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190.9 WESTFIELD .Y0li.l1AL. .5
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Given- Monday, Juno 21, 1909, at the Class Picnic.
BY IIELEN T. HOVSIIXRD, IHARGARET I. LEAHY.
VVO poor unfortunates! Chosen as the foretellers of the
future of the illustrious Class of 1909. NVhat were we
to do U? Mere babes in the gift of prophecy. Wfhat a
e vast amount of courage we had, to lay aside a whole
Week to haunt Dickinson Hall and to wander about the Campus
with a View of probing the veil of mystery shrouding the fu-
ture of our classmates. Although this was a mammoth Nl sac-
rifice, we felt ourselves amply repaid.
One afternoon about five o'clock, the usual hour for all of
the girls' constitutionals, Margaret and I were strolling about
the Campus, just outside the geology room, when we saw a
strange gleam in the grass. It proved to be a queer specimen
of a stone which we tried in vain to associate with some of the
magnetites, siderites, etc., which we met with in our past geology
days. I had hardly picked it up when it began to crumble in my
hand and the next moment what should I see in its place, but
an old, old man, about ninety years of age, with a beard, way
down to here and nowhere. So sudden was this apparition that
Margaret sank on the ground and I immediately followed suit,
but only to rise again to greet him. VVe had hardly regained
our breath before the old man began to murmur in a thin
quavering voice, which bespoke his ninety years and more.
Pricking up our ears we listened closely and we were able to give
our greatest attention to every word he said. because of a two
years' training in Mrs. Knight 's classes.
The old man informed us that he had been imprisoned in a
queer stone, and for many years had been kept by Mr. XYilson as
a curiosity. But the latter did not know its true value. and long
ago had Cast it out of the window. Many had piel-:ed it up. but
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STELLA A. VITTY ESTHER L. DALRYMPLE
TRYPHENA BICKFORD ANNE HALFPENNY
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6 TVES T FI E LD .YOR.UAL. 1909
had thrown it down again as worthless. but its magic lay in the
fact that the old man. ninety years of age. with the beard way
down to here a11d nowhere was not to emerge until 1920. unless
someone utttered a wish while holding it. and how could I help
but chance upon this good fortune when there had been a con-
stant wish in our inmost thoughts for weeks. The old 111311 was
so grateful for his deliverance that he pro111ised to tell us all
about the future of our classmates as they would be in the year
1920. So we opened our notebooks which we always carried
with us in order to be ready to jot down problems of algebra or
geo1net1'y which might present themselves.
XYe now began to liste11 to the future of Class '09. and
the first person we heard of was the one and only boy of our
class. Benjamin T. Riley. And what a strange fate had over-
taken him. He had married Lizzie Battenburg who had always
been a favorite with the Normal girls. and the couple had set
up a great millinery establishment where the latest styles in
hats were always to be procured. XVe were not very much sur-
prised at Ikey's becoming a "Benedict" for he always was fond
of Lizzie. But we did receive a shock when we found that Grace
Howard was in the insane asylum. whither she had gone soon
after leaving Normal. Those strong nerves which had sustained
her so many nights in her vigils on the second floor. and her
trips down the pike had at last failed her. and she was sent to
Northampton a sad wreck of monitorship. at Dickinson Hall.
XYhat a different fate had befallen her roo1111nate. Ruby
Cowing, Immediately after graduation she had settled down to
a quiet life as a shepherdess. tending her Hherd' with the great-
est of care and devotion.
XYe paid close attention at the mention of the word Ma-
honey. What had become of fun-loving. ever-smiling happy-go-
lucky Florence? XVhy the saddest ,of fates possible for her.
She had always been fond of a trombone. so had organized a
brass band. with herself as leader playing the trombone. But
she became so fond of it and had the band play so much. that
she strained her vocal chords until they became quite useless
and oh! so sad to relate had become quite dumb!
Another great affliction had befallen one of the other girls.
Antoinette Charest. She had set up a telephone exchange of her
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