Soldan High School - Scrip Yearbook (St Louis, MO)

 - Class of 1916

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"Disturber and Dreamer, the Phillistines cried When he preached an ideal creed, Till they learned that the men who have changed the world With the world have disagreed." When the reforms he agitated have become accomplished factsg when every child born in America has an equal chance in life, when woman summoned into civil life and political equality has become a reality, when the hands that create the wealth of the world control it, do you think that then the name of the man whose lifework this was, will be forgotten? The name of Wendell Phillips will be embalmed in our memory for all time as the symbol of courage, progress and freedom! -Paul Evans Peltason. Class! Ode, ' .,.,.,,,,,,,, HOU noble hall of learning and of truth, QQ 49? Fashioned by man and blessed of many a youth Whose life, through years, has aided been by thee! How many times before thee have I stood ge V And viewed each tower with increased awe and love, Thy stately form, thy quiet simplicity, Thy beauteous colonnades, thy portals wide, Through which each day pass many seeking light! Surrounding all, thy lovely spreading green, Brightened with flowers of varied form and hue And casting shadows over street and walls, Tall plumed trees grace thy magnificence. Thy spacious halls, where throngs of maids and youths Pass gaily to and fro, force one to think, , What doth the future hold in store for these? When from these halls, forever, they depart, To choose each one his lifels work to be done, Many shall wisely choose, yet life for them Shall not be one sweet song unto the end. Their sorrows, of which all men taste a few, Less bitter'll seem, when sweetened with the thought Of work well doneg a life in service spent, An aid to fellow meng a blessing to one's self! Less fortunate shall many be, whose choice Shall lead them into paths of life-long strife Through thorny paths and mire of deep distress, Some shall emerge with lives made true and strong, Molded by nature's teacher, stern experience. na

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aan at -1-f tribute to his personal character to say that as an orator Wendell Phil- lips ranks with the greatest of all time. In reading his speeches you seem to hear the lion-like roar of Mirabeau. Yet he never ranted. A southerner who heard him said, "He was an infernal machine set to music". His plainness of speech appalled because it was so unusual. He called a hoe a hoe, not an agricultural instrument. He said, "Slav- ery is slavery, not a form of economic subordination." His magnetism of manner and witchery of style were such that it is said "he could talk en- tertainingly about a broom handle". This superb and matchless elo- quence was the means by which he accomplished all that engaged his attention as a reformer. As a reformer, Wendell Phillips was far from a man of one idea. Standing in isolation, against parties and established order and old tra- ditions, he devoted his life to the freest and broadest discussions of the questions and issues of his time. The best years of his life, however, were devoted to the cause of the slave. The slave power grew by leaps and bounds after the invention of the cotton gin, but due largely to the untiring efforts of Wendell Phillips, the anti-slavery agitation likewise did not remain in the condition the year '37 had found it. During these years Phillips advocated disunion. Tried by his standard the constitu- tion had become a sinful compact with slavery and he longed to see it broken. With the first sound of the cannon in Charleston harbor, how- ever, the welcome which he gave the war was "hearty and hot". Throughout the war he was wrapt up in one mighty passiong justice as the policy of the uniong justice to the negro! He said, "Peace if pos- sible. iustice at any rate". With this sign his matchless eloquence was creating the public sentiment which guided the hand of Lincoln as he signed the Proclamation of Emancipation. After the Civil War, the slave, indeed, was freeg but this did not free the great reformer from his task. He saw clearly that the next great contest would be waged with the slavery of poverty. With clear, un- flinching logic he announced his principle, "Labor, the creator of wealth, is entitled to all it creates", and attempted to follow it out to the utter abolition of the present distinction between capital and labor. He was also foremost among those claiming the ballot for women. His powerful presentation of the woman suffrage problem, more than any one cause, has started the agitation which can ultimately result in but one thing, universal suffrage. His was the voice which exposed our national crime against the Indian. His, the voice which early brought forth the temp- erance question and his, the voice which championed every other reform of the age. Wendell Phillips has exercised a greater influence on the destiny of our country than any other man of his day. H2



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475 ard' '-QQFVJ Others who likewise trod in paths of strife, Less strong than those whose Fight doth bring them through unharmed. Life's bitterest dregs shall drink, and some few sink, Swept on by moving seas of grim humanity. But, as with 1ife's slow-moving, ebbing tide, They drift unto eternity's far shore And backward look o'er 1ife's fast fading course, Unbrightened by one hope of real success, Yet here and there from out this fog and mist A light shall shine, the light of our old dream. It grows, it gleams, it shines from out thy towers, Thou school where spent I many happy hours, In work, in dreams of glorious days to come, Inspired by thy ideals, to higher things. Oh, may you prove to many other lives, Who, in their turn, within thy portals pass, A guide, a help, and draw them to that height, That pinnacle, whereon thou hast thy stand. And may each one their motto take from thee, Of truth, of honor, freedom, courtesy! W-Edith Kidwell. C I a s s S o n g Air, "Maryland! My Maryland!" Thy noble name shall never die, Soldan High! O Soldan High! Thy praise and fame shall live for aye, Soldan High! Fair Soldan High! Thy victories shall never end, Thy spotless fame, thy sons defendg Down countless ages, may they send Praise to thee, O Soldan High! O Alma Mater, staunch and true, Soldan High! O Soldan High! We'll ever loyal be to you, Soldan High! Proud Soldan High! Thy halls will ever win renown, And with thy banner, gold and brown, May far and wide thy fame resound, Soldan High! O Soldan High! 114

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