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The Chowanian
Chowan College
Nov. 17
Vol. 4
Four Pages
Murfreesboro, N. C., Friday, October 29, 1926
One Section
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No. 3
Pictures Rich Contribution
Chowan Has Given To
Association Voted Unan
imously to Support En
dowment Campaign
Following President Edward’s
speech on Chowan College, which
he delivered before the West Cho
wan Association in session at
Christian Harbor church October
27, Hon. J. H. Matthews’ appeal
for supp«rt in raising the $50,000
endowment for the College was
responded to by a unanimous vote
of the house to back the College
in raising the endowment fund.
The main feature of Chowan’s
day of the Association, which was
in session for three days, was
President Edward’s address. In
presenting the status of the Col
lege he touched the high spots in
the past of the College first. He
mentioned the fact that Chowan
was founded in 1848 because of
a felt need of a school of higher
education and liberal culture for
the women of this section.
“What makes a Christian
School?” the speaker asked. “If
a school’s purpose and its practice
are devoted to the development
of that kind of life which perhaps
is most completely outlined in the
Sermon on the Mount, and per
haps most vividly pictured in the
parable on the Last Judgment, it
is Christian. Again, loyalty to
Christ makes a school Christian.
The spirit ';'d atmosnhere of an
institution determine whether or
Tildwards said also that in or-
ler for a school to be Chrijt
tian (1) it must have t
Christian objective; (2) it must
have a Christian faculty; and (3)
it must have a Christian spirit and
atmosphere. Chowan College
qualifies in these requisites.
What Would We Have for
Chowan Collesfe
1. Our courses of study and
curriculum kept standard, accord
ing to the requirements of our
own State Department of Educa
tion and the Southern Association
of Colleges and Universities.
2. To lead in debates, teach
ing, church work, and other forms
of public appearance.
3. To exemplify the best in re
ligion. This should be the only
reason why the church school ex
4. To teach Jesus Christ that
our intellects may be satisfied, our
sense of law and its divine opera
tions left unstultified so chat
Christ becomes our most poten
tial friend.
“We want Chowan to so wisely
set Him forth that after four
years of seeing Him on the cam
pus, in the classroom, on the pages
of literature, science, language,
and history, her daughters will go
forth from her walls worthy to
represent Him who has become
real and essential to them.
“For seventy-eight years Cho
wan College has been one of the
greatest Baptist power houses in
North Carolina for multiplying
and transmitting spiritual energy.
Among those who illustrate the
rich contribution of Chowan to
missionary endeavor are Miss
Wright, Miss Fannie Knight, Miss
Flag, Miss Sessoms, and two of
recent years are: Mattie Macon
Norman and Nell Lawrence.
“Although Chowan College is
known far and wide for its effi
cient and God fearing graduates,
it has had a great struggle for ex
istence. It was the task of the
founders to lay the foundation
securely. Through its work it has
proved its right for existence.
“Today Chowan College, close
ly allied with all the denomination
al interests, is entering upon a
new era and with fresh vigor faces
unending opportunities for ser
vice. The aim of the College is
Christian character. Its atmos
phere is not less academic than
that of the state schools, but it is
also distinctly Christian. We not
only duplicate, we suoplement the
state schools’ work—academic
plus Christian training.
“The roots of Chowan College
are grounded deep in North Caro
lina soil. It does not derive its
support from the state, nor is it
directed by the state. Many re-
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Third Woman To Go To Legislature Is
One Of Graduates Of Chowan College
Miss Carrie McLean, Charlotte Attorney, Elected to Re-
Represent Mecklenburg County in General
Assembly of 1927, Victor Over Opponent
Who Sponsored Evolution Bill
One of Chowan College’s gra
duates, Miss Carrie McLean,
Charlotte attorney, has just been
elected to represent Mecklenburg
county in the General Assembly
of 1927. Miss McLean’s name is
on Chowan’s graduate list of the
year 1894-
Her election is the third time
that a woman has been elected to
the Legislature in this State.
Miss McLean’s opponent in the
election. Miss Julia Alexander,
ran on the Fundamentalist plat
form. In her campaign Miss Mc
Lean favored the freedom of the
States educational system from
sectarian control.
Nell Battle Lewis, writer for
the Raleigh “News and Observer”,
says of her that “in a very spirit
ed primary fight she comes to Ra
leigh as a champion of liberalism
in State education. The contest
between Miss McLean and Miss
Alexander in Mecklenberg, hot
bed of Fundamentalism, centered
in the anti-evolution controversy
which in other parts of the State
is something of a last year’s bird
nest, as indications are that it
will be in the next General Assam-
bly. Miss McLean’s victory in
the Fundamentalist stronghold is
one of several signs of the decline
of anti-evolution sentiment in
North Carolina, suggesting that
the next Legislature will probably
be free from a fight which was the
most spectacular feature of the
“Miss McLean is well qualified
for discharge of legislative duties
by natural ability, training and
experience. From all reports,
her election is very acceptable to
the women. She is a native of
Li- .^jlnton and a graduate of
and supreme courts. That year
she was elected president of the
Mecklenberg Bar Association, the
only woman in the State ever to
hold such a position. Recently
she was appointed public admin
istrator of Mecklenberg County.
She has been director of the local
Y. W. C. A. and first vice-presi
dent from North Carolina in the
National Federation of Business
and Professional Women’s Clubs.
In 1919 she studied law, econ
omics, and the science of govern
ment at Columbia University.
She traveled around the world in
1923, and in 1924 attended the
meeting of the American Bar As
sociation in London, going thence
to Scotland, Ireland, Prance and
Scandinavia. She is a member of
the North Carolina Bar Associa
Other Chowan students who
aspire to a professional career of
public duty may take encourage
ment from Miss Lewis’ statement
that there seems to be pretty gen
eral agreement among the women
that there should be a larger re
presentation of their sex in the
Legislature of the State approx
imately half of whose citizens are
women. It is being considered
that six or eight women of ability
would naturally have more weight
and make more impression in the
Legislature than one, however
able. Quoting from Miss Lewis’
article: “They might serve to
modify somewhat the current
idea of the woman legislator which
is that of a more or less interest
ing anomaly, a harmless curios
ity, a sport, in the biological
sense. They might demonstrate
that the woman legislator is a
natural and useful by-product of
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i' ‘5 the candidates taking the Su-, proper place and function in the
oreme Court law examination. 1 political life of a democratic
She has urged before the superior | State”.
She Takes The Freshmen
Out For A Long Noc
turnal Reanble
Secures Signatures of Girls
to Pledge of F.oyalty
to Chowan
First of the Third Saturday Varied Program Thoroughly
Night Addresses by
Miss Agnes Cobb
In the meeting of the Lucalian
Society Saturday night, October
23, a new step was made in the in
troduction of a Third Saturday
Night Address. Preceding the ad
dress a short business session was
A committee was appointed to
see about plans for making im
provements in the appearance of
the society hall. Miss Pauline
Willis was elected to represent
the society in the readers’ contest
on Society Day, which will be
held February 6.
The address by Miss Agnes
Cobb was preceded by a reading,
“Aw, Shoot Ma”, given by Julia
Grady, and an instrumental solo
by Lyndal Denny.
In her address Miss Cobb gave
the early history of the Lucalian
Society, the name itself which
means light, and she impressed
upon each girl the real meaning of
the society. She said that not until
we have left school will we fully
realize what our society really
means to us. In it we get train
ing in appearing before the pub
lic. When we leave college and
find ourselves looked to as leaders,
we will appreciate the training re
ceived in our society. She said
that in the days to come the mem
ories of our society days should
be of love, loyalty and of
how we were really glad that
we were Lucalians. In prov
ing our loyalty. Miss Cobb,
went on to say, we must always
make the Society appear in its
best light by the attitude we hold
toward it and the remarks we
make about the Society. After
hearing this speech every Lucalian
felt a new desire to be loyal to
the ideals and principles of the so
Enjoyed; Three Prizes
Mi.sses Helen Winborne, Bertha
Carroll and Lois Essex attended
the Hertford county W. M. U.
meeting at Buckhom Church
Tuesday, November 2. Miss Car
roll made a splendid talk on “The
Christ Whom We serve”, and Miss
Essex gave a very impressive
reading, “She Hath Not Done
What She Could”.
Amateur Night, which occurred
Friday, October 29, brought out
the largest attendance this year
that this annual event has ever
had. The program was thorough
ly enjoyed.
Amateur Night is given under
the auspices of the Dramatic De
partment. The purpose is to give
an opportunity for original work
so that talent may be discovered
early in the school year and those
possessing it ur'ged to develop
themselves thruout their years of
college study.
Three prizes were given for the
best number of each of the three
divisions of the program. Ida
Matthews from part 1 was pro
nounced winner for an original
play entitled “A Pair of Quilts”r
The freshman Automobile Stunt
won the prize from the second di
vision, and Maidie Wade was
awarded the prize from the third
part for an original piano com
position which she played.
The program was presented in
the following order:
Part I
“Parliamentary Law”, play tak
en from “A Weaver of Dreams”
by Myrtle Reed Inez Parker.
“A Service of Love”, play tak
en from one of 0. Henry’s Short
Stories Julia Grady
“A Pair of Quilts”, original
play __ Ida Matthews.
Part II
A One-Word Tragedy—Jean
“It Pays to Advertise”, Stunt—
Senior Class.
“The Human Auto”, Stunt—
Freshman class.
Stunt __The Barnyard Quartet
Alabama Coon Jiggers—Maude
Buchanan, and Duffie Herring.
Part III
“Aw Shoot Ma!” Reading—
Julia Grady.
“Will You Remember?” Vocal
solo—Gladys Coley.
“Home” (Edgar A. Guest)
Reading —Myra Parker.
Original Instrumental Solo—
Maidie Wade.
The freshmen are to be com
mended for their composure and
resourcefulness in an unexpected
accident while performing their
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Followed by a reticue of ghost
ly attendants, the Krown Lady
slipped down to earth on Wed
nesday night, October 27, paid
her annual visitation to Chowan
College, secured pledges of loy
alty to Chowan fioin all new
students, and silently stole away.
It was about half way be
tween mid-night ami the twilight
hour when it was first learned
that the spirits w .-e hovering
about. Shortly after nine o’clock
the freshmen, began S) receive in
structions to put or coats and
come \ downstairs immediately.
The request was negotiated by
means of student puthorities, so
that the girls knew that they must
obey orders. The freshmen are
convinced by this lict of diplo
macy in executing i, orders that
the Brown Lady ha:, been to col
lege herself and is thoroughly
familiar with the ways around
Two at a time, the girls were
conducted to the t p of the hill
that slopes to the ravine and
there committed to '.he care of
clammy fingered S) ectral figures
wearing long whit, robes. The
ghosts silently to k them in
charp'- 4^ turned ahi-ir step= in
a westv.aid' direct j n avtn?' the
l^raii? - “ I*-
The night was stiThe air
was cold and racy.j The dark
canopy of the sky 'Vas studded
with a few stars th it twinkled
thru the tree tops heie and there.
The dry leaves and dead sticks
crackling underfoot were the on
ly sounds that disturbed the
quiet of the nocturnal stillness as
on they strode till the City of
Tombs was reached.
The Brown Lady stood amid a
host of phantoms in white robes.
The cold stare from her face of
deathly pallor sent a nameless
horror over everyone as they en
tered the gate that leads to the
City of Tombs. Two by two the
girls were brought into the dread
City of the Dead, They were
silently directed to take their
stands, one over there by that
post, or that tree, or beside that
The Brown Lady wore a long
dress of brown that stood out
around the skirt and rustled as
"he moved around among the
ghosts and tombs. Her face was
pasty white, and over her head
she wore a brown hood that fell
over her shoulders in the manner
of a shawl. She kept silent watch
until some of the Freshmen, be
coming frantic while waiting for
all to arrive, began to stir fren-
ziedly and to make sounds with
their voices. Some shook with
sobs, and some seemed to laugh
as if trying to bloster up courage
and counteract other emotions by
giggling, which gave an effect of
hysterical laughter. The air was
soon restored to solemity, how
ever, when the Brown Lady inton
ed a deep moaning chant; “He
who dares to speak or laugh will
nay a penalty”. This put a ces
sation to all stirring till all were
assembled. The ministering
spirits then gathered from their
stations scattered around among
the trees.
The freshmen say their hearts
missed a beat when the Brown
Lady began to speak to them in
a tone of other-worldiness, but
that it was a relief in a way to
have their attention drawn from
the pain of their feet, pinching
with cold. Despite the awesome
fear that was spread over the
atmosphere as they listened to
the tale of a spirit returned to
earth, some of them remembered
a goodly part of the Brown
Lady’s story which they have re
peated to the “Chowanian” re
“I am she who came to school
here in the early fifties”, she be
gan. Reminiscently, she said
that she was once a happy school
girl, with cheeks of rosy bloom,
and a heart light and gay until
troubles came into her life. She
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Plans Are Made And Campaign Launched
For Securing Endowment For Chowan
Central Committee Meets at College November 2,
Elects President Edwards Director, and
Appoints Organization Covering Two
Associations * in East . ,
yfans" 'ah(t^'^ organTzatibh lor
launching the campaign for $1,
000,000 endowment for Chowan
College were made at a meeting
held at the College November 2,
attended by the pastors of this
Association and the trustees.
With President Edwards as gen
eral director, committees and di
rectors were elected from each
county to complete the organiza
tion in their section. The county
directors are; Rev. Oscar Creech,
Hertford; W. D. Barbee, North
ampton; J. H. Matthews, Bertie;
Rev. K. C. Horner, Gates; W. J.
Berryman, Chowan ; I. W. Norman,
Perquimans; Phil Sawyer, Pas
quotank; Rev. G. P. Harrell, Cam
The $50,000 to be raised among
the counties of the West Chowan
Association was divided as fol
lows: Hertford, $20,000; North
ampton, $15,000; Bertie, $15,000.
Subscriptions to this fund may be
paid in five equal semi-annual in
Mr. J. Roy Parker was elected
as publicity director of the cam
paign. He will be assisted by
Mr. Chas. Jenkins and President
me question ’ employiiig a
field man to canvass and solicit
subscriptions was considered, and
it was referred to the general di
rector. President Edwards and the
pastors for their approval of such
plans and recommendation of a
suitable man for this purpose.
Any one making a gift as large
as $5,000 toward the endowment
may have a section of the library
endowed in their honor, or in hon
or of any person whom they may
designate. A gift as large as
$20,000 entitles one to a Chair in
the College endowed in their hon
or or in honor of any person
whom they may name. A Sub
scriber of $2,000 to the endow
ment fund will be permitted to
name an endowed scholarship in
memory of such person as the do
nor may choose, which scholar
ship will be used by the College
in memory of the person for
whom subscription was donated in
helping that girl who is not able
to pay her own tuition. Such a
scholarship will be permanently
listed in the catalog of this Insti
Publicity for the campaign will
be started at once.
The college orchestra has been
organized, and under the director
ship of Senor M. J. Benyunes,
rehearsals are being held weekly.
The orchestra will be a great
aid to the Glee Club. A varied
program composed of numbers ap
pealing to many types of musical
minded admirers is being pre
pared by the orchestra as a unit.
In additon to these numbers, the
individuality of several members
of the organization will be ex
pressed in solos, duets, quartets,
The organization of the orches
tra is as follows;
Director __ Senor M. J. Benyunes
Asst. Director and Accompanist-_
Elizabeth Jones
President Mary Whitley
Vice Pres. __ Margaret Lawrence
Secy, and Tres., Margaret Jeffreys
The Psi Phi Gammas entertain
ed at a birth day party in honor
of Misses Ella Mae Parker, Pene
lope Browne, and Elizabeth Webb
Friday evening, November 6, in
the Club House.
The dinner served consisted of
beef steak and gravey, French
fried potatoes, green peas, chick
en salad, celery, pickles, variety
of pies, and coffee.
Those present were: Misses
The Spanish Club gave the first
of a series of programs that it
proposes to present during
the year on Friday morning,
October 29 at chapel. Mex
ico was the country they took
Up this time. The succeeding
programs will deal with other
Spanish speaking countries.
The devotional service was
conducted by Senorita Lucile
Freeman, after which the follow
ing program was given:
Introductory Talk —Senorita
Penelope Browne.
Mexican National Hymn—Club.
A brief History of Mexico—
Senorita Edith Oakley.
Some Characteristics of
can Music— Senorita
Martin .
Song, “La Paloma”—Senoritas
Raynor, Benthall and Browne.
Some Customs of Mexico—Sen
orita Alice Cooke.
Adaptation to Enviroment:
Chesterfield (to girl he has just
picked up in his Marmon road
ster) ; Beautiful ladies don’t
have necks; they have throats.
Fatima (who can cope with any
■situation) : Please throat me.
Ella Mae Parker, Penelope Browne
Elizabeth Webb, Janet and Ber
nice Benthall, Willie Blount, Jean
Craddock, and Miss Meda Byrd of
the faculty.
Popular University C o m-
P2my Will Come to
College Again
Goldsmith’s “She Stoops To
Conquer” To Be Pre
sented Here
Chowan College has been for
tunate enough to secure an en
gagement with the Carolina Play-
makers to present Goldsmith’s
“She Stoops to Conquer”, in the
auditorium, Wednesday evening,
November 17.
This presentation is under the
auspices of the Dramatic Depart
ment. The popularity of this
group of entertainers that has al
ready spread in this part of the
country makes it easy to have a
packed house to witness the pro
duction. The Dramatic Depart
ment has all hands busy advertis
ing and selling tickets. While
one of their objectives is to win
the prize offered for the largest
audience their action is also mo
tivated by a desire that everyone
w’ho possibly can, enjoy this rare
dramatic treat. Chowan College
holds it as one of its purposes to
offer the community and sur
rounding section the best enter
tainment in drama, music, and
other forms of stage produc
Chowan had the largest au
dience last year that the Playmak-
ers appeared before on their east
ern tour, and all were highly pleas
ed with the presentations. The
play to be given thi' tin",-' is a de
parture from ^the tj i'«'>i>.rm£r’.y
ils6a. Vfie classic c&Tjieuj', 'cnij
Stoops to Conquer” is one that
has come down to us from the
English stage as a play of unusual
In order to win a husband the
beautiful young girl stoops to be
come a bar-maid for a single
night. Among the characters,
others are a dashing young man of
dual personality, a fat old woman
of fifty who aspires to lead the
fashions, a big-hearted county
squire who lives in an old man
sion “for all the world like an
inn”. Lost jewels, thieves, confu
sion, love, and elopement, and a
happy marriage to the deserving
girl—all of these exciting people
and things Goldsmith has combin
ed in his fine old comedy, “She
Stoops to Conquer”.
Girl Writes Of Good Time
At Masquerade
Hello Billie:
You don’t know what you miss
ed Hallowe’en Saturday by living
so far away from Chowan. I
hope to tell you we had the best
party that has ever been pulled at
Chowan since I’ve been here.
All the ghosts, witches, owls,
black cats, and goblins met in the
Bat’s Cave from eight-thirty to
eleven. They were all masked too.
We had the most fun guessing and
trying to find out who was who.
It was a sure enough masquerade
party, Billie, with all kinds of cos
tumes. Yes, there were cos
tumes of all descriptions, some
beautiful and some otherwise. I
can’t say who wore which, because
they were all masked, but I can
give you a general idea of them.
Well, there were regular witches,
with old peaked top hats and broom
sticks, and there were ghosts look
ing ever so spooky. There were
numbers of people from the old
colonial days (they were so pret
ty, but I am glad I was not living
then). The seasons were out too,
all dressed in leaves of pretty au
tumn colors. We had a Japanese
lady too, and a ballet dancer, sev
eral clowns, etc. We were well
fixed. Better come over next
year and help us have another
good time.
Oh, I haven’t said a thing
about the program yet, but here
goes. Let me tell you the peo
ple at the head of this affair knew
their mushrooms when it comes
to carrying out a party. Every
thing was kept moving. Not a
dull moment. You just couldn’t
help having a good time. System,
there was system in the thing.
Miss Meda Byrd, the science pro-
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