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Aaron, Fannie | to Mother, Father, and Pete, 1919 November 6


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November 6, 1919.

Dear Mother, Father,,and Pete:

I got to the library immediately after lunch yesterday, but somebody must have skipped lunch to get the French book, consequently I could not get my work done for today. Hardly anyone cared. Champy told us to do it for Monday, in the meantime she gave a huge assignment for Monday, so that means four hours of French over the week-end.

The Dartmouth Glee Club was here yesterday afternoon and gave a concert. Having paid fifty good cents of my money when they came around solliciting, I decided to go. Altogether the think might have been improved upon. I expected many more college songs and much less vaudeville. I have never seen such excitement here. The girls of our Glee Club entertained them, took them to chapel and then to the Inn for dinner. No one's thought were centered on the service in chapel--I should say their eyes were centered on the guest seats. They must have had a good time, because most of them were still here today. In fact in English, about ten of the passed one by one on girl's bikes, and the girl who was reciting stopped in the middle of her sentence, while the whole class, including Miss Kitchel, watched them pass. I think it is the last time a Glee Club will be invited to Vassar. It reminded me of one of the earthquakes, "not of a physicla[sic] nature", that Pres. McC. spoke of at Convocation.

Tuesday afternoon I had planned to get a lot of work done, but I got the first bad headache I had had since I was here, so I decided to take a fresh-air cure. I stumbled upon the French girl, and we walked to the cider mill. I surely enjoy talking to her, and I am equally sure she enjoys not having to talk English.

I had my English conference yesterday morning. Miss Kitchel was the exact opposite of Miss Buck. When I went in I told her for heavens' sake to not make me feel the was Miss Buck made me feel. She evidently knew the feeling, and told me I had no occasion to feel that way. She went over the themes I have written since I am in her class. Most of her criticism was favorable. She then proceeded to tell me about the standing of our class as a section. She said it is supposed to be a very good section. It is called a middle section, however. She said she had a middle and top section last year, and at the end of the year she considered that the middle section had done the more intelligent and interesting work of the two. She said Miss Buck's division was organized, not for general ability, but for writing. The girls she got were supposed to have a particular nack at writing.

We are to start our work on the "Atlantic Monthly". I read a rather dry essay by Prof. Salmon on "What is Modern History", as class work for today. Didn't you have her?


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We had a twenty minute sight translation written exam in Latin yesterday. I don't think I starred, but I don't think anybody else did either.

The history topic conference comes tonight!

The package from the drug store came today.

I went up to Helen's room to ask her for her cap and gown for Saturday night. I imagine everybody will be wearing them, too. I may wear my riding habit. I will not use the thing Aunt Hattie sent. That embroidered scarf is entirely too fine to use, for one thing, and then besides I cannot see what particular good the costume would do. I wish I had some good inspiration. Helen Reid wants to write well, so she is going to be covered with pens and newspapers, and ink spots, and tie my old typewriter ribbon around her waist. (You might be glad if I gave her this one).

Pete, I suppose you have been hearing about the Student Conference in Des Moines in Christmas Vacation. The presidents of Students and the Christian Association were the committee of choosing delegates from V. We are allowed twelve. They choose twelve additional ones, in case we should be allowed more. Ruth Franklin is one of the second twelve. I think that speaks very well for her, because they were chosen on the basis of who could best represent the college.

I went up to see Lucy for a few minutes before dinner yesterday. I had not seen her for almost two weeks. Marjorie Peck is coming up for Junior Party.

I had joined the Red Cross before I heard from you, Mother. I would rather give them money than the Christ an Association Missionary Fund, so it is all right.

Today is Pay Day. I shall run the risk of joining the Christian Association without hearing from you.

Mother, you made me laugh the way you labelled the Temple Bulletin that Father was for unassigned pews. Where do you think I have been sleeping?

I don't know what I am going to do this winter. I am wearing a serge dress and winter coat, and am still cold outside. This surely is a blustery place.



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Edwards, Hibben, Roper Address Mass Meeting
All Three Confident of Victory Over Harvard and Yale in Spite of Past Defeats.
Monster P-rade, Led by Band, Is Jubilant—'Lamb' Heyniger Leads 'Old Nassau'.

"I make no predictions, but I don't believe that the Princeton team can be beaten". "Big Bill" Edwards crystallized the spirit of the entire gathering in this short sentence at the football mass meeting last night.
Forming at the Cannon at 8, the entire undergraduate body P-raded over the campus, headed by the band, and into Alexander Hall. After several cheers, E. Harris 1920 called the .attention of the meeting to the fact that because of the prom and the resultant number of girls who will be present, the number of seats that have been reserved in the cheering section for the Harvard game is the smallest for years.

Brings Encouraging Message. , Because of this fact it will be necessary for every man, wherever he may sit, to cheer, and for them to cheer with all the spirit and noise that they can muster. He was followed l)y J. K. Strubing 1920, who introduced "Big Bill" Edwards.
Edwards took as his text the Bible quotation "Forgetting those things which are behind, I press on." From this he showed how the two games which the Varsity have lost should be the greatest help that they could have. "When any one mentions theöe two games to me", he said, always ask them if they saw what Princeton was up against. I was told by no less authority than Walter Camp that any team in the country which faced West Virginia last Saturday would have been beaten."
After citing numerous examples of Princeton spirit, the speaker said that while he had at times heard the contrary, the spirit shown by the undergraduate body at present is the best that he has seen in his connection of over twenty years with Princeton.

Last Championship Team.
He was followed by President Hibben, who stated that the last time he had been on the same stage with "Big Bill" was when gold footballs were presented to the members of Prince-toon's last championship team. "And", he continued, "I hope that I will stand on the stage with him for the same purpose in about two weeks from now."
After saying that Princeton spirit was never dampened by defeat when there was another chance to make good, he gave way to Head Coach Roper. Again emphasizing the point made by Edwards, that the Varsity i should derive a great deal of good I from her two recent defeats, Roper said that what really counted was not early season games but beating Harvard and Yale.

Coach Roper Confident.
"We can have a victory", he said '^'if every man on the team will go into that game determined to outplay the man opposite him or else be carried from the field on a stretcher. The message is, beat Harvard or don't come back." He also laid stress on the necessity of the undergraduates continuing to back the team as they are now doing.
After Roper had finished speaking, "Lamb" Heyniger '16, was brought out of his obscure position in the hall, and led a rousing 1910 cheer, followed by "Old Nassau".