October 10, 1953
Tar Heel Sir Galahad In Quest For WC Maiden;
Sophomore 'Knight' Searches For Love
By Charles Kuralt
This is the story of a twentieth century knight-errant, a tale
of mystery and high adventure, set on the Carolina campus.
Our knight (he lives in 312 Joyner dormitory), is named Charlie
ChildsSir Charles for the purposes of our storyand
like all knights worthy of the title, he's on a quest. Such everyday
goals as the Holy Grail, however, hold no interest for him. His
is a quest for a damsel, a Woman's College maiden clothed in yellow.
He told the story in a letter to the editor of "The Carolinian,"
W.C. weekly, and implored that newspaper's assistance in finding
The story began two weeks ago on a rainy Saturday. Consolidated
University Day in Chapel Hill. Hither and yon, fair maidens flitted,
here for the North Carolina State football game. But Sir Charles
looked neither left nor right, until, from out of the mists, appeared
the damsel of our story.
She was wearing a yellow raincoat, Sir Charles remembers, and
said to him in a smiling voice, "Can you direct me to Graham
"Yes, ma 'am," he answered. And he did. And she of the
gentle tongue and fair face disappeared in the direction of Graham
Memorial's post-game party.
Minutes later, our knight, armored in tweed coat and subdued tie,
followed her to Graham Memorial, eager to glance once more upon
her graceful features, to bask once more in the light of her personality.
But it was not to be. Though he searched diligently and long,
the damsel in yellow was nowhere to be found.
Long, lonely days followed. Sir Charles, in desperation, wrote
his letter to "The Carolinian," asking the lady to correspond
with him. He got a reply from a WC girl who said she wore a chartreuse
raincoat that day, and asked if chartreuse would do, but Sir Charles,
true to the tradition of Lancelot, indignantly replied, certainly
And as of last night, Sir Charles Childs remained in his room
studying sophomore physics, quietly confident that he would find
her yet, the nymph in the yellow raincoat who stole his heart
away on a misty Saturday.
The Daily Tar Heel, feeling that such Galahad-like persistence
should not go unrewarded herewith joins "The Carolinian"
in the quest. If you know anything about the charming lady in
yellow, come to our knight's assistance. Call third floor Joyner;
the number is 9-9041. Just ask for Sir Charles.
October 14, 1953
Sister School Aids Search
"Sir Charles" Waits For WC Maiden
By Charles Kuralt
Remember the saga of Sir Charles?
He's Charlie Childs, the sophomore physics student in Joyner Dormitory
who's pining these days for a fair maiden, a W.C. girl he met
for a moment on Consolidated University Day, then lost track of,
without learning her name.
Last Saturday, The Daily Tar Heel first reported the story of
this twentieth-century knight and his quest for the lass of his
Sir Charles today remains true to his purpose. Persistently and
systematically, our hero is spending his time in an unending search
to find the maiden of the yellow raincoat.
Telephone calls and letters have come to him from the Woman's
College, offering assistance. Some W.C. correspondents have hopefully
suggested their own names, or those of friends, as subjects of
He has checked these names against pictures in a file of W.C.
yearbooks he found in the Yackety Yack office here. But Sir Charles'
search has so far been fruitless. The identity of the beautiful
maiden in yellow is as much a mystery as before.
Sir Charles describes her as a brown-haired girl of medium height
and brown eyes and a radiant beauty. "A cute kid," he
Who is she? Where is she to be found? Those are the questions
that govern the existence of Sir Charles Childs these days.
The Daily Tar Heel will spare no space in keeping you informed
on his progress toward their answers.
October 21, 1953
He'll Date New "Maiden"
Saga of Sir Charles Near Climax
By Charles Kuralt
A ray of hope for Sir Charles flickered for an instant yesterday,
but then went out.
For a few brief, heart-stopping moments yesterday, it appeared
that Charles Childs had found the maiden of the yellow raincoat,
the Women's College girl who stole his heart away on a rainy Saturday.
An Alderman Dormitory girl, Woody Troster, admitted to hearing
a boy who sat near her at the Maryland football game Saturday
remark that the lost beauty was a girl named, "Gross."
"He told a friend she was named Arleen Gross," Miss
Troster told The Daily Tar Heel, trying, as scores of people have
since the news first appeared in print, to be helpful.
But a check of W.C. records failed to find anyone of that name
And Sir Charles, the 20th century knight-errant, was back where
he began in his quest for the damsel in yellow.
In recent days, the drama of the situation has become tense. The
details of his search have been posted on WC dormitory bulletin
boards. The Greensboro campus is buzzing with excitement, evoking
letters and telephone calls to Carolina's modern Lancelot.
At the football game Saturday, a prankster claiming to have news
of the maiden, addressed the crowd. But investigation showed him
to be joking, nothing more.
The news dropped Sir Charles to a new low.
Yesterday, he shook his head doubtfully. "This thing has
grown so big!" he exclaimed. And still no results. Sir Charles
seemed to feel that the damsel is gone, forever.
In the meantime, he has decided to take a step he has put off
until now. He's planning to date, this weekend, one of the dozen
of WC girls who hopefully wrote to him from Greensboro. She's
a junior from Atlanta, Ga.
He leaned back in a chair in his room yesterday, slowly and methodically
applying a shine to a pair of cordovan shoes. He seemed to reflect
a hope that the upcoming date would help him forget the girl in
the yellow raincoat.
It is to be hoped that she does, indeed, help him forget.
For the drama of the search seems to be near a climax. And Sir
Charles seems near the end of his rope.
October 27, 1953
Saga's Last Chapter
After Vain Monthlong Quest,
"Sir Charles" Hangs Up Armor
By Charles Kuralt
Sir Charles has thrown in the towel.
Charles Childs, the Tar Heel knight of Joyner Dormitory, yesterday
called off his search for the "girl in the yellow raincoat."
It was one month ago to the day since his quest began.
"I'm only human," he declared. "It's hopeless.
I can't go on looking."
With those words, Charles Childs called a halt to the monthlong
drama which turned him overnight into "Sir Charles,"
and filled his days with letters and telephone calls from well-wishers
eager to aid in his search.
It's all been too much for him. He made the decision to renounce
his knighthood and return to the role of student after a month
of badgering from dorm mates and chasing down false leads.
The story commenced in the rain following the North Carolina State
football game. Charles Childs encountered a lovely girl with shining
eyes and a lilting voice, who asked directions to Graham Memorial,
then faded away in the mists.
All he remembered of her was that she was wearing a yellow raincoat.
But that was enough to send him on a monthlong quest. He became
"Sir Charles" to readers of the Daily Tar Heel and "The
Carolinian," WC weekly. The fancy of dozens of readers was
caught by the drama. Everybody tried to help.
The last chapter was added yesterday. A WC sophomore from Albemarle
named Emily Milton remembered she had worn a yellow raincoat and
stopped to ask someone directions after the State game. Charles
Childs looked at her picture, listened to her voice on the telephone,
and shook his head. Sadly, he pronounced her, "the wrong
And then he called it quits. The weeks of searching haven't totaled
a complete flop, however. Sir Charles dated a WC junior from Atlanta
Saturday night, an associate editor of "The Carolinian,"
who has been helping him in his search.
That's to the keynote of Charles Childs, who for a frantic month
has pursued, in vain, a misty dreamthe lovely, illusory,
stilled unnamed maiden dressed in yellow.