Abilene High School - Flashlight Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1928

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. J 41, 7 spwusys. as W1 ,v sg- . FILHE- rnxsiilifalr lH2t5g tAl5IllilNF. HIGH si tin it bl girls near hy were laughing at him. "Hello, l.'nconscious." shouted one. "Where'd you come from?" This brought a roar of laughter from his companions. "Thats the country hick I saw in Supfs office a while ago." spoke up another, "Hes goin' to start to school tomorrow." "W'hewl ain't he han'sorne'?" cried a little flapper ironically. "And patches-say. look at them hountiful patches!" "Boy: l got an ideafi snickered another little red-lipped daughter of misclnet. Let s call him Patches-Ijountiful Patches!" Nedis head snapped hack proudly: his lips moved as if to defy their mockery. He hesitated. then turned ahout and walked slowly away. "Don't guess l can hlame 'emf' he thought hitterly. Ned hecame known all ahout the school as "Bountiful Patchesf, ln spite of his desire to get rid of the name. it clung to him like a vampire. At first it was said mockingly. But as the days turned into weeks and the weeks into months. until almost a year had passed. the "Patches" was left off. and he hecame just "Bountiful"g and. as shall soon he seen. a more appropriate title could not have heen given him. It came about like this. Une day while Ned was husy assorling hooks in the hook room. Miss Wells. the glee cluh director. came in. "Ned," said she. "l have noticed the unusually fine quality of your voice. and I have come to ask you to join our glee cluh. Will you?" "I shall he glad to. Miss Wells. if you think l shun't hinder more than help." he replied. enthusiastically. Assured that hc would attend the next meeting. she took her leave. So his training hcgan. And how he could sing! His voice hecame the idol of the school. lts deep. rich tones somehow reminded one of the far away ripple of spring water over smooth stones. The remainder of that year passed swiftly away. Two vears had come and gone: the third came around and was drawing speedily to its close. And who in the city had not heard of the hov with the large. dreamy hrown eyes. who had slipped so quietly into their midst and into their hearts? W'ho was it who did 11ot know and love 'LBountiful" Jamison? But "Bountiful" was going to leave them soon. Just a month and he would go awav to study music and voice in a seminary. and where was the heart that did not feel a pang at his going? They had found him. and they felt that he was theirs. V But there was one who would hate to sce him go more than anybody else-Miss Wells. the director of the glee- cluh-that nohle little character who had recognized his talents firstg the one who had been his encouragement and inspiration these three years. She would feel the loss most. She and Ned were sitting on the veranda of her home one evening watching the stars. and thinking-thinking. and feeling the grandeur of f ' N' .. . X-. I bf., I 1: , Q. - W A One Hundred Elev en



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Y .'YiMAn1giviYAgYV V- 439 'I HI VlWHl'7W x1s111-x1 1111.11 m1111111 the night together. Neither had spoken for some few minutes. l l "Ned" she said softly. X "Yes'?" 1 "Ned. are you glad you are going away?" "Are you sorry. Miss Wells?" I "Nofoh. I am so glad for you. Ned. but-but!" "But what?" "Ned. will you do something for me?,, "If it's at all in my powerf, "Will yo11 sing in the program that I am giving the night before you leave?" Why do you ask?" "Oh. just for the dear old high school. and for-for-" "You?', Yes. so that I may always have it as a reminder. as a-a keepsake." 'tYes." said he in a trembling voice. "Ye-s. Miss Wvells. usinff our Q D slogan. 'For my high school I will'-and-and for you!" The night for the program arrived. A large crowd had turned out. for they had heard that "Bountiful" was to sing for them. was to repre- sent his high school for the last time. Ned was the last one to singg he had wanted it that way. The curtains were drawn backg it was time for him to appear! A figure stepped out in the full glare of the lightsg it was Ned! But was it he after all? Instead of the expected evening dress, he wore a pair of old, faded and patched trousers! Upon his head was an old black. holey crowned hat, through which projected a I few locks of unruly hair! On his feet were a pair of ancient tan shoes!" Some started to laugh. but tears came to the eyes of hundreds. L'My friends. my dear wonderful friends!" he said passionately. 'LI came to you a few years ago like this. You laughed and called me 'Bountiful Patches'. I appear before you tonight bidding you farewell. as I appeared to you then. to let you know that lim still just-'Bountiful l Patches." A breatl1less silence reigned throughout the audience as his voice. as harmonious as the hells of heaven. began softly-softly the high school song: G'We are here. our dear old high To laud your glories to the sky: Colors. white and blue, And we'll stand by youg-', Tears trickled from l1is eyes and rolled down his cheeks. but still Ned sang ou-on to its close. The house was in an uproar of applause! Ned felt himself being lifted upon some-one's shoulders. They bore him l to the center of the auditorium and halted. The voice of the football captain rang out. "Everybody fifteen for our fBountiful'!-fifteen for 1 'Bountiful Patches'.', I fffllslws as --- . one Hundred Twelve

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