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The master of ceremonies then informed us that vc were attending a track meet and the usual rules would be observed.
Th first event was the standing broad grin. Each school was allowed three contestants. This event was closely contested by Wesleyan and Cotncr, but the first place was awarded to Cotncr.
The second event was the Shot Put, in which each school had two contestants.
The third event was the Egg and Fan race, which caused much excitement and stern ruling on the part of the field judges.
The next event was a Peanut contest, in which each school had only one contestant. He had to stab four peanuts with a hatpin and carry them across the room one at a time.
The fifth event was a boy’s cracker eating race. After the contestants had been chosen some were missed. The opposing teams discovered they had gone for a drink of water so that they might be able to win more easily. Appreciating the difficulty of those who had not gone after water, the judges brought forth a pail full and served the contestants all alike.
The last event was the Hoop relay. 'This contest caused very much arguing and finally had to be repeated. The scores were counted up and a prize given to the school winning in the most of the contests.
The close of the track meet was of course refreshments. Before all were served the lights went out but everyone went bravely on eating the cake with a spoon until some one found a candle and a match.
(ILEE CM BS ENTERTAINMENT
What the members of the Glee Clubs insist was the most enjoyable, "homey,” event of the whole year, took place at "Seven Oaks,” the home of I)r. and Mrs. House, on the evening of February eighteenth.
Soon after the arrival of the guests. Dr. House announced his intention of reading a story, giving the company the privilege of choosing whether it should be a page from the dictionary, an essay from Carlyle, or a Sherlock Holmes story. Sherlock easily carried off first place in the vote, the page from Webster taking second, so our host, by the light of a candle, read the story of the Spotted Band, while the "audience’ sat in the dim light of the flickering candles with a growing sense of horror. he host s proposal, made just at the climax of the story, that he should “quit now, and finish this some ether time when we’re all together again,” met with an emphatic veto.
At the conclusion of the story, the lights were again turned on, to the vast comfort of some of the listeners, and refreshments were served. The tactful tactlessness of it is carefully planned and given in a noble spirit.
The musical part of the evening was opened by the Men’s Club singing a few of the selections the rest wanted, and one or two that they wanted. 1 hen the Girls’ Club reciprocated with some of their best, after which the host and hostess gave a wonderful duet, responding to many encores. At this point Kingsley’s presence was demanded, but he had vanished and could not be found.
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all, but the most cozy, comfortable homes imaginable. The blank white walls were made beautiful by pennants, pictures, and mottoes.
It didn’t take “Cap” Kidd and Irvin Caldwell long to find the cozy corners. Was it by inspiration or suggestion? 1 wonder.
All in all it was a most delightful reception and one that will long be remembered as one of the brightest spots in the monotonous grind of school life.
Y. M. C. A. BANQUET
One of the regular events of the year toward which all men of the school look with eager expectations is the annual banquet which is given by the V. M. C. A.
The Third Annual Banquet was held in the basement of the Methodist Church, on the evening of February sixth. This event will be remembered by all who attended as one of the most agreeable social events of the year. Not only did it give the men of the school an opportunity to meet in mass, but it also afforded them an evening of hearty good fellowship and cheerful visitation.
The fine supper served by the ladies of the church, the music, and the free-and-easy spirit which pervaded during the entire evening made even the most self-conscious youth feel at ease and lose the terror which a banquet is said to embody.
'The plan for the toast list was suggested by a basketball game. Mr. Arthur N. Longfellow acted as toastmaster in his usual pleasant and composed manner. Each man who was represented on the program deserves credit for his contribution.
The toasts given were as follows:
Toastmaster, A. N. Longfellow.
The Coach, Lewis Tvlcr.
The Captain, Cassius Kennedy.
Teamwork, Stephen Durisch.
The (ioal, Glenn (). Kelley.
The Victory, Rev. E. A. Worthley.
Each man brought out fine thoughts and some pleasant humor as well. There can be no doubt but that the influence of such events is far-reaching for the betterment of men’s characters, and that the cause for which the Y. M. C. A. strives is greatly enhanced.
DRAMATIC CLUB RECEPTION
The Dramatic Club reception at the opening of school was a howling success. As each member entered he was met by Miss Dunn and Mr. Craig, who turned him over to the committee. Each member was first tagged with some letter. After all had arrived they were told that they belonged to a certain party which, when arranged would spell the names of five schools in Nebraska. This caused considerable trouble, but it was soon discovered that the schools were Doanc College, Kearney Normal, Cotner University, Wesleyan, and Grand Island.
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After a general song service, the party regretfully broke up, complaining that “midnight comes awfully early these nights." What they thought of the evening may be learned from the shocked neighbors, who heard the old familiar yell splitting the silence of the Sabbath morning.
“What’s the matter with Dr. House?"
“Who's all right?”
On the evening of Saturday, April Fourteenth, everyone who during the year had taught the ninth or tenth grade, assembled in the new gymnasium, which then appeared like a beautiful, graceful, bower of green and white. As the crowd moved about at first smiling, and finally breaking into a whole-souled laugh, pupils and teachers jostled and jested with each other.
The first game, “Two Happy Minutes," gave all an opportunity for getting better acquainted by having six dates with different people during twelve minutes. Surely such a record is to be envied unless any serious results come from the mixing and breaking dates.
It was then discovered that a copper mint was located somewhere near for pennies were generously distributed to all present. The answers to twenty questions were found on the penny. A new definition of a messenger, “one cent,” proved the catch for most guessers.
Dean Rouse, Harry Smith, Marty Craig, and Kingsley House, demonstrated several new methods of cross country travel, as they went over the expanse of flooring on their heads or hands.
When all the fishermen had caught a fish in the pond, they went into the dining room and were served refreshments at small tables. The green and white candles Dr. House was put to the test in inducing some of the more backward members of the Men’s Club to go in and sit with the ladies, but they were used to minding their director, so they went.
THK HIGH SCHOOL RKCKPTION
It is often said that a parent raises a child, and then the child raises the parents. However, false or true, this statement may be, it is a fact that the Peru Senior High School, taught the Normal Seniors, what a grand success a reception may become when cast a soft light over the room, while the waitresses flitted about from table to table.
The blinking of the lights drew forth a general groan because it was the signal for the preparation for departure. Mr. Spacht then led the Color Song, but no leader was needed as everyone with an earnest vim and enthusiasm, answered the query, “What’s the matter with the High School?" by, “They’re all right. You bet—cvery-time. Three cheers for the Peru High School students who are not only good thinkers but the best of entertainers."
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