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The Oracle A Record of the Glass of 1926 ABINGTON HIGH SCHOOL ABINGTON, PA.THE “ORACLE” STAFF(THE oracle: ) The Pride of the Staff ZI lACK in nineteen thirteen, Abington High School edited its first volume of the Oracle. The school was justly proud of its little magazine. As the years went on, the magazine grew. It widened its scope, embracing new departments. Each succeeding editor brought new ideas for improving the Oracle. Each succeeding year saw a more ambitious effort on the part of the school to edit a first-class magazine. The height of success was reached in nineteen twenty-four and nineteen twenty-five when the Oracle was adjudged the best magazine of its class in America. Although we do not know our standing for this year, we feel that the Oracle has not deteriorated. We even make bold to say that it has improved. As the culminating literary effort, the Senior staff edits a year book. As the school has grown, so has the Year Book kept pace, until we have in this year’s effort, the largest Record Book ever attempted by a graduating class at Abington. The success of our Oracle is due to the willingness of the members of the staff to work at all times and to work hard. The task has often been tedious and sometimes has seemed almost hopeless. A good workman, however, finds his reward in the joy of turning out a well-finished product. As our forefathers took pride in their first great document, the Declaration of Independence, as they gloried in the result of their valorous toil, so we, members of the Oracle staff, are proud of our efforts and find our reward in the satisfaction which one feels over a task well done.YEAR BOOK STAFF Anne Kneedler Esther Corey John Helmbold Virginia Robinson Warrington McCullough Muriel Morton Walter Oswald Stuart Dinwoodie Wallace GoldsmITII Ruth Weidemann W ilson Undercoffler Dorothy Klein Dorothy Vogan Margaret Short Editors-in-chief «Associate Editors Executive Committee John Kaufman Beatrice IIood Doris Heath Helen Goentner Herbert Hargrave Alfred Trout Dorothy Raine Clayton Harry Arnold Phipps Jean Duross bookkeeper Helen Willoughby Florence Fowler Harry Cornell Rutii MacBride Robert Todd Jean Gilbert Theodore Webster Willlam Kessler Ada Mann Frank Staub Norman Rush Typist Rutii Freinfield ogntmtus temper ®rtumpbalt£i tbe Spirit exemplified in our fore fathers, tbe creators of American independence, the spirit tobicb Sustained tlje Continental armies at ©allep Jf orge, tlje spirit tobicb dominated tlje ®nion troops at ettpsburg, tlje migfjtp force tobicb mobed our bops at Cbateau=€fjierrp and tlje rgonne, tbe spirit tobicb compels ©ictorp or ZDeatb—to tlje spirit tobicb surges in tbe breast of tbe bisb School bop as be struggles for bis £llma Jflater on tbe athletic field, to the Same Spirit tobicb impels the man to bear tbe standard of American leadership in the front rank of tbe nations, to that great, indefinable, but libing feeling tobicb thrills through the blood of eberp true American, to the Spirit of America, toe dedicate our ©ear Poofe. £ 7 yQontents Page 5 7 9 15 16 54 55 56 57 59 The Pride of the Staff.............Stuart Dinwoodie Animus Semper Triumphalis . . Stuart Dinwoodie Alma Mater........................................... “Now the Day is Over” .... Anne Kneedler Proem...............................Wallace Goldsmith The Biographies . . Members of the Class of 1926 17-51 “The Importance of Being Barnett" . . Wallace Goldsmith 53 Class Song...............................Anne Kneedler "Face Toward the Mountain” . . Stuart Dinwoodie The Incarnation of Democracy . . . Dorothy Klein Whose Soul is Free”....................Anne Kneedler A Challenge......................................John Kaufman Senior Statistics—Herbert Hargrave, Jean Duross, Anthony Crevello, Ada Mann, Muriel Morton, John Kaufman. Helen Willoughby, Frank Staub ..................62-64 The Hours—John Kaufman, Muriel Motion, Wallace Goldsmith, Margaret Short, Helen Goentner, Florence Foicler. Joseph Heins, Anne Kneedler. Norman Rush. Ida Mann, Arnold Phipps, Helen Willoughby, Dorothy Vogan...................................... 65-72, 76 The Philadelphia Gazette Dorothy Klein, John Kaufman 73-75 Junior Exploits...................Louis Mallory, '27 79 Sophomore Scenic Ride..................Marion Feist,’28 81 Freshman Memories . . . Third Period English, '29 The Art Club......................Scott Gebhardtsbauer The Orchestra............................Dorothy Klein The Radio Club..........................Fred Owens,'27 The Spanish Club...........................Norman Rush The Abington Players.....................Helen Goentner Those Thirty-nine....................Wilson Undercoffler The Choir.........................................Edna Haddock The Nature Club.......................Herbert Mills, '28 The Latin Club.......................George Getches, '21 Internos.............................Virginia Robinson The Commercial Club................................Ada Mann The ” Abingtonian"................................Helen Smith The Mathematics Club......................Joseph Heins Debating.................................John Kaufman The Reading Club.....................Margaret Voszy,'27 Uhletics—Virginia Robinson, Wilson L’ndarcoffler, Joseph Heins ........................................... 101-115 83 85 85 87 87 89 89 91 91 93 93 95 95 97 97 99 gllma iFWatcr ftise up one and stand pe all, Jfor our dear old Aldington, Jfail not pe, but bccd tbe call. Co tbe Wtytt and Crimson. 31?e toill eber cbertsb tbee, l ictorp or defeat it be, Staunch and true our schoolmates all, Co our dear old abington. jflanp daps map come and go, Co tbee, dear old abington, Storms map rise, and toinds map blob), Jfirm and true our Crimson. Het not memories faded be, )3s toe go ober land and Sea, aima iflater, bail to tbee, Co our dear old abington. 9  SNAPSHOTS 1 10 lie-ir f - .... W- • ;-: v '4‘a...-: v. ' y -r a SNAPSHOTS 4 11 h-THE FACULTYClass of 1926 Officers Stuart Dihwoodie........... Virginia Robinson.......... Anne Kneedler.............. Arnold Phipps............. .....‘President ISice-presiden t .....Secretary . . . Treasurer Class iflotto ‘“Build for character, not for fame.” Class Colors Blue and Gray Class jFlotoer Pink Rose Class |)ell Hurrah for Blue! Hurrah for Gray! Twenty-six, twenty-six Rah! Rah! Ray! Seniors! Seniors! Seniors! 5 ■sj 14 fp- Ir; (THE ORACLE) N lv -;-A 'AA: a “NOW THE DAY IS OYER” fTTOIH years ago, a band of people threw off the ties that bound them and made their Declaration of Independence. They changed their form of government from the subjection of Grammar School to the comparative freedom of High School. Now their troubles began. They were a weak, struggling band, hardly knowing where to start in their new self-government. They passed through a critical period which reached its worst stages at mid-years and finals. Herbert Sibley, made president in the second year, was their Franklin. With his aid they safely passed the second stage in their development as a mighty nation. But lie was not so much the soldier as the brilliant statesman, and they needed a strong leader. They chose as their Washington — Stuart Dinwoodie. T nder his leadership, the nation grew stronger in its third year. The citizens began to get a better hold on their affairs—lessons—and soon were on their way to complete independence. Some fell in battle for their rights; most of them went on gallantly. From time to time, they received Foreign Aid—tutoring—and with this ally, came through all wars successfully. By the time the fourth and final year of striving had come, still under the able leadership of Stuart Dinwoodie, they were accustomed to the management of their affairs. Only a few lost out. Their last crisis came—the Final Examinations. After safely passing through the period, they won their symbols of independence—their diplomas. It was a happy time, indeed, and there was much rejoicing by those who had survived. Then they decided to list their achievements. Here in this Year Book, you may read of them—of the battles they fought and won, of their joys and tribulations. -4 15 p-r2.. -.I.-:------------- jj TME.- wacLC «HI -ygSWBgy" -flii Proem The sweet cold air invigorates; the breath of a north wind whispers, As it whips the stars into place. I walk and I watch them sparking, silent sparks in still, remote skies. Now thunder lightens the heavens, and lightning thunders response. Stars in the windy night and the great black clouds careening, While I wander upward, upward into the storm! Behind me the Quaker City, the flaming, many-mirrored city, flares to the stars their image. Below, to the south, the playground, the festival ground of nations, rests from a burden of years, While the shrouded old years are mocking, mocking ignorant mortals. Behold then a thin shaft of white light, cleaving the void and widening. Tinting, circling, careening, lighting the few dim stars. See! It is pointing the highway! I ike a broadening path it is leading up to the Milky Way. The hurrying hosts of the earth-clouds, the low-lying clouds in an army, trample its beam underfoot. They are pierced through to the marrow; they become translucent. They grow pale, affrighted, routed! They stumble backward and forward. The circling light disappearing, rounds its arc, to appear again. Resplendent, it searches the heavens; it encounters the army, prevails! Then points to the Milky Way, to the great, white throne of the Infinite . . . The breath of a summer wind’s sighing as it soothes the stars into place. I inspire deeply and fully; I breathe in the fragrance of living, I breathe out the soul of my being; I lose my sold in the universe. Stars in the summer night and the white cloud-foam billowing, While I wander upward, upward into the day. ■416 f- Wallace Goldsmith, ’26.ANNA VIRGINIA AIREY Well—this is the first of the Seniors—and a very nice one, too. Virginia’s been a devoted member of the Spanish Commercial, and Tennis Clubs. Moreover, when the Commercials want candy sold, they go straight to Virginia and she’s always “ready and willing.” Maybe Fort Washington air has a peculiar effect. At any rate, Virginia writes poetry. “ Gentle of speech, beneficent of mind!” Ginny BERTHA HUNTER AMBLER “Bertie” to her friends, Bertha Hunte Ambler, also to her friends because she has no foes. Poor Bertie has listened to tales of woe from nearly every girl in the Senior Class at one time or another. That’s the penalty for having an “unruffablc” disposition and a sympathetic nature. Her graceful dancing has more than once entertained the Dramatic Club of which she is a member. And when the Choir is practising, we can always hear Bertie leading all the rest. Bertha is quiet but mischief lives in her blue eyes. ” All that is good, all that is fair!” Bert JAMES EDWARD ASHWORTH “The boy with the smile” came to us from Pott stow n High. He brought with him some delightful talks about the country, to use in Oral English. He immediately entered what he thought the best club in Abington, the Commercial C'lub, and later the Glee Club, and took quite a part in the opera. For sports, Jimmie decided to put more competition on the track. Now he is a fast miler. Then when soccer came along, it also took his attention as did a number of girls and his Ford. Jimmie may be called on to lend a helping hand. “One that lores his felloic-men!” Jimmy 4 17LETITIA BOWEN ASKI WORTH Coming to us from Pottstown High School in her Junior year, I etitla soon won her way into our hearts with her gentle, charming manner and her winsome smile. She has been a faithful member of the Latin Club, and of the Choir. Quiet and shy, but a true friend to all who know her! “Come pensive one, derout and pure, Sober, steadfast and demure. Lktty MARY ELLEN BALLEXTINE Ellen is a demure, but very lovable little maid and her very demureness hides a heap of wisdom. The Honor Roll vouches for that. She doesn’t look it but she’s especially good in math. Imagine! A little girl like that! In her Junior year she was in the Press and Spanish Clubs, and in her Senior year, the Mathematics and Internos Clubs. We hope that Ellen’s as much of a success at the U. of P. as she has been here. “ Those about her From her shall read the perfect trays of honour. Ellex WILBUR X. BIGGARD Wilbur is one of the vast tribe of Glenside-Weldonites. Each year at school he has devotee! himself to some organization. In his Sophomore year he was one of the oast of the operetta, “The Wishing Ring.” In his Junior and Senior years, he went out for interclass football, the Orchestra, and the Mathematics Club. He is always ready to have some fun in that Peerless of his. We vote him a good scout. “Softly street, in Lydian measures Soon he soothed his soul to pleasures 9 Ben Franklin 18 Y-H THE ORACLE Y% '— « —A GENEVRA LOUISE BOND Once more Abington scored over Cheltenham—this time when we got Jerry. Although Jerry’s only been with us a short time, she swung right into our ways by joining the Glee, Dramatic and Basketball Clubs. She was a very active member of the Abingtonian Statr. Jerry surely did put pep and snap into the varsity basketball games when she played as guard. Before so very long, we may see Jerry’s name along the “Great White Way” ’cause we’ve been told that her secret ambition is to be an actress. All who saw her as “Miss Prism” in the Senior play agree unanimously that she’s made a dandy start. “ low street and gracious even in common speech!” Jerry HANNA JAMISON BREADY Ginger is a Willow Grove girl. She entered Abington in the year of our Lord, 1928. She, too, belonged to the Commercial Club. She gave us her assistance with the Thanksgiving Day programs. Ginger is one of our “speedy” shorthand writers. She is not like the weather even if she is quiet. She is always in a good humor, smiling pleasantly. “ The sweetest kind of bashfulness!” Ginger HENRY FRANCIS BUSTARD Buster came into our midst from the McKinley Grammar School in 1921. Although he never entered into any social activities or clubs, his spirit has never been dampened. You could always see “Buster’s flaming crop” at any game, even if the McKinley bunch had left. Most of his time was devoted to geometry, P. (). I), and English. Feed Buster facts and he’ll keep them forever. “ Laughter holding both his sides.” 4 19 }=• BisterBOYD BROWN Bl'TTON “Button, button, who’s got the button?” Buttons came to Abington from South High, Grand Rapids, Michigan, by way of Northeast High. Philadelphia. He soon joined the Latin Club. His Senior year found him a member of the Mathematics Club and the football squad. Boyd never moralizes. “Joke it along” is his motto. His jokes, however, conceal a keen brain. “ I am Sir Oracle, And ichen I ape' my lips, let no dog bark!" HAZEL VIRGINIA CLARKE Margie and Clarkie are not to be separated. No, indeed! But even at. that. Hazel found time to go out for hockey. Then, too, the Commercial and Spanish Clubs claim her as one of their members and Hazel is in the ranks of the Vigilance Committee. She is an exceptionally good customer of the candy counter but that loes not affect her studies. We hope that Hazel will continue to progress in her outside work as well as she has done in her four years at A. H. S. “.I true friend is forercr a friend!" Clarkis WILLIAM FRALEY COFFIN Bill ambled down from Hartsville in his little old Ford and fitted right into A. II. S. He did himself proud immediately by making the Varsity Football Team. He also played basketball and track. Athletics didn’t take all his time for he belonged to the Glee Club and was a charter member of the Hi-Y. Again this year he played varsity football and furthered his popularity. Bill’s the quietest fellow in the class but if you want to see the real Bill, look into his eyes. Bill “Smooth runs the water when the brook is deep"t •• j ! v v w iJ;'.‘ V-xil' L'U Ulu, .,. THE ORACLE ’ ifelgafe»- mL iaSfe. ’ " « ! Sj VjUv •. -£a ;.frr Al MARJORIE ELIZABETH COLEMAN Marg. and hockey have I»een chums ever since Marjorie entered A. H. S. from Park School in 19 2. She played on the Varsity Hockey Team and put added competition on the track. Hockey, Tennis and Spanish Clubs claim Marjorie as an active member. When you hear a silvery laugh, Marjorie’s coming. “Actions speak louder than words. Marg ESTHER MARGARET COREY Esther is one of those good all-round students from the University of Fort Washington. Her scholastic standing has many times entitled her to a place on that honorable roll. As a keen enthusiast of the Glee Club, she took part in “Martha” and “The Pirates of Penzance.” She has been a member of the Latin Club and the Dramatic Club. She won her Senior Life Saving Award by three years of work in the Swimming Club. Her literary career gave her position of Editorial Editor on the Oraclf. staff, and her high school reputation will serve her in college. “Es” is recorded among the lists of assets of A. H. S. “To know her is to lore her” JAMES HARRY CORNELL Two years is short notice but in that time Lefty has jeft few stones unturned. In the field he has triumphed— in soccer, in baseball. Who has not gasped to see that awe-inspiring drop of his twirl over the platter? In club work he has shone—in French Club and Math. In the gym he has played—played to win in the game. And to cap his career, he became Earnest Worthing, really Earnest—in the Senior play. May he ever play to succeed in that role! “And the best of all games is the playing, lad 1 U • .. ZUH i«n '•1HF -QS cue ' ALLEN S. COIRDIFF A! entered Aldington from a Philadelphia school. He started his high school career by going out for basketball, playing every year. He made also the track and soccer teams. Many of the girls believe that A1 can double for Valentino. The Orchestra was never complete without him. Who can forget the ardent bass drummer who boomed out the time in Mr. Kreider’s famous band? Then, too, he belonged to the Hi-Y and Mathematics Club, and played on all the class teams. Yes, sir, AJ was a very busy man. “Rest first, then icork!” ANTHONY EDWARD CREVELLO (’revello is one of the excellent violinists whom our orchestra numbers in its ranks. McKinley sent him to us but we didn’t know him until he joined that peppy Vocational Club and made a hit in baseball. Anri who doesn't remember him as an anarchist in “The Crimson Cocoanut," a dignified father in “The Hut,” and, best of all. an axe-flourishing French Canadian in “The Royal Mounted”? But he never yet has gained a demerit for talking because he doesn’t speak more than ten words at a time. “ We arc the music makers And we are the dreamers of dreams” SAMUEL CUNNINGHAM Yes, sir, Sam made an enviable record during his four-year stay with us. Notice was first given him when he played on the Freshman Basketball Team. Selling was one of his many other hobbies. The Boys’ Glee Club found a good man in him and acknowledged it by a solo part in the operas “Martha” and “The Pirates of Penzance.” The Art, Spanish, Hi-Y, and Commercial Clubs are proud of him. The soccer team and basketball squad will miss this willing, ever-cheerful fellow. But we all have our faults and his was—well, it wasn’t silence. “Hang sorrow! Care will kill a cat— And, therefore, let's be merry!” Sam { 24 }e-. r fTME QR aCLE y Tzrr HELEN MARIA DARDIS Helen entered Abington High School, November, 1925, from the Nyack High School of New York. She soon distinguished herself as a Commercial Club speller. In her Senior year, she went into library work. Helen was also an ardent worker for the Thanksgiving Day program. Commercial Seniors will never forget Helen’s interesting stories as she is one of the few of “us mortals” having the opportunity to see Italian weddings and funerals. Helen, however, wouldn’t have traded places with that Italian bride for all the Europes in the world. Here’s wishing you more trips to foreign countries, Helen. “ The street cottrersc of an innocent mind.' Helena ANITA MARIE Dk FAZIO Feasterville High sent A. II. S. a laughing girl when Anita came to Abington High in the year 1921. Always smiling and having a good time seem to be Neet’s slogan, for “blue glooms” and bad luck never accompany this smiling lassie. And then, Anita, being a commercial student, of course, joined the Commercial Club. We are sure that Xeets will come “Smilin’ through” the game of life. “ She is a maiden of artless grace. Gentle of form and fair of face.' Neets STUART DALZELL DIXWOODIE “Where’s Dinnie?” chorus the hero-worshippers. As quickly the hero replies, “On deck!” Not that the hero would ever consent to the title. Star forward, staunch quarterback, shortstop, pinch pitcher and four-base hitter, Stuart blushes to accept the school’s gratitude— a five-pound box of sweet chocolates! Basketball captain, Ili-Y man, Athletic Association president, Dinnie still takes time for his club-work. Latin Club and Dramatic, Comite Francaise and Oracle—all know him as leader, actor or editor. Managing co-editor on the Junior staff, he easily filled the Senior chief’s chair. As a dashing, bemonocled Englishman, he cleverly impersonated Algv —one of the Senior play cast. Always the leader, the hero! Now the metaphor weakens. Would it not be better to change it? For Stuart is more like a pilot, steering a ship of souls. For two years as class president, he has piloted through shoal and shallow. If you want to know' “Where’s Dinnie?” he’s up there, lads, “on deck!” “ Let a man then know his xrorth and keep things under his feet. 4 28 Jc- Dixxy( THEORACLE f" - K '- -v ;."— m TTT . fr y?-"’ g ------jJ JANE LIPPINCOTT D CROSS And this is the first of “The Twins.” Jean has been a shinin light of fun ever since she entered A. H. S. Aside from being one of a very active pair of twins, she was a member of the Latin Club for three years, showed athletic prowess in her Junior year on the Tennis Team and Class Track Team, ami wound up by being Tennis Manager and a member of the Dramatic Club, Mathematics Club and the Choir. And Jean’s just irresistible on horseback—so dashing? Truly she is a young lady of many accomplishments. Who hasn’t seen a Buick flying by with Jean at the wheel? Best of all, Jean’s a good friend. To turn a noble Pegasus And witch the world with noble horsemanship ” MARY ELIZABETH DIROSS Here we have the other half of our beloved “Twins.” They’re the only pair we own—but they're plenty—I mean just enough. Betty has laughed her way through four years of Latin. Dramatic, Hiking and Tennis Clubs, Choir, and Class Track Team. We’ll warn you never to be in the middle of the road when Betty comes by in the Buick—you won’t be there long. Betty’s slowest rate is forty-five an hour. But she’s like that herself —all one big whizz bang and her life is sure to be exciting. Our class wouldn’t be the same without her. “ Why mourn a mischief that is past and gone For it is the easiest tray to draw new mischief on.” ALICE MARIE EBERL In the year 1922, the Glenside-Weldon School turned out a quiet, smiling girl to take her place in the ranks of the Freshmen at A. II. S. She worked diligently at her studies and found time to join the Commercial Club and the Dramatic Club. Then, too, Alice was one of the earnest “ad-getters” for the Thanksgiving Day Football Program. And you ought to hear her recite poetry in Oral English. If you see a girl always smiling, that’s Alice. “ om pure and simple from all arts!” Betty Jeax J 24( THE ORACLE ) 4 12 ' L; - ta .wjRLJUftM-JJSvi WILLIAM RAYMOND FINNEY Away from the Farms of Ivyland came one W. Raymond Finney to take up vocational study at A. H. S. He was president of the Vocational Club, a football man, and a member of the Mathematics and Glee Clubs. And then we can’t forget his acting ability. That famous football tackle in “The Crimson Cocoanut”! That villain in the “The Royal Mounted”! So he leaves us. We shall be minus not only his red hair and honest blue eyes and interesting grin, but also his willingness to co-oj erate and his kindliness of heart. “ True wit is Nature to advantage dressed.” Ray FLORENCE MILDRED FOWLER Who is that person forever and ever talking? No one else but Hoss. Even though Florence did not come from est Philly until her •Junior year, she plunged right into the swing of things. The Dramatic Club soon claimed her as one of its most enthusiastic members. Floss also found time for the Abingtonian and the Commercial Club. She guided the committee which made such a clever choice of a Senior play and she helped to make the Year Book a success. Best of all who can forget her as demure, yet spirited, Rosa in the Vocational Club Play? Floss likes the ocational Club. She fairlv bubbles over with good cheer, a “regular fellow,” we’ll tell the world! “ M usic. when soft voices die J hr cites in the mem or u." RLTH FREINFIELD Abington High School acquired from Glen side-Weldon the quietest little girl in the Commercial Course. Of course she belongs to the Commercial Club and the Oracle staff claims her as a most efficient chief typist. If you ever want to race in shorthand or typing, Ruth will accommodate you. Her eyes usually speak for her but when her voice ventures forth, it charms like sweet music. “ For where is any author in the world Teaches such beauty as a woman's eye? ' Floss R ASTI’SWILLIAM SCOTT GEBIIARDTSBAUER Scott is one of our serious, slow-spoken boys. He has been a member of the Latin, Spanish, Art, Commercial, Dramatic, Soccer and Tennis Clubs. He has also been on the basketball and tennis squads. He ventured forth into dramatic Helds in his Senior year and made a success as Lane, the man servant, in “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Scott looked so well in his butler’s uniform, that we think he really ought to wear a uniform of some kind in the future. “ The kindest man. The best conditioned and unwearied spirit In doing courtesies.” JEAN BERTHA GILBERT Who thinks, says, does the unexpected? Why, Jeanie, to be sure. She has been a loyal member of the I atin. Dramatic, and Basketball Clubs. Many of the clever, snappy articles turned out by the Press Club claim Jean as their writer,and the Year Book has benefited by her assistance. She is naturally athletic, going out for basketball, tennis, swimming, track, and hockey. Speaking of hobbies, Jean’s right there. Her special one is hockey. She played left half on the Varsity during her Senior year. Jean can sing. too. for her name is to be found in the Choir. To sum it up, she is an all-around girl. Jean is the visible personification of a perfect plus school spirit. “ Persuasive speech and more pcrsuasice sighs, Silence that sj oke and eloquence of eyes." Jeanie HELEN NAGLE GOEXTNER If ever you are looking for a i eppy booster—from Weldon—Helen fills the bill. Helen has played on the Varsity Hockey Team and (’lass Basketball Team for three years. Many clubs claim her membership—Basketball, Latin, Glee, Art, Tennis and Mathematics. Helen was vice-president of her class in the Junior year, and who can forget her as “Betty” in “The New Poor,” or as “Cecily” in “The Importance of Being Earnest?” Helen so impressed the school with her dramatic ability that she was elected Senior president of the Dramatic Club. With all these activities, Helen has the reputation of being a good student, especially in chemistry. “ Who can tell for what high career This darling of the gods was born?" Gkbbie Helex :J 26WALLAC E MOFFETT GOLDSMITH This is our absent-minded Wally, sent to us from Cheltenham. We thank Cheltenham for sending us our Class Poet, and a scholar of unusual ability. Latin class wouldn’t be the same without Wally, and he’s been a valuable addition to the Orchestra, Oracle Staff, Dramatic Club, Choir, and Tennis. As an orator, Wally’s right there. His ability to use long words gave him the part of Dr. Chasuble in the Senior play. His work is never in on time but we can forgive him for that because he is apt to be roaming with the immortals or giving “to airy nothings a local habitation and a home.” “ To be great is to be misunderstood.” Wally DOROTHY COGSWELL GRAHAM When Dot is not in school, she is usually out of school. Basketball, tennis, hockey and swimming all claim her spare time. Art, Press, Latin and Dramatics contribute to her busy schedule. Or perhaps the “Pipes of Pan” entice her. She is not loth to follow in his train, singing her way through the operas of “Martha.” and “The Pirates of Penzance.” It is only a fancy but may one fondly hope that Dot will always choose to follow—not the fickle Pied Piper of fairy-tale fame—but Peter Pan and eternal youth! “ Notes that trend their heavenly ways To mend the choirs above. ” VICTOR GROSHENS, Jr. This is the s’prisc package of the class. He comes from Willow Grove. Vic was a quiet boy until this year. But how he did step out in basketball! He lists for his activities: Latin, Hi-Y, Glee and Mathematics Clubs, Choir, Track, Tennis, “The Pirates of Penzance,” and basketball. Vic’s our official flower man and we’d like to “say it with flowers”! “Men of fete words are the best men. Dot 27 )=-ANITA DOROTHEA HAAS This shy little girl came to us from Willow Grove Junior High. She has been a faithful member of the Latin Club for four years. In her Freshman year she was on the Class Hockey Team. The Press, Art. Mathematics and Dramatic Clubs have also claimed her in their ranks. Neetz doesn’t usually say much. She expresses herself with her pencil and brush, and she does it so well that we are willing to wager that at least one “artiste” will come from the Class of ’20. “Her modest looks the cottage might adorn, Street as the primrose peeps beneath the thorn." EDWIN W. HAAS Short but sweet! Edwin has been at Abington less than a year. He is a Westerner who came from Rapid City, South Dakota, after the beginning of the first semester. Eddy has not had much time to enter into many clubs and sports but he did enjoy being a member of the Mathematics Club. He never has much to say, but what he does say is always worth listening to, as those who are in his physics and history classes can easily testify. “ The noblest mind the best contentment has." EDNA ELIZABETH HADDOCK Edna entered from Weldon Grammar School, 1922. This is the maid with the golden curls, the pink-and-white complexion, and the glorious voice! Isn’t that a wonderful combination? Edna, or Egg-nog, as one intimate calls her, has been active in the Latin, Glee, and Spanish Clubs and the Choir. Last year she was on the Abingtonian staff. She started her musical appearances in “Martha,” then “The Pirates of Penzance,” and wound up by being Germaine in “The Chimes of Normandy.” Edna’s a lovable girl with a lovable voice. The auditorium will be lonely without her. “Music is well said to be the speech of angels." 28 I BoneyLEWIS EDWARD HAINES Lewy is a product of the Glenside-Weldon Grammar School. Though small of stature, he exhibited a largeness of spirit by stepping right out and joining the Orchestra. In his last two years, lie starred on the Tennis Team. He made a competent butler in the Senior play. Rut his heart was lost to the Mathematics Club. Lewis has unusual mechanical aptitudes. He will make an exceptional mechanical engineer. Go to it, little boy with the big smile. “ Merry of soul is he!' Lewy LEONARD HERITAGE HAMILTON Leonard came to us from McKinley. lie is a member of the Radio and Spanish Clubs. He also has played class football. Although he is a quiet, unassuming sort of person, he made a great deal of noise by getting for the Oracle the great st number of outside subscriptions and collecting a hundred dollars' worth of advertisements. How did you feel. Leonard, when you got that prize and that cheer in Chapel? We believe that Leonard seems girl-shy, but his eyes tell a different tale. “ True as the dial to the sun Although it he not shined upon!" Lex SAMUEL HANKIN Ambler High School claimed Sam before Abington. Our hero was not a joiner but confined his efforts to the Debating Team as an alternate, ami the Mathematics Club as an active member. Speaking of debating, can Sam argue? We should say so! It will surprise us if he doesn't turn out to be a famous lawyer. “ Persuasion tips his tongue uhene'er he talks!" Sam 23 NORMAN RHOADS HARDING Norman entered our class in 1924 as a Junior. He is another of our friends from Feastervillc and he is really quite a hard working young man. In both his Junior and Senior years, he represented his class in football and basketball. As a Senior he joined the Mathematics and Spanish Clubs. Resides all this, he is somewhat of a comedian and seems to be able to produce a laugh in almost any class without getting a question mark from the teacher. Norman, however, always has time to get his lessons. lie and his friend Ridge are sometimes known as the “Intellectual Twins.” “ Don't trouble trouble, Or trouble trill trouble you!" President BRUCE R. HARGRAVE The sheik came to us from Frankford High School in 1924. He gets his name for the rough way he treats ’em. Ry “’em” we mean his opi osing end or forward as the case was. Yes, Rrucie dear played football and basketball and we don’t mean maybe. He also captained the baseball team his Senior year, after playing the season before as catcher. He’s the “bass horn” of the choir and the Most High Guardian of the Royal Pennies of the Latin Club—Junior Tribe. Sheik was so good at athletic matters that the class elected him athletic representative. Rut did you see “The Importance of Being Earnest ’? Yes, that was Rrucie as John Worthing. He wasn’t a bit sleepy but he lied an awful lot. And, oh how he did hate to get his hair cut! Remember the two candidates for the House of David? The sheik was in that scandal, too! “ You've a hand for the grasp of friendship.” Sheik HERRERT HARGRAVE, Jr. Smiling and debonair, he came—our Herb, and eternally grateful we are to Frankford High for him. He is one of our star tennis players and is also manager of this year’s Tennis Team. The first violins in the orchestra received a real artist when Herbert joined them. And toward the end of his Senior year, we discovered Herbert’s real talent—his dramatic ability. In “The Importance of Being Earnest,” he played to perfection the part of Algernon, the sophisticated young Englishman. Herbert has the nicest faculty for making people happy. We hope that he’ll always be as happy as he makes others. “All his faults are such that one lores him still the better for them." Hkrh -4 30 J=-WILLIAM CLAYTON HARRY Clayt. came to us from Willow Grove. He is quite noted as a practical mathematician, being a shining light both with Mr. (iernert and Mr. Greenly. And who has not seen his works of art around the school, cartoons, posters or illustrations? In this line he is an expert. We don’t know of any one with a better disposition or keener appreciation of fun. Oracle cartoonist, football player, member of the Spanish and Mathematics Clubs, Clayton is as versatile as his grin. “His pencil teas sinking, resistless and grand." Clay r DORIS MARY HEATH Doris entered from the John L. Kinsey Grammar School of Germantown in February, 1923. She took part in the Spanish Club, the Commercial Club, the Swimming Club. She was also a very ardent worker in the library, and one of the commercials who helped with the Thanksgiving Day Programs. When Doris is not busy helping to complete the Year Rook, she spends her spare moments in Room Two placing with her favorite typewriter. "Soft peace she brings" JOSEPH HAZLETT HEINS Joe is one of those modest little violets who never blossomed out until his Junior and Senior years. Then the Radio Club, the Tennis Team and inter-class basketball claimed his attention. As a Senior, he joined the Dramatic Club and made the presidency of the Mathematics Club. Joe is a clever mathematician and a most unusual draughtsman. He has an interesting sense of humor. Taken as a whole, he is one of the clean-cut, reliable Abington types. "The greater man, the greater courtesy 31 : ?CrNE » QP ClT 1 JOHN STUART HELMBOLD John started out by being a rather shy, quiet, but brilliant boy. He’s retained his brilliancy, but has certainly conic to the fore otherwise, these last two years. Among his activities he lists Latin, Art, and Radio Clubs, and Choir. Also, he’s Art Editor of our Oracle. We discovered his sense of humor when he started rehearsing as Dr. Chasuble for “The Importance of Being Earnest.” There’s only one way to describe his portrayal—it was a “scream.” But we adore his serious side—his beautiful poetry, and his lovely, graceful drawings. We like our Johnnie and wish him all the luck and joy in the world. “ That old man eloquent HENRY PAUL HENDLER Despite his relatively short stay at A. H. S., Paul made good in the school's classes and teams. Arriving from Northeast in his Junior year, he found himself a Spanish and Latin Club member. Later baseball and tennis claimed his attention. Paul’s hopes? Johnny Weismuller, the second, or Bill Tilden, the younger, or at least, a radio expert! We wish you luck, Paul. “ The mirror oj all courtesy!" EDGAR WEAVER HEPLER In September, 1922, Weldon sent us a little boy in knickers who fitted right in. The little boy grew up very swiftly and no one called him “little boy” after seeing him on the football field. And that isn’t all—Eddie played in the orchestra. Nor is Eddie by any means girl-shy, but he believes that “variety is the spice of life.” Eddie’s good-natured grin will be missed around A. H. S. next year and Penn State will have another of Abington’s sturdy men. “ Life is but a bubble And when it bursts, I'll laugh!" Ego Paul 4 32 {=•BEATRICE HOOD Germantown High didn't know what they were losing when Bee was transferred to Abington. Just to prove it. Bee became a member of the Latin Club right away. She not only acted as vice-president for the Dramatic Club, but also served on the Executive Committee of the Oracle.. Her ability as an actress was shown in “The New Boor,” and the Senior play. Bee is a spectator; she sees us as we really are and not as we think we are. As for writing, well, if you read some of Bee’s sketches and feel her shadows make shivers creep up and down your back you’ll agree with me. Oh, yes! We don’t want to forget Bee’s ability on horseback. Taking it all in all, “that little something different ’ belongs to Bee. “Grace was in all her steps, hearen in her eye, In every gesture, dignity and lore” MARION PEARL IIOCCK Abington High welcomed Marion in the year 1922 from Glenside-Weldon School. Being an ardent commercial student, Marion, of course, joined the Commercia Club. Then, too. Marion found time to go out for track. She was another one of those who gathered “ads” for the Football Program. When you walk into Room Two, either Sixth or Seventh | eriod. you can see her sitting before the Remington doing her daily dozen. We hope that you get a Remington on your first position, Shorty. “Like a happy child tripping through flowers gay!” Bkb Shorty MAY LLTNER JENKINS Lefty, as May was called, when she entered from North Glenside Grammar School in 1922, immediately plunged into the activities of A. H. S. In her Freshman year, she joined the Basketball Club; in her Sophomore year, the Press Club was her main activity. In her Junior and Senior years, she added the Commercial, Tennis and Swimming Clubs to her list. She took a very active part in helping to make the Thanksgiving Day Program a success for the commercials. We hope that she will continue to take an active part in the world. “Ever kind and good is she.” •4 33 I Leftym., GEORGE JENNINGS Here’s a nice boy that Northeast High sent us. In his three years here, (ieorge lias belonged to the Latin Club and the Glee Club. He has also played Hass basketball and football. His only appearance behind the footlights was in “The Pirates of Penzance.” As George goes with another (ieorge we address them: “Hello, Georges!”— but he has a nice, individual character of his own. “ To argue or not to argue—that is the question.” JENNIE JERGENSEN When Fort Washington sent us Jennie, they made us a present of a star athlete. Sunny has played basketball for four years, managing the team as a Senior. She has starred at hockey, captaining the team in her Senior year, and making the All-Star Suburban Hookey Team for two years. Besides acting as president of the Hiking Club, vice-president of the Basketball Club, and secretary of the Tennis Club, Jennie has found time to belong to the Latin. Press, Spanish Mathematics and Swimming Clubs, and act as prompter for a Dramatic Club production ami a Senior play. Wherever Sunny is, there is an air of joyous comradeship. “Each spot she makes the brighter As if she mre the sun" DOROTHY JOHNSTON Weldon sent us a good worker when Dot came. Her activities are numerous. The Latin, Glee, Swimming, Hockey, Dramatic and Debating Clubs count her as a member. She has been a worker on the Abingtonian staff. Yet Dot’s marks show that she has not neglected her studies. And she writes sonnets and heeds the lure of the violin—a capable creature with an artistic bent. " That's like a icomans reasoning— We must because ice must" Dot St’N'NY 4 34 {=•JOHN SHIVELY KAUFMAN I his long-legged youth with the charming smile is one of the best at A. H. S. First, he’s musical—he’s been in the band and orchestra four years and this year has lent his bass voice to the choir. Second, he’s been active in these clubs: Latin, Swimming. Tennis, Radio, French, IIi- , treasurer. Debating and Mathematics, vice-president. 1 bird, he s played tennis for two years. Fourth, he was captain of his Debating Team. Fifth, he is an important part of our Abingtonian staff. How many laughs do you lose over “Snaps and Shots”? Sixth, he s on the Year Book staff. Seventh, he’s been chairman of about forty-’leven committees. With all this, he’s managed to appear on the Honor Roll regularly, and be a star science pupil. And speaking of brains—“birds of a feather flock together”! “ Whateer he did iras done with so much ease— In him alone ’liras natural to please.” Max WILLIAM CONRAD KESSLER Bill came to us from Germantown High. He is one of our shining honor students. The Radio, Spanish and Mathematics Clubs, the Abingtonian staff, and the Debating Team and the Year Rook staff have all profited by Bill’s presence. He’s a big, bashful boy, but when you learn to know him, his sense of humor makes him a valued friend “ The poircr of thought—the magic of the mind.” DOROTHY AUGUSTA KLEIN We of the Class of ’£G are ever grateful to North Glen-side Grammar School for sending Dot to us. In her Freshman year she made the haughty Seniors gasp by her stupendous ability to earn A’s; in her Senior year she quite overcame the wee Freshies by her even better ability in the same line. Nevertheless, Dorothy found time for other things, too. Her list of club activities includes Latin, Glee, Dramatic, Press and Mathematics. Dot has always done her share of Oracle work, serving in the Joke Department. Dot stepped out in her last year. Was she not a first-class debater, orator, and actress? We don’t know what the Orchestra would have done without Dot. We’ve been told that she is especially partial to tall boys, and milkshakes—and likes cats and canoeing! Rut we know that wherever exists loveliness and goodness, there will Dorothy be found. “ The fairest garden in her looks And in nr mind the wisest books!" Dot Rill -4 35 Jc-{THE oracle: )v LU ■■■ ■■■ S A).' • T s? ‘ itei —J ANNA MATILDA KNEEDLER “T1 cro slie goes, on her toes.” Doesn’t that seem like our Anne? Yes, we mean Anne Kneedler—(ilce Club star in "The Love Pirates of Hawaii,” “Martha,” and “The Pirates of Penzance”; first consul of the Latin Club, and Editor-in-chief of the Onaclr. And say, she’s just about the best secretary in school—secretary of her class for the last three years, secretary of the Debating Club, the Mathematics Club, and the Athletic Association. We bet she’s a secretary of state or somethin' in days to come. She can act! Did she charm you as Cecily in the Senior play? She can sing! Watch the front row of the Choir in Assembly. She can debate! Ask Upper Darby. She can do almost anything, even write poetry. When you see Anne, you know that it is important to be anything that she wants you to be. Say, where is Anne Kneedler? See that little girl in the blue dress? That’s Anne. Yes, she just adores blue. “Too busy trith the eromled hour To fear to lire or die!" GERTRUDE ELIZABETH LANING Tudy has been interested in sports ever since she entered from Abington Grammar School in 1922. She played forward on the Basketball Team four years, and in her Senior year, captained the team. The Hockey Team had Tudy for only one year and they certainly did miss her after that. She was a member of the Hockey, Tennis, Latin and Dramatic Clubs, and president of the Basketball Club in her Senior year. Tudy specializes in driving other people’s cars after school but uses her own when she gets into trouble. “A daughter of the gods, divinely tall RUTH MABEL MacBRIDE Ruth is another one of our Fort Washington graduates. Her friendly, shy little smile makes friends for her right and left. It didn't take us long to find out that Ruth and the stage were fast friends. We’ll never forget her clever recitations in (’Impel every once in a while. Somehow or other Ruth found time to join Press, Latin, Dramatic and Glee Clubs and assisted in the construction of the Year Book. In her Junior year Ruth starred as Connie in the “New Poor.” But the crowning achievement of Ruth's high school career was her portrayal of “Lady Bracknell” in the Senior play. We really couldn’t imagine anyone doing it more professionally. And Ruth’s pen is almost as facile as her tongue. “ Words that icecp and tears that speak!" And most divinely fair. Tidy Rufus 4 30 ( THF QR AC LE ADA LOUISE MANX Ada entered Aldington from McKinley and McKinley was the loser. Ada is quite active about the school. First, she is a song-bird; then, in the library—well, Miss Ayers can best tell you al out that. Ada is one of the “three-thirds,” the other “two-thirds” being Doris Heath and Helen Dardis. You never see one without the others because “three-thirds” make “one.” Ada is generally quiet and good-natured until it comes to an argument in P. O. D. Then she does live up to her hair. “Womans gentle brain!" harry c. marks M ho is the boy with the flaming red hair and blue eyes? That’s Marksie. Do you know him? I hope so. Harry has played on the Varsity Football Team and Class Basketball Team. He has fiddled and has been an active member of the Latin. Hi-Y and Dramatic Clubs. Harry is a chemistry and mathematics star. If you want a good sport, never too busy to give a helping hand—look for Harry. “.I man he seem$ of cheerful yesterdays And confident tomorrows." Marksik WARRINGTON B. McCULLOUGH, Jit. “Fore!” Yes, sir! Duff is our champion golfer. He can swing a mean iron. Mac left Abington Friends’ School four years ago enroute for A. H. S. Among his ambitions was one to play football and for no less than four years was he toiling each day during the fall on Colton Field, yelling out numbers in a non-numerical order. The Track Team and the Mathematics Club also add to Mac’s troubles and he surely does know his stuff at circulating Oracles. Now when you set a young Ford, bedecked with accessories, hopping over puddles, you can bet your sweet life that Duff is rapidly drawing nigh. “ And thus he bore without abuse The grand old name of gentleman.” I)iff 4 87 f  THE ORACLE MURIEL L. MORTON Muriel came to us from Fort Washington. It didn't take her long to fit in for Millie believes in taking her fun where she finds it. Her name has appeared quite frequently on the Honor Roll. Muriel belongs to the Latin anil (dee Clubs. She is a charter member of the Interims i iiV' You should see her swimming and playing basketball! Muriels debut as an actress took plaee in the Senior play where she surely made a charming Gwendolen for Jack. Sometimes Muriel is a sophisticated creature in dull blue. We prefer her as an exponent of the joy of ■1n exquisite incompleteness, blossom foresliodotring MARIAN CHRISTINE NEEMAN Marian came from the rugged hills of North Glenside, four years ago. Can she cook? Ask the girls on the Basketball Team. But Marian has not spent her high school caieer in cooking alone. She wrote the Alumni notes for the Abingtonian. She also proved an enthusiastic member of the Commercial. Basketball, and Tennis Clubs. Marian has supported the Senior traditions by being always ready and willing to help others. “ Can one desire too much of a good thing?” Marian JOHNIOSBORNE mm John or Alec, as the McKinley “gang” call him, came to Abington, September, litii. Alec is a very quiet sort of a person. He just hates to be disturbed anil when he is reading poems about Jesse James, he would not move himself, even to catch the last bus. John, however, is alive enough to be a member of the Vocational Club and maybe that is why he is especially fond of mechanical drawing. “Simple truth hie utmost skill!” Alec ■4 38 {=•, m Ml —± ■ ,..;,r .'.; • i THE ORACLE WALTKR E. OSWALD Here's a boy with more business ability packed into him than any other one person we know. Walt has always done the honors for the Commercial Department on the Honor Roll. Then he's belonged to the Art, Spanish, Commercial, and Hi-Y Clubs. His keen executive ability is shown by the fact that he was first secretary, then president of the Hi-Y, secretary of the Commercial Club, business manager of the Oracle, captain of the Debating Team, and chairman of the committee responsible for our rings. And—what a crack game of tennis he plays! Walt’s an all-round good sport and we agree with his chum, that he’s “the best pal ever!” “ .v smile is sweetened ly his gravity ” Walt ARNOLD AIM AX PHIPPS, II He's the lad that put the | ep in the Senior class. Arnic is ambitious, loyal, and accomplished. He plunged into school activities with a vim in his early years and played class baseball and basketball. He lent his charm and ability to the (ilee Club, Art Club. Hi-Y Club, Orchestra, Band, and starred as an assistant cheer leader In his Junior year he was the competent treasurer of both the Junior class and the Commercial Club. He showed his vocal talent in “The Pirates of Penzance,” and his business ability as the business manager of the Abingtonian. This year—phew!—he is a debater, class treasurer. Commercial Club president, stage manager for the Senior play, assistant business manager of the Curtis Drive, and a member of the Invitatin and Decoration Committees. We agree with Mr. Weirick that he’s the sort of fellow we like to have around. “lie from whose lips dirine persuasion flows!” Arnte WALTKR RCSSELL PICK WELL “Hello! Did you see Sam?” Whitev is rather lost without his buddy. Cheltenham lost an ardent booster and a good talker when they sent us Whitev. Although Currency sits in Room .3, it is rather hard to find him there just now. He is baseball manager, and a conscientious one at that. We don't think he likes work so very much but he does it with a good-natured grin. Walt is a member of the Commercial Club. Look out, Whitey! Don’t let Sam talk you to death! “Good nature and good sense must ever join” -4 39 CurrencyTHE ORACLE rfBa-y. IIAHOLD LLEWELLYN TOWERS Harold entered from the North Glenside Grammar School in 1922. He joined the Orchestra, Band and Radio and Spanish Clubs. He did not fail to devote his talent to blowing his big horn, the biggest instrument in the orchestra. He blew his own horn in a practical way, but no one objected because he is the shyest boy around the school. “ Thought is deeper than all speech WALTER ROLLIN’ RAAB, Jr. Rollin heard the call of Abington from he wilds of Southampton. As a Junior, he went out for track and interclass basket!) II, and devoted himself to Mr. Gernert’s math. As a Senior, he kept on at track and shone in the Mathematics Club. Rollin is quiet but action is not always in words. Unnecessary words are not healthy— Eh, Rollin? “Aro guest ion is rrcr settled until it is settled right.” Rah is ik DOROTHY MAY It A IN E “Where’s Floss?” Did you ever hear a tiny black-haired girl crying for her pal? Dot came to us from West Philly in her Senior year. Dot is a little mite but she has a big heart and a store of good nature. We can’t forget her as “Mag.” the French Canadian, in “The Royal Mounted,” And she helped its out on the Year Kook staff. Dot is a whiz! At the very top of her catalog of “Lovely Things” comes “good times.” If it’s noise, she’s there, but a Ford does take you there and bring you back. uHeart on her lips and soul within her eyes!” Dot -=J 40(THE ORACLE ra?w JEAN RAMSEY Jean entered t lie Class of ’26 from Miss Cowles School. Thank you, Miss Cowles. She fitted right into our class. She joined the Latin and Dramatic Clubs. As Jean has such ability for choosing suitable things, she was put on the Senior Ring Committee. And ns she was somewhat of a singer, she was chosen to be a member of the Choir. She surely can play the piano, too, although she never made it known at school because she is shy about playing in public—and oh, how she can drive a car! “ The heavens such grace did lend her That she might admired be.” Jean SYLVESTER EDWIN RIDGE We welcomed Sylvester into class in his Junior year from the Feasterville High School. Right from the start he caught the spirit of his fellow students, by making the Track Team in his Junior Year. Again as a Senior he shone on the cinder path. In the schoolroom he is quite a shark at mathematics and chemistry, and an active member of the Mathematics Club and Spanish Clubs. We all know the fellow who has a ready smile and a helping hand for every one who is in trouble, who always has his math, and science prepared, and who, with all this, is an athlete! Yes, sir—that’s Syl! “Mirth, tcith thee, I mean to lire “ Syl VIRGINIA ROBINSON Here’s an Abington Grammar School girl with one of the sunniest, most lovable dispositions at Abington. Ginny’s droll way of saying every-day things endears her to her many friends. For four years she has been a loyal and active member of the Latin, Basketball, Hockey and Swimming Clubs. The athletic department of the Oracle has made many claims upon her but she has always responded valiantly. Everybody likes Ginny— that was proved by the fact that she was made vice-president of the Senior class. Tie Senior play casts couldn’t have had a more encouraging or obliging prompter than Virginia. But then Virginia is always obliging. A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance.” GinnyNORMAN M. RUSH, Jr. Well, well, well! Room! Here's the boy with the drums. All his four years here, Norman's been a vital part of the Orchestra. And drums aren't the only thing lie can play—he’s been on the football squad for two years. This year lie rose from assistant to manager of basketball. And—he’s belonged to the Hi-Y, and also the Oracle staff. Don’t taclde him in Espagnol for he s president of the Spanish Club. Norman’s music—jazz at least—from tip to toe and we wonder what the Ruc-caneers would have done without him. “ The more ice argued the question, The more ice didnt agree." Senator MAISIE ELIZARETH SANDERSON Maisie entered Abington High School from the Abington Elementary Ruilding. In her Junior year she became an interested member of the Commercial Club. This club membership continued in her Senior year with the additional work of helping to make the Thanksgiving Day Program a success. Maisie is quiet but she has very deep thoughts and high ideals. “ Sicect and joyous as a song." LEONARD JOHN SCHNEIDER You know Leonard, don’t you? The shy detective in “The Hut,” 1025, and the snappy orderly in “The Royal Mounted’’? Leonard, too, is an athlete, going out for track and football, also a member of the Vocational Club a true vocational at that. Just try to avoid him when he is selling Christmas cards. And he was the first student in Pennsylvania to choose refrigeration as a vocation. Quiet and reserved, only his best friends know what a good scout he is. Most shy people are clever and witty when you know them well. It is such as Leonard that have made Abington what it is. “ The healthy huntsman with a cheerful horn Summons tiic dogs and greets the dappled morn." Maiz 4 42 Jo-RONALD GEORGE SERCOMBE Ronald is one of our versatile classmates whose hair turns a lovely blond during swimming season. For three years. Ronald has belonged to the Latin Club, being a junior consul. Ronald has been an important figure on the football squad and the Track Team. 11c has also been a songbird, belonging to the Glee Club and taking part in “The l’irates of Penzance.” When the Glee Club became the Choir, along with it came Ronald. As a Senior, he joined the Dramatic Club. Ronald’s literary ability? Besides spending some time on the Oracle staff, he contributed pages of interesting stories of the West and North. You see how lucky we are to have Ronald in the Class of '26. “Choice uord and measured phrase, abore the reach Of ordinary men!" Rodman MILDRED ELIZABETH SHELTON Mildred is a quiet little girl. Not very many people know that she is one of the most brilliant Latin students at Abington. She seems to make a s| eeinlty of languages, for she shines in Spanish and English, too. And as for pluck and pleasantness—Mildred wins the prize for a happy combination of these virtues. ‘‘Humility, that low, sweet root. From which all hcarenly virtues shoot." MARGARET ELIZABETH SHORT Margaret entered from McKinley Grammar School, 1922. Here's our blue-eyed, smiling Maggie, a girl of brilliant mind and winning personality. Maggie has belonged to the Latin, Debating. Mathematics and Press Clubs, being president of the latter. Also she’s been librarian and school news editor of the Oracle, sales manager for the Red Curtis team, and a member of the winning Debating Team. She’s got those laughing Irish eyes and winning ways and she adores anything red. “And still they gazed and still the yonder grctc, That one small head could carry all she knew.” Millie 43 b MaggieG. HERBERT K. SIBLEY Here's a boy who doesn't say much, but he’s one of the nicest, most obliging, and funniest to be found. Herbert dropped in on us from Silver Bay School in his Sophomore year. Since then he has become one of the “Who’s Who” in the Class of ’2(5. In his Sophomore year, he was elected class president. For two years he has been on the Football and Track Teams. To broaden his athletic career, in his Senior year, he played tennis and basketball and managed the Track Team. We think that Herbert must like Latin; at least, it is in Latin Class that he gives us all intimate glimpses of his wit. And Herbert really can write beautiful things—although he doesn't often let us know it. “As of a man, faithful and honorable.” LINNEA EI FEMIA SJOSTROM Linnea, better known to her many friends as Xee, occupied her time in lending a helping hand to others. She was not too busy, however, to be a member of the Basketball, Hockey, Latin, Swimming and Internos Clubs. Nee has played on the Varsity Hockey Team, and has represented her class in basketball for four years. She was vice-president of the Hiking Club, captain of the Hockey Team, and a talented member of the Orchestra. Xee is quiet yet active girl, who is well worth the knowi ng. “ When she had passed, it seemed like the ceasing of exquisite music.” Hkhh HELEN ELIZABETH SMITH Although Helen was not one of the original ’2C ’s, she soon earned a certain place of her very own in the thoughts of her classmates. Who was the capable Editor-in-chief of the Abinglonian? Why, Helen, to be sure. Helen’s ability to do that one thing more is proved by her interview with Red Grange. How did you ever manage it, Helen? Helen has played an important part in the Art, Dramatic, Internos and Glee Clubs. We wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Helen did something great some day for she certainly has a fund of clever, unique ideas. Altogether, Helen’s been quite an assistant in the various school activities. “ Then she icill talk, ye gods! how she will talk!” IIfxkn 4! {-•ELEANOR ELK IN TON STAFF Eleanor FJkinton Staff, otherwise known as Ellie. seems to have had a decided trend toward athletics by the number of athletic clubs to which she has belonged in the two years that she has been here. Since E lie left Westtown Hoarding School, she has been a member of the Hockey, Basketball, Swimming Hiking, and Internos Clubs, and also played center forward on the Hockey Team. But let me tell you a secret. Kllie can sew and cook—she is a real girl! “ Soft is the music that icould charm forever” Kllie FRANK LEONARD STAUB ou guessed it. He’s the all-round good fellow of Abington High. Wien (iermantown sent him to us as a Sophomore, we reaped a golden harvest. Since his entrance, he has played baseball, soccer, and basketball; sung in the two productions of the Glee Club, “Martha” and “The Pirates of Penzance,” and taken a very active part in the work of the Commercial and Hi-Y Clubs. He’s a busy, bustling fellow, but never too busy to tell a good joke or liven up a group of classmates. His outstanding characteristic? Come into Chapel some morning, and watch him leading cheers, every line of his body setting forth his loyalty to Abington High. Frank’s the real thing in cheer leaders! “ From the crown of his head to the sole of his foot he is all mirth!” ANNA LOUSE STREET Louise has been our prima donna ever since she first took the bus to Abington, four years ago. Louise is extremely quiet until you really know her—then, how she can talk—such clever little things, too, that make one want to laugh! Louise sang her way to success in “Martha” and “The Pirates of Penzance.” And who can forget the many times she has sung so gloriously for us in Chapel? Louise has an everlasting friend in her music, but she’s also made some firm friendships among her classmates during her sojourn here. “ As sweet and musicalt as bright as Apollo's lute, strung with his hair” Lou ISE Staubie 4.5 Jfrthe- oracle: Onions C. MORRELL SUPPLEE, Jr. We welcomed Morrell from Weldon in September, I M2. Onions showed some of his school spirit by participating in the class football teams. He also is a member of the Mathematics Club, and sometimes he sings. Morrell is noted for the peculiar smile which accompanies his good-natured advice. He is happy-go-lucky but he loves to argue in P. (). D., especially about marriage and divorce laws. His original ideas on everything or anything arc refreshing, to say the least. “ The wrong way always seems the more reasonable ROBERT KNREDLER TODD Bob Todd is another one of those bashful chaps. Like Harold Powers, he comes from North Glenside. I wonder if that has anything to do with it. Every one who reads the Oracle, and that in A. H. S. means everybody, has been entertained by his delightful stories dealing with historical events. As all good commercials go together, Bob joined the club and made an excellent traveling companion on the trip to Ashland. Indeed, his greatest pleasure is spinning yarns to interested commercials. We feel sure that next year some newspapers will appreciate such a quality. “ I am famous by my pen!" Toddy ALFRED FLETCHER TROUT Alfred entered the halls of Abington High School from McKinley University. The absent-minded professor has nothing on Alfred for his exceptionally dry humor, and that “Big Bass Voice” makes the world all the happier. What would Sixth Period Bookkeeping be like if Alfred weren’t there with his monologues or dialogues with the teacher? The class is greatly indebted to him for entertainment. Then, too, we must not forget that Alfred is a very industrious commercial student and a strong member of the Commercial Club. He was a real adveitising man for the Thanksgiving Day Football Program, and he worked hard for the Year Book. We hope, Alfred, that, in years to come, we or ours may see you in dear old Abington as a Commercial Teacher. “A dependable fellow, if ever there was one" Buzz -=I 40WILSON KELLER UNDERCOFFLER North Glenside sent us a peach in the form of Wilson —better known as “Coffler.” Primarily, he’s a vocational boy. Two years he was vice-president, and this year president of the club. And how he can act! We’ll never forget him in “The Crimson Cocoanut,” “The Hut,” and “The Royal Mounted.” He’s a baseball and basketball star. He belongs to our new Math Club. One of his most prized attributes is Mr. Weirick’s recommendation as “the best football manager in five years.” He has the distinction of being the best “trig” student—which is saying a lot—but there can’t be enough said for Wilson. “ I wonder at this fel loir. Vet I like him.9 [CoFFl.ER SPENCER VAN ARTSDALEN Here’s a quiet lad from the commercial department. Thank you, Feasterville High School! Spencer’s a very earnest sort of person. He’s so busy getting to and from Feast erville that he hasn't had time to belong to anything but the Commercial Club. We often wonder if he is quiet because his thoughts are elsewhere—out in the fields hunting game or riding a horse at a speedy gallop. In Commercial Geography Class, Spencer stars. In his study periods, he is always typing material for others. As an Abington product, Spencer is a success. “ 7 teaches arts that never slip The memory, good horsemanship." Spence MARGARET McARTHUR VANSANT Frankford High School Varsity Track Team sent quiet Peg to us. She upheld this record at Abington by becoming a member of the class and Varsity Track Teams. Then, too, Peg swims in exhibitions and, of course, in the Swimming Club, (’an she save life? I’ll say she can! She passed the Red Cross Life Saving exam as easily as rolling from a log. Fishes have nothing on Peg when it comes to swimming. “Horses—horses! Crazy Over Horses!” This popular song is easily applied to Peg and her love for animals. Some day we shall see headlines like this: “Margaret Vansant. First American Girl to Swim the English Channel.” “A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!” Peg J 47DOROTHY CARROLL YOG AN As soon as Dorothy entered from Weldon Grammar School, she began to play the r61e of a true Abingtonian. Dot immediately directed her steps toward the Latin, Art, Press, and Dramatic Clubs. She has always been their loyal supporter. Her athletic ability was shown during her Sophomore and Junior years when she played on the Interclass Basketball Team. Dot can sing, too, for isn’t she a member of the Choir? Dot also possesses literary ability—but if she were asked where she got her unique inspirations—she would probably just smile and shake her head rather wisely. But we surely would like to know where you get your clever ideas for the exchange department, Dot. “Oh, blest with temper whose unclouded ray Can make tomorrow cheerful as today! Dot MOLLY ELIZABETH VOZZY Do you all know Molly from Abington? If you don't, you are missing something. Molly is one of the treasures we have in the commercial department, Of course, she is a member of the Commercial C lub. She helped with those famous Thanksgiving Day Programs. Molly does not usually say much but her dark beauty says it for her. “ A sweet attract ire kind of grace. Moll CHARLES THEODORE WEBSTER Willow Grove is responsible for Ted Webster. You may not know him personally for he is not much of a mixer but you must have seen some of his work. Yes, he is one of the clever cartoonists for the Oracle. That makes him a member of the Art Club; the Spanish Club also is on his list. And a most delightful sense of humor adds to his attractions! “ Art is the expression of one soul talking to another Ted -cj 48 J=-RUTH SWIFT WE! DEM ANN When Ruth came to us from Weldon, she soon made an impression because of her sunny, happy disposition. Ruth was a faithful worker in the Latin and Dramatic Clubs. Before very long, we found that she was interested in writing. She worked hard to earn a place on the Oracle staff. In her last year Ruth claimed the Alumni Department as her very own. When we read an editorial just chock full of dashes and exclamation points, we know right off that Ruths the owner. Ruth’s clever little sayings endear her to all her friends. “Maiden with the mild brown eyes. In whose orbs a shadow lies Like the dusk in evening skies.” Rim s MARY ELEANOR WILLIAMS Shorty entered from Lansdowne High School in her Junior year. She immediately interested herself in basketball and won a place on the squad. As Mary likes swimming, too, she joined the Swimming Club She showed herself a good little runner in the Interclass Track Meet. The Commercial and Dramatic Clubs and the Choir boasted of her membership. Two years won for Mary a place in the hearts of the school. We hope that her smiles will likewise win for her a place in the hearts of all whom she meets. “We lore you for the buoyant fun That makes perpetual holiday.” HELEN LOUISE WILLOUGHBY Helen came to us from Abington Grammar School in 1042. She immediately went out for all sports. Helen played on the Class Basketball Team for two years and for two years on the Varsity Hockey Team. Helen has been secretary of the Commercial Club, and also vice-president. She is another of those Thanksgiving Day Program aides. It would indeed be hard for us to get along, if we did not have Helen as bookkeeper of the Oracle and a member of the Year Book staff. She likes to have a little argument now and again; yet she can always smile for you. “ The star of the uneonquered will! WlLl.Y Shorty -cj 49??rr ,,.i;vaiww (THE ORACLE OfI - 1 - ' m HELEN WINTERHOLER Who is that girl who is always so quiet and dignified? It couldn’t possibly be any one else but our Helen. Helen doesn’t say much or ask many questions. Rut I’ll tell you a secret—she certainly does think a lot. Helen entered from the Ilatboro High School in 1925. She graced the Swimming Club with her dignity. Every time we think of Helen, we like to compare her with the demurely sweet maidens of 1870, the ones with the hoop skirts and curled heads, carrying their small parasols with a dignified grace. “ Light of step and heart was she." ROSE ELIZABETH WOOLLEY Well, shall we be serious or shall we not? We never know what attitude to adopt toward Rose Beth—she’s as changeable as April weather. However, in her serious moments, she has belonged to the Latin. Art, Swimming, Tennis, Hiking. Mathematics and Dramatic Clubs, and the Track Team. Her final serio-comic appearance was a most effective one, that of Gwendolen, in “The Importance of Being Earnest.” We love her in blue and dancing. Did you ever see Rose Beth without the Duross twins? If so. it was an a cident. Whether horseback riding or Buick riding, they are always together. One of these days, they’re going to challenge the Prince of Wales. “ .1 foot more light. a step more true, AVer from the heath-flower dashed the dew." ESTHER S. YARDLEY Esher just came to us from Palmyra High School this year. She hasn’t had much time to get acquainted with all of us, but certainly what we know of this brown-eyed lassie we like. We think that others will. too. “Take things as they are and come, Not as they might hare been." IIki.iin •sj 50 Jfc-THE ORACLE JANET ADAMS YARDLEY When Palmyra High sent us Janet, the Senior class gained another interesting member. In her short stay here, she has proved to us that she is a clever girl and a conscientious pupil. Come again, please. “ Thy modesty's a candle to thy mind.” ANNA MARGARET ZERBE Anna entered Abington in March, 1923, from Telford High School, in Philadelphia. Anna is a member of the Commercial Club. She is another who helped with the Thanksgiving Day Programs. Anna is a “bus bug.” Every day she races down the hall as fast as she can to catch the first bus, but in the morning she is just as anxious to catch the early bus. She is quiet but sweet. “Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.” Margie 1 51SENIOR PLAY CASTSTtheorHcu v, “The Importance of Being Earnest” P IN the wing to the left of the stage, “The Importance of Being Earnest” looked trivial and dreary indeed. Nobody was earnest except Jack Worthing, played by Brnce Hargrave and Harrs- Cornell, and it took even Jack the whole play to justify Thanks to the consistent coaching and untiring zeal of Mrs. Wyatt, aided by Miss Cathell, the cast at length grew graver and rehearsed foolish parts seriously, and chanted serious parts foolishly. Behold then the characters, each one distinctively portrayed twice, on Friday and Saturday nights. May 14 and 15. The make-up man has powdered the last nose and applied rouge to the last lip. The curtain parts and discovers Lane—alias William Kessler and Scott Gebhardtsbauer, setting tea to the tune of “The Gypsy Love Song.” The musician, Algernon Moncrief, enters from the music room and the play’s on. Comedy follows close upon his heels—his heels are far from buskins. Comedy—continuous, unceasing comedy! Quips anti sly digs at present English society jostle elbows with humorous situations galore. Not till Earnest John Worthing discovers his true identity and acknowledges the vital importance of being Earnest does the audience stop laughing. And that is the end. The pairing up of Stuart Dinwoodie and Bruce Hargrave for these two major parts evoked many a laugh. And despite the thunder, appropriate only for Shakespeare’s witches in “Macbeth,” Herbert Hargrave and Harry Cornell were equally provocative. The four boys were novel as suitors—Stuart with Helen Goentner playing Cecily; Herbert opposite Anne Kneedler; Bruce tenderly proposing to Gwendolen Fairfax, popularly known as Rose Beth Woolley, anti Harry, with Muriel Morton, interpreting the same part. The excellent Lady Bracknell— Ruth M acBride and Beatrice Hood—spiced the program in the role of the love-cure. Aunt Augusta. When Merriman, butler—Lewis Haines and Sam Cunningham—first ushered her into the garden of the second act, the astonishment would have been unparalleled, had not Gwendolen previously warned her fiance that such was her mother’s habit. Dr. Chasuble—Wallace Goldsmith, John Helmbold—drew laughter out of tears through his canonical caperings. Not exactly the “woman-thrope” Miss Prism pictured him, lie, the celibate, finally yielded to Laetitia and the Matrimonial State. The latter—enacted by Genevra Bond and Dorothy Klein—nurse-maid, three-volume novelist, governess, -—revealed in a startling dramatic episode her connection with the deceased General Moncrief, and thereupon reinstated Jack as heir to the Moncrief estate and the elder brother of Algernon. The most important problem, of course, hinged upon the name of the older Moncrief, and Gwendolen swore perpetual devotion upon learning it to be Earnest. “ Ilie Ji nis fandi ” the title. 511 J=ggSV'---------------------------------------- P 9 1 Class Song Tune, “Recessional” (Reginald de Koven) Against the blue skies, ike gray vails stand. Slacking cvr colors—gray and blue; We lift our eyes: With upraised hand, We pledge our loyalty to you. -Alma Slater, hail, all hail! Slay u e in duty never fail! This June day marks a solemn hour— Our farewells we must make. We hare cur mutual love for thee, zAs verging reads we all must take— Abington High, hail, edl hail! Slay we in duty never fail! Farewell to thee, 0 Abington! Farewell to thy deeir gray walls. Sweet thoughts of thee shall ever ring Within our Slemories' Iledls— Abington High, hail, all hail! Slay we in duty never fail! 1$ fej Abington! Anne Kneedler, ’26. I, -2l .54 Js-(THE ORACLE “Face Toward the Mountain” T IS a cold, wintry night. The icy moon, whose rays bathe the snow-covered ground with an almost spectral light, looks down upon a multitude of huts. Here and there are a few charred remnants of camp fires. All is silence, the low humming silence of a slumbering camp. Suddenly the stillness is broken. Afar down the camp street, a man has stepped out from a hut. He is a man of imposing height, but his head is bowed anti his shoulders are stooped from care anti worry. Slowly anti thoughtfully he pieks his way over the snow, until he reaches a small clump of trees, some distance from the camp. Here, in the friendly shelter of the grove, he falls upon his knees and raises his face to the heavens. A sudden shaft of silver moonlight strikes full upon his uplifted face. Ah! What devotion, what worry and care, what pleading is revealed in the lines of his countenance! “Oh, God,” he prays, “Oh, God, help thy servant in his time of tribulation. Give him strength to carry on!” After a few moments of silent meditation, he arises and makes his way back to the camp. Early the next morning, a swift march, a quick attack upon an unsuspecting enemy, a complete rout of the enemy’s forces, and Washington had again annoyed the British king. Washington’s generalship and indomitable spirit had again triumphed over a stronger force. I wonder how much of it was generalship, and how much was that spirit which admits of no defeat? The scene suddenly shifts to the bank of the Mississippi. High up on a bluff stands the city of Vicksburg, the keystone linking the eastern and western territory of the Confederacy. At the foot of the bluff, in the canebrakes and marshes, is the Union Army, fifty thousand strong. Vicksburg had been attacked from the north and east and west. All had failed. There remained only an attack from the south. This was out of the question in the minds of most of the officers. But there was one in favor of it—a man who continually puffed on long, black cigars, who was proficient in the use of effective language, an officer schooled in warfare at West Point, a man of bulldog tenacity and stubborn determination Ulysses S. Grant. He was not one to be balked by any obstacle. Plunging into the wilderness, cutting off all connections with his base of supplies, and the politicians at Washington, Grant approached Vicksburg from the south. The very audacity of the plan spelled its success. Vicksburg finally capitulated. Here is surely a case of nothing but determination and the spirit which no obstacle can balk. Allow me to quote one more illustration of American courage, one which is probably familiar to you all. -ej 55errr (THE ORACLE) For days and days the “lost Division” has been surrounded by the enemy. In the midst of the Argonne forest, encircled by hostile forces, supplies giving out, no aid in sight—to some, the situation might seem hopeless. But the men never lose heart or faith in their commander. A messenger bearing a white flag approaches from the German ranks. Eagerly the men gather round their leader as he reads the note. A hard look gathers in his eyes. His face sets with grim determination. Turning savagely upon the messenger, he spits out: “Tell your commander I’ll see him in hell before I’ll surrender.” Faced by almost certain death, this valiant commander had the courage to tell his enemy to go to hell. Foolhardy, you say, perhaps so, but a foolhardiness which has made America the nation it is today. This splendid quality of character has descended to us through the generations. Why do you suppose we fellows struggle so hard for victory on the gridiron? Why do we exhaust ourselves on the basketball floor, just to score a few points which mean victors-? Wre do it because the desire for victors- is bred in our bones. Ever since 177b, America has meant VICTORY! It is the spirit of our forefathers, the creators of American independence, the spirit which leads the American soldier to die with his face to the enemy, the spirit which compels Victor,- or Death. It is the spirit inculcated in the American youth of today, which shall rise in the man and justify American supremacy to the world. It is the spirit which this graduating class—the Sesqui-Centennial class, carries forth w ith it into life. May our lives be guided by its precepts and our characters be builded upon its firm foundations! Stuart Dinwoodie, ’26. The Incarnation of Democracy T IS only natural that people, upon abandoning their own intimate little sphere and entering a strange, vast world, should look to some one as a model. There have been countless numbers of great men whose deeds we might imitate to advantage. In gazing back over the first days of our nation’s history, we find one man especially from whom we can learn much. Benjamin Franklin! The name immediately conjures up a picture —a picture of a man who will always stand as an example of patriotism, philanthropy, common sense, thrift, and sagacity in scientific and political affairs. Benjamin Franklin had been the leader of our American colonies when W ashington, a young lad of sixteen, was surveying the Fairfax estate, when Jefferson, Hancock, and Patrick Henry were little children, before Hamilton, Jay, and Marshall were even born. And yet Franklin was more instrumental, perhaps, than any other man, in securing and fostering our independence. The first event in his life which had a marked influence on the future of our national -4 Y- THE ORACLE Yj£ -■■•••••a •■■ -.■■■- —'MM government was the Albany Convention, called for the purpose of settling a colonial dispute between the French and English. Benjamin Franklin, delegate from Pennsylvania, introduced a plan whereby the colonies, united, should have the right to make their own laws. Although the British Government would not accept the plan, and the time was not yet ripe for a union, nevertheless Franklin may be said really to have framed the first tentative constitution for the colonies. When the trouble between England and America began to take a definite shape, the man who was the intermediary between the two was Benjamin Franklin. It was at this time that he became an international figure in politics. Vlien the crisis of affairs arrived, Franklin returned to America. Here he became immediately one of the five men chosen to draft our Declaration of Independence. America, in dire need of financial aid during the Revolution, sent Franklin, then an aged man of seventy-one, as an emissary to France, where, in his fur cap and homespun suit, he was received with an enthusiasm which had never been equalled before, has never been surpassed since. As he stood before the ill-fated king and queen in the proud court of Versailles, he was unconsciously the incarnation of democracy. On September 3, 1783, his mission was crowned with success through England’s formal recognition of the independence of the United States. It was only natural that this lifelong colonial leader, with his marvelous intellect undimmed, should be one of the most revered members of the convention called for the purpose of framing a constitution for our nation. As the convention was drawing to a close and the delegates were approaching the table to sign our world-famed document, the aged Franklin had a prophetic vision. His eyes were resting upon the back of the President’s chair, on which the half disk of a sun was painted in gilt. That little emblem signified wonderful things to Franklin. It seemed as if the veil of time were drawn aside for a brief moment— a glimpse of our future greatness appeared. Quaintly he drew the members’ attention to the sun and then, with his quavering voice full of sincerity, he said, “I have often and often in the course of these sessions and the vicissitudes of my hopes and fears as to their issue, looked at that sun behind the President without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting. But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising sun.” Benjamin Franklin's prophecy has been more than fulfilled. The spirit that gave those thirteen little colonies their independence, that united them and made them prosper, has always been rising. Each succeeding generation has cherished as its ideal, the welfare and happiness of its country. The task will soon belong to us. We, who are at the commencement of our real work, who are going to be the work! of tomorrow, must make it possible for our sun to avoid the storm clouds of strife and disorder, to shine in clear blue skies, and to rise triumphantly through the ages. -4 -57 U Dorothy Ki.f.in, ’26. ' THE ORACLE ■fetaU “He Walks on High Whose Soul is Free” N TIIE gathering twilight of an evening early in July, 1776, a group of the greatest patriots our country has ever known, signed the now world-famous document—the Declaration of Independence. Tyrannized over by a relentless sovereign, harassed by innumerable and cumbersome taxes, and denied the rights of man, the little band of colonies was driven to a formal declaration of its independence. Xot immediately was this independence attained. Indeed, full independence has not yet been achieved by this struggling, although prosperous nation of ours. Independence in a nation, as in an individual, can be attained only when we have satisfied its three vital factors—freedom from support or government by others, competency, and self-reliance. We, as we go out to the waiting world, are eager to achieve that noble state—independence. Let us consider then the three requirements we needs must fill: First, there is freedom from support or government by others. As soon as we step from high school into the business world or college life, we make the first step toward what is, after all, economic independence. Immediately, we are offered the opportunity of loosening the ties of economic dependence. The step into the business world is the more direct one, but the stepping stone of college may help in taking a longer stride. We are fortunate, in that any one who really has the will and determination to receive a college education can now do so. It is the economic independence we may first and perhaps most easily attain. Second, is competency as a necessary requirement. Competency includes many things—among them the ability to do, the bravery to do, and the strength to do well. The ability to do is fostered by preparation, although native ability always figures as important. The bravery to do is one of the most vital of the factors of independence. Most of us have independent spirits, some have independent thoughts, a few of us write independently, but a very few have the moral bravery to be independent. “What they think,” or “what has been done” makes moral cowards of most of us. W e are really afraid to be different, afraid to face the world squarely, to say, “I don’t care what you think. I know I’m right,” or “You’ve been all wrong on this point for the past hundred years.” Tradition holds us fast and we rest comfortably, afraid that, by independence, our peace of mind and soul may be disturbed. Self-reliance, the most difficult of the three traits to attain, is the one that exalts the whole idea and ideal of independence—smooths over its rough surfaces and makes it desirable. It is something different from the bravery to do. It is the belief in ourselves, our thoughts, and ideals, and the reliance on ourselves to gain all worthy ends. Preparing to attain these three elements of great character—freedom -4 .18 -...laasg THE; ORACL "€ 3 from support or government by others, competency and self-reliance, the graduate faces the world. When he has attained these three, he will have achieved that noble state of independence. He will stand for economic independence, administrative independence, and, best of all. Independence of the Spirit. Then lie will walk on high with the divine spirits of the world, quaffing the wine of the soul, exulting in his new-found glory, listening to the music of the spheres. Mv soul is high on the mountain— It soars aloft on wings; For its spirit is free from the world— In my heart a joy song rings! Anne Kneedeer, ’26. A Challenge A CENTURY and a half ago, a group of the most patriotic men ,• in America gathered together in Philadelphia and signed their names to a document which was destined to set a people free. That people, constantly keeping uppermost in their minds the principles set fortli in the document, have welded themselves together into the greatest nation upon the face of the earth. We who live today, live as we do only because our forbears have seen the value of those fundamental truths and have tempered their lives to follow them. Our very existence is built upon the rock bottom of the Declaration of Independence ! But we, in this day of materialism, are prone to forget principle. We rush madly about and shout for the millennium without thinking deeply enough to recognize the necessity of a return to the tried and true principles which governed the actions and justified the dreams of our forefathers. We, however, must eventually do as all leading peoples have done, turn for security to the ancient law, an institution which has stood firm in every storm of change. We must uphold safe and sane living. To do this we need not become ultra-conservative—we need only adapt the standard remedies to the present disease. Our strength and our weakness is in the vastness of our resources, our glory in the fact that our nation w the most powerful in the world. Nevertheless, the time has come when we Americans must take stock of conditions or have our country suffer deterioration. The world looks to America, who has never yet failed. Will she fail now? We of the younger generation realize that the question is vital to us. Are we not the men and women of tomorrow, the men and women -sj 59on whom will fall the major burden of straightening out the tangles left by the World War and complicated by onr indifference to principle, both ancient and eternal? We have discussed the subject in the classroom. We have heard it in our homes. We feel the time lias come when we should determine what our attitude shall be toward it in action. Not immediately perhaps, but in the near future shall we be intrusted with the affairs of the nation. We have received the best of schooling in the fundamentals; our parents have provided us with the means to study and encouraged us to learn. They have put us into the care of the best of instructors who have advised and inspired us. They have given us an admirable start along life’s highway; they have even seen us to the first milestone. It rests, from now on, with us alone. We must fight our battles in the future as we are unaccustomed to fighting them, by ourselves. Our problems will be hard—perhaps harder than those of our fathers. But we must solve them. We owe it to our sponsors, to our country, to our own souls. But we shall set forth with light hearts and courageous spirits; with the advice of parents and teachers, and the wishes of friends still ringing in our ears. We shall begin with a flying start—how we end will depend on us. Perhaps we shall not all be leaders. Some of us may even be classed as failures in the world’s category. However, the utmost that any one of us can do is try. Shall we all do that? Yes, keeping before us constantly that beacon of fundamental principles, and living our lives in harmony with the ideals of the Declaration. And when we leave this world to our successors, may the results of our labor be many! If we leave it only a little better than we found it, we shall have lived our lives for a purpose. And, with that in view as we set out, we may well breathe the prayer, “May we so live in accordance with our ideals that in our going we may leave behind a trail of goodness and of patriotism.” John Kaufman, ’26. 00 {s-NAME Airey, Virginia..... Ambler, Bertha...... Ashworth, James. . .. Ashworth, Letitia... Ballentine, Ellen. .. Niggard, Wilber..... Bond, Gkneyra....... Bready, Hanna....... Bestard, Francis.... Button, Boyd........ Clarke, Hazel....... Coffin, William..... Coleman, Marjorie. . Corey, Esther....... Cornell, Harry...... Courduff, Allen.... Creyello, Anthony. . ('unningham, Samuel. Dardis, Helen....... DeFazio, Anita...... Dinwoodik, Stuart... Duross, Jean........ Du Ross, Betty...... Eberl, Alice........ Finney, Raymond.... Fowler, Florence. .. Freinfield, Ruth. ... (jEBHARDTSBAUER, S... Gilbert, Jean....... Goentner, Helen.... GOLDSMITH, WALLACE.. Graham, Dorothy.... Groshens, Victor. ... Haas, Anita......... Haas, Edwin......... WHERE THEY SHINE In selling candy..... Toe dancing.......... On the track......... With Dot............. In Adv. Algebra...... In the lunch-room On the stage......... With a pencil........ In good nature....... In argument.......... With a shorthand book I n a Ford........... In athletic clubs.... At an organ.......... In the box........... Dancing.............. In plays............. In Abington.......... Crossing the ocean.. . . Bookkeeping.......... Everywhere........... On horseback......... In the Buick......... In the bus........... In football.......... Typing............... Taking shorthand notes.............. With a drawing pencil. In the sun........... Hoc-key.............. Elocution............ Laughing............. With Lewy............ Latin class.......... In cpiiet thinking... FAVORIJ-E EXPRESSION AMBITION DESTINY “Oh. Sheister!”........ 44 f I guess so! .......... “Aw, rats!"............ “Don’t be silly!”...... “Oh. gee!” ............ “Gentlemen!”........... “(Jive it a drink”..... “Oh. Pete!” “You’re going to get hurt ”............... “My uncle says----- ’.. . “ For goodness sake!”. . . “Hi, boys!”............ “SufFern cats!”....... “Ye stars!”............ “Lo sweetie!”.......... “Yeah!”................ “Going to stay?”....... “Oidunno!”............. “ Y’know!”............. “Oh, gee!”............. “For crying out loud!”.. “Say; listen to this!”. . . “ I in so embarrassed!”. . “Oh, you!”............. “What do you say?”.... “Oh, liar’!”........... “Oh, heavens!”......... Owner of novelty shop....... To go on the stage.......... Business man................ To be an artist............. To go to the Cniversity of Pennsylvania............. Mechanical engineer........ Actress..................... Private secretary........... Clerk....................... To have a candy store at Fourteenth and Market. Russian ballet Sailor. Diaw cartoons for the Bulletin. Mathematics teacher. Director of Music. Drive a taxi. To find “him.” Solitaire expert Nobody knows.............. Music teacher............. Sl.cik.................. Teacher of home economics Play the Wanamaker organ Big leaguer............... To be an architect......... Musician.................. To be a public accountant.. Stenographer.............. Bookkeeper................ To be a second Caruso...... Suzanne Lenglen’s successor. To have a good time........ To be “Somebody’s Stenog” Carpenter................. To be i n style............ Stenographer............... Glassb lower. I kulele expert. Clothing salesman. Hockey coach. Succeed Mr. Johnson. Manager of Southampton Nine. To have fallen arches. Mayor of McKinley. To sell street guides. Wife of foreign consul. Interior decorator. President of the Cnited States. Marry the Prince of Wales. To give others a good time. Dean at Temple. Farmer. Marry Poiret. Professor at Princeton. “Egads!”............... “My hat!”.............. “Huh! Huh!”............ “Hu, rats!”............ “Oh, dear!”........... “Say it with flowers!”.. “I don’t care!”........ “I gotcha!”............ Own a Packard............. N urse.................... To make good cinnamon buns.................... Aviator................... Kindergarten teacher...... Own a greenhouse.......... To go to Normal School.... Do his trig............... Run a hack. Dancer. President of Republican Women’s Club. Clerk in Leary’s. Aviator. Flower stand. Champion speller. Teacher of math.NAME Haddock, Edna....... Haines, Lewis....... Hamilton, Leonard.. Hankin, Sami el..... Harding, Norman.... Hargrave, Bruce. ... Hargrave, Herbert. Harry, Clayton...... Heath, Doris........ Heins, Joseph....... II elm hold, John... Hkndler, Paui....... Hepler, Edgar....... Hood, Beatrice...... Houck, Marion....... Jenkins, May........ Jennings, George J erg ensen, JennIE... Johnston, Dorothy.. . Kaufman, John....... Kessler, William---- Klein, Dorothy...... Kneedlkr, Anne...... Laning, Gertrude.. .. MacBride, Ruth...... Mann, Ada........... Marks, Harry........ McCullough, W....... Morton, Muriei...... Neeman, Marian...... Osborne, John....... Oswald, Walter...... Phipps, Arnold...... Pick well, Walter... Powers, Harold...... WHERE THEY SHINE Keeping “that schoolgirl complexion '.... With Vic............. Getting subscriptions for the Oracle..... In P.0. D............ Chasing Ridge........ At first base........ Tennis............... In the drawing room.. In the library....... Ktuming Math. Club. As Dr. Chasuble...... In the Chewy......... Saturday nights...... As a hostess......... Being late........... With Marion.......... His hair............. Athletic field....... Collecting news...... In the lal).......... In the lab........... In her studies....... At the Oracle Tea... In sewing............ Public speaking...... Singing.............. On top............... Beyond the speed limit Fort Washington...... In the moonlight..... In giving negative answers .............. In the commercial department ........... In Glenside.......... Any corner........... Studying............. FAVORITE EXPRESSION “Oh. gosh!”............ “ Bologna!”............ “You'd be surprised! ". . AMBITION To sing in opera World’s racquet king Aviator............ DESTINY A second Marion Talley. World's racket champion. Command a submarine. “(ice way!”............ “ Red hot!”............ “ Bologna!”............ “Gollies!”............. “Whoa! Rush!”.......... “Where’s my sister?”... “ Not so f ;i t ! ’ , . “Help us!“............. “No, thanks!”.......... “H’war’yu?”............ “Hello, everybody!”.. . . “Bologna!”............. “O-o-o-h!”............. “Ain’t got none! ’..... “You bet!”............. “Oh, gee!”............. “You’d be surprised!”.. “Wait till you get in chemistry”........... “John said-----”....... “Oh. gosh!”............ “Let me think-----”.... “Oh, I »hink so!”...... “Hokey!”............... “Oh, mamma!”........... “For cryin out loud!”. . “ For goodnesi sake!”... “ Bologna!”............ “I don’t know!”........ To be an orator............ Forest ranger.............. Doctor..................... Lawyer..................... Own Willow Grove Park. . . Stenog..................... Draughtsman................ President.................. Electrical engineer........ To go to Penn State........ To go to Wilson............ Office work................ Stenography................ Doctor..................... All-American Hockey Team News editor of the Ledger.. Electrical engineer........ Be a scientist............. Sell snake ointment. Governor of Pennsylvania. 'Fin Pan Alley artist. Butcher. Run the loganberry stand. Private secretary to Mr. Krueger. Fashion page of the Ledger. Mayor of Horsham. Pitcher in a national league. Hat salesman. Editor of The House Beautiful. A second Pavlowa. Chorus girl. Veterinary. Director of a girls' camp. Editor of Poetry. Editor of Life. Discover the missing link. To go to the Cniversity of Pennsylvania............ To write plays............. To go to Miss Illman’s.«. .. To be a pianist............ Stenographer............... Be a doctor................ Golf-Pro................ To travel around the world. To play melodious harmony. Electrical draughtsman..... To raise Persian kittens. To win the Pulitzer Play Prize. Modiste. To be presented at the English court Librarian to the League of Nations. Veterinary. Caddie. Lead a jazz orchestra. To play harmonious melody. Football coach. “How’s your grandmother?”............. “Attaboy!”........... “Nothin’ doin’!”..... “1 don’t get you!”... Registered accountant...... Treasurer of Every worn ill’s Club...................... To pitch for the Athletics... Blow a tuba................ Secretary of State. Secretary of the Treasury. To pitch roofs. Own a clarinet.NAME Kaab, Rollin', Jb... Raise, Dorothy...... Ramsey, Jean........ Ridge, Sylvester. . .. Robinson, Virginia... Ri 8H, Norman....... Sanderson, M aisie. .. Schneider, Leonard.. Sarcombe, Ronald. .. Shelton, Mildred Short, Margaret. ... Sibley, Herbert..... Sjobtrom, Linnea. ... Smith, Helen........ Staff, Eleanor...... Stauh, Frank........ Street, Louise...... Scpplee, Morreli.... Todd, Robert........ Trout, Alfred....... I NDERCOFFLER, W.... VanArtsdalen, S..... Vansant, Margaret. . Vogan, Dorothy...... Vozzy, Molly........ Webster, Theodore.. Weidemann, Ruth— Williams, Mary...... Willoughby, Helen.. Winterholeh. Helen. Woolley, Rose Beth. Yardley, Esther..... Yardley, Janet...... Zerbe, Anna......... WHERE THEY SHINE In Feasterville...... Collegiate............ Playing the piano. . . . On the track.......... In being a good sport. At the drums......... In keeping quiet..... Selling Christmas cards Writing of the North . Latin................ Debating.............. In bed. f............ In the Jewett........ The Abingtoniun...... Talking about West- town.............. As a cheer leader.... Behind the footlights. In talking........... As a short story writer McKinley.............. In drawing........... On the farm........... Ruling over the bar.. . As exchange editor.. . . In being happy....... Foolish questions.... In gym............... In a Chevrolet....... As a Sunday-school teacher........... In being quiet....... In blue.............. In her “alley”....... As a hostess......... Here and there....... favorite expression “Sure, Mac!”.......... “Weepin’ in a bucket!”. “Henrv said so!”...... “Yeh!"................ “Got your geometry done?”.............. “Why; gee whiz!”...... “Oh. gosh!”........... “(iot your homework done?”.............. “Certainly!”.......... “I don't know!”....... “’Ray for the Irish!”. . . “Ch-uh!”.............. “What?”............... “Oh, somebody!”....... “Darling!”............ “Have you heard this one.' .............. “Wait a second!”...... “I’ll betcha—etc.!”... “Nope!”............... “Oh. gosh!”........... “Christmas!”.......... “Sure!”............... “Nothin’ doin’!”...... “Well, gee!”.......... “Oood grief!”......... “Huh?”................ “Horrors!”............ “Oh, golly!”.......... “Oh. woof!”........... “Good night!”......... “Guess what?”......... “Yes!”................ “So’s your old man!”... “Hello, sweetie!”..... AMBITION Rig man of Feasterville. . . . Histrionic art.............. To study music.............. Scientific farmer........... To go to Miss I liman's..... To play in Paul Whiteman's jazz orchestra............ M issionary................ Expert on refrigeration.... To keep his hair from bleaching in the sun.............. "Peacher.................... Latin teacher.............. Department of Justice...... Violinist.................. Artist..................... Be a physical training teacher................... To have a drum in a jazz orchestra................. To sing with Galli-Curci.... Doctor........,............ Author..................... To wear a Tuxedo............ Mechanical drawing teacher Aviator.................... Start a riding academy...... Kindergarten teacher........ ()fficc work................ Dress designer............ To go to Paris............ To look like Gloria Swanson Kindergarten teacher...... Private secretary........ Artist............ Teacher........... Girls’ track coach Typist............ DESTINY Big man of Southampton. John Barrymore's second wife. Henry's wife. Sunday-school teacher. (iolf star. Teaching the harmonica. Training of Freshmen at A. II. S. Sheik of Ilatboro. Life guard at Ocean City. Social worker. Tutor dumb-bells. Traffic policeman. Woman's record breaker in auto races. Editor of “(Ireland Gazette.” To run a hotel. To play third base for the Athletics. Soloist at WLIT. Radio announcer. Writer of modern Mother Goose rhymes. Absent-minded college professor. M usical comedy. Deep-sea diver. Run a silver fox farm. Joint owner of “ YeOIde Beauty Shoppe.” Marion Davies’ understudy. Cartoonist. The other of “Ye Olde Beauty Shoppe.” Marry a manufacturer of Remington typewriters. Kindergarten teacher. Owner of Parisian modiste shop. To marry George Arliss. To act like Mae Murray. Matron of an orphan asylum. Head filing clerk at Sears, Roebuck Co.THE ORACLE Y 2: STUDY HALL You may talk of mathematics, you may ramble on of Greek; but the period I wait for comes only once a week. Friend Senior lauds his chemistry; Joe Junior moans of French—but let me tell you, brother, of my favorite parking bench. I have spent four days in toiling; my hands are seamed and shrivelled; I have worked at honest labor—I have neither bawled nor snivelled. My goal is yet before me; my clock chirps half-past one. Only fifteen minutes and my earthly trials are done! Forsooth, gazooks! I warble; my heart’s no longer in my feet— my happy hour is coming; I’ll soon be in my favorite seat. The bell rings in a minute; anon I reach my stall. All cares I waft to the breezes; no harm my peace can now befall! And so I spend the minutes, in dreaming dreams, egads! My honest rest I’ve dearly won; I’ve earned my sleep, bedads! You can steal away my freedom; you can burden me with toil— but—if you cut out Study Hall, I'll leave this doggone mortal coil. I’ll stand for almost anything; I’m a peaceful guy at heart—but if you rob me of my sleep, I’ll tear ten thousand worlds apart. I’ll go to any lengths, b’gcsh, I’ll risk the cooler any day—if you but even intimate to take my rightful rest away. Now, there you have it, take a care—just threaten “Study” and see me rare. L’Envoi Oh---- You may talk of mathematics, you may ramble on of Greek; but the period I wait for comes only once a week. CHEMISTRY TTOW we dreaded chemistry when we were Juniors. But now, § a even though we did almost flunk it, we are quite fond of lab. - ■ - ■ It’s lots of fun to mix things together and see what color comes It’s not a bit like a class, eitlur. The only really serious objection we have to chemistry is the everlasting equations. But even they aren’t so bad as they seem at first. Now that we have safely passed our oral test and finished our required eighty experiments, we feel that we have done well. In fact, we’d even like to take it over again—some of us need it. But, seriously, chemistry taught us to think. We learned a lot that will be of practical value to us in years to come. And we enjoyed almost all of it. -c| 66(THE ORACLE) VffiGIL r II ERE is something about the Virgil class that even non-poetic, non-Romanus pupils will remember. Who will ever forget the triumvirate of “Portents, Dido, and Deponent Verbs”? Many were the omens, auspicious and ill, which the Sibyl, Miss Lobach, foretold us—“dies honoris” and red-letter days! Such modern titles as, “Thunder on the left” took on a new meaning for us, though we are still in doubt as to whether it augured good or bad fortune. Certain it is that jvhen Miss lobach used to stand by the windows and “ intonuit laevum,” we soon made up our minds in this respect. We did not always agree to Anchises’ favorable outlook! Many were the girls who wished to be a Dido, and, by all accounts, there were many boys willing to play the role of Aeneas. Aside from such sweetheart side-lights, however, few of that Second Period Class failed to feel the real drama of Virgil’s inspired Fourth Hook. Indeed, scarce are the tragedies that can compare with Dido’s impetuous wooing, her passionate devotion, her tragic end. The class leaves the richer for having known Virgil. ADVANCED ALGEBRA rHAT their craniums might receive the final mathematical polish and that the fissures might be deepened, twelve Seniors entered advanced algebra class on the first day of the term. Equipped with a bulky red volume and guided by tire master brain-sculptor, Mr. Gemert, we set out. The first few months we devoted to the intense process of polishing and slightly deepening the brain dents made in past years. Then, we learned so much about quadratic equations that by mid-term we felt confident that we had infinite possibilities of defeating Euclid himself at his own little game. Nothing daunted, we went on through logs and infinite series while the drilling process became more intense. We are certain that several new convolutions made their appearance in our brains at this period in history. Even as Medea did Jason of old, our craft led us through a bewildering labyrinth of theorems, indeterminants, and vanishing fractions. Now, finally, almost all of us have come forth unscathed by the process. Yet, be not deceived, all ye who desire to come after. Our cheerful and witty master-craftsman and those odd species who tried to work problems on the boards next to ours made advanced algebra class one of the most interesting periods of the day. 07 jfc-FRENCH REN Cl I is the period before lunch. Our thoughts are sometimes unequally divided between the delightful possibilitie of the following period and the characterization of some fictitious person of an age beyond recall. Seriously, though, French Three is one of the most interesting subjects in the Senior curriculum. We pass our days translating, writing and arguing. How we do argue! It seems that French class is the center of unique independent and individual viewpoints. After we have finished reading a French classic, we dissect the characters until even their originators woidd surely fail to recognize them. It is really impossible to imagine the charming possibilities of dissection unless one happens to be a member of I rench Three. We also harbor playwrights—as long as inspirations are provided. Every member of the class is required to write an original play before the course can be completed. May we be permitted to say that the results have been original if not dramatic. Do we enjoy English? Yes, we do! Perhaps it’s because it’s the class in which we do really say what we mean. We have interesting discussions and never do finish them. If any of us has the qualifications necessary for a lawyer, surely our English class puts him well on the road to success. Such arguments! Then there are those interesting stories and poems. You never know' what to expect next. We will admit that “English for Immediate Fse” bores us to extinction, but then we must take the sour with the sweet. “3Resolved; That Parliamentary l aw should be taught in the public schools of Pennsylvania.” Whatever did we do to be blessed with such a thing? And the never-to-be-forgotten spelling words! The board never seems to end when it comes to copying spelling words. If you appreciate variety and desire a few friendly lectures that do you good, if you like blue and don’t like snakes, take English with he “Lady in Blue,” and you’ll never regret it. T ’EY o’clock and we now settle down to forty-five minutes of m hard mental labor. After that first period of smelling the pungent odors of hydrogen sulphide gas or listening to Air. Smiley discuss the disadvantages of the single tax, our brains are about ready to func- ENGLISH HERE TRIGONOMETRY 4 C8 p r THE ORACLE tion for us. Luckily for us, they do, or probably we would not be taking trig.. Period Two. Our first thrill comes when we see the size of the book. There was surely nothing stingy about those publishers when they printed it. Put now, on turning the pages, our apparent thrill changes to a chill for all that we can see is cold, hard formulas and figures galore. Our first six weeks are spent in wrestling with equations. Not finding them to our pleasure, we pass on and try to visualize the size of a zero degree angle. After all these nerve-racking problems and theories, Mr. Gemert comes across with the remark that our work is just about ready to begin. However, trig, is chuck full of suqjrises and by this time we are becoming hardened to it and we try to bear the mental anguish, even though it is annoying. We now see our first glimpse of “logs.” It is just like sawing wood to some of us except that we are too didl to cut right through them. Later we get an introduction to some figures and the results for some of our right triangles would make Pythagoras look sick. Page after page we fill with boresome figures. The result? An answer that takes up about one-half inch of space. After two months of this misery, we hear the announcement that “exams” start next Wednesday and that trig, for us is over. Isn’t it “a grand and glorious feeling”? Still, we had our fun and we would not have missed trig, for the world! ENGLISH THERE r OMEHOW, it isn’t like going to class when we go to English, i There’s not one of us who ever dreads that period as we sometimes do others. It’s much more like a club meeting. Almost always there is open discussion—of anything from “Macbeth”, to the morning’s chapel program. And speaking of “Macbeth” we surely liked him a lot better than we ever expected. We started the year out in his company and our dramatizations, themes, and discussions really livened up the tragedy. Monday is always Oral English Day and oh—the discussions we have! Although we had a wild time mastering parliamentary drill, we have finally reached the point at which we fight over a chance to display our skill. The Jjterary 'Digest is our chief source of material but very interesting topics often come from newspapers, magazines, etc. Thursday, composition day, is a red-letter day for all. For some, because they enjoy it, for others because they are sure to get a red mark. Our bugbear in this line was “news articles and editorials.” After mastering those, we sought other, more original channels for our inspirations. Moreover, we’ve learned to enjoy essays and we like to go up on the heights with the poets. Rut we’re all aware that these marvelous results could only have been achieved under the guidance of a very capable and charming instructor. -4 go j LUNCH LINE All set! Rarin’ to go! B-r-r! Only the telephone! Sit down again. At last the real bell rings. Oh, such a rush! Down the hall and steps! And then the first policeman appears. It’s terrible to halt suddenly, but if you don't, you'll lose your place in the lunch line altogether. Mr. Smiley stops you at the stairway. Will they ever cease coming? “Now, go up there single file or I’ll take the whole outside line off.” Do you know who says that? Oh, baked codfish and cream of asparagus soup! I can’t eat that! To think that after all that hustling, there isn’t a thing I like. Must I live on ice cream forever? For goodness sake! There’s not a seat left at our table. Why didn’t you save me a seat? Can I eat standing up? Well, I guess not. Is that the bell already? It’s a good thing I didn't get anything much tovat or I wouldn’t have been able to finish it. Well, here goes! Back to work for three more periods! I Cl AIM that mechanical drawing is one of the most practical ad interesting subjects taught in the school. Here is the proof of the pudding: the drawing room is always over- crowded. The number of boys spending their spare periods in the room, voluntarily, causes this. Surely it must be worth much to make boys willingly sacrifice their time to it. The minutes pass swiftly, in fact, far too swiftly. All of the students look forward to a day when they may spend two periods successively on their work as they now do in I et us outline the high spots of the subject. First, we have a picnic with the India ink, ruining our drawings and temper. With time, this is soon overcome. We settle down to the large, clean, white sheets and use real instruments. The problems and prints become more difficult and complicated; the tools, of higher mathematical operation. The work is extremely varied. One day, a fellow draws his assigned problem, then he inks it in and later traces it on sized linen and, when the sun is favorable, makes a blue print of it, thus doing the whole job himself. That is Mr. Greenly’s system, even’ one working out his own problems with as little help as possible. The real value behind the study is training for the days when self-reliance is necessary. One notices a different attitude in the class. The co-operation is unusual. Mechanical drawing seems more like every-day life than the usual classes. Each one has his work to do just as if he were working out in the world. Add to these advantages, the snappy and explicit lectures and explanations on modem design and construction, and you have a fair example of every-day work that is done in the basement amidst the blueprints and angles. MECHANICAL 1JRAWING science. -rf 70 P-IESm™! THE ORACLE k i ' -vSfiilyg s IL iilafe: ’foB fefr'tk— - P. 0. D. P. 0. D.—insert an “L.” “Plod” is what it means to most of us. However, as we walk into class, if one happens to remain standing, “Sit down, children,” greets us. That is the first blow for calling Seniors children always insults them. Woe be unto the person who says it unless he happens to be a teacher and then—well, we think if we do not talk. The second blow' comes when the teacher is sure that he lias assigned the lesson and we are quite as sure that he has not! There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth, that day, for the victims know that red ink comes in long streams. But it doesn’t end there. Is there any use in life at all when one is asked to discuss the advisability of worshiping a telegraph pole? Is it lawful and would you be arrested as a public nuisance? Should dogs have chaperons, and we grave Seniors regular allowances and a door-key? Life to a Senior then is as useless as an unsigned diploma. The sufferings continue in the form of “what they are doing in Russia,” or Bolshevism, communism, single tax, profit-sharing, and other Senior diseases. When the J ord of Kingdom Room Thirty-four goes on a rampage of the political situation in Europe, we give up all hope, pass out of class in a dream, and do not wake up until we hear the lunch bell. SHORTHAND rllE Gregg system for Seniors is taught in Room Two, Period Eve, even' school day. We, the ones that suffered being led, pulled, driven and yanked through a hundred a minute every day, proclaim it a most interesting subject. For instance, just w'atch a Senior, notebook and pencil clenched in hand, dashing madly down the hall in a frantic effort to reach Room Two in order not to miss the first half of the letter and have to guess the second part. Doesn’t he look as if he were going to hear an interesting lecture—to hear, “Dear Sir and Yours truly”? Those of you who dislike the more strenuous exercises of gym., we strongly advise to take shorthand as a perfect remedy for sleeping-sickness, drowsiness or similar maladies. It is warranted to cure within the first ten minutes. Our slogan is to get our speed tests off; our hourly medicine, “the chief indirect good gained from taking dictation is information,” and our aim—to write fast enough to keep up with our teacher, Mr. Krueger. As headquarters for speed, accuracy and efficient stenographers, Room Two surely functions. ■i 7i v-{ THE ORACLE ) -' N OFFICE PRACTICE Have you ever had anv office practice with Mr. Krueger? No! Well! Your education has been neglected. After we learned to keep “within the law,” we studied how we might win the kindness or good graces of our employer and found out that this could be done only by learning all we could along the line of office practice. This we did. The proof lies with the years to come, although some are already proving it to their superior. Now that we of the Class of ’26 successfully have completed our Course in Office Practice and feel safe to go forth and make use of the knowledge we have struggled to absorb, we cheerfully bequeath to those who follow after all the joys and sorrows of our class, chief among which is the instructor, the greatest joy but seldom the greatest sorrow. SPANISH rHE many good points about Spanish make it an interesting subject. First, the work is varied. We have grammar one day and reading the next. Then there’s the pleasure of hearing some fellow bawl out, “Cv Senior” for “Si, Senor,” and receive an appropriate reprimand from the maestra. Second, the stories in Spanish are always good and very often amusing and the period passes before we are aware of it. Only when we are plunged into the subjunctive and the position of pronouns are we truly dismayed, but they gradually shape themselves into a more comprehensible form and we are ready for the translation. Sometimes the Spanish words are so nearly like the English that we study less and use our imagination more. But not long! Oh, no! A paragraph of guessing results disastrously in a jumbled mixture of Spanish, English and nonsense, amid the chuckles of the “Alumnos” and the disgusted look on the teacher’s face. We soon learn not to attempt it again. Finally Friday arrives, bringing with it one of the main attractions, namely, the Spanish Club meeting. Room Nine is no longer Abington High. It is sunny Spain or the Spanish-speaking countries. The meeting is conducted in Spanish parliamentary style. Native customs and history are explained and articles and pictures displayed to the members by different students, and Miss Reichard who also tells us of her annual visit to Spain. Toward the end of the season, the members work up an original native entertainment to be given in Assembly. Any one who desires fame in this line will receive it if he can show Mr. Smiley why “Cinco” cigars cost eight cents when in Spanish “Cinco” means five. (Continued on page 76) -4 71 V-(THE ORACLE) % j f A ’ll rff- — ROOM THREE Room Three is the office of Messrs. Krueger and Furniss, producers of efficient stenographers, typists, secretaries, bookkeepers, etc. Although this room is situated at the very end of the building, it is by no manner of means lacking in real A. II. S. spirit. To verify this, we find the Oracle staff represented by Walter Oswald and Robert Todd, with Ruth Freinfield as Chief Typist, and Helen Willoughby on the Executive Committee. Arnold Phipps and Marian Neeman are of the tsibingfoniaH staff. Frank Staub is chief cheer leader and soccer captain. Our baseball manager, Walter Pickwell, and track star, James Ashworth, are also sheltered within its wide portals. For a pleasant room and a busy bee, apply to Room Three. ’IIAT they may acquire that cultural finish so necessary to a K man of the world, high-school students. Freshmen and Seniors alike, flock to the library, the most popular room in this school. This popularity, we are told, is due in great measure to the efforts of a faculty conspiracy for increasing reference assignments. There in that very room we obtained our brilliant finishes, literary, Roman, and historical applied in small doses according to the prescriptions of our wise teachers. Often we feared that those library assignments woidd be our final finish. We came through them, however, almost wise enough to own and operate a city library. lest in the process of polishing our intellect our eye for the beautiful might not be fatally dulled, various organizations of the school .have hung some excellent pictures upon the library walls. If we should ever become vocational guidance experts, we should certainly come to the library for our psychological polish. Here we might see future philosophers poring over voluminous works, coming statesmen reading current papers, or we might set budding social leaders, developing their conversational abilities with their neighbors while the corners of their eyes exercise perceptive powers on the actions of our alert librarian. Verily, verily, the library is a true finishing room, the supplementary fountain for all knowledge absorbed in high school. THE LIBRARY 4 The Philadelphia Gazette FIRST DAILY NEWSPAPER IN THE COLONIES AUGUST 3, 1774 New York Stage Coach Robbed by Desperadoes On Monday, August 4, at the intersection of Market and Schuylkill First Streets, the New York-Philadelphia Stage Coach suffered from an attack by two desperadoes, later identified as Boyd (Brown) Button and Wallace (Goldie) Goldsmith, both wanted for numerous crimes in our fair city and vicinity. The criminals were apprehended and taken into custody by the guardian of the peace, John Osborne, who courageously faced the malefactors and brought these despicable characters to justice. The prisoners, when captured, were in possession of valuables worth over seventy-five pounds. The booty was at once returned to the passengers, whose losses are tabulated below: 1. Miss Florence Fowler—valuable cameo ring. 2. Sir Lewis Haines — diamond-studded snuff box (a gift from Anthony PHILADELPHIA ASSEM BLY The annual Philadelphia Assembly was, this year, an unusually brilliant function. Among the notables present were: Sir Herbert Hargrave, a young gentleman from the Carolinas, Mr. Ronald Sercombe, a member of one of Philadelphia’s oldest families. Miss Beatrice Hood, who was elegantly gowned in red velvet, her escort, Mr. John Helmbold, in pale green satin, affording a charming color contrast; these two aforementioned persons traveled all the way from Horsham especially to attend this function. The occasion was made quite colorful by the sparkling attire of many of the young ladies. Miss Mary Williams wore pink crepe and Miss Helen Willoughby appeared, garbed in yellow velvet. Mr. Clayton Harry, noted portrait painter, was so delighted with the artistic taste of all the maidens, that he asked to be allowed to paint nineteen of them. As a special feature, the Misses Genevra Bond and Bertha Ambler performed the latest dance step, a new and most stately minuet. At the close of the evening, Mr. Stuart Din wood ie, president of the Society for the Prevention of the Drinking of Tea, thanked the assemblage for their presence and gave them all a cordial welcome to next year’s function. Crevello, the late Count de Cost). 3. Miss Molly Vozzy—miniature of a sister, whom some will remember lives in the Far West at Pittsburgh. One of the youthful passengers, Master Francis Bustard, became severely agitated under the stress of the occasion, and, in his excitement, fell through the floor of the coach into the mud of Market Street,carrying with him the Misses Anita Haas and Helen Dardis. One of the features of the occasion was the remarkable presence of mind and executive ability displayed by Miss Helen Smith, who was accompanied by a visitor, Miss Alice Eberl, of New York. This unusual young lad' 'r d forward in the emergency an fhe frightened travelers. the, most respected mayo, w our prosperous city) William Fraley Coffin, expressed great grief over such a regrettable happening. BUGGY BREAKS DOWN On Tuesday, August 3, the buggy of Mr. Arnold A. Phipps, well-known merchant prominently connected with the newly established George Washington System of Chain Stores, underwent an embarrassing collapse at the bifurcation of Country Lane and King James Promenade. Mr. Phipps was accompanied by three friends, the Misses Anne Kneed-ler and Dorothy Klein, well-known society welfare workers who were taking a much-needed recreation from their arduous tasks, and Mr. John Kaufman, one of the experimenters connected with Benjamin Franklin’s electrical laboratory. As the group was driving along King James Promenade, about three n the afternoon, careening into a iwashout in the road, the buggy lost two of its wheels. The passengers, who laughed at the distressing ir ’ 1 .it, were taken to their homes by a ing agriculturalist, Mr. Sylvester I ldge. CITIZENS HONORED Four Philadelphia business men have received the great distinction of being elected delegates to the Constitutional Convention. These fortunate persons are the Messrs. Frank Staub, Wilson Undercoffler, Theodore Webster, and Walter Oswald. FLOWER FETE The annual f£te of the Flower Growers’ Club, of Philadelphia, was held last week in the building of that association on Market Street West. Prizes for unusual displays were awarded by the judges, Messrs. Edwin Haas, Morrell Supplee, and Robert K. Todd, well-known authorities on floral science. The awards were presented to the lucky winners by the Honorable G. Herbert K. Sibley, Judge of the Court of Domestic Relations at Philadelphia. The prizes and the recipients are listed herewith: Miss Margaret Short—cluster of iant Killarney shamrocks. Miss hort, one may recall, is the present Walking Champion of Philadelphia North. Miss Margaret Vansant—one large sunflower of the Canadian variety. Miss Eleanor Staff—bunch of cultivated Empire daisies. Misses Janet and Esther Yardley— gorgeous bunch of bachelors’ buttons. M iss Anna Zerbe—exquisite bouquet of variegated zinnias imported from Timbuctu. Linnea Sjostrom and Helen Winter-holer—unusual selection of blue and white violets, grown in pots. The judges, after due and deliberate consideration, decided to award a special prize to Spencer Van Artsdajen; a farmer of the vicinity, who exhibited a specimen of improved cauliflower. YOUNG MEN IN STREET BRAWL Yesterday, August 3, two young gentlemen, Allen Courduff and Harry Cornell, engaged in a most reprehensible street altercation in front of the Chestnut Street Playhouse. The dispute is supposed to have started when Mr. Cornell’s monocle chain caught in Mr. Courduff’s wig during the rush hour. The two combatants were separated by four citizens who happened by in time to prevent serious injury to either one of the principals. The persons responsible lor stopping the quarrel are the Messrs. Scott Geb-hardtsbauer, Victor Groshens, Norman Harding, Leonard Hamilton and Raymond Finney. These men are to be commended for their valor The city surely needs morelike them. Kensington Kut-Ups Capt. McCullough; Harold Powers, Leonard Schneider, Coach Samuel Hankin.THE PHILADELPHIA GAZETTE UNUSUAL ACCIDENT STARTLES PEDESTRIANS On Tuesday morning, August 3, at 10.30 o’clock, the passersby at Broad and Chestnut Streets were startled by the bursting of a defective log-pipe water main which was laid along the curbing. Three business men, James Edward Ashworth, Joseph Heins, and Paul Hendler, were drenched by the spouting water and were taken to the nearby home of Miss Ada Mann where they received hot coffee and had their habits adjusted. The break was mended at once by Edgar Hepler, a carpenter, whose shop is close to the scene of the accident. The matter is being investigated by Assistant Custodian of the Water Pipes, Norman Rush. It will be brought to the attention of the chief, Mr. Wilbur Biggard, at the earliest possible moment. It will be remembered that the disreputable condition of the Philadelphia water mains was hinted at by His Honor W. R. Pickwell, Mayor of Germantown, in a recent official visit to this city. HEARD IN THE HOTELS (This is positively the first appear ance of this joke) Two gentlemen, Mr. Walter E. Oswald and Mr. Harry Marks, entertained an interested audience last night in the lobby of the Imperial Hostelry with the following witicism: Mr. Oswald—“Who was the lady with whom I saw you last evening? ’ Mr. Marks (with a sad smile)— “That, my dear sir, was not a lady. That was my wife!” The consternation of Mr. Oswald was indeed amusing. FARTHEST FROM HOME Among those for a day or two in Philadelphia are the Misses Letitia B. Ashworth and Mary E. Ballentine. These two young ladies, living in Bucks County, one of the outlying country districts, made the trip to the city in the record time of forty-eight hours, despite the heat of the August weather and the condition of the rain-washed road. The young ladies are staying at the home of a friend, Miss Jean Gilbert, who, it will be remembered, had the honor, last year, of being chosen to represent her city as Miss Philadelphia in the Inter-colonial Masque. CROQUET MATCH In a return croquet match yesterday, the Kensington Kut-Ups defeated the Germantown Graybeards by a score of 199 to 9 at the Croquet Pastures of the Germantown team. The Kensingtonians, marshalled by their mighty mallet masher, Mac McCullough, meandered their way to victory with marvellous manipulations. Their opponents, hustled on the field by their hilarious captain, Bruce Hargrave, held no terrors for the Kensington aggregation. The line-up follows: Germantown Graybeards Capt. Hargrave; Rollin Raab, George Jennings, Coach Samuel Cunningham. Referee—Alfred Trout. The match was attended by a representation from the Ladies’ Croquet team, of Albany, New York. The delegation consisted of the Misses Marjorie Coleman, Edna Haddock, Helen Goentner, and Hanna Bready. The Misses Jane and Eli ' ? Duross, the well-known er arranged a delightful recep! visitors. . MANNERS AND CONDUCT Questions pertaining to etiquette answered by Miss Rose Elizabeth Woolley. Q. When a young gentleman escort slips into the mud, is it polite to stay with him despite his appearance, or should one leave him? D. Raine. A. If the mud is dry, brush him off and continue with him; if it is mixed with water and he presents a disreputable aspect, have nothing more to do with him. Rose Beth. Q. We are three young ladies who have always admired the acting of the great stage star, Mr. William Conrad Kessler. We are dying to meet lyjp—how can we possibly nianag f f : Misses Dorothy Vogan, Ruth Weidemann, Dorothy Johnston . A. The gentleman you mention is usually quite inaccessible to young ladies, but I feel sure that, in view of the fact that he is so extremely kind hearted and sympathetic, if you three young people could faint simultaneously before his cab, you would at least meet him. Rose Beth. ADVERTISEMENT School for Young Ladies Five gentlewomen are offering this remarkable opportunity to all respectable young ladies. In this school all modern manners and culture are taught at a very minimum price. E or information, write to any member of its faculty which consists of the Misses Ruth Freinfield, Doris Heath, Dorothy Graham, Marion Houck and May Jenkins. The school is situated at Fifteenth and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia. Miss Jennie Jergensen and Miss Louise Street, tutors of young persons, announce that their programs are unfilled and that they can accommodate a few more pupils. Those interested please call at 205 Dock Street. The Misses Virginia Airey, Esther Corey, Anita De Fazio, and Muriel Morton will open, on Thursday, August 5, a high-class beauty salon for young ladies of the best class. The establishment, which will be the most up-to-date possible, is located at the intersection of Eighteenth and Green Streets. All who desire the best of attention are invited to come and patronize it. The Misses Hazel Clarke and Mildred Shelton, expert culinary artists, will open an eating house on Independence Square, Friday, August 6. '1 he food will be of the best and all who come will be adequately served. The School of Dances conducted by the Misses Maisie Sanderson, Ruth MacBride, and Marian Xeeman, will commence its midsummer program of work on Friday evening. All the regular students and those who wish to join are urged to attend. Three young society ladies who recently returned from a trip abroad, have now established a genuine French Modiste Shoppe. The Mesdemoiselles Gertrude Laning, Virginia Robinson, and Jean Ramsey are prepared to produce creations quite like the original Parisian ones. The proprietors may be seen any day in their shop at Tenth and Walnut Streets.JUNIOR CLASS imii {THE•ORACLE JUNIOR EXPLOITS events of the past make history. We as a class liave done ! deeds noble and humble. For many of these we are sorry. The thoughts of others cause a rapture within our hearts. To these so-called deeds of the past, whatever sentiments they may have caused, my writings are limited. We are the class respected by Seniors, envied by Sophomores, the Junior class. There are plenty of the members of our class represented in the various sports at Abington. On the football team we are represented by H. Kern, Gitlin, Roth, Beatty, Corbin, Kochey, and Wetmore. Green, Tyson, and Joe Pearson, all good basketball players, are from the Junior class. Diver and Veale are two of the best players the Tennis Team has. We are represented in soccer by Lever, J. Pearson, Green, Berkenstock, and Hacker. Some of the future big league baseball stars come from the Junior class: H. Kern, Corbin, Hopkins, Stenger. In track, we can boast of J. Pearson, Gitlin, Green, Kochey, Beatty, Diver and Saunders, who usually show their opponents a clean pair of heels. The Junior girls are also holding up the class standard as far as sports are concerned. On the Hockey Team, we have Krier and Margaret Vozzy, and in basketball, Massey, Krier and Mooney. Harry Kern is president of the Junior class, and William Corbin, his able assistant. Florence Massey is secretary, and John Potts keeps tab on the dues. The Junior Oracle staff gave a tea to launch its Walt Whitman issue. Mrs. Traubel, one of Walt Whitman’s personal friends, was the guest of honor. The Junior Oracle, by the way, was about the best in history. The Junior-Senior Reception held not long ago, as a farewell to the Seniors, was indeed a social success. Yes, the Seniors said that the Juniors were skilfull decorators and excellent hosts! Both Juniors and Seniors certainly enjoyed their work of destruction in the last dance as they gleefully tore down the decorations. Last but not least, the star orator of the school represents the Junior class. Florence Massey has won the Oratorical Contest of the school for two successive years. The Junior class has made favorable progress during the three years we have been here. We are going to strive to make next year our biggest and best year of all. 79 p-SOPHOMORE CLASS (THE ORACLE K THE SOPHOMORE SCENIC RIDE UALL aboard! This train goes out at once! Ready!” At tlie a -A starter’s ere on September 8, the members of the Class of ’28 embarked on their scenic ride. When vve took our seat in the little Sophomore cars, we thought that we were mighty big and grown up, especially when wre saw the poor Freshmen—but—the Juniors and Seniors soon let us know that we were still lower classmen. The first few weeks of our ride were very pleasant but then! We no sooner got to the top than we found that we were slipping downward. We came suddenly to a clip, the Sophomores lowest in the tardy line, but some of our good fellow- members brought us back to the top by being on the Honor Roll. Evelyn Glazier, Evelyn Maguire, Adele Evers, Kathryn Iloose, Virginia Wismer, Samuel Ramsey and Walter Young. We went down another dip because so few of our class were out for sports, but those who did brought us to the surface again. Thelma Dinwoodie, Edith Adams, Bertha Crowe, Inez Perpall and Margaret Riggs kept the Hockey Car at full speed; Samuel Ramsey, Julian l’ear-son and John Green made the Soccer Car a racer. The Football Car was well filled with Bud Kern on the varsity squad, and Lou Gitlin, Frank Mattin, Morell I a Rue, and Lester Hopkins serving as ever-readv subs. irginia Hansford and Helen Ambler aided in steering the Basketball Car to a victorious finish. The Boys’ Basketball Car held Karl I Irich, Levis Phv, Bud Kern and Harry Rossiter. To our dismay, a great dip came. Mid-term Examinations. Many dropped from our cars into those of the Freshmen, but most of us survived and came to the top, happy and ready to go on our way. The new semester brought us more who joined their cars to ours. When spring sports began, some of the boys made a rush for that shiny, new Baseball Car. The only ones grabbing reserved seats were Bud Kern, Robert Murray and Ellis Broadhead, but Jimmy MacFarland and William Ritter caught on as subs. A track squad made the whole school train run more swiftly. This squad included AI. Funke, Morrell La Rue, and Eud Kern. Frederick Roll was the only boy in the Tennis Car, but Thelma Dinwoodie, Inez Perpall, Mary Bassett and Virginia Hansford helped the girls’ tennis team out. Our musicians also climbed into the orchestra seats and Robert Bond represented our class in dramatics in the Vocational Play. After a few more dips and sharp curves we, the worn-out Sophomore class, came to the end of onr ride, most of us jubilant over the fact that we can ride in Junior Cars next year. -4 81 FRESHMAN CLASSFRESHMAN MEMORIES t V) YOU recall that day back in September, 1925, when you de-t M scended from a traveling menagerie, otherwise called a bus, and first stepped on the campus of Abington High School? I)o you remember how your knees seemed to be made of rubber although they achieved a good bit of noise for rubber? ’Member how the Sophs were just going to haze you when along came Mr. Weirick? Do you recall just how long it took those Sophs to scatter? And just then the bell rang. Oh, boy! Didn’t we make one rush for that building? After chapel, say, didn’t we have some time making schedules! The next day our chief job was locating rooms. In about a week we had settled down to a regular regime. It was then gently suggested that we act as high school students, not as members of the grade school. The second honor roll found some of the Freshmen included in its numbers: Anna Wood, Celinda Hetzel, Helen Rooke, Elvin Shanken, Anna Brady, Earl Yoder, and Ruth Creek. But others were still wading through the “Red ” sea and climbing hills in the shape of F’s and bumping into strange curves like S. Soon exams were staring us all in the face. Of course, it wasn’t our fault that we weren’t exempt. Some teachers simply had a grudge against us. Oh, well! The exams would be easy and we coidd pass them without any trouble. As soon as we got a glimpse of the exams, we changed our minds. “Next half we’ll do better.” And some of us really did. In February, ninety newcomers joined our ranks, and some of us, sad to relate, dropped back into the new class. When spring sports came along, the Freshmen were on hand fine— at first. After that, most of them decided that they were better at criticizing than playing. A few really did keep on practicing. Christine Pfeil, Emmy Ion Perpall, Lucy Pendleton, Cornelia Dempsey, Barbara Busse, Julia W augh, and Anna Wood were doing good work in girls’ track, while John Longshore showed speed for the boys. Oliver Lee, Richard Schlafer, and George Worster earned places as subs on the baseball team. The Freshman Relay Team finished fifth in the Penn Relays. W inifred Hobens and Cornelia Dempsey starred in the lifesaving class at the “V.” Some of the February Freshmen mounted to the heights of the honor roll. These included Ella Bubeck, Etta Oberholtzer, Dorothy Mayland, Emmy Lou Perpall, Serama Dix, and Irene Thompson. Emmy Lou Perpall promises to be one of the future literary stars, if one may judge by the thrilling story she which read in chapel, “The House of Many Passages.” Now it is the end of the year. Most of us—we hope—will be promoted into the Sophomore class, while others will move into the Freshman A group. Soon we shall be looking down with scorn upon the incoming horde. 83 f=-mimm ■T Pj .,t - ORACLE ART CLUB ORCHKSTRA S4 fc-(THE ORACLE) ■itu 1 THE ART CLUB The Art Club did not start its activities so early as usual this year because of the conflict in dates between various club meetings and other activities but it accomplished a great deal after getting under way. The club was organized according to the average of each pupil’s marks in drawing with “B” as the required average, so that all its members might show a keen interest in the affairs of the Art Club, 'illis plan succeeded. The first trip was made to the colonial mansion built and occupied for many years by Sir William Keith, Deputy Governor of Pennsylvania under William Penn. Several members of the Art Club, under the leadership of Miss Kimball and Miss Miller, hiked from Horsham to the historical old house and enjoyed an hour of looking at everything from the ground to the roof, including an interesting trap door through the roof. So, with the walk back to Horsham, the Art Club spent a very pleasant and profitable morning. At a later meeting, the club members voted on their choice of paintings from a large group obtained by Miss Kimball, so that a selection of pictures for the school might be made. The Art Club took a short trip in the vicinity of Rydal for the purpose of learning how to sketch the things we see every day. The club hopes to take many more trips of this kind in the future anti learn more of this phase of art. rHERE is one organization that is always called for whenever a play or entertainment is given at Abington. The Orchestra, with its capable leader, Mr. George F. Johnson, is a welcome feature on all programs. It is hard to forget the entrancing strains of the first violins, played by Linnea Sjostrom, Eric Sjostrom, Herbert Hargrave, Wallace Goldsmith, Allen Courduff. and Wesley Hoffman. Many of the harmonies and color tones of the beautiful operatic selections would be lost without the aid of the second violins, Grace Finney, Dorothy Johnston, Muriel Eastburne, Mae Button, and John Spencer. The three cornetists, John Kaufman, Warren Kaufman, and Joseph Tull, have made lovely melodies of “The Bohemian Girl,” and the martial airs of “the Grand American Fantasia” linger long in the memory. Harold Powers, with his tuba, adds all the deep bass notes to the general harmony. And then, to complete the ensemble, Norman Rush and his drums, and Dorothy Klein, the pianist, provide the necessary swing and rhythm. Any of the success which the Orchestra may have attained during the year, it attributes to the patient, valuable guidance of its conductor, Mr. Johnson. THE ORCHESTRA •tj 85i. (THE ORACLE ft' RADIO ( LI B SPANISH ( LI B -=$ 86 )=' { THE ORACLE Y%0 , . hs.... —Jjfeu RADIO CLUB “I say, Ed, old top, what’s doin’?” “Shut up! I’m busv!” W ow! Nice reception wasn’t it? I went out of the room and closed the door. In the hall I met Tom, Ed’s roommate. “What’s wrong with Ed? He’s as hot as a furnace in January.” “Oh! He’s studying up on radio. You know the members of the club this year are being ranked according to what they know about radio. It certainly is a good scheme.” “How do you know how much everybody knows? What do you do; find out what size hats they wear?” “No. Mr. Messenger gives us tests and then ranks us accordingly.” “But what’s the good of all this? You never organize until the end of the year. Then you do everything in a rush. Just like a seventeen-year locust!” “Yes; that’s the way it was in former years, but this year it’s different. We appointed a committee to draw up a constitution. Now, as we have the constitution, we’ll never disband. “Who are the officers this year, anyway?” “YTou don’t know much, do you? Fred Owens was elected president; Charles Hacker, secretary-treasurer, with Mr. Messenger as faculty and technical adviser. But I must be moving on. So long! “So long!” I had found out what I wanted to know. SPANISH CLUB LICK, click, clickety, click—Andalusia, Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, i San Sebastian—all go flying past our watching eyes. What is it all about? Why the weekly Spanish Chib meeting, of course. WTe tour Sunny Spain and lazy Argentine, stopping at all the points of interest and learning the quaint, interesting traditions that always attend those Old W orld places. Tiring of our travels, we rest awhile and become amateur connoisseurs to examine and study the famous Spanish objects of art—Velasquez, El Greeho—all. The work is versatile, not entering on any subject specially, but rather on everything that is Spanish, down to the English derivations from the Castilian language. Much discussion and humor enter into the business of the meeting —discussion in Spanish always brings humor. However, ’midst all the fun there is a valuable background behind the club, its connection of the study of the language with the study of the customs of the natives who use it. As this method is efficient, the Spanish Club may be counted as an asset to the school. -4 87 p- VOCATIONAL CLI B -=} 88 ) -r ££T=....- .. BPf:V THE ORACLE -m. '.A .. THE ABIXGTOX PLAYERS Y NAME’S Dramatic Club, and I'm much like other clubs JwK even if my name does reveal all my secret plans and purposes. There is nothing mysterious about a dramatic club. In the winter we have much more time and energy than in the spring; consequently we try to do our hardest work then. Such subjects as the value of dramatics in high school life, and the standard of amateur play production interested us for many meetings. The Theater IMagazine, to which we subscribe, furnished us with many interesting and amusing topics for our meetings. Any one may read it who wishes. It’s kept on the desk in Room Five. I have some officers, too. My president’s name is Helen Goentner, and my vice-president is Beatrice Hood. Then I have a treasurer whose name is William Corbin, and there are secretaries of both varieties. Louise Leidy is the corresponding one, and Ruth MacBride, the recording one. Edgar Hepler is Sergeant-at-Anns, but as he never had anything to do, we’re not having one of them next year. With capable officers to encourage the continuation of the varied programs of monologues, readings, discussions, and yes, even dances that were given this year, and to sponsor the production of “The Rivals” early in the fall term, I feel that the Dramatic Club is in excellent condition. THOSE THIRTY-NINE VOCATIONAL BOYS A club minus the gabble might be recognized as a non-feminine club. So it is, for when thirty-nine vocational boys gather in Room 6 for a meeting, there is business and then adjournment. Dress discussion is positively prohibited by the officers—Wilson Undercoffler, president, Joseph Tull, vice-president, Walter I’zelmeier, secretary, and Harry Kern, treasurer. The activities started early with a highly successfid sale of Christmas cards. 'Die club members also enjoyed a trip to the Westinghouse Electric Plant at Lester, with the two faculty advisers, Miss G. L. Turner and Mr. R. J. Greenly. On April 9, 1926, the club presented a four-act play, entitled, “The Royal Mounted.” From the proceeds of their money-making activities, the boys gave fifty dollars toward scenery for the stage and presented to the school the last three of a series of six pictures on “The Evolution of a Book.” Then, too, the club plans to present to each of the five vocational Seniors a set of tools for the particular trade which he will pursue. A club little, but mighty! -cj H9 1 NATURE CLUB 90 t=-mmrn- mm •'1” ■" . — or cTZI- - THE CIIOIR OF ALL musical opportunities offered in the school curriculum, choral singing is of the first importance. It is one of the noblest forms of all music. Not only does it afford good training for the ear and for the reading of music but it also creates an appreciation and a real musical atmosphere. This year Abington boasts of a choral organization—the Choir. Although the Choir is only an infant organization, it has, under the admirable leadership of Mr. George F. Johnson, Abington’s new music director, been a success. Air. Johnson, himself a thorough musician, has sought to develop in his Choir real appreciation and a discriminating taste as to what constitutes good singing. The initial effort of this organization was the rendering of the “Landing of the Pilgrims” as the feature number of the Thanksgiving program. The Choir, in the costume of their Pilgrim ancestors, created a very appropriate effect. For the Christmas program, the Choir sang “Nazareth” and “() Holy Night.” During the second half, the Choir was given the privilege of a one-period rehearsal every week in school hours. Lately it has been rehearsing “The Heavens Are Telling” from Haydn’s famous “Creation.” This kind of rehearsing is intended to lead directly to some fine and extensive oratorio work for next season. Undoubtedly the Choir will continue to be a credit to Abington if every member develops an intelligent appreciation of music and a lasting love for music. THE NATURE CLUB In April, after being inspired by the wonderful Bird Talk given by Airs. Griscom, the Science Department decided to organize a Nature Club. As the students of the biology classes were, of course, interested, a large number came out at the first meeting. The club organized as a group, including two tribes. When the organization was complete, the club began the study of spring and conservation by visiting Airs. Griscom at Roslyn. The members learned the names of many birds and plants as well as acquired some wonderful ideas along the line of conservation. At the meetings, the club members spoke on plants, birds and animals, quite a number illustrating their work. Specimens were brought for the purpose of close observation. On other walks taken to Bethayres and Langhorne, the students found numerous new plants as well as a large number of nesting birds. After these inspiring trips many of the members started work in conservation. We hope that in time to come, the Nature Club will do some valuable conservation work for Abington Township. ••=4 91 Jc-LATIN CU B INTKHNOS (’Ll B 4 o Jr-{THE ORACLE)' «' • . “v.. : WHP»--y,A:-v THE 1 ATTN CLUB rHE Latin Club “Limited,” running between tlie stations of September and June, is about to end one of the most enjoyable transcontinental trips in years. Before boarding the train, the members of the expedition selected the following to manage their affairs: Anne Kneedler, First Consul; Florence Massey, Second Consul, and Thelma Dinwoodie, Tribune of the Plebeians. Under the faithful guidance of these three, the “Limited ” was able to stop not only at three main stations, but also at many smaller ones. The first stop was October, where the merrymakers had their annual doggie roast at Hood's and where new passengers were taken aboard amid much hilarity. On their way again, they did not stop until they reached November where every one thoroughly enjoyed the quips and pranks of the masqueraders at a Hallowe'en Party in Yansant’s barn. They speeded on their way again until December hove into sight, bringing with it a most unique and most enjoyable treat in the form of a real, honest-to-goodness Roman Saturnalia, featuring the triumphal procession of King Saturn and a very clever and attractive booth in the shape of a Roman galley. At one of the smaller stops. Miss Hoffsten talked on her “Travels in Rome.” She accompanied her talk with many interesting pictures. At the next stop, some of the travelers went to Haverford College to see a Plautus comedy, “Aulularia,” and at various other stops purchased numerous books, particularly several from “The Debt to Rome Series,” which were later presented to the library. At another stop on the journey, the travelers went to see the great moving-picture “Ben Hur.” And now this colossus of learning and jollity is swiftly wending her way to her destination where she will be groomed and overhauled for her next year's journey. George Getciies, ’27. IN TERN OS CLUB Although Abington High School has a generous number of clubs already, the girls thought a most needed addition would benefit every one. Consequently they formed a welfare club, more commonly known as the Interims Club. There is no other girls’ organization of its kind in the school. It aims to promote general welfare and improve social conditions. After the members washed the initials, remarks and surplus dirt from the walls and lockers in the girls’ basement recently, the presence of the club was noticed. With the co-operation of the girls’ student body, conditions have continued to improve. Next year this club intends to increase its activities and take its place upon the list of the most active organizations in the school. -s} 93 fc--------------• ■A COMMERCIAL CLUB ABINGTONIAN STAFF COMMERCIAL CLUB ON TIIE afternoon of October 5, 192(5, the good ship “Commercial Club” steamed out of harbor “Study Hall A” for a year's voyage on the high seas of education and recreation. The crew elected for their worthy captain, Arnold Phipps as president, and his first mate, vice-president, Helen Willoughby. Estella Biddle was chosen a second mate to count out the pennies, and keep up the credit. The third mate, acting as secretary, was Walter Oswald. One glorious night on the “Sea of Recreation” was devoted to a masked frolic in honor of Hallowe’en. Such fun! Such ghost stories and such queer and original costumes! It was hard to choose the most original. Then on the “Sea of Education,” two graduates were taken aboard to tell the crew all about their experiences, funny and serious, in the business world. The crew decided to have a badge and originated the natty Abington Commercial Club pin. Such pins are worn only by sailors from the good ship “Commercial Club.” When the ship steamed into harbor, its wireless sent ahead the report—“A successful year!” THE “ABIXGTOXIAX ” ¥ ¥ THEN a young lady makes her d£but she expects to have one gay and glorious time. Not so with thezAbingtonian, for when the first number of the second volume came out. thirty issues seemed to the members of the staff an enormous mountain. Of the seventeen who put out that first issue, only four had had experience on the initial volume. And so, for a while, it was necessary for the editors to eat, sleep and talktAbingtonian. After a few' wreeks, the mountain had shrunk so that some thought it merely a mirage. That was not true, they soon learned, for as Christmas drew near, the hill came back. With the co-operation of some of the other students, the day was saved. Xo more A.bingtonian banners were flown at half mast until the Alumni issue loomed up omniouslv. The editors dug for interesting facts and pestered old grads with queer questions until, immediately after midyears, antAbingtonian came out with “Alumni Number” in the head boxes. Times flourished until the close of the basketball season, when there were no athletic notes. Things looked black for a time but the officials dug up old copy, reporters got busy, and thus the paper continued to appear. At times, the staff wondered how it happened, but they carried on until it reached safe sailing with the baseball season. From that time on, the going was fairly easy. And, because the staff has conquered the mountain, thezAbingtonian still continues to record the doings of A. II. S. -q 95 PDEBATING CU B J 90 1--r CTHE O CLEjg; Sjfc l; •- ,w- THE MATHEMATICS CLUB §jlOR a number of years, both Mr. Weirick and Mr. Gemert Ml have had the idea of a Mathematics Club. Tack of time prevented its formation until Mr. Gemert was relieved of the Orchestra. Then, to make the subject of mathematics more appealing, he issued a call for club members. Accordingly, in November, a group of Juniors and Seniors congregated in Room Seven to see organized a Mathematics Club. Mr. Gemert said, in explaining the purpose of the organization, “It will help you in your mathematics anti will make the subject more interesting. Membership,” he continued, “should be confined to those students who have completed two years and a half of mathematics, as some of the discussion may prove rather heavy.” The club then organized with the following officers: Joseph Heins, president, John Kaufman, vice-president, Anne Kneedler, secretary and treasurer. Committees appointed at each meeting looked up material for the next one. One meeting of especial interest concerned the Delaware River Bridge. Mr. Carswell, Assistant Engineer, gave a most impressive talk to the club and its guests, Vocational Club and the the faculty. At other meetings, Mr. Meirick explained how to trisect angles and, Mr. Gernert discussed the use of the slide nde and the construction of certain bridge arches. As each meeting saw a good attendance, the club feels that its first year has been a successful one. DEBATING AST fall a gronp of curiously constituted persons gathered them- selves together and formed a Debating Club. They were queer, 5 ,evidently, to the majority of the students because they found pleasure in studying and arguing about what they had studied. These unusual and studious people spent endless hours tearing through numerous books and taking notes on what they read there. They, at last, after weeks of strenuous labor, pumped enough knowledge into their heads to prepare them for a debate of perhaps three-quarters or an hour’s duration. Two teams, taking opposite sides on the coal ownership question, went into the field against the teams of other schools, and one of them won, while the other lost by a 5 to 4 vote of the judges. All that preparation for a short few minutes contest! But it was worth even’ bit of the work. And, despite the heavy character of the labor, the debaters managed to have an immense amount of fun. To them debating was a sport and they treated it as such. In fact, a few of them learned things, not exactly akin to debating, which they have not yet forgotten—can never forget. ■4 97READING CU B 1 )EB ATIX G—(Continued) As for the teams—all will remember the inspired oratory and appealing gestures of the ladies’ contingent, manned or ladied, as the case might be, by Anne Kneedler, Dorothy Klein, and Margaret Short. Then, too, the gentlemen, represented by Arnold Phipps, Walter Oswald, William Kessler, Samuel Hankin and John Kaufman, held up their end of the business with convincing arguments and clear reasoning. Mrs. Wyatt, assisted by Mr. Minnick, planned and managed the contests with masterly skill. Altogether, this year's debating was a huge success, and did those who participated an immense amount of good. Ask any one of them. 9S Y-E THE READING CLUB TT7K ARE often told that Abington High School girls are known yy for their excellent talking qualities, but lo and behold! Here we actually have a club made up exclusively of girls who are known not so much for their words as for their actions. Incredible, isn’t it? Last year some of the girls of Miss Miller’s Sophomore English classes decided that their English periods were far too short to accomplish all that they wanted in reading and enjoying literature. Before long they met on certain days after school, in order to enjoy, with Miss Miller, interesting plays, stories, and other forms of literary value. Soon this congenial group developed into a real, sure enough club and the Reading Club stepped out into the school world. The girls quickly decided that the club should stand for more than pleasure, it should foster an ideal of service to the school. Before the year was out, they had raised funds to purchase and present to the school a beautiful piece of statuary, “The Victory of Samothrace,” and a bas-relief of Pallas-Athena. There! How’s that for action? Of course, they may not have been in the limelight on account of plays and such things, but talk about work! They’re there with a capital W. The girls have been working steadily, quietly, but energetically, and have saved and sacrificed until now, at the close of the second year, they feel that their pride in the Reading Club is justified. Again they wish to serve their school. At this Commencement they are offering two prizes to Seniors for outstanding work in English. Although absorbed in work, the Reading Club girls come up for air once-in-a-while, long enough to give a social entertainment and occasionally to see a play. The officers for this year were: Mary Verger, president; Betty Bates, vice-president; Florence Massey, secretary, and Margaret Vozzy, treasurer. -4 99 fr-—-At-.- -........ ■ asjjWlgSTHE OPYiCLT )■: • 1 . ... I V . A TMt. StNlOK PIA r AY6E THIS Oft OH'I «»: DIDN'T HISS WDSfc. rv»t hits rtoooj jo • nou Aririn »r. A RIPPING TIME IN TME bEMio puyf KMtat RaJfcRS P06 Nii AT we two. A 5ENI0R HEIRLOOM AN ACTOR IN WE SENIOR PLAY ww t ■«• r. LJUJ ?tc y - fi£M Jt'MOtJ 'V •‘VANT C IHPLAVCK To DO 60Ml cm WS ray fAPfie f vrj 'Vo -' ' " rJH CS Utr At AMtll At ltd OS! VI AMONG THE SENIORS -4 ioo j FOOTBALL TEAMBP FOOTBALL rHK athletic season officially opened. Wednesday, September 9, when Coach Samuel “Mike” Wilson met a group of forty fighting fellows on Colton Field for a preliminary workout. After almost a month’s practice, the Abington boys met Darby on the latter’s field and chalked up Victory Number One by defeating the home team to the score of 7 to 0. Although Abington outplayed their opponents in all respects, they were considered entirely too rough by the referee and were penalized frequently, the penalties saving the Darby team from being beaten by a larger score. The second game of the season was at Lansdowne. A real heartbreaker it was. Yes, for Lansdowne, because the Abington boys had won by a score of 3 to 0. It was there, on that forty-yard line, that “Big Six” Sibley booted a perfect dropkick over that horizontal bar, during the second period, and scored sufficient points to win the ball game. On October 10, the fair Abington rooters witnessed the first game at home. A championship team journeyed from Palmyra, New Jersey, to the town of Abington. only to go back again, defeated by a score of 7 to 0, defeated by what they had called an easy team. Just one week later, Abington received its first defeat of the season from the National Farm School. The visiting team outweighed the Abington players thirty pounds per man. but it was not the weight that carried the Farm School boys to victory, for they could not gain consistently on account of the Abington defense while the former ran with the ball. Their offense, however, was a terrific aerial attack which so baffled the Abington players that, on two occasions, it resulted in touchdowns. The next game was with Lower Morion. On a field covered with an inch of snow, which became deeper and deeper as the game was prolonged, the Mcrionites won, largely with the undivided assistance of the referee who permitted them five downs before they could score a single touchdown. Captain Gitlin, the flying comet, was loose several times but the snowy field would not permit him to show his ability to carry the ball. A third defeat was handed Abington. this time by Jenkintown. The Abington defense was well shattered after the two preceding games. Consequently the injuries of the Abington players greatly aided Jenkintown in running up a 10 to 7 score by ths end of the game. After taking three slaps. Media was the team to take the totaled punishment, for Coach AYilson had the team all tuned to pitch. They let loose on Media and rolled up twenty-five points, not giving Media a chance to score until the last minute of play when an opposing back scooped up a fumbled ball, as Abington was attempting a fifth touchdown, and raced ninety-five yards for the only score for Media, the final score being 25 to 0. (Continual on page 10j) ■4 103 p-r ( THE ORflCLT) HOCKEY TEAM SOCCER TEAM =J 104 f=- THE ORACLE :aafore HOCKEY TT7HEN tlie call came for hockey candidates in the fall, a goodly number turned out. but as the practices increased, the crowd decreased. In spite of the ever-present lack of enthusiasm on the part of the school, the girls made a good showing. The team went through the season, winning four games, losing two, both to Cheltenham, and tying two. The games with Jenkintown and Lower Merion were the outstanding features of the season. The clever dribbling and stickwork of the entire team were responsible for its victories. Captain Sjostrom made an excellent pilot for her crew. This season, the hockey field was rebuilt into a regulation field. In previous years it has been a great handicap to the teams as they had to use the football field for the home games. And now that the girls have their own field, we hope that the popularity of this nation-wide game will increase in A. II. S., and that it will receive as much consideration as the other major sports. Those who received the coveted “A’s” this year were: Captain Sjostrom, Manager Jergensen, Goentner, Staff, Coleman, Willoughby, Gilbert, Vozzy, Adams, Dinwoodie and Krier. With the passing of the Class of ’26, the Hockey Team will feel the loss of Coleman, Goentner, Staff, Willoughby, Sjostrom, Gilbert and Jergensen, but we are sure that these vacancies will be ably filled by others who are anxious to play the game for their Alma Mater. SOCCER Under the direction of Mr. Gantt, a soccer team was formed last fall and several scheduled games were played and won. It was the first year for the new sport, but with the record turned in, it seems that soccer will soon become a major sport at Abington High School. The boys lost only one game and that in the land of Lower Merion, the score being 8 to 2, while they defeated teams from Germantown, George School and Penn Charter, one game with George School First Team ending in a 2 to 2 tie. Here's to soccer! (Continued from p igc 103) The finale came on Turkey Day when the Maroon and White went over the top for the fifth consecutive year, downing Cheltenham, 13 to 7; Roth and Gitlin scoring for Abington and Whittock for Cheltenham. The defense work of Harry Kern throughout the season so inspired the letter men that he was elected captain for next fall. -4 105 p- nngpwi a r -{ THE oracle: ) T i, ufc-':- i,.. r' 'i' s: ' 7 - -•, v.:..-7 ? V».- ffot-h “"EBb J BASKETBALL TEAM EX. COM. ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION -=J 106 J=- THE ORACLE GIRLS’ BASKETBALL rHE basketball season opened with a bang. Thirty-five candidates reported to Coach Smiley and Assistant Coach Gantt. They were full of the fighting spirit which made their season a success. The Huntington Valley game proved to be a good starter. The game, played December 15, at home, resulted in a 48 to 7 victory for Abington. The next game, with the Alumnae, was one of the most bitterly contested of the season. The visitors were alarmingly strong but finally, the Varsity was able to conquer them to the tune of 23 to 17. The team met their first defeat when they played Jenkintown. The game was the speediest and most exciting of the season, the visitors always keeping a point ahead. The final score was 30 to 37. Doylestown was overpowered by the Abington team on their own floor on January 15, to the time of 56 to 32. On March 5, the score was 42 to 16. When the return game was played with Huntington Valley, the latter were again trounced, the score being 38 to 15. On January 26, the Abington girls met the Cheltenham girls at Weldon. The home team came out victorious with a score of 29 to 25. Captain Laning tallied ten goals for A. H. S. Abington had no trouble in defeating Media on January 29. They outplayed the visitors throughout the game. Coach Smiley considered this the best game of the season. When the final whistle blew, the score was 40 to 15. The home team’s good luck followed them to Norristown on February 2, when they met Norristown High on their own floor. The Abington teamwork stood out and resulted in a 44 to 21 victory. The return game with Jenkintown on their own floor was nip and tuck, ending with a score of 31 to 29 with Abington on the darker side. On February 23, the girls made good for the defeat suffered at the hands of Jenkintown by trimming the Springfield sextette, 36 to 15. A’. Hansford scored 17 points for Abington. When we played Cheltenham on their own floor, they received a big surprise. Abington held the lead throughout the game, the final score being 37 to 27. The grand wind-up of the season was played at Springfield on March 9. The Abington sextette staged some good, short and snappy passing. The final score was 44 to 26. This year, the girls were not given an entertainment. Not because they didn’t deserve it, but because there wasn’t a fitting time! But they did receive their gold nuggets. The gifted were Captain Laning, Genevra Bond, Jennie Jergensen, Virginia Hansford, Helen Mooney, Helen Krier, and Florence Massey. Mary Williams received a silver basketball. 4 107 P, , r:' : a rZET (THE ORACLE) i p Jm L. • i-Ai-i BASKETBALL TEAM BASKETBALL CLUB 108 fc-■ LUi1 J- ••; -”i i"; 1 • •;i'■ v '" ' {THE'ORACLE) v—— r:—- sr. y--J%£i! JL BASKETBALL rHE Abington quintet opened the basketball season, December 18, with Radnor, the latter winning by a score of 21 to 11. The Alumni were next in line and were turned back, 28 to 19. The next game was not until January 8, at Glen-Xor, Abington being on the short end of a 36 to 18 score. There were two more defeats, with Jcnkintown, 28 to 14, and Darby, 21 to 10. 0 The following game was with Ridley Park. As neither Abington nor Ridley Park had won a League game it was a fight for supremacy in the last place. Ridley Park kept last place for the Abington boys won this one by a score of 30 to 18, and a few days later defeated Media, 24 to 17. Then they handed the l eague leaders a reverse, the score being Abington, 34; Radnor, 24. Cheltenham was next in line, defeated by a score of 17 to 16. After a string of four victories, the team defeated Glen-Xor 27 to 24, but took six reverses at the hands of Jcnkintown, Darby, Ridley Park, Doylestown, Pottsville and Cheltenham. The season ended happily with a victory over Media, the final count being Abington, 37; Media, 11. The Basketball Club was organized a few years ago to furnish refreshment to the players after the games. This year the club organized and chose as their president Gertrude Laning, vice-president. Jennie Jergensen, secretary and treasurer, Mary Williams. Indeed, Mary was a good treasurer. When the money ran low, she saw to it that the plan of selling candy down in the lunch-room was carried out. This plan certainly brought in the necessary, and the girls did eat at the last game, a perfect ending to the season. The basketball girls wish this club to continue because it certainly feels good to them to have refreshments after a hard-fought game. BASKETBALL CLUB -4 109 p-•••' fKssi •r,,J wiL'. .'J ' f-'i.5 %vi t;1. • i'lt Ar ii!L'muM 4 u.i W . '■ - WVUL '»’...... . r 'j"..'”v (THE ORACLE Y M -•••■s r ! 'k iSfc- ggfttatvH BASEBALL TEAM TRACK TEAM ( 110 {=- r- : gagg™ THE ORACLE BASEBALL Messrs. Sohl and Minnick took up tlie burden of coaching baseball this year and proceeded to put on a winning team, but the season was up and down and the losses equalled the victories in number. The season started off with a bang when Abington defeated Hatboro in a six inning game by the score of IS to 3. The league series opened April 13, with a game against Media. The team, after defeating Media, 12 to 0, received a setback from Darby and Radnor. The boys gained two victories over Ridley Park between which were defeats from Cheltenham and Jenkintown. Lower Merion and Cheltenham were next in line. Both teams received decisions over Abington, but the Faculty and Media fell for the onslaught of the home team, in fact, they were trampled under foot. Germantown won the count over Abington, whereas the Faculty again had to be content with defeat this time 11 to 4. The Darby, Radnor and Jenkintown games remain to be played. TRACK u y()R the first time in three years, Abington High School was Ml represented on the track by a winning team. Although most of the track men went out for Abington last year, only a few were letter-men. The team practiced consistently and when the date for the Swarthmore Scholastics arrived, they took nothing less than third place though they had to be content with fourth at the Lower Merion Scholastics. The Chester Dual Meet went to the Chester boys only by a small margin. A week later, Cheltenham was defeated by a score of 63 to 43. Possibly the biggest feature of the year was the achievement of Captain Gitlin, the fleet-footed dash man, who did nothing less than capture the hundred-yard dash at Muhlenberg for the P. I. A. A. district championship. One week later, on being sent to Bucknell to compete for the State Championship, took second place, being but an inch behind the winner. The Ridley Park Dual, the Perkiomen Scholastics and the Norristown Suburban Meets remain. Here’s to hoping the boys clean up! 4 ill-- (THE ORACLE) ' ' • S'- .-••• • , r TENNIS TEAM TENNIS CLUB •4112 fc-( THE ORACLE Y. TENNIS r ENNIS, this year, has created more of a topic of discussion than it has heretofore. Students have taken a much bigger interest in the sport and have given more attention to it. At the beginning of the season, Mr. Gernert, who has charge of the squad, picked a number of players to form the team. In order to encourage the other players to come out, the coach held a tournament and in this way found the possibilities for next year’s material. Those who played on the team this year were: Diver, Roll, Hargrave, Heins, Haines, Oswald and Yeale. Three of the matches were held away and the remainder were played on the courts of the Glenside Tennis Club. The season was very successful as the team won a majority of their matches, besides defeating the teams from Cheltenham and Jenkintown. Competition in the matches has been very keen and the players have put up a good fight throughout the season. Tin's year, four of the team members will graduate, leaving a big chance for others to make the team next year. Those who graduate are Oswald, Haines, Hargrave, and Heins, leaving Roll and Diver to be the backbone of next year’s squad. The following scores tell something of the play: Ambler (home), won.................. 5-0 Northeast (home), lost.............. 1-4 Upper Darby (away), lost............ 2-3 Radnor (away), won.................. 5-0 Cheltenham (home), won.............. 4-1 Jenkintown (home), won.............. 5-0 Cheltenham (away), lost............. 2-3 The matches still to be played are with Woodbury, Glen-Nor, Radnor, Upper Darby and Oak lane Country Day School. GIRLS’ TENNIS This year. Miss Hoopes, the capable coach of the girls’ tennis, Captain Jennie Jergensen and Manager Jean Duross, soon started the team on its way. The girls practiced hard, before and after school on the school courts, and on home courts in the evenings. The defeat of Doylestown with a score of 4 to 1, well repaid them for their strenuous labor. As girls’ tennis has taken such strides in its initial year at Abington, we hope that it will continue to improve as rapidly. -4 MI! {=-■ ii-V r.v. -v-r (THE ORACLE fli v ' wi-ft- SWIMMING CU B CHEER LEADERS 4 114 J=-SWIMMING CLUB During the past three years, Miss Hoopes lias instructed a swimming class at the Abington Y. M. C. A. Every year, there has been a larger group—this year, fifty. This was divided into three classes—beginners, intermediates, and advanced—in accordance with their ability to swim. The division is beneficial for the reason that there is room for advancement for the beginners, and the advanced are not held back. The beginners accomplished such good work that a promotion resulted and a new beginners’ class opened after Christmas. Many on seeing such progress joined; thus the club grew'. Between December and May the beginners have learned the strokes; the intermediates have acquired the fundamental strokes and dives necessary for passing the Junior Bed Cross Life Saving Test; the advanced have learned much about life saving, resuscitation, strangle holds and breaks and numerous carries. Those who passed the Junior American Red Cross Life Saving Test are: Jean Campbell, Josephine Ambler, Margaret Matthias, Linnea Sjostrom, Virginia Hansford, Estella Biddle, Winifred Hobens and Cornelia Dempsey. Those who passed the Senior Test are: Dorothy Graham, Dorothy Johnston, and Dorothy Corey. 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