Peru State College - Peruvian Yearbook (Peru, NE)

 - Class of 1915

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Peru State College - Peruvian Yearbook (Peru, NE) online yearbook collection, 1915 Edition, Page 218 of 284
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(Emttrntmrnt What would I deem contentment? All, dear, why need you ask? To me the very telling is a most alluring task. I love to speak the words most dear— To think these thoughts just now. Contentment is—has ever been, A verse, A vine, And Thou. A verse of some old master, dear. Much wiser far, than we: Will help us to a vision clear We had not hoped to see. Together we will wander Thru the paths of past-age lore; We will learn the stories of their lives, To them in homage bow. Contentment is—as it has been, A verse, A vine, And Thou. A vine will be our shelter, dear, A cottage filled with love Will be our sole protection Against the winds that rove. I’ll live for you, and love you, too, I make this solemn vow; Contentment is—will ever be, A verse, A vine, And Thou. G. R. F., T5. Tico hundred six

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== jflj3|= himself is forced to yawn in the midst of it. has no more right to carry this style into his formal discourse than has the man whose speech is fustian-loaded and bombastic. Not all of us can become Emmets or Burkes or Websters—men, who, by their ebullient and soul-stirring orations could change the course of action of nations and the history of the world. Nor, indeed, will the voice of many of us ever be heard in the halls of congress pleading with a stubborn opposition against the iniquities of a protective tariff system; not many of us can ever hope to be a Reed, a Beveridge, or a Davis. Our criterion of what constitutes effective public speaking has radically changed in the past fifty years, as is evidenced in the type of speech found in the Congressional Records of these two respective periods. It is said that the speech of the Webster, “When my eye shall last behold.” would provoke a titter if delivered in the Senate today. Much has been said of physical presence and personal magnetism, voice and gesturing, but we have come now to believe that the person who can speak effectively is he who has for the foundation of his discourse, sound information, condensed and lucid, pure logic, and an interest in the subject at hand. These latter things—information, analysis and logic—the young debater gains. By meeting crowds time after time he develops an easy, graceful, and effective speaking attitude; with each debate his style becomes more simple, more direct and vivacious. When lie leaves College, he finds the formal debate a thing of the past, but as an educated citizen other forms of address arc demanded of him on numerous special occasions. As a result of his College debates, he is enabled to make his point and stop, rather than to bore his listeners with the prolix effusion that ordinarily characterises such speeches. In the business or professional world his conversation is forceful and convincing, and he soon develops that mysterious element that the world for want of a better term calls pcrsonalitv, and he takes his place among first rank citizens. I. G. WILSON. A Pastoral Upon the banks of Silent Water I strolled one fairy summer’s day; The yellow-throats by Silent Water Had never warbled half so gay. The lily leaves in Silent Water Adown the stream sailed peacefully; While in the marsh by Silent Water The cat-tails swayed in melody. The cattle near the Silent Water The trees along the Silent Water Lay drowisly beneath the trees; Were all bedight in summer’s hue; The aster heads by Silent Water And in an elm by Silent Water Were nodding blithely in the breeze. A jay rejoiced o’er nestlings two. All Nature ’round the Silent Water Seemed smiling under joyful skies. For there beside the Silent Water Were you with gladness in vour eyes! E. E.'E., '15. Ttco hundred flee

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Slu' Nrltiiipaprr as a Community Jfnrrr A Junior Theme. The newspaper a community force? Decidedly, from the time it is rushed from the press, smelly with printer’s ink, half the items left out because they were “received too late for publication—full particulars next week,” till it goes to its last resting place on the pantry shelves, the newspaper is a force. Regardless of literary excellence or rhetorical power; as a record of community interests; by virtue of the extensive field it needs must cover; it is bound to be a force. To touch every line of activity, to lead in every move for civic improvement, to be foremost in every advance for social uplift, to guide and encourage the intellectual life of the community, in every way possible to promote the public welfare—this is the province of the community newspaper. The newspaper is a force then, from the standpoint of business, to be supported; politically, to be feared; morally, to be upheld; socially, to be courted; intellectually, to inspire; historically, to be preserved. IIow eagerly do we-scan the advertisements upon opening our newspaper! Not only do we wish to learn of the latest bargains, but as reading material we note the phrasing, the ingenuity of the composition. The gossip of business rivals invite interest in the local page. We sight the amount of space appropriated by the new hardware store, thereby gauging its standing in the business world. The amount of business enterprise in the community is reflected in the newspaper, through the offices of which many an advertising scheme is originated. If business is dull, we seek out the editor and put it to him to devise some means for starting things. Advertising pays—it is up to the editor to make it pay. We leave all details to the editor. Business is dull, not because of the war in Europe, or failure of crops, or stringency in the money market, but because we lack a good, live editor, such as they have in our neighboring County, who concocts wonderful schemes of voting contests for the most popular young lady, a grand bargain dollar day, a grab sale, or the giving away of a piano. In the world of politics, we feel keenly the force of the newspaper. Here, assuredly, we do not know our own minds until we know what is the newspaper’s. Do we wish to run for political office? Better sound the editor first, there’s simply no use entering the race without the support of the paper. It takes a man of principle to run a newspaper during a campaign, to stand by his convictions, fair, impervious to temptation of personal advantage. If we can enlist the services of the editor, we have a powerful aid in our campaign for civic improvement. Do we need better roads? Get the newspaper interested. Do we need a new town hall? Whisper it to the editor. To be sure, he never ceases afterwards to remind us of it, alluding on all possible occasions, to the “edifice of which we feel justly proud, having been largely instrumental in its erection.” But the fact remains that the newspaper IS largely instrumental in every public enterprise, discovering the need of it, encouraging the possibility of securing it. devising ways and means towards attaining it. Two hundred seven

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