The quality of writing in the Scholastic was extraordinarily high from its earliest days.  I have bound volumes of the Scholastic from the first decade of the 20th Century, which I have been reading as part of the research on my next book on Notre Dame. In the February 27, 1904 edition, there was a student poem


O Notre Dame, dear Notre Dame,

                These days we’ll ne’er forget.

The gleaming haze of college days,

                Will linger o’er us yet.

These days of lore will come no more;

                But in our future years,

These thoughts of you, so good and true,

                Will fill our eyes with tears.


O Notre Dame, dear Notre Dame,

                When we have won our race,

We’ll long to stay, just for a day,

                Held in your fond embrace.

Those days of lore will nevermore,

                Be ours in those sad years;

The thoughts of you, so sweet so true,

Will fill our eyes with tears.


In the September 19, 1903 Scholastic, the editor wrote:

“A few good football songs to liven up matters during the home contests would not be a bad idea.  It is not a very difficult matter to write a parody on some of the popular songs.  Let some of our musically inclined friends try a few.  They can hand in their efforts to the editor and have them published for all the rooters to learn, then we can make Cartier Field resound with the praises of our moleskin heroes:

Since the Shea Brothers were students at that time, perhaps that motivated them to start work on their Victory March.

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