The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 8, No. 17, Ed. 1, Thursday, February 3, 1921 Page: 1 of 4
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Pleasures arc like poppies
You seize the flower its
bloom is shed.
In the wreck of noble lives
Something immortal' still
ABILENE TAYLOR COUNTY TEXAS THURSDAY FEBRUARY 3 1921.
NOSE OUT AHEAD
BY DANISH VIOLINIST
AXEL SKOVGAARD GIVES
TRULY CLASSIC MUSIC ON
BASEBALL FIELD HAS
BEEN PUT IN CONDITION
TEACHERS EASILY WIN
DR. HENRY A. ADRIAN
"HE CAME HE SPOKE HE CON-
QUERED" DESCRIBES BUR-
BANK'S CLOSE FRIEND.
On Thursday night Jan. 29 Dr. Heriry
A. Adratn gave a most Interesting lecture
v In the collcgo chapel. It was a mott de-
lightful evening Jormll present. Many ex-
pressed themselves as flatting It am'ong the
best they had ever heard. It was not only
entertaining but highly Instructive. AH
the world knows of Luther' Burbanks the
plant wizard and his wonderfuf success In"
discovering and producing new species of
plant life. Dr. Adraln comes as a co-
worker of this great man and he' nas a
message that both thrills and Inspires. His
vivid descrfptione are made more intense
and real by the use of many rare specimens
of new creations of plant life direct from
Burhank's gardens which are shipped to
him at frcauent intervals.
Among the many Interesting tilings of his
speech he told of the spineless1 cactus
which was formerly thought to be worse
than useless but that had been made to
produce more than 300 tons of cattle fod-
der to the acre each year and three-quar-trr
nf n ton of fruit oer sauare rod and
nl.n rnntnlni aucar. He SUKKCStS that the
alcohol contained in this feat of Mr. Bur-
banks will some day be utilized to drive
automobiles and its fibre used for paper.
His description of the development of
the Shasta Daisy farm the despised Dog
Fcnncll it like a tale from fairyland.
Mr. Adraln asked the question: "Is It
right that we should interest ourselves In
the development of plant life In giving it a
university education as he concisely char-
acterized Mr. Burbank's work and not In
the developmcn of our child life?" He
followed this with a plea for better and
fuller development ' of schools for chil-
dren and suggested that such men as Thos.
A. Editon and Luther Burbank should be
held by us as heroes for the young people
of America Instead of holding before them
pictures of "war dogs" and men of blood.
Dr. Adrian had much to tell and he
left every ono with something about which
At the regular meeting Saturday night
Jan. 29 1921 of the Phllo-Zellner Literary
Society additional officers were elected
for the Winter term. The following were
Fred Brown secretary.
Findell Crabtree Attt. Secy.
There was no scheduled program and
the regular butlness was brought' before
the society. After the society had dis-
posed of business Claude Sikes made a
good rousing speech.
In the meantime a committee was ap-
pointed tq confer with the Phila-Zellners
-nnrj.rnlnff the inter-collegiate debate.
The president proposed the following
subject for debate: "Resolved A uitn nag
Is More Useful Than a Broom." Leroy
Gressett Flaville Colcy and Edwin Mar-
tin represented the affirmative and Claire
Weakley Elmer Berry and George Kling-
man the negative. The affirmative won.
Another feature of the program was a
speech by Elmer Nichols which aroused
"pep." There it talk of making the at-
tendance of meetings and the payment of
fines more strict and the suggestion seemed
to be favorably received.
PROF. SCHUG BACK TO
WORK AFTER ILLNESS
The students will be very glad to know
ilmt Prof. Schuc is back with his classes
after an illness of several weeks. In spite
of the fact that his classes wero careu tor
the professor Is welcomed back with thank-
fulness that he Is feeling better and is go-
ing to be able to participate in the work
ugain. This is the first time that Prof.
Schug has suffered the Inconvenience of
having to miss his classes for such a long
period of time and as he lias expressed it
it seems that he has been absent for ages.
The student body Is a unit In hoping
that Prof. Schug will soon get his normal
health and vitality back again.
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DEFEAT; JUNIOR BLOOMER-
CLADS AND OVERCOME
JUNIORS fsTFlSIt GIRLS.
The final ' game for college team chara-
plonthip was played between tho Fresh-
mrn and Juniors' ori the court here. The
game was 'one of speed and" interest. It
seemed that the score would be tied for
some time but the Juniors failed to main-
tain their comeback in tho second half and
came out two points behind. This game
was of especial interest because the Fresh-
man boys had succeeded in carrying off the
honors for their class in the boys' division
and it looked as if the Freshman girls
would do the same. From the time the
first whistle blew however the Juniors
proved to be worthy opponents for the
It is now settled that the Freshmen girls
will get to wear sweaters designating class
superiority in basketball just as the Fresh-
men boys will. It is a splendid record for
their class to have.
Those playing the game were:
Fish Segrlst and Treat forwards;
Moore and Black centers; Peck and
Juniors Pritchett and Bentley for-
wards; Travis and Johnson centers; Mc-
Broom and Hayes guards.
The official score was as follows:
Field goals: Segritt 5 Bentley 2 Prit-
chett 1. Free goals: Segrlst I Pritchett 5.
Fouls: Hayes 4 Treat 2 Peck 3 Segritt 3
McBroom 1 Pritchett 1 Bentley 1.
A. C. C. FISH VS. A. C. C. ACADEMY.
Tho Freshman and Academy girls' teams
played the final game in their race for col-
lege clait-.chxmplonthlp Wednesday after-
noon Pep ami enthusiasm ran high be-
cause most of the college teams had met
defeat in preceding games by one of the
two contesting teams and most of the col-
lege teams were yelling for the Academy
At the end of the first half the score
stood 2-0 with the academy on the long end
of the score. During tho second half the
Frcthics succeeded in getting and main-
taining the lead until the final whlttlo blew
winning the game with the score 6-5.
The following played:
Fish Segritt and Treat forwards;
Moore and Black centers; Segrlst and
Academy Howard and Owens for-
wards; Smith and Bennett centers; Mc-
Duffie and Tidmore guards.
"W" CLUB HAS CLOSED
The "W Club met Friday evening Jan.
28 and quite a lengthy business meeting
was held. The question under discussion
was an amendment to the constitution. No
definite steps were taken but the matter
will be taken up and discussed later and
will be announced in a later edition of the
BIBLE LECTURE WEEK
TO BE UNUSUALLY GOOD
At this time it is impostible to give a
complete program for the annual Bible
Lecture Week. However the speakers
have been chosen. F. W. Smith of Nash-
ville Tenn. will bo the principal lecturer.
He will deliver sermons on the following
subjects: "Tho Holy Spirit in Creation"
"The Holy Spirit in Redcmpton" "The
Holy Spirit in Witnessing to Sonthlp"
"Baptltm of the Holy Spirit" and "How
the Holy Spirit Leads the Children of
God." Tho other lecturers are M. II.
Moore of Fort Worth David L. Cooper of
Harper Kansas Early Arceneaux of Wich-
ita Falls A. R. Holton of Thorp Springs
Christian College Llff Sanders of Lockney
A. Le Roy Elkins of Ada Oklahoma John
T. Smith of Lockney G. 11. P. Showalter
of Austin W G. Malcomson of Detroit
Michigan G. C Brewer Horace Butby of
Fort Worth W. W. Starnes of Dallas F. L.
Rowe of Cincinnati Ohio and C G. Vin-
cent who is a former missionary to Japan
TALENTED ARTISTS WITH HIM
Madame Skovaard and "Southern
Nightingale" Win Hearts
The students of A. C. C. and many folks
from the city and from Simmons College
had their souls fed and were carried into
the land of melody by the Skovgaard violin
recital which was rendered in the college
chapel on the evening of Feb. 1. Artis-
tically this was by far the most brilliant
number of the season. It is wonderful to
hear him weave into tuneful frahric the
entire gamut of human emotion love an-
ger joy hate despair.
Mr. Skovgaard Is an extremely large
man weighing nearly three hundred
pounds and measuring six feet and three
inches in height. Physically ho is a worthy
descendant of that powerful race of Vik
ings whose commanding statures caused a
feeling of awe even to the sturdy Romans
of Ceasar's time. This eminent artist
needs no introduction to an American au-
dience having filled more than a thousand
six hundred engagements from coast to
coast. He was three years the pupil of
Joseph Joachim the king of violinists; for
two years a pupil of Carl Holie; four years
a pupil in the Royal High School of Music
of Berlin Germany; and five years pupil of
the Royal Copenhagen Conservatory of
Music. He spent many years consertlng
in the Scandinavian countries Holland
Enland Germany and Belgium. He played
before the kings of Norway Sweden and
Denmark. Since 1903 he has devoted his
time exclusively to the concert platform of
America and Europe.
Mr. Skovgaard carries a $50000 insur-
ance on his left hand. This hand repre-
sents thirty years of incessant training and
the inborn gift which no money can buy:
For that reason it is insured for the
It is real interesting to hear the story of
his famous $13000.00 violin. It is ono of
Stradivorin's productions. It was made in
1712 and remained in tho family as an old
heirloom until after the maker's death
when it was sold by his sons to Luigi
a well known collector of violins who in
hit day wandered through Italy and
bought old violins. He sold the rare Stradi
various to the owner of tho museum in
Spain where the instrument descended
from father to son for many generations.
By paying the magnificent price of $13000
Mr. Skovgaard became the happy possessor
of this wonderful instrument. It had never
been strung and he was the first person to
play upon it. In these years this violin
had never heard its own voice but like a
wild rose hidden in the mountains bad
slept for two centuries. In Its virgin purity
it had Iain and dreamed of its own song.
Mr. Skovgaard was accompanied by
Madam Skovgaard and Pearle Witherbee
Madam Skovgaard is an able pianist and
accompanist and Miss Witherbee is a de-
lightful singer being called the "Southern
QUESTIONS FOR DEBATE
HAVE BEEN RECEIVED
Mr. Walter Sikes who is manager for
the Inter-collegiate debates has received
the two subjects from Howard Payne.
A. C. C. is to pick one of these subjects
and return the same to Howard Payne.
The subject is to be chosen this week. The
following subjects wero submitted: Re-
solved that all Immieration of the commer
cial and industrial classes should be pro
hibited for a period of two years; and
Resolved that the President and Vice-President
should be elected 4jy a majority of
the direct popular vote.
This promises to be a week filled with
"feasts of good things." This week Is at-
wavs looked forward to by students and
instructors as well as by many others who
are not connected with the college save
Indirectly. ' ' .
NO COLLEGE IN STATE HAS
BETTER GROUNDS FOR
The Wild Cat Park will be or is some
park after having been thoroughly put in
working order last Friday afternoon.
The infield was shaped Into a perfect
turtle back with an excellent pitcher's
box. In completing this task fresnocs
road drags and a roller were used. Nor
was the outer garden neglected; holes were
filled and the entire surface was made per-
Coach Segrist says that he has seen all
the college diamonds in the state and he is
certain that none excel Is the one that
A. C. C possesses.
Practice tho issuing of uniforms and
the inception of regular work-outs began
yettcrday (Wednesday) .
HARDING SOCIETY MEETS
IN JOINT SESSION
The Hardings met Saturday night Jan.
29 for their regular meeting In joint ses-
sion. The program was slightly delayed at
the first on account of a very important
business meeting of the boys but when it
did start it was with the old-time strength
and vehemence of "pep" arid enthusiasm.
A few of the numbers on the "Harding
Lyceum Course" were given among which
were a whistling duct by Mr. Paul C. Witt.
Until this number was rendered in the
presence of so many people it had left a
lingering doubt in the minds of some as to
its probability. It was discovered to be a
genuine duet given by one. The "Hard
ing Male Quartet" condescended to give
two selections which were of course en'
joyed and appreciated by everyone present
Piano solos by Miss Olympia Klingman
and Mr. Brasswell Oliver-exhibited some of
the true Harding talent. The readings
given by Miss Ruth Bryant and little Ml
ter Canon prove that there are and will
be for years to come talented and willing
Hardings springing from this one year's
Then tiie debaters came on the scene. It
seemed that they had come to no decision
so had to come to the society as a whole
for assistance. Mr. W. R. Smith acted as
spokesman and his delicate smile and
characteristic how will never be forgotten
by the members upon whom both were be
When the business meeting was over with
everyone satisfied and happy a motion. was
made for adjournment. This was met
with response by all.
WIN OVER OVALO
On Friday afternoon the Academy team
accompanied by the A. C. C. band went to
Ovalo where they played the Ovalo team
It proved to be one of the most interesting
games of the season. It was soon apparent
that the team that won would have nothing
to brag about because the score was never
over four points difference throughout the
When the first half ended the score was
8-8 In favor of both teams. The band
played on the one side cheering the boys
from A. C. C. and a din of yelling on the
other side proved that Ovalo was backing
her team to the limit. Rest was over the
teams met for the final half. Ovalo
scored and forged -ahead by two scores. It
was sometime before another score was
made but soon Cantrell threw a beautiful
field goal from a distance of about eight
yards and tied the score again. Another
spell of silence and A. C. C succeeded in
scoring again. Another spell of silence
and A. C. C. succeeded in scoring again.
Both sides were showing good form al
though A. C. C. was showing superior
team work. With only a few minutes to
play both sides succeeded in scoring points
and when "time out" was called the score
stood 16-16. Five minutes more were
given by the time keeper and both teams
went in the battle determined to win. How-
ever neither side succeeded in scoring.
Five more minutes were given and again
DENTONITES TAKE TWO FROM
BOYS IN PURPLE
Last Wednesday and Wednesday night
A. C. C. boys met the team from Denton
Normal In two games the first for A. C. C.
this season. The games were well enjoyed
by the basketball fans here even though
Denton outclassed A. C. C in size and
teamwork. The game was marked through
out by clean sportsmanship on tho part of
Denton carried on an aerial attack from
the beginning and kept the1 advantage of
A. C. C having the tallest' men'. Many
times the ball 'was sent sailing toward the
goal from the center of the court some-
times bounding back to be snapped up by
some Denton man and sent toward the
goal again with the proper spin to make
it leap through the goal for a count.
A. C. C. showed some splendid work at
guard despite the handicap caused by
Denton's aerial attack and many' times
were successful in blocking Denton's
passes and in carrying the ball out of the
longer line. Especially did A. C. C show
up well when the ball was in her posses-
sion her team being speedier than the
The line-ups were as follows:
Denton Thermon and Pinkerton
guards; Roper center; West and McAlis-
A. C. C. Arledge and McCasland
guards; Smith center; Ribble and Shep-
AND SAYINGS OF JUNIORS
'Earl ' Brown: "Hello 'Scrobcliiim.'' ' J"if"
Earl Ettcr: Writing passes to the Air- v
Marshall Jackson: "Well I'll say."
Eiiene Overbey: "Aw you hush your
Roy Lanier: Laughing at his own
Valita Tidmore: "Juanital"
Earl Stagncr: "Good morning glory.
How do you dew drop."
Emerson Shepard: Planning trips to
Elmer Nichols: "Well say now. Listen!
I'll get the dictionary and look it up."
Willie Bentley: Teaching Brother
Speck's math class.
Shelby Smith: "You'd better be careful."
Ella Frank Sikes: "Walter!"
Bcttye Travis: "You bet!"
Paul Wilt: Lending a hand to every-
thing and oerybody.
Willie Pritchet: Helping Paul.
Ruth Ratllff: "Oh! You hard-hearted
Herbert Sikes: "I didn't know I was
supposed to do that."
Alma McBroom: "Well I do say."
Uellah Philpot: "Evidently."
Bess Glen Hayes: "Well now I like
Margaret Sanford: Smiling.
Gladys Johnson: Entertaining.
the teams played for advantage. With two
minutes to play Ovalo scored. It looked
as if the game was won until Cantrell and
Hilible started a running advance toward
A. C. C.'s goal and Ribble threw a field
goal for A. C. C again tying the score.
The ball was tossed up in center and
A. C. C. succeeded in getting the tip off.
By a swift pass from Cantrell to Ribble
another field goal was scored. Only one-
half minute was left to play. The ball was
tipped off Ovalo fouled and Cuntrell threw
goal ending the game after ten extra min-
utes of 'play with the score 21-18 in favor
of A. C. C.
The line-up follows:
A. C. C. Cantrell and Ribble forwards;
Watson center; Bcall and Rhodes guards.
Ovalo White and Williams forwards;
Tucker center; Fielder and Bush guards.
Field goals: Cantrell 5 Ribble 4 Wat-
son 1 White 3 Williams 3 Fielder 2. Free
goals: Fielder 2 Cantrell 1. Fouls: Buth 3.
These teams will meet again today on
A. C. C's. court.
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