Vol. Ill, No. 3
Students Select Officers To
Lead This Year’s Glasses
OF SAINT MARY’S
Outstanding Girls Chosen As
Leaders of The Different Groups
The 1939-40 session of Saint Mary’s School
is well under way now with all students settling
down to hard work.
Class elections were held on Friday, Octo
The President of the Senior class is Virginia
Trotter. The Presidents of the Junior, Sopho
more, and Freshman classes are: xldelaide
Curtis, Catherine Gant, and Martha Kight,
respectively. Charlotte Miller is the President
of the Day Students.
All these girls are popular members of the
student body and will fulfill their duties well.
The presidencies of the classes are responsible
positions and require of the girls qualities of
The President of the Senior class, Virginia
Trotter, hails from La Grange, Georgia. She
is very active in school. “Trot” takes part in
all sports and has won many honors for her
ability as an athlete.
Norfolk, Virginia, is the home town of Ade
laide Curtis, Junior President. This is her
second year at Saint Mary’s and the second
year that she has been President of her class.
Adelaide wants to major in Math (of all
things!). She also is a sportswoman and caters
particularly to swimming. Adelaide says that
she has two loves : sailing and Dartmouth. Her
pet hate, she tells us, is gaining weight.
The Sophomores’ President is Catherine
Cant, Saint Mary’s jitterbug. She just loves
dancing. “Cacie” is from Burlington, H. C.
She is one of the most prominent new girls
here, being Hall President, Cheer Leader, mem
ber of the Choir and Glee Club.
Martha Kight is the President of the Fresh
men. Martha is also a new girl and has won
many friends. She is an outdoor girl who
doesn’t like studying particularly, but works
bard anyhow. Martha says that sweaters and
skirts are the only thing that she is in love
with at present. One of these days she hopes
to own a brown convertible Packard. When
asked if she had a favorite movie star, she
replied, “Ko, but Gary Cooper is right nice.”
The day students have as their leader, Char
lotte Miller. This is Charlotte’s second year
and she is a member of the Senior class. Char
lotte is full of fun, pep, and should be known
as Raleigh’s contribution of wit to the world.
She is friendly and equally popular with boys
as with girls. In addition to her other assets,
she sings in the Church Choir. Versatility
must he her middle name.
With these able captains at the helm, we
should be able to sail through the year more
The other ofiicers are: Jean Cooper, Page
Marshall, Janet James, and Mary Alice Hoover
as vice presidents of the Senior, Junior, Sopho
more, and Freshman classes, respectively. The
secretary-treasurers of the Senior, Junior,
Sophomore, and Freshman classes are: Jack
Gravely, Jean Meredith, Bettie Thorpe, and
Ann Boyle, respectively. The day students and
business students have not elected their other
Here’s to a successful year!
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
October 20, 1939
Duke-Syracuse Football Game.
Dramatic Club goes to Chapel Hill to
see the Carolina Playmakers’ produc
tion, “No More Peace.”
“Dick Whittington and His Cat,”
presented at the Needham Broughton
Mischa Levitzki playing at the Civic
Duke-Wake Forest Football Game.
State-Carolina Football Game.
Cornelia Otis Skinner Offers
Program At Saint Mary’s
Famous Artist Gives Varied Dramatic
Interpretations Before Student Body
Cornelia Otis Skinner made her first visit to
Raleigh this week. She had passed through the
town before, but had never stopped to see the
place she found “so lovely” when walking
through it Wednesday morning. This enthusi
asm had not waned when Saint Mary’s report
ers interviewed her later that morning. Un
daunted by the chaos, Erwin and Tibbie’s “can
did cameraing,” Joyce and Mary W.’s note
taking, and Cornelia Clark’s questioning. Miss
Skinner showed quiet friendliness and remark
able patience. Her carefully modulated voice
replied easily to the many questions, while her
dark eyes -watched the picture taking. She was
simply dressed in black w'ool, striking with her
smooth black hair. Composure and poise
marked every movement.
Nothing about her suggested the stage, except
the drama of her studied grace and her sure
restraint. Nevertheless, it was hard to believe
her when she remarked with evident and em
phatic sincerity that she “cannot make
speeches.” She must write and rewrite and
memorize; perfection is two-thirds hard work.
xVlthough she was reared in the tradition of
the theater, she had no special training in that
line from her father (and “if I had a daughter
I would equip her for everything but the
stage”). Cornelius Otis Skinner helped his
daughter only in high school plays, and here
Miss Skinner mentioned Macheth when Ann
Harding was Macduff and she herself Lady
Miss Skinner finds little difference among
English, American, and Continental audiences,
but only in England (where they are slow at
first to warm up, but then are enthusiastically
responsive) has she had people to stand and
cry, “Bravo!” English humor is drier than
American. The British chuckle more than
laugh, and they do not mind when the joke is
on them, something not always true in America.
Miss Skinner’s characterizations come from
real life but sbe never mimics people. Sbe has
no preference in types of characters and has
found that her audience also has not.
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Pageant Presented In Chapel
To Commemorate Anniversary
Adoption of Book of Common Prayer
Celebrated In Church Service
Sunday, October 15, 1939, was set aside by
the presiding bishop as the 150th anniversary
of the adoption by the American Convention of
the Booh of Common Prayer. The anniversary
was commemorated in Saint Mary’s chapel by
the presentation of a pageant entitled “The
Great Book,” written especially for nation-wide
use on this day by the Reverend Phillips E.
Osgood, D.D., of Emmanuel Church, Boston,
Massachusetts. The participants included: A
Hebrew Elder enacted by Joyce Powell, a Greek
Apostle enacted by Julia Booker, a Latin Friar
enacted by Mary Swan Dodson, an Anglican
Bishop enacted by Elizabeth Tucker, an Amer
ican Patriot enacted by Helen Kendrick, and
the Saint Mary’s chaplain, the Reverend F. H.
Kloman. The congregation read responses from
mimeographed sheets. The drama was under
the direction of Miss Davis and Mr. Kloman.
Inspiring as well as instructive, the drama,
in telling the history of our Prayer Book, suc
ceeded in giving the congregation a new feeling
of respect for its glorious dignity. The drama
sketched in five parts the origins of various
important sections of the Prayer Book. Fol
lowing a preface and invitation by the minister,
the five participants presented themselves in
costume at the chancel steps. The Hebrew
Elder enumerated his part in the shaping of the
forms in the Prayer Book. To him is credited
the Canticles, Psalms, Commandments, Versi-
cles, the use of Scripture, and the general plans
for Morning and Evening Prayers. His symbol
on the page of the Giant Book was the inter
locking triangle star of David. Next the Greek
Apostle presented the paten and chalice, symbol
of the Last Supper celebrated by Greek and
alien together. His was the Alpha and Omega
symbol. The Latin Friar told of his important
contribution in the form of the Breviary the
forerunner of the Prayer Book, a collection
of Prayers and Scripture useful to him to take
on preaching journeys. The English Bishop
impressed the sufferings which preceded the final
acceptance of the Anglican Book of Common
Prayer, and the Patriot summed up the an
tiquity of the Book, the debt which the modern
generation owes its ancestors, and the reverence
with which this heritage should be guarded.
The dignity and respect written into the play
by the author were enhanced by the air of
wneration which the participants maintained.
During the entire performance the spectators
remained deeply moved and throughout a gen
ial attitude of respect and exaltation prevailed.
The actors should he congratulated not only
on their sympathy with the parts they played
and their reverent attitude, but also on their
unusually clear enunciation of the passages.
Some interesting sidepoints of the pageant
lie in the history connected with some of stage
properties and costumes used in the production.
I he large Prayer Book, printed in 1844, a
copy of the first published in 1549, is a valuable
possession of the school. The organdie double
lectangule collar worn by the Patriot was once
worn by a real bishop. Yellow with age, it
+1.^*Nishop Penick. The cassock of
the English Bishop, unearthed in Miss Davis’
antique miscellanea, was so ancient that the
seams were bursting, and most interesting of all
is that the staff carried by him was held in the
hand of Saint Mary’s own Bishop Ravenscroft.