The Burro, Yearbook of Mineral Wells High School, 1922 Page: 2
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STHE BURRO .....
How clearly we remember that first morning of school, when we gained our
entrance through the much dreaded gauntlet and were assigned to our home rooms after
several flowery speeches by men from town.
It was then that we launched forth on the sea of High School life in the good ship
"Egotism." Mrs. Smith was the light house and by the light of her kindly heart we
managed to sail our ship around many shallow and dangerous shoals.
We were soon exploring the seas and we encountered many pirates, the majority of
S whom were from the kingdom of the Sophomores. They at once attempted to capture
our colors but we met them with the bravest resistance and they were unsuccessful.
One fine morning as we were sailing smoothly along, our Lookout shouted with a
loud voice, "land o, land o!" We looked and to our dismay beheld the jagged rocks of
exam, which are located on the Isle of the mighty Sophomores. We tried with Xight
and main to escape the awful calamity, but it was in vain, for our ship was drifting
with the current of time. We landed with an awful crash and our good ship "Egotism"
went down under the dark waves of ignorance. Most of us were saved and scrambled
over the rocks to the kingdom of the Sophomores, where we were greeted sincerely and
annexed to their citizenship.
Hearing of our fame as sailors the Sophomores, who had been unsuccessful in their
previous journey, built for us the staunch ship "Resolution," in which we embarked
with great intentions to be kird to all whom we should chance to meet on the great sea
of High School life. But, alas! along came that foolish band of Juniors, sailing in their
frail craft of "Pleasure" and in the fog of class spirit they rammed us head on. Our
ship rolled violently, but beirg very strong, soon righted to a level keel. The captain
of the Junior ship, with a silly grin on his face (as Juniors always have), seemed so
jolly that we had no ill feelings and went on our way. But here we encountered strong
n cross currents, such as the current of Latin and the current of Math, which entirely
U took the wind out of our sails. We drifted upon the Isle of "Work," and with the tools
of understanding, which were tempered by midnight oil, we made oars for our ship
from the pliant wood of the tree of experience and once more set out upon our way.
Soon afterwards a terrible northeastern tempest known as the storm of "Quiz" de-
scended upon us, which brcke our ship "Resolution" into a thousand pieces.
We were picked up by the ship of "Pleasure," piloted by the Juniors, and we took
such a liking to this ship that we stayed aboard. However, we were soon forced to
fight for our very lives, for we ran into a new class of pirates known as Seniors, and
.oon we were in a fierce fight for the dominion of the sea.
The Seniors began the attack but they were hopelessly outnumbered, for though
they were very wise in warfare, yet by their haughtiness th-y made enemies of all the
other kingdoms and were forced to retreat to their stronghold, "Senior City."
But now we grew discontent with our ship of "Pleasure," which could only sail in
favorable conditions, and we wished to explore the great unknown regions known as the
"Possibilities of life," so we began work upon the lifeboats of "Exemption," in which
we landed safely upon the shores of "Seniordom."
Here we built the great battleship "Determination" in which we are now sailing,
and here are some of the adventures of the past year:
We set sail on the fifth day of September. 1921. We took aboard a cargo of food
such as English, the staff of life; Science, which is the vitamines; Latin and Math., the
carbohydrates and proteins. With Miss Wallace as a compass to guide our ship we
sailed out upon the deeper currents of thought and our accomplishments are many and
our rewards great. In this great ship we have kept a log known as the "Burro." We
have printed a paper known as the "Tattler," and the supply ship which follows the
course of the Lyceum has brought us many wholesome entertainments.
We will soon be given our diplomas and go out on life's great sea. Some of us
will use the knowledge that we have gained and become the captain of some great ship,
but some will not; they will be the stokers (not Howard, though); the bell boys and
the cooks in the great ship of civilization; but these are all necessary, and we cannot all
be in command; therefore do not try to mutiny but follow well your earthly leaders, but
do not forget the hand that stilled the waves upon the sea of Gallilee.
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