May 21, 1940
Vol. I, No. 27
Editor. • « » • Harry Hertaler
Associate Editor. .Cora Miller
Artist. . . .Vivian Burkholder
Typist. . . . . .Florenoe Luta
Advisors. . . «M. T. Braokbill
Tha time has coma to say good-bye"-to somo it
means only a short time until we are reunited—
to others it means—-what does it mean? In these
times of turmoil and strife among nations, and
the fear that is gripping many, we cannot predict
the future. Some of us who read this paper
together may never see each other again in this
life after we leave this school, but we know
that by faith in God and obedience to His Y/ord
we will all meet again.
We have appreciated your working with us. We
appreciate your interest in the work we have
been doing with your help. Our working together
has forged more strongly than aver that bond of
Christian fellowship. You who coma baok next
year will be welcome as contributors and readers
of the Weather Vane. We invite you to come
filled with news, ideas and enthusiasm for the
oontinued prosperity and exuberant health of
the Weather Vane, for we will be depending upon
you. * ..K•.
This is your final copy of tha Weather Vans for
this school year. You have mads us feel that
your school week is incomplete until this little
weakly is found in your mail box when we hoar
you say, "Isn’t the Weather Vane out yet?’1 or,
"When is the Weather Vane coming out?” And
again you make us feel that way when you eagerly
scan your copy of the paper the minute it comes
out of your mail box, or when you read it aa you
slowly walk up the steps to your dormitory room.
The Weather Vane has made strides since it was
first printed. It grew not only in departments,
but in interest as well. The secret of its success
was your splendid cooperation and enthusiasm#
And the staff heartily thanks all who have helped
to make this paper what it ia.
"AS ITHERS SEE US”
Chapel services during the past week brought unusual
experiences. On Wednesday morning the exercises
were conducted by Clyde Stoner, Eli
Bontrager, and S* G. Shetler. Brother Shetler
gave us an informal talk on "Skill”. Some students
might remember that cultured people do not
laugh in a boisterous manner regardless of how
provoking the humor.
The grim aspeota of war and revolution were
graphically detailed by Brother Amos Swartsendruta
during Friday Morning Devotion. He told us how
he £ig*agged across the Atlantic on a British
steamer and visited war-scarred Europe. In Franc*
he visited among Spanish refugees. Sister Swart*-
©ndruber also spoke on conditions in Argentina,
Brother George Lapp, returned missionary to India,
appeared"unprogrammad" in Mission Prayer Meeting.
His talk was only the beginning of a number he
gave to the student body. On Monday morning he
spoke to the students on "Leprosy".
Overheard— a xai a pronunciation of the word alumni.
Look it up befox’e commencement time.
Brother George Lapp in Mission Prayer Meeting
gave us a now picture of the great need of conse-orated
Christians, Christians who are eager to be
11 soma thing for Christ".
Quotation from Brother Slabaugh.
"Let your light shine. Don’t make it shine."
— The Owl Cri'tio
RALLY DAY FLURRIES
It is coming— the time is coming
Whan we students will have to start
To aay good-by© to our dear old ohuma
For soon we’ll have to part.
So let's make use of these last moments,
For there really aren't many more
Then at last— whan all is over
We’ll aay "My, hom those short weeks tore."
— Grace E. Gross
Why I Want to Com© Baok to Dear Old E. Mo S.
I am inviting myself baok to EoM.S. because of
the many rich blessings I have received from being
hers for ray first time. Most certainly we are
glad to give our textbooks a ro3t and take a vacation
ourselves, but the time will soon come when
we will say to our friands, "Just one more week
till school begins at E.M.S.I" I heard so many
intsresting stories from th© Seniors oonoorning
thair Washington trip, that it thrills me just
to think that if 1 oome back next year and be a
Senior, these joys will be mine too. Juniors,
let's have a 100$ attendance next year«
— Lois Weaver
I have enjoyed tay year at E.IiLS. immensely® The
activities are so -varied. The experience of dormitory
life, I think has been benefioial to all
Then too, our faculty members are interested in
our spiritual growthj hence the many inspiring
prayer circles and other speolal meetings.
They do not overlook the social aspect of life,
but provide much for our entertainment and enjoyment.
Since we have those who are capable of doing
things for us, why not take advantage of our opportunities
— Sara Jane Weaver
I ’M SO GLAD TO BE BACK
I’m bo glad to be baok
At the dear old E.M.S.
There111 be joy, joy, joy.
There’s going to lots of hard work
At the dear old E.M.S.
But I’m glad, glad, glad.
There’s going to be lots of good times
At the dear old E.M.S.
There’ll be joy, joy, joy.
There's going to b® many good ohms
At the dear old E.M.S.
There'll be cheer, good cheer.
I’m ao glad to be baok
At the dear old E.M.S.
There'll be joy, joy, joy.
— M. T. Brackbill
DEAR OLD E. M. S.
1« Th® good old E. M. S.,
The dear old E. M. S. -
We•II stand by you
While you are true
To Sruth and Righteousness
2. She stands for the good old Book
That many schools forsook.
May she keep true
To the Bible view,
And never vrorldward look.
3. Begun by men of God
Who Jesus' pathway trod.
Let’s guide her through
And keep her true,
Thoxjgh to the world she's odd.
4. To the old, old faith she clings.
And the good old songs she sings|
Frowns on the schism
While truth to youth she brings
6. We pray thee now, 0 Lord,
Support her by Thy Word,
And help her fight
For truth and right,
And wield the Spirit’s sword.
6. The good old S. M. S.,
The dear old E. M. S. -
We’ll stand by you
While you are true
To Truth and Righteousness.
— Joint Authorship
Last week the Bird Study Class visited in the
vicinity of Thelma Gets's home. This trip proved
to be the most successful of the year. We added
to our list one species, which is very rare in
this aeotion of the country. It was the Lark
Our field trips are drawing to a olose, it is
true, but our Interest in birds and nature is increasing.
Through this class we have acquired a
greater appreciation for birds and bird life, and
along with this a deeper joy in the Christian
If you are interested in bird life and wish to
mh&aco your interest in the Creator I recommend
to you a course in bird study.
— Chester Shank
We now will introduce to you
A company unique
The like of which you’ll never find
Though far and wide you seek.
Brother Hostetter— JStirex Rufus
Evelyn Brunk— Brachiftpod
Virginia Grove— Insect in Amber
Catherine Cline— Lepidodendra
Miriam Lehman— Globigerina
Emma Shovralter— Crinoid
Edith Showalter— Platyorinus
Stanley Shank— Brontosaurus (Thunder-1isard)
George Miller— Stegosaurus (Roofed-liaard)
Mahlon Hess— Peleoypod (Hatohet-foot)
Orie Cutre 11 ■— Gastropod (stomaoh in foot)
Irvin Horst— Zeuglodon (yoke-tooth)
Charles Hertsler— Archimedes
Harry Hertsler— Eohinodermatus (spiny-skin)
Paul Hunsberger— Trilobite
Daniel Suter— Leptolepis Sprattafornis
Chester Shank— Amblypod (blunt-foot)
Linden Wenger— Trepoopire Indistinotus
4j15— group gathers at rear of school— starts
to load oars with blankets, fossil boxes and
4»30— The three oars, with their 16 Geology
students and 2 guests leave for Jones’ Wharf.
4*32— group halts at edge of Harrisonburg and
offers ailent prayer for a safe trip.
7 :02— Lepidodendra (Katherine Cline) says, "I »fa
7 :02^-» Eohinodermatus a ays, "Me, tool"
8:t)l— group halts in Washington— gasoline tanks
are refilled and refreshments are bought.
10»05— Brother Hostetter Bays, "We're here."
1 0 :4 0 — A fira is built an the beaoh and the
evening meal is eaten.
11:20— Girls trek 500 yards inland to oars and retire—
boya unroll blankets on beaoh.
Ils21— Boys sing, "Good-night, Ladies" •
lli22— Oirla return musical favor.
Ili35— Boys go swimming.
Ili55— Boys, shivering, towel off and crawl under
5.50— Boye arise
6:00— Girls honk auto horns by way of announoemerfc
that they're ready for boys to escort them to the
6:03— Boys respond and girls e.re gratified.
6.-'30— Breakfast prepared
8 j,00— Breakfast finished
>fc:15— •Group ’’eavea on fossil hunt.
8il7— Breohiipod says, "I wish I oould find a
8jlt^— Grinoid says, "Me, toot"
9:17— Brachiopod says, "I Just can’t find a
9 :17-|— Crinoid s»ys, "Me, neither!"
10j17— Braohiopod gleefully shouts, "Oh, I found
10:27— Crinoid ecreama, "Girls, I found one, tocf
11tl3“~Gastropod, impatient, goes swimming fully
11 il7— Gastropod and Brontosaurus have water batfcto
12iOO“-Group returns to oampfire headquarters
12120— Girls and boys in two groups go shimming.
12 j30— Groups return to shore and stretoh out on
12s37— Stegosaurus says, "That sun sure feels
12:37|f— Eahinoderaatus laiily responds, "Doesn’t
12»50— Archimedes and Brontosaurus gain permission
to use rowboats.
12151— Archimedes, Trilobite, EcMnodermatua and
Brontosaurus push off for opposite shores a mile
and a half away,
1:50— Stegosaurus says, "1 believe I'm getting
1 i30g— Zeuglodon says, "Me, too— and howl"
2»00— Lunoh is prepared, but the four argonauts,
battling wind, tide and sunburn are still a mile
offshore on their return trip.
2j40— Argonauts arrive, stagger up the beaoh.
3:20— lunoh is finished— packing for return to
school is started.
3*40— Geology class picture ia taken.
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3:45— Prayer is offered for a safe return homea
10:20— Group arrives at E.M.S.
11:20— Geology class members lay their blistered
baoks on beds and try to sleep.
12:10— Trilobite ories in agony, "Ity back's on
12:10|— Brontosaurus moans in agreement, "Mine,
too—»thio ought to go in the Weather VaneI"
— B rontosaurus
We’ll give it to the oooks that they really did
provide us with a super-abundance of things to
eat. We didn’t arrive at our destination until
10:00 Friday night, the result being that we all
ate about twioe as much aa we ordinarily would
liavo eaten. And what a supper J Potato soup by
the gallons, pounds of weiners, and an abundance
of onions fresh from Brother Hostetter's garden.
One person got an overdose of salt as the result
of trying to pour salt on an onion sandwich in
Our breakfast of eggs, bacon, ooooa, potato soup
and bananas was interspensed with wading in the
water and spaahing each other. The grand climax
to our eating oame about 4:00 o'clock in the
afternoon when we tried to eat up everything that
was left from previous meals besides the regular
meal itself. This proved to be suoh a stupendous
’task that it was not fully oompleted. This is
•Rifat we had: cheese eandwiche3, ham sandwiches,
weinera, potato salad, pineapple juice, apples,
bananas and cookies. Brother Hostetter proved to
be a more proficient outdoor cook than most of
the girls, and the boya wore quite amuaed when
Crinoid (a girl) displayed her ignorance of how
to use a can opener. All our cooking was done
in a very clear and orderly way, the dishea being
washed in a gallon bucket of river water, whioh
somehow wouldn t take to aoup» We all thrived
well and oame back in perfect health exoept for
a few blistered epidermises.
After we had eaten our breakfaat and washed the
dishes on Saturday morning we were ready for the
main business of our trip. Jones' Wharf is in
the oenter of large deposit** of fossils. As we
walked down the beaoh wo walked upon millions of
these shells, in the water and out. Many of ua
enjoyed climbing the high sand cliffs along the
river from widch the foasila were being washed.
The most sought after fosaila were shark steeth.
We were told that one shark had as many as five
hundred teeth in his mouth. Forty-three teeth
were found by the group. Posail coral, eophora(a
beautiful ringed brown shell), and many other
varied fosaila were found before wa were foroed
to return to our oamp.
By way of topping off the strenuous activities
of the day, Eohinodermatus, Trilobite, Archimedes
and myself took a four-mile boat trip across the
Patuxent River and back. Intermediate points of
interest were a fishing boat end an automatic
lighthouse. The trip started very suspiciously;
The oar handles turned smoothly and rhyraically in
their looks and th© blades took long satisfying
pulls through the water.
However, disaster soon struck. Through our excessive
seal and inexperienoe the starboard oarlock
sheared in half and a little later the port
look pulled itself completely free from the side
of the boat. This left us with no alternative but
to paddle canoe fashion. On the outbo-U&d trip
with the wind and current favoring us,''this was
not dlffioult, although the wind curled the
b roarer e with white cap 3 and produced long hearing
swells which threatened to swamp our tiny oraft#
Our destination gained and the return journey
begun, we found current wind and tide to all be
conspiring against us* to say nothing of the
broiling sun and our aching muscles. Finally '
gaining th© shallows near the shore of our original
departure, we saw that we had been swept
some distanoe downriver. T/e then made up our
lost ground by working our way up no&r the bank,
where th© current was not strong enough to deter
us. More conquered than conquerors, wo finally
arrived at the oampfir© and wer© reunited with
our comrades— three-quarters of an hour late.
To be near water and not get th© "fisherman's
bite” is unbelievable. Well, the bite did strike
Gastropod, Triloblte, and 1. Through an ingenious
process we trapped a number of small fish,
intending to us© thorn later as bait. Surrounding
a school of fishes, we would drive them into a
prepared trap by the side of a rowboat# Sometimes
7«e would be successful in oatching two or
thro© fish. Then again w© would catch nothing
except a few pieces of shell sand and sea weeds.
After an hour of such maneuvering we boasted
about a do*©n fish.
At this time four Days went off with the boat*
leaving Gastropod a&d I behind. Svsn Trilobit©
deserted us and went with the group in the boat.
Ha had helped us so faithfully in securing our
The girls soon tired of thoir boat (perhaps it
was kindness) and gave it to us. So Gastropod
and I launched out into the deep to oatoh fish.
He fished for an hour with the usual "fisherman'a
luok" as our reward. We returned to shore tired
and sun-burned— at least Stegosaurus was. He
is still suffering from, the effects of being in
too intimate contact with Sol.
On Sunday and Monday ws began to fool the after
effects of our trip. We wore fell aloepy, tired,
end sunburned but w© wore happy. If you see a
group of Geology students talking together, you
nay be assured that they are comparing the red-loss
of sunburns, or are trying to recall
t) erne one3 a geological miw— or they m y be discuss**
lag fossils and shark's teethi
Th© Geology class may ©asily be recognized by
very rosy faces and a deoided "touoh-m©-notH attitude#
Now a warning to all friends of th© geology class-don’t
pat on© of these students on th© baok or you
will probable hit a sore Bpotl
— fi-weo't- in Amber
METEOR/ ' 1
Th© members of the Qollege General Biology class
wish to thank Brother Hostetter for the good times
h© has shown us this y©ar# The good times included*
serving of mushrooms in canneotion with
the study of Thallophytssj of ©ight different
kinds of chess©, with th© study of bacteria, intsresting
lecture periods, laboratory work, and
field trips# Th© high lights of th© year wore th©
dissection of a domestic oat and a trip to Mutton
Hollow where w© observed showy orchids, lady
slippers, ©to#, cardinals, etc# W© ar© not sorry
that Brother Hostetter expects interest and hard
work. W© are well repaid for ©very effort.
— Paul H# Martin
AT BEREA (ooncluded)
Aooording to years now th© youilgest I'll naiaej
Mary Gehmn is she and her doll has won fame.
Could ah© apeak she would tall of her mistress'
E'en though she experienced a kidnapping rare.
Of my joy in this writing, you know but a measure#
I hold in ray memory each girl, a sweat treasure#
Sino© Bereans want copies for their school
1*11 take this one privilege to sign h©ro,
— Amanda Shank
Answer to question in Quiz Corner
What is log-rolling in politics?
Th© meaning of tha term log-rolling may b© summed
up in the statement, "If you vote for my measure,
I will vote for youre? Every legislator is anxious
to gat scan© law or laws passed that will favor
hia constituents. In order to do this the legislators
may exohang© votes Mth each othar# This
mutual exchange of votes in order to get favorable
local legislation is oallod log-rolling# Soma on©
has said it is getting pork out of the publio
— H. A# Brunk
"God wants time to apeak to ua just as w© speak
’’There are depths of joy in th© secret place that
moat of us have not yet fathomed*,"
— Ellen Brunk
"If there were more praise offered for prayers
answered, there would be more prayers answered to
offer praise." .
Quoted by Araminta Lehman
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