Ruperts Land Girls School - Eagle Yearbook (Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada)

 - Class of 1921

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Rupert's Land College Magazine working hours of that very morning, or how often they are postponed to a rosy, distant future. Each one of you would be very properly indignant if accused of not loving Canada, but does your love lead you to such practical results as writing well and spelling well, learning well and drilling well, thinking earnestly and speaking gently, all for Canada? Are the "head, heart and hand" which you promise to her service being trained and developed by your own patience and care, or merely by the constant driving of your teachers. Does your love for Canada ever make you give up amusements that clash with your work? - Girls naturally think a good deal, sometimes more than is wholesome, about their appearance and dress and the impres- sion that these make on others. These things are important, for they reveal your personality and express it. But if you stop at dress and appearance, as so many do, in a more or less futile attempt to imitate a droll little mannequin in "Vogue," you have learnt only the A. B. C. of what girls and women have been compiling through the ages-the Manual of Charm. A shrill voice and careless pronunciation can kill the effect of your pretty dress and marcel wave in just one minute, as far as a trained ear and judgment are concerned. Nervous, rest- less movements, the betrayalon your face of your lack of in- terest in those to whom you are speaking, and the repetition of the empty slang phrase of the moment-all these reveal you at your worst, and no elaborate dressing hides their ugliness. They are just as displeasing as dirty fingernails, or faces plas- tered with pink and white calcimine-as outward, visible signs of a grace that is missing in you, the sense of refinement and beauty of soul. And the only charm that wears and lasts and shows itself in unfailing courtesy and good taste, the charm that draws friends and lovers in youth and worshippers in old age, springs from the heart. The rainbow colours of the diamond, the glow of the ruby, come from within, and are not lent to it by the stonecutter's labour and polish. Can you not sweeten and refine your voice and manners-your heart as well as your head--for Canada? She deserves the bestg can you give it? What are you reading, what are you writing, outside the schoolroom, for Canada? Do your letters, sent home and to your friends, show you at your best? Are they bright and well written, accurate and well expressed, written, in short, to please and interest those who receive them? More than one mother of my acquaintance has precious bundles, tied up, where the faded ink tells a happy, comical tale of ups and downs and a merry heart, that bring a smile or sigh to one's lips- in the reading. Are your letters worth tying up for the days to come, or do they tell a tale of selfish repining, lack of 9

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Ruperfs Land College Magazine . ' lately, we gratefully remember his care and kindness during some anxious years and are glad he has allowed us to add his picture to our Magazine gallery. Since we last went to press, in 1915, innumerable changes have taken place in the lives of the College' staff and of girls thenin attendance or just leaving us. It is not possible to mention all of these, from Miss Dalton herself, whom the news of the war brought home to England from Japan, to leave again later for Syria, down to the little First-Formers, whose fathers wrote brief messages to them from France. You will find some of the more peaceful changes of last year set down in the Chronicle, but I should like to dwell rather upon the names of those who, in the midst of change, remain unchanged -our constant, steady friends of the Advisory Board, who have now delegated some of their practical duties to the new Ladies' Board, and colleagues on the scholastic and domestic staff who have helped us to keep the School going through some sunshine and many clouds. Among many of these the names of Miss Crampton, now Mrs. Macgachen, Miss Harding over in England, Miss Horsman in Vancouver, and Miss Hold- itch, happily still with us, come at once to mind, while no one who has ever lived within our walls can forget our daily and constant friend downstairs, whose "candy pies" still make glad the hearts of Juniors. QNO one but "Lizzie" has ever had a poetic tribute in these columns "repeated by request"!J It is only now after the hurrying years behind, that we find ourselves able to measure and weigh some of the results of these years. Most School people, like myself, think that we have sacrificed much in quality to quantity-which means that we are more concerned to accomplish a great deal than to do less both greatly and well. Can you girls help to put this right? Our great Dominion, with its scanty population, scattered over so many thousands of square miles, offers so many oppor- tunities of work and service that later on you may be puzzled to know which path to follow, which road to choose. To be successful in any, make sure that you can do something really well, that your hand and eye and brain are trained and accurate as well as quick. Why else do you suppose that we toil with you so many hours over subjects which not even the teacher can be supposed to enjoy perpetually, unless for this one aim-that Canada may have wiser and more capable citi- zens in the good years that are coming? "Land of our birth, we pledge to thee Our love and toil in the years to be" are favourite words as you sing them at morning prayers, but I wonder sometimes how far the love and toil are shown in the 8 4

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Rupert's Land College Magazine ' purpose, self-indulgence, and doubtful jokes and allusions? Remember, letter-writing is supremely a woman's art, and probably the strongest link between the members of a scat- tered family is the correspondence that a mother or sister keeps up with the absent, so get your pen into training for the years to come. As Anglo-Saxons, "of earth's first blood, with titles mani- fold," we have a sacred trust in our great literature, the finest in the world. This great heritage has come to Canada for her to use and increase. You cannot read more than a limited number of books in your span of life. At least be sure that you have read the best, and make an effort to find out these and master them. A good book will remain your friend for- life, but if you seldom climb higher than the "Adventures bf Mushie," as depicted by two or three of your favourite best- sellers, you will not only lose one of the purest enjoyments of life, but your thoughts and conversation will lose a great chance of inspiration to yourself and others. The little chitter- chatter around the School would be so much worthwhile if you knew and cared enough about books to discuss and argue about them among yourselves. And your friends at home would give you credit for taste and appreciation never before revealed. And Canada might some day become a "nest of ,singing birds," such as England was nearly four hundred years ago, when the invention of printing had given to the world more books than had ever been seen, and the costliness of production limited them to great and worthy themes. And lastly, let the first ingredient in the quality, the fineness of character, for which we must strive, be loyalty. Loyalty to your home and family, to your School and friends, to your city and country, to your chosen rulers and your King, to your Church and your God. I fear that the spirit of our age has worn thin this steadfast and beautiful quality of soul. We criticize and analyze, we half obey or struggle against, we limit and restrict our devbtion to those with whom we live and work in the framework of modern life. Don't criticize your home to outsiders, or your fellow-workers to lookers-on, or your Church organization to non-members, nor overmuch to yourself. If you are not true to these, how can you be faithful to your country, or loyal to Him who claims our thoughts and words as well as our acts for His Great Crusade? May this School year, and every year, help us all to grow worthy of His call and finer and truer in obeying it. Your affectionate friend, EVA L. J ONES. 10

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