1917 Cedrus Yearbook

19 The Summer School 17 H ISTORIANS tell us that there were two French Revolutions: the first one peaceful, which turned France from an absolute monarchy into a limited monarchy: the second one violent, which overturned the monarchy and established a republic. No greater contrast can be imagined than that between the Summer School of 1915 and that of 1916. In 1915,there was tumultevery night; whether chicken roasts, marshmallow roasts, receptions, parties, watermelon rollings, spreads, or picnics. Every evening after supper about a hundred of them could be seen down at the station waiting for the 6:20 and the 6:49. In 1916,not a soul was to be se en there but Neff,parading the macadam in solitary grandeur. The rest were st udying. But Neff had his lessons just the same. Perhaps he was looking, in vain as it resulted, that some of the 1915 paraders would loom up before him. Instead of them we had Eckelberry the sociologist: Dunn the mathematician: Sayre the"scrap"expert: Hill, the big man:and McCall, who handed in his,work typewritten. Billings and Miss Lunn and Day revived the glories of former da ys, while Burns turned from teacher to student and did a year's work of French in six weeks. Time would fail to tell of the others,but you can get their names out of t he catalog, and a catalog can be got at the price of a postcard. But what we started to say was that the squad was as quiet as the 1915 crowd was stirring. They worked like demons. It was a new experience for some of t he teachers to have a class take an assignment,no matter how long,withouta mu rmur; and come up the next day prepared to recite the last topic just as well as thefirst. And the summer was hot, the hottest one in forty-six years. We hope that it will be forty-six years before we have another one like it. Maybe Hughes's campain* speeches had something to do with it. *"Campain"is simplified spelling for "campaign." 42