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team makes any money during the season, this is used for the benefit
of all in improving the gymnasium or the baseball diamond. If, how-
ever, the athletic treasury shows a deficit, coetus assumes the task of
making this up.

The real governing body of coetus is Prima and Secunda. These also
form an organization of their own to which no lower classmen are admit-
ted. They take the lead in all things and form a court before which
any minor offender, also of their own class, may be brought to judgment.
All the high ranks of the battalion are filled by them. In the matter
of privileges, Prima and Secunda are better off than the remainder of
coetus, but they also bear the responsibility for all breaches of discipline
which occur. This has shown itself to be an excellent arrangement as
it somewhat lessens the burden that lies upon the director's shoulders
and practically makes the students a self-governing body. The members
of Prima act as Officer of the Day, while the members of Secunda assume
this duty only during the shorter vacations. Prima and Secunda, in spite
of their superior position, are not considered rulers by the lower class-
men but only well-meaning advisers, and consequently, the friendliest
relations exist among all classes.



The n. K. A.

THE n. K. A. is the official society of the class of 1915. It was organ-
ized in the fall of 1912, and continued throughout the remaining
years of the class's stay at Concordia. At first, it had a member-
ship of only 27, but later on, all the members of the class joined, so
that every member of the class also became a member of the n.K.A. Long
before this time, frequent attempts had been made in the class to organ-
ize literary and other clubs, but these usually proved of short duration
and little interest was taken in them. When the n. K. A. was organized,
however, it was done with a fixed purpose, which seemed to promise
success for the undertaking. It was to promote class spirit in general,
to give the members an opportunity of practicing debating and speaking,
and especially to make the publishing of a class annual possible by awak-
ening interest for the book and by raising the necessary funds.

One of the rooms in the old building was secured as a club room and
after being decorated with pennants and pictures, presented a very cozy
appearance. Now fine quarters for club rooms are found above the new

Shortly before securing the room, the first real meeting was held
and all the necessary officers and committees were elected. A constitu-
tion was drawn up and signed by all the members. It was decided to
have one meeting every week, and a special program committee was
elected whose duty it was to provide an interesting program for each
meeting. This program usually consisted of debates, speeches, decla-
mations, and the like. Frequently, members of the faculty would oblige
the society by giving a lecture on some interesting subject. On other
evenings, only personal experiences were related, some of which proved
highly amusing. The most notable of these were the experiences of a
member, who had been stranded on Ellis Island, and those of another,
who had been forced to make the trip from St. Louis to Ft. Wayne on
freight trains.

The club meetings were highly instructive and entertaining and were
held regularly every week. Later on, however, it was found impossible
to continue them with the same regularity on account of the increasing
studies and other duties which demanded a portion of the class's spare
time. They were never discontinued altogether, however, but whenever
an opportunity presented itself the class gathered together for an old
time n. K. A. meeting. Thanks to the club, the members also came into
closer contact with each other and became better friends, so that the
whole class was benefited in every way by the organization. The club
also made it a point to show its loyalty to the college at all times and
kept together at all games in order to do better and more efficiently
organized rooting. The succeeding classes have all followed this example,
and have now formed the Rooters' Club. In achieving its mam purpose,
the club has also been successful, for it has been the means of publishing
the first class annual at Concordia.


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Literary Societies

ALMOST every class, even Sexta, has a literary society somewhat on
the order of the n. K. A Although debating and public speaking
are mainly practiced in these societies, their chief interest usually
lies in the society paper, wherein jokes and raillery on the different
members of the class may be published. Two editors are elected to gather
the material for this paper and to read it at the meetings. The most suc-
cessful of these societies is the Purple and Maize, the organization of the
class of 1916, which has also held some interesting mock trials. The
class of 1918 has also formed a good society which distinguished itself
during the year through frequent meetings — and, incidentally, through
good rooting.

The Stationery

WHEN the stationery was established years ago, it was by no means
the flourishing business into which it has since developed. With
a wooden locker in the corner of a study room, a start was made,
but every year brought an increase in some direction until it is
now located in a large 25x60 foot room and comprises almost every agency
through which a profit can be made. While the first managers dealt only
in commodities which were absolutely necessary, such as ink, paper, pen-
cils, glue, shoe polish, etc., and were content to let individual students
handle sporting goods, tobacco, laundry, and any novelty which was likely
to prove popular, the present stationery not only takes care of all this, but
also operates a lunch counter where cookies, peanuts, candy, fruit, and ice
cream may be purchased. The stationery was moved to its present quar-
ters in the old armory in September, 1913. It occupies all the space in
this large room, one whole side of which is provided with shelves which
are always well stocked. A long wooden counter and a glass showcase
in front of these shelves cut off about a third of the room and into this
sanctum only the managers of the stationery are allowed to go, all others
being requested to remain in front of the counter. With the new quar-
ters, a cash register was added in order to insure up-to-date business meth-
ods, and this occupies a prominent place in the center of the counter.

Three members of Prima are appointed every year by the faculty to
manage the stationery, one buyer and two salesmen. The prices are set
in favor of the student and even the small profit made is used for his
benefit in the students' library or in the boarding fund. It does not re-
quire much advertising therefore to make the student realize that patroniz-
ing the stationery means a profit for himself, and the business which this
brings keeps the three managers busy a large part of their spare time.



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The Library

THE students' library occupies a spacious, well-lighted room above
the new messhall. It was founded more than fifty years ago,
shortly after our college was moved from St. Louis to Fort Wayne,
and has grown from a meager hundred volumes to about three
thousand. As the library always increased and the old quarters proved
too small, it was moved from one room to another for several years.
For quite a while, it found a resting place in Room 34 in the dormitory,
but when the new messhall was completed in the year 1913, it was moved
to this building, where a special room had been provided for it. No one
regretted the change, however, for a large amount of light and space was
gained in the new room.

The library belongs to coetus. Every member of coetus is entitled
to draw books and make use of the room during the regular library hours
as long as he obeys the rules. The affairs of the library are directly
administered by a president, a secretary, and a directorium, a committee
of twelve which is elected by coetus at the beginning of each semester.
The president and the secretary, however, serve all year and are inde-
pendent of the second election held in January. While only members
of Prima can fill these two offices, any member of Prima, Secunda, and
Tertia is eligible for a place on the directorium. The duties of the
directorium are various. The different members act as librarian in turn
a week at a time. During his week, the librarian is in charge of the
room. He must place all returned books in their places on the shelves,
and arrange all newspapers and magazines. Whenever the room is to
be open to coetus, he must be present, issue books, see that the rules are
obeyed, and be ready to give any desired information. In return for
this, he is given a key to the room and enjoys a more liberal use of the

The reading matter of the library is selected with a view to being
instructive as well as entertaining. The daily papers of the large cities
and many weekly and monthly magazines can always be found on the
reading tables. The books cover almost every field of knowledge, but
English and German literature predominate. Science, natural history,
history, classics, and fiction are well represented. The lovers of Goethe,
Schiller, Lessing, Shakespeare, Milton, Macaulay, Tennyson, and the
other classical writers can always find the works of their favorite authors.
For those, however, who as yet take no interest in the classics, a few
shelves of good fiction have been provided. Every year, a number of
new volumes are added to the library, a part of the stationery proceeds
being used for this purpose. To facilitate the drawing of books, the
directorium of 1911-1912 introduced a modern card catalogue and card
system. This system was completed and very much improved by a care-
ful inspection to which the new directorium subjected every section in
September before opening the library to coetus.


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The Typewriter Club

THE Typewriter Club is an organization that nourishes only during
the winter months. During this season, most of the students re-
main indoors the greater part of the time, and this club offers them
an opportunity to spend the otherwise dull hours in a useful man-
ner. A large number usually take advantage of this opportunity to learn
typewriting. The club is divided into a number of classes and a type-
writer is rented for the use of each class. A schedule of hours when
each member may practice is then made and every member is required
to regulate his practice according to this schedule.

In connection with typewriting, the study of shorthand is also often
undertaken by the members. They either form a class under the super-
vision of some experienced member, or, which is more often the case,
try to learn it by private study. While no one can become really expert
in typewriting or shorthand in this manner, the club gives them a start,
and has in fact turned out some very proficient typists. The system
usually employed is Gabelsberger's, since most of the lectures to be copied
are delivered in German, and this system is especially adapted to German.
The Pitman system is also used to some extent.


WHILE amateur photography has been practiced at Concordia for
many years, no real organization exists among these amateurs.
Some efforts have been made in this direction, but have always
ended in failure. Yet all who are interested in taking photographs
are bound together by a mutual interest in the "dark room," the only avail-
able place for developing and printing pictures. The dark room was fitted
out about ten years ago by several students who made a specialty of taking
college views, pictures of students, groups, and teams and selling them
to the students. At first, they had the whole business to themselves, but
as the number of amateur photographers increased, the business was
divided among a greater number. When the original founders of the
dark room were graduated, they sold out the room to the amateur pho-
tographers then attending here, and among these an agreement concern-
ing the use of the room was made. Any student can now use the room
and avail himself of all its conveniences after paying the regular admis-
sion fee to the league.

A number of students who have practiced photography for years
have become quite proficient in this art and find many customers for
their pictures. Some have acquired quite a collection of pictures of col-
lege life in this manner and these are prized as highly as a collection of
the finest works of photographic art.


Glee Clubs

FOR years, it has been custom for the three upper classes to maintain
an octette or glee club. To organize these glee clubs, Professor
Feiertag is usually consulted and under his guidance those that
possess the best voices are chosen. These then form the glee club,
and hardly a week passes but they meet two or three times for singing

The glee clubs appear in public at various occasions. At times, selec-
tions are sung at the different churches in the city. Then again, an octette
may be invited to supper to some home, where they furnish the entertain-
ment by singing, and also spend an enjoyable evening themselves. Selec-
tions by the different octettes also form a large part of the program of all
entertainments given by the studentbody. But the occasions enjoyed
most by the members of the glee clubs are those when they are invited
to some nearby town to give a concert under the auspices of some church
society. All the numbers of the program are then practiced with more
than usual diligence and all preparations for a successful concert are
made. The programs are under control of the faculty.

A successful trip of this kind was made this year by the Mozart Glee
Club, the octette of the class of 1916, to Woodburn, Ind. A special feature
of their program was the Silent Manual of Arms, which had to be repeated
several times.

During the last few years, the three octettes have also been forming
a large male choir, the Concordia Glee Club. This club has rendered some
difficult numbers at the students' entertainments as well as at the concerts
of the Lutheran Choral Society.

A choir very similar to this glee club is the Prima and Secunda chorus.
Any member of Prima or Secunda, who is able to sing at all, can join this
chorus, which usually has about forty-five members. It is under the
direction of Professor Feiertag, who devotes part of an hour every week
to it. Its activity is chiefly limited to the singing of sacred music.

The Rooters Club

THE ROOTERS' Club is a loosely organized body. It consists of the
different classes, each under its own leader, united under one yell-
master, a member of Prima. No formal application for member-
ship is needed. Whoever wishes to join attaches himself to his
class's rooters' club and thereby becomes a member of the large club. The
meetings are usually held a day or two before a game, when the whole
crowd comes together to practice the different yells. Especially at the
basket ball games, the rooting is very effective, but it is by no means lack-
ing at the baseball games. Every member of the club is a booster.


The Band

THE band existed long before the cadet corps, but since the military
department was added to our college it has been made a part of
the battalion. It usually consists of about thirty members and
for the last few years Prof. P. Schuelke has been the director.
Much of the band's work consists in playing for the battalion at dress
parades, guard mounting, and other ceremonies, and, therefore, the drill
period is usually used by them for practice. Some knowledge of the drill,
however, must be possessed by its members, as the whole appearance of
the battalion would be ruined, if the band were out of step while march-
ing. Every now and then, therefore, they spend an afternoon at drill
on the campus like the other companies. But the band as a unit also
takes part in other student affairs besides the military. At the George
Washington Entertainment, the band played several selections. During
the winter months, it filled a large part of the program at the indoor
track meet and at the indoor festival. Besides this, it also played at
several basket ball games where its music helped to enliven the time
between halves.

For several years, the band was greatly hampered by the lack of
sufficient instruments. The instruments which it possessed were old
and worn, and it was difficult to get the correct tones out of some of them.
This year, however, a number of new instruments were purchased and
several of the old instruments repaired. Encouraged by this, the mem-
bers also determined to improve their playing, and it can be truthfully
said that they have accomplished wonders in this direction.


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The Lutheran Choral Society

IN THIS year, the Lutheran Choral Society can celebrate its fifth anni-
versary. Although this does not seem such a very long time, it will
appear quite a long lifetime for a choral society, if we remember that
. most choral societies that began with a membership numbering sev-
eral hundred voices have been of very short duration. Our society, how-
ever, has succeeded in successfully weathering all storms, both internal
and external, of the past five years. It was organized in the fall of 1910
and consisted, at that time, of a chorus of about three hundred voices.
The choral society grew out of the choral singing, which for years had
been obligatory upon every student at Concordia, whether he could sing
or not. Even under the most favorable circumstances, most students
took little interest in the bi-weekly compulsory singing lessons, and even
an occasional appearance of the chorus in public could not arouse much
lasting interest in choral work.

About this time, Director M. Luecke, who had been trying for several
years to awaken some sort of interest for this work among the students
hit upon the plan of organizing a society to consist of the various Lu-
theran church choirs and of the student chorus. He interested a number
of choir leaders in the project and finally, after many difficulties had
been overcome, the choral society was formed. Various Lutheran
churches of Fort Wayne were represented in it. Mr. Feiertag, who had
been director of the students' chorus for years, was secured as director
of the new society, and not too much credit can be given him for the
success which the society has experienced since its organization. At the
first concert, the "Weihnachts Oratorium" by Heinrich Barth was ren-
dered. More than six months of practice were needed before the oratorio
could be rendered in a suitable manner. It narrates the nativity of
Christ and contains impressive solos and choruses. Although it had been
intended to give this concert only twice, the number of people who desired
to hear it was so great, that it had to be rendered a third time.

In the following year the sacred cantata "Faith and Praise" was
chosen by the committee in charge, and after several months of practice
it was rendered before a large audience. During the next two years, the
cantatas "The Fatherhood of God" by P. A. Schnecker, and the "Rolling
Seasons" by C. Simper were given.

As the time passed and the success of the society became more and

more certain, the church choirs decided one after another to sever their

connections with the society and to give the students an opportunity of

showing what they can accomplish by themselves. At present, therefore,

t is formed almost entirely of students, only soprano and alto voices

being strengthened by an addition of the Ladies' Choir of St. Paul's

church and voices from Zion's and Emmanuel's. This chorus gave a

oncert during the present year at which the program was made up of

lumber of shorter works. The most beautiful of these were several

choruses from Haendel's "Messiah" and especially the famous "Hallelujah




ALTHOUGH the orchestra was organized several years ago, the
present year is the most successful it has experienced. Many
reasons for this success could be advanced, but the main one is
very likely the enthusiasm which the members have put into their
playing. When our class arrived at Concordia in the fall of 1909, no
orchestra was to be found here. A few years later, however, all those who
were able to play an instrument well were gathered together under the
direction of Prof. Feiertag, and this organization received the name Con-
cordia College Orchestra. For a number of years, it rendered a few
selections at entertainments given by the studentbody and also played the
accompaniments to the sacred cantatas given by the Lutheran Choral Society.
At the beginning of this year, the services of Prof. G. Bailhe as conductor
of the orchestra were secured, who has succeeded in creating the necessary
interest for this work. When the call for members was issued, enough
good musicians responded to insure good playing and all were assigned there
places. An hour every Saturday for practice was decided upon and this has
been faithfully observed by the members. The first occasion the orchestra
had to play in public this year was at the George Washington Entertain-
ment, where their playing proved the best part of the program. At the
fifth annual sacred concert given by the Lutheran Choral Society, they
played all the accompaniments and contributed much towards the success
of this concert.





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Prof : Why, Paul J ! Have you
forgotten your grammar again?
What would you think of a soldier
going to war without a gun?

Roethling: I'd think he was an

Prof: Now that we have dis-
cussed the various classes of ani-
mals, Rehm, to what class do you

Rehm : To the class of 1915.

"There ought to be only one head
to every family," shouted the ora-

"That's true," replied a worried-
looking man in the audience.

"You agree with me?" shouted
the speaker.

"I do," replied the worried-look-
ing man, "I have just paid for hats
for nine daughters."


Prof, (introducing himself) :
am your 'Herr Professor'."

Schmidt: "In English, we call
hair professors barbers."

"What do you expect to be in this

Spitz: "0, about six feet five

"What is a polygon?"
Daschner: "A polly gone is a
dead parrot."

Mike: "Pat, did you send away
a dollar for instructions what to do
at the table?"

Pat: "No, begorry, I didn't see

Mike: "Ah, you ain't smart like

Several days later.

Pat: "Mike, did you get your

Mike: "Yes."

Pat: "Well, what did they say?"

Mike: "Only one word — eat."

Beggar : "Please, give a poor old
blind man a dime."

Citizen : "Why, you can see out
of one eye."

Beggar: "Well, then give me a

Prof: "What figure of speech is
this: 'I love my professor'?"
Fischer: "Sarcasm, of course."

Schmidt: "'Tough,' lend me
your new hat to-day, will you?"

Mueller: "Sure, but why all the
formality of asking permission
Otherwise you never ask."

Schmidt: "I can't find it."

They had just arrived during the
fifth inning.

He (to a fan) : "What is the

Fan : "Nothing to nothing."

She: "Oh, goody! We haven't
missed anything."

Prof: "I hope that now all of
you will have understood that heat
expands matter and cold contracts

Berthel : "Is that why the days
are longer in summer than in win-
ter ?"

Fresh Sexty at home : "How old

is that lamp, mother?"

Mother : "0, about three years."
Sexty: "Turn it down. It's too

young to smoke."

Hotel Clerk : "I found that 'Not
to be used except in case of fire'
placard those college boys stole out
of the corridor."

Manager: "Where?"

Clerk : "They nailed it over the
coal bin."

Prof: "Es ist wirklich zum Da-
vonlaufen mit dieser Klasse!"
Voice: "Go ahead."




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Roethling: "Excuse me, Frank,
lor walking on your feet."

Wittmer: "O, don't mention it.
I walk on them myself."

Scaer: "Chubby, did you see
that pretty girl smile at me?"

Roesler: "That's nothing. The
first time I saw you, I laughed out

Sexty: "What part of the body
is the scrimmage?"

Doctor: "The scrimmage? Why,
I never heard of it."

Sexty: "Well, I was reading in
the paper where several players
were hurt in the scrimmage."

Prof: (in electricity) : "And
then where does the current pass

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