Pulaski High School - Oriole Yearbook (Pulaski, VA)

 - Class of 1922

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26 THE ORIOLE ed but we were eager to see what lay beyond and hated the little time which elapsed before the gates were unlocked. At last the gates swung open; our boats shot forward as thoroughbreds going over the last hurdle. We were not able to keep this pace long however, for soon we ran into solids form- ed as prisms, cylinders, tetrahedrons, and other unpronounc- able things. What imagination we had left from Caesar Whirl- pool was expended in imagining the other sides to these figures, but at last we threaded our way through. Beyond us there was a rough expanse of water. “Now, what kind of storm was this?” was the query. “Irregular French Verbs,” was the reply. “No hope! No hope!” the waves seemed to moan in our ears. It did seem hopeless at first, but our endeavors were rewarded with victory. Some of our number complained of the Chemistry Falls, for here, so the tale was told, were acids whose fumes were chok- ing, chemicals which exploded and burnt one, and there was broken glass flying in the air and many other unendurable things. Now, however, there was only one more obstacle in our way, Examination Shoals, but the little craft stood even these. A faint light appeared in the east; the morning sun showed its rim above the horizon; the mists rolled away from the river, and the curtain of night faded. The heaven’s blue was scudded here and there by fleecy white clouds; a song, sweet and clear, was heard; our eyes looked upward; there was a flash of black and golden wings; the glorious sun smiled kindly as we earth bound mortals tried to do something worthy of The Oriole of ’22. Our very boats responded and darted forward under this stimulus, to the goal where we will receive our rewards — our Diplomas — and we will find ourselves on the Sea of Life, drawn forward b v the unseen threads of Fate to what storms or havens that Fickle Goddess alone can know. Mary E. Amburn, ' 22 .

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THE ORIOLE 25 we have to meet Caesar somewhere.” A shudder greeted this dread thought. By hard rowing the old obstacles were sur- mounted, so when we came to an expanse of water studded by igne- ous and metamorphic rocks we were surprised to hear that these were the dreaded Scientific Rocks. Emboldened by this we exclaimed boastfully, ‘‘Look, Mr. Pessimist, watch how easily we can get through this.” But, indeed pride does go before a fall, for many hard knocks and bumps were received before we reached Junior W harf. Oh, with what trepidations we started on the unknown Junior Waters, for now the river was wider and more treacherous; here there were sharp bends like angles, sand-bars were placed in every possible way, forming triangles, perpendiculars, and even circles; these had to be studied carefully by a handbook called “Plane Geometry,” before we could discover the secret passageway. W T e thought our troubles about ended when, horror of horrors! We heard a sound as if of Charybdis; we could only wait terror stricken, our oars lax in our hands, while the boats were pulled forward by some unseen force. We turned a bend in the river and saw before us an awe inspiring sight; a huge whirlpool, stretching from bank to bank, seething and foaming and drawing all things involuntarily into its clutches. Going around and around in it were boats, with their occupants left by some previous expedition. Their boats were drawn to the very center of the maelstrom, then with a convul- sive upheaval they were cast to the outer edge, then the perform- ance would be repeated. “Steer clear!” “Steer clear!” they shrieked at us. “Don’t get caught in Caesar Whirlpool.” Steer clear ? How we wished we were able. It was a useless exhortation; we could no more have steered clear than have sprouted wings. Irresistibly we were drawn forward into the pool. Out poor heads grew dizzy from out gyrations; round and round, would it never stop? Why should our hopes be raised so hopelessly by that fling to the outer circle? Now and then one or two would manage by hard work and skill! ul manage- ment to get outside. They would keep as close to the whirl- pool as they dared and help some of the rest to get over, but some could not be rescued so we were obliged to leave them. We were so dizzy and nerve wracked that we were hardly able to cope with a storm of Physics which arose immediately after- wards, but we got our bearings and were soon able to pass on- ward. During the faint gray hours of morning we anchored before the Senior Entrance Gates. We were tired and exhaust-

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THE ORIOLE 27 Class Prophecy Of Fate I begged, near tears, That She might fitting see To look along the coming years, Then say what we should be. Kind friends, by me asked to insist That She more helpful be, Prevailed at last: She cleared the mist And let us further see. One moment — then the mist closed in, Then all as ’twas before; But in that glimpse what there had been To sec and hear — and more. Louise will be a movie star; For Ethel teaching school; Vcrnelle great things will make or mar With science as her tool. In French will Dawson grammars write Where “icis” are the rage, To be a cook is Baldwin’s plight; And Frye’s, an editor sage. A missionary, Smith is for; For Moorefield, farmer free, And Nannie, of some man o’ war Is “mate” indeed to be. Among famed law firms one can see The “Duncan-Kasey’s” name; And Amburn’s plays indeed ’twill be That near Shakespearian fame. And Jim an orator so great, So charming and so grand ; He might persuade one risk one’s fate At Dentist Chandler’s hand.

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