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FIRST TRAIN INTO BADIN—1916
The First Armistice Anniversary
On the morning of November 11, the
students gathered In the flag-decorated
kindergarten room for an impromptu
celebration of the greatest event of the
war—the signing of the armistice.
The Fifth Grade began the program
with a tribute to the Red Cross. Seven
teen girls, dressed in the Red Cross
nurse costume, told the story of the
work of the Red Crdss.
Mr. Cummings then read “In Flanders
Fields” and “Vive La France.” The
former needs no comment, but we as
Americans shall echo “Vive La France”
A wounded Continental drummer-boy
leading a procession of warriors, and one
splendid angel of mercy, truly brought
before us the Spirit of 1776 and 1918.
Myrtle Hammond, as Miss Columbia,
sang “Columbia the Gem of the Ocean”
And Evelyn Kendall assured us that,
even it “Young Fellow, My Lad” will
never come back again, we should be
proud that he proved in the cruel test
of screaming shell and the battle-hell
that he was one of the best.
As the High School sang “Mr. Zip,”
“Over There,” and “Pack Up Your
Troubles,” these songs were pantomimed
by the soldiers and sailors. It seemed
appropriate when Ralph Frazier securely
strapped his history book into the kit
Following this was “The Rose in No
Man’s Land,” Impersonated by Josle
Especially effective was little Dorothy
Karl, as she knelt beside the white cot,
and bowed her curly head over her
clasped hands while a chorus sang “Just
a Baby’s Prayer at Twilight.”
The Victory Drill by the Seventh Grade
closed the indoor exercises. Each
country, impersonated by a girl, came in
to the strains of their National Hymn
or Air. And the story of the war was
given in drill, from the beginning to the
signing of truce on November 11.
After the Victory Drill, the entire
school was assernbled on the playgrounds,
where Mr. Vvilliams, after a brief but
appropriate address, led in giving the
military salute to the flag of Our
put the kettle on; we must have so®®
tea. This is some town for parties;
something doing all the time.
What with cooking and sewing classes
for ladies at the schoolhouse, anii
Library Association meetings. Choral
Club and Band practice, besides churcl>
meetings, a body don’t have time
rightly get the meals.
Now when I came here first, in 191 •
we had nowhere to go but the old Co®
missary; and it was a sight. Now
have stores to really shop, so that y
can get ’most anything you need.
in those days we had no schoolhous*'
no theater, no church but one, no
galows, no cottages, no railroad static”’
and you had to get off the train
over back of the main office. All t
Commercial Block has been built si
then. We didn’t have the sanitary.
to-date bakery then that we have
I like a place not only to be clean
to look clean.
Of course the Narrows Dam was
finished then, and we had no
Now we have bathing, fishing, and
ing; no need of anyone going away
here in the summer. _ yt
Of course the Hospital wasn't ,
tlien,' and if we do say it ourselve*
shouldn’t. It’s the best looking buj ^ jj
of its kind anywhere around. jcH
doesn’t matter whether you are rea
or have just a slight accident,
the best of treatment.
Mrs. Moore, will you have one
or two in your tea? WTiat
The Gbssip Club
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and Loan stock they sell down at the
Bank, for a Christmas gift. Speaking of
Christmas, can’t you get a sight of Christ
mas things this year? And in 1916, when
I came here first, you couldn’t get a
thing; no Ma’am, not even in Albemarle.
That’s a town that's had to hump itself
to keep up with us. And with such a
lot of new buildings, Badin begins to
look like a sure-enough city.
Come right In, Mrs. Green. I declare,
this is Just like a party. I was just say
ing to Mrs. Smith, three years ago things
were very different—no i>aved streets,
not even boardwalks; and at night you
had to carry a lantern if the moon wasn't
just right; and now I’ll tell the world
Badin’s the best lighted town in the
Why, Mrs. Moore, I'm so glad to see
you; and you brought your sewing, too.
This sure is a party. Excuse me till I
war, and the scarcity of sugar,
got out of the habit of taking an>-
have lemon with yours, won’t yo'^’
If we get as many improvements
have in ,,t
next three years as we
three, old Mr. Solomon will
his words about there being
new under the sun. ..jj
—Mrs. C. W. CoFf-
Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Watkins, ° a
ganton, N. C.. who have been sP' j, !■
a few days at the home of *
Fisher, have returned to ^*1®' r
They speak very favorably 0‘
and talk as tho they would
Badin their home.
“Have you erer taken a tai
airplane r ^poO ^
“No, but I're been calleo j ^
exi>ectedl3r to make a speech-
the sensation is about the s**®