The Lakeside Club
My history of the Lakeside Club must of necessity be quite fragmentary. In the first place, I had a limited association with it, and secondly I have forgotten some of the details.
My fist two years at Rollins, 1912-4, were spent in Pinehurst dormitory, residencely speaking. Hiram Powers was proctor, and Berkeley was in charge of Lakeside. During this period of time I heard vague reports of a Lakeside Club, but paid little attention to it.
Then, Pinehurst was converted to a music hall, and former contents (human), including Hiram Powers were transferred to Lakeside. Some of the new boys joined the Lakeside Club, but for a time I was so busy with my Latin, Greek, mathematics and fifteen-cents-an-hour work that I overlooked active membership in it.
In the spring of 1916 Erik Palmer corralled us, and with an inspiring talk brought us all into membership. All I remember after that was the variety show we put on. One number was a debate on prohibition. Ben Shaw as a dude delivered his argument in rhyme. Maurice Wheldon as Charlie Chaplin acted his in silence. I was a German, pleading for beer, etc. Then, the quartette sang the parody to "Blest be the Tie that Binds", featuring Dean Enyart, Fred Hanna, Ray Green and Erik Palmer.
Speaking of Erik Palmer, remember the joke in the Sandspur? Mel Wagner (listening to Professor Palmer singing the Rollins song) "What do you think of his execution?" Jew Baby (Irving Burke): "I'm in favor of it."