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Motto; “SAIL ON, SALEM”
DR. RONDTHALER LECTURES AT
FIRST MEETING OF HISTORY
At the first meeting of the History
Club on Wednesday evening, October
10, Dr. Rondthaler lectured on “How
the Civilization of a State is Determ
ined by Its Boundary Line.” His
opening remarks consisted of a des
cription of the way in which North
Carolina had acquired her present
boundaries, after disputes with the
neighboring commonwealths of Vir
ginia, Tennessee, and Georgia. Then,
he launched a discussion of the State
itself—its size, its natural features,
its inhabitants, its resources—begin
ning with the very interesting state
ment that if, in the early days of the
country, a person could have floated
over the United States in a Zeppelin,
he would have undoubtedly selected
North Carolina as the most favored
spot on the continent. Why? Be
cause North Carolina, with her won
derful natural beauty, her varying
climate, the fertility of her soil, the
wealth of her resources, is one of the
most marvelously endowed regions of
the world. Her area is fifty-two
thousand, four hundred and twenty-
six square miles, four thousand of
which are salt water. Longitudinally,
she stretches over five hundred and
three and one-half miles of territory
and if pivoted would swing southward
into the Gulf of Mexico, and north
ward even beyond the Canadian
border. As to climate, she embraces
all varieties, from the sub-tropical in
certain sections, to highest mountain
conditions in the western part of the
State, where there are at least one
hundred and twenty-five peaks more
than six thousand feet high. Her in
habitants number two and one-half
million, a population predominantly
rural—and rural is not synonomous
with backward. Elsewhere in the
United States, the urban population
ranks forty-one per cent as opposed
to fifty-nine per cent rural, while in
North Carolina, eighty-five per cent
of the people live in country districts
or in towns ranging from one to five
thousand in population.
North Carolina is the fourth agri
cultural state in the Union, in spite
of the fact that she has been the sub
ject of many a jest regarding the
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DR. RONDTHALER TO ADDRESS
D. A. R. ON HISTORICAL SUBJECT
Dr. Rondthaler is to speak in
Greensboro on next Monday, October
15, for the Guilford Battle Chapter of
the Daughters of the American Rev
olution. His subject will be “George
Washington as seen in his journey
through the South.” This address is
an interpretation of the more inti
mate side of the personality of our
first President as it was brought out
by the contacts established in this
journey, unique in that it was made
entirely by private conveyance.
Starting from Alexandria, Virginia,
Washington traveled as far south as
Charleston, S. C., visiting Salem,
Camden, and other Carolina and Vir
ginia towns and then returning to Mt.
Vernon. After visiting the school and
church at Salem, he left a record of
his appreciation and interest in the
educational and industrial institutions
of this pioneer community.
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WEDNESDAY MORNING CHAPEL
Mr. Sebring Launches S. U. S.
At the extended chapel service on
Wednesday morning, October 10th,
the student body was very fortunate
in having Mr. Horace Sebring as
speaker. As Mr. Sebring has, pre
vious to this year, been head of the
athletic department of the Y. M. C. A.,
it was very fitting that he should in
troduce our “S. U. S.” campaign for
the year 1923-24.
By this time there is not a student
who is unfamiliar with the letters
“S. U. S.”—“Stand Up Straight, Sit
Up Straight.” Many attractive pos
ters had been distributed throughout
the buildings before the chapel exer
cises, and these posters reminded the
old students to watch their posture,
and caused the new ones no little
amount of curiosity.
Miss Charlotte Jackson (head of
Department of Physical Education,
explained the plans for the coming
two weeks. The classes in the College
and the Academy which maintain the
best posture throughout the campaign
will receive honorable mention, while
the girl who is voted to have the most
perfect posture will receive a medal
bearing the letters “S. U. S.”
And now it is up to the students!
For the sake of the class in which
she is enrolled, each one must try her
best to “S. U. S.” In this way, she
will further that well-known element
—no other than “Salem Spirit.”
MUSIC DEPARTMENT OFFERS
PROGRAMS FOR 1923.
The Music Department of Salem
Academy and College offers the fol
lowing program for the “Music Hours”
on Thursday at 3:45 P.M. You are
cordially invited to be present.
October 4—“Some Modern Compos
ers”—Illustrated by Miss Nanna John
October 11—Russian Songs—Mr.
October 20, Saturday, 4 P.M.—Re
cital for the Conference of the Meth
odist Episcopal Cburch, South, of
Western North Carolina.
October 25—Illustrated lecture on
“The Violin”—Miss Susan A. Webb.
November 1—Pupils’ Recital.
November 8—Illustrated Lecture on
November 15—Organ Recital by
Director Frank M. Church, Greens
boro College, Greensboro, N. C.
November 22—Illustrated Lecture,
“What Is Classical Music?”—Mr.
Charles G. Vardell, Jr.
December 6—Pupils’ Recital.
December 13—Advent Recital by
Organ Students and Glee Club.
On Monday night, October 29, at
8:15 o’clock Mr. Charles G. Vardell,
Jr., will give a Piano Recital.
On Monday night, November 26, at
8:15 o’clock Miss Desha and Mrs. An
drews will give a Recital of Songs and
Fresh—Used to be “54-40” or fight
—^now it’s “70-75” or flunk.
., October 13, 1923
ent Body of Salem College.
MR. BREACH SINGS AT THURS
DAY MUSIC HOUR.
On Thursday afternoon, the second
Music Hour was given over, with
pleasure and keen anticipation, to Mr.
William Breach. Mr. Breach gave an
unusual program of Russian songs,
which were heard by a large number
of town people as well as by the
faculty and students of the college.
Before beginning his actual program
Mr. Breach gave a short sketch of
Russian music as a whole.
For hundreds of years the music of
Russia was controlled by Italy and
Germany and Russia had scarcely any
music which could be called her own.
Up until the middle of the 18th cen
tury Russian music was dominated by
Italians and all the musicians were
imported from Italy. However, dur
ing the latter part of the 18th century
a distinct national school was started
by Glinka, a noted Russian composer
of talent and ability. This work was
carried on and now Russia has a new
national school which is characteristic
of her self. In the music minor
modes, rythmic variety with measures
of five and seven beats, with accents
on unexpected beats.
In the northern part of Russia
Minor modes and melancholy types
are prevalent. The severe climate,
sorrow caused by the recent war, and
general living conditions tend to make
this true. Further south the music of
every section has a touch of melan
choly which seems to be characteristic
of the country as a whole.
Mr. Breach chose for his first group
three Russian Folk songs. In one
way or another they showed the cli
mate, political conditions and every
activity of life. It is in their songs
that the Russians find their truest and
best expressions, for they seem to be
a naturally musical people, and they
sing of‘everyday affairs.
The remainder of the program was
Arensky — Deep Hidden In My
Heart; Song of the Little Fish.
Borodine—The Sleeping Princess.
Cuit—Ah, If Mother Volga.
Gliere—Ah, Twine No More Blos
Gretchaninoff—On the Steppe.
Rimsky—Korsakoff — The Nightin
gale and the Rose.
Rachmaninoff—Floods of Spring.
Before each number Mr. Breach
paused for a moment to tell a little
about the life and career of each com
poser. This made the audience more
mterested in what was about to
Mr. Theadore Poister, accompanist,
showed remarkable talent as a pianist.
DR. ASHLEY CHAPPELL TO
SPEAK IN WEDNESDAY
Dr. Ashley Chappell, pastor of the
Central Methodist Church of Ashe
ville will be the speaker for the next
expanded chapel service, Wednesday,
October 17. His subject will be “The
Spider and the Fly.” Dr. Chappell
will be in the city next week attend
ing the Western North Carolina
Methodist Conference which meets at
Centenary church. Salem is very
fortunate in having this opportunity
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“BLOSSOM TIME” AT THE
Enjoyed by Many College Girls.
Many of the college girls had the
biggest theatrical treat of the year
when they witnessed the splendid pro
duction of “Blossom Time” at the
Auditorium, Tuesday evening, at 8:30
o’clock. That the play was a tre
mendous success could be seen not
only from the crowd which attended
but also from the attitude of the
audience throughout the whole per
formance. Combining, so cleverly as
it does, music, drama, and humor,
“Blossom Time” seems to hold every
audience spellbound from the rise of
the curtain until the grand finale in
the third act.
It may be because of its musical in
terest that “Blossom Time” has been
so successful. The story is centered
around a love affair of one of the
greatest composer, Franz Schubert,
who died at thirty-one years of age,
leaving his symphony unfinished.
Strains of this “Unfinished Sym
phony” are repeated in “The Song of
Love” and his “Serenade” is rendered
by Schubert, Shobert, Vogl, Kupel-
weiser and Von Schurid in the very
The role of Schubert was taken by
Greek Evans, who, in addition to his
ability as an actor, has a wonderful
baritone voice; while the part of his
best friend, Baron Franz Shober, was
played by Robert Rhodes who pos
sesses a tenor voice of unusual quali
ties. Miss Margaret Merle played
admirably the part of Mitzi, the girl
with whom Schubert was in love.
Kranz, Mitizi’s father, was respon
sible for the humor of the play. That
Robert Lee Alain, who acted this part,
is an artist in this line, cannot be dis
puted. While on the stage, he kept
the audience in a continual roar of
laughter. The role of Bellabruna,
who typifies the fascinating trouble
maker, was exacted by Miss I'^nita
It is quite impossible to do the cast
of such a play full justice in so little
space, so let it suffice to say that it
was all that could be desired, and that
the concensus of opinion votes
“Blossom Time” the best entertain
ment that has been here yet.
FRESHMEN ELECT CLASS
On Tuesday afternoon at one-thirty
o’clock, the Freshman class met in the
English class room in Main Hall for
the purpose of electing officers for the
school year. Ella Aston, president of
the Junior class, called the meeting to
order, and stated the purpose of the
After hearing the report of the
nominating committee, the following
officers were elected by the class:
President, Marian Neely; First Vice-
President, Frances Mason; Second
Vice-President, Anna Pauline Shaff-
On account of the brief space of
time allowed the selection of the other
officers had to be postponed until
Thursday afternoon. At this time,
Marian Neely, the newly elected pres
ident called a second meeting of the
class, and here the secretary, Helen
Ford, and the treasurer, Elizabeth
Transou, were elected.
Under the leadership of these en
ergetic young women, great things
may be expected from tiie Freshman
class at S^em Colleeg this year.