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Qluntenis Falr of the Iron Horse M L O The Creat1ve 1n Compos1t1on Eumce K Crabtree Our Normal D1str1but1on E F If I Were Once Agam at Normal E F One of Our Alumnae Teaches MCXICRHS Sarah Cows or Cars Kate Chew A Lesson Jason and Medea Elecmora Bofwlmg Chxmneys for Gur Alma Mater B essze M Arterburn Tlme Everchangmg Chmlotte Haan Ed1tOT13lS Shows Us the Way On Bebmmng Is It Gomg Gver Notes from a Sldelmer Athletlcs School Notes Jokes 5 3 ' , .S . ............................ 3 ' ' ' r , . ............................. 9 ' , . .................. . 10 ' , , rf ...... . 11 , ............................................ 13 , , V ' ......... .... . . 17 Smile Awhile, E. L. B ......................... ....... l 9 ' l -f . .......... l .............. ...... 2 O ' - ' , 1' l ' M .......... .... . . 21 Cf' ' ......... . . .. 24 ' .............. . ....... 24 ' ' ......... ...... 2 5 ' .................................. ...... 2 7 28 Fl 2 filnttnzr Tight VOL. I OCTOBER, 1927 No. 1 Fair of the lron Horse T mid-morning on Friday, October 9, the staid and sleepy sta- tion of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad presented an un- wonted appearance of gaiety and color. A throng of students from the Maryland State Normal School had wrought this trans- formation. The crowd, orderly, but conveying a sense of joy and ebullition of spirits, climbed aboard the special train, and slowly the ten cars, bearing 850 students, Faculty and Elementary School chil- dren, moved out of the station. A brief trip, and everybody poured out of the train and was swept into the hurrying press and current of other crowds, all seek- ing "The Fair of the Iron Horse." Beyond' the gate, the crowd divided somewhat and broke into smaller groups, each intent on some special item of interest. The Traffic Building drew some, the Allied Services others, but most sought at once to join the queue proceeding around the interior of the Transportation Building. The latter showed in much detail the evo-lution of transportation on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad between 1830 and 1927. Be- ginning with a scene in Baltimore in 1830, the exhibit proceeded, showing landscapes from Baltimore to Chicago, delineating the gen- eral character of the terrain, and giving a specially graphic model of Harper's Ferry. The development of bridges, signal systems, road- bed, and time service were all shown, but the most striking contrasts were shown in the engine models from Peter Cooper's Tom Thumb to the latest Canadian oil burning engine and the crack British engine King George V. Both the last named were outside the building on the special tracks, where enormous engines puffed idly like sleeping monsters. Here one went through a model of the oldest Pullman sleeping cars with its big woodboxes and stoves at each end of the car, and for contrast also passed through the latest type of de luxe trains for land cruises. Here, too, was a special train and lecture car for teaching 3 Ll lQE3Q:2iEitiiSfJ 4 THE TOWER LIGHT various phases of agriculture from trains manned by experts from the University of Maryland. It was hard to leave these fascinating scenes, but hunger pre- vailed, and soon various groups were seen lunching in the Coffee House, or tea garden, or on the shaded benches at the left of the Hall of Transportation. Soon after, the crowd hurried over to the Grand Stand. This was facing the Court of Honor and the Hall, and' was divided from them by a special road or track over which the pageant was to move. Promptly at 2:15 P. M. a flutter passed over the sea of color under the awnings of the Grand Stand. The band was coming! That was followed by the fioat "America," bearing the B. and O. Glee Club, a male chorus of forty voices. Now, a voice rang out from the amplifiers, announcing event after event of the romantic pageant showing the progress of transportaiton. First came the American Indian, with pack horses and "travois" of crossed poles. Surely, there was not a heart which failed to beat faster when these Piegan and Blood Indians of the Blackfeet nation galloped by in full war paint and feathers. And not the least fas- cinating was the little Indian girl in orange who trudged so patiently by her mother-the big squaw in pink who waved the anachonistic palm leaf fan. River exploration and travel was shown by fioats bearing a canoe with Father Marquette, a river bateau, and a canal boat of the type once used on the Chesapeake and Ohio canal. The romance of road travel was vividly presented by the early road wagon, the post chaise, the post rider, the Conestoga wagon, and the George Washington coach, lent by Mr. Henry Ford, from which Henry Clay bowed graciously as he rode along. Next came the scenes portraying events from which modern rail transportation has grown, the meeting of the citizens of Balti- more and the historic parade held in this city a century ago to cele- brate the laying of the First Stone of the B. and O. In this the crafts of carpenters and blacksmiths were represented, and Charles Carroll of Carrollton rode side by side with Philip E. Thomas, first President of the B. and O. The work of Army Engineers in 'surveying the wilderness was shown by a fioat, and then the first efforts to improve travel by such crude devices as the treadmill car and the sail car. Then followed a long line of models of famous engines. Some of these had al- ready been shown in the Hall of Transportation, but in the pageant, the models actually moved along on the circular track, each under its own steam. Tom Thumb received a large measure of applause, likewise, the two early passenger coaches from which hoop-skirted THE TOWER LIGHT 5 and beparasoled ladies dismounted with the aid of igallants, holding a parrot cage in one hand while steadying ladder or lady with the other. Time and space fail to give medium for describing each engine in detail. For such particulars, one may consult the catalog of the Centenary Exhibit. Let it suffice to say that one of the greatest trib- utes paid by the spectators to the romance of travel and' to the courage of our forebears, was the silence and the hint of tears, as the Cones- toga wagons passed by, with youth and maiden, gay and dauntless, facing ever towards the West. M. L. O. 'Q--15"Qf The Creative in Composition By EUNICE K. CRABTREE OMPOSITION is self expression through language fwritten or spokenj. This definition suggests the unity of the two fac- tors which must always be considered in the study of com- position. These are: self-expression and language. Self-expression implies the thoughts and ideas of an individual which seek expres- sion, and the realization of which is the ultimate aim of composition, lauguage implies the technique which makes the expression of the self possible, and it is the means to the end. The word through in the definition indicates the interrelation of these factors. Previously, the teaching of composition in the schools has for the most part neglected the former and placed the stress almo-st entirely upon the latter-technique. Recently, with the growth of the "creative move- ment" in education, the teaching of composition is being changed and a truer realization of self-expression through language is being ef- fected. Psychological Basis In discussing the creative, one naturally turns to the authori- ties-the psychologists, for information. Dewey says: "The ex- pressive impulse of the children, the art instinct, grows out of the communicating and constructive instincts. Make construction ade- quate, make it full, free and flexible, give it a social motive, some- thing to tellg and you have a work of art." Robinson places it as a universal habit system. He says that it is characteristic of the vast majority of normal people to desire "to build Qwhether out of stone, 6 THE TOWER LIGHT timber, or ideasjf' Thorndike lists the creative activity under the heading of .The Instinct of Mnltiform Mental Activity. "The ex- pression of ideas and emotions is a natural or inborn tendency of every one"-this statement is found in the Phychology for Teachers fBenson, Lough, Skinner, Westj. However our psychologists may define and classify these characteristics of creativeness, they do agree as to their universal existence as potent forces. Universality of Language The self may use various media for expression: Music, dance, architecture, sculpture, painting. Only relatively few find these means natural ones for expression. The universal mode of expres- sion is through language. Language as a tool is within the reach of all. "There is no known tribe or people so low in the scale of life that it does not possess some form of language." fjuddj Because of the universality of the use of language, it becomes a perfect me- dium for expression. Experiments A What use, then, can teachers make of the creative impulse? It might seem from the foregoing statements of the psychologists that the teacher's responsibility would be merely to let the children alone and they would create, the children's instincts and emotions serving as complete and adequate driving forces. Education has only re- cently learned to use the natural creative impulses 5 it is at present experimenting, and the results are good. The experimenters have found the let-alone attitude on the part of the teacher to be of value, to have a place in the scheme of things, and must be skilfully han- dled, however, it is by no means the all inclusive technic for devel- oping the creative. The experimenters say: "School life should be free from arro- gant authorities, teachers should be guides rather than instructors, and these should be learning about children rather than certain about children, and that the school environment should be rich in suggest- ing material for the creative impulses." CMearnsj The idea must be the child's, that is certain, but will he unaided be stimulated to express himself? Mangravite says of the teacher, "He must gain the child's confidence and establish within the child the desire to create, or he will not do anything." It would seem then that the teacher must be a kind of clairvoyant who can penetrate the mind and soul of the child and comprehend what he wants to do, he must by subtle means stimulate the desire to express that thing, and estab- lish a favorable school environment. The creative impulse is like a delicate fiower which, that it may grow and unfold in all its beauty needs the sunshine, rain, and air. THE TOWER LIGHT 7 Too many of us have only dried withered stalks. Why? Perhaps it is because we have had a stereotyped instruction, restrictive and oppressive school life, and an unfavorable environment. However, in the child there is a joyous freeness, an abundance of ideas and a desire to express these. In analyzing the problem thus far these two questions arise: What are the factors which make for the development of the cre- ative? How can a teacher economically secure these factors in the classroom? In answering the first question I find four factorsg these are: 1. stimulation of desire for expression 2. enrichment of ideas 3. skill in use of tools 4. realization of favorable environment. . In answering the second question I wish to point out ways and means of securing these four factors in the classroom. To stimulate a desire for expression the teacher must know: what the child wants to do, what his idea is. How the teacher may discover the idea without modifying it or substituting any other idea seems to suggest the realm of the supernatural. The most practical and scientific reply would be: To know the child's interest for his grade and according to his age, supplemented by the teacher's knowl- edge of his particular group of children and of their particular en- vironment. When the teacher knows the child's interests, he may select materials which appeal to those interests. fFor instance, the universal interests of third grade children are: imaginative peoples' lands etc., humor, and nature-animals, etc. In the selecting of ma- terials, the teacher has these interests in mind.j ,With a knowledge of children's interests as a guide the children may be stimulated by: a. personal story told by child or teacher b. discussion of some thing or idea initiated by the child or teacher c. reading or telling of stories, poems on same topic d. music-records, etc., having same theme e. pictures-masterpieces or excellent child contributions having similar theme f. teacher participation-reading to class his own story or poem on this theme. With a knowledge of children's interests as a guide the children's ideas may be enriched by clarifying past experiences, intensifying .8 THE TOWER LIGHT present experiences, and searching for vital new experiences. This may be accomplished by: a. reading of literature b. personal reactions of class c. actual experiencing material such as: hearing music touching silks, etc., frost on window, etc. seeing pictures, statuary d. personal experiences related by class and teacher Complete freedom of expression is gained through a certain mas- tery of the tools. The skill in the handling of language is gained as is skill in the manipulation of any tool-through use. As language is used, the need for new words, arrangement of words, arrange- ment of sentences grow. By presentation of models, explanation of forms by teacher, personal research by children in their own litera- ture, and by use of hand books of writing or standards of writing as set up by teacher and class, or by observing, a skill in use of lan- guage may be secured. A child must feel complete freedom in his composition writing. He desires that the class and teacher shall be eager to know of any idea which is of interest to him, and that the teacher be a competent, sympathetic guide to whom he may turn for help and encouragement. The teacher's greatest responsibility is, I believe, that of establishing a favorable' environment by: giving plenty of uninterrupted time for the thinking or creating in the class, providing finest selections of ma,- terials for classroom, and creating atmosphere of joyful industry. 5, ,g 11,0 ' h .sc 21144 , ,. .,. ,,A'52:?Qyf'6,g 1- gb 'r If :f -.4 - rd -, Q 'L ...v , - -.,,, -f,.3- nf, . ,- 'fazeggesie' rx- 4 bu Our Normal Distribution OT all the people find figures interesting, but certainly figures about the enrollment in the school this year should be of in- terest to- all of our Normal School students. There are 670 students enrolled in the school 3 of this number 344 are Juniors and 326 are Seniors. We have 51 men students this year as against 54 of last year, with a County enrollment of 401 and City enrollment of 269. Seven of the students come from other States. Since it may be of interest to note how the enrollment in the junior class is distributed, the following figures show it according to Counties: STUDENT ENROLLMENT County Juniors Allegany 15 Howard O Anne Arundel 4 Kent 3 Baltimore 2 Montgomery . 7 Calvert 3 Prince George 5 Caroline 3 Queen Anne 3 Carroll 16 St. Mary's 1 Cecil 51 Somerset 4 Charles 9 Talbot 4 Dorchester 5 Washington 14 Frederick 14 Wicomico O Garrett 3 Worcester 2 Harford 21 . Anne Arundel County shows on increase of 9 over last year's entering students. There is an increase of 21 this year from Balti- more County, and an increase of 6 from Calvert County. There are 3 this year from Garrett County as against none last yearg Harford County has sent 9 more, and Somerset 3 more. Scholarships A number of students are holding loan scholarships this year. Five have loan scholarships from the Sarah E. Richmond Loan Scholarship Fund, one is holding the Ted Prince Memorial Scholar- ship, and another is holding a scholarship from the Women's Club of Davidsonville. One student was given a scholarship from the McDonough Charity Fund. Two hold loan scholarships from the Carpenter Loan Scholarship F und-a new fund' established last year, and four hold scholarships from the Anne Arundel County Board of Education. 9 1Qii.f.iffrF1t 9 If I Were Once Again Ar Normal AY by day as I go about my happy job of teaching, I am con- tinually confronted with various and numerous problems, and often I find myself thinking "if only I had done this or that or. still something else while I was at Normal, it would have helped me so much now"-so with this thought in mind I have decided to set down what to me would be, if I were once again at Normal, my ten commandments. There are more, no doubt, that all of us might add, but mine are: .l. Thou shalt devise some plan, however simple, for arranging and cataloging all material such as term papers, pictures, pamphlets, etc. Z. Thou shalt pay the strictest attention to all observations at Montebello or elsewhere, and record them carefully and keep them "always" ' 3. Thou shalt collect all available pictures, pamphlets and book- lets of interest and file them away systematically. 4. Thou shalt never destroy any term papers, note-books, etc., at rash moments, however disdainful the sight of them might be. 5. Thou shalt know that bibliographies have a real and valuable place in one's teaching, and that they should be carefully made and kept. 6. Thou shalt get as familiar with as many helpful worthwhile books and their contents as possible. 7. Thou shalt keep a record of all companies and institutions publishing materials, exhibits, charts, etc. 8. Thou shalt get as familiar as possible with such establish- ments and their work as the Teachers' Library, which lends not only splendid books to teachers and pupils, but also has a full line of pic- tures, slides, and current magazines, the Baltimore Art Museum, Maryland Academy of Sciences, Peabody Institute, Maryland Insti- tute, Walters'-Art Gallery, etc. 9. Thou shalt do every night's assignments and attend every class as earnestly and' as enthusiastically as though the very life of you depended upon it--for it does. A 10. Thou shalt give thy whole mind and heart and body and soul to thy preparation for this job- of teaching which lies ahead, knowing that you will be more than amply repaid. The above suggestions may sound a bit platitudinous and mere repetition of what you have too many times have heard, but if such a thing as success in a nutshell were possible in this line of endeavor I would buy my fill of this variety. E. F., '27, 10 One of Qur Alumnae Teaches Mexicans Nogales, Arizona, October 3, 1927. Dear M erle: Here I have been teaching in my Mexican school for a month and have never taken the time to- write you the full details of my work. I shall try to give you a full account now, but honestly, I don't know where to begin. You already know that my school is about ten miles out in the country from Nogales, and that I travel back and forth from the big city. I leave town every morning at 7:45 on the bus that goes out to gather up the high school pupils. I transfer to a Ford truck that hauls the children to my school at Calabasas. I can truthfully say haul, for we are bumped unmercifully over the ruttiest road I've ever traveled. Now, let me describe the school. There are two teachers in one large room. We have fifty Mexican children and only two Ameri- cans. I am working with the upper grades and my principal has the lower classes. Up until this year the work has been carried on de- partmentally, but we solved our problem in a way more satisfactory to us. The rural schools of Arizona have vocational work. I have charge of the homemaking classes at Calabasas. I am most enthu- siastic about it and have worked out quite an elaborate program for the year. I am afraid it is too ambitious for the abilities I have to deal with, for honestly, Merle, these youngsters are the most stupid creatures I have ever had to work with.. However, I can readjust my plans. I was just about heartbroken this week-for three of my class had left the district to go to Phoenix to pick cotton. The boys are taught "Farm Mechanics." We have a gentleman to do that but the principal plans the course. The equipment in our school is almost ideal. We have the new single desks which can be arranged as you want them. There is a corner for the cooking-but horrors !-I have to use a range. We gather our wood from the desert near by, and I have the girls make the fire. They can handle it beautifully. We have our vocational work one day a week, but we really make all the subjects center around it, if we can, in order to make the children interested. We have all the maps, globes, sta- tionery, and books we need, and plenty of money to buy .whatever else we want for our classes. Of course, I don't mean we have money to waste, but there is ample allowed by the district for neces- sary things. We have a sewing machine, too. The boys have a work shop off to itself and there is a shed for the teachers' cafrs. The playground is equipped with a sliding board and the swings are 11 12 THE TOWER LIGHT all ready to put up. The boys are going to do that this week in their class. , I guess I have told you about all I can about the things I have to work with. At first, I was most discouraged, for I just could not get accustomed to the backwardness of the children. The little tots nearly drove me mad, for they didn't know a word of English. Now, I am enjoying the work with the older ones. We exchange words once in a while, and I am getting quite a Spanish vocabulary. I cannot roll my r's correctly, and the children have lots of fun when I practice saying their words. They are very well-behaved, but I really prefer Americans. If I had an American class. we could really accomplish something this year. One of the state supervisors told' me that only those teachers who had been raised on the misquite meat of Arizona should teach here. I agree with him heartily, but I didn't tell him so, for I didn't know what misquite meat was, at that time. I have since learned that it is the bean that grows on the misquite tree, one of the native shrubs of Arizona. We are going to have the Southern Arizona T eachers' Institute right here in Nogales on October 14th. The teachers will have a banquet and dance across the line. Most all of the parties around here are held in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Can you guess why? Taking everything into consideration, I am enjoying my experi- ence immensely. This country is rather desolate, but everyone has a good time. The Mexicans live in little adobe huts, in a most crude fashion, but it all fits in with the colorings around. The sunsets are glorious, and I'll not even mention the moonlight nights. You must come out sometime. Your fortunate sister, SARAH. g Ei " :'g.!j1 - I: . ,gui V2 Z Q., Cows OI' Cars l-IERE are more things accomplished by prayer than this world dreams of, but did you ever stop and think about what can be accomplished by a cow? They supply milk for the world, but this cow in particular caused the starting of the steam locomotive on the first rails of the Baltimore and Ohio. On a certain sunny morning in September, Farmer Jim Brown turned his pretty cow out into the pasture, never dreaming what a revolution she would eventually cause. As for Bessie, she calmly chewed her cud, ate a little grass, saw a break in the fence, and walked out. Somehow the grass near the railroad tracks seemed' sweeter than any other, so there Bessie established herself. Early on the same morning the Treadmill Car started out from Baltimore City for the daily run to Ellicott Mills. The horse was established in its place, the driver took his seat, and the twelve pas- sengers climbed up the high steps to the coach. The ladies made quite a flurry about their long, trailing skirts, as ladies have done ever since they wore ,such things, but with the help of the four gentle- men present, were finally fixed comfortably. There was a waving of handkerchiefs, a calling of goodbyes, and the Treadmill Car, the latest and most efficient device for motive power, started on its long journey. As the car scraped over the streets and into the open country the passengers looked around them with a bored air, which every traveler assumes when he wishes a fellow traveler to think he is used to travel. Each one furtively eyed his next door neighbor, to try to determine his disposition and occupation. The occupation of the dozen occupants must have been varied, to judge by their dress. One meek little gray lady, with a large bli:-lc bag and a green straw reticule, could be no other than agseamstress. A thin old gentleman, wearing glasses and a topped hat, and carrying three large volumes, must have been a professor or teacher in one of the Baltimore schools. There was a Sister of Mercy, a Methodist minister, indeed, a fairly representative bunch, but the most interest- ing members of the party were a young lady and a young gentleman. A 13 14 THE TOWER LIGHT The young lady was interesting because she was pretty, in a sweet, blonde fashion, and because she had been looked upon enviously by the seamstress and other elderly members of her sex, admiringly by the older men, and adoringly by the young man. He had seen her before on Baltimore Street early in the morning, and his admiration had blossomed into an alarming state. He was interesting because, in his turn, he was good-looking, and the only young man in the party. It was such a beautiful, sunny morning, and spirits ran so high, that soon the members of the party were engaged in a lively conver- sation. It veered from the weather, to crops, to the scenery, and finally to the more personal items of their journey. The seamstress was going to make an outfit for a rich old lady in Ellicott Mills, the professor to visit his sister, and the young lady to teach school. But the young man had the most interesting journey, for he carried a letter from Mr. William Brown, in Baltimore, to a prominent lawyer in Ellico-tt Mills. The letter asked the lawyer to use his influence with his clients in that city to consent to the trial of anew device, the steam engine, on the track from Baltimore to Ellicott Mills. Of course this started a discussion immediately. The plump little Sister of Mercy shook her head, and said that steam-engines were an invention of the Evil One. She even withdrew her skirts a little from the one who went on such an ungodly mission. The Methodist minister cleared his throat, and started in for a long oration, but the young teacher saw his intention, and quickly launched into a warm defense of the new invention. Engines had been proved successful in steamboats, she said, why wouldn't they be as good on land? At least the passengers would'n't drown. The little spinster blew her nose and looked distressed at the idea of a woman expressing her- self so freely. The young man, whose name they had found to be john Morris, threw the pretty little teacher a glance of gratitude. The car scraped on over rolling hills and green levels, where pretty brooks meandered through fields, and red and white cows browsed in the pasture. The passengers grew a little quieter after their excited' conversation. Mary Robbins, the school teacher, looked at the scenery and thought what a nice young man John Morris was, and john Morris looked at Mary Robbins and thought about how lovely she was, and what a nice wife she would make if she were brought around to his way of thinking. The car lumbered along, but somehow it didn't seem to travel as well as it did before. It jerked, stopped, started and jerked again. THE TOWER LIGHT 15 From the top they could hear the excited' cries of the driver, and a bellow that sounded like the distressed cry of a cow. john Morris looked out of the window, and what he saw tickled his sense of humor immensely. From each side of the railroad track rose a steep bank, and Bessie, Farmer jim Brown's cow, tripped daintily in front of the car, trip- ping over cross ties, and uttering excited bellows. Every now and then she turned her head and rolled a beseechin-g glance to the horse, on top of the car. But that animal, likewise excited by this unusual happening, stepped faster than ever, thus causing the car to go fast, and to jerk whenever she stepped on the wrong things. The driver of the horse was calling out epithets, far from endearing, to both animals. John Morris uttered a hearty laugh, and turned and explained the sad predicament of the cow to the passengers. But they were more alarmed than amused. "If we run into the cow," said the spinster, shuddering, "we are sure to fly through the window in all directions." "And it might kill the cow," added Mary Robbins. The Sister began to move her beads rapidly through her lingers, and the Methodist minister wet his lips. The professor glanced warily about through his glasses. "There's nothing we can do, yet," said John Morris. "As soon as we get out from these banks I've no doubt our bovine friend will get out of the way." , But such was not the case. For when the banks began to descend, and the tracks ran down a short slope, Bessie seemed to have lost all reasoning powers. As for the Treadmill Car, it gathered momen- tum and began to run faster. The horse on top became excited, and just as Bessie gave a leap and jumped from the tracks, the Tread- rnill Car gave a similar leap and jumped the other side. The driver had lost control in guiding. The car settled' placidly into a ditch by the side of the road. The ladies and men climbed through the windows with shrieks, screams, and ejaculations. Bessie, after surveying the cataclysm she had caused, lifted up her head and bellowed loudly, calling Heaven to witness that she was not the cause of this stupid accident. When the unfortunate passengers had climbed out, and taken stock, no bones were found broken. The poor horse, however, had broken a leg, and the ladies covered their ears as the driver of the car mercifully put the beast out of his misery. Mary Robbins, however, had a slight cut on her wrist, which john 16 THE TOWER LIGHT Morris was most anxious to' bind with his handkerchief, saying that he would come and get this article from her later on. It is very safe to venture to say that he did so, and that their acquaintance ripened, and that they eventually "lived happily ever afterf' , As for the Treadmill Car, it was abandoned' where it lay, and the passengers, by devious routes, eventually made their way to Elli- cott Mills. A new device, the sail car, was used for a time, but yielded place to the Tom Thumb engine in which the young Mr. Morris was so interested. So that is how a cow revolutionized the history of the Baltimore and Ohio- Railroad. KATE CHEW. Q56 A Lesson I The lesson starts--the murmur slowly dies. I The student's firm, she looks so very wise. She boldly hurls her bomb of knowledge in the air, and then she I waits! Silence! what? no response? Oh, 'Fates Do not desert her now! II And then a stir--a muffled sound. A hand is raised! An answer found! "Yes, Robert. I'm glad' to see one thing." Quoth Robert shyly, "May I get a drink ?" I III She sighs,-this youngster in the field, And wonders what her next attempt will yield. She presses on. I see the climax come-and go Unnoticed !-except for one bright-eyed lad. IV He turns and smiles at me as if he's glad He's here to see the point and get the news. I nod my head and smile to show Ifd choose Him of the lot, because he saw the climax 'long with me! The sad, long-suffering, poor P. T. Glossary: P. T. means practice teacher. Jason and Medea Translation from Ovid Cuts now the prow of the Argo, Ship of the powerful Minyae, Dauntless companions of Jason, Swift sailing over the waters- Well on its voyage and headed Straight for the wild shores of Colchis, Adventures already experienced, Strange sights already beheld: A Phineas, ruler and prophet, Spending his days in drear darkness, Beset by the liendish, winged harpies, Helpless to strike or resist them. Then saved by the youths of the North Wind Who routed the odious creatures. Now sails the ship in the Phasis, Muddy and swift-running river. End of its treacherous voyage, Beginning of perils anew. Went straight to Aeetias of Colchis Demanding the Phrixean treasure, Jason, the brave, and his comrades. Conditions of hard' labor horrible Aeetias imposed on the Minyae. And though his feelings were hostile, Medea, his daughter's, not so. jason had captured affection, And reason could not capture that. Long did she wrestle and struggle. Long did she fight against love. "In vain, Medea, you labor. The gods themselves are o-pposed. For why do my father's orders Harsh and unfair seem to me? Why do I fear for this stranger, Until now unknown to me? - Do you think your own country unable THE TOWER LIGHT To produce someone you may love? And whether he live or he perish, That belongs to the gods to decide. Let him live! And this I may pray for Without the least vestige of love. What crime has jason committed? Whom can his story not touch? My heart is moved by his history And feelings hard to resist. But unless I can help this adventurer Destruction and death his sad ending. The bulls will breathe fire upon him, The earth-sprung warriors will kill him, Or the greedy dragon devour him Like the prey of an angered beast." Thus mused Medea of Colchis, Swayed by her love for the stranger And the fear of bertaying her country. Thought she of marriage with jason, And a final farewell to her family, Reflected on what she was leaving, Rejoiced in what she would gain. Piety, honor, and uprightness Took then their stand before her, Lifted accusing fingers, And Love, defeated, went winging. Then to the altar of Hecate, Secret and dark in the grove, Firm in her new resolution Medea betook herself swiftly. But lo, all her brave-made decisions Came crashing and crumbling to nothing For standing before her was Jason, And Love returned to her heart. More handsome than ever, brave Jason, And Medea more deeply in love. She listened with maidenly blushes To his earnest appeals for her aid. He promised a later marriage, And she pledged her interest and help. Hhe swore by the "three-formed goddess And the deity of the grove, And then by the glowing Helios That true to his oath he would be. THE TOWER LIGHT 19 And having believed him, Medea, Produced then her herbs enchanted, Taught Jason their use and their value, And sent him away to win. ELEANORA BOWLING, '28. was Smile Awhile Soliloquies of a Sub-Normal "A poem a day keeps your friends away." "Put not your faith in proverbs, for how can you reconcile these? Look before you leap! He who hesitates is lost." Quack! Quack! Dedicated to the Gosling: Be careful, Seniors, how you treat some of these goslings. Re- member that many an ugly duckling has turned out to be a swan. A facetious gosling, smarting under the ignominious name im- posed upon her, says that "anyway, if the Juniors are goslings, the Seniors are geese." Our campus now could be called quite fittingly, "The Goose Green." What's sauce for the gander is sauce for the goose, but, remem- ber, Juniors, there's no mention of goslings in this. Goosey-goosey-gosling, Whither are you wondering? With your empty, vacant stare, Are you really quite all there? That sets us a-pondering. ' Quack, quack, quack quack! When shall I get my money back? No, little Drakestail, you won't get back the money you paid when you entered, but you'1l get parties and fun with your class dues, and a school paper that you want with your TOWER LIGHT subscription. E. L. B., '28. 20 THE TOWER LIGHT "Out of theiMouths of Babes" The sentence on the board read: "He was taller than his fellows by a cubit." I did' not expect the children to tell me that a cubit was twenty inches, but I did at least expect them to say that it was a unit of measure. I got-neither! There was a blank silence. Very blank! At last, after an eternity, little Cameron raised his hand. "Yes, Cameron," I said, greatly relieved, "What is a cubit P" With seemly blushes and an agitated, wing-like fluttering of his hands the innocent ejaculated, "It's .... it's .... one of those things that fly around in fairy stories making people fall in love with each other !" E. L. B., '28. 'QWQ' Chimneys For Our Alma Mater ' "I built a chimney for a comrade old, I did the service not for hope or hire- And then I traveled on in wintefs cold, Yet all the day I glowed before the fire." . A HEN I read-these lines by Edwin Markham, I am reminded of the countless nooks the world over, waiting to be filled by just such chimneys. We pass them by every day-dark, shadowy corners needing only to have kindled in them the fire of unseliish love. The "winter's cold" can never chill the spirit of one who has paved' his life's path with honest words of cheer and hum- ble deeds of service. The reward for such acts comes not in silver and gold but in a more priceless, lasting form throughout all time. Can we not find a place in which to build a chimney for our Alma Mater? No regret comes from pausing long enough to seek. Strengthened is thehand that has labored to build 3 happy the heart that has loved enough to give. e V '- ' BESSIE M. ARTERBURN, 1925. Time Ever Changing gc IME and tide wait for no man,"-how often we have heard that,-lightly, Hippantly said, perhaps,-gravely, sorrow- fully uttered. I have had little experience with tide, but the elusiveness of time is my particular "bete noir." How often I have acted, how more than often I have heard recited,-in a dull monoto- nous voice, like the very ticking of a clock: 60 seconds one minute 60 minutes one hour it never varies, and yet it never seems the same. In the rapid tick- ing of a clock I hear it when I am late, H60 seconds, hurry, hurry." In the slow moving hand I hear it repeated when I am tired and dull. Always the same ?-No, never to me. There is all the difference in the world in the gait of time when my occupation is pleasant and when it is not. A lovely morning,-Old Sol beaming his very brightest, a pleasant breeze, the dream of a greenwood and a deep stream in which to swim,-I myself am ready,-does the time until the apopinted hour of departure seem long? A hundred glances at my wristwatch,-a dozen trips to compare it to the parlor clock,- a number of sighs and groans,-"why doesn't the time hurry and come P" What a difference there can be! An engagement that must be met,-a dinner engagement. Since early childhood I have heard how very rude it is to be late for a dinner engagement,-and yet- one hour,-sixty seconds,-to dress and get there. The old clock seems to grin,-faster the ticks sound, hurry,-sixty seconds! Dress, shoes, hat,-evasive, elusive, never to be found when I am rushing,- a second to place each ear ring-one dropped and faster fly the min- utes! What? Only twenty minutes left-the clock must be wrong -a hurried comparison with my wrist watch,-"Oh, why does the time hurry so ?" Yet sometimes time and occupation meet and mingle. There is a long afternoon ahead of me. Lessons are worked and forgotten,- a plate of apples is at hand, a p-ile of new and favorite books stands near,-and the room is dulled to a gray by the heavy rain outside my windows. Curled in a large armchair, drawing and reading, the sound' of the persistent clock holds no charms and no terrors. Sixty seconds-one minute. Sixty minutes-one hour. And it seems per- fectly correct, neither too fast nor too slow, for by supper time I shall have finished my apples and my books, and be off to the movies where time is completely forgotten! Always the same and yet never the same! "The span of human 21 22 THE TOWER LIGHT life is short",-hundreds of times we have heard,-and yet is it short? .Vast rich experiences grip us,-moments when the hours seem minutes,-too rich in life to be judged in formal terms. Too short, these times, with the clock still grinning at us. But there,-- drab moments of despair,-life seems hardly worth the effort and the minutes seem as years. Life stretches out like an endless road. Sixty seconds-one minute. Always the same and yet always different. The clock never varies and never changes-it ticks away its measured stride. Must the difference,-the pain, the pleasure, the grief, the joy, the keenness of living hasten and lessen time for us? CHARLOTTE HARN. 'VSZWX ,Q 'Pais 5551 I 5': J 'iwtfdbfd 5-3, fgbaf THE TOWER LIGHT 23 Published monthly by the students of the Maryland State Normal School at Towson. Business Manager Circulation Managers SIDNEY CHERNAK HOWARD F LOOK Advertising Managers JAYE NEUMAN ANN IvEs Student Editors LULA BICHY ELEANORA BOWLING MARCIA ELLIOTT CHARLOTTE HARN ' VIRGINIA POOLE CARROLL RANKIN I ABRAHAM STEIN Price: One Dollar Fifty Cents per year Single C opies, Twenty Cents by Show us: The Way A NEW YEAR begins for the TOWER LIGHT. Its form is be- ing changed. The reception that has been given the idea of the new magazine, and the opportune small bulletins that are to come out from time to time, shows that we have fine material in our student body with which to build a paper. Perhaps you have seen the play: "It Pays to Advertise." If we, as a school, could adver- tise what a normal school really stands for, and could show the public what our fine spirit and curriculum really is, I believe the TOWER LIGHT of 1927-1928 would make an Outstanding record for itself. Already Mr. Bader and I are working on an advertising scheme. If you can help us with suggestions, we shall be very grateful. It is auspicious that the new cover design has been made by one of our students. Mr. Stein has done well in interpreting the idea of the tower light. May the beacon, placed in Our tower by the glass of 1924, shed its rays successively brighter as each year goes y. LIDA LEE TALL Cn Beginning S a deep thinker once remarked,-What is well begun is half done." The inherent truth of his statement may well be appre- ciated by humanity in general and by us, students of M. S. N. S., in particular. It is in connection with this, our magazine, that a proper start is urged. But before we can do so intelligently, the aims and ideals which are to be Worked for must be known. The intention of the staff of the TOWER LIGHT for the coming year is to put forth, as purely as possible, a literary magazine. In such a compilation would be encircled the subtle beauties of poetry, the masterly thoughts of essays, the engaging qualities of stories. Rounding out and orna- menting the structure of the magazine would be lively cartoons, illu- minating illustrations. The TOWER LIGHT should, with this laud- able program, be a pleasure to read and keep. To say that cooperation is required to effect such a purpose is to utter the commonplace. What is more important, however, is this- our magazine aims to be a literary haven, a place where those who seek to express themselves may come and feel confident that their efforts will be appreciated in the fullest sense. A. STEIN, '28. 'QWQ' ls It Going Over? NLY one short, year has passed since the members of the class of 1927 conducted a campaign, the object of which was to gain for our school publication, the TOWER LIGHT, that basis of financial solidarity which only the support of a united school could give. While the primary motive of this campaign was to obtain subscrip- tions to the TOWER LIGHT, members of the inner circle realized that upon the success of their undertaking rested' their chance of carrying through a project to publish a year-book for the graduating class. For some years past, the graduating classes had forced themselves to be content with poor apologies for year-books, usually special issues of the TOWER LIGHT raised to a new dignity through embel- lishment and enlargement. For the class of '27 was reserved the unwelcome distinction of being the first class to be without even this 24 ' THE TOWER LIGHT 25 unsatisfactory substitute, and all because the inflowing stream of sub- scriptions proved to be woefully inadequate for the fruition of the ambitious plans of its leaders. The present senior class is earnestly endeavoring to succeed where its predecessors failed. It intends to revive the time-honord custom which has been allowed to lapse, proposing to publish not only an improved TOWER LIGHT, but also a year-book worthy of the name. To produce such a book, as practically all of the higher institutions of learning issue, it is essential that a lOOZ subscription be obtained. The seniors will, it is hoped, subscribe because they realize that by so doing they will be contributing toward a volume which they will, in years to come, number among their most treasured possessions. The juniors will lend their support because they realize that they, next year, will be confronted with the problems of upper-classmen, and will require and expect the cooperation of those who succeed them as juniors. ' Since, then, no sufficient reason can be advanced for anyone's withholdinghis or her support, we hope that each section will in a very short time be able to report that its every member has rallied to the banner of progress. Let everyone set a date upon which to meet his obligation, and allow nothing to deter him from keeping faith with himself, his class, and his school. Remember that Pro- crastination, that thief of time, stands ready to wreck the best of in- tentions, if he is given even the slightest of opportunities. A ,W. BAUER, '28, Notes Prom A Sideliner OUR weeks have passed into history since the Juniors took up their labors at the Maryland State Normal School. It is quite stimulating to observe how these new citizens are gradually adjusting themselves to a new environment. When on their very first days among us one looked closely at the visages of the candidates, an opportunity was afforded to analyze the many and different expres- sions worn by the new comers. Aspirants coming from the coun- ties, far and wide, some accompanied by parents, appeared actually awe-stricken and dumbfounded at the immensity of their new abode. Wild-eyed and amazed they wandered aimlessly up and down the cor- ridors, stepping as gently and lightly as possible, measuring with care 26 THE TOWER LIGHT each fall of the foot lest some false move add to their already great discomliturei Looking here and there in astonishment they could be heard commenting one to another, "Boy, this is pip," "A swell look- ing joint," "Best I've been in," etc. Those hailing from the monu- mental andf neighboring cities presented quite a contrast. These youths hardened by years of contact with the noise and bustle of a large unit of population, sized up the situation in quite a different manner. Neither with the magnificence of our elaborate building, nor the beauty and expanse of our premises were they astounded, but passed this and then that up, unconcernedly, in a characteristic blase manner. All the preliminaries over we see the neophytes start on their perilous journey. The first two or three days, confronted by such perplexing rooms, entering and leaving classes promptly, and, most important of all, procuring necessary books from the library ever thronged with surging multitudes, many were the drawn and pale countenances harassed by distress. However, sophisticated and ex- perienced Seniors need not snicker nor smile at the woe-begone ap- pearance of these novices. Were they not Csaid Seniorsj in like difiiculty just a few months back when faced by the necessity of searching furiously for suitable material, even from our well regu- lated and efficiently organized library? After the storm ffirst week's trials and tribulationsj had some- what subsided, the perturbed juniors were subjected to yet another ordeal, in what is-branded as "Rat Rules," which, as many contend, greatly expedite their adjustment and enhance their reputation with the seasoned element of the school. Performing chores of every nature, and description, running hither and thither, fetching this and doing that, saluting and standing in 'a dignified military fashion to pay their tributes, supposedly lessened the "swell-headedness" and thereby promoted good feeling, enlivened school spirit and friendship between the two warring factions. But now this spasm is over, and apparently the criminals have escaped without suffering loss of arms or legs or being seriously maimed or incapacitated. Consequently, both juniors and Seniors are gradually sinking deeper and deeper into the sea of books, bent upon getting the most out of a Normal School careerg the juniors to make an auspicious beginning and an indelible impression, and the Seniors to make a whirlwind finish on which their future success in this line of endeavor is dependent. Finally, the school, and especially this publication, wishes hereby to express its sincere hope that the two last worthy objections men- tioned above, may come within the realization of all. CARROLL S. RANKIN, '28, ATHLETICS SOCCER ICK that ball, Wardy!" "Come on, Stouffer!" "Let's take that ball down the field!" "Shoot, Teddy!" These and many other familiar yells were heard from the sidelines and soccer field during our first games of soccer, played on September 28 and 30. ' The foes were Sparrows Point High School on the twenty-eighth, and Towson High School on the thirtieth. Our new coach, Mr. Minnegan, has been working with a squad of about twenty men since the beginning of school. The squad con- sists of the following men: Ward, captain of teamg Stouffer, Siev- erts, Lawlis, Gentry, Bull, Byer, Hoffman, Baumgartner, Warner and Flook, Seniors, and the following are juniors: Burton, Huff, Baldwin, Seaman, Goldstein, Stover, Harshman and Stull. The games of the twenty-eighth and thirtieth temporarily ter- minated our workout. We have since got down to hard practice. In the game on Wednesday, the outcome was uncertain from the first kick off. Our team realized that they were undertaking no easy Job. The ball fiew from one end of the field to the other. Sparrows Point succeeded in getting one goal through Goalie Goldstein, while we succeeded in getting two past the Sparrows Point Goal. When time was called the score stood 2-l in favor of the Gold and White. In the game of the thirtieth we encountered our old rivals, Tow- son High School. The toss of the coin was given us and we elected to kick up the field. Soon after the kick off we had our first goal, going through Towson like a shot. From that moment on the game was never in doubt. The first boot through the uprights was made by Lawlis, followed by a penalty by Ward. CWard missed one later in the game.j The penalty was followed by a goal from the toe of H. Burton, then playing right inside. The scoring ended with Normal on the long end by a 3-1 score. The all-around playing of Ward, Sieverts, Lawlis, and Stouffer did much to bring the victories to Normal. The Junior Goalie Gold- stein also was a bright light in the defense. We have been practicing hard to make future victories. We can't do it alone, so come out and help us all, ye Normalites. HOWARD FLooK, '28. 27 H s sc:H L No Es CHANGES IN THE STAFF ISS ANNA D. HALBERG, Director of City Practice, was appointed in july to the principalship of the Wilson Normal School, Washington, D. C. It is a matter of real pride that in the last five years two members of the Normal School staff have been appointed to principalships of normal schools. Mr. john L. Dunkle, former head of our Department of Education, went to Frost- burg and has built up a most interesting sister institutio-n for Mary- land. Now that Miss Halberg has gone to Washington, we have a stronger bond with our National Capital than we have ever had before. Miss Minnie Medwedeff is studying at Columbia University this year for her Master's degree and is majoring in the field of science. Miss Medwedeff will return to us in September, 1928. Miss Margaret Willis unites our school with international affairs. She has left us to become Head of the Department of History in the American College at Constantinople, Turkey. "East is East and West is West, but never the twain shall meet till two strong men stand face to face at God's great judgment seat." If Miss Willis can build up strength and understanding while she is in the East for both the East and West, we will feel that her loss from our school is small compared with her opportunity to promote international understanding. Cupid has been busy with our faculty, and the Altar of Hymen has seen pass before it in succession four of our members: Dr. Helen Reitsma is now Mrs. Francis Dodge, she will pursue her medical profession in Albany in conjunction with her husband's work. Miss Lucia Featherstone was married in Greenwood, South Carolina, in july, becoming Mrs. Warren King. Miss Hester, our able kinder- gartner, is living in Philadelphia and is continuing to teach, she is now Mrs. Albert Hayden. Mr. Shaw brought back his bride from the West 5 we may think of him as a young Lochinvar, oras just a. plain "Benedict," but in either case we are glad to welcome "Mary Wallace Shaw" to Towson. There are four new members of our staff this year, the changes occurring in the Elementary School: Miss Louise Grove .comes to us from the Edgewood School, Greenwich, Conn. She is teaching the third grade. Miss Monie Gillett, after a year's study at Co-lumbia, comes to us from Australia, she is teaching the fourth grade. Miss Lorena Aist, graduate of the Class of 1927 of this school, and who 28 THE TOWER LIGHT 29 received the award for scholarship and for the best citizen in the school, has been made an assistant in the Elementary School, as has been also Miss Marjorie Gwynn, who graduated in June, 1927. In some of the progressive schools, "Educational Interne" is the name being used for the type of assistance Miss Aist and Miss Gwynn will give. Miss Catherine Cook will divide her time between the Normal School Department and the Elementary School. She is an assistant in tests and measurements. In some schools, Miss Cook's position would be known as "Educational Consultant," for through the test- ing program in the Elementary School her phase of work will mean the key to the many perplexing problems in the progress of boys and girls in classroom work. LIDA LEE TALL. was TWENTY-EIGHT CLASS NOTE E find that in these first few weeks of school the Class of 1928 has tackled problems pertaining to financial, judicial, literary and social activities. We believe that by collecting school funds during registration days, We have established a precedent that will carry on through the years because of its very evident practicability. Because our plan was successful we are now established financially and feel some- what equipped to meet the usual demands of a senior year. Opinions are varied as to the extent of the success of the "Bill of Rights". However, we can surely say that the purpose of their enforcement, that of promoting friendship between Juniors and Sen- iors, was accomplished. Both classes are to be complimented on their sportsmanship and we all agree that the noble judge and hon- orable jurists meted out justice in fine style. We '28'ers feel that We have a feather in our caps, for, unlike the class that preceded us, we are to have an annual. Plans are now under way for the organization of the staff and we hope some fine june day to tote home a masterpiece to display to friends and family. The Glee Club and the members of our class will join forces to make a success of a theatre benefit to be held on November S at Ford's. The play to be presented is "T he Barker," deemed by the critics to be one of the best productions Baltimore is scheduled to see this winter. 30 ' THE TOWER LIGHT ' THEATRE BENEFIT Q ON Tuesday night, November the eighth, the Senior Class and the Glee Club will give a theatre benefit at Ford's Theatre, Baltimore. The play is "T he Barker," presenting Walter Houston. Chester Morrow and other critics of theatrical productions have commented most favorably on this offering. The proceeds resulting from the benefit will be divided propor- tionately between the Glee Club and the Senior Class. The Class of 1928 will use its portion of the profits as the first contribution towards a sum which the class is planning to collect in order to make a gift to the school. The gift is to be a portrait of Miss Lida Lee Tall. The artist who will paint the portrait is Mr.. Robert Crom- well Corner of Baltimore. JUNIOR MOTHERS' WEEK-END HERE is not a Senior in Normal who does not remember what a lovely time we had with our mothers during Junior Mothers' Week-End last year. We can tell the Juniors right now that their Junior Mothers' W'eek-End will be just as great a success this year as it was last. Mothers' Week-End is to be held on October 21, 22, and 23. The mother of each Junior will be a guest of the school for that time. They will visit with their daughters and sons, see how they are settled, what are their needs, and become a part of the school through interviews with the teachers and social directors. There is, too, a social aspect to the affair. Visiting mothers will be entertained by their sons and daughters. Everyone is sure to enjoy it. Please, juniors, urge your mothers to come! INTERSORORITY CARD PARTY The Intersorority Card Party will be held Saturday, November 12, 1927, at 3:00 P. M., in Richmond Hall Parlor. All faculty, alumni, students, and their friends are cordially invited. There will be a prize for each table. The price will be fifty cents a person. Make up a table and come! The Black 81 Decker Soccer Team will open its 1927- 1928 season by playing the Gas 81 Electric Company's team on the Black Sz Decker grounds, Saturday, Qctober 15th, at 2:30 P. M. The student body of the State Normal is hereby cordially invited. THE TOWER LIGHT 31 HALLOWEEN PARTY MASQUERADE There is to be held, on October the 29th, in the auditorium, a Hallowe'en Party Masquerade. This is for the M. S. N. S. stu- dents only, and there are to be no escorts. Everyone is invited to come, because there will be bushels of fun for everyone. There will be a grand march for judging costumes, and games, stunts, and the Virginia Reel for all. So come, and have some fun, everybody! Dress in masquerade if you wish, but be careful, for "the goblins'll git you if you don't watch out." RED LETTER DAYS AHEAD! Now that the fact has been brought to our attention, we realize that the lunch room in the Administration Building has been just a rather pleasant place in which to eat our midday meal-one day varying little from another, and no day freighted with memorable activities. It is our plan this year to bring a bit of social atmosphere to a place that has formerly served only utility purposes. A birthday party will be held each month in honor of those hav- ing birthdays during that time. These parties promise to be gala occasions-cake 'neverything. Whenever possible, an informal luncheon will be given in honor of some of our old friends who are coming to speak to us in As- semblies. This will give us a chance to know the speaker, minus the platform and perhaps, to voice our opinions on many weighty matters. ' The plan originated with Miss Tall and we city students are going to show our appreciation of her interest by turning out en masse when the Red Letter Days arrive. THE GARDEN The landscape is one of the chief attractions of the Normal School. It functions daily in the life of the student and should there- fore be made as beautiful as possible. There is no prettier place on the campus than the garden behind Newell Hall where Miss Sperry's flowers reign supreme, row upon row. All the gorgeous colors of the rainbow are blended together. Cream-white lilies float upon the pond, which reflects a hidden bench surrounded by flowers. In one corner stands a beautiful little sun-dial, counting off the hours of the day. Perhaps you remember when Section 6, of last year's Senior class, made the sun-dial, pond, and bench. So we all love the garden, because we feel that it is, in a way, ours. 32 THE TOWER LIGHT t ORCHESTRAL NOTES Whenever we are asked how the orchestra is coming along, we answer that the orchestra is not coming along but going ahead. In- deed, our orchestra is most promising this year. We have had a good beginning, and we are going to take advantage of this and make a clean sweep to success. Usually, an orchestra ap-pears to be a group of musicians who strive to outdo- each other in volume, noise, and motions. Our or- chestra is not of this type. The characteristics of our orchestra are not the squeaking and shrill tones of the violins, the noisiness of the brass, or the deafening thud of the drums, but the sweet melo- dious tones of the violins, the mellow tones of the brass, and a soft but marked rhythm of the drums. Even tho-ugh you may hear weird sounds coming from Room 103 some afternoons, do not misjudge us, for we are but thrashing out the chaff from the wheat and when you receive the finished product, you will have the real article. Al- though our orchestra is quite efficient, yet there is always room for additional musicians, and we extend you a welcome to join us every Monday afternoon in Room 103. We do not propose to tell you what the orchestra intends to do this year, because if we did, you would not appreciate it as much as you are going to. However, I will tell you that the junior Mothers are going to be entertained during their dinner on October 21, by the orchestra. We are also going to render you all a musical program in the assembly sometime in the near future. AUGUsTUs I-IACKMANN, '29, THE FIRST MONTHLY DANCE The most important social event of the month was the first monthly dance. It was held in the auditorium on the night of Octo- ber 8. We all looked forward eagerly to its arrival, and then what an enjoyable time was had by everyone present! The girls flashed in and out, in the gayest of colors, and transformed the room into a huge Hower garden. The juniors, just being initiated into the joys of our Normal School dances, were very much thrilled. The or- chestra did not fail in its task of providing a proper stimulus, and all evening the couples whirled in and out to the accompaniment of its ringing notes. We dare say that there was no one who did not have a delightful time! THE TOWER LIGHT 33 SENIOR TREASURE TROVE There is in Newell Hall a corner that the Seniors are beginning to cherish. It is the Senior Treasure Trove. Here one can get pic- tures or articles from a number of magazines which are in the trove. The student-teachers especially are welcoming this opportunity with open arms, but almost every Senior has got or will get much bene- it from it. As the saying goes, "Small gifts will be thankfully re- ceived," so, if you have a number of old issues of magazines that you are unable to find a use for, bring them to the Treasure Trove, and the Seniors will use them to the best advantage. STUDENT SERVICE ROOM "Have you seen our new service room ?" This was the first question asked of the Seniors as they arrived this fall. I say "Sen- iors" because they alone can appreciate the full value of the service room. The Juniors, never having been Without such a convenience, may never realize what a blessing it is. "Just what is this service room ?' you may ask. It is a place where a girl can do anything from curling her hair into the tiniest ringlets, to pressing her best party dress. It certainly is wonderful and there is not a girl in Normal who has not taken advantage of it. It is the most popular place outside of the post-office. We owe a hearty vote of thanks to all of those who have been instrumental in obtaining it for us. ALUMNI NOTES Elizabeth Arnold, '26, became Mrs. Carvel Warrell early this sum- mer and is living in Philadelphia. Ethel Lynch, '23, was married September 3, to John James Jones, Jr., of Bradshaw. At home after September 15. Ann Somervell, '22, will become the bride of Dr. Thomas B. Turner, at Port Republic on October 22. Lida Lee Grist, Class of 1927, was married in June to Burgh S. Johnson, of South Carolina. It is with sadness we chronicle the death from peritonitis of Edith Eyler, one of our June graduates. The family have our heart-felt sympathy! rr an "Black boy, does you drive a wagon ?" "Naw, Midnight, Ah drives a hawse!" "Is your father very old ?" "Just a little, his head is just beginning to push through his hair." "Too bad Shakespeare wasn't born in London." "Why so ?" "I said he was, on that exam." S he: What did Shakespeare mean when he said, 'The evil men do lives after them' ?" He: "You, must remember, dear, that statistics show that most men die before their wives."--Reserve Red Cat. Willie: "Pa, what's a parasite ?" His Pa: "A parasite, son, is a man who walks through a revolv- ing door without doing his share of pushing."-Goblin. t R. C. la juniorj after searching frantically for half an hour or more through a book, looked up, saying, "I can't find the solar sys- ternf' and, then, looking at the cover discovered it was Winslow's "Applied Art and Design." Our Senior Men To Junior girls walking leisurely down the corridor last night at "Reck", heard whoops of laughter. Rushing to the scene they saw Brown, Schwartz, and Hall garbed in unusual attire. One girl to the other: "Those boys are sorority pledges." A Junior at lunch: Arm: "Why did you put mayonnaise in your soup ?" Die: "Well, I didn't know where else to put it." During Junior Bill of Rights: At dinner the Seniors were quite eager to make the Juniors sing "He-Haw." Ruth Bradford sitting at a table near Miss McEachern made an appeal for help. "He-Haw, Miss McEachern." Miss McEachern, busily eating, "He-Haw, yourself." Mr. Walther: "Education is the application of knowledge to one's environment." 34 THE TOWER LIGHT 35 Judy Crumm: "I know some people that are educated that ca.n't apply their knowledge." Mr. Walther: "They are educated fools." It has been stated by the Health Education authorities that the people lacking in weight are not all here. I understand that the under-weight people at Normal are making an investigation as to where the rest of their anatomy is. He: "See that man over there? He's a bombastic ass, a conceited humbug, a parasite and an encumbrance to the earth." She: "Would you mind writing that down? You see, he's my husband, and I should like to use it on him sometimes." Lawyer fhelping pedestrian upj: "Come with me, my man. You can get damages." Pedestrian Qgroggyj : "H'vens, man, I got all the damages I want. Get me some repairs."-N ew Smyrna Breeze. The announcer of the Dempsey-Tunney fight was human enough to say, "There are 150,000 fools here yelling their heads oi?" "Biggest billiard and pool parlor burns down in New York" reads the headline and "hundreds made homeless." 'Qffki Funny Schoolboy Blunders A schoolboy writes that an ox does not taste as good 'as an oyster, but it can run faster. A miser is a man that eats mice. Blood consists of two corkscrews-red corkscrews and white cork- screws. The liver is an infernal organ of the body. Soliders live in a fort. Where their wives live is called a fortress. A sky scraper is an overtrimmed hat. Murders are put to death by elocution.-Tattler. Rock-a-bye, senior, on the tree top, As long as you study, your grades will not drop, But if you stop digging, your standing will fall, And down will come senior, diploma and all. -Denison Flamingo. 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Insert Editorial: The Iron Horse in the Public School---- 24 School Notes ...................................,. .--Louise Staley 27 Athletics ........ ........ . Howard Flock 31 Jokes ........ ................ - -- ..... - 34 GI I2 Glufner 71' ight Vol. I November, 1927 NO- 2 Tell lvle, What is Poetry? I OETRY is the recorded result of an emotional crisis. The poet must have experienced a deep and burning emotion-he sees not what the average man or woman sees nor does he feel what they feel. He possesses high experiencing power. Someone has said that "poetry sets the hardest lessons to music". It heightens and in- tensifies the trivial ineidents and objects of everyday life-in a word: poetry glorifies the commonplace. Let us examine three expressions which, to the casual reader, will appear to give form to apparently the same idea: Q11 I hope you sleep well. Q21 A restful night to you. C35 "Sleep my child and peace attend thee, all through the night." The first phrase expresses a thought, a wish with clearness and decision. We are absolutely sure of the meaning but at the same time it arouses no emotion, it is cold and lacking in color. In the second group of words we find a touch of gentleness, a bit of softness, a hint of a caress in the voice of the speaker and yet it conveys no special thought, it arouses no unusual feeling. The second expression, like unto the first, is surrounded by no atmosphere. The third sentence has not failed to express a clear, definite meaning, it is not wanting in usefulness and decision and yet it transcends the commonplace and places the reader on a higher plane. We are in a new world imme- diately we read it. This sentence is the product of a different attitude towards such a general habit as saying good bye for the night. It rep- resents the result of a deep emotional experience-the experience of a mother loving her baby. In this verse from an old folk song from the Welsh we can feel the tone of tenderness, of hope, of love. We can visualize the child lying safe and shielded from all alarm. There is quiet and repose and infinite loveliness in the picture. Then the mother asks that the angel of Peace keep watch over the sleeping baby -that nothing may disturb or harm the child during the hours of darkness. 3 4 THE TOWER LIGHT We find then, that in truth, the three groups of words do not ex- press the same idea. The first two will suffice for ordinary occasions of bidding "goodnights" but the mother who said, "Sleep my child and peace attend thee, all through the night", was giving expression to a feeling of love and holy responsibility. So deep was this emotion that words of exquisite beauty and tranquillity came forth to express its depth and sincerity. This is poetry-the expression of an emotional crisis. We have observed how different words are used by the same per- son to express the same idea in different words. We have seen that some word groups are prose while another group is poetry. The ,dif- ference between the two, then, is not determined by the facts or ideas to be expressed, but rather by the depth of emotion which called forth the expression of the idea. What is poetry and what is prose? True, there is no strict line of demarcation between the two: one shades into the other slowly and mysteriously as red and yellow fade into each other on -a maple leaf tinged with autumn. But it can be said that prose is the most fitting vehicle for expressing normal and ordinary feelings while 'poetry is used when our feelings are intense and impassioned. Poetry, then, is not restricted to certain subjects but it is the natural means of ex- pressing certain attitudes. Edna St. Vincent Millay has written ex- quisitely about utaifeta gowns and shoes on a closet lioor" while an- other person might feel no sudden rush of emotion on viewing the magnificent Mediterranean for the first time. As Rupert Brooks has said: "It's not only sunlight and beautiful things. In a Hicker of sunlight on a blank wall, or a reach of muddy pavements, or smoke from an engine at night, there's a sudden significance and importance and inspiration that makes the breath stop with a gulp of certainty and happiness." WILLIAM PHIPPS, 4 Y . Slum, I A if 11,6 'mil liz" .-iwllwf-2 "Ulu, fl-7. .d ,SLESI-11,55 l,Vn"Vv '19 K:-'-an .A 161'-lv' Hu. . s.. ., I.-13-. A 'N . - A Thanksgiving t 1 Thankful are we For fertile field, For purple vines, For harvest yield And wealth of mines. II Thankful are we For the hue of leaf, For crimson showers For days, though brief Of crisp, blue hours. . Rejoicing now, In a world of peace. ELEANORA BOWLING, '28. 6045 Autumn Fex7er Oh! It isn't very often I attain poetic mood, But there's something in the autumn makes me feel as if I could. When I'm walking through the country on a crisp October day I could toss my trouble to the winds and throw my cares away. For the autumn has a little trick, when leaves are turning red, Of making you expand your chest, and lift your drooping head, And set out briskly for a walk in her clear, sparkling air, With whistling winds a-tugging and a-tossing back your hair. And the autumn has another wile, when leaves are turning gold, Of making you forget that you are either young or old, And you sing a snatch of song as you go swinging down the way For you're just so glad to be alive on such a glorious day! No, It isn't very often I attain poetic mood, But 'twas something in the autumn made me feel as if I could. DOROTHY C. WILSON, SR., 8. An Autumn Recalled The Autumn comes in rustic train, To garner from the year, The wealth of Nature's ripened grain, The toil of care and tear 5 She rides ahead o'er field and fence, Or creeps with quiet tread, As years of yore have brought her hence, In Time's worn pages, read. ,Tis Autumn, come to glean and test, Her fruits of earthly hoard, To bless mankind with peaceful rest, Amid the harvest stored. Her artist touch will do still more, If you her beauty see, For a picture, drawn years gone before, 'Twas a gift she gave to me. On Memr'ry's canvas, smooth and clear, With many a stroke so line, There, Autumn placed those scenes now dear Defying changing time Against the sun's fast fading rays, just sinking out of sight, She banked dark clouds in stern array, Where even' meets the night. The trees in reverent worship bow As the vesper song o' the wind, Comes o'er the distant hills' dim brow And is lost to echoes kind. So solitary and so lone The scene has grown to be, But, yonder shines the light of Home, Of hope and joy the key. 'Tis there the picture's theme does dwell, Within those kitchen walls, Where home life, pure and sweet, compels An answer to its calls. A child of four with parents good, Sits round the old iron stove, And listens to the crackling wood, Brought in from out the grove. The chestnuts pop and break with heat, The apples red and bright, THE TOVVER LIGHT Are Hshinedl' and ready now to eat, In the softened oil-lamp light. The child of four, with dreamy eyes Into the fire does gaze, And on her face, a blessing lies, Contentment, through her days. She's heard about the Pilgrim's praise For homes, not such, as this, And in her wonder and amaze Is born her thought of bliss, To be at Home, with parents true, Inside the kitchen warm, When all outside the leaves are few, And winter soon takes form. And so, this picture's stayed through years, Though grown the child of four, But hardened heart and taint of tears, Will change, to say once more: 'Tis Autumn, come to glean and test, I-Ier fruits of earthly hoard, To bless mankind with peaceful rest, Amid the harvest stored. LILLIAN SUNDERGILL, S n e ior 10 Indian Summer 'Tis Indian Summer, who with doubtful steps Has paused to bid her many friends farewell. She loiters in the Autumn's golden halls And trips with dainty steps about the dell. No longer may she tread her path with ease And linger pensively beneath the trees. The leaves hang limp in clusters overhead, Then one by one they heave a weary sigh And hastening now, they seek the earth below, Where they must lose their flaming tints and die. Then Indian Summer draws her misty shawl About her as the gay leaves fade and fall. She stops once more to hear the mournful cry Of wild geese as they hurry far away, Alas! the time has come for friends to part Until the dawning of a bright spring day. But still she lingers-lingers in the dell For loathe is she to say that sad "Farewell", GLADYS BUNCE, Junior 5 Our Neighbors if To talk about our neighbors, is human I suppose We search for every fault he has, his troubles and his woesg We wonder if he owns his car, and if he pays his debts, ' Or has the cash to buy the handsome clothes his family gets We meddle with his business, with his food and with his drink, We tell him what he ought to do and even what to think. If he makes a slight mistake or does some little thing That does not seem just right to us, we make the whole world ring With condemnation of his acts, until, before we're through, It seems that he's done everything a wicked man could do. Now I've been thinking quite a lot about that final day When we shall stand before our Judge, and He to us will say, "What have you done to enter here ?" One thing I surely knowg We will not tell the Lord about the faults of friend or foe. We'1l be so busy praying, for the Great and Mighty One- To forgive us for the many, awful things that we have done 5 We won't have time to criticize our neighbor's spotless gown Or wonder what on earth he did to win a harp and crown, We'll be concerned too much, about our own slim chance to wear A robe and crown and play a harp and own a mansion there. If his crown be set with jewels rare, I know I shall not mind, I'll be hoping when my turn comes, God some good in me will find. A splendid golden rule for us to keep always in viewg Is "Do to others as you would that they should do to you." Tell all the good your neighbor does, don't wait until he's dead To talk about his virtuous acts, but do it now instead. MARY BEATRICE TAYLOR, Senior 5 Student Teaching Impressions in Vers Libre Albert is a puzzle. He sits all day oblivious to us all. The New World is discovered. The other children wander with delight through countries strange. They meet the heroes that have always been the children's friends and idols. But Albert- He sits and dreams. His eyes are very queer. They do not seem to see 8 the things we see. THE TOWER LIGHT He catches flies and puts them in his inkwell. I asked him why, He answered with a dreamy look that quite belied his sordid occupation, "I catch them for my turtle. He loves themf' Today the official tester is working in the school, and I am sent to guard the fortunes of her flock. It is an eighth grade. Such large children- They look already like high school freshmen. The boy in the front seat is a handsome chap- dark hair and eyes,-slim, straightg his sleeves rolled up to show the sinews of his sun-tanned arms. A japanese girl in the class, Dash of the flowered Orient in this western schoolroom. They are very good-so quiet that I can plan my lessons for the week. The Kings are twins--alike- yet strangely different. Their eyes-both browng But William's snap, are impudent and wide. Charles' wistful, ever questioning. William calls, "Hey, show me next! But Charles-"Please, If you don't mind, ' I just can't do this problem. Will you show me after school?" Y! BY ELEANORA BOWLING, '28 Evolution of the Ballad OR ages upon ages, the paramount purpose of each individual's life has been to express his emotions so that life will hold for him greater joy and happiness, therefore, when we speak of the ballad we are only speaking of one of those literary mediums thru which for centuries we have expressed our emotions. At Hrst, dancing was very near to our uncivilized hearts and we came together and danced, emitting grunts and shouts, thus making our emotional response the greater. This we did at the celebration of a wedding, a war victory, a festival in honor of our heroes, or possibly, to recount some murder, cowardice or sin, or, it might be just a friendly act, or a virtue. Sometimes people would gather from miles for these affairs, and, very naturally, when they returned to their homes in the dilferent parts of the country these things were talked of and relatedg some- time for the adults and sometime for the children, for you must re- member that there were no lovely story books or novels such as we have today, and their hearts craved the story even as our hearts do. Thus we have the story going from mouth to mouth. Naturally, as the story passed on from one person to another it became quite changed, so the old ballads which we have now are of very uncertain origin. This story telling was only a game of gossip and the fellow who could make it the most exciting and thrilling was the one who became the "town ballad singer". Now you must not think that one had only to be a good singer in order to meet the requirements of this position, for, indeed, that was only a small part of the work. He had to be a composer and a poet because the stories might be sung to a different tune each time. The more he added, and exaggerated the story, the more popular he became, and it was considered quite an accomplish- ment to be termed "the town ballad singer". I do not mean to give you the idea that this evolution occurred only in the songs of our American Indians, for it happened many centuries before America was heard of 3 even before Robin Hood and Little john became bold, bad men. It all occurred when horses could talk, and the dead arose and walked, and no maiden was so poor as not on occasion to appear in a smock "bedone with pearls" or to give her love a ring HO' the diamond fine" and you must know that that, was many many years ago. Occasionally these town ballad singers of whom I have previously spoken would become very proficient and once upon a time one of these clever fellows devised the plan of carrying his stories and his music to another town. When he started this, he really "started something" as we say, for many more singers took up this strolling 10 THE TOWER LIGHT 11 work, even reigning kings and great numbers of the nobility. They even became so popular that the common name of strolling singer was replaced by the name Troubadour, and to this day we know them as such. Among the old ballads which have passed through this previously related evolution we have as some of the most prominent: The bal- lads of Robin Hood with which we are all familiar 5 Lord Randal, a ballad of faithless love, Kemp Owyne a step-mother ballad, and the ballad of the Battle of Otterburn which portrays authentic history. In the ballad of Bloomsfield Hill we find the supernatural element. If it were possible for a story to tell itself, we would say that the ballad did just that thing. At least, we could say this was true until the latter part of the eighteenth century, when a literary interest was awakened in the characteristics of the ballad. From then on such men as Tennyson, Noyes, Longfellow, Scott, Masefield, Bryant, Lowell, Kipling and Whittier wrote literary ballads. Thus, we have the two classes of ballads: The old ballads which were without the marks of any great genius, but which contained many beautiful literary touches, and the new ballads, which contain the gen- eral characteristics of the old ballads, but which are written in real literary style by some of our greatest authors. The Mother of Ettrick Shepherd once said to Scott, speaking of ballads: "They were made for singing an' no for reading, but ye have broken the charm now' an' they'll never be sung mairf, What she said is only too true, the ballad is dying out and as they die there are no new ones to take their places. Balladry may be a "closed literary account". ALICE V. STUP, Senior 4. The Ballad of the Skipper Bold john Cabot was a skipper bold, That sailed the stormy sea, In the name of merry England In the fifteenth century. He heard the tales Columbus told Of his voyage in '92, And vowed that he would follow him- Discover new lands too! The earth was round, John Cabot knew just as Columbus thoughtg He'd find Cathay the other way If to the West he sought. The good king, thrifty Henry Gave him a royal feast, And bade him find new lands To the west, and north, and east. THE TOWER LIGHT Latin Cabot, once Giovanni, And later changed to Zuan, Set sail from out of Bristol town With the English name of john. In '97, in early May, The "Goode Shippe Matthew" sailed: 'Twas two long months on the heartless sea Before new land was hailed. He touched the coast of the Breton Cape 'Twas north forty-five degrees, And his sore-tried, faithful men Were glad to be free from the seas. john Cabot, the skipper bold, Walked abroad the virgin sandg St. George's Cross for England He raised o'er the new found land. Such splendor and virgin beauty Met the eyes of the men as they gazed: Rocky shores, majestic forests- E'en rough sailors were dazed! John Cabot, the skipper bold, Oh, happy indeed was he: Happy, and wildly joyous Over the great discovery. He turned his prow to the eastward Glad to go home again. What glory was there to await him- I'll only describe it in vain. The people-they shouted and hailed him, And called him the "Admiral Great". They dressed him in silks and in satins, Cn his least whim they would wait. Proud Cabot was now in his glory, To him 'twas a welcome fame 3 He reaped a bountiful harvest In the honoring of his name. And the shrewd king, thrifty Henry, Put a note away in his file As a recompense for the journey: "l0-to hym that found the new isle." But, Cabot, the bold, brave skipper, When barely a year had passed- Decided to win new honours Even greater than were his last. THE TOWER LIGHT He went to seek the wealthy isle Cipango-land of jewels and spice 3 He thought to find it in the west, Sailing south from the land of ice. So the skipper bold again set sail Sebastian, too-of haughty face, His son, a bold and sprightly youth, Soon destined for his father's place. Thus ends the tale of the skipper bold- It ends with "lost at sea", His death, the cause, where and how, Still stands a mystery. John Cabot was a skipper bold, That sailed the stormy sea, In the name of merry England In the fifteenth century. E. Child of the North The rain it lashed both right and left, The wind shrieked by like mad, And fury whipped the trees above, But Cherie's heart was glad. She cared not if the storm raged on, If Wind went howling by, For Dan was riding by her side. She heaved a happy sigh. Hadn't Dan told her he loved her, And wanted to make her his own, And weren't they going together To seek out their own new home? She knew she deserved to be happy 5 She'd played fair to the very end, She'd been loyal and true to the other, As true as a friend to a friend. Her eyes sparkled bright in the darkness, She held up her little head. She remembered what Therese had told her, "It was all a mistake," she had said. So Cherie rode happily onward, Rode on through the wind and rain, Rode on through the storm-swept northwood While her heard sang a gay refrain. As they rode Dan turned in his saddle And spoke to the girl by his side, "Just ahead in an old hunter's cabin, We'1l be safe till the storm shall abide". CLUSTER, Senior 7 THE TOPVER LIGHT So they pressed on through thunder and lightning, Their haven now almost at hand, But the cruel hand of fate intervening Destroyed all the things they had planned. The wind whipped a pine from its rootings And, as though it were done by His will, It crashed to the earth with a roaring And Dan lay silent and still. A moment but passed, just a moment, And Cherie had knelt by his side, Her red lips pressed tightly together, Her dark eyes staring and wide. She gazed on the great limp body And sobbed out a prayer in the night, Then, raising his head in her small arms, She kissed him and held him tight. Oh, why did he lie there so deathlike? Why didn't he open his eyes? He couldn't, he wouldn't have left her Without even whisp'ring good byes! She placed her hand on his forehead And brushed back his ruffled hair, When a sigh from his lips broke the tenseness, And God had answered her prayer! The cabin! She must reach the cabin! For, with warmth and shelter from rain, She could give him the care that he needed, And her Dan would come back again! With feverish haste she began working, And after an hour or more, Struggling along with her burden, She reached the old cabin door. As if in a dream she kept working, Till the cabin was cozy and warm, And Dan lay upon the bedside, A great figure broken and torn. Then with tenderest hands she caressed him, And did everything that she thought Would lessen the pains that he suffered, Until better aid could be brought. And a whisper came from the bedside, Cherie knelt low to hear, And the words that her lover uttered Contracted her heart with fear. THE TOWER LIGHT "Therese-my Therese-I love you!" Horror showed in her eyes! "I'm sorry-forgive me-I love-" The rest was stifled in sighs. With a sob Cherie sprang from the bedside. Was it true what Dan had just said, Could it be that her dreams had vanished, And his heart was Therese's instead! No, no, he was only delirious It wasn't-it cou1dn't be true! He loved her, for hadn't he told her! And hadn't he told Therese, too! "I love you, Therese--I love you!" Over and over again, The man on the bed tossing wearily Was calling-calling in vain. "I-Ie is mine and she cannot have him! Mine, and I can't give him back !" At first her eyes glowed like iirelight, Then they grew dull and black. The voice from the bed now great fainter, "Therese-my Therese-please !" And clutching her throat with an icy hand Cherie felt that her heart would freeze. In her eyes glowed the love that she cherished For the man upon the bed, Then, stifling the sobs that rose in her throat Out from the cabin she fled. ' She fiung herself into her saddle, She spurred her horse on his way, The rain now was o'er and no wind stirred The moon shone bright as day. Thank God it was not yet too late! She lashed her horse to a greater speed. And an hour later she drew up rein At the old Dunbarton gate. A moment more and she rushed inside And there she found Therese a-kneeling, A picture of Dan held tight in her hand, While the tears down her cheekcs were a-stealing And Cherie kissed her on those cheeks And whispered in her ear, "I-Ie's up by the old hunter's cabin, And he loves you, Therese dear. 16 THE TOWER LIGHT Be quick-make haste, for he needs you, He's waiting up there all alone." Then she kissed her once more as sheiadded, "Good-bye, dear, I'm going back home. The hills of the northland they call me, And my heart calls an answer to them, And you must go back to your lover, Oh, let not his cries be in vain !" And before Therese could have answered Cherie had saddled a roan, And with a smile that belied her heart's aching, She sent her to claim her own. Then, slowly she mounted her own horse, And patting his thick black mane, "We're going home, Grumpy," she whispered, "Back from the woods whence we came". No longer the storm vent its fury, No longer the wind shrieked like mad, No longer the trees swayed in anger, But Cherie's heart was sad. Slowly they turned their steps northward, And though moon shone and stars were in sight, Grumpy felt sure it was raining, For he'd felt a drop out of the night. OLGA J. GRAF Senior 5A. International institute Students Visit M. S. N. S. "The world stands out on either side, N 0 wider than the heart is wide,"' EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY. I-IE Foreign Students from the International Institute of Co- lumbia University were, for three days, the very welcome visi- tors of Normal School. Professor Delnanzo, the conductor of the party, greeted the school with a message of "International Good- will." He stated that this element of good-will, for which the whole world is searching, will only be discovered as a by-product instead of the chief product. just as the most precious chemicals are found in the residual of coal tar and not in the coal itself, so will this precious element of good-will be found only as a by-product of education. It is for this purpose that the foreign girls and boys are being given a better education. THE TOWER LIGHT 17 Europe is on the verge of a new type of civilization. It is be- cause of this vital change that many educators of foreign lands have come to America to study our educational systems. Mr. Das Varma from India discussed how this national under- standing should be managed. There must, first of all, be a background for any business. If you want to understand foreign people you must study their life, customs, habits, civilizations and past history. Edu- cation in India has started very recently. Even yet the value of edu- cation has not been understood or appreciated by people at large. The children go to school and as soon as they have learned their three R's, they leave school-generally, at the end of one or two years. There is nothing in the school system that will carry over into future life. The questions of social and economic life must be looked at before education can gain a foothold. There is a great future for nations in Europe. China, the oldest civilized nation in the world, has progressed rapidly along educational lines. She first began to take ideas from Germany, then from -lapan, and now she has a modified American form of education. Miss Eleanor Toms, of China, talked about "VVomen's Education in China." It has been but recently that edu- cation has become universal. Chinese women have always been vir- tuous but not educated. They were put in the background by the men. Only thru the family circle could they learn or develop much thought-control. The trouble lay in the environment because they were strictly controlled by the parents. Now the Chinese women are pushing forward. They want inde- pendence and careers. In 1907 came the Emancipation 'of Education for Women. There is now a "Woman's Rights Movement" under control of the National Government. This helps the woman legally, socially, economically and educationally. Illiteracy must be elimi- nated because on it depends the future of China. Mr. Tsuchiya Masumi from japan, Teacher of English in Yoka- hama College for Women, spoke about "The Moral Education in Japan." The most deep-rooted morality is sincerity. Besides sincer- ity there is loyalty, piety, integrity and order. A Japanese will ob- serve these virtues at the risk of his life. Sincerity is so deep-rooted in one's breast that it is the mark of a true lady and gentlemen-just as chivalry is the mark of a true gentleman in this country. Sincerity may be compared to the truth of which Jesus speaks "Know the truth and the truth shall set you free." Since the World War, international understanding has grown, although .Iapan's doors were opened more than sixty years ago. ,"To know is to love and to love is to know." The people of America are urged to visit Japan and learn to know the Japanese. 18 THE TOWER LIGHT Away -from the great industrial centers of Japan, we can find and feel sincerity in the strong grasp of humanity, feel the pulse of the mighty throbbing of Jesus' life. LOUISE S'rALEY,Senior 10. Dr. Josef Wimmeris Aclclress NUMBER of years have passed since the last time I had the honor of speaking to a company of such nice and attractive young ladies as is assembled here in this festival hall. And this sight reminds me of a time when I, too, was young, twenty-one years of age, when girls sometimes used to smile at me instead of laughing about me when they get aware of my rather rounded figure. I was then a professor at the commercial academy teaching the boys French and trying to teach them English. Girls, too, were in this school and they were just of the age where they are called "broiled fish," in my country, and fiappers, in America, that is, about sixteen. One day one of the lady teachers was absent and the head master ordered me to take care of the class. I was then thunderstruck, I had never before faced girls' classes. The director tried to find some other substitute. He did not succeed and I had to go. Ingthe mean- time a few minutes had passed and the girls had come out of the class on the corridor and I heard them crying and laughing and gig- gling when they caught sight of me, their new teacher, as they thought. My legs shook and my knees trembled as I heard this uproar. I instantly lost all my courage and ran back in the teacher's room. Then I caught hold of a large class book, a book that our pupils are very afraid of, and to be sure, I seized a second one and went up the stairs. The noises were still going on and not having the slightest idea of what to do, I did the best a teacher can do before an uproarous class. I did nothing. I stood immovable making the queerest face that was at my disposal. The girls had expected me to scold them, now they were surprised, a little ashamed, and quietly went into the class. Later on, they got very fond of me. They did behave. Now some other day they caught me a second time. By my first success, I had grown bold and one day when I had to be in class for the teacher of commercial subjects I dared to discuss with the girls a problem on bill of exchange. But somehow by treating the matter of redress the girls puzzled me by crossfire of questions. I had to confess that I did not know very much about it, and not even a third classbook would have saved me in this disagreeable situation. From this you may learn that it is not good to enter a class without being prepared. In spite of those bad successes I will try a third time to teach a THE TOPVER LIGHT 19 class of girls, and it is to be a lesson on Geography. I am sorry to say that Geography, too, is not my best subject, but as I corne from Vienna in Austria, I may be able to tell you a little more about Austria than some of you now know. Austria is not in Africa, but it is a German speaking country and the capital is Vienna. It is situated on the Blue Danube River, and it has been celebrated by the hundreds of songs of Schubert, Strauss, Beethoven and all of those who have been born in Vienna. It is the city where Beethoven passed the greatest part of his lifeg where Richard Strauss, the greatest liv- ing composer of operas resided, and jeritza the famous singer of the New York Opera is a member of the Austrian State Opera. We do not live in trees and in caverns, but we have houses, and railways, and elevators as in America. We also have many old fa- mous palaces, many hundred years of age, where the most precious pictures and furniture are still to be seen and visited by many thou- sand of Americans. Our schools are not so richly equipped as your schools here in America, but in spite of this they do outstanding work in the school- room. They were visited and appreciated by many professors of Co- lumbia University. Vienna is also proud of having the best medical schools of Europe, and the most famous doctors of the world. If one of you should happen to suffer from a broken heart, conie to Vienna. You will be cured at any rate, even if it be a doctor of some other faculty. COME TO VIENNA! Pretty are the Towson girls A They look like roses and like pearls. Ever is my heart so cool It was not so at Towson school. These are Dr. W inner's verses More worthy are they than all our purses. DR. Josiah' WIMMERU, Vienna, Austria. Q' EK Q' Bars Do Not A Prison Make GREY-HAIRED housewife lives across the street. She has been pathetically faithfully to her spouse and two children. It is a family of four. Since her marriage, she has worked unceas- ingly to eke out a miserable existence. By continual exertion at tasks far beyond her strength, she has strained herself and has remained a nervous, emaciated woman. 20 THE TOWER LIGHT Maria Solfonov is about thirty-five years of age. She appears to be fifty. I-Ier hair, once black, is now interspersed with grey and her eyes seem to be of the same color, pathetically dull and lustreless. Maria's figure is spare and she is of medium height. One can not look at her pale face with its lifeless, bespectacled eyes, furrowed brow, sunken cheeks with bones in awful relief, slit-like, bloodless lips and disproportionate chin, without sensing that here is a woman who has suffered long. When she talks, it is with evident effort. Her words are clouded and nasal in tone. Maria's husband, Peter, is about as old as she is, but he looks his age. Peter is uninteresting, except that he has a nasty temper, is improvident, and rather deaf. As has been mentioned, there are two children. Alexey is the older of the pair, just having arrived at the "young man" stage. He works in a shoe factory at a nominal wage and uses this fact as an excuse to extort money from Maria for his various pleasures. Mina, the little one, is ten years old, a pretty, sunburnt, lively, dark-haired tomboy. Once Maria made a dress for herself from some cheap goods, which cost her a few cents. With clever fingers she fashioned it and when her work was finished, Maria was greatly pleased. "Ah," she thought, "What a saving this will be. And I really needed a new dress so badly. Only they won't believe I made it myself g it's so pretty. Peter will think I paid a lot of money for it, but when he learns that I-I made it-won't he be pleased." That evening she wore the new dress. Peter and Alexey coming in from work noticed it at once. "Why, Maria, where did you get that nice skirt ?" asked Peter. "I made it myself", said his wife and she smiled eagerly, yet with a modest air, as if to say, "Aren't you glad, Peter ?" "'I'hat's a damned lie, you witch! roared Alexey and Peter nodded vehemently. "Where did you buy it? How much did you pay? Must we work our fingers to the bone so you can loll in luxury F" "But, my dears, I didn't buy it at all-I made it with my own hands. Can't you see that I saved a great deal of money ?" "Another lie! If you didn.'t buy it, then you stole it-ech, but you're a deceitful old hag!" Maria explained, argued, pleaded, that what she said was the truth but she might as well have talked to the Sphinx. Her husband and Alexey jeered at and insulted her to such an extent, that finally, she grew enraged. After all her work, all her sacrifice, expecting praise and appre- ciation-she was met with angry shouts, insulting accusations and harsh threats. Maria rushed to her room, tore off the dress and ripped it to pieces. THE TOWER LIGHT 21 Next morning Peter and Alexey, who slept in the same room, hur- riedly awoke at the shrill clamor of the old alarm clock. They dressed quickly and rushed downstairs. No one was in the kitchen, strange to say. "Where can mother be ?" asked Alexey, as he and Peter washed. "Huh ?--O, I guess she's gone to the grocery," said Peter. "But she should have come back already. I'1l be late for work." They both seated themselves at the table. It was now a quarter past seven and Maria had not yet made her appearance. The house seemed quiet in her absence. Mina was still sleeping. I-Ier low, regu- lar breathing and the monotonous drumming of the clock were the only sounds which fell upon the ears. It was as peaceful as though it were midnight. Yet outside, on the street, many people trudged to work, as slender yellow spears began to crowd the shadows into the far corners of the kitchen. Alexey rose from the table. "Where in the world can mother be? She should have returned long ago. Maybe she had an accident- what do you think?', Peter sighed and shrugged his narrow shoulders. "How do I know P" he asked. ' They looked at each other for a few moments. Slowly their faces took on that puzzled expression which accompanies the strug- gling of forgotten thoughts. Again their glances met and now their eyes reflected a remarkably similar light. Alexey and Peter remem- bered. The father was the first to speak. "I guess it's all our own fault," he whispered. "After all, maybe mother did make the dress herself. We must have acted mean to her, come to think of it. "Say, do you suppose she could have left, or-she might still be upstairs? The door of Maria's room was wide open. Alexey bounded in, expecting to find his mother, but she was not there. The torn dress lay in a neat pile on the chair near the bed. A. STEIN. I 'K 'IKQ YII 'sgngugsf Published monthly by the students of the Maryland State Normal School at Towson Student Editors ELEANORA BOWLING ASSOc1ate Soc1al Reporter Athletlc Reporter CHARLOTTE HARN LOUISE STALEY HOWARD FLOOK okes Literary Reporter Literary Reporter JULIA CRUMM WILLIAM BADER CARROLL RANKIN Ar ABRAHAM STEIN Circulation Manager HOWARD FLOOK Business Manager Typing S tajf SIDNEY CHERNAK VIOLA HOT-TER u . CATHERINE E. ROI-IR p Advertising Managers E1-TA CLUSTER ANN IVES CARROLL RANKIN MARCIA ELLIOTT EMMA LEE JEANETTE NOVECK Price,-One Dollar Fifty Cents per Year. Single Copies, Twenty Cents. .THE TO ER LIGHT J i I ,v u 0 I 1 J . 1, The lron Horse ln The Public School BY MARGARET TALBOTT STEVENS, M. S. N. S., '13 "For, with the hunian touch, a railroad train Resolves itself into a throbbing thing, No longer lifeless in its coat of steel- A living object, eager yet to feel The joy of winging through a desert space." HE mother breathed a sigh of relief when the Baltimore School teacher informed her that it was not compulsory that her boy attend the Fair of the Iron Horse. "I am so gladf' she declared, "for I never did believe in horse- racing and neither does my husband." Fortunately for the boy, however, the teacher was able to explain carefully to the misinformed mother the importance of that "Steed" in the education of her son. Furthermore, the exhibition and pageant recently staged by America's First Railroad, Was proof in itself that even some of the greatest businesses of the World recognize the value of the receptiveness of the child-mind. 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Donahue Graduated 1905-Lena Hopkins-now Mrs. james White Graduated l904-Urilla Beeler-now Mrs. E. C. Miller Graduated 1900-Sadie M. Parks-now Mrs. J. P. jordan Graduated 1909-Alice Lynch-now Mrs. Alice Merritt Student 1903-Ariel E. Standiford-now Mrs. Frank Foard Student 1893-Alma Johnson-now Mrs. O. King We entertained Sl county mothers for the week-end in the dormi- tory.. 38 day student mothers were with us for the dinner on Friday evening. The following is the list of mothers from the various COLIIIULS Harford Kent Baltimore Washiiigtoii Cecil Anne Arundel Frederick City Prince George Queen Anne VVorcester Caroline Charles , Carroll Montgomery Somerset Calvert Talbot Dorchester York, Pa. .nl - .U 45 fu. . . .-'mi' H- . -. .55 4 45.7 , .4 ..- .y g 1. .-,.,wU!'...h.4--...,'v ' ..'?f' .1- fzf., 40. . I.. . . .M v 'I r I ff- . , . ,- A .f - . . W ,IA . 1 41! . --. 11. . x . v' . I N . - ..-- . 4 - . ..- f -. 1 I, 1 N . 4 .' v . u . ' Y-I rr' ' , -.' w . L 1' ,...4- 't 1 ,QL . D ' r . - 'W - , , if I , , . ,. . . . , x, , . K" ' , ,.r. E ' u " ' ' ,x , As . . I 'LH . . . . 4' . ' 'f' ' - 1 .- W . I . r' . X.. , ..' f V ' I. , - . a , 3, s ,. ' ' A -' ff ' .' ,- . 1 , . , .1 . A 1. .. . n . . 95 .I' , .- K1 K . el A 'sa - x v . ef 4' Y Z X ,, . . ., .f X l 4 .' 1 . .1 f: A .A .. g. .7 . ' 13" 1. I 'J I' " I-Q-, .. ,.,- f ., fvipsr I- . .,. . , ., J'. I.. 4 ,. 1 ' . -.1-1 FI X1 Q, 'tb ...,.y- .'. - W A 1 Q., MM., ...- 4. -lu' .Ir L1 zF'i'L,, a ' ' L gpg.. - ani. X. THE TOWER LIGHT 23 be marked by the footprints of transportation, and it was the educa- tional worth of such a story of America's growth through the develop- ment of its transportation facilities that was uppermost in the minds of those who planned the Fair. Little wonder, then, that special days should be set aside for children in order that they, too, might help to celebrate the one hundredth birthday of the Baltimore and Ohio. Lit- tle wonder that the very name of the celebration, "F air of the Iron Horse," should be chosen for its tinge of romance and for its spirit of the fairy tale. The railroad man and the railroad woman of tomorrow are found in the school classrooms of today. Thousands and thousands of children whose fathers today are railroaders will choose railroading as their life's work. And why? Because there is a "something," as any railroad man will tell you, about this work that inevitably "gets" one. Old men, long since retired from active railroad service, spend hours around the stations in their home towns watching the trains come in. Many employes spend their vacations visiting the operation terminals of other railroads, "just to see if they've got anything on us." And this spirit necessarily transcends into the home life. They have "engines" for breakfast, dinner and supper. The little boy with his toy train names his engine and cars for those in father's train. It "gets into the blood." Especially is this true in typical rail- road communities where whole towns depend upon the railroad for their sustenance. Cementing this hold of the railroad upon the home is the railway magazine, whose aim is to keep the policies of the company before the mind of the worker, to keep him informed of whatis going on in the world of transportation, and to encourage home-building, safety at work and at play, thrift, and all of the elements which tend to promote pleasant living and working conditions. Nearly all of the large railroads of the country publish such maga- zines, and, in the last decade, many of these magazines have devoted one or more pages each to the interests of children. These pages aim to instruct as well as to entertain. In the Baltimore and Ohio Maga- zine, which devotes two or more pages in each issue to the children, the little people learn, through pictures, poems, songs and stories, the principles which lie behind the operation of the railroad--safety, courtesy, good-neighborliness, "the will to please." They also learn many things about the railroad, and they learn to write about them. Their letters, poems, drawings and stories are published. They draw pictures and make posters of engines, they write about safety in work and play, they participate in safety contests under the auspices of these pages g they tell stories of courteous children, of safe workers, of kind neighbors, how to make and do things. 24 THE TOWER LIGHT Through the co-operation of teachers, Whole classes-and some- times whole schools, have taken over the editing of the chi1dren's pages of this Magazine. An outline of what is needed is sent by the chil- dren's editor to the teacher, who, in turn, directs the writing and preparation of the copy. 'Teachers who have taken advantage of this opportunity enthusiastically vouch for the success of this plan, and the letters from the children themselves bear witness to the pleasure and profit derived therefrom. Not only can such a program help to make good railroaders for the future, but it can aid both parents and teachers to make good citizens of their little people. And whether they ever become rail- roaders or nbt, this visit of the "iron horse" to the classroom will have given the children one more worth while touch of the workings of a great industry. And so the Iron Horse leaves his kindly footprints not only on the bands of steel over which he travels so swiftly, not only in the minds of those who travel on its trains, of those who labor to keep him going, of those who live along his right-of-way, but also in the hearts of the school children of our country. Is there any Nvonder that these little people have learned to love him? The Ballad of Haletborpe Parody on Lord Randall. CC O, where ha've you been, young normal school girl? O, where ha'e you been, my pretty lassy ?" I've been to great I-Ialethorpe, mother, make my bed soon, For I'm Weary wi' walking, and fain Wald lie down." C6 Ki Where got ye your dinner, young normal school girl? Where got ye your dinner, my pretty lassy ?,' "I dined on the Tom Thumb 5 mother, make by bed soon, For I'm weary wi' walking and fain Wald lie down." "What got ye to your dinner, young normal school girl? What got ye to your dinner, my pretty lassy F" "I got some deviled eggsg mother, make my bed soon, For I'm weary wi' walking and fain Wald lie down." Cl O, I fear ye are Weary, young normal school girl, 0, I fear ye are weary, my pretty lassy." O yes, I am wearyg mother make my bed soon, For I'm sick at the heart, and fain Wald lie down." C6 BY FLORENCE SCHAIBLE, '28. SCHOOL NOTES Junior Mothers' Week End THE mothers of the Juniors were the guests of the Maryland State Normal School for the week end of October Zlst to 23d. The gala week end opened with a festive dinner on Friday night for all mothers of both boarding and day students and the faculty. About one hundred and twenty-live mothers were present for this occasion. After the dinner the mothers were entertained in the foyer with the usual sing-song and dancing. On Saturday morning after the photographer had taken a picture of the group, there was a tour of Loch Raven and Baltimore for all the mothers. In the afternoon there was a discussion for the mothers, advisers, and members of the faculty in Richmond Hall Social Room. A better understanding was reached by all as to the various phases of the girls' life in the school and in the dormitory. That evening the daughters entertained their mothers in the auditorium by a clever little program which consisted of the informal dramatization of two fairy tales which all enjoyed immensely. On Sunday the mothers were taken to church by their daughters, so that all aspects of school life were intimately observed. We hope that next year the new juniors will have just as lovely a, time and look forward as eagerly to Junior Mothers' week end as did the Juniors of this year. y Qi?-sf Birthday Party in October A very colorful party was held in October for those students whose birthdays fall in September and October. The foyer was decorated fantastically in Hallowe'en symbols. The guests of the party were given favors and all were then entertained by the song, "Jack O'Lantern" sung by Miss Ann Simmons, and by a story told by Miss Ruth Moon. During the story, there rose seemingly out of nothing, four live ghosts who raced among the people. But soon they were gone and to pacify the terror-stricken guests, birthday cake was served. 25 26 THE TOWER LIGHT - HALLOWE'EN PARTY N the night of October 29th, the auditorium of the Normal. School was the haunt of ghosts, goblins, and witches. All along the corridors they glided, waving their long, bony hands in the air. ' To all the mortals that passed they offered a cold, clammy grasp of the hand. Soon the mortals came upon a huge room filled with pumpkins, autumn leaves, and corn stalks. Here gathered pepple of all nations. Dusky gypsy girls danced side by side with fair girls of Holland. The scarlet red of China mingled with the blue of Italian skies. Then came the Grand March. All looked their prettiest: and brightest for the most beautiful was to be chosen. This honor fell to a fair, blue-eyed forget-me-not, whose real name is Gertrude War- field. The most comical persons were the "Gold Dust Twins." How jolly they were and how happy! Their real names are Viola I-Iolter and Frances Ward. Then, as a consolidation prize to everybody, pic- tures were taken of the group. Our pretty neighbors played games with one another, and whirled in and out in the Virginia reel. The fortune-tellers were kept busy revealing the future to wide-eyed peasant girls, and haughty prin- cesses. After refreshments were served, all departed to their respec- tive countries to stay until next year. 'Qf5f5'Qf The N ormail N ews, from Wilson Normal, Washington, D. C., comes to us this month with an added interest. The new principal, Miss Halberg, was "One of Ours". We want to see some of her "doings" in print again. 'Q' EE 'Q' THE HIGHLIGHTS OF CAMP FIRE The Camp Fire group, Lida Lee, under the guardianship of Miss Riley has been organized and is already enjoying a pleasurable time. Our chief aim is to develop leadership rather than to have merely a play time. The symbol of Camp Fire is Wohelo, which stands for work, health and love. It is for these ideals that we aim in order to attain worthy womanhood. Last Tuesday night we started off with much clattering of tin pails on our first hike. As true maids of modern Indian lore we gathered 'round our camp fire where we toasted weiners, made coffee and cocoa. By the light of the stars, we swung home full of enthusiasm for the next hike. You will hear more of us as the weeks roll by, for, as you must know, we have an interesting calendar planned for the coming year. MIGWAN, '29, I THE TOWER LIGHT 27 WHO'S WHO EUNICE K. CRABTREEg Author of The Creative in C omposition.- Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, lived in Middle West until 1917, since then her home has been in Washington, D. C. Received Master of Arts Degree, 1923, from George Washington University. Member of English Faculty in the following Institutionsg Mankato, Minnesota, State Teacher's College, Terre Haute, Indiana, State Teacher's Col- lege. Maryland State Normal School at Towsong Maryville, Mis- souri, State Teacher's College. Studying for Ph.D., John Hopkins, at present. MARGARET TALBOTT STEVENS, Associate Editor, Baltimore and Ohio Magazine. Maryland State Normal School Alumna, Class of '13, Author of The Iron Horse in the Public School. WILLIAM RODGERS PHIPPS 3 Author of Tell Me, What is Poetry. Native of Southern Maryland and resident of Annapolis. Graduate of the Annapolis High School-studied at St. Johns College, Colum- bia University and Johns Hopkins University. Taught for three years in Annapolis and for three years at Maryland State Normal School at Towson. 0 BK Q' SCHOOL CALENDAR Nov. 8-Tuesday "The Barker"-Benefit Play at Fords Nov. 9-Wednesday Dormitory Birthday Party for August and November Nov. 11-Friday Chi Alpha Sigma Dinner at the Chimney Corner Nov. 12-Saturday Intersorority Card Party Home-coming and School Dance Nov. 18-Friday Literary Societies--Assembly Period Nov. 21-Monday Juniors entertain Seniors Nov. 22-Tuesday Student Co-operative Government Association Nov. 23-28-Wednesday to Monday Thanksgiving Holidays Dec. 1-Z-Thursday and Friday Y. W. C. A. Bazaar Dec. 2-Friday Dec. 6-Tuesday Te Pa Chi Meeting Dec. 7-Wednesday Dormitory Birthday Party for July and December 28 Dec. Dec. Dec. Dec. Dec. Dec Dec THE TOWER LIGHT 9?-Friday H I Alumni Benefit Card Party in Richmond Hall Social Room 10-Saturday School Dance ' 11-Sunday Rabbi Lazaron at Y. W. C. A. Vespers 16-Friday Literary Societies-Assembly Period 20-Tuesday , Student Co-operative Government Association 21-Wednesday Ye Olde English Dinner-Newell Hall 22-Jan. 4-Thursday to Wednesday Christmas Holidays 'Q' 5541: Me and My Car I've got a car- It won't go far, It stops and stalls and chokes, You can hear it wheeze With a rickety sneeze- just one of life's little jokes. I With a skeptical frown One day from town, I started and prayed for luck, "A girl's dire need Is a thing to heed," I cried, but the blamed car stuck. It stuck on a hill- It would be there still, But the grade was much too steep: The brake-bands smashed To the bottom we crashed, The car and I, in a heap! 'Twas the car's last ride With me inside, And a moral this tale can tell 5 If you own a car That won't go far, It's an ideal car-to sell! BY MARY MATTHEWS, '28 ATHLETICS SOCCER AIN! Rain! that terrible chemical, followed by a soccer game on a wet and soggy field, men sinking into mud ankle deep, slipping, sliding, first on hands, then on feet g a soggy, wet ball being booted up and down the field, first a Normal man kicking, then a Franklin man. The ball and field were wet because of rain we had had a few minutes before, and the slow, drizzling rain while we played. Such was the scene of the conflict between the soccer teams of Franklin High School and the Md. State Normal School at Towson on October 12, in the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and twenty- seven. The Franklin team had come to Normal. Someone asked before the game, "How many goals do you think we should score against Franklin?" Coach Minnigan answered, "Oh, perhaps four." Normal won the toss up and elected to kick up field. The teams agreed to play twenty minute quarters. The ball was booted first up, and then down the field and it could plainly be seen that Normal had no easy task. The fact that the field was wet and slippery added to Normal's troubles. The first half ended O-0 in favor of the referee, with Franklin showing good fighting spirit and stick-to-it-ive-ness. Then came the second half. It was Normal's great ambition, "to kick down the field." Soon after the referee's whistle blew Stouffer had booted the sphere through the uprights for one goal for the good of old Alma Mater. It was plain to be seen now that Normal had the edge. Burton, our star Junior, tried a kick from way out in the field and succeeded in making good his try. Gill, a Franklin for- ward, scored from a pass, giving Franklin her only goal of the game. The scoring soon ended for all time in that game, the final score being 2-1 in favor of "Lop" Ward and the rest of the gang. THE FIRST WESTERN MARYLAND GAME On Friday, October 14, 1927, Western Maryland College paid us a visit and went back to their Alma Mater with heavy hearts on the short end of a 2-O score. The team came to us high in its standards of soccer, especially the back field. Their line was not as well bal- anced as ours. The field was in perfect shape for a soccer game. Normal kicked up field the first half. It seemed as though there would be no scoring in that game, but there was-later. During the first half our R. S., Herman Burton had his leg broken, and had to be taken to the Infirmary, M. Harstman playing the rest of the game in his place. This eventful first half went without a score. 29 30 THE TOWER LIGHT Then came the more eventful second half. We were again kick- ing down field. Soon after the half began one of the Western Mary- land fellows called down a penalty, from the referee, Mose Gen- try. Ward booted the penalty and it went thru the goal like a shot, goalie Howard never seeing it. Soon afterwards Lawlis booted one thru on a corner kick. The scoring was thus ended with the old Alma Mater on the long end, 2-0. Starring for Western Maryland were Beairchamp, Benson, and Smith and for State Normal, Goldstein, Ward, Sieverts, and Lawlis. On October 21, Catonsville came to us and nearly gave us our first defeat. But for the work of "Lop." Ward and Goalie Goldstein we would have lost the game. The score was 0-0. CAsk "Lop" Ward if he can't keep the ball out of the goalj. What are his hands and arms for? THE SECOND WESTERN MARYLAND GAME On Friday, November 4, we suffered our first defeat. The thing that made it so bitter was the fact that earlier in the season we had defeated the same team 2-0. When the game ended at Western Maryland we stood on the short end of a 3-0 score. We began our trip to Western Maryland about 2.30 P. M. Friday. The trip and day was marred by a cold drizzling rain. It was not fit for one who had all his clothes on to be out, much less for one with only trunks and jerseys. We arrived in Westminster in due time, 3.45, and began the soccer game with two men missing from the line-up, Bull L. F., and Stull R. H., Stover was sent in to take Stull's place, Barlow was moved over to L. F. and Flook was sent in to take his place. The field was muddy, and almost every step one took he would slip. We lost the toss for the first time, and had to kick to the South. If fate already had been against us in the loss of two men, it was more so, soon after the game began. Stover made a miscue which went for a goal for Western Maryland. Soon after she added another goal, and one and one added gave us the sum of 2. The half ended 2-0 in favor of Western Maryland. The game was man to man play from beginning to end. Shoving, tumbling, rolling, kicking each other and many other stunts were recorded this half and the whole game, as a matter of fact. Western Maryland again pierced our back field for another goal. Our line could do nothing with the Western Maryland backfield. The half ended with Normal just as stubborn as she could be with the old fighting spirit. The iinal score was 3-0. ' THE TOWER LIGHT 31 The "eats" and the trip back, caused us to forget our bitter defeat, and kept us in good spirits, although some were sore and stiff from the ordeal. Ward and the gang, especially Stouffer, Goldstein, and Sieverts bore the brunt of the defense, while Lawlis, Barlow, and Harshman were good on the offense. Come out and root for us! Give us support! We need you to help us win! TE-PA-CHI- CLUB ACTIVE The Te-Pa-Chi club of the Normal Elementary School held its regular meeting November Sth at the school. Mr. Emmit M. Sipple, Headmaster of the Park School spoke to the club on "Home and School." His message had a special interest for us as Mr. Sipple is in charge of an experimental school which is definitely committed to new things in education. As a part of the observation of Education Week, the Te-Pa-Chi Club in addition to urging parents to make a special point of visiting the school to observe the regular work in the grades, have also pre- pared an excellent exhibit of books of especial interest to parents, including such subjects as :-The Pre-School Child, Home and School, Discipline, Psychology and Sex Education. The books are displayed in the elementary school library and the parents are invited to become acquainted with them during Education Week. - TO A TREE ON YORK ROAD The gold of a golden sunset Sheds luster over the tree, Which outstripped all its fellows With its arms flung upward and free. Each leaf, a soft molten glimmer, Breathed in its last deep breath For the beauty of warm grey summer Replaced by the splendor of death, Made red and brown and purple, Seem drab by its sundown glow. And it waited there in all glory That king of the forest band It waited for death, white and hoary To beckon with frost dipped hand. CHARLOTTE HARN, '28, ll -.JoKEs- A Real Reason She: "I don't see you driving to business any more Mr. Willi- skins. Are you walking to reduce?" He: "No, I am reduced to walking." She: "How is that ?" He: "Well, you see I had my license taken away for reckless driving." -American. Contagious Individuals were assigned special reports on communicable dis- eases in the Health Education class. Miss Dowell: CSpeaking to student concerning her reportj "What have you got?" Stude: "Smallpox" Miss Dowell : "Well, give it to us." -Heard in Room 7. Class Dismissed Physics Prof: CMaking assignmentj-Tomorrow, start with lightning and go to thunder. -N. Y. State Lion. ' Too Efeminate Kappa: "Gimme a cigarette." I S igma: "Whadda ya think this is-a girl's school?" -W ebfoot. Query If education is so refining, what makes a college course? . -Virginia Reel. Now You Chase Me "I'm twenty-one today and I can vote." "No you can't". "Why not ?" "There's no election." -California Pelican. Don't Take "A fense " "Supposing there were live boys sitting on a fence and one of them decided to jump off 3 how many fellows would be left sitting on the fence?" "F our, of coursefl "Wrong again. The fellow only decided to jump. I-Ie didn't do it " ' -ozzapod. 32 The Big THIS IS Friendly Store of Baltimore Our Service Motto: Honest, Prompt, Courteous, Complete STEWART a fof THE STORE OF YOUTH Styles for the Miss who would pass the Student Board of Style Examiners 'liie Hub BALTIMORE, CHARLES and FAYETTE SMART APPAREL For the College Gzrl and the pleasure of receiving courteous service amld spacious surroundings HUTZLER BWTIIEEQ C KAUPMAN PACKING Co BALTIMORE MD Samuel Klrk 3 Son Incorporated AMERICA S OLDEST SILVERSMITHS Founded 1 815 421 NORTH CHARLES STREET BALTIMORE MD Diamonds Pearls Watches Silverware HOCHSCHII D KOHN 8f,Co Where Well Dressed College Gzrls Buy Thezr Apparel THE LINDEN EDGAR DE MOSS 39 Ycrk Road at Linden Terrace Towson, Md CONFECTIONERY CIGARS AND CIGARETTES LIGHT LUNCH Vzszt Our Ice Cream Parlor Towson 372 J I f- Je ' UNION sTocK YARDS , A 34 THE TOWER LIGHT A Politeness Personified "Is he polite?" ' "Is he polite! Why, he apologizes to himself when he cuts him- self with the razor." N -U . of Wash. C olumns. Looking Out For Number One A Scotchman went to the races and bet twenty-five cents on a ten to one shot and won. The bookmaker paid him in quarters and the Scotchman picked them up, one at a time, and bit them. "Why are you doing that ?" said the bookmaker. Do you think they are counterfeits ?" - "Nay, mon," the Scotchman replied, 'Tm only making sure I'm not getting the one I gave ye." --Tawney Kat. He: "Do you know the difference between taxis and trolleys P" She: fexpectantlyj "No." He: "Good, We'll take a trolley. We Now TeachffAnima1s Miss Jett, relating her experience, in conference 5--"Well, I was teaching squirrels the other day-". Kez:-Why is an onion? Bader :-I don't know but it's a subject that always bring tears to my eyes. -M en's Room. Mr. Walther says: College education is practical. Take for in- stance the cheer leader. He gets the best possible training for the profession of train caller. ....a.0..i.. Don't be alarmed because your boy thinks he is smarter than his Dad. He may be right. Teacher :-Thomas, name three articles containing starch. Thomas :-My father's two cuffs and one collar. -City Practice C enter. Teacher fto pupil before nine o'clockj: How does your sister look in her new glasses? Pupil :-I think she looks right through them. It was the pupil's first attempt at poetry. The practice teacher suggested animals as topics. The following is an example of poetry received the following day. l.,O1.,.-.. On a mule we find two legs behind And two we find beforeg To stand behind before we find What the two behind be for. The Most ECONOMICAL RELIABLE CONVENIENT Means of Transportation THE STREET CAR Compliments of TOWSON A NATIONAL BANK Opposite the Court House TOWSON MARYLAND MATHIAS GROSS Barber Shop YORK ROAD Near Chesapeake Ave TOWSON MD Lexington Market PLaza 0266 0269 Hollins Market PLaza 1083 D CALLAHAN s SONS SEA FOOD BALTIMORE MARYLAND TOWSON SHOE STORE YORK AND JOPPA ROADS Ladxes Don t Throw Your Turn So e Shoes Away stitches Shoes repaired On our new Hydro Pres Machine with Water proof cement Look Wear and Feel like new shoes For Every Bankzng Con venrence Bank wzth 51112 Qzrltrmnre Qlnunig Earth YORK ROAD TOWSON MD W CHARLES ST at LEXINGTON The Misses SHOPS AND JUNIOR SHOP Prouzde for Eueru College Need STERLING LIGHTING INCORPORATED Lzghtmg F zxtures Distinctive Lamps and Shades Exclusive Not Expensive 403 NORTH CHARLES STREET BALTIMORE MD , . ! O 9 0 9 . I , 1 I . . 1 We repair them without using nails Or r' . ' ' ' THE TOWER LIGHT I'll help you with that Math, Joeg I've got it all here in a nut shell." Voice from next room-"Oh, You've memorized it, eh ?" V ..1-...1. You'd never think this car was a second-hand one, would you ?" N og it looks as if you had made it yourself." -Tid Bits. V C6 . i1 Where has Owen gone P" "Well, if the ice is as strong as he thinks it is he has gone skat- ing-if not, he has gone swimming." -Oregon Orange Owl. 1..l Father-"Well, now that the summer is over are you going out and get yourself a job P" Son-"Why, no, Father. I thought Iid wait until somebody really big discovered me." .i11i Junior.--Why do they call this "The Higher Education ?"' Senior: "Because it's over your head." .-l--O--l One of the interesting features during the coming season at the Capitol will be the appearance of President Coolidge in Modern dress. CC O . Price of Silence-A Missouri parson who has married 4,500 couples says that blonds make the dumbest brides. This may be another reason why gentlemen prefer them. -fudge. .1, "Why was Solomon the wisest man in the world ?" asked the teacher. ' "Because he had so many wives to advise him," answered the bright boy. . "Well, that is not the answer in the book, but you may go up to the head of the class," replied the teacher. ..1 . Getting Even Now comes the story of the absent-minded professor who rolled under the dresser and waited for his collar button to find him. . -.... A Champion Johnny Bull: "We have some very large birds in England. Why, once while I was standing in a zoological garden I saw a man come in on an eagle." Yankee dude: "Bother, that's nothing. Once while standing in a ball park I saw a player go out on a fly." THE HERGENHATHEH DRUG GU. Prescription Druggists Headquarters for School Supplies, Kodalcs, Films, Stationery and Sporting Goods. Greet- ing Cards for all occassions. Agents for Waterman? lcleal Fountain Pens, Whitman's Delicious Chocolates and Bon-Bons. Victrolas and Records THE STEBBINS-ANDERSON COAL 8: LUMBER CO. Dealers in Coal, Lumber, Hardware, Builders' Supplies Towson, Md. Riderwood, Md GEORGE H. STIEBER Table Delicacies Select Meats, Fancy Groceries Telephones: Towson 261 and 251 TOWSON, MD. MASON'S GARAGE York Road and Willow Avenue TOWSON, Md. Willys - Knight and Overland Sales THE Mayflower Laundry, Inc. Phone-Towson 922 Distinctive Dry Cleaning A A Different Laundry Service William A. Lee and Service. Dealer in Telephone Towson 554 Fancy and Staple f P, Groceries 'lf' ' 1: r . Ll! if ff Ji' fill -I 39' IZ :C Q - - '. 'gzlgqlra-w:57f115"! I LIBERTY STREET at SARATOGA CERESOTA FLOUR A SPECIALTY BALTIMORE LUNCHEON-TEA-DINNER papa. Special Parties A DRY GOODS, BOOTS AND SHOES SPECIAL Nw' BOOK SHOP of M. S. N. S. PAINTS AND HARDWARE Christmas Cards and Stationery wma THE TOWER LIGHT Miss Tall, while telling about her trip through the New Eng- land States spoke of visiting Plymouth. Miss Tall: "What does Plymouth bring to our minds ?" Students all over the Auditorium mumbled "Landing of The Pilgrims." Miss Tall: "Yes, we think of President Coolidge because it was his home." ,.,O.,.1iT. Last period before Assembly on Friday, Miss Eckford's history class was discussing the Constitution when in rushed two Juniors. Juniors: "Are you Normals or Pests ?" Miss Eckford: "We hope we are all Normal." . . Not So Far Wrong Sunday school teacher: "Now, Willie, what happens to a man who never thinks of his soul, but only of his body? Willie: "Please, teacher, he gets fatf' .. i..O....liT. The Sentence Completed She: Open your mouth and shut your eyes and- He: And that's the way a woman drives a car. ..-. -OT... Worth Trying "The trousers which I have washed for Ike," said his Mother, "have shrunk so much that the poor child can hardly put them on." "Well," answered her friend, looking at Ike, "Why not try washing Ike? He might shrink too." ,s ---0-l Consolatory thought for Uncle Sam--Immigration is the sin- cerest form of Battery. It is the ambition of modern man to die with his brakes on. ii..- Bibulous Gent: fto contortionist at circusj : "Shay, ole fellow whash' matter? You look like I'm drunk!" -College Humor. ,..i During the foreign students' visit, Mrs. Masland's Corrective Class was seen in the corridor dressed in bathing suits. Sarola Ghose: "Where are you observing next period, Lucy?" Lucy Lico: "I'm going to the swimming club." During the terrible rainy week Senior 5 was talking about dramatizing the story of "Noah and The Flood." Miss Munn: I-Iow would you have Noah dressed ?" V Kate Chew: "In a slickerf' M. Bazen Ladies' afzd M en's Fashionable Tailoring CLEANING, PRESSING, DYEING, REPAIRING as REMODELING LADIES GARMENTS IN LATEST STYLE Telephone-Towson 1003 3 W. PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE TowsoN. MD. TOWSON CANDYLAND Specializes in HOME-MADE CANDIES Fancv Packaaes, Soda, Ice Cream, Cigars. 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In READ S TOWSON STORE there 1S such a package aWa1t1ng dehvery to you on your s1mple request And any t1me conven1ent to you between December lst and December 31 Don t feel the shghtest hes1tancy 1n just steppxng 1nto the store and requestmg th1S GIFT PACK AGE because you re not only Very Welcome to lt but we re confident that youll appre c1ate lt far more than you b2l1CVB' O ' . ' o delivery Will be immediately made. ' I ' Odd Fellow s Temple Bldg "Say it With Flowers' Correct W., . ISSAAO H. MOSS Wearing Apparel INCORPORATED FSR THE Florists and Decorators 5315 YORK ROAD BALTIMORE College Girl NDS? Friendship Of CQ. SECOND LEXINGTON , HOWARD AND N AL BANK FAYETTE STREETS CA1vert 5500 TOWSON' MD' SUBSCRIBE NOW TO NTHE TOWER LIGHT" UNDIVIDED RESPONSIBILITY ! COMPLETE 393' R EAD Tmrmon Cow Tuvoqf Phu boast CALDERT woo 18 1 1 ms 18 s 1ao4 uso: Ul q P B X 35, snnvlclz 63635655 Remember the Producers of thrs Pubhcatzon' L " ef ef ,Q QQ 'r '-"T M . n n xg La. 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Troubadours ......... .... . .... . . . . . . , an-n..-u- Uhr miner Wight Vol. I December, 1927 No. 3 'Ellyn cfkings gllllercg N a bleak December evening in the year 1066, a band of horsemen pounded over the hard road that led into London. The sun was setting, and the soldiers were anxious to reach headquarters. The breath of the steeds came in gasps, for that day they had galloped a long way and were impatient for their warm stalls. The mind of their leader was not concerned with the cold- ness of the ride, nor even with the food which would await them at the end of their journey, though it would have been very natural, for such a strong and hardy youth to be hungry. But his heart, in this case, had triumphed over both his mind and his body, and the thought of the happiness of the last two days warmed him through and through. The mission on which William of Normandy had sent him had been successful. He had been sent to the west of England to-see what the sentiments of the Welsh and Cornish were in regard to Wil- liam's being crowned king, and the Welsh and Cornish had seemed rather indifferent, if interested at all. But young Rol1o's thoughts were not on the political side of the mission, but were on the beauty of Bertelda, daughter of Morgan of Cliffgate, at whose castle he had spent two days. Each thing reminded him of her. In the glory of the setting sun he saw the gold of her hair. Through the steel links on his arms he saw the blue ribbon which she had dropped on the stairs the night before and which he had picked up and bound to his wrist. His heart was filled with gratitude to William who had sent him on this mission. He made plan after plan to see Bertelda again somehow and somewhere. When he reached London he reported to headquarters in a hazy dream, and then went to bed to think of Bertelda in distant Cornwall. 3 4 THE TOWER LIGHT But that night there was terror in Cliffgate Castle beside the Cornish Sea. Sir Morgan and his men, returning from a hunt, had been attacked by a band of Normans, who, not- withstanding his protest of loyalty to William, attempted to steal from the men both their horses and the slaughtered deer. Sir Morgan, incensed at the bold and domineering man- ner of the leaders, had engaged him in combat and killed him. Small hope had he now of recognition from William, after killing one of the great Duke's captains! Small hope for the safety of his wife and daughter, and no hope was there now for his twelve-year-old son, the pride of the household. The retainers would have a 'dreary Christmas time, with their master in prison. . On that night he spoke with his family in the "with-draw- ing room" of the castle. His eyes were dim, not only with the smoke that filled the room from the ineffective chimney, but with the agony of parting, for part with them he knew he must. The vengeance of such a man as Duke William would be swift and sure, and would fall, not only on himself but on all the household. His lands would be confiscated and his wife and children left to the doubtful mercy of their relations. His eyes wandered to his wife, helpless and frail in her high- backed chair. Edward, his son, stood by his mother's chair, his hand on her arm. A beautiful boy! Some way must be found to protect him. Bertelda stood by the high window, gazing out on the wintry sea. Her blue eyes were wide with the look of one who has caught and held some happiness for a little while and expects it back again. She was a beautiful girl. All at once an idea entered Sir Morgan's head. "Bertelcla," he said. She turned from the window. He could see that her thoughts were elsewhere than on their plight. 6'My dear, the punishment of William will not be slow to fall, and when I am in the custody of the Duke and this land and castle are confiscated, there will be no one to care for you. You, child, must marry Edryn as soon as possible. Here her mother raised a protesting hand. "Hush, Ellen, it is of no use to talk. Edryn will take you and Edward with him. I trust that he will be kind to you." I "Oh, father," cried Bertelda, "do not make me marry Edryn. I could not! Rather would I die!" "Seliishness, my daughter, is strange from you at this time," answered Morgan sternly. "You must remember that unless you do this, you and your mother and Edwardwill have no means of livelihood, except by dependence on your uncle of Tressalion l" THE TOWER LIGHT 5 "But, father," spoke up Edward, "cannot you run away? Why do you not go to Ireland for a short while ?" "That will make it all the worse for you, Edward. You must do as I say. In a few days the warder of William will be here. I will do what I can to clear myself, but I fear me it is impossible." "Father," said Bertelda, "I will do as you say. It will be hard for me, and for mother also, but I will I" She moved quickly from the room. Her breath coming in gasps, she ran up the winding stairs to the battlements above, her heart a sea of rebellion. Reaching the top, she looked over the stone railing. The sea lay on the right, calm and gray under the pale winter moon-no mercy there. The road was on the left, over which Rollo, the Norman captain, had ridden away in the morning. How long it seemed! He had turned to wave to her as she stood on the battlements, her heart in her eyes. Why should life be so hard on a woman? Not far away, years ago, Guinevere had married a man she did not love, and Isolt had wedded Mark, whom she hated! Must she retravel that road? She had been so happy just yesterday under the ardent gaze of Rollo! She looked to the heavens for comfort. A bright star looked down on her distress-the Christmas star. It gave her courage. "Dear little child of Bethlehem," she prayed, "save my father and save me." But over the distant moor she heard a horn and saw the approach of Edryn and his men. The family consultation over, little Edward sought Jan, the jester, his comfort in all troubles. He found him in the pro- vision room, chewing reflectively on a slice of deer meat, thinking that he would soon have no deer to chew. "Jan," said the boy, his earnest blue eyes lifted to the jester's, "is there not some means of saving father?" "I fear not, little lord," answered Jan. "William is a cruel man, and his wrath will be great. Your father will be im- prisoned and this castle taken, and I, the poor Fool, will crack jokes no more." "J an, there must be some way. It is Christmas time. You and I must do something to save him, and so give us all a joyful Christmas. Let us go to London and see William. I will tell him to take me in place of father. We can slip away tonight." A look of cunning crept into the jester's eyes. "But how can we get away, fair son? The castle is so guarded that a bird could not escape from a loophole without being seen." 6 THE TOWER LIGHT Tears crept into Edward's eyes. "We must-" he began, and as he spoke a horn sounded above. "Oh, J an," he grasped the jester's arm, "It is Edryn. Father says Bertelda must marry him assoon as possible. She must not. She hates him!" The j ester turned his vacant eyes to the boy, and then to the stairs. "We will go," he said suddenly, "in Edryn's band. Little Lord, get you the uniform of a page, and get for me from the closet an old uniform of Oswin's which you will ind there. When Edryn leaves, wait for me at the portcullis. We will go with them under cover of darkness." So they laid their plans, and Edward went upstairs and spoke to Edryn, who stood stooping by the chimney, his watery blue eyes fixed on Bertelda. Then the boy went on to his mission. It was Christmas Eve in London, and the streets, if such the lane of mud could be called, were lined with revelers. What cared the serfs or free-lancers for a change of govern- ment, so long as they had their food and ale? Duke William would become the new king on Christmas Day, but every- thing would go on as before. T In the room above the street sat the future king, son of a duke and a tanner's daughter. It had been a hard day. There was so much business. Abbots and thanes had been in all day with petitions. He would receive no one else. There was too much to worry about. Take the case of Morgan of Cliffgate, that Cornish lord who had high-handedly killed one of his captains, just after professing loyalty. To the dungeon with such fellows! He strode to the window and looked down on the motley scene below. A jester stood on the doorstep of the next house, holding discourse, while soldiers, archers and serving men stood around him. Suddenly he heard a movement in the room and, turning, saw outlined against the dark curtain the iigure of a child, so beautiful that even William's rough heart appreciated the picture. The boy was dressed in a blue tunic, his golden hair fell over his shoulders and his wide blue eyes were fixed on William with a glance of entreaty. He held himself proudly erect, but his fingers twisted nervously. So might Galahad have looked in his childhood, or the Saxon boys in the market pkce ait Rome-the boys whom Gregory called not Angles, but ' nge s." "What want you here?" asked the duke, after a pause. b "Sire," replied the boy, his voice quivering, "I crave a. oon." "Put with it," said William, and waited anxiously for the rep y. H THE TOVVER LIGHT 7 "Sire, my father is Sir Morgan of Cliffgate. He killed one of your captains, but oh, sire, it was not his fault." Edward, seeing fWilliam's quick frown, went on and told the story, his voice trembling with earnestness. He told of his father, his frail mother and Bertelda, who was to be sacriiiced to save them, and all the while his pleading blue eyes were fixed on the duke. "Sire, do not imprison him. Keep me here, as a serf or a page, or imprison me, but let him go, for Mother and Bertelda and the serfs need him." William turned to the window impatiently. Why couldn't these people let him alone? "Where is your father, boy?" he asked sternly. "Did he flee." "No, sire, he is waiting for your wardersf' "Ta1ned, is he?" muttered William. "But no, he had to look out for his family. But I cannot pardon him. It will set a bad example. He must be imprisoned." But he looked at the boy again. "How came you here, child?" he asked. "Did your father send you ?" "Oh no, sire. Jan, the jester, and I, ran away to see you. Father knows not that I am here. I suppose," he added, his lips trembling, "I suppose Mother and Bertelda think I am dead somewhere." The courage of the boy struck William forcibly, then he thought of his own red-haired little son in distant Normandy, enjoying security and a joyous Christmas. This poor 1ad's father was condemned to the dungeon. But he would not pardon. The death of the captain must be atoned. ' The waits outside the Window were singing, their voices rising clear on the wintry air-. "As Joseph was a walkin' He heard the angels sing-." Little Edward's eyes filled with tears. There would be no Christmas for them, no holly and mistletoe, no gifts. "He neither shall be born In housen nor in hall But in a lowly manger-." The little' lord Christ, had been a child, just as this boy was, just as little red-haired William was. The waits moved on. Across the street the monks in the abbey were chanting: "Gloria in excelsis Deo !" "Glory to God in the Highest!" Peace on earth, good will to men!" 8 THE TOWER LIGHT William turned. Peace on earth! Well, why not? The foul fiend take war and death and imprisonment! Let the lad have his father, he would send young Rollo de Auvergne back to Cornwall as an escort for the boy. Rollo had been sus- pected of having a Cornish sweetheart. Now he would have a chance to see her again. He spoke aloud. "Lad," he said, "your father is forgiven. Get you back to Cornwall. Mayhap you will reach there to- morrow. And a joyous Yuletide be to you and yours." So Edward rode back that night with Rollo, whose heart beat high with joy and gratitude, and especially at the thought of seeing again the promise in the blue eyes of Bertelda. KATE CHEW, Senior 5A. what When, is a ignem? OETRY is a natural means of expression. Man uses words to express his concepts, his ideas and his feelings. When his thoughts and feelings are usual and normal his words fall into the ordinary prose form of language. But on the other hand, when the emotions are deep, intense and un- usual the prose becomes more and more impassioned, colorful and declamatory until there is feeling that this form will no longer sustain the force and weight of the thought and the other form of language-poetry-is employed as a vehicle of expression. T'his change occurs naturally when we feel that the loose, flexible prose-rhythm will not hold our meanings. We feel a need of restraint, the need of a s.terner, more rigorous discipline. And poetry offers more restriction, more control than does prose. A poem is a pattern of language. A pattern means a design. And design in its truest sense must possess sym- metry. We find many examples of perfect design in Nature: a snowflake, a spider's web and the coloring of a butterfly's wing. All of these are examples of symmetry. Examples of a harmonious relation of the several parts of a body to each other, a correspondence or similarity of form, dimen- sions, color or weight. And in every design just as surely as we find symmetry, just so surely do we find variety. If we had only the strict symmetry of the snowflake's de-sign the world would grow uninteresting to our eyes, life would be tiresome and tedious. Variety must enter and pull against a strict geometrical symmetry just as order pulls against 'N THE TOWER LIGHT 9 chaos, as health against disease and as love against law. There must be this conflict between the two before there is order or design. A balance must be maintained. Symmetry must not be sacrificed to variety or else the design will prove a failure 3 nor must variety be sacrificed by symmetry or else the same result will be evident. In all times poetry has been made by patterns-by de- signs. In them we find symmetry and variety, and, because these two qualities have been carefully fused, we find a pleas- ing quality -of balance created and maintained. Most people think that a poem must possess rhyme. In other words, they believe that a poem secures its symme-try through rhyme. Its variety may be secured by other means. This is not true, but it is true that most poetry written in the English language has found its symmetry of design in rhythm. The word "rhythm" comes from an old Greek root which means "to flow." We must think of rhythm as we think of the Waves of the sea rolling in on a long stretch of sand, as we think of the phases of the moon, the passing of the sea- sons and the regular pulsations of the heart. There are long, rolling, sonorous rhythms and there are quick, leaping, frisk- ing rhythms. We would not like a poem which gave us a picture of the ocean if it were written in a short nimble rhythm, nor would we enjoy reading of the antics of thistledown in the rhythm suggested by a dirge. The mood of the poem must grow with its corresponding rhythm in order to have unity. Chopin's funeral march and his delightful, whimsical Minute Waltz, are of entirely different rhythms because they repre- sent very different moods. In Alfred Noyes', The Highway- man one can hear the beat of the horse's hoofs. This is rgytdhm fitting the tune or mood of the poem. It is organic r y m. If most of our poetry has found its symmetry in rhythm, how have we secured variety? One way of overcoming the tedio-usness of unbroken rhythm is the use of rhyme. Rhyme breaks the rhythm, makes it more marked, more clearly de- fined. It groups together certain ebbing cadences or certain flowing cadences and marks their end with a pause. There may be "end rhymes"-that is, rhymes coming at the end of lines whether the lines be successive ones or separated by several other lines. Then too, there may be internal rhymes. A word within a line may rhyme with a word at the end of a line or with a word in the succeeding line. In addition to the use of rhyme and the use of various cadences there may be additional variety found in the use of 10 THE TOWER LIGHT symbols. The Bible is replete with superb symbolic language -true, forceful and beautiful: "Or .ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern." To change this to prose form and to state this fact: "A man is dead, his body is worn out, even so beautiful a bit of sculpture as a human 'body must crumble and disappear." -would be to state the whole quite unfeelingly. But in its original form it arrests the reader, reaches his heart and his mind. Symbols, like rhyme and rhythm, are not for mere decorative purposes. They, too, must be inherent in the poem. They must be since-re and organi.c. Carl Sandburg has given us a startling symbol in his little poem called "The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on." Here in six lines of simple words he has made us feel the s.ilence-the creeping silence of fog moving in from the lake and hovering over the city. Contrasts are always pleasant if not too harsh and bold. It is indeed difficult to come immediately from sublime beauty to utter ugliness. It requires strength and emotional energy to descend from a higher plane to a lower, just as it does to climb from a lower plane to a higher. One does not want to do this and indeed it is not necessary to do so. The contrasts which one's taste for variety demands may be found on the same plane as one's previous fare. One need not always listen to Beethoven. There are Bach and Tschaikowsky. But need one descend to Irving Berlin? When one tires of Edwin Arlington Robinson there is Amy Lowell and S-ara Teasdale. Surely there is no need to reach down to Edgar Guest! And so in poetry-when the poet desires to add color and light to his picture, when he 'desires to make his song more touch- ing, more effective and more dynamic he remains on the level of his creation and creates a contrasting sound, movement or color. In Stevenson's poem, "Christmas at Sea" we find a THE TOWER LIGHT 11 picture full of thrilling adventure, of joyful promise, of roving and of mirth-but-there comes the note of contrast: "All that I could think of in the darkness and the cold, Was just that I was leaving home and my folks were growing old." It is the touch of an artist and the touch is magical. In this manner have the great poets of all times fashioned their poems. With their sensitive eyes and ears, with their delicately strung emotions and their God-given gift of fee-ling the enchanting power of Words they have Woven their pat- terns. Like unto the maker o-f tapestries, the poet uses raw materials to give form to his patterns. His framework is the feeling or the idea he Wishes to convey, his Warp and Woof are Words, and in weaving his pattern he may use rhyme here and there instead of bits of gold threadg again a broken cadence may startle us pleasantly as do certain colors. used by the Weaverg an aptly chosen contrast may delight us as sharply as do certain effects in a Gobelin. Even though the poets of the past have used rhyme and rhythm, symbols and imagery, contrast and recurrence, We cannot s-ay that the poets of the present and the future Will find their materials and tools to be the same. New forms will undoubtedly come. We can only hope that they Will, and watch for them. It Woxald be sad indeed to feel that there could be but one artistic cre o. WILLIAM PHIPPS. Hein 12221195 2562. I On New Year's efue sometime ago, Outside the wind was howlin' We all were grouped around the fire, And lo, the dogs were growlini You see it was on New Year's eve, The bells had just stopped ringin'! A knock was heard upon the door, Now what could that be bringin'? My father opened wide the door, Outside a stranger stood. A cloak was gathered 'round his form, And on his head a hood. THE TOWER LIGHT "Now, welcome, sir," my father said, "Come in from out the cold. Come warm yourself before our fire, We will not think you bold." But when the stranger removed his cloak, We were all horror laden, For there before our very eyes, There was a tall, dark maiden. "I hope, dear folks," the woman said When she saw our stricken faces, "That you'll forgive me one and all, For impowng on your graces." "I know that it is bad, bad luck, For woman to come first, Upon the New Year's mornin' day, Even to quench her thirst." "But please believe me, my dear folk, I hope you will be paid, For taking me within your doors Me-just a lonely maid." And even though we were not pleased We did our best to- hide it, And made her stay within our doors, Happy-I will confide it. When next day, after she had left, And we were all a waitin' For something dreadful then to come And all our hearts be breakin'. A note, oh, it was brought right in, And father gazed upon it, His face did break into a smile And joy did overcome it. The Queen, her name, was signed to it, And bestowed on us her favor, For just the very night before Having been her saviour. ELIZABETH MCDOWELL, 28 151111133 zmh Mistletoe HRISTMASg snow and holly, Santa Claus, fat-filled stock- ings, mistletoe, trees and gardens. What an odd variety of thoughts that magic word "Christmas" calls to mind. Houses filled to overflowing, punch, cake and roast turkey we could easily add. Why does Christmas bring so many different ideas with it? From all nations and all times have we borrowed, begged and stolen our Christmas symbols. From France and Germany come the most of them. From England come some, but one dates back to Roman times. In the land of Italy, where the fragrance of summer is always present, the Romans cared for the dryads. Their homes were in the forest trees, and it was there that the Romans sought them out. One kiss from a dryad lifted ten years from the weight of a man's age, so very lucky was he who had a dryad for ia friend. The spirits were happy and kind to those who treated them well, and no home would they have but their huge trees, evergreen in the summerland of Italy. But when the German barbaric tribes overthrew the mighty Roman world the dryads did not Hee. Instead they waited for the Germans to iind them and be friendly. But the Germans were too kind. They carried some of the lovely maidens back to their own land with them, and gave them different forest homes. It was summer, and the elfin maidens did not grieve. But soon the wind blew colder, the leaves fell fluttering from the trees, the woods stood bare. The dryads were frightened and cold, this was no land of summerg it was an evil land. But the German people wanted the dryads to stay, so this is what they did. They went into the forest and picked the leaves of the trees which were still green and fresh. Holly they chose-for it was abundant- holly with its prickly, glossy leaves and brilliant berries. Then they decked their homes with the evergreens, making them a miniature woods and they invited the sylvan sprites to spend the winter in indoor holly forests. So, today we deck our homes with holly, mayhap hoping to entice 'a dryad to be our Christmas guest. C. HARN. 13 'Ellyn fbrigin nf the Gllpcisimas Urea HE origin of the Christmas tree is marked by many I legends and stories of the past. One of the legends is the converting of the German Tribes, worshippers of Thor, to Christianity. These primitive men had a "Thun- der Oak" under which they made human sacrifices.. St. Boniface planted a tree in the place of this oak and dedicated it to love and good deeds. As a young apostle's eye fell on the young fir tree which was standing straight and green with its top pointing to the stars, amid the ruins of a fallen oak, he said that this was a living tree with no stain of blood upon it and that it should be the sign for their new worship. He asked them to observe how its top pointed to the sky and said that they would call it the tree of the Christ Child. He said that they should have their feasts at home with laughter and love. He told them that the "Thunder Tree" had fallen and that even in years to come there would not be a home where the children would not gather around the fir tree and rejoice in Christ. It seems that many lands claim to have originated the custom of the lighted Christmas tree. It has long been used in Germany. A story is told of some German soldiers who gathered branches of trees, hung pieces of dry bread on them and led their horses up to the tree so that they might enjoy Christmas in the true fashion of the Fatherland. Another story of the origin of the lighted Christmas tree is., that Martin Lutherjon his way home one Christmas Eve, was filled with wonder at the beauty of the stars. When he arrived home he tried to tell his wife of the Christmas sky but because he was unable to do so adequately, he went out and brought in a fir tree. He lit some small candles and placed them in the branches of the tree as a symbol. "This," he said, "is like the Christmas skyg it is a Christmas tree." MAE ANGLE, Senior 4. , --l. AN ALUMNA'S MESSAGE How I wish I could share in the preparations for Christ- mas at school! I believe the Spirit of Christmas exists more strongly there than anywhere in the world. Good wishes for this joyous season. 14 The glfire what Qmnulh Hui Ewan HERE was great trouble in the white castle that stood at the top of the hill. The huge fire that had burned in he castle kitchen for years had suddenly gone out and the castle kitchen for years had suddenly gone out and no one seemed to be able to light it again. It was deep winter outside. The hill was white with snow, and the fountains in the castle garden looked like tall ladies dressed in white cloaks. From all the castle turrets there hung long icicles, and inside the castle, where the walls and the floor were made all of stone, it Was so cold that every one was blowing his fingers and saying that something must be done at once about starting the iire in the kitchen. It had been the warmest and the most useful fire in the castle, always bright and glowing and cheerful. It made the big kettle sing, and it cooked the food and painted pictures in the fireplace for the little prince, who always sat in front of it before he went to bed. Some said the fire needed a special kind of fuel to keep it burning, and others said it had gone out because it was such a hard, cold winter. Still others said that the castle folk made the castle too cold for any fire to burn. The king blew the bellows, the queen wrapped the little prince in a fur coat, and the cook piled on more logs, but still the ire would not burn. "Go down the hill road," the king at last commanded the court messenger, "and wherever you see a bright fire burning in one of the houses, go inside and ask for some coals to bring back to the castle. It may bethat we can light our ire in this Way!! , So the messenger, with a great iron lantern for holding the coals, started out in the bitter cold. "A light for the castle fire!" he called as he went. "Who will give me some coals with which to light the castle fire?" As the messenger went on his way, a great many people heard him and they all wanted to have a share in lighting the fire at the castle. Some thought that to do this would bring them riches. "Here are glowing coals for you," said Gerald, Whose father kept the fires, "and tell the king that we want as many gold pieces as there are lumps of coal in return, and some extra if he will add them." So the messenger put Gerald's red coals with the tongs inf side his lantern, and he started back to the castle. He had 15 16 THE TOWER LIGHT gone only a few steps when he saw that the coals had turned cold and gray, so he had to throw them beside the road and search further. A bright light shone from the iire in Gilda's house. Gilda's father was one of the king's guards and when he heard the messenger's call, "a light for the castle fire!" she opened the door and asked him to come in. "Fill your lantern with our coals," Gilda said, "and they will surely light the fire in the castle. Tell the king, though, that in return for the coals he must make my father captain of the guards." The messenger took the coals and started back to the castle. He had gone but a little way, though, when he saw that the coals from Gilda's fire were no longer burning, but had turned to gray ashes. So he emptied them out in the snow and went on down the hill. But his search was a hard one. So few of the coals that he was given would burn, and so few people wanted to give them freely. At last he came to a tiny house on a bleak side of the hill. The wind blew down through the old chimney, and the frost crept in through the cracks in the wall. The door opened at once when he knocked, though, and inside he found a little girl stirring porridge over a small fire. "A light for the castle fire?" she repeated when the mes- senger had told her what he wanted. "You may have as many coals as you like, although we have only a few large ones. I am my father's housewife and I tend this small fire so that the kitchen may be comfortable for him when he comes home from work. I am cooking his supper, too," she said. "But do you sit down and warm yourself, and have a bowl of warm supper before you start out in the cold again. Then you may have half our fire if the king needs it." The messenger did as the little girl bade him, and then he liftied one small, bright coal from the fire, and put it in his an ern. "It will never burn all the way back to the castle," he said to himself, but with each step the coal grew brighter. It cast pink shadows -on the snow as if the spring were sending wild roses up through the ground. It made the dark road in front ofthe messenger as bright as if the sun were shining, and it warmed him like the summer time. fWhen he came to the castle the coal still burned and glowed. As soon as he touched it to the gray logs in the fireplace they burst into flames, and the castle fire was kindled again. l THE TOWER LIGHT 17 They wondered why the new fire made the kettle sing so much more sweetly than it had ever sung before, and warmed the hearts of the castle folk so that they forgot to quarrel. At last, when they talked it over with the messenger they decided that it was because love had come from the cottage with the coal and was kindled and burning now in the castle fire. CAROLYN SHERWIN BAILEY. Revised by Mabel Morgan, Senior 4. The Night Before the Exam. The heartless clock chimes two, I nod my weary heady Although I'm not yet through It's past time for my bed. Winged M en The clouds and the birds are quietly waiting As a human bee leaps onward, upward Its agile frame vibrating- Cold heights to grasp Has ever m-an's aim been- At last to clasp The giddy rung-to realize-to win He emulates the bird An ancient aerial rival Upon whose pure domain He now has rudely blundere-d. Summer Love Fantasy The sun lowers his passionate glare- Coy but wan a sylph emerges 'Tis night-come with her white, sparkling flowers To link her radiance and our urges. It is raining. Look! Our handsome lake now boasts a freckled face. In The Park Below me winds the brown road, twisting like a contor- tionist. On its polished surface, far beneath, creep little ants. But these ants are peculiar. They run on wheels. The cocky blackbirds are strutting around-little professors wearing swallow-tails. A. STEIN. L glmnnnliglgi 1 The moon is reigning alone tonight, In her royal throne on high, The soft white clouds are veiling the stars As they float so silently by. 2 Whenever I see a night like this, My heart is thrill-ed with the sight Of the matchless beauty of heaven and earth, We view on a moonlit night. 3 Oh moon up there in the Heaven above, Your light is filling us still, With beautiful thoughts of lovely things, s Which the dross of life cannot kill. B ax g 5 Gray days, drear days, LORENA AIST. Days of restlessness and uneasiness, Wandering, pondering through a haze Of mental dilemna and thoughtfulness. Blue days, bright days, Days of joy and mirth, Glistening, shining, sunny rays, Greet the morning at its birth. Cold days, crisp days, Days of biting frost, Chasing, racing on 'til May In a world of beauty lost! ANN E. IVES S'l'. 8 Illeafxes 1 Out in the woods and forests, The autumn elves have played, And painted the leaves with their brushes, In red and golden arrayed. 2 The wind did carpet the woodland, With the brilliant autumn leaves, From the shades of red and yellow, And have left the bare, dark trees. 3 The winter will soon be coming, And the carpet will once more change, From the brilliant rich autumn colors, To the white and black of the range. 4 Soon will be gone the autumn, And with it the colors gay, The trees will be gray for the winter, As we travel upon our way. JANE LA MOTTE, Senior 7. Eflangly ZH fbff When the day is dark and dreary, Laugh it off! Laugh it of! When your heart is sad and weary, Laugh it off! Laugh it off! When the sky is dull and gray, Laugh it off! Laugh it off! When you cannot have your way, Laugh it of! Laugh it off! Life will always seem so sunny If you'll always take things funny, Laugh it of! Laugh it of! MARY CATHERINE WILSON. Junior 6 19 'iflpz Same QBID Qlhrisimas? " ,Twas the night before Christmas, Amt all through the house - Not a creature was stirring,- Not even a mouse." 1 UT bright and early on Christmas morning the whole family was astir, for were not we children awake at five o'clock? Christmas day was a gala occasion in our young lives,-the Utopia of a half year of regret that Christ- mas Was over, and a half year of joy because it was almost come again,-a day of perfect happiness and peace. How well I remember my Christmases! The first one that stands out more than dimly was my iifth celebration. Awak- ening at dawn, while the morning mists were still lifting, I startled my parents by yelling, "Christmas Gift,-I got you," in their ears. In dressing robes and slippers, we crept down- stairs, the baby in Mother's arms. Oh, oh! the beauty of that tree,-glittering, decked in colored balls and silver tissue, and standing in the center of a fairy garden. Fat, bulging stock- ings were hanging by the mantel, a dappled rocking horse, a doll,-lovely in real stockings and shoes,-a carriage, myster- iously wrapped packages and high-piled bundles for Daddy and Mother were heaped on chairs and sofas. We were almost too excited to unwrap our gifts. And what fun it was to carry the gifts to people for whom they were intended,- to linger at each house to see the garden and tree, to Watch the trains run and the fountains play. On Christmas night, happily weary, I would sit on my mother's knee clasping my most treasured gift in my arms,- while she again read to me the Christmas story. Maybe a chapter or two of a favorite story book would follow, but the Christmas story came first, To be away from home on Christmas night was something too far from our thoughts to be mentioned. There is another Christmas of my childhood that I cannot forget. It was a snow Christmas. Ice glittered on the trees and lawns, making the world seem like a sun palace, lit with a hundred prisms. My brother and I were awakened while the world was dark. We collided in the hall, each on his way to see the other. Dad and Mother were not to be found. We called,-but awed, we stopped. Clear and soft came a woman's voice, singing. I can still picture our wondering, childish faces, and tousled heads, leaning far over the banister. Clearer 20 ' THE TOWER LIGHT 21 and sweeter came the music,-shivers of delight ran up and down our spines, as we stole into the "Christmas room." Of course we found our first victrola there, the record was "Silent N ight." But it was more than a record to us. Funny, that a mere victrola could have produced such an effect? Wasn't it the Christmas spirit, the Christmas story fresh in our minds, the carol singing the night before, that made the music so unreal? I think it was. Anyway, I'1l always feel the same delightful thrill whenever I hear that record, and I am silly enough to play it every Christmas morning as We first descend the steps. . But Christmas is changing. No longer does it have that undefmable sense of awe and hilarious joy that it used to have. For the children, Santa Claus comes, the stockings are Iilled, the trees are more lovely than ever, the gardens more perfect in detail, but somehow my Christmas has lost some of its thrill. Perhaps it is because we are no longer children, but whatever the reason, I miss that Christmasy feel- ing." Now, on Christmas morning, our whole family sleeps un- til eight o'clock at least, sometimes we even have breakfast be- fore we unwrap our gifts. We still do play "Silent Night" on Christmas morning. But something is missing. Last Christmas night I went to the theatre,-it was the first Christ- mas night I had ever been away from home. Of course we have a tree, tall and lovely, sending forth a hundred different tints when lighted, but the garden, formerly the pride of our hearts, no longer is there. There are no knobby stockings. Santa's symbols. It is all as it should be, we can't help "growing up," but what a difference a few years can make! CHARLOTTE HARN. 1' VAA' ,' . N0 1' . ' I , 1 my Win' rf" Io Published monthly by the students of the Maryland State Normal School at Towson Stndent Editors Chief ELEANORA BOWLING CHARLOTTE HARN LOUISE STALEY HOWARD FLOOK Okes Literary Reporter Literary Reporter JULIA CRUMM WILLIAM BADER CARROLL RANKIN Ar ABRAHAM STEIN Circulation Manager HOWARD FLOOR l Business Manager Typing S tal? SIDNEY CHERNAK VIOLA Hof-TER - CATHERINE E ROHR Ad7J87'l1,S'l1'lg MGMGQEVS ETTA CLUSTER ANN IvEs CARROLL RANKIN MARCIA ELLIOTT EMMA LEE JEANETTE NOVECK Price,'-One Dollar Fifty Cents per Y ear. V Single Copies, Twenty Cents. Tl-IE TQWER LIGHT I Associate Social Reporter J Athletic Reporter J, J . , . I Y , t. 1 , Three wishes glint Qlhriztmas IN the spirit of the old fairy tales, my Christmas Wishes for you are three in number. Each Wish is born of a Christ- mas experience Which you have given me. First, I Wish for you many experiences as quaint in melody, as rich in color, and as picturesque in setting as Was The Twelve Days of Christmas which you gave two years ago. My second Wish Would bring you the good fellowship, the cheer, the humor and the revelry of the Old English Christmas of last year. My third Wish would bring you the moments of exalta- tion such as Were felt by those Who saw you in silhouette circled around the lighted Christmas tree on the campus and heard your carols in the night. My Wishes for you are in terms of experience. The first is for beauty of color, form, and soundg the second is for joy inf human relationsg and the third is for a satisfying inner 1 e. AGNES SNYDEIR. 22 0511 ffthrisimaz--glitz gpirii AGAIN it has come-that happy season when man looks upon man With eyes of honest good-fellowship, When there is that in the atmosphere Which causes us to Wonder that We should ever have considered this any but the finest of Worlds, When men, Women and little children feel Welling Within them the desire to do good, and are possessed by a per- fect peaceg When every living thing, each shrub, each tree, each rock, the very earth itself, seems to beam benignly and to literally exude that Which We have called the Spirit of Christmas. This spirit cannot be described or definedg it must be experienced. Unhappy indeed are they Who have never experienced this feeling, for, since it reaches to even the very loWest stratum of life, and gives testimony of its existence to the most pov- erty-stricken and wretched, those Whom it has never affected must be utterly -base, men Who can scarcely be dignified as human beings, Who are entirely miserable, although this fact may sometimes be altogether unsuspected by themselves, Who exist in vain, throughout their lives ustagnating in the Weeds of sloth." Pitiable figures also are those Who, through some private care or secret grief, are unable to appreciate to the fullest the pleasures of Christmas. To them should go sympathy in its highest form, for suffering such as theirs, which can so appreciably affect them, must have included in it something of the sublime. In all save mem-bers of those classes mentioned, the Christ- mas spirit is beautifully evident. Read it, all Who Will, in the faces of those Who throng the shopping section in the days immediately preceding the opening of the holiday season. Search, in vain, for the strained looks Wrought by hurry and Worry Which Would, at any other period of the year, in a like situation, be present upon practically every countenance. Listen, as fruitlessly, for the muttered curses, the ill-tempered utterances Which you could not but hear at any other time. Or, if perchance you are met With malevolent glares or snarled anathemas from any of those against Whom you jostle, mark those persons Well, and beWare of them, for, if they are not pickpockets, they almost certainly belong to some even more vicious class of criminals. , Those men came closest to expressing the Christmas spirit Who composed the old Christmas carols. When the difficulty of putting thoughts into Words is considered, and the far 23 24 ' H THE TOWER LIGHT greater difficulty of reflecting an atmosphere, the achieve- ments of these old masters assumes tremendous proportions, and it becomes scarcely credible that they, or any men, un- aided, should have been able to accomplish what they did. Indeed, the Divine assistance which was so evidently theirs in performing their great work, forms, in our opinion, one of the strongest arguments and best reasons for the belief -in the Divine nature of their subject. WILLIAM A. BADER. Urnuhahnurs I HE term "troubadours" was given to authors of lyrical poetry in France, Italy, and Spain, during the- period from the ninth to the twelfth centuries. In those days people lived in sparsely populated communi- ties with no means of close contact or communication. News- papers and magazines were unheard of and books were rare. Feudalism reigned, and the most attractive rendezvous was among the lords, ladies, and knights of the castles. The lord of the castle, followed by his knights, rode valiantly forth, clad in armor and carrying spears, to do mighty deeds. The ladies, dressed in rich robes of velvets and silks, led a life of leisure within the castle walls. The troubadours, often knights themselves of lower rank, composed lyrics of love and war' and wandered about from castle to castle, singing the ne-ws to the inmates of these isolated dwellings. They were almost sure of a hearty wel- come, and, if their song pleased, of a generous reward from the lord of the castle. Here we find that one of the characteristics of the trouba- dours was shrewdness. He knew that his success depended upon the nature of his song and so it was made up of praise for the lord, flattery for the lady, or condemnation of their enemies. Sometimes the troubadours could not sing. In such cases they hired accompanists who sang for them and sometimes played upon some instrument such as a guitar or harp. These accompanists were called j ounglers, often performing acro- batic stunts or having with them trained donkeys, bears or monkeys. In Spain the troubadours dressed more gaily and pictur- esquely than in the other countries. They -often provided music and entertainment for the people at bull fights before the performance started. IlContinued on page 4011 SCHOOL NOTES THE HONOR SOCIETY The Chi Alpha Sigma is the honor society of our Normal School. It was organized in 1924 and now has an enrollment of sixty-seven, including alumni and student members. Stu- dents are eligible, who at the end of the third term, stand high in scholarship, character and achievement. The first regular meeting of the year was held on the eve- ning of November eleventh at the Chimney Corner Tea House. The "Cellar" gave just the right atmosphere to make the dinner most appetizing and enjoyable. Dr. L. Wardlow Miles, professor of English at Johns Hopkins University, gave an interesting and instructive talk on, "The Effect the Great War had on Literature." The Chi Alpha Sigma will continue Working on the county history project.' Reports from several counties are completed and have been given to Miss Van Bibber for editing. It is hoped that teachers interested in stressing the history of their counties will lind this material helpful. Plans have been made for assembly programs to be given in December, February and April. IRENE ANDREWS, Senior 4. T lx A X X "YE OLDE ENGLISH DINNER" The Seniors will remember with the greatest of pleasure, Ye Olde English Dinner that was held in Newell Hall last year. This year, on the night of December 21st, we are going to observe the same old English customs as We did last year. There will be the Yule Log, the Christmas procession, the Boar's Head, the presentation of gifts to the servants, the Christmas play after Dinner and the Carol Singing. It will be on the same general plan as last year with several addi- tional features. We are sure that the Juniors and all those Who were not with us last year, will come to love, as we have, our Wonderful Olde English Dinner. 25 26 THE TOWER LIGHT Y. W. C. A. BAZAAR On the afternoons of December, the first and second, the Christmas spirit could have been found in a certain room in the Administration Building where the annual Y. W. C. A. Bazaar was going on. It could have -been found wrapped snugly in queer little painted boxes from Japan, smiling forth from gaily decorated Christmas cards, peeking out of tiny corsages of candy, or sitting on top of tall, stately candle-sticks There were many who went there seeking the Christmas spirit -yes, and finding it too, for, when people came out they had odd, queer-shaped, mysterious bundles under their arms. Do you not think that they had found it? At least, I'm sure Santa Clausdid and wants to thank the Y. W. C. A. for help- ing im! Frederick, Md. November 13, 1927. SELECTION FROM LETTER OF KATHERINE GIBSON Our library grows more and more interesting. It has many possibilities if only some of us had the time to spend there. I am there three periods a week-the only ones that I am not teaching classes. During one of those periods, a class comes up to take out books to read. I never supposed I would get to the point where I could check out forty books in as many minutes! We have bought almost a hundred dollars worth of new books-some that I am as anxious to read as the children are. Our reference shelf is fairly extensive and the children are really learning to make use of it. My own class gave a page- ant in Assembly last week, in which children from many lands and from various periods in history, came to tell of their schools. As the children themselves planned what they would say and how they would dress, you can see how much they used their library. It was great fun! When you have time, please write of yourself and of the doings at Normal. I suppose there is already talk of Christ- mas. I said the other day that I was already getting excited about Christmas, and Margaret unkindly remarked, "Do let's get over Thanksgiving first !" Sincerely KATHERINE GIBSON, '24 CALENDAR OF EVENTS THE TOWER LIGHT 27 JUNIORS ENTERTAIN THE SENIORS It Was a very solemn meeting that gathered in the Auditor- ium on November 21st, three o'clock. Yes, a very solemn meeting! The Juniors were going to try the most honorable Seniors for offenses they had committed While enforcing the "Juniors' Bill of Rights !" Indeed the occasion called for deep consideration. There Was a silence, then Mr. Hackman, the most honor- able judge, arose. At his command, one by one the culprits Were brought forward. And then, the humiliation! But Where is there a Senior of the Class of 1928 Who Would shirk when called up before a judge. There is not one! So after penalties had all been paid there came the nicest surprise of all-a big, red, juicy, candied apple. We all gave a vote of thanks to the Juniors for being such good sports and We hope they get as lively a Junior class to take care of next year. Dec Dec 20--Tuesday Glee Club and Chorus, Christmas Program 21-Wednesday . Elementary School Program Ye Olde English Dinner Jan. 6--Friday Literary Societies Jan. 7-Saturday Inter-Sorority Dance Jan. 10-Tuesday Te Pa Chi Meeting Jan. 13-Friday Founders' Day Jan 14-Saturday School Dance Jan. 16-Monday Principal's Tea Jan 20--Friday Jan Jan Jan. Jan Jan. Literary Societies 21-Saturday Delta Beta Delta Subscription Dance 23-Monday-Principal's Tea 27-Friday Student Cooperative Government Assembly 28-Saturday-Sigma Alpha Dance 30-Monday-Principal's Tea 28 THE TOWER LIGHT THE WORK OF THE DAY STUDENT COUNCIL The Day Student Council has been doing its best throughout the fall term to improve all situations in the school relative to the day students, In order to do this, several committees have been appointed, and have accomplished these things: The rest rooms have been kept in an orderly condition, the hall committee has caused the noise in the corridors to be lessened, the street car committee has accepted constructive suggestions from the students and has tried to solve committees' problems by hav- ing conferences with representatives from the United Rail- ways. There is a committee from each class whose duty it is to secure the cooperation of our students with those of Montebello in carrying out the rules and regulations of the Montebello School. Last, but not least, we have a lunchroom committee whose efforts have been indefatigable in promoting a home-like appearance in the lunchroom. The monthly birth- day parties have been delightful social affairs and appreciated by both faculty and students. In these various ways the Day Student Council has served us competently. HOME-COMING DANCE The Home-coming Dance held in the Auditorium on the night of November 12, was one of the largest affairs we have held this year. More than the expected number of Alumni were back and everywhere was merriment. The dance floor was crowded and even the corridors were full of life. As this was also a regular monthly dance all of the students were per- mitted to attend. The girls-how dainty and pretty they looked! The boys--how handsome and happy! Everyone en- joyed himself to the utmost--because who wouldn't with all of the old Seniors back to revive memories of last year's dances and all the new Juniors present to foretell the wonderful dances still to come. We all sincerely hope that the monthly dance for December, which is on the tenth, will be just as great a success! ATHLETICS GIRLS' ATHLETIC NOTES On November 22, 1927, the second Senior-Junior hockey game was played. The seniors were victorious, Winning by the score of 2 to 1. The Juniors had good team work and put up a good fight throughout the game. The outstanding players for the Juniors were E. Weinbach, M. Dick, and F. Wilderson, while E. Bennett, E. Jones and M. Elliott starred for the Seniors. Team Line Up Seniors Juniors H. Laird .......... ..... R . W. ......... M. Dick fCapt.l G. Grammar ............. R. I. ..... ...... E . Weinbach E. Bennett fCapt.J ........ C. F. .... A. Wilderson K. Mowbray ....... ..... L . I. ..... .... A . Shepherd Preston ......... ..... L . W. . . ..... D. White M. Elliott . . . .... R. H. .... . . . Givinnes E. Jones . . . ..... C. H. .... . . . A. Dobson G. Emerine .... ..... L . H. .... . . . Celustka M. Medinger . . . ..... F. F. .... . . R. Ensor 5 E E. 5 v-s if' 77 5 5 v-1 H. Hutzler ................ G .................. A. Heller Substitutes: IQ. Wheeler for M. Muller Referees: Miss Roach and Miss Sammis BASKETBALL NOTES With the termination of the Soccer season close at hand, our newly acquired coach has issued a call for basketball candi- dates. It was deemed advisable for him to get the court- men out early in view of the heavy schedule that has been arranged. In answer to his call, about fifteen men have donned uniforms with the hope of convincing their mentor that talent in basketball is not scarce in our school. To date, the cagers have not been sent through any scrim- mages, the coach being of the opinion that fundamentals are imperative to a successful team. "Skull practice" has been called both days this week and from all indications it seems that there is a bit still to be learned in this line of endeavor. A 29 30 THE TOWER LIGHT While the instruction has been of the lecture variety, most of the victims have managed to survive what they thought to be an unbearable ordeal. As previously stated, our manager through his untiring efforts has provided a commendable program. The writer is inclined to believe that plenty of action will be afforded ,all those who attend the games. In view of this we urge all the situgent body to be on hand to support and enco-urage our c u . QQ, ,y,,, 92 019112 nf 'Gl n C4HHiIIiun Last night as I rode in my flivfver And thought of the tires on the wheels, I counted up all of my blowouts And can tell you, I know how it feels. Would my brakes be able to hold me If I should stall on a hill,' I wondered if I could use water To cut down the gasoline bill. One day I started for New York, To see the bright lights of that town, And 'though I had to push up hill, You can b-et that I always rode down. I managed to get up to Jersey But there the old flifvyer did stop Right where a sign said, "No Parking." And of course I was pinched by a "cop," So then I so-ld that fool flifvver And made a good bargain l'd say, For I only had to give five dollars To the junk man to take it away: They tell of another new FLIVVER That's clue to come out some fine day, But it seems that before we shall see it We all will be aged and gray. MARY MATTHEWS, '28. l JoKEs 11 Too Warm For Summer Editor-"You have made your hero too hotheaded, I am afraid." Writer-"What do you mean ?" Editor-"He has a lantern jaw to begin with, and his whole face is lit up. His cheeks flamed, he gave a burning glance and then blazing with wrath and boiling with rage, he administered a scorching rebuke." On File In The Linen Closet d "Vilhat was the name of the hotel you stopped at in Denver, ear ." "Oh, I can't remember the name. Just a second and I'll look through my towels." -Tammey Cat. Fair Helen That Helen is artistic I know when we embrace 3 She has a taste for painting I see it in her face. -N. Y. Medley. Junior to classmate--"Gee, but I can't stand Ed. Measures." Classmate responding-"Why did you have a date with him ?" Saturday Night A A group of Junior girls were out strolling Sunday afternoon with their best B. friends when they suddenly came upon an object sitting upon a fence. One of them, after advancing the theory that it was just an old bunch of socks, began in- vestigating only to find two well known lovers of our student body. The surprise cannot be estimated. A Necessary Accessory "Good morning sir. Does anyone in your family happen to play the piano?" "Yes, confound it, my daughter." "Then I have the very attachment you need for it." "What is it?" "A lock and key." -Reserve R-ed Cat. 31 32 I THE TOWER LIGHT Sonny-"Mommer, Papa wouldn't murder anybody, would he ?" Mommer-"Why certainly not child, why do you ask ?" Sonny-"Well, I just heard him -down in the cellar saying, 'let's kill the other two, George! " Who's Speaking? Speaking of marriage, the guy who coined the world "altar" must have been an Englishman who dropped his "h's." -Pennsylvania Punch Bowl. The Question of the Hour If it were not for college men's clothes, what would the circus clowns copy? -Wesminstrel. The Original Charleston "Gosh, Jim! Where did you learn to Charleston so won- derfully ?" "Who, me? I crossed Fifth Avenue when the red light was on!" -N. Y. Medley. Just One Advantage Sometimes the only thing a man gets out of college is himself. -Minn. SkifU-Mah. A Smashing Job "Do you think autos are ruining the younger generation?" "No, I think the younger generation is ruining autos." -N. Y. Medley. True Enough Prof-"When was Rome built?" Student-"At night." Prof-"Where did you get that answer?" Student-"Well, Rome was-n't built in a day." -Stevens Stone Mill. He's The Agonizer "What is an organizer?" "Aw, he's the guy that makes music in church." -West Point Pointer. To the Ladies She-"What did Shakespeare mean when he said 'the evil men do lives after them.' " He-"You must remember, dear, that statistics show that most men -die before their wives." -Reserve Red Cat. ' Hickville Tourist-"About what is the population of this place ?" Native-"About the post office." -Webfoot. The Big Friendly Store of Baltimore Our Service Motto: Honest, Prompt, Courteous, Complete STEwARTafof. THIS IS T HE STORE OF YOUTH Styles for the Miss who would pass the Student Board of Style Examiners 'llie l" "t Hub BALTIMORE, CHARLES and FAYETTB SMART APPAREL For the College Girl and the pleasure of receiving courteous service amid spacious surroundings. HUTZLEK BIQTHERS GE KAUFMAN PACKING Co. UNION STOCK YARDS BALTIMORE, MD. Hocnscl-1n.D.Ko1m 8cCo. Where Well-Dressed College Girls Buy Their Apparel Samuel Kirk 25 Son Incorporated AMERICKS OLDEST SILVERSMITHS Founded 1815 421 NORTH CHARLES STREET BALTIMORE, MD. Diamonds A Pearls Watches Silverware THE LINDEN EDGAR DE MOSS 39 York Road at Linden Terrace Towson, Md. CONFECTIONERY, CIGARS AND CIGARETTES LIGHT LUNCH Visit Our Ice Cream Parlor Towson 372-J 34 THE TOWER LIGHT BITS OF WISDOM Be generous. Some men are so mean they would test the milk of human kindness for its percentage of butter fat. -Personality Magazine. In the place where there is not a man, be thou a man. -Hillel. There is no reply to a stupid question. Be moderate in all things. To read without reflecting, is like eating without digesting. -Edmund Burke. Make yourself an honest man and then you are sure that there is one less rascal in the world. -Thomas Carlyle. Persecuted races may thank their persecutors for the qual- ity of endurance they helped to develop. -J. J. . The anxiety of some people to make new friends is so intense that they never have old ones. -J. J. Guilt has very quick ears for an accusation. -Fielding. "Genius" is slumbering within every soul, but it takes a lot of pushing to awaken him. Be wary of trying to undermine the ability of others.. n You may only succeed in exposing your own inability. Criticism is a two edged sword. ' -The Supplement. He who respects others is constantly respected by them. -M eucius. The gift of luck should always be below the care of a wise man. , -Johnson. A bad man is far less dangerous than a cunning man. Akbroken promise may be healed but it always shows a. crac . Ambition plus application yields achievement. To produce results, a garden must be cultivated. So must happiness. ' Curse of Adam "Has he a profession?" "No, I understand he works." -Notre Dame Juggler. 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CHARLES ST. at LEXINGTON The MISSES' SHOPS AND JUNIOR SHOP Provide for Every College Need STERLING LIGHTING INCORPORATED Lighting Fixtures Distinctive Lamps and Shades Exclusive-Not Expensive 403 NORTH CHARLES STREET BALTIMORE, MD. 36 THE TOWER LIGHT SHAMUFS McGRAW SAYS : The latest song out is entitled "S'Weep no more my ladies, use vacuum cleaners instead." Teacher-"Were you laughing at me?" Class-"No sir." Teacher-"Well, what else is there funny in this room ?" It takes 47 muscles to frown, but only 13 to smile. Irate business man-"You book agents make me so angry with your confounded nerve and impudence that I cannot find words to express my feelings." Agent-"Then I'm the man you Want. I am selling dic- tionariesf' Henry Ford may make another Lincoln, but no one can make another Washington. The other night I went to the theatre, it was the last scene in the last act and the hero cried in a mad frenzy, "give me bread! give me bread!" And the curtain came down with a roll. A man complained to a teacher about the children Walking on the fresh cement of his sidewalk. Teacher-"I thought you liked children." Man-"I do in the abstract but not in the concrete. A boy told his mother there was a blind man at the door. His mother replies, "tell him I don't Want any." CBetter read this over!! 77 By V. L. SHEPHERD I f you can keep your hair when all about you Are shearing theirs and wanting you to, too, I f you can hold your tongue when others mock you, But make allowances for their mocking, too,' I f you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To keep your hair long, after theirs gone, And hold on to it when therels nothing in you Except the will which says to you, "Hold on!" I f you can talk with crowds and keep your locks too, Or with with "Sheiks"-nor lose your common senseg I f neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If women dub you "freak" in self-defenseg I f you can smile with not a hat to fit you, If you can sigh, but never shed a tear, Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And-which is more-you'll be a lady, dear. THE HERGENRATHER DRUG GU. Prescription Druggists Headquarters for School Supplies, Kodalcs, Films, Stationery anci Sporting Goods. Greet- ing Cards for all occassions. Agents for Waterman's Ideal Fountain Pens, Whitman's Delicious Chocolates and Bon-Bons. Victrolas and Records THE STEBBINS-ANDERSON COAL 8: LUMBER CO. Dealers in Coal, Lumber, Hardware, Builders' Supplies Towson, Md. Riderwood, Md GEORGE H. STIEBER Table Delicacies Select Meats, Fancy Groceries Telephones: Towson 361 and 251 TOWSON, MD. MASON'S GARAGE York Road and Willow Avenue TOWSON, Md. Willys - Knight and Overland Sales and Service. 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The Child--"Mother, I'd rather pay the fare and keep my age to myself." -Hainorist fLonclonJ Son--Say, paw, the teacher asked me to find the greatest common divisor. Paw-Great heavens is that thing still lost? The teacher had me hunting for it when I Was a kid. At the Photographex-'s ll Have I the pleasant expression you require ?" Perfectly, sir." Then shoot quickg it hurts my face." U --Oregon Orange Owl. ll GC "Who's that man ?" He's a Rotarianf' He doesn't look like a foreigner." -West Point Pointer. ll CC Good Kindling "It is said that paper can be used effectively in keeping a person Warm." "Yes, I remember a thirty day note once kept me in a sweat for a month." -Christian Evangelist. Dulaney-Vernay CO. 337-39-41 N. Charles St. Baltimore, Md. WEDDING INVITATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS SOCIAL STATIONERY Your Patronage Solicited Phone--VEruOn 4 9 6 6 YORK ROAD GARAGE TOWSON, MD. M. L. 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'GI 2 mufnrzr lfliglqi gllllarglzxnh Stain Hanna! Snhunl at 'dlnfusnn Glnfnsnn, Emir, fllnnienta Y Problems, Miss Frazee . . The Twist, A. Stein .... . . ......... . . As I Go on My Way, Poem, Strickland Gillilan Pyramus and Thisbe,bPoem, F. E. Old .... The Earl in the Dragon's Skin, E. Bowling .... The Old English Christmas, Helen Stapleton. . . Publicity, W. Badefr . . Editorials ......... Athletics, H. F look .... Jokes . . . '51 2 'ilnfner Tight Vol. I January, 1928 No. 4 PROBLEMS Miss LAURA FRAZEB, Assistant Superintendent in charge of Primary Grades and Kindergartens, Baltimore Public Schools N the elementary school one seemed to find them largely in the arith' metic lesson. In the primary grades they began with, "If Jack had seven marbles and Harry had three"-while further along came the diliiculties of fractions and square measure and compound interest. They became even more problematic in the algebra and geometry of the high school: ' , But gradually one began to realize that not all problems 'are math' ematicalg that the unknown quantity may be social, or moral, for educaf tional and that it is to be sought not with pencil and rule but in the feelings and purposes of the people about us. In the Normal School, with one's horizon suddenly widening, and one's sense of responsibility deepening, problems press from every quarter. They still carry a cur' ious suggestion of values which borders on the mathematical, but their significance is personal and social. What is the common denominator of all these courses, professional and professionalized which make up the two years' work? VV'hat does it profit a student if he gain the whole extrafcurricular world and lose his nervous poise, or if he reach the height of social preferment and forfeit his inmost sincerity? What is the summum bonum among all the good things which enter into one"s preparation to become a master in the kingdom of childflife? To some, approaching the period ofpractice teaching, or the first independent teaching assignment, the pseudofproblem of "discipline" looms darkly ahead. Some, after years of teaching, still think the dragon real and give daily battle, while hungry children wait for bread. But to him who has eyes to see, gradually the problem in education clears and takes form. That problem is the child himself, alive and moving through the midst of all our plans and imaginings concerning him. No other problem in human life can equal this one in the challenge of its appeal. No other can match it in the recompense it brings to those who contribute to its solution. No other means so much in bringing human' ity to the measure of a man. i g 3 5 The Twist S they came from the house, the chimes of the ivyfbedecked church across the street pealed five times. The lamp posts, like mute sentinels, stretching row after row down the street, began to spread light in tremulous yellow flickers, as though they were saluting the appearance of the two boys. ' "Isn't that an appealing sight, Martin?" asked Lem. "Oh, you're always thinking of the artistic side!" laughed Martin. Lem Gossett and his friend stood at the door of the former's home. They were loath to leave it. A monotonous drizzle, which had persisted all afternoon, was now over. It left the air unpleasantly chilled and the pavements glistening. The boys buttoned their topcoats in a de- termined manner, pulled the flapping brims of their gray felt hats more firmly over their brows, and slowly descended the white, dripping wooden step. Factory whistles began to shriek raucously. Almost immediately after, crowds of people poured into the streets. Some of them, mostly young girls, chattered gaily among themselves, but the great majority of workers were silent as they made their way home. To avoid this everfgrowing mass of workers, the two boys turned west, toward one of the residential sections of the city. Here the streets were comparatively free from tramc and one could walk' much faster. Lem and his companion strode rapidly along till they came to Spearman's tailor shop, with its prominent bay windows. There was no display of iinelyftailored suits here as in the upftown shops. In fact, Spearman was fanatically dead set against advertising. He was a plodding oldftimer who was known for his excellent tailoring, moderate prices, and uncanny ability to mind his own business. If you had a longfsuppressed tale of woe or a secret which kept burning your tongue, you would naturally go to cool it off at "father" Spearman's. In such matters he was as close as your skin. Perhaps that explained his aversion to advertising. The low door of the shop was partly open. The boys entered and as they did so, a little brass bell, which was attached by a bent strip of tin to the top of the door, tinkled hysterically. A very fat little boy, about ten years old, came running in. "Pa ain't home right now!" he shouted, "but he'll be here soon." "Very well, then, we'll wait," said Lem. The boy nodded his curly head and withdrew to a room in the rear of the store. Selecting a magazine from the heap of papers under one of the tables, Lem sat down beside his friend, Martin, and proceeded to turn the pages carelessly. The front page of the magazine fairly bristled with advertisements. Lem hurried through these with hardly a glance, until his eyes met the following announcement: 4. 'THE TOWER LIGHT 5 b.154I " I 4 ssooaoo CONTEST I COPY THIS PICTURE I 1 bv AND il "'L WIN A BIG PRIZE . . . . . . . . .Correspondence School of Illustrating. Xa- 3 rifmg ,,., f 1 I jg asia: .m 3 "Hin-looks rather interesting," Lem said to hmaself. He was speak' ing aloud but was unconscious of the fact. Martin raised his head from the paper he was reading and also looked at the announcement. "Right you are," he acknowledged, "pretty nifty, to say the least." "O, I don't mean the girl," said Lem. "You always get me wrong. I was thinking of the contest." Feeling rather hurt at such a rebuff, Martin retaliated by daring Lem to copy the picture. "You couldn't draw it right in a year," he sneered. Lem knew he could easily copy the picture, because from his early child' hood days, drawing fascinated him, and he had practiced enough at it to impress those about him with his talent. Martin had spoken in an angry tone, realizing at the same time, however, that his dare would not frighten his friend. But Lem now felt bound to enter the contest lured on by the challenge and the prizes. After he left Spearman's shop that night, Lem hurried home. He gulped down the evening meal in haste and ran upstairs to his den. Placing the picture of the girl before him, he nnmediately became ab' sorbed in his work. Two hours elapsed before he felt satisfied with the result. He then cleared his desk, carefully inserted the drawing in a large envelope, and mailed it. For about a week afterward he found it difficult to apply himself to work or to sleep well. He was continually thinking of what he had done. Ht times a wave of depression would surge over him and he felt abashed to think that he ever had the temerity to send his drawing. At other moments he would naively surrender reason to fantasy and dayfdream about his probable success. Of course he was disappointed in his expectations. Nothing came of them but a letter which tried to console and at the same time sell him a course in drawing. One would be led to suppose that after such a cool reception, Lem would beyond doubt absolutely refuse to listen to any sales proposal in connection with a correspondence course. But mankind seems, somef how, to consider experience the better teacher. It was a decidedly idealistic Lem, therefore, who one sunny afternoon was talked into buy' ing the course of the Correspondence School of Illustrating. The conf fldential, smoothftongued representative nonchalantly stuffed Lem's first 6 THE TOWER LIGHT payment for drawing equipment into his wallet and departed smiling. Imagine, the worthy salesman's surprise, however, when three weeks later, the young hopeful walked into his oilice with a large, bulky pack' age. He blandly waved him to a chair. "Sit down. Sit down. Well, Mr. Gossett, how are your lessons coming along?" I "Why, er-er to tell the truth, they're not coming along at all. You see, I can't continue with the work any longer-" , "Indeed! What's the trouble? Are you finding the lessons too hard?" "Yes, in a way. My eyes are very weak and the doctor warned me against doing much close work." "Uh, I see. Your eyes-hm--now listen, Mr. Gossett, you shouldn't let a small thing like that bother you. We are not compelling you to overwork your eyes, are we? In fact, we Want you to take your time and get your lessons done right. So don't worry about your eyes-just keep on plugging along and everything will be fine." He clapped Lem briskly on the back and started toward the door, as a hint that the matter was settled. "This won't do at all!" thought Lem. He shook off the man's hand and stammered: 'Tm sorry, s-sir, that I have to quit the course, b--but there is really no help for it. Here are your drawing materials. Won't you please let me have my deposit back again?" "Oh, no," growled the representative. "Can't be done. I personally cannot return you any money. But I'll tell you what you might do. Write to the main office." Seeing that he could make no headway, Lem left the oilice, very much downcast and disgusted. To anyone who had known Lem a long time, his sudden change in behavior was no mystery. It was evidently not the 'first time he had acted in that peculiar fashion. For Lem Gossett happened to be at that bewildering stage when the mind simply cannot harbor a steadfast resof lution and continually veers in all directions. Especially is this the case when the individual is of a nervous character, impetuous, selffconscious, and seventeen. Lem deserved pity, therefore, more than condemnation. You just could not find it in your heart to blame him, even if his nature was vacillating, his knowledge meager, and his philosophy of life dis' torted. He was always smiling and always in for advancement, just like a blind puppy trying to climb to the top of a clothes basket. He really believed that business comes before pleasure, that to be wealthy was to be happy, and that success comes to people in a few days. And so he had entered several fields of work, one after another, and relinquished them, one after another. It was not at all surprising, then, that after taking three hours to copy one drawing, Lem became firmly convinced that art for art's sake was all very well for those' who could afford it, but as far as his making THE TOWER LIGHT 7 any money by drawing was concerned-well-it was simply out of the question. Of course, that fact that only after waiting about two weeks could he get a criticism of his drawings was disconcerting to Lem, and having no one to stand near him to encourage and correct, finally resulted in his washing his hands of the whole program. What was he to do now? The representative had refused to refund the deposit money and Lem knew that if he did not notify the com' pany's main office of his intentions, his silence would imply a tacit conf sent to continue paying for the course. "I guess the only thing for me to do now is to write that letter," thought Lem. But he reckoned without his host, because the next morning he received a letter from the school, which reminded him of a signed contract and asked him to ref consider the situation in the correct light. If there was anything in the world that Lem was afraid of, it was the law. Until this letter had come, he had forgotten about the contract that he and his father had signed. Now the whole matter loomed above him menacingly and seemed to cast a dismal shadow over his young heart. Every two or three days he would find a letter in the mailbox from the correspondence school. These were growing more threatening in nature and Lem became in turn increasingly worried. He worried because he had entered the contest, because he had importuned his father to sign the contract, and because he had a horrible fear, which left him weak and trembling. Every moment he expected the door to open and a bluefcoated policeman to appear with a court summons. He imagined dire procedures. There would arise before him a solemn and lofty tribunal, which would invariably order him to pay immediately to the Course of Illustrating the enormous sum of one hundred dollars. Lem felt incapable of uttering a word in his own defense and yet he always awoke from such a nightmare quite hoarse' and covered with cold, clammy drops of perspiration. As a result of all this misspent energy in fretting and worrying Lem began to grow thinner. He had little appetite either for food or play and impressed his friends as an unsocial character, entirely unlike his former self. Rarely was a smile to be seen now on Lem's once cheerful face. His parents, seeing him so continually glum and downcast, became very alarmed. The situation was in reality beginning to undermine the boy's mental and physical health. Then there came a period of about four weeks, when Lem found no letter in the mail to vex him. Again he began to breathe more freely and enjoy life more. If he had known that, being a minor, the cor' respondence school could not hold him to his contract, he would have blotted the matter from his mind entirely. One Saturday, a few weeks later, the affair came to a sudden climax. Lem received a letter, informing him in a very impersonal manner, that the collection of tuition for the course was being placed in the hands THE TOWER LIGHT of an attorney. In addition, a notice had been sent to local banks notifying them of the fact. Lem grew so agitated in reading the letter that he actually could not hold the paper straight. He groaned aloud. To explain his seemingly unwarranted excitement is easy. All this time Lem possessed in his own name, the sum of one hundred dollars. This amount, held to his credit at a local bank, represented his hardfearned and slowlyfaccumulated savings. To give it up now to someone he did not know and to receive nothing in the bargain, aroused in hun a fierce antagonism, a panic of fear, which pushed him into immediate action. Without stopping to put on his overcoat, although it was bitingly cold outside, Lem rushed out of the house. As he neared the corner, he saw a street car about to start. Anxiety gave him unthoughtfof speed, so that he caught up with the street car after running a block. The sound of his mother's voice, begging him to don his overcoat, rang in his ears as he seated himself. But catching a cold meant nothing to Lem when his precious savings were involved. To his dismay, the car came to an abrupt halt. The motorman got off and ran into a small restaurant, reappearing in a few moments with a tin pail full of steaming coffee and some sandwiches. Lem, by that time was in a homicidal mood and on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Fortunately, the car started, in- creased its speed, and at length drew up at the corner on which the Lowenstein bank was located. Lem pushed his way through the revolving doors. The paying teller's window could not be reached, and he had to wait in line, subject all the while to tormenting fears. Perhaps the bank had already been notified and would refuse to return his money. He searched the teller's face for some sign of such intentions, but that gentleman's "phiz" was as im' perturbable as a page of the ledger he was turning. Lem gave him his deposit book hopefully. The teller's name was called by someone in a rear office at that moment and he left his window. Not until he re- turned and was counting out the bills into Lem's trembling fingers did that young man's pulse begin to resume a rate which might be termed normal. Overjoyed at his good fortune, Lem rode home. His parents, startled by the beautiful smile on his face, forgot to scold him, and when he showed them the money, they shared his joy. He slept without dreams that night. The following morning he met his old friend, Martin. He seemed to breathe excitement from every pore. "What's new?" asked Lem. ' "Don't you know? I thought everybody knew that the Lowenstein Bank failed!" Lem felt dazed. "What a lucky thing, after all, my entering that contest!" he muttered. I I A. STEIN. The Teacher HE public school teacher cannot live apart, he cannot separate his teaching from his daily walk and conversation. He lives among his pupils during school hours, and among them and their parents all the time. He is peculiarly a public character under the most search' ing scrutmy of watchful and critical eyes. His habits are known to all. His life is an open book. His oliice, like that of a minister of religion, demands of him an exceptional standard of conduct. And how rarely does a teacher fall below that standard! How seldom does a teacher figure in a sensational headline in a newspaper! It is truly remarkable, I think, that so vast an army of people-approximately eight hundred thousand-so uniformly meets its obligations, so effectively does its job, so decently behaves itself, as to be almost utterly inconspicuous in a sen' sationfloving country. It implies a wealth of character, of tact, of pati- ence, of quiet competence, to achieve such a record. HERBERT Hoovnn. efls I Go Cn elvly Way My life shall touch a dozen lives before this day is done, Leave countless marks for good or ill ere sets this evening's sung Shall fair or foul its imprint prove, on those my life shall hail Shall benison my impress be, or shall a blight prevail? When, to the last great reckoning, the lives I meet must go, Shall this wee fleeting touch of mine have added joy or woe, Shall He who looks their records o'er-of name and time and place Say,-"Here a blessed influence came," or-"Here is evil's trace"? From out each point of contact of my life with other lives, Flows ever that which helps the one who for the summit strives. The troubled souls encountered-does it sweeten with its touch, Or does it more embitter those, embittered overmuch? 3 Does love through every handclasp flow in sympathy's caress, Do those that I have greeted know a newborn hopefulness? Are tolerance and charity the keynote of my song As I go plodding onward with earth's eager, anxious throng? My life must touch a million lives in some way ere I go, From this dear world of struggle to a land I do not know. So this the wish I always wish, the prayer I ever pray, Let my life help the other lives it touches by the way. STRICKLAND GILLILAN. . 9 - fpyramus and Cfbisbe In a far off Eastern land, where--so 'tis said- Semiramis had builded high the walls Of Babylon, in homes contiguous, There lived a handsome youth named Pyramus, And Thisbe, maiden unsurpassed fair. Since childhood had they been dear friends, and now Acquaintanceship had ripened into love. To marriage now their eager hearts aspired. 'Yet this their sires forbade, but could not quench The fire of love which burned in both their hearts. All intercourse forbid, they spoke by signs The more confined, the more their love did glow. Between the gardens was a wall of ibrick, But in it was a cleft,--a tiny cleft- Unnoticed long, but quick the lovers found, -What cannot Love divine?--the fault and through It passed endearing murmurings of love. And as one day they stood and whispered soft Into 'each other's ear, "You envy us Cruel wall, or else you would not keep . Two lovers parted long. What difference would It make to you if we together were Or even if to kiss you would allow us? For this at least we give thee thanks, that we May whisper to each other loving words." With such like talk they whiled away the hours Until, at nightfall, he a kiss, and she Likewise, though vain, implanted on the bricks. When next Aurora quenched Nocturnus' pres And Sol had dried the dewy grass, they met, Bewailing their sad state, resolved that when The shades of night had fallen they would evade Their parents' care, and steal away outside The city's walls, and meet at Uimes' tomb Beneath the shadow of the mulberry tree ' Whose branches wave on high with berries white, Beside the cooling fountain sparkling there. THE TOWER LIGHT And all that weary livelong day they waited Until the lingering sun plunged in the waves And from them rose the sable pallid Night, Slowly a door was opened and through it glided Thisbe. Her face was veiled, and through the moat She crept, and came unto the tomb, and sat Beneath the tree and waited for her love. When lo! there came a lioness, her jaws Besmeared with the blood of that night's kill, To quench her thirst in the fountain near the tree. When Thisbe saw her in the moonlight, dim, She fled, and refuge took within a cave That, darksome was nearby. Agnd as She fled, she dropped her cloak. The lioness Returning to the woods, espied the cape And rent and daubed it with her bloody teeth. As Pyramus approached he noticed blood And the footprints of the lioness in the dust And at the sight his face grew pale. But when He found the cloak bedraggled in the dust And all besmeared with blood he cried aloud "Tonight two lovers perish! for my life Is guilty if I longer live than she. Thine should have been a long and happy life Thisbe, sweet girl, 'twas I who killed you! 'Yes 'Twas'I who bid thee hither co'me, and I Who late arrived, who should have been here first. Rend too my body, consume my cursed heart ' Oh! all ye lions that inhabit here! I Enough-it is the portion of a coward Only to wish for death," The cloak he .takes And carries it beneath the trysting tree. He moistens it with tears, and kisses it. "Receive ye too, my lifefblood's stream." Into his heart he drove his sword, and lest It stop the stream's outpour, quick drew it out. As in the dust supine he fell, his blood Rushed spurting forth into the air and sprayed The fruit above, and turned their whiteness dark, And soaking through the ground, the roots assumed The blood, and gave its color to the fruit. THE TOWER LIGHT Le . ' 1 ,, L . And now, her fears not yet full well allayed, Thisbe returns and searches for her love, Eager to tell to what danger late she ran. But though she thought she recognized the place, Upon the tree it seemed the fruit had changed And as she doubted if 'twas it. She moved, Still doubtful-on the ground she spies his form, All blood, and throbbing still. She starts, her face Is pale as boxfwood, through her frame a shudder Thrills, a shudder as the face of ocean waves When by some breeze its surface ruffled is. Too well she knows her love, and shrill and wild She shrieks, and beats her undeserving breast, And rends her hair, and folds him in her arms Washing his wound with tears, and adding their Unceasing flow to his life blood, she cries His name, and presses kisses on his cheek. "My Pyramus," she sobs, "what mishap robs Me thus of thee? Oh answer, Pyra'mus. Hear me, lift up your drooping face to mine. Can I, your Thisbe, call on you in vain?" He heard her loved name,'and feebly strove To raise his filming eyes to hers, and speak The love he knew therein contained. He smiled, And with his eyes on hers closed them forevermore. gvv-v:v-'f"1l'- In anguished grief she saw her mantle red With gore, the scabbard empty of its sword, And understood full well the tale they told. " 'Twas Love, and thy own hand, beloved mine, Decreed thy death. So too will Love, and my Own hand, though weak it be, decree my doom. For love of thee doth give me strength to die. In death I follow you. Who caused your death Shall share it too. Amd you, whom death, alas! Alone could take from me, to me in death Is joined. But sires, this boon I ask of you, Thou wretchedest of all, for both of us. May we, whom Love, unerring, joined, and Death Unswerving, still more closely bound, entombed THE TOWER LIGHT 13 Y Y ' Y 1 Together be. And thou, O Tree, who now Beneath thy branches shelters one poor corpse, Beside which soon another yet shall lie, Be thou our sweet death's evidence, and bear Forevermore thy fruit in sable garb A loving token of our double death! Thus spake, and placed the blade upon her breast Drove deep the iron yet warm from her love's blood. The gods their prayers allowed,-the tree now bears A fruit of blaclqest hue. Their parents sore Aggrieved, their children's last request did grant. Their ashes rest commingled in one urn. FRANCIS E. OLD, Loyola, '27. 'K JUNIOR RED CROSS WELL SUBSCRIBED AT NORMAL! The contribution to the Red Cross Roll Call for the Normal School totalled 39715. Junior Six raised the largest amount. X . FAMOUS WORDS OF FAMOUS TEACHERS Have a irm voice. , Do not let the supervisors frighten you. That is the sign of an inexperienced teacher. You scamps! You rascals! Didn't I write that on your plan? They'll get away with just as much as you'1l let them. My husband- Please let me see your former plan. Trust little Lizzie. Look at the dear souls. Yea, oh yea! Even so! just a minute! just a minute! Be careful of your housekeeping duties. Let's feed the rats, now. flhe Earl in the Dragons Skin HE -holidays were being celebrated at Falconhurst Castle with all the pomp, all the merrymaking, and all the colorful symbolism that invariably accompanied the observance of The Twelve Days during the Middle Ages. The castle, lofty and grim from without, and frowning down upon the clustering huts of the peasantry of the manor, presented within a scene of bustle, good cheer, and of holiday preparaf tions. Right gay was the bevy of young maidens assembled in the great banqueting hall of the old castle at this joyous time. "Oh, how happy I am," exclaimed a young demoiselle who was flitting hither and thither about the huge room, hanging mistletoe, and standing back attentively to view the effect of her work. "It hath been many a long season sythe such revelry hath transpired at Falconhurst, and I can scarcely wait to don my crimson kirtle and my deep blue tunic for the Yuletide feasts. For are not the two French knights our guests tomorrow? Mayhap their eyes, accustomed to brilliancy in female attire will approve my splendor, whilst these stupid squires have had eyes and ears all winter for naught but the palmers and the minstrels who bring us news of the Holy Land." "Fie! Fie! Elfreda," reproved the mistress of the castle, the Lady Margaret, "Thou mayest be merry indeed, 'tis the gift of youth, but reproach not the young knights of the castle. Many an hour have they spent in the tilting yard that they might become skilled in the knightly art. The good king hath need of every arm that wieldest a sword in these troublesome days." The other maidens nodded approval, but the lighthearted Elfreda tossed her head, pouted, and went on with her work. The banqueting hall had scarcely been admired in its festive trimmings of holly, bay, laurel and mistletoe, when the clear call of the vvarder's bugle announced the return of the party which had -gone into the woods in search of a Yule log. Accompanied by the shouts and cheers of the peasantry, and the pealing of trumpets the great log was borne into the hall and deposited in the huge fireplace. Soon the warm flames were flashing up the wide chimney, and warmed by the fire, and by the contents of the wassail bowl, the company waxed exceeding merry. Peasant and noble mingled in the throng, dogs stretched themselves out before the fireplace, and the minstrels sang their gayest. "Ah," said an old peasant, the falconer of the manor, as the brightly bedecked wassail bowl came to a stop before him, "many a feud hath been buried over this bowl at the holy season of Yuleticlef' "Would that the longfstanding feud betwixt our baron and his Lord' ship of Wessex were as easily buried," said a stout yeoman, Ralph by name, stealing a covert glance around to see that his words were not overheard. 14 THE TOWER LIGHT 15 "The old Earl of Wessex is dying, and his son hath long syne run off like the coward he must be," rejoined the old peasant. "Without a head, a. house can no longer carry on a feud." "True, but methinkest that our own Lord, God keep his soul, knoweth more of young Wessex's disappearance than the countryside dreamethf' "Rash words for a peasant, my son," warned the old man lowering his voice. "Have a care! But tell me! Why sayest thou such strange words?" "There is naught strange about them. I have every reason for be' lieving that the Lord Edgar, heir to the earldom of Wessex, is himself a prisoner in the keep of this castle." "More praise to our noble Baron of Falconhurstf' responded the venerable peasant. "He is desirous of ending this feud without blood' shed, and thinks the simplest way is to detain his enemy in his dungeon. A cunnmg scheme, my son." "And mayhap he thinketh also to amass the vast lands and great fortunes of Wessex," said the younger heatedly, "that the Lady Elfreda and the Lady Louisa may have enviable doweries to attract the most powerful and the most desirable lords in the kingdom. Our noble lord hath already planned a sally to Castle Mowbray, stronghold of the nearest kin to Wessex when he should be thinking of the Holy Wars. Hath not his own son, young Wilfred, departed for Jerusalem without his father's consent? The young knights like not our Baron's tactics. They grumble at his petty warfare for booty when they are fired with zeal for the Crusade. Father Bartholomew hath urged him much of late to send his train of strong, brave knights to Jerusalem, but he listeth not." At this juncture there came a sudden lull in the festivities. All eyes were turned to the door through which came the Lady Louisa, older daughter of the grim Baron of Falconhurst. Small and dark, she showed traces of her French ancestry, but her manner was not the voluble manner of the Normans as was that of her sister, but rather the reserved dignity of the Saxon. Interest had centered in her of late, for the Baron, desirous of joining his house with a powerful family, had announced the betrothal of the Lady Louisa and Sir Walter de Courtleigh. But it was rumored throughout the countryside that there were complicaf tions, that all was not going so smoothly with the baron's plans, for Sir Walter, on the occasion of his last visit to the castle had had eyes and ears for naught but the blonde vivacity of Elfreda, while the dark and scornful Louisa refused even to see her betrothed. Louisa suffered, but Elfreda had played lightly with Sir Walter, had succeeded in stirring up in some of the knights of the castle a smouldering jealousy, and then had promptly forgotten all about it. Louisa, however, dreaded the thought of a union that was obnoxious to her in every way, and, un' fortunately carried her anxiety and her general sadness wherever she went. It had an instant effect upon the gaiety and lightfheartedness 16 'THE TOWER LIGHT I1 l L' - F . Y ' " ' 4 of the Yuletide throng. One by one the peasantry departed, after singing the praises of the Christmas bounty bestowed upon them by their lord. The festivities over, the family, and the retainers retired, their waxen tapers calling forth from dark corners shadowy shapes, looming large and hideous. All had been quiet in the castle for some time when a stray beam of moonlight falling through a narrow, barred window in a high tower lit up a strange sight. Toiling up the dark and cobweb' garlanded steps was a woman. No candle had she. Indeed, she seemed to be shrinking away into the shadows to escape even the feeble, strag' gling moonbeams. Up, up, she went, furtively, until she reached a door far up on the inside of the tower. s Here she paused, and in the still quietness of the tower came the sound of a heavy bolt's being shot from its place. Slowly the door opened, disclosing a narrow, vaulted cell with one small aperture through which fell the ghostfwhite radiance of the moon. Near the door, in an attitude of eager expectation was a young man, wellfbuilt, and with clearfcut features. His clothes, however, were torn and dusty, and there was a grayness in his skin that betokened long incarceration. When the door opened he stepped quickly without and stood beside the woman on the narrow stone steps. What was said could not be heard, but the tableau was plainly seen by a yeoman who had just at that moment arrived to take up his place as guard at the foot of the tower steps. It was Ralph, he who had so openly expressed his opinion to the old falconer over the wassail bowl. He had been interested only a few hours before in the fate of Sir Edgar of Wessex, now, beholding that same young noble at the head of the steps, deeply engrossed in conversation with a lady whose face was carefully concealed, he was doubly interested. What a discovery! He had only to report forthwith to the Baron of Falconhurst that his noble bird had left his cage, and he would, perhaps, be made for life. But the fate of Edgar interested him, fascinated him. He could not help remembering that one cold winter night when food and warm clothing were scarce and the Baron had refused to supply Ra1ph's old grand' mother with blankets and fuel, the Earl of Wessex, hearing of her plight, had sent his page secretly with the much needed coverings. Ralph felt his heart beat hard with excitement, his pulses quickened, and he strained every nerve lest he lose a single detail of this nocturnal interview. It was over now, and, greatly to the surprise of the solitary watcher, the prisoner retired to his cell, the bolt was shot back, and the lady came swiftly down the steps, so swiftly that she was upon Ralph before she realized it. With a stifled shriek, she shrank back, drawing her veil tightly over her face. But not before the keen eyes of Ralph had recognized the Lady Louisa. "Fear not, lady," he hastened to reassure 'THE TOWER LIGHT 17 L Y Y , . her. "There is no one who wishes more heartily for Sir Edgar's escape than myself. Thou mayst believe me, lady. By St. Dunstan, I swear it!" And in his earnestness his voice rose to an alarming loudness. "Hush," said Louisa, placing a finger upon her lips and looking quickly about her. "Softly! And I thought thou wert to be trusted-" "Already have I said that Sir Edgar hath no more earnest wellfwisher than Ralph, though he be but a humble yeoman, my lady. Is more necessary?" "Nay, my faithful Ralph. I did but seek to test thy much vaunted loyalty. Follow me now, for the days grow apace, and Edgar is desirous of following the King into the Holy Land." Together lady and yeoman left the tower, and all was quiet again. Naught else out of the ordinary transpired in the old castle and the first light of Christmas Day found Ralph at his post as guard at the foot of the tower steps. Christmas Day was a day of festivity, of music, of light laughter. Sounds of the gaiety reached the prisoner in the tower, and he could scarcely forbear to wait until the time when he would be freed from his cell again to take part, though uninvited, in the festivities. He could smell the savory Christmas dinner-geese, capons, pheasants, pies and plumfporridge, raisins and currants. Now a gay burst of song announced the entry of the peacock, roasted, sewed up again in its feathers, and then covered with gold leaf, borne by the Lady Louisa. The ladies of the castle, richly attired, followed her, and as they entered, the other guests rose. The French knights, M. le Comte de Beauvais, and M. le Vicomte du Bragelon, as Elfreda had prophesied, let no detail of the glittering spectacle escape their beautyfloving eyes. The splendor of the great hall, with its holiday trimmings of greens and its blazing Yule, its tapestried stone walks and steady glowing candles, its richly carved oaken chests, the lofty dais where sat the Baron, the gleam of Damascus steel, and the sparkle of jewels, were not lost upon the guests of honor. But even as they praised this English castle and this English hospitality they thought and spoke earnestly of the heat and discomfort of Jerusalem, of the cruelty of the Saracens, and of the need of all the knights of Christendom. The Baron stirred restlessly as they spoke. He liked not this talk. The ale and furmety had warmed the cockles of his heart. He was in a mood to be gay. It was the Yule season. Besides, the young knights and esquires, and even the most bashful page were hanging upon every word uttered by the French lords. Young eyes sparkled and eager hands unconsciously sought the hilts of swords that were now laid away. Each saw himself astride a richly caparisoned charger, leading the fray, riding into the very heart of the Mohammedan troops, calling the old war cry, "St. George and Merrie England." The situation grew more intolerable each moment, and frowning upon 18 THE TOWER LIGHT ' ' ni. the knights the Baron addressed himself to a servant. "Summon the mummers!'T Then began the Christmas entertainment, so popular in the Middle Ages, the acting of St. George and the dragon by young boys in costume. But the St. George who entered was taller and built more sturdily than the tallest lad on the Manor, and the fierce dragon in his grotesque costume was more agile and graceful than any youth in the castle. The performance was acclaimed a huge success, even though St. George neglected to raise the visor of his helmet when he bowed his acknowledgment of the guerdon bestowed by the knights and ladies, and though the ferocious dragon, hissing, made his exit without dis- closing his identity. After the departure of the mummers the company turned to the ale and furmety and toasted each other with right good cheer. They would have been surprised had they noticed that the Lady Louisa had slipped from the hall, but they would have been still more surprised had they seen her join the mummers within the shadows of the drawbridge and return the embrace of the ierce dragon, now divested of his monster's headgear. . And now she was speaking, "Godspeed, my Edgar. It will not be long forsooth before I join thee in the Holy Land, for my mother, the Lady Margaret and I do plan to take the vows of a Crusader in the Abbey of St. Helaire, to follow many other noble ladies into jerusalem. And do thou, Ralph, serve him as squire, as faithfully as thou hast served him here." When Lady Louisa refentered the banquet hall she found the Baron again endeavoring to turn the tide of conversation away from the War. "Ho, sir Minstrel! Enough of warfare, and of infidels! Give us a light song of southern France." The minstrel sighed, and taking up his harp touched the strings. And there ensued, not a lilting song of gay Normandy or Provence, but a haunting melody that gripped every person in the hall. Scenes of the Crusades flashed before them. The minstrel's fingers struck the chords with deft precision and a martial call shrilled through the castle. Crusaders, bearing the Red Cross on their shields, rode steadily forward, knights of St. John, and Knights Templar, earls and baronets, squires and pages. The minstrel sang-of cruel battles, of bloodfflecked, flash' ing, eastern scimitars, of twofedged swords, of keen rapier steel, of waving banner and ringing battle cry, of heat, of dust, blinding dust, and suffering. The martial chords ceased. Silence! ' And then+- quivering notes through which sounded the anxiety and lamentations of those left behind in the castle, the prey of some arrogant, pursefproud feudal lord. The words of the minstrel's song now rang out clearly. They were contemptuous, derisive. They told of strong men who 'ref mained within the castle walls practicing at being knights in the tilt yard, of -robber barons, of nobles who stayed at home to feast and sing. THE TOWER LIGHT 19 But his song was not finished. In anger the Baron sprang to his feet. The knights of Falconhurst rose with him, but sank back again in shame and confusion. His the fault! His to manage the situation! Face purple with rage, the Baron turned to his French guests. He opened his mouth to pour out scathing words of denunciation, but none came. The Norman knights arose and with perfect, exaggerated courtesy, bowed deeply. In the face of their poise the irascible Baron was speechless. Like an angry lion at bay, he stood raging when the corn' pany was startled by a loud blast of the warder's horn and the shout of "Up portcullis!" And in a few minutes a palmer, dusty and breath' less, staggered into the hall and hastening to the foot of the dais fell on one knee before the irate Baron. "Oh, lord, I bring thee news of-of- thy son, Sir Wilfred," he panted. A quiet like that before a storm fell upon the assembled company. Falconhurst staggered back a step and stared at the palmer like one in a dream. Mechanically he reached out for the missive which the palmer drew from beneath his mantle. Not a person moved as the Baron, with trembling hands, slowly broke the seal and read the note. There was no change of expression for a moment. Then he raised an ashen face. "Dead! Killed! Before the gates of Jerusalem!" I One by one the company quietly left the room. Only the Baron, Lady Margaret, their daughters and Father Bartholomew remained. "Dead!" said the Baron harshly. "Killed in the Crusades! My son! The last of the line!-While that accursed son of Wessex lives!" "But he shall not live!" Rushing to the door he called in a loud voice to the groups of knights conversing in low tones with the French- men: - "You accuse me of sloth, of being a craven! Mine own son hath fallen under an eastern scimitar! But wait! You think also that I should send these young knights entrusted to my care. Certes! if thou must have a recruit, follow me. By my troth, thou shalt have a likely fellow to take into that unholy land. My son is dead! Let Wessex die in the same fashion!" And straightway he rushed to the tower, his retainers following. Up the cobwebby, dusty steps to the top of the tower he went. At the heavy door with its massive bolt Falconhurst paused, with one hand on the bolt, and another on high. "Ave! Lords! Behold! Another to fight in the ranks of Death!" And with a harsh laugh he swung open the door and stepped into the cell. It was empty! ELEANORA BowL1NG, '28. 0 0 The Old English Christmas ACK to the days when steeple hats and lirapipes struck the note of fashion, when huge logs roared up the chimney and the merri- ment within the castle walls drowned the shrillest whistling of the wintry blast! Back to the roisterous, boisterous days when the jester jingled his bells beneath the nose of the mighty! Back to the days when great and humble feasted and drank together, regardless of girth and gout! Back to merry England expansive in jovial Christmas cheer! Then, or now--who would tell which? Had we swung back upon the wheel of time or had the magic past returned to us? In Richmond Hall the inmates of the castle and the assembled guests watched the Yule log kindle to last year's brand. The corridors ref echoed to the carols as lords, ladies, retainers and villagers illed the dining hall to bursting. In came Father Christmas and his children six- Gambol, Wassail, Mince Pie, Mummery, Carol and Christmas Gift- all led by Cupid. After the blessing had been sung, the feast was served. Have you ever eaten a shield of brawn, peascods, shred pies and marchpane? Perhaps you have and didn't know it! But never before have you eaten or seen a peacock pie with feathered tail a yard wide, or a boar's head grinning in his trimmings or a pudding that blazed half to the ceiling and crackled with a thousand sparkles of cheer. Never, never before have you heard such music as came full throated from all the servants in that hall. Never, never before have you felt all the Christmas Spirit that one soul could radiate multiplied by five hundred, until Christmas became so Christmassy you wished someone would stick you with a needle that you might be sure you were you. Not that you cared! You didn't care about anything but Christmas! How the tumblers tumbled, the players played and the story tellers told stories after that splendid feast! It all happened with the glamor of candle light making the ugliest beautiful. Music like a golden skein wove it all together, music of drum and horn and iddle, music of voices jigging a welcome to Father Christmas or soaring with the angels in peace and good will. Blessings be upon the head of Ruth Sperry through whose magic these things came to pass. Lucky Juniors! You'll watch the trick again next year. It will be just as amazing. You will never be able to understand how this highly concentrated triple extract of Christmas was concocted. HELEN STAPLETON. 20 CPublieity EW indeed are those institutions which possess the recommendation of being not only eminently satisfactory, but even beneficial, to all parties whom they may possibly concern. Almost always, in an estabf lishment aiming to promote certain objects, are there some features which cause the interests of one group involved to be sacrificed to those of another whose ambitions cannot be gratified if the advancement of the desires of all is considered. Largely because of a government that sacrificed the comfort and independence of one class to the prosperity and enjoyment of another, Rome fell, to the fact that our forefathers did not believe that the use to which Europe would have put them was calculated to advance their own wellfbeing, we owe our freedom, for a time, the issue of slavery threatened to disrupt our nation. Practically every change, whether it affect a continent, a community, or a family, will be found to be the logical consequence of some incompatibility in the interests of those whom it concerns. Not so with publicity. Search how we will, we find no unequal distribution of its boons. To the great printer, or publisher, every member of his staff, down to the smallest newsboy, who aids in the dissemination of news, it is a business, a means of livelihood. To the reader, it affords an opportunity to keep abreast of those events which are transpiring about him, and provides an inexpensive source of mental enjoyment and relaxation. To those to whom it relates it gives a com' forting sense of knowing that their efforts are appreciated, and that their accomplishments are known to the world at large, and also provides them with an incentive to surpass their previous efforts, so that each succeeding time their names appear in print they may be used in what is to them a more pleasant connection. We believe that no one is entirely deaf to applause, and altogether content to continually do the finest things that suggest themselves to him, simply so that he may rest serene in the consciousness of his own excellence. As for those who profess their contempt for public opinion, as to whether or not anyone else ever learns of their accomplishments, we can confidently advance it as our opinion that, in the words of the poet, "there ain't no such animal" as they would have us believe them to be. It would seem that to reject such an unmixed blessing as publicity with all its advantages is almost "flying in the face of Providence." We regret to say, however, that that is exactly what our school has done. With a city newspaper system featuring such items as we might con' tribute, we have seldom allowed the news of our activities to pass beyond the confines of the campus. It is to be hoped that we will begin in the near future to seize the opportunities so freely offered by the press, and come to realize that what is of vital importance to us will excite a passing interest, at least, in the casual reader. VVILLIAM BADER. 21 Published monthly by the students of the Maryland State Normal School at Towson Student Editors Chief ELEANORA BOWLING CH XRLOTTE HARN LOUISE STALEY HOWARD FLOOK Okes Literary Reporter Literary Reporter JULIA CRUMM WILLIAM BADER CARROLL RAINKIN Ar ABRAHAM STEIN Circulation Manager HOWARD FLOOK Business Manager Typing S tajjf SIDNEY CHERNAK V101-A HOLTER CATHERINE E ROHR I Advertising Managers ETTA CLUSTER ANN IVES CARROLL RANKIN MARCIA ELLIOTT EMMA LEE JEANETTE NOVECK Q Pricej--One Dollar Fifty Cents per Year. Single Copies, Twenty Cents. THE TOWER LIGHT I ASSOciate Social Reporter I Athletic Reporter ' V I J- J . J . T J , t. , , flhe cNew Year HE year nineteen hundred and twentyfeight is at our door. Anf other year has passed. Let us remember the past, rejoice in the present and anticipate the future. Let us make our New Year's Resof lutions, not only for our Own good, but for the good of others as well. Let us resolve to set our goal high, and strive with might and main to reach it, so that we may feel contented with the passing year. One of the greatest duties that We have is that of being cheerful, of being hopeful, courageous and happy, and letting others know that we are. Don't let's be pessimistic, or utter one word that will tend to show that We are blue or discouraged, for it will help to discourage others. Let us keep our hearts filled with hope, our heads up, shoulders squared, a smile on our lips, a cheery word in our mouths and a light in our eyes that will spell victory to everyone we meet. You have no idea of the good one can do in just that Way. Put into practice the Master's inf junction, "Be of good cheer," and everybody will be benefited thereby. SO, let us each and everyone strive to make the coming year a better 22 THE TOWER LIGHT 23 one than we have ever known. Let us do our best to make each day, as it comes, count, so that it is just a little happier for somebody than it might otherwise have been. By keeping ourselves cheerful, we shall find ourselves in better trim for the duties that come crowding upon us. "Old Time's great clock, that never stops, Nor runs too fast nor slow, Hung up amid the worlds of space, Where wheeling planets glow, Its dialfplate the orbit 'vast Where whirls our mundane sphere- Has pushed its pointer round again And struck another year!" BY VIOLA HOLTBR, Sr. 5 B. N Friendship FRIENDSHIP to some means mere acquaintance. Others look upon friendship as a contract of mutual obligations-a kind of barter of good intentions and good ofiices in which we realize every cent invested comes out in some form of a profit. But friendship is not truly a con- tract at all. It is in no sense a financial investment or an arrangement by which we receive help by giving help. It is governed by no rules or laws. The only law, if it has a law, is that of love which is priceless. There is a kind of worldly wisdom which tells us to choose our friends wisely, select those who will help to push us forward, and never to encourage those who will be a hindrance. This advice may find a place in the obedient school child's note book, but there is no room for it in the world of friendship. It is true, that we may choose our companions, but we cannot choose our friends. We may like our sofcalled friends, wish them well, be glad, to do what we can for them, and believe we understand the word friendship. Thoreau gives us the true meaning of friendship, "I would that I were worthy to be any man's friend!" We need indeed to be worthy to become in a true sense another's friend, and we have achieved a height of success when another person really becomes dear to us. True friend' ship counts no cost and looks for no return because in doing all it can it is only satisfying its own impulses. Some say they wish to be "saved from their friends." They do not mean friends, they mean acquaintances. You must feel assured that your true friend will help youg he will feel a sense of regret if you are in troubleg he will try to assist you to the best of his ability. Do not in your desire to seek friendship mistake companionship or goodffellowship and be deceived and robbed before you find the real pearl-true friend' ship. Nothing is worthy of the name unless it is ready to give without expecting a return, unless it finds joy in this giving, with no thought of receiving a favor in return. CATHERINE FREIMANN, Senior 7. flhe cflftermath X NYONE ambling through our halls today Uanuary 4, first day back at schoolj, may perhaps have the same sensations that the writer had as he cast a few furtive glances at the passersfby. It may be that when this production makes its appearance the thoughts contained therein will be a bit antiquated. Nevertheless an attempt will be made to transmit some of the impressions alluded to previously. It is true, that, could individual nomenclature be substituted in this article for mere colorless generalities, its interest would be immensely enhanced, but, in order to avoid dangerous consequences the writer believes that the latter policy, in spite of its dullness, must be the one pursued. To disprove completely the contention that this country no longer enjoys the prosperity with which she has for so long a time been blessed, one need but cast an idle eye on the female students of the M. S. N. S. Many are now, by virtue of the generosity of doting parents and friends, compelling their wardrobes to house additions in the form of bedizzened raiment of every conceivable style, which, to be a bit materialistic, must have sadly crippled the wallets of donors. In abundance are to be seen black satin and other varieties of pumps designed especially for more formal occasions than attending school. Dazzling and iridescent neck' laces and bracelets adorning the necks and wrists of said maidens are not uncommon. Some, seized more vigorously by the spirit of Christmas, have even ventured to improve their none too imposing persons by paying frequent visits to such indispensable establishments as kallethenf ions, permitting themselves to be ministered to by the attendant spirits that hover about the premises. Also evidence is to be seen that the holidays have had some depressing effects. Here and there can be clearly identified haggard and distorted countenances. These distressing conf ditions, it may be, are the evil consequences that follow overfindulgence in the festivities and gaities appropriate to the season. To illustrate the point further, one need but call attention to the many unoccupied seats observed at the assembly hour. No doubt this is indicative of the fact that not a few have been obliged to conine themselves to more restful quarters so as to recuperate from the folly of their none too abstemious natures. Perhaps after all the only excuse the writer has for asking space at this time in this publication is his earnest desire to convey in some way a message of greeting to the student body at the advent of a New Year. It would seem advisable, as well as beneficial, for all who have been in any way dispirited or discouraged by any circumstance in the past year, to follow the example of the calendar, and turn over a new leaf in their Normal School careers. Even at this late date much may be accom' 24 ' THE TOWER LIGHT 25 'iii Y i Y , plished in the way of improving scholarship, if only the necessary effort be made and dogged persistence be summoned. It is quite within reason to anticipate success in any line of endeavor if the above prescribed tactics are employed. The sincere wish of this magazine is, that all, at the close of the current year, may find themselves better fitted to serve their communities in their chosen profession, a step nearer their most cherished goals, and themselves filled with abounding joy and satisfaction in every undertaking. CARROLL S. RANKIN. The Christmas Dance OFT lights, music, and the glare of many colored dresses against dark suits spoke amply well of a dance in progress on the evening of December 10. One of Normal School's monthly dances was being held in the Au.ditorium. Every face--whether its owner was dancing, sitting out, or strolling the hall in search of ice water-wore a happy and beaming expression. A bushy tree, brightly lighted, chased away shadows in the hall, and the great windows of the Auditorium were banked with greens and gleaming with holly berries. Deep red candles, sending up their yellow flames, gave a true Christmas appear- ance to the festivity. The Christmas dance, with its pretty decorations and good music, really started those present on their way toward a "Merry Christmas" and a "Happy New Year." An Exchange TOWER LIGHT, in this issue, has inaugurated a system of exchange of literary material. There are many people, now no longer in school, who formerly wrote for their school papers. TOWER LIGHT invites such aspiring authors, and others, too, who might still be in school, to con' tribute to this department of the magazine. Many of you Normal School students have, doubtless, friends who write. Let us hear from them. The poem in the exchange department this month is written by a Loyola High School graduate. ATHLETICS K SOCCER It is all over. I am referring to a most successful soccer season. With six wins, three ties, and two losses, our dear old Alma Mater can well boast of such a team representing it. We played some of the strongest teams in the state, among which were Poly, Western Maryland College, and the State Champions, Sparrows Point High School. Poly was our victim twice by a 2fO score. Previous to this year she had been interscholastic champion of the East, having won the title at the Penn State meet. Next in line was the strong Western Maryland College eleven, which we defeated once by the score of 2f0. We were not so successful in our second attempt with this team, losing by a 3fO score. This team defeated the regular Navy eleven and lost to Lafayette by a 2f1 score. Another team that went down before the trusty toes of our boys was the Sparrows Point High School, at present the State Interscholastic Champions. We defeated this team by a 3-1 score. Other teams which we played were: Havre de Grace High School, Bnalists in the Western Shore playoff, Navy Plebesg Tome, Catonsville High School, Towson High School and Franklin High School. Come all ye Normalites and let's give a cheer for Manager Caskey for his judgment in arranging such an excellent schedule, and for Cap' tain "Lop" Ward, who was easily the star in all of our games. Let's go! Yea! Normal! Yea! Normal! Yea! Normal! BASKETBALL As was stated in our last issue of the TOWER LIGHT, our much loved coach, Mr. Donald Minnegan, issued a call during the latter part of November for basketball candidates. The call was responded to by a squad of fifteen men. Coach Minnegan has been putting the men through a rigid drill conf sisting of floor plays, and tip off signals. The team has progressed rap' idly. To date we have played only two games. We won both, Frank' lin High School and Blue Ridge College by scores of 6140 and 2542, THE FRANKLIN GAME Cur coach desired to have a practice game with some High School before the Blue Ridge College game in order to see what material he had. He used every man on the squad in this game. Those who showed up best were: Ward, Rankin, Lawlis, Gentry, Seaman, Barlow, and Gold' stein. The other members of the squad are: Galiper, Seiverts, Baum' gartner, Huff, Bull, Goldberg, and Hoffman. The Franklin team was no match for our experienced team. "The Big Normal Train" four future nickname, seemed to play with ease and not to worry themselves at all. When the end came we stood on the long end of a 61f10 score. '16 respectively. THE TOWER LIGHT 27 THE BLUE RIDGE COLLEGE GAME 1 On Saturday, December 17, 1927, we journeyed to Blue Ridge Colf lege, which is situated at New Windsor, Md. We left the dormitories at 6:15 P. M. and after an uneventful trip arrived at New Windsor at 7:45. Blue Ridge was ready for us. We soon got into our basketball togs and were on the floor ready to play at 8:15. From the Hrst tipfoif every spectator and every member of each team knew this was to be no easy contest. Ward, the lanky center of our team, outfjumped his rival each time, but the forwards did not seem to Be on their toes at first, thus providing a great difhculty for us. How' ever, disregarding this, we scored 'first on a Held goal from the trusty hands of "Joe" Barlow. Every Normal rooter and every member of "The Big Train" went wild. It is great to score against such a team as Blue Ridge. She is rated as having one of the best college quintets in the East, being in a league with Navy, Western Maryland and others. During this first half not much scoring was done. Lichliter per' formed brilliantly for Blue Ridge while Rankin, Ward, and Barlow played best for "The Big Train." The half ended with the latter on the long end of 9f8 score. During the second is when it happened. Seaman was substituted for Lawlis, Gentry was hurt, so Lawlis was put back in at forward and Seaman was moved back to guard. Scoring was continued on even terms by both teams until the game ended. But, alas! the score was 20 all and it was decided to play ive minutes more. It was during this period that Seaman looped two 'field goals through from the middle of the floor, putting us four points ahead. Blue Ridge was not to be downed, so Lichliter came through with a Held goal. This, however, was the last Blue Ridge scored. Gentry added a point from the foul -line making our total 25, while that of Blue Ridge was 22. Lichliter was easily the outstanding performer for Blue Ridge, having four ield goals and three fouls to his credit, while the honors of ""The Big Train" can be bestowed upon every member. Seaman, coming through with two goals at the right time, was the sensation of the game. The score: Blue Ridge College Normal G, F, T, G. F. T. C. Engle, f .... -.-. 1 2 4 L3Wl1S, f ..... . ...... 1 3 5 P Engle f 2 O 4 Seaman, f and g ..... 2 0 4 3 - ' "" "" B arlow, f ........... 2 0 4 Lichliter, c .... .... 4 3 11 Ward, c ............ 3 O 6 Bromley, g .... .... 0 0 0 Q Gentry g 1 1 3 Weddlei S ---- ---- 1 1 3 Rankin, g. ..... .... 1 1 3 8 6 22 io 5 25 Our next home game is January 27. The team needs your support. Come out and help us to win. The Maryland State School for Deaf will be our opponents. We want to make a perfect record. HOWARD FLOOK, Sr. 9. The Big Friendly Store of Baltimore Our 'Service Motto: Honest, Prompt, Courteous, Complete STEwAm'afof. ' THIS IS THE S'roRE OF YOUTH Styles for the Miss who would pass the Student Board of Style Examiners " llie Hub BALTIMORE, CHARLES and FAYETTE SMART APPAREL For the College Girl and the pleasurz of receiving courteous service amid spacious surroundings. HUTZLER BWTHEKS Q KAUFMAN PACKING Co. UNION STOCK YARDS BALTIMORE, MD. HOC'HSCHILD.IfOHN 8C Co. Where Well-Dressed College Girls Buy Their Apparel Samuel Kirk '43 Son Incorporated AMERICA'S OLDEST SILVERSMITHS Founded 1 8 15 4 2 1 NORTH CHARLES STREET BALTIMORE, MD. Diamonds Pearls Watches Silverware THE LINDEN EDGAR DE Moss , 39 York Road at Linden Terrace Towson, Md. CONFECTIONERY, CIGARS AND CIGARETTES LIGHT LUNCH Visit Our Ice Cream Parlor Towson 372-J Qjomas. i HEARD IN THE LUNCH ROGM Ethiopia-"Will you have some pie?" Rankin-"Is it convenient?" Ethiopia-"No, pumpkin." AT SCHOOL NO. 97 Miss Tillman-"Use Euripides in a sentence." Tony-"Euripedes pants, I killa you." READING TIME 673 MIN. qsvefy dayy "From now on, my boy, I want you to bear down." "I say, Doc, what do you take me for, a duck?" fEditor's note: Take this and read carefully every evening immediately after dinner and be careful not to show your poor sense of humor before strangers., p "Teacher, why does the furnace make Daddy shiver and make funny faces and hiccup when he comes up from the cellar?" Une reason why so many pedestrians don't look where they"re going is that they are in an ambulance. Hen and Mose sez- "Don't blame the bum jokes on the editors for they are all well tried. VV'hen we chucked the manuscript in the stove the fire simply roared." Two old Scotsmen sat by the roadside, talking and pufling merrily at their pipes. "There's no muckle pleasure in smokin', Sandy," said Donald. , "Ho dae mak' that oot?" questioned Sandy. "Weel," said Donald, "ye see if you're smokin' yer ain bacca ye"re thinkin' o' the awful expense, an' if ye're smokin' some ither body's, yer pipe's ramm't sae tight it won't draw." Mose ses: "Hen and his girl were saying good-night on the doorstep when a window above them was pushed suddenly open and a weary voice said, "My dear sir, I have no objection to your coming here and sitting up half the night with my daughter, nor even your standing on the doorstep for two hours saying goodfnight, but out of consideration for the rest of the household who wish to go to sleep, will you kindly take your elbow off the bellfbutton?" She was only a musician's daughter, but she topped the scales. A successful goldfdigger is one who can make you feel that she is taking dinner with you and not from you. It wouldn't do for the Prince of Wales ever to get on his high horse. 29 Compliments of The Most TOWSON NATIONAL BANK Opposite the Court House RELIABLE TOWSON MARYLAND CCNVENIENT Means Of Transportation THE STREET CAR MATHIAS GROSS Barber Shop YORK ROAD. Near Chesapeake Ave. TOWSON, MD. Lexington Market: PLaza 0266-0269 Hollins Market: PLaza 1083 D. CALLAHAN'S SONS SEA FOOD BALTIMORE MARYLAND TOwsON SHOE STORE A YORK AND JOPPA ROADS Ladies. Don't Throw Your Turn-Sole Shoes Away We repair them without using nails or stitches. Shoes repaired on our new Hydro-Pres Machine with water-proof cement, Look, Wear and- Feel like new shoes. For Every Banking Con- venience Bank with 'Gihe 'Qaliimnre Qlnunig 'Ennis YORK ROAD TOWS ON, MD. 9 , ' CHARLES ST. at LEXINGTON The MISSES' SHOPS AND JUNIOR SHOP Provide for Every College Need STERLING LIGHTING INCORPORATED ' Lighting Fixtures Distinctive Lamps and Shades Excl usiue-N Ot 'Expensive 403 NORTH CHARI ES STREET BALTIMORE, MD. . ,, I - - 2 Ai-- Dulaney-Vernay Co. 337-39-41 N. Charles St. Baltimore, Md. WEDDING INVITATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS SOCIAL STATIONERY Your Patronage Solicited Phone-VErnon 4 9 6 6 YORK ROAD GARAGE TOWSON, MD. I M. L. PORTS Towson 525 The Supreme Ice Cream Co. .-PC1945 Your Sweetest Neighbor 'QCFQG 1224-28 Greenmount Avenue BALTIMORE. MD. Correct Wearing Apparel "Say it With FIOWCTSM FOR THE E .gm . p 'College Girl ISSAAC H.. MOSS e M CO INCORPORATED LEXINGTON, HOWARD AND Florists and Decorators PAYETTE STREETS CA1vert 5500 5315 YORK ROAD BALTIMORE MD Friendship P A T R O N I Z E I of 0 U R SECOND ADVERTISERS NATIONALBANK TOWSON, MD. THE HERGENRATHEH DRUG GU. Prescription Druggists Headquarters for School Supplies, Kodalcs, Films, Stationery and Sporting Goods. Greet- ing Cards for all occasions. Agents for Watern1an's ldeal Fountain Pens, Whitman's Delicious Chocolates and Bon-Bons. Victrolas and Records THE STEBBINS-ANDERSON COAL 8: LUMBER CO. Dealers in Coal, Lumber, Hardware, Builders' Supplies D Towson, Md. Riderwood, Md GEORGE H. STIEBER Table Delicacies Select Meats, Fancy Groceries Telephones: Towson 261 and 251 TOWSON, MD. MASON 'S GARAGE York Road and Willow Avenue TOWSON, Md. Willys - Knight and Overland Sales and Service. ' Telephone Towson 554 , 'X v f fl . 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Bowling ..... . . 4 The Unknown Teacher, Van Dyke .... .. 5 To a Child's Voice, Etta Cluster ..... . . 5 Behold, a Sunset, Charlotte Harn ................. 6 A Letter from the Orient ........................ 7 Expressions and Ideas of Kindergarteners-Children's Poems ................................... 9f1O Greek Drama, Katharine Fringer ..... .... 1 1 Elizabethan Theater, jane La Motte .... .... 1 2 Valentine Verses ................. .... 1 3 Advice to Student Teachers ....... .... 1 4 New Books, M. Osborn ............ .... 1 5 A Fraternity Cinderella, E. Bowling .... ....... 1 6 Poems ...................................... 18f2O What Is a Normal School Student? Solomon Caplis. . 21 Athletics, Ho ward F look ........................ 22 jokes ...................... .... 2 4 School Notes, Mary B. Taylor .... .... 2 7 if 2 Ulntnnr Ifiglqi Vol. I February, 1928 NO- 5 Qfl CRecord of Steady fprogress N JANUARY 15, 1866, the Maryland State Normal School was founded. To those of us who are just starting out, sixtyftwo years seems an unending stretch of time, but in the light of the past, it is merely a brief space to have seen accomplished all that has been done. Today, amidst our many duties, it well becomes us to pause to pay reverent tribute to the founders of our school,-those early pioneers of thought. The records of our Normal School show us that in the class of 1866, under Mr. Newell, there were but sixteen graduates, of which one was the brilliant student, Sarah E. Richmond. Only sixtyftwo years ago was the first graduation,-and yet consider the progress that has been made. Contrast a dusky room on Paca Street with the many sunny classrooms in this school at Towson. Surely only under the inn guidf ing hands of masters could that tiny beginning in a dark building have developed into the Normal School that we know today. To Mr. New' ell, Miss Richmond, and Miss Tall we owe a debt that is hard to pay. We realize that debt, and so today we pause to commemorate reverf ently the genius and work of those who have led us. Since we realize that the stage is the greatest medium of expression, Senior 6, in its American history class, has arranged a play' portraying the growth of our school. Since our ultimate aim in history classes is to be historically minded, we have tried to make these scenes true situ' ations. All of the subject matter used in the first scene,-that of the class of 1866 under Mr. Newell,-has been taken verbatim from a course of study for that time. All of the information used in the play,-- dates, places, and studies,--are true, and in their very dissimilarity show the prodigious strides forward that the school has made between the dates 1866f1890f1928. But "the play's the thing," and I leave you to it. Yet, on Founder's Day, I could aptly quote President Wilson when he said, "You are conscious of being readier for the things that lie ahead of you because of the days that lie behind you." If, in thinking of our school, we can believe that,-if we can embody in our minds all that has gone to make the school, and all that we want the school to be, we will be richer in "comprehension, insight, and understanding." CHARLOTTE HARN. 3 ofl CPoem for Founders CDay "Great oaks, from little acorns grow," And tiny grains of sand The smooth, farfreaching beach do make The infant rivulet, that, choked by weeds, A narrow thread its winding life begins, Flows on, a mighty river, oceanfbound. just so, this school with ideals high, In one hall, dark, that served As gym and recitation room Its great career began, in Baltimore. And so--on this our Founder's Day ' It fitting is for us to pause a bit And trace the growth our school has known. How first there were to graduate To bear the torch sky high and flaming bright just sixteenfstrong-and we six hundred more. Of years of progress-sixtyftwo. V Audacious-we dare to lift the screen That parts us from the coming years Upon whose heels we swiftly tread, And see, or rather, hope to see fAnd it is easy to believe that which we wish to bel So many more years for our school to thrive, So many more years for the torch to burn. We have received the Promethean fre from here, From those sixteen whose pioneerflike feet The teaching pathway blazed. We shall, on learning here But pass to those that come That which our founders gave to us. ELEANORA BOWLING f'?DN9Gf J "A man should be judged not by his achievement alone, but by the relation his achievement bears to his opportunity." George L. Dyer. 4 THE UNKNOWN TEACHER THB UNKNOWN TEACHER-I sing the praise of the unknown teacher. Great generals win campaigns, but it is the unknown soldier who wins the war. Famous educators plan new systems of pedagogy, but it is the unknown teacher who delivers and guides the young. He lives in obscurity and contends with hardship. For him no trumpets blare, no chariots wait, no golden decorations are decreed. He keeps the watch along the borders of darkness and makes the at' tack on the trenches of ignorance and folly. Patient in his daily duty, he strives to conquer the evil powers which are the enemies of youth. He awakens sleepmg spirits. He quickens the indolent, encourages the eager, and steadies the unstable. He communicates his own joy in learning and shares with boys and girls the best treasures of his mind. He lights many candles which, in later years, will shine back to cheer This is his reward. Knowledge may be gained from booksg but the love of knowledge is transmitted only by personal contact. No one has deserved better of the republic than the unknown teacher. No one is more worthy to be enrolled in a democratic aristocracy, "king of himself and servant of mankind." HENRY VAN DYKE. f'57N9QJC.a4'5 TO A CHILD'S VOICE David .... Whose 'voice is ever ringing in my ears, Like the voice of a low, surging wind- That may rise and fall, And yet maintain that. luscious singing quality. I cannot grasp it, I long to place my hand upon it- To feel its soft, flowing smoothness Rippling through my fingers. But, alas! it elucles me still, And thus-fascinates me Always! ETTA CLUSTER. 5 CBEHOLD! 014. SUNSET URNING the world into crimson and purple and gold, sinks the sun. Surrounded by nebulous clouds and casting a glow over the heavens, the sun disappears in solemn majesty. Gone from the earth is the giver of light, but the traces of his splendor, the everfchangf ing blues and reds remain to soften and gladden the approach of night. Have you ever watched a summer sunset? All nature seems hushed and quiet, awaiting the miracle. The great ball of fire that has warmed and lighted the day grows paler. The glare of the day softens in the afterglow of evening,-the very green of the trees and blue of the sky seems changed and mellowed. Then slowly,-slowly broad beams of orange spread out. Pinkftipped clouds yield place to faintest lavenf der. The clouds are but colorful layers of down,-a rainbow is spread over the western sky. A pause,-the sky greys, the sun has gone, and twilight steals in, guarded by the Hrst faint evening stars. Like a long drawn sigh a breeze springs up. Sunset. For brief minutes the stodgy, prosaic world is overlaid with the rosy glow of promise. For brief minutes the glory of the future lies before us,-but then it fades, dark creeps on, and we are left alone, def feated,-- pondering. Another day ended and gone,-irrevocably. No power known on earth can bring that day back to us. Every evening there may be a sunset, but there are never two alike. Never twice is the blending of rose and blue, of lavender and gold the same. So there are never two days alike. Of what do we think as the sun goes down,-of the pleas' ures and pains of the day,-of the beauty and love of life, of the things for which we are sorry, or the things of which we are glad? "It's not the things you do, dear, It's the things you leave undone That give you a bit of a heartache At the setting of the sun." All the soothing beauty and peace of a sunset cannot erase the thought of a duty left undone, or of an unworthy act committed. A sunset is a perfect thing, a fairy world before us, where it is unmarred by any regret of the day's work, for then each pale tinted color seems painted by hope and contentment. C. HARN, Sr. 6. fiD40f0C?'W 6 QA Letter from the Grient Miss Margaret Willis, a former Faculty Member, Gives Us a Vivid Picture Tues., October 11. Dear Minnie: You have been on my mental list as one of the people to whom I was going to write as soon as I got down to writing letters,-but it has been far easier to think it than do it. Now your nice letter comes and stirs aspirations into determination. I have been having a marvelous time and love the place here. As for the Turks I have seen little of them except in the vague sort of way one does on the streets, but all the contacts I have had have been delightful. For instance the ones with whom I have bargained in the bazaars have been delightfulg you could walk off with anything in their stock without paying a cent of deposit or giving a reference, if you say you will pay next month they believe you. If you happen to be out in the country on a picnic and have no knife to cut your melons you can borrow one from a perfect stranger, carry it oif with you into the hills, and return it hours later. We have done both of those things. The girls in my classes are of 13 different nationalities or shades. That is counting TurkishfGreeks as a nationality separate from either Turks or Greeks. Even at that all shadings are not accounted for. For instance Alexandra Tcharykow is the daughter of the former Rus' sian Ambassador to Turkey, now an impoverished refugeeg but her mother is a Greek. Lucy Vlasto is a Greek with an English mother. Ali Sabiha is a Persian but a Turkish citizen. Renee Levy is a Bulf garian Jewess while Virginia Alalon is a Turkish Jewess. My sweet plump little bluefeyed blond named Sezai is Turkish as are also a few rather lumpy specimens. But on the whole the Turkish girls show up very well, and all the nationalities are interesting. For distinction we have in our preparatory school the two adopted daughters of the Presif dent of Turkey, and in the college the daughter of the Governor of Constantinople and the two daughters of the New American Ambasf sador, the Honorable Joseph Grew, formerly Asst. Sec. of State. I am teaching three subjects, two sections of Freshman history, one of Economics Q4 girlsj and one of Modern History since 1815 Q9 girlsj. That means just twelve hours a week and just 44 pupils in all three sections. Of course being of the temperament I am I'll soon get involved in something to ruin my leisure, but up to the present I have been having a gorgeous time playing. I salve the sore New Eng' land spots on my conscience by reminding myself that it is part of my 7 8 THE TOWER LIGHT job to learn all I can about the city and the country. It really is the historian's paradise, and I am working now on ways and means of using the city to vitalize our work. We have a pitiful library comf pared with Columbia's million volumes, but anything in the Metropolif tan Museum is not as valuable potentially as the actualities here in the city, and I doubt if Columbia's collection is worth any more. It is thrilling to stand in Aya Sophia where Justinian stood fourteen hun- dred years ago and gloried in his achievement. And outside in the Hippodrome stands the bronze serpentine column erected by the thank' ful Greeks at Delphi in gratitude for the deliverance of their land from Persia two thousand Eve hundred years ago. Isn't it rather staggering? Tonight we went on a moonlight picnic across the Bosphorus to Asia. I came back drenched in moonlight and happy through and through. How you and Miss Van Bibber would have loved it! This was really the 'nrst time that Turkey has spun a spell over me to rival the spell of Japan, and I think it can never be quite such a golden land as my first love. But tonight on the Bosphorus and slipping up the "Sweet Waters of Asia", as the stream is called, enchantment was in the air. Venice, too, wove spells, and Switzerland almost made me stop my trip, while the roads of France enticed me beyond words. How I yearned for Ophelia! And how I still yearn! I have not seen Marguerite Conyne yet, though I hope to go there either Christmas or Easter. It is a day's trip and by traveling deck it can be done for about 34. Me for the deck! The Near East Relief here took charge of her things and she has written me that she received them safely for which I am very thankful. It is about 2:00 A. M., and inasmuch as I have to get up .ive hours from now for a full day's work it would probably be well for me to go to bed. I haven't half answered your letter. Maybe I can pack in the rest briefly. Living quarters are luxurious, a huge single room with four windows, a bath room and sitting room, the latter about the size of 213, for three of us, laundry and maid service and meals served in your room for ZZ cents per time or packed to take out for the same. Food could be much better and could be much worse, I'm not fussy, so I thrive. Colleagues are assorted, of course, but on the whole very interesting. Write me again and next time I'll have a tale of adventure to tell. . Much love, MARGARET. Expressions and Ideas of Our Kindergarteners Walton-"Is the time over for the work?" Howard-"If you have S90 in the bank you can write a check for 38O." Explanation of a check. Eleanor fbringing a needle and threadj-"Put this in a knot." Description of paper money-"Une side is green and the other side isn't so green." I was surprised when I looked at a S1 bill to find that one side is green and the other side black, though it gives the general impression of being partly green-I had always thought there was some green with the black. Description of stars-"Stars are this big"-put fingers together in round effect. Another child fwith much emphasis,-"They don't look big but they are. They are bigger than your head!" "We've got a light in our boat and it's already lit"-a knot in the wood which looked red when they were inside the box. "Hundreds and hundreds of people can get on that boat" 'LYou mean thousands." Looking at the pictures in the photogravure section of the newspaper- "That's real, ain't it? Some pictures aren't." ' David, when straw had started to untwist from being in milk, "This straw came untiedf' . David-"I would like to have to do that." Jene Qdescribing her own picture,-"It's just a picture." Jack Qvery spontaneously, -"But it's pretty." fLater Mr. Winslow and an art supervisor from Baltimore saw the same picture on the wall and Mr. Winslow said it was the most refreshing thing he had seen for monthsj . David fon same day, describing another picture,-"That's a suggestion of a picture." Howard had built a house on top of the block boxes and the boards were piled on each other with no support. It looked like a catasf trophe almost any minute. I suggested that I shouldn't like to be in a house like that. Howard-"Oh, don't be such a scared cat!" "What a funny bridge. The hill's going up and then it comes straight again." QHill refers to the slope on the bridgej Kathryn fwith needle and threadj-"Fix this, I got the needle in but I can't get any knot in." Henry--"Have you any steel looking paint? I'd like some to iix a door knob." These are interesting principally as children's attempts to express themselves. 9 10 THE TOWER LIGHT Our children are amused over actions and sounds more than by what we consider humorous episodes. The story of the Old Woman and Her Pig sends them into gales of laughter when the last episode starts the unraveling. I think it is the sound more than anything else. A milk bottle turned over is apt to seem particularly funny. The other day a clothesline which some girls had tied between some tables fell down and when the doll's clothes went in all directions it caused much merrif ment. If I try to do something and it doesn't work, they always think it highly amusing. This morning several children were laughing joyously over some paper toweling on a nail that a child had fixed. It looked like a fan. The childishness of it does have a humorous tilt. HELEN BUTTERFIELD. f'iDkQQJC2'5 A The following two poems were composed by Fifth Graders under the direction of Eleanora Bowling and Eileen Fitzgerald, at Miss Storm's center: ' THE KNIGHT WHO WAS PROUD There was once a knight Who was very proud, Because he was the lqing's son And was allowed To do anything that he wished. And so it was that he wished one day To go and join the Holy War. His father said, "Yes, but it's far away." "Then I'll not go," he said to himself, "For, I have no shield To protect myself." So he told his father, "You are right, my son," he said, "And, now, you must get ready And go to bed." GEORGE LAMEERT. MR. OWL'S NIGHT SCHOQL Mr. Owl thought one night While the stars were shining bright, "I think I will open a night school," he said, "Because it is easy for me to stay out of bed." Nom CHANCE. The Greek CDrama HE early Greek drama developed from the religious ceremonies which consisted -of singing and dancing. The one festival in particular which had a great deal to do with the development of drama was the festival of Dionysus, the wine god. In celebrating this festival the people spent two days making merry and on the third day went to the theatre. Their theatre was out in the open. On the slopes of a hill benches were arranged in a semifcircle all facing towards the' center. Here was the dancing place. If we could have been there we would have seen a curtain just back of this space on which was painted an outdoor scene. This curtain hid the booth in which the actors changed their costumes. After the crowd assembled, the poets brought on their plays, for this was a contest of the poets. Each poet in turn produced his play. The actors who' had speaking parts wore huge masks which gave them an odd appearance. These masks served to disguise the actor and the mouthpiece was so arranged as to act as a megaphone, too. These perf formers wore long, trailing robes and were mounted on high shoes to give them added height. An essential part of the play was the chorus, consisting of twenty' four members for comedy and fifteen for tragedy. As there were few actors, they had to change their costumes during the play. While this was going on the chorus occupied the intervals by singing and dancing. The people watching the play showed their approval by crying, "Again, Again." When they disapproved of the bad acting or poor lines they threw dates, stones or pebbles at the players. Since the plays lasted all day the people were given an interlude at noon in which to eat their lunch. This, they sometimes accomplished without leaving their seats. At the close of the day and when many plays had been given, the judges made their decision. The poet who was victorious was awarded an ivy wreath. To the rich man who had provided the chorus for the poet was given the right to erect a monument to the victorious. The greatest Greek tragedy writer was Aeschylus. His writings were most practical and were based on historical or mythical happen' ings. Others who are remembered as having especially fine work are Sophocles, Euripedes, Aristophanes and Menander. The works of Sophocles were best liked because the people and their actions were more real than the others. ' 11 12 'THE TOWER LIGHT An interesting thing to note is that when drama first began the chorus was the principal factor aided by one or two soloists. Later the chorus became second to the main characters, until it has finally disappeared from our drama today. KATHARINE FRINGER, Senior SVA. GXIX9 THE ELIZABETHAN THEATRE HE ELIZABETHAN THEATRE was copied from its mother, the Greek theatre. The plays were at one time held out in the open courtyard. Balconies were constructed which held the audience. The Elizabethan theatre carried much the same idea. The theatre was oval or octagonal in shape with the stage at one end. The pit was that part directly in front of the stage where the common people stood to see the performance. The galleries for those paying admission ran around the house on all three sides. The nobles when they came sat on the stage where they could torment the actors. The stage was divided into two parts. The back part or the "green room" was a dressing room for the actors, where surprise scenes were displayed. The second part of the stage was the open part, or the front, where the acting was done. The stage was of the utmost sim' plicity, utterly devoid of scenery and footlights. Signs denoted change of scenery as there was no main curtain in the front. The lack of scenery was supposed to emphasize the acting. The costumes were very simple and had no historical correctness. It is known that different knights and nobles donated costumes to the actors. The theatres in those times, as today, were intended to be money makers. There were two main companies controlling the actors at that time-The Lord Chamberlain's Company and The Lord Admiral's Com' pany. The "Globe" theatre which was closely connected with Shakes' peare was opened in London in 1595. Ai red flag representing comedy or a black flag representing tragedy was hoisted on a pole above the theatre to let the people know of the next performance. The plays given in the afternoon lasted about two and a half hours. Although we would not care to sit through so long a time without diversion, the Elizabethan people crowded the theatre at most of the performances. The theatre was an important element in the lives of the Elizabethans as shown by the enthusiasm and numbers of people who attended. t JANE LA MOTTE, Sr. 7. VALENTINE VERSES gg fi lm N b,,, -- ' is 1 The moon may smile in silver, The sun may glare in gold, The sunset flaunts its brilliancy, The rose its bud unfold. 'Tis nature only seeking Her own beauty to extol. For she knows that thou art fairer Than her lovely rosebuds rare And she knows thee to be brighter Than her sunlight's dazzling glare. Though hard she tries to match you, She must very soon despair. E. L. BOWLING, '28 r'SDh9fAfCf5 You, Clarice, are a trumpet flower, Vividly red, Tapering and bell shaped Trailing your scarlet blossoms Over a gray stone wall. I, Clarice, am a humming bird, Iewelflike in color Flashing and dartflike, Sipping the sweetness of the nectar From your glowing heart. E. L. BOWLING cfldviee of a Student Teacher Tune-If I Were a Rose 1 If I were a student about to grasp, With a backward flook and a lingering clasp, The problems of teaching, the student's trial, I would grow so meek and would list awhile. 'That's what I'd do if I were you, Listen awhile. 2 If I had no pictures of cows and hogs, Or a primary unit on cats or dogs, Of Greece and Rome and Baltimore, t I'd hustle around to collect a store. That's what I'd do if I were you- Pictures galore. 3 If I had no look that could freeze and stare, E'en the worst of kids like a Frigidaire, That could quell a mob about to fight, I'd make faces in the mirror at night. 'That's what I'd do if I were you- Oh, neophyte! 4 And now just some parting farewell advice: Don't be too strict, and not too "nice," There's many a sound that the teacher hears, That certainly shouldn't have reached her ears. Now, but a word-just don't have heard- And you'll succeed. ELEANORA A K BOWLING i Q ixxixxxlg fa i. ....... 1 , pfffll lnwwrri-5-i'l X I' X1-,v -er-,har 3g" aa? -I 5 ' liguuirfr u in I ,A '- Q -' -.Q '. A . g n , .V Y p It , , 5 NE? N . ' ' ,A Q1 A F XTSN N. col f - SQ AZs.lAlllxX-. c,s...,3L I a s tie 'ir' QNBW CBGGKS URING December and january, a number of attractive books have been added to the library. Among the adult iction titles, the following will be of interest: Curwood-Kazan. - Grey-Desert of Wheat. Rolvaag-Giants in the Earth. Train-When Tutt Meets Tutt. Wescott-The Grandmothers. Wharton-The Mother's Recompense. The trilogy translated from the Norwegian of Sigrid Undset is a notable piece of literary work, which will undoubtedly be of permanent value. The titles should be read in the following order: Bridal Wreath, Mistress of Husaby, The Cross. For the Juvenile collection, the books most worth careful notice and reading by adults are: The Popover Family, by Phillips, Civilizing Cricketgby Hookerg and I Know a Secret, by Christopher Morley. New books have been bought recently on Norse mythology, on Reality, on Weather, on Batik, on Marionettes, and a dozen other fascinating subjects. The Boy's Life of Colonel Lawrence gives a short, readable account of the man who inspired and wrote The Revolt in the Desert by a newspaper correspondent who was with him when he encamped in the lost Arabian city. There are several delightful little books with pictures and poems on flowers of spring, summer, and autumn. These are by Cicely Barker, and should prove helpful for planning units, for teaching nature study, and for recognizing our common flowers. For others, watch for the book jackets on the bulletin board, and for new book lists on the display case in the East Library. M. OSBORN 15 efl Fraternity Cinderella HE happy, carefree couples strolled slowly down the road lead' ing to Newell Hall, or retraced their steps carefully to the park' ing space in the rear of the Administration Building. Everywhere seemed to be gaiety and the comforting sense of an evening well spent that is akin to peace. But "things are not always what they seem to be," and indeed, in the minds of several of those who had tripped lightly throughout the evening, was turmoil. Here was the situation, and those of us who took part can solemnly swear that melodramatic as it may seem, the thing actually happened. Like all good historians I have waited for some time to elapse before setting forth this story for the benefit of humanity since time in between the perpetrating of the act and the recording of the same has a mellowing influence that tends to make one less sensational and more precise in one's report. But I digress: The "rushing season" was in full swing at a great University of this State. Excitement ran high, and this night, this fatal night on which was held one of our Normal School dances, several fraternities were represented in our Auditorium. There were represented also, fresh' men, popular, much soughtfafter youngsters, tasting the thrill of having upper classmen, and even lofty alumni, rush them. Of all the fraterf nities present, none was, perhaps, so assiduous in its rushing of a cerf tain freshman present, as, let us call it,-Tau Nu Tau, or, in other words, T. N. T. I have chosen these letters because they illustrate more than passing well the dynamic personality and inexhaustible rush- ing energy of the fraternity in question. But to continue-T. N. T. had even managed to secure a date for Tommy-let us say-Apple' seed, had guided him successfully through the mazes of a Normal School receiving line, and had guarded him with equal success from the wiles of rival fraternity brothers who gazed longingly at the precious prize that was Tommy. But ever and anon the vigilant brothers glanced anxiously at the big Bens ticking away upon their wrists, and shook their heads sagely, saying, "We must be away from here before twelve." Shades of Cinderella! For you must know, in order to understand these mystic words that at twelve o'clock the rushing season of the great University was ended and the silence period began. Most necesf sary would it be then for the brothers of T. N. T. to procure their charge, talk to him, while there was yet time, bundle him back home, and then to camp on his door step before breakfast the next A. M. to pin on the pledge pin, as a general bestows the Croix de Guerre fnotice how quickly the attitude changes from that of suppliant to that of one granting a great favorj upon a deserving rookie who has come through the iire and smoke of battle with flying colors. But-"the best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agleef' Somef how, one will never know just how it happened, Tommy Appleseed 16 THE TOWER LIGHT 17 fthe toothsome little morselj slipped from sight. The great clock in the tower was almost ready to boom. The T. N. T.'s were ready and did boom, "Tommy" There was no response. And then there was consternation indeed! Several of the T. N. T.'s were found to be lost. VVhat a situation, the freshmen gone, three active members missing, and rival inhabitants of the Greek world at large in the wide expanse of land that stretches between the Administration Building and the stately edifice that is Newell. The T. N. T.'s are gentlemen, but they can also be most abrupt, and quite speedy, as those of us poor M. S. N. S. Atalantas who were obliged to tear down the steps and rush down the hill with their courtly T. N. T. escorts can testify. Down the hill we raced, the wind singing in our ears, and the other couples flying by us in a haze, calling, "Paging Tommy Appleseed!" Breathless, we drew up before Newell, and there, under the soft light of Lady Luna, was an active member of the T. N. T. -being very active! "Brother," half sobbed, half scolded he who had "rushed" the most Qboth the freshmen and as he paused before the touching sight down the hillj , "this is no time for honeyed words under the moon. A perfectly good Freshman is at large! Rally to the standard!" And like a voice in the night the "rusher" went on. Nearby was another T. N. T. He had not yet been set off, wasonly just mustering up courage to say au revoir, etc., when he was most rudely interrupted. A hand and arm shot through the railing, and seized his shoulder, a thing which greatly cramped the poor chap's style, words of dread import sounded in his ear, and the "rusher" went on. Soon, all the formerly missing active members and the hill chargers were in battle formation, mustered for the fray, but where, oh where was Tommy? The clock was nearly ready to proclaim the midnight hour. The T. N. T.'s must find their freshman, pat him on the back, and place his footsteps in the right direction, for after twelve o'clock there must be no word spoken or "a fine of fifty dollars or imprison- ment", the penalty imposed upon the fraternity which dared to dis- obey the inexorable laws of the Interfraternity Board. Satished, how' ever, that Tommy was not to be found in the vicinity of the dormitories the little squad charged up the hill, the M. S. N. S. portion weakening considerably as the summit was reached, and at the foot of the Adminisf tration Building steps came into sharp contact with the other T. N. T.'s who were in uhollow square" formation. fLatin-orbis-Caesar--p. 5 9 -line 121. Slowly, before the bewildered gaze of the new arrivals the hollow square opened, and behold, it was not hollow! Within was disclosed the pearl of great price, the Mpriceless ingredient", the muchf sought after freshman! V The hand of the clock crept slowly on toward twelve. There was time for only a hearty clap on the back Qfraternities have this patentedj, and a fervent, choky, "Think carefully, my boy", and the silence period 18 THE TOWER LIGHT began! We all stood still staring at each other until the last deep note of the clock had sounded upon the frosty air. . as :xc :xc as :xc The ride home deserves the pen Of a master. We girls endeavored to say just the right thing tO Tommy to make up for the lack Of loquac ciousness on the part of the victims of circumstances, but I must say for the T. N. T.'s that they certainly did not address a word to the fresh' man. Of course, they did gently suggest what would be the most fit' ting and effective thing for us to say, but that, "sans dOute", was done merely to help tide us girls over the embarrassing situation. We left Tommy at his door, goodnights were said through the inter' preters, and just as the fas we hopedj potential T. N. T. pledge turned on his heel the "rusher" murmured, to the world in general and to no one in particular, "May God guide your footsteps, my lad!" What finally happened? Oh, I believe his father and mother did not want him to join any fraternity. ELEANORA BOWLING, '28. flhe Tower Clock I heard it first two years ago As I1was passing on old 'York Road. I did not know the meaning then That it holds for those who dwell therein. But now the two years swiftly have passed, And I am studying there at last. I, too, am timing my Normal days, By the tower clock's familiar brays. I hear it break through the silent night, I hear it strike in the morning light, And it means the dawn of another day, With all of its work and joy and play. Then comes night, when at seven it rings, I will know the meaning it brings, Units, term papers, posters and charts, Some of the things that determine marks. But at the end of two short years, After I have won through joys and fears I'll say "good by" in june, twentycnine, To the tower clock's familiar chime. CAMILLA JOHNSON, jr. 7. QAPPEAL TO APRIL 'You are crying on your flowers! All your pretty, sunlit bowers Now are dreary, drenched with showers, April! What is this we hear of sadness? Springtime weeping? Why 'tis madness! Tell us these are tears of gladness! April! 'You'll be bright and gay tomorrow, Seeking from the sun to borrow Happiness, to conquer sorrow, April! Soon your seedlings will be springing And your birdlings be afwinging! Look up, this is time for singing! April! DOROTHY WILSON, Sr. 8 C'i?NS9Q 5 TRINITY 1 My mind, my brain, oh, how it teems With beautiful, radiant, illusive dreams! They throb within my temples so- The pen will never come to know Their wild import. 2 Oh, foolish Word, go hide your face! What rashness bids you try embrace The stupendous speechlessness of mind? Words, I fear, will never find Their wild import. 3 But, lo! My heart with rapturous knowledge fills, My soul in answering echo trills, Till all my being responsive grows- And hears with joy, and fully knows Their wild import. ETTA CLUSTER THE TCWER LIGHT Published monthly by the students of the Maryland State Normal School at Towson Student Editors Chief ELEANORA BOWLING Jokes Athletic Reporter Associate LEONARD GENTRY HOWARD FLOOK CHARLOTTE HARN Social Reporter MARY B. TAYLOR Art Circulation Manager ABRAHAM STEIN HOWARD FLOOK Business Manager Typing Staff SIDNEY CHERNAK VIOLA HOLTER . CATHERINE E. ROHR Advertising Managers MARY DIGNAN ANN IVES CARROLL RANKIN EMMA LEE MAROIA ELLIOTT LEONARD GENTRY Priceg-One Dollar Fifty Cents per 'Year Single Copies, Twenty Cents WHAT CONSTITUTES A SCHGDL What constitutes a school and makes it truly great But masters strong and wise, Who teach because they love the teacher's task, And find their richest prize In eyes that open and minds that ask? HENRY VAN DYKE What ls a QNormal School Student? HE question we have put before us can be answered in two ways, technical and lay. Let us first consider him from the vantage point of science. We shall not arrogate for ourselves the authority or the perspicacity of trained scientists. Legitimate defer' ence to long and exhaustive study as well as wide, rich experience demands with complete justification that at this point of our discussion we withdraw from the center of the stage of those possessed of the necessary qualifications to which we have alluded. As the exponent of the scientific' point of view we are going to invoke the aid of our own Miss Snyder. According to Miss Snyder in order to arrive at an accurate, dynamic picture of the Normal School student two basic points must be considered. First, is the unique personal element, a dominant characteristic at the time of graduation from high school, that differentiates him from the high school graduate entering the busi- ness world or any other Held of endeavor, in short, the desire to become a teacher. fShe correctly qualifies this in regard to those who "have chosen thoughtlessly or rather blindly".j Secondly, in Normal School he has entered into an entirely new world. It is true he will traverse anew the highways and byways of the old curriculum. The approach, if not the diametric opposite of the highfschool ap' proach, is certainly radically different. The key to the new approach is the philosophy and art or science of education or, better, educating others. He is no longer a recipient of learning but a prospective teacher. To draw an analogy from the science of medicine, he is not a patient in the hands of a physician-he is the incipient, the developing physician who will later specialize in surgery, whose ostensible province is the rooting out of ignorance and inculcating intelligence in the ways of life. We are aware that all that has been said so far is per se rather meta' physical and subjective-that unless a cleanfcut conception of what a Normal School student is is evolved our disquisition might just as well be relegated to the ashfheap as futile and valueless. It is the writer's conviction that a technical exposition without clarification from other sources must inevitably end in vain, devoid of practical significance. That belief also needs explanation and by supplying that explanation, it is the modest hope of the author to formulate a working notion of what constitutes a Normal School student. Let us then leave for the present the abstruse realm of science and place ourselves in the position of the layman. SOLOMON CAPLIS. 21 1 Q f:A lV1W?'. ' Qi ' W l fi fx 'l ll l BASKET BALL INCE the last issue of the Tower Light our basketball team has had successes and failures. The failures were partly due to the irregularity of the schedule during the 'drst part of the month of January. The team, in spite of its two failures has pledged itself "wins" from now on. Students, show us your school spirit and come to the game and help us win. It seems as though the more the plea is made, the less support we get. Take this suggestion: read the basket ball schedule on the physical education bulletin board, then give us a call and cheer for us. rxaqocaicf'-Q THE LEONARDTOWN HIGH GAME On Tuesday, january 10, our "Big Train" journeyed to the little "hamlet" of Leonardtown and played its second game on a foreign court. We left the Administration Building at noon and were given a big send off by students who were going to lunch, then we rolled down the driveway in the big McMahon bus and were off on our longest trip of the season. Upon reaching the vicinity of Leonardtown we noticed something very unique in the way of transportation-the ox cart. All along the road and in the fields, oxen could be seen pulling this ancient vehicle. The sight was new to the fellows and they enjoyed it immensely. We arrived in Leonardtown about 3.30 and immediately began to prepare for the game which began at 4.30. From the first toot of the referee's whistle the game was not in doubt, at least as to result. The Big Train ran away with the Leonardtown boys in the first half, with Ward, our lanky center, getting the tip oif every time. This half ended luckily for the Leonardtown boys with the Big Train on the long end of a 26f3. At the beginning of the second half the scene shifted. "The Big Train's" second team took the floor and was effective against its opponents. -The game ended with the Big Train bombarding the Leonardtown basket. The score was 52f7. Galperin, Lawlis, Rankin and Ward showed their wares and carried oif honors for Normal. 22 THE CITY COLLEGE GAME East Friday, January 20, we hopped on the Towson "straight 8" and caught a ride to Carlin's Park, where we played a game with the strong City College quintet from Baltimore. Never was a place so cold as was Carlm's on that day. We suffered our Hrst defeat at the hands of this team. "The Big Train" did not work together and although City was minus her star center, Kramer, she defeated us by a 3147 score. We attributed a large part of the failure to the temperature of Carlin's at the time. Ward played well for the "Big Train", having the highest score to his credit. He made three field goals. f'5n3N9GNCi.J THE WESTMINSTER HIGH GAME What a terrible night to be out and yet we were. It was raining in sheets and 'one could hardly see twentyfiive feet ahead of him while driving a car. Such was the scene when we began our journey to Westmmster, Tuesday evening, january 24, quite over confident that we had the game cinched before we began to play it. We left two of the first string men behind,-Mr. Rankin and Mr. Gentry. Upon arriving in Westminster we found the team representing the, high school of that city waiting for us. We soon put on our togs and were on the floor ready to play at 8.30 P. M. The game was one of the miracle basket ball games and one of the most hectic struggles the Big Train has ever experienced. There was little scoring done by either team. Four Held goals were made during the' entire game, one by the Normal team and three by the Westminf ster team. Ward had the honors of making Normal's only held goal after shooting many times at the opponents's goal, while Lawlis scored the other two points made by our team from the "free throw" line, thus making a total of four points. There was no scoring done during the second half. The entire game was marred by the inability of our boys to make their shots good. The whole team played a good floor game and we conf gratulate them on that part of the struggle. The game ended with Normal on the short end of a 6f4 score. Bet' ter luck next time, boys! Get into the ight, boys and we'll go thru the rest of the season without a defeat. i HOWARD FLOOK, Manager. 23 Father Qto daughter in M. S. N. SJ: "Do you need any money, daughter?" Normalite: "No, Dad, I have plenty." Miss Wluitestone said that she didn't know profanity was so prevalent until she started to drive an automobile. A friend asked her, "Do you hear much of it on the road?" She very modestly replied, "Yes, nearly everyone I bump into swears dreadfully." Her Father fat telephonej: "Mable is not at home. May I take any message?" Young Male Voice fnervouslyj: "Er-yes. just say-er-Toodle- oo-sweety--eetums-from Valentine!" "Did you fall?" asked a man rushing to the rescue of a woman who slipped on an icy pavement. "Oh, no," she said. "I just sat down here to see if I could ind any fourfleaf Clovers." "Well, you've made your bed," said Mrs. Plymouth Rock to her wayward daughter, "now you'll have to lay in it." "It's sad," said the sentimental landlady at the table, "to think this poor lamb should be slaughtered in the flower of his youth just to satisfy our appetite." "Yes," agreed the cynical boarder, "it is tough." "Sedentary work," said Mrs.---, "tends to lessen the endurance." "In other words," butted in the smart student, "the more one sits, the less one can stand." "Exactly," retorted the lecturer, "and if one lies a great deal, one's standing is lost completely." "Do you think that Proffessor-- meant anything by it?" "What?" "He advertised a lecture on 'Fools' I bought a ticket and it said, 'Admit One.' " The teacher asked little Ruth what her father's name was. "Daddy," she answered. "Yes, dear," said the teacherg "but what does your mother call him?" "She don't call him nuthin'," Ruth answered earnestly. "She likes him." 24 THE 'TOWER LIGHT 25 OLD BUT- First Angel-"How'd you get here?" Second Angel-"Elue." It costs S90 more to raise a girl to 18 than it does a boy, say the investigators. That, according to Kez., is the extra S5 a year for the girl to get paint to save the surface. St. Peter fto applicantjz "Where are you from?" Applicant: "Eastern Shore of Maryland." St. Peter: "Come on in, but I don't think you'll like it." Bootblack-"Light or dark, sir?" AbsentfMinded Professor-'Tm not particular, but please don't give me the neck." Johnny-"I ain't got none of them ce5M1,?'l'xj S'-Ea'7b"f' things." Teacher-"How many times must I tell you not to say ain't?" "Is there any particular sport you are fond of, Ethel?" "No-but-er-I like you very much Carl." "Waiter, it's been half an hour smce I ordered that turtle soup." "Sorry, sir, but you know how turtles are." Sez I: ' "At junior participation I learned much from the pupils. For in' stance, I found from the examination papers of a class of twentyfhve that: 'The plural of spouse is spice, 'The subjects have a right to partition the king, 'A mosquito is a child of black and white parentsg A ','The population of New England is too dry for farmingf " I love poetry, especially White Leghorns. All work and no pay makes Jack a school teacher. I learned from Miss Munn that judging from these jokes, I'm older than I look. "The sky is the limit," sez I, "as I slipped on my slickerf' Our red street cars are often mistaken for A. E8 P. stores. It's easy to tell tho, if it moves it's an A. E99 P. store. . COVERED A son at college wrote to his father: c ,"No mon, no fun, your son." The ,father answered: "How sad, too had, your dad." ' Y -American Boy. The Big Friendly Store of Baltimore Our Service Motto: Honest, Prompt, Courteous, Complete Srswmrafoj. THIS IS T HE STORE OF YOUTH Styles for the Miss who would pass the Student Board of Style Examiners A H b 'ffie u BALTIMORE, CHARLES and F AYETTE SMART APPAREL For the College Girl and the pleasur: of receiving courteous service amid spacious surroundings. HUTZLER BWFHEKS C3 KAUFMAN PACKING Co. UNION STOCK YARDS BALTIMORE, MD. Hocnscz-m.D.KoHN 8f,Co. Where Well-Dressed College Girls Buy Their Apparel Samuel Kirk 3 Son Incorporated AMERICKS oLDEsT SILVERSMITHS A Founded I 815 421 NORTH CHARLES STREET BALTIMORE, MD. Diamonds Pearls Watches Silverware THE LINDEN EDGAR DE MOSS 39 York Road at Linden Terrace Towson, Md. CONFECTIONERY, CIGARS AND CIGARETTES LIGHT LUNCH Visit Our Ice Cream Parlor Towson 372-J SCHOOL NOTES NORMAL SOCIETY PLAY HE most important dramatic production of the year 19274928, "The Man in the Bowler Hat," was given by the Normal Dramatic Club, in the Auditorium on january 21, 1928. For several weeks we looked forward eagerly to its presentation, and we dare say that there was no one who did not have several hearty laughs. The plot was of an unusual type and we hope in the coming months to have more plays like it. The characters took their parts with the ease of professionals so the entire play was a complete success. DEAN MINNICK ADDRESSES ASSEMBLY On Wednesday, january 18, we had with us a very celebrated man, Dean Minnick of Miami University, Ohio. He spoke of the "Prof motion of General Welfare" for the benefit of all, so that present day youth may be better suited to meet the demands of civilization. His excellent manner of presenting facts, and his witty remarks kept the audience in laughter while he brought out a vital problem facing us today. DORMITORY BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR JANUARY What a beautiful wintry scene was there in Richmond Hall Social Room on the eve of January 18! There were no huge snow balls nor icicles gleaming brightly. No, but, oh, what delicious white, fluffy marshmallows waiting to be toasted over the fire! XVhat beautiful white snow forts of cake bearing proudly on their tops a flag? No, a candle! For this was the birthday party for all those having a birthday in January. Although the room was dressed in cool candles, there was no icy chill in the warm greetings which all of the students gave their "Birthf day Friends." To add to the enjoyment, Miss Edgeworth Humphreys sang a solo, tossing out all the while to the guests silver chocolate buds, which looked like icicles but were, oh, so much better! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this winter entertainment around the cozy ire and, I am quite sure, that the guests attacked their snow forts of cake with such vim that they disappeared like magic! MARY B. T AYLOR. l!Continued on page 2911 27 Compliments of - The Most TOWSGN NATIONAL BANK Opposite the Court House IREIJABLE TOWSON MARYLAND CONVENIENT Means of Transportation THE STREET CAR MATHIAS GROSS Barber Shop YORK ROAD, Near Chesapeake Ave. TOWSON, MD. Lexington Market: PLaza 02 6 6- 02 6 9 Hollins Market: PLaza 10 8 3 D. CALLAHAN'S SONs SEA FOOD BALTIMORE MARYLAND TOWSON SHOE STORE YORK AND JOPPA ROADS Ladies, Don't Throw Your Tum-Sole ' Shoes Away We repair them Without using nails or stitches. Shoes repaired on our new Hydro-Pres Machine with water-proof cement, Look, Wear and Feel like new shoes. For Every Banking Con- venience Bank with Whe 'Qzrltimnre Glnuntg EIL? zmk YORK ROAD TOWS ON, MD. CHARLES ST. at LEXINGTON The MISSESA' SHOPS AND I JUNIOR SHOP Provide for Every College Need STERLING LIGHTING INCORPORATED Lighting Fixtures Distinctive Lamps and Shades Exclusive--Not Expensive 403 NORTH CHARI ES STREET BALTIMORE, MD. SUGGESTIGNS FOR HISTORY TEACHERS Believing that the questions used by our professors in the History classes are too simple, I wish to suggest the following model questions: 1. Where was the Battle of Waterloo fought? 2. In what year was the War of 1812 fought? 3. What man invented the Ford? 4. What two countries took part in the SpanishfAmerican War? 5. What is the ranking of Col. Lindbergh in the Air Service? . What office does President Coolidge hold? . How long did the Thirty Year war last? . At what place did Lincoln deliver his Gettysburg Address? . In what season of the year did Washington spend the winter at Valley Forge? 9. VV'ho won the Battle of the Marne when the allies were inally victorious? A 10. Who was the president during Roosevelt's administration? I The Index V 5 6 7 8 filvciti Junior I Takes a Trip to Walters Qflrt Gallery WALTER's ART GALLERY was a scene of animated chatter when the wouldfbe teachers of Jr. I gathered to see a beautiful art collection. Under the supervision of a teacher new to us all, we were introduced to many objects which we had not noticed before. We started on the first floor and saw all the cases in the loggia, then we went in all the rooms on the right and left sides. From there we went to the second floor where we toured the picture galleries and the balcony. The south gallery which holds the modern pictures, was most inter' esting to us. We found pictures by Corot, Millet and other artists of the famous Barbizon School. The north gallery has the famous por' traits by the great English painters-Reynolds and Romney, and a few from the Dutch and Flemish schools. The Earlier Italian Painting was represented by pictures of Rubens, Michael Angelo and earlier ones of Botticelli. We noticed new acquisitions in crystals, bronze, copper and majolica. The trip was most enjoyable and beneficial. R. ULMAN, jr. I. 29 YORK ROAD GARAGE TOWSON, MD. M. L. PORTS Towson 525 The Supreme Ice Cream CO. raw. Your Sweetest Neighbor' Correct Wearing Apparel ,gm FOR THE Colle e Girl g 1224-28 The May C0' Greenmount Avenue LEXINGTON, HOWARD AND FAYETTE STREETS BALTIMORE, Mp, Chlvert 5500 A Compliments of "Say it With Flowers" qhe CB1ack Z4 fDecker Wx' ISSAAC H. MOSS Mfg' CO' INCORPORATED TOWSON MD Florists and Decorators , ms YORK ROAD BALTIMORE MD HENRY RECKORD Ffimdship T O w s O N Of SECOND - NATIONAL BANK Since 1913 TOWSQN, MD. THE HERGENRATHER DRUG GU. Prescription Druggists Headquarters for School Supplies, Koclalcs, Films, Stationery and Sporting Goods. Greet- ing Cards for all occasions. 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For a Successful Reunion-What, Ruth Parker .... 1917 Reunion, Olive Ruarlg ................ Can You Do As Well? ................... Editorial, A Shower Bouquet ............... A Serious Responsibility, Katherine T. Kirwan ..... Page .. 3 .. 5 .. 5 6 .. 7 .. 9 .. 9 10 12 13 14 18 ....19 20 ....21 22 .. .... 23 Three Normal Experience Levels, Mary L. Broening ....... 24 My Normal Training, Elizabeth Benson ........... The Lindbergh Age, Loretta Schwartz Higgins .... To a Little Boy, B. M. Taylor .................. An Eastern Shore Graduate Reports, N. W. Houck. Our Arizona Teacher, S. E. 'Y. ................. . The Tryst Inevitable, Lillian Sunclergill ........... One -of Life's Problems, Julius Stark ..... Laugh or Despair, Helen Feaster ................ Class Room Products of Our Alumni ............ A Grim Fairy Tale from Real Life, A. Lichtenstein. Alumni Unit Messages ........................ The Romance of Experimentation, Alvina Treat. . . School Notes ................................ Basketball ................................. Iokes ..... .. ...24 ...25 ..26 .......26 .. ...27 ...28 ...30 ...31 .. ...32 .......36 .. .... 37 .. ...39 ...4O 43 46 he Glufuer Tight . , 1 Vol. I March 1928 No. 6 Qfl QMGSSHQQ From the Clrlresident of the Qfllumni By GEO. W. SCHLUDERBBRG President Alumni Association ,I HB Alumni Association entered upon the new year 1927f28 with a very promising future. The treasury was ui very good shape fthanks to the leadership of the former president, Hon. J. Charles Linthicum, and the spirit of the oiiicers ran very high with enthusiasm. The first meeting of the Officers and the Executive Committee was well attended in the early fall. At this meeting a tentative program for the year was drawn up. In part it was as follows: 1. A card party beneiit in the fall. QAt Towsonj 2. A midfwinter meeting. 3. A theater benefit in the spring. 4. A card party beneit in the late spring. fAt Baltimorej 5. The regular june meeting and Dinner. These plans were later discussed on November 12th at the Home Coming for the Class of 1927 at the Normal School. Quite a large number of the Association oflicers, members and County Chairmen at' tended the meeting at Miss Tall's residence. It was one of the most interesting meetings I have ever attended. All felt free to render asf sistance and give suggestions for the year's work. The 'first big event of the year as planned was the card party. It was held on December the 9th, at Richmond Hall. Mrs. J. Raine was chairman and was very ably assisted by Mrs. Kuper, Mrs. Hossfeld, Mrs. Schluderberg, Miss Sperry and a number of seniors from the school. The evening was a great success. The Cllicers and Executive Committee decided that there could be no better time for a midwinter meeting than Founders' Day, January 13th. On that date the association decided to entertain the Class of 1928 and members of the Association. Great efforts were made to spread the news throughout the state. On the evening of the 13th refreshments were served and more than eight hundred students, alumni members and friends gathered in the huge auditorium to enjoy the production of "Sun Up" by the Play Arts Guild. Misses M. Ellen Logan, Mary 3 4 THE TOWER LIGHT H. Scarborough and Irene Steele used every effort to make it the best of its kind. A committee too numerous to mention aided in the mammoth occasion. . The Association was fortunate in getting Feb. 20th for its theatre benefit. Thru the untiring efforts of Misses Mary Lee and Mary H. Scarborough we were able to secure one night at the Maryland with the production "My Maryland". The returns to date are very prom' ising and it looks as if another great social evening had materialized for the members and friends of the association. I The final beneit will be a card party in the city. Full particulars for this event are not available at the tune of this writing. Announcements will be Sent out later. The funds resulting from all of these paid enterprises will be devoted to the general lecture fund and to any other educational endeavors which the association deems wise to support. The work of the year will be terminated with the June meeting and Dinner, on June 9th. You no doubt remember what a 'fine time We had last year. Plans are being made to make this year greater than ever. Be sure to attend. Is your class having a reunion this year? Better get in touch with your class president! In concluding, may I extend my many thanks to the omcers, com' mittee members and friends for the fine spirit and untiring efforts directed toward the success of the work this year. wap: cfllumni oflssociation Officers GEORGE W. SCHLUDERBERG ............................. President IRENE M. STEELE ....... .......... V icefPresident EDITH LAWSON HOSFELD ..... ....... R ecordingfSecreta1y LAURA AGNES PRICE .... .... C owesponding Secretary LAURA PHELPS TODD .... ................ T reasurer BESSIE ARTERBURN ........................... Assistant Treasurer EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE HoN. J. C1-IAS. LINTHICUM, Chairman MARY HunsoN SCARBOROUGH HELEN DAVIS RAINE M. ELLA LOGAN ELLA L. SMITH THE TOWER LIGHT 5' Qur Insurance Cpolicy By LIDA LEE TALL ,KP Two persons have a friendship, or must deal together, the situaf tion is comparatively simple.. The minute a third person is added to the group, complexities arise. With ive thousand to be considered, the sit' uation is extremely intricate. Here we are, the State Normal School at Towson, with more than five thousand alumni who have the problem of being faithful to their Alma Mater, of carrying on its work in the Held, of holdmg high the torch of its spirit, and of instilling into future generations the love of its work. If one alumnus is indifferent, the effect is far reachmg in its destructive force. Five thousand strong--a village in itself! If we all adopted the cult of education as a guiding star, with ideals that a profession should have, and if we lived together steadfast in purpose, knew what real teaching should be, and sought to under' stand children, we could blaze the way for a new generation of men. The Metropolitan Insurance Company boasts that it has written the largest group insurance policy ever written, that for one hundred and twenty employees in a large motor car company. Why can't we, grad' uates of this school, participate in a group insurance policy for this school, which would provide for membership in the Alumni Association, participation as field workers in carrying on the work of the school, for seeking new and lofty ideals for the Alma Mater, and for a gathering together of the clan-five thousand strong-at least once a year, or for small groups many, many, times during the year? wap-v ' The CPrayer' of a Teacher Father, between Thy strong hands Thou hast bent The clay but roughly into shape, and lent To me the task of smoothing where I may And fashioning to a gentler form Thy clay. To see some hidden beauty Thou hadst planned, Slowly revealed beneath my laboring handg Sometime to help a twisted thing to grow More straightg this is full recompense, and so I give Thee but the praise that Thou wouldst not Firm hand and high heart for the further task. -The Commonweal, New York. Sara E. CRich1nond V By ALBERT NORMAN WARD, - President, Western Maryland College JL HE STORY is told of a traveller visiting an obscure village in Eng' land, who was so impressed by the quiet and orderliness of the place and the sobriety of the people that he inquired of a resident as to the reasons therefore. He received the reply: "One hundred years ago a man by the name of john Wesley came to this village and spent a day here, and preached to the people". It has occurred to me that fifty years from now, if some one from the outside were to visit the state of Maryland and were to inquire as to the causes that had most to do with the moral and intellectual development of the state, that some one might truly say that there lived and wrought, in the days gone by, a woman by the name of Sarah E. Richmond. I regard Miss Richmond as the greatest woman of her period. Cer' tainly no other woman excelled her, and as I reckon things, no man equalled her. Fifty years or more of exalted service, a teacher and principal of the State Normal School, giving her personality and her force of character and her intellectual stimulus to the hundreds and thousands who knew her and loved her, and who sat under her teach' ing and lived within reach of the charm of her personality, and then went out into the schools of the state to teach hundreds of thousands of boys and girls, she made a contribution to the State that was not surpassed by any other citizen of the time in which she lived. I went to school to her for one year, a long time ago. I have for' gotten many things she taught me from books, but I have not forgotten her. To me she stands out apart from all others in many respects, for she made a contribution to my life for which I shall always be grateful. And what she did for me she did for many others. Hers was a won' derful personality. She was a superior teacher, an administrator who knew how to command in a way that left no stings, a really great woman! The politicians of her day came and went and are forgotten. The statesmen of that period of fifty years in which she lived and taught, have had their day and have ahnost ceased to be. They wrote their names upon tablets of marble or of brass, but she wrote hers upon the minds and hearts of the thousands she taught and mspired by her wholesome and unselfish spirit, and what she wrote "will brighten to all eternity". She was the greatest benefactor our state has known. She gave not gold, but a life. She was poor, but she made many rich. She asked for no laurels, but everybody loved her, and thus crowned, she became the queen of all hearts. As I look back over the years, she was to my mind the greatest woman the State of Maryland has pro- duced. 6 fllie Personality of the Teacher By JENNIE E. JBssoP Baltimore County Supervisor. STUDENT days at Normal are filled to the brim with social and work' day contacts. How little do we dream of the tremendous influence these daily experiences have upon that part of us we term personality. Perf sonality--that elusive, intangible quality we all long to possess. Lack of personality is usually offered as the explanation of a man's failure in business. "A pleasing personality" is given with equal assurance as the reason for a woman's success in life. What do we mean by personality? Can we analyze this mysterious quality? Is one born with or without this inunknown quantityn? Can it possibly be acquired, increased or diminished? The happy possessor of it is envied. The person who lacks it is seriously handicapped. The classroom teacher lives in a small world which does not trouble itself to inhibit its likes and dislikes. Children measure the teacher for what he is. With them there is no pretense--your personality is revealed to this group with sharp distinctness. What analysis does the child mind unconsciously make? First of all it looks for sympathy. fChristianity in its truest sense, the habit of putting oneself in another's placej Next the child seeks for sincerity, truthfulness, and honest desire to help. The teacher should possess a spirit of absolute fairness, a willingness to acknowledge his own mis' takes if he desires his pupils to accept criticism with frank, good feeling. The teacher most assuredly wishes his suggestions to grip the pupils under his teaching, to take firm hold and result in action. To attain this end the teacher must himself believe in what he is doing, must be so full of his subject that it carries over into his voice, his eyes, his countenance, so that the children catch the fire of his enthusiasm and become imbued with the idea themselves. Conidence, optimism, enthusiasm, are all necessary qualities. True, they may become offensive. One may be so confident that he makes no allowance for unfavorable elements which unexpectedly arise in a situation, so enthusiastic that he may make a spectacle of himself, so optimistic that he comes to believe everything will turn out for the best, even though he makes small effort to bring about a favorable outcome. However, we may safely say that any one who is engaged in work which brings him into wide social contacts whether physician, salesman, or teacher, must have a reasonable enthusiasm, a reasonable optimism, a reasonable confidence to insure successful adjustments to unexpected situations which may arise. Balance is a quality which is necessary to make the sum total of personality. Patience, endurance, accuracy, orderliness, act in combinaf 7 8 THE TOWER LIGHT ' ilk' ' ' . 4 ' .. , v tion like members of a single unit. A sense of humor is a salvation at times. Imagination is priceless. "Whoever brings to his job no touch of .imagination is poor indeed. He is never lifted out of the grind. He lacks the supreme satisfaction which comes to all who conf ceive ideas, who invent or create". Last of all I mention native intel' ligence. However, we are not so much interested in analyzing personality as we are in asking the question "Can these qualities be improved or are they unalterably ixed by inheritance and early environment?" If fixed, we are in the hands of fate-we are predestined. We are made or marred by the factors of personality with which we happen to be en- dowed. Out of the list of qualities or elements into which personality may be analyzed fand there are many morej only a very few lie entirely outside the limit of our control. Psychology tells us the brain power a child is born with is unchangeable. It is his total life equip' ment. Even here is hope. One born with an average mind can use it to its fullest capacity. "One may educate and energize what mind one has." Thereis a question about the possibility for improvement of judgment. These two fnative intelligence and judgmentl may be beyond our con- trol. Health may at least be augmented. It may not be possible for us all to make robust specimens of ourselves, but we most assuredly can build up vitality. Building up vitality has much to do with increase ing confidence, optimism, enthusiasms, and endurance. One can be educated in taste, orderliness, accuracy, pleasing manner of address and reserve. One can leam humor, balance, patience, gentleness. One can at least improve one's appearance. One fortunate enough to be born with personality cannot be kept down. The knowledge that person' ality can be largely cultivated is the hope for the rest. Wilson has said that personality is a constantly changing process. It is the sum total of original nature and the eifect of all the experiences of life through which we pass. - The teacher who wishes the power to make proper adjustments to the child's needs must of necessity be endowed with many of these elements. 'THE TOWER LIGHT 9 Q.. Y 1" ' , Clhe Work of a Supervisor By MARY S. BRAUN Class of '16 Lf ESTALOZZI once wrote, "Teachest thou another and teachest thou not thyself?" In no other part of the field of education do these words seem to it quite so well as they do in that part called supervision. By helping others to grow, the supervisor herself is the one who does the most growing. The improvement of classroom instruction is perhaps the most simple and comprehensive statement of the ultimate goal of supervision, but from a supervisor's point of view it includes many and varied phases. Planning remedial work after a testing program, keeping in touch with the best educational thought and methods of the day, planning and conducting faculty meetings, and carrying out an after school demon' stration program are some of the important duties of a supervisor in Baltimore City, but I have not included in this list that phase of the work, which I consider of paramount importance. That part of superf vision which carries with it a great responsibility, but which is also a source of great pleasure is the work of helping and guiding new teachers. They come from the Maryland State Normal School with that spirit that was given me as a student there, the spirit to meet the challenge which confronts all workers in the field of education. The challenge is to give unsparingly of the best that is in you, and to grow and to keep on growing. ' wap: p We Formers By MARGARET F. C012 Class of '12 gggtgf' . . . . HERE anything is growing, one former 1S worth a thousand reformers". I can think of nothing which, more crisply and more poignantly, suggests the magnitude of the job of the educator, than this statement of Horace Mann's. I use "educator" in its broadest sense, meaning to include the teacher, the parent, and adults every' where who are directly concerned with the activities of boys and girls. I like to think of our contact with our boys and girls as "living" with them. Every minute we are with them, something is happening to them. The challenge comes, then, can each of us, with assisting agen- cies, play the part of the one successful former? We need to be manyfsided, but to me three qualifications seem out' standingly significant. First, we need preparation, This includes vastly more than it did fifteen years ago! Comprising it are a knowledge of the principles of modern education and an acquaintance with its pracf 10 THE TOWER LIGHT tices. These latter include means of directing the child's interest and so helping him live vitally the thing he is doing, ability to help him substitute selffdirection for repression, familiarity with the place and purposes of the standard test, an awareness, at least, of such movements as the "Dalton", and others, which are playing a part in modern edu' cation. Secondly, a broad, rich background seems vitally necessary. How shall we be able to help our children interpret the world around them, or even the less complex world of the past, unless we both know it intellectually and feel it emotionally? Finally, to give any value whatever to preparation and background, must be linked with them a sympathetic understanding of the child. We must meet him constructively-not only intelligently but socially. Here, I believe, lies the source of our greatest inspiration and probably our chief bulwark of strength. '-qw Lesson CPlanning By M. THERESA WIEDEFELD Assistant Supervisor Elementary Schools lg- READ somewhere, some time ago, that lesson planning is like dish washing-hard, distasteful, and time absorbing, but it is very necessary and makes only more trouble when it is left undone. That is not true of lesson planning alone. In nearly every life under' taking the planning which precedes the work is the most important part of the entire activity. I used to work with a man who said many times in my hearing, "A poor plan, if followed, will yield better results than superior work unplanned." I do not know, I sometimes think it is true. A house worth living in is built according to a plan, every window, door, joist, pipe, and wire is laid off on the architect's blue' print. The construction engineer follows the draftsman's plan of the bridge, the surveyors and civil engineers go ahead of the road builders. Every ditch that is dug, every pipe that is laid, every brick, board, and stone is indicated in the sketch of the man who did the planning. How much more is it necessary that we plan in building children? There we do not deal with clay, nor stone, nor dirt, nor boards, all alike, all subject to the same physical and chemical changes, all capable of the same reactions under given conditions. Instead, we deal with human minds, all different in many ways, all influenced by a different inheritance, a different environment, capable of different reactions under the same conditions. Our work is to change them, to influence them, and very often we attempt it without a plan. THE TOWER LIGHT 11 11 1 pq., , Y . Y , , Our work is both planning and executing, and the efficiency of the one depends upon the efiiciency of the other. All successful teachers must plan. The more successful a teacher becomes the more unwilling she is to teach without planning. She will tell you that planning is her most important work. Without it she can hear lessons, explain extemf poraneously, and assign the next lesson, but that is not teaching-that is doing only one thing, checking on a child's ability to memorize the pages of the book. It does not even help him develop a better way of memorizing. The ease with which a teacher plans depends upon: 1. Her understanding of what children are and what they may become with a definite consciousness of the specific goals which must be reached and steps or milestones within the process of reaching them. 2. Her ability to decide upon the type and the character of the activities which they must experience by way of realizing the goals they set up. This means only the ability to think clearly and quickly ways of satisfying speciiic needs of the children, to decide upon what children must do, see, handle, make, find out, feel, know, and sometimes think, if they are to grow and fulfill all their possibilities. The main excuse or reason for any teacher, whether it be in learning how to drive an automobile, to make French knots, play the piano, or solve problems in arithmetic, is to render the learner independent of the teacher as fast as possible so that he gets along when the teacher is not there. Mere facts of information will not do that any more than gasof line alone will run an automobile. Skills must be developed, judgment must be trained, attitudes must be fixed, a sense of values must be awakened, and economical and effective methods of work must be estabf lished. These as purposes constitute the most important concern of the teacher in planning and in teaching. What are you after? What are you trying to do? What do you hope to accomplish? should be your generating questions in planning anything. If you know what you are after, where you are going, you will finally get there even though you may turn from the road and get lost on the way, even though you don't go by the shortest way, nor the cheapest way, nor the most beautiful way: But if you don't know where you are going you won't realize it when you are lost and you won't know it should you happen to arrive. All the beauties along the way will serve you as did the pleasure of the old colored man who rode on the merryfgofrounds. His wife waited for him while he went riding around and when he got off she said, "Well, now, you've spent your money, and whar have you been?" 12 THE TOWER LIGHT There can be no hard and fast rule for planning teaching, any more thanirules or recipes can be followed in planning our daily and yearly living. It? is, however, necessary to know first, last, and always what you hope to accomplish. The way or the method must be governed, controlled, dominated by the purpose, must always be subservient to it. Unfortunately, that is just what the majority of teachers do not do. They are much more concerned with how' to do, with method and device. Children are carried through a form of teaching and come out untouched, unchanged. Like the old colored man, "Whar have they been". Teachers ask-What must I do? How must I do it? Seldom- "What should this unit of history do for these children? What should these children get out of this story? What outcomes should I hold in mind in teaching this unit of geography? Once that fact is established the rest can be determined-then books of method, reports of lessons, bulletins of teaching suggestions, devices, etc., may be consulted and procedures intelligently selected as ways of accomplishing the purpose. Then, too, will they be discarded as they fail to produce results. Otherwise method is used as an end when it is only a means and emphasis is placed on form for its own sake. ww "The Qld Urder Changethn :Zim By STELLA E. BROWN .MUSE for a moment! Do you know how our dear "Old Normal" is changing? As usual, every September brings a long line of boys and girls from the hills, valleys and parks who knock at the portals of our Alma Mater. Each year this line is longer and more representative of the state. There is determination in the step and courage in the eye of each one who is admitted, for he presents a merited record. l Life here is different. In years past, there was no campus for sports, no fireplace where one might bring in the Yule log, no clubs in which one might discuss grave questions or enjoy friendships, no light burned in the tower or flashed a message in the sky to loyal friends. K Junior participation and responsible student teaching could not be found in the catalogue. For every prospective teacher, there were one or two days devoted to observation and thirty precious moments to responsible teaching in the Model School during the three years of pref paration. A great but thrilling event was this in the life of every student! Continued on Page 48 Founders CDay By 1. M. s. ILIN January 'dfteenth our school was sixtyftwo years old, and in order to celebrate that notable event, the alumni association secured the Play Arts Guild to present the drama, "SunfUp." The occasion was planned especially to honor the senior class. The main oiiice was at' tractively decorated, and in a pleasant atmosphere of candleflight, flowers and music-the latter furnished by the school orchestra under the direction of Miss Emma Weyforth-representatives of the alumni association greeted the students. Among those who returned to show allegiance to the school was Mr. Thomas G. Bruff, a member of the graduating class of 1870, who holds vivid memories of the days when the State Normal School was housed in the small quarters on Paca Street. There was also a gratifying attendance of the class most recently graduated. h s The play, "SunfUp," is a stirring drama of life in the North Caro' lina mountains. Miss Blanche Green in the leading part as Widow Cagle gave a convincing performance, which was ably supported by other members of the cast. Between the acts Miss Tall, our principal, and Mr. George Schluderberg, president of the alumni association, greeted the homecomers and students. Miss Helen Nicoll, president of the senior class, responded with charmingly expressed appreciation of the seniors for the pleasant evening provided for them. The plan of having an evening's entertainment at the school during the year in order to bring present students and alumni together, was a part of the program outlined by the executive committee in the fall. It occurred to Miss Mary Scarborough that Founders' Day was the logical time for such a celebration. Miss M. Ellen Logan served as chairman of the committee in charge of preparation, and if we are to judge by the success of this venture at a midyear reunion, the idea is one which should be perpetuated. About a thousand alumni members and their friends attended. It is hoped that each year will find former students returning to join in a similar celebration with those in the school, and to pass on some of the contagious enthusiasm which they feel for the school and its splendid contribution to education. Shall we meet on next Founders' Day? , 13 cfl Successful CReunion ' By CARRIE A. NEEPIER -LHB Class of 1907 held a very successful reunion last June in conf nection with the regular alumni meeting. The few members who live near Baltimore and who had kept in touch with each other, decided to get the class. together again for a reunion. These members, constituting a selffappointed committee, pro' ceeded with the plans. Each member was assigned a special duty, one to communicate with the members of the class, telling of the plans for the reunion in an enthusiastic letter and urging everyone to make a special effort to be present, another was to plan an interesting program for the meeting, another member, who is somewhat of an artist, was to decorate these programs, another was to write to the ones selected to take part in the program and to inform each one of what she was to contribute to the success of the reunion. The greatest diiiiculty was to locate the members of the class. Lists of addresses of later classes have been kept by the Normal School, but unfortunately there was no such list available for the class of 1907. By a great deal of correspondence, starting with the addresses of those the committee knew, and much asking in these letters for others, every member was finally located. As it had been twenty years since graduation, and ten years since the last reunion, the time of meeting was set for two o'clock in the afternoon of the date of the regular Alumni meeting, to afford a time for an exchange of experiences and the carrying out of the program before the reception to the entire Alumni association was held. The "Class Prophecy" had been given on class night just before graduation and it was read at the reunion to see how well those who had written it "had looked into the seeds of time." The "Word Photo' graphs" were quotations, from various poets and authors, that had also been read on class night, and they were again read to see if the class could identify the member about whom the quotation was said. The results of the efforts of the committee were most gratifying. Seventeen out of a class of thirtyfsix were present, death having claimed but one member. A permanent organization has been formed by the class which plans to hold a reunion in connection with the regular Alumni Meeting, every five years. Look for the Class of 1907 again in 1932! Classes, get the reunion habit, too! 14 CBuilding for Happier fDormitory Life By RUTH SPBRRY U Dormitory Director My ILL you give us an article on unportant things that have taken place in the dormitory to make life happier for all concerned"-thus read the note in the morning mail. Such an appeal one must heed, so truly does it voice the sentiment back of all the expenditure of money and thought these last five years. It was that dormitory life might be hapf pier for better living and teaching that so many changes have taken lace. P Picture if you will five years ago, a student body that had doubled and redoubled itself in a short space of time, one hundred and ifty students, not in the dormitory, sleeping under forty different roofs and class rooms made into sleeping cubicles, the social centers, two small parlors whose lone bid for beauty was .a vase, a pair of candlesticks and a fireplace that could not be used, the waiting room for the dining room, a long corridor with windows at the end only and students stand- ing three lines deep for each meal, the serving room, pantry and dish room all one, cafeteria ever and always with fourteen seated at a table, the recreation hour after dinner like "the King of France who had ten thousand men-he marched them up the hill and tumed right around and marched them down again",-it was up the hill to dance In 223 and downthe hill again for study hour. How could there be great happiness or unity of spirit when there was no place for it save in the hearts of those who dreamed and wished and worked till dreams became realities and nightmares vanished? Our principal caught the vision of the needs of youth, the superintendent of education had faith in her vision and so the Board of Trustees honored the request for the amount in the budget and the Legislature did not demur, so-"the sound of the hammer was heard in the land." In 1925 Richmond Hall wing rose from the hillside replacing the cubicles and Towson homes with housing facilities for one hundred and thirtyfnve girls, a few in single rooms, some in sleepmg porch rooms, none with more than two to a room. Each girl with her own study table and chair, her own closet and light outlet. In the heart of this, its beauty glirnpsed each hour by those hurrying to and fro from classes, a social center for all in time of leisure is the Richmond Hall Social Room distinctively lovely with its carved pillars, its dignified panelling, its fireplace and its homey atmosphere in spite of its spaciousness. Here, year by year, have been added lovely things- a baby grand piano making possible the much beloved recitals by our music director, the vested choir, candle and fire light that make the Y. W. C. A. vesper services long remembered, the 'fiction library and 15 16 THE TOWER LIGHT , i .V im, , , K magazines that are from the students' own contributions, the clock that tolls off the hours with the sweet old Cathedral chimesg the samovar that permits the serving of tea to students and their friends every Sun' day afternoong the card tables and folding chairs that allow for enlargf ing the home circle, a room so different from the ordinary lounge in a Normal School that one could not but be happy there. Two years later came the grant for enlarging the dining rooms and making a foyer providing for waiting room before the meals and recrea' tion space afterwards. Again the understanding heart of our principal and an architect caught the vision of our needs and from amidst the dust of vanishing walls rose the foyer in Newell Hall. Cloister like it appeared as one stands and looks toward the far end through its arches, with lights and shadows reflected in the polished surfaces of its floors, the lovely old Normal School benches sedately arranged around its panelled walls, as the old touches life with the new, soft lights above and round about and the colorful dress and lightsome foot of youth lending life with their happy dancing times, their sing songs, or the "happy birthday" parties that come each month. From the foyer to the dining room is but a step to another great change. The original room lengthened, the balcony space connecting the old and the new, the well equipped serving room hidden by the panelled screen, the two well-lighted wings, so placed as to be a part of the old make a total seating capacity for ive hundred. Cosy tables for six provide for simple family service at breakfast and dinnerg grace before meals, silent or sung or played on the chimes, make one wish to observe the courtesies of life. The ferns on each table are the students' own contribution and from the balcony is hung the banner from each depart' ing class. The students love it and the buzz of many voices is a happy drone. Even the kitchen and bakery now so adequate in organization and equip' ment with its electric meat slicer, its automatic water cooking system, its good light and ventilation is their pride and they love an excuse "just to get down there." What can we do now that we could not do before? Has it been worth while? Is the spirit better? Are they more loyal? Are they happier? Ask the girls!! Do they look forward to Senior dinner and Prom at home instead of in hired hall when dining room and foyer are festooned with balloons and moss, the campus is bright with many lanterns and the whole world fthe campus, is theirs? How could we have had Juniors' Mothers' weekfend before all this- when mothers and daughters and teachers meet with a deeper under- standing of each other? Never before was "Homecoming" for last year's Seniors so really a "home" time. . THE TOWER LIGI-ITg 17 1 71 I, ' , , 1 lf ,, ai , How before this could the whole family celebrate Christmas in true old English style when the Yule log is put on the hearth and the lord and commoner sit at the table together and hail the Boar's Head, the blazing Plum Pudding and the Peacock Pie? ' What of the International Group that come to us now each year, breaking fast, sitting in class room and joining in play and song with us, making for a world understanding more effectively than many peace conferences? How else could one change the student cooperative council from one which existed in past years only as a disciplinary body to one whose purpose now is to avoid the need for discipline by a constructive social program and by interpreting student and Faculty to each other? A year ago came the partial renovation of Newell Hall. The drab walls spotted from years of service were freshened with paint, more and better lights were installed. With this, interest on the part of the stu' dents in care and arrangement of rooms has increased one hundred per cent. In the summer another floor was renovated and the student service room installed making it easier to be both "more beautiful" and clean. Here are laundry tubs, electric irons, shampoo bowls, electric driers and curling irons with an abundance of mirrors, sewing machines and even a kitchenette corner for candy making. And so at the end of five years we have dormitories exemplifying much that is very good and leaving us still much to attain, knowing always that progress in ways of living must go hand in hand with prog' ress in education. In and through this all comes and goes the steady procession of youth with only two years in which to prepare for their "teacherhood". The one course which all must take continuously throughout their time with us is the course in "Daily Living" together, learning to run the gamut of convenience and inconvenience, the pleasures of comradeship and the joys of studying in solitudeg the satisfactions of cooperation and the knowledge that true happiness can come only through consideration of others. By cultivating a liner spirit of living each day the teacher in training is going to be the better prepared to become a leader in the community in which they must later teach and live. The building program of the last ive years has not been with brick and stones alone. We have sought to build those "things not made with hands eternal in the heavens" in order that we may give to the youths of tomorrow not only the inherent right of a teacher well trained in classroom technique but one who can live well and happily. Then and QN ow ,ww By MARY ELLA HARRISON JL HENQ a tall building with large high windows, a large room where each class, Ai, B, C, D, sat, a small room, or two, for oflices. It was very grand to me then, but to memory now contracted and crowded. But the teachers were 'ne plus ultra, Miss Richmond, a born executive, Miss Minnie Newell, cultivated and womanly, Miss Godfrey, whose teaching of algebra was clear and convincing, and who took a personal interest in the young and green, Miss Conser, slender, graceful, athletic, attractive. Last of all, one, who by his personality and his wit made any subject touched upon clear, luminous, and unforgetable. He be' longed to the modern age of educators, but without the extravagances of some of them. When Mr. Van Sickle's new methods annoyed some, the writer could say truthfully, "It is not new to me, Mr. Newell told us that years ago." He deserves to be honored in the memory of every public school teacher in Maryland. He worked untiringly for a graded school system for the state and next for tenure-offoihce for teachers. The Practice School, then called the Model School, was under the care of Mrs, 'Borman, a former pupil of Agassiz. It was housed in a building long since defunct, at the corner of Garden Street, now Lin' den Avenue,'and Monument Street. It was looked upon as a private school and was rather expensive for those days. The girls in training as teachers spent two or three months there having during that 'time entire charge of a class. One girl's first experience there was to be taken aside and gently but firmly told that her dressfskirt was too short for the dignity of a teacher. Think of that now! The scene shifts to the Maryland Club quarters, Charles and Franklin Streets. These rooms were more numerous and commodious, really not bad at all. The same teachers enlightened our darkness. There was also a drawing teacher, a gentlemanly Frenchman, who did not speak English clearly and consequently was treated rudely by some uncouth girls. He was an object of great interest because of the tale that his hair had turned snowy white in a single night of shipfwreck. Happy were the days spent there, but the time was all too short. The graduating classes were very small, no one was granted a diploma whose average was below ninety, or whose rank in any subject below seventyffive. Besides it was the only Normal School in the state, so some complained, but not without reason, that the progress in sup' plying trained teachers was unreasonably slow. Now, the school has widespread beautiful grounds and spacious build' ings including the dormitory for which Miss Richmond worked so inf defatigably, an ample staff of teachers and graduating classes 'five hun' dred strong, though there is another teachers' training school at Frost' burg and yet another at Salisbury for the students from the Eastern 18 THE TOWER LIGHT 19 Shore, which Mr. Newell called one of the Grand Divisions of the earth. In one respect, we of the ancient times had more glory than the graduates of the present. Our commencements were occasions of great e'clat on the stage of the Concordia Opera House and later at the Acad- emy of Music. , C-ff? For a Successful CReunion-What? By RUTH PARKER Supervisor, Anne Arundel County ,En T HAS been said that a chain is only as strong as its Weakest link. Likewise, some say that an institution is only as strong as its weakest member. But, I say that an institution is not only stronger than its weakest member but it is stronger than its strongest member, for there is a. certain spirit, dominating a group of individuals, that is not present in any one person. Develop such a spirit properly and it furnishes a strength beyond compare, one that will never be lost, regardless of when or how often a rejuvenation of it is requested. The very mention of the institution will stimulate that favorable feeling which will arouse a hearty interest, an earnest support, and a sincere loyalty toward it. Thus, reunions would be sought by members instead of members being urged to reuniteg there would be a bubbling over of enthusiasm, an invigorating anxiety to act, and a wholesome vision for future progress, at the very suggestion of reunion. How develop such a spirit? It is somewhat like the heavenly spirit coming from without and from within. The relationship between faculty members and students is a. big determining factor in creating the right spirit. Certain ideals and attitudes can be established as to the purpose and value of the institution which will enlist the lasting interest of students. Relationships among class members is another factor which fosters the development of good spirit and one upon which respect for the school depends. Happy and satisfactory achievements will furnish the basis for future recall of "ye olden days," and what adds more to a reunion than to live over again events and experiences of the years in training? Further, if the student feels strongly enough the importance of his training in its application to successful living so that there is a continuaf tion of similar lines of interest, then there will be no danger that the reunion will be halffhearted. ' So, I appeal to present and past students of the Maryland State Normal School: Get this excellent spirit-learn and see the purpose of your training center, have happy times while in training and use the principles involved in every day of your living, and I'll wager that once a year you will all want to return and live again in the human halls of such a living institution. . 1917 CReunion BY CLIVE RUARK Lf' N JUNE the eleventh, nineteenftwentyfseven, there was a wonder' ful achievement. 'Twas the reunion of Seventeen! When one saw com' bined the untiring efforts of a splendid committeefinfcharge and the indomitable will of Miss Scarborough to make it a success, one ceased to wonder at the results.. There are no penfpictures that can fully describe the spirit and enthusiasm shown. After ten years, Hfty percent of the members of the large class were present. They came from all directions,-from Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, and from all parts of Maryland. We thought the fleeting years had been very kind to them. Hearts kindled, spirits soared, one could scarcely believe it was not the good old days come back. 'Miss Scarborough with a smile on her lips, and we are sure a song in her heart welcomed each personally. The halffhour allowed was stretched and stretched before the greetings were over. At the Alumni Dinner, Seventeen shone in full glory. Four tables, each seating twelve or more people, were required for the class. The tables were beautiful, with the purplefandfgold and the class iris much in evidence. When the class song and several others, appropriate to the occasion, had been sung, one remembered that Professor Haslup had boasted of their musical inclinations. Bess Gering Dodd, the class president, had some warm words of welcome to say. She was received with the same applause that had been accorded her in Seventeen. One would have thought those were enough joys for one little week' end. But it was not so, for, on Sunday morning Miss Scarborough, entertained the Class at breakfast. Miss Tall, a most welcome guest, joined us at the breakfast table, and won our hearts by her cordial words of greeting and broad view for the further growth and advancement of our school. The hours of the morning had given way to noon before those oncefstudents could be induced to leave the festive board for a tour of the campus. The Scarborough Ivy, planted by Seventeen ten years before was found green and flourishing. A knot of the Class purplefandfgold was left fluttering among the green leaves. The NineteenfSeventeen Ash planted on Arbor Day had found the campus a happy home and was rising tall and strong towards the sky. It was the same Normal School, in spirit, to which the Class of Seventeen returned after many wanderings. It had progressed, 'tis true, for that is as it should be. But to the Class of Seventeen it had not changed. The Spiritof Normal will hold their hands and their hearts long after the memory of the Class itself has faded away. The reunion of June the eleventh, nineteenftwentyfseven, was just one more beautiful impression. 20 Class of 1917 5 ' A -- - - A - --Y-, ,A , - - , W- -Yrp' n 1 . . 1 . ng I , . ,.,,J! Can You CD0 GAS Well WILLIE PRITCHETT SCHULDERBERG, Local Chairman MAY WALLER ALBAUGH, MARY CULBERTSON, IT., MAY PARK COHEE, MARIE SOPER ,1 HE SPIRIT of the occasion is the first big requirement of a successful reunion. Our spirit was first aroused by sending each member of the class at Christmas time a card bearing such greetings as, "Do you care to meet old classmates?" "Do you care to tread the sod of dear old Normal and have a chat about old times?" The replies were most encouraging. A committee of local classmates was formed, because we could get together easily for discussions and plans. We wrote to one girl in each set, group or clique in our class. In turn we asked if she would communicate with each of her own group. The scheme worked well. In the meantime the class oihcers fwho, by the way, were all out of town girls, were also busy getting into touch with members of the class by phone, pen or otherwise. The air seemed to be iilled with the enthusiasm of the class of 1917, and all things pointed toward the 'finest reunion we have ever had. We got into touch with our class poet who made up some fine ditties about the good old times. Copies of the songs were made and a program of the events were sent to each member. Here again the local committee functioned well because the members could assemble often and easily to practice the songs which unihed our group at the grand assembly. If our efforts-as given above, have merely inspired others to ref member their Alma Mater, our labor has not been in vain. 21 D L THE TO ER LIGHT L ' Published monthly by the students of the Maryland State ' Normal School at Towson STUDENT EDITORS Chief ELEANORA BOWLING jokes Athletic Reporter Associate t LEONARD GBNTRY HOWARD FLOOK CHARLOTTE HARN Social Reporter MARY B. TAYLOR Art Circulation Manager ABRAHAM STEIN HOWARD FLOOR Typing Staf VIOLA HOLTER CATHERINE E. ROHR MARY DIGNAN CARROLL RANKIN EMMA LEE LEONARD GENTRY Business Manager Advertising Managers I LULA BICHY H SIDNEY CHERNAK 1 I CIA ELLIOTT H Price,-One Dollar Fifty Cents per 'Year 1 Single Copies, Twenty Cents - cvcl Shower CBouquet 171 AST YEAR, following Miss Tall's suggestion, we published an Alumni Number of the TOWER LIGHT. This number was sent to all members of the Alumni Association to renew their interest and revive old associations of Normal School days. This year our edition will reach a membership more than twice as large as that of 1927. We have tried in this issue to present articles from representatives of all the periods in the history of our school, from those Who have varied fields of work, business, professional, home keeping, as well as those of the classroom teacher. For Our success in securing so much valuable material, we are particularly indebted to Mrs. John James Jones, jr. fEthel Lynch, Class of 1923j, who has devoted the greater part of her time during the last month collecting and collating replies to letters which she sent to many members of the "clan." The TOWER LIGHT staff take this Opportunity to thank each and every one who has assisted so willingly and effectively in this second annual undertaking, and We ask you to spread the news among your alumni friends that TOWER LIGHT considers them a part of the editorial staff for each of the nine numbers of the year! By your deeds we shall know you. 22 f"w.'l, 7 V -v S. ' ni. . s. tif.. .-9' QA Serious Cllestponsibility I By KATHARINB T. KIRWAN Director, Childrerfs Aid Society, Baltimore County ,1 HE Maryland Legislature in 1927 repealed the Apprentice Act which had been on the Statutefbook since 1793. The Courts were vested with the power "To bind out as apprentices such children as are suf' fering through extreme indigence or poverty of their parents, children of beggarsg illegitimate childreng children of persons out of the State to whom suilicient sustenance is not afforded." ' 'To provide, however, for the sofcalled pauper child the Act, title Almshouses' and Trustees of the Poor, authorizes the County Commis- sioners to place' such children "In some respectable family in the State, or in some educational institution, or home for children or under the care of some other Childfcaring Agency, which has been approved by the Board of State Aid and Charities, or to maintain them in their own homes." The Act also emphasizes that these children be carefully super' vised and the County Commissioners be in receipt of monthly reports. To meet the cost of the work the County authorities are empowered toll levy and collect the amount necessary to meet the demands of this B'1. ' If you are eager for Maryland to have useful citizens, a responsibility for salvaging the underfprivileged children must be shared by all mem' bers of the Alumni of the State Normal. I suggest that you be more observant, that you give consideration to the stories of distress you hear about the children in your neighborhoods, especially when they are related by dependable persons. Next would I ask that you find' the Agency which is equipped through training and experience to accept, this responsibility from you. Service to unfortunate children of our State by each of us helps in the fulfillment of President Linco1n's desire "To all an unfettered start and a fair chance in the race of life." , 23 Zi - - -IIUE TOWER. I-!G.H.'I--- . g 'Three cNorrnal Experience Levels , By MARY L. BROBNING T Principal, No. 220 1 N CONTRIBUTING a message for the Alumni Number of TOWER LIGHT I shall mention briefly the three levels of my experience at which the Normal School has functioned in my professional growth. First, as a prospective teacher while studying at the Normal School, through my specific training in academic subjects and in educational theory and through personal contacts with teachers of high professional ideals I came to appreciate something of the potential adventure of teaching as a life career. Secondly, as a teacher of practice, I had the opportunity of evaluating the influence of the Normal School on studentfteachers. These individuals, as did I in my earlier development, brought an atti- tude toward the profession of teaching, the attitude which shows what specific professional training can do to help them interpret the teaching of others and to begin their own teaching aright. Besides this, I, as a teacher, had the stimulus of using my classroom as a laboratory center in which the new research in education was applicable, a laboratory in which I myself was stimulated to creative teaching, and in which I thus helped these young teachers to see in practice how to adapt and use the good experience and scientific research in education available to them for their own teaching. The faculty meetings at the Normal School and the social contacts with persons striving for the same ideals kept me aglow with the faith that what the Institution had done for me as a student it was now doing for hundreds of other students. At the third level of my experience, as an Elementary School Principal, I see the Normal School from another angle. Now I have the opportunity of training in service Normal School graduates. Through encourage' ment and helpful supervision of these graduates I keep before them TOWER LIGHT as a symbol of professional achievement realizable through study and intelligent teaching. wiv Helvly cNormal Training" By ELIZABETH BENSON Class of '24 71" 1 HAVE been invited to write an article upon "The Beneit of My Normal Training." Who can question the value of this training, so essential to prospective school teachers? 'Tis true I am no longer connected with the public school work. After teaching one year in a rural school, I entered the Normal Class at Gallaudet College, there to learn the rudiments of teaching the deaf fGallaudet College, as perhaps you have heard, is the only college for A THE irowzaa LIGHT Mkzsp the deaf in this vast world of oursj. The year following my training I returned there as instructoress in Preparatory Mathematics. Many of you may ask, "Was not the first Normal Course superfluous since the second was necessary?" My answer is, No! The second course taught me the rudiments of teaching the deaf. From my Normal training and subsequent experience, I have con- cluded that there are three fundamental and essential principles in teaching. These are systematic preparation, psychological presentation and analytical review. We teachers must realize that the world demands results. The train' ing which can assure these results is mandatory. A doctor must be trained in medicine, a lawyer must be trained at law. Thus, it is logical in theory, as it has been proved in practice, that a teacher must be trained in his profession. 'fi' The Lindbergh cflge By LORETTA Sci-xwaarz Hiocms Class of '24 ,lt-IIS century, which some have called an age of iron, has been also an age of ideas, an era of seeking and finding that which has never been known before. Into our midst has come the character of Lindbergh, reaching a goal that had never been touched before, conquering the world, challenging us into the Lindbergh age. Lindbergh crossed the ocean of water, but we all have an ocean to cross, our ideals for which we strive. The ocean of love, the ocean of wealth, the ocean of success and happiness all make up the ocean of life. Our schools are graduating Lindberghs, out to sail these oceans of life, out to make the country's history. The different ideals, different tactics and different characteristics of these people will determine the course upon which they sail. Some will travel their journeys alone, under the code of "Lone Eagles", some will have need of help and com' panionsg some will sail upon advice and protection and there are some who will depend upon Fate. In the eyes of the twentyfiirst century this age will doubtless seem fragmentary and crude. But the men of that day and of all future time will point back to this passing century as the dawning of an era in which the intellectual development and accomplishment of mankind was raised to a higher plane than had ever been reached before. 26 THE TOWER LIGHT ecviln Eastern Shore Graduate CReports 1 By NELLIE WHITE HOUCK - Class of '04 IZ' RBBTINGS to the pupils of the Maryland State Normal School! How well I recall the school year of 1903, 1904! In june I grad- uated from the Normal School. Dr. Prettyman, Miss Richmond and Miss Agnes McLean as well as Professor Fritz Gaul are among my most vivid and happy recollections. You may be interested to know that many of the women of Balti' more who were born on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, or whose parents were born there--have organized a "Woman's Eastern Shore Society of Maryland." This society is oifering two prizes of one hun' dred and 'fifty dollars each for the two best plays written about the life of the early inhabitants of the Eastern Shore. We are very proud of our legacy of 'fine old traditions, and we desire to preserve that old atmosphere as vividly as possible--I have the privilege of being the Chairman of the Play Writhig Committee. 'L 1A-. -.,., 5 To QA Little CBoy Oh little boy with shining eyes , , Within their depths what mischief lies! With joyous laughs and dancing feet Traveling childhoodls pathway sweet. What radiant visions, dreams untold Of glorious deeds does thy heart hold? What future hopes, and fears unguessed Are hidden deep within thy breast. Unconqucrable spirit, Thine The will, the power, the courage fne To rise, from failure and to see Thy childhood dream's reality. - BEATRICB MARY TAYLOR, '28-. f Qur cflrizona Teacher By S. E. Y. Class of '24 Q .1 HE greatest difference in my work this year, from my former ex' perience, is my pupils. I am working with Mexican children. There are only two American boys in the room. The children come from the very ordinary class of Mexicans and, if I am to make this an honest report, I cannot give a very flattering description of them. The com' bination of Spanish and Indian blood does not tend to make good citif zens. These people are ignorant, shiftless, cowardly, superstitious, and, in most cases, untruthful. Haven't I made them sound terrible! If you knew how they live you would not wonder at these characteristics. Shall I describe their homes? My pupils come from little adobe mud huts scattered among the hills for miles around. They came to school because they have been made to fear what might happen if they stayed at home, or because they are paid to do so. Some of the families receive a fee each month for their own transportation. The little ones are sent because their mothers want to get rid of them for the day. At least, this is what I believe they do, for they certainly are not seeking knowledge or how to better their home life. A family of nine, ten or maybe more will live in a little mud hut of one or two rooms. Many of the homes have no floor except the ground. There are a few windows in each, but, some without glass, just openings. Only the barest necessities in the way of furniture are in the homes. The children just grow. They eat when they are hungry and sleep when they are tired, it makes no difference where. They live mainly on beans and tortellas Qflour shortening and water baked like a pancakej. The youngsters grab a tortella, 'spread it with beans, roll it up somewhat like a jelly roll, and run while they eat. Cleanlif ness doesn't seem to be a big problem in their lives, although some of them are very clean. Most of the families live on about thirtyfive dollars a month, but I have yet to meet one who seemed dissatisfied or unhappy. s I work with the older children, as I just couldn't get anywhere with the beginners. I have difliculty enough in getting the older ones to remember that I cannot speak Spanish. I almost gave up in despair at the beginning of the year but now I enjoy my work. When I was most discouraged, echoes seemed to come from my training at M. S. N. S. "Take your children where you find them and go on from there." Find out what the children like to do and teach them through these things. Last of all, "Education does ,not mean just accumulation of subject matter, but it prepares one to meet and live life." We work mainly on the three R's but even they, come secondary to personal hygiene, cleanliness, neatness, correct food and how to eat. 27 1' X 28 THE TOWER LIGHT - - - --- - - -- - - ---- -A -y The work I enjoy most this year is my Homemaking class. One day of each week is given to vocational work. I am teaching cooking and sewing. Our main project now is to see how much each child can gain in a month. The health nurse found a distressing condition of underfweight in our school, due to improper food, which, in turn, can be traced to poverty and ignorance. The girls of the hornemaking class prepare and serve a hot dish each day now. We plan the week's menu on Friday and certain girls take charge. All works out beau' tifully except the dishfwashing. I ind girls are girls in this respect, no matter what race they are from. hSpch is my workg most discouraging, most fascinating, most worth w 1 e. was-v Clhe Tryst Inevitable 'Twas on the Bridge of 'Youthful Tears, Across Life's widening tide, Iust where the rising sun appears Forever to abide. 'Twas there we met as well I knew, That on some day we would For there is the spot where meet the two, A Girl and Womanhood. We came so gaily tripping o'er, Cherished Girlhood and I, With never a thought that was wont to soar, Beyond a day passed by. What cared we then, for future's plan, Or wisdom's blessed advice? We lived for pleasure's glittering span And sought to joys entice. But as we tripped onto that Bridge I felt her step grow slow, Her eyes were turned to yonder ridge, Where the souls immortal go. Her lips wore a pensive, yearning smile, And her eyes peered hard ahead, "Tour hand to guide yet another mile, And then"--'twas all she said. THE TOWER LIGHTA I looked into the distance far And saw what she had seen, Approaching as some beck'ning star Came Womanhood supreme. Her cloak was Duty, Pleasure lined, Her feet Experience shodg And her face was one that told mankind There lived and ruled, a God. In clouds of deepest gray and pall A fog of wonderment, We met and passed beyond recall, As though a dream was dreamt. The meeting o'er, the mist removed And with quiet thought and care, I sought to clear, as it well behooved, My mind, from shadows there. In one hand I felt a stafs rough prod, In time to easier grow. Responsibility, my rod, The steps of strength to show The other held that gift so fair, By Girlhood left to me, A chest of jeweled Mem'ry's rare, My gems to ever be. With Womanhood, I'm of again, Across the Bridge of Tears, Where ga'ty struggles with the pain And mingles smiles and tears, But on the breast of the Spirit Power In a setting of radiant light, Rest the jewels of Mem'ry from Girlhood s dower A gleam on the darkest night. One glance at her, who now does guide, Onward my toiling feetg May I ever keep her at my side As she came my youth to greet. 'Tis Womanhood, unsullied now, My comrade to the grave, O, let me then, before her bow Still her pure and humble slave. LILLIAN C. SUNDBRGILL Sa 10 Une of Life's CProblems "Can a Teacher Be Funny?" By JULIUS M. STARK X Class of '25 Teacher: "A prim, proper person primarily interestled in the three R's, and endeavoring to inculcate in the minds of his absorbing mediums a sense of decorum, dignified habits, and strait-jacket behavior a la Prue Punctilious. 2. One who is humorous only after being released from official duties fi.e., after 3.15'j. 3. A living example of "He Never Smiled Again." Do YOU agree with the above definition? Let's count the hands of the assenters-Mmmm, Seems that -no one agrees-GOOD! Then we"re all in the same frame of mind, for my idea of a teacher is: One who reads diligently ,UQ a long list of stereotyped rules and regulations, a collection of "WhatfNot-To-Do's", and then throws the entire batch out of the nearest window for into the nearest furnacej. Having com' mitted this terrible act of mercy, he peruses his Course of Study, and teaches-remembering always that to be humorous is to be human for the other way around, -and that the voice with the smile will bring home a better bacon than the guttural emission with the frown ftry this on your butcherj. ' ' A classroom, according to the newer ideals, should be a place of joy' ous interest-even a hallowed spot Qif the reader will pardon a seem' ing paradoxj-Yes, a humorous, hallowed hangfout is by no means a "ridiculously impossible classroom" 'for the teacher who knows how and when to be funny. That sort of a teacher is always the one who "core ners consecutive citations". How often do we come upon an occasion when Tragedy can be quickly turned into Comedy-How easily we may "pass oif the situa' tion with a laugh". An example, a true happening fname and address upon requestj: A child, in a ludicrous position, whose foot became caught in the bars of an iron Ventilating grate was extricated after some little trouble. He was more scared than hurt, whimpered, then burst into tears. A chance remark "Cheer up, john, you'll be a man before your mother"--caused him to stop, glow, then burst into laughter, and the day was saved. Sounds easy, doesn't it? You can do just as well- Try and see, then watch the children, parents and superintendents unite in praise fmaybej. sqm: p QA Tearful Essay on Poetry' By SCHARLES RENN A Class of '24, Columbia University Student 17" . ,,1lgATELY there have been many poems and many essays upon poetry published in the TOWER LIGHT. They've been getting worse and worse. 30 THE TOWER LIGHT 31 There must be a showfdown and my own humble contribution might as well be it. I want to tell Normal School Alumni and Alumnae why I no longer write verse. Poetry is problematic. There are too many words in my dictionary that rhyme--what is poetry without a good dictionary and where would poets be without a thesaurus? Poetry is perplexing. There never was a. clever expressive line that was incapable of distraction. I know, for I've tried. The moment that there comes to mind a sentence that intro' duces a winter song one finds a word that rhymes splendidly with the others that belongs heart and soul in a railroad ballad. But if one is to write one must persist. I met a problem like that once and I wrote a verse about a snowbound engineer. I heaped lots of good white snow about himg I had it put everywhere because it rhymed so well with dandy places where snow could be put. Along about the middle of the page it got started toward being a love poem. I let it drift in that direction till I had to rhyme doze with froze. The only thing I could do was to drop the temperature to forty below. It became very bleak and polar. The engineer's sweetheart hadn't taken aboard enough alcohol-alcohol is a bad word to rhyme--and she was frozen up stiff. When the spring thaw came two lines from the bottom of the page her intracellular fluids were coagulated-rhyming with agrievated--and she wasn't a bit of good for a love poem any more. It was all so sad that I broke down and cried. That"s why I've written no more verse. sf-rw Laugh or Despair? By HELEN FEASTER l'jl"f Class of '26 ,IHERE are times when only a sense of humor can save a teacher from utter despair. The last hour of a dreary day with a slow class may mean dejection at stupid responses or painfeasing laughs at un' consciously funny answers-it's all in the way one looks at it. But it is the laugh that, after all, wins the day. The following samples are some that I have heard or seen in the last month: What I Expected What I Got Cornwallis surrendered to Sir Walter Raleigh surrendered Wasliington at Yorktown. to Washington at Yorktown. My parents were born in a My parents were born in a for' foreign country-Russia. eign country-Georgia. Napoleon at one time hoped to Bostonians at one time hoped conquer the world. to conquer the world. Continued on Page 48 Class cRoom Cproducts of Our Qfllumni Williamsport Jan. 18, 1928 Virginia 'Banzhoff Third Grade THE DISAPPEARING PAPER All at once we heard a flutter of wings. We looked up and saw a. little fairy. She was dressed in a white gown and she had golden hair and carried a wand. Then she flew down on the floor and muttered some magic words. Then she piled the paper up on a neat pile and waved her wand over it and it disappeared. With light steps she tripped lightly away. NAOMI HARSH, Teacher C-ff? Hereford Eleanor Hazel Naylor Grade Five THE BEST BOCK I EVER READ The best book I ever read, was written by Kate Douglas Wiggins. It is called "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm." It was about a little girl who was going to stay with her two aunts at Riverboro. Their names were Miriam and jane. Her mother was poor, so the aunts were going to send her to school at their home. Her father was dead, and her mother could not buy her books. She went through high school and graduated in a cheese cloth dress. NORMA COOPER, Teacher cape Taylorville School, Worcester County Thelma Fisher THE SNOW STORM The earth was covered with majestic snow. The woods had slept cold all night. The branches were covered with silvery icicles. The little pine tree, under its white burden, bowed with welcome. The little birds were twittering hungrily on the branches. The ivy had ice- formed leaves. The cedar was decked with snow and icicles. It would have been a trimmed Christmas tree if it had been Christmas. Through the woods ran a little brook. 'It told manifold tales as it gurgled over the stones under its winter roof which it had built to house itself winterfproof. The chill wind blew over the hills of gray. The snow traced a zigzag course through the morning sky. As I gazed about there appeared only a universe of sky and snow. VIRGINIA ESHAM CROPPBR, Teacher. 32 THE TOWER LIGHT 33 ,. , Y, , ,, ,7 Taylorville School, Worcester County Marvin Phillips Grade Six OUR AQUARIUM One very cold night the pond froze over. The next morning, when I went to school, a bunch of us boys skated before school called. We noticed along the edge of the pond a school of tiny ish. They looked so cold down there in the freezing cold water so we decided to rescue them. We went to the woodfhouse and got the ax. With it we cut a hole in the ice. Then running our hand down underneath we caught some of them. One of the boys had been to our little school kitchen and obtained a quart jar. We put the little fish in this and carried them to the school room. Of course we put some pond water and mud in there with them. They lived a long time until some of the children put bread in the jar. It soured and the little ish died. But we had grown to love the little fellows so we decided to get a real aquarium and more ish. ' We have just two rooms in our school so we sent a representative from our room to ask the primary children if we might use two dollars of our school money, which we made at our Thanksgiving supper, to buy an aquarium. They were willing. We bought our aquarium, an eighteen inch globe. The day our globe arrived two boys and myself took two pails and went to the creek. We caught about four dozen fish. They were living fine until one day we put too much ice in the water in order to make it cool. That night some of them flopped out on the floor and died, because the bowl was overflowing. A few have died since. We still have hfteen fish. We have some trout, herring, sun ish and perch. They range in length from one inch to two inches. When vacation comes we are going to return them to their old home. I expect I shall feel a little sad when I see them swim out into the open spaces, little guessing that their fate may be to end in some hungry boy's stomach. VIRGINIA ESHAM CROPPER, Teacher PNY!! 'lfhe First Snow It was late in the gathering twilight When the clouds that were soaring aloft, Floated forth with their crystal white snowflakes And then started them down toward the earth. It was snowing and drifting in silence From the evening till dawn they were found And they drifted both valley and hillside As they zigzagged their way to the ground. 34 THE 'TOWER LIGHT The next morn as I looked out the window . On the snow that was scattered about I was greeted with songs from the snowbirds 'That were chirping and singing about. When my brother came in with the paper And smooth cheeks that were glowing bright red, He soon asked me if I would go coasting With the crowd that had gathered to sled. A We soon found that the snow had not hardened, And until we had broken a track Many feet and small fingers were bitten By jack Frost who was quick to attack. Soon our spillfway was made hard and icy And our sled runners free from dull rust. We had many up sets with the bobfsleds, Till the girls started home in disgust. Now the boys were quite happy without them But were feeling so hungry inside 'They departed in haste from the hillside To return when their needs were supplied. By MARY PORTER and WANDA BOSLEY, Chase School A. G. HAMMOND, Teacher :qv MY LITTLE BROTHER I love my little brother very much. He plays with me every day. He likes for me to throw my ball and let him catch it. He runs down the road to meet me when I come home from school. It makes me feel glad. By HAZBL POWELL, Third Grade ANNIE MAE SMITH, Teacher Pittsville, Maryland. wap-1 February 17, 1928. Towson School. Dear Mother: I am reading a book in pleasure reading called "The Little Lame Prince." It is about a little boy who lived in a lonely castle, with his nurse. His parents were dead. He had a traveling cloak which his godmother had given to him. He also had a lark which he got when he was flying on his cloak. The lark sang to him every morning. With love, ELEANOR A. MATTHEWS, '1' eacher, '18. MARION DAvxs. THE TOWER LIGHT 35 Lewistown, Md. Harvey Morris, Fifth Grade FRIGHT One day I was out in the held hunting for rabbits. I'saw a lion looking straight at me. I shot at him but I had forgotten to put a bullet in the gun. I started to run as fast as I could. I looked back to see where he was. He was not more than a yard from me. I dived straight for a tree which was just in front of me. I started to climb the tree just as the lion caught hold of my leg and pulled me down. When I landed, I landed on the floor.-just then I awoke. Romznr R. WRIGHT, 'Teacher wiv Abraham Schneider, Age 10, Grade 5 A REVIEW OF "TOBY TYLER" This is a story of a boy who traveled with a circus for ten weeks. His name was Toby Tyler. He lived in a little town called Guilford, with a man whom everyone called "Uncle Daniel." One day the circus came to Guilford and Toby could hardly wait till the tents were up. He had a penny with which he thought he would buy some peanuts. As Toby was a big eater the six peanuts that he could get for his penny did not seem like much to him. He went to the candy stand and bought the peanuts and sat down on the ground. The irst peanut that he cracked was a baduone. Toby felt very much disappointed at first, but then an idea came into his mind. He said to the man that owned the stand, "Don't you swap them if they are bad?" The man smiled and tossed two peanuts into Toby's hands. Toby then said, "Will you give me two peanuts for every bad one I have?" The man then said, "If I give you these I suppose you'l1 want two more nuts for every one that is bad and pretty soon I'll run out of nuts." After a while the conversation drifted to the circus. Then all of a sudden the man asked Toby if he would like to be his assistant. Toby agreed to leave town with Mr. Lord, which was the man's name. The chief characters in this story are: Toby Tyler, Mr. Lord, a very cruel man who acted kind to Toby just to lure him away from Guilford, Old Ben, the driver of a wagon full of monkeys, Mr. Treat, the Living Skeleton, who was a friend of Toby'sg Mrs. Treat, the Fat Lady and Wife of the Living Skeleton and another friend of Toby's. One of the most exciting moments in this story occurs when Toby becomes tired of Mr. Lord's cruelty and runs away and gets on a ship. The next day Mr. Lord comes aboard and searches the ship but some' how he misses the stateroom that Toby is in. I like this story very much because it is a book about a boy of my age and I think that any boy or girl who reads it will enjoy it too. MARION OGLE MosER, 'Teacher Sabillasville School Qfl Grim Fairy Tale From CReal Life By ARTHUR LICHTENSTEIN Class of '27 .1 HERE WAS once a little boy who went to school every day, and studied very hard, and liked school and his teachers, And he made his mind up that when he grew up he would be a teacher, too, and get even upon some other kids for all the things his teachers had made him suffer. I forgot to mention that he came late to school one day but the weather was bad, so we won't count that against him. Friends, I was that little boy! In fact, I still am he-him--no, it"s he, after all. I never could keep that construction straight. Yes, I still am that little boy, little no longer, thanks to smoking only Lucky Strikes and Old Golds Qnot a coilin a carloadj. A friend of mine attributes his long life to the fact that he smokes a Camel a day, and the conse' quent mile walk he has to take to get it, keeps him fresh and peppy, so that he has reached the ripe age of twentyffour 1241 without a single fatal accident, and his birthday comes every year, including leap years. Of course, this is party attributable to the fact that under doctor's orders he has always avoided the city of Chicago, preferring the haunts of civil' ization. , Well, this little boy, whom doubtless, the observant reader has al' ready discovered to be the author of these memoirs, grew up, thanks to drinking lots of fresh milk, and avoiding homefmade spirits frumenti, to be a g-rfefefe-at, big boy, and so he was not afraid of girls any more- much-and he got up courage and entered the portals of the Maryland State Normal School, at Towson. That little boy, friends, was none other-oh, pardon me, I said that before, well, we can't leave that sentence suspended in midfair Know you know what is meant by a sus- pended sentence, so thank me if you pass your next English testj so I shall complete it-than I-me-I--well, take your choice. Maybe the editor will ix it up right before it's published. Well, for the next two years, this boy went all the way out to Tow' son from Baltimore on the Number 8 car every day, to pursue his studies. He never did catch them, however, although he sometimes came close. At such times, the blamed things would hide in the library, and that is, of course, taboo for sport. That's a good word, so eupho' niousg I'll say it again: taboo, taboo, taboo. Yes, sir, that"s a good word. Watch out for it, readers, it may crop up anywhere in this story now, you know how it is with these authors and their favorite words, like Poe with his arabesques and ravens and things-you know Poe. But Poe is taboo, nowadays, anyway-there, I bet you didn't expect it then, I know Poe is not taboo fthere it is again, but I had to bring in taboo somehow land that makes threej. 36 THE TOWER LIGHT 37 To the first and handsomest reader to count correctly the number of times the word taboo appears in this story, I shall award a prize. That's only a trick, though, to get you to read it all the way through, I know prizes are taboo for amateurs, and you are not considered in the pro' fession until you have your appointment, which you will be lucky to get, because appointments nowadays are rather taboo. At the end of two years, our hero was graduated Qand that's the right way to say it, ask your English teacher, the other way is considered ta-ouch, all right, I won't say it, I didn't know you MSNS girls could throw so accurately. Do you still have Athletics twice a week?j. ' Then came the long weary hunt for a position-of course that's only figurative, the only hunt was for something to do after the results of the professionals came in and our hero learned he had come in ninety- eighth Q76thj finishing strong, however, and good for another sixty yards if pressed. However, none will be quicker than I for mel to admit that in the sacred columns of the TOWER LIGHT, racing parlance is quite taboo-ha ha! got that one in real fast before you could stop me, by Jniksf-oh, by the way, if some one has been wondering why I use this-so often fthe dashes, I rneanj I must explain that that is another characteristic of my work, which I have in common with H. G. Wells, and other notablesg besides it takes up space so efficiently. How' ever, in the rest of this story the dashes shall be--not taboo, I'm not going to use that word any more, it shall be taboo from now on-the daslhcis shall be-anathemaf That's because this story is over now- Ta . view Harford Qfllumni Have cMet The annual meeting of the Harford Unit of the Maryland State Nor' mal School Alumni was' held at the Bel Air High School on Saturday afternoon, December 17, 1927. Miss Mary ,Hudson Scarborough, a member of the faculty of the Normal School, was present, and addressed the meeting. In a very in' teresting manner she spoke of the type of training given the students at the Normal School tofday as compared with that given some years ago. She outlined the work which the Alumni is carrying on at the present time, and also spoke of undertakings which they hope to ac' complish in the future. Needless to say, her talk was much enjoyed. The election of officers resulted in the following choice: - President-ROBERT WEAVER. Scc1eta'ry'T feaswrer-BEss1E KELLY. , 38 THE TOWER LIGHT K Washington County CBusy The Washington County unit of the M. S. N. S.-now some sixty' five strong-came into existence as an organization in 1926. Keeping our threeffold aim: loyalty to our alma mater, material aid for a def serving student, and a congenial, interested group, we have pushed on. In establishing a fund to be used to help a worthy student secure a Normal training, we have reached one goal. Representatives from our unit have been attending all Alumni meetings, and all are watching the progress of the school. On February the seventeenth, we attended a dinner party, planned to promote good fellowship among the members, and to inspire greater interest in M. S. N. S. and its future. INNES Borsa. way-aw The Queen eflnne Unit Speaks We have not been very active during the past year, but we did respond with a contribution to the fund to help students and when the invitation came concerning the banquet we sent notice to our county paper and were given a very creditable space on the front page. Very best wishes from Queen Anne's unit that this may be the best year financially, socially and in every way, in the history of the school and Alumni Association. MARY C. BISHOP. wap-1 Greetings from Cecil County The annual meeting of the Cecil County Alumni Unit of M. S. N. S. was held in October. Every meeting of our unit has been successful but the 1927 meeting surpassed the others in the number present, in getting acquainted with one another, and in enthusiasm. At the business meeting the unit decided to send two delegates to the November meeting at Towson. These delegates have reported a profitable and enjoyable visit. Miss Scarborough was the speaker of the day and as usual her talk was enthusiastically received. May we add that Miss Scarborough is an ever present help to the Cecil County unit. A social hour followed, during which refreshments were served. When the meeting adjourned every one present promised to come again in 1928 and bring a new member. Continued on Page 48 THE TOWER LIGHT 39 Qfln cfllumni Card CParty Like a gathering of a clan, members of the Alumni Association of the Maryland State Normal School flocked to Towson on the evening of Friday, December 9, to attend a card party. It was held for the ostensible purpose of adding to the Treasury, but in reality furnished another chance of "getting together" to review old acquaintances and have a general good time. Under the guidance of a committee consisting of Mrs. C. A. Kuper, Mrs. Geo. Schluderberg, Mrs. Edith Lawson Hosfeld, and Mrs. John E. Raine, and with the helpful cofoperation of Miss Mary Hudson Scarf borough, Miss Irene Steele, and Miss Sperry of M. S. N. S., the card party was quite successful. About two hundred members gathered in Richmond Hall and in about three hours the rooms buzzed with "conf versational" bridge. A prize was awarded the winner at each table. We don't forget that much of the success was due to a group of seniors who sold candy, and who helped to arrange tables and chairs. Taking into account that the date of the party was so near the holidays we felt that our efforts were repaid when we were able to turn a goodly sum over to the Treasurer. Mas. JOHN E. RAINE. eqsv The Cllomance of Experimentation By ALVINA TRBUT Class of '23, Columbia University Student fl: ,I OST in the intricacies of technique, or in the involved accounts of modern experiments, we schoolfteachers are prone to look upon them all, as dull, drab, and often dryfasfdust. It is so easy in our concern with detail to miss the adventure and the romance of purposeful experif mentation. Columbus, himself, had no less an adventure in his big experiment, than the noteworthy psychologists who devotedly carry on long and painstaking experimentation to 'rind what learning processes are really best. It is the "step in the dark", the search for a new and better "route" to a learning end, which brings the thrill. Who would say that a surgeon's work is dull, because his instruments are not excitingly beautiful to look upon? Here, as elsewhere, it is the endfinfview which lends the glamor to the work. Techniques of measuring used in modern trials, though of utmost importance, are only the instruments for a big task. To be lost in a maze of detail in reading the reports, is to lose the thrill entirely. Let us not miss the vision of the mountainftop be' cause the ascent is steep and narrow. SCHCOL NOTES St. Cupid's CParty Arrows silvery shining, Hearts so red and gay, Deck the walls so festive On St. Cupid's Day. QQQUPIIJ is ever in our midst although he pays us only one social call a year. He came to visit the Maryland State Normal School this year on the night of February 11, in the Auditorium. There he had poured out his caskets of hearts and hung them from the ceiling-and, strange to say, not one was broken! All of the silver arrows had been taken out of Cupid's golden quiver and they pierced the shadows in every corner. As hostess for his yearly party, Cupid had chosen Miss Lida Lee Tall and made her "Queen of Hearts." She invited to her court, to share the pleasures of Cupid, the faculty and all of the Senior Class. Many were there to pay their respects at this Court of Love. The dancers, whirling in and out, made the room look like a huge rainbow that had fallen to earth and been broken into many fragments. The orchestra poured forth its enchanting music till we were weary and then in came Cupid's pages. Very dainty and sweet they looked in their white dresses and tiny heart-shaped aprons. Flitting here and there, they served the guests with ice cream and cake, both of which were in the shape of hearts. What a wonderful time everyone was having in this Court of Hearts! But, soon the clock struck twelve and Cupid fled, for his day had ended. He hastily secured his quiver and all of the silver arrows Qthough I'm sure he took a few shots at several hearts before he def partedj. All the Lords and Ladies bade adieu to Cupid's hostess, say' ing that they had never been to a more wonderful party! L. STALBY. 40 THE TOWER LIGHT A41p CD12 CBabbitt Gives Dramatic CReading Dr. J. Woodman Babbitt, President of the New York State Speech Association and also a member of the New York State Teachers of Oratory, recently favored the students of the State Normal School with a keen interpretation of the onefact play entitled "Hunger," which bor' dered on the marvelous. Each character portrayed had his own pe- culiarities, and the screams of laughter that the tramp set up, each time a person came along and said he was hungry, too, were indeed splendid. Mr. Babbitt put his heart and soul into his acting, making it absolutely real to us. "Most of us have eyes but cannot see." What a world of meaning there is in that sentence. Those of us who think must realize its truth, and those who are broadfminded enough will acknowledge that there are few who "see" everytime they look. The gravefdiggers' scene from "Hamlet" was excellent, and revived our memories of Shakespeare's humor. We sincerely hope to have Dr. Babbitt with us again before the end of the year. , B. M. T. wap: Clhe St. Valentine CParty Why did everyone flock to Richmond Hall Wednesday, February 9? Was it because it was another birthday party, or did we go to see how this was going to be different from all others we had ever had? Yes, that was the reason, for wasn't this one the most romantic ever! With huge hearts over the mantel, Cupid with his arrows on the windows and big, red, mellow, glowing candles, we surely felt that Dan Cupid was in our midst as never before, although it is Leap Year. While the fortunate ones who had birthdays in that month were seated around the fire place, we were very much surprised to see Mr. Postman come sauntering in bearing packets of letters. The very thought of mail pleased us, but we soon found out that the Postman, Miss Ina Heath, was giving little packages of hearts to all of the birth' day guests. After each one had received her package--Miss Elizabeth Van Sant and the Postman sang a bewitching Valentine Song that sent us miles away into the land where many air castles are built. After singing a song to Miss Sperry, who had made all of the Birth- day Parties possible and one of the nicest social events of our school, we returned to our studies, declaring this was one of the nicest parties! B. M. T. 42 'THE TOWER LIGHT ' 'Ihe CPot-CBoilers Gay, spicy, and witty conversation running parallel with a splendid plot were characteristics of the Pestalozzi play which was given in the Auditorium on Friday, February 17, 1928. The characters were por- trayed with exceptional ability, and too much credit cannot be given to those students who, with untiring effort, worked so sincerely to make the play the huge success that it was. The gradual working of the story to a unique ending kept the audi' ence in gales of laughter and practically on tiptoe throughout the per- formance. The student body here at State Normal seem to enjoy a "play within a play." B. M. T. :qsv eflfter CDinner Coffees What has been more enticing and attractive to the dormitory seniors and their advisers than Miss Sperry's "After Dinner Coffees" in the past month? ' She opens wide her doors, bids us welcome, and then serves us steam' ing hot coffee that, after you have drunk it, makes the world appear brighter and rosier. With coffee came delicious little cakes and candies, and the everfwelcome salted nuts. How, oh, how does she know that we love these? Miss Sperry's originality and thoughtfulness are evermore coming to the surface, so as to make our daily life here together more charming and homeflike. B. M. T. THE TOWER LIGHT 43 GN A CBasketball THE JUNIORSENIOR. PLAY ENTITLED 's47'38" Place: The School Auditorium. Date: February 1, 1928. Comments : In the 'first scene "Friday" made an auspicious howfdofyoufdo for the Seniors by tossing the 'first goal from the field. Several successive baskets by the juniors put them in front but their reign was short for a bit of- scoring by Esther Bennett put the "dignified" team back in the role of "Ahead" At the end of the irst act the play looked like H52-32" for it was half time and the score was 26f16. The Yearlings doubled in the leading role once again,-this time at a spot in the second act of the big show. The Red and White spruced up during the fourth scene and the result is plain. THE CAST Senior '28 juniors '29 Bennett, E. . . . .......... F. Dobson, A. .......... . . . . .F Shull, G. ....... .... F . Brookhart, H. ....... .... F . Fridinger, H. . . . .... F. Scuddeboon, Qcj . . . . . . . .G. Bennett, C. . . . ...... C. Dick, M. ........ . . . .S.C. Elliot, M. ...... .... S .G. Shepperd, A. . . . . . . . .G. Grammer, G. .... .... G . Coflay, M. .. . . . . . . .G. Kappel, D. .... .... G . Holloway, L. . . T. . . . .G. Medinger, M. ............ G. Director- The seniors won their basketball game 47f38. 44 THE TOWER LIGHT r , ., YYY , ,, Y . . Tobthe Alumni: To date we have played eleven games of basketball. Those eleven games, with the exception of one, were hardffought games. We have won seven of the contests and lost four. The opposition was very strong which proves the efficiency of our team. Some of the teams which we played are: johns Hopkins University, Beacom College of Wilmington, Delaware, University of Maryland Pharmacy, City College of Baltimore, The Maryland State School for Deaf of Frederick, and Blue Ridge College. It is up to the team to win the remaining games on the schedule. The iirst game, Maryland State School for Deaf, occurred on Jan' uary 27. Coach Benson of the Frederick team enjoyed the hospitality shown his boys and himself, and "told me so," or shall I say wrote me, because we were unable to understand each other except by this method. The superiority of our teams was easily seen from the beginning. At half time they led by a score of 21f10. During the second half, mainly through the efforts of Rankin, Ward, Seaman and Lawlis, we doubled our score while the Deaf boys added eleven points to their half time score. Thus the game ended with a score of 42f21. The first Beacom College Game. Tuesday, January 31, came. The big McMahon bus was called in and we began the trip to Wilmington about 4:15 P. M. The game was a struggle from start to Hnish. Both teams were about evenly matched. Ward, our lanky center, seemed to get the jump, but something didn't work and we lost the game by a 31f27 score. The University of Maryland Pharmacy. On Friday, February 3, the University of Maryland Pharmacy visited our Gym and gave us one of our best games for the season. First, Normal would forge ahead, then the Pharmacy. When, the final whistle blew, threw hurrahs were given -Normal had chalked up her ifth victory by a 34f3O score. johns Hopkins University Game. It was indeed an honor for us to have the great Johns Hopkins University team visit us. They came to the school on February 7. With our star center, Ward, in the school inirmary, we began the game with Bader in his place, who played a. remarkably fine game. Debusky, the center and star of the Hopkins team, was too much for the broken Normal team and we went down to defeat by a 44f31 score, but not without a hard struggle. The second Blue Ridge Game. The time for the return game with the strong Blue Ridge College quintet was at hand. Previously we had handed this team a 2'5f22 set back on their home floor and now, on February 15, they came for their revenge. Lady Luck deserted us and we were doomed to taste the bitter dregs of defeat at the hands of this team. The game began about 8:30 and from the first toot of the whistle everyone knew that he or she was going to see a good game of basket' ball. Lichliter, the star center of the Blue Ridge team, scored ten Held goals during the first half, thus putting his team way ahead at half THE TOWER LIGHT 45 V- - - - - . - - A - YY Y -7- ,-- Y- -- Y - -Y-, Y- Y 1, time by a 32'18 score. In the second half we put our midget forward, Galperin, on him, and he only scored two more Held goals. Rankin, Ward, and Lawlis were the high scorers of Normal's team, while Lich- liter was easily the star of the Blue Ridge team. The game was won by a 41f31 score. The second Maryland State School for Deaf Game. Gn February 17 we journeyed to Frederick for our last game on foreign courts. The Deaf School has one of the best gyms in the state, it having just been built at the cost of S5'5',00O. The boys enjoyed playing on this floor. We found this team much stronger than when they came to us on Jan' uary 27. When the whistle blew for half time the score was 1Of9 in favor of the Frederick boys. Soon after the second half began our boys took the lead and maintained it to the end. The score was 30-26. The second Beacom College Game. Beacom came to us on February 21. Normal went into the game with the thirst for revenge and she got it. Things looked disappointing at the end of the first quarter when the score stood 13-4 against us, but thanks to Rankin, Galperin, Ward, and Lawlis, we managed to lead 17-16 at half time. With three min- utes left to play, Normal School led by 10 points, but at this point Barlow, Seaman and Galperin paid the penalty for three personal fouls and were banished from the game. With the defense weakened Beacom cut the lead to four points, but thanks to the time and whistle we gained another victory. Ward, Rankin, Lawlis, and Seaman, with eleven points, nine points, seven points, and eight points, respectively. led the scoring for Normal's team. Heretofore little has been said of the untiring efforts of our coach, Mr. Minnegan. He has worked unceasingly to perfect the Normal team and has succeeded to a great degree. We are fortunate in having such a coach, and I am sure all the fellows admire him for this ability in handling a basketball team and for his pleasing personality. HOWARD FLOOK, Manager. 46 THE TOWER LIGHT ll P - . g Father freading school reportj: Conduct, badg reading, bad, com' position, arithmetic, history, bad-bad-bad! What is the meaning of this Gerald? Gerald: I can't understand it, Dad. Do you think it might be a forgery? Motorist: I say, will five shillings pay for this wretched hen which I have just run over? Breeder: You'd better make it ten shillings. I have a rooster that thought a lot of that hen and the shock might kill him, too. --4-Q-o-9-o- Manager: You're sure her accident was faked? Investigator: Sure, she said she caught her heel in her skirt! .l,.g.g.g-0-1 Shay, mishter, where does Tom Maloney live? Why, old boy, you're Tom Maloney. Sure, I know. But where does he live? "This sort of thing can't go on," announced the 24Ofpounder as she tried to struggle into her slim sorority sister's onefpiece bathmg suit. May: "I see in the paper that three persons were killed in a feud." Bel: "Those cheap little cars are so dangerous." "Edward, who discovered America?" asked the teacher. "Ohio," answered Edward. "Why, no. It was Columbus." "Oh, well," said the boy, "I sort of hate to call him by his first name." Daughter fhaving just received a beautiful set of mink skins from her fatherjz "What I don't see is how such wonderful furs can come from such a low, sneaking little beast." Father: "I don't ask for thanks, dear, but I really Jhsist on respect." -The American Legion Weekly. THE TOWER LIGHT 47 Teacher: "Mary, I'll hold you responsible for the Panic of 1837." 'Twas a Stormy Night The wildest sight, save one, I've seen Was a pair of racing colts, But 'tis far more exciting to watch 'When a Ford gets nuts and bolts. -D'ing. Basek Sam's son, Izzy, being mad at his poppa, ran away. Next day, in the paper was this: "Unidentified Jewish boy run over: at Soandso hospital." When Sam saw it he grabbed his nephew and his hat and ran to the hospital. IP. S.-The nephew's name was Izzy alsoj Sam stayed out and Izzy entered. Soon Izzy came out again and Sam exf citedly exclaimed, "Izzy, is he Izzy?" Mike: Did you ever hear the story of the pair of tights? Ike: NO. Mike: Once upon a time there were two Scotchmeni -l-0-0-an-l A recruit wearing fourteens in boots was enlisted in the Irish Free State army. One night he was included in a roundingfup party, and when the roll was called afterwards he was absent. "Has anyone seen O'Halloran?" asked the sergeant. . "Sir," said a voice, "he's gone up to the crossroads to turn around." -1.3-Q-Q-.M Expert Figuring Senior: What will it cost me to have my car ixed? Garage Man: What's the matter with it? Senior: I don't know. Garage Man: Fortyftwo dollars and sixty cents. -Collected by A. M. F., '23, 48 THE TOWER LIGHT flfhe Old Order Changeth Continued from Page 12 A Normal School graduate sometimes had to wait for an appoint' ment until long after an applicant who had a second or third grade certificate had been placed. "The Old Order Changethn. The attenf tion is centered on children. Their interests and freedom of expression are encouraged by the public, who, through their support of transporf tation, consolidation, medical inspection and recreation programs make schools community centers. The above agents together with the efiif cient teachers, sympathetic and understanding supervisors, capable super- intendents, openfminded school boards, and intelligent parentfteacher associations provide to a greater degree than do most states for the wel' fare of our children. , Long may our Alma Mater live! Let us again renew our allegiance to all able leadership which has kept the spirit of the founder alive, for "Where there is no vision, the people perish!" 1 'GFX' Laugh or fDesp-air? Continued from Page 31 What I Expected What I Got A monk is a religious worker A monk is something like an who lives in a monastery. ape. My favorite book is "The Dog My favorite book is "The Dog of Flanders." Q of Floundersf' The barbarians worshipped in The barbarians worshiped in sacred groves. scared groves. May I read the book called May I read the book called "A Child's Garden of Verse." "A Child's Garden of Vases." wap-v Greetings from Cecil County Continued from Page 38 The Cecil County unit is one of the oldest units of our Alumni Asso- ciation and it is always interested in the work and play of the Normal School. To belong to our Unit is a pleasure and an honor. Do you, reader, have this pleasure? If not, join your local unit and boost the Normal. MARY C. KEITHLEY, President. 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In the case of our Normal School men this really means playing physf icallyg but I would put before the men for their consideration this chalf lengmg question: Do you play the game mentally as well as you play it physically and socially? Scholarship in the teaching profession counts tremendously. To be a successful teacher one must continue the study game for the rest of one's life. There are brains as well as brawn among the men in our studentfbody, and there are comparatively few of the evils in our play program that are to be found among the four- year colleges. Athletics do not dominate us. That should leave our big upper brains to do productive work in thinking and in scholarship. Is the scholarship record of the men students as creditable as that of our women students? We have in our honor fraternity the Chi Alpha Sigma, 67 women and 2 men. The representation in comparison is 10? women and 475 men. We hope a larger quota of men will be admitted to the Chi Alpha Sigma this year. This message is not meant to sound a pessimistic note but is rather one to cause reflection and contemplation on the part of "our boys." 6. .h Q ,-1, f l"f' . ,'5 WJ! Q24 7 ,A I . 1 .-44. y 3 CBaked CBeans-CBoston Style 1 By NORMAN WOELFEL FRIDAY: Excited by prospect of meeting old friends in unvisited Boston town. Four classes met as per schedule and somehow routine of discussion and lecture gone through--thoughts far away. Felt all day as some board' ing students must feel during sixth period on Friday. On time at station and brushed shoulders with educators from city and county, superintendents, deputies, supervisors, even a colleague or so. Train long and had to hurry lest it pull out before car 12 was reached. Berths already made up and some early birds patiently sawing wood. Drawing room filled with friends who wanted help in making way with a pound or two of Hagerstown chocolates. Porter, a tricky fellow trying to save coal for the railroad, shut heat off as soon as everybody snored. SATURDAY: 1 Bumping and banging to New England permitted sleep only on inf stallment plan. Wakened on one occasion with enough energy to pull overcoat oif shelf and bury self in it. Gnce again, propped on elbows, gazed out into early dawn to see electric lights glistening on bay of some kind. Too late for Hell Gate Bridge, must be some New England shore town. Deserved a hero medal for venturing to dress in berth that would serve admirably as a Frigidaire. Back Bay station a dismal, smoky place, porters running in every direction. Dodging one taxi shot right into gaping maw of another. Knew my hotel was only just around corner but driver insisted upon lining his purse with greenbacks by showing me town before soot was cleared out of eyes. Hotel room, a suite! And no other occupant. Visions of indenf tured labor in Boston for rest of life to work off hotel bill. Safety razor got jammed. Cut self. Big dining room almost empty. Three waiters guided me to table. Elegant old ladies eating daintily nearby. Felt inelegant. Waiter brought hot water in finger bowl but no bar of soap or wash cloth. Hotel name, Puritan, no wonder. Puritans, no bears for luxuries. Walked to Hotel Copley Plaza holding ears lest they turn to ice and break off. Meeting scheduled for Swiss room-really meant for Turf kish bath. Man told how Normal schools were improving, salaries going 4 THE TOWER LIGHT 5 up. Met Miss Tall, whose cheery words were convincing. Looked for' ward to Boston meeting with enthusiasm. Accosted bell boy to get directions for South station where Fred is due to arrive. Advised against attempting complicated subway. At' tempted it and arrived South station in triumph. Fred came in on time and we taxied to Hotel Statler. More handshakings and backslappings. Upstairs found that hotel is misnamed, should be Hotel Static. Door knobs, bells, light switches, all charged with shocks for him who dares touch. Ate dinner main dining hall Statler. Learned that good oysters are served only in Maryland. Everything else good. Went to N. E. A. headquarters in Paul Revere Hall. Registered and received in return fifty pounds of printed matter. Examined exhibits. Books, tests, chairs, apparatus, pianos, devices, inventions, movies, etc., etc., in colorful stall after stall, samples and advertising matter everywhere. Looked like a late Christmas shopper in a few minutes. Went to another meeting to hear J. Russell Smith tell how geography can help cause of peace. J. R. S. very good talker. Must read more of his books. Fred snored- almost ruining both of our reputations. Fresh air did feel good. Met Miss Stella Brown also freshfairing. After supper went to meeting of National Society for Study of Education. Another old hall: every' thing in Boston old. Discussion tonight on Yearbooks of 1928-800 solid pages of reading matter on problem of what counts most in life, Heredity or Environment. Chairman introduced Terman of Califorf nia. Terman is great on tentative attitude, said problem wouldn't be settled for many years. Freeman of Chicago thinks data so far shows environment a big force. Bagley of Columbia doesn't believe in tentaf tive attitude on this question. Thinks he has proved that education is biggest force in life and will ight anyone contending otherwise. XVhipple of Massachusetts reminds us that the Yearbooks are being discussed and they really don't settle anything. Judd of Chicago said he would fight for education also. Meeting ended with Terman ref minding us of value of tentative attitude. S UNDAT : One below zero. Coldest day Boston has had. Looked up Sunday events. Decided to hear Henry Neumann of Brooklyn Ethical Society talk on "Privacy in Sex Matters." An interesting Sunday meeting, no formality, good music, a speaker with a silver tongue and a golden mind. Said that all the applesauce on sex matters wasn't being dished out by parents and teachers and preachers. After lunch went to the 01d South Church where Revolution was preached previous to 1776. The president of Vassar College spoke on "Are Girls Deteriorating?" He didn't think so, said Vassar girls were bigger, stronger, healthier, brainier, stabler, largerffooted than they used to be. The audience tried to confound him with questions about costumes, smoking, murder' 6 THE TOWER LIGHT 65565, drinking, sex vice, etc., but he won the argument nevertheless. Last intellectual food for the day came at the Ford Forum in the heart of Old Boston. A sociologist from Columbia made a large audience exceedingly doubtful as to whether we were getting anywhere in Amerf ica with our high sounding phrases about education. Said he was a Ph. D. and had great trouble voting intelligently, how could an ordinary mortal ever dare to think he was casting an intelligent vote? Had no solution for our difficulties except in the slow enlightenment of common man. M ONDAT : First big day of convention. 15 ,000 superintendents, teachers and schoolworkers heading towards Paul Revere Hall from every corner of America. Speakers on the program, yes, Governor of Massachusetts, Mayor of Boston, President of Harvard, but everybody's center of inf terest was familiar faces, the chance of meeting old friends. Big subject of discussion was the American high school. President Lowell made an opening for a few broadsides at the high school as is. Loud speak' ers disagreeable so moved out to exhibit room to look over crowd and collect more free stuff. Met Fred and helped him hunt a new beanery. Wanted to go to hear Buckingham and Kilpatrick talk on Ability Group' ing in Elementary Schools but Fred became smitten with patriotism and we boarded auto bus for Lexington and Concord. My first con- ducted tour. Guide had memorized his speeches, most every house acted on his vocal mechanism as penny does on slot machine. Poetry, sentif ment, jokes, description poured from his lips like rain. Bus travelled over route of Paul Revere's ride, through Brookline's millionaire alley and Cambridge's Harvard University to Lexington, where the guide pointed out linefup of Minute Men that schoolbooks tell about. On way to Concord saw place where Paul Revere was halted and arrested by British Patrol on famous night. Passed Louisa May Alcott's home and Ralph Waldo Bmerson's, both appropriately sentimentalized by versatile guide. Cn Concord Bridge we recited poem about "shot heard around world." Way back, went by Thoreau's home and famous Lake Walden, Hawthorne's manse, Mary Baker F,ddy's expensive tomb and Henry W. Longfellow's home. Fred proposed card party for evening but that was too much dissipation after bus ride. So went to head' quarters again and fought it out with loudspeaker. Managed to make out that Governor of Nebraska was pleading for square deal for Amer' ican farmer. He thought farmer was getting dirty end of stick in United States and was waking up to fact. Beat boys home to our suite tonight. They straggled in one by one, from "Gay Paree,'l Keith's vaudeville, and from hotel lobbies. Was glad not to have been only delegate who passed up some oiiicial meetings. THE TOWER LIGHT 7 TUESDAY: A day of diligence. Crossed Charles River to Harvard, morning, noon and night. Psychologists scrapped all morning over what kind of psychology should be dished up to students. Gates said, "Let's keep what we've got and add more to it." Judd said, "We haven't any' thmg, let's begin all over againf' Others agreed and disagreed. Came out of meeting feeling not so stupid as when going in. Lunched alone at a new restaurant and tasted "schrod" for first time. Best fish ever-young cod for which Boston is famous. Afternoon at Harvard again heard the researchers boom their trade. If anyone wants to be a director of research bureau in public school system let him be walking encyclopedia, man of science, and expert backslapper. Courtis of Detroit and Buckingham of Ohio combined sound philosophy and good humor. Evening meeting was renewal of Saturday night's discussion of influf ence of Nature and Nurture. Galaxy of famous men in education agreeing on generalities and disagreeing on details. Listened in enrapf tured attention to latest words of wisdom on mooted topic. Two solid hours of speeches, each one more mteresting than last. Best sum' mary would be "Don't jump to conclusions too quickly on educational matters." WEDNESDAY : Breakfast with Fred and Miss Sheehan, classmate of our Normal School days who has risen to fame among school principals of Massa' chusetts. Much entertamed by her gofgetter activities. She showed us where to shop in Boston and then taxied us to Paul Revere's house, Old North Church, and Bunker Hill. Each historic spot grows a gang of urchins everytime a taxi arrives. They clamor to recite longfmemf orized tale of historic events. Such memory and such eagerness puts one to shame as he tosses the boy a coin and passes on. Back to a meeting again after lunch. Last big event. Judd of Chicago inspired with plea for teachers and students to study and work at great problem of what should be taught in schools today. Schools still teach what they teach because of tradition not because of scientific judgment. Thorndike said the testing movement was healthier than ever. And Terman of Calif fornia waxed eloquent on possibilities of educational science in the next few years. Hastened through Boston Public Library to glance at its famous art treasures before getting ready for Teachers Col' lege dmner. Murals of Chavannes and of Sargent and famous Holy Grail paintings of Abbey so poorly lighted that one can't appreciate them. Even Boston makes mistakes on artistic matters. Ball room of Hotel Statler last word in architectural and decorative eloquence. Over a thousand Teachers College alumni did honor to 8 THE TOWER LIGHT "T. C." Speaker's table equipped with StopfCautionfGo trafhc signal. Toastmaster kept everybody in good humor and showed expertness in using traffic signal to warn speakers whose discourse knew no end. Most of audience busy copying down evening's menu of jokes to serve them up again in their own communities to new innocents. New Dean Russell ended program with review of past and prospectus of future of Teachers College. From adjournment until midnight little groups of old friends chatted in cozy nooks of mezzanine balcony. Last experience before taking the "Shoreline" to New York was going through Boston Trade School for Girls. Building overlooking beautiful expansive Fenway was formerly an apartment house, home of exclusive Boston family. Working girls from poor homes learning trades amidst mahogany panelled walls, german silver plumbing fixtures, beautiful stained glass windows! And appreciating it. Air of interested enthusif asm on part of girls from 14 to 70 years of age pervaded institution. Would that our girls could see attitude of these to whom life has not been so fortunate. View Complexes and Traditions By ROBERT W. SHAW AZ9Q?,oW," said the enthusiastic Mr. Barlow, "you are to witness feats of physical powers not surpassed even in Barnum and Bailey Circus." This was, of course, at the demonstration of the Physical Education Department, and the first time the men have added their event to this annual affair. And again, with a men's issue of the TOWER LIGHT occurs another Hrst time to add to the somewhat more established precedent of dancing and candy making in one kitchen and jam and hot dogs in another. All of which leads to the confidence that in good time will appear other expressions within this number,--a theatre, a minstrel, maybe the Big and Little Boy Banquet, a send off stag to the Seniors, a take in night to the new juniors. Cut of such, and especially from the underlying give and take of association is made the complex of the school which one takes away for himself, and the quality of traditions which remain for all. And this lasting experience occurs within two years. One is a Senior, in the lead of responsibility and privilege and looking forward to the next Held of conquest at the time when college people elsewhere are just begin' ning as sophomores to be entrusted by upper classmen with a few re' sponsibilities. More than ever then, traditions and complexes will only fulfill the greatest of hopes when the very best of initiative and loyf alty is invested. 1926f28, 192729, 192880. What more awaits therein? Fare For a Lift By SIDNEY N. CHERNAK and ELEANORA BOWLING, Co Authors A bunch of the boys were waving their arms For a lift they had a mind. The Packards and jordans were passing in swarms And leaving the dust behind. Far down 'York Road from Baltimore bound A sight unique they descried. The boys looked closer and gapingly found, A nightmare personihed. For there came a Ford of '19 make Mudfspattered and all bent in, With a Hula wiggle and a Gilda Gray shake, And obviously made of tin. 'Yet it stopped sudden in front of the gang, Hiccoughing and groaning in pain. The driver leaned out, and his voice rang With a sad and sorrowful strain. "Oh beardless youths and brilliant as well, 'You truly must believe This story that I am going to tell, And my pentfup feelings relieve. My Ford and I did sally forth Upon this joyous morn, In safety passed Greenmount and North, And then ill luck was born. A trolley's clang in the rear was heardg A terrible jolt was felt My stricken car, like a wounded bird, The hardest heart would melt. I managed to get her out of the tracks. The road was all muck and mire. But sailing was safe except for some tacks Which cleaved unto every tire. However we drove with the best of luck Till the road quite slippery became, And Lizzie, by Gum, got stuck in the muck, And I pushed and I pulled in vain. 9 THE TOWER LIGHT When along came a fellow from Normal school, His name, Carl Bull, I believe, He seemed to abide by the Golden Rule, For my plight he did surely relieve. His noble "C'hevvy" he hauled about, Her chained wheels plowed the soup, And my Lizzie limped like she had the gout, And wheezed like a baby with croup. But he pulled Lizzie to the hard road bed, While I wept with gratitude. I offered reward, but Bull shook his head, And said, Only help the poor stude. Whenever you see Normal school men Parked by the side of the road, just give 'em a lift and pile 'em all in No matter how heavy the load." So now if you care you may hop in with me- I promised that fellow I would. One in the front and in the back three, I'd really take more if I could." In the front jumped fohn Kez., in the rear Bade and Gent Stein not so fortunate was, He held to the door, from the running board bent, And clung with desperate claws. Then there began a famous ride. Beside it Revere's was a flop. The boys swayed from side to side, And frequently hit the top. Finally the ride came to an end. The boys prepared to leave. But for what was coming they weren't prepared, The man had a trick up his sleeve. With fingers that shook, a card he held out. fThey were not kept in suspensej The boys read with a mighty shout, HFARE FOR ONE LIFT-FIVE CENTS!" THE TOWER LIGHT In silence then in their jeans they dug, Each brought five cents to the slaughter. But Stein, who is called fudge for short, Crossed his palm with a quarter. The driver gave fudge his rightful change, And chugged away up the road. Stein turned to the boys and gravely benign A nickle on each he bestowed. "What's this for", they chorused in glad surprise Stein, you're as slick as glass!" "just wait, just wait," chuckled the fudge, "Till that quarter he tries to pass." wmv Limericks A young fella named Chernak, we smirk, Was so much in love with hard work, That he sought it each clay In precisely the way An Armenian would seek a bad Turk. Our boy, Valentine, weareth slicker, Loud tie, trick cap, and long knicker, But he's a good guy We guess that are why He talk like a parrot, only quicker. "Babe" Barlow is the class sheik, Many broken hearts lie at his feet, He has the looks of Apollo, The grace of a swallow, Now girls, don't you think he's just sweet? Here are Goldstein and Carl Bull Always there with a big yarn to pull Tho we're bored with their line The boys are quite fine In our minds they're a yard wide all wool. H. Kaminkow we nicknamed "Homolgeous," In class he creates such a jollyffuss. That the teachers all say "Let each think his own way" But you try to think like the rest of us. 12 THE TOWER LIGHT "Ickle" Abraham Bohrer has quite a bean His moniker's "Gunga"-how keen, He subs for foe Martin But soon he'll be startin' To chase Novarro from the screen. A sheik is T. Lawlis, but it's known, From drives-his girls always walk home, We can see by his clothes And his bright purple hose, That his brain will ne'er be full grown. Schwartz says teaching's no "bunk," Not a thing have we known him to "flunk" Though dumb looking we know In the end he will show He is brighter than those that are quite "sunk." wmv What's in a QNamel DO YOU ever wonder what your name means? How did the race evolve these words with which we designate each other, and which seem very familiar, but which, standing apart from the persons who bear them, are practically meaningless to most of us. But "what's in a name" you say? Watch this Column every month and ind out. Girls ADA-Some say it comes from Adama, the feminine of Adam, others say it comes from Ead, meaning "happy", or from the name Eadith. Littleton gives Eada QSaxonQ which he translates: "fit", "meet", "proper", also "pious", "honest" and "rich" ADELA-A female name Latinized from old German meaning "noble", "noble descent or lineage." ALICE-FIOm the Teutonic meaning "noble or noble cheer", Danish, Else, Dutch, Elsie, Er., Alice, Lat., Alicia, SW., Elsa. AMY-Some derive this name from the French amie meaning "friend" It is found Latinized, both Amata and Amica, Danish, Amalie, French, Amiee, It., Amata. BARBARA-From the Greek, meaning "foreign" or "strange", Dutch, Barbara, Fr., Barbe, Ger., Barbara, It., Barbara, Lat., Barbara. THE TOWER LIGHT 13 BBATRICE-Formed from the Latin beatus meaning "blessed, happy." Danish, Beatrix, Dutch, Beatrix, Fr., Beatrice, Ger., Beatrix, It., Bea' trice, Sp., Beatriz, Sw., Beatrix. BESSIB-From Elizabeth which is derived from the Hebrew Eliyshe which means "oath of my God." Boys ALEXANDER-From the Greek name Alexandros, meaning "the helper of men." Dutch, Alexander, Fr., Alexandre, It., Alessandro, Lat., Alexander, Sp., Alexandro. ALFRED-This name is usually translated "all peace." Neidlinger derives the first syllable of the AnglofSaxon name Alfred, Aelfred, from the word alp-meaning "strong, powerful." The name is rather from the word Alffrad, meaning "held in counsel." Fr., Alfred, Ger., Al- fred, Dutch, Alfred. ARCHIBALD-From the German "bold in work." It comes from the Old German Erchanpald. BENJAMIN-From the Hebrew Benyamiyn which means "son of days." The name means literally "son of fortune." Fr., Benjamin, Ger., Benjamin. CHARLES-From the Teutonic, meaning "manly or noble spirited." Danish, Carl, Fr., Charles, Ger., Karl. WORTHINGTON BOWLING, F. P. H. S. '29. eqao THE RUBAIYAT OF A NGRMALITE When ice cream grows on a banana tree And Sahara's sands grow muddy, When county and city students agree 'Tha1:'s when we're going to study. When everyone comes to school on time And teachers forget their sermon, When everyone sings with a relaxed jaw, That's when we'll start to learnin'. When we no longer have units to prepare, And every Profs our buddy, When girls no longer wave their hair I know darn well we'll study. CHERCHEZ LES FEMMES 5 A Letter for Lovely Ladies It was' either Flaubert, or de Maupassant, or else it was surely some one else who said that if you stare at any one thing long enough that then you will be able to write a story about it-no matter how inconf sequential the thing in itself may be. "Certainly Maupassant applied this theory," thought Odo as he sat in his great garret at his more or less tottery table and scratched his head. And I might-but I won't-go on to ill up pages and pages with "local color," the eaves I could easily say were jointed in the time of Louis Quatorze, and I might have reams and reams of paper scattered around the garret, with pen and ink on the still wobbly table which would be Charlestoning grotesquely on the wall by the windfpuffed flickering candle,-and I could for a chaser have a straw pallet. This would all fill up the Hrst twenty chapters-and the highfhatted intel' ligentsia would be hot on my trail-already they are beginning to com' mence to comprehend that the hero fthey guessed this in the very irst chapter, is a poor striving author-and that all unknown to the world he is writing his Magnus Opus. And then, in the Tres Vrai Emilian style fisn't it heavenlyj I might ill up the next 20 chapters-just the rest of the book-with a Villain and a few or fewer young ladies, and then at the end, at the great grand glorious climax-Odo is only a paperhanger making time on his double time Union wages as he papers a house by moonshine. And then you, dear reader, make the Borgian retort, "But why, why, was he scratching his head if he were not an author?" But I am prepared for even this and whisper usssiswiss, you know, advertisement ...... " Screechmg like one of Dante's damned the persecuted reader has fled and like an ostrich-that illfomened bird-flees to stick his or her head into a hole. The one past the last one. Grim realist that I am, however, I go on and on to tell the truth about the situation-the truth, the truth, and nothing but the truth- Odo WAS an attemptive author and Odo WAS getting ready to write, to write, dare I tell? I can't, I can't, I mustn't, and yet there is a terrible and irresistible maelstrom that has me in its whorling whirl- and the truth is being dragged out of me by this enormous, ungodly vampire. Odo was a student and was trying to write a play. The critf ics ballled, my little story pursues its unnatural course. Odo was scratching his head because he couldn't think of anything at all to write. "Mon Dieu," exclaims Odo as he continues to run his fingers through his hair, "another clever woman would kill me-if this one hasn't done that already-but there'll never be another like my incomparable Et- tarre. Ettarre! Ettarre! Fo...r pe..r..ha..p...s, tha...nk Gi-," hi murmurs as his head falls slowly down on his arms and he falls as eep. 14 ' THE TOWER LIGHT 15 - Y -- -. - - -Y - AVY-YY--,Y-,-Y -YY - --,q,,-Y -YJ Now that Odo is asleep it is permissible that I tell you something about him and his play that was to be-that was to be so that Ettarre could laugh and laugh and laugh at him. Ettarre you must under' stand is a cynic-which is intended to explain everything, and of course does nothing of the sort. Cynics can't be explained-they just are, and remember that Ettarre is feminine and lovely and stunning and has all of "IT" into the bargain, and that Odo f"poor damn fool," said Ettarrej is in love with this cynical sweet lady. Like all Grimm lovers fif you were here I'd shake you, Ettarrej poor old Odo has to prove himself by certain great and valiant deeds. The Hrst task that Ettarre set him was to playfully present a debate on, Resolved: "Why girls leave home," he to have what choice there was of ailirmative or negative. So before Odo scratched himself asleep he was desperately trying to write a play that would .prove why girls do leave home. But Odo had a fairy godmother-gods and godmothers alone know what New Yorkers think of fairy tales fbut I'm quite sure that the girls who DON'T leave home wouldn't listen to any of themj -and the fairy godmother comes to Odo's aid in the shape of a great big Freudian subconsciousness. And anyplace where Freud has any' thing to do with anything you may be quite sure that the girls leave home. To make a short story even shorter he dreamed and dramatized his dream. So we will just pop right into the dramatization. In Odo's debating play he himself is the prologue--and we have the same scene as before-Odo'table'paper'inkfcandlefscratchfasleep-then the dreams are danced out on the shadowy stage. fShadowy stages are popular with the younger set in particular and everybody else in especial--I wonder why?j Out of nothingness a point of elusive light appears in the center of the stage, and it gradually evolves into a twirling and opalescent nebf ulous form-which when it has stopped twirling we are able to see is a girl. A dangerous vision indeed, indeed, and doubly dangerous be' cause it is a dream come alive, it is a realized dream. JACQUELINE. fShe is taller than the average with silky black hair, and eyes in each of which a little crescent moon scints. She is a proficient student of Cornelius Agrippa-though perhaps her favorite stunt was to drink the moon rather than to decipher palms and hand' writingj I left home in disgrace, for one night through a careless' ness in technique I drank both the Moon and the Sun-and of course everybody was quite upset. And then, locked up in my room, I fell asleep-and all the worlds had nothing but starlight for 26 hours, which put things in a fearful state. So my father banished me from his kingdom and here am I doomed to wander the universe as a moon' sprite for all eternity. 16 THE TOWER LIGHT Each dream appears and vanishes in the same way: appearing out of nothing and vanishing through a reversed process-turning into a rotatf ing whiteness and then, finally, even the point of light goes out. Odo iontinues to sleep. Comes another point, this tune of a dazzling violet ue. SALAMBO: ifWe've all heard of Salambo, the heroine of the novel which, 'tis said, depicts the color of purple., I went away from home because Narr 'Havas sent me a bunch of violets. Cdious! The same formulae. This time it is an emerald green light. ADELE: fIt makes no difference, of course, but Adele is a blonde with long, long lashes, with carmine lips, and with topaz eyes., I left home for my art, artless that I was. And now that I have found "how hollow a thing is fame" I can no longer return to my home because I am no longer artless. But let me tell you about last night and howi. And How! The next nebulae is of a sympathetic, brownish color. HEDVIG: fLarge, brown, wistful eyes and a puckery teeny mouth., Why did I leave home? I hardly look as if I would, now do I? I knew that I didn't. But the Hedvig that was a little girl believed in dreams and all sorts of illusions--until the biggest one blew up, like one of the sunfcolored bubbles that I used to blow when I was a smaller girl. My one biggest illusion?-that there was such a thing as love, that my mother and father loved one another, that such and such a person loved me. And I found out that all was only a bubble. How did it all hapf pen-cela n'importe pas-it happened. But let me tell you: "If you have anyillusions, keep them, if possible cultivate them, for once the average man or woman is robbed of his or her life illusions all of their happiness is stolen at the same stroke." Look at me and be warned- for I am a girl whose varnish of illusions has quite warped away. MONNA VANNA: fMaeterlinck has written a very intriguing and seductive play around her, in which she twice leaves her besieged city, incidentally, her husband, to go to the arms of the commander of the besieging force, Prinzivalle. The first time she goes so that her city may obtain provisions and munitions, the second time she leaves because her husband is not capable of believing in her., If you want to know why I left, it has all been very well told in "Monna Vanna" per Maurice Maeterlinck. The last pinfpoint of the former blase blue is supplanted by an asterf isk of the brightest, most entrancing red. It grows and swirls then stops and we have: EMILY: fYou know that she is dressed in a most vivid red-but what you don't know and what I can't tell you is that her hair, her eyes, her lips, her teeth, just all of her-it is, but I can't even begin, you'll have to go and see for yourself., I, too, lost some illusions- but I found out soon enough and became a cynic. Besides I have four brothers. I is.: THE TOWER LIGHT 17 Odo is still asleep. May he wake up, lovely lady, or must he sleep on? Say that he may wake up. Please! DONALD C. NILES, EditorfinfChief, Poly's Cracker, 1924, and editor of Johns Hopkins Newsletter, 1927. f-naw Extract from Fables Without cMorals By CHARLES RENN, Class of '24 EMR. OSCAR GURRY had the most intellectual frown there ever was. When he clouded up the birds stopped singing and the commune ity poultry went to roost. "Humph," Mr. Gurry would say and the whole village would resound with silence. Mr. Gurry had never read Schopenhauer but he looked as though he had. He wore a black felt hat and a black box coat. On state occasions he clipped a pair of goldfrim glasses to the bridge of his nose and wound a high standfup collar once and a tenth around his neck. He walked so thoughtfully that the local fire department gave him the right of way. When winter snows drove all of the old men into reminiscing circles about the stove in the village store, Mr. Gurry was with them. "The trouble with people today," Mr. Gurry would say along about two o'clock in the afternoon, "is that they never think." The old men would nod and agree that he had put his finger upon the root of all present ills, that he had tersely expressed a great truth that they had never exactly defined. At half hour mtervals Mr. Gurry would remind them that the trouble with people today was that they did not think. When the cuckoo clock in the store cuckooed six cuckoos the old men would shuffle home to supper. Having asked divine blessings upon the assembled hommy and sausage, they would solemnly announce that the trouble with people today was that they did not think. Gften they be' came oratorical. The womenfolk accepted this general condemnation in silence. Little girls playing house punished their dolls and put them tguliled with a furious l'The trouble with you Dolly, is, that you don't t .W Once Mr. Gurry addressed the district convention of women's clubs. He told them that the trouble with people today was that they did not think. The women told their husbands that Mr. Gurry wore dirty collars. The men rose in angry defense and left their sausage and hominy in rage. Mr. Gurry gave a few words of advice to the upper classes during the last week of school every spring. His talks always met the approval 18 THE TOWER LIGHT of the fathers. He said that the trouble with boys and girls today was that they did not think. This went on for Hfteen years. Last summer a tornado flattened most of the town and several people were badly hurt. Mr. Gurry was gathering eggs when the storm came up the main street. He emerged from the ruins of his chicken house very much tattered. His black hat, box coat and standing collar were gone. There was a crowd about the store. He moved in his usual thoughtful gait down the littered road toward it. Now and then a flying figure would bump into him, swear at him for getting in the way, and continue in its flight. The store had been turned into a irst aid stationQ The crowd did not seem interested in Mr. Gurry. He approached a group of old men gathered in commiseration. He cleared his throat. A drop of blood splashed on his shoe. He started. "Hurt?" said one of the old men. 'Tm afraid so," said Mr. Gurry. " 'S only a bloody nose," said the old man turning back to his oomf panions. Mr. Gurry sat down on a nail keg and dabbed his nose with a not too clean handkerchief. "The trouble with people today," he reflected, "is that they don't think." wap-1 Hands By KARL SCHWARTZ, Senior 9 ,gh N Lexington Market on Saturday, a hundred or more hands are thrust out to me. Each hand has a coin, each hand wants one or more definite articles. Each hand is carrying out the will of a master. Some' times that master's will is a beneit, sometimes a nuisance, sometimes it scars society. Each and every hand has a story to tell. Each is ready to do any' thing for its master. The twisted, calloused hand of the laborer builds a monument to itself. It supports a family which is its hope, pride and pleasure. It is the brawn which constructed what some one's brain had planned. It is a tool that has been moved by the big boss's mind. Does it receive the proper amount of credit? The clerk's hand is a hand which keeps the communication between the brawn and the brain. It is fairly clean, with knuckles enlarged from writing, but seems to be made to it around a pen. What about this man's personality? He is pale and sallow with no muscular power, which may be the sign of an encumbered brain. I see a tense hand pushing forward, a hand which seems to have witnessed pain and suffering, attempting to soothe those physically or mentally ill. Whose hand is it,-a clergyman's THE TOWER LIGHT 19 hand! A very sensitive hand next separates itself from the group,-a clean, clearfcut hand with long, tapering fingers, which have relieved, no doubt, pitied,-a hand which competently wielded a knife over une conscious patients. Some, these hands relieved, some, they only pitied. The surgeon's hand-ah yes,-the surgeon's hand! Then, there's mother's hand. A child is hurt. He runs to mother. Mother puts her hand on him and the child feels better. Why,--because it's mother's hand. That hand may be scarred from a paring knife or it may be jeweled and well kept, that doesn't matter. It's mother's hand. A shallow white hand toys with a coin, a thief's hand. It twiddles with everything in reach and senses its value. Those long, white, taper' ing fingers, agile and Well kept account for the chill that is racing up and down my spine. Here is a hand, sometimes impulsive, sometimes deliberate, sometimes thick, sometimes muscular. Perhaps it nervously played with a trigger. More than likely it has already sent a bullet, whistling from the gun barrel into a man. It was his accomplice that night. Now it is his betrayer. He has gloved it, still it plots and cringes. Hands! Hands! Hands! Hundreds of them, each with a coin, pressing for a product. Each has a story to tell. Each will some day close on a quiet breast, there to remain undisturbed by time and trouble. Who knows? 'GFX' WHITHER? The sun of life for me is sinking, Each day seems prolonged eternity, E Of the end-always thinking. What does death hold for me? GNB OF '27. THE QUEsT1oN What is there left in life for me? Why should I remain longer When I feel I have received, All that life holds for me? Am I to be a parasite upon the world, Taking up space, breathing air, Partaking of all worldly things, When, perhaps, someone useful, Could use these things to better advantage Than I shall ever use them? GNE OF '27, STATIGN MfAfLfE STAFF Loud Speaker .... ....... .... S ID NEY N. CHERNAK Megaphone . . . ...... PAUL GOLDSTEIN Microphone . . . ...... HENRY JANSEN Wave ...... ..... J osEPH BARLOW Ear Phone ..... . ...... HOWARD FLOOK Aerial ...... . . .AUGUSTUS HACKMAN Plamists .... ..... C ARROLL RANKIN Plamists .... ..... L EONARD GBNTRY Plumists .... .... C LIFTON WARNER Plumists .... ..... C HESTER DAVIS FINANCIAL REPORT fLest our classmates should think that the Men's Issue money was expended in a careless manner or used for the personal gain of the staff, we beg to submit the following report on the finances of this issuej RECEIPTS Received from various activities ffor good writefupsj ....... S 163.00 200 subscriptions at 20 cents ........................ . . 1.69 From sale of visiting teams' athletic equipment ............. 22.62 Profits from sale of secondfhand school books ............... 500.00 Sale of lunch room silverfware .......................... .34 Received from proprietors of school lunch room Qfor holding staff meetings therej ................................. 67.50 Donated by sororities ffor withholding names of some mem' bersj ............................................. 49.81 Collection taken up among faculty ....................... .47 Donated by Smith Brothers ffor not cracking jokes about beardsj . ........................................... 500.00 Profits from advertisements secured by Business Stall ....... .98 Received from a Scotch Philanthropist .............. .. 161.02 Total Receipts ............... .... S 1,467.43 Total Expenditures ........... .... 1 ,466.73 Balance ..................... . . .70 Initial Donation For a Modern Victrola. . . .67 .03 fNote:-The balance, or three cents f3cj was cheerfully given to the Birthday party fund., 20 Good Citizenship This article was written by the husband of one of our senior girls, consequently we 'rate him as one of us. By H. J. BUCKEL ,EI consulting the dictionary, one finds the word "citizen" dehned as "one who inhabits a city, a freeman." As to what constitutes a good citizen, a good freeman, there are, of course, diverse opinions. To the "average" Democrat "good citizenship" may be conceived as voting the straight Democratic ticket, to the "average" Republican, voting the straight Republican ticket, and the loyal Socialist, indubitably voting the Socialist ticket. The question naturally arises as to the fundamental attributes of good citizenship. Surely, in this Bland of the free", the irst essential of good citizenship is the ability to think freely! The man who can face a political, business or social issue, without prejudice, partisanship or preconceived opinion, has in his makefup the cornerstone of good citie zenship. With the everfpresent influences of heredity and environment, which are forever shaping our destinies, one is apt to succumb to biased opinions. But the man who, in spite of this, can face things squarely, can see both sides of a question, judge impartially, and act accordingly, is surely a good and true freeman. Not only is freedom of political thought a quality of good citizen' ship, but freedom in religious life is unquestionably a close second. A man who is a bigot lacks a great fundamental of citizenship. No man who follows the teachings of the Protestant or Roman creeds, without question, blindly, unquestioningly fas did men in Medieval days, can be trusted for good judgment. Judgment is the highest peak in mental development. He who has never learned to judge, who has accepted opinions of others in tabloid form, is a poor citizen. Given the man who thinks truly and squarely and acts accordingly, religiously and morally, and who tempers his daily actions with what he himself believes to be right, what other essentials of good citizenship may there be? The foundation of our civilization is without question the Home. Home may be a few rooms or a bungalow or a mansion, but to have one with comforts not disproportionate to income, a place where real affection, loyalty and mutual respect abide, happiness ever, that neither seeks pleasure elsewhere, is indeed good citizenship. There are those who would ascribe to the home the foundation of the country. In the light of biology, of eugenics, there are those who would make this essentially a selective process, not arbitrary, that this be the duty of every good citizen. That freedom and justice in political, religious or moral life, and the establishment of a good home are alone the requisites of good citif 21 33, ..T-l?E T-O-WP3 LIGHT--. -. - zenship is doubtful. There are laws made by nature, by "Homo Sap' iens" and, these must be adhered to, upheld, for thereby only can man' kind possess true liberty and live together harmoniously. Disregard of law is an infraction on the rights of one's neighbor and living together in harmony and all due respect, in a spirit of true "communism," is undoubtedly an absolute necessity, where "community" life exists. Good citizenship, then, requires a spirit of teamwork, of "charity towards all," of lawfabidingness. We learn from psychology that the primary requisite to good work is Interest. Can it not be said that lack of this in municipal, state or national affairs, in religious and social affairs, means failure. Good citizenship requires keen interest in all the affairs of citizen' ship and with keen interest it is inevitable that there be also intelligence concerning these affairs. "Ignorance of the law is no excuse" is a shop' worn proverb. Ignorance is inexcusable in any phase of life as well as in legal phraseology. The good citizen, then, is the man who holds progress before him as a watchword, who builds not only for himself, but for the future, who sees the country of the next generation and builds for that. Education, then, is fundamental to progress, not a didactic, classroom, text book acquired jumble of facts, but general knowledge with good understanding. This must be the possession of the man who is to be a truly good citizen. No good citizen can go "Babbitting" through life. Not he who can sing "the land of the free and the home of the brave" most loudly, who can die gallantly for it when called upon to do so, not he who can wave the flag most violently, or swear allegiance to it most ardently, but he who possesses a loyalty and love and respect for his country and at the same time a cosmopolitanism that helps him to respect these same attributes in citizens all over the world, and tem' pers his own life and national life accordingly, is the real good free' man, the true good citizen. In good citizenship, then are involved-interest, loyalty, understand' ing, a spirit of internationalism, of charity to all mankind, foresight, wholesome morality or religion, true homefbuilding, and above all the ability to think clearly and act justly. 1' ' Tflv.-Ljg -. -- V. -. , ,i . MJ, , af. ,- f,p.' ., f7.,g Q'-f..-J., L i5."Q'5f'E-- 'l' 1"'fwlf1f 'if F-ha -ir 2' ' sfafw vtif- ' 7 " f fliff '11 ' Zfffmtf'-' .H - 'itll we ,,12f'l'. .5 5., W. 1 JW" . . -if' .ft ix '--.X w , ww, 'S ' " fs " LL' " ' fifQ,l,... : ' QQ7fY5ru!14gHJ,.' " 4, ' 4251 ' fg,.L",Q'1f"' ' " INTELLIGENT OCCUPATION A PART OF THE TRUE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS 'mm By NICHOLAS MURRAY BUTLER .1 HERE still exists a widespread misunderstanding of the whole process that we call education. There is a popular notion that somehow, some' where, and at some time it is formally begun and then formally finished. Nothing could be further from the fact. It is a constant and continuous adjustment of human organism to human environment, to the end that the human organism may be enriched and perfected and the human environment understood, penetrated, and advanced by persistent and lofty human effort. The only difference between the educational prof cess in infancy, in adolescence, and in mature life is that the human organism constantly strengthens its powers of resistance and constantly increases its powers of control. Intelligent occupation itself is as much a part of the true educational process as is study in classrooms, in library, or in laboratory ..... Education declines to assume that human experif ence begins anew with the birth of each child and that life must be begun all over again in a sort of symbolic Garden of Eden in the his' tory of each individual human being. Education worthy of the name holds' to the profound and fundamental truth that human experience has already come a very long way from its crude and simple begin' nings and that what has been gained so painfully and at so great cost through the long ages, each new child is entitled to be helped to know, in order to shorten the time that he is to be enslaved to ignorance and in order to lengthen the time and to strengthen the weapons in which and by which he is to gain true knowledge and use it. Information is the raw material of knowledge, and knowledge is the beginning of wisdom but not more than that. "GP" FORT O'GOD Theres a land in my dreams, Where the golden sun gleams, And the songfbirds sing all the while. It's a quiet little place, Where thereis always a face, To greet you with a smile. 'I'here's never a sorrow, No thought of tofmorrow, In this land where angels tread. When I want rest, I go to that blest Little town of Fort O'God. C. M. DAVIS, SR. '11, 23 I 'THE 'TOWER LIGHT 25 cyfl Sociocardiomental Test jr- By E. C. WALTHER JL T IS necessary to follow the directions very closely in taking this test to insure the best results. Nevertheless, good results have been obtained by disregarding the directions entirely. Such a departure must not be made without permission from your adviser. HOW TG TAKE THE TEST First provide yourself with a suitable corridor, a bench and a rail. Sit on the bench and lean on the rail. Great care must be exercised at this critical point. It would be fatal to the results of the test to sit on the rail or lean on the bench. Reflect upon your unprepared assignments. Get the ''tomorrowfwefwillfhavefaftest'' feeling. Arrange for Dr. Burdick to take your blood pressure and for Miss Riley to take your pulse and respiration. QA sphygmograph would help., Close your left eye and put your hand over your right. Now, examine the pictures closely. Call out the name of each of the objects in the order in which they are numbered. Call upon Miss Carley and Miss Gilbert to record your reactions. Gall upon Miss Rose and Miss Hartley to check upon the reactions of Dr. Burdick and Miss Riley. In this way the testing procedure can be so thoroughly checked and cross checked that the results are wholly unreliable. This is a most desirable state of affairs since it will help in objective scoring. fNote. Gbjective score ing is accomplished by the scorer objecting to the scoring of the papers. Recent investigations show that this practice is much more general than in the past, all of which goes to show the tremendous progress of edu' cation in recent times., HGW TO SCORE THE TEST A Scoring the test of course must require a large staff of assistants to insure the proper complications. At any rate there must be no less than two people. When the test is scored by two young people between ten and sixteen years of age they must avoid discussing the results of their work and under no circumstances must the work of the one be handed in for the work of the other. They must be seated on each end of a tenffoot bench with their backs toward each other and must maintain absolute silence. For each correct name matched with the proper picture the "E" gives the "V" one QU "G", if the "V" is a "B", On the other hand, if the "V" is a "G" then the value becomes one Q11 NB". fVery simple., For each incorrect name the "E" counts an additional "C" to the score of the "V", For each item omitted the "E" will multiply the score of the "V" by the square root of four. Find the "Z" score by adding all the "G", "B" and "C" points. Convert the "Z" score into the "T" score by the coefficient of education. fSee foot note.j 26 THE TOWER LIGHT DIAGNOSIS, PROGNOSIS, TROMBOSIS A sudden change in blood pressure, pulse or respiration should be reported at once by Dr. Burdick to Miss Sperry for further investigaf tion. Mrs. Masland will follow this investigation with the proper "correctives". Any changes in temperament must be reported to Miss C. Cook, who will make a graph of the change and will outline a prof gram of selffimprovement. A low score indicates eye trouble and the need for dark glasses. Very low scores will be investigated by the scholarship committee. A high score indicates a long and successful career as a teacher. FooT NoTB. fFather'sj The great mathematician, coeducation as follows: "Zeinstein", has recently derived the coefficient of Coef f Coed: 5 C 3-1 5 crap-1 GREATEST THINGS IN THE WORLD The best day-today. The The The The The The The The The The The The The The The The The best town-where you are now. best work-what you like. greatest play-work. thought-God. thing in the world-love. thrift secret-saving waste. comfort-knowing you've done your best. need-common sense. puzzle-life. mystery-death. mistake--giving up. sin--fear. greatest greatest greatest greatest greatest greatest greatest greatest greatest greatest stumbling block-egotism. cleverest man-the one who does what is right. most dangerous person-the liar. greatest trouble maker-talking too much. worst bankrupt-Mthe man who lost enthusiasm. And the cheapest, littlest and most stupid thing in the find fault.-Exchange. world is to clVlodern Cpoetry for Jvlodern Children W- By W1LL1AM Rononns PHIPPS B HAVE all been told that children do not like poetry. There is a stronger reason than that for this general belief. Not many of us, I'1l venture to say, liked poetry when we were children, and therefore we make a sweeping generalization in which we include all childhood of all lands and of all time. It is not difficult to explain why we dis' liked poetry when we were children ten, fifteen or twenty years ago. At that time children were not considered as being different from adults except in stature, age and privileges. A child was a small edition of an adult and all that he needed to do was to "grow up". Parents and teachers knew so little about children's instincts, natural interests and innate tendencies. In those days, not so far away in the shadow of the past, we offered children the poetry which we thought was "good for them". And what did we mean by the poetry that was good for them? We meant poetry which taught beautiful lessons, which moral' ized, preached sermons and taught lessons in ethics by the device of rhyme and rhythm. There are not many adults today who were so for' tunate as to escape memorizing the Psalm of Life. The title alone is suiiiciently foreboding to cause a fullfsized adult of average mentality to take to his heelsg but when the dirge opens with: "Tell me not in mournful numbers Life is but an empty dream .... " we might as well settle back in the comfort of whatever pleasant mem' ories we can call to mind and pretend to listen to a typical New England sermon. And the long quotation from Thanatopsis which begins: "And so live that when thy summons comes," is much worse only because it is longer than Mr. Longfellow's serious address. What dismal and dreary thoughts to present to the minds of little children! And even worse-because the child was forced to mem' orize the words even though he could not fathom the meaning of them. What joy would we as adults find in learning by rote the Chinese national hymn, if China has one? Not only was the tone of the poetry black and doleful, not only were the children compelled to memorize the meaningless words, but if the poet had, by some serious oversight, forgotten to attach a moral to the poem, the parents and teachers felt it their bounden duty to take the poem as a text and to preach to the chilplren in order to make the rhymed ethics more forceful and more V1t3. . All of this, of course, had but one effect upon the helpless, defense' less children. It made them believe that all poetry was solemn, sad and lacking in meaning. And though they learned the words and could recite them parrotffashion, this did not overcome their dislike for poetry and their distrust in it. 27 28 THE TOWER LIGHT Still another reason why children did not like poetry is that schools have not only made the study of poetry very hard work but very un' pleasant work. Children were forced to scan poetry, to beat out the rhythm and to dissect the cadences. All of this is very well for the mature student of poetry because he has learned to like poetry and is endeavoring to arrive at a formalized technique, but for children, never! Poetry should be presented as an art and not as a science. Cf course, there are ethical values in poetry-no one will deny that. There are ethical values in all creations of beauty. But the poems chosen for their ethical values ten or fifteen years ago were not examples of good poetry. Didactic verses seldom are. And yet it is so easy to combine the love of poetry with ethical trainf ing. We can do this without much comment and certainly without telling the child that the poem is good for him. What are our mental and emotional reactions when one of our fellow human beings tells us that he is doing thus and so for our own good. The very words "for your own good" seem to be the signal for the arousing of antagonism and a stimulation of a response which is in the category of the for' idden. What reason have we for believing that poetry and children can be brought together? The chief reason is that children are great lovers of poetry. This capacity for the appreciation of poetry is one of the child's natural endowments. They are plastic and impressionable. A child is quick to feel and share other people's moods, their joys and sore rows, their fears and reasons for laughter, their ecstasies and dislikes. Then, too, children are especially fond of sound, color and movement. In their own natural activities there is a strongly marked rhythm. Take for illustration the games which every person who has been a child has played: The Farmer in the Dell- "T he farmer takes a wife, The wife takes a child, The child takes a nurse, etc." As these words are sung, the children imitate the action. In still an- other singing game, "Oats, Peas, Beans," the children perform all of the action, act all of the drama suggested by the words. Children never tire of repeatmg these phrases, and by these repetitions they show their love of rhythm. Their enjoyment of the dramatic element and their imif tative play show their love of the imaginative. In these games it is not difficult to see that children are participating in the beginnings of poetry. In his book, The Enjoyment of Poetry, Max Eastman says, "Children are often intolerant of the poetry in books because they have it in real' ity. They need no literary assistance in getting acquainted with the live qualities of objects, or endowing them with their true names. Their minds are like skies full of floating imagery, and with this they evoke THE TOWER LIGHT 29 the inrnost essences out of common things, discovering kinships in nature incredible to science and intolerable to common sense The toast is a 'zebraf 'Nothing with a tail' is a snake. The cat purring is a 'Bumblecatf The white eggs in the incubator have 'blossomed' But education soon robs them of this quaintnessf' But education need not rob them of this quaintness nor of the opporf tunity to cultivate and develop their natural appreciation of poetry. Give children the poetry which they like, the poetry which they enjoy. The -children of the upper and middle grades laugh hilariously at Arthur Guiterman's poem called Strictly GermfProof. It goes like this: The Antiseptic Baby and the Prophylactic Pup Were playing in the garden when the Bunny gamboled upg They looked upon the creature with a loathing undisguisedg- It wasn't disinfected and it wasnit sterilized. They said it was a Microbe and a Hotbed of Diseaseg They steamed it in a vapor of a thousandfodd degrees, They froze it in a freezer that was as cold as Banished Hope And washed it in permanganate with carbolated soap. In sulphurated hydrogen they steeped its wiggly earsg They trimmed its frisky whiskers with a pair of hardfboiled shears, They donned their rubber mittens and they took it by the hand And 'lected it a member of the Fumigated Band. There's not a Micrococcus in the garden where they play, They bathe in pure iodoform a dozen times a day, ' And each imbibes his rations from a Hygienic Cup- The Bunny and the Baby and the Prophylactic Pup. .Another poem of Arthur Guiterman's is suitable for children due to its delightful humor. It is called A Tract for Autos. Even father and mother will appreciate this one, especially if father owns an auto' mobile. Children who have been so fortunate as to have heard John Mase' ield's wellfknown SeafFever ask to have it read to them again and again. After having heard it several times, I have seen a class of sixth and seventh grade children, entranced by the even, slowfrnoving cadences, spontaneously repeat the words in accompaniment to the reader of the poem. All without any conscious ffort on the part of teacher or pupil to have the poem committed to memory. Upperfgrade boys are thrilled by the adventures of the dauber in Masefield's The Dauber Rounds Cape Horn. Their comments on this poem are: "I knew that he would." 30 'THE TOWER LIGHT "He was the best man after all." Excellent judges of people and of poetry, too, are these children of Elementary School age. Their reac' tions are sincere and true, not the result of prejudice and unfortunate tralnlng. ' Peacock Pie a book of poems by Walter de la Mare is a source of enjoyment for children of all ages and for grownfups, too, who haven't lost the taste for delicate fancies and odd whimsies. Joyce Kilmer's The House With Nobody In It has a touch of the mysterious which children love. It is well within their experience, because practically every child has seen a deserted house, has wondered about it and has, in his fancy, built up stories around it. Fannie Stearns Giiford's Moon Folly is replete with an imagery and a fancy with which the children are at home. . In his two collections When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six, A. A. Milne has written some excellent poetry. There are in these two books many poems which children of all ages enjoy and ask for time after time, but we must be careful that we do not deceive in thinking that all of Milne's poems are for children. Some of them are an adult's viewpoint of childhood-reactions of childhood told with an adult philosophy and from the perspective of one who has passed his childhood days. While I have seen Milne's Vespers taught beau' tifully to children of a primary grade, much of the success depended upon the skill of the teacher. I doubt that children as a whole are conscious of the distractions which they suffer while they are saying their prayers and therefore I would say that it might tend to make a child selffconscious-and is there a greater tragedy than that of a child becoming conscious that he is a child? Edna St. Vincent Millay's poemfdrama Two Slatterns and a King is excellent for children. I have seen it dramatized in beautiful fashion by the children of a sixth grade. If Alfred Noyes had written but one poem and that the Highway' man, he would have been remembered by children forever. They listen with mouths agape at the narrative and feel the pulsating throb of the organic rhythm in the hooffbeats of the horse. William Butler Yeats, too, has found an audience in children. They love the romance, the picture and the whimsical qualities of his lovely poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree. It says: "I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles madeg Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee, And live alone in the beefloud glade. And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow, Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket singsg 'There midnight's all aglim-mer, and noon a purple glow, And evening full of the linnet's wings. THE TOWER LIGHT 31 I will arise and go now, for always night and day, I hear lalqefwater lapping with low sounds by the shore, When I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray, I hear it in the deep hea'rt's core." Thomas Augustine Daly, better known as snnply T. A. Daly, is a favorite with children. They like equally his serious ones and his humorous ones. Da Leetla Boy, which presents a rather sad picture, ranks favorably with Da Stronga Man and the Baseball Game which are ridiculously funny. Rose Fyleman, who has been called the "fairy poet," has published two volumes which are attractive and delightful to children of the pri' mary grades. Her There Are Fairies at the Bottom of My Garden and Fairies and Chimneys contain exquisite, gossamer poems about fairies for the little ones. All of this does not mean that there are not many fine poems for children written by the older authors. But teachers and parents should realize that poetry did not die with the passing of Tennyson. There are many beautiful and worth-while poems written by the modern poets for children with a freshness and a vividness and a moving quality which are characteristic of the age in which the children are living. may oflthletic Forecast IQZPI By COACH MINNEGAN .1 HE PHYSICAL education policy of our nation is in a process of transition. Sports and practices, popular twentyfflve years ago either have declined or have been replaced by the new or more valuable ones. Each season one 'finds values and policies, and programs, changed by athletic administrators in schools and colleges. We might cite many examples. Some authorities have feared the great emphasis put on competitive athletics. They agree with Herbert Spencer who said that a certain degree of proficiency in sports is the trait of a gentleman, but too much proficiency is a sign of misspent youth. Some have feared this emphasis on sports would bring evils and so have promoted the idea of intrafmural athletics for all and the abolishment of interfschool competition. Contrary to this view, we read the conviction of Wisconsin's Football coach, who states that the main business of every coach is to win games. Many favor a program of play, others emphasize formal work. Some stress the theory of how to live better, of correctives, of hygienic values. Others would emphaf size those skills and sports which can be enjoyed through life such as riding, swimming, tennis, and golf. Thus, we see the type of program tol promote, the policy to uphold, is a problem for every institution to so ve. 32 THE TOWER LIGHT State Normal's plan is broad and inclusive. In one phase of it, com' petitive games for men, we may forecast possible developments and changes for the coming year. Competition has been of two kinds: QU that with high schools, Q25 the other with college 'varsity or college freshmen teams. In many cases the high school competition, because of the excellent teams, has provided contests as valuable and satisfacf tory as a college team could have offered. Other high school games have not offered the same values for Normal athletes. In many cases, high school athletes are lighter and usually have less strength and skill. High school athletes are a bit "lower gearedl' than college men. It seems that in the day when every individual is uspeeded upn-"geared up higher" as the complexity of life increases, associations should be kept on a like plane. Why should the possible lessons and values of competitive athletics be lessened by contacts with those of lower gear? Loyalty, selffsacrifice, team work, physical condition, cooperation, skill and all other athletic values seem present to the highest degree only when the pace is set so that these things are essential to remain in the race. Henick states that "socialized behavior is the supreme achieve' ment of the cortex of the brain." This is the chief lesson of athletics. There are several reasons why an entire collegiate schedule would be diflicult to arrange. Perhaps the lack of time to practice, the smaller number of men compared with other schools, and the diliiculty of estabf lishing permanent athletic relationships with colleges are among the chief obstacles. Theoretically, competing with college teams rather than high schools offers many advantages. College teams may come to fill the major part of Normal's schedules. As far as possible, teams of Normal's scholastic standing should be played in the future. We should strive for higher goals. Gallaudet, Blue Ridge, Johns Hopkins, University of Baltimore, Maryland Pharmacy, and Beacom College have been approached in reff erence to a basketball schedule, for next season. With such teams as the above it seems certain that the caliber of the basketball season will show an upward trend. Basketball, however, probably offers more opportunities for this than any other sport. We believe the outlook promising for the increase of competition with college teams in other sports. Soccer is rapidly becoming a popular collegiate sport. Large schools have adopted it as a minor sport while many small colleges find it more itting than football. Blue Ridge, for instance, plans to drop football and introduce soccer next fall. Each year Normal has played a few college teams in soccer and has done well. With more college teams playing this game each year,.it seems ichatl the standard of the soccer schedule may be raised to a higher eve . Tennis is striding forward rapidly and although a new competitive sport here, there are many possibilities for a fine schedule. Track re- Continued on Page 37 THE TOWER LIGHT 33 COACH MINNEGAN .Zulfg R. MINNBGAN hails from the bleak, windy, cold region about Chicago. He is a graduate of Springfield, Massachusetts, Y. M. C. A. College. That Mr. Minnegan has had a great deal of experience as a coach and athletic director is obvious from the fact that he was, before coming to Normal, assistant gymnasium director at the Illmois State Teachers' School, director of athletics at a boys' club, taught two years in Junior High School, and has done playground and camp work dur' ing the summer. His work has brought results. The soccer team lost but two games the entire season although a diilicult schedule was followed. The basf ketball team is working well together with dependable substitutes to fill in whenever necessary. By his psychology and knowledge of boys, Mr. Minnegan has drawn from their shells the timid and shy members of the school in order to have everybody engage in and derive the benets of athletics and gym work. At present, too, the boys are doing some very fine work in tumbling, and several are engaged in practicing juggling. Besides these things, our director stresses good habits of living and hygiene, both verbally and by example. By all these means, together with a pleasing personality, he has won the coniidence and respect of the students at Normal. Let us get together and give our coach a rousing cheer! By SAMUEL GOLDBERG, JR. 3 "BASEBALL PRCSPECTS FCR 1928" By HENRY BYER Manager of Baseball .f,?l:1 H, Baseball season is here at last." Fair Spring has pulled the blanket of Winter from the campus and we see the husky athletes trimming up for the oncoming major sport, "Baseball". Coach Minnegan started the training with the batteries by means of indoor work in which we are coming along line. Although the entire team graduated last year, we have several candidates this Spring to form a very promising aggregation for the dear old Alma Mater. Among the candidates we see: Evans, Rankin, Goldstein, and Kim- mersly working hard for the receiving endg Stull, Wood, Burton, Ward, Flook, Hoffman and Byer getting their right arm in shape, Sieverts, Stull, Seamon, Lawlis, Linsendmeyer, and Barlow signed up for the foursome on the infield, and the gardeners, Galperin, Bull, Jansen, Val' entine, Chernak, Ward, Baumgardner, and Warner are getting in shape. Ai ine schedule is being completed with some of the best college teams possible. Among the schools already scheduled are: Calvert Hall, Blue Ridge, and Mt. St. Joe, with Tome, Charlotte Hall, and others on the tentative list. Let 'er go, team-Siss! Boom! Bah! NCRMAL! RAH! 34 THE TOWER LIGHT WW ..-ii it "ff-1'ff'? F ,,v?', 'Lt-f'Tx5., I 125751 RR Us -"'.f . 1 , B-In-fo-and ig. A: tl H TN, N....,.,.u,.f. 41 only ' , '- " Ti ' xf Lf 4 5. . 'VFD' 1 .. .I ,..'l:l:L! X 'J' 5 gy . X ' -,yi 'XX' r' '. 'x .I-',-1-.' . my Q Nl 'Q-'J ?1ES2.,',,.s it I' f 314 "ATHLETIC EXHIBITION" if S WE all know, everything has a climax sometime or other, so the boys' gym class had its climax for the winter term. This class under the able coaching of Prof. Minnegan, recently entertained the school with stunts and dances, in such a manner as never before, in the life of Normal School. The boys of the gym class were led into the auditorium with a clang! clang! clang! Chernak played the bassfdrum, Goldstein played the traps and Bull played the noisefmaker. To have more noise, we had Joe Barlow do the announcing. The events were varied. The first- was the Clown Dance. The boys were real clowns and this number brought gales of laughter from the audience. Messrs. Kankow and Stull gave an acrobatic exhif bition of what they had learned in the "Circus Gym Class". This met the approval of the onlookers. Behold! Such an exhibition was never seen within the walls of Normal School. To make matters worse than they had ever been, Joe Barlow announced that the next event would be building pyramids as they should be built. Barlow was set upon by the girls for this inappropriate remark, but with the able assistance of Chernak, the giant of Normal School, he was saved from torture. The acrobatic stunts contributed greatly to the success of the boys' gym classg. Kamwhow, one of the acrobats, threatened the audience with hysterics by his famous cakewalk. Ha! Ha! Ha! Wait until the next exhibition, won't the boys shine? By PAUL GOLDSTEIN, JR. 3 THE LEONARDSTOWN HIGH SCHOGL GAME On Feb. 24 Leonardstown High School came to Normal with its quintet to play a basketball game. In the prevoius game played between the two schools Normal completely outclassed the high school liagers. The visiting team is small but she came with revenge in her eart. Gnly three of Normal's first string men played during the game, Lawlis, Seaman, and Barlow. The second team played most of the THE TOWER LIGHT, -as time and it showed us that Normal would not be without basketball material next year. From the hrst toot of the referee's whistle the game was not in doubt. The second men with the help of Seaman, Lawlis and Bar' low soon ran up a big score on the High School Quintet. Bader, Goldstein, and Galperin starred for the second team. Ritchie starred for the visiting players. When the final whistle blew the score was '58f21 in favor of Normal, thus adding another victory to our string. THE WESTMINSTER HIGH GAME On Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1928, we played our last scheduled game with an outside team. We had met this team on Jan. 24, 1928. The high quintet won the game by a 6f4 score. Normal resolved to avenge the defeat and-well that's the rest of the story. The game began about 3:30 P. M. For the first half it was a tough battle with both groups on an equal basis, with Rankin, Ward and Lawlis bearing the brunt of the struggle. The half ended 32f18 in favor of Normal with Westminster fighting hard. During the second half, Normal ran her total up to '5 8. Westminster piled up eighteen more points makf ing their total 36. The final whistle blew and the game ended with a 5'8f36 score in favor of the White and Gold. Rankin was easily the star of the Normal Five, having 11 Held goals and three fouls. Ward was next with six field goals and two fouls. Both men did excellent floor work. Dear Friends: I have enjoyed working with the basketball team this year. I have tried my best with the aid of Mr. Minnegan to arrange a good schedule for the team. It has given me a wonderful experience in business management. The teams that our team have played this year are not without merit. Mr. Minnegan and I plan to arrange next year's schedule now to make things easier for next year's manager. I thank you for your suppoit of the team. Yours truly, HOWARD FLOOK, Mgr. NORMAL'S BIG SCCCER ELEVEN 171' By HENRY BYER, SR. 9 N1 HE BIG soccer eleven of Normal enjoyed a very short but successf ful season. During the season we won six games, tied three, and lost two. We scored 14 goals to our opponents' 11. The teams which we defeated are: Sparrow's Point High School, State Champions, 3f2g Tow' son High, 1f0g Franklin, 3f1, Western Maryland College, 2fOg and Poly, beaten twice by our big team by the same score each time, 2fO. Among those tied are: Havre de Grace High, runners up for the Westem Shore Championship, 1f1g Catonsville High, OfOg and Tome, our last 36 'THE TOWER LIGHT game of the season, 1f1. Those lost were hardffought games with Western Maryland College, 3fOg and the Navy Plebes, 3f1. Before-the start of the season we lost some very good material through withdrawals, but Coach Minnegan formed a strong team with the ref maining men. After the season started we lost a very valuable man in Herman Burton, who had his leg broken in the 'nrst Western Maryland game. During the remaining part of the season the casualties were kept down until the last game, when Lewis Baldwin hurt his ankle. Our only other big loss was that of Johnnie Seamon, City College star, who was ruled professional by the P. A. L. The attack throughout the season was led by Fred Ward, captain and full back of our Big Eleven. The Seniors who deserve lots of credit for their ine work on the field are: Lawlis, Stauffer, Hoffman, Flook, Sieverts, and Byer. The Juniors should also be praised for their help allotted our Big Eleven. Among them were: Barlow, Harshman, Bull, Stull, Stover, Baldwin, Huff, and Goldstein, the very surprising goalie from City College. LIFE'S LITTLE JOKES CONCEIT Cne of our own number talks to himself because he likes to hear a good man speak. HOOT MON No. 1: "What's the difference between a Scotchman and a cocoa' nut?" No. 2: "Don't know, what is it?" No. 1: "Well, you can get a drink out of a cocoanutf' WHAT'S THIS? Teacher: L'When his father caught him in the orchard George Washington didn't make any attempt to get away. Do you know why?" Kid: "Sure, he did not choose to run." EDUCATION APPLIED First sister fupon coming in from a datej: "And he said my face was a perfect poem." Second sister: "So it is dear-it's like one of Browningsf' First sister: "Browning! Why Browning?" Second sister: "Because some of the lines are so deep." THE TOWER LIGHT 37 Iohn calls his dog "Sandwich" because he is half bred. It takes a clever guy to get thru a revolving door with a suitcase. The average strapfhanger complaint is one of long standing. foe calls his dog hardware because he made a bolt for the door. He who laughs last is from the present Senior Class. There are two times to address a golf ball-before and after swinging. "Goldie" walked into a delicatessen store the other day and asked for 1Oc worth of animal crackers without the pigs. When he takes the girls out for a ride they never walk back. The only difference is that he drives a hearse. "All I need is a golf club," mused the convict, as he gazed sadly at the ball on the links. HEARD IN CLASS Junior: What was the chief recreation of the old feudal lords?" Miss: "Riding the serff' He slipped his hand under hers--and then shuffled the cards. SENIORS--HALT THERE As one good reason why a course in English is essential at Normal, we present the following: It was originally destined to grace the bulletin board! "Lost--a sterling silver eversharp by a member of Senior 8 with an engraved head." s INNOCENCE Oificer: "VVhat's the matter? Where is your warning signal?" Sweet Young Normalite: "Why on the front-it's the little round thing that says "Dodge Brothers". lo-9-4-3-o- Athletic Forecast Continued from page 32 quires a greater number of men than are available to us to consider organizing a team, but there are opportunities in a number of open meets for men of ability who are interested in this sport. Baseball is losing somewhat although its friends are bolstering it up. Some of the most outstanding athletes in the history of the school will graduate this June. However, with our present quota of Juniors and the entering class who are bound to have some good athletic timber we expect to organize very creditable teams next fall. SCHOOL NOTES ,- . mann , i f EB " 'R' N i ff ,- QLA 2 ,. 4' QI " jiflfisis fl .. H THE PRINCIPAL'S TEAS Recently Miss Lida Lee Tall entertained the juniors and Seniors at a series of teas. While we were enjoying the delicious beverage together with little cakes and candles, Mr. Hackman, accompanied by Miss Weyf worth at the piano, played several violin selections. Social gatherings of this sort tend to help us to know better the members of the faculty and our classmates, and so it seems everyone is trying to make our stay at Normal so very pleasant. GIRLS' BASKET-BALL Once again the basketball team has led its class to victory. The love for our dear old Alma Mater brought many anxious girls to the elective classes, which were held every Monday, from 4:00 P. M. to 5 :OO P. M. Under the supervision of Miss Roach, who stimulated our desire to be victorious, we learned many new passes and tricks of the game that aid in efhcient team work. The first game was played on February the first with a score of 3847 in favor of the Seniors. The second victory was won on February the twentyfthird, with a score of 24f36. The Juniors played well and it was with much difliculty that we won. In the last game "Mike" Elliott sustained an injured arm and was unable to continue playing. The linefup was as follows: Gua.1'ds: Gladys Grammer and Marion Medinger. Centers: Helen Laird and Marcia Elliott. Forwards: Hazel Eridinger and Esther Bennett. Substitutes: Dorothy Kappel, Center, Katherine Rohr, Fovwardg Emma Lee, Guard. Qfl Visit to a CPrinting Office B. M. T. 751 ,ilzflfrlss SNYDER,S art classes are working on books and lettering at present, so as to give her students an idea of real, honestftofgoodness bookmaking and printing she had them visit the Munder Printers. Leaving school at two, we had an uneventful trip downtown, and, after walking through a maze of streets we had never explored before we finally emerged at Market Place and the CocafCola Building. There, hidden away in the dark recesses of this picturesque twentieth century castle we found a veritable artftreasure palace and an eiiicient guide waiting to show us about-in the form of Mr. Munder. We browsed around for a quarter of an hour, or so, in the main ofhce, the walls of which are hung with rare paintings and etchingsg then we were conducted to the plant proper. The Hrst thing that met 38 THE TOWER LIGHT 39 our eyes here was the Miehle. This is a big, black, fierceflooking machine that, somehow reminded us of the torture instruments of the Spanish Inquisition, as we have always pictured them in our mind's eye. But, though it is used for another purpose, that purpose is of such character that it detracts little from its highly romantic atmosphere. The Miehle-to explain-prints one thousand pages a minute. Oh, how we all wished that the Normal School might have such a machine! How much painful effort, how much heartache it would avoid. Then and there did I, for one, vow that my first schoolfteacher's salary would be used to start a Normal Miehle Fund, with me as its selffappointed press agent. Then there was the embossing machine and the small mechanism which printed and addressed postcards. We saw, too, a bookfpress, small and friendly looking. And, oh, how we all wished that we might use it on our own books to smooth out the warping, the bane of our existence. Last, we visited the typefsetting room, where a huge black monster was playing tickftock with the type. One last look-and we departed, determined that some day the Nor' mal School might have that Miehle. Will it? By JENNIE PALEES, JR. 1 VFFV SPRING FETE On March 27 the annual Spring Fete of the Elementary School of the Maryland State Normal is to be held. The booths will be located on the lower floor of the building and will contain articles from many lands, Easter candies and baskets, and many beautiful objects which will be for sale. There will also be an entertainment in the Auditorium for the friends of the Elementary School. All grades will take part in the entertainment supplying enjoyment by means of stunts, dances, and acts. All are urged to attend both the Fete and the Entertainment for we are certain it will be well worth your while. 'CFV MARCH BIRTHDAY PARTY "The Wearing of the Greens' is to be celebrated at the March Birth' day Party in Richmond Hall Social Room on March 14. The room is to be decorated in the traditional green of St. Patrick's Day. The Irish folk will have charge of the entertainment and will offer songs and dances of their country, the color scheme of green will be carried out in the refreshments. 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W HEN Frederick William IV of Prussia ascended the throne in 1840, he made many wild promises that he would make great changes. But men soon began to perceive that the promises so abundantly made by the new king were nothing but glittering generalities. From the first, it was evident that Frederick William IV was mentally unbalf anced. Unrest throughout the confederation was growing more and more intense, and already revolutions had been started in many of the German states. In almost all of the smaller states political changes were accomplished without bloodshed. In Bavaria the disorders were complicated by the infatuation of King Louis I, for a famous dancer, Lola Montez. Later when a reform party came into power, Lola was banished. The desire to be near Lola and the fear of an inquiry into his disposal of the state funds forced the king to abdicate the throne and desert his people. It was during this period of unrest and political disorders f1842f60l, that many Germans migrated to the United States, among whom was my mother's father. Their migration may be traced to several reasons, most important of which was a political one, and the desire for greater opportunities for material advancement in the New World. My grandfather, John Jacob Nottnagle, was born june 7, 1814, in the town of Windesheim, County of Middle Francovia, Kingdom of Bavaria, Germany. Of his childhood and early manhood in Germany we have no record. At the age of thirtyfthree we End hhn with another brother migrating to the United States. He embarked on August 10, 1847, and landed in New York October 5, 1847. The voyage must have been one of trials and hardships, made as it was in a crude, rather unsafe vessel, which was later described by my grandfather as being "hardly fit for cattle". Upon landing in the New World my grandfather made his way to Philadelphia where he resided for a period of time. Later he wended his way down thru Pennsylvania, no doubt staying with other German families who had settled in the Susquehanna Valley. Thus for three years he moved about, gradually making his way southward until he settled permanently in Frederick, Md., in 1850. My grandfather, being a potter by trade, established himself in the pottery business and bought a home. His brother, who had come over with him, also settled in Frederick or Frederickftown, as it was then called. Frederick, being largely made up of German people, seemed a haven for these Wanderers from the "Fatherland". In 1851 grandfather married Mary Phoebe Sahm, who had come to America from Germany with her parents when she was but three or fourii years old. Her people had settled about twenty miles from Fred' eric . 44 THE TOWER LIGHT 45 On the second of November, 1853, my grandfather was granted his naturalization papers at Frederick, for which he had previously applied in the courts of Pennsylvania in December, 1848. Many were the hardships in gaining a livelihood for the family of seven children with but a small capital. Often the mere necessities of life were wanting, and proper medical care was not obtainable. Yet their lot was not unlike that of many others about them. Besides attending to the pottery business grandfather taught special classes in German. Often I think he must have thought of the old country and perhaps had a yearning to return, but at such times my grandmother would ref proach him saying, "Well, if you like Germany better, return to it." Then when one of the children would ask, "Why do you stay?" my grandfather would reply, "Once you get white bread, you will not return to black, will you?" Coming to this country as he did at such a mature age, my grand' parent never mastered the English language. He conversed, wrote, and read entirely in high German, his children answering him in English. I think he would have liked for his family to have clung to his old language and customs, but my grandmother realizing more fully the futility of such practices, would not permit it. She even withdrew their children from the German Reformed Church a.nd Sunday School where my grandfather was assistant preacher or "lay-reader", and superintendent, enrolling them in the Episcopal Sun' day School. The amusements and pleasures in those early days were few and simple, being centered particularly around church affairs and festivities. Of course, there was much mingling with the folks in the neighbor' hood who, like my grandparents had come from Germany and had much in common by way of experiences and sympathies. A In such a simple, rather uneventful fashion my grandfather lived and died. An old newspaper clipping records: "the hand of death removed from our town john Jacob Nottnagle, one of our most industrious, honest and respected citizens." HELEN HEMP. Clhe QNIelting CPot s By BLANCHE H. SEIDMAN :Z1""f If ROM twelve to sixteen years is generally conceded the necessary span of time in which to acquire an education,-to become educated, we say. After all, what is education? If it's learning to read, write, and calculate mathematics, perhaps twelve years is needed. But if it means acquiring a sympathetic understanding of life, a deep feel' ing for peoples other than our own, alien people not cognizant of our manners, customs, and language-if education means anything like this, then several weeks in the kindergarten of School No. 25 will help give you that kind of education. I hardly think it possible for one to be in the wholesome, under' standing, sympathetic atmosphere of Miss Zelma Thompson's kinder' garten and not acquire a different outlook on life. That is, if that outlook was petty, full of small thoughts of self, grasping, ever'reach' ing for the small, meaningless, so'called necessities of life it will undergo a changing process through contact with the little personalities. found in this miniature melting pot. Can you picture little five'year'olds, scantily clothed and undernour' ished? Start with them as they awaken in the morning. What do they do? When questioned by a teacher the child said, "When I get up I say my prayers. I get dressed and come to school." No amount of questioning could elicit the fact that he washed, or ate breakfast Usually an elder brother or sister dresses the youngster, gives it some' thing, or nothing to eat and it tramps off, teeth chattering in the cold, to kindergarten. . But here-ah, here, the little citizen of the United States enters a fairylandg a paradise, a fairyland of beauteous drapes, gaudy colors, fanciful decorations? No. A fairyland of warmth, of sunshine, of good cheer,-a fairyland where kind words bring wanted response, a fairyland so different in atmosphere from his own drab, colorless, two' roomed apartment which houses a large and ill'fed family. We student teachers have gone into these homes, and, upon returning to the kindergarten, experienced the same reaction that the child must have, only more poignant was ours because we are older and under' stand more. The little Polish child does not understand why his mother makes her signature with an X, or speaks through an interpreting son. This child does not realize that in spite of the fact that his mother goes to work early in the morning, he should nevertheless come to school clean and well'fed. The kindergarten child here spends a joyous morning. He helps to make his paradise a joyous one. How? He peoples it with a person' 46 THE TOWER LIGHT 47 ality so vital, so interesting, so responsive, so productive that no dull moment comes into his day. Then, when materials are placed before him, he paints, he draws, he cuts so seriously, so industriously, he is so enthusiastic about his work that it is a pleasure to work with him, and to watch him work. When he builds, his boat is equipped to every detail, even to the piano that must be placed on it as on the excursion steamers. His airdrome shows logical thinking far beyond his years. I say beyond his years, but many of these little fivefyearfolds think in adult avenues of thought. They report deaths, HICS, domestic troubles as naturally as the North Baltif more youngster reports a new toy, a trip to the circus or a mother's fairy tale. Much of our work is to teach these little people to play, to see beauty in the sky, the wind, in their little recently acquired courtesies and mannerisms. Beauty of thought and feeling is not, however, lacking in these children. Take for instance the child who composed. I knew a little bird Up in a tree, He was so colcl He couldrft be no colder. It makes one also think that the child's own existence is being revealed in his verse. Perhaps these kmdergartners, whose background lacks Americanism, do not understand our English language but they do understand the language of music. It is inspiring to see their little faces light up at a Mendelssohn "Scherzo", their feet trip fairylike to Grieg's "To Spring" and their subtle interpretation of the Chopin "Waltz". The rhythm and melody they produce bespeak future Stokowski's and Galli Curci's. Is it strange I consider it a privilege to come in contact with these children and the kindergarten of School No. 25? My only regret is that the State Normal School curriculum does not provide for a longer time in which to further my education in life. 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EH 'EH CEI! IEII fe' 1 fllnnienls ' 2 Nellie W. Birclsong . . . Augustus Hackman ..... Margaret Dick ..... Anne Sheppard.. . . Junior Class Songs .... Poems, M. Goldman .... Fragments, F. Ilmer. . . Wealth, M. Goldman ..................... . . The Appreciation Lesson, Sarah C. Brooks .... . . A Moment of Victory, M. Cojfay ....... Editorials ......................... My Impressions of Milton, F. Hankins ..... . . Posture, Mary Masland .............. How to Dance, H. jansen ..... School Notes ........................... . . Some Racket About the Racquet, Clzemak Athletic Notes .......................... . . Humor PAGE 3 4 5 5' 6 9 12 12 16 18 22 25' 26 30 31 34 36 42 'GI 2 nfner 'lfiglqi Vol. I May 1928 No. 8 I I T NELLIE W. BIRDSONG TM' PM E, THE CLASS OF '29, feel a deep satisfaction in possessing, as our Honorary Member, Miss Nellie Birdsong. C One does not need a long acquaintance with Miss Birdsong to fully appreciate the personality, charm, and resourcefulness of this splendid teacher and executive. Her rise has been the result of her intense interest in matters relat' ing to schools and their activities. Originally a teacher in the public schools of Richmond, she later went to the Horace Mann School of Teachers College, Columbia University. She became Critic Teacher and, finally, Principal of the Training School of the Western Kentucky State Normal School, Bowling Green, Kentucky. She was at one time Educational Adviser, in Brantwood Hall, Bronxville, New York, a col' lege Preparatory School. 3 4 THE TOWER LIGHT Miss Birdsong's activities were not confined entirely to schools, how' ever, for she became Research Editor in the Bureau of Public Health of the American Red Cross in Washington, D. C., and later with the American Junior Red Cross, and even now, in connection with her work at Normal, is the leader of groups in the study of Child Training. She is now on the staff of the American Junior Red Cross visiting summer schools in the eastern part of the United States. Her intense interest and ability in matters of educational instruction and research have not been unrewarded, for she holds the degrees of B.S. and M.A. and received both the Robert G. Ogden Scholarship and a teaching fellowship from Columbia University. Still, unassuming to the nth degree, Miss Birdsong says that her interests are teaching, gardening, carpentering, and cooking-a worthwhile coterie of activif ties. Miss Birdsong has our utmost confidence and appreciation, and un' doubtedly presents a real goal that we as individuals may some time hope to achieve for ourselves. VIRGINIA SMITH, junior 4. AUGUSTUS HACKMAN President Iwnior Class COCKY WALK, a cheerful grin, and a head full of great plans for the junior Class,-that's Gus, our class president. While at City College he was one of the men to hold the debating championship of Baltimore, and that ability helps him in his official capacity at Normal, for not only is he Junior class president, but he is also to be Senior president next year. When I asked him for an interview, he exclaimed, "Oh, Heavens, what do you want me to say." "Oh, something about our class and its completed and prospective plans." He sat there twisting and turning around, screwing his face into unimaginable expressions, and looking far removed from our calm and able class leader, or the violinist who entertains us so well at assemblies. At last he brought forth these great words of wisdom. "I think the class as a whole has done much. Our selection of colors, motto, song, and banner show that we have been working. Now we are aiming for a Senior year book, and a memorial worthy of our Alma Mater." Then in a spirit of boyishness and irrelevance he added, "We hope 'Gosling We'ek' next year will be better than it was last year." His words explain "Gus". Able to carry out the serious side of his presidency efliciently and well, to stand high in his studies, he is yet always ready for any fun under way. THE TOWER LIGHT 5 MARGARET DICK jr- President A. A. '29 ,I FOUND HER hurrying down the hall, for she is never still. A wide grin, short bobbed hair, twinkling eyes, and an athletic look. Who? Dick, of course. Between bursts of laughter fshe's never serious out- side classj I gathered from her, quite reluctantly, that she had been President of her class at Eastern, and, of course, captain of the volley' ball and basketball teams. I say "of course" because anyone who has seen her in action during athletic classes or extrafcurricular sports knows that she tops our athletic list. Here at Normal she was General Manager of the "A.A." in her Junior year, and was elected President of the same association for I29. She will tell you that she was just lucky. Talk to her for a few minutes, and you will see why she was "lucky". Her good humor is infectious, and that, plus her ability makes her a good sport and a good leader, outstanding in the work which she has undertaken. -iv-1-O-Q-Ol ANNE SHEPPARD President of Boarding Student Council ,ZuWf1IrBLL NOW, WHAT DO You WANT? Make it snappy." That's what Anne Sheppard said when I asked her to sit down and talk things over. But I knew she didn't mean it the wrong way because she squinted her eyes and chuckled softly. Anyone who knows Anne, knows that chuckle, it's a part of her. We sat down, and quite naturally, even though things are not sup' posed to happen that way, she began to talk about the Student Council. In reply to a question she said, "It may seem hard to try to improve the present Council, but nothing is so good that it cannot be made better." That statement, though easy to say, will be the task for her to prove next year. But we know that Anne can do it in view of the fact that she was President of her High School French and Latin Clubs, and has shown so well her ability in holding the oflice of section chairman. Then her thoughts began to turn to the most exciting event for her this year, her trip to New York. That is probably one of the greatest honors which a junior can receive, but Anne certainly deserves it. She herself said, "That is a great honor to be bestowed upon me, and I hope to represent the Junior class as well as I can". She seemed serious enough then, but she began to chuckle and said, "I'll think of you back here while I am enjoying myself in New York". Anyway we'll forgive her even if she doesn't remember us. THE TOWER LIGHT Ji I hill vs of CQESC ,Y i x9 is OO gk 'iill2?aTj! r fv l'!q!n.lwzi' .9 13 H. siiflglif 4 t V A cv JUNIOR CLASS SONGS "Normal School! Normal School! Twentyfnine to you will be true, With the green for our growth And the white for our faith We sing honor and praise to you. CHORUS "May our banner float high on the breeze To bring glory and fame untoldg "Crescamus Eundo" - "Let us grow as we go!" For we are bound for victory!" "Normal School! Normal School! Thy standards we hope to acquire, Let our hopes and our aims Win us titles of fame And our motto fore'v'r inspire." Music and words by IVLARION GOLDMAN. THE 'TOWER LIGHT "O, twentyfnine to you we sing A song of love and praise To you of all we'll cherish true And love through all our days For green and white our emblem is To hold above the rest 'Twill light our way through every day And every Normal quest. "The mark we leave at Normal here A credit we hope 'twill be, A record of what our class has been And what it hopes to be May Alma Mater cherish high The class of twentyfnine For we shall strive to reach the goal With green and white entwinedf' Words-ANNE SHEPPARD Music-FRANK LEXVIS ---4-Q-o-c-o-- "Normal School! Normal School! Thy sons and daughters, weg Graduates of twentyfnine, We e'er shall loyal be True to thy customs, most sincere Though we've left thy spacious halls We'll love thee more each year. "Normal School! Normal School! Be thou our fortress strong, Help us in our chosen line And keep us from all wrong Bind us by thy rule of love Make us a part of thee Then the class of twentyfnine To thee shall grateful be." Words and music by WILSON VALENTINE. 8 THE TOWER LIGHT "Normal, we are here Staunch, tried, and true ' We'll fight and cheer, We'll boost old '29 And send it over the top. CHORUS: "And we'll praise the Green and White Long may she wave For power and might And dear old '29. "Nineteen twentyfnine, Pride of the years, Our love is thine In work or play In work or play Our thoughts to you will ever be loyal." Tune-"Our Director's March" Words by-AUGUSTUS HACKMAN -14-0-Q-0-.1 fNOTEj The above songs were submitted during the class song contest held by the Class of '29, No special song has as yet been selected, but all were so deserving of publication that they have been printed in this issue. J BQ 4 A. THE TOWER LIGHT ..,Y ,A Sprung Song Apple blossoms on the trees, Summer in the air Bird songs tuning up the breeze, Sunshine everywhere. Green plants sprouting in the earth- Warm rains coming down- Greenness all about its girth From Towson into town. Bird nests in the many trees Bird songs in the air, Bird chirps gladdening the breeze Summer everywhere! --4-Q-Q-Q-o-1 Sprmg Oh lightly trips the Spring in Winter's wake, And with her trailing garments warms the earth She breathes upon the fields, the frozen lake, And gives, again, to all dead things, rebirth. She bursts the buds upon the naked trees Transforms the meadows into seas of grain Sends coaxing messages upon the breeze To swelling bulbs and sprouts as yet unseen. She dances to the brooklet's merry song, Across the waving lea, the rolling hills. Through forest paths she gaily skips along And fills the vale with nodding daffodils , With lithesome footsteps soon from here she strays, But leaves behind, blue skies and sunny days. MARION GOODMAN, junior 1 --o-o-o-c-o- CN'OCfuTH9 The lake turns, trembling in its sleep, The wind whirls in its dancing, The first wave, wildly beckoning With thin and tapering fingers, An owl hoots, hoarsely challenging The shadows of the night That waver, hesitant, uncertain, Gliding, creeping, sliding The starry, blackened wings of Night Have fallen, drooping, on the earth. THE 'TOWER LIGHT Just Like a Tree Sometimes I wish, that I could leave This busy life of ours, And stand up tall, and bow and blow Iust like the trees and flowers Doing nothing all day long Through my branches breathe a song Sung by breezes in their play. Oh! Trees, that I could like you be. 2 Maybe a tree on a greyfcliffed shore, Where the wild waves rise and toss and roar, Or on a lonely little hill When mosses lie and all is still, Or on thle bank of a little rill Hurrying on to meet the seag But oh! That I could be a tree. 3 Such dreams avail us not, I must be here, not on a hill, Beside the sea, along a rill, Still as I go my weary way And pass the lea where I fain would stay I yet can be a tree. 4 Strong, straight, tall and true, Ready to help friends just lilie you. Strong in heart, and strong in strife, Strong to battle the winds of life On, on, I'll go, and try to be Oh God, just like a simple tree. MARION GOLDMAN, I unior 1 THE TOWER LIGHT INHIBITIONS It's awful to be grown up In the spring. A grown up person Can't do anything. I wish I were little again. Honest, that's true. There are so many things Little people can do. 'You know how you always feel In the spring. Tou'd like to skip all around And sing. An' go out somewhere an' Roll down the hill, An' play hoss or somethin' And run around 'till 'You were so out of breath 'I'ou'd just have to keep still. But you can't-'cause so many People would see An' they'd say, "What a funny School teacher she'll be!" So you just have to try to Act dignifed. But it's awful hard. I know- 'Cause I"ve tried. VIRGINIA CHEW, Iunior 8 Fragments "One human lifetime is but a fragment in- the ' parade of humanity." ,QQIEVERAL YEARS AGO my family and I boarded a steamer in France to come to America. I might tell you how we went from Vienna to Paris, what buildings we saw there then on to Cherbourg, aboard the majesf tic "Olyrnpic,'g--ah, the Statue of Liberty!-then across mountains and prgiries to Denver-but you can read this sort of stuff in any magazine to ay. However, picture to yourself this scene: You are a shy and timid little girl of Hfteen. Cnly a minute ago one of the many doors of the train has spit you and your family out upon the grizzly, dreary, rainy platform of a strange railroad station. It is five in the morning. You have not slept all night because you have covered the ParisfCherbourg stretch in an old French thirdfclass wagon which precludes description. Shut your eyes and you are still riding-umpedyfbumpfbumpfbtunp, umpedyfbumpfbumpfbump-a bagfpipe and haunting melodies, that reek of alcohol, from the compartment next door. You are out on the street. Cobblestones. An arm of the bay on one side-the Ocean! A dream to the continental Viennese! Quaintly gabled houses to the left. Not a soul astir. Only the rain is falling softly, ever so softly out of a gray, endless mass that seems to have absorbed the moisture of all the uni' verse and is dropping it now, without mercy. How long?--till eternity? Sevenfyearfold Sis is crying. Doesn't she think this world is wet enough as it is? She wants to sleep, so do we. Where shall we find a sink, breakfastftable, and bed? Father had written, "Take the 'Hotel de Francef Follow the main road when you leave the station until you reach 'Rue de la Sofandfsof then turn to your left and you can't miss it." You try your best to follow directions, but there is a miscalculaf tion somewhere. It is five o'clock in the morning-not a soul astir. At last-a figure is slowly crystallizing in the distant fog. A heavilyfset man of about hfty is approaching. His gait is not very dissimilar to that of the crooked man. He is walking "a crooked mile" indeed. A deep basso voice is heard from his direction, "C'est la mere Michel . . ." A scent which is barred on these shores is becoming more and more clearly discernible as he is coming nearer. The big moment has come! You and your French are the family interpreters. It is five o'clock- no one else is in sight-we are all sleepy-little brother is asleep-Sis is still crying softly-the rain is falling--the air is slimy-Mlvlfmfmfmfmf 'sieur, ditesfmoi, s'il vous plait fvery rapid1yJ--- cfcfcfcomment vfvfvfvaftfon---" "Ein paadflnder heeft haar gebrachtf' After I had heard this sen' tence repeated for about ten dozen times during my first two days in THE TOWER LIGHT 13 Holland, its meaning slowly began to dawn upon me: "A boyfscout had brought her." The scouts had awaited our group of Viennese chilf dren at the railroad station of Meppel, one of the many towns of neu' tral countries where we had been sent after the war to recuperate from its illfeffects. Each "paadEnder" had taken care of one child and had led it to the family to which it had been assigned by the committee in Vienna. Thus began half a year in almost ideal freedom from care. We were "permitted" to attend school, but "not required" to do so. On the other hand, there were the Dutch marshes, shining even ni the midst of winter in the most brilliant green. The land is as flat as a table and the willows and poplars that line roads and canals appear like a string of oddfshaped beads, fitted closely about the perfectly circular horizon. In the fore' ground, windmills, cows, tan and gray sails, from boats, here and there houses, and more trees. Finni, Mitzi, Trude, and I are walking beside a canal, on a path of white gravel. We have become close friends here in Holland, although we did not even know of each other's existence when we were still in the same city. We are very happy here. We live in the present. We walk and talk and sing. There is always something to be discussed or observed. A boat, packed with lumber or peat is being pulled upfstream to the "heavefho" of the crew, sweating at the rope. Often we say nothing, but watch silently, feeling that we all have the same thoughts. We feel the rhythm of these men, we feel the rhythm of the windmills, flapping their giant wings. At the "sluis" we usually stop. The gates are thrown open whenever a ship passes and then the water gushes from one side to the other, making a vile noise. The beautifully shim' mering .greasefspots on the erstwhile placid surface have disappeared. The water has become a restless, gurgling mass-The drawbridge is for' ever firing our curiosity. We watch the attendant as he raises it for every sailboat and speculate as to how this maze of levers works. If we tire of this, we can walk through the town. The streets are very pleasant to look at. The red and yellow houses are trimmed with many' colored glazed bricks and sparkle with cleanliness, rivaled only by the scintillant brass door knobs and rails. When the sun is shining the whole scene resembles a mixture of little, brightlyfcolored patches. Bicycles enliven the scene. Little children as well as old men and women wheel on as naturally as if they had been born on wheels.-fThat reminds me of some unsuccessful attempts on my part to imitate themj Sometimes I walk alone with Fietje, my four year old foster sister. I am telling her about the snowfcrowned mountains of Austria, of mysterious castles overlooking the majestic Danube, and of the city of Vienna, that is so large that one would have to walk for days and days if one wanted to cross it. She listens attentively as I try to explain to her the wonders of the opera and the theater and makes a scene to her 14 'THE TOWER LIGHT mother while I am preparing to go home to Vienna, because she wants to go with me. "Turkensturz,' consists today of the tattered walls of an ancient castle in the Alps. We are playing in the desolate courtfyard. The sun' light is refreshing after a morning's tramping through old chambers and sinister dungeons, crowded with haunting ghosts and lurking horrors. The thirtyfodd boys and girls of our summer camp have divided into little groups, scattered here and there. Some are playing knights and ladies, others are villainous robbers, while still others are Indians, piercf ing with their shrill war cries the brooding silence which for centuries has veiled this lonely cliff, surrounded by black forests and silent mounf tains. With a small group I am sitting at an opening of the wall, gazing out over the now Godfforsaken landscape which was once illed with the noise and bustle of court life and think of the story the guide has just told us! It was fivefhundred years ago when the Turks were marching upon Europe and threatened to subjugate it completely. A detachment of the Sultan's army had reached the "Turkensturz," which then went by another name. They were out to rob and kill, and most certainly would have done so, had it not been for the clever daughter of the "Ritter," She had awaited the soldiers at the gate and beckoned them to follow her. Bewitched by her beauty and friendly gesture they forgot all suspicion and headed directly for the opening. A servant at the door which was at that place, flung it open and the riders disf appeared in the depths, unable to halt their excited horses. A quick jump at the last moment had saved the maid.-- We are still at that age when credulity is a virtue. Awefinspired we gaze down into the very same valley that witnessed the tragedy fivefhundred years ago.--''Turkensturzf'-"Fall of the Turks."-The cliffs almost perpendicular. Here and there sparse mountain vegetation emerges between the rocks. My eyes are attracted by a dainty, blue flower directly below me. It is "Enzian" a most precious mountain flower. My hand reaches for it almost unconsciously, but it is too low, I cannot grasp it. But this time I am determined to have it. If I stoop over just a little bit farther, it will be mine. That is easy enough.-There is a trembling below me. One of the small rocks upon which I had been resting is slipping! I lose my balance! In one short, panicfstricken moment my eyes see at one glance fifteen hundred feet yawning in the depth!-I am grasped by firm hands. Safe!-My stunt has been noticed and my rescuers and I are rapidly becoming the heroes of the day. We bask in the sunlight of our glory.-- Back at the camp the head matron orders, "no supper for her. She must be taught a good lesson." . THE TOWER LIGHT 15 - '.- ,f ,- 'Av.,A', - ' ,,'A,..-, 7, - -f,:,fv Av-1 Today-I am sitting in the schoolflibrary, flooded by the golden sun' light of early spring. Large windows on two sides. As many windows as the walls can hold. The tan walls themselves are so covered with bookshelves that it becomes diflicult to determine their original color. Whether one wishes to or not, one cannot check the movement of the eye as it passes over the evenly spaced tables. There is the same num' ber of chairs around each table and all are standing on a shining floor of dark brown linoleum. Dust is almost absent. As I look about the room, the words, "sanitary," "smooth," "clean," "regular," "order," Hmechanif cal precision," "efficiency" come to my mind. I know that if I were to go to a certain section, look at one shelf and take the fourth or fifth book from the right, I should have selected out of the twenty odd thousand volumes precisely the one I wanted to have. It creates the delusion as if we were able to classify the universe, put all things, idea, ideas, and acts into shelves and drawers. The information clerk at the Universal Library says, "you wish more happiness, sir? Take the third elevator to your left-fifth floor up-room 527-second section to the right-fourth shelf from the bottom-you can't miss it."-- Beyond the windows lies the campus. Spacious lawn covering gentle slopes. A light breeze is tripping ever so daintily over pastel colored blossoms, swinging from black branches. Every blade of grass is a creature. How many bugs? How many myriads of living cells? At this very moment--being born-moving-changing-dying. Life- and eternal metamorphosis! A continual process of transformation- always-even when our unaided senses feel quiet, peace, rest. FRIDA ILMER, junior 2 .ig-34-3411 . WEALTH The world is mine! Why ask I more? I have the sky and sea, I have the forests, dirn. and cool, I have each foliaged tree. The sun is mine, and so the moon, The stars shine, down for me As much as for the richest man The world can ever see. I have the lovely outfoffdoors, Each woodland thing, a friend And life, a life of hope and joy, With Heaven at the end. MARION GOLDMAN 16 THE TOWER LIGHT The Qflppreciation Lesson jrw .Al VERY LESSON IN LITERATURE should be an appreciation lesson in the sense that it should uplift and invigorate, take us out of ourselves and our petty disturbing affairs. It should appeal to the emotions, and as emotions, together with habits are the springs of action, contrary to a rather popular idea, the literary selection should find its emotional outlet in some form of activity, mental or physical. Otherwise we have empty dreams and inactivity, setting up a tendency in an undesirable direction. To simply say the selection is one for appreciation leaves one's query but half answered. The human mind has power to appreciate many things. One naturally inquires "appreciation of what?" Also, one is eager to know what outcome may be expected. Shall the careful selecf tion of prose, poetry or music "die in its tracks." Then one's labor of love in choosing, studying, presenting with care is wellfnigh given in vain. "The game is not worth the candle." To forestall the avalanche of criticism which this statement may evoke let me specify some of the varieties of appreciation possible to the complex human mind. First in the list, because too frequently neglected, is humor. "In heaven's name," you say, "what activity could follow a humorous selec' tion but a laugh?" Well, a good hearty laugh is good for the system and restful to the mind provided one laughs with people and not at them. But are there not other possible and interesting activities fol' lowing the laugh? Who is more popular and entertaining at the dinner table than the one who has a number of witty stories to tell, a few wellfchosen conundrums, a joke or two, apropos of a chance remark, or a joke given by some other member of the assembly? Children enjoy collecting and sharing these treasures, even to memorizing short, funny poems to be recited in the future. Nature in all her moods is attractive to most of us, even when un' illuminated by literature. With the addition of literature it becomes a perpetual past. From the little poem, "We have a secret," and 'gHiaf watha's Childhood" to "The Chambered Nautilus" and "Lines to a Waterfowl," as the years of experience increase capacity, literature helps us penetrate more of nature's secrets, makes us more appreciative of her wonders and beauties, and encourages us to ponder upon these. Every child's mind should be stored with gems of poems, stories and songs of the highest order, and adapted to the various stages of develop' ment. Incidental activities, natural and wholesome, are planting, cultif vating, protecting of seeds, trees, shrubs, of birds and pets. School' room activities may be care of pets, preparation of window boxes, planting, caring for goldffish, feeding birds, collection of pictures and specimens. THE TOWER LIGHT 17 Great human virtues, as devotion to duty, patience under misfortune, resistance of temptation, courage when cowardice would naturally tempt one .to run away, perseverance when the task seems hopeless, patriotism even in the midst of an oil scandal-all these appeal to and impress the human mind. We appreciate literature the more when genius illuminates the rather commonplace details. The impression is not a thing to discuss, often, but a chance remark by pupils or teacher might strengthen an idea and so lead to the modification of ideals of life and conduct. There might be references in answer to inquiries, to other books or selections on the subject. If a short poem, the selection might be memorized. Human misfortunes bravely borne, human needs that may be ameliof rated, as presented sometimes in literature, as in life, call forth the emotions of sympathy, admiration, pity. Each of these emotions might be turned into channels proitable to the listeners, not by discussion, but by seeking the opportunity and the appeal. Dickens writes this kind of literature admirably, and that is why we like him if we admire him. But "Little Piccoli," "The Bird with the Broken Wing," and the "Ugly Duckling" are equally effective when presented with comprehension and inspiration. School activities may not be immediately apparent, and should be managed with discretion. They are, however, among the profitable possibilities. The language, the literary dress of the selection, may be so unusual, so charming, as to evoke immediate admiration. Here are opportunif ties for individual choice of beautiful pictures, of forceful and effective words, or rhyme and rhythm. All these should be given opportunity to inoculate the pupils with the fever to emulate, or at least to borrow some of the expressions for immediate or future use. I could tell you several stories of resultant activities if space permitted. The reader, if there be one, can supply others, better. The dramatic possibilities of the poem or story may be so evident as to arouse--not create-a desire on the part of some of the children to rearrange it in the form of a play, or to memorize or reftell for the pleasure of others. Here one finds a mine of opportunities to carry enthusiasm over into constructive activities or various kinds, and these activities are better known to teacher than to the theorizer. Promif nent among them, to the writer, are training in logical thinking, speak' ing and writing, ingenuity in working out situations, and preparing whatever "property" or costumes might be necessary, and the opportu- nity for all to work together with great good will to the consummation of a common purpose. 18 THE TOWER LIGHT "Finally, brethren," that appreciation which dies in the "oh" and Wahl' of the first experience is wellfnigh worthless. That which car' ries over into action, mental or physical of great practical value. SARAH C. BROOKS lv-:-Q-o-o- ofl QMoment of Victory RMM, singing a plaintive air, was interrupted by her brother's impatient summons to breakfast. "Cut out warbling about lambs and step on it," he called. E , Miriam skipped into the diningfroom as Uncle Eden's warning cough, preliminary to his saying grace, resounded. She suppressed the tuneful measures as Uncle Eden tucked his napkin under his chin and began the familiar chant. Hardly had the last clause, "and an intus with the 'il of gladnessf' reached its long drawnfout close, than she began humming again. "I wouldrft sing at the table, Miriam," reminded her mother, smiling. "I can't help it, Mother. I'm crazy about that. Listen to the Lamb's chorus. We have been practicing it and parts of the 'Holy City' for the spring concert-the state musical and dramatic contest to be held in Baltimore, you know. I do hope I'11 get one of the solos. We have the tryouts after school this afternoon. I'm so thrilled that I hardly slept a wink last night. The girls say I'm sure to get one of the soprano leads. The only girl I'm afraid of is Anna May Connell. Her voice is fine, but she is so stiff and awkward." "You don't hate yourself, do you?" inquired Bob, with elderfbrotherly frankness. "Who else is in the running?" "Several are trying out. There's Sue Horn and Ruth Rigby and Jean Delaney. Miss Clarke, the glee club director, says there is really no one in the club quite able to take the high soprano solos in 'The Holy Cityf I only hope Jean gets one lead, if I don't. I think she has the best chance." "What's the matter with Elsie Evans being soloist?" Bob's voice was strictly impersonal, but his ears grew red. Privately he considered Elsie 'Lkeen". But this not even Miss Miriam suspected. s'Elsie?" Miriam's tone was coolly indifferent. "Oh, she's out of the glee club. She's a senior and her work is too heavy. Of course, she'd be the soloist if she were in it. But I'm just glad she isn't. She thinks she's so rich, and cute and pretty and everything. She had the lead in the spring concert last year, and I think it's time someone else had a chance." THE TOWER LIGHT 19 "You'll go all right," put in her father confidentially. "You surely will," chimed in Mrs. Gilbert. "You've come of a. musical family. Look at your Aunt Miriam, who might have been a. prima donna. Why you've sung ever since you were a baby. Her voice is like a bell," she added proudly, "Isn't it?" "The Liberty Bell," added Bob. "A little cracked, that's all, Miriam!" Uncle Eden became angry at the suggestion. " 'Tain't cracked, neither. I'd ruther hear Miriam sing than any' body. I mind when she used to get up on the platform when she was a little mite and sing, 'Babes in the Woods' I heard many a feller say in them days, 'I chipped an extry bit in the collection just for that little song bird.'-" Miriam, in her swift exit, paused to give him a little pat. She and Uncle Eden were sworn cronies. It was a short walk to the old redfbrick high school, which stood beside the grade school. Miriam had been six when she had first entered the smaller school, clinging timidly to her mother's hand. Now she was seventeen, and a senior. She loved every scar on the weather' beaten doors. She loved the elms which bordered the walk and met over' head to form a green canopy in Spring. P Someone passed her with a swirl of skirts. It was Elsie Evans. Elsie's nod was cool. She wore a leather coat and checked wool stock' ings--the newest thing--and a jaunty hat tipped saucily over her fair bobbed hair. "She might have walked with us," said Miriam resentfully to Jean Delaney, her chum, who had just caught up with her. "Elsie is what I call an unconscious snob". "Don't you think she's ever unconscious of her airs!" declared Jean. "She's a snob on purpose. But we should worry! C, Miriam, aren't you thrilled to pieces? I know all the sopranos in 'The Holy City'. I hope I won't be scared when my turn comes to try out." "You're sure to get a solo, Jean," said Miriam with assurance. "Sue Horn's voice is so tinny and Ruth Regby flats." Her voice took on an anxious note. "But what if Anna May Connell gets all the solos? Her voice is the best in the glee club since Elsie Evans dropped out. But she's such a pill!" "Oh, you'll get a lead all right," co-nsoled jean, "Anna May has no temperament, if she has a voice, sings like a machine." They shook hands with mock solemnity, and parted at their respec' tive classrooms. At three that afternoon the tryouts were to be held in the auditorium. Miriam, humming her lines, awaited her turn and tried to shake off her nervousness. Miss Clarke, the director, Miss Brownell, the teacher of dramatic art, and others of the faculty comprised the critical audience. It was more trying than facing a packed auditorium. 20 THE TOWER LIGHT Anna May Connell tried out for the first solo. She was red and selffconscious, but her voice, rich and full and carefully trained, filled the room.. The faculty nodded their heads in approval and took her name. Miriam felt cold all over. How could she hope to win against that mature voice? And yet-Anna May's stage fright-her red face. "Jean Delaney", called Miss Clarke. jean, slight, graceful and with a charming personality, sang the second solo in "The Holy City". Her manner was a little breathless. She was only a junior, and her voice, although it was a beautiful lyric soprano, lacked volume. Jean was but ifteen. Loyal as Miriam was she felt little disappointment as Jean tripped off the stage. Then her own name was called. She went out quite at ease, for she was used to singing in public. She was pretty with dark eyes and a vivid coloring. With her hands clasped gracefully in front of her she began singing. She had prac' ticed so faithfully that she knew the words without the book. Miss Clarke's mouth had fallen open in surprise. Miriam felt that she had scored a success. Miss Clarke stopped her as she passed out. "How are your grades, dear. You know only those whose marks are high can go." "They're all right," responded Miriam, her heart beating wildly. "The lowest I have is a B minus." She went out with a feeling of applause in her ears. The girls crowded about her in the corridor. "You'll be one of the soloists", they assured her. Jean hugged her rapturously. "You're it," she cried. 'Tm glad one of us got it. I don't think I'll get a solo. My voice is not heavy enough, really, for such parts." "I think I'll get to sing one at least," said Miriam. "O, Jean, I can hardly wait to hear the announcement in assembly tofmorrow morning! You can never tell, but Miss Clarke did ask me about my grades." But the next morning, Miriam's heart sank with the irst words of the announcement. "One of the solosits for the spring musical contest," read Miss Clarke, "will be Anna May Connell." So Anna May had it-the principal lead! Miriam felt a rising sob in her throat. How badly Uncle Eden would feel! . "We have not decided upon the other soprano soloist," continued Miss Clarke as unconsciously as if she were discussing tenpins. "It is difficult to choose. We have several voices which are good, but not THE TOWER LIGHT 21 big enough or dramatic enough to sing the parts. I will ask Sue Horn, Ruth Regby and Miriam Gilbert to try out again this evening after school, before we make the final selection." Miriam's heart Bounded recklessly. She might get one of the main leads after all. How proud the family would be! She could see Uncle Eden's blue eyes misting with pride. At noon she flew to the telephone and called up her mother. 'Tve got a chance for one of the solo parts," she cried into the mouthpiece. And I wore my old dress. Please drop everything and bring my blue dress up to school. Do, munner, that's a darling. What's that? You're entertaining the club at two o'clock? Oh, well, come anyway, it won't take long. I can't leave, myself-got to cram for math. Never mind the sandwiches! What's a club meeting when your daughter has a chance to sing in the spring concert? You'll come right away? I knew you would, you sweet thing! Goodfbyef' She crammed for her exam--automatically her thoughts awhirl with the contest and the possibility of getting a leading part. When the time for tryouts came, she tripped out on the stage, clad in the blue dress, with conscious assurance. With Anna May eliminated, there was only Sue Horn and Ruth Rigby to eclipse. From the opening note of the difficult solo, she felt quite at home. Her voice was in good form and she took her high G at the close with ease. Sue and Ruth tried out next scoring but indifferent successes. Altogether Miriam felt reasonably sure of the part, even though Miss Clarke did not commit herself. "That was line, dear," she said. just a trifle weak along the edges. Your voice is lovely but rather immature. Are you sure your grades are up? With plenty of training"-her voice trailed off as she eyed Miriam speculatively. "They're all up," said Miriam with swelling pride. And, O, Miss Clarke, I surely will work!" Triumphant, Miriam rushed home. She was so late that the family was already eating supper. 'Tm sure to be one of the soloists," she cried gayly. "I knowed it," approved Uncle Eden, beaming. "Don't I mind when you used to sing 'Babes in the Woods?' " "She's a Gilbert all right," approved her father. "The Gilberts all get what they go after." "She's her Aunt Miriam over again," declared Mrs. Gilbert. "Why daughter"-- "The Chatauqua salute," urged Bob solemnly, flourishing a crumpled square of cambric. "You tell 'em, Sis!" Continued on page 40 THE TC ER LIGHT L Published monthly by the students at the Maryland State o, Normal School at Towson STUDENT EDITORS Chiefs ELEANORA BOWLING and ESTHER LOUISE WEINBACH jokes Athletic Reporter Associate ESTHER L. WEINBACH H. GALPERIN CHARLOTTE HARN Social Reporter LOUISE STALEY Art ' Circulation Manager ABRAHAM STEIN HOWARD FLOOK Typing Staff Business Manager CATHERINE FREIMANN SIDNEY CHERNAK CLIFTON WARNER ' n CHESTER DAVIS Advertising Managers MARY DIGNAN LULA BICHY ETHEL MELCHER MAROIA ELLIOTT Price:-One Dollar Fifty Cents per 'Year Single Copies, Twenty Cents :FM Our Golden Cpportunity zvfzbflis ARE GATHERED HERE at Normal from the four corners of the State of Maryland and even beyond her boundaries. We have come from middlesex, village, farm, city, and metropolis. We have all come to Towson with a common aim and purpose: to fit ourselves to be the moulders of the nation of tomorrow. It is a noble cause. It is rather a large undertaking but it isp our golden opportunity. There can be no doubt that the school teachers of our nation are the chief moulders of the younger generation. It is for this reason that we have a peculiar relationship in the life of the nation. It is true that society demands physicians, ministers, mechanics, and administraf tors, but even more necessary than these are the school teachers, for if it were not for the school teachers we could have none of these. just think of the many lives that are influenced by one school teacher! Think what it would mean if this wonderful power were instrumental in leading children on the wrong line. Think how wonderful it is that this power is trying to make society better by starting children out right. This is our responsibility. It is our golden opportunity. It depends upon you whether or not you are going to accept it. A. H. 22 THE TOWER LIGHT L 23 Facial Expressions fm UEER THINGS, faces, aren't they? For instance, that vacant, mouthf leftfopenfbyfmistake sort of expression. You know what I mean. It looks bramless and silly. The person with that expression only needs to realize what an appearance he makes, and then can quite easily make up his mind to alter it. Then again there's that hang dog, miserable slouching expression fof course, Normal School students never have itll, but if by any chance you should happen to let your "physog" drop into this bad habit, have a look in the mirror and laugh at it. It'll change. There is another expression to avoid, and that is the highfandfmighty, top dog, disdainful air-nose atilt and a sort of a sneer on the mouth. This is in the same class as that senseless grin of the giggle all day person. Don't, whatever you do, allow that to develop on your own countenance. A teacher's smile should light up the whole face, but this giggly grin is quite a different expression, and means nothing. Beware, however, of looking too serious, as if all the troubles of the world rested upon your shoulders-they don't. Don't put on that ex' pression, "I know everything--follow me"-you don't. If any of the foregoing expressions are natural to you, correct them now. Don't leave them there. They dry hard, like clay, and in later years you can't "rub them out." A teacher's smile is a part of her costume. See to it that yours is neat and clean and in order. Mind your face. You can help a good deal in expression. Go in for a course of "Smile Drill", and get your face right while there's still time to alter it. Keep it in order-and "under orders." HENRY S. JANSEN, Pres. Gen. Student Council f1929j. ---4-9-y-9-o- Zim In flflassing CBy ,lj o THE YOUNG MEN STUDENTS at Normal treat the young lady students with the proper respect that they should? I would answer this question by saying that some do and some do not and we all could improve on ourselves. I have often said that if some of the boys treated my sister as they treat some of the Normal girls they would wake up finding themselves in a horizontal rather than a vertical position. How' ever, it is not always the fault of the boys. In many cases the girls are to blame and, what's more, they deserve the kind of treatment they receive. 24 THE TOWER LIGHT "Sectionalism" is a petty thing needlessly tolerated at Normal. This thing of the students in each section thinking his section to be the salt ,of the school should be forgotten. The idea is more or less a false alarm anyway and hardly becomes us as Normal students. One section is just as good as another irrespective of whether one or two have the monopoly on all the available honors and oflices. It is always the order of the day when test papers are handed back that everyone must interview everyone else and determine his mark and a dozen other things. If there is any value into this I have failed to discover it. There is one thing sure, and that is, it doesn't raise your mark. Let's take a vote. That seems to be a very popular thing to do in our schools today. It doesn't make much difference what you vote on., and it isn't necessary that the vote have any vital effect on the voters. Here are a few-What person would I like most to be? Who is your choice for the next president? Who is the greatest man today? Great' est woman? What subject, here at Normal, do you like best? What course in the curriculum do you consider the most useless? Who is the best looking girl in Normal? Most popular girl? Most handsome fellow at Normal? Most popular? These are just a few, and the list could be extended indefinitely. Anyone who likes this plan may conf sult me and we will see what can be done about it. H. M. E. LABOR ls WE END oUR SCHOOL STUDIES, we begin on a long travel over the Road of Life. Many obstacles will stand in the way and there will not always be easy going. The only possible way to overcome these obstacles successfully is by hard work. "There are two kinds of people in this world--those who are always getting ready to do something and those who go ahead and do it." Now is the time to choose which class we are going in on this journey. 'LBe not simply good-be good for something." We are now grown and should put away childish things and think seriously of life. Life is not a joke. It is a hard game to play and we cannot win by unfair play. We must settle down and work. Some' times play and work go together, but Roosevelt has very aptly said, "When you play, play hard: when you work, don't play at all." Those who learn first to enjoy work and work hard are the ones who will succeed and they keep the old world turning. Emerf son has said, "The world belongs to the energetic." THE TOWER. LIGHT 25 ,sr A -- - Y Y- V V -Y' - Y -V Y - -Yi,-r, 5 , ,, " - Don't deceive yourself. "To thine ownself be true." Don't persuade yourself into believing you are working hard when you should be occu- pying a much higher position. Socrates said, "I count that man idle that might better be employed." Manual labor is a great good, but only in its just proportion. Never lose an opportunity for work. "Lost time cannot be found again." Remember, also, the old English proverb: "Count that day lost whose low descending sun Views from thy hand no worthy action done." In conclusion, what is the value of all these words. Perhaps you have not yet caught the meanmg. They are a prescription for happiness. The man who does his work well is always happy, as some unknown philosopher has said, "Happiness is a byfproduct of work well done." And "it is only through labor and painful effort, by grim and resolute courage that we move on to better things." "Progress is made by work alone." -Mendelssohn. A. HACKMANN, fr. 3. --1.-3-0-9-Q-1 Qlvly Impression of QMilton ,gi MAY NOT BE "dissolved into ecstasiesn by Milton's poetry, but should have considered it a rare privilege, to have known Milton personally. I think Milton was a man whose appreciative powers were sensitively attuned. He knew Nature in all her moods, and he strove to put his impressions on paper. A Milton's ability was great, but his failure Qin my eyesj lies in the fact that he attempts the impossible. There are a few things too awe- some to mention and Nature's beauty is one of them. No mortal man can do justice to the beauteous creation God gave us. Pollution is the only result of such misguided effort. Too, these poems are Milton's inrnost thoughts, and there is something almost sacrilegious about the practical unveiling of man's soul. Milton's mind was really great, but his poems are only the feeble effort to interpret the feelings of an over' full soul. FLORA HANKINS, '28, Highland High School, Harford County, Maryland. "CPosture, Its Contribution to Success in Life" I . By IVIARY CONKLIN MASLAND PQTICE THE LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE as they vvlk on the streets and notice the difference in their carriage. Some are erect, brisk, and splendid looking while many others are stoopfshouldered, narrow' chested, and sluggish. It does make a remarkable difference whether you have a good posture or a poor one. The correct upright position of the body does not mean the tense erectness that is sometimes asked for in gymnastics, but rather an easy erectness in which the general line of the body is straight, the head poised on top of the chest, and not projecting forward like a gargoyle on the Cathedral Notre Dame, abdomen flat and weight forward on balls of the feet. For the term "Good Posture" no absolute dehnite standard can be given. Dr. Goldthwait of Boston says good posture or "good body mechanics means the correct poise and control of the body with the normal functioning of every organ." In this position the body is in its most advantageous adjustment for work and the individual is ready for quick action with the least output of effort. Now good posture is a very valuable asset because: First of all, it affects health. It is comparatively recent that the bearing of posture upon health has been realized. But to stand erect, to walk easily, to have a well adjusted body are most important from the standpoint of health. Dr. Goldthwait lays great stress upon its significance in the diagnosis of ailments seemingly of obscure origin and traces a long and pernicious train of ills to the faults of bodily posture. In the well poised body all the organs are held in the best position for their proper functioning. The chest is expanded giving room for heart and lungs, and so eflicient respiration and circulation are carried on. There is no cramping of the stomach and liver, while the retracted abdominal muscles support the organs in the abdomen and hold them in their proper place for good functioning. Consider the reverse of this picture-Here is a man about 34 years of age. His chest is hollow his shoulders fallen and his head protrud' ing. His skin is muddy, he complains of indigestion, frequent colds and he has a persistent pain in his right side. He feels down and out and he looks it. In fact "down and out" is his main trouble. His head is down, his chest is down, and his abdomen is bulging out. It is no wonder his health is down too. He is only half alive and is losing ground fast. 26 THE TOWER LIGHT 27 Second, Posture affects looks. From the point of view of appear? ance, good pOSture is important. Persons who stand and walk erect are attractive, they are noticed. On the other hand many a person who would be very attractive spoils his appearance by round shoulders, a drooping head, and a slovenly gait. A youthful appearance can be pref served longer by holding a good posture than by using cosmetics or by following the recipes for prolonging youth. Third, a good posture has a social value. It gives the individual an increase of selffrespect and conidence of his ability, to present a good appearance, and a power to look the world in the eye. A strong erect posture expresses to the world at large, strength of will, alertness, poise and the joy of living, all of which makes the individual a great asset to the community. Fourth, Good posture affects ones' changes in life. The posture and bearing which expresses dignity and poise, suggest latent power which impresses a wouldfbe employer with confidence in one's ability. Nine out of ten, an employer, granted that the ability of the applif cants is equal, will choose the upstanding. square shouldered individual and reject the one with poor posture. Therefore, good posture is an economic asset. This affects every man who is a salesman or who represents a business house as a manager working in a business office or a teacher in a class room, for the man or woman of erect posture will be first to receive attention and to command respect. Personal ap' pearance and the way one carries oneself are considered a tremendous element in one's ability to work. There is contagion in personality. What are some of the causes of poor posture? It seems as if it ought not to be necessary to place such great stress upon the maintenance of good posture, that it should come naturally to the majority of individf uals. However, this is not the case. Primitive man and savages living a free outfoffdoor life were unhampered by clothing and other restricf tions of civilization. They had no trouble about posture. But Man today has become a standing around and a sitting down animal, rather than a running around one, and is therefore subject to these evil in' fluences. In sitting, notice how a person will slide forward in a chair and sit on the edge of his spine. Notice the person at a desk double over until his back is almost like the letter NS." One should sit in a chair so the trunk is straight, bending the body forward at the hip joint. In standing, notice how people will rest on one leg and throw a strain on hip and spine. Also carrying a load with one arm or one shoulder serves to develop one side of the body more than another so that finally the spine crooks sideways making one shoulder higher than the other. Certain occupations necessitate prolonged sitting or standing in one position, as is the case in shops, and factories where employees 28 'THE TOWER LIGHT work at machines or where girls are at switchboards of telephones, etc. These people have diiliculty in preserving anything like a good posture and are often found to be greatly below par physically. How' ever, much is being done to improve these conditions and more attenf tion is being paid to hygiene and good posture. In many instances classes in corrective gymnastics for employees are being organized. From the point of view of the employer, this is economy, as it results in increased efficiency and production. A man's success in life depends more largely than he dreams upon his habitual manner and posture, "Just remember it not only pays to be straight-it also pays to walk and stand straight." If you are accustomed to walk carelessly and in poor posture, change to an erect bearing and notice the remarkable change in your feelings and temperament. A good posture is an aid to character. It is a stimf ulus to good cheer. The only way to get good posture is always to maintain it. Stand erect, sit erect, walk erect. Do all your work in these postures and then you will find that the muscles will become strong and hold you there. An erect bearing can be acquired. Round shoulders and flat chest are due to bad habits in sitting and standing. Poor posture is due primarily, therefore, to carelessness. In other words, the way to get good posture is to practice it. There is no magic way. Of course, extreme cases should be under,a doctor's care, sometimes very vigorous corrective measures are needed to overcome overfdeveloped muscles that have pulled the body out of its normal relations, but most conditions can be corrected by maintaining an erect carriage. n "The glory of the rising sun is never seen by one walking with pro' truding head and abdomen, and flat feet." I will close by reading you the Ode to Posture. "Good posture is an asset Which very few possess, Sad to relate, the favored ones Seem to be growing less. We see the folks around us All slumped down in a heap, And the way that people navigate, Is enough to make you weep. Some elevate their shoulders, Some hollow in their backs, Some stiffen up their muscles, And some just plain relax. THE 'TOWER LIGHT f.-I The one who walks with grace and poise, ls a spectacle so rare That even down gay Broadway The people turn and stare. If you would cut a figure In business, sport, or school, Iust mind the posture precepts. Obey the posture rule. Don't thrust your head out turtle' wiseg Don't hunch your shoulders sog Don't sag and drag yourself aroundg No style to that, you know. Get uplift in your bearing, And strength and spring and vimg No matter what your worries, To slouch won't alter them. Iust square your shoulders to the world, 'Tou're not the sort to quit, "It isn't the load that breaks us down, It's the way we carry it." SCHCCL CALENDAR April 18-Visit to Educational Centers in New York April 20-Student Cofoperative Government Assembly Installment of the New Oilicers. April 21--junior Prom. April 25-ConcertfGlee Club and Orchestra. May May May May May 4-Elementary boys' dinner for fathers. 5--Alumni Sorority Spring Formal. 19-Senior Prom. 25'-Student Cofoperative Government Assembly 26-Men's Dance-Principals house. 30 THE TOWER LIGHT HGW TO DANCE If you are one of those unlucky people who cannot dance, have taken lessons and still cannot dance, or have danced and wondered how and why you did it, then read these few things you must do in order to be a successful dancer. Most of these rules apply to both sexes. 1 Grab a partner or accept one. 2 Walk her to the nearest wall, place your arm around her waist and push off from the wall into the 'crowd. 3 Keep moving about the floor in a counterfclockwise direction. 4 Stick close to the outside of the floor and wave to everybody you know. If you don't know anyone wave anyhow. 5 Keep up a running fire of conversation about interesting subjects like climate, rainfall, humidity, temperature and atmosphere. 6 If you bump into somebody, glare at him and she will apologize. 7 Complain about the music, your tight shoes and the crowded, slip- pery floor. 8 If you step on your partner's foot accept her apology. . 9 Hum the words of the song being played whether you know them or not. 10 Try different trick steps and if they fail suggest giving your part' ner lessons. 11 Tell about all the good dances you have been to in the past six years. 12 When the music stops applaud loudly and help your partner off the floor. JANSEN, funior 3. E 'T JAC A 41' ' ' r-'11 , dl rl 1. xi5f:" aiirial scnoor. Notts - I-fini: . f l LTf:" : .- .Q 1- t,.'-avwqr,-aff.'-I FACULTY AND STUDENTS VISIT EDUCATIONAL CENTERS IN NEW YORK CITY Members of the Faculty and a number of the Seniors of the Mary' land State Normal School at Towson, left on Wednesday, April the 18th, for the annual visit to New York. The members of the Faculty, who are in the party, are Miss Agnes Snyder, Mr. and Mrs. Shaw, Misses Catherine Cook, Scarborough, Butterfield, Morris and Or' cutt. Besides the Seniors, many of the teachers in the training centers have been invited to go. The trip, being of an educational nature, will include visits to the most progressive educational centers in New York. Some of the schools that will be visited are Columbia University, the Lincoln School, and the Horace Mann School. The trip this year is expected to be made more interesting by the visit with the International School at Columbia College. The party is to call on these foreign students and have tea with them. The Faculty and Seniors of the Normal School consider the students as old acquaintances and friends because of their delight' ful visit to the Normal School last fall. They will find it most charm' ing to renew this friendship and again exchange ideas of nationality. All cannot be workg some must be play. So on Friday night the party is going to view New York over the footlights in the stage pro' duction of "The Three Musketeers." This is one of the present leading attractions of New York. g The party, leaving on Wednesday afternoon, will return on Satur' day. Louise STALEY. SUNDAY AFTERNOON MUSICALE IS HELD AT THE MARYLAND STATE NORIVIAL SCHOOL On Sunday afternoon, April the 15th, there was held in the Rich' mond Hall Social Room of the Maryland State Normal at Towson a delightful music recital. This musicale was given by Miss Bessie Stern, Miss Dorothy Kahn, soprano, and Miss Edna McEachern. The selec' tions were centered entirely around the works of Schuman, the great German composer. The works of Robert Schuman have always been found most charm' ing to all music lovers. They are characteristic in their simplicity and vividness. Mr. Schuman has made himself the favorite of children also, 32 'THE TOWERggLIGHT gg g by such compositions as "The Knight of the Hobby Horse" and "The Soldiers' March." Several of these children's fantasies were played by both Miss Stern and Miss McEachern, and sung in German by Miss Kahn, as well as the more complicated and beautiful selections. Louisa STALBY. 1.1..3.Q-3-q---. IUNIOR PRGM HELD ON APRIL TWENTYfFIRST The Junior Prom of the junior class of the Maryland State Normal School was 'held in the Auditorium on the night of Saturday, April the twentyfirst. The auditorium was attractively decorated by a color 'scheme of green and white,-the junior class colors. As is the custom, the Seniors decorated without the Junior's aid, so that the lovely creation was a delightful surprise to the "Little Sisters and Brothers." Many couples were present and transformed the whole room into a huge garden, blooming with brilliant, fragrant blossoms. I A. L. S. ....1.-9-q-g-.l- DORMITORY BIRTHDAY PARTY The April Birthday Party for the Dormitory Students was held in the foyer on April the 12th, during recreation hour. The foyer was attractively decorated in gay spring colors and here and there a tiny white bunny shyly popped his head around a tulip. After wishing their friends a very happy birthday, everyone joined enthusiastically in the singing of several of the Normal School's favorite songs. Suddenly a live, fluffy bunny hopped into the room and sang in a very sweet voice a couple of pretty songs. Soon the bunny, who was no other than Miss Katherine Miller, hopped away and the guests, taking the hint, soon followed. The special guests who were left, were served with delicious cake,-and we hope they did not eat the pretty little bunny, too! A. L. S. if-0-Oc-ol CDeIta CBQ-:ta CDelta A B A President ............. IRIS FAHRNEY VicefPresident .... MARY MACKENZIE Secretary ............ Louise CLARK Treasurer ............ MARION KIRBY Social Chair-man ..... FRANCES GRIST THE TOWER LIGHT 33 .118 Ll' UR JUNIORS I-IAVE SHOWN the true D. B. D. interest, this year, in their activities, both in sorority and school affairs. Every time the chimes ring In the dining room, we hear one little tune for us, represent' ing our share in this beautiful gift. In our social life, we have not been hibernating either. Among our activities have been The Intersorority Card Party and Dance. Initiation Alumnae Luncheon. Alumnae Subscription Dance. We are now looking forward with anxious impatience to our Spring Formal on May fifth. Here may we say, "The old girls leave giving place to new, "We, as Seniors are no longer active D. B. D.'s but the present Juniors from then are the active, living chapter at Maryland State Normal School. ---Q-4-0-:oi The Qfllpha Kappa CDelta A K A "Oh A, Oh A, Oh A. K. D. use discretion." SUCH IS THE ETERNAL PLEA of Junior pledges, for six weeks, but this tune is soon changed, after the tortures of Initiation have been endured. "Dhen come the joys of an active sorority member in the form of our Intersorority Card Party and Dance, Subscription Dance, Senior Lunch' eon and last, but not least, the zenith of our social events, the Spring Formal-the affair of affairs. These social functions do not prove too many for our sorority sisters, for are they not prominent in school activities? They represent the Junior Class, the Student Council, the Athletic Association and TOWER LIGHT. To boost the Alpha Kappa Sorority and keep it an active body we have eihcient ofhcers for next year. They are: ESTHER LOUISE WEINEACH ..... President MARY CATHERINE WILsoN.VicefPresident MAYSIE ARMSTRONG ........... Secretary ELIZABETH SHINDELLE ......... Treasurer MARY BUTTS ........... Social Chairman The cNu Sigma Sorority N 2 ITD , -EJ?-.EDGING IS ON AGAIN! That season of respectful servitude, purple and gold bows on pledge pins and hair, the condescending nods of the old girls to the New Sigs and the deferential bows of the pledges remind one that Spring is here again. And spring means much to the sorority girls,-the dream of all dreams, the Spring Formal. "What kind of dress do you have? How is yours made? Which looks better, the flower on this shoulder or on the side." These are the cries heard in the dormitories every day. Excitement reigns supreme for the "Big Parade." But pleasure isn't all, for the most important event of the year has taken place, the election of the new oliicers who are to uphold as nobly as did the old ones, the standards of the Nu Sigma Sorority. 'Our oilicers: President ............... ADELE HERMAN VicefPvesident ........ CAMILLA JOHNSON Secretary ....... ..... M ARGARET LEITCH 'Treasurer ................ ANNE STRovB Social Chairman ..... DoRoTHY MCGURTY to fill the places of the present Seniors. We wish them all success. soME RACKET Asour THE RACQUET W It is not untimely at this season of the year to make some mention of that wonderful game of lawn tennis. Unlike the paraphernalia used in other games, those used in this sport can be utilized for varied and useful purposes when not in use for the purpose for which they were originally intended. To clarify the foregoing sentence which was com' posed to the tune of "What Does It Matter",-first of all, the tennis racquets come in handy when it is time to cleanse ye housewife's rugs during "Spring Cleaning", second, a tennis net strung across a stream will keep the household supplied with fish, third, old tennis balls can be exchanged for the insides of doughnuts or can be used for demonstratf ing the shape of the "Earth"g foprth, the soles of the tennis shoes make excellent April Fool steaks and the canvas can be used to make sails for model boats. I have now given you several good reasons for borrowing your room' mate's "stuff" when you want to play tennis. Now to get down to 34 THE TOWER LIGHT 35 brass tacks, which should not be left with the mischievous end up on teacher's chairs, our Normal School students have kept up with the mod' ern trend in civilization. You see it took scientists a long time to Hgure out the correct thing to place in the right hands of the children. They have finally come to the conclusion that the best things are,-in the left hand,-an intelligence test and in the right hand,-a tennis racquet. The latter may have something to do with the general noisiness of modern youth. At the present time we have from two to three hundred of our student body swinging their ownr or borrowed ping pong instruments. With all of these people wanting to participate in the stringy game and only four courts? available it is necessary for each of that group to make certain adaptations of which I shall briefly mention a few. Read and know the rules. "Thank you" is an appeal for the return of another person's ball within your reach. Comply by returning the ball quickly and good' naturedly. , Always give your opponent the benefit of the doubt, and at the same time, play hard, play fair, and play to win! When you come out to play,-do so. Do not fool around. Spend just a short time in practice and then start a match. A match usually consists of two out of three sets, those completed. Do not hog the court, but make room for the people who are waiting. F ofr the spectators:- Do not applaud errors. Do not coach the players. Never call "Good", "Out", "Let it go", etc., because you influence the player's judgment and you will receive only looks of disapproval. Do not walk across a court or behind a player while play is going on. Do not applaud a rally until the point has been played out. i Do not throw a stray ball into the court while the play is going on. The above list of don'ts reminds one of health rules, safety rules, etc., but the carrying out of these suggestions will do much to make the playing of tennis on our courts more enjoyable and will do much to create good will during the coming season. SIDNEY CHERNAK. union Qflthletic CReport .1 HE SCHOLASTIC YEAR of 192728 has been very favorable to the juniors in the way of athletics. Not only have the underclassmen held their own m all competitive sports between the two classes, but have played an important part in the various team's successes. As ours is only a twofyear course, much of our success in any branch of sport depends upon "reserve" material. By reserve material is meant the nucleus upon which to build the next year's team. Then again, when the coach has several good men upon whom he can rely in time of need, his team's strength is greatly increased. Now we shall come to the persons responsible for the various team successes. Mr. Minnegan, fresh from Springfield, Massachusetts, un' familiar with most of the oilicials and directors of the various instituf tions promoting athletics, found the going especially hard at first. To prove that he overcame this diiiziculty one need only look at the results of our various team's conquests. Mr. Minnegan is not the only one, there is Miss Godwin, the Junior girl's coach. Due to the fact that the writer is personally unacquainted with this instructor very little can be written about her except what she has accomplished. One need only to recall the results of the Seniorfjunior Gym meet to find out if she was successful or not. As to the sports themselves, there are four major activities for the men. These are soccer, basketball, baseball, and tennis. For the girls, however, there are tennis, basketball, hockey, baseball, and volleyball. The male teams are allowed outside competition whereas the girl's teams are limited to intrafmural competition. The various teams have had their share of victories. First came the soccer players. This team played twelve games, won seven, lost two, and tied three. Then came the Dribblers. The basketball team played thirteen games. Of these eight were termed victories, and five were lost. As to baseball and tennis we can safely say that these 'teams will keep up the good work. The main object of this article is to discourse on the part the Juniors have played in these successes. First the soccer team. On this team there were eight Juniors. These were Stuhl, Goldstein, Barlow, Huff, Burton, Harschman, and Stover. Stuhl, the captainfelect, and Goldstein, the former City College goalfkeeper, starred on the team. However Barlow, Huff, and Burton added their bit to the team. Bur' ton suffered an injury during the Western Maryland Game which ref sulted in a broken ankle. This to our sorrow put him out for the rest of the season. However, we are sure that he will make up next year, all that he missed and more. 36 THE TOWER LIGHT 37 The second sport on the list is basketball. Here, as in soccer the juniors played quite an important part. The underclassmen on the squad were Seamon, captainfelect, Barlow, Goldstein, Huff, and Evans. Seamon, stellar guard of the Normal team, showed his wares best in the Blue Ridge College game. His two shots from midcourt saved the day for Normal. Then in the Beacom College game the deadly shooting and passwork of "Babe" Barlow was highly commendable and was largely responsible for our victory. Although the Junior team lost to the Seniors, it was not without a hard fight and not until the last few minutes that the issue was decided. Tennis and baseball, the two Spring sports, are last on the list. As to tennis little can be said. Jansen, Goldstein, and Galperin are the only Juniors who are trying for the team, but these three are not with- out some ability and are expected to acquit themselves creditably when tryouts take place. As for baseball, the team is now putting on its finishing touches. Juniors on the team are Seamon, Barlow, Goldstein, Stuhl, Evans, Fauble, Linsenmeyer, and Jansen. The infield, which consists entirely of Juniors except First Base, is the strongest part of the team, and we expect them to acquit themselves favorably. Taking all in all, the Juniors have succeeded remarkably well in proportion to the number of men students in our school. H. GALPERIN, Athletic Editor THE MARYLAND STATE NORMAL SCHOOL AT TOWSON TENTATIVE BASEBALL Fox 1928 Date Opponent Place Thursday April ........ Franklin High f f Home Wednesday April Mt. St. Joseph College Home Friday April City College f f Home Friday April Blue Ridge College f Home Friday May Blue Ridge College f Away Monday May JuniorfSenior Game f Home Wednesday May Tome School f f f Away Wednesday May Mt. St. Joseph College Home Friday May Calvert Hall College f Away Wednesday May Calvert Hall College f Home HENRY BYER, Manager Baseball, 1928 38 THE TOWER LIGHT On the War CPath -1 HEYK ARE on the warfpath now, girls! Watch out for them! In the distance you can hear the beat of a massive drum, which echoes like thunder. There is something stirring, girls! Behold! We can now clearly see their dancing figures against a gray and sullen sky. Lo! How they dance! It is truly a war dance and there is going to be action soon. Who can this warflike tribe be, and what are they going to iight for? Now, girls, let us stealthily creep up on them and get some information concerning these unique people. Hush! We are within hearing distance of the camp. The first thing that we know, we are so surprised that we would utter a cry of terror, but we cannot because if we are discovered, we shall surely be sacrificed in the huge ire. But whom do we recognize? It is none other than Chief Margaret Dick and her trusty tribe of junior Athletes. The chief is decorated in gay feathers and she orders the warriors to don the war paints. The noise of that drum terriiies us. Hush! They have stopped dancing. The great chief rises to speak. All eyes are upon her. There is a mo' ment of intense interest. The great chief speaks. All eagerly listen. NGO!" says she, "Go, get the scalps of the hordes of the Mighty Senior Athletes. Go, my braves! Spare none!" Shouts of hurrahs arise and the warriors dash out of sight on their quest. The Junior athletes at the beginning of the year seemed to be def teriorating, but they were only coiling back to jump out suddenly, as a spring, on the mighty Seniors. They really have sprung out with a bang, and have the whole Senior class trembling under their feats. So, watch out, Seniors, because Chief Margaret Dick and her trusty tribes are on the War Path. ' A. H. SPRING She comes with mincing tread, This maiden shy, Afraid lest one should not commend Her balmy sky. The Old North Wind is jealous, I She makes a goodly show j So, with his cruel, icy breath, He forces her to go. Hidden 'neafh tiny leaves, Her time she bides, 'Till Winter's wild and parting wrath Subsides. THE TOWER LIGHT When next she shows her smiling face, 'Tis in the bluefeyed violetsg And, basking in the morning sun, Her fear forgets. So, gaining confdence, She skips along, The very earth beneath her feet Bursts into song. Her name is April now, A blithe, impulsive maid, Smiling through her tears, Modest, yet unafraid. And as she winds the trail afdown A gentle murmur stirs, A thousand eyes are turned her way A thousand hearts are hers. The newfsprung leaflets their delight In joyful rhythm sway, To greet this winsome debutante, For her name is May. In festive air, for this affair Each one his best must don, Cast off the brown of winter's gown For brighter hues anon. The bluebird takes a bit of sky For his attire, The jonquils borrow from the sun Its rays of flaming fire. Anon this light mood disappears For one more sweetly serious, Although 'tis gay, such roundelay, If carried on, would weary us. What better than a red, red rose, To speak the depths of love In maiden's heart, she doth impart One like to That above. 40 THE TOWER LIGHT Continued from page 21 "Of course," Miriam amended conscientiously, "it isn't really sure yet. They'll announce it in the morning. But I feel that it's as good as settled." She waited expectantly the next morning to hear her name read, but nothing was said. No doubt it was an omission. Miriam went conf fidently to glee club rehearsal the third period. There, after a moment of waiting, Miss Clarke made a surprising proposal. "One of the two soprano soloists for the contest has not been selected yet," she said briefly. "Those solos are difficult and require professional ability. As we all know, Miriam Gilbert made the best glee club tryout, but her voice is a little immature. If it were not a contest, I should not hesitate. I have a proposition to make, however. Elsie Evans, who dropped the glee club recently, now tells me that her work is up and she will have time for glee club. Elsie's voice might win the contest and the question is shall we vote Elsie back? It must be unanimous. One negative vote will leave matters as they now stand." There was a little stir as Miss Clarke asked Miriam to rise. "Miriam, you are the logical soloist with Anna May Connell. You won your lead fairly. I think, as a glee club, we must have the success of the contest at heart rather than the thought of personal triumph. If you do not wish to vote Elsie back, the part is yours. If you do, it is hers." There was a great silence, Miriam thought of herself singing on the stage with the eyes of her family proudly watching her. Then the pic' ture faded. There was one thing to do, only one. She must give up her part to Elsie, who snubbed her openly, who had not even tried out for the part. "It shall be unanimous," she said clearly. "I am voting for Elsie." Miss Clarke thanked her and her eyes softened as she looked at her and heard the applause. It was late when Miriam broke the news to the family. 'Tm only in the chorus after all. They voted Elsie Evans back into the glee club, and she is to take my part." "And it was our Miriam that turned the trick," added Bob, unfurling a whole battery of handkerchiefs in a mock salute. "Yes, sir, it was up to Miriam to take the part or give it to Elsie. Elsie told me her' self." He grew red to the ears. "There's a girl for you, Sis. I've always wanted you two to be friends and I tell you you're solid with her now. By the way, here's a letter she told me to give you." He tossed over a thick envelope. "Say, I'd rather have a sister do a neat thing like that than be a GallifCurci." "She's a Gilbert for you," boasted her father. "Her Aunt Miriam all over," Mrs. Gilbert chuckled. 'THE TOWER LIGHT 41 "As for me," said Uncle Eden, "I think Miriam's got the lead all right. Anybody can take a part, but it ain't everybody kin give it away." "Encore, encore," cheered Bob, pounding on the table. Miriam looked up from the letter she was reading, and smiled. Then she finished the warm little note of appreciation. She folded the letter carefully to put in her memory book, and went on practicing in the chorus. The night before the glee club went to Baltimore for the Spring Con' cert, a public rehearsal was given in the school auditorium for the parents and friends. Miriam watching through the peepfhole saw her folks sit down with a feeling of pride. Even with her small part she would justify their faith in her. The orchestra had begun to play when Miss Clarke, all excited, asked if anyone had seen Elsie. No one had. The orchestra had ceased playing and the hand clapping was becoming insistent. A mes- senger boy appeared with a scrap of paper in his hand. Miss Clarke snatched it hastily and her face became a frozen mask. "Tell the orchestra to repeat that number. Then I guess we shall have to explain that the Evans' car has been struck by a truck and Elsie's arm hurt, and then they can go home. Anna May knows only her own solos and we'll never be able to go to Baltimore now. All this work has been for nothing. "I think Miriam can do it," spoke up Jean eagerly. The pianist began the opening chords of "Listen to the Lambs," and Miriam was sent out to take Elsie's part. Miriam's family was waiting after the concert when she joined them, flushed with victory. Miss Clarke had called it a success. D "The snail's speedometer," greeted Bob boastingly. So you slid into Elsie's place, without any practice, too?" "Oh, I practiced. I never once missed hearing Elsie sing it." "You ought to be proud of that girl, Gilbert," said a friend. "She can have anything she wants," he promised recklessly. "Just like her Aunt Miriam," her mother smiled happily. Uncle Eden frankly wiping moisture from his eyes said, "Puts me in mind of the time when you used to sing 'Babes in the Woods.' And the part you gave away!" Miriam nodded smilingly. She remembered the folded note in her memory book. This after all was not her real moment of victory. Her motto had been "Doe ye next thynge," and "ye next thynge' had turned out better than she had dreamed. MAY M. COFFEY, Iunior 7 X ff 5 VBBXE CHORUS f Z Pnc.TuREO TSW' 5 e,vsToFN CLB55 'RECITINGE' above' 6!N'T SHE SWEET 5006!-i'T ST REENES Q6 SPRING HITS NGRMGLE x QMOTSQIS of Worth Even a. needle, to be useful, must keep its eye open, and a pin must have a head. Some people who talk "straight from the shoulder" should originate their talk a little higher up. The oldffashioned girl certainly knew how to get a dinner, the modern girl does too, but she used a different method. Hang to a thing too tightly and you'll squeeze the life out of it. He who has mastered yesterday, need not fear tomorrow. Have courage! How often do we see a clouded morning turn into a glorious afternoon. Options on opportunity expire early in the morning. "What a gift it is to make all men better and happier without know' ing it!"-Beecher. Where an opinion is general it is generally correct. ---to-on-1 Chem. Tchr.-When rain falls does it rise again? Stude-Yes, sir. C. T.-When? Stude-In dew time LOGICAL Prof.-Why does a dog hang out his tongue while running? Stud.-To balance his tail. ---0-3-9-Q-01 "Socks?"' asked the salesman, "What number do you wear?" Shopper-What number! Why two, of course! What do you take me for, a centipede? 0-t-Q-C-4--- THE PRISONER'S SONG Ojicer--Here, you must accompany me. Drunk-A'right. Wha cha gonna shing? 43 44 THE TOWER LIGHT "Bill," the poet gasped to his friend, "I wrote a poem about my little boy and began the first verse with these words: "My son, my pigmy counterpart." -"Yes, yes?" "Read!" he blazed, "See what the compositor did to my opening line." The friend read aloud: "My son, my pig, my counterpart." "Now children," said -the teacher, "I am going to tell you about the hippopotamus, but you will have no idea what it is like unless you pay strict attention and look at me." Young Wife-I want these cigars for my husband. Tobacconist-Want 'em strong? 'Young Wife-Yes, please. The last ones broke in his pocket. Convict treading newspaperj--"Dere's justice fer yer! A football player breaks two men's jaws and another man's leg and is de lion of de hour, while I gets ten years fer only stunnin' an old guy wid a blackjack." Teacher-How many days in each month? johnny--Thirty days has September-All the rest I can't remem- ber-The calendar hangs on the wall-Why bother me with this at all? UPLIFT WORK He-Yes, my father has contributed very much to the raising of the working classes. She-Is he a Socialist? He-No, he makes alarm clocks. judge-Tell me the truth. Why did you steal the purse? r 'Thief-I won't deceive you, I was ill and I thought the change would do me good. Evolution in four words-heads wing tails lose. Smart 'Young Daughter-Daddy, I need a new riding habit. Father-I can't afford it. Daughter-But, Daddy, what am I to do without it? Father-Get the walking habit. 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What Does Your Name Mean? ..... PAGE 3 4 4 5' 6 8 9 12 15' 16 17 18 20 21 22 24 26 28 29 31 34 38 39 The nfner Wight Vol. I June 1928 No. 9 1928 CLASS SONG O, hail to our colors so bright May they float ever proudly before us, Those colors-the red and the white Of the class of '28, To her we'll be loyal and true When in Normal, or on life's highway, Our love and our friendship we pledge To red and white And gold and white entwined forever. ' And tho we may leave this dear school ' ' And journey on pathways unending L, Our thoughts will return unto you i And the days that are no more, l But we hope that our name will stand, A credit to dear old Normal To you we will always be true, And the red and white With gold and white entwined forever. MILDRBD HAHN. l Tune-Stars and Stripes Forever. , i w w 3 4 THE TOWER LIGHT A ,Q!4l. Tribute from the Class of 1928 H SCHOOL makes its reputation not because of its physical features but because of the men and women whose lives contribute to its life. Its spirit is made up of all the currents of life that exist within its walls. Men come and go. Some leave their books and papers-tangible, material things. Others leave themselves, their convictions, their faith. These, too, live on. They are the heart and the mind of the school. It is to Miss Tall that we look for inspiration and guidance. It is she in her vitality and power that we would have the Normal School students of the future know. Upon these walls we would have her as we know her, in calm and gentle dignity-quickening the aspirations of youth. We feel ourselves honored in being the class to present to our school the portrait of our principal. We feel honored in having in Mr. Corner an artist who could so faithfully portray her as we know her. We feel honored in presentmg to our Alma Mater as a parting gift, so rich a symbol of its contribution to our lives. HELEN N1coLs .---.-3-Q-9-.ii CHI ALPHA SIGMA ELECTS The following students have been elected to the Chi Alpha Sigma honorary society. Iuniors Seniors Augustus Hackman M2117 Dewling Emma Hyde Helen Hemp Helen Nicols Anna Scudderboom Dora Wilder Virginia Chew Mary Emily Walls THE TOWER LIGHT 5 GNL S. QN. S. Loan Scholarships at Towson ,JQHROUGH the Sarah E. Richmond Loan Scholarship Fund and Scholarship Funds which have been established through gifts of students to the Normal School, there are available funds which may be bor' rowed by students at the Towson Normal School to enable them to inance their expenses here. The Sarah E. Richmond Loan Scholarship Fund was established in 1916 to commemorate the services of Miss Sarah E. Richmond, formerly principal of the school. The Trustees of this fund are Dr. William S. Love, chairman, 836 West North Avenue, Baltimore, Mrs. Laura Phelps Todd, and Miss Carrie G. Richardson, all three graduates of the Towson Normal School. The other scholarship funds at the school are distributed through a special committee, made up of the principal and members of the faculty. Junior students wishing to borrow from the Sarah E. Richmond Loan Fund must be enrolled in the school for at least twentyffour weeks ftwo terms, before the request for a loan can be considered. A special form may be secured either through Dr. Love or the Registrar's Office, at the school, and must be filled out in fullg the letters which the form calls for should be attached. At the end of twentyffour weeks of work at the school it is possible for the school administration to make a recommenf dation as to whether or not the loan should be made. The recommendation is based on the students' scholastic record and aptitude in cofoperating with the school authorities in matters of student life. Students who wish to borrow from the special Scholarship Fund at the school may secure information about the forms to be used by applying to the Registrar's Oflice. Since all fees and the board for half the year are payable in Sep- tember, a Junior student wishing to borrow from either of these funds must make arrangements to take care of this first payment. If the money is borrowed from some source it is possible to request that the loan from the Loan Scholarship Fund be sufficient to repay the debt incurred at the time of entrance. Students wishing to borrow funds to meet their finances for the Senior year must make application on the same form as mentioned above not later than june first, prior to September when they enter upon their second year of work. The money is loaned at five percent interest and the notes are en- dorsed by the students' parents. Further information about the loan may be secured by writing to the Registrar of the Maryland State Normal School at Towson. QA Study ln Contrasts SUSAN 81"-.1 ER NAME WAS SUSAN. She was mild, obedient, pretty and un- interesting. She did as she was told to do. Although she never rebelled openly, she wistfully realized that all her other seventeenfyearfold friends seemed to be living their own lives very much as they wished to live them. Her father was strict, but her mother was mild, and seemed content with being her husband's wife. Her home was simple and pretty, yet Susan hated it as much as she hated her name, and that was very much indeed. "Susan," she raged inwardly, "Susan! who ever heard of an interesting girl named Susan!" The more her mother's friends spoke of her as being a model house' wife, the more she longed to know nothing about housework that she might be a hindrance to her mother. She knew that she was outwardly prosaic. She still said, "yes, sir" and "no, ma'am" when older people addressed her. She still wore her hair long and hanging down her back, for her father would neither let her wear it on her head, nor bob it. She felt that she hated her father, even while she was just a little afraid of him. She danced well, but she never dared to make eyes at the boys, for her father disapproved of flirts. The boys called her a "back number" and the girls said that she was far from being a "hot sketch." Her parents thought that all young girls should be in bed by ten o'clock, so Susan was never allowed to go motoring at night. Promptly at ten o'clock her parents wished her a fond goodnight, and Susan, with malice in her heart, would march upstairs. But once in her room, her demeanor would change. In one quick movement she would draw her hair up on her head and pin it there, allowing only a few dark curls to escape. By turning the sleeves of her kimono inside out she was able to make a beautiful evening dress, of rather a daring type. Susan longed to be considered wicked and daring. She wanted to be called Helene, and have the boys worshipping at her feet. She wanted to be rather unconventional, and smoke and gamble in a reckless way. Not the fair heroine, but the dark, villainess of stories was her ideal. Ofttimes, perched on the side of her' bed, one silkfclad leg crossed over the other, she would smoke a cigarette which she had taken from her father's pack. A fast life, crowded with lux' ury and ease, was what she felt sure she had been born for. Some day she would break away and live that life. No more would she be called Susan:-prim, prosaic Susan. She would be Helene. Long after she had raised the windows to purge the room of her cigarette smoke, and had snuggled in her bed between the clean white sheets, she would dream of that life which she desired' to live. In her dreams she would leave the detested cottage with its plain, pretty furniture, and her father, with his oldffashioned views of the newf fashioned girl, and go to a great metropolis where she would live in the lap of luxury, far removed from the life in which she dried the dishes, dusted the furniture, listened to orations against women smokers, and went to bed at ten o'clock. IZ7'l7" 6 FLEUR SLIGHT, BLUE'BYED AND BLACKLASHED WAS FLEUR. Born into a fam' ily whose love of splendor overruled their judgment, she was conf stantly being directed and prepared to seize her great opportunity when it came-she must marry and marry well since she was a helpless, clinging creature. Her mother was forceful and competent, constantly attending bridge parties and women's league meetings. Her father was dominant in the business world, but not in the domestic one. On rare occasions only was he home. Bred in luxury and idleness, Fleur hated her life. She was tired of always attending dances with anyone at all because she might meet new boys there who would entertain her at other hops and dances. She was tired of pouring tea, and smoking cigarettes and telling people how popular she was, or rather, listening to her mother tell of her popuf larity. She knew that she was "queer"-that she must have some kind of a complex or other, for she was leading the very kind of life that shows youth's independence and freedom. She was no prim, prissy prude who passed a smoking car with averted eyes. Why, she had never allowed anyone to boss her. She had bobbed her hair a mannish bob and grown it again, she had danced all night at many a college prom, she had never known a day's hard work, except her school work, which she had loved. But she was through school now. Her mother did not approve of colleges-they put foolish notions of earning a living into young heads. Fleur hated herself-her appealing blue eyes and air of snobbishness and foppery. "Why can't I live my own life?" she wailed constantly. 'Tcl love to be a nurse or a painter, or an author, or something!" On those rare occasions when she was alone in her own room, or rooms, her outlook on life would change. Going straight to a little bureau drawer she would unlock it and draw out reams of papers, pencils, terasers. Then, donning a plain smock and slipping off her rings, she would scribble away at poetry or prose, whichever suited her mood. No longer was she Fleur the helpless, she was Miss Fleur the greatest woman contributor to the state's greatest magazine, writing her views on all the greatest questions of the day, political and social. She wanted to be of use in the world. She wanted to influence hundreds of people by her superior knowledge, and her belief in the right sort of principles of life. She knew that she could exert great influence for the good, did not everyone of her friends look up to her now? Was she not' always the leader? Fleur tossed her head and wrote faster than ever, her theme tonight being, "What should be done to improve United States' Foreign Relations." Once in politics, she could clean up the system. But was it politics she wanted to enter? Perhaps her Held would be more varied in nursing. She could imagine herself in a blue and white uniform smoothing the fevered brow of a hero as great as Lindbergh. Of course she would end by marrying him, but not until she had attained 7 8 THE TOWER LIGHT -Y - . Y.. .. , ,n more renown than Florence Nightingale, by some miraculous medical discovery or by able generalship in a crisis which involved the whole country in flood, fire, or disease. She felt she was meant for a life of heroic sacrifice, or danger other than breaking her neck in her roadster. She would leave the horrid house with its expensive furniture and servants, and go to another metropolis where she could live in a studio, cook her own meals, make her own bed and spread her influence over all the misguided, suffering people round about. She would go soon,--she thought to herself as she lay on a pillowffilled divan,-go where she would never hear her mother tell her not to be so quiet and selffeffacing, where she would never hear any orations on the silliness of women workers, educators, or politicians. And as she dreamed, she thought of tomorrow night's dance, and the one who was to take her. Angrily she arose and lock' ing her papers away carefully, she went to select a dress to wear. CHARLOTTE HARN, Sr. 6 ---4-9-0-Q-l cNormal In Springtime LQPRINGTIMB! The magic of that word! It seems to call birds from their nests, flowers from their beds, but best of all, it gently awakens Normal from its deep slumber of ice and snow. There are many picturesque scenes of which Normal can boast. Autumn, with a campus of green fading slowly to brown, and trees and shrubs of different hues, Winter, when the rains have glazed the snow and the trees are clothed with ice, but the scene that surpasses all others, is Spring. Cn all sides one can see the soft touches of new life, the lacy pattern of the green leaves is such that none but Nature could be its weaver, the deepening green of the velvetflike campus is a bit of Earth's exquisite carpet and even the climbing ivy does its part in adding to the beauty of the picture. Even in Springtime there are certain scenes that leave their imprint more than others and that seem to reach the depths of our impoverf ished souls and which we carry throughout our lives. Could an artist paint a picture that we would remember longer than the one that we see as we look from our window across the campus at the rising sun creeping slowly over the hilltops? Its rays have spread far and the whole sky is aglow from the golden sunrise. In the stillness and beauty of the morn the birds warble in merry glee. Parallel to the beauty of the morning, is the serene, majestic beauty of Night. As the sun sinks low behind the hilltops, the trees in the distance and the fading campus retreat in the dusk of evening. Then, as Night descends Normal School sleeps "clear 'neath the moon's pale glow." ELVIN BOWEN, Sr. 4 THE TOWER LIGHT qlie Story of the fpond Lily From an old Indian Legend Round the council fire assembled Sat the warriors brave and noble. And they looked with brows sore troubled, And they muttered imprecations. Till the sachem's son arose then. Tall he stood and strong among them Like a young god of the forests. V Strength was writ in all his features, Pride and love in all his tribesmen's. Stretching forth his arms and bowing To the eastward and the westward, Spoke he then in tones unfaltering Of a subject sore perplexing. "Many -moons now, oh, my brothers, Have we sought in vain the answer, What means that star which shines Lights the sky for miles around us? Closer seems it than the others Larger, too, and silvered brighter. And each night we see it plainly, Hov'ring o'er our sachem's lodge roof, Means it good or means it malice? Manitou or evil spirit? SO And the sages murmured lowly, And they moved with apprehension, For the sun had sunk in splendor, And the darkness had come lowering There above the ruddy fire beds, Scarce above the towering wigwams, Gleamed the strange unearthly radiance, Gleamed the light of source mysterious. Then the sachem's son entreated, And with tender voice he prayed thus, "Leave me here, oh mighty brothers, Leave me, warriors, to my vigil. I have fasted, oh my Fathers, Many nights and days that followed. And I prayed to our Great Spirit For the answer to our problem, For the mystery of the star strange. And I feel that in our trouble brightly THE TOWER. LIGHT He will send us help and succorf' Thus he spoke with bright assurance .Quelling all their lurking worries. And the mighty chiefs believed him, p Left him there to fast and prayer. Left alone in peace and quiet fNeath that supernatural brilliance, Laid he down and called to slumber, Dreams, and portents strange they carry, And he dreamed and in his eyes then Brighter grew the glowing radiance. Closer came it to the chieftain, Till it stood beside the sleeper. Then he saw a lovely creature Light and graceful as a wood deer, Shining radiance streaming from her, Sparkling stars a-twinkle on her. Rose the chief in awe and wonder, Filled with feelings undefined, As the maiden turning toward him Spoke in accents clear and calming. "Star am I, and from the Cloudland Have I watched thy father's people, Loved them for their peace and goodness. Many nights above thy wigwams Have I hung in adoration, Coming closer every evening To the people that I loved so, With one thought and wish within me, But come and live among you." Then the sachem's son in wonder Knelt before the shining star maid, Proffered her his life and homage, Welcomed her to share their dwellings, Then it seemed she smiled and glistened, Slowly melted into vapor, Slowly faded in the darkness, And the chief felt strangely lonely. Woke he then with shout triumphant, Called' his brothers to a council, Told them of his shining vision, Of her words and bright appearance. And the chief rejoiced greatly Sang their songs of love and praises, THE TOWEgR Danced around the leaping flame tongues To the throbbing of the tom-toms. Thus they spent the hours of darkness consecrated to the star maid. Till the rosy bars of morning Blazed across the eastern sky line, And the gentle South Wind Too'Lux, Slowly rippled o'er the river. Turned they then to thank the Spirit, Owayneo, .Sun god, also: Bowed before his flaming banners, Marveling at gold and scarlet. When their rites were thus completed Went they to their daily toil. Huntsmen, fishers, craftsmen, doctors, Scattered to their occupations. Went the hunters to the forest, Thick and green and undeflled, Where no white man's foot had entered, Where the Indian was a master. Knelt the fishers by the water Rippling at the wigwam's entrance, And, behold, where once the water's Unmarred surface stretched before them, Mirrored in its shining bosom Was a floating, earthly star form, Glistening white its pointed petals And its heart was powdered gold dust. Then the fishers called their brothers Called in happy tones and joyous: "Lo! the star has come among us, Living at our door in daylight!" To the lake side rushed the Indians There to gaze with awe and wonder At this daughter of the skylands Dwelling on the lake so near them. And the presence of the star maid Worked a good and happy influence. Stronger, braver, grew the red men, Waxing strong in good and wisdom. And when many moons were over, Saw they with delight and joy, Not just one but many flowers Resting on the tranquil waters. 12 THE TOWER LIGHT For the Star exulting greatly In her new-found peace and quiet When at night her sisters twinklecl N In reflection in the water 'Told them of her loved people Summoned them to come and live there. ELEANORA BOWLING Cut' QN ew York Conference By ANNE SHEPPARD JKT NINE'THIRTY Saturday morning we strolled into the main ball- room of the Pennsylvania Hotel, where were assembled all the dele- gates from the various Normal schools throughout the Ivliddle Atlantic states, Before us, was a long, elevated table, at which the fourteen speakers were seated. The background for this scene was many Amer' ican flags, artistically draped from ceiling to floor. Doctor Suhrie was toastmaster. with Miss Daley as hostess and Mr. Sugerman as host, both of N. Y. Teachers' College. Miss Daley and Mr. Sugerman gave short introductory talks to the members of the visiting schools, expressing the honor that the three Normal schools of N. Y. felt in being able to have as their guests over 400 students from other states. Miss Daley complimented the Wilson Normal at Washington and our own school on the ine attendance, and the distance we had traveled to take part in this most interesting con' ference. 4 The schools represented were as follows: New Haven Normal, Buf' falo Normal, Pottsdam Normal, Jersey Training School, Wilson Nor- mal, D. C.g Rhode Island State Normal, Delaware State Teachers' Col' lege, Newark QN. ,U Normal, Philadelphia Normal, Towson State Normal, and Trenton State Normal. It was very interesting to discover that tho' we're far from these schools we run our course on the same basis. The Buffalo and Delaware schools are four year courses, at the end of which you are given a degree. The Wilson Normal in Washington has just this year added another year to its course. The problem that seemed to be outstanding throughout the talks was that of: "Too much theory without practical application." Another interesting point made was that in Rhode Island instead of calling our practice teacher a "critic teacher," she is called a "sym- pathetic adviserf' Let's start that in Maryland, because you all know the feeling that the words "critic teacher" brings to us. I am convinced that one of the great needs in the teaching course is the ,development of a "professional attitude." A person will make a teacher only, when he or she is willing and ready to assume responsibility and ready to make himself a part of the community in which he teaches. THE TOWER LIGHT 13 EXTRACT FROM A NEW YORK DIARY TIME: 6:30 to 11:00 P. M., April 20, 1928 PLACE: Butterfly Room, Hotel Pennsylvania, New York City CHARACTER: Host Dr. Suhrie Speakers-Dr. Peterson f Yale University Students Newark Normal Patterson Normal Bridgewater Normal Jamaica Training School Guests-Students and faculty members of Normal Schools and Teachers' Colleges representing the East Atlantic States. Costumes-Modern and ultrafmodern, varied in color, size and style from white sport suits to black evening gowns, some containing yards of material. Synopsis-The curtain parts, revealing an elaborately set banquet. Being a poor estimater, I will not try to judge the number of guests. Every one is talking between bites of rolls, celery, olives, chicken, sea food and what not. Allow me to present this as a common sample of the conversation issuing from this horde of banqueters: Waiter-"Fish or chicken, Miss ??" Miss ??-"Now let me see-, what kind of fish is it? No, give me chicken." Another Miss-"Say, kids! it's Friday." Miss ??-"You may bring me ish." Every two or three minutes a group of guests identify themselves with a yell of the school they represent. This adds tone to the scene as well as enthusiasm and exercise. A dark figure rises from the guest table. Dr. Suhrie. Bang! Bang! Bang! He hammers on the table. I wonder why all the guests have become so quiet. Dr. Suhrie intro' duces the speakers in turn. The first speaker talks about the two divisions of day and boarding students at Bridgewater Normal, Mass. This problem will be of interest to the readers of this, no doubt. The little lady from Newark Normal-how could any guest refuse the invif tation she is extending to come and visit Newark Normal? Oh, Gee! a male. I'l1 mention his name, Mr. White, Jr., President of the Stu' dent Council of Patterson State Normal School at Jersey. Things seem very active at Patterson and according to Dr. Suhrie, Mr. White will be a wonderful principal some day. Dr. Peterson furnishes the real inspiration. He is a teacher at Yale, a former teacher and citizen of Germany. Although poor in English pronunciation his talk reaches the soul of every real, live teacher. A teacher to him should be rich in culture and background, to be able to draw on his experiences. He needs a flexible, and easily workable method. Toward the end of his talk he showed his feeling for educa' tion resulting from the World War. "Work and studyg throw light on peace and right." 14 THE TOWER LIGHT With this warm in the guests' minds, as topic for contemplation and inspiration, the curtain falls. I still wish to be a teacher. "I am con- vinced that the teacher is the most heroic and devoted figure in a modern community." J. KARL SCHWARTZ, Sr. 9 ---0-3-0-t-ol Clhursday, the eNineteenth By H. B. A1 T 8.00 ON THURSDAY MORNING a girl gazed around the lobby of the McAlpin hotel. It was the first time she had ever been inside a New York hotel, for this was her iirst visit to the metropolis. At first she thought she was in the wrong place and turned to go out, but, on consulting her notes and her memory, she decided to wait. Soon, after a few minutes that seemed to her like eons, the group for which she waited appeared. Then she knew she was safe, for were not the group composed of teachers and students of the Maryland State Nor' mal School? At 8.30 all started out. To the corner and down the steps to an underground railroad, the subway. For a moment the girl's heart missed a beat in anticipation of this great event. At last she was to ride in the much read of, talked about, crowded subway. Truly, this mode of travel lived up to its reputation. People crowded together in a small space, one unmindful of the other's presence or comfort, ap' parently perfectly happy and busy-each going some place. In a short while, after being jostled and jerked, the groupgot off the train, climbed the steps to the street and, began to walk up this street, down that, for iive blocks, to the Lincoln School of Teachers' College. This is an ex- perimental school where attendance is made by special arrangement. The students pay from 3250 in the Hrst grade to S450 in the fourth year of High School. Here they have specially trained teachers and work on the project curriculum. ' The large group divided into several smaller groups which went to observe in diEerent classrooms. However, in accordance with the rules of the school, observers were to ask no questions of the demonstration teacher. The girl went into a second grade where she observed a free work period. The children were working on a farm project and were making costumes, painting farm scenes, building barns, learning farm songs, and various other things in connection with farm life. The Hnal outcome of this project was to be an assembly for the elementary grades. What impressed the girl most was the freedom of children and teacher. Each seemed to be there only to aid the other. The work did, never' theless, resemble that which is carried on in our own schools, the only difference being that in New York there are only ten children in a class, but in Baltimore there are from thirty to fifty children in one room THB TOWER LIGHT, ,A g 15 From the Lincoln school the group walked to the Teachers' College of Columbia University. , After seeing the buildings, they shook hands with Dr. Bagley Of "Beard and Bagley" fame. But that wasn't all. From there the group visited the "International House" where students of various nations come to live while they study the city schools. This house aims to bring about a sympathetic understanding and better social relationships between the nations. Next year some of the meme bers from our Own faculty will reside within the walls Of that famous house. By this time the group was very tired and ready to start on its home' ward journey. After purchasing a few oddities in the shop Of the house, they started for the hotel. Boarding a Fifth Avenue Bus, they rode down Riverside Drive, through Central Park, which was wearing its beautiful spring dress all for them, and then on home. They were a tired, happy, wiser and more ambitious group, grateful tO the Ones who had treated them so well at the various places they had visited. The girl left the group to return home, to tell and think Of her trip both in relation to herself and her chosen profession. CC ' If Jingles I ought to write something that's really worthfwhile, In smooth flowing phrases and elegant style, To set before people a great, solemn thought, And start them to pondering all over naught. But I fear that sOlemnity's made not for me For thoughtful and serious I just cannot be. So I like to write jingles that hurry along With the rhythm and swing of a rollicking song, And I strive in my jingles-they're not very long-4 For the rhythm and swing of a rollicking song. I like them to sing of the birds and the trees, Of whitefwinged sailboats borne on by the breezeg Of roads leading on into Heavenfknowsfwhere, UT people who follow with never a care. I like then to sing of the bright, sandy beach, Of waves that leap up, though you're out of their reach: Of seafgulls that wheel o'er the sea's restless breast, Or dart in and out of a billowy crest. All nature's a poem, life's made up of songs 'I'here's no room for discord where music belongs, And jingles-though really not elegant style- If sprightly and cheerful, I count as worthfwhile. DOROTHY C. WILSON, Sr. 8 THE TOWER LIGHT You and I To meet, to part, to drift away Beyond the rendezfvous, To chill the heart's desire to stay Where friendship bonds are newg 'Tis but a role in the Play of Time Where all must choose a part, To star those artists rare and fine, Friends, of welded heart. 'You and I! And on the dawn of each new morn Through the pearl pink tints of sky I've seemed to see a picture borne From a realm of beauty highg Again we meet, as once of yore, And rejoice in youth's young dreams Again we stand at that opened door To make life what it seems. 'You and I! The dawn has gone, the morning, here And through the sunshine hours Or 'mid gray shadows dull and drear, I've thought of budding flow'rs, And thorns that round about them pres't But still they grew to glow And mingled kindred fragrance bles't, 'Twas thus, we started so. 'You and I! The morning lengthened into noon Whence calm and quiet came, A tremor of completion soon, For all success of aim. And bees in busy droning hum Afbuzz in softened tone, Were telling of a task near done As we our seed had sown. 'You and I! THE TOWER LIGHT The noonftime changed to evening light While all the earth grew still, And nature sought her rest in night On the bosom of the hill. But yet, heard in the distance far, A bird called to her mateg The dimming shades of dusk no bar When love some two shall bait. You and I! And so, it is for us, my friendl When we've journeyed through Life's Day, To find at the close where shadows end The call of friendships lay. Iust as the perfume of the rose Lingers from dawn to eve, A friend from youth to breath's repose, In spirit cannot leave. You and I! LILLIAN SUNDBRGILL, Sr. 10 EVENING Gentle winds of evening Whisper through the bow'rs, Making music sweet and tender In the quiet evening hours. Birds are softly cooing Now so snug within their nests, Faintly sounds the vesper bells, And all the world doth rest. Ah! again 'tis evening Peace wafts from the west, God alone can give us Evenings quiet rest. MARION L. BLoss, Sr. 11 Extractions from My CDairy Cfhey were indeed painful, I arose at 7-no I am not speaking about picking flowers and that is not the number of my room. Performed my tonsorial duties-I didn't take my tonsils out. It was only not a man I was a shaving. Picked out a necktie that would catch the eyes of the girls and would still not appear abusive of silence to the members of the faculty. I decided to erase this because it would have been censored. I masticated enough grub to keep my digestive apparatus awake until I could bury my teeth in something substantial, later in the day. I took my books from their resting place-if there were not some people who would let them rest, the schools would go broke buying new ones all of the time. I ran two blocks and got to the corner in time to be fanned by a cool, dust laden breeze which was stirred up by a No. 13's proceeding on its way. I looked down the street and noticed that the traffic signal at the next corner was green. Through rapid deduction I figured that by the time the J. J. Brill got to that point and loaded, there would appear a little red light. No sooner said than done. Feet, do your duty. Twoftenths of a second after this confab went on in my brain I had the satisfaction of hearing a fellow jam his brakes on so that his body almost came off the chassis. No, silly, I am not trying to make you believe that a man jumped up in the air and left his feet behind him. Of course, I am taking much for granted when I say that you have heard of or even have seen an automobile, bus, gas wagon or "buzz" wagon." fThis latter word being a favorite of Miss Bowling's was inserted for her benefit., Well, you know the part in which you see a lot of people packed, you know it's made of tin just like a sardine can, only this has windows. Well, that part is called the body and is strapped to a frame called a ,chassis, no, not chase us. I'll chase you in a minute. Say, I forgot all about myself. I put my feet on my shoulders and one hand in my vest pocket, where I keep my car check and the other hand in my coat pocket, where I keep my lunch. Then I placed my paper in my mouth-What was I doing with a paper in my mouth? Well I couldn't put the cigarette in my mouth without the cigarette paper-and began to travel down the street. I negotiated QI have to admit I copied tht word from the sport page, that block in two flat-feet, and I was promised a flat nose when I bumped into some baby who should still have been home in his mother's arms. When I came, the street car went. I dorft guess the motorman even looked at the traffic signal. I didn't have to look, I saw red anyhow. I watched a 16, a plain 31, and a fancy 31 and then came a backwards 31 which is a 13. I let all of the ladies get on first. After she got on, the conductor lost interest and began to close the door but I was too quick for him. We went along so slowly. Such a ride would have been good for a moonlight night. It reminded me so much of a boat that when I looked out the back window and saw a rope I reminded the conductor that he had forgotten to pull in the anchor. He said that 18 THE TOWER LIGHT 19 isn't an anchor, that's the trolley. But the fool, when the trolley finally got loose at Madison Ave., he went out and put it on again. By the time I got to Greenmount Ave. I was disgusted so I decided to get off. I saw a number of girls standing on the corner in all probability wait' ing for a Towson straight eight. Some of them were so burdened with books, brief cases, and parcels that I proceeded to shape my course across the street so that I would arrive at a position on the sidewalk which would be two steps from a spot from which I could board one of the Towson bound fto come, cars. I relieved several girls of their bag' gage and started to walk toward Towson, but I reminded myself of a slip colored pink which we called a transfer by the rabble, which would permit me to board another trolley free of charge, and which I had not as yet used. An 8 came along. I stood aside and allowed all of the girls to board. When my turn came, the motorman took one look at me and closed the door, simultaneously starting the car forward on an amber light. Then I proceeded to take another lesson in that won' derful course which does not appear in the curriculum of the school- learning how to impersonate a manfin-waiting. They say that everything comes to him that waits. The Towson car came, too. On this trip I learned why this car is numbered 8. Simple--it takes eight minutes to run from one corner to the other. At Walker Avenue someone asked me to get off and walk with him. I refused. This person tried to persuade me by saying, "We can get a lift." I said, I won't get off this car even if you promise to lift me up on your shoulder and carry me to school, I am late already. If I get ,a lift, this is so close to school that the driver won't be able to stop until he goes past the school, then I'll have to walk back." This fellow got so excited that he put his hand in his pocket and extracted his two car checks and offered to pay my fare. If you keep going you're bound to get some place. We got to Normal School at last. No matter what you say, that S always shoots up the homestretch in high and it certainly does help matters a bit when it comes to unloading. All you have to do is open that door and at the same time the people pour,-catapult, is more like it, out. I braced myself on somebody's foot and turned my gaze toward the tower from whence emanated the corf rect time fsometimesj. Woe is me! I started off up the gravel walk at a dog trot, completed the second lap on the grass at turkey gallop,- just then the bell rang to remind me that I was on my third and final lap to the building-well, I traversed that third lap like a lap dog and entered the portals of this magnificent ediice in time to have one of the swinging doors smack up against my map. Here's where I got that flat nose that was promised me earlier in my journey. I raced toward the steps, dropped the baggage which I had faithfully clutched until now, peeled off my coat and draped it around the waste basket so that it would hold its shape, and began to mount the steps. SIDNEY CHERNAK Sattidy QNight Been workin' mo' den ah euah done Worked all week an' den saved up de mon Niggah stan' by an yo'll see de fun, Praise ye de Lord fo' Sattidy night. CHORUS Todee o o hear dem banjoes strumming 'Yodee o o jus' see dat happy sight, Todee 0 o hear dem banjoes strumming, Niggah praise de Lord fo' Sattidy night. Haul up de banjo, bring on de bones, Clear way de floor an' strike up de tones, Charm pretty gals away from dere homes Praise ye de Lord fo' Sattidy night. Come sing de song ob sweet Susy White, Married a man what dint treat her right, He made her mad and died in de ight, Praise ye de Lord fo' Sattidy night. Pick out yo' pardners swing em around, Plenty to choose from, pick ob de town, Gals ob all colors from yaller to brown, Praise ye de Lord fo' Sattidy night. Bring on de bottle, list to it pop, Oh boy, Niggah dis sho' am red hot, Keep up de music donlet it stop, Praise ye de Lord. fo' Sattidy night. jiminy crickets, yo' hear dat tune? Sweet as de sound ob ole mammy's croon, Makes yo' so happy yo'll sho' bust soon. Praise ye de Lord fo' Sattidy night. Drop what yo're doin', jump to yo' feet, Come 'long Ieramy, caint yo' leave dat tete7 Dance to the tune dat couldn't be beat. Praise ye de Lord fo' Sattidy night. Clock strikes midnight now to start de fun Gather 'round folks an' hab 'nother one. Throw me in a bus when day is come. Praise ye de Lord fo' Sattidy night. RUTH MEYER 20 THE TOWER LIQHT g-gg21 FANS A nervous flutter in the dark, 'Through which the scent of box is stealing, 'Through which the languorous breeze is drifting, Through which low voices murmur fainting. A nervous flutter ffffffffffffff Like a whitefwinged moth The tiny fan of yesteryear. Triumphant waving midst the sound Of castanets staccato clicking, OT light guitar its merry ringing, Of songs of Spain that gay and thrilling Stir the blood and urge the dancer Triumphant waving ffffffffffffff Like a winged sprite The fan of dancing Spain. A flowery emblem of a land Where clouds of incense smoke are curling, Wliere lanterns in the breeze are swaying, Where safron skin and jet eyes slanting Bespeak the land of Fujiyama. Incessant rhythm ffffffffffffff Like a fluttering heart The rustling fan of Nippon. ELEANORA 'BOWLING Q 5 L, ' THE LONG RIVER By 5L ,, A river is running, running down the lane, Now through the meadows, down the mountains, now through the plain Leaping, dashing, splashing, tumbling, rumbling, mumbling. Covering area, always moving with eternal time. a I - , .In I , , I . I A THE TOWER LIGHT -I ,Published monthly by the students at the Maryland State , Normal School at Towson STUDENT EDITORS Chief ELEANORA BOWLING jokes Athletic Reporter Associate SIDNEY CI-IERNAK HENRY BYER CHARLOTTE HARN CASKEY AND CLARK . Social Reponey LOUISE STALEY Art Circulation Manager ABRAHAM STEIN PAUL GOLDSTBIN 'Typing Stajf I CLIFTON WARNER MARY DIGNAN CHESTER DAvIs EMMA LEE Business Manager Advertising Managers SIDNEY CHERNAK LULA BICHY MAROIA ELLIOTT Price:-One Dollar Fifty Cents per Tear A Single Copies, Twenty Cents gs. ,E "SHE" ,tu-uf With all due apologies to Mr. H. Rider Haggard JL HIS ARTICLE is dedicated to She, the inexorable, the inevitable, the great American school teacher, who has come down through the ages with but one appellation, She. A distinguishing characteristic of the American child is a tendency to forget that the teacher who labors day and night to mark neural paths along the blank surface of his stubborn, resistant gray matter possesses any other name than the one which is used, has been used, and will be used for years to come to designate a teacher, She. Let us suppose a child is recounting a day's experience in school to a friend. Perhaps his conversation would run somewhat as follows: "And there I was having a swell time blowing up that bag until She looked over. And did she gimme heck!" Then there are those street car orations which echo and refecho through the car, and which are plentifully sprinkled with "she's. "And she told me I'd never make a teacher if I had that attitude." "She said our section was the noisiest in the building." 22 THE 'TOWER LIGHT 23 "When she heard it you should have seen her face." Thus it goes. It's never necessary in speaking of school, to' pro' nounce the teacher's name. Why worry, when she, significant she, will suiiice? The famous She of the Caves of Kor was deathless. Reincarnated, she lived forever from age to age. The She of the American classroom is also, deathless, for, teacher after teacher, in each generation will be called by this name. And in this guise will she never die! ELEANORA BowL1NG JT Talking It Over LJDMING TO SCHOOL a few days ago I was talking to one of the Senior boys. We were discussing the Old School more or less and, as was natural, I suppose, our conversation drifted around to the girls. We were- talking about the girls and this Senior said that he considered the Normal girls to be as fine a group of young ladies as one could find anywhere. Now, girls are girls wherever you go, and taken as a whole have never been able to find much difference between them. Believing what I have just said, I told him that I heartily agreed. I don't wish to be any longfhaired or longffaced reformer, but I have been wondering what are our thoughts on some of the more serious, but less evident at present, aspects of teaching children. Do we en' deavor to build and maintain that kind of a character that is so essential in this kind of work? Do we make an effort to conduct ourselves in such a manner as to be fit examples for children to pattern after? We are very much concerned about subject matter and lesson, plans. But there is something more to teaching. Subject matter and lesson plans may be the outstanding factors in the teaching program, but they alone won't develop the kind of children the future needs. I have often felt like telling the world that it should know the women we have on the faculty at Normal. Speaking as a student I think I am safe in saying that all the school is proud of them,-and justly so. What is it that prompts me to say this? It is the fact that the teachers are ever willing to help the student in any way which they are able. You will say that this is the duty of the teacher. Yes, but, there is the possibility that you can overfdo a thing. I have known students to go to a teacher and trouble her about something that they could have figured out for themselves, if they had used their brains. Cf course, there are numerous fine points concerning our faculty that I could mention but this one impressed me most. H. M. EVANS. 24 THE TOWER LIGHT THE "TOWER LIGHT" ly? fFrom the Bel Air Times, May 41 -1 HROUGH the courtesy of a friend, there has come to THE TIMES desk, the Alumni number of the TOWER LIGHT, issued by the Mary' land State Normal School at Towson. The physical appearance of this copy, which is in pamphlet form, is a delight to the eye, and the conf tents thereof pleasing to the intellect. Dr. Albert Norman Ward, a former Harford Countian, and now President of Western Maryland College, pays a beautiful tribute to Miss Sara E. Richmond, and calls her "The greatest woman of her period," and credits her with spending her life in helping others. There are many other articles of great interest, from students, and former teachers, and several beautiful poems, one of which is as beautif ful as anything we have read lately. It is entitled "The Tryst Inevit' able," and is written by Lillian C. Sundergill, and uses the theme that college life is the bridge over which the girl walks into womanhood. We hope to be able at a later period to publish it in full. A page or two is given to jokes, the most humorous of which, however, are examples handed in by various teachers of the answers to questions given by their students. A report is made on the various County Alumni Associations. The oihcers of the Harford Association are President, Robert Weaver, Secretary and Treasurer, Miss Bessie Kelly. The publication is altogether creditable, and THE TIMES heartily congratulates the Editorial staif for the taste displayed in its makefup and the intellectual food furnished. -1-.-Q-Q-o-o-- ,W-,, Campus CDay ,JL HE TRADITIONAL Rrrss of campus day were observed at the M. S. N. S. on Monday, May 7. The program of previous years was followed in which everyone was a participant. There was much work and play for all and none were slackers. The spirit of campus day could almost be expressed in the Old Mother Goose jingle: "Come with a whoop, come with a callg Come with a gooclfwill-or not at all." At nine o'clock everyone assembled and was assigned to his special duty. In a few minutes, no matter where you looked-on the campus or in the buildings, could be seen people raking, scrubbing, and clean- ing. Mother would have deemed it to be the most eflicient spring housefcleaning that she had ever witnessed. Even the dandelions were being shorn of their glory in the front yard! The good little Brownies who helped the poor cobbler and his wife would surely have been out of place here. . After an hour and a half of laboring, everyone hastened to the North THE TOWER LIGHg'I' g ,A gzr lg , , Campus which was the scene of action now. Here the program for campus day was being presented. VV'hat a beautiful morning it is! How green the trees are and how sweetly the birds sing! Far away on the green hilltops can be seen the little lambs at play! Surely spring has come! But what are these hidden in the grass? Are they not tiny buds pushing upwards into the open world? Now look! See how the warm gentle breezes play over them. Lo! Here comes April Showers with his tiny sprinkling can. Will he wake the tiny buds? Oh, no, for here comes one mightier than he-the sunshine. Now the buds lift their heads to see who this lovely, warm person is who calls them. Then they arise and dance for they are-flowers, yes, but flower children. Alas, though, where is the queen of all this glory? Ah, here she comes now escorted by the "Heralds of Spring" and followed by her attendants. As we know her, she is Miss Helen Nicols, the Senior Class President. She is led to the throne and crowned Queen of the May. How beautiful she looks! With her court gathered around her, she watches the rest of the program unfold in front of her. ' The sixth grade of the campus school, dressed as Norwegian peasants, next presented a number of attractive dances which are principally for creative rhythms. These dances were most enthusiastically received by the Court and by the audience. After this, Junior 3 presented a play entitled "Better Walking." The theme of it was centered around the old English custom of seizing a girl's gloves on May Day and demanding a kiss in return. There being a law against such love making, this playful little act was taken to Court. Needless to say, that after much discussion the Court's decif Sion was favorable and everyone was well pleased. .L-.-3-Q-3-0-.-.-. SPRING CF '28 'Twas on a bright spring morning With violets in the lea And the girls and boys at Normal Were jilled with springtime glee. Happy thoughts were mingled With greetings sincere and true That come from solid friendships Suclias mine for you. But alas the thought of parting For the time was drawing near Brought us all more close together And made friendships true, more dear. MARY ANN HARRISON, Sr. 3 26 THE TOWER LIGHT Translated Prom the German of ' CPeter CRose?5ger Rosnoonn is A TRUE CHILD of the Austrian Alps' He was born as a farmer's son, in the shadows of snowftipped mountains and is well known in modern German literature for his novels and stories portraying the life of the mountaineers. The late fall had been dull and drab, the mist had brooded immovably over valley and mountains and there was much precipitation in early December. All of Central Europe had been touched by it, but it struck the mountain region with especial fury and endurance. In the valleys -rain and snow, on the mountain tops--snow and rain. The enormous snowfflakes came in such great masses that one could not even see the very next tree from the windows of the farm house. Slowly and silently they came gliding down, without interruption, day and night. At first the snow did not stay on the bare branches, but soon it stuck and loaded many a branch until it broke. Especially old maples and cherryftrees were doomed to destruction because of their coarse bark which had inf vited the snow to lodge in their deep furrows, often they broke in two, onefhalf falling to the right, the other to the left. Many an old giant was split into three or four parts. The hedges resembled snow walls which became lower from day to day, because the branches bent closer to the earth under the weight of the ice. Sparrows had lost their nests and fluttered helplessly over the human dwellings, shrieking in their fear. So far this was only an ordinary winter, but we were to have another experience this year. The mountains here are covered with evergreen. In their spreading branches the soft snow nestled easily and remained. The air was silent: not a breeze was stirring for weeks. Usually the storms shattered the forests, but this time it was the peaceful, silent immobility of the air. Had there been an ordinary wind, it would have shaken the snow off the trees. All day long the moist snow had fallen softly from the sky, but at night it froze on the branches. Then came rain and freezing and the branches were frozen into one solid mass together with their load. New snow came and stuck to this mass, the temperature caused melting and freezing in such rapid changes that the icicles formed into glassy curtains. Finally, there came another blizzard and covered the trees so completely that they looked like massive towers without the slightest traces of branches or trunks. Where they grew closer together they froze into one piece. Anyone looking at the valley from the hilltop would have thought the entire forest had been covered by one single, white sheet. THE TOWER LIGHT 27 For a while everything remained at rest in the silent air. Then it gradually began. Here a rattling noise, there a hissing, and somewheres else a dull thump. At times a crown fell down, then it was a branch that cracked, then a frozen tower inclined slowly without dropping its frozen burden. In the otherwise unbroken silence this breakdown seemed ghostly. In places, several trees broke at once, like pillars of a dome, unable to support the common roof. Only a few eyes were able to pierce the veil of fog and snow to watch this scene, but the lone wan' derer in the forest had an unforgettable experience that day. A coal wagon was rolling over the "Tannbachweg" through the forest. Vfhen the driver saw the first tree tumble into the snow half way up on the hill, he wondered how the trunks could crack in the motionless air. Soon a second tree began to bend under its burden-slowly at Hrst, then more and more rapidly, until it fell with sweeping motion hissing through the air, roots upturned. It had blocked the road. The horse jumped sideways before the impact and the wagon slid backwards, throwing off a bag of coal. The driver realized he had reached his goal for the day, for the road was cut off. He reached for the reins to lead the fright' ened horse backwards, but at the same moment there came a thundering noise and two trees fell simultaneously. Now he realized the danger. Another tree fell behind him while some tips bent to the ground, forming archways which finally burst amidst clashes and roar. He was caught. He could move neither forward nor backward. But he had no time to be afraid. He needed all his energy to tame the shying horse. Sud' denly a falling crown struck the load of coal causing splinters, coal, and snow to fly in wild confusion. A few more icy archways cracked. The driver was in the midsts of this destruction about him the trees tumbled to the ground, trunks split, crowns fallen, a gigantic pine hit the horse and killed it. The snow was whipped up into clouds of white dust. Alone in this hail of splinters stood the lonely driver almost unconscious. He crawled beneath the debris and closed his eyes. He told later that he had had no feeling of fear, he had only thought, what does this mean, what has happened? At last the man began to think-What is this? Has everything sud' denly become rotten? This forest has supported the burden of many a wihter before this. Is this an earthquake shaking the foundations? Is it the day of judgment? The roots of the trees were standing up in the air as if they were uncovering graves! The crowns were buried in the snow and the roots pointed upwards like gigantic claws, still clutch' ing at bits of soil and rocks. Even the crevices in which no one remembered seeing anything more than small animals and fronds of ferns had suddenly been awakened. Raven and crows fluttered about. Weasels and minks had been aroused from their winterfsleep and rushed to and frog squirrels shot planlessly 28 THE TOWER LIGHT W 1,-f f - fi--,f f , - -,,,- - , --Y : , Y-- fa over the ruins of their world and the head of a frightened deer peeped out among roots and branches-seeing the man unable to flee. Jumping over tree trunks and sinking into the snow at every jump, it had stopped in a cave-exhausted. The driver looked about and became gradually conscious of what he saw. Suddenly he started. It had grown dark. Dusk had come. How could he escape while the forest still echoed the thundering clamor? He gazed at his dead horse. He, too, might suffer the same fate if he attempted the trip home. It is impossible! Road and forest are tangledl Who would have thought anyone could thus, be held prisoner in the woods! He tried to erect a shelter beneath the thick branches of a fallen pine. To be safe at last! But his attempts to build a ire failed. The timber was too wet, it smouldered, smoked, and the flame died. His body shook with cold and fear. Then it oc' curred to him to light the coal. He collected the damaged bags and dragged them to his shelter, with careful calculations he succeeded in making the supply last through the night. His head was like lead, but he did not dare to sleep. The fire occupied himg it consoled hnn to watch the blue flames. All night the thunder and clashing had rever- berated through the forest. When morning came at last, grey fog cov- ered everything and snowflakes were again descending slowly. The cracking and rattling had ceased. At rare intervals came distant roars. A few isolated fir trees that had bowed their crowns low to the ground split--and then all was silent. FRIEDA ILMERS, JR. 2. --o-0-0-so-1 TUfDAY Why put off till tofmorrow What can be done tofday? Doing a thing at present Is better than having delay. What can we expect to accomplish? What do we mean to gain? Shall we ever rise to a higher level? fsuccessj Shall we ever rise to fame? This simple little moral Its truth we cannot slayg Don't put off till tofmorrow, What can be done tofday. FRANCES Gmsr. 'THE TOWER LIGHT 29 cJv1AN'S CREDEMPTION Life is the game. Ah! To win, or perchance, to lose, Never to be beaten completely, Nor to he always victorious. This is man's portion. Love is the trump card, to be held back 'till it shall be redeemed at its highest valueg Never to be played carelessly, Never withheld too long. Ah! This is man's chance. Forget not the game. Be not lax in your choice Take advantage of all life may thrust in your way. Let not the opposing forces Needlessly gain valuable ground Never give up the deal Never question the Fatesg for this-Ah! This is man's redemption. FOXWELL VANSANT, '27 CGRRECTION AND APCLOGY I should like to make a correction in regard to the poems printed under my name in the 1928 May Issue of the TOWER LIGHT. Although I submitted them, I am not the author of them. I am sincerely sorry for the wrong I have done and I apologize to the authors of the poems, the TOWER LIGHT Staff and the readers of the magazine. IVIARION GOLDMAN. THE TOWER LIGHT Spring U Nearer and nearer approaches the Sun As back from the South he does creep. With genial rays he caresses the Earth And she wakes with a smile from sleep. The birds, too, are here and with cheer and song Are building their nests in the trees. The robin and bluebird, flicker and jay Trill their songs of joy to the breeze. The streamlets glide and flash in the sung So glad to be rid of the ice. The trees on the banks wave their branches gay To the brooks that pass in a trice. All the dear flowers respond to the call, And peep out from the earth below. Then lift their heads to the face of the Sun And bask in his smile as they grow. The Hearts of mankind are gladdened and cheered By these magical charms of Spring- The gay, warm zephyrs, bright flowers and trees, And songs of the birds on the wing. Spring! 'tis the resurrection of the year From the depths of the cold dark Earth To the bright world above with its sunshine And its charm of beauty and mirth. HATTIE M. BAGLEY Class 1900 F45 .. svmsF'QsfaQ.wsk?Qf44.' vsfvfz .fv10.We- JS fr"1ur:s?"f'i5'2'Nvr 52,3 A6351 'ilpjpfijr ff!! X. Zjm? nv f '42 ' i SCHOOL NOTES H i i 1 .. "mu ks' -fi ls: f it p 7 as 1 . J I ?d'r'Q,is24. Aggumnmffgx . fm Two CPiano CRecital LIN TUESDAY EVENING, April 24, occurred a delightful program of two piano music given by Miss McEachern at the first piano, and Miss Bessie Stern of the State Department at the second, assisted by Mrs. Bertha Kaufman, violinist. The following was the program: EDNA McEAcHERN ........................... Piano BESSIE C. STERN ..... .. ...... Piano BERTHA KAUFMAN .............. .... V iolin PROGRAM I.-Fantasia and Sonata in C Minor ..... . . . .Moza'rtfG'rieg A. Fantasia B. Sonata Allegro Molto Adagio Molto Allegro Assai EDNA MCEACHERN, Bessnz C. STERN II.-Romance ........................................ Svendsen Serenade ................................... ...... P icr-ne Canzonetta .......... ..... .... d ' Ambrosia Obertass Mazurka ..................... ..... W ieniawski BERTHA KAUFMAN III.-Concerto in A Minor ................ ....... G rieg Allegro Molto Moderato. Adagio. Allegro moderato Molto e marcato. EDNA MCEACHERN, BESSIE C. STERN The Fantasia and Sonata in C minor is a splendid work in itself 31 32 THE TOWER LIGHT written originally by Mozart for piano solo and is often so performedg hence the second part written by Grieg is an accompaniment and serves rather to broaden the general effect than to give the second piano anything in the nature of solo work. This composition was given a fine, restrained, and thoughtful reading by Miss McEachern and Miss Stern with due attention to the importance of each theme, one of the real difficulties of two piano playing where each instrument is of the same tone color. Their tone was rounded and beautiful at all times and the coordination of the two pianos was all that could be desired. It was at once an intellectual and musical performance. In the Concerto in A minor, each pianist had an opportunity to present her part of the music. Miss McEachern's playing in the solo was characterized by the brilliancy and ease which only a facile tech' nique can produce. Miss Stern's playing was more thoughtful and careful in style as was to be expected in the Adagio where the second piano has a part of its own, albeit she achieved a breadth of line that was grateful to the ear. The ensemble of the two pianists was delightful, combining as it did the characteristic style of each complimented and strengthened by the other. The audience was most attentive and car' ried away a memory that will linger. Mrs. Kaufman in supplying the-middle group brought to the audience a delight which only a violin can give, her numbers having been very well chosen. Miss Stern supplied sympathetic and unobtrusive accom' paniments. E. P. ..i..g-Q.3-ql- PROBABLE JUNE WEEK PRGGRAM Wednesday, func 6tl1. Boat ride. Thursday, june 7th. Stepfsingingg Theatre Party. Friday, func Sth. Informal afternoon teafdance. fVolleyfball players., Saturday, func 9th. Alumni dance. Sunday, func 10th. Baccalaureate Service. Monday, june 11th. Class Day, Council Fire. Tuesday, fume 12th. Graduation. THE TOWER LIGHT 33 1-:pw SIGMA ALPHA FRATERNITY nl HIS YEAR our fraternity has been very successful, due to a greater interest on the part of the men and more social activities. We have tried to encourage in the men a stronger feeling of brotherhood which we cherish in the hope of furthering school ideals. This year we were successful in getting a goodly number of our alumni back at our sub' scription dance. At this time the Sigma Alpha Alumni Association was organized. By the way our junior members are cooperating and working the year of '29 has a bright outlook. As a inal activity we are conducting the Senior Theatre Party as a. benent. This theatre party will be held at Ford's Theatre, Thursday, June 7, Glenn Hunter playing in "Merton of the Movies." We wish to express our sincere thanks to the Senior Class for their kindness. -1-.-3-gg..-1. CBASEBALL MT. ST. JOE GAME AT IRVINGTON A new team, the irst game was away, so not very much could be expected from the Normalite Nine. All was going along fine until a few errors were made and then a few more were booted or thrown away, Well, after the bombardment I had my addingfmachine working and the final score was St. Joe, 18, State Normal, 2. CITY COLLEGE GAME AT TOWSCN With a Winning spirit the nine took the field against City. After City had scored two runs in the first inning we came in for our turn at the bat. Linsenmeyer walked. Barlow hit to the shortfstop who put out Linsy. Pfankin with three balls and two strikes hit the next ball for a home-run. Stull duplicated Rankin's feat in the same order. Seamon pitched a wonderful game for the Normalites but the ielding was very loose. City having a slight advantage, won out by the score of 13f7. TOWSCN GAME AT TOWSON 'Twas this day that victory was with us. The team was just a bit discouraged because of the defeat handed Mt. St. joe by Towson. The game started with a big advantage to our team with a 6frun lead, this put some pep into our boys and urged them on to a big victory by a score of 21f5. The only thing regretted at our home games is the failing of the girl fans to turn out to the games to give the team support. The schedule for home game is: Wednesday, May 16-Mt. St. Joe. Friday, May 18-Blue Ridge College. Wednesday, May 30-Calvert Hall College. Tours in Sports, HENRY BYER, Mgr. Baseball 3 THE TOWER LIGHT Jokes . A PRACTICAL PROBLEM Our worthy instructors are always pointing out the value of practical problems in the classrooms. Senior 6 finds itself confronted by a pracf tical, yet delicate, problem:-The class wants to buy a compact.. Mary will donate the case fit needs a refill anywayj Edith and Eileen will supply the puff Ruth and Emmy will make the long trip to town to purchase the powder The rest of the class will contribute pennies, slot machine coins, and carfchecks to make said purchase Ethel, the artistic soul, will supply color by donating the rouge . Judy and Elsie will use it. Problem:-Major:-How shall .we get the money from the class? Minor:-How long will the compact last? 'Teacher to M. S. N. S. Student-Isn't there some fable about the ass distinguishing himself with a lion skin? Student-Yes but now M. S. N. S. does it with the sheepskin. Clarlqe-"What kind of lectures do you enjoy most?" Cliff-"Those I don't have to listen to." 'Did you ever get over that puppy love affair." "No, and he's led a dog's life ever since." M. S. N. S. Girll-"Can you drive with one hand?" 'Young Man-"No, but I can stop." Miss Blood-"What are the seasons?" Karl Schwartz fa business 1nan's sonj-"Busy and dull." Student--"Please define smile?" Mrs. Masland-"It is the longest line between two ears." Goldstein-"I have an appetite like a canary." Hackman-"Yes, I notice you eat a peck at a time." Miss Munn-"I wonder why they call our language the mother 701' tongue. V Student-"Maybe because men haven't a chance to use it." Student to Miss Keys--"Are you a good cook?" Miss Keys-"Yes, I go to church every Sunday." Mrs. Sibley-"Do you think my suit is a perfect fit?" Miss Brooks-"Fit? Why it's a. perfect convulsionf' Some people are like dynamos. Everything they have is charged. I believe in being on time and I even buy things that way. THE TOWER LIGHATJ A35 FUR YOUR HEALTHUS SAKE In brushing the teeth, be sure you use the right preparation. Look and see that your tube is labeled "Tooth Paste," and not just "Paste" To tell if an egg is fresh toss it into the air about eight feet. If it smashes when it lands, it's a good eggg if it doesn't, that's bad. Don't eat raw meat in the summer time. It's hard on you and ex' tremely hard on the cow. An easy way to become immune from mosquito bites is to kill the mosquito before he bites you. To become immune from dog bites, keep a cat. To prevent spring fever, keep away from springs. Dr. B.-"Girl, I will have to paint your throat with nitrate of silver." Girl-"No, use nitrate of gold, it doesn't cost me anything." J. I. says she is beautiful and dumb. Beautiful so the boys can love her, and dumb so she can love the boys. Miss Birdsong ran into an old friend this morning, but she was not glad to see her as she mashed a rear fender. DANGERCUS So Mary is ill. I hope it is nothing contagious. So do I, Dr. Burdick says she is suffering from overfwork doing so many units. "What an extravagant boy you are! At four o'clock in the afternoon you buy an allfday sucker!'7 Athletic Dues-I hear he is paying his debts at last. Class Dues-Yes, He sold his Ford and that put him on his feet. Mr. Walther-"Where did you acquire those fine traits of yours? At your mother's knee?" Woody-"No, over my father's." He--"I could dance like this forever." She-"Oh, nog you'd be sure to improve." Mr. Caskey went to a secondfhand store to get one for his watch. RICHMOND HALL 'Miss Sperry--"How is it I caught you kissing this girl?" 'Young Man-"I don't know, unless it's because you wear rubber heels." Miss Eckford-"What is salt?" Trillis Li--"It's the stuff that makes the potatoes taste bad when you boil 'em and don't put any in." '36 'THE TOWER LIGHT L-..-4 - - ---' - -- ---- A' A Y A CAREFUL DEFINING OF COUNTY SCHOOL BOYS Fred Ward-Calm as a mouse, tall as a house. 'Ted Lawlis-Braggo! Bravo! but very goodo! Clifton Warner-Very pleasingly plump lad. Henry Byer-Some think they can play a ukulele and sing. Elmer Hoffman-A slap on the back and he is there. Maurice Clark-Big feet and little giggles. Ralph Baumgarclner-Sure is some tease Qfllookj. Dwight Caslqey-We know he isn't always calm and reserved. Donald Haugh-Papa of the Tracy Gang. Herman Burton-If some people only knew when to be funny. Ralph 'Yealy-A cute little teddy bear. Glenn Stull--A famous strong man but a grinning nuisance. ' Arthur Wood-Rather "'lightfheaded." Aaron Rosen-Famous authority on cards. Lyman Huff-He may seem quiet and quaint. Chester Davis--As wise as an Owl but makes more noise than OO-oofoofoo. Harold Mueller-Talks a lot and says nothing. Roger Fogle--Ehxactness ceases to be a virtue. Karl Schwartz-Watch your step, Class Mamas, he's the catchy kind. GLTHB SPECTATORN HOW TO MAKE HOME BREW Chase wild bull frogs for three miles and gather up hops. To them add ten gallons of tan bark, onefhalf pint of good shellac, and one bar of homefmade soap. Boil thirtyfsix hours, then strain through an I. W. W. sock to keep it from working. Add one grasshopper to each pint to give it a kick. Pour a little into the kitchen sinkg if it takes the enamel off it is ready for bottling. This recipe is guaranteed to be legal. ' My advice-use the fountains in the halls. A SEVEN DAY ADVENTURE Listen to this story, SUN. When I started to make the MON. I fitted my salary for TUE. And finally a maiden did WED. Cause she lisped "Yeth THUR." And I found she couldn't bake nor FRI. So since, in a restaurant I've SAT. THE TOWER LIGHT p A sv , , 77- Y Y A LAST WILL Being in a proper and insane state of mind, we, the Senior class, do will and bequeath "the tricks of the trade" to the juniors. 1. Know thou that each member of the faculty has his own peculiarif ties fsome more than othersl. 2. To cope with these vagaries we hearby bequeath to you names of certain members of our faculty and advice as to your behavior a. Miss Weyforth-sing like a chorus T b. Miss Sammis-have bloomers and hose connect c. Miss Van Bibbef-be a marshal d. Mr. Walthers-avoid being an educated fool e. Mrs. Sibley-have a suitable check for your work f. Mrs. Nfaslancl-T. T. I. and S. U. S. g. Miss Munn-have TOWER LIGHT material in on time. RADIO PROGRAM MEN'S ROOM-State Normal School 02:15 P. M.-1:10 P. 12:16-Discussion on Assembly by an eminent orator. 12:21-Let's get something under our belts-A1 Wayseating. 12 :22--Silence-Very unlikely. 12 :2 3-Ukulele solution. 12:28-Fractions, War of 1812, Mosquitoes, etc.-Units Symphony. 12:34-Bananas--Amid Prevailing Howls-Kez. 12 :38-Solo-How I miss them tonight-Fred Ward at Westmirister. 12:41-Swinging along-Ted Lawlis. 12:48-John Seaman on Air-Man About Town. 12:53-Grunt for grunt description of wrestling bout. 12 :60-Skeero-Skeero!--Ensemble. PLATFORM FOR SENIOR POLITICS Plank One: We will support anyone who guarantees the installation of swivel chairs in all class rooms. Plank Two: Fountains in the halls should be adjustable to a student's height in order that it may not be necessary for one to "stoop to drink." Plank Three: An elevator giving express service from men's room to all classrooms. Plank Four: A shoe shining parlor giving free shines to all seniors. 38 THE TOWER LIGHT 5 CDecalogue for Teachers Ten commandments have been laid down for the American school teacher by the Federal Bureau of Education. The Bureau evidently holds that heredity and an even temperament have much to do with the teachers' ability to maintain her position. The 10 commandments follow: "Thou shalt have other interests beside thy schoolroom. "Thou shalt not try to make of thy children little images, for they are a live bunch, visiting the wriggling of their captivity upon you, their teacher, unto the last weary moment of the day, and showing interf est and cofoperation unto those who can give them reasonable, freedom in working. "Thou shalt not scream the names of thy children in irritation, for they will not hold thee in respect if thou screamest their names in vain. "Remember the last day of the week, to keep it happy. "Humor the feelings of thy children that their goodfwill may speak well for thee in the little domain over which thou rulest. "Thou shalt not kill one breath of stirring endeavor in the heart of a little child. "Thou shalt not suffer any unkindness of speech or action to enter the door of any room. "Thou shalt not steal for the drudgery of many 'papers' the precious hours that should be given to recreation, that thy strength and happiness may appear unto all that come within thy presence. "Thou shalt not bear witness to too many 'schemes of work,' for much scattered effort is a weariness to the soul and a stumbling block to weary ingers. "Thou shalt laugh-when it rains and wee, woolly ones muddy the floorg when it blows and doors bang, when little angels conceal their wings and wriggle, when Tommy spills ink and Mary flops a tray of trailing letters, when visitors appear at the precise moment when all small heads have forgotten everything you thought they knew. And, again I say unto you, laugh, for upon all these commandments hangs all the law and the profits in thy schoolroomf' 'THE TOWER LIGHT 39 What CDoes Your cName QMean? CHRLS Caroline-From Carolus from root of Charles- Danish Caroline, Dutch Carolina, French Caroline. Edith-Formerly Eadith from Anglo Saxon eadig, "happy," "rich" Elizabeth-From the Hebrew Eliyshebha which St. Jerome translates "oath of my God," Danish Elisabeth, French Elisabeth. Florence-A female name, said to have been Anglicized from Finin, an Irish name used by men meaning "flourishing," It might also mean "white" or "fair." Danish Florenz, French Florence, German Florenz. Gladys--Most probably a Welsh form of Claudia. It is derived from the Welsh gwlad, which now means "of country," but formerly signi- ied "a prince" or "a sovereign." Helen-From the Greek signifying "a lamp," "a torch," hence bright' ness. Danish Helena, French Helene, German Helene. Mary-Comes from Hebrew meaning "bitten" Danish Marie, French Marie. Ruth-From the Hebrew Ruth, meaning appearance, beauty, vision. BOYS - Donald-An English form of Donghal meaning "brown stranger." Edward-From AnglofSaxon eadfweard, "guardian of happiness," Danish Eduard, French Edouard, German Eduard. George-From the Latin name Georgius meaning "a tiller of ground." Henry-Usually rendered "home ruler," or "chief of the house. Dan' ish Hendrik, French Henri. Paul-A name derived from the Hebrew meaning "small in stature," Danish Paul, French Paul, German Paulos. Robert-Is red beard from ru "red," and bert a "beard," Rupert is the same as Robert- Danish Robert, German Robert. A. W. B. 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