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November 18, 1927
ALUMNI NEWS ,
Phyllis Penn was found wandering
about the hall one day last week, look
ing for Miss Grogan. Phyllis is now
attending N. O. C. ^Y., but she confided
to a friend that she wished she were
hack in high school.
324 S. Eugene Street,
Greensboro, N. C.,
November 14, 102,7.
My dear Miss Martin:
I enjoyed my little visit with you the
other day so much. It seemed like old
times to be perched up on your desk
telling you everything. I surely do love
to go back over to the school. Folks
who are in high school are eager to get
out and those who have finished would
give a million to be back. Isn’t life
IVe had the craziest time out at the
college last week. The upper classmen
were initiating the freshmen into the
various societies and of all the peculiar
looking objects we were the most ridic
ulous. All new students had to wear
bibs, either red, blue, green or yellow
according to the society. The texts were
handed around in white pillow cases
that had to be carefully folded before
entering a classroom or chapel. No
freshman was allowed to use cosmetics
and had to wear horrid black cotton
hose, and carry a “hoisted umbrella”
tied with a huge bow of ribbon. If an
upper classman passed, the poor girl
got the ditch, and replied “Yes, ma’am”
and “No, ma’am” when necessary. All
orders of old students had to be obeyed,
and the worst of all we had to learn
to sing the laundry list to the tune of
“Home, Sweet Home.” I can’t wait
for Mr. Phillips to let us come over and
sing it for them in chapel. The resi
dent students had to wear gloves to
breakfast and rouge their noses and
plait their hair for dinner. Those with
long hair looked exactly like they be
longed to an Indian Reserve—and the
bobbed-hiared ones resembled little
Mary Lynn told me she saw you down
town Saturday. She was so distressed
because there was no one at the school.
You see, we don’t have two grand days
each week to loaf like you all do. She
left Sunday at noon, and I did hate to
see her go.
Mr. Phillips was at the station Fri
day night when Mary came and he
actually asked me why I came to the
station. Wasn’t that impudent?
Miss Martin, the Physical Ed. at N. C.
is the funniest thing. You and Miss
Grogan would surely laugh if you could
see me lying flat on my back, riding a
bicycle to the moon. It’s a great life,
I tell you.
Oh! I ’most forgot to tell you about
Latin and to send Miss Grogan a mes
sage about old Math. Miss Boddie is
just grand, but constructions—oh my!
We have to know the who, what, when,
Avhere, and why of every little preposi
tion. I really do enjoy it, though, more
than any other subject. The composi
tion isn’t so pleasant, but it’s getting
better. Please, Miss Martin, don’t stop
teaching and stressing grammar. You’ve
no idea how thankful we are to you
and to Miss Tileltt for teaching us
Latin and English grammar. It surely
comes in handy. You needn’t tell Miss
Grogan, but Math is getting along so
well. I had the wrong idea about it
when I expected it to be as easy as
hig hschol algebra, I guess.
Well, Miss Martin, I’ve many more
things to say, so I’ll just have to come
to see you again. However, I’ll be sure
to dodge Mr. Phillips because ever since
he told me a joke about the high school
principal who, if fie were going to be
anything else, had rather be in charge
of a jail so the alumni wouldn’t come
back, I’ve felt a little hesitancy in re
turning. But I won’t let a little thing
like Mr. Phillips keep me away.
Give my love to Miss Grogan and all
my other friends I’ve left behind but
SELECT FANTASY AS
THEME FOR SECOND
ISSUE OF MAGAZINE
The World of Make-Believe and
Imagination to Be Car
PART OF “ROMANCE” IDEA
List of Topics Will Count as Themes
For One Week in English
“Fantasy: the Romance of Make-Be
lieve” is the theme for the second issue
of Homespun, which will come from the
press shortly before the Christmas holi
days. Every phase of the world of
imagination, of vagaries and reveries,
in its relation to romance, will be
The realm of thought, particularly
thought which passes from the every
day trend into the region of make-be
lieve, is so infinite and at times so in
teresting that the editors of Homespun
consider the subject of “Fantasy” one
to which an issue may well be devoted.
When developed in the manner this
magazine usually develops its themes,
this second link in the chain of “Ro
mance” should be a production decid
edly worth reading.
Among the topics suggested for arti
cles are: Ghosts, Dreams, Spiritualism,
Air Castles, Famous Hoaxes, and other
The world of make-believe, of imag
ination, and of the out-of-the-ordinary
thoughts are to make up this issue. All
English teachers will be given a list of
the topics suggested and will be re
quested to count these as themes for
LOIS M’FARLAND WINS
MEYER’S ESSAY PRIZE
In connection with Carl Thom-
tay’s Man of Sorrows valued at
?80,000, Meyer’s Department Store
several weeks ago announced an es
say contest, open to all students
above the eighth grades.
The prize of $5 goes to Lois Mc
Farland for the best essay on the
“Man of Sorrows.” The second
prize of $3 goes to Florence Tow
ers Younger, and the third prize
of $1 goes to Thelga Scarlette.
Honorable mention also goes to
Robert Trilton and Ruth Ferree.
These essays were adjudged the
best among many handed in, by
the judge, Leonard B. Hurley, of
the English Department of North
Carolina College for 'SVomen.
CLUB HAS MEETING
Debaters Discuss: “Resolved
That Sunday Golf Should
Not Be Plaved
AFFIRMATIVE SIDE WINS
NEW BULLETIN BOARD
IN THE NEW BUILDING
Only News of Library to Be Posted
Here—French Newspapers and
Labels Are Features
A bulletin boards has been placed in
the hall for the new building in front
of the double doors. Only library news
can be placed on this board. News con
cerning new books, overdue books and
interesting facts about the library will
be put there.
New shelves are being put all around
the walls in the student council room.
These shelves are to be used for library
French newspapers have been placed
in the library. They are for the use
of all the French students.
Labels have been placed on the
shelves to classify the books and make
it easier for the pupils to find the books
The student council room is going to
be turned into a periodic room. It is
to be used for the librarian in her work
The Senior Debating Club held their
weekly meeting Friday, November 4,
Miss Laura Tillet, head of the Eng
lish Department, speaking on “Oral
English,” made apologies for her col
league, Will Shakespeare, who had
failed to appear. She then told of her
varying experiences in getting up this
speech. According to Miss Tillet, the
three essentials of good speaking are
pronunciation, enunciation and correct
The second part of the program was
a debate by four members of the Fresh
man Debating Club.
In appreciation of the interesting pro
gram given to the freshmen by the
seniors a few weeks ago, these four de
baters, Clary Holt, Guy Hope, Margaret
McLean, and Douglas Cartland dis
cussed Sunday golf. 'The query was:
“Resolved, That Sunday golf shall not
be played.” The judges’ decisions were
two to one in favor of the affirmative.
DEBATING CLUB ARGUES
FLOOD CONTROL QUERY
Club Votes in Favor of the Bill—J. D,
McNairy and Eric Whitworth Up
hold Affirmative Side
A continuation of the discussion of
the query, “Resolved, That the federal
government should take over flood con
trol of the Mississippi Valley,” which
was deferred at a recent meeting, con
stituted the program of the meeting of
the Senior Debating Club November 11.
The negative side left the floor, say
ing that they saw the need for some
action, but until they were .shown a
logical plan of prevention they opposed
blindly rushing into the situation.
J. D. McNairy quoted Secretary
Hoover’s statement in regard to engi
neering the project for the affirmative
side. Eric Whitworth gave the theory
of a great Chinese philosopher in con
trolling floods in China.
Henry Biggs and Lawrence Hoyle
also spoke. The club voted in favor
of the bill.
Student government with a council
elected from the grades upstairs and
one from the primary grades will go in
to effect this week at Aycock. Miss
Patton and Mr. Strickland met with
the council November 10 to adopt a
constitution. The students are co-op
erating to make this a success.
A safety patrol has been organized
with Harry Donnell as captain and Y.
B. Morgan lieutenant of one division,
and Hardy Root captain and Pierce
Rucker lieutenant of the other.
L. A. Hartset has been elected cap
tain of the soccer team which so far
this year has won two games, lost 4
and tied 1.
The Book Week Exhibit in the li
brary put on by the older grades was a
great success. The King Arthur Table
the fairy tales table and the Natural
Study Table had the tables attracting
the most attention.
THE CHAPEL DOORS
No longer can we loiter in the down
stairs hall of the main building and
peep into chapel to see who the speak
er is; because the small panes of glass
in the doors leading to chapel have
been painted a dull hue. In order to
gain any information of what takes
place inside the four walls beyond the
glass one must sit attentively during
the entire period. Yes, many inquisi
tive beings will attend chapel merely
to satisfy their curiosity. Yet will it
not be better all around? Now, the
speaker will never be interrupted by
numerous eyes and many whispering
sounds hovering just outside the chapel
DR. FREEMAN SPEAKS
TO FATHER AND SON
AT ANNUAL BANQUET
Uses “The Greatest Partner
ship in the World”
CLARY HOLT GIVES TOAST
Robert Douglas Wins Drinking Contest.
Joe Transou and Hoyt Boone Give
Dr. Douglas S. Freeman, of Rich
mond, Ya., spoke at the Father and
Son banquet Friday night, November
11, at the King Cotton Plotel. His text
was “The Greatest Partnership in the
World.” “Throughout the pages of
history,” Dr. Freeman said, “the bond
of unity between sire and son has exist
ed and the ages have developed a kin
dred spirit of interest, even as neces
sity for a common ground of under
standing has brought the twain closer
together as the generations have come
Dr. Freeman issued a plea to every
father and son to head the warning
of Time’s immutable mandate and re
spond to the quickened pulse of Na
ture’s prime demand, a demand which
makes essential a great undestanding
to place parent and son on a basis
ground of friendship.
Rev. Dwight Chalmers, pastor of the
Church by the Side of the Road, opened
the invocation. Songs and yells were
led by Grady Miller and Fank Warner.
Toast to the fathers was made by Clary
Holt. Robert Douglas made the re
sponse. He also won in the milk-drink
Other entertaining features of the
program included song and dance skits
by Joe Transou and Hoyt Boone, ap
pearing as black-fhce comedians.
Nearly five hundred fathers and sons
SCOUTS’ HONOR DOCKET
EXCEEDS THOSE IN PAST
Chief Advances Were Made By Joe
Madon and Henry Barnes—Commis
sioners Were Appointed
ALL BOY SCOUTS OF CITY ATTEND
The Greensboro Boy Scouts assem
bled Saturday night, November 5, at
the courthouse for hearing a court of
honor docket which exceeded any
docket ever presented in the number
of scouts advanced. A new plan was
followed in the appointment of various
commissioners for the grades of scout
work. R. D. Douglas presided over the
meeting as eagle scout commissioner.
Major E. D. Kuykendall is merit
badge commissioner; Charles W. Phil
lips is first class commissioner, but was
acting life scout commissioner at the
meeting; H. G. Hunter is second class
commissioner and Charles Benbow is
star scout commissioner. Scoutmaster
J. W. Geeslin acted as scribe.
GIRLS’ MONOGRAM CLUB
MEETS THURS. NIGHT
Hostess is Leila George Cram—Club
Has a Short Business Meeting
and Social Hour
The Girls’ Monogram Club held a
meeting at the home of Lleila George
Cram, Thursday, November 10, at 8
o’clock. A short meeting, presided over
by Carl Lane Browne, was held at the
beginning, during which all of the club
business was discussed. After this was
completed, a social hour was held. The
hostess served an ice course, after
which the party broke up.
Those present at the meeting were:
Carl Lane Brown, Margaret Boles,
Rose Goodwin, Douglas Long, Lillian
Hauck, Duella Walker, Yirginia Brown,
and Miss Nellie Dry, faculty adviser.
The Rattles, San Marcos, Texas:
High Life thinks your school con
stitution idea very good, San Marcos.
Your code of good sportsmanship in
fine. We hope it will be very bene
ficial to your athletics.
The Foic-Wo^v, Albany Georgia;
You Albanians certainly show good
sportsmanship at your football games.
Also, we wish to congratulate you on
the fact that the senior girls went 100
per cent in subscriptions for the Poiv-
iVoio; you seniors co-operate well with
the school organizations. We think
your paper fine.
High Spots, Elizabeth, New Jersey:
Your article by Argentine Daniels,
an Armenian girl, was very, very in
teresting. We Americans find it hard
to believe that such things really hap
pen. Best regards to Miss aDniels, and
we hope she likes our country.
The Orange and White, Orlando, Fla.:
We see that Orlando is planning to
enter the state debate and declamation
contests for the national prize. The
reward, a European trip to the win
ner of the national contest, is certainly
worth working for.
The Lincoln Log, Cleveland, Ohio :
High Life hopes your Tag Day plan
of raising money for the band uniforms
proves successful. Lincoln High School
has fine spirit in the school.
Wilmington High School News, Wil
Best luck to the Cherry and White
football team in the game with Ches
ter—you certainly have the spirit.
The Col'umhia, South Orange, N. J.:
You have a fine paper. Watch it
grow. We are glad to see that student
government has been successful at Co
The Taller, Woodlawn, Alabama:
One of the student from Woodlawn
interviewed Colonel Lindbergh while
he was in Birmingham. It was a very
interesting write-up. The interviewer
must be very proud of his opportunity.
Not many people are so honored.
WHAT IS LATIN?
Latin is a language (?) seldom
spoken, never read correctly, and is the
central theme of many a student’s
nightmare. This language contradicts
every rule of grammar and rhetoric
ever taught by English instructors in
school. It makes students lose their
appetite, grow pale and thin, and de
But Latin has its good points as well
as its bad ones. The practice one gets
in looking for verbs is very helpful in
searching for lost books, pencils, etc.
Its constructions are a great source
of aid to those who study mathematics.
It is believed by some philosophic
students that Ciesar used quotations in
constructing his sentences. No Eng
lish student would want to use a com
mon sentence after having been exposed
to those of Ciesar’s. These “cases” of
love which were once so popular are
dying out because both sexes after leav
ing Latin class are sick of all cases.
Now, ask me another!
(Dedicated to Mr. G. W. Phillips)
He went. He stayed.
He returned. He stays.
No more—We play.
TORCH LIGHT SOCIETY
GOES TO DOUGLAS CABIN
Old and new members of the Torch
light Society went on a picnic Saturday,
November 5, at the Douglas cabin,
leaving from the high school at 6 P. M.
An ample supply of food had been
provided, which everyone attacked with
great zest. Harry Gump and Edgar
Kuykendall had arranged a program
for the occasion. This included songs,
an original initiation of all the new
members, a short, humorous talk by
Henry Biggs, and a ghost story by Dick
Douglas, who was a special guest of
the society at the picnic.