Creston High School - Annual Yearbook (Creston, OH)

 - Class of 1908

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l PAGE ll Tunneling the Mountains. By Mariorie Zelmer HE art of tunneling has heen known to man since very early times. The first tunnels of which there are any existing records, were those constructed hy the Assyrians. Only hand work was em- ployed hy these ancient people in their construction. Research has shown, that among the Egyptians, the art of quarring tunnels was highly developed, hut the Romans should doubtless rank as the great- est tunnel huilders ofantiquity, in the numher, magnitude, and the use- ful character of their works. The construction of the Mount Cenis tun- nel in liurope and the Hoosac tunnel in America has excitedthe whole world in the magnitude of their importance to commercial activity.t!'.'ft!c Thus these great harriers of nature have heen successfully overcome hy science and the persistent efforts of man. Mountains are no hin- drance now in the path ofthe engineer, who has made up his mind to run his line in a certain direction. There was a time, however, when the surveyor came to a mountain, sat down hefore it, looking up discourag- ingly at its summit, and then turned away to seek another path. Now they set their instruments pointing straight ahead regardless of oh- stacles. tl' fl' 'l' In planning the tunnel the engineer studies every point with the greatest care. He is exact as to every detail hecause the mistake of an inch would mean a great variation in the correctness of the construc- tion. tl' 'Hi But the tunnel that especially concerns us is the great tun- nel of life. There are rocks in the pathway of every man, WOIHHIT, and child, and if they could see that they are there for some purpose they would all try harder to dig thru them. Difticulties are the things that show what we are and they will confront ns as mountains. When we meet them we should stand hefore them only long' enough to summon up our courage and determination and then plunge straight onward as did Hannihal when he name to the mighty Alps. We should never turn hack discouraged. Was it not that grand old sailor, Lord Nelson, who in time ofa hard naval fight, when a signal for retreat had heen given, closed one eye, the only good one he had, and said: "I cannot see that signal to retreat! lsee only my own and that says advance! We will follow that, my men!" And they did follow it to victory. We, like this hero, should fail to see the signal for retreat, although our path at times he very dark and we can see no light ahead, hut when that diliicnlty has heen tunneled how much stronger is our determina- tion for other conquests and how n1ucl1 more confidence we have in ourselves for greater victories 'l' 'lt 'lf When we meet ohstacles in our way, we should not stop defeated, hutsllould he strongerthan the rocks that lie in our paths and surmount them. We should work always with a resolution that never waivers and with an unconquerahle will for: "There is no chance, no destiny, no fate Can circumvent, or hinder, or control The firm resolve ofa determined soul. Gift counts for little, will alone is great, All things give way hefore it soon or late. What obstacle can stay the mighty force Of the sea seeking river in its course, Or cause the ascending orb of day to wait? Let the fool prate of Luck! The fortunate Is he whose earliest purpose never swerves, Whose slightest action or inaction serves The one great aim. Why, even death stands still, And waits an hour, sometimes, for such a willf'

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,mv .V.Y .-.-. v- -- ....,....... ,,, at--J - --.Y a X PAGE 10 Ode to the Seniors. By Pearl Schlegel. Our High School days are about to end. And soon o'er other tasks we'll bend: But how well prepared to cross this untried sea. We trust to the future to tell what we'll be. When first thru this course we decided to go. We thought on beds of ease we'd flow: But we found we'd have to struggle, Yes. Alas! Work hard to feel sure we would pass. But, listen! my friends, no apology here we make. Although at times we stumbled we made no great mistake. And if our career you thin k to be a mystery, Ask some one who knows how we sailed in General History. Sometimes discouragement o'er our pathway strald. But only by perserverance the price could be paid: T'is pleasure to us now, for we see no effort vain, Used in earnestly striving a little knowlege to gain. And a tribute to our teachers, now we wish to pay. For they have patiently guided us day after day. Their kind words and their deeds burned into the soul. Will ne'er be forgotten hut thru the ages roll. An exception is this class for their difference ln taste. And so this fact must not he overlooked in my haste. For like a drama each has his own part to play. And now their charactt-ristics I'll attempt to portray. There's .Iohn Howard Irvin. the doctor's only son. Who says his school life has only just begun. Yes, Howard's quite jolly, when he once gets a bait. And would even cut his Caesar to go fishing or to skate. There is Tenney. our Flon-nee, the flower of thi- class. Who never in Latin has failed to surpass: - But so teeming is she with laughter and play. That "To thc the kindergarten she must go" and stay. llarry Aby. upright, manly. sedate, and so brave. Although chivalry was horn faraway onthe wa ve: We still have this lad and we'll use him as an example. To show that such good things no one should over trample. And there is Mildred Str-hhins who always has a smile For every one- she meets. though she travels many a milv: She has wonderful experience as life's pathway she tries. And ne-ver tires relating how she baked her first pies. Edythe .Iordan is another. endowed with pink chem-ks. She startles lls all as of the future she speaks: Classics is her standby. and what she gets lost in. We think she'll be a Cary or perhaps a Jane Austin. Claude Edis. whom we claim with very much pride. For like Euclid o'er 'Rithmetic and Geometry he did ride. Oratory is his calling and to him we'll bend our knees. As they did to the great, renowned Demosthenes. Yrs. feel quite assured when Charlotte 'Froutman you meet. You'll never find a lady. paying better to greet: She charms all she meets hy her sweet winsome manner. At the head of our rank. Charlotte carries the banner. Edis-yes, from their ranks we now claim two. Rut Walter's the boy who carried our business thru: Of all things most charming for the lad now ls ball. In the future though we look for him in the Senate Hall. Marjorie Zehner has such a capacity for work, That never a lesson was she known to shirk: And, if ln other lines does this girl so persevere. A useful life will be hers without doubt or fear. And as to our schoolmates. we now bid adieu. Whatever their calling. may each one prove true: New thoughts and lights may dazzel to decoy. But we'll think of our school days with the same thrill of joy. - w- - - -- - ---v---- , l l l l l l 4 l l I l l i l l l l l l 4 i l ,l l . l l l l , l l l l f 1 1 l l I l l

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PAGE 12 ' ' ' Growth of Liberty. Little Victories. By Pearl Scltlegel Whenever we think ofa victory in a general way, the first thought that comes to us is the defeat of an enemy in battle and the gaining of superiority in sotne great struggle or conquest. And perhaps we are reminded of some great triumph, such as Char- lemagne celebrated when he restored the laws and institutions of the ancient Romans. And indeed we may rightlycall his victories great, for the battles which he was able to gain by his great military experience and commanding ability, has rendered the period in which he lived an epoch in universal history, and his deeds alone, have changed the whole history of Europe. These deeds should be carefully studied, and are well worthy of occupying a place in our memories. For they have immortalized the names of men, and caused the pages of history to glow with an unset- ting light. But the danger here, is that of putting too much stress on their greatness. 'F Many of our great inventions have been presented to us, not thru the analyzing of complex problems of philosophy, but by the study of trifles. The little boy, James Watt, while waiting for his supper, sat thoughtfully meditating on the steam that arose from the tea-kettleg and to him the world is indebted for the discovery of the power there is :kit- iu steam. Were it not for this, what would become ot our railroads and steam-ships? Every wheel driven by this wonderfu' power would stop, and thousands of people would he thrown out of eznplo- ment. This invention proves again, that small things be- Come great ifour min-'s are great enough to see them. Charles Dickens was once asked the question, "What is a genius?" Ile replied: UA being who pays attention to triflesf' The History of many failures have been brought about by carelessness and inattention to little things. if 'if il' Words are very little things and it does not re- qui'e much effort on our part to speak them,and we never know how far reaching their results tnay be. For, "A word spoken in due season, how good is it?"+ if if V Longfellow in his poem: "The Arrow and the Song," tells of shooting an arrow, and breathing a song into the air, not knowing where either of them fell, but long afterward he found the arrow in an oak and the song in the heart of a friend. We may not see the result of our little deeds, but sometime. if we have been faithful over a few things, we will have the privilege of being made ruler over many things, and we will realizejust how much depends on our "Little Victories." We call him great who does some deed That echo bears from shore to shore- Does that, and then does nothing more, Yet would his work earn richer meed, When brought before the King of King's, Were he but great in little things. By Walter Edis. We, as a people, enjoy many privileges which many other nations do not have, chief among these are civil and religious liberty. But in secur- ing it.a large amount of money has been spent and the lives of many thousands of true patriots have been lost, and now we hold this heritage in our own keeping and it is ours to enjoy, preserve and trans- mit these blessings to others less fortunate than we, and the generations which are to come will hold us responsibe for this sacred trust. But how did we procure this liberty? Our fore- fathers had to rebel against the mother country and then organizea new governmentg but many dark years were seen between the time that our country rebelled and the procuring of liberty. We can never pay the debt which we owe them. And do we appreciate these blessings? In sotne ways we do, and in some ways we do not. XVe show it in allow- ing people from foreign counteries to come here, and they are coming in almost every ship that crosses the seas. They have left behind them pov- erty, ignorance and the unjust laws of oppression. Here in this country the foreigner sees new concep- tions of life. But since this liberty has been won for us by our forefathers, we must cherish it, and there remains for us the duty of defending and pre- serving our liberty. We can only do this when each and every state and person remains loyal to the union. It has been the same with other countries as with our own. Switzerland, for many centuries enjoyed their own freedom, but finally the King of Austria began his oppression and tried to subdue them, but they resisted with all the power that was in them and finally showed the invaders that they could defend their liberties which they loved and cherished. Austria was defeated and the Swiss people remained free. And so we see that the spirit of liberty was in man in the past, and it is growing stronger every day, and the people of our country and of other countries are enjoying privileges which our and their ancestors never thought of. And so, dear friends, let us do as Webster tells us: "To acknowledge the blessings of liberty,let us feel il deeply and powerfully, let us cherish a strong affection for it,and resolve to maintain and perpetu- ate it. The blood ofour fathers, let it not have been sited in vaingthe great hope of posterity, let this one word, Liberty, never be blasted." Rf

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