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of war ; while the age of rellglona revolution wa
cbaracterized by Alartln Luther , who dared to
look Popery in the face and declare it wrong from
1lret to last.
From the time of Homer , poets have sung in
Cappy measures , orators bave uttered words of
eloquence and tdetorinne have recorded the rise ,
struggles and dnwnfalts of men and nations.
In comparing the writings of those ages with
the present the effect which the degree of
civillzaton : , the manners , customs and religion of
the paople has upon the literature le etrlkingiy
Every age has had its eeIentlac advantages , but
as every day adds to the stature and development
of an individual , so each year improves and renders -
ders it9 rocearthes : more perfect.
Thus in the advancement of science every rudely -
ly shaped piece of tiint Or fragment of ivory
carved in rude tlgures is in Ito way a historian.
They tell the tale when roan lived by means of
lie spear and phyelcal atrengh atone.
Reltce of a later period show a greater degree
of ekill 1n the wurkmanehip ; by that we infer tbat
the age le developing.
But it u statue perfectly and beautifully carved
were found , it would indicate a perfectly developed -
The path which led frnm thla rude state cf civilization -
ilization to the presenVenllghtened age was long
and narrow ; the eternal could not be passed
In a bound. Alen nliatook errir for truth and
without a guide , without experience , many are the
+ leluslons by willh they are misled.
Btltvtanwuanotalwaysdoomed to live in 1g.
noruncethere were treasures In reach of the
weakest , and lhese Once grasped , dlecldeed others
and snfohled new posslbilltes.
Each new Idea brought others in its train , till
now in the filth Century we boast of the highest
degree of cIvilizatIon ever attained by mats.
This Is not only an ago advanced in Literature
and Sclenco but an age of Itberatl ideas , revolutionary -
tionary movements and improvements 1n the con-
llition of the working classes-both politically nut
aocially-u period of remarkable progress in education -
cation , discovery. Invention and civilization , dem-
onatrating the growth and activity of the human
The noblest patronaei isnow fair opportunity ;
Coronets , purple robes , At. D. 's and D. D.'s are
more and more felt to be mere wrappings while
"tht goods are the inner man , substance of the
Foul , "
"scIenCe literature and Religion already
daughtera of one family shtll be dwellers of one
Science shall shade her torch and stoop her tele-
t copebefore the throne of the EteniaL
Literature aliall pursue her studies and dream
her dreams in the magic utmosphere of heaven's
own day and Religion shall take her two sisters by
the band , introduce hem to the Ki.ig of kings and
in a three-fold curd not easily broken shall be
uuitCd with them fotcder. "
ARTHUR DOUGLASS ,
The Class Poet , was warmly applauded
for his :
it is genertlly understood that superstition implies
a beliet in the unknown , or that which we cannot
solve by rulesand which excitl's our wonder and
ainazentent ; while in a narrower degree it includes
a belief in something that engenders fear or fore-
shows some evil to come. There is : t fetich terror
excited by the outburst of a volcmo , the sun's eclipse
or the lighhtingflash , which isallayed when science
demonstrates the simple cause of these natural
Who is there today who believes in superstition ,
witchcraft or gh"sts.and vet in this enlightened age
superstitions do existwhich years of effort will not
Science proves to us the effect of the moon upon
the waters of the earth , heaping them up into tides ,
but can science prove to us that the howling of a
dogiorbodes the approach of death to some one dear
tons , in the near future ? That it makes a great
difference to us whether we see the new moon over
our right or left shoulder ? That the approach of a
dark cloud on New Year eve , foretells the coming
of a plague ? That the putting of a shoe on the
} vrong foot , offering a riend a sharp instrument ,
walking under a ladder , or tipping over a chair or
opening an umbrella in the lionser
Does this make any difference to us. No , and
yet there are many who believe in superstition.
I believe of all the minor superstitions the most
prevalent is the sitting of thirteen at the table , and
yet this is one of the moat foolish. TJie thirteen
s iperstition briefly stated is that if thirteen persons
either be accident or design gather at the same table ,
one sltaal the within nt year.
It has been traced back to the old Norse mythology
and is said to have originated from the famous
painting on the Gmzie in 1lilan , which unwittingly
perhaps , gave the first impulse to the minds of the
superstitious mass , who beheld the ? .faster and the
twelve apostles : it a table. And in this picture , we
also seejudas in the act of spilling the salt , so it is
but fair to presume that both superstitions Caine
from the same origin.
It has been oflictlly demonstrited that one in every
thirteen , may according to the lane of nature , die
within a year , and even at this great rate , the average
age would have to be about seventy-three.
For myself , I am willing , yes , perfectly willing , to
snake the thirteenth person at a dinner party : all I
would ask is for sane one else to furnish the dinner.
\Vhen our dear old liberty bell proclaimed the
birth of a new nation there were just thirteen who
sat at the feast which followed it. And the first tlag
of the Union bore thirteen stars and contained
thirteen stripes and as yet it has lost none.
King Al honso of Spain dined thirteen in mma-
ber at the fast dinner party he attended.
And yet we say thirteen is an unlu&y number.
In our country we are apt to believe that superstition -
tion travels hand in hand with ignorance , butasyet
this fact remains to be proven.
I attribute all oun glorious rain to a certain boy ,
who is , I believe present ; for he heard that if a person
would kill a snake and hang it bottom side up , upon
a Nebraska barb wire fence , it would rain next day.
This he did and as you know it did rain , so next day
he repeated his experiment and it began to rein
within an hour and up to this time we have had
showers almost daily ; and in fact from the present
indications and judging the future by the past , I
believe we will have to extend an Invitation to the
young gentleman to remove his last victim.
I am not superstitious myself , I never was , but I
know a boy who always carries the left hind foot of
: jacli rabbit in his pocketwho trims his hair by the
light of thR PIQOII , whn won't change a garment put
on wrong side out , who believes In odd number ,
who thinks that the crackling of a fire brings coi n
pany , that-the first to leave the marriage altar is the
first to die , that a cat has nine lives , that breaking
a looking glass brings seven years had luck , who
wears rings on his thumbs and wants his ears pierced
and that boy is ivell , ou know-
-That superstltldn is a folly ,
And for our folly we must pay ,
1.et us then be always jolly ,
Fretting folks are in the way.
See our last years class of thirteen ,
I Live succeeded to a soul ,
To most of theut their work is certain ,
l or as you knowthey've reached their goal
Let us then but twelve in number ,
Bravely push for right of way ,
Rise each morn refreshed from slumber ,
Ready for another day.
Dare to meet both Inca and women ,
In our daily walks of life.
Face trouble like agallant Roman , ' '
And so end thistime of strife.
Live so life will be no burden ,
And know we have fulfilled our mission ,
Then our friends will take our word'en
We ill not die of superstition.
MISS MARIE GIBBONS
Delivered an interesting essay from
the topic : -
A pilgrimage is a journey to a place deemed
sacred and venerableln order to pay homage
to the relics of some deceased saint. Thus
in middle ages , kings , princes and others made
pilgrimages to Jerusalem in pious devotion to
the Savior. Christian pilgrims resort to Loreno
in Italy , fo visit the chamber of the Blessed
Virgin. The Mohammedans to Meccawhere
their prophet is supposed to be buried. We
are all making a pilgrimage similar to
that which was made hundreds of years ago
and which will be made for all ages to come.
Some , on this pilgrimage , are nearing the end ;
others have half completed their journey ; and
yet others are just starting.
In the "transit or passage of a ; tar across
the sun's disk astronomers watch with their
telescope , and count by minutes and seconds
the apparition of a little black speck on the
round lumina while it moves rapidly across
to the opposite side to be apparently lost m
the unmeasured heavens beyond. Our life
may be compared to the passge of yonder
pJanet across the sun. We enter our sphere
like one emerging from theboundless void behind -
hind us and appear moving , moving across the
narrow circle of our lives and then pass out of
the sight of mortal man into that other limft-
lessetemitybeyond. As on any ordinary tour ,
a - .
1 _ . ,
many must be.made in order to
reach our destination safely and enjoy ourselves -
selves as we go along ; It should be particularly
so on this , the journey of life.
It is said : ours are olden links , Gays
token reaching heaven ; but one by one take
them lest the chain be broken , ere the
e be done" . Time is of priceless value in
childhood and youth , ve precious hour well
employed is a sown ithe furrow and
covered over with the fostering earth which
will bring forth its fruit in due season. We
should not take note of hours alone but also
to what the French call "momentus perdus-
lost moments"--the little leisure moments or
intervals that occur during the daily hours of
labor , study or occupation. We should apply
them to some special and profitable purpose.
It may be that if one of these moments were
lost it would cause the links to separate. So
by keeping a close watch on these , we can
keep the chain of lifelinked.
Bef as may be our allotted time we can
merit while it lasts , filling it with deeds of good
or evil. The first step in the royal pathway to a11
goodness is to forget ones self ; self , with its
miserable little cares and affections is the
root of all wretchedness we cause to others
and all the miserywe endure ourselves. Every
effort we make to forget self , to leave self behind -
hind and to devote ourselves to the labor of
making others happy is rewarded by inward
satisfaction and joy. How beautiful and
powerful can be the quiet , tranquil and un
selfish life doing good that makes no sign , no
noiseno , ripple on the world's currentbutwork
work silently and yields treasure by which this
poor earth imadericher forever.
The \vise person gradually learns not to ex-
ect too much from ife. While he strives for
success b worth methods he will be reared -
ared for failure Nor will he expect too
much from those about him. If hwould
live at peace with others , he will bear and for-
bear. fo the young how bright the world
looks ! How full of novelty and of pleasure !
But as ears ass they find te world to be a
place or sorrow as wll as of joy. As the
proceed through life many daristas open
on them of toil , discouragement and failure.
But 'tis etter so\Vhat would the
d be tus ff we reposed on a bed of roses ?
Should \ve in reality feel more happy than
when under the resent social disnation
we frequently feel a sharp thorn in our side
and a bre f their keen , itin points starting -
ing out againt our heads in the night-time
as if so many little imps were holding a
carnival amidt the feathers of our pillow ?
We have often asked the question , oth of ourselves -
selves and others , but havnever obtained a
satisfactory anser ; and being obliged to take
refuge in the court of experience , we very soon
discovered that apppearances were invariably
deceptive and that the roses and thorns mingle -
gle promiscuously so that they were inseparably -
rably united ; one for a stimulant to man , the
other as a a reward to him during t ; a natural
pauses between his exertions.
Though we may not apprehend the full
meaning of the discipline through which the
best have to pass , we must have faith in the
completeness of the design of which our little
individual lives form a part. We have each
to do our duty in that sphere in which we
have been placed. Duty alone is true ; there
is no true action but in its accomplishment.
Duty is the end and aim of the highest life ;
the truest pleasure of all is that derived from
the consciousness of the fulfillment. Go
forward with hope and confidence. We
must ever stand upright , come what may , and
for this end we must cheerfully resign ourselves -
selves to the varied circumstances which surround -
round us. While on earth we must still play
with earth and with that which blooms and
fades upon the breast ,
Twelve Pilgrims are we fairly started on
our pilgrimage. The remainder of our journey
lies in the future , a strange country , unknown
to us all , and one in which we all must travel.
We need a guide book to consult before start-
lug and take with us , in order to avoid mistakes ;
loithatgutde book let us take honesty , Gelf-teli
ante and courtesyr The fuhne is a trackless
pathway to us and every step is new. Only one
step of the way can be seen , only one at u time.
The cui tain reveals no falter or no more. No
two steps are alike ; each day the scenes are shift-
ed. If you make a mistake , you Cannot correct or
erise it and begin anew. Let us endeavor to do
thatwhich we will not wish erased , but that
which will leave a gleans along our'earthly tracks
and help to guide the Pilgrims that come after us.
Classmates , let us join hearts and hands and
share together the responsibilities , duties Inter'
eats , trial ; and pleasureson our piigrirnage , and
hope that we may be permitted to safely reach our
destination sought and claim that which we have
justly earned-our heavenly home.
MISS ADDIS HANLEIN ,
Who leas the distinction of being the
writer of the class , delivered an excellent -
lent and characteristic essay on :
McCook , Neb. , June 16 , 1S95.
Dear fiend : Graduation is over , and in
accordance with your request , I will tell you
I hardly need to give you the particulars of
the one important evening , and in truth I re
member but little of it.
I have in mind a confused impression of
flowers , music and white dresses ; of a great
crowd of upturned lacesof Clara , Ona and
Grace looking strangely familiar in that
strange placeand a faint recollection of myself
sitting with a. beating heart , desperately
clutching that essay , my only passport from
the dreadful place.
You know the play well ; slightly change
the characters and you have ours.
The class historian traced our illustrious
ways to the present time ; the valedictorian
said pleasant things of us and the various essays -
says gave directions as to how we might best
attain true greatness in this world , together
with many other equally useful precepts.
But now it is clear , honest daylight again.
I have on my old dress and feet quite
mon-place once more.
You ask how I look back over my school
life and what in general stands out prominently -
nently in it.
: we were nearing the end of this term , I
so often heard others speak of it as the close
of a long journey , the end of a voyage , that
we had almost reached the top after a long
climb , and so on ; as though it were a work
with a definite beginuin and ending. To
me it is not at all so. I hook back over m Y
time in school as an uneven , broken effort ,
with scarcely a definite end in view , often begun -
gun and often stopped.
But 1 learned some things in that time and
whether or not I learned them in school I
cannot say :
Perhaps it was not learning things so much
as it was seeing things. 1 can remember
when but a little girl , as time passed and I
grew a year older , I always thought to myself :
l can see farther than I could last summer ; I
don't think the same about things as I did
then , and I understand better.
I had the consciousness of more light ; what
had a year before seemed dark and strange , I
then saw clearly.
When 1 compared the little girl of nine
years with the one of eight , I could see how
much narrower was the circle that bounded
the latter. And so it was the next year and
the next , and so it is yet. I gradually came to
see how much there was to be known and
after seeing I learned. By my repeated efforts -
forts , my many failures and at last a partial
success in lessons , I have learned that our
work , however often we fail-whether from
inability or neglect-may be begun again and
again , and something gained , and that success -
cess does not demand that we go straight
from the first without faltering , and surely that
lesson , if well learned , will be of use to me.
Bythe self-reproach felt because of undone
dunes in school' I have learned that rest
comes only in labor , and I believe I have
SOMEWHAT learned that our greatest merit is
not in the seeming SUCCESS of , but in the doing -
ing of our work.
Are there any changes I would make in my
school life ?
Yes , I think there are.
Not the same regrets.as to time unimproved ;
I will let that pass , it is of less importance
than the others. But , 1 think if I went to
school again , 1 should try to be happier , more
From the little girl , bashful and awkward
among'strange pupils , who allowed herself to
he miserable and lonely , all through school
I have permitted whshould have been
brightest and sweetest to be embittered in
I would try , I think , not to allow the unpleasant -
pleasant to predominate , and I would learn
early my lesson of being peaceful and happy ,
and learn it so well that in all my after 1
would show that this had been one of my
studies in school.
Ydu remember my favorite passage when
we read Lamb together :
"When all is done , human life is at the greatest -
est and the best , but like a child , that must be
played with and humored a little to keep it
quiet till it falls asleep and then the , care is
But on the whole it leas been very pleasant ,
and to the teachers and friends who helped
to make it soy I am most grateful.
Your flower came anI wore them last
night. They are by me now as I write.
- Affectionately yours.
tMISS ONA SIMONS :
Essay created a pleasing impression.
The subject was :
ON AND ON.
In passing from school life and beginning this
new period to our history , this time full of hope ,
promie and good resolutions , let us use the beautiful
ful old fitshloned simile , "Life is a mountain up
which each travelermust climb. "
We have just reached the top of the first hill , and
as we auseonthesummit andookback what tous ,
as we our climb seemed insurmountable , does
not look nearly so steep and rugged as we imagined ,
although many times we had slipped and fallen.
Nor can we help feeling gratified that so much of
our journey has been successfully accomplished.
We now turn our backs on this first hill , and raise
our eyes to examine the one towering above us.
Here indeedseems a climb , almost beyond our
strength , and we know that to reach its pinnacle
often requires a life's journey.
There arc numerous paths launching in all directions -
tions , but all leadingto the samegoakVhichone
of these paths shall we choose ? Wemustpauseand
earnestly consider this proposition. in our selection
of the proper path lays ow chance of reaching the
summit of the hill. Some paths are steeper than
others , some : ire more adapted to our mental and
physical endurance , and otherswe know are.entirely
beyond our strength. Let us then choose the one
that seems most fittedforus. During this climb we
must expect to meet with pitfalls and reverses much
more serious than those encountered on our first hill ,
but our past experience has shown us that perseve-
rence will overcome anything weare liableto meet.
There must be no honing back after we make our
start , as that would mean failure , and what little
knowledge of the road we leave gained , would be
useless to us in choosing our second path.
In lookingagain at the hill we see others climbing
in all directions ; some are pausing partwayupsonie
have fallen by the way ; others we see coring back ,
wearied and dejected , unable to fight the battle any
longer , , others are rapidly nearing the top , others
have reached the pinnacle , but they are few Compared -
pared with the toilers near the bottom of the hill.
Let us then make our start determined to keep
moving ahead on our chosen path , expecting that
our steps will be sometimes slow and faltering.
Perchance , we will meet with help unexpectedly at
the difficult places , which will make our journey
easier , but whether or no this help is offered us we
mustconcentrtteour gaze upward and not back-
We know that countless numbers have made the
journey before us , and on the hill we can recognize
friends , some advancing rapidly , others not so successful -
cessful but , with few exceptions , all striving to the
hest of their ability to reach the top. llehnd us are
friends , who , in a shorttime will stand as we do now ,
wavering : ts to what path to choose. Let us then
so regulate our footsteps that they may point to us
as those whom they may safely follow.
Thus , in passing from school lifethe habits formed
during our years there will he thebasis of whatever
is our vocation in life , and upon entering it , let us
be prepared for thebitterand the sweet , knowing
that , "l fe who climbs nest count to ftll : , and each
new fall will prove him climbing still. "
MISS GRACE PRINTON
Delivered her essay with decided elocutionary -
cutionary effect :
GREAT ISLANDS ARE FORMED Iiv TINY INSECTS.
The ideal man of America is one , who , black or
white , will consider it his privilege and duty to
promote the full development of all the faculties
given him by Nature.
Circumstances and surroundings do not determine
in how great a degree these may he developed , for
no matter what these are they always offer occasion
for worthy endeavor.
Only a little improvement is made each day , but
it is the successive additions of the daily little that
will complete the undertaking.
The mighty oak , in time , will grow from the tiny
acorn , so great achievements are wrought by the
Great deeds are never done in a hurry , Milton did
not compose "Paradise Lost" at a sitting , neither
did Shakespeare write his dramas in a day.
The chalk cliffs of Albion , also the coral islands ,
were formed by insects so small as to lie seen only
by the microscope.
The fate of a tattle is often determined by the most
trilling affair , the sleeping of a sentiual or as in
the battle of Stony Point by the betrayal of the passport -
port byane"pro. ' 1'hevictory does notalways depend
upon the Orihliant generals but the well drilled
privates. In England and Scotland the knights were
considered the superior soldiery , but when the
fourteenth century dawned upon them they discovered -
covered the value of the churls and bondsmen.
The secret of all success lies in close attention to
the little things , to the little opportunities that are
round about us.
Opportunity is sly , thelazy , tinectreless , the slow
do not see it and tail to catch it until it has tied :
But the ambitious see it at a glance and grasp it in
The race is not always to the swift nor the battle
to the strong , but by the application of the proper
strength and speed isthe goal won.
Although Providence may have placed our lot
among the humble walk and occnpationsof life , yet
there is a noble armor in it , which is disgraced by
nothing but evil. And that character ornamented
with the jewels of virtue may look up to heaven
without blushin ' , but stained by worldly vices will
be degraded and'finally left without a cover in the
worhl , ender which to hide its shame.
Fidelity with honesty and righteousness will
prove the dignity of any calling however humble.
As the strong muscles of the tawny blacksmith
are composed fiber by fiberso that forcible character
is formed thread by thread of habit.
May only those habits that tend to the true and
noble be ours , may only those desirable characteri s-
ticsbe cultivated within us.
Though our ambitious ideal may never he perfected -
fected yet slowly day by day it raws nearer the
model. And as life expands , being influenced b
cventsand other lives , the horizon of its opportunities -
ties will grow , brighter and broader , leadig on to
hi 'her work.
gust as the tiny rill sparkling and dancing along
the mountain side gradually ; , .rows larger and uniting -
ting with othersthe channel broadens and deepens
into the river sweeping into the great ocean and
joining with her sister waters into one. So we when
children played. The little rivulets united with us
are the influences our playmates and friends have
upon us as the years bear us down the river of boy
and maiden hood and we glide into the broad ocean
of man and women hood. There each individual
forms a part of the world's history. In mid-ocean
the rough waves may dash us against the rocks , but
by trust and faith in Him ; who pilots , we may overcome -
come these ; and as we near the other shore inay the
waters be calm and peaceful and may we sail safely
into the harbor of eternity ,
ELMER KAY'S "CLASS HISTORY"
Was one of the interesting papers of
the evening. It was as follows :
The class of ' 9S originally consisted of sixteen -
teen pupils , twelve girls and four boys , but it
became necessary for Grace and Gertie Bom-
gardner , Lettie Lawrence and Oliver Thor-
grimson to withdraw from the school , thus
leaving a balance of twelve' graduates.
Nora Noble being the baby of the grade
it would perhaps be well to begin wither. .
She was Indianola Iowa , on the i6th
of March , iSSo. In 188 her paents started
for the west and in the tall of the same year ,
they arrived at their destination , the thriving
litte village of McCook.
The first time I remember seeing Norma ,
she was probably about four ana half
ears old toddling around in short
clothes and a sun bonnet. She has faithfully -
fully served as school librarian and also as
secretary of the 1ednesday Evening Club ,
and we feel that a great deal of our success
in these things has been due to her energy
and perseverance. After much hard study ,
she has at last reached the top , completing
a twelve years course in a little over eight
Next' ' comes Grace Waldo , our country
school ma'am. Grace was born at DeWitt ,
Nebraska , on the 20th of August , 1876. She
first attended school. at Wilbur , Nebraska ,
and afterwards at McCook , where she has
spent the last eight years ofhetslife. Grace
has had a great deal of experience in school
work. She has taught onterm of school
so we have always looked up to her for
help and advice
Marie Gibbons , another native of Nebraska ,
was born in Orleans in the spring of 1S77 ,
where she attended school until about a. year
ago , when she came to us. Marie is a comparative -
parative new comer , so we cannot give you
- . , ,
much of her history , , except that she has made
quite a reputation in the grade , as a Latin
scholar. , ,
Ona Belle Simons was born on the 29111 day
of March , 1875 , in Greenleaf , Missouri. She
attended school first at Grinnell , Iowa , and
also at Omaha , Nebraska , but the last four or
five years of her school work was accomp
lished here. I think Ona is the only one of
us who is from Missouri-still she can read
and write to a certain extent.
Clara Belle Purvis was born at Sullivan ,
Illinois , where she first attended school. She
then moved to Atwood and Blakeman , but
has been with for the past three years and
has always stood among the first in the class.
Eunice Goheen anoter of our new ,
was born in Glenwood Iowa in
attended school until last September ,
when she joined our class. She has been a
faithful worker and was well liked by every-
one.Lydia Jeanette Cooleyone of our oldest and
mostesteemed schoolmates , was born in Grafton -
ton , Nebraska , on the 23rd of January , 1S75.
She ha's attended school in McCook at different -
ferent times for about eight years.
Grace Levis Brinton was born in Boone
county , Iowa , where she attended school until -
til she came west. Grace is quite an extensive -
sive traveller , having been as far east as
Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Addie Amelia Hanlein the writer of the
grade , was born at Gilman , Illinois , in 1873 ,
and has attended school at Gilman , Chicago ,
and 'Lincoln , Nebraska. Addie has been
with us for nearly two years , and up to the
last two weeks has shown one of the most
Now comes the 12th Grade Poet , Arthur
Douglass. lie was born in Ogden , Utah , on
December 5th , 1874 , and has attended school
at Ogden , Clear Creek and Ilolyoke , Colorado
rado , but has been in McCook for the past
seven pears. Arthur has lived in Ogden ,
Utah. Cheyenne Wyoming ; 1'uscorora Nevada -
da1lol eke and Clar Crek Colorado and
Butte City , Silver Bow and Helena Mon-
He has been very much interested in flowers -
ers and lasts of al kinds and was ERCEP-
TIONAIY quick in Botany. He has at different -
ferent timeheld several offices in the school.
CharlesElliott McManigal was bornon the
2nd of November , 1876 , at Beaver Crossing ,
Nebraska , He is also quite a traveller , if you
count the miles he has covered between Mc-
Cook and Indianola , in the pastyear. Charles
has been with us for a long time and has
DISTINGUISHED himself in many ways.
Such is the past history of this class ; what
the future has in store or what willthey , make
of the opportunities which lie before them ,
each must for himself decide. We are sculptors -
tors before whom is placed his own block of
marble. How shall it be hewn ?
MISS PURVIS' "VALEDICTORY"
1Vas a thoughtful paperand characteristic -
istic , as excellent :
It is hard for us who are concerned in this exercise
tonight to realize that it is the last time we shall come
together as a class of the Public School.
\Ve remember in our earlier school days to have
thought of this as the event which should release
us from further effort with our books and leave us
free for such undertakings as should seem most fitted
to our pleasure. We did not recognize in the discipline -
cipline of the school-room the hand of the benefactor
leading us through the difficult heginniug of life's
labor , and perhaps with some of us there was no
blame to be attached to this blindness for our lots
were cast in the less pleasant departneuts of the
Public School. But even while we grewdiscouriged
with our surroundings the events were taking place
in our lives which should finally bring us together
here as a class and make us forget that school life
for us had ever existed elsewhere. Wehave gained
mutt front each other in the contptnionship which ,
in one sense , closes tonight.V e have grown to
feel a pride and interest in whatever is undertaken
by our friends. We have learned to see and to
admire the traits in others which , are foreign to our-
selves. Froni each individual of the class we have
received beneficial impressions.'e know something -
thing of the capabilities of each and how best to aid
one another in our work.
Emerson said , "Our chief want in life is someone
who will make us do what we can , this is the servtce
of a friend , " and in this sense of the word we have
become friends. In our daily intercourse with one
another wve must be either a help or a hindrmee.
The class of ' 93 hikes to believe thutwith all its other
mistakes , in this respect , at least , it has not failed.
We tnaty become so widely parted from our school
friends that , we shall not know " \Vhat are their
several fates , by heaven decreciL" But the mention
oftheirfamiliar naunesnmslalways recall our interest -
est in their success.
To the School Board we owe touch forthe position
we occupy , knowing full well tn.tt without your
kindness and forethought in providing for our
welfare , in the past , wvecouldnothave accomplished
the tasks assigned to us.
Our gratitude to the teachers wlo have labored so
kindly and so patiently witht us can never be fitly
expressed. They have made us feel that effort of
each individual wvasnotthat ofoneunougahundred
but of one alone whose success was their especial
care. For then our places can he easily refilled by
others perhaps more worthy of their regard , but
with our departure from school we are compelled to
relinquish claims which can never be replaced.
To our friends who have yet before them many
happy months of school , we extend our farewell
greeting with the selfish hope that our presence may
not he soon and entirely forgotten , \ e shall takeaway
away with us pleasant recollections ofyour industry
in the school room and your fidelity to the belief
that , " 1Ic who wants to know must want to learn. "
And now classmates , though tonight we part
from our school environments , Ict us feel that our
farewell may not have in it the sadness of a total
separation but only a gentle regret for "The days
that are no more. ' !
DR , KAY'S SPEECH ,
In awarding the diplomas , would
make interesting and instructive reading -
ing , but the doctor's modesty precludes
the possibility of our securing his man-
uscript. It was a comprehensive docu-
inent , too.
Co. SUPT. BAYSTON
Spoke briefly in a congratulatory
strain of our excellent public schools and
of the thorough work the teachers are
doing , hoping that a large portion of the
graduates might find their way into the
schools of the county.
SUPT , VALENTINE
Then made a few appropriate remarks
-his talks are always interesting-the
choir sang , Rev. Preston pronounced the
benediction , and the audience swarmed
up around the stage to offer their
To the pretty girls in white dresses and
the brave boys in evening attire , who
had acquitted themselves so handsomely -
ly , and in whom all exhibited distinct
pride. And thus closed perhaps the
most auspicious commencement in the
history of the McCook public school.
An event of distinct credit and an occasion -
casion for congratulation to all parties
concerned , graduates , teachers , school
board , all. It was a source of pride to
the community whose interest is per-
A FELICITOUS RECEPTION.
The reception tendered the graduates
of ' 95 by the members of the Eleventh
grade , Monday evening , at the residence
of E. H. Doan , was in all respects a very
charming affair. Dainty and toothsome
refreshments were served , and a rare
social season enjoyed. The occasion
was highly creditable to the Eleventh
grade and those who helped to make the
reception the happy success it was.
A LAWN PARTY ,
On Tuesday evening , the graduates
enjoyed a delightful lawn party at the
home of Mrs. Utter-the Edwards residence -
dence , corner of Madison and Dodge
streets. Refreshments were also served
on this occasion , while the social intercourse -
course was of the jovial , free sort one
might expect from young people who
have just laid aside the dull cares of
school life under such favorable and inspiring -
A EEW STRAYS.
The piano duet by Misses Bertha Boyle
and Maude Cordeal was an artistic success -
cess of merit.
Extra eo ies of this issue may be secured -
cured at this office at five cents a copy.
The work of the orchestra , under Dr.
Waters' direction , was a source of pleasure -
ure and surprise to all.
The McCook public school orchestra
will meet on Monday evening at S o'-
clock. The , director expects every
member to be present.
The members of the class were the recipients -
cipients of flowers in lavish beauty and
rareness. Besides numerous gifts were
bestowed by parents and friends.
The commencement occasion has made
an unexpectedly large demand upon our
space , this week , and our readers will
excuse us if we have not fully covered
the remainder of the local field.
One of the events of commencement
week was the reception given by Mesdames -
dames C. M , Noble and Z. L. Kay to the
members of the graduating class , last
Friday - evening , at the home of the for-
Supt. Valentine started for Sheridan ,
Wyoming , last night , to conduct their
county institute. He takes with him
samples of primary and kindergarten
work from Mrs. Cordeal's room. Samples
of the kindergarten work were difficult
to obtain , as parents had sent them to
The solar } of the MCCCotC PostofEce '
has been decreased from $ r,700 to $ I,6oo. }
Some big grasshopper stories are a-
float. The pests are still in Colorado , . I d
Misses Nora Stroud and Hattie Yarger r/ ,
and Mrs F. A. Pennell went up to Trenton -
ton , this morning , on their bicycles.
Mr. Carnahan of East Valley is in the
city today with Sheriff Banks , looking I .
up his chances for a county office. He it
taught in Riverton the past year.'I
Comrades Berry , Wilcox and Yarger 4' + ,
were in Bartley , Wednesday , to arrange
for the postponement of the court martial - j
tial trial of Dr. Hathorn to July 16th. - 1a
The wood seems to be full of candidates -
dates , but they are all of the excessively
bashful sort , and don't want to come out
and formaly or publicly announce their
candidacy through the willing press. I
Grasshoppers are giving the railroad
company much trouble between Otis '
and Eckley , Colorado , by gathering on t
the track. Some damage is also being
done to small grain in the neighborhood ' 'x
The supreme court should be voted the +
thanks of the people of Nebraska for ,
their decision in the Lincoln asylum e'
case. Dr. Hays is bounced. He ought V : 1
to have stepped down and out. ;
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