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The spirit of Hallowe'en had not hovered around many days before the Everett officers caught it and immediately began to act mysteriously. As the evening came near, others caught the contagion and secret meetings were held. But the rest of the society was not to be left out, and when on the eve of Hallowe’en, they gathered in their hall, it was found that by some magic power, a transformation had been effected. The room was dim; shocks of corn-stalks and piles of pumpkins suggested the season, while weird black cats, bats, witches and owls, conspicuously placed, looked down on the scene and gave the company the proper spirit for the entertainment.
During the evening, games suited to the occasion were played. Perhaps the one which did most to test the character of the members was an airship ride. Several persons were asked to leave the room, then were brought back one by one. After being blindfolded and turned around two or three times, the adventurer was told to “step on board.” Then the trip began. The passenger could feel himself rising and the person who had been acting as his guide seemed far below; the trembling of the platform on which lie stood made him feel that he was, indeed, floating off into the air. This effect was heightened by his hitting his head upon what apparently was the ceiling. At this critical moment the aviator was told to jump. He did so and found that he had been deluded, for it had been no trip at all, but instead, a hallowe’cn joke. This put all in the mood for a frolic after which ring games were played, and the indispensible appleshooting and fortune telling were the order of the hour.
After everyone had secured an apple and had learned what the future held in store for him refreshments were served. In the meantime the evening had slipped away, and it became necessary for the company to leave, but in the memory of Everetts, Hallowe’en eve of 1914 holds a prominent place.
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Hallowe’en suggests a long list of weird and uncanny sights and sounds too numerous to mention in detail. Add masquerade party to this and perhaps you can guess some of the things done by big Philos, little Philos, and Philos of all sizes, on the evening of October 31. We met in the chapel lobby in outlandish and motley disguises, even our voices having changed. Then through the dimly lighted chapel, we went up the platform steps and down again to the lower regions. A hot blast from Hades shut the door below with a bang. As a “stranger man” most heartily hugged each maiden, and a still stranger “damsel” did uth, we were reminded of earthly pleasures once enjoyed. Not ..1 icd by the attending shades, we proceeded past lighted candles,
showed our strength of lung to St. Peter, who quickly sentenced •• ey down an inclined plane. On the floor below, surrounded •" -.'V : jack-o-lantcrns, we had our fortunes told by gypsies and
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witches. Relieved of our masks, we breathed freely once more. The cider was "awfully good.” and so was the pumpkin pic and doughnuts. We liked the Virginia Reel, too.
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Last fall, we Freshmen had our initiation, “get acquainted" picnic. We assembled in front of the chapel steps and when all had arrived, marched to Neal’s pasture, Peru’s favorite picnicing ground. The boys gathered fagots for a fire and then while the “committee” was preparing supper, we played games. Everybody was given opportunity to roast his own weinie and marshmallow. (Of course, some of the boys ate more than one.)
After supper, the main event of the evening occurred, namely the initiation of the Freshman adviser. The process was a very complicated and rather humiliating one, but Prof. Wilson came out of it unscathed. Next, the get-acquainted part of the program was given. Each person was asked to tell his name, where he came from, and to favor us with a “stunt” or memory gem. The air rang with our songs, yells, peals of laughter, and the boom of flashlight. It is hoped that we did not disturb any sleeping Peruvian as we merrily wended our way homeward.
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The 5th of October, the Sophomores held their picnic in Mr. Davenport’s pasture, just south of town. At 4:30, they met on the chapel steps and proceeded to the appointed place.
Although it was rather dark and a rain threatened, several snap-shots were taken of the crowd. These, however, did not prove a great success.
Some enthusiasm was aroused by playing a few old games until time for the supper. This was eaten around the camp-fire, and consisted of the ordinary “stuff” for such occasions, except that our adviser. Prof. Howie, ordered icecream brought out. This was indeed a treat and surprise.
Supper over, the class officers and Mr. Howie made speeches around the fire. Mr. Howie told of his unattained desire to be an orator, but if he is no orator he generally has something to say when the occasion demands.
The picnic ended, as all well behaved picnics should, with the class and Normal yells, and all went home feeling better acquainted, and with more class spirit than before.
Get off the earth!
Give us the scene!
We’re the class of ’17.
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Of the numerous events regularly scheduled for the class, perhaps one of the most interesting and one of the most important, at least one of the most enjoyable, is the annual “get acquainted” picnic.
This affair is two-fold in its result. First, it makes us feel better acquaint-
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