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THE ORIOLE 51 community, a state, and to a nation as a whole. Just as an education has taken man as an individual from the depths of ignorance, illiteracy, and poverty and raised to a plane from which he might see and know a new happiness, just as it has developed him to that point where he can feel a higher sense of beauty, character, and honor, so it has raised the civilization of our nation, just so it has broadened the minds of our people making them the purest and the best that can be found. And now, what would we do without it? And finally, what is that thing which is too much to do for it? Nannettc Livingston , ’2?.
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50 THE ORIOLE Education W HAT is an education? Education is a long, rocky, rugged road leading from darkness into light. It is a torch, as it were, lighting the way from ignorance, illiteracy, and a lack of appreciation to intelligence, independ- ence, and appreciation of all that is high and noble and good. At first the light of the torch was very small, whose weak strug- gling beams were shed upon and received only bv ' those who could afford such a precious thing, and possibly by some whose ideas were high enough and whose will-power was strong enough to persevere and sacrifice for it. Since then the light of the torch has grown until now it sheds its beams and showers its blessings upon the greater part of the world. Though the blessings of this torch are abroad there are yet many who do not take advantage of it. Take the young man who is indifferent toward the educational part of his life, who thinks his own way the best — to him the torch sends a darken- ing light, frowns upon him, burdens him and burns his conscience. Yet, he forces himself to enjoy life until the time comes when he needs his education. He has grown to the age of independ- ence, to a place where he must make his own way; he cannot find work suited to his ability, all fortune seems turned against him. Oh! how often did he hear, with regret, in his application, this question, “Boy, how much schooling have you had?” Truly he thinks of what he could have been. But it is not what he could have been, but simply what he is, and regret, which in the end is nothing but due punishment for wrongdoing and can help but little. On the other hand, take the person whose ideals and am- bitions are lofty; to him education holds outstretched hand and presents a beaming, smiling face promising to him rare treasures, qualities, and blessings foreign to those who cannot or will not experience it. Though the way is long and rugged, though at times one may become discouraged, though its trials and tribulations are numerous, to the true, diligent, and faithful student its value is precious. Its worth when obtained could not be changed for anything else in the wot Id save salvation, to which, I think, an education is only second in life. When we think of the value of an education to an individ- ual, this is only a small part in its value and importance to a
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52 THE ORIOLE The Drop-Kick I T was a clear crisp day, late in November — an ideal day for football. The bleachers surrounding the gridiron of St. Mary’s were packed. People were standing along the side-lines waiting for t he greatest game of the season to be played, the greatest because it was to be played between the ancient rivals, St. Mary’s and Rockwood. Last year Rockwood had won, and all the players on St. Mary’s team were going to play their best. The whistle blew, a hush fell over the field as Johnson of St. Mary’s kicked off, far into Rockwood’s territory. Every one was cheering and enjoying the game except James Bartly, who was sitting on the substitute bench. Apparently he was watching the game, but his mind was on something else. He was thinking over his past life at St. Mary’s. He had come there as a freshman four years past, and had tried for the football team, but did not even make the second team that year. In his sophomore year he played on the sec- ond eleven and got to play in some of the smaller games. He came back to St. Mary’s the next year thinking he would be a member of the first team, but something was lacking. He worked mechanically and put neither pep nor drive into his plays. Thus his third year passed with him not nearer the first team than before, and the one ambition of every St. Mary’s man was to play against Rockwood and to win. When he reported for practice the first afternoon, in his last year at St. Mary’s, the coaches had seen a change in him. He was trying for the same position as usual, right half-back. It was found that he could drop-kick especially well and the choaches had said that if he kept the pep up he started with, he would make the first team. So the first game played be- tween the Scrubs and the Varsity found Bartly playing on the Varsity. During the season he had made a fine record and then in the third game before the big game with Rockwood, while playing unusually well, he was carried off the field with a badly hurt knee. When at last he reported for practice it was three days before the Rockwood game and Allen had been chosen to play in his place. And now he watched the game being played instead of playing. Early in the first half, a Rockwood end caught a forward pass and made a touchdown. Then Rockwood kicked a goal
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