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Page 137 text:
THE BITTER ROOT
At the Dawn
The day awakesg
The stars fade one by one
Into the deep.
YVeisee but one dim li
In Eastern skiesg
A dying ember yet
Remains, a brief
Memorial of the
The moon grows sick,
And skies blush red with fire!
The portals swingg
Apollo takes his flight
And tops the hillg
Down into vales below
The sunlight streamsg
All darkness turns to light
The night has pastg
Our dizzy dreamings cease.
VVe hear the sweet
Good morning of the Wre
VVith soul afresh,
With visions fair and sweet,
We rise once more,
To start life new again.
HARRY H. STETSON, '30.
Page 136 text:
118 Tm: BITTER Rom'
"It dived." he said, almost tearfully, to his mother when she attempted to
condole him for the loss of the product of his painstaking work. She gave
him a doughnut and a penny and sent l1i1n to his friends, shouting through a
mouthful that "he was goin, down to the corners and y 'u better come. too. if
y 'u want any."
And so. if any of you wish to recall your own boyhood, go down the street
some summer afternoon and bribe any barefoot ten-year-old to lend you the
contents of his pockets for an hour and set your imagination to work.
IIAROLD SHAW. 328.
There are those who say that nothing left to explore. No new countries,
no distant seas, no mountain rangesg nothing is left for today. But I know of
some dark caverns in which untold treasures lie. These treasures are seldom
seen except by the guardian and perhaps his closest companions. for though
they might mean nothing to others. they are life itself to him. But at times
these are left unguarded. and we may see what it is which he prizes so highly.
Here, of course. is a knife. with handles chipped and one blade broken.
A mouth-organ, so grimy that no one but a boy would put it to his mouth.
comes into view next. Now we see a watch. The crystal is cracked, one
hand has been lost, the spring is broken, and the case is battered, but what if
it is? Surely a person who carries a watch is far superior to one who does
not, even if it does not run. There is a "genuine tiger's toothw purchased
from a farmer boy. Truly "ignorance is bliss." for if our boy knew of the
countless other "tiger teeth" which that same farmer boy had extracted from
the mouths of the dead farm animals. he would lose all faith in the wild beasts
of Africa and Siam. Nails, matches, marbles. notes received in school, and
various other articles help fill the space. This horse-hair ring never sees the
light of day except when the owner is alone, for it was given to him by a small
girl playmate to patch up their quarrel. Last of all, stuffed down in the
farthest corner, still folded as it was when his mother gave it to him one month
before, is a handkerchief.
JOHN HOLLENSTEINER, '29,
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120 TIIE BITTER ROOT g
Playing the Game
A Play in One Act by Ray Farmer, '28,
lNote: This play is based on a real experience known to the writer.l
CLARA WEST ........ ....... D anghter of a backwoods farmer
MRS. WEST ......... .A.......,.......,.......,.., M other of CLARA
MR. VVEST ............,.. .............................. F other of CLARA
IVAN WEST .........,........ ....... N ine-year-old brother of CLARA
MRS. THOMPSON ........ ............. A rich lady from the city
CAt right of stage is a broken rw-invdoa' witlzout any curtain. A tired,
hard working woman is sitting on a broken ehair looking out the window. At
the back of the stage on the right hand side is a door. In the middle of the
stage at the back is a stove with at block of wood acting as one leg. In the left
hand corner at the back is a cupboard, which has a worn-out curtain wavering
part of it. Between the stove and the cupboard is a window, which has been
broken and has a rag put in the hole to keep the cold ont. In front of the
window on fore stage is an old table. Some worn-out oileloth is nailed on -it,
There are some old chairs aroand the table. Beside the table is an old fash-
ioned trnnk, which is open. CLARA is a stooped, sickly looking girl of about
sixteen years. She is moving around the room. patting various articles in the
trunk. When- CLARA moves fast, she breathes hard. She sobs at various times.
MRS. WEST, the wonzan at the window, sobs at tinzesj
MRS. WVEST fAfter a- long tiniej : I reckon at last yer can get ter go ter the
CLARAZ. And jest think, ma, I'll see things I never even dreampt about.
All those there things, where they keep old history things-some even come
from the time 0' Washington. Gosh, I wish yer could go with me!
MRS. WEsT: Yuh, I'd like to go, but I can't see how I cang so yer will
have ter look at everything fer me. Granny used ter tell me about all them
there things what are in those cities. VVhen I married yer pa she was mad at
me. She said I'cl have ter stay right here all the time and never see nothinl,
but I loved yer pa too much ter see anything else then. Got yer blue gingham
CLARA: Yuh, I got it in, but do you think I better wear it all the time or
just when I got ter go out?
MRS. WEST: Jest when yer go out. You'll have all them there dresses
worn out in next to no time if you haint careful, and then where'll yer be, I
wants to know?
CLARA: Oh, I'll be careful. Say, ma, what if some one up there tries to
speak to me?
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