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Sale Gives Readings
From His Book
John B. Sale Reads Before Sa
lem Audience Charming
Stories in Negro Dialect
A second Joel Chandler Harris,
according to many people, is John
B. Sale who has achieved distinction
as the author of “The Tree Named
John.” Certainly Mr. Sale’s style
is similar to that of the famed origi
nator of the Uncle Remus stories;
and his accounts of Bre’er Rabbit s
adventures are pleasingly fresh and
On Sunday afternoon^ in the Sa-
lem College Library, he gave read
ings from his book before a delighted
auditnce of students and faculty
members. In an interview Mr. Sale
said “Everything in ‘The Tree
Named John’ is true. It is a record
of the happiest memories of my own
boyhood.” Anyone hearing tliis
Mississippian recount incidents from
his own plantation experiences readi
ly believed that he was re-living
those happy childhood days, so en
thusiastically did he depict the
scenes and the characters. He ac
quainted his enrapt listeners with
the negro friends of his childhood,
superstitious, loyal and deeply relig
ious-chanting spirituals, with deep
musical intonations just like an old
time negro preacher; and drawling
stories about Bre’er Lion with all
the seriousness and imaginativeness
of a Siuthern “mammy.”
Mr. Sale’s verbal memory is most
extraordinary, his ability to recall
literally the stories heard during his
boyhood. When asked how it was
possible to remember the exact lan
guage used the author replied that
he could not account for it, but that
at times recollections came to him
in almost an inspirational way, the
very words vivid as though he had
“heard them only yesterday.”
Mr. Sale reveals the negroes just
as he remembers them, without the
sentimentality and romantic glamor
with which many authors surround
them. He records something that is
particularly appealing, the close re
lationship of the old-time Southern
colored servant to his white folks,
especially the children.
Before leaving here Mr. Sale gra
ciously took time to autograph cards
for several girls who are interested
in his book. By request he is now
visiting various towns in North
Carolina where he is to give read
ings from “The Tree Named John.
College education by radio has
been made available to the extensive
radio family of WSB, Atlanta.
The courses cover history, phys
ics English literature and other
subiects. Thev will be sent from
Athens over a wire to WSB. Lec
tures on history will be broadcast
each Monday/physi-s on Wednes
day and English literature on Sat
urday by University of Georgia pro
The courses will run 12 weeks;
one lecture in each course a week.
The courses will be broadcast at
noon to make them available to high
school students.
The lectures will come as a reg
ular part of the joint program of the
University of Georgia and the Geor
gia State College of Agriculture over
WSB each week day, from 12:30 to
1 ;30 p. m.. Central time.
Miss Minnie J. Smith and a num
ber of I.atin students met inform
ally, on Thursday afternoon, to
celebrate the two thousandth anni
versary of Vergil’s birth. "They
read some selections from the G-.-or-
Dr. Rondthaler Speaks
In Expanded Chapel
Delivers Interesting Lecture;
Presents the Historical
Background of Advent
In the expanded chapel service
on Wednesday, Dec. 4, Dr. Rond
thaler gave the first of a series of
lectures concerning the Advent sea-
As an appropriate preliminary to
the address, the members of the
student body sang several Christmas
hymns. Dr. Rondthaler pointed out
the sad mistake in the custom which
limits the Christmas celebration to
two days and entirely omits the Ad
vent season.
He said that there is a natural joy
in prolonging Christmas, and that
in doing so, we are adhering more
closely to the Christian spirit,” with
out which there would be no true
Christmas. The big corporations
and moneyed industries of this day
are endeavoring to commercialize the
Spirit of Christmas and make it an
advantageous source of money-mak-
ing. However, Dr, Rondthaler said
that he did not think they would ever
succeed, as the true significance of
the occasion has lasted too long
through the ages to be destroyed
Dr. Rondthaler declared that if
the Christian religion has given us
Christmas, it is our duty to realize
the real meaning of the gift and to
utilize it to the greatest advantages.
The Advent season is the very
“Gate-way” to Christmas. There is
a very happy necessity and a very
gratifying possibility of resurrect
ing the background of the original
story in our present day celebrations.
The First Christmas day was orig
inated two hundred and fifty years
ago before the birth of Christ, by an
unexpected demand of a heathen
ruler that the old Hebrew Testament
should be translated into the Greek
language. Consequently, in the Uni
versity town of Alexandria, the Old
Testament was translated for the
first time into a language other than
Hebrew. Thus, with Greek stories,
Greek hymns and Greek narration,
for the first time in centuries, the
Old Testament was unlocked and
became accessible to all people.
For two and one-half centuries,
the Old Testament became the most
read book of its day. The Hebrew
nation looked with pride and happi
ness on the popularity of their liter
ature, The result of the wide in
fluence of the Old Testament was the
conversion of a large number of peo
ple to the Hebrew faith and doc-
“Patient Expectation,” according
to Dr. Rondthaler, is the single
phrase which appropriately charac
terizes the Hebrew nation. In de
veloping this statement further, he
said that the great confusion which
arose in Jerusalem about si^ty days
ago, had at its heart this same idea
of “patient expectation,” The
confusion took place at the Jewish
“Wailing” wall, at the old Temple
of Jerusalem, where the people have
gathered for centuries to pray and
cry unto God to answer their pray
ers and fulfill their hopes and ex
The doctrine of “Patient Expecta
tion” was one of the main threads
underlying the Old Hebrew Testa
ment and was one of the doctrines
in it which influenced the Greeks,
This expectation surrounded and fo
cused on one person whose coming
had been prophesied by Isaiah 750
years before. The time of his com
ing was not designated, but it was
designated that he was to be born
of a virgin and that he was to be
a person of stupendous purposes and
duties. He was also designated to
be called The Everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace, and Emanuel,
which means God With Us. Another
prophesy of Isaiah’s concerning this
person was that in his dominion,
there would be no enemies, a thing
(Continued on Page Three)
Miss Zok Tsung Chen
Speaks at Vespers
Chinese Student Talks About
Her Country in Y. W. C. A.
Vesper Service
The Y. W. C. A. Vesper service
for Sunday, December 1, was unus
ually interesting. The service began
with the hymn, “Day Is Dying in
the West,” following which Mary
Elizabeth Meeks read a passage of
Scripture from the book of John and
Mrs. Rondthaler led in prayer.
Miss Zok Tsung Clien was intro
duced as the speaker of the evening.
She is a student at the Greensboro
College for Women. She was charm
ing and spoke delightfully of her
country. According to Miss Tsung
Chen, Kubla Khan was the real dis
coverer of America, for he landed on
this continent when he was seeking
a new route from Europe to China.
There are three types of homes
in China: those of the poor, which
are mere liovels; those of the well-to-
do, whicli are very large, and which
house several generations of one
family and, the modern homes, which
differ very little from the homes in
tliis country.
In closing Miss Tsung Chen said
that she wanted to bring to the girls
at Salem a message of love from lier
Chinese people.
^ ^ ^ ^ ^
Do your Christmas shop
ping at the Y, W. C. A,
Bazaar, in the lobby of
Main Hall, Monday after
noon, December 16,
Very attractive gifts will
be on sale, and you must
not miss this opportunity,
^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^
Posture Through Ages
Presented Tonight
Pageant to Be Given in the
Hut by the Athletic
Saturday, December 7, the Ath
letic Association will present a pag
eant, “Posture Through the Ages” in
the gymnasium at 9:00, At this time
blue ribbons and prizes will be given
to the girls whom the committee con
sider liave the best postures.
The first appearance will be of
the Greek ages, characterizing the
renowned Grecian grace, poise and
correct carriage. The girl rep
resenting this age will demonstrate
the discus and javelin throws. There
will be a Grecian interpretative
Next will be shown the Age of
Chivalry illustrated by a fencing
duel, a popular sport of that age,
followed by the minuet expressing
the activities of the girl of the
Colonial Age.
The Old-Fashioned Girl will ap
pear next with her superfluous and
bunglesome athletic clothes. She is
in turn followed by the girl of the
World War Period and here will be
shown the decided change that be
gan to come in woman’s active life.
Last but most assuredly not least
in importance will come the “Mod
ern Girl” and her most active and
healthy life, from which she devel-
opes the “body beautiful and mind
The girls whom the judges ac
claim as the “best posture girls” will
review before tlieir electors and audi
ence. A dance will follow immedi
ately with music furnished by Salem
Syncopating Serenaders. Several
features have been planned includ
ing clogs and tap dances.
Salem Observes
Good Posture Week
Athletic Association Sponsors
Contest Among Students,
To Be Judged by Faculty
“Good Posture Week,” observed at
Salem during the past week, was be
gun at chapel service last Saturday
morning. At this time Miss Atkin
son stated the purpose of “Good
Posture Week,” and a number of
girls took part in a demonstration
relative to the contest.
The purpose of this week’s activi
ties is to emphasize the necessity of
proper carriage. This may be re
garded from both the physical and
personal appearance standpoints.
The girl whose posture follows
“Chin in, chest out, abdomen flat”—
is gaining a two-fold benefit. Her
appearance surpasses 100% that of
the girl who is a living example of
the faulty postures. She keeps her
spine straight, her lungs clear and
open, lier muscles sturdy, her circu
lation free and her general health
better than her “slouchy sister’s.”
Msis Atkinson says, “Good posture
and good health depend on each
Adelaide Webb, Athletic Asso
ciation president, commented on
“Good Posture Week,” its aims and
purpose, and she introduced the girls
who were depicting faulty postures.
Leo Wilder demonstrated the “dow
ager hump”; Eleanor Willingham,
the “debutante slouch,” and Louisa
Coleman, the “flat chest.” Valeda
James reviewed the results of bad
points of posture. The class room
posture in setting was demonstrated
by Martha Delaney.
The members of the Academy and
of the college are invited to enter the
contest. Mirrors have been placed
in all the buildings and the girls
are urged to observe their own pos
tures. Five membeis of the faculty
have been appointed to watch the
postures and carriages of the girls
on campus, at meals, in class-rooms,
walking and sitting. The week ends
Saturday night, the 8th, and the
winners will be announced at the
pageant to be given. So it’s “chin
in, chest out and abdomen flat” for
Salem, now and forever!
Students’ Recital
At Music Hour
Regular Thursday Afternoon
Music Hour Features Va
ried Program
At the Music Hour, held in Me
morial Hall on Thursday afternoon
of this week, voice and piano stud
ents presented a beautiful and well-
rendered number of selections. The
program was as follows:
Pastorale Scarlatti
Louise Salisbury
Russian Song Without Words
In Crinolines Schlemuller
Elaine Erickson
Prelude Melodique Dost
Katherine Harwood
Evening Curran
As I went a-roaming Brahe
Christine Perkins
Vesperale Scott
Eleanor Idol
Autumn Song Tschaikowsky
Albert Blumenthal
Du Bist Die Ruh ....Schubert-Liszt
Edith Fulp
Bird of Love Divine Wood
Happy Song del Riego
Eleanor Bagwell
Mazurka in B minor Cnopin
James Pfohl
I,a Pastorella Schubert
The Robin’s Song White
Annie Sue Sheets
Nocturne in B Major Chopin
Agnps Pollock
Passacaglia in D minor.—Buxtehude
Ina Cox
Arbutus Dennee
Sprites of the Glen Dennee
Helen Fowler
Pan-Hellenic Council
Discusses New Plan
Miss Atkinson Puts Proposi
tion Before Sororities;
Plan Accepted
The Pan-Hellenic Council met on
Wednesday night for the purpose of
hearing a proposition which Miss
Atkinson, on behalf of the Physical
Education Department, wished to
present to representatives of the four
Salem sororities.
This suggestion was that each so
re rity (Delta Sigma Delta, Theta
Delta Pi, Beta Beta Phi, and Alpha
Phi Kappa) select an athletic man
ager and get together a basketball
team, so that there can be an oppor
tunity for more girls to have an ac
tive part in the school’s most pop
ular sport. The members agreed to
have meetings that night to find out
if the other sorority girls approved.
As a result, the plan was adopted,
and preparations are being made for
inter-sorority games—to precede the
regular inter-class games.
At a second Pan-Hellenic Council
Conference, on Thursday, arrange
ments for the annual Pan-Hellenic
banquet were discussed. The ban
quet will be held soon after the
Christmas holiday.
Home Economics Club
Holds Annual Bazaar
Home Economics Students Af
ford Attractive Display in
Lobby of Main Hall
The Home Economics Club held
its annual Christmas Bazaar on
Monday afternoon, from two until
six o’clock, in the lobby of Main
Hall. A large number of customers
was present throughout the after
noon. Members of the Club had
charge of the sales at conveniently
arranged tables where one might
procure hot coffee and sandwiches,
very mucli in demand on such a
bleak day; or an attractive assort
ment of gifts appropriate for the
coming season. In addition to the
Japanese novelty prints, stationery,
cigarette boxes, jewelry, handker
chiefs and ash trays, there were home
made fruit cakes and fancy candies
in Christmas boxes.
The proceeds of the Bazaar are
to go to the fund for furnishing the
new Practice House now under con
First Fire Drill of
Year Takes Place
Fire Drill Thursday of This
Week; Time Record Bet
ter Than Heretofore
On Thursday, just before the
lunch hour, a college Fire Drill was
held for the first time this year.
In chapel that morning Eva Hack
ney, Fire-Chief, announced the drill
and the line-up for each building.
Promptly at one o’clock the alarm
was sounded and the dormitories
were quickly and quietly vacated.
All the girls were out of Alice Clew-
ell building in 1 minute, 20 seconds.
Lehman Hall, 1 minute; Society
Hall, 40 seconds; Junior Hall, 1
minute. Miss Riggan, Lyda Wom-
elsdorf, Charlotte Stair, and Annie
Koonce Sutton were time-keepers,
Mrs. Rondthaler, who observed
the drill, commented on the amazing
lack of noise and confusion.
The Athletic Association has
awarded blue ribbons to thirty col
lege students and sixteen Academy
students whose posture is the best
on the campus.

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