Abilene High School - Flashlight Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1922

Page 116 of 156

 

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bow amld creaklng timbers, fall of rope, and last farewells to dotlng friends upon the quay The four ships of A H S took their station behind the flag ship, and moved slowly out to sea 1n such serenity that I was reminded of Colerldges painted ship upon a painted ocean To day I dragged from the cabin the ships log called by some sailors the Flashlight and I found many lncldents of the cruise worth recountlng Though hardships were many, the captain stern and unrelenting at times, and the Admiral given to halr splitting d1St1I1Cwl0I1S on occasions, yet there were gala days aboard when the bonny boat sped like a bird on the wing, the waters were placid with the o1l of good fellowship, and bandmaster Kelso waved her baton and the crew stood at attention and swore fealty to the Stars and Stripes, and roared out Haul on the bowllne the bully ships arollmg , days when the value of comradeshlp was manlfested and the men who were ln the foremost ships answered the S O S calls of the weaker vessels, and halted their course to confer about leadership dlscuss sportsmanship, exerclse craftsmanship cultivate frlendshlp, experiment w1th courtship, and at the same time avold a coll1s1on with the destroyer Hardshlp But this was inevitable, the crew would descend the hatchway three steps at a tlme, would insist upon singing Lil Liza Jane, and would raid the kitchen for ples and other delicacies left in the oven for which the leading offenders were condemned to languish in that "dark and dreary dungeon called detention These were the only outbreakmg mutimes record ments in monkeyshrp, scholarship and penmanship, was discovered entertaining the little court ship Alma with bursts of eloquence and surrcptltxously darting 1nto l1'tle coves and nooks where he thought he would not be observed That course certainly exhibited craf'smansh1p However a little companionship intervened at this stage and His Lordship, with the aid of statesmanshlp entered 1nto a two power pact with his Frederick Charlesship by which both parties agreed that neither would slander the other in the presence of Her Ladyship The attempts of OHICCI' Brooks to inflate or resuscitate those mldshlpmen with whose stu p1d1ty he was aggravated, by administering odorous gases whlch threatened the lives of also the innocent bystanders will not soon be forgotten However the log further recounts the pleasant relationship in general that the members of the little fleet have had with the OHICSIS aboard and ll notes the fact that many a warm friend ship has developed during these four years before the mast Comrades now that we are nearmg port and are slgnallng each other reluctant farewells before we dlsembark for the short period to precede the time when we shall take our places in the separate vessels that are to bear us out for a longer cruise on Lifes high sea, lt IS well to remember that on that voyage we shall have every need for the scholarshlp, sportsm nship friendship, and citizenship we have been surrounded w1th during thls brlefer preparation, however long it may have seemed to some of us We shall have no sympathetic sponsorshlp when we come to g1ve an account of our stewardship But with the experience of this cruise you may rest assured that in the years to come we shall not fall below the high standard old A H S has always had for us Our sails are set stralght, our colors are nalled to the mast, and we row forth hopefully and confidently into the future One shtp drwes East and another drwes West By the self same wznrls that blow Its the set 0 the satls and not the gale That determznes the wav they go Ltke the wuuls of the waves are the ways o Fat As we journey alone through llfe Its the set of the soul that zleterrnmes the goal And not the storrn and the strtfe 114- D D',J ' I' : , Pi ' ilasll liilllil . ' ' ' . . , N . - . i . ,, . . , A . 44 - as . , , . . . . '. . I . . . . b. . ,, . . . ,. - - an . . , . ,,. . . 4 I . a , , . . .I . . . 44 . . ., . . . I . ,, . . . 8 ed in the log except that on one day His Lordship, an eminent Senior, distinguished for his attain- 5 Y - , . ' 7 . . , . . . I . fa . y l. . . . . V , cz ' - - . ' J ' f ' , st - f Q f 8, L. 5 D , ' rs 1 1 W3 ' 1' Q 1 Q 1 4 1 9 2 2 1 Q 1 f Q fa I '

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