The Philomathean (Chappell Hill, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 5-6, Ed. 1 Saturday, May 1, 1886 Page: 3 of 8
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As you know its our custom from year to year,
To review each twelvemonth as it falls to us here
And glean from its happenings such things to re-
As may be of interest to us or the state. [late
This task seems to have fallen to girls who are
Large girls could do better I've no doubt at all;
But the one who spoke last year declared with a
"I'll never again try to report for Chappell Hill."
Guess she thinks she's too large, so what must
Some one n u*t tell of the times we've pass'd thro',
Must speak of our troubles, on our good luck
We'll have to do this. Though I cannot do much—
If you will be patient, we will fall on this plan—
I'll do the very best that ever I can.
Whether trouble or luck there's not m u-— " Irnow,
But what there is I will endeavor to show.
As I-try to recall the past to my mind
And itema-ofluterest in its pages to find,
The first thini^^iat strikes me after school work
is dme "
Is the very warm w e a t he i* j* by t&^heat of
You know in summer such is apt to be the case,
Not a good time for working or running a race:
But we were through work' and you see could
enj jy it,
And in rett, play, or sleep we all did employ it.
But we did'nt sleep all summer I'd have you to
Ti ere were too many places whero we wanted
Picnics, parties and visits came round ju*t right
The picnics in daytime, the parties at night;
At least 'twas ju-st right for the grown folks They
To think we have no rights 'cept to candy ^nd
They go every night while they send us to bed
No wonder they wake with a groan, and "Oh!
my h acll"
"It aches as though 'twere ready to burst." And
(And ladies are almost as fussy as men,
1 he ladies in bang papers, the men without collars
Each with a few fine clothes and ooih without
fFhe*" mope, lazy and dull, the whole bright
And scold us all the time left between yauning.
Now, in the name of small girls 'gainst this I
If we can't go to parties at least, let us rest.
Picnics and parties were not all that we had,
1 here we/e dozens of things to make people glad.
The Reading Club seemed to be greatly enjoyed
By young ladies and gentlemen Not a void
b or displeasure touch'd their hearts on that night,
Whether talking in paritr, or riding home by
The Temperance Council bade fair to do good,
But there we've b«en careless, have not done
what we could.
This is a cause that is true, noble and grand,
Aud should have help from the best men in the
Surely it is time to come out for the right,
To put down the wrong now protected by might.
Though once we are beaten, let us not be cast
But try again harder despite every frown,
In the Master's vineyard, have we nothing to do,
That we stand aside idle all the day through ?
Then in the summer the campmeeting was heldi
And by forty or more the church roll was swelled,
la addition to this the church in town,
Did all they could the good work to help on.
But, perhaps it is time for the summer to close,
We remember the morning Mr. Tarrant arose
In church and said, "The Chappell Hill Female
Jsext week begins Its fall term." Weackno'ledge
This announcement made our hearts rather
It meant study' and think, and nights to stay
Yet we ought not complain, our rest had been
And life shouldn't be spent as though 'twere a
Then there are so many things to pass time away
That, in truth, we are glad vacation can't stay.
We see all the girls, find many a new friend
Our teachers return - ahem! to scold us again.
The school in the fall was just getting right
When the dengue attacked us, and held us with
You should have heard people groan, and I
guess you did,
And groan yourself too, you can'tkeep it hid.
'Oh! my back!" said one, said another "My
Thry tumbled and tossed and thought they were
But all that was over oy Thanksgiving Day
And they ate pudding and turkey in the hearti-
Soon afcer this time we were sorely disturbed
By a great fright. Even now it scarcely is curbed.
Oh! the people ran and they shouted "Firel fire!"
The bells were set goiug and the noise rose higher,
"The boarding house is burning!" the schoolgirls
With t yes streaming tears and mouths opened
Boarders grabbed their trunks and dragg d them
down stai s,
It helped th-3 confusion— and all gave their shares.
Men cf me to the rescue Lr ng ladders were bro't,
The cistern pumped dry, and we were taught
How noble and brav6 are our friends. "Say, fir,
I* the fire all out?" shouted Dr. Raysor,
Who came dashing up as the work was all done.
He was greatly distressed, and came in a ruu
To h lp save the house, or, to set broken Lones,
Hut he was too late to do good, :he quieting tones
Showed the danger all over, and the hole in
About as large as cnk dand. or perhaps both.
Next came Christinas with its short holiday,
Short, but how sweet to uh, nobody can say.
There were the usual number of parties and balls,
And dinners and suppers, and rides and calls.
But of all people 1 know the happiest were
Those to whom Santa Claus had brought good
Mr. Tarrant was prevailed on to throw care aside,
Aud visit his liom- in the pleasant Christmastide.
The scenes of hie boyhood, the friends of long ago,
Rested and cheered him as nothing cite could do,
At the end of five months we had our "review"
To show the people what work we passed throu'.
All through the winter from time to time
Were marriages, too many to put in rhyme.
We haven't time as we'd like to mention them all,
Yet we hope that much good into their lives may
Some were our schoolmates, we hate to see
Yet we fear'twill not be long when more say
"May be so."
Most pleasant to young and old was San Jacinto
The picnic at the river, the ride of all the way.
The boatrides and buggyrides, and fish we had
Would have cheered the heart and bouI of any
i easonlng sinner,
A party went out hunting early in the spring,
Shot at birds, and ccws, and rabbits aud almost
Some of the crowd their work with pleasure
While others uiito business strictly attended.
De w-berry ings and fish-fries have added to the fun
And not long since a supper for varying the run,
For the success of this supper we warmly thank
And assure them the friends are placed to veiy
We've talked about the town we 11 now return to
For interest at home is a not at all new rule.
We feel much encouraged for we think we are
And to higher places still we hope to keep on
As the proceeds of the supper mentioned just
We have an apparatus, and while we expect more,
We are much plea.ved with this; we've learned
the weight of air,
And that electrical force exists most everywhere.
To keep up the Interest of people in town,
There'll be lecture each mouth from men of re-
Soverai of these lectures we've already had,
Mr. Armstrong wi'h "Ideal Womanhood" led;
k How and What to Read" was chosen by Mr,
On "Creation" Mr, Dubo.se showed deep thought
Oapt, McNeely on "Pnysics" haR given us two.
And from these aud ot.h'-rs we'll hear next year
We are going to have a new music hall,
And look at the boarding house paluted and all;
We are thankful this year to have no overflow,
We are all in good health and good spirits too.
New offices and stores are being erected,
Soule College is flourishing as had been expected.
The boys think they could no more do without
Thau democrats and editors could with Horace
When we think of all this we feel very "grateful,
Though in eome respects this year has been
One of our members who was young and so fair.
Was called from among ua, though to all most
We grieved when called to pass under the rod,
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Felder, Kate & Tarrant, Mamie. The Philomathean (Chappell Hill, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 5-6, Ed. 1 Saturday, May 1, 1886, newspaper, May 1, 1886; Chappell Hill, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth235639/m1/3/: accessed March 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.