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Published by the Students of
Duxbury High School
Year Book, 1926-27
Vol. IV SO Cents, Single Copt/ No. 3
Duxbury Free Library
TO THE FACULTY
Whose equal for being young,
good sports, and human, no
school ever boasted, we respect-
fully dedicate this issue of
Editor-in-Chief Dorothy Hoffman... '27
. . , , ^ ,., ( Florence Merry '27
Assistant Editors j Richard Holway.... '28
( Ruth Osgood '28
Literary Editors j Emma B rocklebank. '29
Editor of School Notes Ruth Evans '28
Joke Editor Frances Goodrich ... '29
a«.i +• -rp j *4- ( Esther Nickerson... '29
Atmetic Editors | Arthur Gushing '28
Exchange Editor Victor Aronoff '27
Alumni Editor Mercy Soule '27
f Harold Mosher '29
Art Editors \ George Worster '27
[ Allan Whitney '27
r> . ( Horatio O'Neil '27
Business Managers j NoRMAN Hardy > 28
„ , . ^ ( Beatrice Redmond ... '27
Subscription Agents j Ralph Blakeman.... '28
~ . . _ ,., ( Richard Crocker '28
Commercial Editors j Bessie Sxudley > 2 7
- ^ . ^ .( Hazel Nickerson.... '29
Editors of Foreign Department j Alice Briggs > 27
i i~v i ( Harriet Bates '30
Freshman Department Chester Lovering. . . '30
Treasurer of Senior Class, 1925-6;
President of History Club, 1926; Edi-
tor of French Department of The
Partridge, 1925-6; Exchange Editor,
1926-7; in Campfire play, in 1926; in
Senior play, 1927; on baseball and
basketball teams, 1926 and 1927; on
football team, 1927 ; always on the Hon-
"Here bud the promises
Of celestial worth".
Frances Walton Battilana
On basketball teams, 1925, 1926,
1927; Vice-President Senior Class,
1927; in Senior Class play, 1927.
"Is she not more than painting can
Or youthful poets fancy when they
Alice May Briggs
Star guard of basketball team, 1925,
1926, 1927; Joke Editor of The Part-
ridge, 1925-6; Editor Foreign Depart-
ment, 1927 ; our most delightful singer;
a Latin "shark".
"If music be the food of love, play on."
Sumner Bradford Collingwood
A neighbor from Norwell who has
made an enviable record in his one year
here ; a star on football, basketball, and
baseball teams; on the Honor Roll;
bridegroom in "The Dutch Detective" ;
one of the most popular boys in school.
"A sportsman and a gentleman is he."
Doris Brewster Edwards
Doris is the quietest member of the
Senior Class. Although she has not
tried her success in any athletics, she
is a loyal supporter of the games. Doris
has not yet told us what her intentions
are for the coming year.
"Still waters run deep."
Dorothy Elizabeth Hoffman
Member of Student Council, 1925-6;
Secretary of Junior Class, 1925-6; Lit-
erary Editor of The Partridge, 1924-
5; Assistant Editor, 1925-6; Editor-in-
Chief, 1927 ; President of Campfire,
1925-6; heroine of "It Happened in
June," 1926 ; half of an eloped couple
in "The Dutch Detective", 1927; occa-
sionally on the Honor Roll ; a born typ-
"She hath the powers that come
From work well done."
Ernest Albert Jones
On basketball teams, 1924-5, 1925-6 ;
Captain of basketball team, 1926-7; on
baseball team, 1925-6, 1926-7; in Camp-
fire play, 1927 ; in Senior Class play,
1927 ; on the Honor Roll nearly every
time. Good luck in Dartmouth next
"Knowledge is what makes the man."
Florence Howland Merry
Dedicated a Freshman poem to M. S.
and F. B. and was called the "Poetess"
of 1923-4; .Assistant Editor of The
Partridge, 1925-6, 1926-7; the little
Dutch girl, with a contagious laugh, in
the Senior Class play.
"Shy and demure this maiden fair
With rosy cheeks and curly hair."
Horatio Chandler O'Neil
President of Senior Class, 1926-7 ; on
basketball team, 1925-6, 1926-7; on
baseball team, 1925-6, 1926-7; on foot-
ball team, 1926-7 ; Business Manager
of The Partridge, 1925-6, 1926-7 ; "The
Dutch Detective" in the Senior Class
play. "Dot's him!"
"To brisk notes in cadence beating
Glance his merry twinkling feet."
Mercy Alden Soule
Star athlete of the girls' teams; on
basketball team, 1924-5; Captain bask-
etball team, 1925-6, 1926-7 ; Captain of
baseball team, 1925-6 ; President Camp-
fire Girls, 1924-5 ; President Junior
Class, 1925-6; Secretary Campfire
Girls, 1926-7; Athletic Editor of The
Partridge, 1925-6; Alumni Editor and
Treasurer, 1926-7; in "The Cure-all",
1925; in "It Happened in June, 1926;
in "The Dutch Detective", 1927.
"Merry maiden, free from care."
Bessie Frances Studley
Treasurer Camp Fire, 1925-6 ; Treas-
urer of Athletic Association, 1926-7;
Treasurer of the whole school, 1926-7.
Dependability is her middle name, but
she made a fine lunatic in the Senior
"Good nature, a jewel worth all."
Allan Chandler Whitney
Came to us from Brockton High in
1924; our school artist; Art Editor of
The Partridge 1925-6, 1926-7; Man-
ager of basketball team, 1927; Stage
Manager of "The Dutch Detective".
"A philosopher of artistic leanings."
'HE PARTRIDGE 7
George Warren Worcester
Art Editor of The Partridge, 1924-
5, 1925-6, 1926-7; Manager of baseball,
1927; one of our best history students;
Major Hannibal Howler in the Senior
"Be sure and steady."
M. S. and D. H.
True to twenty-seven always
Makes no difference where we are.
We'll be there to cheer you always,
Even though the way is far.
Skies ma}' darken, roads grow rougher,
But our faith will ne'er be less.
Green banner to the fore !
Ever marching on to victory!
Raise every voice in song,
So when time rolls along
We'll be true yet, mates ;
We'll not forget, mates.
Three cheers for our class !
We'll shout it to the sky !
Raise every voice in song.
Happy as days are long.
Shout it to heav'n, mates.
Banner of green and of silver on high !
THE SENIOR PLAY
On March 18 the Seniors gave their Class Play, "The Dutch
Detective," which proved a great success financially and ap-
parently amused the audience considerably. It was repeated
about four weeks later in Ventress Hall, Marshfield. *
The cast of characters was as follows : Otto Schmultz, The
Dutch Detective, Barry O'Neil ; Jabo Grabb, The Police Force
of Splinterville, Ernest Jones; Araminty Sourdrops, an old
maid, Mercy Soule ; Augustus Coo, a young bridegroom, Sum-
ner Collingwood; Gladys Howler Coo, his bride, Dorothy
Hoffman ; Plunk Jarlick, a lunatic, Victor Aronoff ; Hortensy
Smatters, the lady lunatic, Bessie Studley; Major Hannible
Howler, the father of Gladys, George Worster ; Katrina Krout,
the little Dutch girl, Florence Merry; Ambrosia McCarty,
the lunchroom queen, Frances Battilana.
The girls did excellent work this year, winning- every game
except two practices. They feel that their success is partly
due to the able coaching of Miss Henderson. At the close of
the season she presented each player with a gold basketball,
bearing the letters D. H. S. to be worn on a chain as a remem-
brance of the good times they had together.
Last fall three soccer teams were formed. We found the
game very interesting and enjoyed playing together. We
did not have any outside teams but our plans are to form a
varsity team next year.
Following are the scores for basketball games played:
Marshfield at Duxbury
Hanover at Duxbury
Duxbury at Scituate
Duxbury at Norwell
Scituate at Duxbury
Duxbury at Hanover
Ncrwell at Duxbury
Duxbury at Marshfield
* Practice games.
Our team was made up as follows :
Captain Mercy Soule, Manager Frances Battilana.
C, M. Soule L. G., A. Briggs
L. F., F. Battilana R. G., B. Morrison
R. F., R. Evans S. C, D. Hoffman
Substitutes: F. Merry, E. Merry, E. Bradley, and M. Edwards.
The Duxbury High's football team did very well for a new
team this year. The scores for the games are as follows:
Duxbury at Hingham
Duxbury at Hanover .
Duxbury at Kingston
Cohasset at Duxbury
Hanover at Duxbury
Kingston at Duxbury
D. H. S. 0— H. H. S. 14
D. H. S. 0— H. H. S. 47
D. H. S. 0— K. H. S. 63
D. H. S. 6— C. H. S. 13
D. H. S. 18— H. H. S. 13
D. H. S. 0— K. H. S. 44
C, Walker R. E., Mosher, Crocker
R. G., Aronoff, Blakeman L. E., Foster
L. G., Cushing, Estes R. H. B., Collingwood, Estes
R. T., Simcoe, Swift L. H. B., Blakeman, Crocker
L. T., Cushing, Fullerton F. B., O'Neil
Q. B., Captain Hardy
1. BASEBALL TEAM
2. Cast Of "The Dutch Detective"
3. CAMP FIRE GIRLS
The basketball season was a great deal better than the foot-
ball season in so much as we lost only three games.
*Dec. 22 — Alumni at Duxbury .
*Jan. 15 — Alumni at Duxbury .
Jan. 21 — Hanover at Duxbury
Jan. 28 — Duxbury at Scituate
Feb. 4 — Duxbury at Norwell .
Feb. 18 — Scituate at Duxbury
Feb. 25 — Duxbury at Hanover
March 3 — Norwell at Duxbury
D. H. S. 48— Alumni 19
D. H. S. 52— Alumni 22
D. H. S. 52— Hanover 11
D. H. S. 20— Scituate 21
D. H. S. 37— Norwell 34
D. H. S. 22— Scituate 11
D. H. S. 27— Hanover 35
D. H. S. 19— Norwell 30
* Practice games. Basketball Lineup
C., Jones, Captain R. G., O'Neil, D. Crocker
R. F., Hardy L. G., Collingwood
L. F., Aronoff
Substitutes, B. Crocker, Hunt, Walker, Evans
Baseball has not been as successful this year and we have
lost a great many league games. It must be noted however
that we have a very good pitcher, Collingwood, from NorwelL
Summary of games played up to May 24 :
Duxbury at Kingston .
Duxbury at Plymouth .
Marshfield at Duxbury
Plymouth at Duxbury .
Duxbury at Cohasset . .
Hanover at Duxbury . .
Norwell at Duxbury . .
Duxbury at Marshfield
Kingston at Duxbury .
D. H. S. 2— Kingston 3
D. H. S. 7— Plymouth 5
D. H. S. 22— Marshfield 4
D. H. S. 3— Plymouth 1
D. H. S. 3— Cohasset 6
D. H. S. 4— Hanover 8
D. H. S. 3— Norwell 1
D. H. S. 10— Marshfield
D. H. S. 2— Kingston 5
D. H. S. 4— Hanover 2
Duxbury at Hanover
The line-up for the games is as follows :
C, Captain Blakeman R. F., Teravainen
IB., Jones C. F., O'Neil
2B., D. Crocker P., Collingwood
3B., Aronoff S. S., Hardy
Substitutes: Walker, Hunt, B. Crocker, Mosher, Swift.
THE CAMP FIRE GIRLS
This year the Partridge Camp Fire numbered thirteen mem-
bers. Miss Aronoff has been for a third time the guardian.
The leaders this year were as follows : President, Eleanor
Bradley ; Vice President, Beulah Morrison ; Secretary, Mercy
Soule; Treasurer, Ruth Evans.
The girls have been horseback riding, hiking, given food-
sales, and four dances. The last dance, which was also a
whist party, proved to be one of the pleasantest occasions of
Several of the members are looking forward to camp this
It is my privilege this evening to be the one to try to
express our gratitude for this wonderful building. We,
the senior class, will probably not see a great deal of it, but
we deeply appreciate the efforts you have made that we might
have it for our graduation.
As we are seated here, we see before us this auditorium,
now filled with familiar faces. We see the shining floor and
know that tomorrow night and many nights in the future, we
shall be dancing on its glassy surface. On the sides we
see the balconies, with their ideal seating arrangement, and
can visualize them thronged with eager spectators, viewing
a hard-fought basketball game below them.
As we look at the moving-picture booth we can see the
auditorium darkened — for we know that it can be made ab-
solutely dark in broad day as it is now flooded with light in
the evening — and we can visualize future classes watching
the screen with the benefit of both pleasure and instruction.
We see the graceful arched windows and above them the
panelled ceiling, practical as well as decorative, for it is sound-
absorbing, to eliminate all unpleasantness of confusing
Below we know there are those coveted showers. How
many times have we dreamed of them after an exhausting
game of basketball, and now they're realized at last ! !
Then we pass through each of the eight big classrooms,
all perfectly lighted and ventilated, with their unique coat-
room arrangements, and blackboards that will make it a
pleasure to write even the imperfect subjunctive of "avoir. "
Stepping downstairs we are confronted with a spotless
domestic science room, later to be fully equipped, that makes
us wonder how we ever got along with our corner of the
laboratory and the poor, over-burdened, four-burner, oil stove,
and if those days of perilous, and often disastrous, carrying
of cups of hot soup from laboratory to the main room were
really so recent.
But the interior, perfect as it is in every detail, is not all
that is worthy of mention. The architecture could not be
more appropriate for our locality. Perhaps most noteworthy
is the location. Surely there could be none more ideal. There
is scarcely a road in this part of the town that one can travel,
without being able to see from one or more points a good
view of the building. And as we know, close-by is the li-
brary. Soon we shall see a well worn path stretching across
the fields, trodden by the feet of our more diligent members.
We already have our baseball diamond and gridiron right
at hand, and near-by the dike for skating.
We are told that no matter how much we get, young"
people are always looking for more, and perhaps that is right,
but somehow we can't look over the level grounds in back
of the building without being able to see beautifully laid
out tennis and volley ball courts.
And so, for all these things, and the opportunities they
mean to us, opportunities that we have long dreamed of but
could never have, — for all this — we thank you.
THE WORLD'S GREATEST SCIENTIST
In a contest held among students from over thirty coun-
tries, Louis Pasteur was chosen as the world's greatest hero,
excluding all founders of religion and men who are now living.
He was chosen as the man most fully realizing the following
qualities: first, nobility of character; second, fearless and
self-sacrificing devotion to a great cause; and third, con-
structive work for humanity of permanent character. Al-
though Pasteur stood so high, his name is scarcely familiar
to many people in the country.
Pasteur's parents were very poor, but as they wanted him
to have a good education, they worked very hard to get
money to send him to school. His father was a tanner, but
even though he was poor, there was no more generous and
good-hearted man than he. He wished very much to have
his son go to Normal School, and he studied with Louis and
helped him as much as he could. Pasteur's mother was also
a great help, for when he was down hearted she cheered him
and inspired him to begin anew. When Pasteur had become
world famous he said, "I owe everything to my dear mother
and father who sacrificed so much for me and helped me on
when I would have given up."
After completing his studies, Pasteur decided to go to a
Preparatory School at Paris to fit himself for Normal School.
On a dark, rainy day he set off for Paris with one of his
friends. He was stricken with homesickness and lay awake
nights thinking of his parents and the tannery. He tried to
forget it by spending all of his time studying, but it was of
no use, and finally the master of the school became frightened
because of his sickness and sent for his father. He came
and took Louis home with him. Pasteur knew, however,
that if he was to accomplish his desire to do something great
for France, he would have to have a better education, there-
fore, he went to another school nearer home. He worked
so hard here that he won the love and respect of all his com-
panions. After completing his course at this school, he went
back to Paris to prepare again for Normal School. In a year
he passed the examinations.
At Normal, Pasteur showed a great love for chemistry
and spent all of his time in the laboratory. He made most
important discoveries in the nature and forms of crystals. It
was at this time that his mother died, and as he was filled
with grief he gave up his work, for the time, and went home.
In the meantime all of the great Scientists of Paris were
talking of him. Biot, an old chemist, could hardly believe
that a young man just out of college could have made such
a discovery when more experienced chemists had failed. He
called Pasteur to him, and when he found that his discoveries
were true, he said to him, "My dear boy, I have loved
science so much during my life that this touches my heart
very much." From then on the two became as father and
In 1854 Pasteur was made professor and dean of the faculty
of Science in Lille. Here he began work on fermentation.
Fermentation had been used from the time when people began
to make bread and wine, but all anyone knew about it was
that sugar in a fermentable substance was changed to alcohol
and carbonic acid by some mysterious process. Pasteur
began studying under a microscope, the yeast used in mak-
ing beer. He found that it was made up of little girbules
that reproduce themselves. Only living things can reproduce ;
therefore yeast is a tiny plant. The part that yeast plays in
fermentation is the part of a living thing. The yeast eats the
sugar, just as we eat food, and throws off as waste the alcohol
and carbonic acid just as our body throws off waste from the
food it can't use.
Pasteur now turned to the studying of wine. There had
been much trouble for many years with wine spoiling. After
standing awhile it took on a bitter taste and, as nobody would
drink it, the manufacturers lost a lot of money. When Pas-
teur examined these wines he found that not only small yeast
plants but also bacteria were in it. These bacteria enter it
from the air and start an unhealthy fermentation just as
yeast starts a healthy fermentation. He showed the manu-
facturers that by heating the wine to a high temperature
the bacteria would be killed without hurting the flavor of the
wine. A barrel of wine was heated and put aboard a vessel
with a barrel that was not heated, and the vessel went off for
a month. On its return it was found that the heated barrel
of wine tasted just as good as when it started, and the other
barrel, while still fairly good, would not have been good if
left much longer. A whole cargo of wine was shipped off
w r ith great success. Thus the name Pasteurization was given
to the heating of liquids to a temperature sufficient to kill the
harmful germs in it.
While Pasteur was absorbed in his studies on the diseases
of wines, an old friend of his asked him to investigate the
disease of the silkworm which threatened to make the silk-
worm extinct. The silkworm industry is one of the most
important businesses of France and the income from it
amounts to many million of francs a year. The mulberry
tree on which the silkworm feeds is sometimes called "The
tree of gold." In the nineteenth century the life of the people
in a large part of France depended on the existence of the
silkworm. About 1849 a disease spread through the silkworm
nurseries from end to end Everything that was possible to
prevent this disease was tried, but nothing seemed to stop
or cure it. Silkworms were brought from other countries,
but they soon came down with the disease. The people of
France finally called Pasteur to look into the case. He spent
all of his time and concentrated on this one thing and soon
discovered that the disease was hereditary and contagious.
Only eggs from healthy worms could be used for hatching, but
healthy worms were becoming scarce and Pasteur gave his
time freely to find a method to check this disease. After
working two years with it Pasteur came before his assistants
almost in tears and said, "We have accomplished nothing
for there are now two diseases." The second disease was called
flacherie and caused by a microbe which attacked the diges-
tive system of the worm. After six more years' work both
diseases were conquered and Southern France breathed
While Pasteur was spending his time on silkworms, many
things happened which caused him great sorrow. In about
a year two of his daughters and his father died. His only
comfort being in hard work, he spent all of the daytime
and a large part of the night in his laboratory. At this time
Napoleon III agreed to erect a much larger laboratory for
him to carry on his work. He was on his way to make a
speech one night when he felt a strange tingling in his side.
He didn't think much about it but during the evening it
returned and he had no more than reached home when his
whole left side became paralyzed, and for a moment he
couldn't speak. He finally managed to call for help and he
was put to bed It seemed for a while that all hope was gone
and he told his friends that he was very sorry to die as he
had wanted to do so much for his country. In about six
months, however, he recovered and went back to his work.
In 1774 he was granted a sum of 12,000 francs a year for the
rest of his life, in honor of his services to France.
There was among chickens a disease called chicken-
cholera which killed nine out of every ten chickens in a
flock. It was caused by a speck in the chicken which multi-
plied very rapidly. The least bit of the blood of a diseased
chicken would kill another. Pasteur, after letting some blood
stand for a few days, injected it into a chicken who was taken
sick for a short time and then recovered. On injecting a germ
of the disease it was found that the chicken was not affected
by it. This same principle is used in the vaccination against
Pasteur now turned to try to find a vaccine to cure a fever
which was running through herds of cattle. Great numbers
of cattle and sheep were wiped out in a few days. After
working a long while Pasteur finally found a vaccine which
would make cattle immune from this fever. He gave his
time freely to this cause and even though he felt sure that
he had at last found a suitable vaccine, many scientists
doubted its value, therefore, Pasteur challenged them for a
public trial. Fifty sheep were used for the test, twenty-five
to be vaccinated, and afterwards inoculated with fresh splivic
ferv virus, and the other twenty-five were to be inoculated
with the new virus only. Pasteur said that the twenty-five
vaccinated sheep would live, and the twenty-five unvaccinated
sheep would die. This test caused a great deal of excite-
ment, and almost everybody who attended it thought that
all of the sheep would die. The first twenty-five sheep were
vaccinated twice about two weeks apart. Two weeks later
all of the animals were inoculated, and a great crowd had
gathered to see the test. It turned out just as Pasteur had
said. Every vaccinated sheep was alive and well, and every
unvaccinated sheep was dead. After this a great many sheep
were vaccinated, and thus the splivic ferv spell was taken.
Pasteur's discoveries have saved millions of dollars for
France, and his name was on the tongue of every person,
great and small. His pension of 12,000 francs was now raised
to 25,000. His next study was that of hydrophobia. This
disease is caused in human beings by the bite of a mad dog.
It takes a long time for it to develop after a person has been
bitten. This made Pasteur think that it attacked the ner-
vous system. The virus might stay in the body a long time
without reaching the nervous system, and it might never
reach them, all depending where and how bad the bite was.
Pasteur decided, after many experiments with the saliva and
blood of mad dogs, to inject virus directly to a dog's brain.
He wanted very much to do this but he couldn't bear to see
any animal suffer, and he put it off. One day one of his
assistants performed the duty for him. In fourteen days
the dog became mad. This proved that the virus does attack
the nervous system. The next step was to find a virus in
order to obtain a vaccine. He finally decided to remove the
spinal cord of a rabbit which had had hydrophobia. After
drying this cord fourteen days a solution of it was injected
into a dcg and was proved to have lost its power to produce
hydrophobia. One dried thirteen days was then made and
injected, and so forth down to one day. It was found that
all dogs or animals receiving these series of injectives were
immune from hydrophobia. It was a long time before Pas-
teur dared to try any experiments on a human being, because
if anything should happen that it did not succeed or that
the person should not have had hydrophobia, he would never
be able to forgive himself.
One day the time came when he felt that he must make
the trial. A small boy while playing had been attacked by
a mad dog and bitten fourteen times in the face. He was
taken to a doctor who said the he could not do anything, but
advised the mother to take him to Pasteur. Pasteur did not
dare to go ahead with the inoculatives until he had been
advised by some doctor. They all told him to go ahead with
the inoculations because the boy would surely die without
them. The little fellow cried very hard before the first inoc-
ulation, but when he found that all he received was a prick,
he became cheerful. Every night during the series of
inoculations Pasteur could do nothing but walk the floor, in
his anxiety. The series of inoculations passed and the boy
played merrily with the animals. At last Pasteur was con-
vinced that the treatment was a success.
Another case was brought to him as urgent as the first,
only this time it was six days instead of two that had
elapsed before the patient was brought to him. The treat-
ment was fully as successful as the first. Many people who
had been bitten by mad dogs flocked to Pasteur. Money was
raised by the French government to build an institution to
care for these. This institute has treated over 30,000 cases
of hydrophobia with a death rate of only about one percent.
This last achievement was Pasteur's greatest accomplish-
ment. He looked forward to more things, but this was not
to be, for he died in 1895 at the age of 73.
In the year of 1922, just a century after Pasteur was born,
bells all over France rang to celebrate the anniversary of
this great man's birth. On the same day newspapers in this
country reminded everyone of the fact that Pasteur had
added about twenty years of life to millions of people. It
has since been written that Louis Pasteur was the most
nearly perfect man in the realm of science, and that he has
saved more lives than Napoleon took in all of his wars.
RADIO AS AN EDUCATIONAL AGENCY
As we glance back over the history of man's progress we
find that there has been a constant development of instru-
ments and institutions which aided in spreading and preserv-
ing knowledge or, one might say, have provided for a higher
degree of education for the individual. Of course the devel-
opment of speech and language itself meant a long step
forward in the communication of ideas. At times it became
necessary to remember certain things, and the answer to this
want was picture-writing, pictures being used to represent
the sounds. These pictures assumed various shapes as they
progressed until they became the letters in our alphabet. As
the writings became longer, the parchments were placed to-
gether until they naturally resembled a book.
Back in the days when Pompeii was a thriving city and the
Caesars were enjoying such mighty power, the first great
drama that we know of originated. Greek and Roman actors
presented plays which were often stories of the gods and god-
desses whom they worshipped. The plays were performed on
public holidays before what was, in those days, considered a
great audience. This development of drama marked another
step in the advance of the means of man's education.
The English drama has for its source the desire of the
clergy of the church to teach the common people what was in
the Bible. On account of the feudal system of the time, the
average person had to spend most, if not all of his time in
earning food, clothing, and shelter, and, even if this had not
been so, the price of books caused them to be beyond the
reach of any but the wealthy. The play, though originating
in the church, was soon used primarily for the purpose of
entertainment. It increased in magnificence until now the
highest form of the drama is the opera. A recent offshot of
the drama is the movie, which brings amusement and new
ideas to a vast number of people from one end of the world
to the other. Although many movies do not seem of very
great educational value there are others which are of great
benefit. I think no one would deny the almost infinite edu-
cational possibilities of an instrument which reaches as large
a proportion of our people as does the movie.
There is one other instrument which originated about the
same time as the English drama and which had a great deal
to do with the education of the people. This invention, the
printing press, made it possible to print books thousands of
times faster and many times cheaper than they had been
copied by hand. This gave the common people a chance to
buy books and to become better acquainted with the great
minds of the past as well as knowing more of what men in
their own generation were thinking.
In the last few years has been perfected the latest means of
benefit to the education of the human race. This great in-
vention is the radio, which is beginning to make its influence
felt in even the remotest parts of our country. In the United
States there are many farmers who have no time to go any-
where to get the news of the day. Their only chance of
learning what is going on is to tune in on the radio after
their work for the day is over. They can listen to the quota-
tion of prices and learn many things that even the best in-
formed people never knew before radio was invented.
There are people in more various conditions and circum-
stances who benefit by radio than can be counted. There are
those who are confined to bed on account of illness and those
who have no friends. There is something needed to dispel
the spirit of gloom which is sure to be found under such con-
ditions. A person may be too downcast or too sick to read
but the sound of the radio is always welcome. A friendly
voice or a bit of cheerful music will, in many cases, do more
good than all the medicine ever invented. In fact, in many
diseases of the mind, doctors have found it to be true that a
radio has brought about cure when medicine has failed.
There has been a great deal of talk about the radio taking
the place of the classroom and doing away with textbooks,
but this is quite apparently impossible. Radio is, of course,
the speediest device we now possess. The day is not far away
when Radio will be the biggest single means of reaching the
most people. It is already one of the greatest, the movies
being the other. People had been talking and seeing thous-
ands of years before they began to write. Something we can
see or hear, therefore, is much easier to understand than
something we have to read. It can easily be seen that people
can get ideas over the radio after they have become too
tired to read. In a sense, everything about radio is educa-
tional. The amateur who puts together his own set or who
works around with the dials is getting some education. Even
the person who listens once in a while to a football game, an
orchestra, or some kind of a talk, is learning a great deal
more than he suspects. Of course, some programs that he
hears are worthless, but a large percentage are very valuable.
Statistics already show that the number of people who get
regular useful information by radio is at least four times as
large as the total enrollment of all the colleges and univers-
ities, despite the fact that the number of college students has
doubled in the last ten years.
Not only is the radio useful in widening the mental horizon
of the individual but it also has a part in the education for
health. There are many business men who sit at their desks
all day and never perform any physical labor. They can get
up early in the morning and tune in on the setting-up exer-
cises. Every week there are health talks broadcast, and ideas
and principals given in these are followed by many people.
Increased interest in sports is sure to result from listening in
to baseball, hockey, or football games. Tens of thousands of
people listened to the same football game last fall or to a
single hockey game last winter. It is only natural that after
listening to the shouting of the thousands at one of these
games, you resolve that you will pick up the old baseball bat
and have a little exercise.
Another advantage of radio is more psychological than any-
thing else. If you were given your choice of which sense you
would rather retain than any other, the immediate answer
would be the sense of sight. Any of your ancestors back
thousands of years would have given the same answer. This
would be very logical, for the nerves which connect the eyes
are much more sensitive than any others. This is why, after
attending a great football game, the things you remember
most are things which were seen. It is rarely that you remem-
ber anything else. Moreover, the sense of sight takes in
more than any other single sense. When you are speaking to
a friend in a noisy street car or in a restaurant, and you can
hear perfectly, even above the noise, just turn your back or
shut your eyes. Then you will realize that you are seeing
that person speak and not hearing him.
The first person who talked over a telephone condemned it,
saying that it was impossible to hear distinctly. The same
thing happened when the radio came into use. This was be-
cause we are used to watching a person when he speaks and
seeing his lips move. Radio has changed all this very decid-
edly. While the movie appeals primarily to your sense of
sight you can't do anything but hear by radio. No doubt in a
few years we will have television but for the present we must
be satisfied with listening. Watching the loudspeaker doesn't
help us see the person who is speaking. The only remedy is
to listen attentively. Now it has become easier to read or talk
and listen to a radio program at the same time. When you go
to church you are usually inspired by the beautiful arches and
stained glass windows as well as by the music, but the radio
gives the imagination a chance to work as it never worked
before. Right now you may notice that you can hear a
friend speak without watching him, that you can appreciate
the song of an unseen bird, and that the ears are used more
now for what they were originally intended.
By means of radio a person at the present time knows a
great deal more about the news of his country than he ever
did before. There are broadcasts by some of the greatest
men of our day, including President Coolidge and men of
international fame. We recall that Queen Marie spoke when
she was in this country and the Prince of Sweden gave a very
interesting talk on his native land. By listening to men of
various countries we learn the other person's point of view
on affairs of world-wide importance. As to the question of
different points of view, there were many people interested in
the debates which were held this winter, especially that be-
tween Senator Borah and President Butler. The news flashes,
usually broadcast between programs and very brief, are in-
teresting as well as of great educational importance.
Besides bringing us a great amount of information about
current history and problems, radio helps bring about a
greater knowledge of the arts. There is hardly anyone who
isn't interested in good music when he has had a chance to
hear it. However, the price of opera tickets comes high and
it isn't everyone who can afford a ticket enabling him to hear
John McCormack or Marie Jeritza sing, but vast numbers sat
in their own homes and heard these artists last winter and
this winter. The number who listen to good music is said to
have increased 1000 'V since the radio was introduced. There
are many lectures on art and music, where very well-informed
men tell the meaning and history of different kinds of music.
One of the most important educational developments is the
broadcasting of college lectures. Many of the colleges are
offering extension courses by radio. The courses are given
by college professors and frequently consist of ten or twelve
lectures of from fifteen to thirty minutes each. Although, as
yet, the courses over the radio do not count toward a college
degree, a certificate is given to each person who shows that
he has obtained what he should from the work. Nearly every
subject has been broadcast but those which seem most inter-
esting are literature, languages, philosophy, science, and such
practical things as health, farming, and housekeeping. Talks
on recipes and matters of interest to housewives are usually
given in the morning.
Besides these courses for adults, many children learn a
great deal by radio. In Atlanta, Georgia, each school has a
loudspeaker and a weekly plan is worked out. There were
found to be many advantages for learning in this way.
(1) The pupils have the advantage of getting their in-
formation on each subject from the best teacher in the city.
(2) All the other teachers have a chance to hear the work
done by the best in the profession.
(3) The teacher who has charge of the class can correct
the errors without being burdened by teaching.
Lessons broadcast in this way are listened to by people who
are in no way connected with the school. In New York model
classes are carried on by a picked set of students while thous-
ands of others listen in.
Programs such as Big Brother arranges bring much gen-
eral information to children. One night there may be a
lecture on stars by a college astronomer, the next, a spelling
match, and later still, a musical program.
That the radio has a remarkable influence as a means of
religious education cannot be doubted by the numbers who
listen to Dr. Cadman, Dr. Gilkey, Rabbi Wise, and other
noted religious leaders.
The people who pay for all the wonderful programs which
are broadcast expect to get their money back in advertising
value. No matter how wonderful the program is there is al-
ways someone ready to tell about some product. Even the
advertiser considered the radio as an educational instrument
in that it acquaints the public with his particular product.
The progress made in the last five years in adopting radio
to an ever larger and more varied audience has been almost
phenomenal. It already teaches the farmer, cheers the sick
and lonely, and is a means of education to thousands of people
in a vast number of ways. No one would dare to prophecy
how great an influence, as an educational agency, it will
have in the future. Victor Aronoff.
Let us imagine that since we have listened to the last
speaker that Father Time has moved the hands of the clock
ahead ten years ; thus, it is June 14, 1937.
Yesterday afternoon, on the 14th of that same month, an
old classmate and I sat in the South Station waiting for a train
out to Duxbury, where we were going to spend a short vaca-
tion and renew old acquaintances. There were still four hours
to wait and what could we do ? We finally decided to walk into
the first attractive movie house that we saw. As we strolled
along we wondered what kind of picture we were going to
see, whether it would be one of Zane Gray's wild west stories
or a fantasy like "Peter Pan."
Entering a theatre we found that the title of the picture
was — well, what do you think — "The Four Horsemen" ?
No, the title was "Keep Your Eye On '27.
We did not feel much more enlightened than before. As
we seated ourselves comfortably we realized that familiar
strains were coming from the orchestra. Why, it was "Mada-
lon" ! We had not heard it since our graduation from Dux-
bury High School.
We were apparently just in time for the lights were turned
off and greatly to our surprise, as the film began, we dis-
covered that Miss Aronoff had been director and Allan Whit-
ney stage manager of the play.
The first film pictured a group of boys and girls apparently
dressed in their best clothes, some of the boys seeming a little
stiff and uncomfortable in their new shoes, eagerly hurrying
up a slightly steep hill on which was a white building that
could be taken for a country church or a town hall ; but all of
a sudden we recognized it as the Old Partridge Academy.
The scene changed to the interior of the building where the
timid Freshmen were greeted by seemingly stern teachers.
We next recognized the old sheds where two rows of boys,
apparently Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors, were making the
Freshmen go through the Hot Oven. The girls were wander-
ing about expecting to get their punishment but the older
girls must have been afraid of them. Finally, we read on the
screen "The End of a Perfect Day."
A group of Freshmen girls eating their lunches and at the
same time having a meeting of their club, not the "Klu Klux
Klan," but the "Funny Five Club," was what next attracted
our attention. The members were discussing a proposed trip
to Plymouth on the following Saturday with "Dot Walker" as
chaperon. We soon saw them on their way riding bicycles.
After walking about Plymouth they went to the movies, but
one member did not enjoy them for she, Mercy Soule, had
eaten too many "goodies." The scene changed to the road
from Kingston to Duxbury where the same girls were pedaling
their bicycles for all their worth in order to reach home before
darkness became too terrifying.
"Freshmen Blamed for Trifles" was the next film title. The
grounds of the trouble appeared to be that the inkwell covers
had been broken off the new desks in the laboratory. Upon
investigation it was found that the upper classmen, and not
the Freshies had been the culprits.
The same sheds again came into view. Two Freshmen girls
were desperately trying to get down from the roof in order to
reach their next class in time. In the next issue of the Par-
tridge they found a poem dedicated to them.
Once more we saw a group of boys and girls wending their
way towards the high school. They were not so eager this
time but much more confident of themselves, for they were
now Sophomores. This time they were greeted by Mrs. Bard-
sley, Miss Berry, Miss Aronoff, Miss Jenkins, and Mr. Green.
Immediately a picture transferred to Miss Aronoff's room
where eight girls were organizing a Camp Fire Group with
Miss Aronoff to act as guardian.
Several scenes followed showing groups playing basketball
in the chilly atmosphere of the Town Hall. This was the first
time the girls had a team that played outside schools.
A third time the academy was welcoming the members of
We could hardly refrain from clapping when we saw
four of the most popular Juniors being congratulated by their
fellow-classmen as a result of a recent election. They were
Mercy Soule, President; Charles Marshall, Vice President;
Dorothy Hoffman, Secretary; Beatrice Redmond, Treasurer.
We caught glimpses of the successful as well as pleasant
dances and profitable foodsales, which were held during the
winter months by both Junior Class and Camp Fire Girls.
At first we were rather confused by the next picture but
soon we discovered that groups of people were rushing to
Mattakeesett Hall where the Camp Fire Girls, with the aid of
Ernest Jones, Victor Aronoff, Alpheus Walker, and Charles
Marshall, were going to present "It Happened in June."
The next group of girls we recognized as those who be-
longed to the Sewing Club. We did not have many lessons in
sewing, however, but we did have many a laugh with Miss
While my friend and I were chuckling over the memories
of the "Sewing Club" a brilliant picture flashed on the screen,
"Reception" it was headed. A hall, decorated with blue and
silver paper, and colored balloons, served as a background for
the young people who were enjoying the best dance of the
Following was a parting scene, with the Seniors leaving
Duxbury High School forever. Lucky few, the Juniors
thought them, but later looking back over the last few months
of their Senior year they were moved to say "Lucky ones
that are left."
Returning for their Senior year our heros and heroines
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were again greeted by new teachers, Miss Roper, Miss Hend-
erson and Mr. Cutting. They were glad to see Mr. Green and
Miss Aronoff again.
The organization of the class in -October gave them officers
who have worked diligently through the year. Horatio O'Neil
was President; Frances Battilana, Vice President; Ernest
Jones, Treasurer ; and Beatrice Redmond, Secretary. Beatrice
later left school and was succeeded by Sumner Collingwood.
Several times we caught sight of Seniors rushing about
typing material for The Partridge.
Since the Camp Fire Girls contained several Seniors, we had
glimpses of their council fires, foodsales, and dances.
At this time a stranger, Sumner Collingwood, was intro-
duced to us. He was to become a popular member of the
Senior Class as well as a distinguished athlete.
Succeeding pictures showed us parts of the football games
in which the boys were playing hard in order to win their
first game, for this was the first season the Duxbury High
School had had a team for several years.
There were several attractive snow scenes and one which
we remember particularly, was a fight between the two lefties
of that class, Dorothy and Sumner.
There was a rapid succession of pictures showing basket-
ball games between both our boys and girls against outside
teams. The girls had exceptionally good luck for they lost
only two games.
We saw Mr. Green in front of the school awarding a gold
pin to Dorothy Hoffman who had written sixty-four words a
minute for a period of fifteen minutes. Mercy Soule had won
a silver pin for writing fifty-five words. Bessie Studley had
won the bronze pin for writing forty-five. Horatio O'Neil
had won the certificate for thirty words per minute.
Next we found ourselves viewing over again humorous
parts of the class play. We saw the perplexity of Otto Smultz
when he discovered that he had forgotten his name. We
laughed when we saw how surprised Jabo Grabb was when he
saw his "lalapoloosa." Then there was a general rush and con-
fusion of the cast as they heard the train coming that was to
take them to Niagara.
The films carried us through May and June quite quickly.
The Seniors were rushing about preparing not only their
class parts but Lincoln Essays.
All too soon, however, the picture ended. A tear or two was
silently wiped away when we saw the crowds of people stroll-
ing out of the new High School.
We came out of the theatre reluctantly. It had been a
wonderful treat to live over again the good times we had in
Duxbury High School. There is no doubt but what our class
was successful but we will let the prophet tell you more about
the last reel of the famous picture "Keep Your Eye On '27."
One evening last week I received an invitation to attend ar
smoker to be given by a well known athletic club in New
York. Arriving at the meeting and not being in the habit of
smoking, at first I hesitated to take a cigar. An instant's,
reflection convincing me that I would look out of place if I did
not indulge, I took one and busied myself with lighting it.
After quite a bit of struggle, I managed to get it drawing
well and was rather enjoying myself when my surroundings
began to grow hazy.
Try as I would, I could not shake off the feeling of drowsi-
ness. Suddenly I began to rise into space. After some time
my course became more horizontal and finally to descend.
Scon I could discern a beautiful country below me. There was
the ocean, a bay dotted with boats, a long iron bridge, and a
monument. Suddenly I realized where I was. It could be no
other than the dear old town of Duxbury. It seemed as
though I had not seen it for twenty years.
I was carried back to the dear old days when we, the class
of nineteen hundred and twenty-seven, had graduated from a
new school building down on Alden Street. "I wonder what
the members of that honorable class are doing and where
they are located," thought I. "Perhaps there are a few stilL
left in Duxbury. I will go and see."
At this moment I was slowly floating over a large mansion
surrounded by very green lawns and shrubbery. A wonderfuL
palace indeed! I wonder who lives there. A tall broad
shouldered man came out of the house and seated himself in
a lawn swing. There was something familiar about those
shoulders and I wondered where I had seen them before. Sud-
denly I recognized this man as no other than Barry O'NeiL
I came to earth with a rush and, creeping up behind, tipped
him out of the swing. He came to his feet, a fierce look on
his face, but suddenly the expression turned from anger to>
astonishment. He reached me in one leap and, after giving'
me a somewhat vigorous reception, we went into the house
and met Mrs. O'Neil and Horatio Jr. We talked over old
times and I found that Duxbury had become a city and Barry
was its mayor. After lunch, Barry inquired if I played golf
and, upon my answering in the affirmative, he proposed that
we go down to the links.
Upon our arrival there, I perceived a short, stout man
dressed in white flannels, a blue coat, and a panama hat
strolling around the club house. Where had I seen him be-
fore? I racked my brains but, try as I would, I could not place
him. On coming closer, however, I knew him to be my old-
time friend, George Worster. It seems George had bought
the links and had made a great deal of money until he had
become quite well-to-do.
We sat around and talked until it was time to leave ; then
bidding George good-bye we left for home. On the way we
came to a large poultry farm at which Barrv stopped to order
chickens. At his knock a lady with jet black hair and brown
eyes appeared. Barry gave his order and bade her come out
to the car. She was half way to me when I knew her to be
Frances Battilana. Her old saying, "I have got to go home
and feed the chickens" had been prophetic of her life work.
After greetings had been exchanged, nothing must do but
that we adjourn to the house for dinner. After spending
the evening, we left for Barry's home, where I retired.
The next morning I accompanied Barry to his office and
to my amazement whom should I find as his bookkeeper but
Bessie Studley. Bessie was still adding up long columns and
finding mistakes, and a hard time she was having of it, too.
After giving Bessie the day off, we proceeded down Main
Street and came to an Art Studio. As we entered, I saw a tall
man with glasses running wildly in circles around an oil paint-
ing of old Partridge Academy, tearing his hair because he had
mislaid his choice camel hair blending brushes. I discovered,
to my huge enjoyment, that it was my old friend Allan Whit-
ney. Allan, having just toured Europe and being named
the United States' greatest artist, was trying to live up to his
name. We stayed awhile, talking over old school days, and
then continued our journey.
We had gone only a few blocks when Barry turned into a
doorway. I followed and found myself in a large mom of
Oriental* atmosphere. From the ceiling hung Japanese Ian-
terns and around the room were small screened booths. Out
of one of these appeared a lady who looked very familiar to
me, and suddenly I recognized her as my old time classmate,
Doris Edwards. It seems that she had opened up a beauty
parlor which proved a great success. We stopped but a short
time, then moved on.
Outside we took a taxi and motored out to the suburbs.
There we rode up to a large mansion and handing the servant
our cards, we were ushered into the waiting room and told
that the president would see us immediately. The President !
'The president of what?" thought I. My questions were soon
answered, as a human skyscraper appeared in the door and, to
my amazement, I found him to be Ernest Jones, clock boy of
cur class. Ernest had become President of the United States
and was on his vacation in Duxbury. We lunched with him
and returned to the city.
Next we came to a large office building and, taking the ele-
vator to the third floor, we stepped into a spacious office. At a
desk sat a short, stout, dark-haired, business-like lady. She
shook hands with Barry and when she spoke I knew her to be
my old classmate, Dorothy Hoffman. Dorothy had become
the owner of the world's largest History Book Sales House.
Next we went to a theatre. Having obtained our tickets we
entered just as the main picture was being flashed on the
screen. The picture was "Why Young People Are Restless."
It was the story of a young girl who was discontented with
the life she was living and went to New York and got in with
bad company. She was rescued by a flashing young man
whom she married. The leading actress was no other than
Mercy Soule, another of my old classmates.
On leaving the theatre I inquired after Florence Merry.
Barry turned to me and said, "Why haven't you heard? She
is a di — " "Not dead ! Oh, isn't that — " "Now, now, calm
yourself and give a fellow a chance to tell you something.
Florence is the largest diamond jeweler in the world."
We then started for Barry's home and were rolling along'
at a good pace when we were arrested for speeding. We were
taken to the court house and who should be the judge but
Victor Aronoff . He fined Barry one hundred dollars and after
court was over gave it back. Don't tell anyone about this
because Victor might lose his job. Now we started once more
for Barry's home at a moderate rate of speed, and after din-
ner, we went to the opera where the main feature was to be
the solo singing of Alice Briggs the multi-millionaire heiress.
Alice performed her part in a fine manner and deserved all of
the applause that she received. Just as we were leaving the
opera house someone shouted "Fire!" Immediately the fire-
hose was turned on me and, when I had got the water out of
my eyes, I found that I had fallen asleep and had set myself
afire with my cigar.
Friends, Members of the School and Classmates:
As we are about to step "out of school-life into life's
school," we find it necessary that we leave some things behind
us. We, therefore draw up this document in all seriousness
and solemnity. We hope that all of the fortunate people who
are benefitted by this will of ours may make good use of the
Article 1. We, the class of 1927, being of sound minds
and not lunatical, do hereby, on this fourteenth day of June,
and in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and
twenty-seven, and of our existence, the fourth, draw up and
publish our last will and testament.
Article 2. We bequeath to the Junior Class the dignified
position of being Seniors, which aforesaid position has just
been left vacant by the present graduating class. We have
hopes that such a position will do them as much good as it
has done us, and that they will be worthy of it.
Article 3. Upon the Sophomores we bestow the respon-
sible position as Juniors that they may be able to do something*
than can be written about in "The Partridge."
Article 4. We leave the Freshman some of our brains and
dignity, and also a large box of salt.
Article 5. We bequeath to our long suffering faculty a new
supply of energy, and patience which, after working with our
class, they will be able to use, no doubt. We wish at this
time, also, to express our thanks to the various members of
the faculty for helping us in the production of our comedy,
"The Dutch Detective," and especially to Miss Aronoff, who
gave so much of her time to rehearse with us. We feel that a
great part of our success was due to her. We know that our
athletic teams have improved because of the coaching of our
principal, Mr. Green, Miss Henderson, and Mr. Cutting. 'The
Partridge" has had a successful year with the aid of Miss
Roper who has spent many weary hours helping us.
Article 6. On the rest of the school, we bestow forty weeks
of study, and hope that they will be able to concentrate and to
persevere as well as WE have! !
Article 7. To Bunk, our janitor, we leave our thanks for
picking up various things such as paper, erasers and chalk,
which have been the source of heart-ache, joy, and sorrow, and
request that he dispose of them forever and ever.
Article 8. And to dear Old Partridge Academy we leave
all of the memories, both sad and joyous, of our experiences
there. We know that they will be kept sacred.
Article 9. We bestow on the school magainze, "The
Partridge," a new name to fit its position in the new High
Article 10. We leave to Houdini, our pet black cat, all of
the mice and rats that are left, and any stray food that might
be lying around.
Article 11. To the school mice we leave any old clothes or
books that happen to be left behind.
Article 12. To the girls who always stop for a last look
into the mirror, we bequeath a new mirror, and all of the little
bits of combs, powder, paint, and rouge that happen to be in
the old sink. Possibly this will aid them to get to classes
Article 13. To the boys who complain because they have
no mirror to look into we leave the old speckled one in the
girls' dressing room, which has seen so many pretty faces.
Article 14. Victor Aronoff bestows his brains upon Rich-
ard Holway in order that the latter may reach graduation
successfully next year.
Victor leaves his ability to eat ice cream and fudge, which
was supposed to be sold, to Ralph Blakeman, hoping that the
latter won't have to hang out of the window between the acts
of the play as Victor did.
Article 15. Frances Battilana bequeaths her "face" to
Arthur Cushing. She seems to think that it would assist him
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in getting a job as a comedian in some stock company.
The aforesaid legatee leaves her gift of a very vivid imagi-
nation to Russell Atwood in order that the benefits may talk
more and impress his listeners as Bird has.
Article 16. Alice Briggs bequeathes her poetic ability to
Charlotte Simmons. We hope that Charlotte will become a
shining light in the Poetry Department as Alice has.
Alice, wishing to be remembered as a basketball player,
wills her ability to dodge and fly around while playing, to
Frances Goodrich, in order that Frances may grow to be as
slender as Alice is and keep up the record that the girls
basketball team set this year.
Article 17. Sumner Collingwood wills his genius for strik-
ing out opposing heavy hitters to Alpheus Walker. With
this help our team will undoubtedly win the cup. As this
ability is no small item, we hope Alphie will take advantage of
Sumner leaves his passion for waltzing to Bob Crocker.
Perhaps it will enable Bob to get started before the last
Article 18. Doris Edwards leaves to Everett Estes her
boisterous conduct in the main room, as the benefactor thinks
that Everett keeps within his own shell to a disturbing ex-
Doris bestows her aptness in writing a lengthy book report
to Lola Pierce and Ruth Evans. Possibly it will assist them
to make more reports.
Article 19. Dorothy Hoffman hereby bestows, upon Nor-
man Hardy, her speed in typewriting, seventy-two words a
minute, so that the latter will be able to represent the school
at Brockton next May.
Dot leaves to Eleanor Bradley her height. They are always
complaining about their lot, so perhaps, this will even matters
up a bit.
Article 20. Ernest Jones leaves to Ruth Osgood his pro-
ficiency in learning and retaining history. If Ruth is like
most of us she is going to need this gift in spite of her superior
Ernest leaves to Bill Wordsworth his interest in the opposite
sex, sincerely hoping that Bill will find more time to joke with
Article 21. Florence Merry wills to Esther Nickerson her
ability to solve mathematical problems, because no longer will
Esther be able to come to the donor during third period for
Florence bestows upon Hazel Nickerson her ability to play
hymns, in order that Hazel will be able to play selections other
than the "Prisoner's Song."
Article 22. Barry O'Neil bequeathes his gracefulness in
dancing to Arthur Gushing. Of course, we all know that
Arthur already possesses this skill to a great extent but the
aforesaid senior sees in him a good understudy.
Barry, the school ambulance driver, leaves his car to Dick
Crocker, so that Dick may have the means of transporting the
girls to ball games and similar events.
Article 23. Mercy Soule resigns to Carroll Foster her able-
ness "to sit still at all times" of which the aforesaid person
appears to be the champion.
Mercy leaves her enjoyment of a lively game of basketball
to May Swanson — possibly it will serve to get her interested
Article 24. Bessie Studley resigns to Richard Crocker the
desirable position of school treasurer, which was wished upon
Ruth Evans is to have Bessie's long curly hair, in order that
Ruth may have some hair to curl when she feels in that mood.
Article 25. Allan Whitney bestows on Edward Soule his
talent to draw and paint.
"Eli" leaves to Robert McAuliffe his fine ability to play first
Article 26. George Worster wills his managershipness to
Harold Mosher. Harold has already shown the ability for
taking it up where George leaves off, as he has had experience
in the Town Team.
George leaves his preciseness to Edward Soule in hopes that
he will do better next year.
We do hereby constitute and appoint Richard Holway, Pres-
ident of the Class, 1927, to act as our executor and to carry out
all of the terms herein itemized.
In testimony, whereof, we hereunto set our hand and seal in
the presence of our principal, Mr. Green, this fourteenth day
of June in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred
CLASS OF 1927
By Mercy Soule, Class Scribe.
lWixhury Free Library
OUT OF SCHOOL LIFE INTO LIFE'S SCHOOL
About fifty-seven years ago a Dutch family landed in New
York. The younger son, seven years old, was very eager to
go to school where he might learn. On account of financial
circumstances, his father could keep him in school only until
he was thirteen. The boy had to go to work, but in doing so
he did not give up his dream of an education; instead he de-
termined to teach himself. From his first job, washing win-
dows in a bake shop, he received only fifty cents a week,
however, he finally saved enough from this meager wage to
buy an encyclopedia. He kept gradually climbing the ladder,
learning a great deal as he went along. He wrote to and
visited many of the prominent men of that time. Even presi-
dents became much interested in him because of his remark-
able determination and ability. It was not long before editors
began to ask him to write for their papers. Largely due to
his unusual desire for learning, Edward Bok has reached na-
tional or even international renown as an editor, speaker,
Perhaps none of us has the ability that Edward Bok had,
but we probably could go a great deal farther if we had the
ambition to learn that he did.
Both Carnegie and Wanamaker started out in the world
with hardly any education, working long hours for very small
financial returns. Both were also very eager for a good edu-
cation. Carnegie was a great reader. He received most of
his education by this means and through traveling. Wana-
maker, on the other hand, obtained most of his from studying
human nature as he saw it in the people who came into the
store where he worked. These two men, as well as Mr. Bok,
were not satisfied with what education they secured in the
class room but kept studying and learning long after they had
left behind all formal schooling.
Almost every one of us here has been learning something
new every day in school; we are going to college or continue
our formal school if possible; otherwise we shall go out to
begin at once into the world to make the most of the educa-
tion we have and to continually add to it. There is always
something to do and to learn. One can pick up many different
languages by working around the people who speak foreign
tongues. One can read many history, geography, and English
books and learn much about different countries. The news-
paper and the radio help to keep us informed about events of
our own time.
As we believe that "Experience is the best teacher" we plan
to get out into the world and learn much about many subjects
but perhaps most important of all, more about human nature.
The motto that we have chosen as a class we hope will be a
constant reminder to us to keep an open-minded and interested
attitude in the world about us and to be continually growing
and learning as we pass "Out of School Life into Life's
School." Florence Merry.
It was at a class meeting early in March that upon my
shoulders the responsibility for selecting the gifts for the
individuals of my class was thrust. This duty, simple though
it seemed at first, grew steadily to enormous proportions, as
a study of the situation revealed the importance of selecting
an appropriate "token" as a souvenir of these gloriously
happy days that we had spent in Duxbury High School.
Fatigued in mind and body from the heavy tasks which my
Senior year placed upon me, I was at the point of despair
when, without warning, those fates which so diligently spin
out the thread of our existence, stepped in and took a hand,
and almost in the flickering of an eye, my problem was solved.
You have probably read about famous philosophers or au-
thors who received inspirations for their greatest works while
living poverty stricken in a dingy garret or lowly hovel.
Feeling that the physical surroundings would influence my
trend of thought, I took a candle, mounted the attic stairs,
opened the door, and found myself in a cold room, bare and
noiseless, except for one old rat who scampered across the
floor. I placed the candle at the side of a dusty table, pulled
up a rickety chair, and sat down. I meditated for hours with
my face buried in my hands. From a crack in the roof, a
vagrant gust of wind extinguished my flickering candle. This
left me alone in the darkness with only my thoughts and
the rats. Using my arms as a pillow I tipped forward onto
the dusty table top and in a twinkling I was lost in the land
of slumber. I dreamt that I was wandering in a fairyland.
Butterflies flitted between dancing sunbeams and the nodding
flowers swayed to and fro in rythmic cadence with the twink-
ling music of rustling foliage. I meandered through this syl-
van splendor bewildered; and marvelled at the beautiful
things. I was about to enter a darker part of the woods when
all at once I heard the cry of an owl. Over and over again the
shrill call echoed through the forest as if it were trying to
summon me. The old bird persisted with its intermittent
calling. "Hoot hcot" came down thru the forest, until its
relentless monotony acted like a magnet on my soul and drew
me irresistably to the spot from whence it came. I broke
thru the dense underbrush out into a clearing. Way off on
the highest limb of an oak tree I could distiguish my tor-
mentor. As I drew nearer he hopped down to a lower branch
and awaited my arrival. I was scarcely a few feet away
when, very slowly and sedately he lifted a rough, horny claw
and with one crooked talon, outstretched like a finger, pointed
into the distance. All at once a ray of light, which seemed to
come from nothing, focused its beam where the decaying
stump of an eld pine tree stood out by itself like a monument
to the ages that have passed. The traditional wisdom of the
owl flashed through my mind and with no apparent came or
reason, I interpreted his actions as a guide to the solution «>f
my greatest problem. Surely there was something about the
old stump which would guide me through the selection of ap-
propriate gifts to my classmates, at this parting of the ways.
I walked over and placed my hands upon the crumbling log,
when all at once a blinding flash and ear-splitting rumble shot
me out of fairyland into the cold dreary darkness of the attic.
But, in my fright, at the sudden crash of thunder I had
thrown my arms about the old log and literally ripped it from
the earth. I found myself standing, trembling there in the
garret with it still in my arms. So classmates, I bring to you,
not only gifts but the unique experience of receiving them
directly from dreamland. I know not what it held in store
for us but we shall soon learn and may each "token" bring"
to you the beauties and happiness that I saw on entering the
I believe that your class has a talented young man with
great imaginative powers which often take him on trips tx>
Mars, therefore Allan this little airoplane will help you in
taking a real excursion. Room for two please note.
I think that the class will agree with me when I say that
you are just about to turn out a Grand Opera Singer, so Alice
I will give you this little pitch pipe to help you get the tune at
a most vital moment.
Well, Sumner, as you seem to have such a terrible time
managing the glances that your numerous admirers give
you, I will present you with these dark glasses, hoping that
your eyes will be made more dull, and not have such an effect
on the girls.
As George seemed so concerned about his lovely little Mintjr
Sourdrops in the play, I feel that I should give him a mini-
ature of her so that when he is old and weary he can look back-
on the days when they were childhood sweethearts.
As Ernest made such an excellent thief catcher in your play-
he ought to have some kind of a badge to distinguish his T. C.
for "Thief Catcher" instead of "Thin Codfish" as someone
had the audacity to tell him. Therefore Ernest this badge
might explain things.
One day part of your French class asked Miss Aronoff to
give Victor a very long and thrilling love scene to translate.
Needless to say he was thrilled with the idea and did it very
well, so Victor I will present you this French book, hoping that
it will give you the minute and complicated details on how to
School teachers are numerous, but I don't believe many
will be as successful as Florence. This red pencil will help
you correct your papers and if your classes are anything like
most, you will need one every day.
Dorothy may wear small close-fitting hats, but in spite of
this, I am well aware of her disdainful manner toward some
people. So now I present this high silk hat which will in the
future betray your ever present though somtimes hidden
As Mercy is always running after you either to play baseball
or football, I am giving her these weights, hoping that they
will keep her quiet for at least two minutes.
As Bessie was appointed to be treasurer of almost all the
funds in school, I feel she must have a safe of her own. in
order that she may not have to run after Mr. Green to unlock
the combination every time the Ice Cream Man comes.
Barry, as president of your class, has always kept ex-
cellent order in your class meetings. Some day the world will
recognize your ability at this. Perhaps this little gavel will
help when you, as Vice President preside over the Senate. I
bought a good heavy one because I thot that with Ernest and
George both present, as senators, you would need it.
My dear Miss Battilana.
I have had a terrible time thinking of an appropriate gift
for Doris. Nothing seems to suit her. I may stand for wis-
dom but I don't know every thing. I finally decided to give
her this goat, 'cause she certainly got mine.
P. S. May I bestow my best wishes upon the class of 1927.
Annually the Illinois Watch Company offers to each high
school a Lincoln Medal to be presented to the student in that
school who is judged to have written the best essay upon
Abraham Lincoln. The author of the following essay and the
student who won the medal this year is George Worster.
A Martyr For The Slaves In Bondage
On February 12, 1809, in a quaint little log cabin, situ-
ated on the banks of Nolin's Creek, in Kentucky, was born a
baby boy, who in later life was destined to become a famous
Fifty-one years later, this same boy, namely Abraham Lin-
coln, stood before the largest gathering ever assembled to
witness the inauguration of a President at Washington. Peo-
ple had come from far and near to see the man, who repre-
sented Freedom, and the party supporting him, pledged to
prevent the further extension of slavery.
In taking the oath to support the Constitution, he spoke
those memorable words, "In your hands, my dissatisfied fel-
low-country men, and not in mine, are the momentous issues
of Civil war. The Government will not assail you. You can
have no conflict without being- yourselves the aggressors."
With Lincoln as President, the South, knowing his dislike
for slavery and his desires to eradicate it, began to prepare
itself against him. All pulpits and presses gave vent to fiery
utterances, and soon after followed the secession of eleven
states of the Union. Lincoln was forced to call on the Gov-
ernment to suppress what he had to regard as unlawful
The colored people throughout the country knew that Abra-
ham Lincoln was trying to help them in the conflict between
Freedom and Slavery, and it will be remembered how these
down-trodden people gathered before the chief magistrate in
Washington to pay him homage, lining the streets and kneel-
ing at his feet, in their respect for the justice he was endeav-
oring to bring to them.
Lincoln understood how strong a weapon against the South
this arming and emancipating of the slaves might be, but
the time was not right to strike the blow. He feared that
the states between the North and the South would secede also.
Finally, Lincoln made a vow that if God would give the
Union army a victory in driving the Confederates from
Maryland, he would know that the time had arrived for free-
ing the slaves. The victory came, and the following morning
the headlines of the papers announced the Proclamation of
Emancipation. The anti-slavery people thanked God, and
the pro-slavery uttered curses against it, but Lincoln knew
that his vow, uttered a third of a century ago at a slave
market in New Orleans, had been fulfilled.
The following months were ones of great trial to Lincoln.
The Union armies accomplished little and then came the death
of his son "Willie," which caused him no end of grief, until
he was shown that he must forget and again take up the
burdens of the nation.
The turning point finally came at the Battle of Gettysburg.
It lasted three days and on the last, Lee was forced to with-
draw his troops from Virginia. In order to be better pre-
pared for other engagements, Lincoln resorted to the drafting
of men into the army. In New York the draft brought about
a riot in which many colored men, women and children were
killed. People were horrified by these acts, which turned
pro-slavery men, by the thousands into red-hot abolitionists.
On the 19th of November, 1864, Lincoln attended the dedi-
cating of a plot of ground for the purpose of burying fallen
soldiers at Gettysburg. At this time he spoke a few words,
which have since found a resting place in the hearts and
memories of men — the famous Gettysburg Address.
The setting aside of Thanksgiving Day, by Lincoln, showed
how he reverenced the Divine Master and to Him he prayed
that war might cease, and that every one might unite in
peace once more. He extended all protection available to
undefended women and children, and did all that he could to
maintain, and protect those whom he had set free.
Once more time was turning towards the electing of a Presi-
dent, and again the people responded by re-electing Lincoln
to the office, which doubtlessly no other man could have filled.
Meanwhile the war was continuing, but the North was
steadily overcoming the South, and with the surrender of
Lee's army the rebellion was broken, and the South and North
once more turned back to their own homes or to rebuild that
which was destroyed.
People all over the land rejoiced and they met in churches
by the thousands to thank God that peace had once more
However, no rest came to the President, who was working
with might and main to bring about a just settlement of all
important questions, until on the night of April 14, 1865,
this good and faithful servant, while seeking a few hours of
recreation, was shot by John Wilkes Booth, an actor, who
thought he was avenging the South, but who instead "was
taking from the people, a man, who was a friend of all, who
lived to see his life's ambitions carried out — the freeing of
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