The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 9, No. 1, Ed. 1, Thursday, September 22, 1921 Page: 1 of 4

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The World is full of beauty.
Open your eyes and see.
The World is full of Good.
Cheer Up! Quit Knocking!
Abfanc f frristi
Volume IX
Abilese. Texaa Number l
Aliilcnc Christian College was formal!)
opened for tlio sixteenth session of tlic
institution at ten o'clock September 20lh.
l'J21 for what promises to he one of tlic
greatest )cars in the history of the insti-
tution. All the dormitories arc filled to
overflowing and muny students will he
forced to room in private homes near the
campus. A large crowd of friends pat-
rons students and cx-sludents of the insti-
tution were present for the enjo)ahle pro-
gram which had been arranged for ihe
Jut before the opening of the formal
program the student body of the college
sang several College songs and gae sev-
eral yells.
'I he program for the morning was open-
ed h the singing of the same wing which
has lirrn sung at the opening of even
sosum in the history of A. C. C. The
song referred to was "Ml Hail the Power
of Jesus Name." The wing wa led bv
Mr W. II Free. Secretary of the Hoard
of Trustees of Abilene Christian College
Mine its creation who also led the song
cull vear at the opening exercise
'Ihe opening prayer was led by Hro. I).
I ( ooper new member of the faculty of
( . C and was followed b the read
nig of the seventh chapter of Matthew bv
J K Cox llcid of the Department of Fein-
lation of Miilcne Christian College
President J. P. Sewell with fitting
word introduced lle Hon O. Dallas Scar-
IhuourIi. the Mayor of Abilene who spoke
in behalf of the City of Abilene by wel-
'iming the student of A. C. C. to the
til) Mnor Scarborough statrd that lie
(uiidered the money spent in the city h
ill- .indents and faculty members of A.
i ( the least of the benefits which are
derivtd b the Cit through the existence
the College within its bounds. He said
that he considered the development of
tin minds and iharactcrs of the students
lir moie important than anything eUe
beiaii'e of the demand for Christian cili-
nship Mr. Scarborough also staled that
tin- . oniraet for the pipeline from the new
( itv ljkc was awarded .Monday and that
th ( itv Hoard of Commissioners had al-
i.adv approved of letting . C C. have
all the water she could use for lu-iulifving
her campus applause greeted the
spc.ker when ho said that the Texas and
Pa.ihc railroad had alread to come
as (ar as Crape street with pavement and
that Ihe would begin thi Fall.
It was then announced b President
s.cll that Miss l.ucile Houndtree. head
.f the Department of Piano in the Col-
lege of Fine Arts was detained at her
because of the illness of lit r mothei.
h was announced that Mis Fa M. Dab-
ev of the same deurtmcnt would render
piano solo. Miss Dabney's playing cap
tivated the large audience and she was
greelid with hearty applause.
In mtroducing Dr. O. II. Cooper head
of Ihe Fducation Department of Simmons
( ..liege. President Sewell asserted that he
was the dean of educators in the greatest
stale in the greatest nation on earth. He
sud that he. and the other member of the
faculty of A. C. C had a lendei feeding
for him both fr what he i ami for his for ihe institution during the
daik days when she was struggling In take
the steps of progress which she felt that
she should take.
In opening his Dr. Cooper
stated that of all ihe men who were con-
neclcil with the educational forces in Tex-
as who were not directly connected with
the public bchool system he was sure that
the influence and service of none was more
effective or as highly appreciated as -that
of President Sewell.
rtr doner stated that it was his hope
(hat - C. C. would acquire Us aiiiliilinns(
In the future as it had in the past tie
-iiil that he was present when the tnstl-.
nion became o Junior College wlien it.
rouired the highest rating accorded a
junior College and finally when she was
declared a standard Senior College and
that it was his sincere hope that she some
day would have to change her charter to
he a university.
In a very clear and concise manner Dr
Cooper spoke of the Determination of Heal
Educational Value. He asserted thai A
C. C.'s value to the world lies in the fact
that she was loyal both to the ideals of
sound scholarship and to the highest ideal
that man has received which is the ideal
of christian manhood and christian worn
Dr. Cooper placed the institutions .(
higher education of the United States into
lluee classes; those which were founded bv
small bands of men and women who had
ihe good of humanity at heart those which
were founded by the gift of large amounts
of money by capitalists and those which
were developed by the Stale.
Dr Cooper said that manv of the in-t i
lulioiis of the set ond class began their ex-
istence as ( institutions hut
"hail glow ii so broad (as thev tall ill that
theie was no room for Christiauilv in
them" In di scribing the institutions of
ihe third class the speaker stall d that
many who had followed after their ideals
and who usually looki d verv n.itrowlv
upon the whole fitld believed that they
would ultimately monopolie the field
but when the past history of the in
stilnti.uis of higher learning of this conn
try were reviewed it would bo found that
the institution which has done the most
good has been tho small Christian college.
In his closing remarks Dr. Cooper spoke
in part as follows: "The college which
fails to kindle a love for ihe intellect is a
failure. 1 here is a wide range of things
wlii. Ii aie worth while in human life hul
ihe thing most worth while is religion"
"I want in say just two things to the stu
dents and they are: He loyal to the intel values of life and be faithful to the
.eligioils values of life."
The next speaker to a.ldrc the audience
was Itev. J. . Hunt who exhoiled the
students to take advantage of tin ir oppor-
tunities fur developing themselves "for ihe
world is looking for trained hearts as well
as trained minds and is seeking for the
man who savs his prav. rs "
Ml. I old Harkins. head of the Dep.ul-
tiient of Expression was then inlioduced
to the audience Miss tendered
two very appropriate selections. The first
was a selection from Edgar C.uet's "Just
Folks" poems which was followed by
"Suppiee.l Housekeeping" bv Nixon
Speaking in htlulf of the II .aid of
Trustees of Miilcne Christian College Dr.
C. II. I.eggtll expressed his doiie to see
the Miimiii socialion glow and that the
heartily appteciated the great things whiih
had been said of A. C. C. by the visiting
speakers. Ho aid that the reason that
the undents were so highly appr.eiatcd
by the Hoard was that they realized that
in them was "their hope and then salva
Hro. C. head ol llio lie-
partment of Hibh spoke in behalf of the
faculty of the institution and expressed
the joy that he felt who he heard the
Mayor of tho ity Hress the value of
christian citizenship He also expressed
his appiccialion of Dr. Cooper "who has
attended the Colleges of the Fast hut
who has kept hU faith in Cod." He ihed
that the rucultv have the prayers of cveiy-
one as it began its work for the year be-
cause they more than anyone clso were lo
guide the lives of the student body.
President Sewell then spoke a few
words to those of the audience who in-
tended being students of the College and
usked that his favotite song be sung as
the concluding hymn.
His request was heeled and Hrother
Free led tho audience in the singing of
"I Know That My Redeemed I.ivelh."
The benediction was spoken by Dean
II. E. Speck.
DWII) I i-lt H . Th D.
iw head of Micicnt Lingiiages whose
mining is welcomed bv many
It will please main of the sniilents pa
Irons an. I ex students of Miilcne Chris
I la n ( ollege lo learn that Hrother David
I. (.oopci is now i member of the faeultv
of V (. ( llr.ithe. Cooper has cieiled a
beautiful new In me just south of the cam-
pus on 'south Third Stre.t. and has moved
his familv to Mitlenr Hrother Cooper
last veai was a member of the fa ulty of
Harper (ollege al llaiper. Kan.s and
conies lo (.. C. i the head of the De-
partment of ncienl Languages in the
liege o
f rt and N-iences. He has vis-1
lied A. C. C upou-t-uvciaL occasions and
he al.e.ulv has many frit lids in and around
Abilene hrislian College.
He holds the degree of llaehclor of Arts
from ihe I diversity of Louisville and that
of DoUor of. Theology fiom the Southern s. uiinarv loiii-ville Kentiukv.
Ihe ll el Texas Fair will "pen S-p
lemliei l2f 1 1 1 1 for what promises to In the
biggest thing of Us kind win. h has ev.-i
be-n seen ill West lexas Miilcne i geo
g.aphiiallv and ... lealilv the true metrop-
olis of West Texas
"lliavi- men of old here left the trail
stood bv the bar ill inking then ale.
W le.ilhiiig in manv a boidei laic
Miileni. Fail M.ilene."
"What is she now this bonier town.''
t.tneeii of the West of gieat renown.
uil Christian (ollege is her Crown
M.ilene Fair Miilcne."
The old students have probably noted
several changes in and about the differ cut
buildings on the campus since their ar-
rival. changes which serve lo
make things handier and afford more room
have beiii made. The location of the A.
C. C. Hook Store has been changed In the
new east wing of the Chemistry Hiiildiug.
which alfo i. Is more room and also makes
room for ihe cademv library which has
been moved into the old location of the
Hook Store.
The Hiologv Laboratory has been moved
from the basement of the old wing of the
. ministration building to the basement
of the new wing. This Laboratory has
been fitted up with nice new fixtures and
Prof. Haxter reports that everything is
leady for nine months inure of gazing
through microscopes and collecting bugs
and flowers.
It vvill be noticed much to the pleasure
of those who do not reside on the campus
that they may now gel llieir mail at any
time during the day pigeon holes having
been built in front of the bursar's ofTice
to hold the general delivery mail. The
mail will again be delivered direct to the
ditTeieut buildings ami oifices on the
Ihe management of the Abilene Chris-
tian College Lyceum Course announces
the strongest course in the history of the
institution to be given here this season.
To those who had the pleasure of hearing
Mr Henry drian the delightful reveller
of the marvels of the Plant Wizard Luther
Hurkanks and to those who sat spell-
bound while the renowned Metropolitan
tenor Mr Paul Althouse captivated the
audience with his richness of tone pre-
cision of interpretation and depth of
feeling together with those who were pres-
ent when other number's of the course
last year were given these may think this
estimate of the course for the present year
must of necessity be exaggerated.
Hut when these read this the first of-
ficial announcement of the course they
will have ample evidence lo modify their
The first number of this splendid course
is to be Miss Dee H.indell inter-
pictcr of (lassie drama and other liter i-
line a reader of deserved renown. Hu
lepeitoiie includes in addition to many of
tho most uuiveis.illy known and enjoyed
Shakespearean plays other plavs of mod-
el ii writers ami such popular selections
as "Lunch rdcn" "Pollyanna." and
"u Evening in Japan." Hers is a pro-
pain of it as well as entertainment. This
piogidin vvill be given on the fllh of Octet-
The prelimiua. 'iinouncement made in
ihe Abilene Daily Repo 'er of the appear-
ame of Mnerica's mot popular and well-
Ik loved composer-pianist Tburlow Lieu-
ranee was one of the most pleasing an
iiounee.iients of the season. To evety one
who has any acquaintance with music ei
ther vocal or instrument.!1 the name of
Mr l.i.-urancu is a familiar one. Mid the
great masses who have not made them
selvis so familiar with the gieit artists
the cm hauling Indian melodies which Mr.
I leuiancc has brought fresh floiu the
amp fin- and wigwam lo the gieat w.uhl
outside sudi as "Hy the Waters of Minne-
Ii nka" have learned to love lhee en
.hauling melodies.
This Is a composer's recital .in. I one of interest. In addition to the per
soiial .ippearan. e of Ml. Lieu. ante him-
self llieie appears with him his wife ..
sopi.tuo of unusual ability and training
who lends hei assilame in the
old Indian songs that have liv.d bv tr.uli
lion for of vcars and that have
until ti.uiscrihed bv Mr I.ieurame. been
iiuhediil by the white man. Mis.
i.iikc ha inched the honor of adoption
into the Sioux liibe as Priiues of the
tribe because of her ability to under the
Indian music. Also a famous flutit .ic-
(oiiquuies this enviable couple s the
flute is tho only instrument cxee-pt the
voice and the crude Indian drum that ihe
Indian uses it is almost indispensable in
an interpretative recital of Indian music.
Mr. I.ieurauce brings with him the gieat-
est collection of native Indian flutes in
ihe world gathered by him personally
.luring the years that he has spent in the
wigwams of tho Indian reservations.
Another musical niimhei of i lassie vein
is the concert by Miss Llnora Sparkes.
Metropolitan Soprano. It is not necessary
In expound tho virtues of this artist who
has appealed on the conceit stage in
New York and oilier F.aslern cities who
has snug the piincipal roles of the world's
great operas and whose voice is so famil-
iar to tho gieat masses of people through
the phonograph. The mere annoiincemeiil
of the date of the concert.
The of the course is the well
known Dr. Lincoln McConnell. This is
in t the first appearance of Dr. McCouucll
in Abilene and those who heard his heait-
gripping lectures on his pievious appeal-
auces here will not fail to hear him again
on his appearance here March llth. As
to McConnell Ralph Parllett who is
known in Lyceum by his famous lecture
"The University of Hard Knocks" says.
"I wish everybody who does not like lec-
tures could hear McConnell. He preaches
out of his life not his library. You
laugh and cheer and wipe away the tears
and all the time ho is saving you."
No lyceum course is complete without
some number to which all can go with
perfect abandon to spend a while in
wholesome entertainment and laughter
For such a program ihe most famous of
lyceum magicians and wonder-men Ed-
ward Reno has been secured. This is
the program to which grandpa comes and
plucks his heard while chuckling low al
the unreasonable things he sees before
his eyes and to which Dad comes and
with cynical mien declares There aim
no such animal." Hut most of all do
those who have not yet harncil to reason
or lo doubt enjov the side-spliltiug and
hairiaising stunts peiformed hy this ap-
patent messenger f.oin another world.
Definite dates will he announced soon
covering the entile course and tickets will
be placed on sale both al the college book
line and in town. The Manager of the
course .issuich the public thai prices will
be far below the real value of the course
-nice the enterprise is in I a commercial
one. but one olfeied purely for the pleas-ill-
and the development of the patrons
of ihe course and especially the students
of ihe institution.
llio. Ceorge A. Kluigruail -Head of tho
Dcpailiiifiit of liable of Mnlcne Christian
College who left Abilene a few- days prior
lo ihe Commencement exercises last
spiing. a.rive.l in Abilene on the Sunshine
Special last Sunday night to resume his
duties as teacher ami also as miniMi-i of
th. ngiegaliou of the Chinch of Christ
win. h meets at . C. C. While awav
lliothei did six weeks special
reseaidi work in Chicago Iniv.rsitv and
he lepoits a verv profit.ihle summer ..s well
..s an eujovahle one.
Hindu i Kliugui.iii noidiKle.l several
meetings in Mi. hig.ui. Indiana and scv-
iial ol hei places. Ihe legular Sunday
.veiling seivices were prolonged so that
llro Kliiigman might ainvo in time to
i me. t the whole . oiigiegat ion at nine. Ev- was exceedingly glad to see Hro. f.u he is loved bv all who
know him.
new and conipl-le Cafeteria is being
installed iii Daisy Hall which is as nice
as am tiling of its kind in the state. Most
of the e.iiipinent has arrived but because
of the dclav of some of it ihe opening has
has been delayed hut it vvill soon be for-
mally opened for the seivice of all who
uiav piefer that system to the tegular din-
ing hall form. However all those who
wish lo do so may continue to take their
meals according to the same form as for-
Tho Coddling Stair of the Department
of Physical Tiaiuiiig has In en strengthen-
ed by the arrival of Mr. HusselJ . Lewis
who has taken up his duties as coach of
fii.itball. Mi Lewis is a former member
of the Texas Shoilhorns of Texas Univer-
sity ami played two yens on the crack
San Maicos Noimal eleven. lie has fin-
ished the eouise ill the Science of Foot-
ball in Texas I niveisity and has had won-
derful success as a coach. He has already
become very popular with the hoys who
are tiaiuing foi places on tho Wildcat
eh veil.
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