Pulaski High School - Oriole Yearbook (Pulaski, VA)

 - Class of 1929

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o ll le J eniors oj 2Q IVES of great men have constantly reminded us both in song and in daily life that none took up the reins that led to their success with more advantages than we. It has been shown that the father of this country lived in an age of fewer great men, in a time when responsibilities and tempta- tions such as we know were negligible, it is true. Problems of leader- ship were less exacting; world conditions incomparable to those of today. Circumstances, emergencies, sorrows undoubtedly mold character. But wherein lay the greatness of those men and women of past times? Greatness may be born in some. It is certainly the plan of the Creator that every man be born with a chance in life, tho it is also His plan that some be cut down or turned into the fabric of humble garments. Then what is greatness? There is in every man a hidden quality which he may develop or destroy through a life of his own making. We have observed the grandest examples of patience, men of extraordinary mental achievements and of greatness of heart, whose natures put to shame us who bask in the sublimest sunshine of health. Pens that have filled the hearts of mankind with wonder and inspiration have come from those who have been classed physically as shut-ins. In every age there have been advantages and handicaps. Some of the grandest masters of paint and brush lived in garrets, the sons of obscure or indolent parents. “I have no chance,” someone cries; “Look at his wealth, his father can send him to the finest university,” laments another. Those who thus complain drift with the flotsam that flows too swiftly to swerve toward the scenes of inspiration that border the banks just beyond the line of vision. Sons of great mothers or fathers sometimes achieve greatness in the eyes of the world, more often sons surpass either parent in achievements. In the end, who wins the laurels of greatness? What is greatness? Those whose names are inscribed in halls of fame and in the heart of the world have their reward. Through talents well used, through toil and patience they have contributed to the elevation and education of their fellow-men. They deserve our reverence. But true greatness has lain in their hearts; lies in your heart. Whether it remains dormant or active depends upon you. Let us look about us. There is the man or woman whose heart bursts with the love of his fellow-men. When he can overlook the frailties of another whom the world quickly points out in shame, and can give him another chance as the Creator gives each of us time and time again, he has overcome at least one weakness in himself. Loyalty is no insignificant stepping-stone on the road to success, but it must be laid in that path with the firm, cementing sands of justice. Who are vou who accept the apology of another with a lingering rancor in your 22

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C Jo 1 fir. Q ' Censel (Ockiman “ The works you wrought in silence, gifts you made Because you loved, not for the world ' s parade; The torch of learning that you set alight To blaze a trail through ignorance and night; The counsels that you offered, thoughtful, wise; The kindliness that looked from out your eyes ; The courage and the mighty power for good You taught to youth by your own pure manhood; Dear Friend, Kind Counselor, the selfless path you trod Has marked for us the air-lit trail to God. "



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heart? When you forgive, forget. Start over again. Give that friend the benefit of the doubt. Make your mistake on the right side. If you would be great, look to the small things first; be a friend to mankind. Lincoln had time to play wild-animals with children of his neighborhood and when he turned homeward his broad per- sonality and his great, forgiving soul had left an indelible impress upon the lives of all who knew and loved him. You are great who can see the good in others when all signs fail, who believe till the last that some one else is blameless. You have the great heart who can rejoice in the happiness of others until the longing in your own heart is forgotten, who when the light between the dark clouds of heavy burdens breaks over your countenance are not found scowling, for the light always comes. There is a light in the heart of every man which but awaits the breath of your inspiration to be kindled upward. Principal. 23

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