Arcata High School - Advance Yearbook (Arcata, CA)

 - Class of 1922

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ways lived in the Alhambra and at the age of seventeen had fallenin love with a dashing young Spaniard, but, because of his poverty, her parents did not approve of the match and the lover, heart-broken had flung himself off a neighboring cliff, and it was rumored that he perished on the rocks below. The second nightl determined to speak to the ghost and find out what it was, but I was spared the task, for as I sat in the court of Lions, he noiselessly appeared, robed in white. I was filled with horror. Suddenly the robe fell from the spectre and to my amazement Ibeheld a handsome young man with flashing brown eyes. "Listen, " he said pressing a revolver against my ribs. "Do as I say. Open yonder door and you will find sme worn- an's clothes. Put them on and pretend that you are the daughter of the house while we slip away." As he finished speaking, .Iacinta came out wreathed in smiles. I said before that she was beautifulg now she was exquisite. She was clad in man's apparrel, and as I withdrew the two started towards their horses. As I left the room the parents, who had found out about the elopement ,came to meet me. Iquieted them and told them how happy J acinta was and that Wealth was'nt everthing. So effective were my words that they begged their daughter's forgiveness and welcomed the bridal pair home. I greeted them on their return and asked the man how he had escaped the fall from the cliff. He half smiled as he said, "I did not fall from the cliff but landed on a little projection half way down." I congratulated the two heartily and then went out in the twilight to muse my lonely heart. Margaret Pen '25 Uhr Glnming nf the Bmrrt QA Eegrnhb The Indian chief, a friend of my father's, looked first at me, then at the desert at our feet, and finally at the grey clouds in the West with here and there a banner of crimson among them. At the foot of the precipice on the top of which we had camped lay a desert stretch- ing for several miles in every direction. It was surrounded on all sides by moun- tains green with the coming of spring, but dull in contrast with the blazing sands. After looking at all this, he an- swered my question. "The history of the desert is long. Many years ago, in the time of my an- cestors, long before the coming of the white men, an event occured which changed these plains from beauty to desolation. "The men of the Swift Feet were war- ring on a not far distant tribe, people of the Red Horse. The Swift Feet were conquering, and on one day late in spring they ambushed all but several of the enemy's men. The few left quickly returned to the camp on the hill, and warned it of the coming of the foe. Then there was great distress, for the Swift Feet warriors were fast, and their hearts were cruel. "In the camp there was one dearly beloved by the Red Horse. It was Fire- brand, son of the chief who was too old to take active command. The son was vnly about fourteen years of age. Where- ever the people went, wherever the Ind- ians hunted, wherever there was merry making, Firebrand was always near. Although so young, his word was law, and he was loved by all. "Early in life came to him all that man covets, for he was loved by the Red Horse. Riches, power and love were his. 27

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than can be done to-day. All the nations came to Egypt to get treasures of glass and brightly polished stones. "We had no paper like that which you have now, but used papyrus man- ufactured from a reed which grew in the marshes along the Nile. "There were three forms of writing: the hieroglyphics or picture writing, the hieratic, a simplified form used in man- uscriptsg and another form which was still more simple. "Our cloudless, brilliant skies at night sparkled with stars: hence many men studied the heavenly bodies and could tell by their movements the times of the annual overflow of the Nile. These men were the ones who divided the year into 365 days of twelve months. "You would like me to tell you about the embalming, I know, but you would weary of hearing about the long process. The wealthy people were preserved by costly aromatic and resinous substances and wrapped in bandages of linen. The face was sometimes gilded or covered with a golden mask. Since this would cost about 31,000 of your money, the poor could not afford it. Instead, they were salted and dried, then wrapped in coarse mats. "I was condemmed to death because I opposed the cruel oppression of my fa- ther and his brothers who burdened his poor subjects in building the immense monuments of stone which had to be transported for hundreds of miles. These pyramids were fitting tombs for our family, but my sympathies were with the poor laborers. "I was condemmed to die in spite of all my prayers to the Great Osiris and my soul entered the hody of a cat. My mummy rested in one of the great Pyr- amids which was ravaged by some sou- venir-hunting Americans who took me to a museum. I was hunting for this so that I could enter the mummy again, for my time has nearly expired." Just then my book fell to the flcor and I started up surprised to find I had ' 26 been asleep. Here after, my cat will be Princess llathu and I will treat her with all res- pect. The daintiest morsels will be hers and the softest cushions will be her bed. Kathleen Anderson '24 Uhr llnmunrr nf ei tbhnut. On my last tour through Spain I stopped at La Manska. The little town was in a turmoil. Every one whom you met hastened to ask if you had heard of the ghost which haunted the Alhambra. My interest got the better of me and I set out at once for the palace. Upon my arrivalI was met by an old Spanish lady who, with her husband and daughter, occupied the Alhambra. Others, she declared, were frightened away by the ghost which, whining and groaning, paraded every night through the rooms and halls. She told me that they had made up their minds to move, but one night the ghost had swooped upon them, and had declared that they would be haunted the rest of their days if they left the palace. Entering the Alhambra, I was intro- duced to the daughter, a beautiful Span- ish maid who captured my heart at once. She was not only most beautiful,but her eyes were very sad and there were traces of grief in every feature. Sorrow is not usually a becoming garment, but she wore it as a queen wears precious stones. My first night in the palace was terrible. The ghost rampaged wildly shrieking and moaning in a blood curdl- ing way. Itried to forget it and to fix my thoughts on the Spanish maid whose name was Jacinta. My admiration for her was unlimited and I thought it a shame for her to be in the palace where this mad thing was tearing about. The next day as I walked aboutl ran into an old servant and soon was hearing Jacintafs history. She had al-

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Every favor of life was shown him. But the men of the Swift Feet conquer- ed, the child chief was captured, and was to be burned at the stake. When it was time for the boy's death, an old wom- an came to the camp and pleaded for a hearing from the victorious chief, Black Eagle. Black -Eagle was eager for the oncoming feast which was to celebrate the victory, so he waited impatiently for the old woman to speak. "She told him that the Red Horse was displeased and did not wish that Firebrand should die. She stated fur- ther that Red Horse desired that the young chief should be given his freedom, and promised that in return the Swfit Feet should become rich and powerful. . "As Black Eagle listened his heart was angered within him. Who was the Red Horse, that he should so command him, chief of the Swift Feet? He ordered his men to take the woman to her abode and strode angrily towards the fire. "The squaw paused before leaving him. Lifting a scrawny arm towards the west, she pointed with a bony finger to the mounting clouds. 'Lookl Red Horse is angered. Now will come pover- ty and destruction to your tribe. Soon shall it lose all its power, and its fair do- mains shall wither. Thus decrees the Red Horse. ' "In the West the Red Horse, never before seen by the Swift Feet, thunder- ed swiftly across the grey clouds. His mane streamed out like fiery banners, his long tail was like a flame, and his massive shoulders were clearly outlined against the pale blue of the evening sky. Slowly the color faded, and where he had been was only a gray cloud, but the thundering of his feet could still be heard. The sun set, and darkness came, but an unrest was over the camp, and they did not go to sleep as usual. "In the night the hoof-beats were often heard, and sparks driven from his feet illuminated the sky. All night long he marshalled his forces. Often they rose to look for him, but he was never visible. 28 "In the middle of the night there was a low rumbling, sounding like a herd of not far-off horses running at full speed. The earth trembled, and all the country shook. Slowly the noise died, and again all was calm. "The next morning no river ran by the camp. The Red Horse had hidden the stream. But the rain came down like the waterfalls of small streams which cross a broad rock and fall in showers to the ground delow. Soon they were forced to leave the plains and retreat to the sides of the hills, for the plain was turned to, a broad lake. The green grass was cov- ered, and the buffalo and deer were driv- en to the mountain feeding grounds. "At length the water disappeared, and the green things sprang up. The tribe returned to the plains, and was happy. But soon fear came for there was no more rain, and day after day the green withered and died, and turned to a dull brown. The animals fled. Only we remained. Every day the sun grew hotter, and often at sunset was seen the Red Horse. Soon we were praying to the Red Horse for rain. The children were sickened by the heat, and fell as the leaves in autumn. All became feeble and wasted. "Soon the once beautiful plains were turned to a place of torture, the sands brought by the flood blazed in the heat, no person could cross the desert and liveg summer and winter the sun shone, and year by year our tribe dwindled. 4'It was ordained that Black Eagle should die. The scorching sun of the Red Horse did its work. It took life, bit by bit, from Black Eagle, as the fire had done from Firebrand. At the chief 's death there was great mourning. The Swift Feet would have left the plains,but their feet were no longer swift as of old, and they could not cross the mountains with the women and children. L'Their new chief sought to make peace with the Red Horse. Soon it made itsappearance in the evening less fre- quently and often were the hopes of the

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