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The many and diversified classes of oracles in ancient Greece
acted as intermediates between gods and mortals. Thus Pythia,
priestess of the oracle at Delphi-most famous of old oraclesvgavc
responses after being thrown into an ecstacy by a cold vapor issuing
from a cleft in the mountain side 5 this Uecstacyl' partially explains
the very ambiguous revelations given to the votary. However, all
oracular responses were so worded that whatever the outcome of
events, the oraeles preserved their prestige. A representation of the
entrance to an ancient oracle as it may have appeared in former times
with its marble walls, tripod, and smoking crevice, appears on the
cover. Snakes, which in ancient pictures are many times seen en-
twined about the temple tripods, and eagles perched on either side
of the oracle were regarded with awe.
The Sybil, or prophetess, at Cumae sat at the entrance of a cave,
wrote messages on leaves and tossed them forth, while the wind gently
wafted them about until they became fixed in crannies whence they
could be dislodged only with difficulty. The seers decreed that the
prophecy was annulled if the order of the leaves was disturbed. Just
as the Cumaean oracle, pictured at the beginning of the literary sec-
tion, tossed forth inscribed leaves to be read by those who would be
wise, so seven printed leaves of this ORACLE bring their message
to knowledge-seekers. As the oracles of old brought to seekers both
fact and fancy, so this ORACLE of today hopes that it has published
for the students during the last year a little of the sense and nonsense
of school life.
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We wish to express our ihunks to the following through
whose :iid the Oracle has been :xl 110 to continue:
Mr. Holyoke :md the Mumuxl Training clepzirllimenti, for
Illlllllliillgl the linoleum bloeksg
The News, for the use of its pieturesg
Mrs. Cumming, for her assistance with the theme of this
Miss Knight, for her help with ihe typingg
And the advertisers.
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C ONT ENTS
S E N I O R S
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