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Page 195 text:
There arc knots of many descriptions.
There are beaux of many kinds, too;
But if you would tie one forever,
Start it elsewhere than here in Peru.
With bow knots we all are familiar,
They are easily tied and untied.
If you think beau knots stay tied forever,
The experiment sure you ne’er tried.
The start is cpiite simple and lovely.
But, though finished, the knot is ne’er true;
For scarce is it “off with the old love”
Before it is “on with the new.”
Mow different the bow knots of friendship!
They’ll still last when our school days are o’er!
And, if true friends while here at the Normal,
We’ll be true friends tho far from her door.
The social bow knot of our Normal
Out of friendship and comradeship grows,
The girls have their share in the tying,
But tis finished bv adding the beaux.
The shadows of the two hundred and fifty-six towers begin to lengthen.
The Euphrates rolls on, touched by the reddened splendors of the setting sun, whose last beams, reflected on gates of brass, make them glitter like doors of flame. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, dew soaked, shed a fragrance for miles around. Lighted streets invite dance, frolic and promenade, and theaters and galleries of art lure the wealth, pomp, and grandeur of the city to entertainment rare. One hears commotion of riot and wassail intermingled on every street. A feast at the King’s Palace! a feast! a feast!
Look down the highway! Chariots, drawn by sleek and prancing horses, are loaded with Sir Galahad-like knights and charming ladies dressed in all the Syrian pomp and gorgeousness. Nearer and nearer they approach. The royal palace is now in full view and ready to receive. Fling wide the gates and let the guests enter! Everything is in readiness—cupbearers and chamberlains are there to do their part. Listen to the soft music of the flute—to the rustle of
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Did you ever hear of a beau knot? Did you ever tie one? Were simplified spelling universally used, in which case beau, bow, and bo, would be spelled exactly the same, one might think the question referred to physical contortion due, perhaps, to a cowardly blow below the belt. But the reference is rather to the good, old-fashioned b-c-a-u. perhaps bashful, perhaps barefoot, but not necessarily possessing either characteristic, judging from the two manly specimens in the above bow knot.
These “selected’’ ones need no introduction to a Peru audience, but for the sake of those who might puzzle over their identity, be it known that the beau in the lower left-hand bow, called L. R. Eastman, was chosen as the handsomest man in the Senior class. The girl chosen as the most beautiful, appears iust above and is known as Harriet Glasgow. In the upper right hand bow Lavern Mathews, who was chosen as the most respected man. looks forth; and just below is Katherine Gamble, who was chosen as the most respected girl.
It is not known whether any of these four people ever had a share in tying beau knots. Let them speak for themselves—but it may be safely said that they represent, by actual vote, the “bean ideals” and “beaux ideals” of the Senior class of 1915.
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silks! Subdued and colored lights, glittering receptacles, hangings of many lines, flowers in profusion, enhancing perfumes, heavily-laden tables from which clouds of aroma rise lazily—all these, intermingled, make it seem as though Fortune has permitted one to intrude upon an enchanted abode, lavishly decorated for a royal wedding. May that tongue be palsied which docs not utter “Long live King Belshazzer! Long live the King! Huzza!! Huzza!!!
Belshazzcr had his feasts and festivals. Fvery age has had its ravenous attempt to satisfy the tendency or instinct of gregariousness residing in the breast of every man. In every clime, people in the lower status, have tried in a more or less meager way to alleviate the pangs of the same desire. We hear of the Goulds, the Astors, the Vanderbilts, giving dinners, balls and social entertainments at an outlay of months of worry and thousands of dollars in preparation. At the same time, we arc pained to learn of the waif, the thug, the degenerate meeting his particular social group in the alleys, dingy dives, and crime-breeding saloons of cities of this commonwealth. The social butterfly with “voluminous” earrings, blood-red lips and cheeks, led by a “dealt” quadruped of the canine species, trips coqucttishly to a foxtrot affair, or to occupy a box seat at the matinee, while a member of the same sex. after having spent ten, twelve or even fourteen hours behind a counter, or listened to the hum of factory wheels, for a similar fatiguing time, enters a five-ccnt “movie.” On Fifth avenue is seen the so-called leisure class members of which carry gold-headed canes and smoke initialed Turkish cigarettes with no thought save that of sailing on the social sea of the “four hundred.” A few blocks distant are the city’s emaciated poor whose opportunities to satisfy the craving for social development and gregarious aggrandizement is niggardly denied. It takes no colossal minded individual to note that one of the problems demanding solution today is: How can
wc impress and compel the more fortunately situated to see the folly and wrong in squandering along the lines spoken of and how can we provide more ample and wholesome chances for those who arc less blessed with material wealth? In some, the social tendency is given a role too prominent; in others, too minor. Wc need more equable distribution of advantages; withdrawal of special privileges and an injection of fair play and democracy, which would balance and tone us up wonderfully as a nation.
But not only is this true in this field: it is likewise true in no lesser degree and possibly more in university and school life. Particularly is it true in the large universities of our land. Social distinctions are more or less tightly drawn, not upon the merits of the individuals, but usually upon some artificial or financial criterion. Most colleges are graced with the presence of fraternities and sororities whose primary function is that of providing adequate social advantages. They have their place and justify their existence. There is one inherently wrong principle about the “frat” idea, namely, undemocratic exclusiveness. And so long as that is true they can never hope to receive the full sanction of the American conscience. The fact that these secret societies do not have the sympathy of legislators and educators is borne out by recent attempts to suppress
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