Peru State College - Peruvian Yearbook (Peru, NE)

 - Class of 1917

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 south and north. While they are yet talking, the incarnate struggle is in their midst; a mule-drawn wagon halts, and its driver, tall, gaunt, with burning eyes, comes up to find the blacksmith to replace a cast shoe. An eager little black face peering from the covered wagon betrays him. It is John Brown; and the pro-slavery blacksmith angrily tefuses to help a “nigger-stealer” on his way. It is a tense moment, as the team moves slowly off; but a motherly woman, running after the wagon with her batch of cookies for the hungry boys, expresses the simple human kindness which knows no difference between black skin or white, whose one impulse is to help the needy anywhere. It is late afternoon of a summer day a year or two later. A steamboat whistle has sent men, women and children hastening to the landing, for the arrival of a river boat is a great event. Now they troop gayly back, to prepare for a deck-dance in the evening. The dance music is soon heard, and laughter, and moving feet. But a hurrying messenger interrupts the gayety. The neighborhood company has been called to arms, and twenty-five boys march away to the war at their country’s call. Before the Spirit of the Place there passes a chorus of youths and maidens, white-robed, singing of peace and plenty; the war is over and men’s eyes are once more turned with hope toward the future. As the song dies away, a little group of Methodists, sturdy pioneers of the church, approaches, seeking a site for the school they mean to found. The site is chosen,—a wooded hill-top overlooking the sweep of river,—and dedicated to the high enterprise with simple, hopeful words of prayer. As the school grows, a new vision is conceived in the hearts of the founders,—a dream that here young men and women may be trained to a life of service as teachers. I? seems only a dream; the task is too great for the struggling church of the vicinity; but the young state steps forward, and receives the trust at the hands of the church. So the founders’ vision is realized. On a summer morning the Spirit of the Place watches students assemble before the school. Here, under the trees, they have gathered to hid God-speed to two of their number, who are ready to commence their life work. The simple ceremony comes to and end. the audience is gone, and the Spirit of the Place beckons the two graduates to come up to him. Then he summons the wild things they have known so well,—the grasses, the wild flowers, the birds and butterflies,—to bear them company. And, so companioned, the two go forth into the world, blessed as they go by the Spirit of the Place. Abba Willard Bowen. iDi7



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