'Tis Friday; the week’s toil is ended;
You’d think some recreation fine.
Just go to Everett or Philo—
I’m sure you will have a good time.
On Sunday afternoons, are you lonely?
Do you wish your home friends near? There’s the Christian Associations—
You're always welcome there.
Then, of course, there are athletics;
If you can’t be a shining light You can at least stay on the side lines And cheer those engaged in the fight;
Do you delight in class-spirit?
You'll never find it tame—
The Normal School Olympics Or the Inter-Class Basket-ball games.
I,o, here comes the Spring, and all Nature Is clothed in her garments of green.
And the buttercups and daisies Among the grasses are seen.
Hark! Do you hear that sweet music Which comes floating on the air?
'Tis the time of our May Festival;
Come drive away dull care.
These arc but few of the pleasures We enjoy here in old Peru.
Where nature herself smiles upon us In splendor the whole year through.
Now, won't you come and with us Have a share in these good times, too? Yes, come and be a student.
A student in old Peru.
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only mule has departed this life, the impostor can readily comprehend that it is a great blessing to retain perfect health. If the unfortunate breaks a limb, it is startlingly apparent that it might have been much worse—he might have broken his neck. If his hogs, smitten with the cholera, expire, he should recollect that he still owns some chickens. His consolers have read many articles in the National Poultry Farmer, telling of the vast fortunes which may be accumulated by simply availing onesself of the co-operation of the sitting hen. It is the class who, when adverse circumstances assail themselves, openly admit their falsity and drop even the pretence of cheerfulness. They can still sec that their neighbors should be thankful for their blessings, but when misfortune enters their own private domicile, they act like the worthless watchdog, which stands upon the top step, barking lustily, while the thief enters the house next door, but which experiences imperative summons to other regions as soon as the marauder attempts to enter the structure which the canine was supposed to guard. Doth dog and pretended optimist should be classed with the imitations which do their work well when certain conditions exist but the cause of much vexation and annoyance when adverse circumstances prevail.
The remaining class, the self-made optimists, have only themselves to credit with the fact that they have triumphed over their weaknesses and wrong inclinations and by so doing have strengthened their character and will power. The retrogressive elements arc still existent and assert themselves. The average human being finds it extremely difficult to preserve a smiling exterior when his head feels the urgent need of iron bands to keep it from bursting. When appetite is lacking, it is an easy matter to console the disconsolate cook for the failure of her culinary attempts. But the vindictive, contrary inclinations begin to make their existence known as soon as the pangs of real hunger arc felt. At such a moment, it seems as if it required almost superhuman strength to compel the countenance to assume a joyful appearance and to explain that a simple diet of bread and butter is very conducive to the ideal state of health. The benefits derived from surmounting similar petty trials can hardly be overestimated and from overcoming them we achieve the ability to meet larger obstacles and to conquer them. There is no period in this line of development where constant vigilance and untiring effort can be dispensed with, and often we feel as if all our effort at self-mastery was of no avail. Such moments will come to us, no matter what our occupation may be. It is well, at such times, to take a retrospective view of the past and imagine if one can, what his manner of meeting this difficulty would have been several years ago. Such a proceeding cannot fail to encourage the most admired imitation, whose value is much greater than that of the original. This is one of the very rare instances where forgery and counterfeiting should be encouraged.
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