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WHAT THE WALRUS SAID
The time has come the walrus said
To talk of many things
Of uniors Proms and Latin prose
Of blocks and Senior rings
That IS to say he went on about who s who and whats what at St Helena
High School I dropped in there the other day its a pretty vine covered ston
building set back from the highway among gre n law ns and oak trees
When I got there it was quiet at least comparatively so but suddenly a band
burst forth in a tuneful march I peeked into the hall from which the music was
coming and ah' what an inspiring sight How those trumpeters puff dl And
how the drummers pounded' With what gracefully flowing motions the band leader g s
tlculatedl But the trombones I am seriously considering enrolling in the St Helena
High School 1f only for th privilege of playmg a trombone in the band' Imagine
the bliss of being able to produce by simply moving a tube back and forth
that delightful ooo oo ooo sound characteristic of the well known Trombophobia
When the rafters had stopped reverberatmg and the last echoes had dl d away
I was startled by sudden squeals from outside But on looking out the window all
I could see were som girls in abbreviated apparel playing a game with a ball
They were in two groups with a net between them but what there was to scream
about I couldn t see So I went down the hall
were going on Each student had a little black instrument in front of him fthough
whether it was for musical or mechanical purp ses I could not discern, He poked
the keys of this instrument at a great rate making sheets of pap r go back and
forth The room was filled with a steady hum punctuated by a multitude of
little bell sounds Above this hum occasionally other sounds were audible th
voice of the instructor c ntinially admonishmg his class to try for accuracy rather
than speed and a brown haired girl with a round face saying One more erro
and I ll go nuts' I hurried out befor that happened
Ar this moment a delectable odor reached my nostrils I decided to follow my
nose which led me downstairs to a large sunny room where students were at work
in th kitchenettes The windows revealed a green landscap the atmosphere in
side was one of busy cooperatlon Y s indeed it was a charming place I thought
to myself as the last bit of lemon pie which a freckled brunette damsel had offered
1ne slid down my throat
At int rvals during the morning bells rang and doors opened up and down
the halls from which torrents of noisy students issued Like parts of a kaleidoscopic
pattern they arranged themselves with each bell finally settling down with the
last to stay put for another hour
In a room at the other end of the hall someone was kicking around the wheel of
a strang contraption and doing something at the top of a shaft with what loo td
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llke mud Thls same Wl1lIlSll chalky mud was on the hands of every one IU the room
A tall blond who had under my own eyes made and smashed thre bon ls that
morn1ng mquxred of a black ha1red athlete who had just wandered 1n wheth r the
paper was out yet It wasn t
Across the hall I could feel the tenslon There were more hummmg machlnes
such as I had seen upstanrs the place was a verltable beehlve
What dld you do wtth th1s week s Senlor 1nterv1ew'7 d manded a sandy hatred
tndxvtdual 1n a gray su1t Th man wtth the llttle moustache looked up from h
Oh that? We publxshed lf three days ago'
Such 15 llfe tn the ofllce of a school datly for th1s was I had guessed the paper
I had heard dlscussed ln the pottery room More rushlng around more frenzxed
act1v1ty and th n everyone breathed a slgh of rellef as a fat p1le of papers was
ust then the bell rang and how the students dashed for the upper hall to get
the papers' I got 1n lme too and had flve or s1x pounds rolled off my wa1stl1ne by
youths and maldens afrald they would be l fr w1thout a Dally Stlverado
Now they were gotng off ln groups to eat thetr lunches devourlng eagerly the
paper s contents as they went There s my l tter 1n the VOICE of the Campus' Look
A ltttle blond glrl wtth blg brown eyes paused long enough to pull my whiskers'
I was qutte astounded at thus attentlon but before I could gather my w1ts she
had dlsappeared wtth a curly halred brunette I saw these two danclng lat r tn
the assembly hall Two boys passed d1scuss1ng a strange anlmal whlch lf I heard
correctly was termed the Slophound
The bell rang and I started my wandermgs agam as the students wandered back
mto thelr classes VOICES drlfted out mto the hall from dllferenr rooms Russell
glV6 the date of the first treaty of PHFIS Bob read the part of Macbeth Wallac
you read Banquo
Another thlng to explore the stalrs that led up from the end of the hall o
up I went' What a cltmbl I was pufhng ltke a steam shovel when I finally got
to the top The Attxc sald the letters above the door There W re all sorts of 1n
teresttng thmgs everywhere tn cablnets and cupboards and on shelves
My tlme was gettmg short and I hadn t been to elther of the outslde bu1ld1ngs
yet so I slld down the p1pes whxch serve as banmsters and went down to s e what
was golng on 1n the small butldxng under the trees Here a tall man whose halr was
fuzzy and rhm on top Smlllngly explamed the 1ntr1cac1es of mechanlcal drawxng
and shop On my way over to the gym a tall curly headed boy rushed past wlth gt
gantlc strtdes welghty matters seemed to hang heavtly on h1s brow I-Ie was accom
panled by a red head who was also full of unhmshed busxness
Inslde the gym two boys were shootmg baskets a tall blond deadeye and a
not so tall boy with brown halt and an angellc expresston
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