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SPECTATOR AND VINDICATOR. STAUNTON, VIRGINIA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 10th, 1899. CADET LIFE AT THE DANVILLE MILITARY INSTITUTE. Until recently, to the casual observer, cadet life has only meant the glitter of brass buttons, the flash of brightly polished steel and the measured tread to music. Since the beginning of the Spanish-American war, in which those who had military training proved necessary as instructors for the new recruits, even the average citizen has been bound to admit that those educated at mil itary schools had every advantage over those who had studied in the civil schools. The recent military achievements of our government thrilling us, as they do, with admiration ■■■;"•! —■ ■ . .;.,i,"4'i^.'^'.'■.■ ~_itf _, JHxr> to- rn BH '" . •!' 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Comparatively few citizens appreciate the advantages of such training and overlook the fact that it proves invaluable to the "embryo man" in his future career, by inculcating syste matic habits in business, promptness, obedience and respect to superiors, self-control and firm ness in the management of inferiors. Aside from the parent's recognition of the necessity of these things, he should also remem ber that a military spirit having been awakened in the breast of a boy, he would, if the call to arms should come, not only be ready to respond, but equally ready to assume the duties of an officer and prove a better one for the military training he has had. Of the number of ex-cadets of the D. M. I. who served with credit in the recent war with Spain, not one entered as a private. One who is admitted as a cadet at the Danville Military Institute finds that the dazzling dress parades, guard mounts and drills, so entertaining to visitors, form but a small part of his duties Beneath this outward show lies the true inner life where all is revealed and unbounded confidence reigns supreme. He is at first put in the "awkward squad," but soon has learned the squad drill andjui advanced to the company. Here he is taught the minutia of a foot soldier, after which he is taught the rifle calisthenics drill iv which the guns are used as bell bars. He soon finds that this drill is develop ing every muscle of his body. He finds the variety of these exercises, and the musical accompani ment especially pleasing. Obedience to him becomes a habit, every one else is doing the same thing, obeying the same command, all are required to observe the same neatness of person and certain courtesies one to another. For a time his individuality is lost, he is one of the many that move as one body composed of many similar members. In this way the infantry and artillery drills, the small arms practice, signalling, reviews and inspections, are learned. He begins to realize the fact that the military instruction does not interfere with the aca demic duties, but assists in securing prompt and attentive presence, and affords a healthy re laxation from study ; that by thus uniting mental discipline with bodily exercises that highly important object of combined physical and intellectual powers is attained. The influence of the honor system, the atmosphere of truthfulness, the esprit-de-corps, he feels strongly bringing out those manly characteristics that otherwise might have remained forever dormant. Worthy ambitions are aroused, and he inspired to become one of the cadet officers, to attain distinction ______Ei____te___ l r "*" * * HBasaBB^9s.a.H.^s>.aB_a_lL__~.'--"***■■ "**^§—■ "* _»?.. ,- w! _*—* _. 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With light step and happy heart he returns to his room to "police" it. To him, the innovation upon the bare rooms of the state and national institutions, and the supplying of rooms with single beds for two occupants, tables, dresser, wardrobe, stationary wash stands, curtains, rugs, etc., are features which lend comfort and render his room home-like. He is at his place in ranks when the "fall in" is sounded for breakfast, and at his seat when the chapel exercises begin. He is so interested in his studies and recitations that, ere he dreams of it, dinner call is sounded. With the same cheerful spirit he attends drill at 3 o'clock. At re lease from quarters at 4 o'clock, he is one of the first to appear on the athletic field to be one of the foremost in field sports. After supper, study hours and tattoo, taps is sounded at ten, the day's work is done and he lies down to peaceful slumbers. The courses of study embrace all those branches necessary to the active pursuits of life, together with such as are deemed essential to the preparation of a highly finished education. All branches are given the attention their utility ancWjmportance demand. The institution is situated near Danville, a city of about 20,000 inhabitants, hence the so cial life of the cadet forms one of the most pleasing features, and when, through lack of de merits during the week, they gain the coveted permisson to spend Friday evening "in town," the well known "old Virginia" hospitality to the stranger within her gates is fully sustained by the numerous informal receptions, teas, etc., given in their honor. These pleasures (where the hour for return to barracks, 10 o'clock, comes all too soon) are not only bright spots in the routine of school life, but aid the cadets in acquiring ease, grace of manner, and knowledgs of social laws and customs. The "hops" given by the cadets during the session are memorable events to the "lads and lassies," and the mess hall, made gay with flags and bunting, filled with the dreamy music of the waltz is never to be forgotten by the happy and fortunate participants in its joys. The cadets prove ideal hosts and many are the compliments upon their manage ment of the dance and also on the abundant good things provided for the refreshment of the weary devotees of Terpsichore. Although cadet life at the D. M. I. has its sorrows as well as its joys, its fears and its hopes, and we mignt ask "Father Time" with his kindly hands to lift those bitter memories from our over-burdened hearts, we would not ask that the chords of memory be snapped asun der lest the music of our D. M. I. life be forever mute. ___________H_J__k_tt____ * I a T_*' "—aaaaH3 —St"'' 8" if I_B _* «_«S K - ve 1 ■ ■__ ___. j_Wl "_H t * ___ SH 1.....H [it(|^'ii£nttfi^iTlitf<i■ i itMiJMMbtlMfci'nfri<11fail ■ »„.w'l^p_ra ■• 1 ___■ I' flffKT' i__n b__rF ■ jfi?iS_^k__^_^_%' ' ~ 1 flR" "" b _E f ' "-*■"",' '"* '"__rJ?**^!llN?__akS^^^-" > MBT rOMPANY "A." Recipe for an Jill 'Round Boy. <__ __ «_ Shake well at 6:30 A. M,; fill 3-4 full—see "Key to the Pantry." Knead well at 8:30 A. M. (calisthenic drill); set by a warm place and then add 1 bookful of Arithmetic (3 R's brand), 1-2 bookful of Old English, 1-2 bookful of New Eng lish, 1 headful of Higher mathematics (well beaten together), 1 headful of Latin and Greek, or French, German and Spanish, add Science, Elocution, Rhetoric, etc., to taste. When well done, cut into Military Figures and make into a Long Roll. Serve when wanted. It is a well-known fact that one in every two hundred and fifty college bred men attains prominence while only one in every ten thousand who are not college bred attains distinc tion.