Elmira District Secondary School - Oracle Yearbook (Elmira, Ontario Canada)
- Class of 1943
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Elmira and Vicinity Men and Women
In His Majesty's Forces .
Your "HOME FOLKSH wish to express in a few words their deep
appreciation for the contribution and sacrifice you are making towards
the great cause. That your lot is not an easy one we fully appreciate
but we know that the privilege to serve is an experience and honor of
which you are .all justly proud. Let us assure you that those on the
HOME FRONT are praying fervently that God may send us a just peace
and return you home soon unharmecl in body and soul.
Mayor and Council of the Town of Elmira
Now that youire finally on your own-and on the brink
of that all important career-now, more than ever before,
youill appreciate the functional clothes weive assembled
to keep you smartly on the job.
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EDITOR - -
L. E. Mulholland
Katherine B. MacVicar, B.A. 1 Elizabeth Boland, B.A.
G. E. Currie, B.A.
Editorial ................................. 3 The Chronicle .... ....... . 37
Elmira High School Board ............ 9 Candid Shots ,,'-,. ,.'...-. 3 4
Elmira High School Staff ---'-------- 10 Athletics ............,.... ........ 40
Principal's Message ........... ....... 1 1 French Department ..'-'. '.,."" 4 2
Commencement Pictures liilullulluill 12 Social ..................... ........ 4- 3
Art Work ........................ ....... 1 3 I
Oratorical Contest ...... ....... 1 4- our Graduates """' """" 4
Literary ............... ....... 1 7 Form News -'-"- -"""' 4' 9
Poetry .................,.... ....... 2 7 HUUIOUT ----" --'----- 7 9
Our War Work ........ ....... 3 0 Autographs ...... ........ 7 8
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HAT IS A YEAR BOOK? A Year Book is a portraiture of the student
body, displaying the emotions and skills of the students, and their devotion
to their Alma Mater. It is an example of their co-operation and spirit of
fellowship, which, in these days of discord and strife, are so essential.
The success of our Year Book depends upon the individual student. Only by
his earnest endeavours was this Year Book compiled. The helpful assistance of
our advisory teachers was greatly appreciated. Also, special mention should be
made of our advertisers, whose pecuniary aid enabled the printing of this book.
This is our fourth year at war. lnto the lives of many, much sorrow and grief
have entered-happiness and merriment are no longer prevalent. Many have lost
their lives, many have lost their homes and belongings, and many have been
forced into slavery. All this had to occur to satisfy the greed and avarice of a
self-chosen dictator. To-day in free democratic countries we have women, men,
and even boys and girls working side by side in our factories, in our ship yards,
and on our farms with grim determination that our soldiers, our airmen and our
sailors shall be supplied with the means and the tools to wrest the power from
the Nazi tyrant.
Therefore it is up to us, the graduates, as we take leave of our beloved school,
to select some work whereby we can aid in combatting the menace of gory warfare
and help to bring everlasting peace and contentment to this land of ours. Let
us go out into the world and put into use the many fine things our teachers have
taught us. We have been so trained in the various phases of life that we realize
that we must make tireless efforts to carry on the work of men who gave their
lives to make our home a safer place in which to live, a land where justice and
freedom predominate. Let us choose and choose carefully, as we take our place
in life, the most vital position that will enable us to use every available talent
to the best of our ability-whether that be with the Armed Forces, in war plants,
or on food-producing farms. If we are willing to co-operate, we will succeed and
thus be able to crush the Axis serpent of injustice under the heel of democracy.
U --BETTY YANCHUS, XIII
W. W. MARTIN?-ON
R. G. PICKELL
A. H. VICE, Chairman,
J. KLINCK, Secretarv
E. NI. ARNOLD
ELMIRA HIGH SCHOOL STAFF
M. E. EVANS, B.A.
M. AXFORD, B.A.
K. B. MACVICAR, B.A.
E. M. BOLAND, B.A.
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T. R. HOBDEN, B.S.A
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The Principul's Message . . .
HE ORACLE is again ready
to go to press. It might be
compared to a ship, which
appears on the horizon, bearing the
harvest of the sea to port, in that
it seeks to preserve the memories
of a school year which will soon
be wrapt in the abyss of the past.
This yearas publication strives
to fulfil another purpose. Being
dedicated to the ex-students and
teachers of our school who have
gone forth to light for the cause of
freedom, it is a hand-clasp of com-
radeship with that fraternity which
increases as the days go by, bridg-
ing the miles of land and sea that l
now separate those who learned to
work and play together within the G' E' CURRIE' BA'
class-rooms and on the campus of
the Elmira High School. The students and teachers want them to know that we
are proud of them, that they are ever in our memories and in our prayers, and
that we are anxiously awaiting the day when they will return bearing the laurels
Imperative as it is that we win the war, it is equally vital that we win the
peace. The armies of the United Nations, in keeping with lVlr. Churchill's
promise of 1939, are now taking the offensive, and, with the concerted efforts
of all,ca glorious victory is assured. The forces of Canada are playing a mighty
part in this Work, and, out of the Hblood, sweat and tearsw, we hope that a finer
conception of true democracy will emerge, both nationally and internationally,
than this old world has ever known before.
You students of our school share in the challenge of bringing this about
for you will be citizens of to-morrow. The ideals which you are building to-day,
will be the guiding spirit of the future. Through the intelligent use of the
franchise as well as the interplay of your personalities upon society, democracy
G. E. CURRIE, B.A.,
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FIRST PRIZE DRAWING
-Evelyn Brubacher? Grade X
DEMOCRACY AT STAKE
K Senior Prize, Oratorical Contestj
u0n all great subjects much remains
to be said." These words by Mill might
readily be applied to the subject of my
talk this afternoon, NDemocracy at
What is democracy? Abe Lincoln de-
fined it as government of, for, and by
the people. Democracy's basic moral
purpose is respect for the individual
human being. Chinaman, Greek, Rus-
sian or Slav-these all have the same
opportunity for enterprise and the same
chance to express their opinion, in an
ideal democracy, as a Canadian or an
American. If only we could realize the
responsibility to preserve and improve
this form of government which is part
of us and which demands our attention!
Democracy was the achievement of a
long, hard struggle. It progressed
gradually through revolutions, wars for
independence, the press, a greater fran-
chise, and industry. The struggle has
not ended yet. The present war has
brought most of Europe and much of
Asia under ruthless dictatorships. These
European totalitarian nations present a
real threat to our way of life. They
have clear definite ideas and aims. Oh,
that the aims of democracy were more
generally and better understood! The
Nazis appeal to the emotions of their
citizens by rising in protest and crying
out against the injustice of the Ver-
sailles Treaty. Those totalitarian states
also make use of the resources and
scientific research of western civiliza-
But there exists another threat, far
greater, to which we must devote our
thoughts. That is, that we fail to realize
that we must have a fuller understand-
ing and a better application of the
principles of democracy. What are some
of these principles? First, it is the duty
and privilege of every Canadian-
whether a merchant, teacher, lawyer,
stenographer, or housewife-to share in
making decisions concerning general
policies that affect the welfare of all.
In other words, all of us, when we are
old enough-let us not take an indiffer-
ent attitude towards politics, let us
learn what political parties stand for,
and on election day go to the polls and
cast our votes. Second, we must be
willing to abide by majority decisions.
How often an enthusiast of a particu-
lar party on its defeat, starts slandering
the opposition and unjustly criticizing
it. The co-operation of such a man
would be much better for the welfare of
his country, but, if he still disagrees
with the partyis policy, he may vote
against it at the next election. lVIr.
Willkie, after his defeat by President
Roosevelt, put political prejudice aside
and set an unparalleled example of co-
operation with that government. The
right of the minority to continue to ex-
press their conviction, however, is not
hampered in the least. Lastly, each in-
dividual has the right to live his own
life. He may choose any means of
livelihood that he desires, he may wor-
ship according to his own conscience,
he need not fear persecution by those
in authority-how unlike the dictator-
ships of Europe!-and he is offered free
education in his youth so that he may
lead the way in putting the principles of
democracy into effect.
We could not endure a national de-
feat that would take all or any of these
privileges away. Nor dare we suffer an
internal defeat in which we do not take
advantage of democratic' privileges and
do not understand thoroughly demo-
cratic principles. We must pledge a re-
newed faith in them and a renewed de-
votion to them. Then will our beloved
democracy survive and it will do more
than that. It will grow and fiourish and
improve till the best form of govern-
ment possible, that will last through the
ages, shall be evolved. Let us strive for
the necessary understanding and truly
make use of the wonderful privileges
of democracy. -ARTHUR WEICHEL, XIII
Since this was the first E.H.S. public
speaking contest, the quantity, but not
the quality, of the speeches was lacking.
Betty Yanchus, the chairman, called on
Ruth Weismiller, the first speaker and
only girl, who delivered an excellent
speech. It concerned her trials and
tribulations in choosing a subject. Next
came Murray Hilliard, who revealed
some interesting sidelights on Japan and
Japanese aims and beliefs. Albert
Lorch followed, and spoke on a very
timely topic, namely, uOn Choosing a
Career". uSuomi',, Ian Marr's subject,
concerned the development of Finland
and a description of Finnish culture and
environment. Arthur Weichel in the
concluding speech chose, uDem0cracy
at Stakev, setting before us the aims,
principles and concepts of democracy,
and the way in which democratic na-
tions too often forget their obligations
to one another.
The judges, Miss Axford, Miss Evans
and Miss Boland, after careful de-
liberation, 'decided on the winnersg
namely, Ruth Weismiller for the girls
and Arthur Weichel for the boys. Their
decision was acclaimed by the whole
student body, and a sing-song, with
Mildred Mohr at the piano, ended the
programme, encore next year!
--IAN MARK, XIII
THE PREPARATIDN 0F
Uunioir Prize, Oratorical Contestj
I'll do it-no, I won,tl 4'Oh, come
on, you're afraid. You couldn't do it
anyway, and you know you couldn't."
It seemed as though the gremlins were
at it again, arguing and trying to per-
suade me not to attempt such a difficult
task. Such were my inner feelings when
I first had any thought of bringing my-
self up on this stage, and worse still
were they, when I thought of talking to
you to-day. Then I tried to imagine my-
self as some great orator, such as the
Roman Cicero, delivering an essay on
some philosophy of life to an amazed
and awed audience, as I pounded away
with my clenched fists trying to con-
vince them and undoubtedly myself. I
could also picture my meagre self
standing on some beautiful rostrum, like
our huge ubrother Mussolini", with my
protruding chin, blabbing away to the
thousands below, how we were winning
the war and advancing our enemies-
After having recovered slightly from
such hideous thoughts, I sat down and
tried to scratch a few words, with which
I might stammer away to-day. More
than one of my ill-starred beginnings
floated merrily on its Way to the waste
basket as I became more and more dis-
gusted with myself and threatened to
hoist the white Hag. However, persist-
ence in my effort duly rewarded me
with what seemed to be a fair start.
Indeed, now that I was beginning to
pride myself on being able to compose
such phrases, my plan seemed to take
wings as I hastened over the para-
graphs in recurring spurts, my eager-
ness being hindered only by my remark-
able inability. Words came to my mind
which I never knew were buried in my
limited vocabulary, and I became Very
well satisfied that I was progressing so
well in my arduous undertaking. In-
deed, for several days, I seemed to be
literally wading amongst words, pick-
ing one up here and another there, and
no doubt misplacing them in my essay.
Finally, it became harder to put
things down on paper, and I determined
to turn my thoughts toward a conclu-
sion. Once more, I seemed lost, as my
former frantic feeling loomed up dark
in front of me, but, rallying behind my
courage, I struggled on blindly against
onrushing odds to an ending. I breathed
a sigh of relief, with a radiant smile on
my face, as I realized that I had com-
pleted my speech.
Suddenly! there dawned on me the
fact that it would be necessary to
memorize my words. Accordingly in a
down-hearted manner, I began to com-
mit my oration to memory. I had never
before realized how hard it was to learn
some meaningless words by heart. Uver
the sentences I stumbled, repeating each
word an endless number of times until
they became quite boring. As I attempt-
ed to ramble on, words became mixed
and sentences seemed to go better back-
wards than forwards. I tried to visual-
ize how I would tremble and shake up
here, what I would do if I should be-
come mixed up or if I were to recite
some sentence in its improper order.
Again I became worried and excited,
and once more in my rage, the basket
became the receptacle for my wasted
time and efforts as I hurled awaymy
manuscript. And so, as I stand before
you, having reached my final conclu-
sion, I become thoroughly flustered and
speech-less. -RUTH WEISMILLER, IXB
- i ..i.,,
North of "forty-ninen is a country of
lake and forest, farm and field. Its
people call it "Suomi", land of the
marshes-we call it Finland, a northern
land like our own country, stretching to
Many centuries ago a brave, proud
tribe appeared in Europe to the east of
the Volga. There they divided. Some
followed the Danube west to the plains
of Hungary. They are the Magyars of
to-day. The others wandered to the
north-west to what is now Finland and
Esthonia. They drove out the Lapps and
named their new country, "Suomi",
where to this day there are more mos-
quitoes to the square inch than in any
other place in the world.
In the twelfth century Finland was
Christianized by the Swedes and from
then on faced west instead of east to
Russia. At the Reformation, Finland
again followed the example of Sweden
and became Lutheran. As this little
country was the "no-man's land" be-
tween Sweden and Russia it was fought
over continually until in the Napoleonic
Wars, Alexander of Russia took it from
Sweden. He gave very liberal terms to
the Finns. Their country was made the
Grand Duchy of Finland, given demo-
cratic government, real home rule. It
had its own schools, religion, and no
compulsory military service. But Nich-
olas II, the curse of Russia from 1894-
to 1905, tried to bring Finland directly
under Russian control by taking away
its century-old Home Rule granted by
Alexander. During the war of 1914.-
1918 Finland was very prosperousg its
people wished no longer to be ruled by
Russia, and after the Russian revolt of
1917 Finland was given independence.
Then followed a Civil War between the
"classes" and the "masses". General
Mannerheim, representing the former,
was successful, and a republic was de-
clared, its constitution modeled on that
of the United States.
This gallant people, three million
strong, first cousins of the Esthonians
and forty-second cousins of the lVIag-
yars of Hungary, speak a very diflicult
language. They are peasant agricul-
turists, very conservative, reserved, hos-
pitable--the illiterate number being
only one per cent. Book learning is an
end in itself and primary education is
both free and compulsory. Forty per
cent. of all children go to high school
and university and half the state budget
is spent on education. The Finns are
also very skilful with their hands.
Finland excels in the arts of music
and architecture. Saarinen, the archi-
tect, built the opera house and Parlia-
ment Buildings of Helsinki, true poems
in stone, which are very beautiful, be-
ing made of Finnish granite with
simple, dignified lines.
Sibellius, the Finn, is one of the great
composers of the world. Perhaps the
F inn's love of music developed through
the long Arctic night. These people
were not spoiled by the movies and the
radio. They sat and sang their lyrics
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A TRUE CANADIAN
f Senior Prize Story I
Paul Krueter sat in front of his fire-
place, deep in thought. He was worried.
Only yesterday the children in the
street had run after him and called him
terrible names. He wished that they
would leave him alone for he could not
help it that he was born a German. He
and his wife Maria had come to Canada
ten years before, leaving a son behind
who had not wished to leave the land
of his birth. Paul and Maria had dis-
liked for a long time the way Germany
was being governed. Hitler was fast
becoming stronger and so the middle-
aged couple decided to flee from Ger-
many while they had the chance. They
Wanted to live in a land where freedom
dwelt and where people were not always
at strife with one another. Thus they
had come to Canada-but since the out-
break of war people were becoming un-
friendly. They did not patronize the
little grocery shop as they had before.
He sensed them eyeing him suspiciously
and talking in whispers about him. He
had done no wrong and wished only to
live in peace. Why didnit they leave
He snapped out of this unpleasant
mood and turned on the radio. Music
always cheered him, but presently the
programme was interrupted: "It has
been reported that a German airman has
escaped from the prison camp north of
here. Full particulars will be given
later. Be on the look-out." The music
was resumed and, as a prison break was
not unusual, Paul settled back in his
easy chair, got out his pipe and puffed
All at once he heard a terrible shriek
from the kitchen, and rushing out, saw
his wife pointing out the window:
':Therel in the clump of bushes at the
end of the garden, l saw a man start to
run, stagger, and then fall. Oh, hurry-
we must do something!" His little
plump wife was short of breath and
trembling with fright.
Paul quickly ran out of the back door
and down the garden path. The man
was lying, outstretched on his stomach.
By this time Paul's wife had followed
him and together they lifted the strange
man into the house. He started to groan
and muttered, ". . . Water! . . . Waterlf'
Paul quickly removed a big overcoat
and saw that he had collapsed from
loss of blood. He had a bullet wound
in his right shoulder. Then Paul no-
ticed that he was in prison garb. He
had seen a train load of the prisoners
being unloaded at the station, and so he
knew at once-this was the escaped
His wife, who had run for a glass of
water, returned and started to give the
stranger a drink. Then suddenly she let
the glass fall. 4'Paul," she whispered
hoarsely, 'fit is Wilhelm, our sonf,
ulmpossiblef' said Paul, "why Wil-
helm was a slight lad when we left
Germany. This fellow is too big. Why,
it took all the strength I could muster
to carry him in. Besides, what would
Wilhelm be doing in Canada, and an
escaped Nazi, at that!"
uBut I say it is he," argued the frantic
woman. 'GI can tell by the scar above
his left eye. He received it the time he
was hurt in a light with our neighbour's
boy. I-Ie has filled out, but remember he
was only nineteen when we left." Sud-
denly, remembering that her son was
an escaped German, she started to weep
and said, f'What shall we do? We can't
give up our own son. We will keep him
But Paul shook his head sadly, '6We
must give him up. We are in Canada
now and we must be faithful to the
country we have learned to love?
"Oh, my son! my son! why did you
do such a thing? Why did you join
those fiendish Nazis who murder little
The manis eyelids flickered and after
gazing around in bewilderment, a
dawning light came into his eyes, a
crafty smile came over his face. 4'It is
you, my mother and father. How for-
tunate for me that you found me instead
of the others! Now I shall be safe."
Arising slowly and clutching his shoul-
der he exclaimed, "Heil, Hitler! I must
be on my way, with your help, of
"Oh, nof' said Paul, "you are
going anywhere. Even if you are my
own son, I shall hand you over to the
Swiftly Wilhelm drew out a black
automatic, and, sneering, said, "No, you
won't, my good father. First get me
some food and drink. Then you will
see that I get out of here safely and
into the United States."
With a quick motion, Paul lunged
forward and the shot which answered
his movement went wild. A brief
struggle ensued and Wilhelm fiendishly
battled with his poor old father. The
shot, however, had been heard in the
street and an officer came rushing in.
"What's it all about?" he bellowed.
Then seeing the Nazi he said, "So we've
caught you at last. You thought you
were pretty smart when you gave us the
slip at the station. Now we have you."
Wilhelm, still panting from the fight,
angrily turned to Paul, "You, my own
father-to think you would turn over
your own flesh and blood to the foreign-
ers. You are a disgrace to the father-
"You are no son of mine, after what
you have done. Perhaps in an intern-
ment camp you will forget the ways of
your so-called fatherlandf'
The astonished officer then spoke hesi-
tatingly, 4'Your son-an escaped Nazi-
and you stopped his escape? We've had
you all wrong with our stupid sus-
picions. Mr. Krueter, you're a true
Canadian. We shall not forget this."
A few weeks later Paul and his little
wife sat before their fireplace once
more. Paul musingly said to his wife,
6'It's strange how life works. Only the
other week I was bemoaning the fact
that the people did not patronize our
store. Now business is twice as good
and people are twice as friendlyf'
'6Yes,'7 answered his wife sadly, abut
we had to give up our son. I suppose
it's for the best, for he'll learn nothing
wrong where he is, and he won't be a
danger to his fellow creatures."
KNO, and I am awaiting the day when
he will come to his senses and all others
like him. Only then will the world be
a good place in which to live."
-MARGARET LUTZ, XII
THE CAVALCADE 0F DEATH
ffunior Prize Story j
From ,Bergues flowed a steady stream
of iron monsters, on whose sides were
painted the new cross that was to rule
the world-The Nazi Swastika. In the
leading tank, der Kommandant Franz
von Stein gloated- uFrance is no more,
the English swine are on the run and
soon we will drive them into the seag
next comes the invasion of England."
Der Kommandant had just received in-
formation that his tank groups were in
an excellent position to advance and
crush the defenders, who were holding
the position to cover the retreat of the
men on Dunkirk beach. .
It was early morning and the fog
from the sea covered the countryside,
however, he gave the signal for more
speed. He consulted his map and said
to the lieutenant, '6OVer that hill, and
then we crush their puny defences, then
on to the slaughter of Dunk-'i
He was interrupted by a roar from
the lieutenant, '4Look, Herr Komman-
dantl On the hill, what craziness are
the English doing now . . . Cavalrylw
Radio-phoning the command to halt,
der Kommandant scanned the hills
through the mistg he mouthed guttural
oaths and demanded, '4The fools! Do
they hope to stop us with that? They
have white flags with red crosses on
them, they are advancing to meet usg
and look, they are dressed in armour,
what new trick is this?,, He grinned.
"Give the order to advance and open
On came the horsemen and the tanks
lurched forward belching fire.
Then Von Stein's eyes bulged . . The
strange company never wavered but still
rode toward them. The- blond bristles
on his neck stood up, he gaped in
horror at the armoured leader and his
men on this ghostly cavalcade. The iron
mesh covering their heads framed not
faces but ' ,grinning skulls. Skeleton
hands shot arrows which clanged harm-
lessly against the tank sides. Now they
were passing through the tank forma-
tion, on they went to the rear of the
tanks some thirty yards distant.
From the rear port through his field
glasses Von Stein could still see the
grinning faces and the leader seemed
to be mocking him. Rage now replaced
fear in this Nazi tank leader, he quite
lost his head and ordered the tank
xsquadron to turn and destroy this new
enemy. Then ensued a strange battle,
weaving in and out between the milling
tanks the weird horsemen were the cause
of confusion and collisions. The ghostly
horsemen vanished as quickly as they
The rest is history-through this
timely interruption of the advance of
these crack Nazi tank divisions, the
attack on a weak defence position of the
British was delayed.
Just before his "retirement", der
Kommandant faced the firing squad
with glazed eyes and was heard to
mutter, uThe dead rise to help Eng-
land." The tank crews still speak in
awed voices of the strange object they
found in one of their tanks-an English
arrow of the thirteenth century!
-ELEANOR KERRIGAN, X
It was mid-winter. The wind was
howling through the top pine branches
and the snow was driving in immense
waves over the rugged mountain sides
and jagged peaks .Yet here in this
raging blizzard a lumberman was wan-
dering aimlessly about, occasionally
raising his numb arms to pull his cap
further over his ears and knocking his
feet together to maintain the warmth
that remained. Yes, Eric Lake, the man
who had braved many a northern storm,
was now lost in the furries of the gale
twenty mil-es from any settlement. He
had started off from a distant town with
some provisions, but the gale had
At home Eric's young bride was wait-
ing anxiously, and, while she listened to
the crackling of the fire or the sonorous
tick of the clock on the mantel shelf,
she was thinking of her beloved hus-
band, who had made possible this
cherished home in the small but cheery
settlement. Finally she roused herself
with a start, as a burning log turned
over in the fireplace. She turned on the
battery-radio and listened for a short
time to a newscast coming from Ottawa.
Suddenly an abrupt announcement
flashed over this station. It said: 4'An
unidentified plane, believed to be Ger-
man, has been spotted off the north-west
part of Labrador. All look-out towers
and civilians report to 'GCBCXW if such
a plane is located."
"The north-west part of Labrador-
I Continued on page 672
LAURENTIAN SKI TRACKS
K Prize, General Prosej A
One doesn't usually like to be rudely
awakened at six o'clock in the morning
by this salutation, uGet up or youill
miss the train." It was, however, neces-
sary to rise at six oiclock in. order to
catch the ski train at seven- thirty.
After thinking this over, I hauled
myself out of bed, dressed, and made
my appearance at the table. Breakfast
over, we put on our ski equipment,
slung our skis over our shoulders, and
started for the station. Early in the
morning positively nothing stirredg
that is, unothing except those all-too-
venturesome skiers, who go up north
and break their bones hurtling down-
- This was probably what people were
thinking about us and the many other
skiers who 'Gwent northv at every oppor-
tunity. However, what did we care, as
our boots scrunched down the fresh
clean snow which had fallen the night
The station was ammed. Everywhere
there were skiers, skis, rucksacks, sun-
glasses, in fact all the paraphernalia
used by the modern skier. One of our
friends specialized in gadgets and it
was a joy to see him playing with each
and every one. To buy a ticket one had
to have ingenuity as well as courageg
only the fittest survived this rush and
scramblf? Tickets however were secured
for the three of us by our combined
efforts. Then someone shouted that the
train was coming. There was a train
coming all rightg as it drew nearer it
turned out to be the '4Quebec Express",
not our train at all. In a few minutes
another came puffing in from the south.
New Yorkers scrambled off, bag and
baggage, to make connections for uthe
North", 'porters were left behind, as the
traditional skier must shoulder his own
load, and they liked it too, these young
Americans. There was another delay
until our train was finally sighted. It
arrived eventually, full of skiers, peer-
ing out the windows, others frantically
gesticulating to their friends as they
hung out the ends of the cars, they had
double seats reserved! What an air of
spontaneity there was about it all.
MKing Care Freev reigned-colour ran
riot, costumes were fearful and wonder-
ful, ranging from the Eskimo to the
smart Tyrollean ensemble.
The ski train consisted of old wooden
coaches. Since these were light the en-
gine could pull a train of about four-
teen cars. On the return trip gas lights
were used for illumination.
We serpentined around Mount Royal,
swinging up North through miles of
snow to the hills. We loved the chang-
ing scenery: the white spruces, the
birches bent by the winter winds, the
habitant houses which seemed to have
grown out of the soil, all banked and
blanketed in snow. The train slowly
pulled upgrade following the meander-
ings of the Riviere du Nord and soon
we were at the station. We struggled
into our knapsacks and got out through
the door, some skiers making their exit
by way of the window. Skis waxed, we
were now ready for a cross country trip
along trails leading far from the road,
through woods and iields, up hill and
Outside the train the air was crisp
and cold, and the sun shone on the
snow which reliected the light with mil-
lions of tiny sparkles. Whips cracked
and bells jingled as the sleighs drove
away up the hill in this small Lauren-
tian village. Cozy in the sunshine, it
nestled under its snowy cover. The little
houses of hand-hewn, squared logs,
whitewashed, with trimmings of yellow-
green or the traditional French blue
almost bumped each other as they
squatted on the edge of the road. For
you must know our Habitant is a
sociable fellow, given to jolliiication
with his uown folk". Over each door
was a plaque of St. Christopher, the
patron saint of travellers.
On the highest knoll in the village
stood. the church, religious and social
Third Row-Ralph Robbins, Donald Snyder, Ross Weichel, Floyd Henrich, Miss MacVicar
Phyllis Stickney, Jim Vice.
Second Row-Edward O'Krafka, Albert Lorch, Elmer Sauder, Lyle Dahmer, John Rowland
Front Row-Thelma Ziegler, Marie Simmons, Alice Henrich, Evelyn Doherty, Dorothy Hill
Margaret Lutz, Marjorie Brubacher, Connie Dillon.
Back Row-Lloyd Mulholland, Laverne Wittick, Harold Ritter, Miss Boland, Stanley Deckert
Willard Martin, Robert Ruggle.
Front Row-Alice Gies. Helen Roberts, Mildred Weigel, Isabel Cooper, Marion Pirie
George Jones, Robert Detweiler.
Fifth Row-Glenn Plant, Tom Kares, Dorothy Smith, Evelyn Brubacher, Shirley Cunning-
ham, Betty Dillon, Pauline Derbecker, Marie Zinger, Derry Woodall.
Fourth Row-William Aberle, Miriam Hurst, John Heinbuch, Mary Kirscliner, Dennis Vines,
Kenneth Israel, Henry Martin, Erle Martin, Bill Rau.
Third Row-Evelyn Shoemaker, Gladys Good, Adeline Eby, Ruth Martin, Lorraine Lichty,
Ruth Schweitzer, Kathleen Lorch, Betty Brown, Susanna Brubacher, Grace Martin.
Second Row-Francis Ritter, June Lutz, Doreen Fries, Carol Robinson, Arlene Shuh, ,lean
Cunningham, Bernice Koehler, Mary Ann Martin, Mary Herzog, lean Robinson, ,lean
Stroh, Eleanor Kerrigan.
First Row-Alma Dreisinger. Eleanor Slimmon, Irene Hain, Miss McDonagh, Graham Lavery,
Bob Leslie, Edward Hill, Robert Klinck, lenry Sippel.
Fourth Row-Walter Metzger, Leonard Ruppel 'fl Gingrich, Mr, Hobden, John Arnolr
Third Row-Mary Woznuk, Ruth Klinck, Kathleen Qieisch, ,lean Seiling, Ruth Mulhol
Second Row-Betty Vice, Beverley Shurly, Margaret Brubacher, Donald Koebel, Ros?m.
holland, Donald Huehn, Rita McMahon. '
First Row--Lucille Niergarth, Esther Soehner, Thelma Uberig, Kersanta Lipnicki, Helen Voll
,Alice Hahn, Betty Bechthold, Bernice Krupp.
Fourth Row-Erma Gingrich, ,lean Brubacher, George Jupp, Miss Evans, Jean Foster, George
Lee, George Adams.
Third Row-Reagh Hilliard, Kenneth Drimmie, Beth Brown, Verlin Cope, Thomas Galley,
,lack Allgeier, Madelaine Harber.
Second Row-Gladys Kraemer, Joyce Beggs, 'Jean Goodwin, Katie Herzog, Wanda Hubert,
Myrtle Eix, Margaret Bolger, Shirley Good. A
First Row-Glen Gabel, Donald Henrich, Melvin Holman, Paul Campbell, Donald Geisel,
Donald Brox, Kenneth Klinkman.
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Fourth Row-Irene Malinsky, ,lean Niergf' I., Betty Schaefer, Gloria Meyer, Miss Axford,
Ruth Weismiller, Mae Stumpf, Mar" Steele, Shirley Seiling.
Third Row-Jimmy Miller, David Sty 'd Schwindt, Robert Roe, ,lack Moyer, Laverne
:and Row-Jean Zinger, Audrey New , Erma Martin, Gertrude Mattusch, Delores Snyder,
' Catherine Mc"lahon, Mvrtle Wagner, June Saddler.
FL, st Row-Paul Schmehl, L er Martin, Donald Meyer, Robert Weber, William Whittaker-
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centre of this mountain community.
Mounting guard over the whole country-
side, its bell called the faithful to
prayer hourly on Sunday mornings, and
made sweet music through the hills.
Soon the long procession of skiers,
taxis, and sleighs had vanished over the
top of the hill and everything regained
its usual quiet. However, fifteen minutes
later pandemonium again reigned.
It did not take long to leave the other
skiers and we were soon struggling up
the first long hill. At the topof the
first hill there was nothing to do but
climb the second hill, but as it was
longer than the first we began to feel
rather tiredg in fact the only thing that
kept us moving along so fast was the
anticipation of the slide down the other
side. Ituwas presumed by all that some
of us would not ski the whole way
down, for one wit in our party said, 'fl
learned to ski in twelve sittings."
The other side of a difficult bump, or
just around a rather icy and sometimes
steep curve, we would gather and watch
the next victim display his skill. If he
fell we all laughed at him, for it is not
considered ill-mannered to laugh at a
skier who has taken a tumble.
At this point one of the fellows,
anxious to show the others that he knew
a thing or two, did a gelandesprungg
that is, he dug his poles into the snow
at the top of a bump and executed a
small jump. This unfortunate, however,
lost his balance in mid air, and plunged
head first into a snowbank so hard that
only his legs were left sticking out. We
held our breath until we saw him
wiggle, and then knowing that he must
be alive we all gave him the Hal Hal,
and yanked him outg eyes, ears, nose,
hair full of snow. It nearly was a noble
achievement but there's many a slip-
in skiing. V'
At the top of the next hill we could
see for miles. In every direction bare
peaks and summits reared their hoary
heads. About fifteen miles to the north
a train was winding its tortuous length
around one of the many mountains and
we could hear the whistle. Then after
gazing at the scenery we pushed off, one
by one, until I was the last left on the
top. The cool green firs laden down
with their blobs of snow on each branch
stirred gently in the breeze and some-
where off in the distance a dog barked.
The run looked long and steep, and
during my meditations my companions
had reached the bottom. There they
waited. I started with a sharp push-off
to gain more speed. As the slope was
bumpy an Arlberg crouch was neces-
sary. The hill now flashed by in a white
blur, my knees working like shock ab-
sorbers. I finished at the bottom with
a grand swooping Christiana. Then, our
Ski Club being over the next rise, we
hurried along. I
It was the time honoured custom of
our Club that the first member to arrive
got the key of the house from its place
of concealment. This unfortunate then
had to make a fire and bring in wood
for the stove. Soon the rest of the gang
had arrived and dinner was started.
Everybody got his own and helped with
the dishes afterwards. Then the last one
out made everything shipshape, locked
the house and hung the key in its ac-
As the trip back to the station was
mostly downhill, it was easily navigated
by all and as we entered Mount Rolland
at dusk, we were thinking of our coach
so cozy and comfortable on the siding.
We soon stumped into it, brushed the
snow from our clothing and peeled off
our boots and jackets. Someone started
singing L'Alouette", so 'we all joined in.
The train began to move and the lights
of the siding blinked away into the
darkness. Occasionally a blur of light
flashed by, indicating we had passed
On arriving home. we turned on the
lights and the radio, lit the fireplace
and relaxed lazily in front of the fire.
It had been another glorious day.
g -IAN MARK, XIII
26 THE ORACLE
"I poise on the hill and I wave adieug
I My curving skis are jirm and truel
The slim. wood quickens, the air takes
And sings to me like a gypsy's lyref'
One can not begin to imagine the
thrill and enjoyment derived from ski-
ing until one has had actual experience.
There is first, of course, pain, which
often accompanies the learning of the
fundamental rules of' manipulating the
skis and ski-poles, but after two or three
"well-biasedi' falls, the beginner avoids
such unpleasant occurrences in the
future. I think it is mostly animal in-
stinct that keeps the good skier on his
feet-he surveys, very quickly, the route
just ahead of him, and reflex nerves do
Can't you imagine the thoughts run-
ning through the skier's mind as he is
about to go over a rather high jump?
He doesn't stop to think of the danger
there might be in the action, he just
enjoys the completely hollow feeling in
his stomach as he allows gravity and
the old winter wind to toy with him in
mid-air. When he has landed safely,
and the momentum of the landing sends
him speedily along the remainder of
the track, he perhaps hopes that his lady
love has watched him do the jump, even
though it has caused her some anxiety.
He almost feels as though he has done
something brave, but the wind plays
tag about his ears and up his sleeves,
and with a slight shiver his thoughts
turn to new adventure, perhaps to
hitting the ski-trail which istwo miles
The first hundred yards is not at all
fast. Our skier leisurely sways in and
out among trees, jumping their shadows
just for sport. He wonders what fate
has up her sleeve as he gazes at the
miles of landscape below him. There
are numerous "hair pin" turns in the
trail to prolong its length and very
often the deep green, but snow-laden
evergreens, which seem to be passing
in opposite directions to him, loom up
ahead, and although they look very
comfortable and soft for landing in,
he knows it to be just a deceptive illu-
sion and quickly pivots on the handiest
On this slope the sun is on his back,
sending before him a shadow of him-
self, somewhat unproportional, though
with glints of beautiful blue. He is
amused at the long spindly limbs of the
shadow and the short trunk of the body
fbecause he is stooped for balance.J
The ski-poles jutting out on either side
of the image make it resemble a very
old-type sea-plane and he at once sets
about doing ustuntsi' using his shadow
and his imagination. This has a very
unexpected and unpleasant result. As
the next group of evergreens looms up
telling him to turn, first his shadow,
then he is in the midst of them. This
time, as he awkwardly tries to untangle
himself from his skis and the snowy,
prickly branches of the trees, he is
thankful that his lady love is not watch-
ing. -BRUCE RUPPEL, XIII
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Finland has produced athletes-
Nurmi of Olympic fame. Muscular en-
durance is the endowment of the Finn.
Finland is a farming and forest coun-
try of small farms and land-owners.
Frontier conditions are still here. Each
man is his own master and the best man
wins. No great riches are here as Fin-
land is happily a poor country. All
careers are open to women except the
church and army. Also, when married,
they may keep their positions, and fe-
male suffrage has justified itself in that
seventeen women are in Parliament, out
of two hundred members. -
Sibellius still lives, her great artist of
music. He has composed songs of the
marshes of his beloved homeland known
the world over.
Finland, now under the Russian heel,
will rise again and once more F inlandia,
Sibellius' song, will be sung in the
land of "Suomi". -IAN MARR, XIII
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As I gazed from my window
One clear winter night,
The snow was all sparkling
,Neath the pale, shimmering light.
It seemed as if the fairies
Had just been dancing there,
And dropped many a diamond
From their soft, silvery hair.
It was all so very silent,
When hark! first faint, then clear,
The voices of sweet fairy belies
Seemed to be coming near.
I saw them tripping nearer,
They were gowned in gossamer fair.
They danced on the shining snowflakes
As the moon-rays fell on their hair.
They slowly seemed to vanish
In the hush of the starlit night,
And all that remained was a silvery'
As they gaily left my sight.
I stood there filled with amazement
At, the wonderful sight I had seen.
I had never beheld such splendour,
No, not even in a dream.
-RUTH WEISMILLER, IX B
go G Qlzoiymamao Son
She watched him with fast-filling eyes
As, walking proudly down the street,
He turned to wave and smile again g
Such courage could not see defeat!
He was her son, her darling boyg
He'd gone, her freedom to defend.
How young and tall, how sure he was-
His peril she dared not comprehend!
He'd said, "I must go, mother dear,
But I'll return when the battle's won."
"Ah, yes," but the tear ran down her
For he was her own dear boy, her son.
Now he's gone, but she's waiting, wait-
And her heart is sad, but her head's
For he's doing his duty across the seas,
And she prays he'll return to her by
-DOROTHY AHILL, XII
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Uunior Prize Poemj
One day when swimming at the lake,
I found a small green copper snake,
I held him carefully by his tail
And fed him cherries till he did quail.
He stretched and squirmed and hissed at me,
Trying his best to get himself free,
I played with him till it drew night
When this little snake took one big bite.
I howled and yelped and danced around
And let Mr. Snake fall on the ground.
I saw him escape in the light of the moon,
Leaving me alone with an aching wound.
Slowly I turned away towards home
With a little sigh and a little groan-
And you, dear friends, my advice do take,
Do not fool around with a small copper snake.
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--ROBERT WEBER, IX B
Ct Siam 350m
While walking down the street one day, Writing a letter, are you?
When everything was bright,
A black cat ran in front of me,
I nearly took a fright!
Then walking by a store window,
Not knowing where to go,
I crossed beneath a huge ladder,
And sighed a piteous, oh!
The sky had turned to gray again,
Bad luck was on its way,
I did not know exactly when,
But it would come that day.
No sooner had I reached my home,
When everything went wrong,
A double mirror fell on the floor-
Ill luck was lasting long.
There's much more to this story,
But harken to my voice,
And don't be superstitious-
Y ou know you have the choke.
Mother waits with anxious heart
To hear the postman's bell!
You can't think what to say-
I t's getting late, youfre tired-
Youyreally haven't much to tell.
You think y0u'll leave it for another
T here's something. else you want to do
She's knitting by the fire,
I heard her say:
"T hey know I miss them-
And they're sure to write."
Here-take your pen and pour
Out your every tlwught,
lust what you'd say if you
Were in the room beside her chair.
A mother's life is fraught
With love and care for you.
' -MAE STUMPF, IX B -SHIRLEY CUNNINGHAM X
fSeni0r Prize Poeml
up-an am.-U .V
I stood upon a distant battle-field,
And watched the wounded soldiers as they reeled
Past me-but there was one who spoke and said
M00 back, and tell them all g this life-blood red
Is not for our own sakesg but it is shed
For them, that they in future peace might live."
And gasping, at my feet, he lay there-dead.
I watched an aeroplane plunge through the sky
And heard the motor cough and slowly die,
And saw the pilot to the gunner turned,
MW ell, this is it, old boy: I hope it's learned
That it was not for our own sakes- we burned
Our young life,s fuel, 'twas freedom that we yearned
Then these received a death not justly earned.
From lonely graves in a tempestuous sea
A host of ghostly sailors called to me,
"Let it be known that we have nobly died,
That willingly we travelled o,er Death's tide
That our young sons might look to us with prlkie,
And live in peace forever side by side.
And so I bring their chorus-their demand,
I do not beg of you, but I command g
It is not my own voice, fm but a hand
That brings the message of that faithful band
Of service men, who in the dark world stand
In bloody warfare, on the snow and sand
To guard the freedom of your native land.
Come, Canada, awake! these are your boys,
They're human beings-not just mere decoys,
To urge the enemy to fresher start,
Shall some lad nurse a lonely, weary heart
Because you failed to live up to your part?
Or shall another enemy's deadly dart
Bring more destruction?-have you done your part?
--VIVIAN HOFFER XIII
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The Junior Bed Cross
Princess Elizabeth Branch
Now tell me, what branch of the
school has been more active than the
Princess Elizabeth Branch of the Junior
Bed Cross? There is not a pupil be-
longing to it who has not taken part.
Co-operative! well, that really does not
express it. Just think of starting school
later than usual, and then on November
9 raising 344.91 in a "Mile of Pennies"
campaign, and then donating every
penny to the i'Evening Telegram" Brit-
ish War Victims Fund!
There are man articles that we irls
have madeg for example, face cloths,
layettes, diapers, housewives, triangular
bandages, "T" bandages, and ever so
many different things.
In the near future there will be a
little surprise for all, an afternoon tea,
and at it will be sold baking and new
spring bonnets, for some of the earlier
lassies, also a display of refugee outfits.
Grade IX have done very well with
the selling of their beanies. A great
number of the girls are sporting them
already, and we must say, they are very
pretty indeed. Now, tell me, what pupil
of the E.H.S. would not be proud to
help the Junior Bed Cross with this
very important war effort?
-SHIRLEY CUNNINGHAM, X
E.ll.S. Dpen Night and
Red Cross Bazaar
The Elmira High School in May, 1942,
held a successful Open Night. Last year
it was different in as much as it featured
along with the students' work and dis-
plays a Junior Bed Cross Bazaar and
the '6Thumbs Up" Review from Hamil-
ton. During the first part of the eve-
ning the students' work was displayed
in all the rooms. In the shop the brass
work, tool and wood work which the
boys made were on display and in the
Home Economics the refugee clothes
and layettes which had been made by
the girls. It was especially interesting
to see three little Elmira girls model-
ling complete refugee outfits which also
had been made by the girls.
. The girls' P.T. classes put on a very
fine display of physical drills and in-
teresting folk dances. The boys' P.T.
display consisted of tumbling acts and
pyramid building, which was very well
done and not marred by a single slip.
The various school organizations opera
ated baking, candy and refreshment
booths during the evening, as well as a
number of guessing contests and games.
A quilt made by the Home Economics
classes was raliled off and the sum of
385.00 was realized from this alone.
These proceeds went to the ,lunior Red
Cross fund and to the Elmira Red Cross.
The special entertainment of the eve-
ning was the program put on by the
'LThumbs Up" Review of Hamilton who
gave their services free. They presented
a variety program which was enthusi-
astically received by the audience.
An unexpected surprise of the eve-
ning was the presence of Mr. Reginald
Sloan, of Hamilton, who has written
several successful songs and who is a
talented pianist. Mr. Sloan autograph-
ed and sold thirty-five copies of a song
he had written, and turned the proceeds
over to the Junior Red Cross.
A Summer At Queenston Camp
Last summer four girls from our
school decided to go to the fruit camps
for the summer-Eleanor Arnold, Helen
Karley, Grace Omand and l. Eleanor
was sent to St. Davids, Helen to St.
Catharines and Grace and I to Queens-
ton Camp. As l am the only one of the
four back at school this year I shall take
this opportunity to tell you just what a
farmerette must do at Queenston Camp.
Each day at 5.4-5 a.m. we all hear the
ding-dong of the "cow-bell", although
it seems far, far away. That bell means
it is almost time to get up. Then at six
we hear a bell that means we must get
up right away. So into our overalls,
rubber boots and straw hats and down
for breakfast. At 6.4-5 the hurrying and
scurrying begin as the farmers from all
the neighbouring farms begin to drive
their trucks into camp. We grab our
lunch, jump into the trucks and oil' we
Now the work starts! Cherries and
strawberries must be picked, tomatoes,
too, from the 'green housesg asparagus
must be cutg fields and fields of tomato
plants must be planted and stalked,
asparagus must be sorted, and all the
peach trees must be thinned. The peach
trees are so overladen with little green
peaches that if they were left that way
the peaches would never grow to be
large. So they must be thinned out
very carefully. Some weeks later comes
the most important work of all-
picking peaches. Of course each girl
carries her own ladder from tree to tree.
After she has filled a basket it is placed
beneath the tree. The baskets are
gathered up, loaded on to the truck and
taken to the packing house. Other
farmerettes there grade the peaches and
pack them in baskets. From there they
are shipped to all the cities and towns.
At noon we get an hour off for lunch
and it is spent under the shady trees on
the banks of the Niagara River. This is
an enjoyable hour, as you can imagine,
after we have been out in the hot sun
for five hours.
We work from one oiclock until six
when a shrill whistle is heard coming
from Pop four bossj . And we all know
what that means--run for the truck.
But sad to say very few run-wearily
we walk. The minute camp is in sight
everyone feels great again and wonders,
"Will there be any letters for me?"
Then into the showers! As you can very
likely imagine we get surprisingly
dirty! Once again feeling clean and
refreshed, we have our dinner.
But before dinner is even over cars
begin to come in the drive. This time
not the farmers-the boys from Niagara
Falls, St. Catharines and Niagara-on-
the Lake. Before leaving camp we must
sign out for the convenience of the camp
mother. Two late leaves are granted
each week-Wednesday nights it is
eleven and Saturday nights it is 12.30.
Thursday nights no one is allowed in
camp or outand all other nights of the
week we must be in at ten with lights
out a half hour later.
Now don't you all agree that Queens-
ton Camp is a wonderful place?
-BETTY SCI-IUMMER, XIII
32 THE- QRACLE
My Experiences ot a Summer
Vacation on the Farm
The farm to which I went was quite
close to my home and so I slept at
home. At live-thirty I got up and sped
off to the farm where I was greeted by
Bobby, the dog. My first task was to
get the cows. Soon I learned to ride a
horse and thus saved myself much walk-
ing. The cows soon knew, when they
saw a rider on horse-back and the dog
and heard my loud shouts, that it was
time to head for home. Then I tried to
milk a cow. I found out that cows are
temperamental and prefer their own
milker. I learned how to feed calves
and that it's not only putting a pail of
milk before them, but that they need a
scientific feeding to do well. I enjoyed
playing with them when they tried to
Horses interested me most. I liked
cleaning them, washing them after a
hard dayis work, and feeding them. I
learned how to buckle the harness, al-
though I was not tall enough to put it
on the horse. I learned the parts of the
harnessg such as, the hames, the belly
band, the tugs, the traces, the collar, the
martingale, the bridle, and the lines. I
learned to hitch them to any vehicle
single or double. I learned how to
handle a team on a wagon, a hayloader
and a plough. I enjoyed standing on a
high load of hay or grain. In the har-
vest time I learned how to build a load
of grain and stay on my feet. Une day
I had to step on to the front rack of a
load and fell off. The boss said, "That's
how everybody learns. They have to
fall off a wagon once anyway." In the
barn I set the slings and built the mow.
I learned a great deal about other
feeds, as turnips, mangolds, and corn.
I used to cut corn, load it on the wagon
and bring it out to the fields for the
cattle. Hoeing of turnips never 'ap-
pealed to me, but one day I found a
bird's nest in the potato patch and to
my surprise it belonged to a kildeer. I
-found other interesting birds' nests be-
longing to sparrows, robins, starlings,
song sparrows, and in our garden,
wrens, tree sparrows, martins and
I was greatly interested in the chick-
ens. I helped keep clean the colony
houses and drinking pails and learned
how to mix the feeds. I thought it lots
of fun hunting the eggs. I often was
surprised to find a nest in most unusual
places. Of course I spent much time
,playing with the chicks, putting them in
my lap and watching them go to sleep.
One chick in particular would follow
me all around the yard when I called it
while I was pulling weeds.
My days on the farm were not all
work. I spent a great deal of time
romping with the dog and chasing
around on the farm apparently after
nothing but never the less highly ex-
cited. The outside air seemed to make
me very hungry and how I enjoyed the
plain wholesome food fresh from the
garden and larderg
I was delighted when school started
later. I found that my experience on
the farm was helpful, health-giving, and
full of fun. -IREINIE HAIN, X
The Student's Part of the
Breathes there a student with soul
Who never to himself hath said-
"I,m getting out of this school and
lim going to do something useful for
my country." You've felt it, and live
felt it-that urge to get actively into
the war. It's because there is a war
right here and right now and we are
part of it. But, have you ever stopped
to think that the students of to-day must
be the statesmen of to-morrow? The
roots of civilization are too long to he
withered by hate or blasted by bombs.
It is up to us to preserve the finer things
of life. ' '-
All over the world boys and girls are
clamouring to do their part, In the
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RED CROSS EXECUTIVE
First Row-Kay Kalbfleisch, Connie Dillon, Betty Vice, Maureen Thur, Bette Dillon.
Second Row-Betty Schaefer, Margaret Lutz, Erma Gingrich, Kathleen Lorch, Helen Roberts,
Third Row-Ross Weichel, Ralph Robbins, Murray Heinbuch, Albert Lorch.
Front Row-Erma Martin, Shirley Good, Vivian Cooper, Marie Simmons, Miss Axford,
Back Row-Howard Good, Bill Arnold, John Arnold, Carl Schuett, Jack Allgeier
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GRADE XI GIRLS' BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS
Margaret Brubacher, Beverly Shurly, Kay Kalbfleisch, Ruth Klinck, Belly Vice
Lucille Niergarth, Esther Soehner, Ruth Mulholland.
GRADE XI BASKETBALL CHAMPS
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The Gypsy Rover
An entirely different type of enter-
tainment was given at the commence-
ment this year in the form of a romantic
musical comedy "The Gypsy Rover".
The setting is in England in the time
of George Ill, the first act taking place
in a gypsy camp and the second and
third acts in a nobleman's castle. This
required a complete change of scenery
and of costumes between acts. ln the
iirst act the chorus and leads were
sturdy gypsies, who in the second and
third acts changed into dignified court
attendants. To perform this change the
committees had to do double duty,
working on two sets of costumes and
two scenes. Two of the musical num-
bers were rendered in the melodrama
of that time as was much of the acting
of the robber leads.
Three specialty dances in charge of
Marie Simmons and Betty Yanchus
formed added attractions. The accom-
paniment. was provided by Alice Hen-
rich and Mildred Mohr at the pianos
and Mrs. Currie at the violin. Vivian
Hoffer, standing backstage, eyes glued
to the book, found little chance to
prompt the cast, which included- Mar-
garet Lutz, Glenn Watson, Betty Vice,
Albert Lorch, James Vice, Dorothy Hill,
Bruce Ruppel, lan Marr, Bernice
Krupp, Ralph Robbins, Floyd Henrich,
Ross Weichel and Glenn Plant. The
directors, Miss McDonagh, in charge of
acting, costumes, property, and make-
up, Miss Evans, in charge of wigs and
music, and Mr. Hobden in charge of
music, together succeeded in making our
musical comedy something to remem-
Due to the splendid cast, the direc-
tors, and the committees it was a decided
success. -KATHLEEN KALBFLEISCH
Behind The Scenes!
Practically everyone has sat in an
audience and enjoyed watching a play,
but I don't'believe everyone has been
in one. Have you? If you have, you
will know what takes place. T
I thought there was nothing to it
until this year I had the privilege of
having a very small part in the chorus
of the operetta, and so to you who have
not been in a play l shall try to bring
the setting, not as seen from the audi-
ence, but "the scenes behind the scenes".
Long before the play, or rather
operetta as it was this year, is staged,
there is much rehearsing and costume-
making, there are many chorus prac-
tices, property meetings and the like. It
takes a long time for the voices to be-
come trained and all seems to go finely
until, about two or three weeks before
the commencement, some lead or other
is snowbound or else half the chorus
break out in mumps and head colds.
The costume committee does well
until the last week or so and they begin
the last fittings. Then-oh dear! some
costumes are too small, others too big-
what on earth to do! That one will
never fit and anyway, so and so still
hasn't a acket, but there isn't any more
material anyway. Also someone dis-
covers the robbers' costumes are all one
size and must be altered. Then there is
that final search of the school for that
long-lost vest someone was so generous
as to take home and sew. Finally the
last week everyone seems to be fitted
with some .sort of thing or other and
everyone heaves a sigh of relief -Ah!
But wait, all those white stockings
haven't been gathered. Oh, but worst of
all those wigs! Some slow pokes still
haven't them finished, and curls are
forever falling and tearing. "And will
someone please help me with this night-
cap? I'm stuck and terribly hot.',
Now the property committee is on
the rampage and making pleas of
'4Please, has anyone an odd-looking
sort of table?"-which of course no
one has ever seen. Then they ask for
some chairs centuries out of date and
probably only lurking in some museum.
The picturesque back drop is well
looked after by the property committee,
with especial thanks to a well-known
Elmira painter. Then to the surprise of
most of us, the committee has a real
grass carpet that looks like the real
McCoy. Also I might here state, the
lighting committee deserves three cheers,
for producing what really did look like
dawn and moonlight.
The most difiicult part is to get the
cast of sixty rounded up and arrange
practices to suit everybody. You may
say this is impossible, but we did it
through our faithful and hard-working
directors-and of course our pianists
can make two pianos with the aid of a
violin really worth hearing.
We also must not forget those who
slave 'over the make-up, and also the
cast in the dialogue part, who stay up
long hours studying speeches. Then the
leads sing and sing, until hoarseness
overcomes most of them, leaving very
But, I really must confess, I believe
we should do the same all over again
for the sake of experience. '
-MARGARET BRUBACHER, XI
The Aman nigh school
The annual High School Commence-
ment was held on March I2 and 13 at
7.30 p.m. The musical comedy, nTh.e
Gypsy Rover", was presented to a full
house on both nights and met with out-
The chairman of the High School
Board, Mr. A. H. Vice, was chairman
for the commencement exercises. On
Friday night commercial and inter-
mediate certificates, and proficiency
scholarship prizes were awarded by the
chairman and Mr. Currie.
Commercial certificates were pre-
sented to the following who completed
the special one-year course last term:
Gertrude Baechler, Norma Beitz, Ther-
esa Jordan, Margaret Martin, Orma
Stevens, ,lune Weichel, Grace Woods,
Dorothy Mulholland, Bernice Thur and
Bruce Ruppel. .
Two year commercial certificates
were awarded to Lorne Bolger, Audrey
Burnett, 'John McCormick, Kathleen
Bolender, Ruth Playford and Murray
Proficiency Scholarships were pre-
sented to the following: '
Grade IX ........................ Kathleen Lorch
Grade X .................................... Betty Vice
Donor-E. M. Arnold
Grade XI ............................ Alice Henrich
Donor-A. H. Vice .
Grade XII ........................ Arthur Weichel
Grade XIII .................... Donald Freeman
Donor-G. E. Currie
Grade XI Commercial ,... Stanley Deckert
Donor-A. H. Vice
Grade XII and
Special Commercial ...... Bernice Thur
Donor-Blair's Drug Store
Grade IX and X '
Special Agriculture ...... George Snider
All Grades Penmanship .... Connie Dillon
Donor-Ullyot's Drug Store
All Grades-Best All Round Student
11-is ORA-S-LE - -
Woodall Floral Gardens Cup
Student showing greatest improvement
in Lower School during the year
Student showing greatest improvement
in Upper School during the year
Donor--High School Board
Donor-High School Board
The following students received inter-
mediate certificates: John Arnold, Betty
Bechtold, Roland Borchardt, Margaret
Brubacher, Clifford Gingrich, Alice
Hahn, Donald Huehn, Kathleen Kalb-
fleisch, Ruth Klinck, Bernice Krupp,
Kersanta Lipnicki, Walter Metzger,
Ross Mulholland, Lucille Niergarth,
Leonard Ruppel, Mary Ruth, ,lean
Seiling, Thelma Uberig, Elizabeth Vice,
Helen Voll, Mary Woznuck, Jean
Weber, and George Snider.
Intermediate Commercial certificates
were awarded to Jean Adams, Betty
Kraemer, Gloria Long, Harold Ritter,
Robert Ruggle, Mildred Weigel and
Mr. R. H. Carbert, a board member,
presented the honour graduation di-
plomas on Saturday night.
Graduation diplomas were presented
to Ralph Brubacher, Howard Good,
Murray Hilliard, Stewart Huehn, Wil-
ma Klinck, Mildred Mohr, Bruce Rup-
pel, Arthur Weichel, and Elizabeth
Audrey Burnett received a commer-
cial graduation diploma.
Honour Graduation diplomas were
awerded to Eleanor Arnold, Stanley
Beisel, Donald Freeman, Ruby Gies,
Louis Klinck, Patrick Morris, David
Rowland, and Orma Stevens.
The folowing students had subjects
added: William Arnold, Audrey Hahn,
Mary Howard, Helen Karley, Keith
Keller, Douglas McKay, and Elizabeth
Mary Howard, the valedictorian, de-
livered the farewell address on behalf
of the graduating class.
A --KATHLEEN KALBFLEISCH
What girl and boy wasn't happy when
the Cafeteria Club was organized and
the Kitchen Cafeteria was opened at the
beginning of January? Hot dishes were
again served at noon to the rural stu-
dents. Tempting dishes, such as baked
apples, baked potatoes, macaroni and
cheese, chili concarni, soups and crack-
ers, and cocoa were served at a maxi-
mum price of five cents. '
Despite the rationing, the club has
been able to carry on very well, and
we're sure that the hot dishes were
enjoyed by all. -KATHLEEN Loacrr
glibc Supreme Sacrifice,
A tiny child with curly head
W as kneeling by her little bed,
A mother, near the window stood
In lonely and in thoughtful mood.
Somewhere, on that still summer's night,
Upon the ocean, foamy white,
A battleship of dismal grey
Rocked beneath the moon's soft ray.
Aboard that ship a commander bold,
Dreamed of how he once did fold
To his own breast, his wife and chi-ld.
These thoughts were hushed by billows
The sailors scanned the dark'ning skies,
But clouds were all that met their eyes,
So down below the deck they went: A
To read and talk they were content.
They did not know the murky sea
Held danger that was yet to be,
Until it came-a crash, and then
Utmost silence reigned again.
Two little hands were folded tight,
A little head bowed and eyes so bright
Closed, as a young child said in prayer,
"Dear God, bless daddy over there."
No' more will he clasp them to his
No more will their kisses to his lips be
For daddy has given his life, that they
Might live in peace and liberty.
--ALICE HENRICH, XII
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To-night, Friday, April 2, we have
finished our basketball competition,
and we feel that this project has been
a great success all the way through. It
was a success for the simple reason that
every person was fighting for his form,
not only those students who played but
also those who cheered their forms on
from the balconies. Take away these
cheering supporters, and you rob the
game of fifty per cent of its enthusiasm.
Enthusiasm was at its greatest to-
night. Grades IXB, X and XI finished
the schedule in a tie for first place. To
decide the winner, Grade X and XI
boys played off, Grade X enjoying the
advantage of a 15-point handicap be-
cause they were playing out of their
class. Grade XI boys won this game
37-27, and so Grade XI girls played
IXB girls. As IXB too, were playing
out of their class, a handicap of 25
points was imposed on the senior team.
Grade XI won 35-33 in the most exciting
game this year.
The students of this year's Grade XI
have won the shield for two consecutive
years. They won it last year when the
field meet decided the winner. The girls
of this form have without doubt the best
girls' team. Theirs is a well-balanced
team with such a number of good play-
ers that their team should remain intact,
as strong as ever, for the rest of their
school days, even if two or three of
these do not complete their five years
of' high school. Grade XI boys also
held their own for their form. They
won the hardest boys, game when they
beat Grade X, and they, along with
Grade X, played one of the best games
of the year.
Some mention should be made of
these Grade X boys. They seemed a bit
dejected after they lost to Grade Xl.
They should look on the brighter side
of things. First, in this iinal game they
got away from their usual rough game
which featured individual play instead
of teamwork. Thus they have proved
that they can play real basketball.
Second, they have the best balanced
team in the school, and with the know-
ledge of basketball, and the speed, and
the height which they will gain between
now and this time next year they will be
a serious threat to Grade XI even with-
out a handicap.
Certainly we must not forget IXB
girls. They lost to Grade XI, 35-33, but
they'made Grade XI play harder than
they ever played before and probably
harder than they will play for some
time to come. This team, also, should
give a good account of .itself in future
On the whole, I do not believe any-
one can complain about to-night's play-
offs. Grade XI won. They played well
and they played hard-they deserved to
win. Grade IXB and Grade X played
well and they played hard-that is what
counts. -WILLIAM ARNOLD, XIII
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Can it be that this is why basketball
has made such a hit in E.H.S. lately?
COur sympathy is extended to the
future students of Grade IX, who will
now have, not live, but six reform bills
to learnj. '
April 1, 1943
I. That we agree not to argue with
fal the referees
fbj the opposing players
2. That we agree the refereels judg-
ment is final.
That we agree to play clean, forward
basketball fno roughstuifj .
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This winter badminton was almost at
a standstill, the operetta and basketball
taking precedence in the gymnasium.
Two social evenings, however, with
about twenty-eight badminton enthusi-
asts, were enjoyed.
The Student's Part of the War
I Continued from page 322
countries occupied by our enemies the
part played by youth is cruel and grim.
In the free countries we are trying to
be useful while we continue to carry on
our studies. All over the country
Training Courses have been mapped out
and are being followed. Boys are learn-
ing such things as aircraft recognition,
small arms, chemical warfare, field
craft, navigation, mathematics, the
theory of flight, and wireless. Physical
fitness is now a major demand.
Girls too are busy. They assist in
salvage campaigns and serve and assist
in war charities. They knit socks
enough to stretch from here to the
Hebrides, and invest their pocket money
in War Savings Stamps. They do Red
Cross work, take first-aid classes, give
time as councillors to camps for the
underprivileged, and, in some schools,
they even take a modified form of drill.
Many of our boys and girls are
giving their treasured summer holiday
months to help increase food produc-
tion by serving in the Farm Service
Force. There is also another way in
which both boys and girls can serve. Of
course we all think of the lads and
lasses' fighting this war for us, but how
often do we write to them, now that they
are scattered all the way from Iceland
to Madagascar? Here is one sure way
to show our appreciation-keep up a
steady flow of ncwsy, cheerful letters,
the sort that are the greatest of all safe-
guards against homesickness. Let's write
often and regularly!
We, the rising generation, hold in
our hands the World of to-morrow. It is
to preserve culture, art, and true reli-
gion in that world that our girls and
boys are fighting-are giving their lives.
Theylre giving the sacred trust to us,
they believe that we will carry on for
them. May we be worthy of it-may we
fight to win our daily struggle as they,
too, iight to win. A
--VIVIAN HoFFER, XIII
- THE ORACLE
Lu laible du voyugeur ini!
'On dit que quand notre Sauveur
portait la croix au Calvaire, il resta
pendant un moment pour se reposer
chez un marchand, qui le chassa en
disant: "Va-t-en! Va-t-en! Tu ne peux
pas y resterf' Alors Jesus-Christ releva
la croix et il dit: "Je vais a mon repos,
mais vous devez toujours voyager jus-
qu'a ce que je reviennef'
Ainsi le marchand fut change en' le
voyageur juif qui ne trouvera le repos
que quand notre Sauveur reviendra sur
la terre au jour de jugement. L'im-
preinte dfune croix rouge apparut sur
sa figure et le juif quitta sa femme et
ses enfants et suivit Jesus-Christ au Cal-
vaire. Puis il partit de Jerusalem et
commenga son long pelerinage etrange.
Loin et plus loin alla-t-ilg un va-nu-
pieds, un grand vieillard, les cheveux
tombant sur les epaules, et avec une
bande noire autour de sa tete pour
cacher la marque de la croix rouge. Et
il voyage maintenant, au-dessous des
montagnes, et dans les vallees. Il niage
jamaisg et toujours il a des experiences.
En 1805, un homme en Boheme qui
s'appellait Kokot tichait de decouvrer
un tresor que son grand-pere avait
cache. Quand il avait beau creuser ici
et la, sans plan et sans espoir, le juif
passa devant lui. Il dit au Bohemien,
"Votre grand-pere a enterre le tresor la
derniere fois que je passais par ici. Si
je ne me trompe pas, il l'a interre la,
sous ce mur." Alors Kokot y creusa et
il y trouva le tresor. Il etait bien con-
tent, mais avant qu'il puisse remercier
le voyageur juif, le pelerin etrange s'en
etait alle de sa vue.
Ainsi, nous voyons qu'il doit tou-
jours voyager. Mais on lui donne quel-
que repos. S'il passe devant une eglise
chretienne quand l'oflice divin com-
mence, il peut entrer et y rester debout
et ecouter le sermon, mais quand il est
fini, il lui faut commencer a Voyager en-
core une fois. Mais. quand Jesus-Christ
reviendra sur la terre, le pelerinage
etrange du voyageur juif finira.
-JOHN ROWLAND, XII
Repondez in la droite en francais aux
questions a la gauche. On n'est pas
oblige de mettre le meme nombre de
lettres en tous les mots.
un comte d ................ c
ce serait DUC
a ce moment m ...........,.... t
ce serait MAINTENANT
1. S'est vrai V ................ D
2. ce n'est pas un ami E ...... ..... I
3. comment il s'appelle N .........,.... M
4. une ile 51 Pembouchure '
d'un fleuve D ...... ....... A
5. ce n'est pas quelque
chose R ...... ....... N
6. un bandit E ...... ....... C
7. chance len reversl D ...... ....... H
8. pays en forme d'un l
soulier ' I ................ E
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Avez-vous entendu parler de la petite
ile qui croyait qu'elle etait la iille de sa
Avez-vous entendu parler du petit
fou, qui etait si timide qu'il etait oblige
d'entrer dans une armoire pour changer
de ses pensees? -'
-Joram ROWLAND, XII
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0n the dark, gloomy night of October
30, the Elmira High School was the
scene of a hilarious Hallowe'en party.
The stage was very spooky looking with
pumpkin faces grinning mysteriously,
and a huge yellow moon in the sky, in
front of which witches flew hither and
thither on broom sticks.
Costumes lent themselves to the eeri-
ness of -the occasion. Grass skirts and
corn stalks added the inflammableness
of the gym, Indians lurked in dark
corners with hatchets held high, and
Colonial ladies mingled with gypsies
and clowns. The most original costume
was a pleated Star Weekly, the comic
section holding the interest of most.
Upstairs in Room 2 Miss MacVicar
took charge of the games. Relays were
played with Indian clubs with the lucky
winners receiving kisses from Miss Mac-
Vicar' fcandy, we hopej. Downstairs
Glenn Watson threw some to the right
and some to the -left, everyone ending
up with a partner in the Paul Jones.
Mrs. D. Cale led a Conga Line in which
everyone took part 'and soon learned
the one, two, three, kick fmostly the
kickl. The initiation was enjoyed by
all except those who drank a new brand
of ginger ale invented by our promising
chemists. -KATHLEEN KALBFLEISCH
The Christmas Dance
During December the halls were
simply buzzing with plans for the an-
nual Christmas Dance. Finally the
week of Friday the eighteenth arrived
and the decorating committee swung
right in gathering the small Christmas
trees which adorned the balcony rail.
They came out with a most brilliant
idea this year, having huge red candles
alternately along the balcony with the
miniature trees. The traditional big
trees--minus lights due to wartime
regulations-were on each side of the
stage standing guard on Bob Donnelle's
favourite orchestra, to which students
and guests danced. A huge E. H. S.
evergreen wreath, also a brain-wave of
the committee, bedecked the back wall.
Every one had a wonderful time and
went home happy.
-MARC. BRUBACHER, XI
Owing to the war, our social activities
have been considerably curtailed, and
our school clubs reduced in number.
The new defence course, the shortened
school year, and rationing . . . all have
had a part in shifting the emphasis.
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Etiam Regina Errorem Facere
Regina Elizabeth novos milites in
R. A. F. Americanos et Canadienses in-
spiciebat. Ante puerum sex pedes
longum stetit Sua Majestas.
"Omnes vos Canadienses videntur
esse viri alti." amice dixit illa.
Wllua lVlajestas" respondit 'Lin Anglia
Regina jugulum fthroatl claravit,
rogavit virum inter copias Americanas
unde esset uldurminghamv dixit.
Regina meminit virum Canadiensem
qui non erat Canadiensis et cito.
Mlbiv inquit 'ifuif'
"Non, ma'am," respondit, Mah come
fum Birmingham in Alabama."
Umquam .audivistisne de parvo ho-
mine stulto qui cepit ad lecticam scalas
secum ut mane surgere posset?
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Cur Mussolini sudarium fhandker-
chief I album portat? Id solum est in
quad ille ponere suum nasum potest
nisi Hitlerem consuluit.
Numquam bonum fuit bellum neque
Verba sunt feminaeg acta sunt viri.
Amicus in necessitate est vere amicus.
Bene factum est melius quam bene dic-
ASSIGNMENT IN BRITANNY
4'Assignment in Britannyn by Helen
Maclnnes is one of the outstanding war
novels of the year. It is a story of
espionage in occupied France.
Bertrand Corlay, a French soldier,
had escaped from Dunkirk to England,
where he lay wounded in a hospital.
Martin Hearne, an Englishman, re-
sembled Corlay exactly and was taught
to become as much like him in charac-
ter as possible. After having achieved
this to the best of his ability, Hearne
was dropped down by means of a para-
chute in Northern France with one idea
in view-to investigate how and when
the Nazis intended to use the' French
coast. He made his way to St. Deodat,
Corlay's home town, and was accepted
by the invalid, Mrs. Corlay, as her long-
absent son. Within a short time the
Nazis occupied the little village placing
soldiers on guard and posting their
swastikas everywhere. But complica-
tions arose--not only did Hearne
in love with Ann, Corlay's iiancee, but
he had to endure many hardships
even imprisonment in concealing
work from the Germans. p
5 The novel ends with Hearne escaping
from Britanny, heading for England
with his work completed, and feeling
assured that he had done his part for
his home land-Great Britain.
-BETTY SCHUMMER, XIII
JUKUS-Olim erat parva puella
quae semper stolas limosas fmuddyi
habebat, quod in locis limosis ludebat.
Uno die mater ei dixit "Te interiiciam,
si in limosis locis iterum ludes?"
Tamen postridie parva puella inli-
mosis locis ludebat et limosa fiebat.
Mater eam interfecit. '
HA good wind blows nobody bad" was the case when lan blew
in from Kitchener. He has helped to foster form spirit, and has
given Grade XIII a kind of thirst for learning, through asking
questions in class. This getting to the bottom of things, plus
his determination. should take him far.
Betty has always been a good sport and an energetic student
and will always rate high in our list of E.H.S. friendships. She
is a pleasing conversationalist and sympathetic listener. Whether
she serves her country as a farmerette or in keeping up the
morale. we wish her every success!
Bill is very active in sports and athletics in and out of school.
He is one of the E.H.S. students who have volunteered for active
service in the air force. Bills ability to make friends quickly
and his devotedness to whatever he does have made him popular
with all the students.
"Mickey" is that little girl of Grade XHI with the jolly sense
of humour. Her schoolwork is really "super", especially her
French. She is the Year Bookis energetic treasurer and has
contributed greatly to every school function. Although your
vocation remains unchosen. whatever it is, we are rooting for
Howard Good is as good as his name. He is a true and honest
friend who is full of happiness, and always looking on the bright
side of life. Although unexpected incidents may mar his path,
he overcomes them without being discouraged. Because of his
determination we know he will make a success in life.
BETTY YANCHUS l
Betty is the student who can be identified by her pleasant
face and cheery smile. Besides her outstanding ability for learn-
ing, she has great musical skill. Betty has been a great leader
in all school activities and has been editor of s'The Oraclei' for
two consecutive years. Congratulations, Betty!
You all know Murray with his ever-present smile and his
readiness to assist in any of the tasks the teachers assign to him.
Murray is the school's fur farmer and he plans on following this
occupation upon completing his studies at E.H.S. We know you
will succeed, Murray.
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Our erstwhile cheer-leader Cavec rnoustachiol was particularly
essential to Grade Xlll's basketball prowess and he infused the
whole school with his good nature. Good luck, Bruce! We're
sure you'll go far in anything you tackle.
"Midge", as we all call her. certainly can play the piano and
as a result helped make g6The Gypsy Rover" a great success. She
is our only true "blonde', in fifth. Could that be what makes her so
attractive. We shall always remember her. Success in whatever
career you may choose, Midge!
Stewartis blithe personality and A-l co-operation have made
him popular at E.H.S. Whether solving deductions. playing games,
or conversing with his comrades, one is impressed with his
thoroughness. sportsmanship and tactfulness. We wish you suc-
cess. Stewart, in whatever occupation you choose as a life voca-
Heres to our Grade Xlll sprite-Xivian, whose happy smile
and sunny sayings have brightened each day at E.H.S.g whose
executive and oratorical abilities have made her a leader in all
school activitiesg whose sportsmanship and friendliness make
her a grand girl and one who will succeed whatever her vocation
We will all soon miss Ralph very much as he has already
joined up with the R.C.A.F. This will just fall in Ralph's line
as he has taken a great interest in physics and mathematics.
Much of the commencement's success was due to his lighting
ability, and we are sure he will be otherwise successful too.
VIVIAN COOPER i
Vivian was a newcomer to Elmira this year, but her good
sportsmanship and friendly ways made her a favourite im-
mediately. We have really enjoyed having her with us, and we
wish her the best of luck as she leaves us to start her course
in Home Economics at Toronto.
'of of r class. Such a mathematician is "Buck,'
- ow ninety-nine on a paper, something must I.
"L -es credit to the local hockey team and is a
y b 'nthusiast. He has been president of '
S- 'V the past year. We wish "Buck" luck
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I am sure we all welcomed Audrey when she came back tt
after New Years Her pleasant quiet manner has won her H
friends. Whatever profession you choose. Audrey, we wish
llelma came to Elmira High School from Drayton two yea
ago. Her kindly nature has won her many warm friends. She
very fond of dancing and music. Her Irish smile will go a lor
way toward making her life the success we all wish for herl
Everyone in the commercial class will remember Mildred.
With her pleasing personality she has been able to win many
friends. She is always smiling and full of fun. With these
abilities we are sure that she will he a success in whatever she
chooses to do in the future.
Stan will always be remembered as our little six-foot lad
from Linwood. He is our champion speed typist and hockey
player. the pride of Linwood's famous hockey team. Lots of luck,
Stang we know that your pleasing personality and many talents
will carry you anywhere. May the greatest success be yours.
Gloria can always he remembered by all. She gets along with
everyone. What her ambitions are we do not know, but we are
sure Gloria's future will be a success. So, good luck, Gloria!
And as one of 'gOur Specialsi'-Success!
Everyone will remember Lloyd. As business ma ger of the
Year Book, he has played an active part in its publication.
Through his willingness to help anyone 1 need, he " 5 won many
friends. Whatever vocation he choose success is ound to be-
his. Here's wishing you the best of ll ' in everyti tg, Lloyd!
ISABEL COO 'ER
always rather quif
especially in typir
always call on 'll
success be yours!
mnemher Is". She was
u knew .re was there,
LS having' difiiculty could
may ch Jse to do, may
TH E ORACLE 49
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Last Will and Testament Sunshine Sketches
ol Grade I3 . I ol Grade 13
In the year 1943 A.D. we, the stu-
dents of Grade 13 of the E.H.S., do
hereby give and bequeath:
1. The Gratifying experience of
standing in the last row in assembly.
2. The Right to enjoy classes under
our principal and form teacher who
will guide you on the straight and
3. The Alarming sense of panic in
the face of Departmentals.
4. The Difficulty of doing sulticient
homework to please all the teachers.
5. The Eternal sleepy feeling on a
6. The Tact with which to escape the
discovery of a lesson not learned.
7. The Honour of tenderly caring for
and building up the morale of the
teachers whose nerves have been shatter-
ed by our noisy form.
8. The Incredible speed with which
we arrived for our various classes.
9. The Reassuring grin on our happy
faces as we attempted to restore our
10. The Tireless efforts of chewing gum
without being noticed.
11. The Eager spirit of rivalry which
predominated throughout the whole
series of basketball games during which
the Grade 13 girls won every game. f?J
12. The Efforts of the overworked
students to maintain their social and
their class standing.
13. The Numerous excuses to refrain
from making posters, cleaning sinks,
doing homework, etc.
Gan you see Misses Axford and Evans
patiently enduring our uwanderingn
boys during Trig. and French periods?
Will Miss Evans eventually buy a
wheel-barrow for Bruce Ruppel?
Is basting a turkey sewing up the
stuiiings? Ask Stewart Huehnl
Why do all our boys in the Services
come home the same week-end? Surely
their oflicers realize that this arrange-
ment makes it embarrassing for. certain
girls in Grade 13.
What does C.C.C. stand for, Glenn?
Howard Good-"I wonder what would
happen if I mixed HZSO4, C,,H35C00H,
KMn04, and maybe just a drop of
HCL?" . . . Well, what did happen,
Grade 13 student fduring Trig. examl
-When a question says "do without
tables" does it mean formulae, for just
tables not formulae, or just formulae
not tables, or does it mean use both?
The New Deal Girl
A real estate man was trying to sell
a modern girl a house. Here is the
reply she gave him:
"A home? Why do I need a home?
I was born in a hospital, educated in
a college, courted in an automobile, and
married in a church. I live out of a
delicatessen and paper bags, I spend
my mornings on a golf course, my
afternoons at a bridge table, and my
evenings at the movies, and when I die
I am going to be buried from the under-
taker's. All I need is a garage."
50 g THE ORACLE
We Wonder Why . . .
. . . Helen Roberts likes boarding in
town. Maybe there's some attraction.
Maybe it's the Link Belt. Who knows?
. . . Willard Martin likes going to
shows alone. Maybe he doesn't come
. . . Alice Gies doesn't like talking in
the room. Maybe it's because she al-
ways thought she was getting the
. . . Harold Bitter always sat at the
back of the room. Could it be that he
was rather shy because of the girls at
. . . Marion Pirie likes speaking louder
than the rest of the little "dears".
Could it be she's trying to get in well
with the teacher?
. . . Lloyd Mulholland never wanted
to go advertising to Kitchener alone.
Could it be he wanted one of his female
advertisers to go with him?
. . . LaVerne could never make up his
mind to take one girl to a show instead
of three. Could it be he liked them all?
. . . George Snider was always hot
when we were freezing. Was it because
h-e always wore about a dozen sweaters?
. . . Robert Ruggle left school at
Christmas to work in his dad,s store.
Was it only help shortage?
. . . Stan Deckert changed his direction
to Kitchener instead of Hesson.' Could
it be the roads are better or did he get
tired of walking?
. . . Betty Schummer might change her
mind about going down to the fruit
country. It couldn't be because some-
one has left that district, or could it? ? ?
. . . Gloria Long rumples Stan's hair
every time she gets a chance. Maybe
it is the name "Stan",
. . . Lillian Paine changed from Grade
XI to Com. She must think it's easier
to type letters than to write them.
. . . Mildred Weigel likes typing
period better than any other period.
Could it be she sits nearer a certain
person than at any other time?
. '. . Isabel Cooper doesn't mind going
on to Linwood at nights instead of get-
ting off at Maeton. Could it be she
likes the car ride?????
. . . Miss Boland never gets the names
of her little Commercial "dears"
Of the above list, there are Harold
Ritter, LaVerne Wittich, Robert Ruggle,
George Snider, and Willard Martin,
who have left our Commercial. We all
wish them the best of luck.
The Store with 'a Complete Stock of
GENERAL DRY GOODS AND GROCERIES
d V We Appreciate Your Patronage '
F Get -it - at - Reichards'
Grade XII News
for Glenn who's part time in our class,
for John who's a wizard in maths.
for Albert whom everyone knows,
for Donald who comes from Montrose,
for someone whom nobody knows.
for Thelma who's short, dark, and sweet,
for Ross Weichel, whose smiles none can beat.
is for Elmer, a St. Jacobs boy,
for Carl, who's brimful with joy.
-Miss MacVicar, our teacher so grand,
ur home town, the best in the land.
for Evelyn, our petite chestnut-haired gal,
for Lutz, Marg sure makes a grand pal.
for Marge who's all wool and a yard wide.
a letter we just couldn't hide.
for Ralph who never fails us in plays,
for Alice whose music we praise.
for Floyd Henrich whose smiles won him fame,
for Marie Simmons, -- there are two in her nam
is for Gim-but it's spelled with a "ln,
is for Hill, Dorothy's singing's Okay.
- Phyllis Stickney who can always take a joke,
for Connie-an ardent lover of "coke".
for Heinbuch - Murray has super curls,
O'Krafka, termed "cute" by the girls.
for-no, just ignore it, l guess,
for Lyle whose quiet presence we'd miss.
This is the end of the poem of our grade,
I hope upon you an impression we've made.
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Grade Xl lingle
Once upon a time, many years ago,
there lived a little boy whose name was
Nicholas, but his parents and friends
loved him so much that they called him
Nicki. Nicki lived in a poor village
that nestled serenely Berneath a fair
and stately Clif, Neir Garth, a famous
town o'Voll'd. Nicki's father, Arnold
man, earned his living in a curious way.
First he was a baker, but, more im-
portant, he had hidden away in a cavern
of the Clif, a still in which he would
brew him famous Ginrickies. Thus the
name of Bru, Baker was brought into
Nicki, however, Woznuk old enough
to help his father. When he was asked
about his father's Vice, he would neither
Len an ear nor Soehner do anything to
give the secret away. Calmly he would
go on Seiling his little boat, watching
it Roland toss over the Ruppels of the
pond near his home. At times, Nicki
would try to evade the questions of the
strangers who were Huehn and Hahn,
trying to find out the location of the
still. Shurly this was too profitable a
V ice for one man! Finally they would
turn away with, "None of your Lip,
Nickif, "O,Kay," answered Nicki."
Guess where Nicki,s father ended up?
You guessed it! ln the Klinck.
Walter, Donald Koebel, Ross-
For rhyme we're simply at a loss-
Would not fit into the jingle
As easily as a name like Pringle,
As for Bechtold, Uberig, and Ruth
To make them rhyme weid need a sleuthg
And Rita McMahon we mustn't forget-
She's one of the nicest we've yet met.
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have turned from Algebra to clothes
problems and are now scheming to get
down to Kitchener to Coudies Department
jean john JOHN LIKES the roomy, cheery Boys' Shop
in the King Street Basement. Everything a
boy needs to wear featured there-everything
from hat to shoes. .
JEAN LIKES the Girls' Floor and the
Fashion Displays on the Queen Street Floor.
BOTH LIKE going to the Soda Fountain for a snack after visiting
around the big store, or having dinner in state with Mom and Pop in
the Maple Dining Rooms. It's fun taking a trip to Goudies, Kitchener's
Modern Department Store.
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What Would Happen If . . .
. . . Grade X didn't lead the school in
War Savings Stamps sales?
. . . The West Montrose bus fwhich in-
cludes Mary Kirschner, Ruth Schweitz-
er, Loraine Lichty, Evelyn Shoemaker,
Geraldine Bowman, and Kenneth ls-
raell would arrive in time for classes?
. . . Marie Zinger wasn't active in
. . . William Aberle let a muskrat
escape his trap?
. . . lrene Hain couldn't answer a
. . . Evelyn Brubacher couldn't draw?
. . . Grace Martin and Susanna Bru-
bacher were not school chums?
. . . John Heinbuch wasnlt an ardent
. . . Fun and laughter deserted Doreen
. . . There was something Edward Hill
didn't know about aeroplanes?
. . . Adeline Eby talked in class?
. . . Kathleen Lorch answered the let-
ters of her pen pals immediately.
. . . Mary Herzog forgot to sell war
. . . Glenn Plant didn't take a fatherly
interest in the pupils of Grade X?
. . . Maureen Thur didn't do her "good
deed for the day"?
. . . Shirley Cunningham had untidy
. . . Robert Klinck couldn't make a
Latin prize project?
. . . Derry Woodall couldn't get along
with her classmates?
. . . Dorothy Smith shrank?
. . . Graham Lavery wasnlt an able
salesman in a certain popular store up-
. . . Betty Brown wouldn't lend her
. . . Bette Dillon's standing would drop
to the bottom of the class?
. . . Tom Kares wasn't a good captain
in Defence Training?
. . . Henry Sippel wasn't the 'life of
. . . Alma Dreisinger wasn't the eHi-
cient treasurer of the Cafeteria Club?
. . . Eleanor Slimmon had straight
. . . Dennis Vines couldn't play hoc--
. . . Lloyd Martin didn't have such
innocent brown eyes?
. . . .lune Lutz couldn't play the piano?
. . . Eleanor Kerrigan had no freckles?
. . . Billy Rau failed on an exam?
. . . Arlene Shuh couldn't get along
with the teachers? '
. . . Mary Ann Martin couldnlt do her
. . . The St. Jacobs students fPauline
Derbecker, Francis Ritter, Carol Robin-
son, Gladys Good and Bernice Koehlerl
arrived an hour late?
. . . ,lean Cunningham didn't have that
. . . Bob Leslie and Erle Martin
couldn't get along together?
. . . ,loan Robinson hadn't enjoyed the
Moon, Moon Dance in the commence-
ment with a certain dark gentleman
from Grade XI?
. . . Miss McDonagh, our form teacher,
was ever unable to help her Latin class?
G Qlkolltetlo Tearjer-
Bring back my boy from the scene of
Dear God, bring him back to me.
When victory has borne far and wide
our banner, '
Bring him back from across the sea.
Grasp tight his hand while he's gone,
And show him the way that is right,
And ne'er may he waver aszkle from his
Never die, his spirit to fight. A
But some day when all this sad conflict
And peace reigns from sea to sea,
Then may my son come back to his
Please God, this one prayer grant to me.
-GRAHAM LAVERY, X
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Wl:o's Who---Grade 9A
I For answers please
Key-We give you the initials, which
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By George, he seems to be getting
an Adamls apple.
loy is hers when all her Books are
Our present King Goes by his name.
His nickname, too, fDukel is of
He's very small, his hair is blond,
of a Girl in Grade nine he's very
This Jolly girl from the Linwood
line, You'll soon agree is very Fine.
Who is the girl who Seems to be
especially Good when Grade XII is
in the room fperhaps it's because
of a banker's sonl ? A
We wonder if she'll Ever Get to
T o-morrow you may see him Going
from house to house selling bread.
You can see him Running from a
bluish green car at two minutes to
nine. Oh well, perhaps Murray Had
a little car trouble again.
He certainly Knows his music even
if his mathematical Knowledge
.foe is your name when you are
Around a certain Nine A pupil.
Sometimes he's Kept in because heis
rather Dreamy in class.
to page 653
He has a rather unusual Grin when
he smiles at a certain teacher lust
Did you ever Guess that he came
on the West Montrose bus?
She Keeps Her long golden locks
Hello, Don. Would you please send
me one dozen tulip Bulbs fC.O.D.J ?
By love, that sister of mine is al-
ways Borrowing my clothes.
Did you ever guess that He came
from St. Jacobs?
You'll be Glad to get acquainted
with her as she always Keeps you
She seems Very good in school but
Can we be sure she's not the oppo-
When she tells a foke she Giggles
half the day.
Be like a girl in Grade 9A Because
she's always gay.
When she misses the bus Her boss
makes a fuss.
She's always so Merry that you
can't help But like her.
Please, boys, Canlt you leave your
hands off his books?
Although she's not from town you
May see her skating winter Eve-
Maybe itls His smile but whatever
it is it has a winning way.
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. . . Irene Malinsky didn't try to make
a mathematician out of Paul Schmehl?
. . . Erma Martin stopped talking and
. . . Gertie Mattusch didn't get her
commando lessons from Dave Steele?
. . . Gloria Meyer stopped to con-
sider the fact that one should be quiet
during English periods?
. . . Donald Meyer didn't fall asleep
in history and mathematics periods?
. . . All the girls didnit vote for
Jimmy Miller to be the gallant hero of
. . . Jack Moyer brought his pen for
. . . Audrey Nelson studied for a his-
. . . Jean Niergarth didn't pretend she
was such a good girl in school hours?
. . . Bob Weber could get along with
our music teacher?
. . . Betty Schaefer didn't arrive at
twenty-nine minutes after one?
IXB Be like if...
. . . Paul Schmehl stopped trying to
entertain his classmates?
. . . Ward Schwindt didn't have ink on
the back of his neck after business
. . . Shirley Seiling would have her
home economics projects in on time?
. . . Martha Steele ever realized that
basketball isn't a one-man's game?
. . . David Steele would stay home at
night to study instead of arranging to
meet a certain girl from Grade X?
. . . Delores Snyder never took oat'hs
that she would never like anyone from
. . . Bob Roe would give the correct
definition of a preposition after 'Gtaking
it up" steadily for two weeks?
. . . Ruth Weismiller failed to do her
homework or have her hand up for
. . . William Whittaker wouldn't ask
all the questions in French periods il-
stead of answering them?
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THE ORACLE 63
,lulius Caesar told the augerers to
bisect an animal and bring him their
opinions of success. fToo much geo-
If a point moves in accordance with
a given condition, the path it traces is
called the locust of that point. fToo
little geometry?j '
fTwelfth Nightj Fabian joined the
plot against Malvolio because he had
been bear-fighting with Malvolio and
GRADE IX B-
Question: What is the significance of
the title of Geoffrey Trease's novel "Cue
Answer: It was called "Cue for Trea-
son" because Trease wrote it.
GRADE IX B-
A story told by a primitive people to
explain a natural happening is called
GRADE IX B-
History: There was to be no with-
standing army in England. The Act of
settlement in 1701 fixed the line of pro-
cession to the English throne.
Harvey was a doctor. He discovered
that the blood circulated around the
body through arteries and veins and
GRADE IX A-
The humorous bone is found in the
arm. fCould that be the funny bone? le
A man enters the Air Force and goes
to Manning Depot where he receives his
URING THIS PERIOD OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY I
it is our earnest desire to cosoperate with the Govern-
ment in the conservation of materials.
By careful planning we hope to do this and to continue
to enjoy the good will we have had for many years.
GOOD WILL is the disposition of the CUSTOMER
TO RETURN to the place where he has been well served.
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Elmira High School
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of the Elmira High School, who have enlisted in His Majesty's forces.
Allen, Fred S.
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Howard, T. Frank
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Drawing--Kathleen Lorch, Grade X
fSee pictures on page 24-J
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Back Row--Howard Good, Murray Hilliard, Mr. Hobden, Ward Schwindt, Don Snyder.
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Shuh, Evelyn Shoemaker, Ruth Schweitzer, Marie Zinger.
Back Row-Katherine Herzog, Myrtle Eix, Pauline Derbecker, June Saddler, Gertrude
Mattusch, Mae Stumph, Geraldine Bowman, Mary Kirschner.
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Back Row-Arthur Weichel, Stanley Deckert, Ralph Robbins.
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2. Joyce Beggs
3. George Lee
4. Glen Gable
5. Jean Foster
6. Shirley Good
7. Erma Gingrich
8. Thomas Galley
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10. Kenneth, Klinkman
1.1. Jack Allgeier
12. Kenneth Drimmie
13. George J upp
From page 57
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"Polled is when a cattle beast has
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"Feathering" freferring to horsesl
when the chickens get different feathers.
"Percheron" heavy horses, pure
"Feathering" usually referred to
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"Dished Face"-a scoop in the snoot.
Isobar-is a bar which expands when
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Uses of air pressure:-
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2. To fly a kite.
3. If it were not for air pressure
within our bodies the air outside would
blow us away. .
fllontinued from page 191
what could this mean? Probably right
around this vicinity," thought Diane.
"But how could a German plane get
across the border of Canada without
being seen by our observation posts?"
All this time Eric was roaming
around still managing to protect him-
self from being frost-bitten. The storm
had abated somewhat and the sun was
even trying to peep from the dark
clouds only to be smothered by others.
Eric's thoughts were of home and es-
pecially of the wife who managed the
household affairs so eiiiciently and who
loved him as no one else. i
Suddenly, something caught his ear,
something strange indeed. He opened
his cap to grasp the sound. Nearer it
came and still nearer. First, he thought
it might be the humming of a windmill,
but, although the visibility was limited
to about three hundred yards, it was-
what shocked him-an aeroplane. It
was coming down, preparing to land.
Why would an aeroplane land in the
middle of a snow-white wilderness? It
did land, however, about one hundred
yards ahead of him. What was on its
rudder? On observing, more closely,
he saw to his horror that it was a swas-
What was he to do next? At length
he decided that he would sneak up to
the plane and try to find out how many
occupants it held. There at the cockpit
sat a scowling Nazi and behind him an
equally formidable-looking character.
The latter, however, seemed to be ill
because he was leaning over and had
a very pale countenance. Quick as a
dart, Eric threw the door open and after
a slight struggle knocked the pilot
senseless. He did not have to worry
about the co-pilot as the latter was too
weak to move. Eric explored around the
plane but could not discover whence it
had come, but one glance at the gas-
meter told him why it had landed.
The radio was still broadcasting and
now the same announcement that Diane
had heard, came over. He quickly re-
ported to "CBCX', over the aerogram,
and, after giving his position by means
of the scientific instruments on board,
he received a message that two flying
fortresses were coming to investigate.
Indeed he did not have long to wait,
for within twenty minutes he could hear
the steady drone of the engines, but
Soon he was at home, and in the
evening as they were sitting by the fire-
side, they again listened to a newscast.
Naturally, this 'great event of the cap-
ture of a German plane within the bor-
ders of Canada was soon flashed all over
the world. Eric was duly awarded the
George Medal for his deed.
That night he told his wife that he
had made a great decision, he was going
to join the R.C.A.F. He knew that l1is
wife would have many hardships,
struggles, and sacrifices ahead of her,
but he reminded her that peace is worth
it all. Diane understood, and bravely
she determined to grimly fight it out as
so many other Canadians have to do.
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I TORONTO ELMIRA ONTARIO
S. B. BRUBACHER
40 CHURCH ST. ELMIRA - DIAL 972
THE ORACLE - 7I
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KITCHEN CAFETERIA EXECUTIVE
Front Row-Kathleen Lorch, Alma Dreisinger, Eleanor Kerrigan.
Back Row--Marie Zinger, Arlene Shuh, Bernice Koehler.
Front Row-Miss McDonagh, Verlin Cope, Wilma Klinck, Alice Henrich, Marjorie Brubacher,
Dorothy Hill, Thelma Ziegler.
Back Row-Kenneth Klinkman, Arthur Weichel, Bob Leslie, Irene Malinsky, Shirley Cunning-
ham, Kay Kalbfleisch, Edward O'Krafka, Gloria Long, William Whittaker, Miss Evans.
YEAR BOOK SOCIETY
First Row--Thomas Galley, Margaret Brubacher, Kathleen Lorch, Mildred Mohr, Betty
Yanchus, Wilma Klinck, Connie Dillon, Graham Lavery.
Second Row-Mr. Currie, Erma Gingrich, Betty Schaefer, Gloria Long, Mildred Weigel,
Isabel Cooper. I
Back Row-Ian Marr, Jimmy Miller, John Rowland, Miss Boland, Miss MacVicar, Lloyd
Mulholland, Leonard Ruppel.
The Elmira Furniture Company Limited
MANUFQQETURERS " "" . OB EAUCRAFT1'
"Beaucraft Tables for Simple Beauty"
Manufacturers of one of Canada's outstanding lines of Good
Tables in Period Designs in Walnut and Mahogany for
Living Room and Dinette, also Oflice and School Chairs.
Insist on . . . l Compliments of . . .
FElL'S BAKERY LISHMAN
Pnonucrs COACH LINES
"Every Bite a Delight, AND
PATRONIZE YOUR crm' TAX'
HOME BAKER Taxi Phone 2-1600
Bus Depot - Kitchener 2-4469
PHONE 396 ELMIRA Elmira 446
The Society and Staj wish to remind the students to buy
War Savings Stamps regularly.
Compliments 0 f
KITCHENER TRI-PURE ICE CO.
KITCHENER - ONTARIO
COSTELLCPS SHOE STORE C
Carl Schuett to waitress in cafeteria-
"What is this in my soup?"
"That," replied the waitress, "is a
Dorothy-"Can you drive with one
Dorothy-"Here, have an apple."
Thelme Ziegler informs Gr. XII that
she is no longer afraid of explosions
even though she did try to blow us all
up while trying to prepare hydrogen.
We wonder if a certain little boy in
Gr. XII has a great deal of fun putting
those thumb tacks on a certain girl's
Miss McDonagh: "What is the great-
est achievement of the ancient Ro-
Ross Mulholland: "They learned to
Grade XII wonders why Marjorie
Brubacher always feels her chair be-
fore she sits down. Has she never heard
the old saying "He who sits on tack is
better oil"'? '
Miss Axford: "What is a polygon?"
Ralph Robbins: "A polygon is a dead
Chinese visitor says: "Funny people,
you Americans. You take a glass-you
put in sugar to make it sweet and lemon
to make it sour: you put in gin to warm
you up and ice to keep you cool: you
say, 'Hereis to you, and then drink it
Kay Kalbfleisch f in earnest elf0rtl-
"Look, my ears are moving!"
Glenn Watson: 6'Where are they
going-to another block?"
Dorothy Hill-"Oh, Elmira is just a
.lim Vicw'cI'll have you know that
Elmira is no longer a one-horse town."
Dorothy I-Iill--"What, do you mean
to tell me that the meat rationing was
Margaret Lutz announces that she
will gladly share Hoffer's truck with
Connie Dillon if it will help to get her
to school on time.
Miss Evans, on a Geography paper:
What people live in Salt Lake City?
Grade X Student: Morons.
Mr. Hobden, teaching Grade XII how
to make plaster: "Have you ever been
in a place where they were plastered?
. . . I mean plasteringf'
Marjorie Brubacher, after Albert
Lorch has done her a favour: "Oh!
Abbie, you're the best friend I have
. . . er . . . I mean the second best."
F F ICE t...m
58-60 QUEEN Sr. Sourn
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UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
Founded by Royal Charter in 1836 "for the general education of youth
in the variousvbranches of Literature and Science on Christian principles."
As one of the Federated Colleges in the Faculty of Arts of the
University of Toronto, Victoria College enrolls. students in all
courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor
of Commerce and preparatory to admission to the schools of
Graduate Studies, Divinity, Education, Law and Medicine.
In the Annesley Hall Women's Residences and Wymilwood, ac-
commodation is available for Women students of Victoria College.
In the Victoria College Residences accommodation is available
for men students in Arts, and for a limited number of men
students enrolled in other colleges and faculties.
For full information, including Calendars and Bulletins,
apply to Registrar, Victoria College, Toronto
Incorporated by Royal Charter 1841
situated in the oldest city in Ontariog 34 buildings, normal re-gistration
about 4,50-0-g health insurance provided during sessiong placement office
helps students to find summer work and graduates' to get jobs.
ARTS-Courses leading to the degrees' of B.A., M.A., B.Com., M.Com.
Part of the Work may be done by Summer School and corre-
SCIENCE-Courses leading to the degrees of B.Sc., and M.Sc. in
Chemistry, Minerology and Geology, 'Physics and in Mining,
Chemical, Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.
MEDICINE-Courses leading to the degrees of M.D., C.M. and M.Sc.,
and the Diploma of Public Health.
Matriculation Pamphlet, sent on request, includes
complete list of scholarships and prizes awarded on
entrance and on University work.
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Rented : Sold : Serviced
Underwood Elliott Fisher Limited
50 ONTARIO STREET S. - KITCHENER, ONT.
Makers of the
Compliments of . . .
The kind that satisfy, at a moderate cost
49 ONTARIO ST. S. KITCHENER PHONE 2-4237
You just know she
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Professional Directory of Elmira
Rev. J. J. Arnold,
Pastor of Saint Theresa's Church, Phone 387.
Rev. H. L. Bennie, '
Pastor of Gale Presbyterian Church, Phone 503.
Rev. L. H. Kalbfieisch,
Pastor of St. James Lutheran Church, Phone 430.
Rev. F. Malinsky,
Pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Phone 425.
Rev. E. N. Mohr,
Pastor of Zion Evangelical Church, Phone 560.
Rev. O. D. Snider,
Pastor of the Elmira Mennonite Church, Phone 2178.
Rev. A. L. Thompson,
Pastor of Wesley United Church, Phone 573.
Drs. McQuibban Sz McCullough, Wm. Clark,
2 Park Avenue, Phone 471. 10 Arthur Street, Phone 542
Dr. J. R. Simmons, A- H- Zilliax,
6 Mill Street, Phone 594. 37 Arthur Street, Phone 363
Dr. LeRoy Wagner, PHARMACY
5 King Street, Phone 324. H. A. Blair, Phm.B.
39 Arthur Street, Phone 525
DENTISTRY D. H. Cale, Phm.B.,
Dr. A. C. Carbert, 27 Arthur Street, Phone 375
5 Arthur Street, Phone 574. OPTOMETRIST
Dr. C. E. Gibson, C. N. Klinck,
17 Arthur Street, Phone 426. ' 8 Arthur Street, Phone 385
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Congratulate the Graduates
HEADQUARTERS FOR SCHOOL SUPPLIES
Everything you need at School
After school have a Sundae or Soda
We use Silverwoods Delicious Ice Cream
ULLYOT' S DRUG STORE
The Rexall Store .
PHONE 375 ELMIRA, ONT.
E. S. 0'l"l'0 .
MEN'S AND BOYS' WEAR I
DRY CLEANING AND LAUNDRY SERVICE
PHONE 388 ELMIRA
SCHOOL IS OUT? WHERE IS EVERYONE RUNNING?
Meals - Light Lunches - Refreshments
Try our Home-made Candy and Ice Cream
LIST 01' ADVERTISERS
Aberle, Roy J . fService Station!
Agnew-Surpass CShoe Store!
Ainsworth, Herb. CFruit Store!!
Arliss Shoe Stores
Atkins' Children's Shop
Bearinger, N. M. CBuilding Material!
Berg, Paul CMusic Store!
Blair's Drug Store
Bonnie's Chick Hatchery
Brown, W. C. CTailor!
Brox, Wm. CFlorist!
Brubacher, C. J . CPlumber!
Brubacher, S. B. CJeweller!
Canadian Dept. Stores
City View Dairy
Clark, Wm. CLawyer!
Coste11o's Shoe Store
David Bean 8: Sons
Dominion Life Assurance Co.
Elmira Furniture Co.
Elmira Insurance Agencies
Elmira P. U. C.
Elmira Shirt 8a Overall Co.
Euler Business College
Frank's Jewellery Store
Fry, E. G. CChiropractor!
Gordon's Good Glasses
Goudies Limited CDept. Stores!
Gowdy, Norman fLadies' Wear!
Great West Felt Co. CThe!
Hartman's Jewellery Store
K. Beauty Salon KThe!
Kitchener Tri-Pure Ice Co.
Klinck, C. N. COptometrist, J eweller!
Klinck's Shoe Store
Krueger Shoe Store
Lippert's Home Furniture
Lishman, A. .
Lorch, Chas. fCoa1!!
Martin, Eli B. C fChoppling Mill!
Martin 8: Sons, S. S.
Mutual Life of Canada
Nelson, William, Ltd. CChocolates!
Ontario Office Outfitters
Ontario Seed Co.
Otto, E. S. fMen's Wear!
People's Stores Ltd.
Raymond's Nut Shop
Red Front Stores
Reichard, O. W. CGroc's 8: Dry Goods!
Royal Bank of Canada
Ruppel 8: Co. iGrocery!
Seiling Farms and Hatchery
Silverwood Dairies, Ltd.
Slimrnon Motors fGarage!
Smith, O. J. Shoe Co.
Snider Flour Milling Co. Ltd.
Town of Elmira
Twin City Theatres
Ullyot's Drug Store
Underwood Elliott Fisher, Ltd.
University of Western Ontario
Waterloo Mutual Fire
Waterlo Trust and Savings Company
Weichel, H. CShoe Store!
Weichel Hardware ,
Weismeiller Printing Service
Wilken, Herb. CService Station!
Wilson Co. Ltd., Harfold A. fThe!
Winger, A. CDry Goods!
Wunder Furniture Co.
Zilliax, A. H. iLawyer!
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