June 2, 1918
Four Remaining Upper Classmen Will Join Colors Soon
Though 90 of the students of the School of Mines already had enlisted in the army or navy, it was announced yesterday at the dedication of the new American flag, the service flag and the new flagstaff which has been set up on the campus, that the four remaining members of the junior class would be members of the army before the opening of the fall semester, and therefore there would be no senior class at the school next year.
A number of juniors enlisted earlier in the year. During the latte part of April, Fred Railey enlisted in the navy. Of the remaining four members, Oscar Rheinheimer and W.R. Cooper enlisted yesterday in the engineers. Harold Keach and Isador Cohn, both of whom are withing the draft age, have gone to their homes in Fort Worth and Waco, respectively, to register and prepare for the call to service they feel sure will come to them soon.
T.M. Prettyman, the sole representative of the senior class left to graduate, intends immediately to enlist, probably in the ordinance department.
Proud of Record
The school is rightfully proud of this record of service and the high quality of patriotism it demonstrates. This announcement was one of the chief features of the commencement day ceremonies Saturday.
An attractive patriotic pageant, staged by the girl students, served to dedicated the flags. At the commencement of the ceremonies the service flag bearing 24 stars was run up on the flagstaff. Five more stars will be added at once, in honor of five other young men who have enlisted since the flag was ordered.
The girls, dressed in white, and each representing a country of the entente alliance, were grouped on a terrace above the flagpole. Miss Blanche Lefkowitz, wearing a red cape and carrying a sword, represented "courage;" Miss Josephine March was "democracy." Those two accompanied Miss Grace Odell, representing Belgium, to the flagpole. The service flag was lowered,and while the band played the national air of Belgium, that nation's flag was hoisted to the top of the staff, and lowered as the music died away. Courage, Democracy and Belgium, turning toward the terrace, extended their arms as if in supplication. The nations joined them one by one, the flag of each being raised and lowered as the country's air was played. When it came the turn of America, the band played "The Star Spangled Banner" as the audience stood. The American flag was left flying.
Mr. Prettyman, the only senior, made a short speech, giving the flag into the care of the underclass men. There being no junior class left, the flag was received by Ray Gilbert, representing the sophomore class.
Mr. Prettyman, Ray Gilbert and Ewald Kipp had charge of the flag raising. The girls representing the allied nations were: Miss Frances Oppenheimer represented France; Miss Ruth Brown, Great Britain; Miss Ruby Simpson, Ital; Miss Evelyn Ellison, Brazil; Miss Frances Smith, Greece, and Miss Mary Heermans, America.
The Rev. Fr. A.R. Upton spoke of the patriotism of the American men, dwelling particular upon the proud record of the School of Mines.
In addition to the Seventh Cavalry band, which played during the pageant, Major W.S. Biddle, adjutant of the Fourteenth infantry brigade, and Captain Paul J. Muller, assistant district adjutant, acting as the personal representative of Brigadier General Robert L. Howze, were present.
Open house was maintained at the school all day Friday. The mill was operated, showing how ores are treated. A large number of visitors witnessed the demonstration.
A number of students of the school will spend their summer vacations putting into practice the things they have learned in theory. Richard Tighe and Abe Brettler go to Globe, Ariz.; Ramon Concha goes to Miami; Franklin Williams, Frank Woodyard and Hance McKinney go to Bisbee. Herbert Richer will work in Tyrone, N.M. Ray Gilbert and Ewald Kipp will work in the El Paso Smelter.