Walton High School - Periwinkle Yearbook (Bronx, NY)

 - Class of 1935

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Voulli Looks Cll DQmOCPGCQ There is a word in common use today that is shrouded with con- fusion. This word is "democracy" The birth of democracy took place in the early middle ages when the Church first proclaimed the rights of the people as opposed to the tyranny of kings. This was closely fol- lowed by the Humanist movement. These theorists originated that famous by-word that has been echoed throughout history-"Liberty, Equality, Fraternity." From this point on, a series of inventions and discoveries furthered the cause of democracy. The first among these was gun-powder, which enabled the lowly plebeian infantry to unseat the proud knight from his horse. The coinage of money was another step toward democracy, for with it cme the beginnings of a great credit system in Europe. This openedl the highways of trade and paved the way for the rise of a new merchant class, that as time went on grew more powerful, wealthy, and ambitious. . The printing press was still another invention that helped the ideals of democracy. lt opened the temples of knowledge to all who cared to enter, and instilled progressive ideas in the minds of many. Free soil in America was another influence in the progress of democracy. Men who owned their own land and cultivated their own soil were independent and learned to think for themselves. Very early in the history of the American colonies, these independent farmers chose the ballot as the means of expressing their governmental beliefs. By these men the hardybackbone of America was formed. But by far the most decided influence was the lndustrial Revolu- tion. The discovery of steam, and later on, of electric power, and the harnessing of these miracle-workers to drive machines, gave rise to a new class, the machine-owners. ln a short time, the government be- came more and more dependent upon them, and it was inevitable that the machine-owners should demand political power proportionate with their economic power. Because of her democratic ideals, America has become the home

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CICISS Doem Memories Crisp autumn will again return Stirring other souls. Other hearts will quicken At thegolden-crimson sight. The sparkling stretch of water Will twinkle still, Will laugh and shine as merrily. But other eyes will gladden at the sight When we are gone, When we are gone. Our time has come and passed. Only we can know l-low fleeting and how evanescent Four happy years can be. With smiling lips and brimming eyes We pass the torch of knowledge on To eager and to youthful hands, Who carry on the trust we leave When we are gone, When we are gone. The halls will still resound With laughter and with friendly voices. The humming of the busy lines Will fill the gap that we have left. And all the while, ln some forsaken nooks and crannies, Places we have known and loved, The spirit of the yesterday will weep When we are gone, When we are gone. lvlARlORlE E SMITH



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of peoples from every corner of the earth. Some came to escape per- secution, some to improve their economic condition, and some to avoid military service. Many of them came first to New York, and as they entered the harbor, they perceived the great Statue of Liberty with her torch upraised, signifying freedom. These immigrants were of many races and spoke many languages They were not used to free government, but their children went to the public schools, learned to speak English, and even attended high school and college. ln Europe they would not have had the opportunity to become educated, but would have been compelled to remain laborers for small wages all their lives. We may pride ourselves on the fact that this country encourages every boy and girl to rise as high as his or her ability will permit. So you see that democracy is not just a whim or the policy of one individual or of a group of men, but the natural evolution of a series of economic changes in the history of the world. Then why is it that democracy seems to have fallen from the high prestige that it had at the time of the armistice? Why is it that nation after nation has turned with evident satisfaction to dictatorship? There is an answer to all these questions, the one word-"Depres- sion." But any government or form of government under whose regime disaster falls, is likely to be looked upon as falsified power, until another disaster comes in different guise. We must realize that at present our country is in an abnormal state. Therefore, to judge democracy in the light of these irregularities would be unfair. On the other hand, if we disregard present conditions and judge democracy on the basis of its stable growth throughout the ages, there is no reason why it can not be perpetuated. Democracy is not on the decline but rather is suffering from a tem- porary relapse because of depressing conditions prevalent throughout the world today. l firmly believe that under the able leadership of our President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, democracy will safely weather the storm of criticism which is threatening it. This, coupled with the cooperation of the various representatives of the people, and the strong nationalistic spirit of the people themselves, goes far towards assuring

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