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♦ ♦ Contents ♦♦
The First Film .... 3
A Thanksgiving Dinner . . 7
The Nerve of Pewee Jones . 8
Wasted Lives .... 13
Alumni Notes 9
The Sesqui Centennial . . 11
Home Life 12
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Published Monthly in the Interests of the
Students of Dummer Academy
Vol. 1 New Series
THE FIRST KILN
Mr. Dunham, president of the
Cottville Brick and Tile Company,
was evidently very impatient, as he
sat drumming on the desk with his
fingers and vigorously puffing a
strong cigar, on a certain morning
in the latter part of August. Every
once in a while he glanced out of
the window as if he were expecting
some one. At last he could stand it
"What in thunder do you suppose
can be keeping him?" he exclaimed
to two men who sat on the opposite
side of his desk.
One of these, Mr. Thompson, the
treasurer and secretary of the com-
pany, merely glanced up for a mo-
ment from his magazine, for he had
never known Dunham when he was
not impatient. The other man, Mr.
Hepple, a shrewd business man, who
was the largest stockholder in the
company, reassured him for the
twentieth, time that Mr. Burns
would be here by ten o'clock.
"Well," replied Mr. Dunham, "if
he is going to be on time he has
got just exactly five minutes to do
At that moment the door of the
outer office opened, and a short,
dark man, with a business-like air
walked in. Mr. Dunham rose hasti-
ly and grasped the man's hand with
a cordial shake, after which he in-
troduced him to the others. Then
all four of them went into the pri-
vate office, and after cigars had been
lighted Mr. Dunham began.
"Well, sir, we may as well get
right clown to business at once. I
saw Mr. Gates a week ago and he
said that you were just the sort of
man we were looking for, so that
is why I telegraphed you to come.
The job I have to offer you is a
tough one, but if you can meet the
requirements there is a good salary
attached to it.
"To begin with, we've got a brick-
yard here that has one of the finest
shale banks in the state on it. Be-
yond that, there is not much to be
said for it, — in fact, the property is
nearly a total wreck; the kilns are
tumbling down, the machinery is
getting rusty, and — well, you can
see for yourself later. The last man-
ager we had here knew about as
much about running a brick-plant as
I do about flying. JSTow what I want
you to do is to take and remodel the
whole plant and put it on a paying-
basis. We have just issued some
new stock and so have money enough
in the treasury to start in right
"Well," replied Mr. Burns, "I
can't say whether I will accept or
refuse your offer until I have taken
a good look about the plant, so let
us go out and see the place."
An hour later they came back,
having made a thorough inspection
of the property, and had a long talk,
and when the conference broke up
it was settled that Burns was to take
By the end of a month, although
by far the greater part of the work
still remained to be done, much had
been accomplished, so Burns sent
Mr. Dunham word that he would
like to have him come up and see
what progress had been, made. Mr.
Dunham arrived the next morning
and the two went carefully over the
whole plant. When they got back
to the office, Mr. Dunham seemed
not altogether pleased with what he
had seen, and finally he said to
Burns, "1 don't know as I quite ap-
prove of some of the things you have
done, Burns; for instance, putting
in those two new grinding-pans in
the mill. That was an expense that
I should think was unnecessary.
Wouldn't those old ones have done?"
"Decidedly not," replied Burns;
"why, I'll be lucky if I can sell those
for scrap iron. We might just as
well understand each other right
now. If you want me to put up a
modem brick plant, of course there
is bound to be considerable expense,
which will, however, be more than
paid back as soon as we get running.
I tell you if you build a brick-plant
a I all it has got to be a modern one,
or it won't pay."
"But at this rate we will not have
money enough to tide us over until
you can start making brick. I've been
all over this matter, but, from the
way we are running up expenses, I
see that my idea of a good brick-yard
and yours differ. The plain fact is
our money will not hold out at the
rate you are going on."
"Then issue more stock. This is
a thing that is going to pay, and it
won't take men a great while to find
"I don't want to do that unless I
am absolutely compelled to."
"Well, Mr. Dunham, if you want
me to erect a brick-plant here that
will pay, I'm afriad vou will have
When Mr. Dunham left that night
he was dissatisfied, though he didn't
quite know why. Then he got to
thinking of the possibility of Burns'
failing to make a success of the un-
dertaking. Already he had many
thousands of dollars invested in the
plant, and the consequences of
Burns' failing were not pleasant to
This feeling of dissatisfaction
grew, when on the second morning
after his return, he received a letter
from Burns, with a large list of ex-
penditures for the past two weeks.
The next day he called a meeting of
the stockholders and told them that
it would be necessary to issue ten
thousand dollars worth more of
stock. A few declined to subscribe
to any more, as they said they had
risked enough already, bul the
needed amount was finally raised,
Mr. Dunham taking out four thous-
and dollars' worth himself.
Soon work was begun on the new
kilns. Then Burns found himself
facing new difficulties, for help was
scarce, and what could be got were
All this time the thought kept
preying on Mr. Dunham's mind that
THE AKCHCM 7
if Burns did not make good he would "Well," he added, getting up from
have practically all of his money his chair, "I must be going, as I
sunk in the brick plant without any only came up to get this load of
hope of recovery. He began to get worry off my mind. I'll be down
nervous, and at last, when he could again, with Mr. Thompson and Mr.
stand the strain no longer, he took Hepple, when you start up the ma-
a train clown to Cottville, and went chinery. Meantime, be careful, old
up directly to the yard where he man, for I cannot afford to lose the
greatly surprised Burns, who was money I have put into this thing/ 7
sitting in the office. After Mr. Dunham had gone,
"Why on earth didn't you let me Burns sat fully half an hour, smok-
know you were coming ?" the latter ing cigarettes and pondering on what
began. "I could have met you at the president had said. He had never
the station." thought of but one side of the mat-
"Well," Mr. Dunham said, "I real- ter, and that was that he was going
iy don't know myself why I came ud, to succeed. At last he arose, threw
but I've felt very nervous the past away his cigarette and said to him-
week." self, "So he is afraid I may not suc-
"Over what?" ceed, is he? Well, I'll show him, if
"Why I might as well say it and it's the last thing I ever do."
get it out of my system, so here it is. From that day on, Burns was a
You must be aware, Mr. Burns, that different man. Whereas, before, he
I have a good deal of money invested always went around with a word of
in this company ; more than I should encouragement for every one, now he
care to lose." scarcely spoke to anybocjy, and when
"But I don't see how you are going he did what he said was short and
to lose it. Why, we'll be making sharp. He began to realize that if
brick inside of three weeks, and then he should fail people would talk and
the money that we have paid out will point at him as the man who had
begin to run in." ruined Mr. Dunham.
"Yes, it will, supposing " On the day when he started to
"Supposing what?" make brick Mr. Dunham came up,
"That you can produce the brick, with Thompson and Hepple, to see
of standard quality." how things were going. Every thing
"Surely you don't think that I am went right but, although neither
going to fail." Burns nor Mr. Dunham said much,
"No, or I wouldn't have invested the former could plainly see that Mr.
so much money. But you know there Dunham was still apprehensive of
is alwavs a possibility of failure, and the outcome.
some how or other it has been that When the visitors were about to
possibility which has been troubling leave that evening. Burns said, "It
me for the last week. Eemember, will be just about fifteen days, gen-
Mr. Burns, that it is other people's tlemen, before we can open up our
money that you are handling, and I first kiln of brick. I will wire you
expect you to be just as careful of it in time, so that you can come up."
as if it were your own, if not more As soon as that first kiln was lit,
so. Think what the consequences Burns practically lived at the brick-
will be if you fail, and your first yard. He had a bed put up in the
test of success or failure will be engine^ room and sent out one of the
your first kiln of brick. You must men for his meals. He did almost
not take any chances. the whole work of firing the kiln
himself. All of the men began to
think that he was too jealous to let
any one else do it. He stayed right
near the kiln for eighteen hours ont
of every twenty-four, in some of the
coldest and roughest weather. He
would hardly speak to anyone, but
several times some of the men had
heard him muttering to himself, "Fll
show him; 111 show him/' By the
end of a week, his eyes were sunk
deep in their sockets and were out-
lined with dark purple rings. Some
of the men urged him repeatedly to
let them attend to the kiln while he
rested, but he would not. Little
did they know that when Mr. Dun-
ham had spoken to Burns about his
handling other people's money the
latter had taken a fixed resolve to
make good, as though the words had
reflected on his honor. At least
once in every hour he would go up
on top of the kilns and measure the
expansion rods which showed just
when the proper temperature had
been reached. At last the rod showed
an expansion of almost eight inches,
out of the required nine.
As it drew near to the time to let
the fires in the grate of the kiln die
out, Burns became more and more
restless and could scarcely wait. It
was getting close to seven o'clock in
the evening, and, as he had not
looked at the expansion rods for some
time, he climbed up on top of the
kiln and measured them again. This
time the expansion was just nine
inches. He breathed a sigh of relief
as he realized all that remained to be
'lone now was to wait until the kiln
should cool sufficiently to be opened.
"That's the worst of it," he said,
unconsciously talking to himself;
"that week will seem a month. I am
sure of success, and yet, — well, as
Mr. Dunham said, there always is a
chance of failure." He turned to go
down the short ladder which led up
to the kiln, hut it had been raining
that dav and the rounds of the iron
ladder were slippery, and as he
placed one foot on the ladder he
slipped and fell headlong over the
side of the kiln.
One of the men heard him fall
and ran over to the kiln. He picked
him up unconscious, and with the
help of another man, he got him into
the office, where a doctor was tele-
phoned for. Just as the doctor got
there, about fifteen minutes later,
Burns opened his eyes and groaned.
After a hasty examination, the
doctor turned to the men and said,
"He has broken his leg and may be
injured internally ; so I think he had
better be taken at once to the hospi-
With their help he got the injured
man placed as comfortably as possi-
ble in his automobile, and on arriv-
ing at the hospital the broken leg
was immediately set.
When Burns awoke late the next
morning, he asked at once to see the
doctor. As soon as the latter came
into the room, Burns told him to
send a telegram at once to Mr. Dun-
ham, telling him what had happened,
and bidding him to come up at once,
as the kiln would be ready to open
as soon as it cooled. The doctor
promised to attend to this and Burns
dropped off to sleep again.
That night he developed a high
fever, and when Mr. Dunham arrived
next day, the doctor would not let
him see the patient on account of his
condition. For four days and nights
the fever kept up, and the doctor be-
gan to fear that if he could not bring
down the temperature it might prove
On the sixth day after the accident
Mr. Dunham decided to open the
kiln. So he sent for Mr. Thompson
and Mr. Ilepple, who had not come
n p with him at first, and as they got
there before night they had time that
day to open and inspect the kiln of
That night slowly but surelv
Burns' temperature began to fall, un-
til by the next noon it was nearly
normal, and the patient was feeling
much better. In the middle of the
afternoon the doctor came in, and
going over to the bed where Burns
was lying said, "Mr. Burns, do you
feel able to see Mr. Dunham for a
At once Burns was all animation,
and he exclaimed eagerly, "Yes, yes,
as soon as possible."
In a few moments the door was
opened again and Mr. Dunham came
in and walked quickly over to Burns,
who at once asked if the kiln had
been opened yet.
"Yes, we opened it yesterday,"
said Mr. Dunham : "and Burns,
you've made good. Those were the
finest bricks I ever saw."
Burns didn't wait to hear more,
but sank back on his pillow with
a sigh of relief, muttering, "I knew
I could do it. I knew it."
p. G. D.
"Bless this food, Lord, which
Thou hast set before us."
From the lower end of the table I
slowly raised my head and looked
around to see Unc' Jawge's face, em-
bellished with an ear-to-ear grin.
Below that ebony face was a big tur-
key, brown, the skin done just so
that it was crisp without being
tough, decorated all over with greens,
steaming and — But just then Unc ?
Jawge set the turkey on the table. I
wondered how long it would be be-
fore a piece came to me. One, two,
three, — eleven people to be helped ;
then I might have a turn. Well, I
would just look around and see if
the old place had changed much.
I had come home for Thanksgiv-
ing. School was over for a week,
so I had a chance to come all the
way home, a chance that I had not
bad before for a long time. The
train had been late, and I had no
sooner arrived than I was told I had
but ten minutes before dinner.
Vaguely wondering whether I would
get a demerit if I were late, I made
a hasty toilet and rushed down stairs
just in time to go in with the rest of '
the family. Now, as I looked around
the old dining-room, I found it just
as I remembered it before. Outside,
the last leaves were falling and a cold
wind was blowing. I had left home
in the summer time and the only
changes were those that weather and
A plate was set down before me.
Turkey ! Its delightful fragrance had
filled me with a pleasant sensation
even while I had been looking around
and trying to stifle my impatience.
Ah, how good it looked ! Up at the
head of the table Uncle Bill was
carving the last bit when a door
opened and in came a procession
bearing dishes of vegetables, — pota-
toes, onions, tomatoes, and various
other kinds. I wondered how much
we were going to have before the
banquet ended; if this were only the
beginning, I would have to just sam-
ple it and "save up" for other things.
It did seem a shame that on this
special day we could not eat all we
wanted of everything, or that we
could not have a part of the feast
one day and a part the next.
Gradually we finished the first
course, some because they could eat
no more, some because they wished
to eat something of what was to fol-
low, some because they did not wish
to show the full extent of their appe-
tite. I was in the last two classes.
Then came mince and pumpkin pies,
and plum pudding. While my uncle
was burning the brandy from the
plum pudding, the familv cat, who
had been reposing peacefully near by,
seemed to think it was time for her
to get into the game, and drawing
near to the head of the table looked
up with an expectant gaze. My uncle
took a piece of bread, soaked it in
the brandy, and tossed it to her. In
a few minutes the cat began to show
symptoms of intoxication.
"Why, Bill," said my mother,
"what is the matter with the cat?"
Uncle Bill "fessed up" and was prop-
What's this? Another course? Ice
cream, too ! I could eat very little of
that, because of the fact that I had
approached my limit in the other
courses. After this there were no
more formal courses, the candy,
fruit, nuts and raisins being placed
around to be dipped into as one had
capacity and inclination.
A few minutes later Lncle Bill
suggested that we change our minds
and live to eat another dinner on
Christmas day. "All in favor of not
dying today, please rise,*' he said. We
That was . the end of the best
Thanksgiving dinner I ever had. I
am back at school, grinding away at
subjects which do not remotely sug-
gest such festivities; but I do not
have to use much imagination to see
again the lights, the room, and the
people gathered around the board,
but the clearest picture I have is of
Unc* Jawge's head, grinning above
E. b. c.
THE NERVE OF
It was the day of the St. John's —
Colmar hockey match, and down on
the rink the St. John's 'Varsity were
having a last practice game with the
-(•rubs. Again and again the regulars
carried the puck down the ice, shoot-
ing it almost at will past the scrub
goal-tend. Finally, however, the
scrubs stiffened, and suddenly shift-
ing from defence to offence, they
rushed the disc towards the 'Varsity
net. The puck shot towards the goal
and was blocked off by Pewee Jones,
Immediately a wild scramble en-
sued for the possession of the rubber,
in the midst of which a boy fell to
the ice. Before he could rise, a skate
passed over his hand, inflicting a
slight cut, Pewee Jones saw the
blood ooze forth, and felt a dizzy sen-
sation coming over him; his legs
slipped, and he fell in a dead faint.
That night Coach Wilkins and
Captain Dyer talked over plans for
"Funny how Jones fainted at the
sight of a little cut," remarked the
captain. "He told me afterwards that
he had had a similar experience when
he was a little kid and got his finger
cut ; simply couldn't bear it."
"Well," demanded the coach, more
savagely, "suppose a man gets cut in
tomorrow's game and Jones faints, —
who'll we put in? Haven't got any-
one else worth anything, have we ?"
"I was thinking of that" answered
Dyer. "I'll have a talk with Jones,
and try to get him to see the impor-
tance of having his nerve right with
him all the time."
The day of the game dawned crisp
and sun-shiny, — ideal hockey
weather, — and long before the game
began spectators were lined along the
side of the rink and were filling the
small bleachers which had been put
up at one side of it.
Promptly at three o'clock the cap-
tains of the respective teams met in
the center of the ice, a coin was
tossed and Dyer elected to defend the
north goal. The centers took their
positions, the referee dropped the
puck between them, and the game
The Colmar man was the quicker
of the two. and now the green and
white line swept along towards the
St. John's goal where the latter's de-
fense repulsed them, and a man
wearing the blue of St. John's got
the puck and started back with it.
The Colmar line being taken un-
awares, were behind, but their cover-
point now started to intercept him.
Too late ! A pass across the ice to a.
waiting team-mate, and the puck
whizzed through the air and lodged
in the net behind the Colmar goal-
tend, while a big white "1" opposite
St. John's on the score-board
brought forth a mighty cheer.
Again the puck was put in play,
but neither team could score until
the middle of the second period,
when St. John's increased their score
to two. This seemed to wake up the
Colmar team, and they rushed the
puck toward the blues' goal, where
a wild melee took place; sticks were
scraping away and shins were get-
ting bruised, but the disc would not
go into the goal.
Suddenly Pewee Jones felt a sharp
pain in his foot. He began to feel
dizzy, but still he kept on his feet,
saying to himself, "I've got to last
it out, I've got to." Luckily the
play was now away from the goal,
and when, a few seconds later, the
referee's whistle announced the end
of the game, Pewee Jones calmly
sat down on the ice and fainted
Later, in the dressing-room, after
having examined the foot, Coach
Wilkins turned to the team and
said, tensely, "If any one ever asks
you what real nerve is, tell them
about the chap that fainted at the
sight of a cut finger and then played
half a hockey frame with two toes
crushed to a pulp!" •
Note. — Items from former pupils
about themselves or others are es-
peciallv desired by this department.
'29 * Elijah Parish Noyes still
strong and as active as a much
younger man, is a familiar figure in
Byfield. Mr. Noyes is the oldest
living graduate of Dummer and no
one to meet him striding rapidly
along would suspect him of being in
his ninety-second year.
'38 Daniel Dole Adams of New-
bury is in very poor health this win-
'45 Hon. N, N, Withington of
Newburyport still writes forceful ed-
itorials for the Herald.
'52 Among the pupils of Mas-
ter Chute still living in this vicinity
are : William Hale and George Pres-
cott of Eowley, and George William
Tenney of Georgetown.
'60 George B. Blodgette lectured
before the school most acceptably
during the fall, on Byfield and Its
'07 Nat Ambrose has returned
to Dartmouth to complete his
course next June.
'07 George Croston in business
in Chicago, spent his Xmas with his
family in Haverhill.
'07 Donald Eedfern resigned his
position here Xmas to engage in an-
other line of work in Lynn.
'08 Harry Hilton sent Xmas
greetings from some point in Cen-
'09 David Caldwell, who repre-
sented ns on the track at the Olym-
pic Games, is now at Cornell; he is
in great form and will run for the
B. A. A. this winter.
'09 Ernest Carver was recently
married and continues with the Gen-
eral Electric Company in Schenec-
tady, K Y.
'10 Harold Brewer is captain of
the Amherst "Aggie" football team
for next year.
'10 "Doc" Calef is now at Wor-
12 Brown is at Dartmouth.
Leonard Prentice who is taking a
year abroad, reported from Italy at
Charles Somerby has recently been
elected a director of the Newbury-
port Public Library, this is an un-
usual honor for so young a man.
Eecent visitors of the Academy
are, Hon. Eichard Stone '57, of Bos-
ton, Harry Whipple, Eiverside, Cal.,
J. Leach, Danvers, Mr. and Mrs.
George Champney, Lynnfield Cen-
ter, Eobert Chandler, '12, from Wor-
cester Tech., and Littig, Manley,
Bodin, and J. Woodward, who were
students here last vear.
The most valuable service the Ar-
i iion can render is to keep the
friends of the school in touch with
its lilV and plans and no pain- will
he Bpared bo make ibis sen ice as ef-
fective as possible. Those desiring
information aboul matters in t lie re-
cenl history of the school may also
be served by addressing the Archon,
The following lists are given to
show the present organization of the
Fred M. Ambrose, president of
Board of Trustees, 70 Fifth Ave.,
Alden P. White, Vice President,
Frederick P. Cabot, Treasurer,
530 Exchange Building, Boston,
Jarvis Lamson, Trustee and
Chairman of Executive Committee.
92 Bedford St., Boston, Mass.
Edward P. ISToyes, Trustee and
Chairman Finance Committee, 40
Kilby St., Boston, Mass.
Ivan T. Eule, Secretary, New-
Edward P. Noyes, Winchester;
John Pierce, New York ; J. N". Dum-
mer, Eowley; Alfred Ordway, Brad-
ford ;.E. B. George, Haverhill; Wm.
H. Blood, Jr., Wellesley; William E.
Castle, Jr., Boston; Eufus Adams,
Salem; Francis A. Goodhue, Brook-
line; Charles S. Ingham, South By-
Society of the Soxs of Dummer.
Officers for 1912—1913. President,
Jarvis Lamson; vice-president, John
P. Ingalls ; secretary, John B.
Shearer; treasurer, Joseph N. Dum-
mer; auditor, George H. Dole.
The Dummer Allies — The first
chapter of this society of friends
and patrons, was organized in By-
field in August, 1910; the second, in
Newburyport in the early part of
1911. The purpose of the society is
to preserve Dummer Academy as a
historical monument and to aid in
extending its usefulness as a school.
Officers of the Byfield Chapter —
President, Miss Emma Hale, Eow-
ley; secretary, Mrs. George Champ-
aey, Lynnfield Center; treasurer.
Miss Mary Caldwell, Byfield.
Newburyport Chapter — President.
Mis. David A nd rews ; vice-president,
Miss Mary T. Spaulding; secretary,
Ivan T. Eule, Esq.; treasurer, Mrs.
M. S. Bernheirner ; directors, Miss
Margaret dishing, Miss Georgiana
Perkins, Miss Ellen Gillis Todd,
Rev. Glenn Tilley Morse, Eev. Law-
rence Hay ward.
The following circular has been
sent to all former students. Now
look out for details in the Archon
and line up for Dummer !
The One Hundred and Fiftieth
Anniversary of the foundation of
Bummer Academy comes off March
A reunion, which must necessarily
be held in part out-of-doors is, for
climatic reasons, obviously an im-
possibility at the Academy in March.
A dinner will be held in Boston
on the anniversary, Saturday, March
first, 1913, at 6.30 P. M. at the City
Club, 9 Beacon St., Boston.
In June the more formal com-
memoration exercises will be held at
At both times, the presence of all
former students is earnestly desired.
If, for personal reasons which are
controlling, your presence at but one
time is possible, you are strongly
urged to make choice of the June
meeting at the Academy itself.
The dinner in Boston will be al-
together a family gathering, to look
into the past, if you please, and re-
joice in the age and honorable his-
tory of our Academy, to renew our
association and allegiance, to add to
and stimulate our knowledge and in-
terest in the Academy of today, to
give assurance of our co-operation to
make broadly representative and
memorable the formal exercises of
commemoration and rededication at
our June celebration of the One
Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary
of our foundation.
Plans for the dinner in Boston
must be matured now in order to
secure suitable accommodations.
Those of us who live in this neigh-
borhood, are, as a matter of course,
charged with a greater responsibility
for the success of our reunions. ISTo
one man and no group of men can
make the reunions a success with out
the aid of all. It is "up to you" as it
is "up to us" to give cordial and en-
thusiastic co-operation, /that the con-
ditional may be eliminated, and
plans fully and promptly matured
for a broad representative and suc-
Eemember there is only one One
Hundred and Fiftieth.
Will you be present at the Boston
dinner March first, 6.30 P. M. ? Din-
ner tickets, $2.00.
Will you be present at the Acad-
emy on Monday, June 9 th, 1913?
Dinner tickets, $1.00.
Aid us in completing plans by
making your own plans definite and.
remitting now. All remittances
should be made payable to Sons of
With whom are you in touch
whom you wish to have present, and
whom we may not reach? Write
him now and send us his present ad-
J. H. Morse, Chairman.
F. P. Cabot,
J. IST. Dummer,
J. B. Shearer,
W. H. Bentley, Clerk.
Address all correspondence to
Eoom 56, 27 State Street., Boston,
Among the pleasant memories
which we carried away to our vari-
ous homes at Christmas, were our
banquet and our Christmas tree.
These were pleasures that were ap-
preciated by all of us.
On the Thursday before the holi-
days we gathered in the dining-
room for the Christmas banquet.
During the dinner we had a talk by
Doctor Ingham on "The Art of Din-
ing," and another by Mr. Eule on
"The Old English Christmas." Mr.
Bentley gave a brief sketch on "What
I would do if I were a boy again."
At various times, telegrams, ad-
dressed to Messrs. Marr, Poto, Ar-
nold, Eedfern and others were read.
These were much appreciated by the
hearers, and sometimes by those to
whom they were addressed.
After the banquet we had our
Christmas tree. The gifts were very
appropriate and did credit to Miller
and Poto, who had charge of this
part of the work.
Among the guests at our festivi-
ites were Mrs. Andrews and Mr.
Pule of Xewburyport, and Messrs.
Bod in, Manly and Littig of the old
boys. Mr. Cabot and Mr. Bailey
were also invited, but were unable
to be present.
Our only dance of the term took
place at Hallow'een. Coleman and
Miller had charge, and carried the
event through very well. The gym-
nasium was very effectively decora-
led and si lowed very good taste. The
orchestra was also well chosen.
There were about twenty-five
eon pics present. The program was
arranged by Mrs. Ingham, without
whose help the dance could not have
been ill.' success it was.
Among the chaperons present were
Mrs. Ingham. Mrs. Degeu and Mrs.
The whist parties given by Mrs.
Ingham throughout the year, have
proved a pleasure to all and have
been greatly appreciated.
On Thursday, the ninth of Janu-
ary, we had another banquet, during
the course of which several things
were discussed. The main purpose
was to plan a series of events which
would make the term more interest-
ing and which would be for the good
of both the school and the students.
Dr. Ingham spoke first on the sub-
ject of "The Enthusiastic Man." His
idea was that we must put our whole
soul into any work which lies before
us. He laid especial emphasis on
the fact that we are here primarily
to study and that should be the first
thing to spend our enthusiasm on.
Mr. Bentley said that he wanted
to see everybody come up and get be-
hind any plans which might be made
and boost them hard.
Mr. Jenkins ? idea was to form an
Outing Club on the same principle
as that at Dartmouth.
Mr. Xagle and Mr. Ramsden saw
no reason why Dummer, though a
small school, should not have the
same spirit as a large one.
Various students then detailed
some of their ideas. A Student
Council was formed, consisting of
three students and one of the mas-
On the following night, Lieut.
John Alden Degan, of the 12th U. S.
Cavalry, lectured on "The Army
and Army Life." This was a new
subject to all of us 3 and proved very
Mr. Xagle has given two evenings
of dramatic readings, which have
been greatly enjoyed.
B. B. C.
There are many people who waste
their strength, their time, their
talents, — in short, their lives, sim-
ply because they never realize their
value, never rise to the conception of
their having been given them for a
useful purpose. These men are the
"no-accounts," who, if they are not
an actual burden on the community,
at least add nothing to its wealth
and contribute nothing to make it
a better place to live in. For these
we feel no sympathy. Idle, thought-
less, selfish, they deserve none.
But there is a class of apparently
wasted lives that are far sadder than
these. There are men, — indeed, it
is true, to a certain extent, of most
men who take life seriously, —
who are ever reaching out toward an
ideal which seems ever to elude
them. Though they never achieve,
and apparently never can achieve,
the object for which they are con-
tinually striving, they keep cheer-
fully on, with a determination
worthy of some better cause, hop-
ing against hope that some day suc-
cess will crown their efforts. The
hopelessness and the heroism of it
Having followed our train of
thought thus far it occurred to us
to send out our cub reporter to in-
terview a few great men by way of
illustrating the point we have made.
To the said cub reporter, with little
experience of the world, the mem-
bers of the Faculty seemed to be the
greatest men in this community, if
not in the world and he forthwith set
about obtaining their experiences.
Having never interviewed any one
before, he naturally felt a little
scared about the job so he decided to
take Mr. Eedfern first, as he had
always seemed approachable and
tenderly considerate of the feelings
of his pupils.
Mr. Eedfern readily responded to
the questions of the interviewer, and
confessed that the most hopeless
thing he had ever undertaken to do
was to make a sail boat. When he
was about fifteen years old, he sent
away (the reporter forgets whether
it was to the Youth's Companion or
the Ladies' Home Journal), for a
plan of a small dory. He worked
for about eight months to complete
the boat. It was some fifteen feet
long, six feet wide, and four feet
deep. To make the task harder, he
put in a center board. When the
boat was completed, he painted it
green, and let it dry, which, of
course, any sensible person would
have done. After two weeks' drying,
he thought he would launch it, but to
his great dismay, he found that he
could not get it through the bulk-
head of the cellar, where it had been
built, and says he, "to this very day
it is in my cellar." He added that
he had hoped that the heat of suc-
cessive summers, combined with
that of the furnace in the winter,
would in time cause the boat to
shrink sufficiently to get it out of
doors. He is still hoping.
Circumstances having delayed the
publication of the Archof, the re-
porter postponed any further inter-
viewing for several weeks. Mean-
time Mr. Eedfern departed and Mr.
Nagle came to take his place. En-
couraged by his pleasant smile, the
cub interrogated him on the sub-
ject, Mr. Nagle said that it had
been his ambition for many years to
learn to dance with that spirit and
abandon that he had observed in
some younger men. He was fond of
hincing and lost no opportunity to
indulge in it, but somehow he never
could get out of that slow and state-
ly movement which we are more ac-
customed to associate with the min-
uet than with the modern dance.
Every time he went on the flood he
would say to himself, "Now get a
move on yourself, let yourself go,"
but somehow he had never yet been
able to do it.
For some reason best known to
himself the reporter decided that
Mr. Jenkins and Mr. Eamsden were
too young as yet to have acquired
any ideals so he skipped them and
applied to Mr. Degen.
Mr. Degen said he had thought
that if he could succeed in teaching
boys not to put the points of their
lead pencils into their mouths he
could die happy. When he began
his teaching career, many years ago,
he had been rash enough to include
girls in this effort, but he had long
since seen that this was too much for
any one man to hope. Having limited
the range of his ambition, he ex-
pected, and still expects, to attain it,
and with characteristic optimism
persists in the effort day by day,
though he wisely declines to lend his
The cub thought to conclude his
series with the valuable experiences
of the Principal, but when he got
half way over to the Mansion House
his courage failed him and he turned
in his copy with no further illustra-
tions than the above. But they serve
to point the truth with which we be-
gan. All around us are men who are
striving with indomitable courage,
with unquenchable hope, and with
all their great abilities, to attain the
unattainable. We of the Editorial
Board, who never do anything we
do not positively have to, cannot but
regard it as wasted effort. We look
on and admire, but we pity. As one
of the stars of French I, A remarked
the other day, with great originality,
"C'est magnifique, mais ce nest pas
On the corner of the turnpike
towards Newburyport, about five
hundred yards from the school, is a
sign which has written on it : Cherry
Hill Nurseries, 6 M. Some one said,
"Does that f 6 m' mean 6 miles or
Says Mr. Jenkins to Small. "What
are you given?"
Small : "Given : two circles."
Mr. Jenkins : "What kind of cir-
Bill Sanders fell asleep in French
class and Mr. Lacroix said, "Hey,
wake up !" Bill stirred. Mr. La-
croix said, as Bill woke up : "How
long have you been asleep ?" Bill
hollered, "Two months,, two
"Doc" Green has been disturbing
the inmates of the cottage lately, by
singing and talking.
Class in Macbeth — Mr. Degen:
"Who are the principal characters in
the next scene?"
Mr. Jenkins to Mr. Nagle : "Say
what is that noise that I hear every
night about bed- time, up on your
Mr. JSTagle: "Why, that is Cole-
man winding up his estate."
Mr. Jenkins : "His estate ?"
Mr. Nagle: "Yes, his dollar
Trask received a demerit the other
night in study hall, and came up to
Mr. Degen at the close of the hour
to know what it was for.
Mr. Degen: "For being so disor-
derly all the evening."
Trask (with his usual expression
of pained surprise) : "Why, Mr. De-
gen, I never was so good in my life
as I was this evening."
Mr. Degen : "You must have been
leading a pretty hard life."
Flanders' new English dictionary
is not yet completed. We have or-
dered a copy in advance for the use
of the Editorial Board.
Deers are very scarce in this vi-
cinity ever since Mr. Bentley got
after them last fall.
.' / / ///// l/tilll II* f*
Charles Samuel Ingham, Ph. D., Master,
George Frederic Degen, M. A., Master's
Assistant, English and Greek
Walter Harold Bentley, Recorder
French, German, Mechanical Drawing
Chester Albert Jenkins, A. B.,
William G. Ramsden, A. B.,
Science, History, Physical Training
Ashley Nagle, A. B., German and English
Emily M. Adams, .... Junior Department
Randolph Hurd, M. D., (Harvard)
Registration: — Day students, 21; — ■ Senior
School, 13 ; Junior School, 8.
House students, 33: — Senior
School, 15; Junior School, 8.
In attendance second term, day
students, 21; house students, 28.
Financial: — No floating debt; gain in
tuition fees over last year, $4,000.
Athletics: — Fall term tournament (open).
Cup won by Willard S. Kohn, Fall
baseball — Won, two, lost none;
soccer football, two games — won
one, tied two.
Basket ball to date — ■ won five
lost one. Games won — West
Newbury, two; Newburyport T.
M. C. A. 2d, one; Salem High
School, one; Lynn English High,
one. Game lost, Haverhill High.
Hockey — no ice, no games.
Baseball prospects, excellent.
Junior School: — Basketball team. Two
games with Newburyport Y. M.
C. A. 2nd. Lost one, won one.
Manual training class is taking
down old ice house for material
to erect a camp on the Point.
Sons of Dummer and the Celebration of
the One Hundredth and Fiftieth
Anniversary. (See announcement
Dummer Allies: — Byfield Chapter. The
Society for the past two years
has raised the money required for
two prize scholarships for Byfield
boys at the school.
Newburyport Chapter — The Society has
in the past two years raised near-
lv half of the two thousand dol-
lars needed for a free scholar-
ship to be awarded annually to a
student from Newburyport as a
part of the celebration next June,
the two societies hope to announce
that their membership has
reached a total of 1,000.
Vol. I. — New Series. No. 1
After resting on its record since
1909, the Archon greets old friends
and new friends with the season's
compliments and with a fixed pur-
pose to appear promptly and regu-
larly from now on. In addition to
the usual functions of a school pa-
per, the Akchon hopes to be espec-
ially helpful this year in telling the
"Sons of Dummer" and other friends
of the school about the plans for cel-
ebrating, next June, the 150th an-
niversary of the founding of the
school. On this head more — much
more — later. It is well to make the
first chapter of a serial short. We
offer this introductory number with
some misgivings on account of our
inexperience, but we hope that the
reader will not be too critical of its
shortcomings and will follow us with
interest in our school life in this and
One of the new features recently
introduced is a House Committee, or
Student Council, as it is variously
called. It is composed of one mas-
ter and three students, who are
elected by the boys. Two boys are
chosen to represent the dwellers in
the Commons and one to represent
the hoys at Peirce Cottage. On cer-
tain days this Committee comes to-
gether and discusses any matters
that may he brought up tending to
further the happiness or general
comfort of the students, and consid-
ers any alleged grievance.
If the matter seems worth while,
their findings and recommendations
are reported to the head master,
who, if they seem to him reasonable,
puts them into effect. One of the
first matters that came before them
was a suggested change in the time
of the evening study hour, from 7.45
to 7.30, so that the boys could have a
full hour to themselves between
study hour and bed time. This was
promptly adopted, to the satisfaction
of all concerned. Any boy is at lib-
erty to make suggestions to the Com-
mittee, who try to find out the gen-
eral sentiment among the boys, and
decide each matter on the principle
of the greatest comfort of the great-
The Entertainment Committee has
made a fine schedule of coming en-
tertainments for the students. There
are to be formal and informal shows,
a few dances, very interesting read-
ings from the best authors, and a
number of less important events.
The first entertainment was given by
Mr. jSTagle, who read Christopher
Marlowe's "Dr. Faustus." There are
to be a number of performances
given by those students who wish to
take part in them. The first per-
formance was given on the night of
the twelfth of February, consisting
of a short vaudeville entertainment.
On the night of the twenty-second
of February a colonial dance was
given. On the evening of the twenty-
sixth of March is to be given the big
show of the year. Last year "Mr.
Bob" was played with great success.
This year a long and merry minstrel
show will take the place of the play.
It is hoped that a larger number of
people will attend the show this year
than there was last year. This sched-
ule has not been completed. There
will be many events happening be-
tween the end of March and Com-
At the Christmas recess we had a
change in the Faculty, — Mr. Ked-
fern resigning and Mr. ISTagle com-
ing to take his place. Mr. Eedfern
is a graduate of Dummer and of
Bowdoin, and this was his first ex-
perience in teaching. After the first
half year he concluded that he
could find some other work better
suited to his taste and withdrew. He
was very generally liked by the boys
and. by his fellow teachers, and. we
said good-bye to him with real re-
gret. The Archon extends a hearty
welcome to his successor, who is an
excellent teacher, an all-round ath-
lete, and a sympathetic companion,
and has already aroused amongst the
boys a more enthusiastic spirit of
loyalty to "dear old Dummer."
Plan Now to be Present
One Hundred and Fiftieth
Foundation of Dummer
On account of lack of material,
Dumnier was not represented by a
foot-ball team last fall. The Fac-
ulty, however, thought it unwise not
to have Dummer heard of in the
"sporting world" before the fall
slipped by and insisted on having the
boys take up some kind of athletics.
The matter was put before the boys
and it was unanimously decided to
take up fall base-ball as a hard sea-
son is expected next spring. The
weather permitting, candidates were
called out by Coach Jenkins, and
Poto was appointed captain by Mr.
Jenkins, he being the only house
student who was a regular on last
year's team. Only two games were
played, although a few more had to
be cancelled on account of the
weather. Both games were played
with Amesbury High school. The
first game at South Byfield, proved
that Dummer was, by far, superior,
winning by the score of 13 to 5. The
best, however, that Dummer could
do at Amesbury was to }:>lay a tie
The weather was now getting a lit-
tle too cold for baseball and it had to
be given up. Soccer foot ball was now
taken up for a pastime and two
games were arranged with Haverhill
High school. The first game was
played at South Byfield and Dum-
mer was victorious, the score being,
Dummer 1, Haverhill 0. The game
at Haverhill proved to be nobody's
game, neither side being able to
The basket-ball season was now
fast approaching and it was deckled
to give this game attention. Mr.
Sanders, who played on last year's
team, was elected captain by the
members of the team and it showed
good judgment as Mr. Sanders is
making a good captain.
Xewburyport Y. M. C. A. 2nd, 12.
The first game of the season was
played at South Byfield and Dummer
started the season by defeating the
Y. M. C. A. 2nd team of Newbury-
port. Dummer showed that it was
a team not to be trifled with and de-
feated the Y. M. C. A. team by the
score of 32 to 12. For Dummer
Yesair was the star, annexing six
baskets, while Prichard played a star
game for the Newbuiyporters.
The summar}^ :
Y. M. C. A. Dummer
Donahue, r. f 1. f . Poto
Prichard, 1. f r. f . Yesair
Dondero, c c. Loud.
Hopkins, r. b. 1. b. Sanders
Dixon, 1. b r. b. Young-
Goals from floor, Yesair 6, Loud
4, Poto 3, Young, Prichard 4, Hop-
kins. Time of game, 2 ten minute
halves. Eeferee, Pollard, Y. M. C.
A. first half; Ramsden, Dummer,
second half. Timer, Sleeper; scorer,
Dummer 19, West Newbury 9.
On Dec. 14, the team took a trip
down to West Newbury for their sec-
ond game of the season and again
were victorious. The contest was
very rough and exciting throughout,
Dummer starting off with a rush
and keeping a decisive lead through-
out the game, although the Wesl
Newbury boys played pluckily to
overcome the Academy's lead. Dum-
mo]' showed the effects of the good
coaching of Mr. Ramsden, having
superior team work and being far
more expert in tossing baskets. In
the first half Dimimer scored seven
points to their opponents' four.
Between the halves the Dummer
team members were given a rubdown
by their trainer and they showed the
results by the speed achieved in the
second half, Dummer accumulating
12 more points. The work of San-
ders, Yesair and Poto was conspi-
cuously excellent, while Loud out-
played his older and far heavier op-
ponent at center. Young, while
guarding his man in great shape,
contributed a very pretty basket.
For AVest Newbury Bachellor played
a star game. About 200 people at-
tended the game.
Dummer 41, West Newbury, 10.
Dummer won its third consecutive
game of the season by defeating for
the second time West Newbury High
School at the Academy's gymnasium.
The first period was rather an even
fight but the weakening of West
Newbury in the second period en-
abled Dummer to accumulate a very
large number of points. Each man
on the Academy team did his share
in the scoring of points.
Haverhill High School 35.
Dummer lost its first game of the
season to Haverhill High School at
Haverhill. Dummer was greatly
handicapped by the large size of the
Haverhill gymnasium. One of the
features of the game was the "come
back" of Dummer in the second pe-
riod, after being completely outclass-
ed in the first period. A game with
Haverhill, to be played at Dummer,
will be arranged if possible.
Dummer 33, Salem High School 22.
By clever passing and by excellent
floor work, Dummer was able to de-
feat Salem High School at South
Byfield. The first period was an
even thing but in the last period, the
Academy boys showed exceptional
strength, scoring 18 points. Dum-
mer's forwards were dangerous when
left uncovered. The covering of the
Dummer backs was a feature of the
Lynn English High School 11.
In one of the fastest played games
ever witnessed on a basket-ball floor,
Dummer defeated the Lynn English
team by a 26 to 11 score. Yesair,
the speedy little forward of the acad-
emy team, was the star of the game,
shooting 5 baskets from the floor,
wdiich secured 10 of Dummer's 26
points. The only time that Lynn
had a good opportunity was in the
latter part of the first period, but
after that they were never in the
game, D ummer holding the ball the
greater part of the last period.
On account of the disbanding of
the Eock Ridge Hall team, Dum-
mer was left without a game on Jan-
Dummer 11, Melrose 26.
On Feb. 1st the Dummer team
took a trip down to Melrose only to
meet defeat. The shape of the floor
was that of a diamond and the acad-
emy boys found themselves lost dur-
ing most of the game. It might be
said that when there was any doubt
about a decision it was never given to
Dummer 12, Lynn English, 26.
Lynn English's revenge was sweet
when they met Dummer at Lynn.
The Dummer team was off form
caused by the trip. The mile and
one-half walk from the station to the
gymnasium also added to the boys'
misery. Dummer showed good form
in the second half hut it was too late
then because Lynn had scored most
of her noints in the first half.
■^ Dummer 13, St. John's Prep. 14.
At Danvers, February 8th, Dum-
mer went down to defeat at the
hands of the St. John's boys. By
looking at the score one can imag-
ine that the game was hard-fought.
The academy boys had the ball un-
der St. John's basket when the
whistle blew, at the end of the sec-
ond period. All the boys felt confi-
dent that had they had another min-
ute, they would have turned defeat
into victory. A game will be ar-
ranged to be played at Dummer and
to this game the govs are looking-
The school is well supplied with
coaches, having Mr. Jenkins, Dart-
mouth '11; Mr. Kamsden, Colbv
'10; Mr. Nagel, Clark College '09.
The spirit shown by the students
at the Newburyport Y. M. C. A.
game was of great help to the team,
as was seen by the score.
The average weight of our basket-
ball team is 140 pounds. Quite
light, but what we lack in weight is
made up in speed.
Mr. Xagel, our new master, is
quite an athlete, having played on
the Williams College football team
and also the basket-ball team.
A third basket-ball team was
formed when Mr. Xegel offered his
services to coach the team. Paul
DeKosay was elected captain and
"Dick" Bushnell, manager. Up to
date they have played two games,
losing one and winning the other.
Games are being arranged with
grammar school teams and the
younger boys arc very Imppy over
A good game of hockey may be
seen when the "Pierce Cottage"
meet the "Commons" at the Acad-
Mr. Edward Pierce Nagel, who
was a student at Dummer last year,
was sub-centre on the Brown-
Xicolls team last fall. He was quite
an athlete while at Dummer, being
captain of the letter-carrier squad
and manager of the sewing club.
An outing club will be formed
soon and some great sport will be
found in hikes through the woods.
The resignation of Sanders as
captain of the basket-ball team re-
sulted in the election of Yesair as
An Idyl of Dummer.
A Young man was going up the
river for a Rome when he heard a
noise, and looking over to the Lee
shore saw a Small boy fighting with
a Cole man. The Cole man who was
Fuller than he should have been,
was getting the best of it, when the
daughter of the Miller rushed in to
separate them. Thereupon they both
turned on her. The Small boy Cut-
ter with a knife and the Cole man
hit her with the Coulter of a plough
that was standing near by, so that
~De Rosy face of the girl was sadly
Marr-ed. The Young man blushed
so deeply at the sight that his face
looked as if it were covered with
Burns. A man now appeared who
was the Coleman's Senior, and was
about to Tucker into a wagon and
throw her over a Good Ridge, but
just then it began to Hale. He tried
to Dodge the storm by seeking shel-
ter in a Greenhouse, but just then
the 7.30 boll rang, and he said. "Go }
duty calls von." "Ye& sire", she re-
plied ; "it called Loud and Call'd
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15 Pleasant Street, - Newburyport, Mass.
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65 State Street
SOUTH BYFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS
Founded in 1763
A High Grade Preparatory School for Boys
Strong Academic Department
Attention to individual requirements enables us to prepare boys for college who
have not done satisfactory work in public schools.
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LAMSON 8 HUBBARD
Manufacturers and Retailers of
of Every Description
92 Bedford and 173 Washington Sts.