor hasn't interpreted yet. Peculiar as it may seem, the ma- chines that are used for instruction have fairly long lives. Machines that were used for instruction by the Y. M. C. A. in 1917 are in use yet. But the upkeep of student cars is more ex- acting than any machine which one person woud be driving in all the time. Mr. Hawes was born and brvught up in Boston, so the place is home to him, but for 16 years he was in the hotel business in New York and work- ed 14 hours a day. He got enough of it and came back to Boston, becoming a student in the Y. M. C. A. auto me- chanics course, was asked to become instructor and was put in charge of one (if the departments. Finally he became road instructor. That was eight years ago. He teaches from 9 o'clock in the morning until 9 o'clocl at nigh, sum- m age from 16 to mer and winter. "There's seldom a let- takena'lot of in- up in calls for ' " in instruction, even are he. came to Mr, wanted a chauffeur's li- his mind on it, but the only pass him for an place, he spoiled his too much. Next forgdt. The time got his coveted piece of was to hug was to remember the worst winter months. We're al- ways busy. I do have to keep an ex- tra pair of warm gloves and a oat handy because people will not come dressed warm enough." "Driving Is Easy." .. And besides providing kindly com- forts Mr.. Hawes had to be a character reader. "You have to study the stu- dents and try to take the fear from their minds. Some you can talk to' below the and some you can't. Some are excep- Whom he could get a tionally nervous. which to make a pre- "Always I first explain to them that driving is easy. It is. Driving is do- With Traffic Cops. ing the same things over and over are to again, in a systenatic way. | So many middle-aged persons have come to me to learn and then said how much they wished they had start- ed long ago--and this in days when almost every one gets a chance to take the wheel some time or other." It seemed like a strenuous life. "What do you do for fun?" Mr. Hawes was asked. "Work." "For different fun, then ?" "Sleep." "Never lose any, worrying?": "Never." THE NEED OF PLAY (Adapted from Mary S. Haviland's "Character Training in Childhood.") Next to hunger, the play-impulse is the most deeply rooted of all the child's instincts. We speak of the "play-life" of children, but the term is a mistaken one, for the child's play is his life. A child who does not play is ill, and very ill, for even the pale little inmates of the hospital are eag- er for such play as their slender strength permits. In this passion for play, the child is like all young creatures. The starv- ing kitten, once warmed and fed, will respond to a coaxing forefinger by a feeble but playful pass with its paw. The puppy will even leave his dinner to join in a game of ball. Among all the higher animals, infancy is a time of play, and the higher in the scale the aninml, the longer is his play- time. Let us consider just what it is that play does for our children. Its first and most obvious effect is on the child's body. The baby spends most of his waking hours in play, flinging his spoon down that you may pick it up, and when he is older, trotting up and down the hall playing "choo- choo," inventing a thousand ways of exercising his body and training his nmscles. If one watches a small child for half an hour, one is convinced that perpetual motion is not a myth, but the everyday performance of an or- dinary youngster. It is absolute cruelty to make a small child sit still for any but a very short Imriod of time. His whole body cries out for the exercise without which it cannot keep health, gain strength, or acquire skill. Even among older children, frequent play periods should alternate with study hours. Play is Nature's method )f education and we interfere with it at our peril. Perhaps the most serious indictment of child labor is not that it keeps chil- dren out of school, but that it prevents their playing. Greatas are the evils of child labor in stunting bodie cramping minds and warping charac- ters, we must not lose sight of the "poor little rich girl," whose body, mind and character are almost equal- ly starved, not by work, but by idle- ness. It is really an open question whether the lad who works in a fac- tory, but plays ball vigorously during his noon hour, is not better off, physi- cally, mentally and  morally than the "gilded youth" who lolls on the apart- ment house steps gossiping with the janitor, or lounges on the street cor- ner waiting for someone to dispel his boredom. No, what our children need is not freedom from work, but oppor- tunity for wholesome play. "But," people often say, "why all this fuss about helping children to play? All children play. It is their nature. Why should a child's parents mm m Compliments of UTTLE ROCK STEAM LAUNDRY Phones 4-0534, 4-0535 r - C.E. NOLTING RADIATOR SPECIALIST Oldest and Best Equipped Shop in Arkansas Authorized Assembling Station for International Cellular Cooling-Sections A Complete New Replacement Core (Cooling Section) Made Promptly to Fit ANY Radiator THERE IS NO DELAY--THE INTERNATIONAL WAY Phone 4-3382 418 Center St., Little Rock Ark. A NEW ONE FREE If It Does Not Give Satisfaction This is our guarantee on Wardrobe Trunks. This is the reason that we sell more Wardrobe Tlnks, than anyone else in Arkansas KIDD-SHACKELFORD TRUNK & BAG CO. 213 Main Street Little Rock, Ark. i| laJl ,r, Ask Your Grocer for "Puritan Maid" Bread Made by EGNER'S BAKERY 1109 W. Markham St. Phone 989 Q J. W. 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A wise elder can should, and in equal measure we I overcome this by making it clear that" should train them to play games that[no game can be successfully played will give them bodily, mental and spit-[ unless all the players abide by the itual help and to play in the right[rules. Thus the play which formerly way. was direct training in slyness become. ILeft to himself, the snall boy's play a mode of training in honesty, fair is likely to become torment for the] play and co-operation. cat, exasperation for the family, and Boy Scouting. a training in wanton destruction for Boy Scouting is essentially a char- himself. Among older children the acter training program with all that tendency to mischief and destruction this means. It does not supplant but is much less---though many a city ash- aids the home, the church and the barrel hurled upon its side, can testify school in their work. It utilizes boy- to the survival of this spirit in the hood energies, by directing them into growing lad. The boy's tendency is to useful channels of work and play. It play too limited a range of games, trains them to start their life's career Every boy plays baseball, but a large with a balanced idea of their duty to percentage cn neither swim, skate, their God, their fellows and to them- row, wrestle, box nor hit a target, selves. Moreover, many a bookish lad prefers quiet, indoor games, which often give PATRONIZE OUR ADVERTISERS r, Jl ii i i i DRINK IN BOTTLES Refuse Imitations I" i WESSbN'S HARMONY CAFETERIA 305 Main Street Little Rock, Ark. F j i i o ARONSON, SIMMONS & COMPANY COTTON BUYERS Little Rock, Arkansas BARNEY LEVIN DRYGOODS COMPANY 515-517 Center Street Little Rock, Ark. "Center Street Department Store" Outfitters for Men, Women and Children i. SHOEMAKER-BALE AUTO COMPANY . Q.. 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