The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 8, No. 12, Ed. 1, Thursday, December 16, 1920 Page: 1 of 8
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i1any waters cannot quench
Neither can the floods drown
The high way of the up-
right is to depart front evil;
he who keeps his way pre-
serves his soul.
ABILENE TAYLOR COUNTY TEXAS THURSDAY DECEMBER 16 1920.
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BROWN AND LEWIS WIN TWO
SETS OUT OF THREE
On November 8 the Ilardings met the
Zellncrs in reply to a tennis challenge
extended by tho latter. The match was to
Lo played for the best two out of three
sets. The fight was close and hard. The
Zellncrs won the first set; then the Hard.
ings took the honors of the second. The
Zellncrs made a final rally and won the
last set with a scoro of six games to four.
Tho Ilardings were represented by Jes-
sie Mac Sewell and Roy Johnson both ex-
cellent players whllo the Zellncrs were rep-
resented by Earl Brown and Bird Ray
A close inspection of the score card re-
voaled several interesting facts. Each of
the players served eight games making
a total of thirty-two games. Earl Brown
took the honors in the serving by winning
six out of his eight games served one of
them being a love game. Jessie Mac Sew-
ell came second with a total of five won
out of eight served with one of them be-
ing a love game. Lewis came third with
a total of four games won on his serves
including two love games. Roy Johnson
came last with a total of four games won
but no love games.
Although the games showed a slight
superiority in the Zellner team the Ilard-
ings have nothing to be sorry about in the
conduct of their team. Tho Ilardings
gave the Zellncrs a cloje race for the
match and many another good team would
hse gone down in defeat before the
Prof. Poole refereed the match In a
very able and fair manner that met the
approval of both Societies.
THE COLLEGE PRESS.
The Kangaroo of Austin College recent-
ly published a letter from an Individual
the general tenor of which was to com-
plain about the lack of publicity accord-
ed several. valuable news items. In his re-
ply the editor stated that there was no
mind-reader on his staff and that it was
imposiible to print news items which had
not been reported. And that reminds C.
.1. that Austin College is not the only in-
stitution pestered with pest who pesticate
the well-intentioned editors about this
fault and that. It is true that an editor
may be fore-sighted near-sighted far-
sighted and be able to see out of the back
of his head as wellbut there never was
an editor that could at all times possess
a mental X-ray to read the mind of all
people. When he chases to town every
day in the week on errands connected with
the publication when he writes when he
ought to spend enough time at his books
to find out their titles and when he at
last snatches a few moments of needed
snoozing - something happens that he
misses but no one tells about it until it's
too late. And then it he prints it a week
or so after all the paper's stale and he's
cussed again. It is a hard life mates
D. B. Collegian: The college paper is
the barometer of college life."
True to a great extent. WJien there Is
not much pep or energy in a school or
college you find no newspaper work.
What do the athletic victories come to
when there are no scribes to record them?
The going and growing concern" is the one
that advertises and there is no better way
for a college to advertiso itself than to
.support a live news journal published by
the student body.
The Slate: "O that eiery American citi-
zen had an Alma Mater!"
A Utopian wish. There are not enough j
colleges now to supply the demand of tu
dents knocking ar their gates Uut a man
with a second mother is one who is more
likely to be a leader than one who has
never tasted 'jlgher education. An Alma
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FOREIGN LANGUAGE CLUB
MEETS SECOND TIME
The second of this month tho Foreign
Language Club met and rendered the fol-
1. Spanish Selection. Douthitt Wilson.
2. German Song. Dr. Kiingman and
3. Spanish Song. Ben Holland Ivcn
Hensley Murl McCasland Rubenstcin
Thompson Alva McBroom Eula Kirtlcy
and Susie Fowler.
4. Spanish Jokes. Elmer Nichols.
5. Piano Solo. Alto Mae Wood.
6. Spanish Song. Class 215.
The Christmas program will be given
Saturday evening. Those taking part shall
represent the various fine arts departments.
The program will surely be appreciated
for it comes during the final examinations;
therefore will tend to rest and relax the
already exhausted minds.
Tuesday December 14 both classes of
expression met for the purpose of re-organizing
for the new year. The club
proposes to givo at least one public pro-
gram each month. The club does not only
hope to perform but also tho social side
of college days shall not be neglected
nay it shall be carefully developed. The
officers for the year are: President Elmer
Nichols; Vice President Edwin Martin;
Secretary-Treasurer Jean Spikes; Optimist
Reporter Georgia Rowsey; and Annual
-Editor Essie Rambo.
Thursday evealng 7:30 the orchestra
will give a program. A quartet is to sing
Ivan Hensley will give a cornet solo and
Miss Inec Norton will read.
The orchestra ha entertained prior to
this and seeds no further announcement.
Under tfee aupervisiea of. Miss Bernke
Compere the erelieatra "hsif worked and
practiced faithfully for this program and
she urges that all be present.
Tho talents of the other performers
have been made known to tho public and
a large body of appreciative auditors is
Sometimes it seems that the would-be
eaters really become "waiters" in Daisy
Hall dining room.
An Oklahoma paper comments upon the
fact that Texas although raising mucli
mistletoe never sells or ships it. Maybe
it is all needed here.
We notice that most editors of college
journals are obliged to write more than
they are obliged to edit.
Thero is a good opportunity for many
who wish to become members of the press
club to find work as supervisory editors
the coming term. Call around.
Send the Optimist to a friend. It will
warm your heart do your friend good and
may gain a student for the college
Success oi failure in life is caused more
by mental attitude even than mental ca-
He can't be wrong who is in the RIGHT.
CHAPS IN CHAPEL.
Evangelist Foy E. Wallace Jr. delivered
the following sermons In the consecutive
mornings of last week:
"Christian life compared to running a
"Christian Walks" viz:
God; walking before God
; and walking
"Great men of the world are those that
feel their dependence upon God."
Tuesday Dean Speck is out of city;
Prof. Baxter shall preside in his place dur
ing his absence
All college students register before the
holidays. Prof. -Baxter.
' G. W. Riggs of Los Angeles Cal. de-
livered a talk on "Obligations and Suc
IT'S NOT the turkey dressing
AND THE cranberry sauce
NOR mince and pumpkin pies
AND CAKE piled up like SNOW;
ITS NOT expensive GIFTS
FROM an age-old Santa Claus
NOR the nuts and fruits and
Candies that from our stocking flow
THAT makes each CHRISTMAS
SUCH a festive affairs.
IT'S THE GOOD hearty greeting
A FEELING in tho AIR.
THERE'S a laugh in children's voices
AND a glow on MOTHER'S face
AND Dad seems full of gladness
AS HE comes to take his place.
IT'S the GOOD WILL and PEACE;
The song of CHEER and LOVE
A PRAYER for llope and pardon
TO the GOD of PEACE and LOVE.
WHY YOU SHOULD COME NOW.
- Because you can.
Because we have some room.
Because our collego plant is well worth
Because Abilene is a clean college town.
Because our student recreation is whole-
some. Because our work is thorough and our
degrees are standard.
Because A. C C is a college of tho
Because our faculty is strong and Chris-
tian. Because our students are above the av-
erage in many ways.
Because we consider the individual as
well as the mass.
Because of your associates
Because we need you and you need us.
Because the influence here is Christian.
Because the atmosphere is spiritual.
Because we place the Bible above all
other books and Christianity above any
When a little dark man with his face all
Comes to tell us a glad glad surprise
And the Dean in a way we have all come
Approves with his crinkling eyes.
When the trunks are all packed and good-
byes have been said
And all is as still as can be
Not a sound not an echo where feet used
Then it's Christmas in old A. C. C.
Silent she watches and waits for Us here
While e'er o'er her and seen from afar
So bravely and calmly and knowing no fear
Hope spreads out her pinions and shines
as a star.
Fear not: for behold I bring you
Good tiding of great joy which
Shall be to all people. For unto
You is born this day in the city
Of David a Saviour which is
.Christ the Lord. Glory to God in
The highest and on earth peace
Good will toward men.
In last week's resume of tho football
season two errors have been noticed:
(1) John Tarleton at the time of A. C.
C.'s game with her was not "the undis-
puted state champion" but only the champ-
Ion of the junior colleges; (2) Calvin
Dean as well as W. R. Smith and Victor!
Payne will be lost to us next year.
Through carelessness in proof-reading
"Fall" was printed instead of "Folly" in
the last line under "Musa Juvenilis."
Also the report of the last meeting of
the Foreign Language Club was omitted
"CHRISTMAS AND THE CHRIST-
Friends let us stop for a moment as
we hasten on through life and gaze about
us once in a while. It does no one any
harm and it will do a little good. It fre-
quently turns a man's thoughts from those
of a lower order to something of a high-i
er nobler plane. As the time approaches
every one naturally begins to think about
the good times we will have during the
celebration. You don't really think of
Christmas and the true spirit of the thing.
You think of gifts turkey vacation trips
and other things which go to make up
the good times of this world.
The young people grow up with an
exaggerated idea of Christmas and the
no less valuable spirit that goes with It.
What does Christmas mean to the average
young boy or girl? While mere children furnishes mo're unallowed joy than Christ-
it carries to their Infant minds thoughts magt? where can you find such good-
of Dear Old Santa Claus and the happy
dreams of stacks of toys and pretty things
which will undoubtedly fill their stock-
ings on Christmas morning. As they grow
older they get. as more exaggerated fdea
of Christmas. They seem to see it in the
light of mere gift sending and receiving.
Tbftfita-tbey beqcm- eldiejiougbto-c
off to school and the time" approaches
when people begin to to talk f Christ-
mas and Hie "good eats tney may get
when they reach home they think that
this is the very embodiment of the very
greatest and best spirit that ever filled a
human heart. No this even is not the
true meaning' of the Christmas spirit.
If there is any meaning at all in the
word Christmas and there surely is it is
just Cheer. Not just cheer us thcword
to express a feeling of satisfaction when
one feels full of joy and good will. It is
greater in meaning and scope than that.
Christmas spirit refers to nothing else other
than the good feelings and good will one
feels along obout that time. Only a per-
petual grouch can not feel the deep joy
which just seems to boll and bubble over
in spito of us. Every one becomes a new
being at Christmas time. Ho becomes
intoxicated with the spirit of the times
and then he too goes forth in his merry
makipg to bring cheer to the heart of some
less fortunate. That is cheer when a man
just forgets himself his worries even the
malice he bears toward some one and sets
out to be happy helping them to share his
good feeling and cheer.
Whatever Christmas meant back yon-
der to those lonely sheep herders In Beth-
lehem or what ever it may have meant in
the middle ages or among the Puritans it
now means the soft warm light of joy
that fills the eyes of every one filled with
the true Christmas spirit. Whatever Christ-
mas means etymologically historically or
traditionally it means actually just plain
good feeling. Not only does It mean good
feeling but it means the best quality of
good feeling which is good feeling one
toward another. That perhaps Is one
reason that Christmas is the most popular
and most enduring of all our festivals.
Wo are accustomed to celebrating such
events as Valentine's day Hallowe'en
Fourth of July and many different Bank
Holidays. But even when this country
shall have fallen Into decay and the festi-
vals we now celebrate have all been
trampled and blotted out by the shuf-
fling feet of centuries Christmas will still
dawn as the greatest event of the year.
Judging from appearances Christmas
seems to be the very huskiest of holidays
fullest of vitamlnes and longest lived.
Why? Because one of the main pur-
poses of life on earth is joy also the
end and reward. What festival or event
PROTRACTED MEETING '
CLOSES SUNDAY NIGHT
FORTY-ONE BAPTISMS DURING
WEEK; SPIRITUAL SERVICES:
With on audience that filled the spa-
cious auditorium almost to overflowing.
and an impressive baptismal service at the
end the protracted meeting which had
been going on for eight days came to a
conclusion Sunday night.
There have been a total of forty-one
baptisms; and adding restorations and
other additions tho total number of souls
gained ampunts to about seventy-five.
An especial feature of the service was
the singing led by W. H. Free.
Foy E. Wallace a young minister of
only twenty-threo years of age charmed
the audience by his wonderful powers of
plainly yet attractively presenting potent
truths; the entire services were time and
time again declared to be the most spirit-
ual ever attended. It is of interest to note
that the evangelist began his ministry at
.the age of fourteen
The meeting Monday night following
the protracted meeting was also inspiring
Don't tell things "before they arr ripe."
Often-times green may-be-sos later cause
feeling and goodwill toward others than
at Christmas time? Without some joy and
pleasure in our lives we would be a sad
Irace. J'n jijjjjiatiiy.jlbfi.joy wo hear
spoken ot in such vulgar and common
manners to-day but the pure joy which has
purged by the continued action of virtue
Biidtlivgli murals. - T'
It -is natural for us to have a craving -
for pleasure at times and nature is well
aware of the fact for has she not nude
ample room for all the pleasure of a whole-
some nature we wish? What is it but a
pleasuro to go out into the beautiful woods
in the Fall while the trees are turning
from green to gold and just stroll along
throwing off the worries of this life and
being alone with the beauties of nature.
Few are there who can appreciate this
sort of pleasure now adays for their minds
arc poisoned with so-called Joy of mod-
ern days. Would that such people might
be able to spend some time in the woods
when the leaves are turning gold and the
Holly is a beautiful green spotted with
bright red. Would that they might sit
and hear the call of the birds and wild
creatures. Then would their thoughts be
turned to something more honorable and
then they might get a taste of the sheer
Joy which fills an honest person's heart
to overflowing. Then scorn not those
whose calling and gift is but to make you . i"v
laugh. They add to tho anonymous treas.
ures of existence. They enrich your moral
anil will to live. More wars have been
prevented by Court Jesters than by the
When we are filled with the Spirit of
Christmas we are different beings. Christ-
mas gives our spirits ease and we are'
tranquil and serene; the feeling of resent-
ment files like chaff before a gale and
angry thought seem base and mean. We
seem to bear good will toward all. The
man who has an old joke to tell is wel-
come at this time. For Christmas thaws-
our frosted hearts and makes the world
seem good again. Until the sweet mem-
ories of it pass away we blithely tread
the thronging way and bless our smiling
fellowman. Christmas seems to lift the
years that makes us bend at other times;
and once again Old Dad seems to feel tho
joy and happiness of youth and smiles
when he hears the happy rries and sing-
ing. And after all Christmas comes to
sate us all from a sordidness and spite
and hate. Then hang the Holly on the
wall and deck the green tree straight and
tall I They're singing carols while you
Then Hail to You Merry Christmasl
You wiio have given us such pleasure
and joy. May your existence be long
and may your name be honored 'til the
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