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Page 85 text:
THE ORIOLE 81 cigarettes left unlighted and the manhood preserved has been given no place in this sketch. When in a reminiscent mood, one “of the old guard” in- hales again of the rare atmosphere of Mt. Mitchell, hears the roar of Linville Ealls, is made drowsy by the sound of rain pattering on his tent, sits down once more to break bread at the foot of Grandfather’s Mountain with a grand-nephew of Daniel Boone, feels his blood tingle with delightful excitement as he retraces a trail followed in the dead of night through mountains filled with bears. But, scouting in Pulaski is too young to reminisce. It must look to the future. As Scouts become more numerous, the dis- cipline must not be relaxed nor the standard lowered. For- ever, in this community, may the Scout badge retain its sig- nificance, and may an unworthy person never be allowed to wear it. L. C. Dickerson, Scout Commissioner.
Page 84 text:
80 THE ORIOLE duly registered and the troop duly chartered; but, a few weeks thereafter the Scoutmaster made application to enter an officers’ training camp and necessarily severed his connection with this troop. In the few weeks that Mr. Ham had charge of these Scouts excellent work was done, but his departure was a death blow to the troop. Rev. L. C. Dickerson succeeded Mr. Eckman as Scout- master of Troop No. 2, assuming the duties thereof in October 1918. Thereafter these scouts successively had as their meet- ing places, for periods of time varying in duration, the Baptist Church, a down-town club room, and finally a room in the High School building, at which place the three troops now extant have their in-door meetings. As is indicated by the place of meeting, scouting in Pulaski is more closely affiliated with the public schools than any other institution; and, although the troops are nominally independent, they might properly be called school troops. To enter into the details of this the last period of local Scout history would ’unnecessarily weary those sufficiently in- terested in Pulaski scouting to peruse these paragraphs; and consequently a summary of what has been accomplished will suffice. From the one troop of 25 members have issued forth two additional troops, Nos. 4 and 5, with a total enrollment in all three troops of — — ; instead of one Scoutmaster with no assistant, there are now three Scoutmasters and two assistants; on the first of last January the National Council chartered a local second-class council, constituted by representative citi- zens of Pulaski, to supervise and to provide for scouting in this community; whereas, previously the summer camp had always been a temporary location, in the spring of 1921 the Rotary Club erected and gave to the Scout Council a splendid cabin, which, with a capacity of 100, is used as dining room and kitchen; the interest of the community in scouting is manifested, not only by the Rotarians’ gift, but also by the fact that the Scout Council has decided to give every Scout in good standing, one week in camp this summer without charge; of the number of first-class Scouts now there is no end, not a few have merit badges, two are Veteran Scouts, one is a Star Scout and one was recently awarded the Eagle badge. Such, briefly, is a history of scouting in Pulaski. The humorous things that have happened among these Scouts would, in themselves, afford material for a lengthy essay. The “good turns” done would fill a great volume. A record of
Page 86 text:
Eighty fresh f reshies, Sitting on a wall, Along came Latin, Oh! What a fall. + + + Rob Calfee (to Mr. Tilson) — Have you got any penny pencils? Mr. Tilson — Yes, sir. Bob- — How much are they? + + + Mr. Eckman fin laboratory) — Now, class, this compound is very dangerous; it’s likely to blow us through the roof any minute. Now, everybody, step up close so that you can fob low me better! + + + Mr. Trolingcr — Jim. now that you have graduated what are you going to be? Jim- — A banker, father. Mr. T. — A very noble ambition, and why did you choose such a calling? Jim — Recause the banks close at 3 o’clock. + + + Ernest Lewey — Can you remember dates? Billy Bones — I never had any.
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