Gardiner Area High School - Quill Yearbook (Gardiner, ME)

 - Class of 1938

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8 THE QUILL you could have matinee dances after school. If you each paid five cents or so, you could have a teacher come to show those who do not know how - and those who do - the fundamentals and the newer steps in danc- ing. This should be very helpful to those who are somewhat shy and should give everyone a better time at the Prom. However, there are enough activities of- fered by this school to afford every one of you the opportunity to participate in the work and fun of some one of our organiza- tions if you have enough interest in the school and in yourself to try out for them. Why do you let a small percentage of the students walk off with the fun and honor which might belong to you if you wanted it badly enough? It is not only school spirit that I am asking you to think of A you have all heard that too often. I am asking you to think of yourselves and of your social life when your school days are finished. -The Editor HAVE THEY DIED IN VAIN? The scene - a battlefield in northern France on November ll, 1918. Overhead is heard the dull drone of airplanes, below, the roar of cannon, the shriek of shells, and the crash of bombs. Suddenly all is still. A few lingering bursts of rifle fire are the only sound. A whisper races along the trenches, "The Armistice!" But this is merely hearsay. It remains for a few quiet words spoken with authority to make the men go wild with joy. "The Armistice has been signed!" "The war is over!" "All war is ended!" "Never again will such a terrible thing happen!" These men believed that they had fought a war to end all wars. They believed in giving and had been willing to give their lives in order that a lasting peace might be effected. Have they died in vain? The answer might well be yes if we but take no- tice of present-day events. The very Arm- istice which was intended to be an everlast- ing pact of peace, has already been shat- tered by the greedy power-lust of nations. In the eastern hemisphere, japan is war- ring upon China because of one thing, a thing that no treaty has been able to curb - the desire for territory. Several citizens of neutral countries have been killed, and it is only by the most tactful diplomacy that the mother countries of these citizens have been restrained from avenging their death by war, In the opposite hemisphere, Germany has nearly swallowed up Austria, and al- though the country consumed does not seem to mind, several other neighbors of the aggressive country are feverishly arming in anticipation of an attack upon their domains. Not long ago a European nation needed more territory for her over-flowing popula- tion. War was the answer, and a small African country was subjected to her rule. In "Flanders Field," Lieutenant john McCrae says: "To you from failing hands we throw The torchg be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep." Have we broken faith with those who died? I say we have. Was the dream of these sixty-five million men who fought a war to end all wars fulfilled? Read any current article, newspaper, or magazine and you will find the answer - no! -Dexter Fowles, '38

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