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The hills of old Peru have been an inspiration to many a poet, local and otherwise. All this poetry has sounded forth the praises of those grand old hills, has apostrophized the brooklets that purl merrily as they glide thru the meadows, and has eulogized the venerable oaks that clothe the hills in majesty—but none of it has described the sensation given the native by having the small of his back come suddenly into contact with the cement walk of Standley Hill on a slippery December day.
Such an experience as we have related above made Guilielmus take rather a prosaic view of the hills of old Peru. He was coming down Abbott Hill one day when lie started to fall. He should have fallen and have done with it. but instead, he tried to catch himself and by his exertions gained such momentum that when he did come down it was with a force that jarred his friends in Hindustan. 'I'he net losses were a wrenched knee, a sprained ankle, and four broken finger-nails.
The Glee Club trip in February was another of the big features of the school year. From the first Guilly was extremely solicitous to have Poscyvillc included in the itinerary, in order that he might show the “old ’uns.” You have had that same desire, have you not? Well, they did make Posey-ville, and there was no happier man in the whole U. S. A. than Guilielmus, when the Poseyvillians encored his base solo three times.
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Down at the Cannon Mouse the boys got to tasting of forbidden fruit in the shape of an occasional game of seven-up. enriching the vocabulary with a few choice cuss-words, and frequently surrendering to the pernicious weed. Every letter Momnicr Granby wrote she expressed the hope that “her Guilly would not fall into evil ways, but shun them as he would a pizen adder.” In addition, the teacher of School Administration, spoke in caustic terms of teachers who had bad habits. So, on New Year’s day Guilly and his pal swore off. Our picture shows the last smoke.
Back in Poscyville debates had been restricted to those little farces in the Friday afternoon literary society where the respective merits of the horse and cow, and other kindred topics, were discussed.
Of logic Guilly knew little, of correct forms of speaking, less, but a semester’s course in Argumentation did much to knock off the rough spots.
Tradition tells of Demosthenes’ speaking with his mouth full of pebbles in order to overcome stuttering, and of Hcnrv Clay’s addressing his senate of chickens and ducks. Our Guilly had some such struggle. He was big and awkward; his hands were not unlike small hams, and what to do with them, how to appear natural and unafflicted was ever his problem. Our picture shows how in nature’s solitude he sought to develop his oratorical art.
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Next came the Junior-Senior banquet. This is a great event and long-established custom demanded that every knight escort a lady to the banquet hall, or else be condemned to warm a chair in the ignominious stag-row. In desperation Guilielnius resorted to the bill-board but to no avail. Then, happy solution! A bold brigand of the Dormitory proferred her company and it was gladly accepted, you may be sure.
The lady now being secured, the next question was how to behave and how to feel comfortable in her presence. Imagine, then, the joy that came to our friend when in hunting thru the card index in the library lie ran across a book entitled, “How to Behave in Polite Society.” With what diligence did he apply himself to the contents of the volume! With what eagerness did he learn to distinguish the salad fork from the table fork and to keep from stirring his coffee with the soup spoon! But a course of two weeks gave him all the data necessary and he now felt confident that he could take his place among The Elite!
All the afternoon was spent in preparing for the banquet. He washed his hair until he could do nothing with it. his feet (I was about to say ‘until he could do nothing with them’), shaved, massaged, “unt so wcitcr.”
The hours at the banquet were a success. True, he did, in attempting to cut a dill pickle with his fork, shoot a stream of water into the eye of his neighbor across the table, but no offense was meant and certainly none was taken. He used the right fork at the right time, applauded the speeches at the psychological moment, and did the things a banqueter should do.
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