Farmington High School - Laurel Yearbook (Farmington, ME)
- Class of 1925
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
D1-:DICATION ....... .......... 1 0
illlustrationl ' A .... Opposite 10
The Story of the Discovery and Loss of the Eighth Won-
der of the World ................................ ll
The Mysterious Spider .. 13
Champions . ....,....... 16
The Judge's Story ........... . . . 17
The Taps of Death ............. 19
Ghosts and Cross-word Puzzles .... .. 20
Salut D'Amour ................. . . . 20
Happiness at Last .............. .. 21
A Checked Tale .................. . . 22
The Masquerade and Its Outcome .... . .. 23
just Girls . ............................ . . . 26
The Reason for Our Last Earthquake .. 27
Comus a la Gaiete .................. . . . 27
How I Became Human ......... . . . 28
Obscurity, Light and Darkness .... 30
The Ghost .................... . . . 31
The Rescue . . . 31
Sonnet on Eventide . . . . . . 33
The Freshmen ................ . . . 33
To-day ........................ . . . 33
Deposit of Time for Knowledge . . . . . . 33
To a Daisy .................... .. . 33
My Native Dream ............ . . . 33
A Study Period .... 34
' Ballad . .......... 34
In Memoriam . . . . . . 34
Samoa STATISTICS . . . . ... 35
EDITORIALS . ....... . . . 42
Sci-loot. NOTES .... . , .' 45
Joxlzs ........ . . . 55
ALUMNI Norris .... ... 58
This edition of THE LAUREL,
As the picture indicates,
To our beloved English coach
The school now dedicates.
Just imagine plays without her,
Or debates without her aid,
Her vim, her zeal--enthusiasm,
In everything pervades.
MISS FRANCES HLTESTON
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Q 2 2 llidi'
THE STORY OF THE DISCOVERY AND LOSS OF
THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD
HE majority of the most mysterious
and wonderful discoveries of the past
three decades are correctly attributed to the
late Hugo Von Bloickeindorf, late pro-
fessor of Psychological Engineering at the
imperial University of Berlin. The Pro-
fessor was a dear friend of mine and
shortly before his tragic death, he told me
about his latest invention, the greatest, most
remarkable and incomprehensible discovery
that the world has ever witnessed. To per-
fect this invention, the professor has sac-
rificed the best years of his life in intensive
labor. The result was that he accom-
plished the seemingly impossible by isolat-
ing in a very confined space a mysterious
force which enabled him to overcome
gravitation. The details of this machine,
the world will never know, only that it
comprised a small spherical container,
easily fitting into one's pocket, on the outer
surface of which was a control which, when
adjusted, regulated the attraction of gravity.
No less unbelievable and mysterious are the
adventures of this superman when he first
put his force to a test. As nearly as possible
I will relate to you these truths as they
were recounted to me.
The professor had completed his inven-
tion late in the evening of August 24, 1904.
The tempestuous and the humid atmosphere
of his laboratory had made the professor
feel the need of air. He stepped out onto
his terrace, with the machine in his pocketg
accidentally he touched the control, releas-
ing the attraction of gravitation. He was
immediately borne upward into the heavens
by the storm. The professor had been
working hard and he was so overwrought
by this final shock that it caused him to lose
When he awoke he was still in the air,
but over a land entirely unfamiliar to him.
His first thoughts were to get down to the
earth again and to find out about this sec-
tion of the world.
He landed in a small enclosed valley and
in the distance perceived domes and mina-
rets such as would be fitting to an ancient
and populous city. Adjusting the control
he approached the city in such monstrous
leaps as would rival the famous seven
league boots. Easily he leaped over the
high walls. A sight met his eyes which
challenged even his imagination. Huge
buildings which were far greater in height
than the modern skyscrapers, towered on
every hand. The most wonderful thing
about these buildings to the professor's
mind was that each side was composed of
one huge slab of pure white stone, some of
them decorated with fantastic paintings of
queer shaped men and animals.
Advancing further into the city he came
upon some of the inhabitants, who were of
singularly smaller stature than himself but
who had an expression of rare intelligence.
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He immediately became the center of atten-
tion among a group of these beings, be-
cause of his unusual appearance in com-
parison with theirs. They were not hostile
and he soon perceived that one wished him
to enter a neighboring building.
He followed this man and as they ap-
proached the seemingly unbroken side of
the buildings at a mere gesture from his
guide an opening miraculously appeared,
through which they entered. The opening
similarly closed and the professor was
amazed to discover that the light of day
penetrated through the unbroken stone
walls although they in themselves were
more or less opaque.
They entered a small room which moved
upward and stopped at a command from
his guide. An opening similarly appeared
in the side of this room, through which
they entered a lofty and spacious apartment,
the walls and ceilings of which were cov-
ered with beautiful paintings and carvings,
entirely different in character from those
fantastic ones seen on the outside of the
buildings. In this hall were many people
similar to his guide and through the respect
which they paid to one seated on a throne
at the other end of the room, the professor
imagined him to be their ruler. He was
summoned before this individual who
seemed to be very much interested in him.
Finally he was given an apartment of his
own, being summoned at regular intervals
for his meals and for a walk in the streets
of the city. As the language of this race
of people was very simple he soon learned
to converse with the ruler. He found out
that this was a race of people who for cen-
turies had lived in this same city, each year
in some way making the city greater, and
that each of the huge buildings in this city
was the home of one certain tribe or
The professor was very much interested
in the huge buildings and inquired how such
huge slabs of stone could be raised in posi-
tion and made suitable for a building. He
was informed that all this immense labor
was performed by great machines, having a
name equivalent to Eternal Energy or
Everlasting Power. From this he correctly
deduced that this people must have discov-
ered the great secret of perpetual motion,
and he resolved to discover this wonderful
machine. The ruler of his temporary home,
however, could tell him no more than that
the secret of this machine was known only
to the Grand Monarch and his council.
Power taps to this source of energy were
situated at convenient places about the city.
To discover this machine the professor
daily explored the city, at length discover-
ing in the outskirts another great building
shaped like an upright cylinder from which
came an intense buzzing, so great that the
ground all about vibrated in unison.
The building was surrounded by palings
with many guards pacing to and fro. He
knew that it would be impossible for him to
approach this building which he believed
to be the source of power, on foot, so by
means of his own invention he projected
himself through the atmosphere, to the ut-
most amazement of those present, and light-
ing on the escarpment of the cylinder
shaped building he gazed awestruck at the
Inside a huge gyroscopic affair with a
great wheel which revolved at such aftre-
mendous rate and with so great energy that
crashing sparks, many feet in length, were
constantly leaping from all parts of the
machine. The heat escaping was so great
that a sizeable stick of wood cast by the
professor at the machine vanished in a puff
of smoke before it had come within fifty
feet of the machine itself. Highly inflam-
mable gases were constantly being gener-
ated which occasionally took fire and the
whole machine was wrapped in flames.
Further opportunities for inspecting this
machine were denied him for turning he
discovered that the guards were upon him.
He was manacled, taken down the side of
the building and brought before the Grand
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Monarch who wrathfully sentenced him to
be cast into the pit.
He was taken outside of the city to a
seemingly bottomless cavity in the earth, on
the sides of which were jagged projecting
rocks. He was not in the least disturbed
by his intended fate for he well knew that
he had the power to save himself. His
manacles were released and he was cast
down. As he fell he released the pull of
gravitation on him. Accidentally striking
his head on a rock as he fell he was sup-
plied with the necessary impetus to arise.
Another period of unconsciousness was
brought on by this blow but not before he
had a chance to see the terrified expression
on the faces of his guards as they beheld
him rising like a charmed spirit into the
air. VVhen he next came to consciousness
he was over the Mediterranean, fiying simi-
larly as did Icarus of old.
After this he returned home, surprised to
find that his absence occupied a term of
many years. The opportunity of reaping
the rewards from his invention was never
given to him, as I was the only one to
whom he confided the above story. The
night that he related this weird tale to me
he informed me of his intention of immedi-
ately selling his wonderful device to the
Imperial German Government. I could
see, however, that his mind was not so
much upon this as it was upon the adven-
tures he had had. And perhaps this is the
reason that a few days later he seemed to
have gone somewhat mad and because of
this so-called madness people say on August
24, 1914, exactly ten years after his first
disappearance, he drove his car over a cliff,
causing his death. Whether this is so or
not, remains to be discovered as his body is
yet to be found.
THE MYSTERIOUS SPIDER
T was in Los Angeles, that beautiful city
of Southern California, in one of the
main streets during the latter part of June.
The rays of the pale moon seemed to make
the even rows of palm trees stand out like
waiting ghouls shrouded in misty grey,
waiting, waiting for their expected victim.
From one row of those waiting ghouls a
black shape, which looked like a huge
spider, glided forth. Nearing the side of a
spacious white mansion it climbed spider-
like up the inlaid wall and entered a dark-
Douglas Brent awoke from a troubled
sleep and looking at his wrist watch saw it
was thirteen minutes past two. He shud-
dered as he remembered an incident in a
story he had been reading about a man tied
in the bottom of a pit, and a great swinging
sectometer drawing nearer and nearer.
Even though Douglas was twenty-one
years of age, he shuddered again for few
people in this world are immune from the
gruesome works of that great writer, Edgar
Allen Poe. He suddenly shook himself and
called himself an idiotic fool. He neverthe-
less slowly opened the door and started to
enter the corridor, when some strange
power forced him to turn his eyes across
the hall to the door of his host. I-Ie stood
there spellbound at the horrible spectacle
he beheld through the open door shadowed
on the panels in the room opposite him.
One shadow he recognized as that of An-
thony Van Dyke, his host, because of his
wonderful build. The other greatly resem-
bled a four-legged spider which slowly rose
on its hind feet and clapped the neck of
young Van Dyke with its forefeet in a hor-
rible embrace. There reached Brent's ears
a gurgling gasp for breath which awoke
him to his senses. Rushing to his room he
seized a pistol which hung on the wall and
jumping to the door discharged it at the
devilish shadow. But when he reached the
room of his friend he saw nothing but the
body of Anthony stretched his full six feet
on the floor. Then glancing to the window
he saw a shadowy flash and the horrible
specter was gone.
It was a full half hour before Anthony
with a gasp for breath and a fluttering of
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eyelids showed signs of life. Douglas made
a jump for the telephone. " Chief of
Police? " " Yes." " Douglas Brent at the
Van Dyke residence. Anthony Van Dyke
was attacked and nearly killed, thirteen
minutes past two. All right, good-bye."
It was the following morning at the Van
Dyke home in a sunny bedroom. Anthony
lay unconscious in bed. His face challenged
the pillow for whiteness, and the covers did
not sufiiciently cover his neck to hide the
bluish black marks on it. Over him
hovered a doctor, while in the background
stood Brent. The doctor finally spoke, say-
ing, " His assailant has superhuman
strength and claws like hands."
" They were more than claws, they were
talons," said Brent, " but their owner was
As the day drew to a close Anthony re-
gained consciousness but not his full senses.
He still seemed to be under some magnetic
force which tended to make him slightly
At eight o'clock, however, to all appear-
ances he was normal. When Brent ques-
tioned him concerning his experiences he
shivered visibly and almost moaning sank
deeper into his chair while his face turned
a sickly yellow. This might be disgusting
to ordinary eyes, but it only served to
soften Brent's heart towards the big, good-
natured athlete and aroused his pity to such
an extent that he refrained from asking
further questions. This for him was an
exceptionally hard task, for he knew that
no other fellow of his acquaintance had
greater natural courage than Anthony.
Then, as though by mutual consent, they
both dozed off to sleep. Four hours later
they were awakened by the sound of a
banging window blind. Glancing at the
window from which the sound came, they
saw a face surmounted by a soft felt hat,
the crown of which fitted like a skull cap.
The soft roll brim, turned up away from
the face, revealed a black mask of the
same material as the shirt and cape
which covered the shoulders. As if reading
their thoughts, there was a slight movement
and a similar black arm rose, from which
extended a white hand in strong contrast
to the black, and a long foretinger crossed
the mask at the point where the lips were
hidden, and the figure slowly immerged
into the shadows.
As Douglas turned to Anthony he saw a
different Anthony. This time his jaw
muscles were set and there was the fire of
determination in his eyes as he said softly,
" That fellow got my goat at first, and now
I will be on the lookout for him and give
him a run for his money. I don't hold the
intercollegiate boxing championship for
After that for a strained half hour
neither of them said anything. Anthony at
last broke the silence by ringing for a
servant and ordering coffee to keep them
awake. Brent, however, realized it was for
the purpose of quieting their nerves.
Another half hour passed, and the
silence was again broken by the striking of
a large clock proclaiming the end of the
first hour of a new day.
After that things were not so quiet.
Anthony, watching Brent, saw him stiffen
and grip the arms of his chair. Then
Brent asked, " Did any of the servants
have the night off, Tony?"
"A No," answered Tony. " Why?"
" Because I felt a draft on the back of
my neck, and I don't know who would be
coming in at this time of night."
" Neither do I, Doug. Let 's find out
who it was." -
They both arose and entered a darkened
room from which the stairs ascended to the
Suddenly Douglas felt his arm gripped
and heard Anthony whisper, " Listen."
Thus they stood and listened for a sound.
A faint creaking reached their ears, and
Brent muttered, " They are going up-
Standing there they saw the curtains of a
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window blow inward, and a shadowy form
enter and lower the window. Anthony,
edging along the wall to the light switch,
bumped into a chair. Although the noise
was hardly audible, just as the lights came
on Brent saw the form swiftly climb the
stairs and enter a room. Looking' at the
window, he saw caught beneath it a tiny
piece of black cloth and said to Anthony,
" It 's the same as the man wore we saw at
just as Anthony bent to look at it, the
lights went out.
" They have pulled the main switch," he
cried and ran for the door just as the
" Thing", as they had named the huge
spider, emerged. Anthony, knowing that
he could not stop in time to avoid a colli-
sion, almost cried out as he remembered
those horrible clutches. Suddenly a black
clad arm grasped him around his waist.
He felt himself raised in the air and placed
on the stairs. Then the shadowy form dis-
Looking. he saw the " Thing " approach-
ing Brent who was back to it and cried,
" Look out, Doug, it 's behind you." With
a bound Doug cleared the library table and
was beside Anthony. " All right," he cried,
"let 's go," and started up the stairs three
at a time. Gaining the ,top they looked
down and saw the " Thing" laboriously
climbing after them. Without second
thought they raced along the long hall and
descended the back stairs, which led to the
kitchen, continued through it, waking old
Tom, the colored servant, and opened the
door to the dining room where they were
astonished to see the large light flicker and
gain its full power.
Brent started to speak when Anthony
grasped his arm and pointed to the switch
which they had left behind them. As they
advanced into the room, he saw a black
cold arm grasp around the edge of the door,
find the switch and turn off the light. In.
the darkness they sensed that the arm was
being followed by a body and that a long
arm was beckoning them to follow.
As though in a trance they obeyed. The
unknown mounted the stairs and continued
along the corridor to the room of Anthony
and opened the door.
The light streaming forth into their faces
blinded them for a short time and forced
them to turn their eyes away. When they
again looked into the room they both shud-
dered. For lying on the floor was the form
of a man and bending over him was a short,
thick-set man clad in a dark grey uniform
of a strange type, whose iron-grey beard
and hair were matted and clotted with dried
While they watched, they saw this
strange person slowly drop to his hands and
knees and with teeth bared like some fero-
cious animal advance.to the still form on
the floor. A door slammed, both Douglas
and Anthony jumped, while the strange in-
truder slowly turned and fastened strong,
gleaming green eyes on them, and slowly
approached them with a peculiar, spider-
Anthony and Douglas stood rooted to the
Hoor, having neither the strength or will
power to move. They stood there, growing
sleepy and their vision hazy, while that
strange monster drew slowly nearer and
nearer them. When but a few feet away,
he rose to his feet and stretched long,
talon-like hands to within a foot of their
throats, teetered back and forth, and was
just gathering himself to spring at them,
when a black clad arm was thrust between
their heads. This arm was headed by a
short-nosed, ugly looking automatic pistol
which was discharged point blank into that
Douglas and Anthony, thus aroused from
the stupor into which they had fallen,
turned only to be confronted by the same
black clad, ghost-like person, when a hand
slowly ascended and snatched the mask
from the face of the black clad man.
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There stood revealed to them a tall, broad,
well built body topped with a fine head and
a face that was almost boyish with ex-
tremely black deep-set eyes and black hair.
" It had to be done," he said, " it was
the only way out."
"Well," said Doug, always thinking of
the other fellow, " let 's see what he did to
that poor chap in there."
" I 'm afraid," said the strange inter-
loper, " that he did not damage him much."
" Why not?" inquired Anthony.
" Because it 's a dummy," answered
their uninvited guest.
" Now that that is over, who is the dead
man and who are you?" asked the suspi-
" First, I'll tell you about myself," was
the answer. "I'm james Donnovan of
the United States Secret Service and that,"
indicating the dead man, " is Horatio
Bento, the great natural scientist, who has
been missing for the past eight months.
" While studying the origin of the huge
spiders of South Africa, he was bitten by
one, which drove him insane with pain and
worked on his mind to such an extent that
he believed himself one. He would go
smashing and spitting through his cell for
he had been placed in an insane asylum.
He would reach for the warden with those
claw-like hands whenever he came to touch
" Day before yesterday, for it 's after
two now, he got away and disappeared. I
was given the job when the chief of police
got your friend's message. I decided that
Bento would know that he had not finished
you and would return to do so tonight.
Therefore I put the dummy in your hall
and trusted to luck that because of his in-
tense state of insanity, multiplied by his
failure to kill you last night, he would not
see the difference and he did not. Tonight
I thought my plan would fall through be-
cause the lights were on and he could see
you so I turned them off."
" Thanks awfully, old man," said Tony.
"I want you to come up to dinner tomor-
row, and I know about the cloth now be-
cause there is a hole in your sleeve, and
now I am going to try to get some good
old-fashioned sleep. Good-night."
Harry Huf, "28.
RIDAY was the day of the big game.
It was to be between the Falmouth
High School and the Pocasset School. The
Pocasset School was a well known private
school for boys. Pocasset had been the
State champion in basketball the year be-
fore. This year the High School had deter-
mined to win. Each school had won every
game it had played and now the day was
drawing nearer when the two teams would
fight for the final victory in the Falmouth
Each team was practicing very hard,
especially the High School team. It seemed
as the time for the game drew nearer that
everything was going against them. Their
coach had pneumonia and the best player,
Tom Moore besides spraining his wrist was
now ill and unable to practice.
Friday night, the 13th, came and the Po-
casset boys arrived with their cheers and
The game was called at eight o'clock, but
at seven the huge gymnasium was almost
full and more people came pouring in.
Almost all the High School students were
already there and the cheer-leader was
waving his arms wildly about, the hall
fairly shaking with the cheers.
Across the hall the cheers were answered
by the Pocasset boys who had come with
From seven until eight the contest was
by cheers, each school trying to outcry the
Five minutes of eight came and the op-
posing team came on the floor and began to
shoot for baskets.
At a nearby house another battle was
raging. Tom Moore declared that if he
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couldn't play in the game at least he was
going to see it. The doctor said that Tom
was going to stay at home, but finally he
gave in and Tom was taken to the game.
As Tom came into the hall pandemonium
broke out in Falmouth's cheering section.
A whistle blew. The opposite teams took
their places on the floor. The referee
began, " This game is between the Pocasset
School and Falmouth High. Pocasset
shooting for the basket on my left. Scorers!
Timers! Ready, Falmouth! Ready Pocas-
The game was on. How the minutes
fled. How the hall rang with cheers. The
timer's whistle blew. First quarter. Score
6-4 in favor of Falmouth. Soon they were
playing again. How fast their slim lithe
bodies ran following the ball and stopping
the passes of their opponents.
Another quarter. The game was half
over. Score 15-14 in favor of Pocasset. At
the end of the third quarter the score was
18-15. Falmouth was falling behind. Pan-
demonium reigned in the Falmouth ranks.
Tom Moore leaped from his seat. It had
been hard for him to keep from leaping
before from his seat. It had been hard for
him to keep from joining the game, but now
he had done it. It didn't matter to him
that he was sick and had a sprained wrist.
What did matter was that Falmouth was
losing and he couldn't sit still and see that.
Tom raced to the dressing rooms, donned
his basketball togs and raced back again.
When he appeared ready to play, it seemed
as if the building would fall. Such noise
had never been heard in Falmouth before.
Tom had his wrist bound and strapped,
then the game began. Tom was every-
where. He stopped the ball and by brilliant
passes across the hall and back he got two
baskets. His presence seemed to encourage
the Falmouth boys, for they were accus-
tomed to play with him. As the time for
the timer's whistle drew nearer and nearer,
the boys flew faster and faster. It was a
race with time. The whistle blew. Each
team gathered together and cheered the
Falmouth won by 19-18. Tom Moore
had saved the day.
Falmouth had kept its promise and re-
ceived the silver cup awarded to the State
Champion in basketball.
K. Bailey, ,25.
THE JUDGE'S STORY
EACHING the brow of the hill a
pleasing sight met my weary eyes.
As the steep incline had quite taken my
breath, I feasted my eyes on the landscape.
I was convalescing in a little town in the
vicinity of Cork and the morning being a
rare blending of sunshine and capering
breeze, I had ventured on a walk through
the neighboring countryside. The beauty
of the scene before me lay perhaps in its
very homeliness. I saw a little cottage of
rough plaster, weathered into a soft gray,
and a miniature duck pond nearby in which
the white birds swam lazily about in the
sun. Across the stream was a gnarled ap-
ple tree in full bloom, its delicate beauty
mirrored in the water below. I might have
been gazing at a rare painting, so perfect
was every detail.
Suddenly, a merry whistle interrupted
the tranquil scene and a boy leaped over the
garden fence. He was slight of stature and
lithe as a fawn. Another boy, apparently
older and of a stockier build, followed more
sedately. They entered the house and the
aroma of dinner floated to my hungry
nostrils. As I had wandered too far to re-
turn for my noonday meal, I resolved to
see the intefior of the little house. It was
very plainly furnished. There was no
tablecloth on the rough-hewn table on
which a little old lady had just placed
steaming bowls of porridge.
When I had made known my errand, the
little woman cordially welcomed me to par-
take of their meager fare. Her name, I
learned, was Mrs. O'Flarrity. She pre-
sented me to her husband, a small, red-
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faced man who removed his corn-cob pipe
long enough to give me a hearty greeting.
The older boy was sent to " fetch " some
corn cake and I was introduced to the
fourth member of the family.
" Sure and this is me lad Tim," said the
mother, " and a right bright lad he is."
Throughout the meal Tim entertained us
with a sprightly account of the morning's
doings, while his brother, Michael, ate his
dinner, scarcely speaking, but it was he who
afterward clumsily helped his mother dry
the dishes. They refused to take any money
for my dinner but would consent to accept a
small sum for a few days' lodgings, until I
felt strong enough to walk back to town.
It was always the same, Michael plodded
through the day's work, shouldering, I was
forced to believe, more than a full share of
the labor, while Tim laughed away work
and kept merry. Each night his mother
" Me Timmy lad, faith an' he keeps me
old heart young, the right bright lad he is."
Seated under-the fragrant apple tree one
evening watching the stars and their reflec-
tion in the little streams, breaking the still-
ness, the sound of two voices came to my
ear. It was Michael and Tim. Tim's
voice came eager and impatient:
"I've got to go, Michael, I can 't stay
here any longer, tied to the land and the
hoeg you don't mind, you can take care of
them, but I 've got to see the world! To
live ! "
" But mither 'll miss you, Tim."
" Yes, mither'll miss me," a trifle sadly,
" but I'm goin'. Good-by Michael."
" Good-by Tim."
The grief of Mrs. O'Flarrity was hard to
witness but she triumphed over it by the
confronting thought that some day, Timmy
would come back to her, rich and great,
" for he 's a right bright lad, me Timmy."
Bk lk lk lk lk lk
Some years later, my health quite recov-
ered, I received the honor of being elected
district judge in Southern England. The
morning was a fine one and a day in court
seemed a punishment, but as the first de-
fendant was brought in, my interest was
aroused. There was something familiar
about the slender shoulders which now had
a pathetic droop. He lifted his eyes, and
at once I knew! Tim! But what a differ-
ent Tim. Ragged and haggard from lack
of food and sleep, the jaunty look had gone,
but a little of the same spirit was still in
his eyes. The charge was theft. He
pleaded guilty. His story was pitiful
enough, no work, no money, no friends.
There was nothing to do but sentence himg
however, I made his term of imprisonment
as short as my conscience would allow. I
do not think he recognized me for in my
wig and gown I was quite a different figure
than in the aged corduroys I had worn ten
years ago when he had last seen me.
When that term of court had ended, as
there was nothing calling me until the next
term about a month later I determined to
visit the O'Flarritys for the sight of Tim
had aroused pleasant memories of the visit
of ten years ago.
I found the cottage much more comfort-
able and kept by Michael's wife, a bustling
woman in the late twenties. Mr. O'Flarrity
was dead and his wife was still living in the
little house, Michael had made her life one
of comparative comfort.
I, alone, was not at my ease, for I was
trying to think of some gentle way to tell
them of Tim. For I thought it better that
they should know, they who loved him, and
would take him back to the farm where lay
Tim's only chance of regaining his good
name and reputation.
Engrossed as I was in these thoughts, my
attention was suddenly caught by the words
of little old Mrs. O'Flarrity.
sg sq rpm 'uuq was elqsnae aux Jeql 1911:-my
arp noi Sugmoqs aq mm 'axaq per Iaeqogw
pig 'iunugl am Qnoqe Mount noA H
now and up with the best of them. You
see, sir, Timmy knew the' faith of his old
mitherg that 's why he is great, my
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Michael shook l1is head a little sadly and
I knew I could never tell the truth to her.
L. Whitcomb, '25.
THE TAPS OF DEATH
T was a cold, clear night in December.
The wind was blowing around my
house, rattling blinds, slamming doors, and
raising such a howl that I got still further
down in my chair, and began to read again.
Just then my mother came in and said,
" Betty, you must go to bedg it is half-past
I knew it was no use to argue, so I got
up, laid my book on the table and went out
into the hall.
The wind was blowing a gale. The
blinds rattled more than ever, a door went
to with a bang which startled me so that I
thought my heart was going to jump into
The stairs were long and winding and
although there was a light, there were some
dark places which I did not like to pass. I
hesitated at the foot of the stairs, getting
up my courage.
I wanted my mother to go up with me,
but did not dare to ask her for fear she
would think me a coward, and I was deter-
mined not to be an afraid-cat.
As I started up, I saw a book lying on
the stairs. The name was, " The Mystery
of the Haunted House." My mother had
told me never to read itg this made me
Want to all the more so I thought I would
take it to bed and read.
I held my breath, looked all ways and
then ran wildly, glancing behind me as I
went, to see if anything had come out of
the darkness, for I had a great imagina-
tiong but finally I reached my room. Put-
ting on the light I made ready for bed.
After I got in bed I took the book and
started to read it. It seemed to be interest-
ing for it was about a mysterious murder
and had all sorts of horrible things in it.
One part which was rather weird was
about a man who rapped on his enemies'
windows three times at midnight to warn
them of their danger and that he meant to
As I heard my mother coming up the
stairs I put the book under my pillow and
She came in, turned off the light and
closed the door. I dared not put on the
light again, so I laid still and thought
I must have fallen asleep for suddenly I
was awakened by a loud rap on the window.
I sat up in bed, trembling with fright, I
wanted to jump up and run, but was para-
lyzed with fear.
I waited for some timeg my fright al-
most left me, when I heard three distant
raps on the window. This time I was
seized with terrorg who could it be? I
thought of the story I had read and slid
the bed clothes over my head, not even com-I
ing up for air.
As I lay there quietly thinking of all the
horrible things I had ever heard, there came
again, six or seven raps insistently seeming
to command me to obey.
The wind was still blowing a gale and
for the fourth time the raps came one after
another in measured time. By this time I
was completely covered up and was at the
foot of the bed.
After a while I heard no more raps, the
wind had stopped blowing. In great need
of air I popped my head out quickly from
I laid awake for an eternity and then
finally I fell asleep. '
The next morning as I was going down-
stairs, my father and mother came into the
hall below talking.
What my father said made me jump out
of my skin for joy-if such a thing were
possible. It was this that he said: "I
must see about having someone cut that
limb off the tree todayg it rapped against
the windows until the wind went down."
Until then I had forgotten all about the
tree which stands just outside my window.
L. Barker, '25,
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GHOSTS AND cRoss-woRD PUZZLES
HE shrieking wind whistled through
the pines as young Sanford hurried
home from the card party. It was about
half past twelve and the foggy atmosphere
promised a shower at any moment.
The fact that he had lost most of the
games and trumped his partner's ace at the
card party plus the toil of the day had led
him into a state of depression such as only
an amateur card player can attain. As he
mounted the long Death Hill and passed the
cemetery, he was suddenly aroused by the
fact that something was behind him close
at his heels. Not daring to look around, he
commenced to run homeward.
4' Ha," cried a shrill voice, " Hail to thee,
young Sanford, winner of a Duplash but
loser of the cash."
He looked behind but saw nothing except
a white streak standing in the road. He
dared not look again but ran with might
and main till he reached home. He was no
longer weary. Sleep was farthest from
his intentions or purposes. He entered the
small sitting room, turned on the lights and
threw himself into a near-by chair to medi-
tate upon this ghostly spectacle. Could it
be a ghost or a witch?
" Oh well! it 's only my imagination.
Of course, I shall never have a Duplash.
That was only my mind. 'Winner of a
Duplash but loser of the cash,' that is the
least of my worries," was his final remark
to himself as he picked up a magazine from
the stand. The pages slipped through his
fingers but meant nothing to his mind. He
could not forget the ghost. On the very
last page of the paper he noticed a cross-
word puzzle. His eyes gazed steadily at it
for an instant, and before he realized it he
was solving the puzzle. At another stray
glance his eyes met the following adver-
Solve This Puzzle
Send twenty-five cents to
Duplash Auto Co., Rideout, Ill.
By return mail receive
Two thousand dollars Cash or
New 1925 Duplash
The advertisement appealed to his imagi-
nation. He instantly thought of the meet-
ing with the ghost. Could it be that he was
really able to win a Duplash? That was
what the spirit prophesiedg that was what
the advertisement said. He resolved to
send his answer immediately. Six days
passed before his reply came. It was a
most excellent letter stating that since his
choice was a car instead of cash, they were
sending it as soon as possible. Soon he re-
ceived a cylinder shaped package. What
could it be? No address on the wrapper
except his own. It must be a sample copy
of a magazine. As he tore open that wrap-
per his wonder and ,curiosity grew. At
last! What should it be but a beautiful
picture of a new 1925 Duplash car.
Hail to thee, young Sanford!!
Winner of a Duplash
But loser of the cash.
Florence E. Hcwcy.
T the low kitchen table sat Mrs. Cote,
a little woman with gray hair, and
a face that showed lines of sorrow and care.
Near her sat a pretty, dusky-haired girl
who was her daughter, Louise. Across
from them sat Robert Garrett, Lou's
sweetheart. The rays of the lamp fell on
the radio from which came the sweet, ten-
der strains of " Salut D'Amour " played by
a violinist. As the music fell upon the ears
of the silent listeners unshed tears came to
the mother's eyes and a sad look fell on the
thoughtful face of the girl as she sat with
her chin cupped in her hands. Bob became
sad and as the song ended he quickly left
the room. Mrs. Cote soon went to bed and
Lou alone heard the announcer say that the
concert was given by prisoners in Valley-
Five years ago Maurice Cote had left his
mother and sister to go to the city to earn
a living by playing a violin in a theatre
orchestra. He had planned to bestow upon
his mother and sister, comforts they had
never known. The father had died when
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Maurice and Louise were small .children and
Mrs. Cote had worked hard to support her
family. His best friend, Bob Garrett, had
gone with him. For a while glad reports
came from the boys and always money ac-
companied the letters. Then the letters
ceased to come and no word was received
from Maurice. Two years went by and
Bob returned only to tell them that Maurice
As Lou sat there by the radio she fell to
musing, that violin solo had sounded so
much like her brother's playing. She could
almost see him as he had stood in the little
kitchen, the light falling on his strong
features as he played 4' Salut D'Amour."
Soon Bob returnedg the same thought
had occurred to him. Then for the first
time since his return he told Lou what he
knew about Maurice. He said that Maurice
had had a fine position when he had failed.
One night after the theatre when he and
Maurice were riding home in a taxi an ac-
cident occurred injuring the driver. Leav-
ing the man in hands of the police Maurice
and Bob went quickly away to avoid
publicity. The next morning when Bob
went to Maurice's room he found that
Maurice had gone and although Bob had
hunted for him everywhere he could never
find him. An idea came to Lou but she said
nothing. Before going to bed she wrote to
the broadcasting station asking who the
violin player was and why he was in prison.
Sometime after, Lou got a letter telling
her that the convict was Maurice Cote who
had been convicted of killing a taxi driver
and had been sentenced for life. Lou took
Bob into her conndence and the two began
to plan. Bob went to the city and took up
the case with a competent lawyer. It was
found that the injuries to the head of the
taxi driver had made him insane. He had
known Maurice's name and had told the
officials that Maurice had attacked him
making him lose control of the car which
caused the accident. The man had died
soon afterward. Maurice had been tricked
by dishonest lawyers and was sentenced for
life. Bob brought up enough old evidence
and secured a pardon from the governor
and soon Maurice was set free.
Some evenings later the same group sat
in the humble kitchen only now all the
faces were happy for in their midst stood a
stalwart young man playing on the violin
and charming his listeners by the strains
of "Salut D'Amour."
M. McLea1'y, '25.
HAPPINESS AT LAST
RS. WILLIAMS sighed as she sat
hemming pillow cases, in her tiny
living room. She was thinking of her past
life which she pictured as a weary dream
from which she sometimes awoke only to
find herself sliding back to the same old
As a child she belonged to a large family,
which consisted mainly of boys, so she had
always been obliged to do a great deal of
drudging housework. Later she had be-
come a grade teacherg life had seemed
quite wonderful then, and she began to en-
joy the carefreeness which all youth loves,
for the first time in her life.
She was married after a very short
courtship as it was a case of love at first
sight. john was a lawyer on the island
where they had settled. His hopes were
highg he was bound to succeed, but suc-
cess seemed to be slow in coming, and he
was learning as everyone does sooner or
later that " Rome was not built in a day.'7
Barbara arose to see if John and their
son, Junior, were in sight yeta The sight
of the flaming sunset somewhat revived her
spirit as she watched it slowly fade away.
The family soon arrived and after the
evening meal all three went to bed, there
being nothing else to do.
lk lk ik Ill il lk
In plain view of her bedroom window
there was an old neglected cemetery, which
seemed to reproach Barbara whenever she
22 THE LAUREL
looked at it. True enough she had no one
buried there but it looked so pitiful and it
would be so little work to only cut the tall-
est weeds down. Tonight Barbara seemed
to see this cemetery in her dreams. The
old broken-down fence, the cracked monu-
ments, almost hidden by weeds, looked as
natural as John himself. While her mind's
eyes rested on this scene a curious thing
happened. A bird flew out of the weeds.
It soared gracefully along to the next
house, where it peeked at the window, then
it turned and flew in the direction of the
window in which Barbara was standing.
An unexpressable horror came over her.
" It must not!! It can not come here! "
she thought and she knew not why.
Evidently the bird had no intentions of
conforming to her wish for it advanced
swiftly and pecked at her window as at the
other house and then back it flew to the
cemetery. A strange, still sadness seemed
to take possession of her then but this was
soon forgotten for she awoke and it was
It was a delightfully beautiful day. All
the world appeared to be happy but Junior
was not. He lay in a stupor with Barbara
hovering nearby. John had gone for the
doctor. To crown this unhappy situation,
Mrs. Colby, the next door neighbor, came
in overcome with grief, her tiny daughter
was dead ! She had burned to death playing
Then for the first time Barbara remem-
bered her dream! Now she understood
Junior's sudden illness! Junior who had
never been sick before! She became re-
signed to her fate and even the Doctor's
arrival brought little hope. " Another
disappointment and the bitterest of them
all," she thought.
She could not believe her ears when she
heard the doctor saying that Junior would
recover in a few days but her joy when
she fully understood was very evident. She
was really going to keep junior which was
really the most wonderful thing anyone
could ask for.
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Barbara was sitting on her piazza sew-
ing. A call from junior drew her attention
to a bird's nest he had discovered in the no
longer untidy graveyard.
V. Mills, '26.
A CHECKED TALE
OST of us will agree that on Friday
night, after a week of hard study,
this particular pastime holds little attrac-
This state of affairs faced Madge Saun-
ders as she lazily peeled an orange, and
watched the snowflakes falling thickly by
the arc light outside.
" Why can't I go over to Ruth's?" she
pouted, as her mother came into the room.
" It would be foolish to walk over there
in this blizzardf' was the reply, " Why
don't you do a cross word puzzle, you've
taken quite a vacation from them?"
Though Madge did not answer, the sug-
gestion was apparently not in vain, for she
immediately began to explore the papers.
The first she flung down in disgust, remark-
ing that a puzzle of two letter words was
made for work, not for fun, and the next,
pertaining entirely to history, received a
similar remark. .Then suddenly inspired,
she produced a sheet of square paper and
decided to make a satisfactory one herself.
This might as well be a good sized one,
she thought, as she checked off twenty
squares on each side and Filled in a small
designg then, placing a dictionary in front
of her she set to work.
Slowly the spaces were filled and rapidly
the pile of books around her grew, chem-
istries, astronomies, histories and encyclo-
pedias were wonderingly searched for an
unheard of word with twelve letters ending
in " act i' and beginning with "zel," or a
three letter word with the suffix "qb."
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At ten o'clock it was completed and re-
ceived due praise from the family.
Saturday was the kind of a day that
always follows a heavy storm, bright and
sunshiny. About nine thirty Madge was
awakened by three of her friends, who
were pulling her out of bed to go snow-
shoeing with themg none of them were in
any hurry so Madge took her time to dress,
chattered and laughed
while the others
over school events and studies.
I went to bed at eight
last night," Ruth remarked, " I can't re-
member when I've done such a rash thing
This reminded Madge of her evening's
work, searching through the waste basket
she soon extracted a crumpled paper,
which she tossed carelessly to her friends,
while explaining many of the amusing
Looks of astonishment came over all
their faces when they beheld this work of
Eagerly they plied her with such ques-
tions as " Where did you ever find that
crazy word? " and " Please define Xylobal-
samun, I'd like to spring it in English
class." Then as they handed it back, she
again put it in the waste paper basket, and
pronounced herself ready for the hike.
The air was very sharp and frosty, so
after tramping through the woods for two
hours, they all returned with good appetites.
As Madge entered the house her mother
called, " Didn't you have a four letter word
that meant beautiful, last night?" " Yes,
I'll go and look it up," was the reply, but
sorting the contents of the waste basket
revealed no puzzle. This seemed strange
for she knew positively that she had put
it there, and no one had been into the room
since she left.
"I can't find the puzzle but I think the
word was 'fine,' " Madge called down the
-or :of as ak ak ak
Four busy weeks followed at school, and
one evening Madge had just started up-
stairs with her books, preparatory to study-
ing, when she heard the mail box click,
so she stopped to pick up the mail. There
seemed to be only her father's newspaper,
until upon shaking it, a letter fell out, a
long business envelope with her own name
typewritten upon it. Hastily opening it,
she read the following: " You will find
enclosed twenty-five dollars, which is the
first prize given by this magazine for the
best cross-word puzzle submitted. Your
puzzle will appear in our next issue."
She carefully examined the envelope
again, yes, that was certainly her own
name and address, but how did the puzzle
reach them? Her parents were as much
surprised as she, and they had no idea who
could have sent it in.
For the next few minutes the telephone
received steady use, but Madge had al-
ready decided that Ruth was the guilty one,
and finally she confessed.
" This money is yours," declared Madge,
" I should have thrown that puzzle into the
stove and never looked at it again."
"I should say not," was the emphatic
reply, " I put it in a stamped envelope and
addressed it, marked effort and intelligence
on my part."
" Well to settle it we'll divy," was the
conclusion, and this was just what they
E. Taylor, '26.
THE MASQUERADE AND ITS OUTCOME
F all the important weeks that Fair-
dale High School had ever experi-
enced, this was the most memorable one in
the eyes of some, that had ever existed.
For not only was the big yearly Masquer-
ade to be held on Friday night, but there
was also to be the annual Junior-Senior
debate on the following evening.
Up to this time, the rivalry between the
two classes had been purely friendly and
very sportsmanlike, but for some reason,
there was rather a secret feeling of bitter-
ness this year, such as had never existed
24 THE LAUREL
The debating team was announced, with
two Seniors, Helen jameson and Frank
Marlowe on the affirmative and Barbara
Grey and Sam Prentiss on the negative,
for the Juniors.
Some of the members of the Senior Class
were not wholly satisfied with the selection
of their team, for Frank Marlowe was
known among his classmates to be some-
times of a questionable character, a fact
which was unknown to the faculty.
The corridors at school this particular
week were one continuous buzz about
costumes, partners, exchanging dances, and
other necessary matters.
On this particular Wednesday morning
as Sam and Barbara swung down the street
together, their conversation was divided
between the two all-important topics.
"Honestly Babs," remarked Sam slowly,
hurling a snowball at a passing chum, " I
don't see any reason why we should be de-
feated this year. By the way I've brought
my speech to school with me for a last
reading over tonight.
" I know, Sam," answered Barbara, " but
do you know, I'm rather afraid of that
" Why, whatever do you mean, Babs? "
" Oh, why-- nothing, I guess. I suppose
I am horrid and suspicious to say this, but
mark my word, Sam Prentiss, if Frank
Marlowe debates fairly and squarely Satur-
day evening, it will be the first thing I ever
knew him to do on the level!" And she
shook her black head vehemently.
'Sam looked at her in amazement, then
quickly changed the subject.
"Speaking of masquerades, I'm going
to have a spiffy costume, Babs. If you
weren't going with me, I'd guarantee you
wouldn't know me. I'm about the 'same
size and complexion as Harry Mason, and --
Why by George, Frank Marlowe, too! Say,
wouldn't it be a good joke on you if some-
one should call for you whom you thought
to be me, and then when you and all your
Hnery had arrived at the gym, you would
suddenly discover that you had been es-
corted thither by your dearly beloved
Frank Marlowe. Then, panic stricken, you
would rush around the gym looking for
little me, whose virtues you appreciate only
when I am far away." And Sam's hearty
laugh rang out, as he pictured the pre-
dicament of his chum.
" Oh Sam," she laughed reproachfully,
" As if anyone could take you for Frank
But how little was she to know that such
might be the case!
Sam did not have time to look his speech
over that afternoon or Thursday after-
noon, and it was late Friday afternoon
when he went to his desk to take his speech
home for a hasty perusal before the dance.
He opened the cover of his desk, and
looked in his Latin Grammar where his
notes and his precious speech had been
carefully placed. As he hurriedly turned
the leaves of the book he stopped short.
The speech was gone! In feverish haste
he skimmed through all his books, and then
through all of Barbara's, thinking she
might have taken it to compare with her
own. But, no it was absolutely gone!
He slumped into his seat in the de-
serted schoolroom totally discouraged. If
only his notes had not been taken, he could
talk from those easily enough. But with
everything gone, and the debate less than
twenty-four hours off, what could he do?
It would be useless to try to look up all
the statistics again, and anyway, both the
school library and the public library were
closed now. At first he was undecidedg but
after a long consideration, he decided to
go to the Masquerade as if nothing had
happened, and not to tell anything to Bar-
bara until it was too late for her to suggest
that they stay home and work on a new
speech, for he knew that Barbara had an-
ticipated this dance for many weeks.
" Then," he concluded, "I'll borrow Bab's
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speech which may help me, and write a new
one after the dance. I guess I'd better tell
Mr. Hale tonight, though."
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That night at eight o'clock, a very dis-
consolate-looking clown, dressed in red and
white, with his face whitened, mounted
the steps of the Grey's house and rang the
bell. The door was immediately Hung open
by a gypsy fortune-teller, boisterously bang-
ing a tambourine.
" Come in, Oh come in, Sam I'm so ex-
cited," she called.
Sam entered, his face wearing a forced
Barbara snatched her coat, ran down
the steps, and executed a tango as artist-
ically as possible on the icy walk.
But -Sam was thinking, and thinking
hard. Over and over were ringing in his
ears the words that Barbara had uttered,
only two days before: " If Frank Marlowe
debates fairly and squarely Saturday night,
it will be the first thing I ever knew him
to do on the level!"
At last they reached the gym, and Sam
told Barbara everything. She was, of
course, horrified, and decided that they
would leave the dance early, and write
another together as best they could.
Then they centered their attention on
the costumes. There were several there
like Sam's, and they picked out the boy
they thought to be Frank.
Later in the evening, as Sam was stand-
ing by the punch bowl waiting his turn, a
small figure in the costume of an Egyptian
dancer slipped up to him, pressed a small
paper into his hand, then quickly vanished.
Sam was amazed, but assuming a look
of indifference, he opened the note and
read: " Have everything as directed, and
will deliver them to you, if you will be at
the school library tomorrow at ten."
Sam's head began to swim, but he im-
mediately saw the solution of his problem.
"I may be wrong, but I'll chance it," he
He informed Babs that there would be
no need of writing the speech that night,
and left her wondering, at her door.
The next morning, at nine-thirty, Sam
was seated in the school library i11 a shiver
of suspense. " It's a big chance," he mut-
tered, 'land I may be wrong, but at any
rate, it's my only chance." ,
Promptly at ten o'clock the door stealth-
Sam, who was apparently engrossed in a
book, raised his head.
There in the doorway stood Arline King,
the bosom friend of Helen Jameson. Sam's
heart was thumping like a hammer, but he
rose at her entrance and managed to say
calmly: " Good morning, Miss King, I
see you have brought me my speech. That
is extremely kind of you, I'm sure," and
he stretched out his hand as if to take the
package she was holding.
" Why, yes, I have-I mean, no, no I
mean I haven't your speech. I don't know
what you're talking about, I'm sure. What
do you mean?"
" Now see here, Miss King,'you know
very well what I mean. Don't you suppose
that I know that Helen Jameson asked you
to take that speech from my desk either
Wednesday or Thursday night after school?
And donyt I know that you did as directed,
and gave this note supposedly to Frank
Marlow last night at the dance? Naturally,
Helen or Frank wouldn't do it, for they
would be suspected and needed an alibi,
so they asked you. Oh it was all very
clever, but I'm afraid the little game is up,
Arline turned deathly pale, and sank into
a nearby chair.
Sam saw that his random shot had struck
home, so he continued, " Give me my speech
now, and the matter will be dropped, for
Mr. Hale knows nothing of it."
Needless to say Sam regained his speech
and notes, and then-but what followed
then might well be left to the imagination
of our readers. C. Sweet, '26.
26 THE LAUREL
A MODERN MoNoLocUE DEFINIITION OF TERMS
Frances A Latin teacher
Pi A fraternity
Riverside The Country Club
Robert The Principal of High School
Miss Jones The History teacher
Miss Williams The Girl's " Y " Secretary
D. C. Danforth College
Romeo and Juliet An Ice Cream Sundae
Mr. Brown The Boy's " Y" Secretary
X Y Z A Secret Society
Marge ..... Just Girls
Scene I. Almost any large High School.
Time. Near the close of school in the
afternoon and after school.
Scene II. At the Y. W. C. A.
Time. A little later.
Scene III. At Wagar's Ice Cream Par-
Time. Five minutes later.
Scene IV. Back at the Y. W. C. A.
Time. Half an hour later.
Scene V. At supper.
Time. A little after live.
Scene VI. On the street car. .
Time. About half past eight.
" Going down to the ' Y' tonight, Sis? "
--" That's too bad you've got to stay for
Latin. Frances surely is a cat. Didn't
you get your Cicero? "--" What?" " You-
've been invited to the Pi dance at River-
side next week?"-"'Whb did it?"-
" Sh! Here comes Robert, himself. See
" Yes, Miss Jones, I'm here." " You
don't want me tonight?"-"That's good
I was going to the 'Y' anyway. There
is a special meeting on with supper and
speaker." - " Who?" - " Oh, the boy's
'Y' secretary to tell us what boys think
of girls. We always have lots of fun."
" Hi, Dot. Where're you bound?"-
" Geometry? "- " Well, see you later."
" Hello, Marge, ready to go to the 'Y'?
Let's take our books over and leave them,
and then go to VVagar's for some ice
cream. I'm starved and I don't want to
" Hello, Miss Williams." " Hello, girls."
- " No, we're going down town." - " Yes,
we'll be right back."-" So long."
'K Did you see Ellen with that man? Goes
to D. C. doesn't he?"-" Not really?"-
" Well, I never would have thought it."-
" What you going to have? " - "Me? " -
" Romeo and Juliet, please." - " Sh ! There
is Edna. Who's she with? "-" Oh, I see,
but he is terribly dumb looking. Acts just
like that crowd, too."-'K Well, let's eat."
" What kind of a dress are you going to
have for the X Y Z dance?" " Rose and
silver?" " I'll bet it's going to be pretty."
- 'K Yes, I'm going." " Who?" " You just
guess." - " What are you going to do Sat-
urday? " - " Let's go to the movies. How
about two o'clock sharp?" -" Hurry up,
slow poke, we've got loads of studying to
do." - " We will have to hurry back to the
A Y rin
" Oh, Miss Williams, make them stop
that racket, we can't study."-" No, I
wasn't doing anything, but she wouldn't
give me my compass, so I took it." " We'll
all be good now 'till five o'clock." " Yes,
here's that cake I brought."
" I'm glad supper is ready. Aren't you? "
" All that old studying is done. Now for a
good time."-" Ice cream, how nice, and
the candles look so pretty."-"Be quiet,
sis, while we sing."-" Now talk all you
want too." - " Hey, wait 'till I get a sand-
wich, pleasef'-" Do I think Mr. Brown
good looking?"-" Well, he's married so
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it does not matter." - " Please pass the
olives." - " Yes, I'd like some cocoa." -
" Who made this salad? "- " This ice
cream is good." - " Sh! Mr. Brown is go-
ing to speak."
. SCENE VI
"Do you think what Mr. Brown said
was true?"-" You know the boys gave
him their ideas."-" I'll bet anything that
that red-headed fellow was the one to
think up all those classes into which girls
are divided, or maybe he read it some-
where."-"I wonder where we belong,
with the wall flowers, ilappers, snobs or
with the old fashioned girls, and gold dig-
gers."-" Say wouldn't they be surprised
to know that we made our own clothes,
helped our mothers, took care of our kid
brothers and sisters, and earned our own
spending money a good part of the time."
" They made a mistake, the same that most
people are making."-" What? Why it
is so simple it's laughable. The fact is we
are 'just girls,' as our mothers were be-
fore us and our daughters will be in the
future." - " Did he call Lake Avenue?
" I must go now. Good-night, see you all
M axine C lark, '2 5.
THE REASON FOR OUR LAST I-:ARTHQUAKE
BOUT two centuries ago the town
of Farmington was founded and
settled by Job Farmington.
Job had always wished to have his
funeral in a luxurious and sedate manner.
He wanted to have a regular hearse, hacks
drawn by beautiful black horses and an
After several years as a successful leader
and Indian fighter, Job and a party of
friends were hunting far north from Farm-
ington, near the present big lakes of Maine.
The result was, although Farmington lived
in luxury and civilization, that a party of
Indian braves, savage and hostile, fell upon
Job's party and scalped him and several of
his men. The survivers of the party could
not, of course, take the corpses back home
and give them a decent burial.
When the men came back to Farming-
ton they told of 1ob's last words. Evidently
Job, even when his skull was crushed and
his face turned to an ashen hue, had gasped
and shrieked out that he would have that
Thus, every two centuries Job's ghost
rushes down from the Northern woods with
its slain companions' ghosts as attendants,
gains possession of the village hearse and
in this, drawn by a ghoulish team com-
posed of the ghosts of two of Iob's favor-
ite black chargers, which he rode in his
Indian battles, they rumble, sweep and roar
along the street of Farmington, causing
people to sit up with dreadful starts in bed,
and causing dishes, chimneys, houses, yes,
everything to rattle and shake.
This statement is verified by the dis-
covery of some very old papers in my
grandfather's garret, written by the old
and wise village parson of that time, Jona-
than Settledown, telling this self-same
story. This discovery fevidently forgot-
ten during the long period of two centu-
riesj has set the Farmington scientists agog
and proved their long and complicated
theories wrong. We should be glad, how-
ever, that Job visits us only once in every
Owen W. Gilman, ,27.
coMUs A LA GAIETE
CAST or CHARACTERS
Star, the Attendant Spirit.. .... Elmer Frederic
Comus ........................ Holmes Wagner
The Lady ................ .... A lice Stevens
First Brother ....... .... R onald Goding
Second Brother ................ Richard Mallett
Sabrina, the Nymph ............. Bertha Martin
SCENE I-A Dark Forest
The Attendant Spirit:
"I-Iist! I come from far away
Where the little angels play.
Here I come flying o'er meadow and hill,
O'er the restless world while all is still.
My lady is coming over the dale
And to protect her I never will fail.
For Comus you know, that wild young lad.
It pains me so: he is so bad,
Is quite a menace to this wood,
28 THE LAUREL
So Father Jove has sent me down
To guard good folk from this bad clown
That changes them into pigs and cows
Or rats or bears or wee bow-wows.
And now I must hasten for I am so good,
To guide her fair footsteps through the wood."
Clinter Comus with his crew singing and danc-
Song of Comus:
"Bow-wow-wow! Wee! Wee! Wee!
We are on our nightly spree.
Cats and dogs and little pigs
Now we sing and dance our jigs."
" With my gigantic eyes and my gigantic size
I 'll tell the stupid world that I am very wise,
Standing with my marvelous poise, I hear a
'Tis a human being: which are my exclusive
But hist it is a footstep light
NVho can be coming here tonight?
Quick! my lads behind these trees,
Would you were in the seven seas."
CEnter the lady--a flapperj
" My brothers are gone, what shall I do?
I've lost my compact, my lipstick too,
My face is white: I look like a ghost:
My rouge is what I am missing the most."
" Oh! fair young damsel, are you led astray?
The night is fallingg now ends the day."
" Oh! now good friend, my saviour true,
It really is so kind of you.
Won't you harbor me safe and warm
Until the morn begins to dawn?
I 've lost my brothers in this dark lair,
Perhaps you 've seen those youths so fair."
" No, winsome maid, I've seen them not
For the day is warm and walking is hot,
But if you are lost and if you are free
I 'll find you shelter in a house in the lea."
" But what of my face and what of my hair,
I'm perfectly sure there 's no curl there.
I'm nervous, so nervous, and worried and
I 'm hungry and thirsty and so tired too,
So come, let us go to a house as you say
Where I can get shelter until dawn of the
day." CExit both!
First Brother speaks:
" Where, Oh! where has our dear sister gone,
I 'm worried, so worried: I 'm pale and wan."
" Our sister will be safe I'm sure,
She is so good and sweet and pure.
Let us raise our voices in proud acclaim
To bring her back here safe and sane."
" Once we had a sister fair
But she went away
And now we have no sister
So we are going to bray-
Sister, Sister, where are you?
Oh! Where can you be!
Maids like you are but a few
So pray come back to me."
Enter Attendant Spirit:
"Ho there! To the rescue quick!
That wicked Comus has worked a trick,
Your sister good, is in his power,
Take-n by magic to his bower.
Rush right in and break the glass
But grab the wand and do it fast."
A beautiful palace. Comus' animals are seated
about the room. The lady is seated on a throne
with Comus standing nearby holding, toward
her, a glass of punch.
" Drink! lady, drink!
It 's fresh from the sink!
It will cause the flush to come
On those cheeks that look like gum."
" Nay, monster, nay.
I would rather eat hay."
Comus Ctrying againj :
" Come, gay tlapper, staid and sure,
Sweet and carefree and demure,
All in a dress of scantiest mien,
Thou art a buttercup so serene.
Come and taste the brimming cup
Then on golden plates we 'll sup."
" Here are my brothers, now you whelp
Throw up your hands and call for help."
Brothers rush in:
"Begone, base idler,
Let not your face disgrace this scene:
Depart, you are not tit to be seen,
For now we 've come to save our sister,
We cannot say how much we 've missed her."
" Now, Comus, you have driven away
But you have not gained his sceptred sway,
For his waving wand you did not seize,
Now your fair sister will have to freeze.
But wait, I hear a singing voice approach,
'Tis Sabrina, riding on a roach."
" Come, Sabrina, do I pray,
We need you here, dear fairy fay.
Oh pretty Sabrina, fair and sweet,
Come near and Lady Alice meet.
For she is stuck right in her chair
And just cannot get out of there.
Come and wave your fairy wand,
Come o'er dwindling brook and pond.
Come and set this maiden free
And praises all we 'll sing to thee- '
"I have flown lightly o'er vale and hill
But was delayed by one slight spill,
That 's the reason for muddy locks
Where I fell on slimy rocks."
CShe pats lady on the head three times which
sets her free!
" Thanks, Sabrina, your charms just litg
In a mud puddle, dear, may you never sit."
" Come, maiden, fair and sweet,
Come and dance to every beat,
For I must go and leave you now
To the woods of pine and balsam bow
Where the other spirits dwell
And fairies dance o'er hill and dell,
There under sunny skies and golden moons
The water nymph his love song croons
And everyone is gay and free
And sweet birds sing in every tree."
L. Whitcomb, '26.
How 1 BECAME HUMAN
WAS only a poor struggling author.
My works were masterpieces of art,
only the editors did not seem to realize it
which showed their ignorance.
My story on, " The Gastro-vascular Sys-
tem of the Coelenterata of the Etheopian
Realms," was turned down by six editors
who said, " No one could ever understand
this unless they were very learned Pro-
fessors of Etymology and could also un-
derstand every long word ever used in
English or Latin." So you see, many pieces
of wonderful literature are turned down
simply because people who examine them
are not well educated. But then, we
authors must expect such treatmentg were
not Dickens and Poe treated thus?
I must tell you something very tragic.
A short time ago I wrote a very exciting
article on the " Coleaptera and Dermistids,
Their Life Cycles." This should interest
and be read by every school boy and girl
for recreation, as it is much more educa-
tional and entertaining than ordinary litera-
As I was saying, something very tragic
happened. I sent this story on Coleapters,
etc., to the Editor of the Laurel. The next
week I got a reply which said, " Not worth
This was almost the last straw. I nearly
decided to cut my hair, throw away my
black bow tie and become a street cleaner,
garbage collector or anything that was
human. But no, I could not leave my
chosen profession. It was what I was cut
out for and I could never forsake it.
After much thought on the subject I had
an idea. I would see the Editor and with
my personal attractiveness influence him to
accept my story.
I washed a soft collar and called up the
Laurel Board office and found they would
see me at five o'clock. At half past four I
started on my mission.
My mind was so occupied that I did not
notice the heavy afternoon tranic as I
walked up Broadway. I was pushed and
jammed by the after theater crowds but my
mind was too taken up with my high aspira-
tions to notice mere jostling crowds and
At last I arrived at the Laurel Board
otiice and was ushered into the presence of
the Business Manager. I found her seated
at her desk amid a confusion of paint
brushes and paste pots. " Get out of here,"
she yelled as she hurled a gob of bright
green paint at me. As I left the room,
more or less ornamented by my new com-
plexion, I collided with a lazy looking indi-
vidual in a muffler who informed me that
he was the Literary Editor.
I told him what he. had said about my
masterpiece at which he replied in a cross
voice, " Why, how do you expect to get a
story in the Laurel? Don't you know that
the Laurel uses only the works of noted
authors such as William Bryant, William
Shakespeare and William er-er Mills! "
He looked so cross that without a word I
turned and walked out of the room.
Now I knew. I cut my hair, threw away
my bow tie and became a street cleaner who
is at least human. So now I carefully ply
my trade while dodging jostling crowds
and automobiles. '
This is my sad tale and here it ends be-
cause I have stopped writing stories for-
ever. But I shall always think as Nero
did, " What a great artist dies in me."
Clarice Lufkin, '28,
30 THE LAUREL
OBSCURITY, LIGHT AND DARKNESS
FF in space a metric body stood mo-
tionless in its course. Suddenly from
its vicinity rose a volumnious flame. A
cloud of metric dust floated off in an ether
current. In this quiet current the dust
gathered to form a planet. It was enlarged
by the addition of numbers of small mete-
ors. Veins and deposits of various sub-
stances were formed on it at various dis-
tances beneath its surface. ' There were
formations of substances known by the
earth people as truth, hope, faith, pity, hate,
fear, and many other substances.
From the four corners of the universe
there came swiftly on the four winds, the
four gods of creation, Time, Space, Dis-
tance and Light.
" A soul is born," quoth they. " Its fate
must be decreed."
The God of Space spoke, saying, A' I will
give it all the space between Heaven and
Hades for its wanderingsf'
" The distance of its wanderings shall be
governed by the elements," quoth the God
The third God spoke and speaking said,
" Whenever it ascends above the smokes of
Hades its path shall be lighted, whenever
this smoke gets in its path it shall be as
dark as the blackest midnight."
" Its time," said the God of Time, " shall
be until it is wrecked by its inner liresf'
There was a pause, the Gods turned their
eyes to the planet Hoating quietly in the
quiet stream. " Its fate is decreed," said
the God of Time, arising, " We must de-
part." He waved his wand and the planet
was plunged into the chaos of life.
The planet was thrown hither and thither
by the perverse winds of life. The fierce
winds tore the trees from the planet's sur-
face. Vegetation was uprooted and the
surface soil cast into space. In its down-
ward flight it was blackened by the smoke
from below. Everything living on its sur-
face was killed, leaving it a bleak and bar-
ren planet. Its path was sometimes rough
and sometimes smooth. Sometimes the sun
shone on it, but it was often obscured by
the smoke from below. The various veins
of precious metals near its surface were
unearthed by the fierce action of the ele-
ments. First was timidity, but this was
dissolved by the acid smoke leaving below
it the deep red hue of valor. On another
part of its surface was uncovered truth,
and although the surface of truth was much
defaced it remained. Once there was a
slight collision with another planet and a
vein of metal known as pity was uncov-
ered. On one of its perilous descents this
metal came into contact with a flame from
below and was changed into self pity.
After this long journey the planet was
cast into a strong current that carried it
above the darkness and into the sunlight.
Here for a time it was carried along in
peace with another planet which was in the
The peaceful journey was broken when
it was seized by a savage current carrying a
third planet. The three planets were cast
swiftly downward into the blackest depths.
In this mad rush a collision occurred and
the planet was cast into the densest smoke.
It was so close to the flames that a rising
spark caught on its surface. Alighting
where a deep vein of hitherto covered min-
eral has been transferred to the mineral in
which it rested and finally caused it to
burst into a Hame of hate. As the fire,
fanned by the driving smoke, increased, it
ate deeper and deeper into the heart of the
planet. Finally it reached the very heart
and the planet was shaken. This eruption
was so violent that it nearly burst it in
twain. It hurled it, a withered mass, into
the River of Blacknessg the only place it
could be quenched. It was borne by the
black current under a white arch and dis-
appeared from sight.
Holmes Wagner, '25.
THE LAUREL 31
OUNT OLIVE was a private school
for girls in New York. The school
had been founded for only a few years and
was not well known. To make their school
better known they gave their first play-
The Ghost - on Hallowe'en night.
The most important and one of the most
interesting characters was a ghost who al-
ways came to haunt the house each night.
The ghost always came from a huge statue
in the library. For this purpose a large
statue was built with a small door at the
back. The door could be locked only from
the outside with a small hook and catch.
The night of the play came and the mem-
bers of the cast were very excited. There
was a large audience, for the play had been
well advertised. Ruth Martin, one of the
Senior girls, took the part of the ghost.
The play started at eight. The first act
ended without any trouble. Between acts
Ruth came out of her hiding place to rest
then went back in again, slamming the
door after her. Some of the other girls
saw her come out but no one saw her go in
In the second act the ghost was to appear
again but when it was time no ghost came.
The other players were bewildered at first
but soon proved themselves equal to the oc-
casion. They made up enough lines to
cover up the appearance of the ghost so
that the audience did not realize that any-
thing was wrong.
After the play the girls started to hunt
for Ruth. They looked in the dressing
rooms then on the stage. While on the
stage they noticed that the door of the
statue was locked. She must have gone
home, for several of the girls had seen her
come out of the statue and now it was
locked so shecould not have gone back in.
Finally they gave up the hunt and went
The next morning the girls came back
for their things. Some of them went on
the stage and to their surprise saw that the
statue had fallen down. They went over
to pick it up. " How heavy it is," ex-
claimed Alice. A groan came from within.
They opened the door. " Oh Ruth! " they
exclaimed all together. The girls helped
her out. " How did it happen?" asked
"I came out between acts to rest then
went back in again. I slammed the door.
The hook must have caught in the catch for
I could not get out when my cue came.
After the play I tried to make you hear me
but could not," explained Ruth.
The girls were overjoyed at seeing Ruth
again and ever afterward call her " The
H. Sargent, '25.
ETTY was hustlingsaround, helping
her mother wash dishes and dust,
for Aunt Mary from the city was coming
the next day to visit them.
It was chilly for early October. " Dear
me! " said mother, " I am afraid there will
be a frost to-night. If there is, it will be
the end of the astersg and I did so much
want them to be pretty when Mary came! "
Betty went to the fence and looked over
into the Emery's vegetable garden, and
asked Mr. Emery, who was digging late
potatoes, if he thought there would be a
" Not if it stays cloudy," he said. " But
if it clears, we shall have a frost."
" If the flowers were kept warm, would
the frost hurt them? " asked Betty.
"No," Mr. Emery replied, " but it is
hard to keep things warm out of doors
without our old friend, the sun."
Betty went to bed early, but she did not
go to sleepg instead she lay and watched
the sky through the window. The clouds
drifted away slowly, and the stars began to
shine. It was clearing offg now for the
32 THE LAUREL
" The poor asters! " thought Betty.
" They will not be tit for Aunt Mary to
She lay still for a long while and pon-
dered over the plight of the asters. " Now,
if I myself were out in the garden this cold
night, I shouldn't be cold," she thought,
" because I would have on plenty of
clothes." Then another thought came to
her. " Why shouldn't flowers wear clothes
when they need them?"
She stole softly out of bed and put on her
wrapperg stealing over to the closet where
her clothes hung, she piled her arms high
with dresses, coats and sweaters. Then she
tiptoed downstairs and out into the garden.
The moon was shining bright, and the
asters were still holding their brave heads
high, but they would soon feel the cold.
Betty looked at them, she began to feel
doubtful. What if the clothes should be
too heavy and weight them down?
Near the fence was a pile of sharpened
stakes, which gave Betty a new idea. They
could be used to hold up the garments.
Laying the clothes on the ground, she set
At last, every clump of asters had a tall,
slim stick to guard it. " Now I can go
ahead and dress the flowers," she said.
A few minutes later one corner of the
garden was a queer looking place. Two
coats and three dresses with two sweaters
seemed to be standing alone, and the asters
had disappeared from view. Inside the
house a tired little girl was tiptoeing up-
stairs, with a sigh of relief.
Betty waked a -little after sunrise, and
found nothing for her to wearg slipping on
her wrapper, she ran out into the garden,
hurriedly gathered up her clothes and ran
back to her room.
When she went down to breakfast her
father and mother were busy talking.
" I can 't understand it," her mother was
saying. " The frost was so heavy that the
other flowers were badly hurt, but the
asters look just as they looked yesterday."
Betty smiled to herself and thought, " I
won't tell on the asters."
That afternoon when she and her mother
were showing their guest the garden, and
Aunt Mary was admiring the asters, Mr.
Emery put his head over the fence.
" Where are your scarecrows, Mrs.
johnson?" he asked.
" What do you mean?" said Betty's
" I looked out of my window a little after
dawn," said Mr. Emery, " and 'saw live
scarecrows, where the asters are, hand-
Betty laughed. " They had on my old
clothes," she cried.
Then the secret was out, and all looked to
Betty for an explanation. She told the
story, much to the amusement of the listen-
The thoughtfulness of Betty saved the
asters and gladdened her mother's heart.
It also enabled her aunt to carry home a
large, beautiful bouquet of flowers, which
was the admiration of everyone who saw
" I should never have had this bouquet,
but for Betty's coats and dresses," were
Aunt Mary's parting words.
R. McLaughlin, '27.
THE LAUREL 33
an ERSE at
SONNET ON EVENTIDE
O EVENTIDE! Thy fallest like a gentle
cloak about us
And under thy deep mantle, lulling us to rest
We feel thy sweet, calm presence ever near us,
And in anticipating give each day an added fest.
And when cares are present for they are ever
We run into thy gentle arms and are no more
And if our day was given to shams or grasping
The look in your eyes, dear eventide, awakes in
us our best.
And so eventide, mother of stars, and the birds,
Of the moon that we see up above. .
Show us how to ride, without sorrows and sighs
On the billows of kindness and love.
But see now as morn so joyfully dawns
You 're closing your wings like a dove.
Lucile Whitcomb, '26.
OH! That sea of upturned faces
See, how very green they look
Gazing vacantly through spaces
Searching for a mislaid book.
What a bunch of foolish blunders
Do these silly Freshmen make
Trying to act the part of wonders
Anyone can fake.
Who can fathom all their questions
And their crazy comments queer?
Seem to think they need no lessons
Nor that they deserve the rear.
Cheer up! though, they 'll grow up sometime,
Then they 'll surely realize
What a funny combination
They appear in other's eyes.
E. Taylor, '26,
WE live but in the present,
The past, though loved, is gone.
The future, howe'er pleasant,
As yet, lies far beyond.
Each gift is as we use it:
Each place its cloud must share:
Except as we refuse it,
There 's sunshine everywhere.
Emma R. Bailey, '25.
DEPOSIT OF TlME'FOR KNOWLEDGE
HOW much time do you deposit
In the bank for knowledge now,
Just enough to live on daily,
What about the future hour?
Now 's the time for that foundation
To be laid for your account.
'Tis just like your Bank deposit,
What 's put in you 'll sure get out.
Florence Hewey, '25.
T0 A DAISY
OH daisies! graceful, white and yellow,
Swaying, nodding in the lea,
'Neath autumn's sunset-golden, mellow,
A thousand fancies wake in me.
Free you dance 'neath warming sunshine,
Gay you nod 'neath cooling rain,
joyous, carefree, dancing ever,
Free from worldly trials and pain.
Tossed by gentle summer breezes,
Kissed by early morning's dew,
Truly loved by Mother Nature,
Of her many treasures, you!
Would that we, like you were carefree,
Free like you from all life's trials,
Tossing, swaying, nodding, dancing,
In one glorious round of smiles.
Caroline Sweet, '26.
MY NATIVE DREAM
WE hear so much of our native state
With her rocks and wooded hills
That to live in her wonderful, beautiful clime
Is a cure for human ills.
We hear of the game and fish in her realms,
A sportsman's paradiseg
We hear of the lure of her bracing air,
How souls it does entice.
But we who are here and know our state
Can call this game of bluff
For we poor boobs who haunt this place
Must be made unusually tough.
To live in the weather at forty below
Or a hundred and three in the shade,
To freeze our ears as we walk to school
Through a drifted Arctic glade.
Or in summer heat to sweat at a desk
Or to be chewed by pests in a glen
Or stagger blindly in a freezing storm
Through drifts eight feet or ten.
Our summers are short, our winters long,
We never know what to wear,
If we should leave our coats at home
Jack Frost would be in the air.
But if we bundle and put on clothes
As sure as sure can be
The sun pours down terrific heat
As we sink beneath a tree.
In summer time there 're flies to light,
Mosquitoes too you 'll Find,
As there are many states on earth
I 'll try some other kind.
A STUDY PERIOD
A-T one twenty-three, boys and all,
We file along the lower hall,
Mr. O'Brien is absent to-day,
When the cat 's away the mice will play.
Two minutes of two, the warning bell rings!
Those who have classes look ready to sing.
Immediately after this silent scream
Mrs. Stevens appears on the scene,--
" Now settle down, children," she says every day,
" There 's time for work and there 's time for
So we settle down, or give it a try,
Meanwhile we watch from our westward eye.
Twenty minutes of three, the bell rings againg
He raises his hand, " May I fill my pen? "
The bravest go for a walk down the hall,
But the poor little Juniors move not at all.
Three-twenty comes, the bell gives a chime,
Then, O how quickly we form in a line.
Three study periods as shoe polishers say
It is "Three-In-One" that we 've had to-day.
Katherine Harris, '26.
AT nine each night 'twas just the same,
My studying was done,
So when the daily paper came
The puzzle could be done.
And often, not to miss the game,
I'd through my studies run,
So when the daily paper came,
The puzzle could be done.
Since thus far I'd received no shame
My work was left for fun
So'when the daily paper 'came
The puzzle could be done.
One evening French seemed very tamef. -
A And of it I did none, '
So when the daily paper came,
The puzzle could be done.
Next day, alas! I lost much fame,
For an exam she sprungg
That evening when the paper came,
The puzzle was not done.
Elisabeth Taylor, '26.
O , ROOSEVELT, thou peer of mighty men,
Whose spirit oft hath ,boldly led us on,
Whose deeds well matched the heart that beat
Talke now thy place with those whose lives have
Our country's glory for there came again
The pioneer, of rugged soul, reborn,
Which lived in Lincoln and in Washington.
Thy. purpose high in thought, in speech, with pen
Revive again those early patriots' work
In Freedom's cause to make men more than
For men may slave to kings or fellow men
Or slave to lust us for wealth or power or fameg
Thy call but raised us from our baser selves
To guard the liberties our fathers won,
Richard Mallett, '26.
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.1 +1 V
T H E L A U R E L
BAcxUs, EVELYN " Evie "
A , Course, General
Ambition: To maifqga policeman.
Fair Committee, 2, 45 Hallowe'en Com., 25 School Play, 3,
45 Girls' Glee Club, 2, 45 Assistant Editor LAUREL, 4.
, iyn is the most headstrong girl in the Senior Class. She
y ,be found trying to uplift the morals of the class. In
'f'evie" is a model pupil and has never been known
to' Yinything such as whisper to Georgie. Perhaps, though,
her Worst offense is her membership in the clique. We hope
Evelyn may soon see the error of her ways and enter upon a
BAILEY, EMMA " Em "
Ambition : To reduce.
In spite of various attempts to improve on the teachers
Emma is liked by everyone. Her winning way has won for her
many friends. " Em " delights to be with the Freshmen though.
Brown, not green, is said to be her favorite color.
BAILEY, KATHLEEN " Kat "
Ambition: To make up romances.
Sophomore Hop Com., 25 Fair Com., 25 Junior Prom. Com.,
35 School Play, 3, 45 Freshman Reception Com., 45 General
Assembly Com., 45 Debating Club, 45 Manager Interscholastic
Debate, 45 Girls' Glee Club, 45 Class Essay.
" Kat " is another one of those quiet girls. It is a curious
fact that she and Helen never whisper. " Kat " is very fond of
music and is very proficient in trying to play the ukelele. Her
favorite pastime is reading French novels, dying her hair, and
chewing gum. She is an honor member of the clique.
BARKER, LEILA " Leil "
Ambition: To marry in Boston.
Leila is the class Pola Negri. People whose names cor-
respond to names of large cities are singularly pleasing to her.
Her tastes have changed from Spanish to the good old New
England stock. Changeableness is her worst fault. Is it a drug-
gist next ?
BRAHMER, MINNIE " Min "
Ambition: To be with Mae once more.
The one great disappointment in "Min's" life came when
Mae left. She is seen aimlessly wandering around the streets
late at night in search of someone. In school she is an angel,
but out of school hours we notice a decided change. Boisterous-
ness is not a characteristic of " Min."
CAMPBELL, EUGENE " Gene "
Ambition: To reduce, but still eat.
" Gene " is rather a bashful fellow, not at all like his
brother, George. We have heard, however, that in certain com-
pany he is not so bashful. He dislikes above all other things
climbing stairs and making a noise. Some day we think he will
be a famous poet if not a comedian, dramatic reader or a
Ambition: To be a second Valentino.
Football, 3, 4, Play, 3.
George's chief claim to fame is his classical beauty. Many
and varied are the trophies he has collected from the fair sex
to show his prowess in affairs of the heart. George has tried
to convince the teachers that he is an angel-as yet he has
not convinced any of them.
CLARK, FRANCES " Fae "
Ambition: To be a second Mary Pickford.
Class Secretary, 2, 33 Class Editor, 13 Costume Mistress
School Play, 3.
" Fae " indulges in nothing but her books. Her favorite pas-
time is studying Latin. We are glad to know that she considers
being' at second Mary, as we think she will be very proficient in
that position especially as she has short yellow curls.
CLARK, MAx1NE " Max"
Ambition: To become famous as a radio dealer.
Chairman Fair Committee, 43 Class Vice President, 4.
"I love tranquil solitude and such society as is quiet, wise
Maxine is one of the noisiest, most troublesome girls in the
school, who was never known to have her English lesson.
GAMMON, AURA v " Skip "
Ambition: To pass without exerting any superfluous energy.
Junior Prom. Com., 33 School Play, 3, 4.
Aura has been with us for only the past two years, but dur-
ing this time we have discovered many of her strong points.
Aura shows a preference for baseball games especially when
played at U. of M. Aura's favorite form of recreation is at-
tending house parties at U. of M. She used to be quite a vamp,
but she is overcoming that habit. We think Aura will be a
typical old maid. She is very much taken by the early novelists,
HARDY, ERNEST " Chuck "
Ambition: To become a light weight boxer and go in the movies.
Football, 3, 4.
" Chuck " never studies and always goes to bed early. We
suppose this is to increase his chances of fulfilling his ambition.
He is a good little fellow and delights in reading the Bible in
morning exercises. " Chuck" expects to pass on his behavior
and good looks.
Ambition: To be an old maid teacher and then a preacher.
I Florence is the most frivolous Senior. She is the only one
in the class who seems to worry over ranks. We would be
shocked if Florence got below "A" in her deportment. When
she speaks we sit and listen. We realize when Florence reads
Macbeth that there is a, witch around.
HUFF, EDNA " Billy "
Ambition: To enter politics.
Debating Club, 45 Assistant Editor of LAUREL, 33 Class
Editor, 45 Debating Team, 43 Valedictorian.
Edna is so very noisy that oftentimes we do not even realize
she is around. The class is so very proud to have her with
them, because she keeps its reputation for them. She also is
very kind to the Freshmen.
JORDAN, RUTH " Ruthie "
Ambition: To own a home all her own.
Ruth is a very studious girl who believes in " Work before
play." She is now learning the rules and regulations of the land
so that she can use them in later life. When Ruth gets a home
of her own, her motto will be, " Let George do it."
KEENE, EVELYN " Evie "
Ambition: To become a great actress.
School Play, 3g Orchestra, 4.
We sometimes wonder where her wonderful complexion
came from, Marr's or Tarbox and Whittier's. Her favorite
pastime is dancing, also writing letters. She also has a great
love for Dickie birds.
Ambition: To be good.
Football, 3, 4.
Raymond is a dear little boy, the trouble is with everyone
else. Some day the class is to be very proud when Raymond
owns the largest garage in the United States. At times Raymond
is positively cherubic, just at ranking time especially. His moral
is, " Do not worry."
MARTIN, BER1-HA " B "
Ambition: To do the 100-yd. dash in ten seconds.
"B ", that wee little girl who sits up in the back of the
room, never tlirts. Oh! no! Somehow we all get out of the
way when we see her coming. There is something commanding
about her. We wonder if she does not need some nerve tonic as
she is rather shy. " B " is planning on attending Normal just to
be in style.
MCLEARY, MAXINE " Max "
Ambition: To shine with fame.
Class Treasurer, 1, 25 Sophomore Hop Committee, 3, Fair
Com., 23 Class Editor, 35 Junior Prom. Com., 35 Business Man-
ager School Play, 3g Freshmen Reception Com., 49 Business
Manager of LAUREL, 43 Girls' Glee Club, 4.
Maxine is a very talented young lady. She is actively en-
gaged in all class affairs. Her one weak point is changeableness
in certain things. Some day the class is going to be very glad to
know she was a member of it, when the world sees her art.
MERCHANT, BETTIE " Bet "
Ambition: To get through.
" Bet " says that she would think she had accomplished a
great deal in her course if she could only make the teachers be-
lieve that she is a genius. There is a rumor that " Bet " sits up
all hours of the night doing Review Math. examples for pleasure.
MILI.S, WILLIAM " Pillsey 'l
Ambition: To be a second Houdini.
School Orchestra, 3g Football, 35 Manager of Football, 45
School Play, 43 Debating Team. 45 Class Orationg Editor-in-
Chief of LAUREL, 45 Lincoln Essay Medal, 4.
William is the Senior Class' only hope of fame. The Seniors
can not imagine what they would do without him. William
spends hours on his Latin prose composition and was never
known to miss an assignment, William has an abnormal curi-
osityg he is the world's famous question box. If he can not
find anything out by lawful means he has been known to pay for
information. Here is a business proposition open to everyone.
Ambition: To be little.
Class President, 3, 4, Junior Prom. Committee, 35 Orches-
tra, 3, 4.
Lem is the giant of the Senior Class. His name is rather a
curiosityg one would naturally think Lem a nickname but not
so in this case. He knows he is smart enough to pass without
studying so he proves it by being a study fiend. He has a great
desire for the presence of some particular Freshmen. He is
principally known as the leader of the famous "Syncopating
MORTON, ALICE " Al "
Ambition: To be a famous dancer.
Alice shines in Chemistry, especially when giving symbols,
but there is a great consolation, the class is greatly amused by
her recitations. There is a rumor that Alice wished to become a
nurse, there is a great curiosity to know why.
PECHKIS, MARY " Marie "
Ambition: To be a bridesmaid.
Mary is a quiet girl who never whispers without permission.
We wonder why she likes to be a bridesmaid. Mary is noted for
her profound studying, especially in the assembly hall. Mary
hopes her future home will be in Dorchester.
Ambition: To refrain from eating candy.
Debating Club, Fair Committee, 4.
Helen holds the championship for saying more words a min-
ute than any other person in Franklin County. She also is a
member of the awful gang and is never known to be anywhere
without " Kat ".
SMITH, THELMA " Thal "
Ambition: To grow short.
Thelma is ag very quiet girl. Her motto is, " Seen and not
heard." She towers above our heads until we think she is far
above. We have heard that she has a perfect horror for sheep.
STOLT, ALMON " Bob l'
Ambition: To be a famous acrobat.
Stolt delights in transforming himself into positions becom-
ing to one like himself. His famous position is, however, espe-
cially annoying to the head of the English department. Stolt is
also a genius in rendering readings. We feel that the two talents
just mentioned will certainly make him a famous man.
WAGNER, HOLMES " Wiggins "
Ambition: To be a wise man.
Football, 3, 4g Literary Editor of LAUREL, 4.
" Wiggins " is the class mystery. He was never seen to
laugh. But there is, however, a sense of humor that is very well
developed. He seems to find a source of humor in things which
puzzle the ordinary mind. He is the acknowledged walking en-
cyclopedia, of the school.
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FARMINGTON, MAINE, MAY, 1925
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Q STUDENTS OF TI-IE
Editor-in-Chief WILLIAM MILLS, '25
Assistant EVELYN BACKUS, '25
Assistant CAROLINE SWEET, '26
Business Manager MAXINE MCLEARY, '2Q
Assistant RICHARD MALLETT, '26
Exchanges BARBARA GAMMON, '26
Alumni EDWIN SMITH, '27
Athletics VICTOR GOULD, '26
Literary HOLMES WAGNER, '25
Senior Editor EDNA HUFF, '25
Junior Editor LUCILE VVHITCOMB, '26
Sophomore Editor OWEN GILMAN, '27
JOHN ALLEN SWEET, IR., '28
ATTITUDE OF THE FRESI-IMEN
HERE are two things which would
naturally impress any visitor at
Farmington High School at the present
time. The first is the extreme youth of the
present members of this, our " kindergar-
ten " group. We often wonder how such
childish minds were capable of completing
the slightly intricate tasks of the last year
in Grammar School, and why it is that their
mothers are willing to trust them so long
from home. These children of twelve do
not realize their juvenile characterg most
any time in the day a twelve year old
Freshman with a six year old appearance
and a fifty year attitude may be seen giving
fatherly or motherly advice to the Juniors
and Seniors or even telling the teachers
how their courses should be run. The ex-
treme Freshmen of this group have made
themselves the laughing stock of the rest
of the school, though they, because of the
undeveloped state of their minds, have not
as yet realized how ridiculous they really
The obvious thing to be done is to show
them their proper place, but how shall it be
done? The most natural thing to do would
be to spank a few of the freshest of them.
None of them are as yet beyond the spank-
ing age, and such a penalty would perhaps
go further than any other to show them
their proper place. This method of punish-
ment, however, seems to be out of the ques-
tion. After having seen the various other
methods put to trial we have arrived at the
conclusion that there is but one remedy for
this particular evil and that is a little ap-
plied hazing. When we speak of hazing
we do not wish to give the impression that
we believe any bodily injury should be in-
flicted or any Freshman should be endan-
gered physically. We believe that the ob-
ject of hazing should be, first, to create a
proper attitude towards our school and sec-
ond, to create respect for their superiors.
We do not think that this can be brought
about by beating up or violently handling
the Freshmen. We do think that the
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Freshmen should be made to furnish the
other classes with entertainment, by, sing-
ing, dancing, making speeches and perhaps
putting their worst acts before the assem-
bly. We also believe that they should be
put to a practical use, by compelling them
to do all the odd jobs that occur about the
school, such as moving desks, lining off the
football field and baseball field. School
spirit also could be impressed upon the
Freshmen by compulsory attendance at ath-
letic events and school socials.
Something certainly should be done about
the pretentions of the Freshmen who as a
class think that they can rule the school, so
we, the upper classmen, demand that the
Freshmen take due notice of this and gov-
ern themselves with more decorum and re-
HE students in a High School like ours
may be divided into many different
classes with respect to their attitude toward
the school. We have spoken at length on
school spirit, there is in the school a large
portion of the students who stand behind
everything that the school attempts. This
group is composed mainly of upperclass-
men, however. We are sorry to say that
there is a group in the school, but one
which is rapidly decreasing, which does
not take an interest in the extra curricula
activities whatsoever. They are either
merely indifferent, or they do not want to
go to school and only remain here because
they are forced to by their parents. This
last class causes considerable friction and
with fancied insults or injuries try to make
themselves as disagreeable as possible.
This minority should fall in line with
the rest of the school, they should forget
their petty and trivial insults and injuries
and remember that they are but individuals
who as the old saying goes are but " cutting
off their nose to spite their face." The
ultimate aim of the whole student body
should be the greatest possible good for the
greatest possible number of students.
MAKING USE OF YOUR EDUCATION
T this time a large number of us are
thinking about graduation and what
we will do next year, some will continue to
go to school in other institutions, others
perhaps will go to work, still others will
stay around home for a year or so and rest
up a bit before deciding what to do.
Those, who do not continue to go to
school, may consider that their education is
ended, perhaps in some cases it is, but not
because of the fact that they have left
school. The extent of a man's education is
almost within his own power, for the per-
son who is really anxious to learn, there
are thousands of books printed for that
very purpose, books, which require no
teacher's explanation. Once the habit of
reading books worth while is established,
it is of inestimable value throughout an
In other ways besides by suitable reading
a man may further his education, for in-
stance if he works in at factory, by keeping
his eyes open he may learn the workings
and construction of the particular machines
used there. If, however, he combines this
means with that of constructive reading, it
is of tremendous advantage to him, for the
business world more and more is eliminat-
ing those people who work merely with
their hands, the call for the man' with
something in his head is growing more im-
perative. Therefore, let us continue our
education in whatever work we may be.
HE lack of an athletic field and gym-
. nasium has always been keenly felt by
the students of Farmington High School.
This was brought to a climax when it was
no longer possible for Abbott School to
allow us to use Hippach Field and their
gymnasium. It was impossible for the
school to support a basketball team this
year with the added expense of rental for a
hall. It was decided that the best course to
pursue would be to concentrate the efforts
of the whole student body in raising a fund
to build an athletic field of our own.
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The Pratt Athletic Field in back of the
High School has to be regraded and
drained before it can be used extensively.
It has been estimated that 15,000 dollars
will cover all expenses.
The plans now are to build a quarter
mile cinder track around the field with a
gridiron and diamond in the center, two
tennis courts near the school and a gym-
nasium at the far end of the lot. Of course
the student body realize that these things
will not be gained all at once but it cer-
tainly gives us a goal toward which to
struggle. The students are working and
working hard to increase the school fund
which has already been started.
At the last town meeting by a popular
vote the people gave the school the right to
use the entire field in the rear of the school,
that is the right to use the knoll in leveling
off the Held so that it will be suitable for
use in athletics.
As it is now this field is very soft and
swampy except in those places where it has
already been graded. .VVe wish to thank
the townspeople for allowing us to use this
and we hope that when the time comes to
purchase the land adjoining the school lot
that they will also be in favor of this. The
plan is to buy the adjoining lots bordering
on Middle Streetg have all this land graded
and made into an athletic field which will
be large enough for a football and baseball
field with a cinder track running around
the outside. This would be available not
only for the High School-use but also for
the townspeople and grammar schools.
The baseball teams could be maintained in
the summer without going to the expense
of hiring a baseball field. Ultimately we
hope to have a gymnasium on this field for
High School socials, basketball games and
other athletic events. To further these ob-
jectives the High School is already raising
money and has accumulated a considerable
amount. We hope that in the future we
will have the support of the townspeople in
other things as well as we have in this.
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llli lfaenlly this term has remained
. nearly the same, with the exception
of a new linglish teacher who has been ap-
pointed to replace Mrs. lflizaheth llainer,
who retired at the end of the winter term:
l'rineipal--W Myron ti, llanier, Liolhy and klOllllll-
linglish-- Miss Frances l., Hueston, limerson
l.atin- - Mrs. lsadore Stevens. Bates
lfreneligllliss Doris Pnrington, Colby
llistnry- Miss lfthel lloward, Colninhia
Ulieiiiistry-HMalcolm O'l3rien, Colhy
fonnnereial llepartment-W Miss Mahel Lapointe.
lfllulislie-W bl. lYeston Walsh, Bowdoin
THE JUNIOR MASQUERADE
llli -lunior Masquerade was given on
january 230, as the last social event
and night off before mid-years. The
"eat, drink and he merry for to-morrow
we die" attitude was in the air and the
juniors did their best to dispel any thought
of the impending catastrophe.
The afternoon found VVhitten, Goding
and Vllright, assisting the girls in draping
the room with streamers of every hue.
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The halloons were not very successful, so
the attempts to hlow them up sounded like
an antoniohile parade going over a hox of
l'romptly at eight. many weird and fan-
tastic creatures promenaded the hall and
mid the showers of confetti the dancing
.X hurlesque of Romeo and 'luliet proved
one of the most important events of the
evening. 'lim Flint as the ardent Romeo
is said to have made feminine hearts flutter
hy his violent love making. The duel he-
tween llicky Mallett and .lim hrought
hlood and havoc to the crepe paper cos-
tumes. Hodgkins' distraction and grief
was awful and terrible to hehold, and the
play ended hy all the characters convenient-
The cast was as follows:
Romeo James Flint
,luliet llelen Knapp
Tyhalt Richard lllallett
lllerentio Rohert Burns
46 .THE LAUREL
Elizabeth Taylor accomplished the almost
Herculean task of accompanying the actors'
movements to music.
The refreshments held out despite the
appetites of the Freshmen and the gloom
of mid-years was dispelled for a short time.
COLBY MUSICAL CLUBS
EEKS before the Colby Musical
Clubs entered our town of Farm-
ington, great excitement prevailed among
some girls of Farmington High School.
" Are you going to entertain some of the
boys? " was a question repeated often. At
last, the night came and the concert was
given in Merrill Hall. It was most en-
joyed by all, especially the classical rendi-
tion of several popular songs. Murmurs
were frequently heard from certain corners
when certain boys appeared on the stage in
regard to his facial appearance and general
impression. In general these remarks
originated from those who happened to be
entertaining those particular gentlemen.
fOf course such remarks really could not
be heard, but it sounds good in this article
to say so, so we will let it stand.j There
was a dance after the program at which it
is said the Colby boys attended and danced.
In the afternoon preceding the concert,
these boys, feeling the need of fresh air,
improved upon their time by going to the
pictures while others more vigorous and
athletic engaged the use of sleighs with
horses. In'this last the subsequent events
relating to the trips will not soon be forgot-
ten by certain townspeople.
The morning after, as the hands of the
clock approached seven, creatures, which
men call boys, rushed to the stationg
doughnuts and other nourishment in their
hands, rubbing their eyes and saying good-
by to their hypnotized admirers.
REORGANIZATION OF THE GLEE CLUB
T the Hrst of the school year a Glee
Club was organized under the direc-
tion of Miss Madeline Edwards, supervisor
of music. These meetings were very well
attended at first and much enthusiasm was
shown. Gradually, however, in spite of the
fact that the Club has a varied selection of
songs, the attendance gradually decreased,
due no doubt somewhat to the heavy storms
of the winter and to the attractive programs
at the movies.
On the twelfth of March, a reorganiza-
tion was held, and the names were taken of
the girls who faithfully promised to attend.
Arrangements were made which served as
a solution for the conflict problem. The
following girls now belong to the Club:
Emma Bailey, '25
Adelaide Bassett, '26
Minnie Brahmer, '25
Frances Clark, '25
Bernice Clough, '28
Ruth French, '26
Beatrice Jalbert, '28
Arlene Jordan, '28
Helen Josselyn, '28
Mae Kershner, '28
Freda Larcom, '27
Marguerite Leavitt, '27
Mildred Luce, '27
Bertha Martin, '25
Helen McCully, '28
Lydia McCully, '28
Rachel McLaughlin, '27
Birdena Palmer, '27
Thelma Smith, '28
Edith Stanley, '28
Louise Sweatt, '28
Caroline Sweet, '26
Elizabeth Taylor, '26
Ella Voter, '28
Edith VVilbur, '28
Thelma Williams, '28
HE second prize essay contest of the
American Chemical Society, an edu-
cational project made possible by the gen-
erous funds of Mr. and Mrs. Francis P.
Garvan of New York, began with the
school year of 1924-1925.
All High and secondary schools in the
United States were eligible, so the Chemis-
try classes of Farmington High School
grasped this opportunity for attaining fame.
First prize winners in these state and terri-
torial contests will be allowed to compete in
the national contests. Six prizes of twenty
dollars in gold will be awarded for the best
essays written in the six districts. For the
prize winners in the national contest are
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six scholarships to Yale University or
Vassar College with tuition fees and five
hundred dollars annually for four years.
The topics for these essays could be
chosen from the following six:
1. The Relation of Chemistry to Health and
2. The Relation of Chemistry to the Enrich-
ment of Life.
3. The Relation of Chemistry to Agriculture or
4. The Relation of Chemistry to National De-
5. The Relation of Chemistry to the Home.
6. The Relation of Chemistry to the Develop-
ment of an Industry or a Resource of the
The six best essays from our school, be-
longing to William Mills, Holmes Wagner,
Maxine Clark, Evelyn Backus, Caroline
Sweet, Norman Hodgkins and Elizabeth
Taylor, were submitted, with hopes that
Farmington High School will be as fortu-
nate this year as last, when Alton Newell,
'24, received one of the twenty dollar prizes.
EHEARSALS are under way for the
presentation of " Green Stockings "
which is to be presented about the first of
May. This play is to be coached by Miss
Frances Hueston, who so successfully
coached " Professor Pepp," given last year
in Broadway Theater.
This play has run for several months in
New York and also in Boston, and the
presentation is quite a responsibility since
it is the largest ever presented by the
Farmington High School. The cast is as
Admiral Grice ..... ...... R obert Burns
William Faraday .... . . . Richard Whitten
Colonel Smith ..... ..... W illiam Mills
Robert Tarver . . . .... Richard Mallett
Henry Steele .... ....,. J ames Flint
James Raleigh ..... .... P hilip Parker
Martin, the maid ......... . .. Ruth French
Celia Faraday ................ Caroline Sweet
Madge QMrs. Rockinghamj .... Kathleen Bailey
Evelyn CLady Trenchardj ...... Aura Gammon
Phyllis, the Happer ........... Kathryn Harris
Mrs. Chrisolm Faraday CAunt Idaj .......
HERE have been three assemblies of
the High School held in Broadway
Theater, since the seating capacity of the
High School hall is not big enough to meet
the needs of the school and those interested
in its activities.
The Christmas program consisted of
selections by the orchestra, carols by the
Glee Club and the Triple quartette, also
readings by Margaret Sweetser, Eva Shaw
and Richard Mallett. H
The assembly held on February 13 was
devoted to the memory of Abraham Lin-
coln and Theodore Roosevelt. The pro-
gram was as follows:
What Roosevelt Thought of Lincoln
Roosevelt. the Man Barbara Gammon
Presentation of Roosevelt's Picture
Abraham Lincoln as a Hero Florence Hewey
Abraham Lincoln, the Man William Mills
The Lincoln Medal, given by the Spring-
Held watch factory, was presented to Wil-
liam Mills. Miss Hewey received honor-
ANUARY 1 -George Campbell was
among those reciting in English today.
His recitation was both pleasing and in-
structive to everyone present.
January 2 - Stolt was seen in the corridor
today. The presence of such people as
Stolt on the corridor landscape is both
pleasing and edifying to those fortunate
enough to be spectators.
january 3 - Lem Denis Moody commented
on the class picture today. We were all
glad to hear from Lem as he is very capa-
ble as a critic and orator. We were also
very much pleased to have Lem inform
us that the Epworth League has seen fit
to make him their president.
January 5-Bertha Martin was seen as
usual at her desk this morning. She also
attended her classes as per custom. We
are both pleased and glad to have Miss
Martin with us as a classmate.
january 6-Miss Hueston as usual had
charge of the room this morning. Sev-
eral announcements were read by her
which the class both appreciated and en-
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January 7-W'e are again pleased to re-
cord that the class was made the recipient
of much advice and comment by Presi-
dent Moody. It was again mentioned by
him that he was the leading officer of the
Epworth League. We were also pleased
to note that Mr. Moody plays solo violin
in the Methodist orchestra. We are com-
plimented and highly honored to have a
man of such accomplishments as Mr.
Moody as a member of our class.
January 8-We learn that Bertha Martin
is following Walter Camp's daily dozen
for certain reasons. We may state that
this is a very poor advertisement for Mr.
January 9- Stolt gave us a few graceful
poses this morning. We are afraid that
Miss Hueston is not educated enough in
the higher arts to appreciate the contri-
butions on the part of Stolt.
January 12 - Lem D. Moody again honors
us with a few words from his marvelous
intellect. We are reminded that he is
President of the Epworth League.
january 13- Ernest Hardy was among
those seen in our room this morning.
We enjoy Hardy's presence as we know
that no little inspiration may be gathered
January 14- Florence Hewey preached to
us this morning upon diverse subjects.
january 15 - We were pleased to note that
Wagner hurried to his seat today.
january 16 - Bettie Merchant was seen to-
day in class which was not unusual.
January 19-Lem Moody announces that
as President of the Senior Class and
President of the Epworth League he al-
ways sets a good example for the Fresh-
men. Lem also occupies many subsidiary
offices such as, janitor of the vestry, sub
bell-ringer, ash tender and chief usher.
January 20 - We enjoyed the recitation of
George Campbell as usual in Senior Eng-
lish. Campbell is both talented and able
as a bluffer.
january 21-Eugene Campbell was also
noticedg he, too, has unusual ability in
january 22- The dictionary was called
into use by Emma Bailey today. She un-
doubtedly wished to ascertain the mean-
ing of a word. Em says the dictionary
could not have been used before this year
by the dust she found.
january 23 - Bettie Merchant was at
school todayg we are pleased to record
along with such events as this announce-
ment that Lem Moody is President of the
Epworth League. '
January 26-We are pleased to note that
George Campbell was dressed up today.
The members of the class undoubtedly
were also pleased to have something more
edifying to behold than bandana handker-
january 27- We were pleased to note that
Evelyn Keene had taken time to powder
her nose before coming to school this
January 28 - Evelyn Backus was among us
today as usual, breezing around as if, she
owned the place.
january 29-Aura Gammon looked bored
today for a changeg we are sorry if she
doesn't appreciate the remarks of our
January 30- Helen Sargent gave a whirl-
wind recitation today as usual. A slight
moderation on the part of Miss Sargent
would be beneficial both to her and to the
rest of us.
February 2 - We are very pleased to make
known and to announce that Lem Moody
is President of the Epworth League
along with various other subsidiary
offices in the Methodist Church.
February 3- Maxine McLeary wore a
green dress on St. Patrick's Day.
February 4- Fannie Richards came to
school today. In our opinion this ,oc-
currence should be more regular.
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February 5 - In concluding this portion of
the diary of the Senior Class we wish to
state that Lem Moody is President of the
HE underclassmen, namely the Fresh-
men and Sophomores, have made a
name for themselves which will ever be re-
membered in Farmington High School be-
cause of the excellent programs they pre-
sent each morning before classes.
The honorable members of the classes sit
in mute silence as their classmates render
programs such as piano selections by Made-
moiselle Stevens, and the quartette by Dot
Gould, Clarice Lufkin, Betty Morton and
Claribel Russell on their ukes, which made
the audience gaze with admiration upon
their talented classmates. The vocal quar-
tette rendered by Ted Brown, Elizabeth
Oliver, Dorothy Merry and Gladys Well-
man was very much appreciated.
These programs can be heard faintly in
the Junior and Senior rooms. It is hoped
that some fine day, Mr. Hamer will be so
kind as to omit some of the less important
functions, such as classes, and call a gen-
eral assembly to see this previously men-
tioned talented class perform. In case they
should run out of ideas, we would suggest
Solo Dance Cbright red costume preferredj
Oration fMy Opinionsl Elmer Frederic
Debate fResolved: That Upper Classmen and
Teachers Should Respect Usl
Lee Morton The Senior President
Scrapper Brown The Junior President
Drew Beedy The Principal
If these prodigies would consider our
humble supplication, we promise to furnish
plenty of comments, and in case they wish
to travel with their efforts we will gladly
see that transportation is provided.
N Monday afternoon a teachers' meet-
ing was held as usual but!-now
comes an astonishing tale, which I over-
heard at the open window.
Mr. Miner in his usual snappy manner
opened the meeting with these words:
K' The question to be debated this afternoon
is, Resolved: That Women are Better
Disciplinarians than Men. The affirmative
will be upheld by Mrs. Isadore Stevens,
Miss Frances Hueston, with Miss Doris
Purington as alternate. The negative will
be upheld by Mr. J. Weston Walsh, Mr.
Malcolm O'Brien, and Mr. Myron C.
Hamer as alternate. The debate will be
opened by Mrs. Stevens."
From my position outside I caught a
glimpse of a slight figure Hitting nervously
to the front of the room, my sympathies
were all with her for as she turned to face
this audience of critics the color left her
face and she stood there pale and fright-
ened. She started in a weak, trembling
voice with terror-stricken eyes glancing
occasionally from her notes to the corner
of the room. I lost most of the argument,
for the squeak of Mr. Hamer's slipper, as
he tried to kick his colleague, drowned out
the other squeaky but her main point
seemed to be that the male members of the
faculty were easily distracted from their
classroom duties. For proofs she cited such
instances as Mr. Hamer amusing himself
by juggling erasers back and forth across
the study hall, thus permitting a fight be-
tween two Seniors to go to completion in
the back of the roomg or Mr. Walsh be-
coming so engrossed in a game of chess
that a four pound box of kisses was de-
voured by the various class members.
Mr. O'Brien, the first negative speaker,
started to prove that the noise in Mrs.
Stevens' study hall seriously disturbed the
rest of the classes. He proved this to Mrs.
Stevens' dissatisfaction but something re-
called memories of an old school mate so
he used up the rest of his time explaining
how they made spit balls that bounced back.
The allirmative argument was concluded
by Miss Hueston who covered herself, like-
wise her team, with glory by eloquently
speaking overtime to quote from several
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Seniors that Review Math. class was an
uproar from beginning to end.
Finally Mr. Walsh, in his usual formal
style of debating, came out with a freak
proposition, invented during the first three
speeches. Casting several sardonic grins at
his opponents he admitted that men have
very little authority over students of High
school age, and proved minutely that the
only successful method was student gov-
ernment. This put a serious crimp in the
Next .followed a five-minute conference
period but apparently nothing was achieved
by it. Both atiirmatives extemporized sar-
castically and effectively, jumped at their
opponents for lack of proof and came down
hard on the freak proposition, while the
negatives retaliated with more or less sil-
ver-tongued oratory and ended thus the de-
Very quickly did the judgesses, Miss
Howard, Miss LaPointe and Miss Edwards,
cast their votes and the result was such as
you might get from a committee of judges
composed of women, a unanimous victory
for the affirmative. E. Taylor, '26,
THE DEBATING CLUB
DEBATING CLUB was organized
at Farmington High School this
year for the first time in the history of the
school. This club is carried on under the
direction of Miss Frances L. Hueston,
supervisor of English.
The club holds weekly classroom debates,
on current subjects, or subjects which are
absurd, therefore interesting, and which are
the product of the master mind of one of
the members of the club. In this way, ev-
ery member may joyfully look forward to
the fact that his turn is destined to come at
regular intervals, so he hopes for the best
and prepares for the worst.
Occasionally these debates are good
enough to be presented before the general
assembly, much to the amusement of the
Although this is our first year of debat-
ing, we ventured to enter the Bates League
and to our surprise won in the preliminary
debates with Rumford and Livermore. We
feel that in entering the League we have
gained much helpful experience in public
No doubt the club will be continued next
year, for we feel that a Debating Club is
essential to every truly active and wide-
awake High School.
INCE Friday the 13th is bound to have
some unexpected results, anticipate
with horror or delight the following tale.
The usual morning session of misery
found the affirmative debatinglteam of F.
H. S. in a not altogether ludicrous state of
mind, as the vocal chords of their talented,
concluding speaker refused to vibrate,
while the negatives were quite cheered to
find that their likewise talented, concluding
speaker had not, as expected, become a vic-
tim of the mump epidemic.
We leave to your imagination the hec-
tivity of the ensuing classes. Debaters
rushed madly around in search of a new
alternate, while the laboratory resounded
with most eloquent and oratorical spouts,
in the hasty endeavor to learn new
speeches. Even recess with its strongly
attracting chocolate bars did not allure
them from extemporizing.
Train time came all too soon and found
33 1-342 of the negative team and the
coach, setting out briskly at a snail's pace
set by the drooping remnants of the affirm-
ative team who went to see them off.
Hardly had they reached the main thor-
oughfare of the town when the newly ac-
quired, capable, but reluctant affirmative
alternate tore madly down the street at a
most unusual rate of speed, with horror-
stricken eyes wildly glaring all about, to in-
form us that this talented, concluding
speaker of the negative would likewise be
unable to speak, due, not to the prevalent
swelling of the mumpal glands, but to an
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unforeseen heart attack. Partially recov-
ered from the shock, the teams looked up
- up to see their unusually dignified coach
racing a speedy bull dog up the telephone
ofiice stairs, to learn that this orator had
sufficiently recovered to journey to Rum-
ford as alternate and write rebuttals.
Any interested onlookers would have
seen a parting resembling a picture of
"Keep the Home Fires Burning," or
'A Smile through Your Tears when We Part,
Suddenly the atiirmatives, overcome by
the humor of the situation, in view of the
departing train, dropped weakly on a
baggage perambulator and rocked with un-
suppressed nervous hilarity.
Add to your previously mentioned imagi-
nary picture, the drasticity of that after-
noon, the negatives speeding along in the
train, and afiirmatives making hot the trail
to the house of their stricken speaker,
both teams madly learning the speeches of
their afflicted colleagues.
The rest of this story is hard to beat and
must be treated in two divisions.
I. The negatives first alighted from the
through Pullman express at Livermore,
there to enjoy the sights for an hour.
Mallett grasped the opportunity for a game
of pool while the rest of the team worriedly
and hurriedly tried to concentrate, thus at-
tracting curious gazes and remarks from
the onlookers. Ten minutes of similar de-
scription were spent in Canton, where they
added the delightful pastime of estimating
the intelligence of Canton's debators, start-
ing for South of some such foreign coun-
try as Peru, Paris, or Mexico.
Someone whistled to the train just before
it reached Rumford and it remembered to
stop. Here a large committee of two
charming but exceedingly talkative maidens
met the team and on the way to the hotel
managed to inform them, in about ten
words, that they could expert to be beaten
by veteran winners of two years. Gross
Strange to relate, appetites were lacking
at supper, and all of four perfectly good
orders would have been wasted had not
Mallett's thrifty nature come to the rescue
to help him devour his own beef steak and
everyone else's. Of course it is always
such a comfort to have one so level-headed
in a party, and apparently nothing out of
the ordinary was happening in his daily
At seven o'clock a very dignified proces-
sio11 came from the hotel elevator fother-
wise known as stairsj, headed by a tall fur
coat, tailed by an at la exeter coat and scarf,
and carefully cherishing a short, concise
case fsometimes called a brief casej and a
recipe box. This parade was accompanied
by the afternoon's escorts, or rather guides
and pilots, who led them up the main street,
through a cornfield of slush, up the muddy
side of School House Mountain and finally
across the athletic field to the back door of
the schoolhouse which proved to be locked.
Soon, however, entrance was gained and
the debate began.
This was indeed a brilliant affair. Scrib-
bled notes as well as significant glances and
signs were evident on both sides of the
stage. Mills and Betty Taylor nearly came
to blows in their simultaneous endeavor to
get into the recipe box when the second
aflirmative speaker repeated word for word
a passage from their own beloved, ador-
able, darling, etc., little brown book. All
rebuttals were most amusing and the debate
ended with excruciatingly peculiar results
which kept the telephone line to Farming-
ton busy for some time.
Back at the hotel parlor an excited com-
pany, minus one member at the dance, sat
down for a game of cards but ,Mills shuffled
them so long that the spots were all rubbed
off and it had to be given up.
The first signs of pep were apparent
when the Afiirmatives' results came in but
everyone knows these, so since this is the
end of the tale it must close.
II. At this point, we will leave this part
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of our narrative, and turn to watch the do-
ings of the affirmative team only, in their
downhearted proceedings of the afternoon.
We have already told you of our tearful
parting at the station, our sudden burst of
nervous hilarity, as we rocked back and
forth on the baggage perambulator, and
finally of our resignation to the inevitable.
Well, the affirmative team will have to be
given this much credit, at least. They
realized that, comfortable as their position
was, it would hardly learn their speeches
for them. So off they hopped, and sup-
ported in each other's embrace, they strug-
gled over mud puddles, through slush and
mush, to the house of one of the speakers.
Entering the house, they slumped into
chairs, and began to study-and well,
Silence reigned supreme for actually one
hour and a half ll
The line between this house and the house
of their speaker with the impaired vocal
chords was kept hot, Cmuch to the disgust
of Centralj, and the road was worn smooth
enough to allow a 1:55 heat to be held on
it with the greatest ease. But you see there
was some hope, the littlest bit, that our
muscular and imposing speaker might gain
strength enough to force her sonorous and
gruff voice, over the footlights of the audi-
torium Qwhich, by the way, was the Con-
gregational Churchj in which the debate
was to be held. So of course they hoped
against hope, but 'twas in vain, as time
Some people who are not primed in the
art of debate, have asked the reason for
having alternates on any team! If they
had ever been in any such a lugubrious
catastrophe as the affirmatives thought
themselves to be, such a question would
have never left their lips.
For imagine the feeling of hope, maybe
faith and charity, too, which rose in the
hearts of the afiirmatives, when gazing
dolefully out of the window, they saw their
gone but not forgotten alternate trudging
up the street, tenderly carrying an insig-
nificant recipe box, with as much care as
could ever be hoped for.
No doubt they needed some encourage-
ment, and this was supplied by the long-
suffering alternate who murmured over and
over, " Well, you 'll live just as long and
die just as happy, no matter how it comes
out." Cheerful prospect, indeed!
After two interminable hours, 7:30 came
and with it, the atlirmatives trailing up the
middle aisle of the church like a wedding
procession, minus the flowers, escorted by
the " World Almanac," " Who 's Who in
America," two brief cases, a dictionary and
a book well known at school, entitled " The
Art of Debate."
After fixing the electric lights to suit
their needs, and planking all their worldly
goods on the huge table at the right of their
stage, the aiiirmatives turned to greet their
In vain the team looked around for a
consoler, in the absence of the one who
always before was loyally behind the
screens to give them a send-off fno names
mentionedj but in the absence of such they
grinned and bore it, literally tool
Every single member was shivering, but
were reminded that the room in which they
were confined, was like a barn -this from
their self-appointed consoler!
At last by accident, the aliirmative team
actually remembered to go on the stage, for
luckily they saw the negatives austerely do-
ing such, through a crack in the door.
At last Mr. Hamer's sonorous voice
rang out, and the light was on.
I will not go into details, but will leave
to your imagination the different emotions
experienced! Shivering, hoping, sinking
and hoping again, but never before in their
young lives, did they receive such a shock
as when the verdict was announced.
But added to this was the hilarity which
followed the announcement of our nega-
tives' victory, and Mr. Hamer simply
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echoed the thought in the minds of the
aflirmatives when he said: " I 've known it
all the time."
Sweet and Taylor, '26.
URING the winter term we held our
yearly Country Gentleman Subscrip-
The school was equally divided into three
teams, the members of each team wearing
a separate color and an honorable name.
The winning team, called the Andy Gumps,
wore orange, the Jeffs wore red, and the
Mutts wore that very popular color, green.
The Business Manager for all three
teams was Richard Mallett, '26. The Sales
Managers for the three teams were:
"Andy Gumps"-- Owen Gilman, '27,
"Jens"-Richard W'hitten, '26, and the
" Mutts " - Lem Moody, '25. These Man-
agers were ably assisted by Maxine Mc-
Leary, '25, Alice Stevens, '27, and Mar-
garet Sweetser, '28.
The contest was eagerly fought, as was
shown by the scores of the teams and the
state record. The number of subscriptions
sold by the different teams were: " Andy
Gumps "- 62, t'jeffs"- 56, and " Mutts "
-- 50, the total score being 168. Farming-
ton High School stood third in the state
Still more enthusiasm was caused by the
result of the contest. A party called the
Fun Fest, was given by the two losing
teams to the winners. The Fun Fest was
held at Drummond Hall, Friday evening,
The hall was prettily decorated in red,
green and orange, the colors of the teams,
and showed great labor on the part of sev-
eral Freshman girls.
Due to several social functions given at
the same time the number of guests was
rather small, but the evening was im-
mensely enjoyed by all and the Fun was
Monette Ross won the five hundred yard
dash, with James Wliitteil winning second
place. I. Weston Walch also began in the
contest. Mrs. Stevens won in throwing the
hammer, but was ruled out for fouling.
Principal Hamer was also ruled out for this
same reason, thus by the process of elimi-
nation Miss Hueston won the contest.
Leigh Morton won the hurdles. The
doughnut race was won by Richard Whit-
ten who manfully took the doughnut, hole
and all, in one bite, Miss Purington came
in second with the capacity of 94 of a
doughnut a bite. Elsie Savage also entered
but did not get started. i
Clinton Merry was awarded first place as
supreme critic of the girls, he complained
that he couldn't find any good enough for
him to dance with, hence the reason why
he did not dance.
Richard Mallett, because of a very press-
ing and important engagement, left the
party early, the party continued after his
After the athletics were over, refresh-
ments were served by Alice Stevens, who
came down with the mumps the next morn-
ing. Mrs. Stevens, " the Latin Depart-
ment," assisted, she has not come down
with the mumps yet, but the Latin classes
The party concluded after the refresh-
ments disappeared, and so the contest mer-
rily ended, the teams having shown ex-
cellent sportsmanship, on both sides.
HE Senior Class parts have been an-
nounced and are as follows:
Valedictory Edna Huff
Salutatory Florence Hewey
Oration William Mills
Essay Kathleen Bailey
There will be a Class Day this year when
the rest of the parts will be given.
HE class parts for the Class Day
Exercises were announced before the
Senior room by Mr. Hamer and were as
The committee in charge of arrangements-
Aura Gammon, Chairman, Maxine Clark, and
Class Will Lem Moody
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Class Prophecy Leila Barker
Class'l-Iistory Maxine McLeary
Presentation of Gifts Minnie Brahmer
THE INTERSCHOLASTIC DEBATES I
ARMINGTON HIGH SCHOOL came
in second in the Bates Interscholastic
Debating League. The team composed of
Lucile Whitcomb, '26, Caroline Sweet, '26
faliirmativesjg Elizabeth Taylor, '26g and
William Mills, '25 fnegativesj had spent
many a long and tedious hour poring over
books and magazines and it is to their hard
work and enthusiasm that credit for the
splendid work is due.
On Friday, April 10, the team accom-
paned by the coach, Miss Frances Hueston,
and various other members of the school
journeyed to Lewiston where they were
met by Mr. Davis of the Bates Debating
Council and conducted to the College.
That evening at eight o'clock the semi-
finals of the League were held. All schools
which had won both of the preliminary
debates were entered in the semi-finals.
These were: Bar Harbor, Buckfield, Cam-
den, Deering, Edward Little, Farmington,
Foxcroft, Gardiner, Lisbon Falls, Maine
Central Institute, Stearns and Waterville.
Farmington High School's .Affirmative
Team met Stearns High School's Negative
Team, and Farmington High School's Neg-
ative Team met Camden High School's
Affirmative Team. Farmington won over
both of these schools with a 3-0 decision.
Lucile Whitcomb and VVilliam Mills were
chosen the best speakers in their respective
Deering, Lisbon Falls, Buckfield and
Farmington were the only schools which
won both of their debates and were eligible
to enter the finals. On Saturday morning
Farmington's Negative met Lisbon Falls'
Atiirmative and won with a 2-1 decision.
Farmington's Affirmative met Buckfield's
Negative and lost with a 2-1 decision. Miss
Lucile Whitcomb was judged the best
speaker in this last debate.
By counting up the votes cast Deering
came in first, Farmington second, Buck-
field third, and Lisbon Falls fourth.
Half of Farmington High School was at
the returning team and
the station to meet
certainly gave them a hearty welcome home.
That evening Mr.
Sweet, Jr. held an
and Mrs. john Allen
informal reception for
the team and school.
FRANKLIN COUNTY INTERSCHOLASTIC
HE Principals of the High Schools of
Farmington, Strong, Phillips and
Rangeley met at Phillips and formed the
Franklin County Interscholastic Baseball
League. The purpose of the league is to
schedule, manage and control the baseball
games between these schools.
During each spring each member team
will play two games with each of the other
teams. The schedule for the games this
May 2 Farmington High School at Strong
and Rangeley High School at Phillips
May 9 Phillips High School at Farmington
and Strong High School at Rangeley
May 16 Farmington High School at Rangeley
and Phillips High School at Strong
May 23 Strong High School at Farmington
iind Phillips High School at Range-
May 30 Farmington High School at Phillips
and Rangeley High School at Strong
June 6 Rangeley High School at Farmington
and Strong High School at Phillips
A silver loving cup is to be purchased
and will be given by the league to that team
winning the greatest number of games.
V. Gould, '26,
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Miss PECHKIS, telling the difference be-
tween lie and lay: " Lay means to place,
and lie, why anything that has life can lie."
Miss Hueston, in English IV A: " What
does 'dowager duchess of XVarwick'
Mills: "I thought it meant she was
Miss Hueston. dictating in debating
class: " Well, I suppose we will have to
wait until Mr. Mallett gets catchvd up."
Miss Hueston, giving out Senior English
assignment: "Tomorrow we have Lamb
Larcom: " What 's that?"
Miss Hueston: " Oh, they are not for
dinner, they are writers."
Miss Purington: " In how many states
can water be found? "
Elmer Frederick: " Maine, New Hamp-
shire and Massachusetts."
Mr. O'Brien, in Chemistry class: " Miss
Sargent, what are the properties of sulphur
Miss Sar ent: " Oh, sul hur trioxide is
very attractive! "
Miss I-Iueston, giving out sides for a de-
bate: "I think you had better remain on
the affirmative side, Miss Backus."
Miss Backus: "I haven't got there yet."
Miss Bailey, in Business English, chang-
ing ambiguous sentences: " Passengers
while they are in motion are warned not to
get off cars."
Mr. O'Brien, in Chemistry: " What
solution is it that turns red when mixed
with H2S? "
Hodgkins, volunteering hastily: " Ali-
mony " fantimonyj.
Mr. O'Brien, in Chemistry class: " How
would you test for presence of ammonia in
heating of an ammonium compound with
an alkali? i'
Miss Sweet: " By its odor."
Whitten, waving his hand: " What if
you 've never smelled ammonia?"
Mr. O'Brien: " Why, you know by what
you smelled that you never smelled it be-
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SENIOR REVIEW MATH.
Mr. Hamer: " Explain Homogeneous
Miss Backus: " Linear x-3y equals 0,
Mr. Hamer: " Why do you always say is
equal to 0? Why not say equal to 47 P"
Miss Backus: " I want to be sure and get
Mrs. Stevens, cracking her daily joke in
assembly room, after the majority have
turned around in their seats to find out the
time: " Does everyone have to look at the
clock? Its face never changes as some peo-
Miss Backus translating French came to
the phrase: " Un des deux lieux de reunion
Miss Purington: " What do you call a
meeting in a village?"
Miss Backus: " The Main Street."
Mrs. Stevens: " What is an egotist?"
Weston Brown: " An eye doctor."
Miss Brahmer: "johnson spent his
wifeis diary for his school."
Miss Bailey and Miss Sargent whispering
Mr. O'Brien: " You girls don't know
how to whisper. You had better stay after
Voice from class: " He 's going to teach
them how to whisper."
Miss Backus demonstrated her immense
knowledge of the English language by ex-
claiming that she forgot her clue in play
Miss Hueston: "What case is
Whispers: "A sad Case."
Miss Hueston: " Does anyone know
what a common vehicle is?',
Miss Keene: HA Ford."
Best Looking Member of Class - George
Noisiest Member- Raymond Larcom.
Most Religious - Lem fhimselfj Moody.
Class Sheik - also Lem Moody.
Class President - Lem Moody.
Epworth League President - Lem
Class Wit- Holmes Wagner.
Class Vamp- Leila Barker.
Most Frivolous - Aura Gammon.
Most Colorful -- Evelyn Keene.
F attest Member - Thelma Smith.
IN CHEMISTRY CLASS
Mr. O'Brien: " What are atoms?"
Burns: " Atoms of the same element
have the same weight, color and size."
Mr. O'Brien: " How about their disposi-
tion P "
Parker: " Hydrogen sulfide is formed
when bad eggs become old."
Mr. O'Brien, opening windows: " Were
the Freshmen up here last period? "
Nods of assent.
" Oh, I see, an incubator."
When Mallett passes a classroom transla-
tion book to Miss Sweet, she pleasantly re-
plies: " No thank you, I don't care for any
Miss Merchant, reciting L'Allegro:
" And there on beds of violet stew."
Miss Hueston: " They claim Milton's
second marriage was his happiest, the one
where his wife lived only a year."
After Flint had stupefied the English
class by giving a correct answer, Miss
Hueston says accusingly: " Did someone
tell you that, Flint?"
" No," said Flint, " I guessed it."
Flint: " Can 't we have cross-word
puzzles on Fridays? "
Miss Hueston: " Not every Frdiay."
Flint: " Well, one Friday a week then."
Flint, translating " Adieu France ":
" Heavens France ! "
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Newton, translating in French: "I am
in love with a girl who laughs at my nose
and I mean to lose it."
Flint, translating a French menu: " First
they served a side dish of radishes, sar-
dines, etc. Next came some delicious soup.
'Kind of seems as if the soup ought to
have come firstf "
How strange Flint knows so much about
HEARD ROUND-ABOUT THE HALLS
Mr. Walch: " How long has paper been
good to eat, Parker? "
Parker: "Since 1860."
Miss Purington: " Who was Othello? "
Malletti " He was a wood nymph, wasn't
Marguerite Leavitt is becoming reaX
gifted in the art' of being a chaperon for
Ben and Freda fwith Owen's assistancelj.
Mr. Walch: " What part of speech is
' on ' ? "
Tribou replied: " A verb."
Mr. Walch: " Give us the conjugation
Tribou: " Well, er-er-I can not just
think how it starts."
Mr. Walch: " Well, I on, you on, he on,
I will on, I have on-"
Tribou: 'I That 's right! 'I have on.' "
" When you forget your book, Flood,
you get zero," announced Miss Purington.
The culprit ejaculated hopefully, " Be-
ginning with tomorrow?"
A BRIEF SKETCH OF THE FRESHMEN
Our source of knowledge-Helen and
The sheik-Jim Whitten.
The vamp - Dot Gould.
The wandering boy- Horace Robbins.
The teacher's deceiver - Elmer Fred-
Our history shark-Monette Ross.
The note fiend-Ella Voter.
Our Paderewski -Edith Stanley.
The successful fiapper-Marguerite
The angel of our class?? - Dalbert His-
We wonder why the Misses Lufkin,
Sweetser, Russell and Gould rush to the
Broadway Theater when school is closed,
accompanied by some of the worthy Sopho-
mores, such as Misses Merry and Hood?
The Abbott School students do not appreci-
ate the special attraction which they cause,
but nevertheless it is carried out to the nth
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HE alumni are a part of the school
and as such should manifest interest
in its activities, its social events and ath-
letic contests. This year we have held f1VC
socials and four public assemblies besides
football games and other events. The
alumni have been invited to all these, but
how many have attended? The school this
year is progressing unusually well, its
scholastic standing has been greatly im-
proved, an extensive football equipment has
been purchased, a definite start has been
made towards obtaining a new athletic
field, and the school in general is going
along finely. Wie want the alumni to know
what we are accomplishing and to support
ns in these events.
ALUMNI AT THE VARIOUS COLLEGES
Bates- Edna Weathern, Ruth Moore,
Bowdoin - Benjamin Butler, Howard P.
VVhitney, Harry Smith, Ellsworth Barker.
Colby-Vera Ellen Fellows, Darold
Nickerson, Augustus Hodgkins, George
Hodgkins, Theodore Hodgkins, john Sta-
ples Tibbetts, VVinona Knowlton.
University of Maine- Carroll E. Hack-
ett, Alton A. Newell, Orlando VV. Small.
George VVashington Law School--Env
Harvard Law School-Richard Small.
Oberlin -- Arthur Cunningham.
Ohio State University-Rockwell Flint.
University of Chicago-Frances Butler
University of Pennsylvania-Ruth
Capers Qgraduate workj.
Vvlheaton - Lillian Norton.
E are very glad to have enlarged our
exchange department. Many of our
old friends whom we did not hear from in
the fall came back with their Christmas
number. VVe were very glad to hear from
them. There are still a few, however,
whom we have not heard from yet, but we
hope they will send us a Commencement
Of course Tlzv .-lvadcmy Life was one
of the first to catch our eye. Perhaps one
reason is the artistic cover design. We
doubt if the paper could be improved on.
There are excellent cuts!
The High School Hc'rald- VVestiield,
Mass. A very neatly arranged paper. We
enjoy your numbers every time.
The Pl1SSOfHl0t11l0U'dy Oracle-Eastport,
Maine. This is an excellently arranged
paper. A few cuts might improve it.
The Iroqzmis- Glens Falls High School,
Glens Falls, New York. A clever cover!
" A Study Hall Dream " was very interest-
ing. The Exchange department might be
put nearer the back of the book.
The Stcwns- Schenectady, New York.
You have some fine cuts! VVhy not have
a verse department?
T110 B0lIll-t'v.'l'-Nl3LllS01'l, Blaine. An
excellent paper. lt shows a lot of hard
T110 CT0J'I'tlblIS.YC'f Ripple - New Portland,
Maine. A very interesting paper. VVhy not
have an exchange department?
Tilt' Red and lVlzi!c-Sanford, Maine.
A nifty cover! Why not have a few
T110 Sfotiiglif-South Hadley Falls,
Mass. You have a very interesting and
attractive paper. Come again.
Tlzc' jxfYtT'Z'Iif'fIl,Y--BCI'XX'lCli, Maine. You
have a very good paper and a good ex-
Tlzc Venture- Hallowell, Maine. A
very up to date paper. VVe enjoyed it very
T110 Plzillipzun- Phillips, Maine. A very
good paper but the literary department is
T110 511111110-High School of Practical
Arts, Boston, Mass. This is a new ex-
change this year and is a very choice one.
It is a great little paper and hard to beat.
You are very up to date with your cross-
60 THE LAUREL
The Milachi -- Milara, Minn. A great
monthly paper. Every issue is an improve-
The Periscope-Winslow High School.
Your department on " Outside Activities "
The Year Book-Wilton Academy.
Why do you not have a department of
We are very glad to receive the copies
of the following papers this year. Please
Stevefu Tribute - Rumford, Maine.
Pa-r Sem Book - North Parsonfield, Me.
Oriole -- Warren, Ill.
Red and Black - Glens Falls, New York.
Netop - Turner Falls.
Caudeceus - Norway, Maine.
Lisbomfan -- Lisbon, Maine.
Tattler - Bloomfield, Conn.
Chronicle - South Paris, Maine.
We have written to and hope to hear soon
from the following:
South Portland, Maine.
A FEW GLIMPSES AT OURSELVES
The Laurel-We admire your literary
work and fine pages of poetry. Taken as
a whole it is an excellent paper.- The
The Laurel-Your verse department is
most entertaining. The poem, " The Har-
vest Moon," is an excellent bit of descrip-
tion and very well written. You also have
a good Exchange Department.- The High
The Laurel--A remarkably line paper.
Your headings show great skill on the part
of the Art editor.- The Shuttle.
The Laurel- Is one of the best of our
exchanges, a very well arranged paper.-
The N cwielus.
The Laurel-Your cartoons are excep-
tionally good. Your various editors are
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MILLINERY ART GOODS
K. M. R O B A S H
Broadway, - Farmington
Agent for EICCALL PATTERNS
Charles E. Dyer, Ph. G.
Voter 8: Knowlton
All Kinds of Insurance
CHOICE GROCERIES MEATS
VVe have had thirty-five years' experience 1
Life Insurance business.
Young men should begin to save immediately.
.' . There is no way so good as Life Insurance.
55 Main St., Farmington, Maine Fairbanks, ' ' Maine
Oldest Bank in Franklin County
One Dollar Will Open an Acct.
GEORGE B. CRAGIN, Pres.
J. P. XYHORFF, Treas.
Farmington Falls, Maine
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To get a Haircut or a Shave,
And if money you wish to save,
Go to Matthieu's on Broadway
And get good service every day.
CURRIER C. HOLMAN
E. A. ODELL
LA W Y ER
Farmington, - Maine GROCERIES, MEATS
Vesta Battery Service
A. G. BARKER
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Hua1t's Barber Shop
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Carll N. Fenderson
MEATS GROCERIES ATTORNEY-A T-I-AW
GRAINS AND FARM PRODUCE u ,
West Farmington, Maine
LADIES' SHINGLE and BOBS
Shampoos and Massaging
J. A. Callahan
ARTHUR A. GORDON
LONG AND SHORT LUMBER
Crates, Crate Shooks and Boxes
FARMINGTON FALLS, MAINE ,
SAY IT WITH FLOWERS
Let us furnish them for you for all
RIPLEY 85 COMPANY
FARMINGTON, :: : MAINE
BOOTS SHOES RUBBERS
New Vineyard, Maine
nf. F. o. Lyford
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The Morton Motor Company
Established in 1912
Reo, Chevrolet and Oakland Sales and Service
GARAGE, SALESROOM, and SERVICE STATION
Everything for the Automobile
On both sides of the State Highway, FARMINGTON, MAINE
Donit forget that there is an up-to-date ICE CREAM PARLOR
and TEA ROOM in the same building as the
Morton Motor Co. Salesroom.
All kinds of Ice Cream and Confectionery
Butter Kist Popcorn and Dainty Lunches
THE J. C. MORTON COMPANY
FARMINGTON, - - - MAINE
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House 145 3 H 157 2
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Alonzo P . Richards
F arms, Homes and Timberlands
Kingsley 6: Allen
Meats and Groceries, Grain, Fruit
Tobacco and Cigars
Charles T. I-loclgkins
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Bread, Cake and Pastry
Birthday, Bride and Wedding Cakes
Lodge and Party Orders Solicited
For All Occasions
A. V. ANDREWS, Prop.
Stationery and School Supplies FARMINGTON, - - MAINE
FRESH FROM SWITZERLAND
Tobler Chocolate Bars Come to You
The Purest Full Cream Swiss Milk The Finest Cocoa
Crushed Desert Nuts and De 1c1ous p
l' ' Al ine Honey
All blended together as only the Swiss know how
' - " Real Swiss
"N y CHQCOLATE
JN , A bar's a meal
I for sale by F.H.S.Candy Counter
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NORTON'S CANDY STORE
Is the Place
High Grade Chocolates
We are Agents for
FISH'S GREEN SEAL CHOCOLATES OF NVIRTH
BURBANICS, a Creation in Chocolates
C. L. GAGE
Confectionery Cigars ' Tobacco
Ice Cream and Soft Drinks A
FARMINGTON FALLS, MAINE
Fon soon FEEDS
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BOB CUTS MANICURE
Main Street 2nd Floor
HOWATT Sz LONGFELLOW
WE EXTEND A WELCOME HAND
To you who are strangers in our community-to you who are old neighbors
who have never visited our BANK-
To you who are our present patrons-
We extend a hand of sincere welcome with a request that you visit us and con-
sult us whenever any of the numerous perplexing financial matters bother you.
This does not in any sense incur obligation, but we do want you to feel that we
are ready to serve you in every way possible.
Member Federal Reserve System
Peoples National Bank, - Fafmi11gt0H, Maine
By May 15, 1924, our new Burglar Proof Vault will be erected and in
After that date we invite our friends to examine its strength and
observe how the safe-maker is circumventing the burglar.
The First National Bank
or FARMINGTON, MAINE
LHCIIGS' FUITIISDIUQ House
COATS AND SUITS LADIES' FURNISHINGS
At Moderate Prices
A. D. INGALLS
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Lewiston Buick Co.
COILIPLIAVENTS OF -'-"-
A Friend G. M. C. TRUCKS
Salesroom and Service Station
Corner BROADWAY and PLEASANT ST.
Farmington ormal School
THis school with an honorable history of sixty years offers particular advan-
tages to the young men and young women of Farmington who are willing to consider
some phase of Education as a life-work.
1. It prepares teachers of the grades.
2. It offers courses for Junior High teachers.
3. It prepares teachers of Home Economics.
4. It gives a splendid training for superintending schools.
5. Incidentally, it furnishes the best training for home-making that we know of.
Visit the School and confer with the Principal.
Searles - French 8: Son
Main Street Market
Meats, Groceries, Fruits and
K. A. ROLLINS
Both Phones FARMINGTON, MAINE
T H E L A U R E L
Finest Entertainment at All Times
E. E. HARDY, Mgr.
Watch for the MOVIE BALL in Music Hall
GASOLI N E
'rl-I E Warm TILE GAS
Farmington Oil Distributors
Every Good Time is a Good Time To Kodak
In after years you will treasure pictures of your school days.
Let us help you to get the kind of pictures you want -the best.
BROVVNIE CAMERAS, 32.00 to 35.00
KODAKS, 30.50 and Up FILMS AND SUPPLIES
DEVELOPING PRINTING ENLARGING
Our Line of PI-IOTO ALBUMS is Complete
MARR'S DRUG STORE
The Kodak Shop : : 62 Main Street
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