Downingtown High School - Our Year Cuckoo Yearbook (Downingtown, PA)

 - Class of 1922

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THE CUCKOO 21 This Hazel refused to do because she might cause an innocent buyer to lose all his money, and it also would be a treacherous act against the science, she truly loved. The President of the company thought that she ought not to fail them as her father was a friend of his and it would also wreck the fortune of the company. If she would only give a report she would be given a one-eighth interest in the land. Ever since her mother’s death, Hazel had clung to her father and his wishes were the ultimate authority governing her plans. Just that morning, Hazel had received a letter from her father announcing that he had decided to discontinue her allowance for all expenses incurred in oil prospecting, as his continued remonstrance over her wasteful expenditures in West Texas had been unavailing. He was glad that she was enjoying herself, and all funds she made out of oil geology, she was welcome to use as she chose. So why should she care if the President of the Company was a friend of her fathers? All the company wanted was for her to pick out the best location where she thought'oil could be found. This she refused to do whether she was disregarding her own interests or not. “You see” said the President of the Company, “If you are square with us, we can fix things right for you.” You see we have tremendous holdings thoughout the oil belt and can give you constant employment. Why, in no time you could count your earnings in six figures. Your reputation as a geologist would be assured. On the contrary, if it leaks out that we have found your work unsatisfactory, you can easily picture your position. Hazel reminded them that she was employed to make a survey of the land and not to make their fortune. Early the next afternoon they received a note from Hazel asking them to meet her that evening on an important matter. Every detail of the note showed that she was excited. “Do I understand that you own the mineral as well as the oil rights on this land?” inquired Hazel. No one seemed to know. “What had this to do with a favorable oil report for a Tampico operation,” was the inquiry of all the men. Then Hazel told them of her re-examining the land, but found no trace of oil. But as she and the guide turned to go to the village, they noticed an opening in the side of the cliff, behind a huge cactus. As they made their way through the dark passage, the light of the candles revealed a large American eagle, between several skeletons. His toe struck something round and hard. He picked it up and to his astonishment, it proved to be a button matching the one from the uniform of a Mexican Revolutionist, picked up several days before. They took a considerable number

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2 0 THE CUCKOO When Business Bowed Emma Hilton, ’22 She was determined to make every one have faith in her geology. She had just been engaged by the Buffalo Oil Company to give a report on some lands in Tampico which were thought to be very valuable in oil. After arriving in Tampico, she and Casey her guide had started to scout the rugged hills, each going in a different direction. Now as she paused by the hill, Casey appeared, his pockets bulging out with specimens of the afternoon’s scouting. The specimens proved to be a wonderful collection of fossils. One of the fossils was a curious button, and it proved to be a button from the uniform of a Mexican revolutionist. There was an old tradition concerning this part of the country. This region at one time was the home of a very rich tribe of Indians, and their favorite hiding place was among these hills. It was supposed that they had a silver mine hid in these deep ravines. One night the settlement around the ranch village heard a rumor that the indians had planned a raid. The people were terrified of course, but the Indians never appeared. A cowboy named Rawson had started out to learn what had happened, When he returned several days later a handful of these buttons was all he possessed. He said that there were a dozen dead Mexicans scattered among many dead Indians, and there was no sign of the tribe left. All these years, one after another had searched for the mine, but they never found a trace of it. Hazel listened with great interest to the story, and she turned to the fossils with a more optimistic mind. Hastily she put the specimens in her bag and without a word set out down the trail. It was now time for her to give her report to the Buffalo Oil Company. Reluctantly, she went to the company’s office. There were assembled the four men composing the company. She told them that there was no conclusive proof of a structure for oil on their land. A land speculator from Tampico was prepared to pay three times the desired price for one-half the land, providing that a favorable geologic report from her, whether the land contained oil or not, just so they could take advantage of people investing in land and reap a large profit for themse ves. H AZEL ROWLAND was the only woman who had ever braved the anticoed spirit in Ruskin University, and she had graduated in the school of economic geology at the head of a class of fifty men.

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22 TIIE CUCKOO of specimens back with them, and among tlie specimens they found seme valuable silver ore. It proved to be a six foot vein in the cave and one which would improve with depth. A high grade silver ore that should bring four hundred dollars a ton. The men were gradually taking in the situation. The President, being a veteran oil operator, was aceustomed to swift action. lie consequently asked: “What are your terms, for showing us the location of the mine?” “Six hundred thousand dollars and a twentieth royalty,” she replied. “Just present her with the mine, said the President, that will be cheaper. ” They were willing to give the six hundred thousand, but the twentieth royalty was unreasonable. After she had left, one of the men came forward, and held out his watch fob on which there was an exact duplicate of the buttons found in the mine. You remember her account of the Indian tradition, he said. It is undoubtedly true, for 1 have lived here all my life and have heard this tradition from infancy. She has then, found the valuable silver mine opened by the Indians. This button on my fob was given to my grandmother by an old cowboy as a luck-piece for her, the night of the raid planned on the settlement. The Company knew that Hazel was the most accurate and thorough geologist in the field, and so they decided to accept the offer. Hazel was just leaving for the city to lay the proposition before another mining company, when the men arrived. They wrote a check for the amount, and the next morning they were given the location of the mine. She then sent a telegram to her father. Upon the blank she wrote the following message to her father, one that she had often received from him: “If you need money, draw on me for any amount.” “ Springtime" Alice Dolan, ’22 Tpinis s the time of the year when one feels very happy and full of vitality. To see the beautiful trees and flowers of every imaginable color, anyone with any poetic instinct at all would be forced to use it to advantage. Anyone who enjoys picturesque scenery certainly would enjoy the scenery of Chester Valley in the spring of the year. It is very beautiful with its green trees such as Maple, Willow, etc., in contrast

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