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CHRONICLES January, 1936 Reluctance It was no small feeling of anticipation which enveloped us as our first dance approached. Some new urge prompted us to purchase stiff collars and stylish neckties. The appointed night found us busy dressing, taking great pains with polishing shoes and arranging clothes. Timidly we ventured to the dance hall and, although some of us were brave, most of us began reluctantly to dance, mercifully avoiding the toes of our attrac¬ tive partners. How differently we felt an hour later! We were delighted. The ice had been broken and the whole affair became a pleasant success. Further Gaiety Naturally enough, we were as anxious and as excited about the following dances as we had been about the first. Similar preparations were made and there lingers with us a corresponding amount of pleas¬ ant memories. But the thrill of novelty alone was lacking. Happy will be the reminiscenoes of all successive parties, and each will have its distinctive intima¬ cies. We will readily admit the pang of regret which filled us when the closing measures of the final dance were played. Regret in the end had supplanted the re¬ luctance of the beginning! Song-sheet or Uniform Interspersed among the other dances were two spectacular evenings—at least they were for some of us. The “Glee- kies” will remember how we practiced “Clouds” and also that a certain pal of ours so innocently failed to make his appearance! The Officers possess a vivid recollection of donning their uniforms and wrapping stubborn puttees in getting ready to escort their lady friends to per¬ haps the most glamorous of all socials— the Officers’ Dance. After all, it matters not. Either song-sheet or uniform, the enjoyment we received was equal and in each case the memories just as dear.
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January, 1936 CHRONICLES 7 In The Classroom Our earliest memories of Girard are inseparably linked with music. For many years we were under the constant supervision of willing teachers who lab¬ ored to show us the uses of voice and to impress upon us the value of a love for music. These lessons form the basis for all our other training in this art. The Choir The Junior Hundred was the first opportunity to put into practice what we had learned. We cannot forget those dreary hours we spent in rehearsing for “The Children’s Crusade,” our first big performance, but we are proud of the results. More recently many of our members have become interested in the work of the Glee Club. The history of that organization and its activities is well-known because of its success. Vo¬ cal music has made so deep an impres¬ sion on us that we are certain the enjoy¬ ment we derived from singing can only increase with time. Instrumental Back as far as the fifth grade the study of the violin was first undertaken by those of us who were interested. Then in the seventh year, Junior High, some fellows branched off into the fields of the wind instruments. Along the way many dropped out leaving only the better musicians behind. Perhaps this accounts for the outstanding successes of the Band and Orchestra in the past few terms. Looking On Music is one activity in which every¬ one is engaged. Just because a boy was not a member of the Choir, the Band, or the Orchestra, in no way indicates that he had no musical inclinations. All of us took part in and enjoyed the group singing of the Chapel services and the informal Auditorium programmes. They linger with us because they are part of us.
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January, 1936 CH RONICLES Small Beginnings Our sketchy military careers began with a brief period of absolute domina¬ tion. As the last rernant of a bygone generation, and as timid newcomers to the Houses, we were bunched together and recruited by our not too generous drill masters. Finally the rudiments of marching, facing, and the uses of the rifle were hammered into us, but all the while we led a perplexing existence because we were far from fully compre¬ hending what was being done with us. Our only effort between Mondays and Fridays was to do our best to forget what we had supposedly been taught on the drill floor. Just Cogs There came that day when we were placed in the hands, or shall we say the clutches, of the captains of the compa¬ nies. Blank files in the rear ranks were specially reserved for our feeble mili¬ tary efforts. We had become cogs in the machinery of a company. We executed maneuvers mechanically for fear of being harshly reprimanded. Upon only two commands did we look with any kindly feeling—“Rest” and “Dismissed,” but our superior officers made sure that these were omitted from their vocabularies. “Book Larnin ” But all this was interrupted by what we expected to be a welcome relief from the summer sun, the heavy rifles, and the irritating woolen uniforms, but which proved to be another hurdle along the way. How well we remember our fail¬ ings and our shortcomings in the Gen¬ eral’s tactics class! And our first cor¬ poral’s test! A mere handful of us passed, but with all we had gone beyond the mechanical stage —wc were informed! Gradually some of us assumed command. Taking Stock After four years of training, what benefits did we receive? Looking back, we jest, wholesomely. It taught us dis¬ cipline and released our latent initiative. Our experiences in this field form a dis¬ tinctive page in our book of memories.
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