Annie Donnell — 6 min. From the published story set in the late 1800s. Cora, a poor little girl, finds four chocolates in a bag. She gives them to old horse to encourage him to pull a load.
James Hurst, author of ‘The Scarlet Ibis’ — 10 min. A boy, through flashbacks, tells a dramatic tale of his feelings of guilt concerning the death of his little sister. Characters: the darling girl, her parents and the boy.
Mark Twain — 9 min. A dog is speaking, tells how he dragged a baby from a fire. But his master thought he was abusing the child and hit him with his cane and broke his leg.
From Ibsen’s play — 10 min. The scene in which Nora leaves her husband because he regards her nothing but a doll. The two characters.
From the devotional book ‘Beefin’ Up’ by Mark Littleton — 8 min. The man with the withered arm tells about his encounter with Jesus in the synagogue. A powerful reading for a male speaker.
Janet Dowhower Webster — 7 min. The Samaritan woman persuades her friends to go meet the man at the well who spoke to her with such discernment. Good directions.
From II Samuel, King James Version of the Holy Bible. King David has just received word of his son’s death in battle. And in spite of his son’s rebellion and attempt to overthrow him as king and usurp his place, David deeply mourns the death of his son.
From the play by William Callahan — 10 min. Set on death row, the warden, chaplain, and three prisoners. One prisoner, unjustly convicted, faces his execution. All the men consider whether they will ask God to be with them as they pass through the dark experience.
R.D. Fahey — 3 min. Reading taken from story by Eric Maria Remarque, very dramatic. Paul, a young German soldier home on leave, has been asked to speak to students at his former school. He tells of the ‘glory’ that is war and how at 19 years of age, he is no longer young.
Cora Jane Montgomery — 9 min. A young woman risks her life to return stolen child to his parents. Characters: a kidnapper, his girl accomplice, and a tiny boy.
Leota Hulse Black — 10 min. Stirring story of a young soldier and his father. Father hears angel wings while his son is dying on foreign soil.
Adaptation from the tragedy by Sophocles, greatest of Greek poets — 10 min. Antigone defies the decree of King Creon forbidding the burial of her brother. Her sister, Ismene, fearfully and unwillingly offers to help, but Antigone refuses her aid and buries him by herself, and as a result faces king’s wrath.
William Shakespeare — 10 min. Arrangement from the timeless tragedy. The death scenes of Antony and Cleopatra are protrayed here with all their drama and pathos. Several characters.
Kathryn Kimball — 9 min. A little violinist plays for his sick mother, and his music brings her back to a determination to live. He is heard also by a ‘tired old maker of violinists.’ Beautiful ending.