Hellgate High School - Halberd Yearbook (Missoula, MT)

 - Class of 1928

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THE BITTER RooT 12I MRS. WEs1': Don 't yer speak ter them. Remember that yer came from the Lees of Virginia, and don't forget the family pride. CLARA fGoz'ng ot-cr a-ml lmeeling clown by her mother, who is still looking out the 'll,'I"7ld0l0jZ Ma. yer know I kinda hates ter go and leave you all K Both cryj After a time IvAN fs heard comi-nag in. MRS. WEST and CLARA both jzzfmp up. CLARA starts to put things in the trunk, and MRS. XVEST moves Cl-I'0lHlfl the roo-nz oimlesslyj IvAN: Yer haint packin' already, be yer? CLARA: I guess I am fSobsj. IVAN: Clara West! 'Yer be cryin' again! NVhen ever a man comes in this here ol' house, some woman is cryin' Somers. I shore wouldn't cry fer nothin'! fGocs to back wvfmlofzo and looks out, offer o short pau..se.l I wished I never heard tell of that ol' lady Thompson. MRS. VVEST: Ivan, if yer can't talk decent, yer can go to the barn. IVAN: VVell, well, She's taken Clara away! l'Goes out blowing his 'nose on his sZee'ue.j CLARA: Oh, ma, he don 't want me to go! MRS. VVEST: Yes he does, too. He's just kinda upset. fSll6 goes over and sits down by the u'imlow.j Yer can take that ol' picture of granny to put on the wall in yer room when yer get to Mrs. Thompson. CLARA: I'll go get it, but first I wanta talk ter yer for just a little bit. fGoes owncl puts lzer lzeocl on her mollzer's lopj Just think. ma. what if Mrs. Thompson 's car hadn 't broke down by the barn, and she hadn't came in to get someone to fix the thing fer her. She wouldn 't of seen the doctor and wouldn 't of seen me and wanted to take me home with her. Vtlhy, ma, she might even of gone over to John Long's. I wouldn't of ever got to ride in an automobile and I'd never got to go to a movin' picture place like Mrs. Thompson said I could. Ma, do you know I'll even hear one of these here bands. Ma. did you ever hear a band? MRS. XVEST: No. never did. CLARA: I'l1 tell you all about it. I'll wear my gingham dress lots and lots of places. I'll wear a sun bonnet and it will have flowers all over ever where. I'll have stockin's that haint never been darned. lGets up onfl dances ClfI'0lMld.1 Oh, ma l MRS. VVEST: Clara, yer can 't have all thatg it will cost too 1nucl1. and ever body will look at yer if yer dress up too much. Ever one will think yer very rich. Still yer have Lee blood in yer. CLARA KS-its flown breatlzing lzurcljz Ma. are yer goin' ter miss me? I'm goin' to miss yer so much. IVe love each other so 1nucl1. MRS. NVEST: Yuh, we sure are goin' ter miss yer. I kinda hates to see yer go. CLARA: Oh, ma, I'll 11ot have to work so hard. I'1l not have ter get up at four in the mornin' and milk some ol' cows. I'll not have to work in the field all day long. Ma, I won't have no work hardly. floolfs at motlzerxj Yer ain't cryin', are yer?

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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 CAST 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 SCENE 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 city. 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 dress in? 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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122 THR B1'r'r1sR Roor MRS. XVEST: No, eose I ain't! What ever made yer think that? Somethin' jest got inter 1ny eye. The way yer talk a body 'd think yer was jest a-goin' away fer what yer will get out of it. But instead yer are goin' so someday yer will be able to help the rest of usins. CMR. XVEST enters. The 100111671 rise and start HIO'L'I.'11g IZAVOIHIIIJ MR. XVI-JST: IVell, I heard by Thomas as that Mrs. Tliompson got hern car fixed ter day. MRS. XVEST: IIuh, her an' Clara are leavin' terday fer the city. MR. VVEST: Guess as how seens Clara is leavin' I'll have ter hire some one else ter help in the field and I'll have ter let Ivan milk another cow and yer Maggie ean milk one more, and I'll milk the rest. CLARA! Maybe I'd better stay ter home and help with the work. MRS. XVEST: Oh, yer pa was only funnin'. NVeren't yer Sam? MR. NVEST: IVell, now fL00ln'S at wifaj Er-that is--yes, O, yes, ter be sure. IvAN fCOH1I'71Q in from outsirlvjz Clara, did yer think that I'll have ter hoe all of that there ol' north field o' corn all alone, and while I'm workin' out in the ol' hot sun, yer will be settin' on a velvet chair in some swell room eatin' ice cream and- MRS. IVEST: Ivan, go get some water at once. IVAN: Aw, when I'm dead some one will holler, "Ivan, go get some Water I Goes out.j I CLARA: Maybe I best not go. MRS. WEST: Hurry and get Granny 's beads, you shall have them. CLARA: Oh, Ma! I'll hurry back KRushes off sfagchj MRS. XVEST KWfith, at sighd: NVell fBoth sit dowrnj MR. YVEST: I kinda hates ter see her go. MRS. VVEST: O Samual, I hate to see her go. I'll miss her so! She always was a great comfort. I feel like cryin' fSobs.j MR. VVEST: Oh, Maggie. MRS. NVESTZ She wouldn,t let me work over the hot stove and there she been a-workin' in the old fields all day, but still she would do the e0okin'. MR. Wnsrz She use ter do more work all day out in the field than any man I ever saw. Now I'll have ter hire some lazy person, I speet. MRS. WEST: But think what all this is going to mean to Clara, she will be healthy and, I hope, happy. She will not have to do any hard work, and maybe she will become well. MR. NVESTS Yup, and maybe she'll live longer and feel better. MRS. WEST: Live longer! 'What do you mean? fJumps 'ILPJ Tell me! Tell me, I say! Answer me! flier:-ts him on Nw clufstj MR. XVESTC Now calm yerself. AIRS. NVEST: I'll not calm myself, I'll not set down till ye tell me what yer mean. Tell me! MR. WEST: Not till you sit down. MRS. VVEST: O well now, hurry! MR. IVEST: I always feel more comfortable when yer are calm-

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