Berry High School - Torch Yearbook (Mount Berry, GA)

 - Class of 1929

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20 SILVER AND BLUE WILL Upon behalf of my client, the class of 1929 of, Berry Junior College, Mount Berry, Floyd County, Georgia, U. S. A., I have called you together upon this solemn and serious occasion to listen to her last will and testa- ment, and to receive from her dying hands the few gifts she has to bestow in her last moments. Cutting so rapidly loose from life, and finding so many things of such gigantic pro- portions to be attended to before the end should come upon her, realizing at the same time that she had no longer anfy time left to spend in the cultivation of her own virtues, she did, collectively, and individually deem it best to distribute these vir- tues with her own hands to those friends to whose needs they seem best suited. As a result of this announce- ment, a wild scene took place amidst most frantic pleading and scrambling among her friends for this or that long coveted glory, but she has tried to be just, as well as generous and impartial, and distribute wisely unto those who will make the best use of such gifts as she has in her power to bestow, the talents that have served her so faithfully these two years. These are her decisions, as at last definitely arrived at through very deliberate consideration. Owing to the flighty condition of her brain and the unusual disturbance inlits gray matter, she begs of me to state that she may have been mistaken in her inventoryg but such things as she thinks she has, she hereby gives into your possession, praying that you will accept them as a sacred trust from one who has gone before. Listen, then, one and all, while I read the document as duly drawn up and sworn to: We, the class of 1929, in twenty- six individual and distinct parts, being about to pass out of this sphere of education, in full possession of cram- med mind, well-trained memory and almost super-human understanding, do make and publish this, our last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all former wills or prom- ises by us at any time hitherto made, or mayhap, carelessly spoken, one to the other, as the thoughless wish of an idle moment. First, we do direct that our funer- al shall be conducted by our friends and well-wishers, our Principal and his all-wise and ever-competent faculty, who have been our guardians for so long only asking, as the last injunction of the dying, that the funeral be carried on with all the dig- nity and pomp that our worth, our merit, our attainments, and our position as Sophs of grave and rever- end mien must certainly have deserv- ed. As to such estate as it has pleased the Fates and our own strong hands and brains to win for us, we do dis- pose of the same as follows: Item: We give and bequeth to the dear faculty, who have been our instructors in all the wisdom of the ages, all the amazing knowledge and startling information that we have furnished them from time to time in various exam papers. We know that much which we have imparted in this way must have been entirely new to them, as well as to teachers and students elsewhere, and would throw much light on many a hitherto familiar line of thought, throughout

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, SILVER ANb BLUE' 19 I traced their success back to their college training at Berry. I was quickly led to an art gal- lery in Paris. Here were beautiful portraits, both finished and unfinish- ed, and in there I found Charlotte Reynolds and Lucy Flelds, still tint- ing pictures and doing other works of art. I should like to have stayed here longer, but time being limited, the fairy drew me on. Soon I was walking down the hill at Cornell University and glancing at the ofiice window, read, "Edwin Couch, Dean". I stopped and marvel- led at Edwin's great success and was so proud that I had the privilege of knowing him at Berry. I walked out into the street admiring the beauty of the place not dreaming I would see another one of my classmates here, but this sign attracted my at- tention "Ralph Manl-y, Attorney". I was shocked, but sooned calmed myelf after thinking about his suc- cess as a debater at Berry. The fairy elapsed my hands and soon I was in a research labratory in Baltimore, Maryland. Here I saw Glenn Hunter, trying to discover a new theory of light and making many scientific investigations. I remem- bered the questions Glenn asked in Physics class at Berry and probably his success is due to his course in science there. As I walked out of the labratory down the street, wondering if I should see any more of my class- mates, I entered the Baltimore school of Oratory and found Isabel Mc- Cutcheon giving selections from Sheakespeare. I sat down to listen and was guided away in Lady Mac- beth's sleep walking scene to La Grand Restaurant in New Orleans. This was a large place and was thronged with many people. All kinds of lunches were being served and in many different styles. I was wond- ering why I was in this restaurant but soon I learned that Floyd Rud- seal was Manager of this famous restaurant. I was so glad to iind that Floyd had reached the "Land of his Heart's Desire," and had food in abundance. I traveled on and entered a beauti- ful home in Kansas City. I really thought it was Utopia as everything was so beautiful and ideal. Upon en- tering I was welcomed by Mrs. Alton Hodgens, formerly Hazel Smith. She told me of Alton's great success as a vocal instructor and of her many in- teresting experiences since leaving Berry. It was somewhat surprising to learn that Hazel's dream of being an "old maid" had been blasted by love. From here I was led to a State Orphanage in Massachusetts. Ila England was managing this great work. She told me of her many re- sponsibiliteies and how much her training at Berny had helped her in this work. The next experience I had was a very unusual one. I found myself in an aeroplane and Bernice Russell, the world's most famous aviatrix, was displaying some of her daring skill. This must have awakened me from my adventurous drem. Upon regain- ing my consciousness I found that I was all alone in the dormitory, the other girls were on their way to the Chapel where we were to have our tell class exercises. I hastened to my classmates of my dream and the great success that was in store for them.

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SILVER AND BLUE 21 the world of science, even outside the Berry Schools. Qfffthe faculty sees fit, they are hereby authorized to give out such knowledge to the world as they feel the world is ready to receive. We trust that they will also feel at liberty to make use of all such bits of wisdom and en- lightment for the education of the classes to come after us. This is, of course, left entirely to their per- sonal direction. Item: We give and bequeath to our beloved Founder and to our Principal our sincere affection, our deepest reverence, our heartiest gratitude, and the whole unlimited wealth of our eternal memory. In attempt at partial payment for all that they have done for us during our stay at Berry, we make over to them, here and now, a heavy mort- gage on our future in the Great Un- knoum beyond. It shall be theirs to watch every step of our upward and onward flinting-to note each trial, each attempt, each victory, each suc- cess and honor that we may achieve in the arena of the world-and to accept for themselves, as interest on our deathless debt, every ounce of the praise, every iota of the honor, knowing that it is all due to their faithful instructions. Item: The following may seem but trifling bequests, but we hope they may be acccepted, not as worth- less things lavishly thrown away be- cause we can no longer keep them, but as valuable assets to those who may receive them and a continual re- minder of the generosity of heart displayed in our free and full bestowal: 1. To the most worthry girl in the :lass of 1930, Charlotte Reynold'5 ability of acting dignified. 2. To Albert Hudgens, Ralph Manley's straw hat which he has want- ed these many months. 3. To any two girls in the 1930 class, Lucy Field's and Amilee Chas- tain's beauty parlor, provided they can run the said establishment with- out water. 4. To Garland Bagley, Claud River's ability to comprehend math. 5. To Georgia Conger and Brewster Manning, Anna Maude Smith's love nest povided all class meetings be held at a late hour. 6. To the basketball team of next year, Ralph Manly's and John Mann's ability. Glenn Driver could not be induced to part with his. 7. To Mildred Williams, Amilee Chastain's ability to keep all girls in the dormitory after the 6:45 bell. 8. To anyone who might need it, Gordon Fo1y's bluff. 9. To Eleanor Hamm, Mildred Royal's ability of parallel diving, if she is sure she won't drown. 10. To Wesley Foy, Elmer Harris' knife, to be used only in severe cases, as Elmer uses it. Last of all comes the one hard thing to part with. To our successors we must leave our places in the hearts and thoughts of our teachers., They will love them, even as they have loved us, unworthy as we feel they are, they will show them all the same tender kindness and attention that they have shown usg they will feel the same interest in their attempts and successesg the same sorrow when they fail. We trust that the class of 1930 will appreciate all this as we have done, that it may be their most precious possession, as it has been ours, and the one we are most loath to hand over to them.

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