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CLASS 1902.,

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Ntrt far from Olrmpus still
go ^, iBhen gads drclare,

Ttriings nf gaori or ill
To trembling mortals hear.

%tlis Irappier to be trod
?Jonj lead me from aboue.

One TOsster onig— i5jjd ;
©ne message onig — Uoue.


in lawtTtg rsmrrmbrmtre,
tteOITaaanf 1902,

jBdicatB this Iicok

Board of Directors

Gates P. ThrusTon President

A. G. Adams Secretarj-

W. G. EwiNG, M.D. Clarence B. Wallace

John Hill Eakin J. D. Plunket, M.D.

W. C. Collier Henry Sperry

Laurence G. O'Bryan

Executive Committee

Gates P. Thruston President

A. G. Adams Secretary-

W. G. Ewing, M.D. Clarence B. Wallace
W. C. Collier

Officers of Instruction and Government


J. D. Blanton, LL.D President

JMO. I. Armstrong, A.M Secretary

D. L. Lacy, A.B. Bursar

J. D. Blanton Psychology, Pedagogy, Bible

Bell J. Jennings . . . Principal School Department; Sacred and Secular History
Elizabeth Chapman .... Literature in English, Literary Study of the Bible

A. P. Foster Greek, Rhetoric

LiLLiA Lynn Morton Latin, German

Antoinette Fleury French

Elizabeth J. Parker Science, Rhetoric

Louise Catchings ........ Mathematics

Marth.a A. Hopkins . . . Grammar, History, Arithmetic

D. L. L.ACY Practical Bookkeeping

Mrs.\ McDonald Principal Primary Department

Caroline McDonald Assistant Primary Department; Penmanship

Margaret M. Caldwell . . Assistant Primary Department; Librarian

Jessie Kilgore Wardlaw Physical Culture

Elsie WoodworTh Read Elocution

John Bradshaw Longman .... Art, History of .^rt

Fannie May Longman Art

LULIE L. RandlE . . . Piano, Organ, History of Music

Elizabeth C. Caldwell Piano, History of Music

Sarah E. McIlwaine . Piano

Susan Cosgrove Piano

Charles Wanzer Starr \"oice Culture, Chorus Singing

FRiiDivRiCK Emerson Farrar .... Harmony and Composition
\V. F. ALLiiN ........ Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar

C. Roland Flick Violin

Henrietta W)';ssel Harp

Charlotte E. Sharp . . . Stenograph)- and Typewriting

Julian. Shofner .
Anna H. Blanton
M.\R\' P. Carter .

Leon H. \'inci';nt
Richard T. Wvcii

. Plain Sewing, Dressmaking

Principal Home Department


Lectures on Literature
Stories in Cla.ssic Literature .



One who, through genuine love and deep under-
standingf of the best in literature, has created for
her pupils and friends a new and wonderful
world ; a creation, too, which must live because
of the strong personality behind it. In the fu-
ture, as in the past, her influence will ever be our


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Mary Cheatham .... President
Jane Tillman .... Vice President

Maud Wilson Secretary

Elizabeth Glenn .... Treasurer

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Vice Regent of Delta Sigma, 1902 ;
Vice President of Kentucky Cluh, 1002

" She smiled, and I could nut but \o\


"As merry as the da\ is Ion


" But — O! — she dance

No sun upon Haster Day
Is half so fine a sight '

" Good nature and good sense must

President of .Sophomore Class, 18H!i-ia00;
President of Juniou Class, 1900-mOl;
President of Senior Class, Iii01-l!i03.
Editor in Chief of "The Iris," IHO-'.

"A soul of power, a well of lofty


Skcrktary of SirAKl:SIM-:ARE CLUiJ. I'.H
■• Human face divine."


"A face with gladness overspread
Soft smiles, by human kindness bred


Treasurkr of SorilOMORF
Class, ISHIi-lliOli; Treasv
RER OF Junior Class, IliiiO-
lliOl; Treasurer of Sen-
ior Class, I!i01-lii02.

■' Gentle of speech, be-
neficent of mind,"


■ To see her is to love hi

win 1.1. I), II. D. Clui!, \\»t.
'rek OI - CHAFiNt; Dish Ci.t
toENT OF Texas Cluh, iihilV

.\ lender heart, a will inflexible


Darke^es etennl soul of pud'
Deephfe Ul <lll tll it s true


DiiLuM\ Pi VNO

she IS pictU to Wllk iMth
And -nltls to tilk with
And pleismt too to tliiiik


" < ifficions, innocent, sincere
Of evei-y friendless name,
tlie friend."

Flippant, pert, and full of play."


" Now tell inc the reas»n, I pray."


' Who knows nothing base
fears nothing known."


Treasurer of D. O. R. Club, I'.iOS;
Treasurer of Tennessee Clui;, li

"A character so merciful so stron
so good, so patient pe iceful
loyal, loving, pure


" The dimple that thy clnn
contains has lieaut\ in
its roundness."

II- "The Iris," 11102,


" She hatli a d.iilv lieaiUv in her life.'


"A loselnul set with httlc willful Iho


"Amber druppini; 1



"Mirth, a.linit one of thy


VICK rKi;silii;xT "1.- D. II. I). Cl.l'li, 1'.I01-1',K1-J.
" Zealous, yet modest."

"Whatslrenatli in i


■ The hearts that d'are
Are (juick to feel."


^IDICNT OI - Shaki:s:>i:ari-:
Ci.rii, 11102; President of d.
Q. R. Club, 15102.


■ "Tiiii Iris." 1»02.

i; heaven, in her eye
.• gesture, dignity and love."


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phanloni of ileliuht.'


" Her modest looks the collage might adi


Secrictarv of ALAKAMA Cl-l^li, l'M2.
"Of senile soul, to human rnce a friend

n.Tije Kay,
To haunt, to startle, ami w.-iylay.


Diploma Piano; Treasurer of St. Cecil
Club, liiOl: Corresponding Secretary
St. Cecilh Club, IfiO:^: Tresident of ]
H. D. Club. lillil-li«2.

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Secretary of Junio
liiOO-lHOl; Secretary
lOR Class, 1»01-1!)0l'; Vice
President OF St. Cecilia
Club. 1002; Secretat
OF Texas Club, idol'.

Thou hast the pat
and faith o

" There is a garden in her face.'

Senior Prophecy

was the last uig"ht of the hovise party.
Some of the g-irls in the Class of Nine-
teen Hundred and Two had met for the
first time since they separated at that
commencement. I had never experi-
enced a more pleasant visit from my
friends than I had from these g-irls.
On that nig-ht, as we drew our chairs,
sofa pillows, and the like, up to the
fire in order to hear about the various
and sundry things the girls had been
doing-, a feeling of sadness seemed to
dwell over the group. Just a few of
the girls, considering the fact that
there were thirty-seven in the class,
were with me; so we decided that each
one should tell about those of whom

she chanced to know. Lucy, that dear and well-beloved friend, had

been with me since the preceding August; so I had no trouble in letting

the girls know her thoughts and plans. I very soon found out, however,

that they — on their short visits, even —

had learned that she was just as fond

of Ward as ever. Her tenderness

and gentleness had won for her a host

of friends, but she thought most of the

ones she had known and loved while

in school at Nashville. Though five

years had elapsed since that time, we

all felt that a midnight feast, a "gym.,"

a dance, or any of the "enjoyables"

we had at Ward, would have been more

than acceptable to us.

Ruth Warterfield amused us no lit-
tle by telling of her trip abroad. She

still spoke in that same quick, witty

way. On her trip she met Count

, and they had taken quite a fancy

to each other. Her sister had chaper-

oned the party, and, on seeing the at-

Gomt — — i

tachment between the two growing so
strong-, brought Ruth home.

The child says she will never love
another, and has sent in her applica-
tion to Mary Hughes, Lena Tarable,
and Jane Tillman to join their " Old
Maid Club," which is doing charity
work for the Vanderbilt boys.

She met quite a number of the old
girls on her trip. Miss Fleury had
taken a party of girls to Europe dur-
ing the summer of the year we finished,
and had got up several parties since
that time. It was on the last of these
trips that Ruth met so many of her
old schoolmates. Among them were
Emma Berry, Martha Carroll, Kath-
arine Hart, and several j^ounger g^irls,

who now call Ward their "alma mater." She says that Emma
amused them very much in the Hotel de . Emma said the man-
ners and customs of the French people were more than she could ever

Josephine Munford is teaching- Latin at Vanderbilt. It seems that
most of the Delta Kappa Epsilon boys are taking this particular
study. Her greatest pride, though, is to tell the story of the cannon,
which has had several more coats of paint on it since the year nineteen
hundred and two.

We had looked forward with the greatest pleasure to having Theo.
Scruggs with us, but she and her husband had been offered a position
in the fair now going on in San Francisco; and, having accepted it, she
could not be with us. Her letters are always so interesting. She
writes that managing a giant seesaw is not so bad, after all. She cer-
tainly has been more fortunate than we have in one way; for she saw
Carolyn DuBose on her bridal tour, and says it is worth one's while to
go to the fair just to see this couple, if nothing more. She also wrote
that Carolyn wore her hair in an immense pompadour, and had changed
a great deal from the plain little maid that she was while in school.
Alice Borden and Katherine Rothrock went to the fair, and had been
staying around the seesaw a great deal. The}' recognized Theo., and,
after a warm reception from her, inquired about the manager of this
particular show. On being told that it was Theo.'s husband, Katherine
fainted; and Alice, thinking that they had remained in San Francisco
long enough, returned to Tennessee with Katherine.

L)(p'ecb5 to he s Tsmid Optra 'iw^er

Our beautiful and g-raceful "Miss
Sims " has been studying- for the stage
since the fall of nineteen hundred and
two, and is now playing* in London, at
the Drury Lane Theater. Her per-
sonal charm adds much to the success
she has won, and it is known that be-
fore the season is over she will be rec-
ognized as one of the finest actresses
on the English stage.

Lillian Williams expects to be a
grand opera singer next year. She
is now in Germany, and reports are
that her fondest hopes will be real-

How I did appreciate having my co-
workers on " The Iris ' ' — Mary Cheat-
ham, Addine Smith, and Agnes O'Bryan— with me on the occasion of
my house party! I know how busy they are with their journal, and
was afraid they would not be able to accept the invitation. All know, of
course, that I was delighted to entertain these famousgirls—" women,"
I should say. I learned much of their work, and feel deeply interested
in their every undertaking. They often spoke of Elizabeth Glenn and
the way in which she was received as a citizen into Baltimore. Her
husband, being an actor, is away from home most of the time, and she
has invited us to spend a while with her next winter.

Our talented Fedora has been posing for Gibson. He is now com-
pleting a series of pictures, entitled "The Gay Young Widow," in
which Fedora expects to become famous as a model. She seems to be
charmed with the life she is now living.

Among the Nashville girls with me was Bessie Dunbar. She is
thinking of applying for a position at Ward this coming year, in
order to be with those who are able to sympathize with any one that
has been disappointed in love. Her story is far too sad to be written
where "he who runs may read." It is not my purpose, anyway, to
bring tears to the eyes of any of ray readers. Suifice it to say her
old maid career has begun, and we think her brave not to take the veil.
She still seems to all but her closest friends the same cold-hearted, in-
different Bessie.

When Ruth told us that Sophie was taking Margaret Sangster's
place in the Ladies' Home Journal and writing on "My Girls" and

mmmmca lo^anMichl^kni?

"Advice to Boys," we laughed very
heartily. It seems that during- the
winter after leaving school she spent
most of her time composing love let-
ters for her girl friends. They would
simply drop her a note, inclose an en-
velope and a two-cent stamp, and she
would do the rest.

Bessie Hefley and Maud "Wilson
are in the dime museum of the fair,
sitting directly opposite each other.
They expect to return to Texas in
a few months, at which time the
latter will announce her engage-

Essie McBride and Nita Rice have
gone as missionaries to the Sandwich Islands, and we are delighted to
hear of the work going on there. Several of the Ward girls have gone
as missionaries, and we are continually hearing good reports from them.
I was not at all surprised to learn that Lucile Rog'ers had gone on
the lecture platform. Her main subjects are "Woman's Rights" and
" Presbyterianism." Anyone wishing to read some of her speeches
can find them in the New York World or the Southwestern Presby-

Liza Tally, that modest and digni-
fied Senior, has solved the question of
perpetual motion, and her name will
live forever. All the girls are proud
of her, I know, and must be delighted
that the}' had at least one unusually
thoughtful girl in the class.

Ivoraine Meeks, Sadie Peck, Mabel
Murray, and Nelly Walsh are in the
L3'ceum Course. A letter from a friend
of mine, now in Ward, says that their
prog-ramme was highly enjoyed by ev-
ery one. Quite a crowd went
to hear them, and the audi-
ence really got enthusiastic.
Sleight-of-hand tricks, danc-
ing, and singing were the main
features of their entertainment.


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Lucile Olive lives just a block from Ward, and is perfectly lovely
to the girls. The}^ say she has a beautiful home, and everything- she
wished for while in school is now at her command.

" Skeeter " — I mean Annie Nunnelly — surprised us very much by
"dropping in" to be with us on the last day of the party. We were re-
joiced to see her and to hear her part of the story. She travels with

her husband, who is employed by the Printing Company. I was

sorry that she could not have been with us long-er, but, under the cir-
cumstances, pardoned her. She says she met Jane Rogers at the hotel
in Houston, Texas. Jane is now a book agent, and says no one could
persuade her to change her place.

Anne Rhea, by no means the last to be spoken of at the time, is
now at school in New York. She has seen Miss Chisman frequently
this past winter.

How I would love to see all the girls of the class personally ! I am
so glad, however, that I have been able to have the pleasure of a visit
from these girls. They are the same jolly, lively set; and when they
left, I felt very lonely indeed (to speak mildly of it). I hope to be with
my classmates again soon; for there are few people that I think more
of than I do of the girls that were in the Class of Nineteen Hundred
and Two. Maude Stebbins.



Alice Carroll Tennessee

Nannie Hensley Overton Tennessee

Theodora Cooley Scruggs Tennessee

Lillian Pearl Smith Illinois


Ethel Bradshaw Chappell Tennessee

Katherine Gordon Rothrock Tennessee



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To be, not to seem.


Green and White.


White Rose.


Sadie Warner


lyAURA Malone .


Alice Carroll



QyPP' ( Wards


Leonora Baii.ev Most sentimental

Agnes Bennett Most widely traveled

Blanche Bergman Most attractive

Cecii<e Bryan Jolliest

Martha Buford Most intellectual

A1.ICE Carroll Cleverest

Gertrude Carter Most pleasing

ROWENA Carter ... Prettiest

Louise Chesnutt Most coquettish

Nannie Craig Most persevering

ZULMA Cross Best geometry student

Amelia Dudley Best musician

Bebe CiOANS Most energetic

Florence Goode Most talkative

Ruth Guise Most amiable

Mary Heard Best read

Laura Malone Best student


John Malonk Most disiiiifiea

Sarah McLean Most unconcerned

Sarah Morgan . Biggest flirt

Elizabeth Morton Most fastidious

Annie Neil Best Bible student

Mary Tom Odil, Smartest

Clara Park Best dancer

Mamie Plicque Most courteous

Bertha Rauscher Most influential



Class I

Mary Sanders Best disposition

LuciLH SaTTErwhite Most animated

Lillian Simpson Most meditative

Gertrude Sokoloskv . Best French student

MarySummey Most popular

Valery Trudeau Cutest

Sadie Warner . . . . Most stylish

Ethel Webb Brightest

Bessie Whiti^man Most captivating

Gail Willis Sweetest

Junior Prophecy


It so bifel that whan the younge sonne,

Hathe in the Ram hise halfe cours y runne

About a feeste so solempne and ryche,

That in this world ne was ther noon it lyche,

The Junior Classe was gathered al round,

Of which if I shall tellen al the array, .

Thanne wolde it occupie a somer's day.

It so bifel after the thriddes cours

A messenger al braithless, on a hors.

Rode to the door and begged admyttance;

He to the guestes made obeysaunce.

A mirour of glas had he in his hande.

Which comen was from straunge magis' bande,

With swish a myght that men maye in it see

Al that will happen in futuritie,

If that they magicians thene will be.

Grete was the eagernesse for to see, '

Ne profiteth til it comen to me.

Where they see ther owne smylen faces,

I saw dim. mysts and uncertaine places;

Whan that distinct these places cam to be,
Methought I saw the chancel of a churche,
That al with mony flueres was bedighte.
That mingled softly with the mony lighte.
Soon doun the aisle the bridesmaydes cam.
And I right wel perceived them to be
Four maydes — Chesnutt, Bryan, Plicque, and Neil;
After these the bryde to the organ's peal,
That I^eonora Bailey was y highte;
And as I look al faded is the lighte,
And once again I see a straunge myste.
Whan that these lift, I'll tellen if you lyste
How in the rairour's clear expancion
Of a theatre lies the reflexion.
Ther syteynge in a box, in gowne of silke.
New Yorke's belle, ne other than the ilke
Miss Bebe Goans, known of old by me:
And by hir sat the Duchess Pompadouri,
Nee Bessie Whiteman. Noun the curtain rist,
Swish grete applause, ne was ther noon, I wist.
As Florence Goode, the prima donna, met.
Whan Misses Heard and Bergman entered yet.

It seemed that the people ■nilde would go.
Again the mirour changeth. Soft and low
In a convent chapelle burned the lightes,
Ther stand two nonnes chanting full softly
' Salve Regina," in the lightes faynte
I see the lifted faces, like a saynte.
Of Laura Malone and Mar}' Summye.
The tapers flicker and to darkness hye;
And whan I look agan, I see the ringes
Of a circus; horses fast, as on winges
Go pricken round hem. On the back of one
Is Alice Carroll, excelled by none.
Upon a stande that was y raised highe
Is Agnes Bennett; round about hir nighe
Lye mony wrythen snaks, both grete and smal,
And she by magic arts doth charm them al.
Now doth a clown enter most hastily,
And speaken out both loud and lustily.
That all the folken may but wait and see
Rowena Carter daucen gracefully
And Gertrude Sokolosky fortunes tell,

And promyses that each shal com true wel.

Amazed at the fortunes these hadde made,

I was nat ware whan the mirage did fayde;

Whan I looked agan, did I behold

Ward chapelle, so familiar of old.

Mr. Blanton was making the announcemeut

That Miss Craig for the pupils' entertainment

Wolde now hem addresse on Woman's Rightes;

Than they clapped hir hands with al hir mighte.

And in a chair a former teacher sat in

Was John Malone, now teacher of Latin;

And in Miss Chapman's chair was Clara Park,

Who had in literature made grete mark.

As in an houreglas, turnt by som hande.

From one into another runs the sande.

So slowly did the scenes passe from view,

And as slowly my mynde received the newe.

I saw a lonely stretche of desert vaste,

Which did a winding river bynd y faste,

Upon whose bank were cities ruined low.

That told the tale of splendors long ago;

Ther I beheld the famous Gizeh groupe.

And close beside the gretest pyramid stoop.

The well-known forme of Mary Tom Odil,

Who for obscure facts was huntyng stille;

Upon a stone nigh hir y sat Ruth Guise,

Who ever sketched the sphinxe's tender eyes,

That she hem for illustraciones myghte

Use in a book for mankinde's delyghte,

Which was by Gail Willis now being y write,

In which were mony sayings wyse and witty.

Now the mines and alle fayde awaj'.

As when darkness descends at end of day,

And in hir place a street both brode and wyde,

Ther stande two women unseen by the tyde

Of human life ther surging to and fro;

And, looking, I saw them to be na mo

Than Lucile Satterwhite and Sarah Morgan,

With hem a monkey dancen to an organ.

Doun the street cam a woman, war and wyse,

A sergeant-at-law, who Mary Sanders ys;

Near, Bertha Rauscher leads with al hir myghte

An army that salvation was y hyghte.

Now over street and people passen bye.

The mystes com, and then I see on hyghe

A marble slab in honor of the memory

Of a greten school of philosophy,

Founded that mortals myghten 3' see

Why of al cheese green should preferred be

By him who in the moon his dayes spend,
And to this wisdom maydes four attend;
And on the slab thir names are cutted clean —
Misses Morton, Simpson, Cross, and McLean.
And now of a battle I see the iielde,
A flag I see y floaten in the lighte.
Bearing red crosse embossed on fielde of white;
Round about it the wounded lay full low.
And softly ministering among them go
Valery Trudeau with sweet wordes of cheere ;
And Ethel Webb, who, wypen mony a tear.
Gives hope and comfort to heavy hertes.
And now methought that in the glas I see
A station in which mony folkes be.
A woman see I in the restless throng.
Upon whom my gaze was y fastened long;
'Bout hir sholders a faded shawl she wore,
And neath hir arm a cotton sunshade bore,
A carpetbag, bandbox, and parrot cage.
Divers parcels, and a cat of advanced age —
Al these she held y claspfed in hir armes;
And by hir features, frightened and uncalm.


I knew Amelia Dudley she must be.
Not far from hir a widre I trespye
A tretys forme in somber robe y clad,
A widre's veil was heft from hir fas sade;
That she once Sadie Warner was I knew,
But now " Mrs. Smith " was the name, I trew,
That written was full fair and fetichly
Upon the malle hir mayde held ful semely.
Now slowly fade the throngen people weye,
And that ys all; ther ys na moore to seye.

MARTH.-i Stokes Buford.




Lavender and White


Lavender and White Sweet Peas.


Rickety rah ! Rickety boom !
We're the ducks from Ward's schoolroom.
Quackety quack ! Boomety roar !
We're the Class of Nineteen and Four !


Margaret McDonald . . . President
Nellie Malone Fall . Vice President

Shirley Cummins Secretary

Sara Douglas Treasurer


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Sophomore Nonsense

(The only kind of sense tlie Sophomores have)


Query : Why is it that Mabel Bryan prefers " Berrys " above all other fruit?

Esther Carter informed us the other day that there is no royal road to learning;
even Carnegie gets there by degrees.

Shirley Cummins has been requested not to snore so loud in literature on Mon-

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