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STHE SENIOR CLASS GRATEFULLY
DEDICATES THIS VOLUME TO
Miss Alice McMahon
1N APPRECIATIONOF HER
KIND. AND ABLE ASSISTANCE
IN ITS PREPARATION.
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unumania THE ZONIAN
VOL. XVIII BALBOA, CANAL ZONE, 1927.
PUBLISHED BY THE BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL
BALBOS HIGH SCr.lOL.
Ex Libris...... ....
Dedication.... ... .... .. .
Faculty ..... .. ..
Editorial .... ....... iICHAR JOHN-ON. '27
Freshman Class ..
Senior Class History .... ... AGNEs E. JoHNSON. '17
Senior Class Prophecy HELEN FRENCH, '27
Last Will and Testament of Seniors. '27 JANICE GRIMISSN, '27
What the Seniors Go to School For.
History of the Junior Class . ... ELVASMITH, '28
History of the Sophomore Class .... AMELIA IHTCtHING '29
History of the Freshman Class ........ oY JEWELL, '30
ZoNIAN Staff ... ..
Glee Clubs...... .
Orchestra ........ .
The Season's Flames ... ...
Alumni ...... ....
Alumni Foreword .. WILDURR WILLING, '26
FLORENCE PETERSON, '26
News from Our Alumni...... ..
Mars is Dead ......... CHARLE BUTTERS, '26
Panama ... .. ... .BErTTY JACK, '27
Literary Foreword ........... GEORGIE GooDHU'., '27.
KATHERINE CONGER. '27.
T he Stories ........... . . I ...
A Legend of Old Panama .......... BETTY BACHUS. '27.
The Iron Cross ... ...... . CONCEPCI6N LUTZ. '29
Joseph .... .. ......BEVERLY HARRISON, '28
The Sacrifice....... .... ...ANNA SAPHIR. '28
Colonel Juan ................... CHARLES PALACIO, '28
Old Panama.... .. ...... EDGAR TAYLOR, '28
Old Panama-1927 Model .. .....ANNA SAPIIR, '28
Searchlights ...... .. .. KATHERINE E. CONGER. '27
Night......... ..HELEN TWYMAN, '27
One Point of View .... ......... .. ANNA SAPHIR, '28
The Lottery Drawing .......... .....LOUISE KERR. '28
As I Am .... .. .. PATSY HARVEY, 28.
Radio en la Zona del Canal ROBERT C. ESSEX 27
A Grass Fire .ELOISE LULL, '27
Sunset Across the Canal .HELENt TWYMAN. '27
A Sonnet GEORGIE GOODHUE. '27
To Our Cellar Door MARY E. CURRY. '27
Vision. ... ELOIsE LULL, 27
A Would-Be Sonnet .. MARION E. DANIELS, '27
Tie Tropical Tattler
So ity .'
Society Foreword FRANCES BROWN. '27
JESSIE BANAN. '29
Se' ior Taboga Outing.
Junior Taboguilla Outing. ...
Junior Dance and Card Party....
Sophomore Tacky Party ...
Fr shman Girls' Party.......
Festival Night at Y. W. C. A .
"Bye-Bye. High School"...
"Call Me Back Balboi High". .
Senior Cake Sale ...
Junior Luncheon ..
Talk by Doctor Evans .......
First Assembly Meeting
Conquistadors '27 of THE ZONIAN Seas .
High School Calendar .
To Our Teacher ........ ARREN GILMAN. '28
Exchange Foreword .
Foreword-Boys' Athletics JHN FRENCH. '27
HARRY CRANBERRY. '28
Forewor --Girls' Athletics ANGELA KLEMMER, '27
KATHERINE SUNDQUIST, '27
Baod ror.- Yr. Grieer, Mr. Williams, Mr. King, Mr. McCommons, Mr. Flint, Mr. Granrud, Mr. Northrup. Mr. Bogda.
Middl ror.-Miss Dolan. Miss Steen, Miss Frost, Miss Erickson, Miss McMahon.
Fr awtrol. NMiss i. A 1I. I l. MI, I Ir.I i-- Vette, Mrs. Koperski, Miss Laws, Mra. Patterson.
THE Z)NI AN.
IDA O. ERICKSON.
Teachers College, River Falls,
HELEN CURRIER BAKER.
A. B., University of Iinin,-, .r.i.
Supervisor of Public School Music
LESTER S. FLINT.
B. S. Tufts College.
J. L. McCoMMONS.
A. B., University of Nebraska.
A. M., Columbia University.
B. A., State University of Iowa.
EDWARD A. BOGDA.
hool of Physical Education,I.a crosse,
Physical Education for Roys.
RUTH E. MELGAARD.
University of Mlinesr. r..
B. A., \\ li \ Clk-.:.
ULVA I.oIs LA' -
A. B., Ohio i', :in Utniversity.
A. \M.,Iji[. ur\ School of Languages.
S VERNA STEEN.
S Mi.r.ilr.t..r College, St. Paul, Minnesota.
1 RRasmussen Business College, \11inn.,'.r.i
M .ki iF .I \\. I .
\\ ad hinyr.l /
A. B., 1 ii c,.-,r ..I \\.i-hington.
English ....1.. . j. :.' '
1 s i a i ; i l \' 'i i
Ta:i'-hcr CiJljI-t', Kcarncy, Nebraska.
A. B., I \nver I'n in 'rI r. )Denver, Colorado.
OLGA J. FROST.
S Canal Znci. -
A. H., iT.unr t. VIwr-t-rn,-The- iudson.
/ Sr,'nii,' andFrench.
GARNET GROVER KOPERSKI.
B. S., Kansas State Aariculrur.l College.
University of California.
RUTH McKELVEY PATTERSON.
A. B., University of Minnesota.
Assembly. .. "'
New Haven School of Physical Training, New
Physical Education for Girls.
MYRTLE A. DOLAN.
Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Nebraska School of Business.
Gregg School of Shorthand, Chicago, Illinois.
THOSE. R. KING.
Beloit College, Wisconsin.
Stout Institute, \W i.....n i.
University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin.
Supervisor, Industrial Arts.
HERBERT E. NORTHRUP.
A. B., State University of South D.ak.ta.
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6 THE ZON IAN.
| EDITOR IAL.
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T HE school year draws to a close. Soon the Seniors receive their diplomas, and
the Class of Nineteen Twenty Seven leaves the old familiar walls and class
rooms, takes leave of teachers and fellow-students, and-is gone, scattered, flung
to the four winds.
In a few years all of our old classmates, all of our old schoolmates will be hut
names, dim memories of the past. If this edition of THE ZONIANcan make t h.se once
well-known names more familiar, can revoke fond old memories, can lessen the
distance between us, then and only then has it risen to highest hopes and fondest
S We have tried our best to make this little volume breathe the spirit of our school.
we have tried to put in print some of the intangible influences surrounding us. we
have tried to mirror the tangible, and if we have accomplished our dim, credit
must be givenwhere creditisdue-to THE ZONIAN Staff, to the Faculty, to our classes,
to our contributors, and to the members of The Panama Canal Pre-s Staff, who have
given immeasurable aid and assistance in its preparation and edition.
^ RICHARD JOH.NON.,
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President. ...... .....
............... RUSSEL JONES
............... ROBERT ROBINSON
................ FRANCES BROWN
............ ELIAS MIHALITSIANOS
Crass Colors, Maroon and Gold
Class Flower, Crimson Bougainvillae
Class Motto, Administrare, non administrari
Class Adviser, Miss Ruth Melgaard
DEVEREAUX, Mrs. VICTOR E.
MX M '. i. MARY ALICE
'tll 'l)B.Rr., DOROTHY
VAN SICLEN, MATILDA
VAN SICLEN, WILLIAM
Cristobal High School, '24.
Basket ball, '25, '26, 27.
Baseball, '26, Captain, "27.
Handball, Captain, '27.
Class Play, '27.
Class President, '27.
F. RICHARD Ji ".'.
ZONIAN Staff, ''.. r... :
ZONIAN Follies Sr.rt,i '.-
Class Play Staff, '. :-
Baseball, M.n i.-r. *:
President, 'r~,,el 't Cnun.:l, .-
FRANCES RUSSELL BROWN.
ZONIAN Follies, '24, '25.
Class Play, '26.
Class Secretary, '27.
Student Council, '27.
ZONIAN Staff, '27.
Basket ball, '24, '25, Captain, '26, '27.
Track and Field, '24, '25, Captain, '26, '-
Baseball, '24, '25, '26, '27.
ZONIAN Follies, '24, '25.
Class Treasurer, '26, '27.
S'" mm N" 6
C a.nal Xone
i I' Swimming, '24, '26.
Baseball, '24, '27.
Basket ball, '24, '26, Captain, :27.
Supper Club, '26.
Track and Field, '27.
Class PI.N, '27.
Basket ball, '27.
MARIAN G. ALLEN.
Glee Club, '24.
Swimming, '24, '26.
Supper Club, '26.
Basket ball, '26, '27.
Track and Field, '27.
Class Play, '27.
JOHN C. FRENCH.
Bnr linL, Captain, '27.
Class Play Staff, '27.
ZONIAN Staff, '27.
LESLIE JORDAN BANAN.
Junior Carnival, '24.
Assembly Pianist, '26, '7.
Glee Club, '26.
Class Play, '26, '27
Track and Field, '27.
MARION E. DANIELS.
Glee Club, '24.
Basket ball, '25.
Supper Club, '?2
Assistant I ilr rl.,n, '2'.
JOHN LAWRENCE BISCHOFF.
Central High School, Washington, D. C., '24, '25, '26.
Class Play Staff, '27.
Commercial High School, Providence, R. I., '22, '2;,
ZONIAN Staff, '27.
MARCELLA R. GAEB.
ROBERT L. BLANEY.
D. T. H. S., Leisenring, Pa., "24, '25.
Class Play, '27.
*-' BEwy CRIGHTON JACK.
Class Play, '24, '25.
ZONIAN Follies, '26.
JOHN RANDOLPH BEVERLEY.
Belmont High School, Los Angeles, Calif.,'24.
Main Avenue High School, San Antonio, Texas, '26.
ELIZABETH FAY GRANBERRY.
Junior Fair, '24.
ZONIAN Follies, '25.
Junior Program, '26.
Track and Field, '27.
Class Play, '27.
I.EON G. GREENE.
ZONIAN Follies, '24, '2.
Declamatory Contest, '25.
Class President, '25, '26.
Track and Field, '24, '25, '26, '27.
Class Play, '26.
ZONIAN Staff, '26, '27.
Cheer Leader, '27.
Water Polo, '27.
Warrentown Country School, '24.
Short Story Contest, '25.
ZONIAN Staff, '26.
Student Council, '27.
14 THE ZONIAN.
INGRID MARGARETH BRULAND.
Luncheon Club, '24.
Supper Club, '25.
JAMES ROBERT DORAN.
Haddington Road National School, Dublin, Ireland,
Track and Field, '26, '27.
Class Play ,'23, '26, '27.
Glee Club, '23, '26.
Central High School, Washington, D. C., '24.
Callao High School, Callao, Va., '25.
Supper Club, '27.
Junior Program, '25.
Supper Club, '26, '27.
FORREST R. CHEESEMAN.
Class Vice President, '26.
ELIZABETH ANNE BACHUS.
Nathaniel Hawthorne High School, San Antonio, Texas,
Columbus High School, Columbus, Ga., '25.
Glee Club, '27.
Class Play, '27.
Short Story Contest Winner, '27.
JULIAN SPENCER HEARNE.
Pachuta High School, Pachuta, Mississippi, '24, '25, '26.
ELOISE CLEVELAND LULL.
Windsor High School, Windsor, Vermont, '24.
South Portland High School, South Portland, Me., '2.
Class Play, '26.
Glee Club, '27.
FRED O. HELMERICHS.
Class Treasurer, '24.
Swimming, '24, '25, '26, '27.
Water Polo, '24, '25, '26, '27.
Variety Sho~,*, '25, '26.
Track and Field, '26, '27.
KATHERINE DICKSON KIRBY.
High School of Commerce, Portland, Oreg., '24, '25, '26.
KATHERINE ELIZABETH CONGER.
Western High School, Washington, D. C.
Glee Club, '25, '27.
Class Play, '26.
ZONIAN Staff, '27.
Mrs. VICTOR E. DEVEREAUX.
King's Conservatory of Music, San Jose, Calif., '13, '14, 'I5.
Brown's Rockford Business College, Rockford, Ill., graduated
Rockford High School, Rockford, Ill., '22.
Parker High School, Chicago, Ill., '23, '24.
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AG,.Es EUGENIA JOHNSON.
Christmas Program, '2.
Supper Club, '25, '26, '27.
Glee Club, '-7.
Student Council, '27.
Class Play Staff, '27.
WILLIAM A. VAN SICLEN.
Class Secretary, '26.
Class Play Staff, '26, '27.
Baseball, '26, '27.
ZoNIAN Staff, '27.
FRANCES ri 1,.i1i "'il,. L
I 1M i nr.
N ,ih irael IH i, hil.rni Junior Higl/School, San Antonio,
"T e' .,, 4 "- 'i
Main AvenU,: Fhiab h, ,,l. San Antonio, Texas, '25,
HELEN VIRGINIA TWYMAN.
St. Mildred Academy, Laurel, Md., '2., '-;.
Flushing High School, Flushing, N. Y ,/2b.
Glee Club, '27.
Cheer Leader, 27.
JOSE DURAN, M.
Junior Show, '24, '26.
Declamatory Contest, '25.
Class Play, '25.
Track and Field, '26.
Basket ball, '26, '27.
HAGAR G. V. AHLFONT.
Glee Club, '24.
Class Play, '27.
DOROTHY C. E. SUNDBERG.
Supper Club, '25, '26, '27.
KATHERINE ANNIE SUNDQUIST.
Dickinson High School, Dickinson, Texas, '24.
ZONIAN Staff, '27.
JUANITA NILE ORR.
Swimming, '25, '26.
Supper Club, '25, '26, '27.
Track and Field, '27.
Class Play, '27.
ZONIAN Staff, '27.
ANGELA S. KLEMMER.
Swimming, '24, '25, '26, Captain, '27.
Track and Field, '27.
ZONIAN Follies, '25.
Basket ball, '26, '27.
Baseball, Manager, '27.
Supper Club, '26, '27.
ZONIAN Staff, '27.
Class Play, '27.
HAL BL.UEFORD COOPER.
Declamatory Contest, '24, '25.
Radio Club, '27.
RUTH MARION FRASER.
Supper Club, '25, '26, President, '27.
Track and Field, '27.
Basket ball, '27.
Class Play, '27.
20 THE ZONIAN.
RoBERT E. ROBINSON.
Tennis, '26, '27.
Track and Field, '27.
ZONIAN Itff, '27.
Class Vice President, '27.
CARLOTA J. ARRIETA.
STANTON M. PETERSON.
Junior Program, '24.
ZONIAN Follies, '24, '25.
Class Play Sr if, '26.
Student Council, '27.
Class PI.1, '27.
MIRIAM LOUISE HALLORAN.
Luncheon Club, '24.
Class Play, '24, '25, '26.
Winner, Declamatory Contest, '4.
Supper Club, '25, '26, Secretary, '-.
ZONIAN Staff, '27.
BARBARA JEAN BARR.
Lowell High School, San Francisco, Calif., '24,'2,, '26.
Cheer Leader, '27.
ROBERT CURRIE EssEx.
Glee Club, '25.
Orchestra, '5, '26, '27.
Radio Club, Secretary-Treasurer, '27.
MARY ALICE McMIANVS.
Girls' High School, Atlanta, Ga., '24.
Newport News High School, Newport News, Va., '25.
St. Hilda's Hall, Charlestown, West Va., '26.
RUTH PAULINE JOHNSON.
B. M. C. Durfee High School, Fall River, Mass., '24.
Supper Club, '25, '26, '27.
Bowling, Captain, '26, '27.
Basket ball, '27.
Class Play, '26, '27.
22 THE ZONIAN.
MARY EMILY CURRY.
Basket ball, '24.
Glee Club, '24.
Science Hill School, Shelbyville, Kentuck%, '25.
Nazareth Academy, Nazareth, Kentucky, '26.
DORA PORTER WATTS.
Supper Club, '25, '26, '27.
ZoNIAN Staff, '27.
Central High School, Santurce, Porto Rico, '24, '25.
Orchestra, '26, '27.
Glee Club, '26, '27.
ZONIAN Follies, '26..
A.gnes E. 7ohnson, '27.
Who has not a dream ship, a graceful, antique
craft with great white sails which comes from a
land of nowhere, bearing beautiful gifts and happy
experiences for the future? This ship to the Fresh-
men in 1923 was the shining old ship "Balboa High
School," which had carried many cargoes safely
over the often rough and stormy sea of Education,
yet which always held in store an everlasting sup-
ply of rosy dreams of success.
It was on a bright tropical morning in October
that the unruly crew of Freshmen besieged the
frigate. They made the decks ring with their
shouts, and after a while had explored all its secret
nooks and crevices. To guide the ship toward a
distant, longed-for goal, Commencement, the crew
chose for helmsman a long-experienced pirate,
Fred Brady, and for pilot, a loving, sympathetic
lady, Miss Thomas. "Balboa High School"
with its restless crew drifted lazily in tropical
waters, and no one heeded much its fate until one
night on the brig a gay fiesta was given for all the
pirates and damsels. The decks once more rang
with laughter, music, and cheering, for the Fresh-
men had made everyone forget his woes and
grudges. Again obscurity claimed the poor frigate
until in the happy month of June a great walking
of the plank was ordered given. Many survived
this; few were lost. The successful Freshmen
assumed the name of "Sophomores" and hastened
off to receive their reward-a long rest at home for
As September drew to a close, the eager seamen
gathered together their weapons and regalia and
once more embarked on their sturdy craft to re-
sume their quest for the treasure, Diploma. At
a great gathering on the deck, the Sophomores
chose Fred Holzapfel for their helmsman and NMi,s
Hopkins for pilot. After a half year, the crew
had to select a new leader. This time it was Leon
Greene, a bold, active pirate. To manifest the
Christmas spirit abroad, the crew caused a mass of
mates to assemble with them to hear inspiring
music, and to enjoy a successful one-act drama,
acted by members of their company. As a relief
from their life on the rolling sea, the group essayed
to climb the hill in Ancon to view the beauties of
the surrounding country. With much merriment
the gallants and ladies danced the graceful Virginia
reel at a wayside lodge, and then continued their
climb. At the summit all engaged in singing bal-
lads, gazing at the moon, and munching savory
"hot dogs." Soon after, a great sale of food, a
"luncheon," took place at the mess hall, together
with a spirited dance on deck. Everyone spent his
coin lavishly and v as happy. In its cruise in
southern waters the ; .j. I ship stopped one day at
the "typical tropical" isle, Tail' ..L'a. Here for a few
short hours all were in high spirits, plunging into
the salt waves, roaming on the sand, or basking in
the sun. After another walking of the plank in
June, the crew and leaders abandoned the frigate
for a season at home.
Reveling in their great wisdom and sagacity,
the Juniors boarded the "Balboa High School"
in October, 1925. Leon Greene, having been very
successful in guiding the craft, was again chosen as
helmsman, and Miss Rauner, a general favorite,
gladly accepted the rank of pilot. Very early the
crew scratched their heads for schemes, outside of
looting, to gather gold to expend on the great
banquet which was approaching. One plan was a
luncheon given on deck. Although quite similar,
it was more successful than the one given the year
before. To celebrate with the Juniors, the crews
of the craft donned rags or the clothes of their
grandfathers and came to the "Tacky Party" to
frolic and dance. Another raid on the island of
Taboga proved a jolly time for everyone. Upon an
order from the helmsman, the galley, with the help
of all the crew, prepared many delicious foods for a
sale. The bountiful assortment was soon sold, and
the Juniors turned their faces again toward the sea.
On a memorable night a crowd of friends and
visitors swarmed to witness a fine display of art,
"Nothing but the Truth," dramatized cleverly by
our pirates and damsels. Not long before the part-
ing of the Seniors, a grand banquet was given them
by the Juniors. On this night, of all in their long
journey, the Juniors and Seniors were gloriously
thrilled. After another annual test of knowledge
and courage, the crew separated for a time.
When the dignified and vain Seniors, as these
seamen were now called, again met on the deck
of the "Balboa High School," great rejoicing took
place. All were glad to see each other, and
looked forward with anxiety to the land of Com-
mencement. Russel Jones, a sturdy seaman, and
NMiss M -l7sarl were chosen to direct the craft in
this last year of its travel These two were destin-
ed to a hard trip, for at this stage a crew becomes
leisure-loving, and dreads work. As a beginning,
the Seniors presented to the library of the good
ship a considerable stock of handsome new vol-
umes. The second endeavor of the group material-
ized in another sale of food which required labor
yet which afforded much pleasure to i.ery one.
Tossing all care to the winds, a huge crowd
assembled to laugh at "A Bachelor's Honey-
moon," the far-famed comedy of the Seniors.
Laudable talent was displayed by the actors, and
all their fellow seamen rejoiced at their success.
Once more, and for the last time, the company
of Seniors eagerly landed on the picturesque island
of Taboga. There was much feasting, dancing,
swimming, and pleasure-hunting crowded into a
few short hours of abandon and holiday. Then
the return to work!
And now, as this ship sails away, leaving us hap-
py with the treasured diploma in our hands, and
with our hearts overflowing with joy in the
realization of the golden dreams it held for us, we
can only cherish these memories and wish the same
happiness to other voyagers on the sea of Educa-
SENIOR CLASS PROPHECY.
Helen French, '27.
S. S. B,. ', '
Mediterranean, June 17, 1937.
This morning while I was strolling around the
deck trying so hard to find a companion for this
long cruise which I am taking, I noticed a man
most loudly dressed in gaudy clothes that might
appeal to a man of flashy taste. With him was a
woman dressed equally as conspicuously. I followed
them. Imagine a person so base as to follow a
couple in their walk! I was lonely and curious.
However, I heard enough of their conversation to
learn their names. I rushed to the purser to dis-
cover more about them. They were Russel Jones,
owner of Jones' Circus, and Helen Twyman, lead-
ing acrobat and tiL'hr-rnpe walker of Mr. Jones'
Circus. I found these names on the ship's record
under the heading of Jones' Circus:
M ,R( \K r F BRULAND. ............ Snake Charmer
JOSEPHINE CAMARA............ Bareback Rider
DOROTHY SUNDBERG. ..............Strong Lady
HAL COOPER ......... ...........Lion Tamer
What complexes these former classmates of
mine must have developed! Perhaps it is due to
reading such in,-.irinr putrv as "To a Skylark"
and "Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright."
I went up to the radio oncfi to-night and when
the operator gave me a blank to fill out I almost
stuttered, I was so surprised to recognize Stanton
Peterson. Remember what a radio bug he was in
his last year at school? He told me that Leon
Greene is a world-renowned aviator having just
finished a flight to Heaven. He was sainted for his
I read the latest bulletins received by radio and
saw that Barbara Barr is making a name for her-
self in Africa teaching culture to the natives. I
read also about a wonderful singer who has just
startled the world with her melodies. She is Kath-
erine Sundquist. I remember how sheusedtoswim
in the Pedro Miguel pool to improve her breathing.
In the same bulletin I saw that an expedition
was on its way to Denmark to investigate the his-
tory connected with Hamlet. In this enterprise
are the following brilliant English students:
Mrs. DEVEREAUX CARLOTA ARRIETA
FRANCES SMITH %'ILL.IAM VAN SICLEN
ROBERT BLANEY ELIAS MIHALITSIANOS
I have read the list of passengers and discovered
that Katherine Conger is aboard ship chaperoning
several students of the Johnson Seminary. This
college is owned by Agnes and Richard Johnson.
They teach ten subjects to over two hundred girls.
The captain just came around to say that we
would have a good time to-morrow ashore in
Algiers. I notice something familiar about his
voice; I think he is Eugene Cloud. I'll find out soon.
\Well, we went ashore and had a pleasant visit.
Dora Watts met us at the boat. She is ant col-
lector for the Black Flag Disinfectant Company.
We had luncheon at the Regal Hotel and enjoyed
the dancing exhibition by those true artists, Leslie
Banan and Ruth Fraser.
The sights of Algiers are amusing. We saw
a caravan leave for some out-of-the-way place.
Katherine Conger recognized William Matos as
the leader and Joe Duran as chief sheik.
A beggar asked for alms. He is said to be the
richest man in Africa and I can easily believe this
because he begs constantly and people give. He
said, "In memory of our many years in Balboa
High School, give to me that I may not die."
Of course we were more than startled when some
one in our crowd said it was Edward Dorswitt.
We talked to him a while. He said that Julian
Hearne had been there not long before on his way
to Madagascar to fight lions.
I hated to leave, but we had to reach the ship
because the whistle blew. I managed to buy a
a few newspapers and shall enjoy a thorough
reading of them.
GREAT RAILROAD MONOPOI.Y BROKEN UP.
FAMOUS CAPITALIST GOES BANKRUPT.
RANDOLPH BEVERLEY, MAGNATE IN RAILROAD
WORLD, CONVICTED BY MARY CURRY,
MOST ABLE JUDGE OF DAY.
So that's what happened to them! Well, well,
I'm sorry Randy is broke, but he has many friends
to mend him.
Heavens, I'm so excited! Pete just rushed in to
show me a radiogram. Marion Daniels, John
Bischoff, Mary Alice NlcMlanul, and Georgie
Goodhue won an important debate in the Senate
against Fred Helmericks, Earl Dailey, Robert
Robinson, and John French. They were fighting
a bill that advocated an eight-hour school day six
days a week.
* * *
Julie, one of the children that Katherine Conger
is chaperoning, came in with a note from Captain
Cloud saying we could go ashore to-day at Tunis.
Betty Bachus lives there. I'll get some news of our
classmates from her.
And so I did. We had a real gab feast. \1.rcella
Gaeb, who is now a famous toe-dancer, came in for
a chat. She corresponds regularly with Betty
Granberry; and she said Betty was giving
Salome dances in Alaska for the benefit of starving
Eskimos. Hagar Ahlfont, Frances Brown, Janice
Grimison, and Katherine Kirby are all married
and more or less happy. Forrest Cheeseman, the
world-renowned poultry man, has received his
thirty-ninth divorce. Somehow he can't find the
right woman, or if he does she's already married.
Betty certainly can get more news in her wonder-
ful home. Robert Essex, the violinist of great
note, is visiting her next month.
We stayed in Alexandria long enough to go to
the opera. Dolly Allen and Juanita Orr have
grown up and are really tall. They were there
with two dukes. It is whispered that they (the
girls) are notorious husband hunters. And they
were quiet little things in school. Ah, I must
not forget to tell you about the performance,
which was very good. Angela Klemmer sang the
lead and Betty Jack the vamp part. Eloise Lull
was the comedian and so very funny that I cried
after laughing too much. Miriam Halloran danced
Professor Polly James was outside in the lobby
when we left. She said she was president of a poet's
club that urged less violence in poetic license. I
wandered around the lobby gazing at the advertise-
ments of coming performances. I was truly sur-
prised to see a much-disguised picture of Ruth
Johnson above this caption: "Mitzi Polowich, the
World's Champion Gum Chewer Here This Week."
So all of the practice Ruth got in school has really
done some good.
I was about to leave the theater when a voice
took me back to the scene where every day that we
had library assignments for English, Pat Doran
and I would go to the library to'gethir.
"Sure, Helen, let's go to the library," said Pat,
"in memory of those tedious climbs up the Admin-
istration hill." Pat says he will never forget school
da % s even if he does win the office of Governor-Gen-
eral of Ireland, for which he is now a candidate.
After talking to Pat a while I had to rush back
to the ship because the whistle blew. I finally fell
asleep, after thinking of all the success that has
come to my former classmates.
-anre Grim.n, '2,-
IILAYh ST \V1LL AND TESTAMENT OF THE CLASS OF 1927.
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KNOW ALL MnN BY THESE PRESENTS,
That We, THE CLASS OF 1927, of Balboa High
School, Balboa, Canal Zone, being of sound and
disposing mind and memory and fully under-
standing the nature of our act, do make, publish
and declare this our Last Will and Testament:
I. We do give, devise, and bequeath to the
teachers of the High School our hearty apprecia-
tion of all they have taught us; to Mr. McCom-
mons, the High School, trusting he will care for it
with as much zeal as heretofore; to the Juniors,
who have need of it, we leave our dignity; to the
Sophomores, we leave our sincerest hopes that they
will some day reach the Senior Row, and to the
Freshmen we leave our faculty for learning.
2. The members of the Class of '27 do give,
devise, and bequeath their various and sundry
possessions as follows:
; To Roberta Jacques, Dolly Allen leaves all the
magnificent height which generous Seniors have
left her in past years; to the tender mercies of the
Class of '28, Richard Johnson leaves THE ZONIAN;
to Helen Morgan, Helen French leaves her hair
and other uxorldly possessions; to Ruth Womack,
Angela Klemmer leaves her fondness for the water
and diving board; to Eloise Willson, Georgie
Goodhue leaves her red pocketbook hoping she will
care for it as fondly as Georgie has in the past
year; to Rose McGuigan, Mary Alice McManus
leaves her curly hair; to Franklin Pierce, Joe
Duran leaves his sheiky ways; to Billy Rader and
Edward Smith jointly, Barbara Barr leaves her
To Henry Knight, Katherine Kirby leaves her
forsaken ambition to be a barefoot dancer; to
Betty Clement, realizing that they are urgently
needed, Ruth Fraser leaves her long legs and
ability to jump; to Bobby Whaler, John French
graciously leaves his slim figure; to Charlotte
Jensen, hoping it will be brushed daily and other-
wise properly cared for, Robert Blaney leaves his
long hair; to all those unfortunates who intend
carrying five subjects next year, Katherine Conger
leaves her desk space, best wishes, and prayers;
to Gerald Maiers, Fred Helmerichs leaves his gal-
lant inclinations; as an incentive to all those
Freshman girls who are tired of life, Fanny Brown
leaves her engagement ring; to next year's Ex-
change Editor, Miriam Halloran leaves all the
magazines and annuals that come in THE ZoNIAN
mail; to Fred Banan, Russel Jones leaves his
ability to give directions and have them carried
out; to Janice Cameron, Agnes Johnson leaves
To Mark Schapiro, hoping it will not be mis-
treated, James Doran leaves his Irish brogue;
to Kathleen McGuigan, Ruth Johnson leaves her
giggle; to Edna Mae \\'estendorff, John Bishchoff
leaves his inclinations and ready ability to argue all
questions; to Jose Vengochea, as an inspiration,
Helen Twyman leaves her boyish bob; to Teresa
Meckel, Katherine Sundquist leaves her Spanish
vocabulary; to Sam Gurney, Flizabeth Gran-
berry leaves her ability to refrain from whispering
in classes; to John Jett, Margaret Bruland be-
queaths her dexterity as a typist; Eugene Cloud,
being in a very giving mood, leaves his wonderful
ability to keep out of trouble to John Powell;
William Matos, feeling that he will have no more
need of them in High School,leaves to VanceHayes
his short trousers; to Roger Williams, in order
that he may get to school on time once in a while
next year, Polly James leaves her jitney.
To Paul Bryan, Marcella Gaeb leaves her regu-
lar Saturday morning with Mr. Flint, hoping he
will profit by it as much as she did; to Phares
Butler, as he is sometimes in dire need of it, F lia
Mihalitsianos leaves his ability to speak fluently
with his hands; to Margaret Bardelson, Frances
Smith leaves her inclinations to flirt at all times;
to Thatcher Clisbee, Earl Dailey very generously
leaves all the sulphuric acid in the chemistry
laboratory; feeling that she may at sometime
make use of it, Marion Daniels leaves to Marion
Willis, her freckles and nickname; to Alberta
Mead, Hal Cooper leaves his ability to laugh at
anything and everything at all times; to Otto
Helmerichs, Stanton Peterson leaves his aptitude
for writing poetry; to Mr. Northrup, our esteemed
friend and teacher, Leon Greene leaves his auburn
curls; to Herbert Engelke, as it will afford him
much valuable practice, Juanita Orr leaves the
pleasure of typing all I. C. ZONIAN material;
\\illi.im Van Siclen, leaves to his sister, l:uill.ia,
the ribbon off his diploma to help tie hers securely
when she receives it.
To Vera Ahlfont, Robert Robinson leaves his
ability to whirl a mean tennis racquet; to anyone
who can tie as good knots in the window curtain
cords as he, Robert Essex leaves his seat in Ameri-
can History class; to Norbert Jones, Carlota
Arrieta leaves all her extra credits; to Jeanne
Dooling, Leslie Banan leaves his voice and ability
to speak so that he will be heard; to Eva de la
Pefia, Dora Watts leaves her Cockney accent.
To Lydia Courville, Hagar Ahlfont leaves her
vanity case; to Rachael Key, Dorothy Sundberg
leaves her intense love for stenography; to Harry
Preston, Josephine Camara leaves her remarkable
ability to draw and paint; to Charles Jackson,
Mary Curry leaves her "doggy purse" hoping he
will cherish it the rest of his High School \la \;
to Docia Clisbee, Edward Dorswitt leaves his
respect for the faculty; to Quentin Stone, Ran-
dolph Beverley leaves his left-over brilliant ideas
to be carried out next year; Julian Hearne leaves
his habit of watching the clock in History class to
John Ohlson; seeing that he has need of it,
Betty Jack leaves her ability to bluff to Everett
Allen; to Louise Sprague, Betty Bachus be-
queaths her beauty spot.
To Rene Bissonnette, in view of the tremendous
task he faces daily in carrying home his numerous
textbooks, Mrs. Devereaux leaves her brief case;
to Helen Forbes, Eloise Lull leaves her theatrical
ability; to Agnes Mack, hoping she will use it
frequently, Janice Grimison leaves the office
typewriter; to Harry Granberry, Forrest Cheese-
man leaves his constancy in his a.ilrlr s d'amour.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, WE, THE CLASS
OF '27, do set our hand and seal, at Balboa, Canal
Zone, on this 24th day of June, in the Year of Our
Lord one thousand nine hundred and twenty-
WHAT THE SENIORS GO TO SCHOOL. FOR.
Leon Greene-To get demerit slips.
Barbara Barr-To vamp the sheiks.
Joe Duran-To charm the Freshmen girls.
Katherine Sundquist-To be studious.
Fred Helmerichs-To please the ladies.
Katherine Kirby-To get her diploma.
Mary Curry--To pass the time away.
Cecil Jewel-To learn to do what she "can't do" in English.
Robert Robinson-T'o keep Joe Duran entertained in
Agnes Johnson-To win scholarships.
Richard Johnson-To hold highest rank on Honor Roll.
Dolly Allen-To learn how to grow.
Jimmy Doran-To tell us all about Ireland.
Nita Orr-To be with Rusty.
Rusty Jones-To be with his "Five-feet-two."
Marion Willis-To skip classes.
Elias Mihalitsianos-To tell us what a smart boy he is.
Lonny Van Siclen-To spend his noon hour with Muriel.
Marian Halloran-To help the teachers.
Robert Essex-To "fiddle."
Janice Grimison-To chatter and play.
John French-To help Lonny enjoy his noon hour.
Helen French-To keep Forrest attentive.
Stanton Peterson-To take leading roles in class plays.
Betty Bachus-To flirt.
Forrest Cheeseman--To be near Helen.
Eloise Lull-To get her Trig.
Cecil Kneece-To lose his southern drawl.
Betty Jack-To get into mischief.
Leslie Ban:an-To tc:ech Miss Dolan shorthand.
Katherine Conger-To be literary.
Julian Hearne-To graduate.
Fanny Brown-To be a success in ? ?
Marion Daniels-To have her picture taken.
Angel., Klemmer-To fight with Ruth Pyle.
Josephine Camara-To be cute.
Polly James-To hold up our dignity.
Ruth Fraser-To have a good time.
Hagar Ahlfont-To make a good impression on the Navy
Eugene Cloud-To kid the teachers.
Dorothy Sundberg-To make high speed rates in typing.
Ruth Johnson-To be a smart girl.
Georgie Goodhbue-To be a lady of leisure.
Helen Twyiman-To keep pep going.
Mary Alice McManus-To play.
John I.. Bischoff-To set the world on fire.
Carlota Arrieta-To learn shorthand.
Dora Watts-To get "A" in bookkeeping.
Elizabeth Granberry-To teach us how to Char!eston.
Hal Cooper-To smile.
Edward Dorswitt-To be a man of few words.
Frances Smith-To giggle at everything.
Randolph Beverley-To find a girl.
Mrs. Devereaux--To study.
Earl Dailey-To keep excitement going.
President ... JHN OHLSON
SyFice President..... .. HELEN MORGAN
Secretary. "x. .. SMirH s/ \ I
STreasiurer.'. .CHARLES RIIDGFR,
Class Adiser, Mr. \, .
SAHI.FONT, VERA FWlING, VIRGINIA I ERR, ,.OISE OH1SON, JOHN
BARDLSON, RGARAET FORBES, HELEN KEY, RACHEI. PALACIO, CHARI.E
InCHOrT, F IrrN' (GARRETI MILDRIED KIOCIER, MIL.DRED PALACIO, ROSE
s ^ .-,Y( k''4 -. GELABERT, MARCOS MAILERS, (ERALD PRICE, PECGG
Hi I ri t r l Il, (II.MAN, WARRENN MANN, ALMA PRICE, STEL.I.4
C(- .11 .-., J 1 1 I CRANBERRY, HARRY MARSfRAND, ROBERT REESE, BEN S
CARR, ETHEL GRIMISON, RICHARD MARTIN, BELLE RODGERS, CHARLES
CLEMENT, VIRGINIA G RNEY, ANNETTE IMcCoNAGHY, MARGARIET SAPHIR, ANNA
CI.SBEE, THATCHER GCRNEY, SAM MCl)ADE, MARY SMITH, EIVA
COLE, CATHERINE HALLEN, BARBARA McGUIGAN, GAYLE STONE, QI'ENT IN
COURVILLE, LYDIA HARRISON, BEVERLY N1cKE(oWN, EMMA STROBlE, FRED
DE CASTRO, JACK HARRISON, GERTRUDE MECKEL, TERESA TAYLOR, EDGAR
DE LA PENA, SARAH HEARNE, LUCILLE MIDDLETON, MAY TOEPSER, GISELA
DE PAREDES, RA'I. HERNANDEZ, CARMEN MILLER, CARLOS TOLEDANO, SOLL.
DOOLING, JEANNI JACKSON, CHARLES MORGAN, HELEN WAINER, AMOS
SEVANS, JANE JENSEN, CHARLOTTE NICHO.S, HENRY W\HALER, E..LSBETH
VERSION, JOHN JONES, NORBERT O'Rirl" IhDA Yo'NG;, FRANK
HISTORY OF I. HII JUNIOR CLASS.
;V .. Smith, '2S.
It has been a long hard r ..ti; 1'r- e are getting there, we the Juniors of 27, the Seniors
, of '28.
S Our first year went by \k ih\ .:id quietly because, although called Freshmen, we lacked
Sthe fresh part; besides wj \crc-ru,.r all men.'
In our second year we Il eiN4'L ul. .Ind gave our first party; it was like all other Sophomore
Parties, a great success. "
S Today, as we look back oyer past years, we decide that so far our Junior year has been
the best. First, came the tp to Taboguilla which everyone enjoyed. Next, came the party
at the Y. W. C. A. hi l,, proved a success. There was the cake sale by means of which
a good-sized sum of nmurle was realized; there was the big dance and card party at the |
T 'ivoli; the luncheln;'The play called "Eliza Comes to Stay," which was a laugh from start
to finish; and nim.t- inprtr.nt of all was the Junior and Senior Banquet which was held at
Sthe Hotel Tioli- F' r'l Junior was present, for was this not one of the honors we had been
planning for a lon, r .inme? Yes, it was one of the great desires of a Junior fulfilled, and the
Other desire, w hii' i, still greater than the first, is to get our diplomas.
S Her&endeth the history of our first three years of high school. May the fourth be as
Sjolly ard successful as our third. We owe sincere thanks to Mr. Nrrhrup, our class adviser,
Sfor his help during the year.
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President.. . ... ... VANCE h ..
i, JPH( ). l 1, ";.
1 ....lVice President. ................... ... MARJORIE (QUINN
Secretary ... . .. .. AMELIA HI-ICHINGS
Treaser. .. JAMES Qi INN
SClass adviser Miss W\HALEY
I ALL.EN, EVERETT FRENCH, ZONSA MACK, AGNES ROMIG, WILIIAM
BANAN, JESSIE (;ARRETT, JlI.ANA MCGUIGAN, KATHLEEN RUSSEv, ERNEST
BAXENDALE, ALICE HALLORAN, GEORGE McG lIGAN, ROSE SEALEY, MARION
SBICKFORD, NATHAN HAYES, VANCE MEREDITH, WILLARD SMITH, FLORES
BISSONNETTE, RENE HELMERICHS, OTTO MILLER, MARGARET 1 SPRAGUE, LOUISE
Booz, TOM HOLZAPFEL, RUTH MILLER, I .-. STRACSS, CECELIA
OWMAN, KATHRYN HUMMER, JOSEPH MOLLER, \' I THOMPSON, PAIL
BOWMAN, CLYDE HUTCHINGS, AMELIA MORRISON, J."l. VAN BUREN, NANCY
BROWN, CARRIE H TCHISON, RTITH OLIVE, EUNICE VENGOECHEA, JOSE
BROWN, JOHN JACKSON, ADA ORR, EARL WALKER, CARY
BROWN, MINNIE JACQUES, DONALD PATCHETT, SAMCEL \WALSTON, RUBIO
BRYAN, PAUL JOHANNES, ELEANOR PHILLIPS, MILDRED WARWICK, NOVA .
BUTLER, FRANCIS JONES, GLORIA PIERCE, FRANKLIN W ESTENDORFF, EDNA MA.
CODY, ISABELLE KNIGHT, HENRY POOLE, BERNELI. \ WHITLOCK, VIRGINIA
DEMUTH, ZONABEL KYLEBER, ELIZABETH POOLE, THERESA WILI.SON, ELOISE
SDE GRUMMOND, LYLE LARSEN, HENRY PRESTON, HARRY WOMACK, RUTH
DE LA PENA, EVA LAWLOR, WILLIAM POWELL, JOHN WOOD, JOSEPH
EKWURZEL, LARS LOWE, GEORGE QlINN, JAMP WOOD, WILLIAM
ENGELKE, HERBERTE LUTHER, MARTHA QUINN, M> p. WOODHILL, MURIEL
ERLENKOTTER, ROBERT .UTHER, MARY READER, hl YCAZA, PHILIP
FIDANQUE, VAL LUTZ, CONCEPTION REED, ERNEST ZIDBECK, L.. f *.. L.
S FISHER, ETHEL RINK, EDWARD
THE SOPHOMORE CLASS.
Ienifia Hutchis..'2, ,r
S Fellow Sophomores, two years have we passed, and two years are yet belr,- us' \s
look back we behold a year of glorious success and achievement.
S In April, the Sophomores held a tacky party in the gymnasium of the Y. W. C. A. One
U IX of the big events of the evening was the grand march. It was composed of the tackiest lot
i that ever trod the gymnasium floor. Games were played and comical prizes given. Delicious
^ refreshments were served. About in o'clock, after an evening of enjoyment, the party
S broke up and the Sophs regretfully went on their way.
g The Sophomores have not been very successful in athletics this year. Although we came
S in third in the interclass track meet, we made a fair showing, considering that we had such
a small number of our class to compete. A great deal of class spirit was shown and the
I cheer leaders were good ones.
; To Miss X ha:ilc, our class adviser, we are very grateful for her helpful suggestions through I
S out the year.
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THE ZONIAN. 3
EJA~RN HL RM R O o Euo S o BERTHA
| i . .. ... .. . .." A
BooZ, FRANCIS HIRSH, ELIZABETH NEWHARD, RAE SULLIVAN, VINCENTI
BRETCH, MARGARET ICKMAN, JAME OGDEN, EDWIN TABER, JACK
I BUTLER, CLDE JACQUES, ROBERTA PALMER, MARGARE, T AN VALKENBU RGH, '
SBUTLERON, STAML JEIRT, JOHN PARKERR, EUEANOR VALERIA
CARRIANON, RLENI HMEWELL, BOBBs PERCA, WILLIARD VILLANEVA, ROBERT
BCLARK, EDITH HONES, EDWIN PEscoRD, AICE WIARW'ICK, RANDC
BCLARK, ELEANOR HONES, HAYDEN PIMENTO, CARMEN TABSON, ROBERT
^ CLEMENT, BETTLI JORDAN, VIOLA PYLE, R LTH WEIGOLD, DONALD
CLISBEE, DOCIA HOYNER, EVELYN REIMAN, ELSA tVENTSLER, MANOLA
DE LONDES, AMEN IRKPATRICK, RALPH RINK, BERNARD AHITLOCK, BERTHA
DOLING, HALVOR IOEWE, EDWARD RIZCA LLA, ARTR ILLET, ADELAIDE
DRISCOLL, RITA LULL, RICHARD ROBBINS, SHELBY WTi i; 1f MARGAREr
SCEVANS, RUTH LJONE, CANDELARIA RUSSEY, EMMA \\ WIC. ROGER
S EVERSO, BERNHARD MACDONELL, JAMES SCHAPIRO, MARK WAILLIN, ROBERT
FINNIGAN, CONRADO MADURO, FREDERICK SCHWINDEMAN, AUGUS WILMOT, EVELYN
SFRANSEN, WILHELMINA MALONE, EDWIN SCHACKELFORD, META WOODHULL, VIRGINIA
GORMAN, WALTER MARCY, VINCENT SIMONS, ENA YOUNG, ELIZABETH
GOYEZ, Louis MARTIN, LOUISE SMITH, CECILIA YULES, EMMA
HALLET, DORIS A MATTER, ROGER SMITH, CLARITA
STHE FRESHMAN CLASS HISTORY OF 1926-1927.
Bobby Jewel!, J'o.
S Every girl and boy naturally says that his or her Class is the best in the school, but they
all, secretly if not openly, admire another. The Freshman Class this year is that "next to
best" in most of the upperclassmen's estimations.
Unlike the others, we are divided into two parts, the boys and the girls. We have separate
meetings and different officers, but this does not interfere with our class spirit.
Last fall the Freshmen won the interclass swimming meet. Later on in the year we beat
the other classes in soccer. In March we ran a very close race with the Seniors for first place
in the interclass track meet. In all of these and other competitions we were applauded
for our enthusiastic class spirit.
On the 18th of March, the girls gave a "stag" party, so to speak, at the Y. W. C. A. It
was quite a success, thanks to the appointed committee. The room was decorated in green
Sand white, our class colors, and looked very attractive. During the evening they played
different games, after which delicious cake, sandwiches, and punch were served, which had
Been made by some of the girls.
S All of the Freshmen owe a great deal of credit to our class advisers, Mr.;. Koperski and
Mr. Flint, for this successful year. Whenever advice has been needed they have always
a given us the best possible and they are always ready to help us in any way thev can.
I We all think we did very well in electing our officers, and we wish to thank our presidents,
SMargaret Avers and Elliott Monaco, for their splendid leadership throughout the year.
34 THE ZONIAN.
Editor-in-Chief ........... .. ..... RICHARD JOHNSON
Assistant Editor ... ....... ... ...... ANNA SAPHIR
Staff Adviser.................... Miss ALICE MCMAHON
Business Manager. ............... WILLIAM VAN SICLEN
Assistant Business Manager ....... .... ...JOE DURAN
Circulation Manager ............ ROBERT ROBINSON
Assistant Circulation Manager. ............ JOHN OHLSON
Literary Editor ....... ...... ..GEORGIE GOODHUE
Assistant Literary Editor............. KATHERINE CONGER
Society Editor. ........ .. .... .. .FRANCES BROWN
Assistant Society Editor................. JESSIE BANAN
Exchange Editor ...................... MIRIM HOLLORAs
Assistant Exchange Editor .. ......... Do AT
Alumni Editor.....................\\ILD~ R \W\'iLt I
Assistant Alumni Editor.......... FLoREN CE EPETER. '-
Art Editor............ ........ LE. L GRFEsL
Assistant Art Editor. ................ CH RI L P.ALA\IIJ
Boys' Athletic Editor .................. .J .JOHN FF EN H
Assistant Boys' Athletic Editor........H AHRR G R S BE a R
Girls' Athletic Editor ............... ANGELA KLEI MLk
Assistant Girls' Athletic Editor. .... K i HE RIE si i'. 1
',af, Typist ........... ............JUANrTA ORR
JOHN O LSO. .
Back row. -Vance Hayes, Elliott Monaco, John Ohison (Vice President). Robert Robinson. Thatcher Clisbee. Richard Johnson (President).
Front row.-Marguerite Ayers. Margaret Bardelson. Frances Brown (Secretary). Elizabeth Hearne. Agnes Johnson, Polly James. Jessie Banan.
. . ..Seretar
36 THE ZONIAN.
Back row.-Eugene Cloud, Edward Smith. Hal Cooper, Anna Saphir, Robert Essex. Virginia Whitlock.
Front row.-Sam Bardelson, Robert Bullock. Jack de Castro, Norma Nelson, Otto Helmerichs.
38 THE ZONIAN.
34R-1 3-VA O HE
PANAMA may be considered the cross roads of the world for it is through Panama
that much of the world's commerce passes. The ships that go through the Canal
carry our graduates, with their cargoes, to all parts of the world. For this reason
it has been hard to keep in touch with those who have passed from our horizon.
To those whose whereabouts were known to us we have written, asking them to
contribute some message or greeting for the 1927 Annual. Many have shown us
the greatest courtesy in answering; but we hope that in another year the replies
will be still more numerous.
We thank all those who have given so generously of their time in responding to
our request and in contributing to our columns.
-Wildurr Willing, '26.
-Florence Peterson, '26.
MAW AV, FAWAV, AVn W NW'I!VAlI
I N' \I ii N XII \I\I
EL CENTER, COLOMBIA.
El Centro, our camp, is located about twenty-
eight kilometers from Berranca-Bermeja, the
Colombian town, on the NM.1ldl t.l:i River. The
main offices of the field are located there. This is
my first time in an oil field, and everything has
held a certain fascination. Until I actually saw
the drilling process and the working of the derricks,
I didn't know how oil was taken from the earth.
There is an immense amount of work connected
with an oil field which one never dreams of until
one sees it.
A number of men come here expecting a Para-
dise, and of course they are disappointed. Having
lived in Panama during the construction period,
I came here expecting nothing, hence I was agree-
ably surprised. The living conditions are very
good; and sanitation, as far as possible, is excel-
lent. Our food is very good, and there is plenty
of it. The jungle practically surrounds the camp.
At night there is very little noise with the excep-
tion of the rigs which are working. The nights here
as a rule are wonderful, the air is crisp, and there
are always plenty of stars and usually a moon.
I, personally, am very fond of this place,
but sometimes I am bored with the sameness.
Then I content myself with "there are worse
places than this." You know the old saying:
"Everyone to his own taste."
I should like to hear from some of my friends and
they can reach me by this address:
R. W. ENGELKE,
c/o Tropical Oil Company,
My very best wishes for THE ZONIAN and con-
gratulations for the Class of 1927.
RICHARD W. ENGELKE, '26.
How I wish you could enjoy with me that de-
lightful, ever-new feeling of coming spring that is
now re-awakening Villanova! The grass is green;
the trees are covered with new leaves; birds are
flying about the campus.
On the upper field the baseball team is practis-
ing; on the lower field the football team is having
spring practice. Here and there fellows may be
seen walking in twos and threes along the paths
which wind through the campus. The truck college
atmosphere is found at Villanova.
When I first came, I was lost-one among many
strangers. But that did not last long. The fellows
at Villanova are very friendly. Total strangers
greeted me with a smile and a cheerful "hello."
At once I was made to feel at home-a stranger
The first few days were great fun; meeting new
friends; registering and starting classes. But all
of this was soon stopped, for alas, we were only
Freshmen, and the under dogs.
The Sophomores started it off by making the
Freshmen carry their trunks to their rooms. In
the evening the Freshmen lived in the fear of being
hazed. NiLhrl. the Sophs collected in a room and
brought some poor Freshman there to be hazed.
He was made to dance, sing, and do tricks.
Then came the initiation-a night of terror and
dread. We had to put pajamas on over some old
clothes; we were blindfolded and covered from
head to foot with molasses and feathers. Then
we were introduced to the "hobble-gobbles."
That meant that every time a Soph yelled "hobble-
gobble" we all had to fall on our knees and touch
the ground with our foreheads. Then we were
made to grasp a long rope and march down to
Bryn Mawr, .inoirlig our college songs all the way.
When we reached Bryn Mawr, we were taken
into an empty lot where we were allowed to remove
our blindfolds and walk back to school. What a
sight we were! The Sophs had made a good job of
it, for they had turned off the hot water and we
had to bathe in ice cold water at one o'clock in
Of the many rules which we had to observe, the
one that impressed me the most was the traditional
one of saying "hello" to any and every college man
one met, whether he had ever been seen before or
not. This rule explains the frikil-.lii'. .. shown me
when I first arrived.
Good luck to you all,
WILLIAM WEDWALDT, '26.
42 THE ZONIAN.
EL CENTRO, COLOMBIA.
The one thing that surprised me most when I
came to South America was the difference between
the real South America and the South America
that the American authors write about; therefore
my message will be on this topic.
These so-called authors never get beyond con-
tour lines, vague architecture, and ambiguous
generalties about the natives. They never make a
sunstr glow; never do they giveyou a glimpse of
the glittering green foliage, the talking denizens
df the jungle; never do their encounters with men
and women seem like meetings between human
One time while I was stopping in a little village,
the natri es t lcomcd mnt, but said: "An Americano,
un escribante, stopped himself in this pueblo one
night. We receive him like friends. He, when he
sc fuj@, wrote unkind things about us. For that
we would kill him if he sometime return."
The majority of these authors are so infatuated
with themselves that they fail to see the virtues in
others. Bare feet and dirty faces are to them just
bare feet and dirty faces, and the owner ranks in
their personal card index on the level of bare feet
and dirty faces. They never make an attempt to
get at the soul, at the heart of these people.
They never relax into the courtliness which the
Latin American values above good looks and a
The authors sometimes complain that the people
do not accord them the respect which they think
they deserve. What more can they expect?
They come among these people on shanks' ponies,
dressed like tramps, with manners which match
the appearance, and a yearning for free enter-
tainment and accommodations, and they are re-
ceived as tramps. For this no one is to blame but
themselves. The Latin American decries drabness.
Dress a man in a tuxedo and present him to your
South American and the latter will give him his
family tree. Dress the same man in rags and the
South American will flout him. With the South
American a neat, prosperous appearance is the
open sesame to his friendship, home, and hand of
his daughter; and a bedraggled exterior provokes
his scorn and contempt.
Much success for the lr1- ZONIAN and con-
gratulations to the class of 1927.
CHARLES TROWBRIDGE, '26.
BALBOA, C. Z.
B. H. S. stands for three noble words that I
will always hold in fond remembrance.
I am confident that THE ZoN A N, like almost every
great thing, will be a success with each coming year.
MARY A. McCONAGHY, '26.
BALBOA, C. Z.
The years will always bring memories of the
happy days spent in B. H. S.
I wish THE ZONIAN every success in the future-
may you always uphold its standard.
ELOISE LORING, '26.
I am very far from home and my present work
is very different from my work a year ago. I
often think of my high school days and sincerely
hope this year's ZONIAN will have the same success
as last year's.
Good luck, ZONIAN.
MILDRED OLIVER, '26.
AKRON, NEW YORK.
I wish that all of you could share with me the
wonderful times and experiences I have been
having at Alfred University this past winter.
My best regards to you all and a big success to
this year's ZONIAN.
FRANCES GREENE, '26.
BALBOA, C. Z.
"Absence makes the heart grow fonder,"
as the saying goes. I have often wished I could do
my four years of high school over. I hope the
class of 1927, after two years' absence, will feel the
same as I do.
ALICE OLIVER, '25.
BALBOA, C. Z.
Although I'm working now, I still look back
fondly on the days spent in B. H. S. Best wishes
and success to you all and to THE ZONIAN.
AGNES McDaDE, '25.
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK.
To the members of the class of 1927, 1 extend all
best wishes for their future. And here's good luck
to this year's ZONIAN. May its contents be the
best ever, its sales the biggest ever, and its success
the most ever!
ANITA WOOD LARSON, '23.
(Missi Anita Wood was kind enough to send us
an announcement of her recent marriage to En-
sign Robert Warren Larson, U. S. Navy.)
I am very proud to be a graduate of the Balboa
High School, and I know the class of 1927 will soon
share this same pride in graduation with me. Please
accept my best wishes for the class and for the
success of THE ZONIAN.
HELEN T. HUBER, '22.
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA.
As most of my friends have left the Isthmus, I
was quite surprised and delighted to receive a
letter from the Balboa High School.
Panama is, and always will be, the land of my
dreams, I am sure; and I feel very envious of all
who are fortunate enough to be down there still,
and especially of those still attending school.
I am sure that you have the same marvelous
times that we used to have.
There is nothing I would enjoy more than to
attend one of your alumni meetings, but I will
have to satisfy myself with wishing you all a most
happy and lengthy stay on the Isthmus.
ESTHER L. RYAN.
(Esther L. Frances, '2.)
MARS IS DEAD.
Charles Butters, '26.
Crack of a Serbian pistol!
The echoes died on the air;
Fell the last of the Austrian princes,
With death-dew on his hair.
The nations rose in anger,
As quarrelsome boys arise;
The war drum throbbed in Paris,
And echoed to the skies.
There were sounds of manly marching,
And rumbling armored cars;
The earth was torn with trenches,
And shrapnel's brutal scars.
Valiant were the warriors,
Valiantly they died;
But wails of maids and orphans,
Pursued the bloody tide.
Season followed season,
And year trod after year;
Europe bled in anguish,
Beset with haunting fear.
Then nation after nation
Rose weary from the field;
The victors reeled in triumph,
The vanquished also reeled.
Each feared no more the other-
That had no strength to fear;
Each yearned to be a brother,
The anguished past to clear.
So side by side in council
They sought the reason for
Their woes; and then resolved
To kill the god of war.
Now Mars had been a bully-
A loud-mouthed bragging boor,
Who'd had mankind in shackles
From Troy to Marston Moor.
His sway was ne'er berated,
For none dared say him nay;
With nations separated,
He held his ruthless sway.
But all that has beginning But now the nations, heads together,
Must sometime cease to be; Invoked the dove of peace-
So Europe ceased her sinning- Declared the future all fair weather,
From war at last was free. And bloody Mars deceased.
So now you'll find on Mount Olympus
The hoary gods of yore-
Apollo, Jove, and merry Bacchus,
But no rough god of war.
44 THE ZONIAN.
Betty Jack, '27.
The locks that let the waters through,
Wanted to know what the ocean knew;
For they were young, and the ocean old,
And this is the tale that the ocean told.
"Time out of mind I have washed this sand,
While race after race has ruled the land.
There are stories in plenty of who held sway,
Before the Aztecs, who ruled the day
That the first of the Spanish explorers came,
And claimed the land in his monarch's name.
Others soon followed, and seized the soil,
And forced the natives as slaves to toil,
Or struck out into the great unknown,
For the glory of God, and the Spanish throne.
Then raised by the labor of conquered foes,
The stately city of Panama rose.
The greatest of new world cities then,
It reached the height of its glory when
The pack trains, laden with golden spoil
Of conquered Incas, Spainward did toil,
O'er the Camino Real, through jungle green,
To Porto Bello on the Caribbean.
"But in sixteen hundred and seventy-one,
The sands in the city's glass had run.
For across the Isthmus came NM..r. n's band,
To sack the city, and harry the land,
To murder, pillage, slay, and burn,
And then in triumph, back to turn.
The years rolled on, till there came a day,
When the land revolted from Spanish sway,
Which had grown more feeble, until at last,
In eighteen nineteen it finally passed.
The gold rush of eighteen forty-nine
Saw the start of the railroad line,
Which was built at the cost of a life a tie,
For men laid down their tools to die.
But over the road with its dead scarce cold,
Returning miners carried their gold,
Or new adventurers hurrying on,
Traveled at speed toward the setting sun.
And now we come to the present time,
When another invasion from alien clime
Brought a horde of workers to dig a way,
From the Caribbean to Panama Bay.
The ships of the world now follow the route,
That Balboa took when he first set out,
The Camino Real from shore to shore
And the track that the miners of forty-nine wore."
This is the tale that the ocean told,
As upon Panama's shortest rolled.
C thedrel Tower-Ruins of Old Panama.
46 THE ZONIAN.
M ANY things may be judged by the motive behind them, not by the actual
result. He who looks for the hidden thought, for the kernel within the shell,
shall most often find something of worth. The world is crying for finished products,
for rounded, perfect things; but there is promise of future perfection in the stilted
product of a beginner's pen.
The literary training received in high school isinvaluable to the prospective writer,
for not only does it instruct him in the mechanics of authorship but it teaches him
S literary appreciation. Here it is that the young person learns to love and revere the
j masterpieces that shall afford him the greatest pleasures later on, perhaps when his
S own resources have failed him. Since "there is nothing new under the sun," all
writing must, of consequence, be a sort of "cocktail" of other writings, the dramatic
essence of one, the flowing style of another, the poetic phraseology of a third, until
the finished product is as definitely different as all the others were. All the literary
masterpieces that English-speaking peoples have loved for years have been studied
S and analyzed, and carefully read by our young authors, until it seems as if they
1| must have absorbed, in some small degree, a bit of the skill that has made these
| 0 men and women famous.
I| In these days of concentration upon commerce and business organization, these
S days of soul-killing routine and sales campaigns, a literary appreciation is doubly
S valuable to the person who is to live a complete life. To everyone there comes a
S time when his own thoughts and actions fail to be sufficiently engrossing, and it is
S then that the living characters and the stirring scenes of the great romances, both
of poetry and prose, shall be his to live over again.
With a plea for indulgence are these pages published, in the hope that they
may be viewed with some degree of favor, and appreciated for what they are-the
sincere efforts of a group of sincere young people, endeavoring to give the best
that is in them to the task on hand.
-Georgie Goodhue, '27.
S-Katherine Conger, '27.
I M R a LBLL-,L -6-p -T n Y m
It is the custom for Balboa High School to
conduct an annual short story contest, the winning
stories to be published in THE ZONIAN. This year
two stories were chosen from the entire school and
two were selected from each class. These stories
considered worthy of note were given honorable
mention. The decision was made by a committee
of three, Mrs. William Lawlor, Mrs. Frank
Murray, and Mrs. Seymour Paul. We wish to
take this opportunity of thanking them for the
work they have done, and the great assistance they
have rendered us. Their interest was very keen,
and they gave much valuable time to the stories.
Their decisions were as follows: The best from
the entire school was "A Legend of Old Panama,"
by Betty Bachus, '27; and "The Iron Cross," by
Concepcion Lutz, '29, was given second place.
The winning stories from the Senior Class were
"A Legend of Old Panama," by Betty Bachus, and
"Joseph," by Beverly Harrison. Those stories
receiving honorable mention were "An Excerpt
from the Journal of an Ancient Lady," by Georgie
Goodhue, and "Treasure Chest," by Katherine
Conger. The winning stories from the Junior
Class were "The Sacrifice," by Anna Saphir, and
"The Rebel and Strong Drink," 'i\ Charles
Palacio. Those stories receiving honorable men-
tion were "Children of the Sky," by Gertrude
Harrison, "A Jivaro Trophy," by Elva Smith,
and "He I.eft it to Chance," by Phares Butler.
From the Sophomore Class "The Iron Cross,"
by Concepcion Lutz, and "Juan Herrera's For-
tune," by Kathleen McGuigan were adjudged best.
"The Wayside Shrine," by AL'nji-- Mack was given
honorable mention. The winning Freshman
stories were "The Miser's Whim," by Doris Hal-
let, and "Two Stolen Idols," by Roberta Jacques.
"Daily Life of a Pecora Native," by Margaret
Ayers, and "Brave Indian Boy," by Clyde Butler
received honorable mention.
A LEGEND OF OLD PANAMA.
Betty Bachus, '27.
The late afternoon sun was beating down with a
relentless heat, and my horse and I were just about
ready to drop from exhaustion. Never, it seemed
to me, had I been so tired. Wriuld I ever overtake
the rest of the party ? Since early in the afternoon
I had been seeking them; and now, as it was get-
ting along towards dusk, I was becoming right-
fully anxious. It is no pleasant thing to be wander-
ing along on an unknown trial in the middle of
Chiriqui province with no prospect of food or
shelter. I kept on, however, in the hope of coming
to a hill or some such vantage point from which I
might ascertain, if possible, where I was.
Finally, I was relieved to see a large hill; and
urging Broncho Pete forward, I hurriedly climbed
it. I reached the summit and anxiously scanned
the horizon. At first it seemed as though I were
to be disappointed; but at last I saw a little wisp
of smoke trailing its way upward, coming from
amid a cluster of trees in the valley below. With
renewed hope I quickly sought the fire that was
mothering the smoke. I knew without a doubt
that the smoke I had seen had come from my
friends' campfire. Imagine my feeling when, upon
drawing near, I saw a queer little native hut, and
an old, wrinkled, wizened woman sitting on a
stone in front of the door, calmly smoking her
pipe, and industriously rubbing what seemed to
be some sort of brass ornament.
I knew now that all chances of catching up with
my lost party of friends were gone, that I might
as well make the most of this opportunity that
had presented itself, and ask the old woman if I
at least might not camp near her hut during the
night. These possibilities rapidly presented
themselves, and finally I ventured my question in
"Ah, Senorita, but to be sure, my small hut is
at your disposal," she replied with that innate
courtesy of the Latins.
I tied Broncho Pete to a stump nearby and sat
down beside my newly-acquired hostess. My eye
was caught by the bright glitter of the ornament
she was so carefully :p. lihing ; and curiosity getting
the better of me, I asked her what it was. For
reply she handed to me a tiny golden frog, a thing
of marvelous design and exquisite workmanship.
"Ah," she said, slowly shaking her head, "there
is a sad story woven about that frog."
I, all curiosity, listened caLcrlk as she related it
".lan v, many years ago, when our tribe was
)"unIg, the Conquistadors came and spread
desolation and sorrow in their wake. Our villages
were plundered and burned, our dear ones tortured
and killed, our sons and daughters made slaves.
"Lolita, the most beautiful girl of our tribe,
was taken prisoner. Tall, dark, slender was she,
with beautiful, long, lustrous hair, melting dark
eyes, red lips, and gleaming teeth. Day in and day
out she labored for the cruel Spaniards. Her body
sickened and the ethereal loveliness of her beauty
"She became infatuated with one of the dashing
Conquistadors, Don Carlos. Cruel and heartless
he was, but hiding it all beneath ,an exterior of
smiling suave mannerisms.
"Amusing to this Don Carlos it was that a
mere girl of the tribes should love him, a Knight
of the King.
"'But,' thought he,'through seeming love I can
lure from this Lolita the tribal secrets. I will learn
where their treasures are hidden, and enrich
myself; as well, the coffers of my King.'
"All tenderness he became to the lovely Lolita.
In vain we warned her of his duplicity, but to us
she would pay no heed. At last he learned the
situation of our ancient burial grounds in whose
mounds lay priceless hidden treasures with our
"One night he stole from the village accompanied
by two Spanish slaves. Ah, but he was to enrich
himself; as well as the coffers of his King! Deep
they dug and uncovered a burial mound in which
were innumerable treasures. Eagerly they reached
for the gold. As their fingers clutched the treasure
they were stricken dead. In I)Dn Carlos' fingers
was this golden frong.
"In the morning their dead bodies told the story.
'See,' said the cacique,'what happens to those
who disturb the sleep of the dead!'
"All was clear now to Lolita. She saw how she
had played into his faithless hands. In a frenzy of
grief, she killed herself.
"From that day to this, this golden frog has
been a token of warning to all our young maidens
who would love without the tribe. They shall not
meet the same fate as did the luckless Lolita."
Both of us sat silent for a few minutes, lost in
reverie of those adventurous times. At last the
old Indian woman arose, bade me good night, and
disappeared into the doorway of her hut. I pulled
my blanket around me, lay down on the ground and
went to sleep under the tropical stars. Broncho
Pete whinnied wistfully.
THE IRON CROSS.
Concepci6n Lutz, '29.
I left my tent with my guide to explore the Saint
Joseph's ruins that were farther in than the rest
of the ruins of Old Panama. As there was no path
leading to them we had to cut out .a% through.
We came to an opening about ten feet wide covered
with large stones in such a way that no grass could
grow between them. In the middle was a large,
thick iron cross. It was a plain cross but there was
s'imtnchina majestic about it. Looking closely at it
I read these dates, then almost invisible-"1494-
1564." I asked my guide if he knew anything
about it. He said he did but that he would tell me
of it when we were out of the hot sun. This is the
story I heard sirring under a tree with the tropical
breeze blowing across my face.
"In 1520, a year after Pedrarias Davila founded
the city of Panama, there came to this city a young
Spaniard by the name of Pedro Cairillm,. He was a
young man of twenty-five years, a -tronLe, active
man, and a blacksmith by trade. In those times
when horses and carts were needed for travel and
carrying, a blacksmith was very much in need.
Pedro did not lose time, but built himself a small
shop and fell immediately to work. Soon he had
a' good business started.
"As the village increased in size, so Pedro's
business increased. Many good smiths came to
Panama but none of them succeeded, for they set
to work with their minds on the gold that was being
found. They soon left their shops to go in search
of gold. But Pedro kept his work. Neither did he
become lazy. He was the clock of the village. The
few housewives used to rise when the first 'Tin,
tin, tin' of his hammer was heard, for they knew
that then it was six o'clock. He was known in the
village as 'Our Pedro.' In the evening when he
had finished his work he could be seen smoking
at the door of his shop.
"When Pedro built a small but pretty house
beside his shop there was much gossiping in the
village. When people asked him who was going
to live in the little house he would smile and say:
'You shall see.'
"The next trip of the Carmen brought Pedro
his bride. Then everybody knew why he had
built the little house. Isabela, his bride, was a
happy little person with an eternal, sweet smile
on her lips. Pedro lived very happily with Isabela.
She used to mingle her song with the song of Pedro's
"A son was born to them and they named him
Pedrito. Isabela said that she wanted her son to
be like his father and that the name would help.
But the name did not seem to do so, for as Pedrito
grew up he showed signs of laziness. Two other
sons were born to them, Juan and Pablo. They,
like Pedrito, did not want to work. Instead of
helping their father they used to go fishing. They
were always seen t.L'--thtr. When the people saw
them they said, 'Poor Pedro.' But Pedro did not
seem to care. He went on with his work.
"When Pedrito came of age he went to a neigh-
boring village and there he married the rich
daughter of the Alcalde. Later Juan and Pablo
went to live with them. The people were sur-
prised that Pedro did not stop them.
"Years passed. Pedro and Isabela were old now.
Isabela no longer mingled her voice with the song
of the hammer. The 'tin, tin, tin' of the hammer
grew dim. Now was the time for other smiths to
work and they took advantage of theiropportunity.
The discouraged men encouraged the others to do
steady work. Soon Pedro had nothing to do, for
the young men were putting up new shops and
were taking his work.
"Isabela died leaving Pedro alone, but Pedro
found something to do. He could be seen with a
sack on his back and his eyes on the ground looking
for something. He was looking for pieces of iron,
old nails, rusty screws, or other objects of iron.
The people whispered that his mind was becoming
simple, but as he was harmless they left him alone.
Some even helped him with his task. All the iron
he accumulated in a corner of his old shop and
every night when he added to it his day's work he
would smile. The pile in the corner grew slowly
"Then came a day when Pedro was not seen
abroad. Pedro was sick. He sent for his sons
and asked that Pedrito bring his wife with him.
When his sons arrived he was dying. He was glad
to see them again, but knew that he had only a
little time left in this world. He made them a
sign to approach his bed and said to them:
\1 children, I am dying. The only thing I
ask of you is that you make me an iron cross.
I beseech you to make it for me. To save you ex-
pense I have gathered the iron needed. You will
find it in my shop. I want . He could
not continue-he was dead.
"His sons were surprised at the odd wish of their
father. Pedrito's wife said that they must carry
it out, for it was their father's last wish.
'But how are we going to do it?' they asked,
for they knew nothing of their father's trade.
"The three boys went to work. It was a very
hard task, for they had to melt all the small pieces
of iron into one mass. To make the work less
difficult they divided it. It took them a long time
to make the cross. Ae.:iini the merry 'tin, tin, tin'
of the hammer was heard, at first dim but stronger
every day. Again the sparks of fire flew from the
hot iron and again a sweet voice mingled with the
song of the hammer. It was Pedrito's wife who was
singing to give them strength and courage.
"At last the cross was finished and ready to be
taken to Pedro's grave.
"When they returned from the graveyard, Juan
said: 'I have learned to love this work and I want
to stay here.'
"There was a pause. Then Pedrito said:
'Brothers, I know now why our father wanted us
to make the cross. He wanted to compel us to
work. He picked the little pieces of iron to make
our task harder. As for me, I will stay with Juan
and continue working in this trade.'
'And so will I,' said Pablo.
"They stayed and named their shop 'The Three
Working Brothers.' And there was no man that
could surpass them in business or happiness."
Thus ended my guide.
THE Z )NNIAN.
Beverly Harrison, '28.
I first saw Joseph at the clinic in the spacious
airting room of this "Past-,, rd-m-hospital."i
He was just an ordinary little negro boy, with big
questioning eyes and a humorous mouth. He sat
with the other small black boys waiting to be
called into the "inner shrine" of the doctor's office,
to have throats, ears, and eyes examined-
although one could never imagine anything wrong
with Joseph's eyes.
Joseph was the largest cf a group of four and
seemed to be the moral support of the others, all
of whom had come from the hospital ward in vari-
ous sizes of issued pajamas. In this case it looked
as :huugh the little ones had drawn the big"sleep-
ers" and the larger ones had drawn the small ones.
Joseph, though small, not over eight or nine years
old, was decidedly "in too far;" and his black, pink-
soled feet were hardly on speaking terms with the
extremities of his garment. Patiently he waited,
occasionally whispering reprimands to his com-
panions when they seemed to grow restless, but
never so much as moving a muscle of his own small
My next meeting was a "closeup "as themovie
people say-I stumbled over him, scrubbing the
floor, in our own kitchen one day.
"Why, Katherine, is this your piikaninii\ ?"
"Yes, Mom," said Katherine, who was dili-
gently pressing the famnil linens which she took
care of each week; she was our laundress.
"You never said anything about having any
little folk," I went on.
"Laird, Mi1-, I have five of them. This wan is
the oldest of the lot," said she. And Joseph, with
his wide, friendly grin continued to rub the floor
in a most thorough manner.
"This wan, Joseph, is my right arm, mom,"
continued Katherine in her quaint Jamaican
dialect. "He takes care of the smaller wans at
home when I am away working; and when I get
over-tired or behind with my work, he helps with
that, too. He is a good boy, mom-indeed."
This I could readily believe, as I watched the
small, lithe body so busy completing his task. In
mv thoughts, I compared him to the white children
ofmy acquaintance, many of whom were unable at
his age to dress themselves. I pitied them and
envied J. seph, so able and cheerful, radiating joy
in every move of his body.
"\\hat do your children do for recreation,
Katherine?" I asked.
"They have no time for that, mom," she answer-
ed. "The little wans play about the house a bit,
and on Sundays I dress them all and send them off
to Sunday school. They are glad enough to have
food for their mouths; play does not worry them."
Saying nothing, I resolved in my heart that in
some way Joseph, at least, should have a taste
of the good things of life he so richly earned.
On further inquiry I found that Katherine's
family were of the better class of Jamaicans, but
even the better class have to struggle to live on
the Isthmus, so great are the numbers. Joseph's
father was one of the horde who stayed on after
construction days in preference to returning to his
own native Jamaica. He considered himself a
gentleman; and rather than do menial labor,
which he left to the weaker half of his family, he
chose to run a wee tailoring shop in the front of
their living quarters. These quarters I found a
few days later at number 45.
It was one of those rare, cool, dry season morn-
ings with the trade winds blowing and no hint of
heat or mugginess in the air-just soft balminess
that lured one to the out-of-doors. My thoughts
turned to Joseph-in secret, however, for my
family would have been horrified to know that I
had any serious interest in a little negro boy.
Fverrone about the place was occupied, and I
on some flimsy excuse set out to find him. It
was an adventure to me, too, and my heart thrilled
with the beauty of the morning and the quest in
I had never had a more intimate view of Chorilla
than that seen from Balboa road and I felt strange
and out-of-place. I began exploring the side
streets 1, ,king for the address Katherine had given
me. In the dirty narrow streets, hordes of small
Jamaicans romped. Life had surely taught them
the law of self protection, for they scattered like
black birds at the honking of my automobile horn.
On a small side street leading off from the dis-
trict made up of saloons, dance halls, and other
such places, I found the object of my quest. He
sat with a baby on his lap, at the same time watch-
ing the shop, the baby, and a group of children
playing in the street. If his heart yearned to be
with them, there was no sign of it in his counten-
ance, for his expression was that of perfect peace.
At sight of me his mouth spread into a wide grin
with a vast display of showy teeth. I wonder why
negroes are blessed with such marvelous teeth, or is
it just the contrast of their black skin that gives
the teeth that ldn/.linii whiteness!
"What do you say we go for a ride out to the
Sabanas, Joseph?" I asked.
"Oh, Ml,-, could we?" He gasped with eager
embarrassment and his great eyes shone; but
then after a moment's thought, "I could not leave
the little wans, mom," and he was ready to give
up all thought of going without protest, because
the "little wans" could not be left.
"Can't your father keep them?" I asked im-
"Bur he is not here and I have to watch the
shop and give a mon his clothes."
I am sure I felt far more disappointed than did
Joseph, who expected so little of life; and being
accustomed to having my own way, I was not ready
vet to give up my plan. After due consideration,
I decided to wait until the father returned, hoping
that he might otLer to relieve Joseph of the babies.
But he did not come, and the sun was climbing
higher in the blue sky. I was eager to be off, not
to mention the fact that I felt horribly conspicu-
ous and unnecessary, parked on this sordid street
surrounded by a group of curious-eyed little
By this time Joseph's three other charges ap-
peared on the scene and were announced, rather
than introduced, in Joseph's little old-man way as,
Irene, Anna, and Daniel. The baby was Winifred.
At least Katherine had a sense of symmetry when
it came to names. Daniel especially fitted the
cunning little black baby, not more than three,
who grinned at me from behind his two sisters.
Still no father in evidence, but the "mon"
came for his clothes and relieved our minds of
that obligation; and when an hour passed with no
relief from the babies in sight, I, who was beginning
to be charmed by the whole family anyway, decid-
ed to take them all. Joseph assured me that it
would be perfectly safe to leave the shop to its
fate. Nurhiit lying about looked of much value
Imagine the excitement of washing faces and
getting into best clothes. This I left entirely to
Joseph's management and efforts, waiting outside
in my car until the children appeared-faces shin-
ing and eyes aglow.
Have you ever felt the warmth and radiance of
joy from bringing happiness or pleasure to some-
one? It is a wonderful thing; and I do not mind
announcing that nothing ever gave me more satis-
faction, or to express it more vividly, a greater
thrill, than did taking that r.,tup of pleasure-
hungry little folk for an outing. For children are
children the whole world over-be they black,
white, or n..idicLrntr in color. Too awed by the
occasion to be noisy or hilarious, as our own
children would have been, they sat like wee black
mice-Joseph and the baby in front with me, small
Daniel and the two much-braided girls in the rear
May I remark again that it was a glorious morn-
ing? A smooth road ahead, that wound like a
white ribbon between rows of feathery coconut
palms and l.ini-i',; hibiscus hedges, invited us.
Gorgeous purple and red 1' II.g.In ill.P..i blossoms
shouted to us on every hand, and the sft jasmine-
scented breeze kissed our cheeks, black and white,
We bowled merrily along, first to Old Panama
where the children scrambled about the ruins for
awhile; and then, still not satisfied to take the
happy _ri.I.p back, I decided to drive on down to
Pecora, or at least in that direction. This was a
regretful decision on my part, for many weeks to
come; but who can always be sure of doing what
The need of food being manifested by my own
inner being, I felt sure the call was even greater
with mv guests; so we sought a "chino" store and
I secured a supply of sardines, tinned fruit, and
crackers. We ai .....1 a picnic to the utmost, on
the banks of the lovely Pecora River.
After hilarious wading in the stream and a
drenching or two when the rapids pulled the little
ones down, we thought of home again. During the
whole journey Joseph had never once left the baby
but had carried her about and held her like grim
death. It was very evident that he was going to
have nothing happen to that baby. Yet, through it
all, his cheerful grin never disappeared nor did he
seem to tire or show any desire for skipping off to
stave with the three others who were not much
younger or smaller. I could see the little man was
growing uneasy though, as the shadows began to
lengthen and evening drew near. So shooing the
little black birds again to the car, we set off on
what later proved to be our fateful journey
The road never seemed so beautiful to me. Tall
mahogany trees and jungle growth almost over-
lapping above us made it a veritable lover's lane
for miles, and the numerous bridges over lovely
clear streams never failed to call forth a squeal of
delight from my charges. I did not want to hurry
and miss any of the beauty of the distant moun-
tains or nearer hills, but I felt sure Katherine would
be fretting about her missing progeny, when she
returned-my own family might begin to wonder
too; so I stepped on the gas and resolved to come
another day for my nature study.
There is no twilight hour in the tropics; the day
ends suddenly and darkness falls without warning.
It seemed in a special hurry that day for by the
time we had reached the Juan Diaz bridge, it was
necessary to switch on the lights and we were
still a long way from home. I felt I must hurry
a little faster or both families would be alarmed.
I had told no one where I was going; and although
neighboring eyes had watched me depart with the
children and would no doubt report to Katherine,
I did not want to cause her any undue alarm.
"Well, at least," I thought, "the road has been
surfaced from here on home and though it is
treacherously narrow, there is not much traffic on
The miles were being literally devoured when
suddenly from over the rise of a slope, blinding
lights appeared; so blinding were they that every-
thing else was lost in utter darkness. I attempted
to give the dimming signal, but the oncoming car
was upon me before I had hardly time to think.
There was a sudden sickening crash, and I knew
The next day I awakened in the hospital with a
broken hip, a crushed hand and a badly lacerated
face and head. By my side sat my aunt with a
grave, unsmiling face. I wanted information and
after convincing her that she would best tell me
the worst, this is the story she gave me.
\Ve had been hit by a wild "chiva" driver and
overturned. He had not stopped to assist us, but
had left us and had gone on his way. None
of the children had been seriously hurt-the little
girls had minor bruises and were resting in the
hospital. The baby had escaped without a scratch;
and Joseph, blessed Joseph, although he had
received a cut on his leg had pulled us all out,
bound my bleeding hand with the baby's dress and
gone for help.
It was he who had explained to the policeman
in Spanish, just what had happened; and later
had telephoned my family from a nearby "chino"
store. It was Joseph who had dried the girls'
tears, first examining them for injuries, and quieted
the baby when no one else could. It was little
Joseph no larger than a mite, with his old-man
mind and his heart of gold, who stood at the foot
of my bed this minute with his wide grinning
mouth and big expressive eyes inquiring: "Are
you all right now, mom?"
Anna Saphir, '28.
"MNI,rgan'" gasped the Bishop with ashen
lips and countenance. "Where?"
"NM rgan with two thousand armed men three
miles from the city, in the meadows. They have
had no food for seven da s; but now they have
killed a herd, which was grazing in the meadows,
and are feasting on it. They will attack to-
morrow," panted the trembling slave.
The entire assembly of priests showed visible
signs of terror. Who had thought that Morgan
would dare to attack Panama even though he had
conquered Fort San Lorenzo and New Providence
Island so easily? Like one person they all turned
to the Bishop for him to direct them as usual. He
seemed to know at once what to do.
"Place all the women, children, and jewels on the
galleon. At full tide set sail for Peru. Let all the
men be assembled before my palace. Summon the
infantry! Hide all the gold! Load the cannon!"
Suddenly he stopped; then whispered hoarsely,
"What of Taboga?"
Everyone immediately thought of the beautiful
little island where all was so quiet and peaceful.
"They must be warned," ejaculated His High-
Immediately one of the best-liked priests, Father
Diego, stepped forth. He was no longer young;
but he said forcefully, "HIL'hii-'. I will go. The
young men are needed here."
"Go, Father Diego, and may God be with you!"
The priest made straight for the beach with a lay
brother. Together they searched desperately, but
in vain, for a panga.
Father Diego decided to swim! After he had
stripped himself, he gave his robes to his com-
panion; then with a murmured prayer he dived
out into the water.
The priest swam rather slowly for he knew
swimming twelve miles would require endurance,
especially in a man of his age. He alternated by
swimming the back stroke and then the crawl or
breast stroke. The first six miles were not so bad;
then the unaccustomed muscles of the priest
began to weaken, but steadfastly murmuring his
prayers, Father Diego kept on.
Oh! the island became plainer and clearer to
view! Only one mile and a half more! But, ch
God! what was that black fin that cut the water
so devilishly, coming ever nearer? The priest
attempted to quicken his strokes. That shark
would not get him! His one thought was that he
must get to shore to warn the people.
Through the tiny village of the island a black
ran -lrikilni' that someone was swimming a mile
out and that a shark was but cne hundred meters
from him. A dozen men dashed for their ]..Ing.I .
How they pulled! They had to save that man!
Sacred Virgin, he had gone under! But no, he could
not drown, for the men, with a shout, had pulled
him into the panga. He was unconscious; but after
they had forced spirit through his colorless lips, he
revived. However, he was unable to speak
although he tried convulsively. Finally, he man-
aged to whisper, \I.rg.in' Panama!"-weakly
made the sign of the cross, and closing his eyes in a
very tired way, breathed his last.
On top of the highest hill of Taboga is a large
stone cross under which the priest is said to be
buried. And to this spot come devout islanders
to pray for the spirit of the brave priest who gave
his life that they might live.
Charles Palacio, '2S.
"Juan, General G6mer wants to see you immedi-
ately," barked a soldier in a ragged uniform to a
sleepy individual reposing in the shade of a mango
tree. Juan, also in a tattered uniform, rose grudg-
ingly and walked over to the small, .lil.1,'id:itd,
thatch-roofed hut that served as the General's
A short, stout, tart man was General G6mez.
His Bolshevik-like whiskers and his small, wicked,
blood-shot eyes lent ferocity to his already austere
face. As Juan came in, the General was pacing the
mud floor heavily, his hands clasping and unclasp-
ing behind his back. His troubled countenance
bespoke a weighty problem on his mind.
"Juan," he nqiip;ild, as he caught sight of this
cE ntlt mi n, "you are about to undertake a danger-
ous mission. The government forces have cornered
us and are starving us out. We can't hold out any
longer. Our only chance is to bluff them. Go
over there and threaten them with complete ex-
termination unless they clear out and let us pass.
Tell that long-legged General Le6n that I shall
order my forces to attack his bunch of cowards if
he doesn't move out by morning. Tell him that
Jacinto Aristides G6mez, Commander-in-Chief
of the forces of the true government, sends you."
Poor Juan turned ghastly white as he heard his
audacious General order him to his death, for it
was common knowledge that General Le6n was
a cold-blooded, merciless scoundrel, and he would
not hestitate to order a deserter from his ranks
shot, much less a rebel with such an insolent mes-
"But, General, you are sending me to my death.
I am a married man. What will my poor wife and
children do after I am gone?" wailed the distracted
"Wi.hr'" shouted the indignant old warrior,
"have I a coward in my ranks? Either you go or
I'll put you to a firing squad for insubordination.
Now, get out!" With this the hot-tempered old
man turned on his heels and began to pace the fl. .. r
Poor Juan left in a cold sweat, fully ,. \pi.. rtieg to
THE ZONI AN.
meet his Maker in carrying out the command. Fate
had played him an ugly hand. He was to be a
martyr for his cause. That he of all that little
rebel band should be chosen to deliver the insulting
message of his hot-tempered leader! He went
around the little camp and sorrowfully bade fare-
well to his comrades, and told them what to say to
his relatives when he was dead and gone. It was
really an impressive sight to see poor Juan fondly
embracing his friends for the last time, as a token
of undying friendship. Now Juan, aided by his
tearful and sympathizing friends, made prepara-
tions for his departure. He got a large, white
sheet and tied it to a long bamboo pole. He raised
his emblem of peace high over head, so that it
could be seen a mile away; and with a sick heart,
he marched down the little path to the river where
General Le6n had his army encamped.
Juan's heart beat faster as he advanced step by
step toward the dreaded enemy's lines. At every
turn in the path, he imagined an ambush waiting
"Halt! Who goes there?" challenged a sentinel,
suddenly emerging from a by-path, at the same
time raising a heavy hunting rifle to his shoulder
and aiming at the terror-stricken Juan. One look
down the deep, ominous barrel of the sentinel's
rifle decided Juan. He threw all discretion to the
winds, and, tossing his emblem of peace into the
bushes, whirled around and started hastily to
retrace his steps.
"Halt! Or by the eternal, I'll shoot you full of
Juan stopped short in his retreat, and stood as
if frozen to the ground. The tone in which the
sentinel uttered this last threat was so sincere that
Juan was persuaded to stay. It was fortunate he
stopped, for the grim old soldier would no doubt
have fulfilled his threat. He grabbed Juan's
collar unceremoniously and led him away as one
would a dog. The sentinel took him to a small
shack in a clearing and saluted pompously a lanky
officer wearing a fancy uniform resplendent with
gold lace, medals, and other trimmings.
"Sir," he said, "here is a rebel from old G6mez'
army. He comes with a white flag and desires
The lanky one twirled his waxed mustache
between his delicate fingers, and before giving poor
Juan a chance to speak for himself, said, sarcastic-
"So that old rascal has turned yellow, eh?
He wants peace, does he? I knew he would give
in as soon as his meals began to come irregularly.
Napoleon was right when he said that an army
marches on itsstomach. Well, speak up, what does
the old rascal say ?"
Poor Juan now felt that his career was at a close.
He mustered all his remaining courage, which, by
the way, was very little, and said, in as tirm a voice
as he could command:
"Sir, I am afraid that you are under the wrong
impression. General G(mez does NOT surrender.
He orders me to say to you that his patience is at an
end, and that he a ill kill every one of you, unless
you let us pass."
"\\ar! You dog! How dare you!" cried
General Le6n, red with fury. "When I could crush
your whole band if I had the mind! Pedro!
Pancho! Put this scamp in irons and keep him
on bread and water for a while. As I live and
breathe, I shall do the same to every last one of
them, or I'll know the reason why. Old G6mez
can't bluff me." With this off his mind, the tem-
peramental General Le6n sat down on a bench and
twirled his mustache vigorously, while Juan was
dragged away by the two huskies who had come
at their leader's call.
Juan soon found himself bound and fettered to a
sturdy sapling, with ancient, rusty chains that
clanked every time he moved. In spite of the
heavy and cold chains, Juan actually felt light-
hearted, since the foppish general with the
sanguinary reputation had spared his life, for the
present, at least. But-but, he might be saving
him for a worse fate than shooting. He recalled
that General Le6n had once starved a prisoner to
death, and that he had tortured other victims in
various ways. Juan's blood turned cold as he
remembered the stories and he almost wished that
he had been ordered shot.
Soon the night came, and with it the chill % inds
that penetrated his tattered clothes and left his
body trembling. He moved himself around in an
effort to huddle, and in so doing, he twisted his
chains. He heard a faint snap, and felt his bonds
slip to the ground. His captors had put too much
faith in that old, rusty chain, and a slight strain
had caused a weak link to snap, thus putting Juan
Juan shouted for joy inwardly, but outwardly
kept as still as a mummy, lest the clanking of the
chain attract some zealous sentinel to the spot.
However, ten minutes passed and all was still,
except for the ru-h of the nearby river, the count-
less .hilrplinL and buzzings of jungle creatures,
and the steady snore of the .-lccpi'g men about
him. Juan saw that it was a case of "now or
never;" so he cautiously edged his way out of the
,I,_epiini camp and began to follow the trail back
to the rebel encampment. He had not gone fifty
yards when he came across a body sprawled full
length on the path. Immediately Juan recognized
it as the sentinel who had brought him to General
Le6n. Nearby was a half bottle of rum, of
which the sentinel had evidently been partaking,
and the tF.,. cof which had incapacitated him for
active duty. The temptation of the rum lying
at his feet was too much for Juan, and he lifted the
bottle to his parched lips and took a long and
mighty draught. It entirely revived Juan, so he
took another, and another, and yet another, until
the bottle was empty. It made an entirely new man
of Juan. He had taken just enough to be termed
"dangerous" but not "drunk." Juan decided to
add a few thrills to his escape, and make the
adventure worth the telling.
Accordingly, he went back again and made his
way to a small lean-to where thegovernment party
kept its guns and ammunition. There were dozens
of rifles, swords, bayonets, and machetes piled on
the floor, and rounds of shot heaped in small
crates all around. Juan, exhilarated by the drink
and thus rendered immune to fear, carried the
guns to the river brink nearby and dropped them
one by one noiselessly into the rushing water.
In a few minutes his job was completed, leaving
only the ammunition, useless without guns. Next,
Juan went to fierce General Le6n's shack and
quietly walked in through the open door. On a
cot lay the lanky General, his feet dangling over the
end and the habitual blase expression on his face
transformed by sleep into a foolish, blank grin.
He was snoring noisily, as regularly as he breathed.
Juan gave but a fleeting glance at the General in
the arms of Morpheus, however, and concentrated
his attention on some articles that hung neatly
on a nail on the wall. These were none other than
the Beau Brummel uniform of the vain General
Le6n, which Juan remembered having seen
earlier in the day. Now he went up to them and
cautiously lowered them from the wall. Care-
fully he tucked his trophy under his arm and
slipped noiselessly from the camp that had brought
him such sorrows, and recently such joys. With
a light heart and a reeling brain, for the effects
of the liquor had begun to tell, he walked gaily to
There was a light burning in General G6mez'
little hut, and toward there he turned his steps.
He found General G(mez pacing the floor, his
brow knit with trouble and his grim expression
suggesting anxiety and concern. Imagine his sur-
prise when he caught sight of Juan, whom he had
given up as lost, since he had not returned.
"Juan! Are you here!" cried the amazed old
Juan gave his best military salute and said, in
a manner quite unusual for him when he was sober:
"Sir, I have carried out your instructions to the
best of my ability and I am here to report. I
have disarmed the government troops and thus
rendered them unprepared to meet us in the field of
"What! The devil, you say!" exclaimed the
Thereupon Juan, aided greatly by his alcoholic
imagination, gave a much altered story of his
experiences with the government troops. The
General was forced to believe Juan's story, and
his usual sour disposition was changed into one
almost jovial. He shook Juan's hand again and
again, and slapped him on the back amiably.
"Juan," said the happy old warrior, "you are a
hero. You have saved us from a most critical
situation. I hereby raise you to the position of
colonel, and I authorize you to use your newly
acquired uniform. Also, prepare to attack the
government forces at day break, for now is the
time to take advantage of your heroic deed."
Village of Anton, Panama.
56 THE ZONIAN.
Edgar Taylor, '28.
During the early exploration period in American
history, the Spanish explorers, led by such pictur-
esque characters as Pizzarro, Cortez, Balboa, and
many others, subjected the Indians, plundered
their villages and took their gold. At the crossroads
of the gold traffic stood Old Panama. Old Panama
was a cosmopolitan city whose population was
made up of gold seekers from many nations,
the Spaniards predominating. Attracted by this
wealth, the bishops of Spain came over and built
churches. About one out of every five buildings
was a church, and Old Panama has been called the
"city of too many churches."
As many men of all types were constantly stop-
ping at Old Panama for short periods, it was only
natural that it should be the scene of much activity.
In the many saloons liquor flowed freely; there was
much gambling and consequently many brawls.
In the commercial section, rich merchants display-
ed their silks and other luxuries to the travelers.
The plan was like that of most Spanish cities.
There were many plazas from which flowed the
narrow, winding streets. The city was surrounded
by a high thick wall to protect it from the pirates.
Katherine E. Conger, '27.
The sky is a great teakwood bowl
Polished by careful hands,
And interwrought with silver mesh
To catch and hold the lands.
Suddenly from out a hill
A glimmering streak of light
Comes shooting; other bright blades pierce
The silence-and take flight,
Sweeping ceaselessly in search
Of that dull growing roar
Which comes and goes. They stop.
We've seen the lights at Amador.
OLD PANAMA-1927 MODEL.
;anna Saphir, '28.
," swears the furious motorist
"these Panamanians have a mighty funny way of
mending roads." And the automobile zigzags
perilously between a deep ditch and overturned
barrels. Suddenly the bridge, over which Morgan
crossed, comes into view. Under it stagnates
muddy water, and nearby two men are stapling
barbed wire to a fence. On the opposite side of
the road the convent and the monastery are in
the most dilapidated condition possible. Farther
on are two small thatched huts. Chickens cackle;
goats, dogs, calves, and brown, naked babies
sprawl lazily before the doors.
At last comes the end of the road. A half-mile
of oozy mud forms the vista, for the tide is out.
On either side of the road is a cantina where soft
drinks only are sold. However, the hilarious action
of a party of revelers belies this fact. From the
entrance of the stately cathedral tower, a bull
shambles. An immense porker waddles hurriedly
from under the wheels of the automobile. A
turkey gobbles threateningly at a little black kid,
bleating for its mother. And wondering what it is
all about, a group of tourists gaze in bewilderment
at what was once, before Morgan's time, the
prosperous city of Panama.
Helen Twyman, '27.
Soft mystic spell of enchantment,
Woven of life's sweetest dreams,
Solitude now is most pleasant,
Silence is peace, now it seems.
Sweet lady moon casts a mantle
Soft o'er the tree tops so high;
Silvery dust now lies sparkling
On leaves, sleeping quiet neath the sky.
Dry soothing wind so caressing,
Makes one feel gay, want to dance,
Fills one with strange tender feelings-
This is the spell of romance.
Eyes fill with tears so unwanted,
Throats seem to close up so tight.
Spell of the quiet makes you wonder,
Spell of the tropical night.
ONE POINT OF VIEW.
.Inna Saphir, '28.
There are libraries-and libraries. There are
also many librarians. The following is a descrip-
tion of one particular high school library as seen
from the viewpoint of one particular high school
It is ten minutes past two-time for the library
to open. I obtain the library keys and saunter into
that room. The wind is blowing fiercely; so I
slam the windows down. That door of the closet
where some students keep their books is open
again. I shut it hastily, for I hear footsteps. I
am just in time, too.
"Well! I see that door is shut to-day!" says the
And I dutifully r,;p,.11, "Yes, sir." Now for a
quiet fifteen minutes to study civics.
Suddenly-"A-.-a;-\li- Thomas would like
six books on wild flowers." And I patiently give
the required books to a shy little eighth-grader.
Peace once more; then-
"I want a biography!"
"Is Ben Hur any good?"
"Will Mr. Brown let me read Jfane Eyre?"
A horde of students has descended upon me.
And so the questions continue. I am patient for a
little while. After I check the book of a little
shorn-headed Freshman, he murmurs "Thank you,
A mighty Senior storms in. "Where on earth
can I find The Mind in the Making?" I show him.
Finally, I begin to tire of it all; consequently,
I let loose.
"Jimmy! This library is no recreation hall!
Jack! You're supposed to get books in here, not
look at ZONIANS! How do I know what your
teachers will let you read? Mary and Alice! Stop
that loud talking!"
Suddenly an unnatural quiet descends. The
head of our respected principal is seen peering in
the doorway. At last, the blessed buzzer! I snap
out, "Let me have your pink slips! This place is
shutting up at three sharp."
Now, draw your own conclusions about a school
library. I storm and rage, and yet I wonder what
I would do if I could not have charge of it the
seventh period, when I can enjoy observing the
characteristic timidity of a Freshman, triumph of
a Sophomore, independence of a Junior, and finally
the haughtiness of the Senior.
THE LOTTERY DRAWING.
Louise Kerr, '28.
The lottery drawing takes place every Sunday
morning at lo o'clock in a small office near Cathe-
dral Plaza. The place is always crowded at this
hour; and as I arrived just as the first number
was being drawn, it was very difficult to fin I a
place in which to stand. It happened that I stood
just back of an old Panamanian. It was only with
extreme difficulty that I could see around the old
man; and so, during the intervals of drawing the
numbers, I had ample opportunity to study him.
His thin face was deeply l:ned with innumerable
wrinkles; and his shoulders drooped forward,
causing his bony arms to hang loosely at his side.
In his hand was a solitary ticket. As the first
number-a 4-was placed on the board, his hand
shook so that he almost dropped the ticket.
The second number was drawn-a 6. The old
man's eyes, that a minute ago seemed lifeless,
fairly shone now; and eagerly he looked for the
next number. It was a i. Now the numbers read
4-6-1. Only one more number to be drawn
to complete the first prize! Not being able to stand
the suspense of ,a.irin, the old man made his
way through the throng out on the street. The
last number was drawn-a 7; but there was not
a sign of the eager old figure with the solitary
ticket. The second and third numbers were placed
under the first; and, as the crowd thinned out, I
saw the old man with faltering step approaching
the office. With a decided effort he looked up at
the numbers. His body swayed as though he were
going to fall, but instead he uttered a low, dejected
groan. Upon glancing over his shoulder, I saw in
heavy black letters on the ticket he was loosely
holding, the numbers-4-6---6.
AS I AM.
'aitsv Harvey, '2S.
I have not washed the dishes,
Nor made my iunpled bed;
But out along the roadside
The leaves are turning red.
"'is proper to be tidy,
And cle.nly if you must;
But I'd rather watch the leaves turn red
Than save a house from dust.
RADIO EN LA ZONA DEL CANAL.
Robert C. Essex, '27.
Hace como tres afios muchos de los aficionados
al radio que viven en Balboa, formaron un club
con la idea de construir una estaci6n radiodifusora.
El club se llam6 the Balboa Radio Club. El
cuerpo de seiiales del ej6rcito en France Field
cooper prestindole al club un transmisor radio-
telef6nico de bajopoder. El transmisor se install
en un edificio (que pertenece a la marina) cerca de
los muelles de Balboa. Pero no habia dinero para
operar la estaci6n; se necesitaba comprar gasoline
para el motor que operaba el engendrador el6ctrico
y muebles para el sal6n de radiodifusi6n. Los
fondos necesarios para hacer esto se obtuvieron
vendiendo radior eceptores y parties para construir
los, y tambi6n, asesando a los socios del club una
cuota de entrada de cinco duros.
La estaci6n estaba en operaci6n como tres o
cuatro meses cuando el cuerpo de sefiales pidi6 el
transmisor y el club tuvo que devolverlo a France
Field. Entonces el club decidi6 construir de su
propia cuenta un transmisor de alto poder. A
este tiempo habia un club en Crist6bal y uno en
PanamA. Los tres clubs convinieron en contribuir
su parte de los gastos, pero el de Balboa contribuy6
casi todo el dinero y todo el trabajo. Se pidieron
las parties de los Estados Unidos y cuando llegaron,
armaron el transmisor algunos de los socios en
La estaci6n transmite como un afio bajo el
nombre de NBA con una onda de 375 metros de
longitud, a un poder de entire i.ooo y 1.700 vatios
mientras que la otra tenia un poder de 400 vatios
solamente. El nuevo transmisor da much
satisfacci6n y se ha oido en los Estados Unidos.
Transmite dos o tres veces a la semana. Hay
programs del sal6n de radiodifusi6n suplidos por
talent local, y los domingos se transmit el oficio
divino de una de las iglesias en Balboa. Cuando
no se hace esto, los programs de various sitios de
diversion se transmiten a la estaci6n por lineas
telef6nicas que deben ser balanceadas muy cuida-
Con el establecimiento de la estaci6n radiodi-
fusora ha habido un gran aumento en el nimero de
radiorreceptores y en el interest general en radio.
Muchos de los nifios han construido receptores de
cristal con los cuales obtienen buenos resultados.
Una multitud de receptores de vilvulas se han
construido por los aficionados mis peritos. Se
pueden ver antenas sobre los techos de un gran
nimero de las casas. En la escuela superior se
ha formado un club de los estudiantes para aprender
la construcci6n de radiorreceptores y los nombres
y usos de las varias parties empleadas en la cons-
trucci6n. Tambien algunos de los socios han
aprendido el c6digo international de radio para
poder comprender las estaciones que se sirven de
este m6todo para transmitir despachos.
A GRASS FIRE.
Eloise Lull, '27.
The shrill cadences of a bugle blown in haste
tear the lazy, smoke-laden air of the early after-
noon. With a start the garrison wakes from its
midday languor, and listens with strained atten-
tion to the rise and fall of the notes, which come so
fast that they seem in their haste to trip over each
other. Fire! The word which usually strikes
terror into the hearts of men in this case seems
to have little of its accustomed affect. "Just
another of those confounded grass fires," as one
man puts it, seems to be the general attitude.
The companies form and march to the scene of
action with the fire buckets and old brooms. In
this case it happens to be the target range. The
long, flat, open field with its dry grass affords a
perfect spot for a careless smoker to drop a match
and start a flame, which, under ordinary circum-
stances, would result in nothing but a small charred
area. But in this case the fire has been urged on by
the steady trade wind, which blows it in the direc-
tion of the buildings.
The bucket brigade soon forms, and spreads out
along the whole length of the line of fire. After
unsuccessfully attempting to beat it out with
brooms and shovels, and drown it out with water,
they finally resort to laying a six-foot wide zone of
sand, through which it is almost impossible for the
fire to pass. When occasionally the fire does get
through, it is quickly beaten out by the fighters.
At last the signal for retreat is given and the men
march home, hot, dusty, tired, and covered with
cinders, leaving behind them a blackened waste of
ground, from which an occasional thread of smoke
SUNSET ACROSS THE CANAL.
Helen TwYman, '27.
Of all the things I have seen since I came to
Panama, the sunset across the Canal fascinates
me most. There is a special mountain over which
the sun disappears, and that mountain seems to me
almost a land of dreams.
Whcn the sun is just above the top crest the
rays are so strong it is hard to discern the shape.
Soon, as the sun sinks a little lower, the top ridge
cuts a little piece out of the circle of light. The
Georie Goodhue, '27.
To think that in this whole wide world of ours
There's not a soul that has its counterpart;
There's not a single, solitary heart
That's issued like another. All the hours
This earth has whirled about, bearing its flowers
Of Sin, Deceit, and Death, Life flings its dart,
Hits every) mortal with the self-same art,
Yet each grieves but according to his powers!
Then shall we not, Oh, Omnipresent One,
To whom our little differences are known,
Guess, when our tiny earthly tricks are done-
The seeds that we have come to sow are sown--
That for this very difference Thou'lt receive us,
And of our weighty, worldly woes relieve us?
Eloise Lull, '27.
This rugged hill, clean swept by every wind,
Uplifting to the skies its open face,
Expressing, at the touch of winds that chase
O'er its broad expanse, all moods known to mankind,
Becomes a vantage point from which I find
All things made clear which lie between its base
And a horizon reaching far in space.
On lesser heights, by looming things that bind,
My vision is too much obscured. And so
It is in Life, when through our own mind's eye,
So oft made blind by petty doubts and low,
And held fast-bound in cold convention's sway,
Except when lifted by emotion high,
We do not see the right and blindly stray.
sky then begins to turn a deep orange. As the
sun sinks lower and the sky becomes redder, the
mountain turns almost black against the red back-
ground. There is a little cup in the top of the crest
which I believe, from the dark outline, to be entire-
ly barren except for one tree. This tree is on the
right slope and is shaped like an opened parasol.
The sky changes from red to a deep bluish
purple. The outline grows dim, and now night is
here and the sunset is over.
TO OUR CELLAR DOOR.
Mlarv E. Curry, '27.
O, cellar door, that gave me so much fun
As down your worn and polished face I slid;
First built to shield a passage, as a lid,
Protecting stores from rain and wind and sun.
Your painted face at first was all too stern,
But soon we found beneath that coat so red,
Av \ ll,..r., .to please. The news soon spread,
Then boys and girls alike would wait their turn.
And now, O, cellar door, you're but a memory,
For time has passed and life with all its cares
Has swept away, except in reverie,
Appreciation of the simple fares.
And if I could, back through the years I'd slip,
A %whir, a slide, a scream, a thump, a rip.
A WOULD-BE SONNET.
Marion E. Daniels, '27.
The first eight lines must introduce a thought,
Oh, dear, what possibly could that thought be?
I've tried and tried until it seems to me
That my poor brain is woefully distraught.
There must be five feet to a line; it ought
To rhyme, a-b-b-a and c-d-e.
I've tried so hard to do it right, but see-
The first eight lines are done without the thought!
The outcome in the sextet must be told,
Of thought contained in the preceding part.
A sonnet must be fourteen lines in all.
The ending now to you I must unfold-
My fourteen lines accomplished, I'll depart,
Not t.:.lli,: you one single thing at all!
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SCHOOL CHILDREN STARVING!
A startling discovery was made on
April 4, of the sad plight of some of the
Seniors of B. H. S. The unfortunate
victims, Messrs. Forrest Cheeseman,
Balboa, C. Z., and Randolph Bever-
ley, Balboa Heights, C. Z., told their
story to the sympathetic ears of their
classmates the afternoon of March 31,
and their tale :o affe-ted their instruct-
ress that she sent them to the class
adviser for suggestions.
The two boys have struggled along
this year as best they could; but, as
one of them said pathetically, "To-day
we felt we must have food."
Kind-hearted "Betty B.," as her
friends call Miss Elizabeth Bachus,
Fort Clayton, C. Z., having on her desk
a box of candies given her by an
ardent admirer, generously told For-
rest he could have the whole box. Mr.
Cheeseman, having assuaged his
RATS TO BE IN GREAT DEMAND
Cat Racing Soon to Start in Pan-
Stadium Now Being Built in Bella
Vista by Mr. Solly Toledano.
We have been informed that work is now
being rushed for the completion of a stadium
for cat racing, a sport that is in much vogue in
China at the present time and which will be
introduced here by Mr. Solly Toledano, sports-
man and cake eater.
It has also been announced that the famous
cat trainer and breeder. Mr. Jack De Castro,
is en route from China with 2,000 specimens,
from the best cat-raising farms in the Orient.
Pari-mutual will be sold. Under such
management the enterprise will surely be a
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL HAS A
Mr. Robert Blaney, the budding young poet
of Balboa High School, has been chosen by the
National Poets' \ i.. r.i *, .r ii r i i ,- rre
of Central and '.ii .,i, \rrr Hi; uo ..K I
poems, "Gleanings from a Vacuum," won him
this fame, especially his most-remembered
poem. "To a Buzzard," which will stay in the
hearts of the trop;..d L.-..[- f .'r'-. ,r. His
S;i i.il .1 L .. ri.ii. h in l.-. i l u rl l,, and in-
., .n [,;r 'M'.- rh, ir, n,-J,- hi.r hrrl [Ih name of
P.. I .i-.. i it \ r Bl.tr., A. I 1i hee!
Insist on Attending School Des-
pite Closed Doors.
On Saturday morning, March 26, the school
at Balboa was besieged by a large body of
itu '- ri al. ,1. .d. i l,- d .. doors ir;. dI t.
o,, i'- it, ', ', I- h- Il.r. M r. M ,.( ..m .
m n. r,. ,l ',1 iL' 1, ,i .'r." the crowd by
telling them that this was not a school day.
However, the ambitious students insisted that
teacher hbe sent for and school held.
As a last resort police were called to the
scene to preserve order. Numerous policemen
were stationed around the school for the rest
of the day to avoid similar attacks.
hunger, gave the box to his friend, who,
he knew, was also nearly starving.
The members of the class were unable
to conceal their emotion at such an
occurence, knowing, as they did, the
cause of it. Miss McMahon, who was
in charge of the class, felt it necessary
to inquire as to the cause of the excite-
ment; and she said on inquiry, "I
shall never regret the impulse which
prompted me. It led to the exposure
of such suffering as I had never dream-
ed of. The thought of these poor
children overtaxing their little brains
in attempting to cope with English
literature while longing for enough
food to support life will never leave
The boys were vehement in their
thanks to the girl who gave them the
sustenance they craved. "We owe
it all to her," they said.
BENJAMIN REESE CHOSEN
Mr. Benjamin Reese, the honored :. -trl. i,
of Balboa High School, was chosen S.I.,. .1 \i-
torney for the session of '26 and '27. Mr R,. -.
made his big hit a few days before the first
semester examinations. Miss Whaley, the law
instructor, asked a question which required
deep thought. After asking some of the less
intellectual students, she said: "Benjamin,
what do you think about it?" Ben, rising from
his seat, drowsily answered: "Madam, I was
just dreaming over the matter." and again
retired to his comfortable seat.
MUSICIAN GIVES PIANO RE-
AT BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL
ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY.
Prominent Senior Plays Famous
Irish Song for Schoolmates.
James Doran, the prominent musician of the
Senior Class of the Balboa High School, gave a
delightful piano recital during the noon hour
of March 17, St. Patrick's Day. Jimmy could
not bear to let the day pass without some sort
of an Irish song being played. Accordingly, he
went to the piano in the Assembly and rendered
with great beauty, technique, and feeling that
grand old piece, "The Wearing of the Green."
As the last notes died away, everyone broke into
loud and lingering applause and the smiling
Jimmy was besieged by admirers. The Irish
members of the school were particularly loud
in their praise. We hope that sometime in the
near future this celebrated musician will give us
The inmates of the aquarium were
found dead the morning of March 30.
1927. Murder is suspected. The
police have several clues, which they
are ri-.\r.tir.c- 'i' The funeral will
be i i. ni April 1. 1927. All
friends and relatives are invited to
attend the services, which will take
Solace in the laboratory of Balboa
We have just accepted the post of
Editor of this great and noble organ
of Balboa High School. We are very
grateful for it, as we had reached our
last hot dog, and that only slightly
They tell us that an editorial is sup-
posed to take up great questions of the
day, more or less intelligently-the
less the better. We have carefully
thought it over and decided that this
hair-raising business is the most im-
portant. All the girls have -rarred in
a modest way to let their hair grow,
since they say they are far too often
mistaken for Freshmen boys at the
beginning of the year. This would all
be very well, only they go around
looking shaggy for weeks and then
re.al:rn and bob it again.
\\e think that the Government
ought to do something about it. We
don't know just exactly what, but
something. Maybe a subsidy (what-
ever that is) would fill the bill. Maybe
it would not.
Fellow students, we call upon you
3U31$ilNOIO $ ------ atUuE-3
CHEMIST OF B. H. S.
Earl Dailey Is Almost Unclothed
By Effects of Strong Acid.
On March 22, Early Dailey, chemist of the
Balboa High School chemistry class, spilled
some strong acid, whicrl unfi-rirunr,t.l came
into contact with the t ru,,. r- .I Mr Dailey
and a fellow chemist. it,,- ..,'l u rmd Mr.
Dailey's leg and soon the young chrriri' be-
came aware of the degenerating Irif-t .it the
acid on his trousers. Immediately the alarm
was sounded and Mr N.,riru.p p.amre dashing
to the rescue with a ',.ttl- ,-.I .mmuni. water.
The day was saved; but, unfortunately, Mr.
Dailey's clothing was not. Enough of Mr.
Dailey's attire had been rescued, however, to
allow him to sneak home to rpr.-;r the dsiie,,
Much should be said of Mr. \..rr[rup tlmei
rescue and display of bravery. Herushedtothe
scene without thought of self. :thi. rndanFrring
his noble life. Young Daile: .to-ld heI eafi
without flinching and was calm ihr,.-ugl,.,ji Ith
trying ordeal to which he had been subjected.
UNIQUE HAY RIDE ENJOYED
BY PROMINENT PROFESSOR
AND FAVORITE PUPIL.
Professor L. S. Flint and Randolph Beverley
received a ride to Ancon on the front seat of an
enormous truck used to transport dead leaves
and grass. T'he r,,r,,.urthi .Alrelbra m..adlr a-'d
his favorite curfil h.jlad ',ii Inrermnbl. b-
the police station for a bus. Their patience was
exhausted, great matters were waiting to be
settled, in ij,'. r ..l ,. .i -take Pro ldence,
in the gil:- ..i ia i.cnti. truck N.'o 3ns1 came
to their ..d TIh- intrepid Irea.her begcerd a
ride from th. ri .rl. truck dlri.-r who.e heart
was touched so much by thr ernr,-aleti i.t lie
consented to allow the tired men to ride on the
front seat, providing they did not disturb the
two negro 1l0i.t r. r liw.,:r,-: :I ping Iticr The
rescued men we're ri nu-ii.,o,, .Ih.ut the ride.
even if the truck was loaded high with dead
leaves and dry grass.
SOCIETY-companionship and youth-where can a better example be found than
in dear old Balboa High? Just the mere getting together means all of this-jazzy
noon hours, class meetings, plays, dances, outings, festivals, luncheons-everything
in which youth centers its vitality and delight. Each year there has been an in-
crease in the student body, and with it, a greater enthusiasm in social activities,
for as the old saying goes, "The more the merrier."
None but those who have experienced the same or similar happy moments can
appreciate the wealth of joy which these few pages represent. To the alumni,
let these events recall fond memories, and renew old friendships; and to those
who are to take our places, let them be an incentive to carry on the proud name of
Balboa High with the same whole-hearted and vigorous spirit as ours.
-Frances Brown, '27.
-Jessie Banan, '29.
SENIOR TABOGA OUTING.
The clock of the Army launch announced 2.30
just as she pulled out from Balboa headed for
Taboga. Singing and laughter seemed to possess
the occupants. Yes, it was the Seniors and their
friends on their way for a day of rollicking and
fun on that typical, tropical isle. Four o'clock
found them at Morro Island either donning bathing
suits or knickers for there was to be swimming at
Taboguilla for those who cared to go, and a hike
to the Cross for the others. Great fun was had
in the beautiful surf at Taboguilla, and the hours
seemed to fly for it was not long before all swim-
mers were aboard the launch headed for Morro
Island. Here they found the returned hikers
urging them to hurry and dress for the beach sup-
per that was being prepared. A huge bonfire
was built and it was not long before the fragrant
odors of coffee, roasted wieners and other appetiz-
ing eatables were filling the atmosphere.
Supper over, it was decided that a few games
should be played before going to the Hotel Aspin-
wall. Eight o'clock found the lively group at the
hotel, where Mrs. Malla.y was giving a dance.
Dancing, the lulling of the waves, the whispering
of the palm trees in the breeze, and the tropical
moonlight-what more could have been desired?
Laughter and gaiety bubbled through the happy
crowd, and it was with an almost regretful feeling
that the party boarded the launch at o1 o'clock,
homeward bound. As the last bright lights of the
little village faded out of sight, all felt a deep
affection for the little island which had afforded
them such a day of joy.
JUNIOR TABOGUILLA OUTING.
On the 3d of December, an army launch filled
with a group of merry-makers left Dock 17 at
4 sharp. It was not long before they had
reached their destination and made themselves
at home on the beautiful beach at Taboguilla.
No one was afraid to take a dip in the old ocean,
as "Bill" Allen was the available lifeguard.
Energy was plentiful, as was proved by the races
held on the beach. The lucky winners received
sweet prizes (Hershey bars). Of course the most
outstanding event was that of eating, and it was
not long before the boys had built a huge bonfire
and everyone got down to real business and roasted
wieners. After all had had their fill of pickles,
Eskimo pies, and hot d1-,, "Professor" Northrup
proved himself quite human and played a most
Time simply flew, and it was not long before the
crowd returned to the launch, one boat load after
another. Talk about your Volga Boatmen, they
surely could not hold a candle to "Professor"
Northrup and Tim Mann. It was quite evident
the chaperones, Miss McMahon, Miss Melgaard,
Miss Laws, and Mrs. Bardelson, enjoyed them-
selves just as much as any of the students, and pro-
nounced the time well spent.
We will certainly have to hand it to the Juniors
for their "get up and go" when it comes to having
a good time. That Friday night on the 21st of
January spent at the Y. W. C. A. will long be
remembered by everyone.
The first thing on the program was a comic
boxing match, of four or five rounds, in which
Pugilist "Tim" Mann won the laurels for the
evening. Everyone agreed that the victory was
A pantomime followed, which was read by
"Larry" Golden and enacted by Barbara Hallen
and Thatcher Clisbee, the lovers; Tim Mann, the
father; and John Ohlson, the "vulgar" boatman.
It was well done, and special mention should be
given to those taking the part of the waves.
The remaining part of the evening was spent in
dancing and eating-no wonder everyone had
such a good time!
JUNIOR DANCE AND CARD PARTY.
The month of May introduced one of the most
successful dances and card parties ever given by
Balboa High School. This was engineered by the
Juniors on the evening of M\l. 7, at the Hotel
Tivoli, and an invitation to attend was extended
to the public.
Lew hard's s Canal Zone orchestra presided over
the beautiful ballroom and with jazzy music met
the demands of the enthusiastic dancers. Bridge
and pinochle games were played, and many of the
beautiful prizes of the evening were given to the
winners of these games. "Dance and be merry,"
seemed to be the motto of all, and there is no doubt
that everyone did just this. Balboa High can
feel proud of the way in which her students pro-
duced such a happy and successful evening.
SOPHOMORE TACKY PARTY.
Those attending the Sophomore Tacky Party
given at the Y. W. C. A., Friday evening, April 1,
pronounced it a huge success.
Miss Whaley, the popular class adviser, who was
assisted by Mrs. Robert Hutchings and Mrs.
Herbert Engelke, helped everyone to -nlioy him-
self, although it was not a hard thing to do. Sev-
eral games, such as "Cat" and "Double Letter,"
were played with much enthusiasm; and prizes
of bracelets, music boxes, dolls, and rattles were
awarded to the lucky winners. Since it was a tacky
party, all were dressed in very amusing costumes,
among which those of funny old men, babies,
tramps, and old maids were ridiculously conspicu-
ous. For her unique costume of an old spinster,
Zonabel Demuth received the girl's prize. The
"sure 'nuf" bum, whom we know in daily life as
Joe Hummer, was well-deserving of the boy's prize.
The inevitable "good eats" were present, which
played no little part in the good time. As one
Sophie so well put it: "The only people who have
cast any JisparahinL comments about the Sopho-
more Party are the upper classmen, who tried in
vain to be included anlcng the guests." According
to that statement it must have been good.
FRF.SHiA.N GIRLS' PARTY.
Friday evening, March 19, the Freshman Girls
of Balboa High School gave a party at the Y. W.
C. A. After many games had been played, the
jazzy little phonograph was put to work and the
girls spent the rest of the evening dancing. Mrs.
Koperski, the popular class adviser who was
acting as hostess, had planned delicious refresh-
ments and found little trouble in making the first
activity of the Fre;hman Girls a very successful
FESTIVAL NIGHT AT Y. W. C. A.
The second annual Festival Night of the Balboa
High School Supper Club was held at the Y. W. C.
A., April 9, at 7 o'clock.
The various booths, where hot dogs, candy, ice
cream, frozen suckers, and punch could be pur-
chased, were attractively arranged, to say nothing
of the fish pond, where all young sportsmen could
fish to their hearts' delight, or rather as long as
there was a supply of ten, fifteen, or twenty-five
The first and largest event of the evening was
the heart-rending drama, "WildNell, the Pet of the
Plains," or "Her Final Sacrifice." The story was
of Wild Nell, who, when she saw her lover won
by a fairer maiden, made a supreme sacrifice.
The Indians were preparing to burn the fair one,
Lady Vere de Vere, when \\ild Nell discovered it
and hastened to tell Handsome Harry. The two
were such wild fighters that they soon killed all of
the Indians and saved Lady Vere de Vere. Then
Wild Nell stabbed herself, so that she would not
be in the way of the lovers. The curtain fell on a
scene with dead Indians lying in the background,
and the two lovers bowing their heads in respect
to the sacrifice of the dead Wild Nell, who claimed
The Goop Stunt, the sad chant of a lonesome
goop, was very popular. The talented actress is
concealing her identity.
The last event on the program was a recitation
by Virginia Clement which was quite cleverly
done, showing that women are capable of changing
their minds-many times at ihe most critical
Dancing claimed the rest of an evening that had
met with great success.
SI \'IOR PLAY.
One of the most successful plays of the season
was given by the Senior Class of Balboa High
School, Friday evening, April 22, at the Balboa
Clubhouse. From the time the curtain rose,
interest was intense until the lively plot had come
to a close. "A Bachelor's Honeymoon" met with
great success due as much to the splendid acting
as to the interesting and extremely humorous
Sampson Bachelor, a widower, has just been
secretly married to a beautiful young chorus girl,
Lettie Lamb. The newlyweds steal away to the
groom's country lodge on an island off the coast of
Maine, in order to coneal their secret from Min-
erva, Sampson's older sister, in whose hands his
fortune lies. Instead of being away from their
world, as they had planned, Lettie and Sampson
are unpleasantly surprised by the arrival of James
Howson, one of those nuisances who always present
themselves at a most inopportune moment;
Minerva Bachelor, an aristocrat, arrives, bringing
with her the rest of the uninvited guests. Minerva
is Sampson's sister and she is raising her brother's
twin daughters, Polly and Molly; Polly, a modern
young flapper and excitement seeker; Molly, just
sweet seventeen and the apple of Hector Fournay's
eye. Other intruders are Hector Fournay, a
doctor, former fiance of Lettie Lamb and Molly's
lover; Linda, Mable, Maud, Bessie, and Peggy,
the twins' lawn party guests and lively ones at
that. Seth and Comfort Coffin, the general care-
takers and housekeepers of Sampson's lodge, be-
come quite upset by their employer's peculiar
In order to prevent inMmer\.'s disinheriting
Sampson, and to avoid the possibility of her
reputation being ruined, Iettie poses as Sampson's
cook under contract. The interlacing difficulties
work themselves into such a knot that it seems
next to impossible for disentanglement. However,
the climax comes after Howson has accomplished
his mad-dog episode and lMiLr\.ia has ordered
Sampson to leave his home, and his daughters to
think of him as a "dead one." Sampson then
resolves to defend his wife's honor by a duel with
Fournay and make a clean breast of the affair
When questioned by Minerva, Sampson says he
is going out to shoot, and she naturally thinks he
is going to commit suicide. She hastens to entreat
Lettie to save him, and in return she grants the
young woman .ii. trhiL' that she might desire.
This is the turning point that puts aright the grand
The cast, as they appeared, on the scene, are:
Angela Klemmer, who took the part of Lettie
Lamb and enacted the part of an attractive, witty,
chorus girl to perfection; Stanton Peterson, Samp-
son Bachelor, the newly wedded man whose pre-
dicaments and actions kept the audience in an un-
ceasing strain of laughter; Roberty B1Hmiy, Seth
Coffin, the caretaker, who played his part extreme-
ly well (the whistling especially); Ruth Fraser,
whose inquisitive nature and manner of drawing
conclusions made her a very humorous and lik-
able character; Leslie Banan, James Howson, one
of those general nuisances who are always in-
truding into other people's affairs. Leslie is certain-
ly deserving of the highest praise for his dramatic
talent. Helen French, showed her excellent talent
for acting, as Minerva, an old maid. We must say,
Helen made a matron entirely too attractive to
have ever been a spinster. Betty Granberry fault-
lessly pictured the vim and vigor of a young
flapper, Polly; Ruth Johnson, Molly, proved that
the old fashioned girl is loved as much as her
modernized sister is admired. The roles of Linda,
Mable, .l.ini., Bessie, Peggy, were taken by Ma-
tilda Van Siclen, Janice Grimison, Hagar Ahlfont,
Juanita Orr, and NI.iri.:ln Allen, respectively.
These pretty, lively flappers took their parts quite
naturally. Last, but not least, is Russel Jones
whose role of Hector Fournav was excellently done.
As ever, Mrs. Baker furnished pleasing music
between acts, with her capable orchestra. Let
it be added that the Senior Class owes the success
of this play to Mr. E. L. Hogan, who so graciously
gave his splendid services in directing the play.
66 THE ZONIAN.
Friday evening, M.i1 27, at 8.30, the Junior
Play was given at the Balboa Clubhouse. As every-
one remembers, "Eliza Comes to Stay" proved to
be a great success.
The cast of characters was as follows:
Uncle Stoop Alexander
Herbert, the valet
Eliza Vandam or Dorothy
Aunt Elizabeth Pennybroke
Mrs. Attoway, the nurse
. THATCHER CLISBEE
S STELLA PRICE
The setting is in a bachelor's apartment in New
York. A short resume will help to recall the spicy
plot. Young Sandy Veroll is expecting a ward,
supposedly a golden-haired baby girl, and finds
himself in a predicament when this golden-haired
child turns out to be an awkward, unattractive girl
of eighteen years. He is engaged to an actress, Vera
Lawrence, who breaks the engagement when
learning of Sandy's financial condition, and his
troublesome ward. Matters go from bad to worse.
Eliza falls in love with her guardian, driving him
to distraction and to Europe as well.
Upon his return Sandy finds that his ugly duck-
ling has been transformed into a beautiful, at-
tractive girl, whom he realizes he loves. For his
sake, presumably, Eliza, now Dorothy, has en-
gaged herself to Montague Johnson, and Sandy
makes a desperate attempt to prevent such a
marriage by trying to send her to a convent. At
this, she resolutely determines to leave her guard-
ian and go out into the world to support herself,
whereupon Sandy makes a proposal of marriage in
his wild fear of her leaving. In the meantime news
has come that Vera has married Sandy's wealthy
Uncle Stoop. To make a long story short, they
are married and live happily ever after, as the
story books say.
Let it be added that the splendid acting of the
cast as a whole played no little part in making the
performance a highly enjoyable one.
Yes, we like to sing! That's what makes our
world go "round," and let me tell you, Banan is
right there where it comes to composing words to
what we like to sing. Mrs. Baker gave us a day
off from chorus several days ago and we sang our
class songs. Here are two of our favorites:
BYE-BYE, HIGH SCHOOL.
We're leaving all these halls so gay,
We checked in all our books to day,
Bye, bye, High School.
No more cramming for a "D,"
No more staying after three,
Bye, bye, High School.
Teachers never seemed to understand us,
Oh, what hard looks they all used to hand us!
But, whi!e we make our way thro' life,
We'll think of you thro' all the strife,
High School, bye, bye.
CALL ME BACK, BALBOA HIGH.
(To the tune of "Call Me Back, Pal O' Mine.")
Call me back, Balboa High,
To those days long gone by,
Call me back to your halls once again
In the sweet reverie,
Of that dim memory,
I see you once again.
Though the years come and go,
And though life's ebbing low,
1 shall never forget "Auld Lang Syne."
And the tears come at last,
When I dream of the past,
Of those days spent in old Balboa High.
If you don't believe they are good just try them
on your piano.
SENIOR CAKE SALE.
Congratulations, Seniors, your first activity of
the year was a booming success!
On February Ii, at 2 o'clock, a great crowd
gathered around a table beautifully decorated with
purple bougainvillae, at the entrance of the Balboa
commissary, to feast their eyes on a sight worth
seeing. They not only saw, but also bought, for
the tempting dishes of cakes, salads, baked beans,
candy, fresh rolls, and pies, were irresistible.
Senior class spirit maintained its past record
of good support, and the committee composed of
Agnes Johnson, Ruth Fraser, Matilda Van Siclen,
James Doran, Russel Jones, and Stanton Peterson,
received excellent help and cooperation from
The Chairman, Agnes Johnson, is to be con-
gratulated on the well-planned, and orderly man-
ner in which the activity was engineered to
TALK BY DOCTOR EVANS.
A special assembly was called Friday morning,
February 25, at 8 o'clock; and Assistant Super-
intendent Ben Williams introduced Dr. Evans,
who is closely connected with The Chicago Tribune,
in which he has a department devoted to the teach-
ing of better health and better living. Dr. Evans
is known for his energetic and powerful public work.
He has been honored with many degrees, among
which are the dIlrc- of L. I. D. by Tulane Uni-
versity, and the dce'rcc of Doctor of Public Health
by the University of Mi hiL:.in.
Dr. Evans proceeded to address the assembly on
the subject of "Intelligent Curiosity." In the
room, no sound was audible, except the clear,
ringing tones of Dr. Evans' voice, which held the
The only unpleasant thing about this interesting
talk was that its twenty, minutes' duration was
entirely too short. I am sure that in the years to
come, we will all consider these questions, which
will be very valuable to us in solving many of
At 12 o'clock, on April 27, old Balboa High
seemed to be transformed into a tlirt.r..it place,
and one found on the second t. r of the building a
lunch room. Long white tables holding plates of
sandwiches, cakes, cookies, salads, pickles, and
even a cooler of that refreshing beverage, Delaware
Punch, immediately called the attention, as well as
the appetites, of hungry students and teachers
alike who passed down the long line where they
were promptly served by gay Juniors.
After everyone had answered the call of the wild
(the starved), the orchestra, which was a combina-
tion of Rodger's and Knight's orchestras, afforded
such jazz that no time was lost in finding a dancing
partner and stepping out. Thanks to Mr. Mc-
Commons, we were given a quarter of an hour
extra and it is useless to say that we "jazz-seekers"
made the most of it.
The only sad part of the luncheon was that at
I o'clock we were all students once again, and had
to get down to some conscientious studying.
FIRST A, \M I WLY MEETING.
The first assembly of all the classes was held
Friday, February 4, at 2.45. The purpose for this
meeting was to work up sch ol spirit and yells for the
"Big Game" the following afternoon with Cris-
tobal High, upon which the year's championship
Principal McCommons presented Mr. Bogda,
who stated the specific purpose of this meeting
and urged Balboa High from its lull in school
spirit. Then cheer leader Greene elucidated upon
the manner in which our yells were to be 'i* ,i
and showed us how to do so, with his team-
Barbara Barr, Helen Twyman, Hill'." Rader,
ani "Jew-B)y" Smith. They did their ".r4rf"
and worked up enough school spirit to take Rome
This is the first record of Balboa High's ever
getting down to a real show-down of school spirit
You've got it in you Balboa High, so don't fall
down on the job by forgetting it in the future!
70 THE ZONIAN.
HIGH SCHOOL CALENDAR.
2. We can't wait till Monday comes.
4. Back to the old grind again with a new in-
terest in new teachers, new students, and bald-
5. Business of renewing old friendships.
o1. Sheik Elias returns to our midst from Colom-
13. Miss Currier and our fifteen minute song
period start us out on the right foot.
14. First meeting cf classes. (Class.meetings.)
20. Class advisers are appointed.
21. Election of class officers; Viva Russel Jones,
22. Back to our jazzy noon hours with Banan at
29. The first month goes out with a bang.
i. We miss the old seniors of '26.
4. New teacher. Welcome, Miss Vette!
8. Nominations for ZONIAN staff.
9. Report cards and, oh, what worried faces!
o1. Robert Blaney got a hair cut. Will wonders
12. Wildurr Willing, '26, just can't stay away.
Comes back for a P. G. course.
15. Final election of ZONIAN staff; that means
18. A bird by the name of Static has whispered
that we have a Radio Club.
24. Blessed of all days, Thanksgiving Day,
25. Everyone did the turkey justice.
29. Blue Monday. The four days' rest has
30. Principal McCommons addresses THE
I. Banan gets poetical and composes words to
2. "Little" Henry Knight, Miss Vette's pet, gets
a front seat in American History so he won't miss
3. Junior Taboguilla outing. It was all wet, but
oh, what fun!
6 Senior Valentinos go on barber strike
7. Phy%.ical exams. Doctors out looking for
8. Banan once more in the limelight, featuring
new words to "Black Bird."
9. Senior Play Committee appointed.
13. Gnashing of teeth over senior play.
14. We wonder why Herby Engelke was sent out
of commercial arithmetic with a girl's wooly
15. Misi. Currier is teaching us the Christmas
Carols for the 'ndredth time. Will we never learn?
16. Valentinos prosper! Mustaches and beards
can by recognized on a few.
17. Off for the Christmas holidays. Merry
Christmas to all!
3. Everyone back with good intentions and
4. Miss Currier and Mr. Baker were quietly
married on December 17. We all join in to wish
them every happiness in the world.
5. We also find that Miss Grover has forfeited
her life of single blessedness. Good luck to the
6. Latest fad. Girls wearing bobby-skirts, boys'
ties, shirts, and belts. "Girls will be boys."
7. Seniors' first activity meets with misfortune.
Cake sale prevented by that of Balboa baseball
10. Stella Newbold, '26, visits our old halls.
They just can't keep away.
I1. High School sheiks now wearing girls' slave
bracelets. What has become of our boys?
13. Three rousing cheers; we have a Student
14. English 7 attempts first sonnet-writing. No
one received any laurels.
15. Miss McMaNhoin enters Ancon Hospital.
We're all very sorry-but she made us write those
18. Helen French has also been in the hospital
and returns to-day, bringing good news of Miss
19. Miss Vette tells her history class that the
Civil War Veterans are the dearest and sweetest
old men, and that she just loves them!
20. We notice that Wildurr has taken a fatherly
interest in showing one Annette Gurney around
old Balboa High. We just wonder about that post-
graduate course he came back for.
21. Junior party. Good crowd, good eats, good
24. Everyone joins in a hearty welcome for
26. M i.. Jewell of The Panama Times addresses
THE ZONIAN staff.
27. No snow to-day.
31. The month ended with the last day.
1. Marion Daniels has had her graduation
pictures taken three times and isn't satisfied yet.
'Smatter with those pictures?
2. Powder puffs and lip-sticks busy. ZONIAN
staff pictures taken.
4. \'1.rhtir nature got her dates mixed. Rained
to-day and this is supposed to be dry season.
7. Helen French wants to know why it is that
Mr. Northrup can stand in the back of the room
and hear her whisper up in the front of it.
8. Senior rogue gallery turned into staff. What
9. Will someone please tell Ada Jackson the
exact spot where President Garfield was shot?
I I. Senior cake sale a huge success.
12. John Powell runs off to the interior but re-
turns in time for exams. Tough luck, Johnny;
we feel that we'd like to have done the same.
15. Books open day and night. Cramming for
16. Torture to all present.
17. Words can't express our sentiments.
18. Everyone is worried and worked to death.
21. The misery is over but everyone looks
22. Holiday, thanks to George Washington.
And that's no lie!
23. Miss Frost wants to know why her Spanish
7's can't sing the Panamanian National Anthem.
So do we.
24. Principal McC,.mnmriin goes out to do some
recruiting (to take a vacation).
25. Dr. Evans speaks to us on "Intelligent
Curiosity." Evidently he has not talked to any of
27. Carnival now in full sway. Lessons are for-
28. Report cards. Draw your own conclusions.
I. Return of the Carnival prodigals-the reign
of the Devil is over.
3. Marian Willis has an artistic turn of mind in
history class; but Miss Vette can not appreciate
her drawing a fly on Caesar's nose, in her book.
6. Although we always knew "Dolly" Allen was
a little creature, we were quite taken back when
she told us to-day that she was an ant (aunt).
7. Short stories turned in. Here's where the
8. love's highway is rough-Helen and Forrest
9. English 8 learns that there's a book in the
Administration Building Library on the "Breed
and Variety MI. dlrn Chickens." Probably some
interesting book on the modern flapper.
1o. Helen and Forrest kiss and make up.
14. Earl Dailey shows inclinations towards
being a great penman-stuck finger in ink well
16. The deep basses in chorus got so good that
.Mr,. Baker had to remind them not to accompany
their own solo.
18. Sunny weather to-day; if it doesn't rain.
21. Editor-in-Chief of THE ZONIAN staff has a
22. Dailey once more in the limelight; burns
trousers near to extinction with sulphuric acid in
23. We wonder why Russel blushed so this
morning in chorus, when we sang "Juanita."
24. Spirit worked up at class meetings for inter-
class track meet.
2;. Friday, because Thursday has gone and
Saturday hasn't come yet.
28. Seniors come out the victors in the class
meet, but Freshies surely gave them a run for
29. Heartless English teacher dismisses three
hungry Seniors from class for partaking of the
30. School in mourning-the aquarium died
i. All Fools' Day; Sophies gave a party.
4. Balboa High wins track meet from Cristobal.
6. Stone-hearted Principal wakes Sheik Duran
from beauty nap at sixth period.
7. Mary Curry almost went to sleep in English 8.
Too many parties?
8. First rainfall to-day.
12. Congratulations in order. Betty Bachus
wins short story contest.
13. Easter holiday begins.
18. Back to the old grind again.
19. Poor Barbara Barr has the a hrmuping cough.
20. Helen and Forrest were dismissed from
English for inattentiveness-to the lesson.
22. Laughs galore. Where? Senior play.
25. Ruth Pyle and Angela Klemmer had a hair-
pulling contest to-day when Mrs. Patterson left
the assembly for a few minutes.
26. Frolicsome aeroplane flits by window of
English 8's room-trying to tempt us!
27. We are sorry to learn that Marian Willis'
health is forcing her to leave us.
28. Junior luncheon-good eats and a jazzy
29. Ba bara is whooping no more. Welcome to
our midst, comrade.
i. May Day-it may rain.
3. Another affair progressing. Lonny wins the
fair Muriel's favor.
5. Lost and Found. Very "personal" letter
addressed to "Charlotte." Owner kindly remove
same from Editor's desk. (Row I, seat 12.)
6. The Editor notices that the "Charlotte" note
has been removed.
7. Junior Card Party and Dance at the Tivoli.
o1. Remarkable event of the day-Emma
Mic Keowin had her Spanish lesson prepared.
Ii. Miss Vette says she'd like to go to Haiti to
see the barbarous natives that make human
sacrifices. She's more curious than we are.
12. Annette and Wildurr met for the 'nth time
to-day. Must be a bad case.
13. Unlucky day-for school books.
14. Senior Taboga outing.
16. Ada Jackson tried to put something over
when she said her two-minute current events topic
was too long to give in civics class to-day.
17. Nita Orr had on a new dress to-day.
18. The sorrow of sorrows! The well-beloved
frozen sucker has been ostracized from our society.
You can scarce expect one of our age
To write for the public or the stage;
And if we chance to fall below
Bryant or Edgar Allen Poe,
Don't view us with a critic's eye,
But pass our imperfections by.
21. Miss Vette says she really feels sorry for
some of her civics class who expect to graduate.
An angel in disguise, a sympathetic teacher at last.
23. Junior's treasurer threatening murder to
those delinquent in class dues.
24. Everybody manifesting spring fever-or
rather, mariana fever.
27. Junior Play at Balboa Clubhouse.
30. Robert Robinson and Joe Duran held hands
in English class to-day. That is probably a
demonstration of "brotherly love."
31. It won't be long now, Seniors.
1. Greetings. Summer has come!
2. Assembly clock stopped at 2. Wonder which
one of the freshmen looked at it?
4. Dolly Allen talked fifty miles a second to-day,
and got sent to the office for stamping her feet.
5. Frances Smith wants to know if goats really
eat tin cans.
7. Everyone busy picking out graduation
9. Post office business picks up-"Quituation"
invitations floating all over the country.
10. Junior-Senior banquet.
13. Little Henry Knight no longer gets into
mischief in civics class; he goes to sleep.
14. We wonder what will become of the "Old
Trysting Place" when Nita and Russel graduate?
16. ZONIAN entertainment.
17. Class Night. Seniors night of reign (no-
body got wet though).
19. Baccalaureate sermon at Balboa Union
20. Seniors really begin to look studious.
21. Exams! !!
24. Tears, smiles, and dignified Seniors. Com-
27. Balboa High da\ s are drnaaing to a close.
28. The Ship of '27 has sailed beyond the
horizon. Hail the Seniors of '28.
TO OUR TEACHER.
Warren Gilman, '28.
Just give us time, and by and by,
We'll appear in print before your eye;
Large streams from little fountains flow;
Tall oaks from little acorns grow;
And all great men-like you and me-
Once had to learn their A, 8, C,
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MR 5207-- 10
S EVERYDAY down hereon thelsthmus of Panama beside the far-famedCanal, peo-
ple pass our way from distant shores. We who live here are constantly exchanging
friendly greetings with strangers. It seems only fit and proper that a school so
situated as Balboa High School is, should have a large Exchange Department.
Our aim this year was to increase our Exchange Department; but due to the
slowness of the mails and the great distance that separates us from the majority of
schools, we regret to say that we have not attained the goal for which we strived.
May next year's class have better success.
We are proud of all of our exchanges. From them we gain a knowledge of what
other schools are doing. They render us new ideas and inspiration. We, as a
school, welcome them and hope to hear from them again next year.
-Miriam L. Halloran, '27.
-Dora Watts, '27.
THROUGH THE CRITIC'S EYE.
We received your publication, THE ZONIAN, this week.
Thank you for sending it. Your pictures are fine, especially
those intimate snapshots, and your views. Your whole maga-
zine shows thought in planning it.
Netop, Turners Falls High School,
Turners Falls, Massachusetts.
We think THE ZONIAN is a very interesting magazine, and
are very glad to make the exchange.
Eastonia, East High School,
Salt Lake City, Utah.
We are always eager to welcome the only other annual of the
Canal Zone. The material in your book is splendid, and we
wish you success in your future productions.
Caribbean, Cristohal High School,
Cristobal, Canal Zone.
Hacko, Centenary Collegiate Institute, Hackettstown,
We like THE ZONIAN very much. The original write-ups
are very clever, the jokes are extraordinarily good, and in
general, the entire magazine is fine.
Hacko, Centenary Collegiate Institute,
Hackettstown, N. J.
We wish to say that THE ZONIAN was one of the most inter-
esting of the magazines which have come to our attention.
We shall ie glad to have your school on our exchange list.
The Ledger, High School of Commerce,
Your magazine is very complete and you have ave ery good
literary department. We especially liked your Peek-a-Boo
The Wai[h Hoo, Allegheny High School,
We received a copy of the 1926 issue of THE ZONIAN. It is
an excellent magazine and shows fine cooperation among the
staff members and students. Your joke department is enter-
taining and original. The page entitled "Rogues Gallery" is a
novel idea. We also enjoyed your literary department and
alumni notes. Our one suggestion is that you increase your
The cWhisp, Wilmington High School,
We thank you for exchanging with us and sincerely hope
you will enjoy the Parker Annual as we have THE ZONIAN.
Parker annual Parker High School,
WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE FOLLOWING EXCHANGES:
The Argus, Gardner, Massachusetts.
Cardinal Notes, Girls Commercial High School, Brooklyn,
The Caribbean, Cristobal High School, Cristobal, Canal Zone.
The Eastonia, East High School, Salt I.ake City, Utah.
The Hermes, Hudson Falls High School, Hudson Falls, New
High School Recorder, Saratoga Springs, New York.
The Key, Battle Creek, Michigan.
The Ledger, High School of Commerce, Portland, Oregon.
The Nautilus, Greenville High School, Greeneville, South
Netop, Turners Falls High School, Turners Falls, Massachu-
The Oracle, Jamaica High School, Jamaica, New York.
The Owl, Wellsville High School, Wellsville, New York.
The Parker Annual. Parker High School. Chicago, Illinois.
Red and Wlhite, Iowell High School, San Francisco, Cal-
The Reflector, Ferndale High School, Johnston, Pennsylvania
The IVah Hoo, Allegheny High School, Pittsburg, Pennsyl-
The IVhisp, Wilmington High School, Wilmington, Dela-
The Blotter, High School of Commerce, Portland, Oregon.
Lake Breeze WVeekly, .r h lI'. I, Wisconsin.
Cardinal News, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
The Dakota, High School, Alcester, South Dakota.
The Lowell, Lowell High School, San Francisco, California.
The lVestport Crier, Kansas City, Missouri.
The Zanesuillian, Zanesville, Ohio.
We acknowledge the following late arrivals:
The archive Northeast High School, Philadelphia, Pa.
The Cedar Chest, Toms River High School, Toms River, N. J.
Erasmian, Erasmus Hall High School, Brooklyn, N. Y.
78 THE ZONIAN.
BALBOA High School had a very successful year in athletics. We showed our
superiority in handball, tennis, track,and swimming; butwe fell dow n in baseball.
Our swimming coach, Mr. Grieser, turned out a fine team of swimmers. He
worked very hard with the boys and we express our thanks to him for his services.
Mr. Bogda, physical director, was an important factor in the success we had in
athletics; and we are very grateful to him for his interest in the sports of the
Our school showed that it was not lacking in school spirit. In all of the
interclass and interscholastic meets, a large crowd always came out cheering the
participants. Each class had its own cheer leaders.
With our school spirit and success in athletics we had all that any school could
S- Joni F'.'.i,., "-7.
-Harry Granberry, '28.
SPORTS and athletics have played a very important part in the activities of
Balboa High School this year. Students have shown greater interest and enthusi-
asm than in the past, and more stress and effort have been put forth in that field.
Class spirit has, indeed, been very much in evidence. Teachers and pupils alike
have turned out for all events; cheer leaders have been chosen; bands have been
on the scene; and in general, a true, whole-hearted school spirit has been displayed.
We owe a great deal of our success in athletics, however, to our instructors;
and we wish to express our appreciation to Miss Louise Hanna and Mr. Henry
-Angela Klemmer, '27.
--Katherine Sundquist, '27.
NM MI2MzMNER ~N V EMMV-A ~ yw ylyVA
Back row.-Mr. Bogda (Coach). Ben Reese. WVilliam Wood, Robert Robinson, Richard Johnson (Manager). John French, Earl Dailey,
Front row.-Ernest Russey, Willliam Van Siclen. Roger Williams, Russel Jones (Captain), Thatcher Clisbee.
A series of different games was arranged be-
tween the different classes of Balboa High School.
Although this has not been the custom it was
thought that this was the best and easiest way in
which to pick a team to represent the high school
as a whole. The Seniors came out first in the series,
winning mainly by their hitting ability. The
Juniors came second with the Freshmen next and
the Sophomores last. The result of the games are
17; Sophomores, 1o.
7; Freshmen, 2.
to; Freshmen, 7.
4. Juniors, 9; Sophomores, 4.
5. Freshmen, 8; Sophomores, S.
6. Seniors, 15; Juniors, 7.
Thirteen players were chosen according to their
merits in the above games. They are:
i. Thatcher Clisbee 7. Elias Mihalitsianos
2. Earl Dailey 8. Ernest Russey
3. John French 9. Robert Robinson
4. Richard Johnson 1, i to. Ben Reese
5. Norbert Jones i Win. Van Siclen
6. Russel Jones (Capt.) 12. Roger Williams
13. William Wood
The first game of our scheduled three-game series
with Cristobal was played on the Gold Side. Grider
was Cristobal's twirling choice, while Reese did
mound duty for Balboa. We started out early,
getting to Grider for a one-run lead in the second
which might have been increased but for Clisbee's
mental "boner" when he took his time to reach
second after a caught fly.
80 THE ZONIAN.
Cristobal came back strong in the fourth and
pushed five markers across the platter on one
measly hit, a walk, three or four stolen bases, and
the same number of errors.
We kept pecking away at the offerings of Grider
and in the sixth hammered out two more runs,
but the rally was again cut short by foolish base-
Greene, who succeeded Grider in the seventh,
was in good form and let us down for the rest of the
game without the semblance of a run, and Reese
also kept up his fine heaving.
Loose fielding and loose baserunning beat us,
Clisbee being the chief offender in this respect,
with his four errors and two mental lapses, being
quite ably seconded by the rest of the team,
and though defeat was bitter, it was some conso-
lation to know that Cristobal was not the deter-
The outstanding star of the game was Benny
Reese. He allowed Cristobal but three hits, all
of the bingles being garnered by the tail end of the
batting order, whiffed eleven of the Gold Coasters
and participated in all of our run scoring, driving
in two and scoring the other. Cristobal's shining
light was Greene, with his fine pitching, faultless
work in the field and general heads-up playing,
his work being marred by none of Reese's in-
HOW THE RUNS WERE SCORED.
Balboa.-Reese was hit, stole second, and went
to third on Klunk's passed ball. Russey doubled
over second, scoring Reese. Clisbee singled to
second, Russey holding third. Jones struck out.
Elias flied out to right, Clisbee being doubled off
second for the final out.
Cristobal.-Greene walked and stole second.
Arcia whiffed, but took second and Greene scored
when Clisbee threw the missed third strike into
right. Johnson threw out Bissonnette, Arcia
scoring when Clisbee missed Jones' throw to catch
him at the plate. Days singled to center and stole
second. Peterson walked and Days and he en-
gineered a double steal Grider hit to Elias who
played the ball home, all hands being safe. Grider
stole second. Peterson scored and Grider went to
third on a passed ball, and Grider scored on Reese's
wild heave just afterward. Will and Klunk both
Balboa.-Williams walked. Wood doubled to
left center, Williams holding third. Reese singled
to right, scoring both men. Grider caught Reese
sleeping off first. Russey popped to third. Clisbee
singled to center and stole second. Jones w alked.
Clisbee was caught at third on an attempted double
Balboa High School.
Van Siclen, cf. ................
Williams, ss ........ .........
Wood, If ................... ...
Russey, rf ......................
Clisbee, c. ........... .......
Cristobal High School.
Will, 2b .....................
Klunk, c. ............... . ..
Lowande, ss ................. ..
Greene, p, Ib. ..... ...........
Arcia, If. ..................
Bissonnette, 3b.......... .....
Wikingstad, cf............. .....
Peterson, rf................... .
Grider, p ................. ....
AB. R. H. PO. A. E.
4 0 0 1 o o
3 1 0 1 2 0
4 1 1 o o o
2 I I 2 I 0
4 0 1 0 1 0
4 0 2 10 4 4
3 0 0 8 0 0
4 0 0 2 1 1
i o I o 3 o
29 3 6 24 12 5
AB. R. H.
3 o 0
4 o .o
4 0 0
2 1 o
3 1 o
3 o 0
2 I I
1 O 1
I I I
3 I o
0 0 0
Totals............... ..... 26 5 3 27 I 2
Score by innings.
Team. i. 2. 3. 4. 5- 6.
Balboa........ o I o o 0 2
Cristobal...... o o 0 5 o o
Two-base hit-Wood. Stolen bases-Reese, Russey, Clisbee
(2), Greene (2), Days (2) Peterson (2), Grider. Double plays
Will to Lowande to Greene, Peterson t4 Lowande. Hit
by pitched ball-By Grider Recese Hits-Off Grider, 6 in
6 innings; off Greene, 0 in 3 innings. Struck out-By Reese
ii, by Grider 4, by Greene 2. Base on b.ills-Off Reese 7,
off Grider 4, off Greene I. Earned runs-Balboa 3, Cristobal
o. Left on base-Balboa 5, Cristobal 5. Winning pitcher-
The second game was played on our home
grounds and we drew a huge crowd. Grider was
Cristobal's pitching choice again and we used
Reese who heaved so well in the first encounter.
We got to Grider early again, touching him up
for one unearned run in the first and increased it
by two in the next stanza on Jones' hit, Lowande's
error,Van Siclen'sclout and Johnson's Texas leaguer.
Reese started his off-color work in the fourth,
when after one run had been tallied he obligingly
crowded the sacks, and then pulled out of the hole
by bearing down on Grider and Will.
In the fifth he donated a fat run to the cause
when he allowed Peanuts Days to stroll with the
sacks crowded, Klunk's double and free passes to
both Greene and Arcia telling the story. Then
just for contrast he let Peterson and Bissonnette
down without even a foul.
Reese passed but one man in the sixth and the
outlook began to get rosy, but the seventh hap-
pened to be the next inning. In this frame he
passed the first three men to face him, and a
conference was then called. After a short discus-
sion he was allowed to stay in, mainly on his prior
tendency toward *-riinini.' upon demand. But
Greene scored on an infield out and Bissonnette
unloaded the sacks with a timely double, which
did the damage. Grider got better as the game
went on, and we again finished two jumps behind.
Reese was again the center of attraction. His
free passes balanced his strike outs, and all came
at the wrong time. His generosity both in the
pitcher's and batter's boxes was the deciding
factor, although he gave but six singles, one more
that Grider allowed.
The farmer from Gatun pitched a nice game,
holding the head of our batting order to a row of
zeros, and his fine work is worthy of praise.
One anm.i/ia feature of the game was the ability
of Arcia and Days to populate the cushions, the
pair reaching first eight times out of ten trips to
HOW THE RUNS WERE SCORED.
Balboa.-Williams hit to Bissonnette who
fumbled and then let loose a wild heave, Williams
taking second. Clisbee sacrificed him to third, and
he scored on Wood's long sacrifice to center.
Reese popped to Lowande.
Second I,, i'.''
Balboa.-Russey walked, but was caught steal-
ing. Jones singled and advanced to second on
Lowande's boot of Elias' grounder. Van Siclen
singled over third, Jones stopping at third. With
the infield plvaing in short, Johnson popped a
Texas leaguer over second, scoring Jones and
Elias. Williams lined to Lowande, and Van
Siclen was doubled at second.
Crisloba.--Greene struck out. Arcia .ili.l
and went all the way around when Clisbee missed
Russey's throw. Days and Peterson got four wide
ones apiece. Bissonnette singled, Days holding
third, but all three men were left stranded when
Grider whiffed and Will was caught at first on a
slow roller to second.
Cristoba/.--Klunk doubled, and took third on a
wild pitch. Reese threw Lowande out at first,
Klunk holding third. Greene walked, Arcia also
strolled, and Reese walked in a run by completely
losing control and passing Days. However, he
fanned both Peterson and Bissonnette to end the
Crislobal.-Greene walked for the second time,
and stole second, going to third on a wild heave.
Arcia also walked and stole second on a short passed
ball. Reese filled the bases again when he passed
Days for the fourth time. \\ ll., ii- threw out
Peterson, Greene scoring on the play. Bissonnette
doubled to right center, i.ri. the bases.
Grider fanned, and Will was out on a hit to the
BOX SC'O E.
Cristobal High School.
W ill, 2b ...... .
Klunk, c. .....
Lowande, ss .
Greene, b ...
Arcia, If .
Days, cf .
Peterson, rf ....
Grider, p ....
Totals ..... ..
Balboa High School.
W illiams, ss . ......
Wood, If ... .
Reese, p ...
Elias, 2b. .........
Van Siclen, rf ...
Johnson, 3b... ......
33 5 6 2-
R. H. PO. A.
I 0 2 1
o 0 13 o
1 2 0 0
1 1 1 5
0 1 0 1
32 3 5 2- 10 2
Score by innings.
2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7- 8. 9- T-
o o I I 0 3 0 0- 5
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0- 3
Two-base hits-Klunk, Bissonnette. Sacrifice hits-Clisbee,
Wood. Stolen bases-Reese, Elias, Klunk, Greene. Double
plays-Lowande to Will, Johnson to Elias to Clisbee. Hit
by pitcher-By Reese (Arcia). Struck out-By Reese II,
by Grider 8. Bases on balls-Off Reese io, off Grider 3.
Earned runs-Balboa o, Cristobal 4. Left on bases-Balboa
6, Cristobal Ii. Umpires-Currie and Burgoon.
Thirty contestants entered a tournament to
decide the championship of the school and to pick
the six-man team which was to represent the high
school in all matches. In the finals, Warren Gilman
was defeated by Robert Robinson by the scores
6-6- 6-4, 6-4. In this, Robinson was considered to
be slightly better than his opponent; but as Gil-
man is a fine player, it was expected at any moment
that he would spring a surprise and come through
winning. However, Robinson played a good
and steady game as is shown by the above scores.
The six men that were to make up the team
were picked according to their merit in the tourna-
ment. They were Robert Robinson (captain),
\Wa rr n Gilman,Phares Butler, Earl Dailey, Francis
Butler, and Randolph Beverley. Willard Meredith
eventually defeated Beverley for sixth place.
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL VS. CRISTOBAL HIGH SCHOOL.
Balboa High School made up for last year's
defeat in tennis by winning every match played
against Cristobal High School. The games were
very uninteresting for competition was not
sufficiently keen. The results of the matches were:
Gilman defeated Klunk, 6-2, 6-o.
Robinson defeated Will, 6-1, 6-o.
P. Butler defeated Wikinstad, 6-o, 6-1.
E. Dailey and F. Butler defeated Will and Lowande, 6-2.
This is the first time in three years that Balboa
High School has won in the inter-scholastic games
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL VS. BALBOA HEIGHTS.
The High School eac;il\ defeated the Heights,
winning three matches of the four plaJ ed.
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL fIS. PACIFIC CLUB.
The High School won four marches and lost one.
Gilman lost this onl. match, playing a hard game
against Stapi. At first it was thought that Gil-
man would win, but his opponent was too ex-
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL i'S. P.\NA\MA-BAIBOA.
The High School came out ahead by winning
three matches out of the five played. These were
the closest of any of the games played thus far.
As is customary with the high school spirit, Robin-
son won a hard battle which, up to the end, he was
losing. Gilman won the next match, playing with
great skill. The next games, Phares Butler of the
High School lost. This was a great disappointment
for it was expected that Butler would win. Dailey
and F. Butler lost the next match to Stag and
The High School boys made a ery poor showing
not being able to stand up against the skill of their
opponents. The next match n as doubles and upon
this depended the victory. Robinson and Gilman
won by the scores of 6-2, 6--3, finishing the games
off in great style.
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL VS. .NCON COURT CLUB.
This proved to be the High School's Waterloo.
They lost every match, making it a complete
defeat. Robinson and Gilman lost the first
doubles match, not playing up to their usual form.
The next games were singles. Gilman lost the first,
not being able to stand up against his opponent's
drives. Robinson lost the next match, but by a
very slight score. This was the most exciting
match of the day. P. Butler lost the third singles
game, for his opponent proved too steady for him.
The next match was doubles played by the Butler
brothers. At first it looked as if they were going to
win, but their opponents' experience brought about
the High School boys' ultimate defeat.
These games ended the Balboa High School
tennis season for the year of 1927. All in all, it
was a most successful season, for the High School
lost only one match out of the five played.
Back row.-Mr. Flint (Coach). Phares Butler. Warren Gilman. Robert Robinson (Captain).
Front ror.-Earl Dailey, Francis Butler. Willard Meredith.
This is the first year that soccer has become an
interclass sport; and from the spirit displayed, the
game will be very likely to continue. Soccer will
probably be to us as American football is to the
schools in the United States. The warmness of the
climate prevents us from enjoying this national
sport; so, therefore, soccer naturally takes
American football's place.
Although only a few boys knew how to play
soccer, a large group turned out when it was
announced that this was to be an interclass sport.
Each class was then represented by a team. Three
games were to be played, but unfortunately only
two took place. The Freshmen won from the
Sophomores, and the Seniors beat the Juniors.
The two victors were to play to decide the cham-
pionship, but, as stated before, this game was not
played. It is hoped that next year soccer will
become an interscholastic sport between Cristobal
High School and Balboa High School.
Boys' Swimming Team.
Back ro.--Everett Allen. Henry KEight, Fred Helmeriehs, Leon Greene, Phares Butler, Laureaee Go!den, Mr. Grieser (Coach).
Fr;r.t rJ:.-Edward Corsaitt, Harry Granberry, August Schwinderman, George Halloran, Timothy Mann. Jack Humphrey.
INTERCLASS SWIMMING MEET.
The interclass swimming meet was held at the
Balboa pool before a large crowd. Balboa High
School was well represented. As usual, the
Freshmen handed us another surprise by winning
the meet with a total of 47 points. The Juniors
came next with a total of 42 points followed by a
tie between the Seniors and Sophomores, both
teams having 28 points to their credit.
Fred Helmerichs, of the Senior Class, was the
high honor man, winning the so-yard, ioo-yard,
220-yard swims and also was a member of the
winning relay team.
INTERSCHOLASTIC SWIMMING MEET.
On Saturday, l-clruary 12, at the Washington
\,imminL' pool, the Balboa and Cristobal High
Schools clashed for the Canal Zone Interscholastic
Aquatic Championship for the year of 1927. The
meet was a huge success; the spirit behind it was the
best ever. All of the swimmers and divers were in
top notch form, as the result of their strenuous
training for this annual event. The meet was
characteristic, in that five of the old Canal Zone
interscholastic records were smashed and bright
new ones hung up in their place. Cristobal was in
fine shape and gave our boys a hard battle. The
surprise of the day was when Jack Humphreys,
a Freshman of our school, took the diving cham-
pionship from Cristobal High. For the first time
in five or six years Cristobal High School beat
Balboa High in the relay race. Our boys were up
to their regular standard of swimming but seemed
to be inclined to swim crooked, so disqualifying
themselves in the relay race. The results of the
day were as follows:
5o-yard Crawl Stroke.
1. Jack Klunk (Cristobal). Time, 25 215 seconds. New
2. Fred Helmerichs B ilbo., I
3. Edward Lowande (Cristobal).
5o-yard Breast Stroke.
1. August Schwinderman (Balboa). Time, 3 seconds. New
2. George Halloran (Balboa).
3. Walter Wikingstad (Cristobal).
50-yard Back Stroke.
1. Everett Allen (Balboa). Time, 34 seconds. New record.
2. Harry Granberry (Balboa).
3. Woodford Babbitt (Cristobal).
loo-vard Crawl Stroke.
i. Jack Klunk (Cristobal). Time, 59 I5 seconds. New
2. Fred Helmerichs (Balboa).
3. Edward Dorswitt (Balboa).
22o-yard Crawl Stroke.
i. Edward Dorswitt (Balboa). Time, 2 minutes 53 seconds.
2. August Schwinderman (Balboa).
3. Robert Payne (Cristobal).
I. Cristobal (Jack Klunk, Edward
Babbitt, Foster Tufts).
2. Balboa (disqualified).
i. Jack Humphreys (Balboa).
2. Jack Klunk (Cristobal).
3. Albert Days (Cristobal).
Balboa High School won the meet with a score
of 36 points to Cristobal's 23 points. Of the five
records, Cristobal made two with Klunk taking the
50-yard and loo-yard crawl, and Balboa took
three, with Allen taking the 5o-yard back stroke;
Dorswitt, the 220-yard crawl; and Schwinderman,
the So-yard breast stroke.
In the track meet with Cristobal High School,
Balboa came out with an almost one hundred
per cent victory. We won czcr% event except
the running broad jump. Besides this event, the
only other competition we were given was in the
running high jump. However, George Lowe, a
Freshman, sprang a surprise when he came out first.
Credit should be given to Mr. E. A. Bogda,
physical director, who did everything possible
to put the boys in the right shape. That he did
this very successfully is shown by the results.
The Senior Class came out victorious in the
annual interclass track meet li\ a lead of 3 points
over their nearest rivals, the Freshmen.
The Freshmen seemed assured of victory after
winning the first four events. However, the other
classes did not give up hope. The Seniors were
the most determined and managed to tie the Fresh-
men near the end of the meet. Upon the boys'
high jump, which was the last event, depended the
victors. Leon Greene, a Senior, won this event.
Individual honors in the boys' events go to Roger
Williams, who made 15 points, and Leon Greene,
with 11 points.
Much interest was displayed in handball this
year for the reason that the school developed bet-
ter handball players. In all of the games played,
both in the elimination and in the interscholastic
games, there was always a crowd present to root
for one or another of the players.
Sixteen boys entered in the High School elimina-
tion contest, and the four who came out the
highest made the team. These four boys had to
play each other in order to determine the cham-
pion of Balboa High School. The results were as
William Van Siclen
Earl Dailey ..
I t 2d 3d
21 19 21
14 21 I~
21 19 21
13 21 10
Van Siclen Io 13
After having defeated Van Siclen, Jones became
champion of the High School.
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL VS. CRISTOBAL HIGH SCHOOL.
The Balboa team showed themselves superior
players by winning all nine games from Cristobal
High School. Three matches were played, each
match containing three games.
First match.-This match was between Van Sic-
len of B. H. S. and Iowande of C. H. S. Lowande
was the first to serve the ball but was immediately
put out. Not being satisfied with this alone, Van
Siclen started to get a number of points and it
was not until he had ten points that Lowande stop-
ped this run. As the game went on, the playing
seemed too fast for Lowande. Van Siclen was
master of the game at all times, not having to fear
his opponent at any stage.
The scores were:
ist game. 2d game. 3d game.
21 21 21
13 6 o1
Second match.-This match wavs pla \ed by Dailey
and French of B. H. S. .'.,iinst Peterson and
Klunk of C. H. S., for doubles championship.
For the first few points the teams seemed evenly
matched and it seemed as if the game was going
to be close all the way through. However,
Cristobal's hope of avenging Lowande's defeat was
short-lived for soon IFriimh and DI)ilr:, settled
down, baffling their opponents with cleverness.
The following are the scores:
Dailey and French......
Peterson and Klunk.......
Ist game. 2d game. 3d game.
21 21 21
to 8 I
T6,,r! match.-Russel Jones, captain of the
B. H. S. team, played Charles Will of Cristobal
in this match. In the first game Jones had it all
over Will, placing the ball in the least expected
places. In the second game, which was the closest
of all those played, Will hit his stride. This game
was very fast and both contestants played excel-
lent handball; the object of Jones was to make it a
perfect day for Balboa, while that of Will was to
have Cristobal win at least one game. The final
result was that Jones defeated Will by two small
points. Jones finished this match in great style,
:1lla ini_, Will but four points. The scores were:
1st game. 2d game. 3d game.
Jones. .... ... ... 2i 22 21
W ill ... ... . .... 8 20 4
The team also pla,. cd matches with the Work-
ing Bi\s, Fort Clayton and Quarry Heights,
winning all with comparative ease.
AlthoiiLh bowling is a minor sport at Balboa
High Scho,-,l, much interest was created by it both
in and out of the school. As the competition with
other bowling teams was grcat there was always a
., I-sicJd crowd that came out to witness the
A high school climinatirn was held and the six
who held the highest scores made up the team.
They were Larl Dailey, Robert Blaney, William
Van Siclen, Roger Williams, James Des Londes.
and John French. Besides these players, the
filliMing substituted in somnce ol the games:
Norbert Jones, \\illiam Wood, Archie French,
and Jack Campbell. John French was elected
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Girls' Basket Ball Team.
lack roi.- Ruth Fraser, Dovia Clisbee. (Charlotte Jcieen. Angela Kleiun.r. PBlle Martin. Ethll C'arr.
Front ro.--Rita Dricoll, Marian Allen, Janice Grimison (Captaini) Rae Newhard. Louise Kerr.
The first of the series of basketball games be-
tween the teams of Balboa and Cristobal was play-
ed on the Cristobal playshed floor, February 12,
1927. The game started out fast and continued
snappy throughout. In the first quarter Cristobal
scored four points and Balboa made one point on a
foul. The second quarter ended 6 1, the third
S 2, and the last quarter o1 2, giving Cristobal the
first game. The Balboa centers and guards dis-
played very good pass work and made up the back-
bone of the team, while the forwards played poorly,
passing up many opportunities and possibilities to
make baskets. Both Cristobal and Balboa teams
showed excellent spirit and sportsmanship. Bal-
88 THE ZONIAN.
boa, although the losers, put up an especially good
game. considering that they played under the
handicap of having a team composed of allnew
players, with the exception of the center.
The line-ups were as follows:
Marian Boomer, F. Ethel Carr, F.
Helen Montgomery, F. Janice Grimison, F.
Dorothy Svensson, C. Louise Kerr, F.
Dorothy Wertz, S. C. Charlotte Jensen, F.
Evangeline Smith, G. Angela Klemmer, C.
Ethel Westman, G. Marian Allen, S. C.
Ruth Johnson, G.
Belle Martin, G.
Ruth Fraser, G.
The second or return game was held on the home
floor, Balboa playshed court, February 26. The
Balboa girls were determined to win this game,
for to lose it to Cristobal would mean to lose the
series. The first quarter looked like a walkaway
for Cristobal, for when the time was up the score
was 4 to o in favor of Cristobal. The second
quarter ended also in Cristobal's favor with the
total of 6-2. In the last half, however, Balboa
forged ahead, making 3 points in the third quarter
and 4 in the last, to Cristobal's 2 points. Thus
ended the game in a victory for the home team.
Balboa showed good teamwork and a marked
improvement over their previous playing. It
would be unfair to say that any individual stood
forth in the game, for the entire team was in good
shape and did its best. Cristobal had the same
team as before, but Balboa's was somewhat
Ethel Carr, F.
Rae Nehmj, T F.
Janice Grimison, F.
Angela Klemmer, C.
Marian Allen, S. C.
Ruth Fraser, G.
Ruth Johnson, G.
Marion Boomer, F.
Helen Montgomery, F.
Dorothy Svensson, C.
Dorothy Wertz, S. C.
Evangeline Smith, G.
Ethel Westman, G.
Cristobal met us on the Pedro ligucl floor,
March 5, for the third or decisive game of the
series. Excitement ran high, for both teams were
equally anxious to win. Finally, the whistle blew
and the girls took their places on the floor. The
players put forth all their effort and pep, hoping to
bring their side to victory. Balboa, in the first
quarter made one basket, while Cristobal failed to
score. The score 2-0 remained unchanged during
the entire game. Balboa thus winning the series.
The teams played as they never had before, and
the Balboa guards did better than ever. Balboa's
team was just a little different from last time;
Rae Newhard and Ethel Carr playing forward;
andJaniceGrimison and Ruth Fraser pla ingguard.
Although the girls won the game, much honor
and credit is due Miss Hanna, our instructor, who
so willingly devoted her time and patience in
coaching a new team. Just a word for Cristobal.
Cristobal had an excellent team. \'e congratulate
them on their playing and acknowledge them to be
good sports, and we hope to have the pleasureof
meeting them again soon.
The girls this year, more than ever, seemed to
have taken agreatinterest in tennis. Over twenty
girls participated in the tournament, which started
in November and lasted through December. All
entrants did exceptionally well, and when the
games were played off, Cary W\alker and Eva de la
Pena were the two left to play the finals which
were to decide the winner. The game was schedul-
ed for December 16, and proved to be very exciting,
both girls being evenly matched. Cary Walker,
however, finally carried off the laurels, the score
being 8-6, 6-2. This left Eva de la Pena and Ethel
Carr tied for second place. In playing off the tie,
Eva defeated Ethel, thus winning second place
and giving third to Ethel. All those taking part
in the tournament deserve hunorable mention,
and make up a squad any school would be proud
to have bear its colors.
Saturday, April 3oth, the Cristobal girls met
us on our courts for the Interscholastic Tennis
Tournament. Our girls were in splendid form
and had little or no difficulty in defeating their
opponents. Carey Walker, Virginia Ewing, and
Louise Martin, made up the Balboa team and
displayed some very good playing. Virginia
Ewing and Louise Martin defeated Dorothy
Wertz and Marian Boomer of Cristobal in the
doubles, by a score of 6-1, 6-0, while Carey Walker
took the singles from Helen Montgomery of
Cristobal, 6-0 6-I.
The Senior Class came out victorious in the
annual interclass track meet of the Balboa High
School, which was held March 26, at the Balboa
Stadium, by a lead of 3 points over the Freshmen,
theirnearest rivals. Themeet was a combined boys'
andgirls'meet with total of 15 events. Individual
honors in the girls' events go to Rae Newhard
with i i points and Jessie Banan with Io points.
The Girls' Interschool Track and Field Meet,
April 3oth, at the Balboa Stadium, proved very
successful and all our best athletes were present
to help carry their school to victory. Balboa,
as in all other matches and meets, beat Cristobal.
Our triumph was evident from the very first,
winning a great number of points to Cristobal's
few, and taking the meet by the overwhelming
score of 54-5. Rae Newhard won the greatest
number of individual points, ii', Amelia Hutch-
ings being second with II.
Girls' Swimming Team.
Mr. Grieser (Coach), Louise Kerr, Doia C'lisbee. Elizabeth Hirsh, Elsbeth Whaler ,Jessie Banan, Angela Klemmer.
SW I \1 \11NG.
January 20th, at 3.30 p. m., an interclass swim-
ming meet was held at Balboa. Very few girl
swimmers turned out for the event, although there
was some good material. To Elizabeth Hirsh goes
the honor of winning the greatest number of
individual points for the girls. The Freshmen
walked away with the other classes in the meet,
taking the high total of 48 points. The Juniors
were second with 42 points, and the Sophomores
and Seniors tied for third place with 28 points each.
Balboa High School defeated Cristobal High
School by a 27-23 score in the Canal Zone inter-
high school sAimnming meet for girls, which was
held at the Hotel \WaV, hiLr-E.n Pool on .lai 7,
1927. Angela Klemmer, of Balboa, was high-
point winner and compiled a total of 13 points by
winning two firsts and one second place. Marian
Boomer was Cristobal's star with a total of 94
points, garnered from one first, one second place,
and being a member of the winning relay team.
3o-yard Free Style.
1. Angela Klemmer, Balboa. 17 2/5 e:zonds.
2. Marian Boomer, Cristobal.
3. Louise Martin. Balboa.
3o-vard Breast Stroke.
i. Louise Kerr, Balboa. 25 seconds.
2. Kathryn Lambert, Cristobal.
3. Euphemia Woolnough, Cristobal.
.o-yard Back .Mroke.
i. Marian Boomer. Cristobal :i 3 seconds.
2. Aneela Klemmer, Balboa.
3. Kathryn Lamberr, Cristobal.
60-v ard Free S.v!e.
i. Elizabeth halerer, Balboa. 45 :.' seconds.
2. Lucille He.,rne, Balboa
3. Rita Joce, Cristob ..
Angela Klemmer, Balboa.
Rita Joce, Cristobal.
Dorothy Helm, Crisrobal.
i. Cristobal .Idrault I.
(.i;irl Bi h'l Team
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Tno much can not be said about the spirit and
enthusiasm which was display' ed in bowling. The
girls turned out faithfully every \ednesdayv for
practice and were in good t'rm f1r the first match
which was bowled with Pedro Miguel on the
Balboa alleys. The game was arranged for Decem-
ber 4, and the following girls were chosen for the
team: Ruth Johnson, Matilda Van Siclen, Angela
Klemmer, Juanita Orr, Violet Stroop, and Ruth
Fraser. Although Pedro Miguel had no well-
,irganized team, they were good sports and put up
a good showing. During the entire tournament we
were lar in the lead, the final score ending in a
decisive victorN for Balboa.
A return match was held on the Pedro Miguel
alleys, December Is. A change, however, was
made in our team, substituting Flores Smith,
Anita Hudson, and Jeannette Bruland, for Matilda
Van Siclen, Juanita Orr, and Violet Stroop. This
time Balboa did not have such easy picking as
before, and Pedro Miguel won the first game,
making Balboa step. But luck did not stay with
them, for we won the next two games, again
bringing home the bacon.
ANCON, C. Z.
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Mrs. Koperski.-"Ruth PyNle, will you nei!ver
learn to gather?"
Ruth (exasperated).-"Aw, gee, I can't make
my wrist shimmy, Mrs. Koperski."
Miss I'halev.-"Janice, give an example of
humanity in its very simplest form."
Jantice G.-"A Freshman."
Mr. Northrup.-"I think that was the worst
lesson we ever had, and I did most of the reciting
Mrs. Patterson.--John, did you spit in the
.ohn P.-"No, I missed it."
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English teacher (to Elias who is writing in auto-
graph album).-"What are you writing in that
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Mr. Hogan (to stage hand).-"All right, run
up the curtain."
JohnF.-"Huh, Do you think I am a monkey?"
Teacher (to Freshman in Commercial Arith-
metic class).-"You should sleep before coming:
Freshman.-"Sorry, I only have one period
before this class."
Russel (in class meeting).-"We are gathered
here to-day- -"
(Heard from the back of the room).-".Any one
would think that we were a bunch of grapes."
Leon Greene.-"Say, what do you think of my
family tree, Doran?"
Doran.-"Well, the tree may be a good one, all
right, but it seems to me that the crop was a
Miss McMahon.-"Yes, Norbert, an Indian's
wife is called a squaw. Who knows what the little
baby Indians are called?"
Norbert.-"I know, teacher-squawkers."
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Richard J.-"I want to do something big and
clean before I die."
Helen M. makingh a suggestion).- "Why
not wash an elephant?"
Stanton Peterson (on the telephone).-"Hello!
Is this the weather bureau? How about that
Weather Bureau.-"Don't ask US. If you need
one, take it."
Herbert E.-"Are you going to the Hallowe'en
dance to-night, Dolly?"
Dolly Allen.-"Sure, I'm going as a milk maid."
Herbert.-"But you're too small to go as a
Dolly.-"Well, then, stupid, I'll go as a condens-
ed milk maid."
Teacher.-"Nw,, if I stand on my head the
blood all rushes to my head, doesn't it?"
Teacher.-"Well, when I stand on my feet, why
doesn't the blood all rush to my feet?"
Class.-"Because your feet are not empty."
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Teacher.-"How many seconds make a minute
Willie.-"Masculine or feminine?"
Teacher.-"What do you mean by masculine
Willie.-"There's a big difference. When father
says he'll be down in a minute, it takes him sixty
seconds; but sister's minutes contain six hundred
Farmer Corntassel.-"I can't find any old clothes
to put on the scarecrow."
Wife.-"You might use some of the fancy duds
our boy Josh brought home from school."
Farmer Corntassel (quite disgusted).-"I'm try-
ing to scare crows, not tickle them to death."
Joe Duran.-"Oh, yes, I have quite a reputation
as a lady-killer."
Betty G.-"Of course! I suppose you bore them
Pat Doran.-"Hey, foolish!"
Greene.-"Gosh, there he goes talking to himself
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"Dear sir," wrote the anxious mother, "I am
afraid Johnny is not trying enough."
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"you may rest assured that Johnny is trying
enough. To be perfectly honest, he is the most
trying boy in the class."
Miss Whaley.-"Ben, can you tell me what a
Ben Reese.-"Yes, ma'am. It's a boy that comes
to school with a smile on his face."
Mr. McCommons (in physics class).-"Here it is
Monday. Tomorrow will be Tuesday, and the
next day will be Wednesday. The whole week
half gone and nothing done yet."
Leon Greene.-"I've just been reading that the
aviators to-day can do anything a bird can do.
Yes, sir, they've got the thlji': down so fine that
there isn't a bird alive that has anything on them."
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