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THE REXALL STORE j
The Drug Store that appreciates *
>’0«r trade. J
Has the thought ever occurred to youths of to
day why writers of literature have given forth such
soul-stirring thoughts to the world?
If perchance you should make a study of the
world’s greatest authors or read the pages of their
books, you would find the astounding fact that
wealth has influenced literature to a great extent.
By the word wealth I do not mean .the best writers
were exactly wealthy, but the lack of wealth spurred
writers on to turn out books rapidly.
William Shakespeare, although not a person en
dowed richly with money when beginning his period
of authorship, worked a short while in apprentice
ship in the theatres of his day. Here the theatre
aided him by furnishing a market for his plays. But
this failed, however, to meet his expenses which
were a necessity in the life he was portraying, a.s
more money was necessary for his needs as a play
wright. As his expenses rose his plays became more
numerous. Why? Because of his lack of funds.
Some leading critics say the more plays Shakes
peare turned out, the more plays lacked his best
Paul Laurence Dunbar was a man endowed with
the gift of imagination and rh.\i;hm. In early child
hood he began to express himself through poetry.
Although he had the touch of genius, the hard strug
gle for existence caused by his father’s death drove
him to support his mother. Though he did odd
jobs around the hotels, he hoped for better things
than mere menial employment. After he had ob
tained an education, on account of his financial con
dition, he, too, resorted to his natural abilities to
support his mother. Again, you see the lack of
funds effecting the life of a great writer.
Sir Walter Scott, one of the great novelists of the
nineteenth century suffered a reverse in fortune, as
the result of a publishing firm going into bank
ruptcy of which he was a silent partner. This sud
den turn of business affairs along with other things,
would have completely discouraged an ordinary man.
So well did Scott redouble his energy in turning
out novels to meet his debts that he has often been
called the “Wizard of the North.”
Thus, we see, that these great writers spurred
on by the lack of funds to turn out books by the
wholesale, have resulted in what is called the “com
mercialization of literature.”
Trudelle Wimbush, ’28.
The seventh grade geography class under Miss
J. E. Alston brought to us a real treat in the form
of a debate Dec. 14, during the chapel hour. In
the absence of Miss Alston, Alice Moran, Normal ’29,
presided. The question was, “Resolved: That the
progress of South America is due more to the char
acter of the people than to the land in which they
live.” Those representing the affirmative were.
Gladys Smithwick and -Johnola Staton; the negative
were, James Jackson and James Lowery. The de
cision of the judges was unanimous in favor of the
On Tuesday, Dec. 18, the fifth grade eager to
show w'hat they could do came to chapel with a de
bate. The question was, “Resolved; That Brazil
afforded better opportunities for the development of
young people than Argentina. Elizabeth Bias and
Charles Bowser represented the affirmative while
Daniel Bowser and Katherine Pruden represented
the negative. Bernice Bias, Normal, ’29, acted as
chairman. The debate was very interesting as some
very good material was got by the pupils. The de
cision of the judges was 2-1 in favor of the affirma
« * #
Sunday night, Dec. 16, at 6:30, a Christmas
pageant, “The Nativity,” was given in the school
auditorium by some of the members of the Y. W. C.
A. and the M. C. A. The program, directed by
Misses E. J. Lewis and W. M. King was an impres
sive unfolding of the Christmas story.
* * *
Wednesday night, Dec. 19, the Y. W. C. A., gave
the last social of the season in the Y. W. C. A.
room in Symera Hall. A large number were present
and an enjoj’able evening was spent. The special
features were; A magic trick performed b\’ Martha
Cobb, a riddle contest, in which Katie Speller re
ceived the prize, and a solo contest. The partici
pants in the solo contest were: Katie Jones, Ara-
minta Ransome, Louise Maultsby, and Donnie Hill-
The contest was very interesting but very hard to
judge. The judges finally decided that the prizes
should be awarded as follows: