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The Elon College Weekly.
THE ELON COLLEGE WEEKLY |
Published every Tuesday during the College |
year by I
The Weekly Publishing Company. !
W. P. LAWRENCE.
J. W. BARNEY.
A. C. HALL.
W. C. WICKER.
T. C. AMICK,
All matters pertaining to subscriptions should i
be addressed to W. C. Wicker, Elon College, E. C. :
The office of publication is Burlington. N. C.
The office of the Editor is Elon College, N.
C.. where all communications relative to the
Weekly should be sent.
Application for entry as second-class mail mat
ter at the postoffice at Burlington, N. C., pending.
TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 1910
It is a great error to suppose that you
must sow wild oats. No doubt, how
ever, it is a sweet morsel for the lazy to
roll under their tongues. There are lots
of fellows in college who seem to do
nothing—but it is only a small number
that are really worthless. The boys who
even do not pass with their classes—who
have been in college perhaps three years
and are still lingering about the Freshman
threshold may not be failures. And
why ? Because they have learned some
thing and developed along some line that
their natural tendencies induced. A fel
low who never advances with his class
may be, by far, more cultivated than
those who have outstripped him. It is
no common thing to find in the Senior
classes of colleges, a man who really
knows little—that is a man who knows
only a few rules and the story of a few
lives of great men—in other words, a
pedantic Lilliputian. The fellow who
doesn't learn so much from his school
books, and who may be found reading
in the library every afternoon, is more of
an all-round man than the higher class
man, who merely studies the required
textb ooks. The fellow who never passes,
but uses his social advantages and deve
lops his general bearing will not make
so great a failure as his learned brother,
who can quote forty passages from Shakes
peare and name all the heroes from Me
thuselah to Roosevelt and not be able to
carry on an intelligent conversation with
a blacksmith. It is a fact then —and no
wonder—that many boys, who have
the reputation of doing nothing, leave
college and become leading men- The
reason is they were not worthless in col
lege. They formed one or two good
habits that no one recognized and these
made them successful. It is a pity that
such fellows are called worthless, for two
reasons. First, they are not and they
make good citizens. Secondly, that be
cause these seemingly worthless fellows
make a success deceives the public and
leads it almost to believe that the sorry
boy makes the smarter man. Now there
is no more fallacious idea than this,—
and worse, because the public is so de
ceived, it causes a really no-c ount bo}- to
be even more worthless. Now fortunate
ly there are not many really sorry boys in
any one college—but the few that are,
will forever remain worthless if they think
their sorriness will make them great. It
wasn’t a worthless life that Shelley led
while in Oxford University that made
him great, although he was expelled from
that institution. Carlyle couldn’t learn
math—like many today—and perhaps he
was called a sorry fellow, but he learned
other things and became great. The
diploma depends upon the curriculum,
but a broad education—culture—depends
upon many things not studied in books.
So any boy that isn’t really sorry can
be a success. A sorry fellow who has
deceived himself with that very popular
theory, and very false theory, that he
must sow his wild oats to become great,
not only does not study or read, but
he actually does not absorb enough to
influence him. And you notice such a
fellow; he grows worse the longer he
stays in college, and when he is expelled
he makes a noble example of " worthless
ness that hath overleaped itself and fallen
on the other side."
All people are not born equal; but
they are born into a world where " a
man may be a man for all that."
“The Utiexpected Seven.”
Pursuant to the wishes of a majority of
its members, " The Unexpected Seven "
met in its club rooms again last night;
" Bonus Pater " Epicureus was in the
chair and all of the members were present
and in good spirits. " Bonus Pater " had
provided for the occasion, and suggested
that the regular progamme be suspended
long enough to consume the cigars and
" swap" some of the yarns which had
accumulated during the past week.
At the end of half an hour the smok
ing and the yam spinning we/e over:
Julius Caesar told a "stale one" about
"The Frog in the Milk-can " and as a
punishment he will have to go to the
"West Dormitory" the next time the
rules are suspended. We poor fellows
wept bitterly, but " Bonus Pater" re
fused to change the punishment and said,
" This is a solemn warning to you all."
" It is now time to begin the regular
work of the evening," said the wise one
of the chair. We will now hear from
Embryo Shakespeare upon the subject,
" Woman a Curiosity."
We regret that we cannot give the
speech in its entirety, but since we could
not get the original manuscript; we will
give the gist of it, as it was recorded by
the " Benevolus Scriba." Mr. Shakes
peare said in part:
" Curiosity thy name is woman, (pro
longed applause.) Some years ago I
decided to make a trip into the Orient,
that I might see some of the wonders of
the world and the birthplaces of the
ancestors of "The Unexpected Seven."
I visitsd the English, the Swiss, the
Italians, the Scotch, the Germans, the
Jews, the Russians, the Egyptians, the
Chinese, the Lilliputians, the Africans, the
Hottentots, and all other races from Dan-
Bersheba. i examined the ruins of a
hundred ancient cities. I saw the mil
lions of curios deposited in the monas
teries and museums of all Europe, until I
grew sick and tired of the endless mo
notony of it all. I longed for home, and
soon had my toes turned in that direction."
At this juncture of the speech Julius
Caesar interrupted, " Shakesoeare, you’re
off the subject," and Mr, Shakespeare re
opened. " Don’t worry, Ca:sar, the
women in Europe are under control. I’ll
bring the subject home by and by. I was
in Liverpool when I decided to hasten
home. I packed my trunks as soon as I
could, and took passage on the German-
Loyd liner " Scipio." There was only
one American girl aboard, and there were
about fifteen American men besides my
self. Well! 1 whspered to myself,
Shakespeare, it’l be a little dull for a few
days. But, ' By Jove !' The seven
wonders were not in it. I tell you men.
I’ve seen grass grow that will change it’s
color whenever it rains, and lizards that
change to match the kind of substance
upon which they crawl, and flowers that
open to the day, and others to the night.
But never before had 1 seen a creature
that had no respect for either substance,
weather, color, day nor night. (Thun
"She was a beautiful creature (Julius
Caesar, " off the subject again") and I
essayed to have a little conversation with
her. I’ll call her Miss Blank, for con
venience, as most of them are blanks.—
(applause.) Miss Blank had been in
Europe almost two months, and had seen
more curiosities and was bringing more
home with her than I had observed dur
ing the five years that I had been there.
She purchased her specimens in Paris,
and wore a different one at each meal,
and still another at evening. She had
learned forty different ways to dress her
hair and had as many different appurten
ances to hold it in place. There are a
thousand other things that I could men
tion, about hair, toilet preparations, etc.,
if 1 had enough French. But really it
was the most restful trip that I have ever
enjoyed—peach-basket hats, gowns of
crepe de chine and what not ? The
scenery was simply grand, and the "Ean-
de-Cologue" made you think that you
were in the midst of a flower garden.
Well I saw Miss Blank a great deal
during our voyage, in fact we became
engaged twice; it was the same way
with the other fifteen Americans.
Well, I got home safe, and pretty well
" sounded." (Laughter.)
" Most of you have either heard, or
know that the women in the monasteries
talk a very little, especially to the men.
I have found a pretty good comparison
since coming to Elon. (Laughter.)
You need not laugh. The rest of you
have been ' stung,' too. A few other
remarks and the verse which we give be
low, and the speaker had finished.
" Give morn its sunlight splendors
In their rich and varied hues.
But while singing thus and praising.
Give woman, also, her dues."
After the speech was concluded and
the congratulations and criticisms had
subsided, " Bonus Pater " announced that
John Socrates would philosophize some
what at the next meeting. The lights
then faded out, and the "Unexpected
Seven" disappeared as mysteriously as
DR. J. S. FROST
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