Arcata High School - Advance Yearbook (Arcata, CA)

 - Class of 1922

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not large enough for that luxury. Here, however, one may find a school, the only one within a radius of many miles. The classes are held under the shade of the palm and banana trees of the plaza, where the little barefoot girls and boys sit on benches, and read their lessons aloud, their voices mingling with the drowsy hum of bees, and the soft "lap, lap" of the river. The school is divided into two sections: the boy's and girl's divisions, with a man and women respect- ively for teachers. These teachers are often very ignorant, and Ihave known cases where the children have stopped attending school because they have learn- ed more rapidly than the teachers were able to teach them. Only the better class of Mexicans can attend these schools, for the ordinary peon is bound to his or her "finca" or plantation. Thus there are hundreds of children growing up who do not know what a book is. The elder generation is an example of the utter ignorance in which Mexico is living and still will be living until the right method to introduce education is found. They look with wonder on the for- eigners who travel through the country, and are utterly ignorant of all save their own small affairs, and are capable of lit- tle more. I can remember hearing my fa- ther, who was manager of a plantation there, discuss the situation. The Mex- ican's world is his master's law, his hut, and his work--picking bananas, curing rubber, or whatever it may be. He knows nothing else,and does not wish to know anything else. He listens with in- credulous wonder to stories of the out- side world and in most cases worships his master as would a faithful dog. The treachery of the Mexican is not inborn as many would believe, but arises mainly from his ignorance. The peon is a mix-- ture of the Spanish and Indian, but is hat- ed by Spaniards and Indians alike, and has been a subject of their tyranny for centuries. The hatred which has develop- ed through their subjection by foreign- er's often none too thotful for their wel- fare, finds an outlet only through treach- ery, which ignorance aids. 30 Not knowing what it is to be educat- ed, the Mexican has no desire to become so. He is like a little child, and when giv- en opportunities or honors, boasts over his fellow men as a child does over a toy wagon which his neighbors do not possess. Since the Mexican's life fills such a small sphere, small things mean much to him. The possession of a pink silk "rabosa" has often caused great dis- aster to a plantation family. I shall never forget just such an occurence which upset the finca on which I lived. I was a very little girl, but I remember the following incident clearly. Chrysanthia was the back bone of the village women. Whenever you saw her bright-colored dress flash'across the lane between the houses, you knew accord- ingly that trouble was coming. With dark laughing eyes, a wealth of glossy hair, and a merry laugh, she led the other members of the village into mischief, whether it was slyly stealing some goods or food from the store, or purloining an extra bit of "aqua dientefl the Mexican liquor. As I remember this particular oc- curence, it was on a beautiful drowsy aft- ernoon with crickets chirping lazily, and a gentle breeze making the day fairly cool. Ihad been playing with my dolls, and was startled to hear loud screams rending the quiet of the afternoon. Father and mother hurried to the door, where they met Chrysanthia and Felicianna, sobbing aloud and dripping wet. On demanding the cause for disturbance, peicemeal they told father the story. Felicianna had been washing clothes in the stream, and was not harming anyone, when Chr- ysanthia had swooped upon her, clutch- ing her by her long braid, and had fur- iously dragged her through the water. Here Chrysanthia in a flood of enraged tears declared vehemently that Felicianna had scoffed at her new pink silk rebosa. Such is the state of the peonls mind. The care of a plantation is tremendous, because not only must the manager look after the plantation. but also after the petty troubles which often mount to something critical. The problems are

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lndians kindled,only to die. Before. when- ever clouds had appeared, the Red Horse had come in the evening and command- ed them to vanish. But now, clouds roll- ed up unmolested by the Red Horse. With rain on every side, with flowers and grass appearing all around, vx i,h green shrubs growing on thence parched hills, the plains of the Swift Feet people alone remained unchanged. No drop of rain tuched the blistering sands, no winter came to them, although on the surrounding mountains the snow lay thick. The plains have been, since then, what they are now--a desert. "Slowly the Swift Feet grew in prosperity and size. Only occaisionally did the Red Horse show himself in the West to watch the desert. No longer did his hoof beats make the earth trem- ble. But the river did not return, and the desert remained. And thus did Red Horse remember and avenge the death of Firebrand, boy chief of the Swift Feet." Janet Goodwin 722. Emilight I sat alone in the twilight, When all was silent and still, And watched the last faint rays of light Slowly sink behind the hill. I struck a choral on my guitar, A melodious silv'ry strain, Borne on the whispering kreeze afar, 1 heard it echo again. And as I heard the silv'ry chord, And while niy thoughts swept on, It seemed a great rnan's deed and wcrl Whose greatness goes on and on. Lightly 1 touched the strings again, And now a Llaintive wail Rose to my li et'ning ears and then Was swept softly down the vale. "Too sad and longing," was my tk ought, Sol tried the strings again, This time the effort that I wrought Proved not to be in vain. It was a merry lilting tune Poured forth in tones so mill, Like a babbling joyous krook in June, Or a happy laughing child. I looked at the shining, twinkling stars, Laughing in my delight, And taking my beloved guitar, Stole out into the night. Constance Brett 'Z5. 29 what Glam mr En? Every year, men go to that country south of us, Mexico, to take to it that factor which we have found so necessary in our constructiong namely, Education. Many times we have been reminded of the lack of education and civilization in that country through its nearness to our borders and consequent effect on them, and its many revolutions stirring up pol- tical and commercial differences. Mexico is not a disappointment to the traveler, indeed, it is seldom repre- sented to be as beautiful as it is or as full of wonderful resources. It has been held back by the many revolutions stir- ring its people and by the upset condition in which they live. Mexico is a country which could be of great importance, and will be, as soon as education has prevailed. The fact that Mexico is un- educated shows in every part---its gov- ernment, its commerce, and its social life. Where uneducated people are found, revolutions and general unrest are bound to occur, hence, the solution seems to be to educate the people. Here, however, a problem confronts us. The Mexicans are not ready to be educated. They must be prepared for education. At the present time, their schools are al- most pitiful in their inferiority, and often the teachers do not know asmuch as the pupils. In the cities, such as Vera Cruz and Mexico City, the educational condi- tions are better, but in an ordinary Mex- ican village or town, they are poor in the extreme. The little town of Salto de Aqua, situated inland on the Tuleja river, is an example of the orinary village in Southern Mexico. Here, a few stucco buildings are gathered about the jail, which is a low rembling affair, also of stucco. The jail is on one side of the main street, with a small plaza beside it, and opposite it, is the one store where everything is kept, from sombreros to "cacao." This is the extent of the business and residence districts of Salto de Aqua. The main street, which is, by the way, the only street, is a mere path, straggling from the dense woods behind the build- ings to the water's edge. Some' towns boast of a church, but Salto de Aqua is



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comical from one standpoint but from the other, they are most serious. My father believed that his men should be free to a certain extent, that is, that they should be allowed more privileges, and more education, so he tried out his theory by trusting the men with heavy responsibilities. This, he found, worked excellently. Then he decided to better their conditions and allowed them to pur- chase shoes. With this purchase, how- ever, came trouble. Seeing themselves clothed as the manager was clothed, they immediately felt equal to, and better than, the manager. They took matters into their own hands and began to rule in a high and mighty fashion. The re- sult was a riot which forced my father to use strenuous measures. The Mexicans are not ready for sudden elevation, and neither are their children, nor will their grand-children be much better fitted for it. Education must come slowly to Mexico, and the people must be taught to change their viewpoint of life. They must be able to look to the future, and come to the real- ization of the importance of progress. Bramatir The Public Speaking class presented the two plays "Spreading the News" and "Alice-Sit-by-the-Fire'' as examples of their work. The casts included: Freda Bjorsen, Cecil. Ripley, Carl Mc- Donald, Francis Furber, Lucille Keller, Clemens McClasky, Phylis Brush, Wel- ton Worthington, Alexia Devlin Gene- vive Stover, Lorraine Davidson, Clemens McClasky. Chester Groom, Francis Furber. Ariiuitirn On February 26, the Music class gave the Operetta "Polished Pebblesl' at the Minor Theater. The main cast was sup- ported by a chorus of twenty-four girls. The cast was composed of the following: Rosalie Lorraine Davidson Mrs Oberion Elizabeth Messinger Winnie Grace Aggeler Uncle Bob Frank Davis Minnie Phylis Brush Martha Catherine Armstrong Nick Carl McDonald The Senior Play, "A Pair of Sixesf' will be given 2, 1922 at the Minor Theater. Following is the cast: George B. Nettleton T. Boggs Johns - Krome - - Sally Parker - . - Thomas Vanderholt- - Tony Toler - - Mr. Applegate . Jimmy . Mrs. George B. N ettleton Miss Florence Cole. Coddles Business Partner - Business Partner - Bookkeeper - Stenographer Lawyer Salesman Office Boy English Maid 31 on the night of Friday, June - Harland McDonald. - Cecil Ripey. Alson Brizard. - Grace Davidson. - Paul Worthington. . Carl McDonald. Francis Furber. . Chester Groom. Catharine Plant, Elizabeth Messinger. Catherine Armstrong.

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