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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.
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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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four hundred students, Faculty members, and other friends. Upon their arrival they were surprised to note that the girls were missing, and in their places were stately, snow-crowned Colonial dames in polonaise. Much querry was heard among the boys concerning the exact reason why so many peaceable ladies should have been obliged to wear bits of black court-plaster. However, there was such a show of jolly comradeship among the hostesses that no fears were of long duration.
Tile guests were received by the preceptress, Miss Cleland. and the Misses Pauline Ranncy, Monita Logsdon, Gladys Anderson, and Daisy Johnson. The only formal entertainment consisted of a piano duet by the Misses Gertrude Fleck and Gladys Chancy, a piano solo bv Miss Clcora Eng, and a violin solo by Miss Elizabeth Freeborn. Most of the rooms were open, and the visitors were escorted through the entire building to sec how the ninety-four girls live. In spite of the institutional furniture, each room reflected the distance individuality of its occupants. Some of the young women had shown remarkable ingenuity in converting Mr. Gilbert’s wooden boxes into daintily-draped bookcases, shelves, and dressing-tables. Others had actually made beautiful finished pieces in the manual-training shop here.
Some one has said that we find what we are looking for in this world. This has nothing to do with the remainder of the story, but Professor Gregg certainly found the required number of good dictionaries; as for Professor Howie’s search for candles—space docs not permit further elaboration. Those who had supposed that the "Dorm” inhabitants were an imprisoned, disconsolate lot had their minds quite disabused of that idea after observing the delightful family spirit between them and their charming little chaperon.
The most popular resort was the music room where punch bowls occupied a long table beautifully decorated with tiny silk flags and red carnations. It was presided over by the Misses Mary Jane Davis, Musetta Ball, Hilda Grosshans, Alma Moscly, Minnie Thompson, Emma Sundell, Phoebe Davis, and Emma Frolmcr. A. Ray Scott and Professor Smith tied for first honors in doing justice to the punch. The lights blinked before either would retire in the other’s favor. This sad old world will never know which was the greater man.
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Last spring, when the present Senior class were Juniors, an event took place which made 11s wish (for the first and only time) that we too were Seniors. So when on March 6, 1915, the training teachers of the Faculty held a reception for the Senior class, we considered ourselves fortunate and happy indeed, and could scarcely wait for the long anticipated treat.
In spite of stormy weather, we dressed in our prettiest and sallied forth. Our training teachers most graciously received us as we entered the gymnasium, which they had completely transformed with flags and bunting. After being presented to the teachers in the receiving line, whom, of course, we had never met before, each Senior was decorated by having a paper pinned on his back, bearing some such name as actor, doctor, nurse, guardian, jitney, etc. Mrs.
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