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Page 44 text:
The Abbot Circle 19 26 Class i tstorj The bark was launched in ' 21, With a crew of ten or more They unfurled sails and hauled in ropes In a manner known of yore. The port in view was ' 26, Four stops before the end. But what a lot there was to do, ' Til " No more sails to tend. " It meant building Caesar ' s bridges, And counting lobster ' s toes. It meant constructing queer-shaped figures, And reciting English prose. It wasn ' t all good sailing, though, There came many a wintry squall, But it gave the crew fine training, Which we know counts most of all. Midyears and finals were " on deck, " As we anchored at every dock, By some they were hailed as a beacon-light, By others, a dangerous rock. Thus on we sailed for five whole years With ' 26 in view, Sometimes the sky was a dubious grey, But it often cleared to blue. The ship changed hands at every port, And officers chosen by all, They guided us with a steady hand Through many a stormy squall. 36
Page 43 text:
The Abbot Circle 192 6 Class Will We, the Class of 1926, Abbot Academy, Andover; Massachusetts, being as sane and sober as could be expected after a year ' s hard labor, do hereby give and bequeath our worldly goods as follows: First, To the Class of 1927: 1. Our diplomacy. 2. Our collection of old rubbers and galoshes. 3. All the blue ribbons from our sheepskins, for use next year. 4. The happy and indispensable faculty of cooperating. 5. The privilege of entering doors ahead of under classmen : Second, To Individuals: 1. Gret ' s picture of Fran to Juliette. 2. Suzzy ' s laugh to Helen Bloomer. 3. Edie Bullen ' s shoes to Eli Gordon. 4. Peg Stirling ' s voice to H. Amesse. 5. Anstiss ' s talent to Sydna. 6. All our " little burnt pieces " to Miss Johnson. 7. " Porkchop ' s " gift of gab to Helen Leavitt. 8. Adelaide ' s discretion to Hersilia. 9 Cope ' s mouth to Betty Hulse. 10. All our " O ' Sullivan ' s " to Miss Baker. 11. Modern map of Europe, for future use in the " modern field " to Miss Hammond. 12. Lucie ' s chin to Flora. 13. Gracie ' s freckles to Herta. 14. Cope ' s big shears to Betsey McAllister, for immediate use. 15. The fulfillment of Suzzy ' s wish to be " two inches wider " to C. Hopkins. 16. Alice Perry ' s optimism to Dot Spear. 17. Annie ' s school spirit to Hen Nash. Third, To the School: 1. An elevator for the tower stairs. 2. Steel knives for " steak occasions. " (Apologies to Miss Howey.) 3. Lemon forks; one-piece gravy-dishes. 4. A new situation for the radio. 5. A few more radiators for trysting-places. 35
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The Abbot Circle 1926 Gret Vanderschmidt was our captain bold, Fonty, her staunch first mate, The log was kept by Alice Cole, Perk, our purser, kept books straight. Anstiss Bowser is the look-out, Who looks around to see Just what is going on about And wards off mutiny. The hard test came in the final stretch, When we really had to fight The heavy storms and rocky shoals, But — we ' re the purple and white. This fact alone can answer why The ship still rides in state It may be battle-worn and scarred, But it rides — awaiting fate. Its race is nobly finished now, With its colors floating high, Its spirit will live forever, The purple and white for aye. Above, when the bright sun has left us, And the sky is a grackle-head blue, There glows in the distant horizon A smouldering purple hue. M.S. L. 37
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