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SCHOOL LIFE IN PERU
At break of morn a sturdy band Set out for old Peru.
With happy dreams of fairy land The vernal zephyrs blew.
Mills over hills in grandeur rose,
Most glorious and. sublime.
And on the height the college stood—
To reach it meant to climb!
So students with unpracticed feet Set out to scale the height.
With hope of view beyond the clouds In clear and nobler light.
They share their common work and joys, With colors white and blue;
They bind what shall he to their wills— Freshmen in Peru.
In cheerful toil they journey on The towering heights to reach,
A helping hand a cheering word.
They pass from each to each;
With sturdy step they climb the steep.
With colors white and blue,
To broader prospect, purer air— Sophomores in Peru.
And onward bound with greater zeal,
Xo tasks are left undone;
To hold their courage to its best They cheer each other on;
And up among the hills and vales Tinted in white and blue.
Their gleams of sunshine light the way— Juniors in Peru.
That none may miss this upward way Or miss sweet friendship’s glow.
They share the wealth of minds and hearts: Their love to others show.
And as the helpful evening star Shines through the white and blue,
The strong lend courage to the faint— Seniors in Peru.
So for life’s journey they’re prepared,
The student days are o’er,
But as they view the future ways The heights still rise before.
Yet still with joy they fling abroad Their colors white and blue,
And from the student halls depart— Graduates of Peru.
Association’s silken cords That link our lives in one.
The golden bands of memory’s strands Can never be undone.
And out upon life’s winding ways A knot of white and blue,
Shall bind in helpful brotherhood The students of Peru.
—Mildred J. Anderson.
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THE BUILDERS’ GUIDE
The readers of “The Builders’ Guide” originally included none but the members of the tenth grade of the Dover Public School, but as the weeks passed the merits of the pamphlet won supporters among older readers, and each subscriber learned to look forward to the weekly issue with eager anticipation.
When the school closed in the spring. Miss Fountaine, the energetic tenth-grade teacher, whose home was in Dover, utilized her ingenuity to devise some plan of occupation for her ambitious little charges which might provide wholesome mental recreation amid the continual variety of physical amusement which the three months of vacation held in store Being aware of the special weakness in the character of each of her girls, she resolve to lend her energy to help each one to overcome her characteristic weakness. She suggested that they form themselves into a club and meet at her home every Friday afternoon and devote an hour to a friendly discussion of moral lessons learned during the week, and exchange helpful suggestions for guiding each other over rough places. The girls knew, by previous experience, that observance of their teacher's suggestions always brought them pleasure, and they entered heartily into the plan, styling themselves "The Builders.” They adopted for their motto the warning words of .!. A. Fronde: "You can not dream yourself into a character: you must hammer and forge yourself one.” To add to the interest of the work, they combined their talents to publish a weekly pamphlet, called “The Builders’ Guide.” The members were invited to contribute material related to their work, and Miss Fountaine reserved the right to accept or reject all contributions. She suggested that the first week be devoted to an exchange of ideals, and the proper ideal, as selected from their material, published in “The Builders’ Guide.”
As weeks passed each meeting brought a full attendance, with applications from others to become members. The girls left each meeting feeling morally strengthened, better equipped to meet the week’s duties, and more determined to dignify the purpose of their association by a practical demonstration of its principles. At one of the August meetings it was decided to devote the next week to the subject "How to Enrich Character.” Each member was required to bring an original composition on the subject and to read it before the association, the best one to appear in the next weekly pamphlet.
Among the members were the Hadley sisters, both enthusiastic in their work. Upon their return home from this meeting, in accordance with their usual habit, they led the conversation at the evening meal by an animated review of the afternoon’s meeting. Their subject for the following week met with the approval and support of their parents, who, from the first, had taken a great interest in this work. Mrs. Hadley had once remarked to Miss Fountaine that her efforts were bearing fruitful results. During the first part of the week the demands of the canning season were so urgent that Dorothy and Martha found but little time to devote to their compositions. On Thursday afternoon, however, out of sympathy with the cause. Mrs. Hadley declared that the girls should have a holiday, in order to complete their work for Friday. Assured of her mother's delight in granting them this privilege, Dorothy gleefully repaired to the library, where she found Martha already at work—not on her composition, however, but reading a novel which had captivated her interest during the week. A writer with a happy, grateful countenance, and a reader with a dreamy, retired countenance, were the busy occupants of the library all that afternoon, until about four o'clock, when Mrs. Hadley's sudden entrance interrupted them. The look of worry on her mother’s usually cheerful face caused Dorothy’s heart to tremble with self-reproach and her face to tinge with sympathy as she rose and said, “Mother, dear, you’ve been working too hard this afternoon: let me—” But her mother interrupted her with. “It isn't that. Dorothy, but your Aunt Lizzie is ill and has just sent word requesting me to come at once, if possible. I shall probably have to be gone several days. Do you think you can take charge of the work in my place? The canning can be postponed till I return, and with Martha's help I think you will be able to look after the comforts of your father and little Arthur and still have time to finish your composition.”
On Dorothy’s assurance of her own ability her mother looked relieved and went immediately to prepare to leave. Dorothy put away her work and went to her assistance. Seeing this, Martha decided that her help wasn’t necessary, “and besides.” she said. “I don’t like to l»e interrupted now—I want to finish my paragraph on unselfishness, while I have it so well in mind.” “The truth is,” she admitted to herself, “I'd like to have Miss Fountaine select my paper to be published in “The Builders Guide” this week: it's such a splendid subject, and I’d like to show my friends that T aim high." So thinking, she resumed her writing, stopping only when her mother came into the room to say, “Good-bye, Martha: success with your paper, and don’t forget to help Dorothy.” To
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