The Normal Star (San Marcos, Tex.), Vol. 8, No. 25, Ed. 1 Saturday, April 17, 1920 Page: 1 of 4
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THE NORMAL STAR
Published Weekly During the School Year by the Students of the Southwest Texas State Normal College
SAN MARCOS, TEXAS, SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 1920.
FUTURE BASEBALL STARS Normal To Have THE KINDERGARTEN PUPILS
NOW AT TRAINING SCHOOL Big Pageant CONDUCT, MODEL STORES
THEY ARE COMING
Where have a great many of
Normal's greatest athletes come
from V If said athletes were ques-
tioned, iney would say they had been
at one time, students in the Train-
ing S;cnool. A great many of Nor-
mal’s root-ball stars went to Training
School. Among these are: Erwin
Soyars, Pete Snands, Atwell Summers,
Wylie Summers, Clyde Tate, Ross
Arnold, Hubert Cavness, Raymond
Cavness, v Maurice Jennings, Bill
Holland, and many others. The
baseball team has also been largely
made up of players who were once
the pride of Training School.
But all this happened in the past;
the present is in question. Is the
Training School living up to its repu-
tation ? Are there stars in the making-
in Training Senool at present? There
are! Perhaps Training School athlet-
ics is mixed with the habit that
arises every morning at recess when
each person is trying to yell loudest
of all that he has “first bat scrub”
or that he is “second base.” But there
is something deeper in the yells than
mere prattle. They are real ball
players when they assemble at Evans
Field at the noon hour. After watch-
ing these stars a few minutes, the
most prejudiced will be convinced
that to pick up a hot ‘sizzler’ and
throw it to first is as easy to the
Training School is certainly going to
Training Srhool is certainly going to
do more than its share in the future.
At present a wonderful baseball
machine is being drilled to perfection,
and Coach Cy Tate’s job as official
“patter on the back ’ man is growing
harder every day. A close up view
of Normal’s future starts will con-
vince you that “they are coming.”
Catcher is in a healthy position
this year as Samuel Haynes and Lon
Travis have prospered in that posi-
tion. Sam Haynes, the boy with the
“big league map,” is a wonder at
catching. one glance at that face
and you can tell what the subject
will be for the major league fuss
about the year 1928. Lon Travis is
also a demon of the big mitt. Pie has
a shot gun peg to second and is a
player with a sunny grin. “Nuff
Sed.” Both of these players are
dangerous hitters and are likely to
loosen the boards on the fence at any
One look at the veteran pitcher,
James Lancaster, and you can tell
who it is they will be giving “fifteen
for” when he “chucks his curly in-
shoot in that fools ye ever’ time” for
Normal. Pie is a pitcher who has
mastered the demon control and
when anyone gets a walk off him,
he is the proverbial “Lucky Duck.”
Lloyd Branum and Cyrus Carroll
are the two performers at first base
Both are natural sluggers and can
hit the ball hard and far away.
They are clever handlers of crooked
throws and their stunts often make
Coach Tate strain his vocabulary for
words good enough to encohrage the
young adventurers to other deeds of
daring. Cyrus is a second George
Sisler, is a fast baserunner, and
thieving second base seems to be his
pet trick. Lloyd also will bear
watching or he will start some of his
At second base Alden Kornagey
has won the title of Eddie Collins,
Esquire. His favorite pastime is
catching the ball and wiping the dirt
around the base with his glove.
Perhaps this is to tag the imaginary
runner and perhaps he is kind-
hearted enough to wipe the dirt
away so the next player who slides
in to second will not get his trousers
At shortstop Ward Gary has proven
to be the “Good fellow”; he is fast
on his feet and is some judge of
ground balls. He can turn his back
to a fly and race toward the outfield
and catch the ball with his back to
home plate. He has an accurate
peg and is yery popular with the
players. He has a habit of getting,
on base nearly every time he bats.
He is the Benny Kauf of the team
and is Captain.
At third base, Robert Knispel and
Irvin Doyle have paraded around
their territory in fine style. Both
are bubbling over with pep and have
a way all their own of encouraging
the pitcher. Robert is a second
Heine Zimmermann and Irvin is un-
doubtedly a repetition of Heine Grok.
Curly is also a player with as sunny
a grin as can be found anywhere.
The outfield has beer changed con-
siderably from time to time. The
players who have done the most of
the playing are Frank Arnold, Lynn
Sorrell, Jack Hays, Jack Gary, and
Walter Coers. The latter is also an
excellent pitcher but has been
bothered with control so- he has
played in the outfield; he is a “sure
enough” Babe Ruth, having collected
more homeruns tha.n any three other
players. His hard hitting proclivi-
ties have taught his fellow fielders
to play back when he comes to bat.
Frank Arnold, brother of Ross, is
a Home Run Baker, full-fledged. He
is a hard hitter and a good judge of
balls hit in the air or on terra firma.
Lynn Sorrell is also a student of
Home Run Baker only he bats left-
handed and has a wider grin than
Jack Hays is a good judge of fly
balls but has not had as much prac-
tice with the team as the rest have.
Nevertheless, he has a peg to home
plate worth mentioning.
Jack Gary is a good judge of fly
balls and can catch the ball on the
run as long as he is not running back-
ward. He can hook slide too—if he
had some hooks.
Taking all in all, Normal has bright
prospects ahead. Training School is
coming! Watch it and you watch
the Normal Juniors!
NINTH GRADE HONORED
With a score of 91 8-9 per cent,
the Ninth grade came out victors in
the Attendance Contest. As a mark
of distinction they were tendered a
program by the other grades of the
school. They were escorted to the
seats of honor by the Mayor of the
After a short address by this official
the following program was presented
Address ...... Mayor, Ward Gary
Song ............. Seventh Grade
Dance . . . First and Second Grades
Declamation ........ Roy Crouch
“Epaminondas” ......Third Grade
Song ..... Fifth and Sixth Grades
The program, in the opinion of the
ninth grade was rendered excellently,
and they certainly did feel honored
As the attendance campaign is still
carried on, they hope, if they do fall
behind this term, to help render a
program as acceptable as the one
rendered to them.
“LURING A NATION”
A splendid historical and patriotic
pageant will be given by the faculty
and students of S. W. T. N. at the
next commencement season. Watch
later bulletins and announcements in
the Star describing in detail both the
scheme of the pageant and its pto-
The following committees have
been appointed to direct the different
phases of the work:
Executive committee: Mr. C. E.
Evans, president; Mr. C. E. Chamber-
lain, treasurer and business manager;
Mr. G. H. Sholts, pageant master;
Mr. W. I. Woodson, studen arrange-
Directors: Mr. Sholts, Mrs. Shaver,
Miss Mattie Allison.
Committee on Art: Misses Johnson,
Ida Schuler, Alva Trainer, Etheline
Crook, Claire Green, Emma Baxer,
Utilla Hoester, Martha Hoester and
Jack Storey and Haskell Young.
Committee on dances: Miss Hines
Committee on music: Miss Butler,
Committee on historical research:
Miss Murphy, Mr. Birdwell, Mr.
Committee on languages: Mr.
Marsh, Mr. Nolle, Miss Tilden.
Committee on advertising: Mr.
Burkholder, Miss Kerchner, Mr.
Garett, Mr. Brown, Mr. Stanfield.
Committee on costumes: Miss
Thompson, Miss RatVbone, Miss Davis,
Committee on stage setting: Mr.
I' nman, Mr. Handrick, Mr. Ha-ri -
son, Mr. Sewell.
Committee on properties: Mr. Nel-
son, Mr. Smith, Miss Falls, Miss Bar-
Committee on lighting effects: Mr.
Committee on grounds and seating:
Mr. Strahan, Mr. Ferguson, Mr.
Tanner, Mr. Harry.
Committee on tickets and seat sale:
Mr. Chamberlain Mr, Goodman.
OVER THE TOP WITH THE
The Classic Campaign, which was
explained in a previous number of
the Star, ended March 15. The re-
sults were very interesting. The
participants in this campaign were
the pupils of the High School De-
partment. 320 classics were read in
the twelve weeks allotted for the
campaign. Of these the ninth grade
read 72, the eighth grade 87, the
seventh grade 125.
A quota was assigned each grade.
The ninth grade made 104 percent.
In the ninth grade each pupil read
an average of 4 1-4 books, in the
eighth grade 4 1-2 books and in the
seventh 5 5-24. The duration of the
campaign was twelve weeks.
If from the number of books read
from each author we may estimate
the popularity of the author, we may
say that Dickens ranks first as 30
of his books were- read. Some of the
others may be judged by the same
method: 27 of Scott’s, 2 6 of Haw-
thorne’s, 25 of Shakespeare’s, 2 3 of
Stevenson’s, 18 of Cooper’s, and 12
By this same method the most
popular books were found to be:
“Lambs Tales,” read 13 times;
“Robinson Crusoe,” and “Tale of
Two Cities,” 11 times each; “Ivan-
hoe,” “The Heroes,” and “Treasure
Island,” 10 times etch; “David
Copperfield” and “The House of
Seven Gables,” 9 times; “The Last of
the Mohicans,” 8 times; “John Hali-
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manuraccured. 'mat is what hap-
pened in tne “Operetta Manufactur-
ing Company ' wnen tne windmills
began to turn. The finished product
very tew people know our reason
for giving the operetta, Windmills
of Holland,” so I shall try to explain
to you wny “The Windmills Turned.”
Everyone that ever witnessed an
entertainment in the auditorium
certainly has realized our lack of a
curtain and of fixtures for our stage
and tney must also have felt the
need for better acoustics. In order
to remedy these matters we decided
to give an operetta and let the
public help pay for our needs.
After a sufficient amount of prac-
tice, the operetta was pronounced
ready to be staged and it was pro-
duced in the Normal Auditorium,
February 7. A large number of
tickets were sold before the per-
formance and about one fourth as
many sold at the door.
We secured ninety-five dollars this
first night and a curtain, a back drop
and material for the ceiling of the
stage were purchased. A liberty
bond owned by the High School De-
partment was sold to supplement the
The curtai l is a deep cream, and
is made of a fine grade of Monk’s
cloth. The cloth and the cost of
making it amounted to $75.00.
By having Jack Storey to paint the
back drop, an outdoor scene, it cost
us a great deal less than a bought
one would have cost.
A false ceiling was built over the
stage for - the betterment of the
acoustics since the space above the
stage was too high. The boys and
Mr. Garrett helped put up the cur-
tain and to do the other stage work.
The last, but not the least, im-
provement is the tuning of the piano.
The piano needed tuning xery badly
and since the windmills turned it
has been possible to have this done.
At the request of the Mothers
Clubs of town the performance was
given again at the New Theatre,
March 8. The money thus obtained
was used to supplement the fund ob-
tained at first. The results are so
gratifying that we are tempted to
turn again just to use the new stage
fax,” 6 times; “Oliver Twist,” and
“Jane Eyre,” 5 times- and “Lorna
Doone,” 4 times.
The most popular authors :n the
ninth grade were Dickens and
Shakespeare; in the eighth grade
Dickens and Scott; and in the
seventh grade Stevenson and Haw-
Frances Smith of the eighth grade,
and Robert Talley of the ninth read
thirteen books each. Laurie Foster,
from the ninth grade, read seven,
“Les Miserables” being among them.
The spring is the time for flowers,
When the trees and grass are green,
And if you will come to West Over,
Pretty Blue-Bonnets may be seen.
West Over School.
As I was standing around the
catcher Frank Hall said, “Get out
of the catcher’s box.”
SPRINGTIME IN THE
People wishing to do Spring shop-
ping on the nort side of the Plaza
may now be spared the long walk to
town. Come into the Kindergarten
some day and there you will find
reproduced, with careful attention to
details, enough stores to supply all
You may buy material for a new
dress at the Mutual, a hat from Miss
Mattie Watkins (represented by Mary
Blanche), a string of beads at Harri-
son’s Jewelry Store, and shoes at
Brevard’s. Fourqurean’s Grocery is
in charge of his daughter, Frances,
who will take your order, and have
the goods delivered just as her father
does. If the boys need new suits,
take them, to Wood’s, but you’ll never
be able to get past Duke and Ayres
without stopping for marbles. When
in search of recreation, you may go
to a picture show at the Grand and
afterwards to Williams’ for an ice
cream Sundae. Then on .the way
home stop for a magazine at Moore’s.
Besides giving you an opportunity
to shop right here on the Hill, you
may be glad to come to us for help
in solving a difficult problem at this
time of the j ear—spring dress making.
We are planning and making Spring
outfits for small boys and girls.
These outfits will include suits, rom-
pers, dresses, coats, hats, and caps—
all at very reasonable prices. If you
wish we will even pack these gar-
ments in a suit-case all ready for
you to take on your vacation.
Bring your play pocketbook and
visit us soon. You will receive
prompt and courteous attention!
OLD MASTERPIECES OF ART
SEEN BY THE EIGHTH GRADE
Thursday the eighth grade history
class went to the dark room of the
Science Building and enjoyed a treat
to a picture show of the great
medieval artists and some of their
masterpieces, also the different styles
of architecture were discussed and
examples of each were shown.
We had a glance at the beautiful
stained glass windows of the Milan
Cathedral. The windows have so
many bible stories on them it is
said that if every bible in the world
were destroyed it could be entirely
reproduced from the stained glass
windows in this cathedral. From
these pictures we saw the magnificent
entrance to Westminster Abbey and
numerous other beautiful pictures
that Miss McFarland had in her
collection. Roman architecture was
also discussed and examples of it
Then the medieval artists’ master-
pieces were shown, examples from
the brush of Murillo, Correigo, Da
Vinci, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Titian,
and El Capall. The statues of
Michael Angelo were discussed and
everyone seemed interested.
Miss Kloeckler, our student teacher
planned this entertaining lesson and
had much interesting data to tell us.
Everyone enjoyed this trip to the
“grand theatre” of the Science Build-
ing and some of the boys came near
having a friendly combat to de-
termine who should have the pleasure
of operating the machine. We hope
to study some more about such
interesting subjects so we can get to
make another visit to the dark room.
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selection: “This is by Anon, his first
name isn’t given.”
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