Edna Raiford Wins Philomathean Prize
The eleventh annual oratorical contest of the Philomathean Literary Society was held in Memorial Hall on Saturday evening, April 26, and was a contest of unusual merit and each girl reflected much credit on the society she represented.
Miss Gertrude Hobbs, president of the society, made a few introductory remarks after which the following program was given:
Duet—Mr. and Mrs. Korner
War Refugees—Clara Henley
Winged Sword of France—Edna Raeford
The Church of the Future—Madge Coble
Duet—Mr. and Mrs. Korner
America Returns From France—Katherine Harmon
Part American Women Played in the War—Beulah Jessup
Piano Solo—Mrs. Baymond, Binford
The judges were Miss Gertrude Mendenhall and Messrs. William A. and Walter Blair. After a very clever and witty speech Mr. W.A. Blair delivered the prize to Miss Edna Raeford.
Philomatheans Are Entertained by Webs
The heart of every Philomathean was made to rejoice when the invitation came from their brother “Webs” to visit them at their regular meeting last Friday evening.
At 8 p.m. when Founder’s bell announced the assembly Marshal Stafford met the “Phils” at Founder’s and gallantly directed them to the elaborate home of the Websterians in the ivy-covered Y.M.C.A. building. Each girl soon found herself a proud possessor of a very attractive book-form program, with a picture of Roosevelt on the front page. On glancing thru the program it was found that it dealt with the different phases of Roosevelt’s life.
When all had assembled, President Willard in a very dignified and pleasing manner made each visitor feel very happy and at home. Then came the following interest program:
A Strenuous Life—H.M. Patterson
Debate: Resolved, that the government of the United States should adopt a policy requiring one year of military training of all able-bodied men before they reach the age of 21. Affirmative, R.A. Lineberry. Negative, J.D. Dorsett.
Vocal Solo—Paul Trotter
Reading—“His Americanism”, C.M. Macon
Oyster Bay, 1925—David White
Each number of this program was excellently rendered and to every Philomathean it was truly an inspiration to listen to it.
Much was learned concerning the life, the interests, the patriotism, the work and wonderful accomplishments of such a great American as Theodore Roosevelt.
After the program came the hurly-burly of getting into groups. Each person was listed in some group named after some characteristic of “Teddy,” such as “Naturalist,” “Rough-Rider,” “Statesman,” “Author,” “Politician,” etc. When all had found their assigned places there became a continual flow of hilarity which lasted thru out the evening. At times the mirth was somewhat subdued when attention was given to the different course of the following delicious menu:
Quite too soon sounded the hour for departure and no Philomathean could find suitable words to express her appreciation for the hospitality of the much admired “Webs.”