North Carolina Newspapers

Z 541
Number 3.
Tonight Charles Landridge Mor
gan, noted novelist and dramatic
critic of the Iiondon Times, will
lecture in Memorial Hall.
Mr. Morgan will speak on ‘ ‘ The
Values of Imagination and Rea
Mr. Morgan, a Chefvalier de la
Legion d’Honneur and a Fellow of
the Royal Society of Literature was
born in the County of Kent in 1894.
Becoming rather ambitious in early
childhood, Morgan, at the ag(? of
ig, went to his father and expressed
his desire to become a writer. He
also aked to be educated for such
a profession. His father, who was
a prominent engineer and a solid
Victorian parent, instead of saying
“Pooh, pooh, nonsense! There ha®
nefver been a writer in our family,
was quite open-minded and told his
young son that first it would be
necessary for the boy to find a job
that would bring him a steady in
come, some leisure, and perhaps al
low him to travel.
S^ill pondering over what his
father had told him, two years later
young Morgan went again to his
fpther, asHing permission to enter
the Royal Navy. He had decided
to become a sailor, to prepare him
self for becoming a writer. The
father was rather surprised at this
decision and could hardly under
stand it, yet he arranged for his
son to begin training.
And so, at the age of 13, Morgan
v^ntered the British navy as a ca
let. Here he worked hard and
spent his spare time in writing.
In an article on Morgan for the
New York Times Robert Van Bei
der tells of an interesting incident
in Morgan’s life as a sailor. Mor
gan was serving as a midshipman
on a boat about to leave for Singa
pore, and from there to China.
While the boat was still in the
harbor, one day Morgan took out
his books and papers and began
going, over them in the gunnery.
When’ time came for him to go on
watch, he left his papers and went
on deck.
In the meantime, the sub-Jieuten-
and noticed the papers; scattered
around and took the book of poems
to his cabin. The next day Mor
gan was told to report to the sub-
lieuterfant. Not until the officer
asked if he would have Scotch or
Irish did the mounting fear in the
young author’s mind subside and
did he know that everything was
all right.
It seems that the officer was a
descendant of Matthew Arnold and
had a great many of the best Eng
lish writers as family friends or
relatives. Attracted to Morgan’s
poems, he offered to send them to
friends for criticism. Knowing no
writers at all, Morgan was de
lighted. Soon he received word
that his poems were good and that
he had a fair chance to succeed in
a career of writing.
Consequently, Morgan went to
his father a third time and per
suaded him to buy him out of the
England in 1913, and now prepar-
, ing for college, Morgan went back
to the Nav.y when the great war
broke out. When Antwerp fell in
October 1914, the young writer was
made prisoner and interned in Hol
land for two years. Concerning his
imprisonment, he said “There is
nothing like a moderately comfor
table captivity to help along a
After the war he enterel Brase-
nose College at Oxford, where in
1921 he receivel his A. B. degree.
Prom Oxford he joined the editori
al staff of the London Times as an
assistant dramatic critic under A.
B. Walkley, whom he succeeded in
In 1923 Morgan took time out of
his eventful life to marry Hilda
Vaughan, a Welsh novelist.
The lecturer is not now working
with the Times because there is no
longer space for articles on the
Morgan_ points out that one pur
pose in coming to America is to
let the people know that England is
not as interested in hanging on to
her property as she formerly was.
He says, “One thing we know is
that there is to be no reward for
us of ease or gain or comfort. Per
haps for our grandsons. But we
do not seek in victory vengeance,
profit or even the preservation of
what we possess. All victory can
mean is an opportunity to replant,
to safeguard the early growth, to
leave the maturity to others. We’re
dedicated to the future, the only
sensible thing to do. What possible
use is care for your possessions
with bombs smashing them, and
flaming bombers dropping into your
street I”
Especially fond of mystic but
popular bouts with love and death
as his themes, Morgan has published
quite a few books: The Gunroom,
My Name is Legion, Portrait in a
Mirror (awaded the Femina Vie
Heureuse Prise in 1930); The Foun
tain (awardel the Hawthornden
Prise for 1933): Epitaph on George
Moore; Spaxkenbroke; The Flashing
Stream (play) and The Voyage.
Miss Christine Dunn, violinist,
will be presented in her graduation
recital by the Salem College School
of Music on Monday evening, Octo
ber 12, at 8:30 p. m. in Memorial
Christine will be assisted by Miss
Kathryn Swain, professor of voice.
Margaret Leinback will be at the
piano for Christine and Miss Laura
Emily Pitts will accompany Miss
Christine, who lives in Winston-
Arts degree from Salem College in
Salem, received her Bachelor of
1939. She was to have completed
her Bachelor of Music in 1940 but
on account of illness was unable
to give her graduation recital, the
last requirement for a degree.
Since that time, Christine has
been teaching Public School Music
in Rich Square, N. C., commuting
for occasional lessons with her
teacher. Miss Hazel Horton Read.
The program is as follows:
Christine will play the Adagio,
Larghetto and Allegro movements
of Handel’s “Sionata in D Major”
after which Miss Swain will sing
“Care Selve” by Handel, and
“Come, O Come My Life’s De
light” 'by Harty. Beethoven’s
“Romance in F”, Elgar’s “La
Caprieuse” and Bridge’s “Mato
Perpetuo” will be played by Christ
ine. Miss Swaim follows with
Mozart’s “O What Grief” from
II Soragilo. Christine’s last group
will include the “Concerto in B
Minor” and “Maestroso Allegro
Non Troppo.”
Dean Vardeil
Presents ^^The Shelf
Behind The Door”
Miss Johnsie Moore, of this city,
who received her Bachelor of Music
degree from Salem College in June,
1941, has been awarded a scholar
ship for a year’s study at the Juil-
liard School of Music in New York.
She was given an audition at the
school last week at which time she
played the following selections:
Prelude and Fugue in B flat Minor
by Bach; Sonata, opus 31, unmber
3 by Beethoven and Nocturne in
B, opus 32 number 1 by Chopin.
Johnsie was a piano pupil of Mrs.
Viola Tucker Anscombe. While at
Salem, Johnsie studieil violin with
Miss Read and was in the college
Plans were voted Monday by the
executive board of the Salem Col
lege Alumnae for an alumnae house
with a “side-saddle” room. If
these plans are carried through,
Salem College will soon have the
distinction of being one of the v^ery
few, if not the only, colleges in
America with a room provided for
the exclusive use of “side-saddles.”
The executive board voted to
raise $10,000 to restore one of the
oldest buildings on Salem campus.
This building will be the proposed
Alumnae House. The “side-sad
dle” room will be on the top story
of the Alumnae House.
The building, directly east of
South Hall adjoins the building
and until this year used as the col
lege dining room. The architect’s
drawing for the renovations in
cludes offices for the alumnae sec
retary, a lounge, bedrooms, and the
“In days long past, pupils at
Salem Fenmle Academy often rode
to the school on horseback. Fre-
quenlty a young lady arrived on
her own horse, and though there was
no provision at the school for keep
ing private horses, she was allowed
to keep hcT side saddle against the
day when she would have finished
her courses of instruction and was
ready to ride homo again. Fathers
or brothers who escorted the girls
to Salem, often from- as far away as
Mississippi, led the riderless horses
Thii^ week the College Lecture
Series presents Mr. Charles Morgan,
novelist and Dramatic Critic and
the library is privileged to present
his three best known w'orks, namely
The Fountain, published in 1932,
Sporkenbroke, 193(5 and The Voy
age, 1940.
The Fountain
The .scene is Enkendael, the castle
of the Van Leydens, a Dutch family
of ancient lineage. To it comes
Lewis Alison a British officer in
terned for the duration of the war.
Here he will write his story of the
contemplative Hfe, ponderisg the
while the meaning of existence, but
here he finds .Tulie, step-daughter
of his host. She is the English wife
of a Prussion nobleman—an officer
at the front. First an interloper,
then an interlude, Julie becomes luu luu liuciicas
finally and completely the ''''hole | returned, sometimes not
meaning of Alison’s life. And then (.jugp or four years, with extra
The North Carolina Student
Home Economics Club Association
will meet here at Salem October
24th and 25 th. This organization
is made up of High School and Col
lege Home Economics clubs
throughout the state. Members of
the association are members of both
state and national associations.
Approximately two hundred mem
bers are expected to attend. The
main theme of the meeting is
Food as a Part of National De
fence.” One of the main speakers
is to be Miss French Boyd who is
nutritionist, of the School Health
Coordinating Service in Raleigh.
Her topic is “What Can Home
Economics Students Do to Improve
Nutrition in North Carolina?” An
other speaker is to be Miss Moor
ing from City Hospital.
While the girls are here they will
go sight-seeing over the campus and
will visit the Wachovia Museum.
A movie on nutrition, released by
the United States Department of
Agriculture, w^ill be shown. Also
a panel discussion on available vo
cations for Home Economics gradu
ates will be hold on Friday night.
There will be a formal banquet in
the Refectory. An interesting var
iety of exhibits is also being plan
ned for the meeting.
Lois Swain of Salem is the presi
dent of the association. Edith
Horsefield is reporter. Various
students serving on committees are:
Flora Avera, Dorothy McLean
Struven and others to bo appointed
Struven and others to be appointed
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, Salem College
students and faculty had the privi
lege of hearing Dr. Charles G. Var
deil, Jr.’s initial performance of
his newest composition. This work
is the story in music of Dr. Var
deil’s impressions of the old camp
meeting song, “The Shelf Behind
the Door.” In it are the charac
ters who are involved in the story
of the shelf and what it means.
Dr. Rondthaler introduced Dean
Vardeil as if he were a stranger
coming to Salem, a artist
giving his ' concert at the college.
He told of the rich educational back
ground of the musician, his liberal
arts foundation, his w^ork at Prince
ton, and the wide recognition given
his symphoviy, The Carolinian.
Miss Mar*garet Vardeil, at the
second piano, did a brilliant piece
of work assisting her father.
“The Shelf Behind the Door,” is
a hiding place where one’s sins and
vices are tucked away, and when
on% gets religion the shelf is sup
posed to be discorded and not used
again, according to Dr. Vardeil.
The composition opened with the
theme playel in three part harmony
followed by the seven character
variations which contribute to the
story of the shelf and its use.
The music describes the psycho
logical appearence of: Gambling
Sam, light, fingered and debonair;
Squire Hard Fist, mean and stingy;
Widow Meekins, aggressive, with a
whining voice and the ability to
absorb one with hi*r troubles; Fid-
din’ Gus’ who with the “devil’s
instrument,” bring in 3 folk tunes;
snake-tongued Sophie, evil and
vicious; Amen corner, dignified
and sincere with ponderous hypo
crites; and Frankie, who is weary,
teary, and beery, and comes in
with the familiar strains from
“Frankie and Johnny”.
In the dramatic finals there is a
stirring exhortation to turn from
sin, repent and discard the shelf.
Thue music ends amid shouts of
suddenly the husband returns
verv wraith and shadow of a man.
A strange and a strangely
love story theirs — in a setting
strange and far away.
Piers Tenniel 12th Baron Spar
kenbroke, the hero of this long
meditation novel, w’as concerned
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mounts to bo provided with the
side-saddles brought down from the
Oct. 14—Dr. Stanberry—-Metho-
dist Church
Oct. 16—Dr. Harrison—Bowman
Gray Med. School.
This week Wyatt Wilkinson,
chairman of May Day, announce^i
tho chairmen of the various May
Day committees. The chairmen are
as follows: vice-chairman, Margo
Ray; music, Margaret Leinback;
dances, Margaret Bettinger;
dresses, Elizabeth Welborn; Woe
Blue Inn, Vivian Smith; flowers,
Becky Condler; costumes, Flora
Avera; programs, Agnes Mae John
son; nominations, Allene Harrison
The chairmen for the publicity and
properties committees h^ve not been
At the Winjstou-Salem Branch
Association meeting of the Salem
Alumna held on October 3, Mrs. T.
Holt Haywood very generously do
nated several hundred dwarf box
woods to be used in laying out of
an ever-green in the court-yard be
hind South Hall and in front of the
Day Student’s Activity Center.
Salemites, new and old, are con
scripting their men for the Student
Government dance Saturday night.
The call was issued a few weeks
ago in chapel by Reese Thomas,
student head.
Mary O’Keefe says that Shirley
Smith and his orchestra wiH play.
All would-be punch spikers see
Dorothy McLean, in charge of ref
reshments. Responsible for the
red, white and blue decorations in
the gym is Mary Jane Copenhaven.
The invitation committee was
headed by Minnie Louise Westmore
There will bo four no breaks and
a special dancer who will replace
tho figure. All faculty members
will act as chaj>erones.

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