THE HILLTOP. MARS HILL COLLEGE, MARS HILL, NORTH CAROLINA
'Plain Living and High Thinking’'
Published by the Students of Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, N. C.
Entered as second-class matter February 20, 1926, at the post office at
M ars Hill, North Carolina, under the Act of March 3, 1879.
Issued semi-monthly during the college year.
Subscription Rate: Year. $1; Issue, 5c
-Charles R. Greene
T. C. Wagstaff
Associate Editor J. Norman Ellis
Poetry Editor Emily Patrick
Sports Editor Johnny Farrar
Faculty Advisor Falk S. Johnson
Rush Beeler Ma.x Freeman Mary W. Corpening
Kent Brannock Frank Venters Vivian Crisp Paul Meyers
George Blackwell Carl Compton Louise Wall
Mary Ellington Imogene Brown
Miriam Critcher Louise Thomas
Business Manager Alex Johnson
Circulation Manager Irvin Johnson
Advertising Manager Job Harper
February 10, 1940
Mr. Huff, The Forensic Han
oi course, every one knows him. He is a low, gray, and good
man in a dark blue suit and a green felt hat; and he has a lovely red
complexion. On English class students call him “Mr. Huff,” hut off
class some Joe College, respectfully enough, calls him “Beowulf.”
It is not Mr. Huff, the English professor, nor Mr. Huff, the
“Beowulf” that I wish to mention. I am speaking of Mr. Huff, the
forensic man. Although as a public speaker he is not a silver tongue,
he specializes in taking rookie freshmen and converting them into
seasoned debaters, orators, and after-dinner speakers.
Last week Mr. Huff and a group of his boys went to the forensic
tournament which was held at Boone, and the forensic director re
turned to Mars Hill with a laurel instead of the feather in his green
felt hat, for one of his direct-cla.sh teams rubbed the noses of the
mighty State team (victorious at the Winthrop tournament) into the
soil of the Appalachian campus.
For the Dixie forensic director championship, I nominate Joseph
Bascom Huff. Congratulations to the man who puts the silver lining
on the silver tongues!—C. R. G.
Diddam and Daddam
By YOUR SNOOPERS
K’ung Fu-Tsze, the great Chinese philosopher whom we know
as Confucius, wrote many things which are of value to us today.
Although Confucius lived almost five centuries B. C., his suggestions
about the propriety of speech are worth the consideration of the
students of Mars Hill college.
Confucius emphasized the importance of caution in speaking:
“For one word a man is often deemed to be wise, and for one word
he is often deemed to be foolish.” He further enjoined caution in
speech by saying, “He who speaks without modesty will find it hard
to make his words good.” He developed the idea of caution in speech
more fully in his passage: “Dislike will attend him whose promises
from the lips do not ripen into fulfillment. Therefore the superior
man incurs rather the resentment due to refusal than the charge of
breaking his promise.”
To persons who continually give advice, Confucius thus indi
cated the limits of proper admonition and enjoined moderation:
“Those whose courses are different cannot lay plans for one an
He seemed to be almost modern in his dislike for the nagger.
He showed his dislike by saying, “Things that are done, it is need
less to speak about; things that have had their course, it is needless
to remonstrate about; things that are past, it is needless to blame.”
His dislike of gossip is equally well shown by his emphatic “I hate
those who make secrets known and think that they are straight
Confucius looked upon speech as a precious gift which should
be used liberally for constructive criticism, but sparingly for de
structive criticism.—J. R. B.
Style In Romance-
On the Mars Hill campus romance is in a rut. The situation is
this. If you date a girl regularly, you are in love with her. If you
don’t at all, you are too conceited, a social outcast, or a misogynist.
If you date several girls (or boys, as the case may be), you are fickle.
If you happen to be a girl, you are only censured more for following
any one of the above courses, particularly the last mentioned one.
This state of affairs is naturally unsatisfactory to everyone con
cerned. The average boy or girl does not wish to date as often as
seven times a week, although some do. Likewise, the average person
who dates occasionally is afraid to do so because he or she might
happen to date someone else’s inamorata and thereby incur the
displeasure of some person or persons. Dates are often refused be
cause of the fear of hurting someone’s feelings. Also, variety in
romance, as in other things, is the spice of life; and dating one per
son exclusively can become very monotonous. One cannot, on the
other hand, avoid the opposite sex entirely and still be well-rounded.
The ideal solution to the problem seems to be this. Date when
the inclination strikes you, within reasonable limits, and share the
privilege of dating a certain person or persons as you would food or
other material possessions. And, above all, never take any casual in
fatuation seriously.—T. C. W.
Greetings y’all! The Southern
accent is due to the influence of
Gone with the Wind. That fasci
nating production was true to life
enough to satisfy even Colonel
Culpepper of Atlanta. It seems
that Dupree is pleasing him quite
as well, though. Had you noticed?
That exotic ecstasy of every
body’s dream—Ruth Jones to you
—^has completely captivated the
quite cultured Bill Clark. Nice
couple, and we like them! Louise
Wall is having quite a few Tay-
lor-made evenings lately. How
ever, she’s certainly been Frank
about the whole thing.
Since Mr. Swor paid us such an
interesting visit we thoroughly
understand that interesting enig
ma, T. C. Wagstaff. All this time
he’s been mentally in love with
Imogene Brown—and we never
Lynn Starkweather is majoring
in English even after class hours.
She is a true disciple of the im
mortal Ben Johnson! Henry
Brown is interested in something
these days, but he’s “Glad” it’s
Reinhardt, and not something scho-
la.stic! Helen Trentham is feeling
good, too. No wonder—she’s got
Avera little thing!
Thigpen is certainly not Ruth
less. No, they’re together ’most
any and all the time. The other
second semester edition—Moriarty
from “Joisey” — has captured
none other than Fonts!
Dick Davis must possess a
lucky token. He manages to steer
clear of all entangling alliances.
Speaking of the Monroe Doctrine
—Napoleon manages pretty well
himself. But he confessed about
his old lady. Yes, Farrar has suc
cumbed to the charms of Little
We’re wondering what Bill did
to Merritt a date with Rachel
Dorris. Formal for the opera, my
dcahs, and I’amour toujours glam-
By GEORGE BLACKWELL
With the World War II well on
its way and the Finnish War an
established fact, the falcons of
war have darkened the skies and
have driven the doves of peace to
the western hemisphere. Thus the
western hemisphere is the hope of
those nations who still desire
peace rather than war. The sum
mary will deal this issue with
the situation as it now stands in
our part of the world.
Lucille Haywood is Holt-ing
Bob without any effort. We don’t
believe she could lose him if she
tried. Roy Lee is really dazzled
by that Jewell you see him with.
Bob Daniels is a gem, too—just
a diamond in the rough.
Bob Summey still finds life
worth living. He doesn’t even
mind the ex-Spence.
Our little Bonkemeyer is still
Merrilly going her own sweet way.
The cold atmosphere surrounding
Penland has caused Totherow to
hibernate for a lonesome winter.
Sluder—now lab assistant—is
composing a melody dedicated to
Mr. Trentham and entitled “Soto-
coccus.” We are very proud of
Sluder and commend his Biomu
We Snoopers are looking for
ward to bigger and better morsels
of gossip when Valentine’s Day is
over. Confucius say:
Boy give girl Valentine,
Girl she fall for any old line!
So—take it easy!
The U. S. A., 1940
The United States can be com
pared to a treasure chest full of
riches; but, like Pandora’s box, it
contains mistakes and troubles.
For the U. S. A. is in a very sore
spot as the year 1940 peeps its
head around the corner of na
tional and international events.
Her problems are as numerous as
those of any other country on the
earth, and her financial problems
are even greater. His Excellency,
“Dictator” Franklin D. Roosevelt,
by the grace of politics. President
of the United States of America,
has failed wonderfully in his at
tempt to bring us out of the rut,
but credit should be given to him
for his successful foreign policy.
For Franklin D. is in no small
measure against war. The average
citizen of today has great faith
in his ability to keep us out of
war. Even a few of the hurt and
jealous Republicans have sensed
that. Let all remember that the
average citizen is first an Amer
ican citizen and second a member
of one or more of the political
parties. This year will bring few
changes in our international pol
icy. Election is just around the
By T. C. WAGSTAF
sketches of some of the r
prominent students on tii;
Hill campus is not design
select the most important cl
lar students, but rather to
a cross-sectional view of tli
Hill type of student. We fu
ize that because of our \
stricted amount of spaceg
the students who deserj
mention cannot be inclct
this series, and we
acknowledge the fact here
T. L. CASHWELL—
A well-known minister-
dent from Gastonia. Presi
the Euthalian literary soci*
superintendent of the
Sunday school. He is caps
efficient, though he has
sity for procrastination. H*
five feet eleven inches in
feet, has wavy brown hair^
of medium build.
EARL PRICE— '
President of the StudeJ
cil and superintendent of i'
ing hall, also president '
Friendly and good natur
a very pleasing voice and
imentary “bay window”'
reveals his taste for gastd,
faction. Five feet ten and i
inches in his shoes, he k
brown hair and weighs oi.
dred and seventy-five poU^
GORDON BERNARD— [
A student who has graj
campus for three years,
a C-III, and is from Spri
Tenn. A valuable mein,
the Dramatic club and an^
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His Majesty's Canada
Canada is at war. Few of us
realize that because the Canadians
do not have the spirit that they
had in World War I. George VI
came to his “Kingdom across the
sea” in hopes that he could make
the democratic. Canadians feel
proud to belong to Imperial Brit
ain. Canada has begun to feel
proud of its American heritage.
She has looked on this war with
a feeling that Britain could have
settled it in some other way. The
nation is at last beginning to feel
its place in the world. Her vast
empire and ten million people
make her a growing power in the
western hemisphere as Canada has
turned her eyes southward to the
As She Is WrI'
The Dictator Republic
Mexico is the last of the big
three in the northern part of the
western hemisphere. She is the
weakest and less democratic of
the three. Mexico has been run by
a dictator of some sort in most
of the century of its indepen
dence. Other countries have used
her for a door mat. But the year
1940 has found that Mexico has
taken a place in the world and
has begun to settle its numerous
national problems without the
“big gun” policy of the U. S. A.
Mexico is courted by the other
dictator countries who see much
in her great supply of natural
resources. And yet Mexico shows
an interest in Pan-American poli
cies. Mexico may see marked im
provement in the year that fol
The “A” in the ABC
Argentina has been compared
to the United States in a number
of ways. She is certainly the rich
est of the South American coun
tries and next in rank to the
United States. But Argentina has
ideas of her own and thus is a
source of trouble to the other
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* By SPENCER B. KINC^,
Instructor (???) In Hi*
(Note: The writer is il
to his students for the
contained herein. They wc) '
ered from student final
nation papers.) n
The study of modern le
properly begins in “Italyi R
prominent town, because cl
favorable position.” In tb« t
ern part of this “town” tlFih
the Sforza family which s
family of people.” It W^l
that Machiavelli said, /it
Peter, and I shall stand 'll 1
Out of Italy came tW
learning and a great imPr,
science. One of the great t
this field in the sixteenth
was “William Harvey, a h 1
Among the nation sWnc
Europe in 1500 was SpaWh
became a “united nation I
Ferdinand and Isabella ■ 1
and had a daughter. The
was not the reason it
Ferdinand and Isabella n’*
However, there was anothai
tor: “Spain became united
they were driving the MoO'y*
Tliey had to united.
they keep united togethe’oi
saw that they had to
do anything.” “
One of the most impoi'l^ >
tors in the Middle Ages
Church, at the head of
the pope. His power
than spiritual; for instaf^
he drew the “Line of
tion to divide the barbari^'^®
the Christians.” The Cbw
a strong hold on the life
duct of the people in
in their eyes could contf*. ’
beyond the grave. Becausf**"'
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