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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
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
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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
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
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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.
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