In days of old, so we are told, Knights lived in castles, guarded
by a wide, deep moat of fetid water, entered by a portcullis or
drawbridge which was a welcome mat only for one's friends. Here
in the castle the future Knight would be reared for a time. The
young boy would grow to graceful manhood under the personal
care of his father and with the help of a skillful tutor, often a resi-
dent priest who would teach him the laws and love of God along
with the polite learning of the languages and arts. When the boy
was old enough, he would live in the house of some other lord as
page, learning how to conduct himself in polite society. Then fol-
lowed a military training in arms and horsemanship during which
he was called a squire. Finally, after years of training and a whole
night spent before the Blessed Sacrament in prayer, the young
squire was made a Knight. Knightly conduct, or chivalry, called
for the observance and enforcement of laws, and the protection of
the weak and oppressed. But it was especially in defending him-
self and in enlarging his domains that the Knight showed his
ln childhood days we were baptized. In a Christian family,
secured by parental love from the influences of evil, we grew up to
young manhood. Having received the Sacrament of Confirmation,
we knew we were to be Christ's soldiers, so we began our intel-
lectual apprenticeship at our Knight school, St. Mel. Sophomore
pages, we even learned something of military tactics as R.O.T.C.
cadets. As iuniors, we moved to the Main Building as squires. Com-
pleting our studies now, and especially prepared to live a Christian
life in a world which knows little of our gallant chivalry, each of us
of the Class of 1950 comes forth to be dubbed
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