The Old-Fashioned Literary

We’re not sure how Robert’s Rules of Order would have had them handle the situation, but from this report in the January 16, 1913 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), it’s clear that a good time was had by all.

The Old-Fashioned Literary

The old-fashioned literary and debate was a great success, both as an entertainment and financially. There were a few little hitches at the start, but it soon got down to running order and everything went off as smooth as oil. The appointed chairman, W. J. Berry, was detained from coming on account of the illness of his wife, but Rev. C. H. Sauceman, kindly consented to act in his place and made a fine presiding officer.

Owing to a misunderstanding by the arrangement committee and the chairman, one of the best parts of the program was omitted. The secretary, H. W. Montgomery, and critic, R. A. Walker, had prepared their reports on a former meeting and was to have been given the first thing at this meeting, but the chairman thinking that their report was at the close of the meeting and not at the beginning did not call on them until after it was too late. It was one of the oversights or mixups that sometimes happen and no one knows just why, and as a result the audience missed a rare treat, but no one deplores it more than the chair and committee.

The secretary and critic had prepared their report on a supposed former meeting and drew wholly from their imagination. Now you can imagine how H. W. Montgomery and R. A. Walker could imagine a bunch of fellows into a whole lot of imaginable trouble. It would have been worse than the “Whack-it-to-‘Em” by F. H. Barrett.

The band furnished plenty of good music. Ralston McClain’s character song would have been a pippin if he had just kept up the gait he started out with. The solo by Miss Badger was highly complimented by everyone.

J. C. Spahr’s stump speech left his audience very much divided as to whether he ought to have been a preacher, a politician, or a patent medicine doctor.

The editor of the “Whack-it-to-‘Em” succeeded so well that he may be called upon to be the defendant in a score or more libel suits.

The chair appointed on the debate six judges, three ladies and three gentlemen. The decision was six for the affirmative, might have been more had there been more judges.