ftfje Patties of our College Me
The war is over, our battles are fought. We look back from the pinnacle of the cita- t
del, which has withstood for three long years our bloody onslaught, and briefly review
the battles, which will forever adorn the record pages of our memories.
On the fourth of October, nineteen hundred eleven, a force of fifty-eight strong en¬
listed against the enemy. They were rather raw, but in them was promising material.
Not having much experience in arms, we had many trying battles with the brigades of
Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, and other dreaded foes.
On the first of October, nineteen hundred twelve, we marched forth to battle at the
beginning of the second year's siege with our ranks diminished to fifty-five braves; again
General-in-Chief Foster, much loved and admired by all, brilliantly commanded the
troop. The battle was waged against Pathology, but all of this was ended in an over¬
whelming victory of our army and in the retreat of this foe.
On the first of October, nineteen hundred thirteen, we returned to launch into the
third year of battle. The roll was called, but some failed to answer. This time we
surged forth with only forty-two braves, but were later reinforced with four more war¬
riors. The thickest of the fray was when we assailed the regiment of Oral Prophylaxis,
under the leadership of General Robin Adair. On this battle-field was much smoke, hot
air, bayonneting and cannonading; at times it seemed as if we would be out-flanked,
but still it may be considered one of our most brilliant victories.
December first, nineteen hundred thirteen, dawned bright and clear. Our little army
of forty-six veterans, tried and true, gaily marched forth to battle; but, lo and behold! a
new enemy loomed darkly upon the horizon. It was considered wise by General-in-Chief
Foster that General G. V. I. Brown command the troop against this foe, Oral Surgery.
We had conquered Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, and others of our stronger enemies,
but victory over this foe seemed almost impossible; however, under the command of Gen¬
eral Brown, the strength of our small regiment was magnified and strengthened by his
courageous talks and skill in battle; and thus another victory was added.
Another battle of note in this year was fought against the much dreaded foes, Bac¬
teriology and Histology. General-in-Chief Foster deeming it wise that General Claude A.
Smith command the force against these enemies. Our braves fell on all sides, but their
comrades pressed forward and overcame the last enemy on the horizon; and we now ask
for an unconditional surrender, that we might frame and keep it as an everlasting
memento of our valor.
We can not sheath our swords, we have but skirmished in the great war of life.
The fight is before us. With our pennants of the "S. D. C." flying in the breeze, let
us besiege with more vigor than ever before the barracks of our stronger cities; and
when we have come to stack arms, if it can be said that we have fought our way
through as nobly as we did those three years at the Southern Dental College, we can
truly say: "We have fought a good fight, we have kept the faith."
R. B. Haddock.