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~~----_._--_._----- CVox Wesleyana Christmas Number!Cbrtti Vol. XXX DECEMBER, 1926 No. 1 tmati .- ) FUR COATS AT JANUARY PRICES During Holt, Renfrew's December Sale Buy your Fur Coat NOW at these savings on our BUDGET BUYING PLAN Deferred payments arranged on convenient terms. Ask for particulars. HOLT, RENFREW & CO. LTD. PORTAGE AND CARLTON Engravings f-or College Publicity Photographs, drawings, cartoons, headings and engravings, plain or colored, for University or High School Year Books. Years of experience in the preparation of College Annuals make us leaders in this class of publicity. Telephones: 23 850, 23 859 B.itish.,.,COlonial....ess LinU.ted Toronto :17& Donald Street Winnipel) Montreal MATT. THOMPSON COMPANY CAKE SPECIALISTS Close to 150 different varieties of Oakes, Pies, Buns, etc. Wedding and Birthday Cakes Made to Order Ask your dealer for our goods, as we are absolutely wholesale. SUPPORT "VOX" ADVERTISERS-THEY SUPPORT YOU. 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BAKER 466 Portage Avenue For First Class Shoe Repairing SKATES SHARPENED BANK AT The Royal Bank of Canada 332 Main St. Winnipeg Portage & Good Branch WINNIPEG SUPPORT "VOX" ADVERTISERS-THEY SUPPORT YOU. VOX WESLEYANA 3 VOX WESLEYA:FACULTY OF WESLEY COLLEGE COLLEGE 3 REV. J. H. RIDDELL, B.A., B.D., D.D., LL.D., President of Wesley College, and Professor of New Testament Exegesis and Sociology, 41 Balmoral Place. 33 569. REV. JAMES ELLIOTT, B.A., D.D., Ph.D., Professor of Mental and Moral Science, 201 REV. JAMES ELLIOTT, Vernon Road, Sturgeon Creek. 63 845. SKULI JOHNSON, M.A., Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Professor of Classics, 176 Lenora SKULl JOHNSON, Street. 35 789. REV. A. E. HETHERINGTON, B.A., S.T.M., D.D., Professor of Old Testament Exegesis REV. A. E. HETHERINGTON, and Religious Education, 105 Evanson Street. 34 550. O. T. ANDERSON, M.A., B.Sc., Professor of Mathematics, Suite 1 Bartella Court, Home Street. 34 708. REV. A. L. PHELPS, B.A., Professor of English Language and Literature, 194 Oakdale Place. 61 705. REV. L. W. MOFFIT, B.A., Ph. D., Professor of History, 144 Lanark Street. 48 436. ALBERT C. COOKE, B.A., Assistant Professor in History, 105 Nassau Street AA... istBnt Professor in History, WATSON KIRKCONNELL, M.A., F.R.G.S., F.S.S., Associate Professor of English Language and Literature, Wesley College. 36 523. MISS ELEANOR D. BOWES, B Lecturer in French and Dean of Women's Residence .A., Lecturer in French Sparling Hall. 33 192. R. R. ROGERS, M.A., Lecturer in Chemistry and Physics, Wesley College. R. R. ROGERS, M.A., Lecturer in Chemistry C. N. HALSTEAD, B.A., Head of Preparatory Department, 260 Guilford Street. 62 089. A. RUSSELL CRAGG, B.A., B.D., Teacher of Matriculation Latin and English, 487 Newman Street. 39 468. A. STEWART CUMMINGS, B.A., Registrar and Teacher of Matriculation History. ALFRED D. LONGMAN, B.A., Instructor in Preparatory Department and Dean of Men's ALFRED· D. LONGMAN, Residence, Wesley College. 37 400. JOHN D. MURRAY, B.A., Teacher in Matriculation Department, 110 Cobourg Avenue. REV. JOHN MACLEAN, M.A., ~.D., Ph.D., LL.B.. Librarian, 64 Walnut Street. 35 375. MISS EDNA CRAGG, Assistant Registrar, 487 Newman Street. 39 468 MISS EDNA CRAGG, Assista.nt Registrar, It was always said of him, That he knew how to keep Christmas well, If any man alive Possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, And all of us; And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless us, every one. - A Christmas Carol, Dickens 4 VOX WESLEYANA Vox Wesleyana Editorial Staff Autltorized by Postmaster-General, Ottawa, as Second Class Matter Vol. XXX. DECEMBER, 1926 No.1 HONORARY EDITOR. PROFESSOR A. C. COOKE, B.A. (OXON.) EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ............................................. DAVID OWENS, '29 EDITO&-IN-LITERARY EDITOR ....................................... HOMER R. LANE, B.A. LITERARY ASST. LITERARY EDITOR .................... KATHLEEN W. McARTHUR, '28 ASST. LITERARY RELIGIOUS EDITOR. DAVID CAVERS. '2'7 ALUMNI CARL N. HALSTEAD, B.A. ISTANLEY R. McLEOD. '29 LOCAL EDITORS .......... EILEEN GAMEY, '28 FANNY DAVIS, '27 LOCAL EDITORS....................................................... MARY DAVIDSON. '211. ATHLETIC EDITOR. .J. FRASER. 'SO EXCHANGE EDITOR. HAROLD G. ROBSON, B.A. BUSINESS MANAGER. BURTON RICHARDSON', '28 ASST. BUSINESS MANAGER GEORGE FURNIVAL. '29 CIRCULATION MANAGER R. GERALD RIDDELL. '29 ASST. CIRCULATION MANAGER. HAROLD A. MOONEY, '29 CONTENTS HISTORICAL SKETCHES OF WESLEY AND MANITOBA. DOROTHY WORDSWORTH DOROTHY WOiRDSWORTH. XMAS AT SANTA'S BACK DOOR XMAS AT SANTA'S BAOK CAPEK AND "R.U.R." STUNT NIGHT. ATHLETICS. STUN'T NIGHT. 6 A Few Comments at Christmas Time VOX WESLEYANA 1.0, the last age of Cumae's seer has come! Again the great millennial reon dawns. Once more the hallowed maid appears, once more Kind Saturn reigns, and from high heaven descends The firstborn child of promise. -Vergil's Messianic Eclogue, II. 4-10. Christmas is fa period of animated joy and abundant prodigality; there is an exuberance of spirit about it that is infectious; it melts the soul's ice and makes it one with all mankind. In such a season even the middle-aged and the old become recklessly eclectic and become adherents to the various philosophic schools in turn: sceptics when they view the chaos of the Christmas shopping-world around them, Epicureans when they view the goodly cheer and fine fellowship of the festive board, Stoics when the thought occurs to them that they have overtaxed their exchequers and will perforce be at the mercy of callous creditors for times to come; but, finally and especially, mystics when they turn in a quiet hour to contemplate once again the coming of the World's Desire, the phenomenon that their minds utterly are unable to analyze, but before which their beings bow. At such a time the more youthful members of Society undergo the ordeal of examinations and pour forth with more or less unpremeditated art their wealth of wisdom on a variety of subjects, seeking to bring the illimitable under the finite forms of Space and Time. Then they betake themselves to their prairie Lares and Penates and explain to anxious parents how they have fared at the hands of the Philistines (yclept examiners), and are regarded by doting aunts and admiring cousins, indeed by all the community, as paragons of scholastic excellence, destined to vanquish the world. How helpful this untutored encouragement and optimism is, emanating from persons standing on the stony ground of ordinary experience for the benefit of those who may inwardly be floundering in the quagmires and quicksands of academic life! The Christmas holidays, then, grant a respite from doxomachies and release from the ergastulum of the Intellect, and iron-souled would the instructor be who could, at this time, turn to admonish his much beloved, albeit sometimes errant and intractable, flock. Yet the pedagogue must ease his conscience for much left unsaid and undone, and thus play his part to the end, not quite knowing whether he is acting in 'a comedy or tragedy -at initiation time he was sure it was a satyr-play-c-and mildly musing whether a Cantor will appear at the close and successfully exhort the spectators to applaud. Alt all events he is bound to be like Polonius, dogmatic and didactic till the rapier thrusts him through. The ancient Romans wisely ordained that after their serious autumnal efforts there should be a season of Saturnalia, but the VOX WESLEYANA 7 days so surrendered were few: non semper Saturnalia erunt (i.e, every day cannot be a holiday) their shrewd proverb said, and their wise inhibition we may well imitate. For there cannot be an unceasing outgoing of enthusiasm and genial energy without a constant concern for the spirit-fuel whose flames may melt the ice and cold of the WOrld's indifference and apathy. It is s-alutary always, but especially so at this time, to devote some hours to serious stocktaking- and to devise ways and means for replenishing the supplies. If this investigation leads you to conclude that you have enough of almost everything and are like the hibernating creatures of the fields, satisfied and fully furnished for your winter's needs, you make a poor calculation. Your stoek, valuable though i.t may be, will rot on your premises unless you put it to use-to the service of your neighbors. They may have few or no coins of the mind wherewith to buy from you, so lend to them-ad infinitum I-or rather give them outright all that you prize. It is only by so doing-mark the paradox of it when measured by the foot-rule of the mart I-you can keep what you own and extend your lordship over all the world besides. We have heard a good deal of the famous pax Romana, and the boons of the pax Britannica we pleasurably know, but the peace that really matters is far more individual and intimate than these, for when all is cast into the crucible our supreme concern is the peace of our souls. The one thing needful is the serene and contemplative outlook on the world and its experiences, the calm security that comes as the reward to the fearless spirit that has faced its.problems and genuinely grappled with them, ever endeavoring to make some contribution to the common betterment of mankind. Few assuredly there are who can feel true satisfaction in this regard at this---or any otherChristmas time! We who are of the many have so far failed to find it because we have not let our golden thoughts lead to serviceable actions, and our meditations at this time ought to admonish us ofa supremely fine resource. If we follow in spirit the guidance of the Great Exemplar whose natal day is traditionally assigned to this season, we may find 'anew, or immeasurably augment, our essential interests in life. You, young Argonauts of Wesley College who are setting out with bright hopes and buoyant expectancy to sail over uncharted seas, will not escape unscathed life's Clashing Crags, nor run with riggings safe and tackle trim over the world's Seven Seas. That were too much to ask. But some day, somewherethis is the great hope of us all-may you bring the argosies of your souls, with all that matters on board, into the haven of the Prince of Peace: Sint animae nostrae cum illol - SKULI JOHNSON -S~ULI JOHNSON. 8 EDITORIAL VOX WESLEYANA VOX WESLEYANA "Felix qui potuit l'el'um cosnoscel'e causas" To all its readers "Vox" wishes a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Speaking at the Inaugural Lecture of the Theological Faculty, Principal Riddell pointed out that after a courtship of many years, Wesley and Manitoba Colleges were now happily united, and were henceforth to share a common life. Continuing the figure, we extend to them hearty congratulations, and hopeful wishes for a long career of usefulness. . l>uring the war-time the Colleges united temporarily, and thereafter a steadily increasing amount of co-operation existed, until just before union, when the teaching activities were fully co-ordinated. Under the new conditions, Wesley will continue to promote Arts and Preparatory work, with Dr. Riddell as principal; while Manitoba will continue with Theology, under the presidency of Dr. Mackay. The general policy of the United Colleges will be directed 'by a joint executive, under the chairmanship of Hon, T. A. Burrows. Elsewhere in these pages the history of both institutions is outlined. We feel that the present is a fitting time to make such a review, and we trust that the rich traditions of each unit will merge into one. Our Librarian, the veteran Dr. John Maclean, whom men delight to honor, was appointed Robertson Memorial Lecturer for Western Canada for the year 1926, and spent the month of November touring the West. The Lectureship was instituted to perpetuate the memory of Dr. Jas. Robertson, pioneer Missionary Superintendent, and is a legacy from the former Presbyterian Church. Dr. Maclean is the first former Methodist to receive the appointment. His course of lectures, on the History of the Methodist Church in Western Canada, was delivered in Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Winnipeg. The series was well received, and requests have been made that it be published in book form. Dr. Maclean was in demand for public sermons and addresses. We consider the appointment and the course delivered a timely contribution to the cause of true Union, which cannot exist without an understanding of the history and tradition of the three churches which entered Union. VOX WESLEYANA 9 The last General Council of the United Church pronounced against military training in colleges of the Church. This action, and the recent D U.M.D.U. .M.D.D. debate on the C.O.T.C. question, to mind the fact, that after the stirring debate in the Wesley Men's Parliament two years ago, the military authorities saw fit to abolish the Wesley contingent. Surely the fallacy of "post hoc, propter hoc" will not be preferred against us, when we express the conviction that the student opinions that were aired in that debate had something to do with the removal. Had the Men's Parliament continued, we would have brought up what we believe to be another urgent matter, upon which student opinion should be expressed. More and more it is being felt that the presence of an advertisement of alcoholic drinks on the campus of a United Church college is an anomaly that should not exist. This is no mere handbill of an advertisement, . but a display that spreads itself over the bleachers. Mistakes may have been made in the past, and the advertising rights not properly safeguarded, hut we believe that, at any cost, this liquor advertisement should be removed from the campus of Wesley, College. We trust that the Executive Board will deal with the matter. Among the adjustments which have to be made as a result of uniting the Colleges.are the matters of the colors, crests and yell. A committee of the Faculties has been formed to look after the choice of colors, and the Athletic Council has conducted a competition for designs of two crests, one for athletic awards and the other for general use. "Vox" is offering a prize for a United Colleges yell, and we call our readers' attention to the announcement elsewhere. It is not necessary to point out how much a college yell means to the students, and we who have given the Buka-Laka to the point of laryngetical exhaustion, know how many associations gather around it. We trust there will be a ready response. Since our last issue was published, Professor Watson Kirkconnell has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (F.R.G.S.) and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (F.8.S.)·. "Vox" extends congratulations. In its record of the football games of the past season, "The Johnian J ohnian" takes the opportunity of rapping the practice of using senior men on the junior team, within the limits of the two-game rule. Apparently the privilege of allowing a man to play in the junior ranks until he has played two senior games of the season, is accorded in order to enable adj ustments to be made in the line- 10 VOX WESLEYANA ups. We believe their point is well taken, and agree that the practice of playing acknowledged senior men in the junior team is not in the best interests of the sport. We cannot lay down the pen without extending to both Senior and Junior Football teams of the United Colleges, not forgetting their trainer, Mr. Jack Murray, heartiest congratulations on their fine record for this season. It is a happy augury for the future of the Colleges. The winning of both Intercollegiate Championships, each in a replayed game against the same college, is gratifyingfo the whole student body, and in particular to those who so faithfully supported the teams from the bleachers. The outstanding feature of the entire performance was the real fighting spirit of our teams. Playing hard, clean football, on at least two occasions when everything seemed . lost, the boys saved the day by their HNeversay die" spirit. After all, such a spirit coupled with sportsmanship is the soul of the game. Obituary ebttuarp With sincere regrets "Vox" records the passing away of Edward Griffith on Sept. 28th, 1926, after a prolonged illness. "Ted," as he was familiarly known among his friends, was an honored member of the Grade XI class of 1926. He was highly respected for his integrity, splendid moral qualities, and sincere devotion to duty. During the closing days of his illness he revealed to his mother that his ambition had been to enter the Christian Ministry. His dying request was that there should be passed on to some other boys the privileges that he would have received. To the parents, brother, relations and friends "Vox" extends its heartfelt sympathy. VOX WESLEYANA r Wesley College --- An Historical Sketch W<e~n~By Kathleen W. McArthur 11 There is ever a note of pride in the voice of one who claims direct descent from the aristocracy of "the little log cabin." Men-and institutions-that have "arrived" cherish the tradition that refers back to their beginnings in elemental things; that declares their present state to be the product of incredible labor and sacrifice. Wesley College can boast this coveted lineage, for its history is rooted deep in the soil of the "new country." It grew with its growth; it failed and throve in rhythmic harmony with the great tides of the country's destiny. It has, since its earliest remote ancestor, the log cabin of the Wesleyan Institute of 1873 was in use, discarded shell after outgrown shell for "more stately mansions" in which to house the steadily increasing "power and glory" of the College. Its first home was a log cabin; its first name, the Wesleyan Institute, and its first purpose, "to promote primary and secondary education in the Red River Settlement." That was more than half a century ago. There was a change to .larger quarters in a house near the Board of Trade Building in the same years, and then the "Institute" closed, as the Provincial Board of Education had taken over its work. Wesley College came into legal existence in 1877, when it was formally incorporated by an Act of the Provincial Legislature. Union of the Methodist forces in Canada was then in progress, and when this was consummated ten years later, the charters held by the Wesleyan and Methodist Episcopal churches, were merged by an amendment of the Incorporation Act. So Wesley had early experience in problems of union. The names of Dr. Stewart,President of the Conference; Dr. Sparling, first Principal of the College; and Sir James Aikins Aikens, Chairman of the College Board, are associated with the very beginning of Wesley's career. The first classes, after Wesley became a chartered College, were held in the parlors of Grace Church, in the autumn' of 1888. More adequate quarters were sought, during the next two years, first on Albert Street and then at the corner of Edmonton and Broadway, the staff, meanwhile, being gradually increased. Dr. Riddell came in 1892 as Professor of Classics and Lecturer in Theology, and shortly afterward, Prof. Osborne, now of the University, joined the faculty as Lecturer in French and English. About this time the present site on Portage Avenue was secured. The Old Colony Creek flowed between what are now Spence and Balmoral Streets. Men worked for two years in the gumbo of this out-of-town district to build what is now one of Winnipeg's memorable buildings. One can imagine with what 12 VOX WESLEYANA satisfaction and pride the company of professors and students, with the members of the Board, gathered to witness the opening of the New College, on January 6th, 1896. It is interesting to note that the names of Professors Osborne and Hetherington appear as leaders of the first football club. The co-eds were not to be outdone by these champions of the gridiron; they had their own hand-ball club from the beginning. "Vox Wesleyana" appeared early in the next year; its career has run in an unbroken line through the history of the College. The total enrollment of students in Theology, Arts, and Matriculation was about 130, and the annual budget ran to approximately $10,000. Now it is about $65,000, and the student body this year numbers 376 in all departments. Until his death in 1912, Dr. Sparling was the presiding genius of the College; the stamp of his character is set upon all its traditions and achievements. He was succeeded in turn by Dr. Stewart and Dr. Crummy, and in 1917 Dr. Riddell was recalled from Edmonton, Alta., where he was engaged in educational work, to take up the responsibilities of the Principalship. These high duties are still being ably and devotedly performed by him. Sir James Aikins was succeeded, in. 1908, by Mr. James Ashdown, as Chairman of the Board, and the new Chairman's loyalty and support became the strong staff on which Wesley leaned in many a crisis. . The co-eds will be interested to know that Sparling Hall was built, in 1912, as a Men's Residence, and for Matriculation classes, but in 1917 it was converted into a Ladies' Residence with accommodation for 60 co-eds. Endowments and gifts from men whose judgment and insight foresaw the possibilities of the College, have supplemented the comparatively small sum that the Church was able to set aside for educational work. The College has weathered many a financial storm, but wise and skilful leadership brought it safely through. Over four hundred of Wesley's sons went to war. It was work that had to be done. There is no glory in war, but since it had to be, the spirit of these men has enriched the tradition of the College, and inspired it with the splendor of sacrifice. The present student body is active in both College and University doings. The total number of students is 379, the average age eighteen years. Its diverse character is remarkable, for it represents eighteen nationalities, sixteen religious faiths, and hails from upwards of 120 places in the West and elsewhere. The union of Manitoba and Wesley Colleges is taking place through the gradual merging of their interests and activities into a common spirit and purpose. Something of the firm tradition of the College lives in each succeeding generation of students, as they come to realize and accept the "august and precarious stewardship" entrusted to VOX WESLEYANA 13 them; as they learn that success is achieved only after the same manner as Wesley achieved her greatness,-in accepting and using the hard conditions of success, in enduring the discipline of work and patience, and in tasting "delight of battle" with the difficulties that block the path. . With reverence for the past and valiant hope for the future, we acclaim with joy the birth of the new "United Colleges." Manitoba College --- An Historical Sketch "There, keep poutheran' for a hunner years an' mail'," said the old mason who superintended the construction of the first Presbyterian Church in the West. The brave band of Scottish Presbyterians who built the old Church in 1854 not only helped to build Manitoba College in 1871, but also supplied its first classes with pupils. It was Dr. John Black who began the Presbyterian educational work in the West, by founding a church in 1852; and true to Scottish tradition, he assisted "lads 0' pairts" in Classics and French in his own study. Thereafter sturdy Scotch lads went to Toronto from time to time, to complete the education begun in the Kildonan School and Manse. Convinced thet Presbyterianism would not prosper as it should, unless it had a college of its own in the West, Dr. Black urged that one be founded. The scheme received such support in the West, that in 1871 the General Assembly set up an institution, and appointed Rev. George Bryce, M.A., as its first professor. The first College building was constructed of logs covered with siding, and comprised class-room space and a residence for students. Rev. Thos. Hart, M.A., was added to the staff, and good work was done. So far the College was wholly an Arts institution, although tuition in theology was afforded through Dr. Black and Dr. Jas. Robertson, in spite of the fact that both men were busy with the practical work of the ministry. In 1877, when the University of Manitoba was founded, wholly as an examining board at first, Manitoba College became affiliated with the University, and had the honor of preparing the first graduate of the University in the person of Mr. W. R. Gunn. Also, it should be added that Drs. Bryce, Hart, and Robertson, were among the founders of the provincial University. The present site of the College was purchased in 1881 from the Hudson Bay Co. and during the same year the Marquis of Lorne, 'author of the great paraphrase "Unto the hills around," laid the corner stone. In 1883 the theological work was placed on a regular footing. The memory of Dr. King, principal of the College from 1883 to 1899, was perpetuated in the endowment of a chair in New Testament Exegesis, and in 1905 a chair in O.T. Language and Literature was established. In 1909, the Rev. 14 VOX WESLEYANA Drs. Bryce and Hart, at their own request, were relieved of the active duties of their chairs, which they had filled since 1871 and 1872 respectively. They became professors emeritus, and the following year Mr. F. W. Clark, now head of the Department of Classics in the University, a pupil of Dr. Hart, was appointed to the chair of Classics, It is a sign of true success when the staff appointments are filled by former students, and this is the case in Manitoba College. Finding that the student body in the Matriculation Department was 'being recruited largely from city youth, and believing that the mixture of immature with older students was undesirable, in 1912 the Board discontinued that department. Two years later the Arts Department, both staff and student body, was handed over to mhe University. This step was taken from reasons of policy,and not from any financial stringency. The entire resources of the institution were then devoted to theological work, and the next year saw the establishment ofa new Chair of Social Ethics. , In 1912 a residence was provided for the daughters of Presbyterian homes, in accord with the purpose of the College to cooperate with the University in providing supervised residences for young people attending the University. The present principal, Rev. Dr. Mackay, was appointed in 1919, and under him the vigorous policy of the College has been continued. To meet the demand for more efficient instruction in Religious Education, the Board provided courses for lay workers and deaconesses, appointing Rev. F. W. Kerr to the professorship of Religious Education land Pastoral Theology. The needs of wartime necessitated the use of the College building by the military authorities, and the few students who were unable to enlist continued to take classes in the University buildings. Over two hundred of the alumni of the College saw army service in the Great War, which is in itself a great record. A system of co-operation was inaugurated between Manitoba and Wesley Colleges in 1888, which later proved to be the beginning of a teaching University. In 1890, the University having secured 'Suitable quarters for the experiment, the three colleges,-Manitoba, Wesley, and St. John's-authorized their science professors to 'co-operate in giving common lectures in their respective subjects. This co-operation between Manitoba and Wesley continued through the years, and became more and more complete, until, at the present time, as a result of the union of the three churches, the United Colleges flourishes as one institution under a single executive board. True to her traditional policy, Manitoba is continuing the theological side of the work, while Wesley continues the humanities. This. brief sketch cannot do justice to the history of an institution such as Manitoba College, but it does indicate that the scholarly traditions of Old Scotia have borne fruit in a new land, and that the vision and toil of pioneers was not in vain. V VOX WESLEYANA 1 515 OX WESLEYA..~P PROFESSOR SKULI JOHNSON ROFESSOR SKULl It is one of the functions of a college magazine to give publicity to the literary efforts of students: it is also its, task to record the achievements of distinguished graduates. Professor S Skuli Johnson kull Johnson, who at year leaves Wesley College to assume the position of Assistant- Professor of Classics in the University of Manitoba, is no stranger to the pages of Vox Wesleyana. It has been the good fortune of "Vox" to chronicle Mr. Johnson's brilliant undergraduate career, to record his addition to the faculty of the College, to publish, from time to time, articles, verses, translations from his pen and to benefit by his services as Honorary Editor. It welcomes, therefore, the opportunity of saying hail and farewell at the close of his long connection with the College. Professor Johnson is a graduate of whom the College has many reasons to be proud. Coming to Wesley, like many another Winnipegger, from the old Collegiate Institute, he early found his place in both academic and athletic life. Scholarships and honorable mentions came to him consistently throughout his course. In the first year he obtained a general scholarship in Latin, English, Mathematics, Greek, French and Roman History. In his second year one in Latin, English, Greek History and Philosophy, also honorable mention in English, Greek and French. In his third year he tied with J. T. Thorson, now Dean of the Law School and Member for South Centre Winnipeg, for the scholarship in Classics. To these laurels he added those of a star football player, an able debater and a gold medalist for essays and verse published in "Vox." At the end of his third year he brought distinction to himself and to his College by receiving the award of the Rhodes Scholarship for Manitoba. At Oxford he was a student of Oriel, the College of Cecil Rhodes. There he read Greats, long regarded as the premier Oxford course, and one which gives the widest training in Classics and Philosophy. It is the course which derives most clearly from the mediaeval tradition and which enjoys the reputation of being a liberal education in itself, by the side of which the Honors School of Modern History is a mere upstart. While at Oxford, he helped establish Canadian lacrosse as one of the recognized sports of the University, was a member of the 16 . VOX WESLEYANA Lacrosse Council, and played in games against Cambridge,a distinction which to-day carries the coveted right to a "half blue." Mr. Johnson Mr. J ohnson returned to Winnipeg on account of ill health in 1913, when he completed the work for his B.A. degree, and in 1917 took his M.A., both degrees being graded magna cum laude, For a time he taught classics at St. John's Technical School, and ever since then has retained his interest in the work of secondary education in the province, an interest manifested by the fact that he has read many papers on classical subjects before the teachers of Manitoba. In 1915 he became a member of the faculty of Wesley College; in 1917 was appointed Professor of Classics; and in 1920 he succeeded Dr. W. T. Allison as Dean of the Faculty of Arts, a position which he has held until the present. During the eleven years that Professor Johnson has been on the staff, he has given the fullest proofs both of his ability and success as a teacher, and of unfailing interest in all departments of College life. For many a student he has transformed Latin and Greek from dead curriculum subjects into the record of the life and thought of living men. He has always given and expected the best. Since 1915, in addition to his work in Classics, he has held the position of Professor and Examiner in Old Icelandic for both the University of Manitoba and the Department of Education. In the midst of exacting duties he has found time to publish works ofa scholarly and literary nature. Poems translated from the Classics, from Old Icelandic and from Modern Greek have appeared in the "University Magazine," and articles on technical and other subjects in the American Scandinavian Review and elsewhere. His M.A. thesis, "A Century of Sonnet Writing in Icelandic," has been highly praised by those authorities who have seen it, and it is to be regretted that it has never received the publicity to which its originality and sound scholarship entitle it. Educational policy, both College and University, has always challenged his interest and received his constructive criticism. His close and sustained interest in student activities is well known. For two years he was a member of the University Athletic Directorate, while there is probably no College student organization of which he has not been at 'some time Honorary President and to which he has not given the benefit of his advice and co-operation. It is not too much to say that he has stood the supreme test of disinterested devotion-on an afternoon when he had planned to play golf he has cheerfully acted as lastminute judge at a debate. No mere catalogue of achievements and interests, however, can distil the essence of personality, or indicate the real reason for the regret felt alike by students and fellow members of the faculty at the closing of Professor Johnson's Wesley College period. Many generations of students have observed and appreciated, as they have admired, the dignity and courtesy which are so peculiarly his-a courtesy and a dignity felt at once to be VOX WESLEYANA 17 native and inborn. Good manners can be acquired, but the qualities marked in Professor Johnson are those which come from inherent candor, simplicity and generosity. If it may be suggested without impertinence or flattery, there is a passage in the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius which, to one person at least, has for many years brought to mind the personality of Professor Skuli Johnson. It is the one in which the philosopheremperor records' his debt to Maximus.-c- "From Maximus, self-mastery and singleness of aim; cheeriness in sickness or other visitations; dignity tempered with affability; the prompt performance of appointed tasks. Every one believed that what he said he thought, and that what he did was done honestly. Nothing could dazzle, and nothing daunt him; there was no pressing forward, no hanging back, no hesitation. Kind, generous, and genuine, he gave one the impression of goodness undeviating and incorruptible, No one ever felt him patronising, yet no one could have esteemed himself his better; so gracious was his manner." -A.C.C. NEW MEMBER OF THE STAFF This year we have one newcomer to the Faculty in the person of Mr. Raymond R. Rogers, of Tweed, Ont., son of a United Church minister, who has taken over the science work in the College. Mr. Rogers is an honors graduate in Chemistry and Mineralogy of Victoria College, University of Toronto, and has completed his M.A. in Chemistry. Last year Mr. Rogers was demonstrating in the University of Toronto, and was in charge of an electrical division of the Chemistry Department. He is particularly interested in physical chemistry, and purposes taking his doctor's degree in that subject. Mr. Rogers' innate modesty prevented us from gleaning more facts concerning his past; for the future we predict unfailing devotion to the work of science and of teaching; and for the present, we bid him welcome to Wesley College, and hope that his work here will be pleasant and profitable. EVER LET THE FANCY ROAM Music is sounding, and my pulses thrill To half-forgotten memories and regrets, And hopeless longings, ill-defined with words. A day with caravans beside the Nile- The gaudy show of old Bombay bazaars- A Japanese pagoda in the sun- Or just the perfume of a hyacinth. Perhaps I have been dreaming, but I think, Just now, I heard a tinkly temple-bell. -M.D. 18 Christmas at Santa's Back Door VOX WESLEYANA bY charles clay (By CHARLES CLAJ) For two months past we t;':i had no mail. Four more days and it would be Christmas. Surely the dog teams would arrive in time, for what does Christmas day in the northern solitudes mean without a letter or two? It was a week's journey to Norway House and there had been lots of snow to make travelling hard. Probably the men would be late. However, we were too busy to worry whether the mail would arrive in time or not. There was the concert to be held on the evening of the twenty-third. The school chorus was far from presentable. It was called "Hurry Mr. Clock," and was a motion song. Four months before, when I opened school, none of these Indian children could speak or understand English. We were going to sing in English and they were always getting mixed up in the words. They would persist in having the clock "tick tock" too many times, or in saying "Merry Chrismas" when they should be saying "Mr. Clock." The motions, too, were very erratic. There was still much practice needed. And then there were the recitations. There were no Christmas books in the settlement and no one had any Christmas poems, so we had to use anything available. Ewart only knew two stanzas of "In Winter I Get Up At Night"; Edward and Minnie didn't know "Jack and Jill" very well; Christine knew "A Birdie With a Yellow Bill" all right, but Fanny didn't know "Kind Thoughts," and so on. Moreover, I had my hands full, making Xmas presents for the eight white people in the settlement. I had gone to Island Lake with no provisions for Christmas cheer, so I had to make my gifts. There was an old cigar box, yet to be varnished, that I had transformed into a guitar for the company's factor. The poem, "Ye Christmasse Greetyngs," had yet to be made up in a little book for his wife. It was some poem, too. There was one stanza of twelve lines about each of the four people at the company's factor, with an introduction like this: "To ye knyghtes ande to ye ladyes At olde castle iNewmownhaye, I arne sendynge ye thyse greetynge On ye Merrye Chrystemasse daye." There was a match striker to be polished up for the missionary. For his wife I had a real task. When we were going in during the summer one of the trippers had dropped on a rock a box containing two pails of yellow enamel and some pyrex cooking ware. There were two sweaters packed in the box also. When the box was dropped, the pails burst and enamel spilled over everything. It hardened, covering the 'f*yrex ware and sweaters. The sweaters, which were a deep brown, looked like VOX WESLEYANA 19 Jacob's coats. My present to the missionary's wife was to remove the enamel from the pyrex ware. I had laboriously scraped and washed, scraped and washed, and had only cleaned a large casserole dish. I still had another one to do. The other presents were puzzles, but they were made. So, with one thing and another, I was very busy. On the twenty-third, two dog teams of the expected mail arrived. The missionary and I took the wood sled and went over to get ours. It was about a mile over to the Hudson's Bay Company's Post, or "Post" as it is called. We had an avenue of young trees stuck in the snow across the stretch of lake between the mission and the Post; to mark the trail for stormy weather. A series of small holes were cut through the ice when it was about three inches thick. The trees were placed in these and braced upright until the water coming through the hole froze it. To continue, we crossed over to the Post and loaded up our share of themail.someonehundredandthirtypounds.My. but it looked a lot! On the top of our load of mail we put two gasoline lamps to light the church for the concert that evening. We had quite a load to pull back. The day was cold, with a chilling wind and drifting snow. We struggled along with the heavy pulling sled, parka hoods up, heads bent down, pulling away like good fellows. We were still some two hundred yards from the mission dock when suddenly the ice gave way and we plunged into the chilling water. Br-r-r-r l Out we clambered and scrambled away from the hole. When some feet away, we looked back to the scene of disaster. Themail sled reposed peacefully just where it had stopped when the power was shut off. We walked gingerly around the hole, giving it a wide berth, and taking hold of the back of the sleigh we pulled it away. The swift current (for it was at a narrow port of the lake) and an air pocket, bad together made a weak spot. Clad in straight jackets we reached the mission without further mishaps. My share of the mail wasthirty-onepounds.forwhich.by the way, the transportation from Norway House was twenty cents a pound, as that was as far as the government brought it. It consisted of a parcel from Eaton's, some magazines, several rolls of newspapers, a handful of letters, and a small parcel containing candy. My friends did not know the uncertain mail service and had not sent soon enough. As a result, with one delay and another, my Xmas parcels arrived on the tenth of the following April, over the last ice. Among them was one parcel containing a chicken. As none of us were English, we didn't like our birds "high," so we had to throw it away. You can imagine our sorrow when you know there were no chickens at Island Lake, and the last time we had seen one was the previous summer. However, we decided to wait and open all our Christmas mail on Christmas morning, and thus doubly enjoy it. 20 VOX WESLEYANA TI:1e concert on the evening of the twenty-third was a success. In fact we had to repeat the chorus, "Hurry, Mr. Clock," in order to get the people, meaning the Indians, to appreciate it. The tree was an object of awe and wonder to the children, and to their parents, too, for that matter. The missionary was to be Santa Claus. I gave a short talk to introduce him, telling them who he was, where he came from, what he did, and where he was going. When I finished Santa himself entered amid the ringing of bells and merry shouts. A hush came over the gathering when they saw this strange being. When Santa wished them a Merry Christmas, however, they burst into laughter. They had recognized the missionary's voice. Presents were given to all the children and everybody went home happy. On the day before Christmas we decorated the house, set up the tree, and made everything ready for the next day. In the evening we, the missionary, his wife, an Indian girl who was living with them, and myself, went down to the camps and carrolled. We frightened the wits out of some of the people. They couldn't make out why we should come and sing before their doors. In telling of Christmas Day I shall take an extract from a diary I kept while I was away: "We went to bed late last night, after a very busy day. The person who said "Merry Christmas" first, was to receive a prize. Mrs. Chapin (the missionary's wife) said it about four a.m., thus winning the prize which turned out to be a toothsome all-day sucker. "Mr. Chapin rose about seven, lit the kitchen fire, and opened the furnace. Then he started the phonograph. We lay in bed listening to the Christmas carols that had been reserved to be played on Christmas morning for the first time. "After breakfast we said prayers and washed the dishes, and then we lit the fire and gathered around the tree. I, being nominated as Santa's representative, performed the delightful task of distributing the presents. "Needless to say, there were several jokes. Nellie, (the Indian girl) received a box of chocolates which, being opened, proved to be small potatoes daintily arranged in their paper containers. Mrs. Chapin got a paper knife that lived up to its name, as it was made of paper. Mr. Chapin became the proud owner of a beaver's foot. I received a pair of dog biscuits snugly nestling in cotton in a bright holly box. My main Christmas parcels were still somewhere on the road. The jokes were rather pathetic, for they were substitutes for real presents which could not be received or given. "After the enjoyable time of parcel-opening we sat around and read our letters. "I went over to the Post at three o'clock to wish them the season's greetings. While there I saw the factor buying fur. Christmas day a brisk trade is done. I saw some twenty thous- VOX WESLEYANA 21 and dollars' worth of fur. The Company was given a feast. The bill-of-fare was bread, beans, bacon, jam, butter, lard and cookies. "On the evening of Christmas Day our attention was attracted by the startling brilliance of the northern lights. We donned our parkas and went out to see the sights. I looked at the thermometer. The light was sufficient to read it; forty below! Not a breath of air disturbed the frosty trees. The snow sparkled like myriads of tiny diamonds. Overhead great colored streams flared southward. Broad bands of colored lights moved across the sky. Red, orange, blue, green, purple, yellow; every color of the rainbow flashed from the north, dimmed in the south and died away. Glorious, inspiring, the gigantic panorama of moving light swung through the heavens." How fitting that such glories should illumine Christmas night, reminding the watchers of one bright star and the company of Angels who sang "Glory to God" and "Peace on Earth, Good-will towards men." REV. DR. JOHN MACLEAN HONORED In addition to being appointed Robertson Memorial Lecturer, Dr. Maclean has been the recipient of a full length oil portrait of himself from the Manitoba United Church Conference, and also a tribute from the students of Wesley College, on the occasion of his seventy-sixth birthday. The inscription of the students' gift was as follows: "Winnipeg, Man., October 29, 1926. "Dear Doctor Maclean: "We, the students of Wesley College, offer our heartiest congratulations on the occasion of your attaining your seventy-. sixth birthday. During our term at College we have ~e to e8feem you as a personal friend and an ever-ready helper in aU times of need. We acknowledge your unfailing kindness and your long-suffering patience with us, and desire in a tangible manner to recognize our indebtedness. "We wish for you many years of happy life and strength to continue rour great work for God and humanity. We count it a real privilege to have known you, and for your help we heartily thank you. "Please accept this autograph album with our signatures as a token of esteem and good-will. (Signed) ELEANOR D. BOWES, ..... Dean of Women, ALFRED D. LONGMAN, ~ Dean of Men. GRACE PARSONS, ... Lady Stick, LLOYD S. BORLAND, rSenior Stick. 22 Dorothy Wordsworth VOX WESLEYANA VOX Speaking of Dorothy Wordsworth, Coleridge remarks, "She is a woman indeed, in mind, I mean, and heart; for her person is such that if you expected to see a pretty woman you would think her rather ordinary; if you expected to see an ordinary woman you would think her pretty." Again we find De Quincey saying: "She was a person of very remarkable en- . 'dowments intellectually; and, in addition to the other great services which she rendered to her brother, this I may mention, as greater than the rest, and it was one which equally operated to the benefit of every casual companion on a walk-viz: the exceeding sympathy, always ready and always profound, by which she made all that one could tell her, all that one could describe, all that one could quote from a foreign author, reverberate, as it were, "a plusieurs reprises," to one's own feelings, by the manifest impression it made upon hers. The pulses of light are not more quick or more inevitable in their flow and undulation, than were the answering and echoing movements of her sympathizing attention." Such comments by two who knew her intimately, co-operate with the theoretic facts to keep curiosity about Dorothy Wordsworth alive whenever the Romantic period in English literature is studied. The main facts may be easily enumerated. Dorothy, the only sister of William Wordsworth, was born in 1771. During early childhood the two were constant companions but, following the death of their mother, in 1778, the family dispersed, Dorothy going to her grandparents. From then until 1794, after William had graduated and had spent much time in travel, the two were only occasionally together. In this year, however, they settled near Nether Stowey where they made their permanent home. There it was that the life-long friendship was formed between the two and Coleridge. They became indeed from that time "Three persons and one soul." There was continual intercourse between the two families, regardless of the fact that Coleridge wandered, while the others remained there' constantly, except for an occasional tour to the Continent or Scotland. During this time Dorothy kept a minute diary which she afterwards put in the form of journals. Thus her life passed with intermingled study and recreation, happiness and sorrow until, in 1829, a mysterious ailment befell her. She remained an invalid, never regaining her complete mental health, until her death in ~M. . The matter of the influence of Dorothy is part fact and part conjecture. It is obvious that the never-failing confidence and trust which she placed in William, even when others had apparently lost all faith in him, exerted a great influence and assisted him to carry on in his life work. Their interests were common, VOX WESLEYANA 23 they seem to have seen and felt as one person. She was generous, affectionate and absolutely unselfish in her devotions to others and especially to her brother, which made her an invaluable aid to him as a poet and as a man. Dorothy it was who led Wordsworth to a less austere view of nature than he was wont to take. How much he was indebted to her for the refined and spiritual conception of nature which characterizes his maturest views, and which lies at the basis of his conception of the world, it is impossible to say. . One of the greatest of all her valuable services to him was rendered at the particular time when he was lost in the darkness of an apparently hopeless skepticism. She called him away from the things disturbing his peace and whispered that brightness would come again. She saw also that the poet's world must be his world, and it was her power that compelled him to live in it. Critics call attention ·to the unfortunate results of the influence of Dorothy on the poet. It is said that her keen and superabundant sensibility, uncontrolled by higher powers, made her and, through her, him also, too susceptible to the ordinary in life and nature. We admit that Wordsworth exaggerated interest and treated ordinary subjects and themes with unusual emotion. But even though Dorothy may be responsible for this, still both he and the world are under lasting obligation to her for the inestimable service rendered in the crisis of his life, which was so full of import concerning his future; also for the service rendered through long years of faithful devotion, in which she ministered to his bodily, mental and spiritual needs. The value of her records, especially in earlier years, is hardly to be over-estimated by those who desire to form an exact impression of the revival of English poetry. It is not In Wordsworth's Country I 24 VOX WESLEYANA ,/ merely by the value of her notes that Dorothy Wordsworth lives. She claims an independent place in the history of English prose as one of the earliest writers who noted in language delicately chosen, and with no other object than to preserve their fugitive beauty, the little picturesque phenomena of homely country life. On the other hand it is difficult to exaggerate the importance of Dorothy's companionship to her illustrious brother. In reading Wordsworth's poems, we note the numerous tributes he made to it, and to the sympathetic originality of her perceptions. Indeed he truly said: "She gave me eyes, she gave me ears, And humble cares and delicate fears, A heart the fountain of sweet tears, And love, and thought, and joy." -M. McD., 27. KAREL CAPEK AND "R.U.R." It is rather phenomenal that a young Czech dramatist of thirty should with his first serious play attain a world-wide reputation, and within two years see his work translated into nearly every language of Europe. This was the unusual experience of Karel Capek, of Prague, whose sociological melodrama "R.D.R" was first presented in 1920. The initial sensation of his work is now a matter of past history, but at the request of the editor of "Vox" the man and his chief play are now formally * introduced to the student body of Wesley College. Karel Capek was born in 1890 at Male Svatonovice, in Bohemia, where his father was a physician. Educated at Caroline University, Prague, the University of Berlin, and the Sorbonne, Paris, he is a Doctor of Philosophy and is known academically as the author of a book on "Pragmatism, or the Philosophy of a Practical Life." After graduation, he turned to journalism, and also wrote short stories and translations from French poetry. The close of the War saw him manager of the Vinhradsky Theatre at Prague. Here was produced in 1920 his remarkable play "RD.R" (Rossum's Universal Robots), a work which combines thrilling melodrama with a profound interpretation of industrial civilization. The plot, superficially fantastic, is as follows: A great scientist named Rossum discovers how to make synthetic human beings. His son, a business man, capitalizes the invention, manufactures the automata by the tens of millions, and supplies them to the' states of the world, to handle all the work and all the fighting. These mechanical men are called "robots" (in Czech, "rob" is a slave, "robotnik" a laborer). Freed from all labor, the human beings of the earth go soft, live futile lives, and cease VOX WESLEYANA VOX WESLEYA;NA 25 to have babies. They are at last hopelessly outnumbered by the robots, who revolt and exterminate them. With the death of the humans disappears the secret of manufacturing robots, and the latter, perishing by the million, face ultimate extinction. The parable should be obvious to all but the blind. The Rossums, father and son, represent respectively scientific intelligence and capital, which have made possible the vast laboring populations of our industrial civilization; while the iron discipline and mindless routine of mass production have brutalized into robots the countless millions thus called into being. The moral of the play cuts both ways. On the one hand, the upper classes who evade the human duties of work and parenthood meet swift and condign extermination. On the other hand, the robots, in wiping out the intellectuals and the capitalists, destroy those who were essential to the survival of their own class. This brief sociological analysis does not do justice to the intensely melodramatic qualities of the play, which rivals "The Bat" in its stimulation of goose-flesh. The thrills reach their climax at the end of the Third Act, where the leader of the robot army, outlined in black against a sky lurid with burning factories, addresses his followers: "Robots of the world! The power of man has fallen! A new world has arisen: the Rule of the Robots! March!" Capek has written subsequent plays and two powerful novels, but his most memorable work thus far is the allegorical drama of the robots. -W.K. GALLI-CURCI Oh Spirit of divine Despair, Joy effervescent and gay Mirth, Essence of dreams in music rare, Balm of distress, and saddest dearth Within Thee is high Art enthroned; And from thy lips sweet cadences Tremble the air and thrill the sens Oh Priestess of the art of Pan, Oh endless ageless Voice divine, Thrill in my pulses till I pain With too sweet singing harmony; And lose all being but response to thee. -M.D.r/ 26 VOX WESLEYANA STUNT NIGHT ", It is eight-fifteen. The yawning doors of an ancient auditorium endure, passively, the stamping and tramping of the gay throng which swarms about their edges. Dainty maidens flit around like ladies-in-waiting; solicitious youths attend them. There is jesting, a joyous abandon, and the everlasting groans of a suffering staircase. On tip-toes, from the outer rim of the press, one catches a glimpse of the enthusiastic concourse within those portals. Serious-minded men are putting off their dignity to gossip with equally serious-minded women. Other men move about in plugged hats, frills, and frocks. Gorgeously costumed in Elizabethan, mid-Victorian, or ultra-modern styles, attractive ladies bow to each other and to themselves. Some of them are dressed even as men! An orchestra relieves the clamour with the strains of the latest song hit. People elbow past as if they were on their way to a Thursday bargain at the hosiery counter. Boys squirm through, dragging after them rough furniture. "What is the meaning of all this, anyway?" asks a friend. "Why, this is annual stunt night!" is the reply. "A shield is awarded to the class producing the best stunt." Seats are at a premium. One cannot hope for a box. Amidst an air of anticipation the weary old curtain drags itself back and the show is on. Matriculation are up there puzzling over a sheet of ice. One puzzles over what their aim may be in so puzzling. This effort shows earnestness but little preparation. The Freshmen appear and because they use the tactics characteristic of Freshmen, deserve praise. And all the while the stairs continue to howl like a dozen wooden gates swaying in a January gale. Enter the Sophs! They have been browsing about in their Eng- . lish-an entirely unprecedented thing and a good idea, too. There is a whiff of originality about the act, but it lacks unity, owing to the frequent use of the curtain. Yet it -finished with a bang. I doubt if His Satanic Majesty ever enjoyed, on any previous occasion, such popularity in a church college! The senior years have yet to appear. So far the performances have. been mediocre, and scarcely representative of the best in college minds. Has the best wine been reserved till the last? The jolly Juniors troop up-a whole mob of them. They ought to do a good piece of work. Very deliberately, and very effectively, by Jove, a lady on the far side opens the act with some information about the development of the English drama. She employs, to quote the words of my neighbor, "a doublebarrelled shotgun." Obviously the lady is an adherent, at least,· of the English classes. As the curtain recedes, the audience recedes, too, into the fifteenth century and participates in a shepherd's play. It isa fine piece of work. There is minute attention to detail, which reveals careful thought and earnest effort to produce the right effect. These folk must be steeped in the earlier drama, for they fall down slightly in their closing scene, VOX WESLEYANA 27 a modern one. Albeit, they are in the running for the honors. Can the stately Seniors do better? "The Seniors will do, in pantomime, a Spanish playlet of the seventeenth century," chirp two dainty announcers. What a mouthful! Tbescene is laid in a king's court. The cast includes the wily king, his charming daughter, two persistent suitors, and retinue. Nor can one fail to mention the castle. Well, there is action and gusto about that stunt. It is funny, but not ridiculous. It has a certain compactness and punch that carries one right along. What will the judges do? There is only one thing they can do. The Seniors take home the prize. With the above remarks off one's chest, one feels justified in viewing, from a critical angle, this whole business of a "Stunt Night." Any institution or tradition must be able to give sound reasons for its existence, else it must be abandoned; and it is only the unjustifiable things, as a rule, that rebel against criticism. Questions such as the following arise-why do we have a stunt night? Is it a worthwhile activity? Is it continued because of a sense of duty to the traditions of the past, or because of a belief in its intrinsic worth? In spite of the fact that both audience and performers enjoy the entertainment, is the preparation '8 bug-bear, and does a great sigh . of relief go up when the evening is over? Do students (and professors) greet with joy its announcement just at a season of the year when studies are pressing? These are legitimate questions raised for the purpose of causing us to view the matter carefully. Some of them may be answered readily; some of them may go unanswered. What the originators of "Stunt Night" regarded as its purpose or "raison d'etre,' I do not know, but of late years the generally accepted aims were two in number: (1) To create friendly rivalry between classes, and (2) to serve as a sort of indicator of the histrionic powers inherent in the students. It need scarcely be said that the first of these 'aims is always realized, hut I fear that we must hesitate before saying that about the second one. To what degree, under the present arrangement, do the pure dramatic activities in the College profit by "Stunt Night"? Or is it possible for them to benefit at all? If it is not then I would say that "Stunt Night" is just so much impedimenta; but since it it hoary with age, we seek to reverence it. And that, therefore, explains the rather offhanded, haphazard way in which we have always regarded it. If, on the other hand, real values do inhere in the institution, can we appropriate them by having a clear-cut conception of our objectives? I for one believe that "Stunt Night" has its particular contribution to make if-and only ifit is properly conducted, with attainable goals in view. In the hope that they might, in a small way, contribute to the success of future "Stunt Nights," the following suggestions are made. First, that at the very beginning of the Fall term the Social and Literary and Dramatic Executives form an amalgama- 28 VOX WESLEYANA tion for the purpose of making "Stunt Night" the one big local event of the term. Heretofore the Social and Literary Executive has existed chiefly to perform the tasks of pouring coffee and serving ice cream. Wholly commendable things in themselves, one must admit. But they seem to have controlled the field, since "Stunt Night" is neglected until after the Thanksgiving holiday. At that late hour there can be no possible choice of dates. Whatever is available must be accepted and a hurried announcement made to the busy classes, the members of which already wear that exam-haunted countenance. Ideas must, perforce, be searched after. Perhaps it is not until the final day that something feasible is hit upon-and the stunt very often is evidence of this. Extempore methods may be time-saving, but only on rare occasions do they produce satisfactory results. It is to overcome such haphazardness that I suggest an earlier announcement of the date, to be followed by a brisk campaign of advertising. I am convinced it will insure the concentrated attention of each class upon its production. Again, the suggestion might be made to those bodies who control that they could profitably devote some thought to the management and conduction of the night itself. It is a tremendous handicap to have such inadequate stage accommodation, but rightly viewed that drawback should serve only as a spur to finer effort. Much of the shuffling and movement might be eliminated if the attention of the audience were engaged in singing, in listening to musical numbers (other than the orchestra), solos, or readings. One's. eyes weary if compelled to focus on that drab curtain for more than one minute at a time. Since it is generally expected that the senior years will produce the more finished stunts, one of them could appear early in the programme, thus mixing up the better with the good. As a. final word, to those from whose fertile minds come the ideas for a stunt, it should be said that the one-act type makes by far the greater appeal. Continuous movement of the curtain is avoided and a coherence and conciseness secured which is appreciated by the listeners. Whatever else may be said, it remains true that memories of "Stunt Night" linger with us long after mere knowledge and examinations have been relegated to the lost limbo of departed spirits. The stage of Convocation Hall once witnessed smoke rising from two foul-smelling cigars, and in imagination, sensitive olfactory organs may still detect their presence! -H.R.L. -- Gold Mining in Manitoba VOX WESLEYANA 29 After Spring term examinations, we--Don Lockhart, Crawf. Gamey Garney and the writer-s-boarded the train for Lac du Bonnet, and thence. started on the trail for the Gold Area. Exhilarated and hopeful, we tied up our canoe behind a motor boat, crossed Lac du Bonnet easily, and after supper paddled our own canoe as far as the first portage.· A long day of preparation, the care of packing equipment and food, and the fact that the 'POrtage was a mile long for our weary selves, made us decide to camp there for the night. In the early morning we were on the long stretch up Bird River, and along this stream we travelled for three days. The small projecting cliffs of granite, and flat stretches of green rock, sparsely covered with Jack Pines and Spruce, gave to the scenery a beauty and yet a barrenness which was captivating in its simplicity. Numerous clear lakes, mere expansions of the river, broke through their rocky spill-ways to the levels below. It was not all easy sailing. .A:bout eight o'clock the third evening we met a two-mile portage, and made two trips across it that night. Portaging is not as romantic as the movies indicate. There are no well worn paths, and easy slopes. This one was over a steep bill, down into a genuine muskeg, over jagged rocks, and then through a second long muskeg. A night journey in a strange country through a waste of cold bogs of leaves and water up to the knees, is not easy-to a tired voyageur laden with supplies. Our baggage weighed four hundred pounds, and the canoe eighty-five. Our method was to stagger through the portage with as much as we could carry. There was something heroic about it,-but one did not feel that when the poorly blazed trail could not be found, and it was uncertain whether one was carry-ing the load towards or away from the goal! . However, this primitive method of travel has its advantages. Many a creature of the wild was startled to hear a load of lead sizzle by; and it was highly amusing to see the deer standing amazed at the strumming of a mere ukelele. It is big game season now, and we offer the suggestion of a ukelele as a prime necessity for the hunting kit, without any charge whatsoever. The morning of the fourth day brought a rest, for it rained incessantly. We stayed in the sleeping bags, and wrote letters. In the afternoon, as we continued our journey, providentially we fell in with a prospector and his Indian guide, making for a place called Winnipeg. They took tbe letters, and we hoped for their (the letters') safe arrival. After one hundred and twenty-five miles by canoe and portage, we came to the Lockhart cabin, on the south side of Partridge Lake, in the mining area. No Canadian youth should' miss the experience of travelling by canoe. It is hard, but its rewards are invaluable. 30 VOX WESLEYANA VOX WESLEYAtNA The next difficulty was to get work. The mining superintendent did not want to train college students who would be leaving within a short time, and our first job was on the surface gang,planting potatoes in the patch of a garden a mile or so from the camp! Tillable land is scarce in these rock..bound regions. Soon there was assaying to be done in some distant claims, and we were told off with a civil engineer to do the work. The days were too busy to allow for loneliness or boredom. During the day we rooted over Mother Earth to discover if she had deposited there anything that looked like a mineral vein, and at night we read French (from compulsion not choice, if you please) and played "Home Sweet Home" on the uke. The roughest kind of outdoor life and perpetual torment from- sand-flies, made a bunk-house look like home. This was our thought on arriving back at the main camp two weeks later. Life around the gold mines? However romantic it may seem at first, very soon one discovers that the monotony of routine exists. At 6.30 a.m. is breakfast,-flap jacks, corn flakes, potatoes and bacon,-and at seven work begins. Noon is dinnertime, and at 5.30 p.m. the day's work is ended. The men have different jobs,-stripping rock, brushing, cutting lagging for the mine, digging trenches; blasting rock, surveying and taking levels on the claims, and less skilled work, such as driving horse teams, and decking. - Decking was our work, and we will explain it. A mine is drilled, that is, a number of holes (are drilled into the rock at different angles, so that when the holes are filled with dynamite and discharged, the rock will be blown out to the depth of the . drilling. "Muckers" 'lay rails along the floor of the mine drift, along which a "trammer" pushes small cars each of which will hold half a ton of rock. The mucker fills the car, and the trammer pushes it along the drift to the shafts, when it is raised to the surface in a "cage" (elevator). The car is then pushed along to the dump, and emptied on the pile of ore. The pushing and dumping of the car is "decking,"-and we were deckers. Also, it was our job to have the dynamite and fuses ready for the drillers. Since work went on for the twenty-four hours, every two weeks we had a spell of night duty. Life around camp is just what you make it. Living conditions are good, and the meals are equal to the average provided by town restaurants, except that dried milk and canned butter are used, reminding us that our bovine friends find the gold country impossible for them. The social activities were hardly a giddy whirl, being mostly directed towards the pool-room and the general store. There were nights, however, when fellows would get together, and with violins, mouth organs, a guitar, and the writer's uke, syncopate for the enjoyment of the bears and other animals. A great summer, even if we did not find a pile of gold! -M.e.H., '28. VOX WESLEYANA AT ODDS WITH CONTENTMENT AT ODDS WITH CONTENrrMENT 31 I see in the deep, wide chair, in front of the fire, an old man. Shadows behind and about-shadows and silence. Only the leaping of the ft.ames, and the painful shifting of the riven logs to give movement or sound. Old Man, alone and silent, do you feel the heaviness of memories? Childhood enters unseen, With a singing laugh. Happiness,· Freedom, Imagination,-ah, little boy, what a wonderful ship to be sure. Columbus was only a foolish sailor; but you, with your magic ship, sail a thousand seas. Pirates, dragons, and giants crowd to your world galore; and at every pathway Adventure grasps your hand. Stay-stay, little boy-s-but he's gone. And the old man sighs. Youth springs through the window, impatient of heavy doors, picks upa discarded guitar and softly sings love songs. Chiefly, of course, because he loves Love, and can't help himself. War, Love, and Fame. Sing, sing again Youth-but-alasYouth, too, slips away in the gloom; and a log shifts its knotted shoulder, to make the sparks ft.y higher. Where entered Manhood? Here he stands. A few lines of worry outlined on a face otherwise tranquil. An ease and reliance of bearing denoting a life of achievement; humor in kindly wrinkles that tell of disappointments laughed over and forgotten; and the light of ambition still shown in the eyes of a dreamer. You have worked well, Sir, and honor your forbears. Pray, sit awhile, and talk over times that have slipped through our fingers. How well I remember the time-what, you are leaving? Ah me,-Memories shrink from too close recollection. An old Man beside the fire. Alone, and cramped, and silent. The ft.ames seem tired of leaping, and the sparks have ceased dancing up the long chimney. Even the logs are weary, and rest in grim retrospection; now and then sounds of adjustment, as the grate draws them closer within it. Yes, Time slips-and our actions and words, too, slip into memories and then into oblivion. We live, and we laugh, and the things that seem most of us pass into others. You old Man, have you wondered that years are so long? That hopes and ambitions conceal themselves in the future? Now you think Life is a gambler, and you are a counter with which he played. Now do you cling to Religion, or like a gambler yourself wait on Chance? Perhaps either choice means but one thing. Surety is just as laughable as Agnosticism; but both are forgivable in the teeth of the dread unknown. The wind has risen a little. I think I discern in its soughing a rather indefinable whisper of sorrow.. Perhaps it is only my humor, too imaginative and a little inclined to illogical contemplations. Still, however one takes it, everything is a little sad. -M.D. 32 VOX WESLEYANA "OLD HOME REUNION' It is a happy custom in Old Ontario to hold district reunions, when former residents and their descendants gather from all parts of the Dominion and renew old associations and old friendships. What a host of memories this simple phrase brings back to me! As I sit here at my desk, I close my eyes, and I am at the station in the little town of Brockville, Ontario. Before me is that great blazing sign "Welcome Home." Then everything is confusion. Aunts, uncles, cousins, old friends, swarm past, but finally one face stands out clearly. It is the dear old wrinkled face of grandmother, the tears rolling down her cheeks, so happy is she to see once more her boys and girls. The scene changes and I am on the green in front of the courthouse. The mayor is making a formal speech of welcome, but everyone is so busy welcoming one another that they can scarcely be heard above the din. I catch snatches of conversation here and there-"Well now, Mary Anne, I haven't seen you for twenty years"-"You don't look a day older"-"I don't know what your name is now but twenty years ago. it was Louisa Thompson"-Is this your daughter? My, hasn't she grown?" Being the daughter in question, I make a hasty retreat, and find myself on a spacious lawn beside a rambling old house. A long table is spread under the apple trees, and my twenty cousins and I sit down with our fathers and mothers to grandmother's reunion picnic. But now it is morning, and I am at the Brockville Collegiate Institute. At nine o'clock the school bell rings, calling all the old boys and girls back to their class rooms once more. From a good position on the stair-case, I can see them meet their former teachers and school mates, talking, joking and recalling innumerable schoolday memories. As this picture fades, another takes its place. I am now down on the break-water. Excitement reigns supreme, for this is the afternoon of the Water Gala. Peanut and popcorn vendors are doing a rushing business, while "hot-dogs" and ice-cold drinks are being consumed at an astonishing rate. Boats, from flat-bottomed punts to steam yachts, are to be seen everywhere. Out in the main channel of the old St. Lawrence, the gasoline launches are ready, waiting for the cannon to go off. Behind the break-water an exciting game of water polo is going on, while further down, a number of French-Canadian lumberjacks are demonstrating their skill in log-rolling. But this passes and I now find myself under the blazing lights of Main Street. It is the last night of the Reunion, and everybody is keyed up to the highest pitch of enthusiasm. The mayor, the town-clerk, the aldermen, everyone, is in some kind VOX WESLEYANA 33 of freakish disguise; the band is playing, and the great Mardi Gras begins. But the noise grows less and the music of the band fades away, while this scene, like the rest, recedes into the past, and I am once more alone at my desk. -E.L.S., '27. RESIDENCE BIOLOGY: THE TYWHOOPUS The Tywhoopus is a noisy, heavy-hoofed mammal, noted for its unpleasant nocturnal habits of life. While most other animals, obedient to nature, retire early to sleep in their lairs, and rise early for their daily duties, the Tywhoopus becomes very clamorous and violent at night, emitting raucous mule-like cries and even molesting other animals with malicious delight. During the day, the Tywhoopus sleeps deeply, although it occasionally moves about during the afternoon and an inexperienced observer might imagine it to be conscious. There are two main species of Tywhoopus, the Lesser Tywhoopus (Asinus negligens) and the Great Tywhoopus (Asinus rnephiticus) . The former is a very stupid beast, but peaceful in disposition and easily tamed if caught young enough. The Great Tywhoopus, however, is beyond all hope. Feeble-minded as an earthworm, malodorous as a polecat, lawless as a weasel, it combines the vices of all the other animals with the virtues of none. It can be cured only ,by extermination. The authorities would therefore be well advised to offer a bounty of one month's rent for every dead Great Tywhoopus. Only thus will the place be rid of these vicious vermin. Are you a Tywhoopus? COMPETITION FOR UNITED COLLEGE YELL A prize of five dollars is offered by "Vox Wesleyana" for a V United College yell. As all our readers know, the union of Wes-ley and Manitoba makes it impossible to use the time-honored Buka-Laka, and it is now necessary to adopt some other yell. The well known Iji, formerly of Manitoba College, has become the yell of the entire University, and is here mentioned as the ideal of what a yell should be. The rules of the competition are as follows: 1. The competition is open to all students of United Colleges. 2. All manuscripts must be in the hands of the Editor by January 31st. 3. The judges shall consist of a member of the Faculty, the Senior Stick, and the Hon, Editor, and Editor-in-Chief of "Vox." 4. None of the yells submitted will necessarily be adopted as the official yell of the Colleges. 34 RELIGIOUS VOX WESLEYANA VOX WESLEYANA THE S.C.M. CONFERENCE AT AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE Possibly few conferences have been so severely criticized, both before and after, as the S.C.M. Conference in October. It all started with a change in policy. Formerly, everyone was urged to attend the Conference. Freshmen, hardly knowing what the letters "S.C.M." meant,sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduates, all met together. Some were mildly interested, others S.C.M. enthusiasts. How utterly impossible it was to plan a program appealing to such widely varying classes. . If the program were planned for the freshman, the senior was bored. It was old stuff and uninteresting. If the seniors' interests were kept in mind, those with no previous study felt it was over their heads. Many failed to receive the inspiration and .help they had been led to expect. Some received wrong impressions, and were antagonistic when the S.C.M. program was presented later in their individual colleges. This year, the Conference was purposely smaller and less general. Only those who were really interested, those who knew something about the S.C.M., and who were prepared to take an active part, were urged to attend. The number of delegates from each college was limited, Wesley's allotment being ten. It was hoped better discus'sionanda closer fellowship would" follow. The fellowship may have been secured, but the inspiration of numbers was certainly lacking. The program committee was successful in securing Dr. McKay, Professor Kerr, and Dr. Cochrane to act as leaders of discussion groups. Other speaker's were Mr. Katsunoff, Mr. F. Fidler, Dr. Wallace and Dr. Christie. Surely with such splendid leadership the Conference should have been a success. But even here we seemed doomed to failure. The study course to he followed was the Corpus Christi Crusade, probably because the three discussion leaders were interested in this movement. Criticisms of this proposed course were such as to discourage those already interested in the Conference. Finally, seven Wesleyites signified their intention of being . in regular attendance, while four others came out to various meetings. Although so few in numbers, Wesley was more fully represented than any other college. The opening meeting, Friday evening, was ably led by Dr. McKay. The church's need and our responsibility was the basis VOX WESLEYANA 35 of the introductory talk. There followed a brief summary of the origin thirteen years ago, and the aims and methods of the Corpus Christi Crusade. The group sessions for the Conference were to be conducted as they would be in a regular Corpus Christi group. A sing-song, led by Miss G. Rutherford, S.C.M. Travelling Secretary, brought to a close the first evening. It w,asfound Saturday morning that the registration of delegates was not sufficiently large to warrant more than one group, and of this group Dr. McKay took charge. Saturday forenoon Mr. Katsunoff spoke on "The Supreme Need of the World-the Christ-like Man." Only by building on a Christ-like basis can we reconstruct society. It is: our task to bring together all races until we feel no national, social, or mental distinctions. If Christians have failed to do this, we must not discard Christdanity, but take it, and prove to the world that it is practicable. Frank Fidler was one of the two hundred and thirty-one delegates to the Y.M.C.A. Oonference at Helsingfors, Finland. This was distinctly a youth conference, every delegate being under twenty-two years of age. For six days they discussed problems of Youth throughout the world. Frank Fidler's group of twenty-three delegates represented 'sixteen nationalities. Perhaps the most outstanding .leaders were Dr. Liu of China, and J. T. Paul of India. It was a surprise to many delegates to realize that China had made the greatest advance in Y.M.C.A. work. When the problem of war was raised, twenty-two national opinions were expressed. Twelve delegates had been authorized to state that their countries were definitely against war. Some, notably Switzerland, which is world-famous for its rifle practice, had never entertained the thought of war. Saturday afternoon found the delegates, cup in hand, gathered around a camp fire at the river's edge. Dr. Wallace's instruction on scientifically roasting weiners was followed by "I si, 'ave you heerd about 'Arry?" Sunday morning, after group study, Dr. Wallace spoke on "A Student's Ideals." He made a plea for sympathy with all views, because truth comes by the adjusting of divers views. A student should strive to achieve that liberality which will enable him to see others' points of view, and yet maintain his own in all its intensity. The Conference was brought to a close, Sunday night, by a service conducted by Dr. Christie in Augustine Church, for all University students. Now that the Conference has become but a memory, the question arises, "Wais it really worth while?" Disappointment was felt that there were not more'delegates present. In view of the fact that Manitoba College was the only college to adopt the Corpus Christi Crusade, and has only two groups there, can we say that there was justification for that study? Is the confer- 36 VOX WESLEYANA ence next year to be made a popular one? What course of study will be of interest to all students? Is the beginning of the fall term the best time for a conference? These are some of the questions which every 'student interested in S.C.M. work should consider. On your consideration depends the success of next year's conference. -B.L.C. (By courtesy of "The Winnipeg Mirror") HON. T. A. and MRS. BURROWS The appointment of Mr. Theodore A. Burrows to the high position of Lieutenant-Governor of the' Province of Manitoba was received with especial gratification by all those interested in the United Colleges, for the new Lieutenant-Governor is chairman of the Board of Wesley College, and chairman of the Executive Board of the United Colleges. His Honor came to the province in 1875, and was the first recorded law student in Manitoba. He has for a long time been at the head of a lumber corporation, and has represented constituencies in the Provincial Legislature and the Dominion Parliament, His present distinction comes to him after many years of public service, and we are confident that his important duties will be discharged with wisdom and dignity. WESLEYETTES VOX WESLEYANA 37 VOX Friday, November 19th, the out-of-residence Senior girls entertained the Seniors of Sparling Hall at a most enjoyable luncheon in the Faculty Room. All plans were carried out with great secrecy so as to prevent the danger of a raid by the boys. Numerous bulky parcels found their way to the Faculty Room without rousing any suspicion, and even a case of pop was successfully smuggled in. The long table was decorated with College colors and centred with crimson roses. The appropriate favors and placecards caused much mirth among the guests. At the conclusion of the luncheon Grace Parsons, in a graceful little speech, thanked the hostesses on behalf of the girls of Sparling Hall. And it was not till the '27 yell rent the peace of the halls that it became generally known that the Faculty Room was the scene of anything more lively than a noon-hour lecture. -F.M.D., '27. GIRLS' CURLING Saturday morning sees the Curling enthusiasts up bright and early. Four rinks of girls gaily make their way to St. John's Curling Ring, where they industriously labor with brooms and polished stones. Weare delighted to see that we have.increased both in spirit and numbers this year. GIRLS' TRACK .What did we notice especially about Girls' Track this year? Why, enthusiasm, of course. To a large measure this was due to Hazel Anderson, our Track Captain, who worked so hard in stimulating the girls' interest in the U.M.S.U. Field Meet. In spite of unfavorable weather conditions and the absence 38 VOX WESLEYANA of a Wesley Track Meet, the enthusiasm the girls showed was especially noteworthy. As usual, Annie Vryenhock starred for Wesley, winning first in the 220, third in the high jump and third in the broad jump. Eleanor McCurdy came second in the 100 yard dash and Maude Hopper Won third place in the shot put. The fact that so many of the new girls were interested in the Track this year, makes us look forward to an even better showing next year. GIRLS' BASKETBALL Girls! .the Basketball season is open, and there is but one thing to be aimed at, bringing the Inter-Faculty Championship to Wesley again. The coach who patiently piloted last year's team, happy, inspiring Ed Armstrong, [s ready to do his part; the four girls of last year's team, Celia Pettypiece, Teenie Nirman, Jean Coleman and Jenepher Fisher J enepher Fisher are already in and there is abundance of material to be worked into championshipshape among .the Freshies. What is now needed is loyal and persistent attention at every practice, twice a week, snow or shine, frost or heat. Drill and practice and then everyone's best and Wesley will retain the title. What do the Basketballers say? "We will!" Alright, let's go! GIRLS' HOCKEY Girls! The Hockey season is here. Are you prepared? Are skates, sweaters, pads and shorts, etc., all in order? As you perhaps know, we are entering the battle under the coaching of Lewis Wright. More opposition is expected this year and it is your duty to help us keep the championship which we have held for three years. The practises will begin immediately after Christmas, on Mondays and Thursdays. Much more material is needed, and here is a chance to show your stuff. There's a place for everyone. Come out and help us keep that championshipWe need you! Prof. H.-"By asking that question the examiner could kill two birds with one stone!' Dot B.-"And pluck them!" ALUMNI SUCCESS VOX WESLEYANA ARTS 39 HERE AND THERE WITH THE GRADS. OF '26 THEOLOGY Avis W. Anderson Normal School, Winnipeg Jon A. Bildfell Teaching at J.B. Academy, Winnipeg Winifred Bruce Normal, Winnipeg Florence Cameron Teaching at Coulter, Man. H. Leith Draper Registrar, Man. Business College, Wpg. Einar Einarson ; Milwaukee, Wis. Henry Funk Medicine, Winnipeg Pearson Griggs Medicine, Winnipeg Frank Hacking Phildelphia, Penn. Helen J. Hislop Normal, Winnipeg Esther Hinds Normal, Winnipeg Mary Leech Normal, Winnipeg Roy Lind Normal, Winnipeg Muriel Meech Normal, Winnipeg Tena McDonald Teaching at Sperling, Man. Garnet C. McCartney Studying at University Edith McKitrick Teaching at Mulvihill, Man. Jeanette McDonald Normal, Winnipeg E. B. McQuarrie....... Normal, Winnipeg Harry Parker Post Graduate Work, University of Chicago Arthur Pentland Studying for M.Sc., University of Manitoba Ada O'Neil ................................ Normal, Winnipeg Ada O'·Neil Harold Robson Theology, United Colleges, Winnipeg Douglas Sparling Preaching at Hargrave, Man. Iva Stewart Teaching, Boissevain, Man. Annie C. Thexton Language School, Pekin, China George Whitlaw Normal, Winnipeg Ruth Wilson Teaching, Winnipeg Theology Robert Frayne, B.A Pastor at Atlantic Mission, Wpg. Howley E. James, B.A Pastor at Pincher Creek, Alta. J. J. Stewart ; Pastor at Mather, Man. Arthur Peterhaensel... Preaching in Winnipeg 40 VOX WESLEYANA ACTIVITIES OF THE WESLEY ALUMNAE CLUB In honor of Mrs. Clive McAllister (Muriel Anderson, '17) who left in October to reside in Fort Wayne, Ill., Mrs. Frank Ritchie entertained the members of Wesley Alumnae at tea. Mrs. D. A. Anderson presided over the pretty tea table, while the assistants were: Mrs. Leonard Heaton, Mrs. J. T. Whittaker, and Mrs. D. A. P. MacKay. Mrs. R. F. McWilliams was the speaker at the first speaker at the Wesley Alumnae, held at the home of Mrs. Simon Abrahamson, in October. At the close of her interesting address on Russia Mrs. Aker presented Mrs. McWilliams with a corsage of roses and the President, Mrs. Frank Ritchie, expressed the appreciation of the members of the Club. Mrs. McWilliams and Miss Bowes presided over the tea equipage. Mrs. D. A. P. MacKay (Vera Fox, '11) is wintering in Los Angeles, California, with her mother and sister, Miss Theresa Fox. The children of the Alumnae were guests of honor at a party given Nov. 13th, in Sparling Hall. A long table prettily decorated and centred with a birthday cake with candles was set for the little guests. Balloons and presents were distributed, while a gift was presented to the youngest child, little Billy Halstead. The guests included Helen and David Aikenhead, Grand MacKay, Norah and Jimmie Lougheed, Anna Ruth Lindal, Francis McCharles, Vernon and Billy Halstead, Rhodes Tallin, Peggy Ann Barager, Eleonor Welshman, Len McMurcher, Betty Weatherill, and Jolouise Ritchie. The members of the Alumnae, with their husbands, will be the guests of Mrs. Frank Ritchie at the December meeting of the Wesley Alumnae, when Dr. Allison will address them on "The Season's Books in Review." ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST Orval Watts, '18, writing from Cambridge, Mass., says that he is completing his Ph.D. thesis on "Economic Waste," because, as he says, the outcry against waste seems indicative of a dynamic, if not a progressive state of civilization. He reports that Mr. Spenceley, at one time of the English Department, Wesley College, was at Harvard last summer, working on his thesis, and living the life of single cussedness. It may be of interest to Sophomores to know that though Orval is nearly a Doctor of Philosophy from Harvard, he has never worked as hard as he had to in his Sophomore year at Wesley College. * * * * W. H. Gray, '18, writing from Chicago University, reports a trip made this summer through the U.S., visiting such places as VOX WESLEYANA 41 the Mammoth Cave region, Lookout Mountain-the scene of some of the Civil War engagements, Miami and Palm Beachesbeautiful beyond description, but a week later to be almost demolished. * * * * E. Irene Thompson, '18, writing from Chengtu, Sze, about the middle of October, was right in the centre of action, rather reaction. Yet in spite of danger, she reports that the most interesting happening of the previous days was that one of the W.M. Sers was to be married to a nice business man-of course this may be a casualty and is not to be separated from the war news. Continuing, Irene informs us that she was in the midst of the Empire Republic Day, on October 10th, celebrating the time when they became their own bosses, which unfortunately they are not. China was expressing love of country by hating all others, especially the British, our own people having to bear the brunt of it. She is in the first party asked to evacuate under the leadership of R. O. Jolliffe. Candid as ever, Irene says that guns, revolvers and bayonets give her the shivers. But she is booked on the "President Wilson," sailing from Shanghai on March 4th. One item of cheer was to the effect that High Bluff United Church has taken two missionaries to pray for and write to, and she was one of them and thankful for it in such strenuous times. Her address till March is 38 Quinsan Road, Shanghai. • • • Skuli Johnson, '13, has been appointed to the Department of Classics in the University of Manitoba. "Vox" congratulates him upon his appointment but regrets that the Arts Faculty of the United Colleges is losing so valuable a member. * * * * "Vox" is glad to note that Charles McCool, '11, and S. E. Clement, K.C., '92, were elected to the Board of Directors of Wesley College. . * * * * Congratulations are extended to Errol Coade, '21, and Emma Johnson, '22, who have joined forces. * * * * Vox congratulates James Endicott, '93, upon his appointment to the high office of Moderator of the United Church of Canada. Dr. Endicott is, at present, on a tour of the mission fields of the Orient. J. K. Sparling, '93, has been appointed Secretary of the Joint Board of the United Colleges in Winnipeg. Dr. J. Halpenny, '94, is recuperating in the Southern States. Ed. Loftus, '95, has been appointed to the Council of the University of Manitoba. 42 VOX WESLEYANA James Woodsworth, '96, was re-elected M.P. for North Centre Winnipeg. He is representing Labor in the Dominion House. B. B. Halliday, '99, is on a business trip to Melbourne, Australia. W. McCurdy, '00, has been appointed business manager of the Tribune at Winnipeg. T. Thorvaldson, '06, is Head of the Department of Chemistry in the University of Saskatchewan at Saskatoon. A. Buhr, '07, has returned to Winnipeg, entering the Law firm of Lindal and Stephanson. Mrs. D. L. Durkin (Miss E. Thompson, '07) has received her degree of M.A. from the University of California. The address of Annie C. Thexton, '26, has been asked. It is: C/o Yenching School of Chinese Studies, 5 Tung Ssu T'ou T'iao, Peking, China. Congratulations are extended to Douglas B. Sparling, '2.6, on becoming a Benedict. Doug celebrated by a trip to Europe. SOPHOMORE TEA On Saturday afternoon, Nov. 27, the Sophomores in residence were "at home" in Sparling Hall to the members of '29 Class living in the city, and a jolly affair it proved to be. The Music Room was tastefully decorated for the occasion and presented a very cosy appearance. A sing-song, several piano selections, a musical contest, and an amusing dialogue, contributed by Misses Bernice King and Jean Spence, added to the enjoyment of the afternoon. • The tea-table, attractive with yellow mums and candles, was presided over by Miss Eleanor Bowes, the Dean, and Miss Grace Parsons, Lady Stick. The Committees were: Invitation-Ivy Parr, Jean Spence, Margaret Scholls. Entertainment-Bernice King, Dorothy Bewell, Inez Hooker, Marjorie Hooper. Decoration-Eleanor McCurdy, Dorothy Gardiner, Muriel Douglas. Refreshment-Peggy Heyes, Ola Horn, Amy Newton, Esther Hooper. VOX WESLEYANA 43 ATHLETICS SOCCER AT WESLEY Kicking has always been a favorite sport at Wesley. The prepositions change from year to year, but the kicking has gone on steadily from 1889, the year of the organization of the University League, when Dr. Charon donated his trophy. A brief review of the game, during those thirty-seven years, might form a suitable background for this our third double championship. 1889-90 reported a creditable showing. 1891-92 won half the games. 1893 won half again, under Captain Hetherington. In 1894 not an old member returned; a brand new team had to be built with the rest. In 1895 not a game was won. Between seasons, interclass matches discovered new material, and developed the four half-back system to perfection. 1896 was the most successful year, both teams having but one defeat each, yet without a championship. The only "Vox" in our possession to break the football silence on the sidelines for the next ten years was the March number, 1900, intimating that Philosophers, Metaphysicians and Theologs discussed the football situation and suggested that oysters would revive the game. The oysters were tried but the revival was a Presbyterian one, Manitoba College winning the Senior Championship in 1907 and 1908, and Wesley College being defeated by Manitoba College in 1910. By 1911, young kickers, either related to or disgraced by the old kickers, had time to be born and to grow up. All the goals missed in twenty-two years were scored that year, two championships with no defeats being our first laurels. St. John's won in 1912, after a hard struggle among four strong teams. Then, under the first Union, the United College won the Senior, and the Junior won the Schools Championship. But in 1914 every game was lost; in no game was there more than one goa] scored, the A.C. winning. 1915 had a good showing, a note being made to the effect that Skuli Johnson, a member of the Senior 44 VOX WESLEYANA team for three years, was the dread of every goalie. Meds. and Aggies won in 1916, both Wesley teams being dangerous. Varsity Arts won in 1917, Meds. in 1918, and M.A.C. in 1919. In 1920 we lost every game, but fortunately found out the cause of defeat: "The posts were not where the ball was kicked," so a wise '20 said, and that, as we remember, was a wise class. A decided slump followed in 1921 with no encouragement. The Goddess of Ill-Luck continued to exercise her powers in 1922. In 1923 we were defeated only twice, but three ties spoiled our chances. M.A.C. won in 1924; Varsity Arts -in 1925. And now again, under the United Colleges, we have paddled our way to both championships. Since we know where the goal posts are, and we can utilize even mud puddles for a definite purpose, viz., as a bench counter to feed the forwards, and since the Goddesses now attend the games in person, and Dr. Riddell is as sore from his weekly dozen as the most bruised player on the team, kicking will continue a favorite sport, and that of championship calibre. -A. R. C~ THAT GAME On such a day as this, nations have decided their fate; on such a field, snow covered, icy, chill, has the course of history been plotted. "England has won her battles on her schoolgrounds," said the Duke of Wellington. 'Good-she will win one here to day, for behold, a score or more sturdy sons of the Empire doing battle, not for country, but for school. Along the side .line are those "who only stand and wait." Yet we too shall serve, for the heartening cheer is to the ear of footballers as the smoke and powder to the nostril of'the warhorse. We shiver, and stamp our feet, and pummel one another like so many boys let out of school (which, after all, we are), and stare blankly at the opposing band of rooters. Too bad, to bring them all this way in for the sake of a disappointment! Yet they seem to think differently. Strange! Here they come, these footballers, with their chill blue knees in the frosty air, and great clouts of boots ploughing furrows through the snow. A chat with the referee, a flip of a coin, a shrill pipe from the whistle, and they're off. Two great machines in action, machines the parts of which are living, pulsating, human beings. They work steadily and consistently, drive, drive, drive, with a flash of brilliancy now and again, with the love of the game showing itself in their every action, with the power of experience and self-confidence seasoning their enthusiasm. There, now, was a tense moment, with the ball in the air and an open goal, and there again, with three men up and a back to beat. The crowd misses nothing,-this crowd whose excitement VOX WESLEYANA 45 carries it to the edges of insanity at times. Theologs, whose dignity and scholarship, whose calm and unruffled countenances, are a benediction in the turbulence of our daily toil, here surpass even the frothiest freshman in the extent of their exuberance. Toil-worn and knowledge-burdened, the seniors shake from their shoulders the problems of the universe and leap for glee at the well organized rush of the forward line. The contest is scoreless, the game is anybody's, one goal will take it, and see now, they are through, they are in-and high through the corner of the goal sails the ball. o shade of Matthew Arnold, where now is your culture, where now your sweetness and light ?Behold a hundred and more savages, tossing their hats in the air, throwing snow in each other's faces, jumping upon each other's backs, in the joy of the goal that is scored! Back again to the grind. If they can only hold them! Still fighting, still with that invincible machine, still driving on while the afternoon darkens into twilight, and the closing whistle in a near-by freight yard heralds the approach of evening. Someone shouts "Time." It is over and done with; the battle is. won, the victory gained. Cheers and handclasps, and a feeling of fellowship from this game fairly fought. And as we go out, we hear one professor say to another, "Somewhere in this city to-night are a lot of doomed oysters." FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Senior United Colleges vs. Arts, 2-1; United Colleges vs. St. John's, 4-3; United Colleges vs. Medicals, 7-0; United Colleges vs. Aggies, 1-1; United Colleges vs. Aggies (replay), 1-0. Junior United Colleges vs. Engineers, 0-1; United Colleges vs. Pharmacy, 1-0; United Colleges vs. Arts, 2-1; United Colleges vs. Engineers, 1-0; United' Colleges vs. Aggies, 1-1; United Colleges vs, Aggies (replay), 3-2. Both teams were at the head of their respective leagues, and thereby won the championships. HEADQUARTERS FOR WESLEY Sweaters, Coats, Blazers, Crests, Pennants, Football, Hockey Skates and Boots Johnny Farquhar's Sporting Goods Store 353 Portage Ave., Cor. Carlton St. Patronize an ex-Wesley Student-Buy Sporting Goods from a Sportsman 46 VOX WESLEYANA BASKETBALL TRAINING By Bruce McIrvine Wesley athletes will be glad to read this informative article by Bruce McIrvine MeIrvine. Bruce is well remembered around Wesley. both for himself and for hi. outstanding athletic performances. Carrying the Red and Blue, he was University Individual Track Cha.m;pion in 1924. He is now taking a course in Physical Directorship in the University of Illinois. Basketball is a game which requires a condition somewhat between that of track and football. The season is long, more games are played than in any other school sport, and the play and practice periods are almost entirely indoors. A few fundamental training rules are all that are necessary, because of the strain of a long season. Sleep is the essential or basic rule. If players can get to bed each night at ten o'clock, their condition is in a large measure assured. Smoking should be absolutely prohibited. The bad effects are both mental and physical, and no basketball player who smokes can be of maximum service to himself or the team. A player should eat only three meals a day and he should eat only such food as agrees with him. On the day of the game the food should be carefully chosen. Greasy, heavy, or too sweet foods must be avoided. The players should have only a small amount of water, milk, or other liquid, and spices should be religiously avoided on the day of the game.. The noon meal before a game should consist of a large, wellbalanced meal of tender meat (broiled steak or roast beef), several vegetables, and ice-cream, if desired. The evening meal should consist of poached eggs, dry toast and tea. If some men do not like eggs, they may have baked apples, lettuce, or any other light, easily digested food. After the game, when the men are cool, a regular meal may be taken without harm. A player should take a warm bath of not more than three or four minutes duration after practice or game. Soap should be freely used. The player should finish with a short cold shower and then thoroughly dry every part of his body, especially the feet and hair. Care should be taken that the body is not heated when the player leaves the gymnasium after practice. The resistance of the man may be lowered enough that such exposure may bring on colds, tonsilitis, or 'some similar ailment. Staleness is a loss of condition. This loss is easier to prevent than to cure. Close observation by the men themselves and a carefully kept daily weight record are necessary to the detection of approaching staleness. The causes are: (a) overwork, (b) mental strain, (c) loss of sleep, (d) physical disorder. These symptoms are readily noticed. A stale player does not regain in a day or so the weight lost in a practice session. He is likely to assume a pasty complexion, haggard appearance and dull eyes. He will be nervous and irritable. He may be VOX WESLEYANA 47 hypercritical of himself, or show a dead action, and he cannot shoot, pass, or catch a ball up to his normal standard. The treatment for staleness is rest. Total absence from the gymnasium for a few days, ten hours of sleep each night, plenty of drinking water, and a few rich foods will aid in restoring condition. Sleep and rest are by far the most important factors. Minor Injuries Blisters are common but proper precaution, such as good shoes, a thin second inner sock, and a judicious amount of practice in early season will greatly reduce their number. The application with a brush of compound Tincture of Benzoine to the bottoms of the feet after each practice is helpful in toughening the skin of the feet and the tender, new' skin under a freshly opened blister. Powder must be used after the Benzoine dries to prevent the hose from sticking to the feet. Care must be taken that all cuts, scratches, and blisters are thoroughly cleaned and sterilized, for infection is not only dangerous to life but it takes the player out of participation. Deep blisters formed under callouses should be opened, sterilized, and toughened by the use of' Benzoin. Heel bruises, if severe, are best treated by rest. If they are not severe, heat and massage will relieve them. The heels should be protected by the use of a soft cushion of sponge rubber inserted in the shoe. Floor burns should be washed thoroughly, and an ointment, such as ungentine or zinc oxide, should be applied and the wound covered. Keeping the wound soft will prevent drying and cracking of the skin, and the possibility of infection will thus be reduced. Immediately after the ankle is sprained, unless it seems to be a severe injury, the part should be soaked in hot water for about thirty minutes and gently massaged towards the heart all the while. After this treatment the ankle may be supported by taping, under which there is a layer of cotton or gauze to retain the body heat. Severe injuries to the ankle joint should be treated, if possible, with cold water to prevent swelling. The ankle may then be trussed up to prevent movement, and the player 'should be placed in the care of a competent physician. A player suffering from a severe cold should not practice. Severe strain of the heart, loss of weight, staleness, or infection of the other members of the squad may result. A cathartic, rest, and quiet will soon bring recuperation. CURLING "The roarin' game" is coming to its own in United Colleges, for over fifty people are taking part in the games which are played every Saturday in St. John's rink. Last year we had four rinks, and this year we have nine. We are hoping for a good showing in the Inter-faculty Series. 48 VOX WESLEYANA TRACK AND FIELD NOTES Owing to the inclemency of the weather, the annual college track meet was not held this year. In reality, this event is only to choose a team to compete in the annual inter-faculty meet. Consequently the selection committee found it hard to pick a team, owing to the wealth of new material from which to choose. * * * * A new era in college track athletics was opened when Wesley and Manitoba competed, this year, as one college. Students of the "United College" may well be proud of the track team which represented them at the U.M.S.U. Track and Field meet held at Polo Park on Friday, October 8th. For the first time in many years, the Medical track team had to work to hold the InterFaculty championship, 'and "United Colleges," led by the sterling work of Herb Bell and King Gordon, came within five points of taking the coveted honors from the Meds. Bell, Gordon and Penwarden collected twenty-six of the forty points won by United. A day of 'Splendid achievement was topped by winning a thrilling relay race in which Brooks, Brisbin, and Thompson gained a commanding lead to give to Penwarden, who was running anchor. With such an "effort" on which to look back for encouragement, we may look forward, and vision a still greater success for the "United College" Track Team. * * * * The "Unitettes" made an excellent showing at the Track meet. Noone person can be singled out for special mention, as each member of the "fair" Track team did nobly. * * * * The Western Inter-Collegiate track meet was held this year at Saskatoon. Manitoba sent West this year one of the most finely balanced track teams that ever travelled in quest of the famous "Cairns Trophy." On it were three athletes from the United College, Bell, Gordon and Penwarden, Penwarden, one 'of the most brilliant sprinters in Western Canada, ran well to cop both the 100 and 200 from one of the fastest fields ever assembled at a W.C.LA.U. meet. King Gordon ran three heady races to win two seconds and one third in the half, mile, and three-mile events. Owing to adverse weather conditions, Bell, the crack hurdler, . could not get going, and was able to place only in the low-hurdles. Notwithstanding the weather conditions the meet was a complete success. After one of the closest contests ever witnessed in any W.C.I.A.U. meet, Manitoba finally emerged with an. eleven point lead over Alberta, her nearest competitor. -J.A.F. VOX WESLEYANA 49 EXCHANGE REVIEW If you can take your minds of Christmas Claus long enough, we should like to present the exchange received from other .colleges. The Commencement' number of the Brandon College Quill was received too late last spring to allow for mention in the last copy of Vox. The editorial staff of the Quill are to be commended for the high artistic quality of their production, both in regard to literary style and arrangement of material. Altogether it is a souvenir that must be treasured dearly by the graduates. The Graduation number of the Johnian deserves special mention since the graduates' write-ups are all done in verse, and all by the same person, contrary to the usual custom. The rhymster shows a facetiousness in matching couplets which at times almost rivals that of our friend Mr. Robert Browning. We were pleased to receive the first issue of Managra for this college term. This is the Anniversary number celebrating twenty years of successful work training expert plough-men and egg-beaters. The issue very appropriately contains articles and pictures of the early days, and development since then. Some of the college co-eds contributed interesting pages from their summer's diaries. We think that a little too much space was dedicated to the writing up of each of the soccer games for the fall term. Regularly each week we receive a copy of the Gateway, Alberta's 'Varsity weekly, and a copy of the Sheaf, Saskatchewan's product. As these are adequately reviewed in our own semi-weekly, the Manitoban, it is needless to repeat here. As the weeks follow each other closely and our pile of papers grows, we cannot help wondering if there is not someone in our midst who is perhaps languishing for a bit of news from friends in our sister 'varsities. We should gladly make these papers available to you if you would only let us know of your desire. Your humble servant was made the recipient of a copy of one of America's best known magazines, the Atlantic Monthly. Owing to its high reputation among educated people, we appreciate the gift very much. Of course, it's just the same as Postum, "there's a reason." In this case the reason is an article entitled "Are College Men Wanted?" which was reviewed recently in "The Manitoban." We should like to point out in connection with it, however, that the title is a little inclined to be misleading, for the 50 VOX WESLEYANA writer .looks at the question from the viewpoint of "Big Business" only, whereas we should like to suggest that a full treatment of the matter should of necessity include the viewpoints of such people as co-eds, sportsmen, the Chinese laundry-man and members of all other vocations from the church to the tuck shop. We should like to bring before your notice the recent publication of a volume entitled the "Birds of Western Canada" which contains interesting and vivid descriptions and illustrations of our feathered friends. It is one you should not be without as lovers of this great western land of ours. It may be had in heavy paper cover at the price of seventy-five cents from the Director, Victoria Memorial Museum, Ottawa. * * * * We acknowledge with thanks the receipt of the following exchanges: Ubyssey, Gateway, Sheaf, Atlantic Monthly, Trinity University Review, The Johnian, Managra, and Brandon College Quill. The Wesley Women's Association held a delightful tea in aid of their Bursary Fund, in Sparling Hall on .Nov. 10th, when a large number of guests attended. They were received by the President, Mrs. F. H. Hughes, and Mrs. J. H. Riddell and Miss Eleanor Bowes, Dean of Women. The tea-table, tastefully decorated with choice mums and tall candles, was presided over by Mrs. D. K. Elliott, Mrs. J. H. Ashdown, Mrs. E. S. Popham, and Mrs. F. M. Black. Those assisting were members of the Social Committee, Mrs. A. C. Weldon, Mrs. W. H. Parr, Mrs. J. T. LePage, and Mrs. G. J. Telfer. During the afternoon, music was provided by Wesley girlsEnid Frank, Inez Hooker, Bernice King, and Jean Spence, whose selections were much appreciated. An"j Suit, O~ercoator Tuxedo in fue Store ~OlU~ lU~~~§1I'~nCC1I'~JD) C:ti))?) ell (cIHIOn(C~ O~ OUlur ~HlI~ii1re §~odk rJIflJ&0) National Clothes Shop, 266 Portage A()e. (Next door to Chocolate Shop) VOX WESLEYANA WHAT IS A PROFESSOR? 51 A professor is human. He may be admittedly a Mormon, a vegetarian, an atheist-even a conservative; but he is human. For the benefit of those who doubt the preceding statement, may the annals of history record that a professor has actually been seen attacking with demolishing deliberation-ham'n' eggs; and even-say it softly-dealing in pious "damns." We suggest that in your commonplace book (not forgetting the one and one-half inch margin) there be carefully compiled the various responses of the professors of your acquaintance to the stimuli of the proverbial Sunday School picnic. If you aren't the sort of person who indulges in Sunday School picnics, you might apply the same principle to the (shall we say?) more popular musical comedy. We assume that after numerous visits to class, you recognize your professor when you see him. Professors are generally distinguishable by such outstanding characteristics as: (1) retiring manner, (2) voluminous gown, (a) new, (b) old, (c) missing, (3) physiognomical amiability. (q.v.) Generally speaking, it is not too much to assume that a professor possesses more or less of an education. One must admit that it was probably acquired by Degrees (applause here -we must get applause here) ; still, the fact remains that he got it. In spite of the students' previous years in "l'ecole du monde," one is tempted to sentimentalize over the philosophical and, shall we say-er-pedagogical influence of the-er-hoary attainments of the seekers after the torch of knowledge, theer- beacon of understanding. (q.v.) One notes with avid interest the existence of the almost serene harmony between student and professor; wherefore it seems deplorable that there should prevail a slight element of competitive hostility. This is quite unjust from either point of view. No one is absolutely infallible. Would it be indiscreet to suppose that the student ("who knows not that he knows not") suffers intellectual inferiority because of this distorted attitude of mind? I fear we are humoring a conceited superiority complex in presuming that a professor lives, moves, and has his being in the hans of academic learning, wrapped in deep contemplation as he "wends his way" through the intricate labyrinth of the immortal thoughts of Freshman genius. After all, even the pedantry of the professorial mind may conceivably succumb to the lure of plebeian dissipation. -K.M. 52 VOX WESLEYA;NA BACK NUMBERS WANTED The staff of "Vox" is desirous of placing a complete bound file of "Vox Wesleyana" in the library. Copies of the volumes from XII to XXVIII are in hand, but the following are missing. If any of the alumni should possess one or more of the numbers listed below, they would do a great service by sending them in. The following are missing: Vol. I-All but the first num-ber. Vol. II and III-All. Vol. IV-I, 2, 4. Vol. V-3, 4,5,6. Vol. VI, VII, VIII, IX, X-All. Vol. XI-I, 2, 3, 4, 5. A MYSTERY SOLVED The following clipping from the news columns of the "Manitoba Free Press," in a recent issue, may explain the fact that the Honorary President of Class '26 was seen to stagger when he returned from the Class Re-Union held during the early part of the month: "During the latter part of the evening those who were capable gave information about the absent members. Those present were, etc." Jack Benson-"Cana person be punished for something he hasn't done?" Mr. A.D.L.-"Of course not!' Jack-"Well, I haven't done my geometry." Safety and Convenience SAVINGS deposited at this Office are absolutely GUARANTEED BY THE MANITOBA GOVERNMENT. You can deposit or withdraw your money at any time between the hours of 9 a.m, and 6 p.m, (Saturdays 9 a.m, and 1 p.m.) Province of Manitoba Savings Office Lindsay Bldg.and 984 Main St. Notre Dave & Ellice WINNIPEG "Conducted to foster the thrift and welfare of the people." ·-1City Dairy Ltd./--r "CI'EY" MILK is good milk. No other food can take the place of "CITY" MILK It dispels that tired feeling that comes at exam time. '-__IBy Every Test 1---' The Very Best VOX WESLEYANA 53 "Gee ., I'm full 0' Pep" An Eskimo Pie A carefully selected list of standard attractions will be presented during the Current Season. Box Office Phone: 28 683 CURTAIN! Slowly I turn the rusty key in the old lock. It is the last day of school, the finish of a year's work. Shortly I will be leaving, maybe never to return. Turning, I walk slowly down the trail. The song of the noisy jay is unheard. The twittering of two n est 1in g thrushes is unheeded. A flower blooming in solitary splendor is unnoticed. I pause at the bend in the trail for a last, long look at the little log school-house. With a heart too full to speak, I send a mute farewell. The great white birch trees rearing above the little building swing mournfully in the gentle breeze; gone, gone, gone. The towering spruce trees, kings of the forest glen, take up the sad refrain; gone, gone, gone. The . swing under the spreading branches, which was so fondly erected for playful hours, tosses fitfully to and fro and sorrowfully whispers; gone, gone, gone. Oh, never, never, never will I forget you, little, old, weatherbeaten log s c h 0 0 1house. I turn and stumble blindly down the trail. -C.c. Item for "R.E." Students Sunday School Teacher" Who can tell me the name of the great queen who travelled many miles to see Solomon? Some of you must remember! Her name begins with S." Bright Pupil-"I know, miss! It was the Queen of Spades." THINKI A three-ring cover in flexible fabrikoid with large filler. . PRICE, $2.25 Our Leader is the EMERALD JUNIOR Loose Leaf Note Books Heavy Weight Botany. Pure Wool. Fast Dye, Bench Tailored. BLUE SERGE StUlTS $25.00 Latest Styles BEST VALUE IN THE CITY WE Serve You Better We Save You More Come and see MEN'S BETTER CLOTHES FOR LESS Scanlan & McComb 365 Portage Ave.-at Carlton W. B. SCANLAN J. F. McCOMB SPECIAL VALUE! A flexible Loose Leaf Note Book is the most convenient book for lecture notes. The notes of all subjects can be kept between the covers of one book. VOX WESLEYANA GIRLS' INITIATION 54 "Ho I ho!" said the Freshette to the Sophomore, "No initiation this year." The Sophomore smiled wisely to herself, but the deluded FreshettebeIieved herself more knowing than the knowing Sophomore, until Lo! October the fourth found her behind a bib, generous in cut and blinding green in color. "A thing of beauty is a joy forever!" It was a fiendish joy that filled each Sophomore's heart at the sight of some fifty Freshettes, so sweetly demure in long dresses, dainty mitts and beribboned bonnets, bowing humbly to the grave Seniors and obediently chanting of their verdancy and undying love for the Sophs. Lest their beauty perish, they were that evening initiated into the mysteries of preserving that "School girl complexion" through the medium of a beauty parlor. Neither was their physique neglected, for the Sophomores have firm faith in the value of "the daily dozen." In due time they bowed their beads in allegiance to their Alma Mater before the Lady Stick and because their conduct throughout the day had been exemplary, they were rewarded with Angel food. -E.H., M.R., '29. Heard in Sparling Hall "And as we remarked yesterday, while gazing thoughtfully into our soup: 'It looks like rain!' " University of Manitoba Book Department VOX WESLEYANA A Chemical Problem 55 Phone 27 759 Wallingford Building 303 Kenned)1 St. One Day Laundry Service Bundles left at our office before 9 a.m, will be ready at 5.30 p.m. the same day. NO EXTRA CHARGE Suits Pressed, 50 cents When brought in and called for NORTHWEST LAUNDRY Limited Private exchange connecting all lines MAIN & YORK Phone 22 811 SKATES C. C. M. BALLARD SHOES RICHARDS McPHERSON Sharpening and Riveting BROWN & WINTER 483 Portage Ave. Oh, Chemist, please investigate, And drop me just a line. I'd like to know what carbonate? And where did iodine? * * * Said silicon and silicate . Who viewed the silicide, We only know what carbonate, And know why iodide. They send this message cheap nitrate While on a joy nitride: Where Iodines Amid tetroses carbon sits, While chlorophylls his plate With juicy steak from fat oxides, 'Twas this that carbonate. So now bid eager catalyst And e'en drop aniline; Here at the red alizarin With us does iodine. Why Iodide On one cold night friend iodate With iron did iodine; They both did eat what carbonate, And drank What they called wine. But what they ate was fulminate, Their drink was cyanide; And iron liked well what iodate, But little iodide. -The Industrial Chemist. 56 VOX WESLEYANA CLUBS The venture of Matriculation in club activities this year has proved to be a huge success. It has given the students in Matriculation a chance to express .themselves other than in school work. The Applied Science Club is well organized. Its constitution has been drafted, magazines are being bought for distribution among the members and several places of interest have already been visited. The Dramatic Club
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Jor aIut!f CCfltUluring the war-time the Colleges united temporarily, and
thereafter a steadily increasing amount of co-operation existed,
until just before union, when the teaching activities were fully
Under the new conditions, Wesley will continue to promote
Arts and Preparatory work, with Dr. Riddell as principal; while
Manitoba will continue with Theology, under the presidency of
Dr. Mackay. The general policy of the United Colleges will be
directed 'by a joint executive, under the chairmanship of Hon,
T. A. Burrows.
Elsewhere in these pages the history of both institutions
is outlined. We feel that the present is a fitting time to make
such a review, and we trust that the rich traditions of each unit
will merge into one.
Our Librarian, the veteran Dr. John Maclean, whom men
delight to honor, was appointed Robertson Memorial Lecturer
for Western Canada for the year 1926, and spent the month of
November touring the West. The Lectureship was instituted to
perpetuate the memory of Dr. Jas. Robertson, pioneer Missionary
Superintendent, and is a legacy from the former Presbyterian
Church. Dr. Maclean is the first former Methodist to receive the
appointment. His course of lectures, on the History of the Methodist
Church in Western Canada, was delivered in Vancouver,
Edmonton, Saskatoon and Winnipeg. The series was well received,
and requests have been made that it be published in
book form. Dr. Maclean was in demand for public sermons and
We consider the appointment and the course delivered a
timely contribution to the cause of true Union, which cannot
exist without an understanding of the history and tradition of
the three churches which entered Union.
VOX WESLEYANA 9
The last General Council of the United Church pronounced
against military training in colleges of the Church. This action,
and the recent D U.M.D.U. .M.D.D. debate on the C.O.T.C. question, to mind the fact, that after the stirring debate in the Wesley
Men's Parliament two years ago, the military authorities saw
fit to abolish the Wesley contingent. Surely the fallacy of "post
hoc, propter hoc" will not be preferred against us, when we express
the conviction that the student opinions that were aired
in that debate had something to do with the removal.
Had the Men's Parliament continued, we would have brought
up what we believe to be another urgent matter, upon which
student opinion should be expressed. More and more it is being
felt that the presence of an advertisement of alcoholic drinks
on the campus of a United Church college is an anomaly that
should not exist. This is no mere handbill of an advertisement,
. but a display that spreads itself over the bleachers. Mistakes
may have been made in the past, and the advertising rights not
properly safeguarded, hut we believe that, at any cost, this liquor
advertisement should be removed from the campus of Wesley,
College. We trust that the Executive Board will deal with the
Among the adjustments which have to be made as a result
of uniting the Colleges.are the matters of the colors, crests and
yell. A committee of the Faculties has been formed to look after
the choice of colors, and the Athletic Council has conducted a
competition for designs of two crests, one for athletic awards
and the other for general use. "Vox" is offering a prize for a
United Colleges yell, and we call our readers' attention to the
It is not necessary to point out how much a college yell
means to the students, and we who have given the Buka-Laka
to the point of laryngetical exhaustion, know how many associations
gather around it. We trust there will be a ready response.
Since our last issue was published, Professor Watson Kirkconnell
has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical
Society (F.R.G.S.) and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society
(F.8.S.)·. "Vox" extends congratulations.
In its record of the football games of the past season, "The
Johnian J ohnian" takes the opportunity of rapping the practice of using
senior men on the junior team, within the limits of the two-game
rule. Apparently the privilege of allowing a man to play in the
junior ranks until he has played two senior games of the season,
is accorded in order to enable adj ustments to be made in the line-
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ups. We believe their point is well taken, and agree that the
practice of playing acknowledged senior men in the junior team
is not in the best interests of the sport.
We cannot lay down the pen without extending to both
Senior and Junior Football teams of the United Colleges, not
forgetting their trainer, Mr. Jack Murray, heartiest congratulations
on their fine record for this season. It is a happy augury
for the future of the Colleges. The winning of both Intercollegiate
Championships, each in a replayed game against the
same college, is gratifyingfo the whole student body, and in
particular to those who so faithfully supported the teams from
the bleachers. The outstanding feature of the entire performance
was the real fighting spirit of our teams. Playing hard,
clean football, on at least two occasions when everything seemed .
lost, the boys saved the day by their HNeversay die" spirit.
After all, such a spirit coupled with sportsmanship is the soul
of the game.
With sincere regrets "Vox" records the
passing away of Edward Griffith on Sept.
28th, 1926, after a prolonged illness.
"Ted" as he was familiarly known among
his friends, was an honored member of the
Grade XI class of 1926. He was highly respected
for his integrity, splendid moral
qualities, and sincere devotion to duty. During
the closing days of his illness he revealed
to his mother that his ambition had been to
enter the Christian Ministry. His dying request
was that there should be passed on to
some other boys the privileges that he would
To the parents, brother, relations and
friends "Vox" extends its heartfelt sympathy.
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