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December 16, 1942 E . M. S« V o l. IV , IJo. IS
From a King to his stubborn, unworthy servants--
Prom a loving Father to hie ungrateful sons—
Prom a Creator to his degraded creation—
Prom the Holiest to levers of sin--
From an Almighty God to the rebellious, defiant
race of mortals
On earth peace.
Goodwill toward men.
Katchlesa message and matohlese GiftJ
"Christmas" is the birthday of the Prince
of Peace. A birthday means that we have passed
another milestone in our l i f e . The birthday of
Christ means that we have passed another milestone
in the years of Time.
How peaceful it was at that time, in
Bethlehem of Judea, where Christ was borni How
different now in that seotion of the countryj
I f Christ were born on this Christmas day would
He find those who would be looking for His birth
in that war-torn country?
When Christ comes again for His own, w ill
He find us watching, ready and waiting for Him?
These are thoughts that should f i l l our minds on
O ffic ia l AnnouncementI
Christmas vacation begins Friday noon, December
18 and ends Tuesday morning, December 2 9 .
Last y ear's Christmas vacation was spent
in the city of Reading.
These people in this bus a ll look so queer.
This woman with the funny hat and frown, that
boy with his collar turned up and hia hat on
crooked, this girl chewing gum like a cow, the
sneaky look in the other woman's eye, and the
hardened face of another man; those a ll attracted
my attention. But, why should this be so
strange to me? A ll last year I had traveled
on the bus dozens of tinea and had not thought
that the people looked queer. I thought about
it for a while, then decided that seeing the
faces of Christians at school was such a change
and that this was an entirely different group
" I f you trust in the Lord and His
In fin ite graoe,
You do n 't have to t e ll i t , it
shows in your fa c e ."
The Lord Jesus means an inward experience
that shows on the outside.
— L . Caroline Plank
A Poay for the Social Committee
This was one of the moat beautifully
planned occasions for the "Christmas Carol"
we have had since 1919.
No whumbug" about that either.
Paul Peaohoy wonders i f the blue of^jou:
""blue "books” has any significance^-
V/hat &o you think?
Ey The Hea rth
Good evening everybody. , I t in really a
delight to have you for a lit tle chat now and
then. I have no much to t e ll you* Oh, there is
so muoh I would have you knowJ Why am 1 hare?
Is it not to do ay utmost for you, for your good,
my best for your boot?
Her© are some 00x02 of small Christmas can-d
ie s » Pass than along arid holp yourselves.
I was pleased with your Wednesday morning,
program last week. Hundreds of my alumni and ex-studenta
have of their own free w ill given hundreds
of dollars, yea thousands, and many hours
of hard labor to make the campus beautiful with
trees, shrubbery, lawns, arbors, walks and other
features. A ll this has come to you as a good
w ill gift v.iiioh. you now enjoy. Can you not,
w il l you not, take good care of it a ll and add
to it for those who are to follow you? You have
in effect promised to do that. Thank you. Your
diploma w ill mean just that much more when it is
handed to you.
0n9 thing worries me a l i t t l e . Here 1 ain
a quarter of a century old. Young in years but
old in wisdom. But whore are the fine traditions
that should grow up about me like the ivy vinos
around sny walls? I have enough rulee— porhapa
too many. I have the oreod, the fundamentals,
the purposes, the Church guardianship and super-v
irio n and a ll that. But whore, again I ask,
arc a ll Iho beautiful soul traditions? One may
set up 1 the bulwarks, a ll the fo rtification s,
a ll the defenses Imaginable on paper, but what
good w il l that do if there is no tradition or
"w ay ", no established custom, no prevalent spirit
among my students in the more important essentials
of charaotor and conduct?
For example. There should never bo any
oheating here* There ought to bo suoh a strong
prevailing sentiment among us against that sort
of thing that there would be no need for mottoes,
or handbooks or student signatures to deter suoh
a ots. There ought to be suoh unmistakable attitude
"twang ud toward suoh acts that every new
student rjuld soon know, "We just don’ t do suoh
And when are wo going to begin to lay down
the foundations for suoh traditions? You made a
good start on Wednesday. Let mo beg of you to
go on unflinchingly toward the establishing of
an irresistible tradition; "We just don’ t do
suoh things here" as littering up the campus,
marring the furniture, raising pandemonium on
the h a lls , y ellin g, or anything ol3e that is distinctly
I am thrilled in this appeal to you, because
I believe you already have the impetus
to take up this challenge to carry forward to
a noble beginning the establishing of traditions
that w ill encourage a l if e at E .M .S . that
w ill be consistently Christian in character and
I am glad for that question one of you
just now raised 1 "D o n ’ t we have traditions?”
Yes, there are traditions, a number of
them. Wo dress plainly, we do not attend the
theaters, we do not have in te r c o lle g ia te
sports, we incdst on good scholarship, eto*,
e tc. They are good, very good* But they do
not come so close to the real essence of character,
I think, as honesty, courtesy, gentility,
tidiness, dependability, reverence. One can
abide by a ll the restrictions and taboos and
s t il l not be essentially good. Rules do not
make any one good. Your teaoherc can’ t make
you noblo. I t is your reaction to a ll the influences
that lift you. And the sum of all
suoh influences to whioh you reaot constitutes
the tradition I desire.
W© have events and customs that have become
traditional: contest programs, "The Holy
C it y ", "A Christmas Carol", aohool outing,
certain trips, open house, e t c ., eto.
Prayer upon entering chapel is another
tradition. I t was instituted just a oouple
years ago and has persisted be a u tifu lly . And
it began somewhat in the saraa manner as last
Wednesday's in itia tio n .
I f we Hannonites have anything superior to
hold up to the rest of Christendom it ought to
bo at leant in character and oonduot, and if it
is n ’ t in them what do we have that is worth
tolling the world about? I f E .U .S . is not a
school superior in the oharaotor and conduot of
its teachers and students, not all the creeds,
rite3 and plain clothes w ill save her from just
condemnation and disrepute.
My dear Studants, let us go on toward perfectio
n . Not that we can hope to reach i t , but
that by God’ s help we may ever keep progressing
on the way, I.-st us have some more Wednesdays
like the last one.
Your Alma Mater
A suggestion for the owlj
I believe that the out-of-the-donnitcry
students would be grateful i f the lights at the
steps were turned on early in the morning, especially
when they leave after Mission Prayer
Meeting on Sunday morning, f)
* * * / /
A suggestion for thayc2#an~up campaign—
Ana us a ll with rakes, Wp/kotti, o t o ., set the
day and l e t ’ s a l l get t^W o r k *
December 1G. 1942 «3
Gifts f or the King
"Thoy presented unto Him g i f t s ; gold, frank"
incense, and ayrrh." Matt. 2 * 1 1 . "Frankinoonae
waa used by the children of Israel in the deaert,
and it continues to be mentioned a ll through the
Old Testament* I n the New Testament, it is ono
of the gifts brought by the wxae men to the infant
Jesus. Frankincense ia a tree of large
siae and this end related species grow in south-ern
Arabia and on the opposite coast of Africa
and in weatern I n d ia , tale red or yellow gum •
exudes from this tree in the form of roundish
or oblong drops or 't e a r s ’ , and gives off a
atrong, balsamic odor when warmed or burned."
"Myrrh has been widely known and used in
a l l agea as an ingredient of perfume, medioine,
and as a preservative in embalming. The Bible
myrrh may have been obtained from a balsam* The
balsam is a large shrub, or small tree, of
Abyssinia, Somaliland} and A ra b ia . The gum resin
ooses naturally from the stoma, or as * result
of wounding* The pale-yellow liquid gradually
s o lidifies and becomes brown or even blaok in
color. I t ia used today in tonics, stimulants,
antiseptics and is a constituent of mouthwashes
and d e n t ifr ic e s ,"
The above descriptions are taken from that
most interesting book, "Bible Plants for Americans
Gardens” by King. This book., recently
placed in the library, contains much interesting
material for use in Sunday School olaases*
•—D . Ralph Hostetter
M -sae*N ■**’»
g u e s s wiioi
IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE TIIAIT TO RECEIVE
He could not scold, but he oould get results
in a way not many others d id . By a mere look
and a word— not a "daggerous" eye or a oruel
tongue either, that he used, he made you fe e l so
terribly silly and so fe arfu lly out of plaoe in
doing wrong. You were just so very unnecessary
in i t . And yet you loved him more than ever for
i t a l l , and -ranted awfully to merit his "w all
done" exrdlo again.
His short, ctaocato-like, curt, yet courteous
and gentle words were diatinot and direotly
to the points Seldom a falter marked his speech
with just enough accent to aipko it fascinating.)
Tho strange combination of efficiency and
punctuality mixed with kindness and humor made
him very popular and loved at f i r s t sijjht by a l l .
lie would not sing— but he would play,
lie would not drive— but he would walk.
Hia nearness to the right and his great
distance from the wrong made him an ideal®
He followed the King and le ft footprints in
the path of life that were worthy of retreading.
To lias added so much to our llverio Vie have re-»
oeived so much from him. Vie oould never forgot
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An Hour with the Music Class
Muaio A class was oallsc?. to order Saturday
December 12., 1942, in Room M by the program
committee, Jo Me Stauffer, for their third
s 1r.sk program of the year.
After the reading of the minutes the opening
song, "See the Flakes of Fleecy Snow"* was
led by Esther King* Next on the program w s u
duet by John Martin and David Erunk. They
sang, "Hog, Hog, IIogn , and "The Veaper Hymn"
for ua» Then followed'a mixed quartette in
care of Helen Wenger. The other members were
Nanoy Lee Weaver, Robert Lehman, and Paul Kniss.
They favored us with "Singing in the School-room"
and "Drive the H ail Aright Boys."
The last number was two melodious solos,
"My Little G i r l " , and "The Cradle Song" hy
The program was enjoyed by a l l .
— Sadie Riehl
p r t m
Did you over receive a Christmas package
from your father and mother that contained a
number of gifta?
Wo were a ll presented with a g ift package
like thia on that fir s t glad Christmas day when
our Heavenly Father sent Jesus Christ into the
world, and in hia peraon gave a variety of
g i f t s .
Among these gifts were love, light* eternal
life* joy and peace«
We may a ll share in these gifts by simply
To a l l who come to the library*
May the glory of the Lord that shone round
about the shepherds shine on your way thia
Books have not been dated to ooipe due a fter
Thursday, December 17, so you can take
care of them before the rush on Friday.
I f you happen to damage a book while you
have it out or i f a book is in poor condition
when you get it , please do not attempt any
mending. Yfe thank you for your kind intentions
but the library lias special mending materials
for the purpose and usually special methods.
We are asking that students who travel far
enough that you pack suitoaaea not to t?ke l i brary
books home unless your teacEer advised it
because of a heavy schedule you may be oarryinge
— Sadie A„ Hartsler
Christmas In the Heart
" I t ia Christmas in the Mansion*.
Yule-log fires and silken frocksj
I t is Christmas in the Cottagei(
Mothers f il l in g little socks §
I t ia Christmas on the Highway*
I n the thronging* busy marts
But the dearest, truest Christmas
la the Christmas in the Hearts”
— By Dora Ho Stookman
That is the reaeon this season is more joy™
ous than others for people really do things from
the heart. From the heart issues out life * a
actionsc The gifts we give or receive, no
matter how great or small, mean the most when
they spring from the heart. The greatest Gift
vias poured forth from the heart of Gods We as
Christians have Christmas every day because
within our hearts dwells the Christ of Christ™
— Beulah Lehman
The Staff wishes their associate editor,
Rosa Mae Kurts, a very "Happy Birthday” on
The Human Side of Birds
Do birds really have beauty parlors? On
Thursday evening wo learned that even i f birds
never think of such things they do keep themselves
well-oiled and clean by using sand file s and oil
manufactured in their own facto ries. Birds are
artists in their own way« Their s k illfu lly woven
and woll-concealad nests are proofs of t h i s 0
Large eaglae are the policemen of the bird realm
while the mockingbirds and kllldeer add variety
by their mimicry and ventriloquism., Did you ever
taste suet? We were treated to a sample at the
close of the program. However, this suet looked
and tasted very muoh like assorted chocolate
candy,. The Avians wish to thank Brother Hos-tetter
for the Christmas treat.
“ -Dorothy Lahman
On Monday afternoon a gay group of young
folks dashed from behind the school to the truck
at the north entrance* Warm cape, scarfs, aar~
muffs and heavy jackets told that something unusual
was going to happen0 S t il l more exciting
to see were shoes with shiny runners swinging from
each mittened hand. Shouts of laughter arcee -as
the truok was loaded* Finally i t moved off bearing
a happy load* As the truck slowly and care~
fu lly pulled in beside the pond, cheers arose at
sight of the wide expanse of untouched ic e , Within
fiv e minutes dozens of figures were darting,
sweeping and gliding over the glassy surface*
Eockev sticks appeared. Lines formed to play
ora ok-the “-whip 0 The next hour was enjoyed to the
f u l l 9 That delightful time w i l l long be remembered*
— The Ic ic le
"As I,thero See Us1*
At the beginning of this week I was frankly
puzzledo Studenta rushed by with haunted
looks carrying bottles of ink and litt le thin
blue bookso later I would see them, exhausted
and despairing, come out of classrooms and
gather into talkative dejected 3 itt!e groups#
The teachers, on the contrary, seemed quite at
ease and ware their usual plearent smileSo
At last just whan I was about to flop
down and find cfct about the matter, I heard one
girl exclaim, " I know I flunked that tasto"
The secret was out£ Exarcs wore on£
* * *
Even our editor was so busy that ho hardly
noticed me* Then one night as ha made the last
rounds he paused below the museum case. •
"These exams are terrible*," he confided® ’I 9m
afraid 1*11 have to neglect my work on the
YJeather Vane this weeka 1 9m tolling you now
so you wonst c riticize me«" He laughed in hia
distinctive way0 "W e ll, I ’ ll have to be getting
up to the o ffice*" was his parting remark, t
looked as severe as I could but he did not seem
* * *
I f the Christmas social d id n ’ t put you in
the Christmas spirit you are mighty hard to
move® * * *
After a clean-up drive auoh as last week's
a c t iv it ie s ’ program brought, that pile of
building blooks and pipe greeting you near Room
M was just too a propo*
# * *
With skating so tempting those days,
examinations don’ t aaem so awfully important
after a l l . But do n ;t neglect them, or you’ ll
wish you hadn’ t !
* * *
The best of CjjbriStmas wishes to you all
The Dayton College Church was f il l e d and
the audience was anxiously awaiting the entrance
of the Chorus® At 8s00 p„m» the Chorus file d
in taking its place on the platform.
Instead of soloists the respective parts
sang the various solos» The muaio,seemed to
f i l l the whole room and they sang with Reeling
and aoaur§.«3f ,
The oratorio came to a climax as the
Chorus sang "And the Glory of the Lord" and
last of a ll "The Hallelujah Chorus".
I am sure a ll of us left the church praie
ing God for His salvation through Chriwt and
for the glory to comeo
— David W . Icndi*
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