A B Davis High School - Maroon and White Yearbook (Mount Vernon, NY)

 - Class of 1933

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MAROON AND WHITE and morbid a few minutes ago, I became happy and gay, for I had thought of a way to save my father and those precious papers. Why couldn't I speed up the mo- tion of the pendulum? No sooner thought of than done. I grasped the pendulum firmly in each hand and gradually acceler- ated its motion. Would it work? I could only hope for the best and finally, after fifteen minutes of swinging, was rewarded by hearing an exclamation from one of the soldiers. " 'My word, that clock must be run- ning a race! I never heard one trick so fast before. I'd even say that the hands were going faster.' "Then I heard the gruff voice of the one whom I judged to be the head of the party reply: A' 'The clock does seem to be ticking quite fast, but as for the hands speeding. I think that is due to your imagination. What in the world could increase its speed, anyhow?' "Another soldier spoke up: " 'Different clocks tick at different speeds. but all keep the same time. I know. I'm a clockmaker by trade.' "I was momentarily frightened when I heard them discussing what could hasten the clock's speed, but felt relieved when the second soldier gave his opinion. Would the clock, even with its increase in speed. make up twenty minutes, the fifteen which had passed from the departure of my mother to the arrival of the 'redcoats', and the five which would allow my father a safe margin after the British had left? To me the time seemed to go by extremely slowly, while to them outside-that is, outside the clock-it went fast, I was be- coming very stiff, for I had been swinging the pendulum for an hour. The air in the clock wasn't of the best sort for breathing, and I soon began to feel sleepy. At times I could hardly keep my eyes open, but a hard knock on the head, administered by a very solid pendulum. seemed to tell me, 'Wake up! Wake up! Remember your dutyl' As this thought centered itself in my mind, I immediately threw off the lethargy and began to work with renewed vigor. Page One Hundred and Forty "It seemed as though I had been in the clock days, or was it weeks? In reality it was only an hour and a half. The British would leave in fifteen more minutes if I had increased the speed of the clock sufficiently. The last few minutes seemed an age. I could hardly stand up on my feet and began to feel faint. All colored lights, red. blue, yellow, flashed in front of my eyes. At last I heard chairs moving in the parlor. Voices. seemingly from a great distance, came to me strangely dis- tlnct. " 'Well, I guess Carroll isn't going to show up. Ricker must have been mistaken, or- " 'Or what?' " 'Do you think that he could have double-crossed us? A scoundrel like him would do anything' " 'No, that's quite impossible. He hates Carroll too much and really means him harm. However, I wouldn't take much stock in his stories after this. Let's go. There is no use wasting -any more time here.' "I don't remember much that hap- pened after that. I heard them leave and stumbled out of the clock and groped around for a chair, but I never reached one. Everything went black. My legs caved in under me. and I sank to the floor exhausted and dead to the world. "I awoke some time later and saw my mother looking at me anxiously. She had been bathing my face. My father was standing beside her. They both appeared frightened, for they didn't know what was wrong with me. After I had related my adventure, they exclaimed with surprise and admiration. My father said but one thing to me: " 'My son, I am proud of you and know that you will make a great general.' " After finishing his story, my father's great-grandfather faded back into the shadows, and I thought what a brave and courageous young boy he had been. His father's prophecy came true, for he be- came a victorious general in the Civil War fighting for the right cause, that of keeping our great Union undivided. JESSE IVIEHRLUST, Class of 1934. NINETEEN THiRTY5THREE

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