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Motto- " Impossible, ,Un-American."
Ruby M. Allen.
We are Americans, and why not live up to the one great
motto that our forefathers took upon themselves, that noth-
ing is impossible, when they endeavored to find a place where
they might be free? There were many dangers and trials to
face but they did not know such a thing as failure. Even
when the Indians became very warlike, they did not give
up but set about with more determination than ever, by
protecting themselves, to conquer them and give them to
understand that they were masters.
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There were many hardships to overcome but they did
not give up for a cause they knew was just. It took many
years of hard, fierce struggling to conquer, but conquer
they did. '
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There is a constant development in every line in this
age. Do we heara great inventor or discoverer say, "I
just can't do that?" Nol He says, " I will" and accom-
plishes whatever he undertakes although it requires years
of hardships. A
In the life of Helen Keller we may seelmany good things
that can be woven into our lives. No one who knew her in
her girlhood days as stubborn and unmanageable, ever
thought that she would one day be classed so high in her
education. She was taken by Miss Sullivan and it was
only through her patience that Hellen Keller was brought
to the front. If she who was denied of most of her senses
could overcome such obstacles, why need we who are blest
with all ours not take renewed courage from this exemplary
life, and strive to overcome what few things that lie in our
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Many deep chasms have been placed by nature and
they have been declared impassible, but by ingenious minds
they have been spanned by some of the finest pieces of en-
gineering that has ever been constructed. While we are
passing through life, there comes a time to each of us when
we come to some kind of a chasm. As we stand at the
brink and gaze into what seems to us fathomless space, we
almost give up in despair for it seems impossible to span it,
but as we muse, a feeling of resoluteness comes over us and
we see that the only way to reach the other side is by put-
ting forth every eifort to make a solid structure of that part
of our life, for
We build the ladder by which we rise
From the lowly earth to the vaulted skies,
And we mount to its summit round by round.
Our high school gives us just the foundation needed to
make a substantial success in life. We have come to the
end of our school life and are now at the parting of the
ways. We should start in with more determination than
ever, that we may ever live true to this motto we have
" Impossible, Un-American."
Charge-" What Shall the End Be."
By Ralph W. Jordan.
W e are not able to prophecy or foretell the mystery of
lifeg not even with the assistance of all the penetrating in-
sight exhibited in modern times are we able to attain to
any clearness regarding our futures. And, since there are
no sign-boards on life's highway with success or failure
marked thereon, it only goes to prove that it is a matter
resting entirely upon our shoulders and it behooves us as to
whether the goal is success or failure.
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We, the members of the class of nineteen hundred and
nine, have been intrusted with this education by our pa-
rents and teachers. Mistakes may mark us back, men may
misjudge us, the half-way spirit be tempting, the fight be
tiring, but let us not, in the midst of any of these condi-
tions, betray the trust and confidence that is and will be
placed in us. '
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Let us take our various stations and hold to them or
else step out and make way for the man who cang let us
not settle down on the steps leading to the hall of achieve-
ment 3 let us not pause in the path of progress 5 let us not be
satisfied with contentment for contentment is rust and rust
is certain decay, let us not be satisfied with being known as
a " good sort of fellow," for the industries of the twentieth
century are already crowded with these second-rate men.
Emerson said, "Hitch your wagon to a star," but a
governor of one of our Western states hath rightly said,-
" Better put your shoulder to the wheel and push." We
must push, for this is the word on the door leading to the
hall of accomplishment. The word PULL is on the other
side, but this is only for the fellow who is going back, who
has been pulled out of his course.
We wish to thank the members of the Board of Educa-
tion for the wonderful improvements and changes, changes
for the better, that they have so faithfully planned and so
successfully carried out in the past four years in our high
school course, a work deserving the highest praise.
We wish to thank our teachers, for whom we have the
-highest regards, for their patient and faithful efforts to im-
part their knowledge and experience to us, oftimes under
trying and adverse conditions.
If we only accomplish all that is before us, we can say:
" Father, I have glorified thee on earth having accomplish-
ed the work which thou hast given me to do.
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The Missing Link.
Edgar H. McDermott.
In this day and age of the world, we generally think of
the term " Missing Link" as applied to the theory of evo-
lution advanced by Darwin. We do not purpose, however,
to discuss this view of the subject, but another which is far
We believe in the theory that man has attained his
high state of civilization and development, little by little
through his own exertion, and that his present condition is
a natural consequence of the law of Progress.
Our first glimpse of man upon this old world, reveals to
us a being rude, coarse, and not yet endowed with the
blessings of a higher civilization. Is it not wonderful what
he has accomplished in raising his race to the high standard
of today? For the only utensils and implements with which
he could earn a livelihood, were of the crudest typeg and
no such intercourse then existed with other nations by
which means he could learn new ideas by coming in contact
with new and strange experiences.
But "Educate man and he will invent." In this ap-
plication the word education does not simply imply book
knowledge. It means the experience gained by confront-
ing the real problems of life, in which situation books can
help us but little. We must put to use the powers God has
given us, for the key to the whole situation after all, lies in
the solution that Chauncy M. Depew gave: " dig, mo,
From the time of the landing of our Pilgrim Fathers
upon New Eng1and's rocky coast until the Revolution, strife
existed between the mother country and her colonies. Some-
where there was a weakness, a reason for this discord which
lcd to such awful hostilities. But what was the cause?
Americanisrn is freedom and will tolerate no impositions.
" Taxation without representation" was the cause. En-
gland's shortsighted Parliament which sat in lordly dignity
wholly unconcerned about the rights of other men, dragged
her into a war in which his Majesty lost all his colonial pos-
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And so it is. Each effect has its corresponding cause.
Something or someone is out of harmony with the world
whenever a victory is overcome by a defeat Failure comes
no less to the life of a nation than to the life of an individ-
ual because of discord, because of the Missing Link. But
each failure should be overpowered by another attempt.
The man of power and influence has never yet given up at
the first discouragement, nor will he, for his success and
progress have come only through faithful and earnest efforts
on his part. -
How beautiful Browning says:
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The law of Life, man is not Man as yet. '
Nor shall I deem his object served, his end
Attained, his genuine strength put fairly forth
While only here and there a star dispels
The darkness, here and there a towering mind
O'erlooks its prostrate fellows."
Paul E. Matteson.
After many years of hard fighting and struggling be-
tween 1817 and 1821, the South American Republics gain-
ed their independence and were recognized by our govern-
Thus nearly all the Spanish 'possessions in the New
World save the Islands of Porto Rico and Chiba were form-
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But Spain through the aid of the Holy Alliance
hoped to regain her lost possessions in America, which had
declared themselves Independent Republics and had been
recognized by the United States.
At this time, however, the Monroe Doctrine was declar-
ed, which since has served more than once as a protection
to the smaller American Republics.
It referred to the policy of the United States in regard
to foreign nations interfering-in American affairs.
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The Monroe Doctrine has on more than one occasion
helped our smaller neighbors to the south of us.
It has served as a protector to them, for since the issue
of this Doctrine, Europe has first consulted the judgment
of the United States in any injustice towards our Southern
The policy of the Monroe Doctrine in 1866 caused the
withdrawal of the French from Mexico, where they had
been having their own way while we were involved in a
Civil War. ' '
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President Cleveland in 1895 used the Monroe Doctrine
as his authority in forcing England to settle the Venezuela
Was it not through our desires for justice to our weaker
neighbors that led us into war with Spain in 1898, be-
cause of their inhuman treatment of the Cuban people?
What has been the success of Cuba and the South
American Republics? Have they not grown rapidly and
prosperous under the protecting influence of our country?
Has not the United States through the policy proclaim-
ed through the Monroe Doctrine saved many wars and lives
by settling the disputes of our weaker neighbors without
becoming engaged in bloody conflicts?
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Then why not as individuals, while passing through
this life, remember the principal involved in this Doctrine?
Assist our weaker neighbors and follow this policy through-
out our lives in the way of giving protection to the unfor-
Should we not then glory in seeing the weaker win suc-
cess by helping them, instead of seeing them crushed and
go down to defeat as the result of our lack of interest in
Would not this protection tend to draw them closer to
us, and by so doing we ourselves would be made stronger,
becau e of our giving strength to them?
And in this alone can be found a realization of that di-
vine injunction which teaches us to bear one another's bur-
dens that the law may be fulfilled.
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Class of 1909
Emma Troutman Miles H. Beniamln Helen Cole Ralph W. Jordan Ruby M. Allen
Paul E. Matteson Hazel Tuttle Helen E. Tuttle Edgar H. McDermott
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