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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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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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CHRONICLES January, 1936 IU Doubtful Journalists Who of us can forget the days in the Middle School when we made our first attempts at newspaper writing? The Elementary School News embodied our timid efforts at self-expression. The poetry (at least we called it that) which we proudly sent to the High School as our contribution to the Girard Magazine was of no real importance. Its value lay in the fact that it created in us a desire to continue this kind of work and to improve our product, The road leading to development of style and per¬ sonality in writing was a lengthy and a rough one. We hope that what we have since published is proof that we reached our goal. The News Despite the limited number of issues and the lack of photographs or other embellishments, we feel that the Girard News represents a high standard of writ¬ ing. What the paper contains may not be much in news value, but its language and style are above reproof. However, we do not claim that the News is a highly journalistic publication. We do not claim literary perfection. There is always a chance for improvement. It is our hope that sometime in the future all the necessary and desirable extra features of the News may be provided for and that the paper will be looked upon with more interest and the respect which it deserves. The Magazine But the real test of writing ability came when some of us were made members of theLiterary Club Member¬ ship to that organization entails the making of some contribution to the Magazine. The history of this pamphlet is brilliant. Its steady improvement through the last eight years is nothing but creditable. We express our appre¬ ciation for all past and all future editions of the Girard Magazine , the stories and articles which we always delighted to read. The Record The Class Book Chronicles should speak for itself. At least we hope it does. The saying is, “The proof of the pudding is in the eating” and the proof of the Record is in the reading!
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