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All ladies, young: and old. of the school, including: faculty members, were invited to this very unique party by the girls of Miss Koch’s gymnasium classes. That accounts for the fact that about two hundred fifty little girls and “boys” (survivors of large turkey dinners), assembled in the “gym" on Thanksgiving night. November 27. to have the time of their “young" lives. As it would have been highly improper for these young hopefuls to be unchaperoned, the women of the Faculty were assigned this pleasant (?) task. There was not a dull moment during the entire evening. Each little tot entered into the games with childish energy and glee. Those who seemed somewhat shy and backward, as little Miss Davis and Young Bodwcll, were finally encouraged to take part and do their best when allowed to be leaders in such games as “Looly Loo,” “Farmer in the Dell,” “Oats, Peas, Beans and Barley Grow,” and others suited to young minds.
Just before the “party part” the youngsters were initiated into the intricacies of the maize dance, which they executed exceptionally well, considering their extreme youth. The dance ended in a march which led the children up into the balcony, where bananas, apples and oranges were awaiting them. Anyone witnessing the rapid disappearance of the fruit might fittingly have observed the truth of the statement, that “children are always hungry.” Of course, the pleasure of the evening would not have been complete without the Virginia Reel; and the children gayly tripped through its measures until the lights blinked.
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To the Peru girl students who found it impossible to spend the fall vacation at their homes, came this little note: “The lassies of Mt. Vernon will be at
home to their little schoolmates, Saturday evening. November 7, from 8 till 9:30.”
Promptly at 8 came lisping four-year-old Eloisc with Sister Betty, happy Mary and bashful Jessie, all in their party best. They were led to the parlor by a little Mt. Vernon lady, where they were made to feel at home by their hostess, Miss Cleland, by the cheering words of Grandmother O’Neil, and the untiring efforts of all the little Washingtons.
Our kindergarteners, Paulic and Kathic, soon had them playing skip and tag, squirrel in the tree, button-button, and other games equally appropriate. After a stately (?) march through the long halls of the old mansion to beautiful strains of music, the little ones were served to apples, pop-corn, candy hearts with “I love you,” delicious red and white stick candy and all-day-suckers. They then departed for their homes where they informed their waiting mammas that nothing could be quite as pleasant as their first party.
IH. (E. A. (Gljrtstmas Party
On the evening of December 5. in the basement of the library, gathered a happy throng of young ladies. Although there was still a number of days be-
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Possibly, the most amusing game for these dignified (?) ichabods was baseball, which was played with indoor baseball paraphernalia. “Jerusalem and Jericho.” “Alphabet,” and other “kid” games played leading roles, too.
Soon came the time to attack the mess wagon. Each one had-provided himself with a stick on which he roasted a “wienie” or two. Coffee flowed freely. Potato chips, pickles, olives, buns, made up the “rational” diet. As a side dish, we had water-melons (which by the way, tried to make their get-away, assisted, as we believe, by under classmen), and as dessert we had Cucumis Citrullus as Prof. Jean is wont to call it.
'Time to break camp came too quickly. A bon-firc was built, in which was thrown all debris. Thrilled by the glow of the flames, and led by our class adviser. we gave “Senior! Senior! Ray! Ray!!” etc., and sang “The Pale Blue and the White.” Ranks were broken, and in parties of twos (by far the most numerous), threes and larger groups, we meandered homeward at the curfew hour.
During one’s college life, there arc always places, people, and happenings that stand out vividly against the background of the general every-day routine. First impressions of the town itself, people who help one to forget his homesickness, acquaintances formed that arc later to ripen into friendships—all these pass into and arc retained in that precious chamber of consciousness called memory.
An event always long remembered in the social life of Peru is the amnial union reception given by the religious organizations of the school to all students and members of the Faculty. This is a time of informal good cheer, when old friends greet old. and when students of the previous years welcome the new students and endeavor to show them a good time.
Such a reception was that held in the gymnasium in the fall of 1914. Fortunate were they who attended, for it was worth while in every respect. The receiving line safely passed, one found himself adrift in a throng of good-natured pleasure seekers, whose paths were to cross and recross many times during the year. Each was tagged with a slip of paper bearing his name and home town. The “wild and woolly west” was especially well represented, for Bob Boyd was there. No one could long remain unknown. Presently order was called for, and an excellent program, announced by Professor Hendricks, followed. Miss Myscr, who appeared for the first time before the students, delighted her listeners with several readings; Miss Blankenship sang beautifully; and a horn duct by Messrs. Hosic and Chatclain concluded the program. Professor Hendricks then tended to all a cordial invitation to attend the Sunday services on the following day.
Some of the dear boys, wishing to show their ability along musical lines, got together during the evening and made the air vibrate to the strains of “Die Wacht am Rhine,” “Die Lorelei.” and other German classics, and they could only be hushed by the appearance of refreshments. Then, amid chatter and laughter, the first big event of the social calendar came to a close.
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