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6 THE MERCURY
carried on our activities under the following
Alan Sweeny . . . ...... President
Rachel Cole ...... .... V ice-President
Miriam Wise ...., ...... S ecretary
Adrien Trembley ......... Treasurer
This year We had our first right to mem-
bership on the "Mercury,' staff. The "Mer-
cury" had been started in our freshmen year,
and we had developed a great interest in its
welfare. The following were named on the
staff and they carried out their duties in a
llflargaret Corliss ........ News Editor
Alan Sweeny ........ Athletics Editor
Miriam Wise ....... Exchange Editor
Mabel Start . Ass't. Circulation Manager
Richard Raymond Ass't. Advertising
VVe were "out of pocket", so to speak, when
we began considering the Junior-Senior Ball.
Cooperation on the part of the members of
the class in the paying of dues and frequent
food and rummage sales made it possible to
raise the money necessary to give the seniors
a brilliant farewell.
On the Monday night following the prom
eight juniors took part in the annual Junior
Prize Speaking contest. There was some talk
as to the advisability of having this because
of the expense of a coach, but it was finally
decided to charge a small fee at the door,
which overcame this difficulty. lldiss Eleanor
Royce kindly consented to coach us. First
prize was won by Muriel Palmer, second by
Rachel Cole and third by Edith Pattee.
I think that most of us felt, at Commence-
ment time last June, a sort of pride that we
should be the graduates next year, however,
we were, deep down in our hearts, glad that
we had one more year to spend in B. F. A.
and did not realize how swiftly that year
When we entered school last fall, we felt
like privileged charactersg for we commanded
the respect due seniors and the right to just
a little more liberty, just a bit more whisper-
ing, because this was our last year.
After two trials we elected officers to un-
dertake the many responsibilities of the senior
class on the last lap of its journey toward the
graduation port. They were as follows:
Robert Trombley ........... President
Mabel Start ...... . . . Vice-President
Margaret Corliss . . . ..... Secretary
Alan Sweeny ............. Treasurer
During this year the leading positions on
the "Mercury" staff fell to the seniors. The
following were chosen for these:
Alan Sweeny ................ Editor
Miriam Wise ......... French Editor
Janet MacCal1um . . . Managing Editor
Margaret Corliss ...... Alumni Editor
Kathleen Smith ....... Literary Editor
Robert Hodet ........ Periscope Editor
Mabel Start ..... Circulation Manager
On November the ninth we held our first
senior supper. It was in the form of a banquet,
and a delicious supper was served under the
supervision of Miss Rich. The after dinner
speakers were-Miriam Wise, Richard Ray-
mond and Mr. White. Robert Aunchman
played two violin solos. It was a success in
every Way, and a great deal of credit is due
our President and Vice-President, Robert
Trombley and Mabel Start for the delightful
evening spent by all.
Christmas time rolled round and the boys
were right on deck with a skit to be given
the Friday before vacation. The harmony
quartet, modern school, and instrumental
pieces were a credit to the boysg and it certainly
was enjoyed, especially by the freshmen and
sophomores, for it was the first witnessed by
most of them.
After the Christmas vacation our attention
was turned toward examinations and marks
for the first semester. All seniors wished to
do well in every subject and start the new
semester with clear slates and a big chance
of eliminating those final "exams" by attaining
the required average.
Soon after the mid-years senior meetings
were held, graduation being the main issue.
It was voted at one such meeting to wear
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THE MERCURY 5
Once more we are all here assembled
As the class of the year '34,
And the memory of this our commencement
Will live in our hearts evermore.
SENIOR CLASS HISTORY
Friends and members of the class of 1934,
we are entering another harbor in our journey
of life. Time is fleeting. It is probable that
to most of us the day we entered first grade
is fresh in our memories. The tide of time
carried us swiftly through those eight years
which followed and brought us safely into the
port of the eighth grade graduation, from
which we launched forth, four years ago, on
the trip through high school. It would be
impossible to touch upon the joys and sorrows
of each one personally, but let us review some
of the outstanding events of those four years.
On September 9, 1930, we set sail. For the
first few weeks we were tossed and jostled
about. Then some kindly senior came to our
rescue and suggested that we elect officers to
man our ship. We considered carefully and
chose the following, who steered us safely
through the first year:
Richard Raymond .......... President
llluriel Palmer ........ Vice-President
Madelyn Collins . . . ..... Secretary
Robert Trombley .......... Treasurer
Although we were only freshmen the upper
classmen had to admit we had talent in our
class, for when the Cast was announced for
the Girls' Glee Club play, "College Days"
the following were chosen from our class-
Mabel Start, Rachel Cole, and Leila Ginett.
Again in May of the same year, Robert Trom-
bley, Winston Bevins, and Jack VVhite took
part in "Hearts and Blossoms" given by the
Boys' Glee Club.
When the sophomores tendered our class a
reception in February, it was the first one to
be held in the new gymnasium. Something
about the word receptions seems to abash the
freshmen, and they never attend them well.
Such was the case with us.
Following this reception the days passed
swiftly along with the usual ups and downs.
We Houndered through two sets of examina-
tions and with sighs of relief were content
to spend our summer in as carefree a manner
We lifted the anchor again in the fall of
1931 with the following staff to conduct our
ship: - '
Robert Trombley . . . ..... President
Mabel Start ...... . . .
Muriel Palmer . . . . . . . .
Alan Sweeny ............. Treasurer
We were sophomores, but we did try very
hard to remember to speak to the freshmen
and encourage them, for but one short year
ago we had been in their places and knew
what it meant to have someone take a little
During this year the Boys' and Girls' Glee
Clubs decided to combine in presenting an
operetta, and a very successful one was pro-
duced in "Pickles". Those from our class
taking leading parts were Robert Trombley
and James Cioffi. Many others sang in the
It was now our duty to give the freshmen
a reception, and after some effort we staged
a very colorful one in our school gymnasium.
As sophomores we were just getting accus-
tomed to the order of social affairs and school
events. In our junior year we became more
accustomed to attending to these duties. We
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THE MERCURY 7
caps and gowns. We are the first class to
extend this dignity to B. F. A. Mr. Dickinson
also presented the idea of "Ivy Day" and we
immediately decided to include this ceremony
among our graduation festivities. Probably
some of you witnessed this novel program,
given under the direction of a capable com-
mittee, this afternoon.
The senior girls laid aside debates and dis-
cussions on these subjects long enough to get
together and plan a delightful, original skit
for the Friday before Easter vacation. A mid-
night feast in a girls' dormitory was the scene.
All sorts of goodies were enjoyed to the envy
of the audience, especially when the members
of the faculty were treated to delicious cakes.
fhe time and effort of the girls were well
spent, for the entertainment was received with
The last of April the class had its second
senior supper. The secretary and the treas-
urer, Margaret Corliss and Alan Sweeny were
hostess and host. For this occasion the supper
was served buffet style. Instead of some of the
seniors helping as they have in previous years,
lkliss Rich and her Home Economics class
took entire charge and the seniors were guests.
George Bevins rendered two harmonica solos,
Lawrence Locklin played an original com-
position, Adrien Tremblay did a tap dance
and Rachel Cole, llflabel Start and Miriam
VVise presented a humorous skit following the
supper. Then songs were enjoyed by everyone
with Mrs. Atwood at the piano. This was
a carefree, happy time when the boys could
shout all they wished Without being reproved
by Mr. Dickinson.
In the last part of the Spring term it be-
came necessary, upon the resignation of our
President, Robert Trombley, to elect a new
one. Richard Raymond was chosen for this
At one of our senior meetings Mr. Dickinson
made it known that the senior class play was
to be over before final examinations and gradu-
ation activities. Complying with this mandate,
"Husbands On Approval" was presented on
May 24 and 25. The cast was as follows:
Nancy Glover .... .... L ucille Daley
Rita Glover .... . . . Pauline Barsalou
Mrs. Glover ............. Muriel Palmer
Catherine, the maid ..... Katherine Rooney
Sam Glover ........ Warren Marchessault
Dick Fitzgerald ............. John White
Colonel Maynard Rowe ..... Edwin Pelkey
Bob Devon ........ f ...... Richard Jeffrey
Kratz .......... .... R obert Aunchman
Hamilton Seaver ........ Robert Trombley
Did you see it? lf you did not you don't
know what you missed. If you did you know
what a success it was in every way.
The class of 1934 is fortunate in having
some outstanding musicians. Rachel Cole,
Mabel Start, Miriam Wise, Margaret Corliss,
lVIuriel Palmer and Elwyn Abell have played
in our school orchestra much of the time during
the four years. This year Rachel Cole was
chosen at the State Festival to attend the New
England Festival. This is a credit to the school
and our class.
All in all, I think our class is the best one
that has ever graduated from B. F. A. Of
course, you are saying, that's what they all
say, but don't you really think we have proved
our worth and will you not forgive the mis-
takes we have made and always think of us
kindly as we journey nearer and nearer the
harbor until We can see the lights glimmering
in the distance. We are loath to leave B. F.
A., Mr. Dickinson with his stern commands
and funny stories, and the faculty with their
friendly aid and sympathy. The journey has
been swift-it seems as if our friendships are
only begun, but such is this voyage of life.
The poet alone has words to express this in-
"Ships that pass in the night, and speak each
other in passing,
Only a signal shone and a distant voice in the
So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak
Only a look and a voice, then darkness again
and a silence."
EDITH PATTE12 '34
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