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[Night The moon hung low , Held to heaven by a chain of stars; Along the river banks, The elms and willows silhouetted against the sky Were caught in a golden net Of moving fireflies, And mingled with the stillness of it all The soft laugh of rippling waters, The dainty incense of night flowers. Through the maze of silver-shadowed leaves. Through the heart of silence came the song Of a lonely nightingale ; The tree tops sighed — And all was still again. Dorothy Wallner, ’32. 79
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0f Sood (Banners •-:[ This essay was written in imitation of Francis Bacon. p- ■’HE MATTER of good manners might, upon first consideration, seem too trivial for the serious thoughts of a reflecting mind. It often appears as a veneer that hides the true quality of the heart beneath, or as a defrauder’s wax to conceal and disguise the broken or worn parts. Again it is like smoke that would appear to give evidence of great flames when in reality only a few smothered coals exist. But these criticisms apply only when the manners are affected by a thoughtless one who wishes to push himself and to make a good impression instead of caring for the comforts or feelings of others. Sincere good manners develop from a heart that is unselfish, and are used by those who have a genuine anxiety for the happiness of their associates. The observance of courtesies should by no means be too elab- orate, for over-indulgence, even in politeness, is to be avoided and gives a suspicion of sham. In simple and unpretentious manner let a man both speak and act so as to inspire in his companions a feeling of ease, com- fort and good fellowship. In social life many situations arise in which keen and ready wit must come to the aid of kindly feelings to prevent acute embarrassment and lasting pain. Often one is present at an important function when a flash of humor injected at precisely the right moment will turn a peri od of solemn dignity into one of informal but genteel freedom. In the development of good manners, asin other virtues, practice makes perfect. One who feels awkward and out of place in the presence of his equals on occasions of gayety naturally shrinks from society in general. Patient practice can remedy this malady and restore such a one to his true place of poise, grace and joviality. Good manners are cherished by all high-minded men and women, and are developed through kindness of heart and cleanness and cleverness of wit. Perfection of manners may be attained by adding to these natural graces close observation of the use and abuse of social customs and by the diligent practice of true courtesy at all times. Robert Kino, ’jj. 78
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Tropical Vight ' HE SUN, a small red orb in the distance, had just been ex- tinguished in the deep blue Pacific. I looked out over the lagoon, where small tropical bats winged their way back and forth darting now and then close to the water in search of the millions of small tropical insects. Swiftly, like a blanket, darkness enveloped the island. The birds chirped sleepily in their nests as the gentle wind swayed the tree tops, and with their song there was blended the faint murmur of the billowing beach grass as the wind swept through it, and the gentle “lap lap” of the water on the beach completed nature’s song. In the fast dimming light the spicy odor of the jungle grew sweeter and the shadow of the trees on the grass grew vague and less distinct, then vanished altogether — the night had come. Slowly I arose and walked down the beach to the small native town, the dirty lanterns with which it was lit making it stand out like an oasis of light in the desert of darkness. Slowly f walked down the narrow, crook- ed street, halting here and there in the tea rooms which were filled with crowds of women clad in flimsy dresses, and men in white, who swayed in rhythmic motion to the tunes of the native musicians. Seating myself at a corner table, I slowly sipped the tepid wine, and allowed my thoughts to wander back to the cities filled with crowds of men and women who moved with clock-like regularity. Their lives were spent futilely clutching after a few paltry dollars. Once again I turned my steps toward the beach, where, lying on my back, 1 watched the crescent-shaped tropical moon shining through the branches of a giant palm upon the waters of the lagoon below. A cloud passed across the moon weirdly tingeing the waves that rolled upon the beach. The cloud passed leaving the waves a dark blue but al- ways tipped with silver. No longer did I think of home, or my friends, nor did I wish to see them again. I did not know it then, but 1 had fallen entirely under the spell of the tropics. Hal Painter , ' 31 . ( 5 )
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