THE HILLTOP, MARS HILL COLLEGE", MARS HILL, NORTH CAROLINA.
“Plain Living and High Thinking’
Published by the Students of Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, North
Entered as second-class matter February 20, 1926, at the Post-
office at Mars Hill, North Carolina, under the Act of March 3 1879
Issued semi-monthly during the college year.
Subscription Rate year $1.00 . Issue 5c
Alpha To Omega
MEMBER OF ASSOCIATED COLLEGIATE PRESS
DISTRIBUTOR OF COLLEGIATE DIGEST
Mildred Hardin Ramon DeShazo
Eleanor B. Church
A . CONTRIBUTORS
Audrey Mundorf Betty Lee Spainhour Rebecca Horton
Lucille Cathey Nancy Dover
Business Manager r .
December 13, 1941.
A Word Of Congratulation-
Congratulations to the new C-I and C-II officers recently
elected. We wish you the greatest success and offer our un
divided support in every sincere endeavor you make.
Any man receiving a position of honor and responsibility:
by popular vote receives the trust and respect of the majority.
That is democratic government, the only logical form of. govern
ment. You officers have received such a vote of confidence,
cmd the entire student body now recognize you as the ones
for the position you now hold.
Do your best, Who could do better than his best? Work, and
if you need help ask for it. Everyone is eager to do his part
in carrying out the work of his respective class; / Remember,
wherever . you are, whatever you; do you have the support of
the majority as long as you are right. Success to you and to the
class yoii represent. Let us make this the best year ever.
. • —J. F. W.
A Backseat Driver-
As personal aggrandizement, political hegemony (be it
national, state, or campus), passing the buck, and lack of co
operation ride "roadhoggedly" over our highways and by
ways, there is an accompanying backseat driver to which we
might well give a little of our attention; namely, truth, or as
he might better be called, "a stand for the right on any
It is to be regretted that those who stand for justice, those
who speak on the side of truth, those who defend and insist
upon those higher qualities of character, those who would
make a much-needed move to wipe out existing evils—in short,
those champions of right, have their efforts chained and fettered
by the overwhelming majority who are upholding the yellow
banner of indifference, popularity, complacency, laissez-faire,
and blind fellowship.
Our impertinent backseat driver—truth—occasionally sits
forward in his seat to offer a suggestion that might help the
reckless, headstrong driver behind the wheel with the result
that his feeble protestations and suggestions are immediately
squelched. There remains nothing for our friend to do but to
settle back in his dark corner and draw his "cloak of right
ness" closely about him. However, little warmth and comfort
can be realized from this "cloak of rightness," for the biting
criticism, harsh remonstrances, and glowering looks of' the
driver behind the wheel easily pierce this cloak and cause
unbearable discomfort to the wearer.
Prodded by his discomfort and a deeply-grained sense of
right and justice, the backseat driver sits forward again and
again, only to be rebuffed again and again.
Will this unpardonable situation never be corrected? Will
that minority who believe in truth, justice, decency, and right
never have their chance behind the wheel? Must they always
be backseat drivers?
What are you doing to bring about this change? —D.R.
A bird in the hand is worth
twenty-five in the bush, the
way some hunters shoot.
Gossip is a gabby old wo
man who no longer sees any
thing in herself to attract her
Love is like a rare perfume:
the older it grows the more in
toxicating it becomes.
Laughter can be a stabbing
blade or a balm to sooth a
If eyes are the mirror of the
soul, some of them should cast
dark reflections on others.
A pilferer is only luckier
than the rat who is not smart
enough to escape the trap.
One who continually tries to
discover another doing wrong
soon forgets that there is any
one left who is good.
Politics is like a snake: it
sometimes swallows itself.
Worry is like a million ter
mites undermining the house
you have so faithfully built.
A clock watcher never makes
the most use of his own main
Four times on the delinquent
list can't be wrong.
Comes the revolution—we'll
all make A's.
Why do people steal text
books? Is it because they can't
learn enough out of their own?
—The emptiness of ignor
ance in his face, and on his
back the burden of eighteen
I had rather be a rich man's
dog—-than be the cat it is
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PEPPER & SALT
MR. J. B. HUFF
This is to acknowledge the
tireless work and continuous
success of Mr. J. B. Huff and
his public speaking class. As
regularly as the school year
arrives Mr. Huff's students win
victory after victory in various
forensic contests in the South
east. Mr. Huff says: "A Mars
Hill man just learns to stand
upon his hind feet and speak."
Ex Libris Montague
By Winfred Thompson
An age-old question of' a
limited few came up in The
Carolinian of W.C.U.N.C. in a
recent issue and little Chris
Staton of last year "'brung it
up." Sez Sweeney's Column of
that paper: "Chris Staton, who
is a junion transfer, is always
being taken for a freshman.
She wants to know how to keep
from looking so innocent."
When she was at Mars Hill
we all wondered how she did
And then there's Non's con
tribution to one of the best col
lege choirs in these parts. She
is Helen Trentham, who left
here after her graduation and
went to Woman's College.
There her voice was immedi
ately drafted into the choir.
Now she's the director of the
community sing, "Music Under
the Stars," held every Sunday
evening. In order to become
completely cosmopolitan in the
way of singing, she dabbled
in "opera," playing "Ludmilla"
in the North Carolina Festival
Opera, as W. C.'s only repre
sentative. On December 14 (and
this is where we scooped the
Carolinian, because when this
was written, the information
had not been released at W.
C.) Helen will sing the special
solo of "Holy Night" as a re
ward of singing merit in the
Christmas program at Greens
boro. Too, she is a member of
the college choir of twenty-
seven students. This is no mean
honor, since the membership
is limited to an extremely small
percentage of the enrollment.
All of whidh makes Helen
eligible for our roll of outstand-
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By James Dendy
The Keys of the Kingdom
Our bones may moulder
and become the earth of the
fields but the spirit issues forth
and lives on high in a condition
of glorious brightness. God is
the common father of all man
Mollified, ' Sleeth looked at
Father Chisholm- "Excellent.
Didn't Saint Paul say that?'
"'No.' The old man shook
his head apologetically. 'It
wds Confucius.' "
And so,' even' at the grand
old age of seventy. Father
Chisholrn,' quick and witty as
ever, still propagates with joy
his theory that all religions are
good and that there are many
doors to' heaven which may
be entered in many different
ways. Father Chisholm once
told his congregation that all
atheists didn't go to hell. He
said, I know one who didn't."
He referred to his faithful
friend. Dr. Tulloch, who so
nobly died helping to fight the
plague in China.
Your reviewer has never
read a novel which satisfied
him quite so fully as Dr. A. J.
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A golden autumn leaf
One brief moment caught
Between two eternities—
The word time is perhap
one of the most misunderstoo
and misused words in ot
language, next to love and lif
In the words of Shelley, "On
word is too oft profaned fc
me to porfane it." We may firi
of all be grateful to our po
that his moral is implicit rathf
than explicit. His words oi
like the heavily loaded cars c
a freight train; the outwar
regularity does not change tb
The rich beauty of life enc
lessly moving from past t
future; one brief frame in ■
flashing film reeling throu^
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The college band gave if
annual concert in the Mctf
Hill high-school auditorium Ici!
Tuesday, Dec.- 9. The had.
tries to make this annual prC
gram; as all its others, edi
cotiondli-as-'well as entertaiif
ing, by demonstrating each it
strument.-and . showing: how ’
is played, for the benefit «
the. students. , who othefwi^
would not be able to see th
instruments at close range.
The compositions plays'
were: "Courtier" (miniatui
symphonie poem), "Phantof
Trumpeters," "American Pc
trol," "Christmastide Overturs
(a collection of popular Chri^
mas songs), "Selections fro
the Messiah," "Sally Trob
oone (a novelty tromboi^
smear), "Military Escort" (‘
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Following the custom, we would like for you to drop us soib
packages as you pass overhead with your reinded
We ve been a bit naughty at times, but we hope that you cd
" n us—so please don't forget us.
wi* him wonts a model college to carry aroub
Miss Biggers wants a new bell—the old one doesn't "brec(
it Up quite fast enouqh to suit her.
Mrs. Cowan and Miss Logan would like a dormitory of J
tured and refined young ladies.
The band desires a new march.
Dean Carr would enjoy having a much shorter delinqud
list next time. i
Coach Roberts and Coach Cowan wish to have a champio*
ship basketball team. ,
Archery Club would like a package of "surer aim." ‘
Mr. Trentham wants some new bulbs for his garden.
Mr. Canup could use some more pencils.
Miss Brewer wants everyone at Mors Hill to stay wf
Mother Triplett and Mother Wells would like more cleO
Miss_Logan adds a P. S. — I wont a "little yeller dog."
The Hilltoppers would like to have a paper made up
them, just once, without having to worry or work themselv^
To all the students and teachers of Mars Hill a very Meb
Christmas and a Happy New Year. Fondly |