The Normal Star (San Marcos, Tex.), Vol. 8, No. 34, Ed. 1 Saturday, July 3, 1920 Page: 3 of 4
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THE NORMAL STAR
THE NEW AND
“PICK O’ THE PLA YS”
Saturday July 3rd.
The prettiest girl on the screen
“ Youthful ”
Monday July 5th.
“Desert Gold” A Zone Grey story.
MARY MILES MINTER
Also a t&omedy and Western
Pay at one Show and get
a free ticket to the other.
Undertakers and Embalmers
San Marcos, Texas
WE INVITE YOU
to call at the
In Post Office Block
LECTRIC MASSAGE and
ELECTRIC HAIR CLIPPER
Give us a trial
FRANK BYLER, Prop
A cordial welcome awaits all teachers and students
within our gates for the summer - to our church, Sun-
day school and Epworth League.
Sunday school 9:45
Epworth League 7. p. m.
Preaching 10:50 A. M. and 8 P. M.
Morning Theme: “The Weakness of Human Nature1'
Evening: “Finding Ones Self.”
Come and bring your friends.
JOE F. WEBB, Pastor.
We Cater to Students’ Wants,
Make our store your headquarters.
We deliver free.
Quality Drugs and Soda.
MY FIRST EXPERIENCE A T
DRIVING A CAR
(Being a Sophomore’s true experience
nothing farther is necessary
to be said.)
One Christmas, mother and I were
visiting my uncle, who had bought
a new car and had promised to teach
me to drive it. But he would put
me off and say, “No, no, my dear,
you watch me and I’ll show you how
and you can take the wheel tomor-
row.” After this had happened for
several days, I began to grow im-
patient. I ceased to enjoy the long
rides, because I could not drive the
One morning I studied the direc-
tion book thoroughly from cover to
cover, and then went out to the
garage and practiced in the car
everything I had learned—however,
without starting the motor. After
doing this J thought that if I should
resort to a secluded road I could
drive well. Having reached this
decision, I persuaded mother to ac-
company me, much against her will.
Although ignorant of the fact that I
had never driven a car before, she
had very little faith in my ability
and insisted upon taking my cousin,
a boy who was with us. My cousin
knew absolutely nothing about a car,
and I was very much hurt when
mother placed him beside me say-
ing she felt safer with a boy along,
even if he could not drive a car.
This made me more determined to
show them that I could drive a car
as well as any one else.
I managed to get the car started
after several gaspy, jerky efforts,
and got out of the garage very well,
but the driveway being long and no
one having told me how to guide
when going backwards, of course i
did not stay in the driveway at all.
Instead I went across the lawn, just
missing two trees, and bumped down
off the curbing into the street. I
tried to calm mother by telling her
I could drive much better when going
forward and she said she hoped so
or we would never get back alive.
After going several blocks, I got the
gear shifted into high, and sat back
with a sigh of relief. But there
was no rest for mother. She sat in
a strained frightened position on the
edge of the back seat and watched
every movement I made. Cold beads
of perspiration stood out on her fore-
head and she was holding to the side
with a death-like grasp. We rolled
along smoothly for some distance,
not even meeting a wagon, and all
would have been well, if I had not
insisted upon trying a new road. We
bumped over hills and rocks, but 1
did not mind this as I thought I v. as
gaining valuable experience. After
mother’^ head had hit the top several
times and she was feeling very much
bruised, she began to protest and my
cousin tried my nerves severely by
repeating, “If you had done this or
that,” and “I told you so.”
We came to a smooth looking
stretch of road, but its looks cer-
tainly proved deceitful. It extended
straight ahead for a little way and
the’' turned abruptly around some
trees and ran down the nigh bank of
e creek, over a cement bridge and up
another bank so steep that the road
had been cut in two, so that the
cars and wagons could make the
ascent. I had turned around the
trees before I saw the steep hill
opposite, and so could not stop. I
tried to hold the car back, but the
brakes wouldn’t hold, and we fairly
flew down the hill, zig-ragging from
side to side. We were all too much
frightened to scream. My cousin
did not even say, “Oh, look, you had
better let me take the wheel.” By
a streak of luck, we hit the bridge
which was barely wide enough for
the car to go over and the speed we
had gained coming down sent us
half-way up the other bank, hut there
the car refused to go any farther up,
and when I tried to shift into low, it
started rolling backward, getting
faster and faster all the time. In
vain I pushed on the brakes. I knew
I must stop it some way, as it was
impossible for us to get on the bridge
this time, for we were flying back-
wards, straight towards the creek
Our eyes were all riveted on the
water behind us, we expected to shoot
off into it any minute, when suddenly
the car stopped.
We were in the steepest part of the
road; in fact, the car was almost
standing on end. We looked at each
other in a dazed sort of way, too
much surprised to speak. After
examining, I found that I had guid-
ed the car out of the road and that
one back wheel had hung on a large
rock which was holding us.
We all breathed again, I put the
car in low, and we pulled slowly up
the hill. My cousin declared that he
was not frightened, but was just going
to take the wheel when the rock
stopped us. When my’ uncle heard
of the trip he came to me and asked
if I was ready to learn to drive his
Visitors to Lockhart: Ethel Doyle,
Ruth Taylor,, Gladys Young, Brazzie
Dillard, Lillie Birkner.
Bettie Brown and Berma Moore
spent the week end in Dale.
Lillian Hogan and Eula Denman
were visitors to Buda.
Eloise Speer was a guest of Miss
Ima Crook at Martindale.
Hernia Waldscmidt spent Sunday
in New Braunfels.
H0FHE1NZ SODA FOUNTAIN
Pure Ice Cream
Genuine] Coco Cola
Fruits and candies
East side square.
TOM 71 TORS
Cents Other eatables
per lb. equally low priced.
N. Austin St.
Nesbitt’s Barber Shop
East Side Square
Nextj First National Bank
We Save You Money
on Dry Goods and
West Side of Square.
L. J. DAILEY
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The Normal Star (San Marcos, Tex.), Vol. 8, No. 34, Ed. 1 Saturday, July 3, 1920, newspaper, July 3, 1920; San Marcos, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth614187/m1/3/: accessed December 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State University.