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THE HILLTOP, MARS HILL COLLEGE, MARS HILL, NORTH CAROLINA
'Plain Living and High Thinking’’
Published Semi-Monthly during the School Year by the Students of
Mars Hill College. Subscription Price 60c Per Semester.
Entered at the Post Office, Mars Hill, N. C., as Second Class Matter,
February 20, 1926.
Advertising Managers— John Marr, James Leatherwood
Circulation Manager Frank Harris
Alumni Reporter— Lena Sue Shermer
Faculty Adviser John A. McLeod
Sam Smith Horace Chamblee Humphrey Jones
James Walker Bill Blaine Horace Morton
Vernon Blxby Charles Radford
MARCH 5, 1938.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third in a series of guest editor
ials to be published in The Hilltop. This issue, A1 AVester, assistant
chemistry and physic professor, is the guest writer.)
It seems that life is but a long weary process of reconciliation,
and when we find that quiet submission so necessary to fully anpre-
ciate life, then we have found the peace of congruity between soul
Great men always deny greatness, because great men are hum
bled progressively by increasing fame.
The worthiness of humility is not an abstract quality, recently
discovered, for it was known and recognized over two thousand years
ago by Confucius when he said, “Humility is the solid foundation of
Plutarch, agreeing with Cicero, said, “Loud-bawling men were
driven to noise by their own weakness.”
God set an ever-inspiring example for his mortal creation by
neglecting to inscribe the initials of the artist in the lower right hand
corner of His work.
Surely John Bunyan realized an intimacy with the Divine to in
voke his statement: “He that is humble shall have God to be his guide.”
Mars Hill college continues to be respected for her traditional
devotion to the maxim, “Plain living and high thinking,” and it is
here that we have inculcated within us the force and truth of Phillips
Brooks’ observation, “The man who has begun to live more seriously
within begins to live more simply without.”
It is not that we would discourage ambition, but that we would
encourage ambition for achievement in which fame would not ob
scure good works. John Milton was right in saying, “Fame is no plant
that grows on mortal soil,” and it is only just for us to leave fame
for our immortality.
It is strange but true that the lowliest souls have the greatest
tranquility of spirit. The common day-laborer, at peace with his
work, constantly feels an exuberance of song in his ear, but rises,
head uncovered, in deep, reverential silence in the throated ecstacy
of a bird. The farmer stands supreme in the rising sun and inhales
deeply the richest perfume in the world.
From John Cheney comes the climaxing thought:
The happiest heart that ever beat
Was in some quiet breast
That found the common daylight sweet.
And left to Heaven the rest.
A. W., Jr.
From time to time among groups that do have time to give to
arguments and complaints, there arises the question of compulsory
attendance in Sunday School here on the campus. The question is
usually discussed pro and con and as a general rule ends up with
a fiery statement with regard to such a rule in a free country.
First of all may we concede to you your first point in the fact
that this is a free country and you are perfectly at liberty to wor
ship as you please. No one is going to slap you down and make you
go to Sunday School, and then force you to believe what it puts be
fore you. But as you argue this point you must hold in mind the
fact that a course in character education, coming at 11:16 on Satur
day, was offered you; however, any student choosing to attend Sun
day School would be excused from this class. Dr. Moore, who was
to teach the class, met it several times and no pupil showed up, so
he took it for granted that everyone chose to attend Sunday School.
Then, too, every student who came to Mars Hill signed, or was
suppose dto have signed, a statement to the effect that he or she
had read the catalogue carefully, and wished to enroll at Mars Hill
college. If you do not care for the stress that is placed upon religion,
in this particular case being Sunday School attendance, then it is
your fault that you made the sad error of coming to Mars Hill. When
you chose Mars Hill, you chose Sunday School. E.F.B.
(Editor’s Note: The Rambler
roosted in an up-town low-down
section the other night, hence an
other sentinel has reported for
Afraid to Scream
Someone left Dean Lee’s chicken
house open the other night, and
all his chickens went home. (’Bet
there was a democratic rooster in
the crowd.) . . . whether the stolen
bell-clapper was returned or not
(crime committed last Saturday
night) didn’t seem to worry Mar
garet Robinson, not even after a
“no dating until—” threat.
A “pome” (original, too)
Carfew tolls the Pin nell of part
Whistles in the dark, oh goodness.
A modern Juliet is now coming
He sings, “Eller me that you love
(Try to beat that for wise
Today’s riddle: “What is it that
blushes when she is not White?”
(The answer is a combination of
the name of a gasoline and the
last name of the second president
of U. S.—Ethel Adams, you dope.)
Slumming at the Savoy
Columbus sailed the ocean blue—
I’m telling you (pap, here’s that
poet again), but he didn’t have
anything on Ada Wall; She con
quered Alexander the Great. (If
only Napoleon could “Hough” her
into his fold.)
Shames That Make News
Howard you like an Isenhour
about one old Clark? (Not so
hot; try again for Rome wasn’t
built in a day—but Mr. Tilson
didn’t have charge of that) . . .
Do Belles ring between classes?
You’re Wright . . . Once upon a
time there was a Goodman (oh,
so you don’t want any Moore?
Well, if you feel way about it).
Glimpses in the gallery. Peanut
Campbell seems to have flashed
an “oasis” (don’t call me
“E lia s”, either), and he’s raking
in the “money” (we “cents” it
long ago) . . . Ziegfeld missed a
great deal but Mars Hill didn’t—
John Crisp is here . . . What’s
this about Ben “Easop” Favell
starting a rebellion against Clar
ence Hyatt for inaugurating a
“pink-headed league”, infringing
on FavelTs “red-head” franchise?
. . . New color—“Fowler pink” . . .
Notice—change of address: Jesse
Bland, 12:30 to 1:00, 6:30 to
7:00, Treat parlor, every day . . .
“Varmit” Bixby stated the other
day that he just didn’t go for
the girls . . . When questioned
in regard to advice on romance,
Lieberman said he wouldn’t talk.
Was everybody surprised? . . .
The “bell-clapper thief” visited
Spilman again last Sunday after
lunch. Why doesn’t someone knock
a chip off his old block? . . .
Aunt Laurie” has a new auto-
By PRESTON CHAMPION
The gonging of the 11:16 bell
disturbs the morning silence and
there appears on the scene many
students seemingly bound for the
same destination, a medium-sized
building in the center of the
campus. Everyone goes in and
takes his or her respective seat,
and “settles back for a long win
ter’s rest.” Several Readers Digests
come into view, while here and
there appear newspapers.
On the stage a speaker has
arisen after the customary intro
duction, then we have, “How glad
1 am to see your bright and sunny
faces. Now when 1 was a boy,
Many heads are already nod
ding and some have already
reached the land of dreams, or
at least arising sounds so testify.
The speaker raises his voice louder
and louder and eve
feet and waves his
attention. Once in a
dent drowsily opens _
enough to get a din
platform and mutte
that “Here before us^
of an uncertain sped
open mouth and whoi
of locomotion seems
volving the arms,
further investigation >5
only a man making
Finally the speak'
seat with a resignejt
the shuffling of feet
the beginning of th(
gun. The rows of pu|'
nately and march ou'
of “Tiger Rag,” u
bit of humanity has
leaving the speaker
dear readers, is edufl’
!• IN THIS GASeI
I BY EUGENE BRISSIE I
Differences in opinions are still
characteristic of the world. Hitler
says, “Peace is my aim,” and Ja
pan says, “Peace my foot.”
February 23 issue of “Christian
Century” John Haynes Holmes re
views a portion of a history to
be studied in 1991. His outline
leads the world through a war, in
which America is involved, from
1941-1966. He sees John Lewis
President of the United States and
Hitler and Mussolini the aggres
sors in the war. Quite a fascinat
ing story for those who keep up
with the “isms” and their leaders.
on other campuses is quite an in
teresting sport. A recent edition
of the student publication of the
Los Angeles Junior College car
ried accounts of a dramatics de
partment wrangle. The department
has only been allowed $1200 for
the second semester, and they
threaten to discontinue all pro
ductions if they can’t get more.
Oh, so they won’t play.
is more than that which covers
Mary’s little lamb. The time is not
far away when these who are un
der the class of seniors will re
ceive their sheepskin or else . . .
So with commencement only three
months away, it is an all-import-
ant factor that we prepare our
selves in such a way that we will
be ready beyond doubt to sing
our “Swan Song” with the others.
There was a time
in Europe when only one man
thought he was Napoleon. But now
the European leaders of today be
lieve in making history instead of
studying it. Undoubtedly nations
of Europe have had their George
Washingtons in the days gone by,
but if they never had Benedict
Arnolds, then they may have them
mobile; eggs for another year.
And now the time has come
when when we must away. If you
have dirt that might be fittingly
contributed to our cause, then let
yourself crow and shovel it in.
However, if you want to get hard-
boiled over the poor excuse that
has been made in the harvest of
this year’s crop, then we will
gladly accept a challenge to a duel
with boxing gloves at ten paces.
After all, fun begins at forty.
N ot Forg
BY LENA SUE
Six percent of the p
intendents in North
former Mars Hill i-
now you want to kno t
just keep reading )
Douglas M. Robinsu
in Mars Hill and
culum college, in Tei
he received his A.
has been the princ
Marshall and Beccl
schools. At present!
his second term as M
of Madison county.
Chelcie B. Eller i
serving his second t(
intendent. He was he
to 1920 and then at
Forest. He taught
years before his ele
to the position of
J. Spurgeon Edwal
native of Mars Hill
still lives here. His h
ent, however, is in '
in school here from
when the graded sch
He was graduated at
his next alma mater,
was a teacher befoi
county. He has held
sition for approxini
Emmett E. Sami,
Kinston, was here i
His father, the late
was prominently co
this school. Mr. Sai
native of Mars Hill-
fifty percent of the:
Hillians. He received
gree at the Univers
Carolina, where he \
in 1898. Mr. Sams
Geneva Allison who
student here. At p
superintendent of L
William Henry Oi
student here in 1£
graduated from Wa
1930. He was a tea
county when he was
intendent of Gates
these six county sui
Mr. Overman is the
is serving his first t(