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THE ORIOLE 55 ®hr Eiuer and flan HEX we see a spring with the water bubbling leisure- ly up, we seldom think of the greatness which this same water eventually achieves. The water leaves its source and slips and slides along its tiny watercourse, falling here and there only to get up again and rush headlong into greater and more dangerous falls. Sometimes it runs gaily along, singing and playing in the sun- light; at other times it becomes quiet and still as if it were sleep- ing. Gradually, as the stream goes on its way, it grows, not only in strength and size but in capability; it is no longer the merry dashing brook, but a small young river, just beginning to feel its importance in the world. Man, like the river, was at first a tiny toddling child, who slid down the stairs and got on his feet only to slip and fall again. Like the brook, too, the child would sing and play, run and jump, until forced by weariness to seek its bed. Finally the child also grows, and becomes able to do the small tasks of manhood and do them as seriously and efficiently as a man. The small river is able to furnish power for mills, true not such large ones; but is not this a great step towards a river’s “manhood?” The stream is no longer playful, it does not rush headlong as a child, but goes serenely along as if impressed by the greatness and seriousness of the tasks confronting it. Neither does the youth take life as a joke, nor does he play continually, but he also begins to take life seriously as he grows in strength,, experience, and intellect. Do not think, however, that all tiny streams develop into great, healthy, honest working rivers, for some disappear into the earth, thereby meeting untimely deaths; some are lame and stunted, they are of no value in the work of the world and stand no chance in the battle of life, for the river, unlike the child, has no intellect by which it may become known as a power. Still other rivers are criminals, not only do they wend a crooked way but they steal one’s land and either give it to another or deposit it along the way in such a manner as to do no one good. A river is not always quiet and peaceful; when it rains a river becomes angry and turbulent, and in many cases leaves its bed, destroys priceless property, and in some instances families.
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THE ORIOLE 54 Virginian iCttrrarg § nrietg Alton Crowell Theo Derrick . . Lois Albert Marshall Shuff, FALL TERM Jr- President Vice-President Secretary . . Treasurer PROGRAM COMMITTEE Louise Fitzhugh Eugene Groseclose Thelma Pillsbury Turus Southern Verna Lucas SPRING TERM President Vice-President Secretary Treasurer PROGRAM COMMITTEE Alton Crowell Beveridge Roberts Lois Albert Harry Patteson Mary Duncan Marshall Shuff, Jr. Mary Duncan .... Margaret Drapei . . James Trolinger. . .
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THE ORIOLE 56 But to return to the good river. The river has now grown into “manhood” in every sense of the word. Some rivers, like some men, are rulers. That this is a fact could not be doubted by any one who should see the slow, majestic trend of a river as it flows along its course in the consciousness of its unlimited power. It furnishes the power for every phase of industry, if not directly, indirectly through the great medium, electricity. Were a river able to talk, what would be the numbers of mysteries solved, romances disclosed, and unknown crimes brought to light? It could tell of people who had disappeared and were never again heard of ; it could tell of crimes which had never been solved, for it had seen the murderer drag his victim to the bank and had heard the dull splash as he rolled him into the river to be hidden forever — unless the river, in grim humor, cast the body upon the banks far from the scene of the crime. Who knows of the romances watched by a river when the moonlight plays on the surface of the water, faintly illuminating all nearby objects in its faint silvery glow? And yet, all these things may be locked in the bosom of a river, never to be revealed. Finally, the last stage of development in a river’s life is reached; it no longer expands as before but rather seems to shrink, and it is at this stage that it goes into the sea and is lost forever — even as man dies and passes into the great un- known. Robert Finks, ' 21.
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