When Franklin established himself in Philadelphia, shortly before 1730, the town boasted two "wretched little" news sheets, Andrew Bradford 's The American Weekly Mercury , and Samuel Keimer 's Universal Instructor in all Arts and Sciences, and Pennsylvania Gazette . This instruction in all arts and sciences consisted of weekly extracts from Chambers's Universal Dictionary . Franklin quickly did away with all this when he took over the Instructor and made it The Pennsylvania Gazette . The Gazette soon became Franklin's characteristic organ, which he freely used for satire, for the play of his wit, even for sheer excess of mischief or of fun. From the first he had a way of adapting his models to his own uses. The series of essays called "The Busy-Body", which he wrote for Bradford's American Mercury in 1729, followed the general Addisonian form, already modified to suit homelier conditions. The thrifty Patience, in her busy little shop, complaining of the useless visitors who waste her valuable time, is related to the ladies who address Mr. Spectator. The Busy-Body himself is a true Censor Morum, as Isaac Bickerstaff had been in the Tatler . And a number of the fictitious characters, Ridentius, Eugenius, Cato, and Cretico, represent traditional 18th-century classicism. Even this Franklin could use for contemporary satire, since Cretico, the "sowre Philosopher", is evidently a portrait of Franklin's rival, Samuel Keimer .
On the 9th of February, Yolanda Bassas Gimeno, a lawyer and human rights activist, came to our school to give a presentation about her experience volunteering and helping the refugees at the Piraeus camp in Greece. The refugees of this camp, come from all over the Middle East, although the majority are fleeing from Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq where they are facing persecution. She told stories of her involvement with the refugees and the horrible living conditions which they have to endure. Next Thursday, on March 9th, two 11th grade CAS students will be selling calendars for 5 euros. Each calendar displays photographs of different children living within the Piraeus camp holding the pictures they drew of their dreams and hopes for the future. The calendars will be sold next to the security office, located in the elementary campus. All the money collected is going towards the organization Yolanda worked with. http:/// Thank you in advance for your support.