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Its Perfection, Decline, and Fall
During this period, from September, 1927, to June, 1928, our State reached the height
of its perfection. We shook ourselves free from the protection of any other State and stood
alone, "the mightiest of the mighty." However, the summit of our power having been
reached, there appeared a dark cloud gathering on our hitherto bright horizon. Those
States which, until now, we had deemed weak and incapable of selffsupport and dependent
on us for their very existence, had grown weary of our rule and, silently and stealthily,
they were beginning to rebel. We felt a crisis approaching and rejoiced that we had early
realized the need of strong and capable hands to guide our Ship of State. Who could be
more reliable than those who for the past years had been our leaders and who had helped
us safely through all storm and strife? At the beginning of the Senior period of our State's
existence, we had refelected these oflicers once again-our gentle, yet masterful President
and her three cabinet members, adding, this year, Miss Irene Dowling as Athletic Captain,
to be our leader in the warfare we knew to be inevitable. However, it may be seen that the
younger nations have been successful in many ways, and as we, when young, had risen to
power and prominence, so they, too, had become mighty. Weakened by the struggle of
four hard, yet profitable years, during which we had attacked and successfully conquered
many difficult "subjects," and our numbers reduced to seventeen, we must needs give way
to younger generations.
However, we fall not in shame or disgrace, but sink slowly and gently into insigniif
cance in a manner resembling that of the setting ofthe sun-in a blaze of glory, to rise again
and shine forth brilliantly upon some other world.
FGRACE M. CHRIST, '28
S is for the sighs we now are heaving,
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N is for the nights we'll spend in grieving,
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0 means oli, but we're sad and tearful!
R stands for regret at leaving now,
Put them all together they spell "Senior,"
A word we'll ne'er forget, somehow!
-GRACE M. CHRIST, '28
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The Rise and Fall of the Senior Republic
IN THREE PARTS
ANCIENT, MEDIAEVAL, AND MODERN
The Rise of the Republic
This period embraces the months from September, 1924, to june, 1925. It was during
this age that our republic came into notice in the high school world. The President whom
we elected to rule our State during the period of its establishment was Miss Irene Dowling.
She proved to be a most able leader in preserving and guiding our infant nation. Our Vice'
President was Miss Helen Oliva who proved herself a most eilicient aid to our respected
President in the performance of her duties and in the execution of our State's laws. The
hnancial problems necessarily involved in the carrying on of matters mundane and pecuniary
were managed most satisfactorily by our esteemed Treasurer, Miss Inez Cavinato. The
Secretary of State, chosen by a higher power under whose protection we still were, was
Miss Grace Christ.
During the Hrst year, although twice defeated, we were twice victorious in warfare
Cbasketball gamesj which we carried on with our older and srronger sister republics. These
two victories enabled us to rise to great prominence among nations which, until then, had
gazed upon us with hostile eyes. At the end of this first period, june, 1925, our banner of
Red and Tan floated proudly side by side with our school banner of Blue and White, over
the greatlyfstrengthened republic which boasted of twenty-five members.
We Attain a Place in the Sun
The second period of our republic, our most prosperous period, consisted of the
months between September, 1925, and june, 1927. The term of our first President having
expired, we elected Miss Eleanor Hennessy to fill her place and to guide us in the weighty
matters of government. The exercise of much diplomacy, both at home and abroad, was
essential at this important period of our scholastic history, hence, we felt that we could
not do better than to refelect to their respective offices the VicefPresident, Treasurer, and
Secretary of the preceding year.
This period embraces two phases through which the republic passed-the Sophomore
and junior. During this time, our State rose steadily in prominence, asserting itself more
and more, and truly Ending for itself "a place in the sun." However, despite our increased
prosperity in other ways, june, 1927, found us with but eighteen members with whom to
engage in battle against the younger States which were now springing up around us and
which boasted of greater numbers as well as constantly increasing strength and power.
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, Class Prophecy
Nine hundred ninetyfnine sheep had already jumped over the fence, and as yet Mr.
Sandman had not paid me his accustomed nocturnal visit. I simply could not sleep. But
who could? It was the night before Commencement, and on the next day we would leave
our Alma Mater and go forth into the Wide, wide world to seek our fortunes. What paths
lay ahead of us? My thoughts were doing little jigs all over my brain.
Suddenly I saw a tiny, white light. Was it a silvery moonbeam stealing in to offer
me sympathy and consolation? No, for the light grew steadily brighter and, as I watched,
I heard a musical voice saying, "Good evening, Margaret. Perhaps I can help to solve the
problems which are now troubling you." I looked in the direction from which the voice
came, and there I saw the queerest little man swinging on the foot of my bed. He was clad
in black cap and gown and carried a diploma in his hand. But in place of a tassel hanging
from his cap there hung a tiny golden star which gave the light I had first seen. On his feet
were long shoes with the toes curling up.
When I had somewhat recovered from my surprise, I answered, "Good evening."
Immediately I began to feel that something most unusual was about to happen, and I was
delighted with the prospect.
With an encouraging smile, my quaint friend invited me to go along with him,
promising to show me something really interesting. In a jiffy I had donned kimona and
slippers and was walking at the side of my little guide. He really wasn't so very much
smaller than Ig for if he were, there would be no little man to invite me out.
We went down the long corridor and then up the front stairs, up, up. It was dark and
forbicldingflooking, and ordinarily it would have sent queer little shivers up and down my
spine. Tonight, however, I didn't notice the darkness because the little star shed a soft,
bright beam of light ahead. Before I knew it I was up in the dome. All around us were
the tiny windows at which I had often gazed from the campus far below. Looking at my guide
I saw that he was opening one of these little windows, and presently the vast expanse
of the heavens with its myriad stars was spread out before us. The little man now handed
me his diploma and told me to look through it at the stars, adding that perhaps I would see
enough to answer some of the many questions that were teasing me.
I took the diploma, which had somehow lengthened and taken on the appearance of
a telescope, and putting it to my eyes I gazed out at the starry vault above me. How
different everything was! The stars were not mere golden lamps, but on each moving
objects were visible.
As I gazed in wonder, the evening mail plane soared southward just above the dome.
In its wake was a cloud of smoke which soon drifted into letters forming the words, "The
Future." I then noticed seventeen particularly bright stars grouped in a circle around the
"Man in the Moon" who was smiling so broadly that his face seemed all mouth, and that
was of crescent shape. -
The Hrst star to claim my attention presented a scene of great excitement. Within it
I saw a great public hall filled with women who were apparently discussing some grave
question. In the chairwoman's place sat someone whom I seemed to recognize. She was
tall, neatly and plainly dressed, and Wore an expression of strong determination. Ah yes,
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