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.
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November 18, 1944.
Anniversary is a word that conveys memories of ex
cellent orations and bitterly contested debates. Declama
tions supply a throbbing interest in the affairs of our
nation and lend to the audience a feeling of grateful ap
preciation for the things of life. It is an event that means
hours of untiring work to make the hearts of those con
cerned swell with pride, as well as happy anticipation of
what their society will produce for grand finale.
It is the pleasure of a joint meeting on the night before
anniversary and the delightful fellowship of brothers and
sisters in society. It is the writing of notes extending the
very best of everything for success on this great night.
They pledge friendship and affection for the days to come.
It is the culmination of a year’s work to make a more
co-operative student body to work toward a greater Mars
Hill. It is the effort to maintain the ideals of society.
1. Follow a habit until it hurts.
2. Accept ready-made beliefs and stick to them.
3. Follow leaders blindly, with eyes shut and mouth open, and
believe their friends even after they know them.
4. Yield to suggestion when flattered.
6. Work hard to establish their superiority in the eyes of other
People Will Not-
1. Look far beyond their own self-interest.
2. Fight for things when they can find something to fight
3. Be different from the crowd unless their differences are re
cognized as superior virtues.
4. Exert themselves beyond the line of least resistance, unless
under the stress of high emotion.
—Kenneth Goode in “Turning People Into Gold.”
Still They Shine
Dark is the night, and clouds
Are smothering the stars.
And though the rays of each
Are choked, and' dense fog bars
Their sparkling light.
Through darkest night
We know that they are shining there
Behind that dusky veil.
And pray in deep sincerity.
With hope that cannot fail.
That tomorrow they will shine
For all to see.
They shone today, and yet
The blazing sun that burned
Tlnveloped all we saw
In brilliance that spurned
Just one star’s ray.
Did we not say,
•“Who needs the stars? We have the light.”
Who needs the stars indeed!
We, searching cloudy skies for them.
We have the greatest need.
But blessed is he.
Who dares to see -
Through sorrow and gladness
A world that’s free
And cry at last in victory,
■“Behold! They’re there! The stars
Phyllis Ann Gentry.
Sing unto the Lord with thanks
Sing praise upon the harp unto
Who covereth the heaven with
Who prepareth rain for the earth.
Who maketh grass to grow upon
And herb for the use of men.
He giveth to the beast his food.
And to the young ravens which
Praise the Lord, 0 Jerusalem;
Praise thy God, O Zion.
War will be over. Gray smoke
will hang like an eternal
shroud over the battlefields.
Determined men will lift their
weary eyes, carve their plans
of peace and brotherhood;
sigh, say a prayer.
Boys will have clean shirts and
write back home. Trucks of
mud will shamble to the rear
with painful freight.
Men will come home to parent,
wife, and child, to rest and
laugh and plan and live anew.
Out of their horrors, thoughts,
and wounds will come a need
for love and woman’s help.
From God will come the vision,
courage, strength that must
be ours to meet this time of
The Spirit Of Thanksgiving-
“Come, ye thankful people, come.
Raise the song of harvest home.’
In the year 1621 our pilgrim forefathers set apart a
day for prayer and rejoicing for the plenteous harvest
■which followed a period of great depression. Governor
Bradford proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving to be held
In practical furtherance of his proclamation, Governoi
Bradford at once sent out four men in search of game
The men were successful in their quest and returned
struggling under the burden of wild fowl sufficient t
meet the wants of the little colonly for a week.
As the first rays of dawn appeared on that initia
Thanksgiving Day, one of the cannon that crowned th
hill-top thundered forth a salute. The little group, ii
solemn procession, walked to the meeting house. The din
ner followed the service. The savory odors of the foo(
seem to have penetrated the forest’s fastnesses, for in th
midst of the festivities an Indian shout was heard, an
ninety friendly red men under Massasoit appeared beat
ing as an addition to the feast huge haunches of venisoH
The day of Thanksgiving lengthened into three. The feast
were varied with the singing of psalms and songs, will
war dances by the Indians, and with such sports and paS
times as characterized the recreation of the middle claS
of English people in those times. This festival proved th
prelude to the Thanksgiving days of following years.
Today, 1944, at Mars Hill we pause to observe this jo)
ful day in our own traditional, unique manner. Today ■\*
find that we, the inheritors of the beautiful custom of oH
forefathers, have much to be thankful for.
The spirit of Thanksgiving everywhere should be tl
spirit of prayer and sacrifice. Prayer is a verbal expre
sion of gratitude, and sacrifice is the active expression. 1
the spirit is kept in our hearts we shall not fail to utter
prayer on Thanksgiving Day. By some small sacrifice
deed of our own we may cause Thanksgiving to bear
more blessed significance to someone else. Let the spit
of Thanksgiving arise from each heart and manifest itse
in word and deed. Let us thank God for His many bleS
ings, and together pray to Him that we may serve al
work for a better college and a better world. —B. C.