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FARMVILLE. VA.. MARCH.
handed the box
staring out of the
a set face.
Suddenly he turned toward the older man. "Do you really mean, uncle, that you are engaged to Helen Carrington?"
slow red crept over his
splendid face, to the roots of his gray hair.
I may be woman such she loves me sir
sixty, but I
capable of loving a
I love her
Isn't that sufficient ?"
fixed his piercing gray eyes upon the young man. Ronald was aware of a chill slowly creeping over him, "Yes yes, indeed, Uncle Ron. Please do not be offended
If you'd been
of inquiring about the affair.
I hope you will be happy, and here's
looking after your old uncle instead of gadding about over the world, you might have seen which
"Yes, yes, that's so," came slowly and thoughtfully from
"In the fall, arose from his
bless her precious soul !" said the uncle as he
boy," he continued,
like to take a spin over to
"how would you
'Bon Air' and take a bunch of
You know all "You know I've
garden roses to Helen ?
of the family ?"
there since I could toddle," he answered quietly.
the ladies about the latest fads and
fashions from Paris.
and renew old
Well, get the runabout,
cut the roses for Helen."
bustled away, while the young
and reluctantly made his way to the garage. Fifteen minutes later Eonald was seated in the machine ready to leave the pillared portico, from which the judge waved farewell.
of the flowers at his side saddened
with memories of bygone days
before he sailed for
walked with Helen Carrington in the
beautiful garden of roses patiently for his return.
she had promised to wait
She had been treacherous
played with his love; and she was
steered the machine through the entrance to those
old familiar grounds his blue eyes were dazed with pain.
white govTn came fluttering down the shady walk.
"Oh, Ronald, I'm
would come to-day
Ronald did not
so glad to see you.
the judge said
—the raven hair and large brown
contrasted with the lily skin and rose-bud
took her outstretched hand
for one brief instant, then dropped
those lovely features
uncle sent these roses with his compliments," he said
I have come to tender
of his engagement to you, and
down suddenly, burying her
to conceal her
face in the roses
"Thank you, Ronald,"
she said simply, a
After fully recovering her wits, she asked pleased to have an aunt?"
THE. FOCUS ''An aunt
had never thought of her
in such a relationship.
dropped upon the seat beside "Heavens, what a mockery !" he muttered to himself. "Helen,
could you forget ?"
She did not reply; the and upon the ground
upon the seat beside her and Helen disappeared in
at her feet,
a rustle of silk attracted his attention.
Looking up, he beheld a gray-gowned woman, with snowy, white hair, a sweet, youthful face, and large brown eyes resembling Helen's.
to his feet
and took the outstretched jeweled
"This must be Eonald Mortimer, Jr.," she
you," said Eonald, bending low, "I must
She laughed. I
"You have never
Carrington's sister from Cali-
uncle the happiest
the world," he replied with a smile as this old
world had magically shuffled out of
Miss Helen blushed
nodded in the
it was Helen," explained Eonald "She did not deny it."
"I thought an hour.
the adversities of
Helen thought that a man who had no
faith in his sweetheart's loyalty needed to be punished," sug-
gested Miss Carrington bravely.
course, I acted like a fogy," said
"I hope Helen will forgive me."
Helen appeared, her eyes dancing with
are becoming acquainted with
she asked demurely.
"And my Aunt Helen ily," asserted
sides of the
Ronald, as he took both of her hands in his
while Aunt Helen stole softly away.
Meetie Edith McDonald, Cunningham,
iBrotoning 30 a Musician IROWNIISTG, scientist
being a philosopher,
He was more
was a true musician.
than a skillful performer;
music with him was as much an art poetry,
a part of him.
and fully appreciated the inner meaning
poems he shows the deep feeling of the
musician as well as the hearer.
In ^'Abt Vogier",
his greatest musical
poem, he puts into
words the thoughts of a musician who has been playing something beautiful ^wonderful something of his own creation.
plays as one
ished as though
he has stopped.
That which he had created has van-
had never been.
of the minute before.
remains of the
The musician wonders
anything so really a part of himself, such a perfect creation,
can vanish completely.
feels that it
compares his music
to other fantastic
to a palace erected for his princess,
"Out of three sounds, I frame Not a fourth sound, hut a Star."
The comparison between music and one,
very beautiful one.
It expresses the feeling of a
musician, that there must be some soul of permanence behind
mere sound of music. As in "Charles Avison," he shows that underneath the mind rolls the unending "sea of the soul," and music matches feel-
ing with knowledge, dragging into day the "abysmal bottoms of soul's deep sea."
Toccata of Galuppi's" Browning represents Gahippi
at the clavichord playing a
warning of death
the utterly frivolous
They hear him and understand; but the frivo"Life might last; we can but try," and "then more
while the scientists
In "Saul" Browning shows again the power of soul, as music, over mind. David arouses Saul by the sheep call, and causes his slow
to begin to
shows the hearty
companionship of the reapers, then he brings
who have been trying to stimulate a As Saul arises, David shows him his
the praise of those
for like praise.
from God in being king, and then he
when Saul himself
shall be extolled.
sings of future ages
the power of pre-
which the music gives him he is enabled to foresee the coming of Christ and its meaning to the world. So to BrovsTtting music was the adequate expression of the vision
Frances Geaham, Cunningham,
[T dem tiikkeys outen de yard, dar, Eph'i'm! What you doin' dar, sprawlin' 'long dat poach
you know, dem git ev'y las'
when Chris'mas done
one ov Ole Miss's tukkeys.
ov 'em for Marse Dick, too,
come Miss Polly now, wid dat
ar low-lifted Yankee.
Marse Bob better be comin' home fur to see 'bout his gal. Cawn't speck an' ole niggar fur to keep de gemmens away funi a purty gal lak dat
"Shoo dat gobbler
you never gwiner
de gate pos' dar, Ej)h'i'm
'em in dat house
Ephi"aim rolled his eyes, showing an unusual amount of white, pulled off his skull-cap, pings, flung
toward the turkey-house.
removed himself only gate-post.
of last year's hair clip-
miscreant turkey and walked lazily on
gobbler, in a
comfortably on the opposite
spied him, and reaching into the depths
of a rock-laden pocket, pulled out a handful of rocks and
paper, which he let fly at the turkey.
passed harmlessly by the gobbler, and landed in a mud-puddle, just outside the gate.
"Dar Lawsy," exclaimed Ephraim, "I done done fur sho AVhat'll
I clar forgot to gib dat ar letter to Miss Polly
Marse Bob do
here nigger ?"
Whereupon Ephraim hurried
mud-puddle, and after
several vain attempts succeeded in bringing to light a
besmeared note which had been written in pencil. ''Well,
gwine bus' your head open.
Marse Bob Here you go spilin' ov Miss
Eph'i'm, nigger, youse done fur yo'se'f, sho.
Polly's love letter a-flingin'
on de gate
sbo can't gib
I'd like to
Miss Polly, an' hab her a
purty white fingers wid an' let
a tukkey gobbler a-struttin'
What you gwine do wid
I jis g-wine drap
know ? ov her
you right back
dar, dat'll fix it."
you doan come here
an' quit dat projickin,
an' progin' aroun' in dat ar mud-hole, I'se givine fling a stick
ov stove-wood at you.
'long, I tell you.
ov sich uncon-
dun come to supper. Come nary stick ov wood fur to fry dem
I ain' got
I wonder what dese here good-f er-nothin' niggers
an' here conip'ny
So "Marse Bob's"
left to its fate,
walked leisurely homeward with Captain Jack Sherman, who, gaily arrayed in his uniform of blue and gold, never once dreamed that Bob Livingston, Polly's dearest friend of childhood, her school-days' chum, and her lover of to-day, was
nearer than Jackson's camp.
Polly was an orphan,
babyhood and reared Robert,
"Ole Miss" had adopted in
as tenderly as she
who was now
had her own son
gallantly risking his life as a Confed-
erate scout, for love of home, mother, country, and sweetheart.
day for Ephraim
dreaded reply to his note, Bob crept from his hiding place at sunset.
happier than he had been for
meant more than victory more than life itself to him. Polly had found that the coast was clear of Yankees by Giles Bend and would be waiting in the
for no answer to his note
rose arbor near the garden as soon after sunset as he could
reach the spot.
she look as
then, looks didn't matter, since he
in the dark.
happy as he felt? But would not be able to see
better so, for then Polly could
not see the tattered, torn uniform of gray he had
proudly when they
But what mattered
Polly loved him. hurried on by Giles Bend, then cautiously approached
two sentinels undetected, noise-
garden wall, and crept along the path. A rustling of leaves caused him to pause just inside the garden
lessly scaled the
gate and listen.
Footsteps approached and he immediately crouched low for safety, behind the trunk of a fallen tree. As
he lay close to the ground a voice which he could not mistake reached his ear, followed by another, strange, and yet familiar to
up and peered wonderingly through the semi-darkGone now was the happiness which was his only a
few minutes before; banished, the feeling of security, for it was indeed Polly. But beside her stood a Union
arm around her waist. The Union was Jack Sherman, his best friend at school.
Bob did not look again, but as soon as they passed from made his way back quietly through the Yankee lines.
had no thought for
but tramped recklessly onward, not caring whither his footsteps led him. Suddenly he found himself in a familiar spot, the ''Fairy's Corner," self -protection,
the place where he, with Polly, had spent the happiest days of his life. Casting himself upon the ground as had been his custom in childhood, he poured out the anguish of his soul
in silent meditation.
worth living for now.
â€”there was nothing
should he live with no prospect
of happiness, no hope for the future
Through the vines of "Fairy's Corner" gleamed the Yankee camp-fires. Bob saw them and was seized by a sud-
He was shaken to the very depths abandonment to self, he had forgotten
den revulsion of feeling. of his being, for in his
Without a moment's hesitation he arose and
turned his face camp ward.
A few weeks later
His knees were trembling,
of Uncle Eben.
Polly was startled by the abrupt entrance his
Uncle Eben ?" she
"God, Miss Polly
Marse Bob Oh, Miss Polly, Marse Bob done got !
save that good-fer-nothin'
whar he brung here from Jack
'im up, an'
kilt, an' all
Marse Bob done seed Cap'n
he rid right thru' de line er Yankees f er to pick
he done got Cap'n Jack up across his hoss
an' fixin' to turn back, one ov
sent a bullet cle'r into
Yankee dogs Dat ain't de wuss brung 'im right here
part neither; here dey got ter go an'
ole Miss's eyes, lak she ain't got ernuff fer to 'stress
herse'f wid, nohow.
"Marse Bob, Marse Bob dem Yankees !"
to 'libber us
Gray and Phillips, Argus,
aftl 2^60 JLeaD0â€” ^
m^^^ HE t"
It is not merely
the negative side of indolence, for leader-
leads has school spirit
each phase of school life;
knows she is in her place and ready to take part in anything from her class organization She must have life, humor, and to keeping a neat campus. resources to draw upon at any time, supply of an unlimited interested so that every one
of these necessary qualities
have been gifts of nature, though
other girls, and ings of her
only being true to the generous prompt-
Having no cause
for deceit, she
faithful, not ever ready to turn
be always true to herself, to her friends,
unconscious of her position
essential quality in a girl of this
in authority. stant,
knowledge of people and things for a basis of
criticisms of others are carefully guarded,
and her sense of truth and honor is so strong that it is a part of her nature; if this were not discernible few would be willing to follow her or to trust to her leadership. Another characteristic of the leader of girls is broadness. 'No girl girl
willing to accept the opinion or advice of another
dices against people. ties
narrow, or who harbors strong preju-
Girls are quick to recognize these quali-
and never willing
to accept them.
just to all
she does not give credit where
does she let recognized
not due, nor
merit pass unrewarded.
thoughtful and considerate of those under whose guidance she
popular with those in authority as she
She is ready to accept the advice of the other girls in working with them; she knows that nothing will interest them more than to have their ideas is
Good judgment is needed in knowing how to use this advice, and what place to give it. She knows how to form plans and then how to execute them; in fact, this girl must have a knowledge of human nature and taken into consideration.
self-possession to deal with
This ideal girl among
she thinks before she speaks, of others, and
considerate of the feelings
ready to take the part of the weak when they
must often take the hardest part of the work and be willing to take the least in reward. She must be always cheerful, and hopeful, and courageous as to the outcome of any project Her presence brings joy and gladness into she is leading. any company she enters. "The brimming good humor and joyousness of her nature is simply contagious. She manages to get at fun, real good, square fun," everywhere she goes, and imparts
to those about her.
lead a german,
another a game, another a long line in marching.
lead in dress, in social affairs, and in mischievous pranks.
But none of these require the highest type of ability. The who really leads in things worth while is one whom other Though she may girls intuitively feel to be their leader.
never be president of any organization, or
THE FOCUS bear the name,
she leads, in that her opinion
and her attitude towards
important questions the one that influences
as well as
sides to her nature; if she
did not, she would never be trusted and admired as as she
possesses that great
see another's side of a question;
getting outside of one's
She does not judge a person quickly and without thought. In
fearlessness she chooses the right, not counting the
but towards is
water running deep.
something one would never doubt;
She has many intimate friends,
she has an attitude of friendliness that
find in her a friend ready to help
and interested in things that
ine girls care about naturally.
count toward her leading
the things that
her personality and indefinable
magnetic force, that strangely compels and
Alice Healy^ Pierian,
was created there have and personality In all unconsciously. consciously or became leaders, either the great struggles for rights, liberty, and life, was there not someone who took command and swayed the others by Ever
since this old world of ours
always been some
It has not
always been the
men who have
Although they are weaker, physically, yet when occasions have arisen they have always met them bravely. When the French king, Charles, was about to lose
his throne, did not
Joan of Arc come
to the rescue
of France to victory at Orleans?
and lead In the
was Florence Nightingale who led a band of trained nurses to the battlefield and bound up the wounds
of the shattered soldiers.
In our present age
are taking a prominent
part in the great affairs of the world.
It is the
cities and want and suffering there. Through their influence orphan asylums have been erected, and homes, where
go through the poverty-stricken districts of the relieve the
can find shelter, have been
societies for the protection of childhood.
being directed towards improvement in the schools,
and making the
of our land
They have leagued themselves
beautiful to the eye.
together to promote temper-
ance and spread the gospel.
many modest whom history will
There are circle, of
whether in society or in
at the girl is
she can be a leader
exercises a good influence.
extremely important for the
a leader to be noble and true;
exerts a bad influence around her
as well as the girl
the qualities of
not, her perverted
will do great harm.
The girl who leads has certain traits win people to her. She draws them as
which magnet draws a A leader does not have to be beautiful in face and needle. form, but in character. It is not the pretty face which counts, but winning ways.
The leader her companions.
She takes an active
circle of friends.
interest in all the plans
She has an
about her, yet she
greets all with a smile, even
always ready to lend a helping hand to
and projects of her friends. and
though they are not in her own
and can say
the right thing at the right time, or do the best thing at the
She can make friends with those in lower stations them at a proper distance,
of life than hers, and yet keep
without offending them.
an essential quality of the leader, for when
she says a thing she must be prepared to abide by position tics;
another of her characteris-
not one thing to-day and another to-morrow,
but the same straightforward steady girl every-day.
There She does grief comes
are determination and courage in her make-up.
a coward of her. When knows how to comfort and cheer them. When grief overtakes her, she bears up bravely for the sake of others, and does not thrust her troubles on other people.
to her friends she
of the chief characteristics of a natural leader
self-confidence without egotism
her to undertake
But she never
quality which enables
without fear and trembling.
carries self-confidence so far as to be bold
In some people these
qualities of an
nature's blessed gifts, in others these qualities can be cultivated.
some of these
but she must do so merely for the sake of possessing them,
and not for the sake of purposely using them
to secure a
who leads must have many different traits of which together make up a personality that is well-
rounded in every I once
a girl in a large
I determined to study, just for the sake of discovering what
made her such a power among
She was, on
bright, well-balanced school-girl
of about nineteen or twenty.
She was not beautiful when one analyzed her features, but there was certain strength and purity about her face that
strangers look at her twice, and
to study her face.
remarkable thing that I noticed about her was
that she never, under
thing about another
some absent acquaintance she always seemed
any circumstances, said an unkind If she heard her companions criti-
upon her comrades, in that
Gradually their attitude toward their fellow
person under discussion.
to say about the
although she was decidedly the most popular girl in the school, she
and had an humble opinion
Indeed, she never seemed to think about herself
or whether she received as
attention as she should.
It always seemed just natural for her to think of others.
were in trouble they seemed drawn
was thoroughly sympathetic.
they were willing to
rows and troubles, knowing that with her they would find cheer and comfort.
She was sports.
and bright and loved fun and
she never, just for the sake of having a good
time, allowed herself to be led to break school rules or to do
anything disrespectful to her teachers.
She was easily first in all her classes, but she showed no it, and it did not occur to the other girls to be She was never happier than when she was jealous of her. helping some one else with a hard lesson or out of some
THE FOCUS One
of the most striking things that I discovered in our
leader was her beautiful Christian character. active but
modest part in
forms of religious
She took an activity, but
her spiritual force was best shown in her every-daj
show of her
religion, but it
evident in everything she did.
watched her that
was the guiding motive of her
Hallie HutchesoN;, Athenian,
most popular ''Well,
one of the
girls in the college !"
Beta packs her trunk
and goes too !" Both of the girls were getting more and more excited, and the appearance of three or four more of their Sorority Sisters, who had to be told the news, only served to heighten the excitement
group kept steadily increasing, and but for the interference of the proctor,
the indignant crowd off to their
rooms, half the college would soon have gathered in the
As they left, one of them called over her shoulder, "Remember an important meeting of the Theta Gamma
Beta in the
at half-past four."
Helen Kell, who was the subject of the foregoing conversation, was an impetuous, fun-loving girl. The other girls laughingly called her their "antidote for the blues," and indeed cheerfulness and good-fellowship seemed to stream
from every pore. All her life she had every wish granted, yet she was not selfish; she was generous almost to a fault. She was an unusually bright girl, and with very little effort kept up with the best in the class. Her impetuosity and thoughtlessness had at last got She her into what, to all appearances, was serious trouble. had done nothing criminal, nor anything which in itself was sufficient cause for expulsion, but her repeated offences in breaking little rules, in participating in
and now her culminating act of mischievousness
escape during study hour and tick-tacking on
â€”had brought things
to a crisis.
a quarter past four every Theta had gathered in the
Everybody talked at once, but nobody cared to what any one else was saying. After repeated rappings for order, an excited hush fell over the group. Mary Walker, a tall blonde, was the first to pour forth her pentlisten to
minute Helen Kell leaves this school, I leave. know that Helen hasn't done anything to deserve
just that the girls in the other Sororities
and the non-sorority in the school too,
girls are jealous of
and are trying
our good standing
to get us into disgrace.
she has done nothing disgraceful,
have been expelled for disgraceful conduct.
one minute if
All in favor of
she goes, stand
girl in the
for her expulsion
to her feet instantly.
me you would
the outrage as keenly as the rest of us. as loyal to your sorority as
room but one sprang
shall not stand
Helen on the same plane with the few
the school and outsiders will always
If you were half
your hopes of getting
Senior honors, you would not hesitate to go
the least excitable and most level-headed of the She had had more little cares and fewer joys, in her home than any of her companions. The sudden generosity girls.
of one of her aunts
had made her
college education possible
sooner than she had ever dared hope for in her fondest
It hurt her to the quick to
her unloyal, yet
have her chums think
she saw so clearly
how wrong was
course they intended to pursue, she could not conscientiously join them. "Girls,
you surely do not
tude you are taking.
a dishonor not only to our soror-
but more especially to our dear old college.
wouldn't disgrace the school for a mean
more reasonable, ladylike manner, the
act in a
faculty and student body will both be more easily influenced
we go about
in Helen's behalf than if
by yourselves before you do still greater disgrace upon us. any of you
as well as
which will bring You know that I love Helen and it is with her deepest welfare
at heart that I ask this of
"Oh, Anna makes
in this indignant,
girls please think it over carefully
It is just her
hope of old
Senior honors that keeps her from joining us."
"I suppose she will go and
nothing to do with
the faculty that she has
"Mary, however wrong you think Anna
wouldn't do that.
to give herself a better reputation.
the best thing
we can do
goes the chapel
bell, so we'll
The next morning hear
is, you know she and she certainly
her friends in order It
the Theta's were very
them immediately went in a body to her
after they left the dining-room. office
have to break up until later."
at breakfast that the president
and waited with bated breath for
her to begin.
ladies, it is a grave thing for a girl to be expelled
from her college. That such a grave thing was about to happen, you are already aware, but through the eloquent pleading of one of her sorority sisters and her own earnest promise
exercise greater care in the
decided to allow her to return after Easter."
They dashed out
overjoyed, crying unani-
on, girls let's go apologize to
TEE FOCUS "But
three cheers for Anna, the leader of Theta
Three ringing cheers sounded through the old halls, and who was passing along the upper hall,
the eyes of Anna, filled
C. Flouristoy, Athenian '12.
mysterious yellow envelopes or exultantly
this long line of girls tantalizingiy
waved on high? wrapped in long
flowing capes or tightly buttoned coats, hastily leaving the building, to appear again in about thirty minutes with coun? The mystery is solved The Seniors are having their pictures taken The annual descent has been made upon Mr. Hunt, whose camera has bravely withstood the vicissitudes of Time and
tenances which plainly show relief
varied are the exclamations heard
stairs, in the halls
and on the
me!" Or, from a friend, "Oh, Such a pity the mouth is so big still it does look like you, doesn't it ?" Or^ from an avowed enemy, "That's simply dear, but no one would ever know it is you, would she ?" But let us wait until the Class Books come before we make our remarks. lovely!
so sorry, dear
AAA The Literary Societies
The excitement and
Literary societies has been at the highest pitch for the last two or three weeks, on account of
the joint debates.
the least ambitious
to the fact
The friendly rivalry existsuch as to be commended by
ing between the societies
and we extend our heartiest congratulations
winner of the championship.
of the literary societies, during the last term
especially, has received the highest praise
from the Faculty. cases,
to the suc-
The weekly programs have, all who attended,
been very interesting to
have shown careful preparation by the members. But one great fault on the part of the committees who arrange the programs, and one which is,
that not enough time
would seem that we could is
to prepare a paper creditable to herself and her society. If some plan could be adopted, such as to publish the pro-
grams for the term
beginning of each term, this fault
away with; or, herself as to when
could, to a large extent, be done
up her paper. The training received in the Literary Society, as to parliamentary rules, etc., is training that every girl should have Therefore we welcome among us before leaving school. which have lately been organsocieties the two new debating
only wish that
girl in school,
possible for every
even to the low-est classes, to become a
ber of some literary organization.
our purpose to make the June issue of Focus an Alumnse number. Therefore we
to take this
opportunity to urge the Alumna3
to send in stories or poems for this number by the last week of April, as they cannot be accepted later than that. We are all
who have and we should
interested in the girls
our school, some of
Just take something about their experiences as teachers. quite so busy half an hour off from a day when you are not
planning lessons, and send us a sketch either of school or of social
The Focus when
Alumnae Year, and we numbers of
interested in publishing one of the best so
many of the graduates are here again. how many of our old geniuses are
are anxious to see
able to write as interesting stories as they used to write.
Think how much more material you have
since your years of experience out in the world.
mrn Mrs. Egbert Reese Jones (Bessie Blanton), class of '86, is visiting State Regent of the D. A. R. for Mississippi. She is in "Washington, D. C.
Mrs. R. Baxter Tiiggle (Martha Berkeley), class '87, is visiting her sister, Mrs. W. C. Burnet (Robbie Berkeley), She will soon go to her class '96, in Savannah, Georgia. new home in Atlanta, Georgia, to which place Mr. Tuggle has recently moved his headquarters.
Trevett, class '91, teaches in the Glen Allen
(Jennie Phillips), class '96,
Mrs. Henry Elliott
Julia Massey, class '06 nor, class '02
The following girls are teaching Academy, at Hampton, Virginia: Lila
Louise Paramore, class '03; Zilpah Tig-
Susie Shelton, class '09
Nellie Moreland, class '07
Julia Ai-mstead, 09
Lewelling, class '06
Etta Sinclair, class '03
class '08, are teaching in the Synes-Eaton
class '08 ;
Elizabeth City County.
teaches in the
Mrs. J. E. Elliott (Mamie Brinson), class '97,
teaches in the
Mrs. Burke (Belle Mears),
Phoebus High School.
Daniel, class '98,
T. Lackett (Annie Stultz), Mrs. G. Gooch (Lula Morton), class '96,
Mrs. J. M. N"oell (Virginia Boyd), Mrs. C. R.
(Grenda Hatcher), Mrs.
Stone, class '95,
those teaching there are the following
are the following:
In the Belmont School, Martha Featherstone,
Minnie Park street school, also Lucy Steams, class '04. In the Gilmer School are Anne Richardson, class '07 Bess Howard, class '06 Pauline Williamson, class '06; Ruth Redd, class '10; Beulah Fuike, Blanton, and Edith Duval.
Florence Barr, class '07
class '06, l^ell
are teachers in
Xatalic Lancaster, class '99,
head of the Mathematics
Harrisonburg Normal and Industrial School.
Mrs. H. Houston (Elizabeth Watkins), class
'00, lives in
THE FOCUS Sarah Hogg, at
'01, teaches in the
Xewport Xews, Virginia. Eose Lee Dexter, class '02, teaches Frances Y. Smith, class
Central School at
General Secretary of the
Christian Association at the Alabama Girls'
Industrial School, at Montevallo.
valuable assistance to the student department of the Gulf States
the schools in the interest of
Here and There PiEKiAN Literary Society.
of the Pierian Literary Society
have been studying Shakespeare's plays
The regular routine, howwas broken in January by several
the usual monthly
meeting was held in the auditorium, at which time the
program consisted of a debate on the question, ^'Resolved: That the United States' railroads should be owned and operated by the Federal Government." Those on the affirmative were Elizabeth Field and Virginia Johnston, while those on the negative were
Ada Smith and Zulieme Duval.
The judges decided
in favor of the affirmative.
On January 20th the following subject was discussed, That the girl of to-day is of more value than the ''Resolved :
girl of the olden times."
Bowden, Bessie The deci-
Negative: Pauline Watts, Ethel Ayers.
in favor of the negative.
Argus Literary Society The work
of the Argus Literary Society for the past term
has been confined to some of Shakespeare's plays.
two very interesting programs have consisted of original
work of this nature several meetings have been given to debates. During the spring term we shall study the modern drama. This subject, being of present day significance, promises to be exceedingly interstories
esting and helpful.
THE FOCUS The plan for
of meeting weekly has proved to be a good one,
more interest members than we have heretofore had.
for active work, and thereby creates
on the part of
Valentine Meeting of the Cunningham LiTERAEY Society
Saturday evening, February 11th, the Cunningham
Literary Society held an enjoyable meeting in the auditorium in honor of St. Valentine's Day.
Love scenes from Dickens, and favorite love songs, made
evening's program, which consisted of the following:
"Florence and Walter," from Nicholas NicMeby, by
I Leave Thee," by Lalla Jones
"Barkis and Peggoty," by Lucy
David Copperfield," by Pearle Parsley; Duet: "Annie Laurie", by Louise Ford and Susie Crump "David and Agnes," by Annie Banks Solo "Just a Song at Twilight," by Fannie Graham; Solo: "In the Gloaming," by Grace Woodhouse.
Athenian Liteeary Society
February 3d, an open meeting of the Athenian Liter-
ary Society was held in the auditorium.
"Kesolved, That the LTnited States should adopt a universal parcels post."
Buford and and
The speakers on
the affirmative were Florence
Kate Porter was rendered in favor of
those on the negative,
report the meeting adjourned.
Following the debate the members of the society adjourned to the
Kindergarten, where they spent a very pleasant even-
ing entertaining their contest,
Party," in which Miss Willie Stebbins was
the successful contestant,
feature of the evening's
were invited into the adjoining room where
the next two hours were merrily spent over chafing-dishes,
experimenting in such dainties creams, chocolates, etc. all
as "divinity fudge,"
table of delicious fruits, to
made frequent visits, added much to the evening's enjoyThe remainder of the time was spent in dancing and
concluded by laughable and appropriate farewell
The Senior ing:
Class has selected from
First historian, Pearl Justice; second historian,
Shepard; third historian, Penelope White;
Phillips; prophetess, Lalla Jones; giftorian, Carrie Hunter;
writer of the last will and testament, Lucile Cole.
The is as
staff for the Class
Book, elected by the Senior Class,
Editor-in-Chief Assistant Editor-in-Chief
Assistant Literary Editor
Picture Editor Assistant Picture Editor
Business Manager Assistant Business
Rebekah Peck Lillian Wall Ruth Shepard Myrtle Townes
The Junior-Senior Reception, Februaey The annual
reception given by the Junior Class to the
Senior Class took place Wednesday evening, February 22d. It
was one of the most
attractive social events of the season.
THE FOCUS The Eeception Hall was
beautifully and appropriately decor-
ated in our national colors.
the guests were received by
the officers of both classes, assisted by Professor J. Merritt Lear. After the guests had exchanged cordial greetings supper
The color scheme was prettily carried out in the As the happy crowd were enjoying the delica-
cies set before
them, the Farmville
lighted each heart with
surprised and de-
sweet and merry music.
supper was over the guests separated into two parties and
"White House," enjoyDancing fol-
ing as a result two clever, patriotic contests. lowed, after which the classes gave their
Young Women's Christian The month
of February has been a
association life in
happy one in our more than one way, for it has not only
brought to a close another successful year, but it has also beg-un a new year with fresh hopes and bigger aims to make our association mean even greater and richer things in our school
At the annual business meeting on February following
Lelia E. Robertson
Pearl D. Matthews
The members of
Chairman of Devotional Committee; Grace Beale, Chairman of Bible Study Committee; Miss Rice, Chairman of Missionary Committee Lettie Cox, Sub-Chairman of Missionary Committee; Grace Woodhouse, Chairman of Social Committee, Thurzetta Thomas, Chairman elected,
Committee and Kate Bulman, Chairman of Poster ;
was led by Miss February 18th, our president spoke on
Tlie first regular meeting of the year
the other two meetings of the
month, the Bible Committee presented for study, "Moses, the Lawgiver," led by Miss Selina Hindle.
Committee, under the leadership of Miss Lynda Rowe, presented a very interesting program on "Japan."
Ruth Dabney, Grace Howell, Lily HoUins to be its representatives at the Virginian Student Council from February 24 - 27. Our delegates came back filled with enthusiasm, so that we are eagerly awaiting their report on March 11th. While our girls were at Hollins, the Emory-Henry Glee association sent
Percival, Miss Andrews, and Miss Richardson to
Club, under the auspices of the Asheville Band, gave a concert in the auditorium, which
was very much enjoyed by
Sunday, February 26th, we, with students throughout
the world, observed the
of Prayer for Students.
were eleven prayer groups in the
ance of 232.
our Hollins delegates returned they brought us the
good news that Miss Anna D. Casler, executive secretary of the Virginia and Carolina Associations, will spend the week-
end with us very soon.
Let us give her a hearty welcome by
our presence at the association meeting on March 18th.
Leta R, Christian Recording Secretary.
The Ruffnee Debating Society The Ruffncr Debating Society held its regular meeting on February 10th. The question for debate was, "Resolved: That the Navy should be increased." Those on the affirma-
THE FOCUS tive
were Abbie Conduff and Pearl Agee; those on the The Peterson and Virginia Cox.
negative were Mabel
decision of the judges was rendered in favor of the negative.
Eiiffner Debating Society has challenged the Jefferson
Debating Society to a joint debate on the question, "Resolved: That United States Senators should be elected by Popular Vote."
great deal of interest has been aroused in this
meeting of the is
and will continue until the decision
rendered on March iTth.
The Intee-Sooiett Debates
Friday evening, February I7th, at half-past eight o'clock, an interesting debate between the Cunningham and Pierian Literary Societies was held in the auditorium.
That local subject of the evening's discussion was "Eesolved Dr. option is more desirable than state-wide prohibition." Jarman presided at the debate, which was argued as follows Lucile Cole, Virginia Johnson Affi.rmative Pierian, Pearle Justice, Louise Eubank. negative; Cunningham, :
The papers on both out and delivered.
and the interest of
were exceptionally well thought
The discussion was earnest and heated, the audience was thoroughly aroused and
sustained during the entire debate.
Misses Lucile Cole and Louise
mention for the excellence of their open discussion.
The judges were Mr. Smithey, principal of the Petersburg High School Mr. Terry, principal of the High School at Rice, and Mr. Lipscomb, of Randolph-Macon Woman's College. The decision was rendered in favor of the negative. ;
was held Saturday March
That capital punishment
exceedingly well handled by both societies.
and Katie Gray, of the Argus, defended the affirmative, while
Dr. Martin, of Randolph-Macon Woman's College,
Lynchburg, Mr. Smithey, of Petersburg, and Mr. Ryder, of
Their decision was in favor of
Mr. Walter Bradley Tripp of the Emerson College of Oratory, presented David Copperfield in a most pleasing
March 4th. Mr. Tripp came Literary Society, and Cunningham under the auspices of the his reading was much enjoyed by all who heard him.
manner on Friday
Box and Cox was presented by the Dramatic Club on February 4th. They were assisted by Creasoto and his famous band. This band is as well trained as any we have ever heard. The music was marvelous and inspiring in the extreme.
The Emory and Henry Glee Club ary 25th.
entertained us Febru-
After the concert a reception was given the club
by the old and new cabinet members of the Young Women's Christian Association.
number of our Star Course was Rip Van WinMcj The Spragues on February 10th.
I've the strangest things to tell
rock walk to a well
Another time in Farmville town,
queer sight I did
as I'm 'live and breathing, 'Twas a weeping willow tree!
Then once as I was reading. As quiet as a mouse, I saw across another yard
door step to a house!
That night I was 'most scared Ran fast as I was able. Because I saw
The lamp The worst For on
as plain as day.
on the table
thing, tho', I ever
stiff as starch.
a book-case, quite serene,
I saw a wedding march
stranger thing did follow,
The queerest startling thing. For as sat there speechless, I heard a wedding ring!
I went to view some scenery
With many another
I saw a mountain
through the valley plain as day
you why and where, 'Cause down at Newport News, I saw I'll tell
I have more yet to
very funny thing;
Last year I saw, in earnest, I saw a season spring!
And when I And keep Before
thought to catch it
I saw that season fall
With matchless In
fact, quite like a sport,
I heard with
A dandy There's
a prize-fight going on
With dreadful blows and knocks. But I never dread the injuries
I see a paper box
some romance in my life As I moved from place to place, The softest yet I've run across
a pillow "case"
Perhaps you'll think I'm joking,
in a trance
in the country once I
I saw a large square dance
I could tell
you many other things
were not too
But, tho' I don't
people, I dislike
a paper weight.
Ikma E. Phillips,
Miss B. that
the peloric girdle."
the sacred bones."
Mr. G. ginia
whom was "The
AAA "!N^ame a few
of the early settlers
Mr. M-t-o-n: "There
one girl in school that makes
think of physiology every time she comes into
"Her name Jean
see her they say, 'Hi
Jean, and every time the girls
something that happens once a year."
r: "When is the president elected?" Mr. L Miss M-e-i-a: '^The president is elected on the
day after the
hear that a
subject has been introduced
teacher of Philosophy of Education.
to begin the study of
As we wish
by our to give
(During a discussion on Eskimos) "Do they think that Cook ever reached the North Pole ?" Mr. M-d-o- "They cook on the outside of their houses." Irl-a-c-o-
Dr. are the ^g-: "Where December 21st?" Junior "At the North Pole."
rays vertical on
have learned lately that the real cause of the Trojan
taking Paris from her husband.
AAA A-n-e B-n-s (when she heard that she had to give a sketch
"David and Agnes")
of the love story of
must help me get L-l-i-n
you read Lamb's Tales ?" ever read Lamb's Tales of Dickens?
Has any one
Professor of History:
in general terms, should be
allowed to vote ?"
"Everybody, except paupers,
The memory of our graduates. As they leave to join the rest,
may linger with us By their initials on the
In case of
feel that every
one should be informed
exit to the State llTormal School.
teachers, in dismissing her classes, says, "Rise,
open the windows and pass out." third floor.
of the ladies,
"Miss P-m-l-n-, describe William the Con-
"Well, he was
but rather short."
are glad to notice that the last month's magazines con-
tain a larger
amount of good
in evidence; the
instructive essay seems rather to be taking its place. ially is this
change noticeable in the February number of the
Peabody Record, which shows a decided improvement over Shakespeare's heroines have evidently the January number. been thoroughly studied, and the results are interesting and instructive.
frequently seemed to recog-
Jamison's thoughts revised and dressed in
words for the use of an enterprising literary aspirant. ever, the article is well written. The same might be said of
"Prometheus Bound." The comparisons of Addison and Johnson
good, so far as
goes, but it doesn't
go very far into
the details of the characteristic habits and traits of these well
known personages. The poems, "A Summer Night" and "To a Song," show an improvement over the poetry in the preceding number. The thing that strikes the reader as not altogether pleasing is the way in which the jokes, the Y. W. C. A. news items, and the school magazine news follow each other in such rapid succession to adjust himself to
the reader has scarcely time
one situation before he finds himself in
Another magazine which, we are glad exchange table
welcome on our
full of life, carrying out well the idea
of the magazine.
the V. P.
indicate, the feminine reader is
"sophomore would seem to
as entertaining as these jingles
im m ediately possessed with
a desire to investigate more thoroughly the details of this interesting state.
quite an adequate substitution for the usual
almost better, for the reader
finds himself looking through the eyes of another at scenery
more picturesque and pleasing than any he has seen himself. "Love as a Chemical Element" is clever and original, and shows careful study of the subject on the part of the author. The stories are rather more amusing than interesting or instructive.
Normal Magazine now claims our
a well balanced magazine article
appeal to students for the promotion of the best in school.
"The Question," also
a well written story with a good plot,
worthly of especial mention.
not so force-
might have been, considering the strong character Congratulations, fellow editors, on the success
of the plot.
of your magazine.
some of our former exchanges on our tables any longer the Randolph-Macon- Monthly, William and Mary Literary Magazine, the Mary Baldwin Miscellany, and several others. are sorry not to have
acknowledge with thanks the following maga-
The Talisman, The College Message, The John MarRecord, The High School Student, Tlie Daleville Leader.
iRegi0ter of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Mr. Robert Gleaves Mr. Charles Allen Mr. Hunt Staples Mr. Law Mr. George Woodhouse Mr. Robertson Miss Hallie Cox Miss Lucy Wheelock Mr. G. B. Bright Mr. W. R. Legge Mr. Kusling Mr. Bernier Mr. Hargrove Mr. Hughes Mr. Hughes Mr. and Mrs. Moore Miss Aileen Poole Miss Mary Savage Miss Evelyn Byrd Miss Elizabeth Edwards Mr. Raymond Lifsey
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Lynchburg Boston V. P.
V. P. V. P.
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