Well, I got four requests to see the text of Miss Kalb’s prize-winning speech. Around here that constitutes a stampede so I felt I had no choice but to produce it. It’s quite a piece,certainly a lot to memorize. It’s also the product of a short and specific moment in time, when the First World War had begun but the United States was not yet in it.
Bonus: I’m sure you all noticed “Condit and Buxton, 1005 Scanlan Building” at the bottom of three of these pages. Condit and Buxton was a Houston real estate firm, known mostly for the development of Bellaire (or Westmoreland Farms as it was then called). This had once been the William Marsh Rice ranch and was actually considered as a possible site for the Rice Institute, rejected as being too far from Houston. What connection could there be to Elizabeth Kalb? All I can attest to is that her entire address on her enrollment forms is “Westmoreland Farms, Texas.”