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Page 12 text:
I SHALL NOT SCREAM NOR PREACI-I .
I have a lacl lo reporl. A recenl poll reporls lhal racial and religious preiudice
is again on lhe upswing. I have somelhing lo say. Please Iislen. Whal I have lo say
will lake only a lillle lime. I shall nol scream nor preach, allhough lhal ugly lacl is
as near lo me and as personal wilh me as my own skin. I shall only lalk a lillle . . .
I cannol lell ol how insidious lhis halred is and has always been, any beller lhan
counlless olhers have lold il in lhe pasl. So I shall only lalk ol whal I have lound lo be
lrue, in my own lile, in sevenleen years.
I have lound lhal people have a greal deal lo give. People can give so much lhal
is warm and human, so much ol lhe rich experience lhal is parl ol living. So much is
being wasled. I lhink lhere is no grealer experience on earlh lhan lhal ol meeling
each person as a dilferenl, unique individual. When we iudge people singly, only
by whal lhey prove lhemselves lo be, we enrich ourselves many limes over.
And we lose lhis opporlunily every day ol our lives. We lhrow il down a long,
never ending drain ol human wasle. We are limid or resenllul because we are lhe
oppressed, and we draw ourselves inlo our sullen, narrow lillle shells ol hale, and
judge lhe many by lhe aclions ol lhe lew.
Or we consider lhose who have commilled lhe unlorlunale blunder ol being
born "dillerenl," sub-human.
ll is all lhe same. I-lalred is a lwo-edged sword, and lhe hand which holds il
always bleeds. I-lale is all lhe same-wilh an ugly sameness.
Bul we as people are nol all lhe same, Each generalion is dillerenl. And ours
musl be lhe mosl dillerenl, beller in lhis respecl lhan any olher. We have inheriled
loo much lo have il any olher way.
There is somelhing very promising in lhe air-somelhing low bul slrong, some-
lhing akin lo a murmur. ll is more lhan iusl lhe speeches lhal are made, lhe arlicles
lhal are wrillen. There is a yen,-iziwjy lo a wrong, lhe realizalion lhal lhere is an
injuslice and lhal as long as some are nol sale, none are sale. This age is one in which
lhe oppressed have more freedom, more dignily, more happiness lhan ever before.
We have behind us many lhings ol which lo be ashamed, bul lhere is also a record ol
progressive improvemenl. Ahead ol us lhere is lhe vasl, pressing need ol compleling
lhe iob . . . as quickly as possible.
We have loughl lwo wars lo remain free. Now we are laced wilh lhe job ol
selling democracy. We musl improve our producl lirsl. We musl speak oul aboul
whal is righl and wrong. We musl praclice whal we so ollen preach. We musl make
lhe "iuslice lor all," which we promise in our pledge ol allegiance lo lhe flag, an
everyday realily in our republic. We musl judge each individual and each counlry
separalely and carelully.
This is nol an easy way. Bul we have lo make il our way. No one else will ever
care as much as we do.
8 SENIOR ECHOES
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Four years have passed. and wilh lheir passing we leave our
high school days behind us. We are now going lorlh info lhe world
and no longer face lhe lrivial problems lhaf we have encounlered
while in Lane, buf we lace lhe world and its problems, which we all
know musl' be deall wilh realislically. You and l are no longer slriving
for our diplomas, buf are slriving for world peace which is so im-
porlanl' lo us and our poslerily. I sincerely hope lhal we all will work
as hard to achieve lhis peace as we have worked 'ro receive our
We have spenl many enioyable moments in Lane and will always
remember lhem, and. of course, we shall never lorqel' our classmales
and friends who have made our slay so pleasanf.
For you and me lhese cherished memories will be reborn from
lime 'lo lime as we glance 'rhrough lhis book which will, in years 'lo
come, be 'lhe only 'fangible lhing we have lell lo recall our four years
spenl in Lane.
Page 13 text:
She looked lovely. Her rose lulle gown wilh lhe sleeves barely hanging onlo her
shoulders gave her lhe leeling ol . . . well, ol being sixleen. She knew she looked
prelly, wilh lhe color ol her gown rellecling lhe radiance ol her own color scheme ol
pink and brown. The lilled waisl and llared skirl accenlualed lhe liny waislline lhal
Johnny always said she slole lrom a china doll. "You slole lhal waisl lrom a china
doll," was lhe way he said il. Sweel Johnny.
The doorbell rang. She was near lhe lronl door, so lo prevenl an unpleasanl
discussion wilh her brally lwelve year old brolher, Richard, who really should answer
doorbells, she answered il. A messenger boy wilh a package emilled a long, low
whislle, lhe kind Lana Turner gels, and said, "Are you Miss Jenniler Larsen?" She
smiled, allhough she shouldn'l have, aller lhal whislle, and said she was. "Sign here,"
he said, and she obliged, lhanked him, and walked inlo lhe house. Pulling lhe package
in her room, she wenl lo gel a knile lo cul lhe slring il was lied wilh. She walked
very slowly, because she was sure she would lrip on her high heels il she weren'l
They were very high heels . . . all ol lhree inches high. Her molher had lel her
gel lhem aller she had sulked and argued lhal she would look posilively repulsive
dancing in her low-heeled shoes wilh lhe six-lool boys she had inviled lo her parly.
She was only live leel and one-hall inch in her slocking leel. Ol course, Johnny, who
was live leel eleven and one-hall, liked her small lhe way she was, bul she wasn'l
going lo dance wilh Johnny all evening. And lhe olher lall lellows mighl be more
comlorlable il she were less diminulive. So she gol lhe high heels. And she was
leeling prelly grown up.
When she gol back lo her room and opened lhe box, she gasped al whal she
saw. ll was a doll! l-low could anyone do lhis lo her? She, wilh her lhree inch heels
and her sleeves lairly dripping from her shoulders! True, il was a beaulilul doll, wilh
a lovely rose lulle dress and bonnel. Bul she hadn'l played wilh dolls since . . . since
. . . well, she hadn'l REALLY played wilh dolls since she was len. She had merely kepl
Amanlha's dress clean and neal looking. A doll always looks nice in a girl's room, and
she couldn'l lel Amanlha gel soiled, could she? Bul lo receive a doll as a gill, al
sixleenl Creepers! How could anyone do lhis lo her?
She remembered when she was a lillle girl, how overioyed she had been every
lime she gol a doll. She would hug il, lhen smoolh ils rumpled dress: she would hum
lo il, rock il lo sleep, lhen pul il lo bed, and kiss il goodnighl.
Bul she was only a child lhen. Now . . . why, she was sixleenl She was praclically
She suddenly realized she didn'l know who had senl il. She look lhe doll oul ol
lhe box, pul il on lhe lloor, and began lo look lor lhe card. Hidden in excelsior, she
lound il. On lhe card was wrillen, "Molher."
For some unexplained reason, Jenniler lound a lear sliding lenderly down her
cheek: lhis she quickly brushed away.
"Hey, Jen, il's seven-lhirly. Mom says people will be arriving soon," yelled
"All righl," answered Jenniler, barely audible.
She wenl lo lhe mirror. Aller combing her hair slighlly, she lixed her makeeup,
JANUARY I948 9
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