The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 17, No. 20, Ed. 1, Thursday, February 20, 1930 Page: 1 of 4
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ABILENE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE ABILENE TEXAS FEBRUARY 20 193
ANNUAL COLLEGE LECTURESHIP TO OPEN MONDAY NIGHT
Melpomenean Players To Presnet. Three- act Mystery Play Tonight
PLAY IS aiMAX
STRONG CAST OF SEVENTEEN
.STUDENTS TO GIVE-BIG
"Tho Thirteenth Chair" a three-
act "mystery play the most talked
of and most highly anticipated play
tho. dramatic club has presented since
"Romeo and Juliet" threo years ago
will be shown by tho Melpomenean
.Players this 'evening at eight o'clock
in tho collego auditorium. The ad-
mission prico will bo fifty cents as
is customary. "
The play is proclaimed by dramatic
critics to be ono of the most -thrilling
ard interesting ploys of the season.
Its author Bayard Veillcr is noted
for his mystery plays. Besides ''The
Thirteenth Chair" he is responsible
for that great stage and screen suc-
cess "Tho Trial of Mary Dugan."
Is Mystery Play.
Much of the mysterious atmosphcro
and happenings is caused by Madame
Rosalio La Grange played by Vir-
ginia Rollins president of tho club.
Tables are lifted by her mysterious
spiritualistic mediums knocks arc
heard a knife dangles in mld-njr
and but a lb-Is a mystery jlay too
much of the plot can not be given.
Everyone who has seen the rehearsals
has commended the play most highly
it is rrtcd.
Itfa. Aioore and Alton Martin have
'ftin IpmUnn- rnlea In tho
breaking and mysterious events.
Other members of tho cast 'are
Nettie Mae Bacon Lota Wolford
v Josephine Coleman Obora 'Bennett
Faye Powers and Leslio Huff Bern-
ard Helton Levi Gentry Harold
Blanton Wade Banowsky Alan Harp
' Troy Crockett and Paul Phillips.
New Scenery Is Ready.
Tho stage managers havo been
busy On tho stage cenery. New
y scenery will be ready and many
uniquo contrivances havo been ar-
ranged. Tho stage managers are
t William Nunley and Eldon Holcomb.
Tho make-up committee as chosen
by Miss Mary Halo director of the
club is Trentlo Birchltt Margaret
Dunn and Viva Curb.
Tho ushers for the evening will be
Misses Lois Manley Roberta War-
ren Dorothy Locke Mary Bell Mc-
Donald and Messrs Comer Clay Earl
Craig A. M. Henry and Jimmlo
STONE. CLAY. DERRICK WAL-
DROP WILL REPRESENT COL
LEGE DURING 1930 SEASON
Leave for Meet
' Friday Morning
Scholarship Society Sends
A. C. C. Representatives
To Annual Meeting
Homer Ilailcy representing the
James A. Garfield Scholarship So-
ciety and Paul Witt representing
the A. C. C. faculty leave early in
tho morning for Commerce Texas
where they will attend tho eighth
annual meeting of the Scholarship
Societies of the South. Tho conven-
tion will continue till Saturday-night
when a banquet will bo given tho dele-
gates. Thirty colleges from Texas Arkan-
sas and Louisiana Will send delegates
to tho Commcrco meeting. Friday
evening Feb. 2( tho little theatre
will present Molnais' "The Swan" for
the entertainment of tho visitors.
llalley to Speak
At one' of the sessions Hailey will
give a report of the work of tho
Garfield chapter located in A. C. C.
First organized in 1022 as the
Council of Scholarship Societies tho
organization haB grown rapidly tho
last eight years from a membership
of five schools to a membership of
thirty at present Last year the
annual meeting was held at Denton.
The places of meeting in former
years' follow: 1022 Georgetown: 1023
play and! A..U. 1Q9J TV.- ipoj;. Huntsville:
1920 Georgetown; 1027 Fort Worth"
and 1028 Brownwood.
"Ivory Palaces" was recently voted
the most favorite roliglous song by
members of an education class taught
by Dean James F. -Cox. Tho dean
asked each student present to list his
five most favorite songs. Out of
forty-four students voting forty-one
listed "Ivory Palaces" first
Other songs listed in order follow:
"Old Rugged Cross" 22; "Sing On"
19; "Whispering Hope" 11; "Seeking
tho Lost" 8; "Love Lifted Me" 7;
"He Aroso" 6; "I Como to tho Gar-
den" 6; "There Is a Foundation" 4;
"Rock of Ages" 4.
Forty-five students .compose tho
education class taught by Dean Cox.
CRENSHAW TO ADDRESS
PREACHERS ON FRIDAY
LOTA WOLFORD SUFFERSn
INJURIES IN CAR CRASH
J. P. Crenshaw minister of the
northslde church of Christ will speak
to. tho evangelistic forum on the sub-
ject "The Tongue and Its Control"
tomorrow night at 7 o'clock in room
Mr. Crenshaw has appeared beforo
tho preacher group several times in
former years but has not spoken to
them during the 1929-30 session.
Last Friday night R. C. Bell facul-
ty member and preacher spoke to the
forum on "Practical Problems of the
Preacher" He made a brief address
and then turned the meeting into a
roundt table' "discussion of currant Lc
problems concerning the church
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CONTINUE DRIVE ON
TEN THOUSAND CLUB
J. Paill Slayden Ft. Worth evan-
gelist will be the chief lectureship
speaker at A. C. C. next week. He
is scheduled to doliver four addresses.
CAT HOOPERS TO
BILLY GOATS COME HERE FOR
BRACE OF GAMES FRIDAY
A goal of $10000 has been set by
campaign managers of the 10000
club for Taylor county. Campaign
officors report that $7380 has bepn
subscribed to tho fund from that unit.
The total amount subscribed on Tues-
day morning had reached $9118
pledged and received.
A consistent factor in the rising
sum is the co-ordinate subscription
of the college faculty trustees and
the Collego Church of Christ. To
date $2500 has been received from
these three sources.
Morris campaign head expressed
that all pledges were being filled
promptly nnd that "not a cent was
lost from unpaid pledges." Develop
ments thus far he expressed are a
RITCHIE REPORTS ON
NEGRO MISSION WORK
Work On Press
Eris Ritchie who preaches each
Sunday for the colored people of Abi-
lene reports that a negro boy was
converted last Sunday. He states that
thcro is very good interest among the
colored members and that the work is
Mr. Ritchie is a ministerial stu-
dent here and has been doing this
mission work for some time.
BAXTER RETURNS TUESDAY
. FROM TRIP TO TENNESSEE
Ono of the most interesting events
of the entire school year was tho
men's. debate try-out which was held
in room 16 of the administration
building Wednesday afternoon from
two to flvo o'clock. All those who
are taking public Bpeaking 822 for
credit were- required to try for mem-
bership on tho college team.
Those who were In Jhe try-out wero
Comer Clay Roy Stone C. W- Cecil
William Gray Hubert Derrick For-
rest Waldrop Fred Harlan John Leo
Norrli .Murray Holcomb Paul Simon
and William Nunley. The Judges wero
Professors Brown Adams and Mor-
Tls who after a short consultation
gaye their almost unanimous decision
in tho following order: Roy. Stone
first; Comer Clay second; Hubert
Derrjck third; Forrest Waldrop
fourth; C. Wl Cecil fifth; and Wil-
liam Gray sixth.
I - To Make Long Trip.
Three and possibly four of those
debaters will represent the college on
the three thousand mile' trip which
begins March 19 and ends April 0.
The try-outs wero promising for a
Bucoessful year for A. C. O. in ae
mm worK aeoaio coocneH biu.
Probably tho most Interesting oc-
currence of the afternoon was Comer
Cay's debating on both sides of the
question. Immediately after prov
ing beyond all oouot jnai a p
to disarmament should
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Miss Lota Wolford daughter of
Mr and Mrs. B. F. WJolford and a
student at Abilene Christian college
was injured perhaps seriously late
yesterday afternoon when her car
collided with anothor at .the inter
section of Walnut and North 13th
Miss Wolford was enrouto to her
homo from the collego where she had
been practicing for a play. The Im
pact of tho crash threw her against
the steering wheel of the car Injur-
ing hor-left shoulder and the left side
of the chest.
Sho was taken to her hbnie 850
Clinton but was removed to the
West Tuxas Baptist sanitarium early
last .night X-ray pictures revealed
no broken bones but her attending
physician feared probable Internal
Miss Wolford was resting fairly
well late last night hospjtal attend
4 Mr. and Mrs. Elden Busby returned
Sunday night from Fort Worth where
they had beon since Friday.
On a trip in tho interest of the
school President Baxter visited
Nashville Tcnn. Tulsa and Bartles-
vllle Okla. during tho past week-
end. He left Abilene on Wednesday
morning and returned on Tuesday
morning traveling by train. -.
Baxter expressed that many friends
of "the school were encountered and
that enthusiasm was high concern
ing the school's growth. Prospective
students were met who stated their
intention of attending tho school
Witt Tells of Controlling
Factors of Life in Speech
Fear admiration gratitude and
love wero discussed by Paul C. Witt
Thursday as being controlling factors
in the work of an individual. The
fear of tho shame of ignorance and
A desire to emulate and admire those
of accomplishment were shown to 'be
A desire to take advantage of one's
opportunities ho showed Is gratitude.
Witt concluded by saying that love
transcends all other traits because
there Is a desire for service involved.
Freshmen Argue On Various
Subjects In English Class
Winding up the season as far as
homo games are concerned tho Wild
cats meet the Hill .-Billies for two
ganics in tho high school gym on Fri-
day and Saturday nights. And inci-
dentally these are tho last games to
be played in Abilene before 1031 by
any of the college or high school
Journeying to Daniel Baker and
meeting the Goats as their second T.
I. A. A. opponents the Wildcats split
a two-game scries with them only
after a hard struggle. But that was
more than three weeks ago when the
Cats had not hit the mighty stride
they are now stopping. And not only
that they were in enemy territory
which makes quite a difference.
Cats Are Favorites.
But with these two games in home
territory with a bunch of staunch and
true rootors behind them and excel-
lent prospects of boosting their per-
centage still higher up tho ladder tho
Wildcats are booked as favorites for
Tho Billies tho McMurry Indians
and the Wildcats are now in a triple
tie standing at flvo hundred and In
fifth place.' Tho two forthcoming
contests decide whether or not it is
to bo Daniel Baker or A. C. C. that
is to digress to a lower rung.
Tho Billies have a team that is not
to bo sneezed'at and as always they
are one of tho bitterest (but one of
tho most sportsmanlike) opponents of
an A. C. C. athletic team. And a vic
tory both nights would no doubt help
fulfill their desire for vindication for
the drubbing handed them last fall on
PRESIDENT GIVES CHAPEL
SPEECH TUESDAY MORNING
Old man WebBter and Henry Clay
didn't have a thing on 'the freshmen
English students In our own 'dear
school. Talk about arguing well
those Frosh know how It 1b done.
When Professor Weems announced
that all members of his frehman Eng
lish classes must write an informal
argument about any subject they
wanted to ho little knew what ho
was starting! Tho freshmen wrote
they argued and howl I
They argued for and against every
thing under tho sun and tho moon
and the stars from tho necessity of
a world court down to tho question of
whethor to allow Ivy to grow on the
new buildings of Abilene Christian
College. They argued for school flvo
days tt' week and they argued for
classes six days a week; they argued
for more extra-curricular activities
and they argued against having so
many as at present. They argued
for this and they argued for that but
suffice i( to saythey argued I
President Baxter In a brief address
Tuesday spoko on i"Vislon" as a
necessary virtue in accomplishment.
It was pointed out that true vision
docs not incorporate aimless walking
for ho said "no man has ever ac-
complished anything without pur-
pose. He added that "no accidental
attainment is due to purposeful
thought." As an example of vision
ho pointed out tho work of a certain
Nashville Tennessee business man.
As head of a largo insurance organi-
zation the man was shown to bo tjio
financial backbone of the church nnd
Tho president concluded by saying
that opportunity is afforded only
those who desire to help themselves
but excludes those of lazy dispositions.
Academy History Class
Is First To Pay Pledge
Members of the academy history
I class hold tho distinction of being
tho first club in A. C. C. to pay their
pledge to the Ten Thousand club ac-
cording to Information received
yesterday. Tho Jolly Historians sub-
scribed for one ten-dollar button in
the recent campaign mado in chapel
here. The students paid all cash on
Aspiring Journalists Hold
Business Meeting Here
The largest number of students
evor to represent A. C. C. in the Tex-
as Intercollegiate Press Association
contest has already begun work on
tho various divisions of the contest
according to James Chambers presi-
dent of the press club who is spon-
soring tho work.
The first active move was made
Monday when those interested in the
contests met and discussed matters
of vital importance. At that time it
was decided that group meetings
would be held each Wednesday even-
ing following prayer meeting. The
first of these meetings was held last
night. The constructive criticism of
fered by Professor Schug and Miss
Watson and other faculty members
proved very beneficial students said.
The different contests to be en-
tered by A. C. C. students arc: seri
ous short story humorous short
story formal essay familiar essay
news article editorial feature story
poem and one-act play. The Optimist
and the Prickly Pear college nnnual
will nlso be entered. A. C. C. will en-
ter something in every department
sponsored by tho T. I. P. A. Tvith the
exception of the college magazine.
All material is to be in the hands
of President Chambers not later than
March 15. At that time It will be
judged and the best entry in each di
vision will be sent to the vice-president
of the T. I. P. A. where it can
bo judged with that submitted by
tho other schools in the association.
"With ns many taking an active in-
terest as there arc I feel confident
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DEATH CLAIMS MOTHER
OF COLLEGE FRESHMAN
FT. WORTH MAN
TO BE MAIN
surely cause a revolution at least
around Abilene and more specifically
around Abilene Christian College
Several students expounded on the
merits of keeping the library open at
night for tho benefit of working
students and athletes and then others
turned on them and declared that
there was no senso in keeping the
library open at night because thoso
students who do not use it in the
day time will be too lazy to use it
at night. So there you are.
The need of a swimming pool in the
new gymnasium was another popular
subject for contention and if the
freshmen had their way tho majority
of tho students in A. C C. would
know how to swim by this tlmo next
year Many pf tho girls cried out
for more athletics for girls basket
ball tennis and archery; and some
of the boys even helped them put
by arguing that A. C. C should have
a girls' basketball team. Some of the
more modern spirits pleaded for a
PLANS OF CLUB TO
CHURCH ON SUNDAY
On receipt of a message announc-
ing the death of his mother Mrs. J.
It. Darling Harvey G. Darling col-
lege freshman left early Wednesday
for his home in Sterling Colorado.
News of tho death of Mrs. Darling
reached Abilene about 7:30 a. m.
yesterday. Her death was unex-
pected. Mr. Darling left immediately for
his home traveling by nlr to Wichita
Falls. Ho caught tho nine o'clock
Safeway passenger piano at Klnsolv-
Ing Field. From Wichita Falls ho
travelled by train to his home.
Darling was a ministerial student
having entered A. C. C. at the begin-
ning fit tho winter term.
LECTURESHIP WILL CONTINUE
FIVE DAYS FROM MONDAY
TO FRIDAY NIGHT
The annual lectureship of Abilene
Christian collego will open here next
Monday night with Walter H. Adams
of the collego faculty delivering tho
first address of the program. Fea-
turing A. C. C. speakers the pro-
gram will continue until Friday njght
Tho principal speaker for this
year's lectureship will be J. Paul
Slayden minister of the Central
Church of Christ Fort Worth. Mr.
Slayden who recently came to Fort
Worth from McMinnville Tenn. is
an outstanding preacher of the church
of Christ. Although he has done
local church work in the state of Ten-
nessee for many years his evangel-
istic meetings have carried him to
many parts of the United States and
Canada. Ho has never appeared as
speaker on the collego lectureship.
Horaco W. Busby popular evangel
ist of the church of Christ is tho only
other visiting preacher who will speak
during tho week. All other addresses
will be given by members of tho col-
lego faculty and board.
Three Services Daily.
As outlined by college executives
Ihree services dailywill be held begin-
ning Tuesday and continuing through
Friday. Services are announced for
11:15 a. m. 3:30 p. m. nnd 7:30 p.
m. Dean Cox said yesterday that
college class periods would bo cut to
forty-five minutes each beginning nt
7:30 a. m. and going straight through
to 11:15 a. m.
All students are required to attend
the lectures. The chapel "roll-Wttr-BB "
checked at the 11:15 service as usual. 1
Amnle seating accommodations for I
visitors will be arranged in ordor not
to interfere with students' regular
Local church members are antici
pating a record attendance lor me
1930 lecturo program. Homes ior au
visitors will bo supplied by friends
and patrons of the college and
Tho entire program for the week
Monday night-"Whnt Christian
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Cox Makes Changes
In Speech Contest
Many A.C.C. Instructors Are
Christian School Graduates
FIVE SPEAKERS WILL ENTER
EXTEMPORE CONTEST ON
Preceding the launching of a cam-
paign for membership In other parts
of Texas the proposition of the A.
C. C. Ten Thousand club was pre-
sented to members of the Collego
Church of Christ at the eleven o'
clock service Sunday morning by
membora of the board of trustees
and Don H. Morris campaign man
J S. Arledge president of tho
board told of enormous strld.es made
by the collego sinco the completion
of the old administration building in
1018 and of the present financial con-
dition of the school. In a spirited ad-
dress J E. McKinzle vice president
spoke of the present needs of the
school and of tho obligations of tho
local church in helping to alleviato
"We believe that A. C. C. has ten
thousand friends who are willing to
bind thomselves together as a club
of donors to a fund for &ylng for
''(Continued on Page 2)
One of the outstanding reasons that
the students of Abilene Christian col-
lege aro surrounded by a. Christian
environment is tho fact that 28 of
the 31 professors havo been schooled
in Christian college work. Nino of
these 28 represent nine different col-
leges. However six teachers havo
at some time been connected with
Thorp Spring Christian College.
Havlncr been in Christian college
work continuously sinco 1909 Presi-
dent;' Baxter heads the list He was
student assistant at Nashville Bible
School now David Lipscomb College
from 1009 to 1011. He taught at
Thorp Spring for five years and was
dean of Gordell Christian Collego
now Oklahoma Christian College for
two years. He has been connected
with A. C. C. sinco 1918.
In point of service R. C. Bell Bible
and English Is closo to tho top. He
taught at Cordell at tho same time
President Baxter was there. From
1911 to 1010 he was president of
Thorp Spring Christian College. Ho
has been at A. O. O. sinco 1010 except
I for three years during which time he
taught at Harding College Morrllton
Ark. He attended school at the
Nashville Bible School for two years.
Until sho became an A. C. C.
faculty member last fall Miss Jewel
Watson had been at Thorp Spring as
a teacher and student sinco 1917 J.
Eddie Weems also attended T. S. C.
C. At tho timo he was there R. C
Bell was president and President
Baxter was dean of the school. G.
C Morlan attended school thero in
1013 and 1914.
Dean Cox said "I taught at Lingle-
villa Christian College for four years.
That is my only other Christian col
Miss Elizabeth Nelson dean of
women went to old (Jleuarro college.
Sho said that the school was named
for Cleburno (Clo.) A. B. Barrett
(Bar) and for Mr. Robblns (Ro).
M. V. Sho"walter represents the de
ceased Lockney Bible College. Ho
taught there from 1905 to 1911.
Announcement of tho third annual
Cox Extemporo Speaking Contest to
be held April 2 waa mado by Dean
Cox Monday. Tho list of Blblo sub-
jects to be used by tho speakers has
also been placed In tho bulletin
A pri0 of ?25 is given each year to
tho winner. Dean Cox started tho
contest to encourago tho study of tho
Bible and stimulate Interest in tho
art of public speaking. The contest
held each year on his birthday is in
memory of his father Van Buren
Cox and his mother Julia Minerva
Cox. F. B. Shepherd gives a Biblo
to the contestant placing second.
All bona fide students carrying at
least 12 hours of work and who havo
passed in at least nine hours tho pre-
ceding term are eligible to enter tho
contest. Tho preliminary contest will
be held tho fourth Friday evening in
March. Tho five ranking highest in
that contest will speak for tho pfke
on April 2. Heretofore two repre-
sentatives from each collego class
were permitted to enter the contest.
Contest Subjects r
The list of subjects Is as follows
"Hear Ye Him" "What Think Ye ot
Christ?" "Tho Infalllblo WJuy"
"Christ The Great Physician'" "Tho
Faith That Saves" "The Christian
Platform" "Tho Christian's Ar-
"Tho Christian's Weapon"
When Interviewed W M Yowell
social science professor said "I'volmour"
been In all of them. I was a teacher I "Biblo Repentance" "Tho Good Con
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