October 4 , 1944 EASTERN ME HiONITE SCHOOL Volt. V I , No, 6
•TWAS A DUCK PARTY
Those who ventured to brave the weather
Saturday evening enjoyed the hike to the oonvict
camp and fe l t the. th rill of singing the Gospel
story to those who are ohained by the power of
The colored oonviots consented to give a
eouple negro spirituals* By that time it was
really "making down" and the majority of folks
looked like the men’ s quartette last Wednesday
morning — m }. they could hear was "the patter,
patter of the rain as it f e l l on fie ld and
plain” — umbrellas,, But those of us who stood
in the open ’hoarH"”the colorful rendition of
" I 'm g ’wine into the presence of fry Lord,” and
’’i ’ ll be w aitin ' fer you over thar f However,
w@ could a ll see the rhythm.
The singing over, an unnumbered group of
sensible people headed baok toward school,
while 54 ducks followed the long, long, trail
which, after about four very enjoyable, very
d rizzly miles, led us also to E . M. S . , plenty
damp but s t ill happily quacking J
— One of the duoka
On Tuesday afternoon our class in Principles
of Georgraphy fe lt quit® honored to have a rid®
in the school truck to White Oak Canyon in the
Blue Ridge Mountains#.
T/e enjoyed the scenery aa we drove over the
Skyline Driv e, We left the truck about five
miles south of Camp Luray and followed the trail
into the Canyon. It was about a three mile hike
but we were not disappointed upon arriving there®
The drop of the falls and rapids is about
sixty f e e t . As we stood on the precipice of the
highest f a l l s , probably twenty feet high, we were
thrilled by the beauty of the foaming water,
caused by the uneven wearing away of the rooks»
I t was also the fir s t time moat of us saw a
pot hoi®, whioh is cauaed by the grinding aotion
of atones whirled around by the watei’o
Instead of coming baok at 4 j4 0 as we ax=-
peoted, it waa 8»3Q, but we hardly realized
that we missed supper because of the wonders
we had just seen. None of us realized there
was a canyon like it in Virginia®
-“ Grace Bergey
In a student faculty survey recently the
following question was put to about twenty
people o "What would you do with an extra hour
aaoh day?” To the intelligent readers of this
paper this question may sound very juvenile and
amatouristic. This may be true. However I
believe the answers reoeived present a fa ir
picture of likes and dis lik es , of desires and
ambitions of the student body. I sincerely
hope not, though.
To the above question well over f i f t y per
oent replied each with the same hopeful look
and hopeless smile, " I ' d aleepo" Thia may be
an indication of something. I am not sure whato
Fanny Bontrager without a moment’ s hesita»
tion answered, "O h , I ’d write letters, or read
or ride bik e , or I think I ’d h ik e .” What she
needs is a two weeks vacation, I think.
Miss Ava Rohrer (Mrs. Ir v in H0rst) after
muoh deliberation replied, " I ’ d read." When
further prompted she beamed, "Oh, i f Ir v in were
here I would be with him.'*
Paul Kniss, with no deliberation whatso™
ever whispered, " I ’ d l o a f ."
But to Howard Miller belongs top honors
for his reply, " I ’d study." This was the only
answer of its kind.
— J . M.
WEATHER VANE PUBLISHING THE NEWS
Some appear to think that
running a magazine is easy,
but from experience we oan ^sy
that it is no picnic, teoauae
readers are hard to please.
I f we print jokes, people
say we are s i l l y .
I f we d o n 't they say we are
I f we d i p things from
other papers, we are too lazy to
write them ourselves®
I f we do n 't we are stuck on
our own s tu ff.
I f we stick olose to the
job, we ought to be out hunting
I f we get out and try to
hustle, we ought to bo on the
job in the o ffic e .
I f we don’ t print contributions,
we do not appreciate true
genius; and i f we print them,
the paper ia fu ll of junk.
I f we make a change in the
other fellow 's copy, we are too
I f we don’ t , we are alleep.
Now, like as not, some w ill
say wo swipsd this from some other
paper. And we d id .
Ootober 4 , 1944 Vo l. V I , No. 6
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Editor . . . . . . . . J . Luster Brubaker
Literary* . . . . . . . . Mary Kurts
News ...................................... John Miller
F e a t u r e ....................... ... Ann® Sauder
Art ....................... Norman Kraus
Sub-Staff— Rhoda Krady, Helen Good, Pearl
Hoatetter, "The Eavesdropper,'*
Production S ta ff— Rosalyn Brenneman, Merna
Brenneman, Alma Brunk, Daniel Baer.
Sponsor . . . . . . . . M. T . Braokbill
is published weeFly"*
during the school year by the students of
Eastern Mennonite School.
I f Jeeus would give us a ohapel talk,
what do you suppose He would say?
— M .T .B .
The tardy bell has done a masterpiece of
work by disciplining a ll of us, for not so many
regular ohapel services have been disturbed by
latecomers. Since this system of bells and
excuses has brought desirable results would it
be too idealistio to have every student seated
and ready for worship on Sunday too?
Oh, and I am quite certain that "Mr. Owl"
would be the one to issue excuse blanks, for
he gets into every spot on our campus. When
"M r. Owl" would fly home after hia observation
on Sunday I oan Just hear him telling "M rs. Owl"
that X just d id n 't start grooming soon enough,
that Y stopped and visited on the way, and that
Z decided the baok seats were more comfortable
than the front seats were. And "M r. Owl" may
also say that if he were a pastor, or a leader,
or a chorister he would not be inspired by the
tramp, tramp of boys and g ir l s .
Daily we have been taught punctuality by
the tardy b o l l , but are we sure that there
ia an excuse available for Tardiness on Sunday
morning and evening services?
— A . S.
AMCtIG THE BOOKS
Among the Books, Literary Committees
w il l find source materials. Why not have
programs on the weather, f is h , trees,
travel, biography, bread, literature,
farming, poetry, paintings, and what not?
Occasionally Gladys reads the shelve8-~that is
Bhe goes over them to sse that a ll the
books are in their right places. The
other day she found Davis' Bible Dictionary
among the ehuroh history books. The
morals w© ask students to leave books on
tables instead of putting them baok on
the shelves. You may put reference books
baok; reserve books kept at the desk are
to be returned there.
The Liberians are not interested in depriving
folks of talking, but they do think that
the whispering ought to be reduced
considerably. We do ask your cooperation.
We ask, too, that everyone reads again the
Library regulations in the Book of Standard*
The article by R&hrer
Eshleman that should appear
hex-e was due several weeks ago
The editorial staff'accepts
no responsibility for its
A oold drizzlin g rain couldn't keep the
loyal Armerians and Philomatheans from the
conjoint meeting •where the old, old hatohet
■was buried*. John Milder presided over the
The newly organized Arwathean chorus re.n~
dared selections that ahould make Mixed
Chorus green with envy- Gladys Leidigj,
stirred the .flam© of enthusiasm b y v giving an
energetic pep talk* We found out a few interesting
things about some school celebrities
that moat of us never knew when Henry Weaver
Jr* and Harold Housman told us about ''iv-;o3s
Who at E..M.S*"
Esther Shenk gave a report on th yak,
"The Rosary" as an introduction to Alms
Brunk’ s eolo, "The Rosary*" Louise Heatwole
told "The Bear Story” which ’Alex *ist made
up his own selfo * -
After the close of the program-refreshments
were served and the X Hall was then Invaded
by the Adelphian basketball team, on fir e
to play the Philooiathean seconds,,
— Anne Glover
SCATI I I I
At Iflat vMi allowed to get under the
st n mg Tin , inc operate the oar aione
I t happen® Sunday eveuinge After reot
ing permit si on from the proper authorities;,
took: upon myaeif the responsibility, of beifig
a ohauffeuro Such an adventure made me ex
tremely exalted® My heart boat violently.. I
gripped the steering wheel with both, hands.
1 saT» very rigid,, not daring to take one glonoa
off the center of the roadc, No* sir I I wa»
not going to get in the ditch and then be for
ever reminded of it by ny family; They were
all wetching the road as clpsely as 1 was,
looking for any and every awkward move 1 made
Straight down the middle of the road we
wars headedo Suddenly a blaok cat with white
stripes appeax'ed on the scene® I t ran down
the road in front of us for a while and then
evidently it decided to let us go a round, for
the kitty "pulled oiit" toward the side of the
road Tie were coming, "straight down the
middle of the road"., remember, and it so
happened that our right .front wheel caught the
skunk,, and while ve were at it the back wheel
ran over him too®
Ro «68 are red*
Violets are blue*
Moat skunks small bad?
And this one did too*
(The proceeding is from the first year
What the brea ;h is to the flute,
W h a f s the mother to the child,
What’ s the guide in pathless wiId ,
What is oil to troubled wave.
What is ransom to the slave.
What ie flower to the bea,
That is Jesus Christ to Thee I*
— Submitted by
dTSRHEARD BY OSWALD
1 Perhaps you think you’ve baan
aoting pretty lively a ^'th e Friday
night basketball games, but Pearl
. Eoatetter set an a ll high record
\ the other night. She clapped so hare-that
her watch broke 2
^Mary Eepner became excited the other
morning, tied her tongue in knots, untied it
again, and fin a lly blurted out* "Look! They
took tho riokrack off the ohapel porohJn
Did you evor hear Lester Eshleman aing
"Passing By"? He%l gladly do it for you any
time and any place.
Sammy Rittenhouse to Clayton Witmer— "
"Better not get too close to those stringbeanas
Clayton, Someone might make a mistake."
You probably would have thought a certain
group of students were practising some new
’ gym stunts" had you aeen them coming up for
a ir after a long line of doubling jokes that
a Luray oampee, " P . Jo" Lea the m a n was handing
out Saturday night. Saya " P . J . n , "King
Cannibal*4 came to his oook one night and asked,
"What’ a cooking?" "Oh, just two old maidas"
was the cooks reply,." "Dear me," said the
king, " l e f t overs a g a in ."
I f you should ask a caznpee how he likes
camp he would say "Oh, f i n e . We get $ 5 .0 0 a
da y ." You gasp and say, "O h, r e a lly ." " Y e s ,”
he saya, "once a month."
When Donald Jacobs was talking to Carl
Miller the other evening about being broke,
he said i f hogs would coat two cents apiece
he couldn’ t even buy a grunt. Carl, answering,
said that i f a drumstick of a turkey would
coat two bits ©piece, he oouldn’ t buy a drum-stick
of a humming b ir d .
When Richard Detweller had blown out the
candles on hia birthday cake, and while only
one candle continued glowing, ha was urged by
the other members of his table to quickJy make
a wish on the last candle. At last gazing
the oake he made this quaintly original wieh»~
"1 hope it®a good."
Harold Housiaan has very aptly termed the
new sweetening agent we find on our tables
!,woo<= lasses »"
Paul Kniss was trj.icg bo explain to
Samuel Rittenhouse which w e b his left hand
and whioh hie right. Says Paulj "Your left
hand ia just like your left fo o t ." '‘No, it
is n ’ t , " Samuel retorted. "The finger* are
longer on my foot than on my h an d."1
Harold Shenk: "Whenever I hear Rohrer
laugh, I feel homesiok." Thy?"
" I t makes me think of mr pet rooster at home."
•~“ Xh© Eavesdropper
AS ITHERS SEE US
I n watching the flurry of houses
cleaning that sweeps over the d om «
itory late Friday afternoon and Sat=>
urday, I have wondered again at the
ways of mortals. Why should any
student shake a mop or rug eo fia t
the dust floats from the upper a ir to the pit
outside tho kitchen windows? Perhaps it ia
because of a preference for dust in the S&tur~
day night soup. Mortals do have strange tastes«
As a result of those domestic a c t iv it ie s, there
ia fine order and neatness in moat of the
rooms- on seoond floor and in many of the room a
on third . However, from my secret perch I have
observed in some rooms on third floor and
(whisper it softly) in a few rooma on second,
tstudy tables in a disgraceful condition and
possessions strewn over the rooms. I'm eagerly
looking forward to a raid on certain waste paper
baskets, for there must be fat mioe living there
There’ s nothing an. owl likes better then a fin e
dinner of mice-,
0otober®8 the month
Of blue, blue skya,
Of high birds flying.
Of hints of frost.
Of eater’ s hue
Of bonfires glov/,
Of frosty dsw.
Of c h ill , crisp winds.
Of wild goose oriea,
Of pioting colors.
Of pumpkin p ies.
Ootober’ s the month
God takes His brush
And makea a ll earthly
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