Peru State College - Peruvian Yearbook (Peru, NE)

 - Class of 1909

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Peru State College - Peruvian Yearbook (Peru, NE) online yearbook collection, 1909 Edition, Page 212 of 254
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INTERNATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCIIKSTRA NORMAL LECTURE COURSE The students of the Normal are surely to be congratulated upon the excellent opportunity which is afforded them in the nature of a lecture course each year. Under the direction of Professor Delzell and the lecture course committee numbers are chosen which are not only entertaining, hut are exceedingly educational. These numbers arc only of the best and arc obtained at a very high cost, yet such a plan is arranged that any student can well afford to spend time and money to partake of the rare treats which are here offered. Below is the course as given this year: International Symphony Co.: Elma B. Smith, child reader; Frank Dixon; Dr. E. E. Steiner; Adrian M. Xewns: Dr. Patty. Radium, Wireless Telegraphy, Liquid Air. No student can afford to miss the opportunity that is offered by such a course. Two hundred fight

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fortune, meets Joan, and, struck by her enthusiasm, bids her call for him at Chinon, and be will give her audience of King Charles. Joan departs amidst the acclamations of her countrymen. La Hire tries to shame the weak Charles into a valorous heart, but fails. Some of the courtiers and the Archbishop of Rheims are roused by his words, and Joan enters their midst, bashful but valiant, and offers her life for France. She endures the taunts of the ribald courtiers, and, sustained by the priest and La Hire, manages to meet the Queen, who, at first angry at her intrusion, is at last overcome by the sort of divine light that glances from the eyes of Joan, and takes her to the King. Charles is sadly ruminating over bis ruined country and bis own tarnished honor, when the Queen enters. She begs the King to give interview to Joan. He consents, as it may afford him some amusement. In the next scene the King. Queen and courtiers arc assembled in the ball of the castle. Joan, by her fervid faith, inspires the King with hope, and she waves the sword found under the altar of St. Catherine and rushes out, followed by the chevaliers. In the next scene the soldiers and peasants are eager to attack the English, while the courtiers bang back. Joan appears on a white horse and inspires the fighting men by her presence. Amid wild excitement Joan leads the French to the assault of the castle held by the English, and they enter with fiery haste, following the banner of The Maid. In the fourth act some of the D’Arc family arc anxious about Joan, when they fall in with La Hire, who informs them that the French would never have entered Rheims but for the heroism of Joan. As they are talking The Maid enters, preceded bv knights bearing her banner, and meets the King and Queen and a triumphal pageant. The King and Queen arc crowned and bestow knighthood upon Joan’s family line. Joan thanks the royal pair. The procession moves off. and Joan stands pensive and alone. She no longer hears the mysterious voices which had impelled her glorious actions, and she is about to return to her village home. Suddenly La Hire enters and tells her that France still needs belaid. She hesitates, but she once more hears the sacred voices, and she cries, “This time I shall go on to the end.” The fifth act shows the ramparts of a castle. Joan has been imprisoned, neglected by the sovereigns she had saved, and almost forgotten by the country she had rescued. The Archbishop and prelates come on, discussing what shall be done with Joan, who is accused of heresy and who is to be put to the torture. She meets the good Father Pierre, and they have an affecting interview, in which lie commends her to the care of Heaven. Then follows the effective scene in which we listen to the trial of The Maid and her sentence to the rack and fire. For a moment the heroine recants, but the next moment her faith sustains her, and she recalls her recantation. Then La Hire tries to reassure her. promising to rescue her. The attempt fails, and the scene changes to the funeral pile, where Joan is bound to the fatal stake, and bids her country and friends a pathetic farewell ere the torch is applied. Two hundred seven



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