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ECK MAN’S CIRCUS TIIE POOR NUT Three weeks of strenuous practice- - Not even time to sneeze; Miss Vaughn went almost insane From worrying about her keys. The famous Draper and Dalton performers Would pull their fancy tricks; Before the cast arrived each night They’d dance like lunatics. “My ego is turned outward; Nobody’s gonna boss me.” ' The Poor Nut” then spilt “noodle soup” And the audience laughed in glee. With Rosenblatt director It was a fine class play; “Doc” Harman helped to put it over big, Like he saw it on Broadway. “The Poor Nut” sure did play his part — Harold Beamer was a great asset. The local paper got all confused And a “write up” we didn’t get. The crowd all wanted to see it again; Of all school plays it was the best. So on the twenty-second of March We staged it again upon request. Again it took them all by storm When “The Poor Nut” got the silver cup. The Southwest Times then awoke And gave P. H. S. a double write up. At first it was staged at the Dalton And then at the Jefferson School; The people of Pulaski know a good play — The public you cannot fool. ( )h, yes. we had a circus J ust a small one of our own. We named it after Eckman. And put him on the throne. We took the parade down Main Street To advertise, you know. And the auditorium was packed that day To see the “Original Eckman Show.” He showed us all his teachers From Hall way down to Green; They were the funniest creatures That we had ever seen. As they were rolled upon the stage They’d laugh and sing and talk, J ust like the rest of human beings That eat and sleep and walk. We even had a ten piece band Along with the thirty freaks; The only thing that was incomplete We couldn’t hear circus wagon screaks. 165
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SUPPOSE ‘CIRCUS DAY” Charlotte was a “plank " insteak of a Hoard. Nell was a “pans” instead of Howies. Jean was a “looks” instead of a Hunt. Virginia was a ‘coal " instead of a Wood. George was “mud " instead of Sand — s. Donald was a “meadow” instead of a Field — s. Eleanor was a “stew “ instead of a Frve. Sam was a “cowslip” instead of a Haislip. Dorothy was a “seamstress ' instead of a Taylor; Beth was a “dale” instead of a Glenn. Evelyn was a “room " instead of a Hall. Ralph was a “sparrow” instead of a Martin. Wilma was a “nut” instead of a Berry. Evelyn was a “hetnmer” instead of a Tucker. Hal was a “draftsman” instead of a Painter. Frances was “check” instead of Cash. Robert was a “queen " instead of a King. Charlie was a “cook” instead of a Porter. Nancy was a “houseweil” instead f a Barnwell. Lucille was “horsepower” instead of Mumpower. Ernest was a “bear " instead of a Lyon — s. Isaac was a “runner " instead of a Walker. Doc was a “cleanei " instead of a Dyer. K -therine was a “wideawake” instead of a Knapp. Calvin was an “ambulance” instead of a Hurst. Ellen was a “gooseberry " instead of a Quesenbc rry. Auldcn was an “orange” instead of a Lemon — s. Beatrice was an “allidaughter " instead of an Alli- son. All Freshmen were “mice” instead of Rats. OUR FACULTY OF P. H. S. Our teachers are the queerest things; They fuss at us all day — It’s sit down here, and don’t do that. And put that gum away. Miss Peters, she gets awful mad If we’re a minute late. To look at her you wouldn’t think That she’s just thirty-eight! Mrs. Hall sure makes us step around; We do just as she wishes. Gee! I pity poor Mr. Hall And all those breakfast dishes. “Shuff” takes his lizzie out ridin’; He’s nice, he doesn’t play poker. But if his lizzie stops on him He’ll get right out and choker. Miss Pugh is just a baby doll. And my! She is good lookin’; But I’d rather die from starvation Than to eat that teacher’s cookin’! You’d think Miss Dalton’s an old fashioned girl, With all those curly locks divine, But just once count the beaus she’s got And you will change your mind. Miss Rosenblatt’s an “expert typist,” She teaches bookkeeping in the room above; I hear around that she’s engaged, I wonder if she dreams of love? Miss Blair deserves a medal. For she gave up all her joys. She undoubtedly has the patience of Job. Why must she contend with those Junior boys! Miss Croswhite teaches Biology And gives dermits, tho she hates to — She told us all about jumping frogs, She said one time she killed two. I’d like to tell about Mr. Eckraan And the girls that ride in his car, But I guess I ' ll have to stop right here — I think I’ve gone too far. On tlu- seventeenth day of April “Sparks” Circus came here. ' Twas like a day in December — Cold enough for the polar bear. We all gathered on the streets To see the big parade. It was too cold for ice cream rones And the colored lemonade. But just the same old Mr. North Wind, With all his windy frowns, Could not keep us away From the Circus grounds. We had to see the side show And all the elephants too — In fact, most every “freak of nature” That could be found in a zoo. Chief Carper had a busy day With his assistant Pierce. Along with policemen Sands and Boothe These four looked awfully fierce. They kept good order in the town, No elephants got away, But all of us were mad to think We couldn’t have a Ci rcus every day. “THE ORIOLE” book that is precious as gold ; Its leaves of silver we turn; We harken to long ago memories That never will return. We see our school mates’ pictures. Our glorious football team. And in our rage we turn each page Of this book that is a dream. We sec our basketball girls; For them we used to cheer. I often scream, right in a dream. Awakened, surprised no one is here. There’s comfort in this little book If you will only read. To think of some Bill. John, and George — Oh! they were friends indeed. Each mind is filled with wordly things — A future goal is set; An Oriole for our monuments, Our school days we’ll never forget. HALLOWE’EN A pumpkin on most every gate And ghosts just everywhere; The air was filled with witches; The passers by they’d scare. The clock struck twelve and all was quiet, But some mischievous boys Were still awake to carry out plans And not to play with toys. For fear somebody wouldn’t fall On the street they put bananas, And what do you think they did at school? — Put chickens in the pianos. But this wasn’t halt of it, my friend, You’d think I’m just a fool If I would tell you the honest truth — They locked a cow right in our school. They tore down everything they saw And took off wagon wheels; They stole valve caps and let out air From a hundred automobiles. People thought a cyclone had hit the town Or some enormous charger. But one thing we know tor sure — Next year the police will be larger. 164
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