The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 4, No. 9, Ed. 1, Wednesday, November 1, 1916 Page: 1 of 8
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The World is Fm1
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The World is Full
of Good. Cheer
Up. Quit Knocking
Vol. IV ABILENE TAYLOR COUNTY TEXAS. NOVEMBER 1916 ' 'Number 9
THE THANKSGIVING SPIRIT
At this llmo In each year wo bceln to re-
mil the tanny blosBlngs wo have received dur-"
Ing the Immediate past and try In a measure
to realize ouivunworthlness for such bloRslngs.
Our minds are so prone to mechnnlzo every-
Hhfng that man has oven sot apart n certain
duy as a day ot thanksgiving.
Let ub look at this matter a little deopor
and soo it there Is not another side to consider.
We have tried to realize somo of the thlngB
Qod has dono for us; now let uh try to recall
what we have done for Him. Shall wo bo
content to bo recolvers and Hot givers? Shall
our lives be so filled with selfishness that wo
can only give thunks for things received? Can
wo not see beyond our own welfare when we
begin to look for blessings? Is the present
generation bolnjr educated for such a selfish
Let. us try to Beo If education cannot mean
more to us than this narrow view. If your
o.litontlnn linn not enabled von to look out upon
h -th world !' somotktngvtrcsldwKdellM.
Vj v- and cents has It helped you In gottlng a vision
If J ' of the present day probloms? Has It made
v you publlcsplrlted? Hailjt ftado you a frlond
Awf to the weak? HaB IWl'cnabied you to make
s friends and kooD them? Has It enabled you to
ffflPJV look an honest man and a pure woman In tbo
L " 'J Veyo? Has It helped you to respect the poor
- 4 well as tho rich? Has It enabled you to
X know your own weakness? Has It put a mean
'"lit InSf In the ntars and created within a deslro
4tQ look boyond tho horizon of your own life?
If you haven't got a glimpse Into omo of
tiioso greater things I fear you haven't seen
tho thluga that aro on nil sides of you. If your
education has not created within you a desire
Jo know moro do mow and bo moro than
voU have In tho oast.' I fear" you have lost tho
dCssonco of .tru education 'Do hotlet another
-aiiaUKSRlYJnBpass.WUHOUi naviug nono-Buiu;
UW titrng mat win cnnuio you 10 give uhbub iur
blosBlngs given as well as received
HOMER L. WILLIAMS.
My heart Is lifted up In thankfulness
Tor lo my fields aro bright with waving grain
A few moro sunny days tho latter rain
Then comes tho lmrvest. Still tho Lord doth
Ills people nnd doth shield them from dlstrcBH.
Not only do they never sow In vain
Hut for tho llttlo sown they reap a gain
Increasing many fold what they posoesB.
Those little kindnesses how could I know
That thoy would bring such great roward to mo
I hoped Indeed or I should not have sown;
nut surely all the thanks nnd praise must go
To Him who caused this rich return to be
This harvest which could como from Him
alone. ARTHUR HAY CURRY.
AUTOBIOGRAPHYJF A TURKEY
I wns hatched from nn Incubator. The
first week ot my llto was spent changing from
one turkey hen to nnothcr trying to find one
that could keep up with mo during the day
and enro for me at night. When 1 grew to ho nro true BCB' persons and by associating wlth
TBbfflni. nnS 'UioHr Wnese-Mclelles wo may become truly
THE SOCIAL LIFT OF A. C. C.
Abilene Christian College Is n great social
center with tho greatest social leader there-Is.
But within A. C. C. thero aro smaller con.
ter8 nnd groups of society. In the different
clubs tho 0. D. C tho X. Y. X. the Choral
Club tho Tennis Club nnd so on wd Haven tic
greatest amount of fun nnd pleasure. Tho G'.
II. C.'c vlo with tho X. Y. Z.'sln every re-
spect .you Just ought to he ot our Choral
Clubs on Thursday nights nnd help us learn
now songs and practlco old ones.
In each of our two literary societies tho
Harding and the Zellner tho students work
togothor with pleasure and onthuslasm nnd
ench of us has tho opportunity of social de-
velopment. Tho truly social person is imita-
tive learns from others teaches others en-
Joys what others enjoy desires to act as others
act; he is tolerant sympathetic companion-
nhlo and holpful. Ho 'enjoys comradshlp
communication Bocial pleasure nnd co-opora-Hon.
Our tethers and many of our Htnrtnfq
".t k imamr. - ?" ihv i
frying size I was very common rooking
ovcryono who passed remarked that t was the
ugliest lurkoy in tho yard.
After I passed this fltago In life I began
to Improvo In looks every day. My fcathors
becamo glossy and I gained In weight until 1
was considered a model turkey. I then fell
no embarrassment while strutting around with
I soon learned .however thut thero are dis-
appointments evon in tho lives ot model tur-
keys for ono morning while I was walking
peacefully around In tho poultry yard my mis-
tress caught mend put mo In a coop In order
to fatten mo forThanksglving dinner. I felt as
if I was tho most unfortuuato turkey in all tho
world and of all tho good feed they poured In
ray coop I was not able to eat a bite
One day after I had been: in tho coop
k . .
After wo all have been Rood for n innr
tlmo Proxy and Dean with ovory member of
tho faculty as chaperons will take us on u
hike to tho creek the lake or some . other
place f interest. If association nnd communL
cation .'develop Ilke-mlndedness -then we nro
surely to somo extent like-minded whon wo
return at tho closo of ono of these exhllnrnnt l 3
uun too mo class recitation Is a conter X"ll
- ... i duujiu piensuro jir every ono
knows his lesson) of which the teacher Is tho
leader. Through this association tho students
may become moro llko-mlndod. A. 0. C. has
splendid Christian teachers so it Is well' that
wo bo llko them.
Tho dally and good morning chapel oxer-
about a -wook my nilstressorlBrteJeelipV 'clure .fountains at Jvhrck.ocont!nual!y
OUR NEW LABORATORY.
For fear some people think wo are Joking
when we say wo have a laboratory wo' will tell
you that a nlcd framo building has been erect-
ed and oqulppod with throo largo modern work-
Ing tables About ?250 worth ot new equipment
has beenadded.'' TBljbjritnNwhat wo former-' i
ly had gives us a strictly modern laboratory'
i aufflcjont to take care toMn a creditable man
ner an scionce otrorea. uui icsi you jorgei
tills Ik coating monoy.
door. My first thought wan to cscapo at once
but after thinking of tho disappointment ot
tho famllyifwhen thoy should find that their
thanksgiving turkey was gone I decided to
work a trick on ono of my friends. I stood
perfoctly quiet until I saw one of my brothers
coming toward mo then I began to eat tho
good feed they had given roe with all my
might. Ho was attracted at onco and on en-
tering tho coop ho began to cat with me. While
ho wasn't noticing mo I slipped quietly out and
ri closed tho door. After taking one last piti-
ful Iook"at my unfortunate brother I walked
proudly on with tbo other turkeys feeling as
if I would not suffor another pain as long as
I lived. MERLE LAMDBUTH.
annK inspiration to hlghor ideals.
Still thoro ore other greater social contorp
in A. 0. O. which aro not to be found In pubjljj
schools. Theso aro tho Bible classes fn which
wo have the opportunity of being drawn "hear
to and associated with tho great social leader.
our-Savior surely the perfect truly social bei-
Ing. Don't you want to bo in this great social
centor and take advantage of these glorious
opportunity? Como and be with us.
Tho Seniors havo recently become tho ob-
ject of envy to alt oMho under-classesTliey
havo been given special privileges nudx are
not falling to uso them.
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