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Page Two. THE SALEMITE ^ Wednesday, January 9, 1935.
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“Poetry — Something
satioii in the back of the neck,
feeling in the pit of the storr
There was never a sound beside
the wood but one.
And that was my long scythe
whispering to the ground.
What was it that it whispered? I
knew not well myself;
Perhaps it was something about
the heat of the sun.
Something, perhaps, about the
lack of sound—
And that was why it whispered
and did not speak.
It was no dream of the gift of
Or easy gold at the hand of fay
Anything more than the truth
would have seemed too weak
To the earnest love that laid the
swale in rows,
Not without feeble-pointed spikes
(Pale orchises), and scared a
bright green snake.
The fact is the sweetest dream
that labor knows.
My long scythe whispered and
left the hay to make.
FAR IN A WESTERN
Far in a western brookland
That bred me long ago
The poplars stand and tremble
By pool I used to know.
that give.s one a strange san
er down the spine, or a funny
—A. E. Housman.
There in the windless nighttime.
The w^anderer, marvelling why.
Halts on the bridge to hearken
How soft the poplars sigh.
He hears: long since forgotten
In fields where I was known.
Here I lie down in London
And turn to rest alone.
There, by the starlit fences.
The wanderer halts and hears
My soul that lingers sighing
About the glimmering weirs.
—A. E. Housnma.
IS LOVE, THEN, SO
Is love, then, so simple, my dear?
The opening of a door,
And seeing all things clear?
I did not know before.
I had thought it unrest and desire
Soaring only to fall,
Annihilation and fire;
It is not so at all.
E feel no desperate will,
But I think I understand
Many things, as I sit quite still,
With Eternity in my hand.
—Irene Kutherford McLeod.
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NEW YEAR’S EVE
From a little book called “Cere
monials of Common Days” comes
the following selection, which some
of you may find delightful and love
“On New Year’s Eve I am at
home to the future. I wait to hear
her ring the doorbell o fthe world.
“I only do expectant things on
this evening. I write a letter to an
unknown person who has done some
thing that I admire, a person whom
I would like to know. I made two
New Year resolutions, one rather
idealistic, the other extremely prac
tical. The former is more for special
occasions; the latter is for rough,
“To stop accumulating bundles
when I travel,” has been a very
successful resolve of the latter type.
Another in this same category I rec
“When in small towns to uSe my
mouth for purposes of food and ven-
“There is no hurry on this eve
ning. With much leisure I make
preparations for the guest who is
to come and for the gifts that she
will bring. I set my house in order.
There is always a keen sense of
failure when I find that its appoint
ments are so meagre, its propor
tions so inadequate. I would have
my house more in keeping with the
royal character of my guest.
“Before I am aware of her ap
proach, a mighty shouting heralds
lier coming; I open the doors. The
gorgeous guest from afar sweeps in.
In her hands are her gifts—the gifts
of hours and far-seeing moments,
the gifts of mornings and evenings,
the gift of spring and summer, the
gift of autumn and winter. She must
have searched the heavens for boons
“What happiness there is when
I awoke to find near me the gift of a
Miss Lawrence’s theme song has
changed from Who Stole the Lock
off the Hen House Door, to Who
Stole the Log From the Louisa Bit
ting Floor t All Friday Night
Daters, both male and female will
please report for searchings before
and after going out. We can’t have
logs just walking out on us like that.
SOPHS AND JUNIORS
Sniffle, sniffle, not all of them
from homesickness, but the “Col-
letch” girls celebrated quite a good
deal Christmas and they are now
having difficulty breathing with
their many bad colds. We all had
the jolliest of fun and I hear from
all sides not a single one is ready
for exams—however they must go
Have you heard? Why yes it is
very true, Lucy James is not coming
back to join our happy family but
she is going to Birmingham, Ala
bama, to study voice. Lucy, we wish
you luck and happiness even if we
do hate to see you leave.
Leone’s laugh was heard down the
halls once more when she came back
to visit us after Christmas holidays.
As ever is Leone!
Anne Worthington and Hemp were
here for three days. Hemp, in her
laughing way, told our gasping
crowd how she got restricted for
having a ring around her bathtub.
Gert Schwalbe came back Sun
day after a grand long stay in the
The Juniors are all in love again
and the yare constantly in little hud
dles discussing the new victims.
Tick Fraley is back and is all
It is heard that the Sophomores
have new interests too. Wake For
est is Marianna Redding’s favorite,
Davidsoin, Margaret CaldeJ's; |Lou
Freeman can’t make up her mind
whether it is Davidson or Wake For
est, whlie Ethel J. has them all beat
by falling for the Navy, uniform,
Annapolis, picture, and everything!
Why not have a college get together
Tee Little was heading south for
Christmas. She said the swimming,
dancing and moonlight were all
simply divine in Florida.
The Va’s, Gough nad Gaddy, are
at it again, out to dinner Sunday,
and the very first one they are back.
More luck to the rest of us!
On December 15th one might have
heard the Freshmen humming “Go
ing Home” around the campus.
Now, however, you’ll probably hear
them humming “It’s Over” and—
until April 17th — we wonder if
Freshmen will be “Contented.”
Mildred Carter was doomed with an
attack of appendicitis and she had
to depart with her appendix Christ
mas. Santa Claus gave radios to the
girls in a big way this Christmas.
Katherine May, Margaret Hodges,
and Laura Emily recei^ved .lovely
radios. Ann Busick just couldn’t
stay away from her roommate in
Mocksville. She visited Pauline
there and also Cordelia Lowery in
Bedford. Grace Parker and Mil
dred Troxler came back to school
with good looking fur coats. Mil
dred came in Wednesday night wear
ing a lovely orchid corsage. Aren’t
Davidson boys just simply gr-rand?
It seems so funny to see Eloise Sam
ple sunburned and most everybody
else sniffling with colds—but that’s
what that Florida sun does for you!
Cramer spent Sunday in the in
firmary. If she should have flu?
Pauline Daniels is in Mocksville be
cause of the death of her grand
Eachel Carroll had a wonderful
Christmas during which she ac
quired the true bedside manner witli
all her many admirers.
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the conference within three hours
after arrival. I might say that the
meeting was held at the Parker
House in Boston which is rather cen
trally located in the city and is
surrounded by historic sites.
“After registration Friday morn
ing we had lunch and were addressed
by Frederick W. Cook, Secretary of
State who extended to us a hearty
welcome. Dr. Daniel L. Marsh,
President of Boston University, the
host college, spoke too, very humor
ously about Boston and all its an
cient traditions and the legends that
have grown up around it.
“At 2:30 the plenary session be
gan as President John Lang exhorted
the group of the 10th annual Con
gress to be serious and constructive.
Dr. Henry N. MacCracken, President
of Va.ssar College then spoke. Dr.
MacCracken is a member of the
Federations National Borad of ad
visors and is an educator of nation
wide fame,—N. S. F. A., he says,
boldly claims to speak for 7,000,000.
Their aim is to raise the status of
resp. for students everywhere,
defend their rights of free speech
and promulgate a moral code of hon
or. It raises student life to the
dignity of a profession and no
amount of time is ever wasted in
self-governing. A student’s proper
share in campus affairs is;
1. Collective bargaining with
trustees as to housing and endow
ment and matters of social and re
2. They should be on comissions
determining courses of study, hours,
etc. They should bo permitted to
effectively criticize poor teaching, to
investigate proposed changes and in
short should work together with the
faculty toward maintaining the high
est standards of study. In Sweden a
man must be endorsed by his own
.student body before taking his final
exams, and this is a valuable means
of determining a man’s fitness to
“He was in favor of giving them
more liberal training in student
government granting them more
power to enforce and maintain, thus
shielding them from petty tyranny.
To keep democracy we must train
for it, and the laboratory for gov
ernment is governing.
“Dr. Dennis Follows of the Uni
versity of Nottingham, President of
the International Student Confed.
followed Dr. MacCracken. He was
very Engli.sh and very charming and
won fame later on at the congress
by the way in which he ate his green
peas. Quite skilfully and adeptly
and with the greatest ease he pushed
them with his knife on to the slant
ing back of his fork and thus as
tounded and amazed his admiring
“Dr. Fallows, who came to this
country purely to attend, brought
greetings in an official capacity
from his internat’l organization and
urged this countr yto become affili
ated with them. He was amazed at
the unifying force that would bring
delegates to our conference from Cal
ifornia, Florida, Maine, Minnesota,
etc. To the European student the
American student he said seems in
terested only in America and they
want a concrete evidence of our in
terest in them and international af
They have a quite different lan
guage problem that we don’t have.
French is the official language but
of course is not universally spoken.
Then they have political complex
ities for frequently, before a stu
dent can vote on an issue, he must
dash off to see his Embassy.
3. There is a difference in point
of view. For instance, Dr. Fallows
has seen Belgians climbing over
benches to get at Italians and sett
ling the que.stion with no further
ado and how much better that is
than a lengthy speech with a lot of
big words that mean nothing he
“John Lang, President of N. S.
F. A., then gave his annual report.
The Federation was organized in
1925, at Princeton. Years of hard
work, sacrifice and courage lie back
of N. S. F. A. activity. But today
it stands as the only student unit of
the country which represents the
general phil. of undergraduate Amer
icans. We mu.st discharge our re-
■sponsibilities intelligently and force
“Some of our duties are to:
1. Study local campus institu
tions in all aspects and activities.
2. Seek to devote intelligent
opinion on national and internation
“The means of getting to the stu
dents during the year are;
1. Magazine—National Student
2. Foreign Debating Teams.
3. Eadio programs through which
we may hear prominent speakers.
4. Regional conferences in every
5. Annual congress.
6. Student travel service.
“The field representatives or dis
trict chairmen ia the various s'tates
then reported on their respective ac
tivities. There was the New Eng
land Middle Atlantic, South Atlan
tic, Southern, West Central, Rocky
Mountain, pacific Coast group rep
resented.. There were about 200 de
legates present and about that many
“Dinner was at 6:30 and at that
time a challenging telegram of en
couragement was received from Pres
ident Roosevelt. Dr. Robert L.
Kelly, Executive Secretary of the
Association of American colleges
spoke on youth and the colleges of
Modern America. After dinner re
gional meetings were held and I dis
covered there were about 10 people
from N. C. present. After the re
gional meetings there was a dance
“We danced until one, breakfast
ed at 8:00 the next morning and by
nine were at the Liberal Arts Col
lege of Boston University with Al
berta Palmour of Agnes Scott Col
lege in a women’s discussion group
on campus problems. It was inter
esting to learn of all the different
ways other Student Government As
sociations handle things. For in
stance Vassar has a psychiatrist and
psychological treatment for students
who steal or cheat, etc.
“Some schools charge fines for
coming in late. Some have closed
faculty meetings to decide on dis
cipline cases. I got a great many
valuable suggestions about Chapel
programs, voting, alumnae activities,
etc. Some of which we will profit
Sunday we went sight-seeing for 3
hours, although we couldn’t hope to
see Boston in that time we did visit
many places of tinterest. We went
to Cambridge, of course and to Har
vard (or “Havvard” as I learned
to call it). We followed Paul Re
vere’s course and astonishingly
enough I learned that Paul Revere
doesn’t justly deserve the fame he
has won from hLs famous ride. There
were two other men with him and
it was a certain Dr. Prescott who
finally carried the word, when Re
vere was captured by the British.
At any rate we saw the old north
Tower, the Charles river, where
Revere was taken prisoner, etc. We
passed the house of the man who
made the “Listen my Children”
story known and loved everywhere,
Henry W. Longfellow,, i. e., we saw
the house of laughing Allegra and
Edith with golden hair (the houses
stand in a row). We saw Emerson’s
home and the lake by which Thor-
eau philosophized, and the home of
Louisa Alcott or “Louisa Mae,” as
the guide familiarily called her, the
site of Little Women, and the first
school in America begun by Horace
Mann with 3 pupils. We went
through the town where the Walth
am watch factories are, down to the
Boston Navy Yard and went over the
frigate Constitution. The fighting
equipment abroad her was in almost
laughable contrast to that aboard the
U. S. destroyer anchored just be
yond old Ironsides. We went by the
Bunker Hill Monument and learned
that the renowned battle of Bunker
Hill took place on Breed’s Hill which
is one-half mile away from Bunker
“On Sunday afternoon Dr. Adler,
of the Long Island Institute of Medi
cal Colleges, urged Student Govern
ments to creat institution to help
students meet their varied problems.
“In the regional meetings which
followed, the matter of over organi
zation of college campuses which
makes for such confusion in extra
curricular activities was discussed.
I have thought that Salem was guil
ty of this becau.se of its smallness
and the fact that it tried to have
every sort of campus organization
you would find on a much larger
campus. To my surprise I found that
every college in the United States
with one exception has the same
“There were round-table discus
sions all day Monday on National
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