L XVII SEPTEMBER, 1921
To DRAGMA , of
ALPHA OMICRON PI
CONTENTS Syracuse Convention Delegates .
The Outstanding Work of Convention
What Convention Meant to Me -
The Memorial Service - -
TheGoldenThread -------- 9 ConventionHandclasps - - - - - - - 11
Our First Track Meet - Editorial
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A Letter from India -
The Quiet Corner
AlumnaeNotes . . . . . . . .
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Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity CHAPTER ROLL OF ALPHA OMICRON PI
Pi—H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, New Orleans, La. Nu—New York University, New York City. Omicron—University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn. Kappa—Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, Va. Zeta—University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb. Sigma—University of California, Berkeley, Cal.
Theta—De Pauw University, Greencastle, Ind. Beta—Brown University—Inactve.
Delta—Jackson College, Tufts College, Mass. , Gamma—University of Maine, Orono, Me. Epsilon—Cornell University, Ithaca, N . Y . Rho—Northwestern LTniversity, Evanston, 111. Lambda—Leland Stanford University, Palo Alto, Cal. Iota—University of Illinois, Champaign, 111.
Tau—University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. Chi—Syracuse University, Syracuse, N. Y. Upsilon—University of W ashington, Seattle, W ash.
Nu Kappa—Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Tex. Beta Phi—University of Indiana, Bloomington, Ind. Eta—University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
Alpha Phi—Montana State College, Bozeman, Mont. Nu Omicron—Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. Psi—University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa. Phi—University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan. Omega—Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
New York Alumna?—New York City.
San Francisco Alumnae—San Francisco, Cal. Providence Alumnae—Providence, R. I .
Boston Alumnae—Boston, Mass.
Los Angeles Alumnae—Los Angeles, Cal.
Lincoln Alumnae—LincPoln, Neb.
Chicago Alumnae—Chicago, 111.
Indianapolis Alumnae—Indianapolis, Ind.
New Orleans Alumnae—New Orleans, La.
Minneapolis Alumnae—Minneapolis, Minn.
Bangor Alumnae—Bangor, Me.
Portland Alumnae—Portland, Oregon.
Seattle Alumnae—Seattle, W ash.
Knoxville Alumnae—Knoxville, Tenn.
Lynchburg Alumnae—Lynchburg, Va.
Washington Alumnae—Washington, D. C. Philadelphia Alumnae—Philadelphia, Pa. Dallas Alumnae—Dallas, Tex.
Kansas City Alumnae—Kansas City, Mo. Omaha Alumnae—Omaha, Neb.
Tacoma Alumnae—Tacoma, Wash.
ALPHA OMICRON PI CALENDAR 1921 - 1922
October 3. Chapter Panhellenic delegate send report to National Pan- hellenic delegate. >2.5U hue tor tardy report. Chapter Study Plan Orhcer send report to member of Committee on Examinations in her district (or Kxamining Officer). $2.50 fine for tardy report. Reports of corresponding secretary and treasurer must be mailed,on this date to Grand Secretary. Corresponding secretary send scholarship report to District Superintendent. Alumnae Chapter President sends report to Vice Superintendent of her district.
October 8.—All material for November To Dragma must be mailed mi or before this dale to the Editor or Assistant Editor. $5.00 tine for tardy letters.
October 27.—Alumnae advisers send reports to District Superintendents. November 3.—Reports of corresponding secretary and treasurer must be
mailed on this date to the Grand Secretary.
November 10.—Treasurers of active and alumnae chapters and associ-
ations send Grand Council Dues to Grand Treasurer.
December 1.—Vice Superintendents send report to Grand Vice-President. December 3.—Reports of corresponding secretary and treasurer must be
mailed on this date to the Grand Secretary. Chapter Study Plan Officer send report to member of Committee on Examinations in her district. $2.50 fine for tardy report. Alumnae chapter president send report to Vice-Superintejident of her district. Chapter Pan- iiellenic delegate send report to National Panhellenic delegate. $2.50 tine for tardy report.
December 8.—Founders' Day. Should be observed throughout the frater pity-
December 27.—Alumnae advisers send report to District Superintendents. January 3.—Reports of the corresponding secretary and treasurer must
be mailed on this date to the Grand Secretary.
January 8.—All material for the February To Dragma must be mailed
on or before this date to the Editor or Assistant Editor. $5.00 fine
for tardy letter.
January 15.—Prepare for fraternity examinations.
February Chapter Panhellenic delegate send report to National Pan-
hellenic delegate. Reports of corresponding secretary and treasurer must be mailed on this date to the Grand Secretary. Chapter Study Plan Officer send report to member of Committee on Examinations in her district (or to Kxamining Officer). $2.50 fine for tardy report. Alumnae Chapter President send report to Vice-Superintendent of her district.
February 27.—Alumnae advisers -send reports to District Superintendent. March 3.—Reports of the corresponding secretary and treasurer must be
mailed on this date to the Grand Secretary.
April 1.—Corresponding secretary send scholarship report to her Dis-
April 3.—Chapter Panhellenic delegate send report to National Pan-
hellenic delegate. Reports of corresponding secretary and treasurer must be mailed on this date to the Grand Secretary. Chapter Study Plan Officer send report to member of Committee on Examination in her district (or to Examining Officer). $2.50 fine for tardy report. Alumnae Chapter President send report to Vice-Superintendent of
April 8.—All material for May To Dragma must be mailed on or before
this date to the Editor or Assistant Editor. $5.00 fine for tardy letter.
April 10.—Treasurers of active and alumnae chapters pay tax for Con- vention Fund to Grand Treasurer.
April 15.—Active chapters pay to Grand Treasurer $15.00 tax for Con- vention Fund. Alumnae chapters pay to Grand Treasurer $.25 per
capita for Convention Fund.
April 27.—Alumnae advisers send reports to District Superintendents. May 1.—Election of Chapter officers including alumnae adviser (who
is a member of Grand Council). Notify Grand Secretary of any
changes. Vice-Superintendents send report to Grand Vice-President. May 3.—Reports of the corresponding secretary and treasurer must
IK mailed on this date to the Grand Secretary.
May 15.—Annual report for the Executive Committee from the activ.'
and alumnae chapters due the Grand Secretary, This includes chap- ter By-laws. A l l committees, District Superintendents and National Officers report to Executive Committee.
June 3.—Chapter Panhellenic delegate send report to National Pan- hellenic delegate. Reports of the corresponding secretary and treas- urer must be mailed on this date to the Grand Secretary. Before
Commencement see that all books are in order and that the new offi cers know their duties. Chapter Study Plan Officer send report to member of Committee on Examinations in her district (or to Ex- amining Officer). $2.50 fine for tardy report. Alumnae chapter president send report to Vice-Superintendent of her district.
June 27.—Alumnae advisers send report to District Superintendents. August 8.—Alumnae assistants send notes for September To Dragma to
The post mark on letters is taken as evidence in case of late letters and reports, when there is a question of fines.
DIRECTORY OF OFFICERS 1921 - 1922
FOUNDERS OF ALPHA OMICKON PI
ipcci,- Wallace Hughan, Alpha '98. 378 Grand Ave., Brooklyn, N . Y . jfelen St. Clair Mullan (Mrs. George V .), Alpha '98, 118 W . 183rd St.,
New York, N. Y.
Stella Stern Perry (Mrs. George H.), Alpha *98, 45 W. 35th St., New
Elizabeth Heywood Wyman. Alpha '98, 456 Broad St., Bloomfield, N. J.
EXECUTIVE COM MITTEE
Grand President, Merva Dolsen Hennings (Mrs. A. J.) 2M7 Central St..
Grand Secretary. Laura A. Hurd. 416 West 122nd St.. New York City,
Grand Treasurer, Viola C. Gray, 1537 South 23rd St., Lincoln, Neb. Grand Vice-President. Mate L. Giddings, 1112 West California Ave.
Grand Historian, Stella George Stern Perrv (Mrs. George H.)i 45 West
35th St, New York City, N. Y.
Extension Officer. Rose Gardner Marx (Mrs. Ralph). 1421 Scenic Ave
Examining Officer. Gladys Courtian Brtton (Mrs.J. A.Jr.) 2642 Derby
St.. Berkeley, Cal.
National Panhellenic Delegate, Lillian McQuillan McCausland (Mrs.
Norman L. Jr.) 517 Angell St., Providence. R. I .
Editor of To Dragma, Elizabeth Hiestand Smith (Airs. Harry E.), 3419
N. Lincoln St., Chicago. III.
Business Manager of To Dragma. June Kelly. 16 Everett Ave., Norwood.
NATIONAL PAN HELLENIC CONGRESS
Delegate. Lillian MacQuillan McCausland (Mrs. Norman L.. Jr.). 517 Angell St., Providence, R. I .
EDITORIAL BOARD OF TO DRAGMA
Editor-in-chief. Elizabeth Hiestand Smith (Mrs. H . E.), 3419 N. Lincoln St., Chicago, 111.
Assistant Editor. Anna Hoffert Kirk (Mrs. B. L.), 1011 W. Clark St.. Champaign. Illinois.
Exchange Editor, Marguerite P. Schoppe (Mrs. W . F.), 602 So. 3rd Ave., Bozeman, Mont,
business Manager. June Kelley. 134 Cottage St., Norwood, Mass. DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENTS
X. Atlantic District. Gladys Wales (Mrs. W'inthrop L.) 416 West Onon- andaga St., Syracuse, New York. (/Y, J , / ' , E, X , W.)
Southern District, Katrina Overall McDonald (Mrs. Carl C.) Bay Si. Louis, Miss. (77, K, 0, NK, NO.)
N. E. Central District. Melita Skillen. 1340 Thomdale Ave., Chicago, 111.
(f), r,i, B<P, ii, u.)
N. W. Central District. Charlotte Hall Uhls (Mrs. Kenneth B.) 1017 Republic Bldg., Kansas City, Mo. (Z, T, A&j
Pacific District. Lucille R. Curtis. 1933 Oxford Ave.. Los Angeles, Cal. (S, Ay r.)
X. Atlantic District. Katharine March Thomas (Mrs. S. J.) 5120 Regent St., Philadelphia, Pa. New York, Providence, Boston, Bangor. Wash- ington, Philadelphia, Syracuse.
Southern District, To be announced. New Orleans, Knoxville, Lynch- burg, Dallas.
N. E. Central District. Grace Pierson Gilbert (Mrs. Samuel II.) 2714 Hartzell St., Evanston, 111. Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit.
N. W. Central District, Elsie Fitzgerald, 1971 D St., Lincoln. Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebr. Minneapolis, Kansas City, Omaha.
Pacific District, Louise Dow Benton, 5566 29th Ave. N. E., Seattle, Wash., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon, Seattle. Tacoma.
Pi—Genevra Washburn, Ncwcoml) College, New Orleans, La. Nu—Mary Louise Hingsberg, New York Lniversity, New York City. Omicron—Christine Moore, 1617 Highland Ave,. Knoxville, Tenn. Kappa—Kathryn Hodges, R. M. W. C, Lynchburg, Va. Zeta—Mildred Hullinger, 500 N . 16th St., Lincoln, Nebraska. Sigma—Sara Thompson, 2721 Haste St., Berkeley, Cal. Theta—Mildred Panchaud. A O II House, Greencastle, Iml. Delta—Esther Fowler, Tufts College, Mass.
Gamma—Theresa Jackson, I', of Maine. Orono, Maine.
Epsilon—Grace McAlpinc, The Knoll. Ithaca, N . Y .
Rho—Helen Hawk, Chapin Hall, Evanston. 111.
Lambda—leanne Elmendorf, A O I I House, Stanford Universitv. Calif. Iota—Helen Wolfe, 712 W . Oregon St., Urbana, 111.
Tau—Frances Graham, 315 11th Ave. S. E., Minneapolis, Minn. Chi—Thelma Robertson, 1(115 Harrison St., Syracuse, N . Y .
Upsilon—Edith Chapman. 2724 17th Ave., N . E., Seattle, Wash. Nu Kappa—Lucille Pepple, S. M. U., Dallas, Texas.
Beta Phi—Lillian Mullins, A O I I House, Bloomington, Indiana. F.ta—Ethel Zimmerman, 626 N. Henry St., Madison, Wis.
Alpha Phi—Helen Chase, A O II House, Bozeman, Mont.
Nu Omicron—Nell Fain, Vanderbilt Universitv, Nashville, Tenn Psi—
Phi—May Ireland, 1144 Louisiana Ave., Lawrence, Kansas. Omega—Charlottee Haarlaniert, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
CHAPTER SECRETARIES ACTIVE
Pi—Cecelia Slack. Newcomb Dormitorv, Newcomb College, N . O., La. Nu—Katherine S. Keane, 31 W . 11th St., N . Y . C.
Omicron—Elizabeth Clinton. 1627 W. Cumberland Ave., Knoxville. Tenn. Kappa —Madge Winslow, R. M. W. C, Lynchburg, Va.
Zeta—Lois Haas, 500 N. 16th St., Lincoln, Nebraska.
Sigma—Zoe King, 2721 Haste St., Berkely, Calif.
Theta—Mary Hester, A O I I House, Greencastle, Indiana. Delta—Dorothy Hilton, Tufts College. Mass.
Gamma—Marie Hodgdon, U. of Maine, Orono, Maine. Epsilott—Catherine Campion, The Knoll, Ithaca, N . Y . Rho—Ada Campbell. Chapin Hall, Evanston, 111. Lambda—Doris Bailev. A O I I House, Stanford University, Cal. Iota—Evelyn Wissmath, 712 W. Oregon St., Urbana, 111' Tau—Lillian Kirwin, 315 11th Ave., S. E., Minneapolis, Minn. Chi—Beatrice Barron, 1017 Harrison St., Syracuse, N. Y. Upsilon—Marion D. Janeck. 1906 E. 45th St., Seattle, Wash.
Nu Kappa—Catherine Rasbury, S. M . University, Dallas, Texas.
Beta Phi—Dorothy Huntington, A. O. Pi House, Bloomington, Indiana. Eta— Edith Hastings, 626 N . Henry St., Madison, W is. .
Alpha Phi—Marie Moebus, A O I I House, Bozeman, Mont.
j<jti Omicron—Augusta Perry, Vanderbilt U., Nashville, Tenn.
phi opal Wells, 1144 Louisiana Ave., Lawrence, Kansas. Psi—Mildred Beyer, 3459 VVoodland Ave., Philadelphia. Pa. Omega—Martha Jacques, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
' ALUMNAE CHAPTER PRESIDENTS
Mew York—Clare Graeffe, 255 McDonough St., Brooklyn, Boston—Octavia Chapin, 102 Sumner St., Medford, Mass.
San Francisco—Hertha Hermann Brown, (Mrs. E. C.) 509 Santa Ray
Ave.. Berkeley, Cal.
Providence—Muriel Wyman (Mrs. P. H.l, 1739 Broad St., Providence.
R. I .
1 ,» -\ngeles—Constance Chandler, 2330 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, Cal. Lincoln Nettie Campbell (Mrs. B. O.) 1971 Sewell St., Lincoln, Neb. Chicago—Grace Pierson Gilbert (Mrs. S. H.), 2714 Hartzell St., Evans-
Indianapolis—Leola Goodman Scales (Mrs. Walter) 35 West 27th St.,
gfew Orleans—Evelyn Pigott, 3705 Prytania St., New Orleans, La. Minneapolis—Mrs. W alter Haertel, 1522 Aldrich A ve. So., Minneapolis.
Banner—Madeline Robinson, 463 Main St., Bangor, Maine. Seattle—Mildred Baker, 4710 4th Ave. N. E., Seattle, Wash. Portland—Nellie McKinley (Mrs. Chas.). 4206 Woodstock Ave., Port
Knoxville—Ailcy Kyle Peet (Mrs. A. S.). 309 8th St., Knoxville, Tenn. Lynchburg—Laura Radford Yates (Mrs. R. T .), 300 Madison St., Lynch-
burg, Va. , Washington—Margaret Mitchell, Silver Spring, Md.
Dallas—Olga Sheppard Thomas (Mrs. C. F.), 5104 Gaston Ave., Dallas,
Philadelphia—Katherine March Thomas (Mrs. S. J.), 5120 Regent St.,
Kansas City—Charlotte Uhls (Mrs. K. B.), 213 Brush Creek Blvd., Kan-
sas Citv, Mo.
Omaha—Olive Wrightson (Mrs. W. H.), 2812 Poppleton St., Omaha.
Tacoma—Isabel McRae, 511 N. Cushman, Tacoma. Wash. Syracuse—Elizabeth French, 1546 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, N . Y . Detroit—Ethel Watts Parker (Mrs. M. J.), 5040 Linsdale Ave., Detroit,
Committee on National Work—
Mate L. Giddings, I, Grand Vice-President, Chairman. (By-laws,
Article IV, 2a).
Mildred Harley MacDonaht. /.
Carolyn Frascr Pulling, J . Margaret Bonner Bentley, A7\.
Committee on Finance— Viola C. Gray, Z, IV, 2b).
Anna Morrow. K. Hellen Halltr, L>.
Grand Treasurer, Chairman, (By-Laws. Article
N . Y .
Committee on Eratern'ly Organization—
Gharlotte Hall Uhls, T, Chairman.
All Superintendents and Vice-Superintendents (By-Laws. Article IV
Committee on Vocational Guidance— Helen Henry. 2 , Chairman*
Daisy Gaus, N.
Pinckney Estes Glanlzbcrg, V .
Committee on Examinations—
Gladys Courtian Britton, 2', Examining Officer, Chairman (By- Laws. Article, IV, 2e)
Frances G. Carter. X, (N. Atlantic District) Bessie Masteii. K, (Southern District)
Agnes L. I.akin. (*)t (N. E. Central District) Edith Goldsworthy. !T,(N. W, Central District) Carrie B. Braman (Mrs. H.) (Pacific)
Committee on Nominations—
Etta Phillips MacPhic, Ay Chairman. Isabelfe Henderson Stewart, 2 . Edith. Dietz, A.
Trustees of the Endowment Eund (By-Laws, Helen St. Claire Mullan, Ay Six year term. Louella Fifield Darling, B, Four year term. To be announced. Two year term.
Ritual, The Founders, Helen St. Claire Mullan, A, Chairman.
Committee on Eraternity Traditions—
Gladys Courtian Britton,.2".
Laura A. Hurd, T.
The chairman and two associates members are to be announced later
by the Founders.
Mae Knight Siddell. 2 , chairman. Margaret Vaughan, \ A.
Evalinc Snow. /'.
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I know the words are trite, but of all words they carry hot my greetings to you. In giving to me your highest honor—a gift before which I feel infinitely humble—I know you are entrusting to me all your hopes that our ideals may •'carry on", that our fraternity may advance in strength both
within and without, and especially that we may go on in the well-defined spirit of inner harmony which the last years have developed. I cannot refrain from thus publicly expressing my appreciation of all that my association with Mrs. McCausland has meant to me and my firm conviction that in giving me this Office, you too desire her spirit to "carry on." And so to the best of my ability. I shall "carry on", trusting that the next two years will see a steady growth in our appreciation of our own value, with a constantly increasing consciousness that we will serve best when our feeling for our fraternity is so strong and keen that of necessity we carry the inspiration of its ideal- ism into all our relationships. And I shall expect from each <>f you the full measure of interest and support that can alone make our efforts successful.
Merva Dolsen Hennings.
THE OUTSTANDING WORK OF THE CONVENTION
Alpha Omicron Pi took three steps forward at the Syra- cuse convention which will greatly influence her future his- tory. They mark the transition from our childhood and youth to maturity. Not that we can consider ourselves perfect and ip cease to improve our national organization, but at least we can feel that we have gone a long way toward making our fra- ternity stronger and better.
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THE ENDOWMENT FUND.
The first has to do with the continued growth and well being of I" Dragma. A compulsory life subscription plait was passed whereby all new initiates must pay fifteen dollars within a certain time for a life subscription to the magazine. The proceeds of these funds become part of an endowment fund which is to be lent out to chapters or to individuals. The interest on these fees goes toward the support of the magazine. The benefits of the plan, of course, open out before one as it is considered. All new members receive To Dragma for life for a smail sum, considering the return. To Dragma serves as the link to bind each member closer to the fraternity, no matter
how far away she may be physically from her sisters. The most important meaning of the plan is that we have the nuc- leus of a fund which will be of lasting benefit to all future generations of Alpha O's. It is a far-seeing measure however you look at it. The trustees of the Endowment Fund are: Helen St. Clair Mullan. Alpha, for six years
Louella Darling, Beta, for four years Margaret Burnett, Nu. for two years
Of tremendous importance to the welfare of Alpha O, too, was the arrangement concerning finances for future conven- tions that was passed; Heretofore, there has been a stated tax for each chapter in convention year, the same for all chapters. This system has not met one difficulty though, that of the traveling expenses of the delegates from our most distant chapters; for no matter where convention is held, some dele- gates must have heavy expenses. This has been known to
keep delegates away, in fact sometimes a chapter cannot be re- presented at all, as in the case of a western chapter recently. This chapter would have had to go into debt to send a dele- gate. As the members were already over burdened, trying to pay for a house, it was thought inexpedient to send a delegate. Thus this chapter lost the inspiration and guidance that con vention brings because no one could carry it personally to them. By the new measure, the expenses of active chapter
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delegates are to be added to whatever the hostess chapter may Ceed\ and the entire amount divided equally among the chap-
' No chapter need go unrepresented in the future.
The question of alumnae or national work has agitated our fraternity for the past two years. All sorts of schemes have been advanced. These years have proved quite conclu- sively, however, that we need closer organization among the alumnae than the existing one, before we can enter upon any great work nationally. Two general plans were discussed and
voted upon. The first provided for better organization of the alumnae followed by a national project later. The second was 1,, begin at once on some national work, for which suggestions were given. The first plan received a majority of the votes and accordingly is put into execution. The committee is working out a plan for this closer organization, but one im- portant part of it is that alumnae associations, distinct from alumnae chapters, are to be formed wherever there are noi enough Alpha O's to form an alumnae chapter. The district
vice-superintendent is to keep in touch with these associations and in that way our organization will be greatly strengthened. When this is done, we shall be ready to embark upon some great national project with the assurance of its being a suc-
cess and a source of pride to every Alpha O.
Many other measures of benefit to the fraternity were passed, as for instance, the new study plans and the provision for officersto carry them out. but the most important have been outlined above. The fraternity owes much to the dele- gates and officers whose careful deliberations resulted in this
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WHAT CONVENTION MEANT TO ME BY O N E OK T H E HOSTESS CHAPTER
Convention! The first 1 ever attended and at my own S. U. As I was late in arriving, I missed several business meetings, the track meet, and stunt night with the "movies", but I found plenty of sisters who were willing to tell me all about them. I had hardly realized that I had so many Alpha O sisters, representing chapters which spread from
coast to coast.
We of Chi were indeed glad of the opportunity to welcome these
same sisters, to form new friendships, and to renew old ones. W e were especially glad that so many of the Grand Officers and Founders could be with us. Not always are there three of the four founders present at Convention. I would like to pass on a chance remark which I over- heard while taking orders for pictures. "So those are our founders! How young they are! Really, you know, I expected to see decrepit, grayhaired, old women."
Lest I forget it, I want to say that jf anyone fails to receive the pic- tures she ordered, or if the pictures arrive in a damaged condition, a complaint should be entered. The photographer told me that all such claims would be made good. M y own group picture has arrived, an al ways pleasant reminder of the 1921 Convention.
Can't you all remember those "sings" in the big dining-room at Haven? I wonder how many of us are still "standin' in the need of pray'r." Speaking of the dining-room reminds me of fishy water Personally, I ^think it was quite inconsiderate of the city authorities to choose that particular week to clean the city resevoir!
Initiation, model ritual and memorial services bound us closer to- gether literally as well as figuratively. Tired muscles and tight pump- were forgotten as we all craned our necks lest we miss«a single bit of the beautiful ceremony.
Helping with the preparations for the garden party made it seem almost as though I were back in college again. "Every rose has its thorn,'' so they say. That trav full had two thorns to every rose. Peg will agree because she helped cut them. Then would the guests never come. And later (I blush to write it) would they never go—you see. knowing Syracuse dorms, we were greatly worried lest the Convcntion- ites get no dinner. How well founded those fears were! For that part
of Convention we are truly sorry. W e make most humble apologies.
I don't need to tell you of my impressions of the banquet. Everyone who was there would agree with me that it was a fitting climax to the events of the week. I envy Mrs. McCausland her ability as a toast mis- tress, and I know that I am not the only one who regretted that Mrs. Henning's "shoes hurt her". Chi was mighty proud of "Fliver" for her
athletic achievements. Later that night we gathered at "1017" and passed the loving cup.
At all hours Friday night and Saturday, Alpha O's started on their
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long homeward journeys. We were loath to see them go. We hope tbat it may be Chi's privilege, at some future time to again act as hos-
universities. Suppose we have "A O Pi in of the world's responsibility.
MORTON LANE HIGH AND NORMAL SCHOOL, MOULMEIN, BURMA.
BY A N ALUMNAE CHAPTER
" and shoulder our part MILDRED MOSIER,
Mary li. Adams, Chi "19. BY A TRAVELER.
The Alpha O, who came the farthest to Convention! Yes, I must be the one. From the city which Kipling sings about—Moulmein. Burma (British India) exactly on the opposite side of the world. Just two weeks after landing from the fifty day trip, I started for Convention. You can imagine what a treat it was for me to be able to attend and renew old friendships. 1 am interested in the idea of some kind of Alum- nae National work to unite our members, and would feel very proud if A O II should undertake some uplift work for the women and chil- dren of America, (Americanization work) or of some foreign land, where women do not have our wonderful privileges. You probably know of "Yale in China" and similar institutions representing American
Convention with its meetings glad and gay, with its old associations, with its peaceful thoughts and happy memories, with its kindly words and warm affection was past. As I came away from these days at Syra- cuse, and as the picture of the Convention highway appeared before me, I felt confident that we as a fraternity had a right to exist; that we were entirely justified in demanding so much time, thought and expense. Upon that highway were many pilgrims guided by invisible leaders.
Beauty that would delight the artist's eye brought her followers there. The beauteous face with idealistic expression, the lovely lass, the glimmering gown, the old garden with trees, the bright moon, the ivied walls, music's softest numbers, green leaves and dark red roses were there, but another invisible leader, more stern though less likable than beauty with her attendants, was organization.
Organization that would please the most exacting statesman attended this gathering; organization that operated not on a basis of individual ad- vantage and mutual distrust, but on a basis of calm judgement and devo- tion to justice; organization that disposed of important and intricate matters with great swiftness, judgment and ease; organization that was entirely free from maneuvering and scheming politics. With beauty and organization co-operated intelligence.
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That we all felt such inspiration is due in no small measure to the >kill and untiring energy of our hostesses. Our Syracuse chapter mani- fested an efficiency which should make its members successful wherever they may be. The wholeheartedness of their welcome has made the memory of our stay a continuous and unmixed delight.
Convention meant to me a measure of fulfillment far beyond my dreams. Better Still it meant to me a vision of untold possibilities for the future of our fraternity and the countless lives which its members are destined to touch with their gracious influences.
ELIZAHKTH HEY\voor> WYMAN
THE MEMORIAL SERVICE.
(following the custom established at the last convention, there was held a memorial service this time also, in memory of those sisters who have died during the past two years. This beautiful and impressive service, which was held just at twi- light, was conducted by Lillian McCausland, the arrange-
ments being made by Etta McPhie. The tribute that was paid to the members of our Alpha Omega chapter as the roses were laid upon the altar for each deceased member can hardly be told. Certainly those present can never forget what they saw
and heard there.
Six members have died since 1919, and the Memorial Ser- vice was held in remembrance of:
(ireta Marie Nunemaker, Zeta Matlde T| >< nney. Zeta
Arie Kenner Harris, Rho Mabel Wallace Twining, Iota
Loretta Thompson Mitchell, Chi Ruth Edney (lay, Upsilon
DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI 9 THE GOLDEN THREAD.
Melita H . Skillen, Epsilon.
"Until now, it didn't very greatly matter to me whether niv sister was an Alpha < >. or not; but now T feel that I must ,Ui all in my power to have her join when she comes to col- lege." These were the words of an initiate, spoken from her heart shortly after the ceremony which had bound her irre- vocably to our sisterhood.
Such fervor and enthusiasm are the expected part of one who has just shared for the first time in a vision of the possi- bilities revealed through our initiation. Thrilled by the beau- ty of our ideal, uplifted and inspired by our purpose, initiates should be like the Knights of old in their first conception of the duties imposed on them by their vows. You recall how
Tennyson puts it.
"W hen they rose knighted, from kneeling, some W ere pale as at the passing of a ghost,
Some flush'd.and others dazed, as one who wakes Half-blinded at the coming of a light.''
It would be little short of disaster if one missed being borne along on the very crest of the wave of exalted devotion to fra- ternity on the occasion of initiation, when the precious secrets of one's chosen group are first made known.
The test however is not in the uplift of this moment. What does it mean three, or ten. or twenty-five years later? By that one may judge of the true measure of its strength, and
some such valuation was evident to all of us who were fortun- ate enough to go to convention this year. I'm not sure it isn't one of the best things we brought away with us.
Through the days of convention something kept- tighten- ing about us, pulling us so that we were gently but surely drawn closer into a circle whose circumference proved to be this invisible bond; its strength was attested, not because any one tried to break away and couldn't, but by the fact that it had pulled ail of us, two hundred girls and women, from all corners of this country and even from far oft" Burma, from every profession and pursuit, from every station of life, with
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our two hundred strong, individual personalities and tenden- cies, and had made the circle seem very small because all of us were so close to its centre and yet somehow never far from its circumference.
That first evening as we straggled in from all directions and at all times, some of us didn'tknow exactly how to act, we even wondered if it was possible for so many different-looking individuals to belong to one group. In our own chapter there had been a familiarity which had created for us a kind of imag- inary type for Alpha O, and these girls looked different. Be- sides we hardly knew how to address an utter stranger wear- ing a pin like ours. At dinner we began to feel the glad ex- pectancy so characteristic of a convention: and when gay. happy greetings were heard between people who had.been at
previous conventions and hadn't met since, greetings that showed a genuine, personal interest and affection,a strange little thrill stirred every one of us. Then the ones "who knew" gave intimate greeting to those awesome creatures whose names and offices we had learned, two of the founders and the Gfand officers, and the rest of us wondered how they dared, little dreaming that a very few hours would find us too loving, and calling friends, those who up to that time had been mere names.
The emotions of those first hours were certainly "ming- led", perhaps even confused, but happily so, and the barriers of reserve quickly melted away as we chatted and laughed to- gether at the antics of Epsilon.
But next morning when formal ritual marked the opening of our session, we felt that golden thread for the first time, as it reached out and drew all chapters, all individuals into one body, the force of whose great purpose swept all on together, forgetful that this wasn't all the home chapter, realizing for the first time what a mighty, far reaching purpose ours is. There was something solemn about that moment. I think each of us was in a sense renewing her initiation vows. The circle W as forming.
Then through the hours of serious work and happy com- panionship, personal ties grew strong and faces and names be- came vivid personalities. Some of us became heroes and others hero worshippers-—but we were all involved, somehow.
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The glowing, beautiful idealism of Stella Stern Perry had its way with the most matter-of-fact of us, the lovely courteous graciousness of Elizabeth Heywood Wyman, and the clear thinking common sense and delightful humor of Helen St. Claire Mullan, won more than our admiration. Mrs. McCaus- land became Lillian to some and an object of devoted affection t" a l l ; and Mcrva, made everyone recognize in her the quali- ties we need to direct us as a body for two years. One cannot tell where to stop in listing those who in personal ways con- tributed to the richness of those days, so perhaps we had bet- ter not be personal beyond those five. But through every bit of association every day, the consciousness grew that the loosely gathered crowd was fast becoming a closely knit unit. The circumference was shrinking. The golden thread wras
Perhaps the moment when the pull became most evident w a- when, in the memorial service, our throats tightened, and Unashamed we felt a tear slip down our cheek in the tenseness "i ie-dedication to a service left us by those girls whom we perhaps had never known, and who had been called away to join our Alpha and Omega chapter.
And now we are scattered again to every corner, individ- ual in great communities where no other has had our exper- iences; and we have not forgotten. In our own hearts is the sense of uplift and the knowledge of power as we recall the multiplication of our many hopes and ambitions and ideals in the lives of our many sisters, apparently so scattered, in reality so close. And whenever one of us goes among other members, fSJte will carry the knowledge of that golden thread, drawing, Bompelling, holding all in the bond it creates.
CONVENTION HANDCLASPS. Margaret Melaas. Eta.
The business of our convention was first and foremost. GUI we did find small intervals in the long session that opened uesday morning and closed Friday afternoon, to get ac-
HUainted and enjoy the parties with which our hostesses en tertained us.
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Just before our President's ga\ el fell on Tuesday. A. M . calling the august assemblage into its most deliberate and business-like pose and just after the gavel fell on Friday, al- lowing us to relax to our normal selves, we enjoyed each other's society without the feast intrusion of business ques- tions. The "at home" which opened our convention was held on the 3rd floor of the Agricultural Mall and was given by
Epsifon Chapter who had planned a program used by them in rushing. ()n entering the Hall we were given cards bearing a table number and a couple number. At these tables of tOtif we were served light refreshments and enjoyed a program of dancing and singing given by our very talented Cornell sis- ters. It was while we were in this care free mood that this announcement came.—"Ten minutes for each table to prepare a stunt". Then again the call—"Table one will present its stunt'*: later. "Table 12" etc. And who wouldn't have been proud to be an A. O. Pi sister of such gifted, clever and ac- complished musicians and artists? The real treat came when Kathleen Colpitts. (known to the footlights as "Kathleen Wallace"), very cleverly interpreted some musical comedy songs.
.Stunt night held in the auditorium of the same building was loads of fun. From the original poets of Maine to the movie enthusiasts from Washington we had a program of clever entertainers. I wish 1 could tell you about each stunt. Pi and Upsilon who featured a Syracuse attendance at a movie were awarded a handsome tin dipper with a huge red bow. How the outcome of the scrap that followed over whether Pi
or Upsilon should take the cup home resulted, we have not yet heard.
The reception was the first formal party of convention.
Ascending the wide stairway in the (ivmnasium we could hear
the strains of the orchestra which played throughout the eve-
ning. At the head of the receiving line were: our founders.
Stella Stern Perry. Helen St. Clair Mullan. and Elizabeth
1leywood Wyman, the members of our executive committee
and our Chi hostesses. They made a great line and we were
proud to be sisters of theirs. The reception was given for some invited citizens of Syracuse and the University faculty and fraternity men. The evening was spent "in the usual
IVO Founders and Some Chi Girls
f keft to right, Laura Hurd, Elizabeth Heywood Wyman. Stolla St. in Terry
Loft to right: about to go to banquet in machine: Lillian McCausland.
n*. Q. I Viola O ni.v, Or. Treas.: Merva Hennings, G. P: Laura Hurd, G. Sec. O e l t :: l Delegation
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The garden party was delightful. It was given on the very beautifully terraced, and gardened lawn of a Chi Alumna. As we entered we were each given a red rose which always bears so much significance to us. It did make us feel the spirit of our fraternity throughout the whole party. Kathleen Colpitts again entertained us with some readings and one of our host- esses sang for us and another gave us some interpretative dancing. The gardens, the prettily dressed girls, the dainty refreshments were all in such beautiful harmony.
Qur biggest social function was our banquet which we enjoyed in a large hotel down-town. It was formal and every- one did look so attractive in her evening clothes; especially our founders and officers who were almost banked in blankets of flowers. They all sat at a long table before us and were the center of our admiring glances. First of all the dinner was great "from soup to nuts" and the toasts that followed were even better. Mrs. McCausland acted as toast mistress and in a very attractive way introduced the speakers and awarded the loving cups. Nu Omicron was given the J. YV. H. cup for accomplishing the most as a chapter for the National fratern- ity and for the college in which it exists. Chi chapter was given the cup awarded to the girl receiving the largest number of points in the field day meet. For loyalty, Mrs. McCausland presented Upsilon chapter with a box of candy—supposedly candy, but really a silver cup. Miss Wyman told us of the traditions of A. O. Pi; Mrs. Mullan, very beautifully pictured our standards and Mrs. Perry gave us the most wonderful future to live for. In talking about our future she spoke of cherishing ideals and living so as to attain them. The newly
elected officers then responded with clever toasts and after a few fraternity songs and more short talks from chapter dele- gates we bid each other good bye until the next convention.
L L«'ft i>> right. Carolyn Fraser Pulling, Unw (Jnnlner Murx. Helen N. Henry.
i:. Left i>> right, Mrs. Mullan, toaWderi .Mrs. M«-«';ni-l:itnl. Punt 6. P.: Viola C. Gray, Grant! Trean.
;t. Left i„ right. Stella Stern Perry. Helen St. Clair Mnllnii. Kliziib.-ili Ili-y wood Wyniim.
4» Margaret Lyon. Representative from Pi. Sophia Neweoutt) Memorial, N>-w • hrloiuiM.
At the lawn party.
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• OUR FIRST TRACK MEET. Mary E . Lutz, Chi, 23.
A very amusing scene was enacted one morning as Alpha ( I girls from every chapter gathered in their improvised track suits, for none had come prepared with bloomers and middies, t" try their skill and endurance against one another.
One full morning the races lasted and so close, were the final scores that it took until midnight to arrange the partial results. At this time Elsie Smith, Epsilon, Ruth Earle, Delta,
\mantine Cleaves, our dear little Kappa pledge as she was then, each held fourteen points, while Clarita Moore, Chi, had fif- teen. However, the tennis matches were to decide matters. I.niig before breakfast the hard fought sets were started. The first which Clarita Moore won from Ruth Earle was a close contest. "Tinny" Cleaves was matched against Florence Foster of Epsilon, for Elsie Smith was forced to leave early. The results left Chi ahead. Clarita having twenty points and those next having just fourteen each.
The events were: the 25-and-50-yard dashes: the potato, the three-legged and tie races; the hop, skip and jump; the standing and running broad jumps, and a epiarter mile walk which proved the funniest event of the program; and the running high jump, in which Elsie Smith of Epsilon broke all records of women's track meets by making a point '3 :19 on the metric standards.
The baseball game, in which Ruth Earle, Delta, posiofg as Babe Ruth, made her famous home run. and Rosalie Cobb, also of Delta, under the name of T y Cobb played, was very exciting. When Gertrude Lynahan, Epsilon, was up as pitch- er, our audience was forced to admit that Alpha O girls could pitch and bat a ball.
The winner of the track meet was to be presented with a silver loving cup. given by Mrs. Etta Phillips MacPhie of Del- ta. At the banquet, accordingly, the cup was awarded to Clarita Moore of Chi, who has placed it on the mantle over the fire place of Chi chapter house as a token of her love and es- teem for the chapter.
Field Dav this year was a success. I trust, but mv onlv
wish is that at another convention, every Alpha O. will come out to the field prepared, if not to take part in the events her- self, to encourage the contestants with her own chapter yell-
As the Field Day manager. I want to thank especially
Mrs. MacPhie. Betty Neely, and Virginia -Allen for their help
and also every girl who came out to make our first track meet
The following were those who scored:
Clarita Moore. Chi
Elsie Smith. Epsilon Ruth Earle, Delta Amantine Cleaves. Kappa Florence Foster. Epsilon
Ruth McNees. Chi
Eunice Getzleman. Eta Doreathea Trebing. Epsilon Winifred Whitman. Tau (iertrude Lynahan. Epsilon Anna Holmes. Epsilon
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Congratulations to our new officers! Congratulations to the fraternity in gaining such an Executive Committee to guide us for the ensuing years! With such experienced, and far-seeing women at the helm we surely should have no fears. However, let us remember that it takes more than just splen- did officers to run a national fraternity of three thousand mem- bers. It takes teamwork, cooperation, loyalty or whatever
you choose to call it. Their efficiency will be paralyzed with- out the help of each officer in each chapter down to the latest chapter and the last little freshman. Success for the new management depends on your help and mine. It waits for the long pull, the strong pull and the pull all together.
The convention approved the appointing of a Committee on Fraternity Traditions at the suggestion of Mrs. Perry. The committee is to consist of the four Founders, the Grand His torian, the Grand Secretary, the Examining Officer and two members to be appointed from among the older alumnae by the Founders. These hold office for life except those who are elected officers. This is to be a standing committee, and it will be provided for in the constitution later. As Mrs. Perry
expressed it, "The committee should have no executive power but should serve as advisers and expositors in the matter of tradition. The purpose is that in the case of the death of C!i# Founders and first members there may always be those who can explain such basic traditions as our fundamental demo- cracy and simplicity; why we have no shields and coats of
arms and elaborate rituals, why fraternity jewelry and all other ostentation are opposed to the spirit of Alpha Omicron Pi." We are fortunate indeed, in having Founders who take such an active interest in the fraternity and who are making every attempt to keep our ideals constantly before us. W e surely should never go far astray with our committee on tra- ditions to guide us.
The Editor is happy to announce the appointment of Anna Hoffert Kirk of Iota chapter to the position of Assist- ant Editor. Anyone who has given any attention at all to the alumnae notes cannot fail to have been impressed by the
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splendid material sent by Mrs. Kirk for the past four years. There has not only been a great deal of it, but its literary qiiality has been noticeably fine. The magazine is fortunate indeed in the addition of the new Assistant Editor of the Staff.
The convention did a great deal for the magazine in ap- proving Mrs. Pulling's fine plan for life subscriptions of which mention is made elsewhere. A n improvement in the matter of assistants was also passed. The alumnae assistant editor and the alumnae business manager are to be combined into one office—the alumnae assistant to T o Dragma. This wil! make less repetition, and the work is not too heavy to be per-
formed by one person. When the assistant writes to the alum- nae for subscriptions, she can also request news. I t behooves every chapter to use the greatest care in choosing this officer. She must be one who knows the alumnae of her chapter—and one who is not afraid to ask for money. How would an ex- treasurer do?
A thing very necessary to the success of the study plan was adopted at convention. Up to this time, there has been no one person in a chapter who was responsible for having systematic lessons studied on the constitution and other fra- ternity matters. W e all know how easy it is to let studying go, especially when there is so much to be done in the way of preparation for University work. And so a special officer in each chapter is to look after the lessons and make regular re ports to the Examining Officer. The chapter will have to pay a fine in case these reports are not regular.
We are glad to hear of the installation of two new alum- nae chapters: Syracuse, on April 30. by Mrs. McCausland, and Detroit, on May 11, by Mrs. Grace Pierson Gilbert, president of Chicago Alumnae Chapter. Each organized group of alum- nae makes us that much stronger, and we welcome these two additions to our chapter roll.
Omicron Pi, the local society at Michigan that petitioned
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Alpha Omicron Pi, received an affirmative vote at convention, and will be installed in the near future.
The success oi our first Field Day, and the interest shown there have made it probable that it will be a regular event in every convention program. Now is the time to begin devel- oping future cup winners!
Active and Alumnae Chapter Editors please notice! Spe- cial instruction sheets will be mailed each one of you, but in general remember these points: watch the calendar, published on the back of the front cover for your dates. The Novem- ber letter most be mailed on or before October 8, to the Editor
or Assistant Editor as designated below, or a fine will be col- lected. Use paper size 8>< by 11-inches. and have the letter typed ifpossible.
The following chapters will please send material to Mrs. H. E. Smith. 1506 Fargo Ave., Chicago: Nu, Sigma, Delta. Gamma, Ejpsilon. Rho. Lambda. Chi, Upsilon. Eta, Alpha Phi. Psi. New York, San FYancisco. Providence. Boston. Los An-
geles. Chicago. Bangor. Portland, Seattle, Tacoma, Syracuse. The following chapters please send material to Mrs. B. L.
Kirk, 1011 W . Clark Street. Champaign, Illinois: Pi, Omicron Kappa. Zeta. Theta, Iota. Tau. Nu Kappa. Beta Phi. Nu Omi- cron, Omega. PhL Lincoln. Indianapolis, New Orleans. Knox- ville. Lynchburg. W ashington. Philadelphia. Dallas. Kansas City, Omaha, Minneapolis, Detroit.
Alumnae Assistants, please send your notes under the usual headings to the Editor or Assistant Editor, to which ever your chapter is assigned. For example. Eta Alumnae- Assistant will send her material to Mrs. Smith since Eta ac- tive material goes to her.
An Alpha O. pin set with pearls, with the initials T. L.I'.. scratched on the back, was found in Boston some months ago. If the owner will write to Miss G. Eleanor Sands. 23 Summit Avenue. Coolidge Corner. Mass.. who is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, she will be glad to return it.
It has been decided to have the new volume begin with the September issue of T o Dragma and end with May instead of beginning in November. This number is therefore desig- nated as Volume XVII, Number I .
The price of the song book is now $1.25 a copy. Mem-
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l,t .r , should take advantage of this reduction and send in or- ders at once to the Grand Treasurer. Make your chapter a s jn ging chapter this year.
Copies of the amendments to the Constitution. By-Laws, and Rules and Regulations adopted in Convention have been s e n t to Grand Council members and Active chapters. Asso date members and members of Alumnae chapters, wishing a copy may receive one by sending to the Grand Secretary.
Laura A. Nurd, 416 West 122nd St.. New York City.
The Business Manager of To Dragma requests that all letters sent with subscription money be signed with full name, complete address, and chapter. Otherwise it takes much time to locate the name. This applies especially to the recently married.
A LETTER FROM
M 01 I.Ml IN
Mama Mosier has shown me your picture, so I will write you a short
letter. I am writing this letter in my class. My school is very pretty. Therefore I will write you about my school. My school has fine build- ings, one of these is not finished yet. The teachers who live in my school arc very good. If you could come and look at my school. I am sure you would want to live here too. My school is a High School. So there are over four hundred pupils. Half of them are boarding pupils. I am try- ing to talk English all I can. Of course it is very hard for me. I can read English story books and write English compositions in class. Now I am quite well. 1 hope you arc the same. Please excuse me for my writing. Now I have no more news to give you. Therefore I close my letter with best wishes.
MA HLA SEIN,
Standard VI A.
Ma Hla Sein (Miss Pretty Diamond) Is a pupil in the Snxth Grade of Morton Lane School, Moulmein. Burma. This school follows the government course of study, and is inspected by government inspectors. The girls pass Government examinations which admit to the University and every year win several competitive scholarships, although they are Burmese girls examined in English—4 foreign language to them. As for charm and lovely manners, these Burmese girls cannot be surpassed. The line of girls marching with pretty parasols looks like a gay flower
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garden. Come out and see for yourself Any A O Pi may be sure of
a welcome from
MILDRED MOSIER, Epsilon, 1921.
THE QUIET CORNER
A few choice friends
The very thought of whom
Can warm the heart as sunshine warms The earth.
To a Young Girl How shall 1 describe
The seeking—the demanding—
The look of soft surprise in her eyes?
With parted lips
As, breathless, waiting
All the wonder of the world to be unfurled.
—Rosalie M . Cody.
Whence and whither this dancing gleam,
Light of my heart, my heart?
Comes it out of the sunset stream Caught and held on a bright moonbeam, Held, while the stars of morning spoke In silver tones, till the dawn awoke?
Whence and whither this lilt I sing, Joy of my heart, my heart?
Is it the sound that the four winds bring To forests, echoing, murmuring,
Whose rivers, lapping their way along, Bear to the ocean depths the song?
Whence and whither this burning flame, Heart of my heart, my heart?
Brand aglow, from the gods it came, His glory who bore the blame.
Through the ages the cleansing fire Leaps to splendor in souls' desire. Flame, sound, gleam! Oil heart of me.
Wrapt and lapt in ecstacy!
—Carolyn S. P. Wild.
TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI "DEARLY BELOVED "
BY COILA ANDERSON HANSON, RHO, '14.
No one could deny that it was a perfect wedding day. The sun rose gjgh with mocking smiles for all who had bewailed the week of continuous rain. He more than smiled; he laughed in open derision. But the bride didn't know that. No chorus waited outside her door singing, "Tis thy wedding morning, shining in the sky." That shameless creature opened a gleeful eye at six oclock, saw the perfect day and murmured, "Gee, this jc the day that I'm married! Believe me, I don't lift one finger to do a thing on my wedding day. It may mean that I'll have to work throughout all my wedded career."
She feigned sleep while the rest of the household awoke with a clatter and began preparations for the great event. Aunt Martha, who had come all the way from Iowa, in her advancing years, too, walked out on the porch and squinted up at the wooly clouds from beneath her .hand and murmured,
"Yes sir. it's a fine day, and that's a good omen. No wind, no rain. She'll be a. happy wife."
However, these two were the only ones who had time to indulge in sentimentalities. . To Virginia, the eldest daughter, why had, for the past few months, sat in her mother's place in the household, the day was one fraught with responsibility and anxiety. Wasn't this the first wedding in the household? Wasn't her youngest sister to marry a naval officer? Hadn't she set the village agog with gossip and speculation over the first military wedding of the war? Small wonder then that Virginia had spent a wretched night filled with wild starts and visions of burned chicken and
shoes that hurt. As if that wasn't enough she had developed, during the night, a miserable cold in her head so that her nose looked swollen and raw. and she spoke in consonants and vain sputterings. Fine maid of honor she would make, indeed, with her red nose and rose colored dress'
Breakfast was a hastily scrambled together meal, eaten in a hurry by the various guests, but that was all right for they were relatives who en- tered into the excitement easily. Such a scurrying about for chairs and tables from all the neighbors on the Hill. The balky jitney for once in its life cranked without a fuss and merrily rolled down the country road for the purple asters, the golden rod and red sumach leaves to be used for the background in the bay window of the library.
That room had been chosen after a spirited discussion as to the place for the grand finale, for it was long and the" dining room opened into it. Dad was greatly disgusted that the vows could not be spoken in the bay- window of the reception hall for the staircase unwound itself into this room.
"But why is the staircase so important?" protested the bride. "Well, you see." drawled Dad. "when I had this house remodeled I had an extra wide stairway put in to accommodate a wedding party. You and Jim
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could march down there together without a bit of difficulty. That would be just the ticket."
"Land, Dad," protested the mistress of ceremonies, "wedding parties don't march down four abreast anymore; they come down single file, after long intervals, to prolong the agony. You've got to give the guests some- thing to see after dressing up for a wedding."
"Well, maybe so. Things have changed since I was married," and Dad backed out of the argument.
Lena, the general utility woman for all village weddings, arrived in a clean gingham apron that crackled stiffly as she walked. Under her effi- cient hand, things down in the kitchen were marshalled into order for the
fray. Such an opening of cans and jars, slicing and peeling of vegetables, and beating of cream you never saw. It made you hungry and wretched to enter the savory atmosphere of the basement. No one lingered long here either without being jostled and poked about" by her two assistants.
The wedding cake, that piece dc resistance, which had been made for lo, these three months, had been shrouded in branched cloths to await thl day. It was a great cake, one had to admit, as he saw the raisins peeking through the spicy walls to see what was the cause of all this commotion, and as the hungry one breathed deep the aroma of such a grand mixture, he longed for the hour of the wedding supper. Elbowed off the pantry shelves were trays of small timid cakes, paled into insignificance in their lacy cups by the imposing fruit-cake. They had come from the city where they had been fluted and decorated by skilled hands, but what were they,
compared to the three month old cake? What indeed!
Some anxiety had been voiced because the ices had not come with tha cakes. They were to surpass all else in splendor, being shaped like Cupids and roses and wonderful things that suggest love and marriage and hap- piness. Truly, the little old village would not see such another wedding for some time.
The care free bride made her way down to the kitchen when the sun was riding high, to fish a chicken wing out of the kettle, underneath the disapproving eye of Lena.
"Just think, Raggles, old dog, we're getting married to-day. Did you know that I'm going far away and that you won't get any more chicken bones from me for a long, long time? Now don't drip all over me. Ye< gods! It's time to dress for dinner." And with that she was up and away.
As usual, the Branch Line passenger train was late. It had never been on time since the road was built. To-day it was hours late because the first' draft of national army men were leaving that noon. A l l along the line bands had escorted the chosen handfuls down to the station, and had seen: them safely aboard amid weeping and frantic handshakes.
"Fine send-off for a bridegroom," growled that person as the train lingered longer at each station.
"Say, how far is it up to this benighted town of the hills? Where un- der heaven's name arc you taking us?" the best man howled in vain.
Finally the familiar bluffs with the stone mill nestled at the foot, and
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the Winding stream, came into view, and amid more music by the band, Jim and his friends got out of the crowd and into the waiting machine One cannot tell how the afternoon passed with two people madly in love who hadn't seen each other for at least a month. There was the marriage license to get. the bridal bouquet the groom had carried all the way had to
lie inspected and smelled of and held in various positions.
One by one the house guests had been seeking the various bedroom? where freshly pressed gowns lay spread out in flawless folds. There were frantic calls for a shoe-horn, a curling iron, and a deep-throated yell from the pater familias who had gouged himself with his razor, for ammonia or camphor, cotton—something, quick. Virginia, her cold now ascending to
a climax, flew feverishly here and there, sneezing and snuffling. Now she superintended the dressing of the bride; now she squeezed Aunt Martha into her best black silk that stiffly stood erect.
"Now don't you try. Aunt Martha. I don't want anyone to spoil this Wedding day. If you sec anyone start to shed a tear, you head them off."
Virginia gave this admonition as the last hook snapped into place. This was good advice, for that worthy aunt was recognized by all her clansmen as the first to weep and the last to put away her handkerchief on any sent- imental occasion.
Virginia herself dressed hastily in a remote corner of the closet—one place not cluttered up with cousins, anyway. Her hair, the one stubborn loature about her. rose up on end in every sense of the word and refused to come down. Hairpins, combs and ribbon hardly subdued the rebellious
wisps that roughened her usually sleek head.
At last everything was ready. The bride stood before the mirror re-
splendent in glistening satin, with filmy veil billowing down the sweeping folds of the court train. At her throat twinkled the jewel from the bride- groom ; in her hair shone the pin from her mother; and in her shoe lay the gdld coin to pay the minister, thus carrying out all the provisions of the git] doggeral of "something old, something new."
Across the hall, in a bedroom, Jim stood, distinguished, in all the Mappings of a navai officer's uniform, to the very sword clanking at his ''eels. He and the dumpy best man were engaged in handing a small ob Jcct to each other over and over again.
"Bubbles, darn you, if you drop that ring in handing it to me, I'll pin ^"ii to the wall with my sword. Now look at you—you dropped it again'" txclaimed the worried Jim.
"Oh lord!" sighed he addressed as Bubbles, "why don't you sew a pocket on your uniform and carry the old ring yourself? W h y did I ever ''' you get me into this mess anyway? I feel like a mourner at your fun- t*al instead of a joyful guest in this 'soup and fish' and this dinky flower , n m y button-hole. Let's try again. I think I can locate the pdeket this ««ne- Gosh, 1 dropped it again!"
Downstairs the guests assembled with subdued murmurs and festive r i l s tling th t accompany such an affair. Some people look upon it more as
a sad time than a happy one where mirth and laughter should prevail.
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Slowly the grandfather's clock droned out the- hour of six and there was a craning of necks toward the stairway. The pianist paused, expectant hands on keys while the soloist fingered her music and surreptitiously cleared her throat. But nothing happened. Then the minutes crept by. The hush was punctuated by whispers. W h y didn't the thing progress? They waited and waited. No signal came for the music. No person in bridal finery appeared.
Twenty minutes passed. A half hour. The delay grew accute, with no explanation made.
Downstairs Lena dispairingly whipped the snowy potatoes to a greater whiteness, moved the coffee pot forward on the stove, looked at the peas with misgiving. As if it wasn't enough to have the ices delayed by poor train connections until chocolate ice-cream from the local creamery had t) be resorted to, and to have the baker burn the rolls at the last minute Now the food was all being spoiled. They needn't blame her if the meal was poor. She had no doings with the wedding party anyway.
Outside, numerous small boys stealthily crept across the lawn and llattened themselves against the pillars of the wide veranda.
Upstairs, the bride, with patience fast ebbing away, paced the floor unceasingly, switching train and veil into chairs and bed and tangling it up in her small French heels. Virginia and Dad charged softly up and down the back stairs, telephoning, consulting with the bride, and peering up the darkened street for a hurrying auto.
The all-important minister hadn't come. Neither had any explanatory message. After much effort the local Methodist pastor was located and commandeered to help the bridal party over the rocks. Hastily fastening a fresh collar to his shirt and holding his neck-tie in his hand, he appeared at the back door and was rushed up to the frantic bride.
"Oh, Mr. Watson, I'm so glad you can marry us! I thought we would have to get old Squire Lint up here and I just couldn't stand to be married by a justice of the peace," fluttered the bride, setting her veil into place for the coming ordeal.
Slowly tlie familiar strains sounded downstairs and the wedding pro- ceeded smartly with "Dearh/ beloved" punctuated at intervals by subdued responses, until the close when the ring was safely pressed onto the thir.l linger of the bride's left hand.
Tables were placed for the guests with alacrity and the delayed feas* >pread. Allthat happened in the brief time that remained before the last train before Monday morning left can't be related. How the bride plunged the sword into the wedding cake and with difficulty sawed out a wedge of it. accompanied by Dad's chuckled exclamation that "Jim wouldn't kill many Germans with such a dull sword"; and how, after the ceremony, tho numerous small boys of the town rose up and rent the air with wild clam or of serenade. And finally of the belated appearance of the missing min ister after the ceremony was over with a mournful tale of a tire blow-out fifteen miles from the scene of action.
It can all be summed up in Virginia's exclamation as she hurled her
TO PRAGMA OF ALPHA OMIC RON PI 27 father's old shoe after the gayly bedecked auto, "Thank heaven, that's
Then she sneezed again.
Marjorie Goodwine is attending summer school at Peabody Institute in Nashville.
Ruth Kastler is recreational secretary at the Y . W . C. A. summer home at Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. There is quite an A. O. Pi colony at the Bay this summer. Lilian Chapman Marshall, Alice Chapman, Katrina Overall McDonald, and Susie Briggs all live there and Leigh Bres Moise Ihd Ernestine Bres McLellan are spending the summer there with their families. Elizabeth Kastler has visited Ruth several times and Ophelia Perkins, who has been doing community work at the Kingsley House, spends part of her time at their summer camp at Bay St. Louis.
Everyone interested in art in the South should be glad to hear of the beginning of a colony for landscape painting in Natchitoches, Loufsiana It is the first one in this part of the South and Mr. Ellsworth Woodward, Director of the Newcomb Art School, is an enthusiastic booster for it and was an instructor for the summer term. Natchitoches, which is an inter- esting town historically, founded by the Spaniards in 1714, noted for the beauty of the surrounding country, and typical of this part of the South, is ideal for such a colony. Irma Sompayrac, Alpha Omicron Pi, and Gladys Breazeale, Kappa Kappa Gamma, both graduates of Newcomb Art
School are the founders of this colony which bids fair to make a place for itself in Southern art.
Anna Many is to be Counselor of Women at Newcomb College and an instructor in mathematics. This position corresponds to Dean of Women in other colleges.
Evelyn Pigott is spending August at Camp Thorwald, near Sewane-v.
Irma Sompayrac is to be head of the art department of the State Nor- mal School at Natchitoches, Louisiana. Ruth Kastler will teach at Mc- Gee's School in New Orleans.
Mary Towle was appointed Assistant District Attorney for the South-
ern District of New York. Miss Towle is the second woman ever to re- ceive such an appointment in the United States.
Elizabeth Underbill, '21, is spending the summer in England. MARGARET WARDELL, Alumnae Assistant Editor.
JESSIE BRYCE ROANE,
Alumnae Assistant Editor.
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Harriet Grcves was recently appointed to the position of Dean of Women at the University of Tennessee.
Frances and Virginia Allen, after spending a month at Montreal, are visiting Dr. and Mrs. Campbell at Winona Lake.
All Lynchburg Alpha O's enjoyed very much a flying visit from Fanny Butterfield as she was on her way to the Y . W . Training School in New York. She will do student secretary work this coming year.
Margaret Atkinson Roller and John Roller, Jr. visited Nan Craddock cn their way to Champe for the summer.
Evelyn Allen who will be in the faculty of the Lynchburg high school for the coming session, is visiting Helen Ruftin in Richmond.
Clara Cleland expects to move into her lovely new home on Princeton Circle the first of September.
Elizabeth Webber Payne and Gordon Payne, Jr. are spending the sum- mer in Texarkana.
Nan Craddock and her three children are spending the summer with her mother at Champe.
Susie Mann Gannaway was the recent guest of Lynchburg relatives. BIRTH.
On July 3, there was born to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Strabley, Jr. a son, Lewis Strabley, 3rd. Mrs. Strabley will be remembered as Genevieve Glas gow.
ANNA A .
GENERAL Helen and Elsie Fitzgerald, Martha Walton and Mrs. Fitzgerald left Lincoln the first of July for an extended automobile trip thru the New England States and along the Atlantic coast.
Alma Birkner Rawlings and her three small sons are spending the summer at Colorado Springs.
Gizclla Birkner is in New York City this summer studying a: Teachers* College, Columbia University.
Annie Jones Rosborough and daughter, Mary Elizabeth, arc spending the summer at their cottage in Estes Park, Colo. Mr. Rosborough has opened a school of music there offering a splendid opportunity for those who wish to enjoy life in the mountains and at the same time continue their study of music.
Winifred Waters is home for the summer. Winifred taught last year in Indianapolis and enjoyed meeting the Beta Phi girls.
Mary Waters expects to return to Blair. Nebr., in September.
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Maud Williams Heck of Raleigh, N. C. is home for a visit of several weeks with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Williams, and her sister, Mable Williams Beachley.
Viola Gray visited in Baltimore and Washington on her way home from convention.
Annabel Good Paine of Clinton, Iowa, visited at the home of her father. Judge B. F. Good, during the month of June.
Margaret Perry is spending the summer with her sister, Emma Perry Thayer, '09, in Cincinnati. Margaret may return to the Univer- sity next fall and take a post-graduate course in Fine Arts.
Helen Piper Hagenbuch and her husband spent their vacation in France and Switzerland. They visited the battlefields, spent two weeks at Geneva and Interlaken and were in Paris several days. They are now in Lisbon, Portugal, where their address is Hotel Durand.
Ycrna Kean Werner is visiting her parents at University Place. Xthr. M r . W erner has disposed of his business interests in Colorado, and may locate in Lincoln!
All Zeta girls who attended the N. E. A. at Des Moines-in July were proud to know that the president, M r . Fred M . Hunter, of Oakland. California, is, in a way, related to Alpha O. His wife, Emma Schreiber
Hunter, '06, was a member of Zeta chapter and, later, when Mr. Hunter was superintendent of schools in Lincoln, of the Lincoln Alumnae chap- ter.
Ethel Chase is at home at Stanton, Nebr. Her parents have purchased a beautiful home in Long Beach, Cal., where they will live during the winter, but they will continue to call Nebraska their home.
Elsie Ford Piper, who has been Dean of Women at the Wayne- State Normal this summer, will spend part of her vacation at her home in Lincoln.
The marriage of Janet Adams, '19, to Mark Havens, Delta Tan Delta, U. of N., '20, came as a surprise to most of us. They were married April 25th, at Janet's home in Eagle, Nebr., and are living in Omaha, Avhere M r . Havens is engaged in business.
Helen Jobes, ex '23, to Maynard W. Dunlap, Alpha Tau Omega, «>n June 15th, at Tecumseh. They are living at Waverly, where Mr. Dunlap is assistant cashier and director of the bank.
Faye Curry, '21, to Grant Stannard, Alpha Tau Omega, on June 21st, at David City. At present they are living at Broken Bow, Nebr., where M r . Stannard is engaged in construction work.
Florence Griswold, '20, to W ayne Barker, W est Point Military -Academy, '20 on June 22nd, at Gordon, Nebraska. Mr. Baker is engaged
P business at Brennan, S. D., where they will make their home.
Eliza Foster, to Ferd Ward, on June 22nd. They are living at Buffa-
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To Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Werner (Verna Kean, ex '18). a daughter.
Mary Elizabeth, on June 12th.
To Mr. and Mrs. Albert A. Hoppe (Helen F'ckles, ex '17), a daughter,
on June 19th.
1 wish all the girls of the Boston Alumnae might have attended con- vention, for surely we girls who went had just a glorious time. It was a real inspiration to us all. Besides the active girls who went Caroliiu- Fraser Pulling, '08, Emma Clough, '10, Alice Spear, '12, Octavia Chapiii. '13, Etta Phillips Macphie, '13, Edith Sanborn Harvey, '13, and Doris Morse, '17. Some of the girls went over the road in Etta's car, and so enjoyed the trip along the way.
The writer was fortunate in being able to visit Frances Huntington Harbison, '12, who lives way up on the Hills in a most wonderful spot. Cherry Valley. X. V. She has two adorable babies who keep Fran on
the jump. While I was there Adelaide, ex '16, was visiting Frances so we had an A O Pi reunion. And I met Adelaide's man from Palmerton! Then on the way back from Convention I stopped off in Herkimer to report to Emily Eveleth Snyder, '14, all the doings. She knew a number of Epsilon girls, and so was keen to hear all about everything. Marshall is a lively youngster and very adorable.
Marion Jamieson Morrison has returned from Cuba where she spent the winter months on a sugar plantation.
I wonder how many of our A O Pi sisters from all over the country visited the Pilgrim Tercentary Pageant at Plymouth. If you did. how many of you knew that the Priscilla Mullins of the pageant was one of your sisttr.s. Nancy Cole. Delta. 1924, and Marion Sears, another 1924 girl, was in th-e chorus.
MARRIAGE Inga Little, 1919, was married on June 26th to Dr. Howard A. Bouve. Tufts and Harvard Medical School, 1921. After spending the summer in Europe, they will live near Boston, so we hope to see Inga at the
Mildred Mosier, '11, after seven years in Burma at the Morton Lane Baptist School, is home on furlough. She looks none the worse for her sojourn in that climate, and is the same old Mildred, with many inter-
esting things to show and tell.
A. J. SPEAR,
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Mildred, Mattie Bodinc, and Melita Skillcn, all '11, were at Conven- tion this spring as well as at Cornell for their ten-year reunion.
Clara Graeffe was also at Convention. She has opened a gift shop in a hotel at Lake Hopatcong and is doing a flourishing business for the summer.
Agnes M. Dobbins, '13, to Clyde Francis Watt, at Salt Creek, Wy- oming. Agnes is '"Fording" the mountains this summer and expects to visit the east in the fall. She will live at Salt Creek.
Clara Graeffe, '15, to Paul Kearney. Helen Buugart Leavens, '16,
gave a little party in Brooklyn, at which this cat was let out of the bag. ETHEL CORNELL,
Rho has two additions to "the family" to report, both born in the spring. Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Swanson (Marie Vick) have a son, and to Mr. and Mrs. Scifres (Avaline Kindig) was born a daughter, Mary Louise. •
Since this issue of the To Dragma is the Convention number, it is quite fitting that these notes begin by telling who of Iota's alumnae were so fortunate as to attend Convention. They are, Mate Giddings, '17, Nila Edmundson, '19, Elaine Buhrman, '17, and Jean Glenn, '21.
From Convention, Mate went to Boston to attend a meeting and thence to Columbia for the summer session.
Helen Slaten, '19, was married to M r . They are now living in Chicago.
Marion Abele, who is engaged in reconstruction work in France, has recently been awarded a medal for her splendid work.
Gertrude Nizze has gone abroad to visit an aunt. MARRIAGE
Rho announces the marriage of Mable Willis on July 2. at Des Moines, Iowa.
Betty Hiestand was married to Mr. Harry Smith on August 20, 1921, at St. Luke's Church, Evanston. Her bridesmaid was Mary Putnam, '19, of Iota chapter, and Major Rufus W. Putnam, Mary's brother, acted as best man.
Margaret Ariess, '19, was married to Mr. Roy Dewey Tarpy of Knoxville, Illinois, on March 5, 1921. They are now living in Knox- pie.
M r .
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Gladys Safrell, '17, spent the summer at Walloon Lake.
Lucie Burwash, '20, enjoyed a trip to Colorado, camping en route, and returned after two months to resume teaching.
Marion Kenny, '19, motored through Illinois, Iowa, and then joined Hazel Stephen, '19, in a camping party in Wisconsin. Nettie Stephens Shute, '10, also joined them after visiting in Champaign and Ottawa.
Beatrice Levy, '19, writes that she and her parents like Greeley, Colo., so well that they may locate there. Her address is 1020 Ninth Ave.
Leola Goodman Scales, '14, and family visited in Champaign at Com- mencement time. Leola has succeeded Mildred Harley MacDonald, ex '11, as president of Indianapolis Aumnae Chapter.
Ruth lYrcival Xewtou, '18, brought her fine, big, baby boy to Urbana to visit his grandparents during the summer.
Mary Bruner Tehon, '12, and husband have purchased a home at 606 W. Nevada St., Urbana, Illinois, where little Stephen is exploring every corner and traveling via hands and knees.
Marl Caldwell, '18, is engrossed in her work in the Alumni offic at the University, where she is assisting the Secretary-treasurer of the Alumni Association.
Martha Hedgcock Foote, '18, came from Carthage (where she is an ecstatically happy little housekeeper) to visit Anna Kirk, '15, in June
Louise Woodroofe, ex '16, spent a few weeks at their favorite summer resort and the remainder of the vacation at an artists' colony in Boston. Among the teachers—Lucile Gibson, ex '22, will teach at Danville • Helen Brauns, '19, at Wheaton; Eliza Garman, '21, at Elmwood; while-
Louise Woodroofe and Mate will resume their positions on the Univer sity faculty.
V'elda Bamesberger, '18, visited Champaign and Urbana friends dur ing Commencement and then entered Chicago University for the summer. She received a promotion in her work at Okmulgee, Oklahoma, and dur ing the ensuing year, Ruth Terwilliger, '21, will be her Assistant.
Frances Cottrell,,ex '22, Iras recovered from her illness and is hop- ing to re-enter the University this Fall.
Avis Coultas, '14, toured the West this Summer, and had a delight- ful day with Ruth D . Langelier at Berkeley. Avis will be president of the Cleveland Panhellenic thir ~ear—and this recalls, that Velda is to be presi- dent of the Okmulgee Panhellenic.
Bertha Stein, '18, came from California to attend h'er sister's wedding and visited in Anna Kirk's home before returning to her position at Santa Ana, Cal. where she is head of the Home Economics Department.
Nina Grotevant, '18, has written a jubilant letter telling of her fine new position at Maricapa, California.
Ethel Watts Parker, ex '15, is president of the new Detroit Alumnae chapter which she has been instrumental in organizing and Cora Mae L. Wiedman is Vice-President. Ethel and her husband recently visited in Frankfort and Indianapolis, where they were guests in Jana Wiley
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Ruth Davison Langelier, '13, wrote a nice long letter telling how much .-!u- enjoys California and of pleasant trips in a new Oldsmobile coupe. Her letter also told "Bill is still in the University,—also has charge of the Laboratory of the State Board of Health, and is Consulting Chemist for the City of Sacremento."
Ethel Brooks, '16, has accepted a fine position at Oblong, 111. She spent part of the summer visiting friends at various points, Atha Wooi! Fowler, ex '17, at Penfield, and Anna Kirk at Champaign. Her jrisil with Anna was especially pleasant because it came at the same time as Bertha's stay there.
As usual. Mary Wills Suholl's letter brought much of interest. Their honu- was destroyed by fire one night in late winter, and they were fortunate to save the children and themselves. They then purchased a site directly across from the old home, and so now own twenty-five acres adjoining Denver. In May, Mary was elected Director, for six years, on the Board of Education in the Englewood district, which has four schools and 1600 children in attendance.
Atha Fowler, ex '17, finds time from her many arduous duties to act as president of the Board of Education of her school.
Maybelle Dallenbach Denhart, '17, has been visiting her parents for Several months. Her infant son is now gaining strength nicely and she herself is improving in health.
June 19, 1921. Frances Fowler, '19, to Robert B . Browne.
Mr. Brown is Superintendent of Schools at Pittfield. They speii* the summer in Champaign.
July 16, 1921. Opal Winifred Trost to Charles Sheppard.
Frances Trost, '14, was maid of honor, and Helen Brauns, '19, was a bridesmaid. Leila Sheppard, '20, sang before the ceremony. They will be at home in Alton, 111., after Sept. 1st.
To Mr. and Mrs. R. K . Newton (Ruth Percival '18) a son Robert
Keith, Jr., April 28. 1921.
To Mr. and Mrs. W . B. Denhart (Maybelle Dallenbach '17) a son.
William Bruce. Jr.. on June 14, 1921.
To Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Hoffman (Marie LeSaulincr, ex. '22) a son,
Margaret Wood is still convalescing at Navarre on Lake Minnetonka Address her at W ayzata. Minn., Rt. I .
Helen Pierce Munro with her small daughter came from New York ahout June 1st. Mr. Munro joined them at the home of Helen's parents later. They returned to New York, July 25th.
ANNA HOFFERT KIRK, '15,
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Cassie Spencer is still in New Mexico. Helen Munro told u>, putting her whole energy into educational work in the rural schools of that newer country. She is the Assistant Superintendent of Rural Education in her district.
Katherine Bremer, Mrs. Pulling, Edith Goldsworthy with the three active chapter representatives, Betty Bond, Winifred Whitman, and Marie Bremer, went to Convention at Syracuse. Margaret Mitchell made the trip, with us from Chicago as Washington Alumnae representative.
Margaret Boothroyd and her mother have moved into an attractive new home in Washburn Park. The address is 4744 Garfield Ave. S.
Lucille Haertel and husband are spending the summer in their little bungalow at Cottagewood on Minnetonka. Our July meeting was held there. Both active and Alumnae had a grand visit. The bathing wasn't popular for the temperature had dropped decidedly, but a few ventured LucilleS seven weeks old Collie puppy afforded us all a heap of fun too.
Borghilde Erling Brunsdale and Ed have gone up to a Northern Minnesota lake for a vacation.
Doris Schlampp is on the house furnishing committee, and that, with her small daughter, keeps her pretty busy and much interested.
Edith Huntington of Beta Phi is with us and we hope she is going to stay.
Alma Boehme is at Mammoth Hotel in Glacier National Park enjoy- ing her work. Helen, her sister, is with her.
Irene Sieben came to our Alumnae Day party from Hastings, Minn.
Viola Miner Newtson came up from her home in Red Wing early in June, and we all saw her on Alumnae day. Her small Violet and Dot's Billy Murphy developed a "crush."
Edith Mitchell Toland has been in the city most of the summer, but has gone back to Desmet for a visit now.
Cecile Moriarity, M. D., has had a fine trip East this summer. No, she said she didn't go on "a honeymoon."
By the time this number of To Pragma is published I'll have some real news about Mary Dee. As yet there is just a rumor that Mary Danielson is back from over the sea, and that she is on her way here to obtain a different name. Right now we are reasonably sure her ship is nearing the U. S. A. (Watch for the next number)
Mildred Haugland has just gone home to Montevideo after the cud of the summer quarter at the University. She came to finish her work- in Practice teaching.
We hear that Lillian Tifft and Ray Overmire are planning a great event for the fall. We will report authentically later.—Watch for the
next number of To
Louise Franz, !20, to Mr. Harold Quigley, Professor in Political Science at the Univerisity of Minn.
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Ruth Buckley to Norman Hendrickson. Address 3841 1st Ave. So. EDITH GOLDSWORTHY.
There were present at convention, Nellie Retan, 10, Martha Sargent Sheals, '15, Gertrude Jennison, '14, Mary Adams, '19, Sadie Campbell Williams, '17, Ruth Dibben, '17, Frances Carter, '18, Mary Cullivan, "15, Camilla Jennison Eder, '12, Ethel Farrington, '18, Florence Farrington Hutt, '14. Elizabeth French, '15, Florence Gilger, '16, Helen Gregory, '19, Edith Smith Hausner, '14, Florence Hughes Clark, '18, Emily Tarbell, '16. Betty Zimmer, '20, Edna Williams, ex '21, Clarita Moore, '20, Esther
Hagenbucher. '20, Ona Rosbrcok. '20, Alice Bronson, '10, Gertrude Shew, '16.
Irene Becker. '19, will teach at Pierpont, N. Y., Ethel Farrington, '18, at Mexico, N . Y .. Ruth Harvey. '19 at Salamanca, N . Y ., Ruth Melvin, '17 at Waterville, N. Y., Betty Zimmer, '20, at Lake Placid, N. Y., Reva Snyder, '19 at Dansville, N . Y .
Clarita Moore, '20, has been attending summer school at Syracuse.
Gertrude Shew, '16, has been doing Americanization work in New Jersey during the summer.
Ruth Guthrie W oodruff, ex. '17, is now living in Dallas, Texas.
Edna Mauser, '17, attended the Cornell summer school.
We are very glad to welcome at Syracuse, Delia King Pettibone,
Kappa, ex '11.
Florence Barker, '21, has been attending the summer session at
Edith Smith Hausner, '14, has moved to Oneida, N. Y.
Edna Williams, ex. '21, will return to college to complete her course. Marcia Rosbrook, '21, has a position as dietitian in a hospital at
Oswego, N. Y.
Ruth Walker, '21, will teach music in the Burlingame-Goodyear
School at Syracuse.
Leona Frye, '21, and "Peg" Jones, '21, are to teach at Luzerne, N . Y . Marian Knapp, '21, has a teaching position at Central Square, N . Y .,
Creta Coe, '21, at Massena, N . Yr.
Alma Jones, '16, is librarian at Coxsackis, X. Y.
Meda Kay. ex '16. to Earl Gates, April 2. 1921. Florence Shafer, '14, to Charles Witthoft, April 30. 1921. Genevieve Canfield. '21 to Fred Mason, July 23, 1921. Ruby Davis, '14, to Harry Lamb, August 3.
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To Sadie Campbell Williams, '17, a daughter, Jean Campbell, March 22, 1921.
To Betty Main Kloss, '15, a daughter, Helen Louise, July 27, 1921.
To M r . and
Peggy, on May eleventh.
BETTY ZIMMKR, '20, Alunmac
Minnie and Ethel Kraus are on their last lap of the journey around the world. They have been in Japan for the last year or two and came homo via Europe. Laura Hurd and Mildred Loring, two of the founders of Upsi- lon chapter, met them as they landed in New York. W onderful purchases made in Japan had preceded them and were shown to the alumnae at their July meeting at the Kraus home.
Ruth Moir Daner will live in Healy. Alaska, going in for two years. Imagine making all your purchases for two years ahead! She was pass- ing through Seattle at the time of Senior Breakfast, so we had a good chat with her.
M A R R I A G E S
Anne Sceley, '18, to Curtis Gilbert, June 28th. They will live in Yakima, Washington.
Inna McCormick, '17. to Gerrard Crook, Seattle, June 11th. They- arc now making their home in the summer colony at Endolyne.
Virginia Moseley to Harris Walters, on June 28th. at Roanoke, Vir- ginia, where they will live.
ENGAGEMENT Beatrice MacPherson to Arthur Lomax.
Eugene Eberhardt (Susie Paige), a
To Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Webber (Ruth Johnson), a son, Arthur, on May 27th.
IRMA McCoRMirk Cuook, Alumnae NU KAPPA
The engagement has been announced of Margaret Vaughan, '17, to Harvey Branscombe.
Marzi Elizabeth Cummings, ex. '21, has announced her engagement to Mr. Nelson Decker.
LURA TEMPLE, Alumnae Assistant Editor.
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Mrs. Albert Mcllveen, Helen Duncan, Rosella Stoner and Madeline Snoddy were the Beta Phi alumnae who attended the national convention. Emma McClain will teach in New Albany, Indiana this coming year. Mildred Begeman will return to Brownsburg, Indiana to resume her
position as Latin teacher.
Edith Huntington left in June for Minneapolis, Minnesota, where
she is secretary to the President's Assistant of the University.
Rosella Stoner, '21. of Rochester, Indiana was married to Harold T. Ross, on July 29, and they are now at home at 329 Franklin St., Elkhart. Ind.
Beatrice D. Coombs, '19, of Crawfordsville, was married to Roy E. Harris of the same city on August fourteenth. They will live in Indian- apolis.
Mrs. Lee Smith (Ehna Lee Coombs), of 1318 W. 34 St., Indianapolis IS very proud of her baby girl, Margaret Louise, born July 7.
Lydia Lacey, '21 is acting bacteriologist for the Wisconsin State Board of Health this summer. At present she is in Kenosha.
Margaret Heins, '21, is to be registrar of the Rosemary Music School «» Sheboygan, this fall.
Hermance Teschner, '20, visited the chapter house this spring and at- tended the alumni banquet and senior swing-out.
Gladys Beveridge, '19, Marion McCabe Bruner, '21, Peg Melaas, '19, Mary Fowler Reunebohm, '20. and Marion Roth, '20, were all in Madison recently and had a pleasant afternoon chatting over chapter and alumnae news.
Karen Falk, '19, visited the chapter house during the last week of summer school.
Marion McCabe to James D. Bruner, June 17. Catherine Fleming to Roland H . Fredericks, June 30. Hortense Bassett to Merrill Mighton, June 30.
Winifr C ( i Inglis Baumgartner announces the birth of a son.
MARION ROTH. Alumnae Assistant Editor.
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Viola Phillipp will return to Martin College at Pulaski, Tennessee to take charge again of the modern Language department.
Faith Clark will have charge of the department of natural Science at Martin College.
Mrs. J. G. Moore, Jr. (Douglas Legg) expects to receive her B. A. degree at the University of Texas in 1922.
Marion Legg received her B . S. degree at the University of Texas, June, 1921. She expects to study bacteriology in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, 1921-22.
Pearl Tuttle will teach History in the High School at Natchez, Miss Mattie Carter and Florence Tyler also plan to teach this fall.
Mary John Overall, who transferred to Pi, attended summer school
at Peabody and may teach in the fall.
Louella Whorley has taken a three months' leave of absence from the
Telephone Company and is visiting, resting and having a good time. Mary D. Houston had all plans made for a summer in Europe but a
severe illness of her Mother's prevented her going. ENGAGEMENT
Xatalie Overall to William K. Warren of Tulsa. Oaklahoma. The wedding will take place on September 21.
To Mr. and Mrs. Walter Fred Rogers (Mary Harrell), a son, Watte! Ford Rogers, Jr. on February 15.
MARY HARRELL ROGERS, Alumnae assistant Editor. OMEGA
Mary Boynton, Edna Gilbert, Leafy Corrington Hilker, Roma Lind sey, Mary Heck, Arretha Cornell, Helen Scott, and Clarissa Scott were back at Miami during Commencement week.
Helen Sanford, '12, was initiated into Alpha Omicron Pi, June 13, 1921.
Helen Haller, '21, who is the Alumnae advisor this year, is secretary to the business manager of Miami.
Mildred Rothhaar, '19, has a position in Oxford. She will be connect- ed with the Teachers' College of Miami and her work will be the training of teachers for subnormal children.
TO DRAGMA OF ALPHA OMICRON PI 39 Alice Venn spent the summer studying and traveling in France.
Martha Hitchner spent part of the summer at her home in Brookville, Indiana.
Ruth Cox left August 28 to teach school in Holdenville. Okla.
The engagement of Marjory Kercheval, '19, to Tom C. Manton, Phi Kappa Tan. Miami '17, of Cleveland has been announced.
Lucile Trowbridge ex '22 was married to Clyde Madison, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Ohio Weslyan, April 11, 1921. They are living in Piqua, Ohio.
Emily Nash '17 was married to John Zeigler, Acacia, University of Illinois. June 30, 1921. They are living in Kokomo, Indiana.
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Esther Schmidt, ex. '19, was married to William Bolender, May 28, Their address is 1920 East Third St., Dayton, Ohio.
To Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Smith. (Mildred Bercaw, ex '21), a son, on January 28. 1921.
EMILY NASH ZEIGLER, .iluinnae
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