The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 18, Ed. 1, Thursday, February 24, 1927 Page: 1 of 4
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Tho Prickly Pcnr Queen contest
will be opened March 1 according: to
a Btntotncnt from tho year book
management. Each class will bo
given a. Bpccinl colored ticket. Tho
tickets will bo issued to tho class
president upon this dato for salo.
Much interest is expected in the
contest duo to the honor that tho
winning carries with it. Last year
tho senior class carried oft tho high
honors by a narrow margin. This
year will likely sco somo closo com-
petition from tho freshman class duo
to tho largo following of town people
that tho freshman command.
1 This is tho first year that tho
Academy has been entered in the
contest. Just what success this
organization will havo is as yet un
certain. However this class has a
habit of nutting things over for
example tho senior play given last
"FULL CREW"; BRYAN
AND COALSON FINAL
SKIPPER ETTER LIFTS-ANCHOR
FOR '27 CRUISE. PROMIS-
ING VOYAGE AHEAD
As a result of. a crew gathering of
tho old bark Tuscorora a full crow
climaxed tho assembly Saturday even-
ing with tho initiation of Frank Coal-
son and Emmet Bryan. Both of theso
young mariners are well sounded in
Port Christian Collcgo tho homo of
the sco faring aggregation.
Taken by and at largo tho initia-
tion of tho crew's youngest was rich
in uxpercnce especially un tins part
of those Initiated. Yet both of tho
Piebos can boast of a notorious bo-
ginning yes a beginning with tho
lighter menus. Raw eggs were quite
popular being scattered hither and
With sixteen men on deck tho re-
mainder of tht voyngo '27 Bhould bo
nuito interesting so far as marino
customs aro concerned. For tho sixth
year tho old bark has endured a full
crow. Skipper Etter felt tho need of
a similar collection to finish out tho
Coalson has inhabited tho campus
nt various intervals for tho last six
years. He was first a student in tho
Academy. Ho has best represented
tho Bchool in T. I. A. A. moots as an
efficient javelin heaver.
Bryan broke into tho school activi-
ties after doing his apprenticeship as
manager of tho Abileno High School
vcar book. He is a member of tho an
nual staff holding tho position of art
editor. Bryan also has a chanco of
doing outstanding work In music. "
TALK ON SATURDAY
An exhortation to students to form
their ideals and standards of living
whilo they aro now in collego was
made Saturday in a brief but intenso
ly practical chapel talk.
His first point was especially ap-
plicable during examinations: "Don't
tuko any- thing that doesn't belong
to you." Then "Earn everything you
got." His apt illustrations brought to
tho listeners tho realization of what
it means to get something without
working for It.
"Select somo great man or woman
as your Ideal." If ono is trying to
shape his llfo after that of aomo great
.person tho pretty temptations of llfo
'anulesa dangerous in making one
-j Most Important of nil was 'tho last
""point In which ho pleaded that enrjy
in life students should begin "looking
after Jesus tho author and finisher of
our faith." Heb. 12.
Brother Cox emphasized the fact
that tho habits of life aro those which
aro now being formed. If ono tolls
tho truth pays his debts is honest
In all Jils dealings those habits will
hecomo a fixed part of Mb llfo but if
tho habits of lyng and stealing aro
now belntr developed thoy also will
enduro and the seemingly petty
wrongs of today become tho great
crlmos of tomorrow amd moan tho
ruin of another promising boy who
yjelded In his college life to tho weak
inclinations of tho flesh.
HILL IS LEADING
Hill Is leading Powoll by 13 points
in total scoring for all homo games
so farl That is tho nows that n
check up on statistics show. Further-
more tho records show that tho team
as a unit has Bcorcd 403 points. Hill
also leads all foulors with a total r
36. Owens his nearest rival has col-
lected 27 penalties;
The totaled record is as follows:
FG. F.P. P. T.F. T.P.
155 03 132 9 403
IS MISSIONARY TO
BROTHER GILL ESTABLISHES
SCHOOL AMONG MEXICANS
Thereto people who aro constantly
striving to carry tho causo of Christ
to those who are unable to overcome
the ignorance and vice of their sur-
roundings and lenrn His word with-
out help. Jcsso R. Gill who studied
in tho collego hero during the spring
term of Inst year Js'now doing mis-
sionary work among.tho Mexicans of
West Texas. Ho has now established
n "school ill Swentwator by means of
which ho intends to make enough ex-
penses to keep teaching tho Mexican
thero the sacred truths.
Brother Gill has also dono much
work among tho Mexicans of Abilene.
Ho and his wifo both of whom speak
Spanish fluently havo worked in that
section of tho town for tho past sev-
eral months. Under tho direction of
Brother Schug who has been especial-
ly interested in that work they have
accomplished untold good. Only last
Sunday two confessions wero made in
the little Mission church here in Abi
leno theso coming directly as a re-
sult of the work of Mr. and Mrs.
When Mr. Gill started his work in
Sweetwater the first Sunday only tho
students of his school attended tho
services. Howover on tho next Lord's
day many now faces wero seen in the
audience. With such interest growing
among tho Mexicans duo. to Brother
Gill's efforts the Invading Creed oi
Catholicism can bo checked In the
West Texas towns.
Glowing Tribute to A. C. C.
Paid By Carl L. Etter;
CARL L. ETTER
Thanks to tho Optimist Staff for
an invitation to wrlto a few lines for
tho paper. I congratulate myself be-
cause of this honor.
As I take my pen inhand to write
this short artldo it. Is with a deep
and sincere appreciation of A. C. C
Ihe best school in tho land. I believe
that this statement la a true oxpros-
Hl'on of the' sentiment of all old ana
now students'" Ypu wilj Bpnreclato It
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BROTHER AND SISTER SEWELL
Among the many visitors during lecture week aro Brother and Sister
Sowell who blazed tho way to a greater Abilene Christian Collcgo.
Abovo is their picture while they wero young. It can truly bo said that
they aro tho founders of Abileno Christian College.
No ono can rob tho pioneer of his glory.
.FACULTY MEMBERS ARE
ENTERTAINED AT SHADY
DELL FRIDAY NIGHT
On Friday ovening President and
Mrs. Baxter entertained the faculty
and their wives with an informal re
ception at Shady Dell.
Tho color Bchdmo carried out tho
patriotic colors as a suggestion of
Washington's birthday. . .'
Tho following- program was given:
Roofs Joyce Kilrac?
Little Brown Baby : LDunbar
C. R. Brewer.
When Ruebcn Plnys tho Piano
Jas. F. Cox.
Hiawatha Melody of Love.
Other selections College Quartette
Tho next diversion took tho form
of informal conversation after which
a delicious pinto of sandwiches olives
potato chips frozen salad candy and
mints was served. Tho second course
consisted of ico cream and .cake with
approprinto favors carrying out the
SOPHS ELECT-CLASS BEAUTY
On Saturday February the nine-
teenth the beauty of the Sophomore
class was chosen to be in tho contest
with tho beauties from the other thrco
classes. Miss Essie Mario Hartis tho
first brunette to bo in tho contest
was chosen by a gdod majority. When
the final choice of tho Queen for tho
Prickly Pear is made it will bo known
whether "Gentlemen 'prefer Blonds
The Soph class will be behind its
boauty to make sure that sho will be
I this year's Prickly Pear Queen.
more when you havo taken your placo
With tho "exes.''
Since leaving A. C. C. my journeys
havo been in ncarlyjtt states of the
Union besides periodical visits into
the great dominion of Canada. I
havo viowed the lofty summit of
Pikes Peak whose snow-capped dome
ponetrates tho very clouds of heaven;
I havo gazed upon the leaping break
ers on the Great Lakes sailing upon
their mighty boosom nnd bathing In
their cool waters. I havo stood nwo
stricken beneath tho fal of Niagara
viewing the rainbow In tho Spray; I
have visited grounds mado sacred by
tho tread of Washington Xincoln
and Leo also Jackson and other great
national heroes reviewing with rapt
attention their homes nnd possessions
of tho long ago; I havo been Jn sev
eral of our great cltloa and gazeu
upon their magnificent skyscrapers;
I huve walked tho streets of our Cap-
itol city where I saw tho Capitol's
dome tho President's chair tho Sen-
ate Chamber tho Congressional libra-
ry tho Smithsonian Institute tho lono
soldier's gtnvo Washington's monu-
ment Lincoln's Memorial and mul
titudinous other things which tny
command of English does not permit
mo to describo: but I am frank to
say that the most beautiful eight
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LOIS MANLEY TO READ
NEXT FRIDAY MORNING
ON FINE ARTS PROGRAM
Friday week March 6th tho Ex-
pression Department of A. C. C. will
present Miss Lois Manlcy on the Fine
ArtB Progrma. Miss Manloy will read
"Who's Afraid" a cutting from a
manuscript. Her reputation is nl-
ready well established ns shown by
tho fact that she was awarded first
place .among 'tho girls in tho Decla-
mation -Con test hold last term.
Judging by tho ability which this
young lady a member of tho Fresh-
man class has displayed in previous
appearances everyone will be assured
of nn enjoyable half hour.
Clarcnco Byrant preached at Miles
last Lord's day. Miles is tho homo
town of Eyrant.
JUNIORS CHOOSE 0MA CURE
STANDARD BEARER IN
At tho meeting of the Junior clnss
which was held last week Miss Oma
Cure wa selected Junior beauty by a
largo majority of votes.
Miss Curo is classified as Junior
although she has been in the college
but two years. Sho finished in the
academy hero however so it seems
that sho has been around tho campus
longer than this brief timo.
Among her friends nnd associates
in tho college and elsewhere Miss
Curo is very popular and tho Juniors
feel suro that thoy mado no mistake
in choosing her as their representa
tive in tho contest to bo held soon
for tho Prickly Pear Queen.
It might be interesting to know
that Miss Curo la a very decided
blond in fact bo decided that it does
not take a person long to come to
decision that she is indeed a beauty.
Tho Juniors nro backing her strong
nnd mean to put her over.
Students fellow faculty mem-
bers and friends of A. C. C:
Through tho 'columns of tho
Optimist I take this opportun-
ity of oppering to you my sin-
cerest thanks and appreciation
for your many thoughtful kind-
nesses during my recent illness.
Nover has tho old addage "A
friend" 'in need is a friend in-
deed" proven truer; and I now
realize as nover before tho
spirit of Christian charity which
pervades our instituton.
Your floral tributes wero elo-
quent expressions of your sym-
pathy and your visits and let-
ters to me though I was not
ablo to revelco and answer them
personally were nono tho less
appreciated. For the kindness
and professional felklll of Dr.
Hedrick and tho forco of the
West Texas Baptist Hospital I
am inexprussably grateful.
I hope such calamity may
never ovor-tako you; but should
this ever occur it is my sincere
wish that you may receive tho
samo Christ-like sympathy a
sympathy of deeds as well as
of words which has fallen to
Again I thank you.
(signed) J. Sullivan Gibson.
With Great Enthusiasm
TRIPLE T'S IN MEET
AT BLAKELEY HOME
JOYFUL ASSEMBLY OF YOUNG
LADIES IN PARTY
Amid gaping yawns unrestrain-
ed laughter tho rattling of tin cups
and much tooting of horns a caro
free group of members of tho Triple
T assembled Monday morning about
5:15 at Juanice Blakelcy's homo.
When finally tho maidens who .were
daring enough to venture farther into
the forbidding darkness had been
gathered together and everything
was declared to bo ready! a start was
mado to tho tune of "Well nro wo all
hero?" "Where am I going to. ride?"
"I don't see any room for mo here."
After a thorough airing out during
the swift ride whilo tho winds of the
early dawn wore piercing and keen
the occupants of tho Toonervillo Trol
ley reached Mud Hill. Tho remaining
adventurers dashed up in n few
moments time and set forth in search
of firo wood.
An important consultation resulted
in the location of a placo for tho camp
site after which all hands and tho
cooks wero employed in tho delicate
process of building and enduring fire.
Tho ensuing forty-fivo minutes wns
a busy one for while somo of tho
more enterprising lassies helped in a
questionable manner to prepare the
breakfast others were engaged in
the" absorbing; ahu'intricatc process of
Initiating Margie Griggs and1 Alcta
Hunter into thejcliib.
An appetizing breakfast consisting
of bacon eggs coffee oranges cher
ries buns and mnjrshmallowa was
spread on the banks of tho creek; and
the participants of this enjoyable af-
fair were dovouring tho last remnants
of the feast as Old Sol peeped over
tho hill to shine his blessing serenely
on the gay crowd.
A most interesting hour was spent
in taking group and individual pic-
tures but tho poso which would have
made tho best picture was not snap-
ped while tho press reporter had her
faco screwed into an expression sig-
nifying disgust horror sickness nnd
terror the result of a journey down
her alimentary canal by a conglom-
erated mixturo of unnamed objects.
Those enjoying this double affair
wero Margie Griggs Alcta Hunter
Totsy Campbell Sammy Dudley
Juanice Blakcley Evelyn Dawkins
Kate Burrus Clifford Edwards
Thrace Easley Leila Page and the
chaperones Mrs. T. M. Blackeloy and
Mrs. J. B. Dudley.
Former Student Leader
Receives High Honors at
L. Stanford University
"I told you so" was tho characteris-
tic phrase used by scores of Walter
Adams' friends and former class-
mates in A. C. C. Monday when word
was received from Leland Stanford
Unlvorsity Palo Alto California that
he was one of tho ten men in tho uni-
versity who were granted membership
in Phi Deltn Kappa nationally famous
An athlete debator scholar and
gentleman of tho highest order
Adams was a gonoral favorite while
in college. The highest honors with
in the gift of tho students wero lnvish-
pA unon him throughout his four
years of collego life. This recogni-
tion in ono of America's greatest unl-
vorsitics brings a chorous of cheers
from his old friends.
The enrollment of Leland Stanford
thought largo Is a picked enrollment.
Only those who havo proved to l.
leadors In other colleges are w
mltted to do graduato work there.
Tills makes the honor conferred upo.
Adams still more unusual since ont.
ten in the entire university wen
selected to become members ot
Along with Ben Holland and oths.
former graduates of A C. C
have distinguished themselves after
leaving tho college Adams is anotl.
emphatic proof that the work done
Speaking with the vigor and enthusiasm of a much younger man
C. It. NichoT nged and well known preacher of the Church of Christ
delivered tho 'ninth lecturo of tho week last evening at A. C. C. where ho
continued the lectureship program now being conducted hero hy address-
ing upwards of sixteen hundred people on "Jerusalem and tho Mount
of Olives." ...
The lecture wns given in tho gymnasium which has been utilized by
the college management as an emergency auditorium to take enre of the
larco audiences it being impossible to scat them in the college chapel.'
LUCKY "13" GIVES
SURPRISE PARTY TO
OMA CUREON MONDAY
On Monday afternoon nt four
o'clock Esther Stagner entertained
tho members of her club with a party
celebrating Oma Cure's birthday.
When tho honor guest arrived she was
surprised to find that tho meeting
was not n business meeting as she had
supposed but an affair arranged in
her honor. A number of telegrams
wero given to Oma which the mem-
bers had written expressing their
wishes to her for a happy birthday
nnd many others to follow. At tho
suggestion of tho hostess tho guests
lined up in alphabetical order to play
"Pirate." They had been told that
thoy would proceed to hunt treasure
and as the guest of honor followed
up a string which had been given her
they wero led to various parts of the
house and finally into tho dining
room where a brilliantly lighted birth
day cake centered a beautifully de
corated table. Each guest found her
place and-ut the head of the table
Oma found a love.ly gift from tho
cjub. i The. hostess served a delicious
refreshment courso to Oma Curo
Odollo Chrane Aibie Grimslcy Aleen
(Continued on Page 4)
FRESHMAN CLASS ELECTS
ROMA MANLTY BEAUTY
IN YEAR BOOK CONTEST
Last Friday afternoon tho Fresh-
mnn class of Abileno Christian Col-
lego met and elected Miss Roma Man-
ly ns their representative in tht
benuty contest to'Bo held soon by tho
Prickly Pear Staff to select tho
Queen for this year.
Before coming to Abileno Christinn
College Miss Manly spent two years
in Abileno High school from which
sho graduated. Miss Manly was very
popular student In the High school
but has been oven more popular dur-
ing her freshman year.
Ono peculiar item in this selection
is tho fact that Miss Roma Manly will
run against her sister Cleo who was
selected as Senior representative.
WALTER II. ADAMS
in tho local institution is A PLUS
Adams finished his work for the
Bachelor of Arts Degree In 1924 nnd
was immediately employed by Presi-
dent Bnxter as a professor in the edu
cation department. This year ho wa
granted leave of absence to do wort
on his M. A. Degree in Leland Stan
ford. Ho is still following tho fiol.
of education. Ho will return no
year to tako over tho correspondence
t "An noaivVt1f nrw r1nn fnr IIao n
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settling place for dust and a land of
oxtremo poverty" wero phrases used
by tho speaker in his discussion of
the Holy City. Tho lecture was
based on his own travel experiences.
He used a flashing stylo of descrip
tion throughout tho lengthy discourso
which held his listeners in rapt atten
Turning from a consideration of the
topography and domestic conditions
of Jerusalem Mr. Nichol touched his
hearers with a pathetic rehearsal of
Mohammcndan practices in this
ancient city of the Jews. "Holding tho
followers of Christ to be Infidels and
that race from which Jesus sprung
to bo worse than dogs tho Moham-
mendans that inhabit tho city will not
allow Chrsitians to enter tho temple
area except on set days and entirely
prohibit tho Jews from visiting pla-.
which aro sacred in their history."
A touch of historical interest was
added by tho speaker's description ol
tho large breach in the western wall
of Jerusalem which was mado thero
in 1898 when tho Kaiser Emperor
of Germany entered the city on a
visit A tradition extant among the
Moslems foretold that ono day a 1
would outer by the gates who would
overthrow their power. Rather than
risk' dofianco of the tradition U.
breach in tho walls wus' made.
That "Jerusalem Is a. 'city with a
past and not with a future" was re-
peatedly emphasized. Touching upon
the possibility of tho Jewish people
ever returning to Palestine to form a
nanor. .said: "Thero will in my
opinion never come a timo when tho
city will be the great cujltol of the
Jows that it once was.''
Tho Holy Supulchre tho rock upon
which Abraham offered up Isaac tho
Mount of Olives and many other
places sacred to Christendom wero
stressed in tho courso of the lecture.
"PUTTING GOD FIRSF
W. A. KERCHEVILLE
From tho beginning in the Garden
of Eden God asked to havo first
placo in the hearts of men but the
deceiver Satan mado his initial at-
tack and severed mnn from his God.
Notwithstanding tho mistake of Adam
such men ns Enoch Noah Abraham
and Moses returned to God placing
Him first in their lives and wero re-
warded for their wise choice.
David seemed comparatively weak
when measured by the grant but
proved to bo mightier becauso he re-
lied on God. In like manner when
wo compare tho Church of Christ
with institutions of men we feel that
the odds aro against us but never
havo wo failed to gain tho victory
when wo relied upon tho power of
God. In fact our victory has been so
decisive thnt tho word has been
passed into tho camp of the enemy
to "beware of tho man with ono book."
Jesus said "seek yo first the king-
dom of Heaven and his righteousness"
but we find tho order that God de-
signed reversed today and man tries
toget himself established in every-
thing else first.
In the development of tho great
Western country let us keep our eyes
open that the progress of the church
may bo commensurate with tho
growth of tho country.
We havo placed God first In name
but have failed to honor him in our
practice. Let tho church replaco the
wires that connect it with God tho
power.and onco more this great plant
will move and the hand of man nor
tho power of Satan can not check her
"THE DIVINE NATURE"
Monday night Brother Smlthson dis-
cussed Tho Divine Naturo taking it
up by asking tho question "What is
diyino nature and how Is it mani-
fested?" He showed that ono cannot
think of divine nature or divlno things
without thinking of God .Himself;
without connectug earth and heaven.
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