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THE ORIOLE 2 MY STUDIES Latin is a dead language, As dead as dead can be. It killed all the Romans And now it’s killing me. In History we study about The men of ages past. I try to get my History up And do succeed at last. Algebra is a corker. And every one will say You have to work your problems out, And bring them every day. English makes me sick at heart And I will sadly say, That when my report goes out each month They are always “F’s,” not “A’s.” Of all the places I have been The school house is the worst, They will not let you talk or laugh, And sometimes I think I’ll burst. And when I grow to be a man, These things, I hope to know, Were for the good, and not the bad, For I have labored so. Eugene Snyder, " 21 . t AN ORIOLE ESSAY Quite a lot of paper, Quite a bit of ink, Makes an Oriole essay, Plus a little “think.” Mary Lowman, ’27.
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THE ORIOLE THE BOY WHO RECOMMENDED HIMSELF A gentleman once advertised for a boy to help him in his office, and nearly fifty boys applied for the place. Out of the whole number, he — in a very short time — selected one, dismissing the rest. “On what ground did you select that boy?” asked a friend. “He had not a single letter of recommendation.” “You are mistaken,” said the gentleman, “he had a great many. He wiped his feet when he came in and closed the door after him, showing that he was careful. He instantly gave his seat to that old lame man, showing that he was thoughtful. He took off his cap when he entered, and answered my questions promptly, showing that he was polite and gentlemanly. He picked up the book, which I had purposely laid on the floor, and replaced it on the table, showing that he was orderly; and he waited quietly for his turn, instead of pushing. When I talked to him, I noticed that his clothing was tidy, his hair neatly brushed, and his nails clean. Do you not call these things letters of recommendation? I do. What I learn about a boy by using my eyes for ten minutes is worth more than all the fine letters of recommendation he can bring me.” Gaynell Stuart , ’27.
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THE ORIOLE AUNT DINAH AND A FRESHMAN Aunt Dinah was an old fashioned colored mammy. She was respected by both white and colored because of her age. Susan Jane was a little girl who was just starting in High School. She was taught to believe that Aunt Dinah knew everything. Susan Jane went into the kitchen one night where Aunt Dinah was preparing supper. She was talking about school and about the things that had happened that day whensheasked, " Aunt Dinah, do you like Algebra?” ‘‘I don’t know’s I ever et none, but it shore do soun’ good.” Susan Jane explained to her that Algebra was a study and not something to eat. Then Susan Jane got out her History and studied until she read — " In the year A. D.” She began to wonder what A. D. stood for. " Aunt Dinah, do you know what ‘in the year A. D.’ stands for?” " Honey, dat’s easy. It jes’ stands fo’ in de time ob Aunt Dinah.”’ After finishing her History lesson, Susan Jane picked up her English book. She was studying about the rising action, the climax, and the falling action of a story. She did not know what these terms meant, so she asked: " Aunt Dinah, what is the climax of a story?” " I jes’ don’t know what de climax ob a story is but Ben sar- tinly do chaw climax.” Then Susan Jane began to study Latin until she came to the question, " What are the principal parts of possum?” Of course she went to Aunt Dinah. She asked, " Aunt Dinah, what are the principal parts of possum?” Aunt Dinah answered, " De principal parts ob a pussum am de head, de four legs, de body, en tail.” I am afraid Susan Jane didn’t make very good grades on her lessons the next day. Mary Smith , ' 27.
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