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The Abbot Circle 1924 istorp as tubteb in 1935 It was bedtime — Mary Ellen, an adorable child with blue eyes and golden curls, said her prayers, and scrambled into bed, awaiting her mother ' s goodnight kiss. " Goodnight, mama, " she whispered. " Kiss Daddy for me, won ' t you? " " Goodnight, darling, " replied her mother. " Yes, I will, " and after turning out the light, she left the room. " Cooh, Mama, you forgot somepin! Honest, Mama — you forgot to put on my — my earphone. " " Oh, I ' m sorry, dear. Mother can ' t seem to remember them, can she? But you know, when I was a girl, I had to go to school, instead of learning all my lessons while I was asleep, as you do. We used to talk about those little ear- phones in our psychology class, but we never thought that our baby daughter would be using them, did we dear? There! Is that all right? ' ' " Yes, Mama. It talked all about the Great War last night, and Pershing, ' neverything. Do you member him, too? " " Yes, dear, goodnight! " " Goodnight, mama! " (The voice): Tonight you are to hear the history of the class of 1924 at Abbot Academy. Because the members of this class so distinguished themselves, their name and fame has gone down in Keating ' s " History for Tiny Tots. " In the year 1919, two theories were prominent among a tribe of people who were known as Preps, distinguished by the extreme novelty of long hair, which was done in pigtails, a style common to that period. The first theory was: ■ — 1) That the ice box, located on the second floor of Draper Hall, was ex- clusively the property of Miss K. R. Kelsey, used for the storage of her Eskimo pies. 2) That the elevator was used nightly by Miss Bailey, who went on pil- grimages to the fourth floor, to kiss her youthful charges goodnight. The year 1920 was not so eventful as those which followed, so we shall hasten on to the more important parts. In the following year, the members of the class were known to the world at large as Junior Mids. At their first class meeting, Marjorie Moon was elected president, and at this time, Dartmouth green was chosen for the class color, much to the secret delight of several members. The underlying idea is too deep to be discussed at this point. In June of that year, Rally night was held, a date of much 40
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The Abbot Circle 19 24 Feb. 4: — Seniors went to Intervale, the one place on earth. Feb. 9: — Seniors went to Abbot Alumnae luncheon. You have a lot to live up to, Seniors. Feb. 12: — Lincoln Memorial service. Miss Morgan read " He Knew Lincoln " and other poems delightfully. Feb. 26: — Miss Nichols gave a violin recital. Needless to say it was splendid. March 1 : — English V plays. Hats off to our authors and actors! It was great. March 2: — Miss Howey gave a lecture on " New Japan. " March 11: — " Pomander Walk " was given by the seniors. Was ever a play so good? Never! March 15: — Music students gave another fine recital. March 20: — Spring vacation — need we say more? April 2 : — Back to school again to make the last term even better than the others. April 8: — German play was very ably given by the German department. April 20: — Easter and our Easter service. This service and the Christmas one have like places in our hearts, they tie us closer to our school. May 6: — Abbot ' s birthday. The senior play was repeated in honor of the occasion. May 10: — The great day, the prom. Marcels, perfume, silver slippers, music, dancing, last but not least, men; now I ask you, what more could one want at a prom? May 13: — The French play. How those girls could ' parler francais! " June 3: — The senior banquet and the giving of the senior parlor to the senior-mids. Why, oh why must seniors leave their school? Nor do they know how dearly they love it until they leave it. June 5: — Finals began. If you ' ve done your best all year, good; if not, not so good. June 7 : — It was Rally Night, that great time when we did the snake dance on the circle. Fathers. mothers, alumnae, friends, all came to Abbot for commencement week had begun. June 8: — Baccalaureate sermon. Seniors were entering the outside world, Abbot backing them, June 9: — We got our marks. " Be still my heart, " we all said as we looked at our papers. June 10: — Commencement. There aren ' t any words to express it. These come nearest, " O Abbot beautiful, mother we love. " 39
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The Abbot Circle 19 24 importance in the history of Abbot. All members wore class colors and marched about a large circular spot of ground known as the Circle. Great excitement ensued when men from the neighboring institution of Andover marched in to celebrate the winning of a famous battle with Exeter. The event was distin- guished by white uniforms and torchlights. October 9, 1922. Date of Senior-Mid picnic. Members journeyed to the land of Pomp, where, beside a famous body of water, the ceremony of toasting marshmallows and hot dogs was held. January 3, 1923. A date of great importance. Members entertained men who journeyed on the Great Hill to a tea dance. The consternation of the younger classes was most apparent at this period. June 12, 1923. Senior class presented ' 24 with spade. September 19, 1924. Members returned for their Senior year, and an at- mosphere of great dignity (?) was prevalent at this period. Peggy MacDonald was president of the class. October 2, 1924. A gathering known as the Senior picnic was held at a beautiful spot many miles from school. Strange looking conveyances carried the members to and from the meeting place, and various ceremonies were conducted. It should be noted here that the group returned by moonlight, which was con- sidered a great feat, for they seldom braved the danger of the night. February 4, 1924. Group migrated to the Great Northland called Intervale, where sports were engaged in with much enthusiasm. Although the members became greatly fatigued, it is noticed that even now, when one of them perceives a flake of snow, the name Intervale is recalled with great agility. March 6. Class received Senior rings, which were sacred to them as bands of friendship between one another and all previous graduates. March 11. Members presented a play known as " Pomander Walk " , to which people journeyed from far lands, in order that they might see the remark- able talents which the class possessed. May 10. One of the greatest ceremonies in history took place, namely the Abbot Prom. The event was distinguished and crowned with glory by a group of undergraduates who were seated in the spacious organ loft of Davis Hall. June 10. Commencement. Members received rolls of parchment with strange writing thereon, known as diplomas, and soon afterward the group separated to all parts of the world. Their history, however, does not stop with this event, for they distinguished themselves in many ways thereafter, and the name and fame of the class of 1924 will never perish. Good -night. 41
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