"Coquettes and Cadets" Drawings and Poems, 1894

Title

"Coquettes and Cadets" Drawings and Poems, 1894

Description

"Coquettes and Cadets" is a book of drawings and poems by sisters Leila and May Waring. Leila provided the drawings and May wrote the poems. The book is composed of three poems: The Cadet Girl, The Cadet and the Cushions and The Little Cadet with Eyes of Jet.

Source

A1963.94

Publisher

The Citadel Archives & Museum

Date

Rights

Materials in The Citadel Archives & Museum Digital Collections are intended for educational and research use. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright. For more information contact The Citadel Archives & Museum, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, 29409.

Format

application/pdf

Language

English

Type

Physical Object

Identifier

https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1160

Coverage

Charleston (S.C.)

Text

[Page 1]
Coquettes
And 
Cadets
By M.

L. 
Waring

[Page 2]
Part First
The "Cadet-Girl"
The Cadet and the Cushions.

[Page 3]
The "Cadet-Girl."

I've danced with ca-
dets from my earliest 
days,

I've known them year in
and year out;

I've walked with them, talked
with them, gone to their hops,

And received their 
attention devout.

I've heard about "brass
buttons catching the girls" - 

-Rude remarks that the
citizens make! -

[Page 4]
I've been to the
picnics the dear
creatures gave, -

And cadets I could never forsake!

[Page 5]
So I 
often
have thought:
"Shall I 
still like 
cadets,
When I'm sixty -
or seventy-nine? -"

Yes; I'll be an old lady with
motherly ways,

And ask them on Sundays to dine!

-M. W. -

[Page 6]
The Cadet and the Cushions 

"O dear! This sofa is so big!"
She said. "It's quite gigantic;
I like the little sofas best.
I think they're so - romantic!"

"O, please don't let that
worry you!
I'll fix it!" said the caller.

- And here you see the easy way
By which he made it smaller!"

- M. W.

[Page 7]
Part Second
The Little Cadet with Eyes of Jet

[Page 8]
The Little Cadet with Eyes of Jet

I was the pet of every cadet
- Tall, short, or "middling," -
that I ever met.

No boy in gray 
e'er turned away

From my soft
glances, so
'witching and gay!

[Page 9]
But the little cadet
with eyes of jet,

He was the sweetest
that I ever met!

I can't forget
when
first we met,

Nor how he treated
me, - I can't 
forget!

[Page 10]
No; he didn't smile
on Maggie; and
he didn't smile 
on me.

For the girl that 
cut us both out 
was blue eyed
Annie Lee.

- How can she be
attractive, when
She never says
a word?

And many people
think her very
plain; so I 
have heard!

[Page 11]
Sometimes there were other
girls that tried to
cut me out;

But I nearly always
knew just what
I was about.

I could give
them sneer
for sneer,
give them 
smile for smile;

- The only one
that bothered
me was
pretty
Maggie Lisle;

[Page 12]
And as I thought too many
boys paid homage at her shrine, -

I put my brown eyes'
sparkle against her
gray eyes' shine, -

And soon 'most all of
Maggie's beaux were
kneeling at my 
feet!

They joined me
Saturday afternoons
as I walked down King Street.

[Page 13]
Maggie and I don't care a bit
for all the other boys;

All their talk is
nothing but foolish
gabbling noise!

But we have joined
our forces and 
mean to conquer
yet

That most 
perverse,
distracting,
and charming
little cadet!

-M. W. 

[Page 14]
[Illustration only.]

Citation

Waring, Leila, 1876-1964 and Waring, May, “"Coquettes and Cadets" Drawings and Poems, 1894,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed March 4, 2021, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1160.