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THE UNEXPECTED ANSWER
"Go ahead and tell it, Ralph, please! " shouted the half-dozen boys
assembled in Ralph Lewis' room, where they often met.
The one whom they addressed was clearly a leader--a big fellow, in
stature. ideas, and ideals. His dark complexion set off the two mischievous
eyes that were capable of portraying their ownerls feelings at all times.
Often they were mild and sympathetic, and again sparkling with fun. -
Rising, he said, "Well, boys, I think we can have some fun to-night, if
we work it right. How many are game?"
The reply was an unanimous "I amll' .
"All right," he continued, "the negroes are holding a revival meetingjust
outside of the town in old Jim Hoopla's barn. How would it strike you to
dress up as coons and go down? We could enjoy ourselves and yet not
make any trouble either. Old Higgins, who has attended the meetings
every week, said that the head cheese always prays to the Lord that a
rock may be sent down on his head if he has committed any sin. There would
be our chance. "
Before the clock had ticked away fifteen minutes, the boys had all their
plans made. Two boys were sent on a task, while the rest busied themselves
sewing patches on their trousers and "blacking" each other's faces with
burnt cork. As the meeting was not scheduled until 8:00, they had half an
hour to wait. While thus occupied, they were interrupted by the approach
of the boarding school master, but Ralph quickly jumped into bed, told the
master where he was, and was told by Mr. Sherman, that he was in no
hurry, therefore the morning would do.
Soon it was dark enough that, with due precaution, the boys made their
way from the room, down the stairs, outdoors, and down the path that led
to the barn. When they arrived, the place was a-light with lanterns. In-
side, the mingled voices of the colored folk could be heard singing:
"De gospel train am comin'
Ah heahs dem cah wheels turnin'
An a-rumblin' tru de lan'!l
Then a voice was heard to say, " Now fo, yo' sings dis heah las' verse, Ah
wants yo' to git a pitcher of dat Great Gospel Train a-rumblin' tru dis heah
town. Say Miss Love, will- yo'-all sing alter dis heah time? Alreddy--Sing!"
When the song had been sung, Brother Guss slowly walked up to the
tottering platform and began the address of the evening with an apology:
"Brudders an, Sistahs, yo' alls done know that Ah ainit no hand at mak-
in' 'pologies, but dis evenin' Ise jes' physically exhausticatedl Ise done
worked ha'd all dis day in de boss' 'tater patch, and Ise plum done up."
"De Lord'll help yo', Brudder Guss," encouraged an old deacon on the
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A. U. H. s. DAYS
A newcomer at our high school would, in all probability, be somewhat te-
wildered by the many varied noises. But because the ear of an A. U. H.S.
student is tuned to each and every sound, he merely considers them all as
a harmonizing medely played by a strange orchestra. Whenever a part of
this orchestra is silenced, the student will soon notice the lack.
I was particularly struck with this idea one drowsy day, when, having
finished my studying a few moments before the end of the period, I devot-
ed the rest of the time to listening to all the sounds that came through the
open doors and windows.
From down the hall came the ceaseless clatter of a score of typewriters,
plied by the industrius fingers of as many students. My attention was soon
caught by the echoes of laughter of an entire class, and I wondered what
the class "jester" had now said, for almost every class has its jester. Then,
in direct contrast, came the voice of Mr. Cooperrider addressing some tardy
student, while the united voices of a Spanish class monotonously droned
after the teacher that the cases were accusative, nominative, and ---blah--
Turning toward the windows, I was attracted by the steady buzz of a
saw' in the manual training rooms at about an Fpitch, while a duet of waver-
ing saxephone notes, and the drawling tones of a lagging trombone, compet-
ed in a key about three tones flatter! But myattention was called from
this branch of art to the quick staccato reports of a hammer, wielded by some
laboring auto-mechanics aspirant.
From, far away, on the distant gridircn, came the shouts wrung from lusty
young throats in the excitement and intricacies of learning to play football.
But right then I was called to my immediate surroundings by the mcst wel-
come sound of all---the clatter ofdishes in the cafeteria, proclaiming the
hour of lunch.
All of which reflects school life. Often we hear the groaning lamentation:
"Oh, to be out of school--how I hate it! Wouldn't yours truly be glad if
school days were optional? I certainly would never linger in this place!"
This, though it may be asserted in all assumed sincerity, is really not true.
because how readily flames a student's pride when praise is uttered for his
school! how quickly he will defend a questioning of it! and in later years it
will be precious as a loved melody that one never forgets.
Donna Lewis '28
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Brother Guss went on: "Ef dere be a stone wall heah an' de Lo'd tell me
to jumpitru dat wall, it am dis heah niggah's business to jump, and de
Lo'd's business to see dis niggah tru. Dat am faith. New le's all pray ....
. . Oh, Lo'd, dat knows de sin ob all, lif' up yo' eyes an' look down 'pon us
pore critturs heah below. Bad, ugly things am all dat exists in dis heah
worl' . Oh, hasten de day when all good niggahs will be gaddered togedder
in de hebbenly lan'. It am den dat physical exgustion will be no mo'. " Every-
one knew, though it was ignored, that brother Gus was about the laziest
negro in the whole colony, and he always preached in this strain, due, prob-
ably, to a guilty conscience.
Another song was announced, after which Brother Guss began to preach
on this text: "Mawnin' in de lan' ob de settin' sun." He declared: "De
good Lo'd sho' ought to drop a stone on de head ob de one who does somepin'
what he should not ought to. "
Just at this moment, a slight noise above was followed by the mysterious
dropping of a stone on Brother Guss' head! He was too much surprised to
note that it was padded andldid not hurt, but to the accompaniment oflthe
congregation's uproar, he went through the process of being Hflabbergasted' ',
and sprawled on the platform. Finally, he slowly rose, locked fearfully at
the roof, rubbed his head, and much to the surprise of the boys said, "Lo'd,
can't yo'-all take a joke?"
QA true incidentl
Winston Schussmann '26
When all the world is sound asleep,
, And mystic, lovely shadows creep--
When night birds call and night wind sighs-
O, what is veiled from mortal eyes?
But charm of wonder, magic, rest,
- That comes on hours with darkness blest,
Shall make us happy, dreaming then
Of what is myst'ry yet to men!
Novelle Rowland '26
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