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The “Emperor Jones,” Eugene G. O’Neill’s, of Provincetown, drama, has been produced in Boston. The Provincetown players may be said to have done themselves well by presenting as a maiden effort in Boston, this play by O’Neill in which Charles Gilpin plays the leading role. “The Emperor Jones” is O’Neill’s first offering to Boston theatre world although he learned his trade at Prof. Baker’s Harvard 47 Workshop.
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In a stock judging contest at the Massachusetts Agricultural College, Amherst, recently, Lawrence High School of Falmouth won second place, scoring 1100 out of a possible 1200 points. Eight teams competed in the contest, with 54 competitors for individual prizes. The team from the Lawrence High School was composed of Arthur Briggs, Edward Briggs and Harold Dushane, and these young men are to be congratulated upon their ability as judges of live stock. They deserve special credit for the reason that the other teams competing were selected from much larger schools than Lawrence High. Mr. Williams, who is taking the place of Mr. Hawkes as agricultural instructor, accompanied the boys to Amherst, the party making the trip by auto.
A DELAYED LETTER
In looking over some old manuscripts the other day the editor came across the following letter which is so full of longing for the country of the writer’s ancestry that we publish it herewith, just as it was written in 1918:
“A state of Maine man, Mr. Dana, has just handed me a copy of your magazine of December, 1917. Because I am a Cape Codder marooned in the Rocky Mountains for 40 years, though I started to run away to sea when I was 8 years old—man proposes, God disposes. I read it through from stem to gudgeon including the poetry and the advertisements. My ancestor, Thomas Baxter, Yarmouth, Mass., married the daughter of Capt. John Gorham, Temperance Gorham Sturgis, widow of Edmund Sturgis, Jr., Jan. 26, 1879. He was a lieutenant under Capt. John Gorham in the great swamp fight, King Philip’s war, and that part of Maine (then Massachusetts) called Gorham, was set off to them for services against the Narragansett Indians.
“With such ancestry, followed by worthy descendants, don’t you think I have a love for Cape Cod sand? Capt. Gorham’s wife was Desire Howland, daughter of John Howland of the Mayflower and the first son of Thomas, John Baxter, married Desire Gorham, June 11, 1706, and with his two brothers built the old mill at Hyannis of which it is sung:
“The Baxter boys they built a mill,
And when it went, it never stood still.
And when it went it made no noise,
Because ’twas built by Baxter’s boys.”
“I hope to pass my last years in my cottage in South Dennis and to quote from Edna Howes’ poem on page 23, entitled ‘Who’s Worrin’?’