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26 THE ORIOLE ffr 0 pl}?n; nf (Class ’21 X N THE course of graduation from old P. H. S. it was found that a prophet was needed to foretell the futureof this brilliant class. Then it was decreed that I, being of no other use, should turn my dreams to the future of the Seniors instead of wasting my gitt of prophecy on the weather; however, 1 was a bit shy in ' 21 and promised the class if they would excuse me from so great a task 1 would some day tell the people of their fame. It has been a long time since then and I had forgotten this promise until I was sud- denly reminded of it. I was at the station to meet “thirteen” when I heard some one say, “Hello, Pat.” I turned to find Virginia’s most distin- guished and noted lawyer at my side, the Hon. Turns Southern, who is now practicing law in Richmond. He came up from Radford where he has been employed by the Civic League to fight the cow question. You know he established his reputation as a lawyer when he helped Pulaski get rid of hercows in 1935. “Come on, Turns, let me tell you the news. You see that magnificent hotel on the top of Peak Knob? And that hand- some new block over there? They were designed and built by our old friend, Garrett Dalton.” “Speaking of a new block here reminds me that a few days ago I saw Margaret Draper, as we used to know her, in Washing- ton. She has spent two terms in congress from the Ninth District. It was due to her influence that the “Draper Bill” was passed allowing Pulaski to erect buildings of at least four stories. She now devotes much of her time and executive ability to civic improvements.” “Well, you should have been here last week. You know we’ve just had an observatory added to the High School build- ing, and the other day while Dr. Shuff was driving over in his aeroplane he dropped his monkeywrench, which fell through the dome hitting one of the students on the head. Dr. Shuff hurried to the Pulaski Hospital where, with the aid of Doctors Finks and Crowell, he held an examination. Dr. Crowell, the surgeon of the bunch, wanted to perform an immediate operation and phoned me to bring all the ether I had in my drug store and come to the hospital. In the meantime, however, they had found and adminstered some chloroform. Upon my
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THE ORIOLE 25 (Elafis Siatory O XE September morning in the fall of 19 16 seventy-five boys and girls awoke to the realizat ion that at last the day had arrived when they were to start on their long journey up “High School Mountain.” They had been preparing lor this journey for years and it was with happy hearts that they at last set out as freshmen. Those who have been freshmen can understand how one feels, but those who have not can never understand the queer sensations through which they pass. The seniors were looked upon with awe and rever- ence, but the condescending look which passed over our count- enances as we saw a “down-in-the-grader” was really ludicrous. Many were the happy days as freshmen, in spite of the fact that we were constantly reminded that we were just “rats.” The sophomore year was begun with the same enthusiasm as the first, although there were not more than half as many students as the year before. Some enlisted to help “Uncle Sam” fight the “Huns, " while others either heard the “Call of the Wild,” or remained in the first year. The first half of the year was full of excitement because of the influenza epidemic in October and the signing of the armistice in November, but after that nothing unusual happened to disturb the even tenor of our way and we soon found ourselves juniors. The junior year was quiet, our one great aim being to reach the senior year which we had been looking forward to for so long. At last the year of all years has arrived: seniors at last! but we wonder where is all that dignity and superiority we used to think seniors always acquired. For some reason we just can- not be dignified, but in spite of that the Class of ’21 has ac- complished things of which any class might well be proud. We have the honor of founding the Pulaski High School annual, The Oriole, of which we are very proud. May the future seniors carry it on year by year with the same vigor and enthusiasm with which it has been started. Another accomplishment of which the seniors are proud is the raising of money for a school library which has been needed for years. The senior year has been a busy one, every moment has been filled, for there has been much to do. Now that w r e have reached the summit we find ourselves reluctant to go on to new fields and it is with sad hearts that we bid Pulaski High School farewell, and our thoughts will ever turn back to the good times spent there . — Dclrhey Fitzgerald, ' 21 .
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THE ORIOLE 27 arrival I found them in a heated discussion. Dr. Shuff main- tained that the patient had concussion of the brain. The funny thing about it, however, is that while they were arguing, Dr. Finks, with the aid of a compass and an old geometry original, found the exact spot where a chip from the monkeywrench had lodged. Today I saw Georgia Williams, who is head nurse there, and she told me the patient is slowly recovering. By the way, Turns, do you hear from Jacqueline very often?” ‘‘Huh? Well, yes, occasionally. She has graduated from the University of Chicago and has become famous as the au- thor of a book entitled, “Why Did Poe’s Raven Rave?” She also told me that she had seen Lois Albert, who has finished her music in Germany, and is now employed by Mr. Edison to compose dance music. They must have had a sort of a class reunion, because she had also seen Thelma Pillsbury and Mabel Richardson. It seems that Thelma has moved the home of fashion and art from Paris to Dublin, and Mabel is the most original milliner in Newbern. Gale Henry says he is extremely happy in a Pillsbury costume and a Richardson hat. By the way, Pat, you remember Myrtle Wisler? I was in Wytheville yesterday and she is professor of Home Economics in the Uni- versity there. She likes everything very much except when Delrhey Fitzgerald, the State Inspector of Universities, comes around.” “Did you notice in the last copy of the Southwest Times the interesting letter from Verna Lucas, the noted bacteriologist? You know she has returned to America after having been sent to Russia, where she made a thorough analysis of a new disease caused by the “Redski” germ which has lately broken out there. She met up with another old classmate of ours, Ada Lee Can- nady. It seems that Ada Lee has become a missionary and was captured in Africa by a lot of cannibals who were fixing to have soup a la Ada Lee. Just in time, however, she was saved by an old friend of ’21, Rettia Gallimore. Rettia has become a noted dietician, and in spite the fact that we used to laugh at her when in current events class she offered food substitutes for the savages, we find that one she happened to have with her saved Ada Lee’s life. Well, there comes “thirteen” and for once in my life I’m really glad it was not on time. Good-bye, old fellow, and let me know when you come back to defend Dr. Shuff for dropping that monkeywrench.” Harry Patteson, ’ 21 .
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