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Professor Sims spoke of Luna as a purist in language, mentioning his Spanish grammar, published in London in 1623. He then discussed the language of Luna's continuation of the Lazarillo, particularly as regards the rsity use of Aragonese peculiarities, the employment of the two forms of the past S subjunctive in conditional sentences, the distinction in use of por que and para que, etc.
Among those who participated in the discussion of the various papers were Messrs. Hills, Marden, House, Wagner, Keniston, Hespelt, Fichter, and Fraker.
Following the announced program, the chairman then asked for reports on work now being done in the field and suggestions of opportunities for further work. Mr. Hills reported a study under way under his direction on the -se and -ra subjunctives; Mr. Crawford, a study of the sibilants in sixteenth century Spanish. Mr. Nykl spoke on a possible etymology for picaro. Sr. Solalinde announced the preparation in Madrid of a glosario of sixteenth-seventeenth century Spainsh. Mr. Keniston urged detailed studies on minor points as a basis for later definitive studies of important matters. Mr. Marden stressed the value of a study of sixteenth century Spanish in connection with Spanish-American dialects, which represent, not Andalusian Spanish as often said, but general Spanish of the sixteenth century. All the speakers urged co-operative studies in the various fields.
About 75 persons attended. The subject for next year was left to the new officers, who were unanimously elected as follows: Chairman, Professor J. D. M. Ford, Harvard University; Secretary, Professor W. A. Beardsley, Goucher College. The meeting adjourned at 4 o'clock.
HENRY GRATTAN DOYLE
THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE SPANISH ACADEMY
Don Antonio Maura, former Spanish Premier and for many years President of the Royal Spanish Academy (Real Academia Española de la Lengua) died in Madrid last December.
The man who succeeds him as President of the Royal Spanish Academy is one well known to teachers and students of Spanish throughout the world, Don Ramón Menéndez Pidal, the greatest living Romance philologist, the author of La Leyenda de los Infantes de Lara, Manual de gramática histórica española, Cantar de mío Cid, Los orígenes del Español, Poesia Juglaresca y Juglares, El Rey Rodrigo en la literatura, and over a hundred more important books, pamphlets, and articles on various aspects of Romance linguistics and literature. The election of Menéndez Pidal to the presidency of the Royal Spanish Academy is a source of great satisfaction and joy to scholars from all parts of the world. It is a sign that, in Spain at least, the great and influential institutions of learning and culture will have as their leaders and directors men who are not only of national but of international fame. ¡Que viva muchos años para la ciencia Don Ramón Menéndez Pidal!
Frequent inquiries concerning Spanish-American music suggest that some of our members may be interested in this program recently given at the Pan-American Union in Washington:
"El Mishito" (Variations based on Mayan Indian Theme) Central America ARSENIO RALON
The Pan-American Union often receives requests for information that it cannot supply. Miss Brainerd, chief of the division of education, thinks that there may be members of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish who could prepare articles on the following topics. The papers would
be printed and made available for both the readers of HISPANIA and the inquirers at the Pan-American Union.
Spanish and Spanish-American victrola records
Postcards and other realia, what they are and where obtained
A list of plays in Spanish suitable for amateur and school production
Bookstores in the United States carrying Spanish and Spanish-American
Information on these topics should be sent to Miss Heloise Brainerd, Pan-American Union, Washington, D.C.
A LETTER FROM PROFESSOR HILLS
To the American Association of Teachers of Spanish, at Columbus, Ohio: I have come to believe that the American Association of Teachers of Spanish is the most helpful and efficient organization of the teachers of a modern foreign language that we have in America. And in general excellence HISPANIA is unique as the medium of expression of the teachers of a single foreign language. In this respect it has no equal in America.
The foreign languages are under fire in the public schools, and it behooves us to do everything in our power to make the teaching of foreign languages more efficient and their study more useful.
There is no magic cure for our ills. It is only by persistently thorough Mwork, done with enthusiasm and intelligence, that we can approach the desired goal.
There is no question that a frank discussion of the situation, held at the meetings of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and published in HISPANIA, is of real service. That is one of the reasons that make me a true believer in our Association. The modern language study will, also, be of inestimable value, and the teachers of Spanish must not fail to do their part in this important movement.
This is the first time in many years that I have failed to attend the annual meeting of our Association. I am sorry, and my absence is due to causes over which I have no control. I hope you will have a pleasant and useful meeting.
NOTES AND NEWS
LOS ANGELES CHAPTER. The fall meeting of the Chapter was held on Saturday, October 31, at the Belmont High School, Los Angeles. After the business session was concluded the following program was presented: Address, "Gabriela Mistral," by Professor Antonio Heras, University of Southern California; Spanish playlet, Los Angeles High School Girls; "Mexican Mementoes," Miss Genevieve Johnson, Junior College, Fullerton, California; address by Mr. George W. Sheild, Acting Supervisor of Modern Languages, Los Angeles, California. Following the program a lunch was served in the school cafeteria.
The December meeting of the Los Angeles Chapter was held during Institute Week, on Thursday morning, December 17. After a short business meeting, there followed a delightful address by Mrs. G. Adams-Fisher, of Manual Arts High School, on "Glimpses of Spain." Mrs. Fisher has recently returned from an extended visit in Spain, where she soon became known as the little white-haired woman who saw all there was to be seen, and she gave her audience many unusual glimpses into Spanish life and customs. An account of the fiestas in honor of Juan Valera and her visits with some of the celebrities of Spain was most interesting. After her address, an announcement of a trip to Spain next summer by "the Californians," Professor R. E. Schulz, of the University of Southern California, and Miss Kathleen Loly, of Pasadena High School, Pasadena, California, was made.
COLUMBUS CHAPTER. On Saturday evening, November 11, 1925, the Columbus Chapter held the first meeting of the year at the Bronze Lantern Tearoom, where dinner was served to the members. Votes were taken upon various matters pertaining to the election of delegates to the National Meeting of the Association, to be held in Columbus shortly after Christmas. Following this, Mr. Glenn R. Barr, of the Department of Spanish, Ohio State University, gave an interesting relation of customs, economic conditions, and opportunities as he found them during a recent trip to South America. His address was illustrated with a number of curios and realia which he had collected.
Old members of the Chapter enjoyed the reunion and the opportunity to meet the new members of the Chapter during the social hour which followed.
SAN JOAQUIN CHAPTER. This Chapter held the first meeting of the school year of 1925-26 at a banquet in the Hotel Fresno, Fresno, California, November 20, 1925. After the installation of the new president, Mrs. Elide P. Eames, a secretary, Miss Emma Schray, was elected. The Constitution was amended, enlarging the executive committee from three to five members. The following program was then rendered by the Fresno High School students: I. Canciones Mexicanas: La Ausencia, Espina Quiéreme Mucho, Oteo; II. Danza Española; III. Caperucita Roja (reading by student).
Mr. C. Scott Williams, from Hollywood High School, delivered the address of the evening in Spanish, “Los Conquistadores." Mr. Williams came as a delegate from the Los Angeles Chapter and at a called meeting of the Executive Committee a resolution of appreciation was ordered sent to both Mr. Williams and the Los Angeles Chapter.
ARIZONA CHAPTER. The Arizona Chapter of the A.A.T.S. met in the High School Cafeteria on the evening of November 21, during the session of the southern section of the State Teachers' Association meeting. An excellent program was enjoyed, the feature of the evening being a talk on his native land, Chile, by Señor José Arévalo, of the University of Arizona. Officers for the coming year were nominated and later elected. President, Miss Anita C. Post; Vice-President, Mrs. I. W. Douglass; Corresponding Secretary, Miss Elizabeth Campbell, Phoenix; Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. Phebe M. Bogan, Tucson.
GENERAL EDUCATIONAL NEWS
On November 14, 1925, at the University of Southern California, the installation of Eta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, National Spanish Honor Society, took place. A formal initiation of members was followed by a banquet. The charter members of the organization are: Eva Avilés, Leonora Brown, Emily Huntsman, Gretchen Koehler, Shirley Latimer, Dorcas Turner, Ruth Voth, and Ruth Witzig. The two initiates of November 14 are Sarah Fox and Elizabeth Jackson.
Sigma Delta Pi has for its purpose the stimulation of interest in Spanish literature and ideals. Only those students who have never received less than a "B" may become members. This national honor Spanish fraternity has the endorsement of a strong Spanish department at the State University and expects to become both successful and helpful.
At the annual meeting of the Association of Modern Language Teachers of the Middle States and Maryland, held at Columbia University on November 25, 1025, the following officers were elected for the year 1925-26: President, Professor Henry Grattan Doyle, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; First Vice-President, Mr. Lawrence A. Wilkins, Director of Modern Languages in the High Schools, New York City; Second VicePresident, Mr. Robert D. Cole, Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey; Secretary-Treasurer, Miss Elsie I. Jamison, Kensington High School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Representative to National Federation, Professor Wilfred Atwood Beardsley, Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland.
The students of the Spanish Department of the Ball High School of Galveston, Texas, gave a representation of Martínez Sierra's play, El Palacio Triste, in April, 1925. The play was well received, especially by the many Spanish-speaking persons in the audience, to whom the poetic beauty of the lines was very appealing. The scenery, costumes, and Spanish songs were all quaintly suggestive of past days. The play was directed by Miss Anna M. Lister, and the music by Miss Miriam Spratt of the Department of Spanish.