The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 8, No. 20, Ed. 1, Thursday, February 24, 1921 Page: 1 of 4
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Pleasures arc like poppies
Holt seize the flower' Us
bloom is shed.
In the wreck of noble lives
Something immortal still
ABILENE TAYLOR COUNTY TEXAS THURSDAY FEBRUARY 24 1921.
BIBLE LECTURE WEEK
. IS WELL ATTENDED
MISS EULA KIRTLEY
SPEAKERS OF ESPECIAL AND
UNUSUAL ABILITY ON
INTEREST SHOWN BY CROWDS
Many of the Patrons of the College
To Hear Lectures and
The fourth annual Bible Lecture Week
began at Abilene Christian College last
Sunday morning with an addreni from
Dean Speck who took ai his subject
"Godliness is Great Gain."
Sunday evening Dr. David L. Cooper of
Harper College Harper Kansas lectured
on "The Need of a Trained Leadership."
Dr. Cooper discussed this topic from three
divisions: The need the training and the
"As in the days of old the fields are
now white for the harvest and the reap-
ers are few. There is no question of the
need of trained leaders.
"As to the training of religious lead
era there are I think four points to be
considered: spiritual training intellectual
training physical training and business
training. Without all these various forms
of development a man is not fully equip-
ped to labor for God.
"And the leaders to recelvo this train
ing who are they? They are the elders
and deacons the evangelists the song
leaders the Sunday school teachers the
edltoii and the instructors In our col-
leges. Great work has been done we
cannot deny and may be continued to be
done to some extent by uneducated and
untrained leaders but think of the glorious
forces of leadership that are wasted by
lack of training."
m Monday evening-ErVMrcenMm. min-
ister of the Wichita Falls Church'of Christ
delivered an able address on "The Prom-
ises the Law and the Gospel." One of his
audience who came so be said to
"sample" the lectures stated that un-
doubtedly the speaker gave one of the
most instructive and scholarly addresses
to which it had ever been his pleasure to
Tuesday morning A. II. Holton Presi-
dent of Thorp Springs Christian College
entertained his audience with a strong ap-
peal for Christian Education. The speak
er avowed that the Christian colleges were
not in competition with state institutions
of higher learning for "their purpose is
different they give their students entirely
different teaching therefore there is no
grounds for competition." He also point
ed out that over eighty per cent of the
college graduates in leading positions had
come from denominational schools.
Liff Sanders the hale and hearty pioneer
evangelist from the plains country spoke
to the point Tuesday afternoon on "The
Family the State and the Clmrch."
Tuesday evening the lecture "God Hath
Spoken" by A. Leltoy Elklns proved the
lecturer a man of deep Insight and thor
ough logic From the standpoint of phy
cology geography history and many other
sciences he proved conclusively that God's
word was of divine origin Darwin's theory
of evolution was demonstrated to be far-
clal in its very nature. The inspiration
of thct Bible wasalso proved by the ful-
fillment of prophecy after prophecy the
speaker dwelling especially on David's
foretelling of the coming of Christ
Owing to the absence of John T. Smitli
of Lubbock who had been scheduled to
speak an additional lecture was delivered
Wednesday morning by LeRoy Elklns. The
evidences of the divinity of Moses' writ-
ings was the theme treated.
A. 0. Colley spoke Wednesday after-
noon in the stead of G. H. P. Showalter
of Austin who found it impossible to be
A large number of the patrons of the
college are here visiting their children
now in college and attending the lectures
Entertainment is being provided for all
Unusual interest has been shown by
the large attendance at the various "lee-
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To A.iC. C.
When I attempt to pay tribute to thec A. C. C I realize that thou art 'a fit
subject for the psalmist and not a poor unworthy juggler of prose yet sinco it falls
my lot to do so wilt thou 0 Phoebus inspire me while I pen this tribute to my
In the evening when the sun has dropped into the western hills and I stroll
about thy hallowed places and gaze upon thy pillared beauty bathed in the sun's
last evening glow I often wish that I might turn psalmist just long enough to paint
of thee a beautiful picture in verse.
0 Home of Happy Memories I the hours are fleet while thou dost keep mc
for too soon my happy years with theo will bo vanished; nothing left but sweet
memories and another thou wilt shelter in the places now formed. May he lovo
theo just as dearly shrining thee within his heart. Be not grieved oh blessed
A. C. C for I will entreat him with words whose cchos last to clothe you in gar-
ments like the sun in tho Heaven. Fain I would that he should love theo with
half the love I have for thee. Oh A. C. C I will gicve so when from theo I must
Now are tho days of careless laughter now are the days of idle fun my
days with thee are the days of laughter days when the sky is blue and the sun
shine warms me through .days when I take my fill of carUily'joy when my lifqis
jhcingjnnuldftd hy .your. withe-foc-rny welfsrc. j .o-sij.a 1. --. --
Soon too soon my glad lips will grow dumb and the ties that bind mo to
thee will bo broken one by one.
"All human tilings are subject to decay; when Fate summons monarchs
must obey" but tho fruits of thy labours 0 Mother will never from tho earth depart.
My love for theo will live forever my great lovo for thy great name. Where
ever my future leads me I will lovo thec and thy fame.
By Gerald F. Mobley
CLASS EDITIONS TO BE
JUDGED BY COMMITTEE
It is a matter of common knowledge
that the last few editions of the Optimist
have been issued by the various classes
from the Seniors to the Preps. Each
class has striven to excel in the matter
of journalism and some good material
has been brought to light in the process.
Now it has been decided by the staff
that faculty committee on student pub-
lications will judge the different issues
from a journalistic viewpoint and will
announce through the Optimist the win-
ning class. It must be taken into con-
sideration that some weeks the material
was rather scanty and that also some of
the various classmen bad had no experi-
ence along this line of work. Again the
regular staff was obliged to cover im-
portant news items in each issue that
the class editors overlooked. All in all
the contest proved on interesting one and
the winner will be announced as soon as
Next week the staff will resume its reg-
ular editorial work. Also all reporters
are to again take up the work of their
various regular assignments.
TENNIS COURTS BEING
RAISED AND LEVELED
WIN OVER WILDCATS
STUDENTS URGED TO
ENTER T. I. P. A. TRY-OUT
PRACTICE GAME SLOW BUT
SHOWS UP QUALITIES
A casual observer might now see at
work on the campus men and boys scat
tering great piles of earth over the ten-
nis courts. This is the visible result of
a movement put on foot by that tennis
enthusiast Byrd Rao Lewis in order to
put the tennis courts in proper shape for
some real sport. The money required for
the' project was raised by popular subscription.
Tho Abilene "Sp-cials" played the A.
C. C. nine Tuesday afternoon and a right
nice gathering of spectators was on hand
considering the weather and the fact that
the day more nearly resembled gridiron
than National pastime weather. The A.
C. C students wero .on hand in consid-
erable force and gave loyal support to
their team. The "Specials" also had a
number of followers present and If the
weather had not been so awfully bad it
would have been quite a deal better both
for players and spectators. A high wind
from the north sent its chill out over the
diamond and it waa with some difficulty
that the players were able to hold the ball
at all times.
But withal it was a niftv came and
when you take a squint at the score
2 to 1 you will say that it was near the
big league stuff. The "Specials" took
the' 2 part of tho count but it was a
"hord fought ind furious battle."
And the game was not without its fea.
tures despite the fact that it was a start-
er and a majority of the "Specials" could
hardly be said to have been in condi
tion. The A. C. C. showed the effects
of considerable training and the expres
slon was heard among the fans from the
city attending that the Wildcats have
good prospects for a winning team. No
turolly the fact must bo 'taken into con-
sideration that this was the Wildcats' first
game of the season. Colley who started
Some time ago the Press Club was
given a morning in chapel. On that morn-
ing several speakers laid before the stu-
dent body the matter of enterinit the Tex-
as Intercollegiate Press Association con
tests and all were urged to try out in the
local contest which is to end March 1.
Only a few days remain for work of
this nature and those students contem-
plating writing a short story essay or
poem are urged to bo speedy about the
As yet a not very hearty response has
been met with in this matter.
The physical culture class is now meet
ing out doors.
The first graduating recital was pre
sented Saturday night when Miss Eula
Kirtley presented Booth Tarkington's
All are looking forward to Miss Itambo's
recital with interest.
The fine arts department was repre-
sented at the Presbyterian tea last Tues-
day evening when Miss Louis Kelley and
Miss Inez Norten read to a highly ap-
The Choral and Glee Clubs are sing-
ing some special numbers this week. The
numbers given by the male quartet have
been especially enjoyed.
Tho orchestra is still olive if one can
judge by the sounds they make while
Some very beautiful China has been
coming out of the art room lately.
I am as good as you are thank you
How are you?
MRS. BURKE PRESENTS READ-
ER IN GRADUATING
Saturday evening February 19 at seven-
thirty o'clock Miss Eula Kirtley read
Booth Tarkington's "Seventeen." Wltnif
the rendering of this b&Wc- Miss Kirtley
fulfilled the 'requirements for graduation
from the Fine Arts department.
Tho story of "Seventeen" treats of a
young man seventeen years of age and
his little sister who eternally sees aqd
overhears things pertaining to her brother. j '
This of course was extremely annoying
to her brother who was as he thought
almost grown up." This part appealed
to the adults of the audience who re
called their seventeenth year with all of
its mysterious and perplexing problems
as well as some of tho younger auditors
who are as yet looking forward to that
blissful age and who sat open-mouthed
throughout the program. Gales of laugh
ter inspired by the delicious humor and
keen characterization swept over the au
dience from timo to time. Miss Kirtley's
impersonation of the voice and attitude
of the "little sister" was splendid.
Beautiful floral tributes were borne to
Miss Kirtley from admiring friends dur-
ing the intermissions in her reading.
Miss Kirtley had previously read the
production at Mcrkel Tuesday evening
A NEW MISSION CLASS.
Last Friday night at seven o'clock Mr.-T r
Elder addressed a group of sixteen stu-
dents who met in the interest of mission-
ary work. At the close of his talk and
after Dr. Freeman had spoken a few words
eicht of the numlirr vnlunlrrrrrl fnr vntV rt
In the missionary field. These were Mr.
Neve Mrs Neve Miss Rhine Mr. 'Pum-
mill Mr. Ishiguro Mr Holland Mr. GoIk
bel and Mr. Wolfe.
Tills group remained after the others
had been dismissed and made plans to
have a regular meeting every Monday
night after the Young Men's Meeting.
This time will be devoted to the discus-
sionof the different phases of missionary
work and tho necessary preparation and
to praer. Mr. E. L. Nevo was selected
to be the leader and Miss Vallle Jo Rhine
was chosen for secretary-treasurer.
These students have not bound them-
selves by any pledge. All are free to do
some other work in tho future if they
think God so wills. What they have done
is to decide that so far as they know at
the present time they wish to make this
their life's work.
This class will be continued year after
year and a record will be kept of all its
meetings and visible accomplishments.
Those eligible for membership are in-
vited to identify themselves with this band
PREP TEAM BEATEN
BY ABILENE HIGH
In a game marked by fast playing and
in which the scoro was tied a number
of times before the wind-up the Abilene
High School basketball team defeated the
Abilene Christian College Academy team
on tho A. C. C. court Monday afternoon
by a final count of 21-18. At tho end of
the first period the A. H. S. quint was
leading by a count of 13 to 7 but tho
christians came back strong in the final
half and b ymeans of long shots the tied
matters up. From this time on it was nip
and tuck until the whistle blew for the
end of the contest A. II S scoring the
necessary points to annex the game in the
final few minutes of play.
The line-ups: A. C. C. Acads Can
trell and Riddle forwards; Watson cen-
ter; Beall and Williams guards.
A. H. S. Murphy and Noland for-
wards; Gentry center; Maggert and Daw-
son guards. Umpire Shotwell (Canyon
Yeah boy III say wo will.
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