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RUTHERFORD COLLEGE, N. C., DECEMBER, 1932
Annual Conference Appoints Rev.
James B. McLaity As Pastor And
Bible Professor At Rutherford
Graduate Duke School Of
The student body, along with the
community, welcomes into our midst
Rev. and Mrs. J. B. McLarty as the
newly appointed pastor and Bible pro
fessor at Rutherford College. They
come to us from the Lincolnton circuit
where Brother McLarty served as pas
tor for two years. Being a graduate
of the School of Theology at Duke
University, he is well qualified for the
pastorate and professorship here. As
the son of Dr. E. K. McLarty, pastor
of Central Methodist Church, Shelby,
N. C., our pastor is well known and
highly recommended to us. We ar«
indeed fortunate to have him and his
wife as our leaders.
Rev. McLarty has charge of three
Bible classes in the college, two of
which are first year courses, and the
other an advanced course on the “Life
and Teachings of Jesus ’’
In addition to this he will also as
sume the role of scoutmaster for the
local troop, filling the vacancy caused
by the removal of Rev. McFarland.
As an expression of welcome to
these, the people of the community
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Platonic Society Pre
Frank G. Tompkin’s one act play,
“Sham,” was presented with great
success in chapel on Friday, Decem
ber 2, by the Platonic Literary Society.
The stage was nicely decorated as the
neat little home of “Charles” and
Guy Avery played the part of the
“Thief” very effectively, creeping into
the home of “Charles” and “Clara”
with flashlight in true thief fashion,
at the opening of the play. “Charles”
and “Clara” were played by Tom Law
rence and Mrs. Heath Washam respec
tively, while Tom Walters was a news
The entire program was very well
carried out with each character acting
his or her part to perfection. There
were many points in the course of the
play that proved delightfully enter
taining to the audience.
The society wishes to express its
sincere appreciation to Miss Pansy
Hinshaw and Mrs. Heath Washam
who so efficiently aided in making this
program a success, and, also, to Mrs.
L. C. Johnston, for her assistance in
providing stage decorations.
Since the publication of the last
Rectangle, the society has elected the
following officers for the second quar
ter: President, Guy Avery; Vice-Pres-
ident, Franklin Campbell; Secretary,
Tom Walters; Treasurer, William
Hager; Critic, John Gibbs; Chaplin,
Edward Boles; Marshal, Harold Bus
tle; Janitor, Newton Kelly.
Under the administration of the
newly elected officers, the Ministerial
Band is continuing its steady move
ment toward success. The new offi
cers are; President, Harvey C. Wom-
ble; Vice-President, Wilson Nesbitt;
Secretary, John Triplett; and. Treas
urer, Billie Si.-’-^s. Since the Band
voted to mai:e the office of Corre
sponding Secretary a permanent posi
tion, John Gibbs will continue his
efficient service in this capacity.
The Band, being responsible for the
chapel program Wednesday, Novem
ber 23, presented a very colorful pag
eant entitled, “The Ninth Hour,” a
dramatization of that portion of the
Bible found in Acts .'f/’-lO. The char
acters found in this bit of scripture
were represented by Max Brandon,
John Gibbs, and Gilbert Miller. Other
members of the Band were used as
worshippers, with Wilson Nesbit play
ing the role of the priest. The pro
gram proved to be very impressive.
The various meetings of the Band
are continuing to provide inspiration
for us as we attempt to move upward
in our work. Our Band, because of
conference rulings, bade farewell to
Rev. W. G. McFarland and welcomed
into its midst Rev. J. B. McLarty.
The Band appreciates the aid of the
j)astor and the superanuated preach
ers as it endeavors to prepare its
members to go out into the world and
extend the Kingdom of God.
Gilbert E. S. Miller.
Lyceum Number By
The second number of the annual
Lyceum course was presented on
Tuesday evening, December 6, at 8:00
o’clock. Prof. W. B. Garrett intro
duced Mr. Edward Brigham, a dra
matic reader, pianist, and singer of
Mr. Brigham opened his program
with a group of folk songs. The very
familiar “Believe Me If All Those En
dearing Charms” was rendered using
words almost three hundred years old.
A group of readings then proved very
interesting and entertaining. Some
of these, especially the snake story,
were very humorous. After another
group of songs which included “Old
Man River,” “Carry Me Back To Old
Virginia,” and “0 Sole mio,’' the pro
gram was closed with a very impres
sive reading—“The Arena Scene, from
“Quo Vadis,” by Skienkiewicz.
Above a blue Judean hill
The winds of night were still.
While weary shepherds watch
ed their sheep
Or dreamed as shepherds will.
Of strength the rugged moun
And peace the skies instill.
So wistful, half afraid, they
Amid the common things.
How suddenly the night is stirred
By the white rush of wings;
How one star burns, while like a
The Host of heaven sings.
Above a blue Judean hill
A single star burns bright.
And strengthened shepherds left
To follow through the night;
For dreaming, still he comes to us
To touch our dark with light!
From the Epworth Highroad.
DEBATE QUERY FOR
The Debate * Council met Friday,
December 9, to. discuss its plans for
The adviser, F ■ of. W. B. Garrett, re
cently received the query for inter
collegiate debates. The query is: Re
solved, that the United States should
agree to the cancellation of the inter
allied war debts. At the present time,
this topic is inte isely interesting to
Contracts are now pending that will
probably result in our affirmative
team traveling to Lees McRae while
our negative meets Wingate here in
In view of these circumstances, it
has been decided that those wishing to
turn their argumentative abilities into
lines of formal discussion will please
prepare a short speech on their favor
ite side of the question in order to be
ready for the try-outs scheduled for
January 10. From these participants
six men are to be chosen as the inter
collegiate debaters. There will be no
distinction between the regular de
baters and the alternates until a short
time before the debates come off at
which time a second try-out will elimi
nate one of the three from each team.
In addition to regular conference
debates, it is customary to make con
tracts with at least one other college.
This usually arouses more interest and
enthusiasm among those considering
taking part in this form of public
A debate class is usually formed
during the second semester. It meets
twice per week and, through the teach
ing of Prof. Garrett, the students learn
the essentials of debate composition
Students, let’s encourage our debat
ers by giving them our hearty sup
port. Is formal debating a lost art?
Is the interest dead? Emphatically
No! This year Rutherford College
can and must venture forth into con
troversial fields to return with honors.
Young Peoples Division Presents Very
bpressive FareweD Service For Rev.
And Mrs. Wilbur Galloway McFarland
Five Rutherford students were very
fortunate in being able to attend the
Institute of the Student Volunteer
Movement, at Appalachian State
Teachers’ College on Saturday ana
Sunday, November 19 and 20. Those
attending were: Avery, Boles, Sides,
Triplett, and Womble. Each one re
ports a very pleasant and beneficial
Saturday evening was taken up with
lectures by several prominent mission
workers. Some of the principal speak
ers were: Rev. C. M. Weens, who was
an active missionary >^0 Korea for
twenty-three years; Rev. Mr. Cline, a
former missionary to China; and. Rev.
Mr. Cunninsham. a mi'-'-'onary
Cuba. A mission play, “Ba Thane, ’
was very effectively presented by the
Student Volunteer Band of A. S. T. C.
The get-acquainted tea and banquet
also added to the enjoyment of those
present. . Several short talks were
made during the banquet.
Sunday morning was filled with in
teresting short talks by members of
the Student Volunteer Movement.
It is hoped that a Student Volun
teer Band may get into action at Ruth
erford in the near future. Such an
organization would be of great help to
the students as well as a credit to the
Harvey C. Womble.
Student Body Enjoys
The annual Thanksgiving banquet
for the students of Rutherford was
held in the college dining hall on Fri-
dey evening, December 2. Due to the
fact that a Thanksgiving recess was
given this year, the banquet was one
At 6:00 P. M. the entire student
body filed into the dining hall and,
before being seated, gave a rous
ing cheei? for Prof. R. K. Johnston
who made possible the occasion. The
waiters, dressed in white pants and
blue coats, added to the color of the
The meal consisted of turkey and
dressing, barbecue and slaw, candied
sweet potatoes, lettuce and tomatoes,
hot rolls, cranberry dessert with whip
ped cream, cake and coffee.
When the Star of Bethlehem ap
peared in the East, only a few nearby
shepherds and the Magi came out to
see and praise the new born King.
Now when a movie star rises on the
western horizon, millions of people
turn out to worship their idol.
Regret to See Them Leave;
Sent to Andrews
On Sunday evening, November 20,
the Young People’s Division of the
Rutherford College Methodist Church,
aided by the Ministerial Band and su
peranuated ministers of the com
munity, held a farewell service for
Rev. and Mrs. W. G. McFarland wiio'
were recently appointed to Andrews.
The service was somewhat of a sur
prise to most of those attending, es
pecially the adults.
The spirit of God prevailed through*
out the meeting. Everyone seemed to
be benefitted by the things said and
done, although they were filled with
regret to see Rev. and Mrs. McFarland
The program was carried out in an
excellent manner. A mixed quartet
furnished very approprite music for
A ft-otifui hi'li^e-iiiuuv ivxai^eb't:
Cross was presented, as a gift to;th('
Young People’s Division from t/
Ministerial Band, by E. D. C. Brew!
In presenting it, he told of the histoi
and significance of the Cross. In bt
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In spite of threatening weather con
ditions a good number assembled in
the old public library building on Sat
urday evening, December 10, to enjoy
a spirited Christmas social.
The social was announced to be of a
Buffalo-Panic nature but since the col
lege will dismiss December 17 for
Christmas holidays, it was decided to
have the social in keeping with the
coming season of Christmas. To this
end the hall was decorated.
After a quaint “mixer,” a series
of games started that constituted a
happy evening for all. These included
Christmas charades, relay races, doll
shopping, “Merry Christmas to you,”
cracking Christmas nuts, pinning the
stocking on the fireplace, riding the
Christmas stage-coach, and others.
Each person then visited the Christ
mas tree to receive a gift from Santa
Claus. After prizes were awarded to
the winners of the several contests,
John Gibbs and William Ross lead in
the singing of some good old time
Then quickly the scene shifted to
the reception room of the pai'sonage
where refreshments were served
through the kindness of Rev. and Mrs.
The leaders of the fourth depart
ment, Miss Betty Barnhardt and E. D.
C. Brewer, wish to thank the young
people, especially the girls, and, also,
our pastor and his wife, for the fine
cooperative spirit manifested in mak
ing our socials successful.