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The Junior Exhibition

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The chapel room of the high school was crowded last Friday evening, the occasion being the annual junior exhibition. The hall was tastefully decorated with evergreen, and upon the wall back of the platform appeared the junior class motto: Animo non Asutio. The school directors and several other prominent citizeus were on the platform. Prof. J. G. Pattengill presided. After a selection of music, prayer was given by the Rev. Mr. Galpin. The prayej was followed by music, after which the literary exercises were begun with an oration by Thos. Chalmers, of Sparta, on "An üld Subject." Under this appropriate caption, the woman's suffrage question was treated by the speaker, who not only handled this subject in a most admirable manner, but impressed all by his remarkable ease of delivery. Miss Ella M. Bennett, of Ann Arbor, then read an essay entitled "Madame Roland," which showed evidence of careful preparation, and was presented in an easy, appropriate manner. "Fe Merrie Jesters" was the subject of a well-written mirthful essay by Miss Lola Conrad, of this city. After more music had been f urnished, John D. Duncan, of Ann Arbor, spoke on "Future W arfare," showing what warfare was in ancient times, what it now is, and what it is likely to be. Then came an essay on "An Ancient Lunatic," by Miss Alice Cramer, also of this city, who gave a huniorous and enjoyable account of the "Man in the Moon." Miss Jessw V. Penny, Ann Arbor, then read an essay on "Our Mutual Friends," comprising in this list the familiar characters in the works of Dickens, Thackery, Georg-e Elliot and other leading novelists "Party Loyalty" was then discussed by Harry Randall, of Ann Arbor, in a masterly manner, holding that a man should support his political party only so long as that party is actuated by sound moral principies. After beiug favored a?ain by the orchestra, the audience listened to Miss Carrie M. Sperry, of Ann Arbor, on "Modern Oracles." The essayist referred to the early significan ce of oracles, and showed that the golden words of wisdom found in the scriptures and other books are prized as the oracles of modern times just as such oracles as that of Apollo were regarded by the ancients. A very original and suggestive essay "Concerning Pencils" was then presented by Miss Lula B. Southmayd, of Ann Arbor, who vividly portrayed the necessity of attending to the little things, even the sharpening of a pencil. The last speaker, Lewis G. Whitehead, then very forcibly made " A Plea for a Universal Language," claiming, with good argument, that the advanced condition of the world and the multiplied commercial relations existing among all nations demand the adoption of a common tongue . The exercises being concluded, benediction was pronounced by the Rev. Mr. Neumann, followed by a last dispensation of music by the Chequamegons, who had so ably provided the music throughout the evening. The audience was then dismissed, all sharing in the opinión that the exhibition would stand a favorable comparison with those of former years.


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