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Page 45 text:
Tm: 1951 SILVER .SANDS
T0nM Rides High
HE GREAT black stallion lifted
its proud head and snilfed the
brisk autumn air. The sweet smell of
grass and new-cut hay filled its nos-
trils, but there was also another odor,
a strange one. Storm galloped to the
far end of the pasture, where he had
spent many happy years, and sniffed
at the air again. The mighty animal
sensed danger. He raced to the rise
of land at the northern end of the
pasture, where he could look down
over the ranch. The white of the
walls shone brilliantly in the noon-
day sun. Everything seemed peace-
ful. The master's house lay quietg no
living thing was stirring. Probably
he and the other men had gone to the
southern part of the ranch to pick up
some stray bolts. The Young One had
remained at home with the old cook.
Although he could ride well, he was
still too young to help in the hard
work of rounding up strays. Storm
loved the Young One, but sometimes
he would paw the ground and gallop
jealously away when the master
yvould stand and look lovingly at the
A Hicker of bright light within the
gloominess of the bam caught Storm's
eyes. He cried loudly and raised his
hoofs convulsively in the air. Fire!
By Anna Guinan, '52
The barn was on fire. Then Storm
saw something else. A little figure
was dashing back and forth, leading
the horses from the smoking barn.
When the lite reached the hay, the
whole place would go up like timber.
As Storm watched, the small figure
emerged from the barn again and
again leading the animals to safety.
Once more the Young One disap-
peared into the building. just then a
Haming beam of wood fell across the
doorway making it almost impossible
for anyone to go through. By this
time the men had returned and yvere
trying in vain to extinguish the
flames. Storm jumped the pasture
fence and was galloping toward the
barn. A group of men were trying
to keep the master from plunging into
the inferno after the' Young One.
Storm realized what he had to do, for
he loved the master above all others.
Backing up a good distance from the
barn, he started at top speed for the
fire. Bring-ing his front legs high in
the air, Storm cleared the blazing
beam and plunged into the smoke-
filled barn. The lirst thing he felt was
a searing pain as tiny sparks landed
on his shining coat. The entire right
side of the barn was ablaze by this
time, so Storm kept close to the stalls
Page 44 text:
THE 1951 SILVER SANDS
Pretty Fish !
ATHER, Mother, little Jerry,
and Mary were still newcomers
to the Isthmus of Panama, and they
delighted in going to Amador Beach,
which was on the Pacific side of the
"Look how white the sand is !" ex-
claimed little Jerry.
"Yes, and feel that cool sea breeze
blowing in over the ocean," said his
mother. "My, doesn't that feel nice P"
"Mother," said Mary, "look at all
the people. There are some in the
yvater, but there's no room for us on
Mother laughingly answered, "We'1l
find a place somewhere, dear."
"I hope so," sighed Mary. "Amador
Beach is always so crowded."
"Daddy, Daddy, may we please go
in swimming?" asked jerry.
"Very well, but take care of your
ly Dorothy Haines, 'Sl
sister," said Father. "Don't go out
"Ooh, look, Jerry," shrieked Mary,
"look at that pretty fish. Isn't he
Jerry, delighted, answered, "Oh yes.
Let's go play with him. Come here,
fishieg we won't hurt you."
Suddenly a shriek filled the air. A
stranger quickly ran over to the child-
ren crying, "Little boy, little girl, look
out! You'll get hurt!"
Father ran into the water and with
the stranger's help got the children to
safety. Meanwhile, exhausted swim-
mers ran pantingly up the beach, and
the lifeguards rescued those who were
stranded on the life raft.
Once again Father, Mother, Jerry,
and Mary relaxed in the sun, but this
time no one was swimming. The
water had been abandoned until the
shark net was repaired.
' Lightly fiufiing snowdrifts
Are piling up so high,
And Jack Frost, the artist,
Is painting a wintry sky.
PAULA RICHTER, '53
St. Thomas's Annex
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Tan 1951 Srnven SANDS
on the left side, peering into the
smoke-fogged darkness. In the third
stall he found the Young One hud-
dled up in a comer crying. At the
sight of the great horse, the child gave
a cry and jumped up. He patted the
anirnal's head, wrapped a blanket
about himself, and mounted Storm's
back. The extra weight increased the
pain, but unflinchingly he moved to
the rear of the barn and galloped to-
ward the open door. Halfway to his
goal, a Haming splinter fell, catching
him on the left side of his head,
almost blinding him. Rearing, he
tumed about and began again. The
child clinging to his back was becom-
-ing an unbearable weight. As Storm
raced for the flaming doorway, fire
all about him, the child leaned for-
ward speaking encouragement into his
ears. Reaching the opening, the horse
exerted all his strength and once
again cleared the barrier of fire. A
cheer went up from the crowd but
caught in their throats as Storm's legs
gave way beneath him. The boy pvas
picked up, unharmed but exhausted.
The men turned to help Storm, but
looked, sadly away as they saw the
master fondling a lifeless head in his
Storm was laid to rest in the green
pastures he had loved so well. The
Master and others who had loved the
proud but great-hearted horse, can
still see him standing on that rise of
land, black mane blowing in the
breeze, looking down over the ranch.
On that very spot stands a monument.
Inscribed on it for everyone to see are
the words: "To Storm-never shall
he be forgotten I"
"M other I
M other I"
M o ther 1"
W hat delight
Sweet "Good night I"
CATHERINE E. Bona, '52
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