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THE MEBCER CLUSTER
THE MERCER CLUSTER
Published weekly by the students of
the fourteen schools and colleges in
the Mercer University System.
George M- Sparks, Managing Editor
’ The Mercer Staff:
Lucien W. Hardy... Editor-in-chief
James M. Teresi.. .Associate Editor
Robt" M. Gamble, Randolph L. Car
ter, Ernest C. Hulsey, Peter Zack
rates, One Year. .$1.00
Advertising rates on request.
The group of colleges and ' secon
dary eehools which compose the Mer
cer University System, numbering
in all, have undertaken the
of a weekly newspaper,
le is The Mercer Cluster.,
of the journal was taken
book of hymns issued by
ercer nearly a hundred years
some of which-he wrote, .called
"Mercer's Cluster.” This book was
widely need by Baptist churches in
the South for many years.
Dr.' Sofas W. Weaver,^H
of Msseer, says of the_pep£r: "Each
institution will have its staff of con-
Mktfoisf the' School of Journalism
« MoreansUhiversity will give direc-
Hae snd fciiitsnrr the managing
fcMr. George M. Sparks, an
of Mercer University, an
newspaper man who be-
eensa off his love for the
iasEMtoa is |h% to this paper a
eerviee wfcieh pliMee all the friends
at Christian education under obli-
>' The senspeim is nomewhat of an
inevstfaNi in csllsgs and school
iMs." We hope it wffl be a success
■m its jsssibiWisa are nighty. It is
as important that practical jonrnal-
ims fee taught in tits colleges ss it
* 4s that gssmstry, chiemisry and Latin
ho laeiaded in tike studisa. How
ed to sead to a newspaper a espy of
their'8—day-asranoae «« write'an
aeesptsbls •Tend” to their discourse?
m in gaaernl.
teach tike lives at men as the
ef a eea de s ship. The
tent in the pnhMwtircn of a
’ MM ie hoflt upon a realizationof
thia fact Othsr schools will watch
to sea if aaeaaaa or failure be a uni
tor attempting to
ttaeif to. the
Ifaar many doctors. in'
can follow oat [that term implies and we are glad
The editor of the “Mercer ’Clus
ter” has asked that Shorter send
«ome news notes for the next issue
of the paper regarding the “under
taking for the next issue-” As we
have not seen an issue of the paper
and do not know just what mission it
is to perform, in the college worlds
we are in doubt just what to say or
how to say it. ’ .
We will say, however., that we ap
preciate the-courtesy extended Shor
ter by the Editor of the Cluster, to
have the college represented in its col
umns and that we will do our best to
send a short, snappy, news letter
every week, mailing it so that/it will
reach the Editor promptly aiid reg
Shorter is glad that such a paper
is to be published at Mercer; we sup
pose from its name, that it is to.be
published in'the interest of all our
Baptist institutions and that through
its influence, it hope^ to unite-the
colleges and secondary schools in
.one~common interest, that of spread
ing Christian education throughout
our state and section.
• Shorter is not a member of the
Mercer System, -because-'of the pro
steins of its charter and the Will of
its founder, Cpl. Alfred Shorter, it
.cannot make over, its property to the
Holding Commission of the Conven
tion, but. it is a BAPTIST institu
tion and stands for the best princi
ples of the. great church of which
it is a part. Under the~*charier of
the college, every one of its trus
tees must be a Baptist in good stand
ing in his church; it needs no .hold
ing commission for the protection of
its property, for under its charter,
it is not allowed to go in debt or to
place a mortgage' or lein of any
kind against its property. It is ab
solutely impossible to alienate Shor
ter-from the Baptists of the state by
any process whatsoever. While there
fore, we are not a member of the 1
Mercer system, we desire the closest
fellowship with the. schools and col
leges whose charters do not prohibit
the makihg over of their property
to the Holding Commission. We- are
jin fullest sympathy with every ob
ject of our great Convention 1 . We
•re BAPTIST in' everything that
* to contribute to every object fos
tered by our Convention. We thank
Mr. Editor, for inviting us to
letter in your columns every
and if there is any way
Nine Rahs for the- Mercer Clus
ter. Come on boys and girls of the
Baptist schools of the Mercer Sys
tem and let us make the Mercer Clus
ter the BIGGESTand BEST school
paper in thpAJnited States. We can?
The Norman Institute students
greeted the idea with a cheer when
the President, Col. L. H. Browning,
can.e from the conference in Macon
and announced in chapel that all the
Baptist schools of the Mercer System
would publish a combined paper. The
school showed appreciation by the
whole student body subscribing at
chapel immediately, electing 1 a staff
of editors, * „ # -
1 The school is proud of the name,
“Mercer Cluster” for when we hear
it called, it makes one tEink^bf-'Sll^he
/prep schools under the Mercer Sys
tem and when reading it are brought
in closer touch with others and learn
more about the big educational sys
Well,, it is a great idea and a
bright"future before us, so let us
strive to Teach the. goal.
- J. E. NEWTON,
Business Manager Norman Institute.
Mr. Batts, B.Y.P.U. worker, hat ° nl y two opponents and won one de-
been conducting a training class. The
class has been a great success and
the school is to soon organize a suc
The Sunbeam band was organized
Sunday Sjpt. 26, 'twenty three chil
dren were present. ' ■
Mr. Trostle a Presbyterian evange
list, is conducting, a camp meeting
here. : |
Miss Jessie Hughes, former Hearn
girl spent several days here last
wees as guest of Miss Marie Seweli.
James Sewell member of the class
of 1917, recently left Gave Spring to
spend several months with his brother
in Texas. ' . -
John Ray Ellis a popular member
if the Cave Spring younger set has
left to work in Birmingham.
Misses Essie Durrence, Lola Dai
Kicklighter at$d Dale Dubberly spent
Sunday Oct. 2nd with Miss Audrey
Burton Finch recently made a bus-
which we can aid the paper, "help j * ness tr *P to Dallas Ga.
pnttey at the Mercer Syn- Mercer or Bessie Tift or any other Miss Willie Ruth Mckenzie has re-
of our Baptist’ enterprises, just let sumed her studies at Br.enau.
us know and all that we have will
be used in the effort.
A color rioil erteeon, gold,
With varied shades between,
By aatam’a magic changed in hae
Sommer’s robes of green.
rad e-top the hedge
her shining crown,
As towering in regal state
She Miles with never frown.
A fleecy doodship rides the ses
Of sir beneath the btne
Expanse of doer etheral sky
A<g!aam with azure hue.
ho earth her cloak oC^oesy green
Andgraathas changed to brown—
sober habit die will wear
snowflakes simmer down.
The birds fly sooth where sonny
Igvite their presence when
Th* aectUand swept by storm and
winter claims again.
Onr eyas bahdd a wondrous change
By astsmn’s magic wrought
The heart life’s mystic secret learns
by mother nature taught.
We see the flush of life recode
As death draws on apace
And know the flesh shall follow suit
spirit seeks its place.
i this realm of endless change
Wo ride abreast the tide
.and -a better equipment are indica-
' ' - e'er abide.
Our opening has been all that our
most enthusiastic friends would wish 1
splendid class of girls; not a sin-
conditioned Sophmore, Junior or
Senior ud very few Freshmen with
.fewer tHn IS units, make-thf finest,
student body that the college" fis
ever known. Next year we expect to
require FIFTEEN units for any stu
dent to enter Shorter.
Manget Davis is attending Georgia
Tech. ’ /
Messrs Mike McGimis and William
Culherhson recently left nor Dahlon-
ega,.where they, are students of the
North Georgia. Agricultural College
James Davis former student at
Hearn, is attending Richmond Acad
emy at Augusta.
Mllllirmy mill jnii little son
Hugh of Glenville, Ga^Ksited his
daughter, Dale a few days agp.
young woman who may attend the
Here were 62 students.who were college by reason of' this scholarship,
* allowed to return to Shorter thisTltavery best advantages.
t wise man and the fools money
fall because they had-not worked off
all conditions; that VJejt us but 93
students about the Freshman class;
of these 93 girls, forty are taking dif
ferential and integral calculus as an
elective; five are taking a still more
advanced course in mathematics, the
theory of equations, determinants
and symetric functions.
It has been supposed that girls are
not fond of mathematics; we think
that Shorter is proving) an exception
.to the rule.
-X - -**♦*
On Thursday evening.Viast, every
gill in the college went to hear Tom
Dixon's new play, ‘.‘Robert E. Lee.”
uft. Van Hoose counted, it as one of
our Lyeetnn numbers, believing that
every girl should have an opportun
ity of seeing this period of southern-
history when presented by a south
ern writer.' It was a great occasion
There are rumors throughout the
college that the Mercer Glee Club
will visit Shorter soon. We are
wondering if this, is true. A cordial
welcome awaits them.
The W. M. ff. of the Serepta Asso
ciation has. just decided to estab
lish a Teh Thousand. Dollar scholar
ship at Shorter and Dr. Van Hoose
went to Athens last Wednesday to
meet a committee from the Unoin
who were empowered to close the
matter and estsblfch the scholarship.
Thy have.'cash in hand nearly $9000
far the scholarship and gxpect to add
to tfeat sum until it reaches $10,000.
The interest on this sum is to. fec
used in defraying the expenses at
some young lady from the Serepta
tyho shall-be selected by the Execu
tive Committee of the W. M. U.
Shorter appreciate this thoughtful
ness of the .women of the Associa
tion and pledges itself to give the
You may loolc for a weekly letter
from Shorter, Mr. Editor, and we
hope that the Cluster may become
one of the greatest factors for good
in our educational and. religious nfp,
that our denomination has.
L. G .1. NOTES
Locust Grove already - has an en
viable record, but if a more conL4-eonJtributor to London Punch
plete faculty, a large student body,
and a beter equipment are indica
tions, 1920-21 will’ break all records.
Bugle calls for revaille discover
students pouring out of halls, build
ings, tents, both on the off the cam
pus, like rati., if ’.the windy little
bugle eprps could wake up more they
would do it, for their practice is lusty
and full (if pep. Residents of Lo
cust Grove are assured of plenty of
poise. ' ; •
Every crack and crevice around
Locust- Grove is filled with students
but the annex to the boys’ dormitory
is nearing completion, so -these
crowded conditions will soon be re
/Quite a number of students - re
ceived B. Y. P. U. diplomas on Wed
nesday morning. The school is grate
ful to Field Worker Lewis Batts for'
the excellent training course in -the
Manual which he conducted here last
week. t Much interest is being shown
in B. Y. P. U. work at L..G. I. No
school in Georgia offers wider op
portunities or furnishes more whole
some environment for training in
Although the local team has met
cisive victory, there is every reason
to believe that L. G. I. has one of
the. best prep elevens in the state.
At this writing local fans are anx
iously awaiting results of the game
with G. Mi A., which will no doubt
be one of the hardest battles of the
The student body is behind its team
with the sort of spirit that maker
for good athletics. L. G. I. believes
in well developed, all-round men, and
is offering every encouragement to
clean athletics. Look out for the
record this year.
The first number of the Lyceum
course Kirill be presented at the Au
ditorium Saturday evening, October
9. This is an annual feature of the
school work, and always contributes
wonderfully to the enjoyment and
culture of the student body.
Among the faculty announcement*
oii Thursday *n»orning was one of
special interest to all those who en
joy exercising their vocal organs.
Miss Smith, of the Piano and Voice
Department, requested all who could
carry the “tiniest little tube” to re
main after chapel. Quite a number
responded and plans were farmed for
organizing a Glep'Club.
They will probably be heard far
and wide during the year. They are
anxious for the opportunity of prov
A woman is queer, there’s no doubt
She hates to be thin, and she hates
to be fat
One minute it’s laughter, the next
it’s a cry,
You can’t understand her, however
But there’s one thing about her
which everyone jpiowa—
A woman’s not dresaed till she pow
ders her* nose.
RIES A ARMSTRONG
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AN ENGLISH JOKE:
r?‘ i jMcArthur, author of “The
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be published by Houghton'Hifflin Oo.’J
is only the third American who could j
honestly be described as a “regular
two predecessors in this honor were
Artemus Ward and Judge Halibur-
ton, author of the “Sam Slick Pa-
pert.” All of which goes to prove
the injustice of the indignant Lon
doner’s retort- to some “spoofing”
about, his ' nation's sense 6f humor,
“I’ll have you know, sir, that an
English joke is not a thing to be
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Conan Doyle’s doUar-a-word fate
which he is reported to -have re
ceived for some of his stories, looks
small in comparison with the price
paid for the motion-picture rights to
"Uncle Sam of Freedom - , Ridge,”
published recently by Doubleday,
Page & Co. The Henry Levey Pro
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scenario of Margaret Prescott Mon
tague’s story, which was 30 warmly
praised by the President, paying
something more than $200 a word (or
Mrs. J. D,. Arp with her sister vis
ited her son John, at Hearn Sunday.
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