The High School Record


OPEN DAY.


    On Monday, May 29th, the doors of Wheeling High School were thrown open to the public for the first time since the completion of the new building.
    From early in the afternoon until late in the evening of the day, the visitors were shown through the building by the members of the Senior class, who acted as guides. Quite a number of amusing incidents occurred, but we were especially amused when it was learned that one of our brilliant Seniors escorted a young lady through the building who knows every inch of the way perhaps better than a number of us, and entirely ignorant of her identity and her knowledge of the building, went through his little speeches, as he afterward learned, to no purpose.
    No set program was carried out, but during the afternoon several of the young ladies of the school rendered piano solos and our ever-popular High School quartet sang several selections, all of which were much enjoyed by the visitors. In the evening Meister's orchestra added much to the enjoyment of the evening by its playing.
    Students were at work in the physics, chemistry and botany laboratories and also in the commercial, domestic science and manual training departments and in the gymnasium. These were constantly filled with visitors and seemed to be the most popular of the departments visited. There was not a visitor who did not get a new idea of Wheeling High School and the things for which it stands. All were impressed by the size and beauty of the building, as well as the fine equipment, by means of which the teachers are able to send out students who are prepared to take their places in the front rank. Let us hope then, that the citizens of Wheeling will realize that Wheeling High School is a great school and that in the coming years we intend to do a greater work than ever before.

         M. A. '11.


THE JUNIOR PARTY

    Not so very long ago a brand new maxim was discovered, and by the pupils of Wheeling High School, too. This new, but entirely true principle, runs thus: "It is an impossibility for the Near-Great to follow in the footsteps of the Great"; and was discovered thusly:
    "Twas the night of the Junior 'prom,' the greatest event in the history of the class of 1912. They had viewed with wonder, not unmixed with awe, the enviable good time the class of 1911 had had at its parties and the ease with which that class had overcome its rivals when they tried to break up the 'big doin's,' once ducking them under a pump and another time shaving their hair and blacking their faces. So the class of 1912 took council among themselves and finding themselves in a wonderously prosperous condition decided to have a party. They were not afraid of a rival class. No, not they; for they knew very well what dire punishment was meted out to evil beings who tried to break up a party.
    The appointed night 'dawned' bright and starry and each brave Junior swain wended his way toward the trysting place with the fair lady of his choice on his arm. Pleasant thoughts filled his brain. Indeed, he was a favored individual. To enjoy the company of his lady-love and feast on fudge, cake, lemonade, ice cream, dog-biscuits, punch, etc., was, indeed, the ideal of human happiness. And what had he to fear? The Seniors were both too weak and too cowardly even to try to break up the 'prom.' And hadn't mamma given him a nickle for bridge toll? Surely life was worth living under such conditions.
    "Everything was working fine. The Junior lass and laddie are nearly to the rendezvous. But the fates have decreed otherwise. Not far from the door, two sturdy hands are thrust about the Junior lord (?) and a stalwart Senior bears him off to captivity, while another Senior with the customary gallantry that has ever characterized the class of '11, escorts his fair partner to the appointed place of amusement.
    "This befell each and every male Junior and this each and every female, till when the party was started, it reminded one of a 'strictly-for-woman' suffrage meeting, not a Junior boy present. In the meantime those mean Seniors kept the pretty, little Junior boys sitting along the bank of the river Styx, otherwise known to humanity as the Ohio. There they sat, bound and waiting, guarded by Sophomores, listening to the strains of waltzes that so beautifully floated through the midnight air, and blessing the Senior boys who were even then dancing with their lady friends and causing their 'eats' to vanish. My, but life was rough and stony. There the Juniors sat and sorrowed, there the Seniors danced and rejoiced. There the Juniors hungered, there the Seniors ate and were merry. Finally, in the 'wee sma' hours of the morning, the Juniors were given their liberty and they returned home, many of them reaching their abodes on the back of early morning milk wagons.
    "Next morning the Seniors, stiff from dancing and the Juniors, stiff from sitting in the cold night air, each made a resolution. The Seniors, 'that the Juniors certainly did know how to start for a party and not get there better than any class ever in W. H. S.' The Juniors: 'Never again!' At least while the great class of 1911 is around, for it is an absolute impossibility for the Near-Great to follow in the footsteps of the Great'".

         E. S. W., '11.

    N. B. - The above is a secret, so please don't tell anybody; as we would not have the Juniors laughed at for the world.


PATRIOTIC DAY

    Patriotic Day was observed at the school Friday, May 26. Squire W. W. Rogers, W. W. Bennett and Mr. McKinley, veterans of the Civil War, were present. Mr. McKinley had with him a very interesting relic - an old rebel flag. The following program was rendered by the school:
Chorus.........."Breathes There a Man"
Mixed Quartet.........."The Vacant Chair"
    Misses Azele Bullard and Grace McKee,
        Messrs. Woodruff and Ruble.
Male Quartet, "Sweetest Flower that Grows"
    Vocal Solo.........."My Own United States"
        Miss Alma Bachman
    Choruses (a) "The Miller's Wooing."
                    (b) "The Bridal Chorus."
Mixed Quartet.........."Sleep, Forgotten Heroes"
    Misses Helen Connelly and Grace McKee,
        Messrs. Ray Chapman and Emil Vaas.
Selections from "The Chocolate Soldier"....
...........................High School Orchestra
Mandolin Duet. Morgan Taylor and Cassius Evans
Double Quartet.........."My Native Land"
    Misses Bullard, Connelly, McKee, Nay,
        Messrs. Chapman, Woodruff, Vaas, Ruble.
Addresses..........Veterans of G. A. R.
    Choruses (a)"America."
.....................(b) "Star Spangled Banner."
    Quite a number of visitors were present, and in all, the afternoon was an enjoyable one.


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