Arcata High School - Advance Yearbook (Arcata, CA)

 - Class of 1922

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comical from one standpoint but from the other, they are most serious. My father believed that his men should be free to a certain extent, that is, that they should be allowed more privileges, and more education, so he tried out his theory by trusting the men with heavy responsibilities. This, he found, worked excellently. Then he decided to better their conditions and allowed them to pur- chase shoes. With this purchase, how- ever, came trouble. Seeing themselves clothed as the manager was clothed, they immediately felt equal to, and better than, the manager. They took matters into their own hands and began to rule in a high and mighty fashion. The re- sult was a riot which forced my father to use strenuous measures. The Mexicans are not ready for sudden elevation, and neither are their children, nor will their grand-children be much better fitted for it. Education must come slowly to Mexico, and the people must be taught to change their viewpoint of life. They must be able to look to the future, and come to the real- ization of the importance of progress. Bramatir The Public Speaking class presented the two plays "Spreading the News" and "Alice-Sit-by-the-Fire'' as examples of their work. The casts included: Freda Bjorsen, Cecil. Ripley, Carl Mc- Donald, Francis Furber, Lucille Keller, Clemens McClasky, Phylis Brush, Wel- ton Worthington, Alexia Devlin Gene- vive Stover, Lorraine Davidson, Clemens McClasky. Chester Groom, Francis Furber. Ariiuitirn On February 26, the Music class gave the Operetta "Polished Pebblesl' at the Minor Theater. The main cast was sup- ported by a chorus of twenty-four girls. The cast was composed of the following: Rosalie Lorraine Davidson Mrs Oberion Elizabeth Messinger Winnie Grace Aggeler Uncle Bob Frank Davis Minnie Phylis Brush Martha Catherine Armstrong Nick Carl McDonald The Senior Play, "A Pair of Sixesf' will be given 2, 1922 at the Minor Theater. Following is the cast: George B. Nettleton T. Boggs Johns - Krome - - Sally Parker - . - Thomas Vanderholt- - Tony Toler - - Mr. Applegate . Jimmy . Mrs. George B. N ettleton Miss Florence Cole. Coddles Business Partner - Business Partner - Bookkeeper - Stenographer Lawyer Salesman Office Boy English Maid 31 on the night of Friday, June - Harland McDonald. - Cecil Ripey. Alson Brizard. - Grace Davidson. - Paul Worthington. . Carl McDonald. Francis Furber. . Chester Groom. Catharine Plant, Elizabeth Messinger. Catherine Armstrong.

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not large enough for that luxury. Here, however, one may find a school, the only one within a radius of many miles. The classes are held under the shade of the palm and banana trees of the plaza, where the little barefoot girls and boys sit on benches, and read their lessons aloud, their voices mingling with the drowsy hum of bees, and the soft "lap, lap" of the river. The school is divided into two sections: the boy's and girl's divisions, with a man and women respect- ively for teachers. These teachers are often very ignorant, and Ihave known cases where the children have stopped attending school because they have learn- ed more rapidly than the teachers were able to teach them. Only the better class of Mexicans can attend these schools, for the ordinary peon is bound to his or her "finca" or plantation. Thus there are hundreds of children growing up who do not know what a book is. The elder generation is an example of the utter ignorance in which Mexico is living and still will be living until the right method to introduce education is found. They look with wonder on the for- eigners who travel through the country, and are utterly ignorant of all save their own small affairs, and are capable of lit- tle more. I can remember hearing my fa- ther, who was manager of a plantation there, discuss the situation. The Mex- ican's world is his master's law, his hut, and his work--picking bananas, curing rubber, or whatever it may be. He knows nothing else,and does not wish to know anything else. He listens with in- credulous wonder to stories of the out- side world and in most cases worships his master as would a faithful dog. The treachery of the Mexican is not inborn as many would believe, but arises mainly from his ignorance. The peon is a mix-- ture of the Spanish and Indian, but is hat- ed by Spaniards and Indians alike, and has been a subject of their tyranny for centuries. The hatred which has develop- ed through their subjection by foreign- er's often none too thotful for their wel- fare, finds an outlet only through treach- ery, which ignorance aids. 30 Not knowing what it is to be educat- ed, the Mexican has no desire to become so. He is like a little child, and when giv- en opportunities or honors, boasts over his fellow men as a child does over a toy wagon which his neighbors do not possess. Since the Mexican's life fills such a small sphere, small things mean much to him. The possession of a pink silk "rabosa" has often caused great dis- aster to a plantation family. I shall never forget just such an occurence which upset the finca on which I lived. I was a very little girl, but I remember the following incident clearly. Chrysanthia was the back bone of the village women. Whenever you saw her bright-colored dress flash'across the lane between the houses, you knew accord- ingly that trouble was coming. With dark laughing eyes, a wealth of glossy hair, and a merry laugh, she led the other members of the village into mischief, whether it was slyly stealing some goods or food from the store, or purloining an extra bit of "aqua dientefl the Mexican liquor. As I remember this particular oc- curence, it was on a beautiful drowsy aft- ernoon with crickets chirping lazily, and a gentle breeze making the day fairly cool. Ihad been playing with my dolls, and was startled to hear loud screams rending the quiet of the afternoon. Father and mother hurried to the door, where they met Chrysanthia and Felicianna, sobbing aloud and dripping wet. On demanding the cause for disturbance, peicemeal they told father the story. Felicianna had been washing clothes in the stream, and was not harming anyone, when Chr- ysanthia had swooped upon her, clutch- ing her by her long braid, and had fur- iously dragged her through the water. Here Chrysanthia in a flood of enraged tears declared vehemently that Felicianna had scoffed at her new pink silk rebosa. Such is the state of the peonls mind. The care of a plantation is tremendous, because not only must the manager look after the plantation. but also after the petty troubles which often mount to something critical. The problems are

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Exrhangv Evpartmvnt. We are glad to be with you again in the Exchange Department. Because this is the first time we have had such a department since that in the edition be- fore the Great War, our field is not so large as we hope to have it in the future. We have enjoyed reviewing the various annuals and want to hear from them again. "Redwood Chips", Del Norte Union High: Your cover is very unique. Your arrangement of class snapshots with your class history is interesting. Call again. "Ye Sotoyomanv, Healdsburg. Your cuts are excellent, but why put your Staff, Faculty, and Literary Department before the Senior pages? "The Boom' 7, Mendocino Union High: The style of your athletic cuts is very good. Why not have a larger Literary Department? g'Breath of Ocean", Fort Bragg: The poems and jokes are well arranged. Your Literary Department is excellent, but a few poems would help it out. "The Sequoia", Eureka: Your book is well arranged and shows hard work. "Wastebasket' ', Berkeley: Your pap- er is very good for its size. Why not put in a few snaps? They will add to the appearance of your paper. "Megaphone", Fortuna Union High: Your book is interesting and is well ar- ranged. The honor roll is a credit to your school. "Sequoya", Redwood City: The athletic cuts and snaps are good. We do not fancy the advertisement on your cover. "White and Gold' ', Yreka and Branch High Schools: We commend especially the Senior pictures and snaps. Why not have a separate book for your branch high schools? "The Azaleaw, Sebastopol: The Dramatic Department speaks well for your school. Your poems are worthy of special mention Margaret E. Graham '22 C s .' 5. O Q galil 32

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