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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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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
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fully out. He came to where we girls were trying to collect ourselves, and
senses too, and, with tears rolling down his whitened cheeks, asked in a choked
voice if we were all right. On discovering that nothing seriously ailed us,
we all got out as best we could, and went around to view the front end of
T wo men were the only occupants of the other car, and as soon as they
could, they came running up to us apologizing and doing all in their power
to comfort ns. But the thought of the thing-we were miles and miles from
home with a broken down machine. We were desperate, it was getting later
in the morning, and that night was our graduating night and we had no way
to get home! I tell you it was no pleasant experience. We had to get home
some way, but how, no one knew. It nearly broke our hearts to look at
the cars, as they stood there in the road, the front part of one buried into
Somehow, the time seemed to slip away, and by the sun, we could tell
it was nearly noon, but we had not as yet thought of a means to get home.
One farm house was in sight, but the driver on going up to it to inquire for
a horse and wagon, found the farm deserted. Something had to be done,
and done quickly, too. And let me tell you what We did. One of the men
noticed two old row boats down on the river banks, pulled way up on the
shore. Of course you know the idea that struck us, for the river ran through
our home town. It was not long until the men had "launched" the boats.
But we had not thought of oars until now, and there were none. Anyway,
we had to get along somehow, so we found old branches of trees that we
hoped would help us some what, as the river was shallow.
We all managed to get in, and find places to sit. The men pushed off
from shore and we moved slowly down the current, that was one thing in
our favor. We were traveling down stream.
Then the thought struck us which strange to say had not come to our
minds before, what did the people at home think? What did they think
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had become of us? They probably were out looking, but they would never
think of coming here. A
Our ride was uneventful. VVe sat mournfully and thought of the ac-
cident of the two machines we had deserted. The hours wore on, and we
were more frightened and more hungry every minute. About half past five
we began to recognize the surroundings, and knew that at least, we were
nearing home. To add to our discomfort, the boat in which I was, struck
a snag, and stuck, stalk still. Nothing worse could have happened. The
agony and suspense was now maddening. The sun was fast sinking in the
west, and there we were stuck in the middle of the river. After about fifteen
minutes hard tugging by the other boat we gradually moved off.
We now decided that the best thing to do would be to land, and walk
the rest of the Way home. Having landed, we went through woods and
crossed small streams until we came to the pike. What were the home folks
thinking, we wondered. I knew mother must be frantic.
Well, to make a long story short, we reached town fifteen minutes after
seven. We separated and hurried to our homes, the two men going with
Catherine to see her father about the machine accident. VVhen I reached
home, you can imagine what I had to go through. Tears flowed and ques-
tions had to be answered but there was no time to be lost for it already was
half past seven and I was supposed to be at the hall at that time. VVith
everybody helping me, I rushed into my clothes, donned my cap and gown,
and departed for the hall with a wildly beating heart.
Then everything grew hazy and dim, and I could hear voices calling
my name loudly. Some one was shaking me gently by the shoulder, and it
was then that I realized my wild experience had all been a dream and that
mother was patiently entreating me to arise and remember the great im-
portance of the day. I arose with a load lifted from my heart, happy at
the bright prospects of the day before me, and the thought that my wild
experience was not true. ' ELIZABETH BUYER, '11.
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