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At the conclusion of this there was a (Irand March, with the orchestra playing. This brought us past the tables where the refreshments were served.
The blinking of the lights made us aware of the lateness of the hour and that the happy gathering must disperse. A number of the Peru girls were seen safely home, but what of the Doane boys? We hope they knew the lonesome way to the hotel.
'Falk about a good time! You’d think fun had you seen the Freshies on their class picnic Friday afternoon September eighth.
We started about four o’clock and after a long tramp over Pikes Peak, we at last came to the splendid picnic grounds at Puck Creek.
Fvery one thoroughly enjoyed the old fashioned games, which were all very lively. 'Phis vigorous exercise sharpened appetites, so that when “eats" were announced, all were ready.
Later in the evening we all gathered around the camp-fire and after giving the class yell several times we broke up, each one wishing that we could have another picnic soon.
On October 6th, a crowd of fun-loving Sophomores announced their presence in Fxpression Hall by the rattle of cups, spoons, and frying-pans. As soon as all were gathered there the walk to the favorite picnic ground. Buck Creek, was begun. The long jaunt in the fresh air whetted monstrous appetites, although they were appeased somewhat by large luscious apples to be had for the asking. On arriving at the chosen spot every one threw down his load and immediately began the search for fire-wood. A fire was soon built, bundles, from which delicious odors issued, were opened, and then—yum! yum!
All signs of the late feast were cleared away, more wood heaped upon the fire, and some merry games were heartily enjoyed until a rather late hour. Then the walk home in the soft radiant moonlight will be remembered as a fitting conclusion of a most enjoyable occasion.
SPECIAL ANI) TRAINER PICNIC
On Tuesday evening October 17th. the little band of Specials and Trainers marched out to the Normal woods above the athletic field to the beat of Tubby Hayes’ tin cup and spoon. The march to the camp led through the “valley of despair" through which all defeated football teams march on leaving the Peru gridiron, but echoes of fun and good spirits only were afloat that evening.
Supper consisted of buns, pickles, doughnuts, bananas, delicious coffee, and wienies roasted over the camp-fire. After the feed Mr. Charles Palmer, president of the class, mounted a stump, not for the purpose of making a speech, but to lead the class in those spirited yells of the Specials and Trainers.
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THK RECEPTION OK WELCOME.
All of us have experienced that lonesome, homesick feeling which will present itself even in the rush of the first week's registration and class adjustment. So many people, and oh, so many new faces! The Christian organizations—the Y. W. C. A. and Y. M. C. A., X. C. A., and Episcopal (iuild—and also the faculty, realizing just how each one felt, gave a reception in the gymnasium where all might get acquainted and feel the warmth of a true Peru welcome.
A delightful program was given hut the greater part of the evening was spent in greeting old friends and meeting new ones. Time passed quickly and happily for all.
The religious organizations surely demonstrated the value of their existence in school life. Many who came discouraged and lonely departed cheered and comforted, thinking that Peru was a splendid place to be after all.
SENIOR CLASS PICNIC
Did the Seniors ever limber up and have a good time? Well, I guess! When? Why, one night in the gym where they had a frolic. The fun began with relay and sack races. Of course the sedate seniors wouldn’t dance, they just played “Skip-to-my-Lou,” “Miller Boy,” and “Pig in the Parlor.’’ Miss Redfern chorded on the piano and they swung on the corner and bowed to their partners in an astonishing manner. Games were dropped suddenly when “eats” were announced. Sandwiches, pickles, apples and coffee disappeared rapidly. The left-overs were slyly stowed away in Dorm girls’ pockets for future feeds.
Following the supper we played “'Ken Little Indians" just once more and then took our good advisers’ wise advice, resumed our dignity and departed for home having had a “grand good time.”
After the big rally in chapel and the overwhelming defeat of the “Doanitcs’ down on the field, we ended our victorious day by a reception held in the gym in honor of the Doane players. Every one aided in showing the Doane fellows a good time. 1 he visitors were introduced by a committee of popular young ladies.
During the evening the following short but pleasant program was given:
I usical selection Welcome to Visitors Violin solo Reading Piano solo
Words of Appreciation
Philo Orchestra Dr. House Paul Thomas Lulu Burkett Genevieve Gregg Captain Blust
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Several of the group were greatly “put out’’ when one of our number sat down upon the loose end of a log on which our cream can was resting for a short time, and the contents of the improvised pitcher were contributed to mother earth.
The remainder of the evening was spent in playing charades and a great deal of fun was derived from many of the unique ones which were given. The party broke up at an early hour and the participants returned to the routine of school life, patiently tc await the coming of another enjoyable occasion.
EVERETT HALLOWE’EN PARTY
There is one place in this school you always have the best time and that’s at Everett. The Hallowe’en party was an exceptionally good one. All were asked to come masked. Wc were met at the library steps by a charming darkie, who escorted us down stairs where the jack-o’-lanterns, black cats, and bats winked and stared at us. The leaves made an awful weird noise as they rustled around in the dim light. What fun to try and guess every one, why! some didn’t even know their own neighbors. Then they bobbed for apples, ate doughnuts from a string, had their fortune told, met their early ancestors and saw the terrible things that happen on Hallowe’en. Lovely refreshments were served and it was later rumored that certain loyal members forgot to bring their manners and ate so much the remainder of Hallowe'en night was spent “Seeing things.”
M E. VERNON CHRISTMAS PARTY
This year that charming old friend, our good Saint Nicholas, was honored by a Christmas party given on December 9, by the girls of Mt. Vernon Hall. There were pleasing decorations of ferns and brightly trimmed evergreen trees. Paper horns, bells, reindeers and the Santa Claus reminded one of the rewards of good little boys and girls on Christmas morning. The game of Jerusalem and Jacob was enjoyed. Shouting proverbs seemed to be very amusing, although there was present the difficulty of readily recognizing unfamiliar quotations equally as long as the Junior grammar sentences to be diagrammed in examinations. One of the features of the evening was a contest, where shadowgraphs of various frequent visitors at the dormitory, were presented for inspection. Each person was given a cotton snow ball containing a half of a candy heart. The problem then was to find the rest of the heart and it was many minutes before the broken pieces were all mended. Brick ice cream and cake were served. After these refreshments, “Miller Boy”, “Pig in the Parlor”, “Skip-to-my-Lou”, and “Ten little Indians” were played.
The hour for farewells came only too soon. The young men many times characterized the evening as ecstatic, entrancing, and rapturous. At last the delightful smiles of leave taking were over. After cheering for Miss Cleland and the girls, and singing appropriately “Good Night Ladies”, each guest departed reluctantly, and strangely enough, alone.
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