Arcata High School - Advance Yearbook (Arcata, CA)

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than can be done to-day. All the nations came to Egypt to get treasures of glass and brightly polished stones. "We had no paper like that which you have now, but used papyrus man- ufactured from a reed which grew in the marshes along the Nile. "There were three forms of writing: the hieroglyphics or picture writing, the hieratic, a simplified form used in man- uscriptsg and another form which was still more simple. "Our cloudless, brilliant skies at night sparkled with stars: hence many men studied the heavenly bodies and could tell by their movements the times of the annual overflow of the Nile. These men were the ones who divided the year into 365 days of twelve months. "You would like me to tell you about the embalming, I know, but you would weary of hearing about the long process. The wealthy people were preserved by costly aromatic and resinous substances and wrapped in bandages of linen. The face was sometimes gilded or covered with a golden mask. Since this would cost about 31,000 of your money, the poor could not afford it. Instead, they were salted and dried, then wrapped in coarse mats. "I was condemmed to death because I opposed the cruel oppression of my fa- ther and his brothers who burdened his poor subjects in building the immense monuments of stone which had to be transported for hundreds of miles. These pyramids were fitting tombs for our family, but my sympathies were with the poor laborers. "I was condemmed to die in spite of all my prayers to the Great Osiris and my soul entered the hody of a cat. My mummy rested in one of the great Pyr- amids which was ravaged by some sou- venir-hunting Americans who took me to a museum. I was hunting for this so that I could enter the mummy again, for my time has nearly expired." Just then my book fell to the flcor and I started up surprised to find I had ' 26 been asleep. Here after, my cat will be Princess llathu and I will treat her with all res- pect. The daintiest morsels will be hers and the softest cushions will be her bed. Kathleen Anderson '24 Uhr llnmunrr nf ei tbhnut. On my last tour through Spain I stopped at La Manska. The little town was in a turmoil. Every one whom you met hastened to ask if you had heard of the ghost which haunted the Alhambra. My interest got the better of me and I set out at once for the palace. Upon my arrivalI was met by an old Spanish lady who, with her husband and daughter, occupied the Alhambra. Others, she declared, were frightened away by the ghost which, whining and groaning, paraded every night through the rooms and halls. She told me that they had made up their minds to move, but one night the ghost had swooped upon them, and had declared that they would be haunted the rest of their days if they left the palace. Entering the Alhambra, I was intro- duced to the daughter, a beautiful Span- ish maid who captured my heart at once. She was not only most beautiful,but her eyes were very sad and there were traces of grief in every feature. Sorrow is not usually a becoming garment, but she wore it as a queen wears precious stones. My first night in the palace was terrible. The ghost rampaged wildly shrieking and moaning in a blood curdl- ing way. Itried to forget it and to fix my thoughts on the Spanish maid whose name was Jacinta. My admiration for her was unlimited and I thought it a shame for her to be in the palace where this mad thing was tearing about. The next day as I walked aboutl ran into an old servant and soon was hearing Jacintafs history. She had al-

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over the antenna switch for transmitting started to send out a distress call. "Dit-- dit---dit---dah--dah--dah---dit--dit--dit---'' barked the quenched gap as Prescott cautiously and breathlessly formed the dots and dashes and sent this message: "U.S.S. Alaskan heading for mussel shoals. Captain and mate attempt to sink boat and escape with money on board. Help--hurry. " As he finished the message a sudden jar of the ship knocked Prescott off his feet. A sound of a ship's hull striking sand was heard. The ship shook from stern to stem, and he knew that the crash had split the bow in two. Frantically he sent out another S.O.S. "Alaskan hit Mussle Shoals and sink- ing fast. Bow under water and crew im- prisoned below. All life boats smashed." The ship was now sinking rapidly. Prescott ran to the port hole and saw that the water was covering the ship. He knew that immediate help was the only thing that could save anyone. Running back to his set, he heard the British Ship "Peebles," She was coming to their res- cue. He breathed a sigh of relief, and cz refully picking his way below, Prescott planned a way to free the imprisoned crew. As he reached the last step of the ccmpanionway, he came face to face with the captain. Suddenly the Alaskan gave a mighty shake. She rose up on her nose, and, with a last effort to right herself, she slid silently into the sea, making the innocent suffer for the guilty. When the English ship "Peebles" reached the spot in grey dawn an expanse of undisturbed sea greeted the captain's eyes. Somewhere there at the bottom lay the Alaskan and her crew. The real- ization that he had come to late surged thru the captain and he turned away from the bridge to go below. As he did so, a dark object, bobbing persistently at the ship's very side, attracted his notice. Quickly ordering the crew to investigate, he hurried to the lower deck and stood waiting by the rail. The object proved to be one of the Alaskan's victims, and as the sailors lifted the half-conscious man 25 to the deck they found, tied about his neck, a sack of money in which was the treasury record kept by the ship's com- pany. The name found in the wallet was that of John Prescott, chief operator of the U.S.S. Alaskan. Charles Vanoncini '23 lirinrnm lllathu I was sitting half asleep in a rocking chair, petting the Persian cat and trying to study my history. Her purring was so loud and different from that of other cats that I began to wonder. Suddenly the purring took on a new note and be- came more like a foreign language, then it changed into good American. This is what she said: "You say I am a cat. Well, Iam and also the Princess Hathu.You know that the Egyptians, thousands of years ago believed that when a person died his soul was transformed into the body of some animal." "I lived thousands of years ago in Egypt. My father's palace was near the delta of the Nile among tall palm trees. You have no idea of the splendor of the palaces built by large numbers of slaves taken captive in the wars waged by my famous father. Many times with him I have ridden on expeditions to discover unknown countries. The results of these expeditions were all carved on the walls of the temple. "As a child I was instructed in geometry and arithmetic. Iabominated both, but loved the music of the pipes and harp in which I was very excellent." "We had beautiful boats rowed by negro boatmen, andI was attended by negro women on my pleasure trips. On such occasions we often gathered the lo- tus flowers to decorate the palace and temple. "We had large glass manufacturing plants, and colored glass much better



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ways lived in the Alhambra and at the age of seventeen had fallenin love with a dashing young Spaniard, but, because of his poverty, her parents did not approve of the match and the lover, heart-broken had flung himself off a neighboring cliff, and it was rumored that he perished on the rocks below. The second nightl determined to speak to the ghost and find out what it was, but I was spared the task, for as I sat in the court of Lions, he noiselessly appeared, robed in white. I was filled with horror. Suddenly the robe fell from the spectre and to my amazement Ibeheld a handsome young man with flashing brown eyes. "Listen, " he said pressing a revolver against my ribs. "Do as I say. Open yonder door and you will find sme worn- an's clothes. Put them on and pretend that you are the daughter of the house while we slip away." As he finished speaking, .Iacinta came out wreathed in smiles. I said before that she was beautifulg now she was exquisite. She was clad in man's apparrel, and as I withdrew the two started towards their horses. As I left the room the parents, who had found out about the elopement ,came to meet me. Iquieted them and told them how happy J acinta was and that Wealth was'nt everthing. So effective were my words that they begged their daughter's forgiveness and welcomed the bridal pair home. I greeted them on their return and asked the man how he had escaped the fall from the cliff. He half smiled as he said, "I did not fall from the cliff but landed on a little projection half way down." I congratulated the two heartily and then went out in the twilight to muse my lonely heart. Margaret Pen '25 Uhr Glnming nf the Bmrrt QA Eegrnhb The Indian chief, a friend of my father's, looked first at me, then at the desert at our feet, and finally at the grey clouds in the West with here and there a banner of crimson among them. At the foot of the precipice on the top of which we had camped lay a desert stretch- ing for several miles in every direction. It was surrounded on all sides by moun- tains green with the coming of spring, but dull in contrast with the blazing sands. After looking at all this, he an- swered my question. "The history of the desert is long. Many years ago, in the time of my an- cestors, long before the coming of the white men, an event occured which changed these plains from beauty to desolation. "The men of the Swift Feet were war- ring on a not far distant tribe, people of the Red Horse. The Swift Feet were conquering, and on one day late in spring they ambushed all but several of the enemy's men. The few left quickly returned to the camp on the hill, and warned it of the coming of the foe. Then there was great distress, for the Swift Feet warriors were fast, and their hearts were cruel. "In the camp there was one dearly beloved by the Red Horse. It was Fire- brand, son of the chief who was too old to take active command. The son was vnly about fourteen years of age. Where- ever the people went, wherever the Ind- ians hunted, wherever there was merry making, Firebrand was always near. Although so young, his word was law, and he was loved by all. "Early in life came to him all that man covets, for he was loved by the Red Horse. Riches, power and love were his. 27

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