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

 - Class of 1922

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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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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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THE CUCKOO 23 to the beautifully colored fruit trees and flowers. A view which can be seen from any one of the surrounding hills or from the trains which run through the Valley. The fields also add to this with their green shades in contrast with the freshly ploughed ground which is being made ready for planting. The small, brightly-painted farm-houses, together with the cattle grazing in the fields and the large and small ducks and chickens help to make this a perfect picture. The loveliness of this not only lasts while the trees bear their differently colored blossoms, but when they commence to bear the fruit which everyone looks forward to, they seem to become even more interesting. What is more perfect than to walk through these nice, large, orchards, which are in this Valley? With the birds singing gaily in the tree-tops and the frogs jumping and splashing in the cool streams, which wdnd through the orchards one is really enchanted. These orchards wrould have an especially enchanting effect on one in the evening, with the moon shining brightly through the trees and the little crickets chirping in the grass, one or perhaps more than one could not help but enjoy it and appreciate the wonderful things which nature has provided in this beautiful season. Happy Seniors, what delight You must feel in graduation Each to be a shining light In the coming generation. Just four years ago you came Filled with verdance and ambition Strove you hard to win a name And be crowned with erudition. You’ve succeeded? But in part; Now the fuller life’s begun Still you’ve learned the noble art Of living. Thus the heights are wron. Undergrad-dom’s o’re, and knowing That henceforth your paths must lie Far from I). H. S. diverging With hearty clasp we say—“Good-bye”. “ The Bazaar".

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