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mired your praiseworthy conduct,
and may all pattern after your up- C
right way of living. Now comes the
It is my duty and pleasure to pre
sent you these tokens of honor,
which your honest work and faithful
performance of duty have won for
you. Friends, mark well that they
are no recommendations to the world,
no guarantees of either fame or
wealth. No, they are silent witnesses
of the fact that you have taken suc
cessfully one step in life. Let me
say, please let not your education end
here. You are not prepared for life.
Enter college. In the name of the
Prosperity High School I present you
Upon a bleak and lonely mountain
begins a small stream. As the pure
crystal water bubbles forth, and sees
for the first time the light of the day,
it receives three distinct cals. The
sun:beams call, "Hail, gentle stream,
forever dear, turn from thy banks;
come in thy vapor and join us in a
. ...... .... .. .
G. D. BROWN,
Superintendent Prosperity High
game of hide and -seek. Work, worry,
and trouble are unknown. Time and
eternity are spent in play."
The jewels and precious s-tones call,
"Beautiful river, nature's admirers do
niot love thee. See the riches of the
world and the glories of money. All
these will we give thee, if thou wilt
wash away the cruel sands from our
Parched fields, dry meadows, and
gl'oomy torests call. "Princess of wat
ers, leak out from your banks, and
as you ro.ll on, grow shallow and still.
Let your presence become a help and]
a blessing to humanity "
Young friends this stream repre
sents life. You are soon to stand up
on the mountain top, of life and to
hear the three callIs. Those which
wooid .have you spend your life play
ing hide and seek with the sun-beams,
and have your thoughts roam not
higher than the walls of the pleasure
garden are worthless. We describe
"Pleasures are like poppies spread,
You seize the flower, its bloom is
The precious jewels and priceless
metals will call, and will 'offer to you
power and influence, if you will only
J. MOODY BEDEN\BAU.GH.
Principal Prosp'erity High School.
spend your life in the con quest of
wealth. This message will be greats
and loud, and upon the ear it will
linger long. You shall deal with thr
man whose god is gold, and to whose
ear the jingle of the American dollar
is more pleasing than the sweetest
strains of "Hcme, Sweet Home" waft
er from the lipls of the earnest labor
er. This one has but one ambition.
The dollars is his sun, and is morror
ed in his heart. He strangles all.
other emotions and hushes all noble
api:ons. -e will lightly grasp
his riches, till stricken by the scythe~
of death, when in a twinkling of an
m e, he will be changed from one of
the richest men who ever lived in the'
community to the poorest soul that
was ever usnered nto the presene
>f his God. The sentiments of all
right thinking men might be summed,
up in the following:
'Gold begets in brethren hate;
3old in families debate;
Gold hat friendship separate,
Gold doth civil war create."
Duty and humanity will say, "Come
wer and help us." The factory child
will call you to come and liberate
aim from the disease building, and
leath dealing factory. The gray
aired mother will call you to aid in
Corever putting down drink and its
companion evils. The aged man will
Mall you to cast your lot with those
who are ridding our government of
graft and corruption, and with those
who are justly and rightly solving
the great problems which now com
ront us. In a word, never despair.
You have been presented with a
ew of the working tools of life. What
will y6u erect? Every erected struc
ture must have a foundation; thus to
uild a vast and lofty fabric of cha
acter one must first look to the foun
iation. The deeper and stronger one
makes his foundations, the higher and
greater may his superstructure be. A
perfect structure of heroic character'
must have as its four corners-tones
courage, self-control, truthfulness,
and a prevailing sense of duty.
What the world owes to men and
women of courage can not be estimat
ed. We do not mean physical courage
in which man is equaled and some
times surpassed by the brute. We
speak of the courage that displays it
self in silent effort and endeavors;
that dares to suffer all and endure
far more heroic than the feats of phy
sical valor which are sometimes re
warded by honors and titles, or by
laurels wreathed in blood. In this
age, when money seems to be god, and
when men forgelting the example of
the Risefi Savior, cast themselves as
willing sacrifices on the altars of
mammon, the courage to be honest,
the courage to resist temptation, the
courage to speak the truth, the cour
age to abstain from all pretentions,
truly requires a man of brain and
At the second corner of this- struc
ure our hero must place self-control,
which goes hand in hand with cour
ge. It is only courage in another
orm, and may be regarded as the
primary essence of character. It is
L.he instructor in lessons of patience,
sndurance, and .forbeaiance. It forms
te chief distinction between man and
Lthe mere animal; and true manhood
aan not exist without it. The char
cter which has self-control as one
>f its cornerstones will be as "A rock
n the ocean, tranquil amid the rag
At the third corner the pillar of1
ruthfulness must be erected. Truth
is the very bond of society without
which it must cease to exist and dis
solve into anarchy and chaos. Show
me the man in whose heart truth is
a virtue and lying an abominable
sin and I will show you the man who
possesses the heroic. The season is
ripe today for the hero free from'
open falsehood, yes, free from all evil
companions and friends. Truthfulness
is indeed the most coveted of virtues,
and is the basis of all true manhood.
A forth corner remains, and here,
last but not least, is needed as an es
sential cornerstone of a pure char
acter, a prevailing and unwavering
sense of duty. Duty is sacred we are
told; and to do our duty in this
world towards God and towards man,
consistently and steadily, requires the
:ultivation of all the faculties at our
command. In our endeavors to do
our duty toward God, we can only
strive; we cannot attain the goal. But
if we strive earnestly to do our duty'
towards our fellow.men, we have pro-!
mise of success; and, when we euc-t
ceed in this, We have succeeded more
and more in our duty towards God.
A true hero, then, must possess a
prevailing, and abiding sense of duty
in all things. Lee, the grand man of
the South, says: "Duty is the grand
est word in the English language."
Four cornierstonoes of heroic char
acter we now have, but more sup)port
is nr-eded that it may. stand against
the storms of avarice, greed and am
it.ion. We would erect here and
there nillars of honor, integrity, hu
mllity, diligence, perseverance, and
self-sacrifice. On these foundations
could be builded with the sound tim
bers of a strong body and mind, such
a temple of character as could not be
successfully assailed by all the armed
hosts of the bearer banished angel.
It will be a structure which, when set
about with the sturdy oaks of love and
.vergren of peace, must be recognized
as the trovlv heroic. Such a character
n:st distinguish the hero of today
and tomor,irow, the lasting and win
The heroism of the battlefield is not
of the highest order. Amid the clash
of bayonets, the boom of cannbon, and
the hnsing strains of martial music.,
mr.en are incited to deeds of daring
and are ready to give their lives for:
the good of their country. All honor:
to them. But our hero, the manly
hero, the Christian hero, is not incited
by any such deeds of daring. The
arena on which he acts is not that of
strife, but of suffering and self-sacri
fice. No earthly stars glitter on nis
breast, no triumphal banners wave
over his head. But better, far better
than this, there flows through his
veins "The milk of human kindness."
And when he -falls, as he often does,
in the performance of his duty, he re
ceives no handsome statue to mark
his resting place, but only the silent
dripping of tears over 'his grave. But
man is not made for fame, or glory,
or success; he is made for something
higher and nobler than. the world can
give. While the soldier, the money
king may receive the praise and ap
plause of men, the true hero, the
Christian hero at death will receive a
crown of rejoicing and will be nurn
bered among the crowned hosts of the
golden streeted city.
Goodbye, and with that we wish you
God speed in the world. May you be'
able to rightly answer the call of hu
manity, and build your structure of
life upon a firm rock. May you run
with patience the race set before you.
When you have fought your last fight
and won your last victory, and are
placed for the last time upon your
couch, then may your guardian angel
hover over you, and your mother in;
that far off land whisper in accents
sweet and low, shall say: "Children
and members of class of 1911, lay
aside cares of life, mothers welcome
you home to heaven."
Reading Contest Tuesday Evening.
Tuesday evening there was a read
ing contest by nine young ladies of
the high school department. This con
test was of high order and showed
much time and preparaton had been
given to the exercises 'by the contest
ants. The judges, Mr. Jno. M. Kinard
Rev. G. P. Voigt and'Mr. B. V. Chap
man, of Newberry. had difficulty in
reaching a conclusion, but they finally
awardead the medal to Miss Alda Rayf
Wheeler. with honorable mention to
Miss Clara Brown. This medal is
given by the local lodge, K. of P.
The .following were thie contestants:
Grace B. Reagin-Jimmie Brown's
Helen Nichols-The Angels of Beuna
Clara Brown-The Martyred Mother.
Alda Ray Wheeler--Hagar.
Jessie Lorick-The Independence
Tena Wise-The Second Trial.
Marie Kohn-An Adventerous Day.
Mary Lizzie Wise-The One Critic.
Annie Wheeler-The Children.
Wednesday Evening's Exercises.
On Wednesday evening the pupils
o.f the school gave a class play, Ici-on-.
Parle-Francais, which was much en
joyed by the very large audience.
After the performance. medals t'nd
honors were awarded as tollows:
Hunter high school medal, given by
Dr. G. Y. Hunter, chairman of the.
board of trustees, to Pierre Scott.
with honorable mention to Grace FC
Reagin, Clara Brown and Christina.
Wise. Presentation by Mr. J. S.'
Wheeler. This medal is for the best
scholarship in the high school.
The Wheeler medal, gi.vent by Dr. J.
S. Wheeler, for scholarship, open to
the sixth and seventh grades, was:
won by Josephine May.. This medal
was presented by Mr. R. C. Counts.
The Counts medal, given by Mr. R.
C. Counts, open to the fourth 'and fifth
grades, was awarded to Miss Grace
Sease; presentation made by Prof. .
The primary prize was open to the;
first, second and third grades, and
was presented to little Miss Myra
Hunter, presentation by Rev. E. W.
The Aull essay medal. given by Mr.
E. H. Aul11, of Newberry, and open to;
the high school, was awarded to Miss
Clara Brown, with hone rabl' mention.
to Miss Mary Lizzie Wise, the presen
tation being made by Mr. E. H. Anil.
The writing of this essay is made
compulsory, and the contest this year
was so arranged Lnat the members u
this high school wrote the essays in
the presence of the tet.chers withou~
any reference books, working on th'.
at certain periods for several weeks.
The scholarship medal. given by
Rev. J. Henry Harms, for Newberry.
college, was awarded to Mr. Joe Long,
the presentation being made by Rev.
I. S. Caldwell. Mr. Long, who won
this scholarship, lives about three.
miles in the country, an.d has the
ord of not missing a single day from
school, many times going on foot.
Everybody is delighted with the
manner in which this school has been
cor.dhicted during the past year. a'nd
especially pleased with the most ex-,
eellent program of commencement
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