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P. H. S. Base Ball Team
T THE end of the basket ball season the outlook for a good baseball
team was rather discouraging, as some of last years' team were gone
and Brown had been injured in the basket ball game at Lima. Now
since the new team has shown us what they can do everyone is very
Captain Schaffer got the boys together and began to practise the first
week after spring vacation. Six of last years team came out and a number
of others, all trying for positions on the team. The new boys who were
successful in getting positions are very capable players. They have all been
very faithful in practising, and, since practise makes perfect, we feel confident
that " Long John" will have a winning team.
The first three games scheduled had to be cancelled because the weather
man sent us some weather which was not exactly adapted to base ball.
The first game of the season was played May 5 with Wapakoneta, on
the home grounds. The score of 17 to 2 in our favor tells the story of the
game better than the Writer can tell it.
On May 13, Stivers journeyed up from Dayton and crossed bats with
our team. By some very nice work the boys defeated them by a score of
9 to 4. The team should be congratulated on winning the game, as Stivers
has a very strong team this year. If the boys play ball in every game as
they have in these two, we are sure that at the end of the season we can
say that it has been a successful one.
MERCER ....... .... c atcher HETZLER .......... ..... 3 rd base
HINSCH ......... . . EFFINGER ............. short stop
CHRONERBERRY . . . . .
MATTHEW'S ...... .... 1 3t base
BROWN ..... ....... 2 nd Base
HENNESY. . .
SCHAFFER Ccaptainj ....... left Held
HAVEMANN ........... center field
CRANs'roN ....... .... r ight field
SCHEDULE FOR SEASON.
April 15 ..... . . .Steele .... . . . . . at Dayton
April 20 ..... . . .VV. Milton . . . . . . at Piqua
April 28 ..... . . .Troy ........ .... a t Troy
May 5 ..... . . .Wapakoneta . . . . . . at Piqua
May 13 ..... . . .Stivers ....... . . . at Piqua
May 19 ..... .... W . Milton ..... ..... a t W. Milton
May 26 ..... . . .Wapakoneta ....... .... a t Wapakoneta
May 30 ..... . . .Steele C2 gamesj . . . ........ at Piqua
June 2 ..... . . .Troy ............ ....... a t Piqua
Page 41 text:
lVIy Experience on the Day I Graduated
SHALL never forget, though I live to be as old as Methusalaeh, the odd
experience I encountered on the day I graduated from High School.
I awoke that morning by the first chirps of the earliest birds, with a
foreboding resting heavily on my heart. You know how it feels,
you know there is something to happen-but for the life of you,you can not
think what it is. I turned over and managed to open my eyes a wee crack.
I could see the sun was rising in the east, and I knew too, that it must be a
most beautiful sunrise, for even the light in my room was a soft, roseate
color. I lay there quietly for a few minutes, not trying to think what was
worrying me. but bravely trying to keep my stubborn eyes open.
Then it flashed upon me, why how could I have forgotten it for one
minute? This was the day I was to graduate from High School! The
biggest. grandest day of my life! I was instantly awake. The thought
flashed over my whole being like an electrical shock. I sat up in bed and
pushed my hair back a.nd thought for a few minutes. My school days were
over. Never again would I sit in that dear old assembly room and giggle
behind my hand, nor see all the boys and girls every time the classes changed,
nor get sent to the office, nor be watched by teachers until I nearly went
crazy, nor run up Ash street three steps to every tap of the last bell. nor
practice again with the High School orchestra, nor, worst of all. ever feel again
that I belonged there.
Well. I had to make the best of it, despite the pangs that went through
my heart. I knew that I might as well dress and take a walk. I could not
bear to lie there and think.
I stole carefully out of the house, for it was yet too early for any one to
have awakened. I went out on the porch and looked at the morning sky.
which was a fiame of brilliant colors. Slowly I made my way down the front
steps and out a street that followed a short cut to the country. I must have
walked an hour along that curving, dusty, country road. drinking in the cool
morning air with unbounded pleasure, for I was always a healthy girl, and
nothing pleased me more than to get deep into nature.
Just as I was about to turn and pursue a round-about way home, I
heard the husky "honk" of a machine. Much to my surprise, the machine,
which was huge in size and one of the finest and best equipped of that day,
slowed gracefully down, and in a minute I was able to recognize that it be-
longed to one of my best friends. She herself with a few of the other mem-
bers of our particular "crowd", was sitting in the back seat.
"You are the very girl we are looking for," cried Catherine. "VVe
went around to your house and "honked,' loudly, but the maid came sleepily
out on the porch, after about ten minutes of our racket, and told us 'Miss
Helen had gone out for her morning walk.' Come on, get right ing we're
going to spin over to the next town and get home before breakfast."
I was more than glad to climb in and rest in the comfortable seat, for,
having walked farther than usual, I was beginning to feel fatigued. With
an indescribably beautiful movement, the monster machine slid forward.
The air that blew against ourcheeks was softas satin, and a feeling passed over
me, such as only a smoothly moving contrivance of that sort can give one.
The main topic of our conversation. of course, was the commencement exer-
cises to be held that evening, for my friends also were to graduate.
Almost before we had time to realize it, we were gliding down the main
street of the village, which was still peaceful in the early morning. VVe
were all too happy to think of going directly home, so we finally decided to
go a round-about road that wound in and out along the river banks. I can
remember every foot of that road as distinctly as if it were but yesterday.
The sun which was slowly rising in the blue skies, peeped through the newly
leaved trees, and on little delicate spring flowers that had been bathed with
dew. We were riding along the river now, and the sight of the clear water
and the new life of nature around about us was never to be forgotten.
I remember well, we were coming to a short turn in the narrow road.
The driver slowed down to be able to make it. Just as we were rounding the
curve, to our horror, another huge machine stared at us, and came madly 011.
Before anything could be done to stop the machines, there was a terrible
crash, a breaking of glass, a dull, sickening feeling in my head, and a fright-
ful jar that almost knocked us uncanscious, and,-it was all over. None
of us had been thrown from the car, but the force with which we hit the seats
had almost stunned us. Then, too, a terriHc steam was rising from the mashed
radiators of the collided machines. It is needless to tell you the thoughts
and feelings and pains that were surging madly through our bodies. But
the first thing that I noticed was that the front end of the machine went
down as if the wheels were bent off. The driver was the first to climb pain-
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