The Elon College Weekly VOL. I. New Series BURLINGTON, N. C, TUESDAY, APRIL 19. 1910. NO. 10 And Elon College. N. C. Great Things Have Little Be ginnings. [An oration delivered by Joseph Pleasant Farmer at the Clio Entertain ment, February 22, 1910.] Great things have insignificent settings. There were no flags of pomp and power to wave a glorious farewell to the Gen esee sailors as- they sailed from the Spanish port of Palos, nor were there shouting and glorying when they set foot on West India soil. The Plymouth Colony, few in number, landed on the si lent coast of New England, and the Pilgrims settled with prayer and humble song. And there had been no settle ment but for the Indian's corn. All great discoveries have been made when the world was not expecting them and when there was silence. The beginnings have been devoid of show and pomp of power. Every great achievement, every great movement and every great life h?s had its beginnings in the little things. The little fountain gushes softly and silently from the side of the high mountain, but its waters roar in the valleys below. The little acorn grows into the oak and makes a desert place a beautiful habitation. The little deeds of yesterday and the day before, to-day fall lightly upon the ocean of time, but their waves of in fluence encircle the S"t and spread out, and out for ever. The little habits of last year and the year before are small and insignificent but they are the "'ones which build the structure of character. Sir Walter Raleigh threw his cloak across the muddy path, that the .Qjeen might pass over with shoes unsoiled and this was the beginning of his favor with Elizabeth and of his immortal knight hood. The simple things, the little things, the common place things have made and continue to make the great men of His tory and of enduring honor. No indi vidual can attribute his success to any great circumstance in his life. He can not think of one wonderful thing that transformed his life and made his fame all at once. He will recall only the little things and will find that out of these grew his present state. Demosthenes’ fame was not begotten when he delivered that matchless oration on the crown, but when he stood by the seashore and spoke with pebbles in his mouth. Cicero’s name had its beginning not in the orations ..gainst Catiline, but when he followed his teacher day after day and spoke after him. Webstar plead with his brother for the life of a bird, and there began his fame as an orator and statesman. Lincoln lay upon the hearth at night after he ha^l spent the day splitting rails and read, by torch light, the books which were his hidden path to the presidency of the United Sta es. Small beginnings, these! Shall we wait for great things to turn up and make us great in the twinkling of an eye ? We have heard of old that fortune knocks once at the door of every man’s life, and so it does; but it knocks mdre than once —:t knocks hour after hour, day after day, and year after year. And the boys and the girls, and the young men and the young women of this land are enter taining now this knocking guest, whom through life they must needs bear com pany. The beginnings must be small and the acts very unimportant, but so has been the life’s setting of all the great and good. Not only great lives but great move ment^of every kind have had small be ginnings. The great Student bounteer movement which is spreading over the country and which is meaning so much to the spirit of missions in our own land and for the aid of those across the seas, was started a few years ago when six men met in a prayer meeting behind a stack of hay. The nailing of a few doctrines to the door of a university in Germany was a little affair to Martin Luther, but it meant the revolutionizing of the world in the form of Reformation. When Cranmer and Latimer were burned at the stake it was a common scene, but that fire kindled a great conflagration which, after these many years, has swept across every sea. Tlie night was no brighter than other nights, the stars sang not more happily nor did the moon shine in gentler lusue, when over the Judean hills three wise men sought a savior. He lived like other children, going to church aiiu tu slIiou! ds iliey uiii, [oiling as they toiled. Simple beginnings! But how grand the end ; the fisherman fished on the Gallilean sea and sang their familiar songs, as they drew the net, a simple training it was to be fish as of men. No wonder we read; “Out of weak ness comes strength.” The Shepherd David as he watched his father’s sheep threw rocks at the surrounding objects and played leisurely upon his harp. Later the little stone won a great battle and overcame a great nation. Later the harp was played before kings and prin ces; and later the Shepherd boy was crowned a king. Grand temples are built of small stones and great lives are made up of trifling events. There are many strokes of the artist’s brush which we think worthless, but these complete the picture. There are many taps of the sculpter’s mallet which are to us meaningless, but just these touches finish the work. The great Napoleon was a master of the little things. No details were too trivial for his utmost care and study. His marches were perfectly planned and his battles orderly manipulated, and so came his victories and his name foremost amongst the great military geniuses. “Little things give victory. "Trifles," says Michael Angelo, " make perfection, but perfection is no trifle." And Charles Dickens upon being asked what is a genius replied that he was "a being who paid attention to little things." So is life, and so is achievement, based upon little things. It seems a law of greatness that it be placed on a foundation of trivial affairs. How far the simple deeds of life throw their light we cannot divine, and when we take an inventory of our past and present we think it vain and empty. Yet the greatest lives of all ages and of all times have been made up of trifles. "Emergencies and great things occur rarely in our lives. It is the steady stran of little things, trifles, unimportant events, experiences so small as to leave scarcely a trace behind, which make up thesum total of life. The massive gates of circumstance are turned upon the smallest hinge; And thus some seeming prettiest chance Oft gives our life its after tinge. The triflles of our daily lives, The common things scarce worth recall, whereof no visible trace survives, These are the mainsprings, after all. LOCALS AND PERSONALS. Mr. Joe Pointer left Friday for his home at Semora. Miss Blondie Kernodle spent Sunday ^ at her home at Ossipee. Mr. C. J. Kee, of Mebane, spent Sunday here with his family. Mrs. Robinson, from Boston, is visit ing her sister, Mrs. Alma Wilson. Miss Beulah Foster spent Saturday and Sunday at her home in Burlington. Mrs. S. E. Jones, of Suffolk, Va., is visiting her daughter, Miss Ruth Jones. Miss Narvie Hobby, from Raleigh, is vt«ihpo’ K#»r Mrs. Moses Atkin Son. Misses Lila Newman and Mabel Yar brough went to Burlington Saturday shopping. Miss Lillian Aldridge led in Y. W. C. A. Sunday afternoon, subject, “Power of Purpose." Mrs. Willis Lee, from near Norfolk, Va., spent last week here with Mrs. J. O. Atkinson. Miss Bessie and Mr. Marvin McPher son spent Sunday at their brother’s at Haw River. Mr. E. L. Daughtry led in Y. M. C. A. Saturday evening, using as a subject “Right Living." Rev. W. C. Wicker preached at Whitsett Sunday afternoon in the Re formed church. Mr. W. E. Lowe, traveling railroad auditor In West Virginia, spent Sunday with his family. Dr. G. S. Watson left the latter part of the week to visit his daughter, Miss Ellen, at Tryon, N. C. Mr. Henry Barnes spent last week in Eastern North Carolina in the interest of The Barnes Safe Company. Dr. J. O. Atkinson left Saturday af ternoon for Chapel Hill. He held ser vices on Sunday at Damascus. Miss lola Patton, accompanied by Miss Clea Wagner, spent Saturday and Sunday at her home near Mebane. Misses Hattie Ashburn and Affie Griffin spent Saturday night and Sunday at the home of Mrs. E. P. McClure in Graham. Miss Knight, of Greensboro, spent Saturday here visiting Lida Pierce. She purposes to return soon to take the teach er’s course. Mr. S. M. Patton, class of 1909, visited friends here Sunday and Monday. He has just closed a successful year of teaching in Florida. Rev. J. D. Andrew, pastor of the Re formed church in Burlington, filled the pulpit here Sunday. He preached a highly pleasing and practical sermon. Misses Hattie Ashburn, Lillian Al dridge and Pattle Preston spent Friday night and Saturday with Miss Pearl Fogleman at her home in Burlington. Mr. J. C. Stuart was a leader of a very interesting, inspiring meeting In Christian Endeavor Sunday evening, subject, “Good cheer In dark days." ' Quite a number of delegates are ex pecting to attend the Christian Endeavor Convention in High Point, which is to be held thie 22nd, 23rd and 24th of April. The first baseball nine has just re turned from their trip to the Western part of the State. They played six games, made a good showing and had a delightful time. Mr. Mack Neese, of Bellemont, at- I tended the Metiiodist Protestant v^uar- ' terly Conference at Mt. Hermon Satur day and Sunday where he received license to preach the gospel. The following are the delegates elect ed by the Christian Endeavor Society here to go to the State C. E. Conven tion, which meets in High Point next Friday and continues through Sunday; Mr. and Mrs. Scott, from Philadel phia, were pleasant visitors at the college last week. Old students will remember Mrs. Scott as Miss Sallie Albright, who for a number of years with her sister, was a student. Mrs. Scott was greatly pleased with the growth and develop ment of Elon College. Those who deserved special mention in the Psiphelian Society Friday even ing were Miss Viola Frazier, “My Life’s Work.” Miss Ruby Satterfield, “Con dition of Southern Maintainers.” Miss Maggie Isley, “The American Women as discussed by several writers.” Prof. J. T. Cobb, Messrs. W. W. Elder, E. T. Hines, W. F. Warren, C. J. Felton, B. J. Earp, J. C. Stuart, D. S. Scott, R. A. Truitt, H. E. Truitt, J. W. Short, J. F. Morgan, E. L. Daugh try. Misses Hattie Ashburn, Pearl Tuck, Affie Griffin, Bessie McPherson, Cora Lawrence, Lucy Gregory and Nel lie Bryan. In the Philologian Socety last Friday evening, the best speaker oratorically was Mr. J. F. Morgan. Debate, Query, Re solved. " That the Republican party is responsible for the present high cost of living." Best speaker on the affirmative, Mr. Arnold Hall. Best speaker on the negative, Mr. E. T. Hines. Question won by the affiirmative. Affie Griffin.