Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Good Manners in 1937

BTHS published a school newspaper until the 1960's it is believed. The following article on good manners was transcribed by K Fisher. 

THE PORTONIAN, March 8, 1937
 On the street:
    Custom demands a hat on city street for boys and girls.  If gloves are to be worn; they must be put on inside the building and fastened.
    When you are walking along the street, don’t whistle to friends.  Cross the street if you wish to talk.  Even though it be your long lost friend, don’t kiss.  Kissing is taboo to the street or in public places.
    If you want to hold quite a conversation, walk along in your acquaintance’s direction.  No one must stand and converse on the side walk. 
    Friends must never walk more than three abreast; and groups of two are more comfortable for the passer-by.
    Don’t talk to strangers on the street, “That’s self-protection.”
    However, a perfectly courteous request from a stranger for directions always requires a courteous answer.
    A cripple person is given the right of way on the street, and his passage made as easy as possible; so too with the elderly person.
    Except, possibly, on the campus, a girl should not go along the walks with their arms about each other’s shoulders, or holding hands or arm in arm, this also applies to boys who are close friends.
    Party clothes are not for street wear.  If you are going to a party, wear a wrap of some kind on the street.  A boy always wears an overcoat over his dress suit, even in summer.
    Never comb your hair in public, manicure your nails or clean your teeth.  Don’t eat anything on the street.  Don’t chew gum.
    Carelessness in the smallest detail of street behavior marks a person as distinctly ill bred.  Do not congregate on street corners, or lounge against pillars or store windows.  Lounging inside a store is no better.  To hang around a soda fountain and similar places for lack of something to do links one up with third-rate persons.
    Keep to the right, unless you are passing a person.  Never push another person aside in order to hurry past.  If a person bumps into another on the street, he says, “I am sorry.”
    When the colors go by, a boy removes his hat and stands at attention.  A girl remains standing motionless and erect, with hands at side.  If a funeral is passing on the street, one must not cross through the procession, but stand quietly, without talking.  This is in deference both to the dead and the bereaved.
    Paragraphs for BOYS:
A girl appears around the corner!   Watch the situation change!
In chronological order the correct procedure is this:
    The girl should speak first.  The boy returns the courtesy.   
    If he is smoking, he takes the cigarette from his mouth.  If they stop to speak for a moment, the boy removes his hat and holds it in his hand.
    There should be no lengthy interview on the street.  If they want to talk at all, the boy must walk on with the girl.  He asks first if he may.  Then he puts on his hat and walks at the side of walk nearest the curb.  If he has a cigarette in his hand, he throws it away.
    If the girl is carrying some heavy cumbersome article, such as a suit case the boy asks if he may carry it, and the girl allows him to do so.  A girl does not try to pick up anything she may drop if a boy is with her, but leaves it for the boy to do.
    Of all third-rate things done, the most common is for a boy to hang on a girl’s arm.  A BOY NEVER TAKES A GIRL’S ARM.  This is a mark of disrespect, and CHEAPENS the girl.
    A girl may only take a boy’s proffered arm if the street is rough or walking precarious.
    A boy may place his hand under the girl’s elbow to assist her into a street car or other conveyance, both of which she always enters first.  A boy only pays a girl’s fare when he has asked her to go someplace as his guest, not when they meet by chance on the same car or bus.  A boy gets off the street car or steps out of the automobile first and helps the girls to alight.