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Henry A. Wing, Managing Editor. E. G. Spring, Business Editor. 

Emery W. Bartlett, 
Franklin Gottlding, 

Edwin C. Burbank, 
Herbert W. Grind al, 

* Resigned. 

* Walter L. Dane, 
Frederic W. Hall. 






Alumni and College Paper 194 

American Henley, The 3 

Articles on Peucinian and Athenaean Societies. -1G9 

Association Books, The 146 

Athenaean and Peucinian Books 25 

Athletic Association, Meeting of 51, 181, 194 

Attendance of Alumni at Commencement 61 

Base-Ball 195 

Base-Ball Grounds 25 

Boards, Meeting of 49 

Boat Club, Letter to 157 

Boat Club, Mass Meeting of 146 

Boat Club, Meeting of 122 

Boat Course, Plan of 121, 133 . 

Boating Prospects 134, 194 

Boat Race, The 51 

Bowdoins vs. Bates 51 

Bugle, The 1 82 

Bugle, Communications to 98 

Bugle Editors, Election of 87 

Bugle, Publication of 133 

Bugle, Communications to 98 

Capt. Caziare 41 

Chapel Conduct 15 

Chapel Singing 27 

Citizens of Brunswick and the College 74, 87 

Class Crews, The 75, 87 

Class Elections 75 

Co-Education 110, 122, 133, 170 

Collection of Casts 123 

College Annuals 123 

College Associations, Duty to 85 

College Glee Club 87,110, 145 

College History 109 

College Journalism 85 

College Paper, The 39 

College Rooms 159 

College Singing 14 

College Vote, The 181 

College Walks, State of 158 

College Year, Close of 63 

College Year, The New 73 

Commencement Concert, The 183 

Communications 13, 63, 86, 134, 157 

Communications, Opinions Expressed in 109 

Debate, Importance of 98 

Editorial Board, Change in 97 

Editorial Board, Enlargement of 182 

Eighty and Senior Year 63 

Eighty-Three and the College Paper 73 

Elocution 27 

Endowment 195 

Entrance to Dormitories 169 

Entrance Examinations, New Plan of 99 

Faultless Boating Men 26 

Field Day Exercises 2, 50 

Field Day Exercises, Date of. - - 38 

Field Day, Fall Meeting 50 

Field Day, Interest in 27 

Field Day Prizes 14, 109 

Field Day, Programme for 2 

Freshman Class Boat 97 

Freshman Crew, The 110, 181 

Gymnasium, Winter Exercise in 134 

Gymnastic Exhibition, The Proposed, 88, 97, 110, 134 

Hazing Law, The 194 

Hawthorne 158 

History, Study of 121 

Instruction in Elocution 170 

Inter-Collegiate Press Association, An..l 2, 121 

Ivy Day 26, 49, 50 

Junior Course in History 3, 62 

Junior Discussions, The 1, 15, 27, 63 

Lectures on English Composition 182 

Lessons, Length of 110 

Letter from N. A. A. 15 

Marking System, The 147 

Medical School, The 170 

Meetings of Alumni 159 

Memorabilia 98 

Mental and Moral Philosophy, The New 

Professor of 61 

Mineralogy, Examination in 62 

Model College Paper, The Ill 

Modern Languages, The 158 

N. A. A. O., The 38 

New Boat House, The 62 

N. E. R. A., The 99 

Next Editorial Board, The Ill 

Nine, The 2 

Official Way, The 110 

Optional Studies 38 

Orient, Back Numbers of 133, 145 

Orient, Change in 97 

Orient, Delay of 49, 109 

Orient, Editors, Election of 147 

Orient, Enlargement of 61 



Orient, New Editorial Board 193 

Orient, New Constitution of ..169 

Orient, Subscriptions to 7, 15, 73, 109, 181, 193 

Orient, The 170 

Our Advertisers 14 

Petitions to the Faculty 146 

Physical Culture HI 

Political Club, A 158 

Predominant Study, A 147 

President Chamberlain 146* 

Prizes, Latin and Creek 26 

Prof. Smith 194 

Professors and Students 157 

Professor Everett's Address 74 

Professor Fiske's Lectures 98 

Peucinian Library, The 25 

Peuciuian Library, Transfer of 86 

Recitation Rooms, Heating of 109 

Record in Sports 88 

Relations of Students and Faculty 171 

Revised Course of Study, The 195 

Salutatory 1 

Scrub Race, The 74 

Senior Class Dissensions 3, 15 

Senior Class, Lectures Before 37 

Senior Class Pictures 1 45, 1 69 

Senior Library Ill 

Seniors, Present from 182 j 

Senior Recitation Room, The New 98 ! 

Seventy-Nine, Farewell to 62 

Seventy-Nine's Present to Boat Club 110 

Smintheus 170 

Sports, A Resume of 62 

Sports, Freshman Interest in 15 

Sports, Law in Regard to...., 61 

Summer Vacation, The 37 

Summer Regatta 39 

Table of Athletics, Credit for 97 

Tardiness 2 

Triennial, The 145 

Valedictory 193 

Welcome to Eighty-Three 74 

Yale Record and N. E. C. R. A 122 



Athensean, The 196 

Art Gallery, The 112 

Baccalaureate 66 

Base-Ball 44, 69, 80 

Boat Club, Meeting of the 141 

Boat Course, Plan of the 129 


Boat House, The 44, 79 

Boat Race, The » 53 

Bo wdoin Bugle, The 1 ' 7 

Bowdoin Drawings 186 

Bowdoin in Former Days 16 

Bowdoins vs. Bates ^ 

Bugle, The 142 

Bugle, Review of the 128 

Burial of Analytics 65 

Card 106 

Cheap Oratory 124 

Class Day 67 

Co-Education Again 135 

College Characters 148 

College Singing - - 7 

Commencement Day 68 

Convention, Delta Kappa Epsilon 105 

Convention, Theta Delta Chi ..105 

Crews, The 20, 32 

C. S. S. C 184 

Does It Pay? 89 

Drill, The -- 43 

Early Bowdoin Publications 31, 42 

Eighty Scientific Expedition, The 55 

Entrance Examinations 105 

Equestrianism 28 

Fate of Sympkins, The 173 

Field Day - 54 

Freshman Supper 65 

Gift to the Cabinet 117 

Grind and the Cribber, The 161 

Gymnasium Law, The 6 

Hazing Question, The 76 

Index Man Interviewed, The 197 

Inter-Collegiate Association, A New 160 

Is the College More Immoral Thau the Town ? . . 4 

Ivy Day 52 

Junior Prize Exhibition 67 

Marking System in 1909, The 166 

Old Red School-House, The 100 

Our Sports 6 

Parable for the In tolerant, A 162 

Peucinian Society, The 174 

Pinosque Loqueutes Semper Habet 149 

Poet Burns, The 172 

Portland Alumni, Meeting of 140 

Praying Circle Sermon 66 

Preaching and Practice 115 

Presiden t Chamberlain 1 50 

Prentiss 40 

Prizes 92 

Random Thoughts 137 




Reading, Value of 31 

Rules for College Life 118 

Scrub Race, The 92 

Seuior aud Junior Exhibition 5, 141 

Sixty-Eight Prize Exhibition 57 

Student and Professor 198 

Student and Statesman 114 

Unjust Law, An ! 19 

Unwritten Page, An 17 

Vacation Rambles 77, 90 

Why Do Men Go to College f 18 


A Fragment 124 

A Leap-Year Ride 148 

Anacreontic 184 

A Summer Idyl 197 

In the Orchard 135 

Lines for a Young Lady's Album 159 

The Bell— A Reverie 4 

The Cry of the Fallen 117 

The Farewell 4 

The Golden Wedding 27 

The Thief 196 

The Wild Flower '. 171 

To the Absent 114 


At the Regatta (poem) 183 

Bowdoin Oak (poem) 64 

Longfellow (poem) 174 

Parable of the Grind 91 

Pygmalion (poem) 149 

Song (poem) '. 161 

The Flying Years (poem) 88 



Artemas Fisher Gregg 7 

Base-Ball 138 

Bowdoin Family, The 151 

Co-Education 125 

College Boating , . « 138 

Commemorative 127 


Convention, Alpha Delta Phi 29 

Convention, Psi Upsilon 30 

English Composition 153, 175 

English Literature 101 

Familiar Character, A 188 

Fitting Schools 102 

From Alumnus 176 

Gymnastic Exhibition „. .103 

Hazing Law, The New 200 

Knowing Freshman, The 152 

Liberal Education, A 187 

Medic, The 176 

My Book-Case, and Its Suggestions 162 

Need of a new Prize 164 

Note from Alumnus 138 

Notice 127 

Our Reading Room 175 

Pure Water 103 

Reminiscences 199 


Al Fresco 198 

Another Ode on Spring 16 

Early Morning 125 

Helen Blazes 151 

Ode -. 66 

The Last Charge 100 

The Poet in Italy 40 

Trial 76 

Vanity Fair— A.D.-1906 112 

Local 8, 21, 32, 45, 58, 70, 80, 93, 103, 115, 127 

College Items 139, 153, 164, 177, 188, 20J 

Medical School Notes .165, 178, 189 

Personal 10, 22, 34, 46, 59, 71, 82, 94, 106, 118 

130, 142, 155, 166, 178, 190, 202 
College World 11, 23, 35, 47, 60, 71, 83, 95 

107, 119, 130, 143, 155, 167, 179, 190, 202 
Athletics.. 107, 119, 131, 143, 155, 167, 179, 191, 203 
Clippings 11, 23, 35,47,60,72, 84,95, 107 

119, 131, 143, 156, 167, 191, 203 
Editors' Table 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84, 96 

108, 120, 131, 144, 156, 168, 180, 191, 203 
Book Reviews 108, 144, 168, 191,204 

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Vol IX. 


No. 1. 





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Henry A. Wing. 

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Vol. IS., No. I.— April 23, 1879. 

Editorial Notes 1 

The Farewell (poem) 4 

The Bell — A Reverie (poem) 4 

Is the College More Immoral than the Town? 4 

Senior and Junior Exhibition 5 

The Gymnasium Law 6 

Our Sports 6 

College Singing •. 7 

Artemas Fisher Gregg 7 

Local 8 

Personal 10 

The College World 11 

Clippings ]1 

Editors' Table J2 


In the succession of events, the manage- 
ment of the Orient has devolved upon the 
class of '80. On principle, we object to salu- 
tatories — especially in Latin ; but on assum- 
ing a new position, a few such words seem 
necessary. With pleasure, mingled with some 
misgivings, we take the well-worn editorial 
quill and begin our labors. At the outset, 
we promise, on our part, by faithful work, to 

endeavor to keep the Orient to a high 
standard and to profit by all impartial criti- 
cism. Fortunately, or unfortunately, as it 
may be, a college paper is a great deal criti- 
cised. One class would like more local mat- 
ter ; a second finds fault with the editorials ; 
a third can find enjoyment only in a long- 
drawn-out literary article ; while a fourth, 
with one annihilating criticism, condemns the 
whole. Knowing the tendency of human 
nature to do a little fault-finding, we can 
heartily sympathize with the first three, classes. 
The fourth class are " nothing if not critical," 
and we shall not try to please them, but let 
them enjoy their sole qualification. The 
Orient is distinctively a publication of the 
students; but on this account we do not 
believe its peculiar mission to be to criticise 
the Faculty and all their doings. But, believ- 
ing in a free and honest expression of opinion, 
our motto will be : To censure where censure 
is deserving, and give praise where praise is 
due. It is our desire that the Orient, dur- 
ing the coming year, shall be a true repre- 
sentative of Bowdoin and her interests, and 
to this end we most eamestty invite the co- 
operation of Alumni, Faculty, and under- 

The present Junior Class, judging from 
their original declamations, take more than 
the ordinary interest in writing. This being 
so, even had the plan for this term's work been 
proposed by one less popular with the class 
than our genial Professor of Rhetoric, it 
would have met with general approval. 
Briefly, the plan is this : Six disputants are to 
be appointed each week, and some practical 
question given for discussion. The arguments 



are to be carefully written, and read before 
the class. Such a plan, besides being of ben- 
efit for the drill it will give in writing and 
from the mutual interchange of ideas, — going 
on the supposition that college productions 
sometimes contain that article, — is of practi- 
cal value, being a preparation for what all will 
be more than likely often called upon to do 
in after life. In the past there have been 
complaints, perhaps not unjustly, that not 
enough attention has been given here to the 
art of composition. We hail with joy any new 
innovation tending to supply this desideratum. 

During the last decade, college journalism 
has advanced with rapid strides. There is 
scarcely a college of any pretensions that does 
not publish a weekly, semi-weekly, monthly, 
or quarterly paper or magazine. These pub- 
lications are an important factor in college 
life, and undoubtedly exert a great influence. 

A late number of the Columbia Spectator 
proposes that an annual Inter-Collegiate Press 
Association be formed. Its object would be 
to exchange ideas relative to college journal- 
ism, and if properly managed would, without 
doubt, result in raising the standard and ex- 
tending the influence of the college press. 
The chief objection seems to us to be the 
expense it would involve, which, in most 
cases if not all, would have to be borne by 
the Editorial Boards without the assistance 
that an Inter-Collegiate Rowing Association 
and such institutions receive. 

There is a habit to which some of us are 
more or less addicted, of which we can speak 
only in terms of condemnation. We refer to 
that of being a little too late. At church, as 
the choir is chanting, and all is sufficiently 
still for the traditional pin to drop, such per- 
sons walk into the galleries ; at prayers, they 
barely escape being shut out ; at recitations, 
they stretch the limit of the allowed five min- 
utes. These persons, at such times, remind 

us of the story of the good woman whose 
husband, a deacon, departed this "vale of 
tears." It chanced that the minister looked 
with favorable eyes upon the widow. Not 
wishing, however, to be too opportune, he 
waited until after the funeral services, and 
then called and offered his hand in marriage. 
" I am very sorry," said the good woman ; 
"but you are a little too late. Deacon Jones 
asked me at the grave." To those who are 
forming this habit of being behindhand, we 
would say : Imitate the spirit, if not the exact 
letter, of Deacon Jones's example. By so doing, 
you will not only benefit yourselves, but, 
oftentimes, cease to be public nuisances. This 
advice is offered in all kindness, and, like 
many good things, is " without money and 
without price." 

The Field Day Officers have been elected, 
and we think the right men are in the right 
places. Now, without any delay, a programme 
should be made out and efforts made to have 
full entries. New features should be intro- 
duced, such as the " tug of war," which has 
been so successfully introduced in the Field 
Day exercises of other colleges. A " go-as- 
you-please " race of four or five miles would 
also be an attractive feature. We hope there 
will be a generous rivalry among the classes 
to see which will bear away the most prizes. 
All things foretell the most interesting Field 
Day in the history of the Association. 

Our nine, we are pleased to say, are 
already hard at work. Our base-ball pros- 
pects, it is true, are not as encouraging as in 
some previous years. Still, we do not see any 
great cause for despondency, and for dispar- 
aging remarks that are some'times made. We 
have the utmost confidence in base-ball men — 
or any others in fact — who will ivork. Our 
Captain, we believe, starts from the founda- 
tion, when he lays down as a rule that no man 
shall play who does not constant^ practice. 


Let the best men be selected for the several 
positions, and faithful practice be done, and 
the record of this season's work in the base- 
ball arena, will not be to our discredit. 

Last fall term, it was announced to the 
Juniors that at the close of the year they 
would be examined in English and American 
History. We know that we are expressing 
the feelings of most all, when we say that a 
step to introduce more History into our course 
was received with delight. But, however, 
that nothing more has been done in the mat- 
ter both surprises and gives dissatisfaction to 
man}*. It was expected, at least, that lect- 
ures on the History to be read would be de- 
livered to the class. As it now stands, the 
class are to read the History, and, without 
any further preparation, at the end of the 
year, are expected to pass an examination on 
it. In this, the Faculty are not doing justice 
to the class. There is scarcely anything that 
there is more ignorance of than the proper 
way to study and read History. We are not 
expected to pass examinations on Botany, 
Astronomy, or any other branch without 
instruction, why then History ? Is it not of 
importance? Something should be done in 
regard to this matter, and at once. Let 
instruction by lectures, or in some other way, 
be given, and this "new departure " will make 
the reading of History not only a source of 
great profit, but also a pleasure. As it now 
rests, it will be looked upon simply as a 
"grind," and will utterly fail of accomplish- 
ing the desired result. 

It has been deemed best not to send a 
crew to represent us in the " American Hen- 
ly " this year. This seems to us a wise decis- 
ion. The only race we could have entered 
would have been the four-oared, and it would 
have necessitated the buying of two boats, 
an expense which we are not prepared to meet 
at present. Upon the whole, it will be better 

for all concerned to concentrate our strength 
this season upon our class race. But, if every- 
thing is favorable, we hope an effort will be 
made to send a College crew to take part in 
the Bath or Portland Regatta. 

We hoped that before this time the Sen- 
iors would have settled their class troubles. 
It is disgraceful to all concerned that college 
politics should run so high as to divide a class 
into two factions, and especially is this so in 
regard to Class Day Exercises. There is no 
good reason that can be named why three of 
our five societies, in all class elections, should 
fee arrayed upon one side and two upon the 
other. The talk which we often hear, that 
such and such societies should and must go 
together in all class affairs, is disgusting, and 
is generally started by those who have an 
" axe to grind " and see no other way to bring 
about the desired result except by exciting 
hostile feelings. The proper way, without 
doubt, is to elect the men best fitted for the 
several positions, without regard to societies. 
If this, however, can't be done, let the offices 
be divided among the societies, pro rata. The 
latter plan is, we admit, on a par with the 
custom, in district schools, of giving a reward 
of merit to every scholar, but it is better than 
this eternal dissension. The custom of not 
giving a certain office to the man most deserv- 
ing of it, because his society had the office in 
question the year before, or of not electing a 
man preeminently fitted for a position, be- 
cause, forsooth, his society would have more 
offices than some other, is all wrong and 
should be consigned to oblivion. 

If there is an honest difference of opinion 
in regard to class matters, then by honorable 
means let the majority rule. We sincerely 
trust that '79 will look upon this matter in 
its right light, and, if necessary, concede a 
little on both sides. After all, class honors 
are small matter in comparison with friends 
and good feeling. 


In a short time after leaving college, one 
will regret that he sacrificed the friendship of 
his classmates by being too punctilious about 
class honors, which are, like shadows, fleeting, 
and soon, in the busy scenes of life, by the 
public forgotten. 

Class Day Exercises are, in a peculiar man- 
ner, appropriate to sever the ties of college 
life, and, if conducted in the right spirit, 
must be among those things which the mem- 
bers of the class will hereafter remember with 



Let my eye the farewell speak — 
My tongue doth strive in vaiu ; 

My heart is deeply, deeply moved 
By unaccustomed pain. 

The many tokens of your love 
My soul with sadness fill ; 

Your kiss is eold ; your tender hand 
Awakes no answering thrill. 

There was a time a stolen kiss 
A blessed joy would bring. 

Sweet as the breath of violets 
We plucked in early spring. 

But no more I'll seek for roses, 
Nor garlands for you twine ; 

The joyous time of spring is yours, 
But autumn drear is mine. 


The bell doth toll; and o'er my soul 

A deepening sadness steals, 
As when at night, the moon's pale light 
Some floating cloud conceals. 

Ah ! who can tell for whom that knell 
Its mournful dirge doth sound ; 

Its muffled tone says this alone, — 
" Some wand'rer, rest hath found." 

Seek not his name ; 'tis all the same 

Whatever rank he bore; 
His wants and gains, his joys and pains 

The grave is closing o'er. 

If tired of life, its constant strife, 
Vexations, cares, and woes, 

Oh ! why be pained that he hath gained 
The sweetness of repose ? 

tolling bell ! Tour accents tell 
How weak is mortal fear ; 

Though man decay and pass away 
The soul abides not here. 

But who can hear with careless ear 
The solemn funeral bell 

Its warning give, that all who live 
In dread of death must dwell ? 


Judging from the cautionary remarks so 
frequently addressed to men about to enter 
college, that they resist the evils of college 
life and withstand its peculiar seductions, one 
is led to conclude that, in the opinions of 
some people, a college is a very immoral place. 
At least comparatively so. It is worse than 
the community at large ; or briefly put, the 
college is more immoral than the town. 

Such a view is much more common than 
we are generally inclined to admit, and is 
encouraged by a certain class of anecdotes 
which delight to represent the college student 
as spending the larger part of his time in the 
invention and perpetration of practical jokes, 
and the most of his energy in debauchery and 

It is certainly an important question to 
ask, " Can such a position be held consistently 
with facts?" In the first place we are to 
compare them as entire communities. We 
are not to compare the clergyman's asso- 
ciation of the town with the rough element 
of the college, any more than we are to com- 
pare the religious societies of the college with 
the rowdy element of the town. 

In questions like this, we can obtain any- 
thing like accuracy only by the most careful 
averaging. Statistics are not to be too much 
relied upon in such matters, because the basis 
of the statistics very often rests upon the 
individual opinion of the statistician. Such 
statements as have been sometimes published, 
that in one college one out of five, and in 
another one of every ten men is religious or 


moral, can not be relied upon, because there 
are many standpoints from which such a 
question may be viewed. It will not be 
necessary to go into the details of argument 
on this point, because a moment's reflection 
will show any one that no two individuals 
would make the same classification of those 
in their common acquaintance. 

What we must consider is the moral tone 
of the community as a whole. The influence 
of the community is always greater than that 
of the individual in it, and the influence 
of any community will, slowly perhaps, but 
none the less surely, assimilate in some 
degree the individual to itself. 

Comparing, then, the moral tone of the 
communities by their attitudes towards evil 
deeds and evil doers, Ave find the tone of the 
college higher than that of the town. Let 
the questions for such a comparison be free 
from all taint of local prejudice and let them 
be simply the questions of vice and crime 
which come into our every day life, and vice 
and crime will find fewer partisans in the col- 
lege than in the town. 

It would be strange were it otherwise. 
When we consider that the men who fill our 
colleges are, almost without exception, men 
of culture who have had careful training in a 
healthy, moral atmosphere, the wonder is that 
they are not even more moral than they are. 

It is a great mistake to say that the col- 
lege man is under less restraining influ- 
ence. Comparing the city club with its high 
betting and its wine suppers with the college 
society, what would we expect to be the dif- 
ference between the city and the college man 
subjected to the different influences? Some 
would urge the influence of home. It is not 
undervaluing home or its influences to say 
that it very often fails utterly to counteract 
the evils of city life. How great is the influ- 
ence that can be exerted on a young man who 
is absent all day at his business, and all night 
at his club ? It is certainly less than the re- 

straining influences which surround a man in 
college. His every action is so public a thing, 
that he is very cautious about furnishing 
material for gossiping tongues. He is re- 
strained hj friends on one side, and by ene- 
mies on the other, so that, if his morality be 
dependent upon his surroundings, it is cer- 
tainly assured. In what community can be 
found so large a percentage of young men 
growing into an honored and respected man- 
hood, as in the college community ? 

People who wish to show the total de- 
pravity of the college, may argue as long as 
they choose, the facts remain the same ; those 
facts, if examined without prejudice or omis- 
sion, will show conclusively that the worst 
place in which a boy can be placed, is not the 
college, and that the college is not more, but 
less immoral than the town. 


The Exhibition of Monday eve, March 
31st, was, all things considered, one of the 
best we have listened to while in College. The 
evening was very dark and stormy, conse- 
quently the audience was small. The 
speakers, however, were excellently prepared 
in their several parts, and did not seem at all 
disconcerted by the empty seats. 

Tarbox never appeared to better advantage 
on the stage than on this occasion. His salu- 
tatory was as original as it is possible for such 
a production to be. Edwards followed with 
an excellent translation from Tacitus. His 
delivery was good ; but it struck us that his 
gestures were open to criticism, being mostly 
made with the right hand. Ring's " Char- 
acter of Cromwell " was written and deliv- 
ered in his usual graceful style. He had, 
evidently, studied his subject thoroughly, and 
made a noble defense for many of the much- 
censured acts of that fearless agitator. Hen- 
derson's subject, " The Southern Question," 


was not very fully discussed, a large part of 
the speech being taken up by the introduction. 
Goulding, in his version from Demosthenes, 
succeeded in making an excellent declamation 
from material very difficult to handle in an 
agreeable manner. Corey made some good 
points on " American Ideas, " treating of the 
signs of the times, false progress, superficial 
education, &c. His style of speaking is nat- 
ural and pleasing. Chapman's part (transla- 
tion of " Napoleon's Fall," from the German), 
though far better than an average declama- 
tion, would have pleased us better had he 
introduced a somewhat greater variety of 
inflection, and appeared to enter more fully 
into the spirit of the piece. We think almost 
every one will agree with us that Page's 
" Communism in America," was the best piece 
delivered for the evening. Though his sub- 
ject was by no means new to those who have 
attended the exhibitions of former terms, yet 
he treated it in a way which could not fail to 
gain the constant attention of every hearer. 
Huston followed, on Socialism. He has a 
good voice and spoke well. Winter's trans- 
lation was finely written, and appeared to us 
one of the best of the Junior Parts. Last 
speaker, Johnson ; subject, " Puritanism." 
This speech was carefully written, and evinced 
much deep thinking on the part of its com- 

It will be seen that none of the Seniors 
chose new or striking themes. All, however, 
discussed their subjects reasonably and can- 
didly. The total absence of anything like 
" spread-eagle " was a feature worthy of imi- 


Efforts have recently been made, in vain, 
by several of the students, to see if the laws 
in respect to gymnasium work could not be 
so changed or set aside that the boat crews 
and base-ball nines could take their respective 

work as substitutes for that required in the 

It certainly seems strange that the old law, 
which was perfectly satisfactory in its work- 
ings, could not have remained as it was in- 
stead of being so changed that now, if one 
wishes to row or play ball, he must do double 

In the Gymnasium we are obliged to work 
for half an hour, except two or three rests. 
In rowing, what do we do ? A walk of at 
least a mile and a half, — in itself better 
than the in-door gymnasium work, — and then 
hard rowing for about an half hour. And 
yet the Boards say we must have the gymna- 
sium, too. In base-ball, what do we do ? 
Walking and running for an hour — all out-of- 
door exercise. And yet the Boards say we 
must have another half hour in the dusty 
gymnasium ! 

Now, if as many of the Boards say they 
are friendly to college sports, why did they 
legislate against them ? and if, as they also 
say, they did not understand the effect of their 
laws, why didn't t\\ey ask some one that did 
know, instead of acting without a knowledge 
of the consequences ? 


The season for out-door sports has opened, 
and we hope to see an active interest taken in 
them by all. It is not necessary to argue of 
the value of exercise for it is admitted on all 
sides. Our boat crews have done good work 
during the past winter, and we feel assured of 
a fine race. The nine we have faith in. Our 
Field Day can be made, with a continuance 
of the energy already shown, the best ever 
held here. But we would that those who do 
not row on the crews, play ball, or take in 
Field Day, would also take part in our sports. 
Let those who do not care to enter into sports 
with a desire to excel in them take part in the 
practice games of foot-ball and La Crosse for 


the sake of the exercise. Back in the country 
places you will find people who think all college 
students give most of their time to rowing, 
playing ball, etc., but we all know that it is far 

If time is wasted in college, it is not be- 
cause too much time is given to sports; if 
health is broken down, it is from too close 
confinement, hard study, or dissipation — not 
from over exertion in any sport. We all read 
with admiration of the splendid physical de- 
velopment of the old Greeks, but it is not 
strange that they were strong physically, for 
it is said : " It was impossible to imagine a 
Hellenic city without a public Gymnasium, 
abounding in large and sunny places for ex- 
ercise, surrounded by halls and avenues of 
trees usually situated outside of the gates, in 
the midst of rural scenery and by the side of 
running streams." Our facilities for exercise 
are ample, and we hope to see more improve 
them. Let those who cannot find enjoyment 
in any of our games try the invigorating ef- 
fect of a row down our noble river. You will 
be repaid a thousand-fold by the beautiful 
scenery which you probably do not now know 
is there. Take a long walk to some one of the 
many beautiful places about our town, and 
see for yourselves that we justly claim to have 
one of the most pleasant college towns in the 
country. We write of these things because 
we believe in them, and during the coming 
year the Orient will labor to impress upon 
all that it is : 

" Better to hunt in field for Health unbought, 
Than fee the doctors for a nauseous draught. 
The wise for cure on exercise depend ; 
God never made his work for men to mend." 


Now that the season has come when out- 
door life becomes pleasant, why cannot the 
students indulge more in singing ? There 
was a time, and that within the memory of 
the upper classes, when the students' voices 

were often heard singing this or that favorite 
tune, but within the last year or two all this 
has near])' ceased. 

Certainly the lack of voices and songs can- 
not be said to be the cause of this neglect, as 
there are a number of good singers now in 
College, and there are also a plenty of good 
songs peculiar to our College, which need only 
to be known to be appreciated. College songs 
have a great influence in perpetuating college 
customs and traditions, and if the old songs 
do not meet the popular favor there is cer- 
tainly enough material to be worked up into 
songs which will be popular. There are those 
among us who can supply the want, and if 
such will only set their talents to work, we 
may expect, ere long, to once more hear the 
songs which fill" all with enthusiasm, and which 
will be a source of great pleasure not only 
to ourselves but likewise to all our hearers. 


Artemas Fisher Gregg, class of '81, died 
in his room at Bowdoin College, Apr. 17th, 

For the first time death has stricken down 
one of our number within the walls of the 
College. The sad event of last Thursday 
night removed from our midst a member of 
the College, who, by his pleasant manners and 
agreeable companionship, had won for himself 
the warm friendship of his associates. His 
sudden death, caused as it was by an acci- 
dental overdose of chloroform, cast a gloom 
over the whole college, the memory of which 
will not soon be effaced from our minds. 

Artemas F. Gregg was a young man of 
pure character and gentle disposition. By his 
death his associates are called upon to mourn 
the loss of a warm-hearted friend, a generous 
and pleasant companion, and an earnest Chris- 
tian. He had returned to College after an 
absence of a term, and had set himself in good 


earnest to the task of making up his studies, 
but almost before a beginning could be made, 
the " grim messenger " called him to close his 
earthly work forever. 

A brief service was held in the Chapel at 
half-past ten Friday forenoon, when, after 
reading from the Scriptures, a few impressive 
remarks were made by Prof. Chapman and an 
effective prayer was offered by Prof. Packard. 
The remains were then taken to the train, to 
be sent to the home of the deceased, in Buck- 
field. The body was followed to the depot by 
the Faculty and students of the College in a 
body, accompanied by a large number of the 
students of the Medical School. 

Whereas, We are called upon to mourn the loss of 
our classmate, Artemas Fisher Gregg, whose sudden 
death occurred Thursday, Api'il 17, 1879, therefore, 

Resolved, That in the death of our classmate, we, 
the class of '81, acknowledge the hand of an allwise 
and merciful God. 

Resolved, That we not only mourn his departure 
as a classmate of generous impulses, but as an ear- 
nest Christian. 

Resolved, That we extend to the family and 
friends of our classmate our sincere sympathy in 
their bereavement. 

Resolved, That we drape our colors, in the usual 
manner, for ten days. 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be sent 
to the family of the deceased and to the press. 
C H. Cutler, 1 
C. E. Hakding, } Committee. 
F. E. Smith, ) 
Bowdoin College, April 18, 1879. 

Whereas, By the allwise disposition of Provi- 
dence our respected brother, Artemas F. Gregg, has 
been taken so unexpectedly from our midst, 

Resolved, That in the death of this brother, tho 
Bowdoin Praying Circle has been deprived of one 
of its most active and efficient members, whose 
established Christian character and devotion to the 
cause makes his loss most deeply felt. 

Resolved, That we tender our most heart-felt 
sympathies to his family and friends in this their 
deep affliction, and call upon them to remember that 
their loss is his gain. 

Resolved, That these Resolutions be published in 

tho BownoiN" Oeiext, and that copies bo sent to 

the family of the deceased, and supplied to the 

members of the Praying Circle. 

H. E. Henderson, ) 

A. G. Pettexgill, v Committee. 

C. E. Stixchfield, ) 

Bowdoin College, April 18, 1879. 


The Juniors are reading Faust. 
Rowse, '81, has returned to College. 
Bets on the crews are now in order. 
Our Boating Association has 63 members. 

A game of foot-ball was indulged in, Fast 

An inquiring Medic was heard asking 
about this pian-o-fore. 

Fessenden, formerly of '79, was in town a 
few days during vacation. 

Why not lay out grounds at Sagadahoc 
Park for match games of ball ? 

The Junior and Freshman class boats are 
being repaired by Stevens of Bath. 

•'' Them literary fellers ain't as smart as 
the Medics." Sic dixit a Medic himself. 

Some of the boys have a " go-asyou-please " 
race every morning — to get in to prayers. 

Scene in Laboratory : Student — " Profes- 
sor, what is this H 2 mentioned in the notes ? " 

The Saturday evening prayer-meeting was 
adjourned, so the Faculty could attend Pina- 

Dr. Cyrus Hamlin, of the class of '34, 
preached at the Congregational Church, Sun- 
day, the 20th inst. 

Fresh (anxious about his rank) to Profes- 
sor in Mathematics — " What will be my rank 
for this term ? " Prof. — " That is not easily 
determined, — it is less than any assignable 


The Medics celebrated their half-term 
examinations with 2 per cent, beer and a hand 

Ho timk his arm from round her waist 

And swore an awful swore. 

Ho gave a piercing yell and said 

" I've felt that pin afore." 

Our nine played its first practice game on 
Fast Day. Considering all tilings the boys 
played well. 

The Brown University nine wish to ar- 
range a game with us, to be played about the 
first of June. 

Prof. Chapman preached an eloquent ser- 
mon at the Congregational Church, Sunday, 
the 13th inst. 

Conant, '80, is in Cuba for his health. It 
is reported that he has dined with the Gov- 
ernor General. 

Prof. — '• What is an antidote for arsenic ? " 
Student — " Nitric acid." (Prof, and class 
audibly smile.) 

D. L. Morrill, formerly of the class of '80, 
of (his College, is substitute and manager of 
the Brown nine. 

The '79 Board of Editors have presented 
the Library with Vol. VIII. of the Orient, 
handsomely bound. 

E. H. Chamberlain, Fisher, Mason, and 
Smith are appointed to contend for the Smyth 
Mathematical Prize. 

The class officers for the term are : Senior, 
Mr. Lee ; Junior, Prof. Robinson ; Sophomore, 
Mr. Johnson ; Freshman, Prof. Smith. 

We are informed "officially" that the 
Faculty are never going to allow any more 
" fakiring" ; that is — if they can help it. 

The funeral of Artemas F. Gregg occurred 
at the home of his parents, in Brickfield, 
Sunday, the 20th inst. The following mem- 
bers of the College were present : Stearns, 
'79, Hitchcock, '81, H. W. Chamberlain, '81, 
Jewett, '82. 

The Freshman .crew will probably be 
selected from the following men : Reed, E. 
U. Curtis, Plympton, McCarthy, Pease, Stin- 

The "very ancient and fish-like smell" 
along some parts of Main Street fully assures 
us that Spring with its " etherial mildness " 
has come. 

We would suggest that some of those who 
are so fond of making a noise might hire out 
to manipulate the bell for the auction shop 
down town. 

Hon. T. R. Simonton, of the class of '53, 
delivered an able and interesting lecture on 
Temperance, in Lemont Hall, on the evening 
of Fast Day. 

Following is the Junior crew as it will go 
on to the river: Spring, Captain and stroke ; 
Collins, No. 3 ; Jones, No. 2 ; Whitmore, bow ; 
G. S. Payson, coxswain. 

Friend to Editor — " You never will pub- 
lish a poor paper, I suppose ? " Ed. — 
"Never." Friend — " What ! never ?" Ed. — 
" Well, only d — d seldom, anyhow." 

Here's another: "How does antimony 
differ from arsenic ? " " It leaves a black 
stain on porcelain." Prof.—" So does arsenic ; 
can't you think of a better difference ? " 

The Sophomore crew get into their boat 
in the following order : Pettengill, Captain 
and stroke ; Fisher, No. 2 ; Stevens, No. 3 ; 
Larrabee, bow ; E. W. Chamberlain, cox- 

We can listen to noise made by a class 
when first released from the restraints of 
Freshman year with tranquil feelings, and 
sympathize with the spirit that prompts it. 
We confess, however, that when upper-class- 
men deliberately blow horns for a couple of 
hours at a stretch, " patience ceases to be a 
virtue," and we long for those "good old 
days" when Seniors and Juniors "put away 
childish things " and assumed dignity. 



A member of '82 recently controverted in 
the history class a portion of most authentic 
history, by asserting that Moses and the Israel- 
ites were engulfed in the Red Sea instead of 
the pursuing hosts of Pharaoh. 

At a meeting of the Boat Club held Sat- 
urday, the 19th inst., the directors were 
instructed to consult with the proper commit- 
tee in Portland to see what arrangements can 
be made for a College four to enter the regatta 
to be held in that city on July 4th. 

Friend to young lady from boarding school 

— " Do you know Mr. H , of the College? " 

Y. L. from B. S. — " Yes, and he is so soft." 
Friend — " Is it possible ? " Y. L. from B. S. 
— " Yes, and his hugging and kissing are so 
very soft." The conundrum is, who was 
"given away?" 

Billy inveigled six little French boys into 
a corner of the Post Office, and proceeded to 
"air" his knowledge of the French language. 
It is said the urchins listened arrectis auribus 
for about half a minute, and then in terror 
rushed for the door, saying, " He one madman 
in Post Office." 

A dignified (we believe that's the proper 
word) Junior, on his way back from vacation, 
attempted to get up a flirtation with a young 
lady on the cars. He was somewhat discon- 
certed on discovering the young lady was an 
old acquaintance. Explanations followed. 
The moral is obvious. 

The Athletic Association held its annual 
election Saturday, the 19th inst. Following 
are the new officers: President, Hall, '80; 
Vice President, Collins, '80 ; Secretary and 
Treasurer, Staples, '81 ; Directors, V. C. Wil- 
son, '80, Lane, '81, Walker, '81 ; Master of 
Ceremonies, Maxcy, '80. 

A year ago a graduate member of one of 
our Societies here lost his Society pin while 
traveling in Georgia. Recently a member of 
the Troy, N. Y., Chapter of the same Society, 
while in Savannah, espied this badge pin on a 
person to whom he thought it did not belong. 
On inquiry his supposition proved correct. 
The owner's name was found on the pin, and 
it will be recovered. 

Two hundred of the two hundred and fifty 
American colleges publish papers. 


[We earnestly solicit communications to this 
column from any who may have an interest in the 

'39. — Ex-President Allen, of the Maine 
Agricultural College, will deliver the Com- 
mencement Address before the N. H. Agricul- 
tural College. 

'41. — Died, Joseph F. Clark, of Cam- 
bridge, Mass., March 30th. Mr. Clark was a 
prominent member of the Essex Bar. 

'46 — Died, Wm. F. Jackson, of Boston, 
Mass., April 4th. Dr. Jackson was a leading 
homoeopathic physician in that vicinity. 

'48. — -Prof. J. B. Sewall recently delivered 
an address at the dedication of the Town 
Hall in Holbrook, Mass. 

'62.— The Rev. Ed. N. Packard has been 
installed pastor of the Second Parish, of 
Dorchester, Mass. 

'67. — Stanle}' Plummer, of the U. S. In- 
ternal Revenue Service, is stationed in Flor- 

'73. — A. L. Crocker is in a manufacturing 
firm in Springfield, Illinois. 

'74. — C. H. Hunter has gone to Vienna to 
pursue a special course of study on the eye 
and ear. On the completion of his studies, 
he will travel on the Continent before re- 
turning home. 

'76. — The wife of Frank Kimball has 
lately presented him with a boy. This is the 
first child born to any member of the class, 
and therefore has the class cup. 

'77. — W. T. Cobb has finished his studies 
abroad and will return home the last of this 

'77. — Fremont M. Palmer is on a trip to 
Cuba in the bark " J. H. Chad wick." He 
expects to return the first of June. 

'78. — C. A. Baker, seeking fortune in Col- 
orado; Joseph Sewall has been appointed 
Deputy Sheriff, at Oldtown, Me. ; J. W. Dyer, 
Real Estate Agent, in the employ of C. P. 
Mattocks, Portland, Me. 

'78. — H. C. Baxter is managing several of 
the Portland Packing Company's factories in 
Nova Scotia. 

'79. — A. J. Shaw has recently invented a 
faucet, for which he has been offered $50,000. 

'81. — E. L. Swazey has gone to Chicago, 
and thinks of settling there. 



The following members of '80 have left 
the class: 

Beane, H. D., New York City. 

Burleigh, W. A., business, South Berwick. 

Call, Wm. T., printer, Portland. 

Coffin, F. F., lawyer, Osage, Mitchell Co., 

Cony, F., Business College, Augusta. 

Curtis, J. B., medical student, Brunswick. 

Emerson, N. W., medical student, Boston. 

Hathawaj^, H. B., private tutor, Rogue 

Ha}-, C. M., business, Portland. 

Jameson, J. S., fitting for college, N. Y. 

Lincoln, A. T., Amherst College, 79, Am- 
herst, Mass. 

Merrill, L. H., business, Augusta. 

Morrill, D. L., Brown University, Provi- 
dence, R. I. 

Nichols, J. W., will enter '81 next year, 

Northend, W. W., studying law, Salem, 

Sawyer, C, '81, College. 

Smith, M., business, Brunswick. 

Upton, J. C. F., business, Boston, Mass. 


Union is the home of five of the oldest 
secret societies. 

One hundred and thirty Harvard men take 
instruction in singing. 

Columbia students lost $700 by betting on 
Harriman. Bad men. 

It has been proposed to have an inter- 
collegiate gymnastic contest. 

A chapter of Zeta Psi has been established 
at the University of Toronto. 

The Harvard- Yale race will be rowed at 
New London, Friday, June 27th. 

Several schools and colleges have Hare 
and Hounds, after the manner of Rugby ; why 
not have it here ? 

Mr. A. M. Baird, of New York, a member 
of Alpha Sigma Chi, is preparing for the 
press a book on college secret societies. 

A Senior at Yale recently attacked the 
editor of the Yale News on account of an 
item published in the paper. No one was killed. 

The Seniors at Michigan are grumbling 
because the Senior vacation has been abolished. 
Our Seniors grumble because it has been 

It may be of interest to some members of 
the Freshman class to know that several 
Seniors and Juniors have been suspended 
from Cornell for " fakiring." 

Notwithstanding the gift of $5,000 to the 
Williams navy, boating is entirely dead there. 
The boat-house has been sold for debt, and the 
boats are rotting on the bank. 


Professor — " What is the universal nega- 
tive ? " Student — " Not prepared." — Ex. 

Seneca says: " Pone in promiscuo." No, 
thank you, Mr. Seneca, we think in Logic will 
be sufficient. — Transcript. 

We saw a young man with two heads on 
his shoulders the other day, but didn't consider 
it much of a curiosity — one belonged to his 
girl. — Ex. 

The Sophomores were informed that crib 
comes from y.po--uj, because it is always con- 
cealed, or at least supposed to be so, by the 
user, till he finds out his mistake. — Columbia 

There seems to be some sort of connection 
between examination time and the following 
remark by an antipodal laundryman : " Me no 
likee washee Blown boys cuffee, too muchee 
one, two, thlee." — Brunonian. 

A paper innocently asks if there is any 
harm in sitting in the laps(e) of ages. We 
think it depends entirely upon the ages, and 
should say that the ages between 17 and 25 
are extremely hazardous. — Ex. 

Senior (to his Sunday-school class of young 
ladies) — " What expression have we equiva- 
lent to ' rending one's garments ? ' " (Blushes 
on part of the ladies.) Little Mickey in back 
seat — " Tearing your shirt." — Ex. 

They were eating apples together. He — 
" Wish I'd some cider." She — " Oh, all you 
have to do is to squeeze an apple." He — 
" That's so." She — " Let's eat them first." 
The poor fellow nearly fainted. — Vidette. 




It will be our endeavor in these columns to be 
perfectly impartial ; and to look rather for what we 
may praise in a paper, than for that which we may 
condemn. Aud we hope for the same charitable 
treatment in return. 

The second number of the Hobart Herald is a 
very good one ; for a new paper it seems to be doing 
remarkably well. There appears throughout a 
strong college feeling which rises above classes or 
societies. From an article on class lobbying we 
clip the following : 

" When we enter college we are looked upon as 
men; the Faculty regard us as such, and do not 
attempt to regulate our actions by boarding-school 
rules. Why, then, do we so often forfeit all our 
claims to the reputation of manhood by descending 
to boyish intrigues to secure some class office ? The 
answer to all these questions is extremely easy. It 
is an itching we have for notoriety. If our name 
will only appear in the Echo as President of a class 
composed of some half a dozen students, this is a 
sufficient reward for all our lobbying and back- 

The College Mercury appears in mourning on 
account of the death of the Rev. James De- 
Koven, D.D., Warden of Racine College. The 
entire paper is given up to that subject. 

Articles descriptive of European Universities are 
generally acceptable to American students. Our 
notions of them are usually somewhat misty. The 
first article in the Rochester Campus, although it 
does not completely clear away the mist, is neverthe- 
less interesting. It shows the German manner of 
studying — we should call it cramming — for the ex- 
aminations, the method of instructing by lectures, 
and the frequency of duels. The word beer only 
occurs once ; something remarkable for an article 
on Germans. In another article the Campus gives 
a short account of itself, the causes which called it 
into being, and the contents of the first number. 
There is only one thing about the Campus which we 
would wish to see changed. That is the way in 
which the "Personals" are separated into two 
departments, headed "Alumni and Personal" and 
" Personal." 

The most noticeable things in the Kenyon Ad- 
vance are seven columns of "Clippings" and one- 
third of a column of " Personals." The former are 
well-selected, but with the famous Alumni Kenyon 
can boast, one would think more space might be 
devoted to the latter. The "Clippings" form an 
attractive part of a college paper; but the paper is 
to give information as well as amusement, aud to 

the Alumni, at least, the most valuable part is usu- 
ally the " Personals." 

The Southern Collegian devotes six pages to 
" Clippings," but this does not seem out of propor- 
tion in a sixty-page magazine; the "College and 
Campus," corresponding to our " Locals," occupies 
nine pages ; while thirty are given up to long arti- 
cles. In an article, entitled "A New Study," a 
writer endeavors to prove that the dead languages 
are useless ; " For 

' Life aud thought have Inni away 
Side by side.' " 
He insists that the time spent on them is thrown 
I away; that they hinder rather than assist original 
minds; aud as instances of minds free from these 
hindrances, Greeley and Franklin are cited. The 
writer proposes to substitute in the place of the 
classics the rather indefinite study, "Man," though 
just how it is to be taught is not stated. In this 
article classical studies are held responsible for all 
the evils that flesh is heir to, and by the study of 
"Man" all our faults are to be removed. 

The criticisms of the Niagara Index call to mind 
an old man who was once pointed out, with the re- 
mark that, " That man never was known to speak well 
of any person." The review editor seems to think 
that agreeing with a person is a sign of weakness, 
and to find fault is the particular duty of a college 
editor. As a saving of time and space we suggest 
the following plan : Head the review column. " We 
condemn the following," and print beneath the list 
of exchanges. 

The Vassar Miscellany presents a striking con- 
trast to most college publications, for nearly all the 
paper is given up to long articles. The "Local" 
department, originally unimportant, has now become 
the most important part of many papers. Some 
contain hardly anything else. Whether "Locals" 
are scarce at Vassar, or whether their minds are 
fixed on more important things, we do not know. 
Particularly noticeable are such short stories as 
" The Battle of Tift's Meadows." In another arti- 
cle, a writer discusses whether Mr. James' " Daisy 
Miller" is a type of the American girl. After quot- 
ing a number of her ungrammatical expressions, the 
writer concludes that she may be a type of the 
American girl, but not of the Vassar girl. 

The Neiv York World is deservedly popular with 
the colleges. No other paper has taken interest 
enough in them to have a separate college depart- 
ment, as the Monday World has. The "Calendar" 
is remarkably accurate, when we consider the num- 
ber of colleges; and the articles on college matters 
are full of information. 

Vol IX. 


No. 2. 





Emery W. Bartlett, Herbert W. Grindal, 

Edwin C. Burbank, Frederic W. Hall, 

"Walter L. Bane, Eliphalet G. Spring, 

Henry A. Wing. 

Terms — $2.00 a year in advance 5 single copies, 15 cents. 

Matter designed for publication may be handed to the Editors or 
allressed to Bowdoin Orient, Brunswick, Maine. It should be accom- 
panied by the writer's name, and the signature which he wishes to have 
appended. Back numbers can generally be obtained upon application to 
the Editors. 

For sale at W. H. Marrett's and B. G. Dennison's, Brunswick. 

Vol. IX., No. 2.— May 7, 1879. 

Editorial Notes J3 

Another "Ode on Spring" (communication) J6 

Bowdoin in Former Bays 16 

An Unwritten Page 17 

Why Bo Men Go to College? 18 

A n Unjust Law 19 

The Crews 20 

Local 21 

Personal ■. 22 

The College World 23 

Clippings 23 

Editors' Table 24 


Judging from the experience of Editorial 
Boards in the past, the present Board will not 
have a superfluous quantity of communica- 
tions. But a few words in regard to commu- 
nications may not be out of place. To begin, 
we desire all articles to be short. Most peo- 
ple prefer a literary article to be short, and 
wish a variety of them, for the same reason, 
probably, that a majority like hash. We be- 
lieve it to be better to present our readers 

with brief, interesting articles, instead of fill- 
ing the paper with a single long article. Let, 
then, what you write for the Orient be con- " 
densed. As we have only one College pub- 
lication to represent us, with the exception of 
the annual Bugle, which is in no sense a literary 
publication, it is both desirable and necessary 
that more or less literary articles should be 
published in our College paper. If we had, 
as some colleges have, in addition to our Col- 
lege paper, a magazine devoted almost exclu- 
sively to literary work, then our paper could 
be given entirely to articles on College affairs 
and to College news. 

But let subjects for literary articles be 
selected with judgment. Now we have as 
much admiration for Longfellow as the aver- 
age person, and can to some degree appreciate 
the genius and power of Hawthorne. Still, 
we do not consider it a bounden duty of our 
College paper to publish annually a gushing 
description of their writings. It is also our 
humble opinion that an article headed Haw- 
thorne is too broad a subject for two or three 
columns. Since there is such a large number 
of subjects to select from, we hope there will 
be an effort to have a change ; the old tune 
has been played so long, that the strings give 
forth only monotonous sounds. The best 
rule to follow is of course to write on what 
one is interested in and about what one has 
something to say. We again extend a cordial 
invitation to all to write for the Orient. We 
do so, not to lesson our own labors, but from 
an earnest desire to make the Orient as 
interesting as possible. 

We wish to call attention to those who 
advertise, in our columns. It is a just rule in 



life to help those who help us, and we hope 
this precept will be carried out to the letter 
in regard to our advertisers. If there are 
those who do not care enough about us or the 
College to help maintain any of its institu- 
tions, there is surely no reason why we should 
assist them in preference to those who are 
interested to aid us. Those who have given 
us their patronage have done so from a desire 
to help maintain our College paper, as well as 
to call notice to their goods. If any are going 
to make purchases of any kind, we hope, 
before doing so, they will look over the col- 
umns of the Oeient, and then "patronize 
those who patronize us." 

We hope the suggestions of the article in 
our last number on College singing, will be 
acted upon. In addition to it, we would 
make a plea for more music of all kinds. It 
is well known that we have got much musical 
talent among us, and we sincerely wish it 
could be improved so all could get enjoyment 
from it. What would be more pleasant than, 
on some of these fine evenings, to have some 
of our musicians occupy the band stand and 
regale us with music ! We earnestly hope — 
and in this all join with us — -that a move may 
be made in this direction, and that we may 
often, during the coming term, listen to the 
inspiring strains of the '79 Quintette and the 
dulcet tones of that most excellent Flute 

It is with regret that we announce that 
Capt. Caziarc is to leave us. During the time 
he has been connected with the College, he 
has, by his courteous manners, gained the 
esteem of all with whom his duties have asso- 
ciated him. In addition to his regular work, 
Capt. Caziarc has instructed the Senior Class 
in International and Constitutional Law, and 
this, too, without any pecuniary recompense ; 
but, if satisfaction for work well-done, and the 
gratitude of those who have been under his 

instruction is a reward for labor — and we are 
sure it is — his compensation is large. With- 
out any flattery, it can be said that the reci- 
tations in the above studies for the past three 
years, have been made, by Capt. Caziarc, of 
the most interesting nature, and the valuable, 
practical truth which he has imparted on these 
great but too often neglected subjects, must 
be of great benefit to those whose privilege it 
has been to sit under his instruction. Capt. 
Caziarc takes with him, to his new post of 
duty, the respect and high esteem of both Fac- 
ulty and students ; and we can assure him 
that none will be more interested in his future 
welfare than those whom he met at old Bow- 

The programme for Field Day has been 
announced, and its excellence must commend 
it to all. In making up the programme, the 
directors have shown good judgment, and too 
much prominence has not been given to any- 
one thing. The five mile "go-as-you-please " 
will give all who wish an opportunity to test 
their endurance, and the two hundred and 
twenty yard dash is better for a trial of speed 
than a half-mile run would be. All should 
make their entries as soon as possible, so the 
managers may not be hindered in perfecting 
their plans. 

In the same line as the above, we will say 
that last year some of our Portland graduates 
talked of founding some permanent prizes for 
the Field Day sports. No more favorable 
time than the present could be taken to inau- 
gurate such a plan. All of the undergrad- 
uates are interested in anything which tends 
to physical culture, and it only needs a little 
work directed in the right way to establish 
our sports on a permanent foundation. If the 
gentlemen referred to desire to aid our sports 
— and we are sure they do — we would pro- 
pose that they consult with the officers of our 
Athletic Association in regard to the matter. 



It is quite certain that an active interest 
in our sports by graduates wo dd greatly 
aid us. 

The custom which the upper classes have 
of starting out of prayers the instant — and, 
as recently, sometimes a little before — the 
last word of the prayer is sjsoken, should be 
reformed. We know that no one has formed 
the habit from irreverence to the time and 
place, and it is far from the thoughts of even 
one to show the least disrespect to our hon- 
ored Professor who conducts the Chapel serv- 
ice. It is done from sheer thoughtlessness, 
but is not on this account excusable. Our 
time is not so valuable that we can't remain 
in the Chapel a few seconds longer, and all 
that is necessary is for each to exercise a little 
more thoughtfulness. 

has been satisfactorily adjusted. It is not for 
us to enter into a discussion as to the causes 
which brought on this class trouble. It would 

j be of neither bsnefit or interest to the public. 

j We can only express the hope that the Class 

! Day of '79 will he an honor to the class and 

i College. 

It is with pleasure that we notice the 
interest the Freshmen are taking in sports. 
The energy they have displayed in buying a 
boat and putting a crew to work for our June 
race, is deserving of praise. We hope such 
interest and enterprise will mark their entire 
course. It takes something more than an 
attendance on the work of the college cur- 
riculum to form the real college man, and to 
bind a class together with those bonds which 
are never severed. We are among the num- 
ber who believe that from the experiences 
and the associations of college life are derived 
not a small part of the benefit of a college 
course. It is because our Boat Club, our 
Base-Ball, and Athletic Associations bring men 
of different classes and societies into more 
intimate relations with each other that we 
believe in them, as well as because their ten- 
dency is to promote good health. 

We are pleased to announce that the 
trouble in the Senior Class, which threatened, 
at one time, to entirely do away with, or, at 
least, mar the pleasure of their Class Day, 

The first of the Junior discussions oc- 
curred last Satui^kry. If we can judge thus 
early the success of the plan is already as- 
sured. The class, seemingly, are interested 
in the exercise, and this alone will make it 
valuable to all. We would suggest to those 
who take part, that they be careful to see if 
their understanding of the reading of the 
resolve under consideration is the same. It 
would also be well for each to endeavor to 
keep as close to the question as possible. If 
one is to form the habit of clear, logical reas- 
oning, this, of course, must be done. The 
remarks of Prof. Chapman at the close of 
the discussion were practical, and of a most 
interesting nature. We would like to see a 
number, each week, take part in the discussion 
after the regular disputants are through. 

The Boat Club has received a letter from 
the N. A. A. O. with the information that 
there will be a six-oared race at the " American 
Henley," to be held at Saratoga, July 9th. 
The challenge cup for this race was given by 
the Detroit Boat Club. The letter says : " If 
you can arrange with Wesleyan or other 
colleges to join with you in entering this six- 
oared race, I am sure a very fine trial of speed 
would result. We should be able to arrange 
for merely nominal rates of transportation for 
men and boats." It seems to us that it will 
be better not to take any definite action upon 
this matter at present. After our class races 
there will be ample time to make arrangements 
for sending a crew to Saratoga. It would be 
well, however, in the mean time to be consid- 
ering the matter. 





The snow has fled from off the fields, 

Which now are clothed in green ; 
The trees have decked themselves with leaves 

The earth has changed her mien ; 
Attenuated streams flow on 

Between their verdant strands. 
The elder Grace, with sisters twain 

Dares lead the choral hands. 
" For immortality ne'er hope," 

Thus warns the fleetiug year 
And hour which hastens on the day 

Alike to all men dear. 
And "Winter's cold by Zephyrs warm 

Is mitigated now ; 
And, following in the track of Spring, 

I see bright Summer's brow, 
About to die as soon as Fall 

Pours forth her goldeu fruit: 
And sluggish Winter'll soon he here 

Clothed in his frozen suit. 
The quick revolving moous repair 

Their wanings in the sky. 
With Tullus, Ancus, and ifeneas 

"We'll all be dust, who die. 
Who knows if now the gods will add 

To-rnorrow to to-day ? 
Whate'er you give your own dear soul 

Tour heir'll not waste away. 
When once, Torquatns, you have died, 

Been judged by Minos grave, 
Nor family, nor piety, 

Nor eloquence can save. 
Diana can not free from Hell 

The chaste Hyppolytus, 
Nor Theserrs break the Leathseau chains 

From dear Pirithous. 



Desiring to know something of the early 
history of our College, we have consulted 
every source which we thought likely to give 
us light on the subject ; and that the result of 
these researches be not lost, we submit them 
to our readers. 

Bowdoin's history dates back into the last 
century, a charter to establish a College at 
Brunswick having been granted, by the Leg- 
islature of Massachusetts, as early as 1794. 
Owing to a lack of funds, eight years elapsed 
before the College was in working order. In 
1802 a class of eight students entered the 
new institution, all of whom graduated in 
regular course. 

Previous to this, Massachusetts Hall had 

been built, and for a time it was put to the 
manifold uses of dormitory, recitation rooms, 
chapel, and president's house ; besides serving 
on Sundays as a place for public worship. We 
are not told whether the one professor also 
resided there, but probably he did. We have 
all heard how President McKeen summoned 
the boys to morning devotions by rapping on 
the stairs with his cane. The thought nat- 
urally arises, Was a Sunday sickness possible 
in those days? 

The College thrived, notwithstanding its 
limited means. The class of 1822 graduated 
twenty-four members. Between these dates 
the number of instructors and professors was 
largely increased. Maine Hall and a wooden 
chapel were erected during the administration 
of President McKeen, which ended with his 
death in 1807. Maine Hall has been twice 
burned and re-built, — first in 1822, and again 
in 1836. The chapel erected, in 1805, was 
used, like the present one, as chapel and 
library, until the Granite Chapel was built in 
1845. This beautiful building cost $46,000. 

The Maine Medical School was established 
in 1821, Massachusetts Hall being the Medi- 
cal College until Adams Hall was built in 
1862. This School has sent forth ever} r year, 
since its establishment, from 25 to 50 M.D.'s, 
and was never more prosperous than at 

Winthrop Hall was built in 1822, and 
Appleton more recently. What is now the 
College Laboratory was Commons Hall in 
1835. Memorial Hall was commenced in 
1868, and will be finished, it is hoped, during 
the present year. 

The College received its first endowment, 
soon after the charter was granted, from Hon. 
James Bowdoin, of Boston, who generously 
bestowed both money and lands, the estimated 
value of which was $6,800. At his death, in 
1811, he bequeathed to the College an elegant 
private library of more than 2,000 volumes, 
together with a valuable collection of paint- 



ings, several articles of philosophical appara- 
tus, and a large number of choice specimens. 
Those who mourn the degeneracy of Bow- 
doin boys will be surprised to learn that not 
until 1810 was there a student who was a 
professor of religion. In 1816, however, we 
find President Appleton rejoicing that fully 
one-third of the men in College have embraced 
a hope in Christ. 

Since it was founded, the College has had 
six Presidents. Among the most celebrated 
of its Professors may be mentioned the names 
of Samuel P. Newman, 1820-39; Rev. 
Alpheus S. Packard, 1824 — ; Parker Cleave- 
land, 1805-58; William Smyth, 1825-68; 
Rev. Thomas C. Upham, 1824-67; Henry 
W. Longfellow, 1829-35; and Rev. Calvin 
E. Stowe, 1850-52. 

The custom of having only ten Commence- 
ment Parts spoken was inaugurated at the 
Commencement of 1876. Formerly, also, 
half of the Seniors and half the number of 
Juniors appointed, spoke at each of the two 
Senior and Junior Exhibitions. On an 1860 
programme we find thirty-one names. At this 
date, prayers were held in the Chapel twice 
each day, the first of these exercises taking 
place at 6 a.m. Class Day was first observed 
by '59. The programme was as follows : 
Oration, W. F. Sabine ; Poem, Stephen J. 
Young ; Chronicles, A. Mitchell ; Prophecy, 
James A. Howe ; Parting Address, Oliver 

The Bowdoin Bugle was first published in 
1858. It was a four-page paper of sixteen 
columns. In 1867 it assumed its present 
form, having eighteen pages. Succeeding 
classes have increased the number of pages, 
and changed it from an occasional to an 
annual publication. The Bugle of July, 
1858, shows that the number of Secret 
Societies was the same as at present. The 
same Fraternities, also, were represented with 
the exception of the Zeta Psi, in place of 
which was the Chi Psi. The Peucinian, 

founded in 1806, and the Athenian, 1808, 
existed, at least, nominally, until 1877. 

For many of the facts contained in this 
sketch, we are indebted to Prof. Packard, to 
whom the early history of Bowdoin is as 
familiar as the letters of the alphabet. 


The Senior appeared sad. His brow was 
knit ; his eyes had a dreamy look, as though 
his mind was fixed upon some theme of lofty 
import. He seated himself at his desk, drew 
a sheet of paper toward him, dipped his pen 
in ink, then paused, and gazed steadfastly 
upon the blank and spotless paper. Perhaps 
his thoughts ran on something like this : 

" How much this white page resembles the 
course of life ! The writer, pen in hand, is 
like a youth, who has just arrived at the 
period of manhood, and now discovers that 
the path of his future must be mapped out 
by himself. Here are the materials for his 
work. Let him follow his own lines, write 
fast or slow, as it pleases him. There will be 
blots — great, glaring blots — if he be not 
very careful. Will the paper be of more 
value after it is written upon? Will the 
thoughts here traced serve to encourage 
another; or, will they be a stumbling-block 
in the way of such as may be weak enough 
to take them as a guide ? Should they meet 
the eye of the writer, in after years, will he 
be ashamed, or pleased, looking upon this, the 
work of his student days ? Does not every 
page, written for others to read, have an influ- 
ence, just as our lives do, tending either to 
make ourselves honored or disgraced in the 
eyes of our associates ? 

"It seems a great undertaking, full of 
responsibility, full of moment, — this presum- 
ing to deface this pure white surface, in the 
hope that our words maj^ be worth something 
to somebody. But Life — what a huge folio 



to be written through by each one ! Here we 
have for lines only the footsteps of our pre- 
decessors ; and how terribly crooked are the 
paths which some have traced ! There is 
need of much discrimination, that one may 
keep his feet and hold to any straightforward 
course whatever ; but how much greater must 
be his caution, who avoids the blunders of 
others, leaves the well-worn ways, and ven- 
tures upon paths which are new and untried ! 

" As one may trace upon the paper words 
and lines which appear beautiful to the eye, 
but when the sense is sought all beauty dis- 
appears ; so, for a time, some pretender may 
deceive the world by his fine appearance, but 
his success is of short duration. If words 
have been misspelled, or letters misplaced, 
some reader will detect the fault. Vulgar 
ideas, though clothed in choice words ; errors 
in judgment; illogical reasoning, though 
expressed in beautiful language ; — all will be 
detected by the critic's eye. So with decep- 
tion; he who practices it deceives himself 
most of all. Some searching e} r e is sure to 
discover the real character beneath the false 

This, I say, might have been the Senior's 

train of thought, as he mused, before putting 

his pen to the paper ; but it wasn't. His fit 

of abstraction left him, — he had merely been 

making a mental calculation as to the amount 

of his indebtedness, — and his pen traced these 

words : 

"Deae Father, — I must have at least $350 
p move, in order to graduate in any kind of style. 
' This is my last demand for College expenses, there- 
fore I hope you will be liberal. 

"Devotedly yours, 

" Augustus." 


In attempting to ascertain the causes 
which lead to particular results, we are met 
at the outset by the difficulty that similar 
results often spring from widely different 
causes. There may be such a diversity of 

causes that it seems as if even a classification 
would fail to comprehend them. The same 
fact will be, now for and now against the 
accomplishment of a certain result. 

Nowhere is this difficulty more noticeable 
than in endeavoring to find a solution to the 
question : Why do men go to college ? Cir- 
cumstances which are to one man a hopeless 
bar to a college education, to another are the 
determining influences which make such an 
education seem imperatively necessary. What 
we expect to act as helps prove to be hin- 
derances, and the clogs which were to bind the 
feet are transformed into swift wings. Of 
course differences in temperament will ex- 
plain many of these apparent contradictions, 
and differences in education and ability will 
account for many more, but much must be 
finally referred to the causes which are not 
within the field of observation. 

Perhaps the way in which we can best 
approximate to a correct solution of the prob- 
lem will be to see what the men do with their 
opportunities after they have entered college. 
This will be far from a certain guide, but it 
may afford a basis for further investigation. 

Take first the man who is familiar to all 
college students ; the " dig." He passes his 
time in his room and at his books. His con- 
tinued existence is simply one protracted 
"grind." His conversation is ever of his 
work, and his intercourse with his fellows is 
limited and formal. The apparent end and 
aim of his life is to take a high rank in his 
class and graduate " cum laude." Why did 
he enter college ? Is he surely getting the 
most benefit from four of the best years of 
his life ? 

He will probably tell an inquirer that he 
desires to lay a broad and solid foundation 
for future study, and to acquire habits of 
accurate scholarship, and will defend his 
course with many arguments which he will 
illustrate by shining examples culled from the 
pages of the accurate and valuable work on 



American Colleges, published not long since. 
He knows why he is in college, and so we 
may consider our query answered from one 
point of view. 

Turning now to a very different man we 
find the other extreme. An equally common 
figure in college, he plays a much more un- 
desirable part there. So far from giving all 
his time to his books, he gives none of it. 
Apparently unconscious that there are recita- 
tions and lectures which demand some atten- 
tion from him, he passes his time in amusement 
or simple idleness. Why he is in college is a 
difficult matter to determine. Judging from 
his occupations, it is to learn to execute dif- 
ficult shots at billiards, to be able to carry off 
remarkable quantities of beer or wine, to waste 
his money, and to ruin his health. 

If we could get at the bottom, in many 
such cases we would find the parents to be 
more to blame than the son. To gratify their 
ambition he has been pushed and bolstered 
into his position, and that he fills it with little 
grace is not entirety his fault. 

If we would find an example of the man 
who realizes what his college course ought to 
be to him, and who entered upon it with the 
true motives, we must seek it among the men 
who, avoiding both extremes, do their work 
honestly and thoroughly, but yet realize that 
half their world lies outside the class-room, 
and that it is a study of both men and books 
that fits the student for work in the world 
and makes him able to get the best results 
from that work. 

The small number of the present Freshman 
Class, when it entered College, Avas a great 
surprise to many of the undergraduates, who, 
on account of the constantly increasing num- 
bers in the upper classes, as the}" entered Col- 
lege, and likewise on account of the reports, 
said to have emanated from the Faculty, that 

a still greater increase was expected last 3 r ear, 
looked for a large- class, or, at least, one as 
large as the year before. It is the purpose of 
this article to call attention to one of the 
causes which led to such a small class, viz.: 
The expense commonly believed to attend the 
pursuit of one's education in this College ; 
and then more especially to refer to one part 
of the expense — the extra tax imposed on all 
students who room out of the College dormi- 

It seems to be the general impression 
throughout the State that at Bowdoin an 
education is much more expensive than at 
the other Maine colleges, — of course, bar- 
ring out the State charit} r institution at 
Orono, where the students live on the 
State, under the pretense of being brought 
up as public benefactors in the shape of sci- 
entific farmers, when in reality they are noth- 
ing more or less than State Treasmy suckers. 
An examination of the comparative expense 
of the three regular colleges does not seem to 
bear out this impression, as they will all aver- 
age nearly the same, Bowdoin, it is true, being 
a little the most expensive. 

But this extra expense is more than com- 
pensated by the superior advantages which 
we possess. Our extensive Cabinets and Labo- 
ratories, our Library, so rich in valuable vol- 
umes, and our fine Engineering Department, 
are all unequaled or unapproached by the 
other colleges. 

Now in regard to the room rent imposed 
on students who room outside. One-half of 
the average room rent, or $20 annually, is 
charged to those not rooming in College, and 
the $80 which this amounts to in the four 
years of the course, forms no inconsiderable 
item to a student who is paying his way 
through College, — and these, in nine cases 
out of ten, are the ones who room out. 

The above fact has been copied in the 
papers far and wide, and most zealously spread 
by the opponents of Bowdoin. Eighty dol- 



lars is a large sum for the poor boy to look 
at as having to earn ; and when, in addition, 
he sees it continually held up before him that' 
Bowdoin is more expensive than the other 
colleges, facts like these will go a great way 
towards turning him elsewhere. In view of 
the fact that many young men who, in the 
natural course of events, would come to Bow- 
doin, are going elsewhere, it certainly behooves 
the authorities to do all in their power to 
check this current, before it becomes too 

The large majority of the students who 
room out do so from this one reason, that they 
can do so much cheaper than to fit up a room. 
A student likes comfortable quarters, and in 
order to have them, he must go to consider- 
able expense, while by rooming out he can 
obtain ready furnished rooms for a less sum, 
even, than he could hire a room. To two 
classes will this especially appty: first, those 
who spend part of their time each year in 
teaching, and secondly, those who enter at 
the beginning of the second or third year. 
The first, being out so much of his time, can 
make, outside, some arrangement whereby 
his rent is lessened, while by being in Col- 
lege, he must pay right through ; the second, 
having entered after all have got their room- 
mates, and not being able to go to the expense 
of fitting up a room alone, will seek a room 

Now both of these classes are desirable 
students to have ; but if an |80 barrier is set 
up before them the first thing, we cannot 
expect many of them to enter. 

It seems as though some measures might 
be taken to amend this law; and if the 
Boards will give it their attention and amend 
it so as to draw students of small means here 
instead of keeping them away, they will 
increase the number of students and draw 
hither a class which will be an honor to the 
College while here and a source of strength 


Owing to the unusual length of time that 
the ice remained in the river this year, the 
crews have not got on to the river as early as 

Thursday, the first inst., the Junior crew 
went out in their boat for the first time this 
year. Spring is the only man in the Junior 
boat who has pulled in a race. Jones worked 
up for the race of last spring, but the regatta, 
it will be remembered, did not take place. 
Whitmore has had considerable work in the 
boat at different times. Collins has never had 
any experience with race boats. Following 
are the statistics of the crew : 

Age. Height. Weight. 

W. P. Whitmore, bow, 20 yrs. 5 ft. 11 in. 105 lbs. 

T. F. Jones, No. 2, 25 yrs. 3 m. 5 ft. 9 in. 155 lbs. 

W. It. Collins, No. 3, 21 yrs. ft. 2 in. 178 lbs. 

E. G. Spring (Capt.), stroke, 19 yrs. 11 m. 5 ft. 10 in. 148 lbs. 

Coxswain, H. B. Wilson, weight 105 lbs. 

Average age, 21 yrs. 6^fc m. 

Average height, 5 ft. 11 in. 

Average weight, lGl 1 ^ lbs. 

G. S. Payson will for the present steer and 
coach the Junior crew. 

The Sophomore crew were first on the 
river, going out iu their boat Monday, April 
21st. Pettengill and Larrabee were both on 
the '81 Freshman crew that rowed over our 
course of three miles in the fast time of 19 
minutes and 50 seconds. The remaining two 
men had considerable practice in the boat last 
fall. Pettengill's stroke is similar to the one 
he rowed last year. This crew are alreacby 
rowing quite well, though they all have, of 
course, faults which practice will obviate. 
The crew is as follows : 




E. W. Larrabee, bow, 

19 yrs. 

5 ft. 6% in. 

142 lbs. 

F. A. Fisher, 

23 yrs. 

5 ft. 9^2 in. 

17H4 lbs. 

F. C. Stevens, 

18 yrs. 

5 ft. 6V4 in. 

151% lbs. 

A. G. Pettengill, 

20 yrs. 

5 ft. 9te in. 

156% lbs. 

Coxswain, E. H. Chamberlain, weight 122 lbs. 
Average age, 20 yrs. 
Average height, 5 ft. SVi in. 
Average weight, 155 7-16 lbs. 

The Freshman crew have had no expe- 
rience except what they got from a few prac- 
tice pulls last fall. They have, however, good 



stock, and it is expected that thej^ will make 
a good record in the coming race. Following 
is the crew : 

Age. Height. Weight- 

E. T. McCarthy, bow, 19 yrs. 5 ft. 7i in. 153 lbs, 
W. G. Reed (Capt.), No. 2, 20 yrs. 5 ft. 10J in. 151 lbs 

F. H. Pease, No. 3, 20 yrs. 5 ft. 113 in. 175 lbs 
W. O. Plimpton, stroke, 20 yrs. 5 ft. Gi in. 170 lbs, 

Average age, 19 yrs. 9 m. 
Average height, 5 ft. 8V 4 in. 
Average weight, 163 lbs. 

It is too early to make any extended crit- 
icism on the rowing of the crews. The men 
are all in good condition to work, as they 
have worked in the Gymnasium during the 
winter, and on this account can improve much 
faster than our crews usually have. The 
progress of the different crews will be watched 
with much interest, as considerable enthusi- 
asm is already manifested in the race. 


Libby, '80, has left College. 

Is it to Dublin or Cork ? We think it is. 

A late dispatch from Perk states that he 
is convalescent. 

The Freshmen complain that they are 
being hard worked. 

Third stage is rapidly looming up before 
the average Senior. 

The change in the base-ball grounds is a 
decided improvement. 

Hathaway, '80, was in town week before 
last and made a brief stop. 

My dog's picture, — then mine. Good 
taste is always commendable. 

What class is going to win the most prizes 
Field Day and get the keg of cider? 

The class in Botany is to be favored with 
written examinations every little while. 

Prof. Condon has "forced the season," 
and already donned his spring straw hat. 

The Sophomores have finished the "Ar- 
golica" and have commenced reading Juve- 

"I — I — guess I've lost a page of my 

Libby, '76, and Cousins, '77, both visited 
us last week. 

Capt. Caziarc is giving a series of military 
lectures in connection with the regular drill. 

Smith has been awarded the Smyth Math- 
ematical Prize. Honorable mention, Fisher. 

The meanest man thus far is the one who 
refuses to pay his subscription for the class 

The worst " grind " of the Dickens' read- 
ing was that Doc left a black streak on her 

V. C. Wilson has been elected Captain of 
the Junior " eight " for the " tug of war " 
Field Day. 

Weil, '80, has been quite sick at his home, 
and we understand that he is yet under the 
doctor's care. 

Are we degenerating? A Senior was 
recently heard in the Library inquiring for 
Dickens' Poems. 

The students who attended the Congre- 
gational sociable at Mr. Martin's, enjoyed a 
most pleasant evening. 

From recent occurrences on the river we 
should judge that some of the Sophs are 
amphibiously inclined. 

We would like to find out the name of 
the Freshman whom we heard so lustity spell- 
ing out E i g h t y-t o o. 

Some fine specimens of off-hand drawing 
have been lately given by the Juniors in the 
Botany Class. Ask Whit about it. 

The following Seniors have been appointed 
to compete for the '68 Prize : Castner, Hen- 
derson, Pennell, Ring, Stearns, and Tarbox. 

Scene at Pinafore : The orchestra strikes 
up the overture. She — " That is the Bohemian 
Girl." He, excitedly, — "Where? where is 
she ? " 

Scene in German Recitation Room : Prof. 
— "Mr. K., pronounce the German." Mr. K. 
who has answered " Not prepared," yesterday 
and the day before, does this very readily. 
Prof., at the end of six lines, "Translate if 
you can?" 1 



Page and Ring, '79, and Little, '81, are 
the delegates to the Psi Upsilon Convention, 
to be held at New Haven, Conn., May 6th 
and 7th. 

Goulding, '80, will represent the Bowdoin 
Chapter of Alpha Delta Phi at the Conven- 
tion at Trinity, Wednesday and Thursday of 
this week. 

One of our emerald disciples of Escu- 
lapius recently informed his colleagues in the 
class-room that incandescent was derived 
from candle. 

The Faculty and Editors object to " wet- 
ting down" their spring suits, — the Faculty 
from principle, the Editors because they are 
" dead broke." 

The Juniors, under the efficient direction 
of " V.," are becoming proficient in swinging 
the clubs. They do the grand obeisance with 
dexterity and grace. 

We have seen a drawing for the new 
Gymnasium which rumor says we are to have. 
It is enough to say of the excellency of the 
plan that is the work of Prof. Vose. 

Through inadvertence, no mention was 
made in our last number of the elegant floral 
tribute of the class of '81, to the memory of 
their lately deceased classmate, A. F. Gregg. 

At a meeting of the Junior Class, Wednes- 
daj r , the 30th ult., Bartlett was elected Odist 
for Ivy Day, and H. B. Wilson second on 
Committee of Arrangements for the same 

As somewhat commensurate with the 
expected bath-rooms in our coming Gymna- 
sium, would it not be well to keep the only 
one which we have at present in a state of 
cleanliness, at least ? 

Greek Prof. — " What is abrmpmpm from ? " 
Studeut — "From aurog and 4'ipm to bear away." 
Prof. — "No, it is from abniq and <p<i>p, a thief." 
Student — "Well, does not a thief bear away?" 
The class " wood up." 

" O yes," he said, " I understand boating. 
I pulled in the race last spring." An half 
hour later he and his friend were seen " streak- 
ing it" for the College, the wettest individuals 
we have ever seen. For further particulars 
inquire of . 

Scene at the Dickens reading : Young 
lady to Senior — " What is that pin which 
you have on '? " Senior — My society pin ; it 
is generally acknowledged to be the hand- 
somest in College." Young lady — "Is that 
so? Did you get it out of a prize package ? " 
He doesn't think she is as bewitching as he 

By request of the Directors, we publish a 
list of the events of the Field Day Exercises : 
Tug of War, Mile Walk, (handicap) Five Mile 
(go as you please), Hurdle Race (1*20 yds.), 
100 Yards Dash, 220 Yards Dash, Hop,' Skip, 
and Jump, Standing Long Jump, Putting Shot, 
Throwing Hammer (16 lbs.), Throwing Base- 
Ball, Potato Race, Three Legged Race, Three 
Standing Jumps, Standing High Jump, Run- 
ning High Jump. Any two persons desiring 
any thing not on the above list, can have 
their wishes complied with by notifying the 
Directors of the same. 


[We earnestly solicit communications to this 
column from any who may have an interest in the 

'09. — John Mussey, of Portland, is the 
oldest living graduate of the College, and is 
still in the enjoyment of excellent health. 

'24.— Died, May 3d, of heart disease, W. 
H. Codman of Camden. Mr. Codman was a 
classmate of Franklin Pierce, and a Sopho- 
more when Longfellow was a Freshman, be- 
tween whom there has always been a close 
friendship. Mr. Codman was for nine years 
in a government office in Washington, part 
of the time under Pierce. 

'27.— Died, April 24th, Joseph Adams, of 
Gardiner. Mr. Adams at the time of bis 
death was Cashier of the Cobbossee Bank. 
Shortly after leaving College he was admitted 
to the bar, but since 1838 he has not practiced 
his profession, but has been connected with 
banking institutions. 

'42. — Alison B. Bartlett has moved to 
Putnam County, Florida, and opened a law 
office. Mr. Bartlett has lived twenty years 
in Kansas. 

'43. — Professor G. C. Swallow has been 
elected State Geologist of Missouri. While 



in College Professor Swallow was an intimate 
friend of Prof. Cleaveland. 

'48. — Dexter Hawkins has recently issued 
a paper on " How to have sound money, 
plenty of it, and make New York, instead of 
London, the financial center of the world." 

',-,8.— Died, April 25th, Dr. A. J. Thomp- 
son, of Salem, Mass. 

'59.— Prof. C. F. Bracket, of Princeton 
College, will deliver a lecture on Chemistry 
before the New Jersey Pharmaceutical Asso- 
ciation, May 21st. 

'61. — Professor A. S. Packard, Jr., has a 
book in press on Geology. It is published by 
Holt & Co., N. Y., and will appear in a short 

'76. — John A. Morrill has been elected 
Principal of the High School in Auburn, Me. 
Mr. Morrill has been assistant in the same 

'81. — N. R. Webster is in '81, Amherst. 

Among the appointments made by the late 
Methodist Conference, are : 

'35. — Stephen Allen, Presiding Elder of 
the Readfield District. 

'39. — Ex-President Allen to preach in 

'74. — Pi. L. Day transferred from the Port- 
land District to Nashua, N. H. 

The following members of '79 have left 
the class : 

H. E. Bourne, studying law, Kennebunk. 

N. C. Brown, Taxidermist, Portland. 

B. W. Dinsmore, printer, New York City. 
A. W. Hanson, Amherst, '79. 

C. O. Haskell, Portland. 

E. E. Hastings, studying law, Fryeburg. 
E. F. Varney, Cadet, West Point. 


Columbia has 1400 students. 

The Psi Upsilon Fraternity has just pub- 
lished a new Catalogue. 

Oberlin has expelled a number of prepar- 
atory students for using tobacco. 

Dennis Kearney is not to fill the Chair of 
Profane History at Harvard, as reported. 

Michigan Universit}' has 64 members of 
the Faculty, and 1372 students 128 of whom 
are ladies. 

The Profs, at Princeton will not permit 
the students to have a ball, unless they agree 
to have no round dancing. 

The Faculty at Dartmouth have voted a 
week's vacation for inter-collegiate base-ball 
contests to occur in May or June. 

The students at Michigan want the State 
to give them a $20,000 Gymnasium. The 
Legislature suggests 4,000 cords of wood and 
1000 bucksaws. 

The Faculty at Trinity limited the hours 
for singing from half-past two till five. The 
time has recently been extended till eight, and 
the students are happy. 


An exchange says, " In the-race of matri- 
mony it is not always the girl who covers the 
most laps that wins." 

A child asked : ' ; Mother, what is an an- 
gel?" " Well, an angel is a child that flies." 
" But mother, why does papa always call my 
governess an angel?" "Well," exclaimed 
the mother after a pause, " she is going to fly 
soon." — Ex. 

"Johnny,'' said a sporting Third Ward 
father, " Johnny, what have you got in your 
fist?" " Two pears," said Johnny. "Good 
hand," said the absent-minded parent ; " take 
the pot — ." Then he blushed, and pointing 
to a brass kettle, he added, " to vour mother." 
— Ex. 

A Vassar College student challenges the 
world in a gum-chewing match. She says she 
can chew one hundred penny sticks of gum 
in one hundred consecutive quarters of an 
hour, allowing twenty laps of the tongue to 
each stick of gum. Shoemakers' wax to be 
barred out. — Ex. 

Scene in Tonsorial Parlor: Junior (tak- 
ing a chair) — "A clip, please!" Barber — 
"Yes, sir, how'U you have it?" Junior — 
" Rather short, sir, over the posterior part of 
the occipito-f ion talis and medium over the 
superior auricular and aponeurotic covering." 
Barber (slightly contracting his superioris 
alaeque nasi) — "Hm ! Call yourself some- 
thing of a free knowledgist, don't j-ou?'' — 
Bruno nian. 




The leading editorial in the Crimson is an 
earnest appeal to the Harvard students to he repre- 
sented in the American-Henley, that they may meet 
Columbia and Cornell. The great difficulty is to 
get men to work. When a man has gained a repu- 
tation as an oarsman, the students think they have 
a claim upon him, and he is expected to do nothing 
else through his college course but to pull at all 
times and in as many races as the Association may 
arrange. It is often the case that the best men are 
engaged in other work, but if any crew, even the 
Freshman, is beaten, it is spoken of as the best the 
college had. Yet we earnestly hope that Harvard, 
as well as our own college, will be represented 

The Dartmouth is a weekly paper and of course 
has no time for the preparation of long articles. 
The interest in base-ball is very strong, judging 
from the number of notes upon that subject. It 
has taken the place of boating, and the nine appears 
to be doing good work and to be well supported. 

The last number of the Colby Echo contains one 
fine production, " Thoreau." That curious philos- 
opher, the friend of Emerson, Hawthorne, and 
Channing, living alone in his little hut, upon the 
products of his own bauds, within the shadow of 
Boston, has always been a mystery to inquiring 
Yankee minds. The thoughts of the article are 
excellent, and well arranged. Smoothly and evenly 
written it shows that the writer had carefully 
studied his subject, and had not been sparing of the 
file. The story of the " Shingleton 'Hi' School " is 
altogether overdrawn. In his efforts to be "funny" 
the writer has introduced the well-known ignorant, 
brutal agent, and the typical old maid who plays 
the melodeon and falls in love with the master, two 
characters who have played their part in every story 
of district schools for years, and are about worn 

They have remarkable students at Michigan. 
One of them has dreamed out a plan for a model 
University, which will probably never exist, except 
in dreams. The first qualification is that it is situ- 
ated near a lake suitable for rowing. Another is 
a new Gymnasium, for which the students are just 
now yearning. The piece contains some well 
pointed hits at the college as it is, and compares it 
with the college as it should be. From the article 
on " Michigan," by Prof. Swing, we presume the 
curriculum has been modeled on that of the En- 
glish Universities. 

" In the college proper the distinction of classes is 
abolished, and the old names ' Freshman,' and ' Soph- 
omore,' ' Junior,' and ' Senior ' fade away to make 
room for a four-year struggle for the degree of B. A. 
(classics) or M. Eug. (Mining Engineering) or B. L. 
(Bachelor of Letters), or for some other shape of 
intellectual good. This abolition of the old dis- 
tinctions was rendered necessary by the multiplica- 
tion of courses of study, for in such a college of 
eclectics the words ' Freshman ' and ' Sophomore ' 
would lose their old import." 

The writer of " Lessons of Sympathy from 
Dickens," in the Brunonian, expresses well the 
power of Dickens, when he says that he teaches 
(he might have said forces) us to sympathize. 
There is a class of people who enjoy sympathizing, 
and by these Dickens is worshiped. Another class 
dislike it, perhaps because they are lazy, and pre- 
fer Thackery, whose characters seem able to look 
out for themselves without assistance from the 
reader. The writer evidently belongs to the first 
class and lauds his idol to the sky. In an editorial, 
notice is given of the forthcoming " Hammer and 
Tougs" entertainment, which is to be a high-toned 
negro concert, with all the modern improvements. 

The Bates Student still holds to the old idea of 
having a separate literary department. The articles 
in the last number are rather ponderous, and some 
of them deal with subjects rather out of a college 
student's sphere of thought. The article, " Social 
Equality," sounds like an extract from a sermon — 
something which one hardly looks for in an American 
college paper. The writers of the three leading 
articles seem to be looking forward to the millen- 
nium, and, somewhat strangely, each ends up in 
nearly the same manner, although the subjects are 
" Union," " Wit," and " Social Equality." The two 
latter were delivered at the Bates Senior Exhibition. 
The remainder of the magazine is occupied with 
home affairs, as every paper should be ; considerable 
space is devoted to the Exhibition. On the whole 
the magazine presents a very good appearance. 

The Targum, for April, has several good articles. 
In particular we notice the " Fate of Reformers," 
which contains some well-known facts, expressed in 
an attractive manner. We wish the same could be 
said of " Spring," in the same number. Well-known 
the thoughts are certainly, but that subject is gen- 
erally supposed to be the particular property of 
school girls. Especially do we like the system of 
editorials on topics of particular interest to the 
c ollege. This is the place for the editor to exert 
himself if he would make his paper interesting, and 
in this respect the editors of the Targum have been 
very successful. 

Vol IX. 


No. 3. 





Emery W. Bartlett, Herbert W. Grindal, 

Edwin C. Burbank, Frederic W. Hall, 

"Walter L. Dane, Eliphalet G. Spring, 

Henry A. "Wing. 

Terms — $2.00 a year in advance ; single copies, 15 cents. 

Matter designed for publication may be handed to the Editors or 
addressed to Bowdoin Orient, Brunswick, Maine. It should be accom- 
panied by the writer's name, and the signature which he wishes to have 
appended. Back numbers can generally be obtained upon application to 
the Editors. 

For sale at W. H. Marrett's and B. G. Dennison's, Brunswick. 

Vol. IX., No. 3.— May 21, 1879. 

Editorial Notes 25 

The Golden Wedding (poem) 27 

Equestrianism 28 

Alpha Delta Phi Convention 29 

Psi Upsilon Convention 30 

Early Bowdoin Publications. — 1 31 

Value of Reading 31 

The Crews 32 

Local 32 

Personal 34 

The College World 35 

Clippings 35 

Editors' Table 36 


Grumbler dropped into the Editorial 
Sanctum, a day or two since, and after growl- 
ing at the length of the lessons, the state of 
the weather, and finding fault with matters 
in general, he stretched himself out in our 
easy chair, put his feet on the table, and dis- 
coursed thus : " What a shame it is that we 
can't have the use of the books in the Peu- 
cinian and Athenian Libraries. There are 
in the two Libraries some fourteen thousand 

volumes, many of them books, to the student, 
of the most interesting and valuable nature. 
As it is, they are doing no one any good, but 
are simply food for the rats and mice, and 
depositories for cobwebs." " But," we said, 
" how can the matter be remedied ? the two 
societies have the right to do as they please 
with their own property." " Yes," continued 
Grumbler, "they have a perfect right, and last 
Commencement the Peucinian graduates 
exercised that right and offered to give their 
books to the College on condition that they 
should catalogue and put them where they 
could be used by the students." " Why," we 
asked, " did not the College accept the gen- 
erous offer?" "There is no good reason," 
went on Grumbler; " I believe the College said 
they were afraid the books might be taken 
back again. But they would not be ; the 
society can convey its title to the books to 
the College, and that is the end of it. It is 
a burning shame that the College was so 
short-sighted and so blind to our interests as 
not»to accept of the generous offer. Some of 
the acts of those who have the affairs of the 
College in charge are enough to ruffle the 
temper of a saint." Thus speaking, Grumbler 
left us. As a general rule, we have not much 
patience with Grumbler, though we know that 
at heart he thinks as much of the College as 
any of us ; but after he went away, we thought 
this matter over, and came to the conclusion 
that if this matter of the books is as he 
stated it, that it was an injustice to the stu- 
dent for the college to refuse to take the 
books in their keeping, and that Grumbler, for 
once, is right. 

The Base-Ball Association should have 



grounds laid out on the Topsham Park. As 
it now is, games with visiting nines have to 
be played on the Delta, where no gate 
money can be got, or else at Harding Station, 
four miles from here. The grounds were laid 
out at Harding Station, in the hope that a 
crowd could be drawn from Bath. Such hopes 
have not been realized. By having grounds 
at the Topsham Park, many students will 
witness the games who have not felt like put- 
ting out time and money to go to Harding 
Station. People in town, as well as in Tops- 
ham, will take an interest to see games, if 
played here at home. We hope our efficient 
First Director will show the same interest in 
this matter that he has in making all other 
arrangements for the base-ball season. 

The Juniors have decided upon Friday, 
June 6th, as the time to observe Ivy Daj r . 
Now, why can't it be so arranged that the 
Regatta and exercises of Field Day may not 
come at the same time ? If, for instance, the 
boat race could take place on Friday morning, 
the Ivy Day exercises on the afternoon of the 
same day, and Field Day be observed the 
next day, it would be most pleasant for all 
concerned. To friends of the College who 
would be likely to come to any of the above 
events, it would add greatly to the pleasure 
of their visit, if all three could take place at 
the same time. It is also, of course, obvious 
that it would be better for the students to 
have their attention taken from the regular 
College work once instead of three times, as 
it must be if the events take place at intervals 
of one or two weeks. The managers of the 
two associations, the Boat Club and Athletic 
Association, should consider the matter at 
once, and then consult the Faculty and see if 
Ivy Day can not be set apart for the entire 
College, to the end that the Field Day exer- 
cises and the boat race may occur at the same 
time as Ivy Day. 

Prof. J. B. Sewall, who so acceptably filled 

the chair of Greek and Latin here, for a num- 
ber of years, has recently presented the Col- 
lege with the sum of one thousand dollars. 
The income from this money, which amounts 
to fifty dollars per year, is to be devoted to 
paying the Greek and Latin Prizes of twenty- 
five dollars each. For several years past, 
Prof. Sewall has annually paid the above 
prizes, and by this gift he has made them per- 
manent. During the time that Prof. Sewall 
was connected with the College, as one of 
the officers of instruction and government, 
he had the deepest interest in the progress of 
the undergraduates, and it was with regret 
that the students heard that he had severed 
his connection with the College. 

It is a constant source of wonder how 
soon some can, in their own estimation at 
least, become proficient oarsmen. To hear 
some men talk, after a couple of weeks' 
practice, you would think that they had, at 
least, rowed a dozen university races. Such 
men "air" their opinions at all times, and 
the}' give the result of their observations as 
final, although they often conflict with the 
best authority. 

These monarchs of the navy offer their 
sage remarks about strokes, form, etc., and 
don't charge a cent for their wisdom. Quite 
often they promulgate that it is the correct 
way to lean as far as possible from the oar, 
and that the power should be put on the 
finish instead of the beginning of the stroke. 
Such ideas were exploded long ago by good 
oarsmen, but this fact, of course, makes no 
difference to our aquatic friends with superla- 
tive judgments. Well, yes, it is more in con- 
formity with common sense that a man who has 
had two or three years experience in the art 
of rowing, should know more about it than a 
person who is just beginning, but such minor 
things as experience, observation, and study 
of the subject, go for naught with our oars- 
man whose metamorphosis from " land lub- 



bers " to faultless (?) boating men has been as 
sudden as a certain conversion which once 

The Junior Discussion of last Saturday 
morning was an interesting one. In the dis- 
cussion of a political question it was not, 
Unnaturally, expected that some of the articles 
would be extremely partisan. Such, however, 
was not the case. We were pleased to see it 
so. All should strive, while in College, to 
give all political questions a fair, impartial 
examination, for it is only in this way that 
the truth can be arrived at, and that we can, in 
the highest sense, fit ourselves to perform the 
duties of citizenship. The discussion was 
longer than usual, and, for this reason, Prof. 
Chapman omitted the remarks which he has 
been in the habit of making after the dis- 
cussion was finished. We are sorry he did so, 
for, from what we have heard members of the 
class say, all would have been glad to have 
lengthened the exercise to have got the benefit 
of his practical, well-considered remarks. 

Now that the time of our Prize Declama- 
tions is drawing near at hand, it seems perti- 
nent to say a few words in regard to elocu- 
tion. The drill that we get from the few 
declamations of our course, and from deliv- 
ering our originals, while of a practical nature, 
is from necessity limited. What is needed is 
an instructor in this branch. Surely, this 
matter of public speaking is one of the high- 
est importance. A few lessons in elocution 
will, oftentimes, be the means of overcoming 
serious defects in speaking. Since this is a 
matter of such importance, it is strange that 
our students do not manifest more interest in 
it. The College, for the past few years, has 
been in such circumstances that an instructor 
in this branch could not well be afforded. It 
is hoped, however, that, during the coming 
year, an instructor will, at the expense of the 
.College, be here a portion of the time. The 

quickest way to bring this about is for us to 
manifest more interest in the matter. 

The interest in Field Day should not be 
allowed to abate in the least. Those who 
intend to take part — and we hope the num- 
ber will be large — should at once comply 
with the request of the Directors, and make 
their entries. Those who intend to partici- 
pate, should also keep in constant practice. 
We should have a College pride in making 
the records in the different events as good as 
possible, so that we will not, in these sports, 
compare unfavorably with other colleges. 
Practice, too, beforehand, by the participants, 
will make the exercises in themselves much 
more interesting. 

A question sometimes asked, is : " Why 
don't we have singing at Sunday evening 
prayers?" There seems to be no good rea- 
son why we should not. At the present time, 
there is no lack of good singers in College, 
and it only needs a little energj' on the part 
of some one or two, to bring about what all 
most earnestly desire. Who will be first to 
move in the matter? 



The day on which I saw you first, 

Pull many years ago, 
Your locks had the hue of raven's wings, 

Your cheek a ruddy glow. 
Though now your cheek is paler grown, 

Like silver gleams your hair, 
Yet still more dear are you to me 
Thau when both young and fair. 

The rugged hill of life we climbed 

Together, hand in hand ; 
Nor wind nor storm our progress stayed, 

Opposing rocks nor sand. 
'Tis evening now ; and down that hill 

We move with faltering pace ; 



The dismal chamber of the grave 
Lies open at its base. 

'Come, sons and daughters ! gather round 

To cheer our way with song, 
And myrtles strew beneath our feet 

Our shortened path along ; 
And thanks return for hours of joy, 

Which kindly Heaven gave, 
That drawing near, we may not fear 

The shadows of the grave. 


There is one subject which we think has 
never been discussed in these pages, though 
no doubt every student has thought more or 
less about it. We mean the use of transla- 
tions. No student can be ignorant of the 
extent to which this practice is carried ; nor 
do we think that our professors, having them- 
selves been college students, can be totally 
oblivious to the fact that horses, ponies, or 
" helps to read," are sometimes used in the 
study of the ancient languages. The prac- 
tice is so universal in most colleges that but 
little care is taken to conceal it. Are our 
professors men who, " having eyes, see not ; " 
or do they think — good, easy men — that the 
manner in which their pupils get their lessons 
is no business of theirs ? It seems to us that 
they countenance the practice. Surely, they 
cannot be blind to the fact that the majority 
of every class use translations. Their bliss- 
ful ignorance of what is going on around 
them must be feigned, since it would scarcely 
be possible for them to enter the room of a 
Sophomore or a Freshman and not discover a 
" horse " lying on the table. When such 
cries as " Where's Bucephalous ? " and " Bring- 
along that animal," are shouted in the very 
ears of professors, they must be aware that 
all, at least, do not learn their lessons after 
the old plan. 

The advantages to be derived from the 
study of Latin and Greek are too many to be 
enumerated here; but we will mention some 

of the most obvious. In the first place, it 
learns the student to think readily and to 
express himself in his own language with 
taste and precision. The constant apj^lication 
of rules is necessary. Forgetting one rule 
often spoils the rendering of a passage. 
Therefore the student learns to be careful 
and exact in his method of study, and seeks 
to make his own toligUe faithfully reproduce 
the meaning of the original. But how is it 
when he takes an interlinear or a Harper into 
his hands? There he finds the whole work 
done. He has only to use his eyes and his 
memory, and a successful translation of the 
most intricate passage is a certainty. 

In company with other bold riders^ we 
waded through Liv}-, Horace, Plato, Demos^ 
thenes, etc., and never did we hear a profes- 
sor find fault with a translation, provided 
the translator followed closely the approved 
version found in Harper or Bohn. Now that 
we are in no danger of being detected in such 
equestrian exercise — though we never tried 
to conceal the part we took — we put the 
question boldly, so that professors, instruct- 
ors, and students may reflect upon it. Is the 
use of translations either desirable or profit- 
able ? We can see no good reasons for their 
use ; and we never have heard any one speak 
in commendatory terms of the practice. 

We venture to assert that no really honor- 
able motive ever prompted a student to con 
the pages of a " horse." In every college 
there will be found a few men who are too 
lazy to work any more than necessity obliges 
them. They have determined to.get through 
college; how and why they care not. "Lit- 
eral translations," it seems to us, were, 
invented solely for the benefit of this class, 
and to this class their use should be restricted, 
if such use is to be allowed at all. The man 
who pursues a college course to get an edu- 
cation, should never touch them. 

Then there is the ambitious student. He 
has not long been a member of the college, 



before he discovers that, in the ej^es of the 
Faculty, rank is everything. He may be 
scrupulous and honest, but he cannot endure 
the thought of seeing himself outstripped by 
others of less ability, and therefore he feels 
compelled to join the knightly ranks. Hon- 
esty may be the best policj', but fraud suc- 
ceeds best. The ranking system rewards it. 
Though it must be evident to any professor 
possessed of the least sharpness, just what 
members of a class use the " horse " and what 
do not, the man who makes the best transla- 
tions, other things being equal, gets the best 
rank. Effort counts for nothing. The man 
who has spent four hours on his lesson, and 
knows it all, is rewarded no more than he 
who has merely looked over the translation, 
familiarized himself with some of the profes- 
sor's particular hobbies, and trusted to luck 
for the rest. 

Now, we are willing to be convinced that 
the position we have here taken is wrong. 
If it is, and if the use of translations is the 
best method of acquiring a knowledge of the 
classics, we would be glad to know it. Every 
student ought to know it. If, on the other 
hand, translations do not in any way promote 
true scholarship, why is their use in no way 
discouraged by the Faculty ? 


New England has many pleasant cities, 
but, as far as our knowledge extends, it has 
none more delightful in situation and appear- 
ance than Hartford. In this charming place, 
made the more inviting by its budding verdure 
and balmy air, was held the Forty-Seventh 
Annual Convention of the Alpha Delta Phi 
Fraternity, under the auspices of the Phi 
Kappa Chapter of Trinity College, May 7th 
and 8th. 

The business of the Convention, which 
was extensive and of vital interest to all 
.members of the Fraternity, occupied four 

sessions. Over Wednesday's sessions Dr. E. 
D. Hudson presided, while the Hon. John 
Jay, President of the Fraternity, occupied 
the chair on Thursday. 

One of the first acts of the Convention 
was to send a friendly greeting to the Psi 
Upsilon Convention, assembled at New 
Haven, which was reciprocated in a cordial 

Dr. Hitchcock, of New York, was elected 
an honorary member to belong to the Amherst 

The consideration of the advisability of 
establishing chapters at several colleges was 
referred to the Executive Council, and the 
forty-eighth annual Convention appointed to 
meet at Rochester, N. Y. 

At the close of Wednesday's sessions, the 
brothers repaired in a body, on the invitation 
of the Phi Kappa Chapter, to the new build- 
ings of Trinity College, and were much 
pleased with the architectural beauties which 
met their gaze, and with the taste and ele- 
gance displayed by the Phi Kappa brethren 
in fitting up their rooms. 

After the adjournment on Thursday the 
public exercises took place in the Opera 
House. The house, with the exception of 
the seats reserved for the members, was filled 
with the elite of Hartford, forming a billiant 
audience. The decorations were numerous 
and very appropriate. As one entered, he 
could not fail to be struck with an immense 
arch, supported on two pillars, which occupied 
the center of the stage. Into the arch were 
worked, in large letters, the words Alpha 
Delta Phi, while around the pillars were en- 
circling bands, on each section of which 
appeared the name of a chapter, arranged in 
order of establishment. From the center of 
the arch hung an elegant piece of floral work, 
a star and crescent, formed of calla lilies and 
roses. There was also an immense gas get 
representing the motto, " Manus multae, cor 
unum," and another with the letters A. J. *., 



while the stage was a perfect conservatory of 
rare and curious plants from tropical climes. 

The literary exercises consisted of informal 
addresses by the following speakers: Hon. 
John Jay, President, Columbia, '36 ; Rev. 
Edward Everett Hale, D.D., Harvard, '39 ; 
Rev. Henry Melville King, D.D., Bowdoin, 
'59 ; Rev. Wm. Percy Browne, Kenyon, '64. 
Prof. Backus of Vassar College, and Mr. 
Bowker of the Manhattan Chapter, spoke in 
the places of Rev. Wm. Burnet Wright, 
Dartmouth, '57, and the Rt. Rev. A. Cleve- 
land Coxe, D.D., LL.D., Urban, '38, who 
were unable to be present. The addresses 
were, without exception, of a very high order, 
and enthusiastically received. The intervals 
were filled by the delightful music of Graful- 
la's 7th Regiment Band, and by the singing 
of Fraternity songs. 

After the public exercises the Fraternity 
Banquet was served at the Allyn House. 
An unusually large number sat down to the 
banquet, which afforded a material and in- 
tellectual refreshment of such variety that 
the members were occupied fully five hours. 
As the dawn began to break, the brothers 
separated, reluctantly and not without many 
expressions of mutual cordiality and Frater- 
nity enthusiasm. 


The Forty-Sixth Annual Convention of 
the Psi Upsilon Fraternity was held at New 
Haven, May 6th and 7th, under the auspices 
of the Beta Chapter of Yale College. 

H. W. Ring, M. K. Page, and F. H. Lit- 
tle were the delegates from Bowdoin. Every 
chapter was represented, some of the more 
immediate ones attending almost in a body, 
while the forty active members from the Beta 
swelled the numbers still further, making it 
the largest Convention ever held by the 

The Convention assembled in the fine 

Chapter House of the Beta, on the morning 
of the 6th, and were kept busily employed in 
the transaction of private business during the 
day and part of the evening, after which the 
delegates and other members present were 
most agreeably entertained in the cosy theatre 
connected with the Chapter House, by the 
presentation of a Travesty and pleasing vocal 

The Convention again assembled on the 
morning of the 7th, and concluded the busi- 
ness of the Fraternity. Many discussions 
arose of great interest to the separate chap- 
ters as well as to the Fraternity at large. It 
was voted to hold the Forty-Seventh Annual 
Convention with the Phi Chapter of the 
University of Michigan. 

After the Convention was dissolved, the 
interim before the public exercises was em- 
ployed in viewing the interesting features of 
the fair " City of Elms," and the College 
buildings, including the boat-house, many 
being fortunate enough to see the Yale crew 
engaged in their daily practice on the river. 

The public exercises were held in Music 
Hall, at 3 p.m., and were of an extremely 
pleasing and interesting character. Gov. 
Andrews of Connecticut, as presiding officer, 
opened the Convention. 

The Oration was delivered by Hon. B. K. 
Phelps, and was a very able and eloquent 
address upon the " Political Duties of Edu- 
cated Men." 

After the Oration, an Ode, by Hon. F. M. 
Finch, commemorative of the fortieth anni- 
versary of the Beta Chapter, was sung by a, 

The Poet of the occasion was Dr. J. G. 
Holland, who delivered in a very pleasing 
manner a poem, entitled " The Three Profes- 
sions." It abounded in wit and happy ex- 
pressions, and frequently called forth laughter 
and applause from the large and cultivated 
audience that filled the hall. 

The exercises were interspersed with 



various Psi Upsilon songs, being closed by 
the famous " 'Eah ! 'Rah ! " song, with which 
New Haven people are so familiar. 

Directly after the exercises, the Conven- 
tion assembled at the New Haven House and 
sat down to a sumptuous banquet. Hon. 
Chauncey M. Depew presided, and five hours 
were spent agreeably and profitably. 

Telegrams were received from the many 
branch conventions which were held at the 
same time throughout various parts of the 
country, and which were attended by the 
Alumni and undergraduates residing in the 
separate vicinities. The Convention was 
especially favored by receiving a telegram 
from the Psi Upsilon ladies of Syracuse. 

The different chapters were toasted and 
responded to by the delegates, and other toasts 
were happily responded to by many of the 
distinguished Alumni present. 

The Convention was a success in every 
respect, and the fortieth anniversary of the 
Beta Chapter was celebrated in royal style. 


A taste for literature was manifested early 
at Bowdoin. . At the very beginning of the 
century, as soon as the College had been 
fairly started, the two literary societies, Peu- 
cinia and Athense, were founded, — societies 
which heard the first efforts of many well- 
known American authors. The literary 
papers of these societies supplied for some 
time the wants of the young writers, and it 
was not till 1826 that a regular college mag- 
azine was published. 

Many years ago Dr. Peabody, '27, wrote 
as follows of this publication : 

" My class, or some six or seven members of it, 
published in the Senior Year a periodical called the 
Escriloir. It was strictly anonymous, and all con- 
cerned in it, were, at the time, unknown. It gave 
us great amusement and was probably of some ad- 
vantage in the way of promoting a habit of composi- 

tion. It is more noticeable, perhaps, from its being, 
so far as I know, the only periodical of the kind ever 
published by the Bowdoin students, than for its 
special merits as a literary work." 

The first number of this magazine, which 
is in the Library, shows it to have been' a 
work of no mean ability. The opening lines 
being : 

" He who writes 
Or makes a feast more certainly invites 
His judges than his friends ; and not a guest, 
But will find something wanting or ill drest." 

The first article is occasioned by the re- 
cent deaths of Adams and Jefferson, and 
laments the decay of patriotism. Another 
article gives a ludicrous account of a voyao- e 
by steamboat from Bath to Boston, a new and 
perilous way of traveling in those days, ac- 
cording to the writer, who is continually 
blaming himself for not holding to the old 
safe stage-line instead of trusting himself to 
such new-fangled notions. The poetry, of 
which there is considerable, is excellent, which 
is not strange, for at that time much more 
labor was spent on that particular branch in 

The Mscritoir was a sixteen-page maga- 
zine, published every two weeks; price $2.00 
per annum. Almost every man connected 
with it is now dead, and it is impossible to 
learn the names of all the writers or the o-en- 
eral sentiment of the students in regard to it, 
at the time of its publication. But that there 
was a good demand for it is evident from the 
number of copies printed, which in some cases 
reached a thousand, and the high standard of 
the work gives it a prominent position among 
the pioneers of college publications. 


The value of a course of reading to the 
student in college cannot be too highly esti- 
mated. In fact it is indispensable to the ac- 
quisition of a true education. Nevertheless 
there is no branch of learning more neglected 



by the college student than this. Such is the 
case with many of the most studiously in- 
clined, who are prone to pay so much atten- 
tion to the text-books that they entirely 
neglect other sources of information. 

This is not as it should be. To every stu- 
dent, whatever may be his vocation in life, a 
course of reading will be a benefit. Even if it 
does not particularly concern the profession or 
business which he may follow, the general 
good resulting therefrom is great. 

And now a few words respecting the man- 
ner in which reading should be conducted. 
In the first place, one should carefully guard 
against reading too much. Remember the 
maxim, " Multum, non multa." Digest thor- 
oughly everything that you read. A judi- 
cious amount of reading is a pleasure as well 
as a benefit. It furnishes food for reflection 
and so assists in disciplining the mind. Yet too 
much of it, like excessive physical exercise, is 
not a benefit but a positive injury. The mind is 
weakened instead of strengthened. Our rea- 
soning faculties become less acute, and origi- 
nality gives place to mere memorizing. 

Not only is excessive reading hurtful, but 
indiscriminate reading also. Do not attempt 
to acquaint yourself a little with every writer. 
Consult only the best authors, and make their 
thoughts and sentiments your own, remem- 
bering that it is the quality and not the quan- 
tity of literature which is required. The 
ability to converse upon a great number of 
authors by no means signifies a highly cul- 
tured mind. 

Finally, the student should cultivate a taste 
for reading for its own sake. It will be a source 
of never-failing pleasure to him in after life. 

Since our last issue the Junior, Sopho- 
more, and Freshman crews have been in con- 
stant }3ractice upon the river. A marked 
improvement in all the crews can be noticed. 

No change has been made in any of the crews 
except in the Junior crew, Scott has taken 
the place of Collins. The Junior crew is 
now as follows : W. S. Whitmore, bow ; T. 
F. Jones, No. 2; J. Scott, No. 3 ; E. G. 
Spring (Capt.), stroke. Average age, 21 
years 6 1-2 months ; average height, 5 feet 9 
1-2 inches ; average weight, 158 1-2 pounds. 

The Juniors have made a great improve- 
ment in their stroke, and are pulling in good 
form. There are still minor faults in their 
rowing to be corrected. 

The Sophomores have as yet hardly got 
used to Capt. Pettengill's stroke, but are gain- 
ing each day. 

The Freshman crew, of course, composed 
as it is of men without experience, have still 
a great many faults to overcome. This crew 
has fine material, and if care is taken in re- 
gard to their stroke, will develop into a fine 

The boating men must be commended by 
all for the zeal they have thus far showed. 
They take a practice pull each morning be- 
fore breakfast, and another at four o'clock in 
the afternoon. The Boat Club have not yet 
decided upon a day for the race, but Friday, 
June 6th, will undoubtedly be decided upon. 
For the next three weeks the progress of the 
crews will be watched with much interest. 


The boat-house is a lively place on Satur- 

Make your bets on the boat race with 

Achorn is acting as " coach " for the 
Freshman crew. 

The "second nine" are thinking of chal- 
lenging the Bath Blues. 

First game of the season, May 10th. 
Bowdoins, 47 ; Baths, 2. 



A. D. Reed, of this place, is taking the 
photographs of the Senior Class. 

The indications are that there will be a 
large attendance Ivy Day from abroad. 

The Juniors have elected Conant first on 
Committee of Arrangements for Ivy Day. 

Eggs have taken a rise in town, since the 
boys have begun to train for the boat race 
and for Field Day. 

Teddy brought home from the South 
specimens (?) of the reptiles and bugs of that 
section of the country. 

French recitation : Prof. — " Translate II 
fait beau temps." Freshman (with mind on 
walking matches) — "He makes good time.'' 

Prof. — "A skull was found digging for 
gold in California." Decided commotion in 
the class at this startling statement of "the 

The second stage Juniors are going to 
form a mutual consolation society. It will 
have a large membership — in proportion to 
the number in the class. 

Our local poet hands us the following : 
Ye beauteous New England girls, 

Who wither on parent stalk, 

Take a philanthropist's advice, 

"Go hire a hall and walk." 

Scene, Junior recitation room : Prof. — 
"Can you translate that sentence?" Stu- 
dent — "I don't know the meaning of the 
words." Prof. — "That is indeed quite a 
hinderance to translating." 

The officers of the Reading Room were 
elected last Saturday, as follows: President, 
C. E. Harding; Vice President, Davies; Exec- 
utive Committee, H. L. Staples, Merrill, 

Saturday morning, the 10th inst., the Jun- 
iors discussed : " Should the State provide for 
and superintend all education within its 
borders ? " Aff. — Bartlett, Ferguson, Dane. 
Neg. — Dane, Grindal, Swett. Last Satur- 

day morning, the question was: "Does the 
accession of the Democratic party to power 
threaten any special danger to the republic ? " 
Aff. — Harding, Winter, Whitmore. Neg.. — 
Scott, V. C. Wilson, Purington. 

Two of our well-known students, whiler 
on a visit to Harpswell, asked a friend (?) to' 
introduce them to two young ladies. " I 
don't think I can," said the friend ; " I have- 
already introduced several hard characters to 

The work on American College Fraterni- 
ties, mentioned in our first number, as about 
to be issued by A. M. Baird, is to be by Wm. 
Raymond Baird. It will contain a full account 
of the Greek Letter Fraternities from 1776 
to 1879. 

In Botany : Prof, (to Junior manipulat- 
ing microscope)—" You had better turn this 
the other way ; } T our nose will not then be in 
the way." But he afterwards assured Tom 
that he meant no reflections on the size of his 
nasal organ. 

A well-known student, who is a member 
of the Baptist church, on seeing a classmate 
take from the Library " The Life of Martin 
Luther," remarked, " Let's see ; he was the 
founder of our church, was he not? " Those 
present smiled. 

The following games have been arranged 
for the nine. May 23d, Bowdoins vs. Skow- 
hegan Reds, at Skowhegan ; May 24th, Bow- 
doins vs. Colbys, at Waterville ; May 30th, 
Bowdoins vs. Resolutes, at Presumpscot Park, 
Portland ; June 7th, Bowdoins vs. Bates, at 

Two members of '79, both noted as ardent 
searchers for mineralogical specimens, recently 
found, on one of their explorations, a fine 
specimen of calcite (as they thought). Verv 
proudly they bore it home ; but sore was their 
disappointment and deep their chagrin, when 
on close inspection it proved to be a piece of 
rock salt. 



One of the returned pedagogues briefly 
describes his experience in the following 
touching lines : 

■" I, in a country school, had taught 

The young idea to shoot, 
Till I, myself, from the door was shot, 
On the toe of a big boy's boot." 

A few days since, as the blind Frenchman 
was singing the stirring notes of the Marsel- 
lais, the following observation from a Junior 
was heard : " Fine, isn't it ? He is a Ger- 
man, is he not ? " The Prof, to whom these 
questions were addressed maintained his grav- 
ity, as he answered that he thought he was of 
French extraction. 


[We earnestly solicit communications to this 
column from any who may have an interest in the 

'38. — Mr. Ammi L. Parker, of Auburn, 
has just completed the manuscript of a vol- 
ume which he proposes to publish. It is a 
treatise on cotton manufacturing, and as Mr. 
Parker has made a specialty of problems 
respecting the designing and structure of 
cloths, the book will fill a place in the lit- 
erature of cotton manufacturing which noth- 
ing else does. 

'39. — We return our thanks to E. P. Wes- 
ton, Highland Hall, Chicago, 111., for the loan 
of Port Folio, one of the first Bowdoin publi- 
cations. An account of it will appear in the 
next number. 

'48. — Prof. J. B. Sewall has lately given 
$1000 to the College, the income to be 
devoted to the establishment of prizes of $25 
each, to be paid to the students who shall pass 
the best examination in Greek and Latin at 
the end of Sophomore year. Prof. Sewall, 
while here on the Faculty, paid these prizes, 
but now has established them permanently. 

'50.— Prof. C. C. Everett, of Harvard 

College, is to deliver the address at Com- 
mencement in tribute to the memory of the 
late Rev. Leonard Woods, D.D. The Col- 
lege authorities and the Maine Historical 
Society unite in giving the invitation. 

'70. — Ed. B. Weston is practicing his pro- 
fession, that of medicine, with good success 
in Chicago, 111. 

'70. — D. T. Timberlake has just closed a 
very successful year as Principal of Gould's 
Academy, Bethel, Me. 

'71. — Married at Grace Church, White 
Plains, N. Y., May 1st, by Rev. F. B. Van 
Kluck, Dr. Newton F. Curtis and Miss Ger- 
trude I. Preud'homme, of White Plains. 

'72.— Geo. M. Whitaker is editor of the 
South Bridge Journal, South Bridge, Mass. 
We acknowledge the receipt of his paper 
with thanks. 

'73. — George E. Hughes, the Principal of 
the Bath High School, has been elected one 
of the School Committee of that place. 

'76. — F. M. Stinson is auditor of the Cin- 
cinnati, Indianapolis & Fort Wayne R. R. 
Address 179 E. Ohio St., Indianapolis, Ind. 

'76. — J. A. Morrill has had his first case 
in Court. $10 and costs. (Per Order '76.) 

'76. — Tascus Atwood was admitted to 
practice in all the Courts of Maine, at the 
late term of the Sinn-eme Court. Mr. At- 
wood has opened an office in Goffs Block, 

'77- — C. E. Knight has recently been 
■ admitted to the Lincoln County Bar. 

'77 — J. A. Roberts and W. C. Greene 
have formed a partnership and opened a law 
office at Mechanic Falls, Me. 

'77. — E. M. Cousins is to preach at Bur- 
lington, Me., this summer. This is the same 
place that Mr. Cousins preached in last 

Bowdoin is represented in Congress by 
Senator Grover, '48 ; Representatives Wm. P. 
Frye, '50, Wm. D. Washburn, '54, T. B. 
Reed, '60. 




Columbia Law School has 436 students. 

Rowing is part of the curriculum at West 

Harvard-Columbia Freshman race at New 
London, June 30th. 

Trinity has had a hat-rush, in which the 
Freshmen got the advantage. 

It is reported that Wm. H. Vanderbilt is 
to give Cornell $50,000 to build a new Gym- 

About six hundred nihilistic students 
have been banished from Russian schools to 

Trinity made §800 for their Base-Ball 
Club, by playing Pinafore. It is to be 

The oldest college publication is the Yale 
Literary Magazine, founded in 1839, by Sec- 
retary Evarts and others. 

The University of Pennsylvania has chal- 
lenged Princeton and Columbia to row for a 
silver cup valued at f 250. 

There seems likely to be a small entry for 
the N. A. A. O. Regatta on the 9th and 10th 
of July at Saratoga. Princeton will not enter, 
and Columbia is very doubtful. 

A Freshman at Columbia appeared with a 
banger, and a lively cane-rush ensued. The 
Sophs had posted a notice saying that the 
Freshmen should be allowed to wear hats as 
a reward for their meekness. 

Ohio has 28 colleges, which is more than 
any other State. Pennsylvania has 27 ; New 
York and Illinois have each 24. New York 
has by far the largest number of students in 
its colleges of any State. Of the 25,670 stu- 
dents, more than 10,000 are in non-sectarian 

The weight and size of the Yale crew are 
as follows : Fuller, 171 lbs., 6 ft. 1 in. ; Pat- 

terson, 176 lbs., 6 ft. 1 in. ; Briggs, 185 lbs.,, 
6 ft. 2 in. ; Storrs, 185 lbs., 6 ft. 1 in. ; Keller, 
200 lbs., 6 ft 1 in. ; Rogers, 195 lbs., 6 ft. 3 in. ; 
Taft, 186 lbs., 6 ft. 2 in. ; Thompson, 185 lbs., 
5 ft. 10 in. 


He used to call bis girl " Revenge," — 

Cognomen rather neat, — 
For when one asked him why, he'd say, 

" Tou know Eevenge is sweet." 

— Crimson. 

The other day a student translated " Ich 
will Jceine Alte, heine Verbluhte, sondern eine 
Junge, Erische : " "I want no faded old 
maid, but a young Freshwoman." — Beacon. 

Scene, examination in Christian Ethics : 
Prof, to Senior — " What is virtue ? " Senior 
(thoughtfully) — "Virtue? virtue is — why, 
virtue — virtue is its own reward." — Hamilton 
Lit. «* 

He was a Senior, and as he fetched up at 
the bottom of those slippery steps he ejacu- 
lated, " H — 1 — (just then a Professor came 
gliding around the corner) is paved with good 
resolutions." The Prof, smiled blandly, went 
to his room, and gave that Senior 10. — Ex. 

Prof, (to Senior who persistently refuses to 
recognize the fact that he is " flunking ") — 

" Now, Mr. , what is in this trap rock ? " 

Senior — "I can't, sir, recall the exact chem- 
ical composition." Prof — "Ah, very likely. 
There are not six men in the country who 
can." Wild applause. — Ex. 

Quoth a wise man to a youth one day, 
" Tell me your aim in life, I pray ? " 
" A mighty general I'd be," 
Replied the youth, ambitiously. 

Then quoth the stripling to the sage, 
" Tell me your aim in your old age." 
Then said the sage, a little tired, 
" Aim ? Oh ! I have no aim ; I've fired." 
— Crimson. 




A pile of April and May magazines are waiting 
to be examined. The Yale Lit. with the sweet (?) 
face of Elihu Yale gazing from the cover; the 
Nassau Lit. with its Grecian Temple; and the Cornell 
Review with its curious architectural conglomerate, 
together with the lesser lights. Of these we con- 
sider the Yale Lit. the best. The leading articles 
are somewhat ponderous and very learned, but they 
consist of something else than large words and 
smoothly flowing sentences, which is rarely the case 
in articles of that nature. What we like in particular 
is the entire absence of slang and that " funny" vein 
which pervades every article in some papers, and is 
one of the principal faults of college publications. 

Next in order we would place the Nassau Lit. 
of much the same character as the preceding and 
possessing the most of its good qualities, but seem- 
ing to lack the polish which is so apparent in the 
former. Yet such a publication as the Lit. cannot 
be popular with the mass of students. The editor 
expresses the reason well in the following : 

' ' Considerable unanimity exists in the college world 
as to what the ideal college paper is. First, it should 
contain the ' doings ' of the students, be a record of 
athletic events, and whatever happens that is of kind- 
red interest. Second, the literary part should be 
composed of happy verses and sketches. From this 
ideal all original investigations in philosophy or 
science, book reviews, critiques, ethical discussions, 
are banished. No, we are to write something bright 
and pretty ; to mature some little incident which has 
befallen us or which we have seen befall others, and 
give it a gossipy flavor ; to touch up some old flirta- 
tion and give it an appearance of airy romance ; to 
brighten up an old reverie full of air-castles, and 
make it suggestive of the off-hand musings of a poet. 
We are not to write on ' subjects,' but only corners 
of a subject." 

Next comes the Cornell Review, not so well pre- 
pared as the others, which have the dignity and 
weight which can only come with years. The writer 
of "The Leaf" has evidently studied Botany and 
wants people to know it; so he tells us in ten pages 
that the leaf is a very important part of the plant, 
but in doing so he manages to bring in most all of 
the sciences. The Review is somewhat devoted to 
science, judging from this number. The next article 
is on the " Recession of Niagara Falls," a pet sub- 
ject with geologists who occasionally arouse us 
with the startling news that in two or three hundred 
thousand years the Falls will cease to exist. Has 
the writer ever read Mark Twain's calculation of the 
length of the Mississippi one million years ago ; how 
he proves, from records for the last three hundred 
years, that it was then so long that North America 

could not contain it, and it stuck out over the Gulf 
of Mexico like a fishing rod? The unfortunate joke, 
about the infidel club of thirty members at Cornell , has 
aroused considerable comment, and itis now far more 
difficult to spread the truth than the falsehood. The 
friends of some rival college grasp eagerly at every- 
thing from which they can make capital ; this seems 
to be the case just now at Cornell. But the Review 
says there is no more infidelity there than at other 
large colleges, and with good reason insists that a 
distinction should be made between non-sectarians 
and infidels. 

With this number the present Board of Editors 
retire from the Williams Athenaeum. In their edi- 
torial they say that their endeavor has been to make 
a college raeios-paper, and they advise the next Board 
to follow their example. We have not yet become 
thoroughly acquainted with the Athenaeum, but, 
judging from the present number, they have suc- 
ceeded well in their endeavors. The literary depart- 
ment is occupied by a long prize oration. Whether 
it is a good plan to publish these orations seems 
rather doubtful ; a piece which sounded finely when 
delivered is apt to lose by printing. The editorials 
are good, particularly the one in regard to long ex- 

■ Among the many college journals, good, bad, and 
indifferent, the Yale Record holds a high, perhaps 
the highest, place. It does not seek to be the Amer- 
ican college Punch, like the Acta, or to be so in- 
tensely literary as some of the college papers, but 
there is a quiet, gentlemanly tone about it which we 
like. Its endeavor is to please its awn students and 
there is not that effort to gain the notice of the other 
colleges which is so apparent in some papers. From 
an educational note we clip the following, of much the 
same tone as the article in the Williams paper above : 

"An examination, to be a thorough test of a stu- 
dent's knowledge of a given subject, must not cover 
too much time nor too much matter, and to attempt 
to squeeze a whole year's work into three hours and 
do anything like justice to it, is next to an impos- 

The Round Table contains matter of interest 
mostly to its own college. The contests, which may 
be of great interest to members of Beloit, are cer- 
tainly dry reading to exchanges. Such things do 
very well when they only occur two or three times a 
year, but it seems as if some colleges did nothing 
but prepare and deliver original declamations ; while 
the professors sit, pencil in hand, and mark a man, — 
for thought, 7.7- r >\ style, 7 .20; delivery, 7.70. We do 
not know how acute the minds of Western professors 
are, but think that when a man can keep account of 
those three things and mark as fine as that, he must 
be something extraordinary. 

B®w##ia # 

Vol. IX. 


No. 4. 





Emery W. BarTlett, Herbert W. Grindal, 

Edwin C. Burbank, Frederic W. Hall, 

Walter L. Dane, Eliphalet G. Spring, 

Henry A. 'Wing. 

Terms — $2.00 a year in advance ; single copies, 15 cents. 

Matter designed for publication may be handed to the Editors or 
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appended. Back numb3rs can generally be obtained upon application to 
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Vol. IX., No. 4.— June 4, 1879. 

Editorial Notes 37 

The Poet in Italy (poem) (communication) 40 

Prentiss 40 

Early Bowdoin Publication*. — II 42 

The Drill 43 

The Boat-House 44 

Base-Ball 44 

Local 45 

Personal 46 

The College -World 47 

Clippings 47 

Editors' Table 48 


It is rumored that our summer vacation is 
to be cut short, in order that the Fall Term 
may begin earlier. We hope the report is 
true. It seems to us that the arguments are 
all in favor of having our College } r ear begin 
the first of September instead of the latter 
part of that month, as at present. All of the 
leading colleges now begin at about that time. 
It would, moreover, bring our Commence- 
ment, after this year, at an earlier date, and 

all will admit that this alone would be a 
strong argument in favor of beginning the 
College year the first of September. Our 
Commencement now comes during the hottest 
days of July, and even Prize Declamations, 
Class Day, and Commencement oratory lose 
their power to charm if one is striving in a 
vain effort to keep cool. Those who have the 
means to pass the summer vacation at the 
seashore or mountains, would surely prefer to 
have the summer term close sooner than it 
now does. It would be an advantage, also, to 
those who are obliged to work through the 
summer, as they would be then more likely 
to get such work as is to be had during the 
summer season. Certainly, there is no more 
pleasant time to study than through the 
month of September. By having the College 
year begin earlier, it would make it practical 
to have a Fall Regatta, and also to observe 
Field Day twice a year. We may be wrong- 
in saying that a majority would like to see our 
next term begin the first instead of the last 
of September, and, if so, the columns of the 
Orient are open for a discussion of the 

President Chamberlain, last term, inaugu- 
rated the custom of delivering frequent lect- 
ures before the Seniors, on the studies they 
were pursuing. He has followed the same 
plan this term, and has delivered two lectures 
each week, one on the subject of Money and 
Banking, and the other on Psychology. This 
plan has given great satisfaction to the present 
Senior Class. Indeed, such a method as this 
was much" needed. The studies of Senior 
year include such important and broad sub- 
jects that it is next to impossible for the 



student, from the text-book and work of the 
recitation room alone, to get more than a 
mere outline of them. By this new method 
of President Chamberlain's, not only can 
much more matter be considered in the same 
time, but, what is of more importance, the 
class secures the benefit of a greater number 
of authorities. The result of this experiment, 
if it can be called such, has been productive 
of so much good that we sincerely trust it 
will be made a permanent part of our course. 

There is a strong feeling, at the present 
time, in educational circles, in favor of optional 
studies. There can be no doubt that if the 
system is carried too far, it will work more 
harm than good. If the student is so inclined 
where the optional system is as broad, as for 
instance at Harvard, he can select studies, for 
a great part of his course, which will require 
but little work, and thus lose much of the 
disciplinary benefit of his coarse of study. 
But if the proper caution is used, optional 
studies must be of the highest value. We 
should have a greater number of optional 
studies in our course. In the Junior studies 
of this term, there should be at least one 
optional, for instance English Literature. 
Mineralog}' should also be made, we think, an 
optional stud}' of Senior year, so that those 
who wish — and, judging from observation 
alone, there are quite a number — can pursue 
that branch further. German should, like- 
wise, be made an optional of the same year. 
Logic and Rhetoric, especially the latter, are 
studies which many would like to go into 
deeper than is possible from the present 
arrangement of our curriculum. Political 
Economy and Constitutional Law are branches 
pf the highest importance, and there are 
those in every class who would like to get a 
broader knowledge of them than can now be 
done from our present course of study. This 
subject of optional studies is of so much im- 
portance that we hope it will receive the 

most careful consideration on the part of the 
Faculty and Trustees. To the end that the 
minds of the undergraduates may be known 
in regard to this matter, we would like to 
have each student hand to us, in time for 
publication in our next number, a list of three 
studies which he would like to see optional at 

The N. A. A. O. will hold its Regatta on 
Saratoga Lake, July 9th, 10th, and 11th. 
There are three races for colleges, viz. : An 
eight'oared shell race for the Passic Cup ; 
four-oared shell race for the Eureka Cup ; 
and single-scull shell race for the Triton Cup. 
Besides the above races, which are exclusively 
for colleges, there will be a six-oared shell 
race for the Detroit Cup, which college crews 
can enter. All these races are to be one-and- 
a-half miles straight-away. The name of the 
winning college is to be inscribed on the cup, 
and an individual prize given to each man 
of the winning crew, and, besides, a handsome 
silk flag to the club of the victorious crew. 
It seems that everything possible has been, 
and is being, done by the managers to make 
this Regatta a perfect success. Had a six- 
oared race, for colleges onby, been announced 
at the same time as the other races, there is 
not much doubt but what Bowdoin would 
have been represented this year. As it is 
there is no prospect that we will have a crew 
to represent us. But still we are much in- 
terested in the success of this " American 
Henley." We can assure the managers that 
they have Bowdoin's best wishes for their 
success. We trust the races will prove be- 
yond a doubt that this Regatta is to be a 
permanent thing, and that, hereafter, Bowdoin 
will be among the contesting crews. 

The Field Day Exercises, which occur on 
Saturday morning, June 7th, promise to be 
the most interesting in the history of the 
College, The first event will be the five mile 



go-as-you-please, which will be called as soon 
as possible after the grounds are opened. One 
of the events which promises to be of great 
interest, is the " tug of war " between the 
classes. We sincerely trust that every class 
will be represented in this. Those interested 
in our sports are doing their utmost to make 
all of the exercises interesting, and they 
should receive the aid of each class, and of 
every individual member. Our sports now 
seem about to be placed on a substantial 
basis, and if they are not the fault is our own. 
Now let us, one and all, do our best to make 
of this Field Day a grand success. If we will 
do so, there will be no grumbling because our 
sports are not well supported, but all will 
share together in the credit of having them 
pass off successfully and to the satisfaction 
of all. 

We wonder what a college paper would 
be if it should be managed so as to coincide 
with all the criticisms that are made in regard 
to it. Here is the Freshman who likes no 
criticisms on rowing and such things, because 
they are so personal, you know. He, no 
doubt, would like something which combines 
interest and instruction, written up after the 
style of Robinson Crusoe. Then there is the 
Soph who puts in a protest against all articles 
on "horsing" and "hazing," and who, to 
improve the paper, would have lots of good (?) 
locals — some that are " brash," witty, and all 
that sort of a thing. The Junior, as in duty 
bound, thinks the paper to be "fair," but still 
would like to see it " braced " a little in some 
departments. Here comes the Senior, ah ! he 
thinks the tone of the paper is not just what it 
ought to be. He would like to see some grace- 
fully written sonnets, and now and then a 
polished (?) essay. Then the Faculty would 
like to see more evidences of deep thought, 
the ergos, the pros and cons, the major and 
minor premises, the conclusions, all handled 
with skill and care. Here, too, is the Alum- 

nus who has his ideas of how the paper should 
be run. There is also that monstrosity, the 
average exchange editor, who relentlessly 
tears editorial, essay, and local into a thousand 
fragments, and with fiendish delight holds 
them before you, and then cooly advises you 
" to abstain from strong drink and odes on 
spring," or calls you a " squelched bigot and 
puny dolt." And last, but by no means least, 
our lady friends suggest to us that we ought 
to publish stories — some of those charming 
ones with those dear little bits of description 
in them, and withal a little, a very little, love 
mingled by way of seasoning. With all these 
different tastes to please, what are we poor 
Editors to do ? If we turn to the right, 
Scylla will devour us ; if to the left, Charyb- 
dis will dash us to pieces. Shall we, like the 
old darkey, " take to der woods ? " Upon the 
whole, it seems to us best, as we have en- 
deavored to do thus far, to push ahead hon- 
estly striving — though without asking every 
one's permission beforehand — to express our 
opinions of matters which are of interest to 
the College. We simply add that, if at any 
time, our ideas do not seem to be right, the 
columns of the Orient are open to all fair 
and honorable discussion. 

Our Summer Regatta will be rowed at 
10 o'clock Friday morning, June 6th. Three 
crews will take part, the Junior, Sophomore, 
and Freshman. The Junior crew have been 
unfortunate in being obliged, practically, to 
discontinue work for the greater part of week 
before last, on account of one of the men 
severely straining his shoulder. But the crew 
will row, though at a disadvantage. All must 
admire their pluck and persistence in keeping 
to work. The Sophomore crew are in fine 
form, and are rowing a stroke which is much 
admired. We think all must unite with us in 
awarding to the Freshman crew a great deal 
of praise for the manner in which they have 
worked for this race. They are the heaviest 



of the three crews, and considering the short 
time they have been at work, have made great 
improvement. They will make a good record 
for their class. All the crews are doing faith- 
ful work, and an exciting struggle for the 
Champion Cup may be expected. 

Some time since the Orient expressed 
confidence in our nine because they worked. 
That confidence, as the result of the games 
played thus far this season show, was not mis- 

In the entire history of our nine no such 
brilliant trip away from home was ever made, 
as that to Skowhegan and Waterville. The 
few errors made show conclusively that we 
have a nine of which we have a right to be 
justly proud to say represents Bowdoin. 
The game at Portland, on Memorial Day, 
was not less brilliant than the two games 
mentioned above, and was indeed a well- 
earned victory. It does not detract, in the 
least, from the honors the nine have won from 
the fact that their success is due to hard, 
faithful practice. We gladly take this oppor- 
tunity to extend to Capt. Wilson the congrat- 
ulations of the entire College for the victories 
the nine have won. Much credit is also due 
to Mr. Davis for his successful management, 
and to each individual member of the nine 
great credit is also due. 


O Como, clear and crystal lake, 
Whose little ripples dash aud break 
About the steep Alps' rugged base, 
And there are held as iu a vase, — 
When 'neath that clear, Italian sky 
By your transparent waves I lie, 
Methiuks, " How like a poet's soul ! " 
To purity is due the whole 
Of your rare beauty, so enchanting, 
Which I, indeed, would fain be vaunting 
For other lakes as deep and wide 
Do not possess your crystal tide. 

Through your transparent waters, we 

Your bed of rock and sand can see. 

Immaculate as drifting snow, 

In outlines clear, your waters show 

Reflections of the trees, and sky, 

And clouds, and boats and birds that fly 

Across your bosom, — mountain sides 

With here aud there a house which hides 

Or seems to try to hide itself 

'Neath orange trees on rocky shelf; 

Above these, hardy maples thrive, 

And then come birches just alive ; 

Still higher up, where nothing grows, 

I look upon eternal snows. 

All this, blue lake, in thee I see 

Reflected by thy purity. 

If like this clear, transparent lake, 

poet, of yourself you'd make 

A faithful mirror of mankind, 

Keep clear and pure as this your mind; 

Let truth, as suu, light up each line — 

All else attends, 'twill be sublime — 

And Nature's self will breathe and live 

In each description that you give. 


Seargent Smith Prentiss, one of the many 
honored sons of the Pine Tree State, was 
born at Portland, September 30th, 1808 ; 
died at Natchez, Mississippi, July 1st, 1850. 
His father was a ship master in prosperous 
circumstances. Owing to the ruin which fell 
upon commerce during the war of 1812, Capt. 
Prentiss removed to Gorham, Me., and de- 
voted a part of his time to agriculture. Here 
his talented son passed his boyhood very 
quietly. Owing to a violent fever which at- 
tacked him in infancy, he was, for several 
years, deprived of the use of his limbs. A 
slight lameness attended him through life. 
His childhood he passed mostly within doors, 
and at his mother's side, devoting himself to 
reading and study. Tradition of him and 
his witty sayings is still fresh among those 
who were his neighbors and playmates. His 
genius was known and admired even then. 

While yet very young, he attended Gor- 
ham Academy, then one of the first institu- 
tions of the kind in Maine. While pursuing 



his studies there, he took advantage of every 
opportunity to enlarge his acquaintance with 
books. Heretofore his reading had been con- 
fined to such works as " Pilgrim's Progress," 
" Paradise Lost," " Night Thoughts," and the 
Bible. Now he began a much wider course 
of reading, which he kept up through his Col- 
lege course, and we might say, through life. 
Nothing that he ever read was lost. He 
committed to memory whole cantos of Scott's 
poems, and had all of Shakespeare's finest 
passages at his tongue's end. 

From motives of economy, rendered nec- 
essary by a change in his father's fortune, he 
pursued his studies at the Academy until the 
fall of 1824, when, at the age of fifteen he 
entered Bowdoin College as a Junior. We 
cannot do better than to transcribe the words 
of Professor Packard in regard to him at this 
time. The reminiscence was written to 
George Prentiss, Seargent's brother, and can 
be found in his Memoir of S. S. Prentiss : 

" I remember with perfect distinctness, the ex- 
amination of your brother. He was very youthful 
in appearance ; and feeling much in sympathy with 
him on account of his physical infirmity, as also on 
account of his youth and the severe examination 
required for one to enter two years in advance, I 
was disposed to be very gentle with him in my 
opening, lest he might become embarrassed. But 
I found, at the outset, that he did not need any 
forbearance at the hands of his examiners. With 
entire composure, and almost as if in a playful mood, 
with remarkable readiness, clearness, precision, and 
fullness he passed the trial. The testimony of 
all the examiners to the high promise shown 
by that examination was full ; and I cannot 
recall an instance of an examination which, con- 
sidering the extent of it, has been so success- 
ful and triumphant. Your brother's collegiate 
course was a brilliant one, and I often said that it 
was one of the few instances in college life, of de- 
cided indications of future success and eminence. 
He exhibited talents, which we used to think would 
ensure him all he might aspire after in a Western 
or Southern career. His remarkable facility in de- 
bate, and his wit and humor were manifested in col- 
lege scenes." 

His chum during his Senior year was Wil- 
liam Appleton, son of the second President of 
the College, a young man of great promise, 
who died at the age of twenty-two. These 
two, in company with other kindred spirits, 
including Isaac McLellan, the poet, formed a 
sort of informal debating societ} 7 , styled them- 
selves I-ooTspoi (English, Spouters), met in 
one another's rooms and practiced extempo- 
raneous speaking. The members of this 
society speak of the part which Prentiss took 
in these exercises in terms of unbounded 
praise. There his fine intellectual qualities 
appeared in all their force and beauty. 

He was by nature, sportive and mirthful, 
ready to look on the ridiculous side of things. 
He had a strong imagination, and most excel- 
lent taste. His irony and sarcasm when 
aroused were of the keenest. Those who 
knew him intimately say that never in their 
acquaintance with him did they know him, 
either in public or in private, to be at a loss 
for a word, a figure, or a happy illustration to 
convey his meaning. Probably America has 
never produced a readier talker, or a more 
fluent orator. 

His career after leaving college, though 
brief, was one of constant activity. Merely 
to give its outline would require more space 
than the limits of this article will allow. His 
biography should be familiar to every admirer 
of greatness and genius. As a politician, he 
was animated only by the purest motives. 
Never did a man work harder for his party, 
or seek more zealously to forward the cause 
which he believed to be right. His career as 
a stump speaker in Mississippi was one of the 
most remarkable in the whole history of our 
politics. Perfect storms of applause greeted 
him everywhere. His political opponents did 
not try to disguise their admiration for 
the man ; the electric power of his eloquence 
charmed friend and foe alike. 

The most important of his speeches at the 
bar, at political meetings, and in Congress 



were never written out either by himself or 
others, and are therefore lost to the world. 
But enough of his efforts have been published 
to show that he was indeed worthy of the 
fame which his eloquence and patriotism 
gained for him. 


In 1839 a second Bowdoin magazine was 
issued. The editors had profited by the ex- 
perience of their predecessors of the Uscritoir, 
and while making their work essentially the 
students publication, yet had the co-operation 
of all interested in the College. It contained 
forty pages and was published monthly, by 
members of the Senior class, the first editors 
being E. P. Weston, C. F. Allen, B. A. G. 
Fuller ; the second, J. B. L. Soule, G. F. 
Magoun, and Elijah Kellogg. 

Among the contributors are many writers 
well known at the present day. " Nathaniel 
Hawthorne, Esq., of Boston, author of ' Twice 
Told Tales ' " ; H. W. Longfellow, then known 
only as the author of " Outre Mer " ; Peleg 
Chandler, and the Professors Smyth, Good- 
win, and Cleaveland, all contributed to make 
it a success. It is not strange then that it 
was a grand success, and at once took a prom- 
inent, perhaps leading, place among similar 
works at the time. 

The first article of the first number carries 
us back at once to the time of its publication. 
With many a quotation and Latin verse it 
brings before us the leading writers of the 
time., Southey, Wordsworth, and Moore are 
still writing. Goethe has just died. Bryant 
is even now the first American poet, his place 
disputed by Dana, while Willis is turning his 
smooth, melodious verses in his own peculiar 
style. Little did the young writers think 
that two of their number were to equal if not 
surpass any of these. 

Essays fill many of the pages, all carefully 

written and polished, as if the writers fully 
appreciated the honor of seeing their thoughts 
in print, and tried to write something worth 
being handed down. I suppose it is because 
we see them as they are now, and not as 
young men, but they had a way of writing 
which carries conviction with it, and makes 
us believe a thing must be so because they 
believe it is. 

The poems are distinctive of the times, 
and necessarily modeled somewhat after the 
manner of leading poets. Willis seems to 
have had considerable influence, and his style 
to have been a favorite one. Every number con- 
tains several short poems; not the light dainty 
verses which are seen nowadays, in every 
college paper, but sober, solid dactyls written 
to last. Several have since been printed else- 
where, as " Paul at Athens," which appeared 
in a volume of Bowdoin Poets, and some 
others met in various works. 

One of the first things which one notices 
is the number of stories, some of them con- 
tinued through several numbers, which make 
it appear more like a common magazine. 
Here appeared some of Longfellow's first 
writings in prose. Short sketches of Ger- 
man student life, which afterwards were 
worked into " Hypherion." The stories gen- 
erally have a mysterious turn which perhaps 
adds more to the charm. Some are of Italian 
life ; among them a translation of ". I Pro- 
musi Sponsi," and the " Ghost Seer ;" while 
others present historical facts in a way which 
cannot fail to interest. There is a feeling 
about the whole work of solidity ; nothing 
light, nothing made to last for a day. The 
articles are as interesting now as when first 

One department appears entirely new. 
That is the " Meteorological," written by 
Prof. Cleaveland, and containing accounts of 
rain-fall, direction of wind, and other things 
such as are now collected by the government 
for foretelling the weather. 



The whole idea of the editors is to make 
the work as complete as possible. To their 
contemporaries they were like other young- 
men, but to us they seem never to have been 
young. One does not seem to be reading a 
college paper, but a standard work of the 
time. Only in the " Editors' Table " do they 
unbend and come down so that we may see 
them. That it held a good place is shown 
by an article, at the time, in the Boston Post, 
in which it speaks of the Port-Folio as a 
well-known publication, and attacks it for 
some review with which it does not agree. 
The reply shows that the editors were wide- 
awake, and ready to return the blows with 
interest. In this occur some expressions 
which probably had just appeared, and were 
well known at the time, but are now forgotten. 

The editors are truly in earnest. To them, 
editing a paper was no child's play, or any- 
thing to be slighted or put off. The aim is 
to make a high literary standard. There is 
none of the froth and dash for which every 
college paper strives, but the privilege of 
appearing in print was so great, that, although 
jokes probably occurred then, they were not 
considered worth being handed down to pos- 
terity. Yet the Port-Folio is by no means 
dry on that account and contains pieces which 
are of interest to any one, and especially to a 
member of Bowdoin. 


The Military Department at Bowdoin is 
neither so popular nor so well patronized as 
its friends would desire. Why is it not? 
Popularity among college students is not, as 
some assert, governed by caprice, or awarded 
on account of favor or lenity. The instructor 
is popular, not on account of his indulgence, 
but, on the contrary, from the zeal and in- 
terest he displays in the true progress of the 
student. The college exercise which is held 
in the highest esteem is not the one which it 

is most easy to " pass up " on, but which is 
made most interesting, and is at the same 
time practical and useful. The drill, as at 
present conducted, is of practical benefit to 
us, both as a science and as a physical ex- 
ercise. Why then is it not more popular ? 

In the first place, there still lurks among 
us a feeling of aversion to the drill on 
account of the ' : great rebellion " it once 
caused. This feeling should be done away 
with. But there is another reason for the 
unpopularity of the drill, which must be re- 
moved before it can be otherwise. Men who 
have selected the drill have not been excused 
during the summer months to take part either 
in base-ball or boating, while, until the pres- 
ent season, this privilege has been granted 
to those who have selected the gymnasium. 
This was evidently unfair. But how was a 
remedy sought? The Boards, at their last 
meeting, voted that neither gymnasium nor 
drill students should be excused from duty to 
take part in any college sport. It was thought 
that the effect of this law would be to increase 
the numbers and the popularity of the drill. 
The working of the law has only made the 
drill less popular. Those interested in the 
drill can not aid it by legislating against the 
sports and their interests. Is it to be wondered 
at that under such circumstances a feeling of 
hostility against the drill exists ? This hostile 
feeling can only be removed when the drill no 
longer conflicts with the sporting interests — 
when its friends shall be willing to allow to 
those who select it the same privileges which 
are granted to those who choose the gymna- 
sium. Then, there being no longer an}' oppos- 
ing elements to offset those advantages of 
exercise and instruction which are admitted 
and valued by all, the drill will not fail to be 

Michigan, California, and Syracuse Uni- 
versities have done away with Commence- 




To ascertain for a certainty in regard to 
the sum of money raised, a few j'ears since, 
as the nucleus of a fund for a new boat-house, 
a letter was recently written to A. L. Crocker, 
of the Class of '73, who was chairman of the 
building fund. 

Mr. Crocker replies, in substance, that 
there is a sum of money, amounting to a lit- 
tle over $300, which can be used for the 
above-named purpose. 

We are much in need of something more 
substantial and roomy in the way of a boat- 
house. In fact we can hardly say we now 
have any boat-house at all. We do not own 
the land on which the present apology for a 
house is situated, and may be obliged to move 
at any time. The Boat Club should, at once, 
take some definite action in regard to securing 
a new and commodious boat-house. Prof. Vose 
has drawn a plan of such a boat-house as we 
need, and its cost has been estimated. A com- 
mittee should be appointed to decide upon 
the most convenient site, and find out its cost. 

When these two things, the cost of a 
new house and the price of the land, are defi- 
nitely ascertained, then the several classes 
should be canvassed to see what sum of money 
can be raised among ourselves. At Commence- 
ment the Alumni can be interviewed to ascer- 
tain how much money the}' are willing to give 
for this enterprise. There, indeed, seems to be 
no reason why we cannot, before Commence- 
ment, have a new boat-house. In truth, if our 
boating interests are to be carried on success- 
fully, it is absolutely necessary for us to have 
something different for a boat-house than we 
now have. We hope that this matter will be 
taken hold of with a will, and if it is, and 
conducted on the simple principles of busi- 
ness, it must be a success. 

It is stated that each farmer graduated 
from the Massachusetts Agriculture College 
costs the State $13,000. 


The ball season was finely inaugurated 
May 23d and 24th. May 23d the Bowdoins 
met the Skowhegan Reds, at Skowhegan. 
The Reds felt confident of an easy victory. 
Wilson's pitching was a marked feature of 
the game. On the part of the Bowdoins, the 
fielding was very fine. The Reds showed 
lack of practice ; their fielding being very 
loose. Following is the score : 



Wilson, p 2 2 3 

Smith, s. a 1 1 3 

Snow, c 2 3 2 

Winship, c. f 1 1 1 

Maxcy, 2b 

Perry, 1. f. 

Lally, r. f 1 1 1 

Gardner, 3b 

Ring, lb 


Eagan, 1. f 2 

Whittier, 3b 1 12 

Minihan, c 1 2 12 

Goodwin, 2b 1 10 

King, p 1 111: 

Leavitt,s.s 1 111 

Tantish, r. f 10 

McFarland, c. f...l 10 1 

Teague, lb 1 2 10 

Total 7 8 10*26 13 

* 27th out. Man struck out of turn. 


.7 9 5 27 21 

Bowdoins . 

.10105201 0—10 
.10010200 1—5 

Passed ball, Minihan. Wild pitches, King, 3. Balls called — on Wilson, 
47 i on King, 53. Strikes called— off Wilson,28 ; off King, 59. Left on 
bases — Bowdoins, 8 ; Reds, 9. Game, 1 hour 35 minutes. Scorers — Bow- 
doins, H. B. Wilson ; Reds, J. McClennan. Umpire — 0. H. Wilbur. 

Bowdoins vs. Oolbys. 
The Bowdoins met the Colbys at Water- 
ville, May 24th. The fine fielding and heavy 
batting of the Bowdoins was largely com- 
mented on. Gardner, on third, made some 
very brilliant plays ; while Lally's batting 
was a surprise to everybody. The pitching 
of Wilson was most effective, they making 
only five hits. Maxcy, on second, and Ring, 
first, made some fine plays. The Colbys 
appeared demoralized from the moment they 
appeared upon the field. This will probably 
account for the loose playing of the entire 
nine. R}'der, at first, showed some of the 
best plajdng for the Colbys. We understand 
this was the first game he ever played in that 
position. We append the score : 



Wilson, p 1 110 8 

Smith, s. s 1 3 2 1 

Snow, c 1 115 1 

Winship, c. f 2 2 3 2 1 

Maxcy, 2b 1 12 2 5 

Perry, l.f 2 3 110 

Lally.r.f 4 6 3 

Gardner, 3b 112 

Ring, lb 16 


.12 16 14 27 18 7 



Bosworth, p 1 12 2 

Walling, 3b 1 2 110 1 

Barker, l.f 1 10 4 

Merriam, 2b 112 7 

Worcester, c 2 4 2 6 2 8 

Weld, s. s 1 110 4 4 

Ryder, lb 1 1 13 1 

Shaw, c.f 10 2 

Chaplin, r. f. 1 10 

Total 7 10 6 27 20 25 




Bowdoins 6 110 2 10 3—14 

Colbys 0002300 0—5 

Called balls— on Wilson, 42 ; Bosworth, 65. Strikes called— off Wilson, 
22 ; Bosworth, 33. Struck out— Bowdoins, 5 ; Colbys, 3. Left on bases — 
Bowdoins, 12 ; Colbys, 5. Double play— Wioship and Maxcy. Two-base 
hits — Lilly, Ferry, and Walling. Three-base hits — Smith and Worcester. 
Earned runs — R iwdoios, 2. Duration of Game — 1 hour 25 minutes. 
Scorers— H. B. Wilson and E. F. King. Umpire— W. H. Lyford, Colby, 

Bowdoins vs. Resolutes. 


AB R 1 

Wilson, p 4 

Smith, s. s 4 

Snow, c 4 1 

Winship, c. f. 4 2 

Maxcy, 2b 4 

Perry, 1. f. 4 

Lally, r. f. 4 

Gardner, 3b 4 

Ring, lb 3 


Gann, 1. f. 4 

Leighton,c 4 1 

Knight, 8. s 4 

Evans, 2b 4 1 

Jones, 3b 4 


St. John, c.f. 4 

Ricker, p 4 

Scott, lb 4 


.36 2 8 27 13 9 

Total 35 3 2 27 17 5 Total. 


Bowdoins 2 10 0—3 

Resolutes 2 0—2 

Struck out — Bowdoins, 6 ; Resolutes, 1. Balls called — on Ricker, 52 5 

on Wilson, 66. Strikes called— on Ricker, 28 ; on Wilson, 25. Passed 

balls — Leighton, 3 ; Snow, 1. Time of game — 1 hour 30 minutes. 

Umpire — Mr. Ranger of Bates Nine. Scorers — Bowdoins, H. B. Wilson, 

'80; Resolutes, F. L. Ingalls. 


" Song by Steve." 

Now, boys, for the " tug of war." 

The new base-ball suits rather " take the 

Ivy Day Exercises at 3 p.m. Friday, the 
6th inst. 

The game " was merely a practice game " 
for the Skowhegans, and they got enough 
of it. 

The Champion Cup will be presented to 
the winning crew immediately after the Ivy 
Day Exercises. 

Board very confidently told the Captain 
that the Supreme Court did not have jurisdic- 
tion over bets. 

Mr. Davis, first Director of our nine, hands 
us the following in regard to the expense of 
the trip. to Skowhegan and Waterville : 

Amount received from Treasurer $38.40 

" " at Skowhegan 15.94 

Total received $54.34 

Expenses 40.75 

Balance in treasury... $13.59 

President Chamberlain is fitting up a sum- 
mer residence at New Wharf. 

A. G. Lacld, '73, and Instructor Robinson 
are to be the judges Field Day. 

The nine received $61.66 as their share of 
the gate money taken at the Bowdoins vs. 
Resolutes game. 

Gov. Garcelon delivered the address to- 
day (Wednesday) before the graduating class 
of the Medical School. 

Seats will be provided for the ladies who 
desire to witness the Bowdoins vs. Bates 
game on Saturday afternoon, June 7th. 

Carleton, '79, gave a dinner to the mem- 
bers of his class on Tuesday, the 3d inst., in 
honor of Capt. Caziarc. A most pleasant 
time was enjoyed. 

It will cost him a couple of dollars to get 
his clothes pressed into shape, to say nothing 
of the damage done them by the wetting — 
but then he won the bet. 

We had a dim idea Friday afternoon that 
the Bowdoins/had beaten the Resolutes, and 
when we saw the Argus and Press we were 
quite certain of it. But after reading the 
notice of the game in the Saturday Evening 
Advertiser we are fully persuaded that we 
were mistaken, that the Bowdoins did not 
beat the Resolutes, — that the eyes of the 
thousand or more present were deceived, and 
the only point from which the game was 
distinctly seen, was the Advertiser Office. 
No one denies that the Resolutes far out- 
batted, our nine, but if they found no difficulty 
in batting Wilson why in the world didn't 
they get over two runs ? The eyes of the 
scorers were also deceived, for the Resolutes' 
scorer seems to have put down five errors for 
the Bowdoins, and nine for his own club, 
when the reverse was true. The local editor 
of the Advertiser evidently missed his voca- 
tion — he should have been a scorer. The 
Resolutes may be the better nine, but it was 
not in practice, and the score was 3 to 2. 



The boj's enjoyed the dance at Skowhegan 
very much, but it served rather to add to the 
pleasure of a victory than to console our nine 
for a defeat, as was predicted by the Somerset 
Reporter man. 

At Skowhegan, after the dance and at the 
gate. Voice from within : " Come, Lizzie, 
come in." Authority of Mater familias in- 
disputable, and student sadly turns his steps 
towards hotel. 

Scene at the dance given to the nine at 
Skowhegan. Senior to young lady — "Who 

is that lady Mr. , of the Junior Class, is 

dancing with?" Y. L. — "That, O that is 
our servant girl." 

Scene in French recitation. Instructor to 
student, who is about to translate : " When 
you come to the word chemise, owing to its 
well-known local association, translate it gar- 
ment" Truly such modesty (?) should not 
go without its reward. 

The next Orient will contain an account 
of Ivy Day, Field Day, and the Regatta, and. 
if any wish for copies to send away to friends, 
if they will speak to the Business Manager at 
once, extra copies will be printed in order that 
all may be supplied. 

The following we clip from the Colby 
Echo : " The representative of Bowdoin, '79, 
who passed through Waterville a few weeks 
ago with a promising baby in his arms, is anx- 
ious to make an explanation ; he insists that 
the baby did not call him ' Papa.' Well, we 
may have been mistaken." 

As the train moved into the depot at 
Skowhegan, and our bo}'s stepped on to the 
platform, cries of : " Where's yer nine ? " 
" Didn't yer bring yer nine ? " etc., were heard. 
At about half past four they were fully aware 
that the Bowdoins were present. 

He was a speculative Senior, and possessed 
his share of nose. When he blew out his 
light and started for his bed-room in the dark, 
he stretched out his arms. But they passed 
on both sides of the door, and when his nose 
struck the edge of the door and he had seated 
himself on the floor, he did not swear but 
soliloquized : " I always knew I had a long 
nose, but didn't know it was longer than my 
arms before." 

A fine model of a truss bridge, after the 

old lattice truss pattern, has been constructed 
by F. S. Corey and W. G. Davis of the 
Scientific Division of the Senior Class. The 
model represents a span of 150 feet. Its 
dimensions are as follows: Length, 8 feet; 
height, 12 inches ; width, 13 inches. The 
slats are 1-8 by 5-8 of an inch. The 
planks are of black walnut, and the pins are 
white oak, 3-16 inch in diameter. There are 
540 pins in the bridge. The model has been 
subjected to a test of 1500 pounds. 


[We earnestly solicit communications to this 
column from any who may have an interest in the 

'38. — Edward H. Davies has been re- 
elected President of the Portland Company 
in Portland. 

'44. — The members of this class will have 
a reunion and dinner during Commencement 
week, at the Falmouth House in Portland. 
This class numbers on its rolls an unusually 
large number who are prominently and widely 
known in the various walks of life — among 
whom are Judge Wm. Wirt Virgin of the 
Supreme Court of Maine, Gen. Samuel J. 
Anderson, Hon. Chas. W. Goddard, and J. 
S. Palmer of Portland, Hon. Horatio G. 
Herrick of Lawrence, Mass., Hon. David R. 
Hastings of Fryeburg, Rev. George M. 
Adams, D.D., of Holliston, Mass., Hon. J. 
L. Pickard of Chicago, 111., and Major John 
W. Goodwin of Houston, Texas. 

'46. — Joseph C. Pickard is Prof, of En- 
glish Language and Literature in Illinois In- 
dustrial University, Urbane, 111. 

'52. — President Chamberlain delivered the 
address, Memorial Day, in Lewiston. 

'53.— T. R. Simonton was presented, a 
short time since, with a gold-headed cane by 
the citizens of Camden, in recognition of his 
services in the cause of temperance. 

'53. — Ephraim C. Cummings is supplying 
the pulpit of the Park St. Unitarian Church, 
in Portland, for the present. 

'60.— First Lieut. F. A. Kendall, U. S. A., 
has been promoted to be Captain. 

'66. — We return our thanks to Geo. T. 
Packard for his contributions to this depart- 
ment and wish that others of the Alumni 



Would take the same interest in assisting the 
editors as Mr. Packard. 

.'72.— Prof. J. S. Frost, Principal of the 
Whitinsville, Mass., Grammar School, has 
been obliged to tender his resignation, owing 
to continued ill health. Mr. Frost has been 
very successful in his position, and on his 
withdrawal was presented with Longfellow's 
illustrated poems and other souvenirs. 

'74.— Prof. C. E. Smith has been unani- 
mously re-elected Superintendent of the city 
schools in Lyons, Iowa. 

'75. — F. R. Upton is Mathematician to T. 
A. Edison the Inventor. 

'75. — W. J. Curtis has been admitted to 
the New York Bar. 

'75.— Married in Lewiston, May 20th, by 
the Rev. G. S. Dickerman, Mr. Woodbury 
Pulsifer of Auburn, and Miss Addie C. Pen- 
ned of Lewiston. 

'76. — Hardy Ropes Sewall is the agent for 
the associated press in Albany, N. Y. 

'77. — W. T. Cobb passed through Bruns- 
wick last week on his way home from Europe. 

'77. — Lewis Reed is assistant engineer on 
a steamer plying between Boston and Nahant, 
preparing to pass an examination for admis- 
sion to the Navy next fall. 

'80. — W. P. Martin has entered Bates 
College, class of '80. 

'81. — E. L. Swazey is on a cattle herding 
ranche in Colorado. Address, Pueblo, Col. 

Among the graduates in this year's class 
of the Maine Medical School, are Reuben R. 
Baston, '75, W. L. Alden, '76, and John B. 
Curtis, '80. 


The Campus at Cornell is lighted with the 
electric light. 

A Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon has 
been founded at Trinity. 

Seniors won in the class races at Harvard ; 
Sophomores a good second. 

Goddard, Harvard, won in the single-scull 
race with Livingston, Yale. 

Gardner Colby, for whom Colby Univer- 
sity was named, left the college, at his death, 
$120,000. Brown University received 150,000 
from the same source. 

The entire college buildings at South 
Bend, comprising Notre Dame University, 
wefe burned recently. 

Miss Baker, a young lady of sixteen, has 
been appointed tutor in Greek in Simpson 
College. No cutting Greek there. 

Prof. Watson, the astronomer, late of 
Michigan, is now connected with University 
of Wisconsin and Johns Hopkin University, 

Dartmouth is having one of the customary 
quarrels between Faculty and students, grow- 
ing out of a case of hazing. Rather remark- 
able when we remember Mr. Thwing says 
hazing exists only at Bowdoin, Bates, and 


tempora ! mores ! A Freshman re- 
joices in a new dress with one hundred and 
fifty-five buttons on the waist! — Vassar Mis- 

Cambridge High School, class in Mythol- 
ogy. Teacher — " Who was Hebe ? " First 
Girl — " Wife of Heracles and first cousin of 
Sir Joseph Porter, K. C. B." — Crimson. 

Scene on a Freshman surveying expedi- 
tion. Freshman squinting through the theod- 
olite. Professor comes up behind and adjusts 
the instrument. Freshman loquitur : " Take 
your dirty paws off'n there." Tableau. — 
Williams Athenaeum. 

The following is a telegraphic correspond- 
ence between an impecunious Junior and his 
much respected " Sachem." " Dear Father — 
Is the Goddess of Liberty still stamped on 
the five dollar piece ? " " Certainly ; why do 
you ask ? " " So long since I had seen one — 
had forgotten ." — Campus. 

It is related of a certain young Alumnus, 
that while an undergraduate he was accus- 
tomed, in rendering statements of his expen- 
ditures to his pater familias, to account for 
sundry incidental expenses by the frequent 
and somewhat doubtful item of " charity." 
On one oecasion, being unable to adjust his 
accounts otherwise, he made the entry, " Cr. 
By Charity, $25," which brought the witty 
reply from his father: "My son, Charity 
covereth a multitude £>f. sins." — Trinity Tablet. 



The Williams Athenaeum would seem to have 
been rather short of matter when it printed " Sirg- 
fried," a simple history condensed, but of interest 
to those who have never read the legends. In the 
same paper is a very good article on novels. The 
writer well says that most arguments against novels 
are based on those of the very worst class; but 
that seems no better reason for giving up novels 
than giving up books because some of them are bad. 

The Chronicle, Michigan, in an editorial takes 
occasion to express the opinion that co-education is 
a success, and the man who does not think so is to 
be pitied. Opinions seem quite diverse on this 
subject; the Harvard papers grow frantic at the 
mention of co-education, of which their exchanges 
remind them constantly. 

A rather remarkable criticism appeared on papers 
edited by women in the Era of Cornell, a college 
which admits every one. If members of the college, 
why not college editors'? Perhaps the decreasing 
number of students may have changed their opin- 
ions on the subject. 

Boston University has a very neat publication, 
the Beacon. The paper is good, the type good, and 
the general arrangement of the paper excellent, but 
the subjects are hardly of interest to students, — as 
for instance, the first editorial on politics. Such a 
subject might do for an article, but it gives one the 
impression that there is not enough going on in the 
college to furnish editorials. The editorial depart- 
ment is the mouthpiece of the students. In that 
they are expected to have something of interest to 
every one. The second editorial is better, and the 
first lines to the point : " We believe that honest 
criticism is healthy, but when it expends itself in 
flattery it ceases to be criticism." Nothing is more 
sickening than some of the gush in exchange col- 
umns on the plan " You tickle me and I'll tickle 
you." When some of the papers receive a favorable 
notice, you may certainly look for a favorable 
notice in return. The articles " Missionary versus 
Cannibal " are too much muddled for our complete 
comprehension, but appear to be criticisms on the 
synonyms in dictionaries. The poetry in the num- 
ber, especially " Dreaming," is as good as we have 
seen in any college paper. 

Among the many new exchanges which pour in 
upon us every day— where they all come from or go 
to, is more than we can tell — the Cornell Graphic 
is the only one which is worth looking over. The 

first number of the Graphic shows at once from the 
articles that the Editorial Board must be mixed — 
the male and female characters appearing distinct. 
The number on the whole is good, though it has 
some faults which might be removed. The short 
and pithy sayings of famous persons give one the 
impression that they were put in to fill up. Though 
we hope the editors did not find it hard finding mat- 
ter enough for the first number, for if so, the fol- 
lowing are likely to be a drag. A college paper 
never gets so that it will run itself. There is always 
hard work to be done. 

We can always find plenty to read in the Oberiin 
Beview. Something solid and something spicy. The 
"Student World" department is particularly good, 
always having something new and interesting. 
"Epochs of American Patriotism" is well-written, 
and contrives to say something about American 
events without getting into the spread-eagle style, 
so common to the United States and the West in 
particular. There is also an article on Washington 
Irving, which is well worth reading. 

For plain, downright " gall " the editors of the 
Amherst Student surpass anything we have seen or 
heard of. The present Board of Editors, thinking 
nothing could compare with them, have re-elected 
themselves as their own successors. Although it 
was with extreme reluctance they allowed them- 
selves to be persuaded to their course by their 

The Advocate is full of thanksgiving that Ernst 
and Tyng, the old reliables, are to play with the 
College Nine this summer. One would think, dur- 
ing three years, Harvard, with its thousand stu- 
dents, might have practiced up a pitcher and 
catcher to take their places. But from appearances 
the games depend entirely upon those two men. 
Harvard, as it deserves, is receiving some well- 
merited criticisms for their course. The rest of the 
paper is made up of athletic notes and accounts of 
the races. 

The last number of the Tuftonian contains a 
good article on the " Lapps," which is well worth 
reading. The "Character of Richard II.," in the 
same number, is also well- written. 

It is the fashion nowadays to overthrow long- 
established beliefs. And now a writer comes for- 
ward in the Alabama University Monthly and tells 
us that writers are not half-starved, in a very fair 
article. The next writer is a champion of the Jews 
and gives us quite a spirited defense of the " Chosen 
People," rightly claiming that the typical Jew is far 
from being the true one. 

twitia 0iI#mI, 

Vol. IX. 


No. 5. 





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Edwin C. Burbank, Frederic W. Hall, 

Walter L. Dane, Eliphalet G. Spring, 

Henry A. Wing. 

Terms — $2.00 a year in advance 5 single copies, 15 cents. 

Matter designed for publication may be handed to the Editors or 
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appended. Back numbers can generally be obtained upon application to 
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For sale at W. H. Marrett's and B. G. Dennison's, Brunswick. 

Vol. IX., Ho. 5.— June 18, 1879. 

Editorial Notes 49 

Ivy Day ; 52 

The Boat Race 53 

Field Day 54 

The Eighty Scieutific Expedition 55 

Sixty-Eight Prize Exhibition 57 

Bowdoins vs. Bates 58 

Local 58 

Personal '. 59 

The College World 60 

Clippings 60 

Editors' Table 60 


The next number of the Orient will not 
be issued until after Commencement. Unless 
otherwise ordered it will be sent to the Cata- 
logue address of the students. All communi- 
cations in regard to the matter should be sent 
to our business editor, W. L. Dane. 

The time is near at hand when the Boards 
will hold their annual meeting. We wish to 
call their attention to the law which they 

passed last Commencement in regard to our 
sports, viz., that base-ball and boating should 
not be a substitute for gymnasium. We have 
already said all that is sufficient, by way of 
argument, about the law, and now respect- 
fully ask that it be repealed. There is also 
another matter which should have the consid- 
eration of the Boards, to wit, our reading 
room. The one which we now have does not 
in any sense supply our needs. It is too 
small and has no conveniences. If the books 
are removed from the Peucinian Library, that 
room with comparatively small expense can 
be made into a commodious, pleasant, and con- 
venient reading' room. 

The custom of planting the Ivy was inaug- 
urated at Bowdoin, Oct. 26th, 1865, by the 
class of '66. The exercises consisted of an 
oration and poem, and the planting of the 
Ivy. The Junior Honors have since been 
added as a part of the programme. G. W. 
Kelly delivered the oration on the occasion of 
the first planting of the Ivy, his subject being, 
"End of the Beautiful." The poem was 
delivered by G. T. Sumner, and judging from 
extracts of the poem which we have seen, it 
was of a high order. H. L. Chapman, now 
our Professor of Rhetoric, wrote the class ode, 
and it is indeed worthy to be preserved in our 
collection of songs. An Ivy Hop in the even- 
ing closed the exercises, which seemed to have 
been most excellently conducted and much 

Music for all of the exercises was furnished 
by Hall's Brass Band of Boston. To help 
defray the expenses, a concert was given by 
the Band, and it seems that first-class concerts 
were attended about the same then as now, 



for the enterprise failed for want of patron- 
age. For some reason or reasons the custom 
of Ivy Day was not again observed until it 
was observed by the class of '74. Since that 
time each succeeding class has observed the 
day. We hope that the custom, which is so 
appropriate and beautiful, will be ever per- 

The two days devoted to the exercises of 
Ivy Day and to our sports were most pleasant 
ones to the students and to the large number 
of their friends who were present. The Fac- 
ulty unanimously voted to grant the petition 
for Friday, and it was all the more appreciated 
by the boys because it was so readily and 
cheerfully granted. It is well to give time to 
observe the sports of Field Day, to commem- 
orate the custom of Ivy Day, or to hold a 
Regatta. The idea that sports are an injury 
to a college has now, comparatively, but a 
small number of supporters. One of our 
graduates of some years ago recently told us 
that the morals of the College are higher to- 
day than when he was a student, and he attri- 
butes it in a great measure to the influence of 
our sports. Within our own limited observa- 
tion we have found this to be true, viz. : that 
our sports tend to keep men from dissipation, 
and could cite cases to show that men, who 
were disposed to be dissipated, have kept from 
being so from a desire to excel in some sport 
or sports. Young men long for excitement of 
some kind, and if it is not found in those things 
which are healthful and beneficial, then will 
it be sought in things which are unhealthy 
and harmful. Physical and mental growth 
must go together to make the perfect man, 
and we rejoice that we have a Faculty that 
recognizes the fact, and who encourage, and 
not oppose, all sports which tend to true phys- 
ical development. 

finest ever held by our Association. The 
records made in some of the events — notably 
the five-mile go-as-you-please — are such that 
we can look to them with just feelings of 
pride. The result of the exercises shows 
that the careful training of many of the par- 
ticipants was not in vain. The entire man- 
agement of the Field Day interests has been 
excellent, and a great deal of credit is due to 
the officers of the Association for their zeal 
and interest. Financially the Field Day 
sports resulted much more favorably than the 
most sanguine expected. But while the exer- 
cises, as a whole, passed off so successfully, 
there are some things which can be improved 
upon. The measurements for all the dashes 
should be made the day before Field Day, so 
as to avoid delaying the exercises. It is not 
pleasant, either to those who take part or to 
the spectators, to be obliged to wait for 
arrangements for any event to be made. The 
Directors should be careful and have every- 
thing that is needed at the Park at an early 
hour. There should also be Marshals appointed, 
whose duty it shall be to keep all persons 
from the track, except those who take part, 
and the officers in charge of the exercises. 
The different sports can be seen just as well 
from the grand stand as they can be by crowding 
on to the track. It will, besides, give those who 
have carriages an opportunity to see all that 
is going on without being obliged to leave 
their teams, as they have, heretofore, had to 
do in order to see many, of the events. It 
will be well to keep these things in mind, for, 
although small things in themselves, a strict 
observance of them will add much to the suc- 
cess of future Field Davs. 

The exercises of Field Day were indeed a 
success. They were, without exception, the 

In connection with the above we would 
remind all that it is very desirable that Field 
Day should be observed during the fall term. 
Besides keeping the upper classes interested 
in our sports, it would also at once interest 
the incoming class in them. We hope this 



matter will be kept in mind and at the begin- 
ning of next term, without an}' delay, arrange- 
ments will be at once made for a fail meeting 
of the Athletic Association. 

Our Boat Race can be well called a success. 
While not as close as might be wished, it has 
still demonstrated two things, viz. : That we 
have some excellent boating material, and 
that it is both practical and wise for us to give 
more attention to boating. 

We gladly take this opportunity to extend 
our unreserved congratulations to the crew of 
'81 for the fine manner in which they rowed 
the race, and on the excellent time they made, 
which, taking into consideration that the race 
was rowed at low water, is as good as ever 
has been made over our course in four-oared 
gigs. The Juniors pulled under difficulties, 
but made a fine struggle for the race, and have 
recorded time of which they have no cause 
to be ashamed. We express the opinion of 
the entire College when we say that much 
credit should be given to the Freshmen, for 
the interest which they showed in being rep- 
resented in this race. We trust all the crews 
will keep in practice during the remainder of 
this term so that everything may be propitious 
for a fall race. 

We wish here, in behalf of the College, 
to extend thanks to Instructor Robinson for 
the aid which he has given to our boating 
interests, and in fact to all our sports. Mr. 
Robinson has worked with untiring zeal to 
have our Boat Race and Field Day sports be 
successful in every particular, and through all 
he has showed no partiality to any one crew 
or class, but has worked for the common good 
of all. We do not believe in any adulatory 
praise, but think it only just to show to Mr. 
Robinson, in this public way, that each and all 
of the classes appreciates what he has done in 
the interest of our sports. 

spirit which the Bates men have manifested 
in regard to the game of ball which we played 
with them on Saturday, the 7th inst. If they 
were not satisfied with the umpire, the time 
for them to have said so was here during the 
game, not to wait and express their dissatis- 
faction through the columns of a daily paper. 
We do not think that any candid man can say 
that the umpire did not intend to be perfectly 
square. If mistakes were made they were 
mistakes of judgment. Furthermore, every 
unbiased person who witnessed the game, 
must allow that, if either nine had cause to 
growl at the umpiring, it was our own and not 
the Bates. For instance, when the Bates got 
three runs on a heavy strike which all who had 
the chance to observe it, unite in saying was 
a foul ball. We should be among the first to 
censure an umpire — our own or others — who 
would resort to such low means to win a game 
of ball as giving unfair decisions. It is a 
serious charge to make against any club, and 
we think that before the Bates should have 
made it they should have been certain that 
they had correct grounds for their charge. 

Of the action of the center fielder of the 
Bates in regard to a certain fly-ball, we have 
nothing to say, except that his own words are 
a sufficient comment : " If you leave it to my 
honor (?) I caught it, but (sotto voce) I didn't 
catch it." 

We must confess that we do not like the 

At a meeting of the Athletic Association, 
held last Wednesday, it was voted to divide 
the money received Field Day, after paying all 
expenses, and donating jive dollars for a per- 
manent prize for the " tug of war," pro rata 
among the members. This action was unwise 
and short-sighted. Each member's dividend 
was but a trifle, while the entire sum was 
quite an amount which could have been used 
to great advantage in improving Field Day. 
The money should have been devoted either 
to establishing permanent prizes, or kept as 
the beginning of a fund from which to draw 



to make the individual prizes more valuable. 
There should and must be an effort made each 
year to make the prizes for the different events 
of more value. It is, furthermore, hardly 
consistency in us to make appeals to our grad- 
uates to offer permanent prizes for our sports, 
when we thus recklessly vote away money 
which might be used for that very purpose. 
One member proposed to purchase permanent 
prizes with the money, but was laughed at by 
some, who seemed as eager to get hold of 
their small dividend as Jim Fisk ever did to 
control the stock of a great railroad. It was 
a " penny wise and pound foolish " action, 
and we can but think that the majority 
of the Association would not have acquiesced 
in doing it if they had given the matter a few 
moments' serious thought. 


We have never seen our Chapel more 
closely filled than it was on Friday, June 6th, 
to witness the Ivy Day Exercises of the class 
of '80. Although the sun was not visible, 
and a light rain caused a brief hitch in the 
proceedings, toward tlieir close, everything 
passed off pleasantly. Graduates, students, 
and friends of the class were present in large 
numbers. Among the latter the fair sex was 
largely in the majorit}', which fact requires 
no comments of ours. 

At 3 p.m., under the direction of the Mar- 
shal, Mr. E. G. Spring, the Juniors marched 
into the Chapel, taking seats next to the plat- 
form. The pulpit was decked in a drapery 
of white, — the college color, in the middle of 
which, on a shield of the class color, brown, 
the figures " '80 " were beautifully wrought. 
The President of the class, Mr. H. L. Maxcy, 
then introduced the speakers in a few well- 
chosen words. Following is the order of 
exercises : 

Prayer F. Goulding. 

Oration H. A. Wing. 

Poem T. F. Jones. 

Singing the Ivy Ode. 

The subject of Mr. Wing's oration, " The 
American Scholar," was highly appropriate 
for the occasion, and was treated in a style 
which gained the closest attention from the 
audience. In the beginning the speaker an- 
nounced his purpose of speaking of the 
Scholar, not as we too often see him, holding 
himself aloof from politics and public life, 
but of the Scholar and his duties to the pub- 
lic. However pleasant it might be to picture 
the Scholar, either in the character of philoso- 
pher, searcher after scientific truth, or man of 
letters, the educated man who uses his knowl- 
edge for the good of his country is a theme 
more worthy of contemplation. We should 
draw a lesson from the life of Fichte, the 
eminent German philosopher, who exercised 
a most important influence in state affairs dur- 
ing the perilous days in which Napoleon's 
power was at its height. The American 
Scholar in politics should be a real personage. 
To him we look for instruction from the pul- 
pit ; we demand that education be advanced 
through his instrumentality ; and why should 
not his voice and counsel be heard in our Leg- 
islative halls? Can we hope that vexed 
political questions will be wisely settled, that 
justice and peace will reign supreme, if dem- 
agogues usurp the places where men of culture 
and wisdom should sit ? The speaker con- 
cluded his address with a graceful appeal to 
his classmates, urging them to be mindful of 
the responsibilities which future years will 
bring, and never let it be said of themselves, 
" Ye knew your duty, but did it not." 

The subject of Mr. Jones's poem was 
" Monuments." The examples of those who 
have gained imperishable names through their 
works, teach us that enduring fame is not the 
reward of ambition, but of self-sacrifice 
and labor for the good of all mankind. 
Liberty, whose fostering care guards us to- 
day, is a monument to the patriotism and 



wisdom of the founders of the United States. 
The poet paid a beautiful tribute to our Alma 
Mater, her sons and honored, fathers, — for such 
we can truly style the men whose noble efforts 
built up this institution. We will not attempt 
a summary, knowing how badly poetry looks 
in prose ; but we cannot refrain from express- 
ing the opinion to which we overheard many 
giving utterance, namely, that the poem was 
excellent, both in thought and style. 

After the poem, the class came forward 
to the platform and joined in singing the fol- 
lowing ode, written by Mr. E. W. Bartlett : 


Aik — America. 
Sweet vine of classic fame, 
Inspirer of poetic flame, 
Thy praise we sing; 
Emblem of love and grace, 
Fairest of leafy race, 
To this familiar place 
Thy form we bring. 

May, like the ivy be, 
Our faith and constancy, 

Through all our days ; 
Though Time, with rushing flight, 
To all reveal his might, 
May Friendship's ties unite 

Our future ways. 

The class then passed out and around to 

the south side of the Chapel, where the 

Junior Honors were bestowed, as follows : 

R. L. Swett, Best Moustache Moustache Cup. 

H. W. Griudal, Lazy Man Arm Chair. 

T. H. Riley, Handsome Man Looking-Glass. 

W. P. Ferguson, Dig Spade. 

Frank Goulding, Ponyist Horse. 

G. S. Payson, Popular Man Wooden Spoon. 

The speeches,in which the Class President 

announced the names of the recipients of the 

gifts, were in a most humorous vein, and 

elicited frequent applause. The replies, which 

were brief and pointed, were thoroughly 

appreciated by all, and especially by the class 

who had the satisfaction of knowing that they 

had not conferred the prizes on those who 

were unappreciative of the honor done them. 

We have never known Ivy Day presents 

better to represent the real sentiments of a 

class, of course excepting the horse, which, as 

everybody knows, is generally bestowed upon 

the undeserving, and was certainly so con- 
ferred in this case. 

The out-door exercises were varied by 
singing two songs to familiar tunes, the words 
having been composed, expressly for this 
occasion, by Mr. Maxcy. These were highly 
appreciated by students, friends, and Faculty, 
if the countenances of the listeners did not 
deceive us. 

After the presents had been distributed, 
the trowel was presented to the Curator, Mr. 
H. R. Giveen, who proceeded to plant the 
Ivy, the class assisting in the usual manner. 

The Ivy Hop took place in the evening, 
and was thoroughly enjoyed by a select 
though not very large company. Music by 
Chandler's Six. The floor was graced by the 
presence of young ladies from Portland, Bath, 
and elsewhere. 

Thus finished the exercises of a day to 
which the class of '80 can ever look back with 
pleasure, feeling confident that no occasion in 
which they have participated has ever been a 
more complete success. 


The long-looked-for race between the crews 
of '80, '81, and '82 took place at 9.30 Friday 
morning, June 6th. No College event has 
excited so much interest throughout all the 
classes as this contest, for several reasons, viz. : 
How '81 's crew would compare with her crew 
of last year, on account of the two new men 
in the waist ; what '80 would do with '81, and 
what '82's muscular four would do against the 
other two crews. To within about three 
weeks of the race the crews were pulling in 
about the same time and a close race was con- 
fidently expected, but the stroke of the Junior 
crew strained his shoulder and after a few 
days' pulling was obliged to lay off, and it 
seemed as though the crew would be obliged 
to withdraw from the race. The Juniors, 
however, finally decided to pull in the race, 



the bow and stroke changing places. Victory 
was certain for '81 from this time, as the 
Freshmen were evidently losing ground on 
account of overtraining, and the Juniors, 
although working hard, were hardly at home 
in their new positions, nor could they get the 
change in stroke very easily. The last week 
before the race was a poor one for the crews 
as they, on account of the weather, could get 
but two days' practice. Friday proved as fine 
a day as could be wished for a race. There 
was a slight breeze blowing, just enough to 
ruffle the water without making it rough. The 
race was rowed at a disadvantage as regards 
the water, as the tide was at its lowest ebb, 
making it necessary to row the longest course 
which has ever been rowed in any of our 
races. At the signal for the start the boats 
were drawn into line in the following order : 
First position, '81 ; second, '82 ; third, 80. 
'81 had the best position for the course, being 
on the inside, while '82 had the best water 
for a start, as they were out of the eddies 
which twisted '80 and '81 out of their posi- 
tions. '80 had both the poorest position for 
the course and the hardest water for a start. 
At the word " go " the Freshmen shot a little 
ahead, but were soon overtaken by both the 
other crews, who could not, however, get 
ahead of them. At this point the race was 
intensely exciting, the three crews being 
abreast and no crew appearing to gain any 
over the others. At the end of the first half- 
mile the Freshmen crew fell about a boat's 
length behind, and a little farther along the 
starboard side of the Juniors caught a" crab." 
The Sophomores now gradually drew ahead. 
At the foot of the island '81 led '80 a couple 
of boats' lengths, while '80 was about the 
same distance ahead of '82. As the crews 
rounded the foot of the island, the crews 
were all sighted from the judges' boat 
between nine and nine and a half minutes. 

A close contest, at the finish, was ex- 
pected, but here the superior training of 

the Sophomores showed itself, and they 
slowly drew away from the Juniors, who in 
turn left the Freshmen behind. This was 
kept up to the finish, which the Sophomores 
made in 19 minutes 10 seconds; Juniors, 20 
minutes 30 seconds ; Freshmen, 21 minutes 
30 seconds. The Sophomore crew was as fol- 
lows: Arthur G. Pettengill, stroke and cap- 
tain ; Frederic A. Fisher, No. 3 ; Frederick 
C. Stevens, No. 2; Edgar W. Larrabee, bow; 
Edward H. Chamberlain, coxswain. This 
crew did not lose a day on account of sick- 
ness or from members being away, and to this 
last must be attributed a great part of their 
success, as no crew can accomplish anything 
with first one member and then another 
absent. The Juniors were unfortunate, but 
still kept on and thus enabled the spectators 
to see the first race over our course in which 
three crews have competed to the finish. 
The Freshmen were the heaviest crew and 
pulled well, but were overtrained. A stern 
race is a hard one, and they pulled well but with 
little hope. A large number of people wit- 
nessed the race, among whom were many 
ladies. Prof. Robinson acted as referee ; 
Instructor Robinson, Messrs. H. A. Huston 
and F. M. Byron, '79, as judges for '80, '81,. 
and '82 respectively. Goulding, '80, Ring, 
'81, J. M. Curtis, '82, were the judges for 
their respective classes on the island. On the 
afternoon of Field Day the Champion Cup 
was presented to the winning crew, in the 
Chapel, by Commodore Byron. Commodore 
Byron's remarks were well-considered and to 
the point. Captain Pettengill, in behalf of his 
class and crew, received the cup. 


The Spring Meeting of the Bowdoin Ath- 
letic Association was held at the Topsham 
Grounds, June 7th. The day was cold, with 
a strong wind, but this did not prevent a large 
number from being present, more than at any 



former Field Day. Great interest was shown 
throughout and the whole was a perfect suc- 
cess. Much was expected in certain events 
on account of the long training which some 
have passed through, nor were the expecta- 
tions disappointed. Achorn in the five-mile 
run made the best College record yet, although 
not at all forced, and in the Intercollegiate 
Field Day would stand well. The hop, skip, 
and jump of Whitmore was another notice- 
able event, being nearly two feet better than 
that of last year. 

The base-ball throwing by Bourne was 
excellent, far exceeding any throwing ever 
done here, and comparing well with that of 
any college. The hundred-yards dash was 
a close contest between Haggerty and Giveen ; 
the latter winning the first heat and the 
former the second and third. One of the 
prettiest events of the day was the three- 
legged race, Payson and Giveen making the 
almost incredible time of 12 1-4 seconds for 
the hundred yards. Good records were also 
made in putting shot and throwing hammer. 
The most excitement was created by the tug 
of war between eights chosen from the classes. 
After a sharp contest '80 pulled '79, and '81 
pulled '82 ; the tug then was between '80 and 
'81, and after much tugging, amid the shouts 
of the assembled multitude, '80 was pulled 
over the line. 

The officers of the day were : Referee, 
Prof. F. C. Robinson ; Judges, A. G. Ladd, 
D. A. Robinson ; Master of Ceremonies, H. 
L. Maxcy; Directors, V. C. Wilson, L. B. 
Lane, J. E. Walker ; Time Keeper, L. A. Lee. 

Order of exercises and successful competi- 
tors : 

1. Five-Mile Go-as-you-please, 

J. "W". Acbom, '79, 31 minutes 37 seconds. 

2. Hop, Skip, aud Jump, 

W. S. Whitmore, '80, 38.175 feet. 

3. Kunning Board Jump, 

W. S. Whitmore, '80, 15.7 feet. 

4. Putting Shot (31 lbs.), J. E. Walker, '81, 20.25 feet. 

5. Stauding Long Jump, 

W. S. Whitmore, '80, 10.45 feet. 

6. One Mile "Walk, 

H. E. Henderson, '79, 8 minutes 25 seconds. 

7. Throwing Hammer (16 lbs.), 

W. O. Plimpton, '82, 60.1 feet. 

8. Throwing Base-Ball, G. W. Bourne, '79, 332.3 feet. 

9. One Hundred-Yards Dash, 

Charles Haggerty, '81, 10f seconds. 

10. Standing High Jump, 

W. S. Whitmore, '80, 3.45 feet. 

11. Two Hundred and Twenty Yards Dash, 

E. G. Spring, '80, '354 seconds. 

12. Hurdle Bace, 8 hurdles U feet high, 100' yards, 

H. L. Johnson, '81, 16J seconds. 

13. Three-Legged Race, 

G. S. Payson, '80, and H. R. Giveen, '80, IJ2J seconds. 

14. One Hundred-Yards Dash Backward, P. Kimball, 79. 

15. Potato Race, P. Kimball, '79. 

16. Running High Jump, W. S. Whitmore, '80, 4.25 feet. 

17. Three Standing Long Jumps, 

Charles Haggerty, '81, 30.175 feet. 

18. Tug of War, 8 men from each class. 

Won by Sophomores. 

In the afternoon the prizes were awarded, 
in the Chapel, by F. W. Hall, '80, President 
of the Athletic Association, aud it was voted 
to buy a permanent cup to be held by the class 
which should win each year in the tug of war. 


Among the many honors which have fallen 
upon the head of eighty, it has chanced that 
from that illustrious class should come the 
student members of the first scientific expe- 
dition, sent forth from Bowdoin to wrest his 
treasures from the grasp of old Ocean. 

It was early in the spring that a plan was 
formed b) r which the members of the class in 
Zoology under the direction of their instructor, 
Mr. Lee, should make a trip in Casco Bay to 
dredge for specimens to illustrate the fauna of 
the Maine coast. 

Accordingly Monday morning, June 9th, 
saw the start. Uncle John's largest vehicle 
was well filled with provisions, bedding, 
dredging implements, &c, and also carried the 
Prof., a brother editor, and the writer. The 
Captain, who accompanied the party, met us 
at the boat, where we also found the third 
student-member and the skipper. We have 
not time to sing the praises of the trim yacht 
" Ella" on board of which we soon found our- 
selves, nor of her genial and able commander, 



Capt. F. H. Delno of Portland ; to appreciate 
both, one must know and test them. 

The first point aimed for was Lower Goose 
Island, off which the yacht was anchored. 
Here some dredging with the small boat was 
done, dinner was eaten, the kinks taken out 
of the new drag rope, and everything made 
ready for work. After dinner a long drag was 
made on the east side of Whaleboat Island, 
but this, on account of the buoyancy of the 
new rope, was not entirely successful. The 
course was next laid for Jewell's Island. Here 
the Ella showed her good qualities in a beat 
dead to windward and through a very narrow 
and rocky channel 

The island was reached just before six 
o'clock, and while one detachment went ashore 
after milk, another started in the small boat 
for dinners. Both were successful, and a 
better supper was never eaten by a hungrier 
crowd. All slept aboard. A canvas stretched 
over the standing room made it as good as a 
cabin, and Max and the editor found the 
boards as soft as could be asked for. The 
quiet of the night was broken only by an 
occasional snore, and until half-past three all 
slumbered and slept. At this early hour all 
were awake, and soon the work of the day 
was begun. For convenience the party 
adjourned to the fresh water spring near the 
beach to perform their morning ablutions, and 
as the morning was somewhat drizzly, all went 
in rubber coats and boots, presenting rather a 
funny spectacle. It was decided to make a 
fish chowder for breakfast, and when it was dis- 
covered that there were no potatoes the edi- 
tor was elected to go ashore and get them. 
He went * * * (It isn't safe to believe all 
that Max says about the Hebe who lives on 
the island). 

The morning was spent in shore collecting, 
the tide pools being very rich in specimens. 
An uncommon species of Lamellibranchi- 
ata, limpets, star-fishes, sea-urchins, and a host 
of sea snails rewarded the searchers. In the 

afternoon a quick run was made to Diamond 
Cove on Great Hog Island, and the wind being 
too high to permit dredging, some fished, some 
went ashore and hunted for quartz crystals, 
and the rest dozed. 

Wednesday morning, taught by the expe- 
rience of the day before, no one awoke until 
about six o'clock. As the wind was very 
favorable, it was decided to dredge before 
breakfasting. The result was very gratifying 
and breakfast, which was eaten off Long 
Island, found every one in high spirits. More 
dredging, and it was decided to run up to 
Portland. By two o'clock the Ella was at 
Custom House wharf, and important mail 
dispatched to the post office. While lying at 
the wharf a vessel came in, on which were 
found four species of barnacles, one of them 
quite rare. 

As the next day was to be the last of the 
trip, it was thought best to run down to 
Lower Goose and anchor for the night, in order 
to be near the scene of labor for Thursday. 
Before supper all except the skipper went to 
examine some Indian shell heaps on the island. 
Max and the editor getting tired of it, returned 
aboard the yacht and waited and waited for 
the others. It was quite dark when they 
returned, and although they stoutly main- 
tained that they had not been lost, it was 
quite evident that they could not find their 

All were sorry to awake Thursday morn- 
ing to a realizing sense that it was the last 
day. The last dredging was to be done on 
east side of Whaleboat, and here was made 
the most valuable find of the trip, in the shape 
of a rare Tunicate. After a parting haul the 
course was shaped for Mere Point, and at 
about two o'clock the anchor dropping to the 
bottom, brought to an end the much-enjoyed 

It was a trip to be remembered ; the lively 
sailing, the enormous appetites, and the 
tempting repasts that were provided for them, 



the humor of story and of repartee that 
enlivened the meal time, the hundred-and-one 
pleasant incidents of the trip crowded upon 
our minds as we went over the side, and it 
was with reluctant steps and sun-burned 
noses that we started homewards, realizing 
'that an end had come to one of the most 
enjoyable occasions in the College course. 


The annual contest for the '68 Prize took 
place at Lemont Hall, Monday evening, June 
16th. The programme was as follows : 

1. The Educational Problem. 

Ozro D. Castner, Waldoboro. 

2. Universal Suffrage. 

James C. Tarbox, Phillips. 

3. Capitalists and Laborers. 

Seward S. Steams, Lovell. 

4. The Utility of Classical Study. 

Albert H. Peanell, Westbrook. 

5. Critics and Criticism. 

Horace E. Henderson, Wiscasset. 

6. Webster vs. Hayue. 

Henry W. Ring, Portland. 

Our educational system, its advantages 
and its defects, was thoroughly discussed by 
Mr. Castner, who reached the conclusion that 
whatever may be the seeming dangers that 
threaten our land, the educational interests of 
the United States are as well cared for as 
those of any other nation. Mr. Castner is 
one of those pleasing and agreeable speakers 
to whom it is always a pleasure to listen. 

Mr. Tarbox, in his oration on " Universal 
Suffrage," took the ground that liberty and 
the nation's welfare are not best promoted by 
bestowing the right of suffrage upon the 
ignorant, citing many examples from history 
in support of this doctrine. He favored an 
educational qualification for voting. His 
points were well made, and his delivery was 
vehement and impressive. 

Mr. Stearns, in the introduction of his 
subject, " Capitalists and Laborers," spoke of 
the panic of 1873, which was brought on by 
wild speculation. He then said that the dis- 

cussion of this matter has, in the past, been 
mostly one of sentiment in the interest of the 
Capitalist. There is to-day a contest between 
capital and labor. We are, by our ways of liv- 
ing, gradually developing a lower class of soci- 
ety similar to the lower classes of England and 
other foreign lands. Our government cannot 
survive with such a class of people. What is 
the remedy ? It cannot be obtained through 
legislation alone. It must be by awakening 
public sentiment. A true civilization must do 
it. The language of Mr. Stearns's article was 
simple, and his arguments all put clearly and 
logically. His manner of speaking is a little 
stiff though his enunciation is clear and 

Mr. A. H. Penned followed Mr. Stearns 
with an article upon " The Utility of Classical 
Study." In opening he referred to the dis- 
cord of opinion among educators as to the 
merits of the classics to constitue a feature in 
the curriculum of a liberal education. He 
then stated the advantages resulting from a 
study of the classics, one of which was its use 
as an excellent means of mental discipline. 
Its importance in unfolding the valuable 
information locked up in the classics was 
dwelt upon at some length. In closing he 
discussed the objection commonly brought 
against classical study, that it is not practical. 
Mr. Pennell's subject, though one that has 
been much discussed, was treated in a way 
that held the attention of the audience. Mr. 
Pennell's manner of speaking was natural and 
pleasant, and has that conversational tone of 
voice that keeps the attention. 

Mr. Henderson spoke on " Critics and 
Criticism." In opening the speaker said that 
the origin of criticism can be accounted for 
in more than one wa} r , but that it is reasonable 
to think that it is the outgrowth of one of the 
natural processes of man's mind — compar- 
ison. The fault that there has been with 
all literary criticism has been that it was 
partisan. But it has not been without good 



results. It has had the effect of depriving 
literature of all mediocrity, and checking the 
growth of all but the productions of genius, 
or nearly so. The critics of to-daj' are more 
numerous than in the past, but fall below 
them in merit. 

The last speaker was Mr. H. W. Ring — 
his subject, " Webster vs. Hayne." The 
speaker gave a brief summary of the points 
involved in the great discussion between 
Webster and Hayne, then a most vivid picture 
of that famous debate. The course of the 
majority in the present Congress was com- 
pared with that of the advocates of nullifica- 
tion, in language both forcible and eloquent. 
Mr. Ring is easy and natural on the stage, 
and his style of delivery energetic. The Ex- 
hibition taken as a whole was excellent, and 
reflects credit both on the class and college. 


June 7th the Bowdoins were obliged to 
score their first defeat, in a well contested 
game of ten innings with the Bates. It was 
acknowledged by all to be the most exciting 
game ever played upon the Delta. Every- 
thing seemed to work against the Bowdoins. 
The base-running of the home nine was espe- 
cially loose. As soon as a man got a base he 
seemed totally bewildered. Up to the ninth 
inning no fault could be found with the field- 
ing of the Bowdoins; then they ran up four 
errors, every one of which was costly. Half 
of our errors were made in the 9th and 10th 
innings. The Bowdoins were not beaten by 
superior playing but by hard luck. We give 
the score : 

2 7 
2 3 2 3 


Winship.c. f. .6 2 

Maxcy, 2b 6 1 

Perry, 1. f 6 2 

Lally, r. f 5 1 

Gardner, 3D... 5 1 

King, lb 5 1 

3 5 

10 12 2 
1 2 11 2 

1 Sanborn, lb... 6 
3 ■ Lombard, 3b.. 6 

Wilbur, c 6 

Ranger, 2b 5 

Norcross, r. f. .5 
Parsons, p 

2 9 10 

12 3 12 
12 12 
11114 6 

Total 51 11 13 8 30 16 12 I Total 48 10 12 9 30 17 21 


123456789 10 

Bates 04000003 2—9 

1 3 2 1 1—8 


Two-base hits— Ranger, Norcross, Smith, and Winship. Struck out — 
Bates, 4 ; Bowdoins, 3. Strikes called— Wilson, 25 ; Parsons, 36. Balls 
called— Wilson, 45 ; Parsons, 88. Wild pitches— Wilson, 1 ; Parsons, 3. 
Passed balls— Snow, 1 ; Wilbur, 2. Out on bases— Bates, 13 ; Bowdoins, 
12. L?ft on bases— Bates, 9 ; Bowdoins, 12. Time of game— 1 hour 50 
minutes. Scorers— Bates, H. L. Merrill ; Bowdoins, H. B. Wilson, '80. 
Umpire— H. S. Payson, Bowdoin, '81. 


The keg of cider was won by '80. 

H. A. Huston, '79, manipulated the E-flat 
tuba in the Brunswick Band at the recent 
firemen's muster. 

A facetious Soph says he has been " set 
on " so much in the Greek recitation that he 
expects soon to hatch. 

We learn from the treasurer of the Ath- 
letic Association that the receipts at the Park, 
Field Day, were $67.25. 

Perkins, '80, has left College for the rest 
of the term in consequence of weak eyes, but 
will rejoin his class in the fall. 

A sermon is to be delivered under the 
auspices of the Praying Circle on the same 
Sunday as the Baccalaureate Sermon. 

The return game with the Bates comes off 
to-morrow. There will be a general exodus 
of the boys to Lewiston to witness the game. 

Dane, '80, has been appointed Senior 
Librarian for the ensuing j^ear. The Junior 
Librarians are : Cutler, Harding, Fisher, 
Smith, and Staples. 

The following are the appointments for 
the Junior Prize Declamation: Bartlett, Bur- 
bank, Edwards, Goulding, Grindal, Hall, 
Jones, Riley, Spring, H. B. Wilson, Wing, 

The following Sophomores have been 
appointed for the Prize Declamation at the 
end of the term : Chamberlain, Cole, Cutler, 
F. L. Johnson, Pettengill, Sawyer, Skillings, 
Smith, Staples, Stevens, Wheelwright, Whit- 

Saturday morning, the 14th inst., the Pray- 
ing Circle elected the following officers: 
President, Pettengill, '81 ; Vice President, 
Cutler, '81 ; Secretary, Stinchfield, '82 ; 
Standing Committee, Harding, '81, Cole, 81, 
Plympton, '82, Alas, poor '80. 

Following are the prizes for writing, as 
decided by the several Committees : 

Senior Essays.— First Prizes, Frank M. Byron 
and Albert H. Pennell ; Second Prizes, Ozro D. 
Castner and Henry W. Ring. 

Senior Extemporaneous Composition. — First 
Prize, James C. Tarbox ; Second Prize, Charles F. 

Sixty-Eight Prise— Seward S. Stearns. 



Prof. — " Mr. D , what is the cheapest 

and most common metal ? " Mr. D 

— " Coal." 

A Soph says : " I believe Physics will 
come easy to me next year. I have studied 
Mental Philosophy already." 

Among the many visitors here Ivy Day, 
we noticed Ladd, '73, Carter, '75, Kimball 
and Payson, '76, Chapman, W. T. Cobb, 
Wiggin, '77, and French, '78. 

The athlete who marched in uniform down 
Main Street, Ivy afternoon, was followed by 
an admiring crowd of " yaggers " in anticipa- 
tion of a free tight-rope performance. 

The Seniors have engaged the following- 
talent for Commencement Concert, July 9th : 
Mrs. Anna Granger Dow, soprano ; Miss 
Drasdil, contralto; Tom Carl, tenor; W. H. 
Beckett, bass; the Mendelssohn Quintette 
Club ; and H. Kotzschmar, accompanist. 

Last week the Scientific Juniors, under the 
supervision of Mr. Lee, made their long- 
expected cruise in Casco Bay. Capt. Caziarc 
was an invited guest. They brought home 
with them quite a collection of zoological 
specimens, and report a fine trip generally. 

At a meeting of the Boat Club held last 
Saturday afternoon, Instructor Robinson, H. 
A. Wing, '80, and E. G. Spring, '80, were 
elected a Committee to superintend all mat- 
ters connected with the building of the new 
boat-house. It is confidently hoped that the 
new house will be ready for the boats by 

Last Monday afternoon the Seniors went 
out of Chapel for the last time. The Con- 
gregational choir, composed of the following 
ladies and gentlemen, furnished excellent 
music for the occasion : Mrs. Libby, Soprano ; 
Mrs. Knight, Alto ; Dr. Cumston, Tenor ; 
Dr. McKeen, Bass ; Miss Alice McKeen, 
Pianist. A voluntary was sung, and then 
Prof. Packard offered a most impressive and 
eloquent prayer. The choir then rendered in 
a beautiful manner the ode to the graduating 
class, composed by Harris, '72. The class 
then slowly marched out, according to custom, 
singing " Auld Lang Syne. All remarked 
upon the fine singing of the class. The 
cheers for the College class and undergradu- 
ates were all given with a will. 


[We earnestly solicit communications to this 
column from any who may have an interest in the 

'17. — Joseph Green Moody died at Cam- 
bridge, Mass., May 30, set. 81 years. 

'27. — Died in Salem, Mass., June 10th, 
John Codman. 

'38. — Morris C. Blake is Judge of Probate, 
San Francisco, Cal. 

'39.— J. W. Davis is a lawyer at Province- 
town, Cape Cod. 

'66. — F. H. Gerrish, at the meeting of the 
Maine Medical Association held last week in 
Portland, gave an account of the Metric Sys- 
tem on Medicine, and was also elected chair- 
man of the business committee for the ensuing 

'70. — Dr. J. W. Keene has removed from 
Boston, where he has been located for several 
years, and taken up his quarters in Buffalo,N.Y. 

'72. — G. H. Cummings, M.D., was married 
to Miss Andaman C. Otis, of this town, at the 
residence of the bride's father, Capt. William 
Otis, on Brown St., June 11th, by Prof. 

'73. — Arthur F. Wilson closes his labors 
in connection with the Hallowell Classical 
School at the close of the present school year. 

'74. — Herbert S. Briggs, who has been 
studying law with Clifford & Clifford of Port- 
laud, has been admitted to the Cumberland 

'76. — John A. Morrill, Auburn, will de- 
liver the English Oration at the coming Com- 

'76. — Married, in this town, June 4th, by 
Prof. Henry L. Chapman, Bion Wilson, Esq., 
of Augusta, and Miss Jennie M. Swett of 

'76. — Edward Kimball, who lately gradu- 
ated from the Boston University Law School, 
intends to practice his profession at Bath. 

'76. — Collins M. Burnhani graduated from 
the Bangor Theological Seminary, Wednes- 
day, the 4th inst. 

'78. — George C. Purington delivered the 
Oration, Memorial Day, at Waldoboro. 

'80. — Married, at Norway, June 3d, 1879, 
by Rev. J. A. Seitz, Mr. Jesse F. Libby, of 
Greenwood, and Miss Eva M. Young, of 




At Amherst the Juniors recite in German 
at 6.30 a.m. 

Alpha Delta Phi has revived the chapter 
at Harvard. 

Leheigh University receives $2,000,000 
by the will of the late Judge Asa Packer. 

In the Oxford-Cambridge sports, the mile 
run was made in 4 minutes, 29 seconds. 

Students in French at Harvard are obliged 
to write their whole examination papers in 

In the class races of six-oared crews at 
Yale the Juniors were first, Sophomores 

The Brown nine is doing finely this year, 
standing a good chance for the college cham- 

Owing to part of the crew leaving, Colum- 
bia has given up the Freshman race with 

The entire Sophomore class at the Univer- 
sity of California have been expelled for pub- 
lishing a vile programme and concealing the 
names of the authors. 

William and Mary College is soon to close 
from lack of support. It is the second old- 
est college in the country, holding its first 
Commencement in 1700. 


"I never crammed a lesson fine. 
And tried to catch my tutor's eye, 
But that he'd call all names but mine, 
And calmly, coldly pass me by." 

— Yale Courant. 
Professor — " Please scan the first line." 
Student — " I can't, sir, I haven't scun any of 
them." — Beacon. 

Tutor — -" Now, Mr. Y., you may translate 
from^jone." Startled Freshman — " I — I don't 
use one, sir ?" — Ex. 

At the last Scientific the mosquito was 
under discussion. President (wishing to draw 
out a member) — "Do all mosquitoes bite?" 
Member — " No ; only the females." President 
— " How can you distinguish the females " 
Member — " You can tell them when they bite." 
— Rockford Sem. Mag. 

Scene: Union R. R. horse-car (party of 
Sophomores coming home from a " little sup- 
per). No. 1 — "Don't make so much noise, 
Fred, you'll give yourself away to those 
Freshmen opposite." Fred — " (Hie) I don't 
care, Freshie(hic)'s good's any other man ; 
mere accident of birth." — Crimson. 


From Scribner & Co. we have received the ex- 
cellent publications, Scribner'' s Monthly and St. 
Nicholas, and it is sufficient to say they are both up 
to the usual high standard. Scribner's is nothing if 
not modern, always keeping abreast of the times, 
aud delighting all classes of readers. Among the 
most interesting papers are " The Fine Arts at the 
Paris Exposition," with engravings (many of them 
from drawings by the artists themselves) of some of 
the famous pictures and statuary there exhibited ; 
" Piercing the American Isthmus," with maps of 
the various proposed routes, a paper of much in- 
terest to engineers, which makes one wonder if there 
is anything man cannot do. Madame Bonaparte's 
letters to her father give us a better picture of the 
time of Napoleon than a dozen histories could. " A 
Campaign with Stonewall Jackson " is one of the best 
of the excellent articles on the war from a southern 
point of view ; the illustrations are particularly 
good. One of the articles which every student 
should read is " The University of Berlin." Here 
in one university are collected perhaps the first six 
scholars of the world, in their respective branches ; 
a good chance is given to study the plan of the 
German University. 

St. Nicholas contains, as usual, articles to inter- 
est both old and young. It seems rather curious, 
but is nevertheless a fact that we find the same per- 
sons writing for the best and most learned periodicals, 
and for children's papers. In the June number 
Miss Alcott contributes an amusing account of a 
character, " Bossy Ananias." The sketches which 
accompany it contribute not a little to its at- 
tractiveness. There is also a valuable biographi- 
cal article on " Anna Letitia Barbauld," the famous 
author of so many juvenile books. The other arti- 
cles are all first-class, and ably sustain the high 
reputation which the magazine has gained. 

The last number of the Olio contains several 
good things and none better than the short piece of 
poetry, " The Sphinx." It is something different 
from most of the poetry in our exchanges, and the 
more acceptable on that account. The editorials 
are good, especially the first, on college declamations. 
"Give us a good square, natural talk and not so 
much of the dime-novel or Inquirer style," prays the 
editor of the Olio, and we can only echo the same 
sentiment. After printing the communication 
from " Anti-Tobacco," we would move the tobacco 
advertisement under it to another place. The Olio, 
on the whole, presents a good appearance and is one 
of the best of our western exchanges. 


Vol. IX. 


No. 6. 





Emery W. Bartlett, Herbert W. Grindal, 

Edwin C. Burbank, Frederic W. Hall, 

Walter L. Dane, Eliphalet G. Spring, 

Henry A. Wing. 

Terms — £2.00 a year in advance ; single copies, 15 cents. 

Matter designed for publication may be handed to the Editors or 
addressed to Bowdoin Orient, Brunswick, Maine. It should be accom- 
panied by the writer's name, and the signature which he wishes to have 
appended. Back numbers can generally be obtained upon application to 
the Editors. 

Vol. IX., No. 6.— July 16, 1879. 

Editorial Notes 61 

The Bowdoin Oak (poem) 64 

Burial of Analytics 65 

Freshman Supper 65 

Ode (communication) 66 

Praying Circle Sermon 66 

Baccalaureate 66 

Junior Prize Exhibition 67 

Class Day 67 

Commencement Day 68 

Base-Ball 69 

Local 70 

Personal 71 

The College World 71 

Clippings 72 

Editors' Table 72 


When thepresent Board of Editors assumed 
the management of the Orient two extra 
pages of reading matter were added to the 
paper. No mention of this addition was made 
at the time as it was regarded in the light of 
an experiment. We are glad to say that the 
success of the experiment has been satisfac- 
tory to the Board of Editors and that, for this 

year at least, the paper will continue at its 
present size, twelve pages. 

A large number of the Alumni were here 
during Commencement. It is well for a 
college when its Alumni yearly return in large 
numbers to visit the old rjlace. It shows that 
the College has a place in the hearts of the 
graduates that time cannot efface. Such a 
reunion as the class of '54 enjoyed during the 
past week must be one of the things which 
mark an epoch in life. The fact that all but 
one of the members of the class, who are liv- 
ing, were present shows the power of college 
friendship, as well as the deepest interest in 
the College itself. The twenty-five years 
which have passed since the class left these 
halls has not, seemingly, made the class any 
less boys, but enjoyment and pleasure, in re- 
calling the days of College life, were most 

It is with great pleasure that we announce 
that the professorship of Mental and Moral 
Philosophy is to be filled during the coming 
year. In the gentleman who is to fill the po- 
sition we are assured that we have a man who 
is, both in ability and culture, fitted for the 
important place. We welcome him to Bow- 

One year was enough to show the injustice 
of the law passed last year in relation to Base- 
Ball and Boating. The following, passed by 
the Board of Trustees, explains itself : Voted, 
That Boating, Ball-playing, and other college 
athletics shall not lie accepted by the College 
Faculty, as a substitute for the Gymnasium, or 
Military Drill, unless such exercises are under 



the direction of the Instructor of the Gym- 

Work on the new boat-house has been 
commenced, and when we return next fall a 
new and commodious building will be in read- 
iness for our boats. The undergraduates have 
generously responded to the appeal for aid to 
carry the work forward. Money sufficient 
to erect the building and so far complete it 
that it can be made of practical use has been 
already pledged. We hope that enough 
money will be secured to entirely finish the 
building. The thanks of the Boat Club are 
due Prof. Vose, and Mr. A. E. Burton, for 
valuable assistance in choosing the site for the 
building, in drawing the plan, and conferring 
other favors. 

' 79 has in due course of time severed the 
ties of college life and gone forth to meet the 
serious duties of life. The members of ' 79 
carry with them the best wishes of the Fac- 
ulty and undergraduates for their future suc- 
cess. During the course the class has showed 
that it is composed of men who are loyal to 
the College. In scholarship, the class has 
taken an enviable position among the other 
classes, and its relations with the College in- 
struction and government have been of the 
most pleasant kind. 

We regret, as the members of the class 
themselves must, that, at times, they did not 
manifest more energy and enthusiasm in the 
College sports and to perpetuate College cus- 
toms. This, however, is now a matter to be 
regretted, not criticised. This much can be 
candidly said of the class of ' 79, that its in- 
fluence as a class, was ever on the side of good 
order, and for the best interests of the College. 
We shall remember with pleasure our ac- 
quaintance with ' 79, and to each individual 
member of the class give, with all good fellow- 
ship, a hearty, old saxon " God speed." 

selves as much gratified with the manner that 
Prof. Robinson's class in Mineralogy passed 
their examination. Each man in the class 
seemed to have a clear, comprehensive knowl- 
edge of what had been pursued during the 

It is sometimes a cause of wonder how 
Mineralogy, so dry in itself, is made so inter- 
esting. But all cause for wonder ceases when 
we consider the method of teaching in that 
study. The class are interested in the study 
because all questions and discussions are 
encouraged, not discouraged ; and because 
the members of the class are treated as men 
who can think for themselves, not as automatic 
machines which are only to move at the bid- 
ding of the Professor. 

The teacher who makes rank too promi- 
nent, directly encourages men to adopt a 
superficial manner of study, for the reason 
that men then study simply to recite, not to 
learn, and thus one of the most important 
reasons why a course of study should be 
pursued is entirely lost sight of, viz. : To 
teach men to think about and consider sub- 
jects for themselves. 

The Examining Committee expressed them- 

In an Editorial Note in the first number of 
the present volume of the Orient we blamed 
the Faculty for not giving the Junior Class 
some instruction in the English and American 
Histoiy which the class were obliged to read, 
and at the close of the year, be examined on. 
We were wrong in ascribing blame to the 
Faculty. Last year the Board made this 
plan of reading history a part of our curricu- 
lum and expressly informed the Faculty that 
no assistance on their part, was to be given. 
It was to be tried simply as an experiment. 
We confess that the experiment has proved 
much more successful than we anticipated. 
The examination papers of the class show 
that on the part, of many, the history was 
carefully and systematically read. What the 
experiment really proved, however, is that we 



need a course of English and United States 
History, and that for the student to get the 
fall benefit from it, some instruction should 
be given. 

Thus far the present Board of Editors 
have received scarcely a communication for 
the Orient. This is not as it should be. 
Our College paper should be supported more 
by the writings of the College as a whole, not 
so much by the editors alone. Frequent 
communications would both give the paper a 
more lively tone, and also add interest to its 
contents. The next Board of Editors will be 
elected from the present Junior Class, and we 
propose to those who aspire to be Orient 
Editors that they write at least one article 
each for the Orient. We think that this is 
but a fair proposition, for surely if a position 
is not worth striving for it is not. worth having. 
In the consideration of all articles, quality 
will, of course, be taken into account rather 
than quantity. It is our intention to elect 
our successors on their merits and ability as 
writers. No man will be elected because he 
belongs to a certain society, or because his 
friends wish him to be an editor, but from his 
fitness to fill the position. We place this 
matter once and for all fairly before the class 
which is to furnish the next Board of Editors, 
and those who are interested can govern 
themselves accordingly. 

A rhumt of our sports for the year can 
but be gratifying to all. At no time in the 
history of the College have they been so suc- 
cessfully carried out and given such general 
satisfaction. The good results springing 
therefrom may be noticed on all sides. The 
general health of the College has never been 
better. Furthermore, at no time have all of 
our students been more contented and en- 
thusiastic in their support of the College. 
There has been none of that grumbling and 
carping spirit so noticeable in years when we 

have taken little or no interest in our sports. 
With our Boating, Base-Ball, and Athletic 
Associations placed on substantial foundar 
tions, our sports, during the coming j r ear 
should be carried out even more successfully 
than during the } r ear just closed. 

We hope the plan of Junior Discussions, 
introduced by Prof. Chapman during the past 
term, will be made a permanent thing. Each 
clay of the history of our country shows that 
there is great need of read}^ writers and clear 
thinkers going from our college halls. It is 
too true that many complete a college course 
without having acquired the habit of express- 
ing their ideas with ease and clearness. We 
would not overlook the great benefit of the 
mental drill which is obtained from a close 
application to text-books, nor the value of the 
facts derived from the same source, but both 
are about the same as useless if one has not 
the power of using them. These discussions, 
or some like plan, should also be made a part 
of the drill of Senior Year. 

The time has come for the class of Eighty 
to occupy the important position of Seniors. 
It is a place in our college world which is an 
important one, and should not be entered 
upon without thought and the most careful 
consideration. The class of Eighty can be 
justly proud of its record thus far during the 
course. We know that now the dignity of 
Senior Year has been assumed, the class, as has 
been too often the case with classes in the 
past, will not rest on the laurels already 
gained and sink back into inactivity, but, with 
a full appreciation of the trusts now entrusted 
to its keeping, will take its place at the head 
of the College, determined to do its best. 

The work of the college year is done and 
we enter upon the joys of vacation. In tak- 
ing a retrospective view of the past year, 
each can find much to give pleasure and for 



this reason the vacation will be all the more 
enjoyed. The editors, in common with the 
rest, are glad that there is to be a respite 
from College labor, and gladly, for a time, lay 
aside the quill. They would not do so, how- 
ever, without wishing to all, both Faculty and 
students, a happy vacation. We hope all may 
return to begin the new College year with 
faces bronzed by exposure to the sun and 
wind, and muscles strengthened by the use of 
the oar, paddle, and by tramps on mountain 
and in the deep forest. We would not proffer 
any advice for vacation, feeling assured that 
all know how to utilize the time and con- 
duct all matters selon les regies. May all 
return with the strength and full determ- 
ination to make the coming College year 
.more successful than any in the past. The 
year is done, the books laid aside, the ink 
stagnates, and the quill refuses to do its 
accustomed work, and we have just time, in 
the confusion of the grand closing up, to say 


" Planted In 1802 by George Thorndike, a member of the first class ol 
Bowdoin. He died at the age of 21, the only one of that class remembered 
by the students of Bowdoin to-day." 

Te breezy boughs of Bowdoiu's oak, 

Sing low your summer rune ! 
In murmuring, rythmic tones respond 

To every breath of June. 

And memories of the joyous youth, 

Through all your song repeat, 
Who plucked the acorn from the twig 

Blown lightly to his feet, 

And gaily to his fellows cried — 

" My destiny behold ! 
This seed shall keep my memory green 

In ages yet untold. 

" I trust it to the sheltering sod, 

I hail the promised tree! 
Sing, unborn oak, through long decades, 

And ever sing of me ! " 

By cloud and sunbeam nourished well , 

The tender sapling grew, 
Less stalwart than the rose which drank 

From the same cup of dew ; 

But royal blood was in its veins, 

Of true Hellenic line, 
And sunward reached its longing arms 

With impulses divine. 

The rushing river as it passed 

Caught whispei'S from the tree, 
And each returning tide brought back 

The answer of the sea, 

Till to the listening groves a voice 

New and harmonious spoke, 
And from a throne of foliage looked 
The spirit of the Oak ! 

Then birds of happiest omen built 

High in its denser shade, 
And grand responses to the storms 

The souuding branches made. 

Beneath its bower the Bard beloved 

His budding chaplet wore, 
The wizard king of romance dreamed 

His wild, enchanting lore ; 

And scholars, musing in its shade, 
Here heard their country's cry, — 

Their lips gave back, — " sweet it is 
For native laud to die ! " 

With hearts that burned, they cast aside 

These peaceful, oaken bays ; 
The hero's blood-red path they trod, — 

Be theirs the hero's praise. 

though Dodona's voice is hushed, 

A new, intenser flame 
Stirs the proud oak to whisper still 

Some dear illustrious name ! 

— And what of him whose happy mood, 

Foretold this sylvan birth ? 
In boyhood's prime he sank to rest, 

His work was done on earth. 

Brief was his race, and light his task 

For immortality, 
His only tribute to the years 

The plauting of a tree. 

Sing low, green oak, thy summer ruue. 

Sing valor, love, and truth, 
Thyself a fair embodied thought, 

A living dream of youth. 

Frances L. Mace. 

[The above, which is taken from the 
Portland Transcrijrt, possesses so much merit 
in itself, and has such an interest for every 
son of Bowdoin that we gladly copy it into 
the Orient. — Eds.] 

She — " What do yon think of my new 
shoes?" He — "Oh! They're immense." The 

answer had no apparent effect. — Trinity Tab- 




The burial of Analytics, by the class of 
'81, took place on Tuesday evening, July 1st. 
The class had made extensive preparations 
for this celebration, which they conducted in 
a highly creditable manner. The costumes, 
particularly those of the Pontifex Maximus, 
and the Chief Mourner were most grotesque. 
There were also several female costumes, 
and the way their wearers managed them 
was ridiculous in the extreme. The Fresh- 
men manifested nearly as much enthusiasm 
as the Sophomores, the most of them appear- 
ing in frightful looking masks. 

At 9 p.m., the Sophomores assembled in 
the Mathematical Recitation Room to take a 
last look at the " dear departed." After man- 
ifesting their sorrow by ear-piercing yells, 
shrieks, and everjr conceivable kind of noise, 
the torches and transparencies were lighted, 
the procession formed, and marched to the 
middle of the Campus, where, beneath the 
Thorndike Oak, the funeral ceremonies com- 
menced. The Eulogy by F. C. Stevens, and 
the Elegy by C. H. Cutler were both excel- 
lent productions of a humorous and original 
character. The Brunswick Band furnished 
music. A hymn was then sung to the solemn 
tune of " John Brown," the wails of the 
mourners again rent the air, and the proces- 
sion moved on to make the tour of the princi- 
pal streets of the village, attended by a large 
crowd of admiring spectators. The line as it 
moved down Main Street with torches and 
fire-works blazing, — with pontifex, band, lie- 
tors, fire-devils, grave-diggers, Anna's remains, 
bearers, "oratores et curatores in curru" fakir- 
bearer, mourners, and Freshmen, would have 
made a scene for a painter, or for Mr. Reed, 
if the latter is versed in the art of nocturnal 
photography. When the boys arrived in 
front of Fred Wilson's drug store, they were 
greeted by a beautiful illumination and a brill- 
iant display of fire-works. They acknowl- 
edged the honor Mr. Wilson showed them by 

three hearty cheers and a serenade from the 

In due course, the procession returned to 
the Campus in the rear of the Chapel ; the 
coffin was placed upon the funeral pile, the 
torch lighted, the Panegyric offered by 
H. L. Staples, another song sung, and 
Anna disappeared forever from the sight of 
'81. A war dance was performed around her 
ashes; the band played "The Girl I left 
Behind Me," and the boys adjourned to 
Maine Hall to partake of some refreshments 
for which their exertions had given them an 
excellent appetite. 

An occasion to which the class of '82 has 
looked forward with great pleasure ever since 
they first entered College, pleasantly occurred 
on Wednesday evening, July 2d, at the 
Sagadahock. As soon as the newly-made 
Sophomores arrived at Bath, they separated 
and amused themselves in various ways until 
the hour of 9.30 found them assembled in the 
parlor of the hotel, from which place they 
marched to the dining hall, where, after the 
viands were fully discussed, Perry, as Presi- 
dent, called the class to order to participate in a 
literary feast. E. U. Curtis acted as Toast 
Master, and the toasts were responded to as fol- 
lows : " Ladies," Gilman ; " Faculty," Stinch- 
field ; " Alma Mater" Jewett; "Base-Ball," 
Winship; "Boating,'' Reed; "Our Alumni," 
Washburne; '"82," Lally; '"83," McCarthy. 
After which the class parts were delivered as 
follows: Oration, on "Compulsory Education," 
by Jewett ; Poem, by Pease ; History, by 
Lally ; Prophecy, by Kimball. The literary 
exercises were interspersed with singing the 
Class Odes, and the members of the class feel 
that the Freshman Class Supper was a success 
in every way, and foretells that which will in 
no way surprise its members — a brilliant 
future for '82. 



Between thy lips it ever hangs, 
And you, without it, scarcely seem 
Your' semi-self, of the true man 
A half-drawn picture or a dream. 

The clouds npcurling wreath thy head 
With garlands, making thy broad brow, 
Loom forth like that of Jove divine 
From out Olympian peaks of snow. 

Behind these clouds, thick mane-like locks 
Are seen to wave : be mine the part 
To sit and watch you where you lie, — 
The cloud-compeller that thou art. 

Here at thy feet to sit and learn 
The wisdom that your years have bought; 
To barter thought for thought. Let each 
At ouce be teacher and be taught. 

" If half of what we read be true 
Of wonders told in Alcoran 
Disciple-like, I'll live henceforth 
A true, devoted Mussulman. 

" Hereafter, 'mong the peris fair, 
Who every charm of body yield, 
The faithful, in material joys, 
Find happiness complete revealed. 

" But even maidens, though they be 
The rare Caucasian, are but mean 
Compared with joys that I shall feel 
When from the stem of amber sheen, 

" The rolling puffs of smoke arise 

And make a canopy above ; 

Breath of some aromatic herb 

Which 'neath some kindly planet throve." 

So spake he ; and at each new thought 
An interlude of smoke-cloud sweet 
Came forth between sonorous tones 
For Delphic utterances meet. 

Thus sat we till the pipe waned out 
And with it, Inspiration's fire 
Died like the throbbing in one's veins 
When dies the flame of deep desire. 


On the morning of Baccalaureate Sunday 
Prof. John S. Sewall, of Bangor Theological 
Seminary, delivered a sermon in the Congre- 
gational Church, before the Bowdoin Praying- 
Circle. Prof. Se wall's text was taken from 
Acts iii. 6, " Then Peter said, silver and gold 
have I none ; but such as I have give I thee. 
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise 
tip and walk." Prof. Sewall eloquently 

made clear the thought contained in the text, 
viz.: That Christianity will do for man what 
the State and Society cannot do, restore lost 
manhood and give health of body and soul. 
We regret that we cannot give a full abstract 
of the sermon, which was much admired by 
all. We hope it will be printed in pamphlet 
form. We understand that hereafter, a ser- 
mon will be annually preached under the 
auspices of the Praying Circle, as a part of 
the exercises of Commencement Week. It is 
certainly a plan which commends itself to 
every one interested in the College. The 
Praying Circle was founded in 1815, and is an 
institution which holds a place near the hearts 
of many of our graduates. It has been reported 
that not a member of the Circle was present 
to listen to the sermon. Such, however, is 
not the truth. Quite a number of the grad- 
uate and undergraduate members were pres- 
ent. We suppose the rumor started from the 
fact that the members of the Circle did not 
sit in a body. It was intended that seats 
should be 'reserved, but, owing to a misunder- 
standing they were not, and so the members 
of the Circle were obliged to be scattered 
throughout the house. 


The Baccalaureate was delivered by Pres. 
Chamberlain in the afternoon. The text was 
taken from Luke xii. 15, "A man's life con- 
sisteth not in the abundance of the things 
which he possesseth." The speaker sought 
to show that while we have a great depend- 
ence on material possessions, we should employ 
them only as a means to the ennobling of man- 
kind, and that dominion was given him not to 
become the supreme beast but to enable him 
to rise above the beast. 

The maxims, " Get the most and give the 
least,'' and " Competition is the life of trade,'' 
were spoken of, and the clangers in following 
them were strongly pointed out. The former 



might hold good in regard to inanimate things 
but would hardly hold good with reference even 
to the earth itself; and the latter would seek to 
relieve the rich of all responsibility towards 
the poor, and allow that people should under- 
bid one another even should they be reduced 
to starvation. The false civilization growing 
out of such tendencies and teachings was con- 
demned, and the state of some of the count- 
ries of Europe was taken to prove this. 

Addressing the graduating class the Pres- 
ident referred to the practical bearing of the 
studies of tire College Course, and enforced 
upon them the teaching that an unselfish life 
is not incompatible with an earnest life. He 
exorted them to be zealous in all good works, 
but not to measure success solelj r by imme- 
diate returns. 

The Junior Prize Exhibition occurred Mon- 
day evening, July 7th. It has often been re- 
marked that the audiences which assemble at 
our Junior Exhibitions are fine ones. The 
audience which came together to listen to 
'80's prize speakers was no exception to the 
rule. It would not be easy to assemble a 
more brilliant audience. It was such a one 
as gives a speaker enthusiasm to exert himself 
to do his best. Of the Exhibition itself, too 
high words of praise can hardly be written. 
It was most excellent, and is generally con- 
sidered to be one of the finest ever held here. 
The assertion that '80 has more than the 
usual number of good speakers was more than 
verified. Following is the programme : 


Tbe Curse of Eegulus. — Kellogg. 

Franklin Gouldiug, Lewiston. 
Last Charge of Ney. 

E. C. Burbank, Limerick. 
Pericles to the People. — Kellogg. 

H. A. Wing, Mattawarakeag. 
The Pilot's Story.— Howells. 

H. W. Grindal, Salem, Mass. 


American Battle Flags. — Schurz. 

* A. M. Edwards, Bethel. 

Extract from King's Treasures. — Ruskin. 

F. W. Hall, North Gorham. 
Clarence's Dream. — Shakespeare. 

T. H. Riley, Boston, Mass. 
Death of Benedict Arnold. — Lippard. 

E. G. Spring, Portland. 


Carl the Martyr. — Anon. 

H. B. Wilson, Portland. 
The Little Stowaway. — Anon. 

T. F. Jones, Auburn. 
Against Granting Amnesty to Jeff. Davis. — Blaine. 
* Frank Winter, Bethel. 
A Revolutionary Sermon. — Breckenridge. 

E. W. Bartlett, East Bethel. 

* Absent. 


Class Day, if not the most important, is at 
least the most enjoyable of the Commencement 
days, and it was with sinking hearts and 
lengthening faces that the early risers saw 
the thickening mist. The mist soon attained 
the dignity of a rain, and showed a settled 
purpose to make a day of it. The graduating 
class decided to hold the exercises of the 
afternoon in the church, and to make a dance 
in Lemont Hall take the place of the much- 
anticipated dance on the Green. 

The morning exercises, which were held 
in the Congregational Church, at half past 
ten, were attended by the friends of the 
graduating class, who, in good numbers, braved 
the wind and rain. The programme was as 
follows : 

March— Fest Bilse. 

Prayer H. B. Carleton. 

Overture — Norma Bellini. 

Oration A. H. Pennell. 

Selection— Brichale Offenbach. 

Poem G. W. Johnson. 

Bloomer Galop Bilse. 

The Oration and Poem showed evidences 
of careful work, and were well received by 
the class. 

Owing to the continued rain, the afternoon 
exercises were held in the church, and were 
well attended. A selection from "La Vistale, 
Macadante" was the first on the programme, 
followed by the History by O. D. Castner. 
It was well written and contained much that 



was amusing. The statistics are interesting. 
The class entered with thirty-three members, 
of whom twenty-two were graduated. The 
oldest, G. W. Johnson, 30 yrs. 5 mos. 2 days; 
youngest, C. F. Johnson, 20 yrs. 4 mos. 22 
days; average, 22 yrs. 11 mos. 12 days. 
Tallest man, Carleton, 6 ft. 1 in. ; shortest 
man, Davis, 5 ft. 4 1-2 in. ; average, 5 ft. 8 3-4 
in. Heaviest, C. F. Johnson, 175 lbs. ; light- 
est men, Corey and Davis, 128 lbs. ; average, 
148 lbs. ; total, 3253 lbs. Religious pref- 
erences — Congregational, 10 ; Unitarian, 3 ; 
Baptist, 2 ; Episcopalian, 1 ; Universalist, 1 ; 
Skeptic, 1 ; Infidel, 1 ; no preference, 2. 5 
expect to be lawyers, 3 ministers, 2 physicians, 
3 merchants, 1 chemist, 1 teacher, 1 will fol- 
low the sea, 5 are undecided. In politics 18 
are Republicans, and 4 Democrats. The mat- 
rimonial prospects are various, but plainly 
were not accurately given. 

Next, after an " Overture from Italiane in 
Algieri — Mossini" came the Prophecies, by 
A. L. Lumbert. They were very interesting 
and quite witty. 

Music from " H. M.S. Pinafore " preceded 
the Parting Address, by F. M. Byron. The 
Address was well written and suited to the 

The class then rose and sung the Class 
Ode, which was written by C. F. Johnson. 
Smoking the Pipe of Peace, and giving the 
farewell hand shaking ended the ceremonies. 

In the evening Leinont Hall presented a 
very brilliant spectacle. The galleries were 
crowded, and there were about thirty couples 
on the floor. The music, by Chandler, was 
fine, and all present enjoyed the evening 


The day opened finely, and, with the excep- 
tion of an occasional shower, the weather was 
good. At about 10.30 the Alumni commenced 
to appear before the Chapel, and at about 11 

the line was formed and marched to the 
church, where the following parts were deliv- 
ered : 

Salutatory in Latin. 

James Cushman Tarbox, Phillips. 
The National Bank Question. 

Albert Henry Pennell, Westbrook. 
The Peter and Paul of the Reformation. 

Henry Baird Carleton, Rockport. 

Henry Wilson Ring, Portland. 
Political Education. 

Holmes Boardman Pifleld, Portland. 
Influence of Art Culture. 

Frank Melville Byron, Chelsea Mass. 
The Hereditary and the Original in the American 

Frank Stanwood Corey, Portland. 
Our Public Men. 

Ansel Laforest Lumbert, Hartland. 
Critics and Criticism. 

Horace Eben Henderson, Wiscasset. 
Capitalists and Laborers. 

Seward Smith Stearns, Lovell. 
Thoughts on an Englishman's Estimate of America. 
John Adams Morrill, Auburn. 
Valedictory in Latin. 

Charles Sewall Andrews, San Francisco, Cal. 

The first ten for the degree of A. B., the 
last two for the degree of A. M. The parts 
were well written and well delivered, and 
were listened to by a large and attentive 

After the distribution of the diplomas the 
procession was formed and marched to Me- 
morial Hall where dinner was served to the 
Alumni and reporters. About 300 sat down to 
the loaded tables. After dinner the old 
familiar hymn was sung which has been sung 
on this occasion for so many years " Let chil- 
dren hear the mighty deeds," etc. After this, 
speeches were made by the following gentle- 
men : Gov. Garcelon, '36, Dr. Barbour of Yale, 
C.-C. Everett, '50, Prof. Packard '18, Cyrus 
Hamlin, '34, Dr. Warren of Yale, Mr. Greely, 
'54, Mr. Tucker, '54, Hon. John H. Goode- 
now, '52, Dr. Mitchell, '59, Gen. Belcher, 

In Mineralogy : Prof. — " Mr. F , what 

is graphite ? " F- " Black lead." Prof.— 

" Where is it found ? " F " In lead 

pencils, sir." Sensation in class. 




Bowdoins vs. Bates. 
The second game of the College Series was 
played at Lewiston, June 19th. The game 
was well contested, and some very brilliant 
plays were made by both nines. The fine 
" double " by Gardner to Ring, Ring to 
Smith (who had taken third), was the finest 
play of the game. Smith succeeded in land- 
ing a ball over the fence, thereby securing a 
" home run " amid great applause. The 
Bates played a fine fielding game until the 
ninth inning, when they allowed the Bow- 
doins to score five, through their errors. We 
give the full score : 


Wilbur, c 5 2 2 

Sanborn, lb... 5 2 3 

Ranger, 2b.... 5 2 2 

Lombard, 3b.. 5 4 5 

Norcross, r. f . .5 2 2 

Parsons, p . . . 5 1 1 

Foss, s.s.,c.f...5 1 1 

Hoyt,l.f 5 1 2 


Total.... 45 15 17 10 27 14 18 

Wilson, p 5 

Smith, s. s. . ..5 

Snow, c 5 

Winship. c. f. .5 

Perry, 1. f 5 

Lally, r. f.....5 
Gardner, 3b.. .4 
Ring,lb 4 

2 3 1 2. 7 

14 112 2 

1113 2 


11114 1 

110 10 4 

10 2 

14 3 

1 14 2 

Total. . . .43 7 11 7 27 15 14 

BoWiloi'.is . 



1 4 2 3—10 

1 1 5—7 

Home run— Smith. Earned run — Bowdoins, 1. Double plays — Bow- 
doins, 2. Left on bases— Bowdoins, 8 ; Bates, 8. Wild pitches— Parsons, 
3. Passed balls— Wilbur, 3. Bases on called balls— Bowdoins, 2. Total 
strikes called — Parsons, 43 ■, Wilson, 19. Balls called— Parsons, 63 ; Wilson, 
22. Time of game — 1 hour 40 minutes. Scorers — Bates: Everyman on 
the nine. Ass't.—R. L.Merrill. Bowdoins, H. B. Wilson, '80. Umpire— 
Geo. T. Wilson. 

Boivdoins vs. Resolutes. 
The second game between these two nines 
was played on the Delta, June 21st. As the 
score will show, the game was very close and 
exciting. The first inning the Resolutes suc- 
ceeded in running three men over the plate ; 
but the Bowdoins went them one better. At 
the end of the fifth inning the score was 6 to 
5 in favor of the visitors, but this was their 
last run, while on the seventh the Bowdoins 
scored two. Leighton did some very fine 
catching, the pitching being very wild. The 
following is the game in full : 


Wilson, p 5 

Smith, a. s 5 

Snow, c 5 

Winship, c. f..4 
IlaL'gerty, 2b. .4 

Perry, 1. f 4 

Lally, r. f 4 

Gardner, 3b. ..4 
Ring, lb 4 

2 2 3 12 

112 1 

12 2 3 

2 4 12 

12 14 3 1 

2 3 

110 10 

110 2 1 

14 1 

Evans,c f.,2b 






Thing, r. f. . . 





J. Barnes, l.f. 





Leighton, c. 



16 2 


F. Barnes, 3b 




Knight, s. s.. 




2 1 






2 13 








Total 39 7 10 7 27 12 9 1 Total. ...38 7 7 6 27 18 13 


Bowdoins 4 10 2 0—7 

Resolutes 3 1110 0—6 

Earned run — Bowdoins. Left on bases — Bowdoins, 5 ; Resolutes, 5. 

Wild pitchesj-Ricker, 2. Passed balls— Leighton, 3 ; Snow, 1. 1st base 

on called balls— Bowdoins, 1. Total called balls— Rieker, 94 ; Wilson, 53. 

Strikes called— Rieker, 51 ; Wilson, 17. Scorers— Resolutes, Geo. W. St. 

John. Bowdoins, H. B. Wilson, '80. Time of game— 1 hour 50 minutes. 

Umpire — " Doc " Walker. 

Bowdoins vs. Colbys, June 28. 



5 10 3 7 6 1 

1 10 10 4 1 



Errors— Bowdoins, 18 ; Colbys, 35. Wild pitches— Bosworth, 6 ; 
son, 0. Passed balls— Weld, 4 ; Snow, 2. Balls called— Bosworth, 
Wilson, 57. Strikes called— Bosworth, 57 ; Wilson, 20. Time of ga 
2 hours 5 minutes. Umpire— "Doc" Walker. 

Boivdoins vs. Resolutes, July 4. 


12 3456789 

Resolutes 3 10 3 5 1 2—15 

Bowdoins 0001200 0—3 

Errors — Bowdoins, 19; Resolutes, 11. Two-base hit — Resolutes. 
Double play— Resolutes. Wild pitches — Rieker, 3 ; Wilson, 1. Passed 
balls— Leighton. 1 ; Snow, 3. Balls called— Rieker, 06 ; Wilson, 65. 
Strikes called— Rieker, 38 ; Wilson, 32. Time of game— 2 hours. Umpire 
— D. L. Morrill, Brown University. 

Summary of Games for the Season. 

Bowdoius vs. Skowhegaus, May 23d 10 to 5 

Bowdoins vs. Colbys, May 24th. 14 to 5 

Bowdoins vs. Resolutes, May 30th 3 to 2 

Bowdoins vs. Resolutes, Juue 21st 7 to 6 

Bowdoin vs. Colbys, Juue 28th 22 to 1 1 


Bates vs. Bowdoins, June 7th (10 innings) 9 to 8 

Bates vs. Bowdoins, June 19th 10 to 7 

Resolutes vs. Bowdoius, July 4th 15 to 3 

We give below the averages of the players 
for the season : 


Wilson, p. (8 games). ...42 11 13 15 7 7 45 6 

Smith, s. s. " ----42 8 14 14 5 4 24 24 

Snow, c. " ----42 9 11 10 6 32 8 18 

Winship, e.f. " ---.42 12 15 12 9 14 2 2 

Perry If " ....42 9 12 5 10 16 2 10 

Lally, r.f. " .---40 9 10 5 5 9 2 

Gardner, 3b. " ----37 3 3 4 6 13 12 13 

Ring, lb. " .---34 3 4 7 5 106 6 5 

liaggerty,2b.(4games)..20 6 9 7 2 9 9 7 

Maxcy,2b. " -.21 2 2 2 4 8 15 3 

Total 362 72 93 81 59 218 123 90 

The Faculty at Williams have prohibited 
all ball-playing by the college or class nines, 
whether at home or abroad, on pain of im- 
mediate expulsion. The Glee Club has been 
reprimanded for not consulting the Faculty 
before making their arrangements. No won- 
der Pres. Chadburne said he was obliged to 
protect the students from the Faculty. 




Scott, '80, has been chosen bell-ringer to 
succeed Acliorn, '79. 

Pictures of the nine can be obtained at 

A. O. Reed's, for 50 cents each. 

By vote of the Trustees, the College terms 
begin on Tuesday instead of Friday. 

Marrett, '76, offers for sale the old College 
book store which was occupied fifty years by 
J. Griffin. 

Thirty-three applied for admission at the 
first examination for the class of '83. There 
is an outlook for a class of about fifty. 

During the thunder storm, Thursday, a 
heavy bolt passed down the lightning-rod on 
north tower. Fortunately the connections 
were perfect and no damage was done. 

Prof, in History — "What did the Sara- 
cens study ? " Student — " Philosophy, Math- 
ematics, and Physics." Professor — " No, not 
Physics but Physic." The Prof, couldn't see 
where the laugh came in. 

The following have been elected members 
of the Phi Beta Kappa from the class of '79 : 
F. M. Byron, H. B. Carleton, F. S. Corey, 
H. B. Fifield, H. E. Henderson, A. H. Pen- 
ned, S. S. Stearns, and J. C. Tarbox. 

Scene: A crowded side-walk. Diminutive 

Fresh to Street Acquaintance — " Miss , 

allow me to accompany you home ? You 
need a protector." S. A. to D. F. — " Thank 
you, no ; you wouldn't be any protection 

The Alumni at their meeting Wednesday, 
the 9th inst., Voted to transfer the title 
of the Alumni to Memorial Hall to the 
College. Following are the officers elected : 
President, Prof. J. B. Sewall ; Treasurer, 
Prof. H. L. Chapman ; Secretary, S. V. Cole. 

The Phi Beta Kappa elected the following- 
officers for the year : President, Hon. Josiah 
Crosby ; Vice President, Hon. Joseph W. 
Symonds ; Secretary and Treasurer, Prof. H. 
L. Chapman ; Literary Committee, Prof. J. 

B. Sewall, Hon. W. L. Putman, Rev. E. N. 
Packard, Daniel C. Linscott, Rev. C. S. 

The customary game of ball was indulged 
in by the Seniors at the close of their exami- 

nation, the two nines being christened, the 
" Nevers " and the " Hardly Evers." The 
game was an exciting one, resulting in a vic- 
tory for the " Hardly Evers," by a score of 
23 to 20. The main features of the game 
was a superb foul bound catch by Tarbox, 
and the tremendous batting of " Dio " and 
" Jack." 

At the meeting of the Pencinian Society 
the following officers were elected : President, 
A. G. Tenney ; Vice President, Rev. E. N. 
Packard; Secretary, Rev. E. B. Palmer ; Exec- 
utive Committee, Prof. A. S. Parker, G. C. 
Moses, and R. K. Sewall. The Society voted 
to transfer the Library to the College to be 
united to the College Library. 

The vivid description by a graduate 'way 
back in " the Fifties," of the skill with which 
he once manipulated a " fakir " in the class- 
room was hugely enjoyed by some of the 
boys who chanced to be congregated about 
the door of the Mathematical Room. What 
additional inspiration is herein afforded to 
doubting ones to go and do likewise ! 

The meanness of Brunswick " yaggers " 
was never better exhibited than in the recent 
attempt to disturb the Sophomore celebration 
of the Burial of Analytics. We fail to see 
anything laudable in " rotten egging " a pro- 
cession from behind a crowd where one is 
safe from detection, but a certain class of 
young men in town evidently find such em- 
ployment congenial to their taste. 

Awards for the Collegiate year of 1878 
and 1879 : '68 Prize, S. S. Stearns. First 
Prize, English Composition, F. M. Byron, A. 
H. Penned; Second Prize, O. D. Castner, H. 
W. Ring. First Prize, Extemporaneous Com- 
position, J. C. Tarbox ; Second Prize, C. F. 
Johnson. First Prize, Junior Declamations, 
H. W. Grindal ; Second Prize, H. B. Wilson. 
First Prize, Sophomore Declamations, C. H. 
Cutler; Second Prize, C. Sawyer. Greek 
Prize, J. O. P. Wheelwright ; Honorable Men- 
tion, C. E. Harding. Latin Prize, C. E. Hard- 
ing ; Honorable Mention, C. H. Cutler. 
Smyth Scholarship Prize, F. E. Smith. Brown 
Memorial Scholarships, H. B. Fifield, '79 ; 
C. L. Baxter, '81. 

The Sophomore Prize Declamation oc- 
curred on Monday evening, June 30, in the 



Congregational Church. The order of exer- 
cises was as follows : 


Ballad.— Will Carleton. 

W. P. Skillings, Portland. 
Our Battle Flags. — Schurz. 

F. E. Smith, Augusta. 
Appeal in Behalf of Greece. — Clay. 

J. 0. P. Wheelwright, Deeriug. 
The March of Mind.— Baird. 

A. Everett Whitten, Yarmouth. 


Peaceable Secession Impossible. — Webster. 

Carleton Sawyer, Cumberland. 
Emmett's Last Speech. 

A. G. Pettengill, Brewer. 
The High Tide on the Coast of Lincolnshire 
(1791).— Jean Ingelow. 

W. I. Cole, Brunswick. 
The Death of Slavery the Life of the Nation. — Wil- 
son. F. L. Johnson, Pittsfleld. 


The Loss of the Arctic. — Beecher. 

H. W. Chamberlain, Brunswick. 
The Polish Boy.— Ann S. Stephens. 

C. H. Cutler, Farmington. 
Memorial Address. — Story. 

F. C. Stevens, Veazie. 

Excellent music was furnished by Chand- 
ler's Six. 


[We earnestly solicit communications to this 
column from any who may have an interest in the 

'33.— Died, June 13th, in Walpole, N. H., 
Rev. Edwin Seabury. 

'33. — George H. Tewksbury, long settled 
at Gorham, N. H., is now pastor of the Con- 
gregational Church at Lyman, Me. 

'36. — Rev. Thomas Parsons Emerson died 
in Illinois, Nov., 1870, aged 61 years. Mr. 
Emerson studied Theology in Lane Seminary, 
Ohio, and was ordained to the ministry in 
the Presbyterian church. He was a faithful 
pastor and also laborious and respected in the 
service of the Home Missionary Society. It 
is a curious circumstance in connection with 
Mr. Emerson's death that it was not until 
very recently that it was known to his friends. 
All traces of him were lost and no one here 
knew whether he was living or dead. 

'37. — Elias Bond is pastor of a large 
church in the Sandwich Islands. 

'57. — B. W. Pond is one of the Board of 

Principal Examiners in the Patent Office, 
Washington, D. C. 

'58. — Daniel C. Burleigh has been placed 
on the retired list as Past Assistant Surgeon 
U. S. A. 

'60. — Capt. Fred A. Kendall has been 
ordered from Cleveland, Ohio, to Texas. 

•68.— C. O. Whitman and E. H. Hall, '75, 
have been appointed Fellows in Johns Hop- 
kins University for the ensuing year. There 
were ninety candidates and but twenty 
appointments. Whitman's Department is Biol- 
ogy, and Hall's, Physics. 

'70. — Everett Hammons is teaching at 
Clinton, Me. 

'75. — W. J. Curtis, formerly local editor 
oi the Bangor Whig tf- Courier, has commenced 
the practice of law in New York City. He 
studied law at Columbia Law School. Of 
nineteen candidates who applied for admission 
to the New York Bar, he was one of eight 
who were successful. 

'76. — E. B. Newcoinb, of St. Louis, re- 
ceived the degree of Mechanical Engineer. 

'78. — Barrett Potter has recently finished 
a successful term as Principal of the High 
School in Calais. He has engaged for another 


Harvard-Yale race, Harvard won by 
twenty lengths. 

Each recitation at Oberlin opens with a 
short devotional exercise. 

It is claimed that in the Cornell library of 
40,000 volumes there is not a single work of 

The German universities are supported by 
the Government at an expense of $2,500,000 
per annum. 

In the Columbia-University of Pennsyl- 
vania-Princeton race, University of Pennsyl- 
vania was first, Columbia second. 

Elihu Yale, for whom Yale College was 
named, was not a very fine character, and 
barely escaped hanging for murdering his 

One member of '79, at Columbia, has 
taken prizes to the amount of $1,000 during 
his college course, and declined three $500 




A Senior was darning his stocking; 
His chum sat insultingly mocking : 

"When the Senior got mad 

And with words that were had, 
He darned both his chum and his stocking. 

— Brunoiiian. 

The Junior who took a cotton sock instead 
of a pocket handkerchief, says, "If there. is. 
anything makes him mad, it's a girl who is 
always giggling at some little mistake." — 
University Herald. 

A Boston youth married against the wish- 
es of his parents, and in telling a friend how 
to break the news to them, said : " Tell them 
first that I am dead, and gently work up to 
the climax. — Rambler. 

" Professor," said the cheeky Soph, " is 
there any danger of disturbing the magnetic 
current if I examine that compass too closely ? " 
And the stern Professor, loving his little joke, 
promptly responded: " No, sir; brass has no 
effect whatever on them ; " thereby scoring 3 
against the unsuspecting man of cribs.— 
Acta C. 


From Harper Brothers we have received the 
numbers back to January. By its wide variety of 
subjects, travels, art, science, biographies, in short 
everything, Harper's is always interesting. The July 
number opens with a pleasant sketch of one of our 
numerous watering places, "Narragansett Pier." 
"The Land 'o Burns" is an interesting article, with 
several fine illustrations of Scotch scenes. "A Pen- 
insula Canaan" brings us back to our own country 
and shows to us the peach orchards of Delaware, 
and method of preparing the fruit for the market, 
ending with several local descriptions of events 
and places. The centennial anniversary calls forth 
an article on "The Storming of Stony Point." 
" Fifty years of American Art" shows that America 
really has a school of its own, butis incorrect in say- 
ing that the Bowdoin collection has been scattered, 
as only four paintings, out of a hundred, have been 
sold and only one of these of any great merit. The 
illustrations are excellent, especially the first "Rec- 
ollections of Charles Sumner," is a valuable bio- 
graphical sketch of that statesman. The usual short 
stories are up to the usual standard, and the Drawer, 
as usual, contains many choice anecdotes. 

Scribner's for July contains many good articles 
and fine sketches. "The American on the Stage" 
gives a short account of the principal Americans 
who have made a specialty of some character, with 
drawings of the actors in their parts. The South 
American articles are continued, and Madame Bon- 
aparte's Letters from Europe concluded. These 
letters give us a better idea of her character than a 
dozen histories. It shows her a gifted, beautiful 
woman, but avaricious, almost miserly, and above 
all ambitious. These become now the more inter- 
esting from the recent death of the Prince Imperial. 
" Summer Entomology " gives us some excellent il- 
lustrations. "The Flooding of the Sahara" is an 
interesting article for all to read. We wish all could 
read the short article err " College Instruction," it 
deals with a much disputed topic, " the marking 
system," in a clear, forcible way, and echoes the sen- 
timents of almost all students. 

St. Nicholas is bright as usual with many neat 
illustrations, especially "Hay-foot! Straw-foot!" 
where the light and shade is mingled so as to pro- 
duce the best of effects. There is an excellent 
sketch of Oliver Goldsmith. 

The Syracusan starts out with an appeal to the 
rich men of Syracuse to make themselves famous by 
founding a fine library at the university. With the 
next article we can hardly agree, as the writer as- 
sumes that all specialists are ignorant of everything 
except their own departments. No man can hope 
to excel in any branch of science nowadays unless 
he makes a specialty of that ; and to excel in one 
thing is certainly better than to be little in a dozen 
things. There is also a pleasant sketch of a scene 
in the Jura Mountains. A large part of the paper, 
like most college papers at this season of the year, 
is occupied with the sports. 

The Brunoiiian prints a loud plea for Plutarch, 
and claims that no other writer has made history so 
interesting by a narrative of incidents. While we 
are reading the lives of the nobodies, written by 
some admiring friends, these, the finest of all biog- 
raphies, are neglected. The Brunoiiian cannot 
help being delighted with the record of their base- 
ball nine, and a chuckle breaks out occasionally. 
The nine has made a splendid record, and threatens 
to wrest the college championship from Harvard 
and Yale. The letter from Europe, in this number, 
is the best we have seen, and does not appear, as 
such letters often do, to be put in to fill up the 
paper. The first Field Day has been held at Brown, 
and some good records have been made. 

Bawltli; 0: 


Vol. IX. 

No. 7. 





Emery W. Bartlett, Herbert W. Grindal, 

Edwin C. Burbank, Frederic W. Hall, 

Walter L. Dane, Eliphalet G. Spring, 

Henry A. "Wing. 

Terms — $2.00 a year in advance ; single copies, 16 cents. 

Matter designed for publication may be handed to the Editors or 
addressed to Bowdotn Orient, Brunswick, Maine. It should be accom- 
panied by the writer's name, and the signature which he wishes to have 
appended. Back numbers can generally be obtained upon application to 
the Editors. 

Vol. IX., No. 7.— October 8, 1879. 

Editorial Notes 73 

Trial (poem) 76 

The Hazing Question 76 

Vacation Rambles. — 1 77 

Boat-House 79 

Base-Ball 80 

Local 80 

Personal 82 

The College World 83 

Clippings 84 

Editors' Table : 84 


This number of the Orient will be sent 
to every member of the Freshman class, and, 
unless our Business Editor, Mr. Dane, No. 27 
Winthrop, is otherwise directed, the paper will 
continue to be sent. The price for the re- 
maining numbers of Vol. IX. will be $ 1.50. 
Back numbers can be had for fifty cents. 

Apropos to the above we would impress 
upon every member of '83 the importance of 
taking the College paper. The paper is a 
College institution and should, on this account, 

receive the support of each and every under- 
graduate. Furthermore, the paper contains 
a full record of College affairs, many of which 
are preserved in no other way, and for this 
reason is both a valuable and most pleasant 
memorabilia of a college course. We hope 
every one of our new men will help support 
the Orient. 

We wish, also, to remind all of the im- 
portance of paying their subscriptions. All 
our bills for printing have to be promptly met, 
and, as no recompense is received by the edi- 
tors for time and labor spent on the paper, it 
seems that the least subscribers can do is to 
promptly pay all their indebtedness to the 
paper. We would again bring to notice that 
the present Board of Editors have more than 
fulfilled all obligations to patrons of the 
Orient by furnishing, in each number, two 
extra pages of reading matter. 

We have entered upon a new college 
year. To one and all the Orient extends a 
heart)' welcome. Not unwillingly the editors 
enter again upon the duties connected with 
the Editorial Sanctum, and renew the promise 
made when they received the editorial quill, 
namely, to consider all matters of interest to 
the College for the best good of all. The 
busy scenes of the opening days of this col- 
lege year are probably looked upon with dif- 
ferent emotions. The Freshman, as he takes 
the first glimpses of college life, of which he 
has thought and dreamed for months past, un- 
doubtedly finds the realization not exactly as 
the anticipation, and begins to believe that truly 
" All is not gold that glitters." The Fresh- 
man finds that the high opinion which the 
upper classmen seemed to entertain of his 



ability, and the pleasure they seemed to find in 
his company — during the fishing season — was 
only a " fleeting show " for the poor Fresh- 
man's delusion given. Perchance move than 
one Freshman has already had considerable 
conceit taken out of him by discovering that 
instead of being, as he proudly thought a few 
days since, a bigger man than even the Pro- 
fessor, he is after all " nothing but a Fresh- 

The Soph looks about him with a 
feeling of self-satisfaction, such as he has 
never before and will never again enjoy. He 
rejoices in the fact that the trials and tribula- 
tions of Freshman year are gone with the past, 
and with the keenest enjoyment watches the 
movements of the unsophisticated Fresh, and, 
as he sees others " taken in," as he himself 
has been before, his pleased expression and 
self-congratulatory air betoken that he is at 
peace with all the world. 

The Junior, with the mantle of new-found 
dignity wrapped about him, looks down upon 
the varied scenes of the college world, from 
heights which only the favored few can gain. 

We Eighty boys are probably the only 
ones who look about us with feelings of joy 
and sadness mingled. As we look upon the 
different phases of college life which have 
become familiar to us by recurrence, the 
thought comes that we will soon form a part 
of the college world no more. When the 
great painter, Autumn, with the delicate 
touch of his brush, again changes the rich 
verdure of the beautiful trees on our Campus, 
to the not less rich and beautiful hues of 
brown and red and gold, we will not be of 
that happy number who come from pleasant 
vacations to greet each other under the shad- 
ows of the "academic pines." But it is not 
for us to recur to these thoughts of sadness, 
though they come unbidden, but to remind 
our classmates in Eighty that we now stand 
at the head of the College, and that new and 
more important duties have devolved upon 

us. That Eighty can and will meet these 
duties like men we doubt not. 

Mr. Editor:— Will you kindly inform an Alum- 
nus wbat grants, donations, legacies, bequests, and 
subscriptions Bowdoin College has received from 
citizens of Brunswick since its foundation % My 
object is to satisfy myself in regard to the gener- 
osity of the citizens of Brunswick, and to see 
whether they have reciprocated any of the decided 
financial benefits (not to speak of other and more 
peraanent advantages) for which they are indebted 
to the College. If the past shows no fruit, how 
long will the rich and philanthropic allow the record 
to stand against them ? Alumnus. 

A short time after returning from vaca- 
tion we received the above communication 
which speaks for itself. Acting upon the 
wish of our correspondent we have made 
some researches, and find, much to our regret, 
that they are not at all flattering to the gen- 
erosity of the citizens of Brunswick. Pre- 
vious to about 1846 we have not been able to 
look at any records, but are creditably in- 
formed that nothing of any great amount 
before that date had been given to the Col- 
lege by citizens of Brunswick. Since the 
date above mentioned there have been given 
to the College, by citizens of Brunswick, two 
scholarships, one the Cram Scholarship of 
$1000, and the other the Pierce Scholarship 
also of .$1000. When the Memorial Hall 
fund was raised, citizens of Brunswick sub- 
scribed $5400, of which the College Faculty 
gave $2575, other citizens $2825. 

Towards the $100,000 endowment, citizens 
of Brunswick subscribed some $2500, a part 
of which also came from the College Faculty. 
We must not forget to mention, as worthy of 
remark, that a part of what has been sub- 
scribed by citizens of Brunswick has never 
been paid. We do not consider it necessary 
to give, specifically, all the " grants, dona- 
tions, legacies, bequests, and subscriptions " 
the College has received from citizens of 
Brunswick, but l§t it suffice to say that they 



have been small. It is not for us to make any 
comments upon what pecuniary aid the citi- 
zens of Brunswick have seen fit to give to 
the College as the}', undoubtedly, have a per- 
fect right to do as they see fit in regard to 
the matter. We fear, however, as a gentle- 
man remarked to us a few days since, that 
citizens of Brunswick as a general rule have 
never even given to the College moral sup- 

To the class of '83 we extend the right 
hand of -welcome. At times during the year 
we may find it a part of our duty to give our 
Freshmen some valuable though gratuitous ad- 
vice, but at present will indulge in none. We 
will simply say, conduct yourselves like men 
(like Freshmen we mean) and you will find the 
first year of college experiences both replete 
with pleasure and profit. There is one hope 
which we wish to expressin regard to our new 
men, namely, that they will, from the very be- 
ginning of the course, take a deep interest and 
an active part in all College sports. 

In our Commencement number, owing to 
the large amount of matter to be inserted, 
we could not give, as we wished, a full synop- 
sis of the admirable address delivered by Prof. 
Everett, before the Historical Society and the 
Alumni, on the life of the late President 
Woods. The address,' looking at it only as a 
literary production, is of the highest order, 
and reflects credit on its distinguished 

But it has a still higher claim on our at- 
tention. It is a clear and just exposition of 
the traits which formed the character of 
President Woods. It is not an eulogy but a 
keen analysis. The author has made, as 
marked as the lineaments of the face, the 
distinguishing features of President Woods'" 
life, and has placed the most salient points of 
his character clearly before us. The address 
is to be, if it has not already been, pub- 

lished in pamphlet form, and should be pos- 
sessed by every undergraduate and alumnus. 
From it can be ascertained the spirit which 
governed the teaching of Bowdoin in its ear- 
lier clays, and it also gives, in clear and dis- 
tinct outlines, the life of a man which is a 
worthy model for us to study. 

We trust that all the crews will enthusi- 
astically work to have a fall boat race. It 
has been decided that instead of the usual 
class races we are to have a " scrub " race. 
Such a race will undoubtedly be a success 
from its very novelty. It is desirable 
to keep our sports " booming," not only to 
maintain the interest of those of us who have 
participated in reviving our sports, but, also, 
to interest, as soon as possible, our new 

The class elections are near at hand, and 
a few words in regard to them may not be 

It is too much to hope that the college 
world has reached such an Utopian state as to 
have a class election with "every one perfectly 
satisfied." It does seem, however, that the 
experiences of the past, to say nothing of the 
justice of the matter, teach that the right and 
best ivay is to act squarely and honestly in 
respect to these things. If each class will 
decide to conduct its election in a fair and 
honorable way, without resorting to any 
"tricks," or "cliques," there need be no 
trouble arising from class elections. It can 
certainly be no pleasure to fill an office which 
has been obtained by " wire-pulling " and 

Let there then be an honest effort made this 
fall to have fair class elections. Don't form 
an} r " combinations." Don't mistrust each 
other. Act like men dealing with men. 

The most fair and honorable way is to 
elect the man whom a majority of a class 
honestly think best fitted for the positions. 




Shadows resting on the mountain 

Flee before the coming day, 
Like the bubbles of the fountain, 

Vanish from the sight away. 

On the bosom of the ocean 

Where the tempest rides at will, 

!N"ow is all in wild commotion, 
But to-morrow, calm and still. 

Is it thus when shadows darken 
Months that slowly onward roll, 

When the intellect must hearken 
To the longings of the soul ; — 

Wheu there comes the greatest trial 

In this trying world of care, 
And the hand upon the dial 

Marks the hour of deep despair? 

Gentle as the foliage rustling 
Memory's voice may ever last, 

Clear amid Life's din and bustling 
Come an echo from the past ; 

Echo of some youthful longing 
Which the heart had felt in vain, 

As the sun when daj' is dawning 

Shines not through the clouds and rain. 

And the mind will often wander 
Back to hopes that once it knew 

On its disappointments ponder, 
As the past returns to view. 

Yet adversity should never 

Bring the heart distress in vain, 

Earnest effort and endeavor 

Wring a blessing e'en from pain. 

Trials oft present before us 

Purer aims than those we knew, 

As a cloud just floating o'er us 
Soon reveals the azure blue. 

Grieve not then too long, mortals, 
O'er lost hopes though fond and dear; 

They may prove but opening portals 
To a nobler life and sphere. 

G. C. Cresset. 
Leipzig, May 25, 1879. 


Hazing, as it existed in its pristine glory, 
has not been an institution at Bovvdoin for 
some time past. Relics of the custom, how- 
ever, remained in the annual visitation of the 
Sophomores on the Freshmen on the first 
Saturday night of the college year, when the 
Freshmen were initiated into college life 
by being compelled to "go over the door," 

"run the gauntlet," etc. ; in compelling the 
Freshmen to "light up," and in the throwing 
of an occasional pail of water. The custom, 
in fact, was so far a thing of the past that 
virtually there was no hazing at Bowdoin. 
We say " no hazing" because, when the Soph- 
omores made their annual visit on the Fresh- 
men, a crowd of upper classmen always 
accompanied them to see that the joke was 
not carried too far. Quite often the Fresh- 
men enjoyed the fun as much as the Sopho- 
mores. All the rest of the hazing for the 
year consisted in being obliged to now and 
then blow out or light a lamp, or to occasion- 
ally dodge a pail of water. But still the fact 
remained that, outside of the College, people 
believed, or pretended to believe, that yearly, 
hazing was carried on at Bowdoin in its most 
barbarous forms. A certain class of papers 
were ever ready to magnify any Sophomoric 
joke into a case of cruel hazing, and we have 
every reason to think that persons hostile to 
the College used the argument of hazing, 
with great effect, to keep students from en- 
tering Bowdoin. So long as this state of 
things existed, it was better for the interest 
of the College, and, therefore, to the interests 
of every student of the College, that every- 
thing that might be construed as hazing 
should be done away with forever. So, at 
the beginning of this term, the Faculty made 
a move to the end that the present Freshman 
class be molested in no way. Leading men 
of the Sophomore class were consulted, and 
the result has been that an agreement was 
entered into between the two lower classes, 
which will, without doubt, bring about the 
long-wished-for result, viz., that the Fresh- 
men shall not be molested in any way, shape, 
or form. The Freshmen on their part agree 
not to carry canes or wear tall hats during 
their first year, encroach upon long-established 
customs which all members of the College 
believe should be perpetuated, or haze the 
next Freshman class. In justice to the Soph- 



omores we must say that, before consulted 
by the Faculty, they were taking measures 
to bring about the very result which has been 
secured. The condition of things in the Col- 
lege at the present time are most favorable 
to this reform, if it can be called such. Lead- 
ing men in all classes and societies are op- 
posed to any form of hazing, and we are sat- 
isfied if the matter had been left to a vote of 
the College for its final decision that, by a 
large majority, it would have been voted that 
hazing, or what might be called hazing should 
be entirely obliterated. It remains for us to 
say a few words in regard to the probable 
success of this plan which lias been inaugu- 
rated. On the part of the Sophomores we 
believe that the contract will be observed to the 
very letter of the agreement. A great respon- 
sibility rests upon Ihe Freshmen. While the 
Orient does not countenance, or advocate, 
any form of hazing, it does maintain that 
class distinctions, for the best good of all, 
should exist. The man who is just entering 
college cannot, justly,' expect to form as an 
important part of the college world, or be 
given just the same privileges that men who 
have been here one, two, or three years enjoy. 
We think that we are right in saying that the 
Faculty themselves believe that a Senior or 
Junior, of right, have certain privileges which 
a Freshman has not, and, that, furthermore, 
there are certain old and established customs 
which should be maintained. We think, for 
instance, no one would more dislike to see an 
established custom like that of leaving the 
Chapel at prayers in order of classes done 
away with than the Faculty. 

It is the observation of every one that 
the Freshman who at first endeavors to push 
himself ahead and, in common parlance, tries 
to make himself appear "smart," is not the 
one who retains the respect and good will of 
his classmates, and on Ivy Day is spoken of 
as among the popular men of the class. On 
the other hand the man who is contented to 

get acquainted slowly, and let others find out 
his abilities and worth, is the. man who is uni- 
versally respected by both Faculty and stu- 
dents, and, who, in good time will become 
one of the leading men in the college. So 
our advice to the Freshman class, given in all 
kindness and good will, is: Be satisfied in 
turn to occupy your place at the foot of the 
college; pay strict attention to your own 
work and duties and you will be more re- 
spected by others and have more self-respect 
than if you tried to exercise a superabundance 
of "cheek," and make yourself conspicuous 
in college by " smartness." The duty of all 
upper classmen is plain. It is to exercise all 
rights and privileges with moderation and 
judgment, and show to all that it is only 
sterling worth and gentlemanly conduct which 
will lie recognized, and which will give a man 
position in our college world. We earnestly 
hope, and sincerely believe, that this problem 
of dissensions between the two lower classes 
has at last reached a solution, and that none 
of the unmanly, not to say disgraceful, occur- 
rences of the past between Sophomores and 
Freshmen will, in the future, either occur, 
or form subject for remark. In closing, we 
must express the hope that those papers which 
have always been so free to censure and 
advise whenever trouble has arisen between 
our lower classes, will now be just as free to 
offer praise for this " new departure," and 
proclaim to the public that the last vestiges 
of hazing have disappeared from Bowdoin. 


One pleasant Monday morning in the 
early part of August, a party of four left 
Bethel Village for a week's ramble among the 
White Mountains. Though " few the num- 
bers we could boast," we comprised a geolo- 
gist, a mineralogist, a fisherman, and an 
editor. We took all things necessary for a 



camping-out expedition, including blankets, 
provisions, etc., — an amount of luggage suf- 
ficiently large and heavy, as we had abundant 
opportunity of learning before the end of our 

A short ride along the winding Androscog- 
gin, and we had passed the confines of the 
Pine Tree State. Leaving the cars at Gor- 
ham, we purchased a few needful articles, 
hastily divided up the baggage, strapped it to 
our shoulders, and commenced our tramp. 
The " Boss " led off, axe in hand, attended 
by Jim, while Sam and your humble servant 
brought up the rear. We attracted consider- 
able attention, probably owing to the fact 
that the State of New Hampshire pays a 
reward for the detection and arrest of tramps. 
At least, that was Sam's explanation of the 
matter. However, we pursued our way un- 
molested. After walking a short distance we 
were overtaken by a farmer with a hay-cart. 
He offered us a ride, a favor which we were 
not slow to accept. He carried us about half 
way to the Glen House, then we took up our 
burdens again, and succeeded in reaching the 
Glen early in the afternoon. The first glimpse 
of Mt. Washington, with its companions, Mad- 
ison, Adams, and Jefferson, is a sight not soon 
to be forgotten. This grand scenery has so 
often been described that our readers must 
be familiar with it ; therefore we shall not 
attempt a description of a scene to which no 
pen can do justice. It must be seen to be 
appreciated. We found some Bowdoin boys 
at the hotel, who recognized us, despite our 
grotesque appearance. 

A few miles further on we came to Glen 
Ellis Fall, — the most beautiful object in all 
this noted region. We rested a long time 
beside this roaring water, our faces cooled by 
its sparkling spray, our eyes and minds glad- 
dened by the genuine loveliness unfolded to 
our view, until the sinking sun warned us 
that we ought to be looking for a lodging- 
place for the night. Going back half a mile, 

and plunging into the woods, we found, near 
the Crystal Cascades, a spot which exactly 
suited us, — a natural shelter with walls and 
roof of solid granite. A few minutes' work 
with the axe furnished us a bed, not very 
wide to be sure, but good enough for one 
night. The evening was spent in eating sup- 
per, smoking, consulting the guide-book, tell- 
ing stories, and singing, — for the roar of the 
cascades being sufficient to drown all discord- 
ant sounds, and there scarcely being a possi- 
bility that airy one -would hear us, our natural 
modesty was overcome, and we joined in the 
familiar strains of " Old Phi Chi " with as 
much energy as a Sophomore. Each sought 
the bed early. Jim and Sam were soon slum- 
bering quietty, while the " Boss " snored 
loudly. We were unable to sleep; whether 
it was owing to the strangeness of the scen- 
ery, or the new experience of a night in the 
woods, we cannot say, but we were of consid- 
erable aid to the others in keeping up the 
camp fire. The night seemed long ; but at 
dawn we felt greatly refreshed, and after un- 
successful attempts to get some trout for 
breakfast, we prepared and despatched our 
meal, and were quite ready to begin the 
" upward march." The cascades were lovely 
in the early morning light, and possessed such 
attractions for one of the party, that the rest 
were somewhat impatient at his delay. 

We followed a rough and somewhat unfre- 
quented path, which leads along the banks of 
a mountain stream to Tuckerman's Ravine. 
An ascent of three or four thousand feet 
brought us to Hermit Lake, situated near the 
entrance of the ravine. Here the scenery is 
grand and awe-inspiring. The Lion's Head 
on the light towers far above us, while on the 
left and in front arise huge piles of broken 
rocks, seemingly ready to fall at any moment. 
The trees in the valley are mere dwarfs, and 
there is scarcely a sign of vegetation on the 
heights. Soon it is difficult to distinguish 
the path. A thick growth of mountain spruce 



rendered traveling exceedingly difficult. We 
reached the "Snow Arch" about noon, and 
refreshed ourselves by dinner and a game of 
snow-ball. " Spring comes slowly up this 
way." We noticed a number of fresh May 
violets near the snow-bank. The drifts were 
still fifteen feet deep, and very hard. Prob- 
ably they will not entirely disappear this 
year. The arch is situated over a rushing 
brook, which is fed by the melting snow. It 
is of sufficient height to enable one to pass 
through it easily, from end to end, following 
the bed of the brook. 

Two hours more of vigorous climbing- 
brought us to the summit, where, after satis- 
fying ourselves with looking, we concluded 
to take a nap. 


At last, after several j^ears of insufficient 
accommodation, the Boat Club has succeeded 
in erecting a large and commodious boat- 
house. The need of greater room for our 
constantly increasing navy was felt some 
years since, and in the spring and summer of 
1875 about $350 was raised as a nucleus of a 
fund with which to build the next year. The 
mone} r was deposited in the Brunswick Sav- 
ings Bank, and by the time the Boat Club 
was ready to build the bank had stopped 
payment, necessitating considerable delay in 
starting. In the meantime the class which 
had the management of the house, graduated, 
leaving behind no one to go ahead. So the 
matter went until last spring when it was dis- 
covered that there was a deposit in the bank, 
although somewhat less than the original sum 
owing to the scaling down of deposits by the 

The Association at once decided to go 
ahead, and appointed a committee consisting 
of Instructor D. A. Robinson, H. A. Wing, 

'80, and E. G. Spring, '80, to circulate a sub- 
scription paper and contract for the erection 
of the building. The subscriptions being 
satisfactory for a start, plans were made by 
Prof. A r ose, and A. E. Burton, '78. A modi- 
fication of both plans was selected, and work 
began last Commencement. 

The site is just below the M. C. Railroad 
bridge, on the Brunswick shore on land 
belonging to the town, by whose Selectmen a 
written permit was given the Association to 
build thereon. A number of places were 
looked at and this was deemed the most sat- 
isfcatory by the committee. 

The building is 70x35 feet on the ground 
floor, and is a story and a half high. The 
lower story is taken up by the rests for the 
boats, and about 40 boats, of all descriptions, 
can be easily accommodated there. One-half 
of the second story is to be finished off for a 
dressing room and the other left open for 
light. From the second story a stairway will 
lead to the roof, where, on the lower end, a 
platform, to accommodate about thirty people, 
will be built. 

Two platforms will lead from the two doors 
to the river's edge, and in the fall these plat- 
forms can be removed from all danger of ice, 
to the bank above. 

There will be abundance of room for small 
row boats underneath the building, and it is 
hoped that the opportunity will be improved, 
and those who have boats will use this means 
of securing a safe and convenient place for 

Much credit is due to Prof. Vose and Mr. 
Burton for their efforts in behalf of the new 
house, and the committee take this means of 
publicly thanking them. 

The cost of the building, so far, has been 
about $575, and the committee wish to raise 
about $175, and efforts to that end will at 
once be commenced, so that before Thanks- 
giving we can claim that Bowdoin has a boat- 
house all finished, and all paid for. 




Freshmen vs. Sophomores. 
Most to the surprise of everybody, this 
game proved to be a very closely contested 
one, — till the ninth inning. Notwithstanding 
the " bull-dozing," the Freshies fairly won the 
game. The catching of Knapp was warmly 
applauded. When the Freshies took the bat 
at their ninth inning, the score stood five to 
three against them ; after two men were out 
they succeeded in making ten runs. The fol- 
lowing is the full score : 



Knapp, c 5 3 2 14 3 4lPerry,lb 4 12 

Stetson, p 5 2 2 1 IS Plimpton, 1. f 4 12 

Winter, lb 5 117 Lally, p 4 1 2 10 1 

Collins, 2b 5 114 1 2 Curtis, E. U., 2b. .4 2 11 

Dunning, s.s 5 112 1 Lane, c 4 11 3 9 

Bascoin,3b 5 12 2 ' Goodwin, s.s 4 114 

Pearson, l.f 5 10 ' Pierce, cf 3 

Reed,c.f 4 2 2 Bates, 3b 3 11112 

Kendall, r.f 4 110 Curtis, W. W., r.f. 3 10 

.43 11 13 27 21 9 I 

.33 4 5 27 16 17 


Freshmen 3 10—13 

Sophomores 2 1 2 0—5 

Three-base hit— Bates. Two-base hits — Plimpton, Knapp, and Stetson. 
Umpire— Chas. flaggerty. Time of game— 1 hour 35 minutes. 


The Juniors are now lost amid the beau- 
ties (?) of Physics. 

Paint and paper have improved the looks 
of the reading room. 

Bartlett has been appointed bell-ringer in 
the absence of Scott. 

Wilson, '81, has been re-elected captain 
of the College Nine. 

It seems best, there is such a short time 
for training, to let the fall Field Day go in 

Much interest is taken in the " scrub '' 
race which is to take the place of our fall 

The class officers for the ensuing term are 
as follows : Senior, Mr. Lee ; Junior, Mr. 

Johnson; Sophomore, Mr. Cole; Freshman, 
Prof. Smith. 

J. M. Curtis, '82, has bought out the 
College Bookstore formerly occupied by Mar- 
rett, '76. 

The Athenean and Peucinian Libraries are 
soon to be removed to the South Wing of 
the Chapel. 

A Freshman thinks that " The Bird " 
must have been so named from his tracks, as 
seen on the black-board. 

The Bugle Editors ought to be elected at 
once so as to give ample time for the collection 
and arrangement of material. 

Rev. Geo. S. Ladd, the newly elected Pro- 
fessor of Mental and Moral Philosophy, is 
expected to arrive the first of November. 

The Freshmen complain that the soft side 
of a pine board in church is too hard for 
them to sit on. Well, well, what is the world 
coming to ! 

We trust that the Freshman who was 
unable to tell to what Society he had 
" pledged," will eventually come to a knowl- 
edge of his whereabouts. 

E. G. Spring, '80, has been elected delegate 
to attend the -J. K. E. Convention to be held 
with the Dartmouth Chapter at Hanover, 
N. H., Oct. "23d and 24th. 

Prof.— " What is Cyprus?" "Fresh- 
man — " An island, Sir." Prof. — " What is a 
peculiarity of it ? " Freshman — " It is en- 
tirely surrounded by water." 

The Maine Central Railroad now issues 
student tickets from Brunswick to Portland. 
Ten tickets can be obtained for $6.25. These 
tickets are good for three months. 

The foot-ball game resulted in an easy 
victory for the Sophomores. Considering the 
superiority of the Freshmen in numbers, it is 
difficult to explain the summary manner in 
which they were " rushed " over the line. 



The catcher on our College Nine, H. E. 
Snow, '81, played several games of ball dur- 
ing the past summer, and was highly compli- 
mented by the papers for his fine playing. 

The Freshman class has thus far mustered 
thirty-two men, — twenty-seven in the classi- 
cal department and five in the scientific. 
This number will probably be increased an 
half dozen or more. 

The thanks of the editors are due Mr. H. 
B. Wilson, '80, for the carefully prepared 
base-ball scores, and, also, for the average of 
the players for the season, which were pub- 
lished in the Orient last term. 

For the benefit of that member of '83 
whom we observed laboring so long to insert 
his postal in the letter-box in South Maine, 
we give this bit of advice : " Push down the 
drop and not attempt to pry it up with your 

In the recitation in Geology the other day, 
Whit, made the statement that natural erosion 
did not commence till after it was discovered. 
This is a new and startling theory, and should 
be carefully investigated before it is adopted 
by geologists. 

The following men have entered the three 
upper classes: Senior — Gilbert, ex-Bates, '80; 
Junior — Donovan and Nichols, formerly of 
Bates ; Sophomore — Lane, ex-Dartmouth, '82, 
— Belcher, who entered with his class but was 
absent Freshman year. 

The Prof., as he was speaking to the 
Freshmen of the Egyptian pyramids which he 
said had been in existence for two thousand 
years, was considerably taken back by one of 
his hearers asking him if they existed before 
the Christian era. Brace up on your Mathe- 
matics, '83. 

One rainy day, a short time since, a stu- 
dent might have been seen walking along the 
Main walk with a new and very slippery pair 

of shoes on. He slipped and fell, and, as he 
picked himself up, muttered : " This is dem- 
nation fine fall weather, isn't it ? " Even the 
earth groaned, and the trees shook with dis- 

A member of one of the upper classes, 
speaking of the remarkable class enthusiasm 
shown at the reunion of '54, asks : " Do you 
suppose our class will hang together like that 
in twenty-five years?" "No," replies his 
chum, "They'll all Jiang separately before 
that time." 

At different times the Faculty have tried 
to define, or have defined, the term " cheeky," 
but without success. But at last we have a 
definition for the word. The third of the 
" articles of agreement," reads : There are 
certain actions known as "cheek" peculiarly 
obnoxious to Sophomores, to wit : Peanut 
Drunk and Singing " Phi Chi." 

The annual meeting of the Boat Club for 
the election of officers was held Saturday, the 
4th inst. Following is the new Board : Com- 
modore, Henry A. Wing, '80 ; Vice Commo- 
dore, Edgar W. Larrabee, '81 ; Secretary, 
Edward H. Chamberlin, '81; Treasurer, 
Instructor D. A. Robinson ; Assistant Treas- 
urer, Arthur G. Pettingill, '81 ; Directors, 
Eliphalet G. Spring, '80, John E. Walker, '81, 
Edwin U. Curtis, '82. The Treasurer's re- 
port for the year, which follows, was read and 

accepted : 


Cash ou baud at beginning of the year, $5 45 

Amount collected in entrance fees and term taxes, 41 35 

Total, $46 80 


Postage and paper, .$ 43 

Rufus Smith, repairing and moving floats, J 3 50 
A. G. Tenney, for printing, 75 

Rope, 17 

Prize cups and expense ou same, 13 25 

Crawford, for moviug boats, 3 50 

Spring Regatta, 3 75 


$35 35 

Balance in Treasury, $11 45 

D. A. Robinson, Treas. 
H. A. Wing, Asst. Treas. 



There might be, to a person with a sus- 
picious mind, something suggestive in the 
fact, that about the time the Fall Term of 
Bowdoin begins, the farmers, within a radius 
of ten miles of the College, gather their fruit, 
and every night house their fatted fowl. 

We read the above local to a friend, and 
he said : " Do you know why the farmers 
shelter their fowls nights?" "No," we re- 
plied. " Because,'' said he, '• there are so 
many foul fellows about." We immediately 
kicked the monster out of the room. 

Below are the names of the men who are 
pledged to the different Societies : Alpha 
Delta Phi— A. C. Gibson, C. C. Hutchins, E. 
A. Packard, W. S. Pearson, A. J. Russell, B. 
Sewall, C. H. Stetson ; Psi Upsilon— H. L. 
Allen, H. A. Bascom, E. W. Chase, W. J. 
Collins, F. J. Day, C. H. Dunning, F. M. 
Fling, F. H. Gile, S. T. Jackson, H. P. 
Kendall, R. C. Washburn ; Delta Kappa 
Epsilon— G. B. Swan, F. W. Waterman; 
Zeta Psi— A. E. Whitten, '81, A. E. Austin, 
N. B. K. Pettingill ; Theta Delta Chi— H. E. 
Cole, A. H. Fogg, J. W. Knapp, F. P. Knight, 
R. Linscott, J. R. Reed, H. E. Snow, W. C. 
Winter, C. S. Woodbury. 


[We earnestly solicit communications to this 
column from any who may have an interest in the 

Among the successful candiates for State 
Officers at the last election are : Joseph L. 
Locke, '65, in the Senate ; Moses M. Butler, 
'45, Prof. S. J. Young, '59, A. G. Bradstreet, 
'74, Chas. C. Springer, '74, in the House ; 
H. M. Heath, '72, County Attorney, Kenne- 
bec County ; Seth L. Larrabee, '75, Register 
of Deeds, Cumberland County. 

'19. — Died, at Sutton, Mass., September 
11th, John Dennis McCrate, aged77, formerly 

a well-known lawyer of Maine and a Repre- 
sentative to Congress, 1845-47." 

'43. — Abernethy Grover is farming iu 
Bethel, Me. 

'57. — Rev. Lewis O. Brastow is settled in 
Burlington, Vt. 

'57. — 'Henry Newbegin is a lawyer in 
Defiance, Ohio. 

'60. — Augustine Jones has entered upon 
his duties as Principal of the Quaker School 
in Providence, R. I. 

"61. — Edwin Emery is teaching naval ca- 
dets in New Bedford, Mass. 

'62. — Rev. Chas. H. Pope, formerly set- 
tled in California, is now in Thomaston. 

"66. — Leander O. Merriam, of Petteco- 
deac, New Brunswick, has been in town 
lately, the first time since graduation. 

'70. — F. E. Hanson is Principal of the 
High School in Lafayette, Indiana. 

'73. — A. G. Ladd has been appointed 
Assistant Professor of Hygiene at Harvard. 

'73._F. A. Wilson, late of the Hallowell 
Classical School, has entered the Junior class 
at Bangor Theological Seminary. 

'74. — T. C. Simpson received the degree 
LL.B. at Harvard, last Commencement. 

'75. — Chas. L. Clark is assistant in Math- 
ematics in Cheltenham Academy, Shoemak- 
ertown, Penn. 

'75. — Miles Standish took the degree of 
M.D. at the Harvard School last summer. 

'75. — Married, in Brunswick, Sept. 23d, 
Frank Upton of Menlo Park, N. J., and Miss 
Lizzie Perry of Brunswick. 

'76.— W. H. G. Rowe and P. H. Ingalls, 
'77, are attending Medical Lectures in New 
York City. 

'76. — C. G. Burnham graduated from Ban- 
gor Theological Seminary in June, and is now 
preaching in South Troy, Vermont. 

'76. — C. T. Hawes has entered the Junior 
class at Bangor Theological Seminary. 

'77. — W. T. Cobb has entered Harvard 
Law School. 



'77. — Geo. A. Holbrook has entered upon 
his Senior year at Episcopal Divinity School 
at Cambridge. 

'77. — Leander Moulton, for two years a 
member of this class, is now Principal of the 
Academy at Lee, Penobscot County. 

'77. — E. H. Blake, for a time member of 
this class, is practicing law in Bangor, office, 
11 Central Street. 

'77. — Chas. Seabury is Principal of the 
Gardiner High School. 

'77. — E. M. Cousins has entered upon his 
Senior year at Bangor Theological Seminary. 

'78. — P. L. Paine is Principal of the 
Union School in Farmington, and is said to 
give great satisfaction. 

CLASS of '79. 

Residence and occupation so.far as known : 

J. W. Achorn, in Massachusetts. 

G. W. Bourne, studying law in Kenne- 

H. D. Bowker, teaching High School in 
Laconia, N. H. 

H. B. Carleton, in Theological School. 

D. O. Castner, teaching in Waldoboro. 

O. S. C. Davies, studying medicine at 
Waterville. Will enter the College Medical 

H. B. Fifield, in business in Portland. 

H. E. Henderson, Principal of the Bath 
Grammar School. 

H. A. Huston, Assistant to Prof. Car- 
michael in College. 

J. P. Huston, in business at Damariscotta. 

G. W. Johnson, in Bangor Theological 

C. F. Johnson, at home in Winslow. 

F. Kimball, teaching in Kennebunk. 

A. L. Lumbert, studying law in Newport, 

M. K. Page, studying law in Houlton. 

A. H. Pennell, Assistant in the Hallowed 
Classical Institute. 

H. W. Ring, studying law in Portland. 

J. C. Tarbox, at home in Phillips. 

F. M. Byron, at home in Chelsea, Mass. 

F. S. Corey, in business in Portland. 

W. G. Davis, in the Portland Packing 
Co., Portland. 

S. S. Stearns, teaching and studying law 
in Lovell Center, Me. 


Hobart has had a cane-rush, the Fresh- 
men winning. 

Wellesley has received gifts to the amount 
of $165,000 the past year. 

The Sophs walked away with the Fresh- 
men in the rope-pull at Bates and Colby. 

Only seventy-five of the two hundred 
Freshmen at Yale entered without condition. 

Bates is solid Republican and joined the 
torch-light procession, with Martin, '80, for 

The Notre Dame University buildings 
which were destroyed by fire last spring have 
been rebuilt. 

The report that Wilbur, catcher of the 
Bates, was offered expenses to go to Dart- 
mouth, is denied. 

Harvard has engaged Ko Kum-Huo to 
teach the Chinese language. He has a salary 
of $200 per month. 

A general movement is being made among 
the colleges to stop hazing; but numerous 
rushes and class contests are occurring. 

The annual Conventon of Delta Kappa 
Epsilon is to be held with the Pi Chapter, 
Dartmouth, on the 23d and 24th of October. 

The Columbia crew won in the college 
four-oared race on Lake George, in July, 
making the fastest dead water time on rec- 
ord, 8.26. The Wesleyans came in second, 
with Cornell third. 




Dignified graduate (munching a piece of 
Washington pie of indifferent quality) — 
" Washington was a great man to be sure, 
but he didn't know how to make pie." — Stu- 

Tutor — " Your writing is so wretched, sir, 
that I can't make anything out of it. How 
have you rendered Ocesaris bonce leges ? " 
Sub-Freshman — " Why, ' The bony legs of 
Csesar,' I believe, sir." 

Some queer, crooked things were dug up 
in the Treasury yard at Washington the other 
day ; and now they don't know whether they 
are petrified signatures of ex-Treasurer Spin- 
ner, that fell out of the window, or a lot of 
old sofa-springs. — Ex. 

" Sir," thundered the irate Professor, as 
his right hand described a parabola in the 
air, and his eye shot a double-ordinate of 
wrath straight through the focus of the 
offending Sophomore, — " Sir, how shall I 
characterize such a definition of the hyperbola 
as you have just given me ? " " I think," 
meekly responded the wretched Sophomore, 
convulsively twining his legs around the sub- 
tangent of the chair, — " I think I should call 
it hyperbolical." " No, sir ! " came the crush- 
ing reply, "it is simply diabolical!" And 
then the stern features of the arbiter of fate 
relaxed, as he eliminated his victim from the 
chair, and described the circumference of a 
British duck's egg in the register. — Ex. 


We had hoped that the month of vacation would 
have cooled the fiery pugnacity of some of our ex- 
changes, and that the new Boards of Editors would 
have some uew ideas and not follow in the old ruts, 
but as far as we can see no paper has made a new 
departure ; the Index still whirls its shillalah aud 
demolishes whole flies of papers, which, however, 
persist in surviving. The most of the editors are 
still engaged in dusting the cobwebs from their 
sanctums and arranging their papers. 

The first that comes to hand is the Dartmouth 
in its new dress, appearing particularly fine. We 

are sorry to see it still persists in printing the mat- 
ter, of which one good bi-weekly might be made, in 
a rather poor weekly ; recalling the old negro in a 
seven-by-nine printing office of a country village, 
who, being asked " Is your paper a daily ? " re- 
sponded, " No, Sah." "Monthly?" "No, Sah." 
" Weekly ? " " Yes, Sah, bery weekly, Sah." 

Notre Dame Scholastic, The Archangel, Niagara 
Index all greet us with their usual articles on the 
" Howly Catholic Church," " Wicked Protistints," 
and " Medieval Writers," by the eloquent Timmie 
Flannegans and Very High Eeverend Bishop Father 
O'Hoolegan, who still believe the sun moves around 
the earth, and that a papal has more influence than 
a Jersey bull. The Scholastic, standing in open- 
mouthed awe before their new buildings, swears that 
it is beyond comprehension that a building can be 
built so quickly. The Archangel gives us a beauti- 
ful wood-cut of a priest, and the Index starting out 
by saying that it has opened its eyes this summer, 
ends by saying^that it will continue on in the same 
course, much to the delight of an appreciative public. 
The Harvard papers appear much the same as 
usual. The editors have been spending the summer 
at various resorts, "mashing" all specimens of 
female loveliness which happened to fall within the 
range of their dangerous eyes, and return to give an 
account of their brilliant victories to an expectant 
public. Mr. D. A. Sargent, Bowdoin, 75, has lately 
been appointed Prof, of Hygiene, and Harvard can 
be congratulated on having gained a man who thor- 
oughly understands his business for that position . 

The Hobart Herald keeps up to the good stand 
which it took in the beginning, confining its atten- 
tion mostly to home matters. The present number 
would have appeared as well without the poem, 
" Seneca Lake." As a specimen verse we clip the 
following : 

" Fair Seneca, I love thee : 

With admiration I see 
Thy broad and placid bosom, 

With a hundred miles of room." 

Scribner for October contains the conclusion of 
" Haworths," and interesting articles on topics of 
the times, as usual. " Edison's Inventions," " Con- 
fidence," " English Spelling and SpelliDg Reform," 
and " Brazil" are continued. " The Camp of the 
Carbonates : Ups and Downs in Leadville," and 
" Field Sports in Minnesota " are articles of much 
interest to general readers. 

In St. Nicholas for October " Eyebright " and 
" A Jolly Fellowship " are concluded. The illus- 
trations and articles are up to the usual standard. 

Vol. IX. 


No. 8. 





Emery W. Bartlett, Herbert TV. Grindal, 

Edwin C. Btjrbank, Frederic W. Hall, 

Walter L. Dane, Eliphalet G. Spring, 

Henry A. Wing. 

Terms — $2.00 a year in advance ; single copies, 15 cents. 

Matter designed for publication may be handed to the Editors or 
addressed to Bowdoin Orient, Brunswick, Maine. It should be accom- 
panied by the writer's name, and the signature which he wishes to have 
appended. Back numbers can generally be obtained upon application to 
the Editors. 

Tol. IX., No. 8.— October 22, 1879. 

Editorial Note? 85 

The Flying Tears (poem) 88 

Does It Pay? 89 

Vacation Rambles. — II 90 

The Parable of the Grind (selected) 91 

Prizes 92 

The Scrub Pace 92 

Local 93 

Personal 94 

The College World 95 

Clippings 95 

Editors' Table 96 


[No communication under any circumstances will be 
published in the Orient unless accompanied by the real 
name of the writer. The name of the writer is not asked 
for publication, but as a guarautee of good faith.] 

Last spring the Columbia Spectator called 
attention to the forming of an Inter-Collegiate 
Press Association. The end and aim of such 
an organization would be to raise the stand- 
ard of college journalism. There are ob- 
stacles which stand in the way of forming 
an Inter-Collegiate Press Association that 
would practically benefit college journalism. 

But the object of such an Association 
should not be lost sight of and forgotten. 
It seems to us that there is a way for 
the college papers to mutually benefit each 
other, and bring about in part the result 
for which an Inter-Collegiate Association 
would be formed. We would do this 
through the papers themselves and, princi- 
pally, through the exchange department. In 
the exchange columns of the college press 
there is but very little real criticism. On the 
part of some the rule seems to be, " You praise 
us and we will praise you," and all seem to 
make everything else subordinate to an effort 
to say something " funny." The exchange 
column should not be made as dry and prosaic 
as an old-fashioned doctrinal sermon, but it 
would at the same time be well for us all to 
keep in mind that, as Carlyle says, " None of 
us is bound to be witty under penalties." 
The undiscriminating abuse and slang which 
the exchange columns of some college papers 
indulge in, has not the slightest semblance to 
wit. There is no reason why any department 
of college journalism should be degraded to 
the vulgar level of the cheap political news- 
paper. From the exchange column can and 
should be disseminated ideas relative to the 
management of the college paper. 

The low and, to use a phrase of the trade, 
" decidedly shop-worn " methods of the so- 
called criticism of papers of the Niagara In- 
dex class, who, for the sake of a little cheap 
notoriety, abuse alike the good and bad, 
should be discarded, and in their place meth- 
ods of fair, honorable, gentlemanly criticism 

Every person who belongs to one of our 


College Associations owes to that Association 
certain duties. Not the least important of 
those duties is the prompt payment of all 
taxes and assessments. We can attest that, 
as a rule, the members of our Associations do 
promptly and willingly nay all dues. But 
still there are some who seem to think that 
they have performed all obligations when the 
Constitution and By-Laws have been signed. 
Such persons probably think they reflect 
great honor on an Association by simply join- 
ing it, and look upon themselves in the light 
of honorary members. They are honorary 
without being honorable. The act of joining 
our Boating, Base-Ball, and Athletic Associa- 
tions is entirely a voluntary one. The taxes 
are by no means burdensome. 

If at any time a person finds it is no 
longer for his interest to belong to an Associa- 
tion, he has the privilege to withdraw. The 
only manly and honorable way to do so, how- 
ever, is to first pay all indebtedness to the 

Another duty of which we wish to speak 
is that of attending meetings. Quite often 
but barely enough for a quorum are present 
at meetings which are called to discuss mat- 
ters of importance. The members should 
also take an active part in all meetings. Judg- 
ing from some of our base-ball and boating 
meetings, an outsider would think we were 
tongue-tied. Actions are well, but words are 
also necessary for a fair understanding of 

Short and pithy speeches from a number 
of the members of our Associations would 
oftentimes do much to arouse interest and 
enthusiasm in our sports. Money, energj', 
and work are needful to carry on an Associa- 
tion ; but withal let us have a little more 

"There is an entire absence of communi- 
cations from the student body," is what an 
exchange says of the Oeient. 

The criticism is a just one, but it is from 
no fault of the Editorial Board that it is so. 
We have at different times solicited com- 
munications from the members of the College, 
but, with one or two exceptions, our solicita- 
tions have been in vain. 

We extremely regret that there are not 
more communications from the students, for 
nothing would give the Okient more life and 
interest than short, well-written articles con- 
cerning College matters, in which we are all 
interested. The base-ball and boating men 
should advance their ideas as to what course 
should be adopted to best advance these 
sports, through the College paper. The rank- 
ing system, elective studies, and the many 
subjects which all college men have an inter- 
est in should be freely discussed through the 
College paper by the student body. Those, 
too, who are dissatisfied with any of the rules 
and regulations of the College, or with the 
ways adopted by the Faculty for enforcing 
the same, should fairly state their grievances 
by means of the College paper. By so doing 
not only would a large audience be secured 
to judge of the justice of the complaints, but 
more would be done towards bringing about 
any desired change than any conceivable 
amount of back-biting and grumbling can 
accomplish. It may happen that the Trus- 
tees and Faculty are totally ignorant that a 
certain law is unjust, or unsatisfactory to the 
students, and a fair and honorable statement 
of the facts through the College paper may 
give them the first intimation that the law 
ought to be annulled or changed. We say 
again let there be frequent communications to 
the College paper from the students them- 

Last Commencement the Peucinian So- 
ciety voted to transfer its Library to the Col- 
lege. Since this term opened the books have 
been moved to the south wing of the Chapel. 
The College Library has thus had an addition 



of some five thousand books, many of them 
being books which are of great value to the 
student. They supply, in part, a need which 
has been long felt, viz., works of standard 
modern authors. It is understood that the 
Library of the Athenian Society, some six 
thousand books, will also soon be given over 
to the College. 

There are certain citizens of Brunswick, 
who, in and out of season, express feelings of 
displeasure because Bowdoin is a part of their 
town. They could not seemingly feel more 
badly if the College was a pestilential spot, 
breathing forth a deadly malaria. These per- 
sons, every now and then, remark that they 
wish the College could be moved, they care 
not how far, so be it that it is a long distance 
from its present location. Why is this so ? 
Is the College an annual pecuniary loss to the 
town ? 

The facts show that if these captious per- 
sons could move the College, they would be 
killing the goose which lays the golden egg. 
There is annually paid out of the College 
Treasurer's office $30,000, a large part of 
which is spent here in Brunswick, for food, 
fuel, etc. At a low estimate the College 
students, to say nothing of the students of the 
Medical School, expend $30,000 more. Thus, 
leaving out of consideration the money which 
is brought into the town in other ways, di- 
rectly and indirectly by the College, Bruns- 
wick gets a large annual income by this odious 
College. But still some would, with one fell 
sweep, deprive the town of this aid by moving 
the College "far, far away." Perhaps if the 
College could be moved even to the " utter- 
most parts of the sea," some of these good 
citizens might ere long find it necessary to 
pack up their household utensils and make a 
pilgrimage in the same direction. But, aside 
from the College being of pecuniary aid to 
the town, there are " other and more perma- 
nent advantages," and there can be no real, 

substantial reason why every good citizen 
should not look upon the College with pride, 
and rejoice with exceeding great joy that the 
College is a part of Brunswick. 

It is to be hoped that our boat-crews will 
keep at work on the river as long as possible 
this fall. Practice in the boat, besides being 
more pleasant, is of more real benefit to a 
crew than work in the Gymnasium on the 
weights. The Freshmen, in particular, should 
select a crew and get practice in the boat. 
Now that the scrub races are over they can 
have the use of the '79 class boat. 

During the coming winter we should have 
an Orchestra or Glee Club to represent us. 
Perhaps an Orchestra and Glee Club com- 
bined would meet with the greatest success. 
We sincerely hope our leading musical men 
will interest themselves in regard to the mat- 
ter, and have no doubt but what their efforts 
will be crowned with success. 

The editors of our annual student publi- 
cation, the Bugle, have been elected, and 
the work of getting the matter ready for the 
printer should be commenced without any 
delay. The entire labor and responsibility 
should not be thrown upon the editors, but 
all should take a part and feel that they have 
an interest in the publication. Year by year 
the Bugleh&s been improved, but there is still 
an opportunity to make it better. The Bugle 
should be made what it is distinctly designed 
to be, viz., a publication representing the 
humorous side of our college life, as well as a 
record of the college events of the year. Too 
often the Bugle has been made a medium to 
indicate private grievances and personal spite 
both against Faculty and students. The pub- 
lication is not intended in any sense for, nor 
should it be degraded to, this purpose. Malice 
is not wit. It seems to us that there should 


be several innovations and changes. For in- 
stance, something should be substituted in 
place of the class histories which have become 
vapid and meaningless by frequent repetition. 
We trust that there will be a general interest 
taken in this number of the Bugle to the 
end that it may be superior to any former 

Bowdoin may well feel proud of its record 
in sports during the past year. Boating and 
base-ball have both been well supported, and 
it is proved beyond all doubt that we have the 
best of material for both these sports. The 
Field Day statistics of thirty-one colleges, pub- 
lished in the Cornell JE?-a, shows that in the 
events of Field Day, Bowdoin stands among 
the first. The record made by Achorn, '79, 
in the five-mile go-as-you-please, at our Field 
Day last June, has as yet been equaled by 
no college. Achorn's record, it will be re- 
membered, was 31 minutes and 37 seconds. 
The table referred to above shows that in 
throwing the base-ball Bowdoin stands second ; 
the records of thirty-one colleges are given 
for the hundred-yard dash, and Bowdoin 
stands eleventh ; in the mile walk the records 
of thirteen colleges are given, and Bowdoin 
stands fifth ; in the standing broad jump, the 
records of eleven colleges are given, and 
Bowdoin is third. In all the other events in 
which we were represented, our record is as 
good as the average. 

In connection with the above, we wish to 
call attention to a plan which is proposed, 
of giving a gymnastic exhibition. We un- 
derstand that there are several who are in- 
terested in this plan, and who propose soon to 
ascertain if it cannot be put into practical 

Only two things are needed to make 
it a success, — interest and energy. The 
success in all of our sports during the past 

year proves that we do not lack energy, and 
we are satisfied that interest will not be 
wanting in this plan as soon as it is fully set 
forth. Let all take a personal interest in 
this matter, and then its success will be 
assured from the beginning. The object of 
such an exhibition as is proposed would be to 
raise money for the Boat Club. 



"Eheu,fugaces labuntur anni." — Flaccus. 

The bard of Rome's Augustan age, 
Poet at ouce and seer and sage, 
Left words of cheer on many a page. 

But when that long deep breath he drew, 

And sighed to all the world, " Eheu," 

His thoughts were doubtless tinged with blue. 

I reckon that his life had run 

Like yours and mine, till one by one 

His brightest years were lapsed and done. 

Perhaps November's frosty touch 
Had played among his locks so much, 
Friends thought him in old age's clutch. 

And as he sings, perhaps with tears, 
" Fugaces anni" — flying years— 
'Till every Latin school-boy hears. 

What wonder if I touch anew 
That classic verse of sombre hue, 
And hum it o'er again with you ! 

" Labuntur anni ! " How they glide — 
Our manhood's years of strength and pride, 
Like vessels dropping down the tide ! 

Like good ships standing out to sea, 

The vastness of eternity, — 

Ah, who can tell what that may be ? 

The years glide on, but memory stays, 
And in the light of by-gone days, 
Her pictures of our past displays. 

With tremulous finger, pointing back 
Along life's ever-changing track, 
She fain her burdens would unpack, 

And lay them at our feet again, 
With many a mingled joy and pain, — 
Life's never-to-be-sundered twain ! 


There childhood lies, the wonderland— 
With broken ships along the strand, 
And ventures not brought safe to baud. 

There lie the sweet, green fields of youth, 
With streams of life and love and truth ! 
And dreams not all fulfilled, forsooth. 

There scenes of classic hope and pride, 
When life before us all untried 
Invited us to stem the tide ! 

college days — and college friends, 
How strange a thrill your memory sends 
To all our trembling fingers' ends ! 

living memories of the dead ! 
shadows to the shadows fled, 
With tender touch and silent tread ! 

" Non omnis moriar! " Flaccus cried ; 
Though years may waste our manly pride, 
And life run out with ebbing tide, 

Yet love's least labor wrought for men, 
Shall spring to fresher life again, 
And bear its golden fruitage, when 

The hand that wrought lies cold and still, 
And pulseless heart and weary will 
Cease all their office to fulfill. 

brothers, when the setting sun 
Shall call us from our day's work done, 
Our lives all crowned with victories won, 

May Heaven's own glory gild the West, 
Hope calm the throbbing of each breast, 
And Faith lay hold on promised rest ! 

Edward P. Weston. 


The question which, more than any other, 
comes to the man who is debating the wisdom 
of a college course is, " Will it pay ? " In 
this dajr and among Americans the consider- 
ation which is paramount is that of useful- 
ness. The practical is the one thing to be 
sought after ; utility would seem to be the 
only argument for existence. This spirit per- 
vades every department of activity. Men be- 
come lawyers, physicians, teachers, even 
preachers, because they hope that it will pay. 
Boys are taught that riches and success are 
the principal things to be striven for. So, of 
course the boy embraces every opportunity 

that promises to help him toward whatever 
mark his ambition is directed. What wonder, 
then, that he asks first of a college course, 
" Will it pay ? " 

He is pointed to this successful lawyer, or 
that skilful physician who has never been at 
college, and told that he can get more for his 
time if he devote it directly to his chosen pur- 
suit. More particularly if he intends to go 
into business, is he discouraged from entering 

He is told that while he is studying the 
" useless " things which will occupy his time 
for four years, he might be better employed 
in learning the details of his business so as to 
be well advanced in that time. 

What wonder then that one should hesi- 
tate as to the wisdom of undertaking a college 
course ? And there is withal somewhat of 
truth in this position. That is, if the inquiry 
be, " Will a man who has given four years to 
college study be that much better able to keep 
books, to buy and sell, to drive sharp bar- 
gains, to get rich ? " there is no doubt that 
the answer must be, " No." All that can be 
learned better and in less time in the actual 
routine work of the office and counting-room. 

"Will he necessarily be better fitted to 
study the nature and causes of disease, or to 
unravel and make smooth the tangled com- 
plexities of law?" It cannot be said with 
certainty that he will. " Can it be said with 
certainty of any occupation that a college 
course is a necessary preliminary to it? " Un- 
doubtedly, " No." Men, high in every walk 
in life, show by their example that honor and 
success may be attained without the aid of 
any collegiate study. 

Are we then to conclude that it does not 
pay ? That those who are giving four of the 
best years in their lives to work in college 
are wasting their time, and simply following 
an old fogy idea that modern common sense 
has exploded ? By no means. We ask, 
" What does pay ? " Is it only the tiring 



which brings in money to the pocket or fame 
to the name ? Even more ; do the things 
always pay which bring honor and wealth ? 
Is it the highest end of man to get rich? 
Does he always get the most out of life who 
is most applauded by the crowd ? Is it better 
to have or to be ? 

There is but one reply. The man who 
has developed himself, who has cultivated the 
faculties which have been given him, to the 
advanced state that is possible to him, who 
has learned to know himself, and to realize 
who he is and in what a world, who can ap- 
preciate and enjoy all that art and nature, 
science and revelation have for him, who, in 
short, has made his life all that his Maker de- 
signed it to be, — that man is getting the most 
from this life. Such a man will fill his place 
in the community or in the State as a true 
man. To be such a man should be the aim 
of every thoughtful boy, and to the attain- 
ment of that end nothing can replace a col- 
legiate education. Nothing can equally pro- 
duce such an insight into nature and such an 
appreciation of art, can so elevate and fill out 
into rounded perfection the ideal and the as- 

If, then, we also consider that he best suc- 
ceeds in anything who has such a foundation 
of character and intellect, we can easily answer 
the question, " Does it pay ? " 


In the morning we were all awake early 
and on the alert for sunrise. A glance at the 
window, however, showed us that we were 
doomed to disappointment. The wind was 
blowing with such violence that the thick 
mist which enveloped everything in obscurity 
was driving against the panes with a sound 
like rattling hail. However pleasant the 
summit of Mt. Washington may be in bright 
sunlight and fair weather, it is the dreariest 

place imaginable on such a morning as this. 
After breakfast we visited the Signal Service 
office ; called on the editor of " Among the 
Clouds" a daily printed at the summit; 
watched the departure of the train and 
coaches, and settled ourselves to await the 
appearance of the sun, which we were assured 
we should see before noon. 

About ten o'clock we donned our over- 
coats and started out to look around. Pro- 
ceeding down the carriage-road a short dis- 
tance and clambering over the rocks to a 
projecting spur, we soon had the satisfaction 
of seeing occasional gleams of light penetra- 
ting the thick mantle of gloomy fog. We 
are not disposed to be poetical, but here we 
were sorely tempted. Fancy yourself, sitting, 
like Jupiter, cloud-enthroned, with clouds at 
your feet and sunshine beneath the clouds, and 
you can sympathize with our feelings. Grad- 
ually the mist disperses, and we catch glimpses 
of the valley below. To the eastward is the 
Alpine Garden, a level tract below the peak 
of the mountain, covered with rocks and 
scanty vegetation. As the clouds lift, we 
can see the Glen ; soon Kearsarge and the 
Saco valley appear ; then the whole grand 
panorama of the finest scenery in New England. 

We have seen all we can expect to see, — 
what shall we do next ? " Go to Crawford's," 
is the conclusion, after long deliberation and 
much consulting. Putting ourselves again in 
marching array, we take the old " Bridle 
Path," and soon reach the " Lake of the 
Clouds." The geologist was delighted. Gla- 
cial scratches are quite distinguishable. This 
little lake is 5000 feet above the sea, and is 
the head water of the Ammonoosuc River. 
The path winds along the summits of Mts. 
Monroe, Franklin, Pleasant, and Clinton, giv- 
ing a fine view of Tuckerman's Ravine and 
Oakes' Gulf. The road is by no means an 
easy one, especially when the wind blows. 
The wind was furious. It seemed as though 
all the winds of all the caves of the mountains 



had joined their blasts into one, and that one 
was striking us. 

Making frequent halts for breath and 
minerals, we reached the Crawford House 
long before night-fall, and had the pleasure of 
witnessing a glorious sunset from the grove in 
front of the hotel. 

The scenery here is, in our opinion, the 
most beautiful of all that we saw. To be 
sure, some of the wildness and grandeur of 
the eastern side of the mountain is wanting, 
but the lovely valley, the spruce-clad mount- 
ains, the smiling Saco Lake, and the rugged 
Notch, more than compensate for it. We 
visited the " Elephant's Head," Gibbs's Falls, 
and other points of interest before searching 
for a camping-place. Passing through the 
Gate of the Notch, we find ourselves in the 
wildest spot imaginable. But for the occa- 
sional screech of the locomotive, we could 
easily fancy ourselves in a spot unknown to 
the world, " the abode of savage beasts, and 
still more savage men." 

We built a camp near Dismal Pool, be- 
side the Saco, which is only a small and noisy 
brook at this point. All slept soundly ; in 
fact, after the first night, no one complained 
of wakefulness. 

The next day we visited the Willey 
House, and followed the Saco down as far as 
Jackson, past Bemis, Upper Bartlett, and 
Glen Station. 

Friday night we made a camp near 
Gorham. The fates had decreed that we 
should not sleep. We had just got comforta- 
bly settled, when an animal of some sort com- 
menced a series of gymnastics which constant 
shouting on our part only served to encour- 
age. He couldn't have been large, — he was 
too spry, — but he made a big noise. He evi- 
dently had a large bump of inquisitiveness, 
but he wouldn't come near enough to be seen. 
About ten o'clock it commenced raining. 
Not being prepared for this, we made a hasty 
and undignified exit, leaving our woodland 

friend to continue his antics unmolested. 
We waited at the depot for a freight train, 
which brought us safely home about 3 A.M., 

If you want to spend a week of your next 
vacation profitably, " Go and do likewise." 


Hear the Parable of the Grind. Now 
there was a certain Grind who boasted him- 
self to be somebody ; for he labored from the 
rising of the sun even unto the going down 
of the same, insomuch that all men marveled 
at him. And there was a certain Cribber 
sitting afar off, who toiled not, neither did he 
spin, and yet I say unto you that Solomon in 
all his glory was not arrayed in cheek like 
his. Now, it came to pass that the Proph 
would question them betimes, asking them 
many and strange things, desiring to put 
them to the test. And the Grind was con- 
fused, and his knees quaked, and his lips 
clave to the roof of his mouth, for his memory 
failed him and he was N. G. But the Crib- 
ber, being questioned, did privily dispose his 
cribs in sundry secret places and, casting his 
eyes upon them from time to time, made 
answer boldly. For he was wiser in his gen- 
eration than the children of light. And after 
many days, the Proph called all who abode 
with him to account, that he might reward 
them according to their works. Then spake 
he unto the Cribber saying, " Well done, thou 
good and faithful servant. Enter thou into 
the Phi Beta Kappa Society. For thou hast 
been faithful, lo, these many days." 

But unto the Grind he said, " Depart thou 
into outer darkness." And he evil-entreated 
him, and delivered him unto the Tormentors 
to be bounced. And great was the bounce 
thereof. — Acta Columbiana. 

There is a vague report that the Yale Nine 
got changed for the crew at New London. 




No doubt there are a great many who 
think that the practice of offering prizes for 
excellence in scholarship is both just and 
proper. They tell us that there are many 
students whom the prospect of reward will 
stimulate to activity ; and that, in general, 
offering a prize for excellence in any branch 
will tend to raise the standard of scholarship 
among those who compete for it. 

Now we frankly confess that we don't be- 
lieve this doctrine. Let us see how it works 
in our own College. For several years a prize 
of $25 has been paid to that member of the 
Sophomore class who has succeeded in pass- 
ing the best examination in Latin, and a like 
amount to the successful competitor in the 
annual Greek Prize Examination. Since 
these examinations have been made optional, 
only a small part of the class, about six or 
eight, have felt enough interest in the matter 
to present themselves for examination. 

Then we have the Smyth scholarship, — a 
$300 prize. Has it made the study of mathe- 
matics popular ? In the class of '80 there 
were three competitors; in '81, four; in '82, 
there will be three. Here, if anywhere, we 
should see the system working well ; but do 
the above facts point in that direction ? 

There is yearly quite a lively contest for 
the '68 prize, but as far as our knowledge ex- 
tends there has been more or less dissatisfac- 
tion at the decisions of the Awarding Com- 
mittee. Does it pay to excite emulation and 
harsh feelings among a whole class, where 
only one can be satisfied ? 


In view of the fact that our college year 
begins so late that the crews have but a short 
time in which to train for a race, the officers 
of the Boat Club decided to substitute this 
fall, in place of the usual class race, a scrub 
race. The grand success of the race last 

Saturday proved that the decision was a wise 
one. During the past two weeks four crews 
have been practicing, — the Senior, Junior, 
Sophomore, and a picked crew. The plan 
adopted for selecting the crews was as follows: 
Three days before the race the captains met 
and arranged the crews so as, taking into 
account the experiences of the men, to make 
them as even as possible. Instead of rowing 
three miles, the distances rowed in the class 
races, a course of one mile and a quarter was 
laid out. The turning point of each crew 
was marked by a flag. The race was rowed 
at 3.30 p.m., it then being high water. The 
crews and positions were as follows : 


A. G. Pettengill, '81, Captain Stroke. 

P. H. Pease, '82 No. 3. 

W. W. Towle, '81 No. 2. 

H. S. Payson, '81 Bow. 

F. E. Smith, '81 Coxswain. 


W. 0. Plimpton, '82 Stroke. 

W. R. Collins, '80 No. 3. 

W. G. Reed, '82, Captain No. 2. 

E. W. Larrabee, '81 Bow. 

A. G. taples, '82 Coxswain. 


P. C. Stevens, '81, Captain Stroke. 

P. A. Fisher, '81 No. 3. 

A. M. Edwards, '80 No. 2. 

E. T. McCarthy, '82 Bow. 

A. M. Goddard, '82 Coxswain. 


W. S. Whitmoi-e, '80 Stroke. 

E. G. Spring, '80, Captaiu No. 3. 

C. L. Baxter, '81 No. 2. 

G. S. Payson, '80 Bow. 

E. H. Chamberlin, '81 Coxswain. 

The four crews drawn up in line for the 
start, with the men ready to exert every mus- 
cle at the word " go," was a fine and inspiring 
sight to the spectators. At the word, the 
boats shot away without any one crew having 
any perceptible advantage. Just below the 
barn on the Brunswick shore, Fisher, who 
rowed No. 3 in Capt. Stevens's boat, broke 
his oar about half-way between the button 
and blade, and this crew, much to the disap- 
pointment of all, had to turn back. Capt. 



Stevens's crew was a fine one and. would have 
made a good record. The boats of Capt. 
Spring and Capt. Reed rounded their respect- 
ive flags at about the same moment. Capt. 
Pettengill's boat was a few seconds later in 
getting round its flag. When the boats got 
squared round for the home pull, Spring's 
boat led Reed's about a length and a half, and 
Reed's led Pettengill's about two lengths. 
All the way up the race was a very close and 
exciting one, and the enthusiasm of the spec- 
tators was raised to the highest pitch. Capt. 
Spring's boat crossed the line first in 7 
minutes and 30 seconds ; Capt. Reed's crew 
followed in 7 minutes, 35 seconds ; Capt. 
Pettengill's, third in 7 minutes, 40 seconds. 
There was but 10 seconds difference between 
the time of the first and last boats. Consid- 
ering that the crews, as they rowed in the 
race, had practiced together but three days, 
the time was excellent. This scrub race was 
tried as an experiment, and it proved to be a 
perfect success. It will do much to keep up 
the interest of the upper classmen, and inter- 
est the Freshmen in boating. Much credit is 
due the officers of the Boat Club for carrying 
out all the arrangements so successfully. 
Praise is also due to the Captains and each 
individual member of the crews for the in- 
terest they showed in training, under many 
disadvantages, for the race. Instructor Rob- 
inson, and H. A. Wing, '80, acted as starters 
and time keepers. 


H. B. Fifield, '79, was in town last Sunday. 
Davis, '74, and Reed, '77, were in town 
last week. 

Roswell C. Gilbert, '80, has joined Alpha 
Delta Phi. 

Arthur F. Belcher, '82, has joined Delta 
Kappa Epsilon. 

Good work is being done in the Gymna- 
sium this term. 

The reporters (?) attended the Sagadahoc 
Fair in full force. 

Two more men have been admitted into 
the Freshman class, making thirty -four in all. 

Patronize the Brunswick Laundry. Or- 
ders can be left at Dennison's bookstore. 

Porter's Human Intellect is to be used by 
the Seniors in their recitations to Prof. Ladd. 

F. S. Warren, of Deer Isle, and C. S.Wood- 
bury, Cape Elizabeth, have been admitted to 

The boat-house has been insured. The 
Sophomores have also had their class boat in- 

F. A. Conant, '80, is President, and H. 
B. Wilson, '80, First Director of the Base-Ball 
Association for the present year. 

A Junior regards the "yaggers" a living 
refutation of the old proverb, — " While there's 
life, there's soap (there's hope)." 

A general class " cut " in Physics must be 
" made up." Such was the late sad experience 
of more than a score of disgusted Juniors. 

Several of the Seniors who went out on 
the geological walk report that no signs of 
new or old cider can be discovered about 

Members of the Boat Club who have not 
obtained their certificates of membership can 
have the same by applying to the Treasurer or 

The thirty-third annual convention of 
Theta Delta Chi is held at the Hotel Bruns- 
wick, Boston, Wednesday and Thursday of 
this week. 

The second game of ball between the 
Sophomores and Freshmen resulted in favor 
of the latter. The score was : Freshmen, 10 ; 
Sophomores, 4. 

Instructor Lee and some of the Seniors 
have been examining the geological formation 
of several localities in the vicinity of Bruns- 
wick and Topsham. 

Some recent disastrous results in experi- 
menting in the Laboratory seem to indicate 
that our worthy Prof, of Chemistry stands in 
need of a life insurance policy. 



E. U. Curtis, '82, is a delegate to the 
Delta Kappa Epsilon Convention held at 
Hanover, N. H., Thursday and Eriday of this 

Time — morning after rope-pull : Fresh — 
" I can't exactly remember how this passage 
runs." Prof. — " Didn't your fall this morn- 
ing knock the most of your Greek out of your 
head ? " 

The committee for soliciting funds for the 
new boat-house are meeting with good suc- 
cess. About one hundred and twenty-five 
dollars are now needed to entirely finish the 

Young Lady — " Why is a youthful mous- 
tache like a faint rumor?" Polite Junior — 
" I shall have to give it up." Young lady 
(sweetly) — " Because you'll soon hair more 
of it." Next. 

Frank Winter, '80, W. P. Perkins, '80, 
A. M. Edwards, '80, and L. B. Lane, '81, 
represent the Bowdoin Charge of Theta Delta 
Chi at the Convention of that Society held in 
Boston this week. 

Prof, to Senior who seems unwilling to 
"commit" himself: "I am not impatient for 
your reply, and shall not be surprised if you 
do not give the right answer." Senior takes 
his seat amid applause. 

During the horse trot at the Fair last 
week, some one yelled out, " Down in front." 
Quicker than a flash, nine Freshmen, five 
Sophomores, and two Juniors felt of their 
upper lips. Such is the force of habit. 

Gardner, Skillings, Stevens, Towle, and 
Wheelwright, have been chosen editors of 
the Bugle, our annual College publication. 
Their names betoken a good compilation. 
The Bugle will be issued just before the 
Christmas vacation, according to custom. 

Scene — recitation in Latin : Soph (trans- 
lating) — " Offenduntur enim quibus est equus 
et pater et res." " For those are vexed who 
have a horse, a father, and property." Prof. — 
" What is meant by those who have a horse ? " 
Soph (modestly) — " Those who take a high 
rank." Soph takes a " dead " 'midst groans 
from his wounded comrades. 

Prof. Fiske, of Harvard University, is to 
deliver a course of four lectures, on the even- 
ings of Oct. 23d, 27th, and 30th, and Nov. 3d. 

The lectures will be on American History. 
These lectures were first delivered in Boston 
last winter, and have since been delivered in 
England. Everywhere they have been re- 
ceived with marked favor. There should be 
a large attendance from the students to hear 
Prof. Fiske. Tickets for the course, $1. 


[We earnestly solicit communications to this 
column from any who may have an interest in the 

'38. — Moses Dodge died at his home in 
Portland on the morning of the 18th inst., 
from tuberculosis. Mr. Dodge graduated at 
the Maine Medical School, but afterwards 
studied homoeopathy, and became a leading 
physician of that school. Dr. Dodge has been 
largely identified with the Masonic Order, 
and held many places of trust in that Fra- 

'39.— Died at Highland Park, 111., Edward 
Payson Weston. Mr. Weston at the time of 
his death was Principal of the Young Ladies' 
Seminary at Highland Park. He was, for 
many years Principal of Gorham Academy, 
and State Superintendent of Schools, and a 
Trustee of Bowdoin College. He was also, at 
one time editor of the Eclectic, a periodical, 
published in Portland. Mr. Weston pos- 
sessed considerable literary ability, and some 
of his poetry is quite widely known. The 
poem, " The Flying Years," in the present 
number of the Orient, is from his pen. Mr. 
Weston's life was a busy and useful one, and 
he will be missed by many friends. His 
funeral was at his old home in Gorham, on 
Saturday, the 18th inst. 

'45. — William B. Snell is Judge of the 
Police Court in Washington, D. C. 

'58. — Edward H. Conant died at Provi- 
dence, R. I., the first of the present month. 
Mr. Conant was almost constantly on a sick 
bed for thirteen years. 

'62. — Howard L. Prince is Clerk of the 
Police Court, District of Columbia. 

'62. — Married — Almon Goodwin of New 
York, and Maud, daughter of the late John 
Y. Wilder, in Brooklyn, N. Y., Sept. 18. 

'68. — E. S. Mason is in company with 
his father in the hardware business, Norway. 



'70. — Lucien Howe is practicing medicine 
in Buffalo, N. Y. 

'74. — Marshall W. Davis is at present in 

'74. — A. G. Bradstreet has opened a law 
office in Portland. 

'75. — Horace R. True has been located at 
Greenville, Me., as taxidermist and naturalist 
during the past season. 

'75. — Geo. T. McQuillan, in the Supreme 
Judicial Court at Portland, has been admitted 
to practice law in all the courts in the State. 

'75. — Geo. C. Cressey is attending the 
Yale Divinity School. 

'75. — N. M. Pettengill is practicing law in 
Louisiana, Mo. 

'76. — Charles A. Whittemore is in the 
employ of the Brass Machine Works at Grand 
Rapids, Michigan. 

'77. — Osgar Brinkerhoff is teaching in 
Fairhaven, N. Y. 

'78. — S. E. Smith was in town a few clays 
last week. 

'78. — John Hall is Editor and Proprietor 
of the Atlantic Daily Times, Atlantic City, 
New Jersey. 

'78. — C. M. Jacobs has been admitted to 
the bar and intends settling in Texas. 

'78. — D. H. Felch is studying law at 

'78. — E. F. Stetson is practicing medicine 
in Terre Haute, Ind. 

'79. — J. C. Tarbox has commenced the 
study of law at his home in Phillips. 

'79. — G. W. Bourne is studying medicine 
in Portland, instead of law as announced in 
the last number of the Orient. 

'80.— We regret to learn that Mr. W. P. 
Martin, formerly of this class, was severly 
injured at Lewiston last week by being 
thrown from a carriage. 


Several new buildings have been built at 

A kind of board can be obtained at Dart- 
mouth for $2.00 per week. 

Pardee Hall (Lafayette College), which 
was destroyed by fire last spring, is being 

Since 1872 the number of students at 
Cornell has decreased, from 700 to 403. Of 
these 53 are ladies. 

The new Female College at Cambridge, 
which is connected in such a mysterious way 
with Harvard, has opened well. 

Several '80 men at Yale were passed up 
in German, because the Prof, said they did 
not possess brains enough to make up a con- 

The authorities at Princeton put a stop to 
the annual rush and substituted a rope-pull, 
but the rope broke and both sides claimed 
the victory. 

The faculty have determined to stop haz- 
ing at Yale sure this time. Last year they 
dropped every man, who was caught, into the 
Freshman class. 

Prof. Von Hoist of Freiberg, Germany, 
the author of the History of the United 
States, has been elected to the chair of His- 
torj' at Johns Hopkins. 

In California University considerable 
trouble has arisen lately, and several Sophs 
and almost all the Juniors have been sus- 
pended, and now all secret societies have been 
forbidden, much to the indignation of the stu- 

There have been the following applica- 
tions for admission to the several departments 
at Michigan : 

Department of Literature, Science, and the Arts 211 

" " Medicine and Surgery 321 

" Law 313 

" " Dentistry 64 

" " Pharmacy 76 

" " Homoeopathy 58 



1 Where are you going, my pretty maid? " 
1 I'm going to the Annex, sir," she said. 

' What to do there, my pretty maid ?" 
' I'm going to be cultured, sir," she said. 

' What are your studies, my pretty maid ? " 
' Chinese and Quaternions, sir," she said. 

' Then who will marry you, my pretty maid ? ' 
' Cultured girls don't marry, sir," she said. 
— Crimson. 




The Senior blacks his boots 
And elbows up his way/ 
Makes his little bow, 
And says his little say ; 
Then he makes another, 
And waits for his bouquet, 
While the people clap their hands 
And the band begins to play. — Ex. 

There is a great difference in milkmaids. 
The milk made in the country is not the same 
as the milk made in the city. — Ex. 

Student, demonstrating a problem which 
requires the use of an inequality : " Adding 
five to both sides of this iniquity, we have," 
etc. — Mercury. 

Professor (to student in natural history) — 
" Mention six animals of the frigid zone." 
Student (eagerly) — " Three polar bears and 
three seals." — Nassau Lit. 

Since Booth, and so many of the great 
men of Europe have been shot at, the presi- 
dent of the Freshman class is afraid to go 
out on the streets alone. — Vidette. 

There is a patient in one of the New York 
hospitals, who, in his delirium, continually 
calls out " Next ! Next ! " The physicians 
are undecided whether he is a college profes- 
sor or a barber. 

In the gallery of the Louvre, before the 
statue of the " Venus cle Milo." Little boy — 
"What did they cut her arms off for?" 
Mother — " Because she put her fingers in the 
sugar bowl." — Union. 

Professor — " Mr. Clinker may recite." 
Mr. Clinker — " Can't recite ; am not pre- 
pared." Professor — " Really, Mr. Clinker, I 
did not suppose you would let a little thing 
like that bother you." — Ex. 

" What a change ! " exclaims a Junior ; " I 
am this evening endeavoring to embrace the 
science of value, and circumscribe the field 
wherein it lies. Two weeks ago to-night I 
was embracing value itself." — Ex. 

The Freshman Class at Princeton is un- 
usually large this year, which probably ac- 
counts for the recent revival in the revolver 
and shot-gun trade. The use of a glass bottle 
as a weapon of defense is considered impolite, 
and even ungentlemanly, this year. — Lam- 


The last number of the JBrunonian is a very good 
number. The matter is fair and worked up in an 
excellent manner. Great pride is taken in the new 
library, and with good reason. The general plau of 
it is new and we should think most convenient. 
But the one point on which Brown is particularly 
happy is the ball-nine. Brown, Yale, and Harvard 
still claim the championship, and each has a row of 
scores to prove it ; but the case looks much in favor 
of Brown. Isn't it about time for Harvard and Yale 
to conclude that they are the only colleges which 
can play ball, and that allowing these plebeian col- 
leges to beat them is beneath their dignity, and 
withdraw ? 

The Berkeleyan is a modest youth, and is willing 
to acknowledge all its faults, modesty and all. After 
remarking that they are not liked, they continue: 

" Why is plain enough. The articles were al- 
most wholly treatises suited only for publication in 
an Edinburgh or a Quarterly Review.'" 

The present number, we presume, is free from 
this fault, all surplus manuscripts having been 
bought up by the above-named magazines. For 
the consolation of the Juniors we clip the following: 

" People are but imperfectly aware of the vast 
mysterious unexplored borderland of science ; whose 
illimitability men begin to realize but when they ad- 
vance in the secrets of chemistry and are met and 
baffled by perplexities on every side." 

This, we presume, is from one of the Edinburgh 
Revieiv articles. Sorry we can't clip more to show 
how the Reviews read. 

The most entertaining of all the college papers 
is the Acta Columbiana. Never dull or dry, it 
always finds a ready welcome at this table. The 
leading editorial expresses in concise language the 
object of the paper. " We publish the Acta not to 
weary, but to entertain our readers," and no paper 
succeeds better in its object. The present number 
contains President Barnard's views on electives and 
co-education, both of which he favors, but the editors 
say, " We do not want young women." There is a 
rattling criticism on New York papers, in which all 
got used pretty badly, and a sermon for sub- 
Freshmen : the latter about as good as anything we 
have seen this term. An article on slang, discusses 
" cribs," a term here only applied to writing the 
translation under the text in foreign languages, 
Can any oue tell us where our term "fakir" (syn- 
onymous with "crib " elsewhere) arose? 


Vol. IX. 


No. 9. 





Emery W. Bartlett, Herbert W. Grindal, 

Edwin C. Burbank, Frederic W. Hall, 

Franklin Goulding, Eliphalet G. Spring; 

Henry A. Wing. 

Terms — $2.00 a year rs advance ; single copies, 15 cents. 

Matter designed for publication may be handed to the Editors or 
addressed to Bowdoin Orient, Brunswick, Maine. It should be accom- 
panied by the writer's name, and the signature which he wishes to have 
appended. Back numbers can generally be obtained upon application to 
the Editors. 

Vol. IX., No. 9.— November 5, 1879. 

Editorial Notes 97 

Literary : 

The Last Charge (communication) 100 

The Old Red School-House 100 

Communications : 

English Literature J01 

Fitting Schools 102 

The Gymnastic Exhibition 103 

Pure Water 1 03 

Local 103 

Delta Kappa Epsilou Convention 105 

Theta Delta Chi Convention 105 

Entrance Examinations 105 

Card 106 

Personal 106 

College World 107 

Athletics 107 

Clippings 107 

Editors' Table ]08 

Book Reviews 108 


[ No communication under any circumstances will be 
published in the Orient unless accompanied by the real 
name of the writer. The name of the writer is not asked 
for publication, but as a guarantee of good faith.] 

The pressure of other duties has obliged 

Mr. Dane, who has occupied the position of 

business editor on the present Editorial Board, 

to resign. Hereafter all matter designed for 

the business department of the Orient should 

be directed to E. G. Spring, Box 1126. EVank- 
lin Goulding has been elected to fill the 
vacancy caused by the resignation of Mr. 

In this number our readers will notice a 
change in the typographical appearance of 
the Orient. In making this change we are 
under obligations to our publishers, and for 
favors shown us by them we desire to return 

We call particular attention to the com- 
munication in this number in regard to the 
Gymnastic Exhibition. Those who have the 
affair in charge extend an invitation to all to 
assist, and there should be a prompt and gen- 
eral response to the invitation. We would 
suggest that our musical men consider if it is 
not practical to organize a College Glee Club to 
accompany the Exhibition. 

In the Orient of October 22 we gave the 
Cornell Era credit for a Table of Athletics, 
showing the Field Day records of thirty-one 
colleges. The credit for the table should be 
given to the College Department of the New 
York World, as it was first prepared for the 
World of Jul} r 21. The World takes a com- 
mendable interest in all college matters, and 
we are glad to make this correction and give 
credit where credit is due. 

Without delay the Freshmen should see 
to purchasing a class-boat. Our advice to 
them in the matter is to buy the class-boat of 
'79. It is a good modeled boat and in every 
way substantially built, and for a small sum 
can be put into condition as good as new. It 



is true that the boat is a trifle heavy, but 
this fault can be remedied for a slight expense, 
and without injuring the strength of the boat 
in the least. We hope to see '83 take an 
interest in this matter at once. 

We would urge upon all to subscribe lib- 
ei-ally for the Bugle. Though published by 
the Junior class it nevertheless is an exponent 
of the whole College, and should be supported 
by every class. Enough is known already of 
the material of which the Bugle will be com- 
posed to predict a number equal to any which 
has preceded it. 

The Bugle Editors extend a cordial invi- 
tation to all to assist in getting material, and 
all should feel that they are at liberty to fur- 
nish material, or suggest changes. 

The Senior Recitation Room is to be 
enlarged by the addition of the room formerly 
occupied by the Athemean Society. The two 
rooms will make a commodious and convenient 
Recitation Room. The room occupied by the 
Peucinian Society should be fitted up for a 
Reading Room. Our present Reading Room 
is not large enough, as one can seen by look- 
ing into it any time during the forenoon, 
before or after a recitation. It is in no sense 
suited to our needs. With comparatively 
small expense the Peucinian Room could be 
made over into a Reading Room that would be 
suited to the wants of the students for a num- 
ber of years. A large number of the students 
desire that a good Reading Room should be 
fitted up, and we trust their wishes will be 

But few at the beginning of a college 
course appreciate the importance of keeping 
a full memorabilia. Very many after getting 
along in their course regret that they did not 
begin and keep a full collection of program- 
mes of Exhibitions, Ivy Days, Field Days, 
etc., and the many other things which it will 

be a pleasure hereafter to have to recall pleas- 
ant college scenes to mind. We would, there- 
fore, advise every member of the Freshman 
class to begin and keep as full and complete a 
memorabilia as possible. A box or drawer 
should be kept for this purpose. 

In this connection we would say that it is 
well to have each year's Orients and the 
volumes of the Bugle bound, both for safe 
keeping and for convenience. It costs but a 
small sum to have binding done in a neat and 
durable form. We know of no better place 
for having such work done than at the Bind- 
ery, Journal Block, Lewiston, the advertise- 
ment of which is in the Orient. 

Prof. Fiske's lectures on America's Place 
in History were able and entertaining. It is 
not often that we have an opportunity to 
attend a course of lectures by such an .emi- 
nent man as Prof. Fiske, and a larger number 
of students should have been in attendance. 
Continually we are hearing men grumbling 
because we do not have more attention given 
to history in our college course. Here was a 
chance for learning history, in the easiest and 
most pleasant manner, from one of the ablest 
Professors in the country, and how few availed 
themselves of the opportunity. It would be 
absurd to say that the cost of the lectures 
kept any one away. What, therefore, are we 
to conclude? Shall we say that after all 
there is no general desire to have a course in 
history as a part of our curriculum, and that 
all this talk is made from a natural desire to 
find fault with something? We think the 
real reason is to be found in the seemingly 
constitutional aversion which the average 
college man has to do anything, even to im- 
prove himself, unless compelled to do so. 

It is conceded on all sides that it is of the 
first importance that a young man should 
know how to debate. It is, too, an acquire- 
ment which almost all can obtain with practice. 



Practice will make what our day most needs, 
— clear, logical, forcible debaters. 

Our times do not demand the grandilo- 
quence of the talkers of ancient times, but 
men who can use the King's English to en- 
lighten and convince, and who, when occasion 
calls, have words " on the tip of the tongue." 
Practice, in debate while in college, will give 
that self-confidence and ready command of 
language which are absolutely necessary to 
make the ready debater. If these requisites 
are not obtained while in college, then there 
must be the discouragement and mortification 
of failure when it becomes necessary in after 
life to speak in public. 

Our Senior debates, carried on as they are 
with a study of Parliamentary Law, are of 
the highest importance, as they give the prac- 
tice .which is most needed. We hope and 
expect to see the Seniors take hold of these 
debates with a determination to make them 
of practical benefit. 

In another column will be found the new 
plan which the Faculty offer for entrance ex- 
aminations. The plan is quite complete, but 
still we think it should be taken cum grano 
salis. This plan would, undoubtedly have 
the immediate effect of making our classes 
larger, as there are some whom the terrors of 
an examination keep from trying to enter 
Bowdoin so long as there are colleges which 
will admit them on presenting a certificate or 
diploma certifying that the}' have pursued a 
preparatory course of study. But large 
classes is not the summum sonum. Our 
standard of admittance, while being high in 
comparison with some colleges, is none too 
exacting. If this plan is adopted, particular 
attention should be given by our Faculty to 
ascertaining if the schools which send appli- 
cations of student for admittance have 
thorough courses of study and able teachers. 
It is too true that a large majority of schools 
which prepare men for college have no sys- 

tematic courses of study. Too often, also, 
the teachers employed at such schools are not 
fitted for the positions which they occupy. 
There are many arguments in favor of this 
plan, and if it can be made certain that all 
the schools which send us students will do 
faithful, honest work, all objections to its 
adoption will be removed. 

There seems to be a general feeling among 
the leading colleges that there should be more 
attention given to boating during the coming 
year. This feeling, too, seems to be shared 
by colleges, which, for a few years past, have 
given no particular attention to boating, but 
have given their support to foot-ball and base- 
ball. It is not strange that there should be a 
movement to have a general revival of boating, 
for it is the most manly of all our college sports, 
and is destined to take the leading place in 
American colleges as it has in the English. 
Rowing is a true test of skill, endurance, pluck, 
and strength. It seems as though at this time 
the plan of a New England Rowing Associa- 
tion ought to be a feasible one. For instance, 
leaving out Harvard and Yale, as they wish 
to row by themselves, Amherst, Bowdoin, 
Brown, Dartmouth, Wesleyan, and Williams 
might form an Association and arrange for a 
four or six-oared race at some central place. 
Such an Association would be subject to none 
of the disadvantages and troubles which made 
the old inter-collegiate associations impracti- 
cable. No great expense would be involved 
in the formation and management ef such an 
Association, and it would in every way give 
an opportunity for a fair trial of speed. A 
race rowed under the auspices of such an 
Association could not fail of being a grand 
success, for it would attract a universal inter- 
est throuohout New England. 

The drill squad numbers only nineteen 
men. It is doing excellent work, however, 
under the supervision of Lieut. Crawford. 





Slowly and calmly 
At close of day, 
Slowly and grandly 
In firm array, 
The Guard of Prance marched on. 
The battlefield was hushed and still, 
As down the slope and up the hill, 
Onward they marched : the glittering steel 
Flashed dimly in th'expiring light, 
And with all Nature seemed to feel 
The coming of a darker night : 
While from the distance still recur 
The echos faint, " Vive l'Empereur." 

A sheet of flame 

On left and right, 
Before, behind, 

Shut out from sight 
The columns as they moved. 
Still onward silently they pressed 
Up o'er the cannon-furrowed crest, 
In vain ! Like rocks upou a coast, 
On which the surging breakers beat, 
The sturdy Britons met the host, 
And hurled it back in wild defeat. 

That Guard which won on EckmuhPs field, 
And saw the haughty Prussian yield, 
Had ne'er recoiled from human foe, 
Succumbing but to Russian snow, 
Flees, while the foe as quick pursue, 
From the fatal field of Waterloo. 

Slowly and softly 

The evening shade 
Upou that scene 
Its mantle laid, 
Concealed the marks of strife ; 
And as the stars that evening set, 
Another Star, the brightest yet, 
That ever shoue o'er field or flood, 
Went down in honor and in blood ; 
Aud monarchs, champions of the " Few," 
Past riveted their chains anew. 

G. C. Ceesset. 


We remember it well. A great deal of 
school-girl poetry and sentimental prose lias 
been written about it, yet we love the spot. 
It was situated on a hill, near a grove where 
in summer the birds built their nests and we 
stole their eggs and were thrashed therefor. 

In winter the woods were inhabited by dismal 
owls and sprightly rabbits. There was an 
orchard and a brook near by. In the former, 
the fruit was mostly sour and colicky. A 
cross bull had his head-quarters there, — and 
his hind-quarters, too, we suppose, though we 
don't remember. In the latter we waded, and 
the big boys ducked us. The girls sometimes 
took off their shoes and stepped in very 
daintily, when nobody was nigh to see them. 
Their feet were small and white. 

There was also a sand-bank, down which 
we used to roll or slide on a board. Teach er 
licked us when we covered small boys up in 
it, but we didn't know such innocent amuse- 
ment was against the rules. When a new 
teacher came, he generally found it necessary 
to make rules about boys and sand-banks. 
Such rules seemed very foolish to us. 

In front of the house grew a rose-bush 
and a fir-tree. They were planted by the 
hand of one of the best boys that ever lived. 
Jack always took our part against the big, 
bulldozing boys. We do not remember of 
ever seeing him angry. He died years ago, 
and the school was sad for weeks. 

But it is to the interior of that house that 
memory most fondly clings. There is the 
high desk of the master, situated in a most 
convenient place for looking out of the win- 
dow. No other desk was thus finely situated. 
A ferule and a Bible used to lie there side bj r 
side. The former was most used. We have 
stood on that desk for hours, and we have 
lain beneath it many times, in a most uncom- 
fortable position, because the fellows got into 
a scrape and said they didn't. There stands 
the stove much used and much abused. The 
funnel is marked and dented. It used to 
come down almost every day. On such 
occasions we got a stick of wood and pounded 
it back into " posish." Then there are the 
rows of seats. We have occupied a whole 
row at different times, from the low bench in 
front, up to the high seat where the big boys 



sat. Out of doors was more comfortable than 
any of them. 

We sometimes had writing schools and 
changed seats. Then it was possible to see 
girls on the " boys' side," and vice versa. In 
that corner we made our first proposal to one 
of the fair sex. We asked the prettiest girl 
in the lot if we could see her home. Did we 
get refused ? Not much. We walked home 
with her over the sparkling snow, in the 
bright moonlight, and got a big kiss at the 
door. The taste of that kiss lasted all the rest 
of the week. But we fear this is a digression . 

There is the black-board at which we have 
figured, with no great success, many times. 
We did not then know what a "fakir" was. 
The long crack that runs clear across the floor 
is the mark which we used to "toe." The 
first class in spelling stretched entirely across 
the room, and some had to stand out of line 
around the corner. It was a proud day for 
us when we spelled a word that nobody else 
could, and marched the whole length of that 
long line from the foot to the head. We 
never did it but once, and then the scholars 
said we looked on our book. They lied. It 
was modesty which kept us at the wrong end 
of the class. 

The members of that class are now scat- 
tered far and wide. A few remain at the old 
place and their children attend school at a 
new school-house. Some are in distant States, 
some are in foreign lands, and some sleep in 
silent graves on the green hillside. Never 
again in this life shall we meet together, an 
unbroken band ! 



There seems to have again arisen the com- 
plaint of the lack of English Literature in 
our curriculum. At present there is a good 

course in languages with the exception of 
English, the one that' should be the best, and 
that which is needed to complete this is the 
introduction of literature. It is but a few 
years since that history was only studied dur- 
ing a small part of Freshmen year, and now 
it is reported the Freshmen are to have it 
during their entire course. Time and oppor- 
tunity has been found for this and wh} r not 
for literature ? 

Some interested one has remarked, " If 
time can be found in no other way, why can- 
not literature, during the last part of Sopho- 
more year, be substituted for Latin and Greek, 
say half a term of each?" and he added 
sub voce, " If the Freshmen only knew the 
fearful grind of the first two years, many 
would not undertake the course." 

Looking at our experience at Bowdoin, 
this seems partly true. Not underrating at all 
the great value of the classics, it does seem 
that much would be gained by this change, 
and this gain be more acceptable to those 

It is known to the students, and probably 
to the Faculty, that during Sophomore year 
not one-tenth of the lessons are prepared with- 
out use of the " horse," and that but few of 
the many historical and grammatical points are 
investigated as they should be. Even those 
who do try to study this language conscien- 
tiously, do not seem to receive that direct 
benefit which should come from good appli- 
cation, especially after a discipline of five 
years or more in this very direction. And to 
the average student, who only hurries over 
his text for recitation, and recites as best he 
can, this benefit must be very small indeed. 
It generally happens that he knows quite as 
much at the beginning of Sophomore year as 
he did at the end. Thus all his time and labor, 
however valuable they may be, are compara- 
tively wasted. 

Since it is now necessary, owing to our 
excellent examination, to spend from three to 



five years in fitting, it would appear that one 
term at the end of two additional years in 
college, in the same line of study, would not 
be greatly missed. This change of classics 
to English would be a great aid to composi- 
tion, by increasing the useful and practical 
stock of works and furnishing favorite pas- 
sages and quotations which would at once be 
better appreciated and much easier remem- 
bered. The formation of a taste for good 
English reading alone, would seem to be a 
sufficient reason for this substitution. 

If one really has a taste for classics, after 
five or six years of faithful labor in them, he 
both knows what he ought to read, and where 
to get what he wants ; this liking is the result 
of his long study in the classics. 

This seems to be the case in the matter of 
English, in which the bulk of our reading is 
to be done. Its classics and masters should 
be just as carefully studied and criticised, for 
by this a latent taste may be developed, which 
might never have been but for this very work. 

Though it is hardly probable that the 
upper classmen can have English under these 
conditions ; yet it is to be hope that a change 
of some kind will soon be made to bring about 
these wished-for results, for the benefit of 
those to come hereafter. Lit. 


Editors of Orient: 

An editorial in a recent issue of the Obi- 
ent takes a decided stand against admitting 
to the Freshman class, without examination, 
students from fitting schools and academies. 
While it allows that there are many advan- 
tages to the plan, it does not believe in its 

Now we think there are many advantages 
in the plan adopted by Dartmouth, and, we 
think, by some other institutions, — some that 
are worthy of consideration. 

In the first place, a person so admitted is 
considered on probation for a certain time, and, 

if he shows an ability to master the studies 
in the course, he remains; otherwise he is 
dropped. Consequently, if a principal should 
be " likely to be influenced by unworthy 
considerations," and, by virtue of his situa- 
tion, should send to college a student utterly 
unfit to enter, the Faculty would not long 
remain ignorant of that student's ability, and 
would take measures accordingly. 

We think, moreover, the students of the 
institutions mentioned above will compare 
favorably with our own. Not discrediting our 
own abilities, but looking at the subject in the 
light we do, we doubt as to its lowering the 
standard of the college. 

We consider a certificate from a worthy 
and honorable principal as fair proof of good 
scholarship as an examination hastily written 
amid flurry and excitement ; and we think it 
will not be doubted that, in such cases, many 
good scholars are unable to do justice to them- 

Again, in some cases the expense is of 
some importance, especially where the candi- 
date is obliged to travel a hundred miles or 
more. He does not wish to wait for the sec- 
ond examination, thus saving the expense of 
a trip, fearing lest he may want the two 
months previous to that examination, in mak- 
ing up conditions, and, taken altogether, he 
prefers to enter some college without exami- 
nation and be free from care and anxiety. 

Disregarding high schools, we think at 
least students might be admitted without 
examinations from those institutions which 
annually send candidates, and such as invari- 
ably do credit to themselves and to the insti- 
tutions from which they come. Such a plan, 
if adopted, would not only be a benefit to the 
College in bringing, from the various fitting 
schools, students who would otherwise go out 
of the State, but would also be of advantage 
to the schools ; and, as for lowering the stand- 
ard of the College, we think it would have a 
tendency to raise it. N. G. 




Editors of Orient : 

It lias been proposed by a number of the 
students to give a Gymnastic Exhibition for 
the benefit of the Boat Club. As the plan is 
not generally understood perhaps it may be 
well to mention it in the Orient. At the 
present time the interest in boating among us 
is enthusiastic and general, and we have as 
good material for a crew as Bowdoin ever had. 
Money is the only thing needed to establish 
boating on a solid basis, and to send a crew, 
next season, to compete with some outside 
college, or colleges. It has been thought that 
one or more Gymnastic Exhibitions might be 
a means of assisting in raising funds. That 
such an exhibition, or exhibitions, can be made 
successful pecuniarily, there is no reason to 
doubt. There is reason to believe that we 
have good material to give an exhibition that 
will do credit to us. As it is impossible to 
see each student separately to ascertain his 
fitness for such an exhibition, a cordial invi- 
tation is extended to all who wish to enter 
the proficient class and go through the regular 
course of work. It is also desired that all 
will feel free to express their opinions as to 
the advisability of an exhibition. It is only 
by earnest, faithful work on the part of the 
participants, and the hearty co-operation of 
the student-body that the exhibition can be 
made a success. Each one should bear in 
mind that not only would the interests of our 
athletic sports be advanced by the success of 
such an exhibition as is proposed, but the 
College itself would be benefited thereby. 


Winthrop Hall, Oct. 24, 1879. 
Editors of Orient : 

If you would kindly give me a little space, 
I would like to say a few words through your 
columns, at the risk of being called a grumbler. 

If there is one thing that is necessary to 

human comfort, it is a plentiful supply of pure 
water. Now I must admit we have plenty of 
water, but pure is hardly a word that can 
properly be applied to it ; in fact, the water in 
the two wells near Winthrop Hall is positively 
filthy, — not even cattle would drink it, and 
much less human beings. 

We long ago gave up the idea that the 
well on the east side of Winthrop would be 
available, but we did hope that the one near 
Massachusetts Hall would be decent, at least. 
At present writing, it looks as though we 
should have to trudge through snow and 
water during the entire winter and get our 
water near Maine Hall. 

If we should ask the Janitor about it, he 
would say he was going to fix it. " Going 
to," yes, he is always "'going to " do some- 
thing, but never does, at least, seldom never. 

If he would use the time in doing neces- 
sary work, that he spends in bargaining for 
furniture, we might be a little more comfort- 
able. "Sodom." 


Waterhouse, '82, has rejoined his class. 

Nine Freshmen have joined the Praying 

The Bugle will be printed at the Journal 
Office, Lewiston. 

The Athenaean Library is being moved to 
the South Wing of the Chapel. 

The young ladies evidently consider one 
of the editors to be a very tidy young man. 

The man who recites twenty-five minutes 
in Physics is regarded as a public benefactor. 

The Sunday morning prayer-meetings will 
hereafter be held in the Cleaveland Lecture 

The Seniors have proved that " they suf- 
fered," etc., and are now beginning Porter's 
Human Intellect to Professor Ladd. It's a 
big book and even a bigger subject, but they 
intend to grapple it boldly. 



E. G. Spring has been elected captain of 
the Senior class crew, and A. G. Pettengill 
captain of the Junior class crew. 

Senior advising friend not to be extrava- 
gant: " You ought to study that place in the 
Bible which speaks of a fool and his money." 

The Sophomores finished Rhetoric with an 
oral examination and have begun the study 
of French. They are using a new textbook. 

All persons possessing books belonging to 
the Athenian and Peucinian Libraries are 
requested to deliver them to the College 

That was a hard-hearted Senior who un- 
ceremoniously made a classmate assume a 
horizontal position in the presence of a crowd 
of grinning Freshmen. 

It is complained that certain Freshmen 
still persist in wearing their hats in the 
Library. All such will please remember that 
this item is inserted expressly for their benefit. 

1st Senior — "It is said that as the ill-fated 
Prof. Wise started on his last balloon voyage 
a band played Pinafore." "2d Senior — " I 
suppose then the balloon was borne away on 
the «»■." 1st Senior faints. 

Prof. — ■" Will you mention some liquid 
that is lighter than water." Junior — " Alco- 
hol." Prof. — " Can you mention any other 
with which you are familiar?" Junior 
immediately searches for a club. 

The youngest member of our Faculty was 
discovered on a street in the suburbs, last 
Wednesday evening at half-past ten, vigor- 
ously whistling Pinafore. Probable cause, 
temporary release from domestic restraint. 

Junior to Student from Bates : " Do you 

know J of 3'our college?" Student 

from Bates — "Yes." Junior — "Good fellow 
isn't lie?" Student from Bates — "Yes, 
pretty good, but (mysteriously) I'll tell you 
something about him if you will never tell ; — 
(whispering) he horses! /" 

Phrenologist to Soph, whose "caput" be 
is examining : " I perceive a great fondness 
for pet animals, horses, etc." Good point by 
Phrenologist, as witness Soph's Harper's Clas- 
sical Library of seven volumes on adjoining 
book-shelf. Who can deny that Phrenology 
is becoming more of a science every clay ? 

In Greek : Prof. — " What is the differ- 
ence in meaningbetween 'dvdpmizot and 'dvdpsg?" 
Fresh — " The first means men in general ; 
the second signifies particular men. For in- 
stance, speaking of this class, avdpeq would be 
used." Prof. — ■" Yes, distinguished men." 
Fresh accepts the amendment, and the grind- 
ing goes on. 

Here is a relic from the recitations in Rhet- 
oric : Professor — " Mr. L., give an example 
of Antecedent Probability." Mr. L. is evi- 
dently " stuck," but nevertheless responds 
brashly ; " tracks, sir." Prof, smiles omi- 
nously, and Soph, thinking discretion the 
leading quality to be considered, seeks his 
seat unbidden. 

Following are the officers elected by the 
Junior class last Saturday : Marshal, Chas. 
Haggertj 7 ; President, J. E. Walker ; Vice 
President, W. M. Brown ; Secretary and 
Treasurer, E. E. Briry ; Orator, A. C. Cobb ; 
Poet, C. H. Cutler; Odist, F. L. Johnson; 
Chaplain, A. G. Pettengill; Curator, C. L. 
Baxter; Plistorian, H. L. Johnson; Commit- 
tee of Arrangements, F. C. Stevens, Alfred 
Hitchcock, F. H. Little. 

Our recent rain storms have given us some 
forcible reminders of the state of the walks 
in and about the Campus. The crossing from 
the posts at the rear of the church is inde- 
scribably bad. It is impossible for anyone to 
go down town after a storm without getting 
his boots muddy if he doesn't, get his feet 
wet. Surely this is something which ought to 
be remedied. If it isn't the place of the Col- 
lege authorities to do it, they should see that 
those who ought to attend to it do their duty. 

The election of the Senior class last Sat- 
urday resulted as follows: Marshal, W. S. 
Whitmore ; President, Franklin Goulding; 
Orator, F. W. Hall; Poet, E. W. Bartlett; 
Address at the Tree, G. L. Weil ; Historian, 
H. A. Wing; Prophet, E. C. Burbank ; Chap- 
lain, W. P. Ferguson; Odist, A. H. Holmes; 
Parting Address, H. W. Grindal ; Secretary 
and Treasurer, W. H. Chapman ; Committee 
of Arrangements, A. M. Edwards, W. L. 
Dane, F. O. Conant; Committee of Music, 
H. B. Wilson, R. L. Swett, H. L. Maxcy; 
Committee on Pictures, H. R. Giveen, A. H. 
Harding, A. D. Holmes. 




The thirty-third Annual Convention of 
the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity was held 
with the Pi Chapter of Dartmouth College, 
October 23 and 24. The Convention organ- 
ized with Mr. Phelps, of Columbia, President, 
Mr. Coleman, of Yale, Vice President, Mr. 
Coolidge, of Madison, Secretary, Mr. Becket, 
of Dartmouth, Recording Secretary. 

The business of the Convention was ex- 
tensive, requiring three sessions on each day 
and being of interest to members of the Fra- 
ternity only. There were in all about sixty 
delegates present, representing all but four 
chapters, and from their reports the Frater- 
nity was found to be in a most prosperous 

The Convention throughout was most en- 
thusiastic and, in the opinion of several grad- 
uates who had attended many conventions, 
was likewise declared most successful. The 
public exercises were held in the College 
Church, Friday evening, and consisted of an 
Oration by Edward Atkinson, of Boston, and 
a Poem by J. DeWitt Warner, of New York. 
Hon. J. W. Fellows, of Manchester, acted as 
presiding officer of the occasion. 

After the public exercises a banquet was 
partaken of by the delegates and home chap- 
ter at White River Junction, a special train 
conveying them thither. This concluded the 
exercises, and with a 'rah ! 'rah ! 'rah ! D. K. 
E. the convention adjourned, to meet next 
year at the usual time with the Alpha Chi 
Chapter of Trinity College. 


The thirty-third annual Convention of the 
Theta Delta Chi Fraternity was held at the 
Hotel Brunswick, Boston, October 22 and 23, 
with the Lambda Charge of Boston University. 
The Convention was called to order at 10 A.M., 
Wednesday, by Charles C. Kneisley, of Day- 
ton, Ohio, President of the Grand Lodge. 
The several charges were fully represented 
by graduate and undergraduate delegates, as 
this Convention was one of importance in the 
history of the Fraternity. The business of 
the Convention occupied four sessions of about 
four hours each. C. C. Kneislej' was re-elected 

President of the Grand Lodge. Thursday 
evening at 8 o'clock the delegates and invited 
guests assembled in the brilliantly lighted 
parlors of the Brunswick, to listen to the lit- 
erary exercises. The oration was delivered 
by 0. S. Marden, a graduate member of 
the Boston University charge. His subject, 
" Stumbling Blocks and Stepping Stones," 
was treated in an original and pleasing style, 
C. L. Goodell, also a graduate of Boston Uni- 
versity, read an original poem, which was thor- 
oughly enjoyed and received with great favor 
by the company. After the literary exercises 
the company adjourned to the banquet hall 
to discuss the menu. A. S. Miller, of Provi- 
dence, R. I., acted as toast master of the occa- 
sion. The banquet was kept up until a late 
hour, and was a pleasant ending of one of the 
most important and successful Conventions 
ever held by Theta Delta Chi. 


The following is the plan which the Fac- 
ulty offer for Entrance Examinations. It is 
published so that all may judge of its merits: 

" In view of the expense and inconvenience often 
accompanying the attendance of candidates in 
Brunswick on the day after Commencement, aud 
also with a view to promoting hearty co-operatiou 
between the teachers of leading schools and of the 
College, the Faculty of Bowdoin College otter to 
examine candidates who have been fitted at any 
public or private school or academy having a regular 
course preparatory for college of at least three 
year's duration, in the following manner : 

" At some time before the close of the school 
year of any such school or academy the Principal 
may send to the President of the College a schedule 
of the course of study in the institution under his 
charge, together with the names of those members 
of his graduating class who wish to enter the next 
Freshman class at Bowdoin, with a statement con- 
cerning the time which each candidate has actually 
spent in attendance upon the regular preparatory 
course, and the amount and quality of his work, and 
with an endorsement of his character as worthy of 
admission to college. 

" If these papers are found by the Faculty to be 
satisfactory,* the Principal sending them will be 
furnished a list of topics on which he will be 
requested to examine the candidates in writing, 
either at a special examination held for the purpose, 
or as a part of his regular final examination, as he 
may elect. 

* It is intended that only those shall be allowed to avail them- 
selves of the provisions of this plan whose record at their prepar- 
atory school is such as to lead to the belief that they are well 
fitted for college. 



" At his earliest convenience he will send to the 
Presideut of the College a copy of the questions 
which he set on the topics furnished, and the papers 
written by the candidates iu answer to them. At 
the sarae time, or as soon after as. possible, he will 
certify to the fact that the candidates have gradu- 
ated honorably from the institution under his charge. 

"The Faculty will then pass upon the exami- 
nation, and will communicate the result as soon as 
possible to the Principal, and to the several can- 


The Editorial Board of the class of Eighty 
extend their thanks to Mr. W. L. Dane for his 
faithful and efficient management of the busi- 
ness department of the present volume of the 
Orient, and regret that other duties obliged 
him to sever his connection with the paper. 
Pee Order Editorial Board. 


[We earnestly solicit communications to this 
column from any who may have an interest in the 

-18.— Moses Emery, of Saco, is the oldest mem- 
ber of the York County Bar. He was admitted in 
1821, and although eighty-five years of age enjoys 
excellent health. 

'20. — Jacob Abbott, the well-known author, died 
at his home in Farmington, Oct. 31, in the seventy- 
sixth year of his age. Mr. Abbott had a wide- 
spread reputation as an author, his Rollo and 
Franconia series being especially popular. He was 
at one time Brofessor in Mathematics in Amherst 
College, and later on conducted young ladies board- 
ing schools in Boston and New York. 

'45.— Died, in Portland, Oct. 21, Moses M. Butler. 
Mr. Butler was County Attorney from 1859 to 18(35, 
Representative to the Legislature in 1859, and was 
Representative elect at the time of his decease. 
The Portland Press of Oct. 22, says : " Mr. Butler 
was a careful, sagacious lawyer, with an eminently 
judicial mind, and we know of no one more emi- 
nently fitted to adorn the bench. As a counselor 
he was among the best in the city, for he was deeply 
read in his profession and his advice was always 
sound. His services as a Mayor will not soon be 
forgotten iu this city, and in his death Portland 
loses a valuable citizen." 

'47. — The Rev. Dr. John Cotton Smith was one 

of the Essayists in the recent Episcopal Church 
Congress, at Albany, N. Y. 

'50.— Prof. John S. Sewall is to lecture in the 
Bangor Course, Nov. 17th. Subject: "How Our 
Fathers Lived a Thousand Years Ago." 

'54.— The Rev. Wm. P. Tucker, for several years 
Instructor in Bowdoin College, was among the 
speakers at the Albany Congress 

'56.— Married, at Somerville, Mass., Hon. Enos 
T. Luce to Sarah J. Mills of Somerville*. 

'60.— Granville P. Hawes has been nominated 
for theoffice of Marine County Judge, New York City. 
'62.— Chas. H. Yerril is Principal of the Dela- 
ware Institute in Franklin, N. Y. 

'62.— Rev. John T. Magratb, of Battle Creek, 
Mich., has been elected Rector of All Saints Church, 
Lower Dublin, Peun. 

'63.— Rev. Newman Smyth, of Quincy, Illinois, 
has lately written a book, entitled " Old Faiths in 
New Light." 

'63. -Rev. Gideon Libby died in Bethel, Illinois, 
Sept. 6, 1879, aged 42 years 6 months. 

'65.— Thomas D. Anderson died in Portland, 
Oct. 22d. He was a son of ex-Gov. Anderson. 

'68.— E. Wadsworth took the degree of Ph.D. 
at the last Harvard Commencement. 

'70.— E. C. Woodward is Principal of the Castino 
High School. 

'71.— Rev. Edgar F. Davis is called to the St. 
Stephen, N. 13., Congregational Church. 

'74. — Chas. J. Palmer is acting for the present as 
Rector of St. John's Church, Bangor. 

'75. — Wilson Nevens is practicing law in Port- 

'75. — Geo. C. Cressey is not in Yale Divinity 
School as stated in the last Orient, but is studying 
Sanskrit and Comparative Philology in the Post- 
Graduate Department of Yale. 

'76. — H. E. Hall is studying law in Damariscotta. 

'77.— O. M. Lord, as Principal of the North 

Berwick Academy, is meeting with great success, 

having at present nearly 150 students against 30 

when he first assumed control. 

'78. — J. L. Biggins has been nominated for the 
office of County Attorney, Martin County, Minne- 
sota. A nomination is equivalent to an election, as 
the County is a Republican stronghold. 

'79.— J. W. Achoru is to teach the winter school 
in Newcastle. 

'79.— J. P. Huston is studying law in Damariscotta. 
'80.— V. C. Wilson is teaching at Wells, Me. 
'80. — T. F. Jones is teaching in Newry, Me. 
'80.— J. Scott is teaching iu Sherman, Me. 




Foster's plurality in Oberlin College 
was 546. 

A Chapter of 9, A. X. has been founded 
at Wabash. 

Harvard has got a Professor of Chinese 
but no students who wish to study that 

The '81 men at Boston University have 
just given '83 a reception and lunch. There 
are many ladies in '83. 

In the last Wesleyan-Columbia race, Wes- 
leyan claims to have been beaten on account 
of their boat filling with water. 

The Alpha Sigma Chi Fraternity held 
their eighth and last annual convention at 
Ithaca, N. Y., Oct. 21st and 23d. October 
22d the formal union of this Society with the 
Beta Theta Phi took place. 

Prof. J. Sterling King (Williams, 75) is 
preparing a new edition of a book called 
" College Words and Customs." It is an en- 
cyclopedia of the peculiar work, phrases, and 
customs of American colleges. 

The Yale Sophs and Fresh have had their 
first brush of the season. The Fresh outnum- 
bered the Sophs and rather got the better of 
them in the general rush, but the Sophs were 
victorious in the wrestling matches which 

There are in the United States four hun- 
dred and twenty-two colleges; of these, 
twenty are in New England, while the State 
of Missouri has twenty-three, and Pennsylva- 
nia twenty-nine. As to church or other con- 
trol, there are twenty-seven State Universities, 
and forly-eight other non-sectarian colleges'; 
while the Roman Catholic institutions num- 
ber sixty-seven ; the Methodist of various 
kinds sixty-five ; while many less sectarian 
denominations have each a few. 


Nine-tenths of the students at Dartmouth 
have agreed to help in the work on the college 
campus, and wield the spade every Wednes- 
day and Saturday afternoon. 

The Harvard class races occurred Satur- 
day, Oct. 25th. The water was rough and 

the race was rowed in barges. Juniors were 
first, Seniors, second. 

In respect to throwing the base-ball, nine 
colleges have made the following records, in 
feet and inches : Trinity, 360 ; Bowdoin, 
332.3 ; Yale, 326.7 1-2 ; Michigan University, 
324.10; Dartmouth, 318.11; Marietta, 315; 
Virginia,. 313.11; Syracuse, 309. In an exhi- 
bition throw, the ball was sent 377.6 feet 
from the starting line. 

" The effect of four hours' work for one 
year upon a youth of 19, at Bowdoin College : 
Increase of height, 1 inch; weight, 15 pounds ; 
chest inflated, 3 1-2 inches ; chest contracted, 
3-4 inch ; forearm, 3-4 inch ; upper arm, 1 1-2 
inches ; shoulders, 1 1-4 inches ; hips, 1 1-2 
inches ; thigh, 2 1-4 inches ; calf, 1 1-2 inches. 
The average increase of 200 students at 
Bowdoin College, in various measurements, 
after working but half an hour a day four 
times a week, for six months : 

Average increase in height i in. 

" "weight 21bs. 

" " of chest (contracted) fin. 

(inflated) If in. 

" " of girth of forearm fin. 

" " " upper arm 1 in. 

of width of shoulders fin. 

of girth of hips 2J in. 

thigh Ii in. 

calf fin. 

In this case the apparatus used was light 
dumb bells, 2 1-2 lbs. ; Indian clubs, 3 1-2 lbs.; 
pulley weights, from 10 to 15 lbs." — Blaikie's 

Book on Physical Culture. 



Blessings on thee, little man 

With nose turned up to snuff the air. 

The youthful down upon thy cheek 
All in good time will turn to hair. 

— Beacon. 

The king of the Feejee Islands is said to 
like " Baby Mine " very much. He relishes 
it on the spit, with mushrooms. — Ex. 

p ro f, — " What is the meaning of the 
author's allusion to Blanche of Castile, Mr. 
K. ? " Mr. K. (feeling his way cautiously) — 
" Well-er-I suppose he is alluding — to some 
brand of — soap ! " — Acta. 



The Professor of History divides the pau- 
per class into " the Lord's poor, the devil's 
poor, and the poor devils." — Campus. 

Tutor (dictating Greek Prose Composi- 
tion) — " ' Tell me, slave, where is thy horse ? ' " 
Startled Soph. — " It — it's under my chair, sir ; 
I wasn't using it ! " — Acta. 

An evening interview : " Good evening ! " 
" Good evening." " This is a pleasant even- 
ing." '.' A very nice evening." " May I see 
you home this evening?" "Well, not this 
evening." " Good evening." " Good even- 
ing." Thus evening matters all round. — Ex. 


Asbury University publishes a first-class monthly, 
one of the best of our Western exchanges. The 
lighter parts of the paper are well written and. 
attractive, but most of the other articles are rather 
ponderous for a college paper. A writer on co-edu- 
cation makes the following rather wild statement : 
" Who are opposed to co-education ? Here are some 
propositions: 1. The objectors are the uneducated. 
2. Their objections arise from their own immoral 
tendencies. 3. They refuse to inform themselves of 
the practical results of the system. 4. Their a priori 
argument is a last limpid hand shake with the old 
tenet that a woman does not need to be educated." 
Now President Eliot, of Harvard, and many others, 
like Oliver Wendell Holmes, are usually supposed to 
be pretty well educated, and although co-education 
may be a good institution, yet we think it will 
be many years before the East can be made to 
think so. The Columbia papers make decided 
objection, although President Barnard is in favor of 
it, and in other institutions here, although the 
Faculty iu rare cases, in minor colleges, favor it, the 
general opinion of the students is opposed. 

The Amherst Student enters upon a new series 
with a double Board of Editors, fourteen, chosen from 
the two upper classes. The first number is a good 
one, and does the editors credit. If they make all 
their numbers as good as this they will deserve the 
highest success. In order to encourage students to 
write for the paper — one would think fourteen 
editors might write enough — a year's subscription 
is offered to any one whose article is accepted. 

The exchange editor of the College Argus has 
made a discovery. After looking carefully over the 
back numbers of the Orient, he has discovered that 
the editors are Seniors, and know it ; that they con- 
sider themselves a little farther up than Freshmen, 
and nearly as good as any class; and that the Senior 
class takes some interest iu college affairs, and has 
not gone to seed the last year as too many classes 

do. The rest of the Argus is very fair, the locals 
being particularly good. 

The November Scribner's is an agricultural num- 
ber, containing half a dozen papers of the highest 
interest to farmers and every one else who has the 
good fortune to own a home and a few feet of land. 
The two portraits of Bayard Taylor give one an 
excellent idea of the face of that popular writer, 
and an article by E. C. Stedman, an idea of the man. 
A new serial, " The Grandissimes," is begun by G. 
W. Cable. Two other principal features of this 
number are " The Mississippi Jetties," and " Morris 
Moore and His Old Masters." 

St. Nicholas contains its usual quota of interest- 
ing articles by the best authors. The illustrations 
of this number are remarkably good, especially those 
of Frederics and Church. 

The November Harpers is the last number of 
the fifty-ninth volume. It contains the usual num- 
ber of interesting articles by the most eminent 
authors. The most interesting articles are " The 
Old National Pike," " Early American Art," and 
"The Mimicry of Nature." The first gives an 
account of one of the old stage-roads with which 
the name of many an eminent American was con- 
nected in the old time. The serial stories are con- 
tinued, and grow still more interesting as they get 
farther on. 

We have received No. 1, Vol I. of a new publica- 
tion called the Chromatic Art Magazine, published 
by John Henry of New York. Its object is the ele- 
vation of the typographic and lithographic arts. 
The first number is prepared in excellent shape, and 
contains a fine engraving of Franklin. 


" An Earnest Trifler" is a story lately received 
from the publishing house of Houghton, Osgood & 
Co., Boston. The story has no deep-laid plot and 
thrilling adventures, but, nevertheless, the author, 
who is anonymous, succeeds in keeping the attention 
and interest of the reader to the close. It is a 
pleasant story with which to wile away a leisure 
hour. Like all the books issued by the Riverside 
Press, the printing and binding are of the best. 

" Old Friends and New " is the title of a collec- 
tion of seven stories by Sarah 0. Jewett, who is so 
well and favorably known as the authoress of " Deep 
Haven." Like all of Miss Jewett's stones, "Old 
Friends and New " is written in that fresh and 
original style which is so attractive to the reader. 
There is nothing dull to these stories, but they are 
altogether bright and charming. The book is 
printed in the " Little Classic " style, and is pub- 
lished by Houghton, Osgood & Co., Boston. Price, 

From Gr. P. Putnam's Sons a new classical dic- 
tionary by Frederic G. Ireland, contains, in a con- 
venient form, much important information for classi- 
cal students, and the price (75cts.) ought to make 
a large demand for it. 

Vol IX. 


No. 10. 





Emery W. Bartlett, Herbert W. Grindal, 

Edwin C. Burbank, Frederic W. Hall, 

Franklin Goulding, Eliphalet G. Spring, 

Henry A. "Wing. 

Terms — $2.00 a year is advance ; single copies, 15 cents. 

Matter designed for publication may be handed to the Editors or 
addressed to Bowdoin Orient, Brunswick, Maine. It should be accom- 
panied by the writer's name, and the signature which he wishes to have 
appended. Back numbers can generally be obtained upon application to 
the Editors. 

Vol. IX., No. 10.— November 19, 1879. 

Editorial Notes 109 

Literary : 

Vanity Fair — A.D. 1906 (communication) 112 

The Art Gallery 112 

To the Absent (poem) 114 

Student and Statesman 114 

Preaching and Practice 1 15 

Local 115 

Gift to the Cabinet 117 

The Bowdoin Bugle 117 

The Cry of the Fallen (poem) 117 

Rules for College Life 118 

Personal 118 

College World 119 

Athletics 119 

Clippings 119 

Editors' Table 120 


[No communication under any circumstances will be 
published in the Orient unless accompanied by the real 
name of the writer. The name of the writer is not asked 
for publication, but as a guarantee of good faith.] 

Our next number will be delayed one 

week over the usual time in order that all of 

the events of the term may be recorded. 

We would again remind our subscribers 
that the subscriptions for this volume of the 
Orient are due. Those who are in arrears 

will confer a favor by remitting the amounts 
of their indebtedness. 

The editors are in no way responsible for 
the opinions expressed in communications. 
It may also happen that the views of the edi- 
tors on a certain subject are directly opposite 
to those of a correspondent. Personal feeling 
and malice should not enter into a discussion 
of college topics. It is scarcely necessary to 
add that no communication which evidently 
is prompted by such feelings will be pub- 

For a small sum, individually, each of the 
undergraduate classes might establish a per- 
manent prize for the Field Day sports. These 
prizes would of course be inscribed with the 
names of the winners, and kept in the library 
or some safe public place. This plan would 
settle in the easiest, cheapest, and most prac- 
tical wa} r the question of permanent prizes. 
Let each class give this plan the consideration 
which is due to it. 

There should be great care exercised in 
heating our recitation rooms, especially for 
the recitations of the first morning hour. If 
the fires are not built until ten or fifteen min- 
utes before the time of recitations the cold air 
cannot be expelled from the rooms. Besides 
the discomfort of sitting in a cold room for 
the time being, colds are likely to be con- 
tracted. A due regard for the laws of health 
demand that this matter should receive care- 
ful attention. 

Anything which relates to the early his- 
tory of our college has an interest and charm 



for us all. In looking over the files of the 
Orient, we find that articles relating to the 
early history and customs of our college have 
been from time to time written. In Vol. V. 
especially, there is a great deal which is of 
historical interest and value. But the field 
has been by no means entirely gleaned, and 
there is still much which will reward the 
patient worker for his labor. 

The Class of Seventy-Nine have presented 
their class boat to the Boat Club, with the 
understanding that it is to be sold and the 
proceeds used for finishing the new boat- 
house. We would, in behalf of the members 
of the Boat Club and College, extend thanks 
to the gentlemen of Seventy-Nine for their 
generous gift. This example of Seventy-Nine 
is worthy of the imitation of other classes. 

The arguments for forming a College Glee 
Club are many, and so well known that it is 
not necessary to repeat them. No one denies 
that there is not good talent in college at the 
present time for singing, and there are many 
who would like to join a Glee Club. All 
that is needed is for some one to lake the 
lead in this matter. Why cannot a Glee Club 
be organized, and concerts given during the 
coining winter? 

The Freshmen are taking a commendable 
interest in boating. The class has voted to 
buy a boat, and already several candidates 
for the class crew are at work in the gymna- 
sium on the rowing weights. With the excel- 
lent material there is in the class a crew can 
be put on to the river next spring which will 
do itself and the class much credit. We hope 
'83 will continue to have an interest, not only 
in boating, but in all of our college sports. 

The gentlemen who are interested in the 
gymnastic exhibition are pushing the matter 

with a great deal of vigor. A good number 
have joined the class of proficients and much 
zeal and interest is showed in the practice 
work. It seems perfectly safe to predict 
that an exhibition will be given, and that it 
will be a success. A meeting of the Athletic 
Association should be held and an assessment 
made to raise money to purchase needed 

It should be remembered that the "offi- 
cial " way, if we wish for work done to our 
rooms, the wells cleaned out, or any such 
thing attended to, is to speak to the treasurer 
of the college, or to leave an order or petition 
at his office. Then if work is not promptly 
done, and our comfort and health disregarded, 
there will be a just cause for complaint. But 
so far as our observation goes our treasurer 
has always taken an interest and showed a 
willingness to do all in his power for the 
accommodation and comfort of the entire 
student bod}'. 

The Acta Columbiana is waging a vigorous 
battle against co-education which the Presi- 
dent of Columbia and some of the friends of 
that college strongly favor. Women should 
receive the highest culture possible, but there 
are many arguments why she should obtain 
it in institutions designed for her special edu- 
cation. The strongest and best argument, 
against co-education is that woman herself 
does not believe in it or call for it. We must 
make an exception for a few "strong-minded " 
females who evidently consider that they 
were destined to strut on the stage. It is 
these few alone — and very few they are — 
who desire to enter the lists and contend with 
the sterner sex for Commencement honors. 

Professors sometimes seem to forget in 
assigning lessons that the student has three 
lessons and not one to learn. We do not for- 
get that lessons are given on the supposition 



that students stucty, nor do we overlook the 
fact that, in order to complete a certain study 
of the curriculum, it is sometimes necessary 
to give long lessons. But still the Professor 
should bear in mind that the most diligent 
student has but little time in which to read 
on a subject if he has daily three long lessons 
to learn. Furthermore, most students do not 
think it for their best good to devote all their 
reading to one branch, to the exclusion of all 
others. Besides, studies should be so ar- 
ranged as to encourage and give time for gen- 
eral reading'. 

For some time President Chamberlain has 
had in view the plan of a library for the 
exclusive use of the Senior class in the study 
of Political Economy and International and 
Constitutional Law. We are pleased to 
record that such a library has been secured. 
Through the generosity of some of the friends 
of the college a number of the most valuable 
political works in the library of the late Caleb 
Gushing have been purchased. This library 
will be of incalculable benefit for reading and 
reference in the studies of Senior year. The 
library is to be placed in that part of the old 
Athenfeum society room which remains after 
enlarging the Senior recitation room. For 
this library thanks are due to our President, 
and also to the gentlemen who so liberally 
subscribed the money for it. 

It was our intention to say nothing more 
in regard to the next Editorial Board of the 
Orient. But with the purpose in view of 
electing the men best fitted for the positions for 
the next Board of Editors, and, also, to give 
all a fair chance, it has been deemed best to 
allude to the matter again. To judge of the 
suitability of men for editors, the present 
Board would like to have at least one article 
from each candidate. 

We may not publish all articles received, 
but we promise to give to each a fair and 

careful examination. Let it be remembered 
that the men who are to manage the next 
volume of the Okient will not be selected 
because of their popularity or influence, or 
because it is their " turn to have an honor," 
but solely from ability, judgment, and general 
fitness for the positions of editors. 

Mr. Robinson has succeeded admirably 
this term in awakening an enthusiastic inter- 
est in the work of the gymnasium. It is a, 
good sign to see this interest in physical cult- 
ure. Physical training is now recognized by 
our best educators to be a necessary part of a 
liberal education, and it is more and more 
aided and encouraged each year. It has been 
proved beyond all doubt that exercise, system- 
atically and regularly followed, will develop 
the chest and increase and strengthen the 
muscles of the body. That man is not wise 
who does not from the beginning to the close 
of his college course do faithful work in the 
gymnasium. We trust that this interest in 
physical training will become even more gen- 
eral among us, for, as Herbert Spencer says : 
" We do not yet sufficiently realize the truth 
that as, in this life of ours, the physical under- 
lies the mental, the mental must not be devel- 
oped at the expense of the physical. The 
ancient and modern conceptions must be com- 

As to just what constitutes a model col- 
lege paper there is probably a great diversity 
of opinion in the college world. Just where 
the line of demarcation ought to be drawn 
between the space devoted to matters strictly 
local, and those of a more general bearing it is 
difficult to specify. The college paper is, in 
part, a record of the yearly events, and for 
this reason considerable space, oftentimes, is 
given up to matters which otherwise would 
be passed by with a casual allusion. 

It seems to us that the first thing for which 
a college paper should strive is to be a true 



representative of its own college. Then 
comes the subject of literary matter. In 
looking over the college exchanges it is found 
that the papers which represent the leading 
colleges invariably publish literary articles 
which are light and entertaining ; while many 
of the papers of the smaller colleges, as inva- 
riably publish articles which are long, dry, 
and uninteresting. Such articles as those last 
mentioned, which are usually on some mooted 
educational, political, or social subject, are in 
no way suited to a college paper or magazine. 
If one desires to investigate such subjects it 
is more than likely that works of authority 
will be consulted rather than the columns of 
the college paper. Moreover, a sketch, an 
article depicting a phase of college life, or a 
discussion of a live inter-collegiate or college 
topic, besides being more interesting to the 
reader, is as true a test of literary ability and 
talent as an article which is as dry as a patent 
office report and, we may add, about as widely 
read. We do not intend to say that every 
article published in the college paper should be 
of a light and humorous nature. What we 
protest against are these long articles on sub- 
jects which are suited only for an essay or 
discussion before a literary society, and which 
it is impossible for the average college student 
to treat in an original and readable manner. . 


VANITY FAIR— A.D. 1906. 

Thirty years since at Bowdoiu in '76 
You and I, Ned — Beg pardon, a chair 

And a glass of this port, and before we begin 
Give us — Bah ! there's that Vanity Pair. 

'Tis a callow young fellow, a Freshman from Yale, 

His " cousin," I fancy, lives there, 
So he comes every night and he ruins my pipe 

With his puerile Vanity Fair. 

But it carries me back, though — you, too, Ned, you 
To old Bowdoin, the boys — I declare, 

You remember Miss Declavar, Jerold's beloved, 
She " doted " on Vanity Fair. 

You remember the " Smokers' Utopia," Ned, 
And the " meets " in old Winthrop ? I swear 

We settled all matters of church and of state 
Midst the fumes of our Vanity Fair. 

And the boys— ah ! the boys— who have met in that 
Grave, foolish, gay, wise, debonair, 
Some are wed, some are dead, some are quite gone 
from sight, 
And vanished in — Vanity Fair. 

And our glorious class that with grip 'neath the Oak, 
Vowed all manner of constancy there ! 

I might cut my own chum, if I met him to-night, 
Even friendship was — Vanity Fair. 

Ah, well ! we may smoke, and be grave enough, Ned, 
We have meerschaums and fame and care, 

But 1 think we'd go back, if we could, for to-night, 
To our youth and our Vanity Fair. 


" Did you ever visit the picture gallery?" 
asks Senior Highart of Senior Masher. " Cer- 
tainly," says M. "How many times?" "Once 
when I was showing a friend the college." 
Exit Senior M., confident that he has " done " 
the subject. How many in college are in the 
condition of Masher ? Men enter here, work 
through their four years, and leave without 
knowing that we have a gallery, or even if 
they do, never visiting it during their college 
course. To such be it known that we have a 
gallery ; that it is situated over the library, 
and that it is open to visitors every day. This 
gallery is unsurpassed by any in the United 
States, and no other contains so fine a collec- 
tion of paintings by the old masters. If it 
was situated at Harvard we should hear far 
more about it than at present, yet it was cele- 
brated throughout the country fifty years ago. 

The Hon. James Bowdoin, son of Gov. 
Bowdoin of Massachusetts for whom the col- 
lege was named, was Minister to Spain in 
1804-5, when Napoleon was tearing down . 
and building up kingdoms. His marshals 
were about to invade Spain, and every- 



thing was in confusion. King and nobles 
were preparing for flight and ready to turn 
their valuable art treasures into more portable 
property. Mr. Bowdoin was a man of large 
means, and his own fine taste was assisted by 
that of his secretary, Mr. Hamilton, through 
whose endeavors, principally, the collection 
was made, many a fine picture finding its 
way into the hands of the shrewd Yankees. 
After his resignation in 1805 Mr. Bowdoin 
traveled over Europe, spending three years in 
Paris, where he added considerably to his 
collection, getting possession of many fine 
works which would now be far beyond the 
reach of any private collector of less than 
princely fortune. During this time he visited 
Rome, and as both himself and secretary were 
continually on the lookout for a rare work, 
there is good reason to believe that several 
were purchased here in this treasure-house of 
art ; for while Napoleon was taking possession 
of the most famous works, there was an oppor- 
tunity given to his subordinates to fill their 
purses by following the example of their illus- 
trious master. The collection, thus brought 
together in various ways, with several English 
pictures including three Hogarths of small 
value, came to this country in 1809, and upon 
Mr. Bowdoin's death in 1811 fell into the 
possession of the college. 

The Bowdoin family was one of the most 
aristocratic in New England, and possessed 
that certain sign of it, namely, a number of 
family portraits, painted by New England 
artists, which had all the characteristics of 
our early portrait painters, being splendid 
clothes containing wooden forms. But among 
them are some — not family portraits — which 
do honor to the brush of the best of Amer- 
ican portrait painters, Stuart. His portraits 
of Jefferson and Madison are among the best 
in the gallery, and were valued so highly by 
the artist that he always copied them, and by 
one of his visits here the collection was 
brought into prominent notice, and several 

pictures of doubtful origin identified. The 
catalogue had either been lost, or so short a 
time had elapsed between the collector's re- 
turn from Europe and his death, that none 
had been compiled, although the most of the 
works had the name of the artists upon them, 
or were so famous as to require no proof of 
their identity. The collection, at this time 
known all over the country, was pronounced 
to be beyond question the finest in America, 
and many visitors came to see it. 

But now a trouble arose ; the strict Puri- 
tanic faculty looked upon it and pronounced 
it bad, and, fearing that it would harm the 
students, on the plea that there was not a 
suitable room for exhibition, locked it up so 
completely that the college was hardly known 
to possess a gallery, until it was unearthed by 
R. C. Winthrop, who asked that it be put 
into the hands of the restorers, which was 
done. The restoration was remarkably suc- 
cessful, and some of the works were actually 

Four of the paintings, which were judged 
to be the most objectionable, were sold at this 
time ; only one, however, was of any particu- 
lar value. This picture, " Danae and the 
Golden Shower," was sold to George Hall, an 
artist of New York, for $1500. The others 
went to pay the restorers. Additions have 
been made from time to time, and the 91 
paintings of the original collection have been 
increased to 136, among the additions being 
one excellent Copley. Perhaps the most strik- 
ing work of all is the " St. Simeon with the 
Child Jesus," by Rubens. The scene as here 
presented is the center of a larger picture in 
the Cathedral of Antwerp, the figures being 
in the same position and the expression the 
same. The color and general execution are 
in the best style of Rubens. Another valua- 
ble painting is " The Governor of Gibralter," 
by Vandyke. This is one of the most valua- 
ble of all, $30,000 having been offered for it. 
Among the other fine works are originals by 



Teniers, Berghem, Hogarth, Wouvermanns ; 
originals or copies of Titian, Poussin, Raphael, 
and many others. Several fine pictures have 
not yet been determined, but the perfect col- 
oring and noble designs show them to have 
been the works of no minor artists. The 
obscurity into which the Bowdoin collection 
has lately fallen, is due mostly to the idea 
that it has been sold, as mentioned by the 
July Harpers, but the works sold have been 
of small importance ; the gallery never was 
so rich in paintings as at present, and if any 
skeptics are still living, we would advise all 
such to " come and see." 



And I have really lost you ? 

You've left me, love, alone? 
Yet in my ear is sounding still 

Your sweet, familiar tone. 

At early morn the pilgrim's eye 

In vaiu doth scan the air ; 
He sees not, in the deep blue realm, 

The lark that's siuging there. 

E'en thus my anxious gaze doth search 
Through field and wood, in vain ; 

With earnest prayer to thee I call. 
Come back, my love, again ! 


The duties of the statesman are peculiar ; 
they require a degree of intelligence, disinter- 
estedness of motive, and mental training dif- 
fering from and far exceeding the require- 
ments of any other department. The weal 
of a country depends upon its government ; 
its business prosperity fluctuates with the 
changes of policy as obediently as the human 
pulse responds to the condition of the heart. 
Is not the student who has enjoyed the priv- 
ilege of a collegiate education best fitted for 
the responsibilities of government ? 

In the first place : The liberally educated 
man is less liable to petty prejudice than any 

other, and this is inseparable from the minds 
of those whose thoughts run in the same 
narrow channel continually and relate wholly 
or in great part to their individual interests. 
Prejudice and prepossession are not faults in 
the man of special business interests, but they 
are inevitable from the very nature of the 
human mind. Now, we think it will be con- 
ceded that the expansion of the mind conse- 
quent upon a varied and extended course of 
study tends to right reasoning, clearness of 
judgment, and disinterestedness of motive. 

" Secondly. The student has long been in 
the habit of considering with a critical mind 
the very subjects which as a statesman he 
would be called upon to determine. He has 
arrived at logical conclusions on many sub- 
jects of public interest, differing in many 
cases from his previous belief on these sub- 
jects, and that, too, the more readily, as he 
goes through college at a period when his 
mind is more susceptible of being undeceived 
than at any other time in a man's life; in 
fact the college course covers the transition 
period or metamorphosis from youth to man- 

Thirdly. The student has another advan- 
tage in that he has had the best of instruction 
in those subjects which appertain to public 
life. And, when he has had this, he has been 
taught to take men and things for exactly 
what they are worth, and not to believe a 
theory because its author makes a confident 
and plausible assertion of it. From Rhetoric 
the student learns the all-important art of 
persuasion ; from Logic he derives ability to 
reason according to the natural laws which 
govern all human thought when in the perfect 
state, and to detect the fallacious pretenses of 
demagogues and agitators ; from his study of 
economics he becomes familiar with the theo- 
ries which have agitated the world, and is 
enabled to discriminate between the false and 
the true ; from the study of the natural 
sciences the student learns how to make a 



profitable application of his notions of govern- 
ment to the many industries which involve 
scientific knowledge. 

Fourthly. The student gains a knowl- 
edge of human nature which is indispensable 
to the perfect statesman. This knowledge 
can only be attained to by learning to know 
one's self, by following the celebrated injunc- 
tion of Socrates, fvwOt nsaurm, and to this self- 
knowledge the life of a student offers many 
incentives. The knowledge of human nature 
derives its superior importance from the fact 
that it enables its possessor to predict and 
gauge the effect of his words and acts upon indi- 
viduals, classes, parties, and peoples. Before 
this accomplishment all other knowledge bows, 
and without it, is inadequate to the best results. 
That the educated man may achieve the most 
successful results we may learn by turning 
the pages of history, for there we find that 
the most glorious records are attributed to 
those who possessed a high degree of mental 


"Thou shalt not bear false witn 

against thy neighbor."— 

We would respectfully submit the above 
as a self-sermon for the President of Colby. 
Being a Rev. Dr., he may perhaps realize the 
full meaning of the text better than others 
who, not having had the benefit of a theolog- 
ical education, know not with how much 
scope to accept this plain commandment. 
There may be some translation of the original 
manuscript which admits of a double mean- 
ing — for the discovery of which we must can- 
didly give the above Rev. Dr. credit — whereby 
the President of Colby is relieved from the 
divine injunction. 

It is certainly a great shame that the head 
of an educational institution should be so 
blinded by prejudice that he must needs look 
at a sister institution through the green glasses 
of jealousy when not only from interest in 

general education, but also from respect due 
from the younger member of a family to an 
elder, he should wish to join his energies to 
those of Bowdoin in keeping the young men 
of Maine in her own colleges rather than send 
them out of the State if they will not stay in 

This is precisely what the President of 
Colby is doing. Recently, owing to trouble 
in his college, several young men determined 
to leave there and join themselves to Bowdoin. 
Upon signifying their intention to the Presi- 
dent of Colby and asking for dismissal papers, 
what does he do ? Gives them their papers, 
of course. Oh, no! Not he. He has too 
much regard for the boys to let them come 
here. Colby is bad enough, but to let them 
go to Bowdoin, whose distinguished list of 
Alumni and high standing among colleges 
must deny her the pleasure of Colby's associ- 
ation, would be their sure ruin. 

Now right here we ask the President of 
Colby : Is such treatment fair ? is it the 
action of honesty ? is it real conviction based 
upon correct knowledge which a thorough 
investigation alone could furnish ? We be- 
lieve not. It rather seems to be the action 
of a man who, professing to preach truth, 
imparts falsehood, and who from the sting of 
a few moments inattention several 3 ears since 
has not recovered sufficiently to allow him to 
speak without exhibiting symptoms of jealousy 
and Christian (?) hatred. 


The Freshmen can now sit down iu 

N. B. — No smoking allowed in the Read- 
ing Room. 

The Sophomores are having weekly recita- 
tions in history. 

The study of Psychology is to be pursued 
by the Socratic method of instruction. 



The drill squad are soon to have a new set 
of guns from West Point. 

One of the Seniors astonished a class mate 
by inquiring if President Porter was an atheist. 

Copies of the Orient, in wrappers for 
mailing, can be obtained of the business editor 
21 A. H. 

The Thanksgiving recess will extend from 
Wednesday noon, the 26th, until the follow- 
ing Saturday night. 

" My four dollar and a half hat got com- 
pletely satiated with dust," is the latest con- 
tribution to literature. 

For sale — a single shell in good condition. 
Inquire of the Instructor of the Gymnasium, 
or the Commodore of the Boat Club. 

The Junior parts for the exhibition at the 
close of the present term, have been assigned 
as follows : Cole, Cutler, Fisher, and Staples. 

In Chemistry : Prof. — " Mr. G., how many 
feet are there in a mile ? " Mr. G. (apologet- 
ically) — " Don't know, sir ; it's been so long 
since I studied Arithmetic." 

In view of recent events, those who are 
running closely on marks should see that 
their behavior is most decorous, or they will 
be suddenly confronted by a stage. 

1st Student (generously) — ■" Well, I ought 
to do it easier; I am twice as large as you." 
2d* Student (skeptically) — " In yer mind ! " 
1st Student — "Yes, that's where I meant." 

Professor in Psychology — " What is the 
first power developed by man?" Senior 
(who is some what mixed) — "Well — I — well — 
well — I suppose the power to creep." Senior 
sits down amid wild applause. 

The following are the names of the men 
who are training for the gymnastic exhibition : 
Giveen, Goodwin, Smith, Chamberlin, H. Pa^y- 
son, Sanborn, Dike, Hitchcock, E. U. Curtis, 
Reed, Plympton, McCarthy. 

The following is an instance of the most 
daring " cheek " on record : Fresh (who is 
mixed in the midst of his mathematical dem- 
onstration) — " Will you please tell me, Pro- 
fessor, what I said last?" Such a decided 
exhibition of jowl, figuratively speaking, 
could not pass unrewarded, and the fool-hardy 
Freshman was invited to sit down. 

Following are the members of the Senior 
class who have been appointed for the exhibi- 
tion at the close of the present term : Saluta- 
tor}', Giveen ; English Parts, Bartlett, Bur- 
bank, Dane, Edwards, Grindal, Spring, Wing. 

In Political Economy : Prof. — " Please 
state what was the object of this step." Sen 
ior — " To foster and protect the production 
of home manufactures." Prof. — " No ; it 
was to foster and protect the production of 

Mr. Lee, Instructor in Geology, recently 
delivered a series of very interesting and 
instructive lectures on Zoology and Evolution 
before the Classical Seniors. It is hoped that 
they will be supplemented by others at some 
future time. 

A pugilistic Freshman makes " Turn Ro- 
manus, sinu ex toga facto, ' hie,' inquit, ' vobis 
bellum et pacem portamus, — utrum placet, 
sumite,' " mean as follows : "Then the Roman, 
with a knot tied in his coat-tail, said, ' We are 
ready for fighting or surrender ; take what 
you can get.' " 

The danger of quoting Pinafore is illus- 
trated by the following, and all should take 
warning from it: Elderly lady to nephew 
who takes the drill — " The Bowdoin Cadets 
ought to have uniforms. At West Point the 
cadets all wear white pants." Nephew, with 
whom the force of habit is strong, without 
weighing answer — " And so do their sisters 
and their cousins and their aunts." And then 
the poor nephew had anguish in Ids heart 
(for the elderly lady was rich and aged), and 
went without and bent his head against a 

The Freshman class held their election 
Thursday, the 6th inst. Following are the 
officers : President, W. C. Winter; Vice Pres- 
ident, W. A. Perkins ; Secretary and Treas- 
urer, F. W. Fling; Orator, N. B. K. Petten- 
gill ; Historian, H. P. Kendall ; Prophet, E. 
A. Packard ; Poet, J. F. Waterman ; Toast 
Master, H. E. Cole ; Committee of Arrange- 
ments, R. C. Washburn, J. W. Knapp, A. C. 
Gibson ; Committee on Odes, C. C. flutchins, 
F. P. Knight, H. A. Bascom. It was voted 
to buy a class boat, and Day, Reed, and Pet- 
tengill were appointed a committee to solicit 
subscriptions for that purpose. 




The CleavelancI Cabinet has been recently 
enriched by a valuable gift from Dr. I. P. 
Warren of Portland. The gift consisted of a 
collection of fossils of the carboniferous period 
from Pennsylvania, and supplies a want which 
had been long felt by the instructor in this 
department. In this connection it will be 
well to remark that it would be a very desir- 
able thing if the Alumni generally should 
follow the example of Dr. Warren. It will 
very often happen that by some little exertion 
it will be possible to secure specimens for the 
cabinet which, while they may have little 
value if taken singty, will be of great worth 
in supplying a vacancy in some nearly com- 
pleted collection. If the Alumni and other 
friends of the college would kindly have this 
in mind when an opportunity offers for secur- 
ing specimens, they would confer a real favor 
on the college, and materially assist in the 
prosecution of stud}' in the department of 


This publication made its first appearance 
in July, 1858. It was then a four-page paper, 
containing sixteen 24-inch columns. It was 
not designed to be literary in its character, 
and its contents were in much the same style 
as at present. The paper appeared semi- 
annually as long as it kept this form. For 
the first paper there were five editors, but the 
number was variable. The editorials on the 
last page alluded briefly to matters of college 
interest which transpired from time to time. 
It must be pleasant for one who graduated 
twenty years ago to look over the pages of 
this primitive Bugle, and scan its contents. 
Though the latter may appear dull and unin- 
teresting to us, yet to him it must bring up 
many pleasant recollections of scenes and 
events in which, perhaps, he himself was a 
magna pars. 

And even present undergraduates can read 
of occurrences of which they have heard dim 
traditions. We learn from the Bugles of the 
year mentioned that nearly all of the students 
belonged either to the Athenian or Peucin- 
iaii Societies ; that besides these, two debating 
clubs and a Freshman Lyceum were in exist- 
ence. In the second number is announced 

the death of Prof. Parker Cleaveland, who 
had been an honored, member of the Faculty 
for fifty-three years. 

The Bugle for June, 1860, recounts the 
mysterious disappearance and subsequent 
recovery of the college bell. About this time 
was established a Freshman Debating Society, 
which, the chronicler tells us, was " extermi- 
nated." In November of this year appeared 
two Bugles, one " published by the students," 
the other by the Sophomores. Some trouble 
about electing editors was the cause. 

In 1867 the Bugle assumed the magazine 
form, and contained eighteen pages. The 
size has been increased by each succeeding 
class. The publication now appears in Decem- 
ber of each year, contains one hundred pages, 
exclusive of advertisements, and is worth 
many times its price to every Bowdoin man. 
Having examined all, we can say without 
hesitation that the Bugles of recent date are 
much superior to those whicli appeared ten 
or even eight years ago. 


The bell's sharp strokes were falliug fast, 
As up the chapel walk there passed 
Some Sophs who cried with all their might 
Unto each Fresh who came in sight, 
" Rope-pull ! Rope-pull ! " 

" Try not the game," the Senior said, 
" You're sure to go heels over head; 
A rotten rope will sure divide ! " 
But loud defiant Sophs replied, 

" Rope-pull ! Rope-pull ! " 

" stop," the Junior cried, " and rest, 
" Till hope is green in every breast." 
Proud scorn each turned-up nose expressed 
As dixit Soph, " Pull dowu your vest ! 
" Rope-pull ! Rope-pull ! " 

" Beware the Freshmen's heavy weight ! " 
" Remember, Sophs, to lay them straight ! " 
The chapel closed ; we heard no more, 
Except a whisper near the door, 

" Rope-pull ! Rope-pull ! " 

At close of prayers, if campus-ward 
The pious Profs who o'er us guard 
Their ears had turned, with strict attention, 
They might have heard Old Bouky mentiou 
" Rope-pull ! Rope-pull ! " 

A Soph'more, uear his faithful dog- 
Was lying, still" as any log, 



Still grasping like a closed-up vice 
A piece of rope, — the broken splice ! 
"Rope-pull ! Rope-pull ! " 

There, in the damp and muddy grass, 
Looking and feeling like an ass, 
A Freshman lay, the worse for wear ; 
He said, when asked what brought him there, 
" Rope-pull ! Rope-pull ! " 

Now days and weeks have rolled away, — 
" The Freshmen won," the Juniors say; 
But yet the Sophs a victory claim, 
And every day the cry's the same, 
" Rope-pull ! Rope-pull ! " 


The following five simple rules are given 
for the benefit of the Freshmen. Commit 
them to memory, little children, for upon a 
knowledge of them depend ten strikes, 
Junior parts, and Commencement honors: 

1. A " cut " is equal to two marks, fifteen 
marks are equal to one stage, three stages are 
equal to the "grand bounce," and explana- 
tions to paterfamilias. 

2. Let all your answers be yea and nay. 

3. Secure a back seat that you may have 
opportunities for making the best use of text- 
books. [N. B. — A careful observance of this 
rule will give confidence and serenity of mind.] 

4. Put confidence in "fakirs," but pin 
not faith on general knowledge. 

5. Cheese the Profs. [P. S.— This last 
rule is especially commended to the ambitious 
and aspirant. Seek, then, the Faculty with 
diligence, for in the college world to the 
" cliinner " all honors are possible.] 


[We earnestly solicit communications to this 
column from any who may have an interest in the 

'51. — The young lady to whom Prof. Longfellow's 
last poem, "The Iron Pen," is addressed, is the only 
daughter of Augustus Hamlin, of Bangor. 

'56. — Judge William Gaslin, formerly of Augusta, 
was re-elected District Judge in the fifth district of 
Nebraska, at the late election. 

'57. — Rev. Cyrus Stone, D.D., is at the Union 
Street Church, Bangor. This is Mr. Stone's fourth 

year at Bangor, as he occupied the pulpit of the 
Pine Street Church in that city for three years. 

'59. — Geo. N. Jackson, who recently died at 
Chicago, 111., was born in Foxcroft in this State, and 
settled iu Chicago, as agent of an eastern publishing 
house, in 1864. The Chicago Times says : 

" Mr. Jackson was a close student of political 
economy, devoting a great deal of attention to the 
currency question. He was one of the organizers oi 
the Bi-Metallic League, and wrote several tracts iu 
favor of double coinage. For nearly two years he 
was secretary of the association." 

Of Mr. Jackson, the Portland Press of the 15th 
inst. says : 

" Mr. Jackson was a man of firm principles and 
sterling integrity, and by his rare social qualities 
and unselfish disposition made friends of all who 
came in contact with him, as is evidenced by the 
many notices, all of a most flattering character, with 
which the papers of Chicago abound." 

'60. — Rev. C. S. Perkins, of Portland, is called 
to the Somerset Street Church (Free Will Baptist) 
of Boston. 

'67.— We are pleased to learn that F. K. Smyth 
is meeting with fine success as Professor of Mathe- 
matics at the college in Lancaster, Penu. 

'73. — A. F. Richardson is Principal of the Bridg- 
ton High School. His energy and ability have 
placed the school in a high rank. 

'73.— C. M. Walker, of Napa City, Cal., is Prin- 
cipal and one of the Proprietors of Oak Mound 
School. He was recently elected, on the Republican 
ticket, Superintendent of Schools. 

'75. — Dr. Whitmore, formerly of this, town, a 
graduate from the College of Physicians and Sur- 
geons of New York, is practicing medicine in the 
city of Boston with success. During the past six 
months he has been supplying a place at the City 
Hospital. — Telegraph. 

'76. — Geo. F. Pratt is at the General Theological 
Seminary, New York City, and is also doing mission 
work in Redwood, N. J. 

'76. — Charles A. Perry is at home in Brunswick. 

'76. — C. G. Burnham accepts a call to Westfield 
and South Troy, Vt. 

'76.— W. H. Marrett is studying medicine at the 
Dartmouth Medical School. 

'77. — The Argus says: "The Greeley Institute, 
Cumberland Center, is prospering finely under the 
instruction of D. B. Fuller." 

'78. — F. V. Wright, who was in town last week, 
has been admitted to the bar in Massachusetts but 
will probably settle in New York City. 

'79. -Frank Kimball has just closed a successful 
term of school at Keunebunk, and is now going to 



learn the Drug business at Mechanic Falls, prepar- 
atory to studying medicine. 

'80.— Married, on the 4th iust., by Rev. Dr. 
Packard, at the residence of .Mr. John Winchell on 
Pleasant Street, Thomas H. Riley, of Denver, Col., 
to Miss Elizabeth Whitmore of Brunswick. The 
class extends congratulations. 


A new J. K. E. catalogue is out. 

Dartmouth is soon to have a department 
of Law. The number of Freshmen is 76. 

The students of Pennsylvania College are 
forbidden leaving the college to engage in any 
contest whatever. 

Brown has 625 scholarships of $1000 each, 
the income of which is given to meritorious 
students. Baptist ministers? 

Harvard has lately bad a gift of 1800,000 
from Mr. Walter Hastings, of Boston, to be 
received when his wife and daughter die. 

A prize of ten dollars is offered at N. W. 
University, Evanston, 111., to the student who 
gets the least number of marks during the 

The Nassau, Lit. reports 42 fights at Prince- 
ton this year, of which the Sophomores won 
26 and the Freshmen 16. Not much evidence 
of improvement at Princeton. 

Hazing and cane-rushing are becoming 
more and more unpopular among the students 
of our colleges. The college press is taking 
a decided stand against both. The rope-pull, 
however, is regarded less objectionable. 


Lawn Tennis is becoming a popular game 
in many of our larger colleges. 

The Alumni are hereafter to have a voice 
in selecting the crew and nine at Yale. 

The best records made in the Harvard 
field sports were : Quarter-mile run, 54 3-4 
seconds; running broad jump, 18 feet, 8 
inches ; Irish run, 5 minutes 25 1-2 seconds. 

The game of cricket is becoming quite 
popular this year. Several colleges have their 

The following records have been made 
recently in England : Pole-leaping, T. Ray, 
11 ft. 2 3-4 in. ; 120-yards run, C. L. Lock- 
ton, 12 sec. ; half-mile run, C. Hazen- Wood, 
1 min. 59 1-5 sec. — Ex. 

There is a movement on foot to form an 
Inter-Collegiate Base-Ball Association for all 
colleges, if possible, and if not, for New En- 
gland. Regular rules would be made and 
series played. Why cannot Bowdoin enter ? 
We never stood a better chance in this line 
than at present. 


Ode to my washerwoman : $2.50. — Ex. 

Senior Astronomy Class : Prof. — " What 
stars never set?" One of the moustached, 
gleefully — " Roo-stars." — Index. 

Professor — " Can devils love each other ? " 
Senior (startled) — " I don't know anything 
about those things." — Williams Atheneum. 

A Freshman made a call yesterday. It 
cost him $17. A queen full is a perfect land- 
slide when there's only three tens to be dis- 
posed of. — Ex. 

An editor being asked, Do hogs pay ? 
says, A great many do not ; they take the 
paper several years and have the postmaster 
send it back marked, " refused." — Index. 

Prof. — "Mr. , what is the last half of 

that equation going to give you ? " Mr. 

" I don't exactly know." Prof. — " Well, it 
is going to give you away if you are not care- 
ful." — Vidette. 

One of our professors visited a certain 
Sophomore's room not long since, and, seeing 
a rather complete series of " Harper's English 
Texts " asked the unfortunate occupant if he 
expected to get through life on any such 
basis. Whereupon, the Soph rallied some- 
what, and hesitatingly murmured " he knew 
of no more ' stable ' foundation." — Amherst 



The pastor of one of the village churches 
took a pair of pants to a tailor the other day, 
to have them repaired. Tailor examined them 
critically and observed, " Humph, knees are 
the best part of 'em." — Student. 

Snodkins (who has not been at New Lon- 
don, to Holworthy, who has) — "You saw the 
race? How was it? Hardly contested, eh?" 
Holworthy — " Hardly contested ? Yes, very 
much so. Why, it was hardly contested at 
all." — Lampoon. 

Co-education in 1890. 
Professor — "Now, then, about the stola." 
Miss Gusher — " Oh, what very quite too 
awfully awful dresses those poor creatures 
used to wear ? Such guys as they must have 
looked ! Just fancy me, Professor, with a 
nasty, horrid, old tunica on, and the most 
dreadful-looking sleeves, and a palla hanging 
down over my 1-limbs, why, I should be a 
perfect fright ! And, O Professor ? don't you 
think the girls' stockings must have been — " 
Professor (alarmed) — " There — there — that'll 
do — that'll do — take your seat — take two 
seats — anything — anything — clear me, where 
on earth is Weeks ! — Acta Columbiana. 


Michigan University is having a general row 
according to the Chronicle. First the Board met, 
and the party feeling, which is the one fault of in- 
stitutions dependent upon the State, caused a split 
on everything ; and what is worse, a tie split. It 
seems too bad that men should be so alive to party 
and so dead to anything and everything else, as to 
quarrel over the University which is, or ought to be, 
the pride of the State, the success of which is un- 
paralleled even in this country of colleges. 

" Partisan feeling has become a necessary factor 
in the consideration of every matter which is in the 
slightest degree connected with this unhappy affair. 
A striking instance of this occurred at this meeting, 
when a resolution was offered looking towards a 
saving of a large sum of money by dispensing with 
the printing of the record in the case of the Regents 
vs. Silas H. Douglas. One gentleman persisted in 
voting against this resolution, for no assignable 
reason except that it was introduced by the other 
side. We welcome, then, the new regime in our 
college government, in the hope that the Board will 

at least be united and harmonious in the adminis- 
tration of it." 

Fortunately, then, there is to be a new Board of 
Regents, and it will be well for them to remember 
that there are other state colleges growing up 
around them, and if they wish to keep their college 
in its present position it is necessary to keep up at 
least an appearance of harmony. The other trouble 
is between the students and the citizens of Ann 
Arbor. In consequence of some disturbance a law 
was passed by which only one student was allowed 
to enter the post-office at a time, and as about five 
hundred students were waiting it was quite evident 
that some loud talk would be made ; thereupon the 
police attacked the crowd and arrested ten or eleven 
students. The next night they collected in still 
larger numbers— the college has 1300 students — and 
immediately the bells were rung and militia called 
out, who appeared with rifles and five rounds of 
ammunition, and charged with fixed bayonets, but 
the only one dangerously injured by them was a 
citizen. Instructions were then given to the police 
and " specials " to arrest every student found on the 
streets, as though they were some dangerous crimi- 
nals, two dollars being offered for every student 
arrested. If a person was seen standing on the 
sidewalk, he was asked if he was a student, and if 
he answered yes, he was told to go home. Many 
were arrested at once and illegally lodged in jail, 
but no one appearing against them, the next morn- 
ing were released. The local papers of course pre- 
sent the side of the town against the students. Who 
ever saw an account of a trouble with college boys, 
in which they were not spoken of as the " rowdyish 
students who began the riot " ? The students are 
justly indignant, and we hope will teach the citizens 
that students have some rights which towns-people 
are bound to respect. 

virtuous Colby ! 

" The wide-spread notion that a college is a hot- 
bed of immorality and rowdyism is an exaggerated 
view of the case, and so far as Colby is concerned is 
utterly false. We would not over-estimate her 
morality or the virtues of her students ; some of us 
are capable of great exceptions to this rule, but it 
may safely be said that the general popular senti- 
ment in Colby is of sufficient strength to discounte- 
nance and positively forbid practices current in 
other similar institutions." 

Thus says the Colby Echo for November, and 
surely no one ought to know better what the condi- 
tion of that institution is, but judging from recent 
developments some have thought that the readiness 

with which P C was embraced that they 

were not all saints then. 

Btwftoio ® 


Vol. IX. 

No. 11. 





Emery W. Bartlett, Herbert W. Grindal, 

Edwin C. Burbank, Frederic W. Hall, 

Franklin Goulding, Bliphalet G. Spring, 

Henry A. Wing. 

Terms — $2.00 a year IN advance j single copies, 15 cents. 

Matter designed for publication may be handed to the Editors or 
addressed to Bowdoin Orient, Brunswick, Maine. It should be accom- 
panied by the writer's name, and the signature which he wishes to have 
appended. Back numbers can generally be obtained upon application to 
the Editors. 

Tol. IX., No. 11.— December 10, 1879. 

Editorial Notes 121 

Literary : 

A Fragment 124 

Cheap Oratory 1 24 

Communications : 

Early Morning 125 

Co-education 125 

Commemorative 127 

Notice 127 

Local 127 

Keview of Bugle 128 

Plan of the Boat Course 129 

Personal 130 

College World 130 

Athletics 131 

Clippings 131 

Editors' Table 131 


[No communication under any circumstances will be 
published in the Orient unless accompanied by the real 
name of the writer. The name of the writer is not asked 
for publication, but as a guarantee of good faith.] 

We desire to call the attention of all, and 
especially the Alumni, to the plan of the Boat 
Course which recently has been drawn. It is 
sufficient to say of the excellency of the 
work that the survey and drawing of the 
plan were under the personal direction of 

Prof. Vose. The original plan is to be pre- 
sented by Prof. Vose to the Boat Club. 

It is pleasing to notice that year by year 
more importance is being attached to history 
in our course of study. The person who will 
give the subject a little careful thought must 
be convinced that there is no branch of study 
more important to the man of liberal educa- 
tion than history. A knowledge of the 
causes of the great political and social revo- 
lutions of the world's history are of the first 
importance, whether a man is to follow one of 
the professions or enter a mercantile life. It 
is most earnestly to be hoped that the time is 
near at hand when history will occupy the 
place in our curriculum which its importance 

Some of the college papers are again agi- 
tating the question of an intercollegiate 
press association. The Acta seems most de- 
sirous of forming such an association, but 
would have it " exclusive in the highest sense 
of that word." If an intercollegiate press 
association could be formed which would 
be instrumental in raising the standard of 
college journalism we should be in favor 
of it, but such an association is, from the 
nature of the case, not practical. The 
only practical way for the college papers to 
aid each other is through the papers them- 
selves. The Harvard Advocate, speaking of 
an intercollegiate press association, well says : 
" If there is any one point on which all the 
colleges agree, it is the necessity that each 
should have a paper of its own, conducted by 
the students, and representative of their 
life and opinions. The general tone of these 



papers affords a much safer test of our lit- 
erary ability than ever could be obtained in 
the much-talked-of association." 

Next Saturday, directly after prayers, a 
meeting of the Boat Club will be held. It is 
desired and hoped that there will be a full 
attendance as business of importance will be 
considered. The building committee of the 
new Boat House intend to make a full report 
of what thus far has been clone. The advis- 
ability of sending away a college crew this 
year will also be discussed at length. 

The interest that has been taken, and the 
marked advance that has been made in our 
boating during the past two years should, at 
this time, stimulate all of our undergraduates 
to do all in their power to improve and place 
boating on a solid basis. 

We would, therefore, again urge all 
members of the Boat Club to be present at 
the meeting of next Saturday, and not only to 
give the meeting support by their presence, 
but also to be prepared to take part in the 
discussion of the matters brought up for 

The Yale Record concludes because 
Bowdoin advocates " a New England Collegi- 
ate Rowing Association with Yale and Har- 
vard left out," that "the grapes may be 
slightly of an acidulated taste." We can 
assure our esteemed contemporary of Yale 
that such is not the fact. We proposed form- 
ing an association leaving out Harvard and 
Yale for the reason that these colleges have 
signified that they preferred to row by them- 
selves,- — and so far as we know every one is 
perfectly willing that they should. If, how- 
ever, Yale and Harvard would join a New 
England Collegiate Rowing Association we 
should like to have them, and would be much 
pleased to see them take the initiatory steps 
towards forming such an association. We 
are pleased to inform all friends that boating- 

is not dead nor does it even sleep among us, 
though we have not sent a crew from home 
for several years past. Bowdoin stands ready 
to assist in forming a Rowing Association of 
New England Colleges, or to make any other 
arrangements for a four or six-oared race. 
We will add that when Yale demonstrates 
that she can teach the art of rowing, then, 
and not till then, will Bowdoin look to her 
for advice on boating, and feel like accepting 
the offer of " a valuable suggestion or two " 
from the editorial Sanctum of the Record. 

We are glad to give place to the communi- 
cation in this number from an Alumnus. We, 
as others doubtless will, appreciate the vein 
of satire which pervades the article. It more 
than ever convinces us of the truth of the 
words of the poet : 

" Of all the ways that wisest men could find, 
To mend the age and modify mankind, 
Satire, well writ, has most successful proved." 

The author of the " Co-education " article 
says: "I have been for many years connected 
with a college where both young men and 
ladies are educated." How easy to see, in 
imagination, the author of the aforesaid article, 
bowed clown with his "many years'" labor, 
in a school of co-education. How easy, we say, 
to imagine the author of " Co-education " a 
person fitted to teach young men, — and ladies 
too, — by years of experience. As a matter of 
fact, however, but three short years have 
past since Alumnus made his final bow on 
the Commencement stage, took his sheepskin 
and started, like many before him, for the 
West. Our agecl(?) friend files exceptions to 
our arguments, and modestly says he will 
" state facts." In the editorial note referred 
to, we did not, it is true, support our assertions 
with an array of arguments, but what we wrote 
was with consideration, and we still think it 
is true, though there may be one or two hun- 
dred co-educational colleges (?) in the West. 

We shall notice this matter again, but in 



passing desire to call attention to the fact 
that the author of Co-education is extremely 
anxious, though he has had " many years' " 
experience, not to have us conclude that he is 
in favor of co-education. Even his "facts," 
some of which might be called simply asser- 
tions, made from the observations of a single 
individual, have failed to convince him. 

Attention is called to the notice in another 
column in relation to a " collection of casts 
from the antique." The wish has been often 
expressed that such a collection might be 
made, and we are glad to learn that a number 
of the friends of the college are now taking- 
measures to accomplish this end. As a means 
of enlarging the usefulness of our college for 
imparting education and culture, it is a plan 
which will commend itself to all friends of 
Bowdqin. Considering this plan only from 
a pecuniary standpoint, it is one which should 
receive support, for not only would the casts 
be valuable in themselves, but they would 
also enhance the value of our fine Art Gal- 
lery. Besides, it is not only the students of 
the college who would receive benefit from 
such a collection of casts as it is designed to 
make, but the entire community would also 
be benefitted thereby. Such a collection 
also would be of benefit to other schools in 
the State, as it would be a permanent public 
exhibition. It would, too, be an indirect if 
not a direct means of aiding in raising the 
standard of artistic taste in the entire State. 
We are much interested in this matter. Mr. 
Johnson, the gentleman who has the manage- 
ment of the plan, is connected with the college 
as Instructor of Modern Languages, and every- 
thing appertaining to the plan will receive his 
most careful attention, and with pleasure will 
we give place in the Orient to any commu- 
nications in regard to it. 

A decision of law has recently been 
made which is of interest to students. We 

refer to the decision in regard to the Willis- 
ton (Mass.) Seminary publication. This 
publication, which is similar to our Bugle, con- 
tained besides other matter the usual " grinds" 
on the Faculty and students. The Williston 
Faculty, just before the Caldron was ready 
to be issued, confiscated the entire edition. 
The students had paid the printer part of 
the amount agreed upon for doing the print- 
ing, but, after the publication was seized, 
refused to pay the remainder. The printer 
made an ineffective attempt to collect the 
amount due of the students' parents, and then 
sued the Faculty for it. The case was 
carried into the courts. The prosecution 
said : " Boys only mean a little fun in these 
cases, and to make out a libel you must 
prove malicious intent." The judge, however, 
decided that the " statements made, being 
false and defamatory, constitute a civil libel." 
This decision is likely to make a change 
in all annual publications which contain 
"grinds" on college faculties. It has, indeed, 
already effected a change in our Bugle, for, 
since the above decision was made, the Bugle 
editors have been informed by the Faculty 
that they must be careful in what they 
publish. We understand that this subject 
had been discussed by the Faculty before, 
and the decision in regard to the Willis- 
ton publication no doubt influenced them 
to act as well as discuss. We cannot 
but think that this decision will, upon the 
whole, have a useful effect on these annual 
publications. They have in the past too often 
been made mediums to express petty spite 
and ill-will both towards students and fac- 
ulties, and in many cases this has been so 
obvious that the " grinds " ceased to be in any 
sense regarded in the light of jokes. We can 
all appreciate a good joke — even if it is on 
ourselves — if we do not think it prompted by 
malice or conceived in a spirit of revenge. 
There is surely enough occurs in any college 
during a year to lighten an annual publication 



with humorous cuts, and give it a light and 
pleasant side with jokes which have a point 
without being vulgar, and which do not mis- 
represent or hurt the feelings of any one. 



Smiling lips and golden tresses, 
Tender eyes and winning ways, 

Gentle hands, whose light caresses 
Gladden him who sings thy praise. 

As the rosy dew of morning, 

As the lake in bright moonlight, 

As the clouds when day is dawning, 
So art thou, my soul's delight ! 

Sure am I some goddess loving 
Gives thy presence magic power, 

Ever near and constant proving, 
Watching thee from hour to hour ! 


We often hear it said that we are governed 
too much. Did it never occur to you that we 
are also talked to too much? In fact, the 
wheels of our government seem to move 
solely by the force of tongues. Nothing of 
consequence is done in Congress unless the 
subject in hand is discussed and re-discussed 
until an anxious public becomes disgusted 
and strongly tempted to " cuss " the long- 
windedness of our sage law-makers. The 
last Maine Legislature boasted a man who 
spoke seventeen times in one day, and then 
declared that no business could be transacted, 
because the members would persist in talking 
instead of acting ! Perhaps his equal can be 
found, but we doubt if he has a superior. 

In consequence of indulging too freely in 
this propensity, many politicians are already 
on the downward path, and will receive due 
punishment from an indignant people by being 
deprived of their support. It takes a long 
time for people to learn that a man of words 

and not of deeds is not the best man for 
office ; but a faint presentiment sometimes 
seems to dawn upon their minds that such 
may be the case, and the windy office-holder 
does not get the benefit of the doubt. Is 
good legislation to be secured by constant 
wrangling ? Isn't a man's judgment to be 
relied upon at all ? Are the men who fill our 
highest positions so destitute of this important 
quality that they need to be instructed on all 
points before they can be allowed to decide 
upon any thing? 

" Words, words, words ! " That is what 
Hamlet said he read, and it is what you read, 
if yon peruse the thousand and one political 
speeches reported in our newspapers. No 
wonder that Carlyle is sarcastic, and doubts 
whether America can long maintain her pres- 
ent form of government. His advice to the 
English might well be studied by us :, " Be 
not a public orator, thou brave young British 
man ; not a stump orator if thou canst help 
it. Appeal not to the vulgar with its long 
ears and its seats in the cabinet; not by 
spoken words to the vulgar; hate the profane 
vulgar and bid it begone. Appeal by silent 
work, by silent suffering, if there be no work, 
to the gods, who have nobler seats than seats 
in the cabinet for thee. Talent for literature, 
— thou hast such a talent? Believe it not, 
be slow to believe it ! To speak or to write, 
Nature did not peremptorily order thee, but 
to work she did." 

In Salmagundi, Mr. William Irving shows 
the verbose politician in what light others see 
him. Read the letter of " Mustapha Rub-a- 
dub Keli Khan to Asem Hacchem," and 
you'll see how extremely ridiculous he makes 
our cheap orators appear. To be sure, he 
bears down rather heavily on editors, — " slang- 
whangers," he calls them ; but who will dis- 
pute the truth of what he affirms ? Our gov- 
ernment is humorously styled a logocracy, and 
our fondness for much speaking is much rid- 
iculed. "A man, my dear Asem, who talks 



good sense in his native tongue is held in 
tolerable estimation in this country; but a 
fool, who clothes his feeble ideas in a foreign 
or antique garb, is bowed down to as a lit- 
erary prodigy. While I conversed with these 
people in plain English, I was but little at- 
tended to ; but the moment I prosed away in 
Greek, every one looked up to me with ven- 
eration as an oracle." 

We are all familiar with the man who is 
always ready to speak on any and all occa- 
sions. In the church, he never fails to raise 
his voice, when there is permission to speak ; 
in the town-meeting, he shows off to advan- 
tage (?) ; in any gathering, his speech is 
always the first and the longest. We are ac- 
quainted with this man ; but are we proud of 
such acquaintance ? Is he a general favorite ? 
He possesses few ideas and his education is 
limited ; but his stock of words is inexhausti- 
ble. He ought to be suppressed as a public 
nuisance; but no one has the hardihood to 
advocate such a reform. 

We have a respect, a veneration for the 
true orator; his mission is a noble one and 
his influence is great; but our contempt for 
the everlasting speech-maker is something of 
which we cannot divest ourselves. Far away 
in the dim future, there may come a time 
when pointless talk shall end ; when the pol- 
itician shall be cured of his chronic habit of 
speech-making ; when writers shall learn to 
say what they mean in clear and forcible lan- 
guage; when preachers shall devote them- 
selves, not to politics, not to sensationalism, 
but to their legitimate work of preaching the 
gospel ; when newspapers shall consider it 
their duty to spread intelligence and not 
scandal ; 
" When Error shall decay, and Truth grow strong, 
And Right shall rale supreme, and vanquish Wrong." 
May Heaven speed the dawning of that 
happy day ! 

Senior and Junior Exhibition Thursday 
evening, the 18th inst. 



I woke in the early morning, 

As the clock was striking four ; 

And a flood of anxious feelings 
Told me my rest was o'er. 

From beams of the sun unrisen 
Was reddening the eastern sky, 

Like the cheek of a modest maideu, 
That blushes unconsciously. 

Then courting sleep no longer, 

I wandered forth alone, 
With my thoughts as my companions, 

And a purpose all unknown. 

There was in the morning stillness, 

In the hush upon the air, 
Something that banished my troubles, 

And removed my load of care. 

And in their place came a feeling 

Of awe, and a sense sublime 
Of the wonders of creation 

And the mysteries of Time. 

I thought, " How soon the sleepers 

Will throng the busy street, 
In their daily avocations, 

In their pains and pleasures meet. 

" How like this quiet morning 

Is the childhood of our lives, 
When the mind is free and happy 

And our joy alone survives. 

" How soon its rest is ended, 

And we wake unto the strife, 
Intermingle in the tumult 

On the avenues of Life." 

Then on the wings of morning 
Came the full and glorious day, 

And the sun dispelled my fancies, 
With its warm and cheering ray. 

I hastened to my duties, 

And was happy as I worked, 
Though the vestiges of sorrow 

In my heart's recesses lurked. 

G. C. Cresset. 


Editors of Orient: 

The friends and Alumni of Bowdoin have 
reason to be proud of the college journal ; 
and for my own part, I can say that I read it 
with much pleasure and profit. It is edited by 
young men ; and it shows many of the most 



delightful characteristics of youth. As Long- 
fellow said : 

" All possibilities are in its hands ; 

No danger daunts it, and no foe withstands." 

One of the most amusing instances of the 
way in which important matters are satis- 
factorily settled, is given by a recent edi- 
torial note on co-education. The strongest 
and best argument against it, says the writer, 
is that woman herself does not believe in it, 
or call for it, — excepting a few — a very few 
— of the "strong minded," masculine sort. 
That settles it. It seems a pity that this 
is not more generally understood. I would 
suggest that marked copies of the Orient 
be sent to several of the college presidents 
who are so much concerned about the 

If the writer of the article noticed would 
take the trouble to look up the facts, he would 
find that there are in this country more young 
ladies attending schools of collegiate rank, 
than there are college students in all New 
England. I have a right to speak on this 
matter ex cathedra, so long as I only state 
facts and not conclusions ; for I am a Bow- 
doin Alumnus, inferior to no one in loyalty 
to our Alma Mater, from whom I have 
received various honors ; and I have been for 
many years connected with a college where 
both young men and ladies are educated. 
Now, as for saying that women do not believe 
in co-education, it is mere nonsense, as the 
number of students shows ; and the rest of 
the statement is marked by the same profound 
ignorance of the facts of the matter. The 
young ladies who graduate with the young 
men are, in the good sense of the term, 
" strong minded " ; and so are the young men. 
The college with which I am connected is, I 
believe, a representative one among the mixed 
colleges ; and from a pretty thorough acquaint- 
ance with several others, I am convinced that 
what is true of this is generally true of the 

others. Of our Alumni (about one hundred), 
only one of the ladies affects to believe in 
female suffrage, and it was only after years of 
acquaintance that I found that she did. The 
best students among the ladies are invariably 
quiet, modest, ladylike girls, who would be 
ornaments to the "best New England Soci- 
ety," — which is scarcely superior, except in 
point of maturity, to the best college society. 
They attend to their business, which is to get 
an education, far better than the majority of 
Bowdoin students. There is almost no flirta- 
tion ; and only four of the lady graduates 
have married fellow students ; yet they have 
great influence, for less than half a dozen of 
the young men who have graduated use 
tobacco (how does that compare with Bow- 
doin?), and only one uses alcoholic liquors, 
although the college is in a town which has 
no law against the liquor business, and it is 
more easily obtained, if possible, than in 
Brunswick. There is a college sentiment, 
due largely to the same cause, against 
" ponying, " which miserable practice is 
entirely unknown. I do not believe that the 
standard of scholarship is lowered by the 
admission of women. I know that several 
young women have been in my classes who 
might have easily been among the first five in 
any class I knew at Bowdoin. I am certain, 
too, that it is easier to awaken an enthusiasm 
for learning among a mixed class, than in a 
class of young men only ; and that the orderly 
and civilized behavior of students in mixed 
colleges is utterly unknown in eastern col- 

I would not have you conclude that I am 
unreservedly in favor of co-education ; I have 
not made up my mind on the matter ; but I 
would call your attention to the fact that it is 
a difficult subject, and that most of the " argu- 
ments" against it are made by those who 
know nothing about it, and like the writer in 
the Orient quoted, their facts are too origi- 
nal. Altjmnus. 




A massive monument of granite, twenty- 
feet in height, has been erected to the late 
President of Bowdoin, Dr. Leonard Woods, 
in the Andover, Mass., cemetery. Prof. Park, 
of the Theological Seminary, read a portion 
of a memoir of the President, which he has 
written, to the students of that Institution 
upon the occasion of the completion of the 
memorial stone. The memoir will be pub- 
lished soon. 


In view of the desirability of making a 
" collection of casts from the antique " for 
the college, which is at present entirely des- 
titute of such necessary aid to the education 
and culture of all immediately connected 
with Bowdoin, the nucleus of a fund to be 
devoted to the purchase of casts has been 
formed. Any information as to the execution 
of the above design will be gladly furnished 
by the undersigned, to any one interested in 
the movement. 

Henry Johnson, 
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Me. 


To the few students who remained in town 
the Thanksgiving recess passed very quietly. 

President Chamberlain delivered his lect- 
ure " Little Round Top " at Pittsfield, Sat- 
urday evening, Nov. 29. 

There is a general desire among the Sen- 
iors that their recitations next term all come 
during the morning hours. 

A Senior is reported as saying that the 
new Professor is a graduate of Michigan 
University at Milwaukee. 

The Juniors are to read Bryce's His- 
tory of the Holy Roman Empire. Exam- 

inations will be held once a week, which will 
be conducted by Mr. Johnson. 

The membership of the Boat Club is 61, 
divided among the classes as follows : Senior, 
17 ; Junior, 19 ; Sophomore, 11 ; Freshman, 14. 

The new recitation room was dedicated 
by the Junior Class Dec. 1st, with impressive 
solemnity, seven of their number taking 
" deads." 

In Physics : Prof. — " Under what condi- 
tions was this experiment made ? " Junior 
(bewildered) — " I think, sir, it was under a 
pressure of 760 thermometers!" 

Another by the same: Prof. — "How 
would you illustrate this ? " Junior — " Simply 
by means of fatted gases in a vacuum!" 

The new catalogue will give the number 
of our students as follows : Seniors, 30 ; 
Juniors, 48 ; Sophomores, 30 ; Freshmen, 38 ; 
Special Students, 2 ; Total, 148. 

By the new arrangement the present term 
will close Friday, the 19th inst., and begin 
Tuesday, Jan. 6th. Terms hereafter begin 
on Tuesday and close on Friday. 

Prof, in History — "What part did the 
Athenians take in the Peloponnesian war?" 
Fresh — " They were the last to strike the first 
blow." Tremendous burst of applause. 

A clergyman visiting the library notices 
" tug of war " prize cup : " Ah ! a silver 
communion cup from some old church, I pre- 
sume ; what church did it come from ? " 

A classical Freshman should be credited 
with the following translation : Gens signis 
intactis assideret muris, "Slothfully the race 
besieged the walls which had never been 

The session of the Maine Medical School, 
for 1880, will open February 12. The whole 
number of students in attendance at the last 
session of this school was 98 ; number of 
graduates, 31. 



Recitation in Psychology : Prof. — " The 
well-balanced man is he who knows how to 
discern, who can tell that some men should 
be trusted, and others not." Attentive Senior 
(sub voce} — " He knows me, don't he ? " 

We would suggest to the Faculty the fol- 
lowing subject for discussion at their next 
regular meeting : Resolved, That long lessons 
have not a tendency to fix facts, impart disci- 
pline, or encourage the student in his work. 

In Greek : Prof.—" What is 

3 y.iYj'_ 


dent — " It is an adjective, found in the dative 
plural." Prof. — " How do you explain the 
unusual form ? " Student — " It is an Homeric 
idiom." Prof. — " No, that is not the key to 
every difficulty." 

The number of Bowdoin boys at present 
engaged in "teaching the young idea how to 
shoot " is twenty-one. Of this number ten 
come from the Senior class, five from the 
Junior, two from the Sophomore, and four 
from the Freshman. 

One of our most dignified Professors was 
recently seen to run squarely against a big 
snow-ball propelled from the hands of a rogu- 
ish B. H. S. damsel. The demolishment of 
professorial dignity occasioned thereby is 
said to have had a demoralizing effect upon 
the Freshmen who witnessed the performance. 

Scene — German recitation room. Stove 
emits occasional slight puffs of smoke at which 
students manifest decided disapprobation. 
Prof, (ironically) — ■" If any are physically 
unable to retain their ' seats, I will excuse 
them." Immediate exit of all who are "not 
prepared," to the utter discomfiture of the 

The first Senior Debate took place on the 
foremoon of the 25th ult. The question 
was: Resolved, That U. S. Grant should be 
re-elected to a third term. Aff., Perkins and 
Spring. Neg., Weil and Wing. The class 
decided in the negative, which decision will, 

of course, have much weight in political 
circles in the discussion of the matter. 

Careless proof reading caused a few mis- 
takes in our last number. In the second 
sentence of the editorial on College Singing 
the negation should be omitted, as it gives 
just the opposite from the meaning intended. 
In the editorial on the Senior Library, for 
Athenceum read Athencean. 

The Sophomore class officers for the pres- 
ent year, which were inadvertently left out of 
our last number, are as follows: President, 
Pease ; Vice President, Lane ; Secretary and 
Treasurer, Staples; Marshal, E. U. Curtis; 
Eulogist, McCarthy; Elegist, Stinchfield ; 
Panegyrist, Pierce ; Historian, Goddard ; 
Committee of Arrangements, Waterhouse, 
Sanborn, Merryman. 

The new Senior recitation room was used 
for the first time, Monday, Dec. 1. The room 
extends entirely across the building, and is, 
therefore, about twice as large as the old 
Senior room. The room is well lighted and 
ventilated by windows on either side. That 
part of the Athenian room which was not 
used will probably in time be utilized for the 
Senior library. A case in the recitation room 
itself will contain the books for the present. 


The publication of the annual Bugle is an 
event which is looked for with interest by our 
college world. Through the kindness of the 
editors we have examined the material of the 
forthcoming Bugle and so are enabled to give 
a review in advance of its publication. The 
first thing that will be noticed when the 
Bugle is examined is the absence of all offen- 
sive " grinds " on the Faculty. In this 
respect the editors have displayed good taste 
and judgment, and there is nothing which, in 
our opinion, the Faculty can construe as 
libelous or "scurrilous." The Faculty, it is 



true, are not entirely forgotten, but the al- 
lusions made are in no spirit of ill-will or dis- 
respect. The absence of the customary 
"grinds " on the Faculty, however, does not 
detract from the merit of '81's Bugle. The 
editorial while it follows the ruts marked out 
by the first Bugle editors is nevertheless well 
written, and treats of college events with 
freshness and vigor. 

Much to the credit of the editors the class 
histories, which always have been chiefly 
" gush " and sentiment, have been omitted. 
The local Societies, which have had an exist- 
ence only in name and which were put in 
simply to " fill up," have also been omitted 
and in their stead are organizations which 
have a "local habitation" as well as "a name." 
The Bugle is larger by nine pages than ever 
before, the new material being reading matter 
consisting of a poem with illustrations, a 
" Parable on Hazing," the " Death of the 
Faculty Grind," the last being especially good. 
The cuts are more numerous and better de- 
signed and executed than ever before. Of the 
class cuts, the Sophomore and Freshman are 
the most excellent. The " Ten Strike Mak- 
er " and " Two Strike Maker " are witty in 
conception and will be appreciated by every 
college man. Among the other cuts, those 
which seem to us especially to be good are 
the drill cut and the one at the head of the 
Orient Editorial Board. We will not at- 
tempt to describe any of the cuts at length, 
for fully to be appreciated they must be seen. 
The quotations are rather numerous, but upon 
the whole very good, though some of them 
are more severe than a true consideration for 
the feelings of others would have suggested. 
The covers will be blue, the Class color, and 
of the same material as heretofore, but will be 
made more durable by the addition of muslin 
binding. " The editors have done their 
work well" will be the general verdict when 
all have an opportunity to examine the Bugle 
for themselves. It deserves, and we hope 

will have, a ready sale. We take pleasure 
in being the first to extend our congratu- 
lations to the Bugle editors of '81 for their 
success in preparing our annual student 


We are much pleased to be able to an- 
nounce that a plan of the Bowdoin Boat 
Course has been prepared. The survey of 
the course, which occupied nearly three weeks, 
was made the first of this term, by the 
students of the Engineering Department, 
under the supervision of Prof. Vose. The 
plan includes the river from Mason Rock, just 
below the Brunswick and Topsham bridge, 
around Cow Island. 

The utmost care was taken with all the 
details of the survey, and it required an 
amount of time and patience which only 
those who are acquainted with such work can 
appreciate. Every sand bar, however small, 
is included in the plan, as well as the build- 
ings and principal land marks on the shores. 
A half-mile and three-mile course are 
indicated on the plan. The drawing of the 
plan, a work of much nicety, was made by 
W. H. Chapman, '80, of the Engineering 
Department. As a specimen only of the work 
done by our Engineers the plan is of value. 
It has been decided best to have a number of 
copies of the plan printed. The printing is 
being done by the Heliotype Printing Com- 
pany, of Boston. A large number of copies 
of the plan will be printed so that the 
Alumni and people of the town, as well as 
the undergraduates, can procure them if 
they wish. The plan is 8x27 inches in size, 
and a printed copy will make a handsome 
picture for framing. Every student should 
have one for his memorabilia. The price of 
the plan will be twenty-five cents. Letters 
in regard to it should be directed to the Edi- 
tors of the Orient. 




Bowdoin men were prominent at the recent 
meeting of the Congregational State Conference of 
Connecticut. Rev. Edward Hawes, D.D., ('55,) 
preached the sermon ; Rev. L. F. Berry ('73) was 
Assistant Scribe ; and Rev. Aaron C. Adams ('36), 
Rev. R. B. Thurston ('41), and Rev. E. P. Parker, 
D.D., ('66,) were among the chief speakers during 
the session. 

'22. — Chief Justice John Appleton of the Su- 
preme Court of Maine, held the recent Term at 
Belfast. The vigor and mental grasp that have 
always distinguished him still characterize his ser- 
vice on the Bench, and it is difficult to believe that 
one so alert and laborious is a graduate of fifty- 
seven years standing. 

'34. — Amos Morrill, Chief Justice of Texas, re- 
sides at Galveston. 

'41. — Geo. W. Brown is practicing law in St. 

'43. — B. F. Parsons is living in Wiclrita, Kansas. 

'45. — Ganem Washburn is Judge of the 10th Ju- 
dicial District, Wisconsin. 

'46. — Rev. John Haskell is settled in Billerica, 

'48. — Hon. Chas. A. Washburn, late Minister to 
Paraguay, resides in Morristown, N. J. 

'57. — Rev. Edward A. Rand, author of several 
juvenile works, and recently Pastor of the E Street 
Congregational Church, South Boston, was confirmed 
by Bishop Paddock, of Massachusetts, Nov. 16th, 
and is to enter the ministry of the Episcopal Church. 

'61. — There will soon be issued anew work on 
Zoology, by Dr. A. S. Packard, which is designed 
for general reading as well as students. It will 
contain 550 illustrations, which have been drawn 
from natural subjects under the supervision of the 

'66. — E. H. Cook is Principal of Oak Grove Sem- 
inary, Vassalboro. This iustitutiou has gained a 
desirable notoriety and received a large patronage. 

'68.— Dr. George W. Foster, who was absent at 
the West for two years on account of his health, has 
resumed his practice in Bangor. 

'75.— Married, in Bath, Nov. 26th, Wm. E. Rice 
and Miss Kate Houghton. 

'76.— Married, in Bath, Dec. 2d, Jere M. Hill and 
Miss Mary C. Cressey. 

'76.— Married, in Bath, Dec. 3d, John H. Payne 
and Miss Ernestine Houghton. 

'79. — Edward E. Hastings has been admitted to 

the Bar during the present session of the S. J. 
Court, in Fryeburg. 

'80. — .E. W. Bartlett, for the coming winter, 
teaches Greek and Latin at Union Academy, Bell- 
ville, Jefferson Co., N. Y. 

The following undergraduates are engaged in 
teaching at the places mentioned : '80. — W. R. 
Collins, Harpswell; W. P. Ferguson, Alfred Gore, F. 
O. Purington, Solon; Frank Winter, Cornish. '81. — 
H. E. Snow, East Orrington ; J. W. Manson, New- 
port ; A. E. Whitten, Boothbay. '82.— W. W. Cur- 
tis, Freeport ; Irving Stearns, Bethel ; C. E. Stinch- 
field, Raymond. '83.— F. M. Fling, Belgrade; F. 
P. Knight, Waterford ; C. H. Stetson, Sumner ; W. 
C. Winter, Bethel. Charles Haggerty, '81, Booth- 
bay ; C. H. Oilman, '82, White Bock. 


Two female colleges are to be opened in 

College commons are being introduced at 

Virginia UnivershVv has fifteen secret so- 

Amherst has recently received a gift of 

The colleges of the country employ 3700 

The Yale Seniors amuse themselves by 
spinning tops. 

Harvard requires more mathematics than 
any college in the country. 

The Methodists claim that all of their col- 
leges but one are co-educational. 

Cornell has been obliged to appoint a 
matron to look after the young ladies. 

Columbia has 1436 students, Michigan 
1372, Harvard 1332, and Yale 1100. 

Harvard is to have another college paper ; 
it already has three. Yale has four. 

The proof sheets of the Amherst Olio 
must be handed to the Faculty before publi- 
cation . 

A Soph at Middlebury College was re- 
cently suspended for kicking foot-ball. The 
rest of the students objected, and were all sus- 
pended, but have since returned to college. 



The parents of the Princeton Sophs are 
notified that their sons will be expelled at 
once if caught hazing. 

Wellesley has 40 Seniors, 25 Juniors, 36 
Sophomores, 103 Freshwomen, and 165 in the 
preparatory department. 

Columbia has an endowment of -$5,000,000, 
Johns Hopkins University $3,000,000, Har- 
vard $2,500,000, Cornell $2,000,000, Prince- 
$1,000,000, Tufts $750,000, Brown $720,000, 
Lafayette $600,000, and Yale $300,000. 

The members of '78, Amherst, refused in- 
vitations to '/ ; . H. A"., and so that society has 
died out there. This is the oldest secret soci- 
ety in the country, having been introduced 
here by Thomas Jefferson, about one hundred 
years ago. 


In the class races at Wesleyan, '82 was 
first, '80 second. 

Fencing is popular at Michigan. One of 
the Professors gives lessons in it. 

The 200 Freshmen at Yale refuse to do 
anything for base-ball or boating. 

The interest in boating at Cornell has 
been running down for the past two years, 
resulting in their defeat this last summer. 
Efforts are now being made to revive it. 

The best records in the Columbia Field 
Day are 220 yards dash, 23}: see. ; mile run, 
5 min. 2} sec. ; running broad jump, 21 ft. 
4J- in. The last is the best record in this 

The following are some of the best records 
made at Amherst this fall : Standing high 
jump, 4J feet ; foot-ball luck, 145 ft. 4 in.; 
throwing ball, 326 ft. 1 in. ; five-mile run, 31 
min. 32| sec. 

" Bowdoin suggests a New England Row- 
ing Association, 'leaving out Harvard and 
Yale.' " — Harvard Advocate. It ought to be 
pretty well understood by this time that these 
two colleges had rather row by themselves, 
and we see no reason why the other colleges 
in New England should not have an associa- 


A western paper says that when Joaquin 
Miller began to verse, he made " Goethe " 
rhyme with " teeth," but now makes it rhyme 
with " dirty." — Undergraduate. 

A farmer who lives near the Hill says he's 
a friend of education, but he can't help wish- 
ing his orchard was farther from the Theo- 
logical Seminary. — Madisonensis. 

Professor (looking at his watch) — "As 
we have a few moments, I should like to have 
any one ask questions, if so disposed." 
Student—" What time is it, please ? " — Ex. 

Mr. B k, of the Freshman Class, at 

Athletics : " I say, C , lets you and I, 

and two or three more roues get some cigar- 
ettes and smoke around in front of 'Doc.'" 
— Amherst Student. 

Freshman, asked to decline Die Nation, 
speaks in abrupt crescendo : Die Nation, Bes 
Nation, Der Nation ! Die Nation ! ! Dam- 
nation ! ! ! (The rest is drowned in ap- 
plause). — Lampoon. 

Co-ed to a society man — " You have a goat, 
do you not, to help in your initiatory exer- 
cises ? " " Yes." " What do you do with 
the milk ? " " My dear girl, it is a billy 
goat." She fainted. — Syracusan. 

We were somewhat surprised to hear read 
in chapel the other evening, " And after these 
things he went forth, and saw a Republican 
named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom." 
We always supposed that Levi was a Green- 
backer. — Mevcury. 


Scribncr's fur December is the best number of 
that magazine we have seen. Every number is bet- 
ter than the one before it. The first edition of the 
present number is 103,000, and this is sold in about 
two weeks. The increasing demand is largely due 
to the interest taken in the two serials, "Confidence," 
by Heury James, Jr., and " Graudissimes," a story 
of New Orleans life, by G. W. Cable; both are 
widely noticed and have received most favorable 
comments from the press. The special attractions 



of the December number are " Poems by American 
Women"; " Two Visits to Victor Hugo," by Boye- 
sen ; an illustrated description of Johns Hopkins 
University ; a paper by Burroughs on "Nature and 
the Poets"; and an article on "The New Capitol 
at Albany." A new novel by the author of " That 
Lass o' Lowrie's," and a historical sketch of the 
reign of Peter the Great, will begin in the February 
number. Price of magazine $4 a year, or 35 cents 
a number. 

The size of St. Nicholas has been permanently 
increased, and the present number contains contri- 
butions by the best authors, such as J. T. Trow- 
bridge, Washington Gladden, John G. Whittier, L. 
M. Alcott, M. M. Dodge, and Edward Eggleston. 

The December Harper's is the first number of 
the sixtieth volume. Although of a good old age it 
is always new and more attractive than ever. Great 
advances have been made from the first unillustrated 
number to the present, filled with choice works by 
the best engravers in the country. The most 
prominent article of the present number is "The 
Fortunes of the Bonaparts," with finely engraved 
portraits of every prominent member of the family, 
including that of the First Napoleon. In addition 
the " Ballard of Whittington " ; " Sea-Drift from a 
New England Port," illustrating New London ; 
" The New York Cooking School"; "The City of 
Atlanta," an interesting picture of Southern life by 
Ernest Ingersoll, make this number of peculiar 
interest. The continued stories by Black, Black- 
more, and Miss Muloch, continue to attract much 
attention. A new American novel, by a distinguished 
American author, is soon to appear. Price of mag- 
azine $4. 

The Rochester Campus is a neat appearing 
monthly, and represents in a sensible manner the 
interests of the university. " The Greek Colonies" 
is well written and deserves careful reading. From 
the Campus we conclude that the President gives 
them a talk on topics of the day every morning in 
chapel. The Freshmen are still fresh there : one of 
them having lost his hat went to the President to 
see if he had it. The champion cheeky man has 
been found : 

" Time, Saturday evening. . Prof. X. is reading. 
There is a knock at the door and Mr. C. enters. 
Mr. C. — ' Good evening, Professor ; won't you come 
and have a game of poker? ' Prof. — ' Well, hardly, 
I guess , I must get my Sunday-School lesson.' Mr. 
C. — ' Wal, I didn't spose you'd come ; but the boys 
dared me to ask you and I took 'em up. Good 
evening.' " 

There has been considerable mortality among 

the college papers lately. Cold weather, perhaps, 
has taken them off. The following are among the 
departed : Packer Quarterly, California Oestrus, 
and the Tyro. 

The Nassau Lit. stands very near the head of 
purely literary college publications. The task of 
sustaining a purely literary paper is one which few 
colleges can or should attempt, as the poor numbers 
of many of the present publications of the kind 
show. The present number of the Lit. is, however, 
well worth reading through. The articles on 
" Goldsmith," " Disraeli's Novels," and some of the 
editorials are particularly good. The Lit. denies 
the truth of the little line, " Princeton has no read- 
ing room," which we think has been in every one of 
our exchanges. It is about time that some of the 
stale notices such as, " 200 of the 250 colleges in this 
country publish papers," a statement which has no 
foundation to speak of, should be given up. 

The Concordiensis, from Union, is a fair paper, 
but its strong point is not poetry, as " The Fading 
Year" will show. The article on the "Influence of 
Fashion" is a sensible one, containing several good 
thoughts. The students at Union thus get square 
with the town : 

" Five students were fined $3.00 apiece by the 
police justice of the 'ranch,' for running down to 
see the 'depot.' As an offset, and to the eternal 
shame of our students (about which the wretches 
don't seem to care a flip), seven street lamps were 
' obliterated ' soon after. As these lamps cost $7.00 
apiece, boys, look out for another assessment." 

We have received from Lee & Shepard No. 7 of 
the "Reading Club," a volume of selections for 
readings and recitations, by G. M. Baker. The 
selections are from the best authors, and well ar- 
ranged. For sale by B. G. Dennisou. Price, 50 


is a matter of pride to Rochester, N. Y., as well as to the firm 
directly interested, that yesterday a cable dispatch was received 
stating that the French government had adopted the tobacco and 
cigarettes manufactured by Wm. S. Kimball & Co., of that city. 
We should explain, perhaps, that all tobacco sold in France up 
to this time, has been manufactured by the government. Of late 
the demand for other makes has arisen, and the government, to 
meet it, allowed English and American manufacturers to enter 
goods for competitive test with a view to the adoption of the best. 
The fact that Wm. S. Kimball & Co, have come out far ahead of 
all other manufacturers in both countries, is unmistakable proof 
that their goods are the best the world produces. Their tobacco 
and cigaretles will henceforth be on sale in Paris as freely as in 
New York, hut no other make, except the French, will be found 
there. In other words, the French government, on the report of 
its experts, declares the Vanity Fair tobacco and cigarettes of 
Wm. S. Kimball & Co. the best in the world I 

Vol IX. 


No. 12- 





Emery W". Bartlett, Herbert W. Grindal, 

Edwin C. Burbank, Frederic W. Hall, 

Franklin Goulding, Eliphalet G. Spring, 

Henry A. "Wing. 

Terms — $2.00 a year in advance 5 single copies, 15 cents. 

Matter designed for publication may be handed to the Editors or 
addressed to Bowdoin Orient, Brunswick, Maine. It should be accom- 
panied by the writer's name, and the signature which he wishes to have 
appended. Back numbers can generally be obtained upon application to 
the Editors. 

Tol. IX., No. 12.— January 21, 1880. 

Editorial Notes 133 

Literary : 

Iu the Orchard (poem) 135 

Co-education Again 135 

Random Thoughts 137 

Communications : 

Base-Ball 138 

College Boating 138 

Note from Alumnus 138 

College Items 139 

Meeting of Portland Alumni 140 

Senior and Junior Exhibition 141 

Meeting of the Boat Club 141 

The Bugle 142 

Personal 142 

College World 143 

Athletics 143 

Clippings 143 

Editors' Table... 144 

Book Review 144 


[No communication under auy circumstances will be 
published in the Orient unless accompanied by the real 
name of the writer. The name of the writer is not asked 
for publication, but as a guarantee of good faith.] 

We regret to say that the plan of the boat 

course, of which mention was made in the 

last Orient, was burned in the recent fire in 

Boston, which destroyed the building of the 

Heliotype Printing Company. Probably, as 

the minutes of the survey and the rough 
drawing were preserved, a new plan will be 

We trust none of the friends of our college 
will judge from the controversy on Co-educa- 
tion that there is any danger of its being 
adopted at Bowdoin. Unless Alumnus should 
happen to be convinced by his own facts (?) 
and lead an assault, we do not apprehend that 
it will be the province of the Orient to re- 
cord such a state of things for many years to 

The Bugle was delayed last term and was 
not received until Monday, the 12th inst. It 
gives general satisfaction and should, as it 
deserves, receive a liberal patronage. The 
next Board of Editors should learn from the 
experience of last year and this that, in order 
to publish the Bugle before the winter vaca- 
tion, it will be necessary for them to begin 
their work early in the term. 

The proper time for the Bugle to appear is, 
undoubtedly, at the close of the first term of 
the college year. 

If any wish back numbers of the Orient 
to fill out their files, they can obtain them by 
applying to the business editor, at 21 A. H. 

We hope to see the Freshmen at once 
take active measures for purchasing a class 
boat. If this matter is put off until the river 
opens, their class-crew will have no boat to 
practice in, and much valuable time will thus 
be lost. We believe that the class can do no 
better than to buy the '79 boat. It is the 
opinion of disinterested parties that with a 



few repairs the boat will be as good as new. 
This being so, it is economy for the class to 
buy it, as one hundred dollars or more will 
thereby be saved. We have heard it rumored 
that the class do not intend to buy a boat, 
but cannot believe it to be true. The classes 
for several years past have promptly bought 
boats, and entered into boating with enthu- 
siasm, and we cannot believe that our present 
Freshman class intend to do different from 
their predecessors. 

There seems to be a good prospect that 
the Gymnastic Exhibition will occur during 
the present term. The gymnasium exercises 
now being optional, it will require more of an 
effort on the part of those who are " working 
up " to practice daily. But we hope they 
will persevere for the benefit, if nothing more, 
that such an exhibition will be in imparting 
an interest in physical culture. Those who 
are intending to take part should receive 
encouragement and all needed assistance from 
the body of students. 

This winter, as last, the Gymnasium will 
be open every afternoon for those who 
wish to exercise. All should avail themselves 
of this opportunity, for during no part of the 
year is exercise so much needed as during the 
winter term. The good results of the optional 
work in the Gymnasium last winter were 
plainly seen in the excellent health of our 
students, and in the records made at the 
spring regatta and in the events of Field 
Day. Let one and all resolve to go to the 
Gymnasium every afternoon, and, while there, 
to do hard, faithful work. 

We are pleased to give place to the com- 
munication, in another column, on base-ball, 
and hope more will follow on the same sub- 
ject. The Orient is not favorable to boat- 

ing and hostile to base-ball, but intends to 
support and forward the interests of both of 
these sports, as well as all others in which our 
students are interested. In attestation of the 
fact that the editors of the present volume of 
the Orient have, during the past year, as- 
sisted in advancing the interests of base-ball 
we refer to the numbers of last spring term. 
It will be found that the Orient expressed 
confidence in our nine and asked for it sup- 
port at a time when the majority of our stu- 
dents had for it only words of discouragement. 

Furthermore, some of the editors have 
personally suggested that in no way could the 
interests of that sport be so well advanced as 
by contributing articles relative to it to the 
college paper. 

The columns of the Orient are open to 
all undergraduates, and if they do not avail 
themselves of them, whose fault is it ? We 
earnestly believe, as a correspondent in the 
present number says, — that Bowdoin can and 
should support a college crew, and, also, a 
first-class nine. 

Last term the Orient proposed a New 
England Collegiate Rowing Association. The 
Wesleyan Argus at once received the project 
with great favor, and, in an editorial on the 
subject vigorously urged the other New En- 
gland colleges to give more attention to boat- 
ing, and assist in forming such a rowing 
association as was proposed. The Dartmouth 
replied in substance that they had neither 
boat-house, boats, boating men, or enthusiasm, 
and that, in short, boating at Dartmouth was 
dead. The Brunonian approved of the sug- 
gestion, but said that it was not practical for 
Brown to enter an association this year, as 
they had " no nucleus of boating men, no uni- 
versity crew." The Brunonian, however, 
urged that class crews be formed, and more 
attention be given to boating, to the end that 
in the near future Brown can meet "other 



colleges on the water." The Trinity Tablet 
of Nov. 29th, said: "Since 1876 the boat 
club has not been in such a prosperous con- 
dition as at present. A fine large boat-house 
has been erected, and the club treasury has 
been replenished. Nothing now remains to 
prevent the college having a well-trained 
crew by the opening of the next season. 
The purchase of a new boat is now under 
consideration, and plans are afloat for sending 
a crew to compete with other New England 
colleges." Amherst and Williams still remain 
silent in regard to this matter. 

Thus the outlook for a boat race among 
New England colleges during the coming 
year is not very flattering. It seems a pity 
that there cannot be a rowing association of 
New England colleges. Harvard and Yale 
seem to be practically out of such an associa- 
tion, as their annual eight-oared race engrosses 
their time and attention. The experiences of 
the old inter-collegiate boat races demon- 
strated that the colleges of New England, 
with the exception of Harvard and Yale, can 
not yearly, owing to the expense, support col- 
lege crews composed of more than four men. 
It will be seen by the report of the meeting 
of the Boat Club, held the last Saturday of 
last term, that the Secretary was instructed 
to write to Columbia, Cornell, Wesleyan, and 
Trinity in regard to a four-oared race. Until 
these colleges are heard from nothing definite 
in regard to Bowdoin's prospects for being 
represented in a boat race during the coming 
year, can be said. 




With song of bird but faintly heard, 
As shady night comes on, 

I wander here, 'midst scenes so dear 
In happy days now gone. 

For, 'neath these trees, while sighed the breeze 

And spring-time blossoms fell, 
I used to meet, with kisses sweet, 

My own pure-hearted Nell. 

On summer eves, the rustling leaves, 

The gently swiuging boughs, 
The stars above, which looked their love, 

All listened to our vows. 
But. all too soon, the harvest moon 

Its light to our parting gave ; 
She came in tears, — I calmed her fears, 

For love had made me brave. 

"When years have sped," — 'twas thus I said, 

"And fortune I have made, 
In manly pride I'll claim my bride 

Here iu the orchard's shade." 

My youth has flown ; and now, alone, 

This spot I'm wandering o'er, — 
My all in life, my promised wife 

Is here with me no more. 

In sorrow deep, I come to weep 

O'er scenes to memory dear ; 
And now recall those meetings all, 

In thoughtful silence here. 
From every sod her feet have trod 

I pray a flower may rise, 
And its pure face, with modest grace, 

Lift upward to the skies. 


In a recent editorial note we said that 
woman does not believe in or call for co-ed- 
ucation, meaning co-education in our higher 
institutions. Alumnus files exception to this 
and says : " There are, in this country, more 
young ladies attending schools of collegiate 
rank than there are college students in all 
NeAv England." As Alumnus makes a great 
parade of this statement as a "fact," let us 
examine it. The last United States Educa- 
tional report gives the number of colleges and 
universities in this country as 351. A num- 
ber of these are co-educational. The total 
number of young women in attendance at 
these is 3057. In the New England colleges 
there are 3535 students. Without going 
further in our examination we find that the 
statement of Alumnus lacks 178 of being an 
actual fact. But let us examine this matter 
more minutely. It is a fact which no one can 



gainsay that many of the 351 universities and 
colleges in this country are such only in name. 
This is notably so with many of the Southern 
and Western Institutions which admit young 
women. A few years since, one of these 
" universities " was reported as having one 
professor and six students. It is in these 
small colleges and universities which have no 
more claim to the names than any respectable 
mixed school, that co-education receives its 
strongest support. When we made our state- 
ment in the editorial note referred to, we 
were writing of co-education in colleges which 
are such in fact as well as in name. We said 
that it was exceptional that women desired or 
called for entrance to our higher colleges for 
3'oung men, and in support of this, let us con- 
sider facts, which unlike those of Alumnus, 
will not, on examination resolve themselves 
into no facts at all. We will grant that 
young women who wish to pursue a course of 
study with young men, are not all of the 
" Blue stocking " type, but it does not alter 
the facts in the case. At Michigan Univer- 
sity — a first-class institution — co-education 
has received a great deal of attention. Here, 
then, we would, if women in large numbers 
call for co-education, expect to find the classes 
largely made up of young ladies. What is 
the fact? At the present time there are 53 
young women in the Literary, or College De- 
partment, and sixty in the Professional 
schools. It must be admitted that this is a 
small showing for the success of co-education 
when we consider that Michigan University 
has over twelve hundred students. The United 
States Educational report says of Michigan 
University : " The women form a little less 
than nine per cent, of the whole number of 
students, and this proportion remains about 
the same from year to year." At Cornell the 
same state of things, viz., that only a small 
proportion of the students are young women, 
holds true. At Wesleyan, as is well known, 
co-education is a total failure. In Maine, 

Colby, Bates, and the State College admit 
young women. These three institutions, ac- 
cording to their last catalogues, have 400 stu- 
dents, and only thirty-three of them are young 
women. The fact then seems to he that young 
women do not, to any great extent, believe in 
or call for admittance to our higher colleges 
and universities. The reason is obvious. 
The young woman does not want, to fill her 
place in life, the same mental training as the 
young man. It would be considered the 
climax of absurdity to send a boy to Vassar 
to be fitted for the duties of life. Why is it 
then necessary to send young women to col- 
leges designed for young men, to fit them for 
their duties in life ? 

If it is woman's sphere to preach, to prac- 
tice law and medicine, and, in short, to do 
the work which the Creator designed man to 
do, then, perhaps, co-education is necessary. 
Alumnus makes an effort to show that co- 
education tends to raise the standard of 
college morals. The college with which 
Alumnus is connected may be a sort of 
" Happy Valley," or resemble Eden before 
the old serpent crawled in, but at all other 
colleges of which we have heard, the stu- 
dents are all human. Who will say that 
the morals of Bates or Colby, where there 
are young women, are higher than those 
of Amherst or Williams, which are not co- 
educational. On this point a gentleman, at 
present connected with Michigan University, 
and evidently in favor of co-education, says : 
" As regards its effect upon the morals of our 
young men, I must say that it is very little in 
that direction one way or the other." 

If the morals of one college are higher than 
those of another, the cause will be found in the 
class of students who are connected with it. 
A college which is composed largely of young 
men who are poor and in part self-dependent, 
will be quite likely to have a higher standard 
for good order and studiousness, other things 
being equal, than one composed largely of 



wealthy students, who attend college to pass 
away the time, or for the name. 

If a young man is disposed to be wild in 
college, it will need something else besides 
co-education to restrain him. The opponents 
of co-education argue that its effects on the 
morals of both sexes is degrading, and it must 
be confessed that their arguments are fully as 
convincing as the statements of those who con- 
tend that the opposite is the truth. What 
woman needs to-day in our land is that more 
attention be given to her special education. 
There is a call for schools and courses of study 
which will fit her to adorn society and the home 
circle, which will give her the strength and 
high culture which will enable her to exert 
that power and influence in the world which 
she alone can use to the highest good. We 
already have some schools of this class that 
are doing a noble work. Let more be estab- 
lished, and the utmost attention given to her 
culture. Let woman be educated to the end 
that she may fill her true sphere in society — 
a sphere more important and nearer divine 
than any filled by man. 


It is afternoon of a dull, stormy da}'. For 
some time I have been sitting here by my 
window, watching the thickly falling snow- 
flakes. So absorbed have I been in this oc- 
cupation, that, all unobserved by me, the 
hours of daylight have nearly passed, and the 
slight darkness, which comes so early in the 
day during a heavy snow-storm, is faintly dis- 
cernible. My text-book has fallen to the 
floor, the lesson not half learned. The latest 
paper lies on my desk, unopened. I must 
have been thinking very busily, this is the 
only explanation I have for the strange and 
unusual mood in which I find myself. And 
yet, if asked to define my thoughts, I could 
recall only vague and crude generalities. 

Surely, I cannot have been thinking of noth- 
ing all this time ! 

The snow is still falling. A light wind 
has risen, which increases in strength with 
each successive blast. It is but a short dis- 
tance to the other side of the street ; yet not 
half the time can I distinguish the trees, the 
houses, or the fence there, on account of the 
countless fine white particles which intervene. 
The window-ledge near me is heaped with a 
delicate snowy covering, and here and there 
crystalline flakes, of wondrous form, adhere 
to the glass, seeming to have been attracted 
thither by the warmth within. I imagine it 
was on such a day as this that the poet Burns 
sat by his cottage hearth and penned these 
lines, — to me the sweetest and saddest words 
ever uttered by a disconsolate soul : 

" The wintry blast, the sky o'ercast, 

The joyless winter day 
Let others fear, — to me more dear 

Than all the pride of May. 

" The tempest's howl, it soothes my soul, 

My griefs it seems to join ; 
The leafless trees my fancy please, — 

Their fate resembles mine ! " 

The leafless trees, — how stiff and bare 
and cold ! Yet how patiently they stand, 
watching for that pleasant spring-time which, 
as long intervals of similar waiting have 
taught, they shall not await in vain ! How 
meekly they bow their heads to the chill, 
sweeping blast ! Still they seem to defy it, 
and raise themselves proudly when it has 
passed. The trees are grand and noble at all 
seasons ; but never more so than in winter. 

Some of our poets have written of our 
forests in winter, yet there is much that might 
be added. A moonlight scene in a Northern 
forest is a theme worthy the pen of the 
noblest bard. Such a scene never fails to 
make an impression upon a mind awake to 
the sublimity and beauty of Nature's works. 

The Bugle classes the drill among the 
college sports. 





Editors of Orient : 

A great deal of space in the Okient is 
given to the interest of boating, while com- 
paratively little is said in behalf of base-ball. 
Of course no one will find fault with any 
thing which may be written for the purpose 
of giving encouragement to boating interests. 
But at the same time it should not be forgot- 
ten that there is quite as much pleasure to be 
derived by the students from a good nine, as 
as there is from a good crew, consequently 
base-ball should receive some notice. 

The nine of the past year gave strong proof 
that with proper training and encouragement 
it could do good work. Beginning in the fall 
of '78 with but few reliable players, by steady 
practice and perseverance, they closed the 
college year with a record creditable both in 
play and finance. The fall of '79 has shown 
us that the prospects for a good nine are bet- 
ter than for years previous. Losing but few 
of the old players, whose positions can be 
easily filled, the nine has been strengthened 
by an extra catcher; and the knowledge of 
last year's success over apparently insurmount- 
able obstacles, will give them renewed 
strength in their efforts to place abetter team 
in the field next spring. What is wanted 
now is the encouragement of the students. 
Show the boys that you are interested, by 
inquiring about their prospects. Let them 
understand that you know what they are 
doing, and that if they succeeded in placing 
a good nine in the field this year, their play- 
ing will not be confined to the State of Maine. 



Editors of Orient : 

Some years ago Dartmouth took measures 
to form a New England Association ; but for 

unexplained reasons this did not prove a suc- 
cess at the time. 

Now it does not seem right that this most 
manly and invigorating of college pastimes 
should thus be allowed to fall into decay. A 
sport which is by far the most universal, 
from the fact that in 1875 at Saratoga, the 
crews of thirteen colleges entered the race, 
and which in English universities takes the 
pecedence of all others, should not be allowed 
to pass from the annals of college life without 
a strong endeavor to keep it up. 

Some colleges intimate that they are 
unable to sustain boating, and, at the same 
time give their support to base-ball and foot- 
ball. Although in one case out of ten this 
may be a sufficiently strong plea, any college 
of spirit and energy ought to carry on base- 
ball and boating associations, and the prefer- 
ence should, by all means, be given to these two. 

Some changes have been offered in regard 
to the formation and management of such an 
organization : That the crews row in fours 
instead of sixes ; that the seat of the regatta 
be changed each year, in order that no par- 
ticular college can have a continued advantage 
as to length of training and distance to travel. 

If the different institutions of New En- 
gland will but give their attention to it, and 
take measures for forming an Association, 
making such changes as will be advantageous 
to all, there can be no possible barrier to the 
success of the regattas. 

It is hoped that this matter will be consid- 
ered during the coming winter, and that there 
will be a revival of boating next year ; while 
at an early day the regattas may have 
representatives from Amherst, Bowdoin, 
Brown, Dartmouth, Trinity, Wesleyan, and 
Williams. S. T. 

Editors of Orient : 

Permit me to say that instead of three 
years' experience in teaching, as your edito- 



rial note implies, I Lave had nine and a half 
3 r ears. What I said in my letter as to the 
amount of experience I had had was not 
intended to mislead, as I have been connected, 
at different times,~with three mixed colleges, 
making in all eleven and a half years, as stu- 
dent, under-teacher, and teacher. I think 
this gives me a right to say that I have had 
quite a long experience ; and if so the writer 
of the editorial note is again at fault, through 
the same cause which made him err before, — 
passing judgment before knowing the facts. 
I did not intend, in my former communication, 
to sa}' that the original editorial article was 
written without " consideration," when I said 
the writer knew nothing about the matter ; 
it was lack of observation, not of meditation, 
to which I referred. Alumnus. 


The Freshmen use Abbott's Latin Prose. 
Edwards, '80, is bell-ringer for the term. 

The boating men are at work in the Gym- 

At a recent discussion the Seniors got at 
the bottom facts of the question. 

The seventy-eighth annual catalogue -can 
now be obtained at the Treasurer's office. 

The Seniors were complimented on their 
written examination in Psychology. 

One hundred and seven dollars are now 
needed entirely to pay for the new boat-house. 

Junior to Senior — " What is this Paleology 
they tell about ? Is it the science of Paley ?" 

The entrance examination in Algebra has 
been increased to include Quadratic Equa- 

The scientific Freshmen recite Mathe- 
matics this term to Mr. Robinson, Instructor 
of the Gymnasium. 

The Freshmen are deliberating whether 
it is legal for them to recite when a quorum 
is not present. 

During Prof. Smith's absence the Sopho- 
mores and Freshmen recite in Mathematics to 
Instructor Robinson. 

Did the Seniors in preparing for the ex- 
aminations in Psychology take the advice of 
the Prof, to study pen in hand ? 

The students' dance after the Senior and 
Junior Exhibition, was well attended and 
highly enjoyed by those present. 

It is expected that a revised Course of 
Study will go into effect at the beginning of 
the next College year. — Catalogue. 

The examination of the Seniors in Psy- 
chology, which did not take place at the close 
of last term, occurred on Monday, the 12th 

Senior — " Mate, we are almost out of coal. 
The thermometer is 16 degrees below zero." 
" So is my cash," grumblingly returns the 
person addressed. 

All students are invited to contribute 
items of interest to this column. They can 
be handed to the editors, or dropped into the 
letter-box at the south end of Maine. 

Prof. Ladd is to supply the pulpit of the 
Methodist Church in this town, during the 
present Conference year. 

Soph. — " I never knew of colds hanging 
on as they do this winter." Junior — " I 
never saw coals go away so fast as this win- 
ter." Both smile in a chill}- manner and are 

The following appeared on the bulletin 
board a few mornings since : 

" General Order, No. 1. The Bowdoin Cadets 
are hereby ordered to report at the gymnasium im- 
mediately after prayers. No guns are needed, as 
your dignified presence is sufficient to overawe all 
mobs. Let each man briug a bushel basket in which 
to receive rations from the Quartermaster for one 
day. Per Order, 

Commanding Officer." 



There was the usual delay in getting text- 
books the first of the term. It seems as 
though some way could be devised by which 
it would be made possible for the classes to 
get their books on time. 

The following changes in the Medical 
Faculty are announced : Dr. Israel T. Dana, 
Prof, of Pathology, takes the place of Prof. 
Palmer, and Dr. A. P. Dudley, Demonstrator 
of Anatomy, in place of Dr. C. A. Ring, who 
held the position last year. 

If the proper authorities would see to scat- 
tering a few ashes around the entrances to 
the chapel and dormitories when it is icy, it 
would not only aid locomotion, but keep many 
from falling — into the habit of breaking one 
of the commandments. 

Scene at hotel in Augusta : Student to 
dignified gentleman who proves to be an ex- 
Judge — " Is there a bar connected with this 
house?" Ex-Judge (sternly) — '■'■Sir!! Not 
that I am aware of." S. — "Excuse me, I 
thought you was a member of the bar." 

The Bugle was printed at the Journal 
Office, Lewiston, and its fine typographical 
appearance is proof that only first-class work 
comes from that establishment. The good 
taste and workmanship of the printers of the 
Journal Office can not be easily surpassed. 

It is quite generally believed that our fine 
college library is lacking in works of standard 
fiction. We deny the base slander. Packed 
away snugly on one of the upper shelves will 
be found two of Beadles' popular works : 
" The Sagamore of Saco," and " Bald Eagle." 

Student presents excuse for eight marks. 
Prof. — "I cannot accept this, but will present 
it to the Faculty." Student — "I guess you 
had better accept it, Professor. The Faculty 
alwajrs reject my excuses, and as there is no 
one to stick up for me it isn't fair." The ex- 
cuse is accepted, and cheek thus receives its 

Visitor to Student — "Is the Medical 
School connected with the college?" S. — 
" Yes ; for several years past the institution 
has sent out from twenty to thirty doctors 
annually, the most of whom have settled and 
are now practicing in this State." V. — 
" Hm, hm ; I suppose that accounts for the 
fact that Maine has fallen off in population of 
late years ! " 

Following are the names of the gentlemen 
through whose generosity the books on Polit- 
ical and Economical Science for the special 
use of the Senior Class were obtained : Hon. 
W. W. Thomas, Hon. J. W. Bradbury, Hon. 
J. L. H. Cobb, Hon. S. E. Spring, Harrison 
J. Libby, Esq., W. H. Moulton, Esq., Gen. 
Francis Fessenden, William F. Goulcling, 
Esq., and Jesse L. Nason, Esq. 

The Board of Overseers of Bowdoin Col- 
lege has lost five members, viz. : Charles A. 
Lord, A. M., Hon. Richard D. Rice, Rev. 
William Warren, D. D., Hon. William D. 
Northend, and Melville W. Fuller, Esq. The 
vacancies thus caused have been filled Iry the 
election of the following : Gen. Francis Fes- 
senden, Hon. John H. Gooclenow, Rev. J. H. 
Ecob, Hon. John A. Waterman, and Hon. J. 
G. Downes. 


The tenth annual reunion and dinner of 
the Bowdoin Alumni of Portland and vicinity 
occurred at the Falmouth Hotel, Tuesday 
evening, Jan. 6. The number in attendance 
was large, and the occasion was one of great 
enjoyment. Among the distinguished men 
present were Gen. S. J. Anderson, Hon. Geo. 
E. B. Jackson, Hon. Chas. W. Goddard, Hon. 
W. L. Putnam, and many others. Prof. Chap- 
man, and Instructors Johnson and Cole rep- 
resented the college. A fine literary produc- 
tion was read by Gen. J. Marshall Brown. 
The report of the treasurer showed that finan- 



cially the association is flourishing. Letters 
were read from a number who were unable 
to be present. Frank S. Waterhouse acted 
as toast-master. The responses to the toasts 
were most heartily enjoyed, many of them 
being replete with happy thoughts. The fol- 
lowing gentlemen were elected officers for 
the coming year: President, Win. L. Put- 
nam, '55 ; Vice Presidents, Geo. F. Talbot, 
'37, Bion Bradbury, '30, Geo. E. B. Jackson, 
'49, John M. Brown, '60, Dr. Wm. Osgood, 
'46 ; Secretary, Frederic A. Gerrish, '66 ; 
Treasurer, Geo. F. Holmes, '66 ; Executive 
Committee, Philip Henry Brown, '51, Charles 
J. Chapman, '68, Dr. Wm. Alden, '76 ; Ora- 
tor, Clarence Hale, '69 ; Poet, D. W. Snow, 
'73 ; Toast-master, F. S. Waterhouse, '73. It 
was voted that the thanks of the association 
be tendered to Judge Goddard, for his emi- 
nent services in founding and constantly car- 
ing for the interests of the association. 


The exhibition was on the whole some- 
what disappointing. From the men appointed 
we had been led to think it was to be remark- 
ably good, but it was evident that the 
participants had not prepared themselves 
sufficiently as. a whole, and many pieces 
showed evident haste in preparation. Now 
the exhibition is expected to show in the 
very best light the ability of the Senior Class 
in particular, for they are appointed for rank 
in writing merely, while the Junior parts 
depend upon general rank. To be appointed 
is surely an honor, and every man ought to 
do his best, if any one has a pet idea let him 
air it, he will never have a better chance 
when he will be listened to with better 
attention. But instead of this the prepara- 
tion of the piece is put off — sometimes the 
subject not chosen — until a week or so before 
the exhibition ; it is possible that one man 
may do well, but the majority of the parts 

will not be improved by the plan. The par- 
ticipants of this exhibition were not the 
first to put off the preparation of their pieces, 
but it is a common fault, more apparent in 
this case because the writers could have done 
much better, and much more was expected of 
them. It might be well perhaps for the parts 
to be assigned at the middle of the term if 
more time is all that is needed, but the 
chances are that if six weeks were given the 
work would be put off till the last two. 
Several of the parts, however, were very good 
and would appear well in any exhibition. 
Particular mention should be made of the 
fine delivery of the Latin Salutatory by Mr. 
Giveen. The order of exercises follow : 

Salutatory Oration in Latin. 

H. E. Giveen, Brunswick. 
The Prohibitory Law. 

E. G. Spring, Portland. 
Independence in Politics. 

E. C. Burbank, Limerick. 
Selection from the German of Ficute. — (English 
Version.) *W. I. Cole, Brunswick. 

Power of Journalism. 

fH. A. Wing, Mattawamkeag. 
The Irishman as an American. 

W. L. Dane, Kennebunk. 
Necessity of Party. 

A. M. Edwards, Bethel. 

The Veiled Statue at Sais. — (Metrical Version from 

Schiller.) *C. H. Cutler, Parmington. 

Speech of Vocula.— (English Version from Tacitus.) 

* F. A. Fisher, Westford, Mass. 

Our Saxon Ancestors. 

% E. W. Bartlett, East Bethel. 
Defense of Ctesiphon.— (English Version from De- 
mosthenes.) * H. L. Staples, Parsonsfield. 
Is British Rule a Benefit to India ? 

H. W. Grindal, Salem, Mass. 
* Juniors. t Excused. J Absent. 


On the last Saturday of the fall term a 
meeting of the Boat Club was held. The 
number in attendance was large, and much 
interest and enthusiasm displayed. After the 
preliminary business was disposed of, the 
committee on new boat house submitted their 
report. The committee reported as follows : 



Cost of boat-house to Dec. 12 $826 70 

Estimated cost entirely to finish 15 00 

Total cost $841 70 

Paid on boat-house up to Dec. 12 556 82 

Due $284 88 

Resources : 

Cash on hand $17 50 

Uncollected subscriptions 44 00 

79 class-boat 75 00 

Total resources $136 50 

Amount to raise $148 38 

It was voted to solicit subscriptions to 
raise this amount. 

The subject of a race with some other col- 
lege or colleges during the present year, was 
discussed at length. Voted, to instruct the 
Secretary to correspond with Columbia, Cor- 
nell, Wesleyan, and Trinity, in regard to a 
four-oared race. It was also voted to extend 
a vote of thanks to the class of '79 for the 
gift of their class-boat to the Boat Club, and, 
also, to Prof. Vose of the College, for the gift 
of a plan of the Bowdoin Boat Course. The 
feeling of the meeting was strongly in favor 
of having Bowdoin represented in a race with 
outside colleges, and no one doubted hut 
what, with the support of the Alumni, a four- 
oared crew can be maintained. 

men from what they are in the college cata- 
logue, and leaving out entirely in the associa- 
tions names of men in upper classes whose 
names did not appear in last year's Bugle. 
The calendar is almost entirely incorrect, and, 
although there is some excuse for this, the 
order having been changed since last year, 
yet when all that was necessary was to go to 
the President, one would think such an im- 
portant part ought to have been looked up 
witli more care. 

The Long Jump by Whitmore, 10.45 ft., 
reduced in the Bugle to 8 ft. 7 1-4 in.; Three 
Legged Race of Giveen and Payson, 12 1-4 
sec, changed to 13 3-4; Throwing Hammer, 
Plimpton, 60.1 ft., changed to 60 feet 3 in., 
with other slight changes, are not the faults of 
the editors but are due to mistakes in the 
Secretary's book. 

We have spoken highly of the Bugle, and 
do not intend or wish to retract anything 
which has been said. It is as good a Bugle 
as has been published, but such mistakes, not 
intentional of course, certainly ought not to 
have occurred. 


Although the Bugle has many good points, 
as has been before mentioned in the:-e col- 
umns, there is one fault which ought not to be 
overlooked, that is the inaccuracy. The 
Bugle is expected to be the true record of 
all matter pertaining to the college, but 
through inexcusable carelessness on the part 
of the editor or editors, who had the Work to 
do, several important facts have been changed. 

A. H. Pennell took one of the first prizes 
in English Composition, H. L. Maxcy, '80, 
and C. H. Gilman, '82, took Brown Memorial 
Scholarships, but their names do not appear in 
the prize list. 

Lesser mistakes are changing the names of 


[We earnestly solicit coimuunicatious to this 
column from any who may have an interest in the 

'54. — Among the Vice Presidents at the late 
session of the National Board of Trade, held in 
Washington, was Wm. D. Washburn, member of 
Congress from Minnesota. 

'65.— D. A. Easton has gone into the banking 
business, in New York City, with the firm of Boody, 
McLellan & Co. Mr. Easton graduated from 
Andover Theological Seminary, and had preached 
in Connecticut, but was obliged to leave that pro- 
fession on account of ill health. 

'73.— A. G-. Ladd, M. D., has settled in Pepperell, 

74. —Ira Locke has entered into law partnership 
with J. A. Locke in Portland. 

'75.— After the numerous discussions of Mr. 
Edison's Electric Light, it will be interesting to see 



exactly what claims for it Mr. Edison himself is 
willing to endorse. A paper is announced to appear 
in the midwinter Scribner by Mr. Edison's mathe- 
matician and assistant, Mr. Francis B. Upton, 
which, besides the writer's intimate connection with 
the invention itself, has the further voucher of a 
letter from Mr. Edison, certifying that it is " the 
first correct and authoritative account." It is said 
that the paper will contain much that has not aud 
will not be elsewhere published. 

7").— E. H. Hall has recently made a discovery 
in connection with his study in Electricity, on the 
" Action of the Magnet on Electric Currents." 

76. — A. H. Sabine, who since graduation has 
filled the Chair of Chemistry in Ripou College, 
Ripou, Wis., is coming East to pursue his studies. 

77. — E. A. Scribner is to fill the Chair of Chem- 
istry in Ripou College, made vacant by the tem- 
porary absence of Mr. Sabine. 

78. -H. C. Baxter, and W. G. Davis, 79, have 
been admitted as partners in the Portland Packing 
Company, Portland. 

'80.— Walter A. Burleigh, formerly of this class, 
is Superintendent of the Newichawauick Manufac- 
turing Company at Great Works, South Berwick. 

'82. — W. L. Sanborn has invented and had pat- 
ented an improved Button-Hole Cutter, which 
promises to come into general use. 

'83. — A. H. Fogg has left college on account of 
ill health. 


Thirty-nine colleges publish illustrated animals. 

Williams has recently received a gift of $25,000. 

Cornell has sold Bayard Taylor's library at auc- 

A chapter of Zeta Psi has been founded at Co- 

A fair recently given to help rebuild Pardee 
Hall, Lafayette College, netted over $2000. 

Columbia has a new Senior society after the plan 
of the Tale societies. It is called the S. P. Q. R. 

Six hundred and fifty-seven men board at Har- 
vard's Memorial Hall. The average cost per week 
is $4.10. 

There are 64 college secret societies in this coun- 
try, having 487 living chapters, and a membership 
of 65,256. These societies have 35 chapterhouses. 
The most expensive one cost $40,000. 

The Senior parlor at Vassar has been presented 
with a new pack of cards, says the Vassar Miscel- 
lany, together with rules of the games. 

The recent fire in Stoughton Hall brings out the 
fact that none of the Harvard buildings are in- 
sured by the corporation. 


The new Harvard gymnasium has been opened 
with Dr. Sargent as superintendent. 

Twenty Harvard Freshmen are working for the 
class crew. The university crew and nine have 
commenced work in the new gymnasium. 

The Columbia College challenge cup, presented 
by the Juniors, is very fine, and cost $500. It is 
contended for by the class crews twice a year. 

The base-ball interest is very strong just now, 
and most of the leading colleges have nines at work 
steadily. Good games and a close contest for the 
championship are expected. 

An American College Base-Ball Association has 
been formed by Harvard, Brown, Princeton, Dart- 
mouth, Yale, and Amherst. The playing rules are 
those of National Association of 1879, except the 
rule covering foul bound. A series of games will be 
arranged to be played next season. The champion- 
ship pennant will be given to the club winning the 
most games. — Ex. 


Editors get one important item of subsistence at 
a low price — they get bored for nothing. — Ex. 

Scene at Columbia. Prof. — " Now I ask you as 
a practical miner what spade do you think is the 
very best ? " Third Tear Man (scornfully)—" Why 
the ace of course." (Sensation.) — Ex. 

Before the show window of a picture shop : First 
gamin to second — " Say, Bill, come away; don't be 
lookin' in at them pictures o' bally dancers, or 
folks'll take yer for a Harvard Freshman." — Post. 

Scene on College Hill. Persona;: Audacious 
Freshman and the President. Freshman — " Dr., 
shall we have a holiday on the occasion of the Cen- 
tennial of the Baptist Church in the village!" 
Dr.—" I am afraid it would be establishing a prece- 
dent." — Tuftonian. 




The January Harper's is particularly rich in illus- 
trations, some of the best and most popular of 
American artists being represented. The principal 
feature is the " Eve of St. Agnes," by John Keats, 
illustrated by Abbey. Among the other articles are 
" Old Baltimore and its Merchants," with illustra- 
tions by Mayer ; " Isms of Forty Years Ago," with 
portraits of the eminent theologues and thinkers of 
the time ; " The Shepherds of Colorado" ; " Com- 
pulsory Education in Brooklyn"; and a sketch of 
Ferdinand de Lesseps. The serials — " White 
Wings," by Black, " Young Mrs. Jardine," by Mrs. 
Craik, and " Mary Anerley," by Blnckmoie, are 

The January Scribner's contains the usual 
amount of interesting matter. Among the best of 
the articles are " The United States Life-Saving 
Service," with numerous illustrations ; No. III. of 
" Success with Small Fruits" ; " Young Artists' Life 
in New York," with illustrations by members of the 
Salmagundi Club, among them, Church, Burns, 
Kelly, Inness, and Hartley ; " The Arcadians of 
Louisiana " ; " Extracts from the Journal of Henry 
J. Raymond," and "American Arms and Ammuni- 
tion." " Confidence " and " The Grandissimes " 
are continued. The latter is spoken of by many 
reviewers as the best novel of American life yet 
written. The midwinter Scribner's is to contain an 
article on the " Electric Light " by Francis R. 
Upton, as see personal column. 

The Oberlin Review is an excellent exchange, and 
has a reputation for being careful about its subject 
matter ; sowe were much astonished to seethe article 
" Artistic Penmanship." According to the writer, 
all that is needed is a love for fine penmanship, to 
reform the world. The gifted but dissipated pen- 
man " begins to realize that a pure life is necessary 
to a high degree of skill in its execution. Any per- 
son who is addicted to the use of intoxicants, soon 
feels the need of a better nerve ; consequently, his 
' cups ' are sacrificed. Then the usual late hours 
are perceived to be affecting the health. Next, the 
use of tobacco, which perhaps has always been re- 
garded as harmless, is found to be in a large degree 
a hindrance to that perfect control of the hand, 
which is so very necessary in the execution of intri- 
cate and highly artistic peumanship." A novel cure 
certainly, and perhaps an improvement on our 
much-abused " Maine Law." No. 9 of the Review 

quotes from the Boston Traveller a list of 
the famous men who were at Harvard when 
Holmes attended in the class of '29. Fifteen names 
are given, the most famous of which are those 
of Holmes, James Freeman Clarke, W. H. Channing, 
Charles Sumner, John L. Motley, and Wendell 
Phillips. A remarkable list surely, and the Trav- 
eller says it doubts if a body of men ever came 
together to equal it in any college, at any time ; but 
we think we have found its equal. The classes of 
'2:i, '2-1, '25, and '26 at Bowdoin, contained the fol- 
lowing fifteen : Writers, — Longfellow, Hawthorne, J. 
S. C. Abbott, George B. Cheever. Public Men,— 
President, Franklin Pierce; Secretary of Treasury, 
William P. Fessenden; Senator, J. W. Bradbury; 
Congressmen, Sergent S. Prentiss, John Otis, S. P. 
Benson, Jonathan Cilley, and Cullcn Sawtelle ; Gov- 
ernors, G. G. Crosby and J. B. Russwurm ; Pro- 
fessor Calvin E. Stowe, together with several judges. 


American College Fraternities by Wm. Raymond 
Baird, is a book of interest and value to every mem- 
ber of a college secret society. The book is strictly 
impartial, and no one would suspect from reading it 
that the author himself is a member of a college 
fraternity. The work contains two hundred and 
six pages. A beautifully engraved frontispiece is 
composed of the badges of the chaptered fraternities. 

The book opens with a description of the 
" origin, progress, manners, &c," of the Greek Let- 
ter Fraternities. In the fourteen pages devoted to 
this part of the work the author has succeeded in 
collecting a large number of facts, which are fresh 
and interesting. 

Then follows the general fraternities in alpha- 
betical order, and each is described at some length. 
Space is given to local and class fraternities in pro- 
portion to their size and importance. A list of the 
Ladies' Societies is also included. A list of the 
Greek Letter Literary Societies is also given. At 
the close of the book there is a statistical summary 
of the fraternities, and it contains information which 
the average society-man would be apt to look in 
vain for elsewhere. The Directory of Chapters also 
contains a great, deal of valuable information. 
Under the title of " Have they a right to live ?" the 
author in a well-written and forcible essay discusses 
the benefits of college secret societies. He quotes 
the arguments of the opponents of college secret 
societies, and then answers them in a manner which 
is very convincing. 

We most heartily recommend this work to every 
member of our secret societies. The book is pub- 
lished by J. B. Lippincott, Philadelphia, and is 
printed on good paper and nicely bound. The book 
will be sent post-paid for $1.50. 


Vol. IX. 


No. 13. 





Emery W. Bartlett, Herbert W. Grindal, 

Edwin C. Burbank, Frederic W. Hall, 

Franklin Goulding, Eliphalet G. Spring. 

Henry A. Wing. 

Terms — $2.00 a year in advance ; single copies, 15 cents. 

Matter designed for publication may be handed to the Editors or 
addressed to Bowdotn Orient, Brunswick, Maine. It should be accom- 
panied by the writer's name, and the signature which he wishes to have 
appended. Back numbers can generally be obtained upon application to 
the Editors. 

Vol. IX., No. US.— February 4, 1880. 

Editorial Notes J45 


A Leap-Tear Ride (poem) 148 

College Characters 148 

Pygmalion (poem) 149 

"Pinosque Loquentes Semper Habet " 149 

President Chamberlain 150 

Communications : 

Helen Blazes (poem) 151 

The Bowdoin Family ...151 

The Knowing Freshman 152 

English Composition 153 

College Items 153 

Personal 155 

College World ]55 

Athletics 155 

Clippings 156 

Editors' Table 156 


[No communication under any circumstances will be 
published in the Orient unless accompanied by the real 
name of the writer. The name of the writer is not asked 
for publication, but as a guarantee of good faith.] 

We cannot too strongly urge upon our 
musical men the desirability of forming a 
Glee Club to assist at the proposed Gymnas- 
tic Exhibition. Indeed, the success of the 
exhibition depends entirely upon the forma- 
tion of a Glee Club. We hope to see this 

matter taken hold of with a determination to 
make it a success. 

Those who wish to obtain back numbers 
of the Okient should, as soon as possible, 
leave their orders with the Business Mana- 
ger. In this connection we would say that 
we have made arrangements to take orders 
for the binding of Bugles and Orients. 
Any style of binding can be furnished, and at 
prices which are very reasonable. We hope 
all who intend to have binding done will 
consult with us before giving their orders 

The Senior Class Committee on pictures 
should, at an early date, have their arrange- 
ments perfected. Ample time should be 
given so that no one on account of haste will 
be obliged to take poor work. We do not 
know what artist the Committee think of 
engaging, but hope that a satisfactory bargain 
can be closed with Mr. Reed of this town. 
Mr. Reed was first engaged by the class of 
'77, and his work was so well liked that the 
two following classes also employed him. 
The work done by him last year was equal to 
any that we have ever seen. The arguments 
for engaging a local artist, providing, of 
course, that he does first-class work, are so 
obvious that they do not need repetition. 

We have heard it rumored that a triennial 
is soon to be issued. As it has been seven 
years since the last one appeared we are half 
inclined to believe the old dame. We sin- 
cerely hope the forthcoming triennial will be 
in English. We can conceive of no reason 



why it should be in Latin— except it be that 
we may appear learned. The triennial is 
designed not alone for the Alumni, but for all 
friends of the college. Many of the latter 
(and we might add the former, too,) are not 
conversant with Latin, and so it is little or 
no use to them. We think also that the pro- 
fession or business, as well as the residence, 
of each graduate should also be given. Are 
we too conservative to take a "new de- 
parture ? " 

At a mass meeting held in the Chapel, on 
Thursday, Jan. 22d, A. G. Pettengill, of the 
Junior Class, was unanimously elected Cap- 
tain of the College Crew. We are only 
re-echoing the general sentiment when we 
say that the college has made the best possible 
choice, and that in Captain Pettengill we have 
a man who will do all in his power to bring 
victoiy to the wearers of the white. In this 
connection we will say that a letter has been 
received from Wesleyan saying that they have 
as yet made no arrangements for a race the 
coming season, but in the event of a race 
hope to see Bowdoin represented. No answer 
has as yet been received to the letters sent to 
Columbia, Cornell, and Trinity, and so we 
can, at present, say nothing in regard to our 
prospects for a race the coming season. 

Trouble has sometimes been caused in the 
past from the loss of books containing the 
records, etc., of some of the associations. In 
the case of one, the Boat Club, not long since, 
the constitution was either lost or stolen, 
necessitating the drawing up of a new one. 
To avoid all such annoyances in the future, 
we would suggest some such plan as the fol- 
lowing : That each association make it obli- 
gatory upon the officers having the different 
books in charge, to deposit them, at the close 
of each term, in the office of the college treas- 
urer. Written instructions should be left 
with the books, giving the names of the men 

to whom they may be properly delivered. If 
this plan, or one similar to it, could be 
adopted it would remove, in a great part, the 
danger of losing books by accident, or from 
mislaying them, and also remove them out of 
the reach of the " memorabilia hunter," who, 
proverbially, has no respect for private or 
public property. 

While we do not consider it within the 
province of college journalism, as a general 
rule, to meddle with professional politics, yet 
we consider it our privilege, no less than our 
duty, to refer to the prominent part acted by 
President Chamberlain, in our State politics 
during the trying hours of the past few weeks. 
President Chamberlain's course was watched 
with the keenest interest by all our students. 
Without, so far as we know, a single exception 
the undergraduates think that he exercised 
the power entrusted to his keeping with 
impartiality to all parties. Though there are 
quite a number of Democrats in college, this 
feeling is shared by them no less than by the 
Republicans. At this time, when from all 
sides President Chamberlain is receiving 
favorable and adverse criticisms, it may not 
be considered of small moment for the public 
to know that he has the hearty support and 
sympathy of the young men of Bowdoin who 
are under his immediate care. 

We understand, though we are loth to 
believe it, that some of our Faculty think that 
the petitions of students should receive no 
consideration, or, if considered, should not be 
granted. That this is not the opinion of our 
Faculty as a whole we well know, for, in the 
past, the petitions of our students have not 
only been considered but granted. There can 
surely be no good reason why a reasonable 
petition, emanating from a body of young 
men pursuing a collegiate course of study, 
should not be deemed worthy to be weighed 
by the Faculty, and, if it is a reasonable 



request, granted. Other colleges give atten- 
tion to petitions from their students. At 
Yale, according to the Record, not long since 
one of the instructors imposed so much work 
on his class that it became a " burden." The 
class petitioned that the work be lightened, 
and the wish was at once acted upon. We 
trust that there is not one upon our Faculty 
who will say that our petitions should not be 
considered. If there are an}' such we would 
like to know on what principles of justice 
they found their assertion. 

As a matter of fact no such thing as a 
predominant study exists in our curriculum. 
Nevertheless we consider that in the studies 
of Senior 3'ear predominance should be given 
to one branch of our studies. We refer to 
Social Science and International and Consti- 
tutional Law. Our advantages, it is true, 
have been for the past few years excellent in 
this direction but they should be increased. 
The greater part of our graduates are unable 
to pursue a course of studies after leaving 
college, and if these branches are neglected 
here they may never have another opportu- 
nity of receiving systematic and thorough 
instruction in them. So as not to deprive 
others of the privilege of pursuing studies in 
which they may be interested, the studies of 
Political Science, after devoting the usual 
time to them, should be made elective. 

But perhaps the " revised course of study " 
which is promised may supply all of our 
wants in this respect. 

When a certain law or rule gives rise to 
no complaints it would seem to be the part of 
wisdom not to interfere with it. In other 
words when our marking system was giving 
general satisfaction why not " let well enough 
alone." It has been the custom, if a student 
was absent but once from a recitation, not to 
require it to be "made up." Is it to enforce 
discipline that one Professor now makes a 

" special " rule that all such absences from his 
study shall be " made up ? " Another of our 
Professors has established a " special" rule that 
if a reasonable (?) excuse for absence is not 
presented, that the student can have no op- 
portunity to "make up " but will be obliged 
to take a zero for the recitation. In the first 
case, of course, the Professor has a right to 
establish his rule, though, as it causes general 
dissatisfaction, we question the propriety of 
it. But in the second case mentioned we 
contend that the Professor has altogether 
exceeded the functions of his position. It is 
manifestly unfair to make the ranking system 
a means to enforce discipline or to compel 
attendance on recitations. A man's deport- 
ment should not in the least affect his rank. 
The class in question considered that it was 
an unjust rule and petitioned the Professor to 
modify it, but he refused. The class have a 
just cause for complaint, and we advise them 
to present the matter before a full meeting of 
the Faculty, and respectfully ask that the 
rule be repealed. 

We have already several times alluded to 
the election of Orient Editors, but it is a 
matter of so much importance that we con- 
sider it necessary to mention it again. The 
best college papers throughout the country 
unite in saying that the proper way to elect 
editors is for each Board to choose its suc- 
cessors, and, that the choice of the same, 
should be made from men who have, by con- 
tributions, demonstrated that they are fitted for 
the positions. The college paper surely should 
be free from the influence of society or personal 
feeling. It is the representative of the college 
before the public and it should be managed 
by the men who have the most ability for 
such work. We understand that some refuse 
to contribute to the Ojeuent because " it 
would look like asking for a position on the 
paper." A little reflection would seem to con- 
vince any one that such a view is erroneous. 



To be an editor of the college paper is an 
honorable ambition, and no one should be 
ashamed to own it. There can certainly be 
nothing dishonorable in striving, by fair com- 
petition, for the Editorial Board. We ask 
each member of the present Junior class, who 
is a candidate, to contribute an article for the 
paper in order that we may judge of the adapta- 
tion of the different men for editorial work. 
We consider that the request, inasmuch as it is 
in conformity with the practice of first-class 
college papers, and made in a public manner so 
as to give all a fair chance, is, on our part, 
only a just and reasonable one. If there are 
any who from excessive modesty refuse to 
accept of the offer, they can have no cause to 
complain if they are not considered as candi- 
dates. The present Editorial Board are of 
one mind in this matter and what has been 
said will be carried out to the letter. 



Shadows fall, 
And like a pall 
Over all 

Dark night the whole earth covers. 

Maidens gay 
Are on their way 
Bound to sleigh 

Their true hut hashful lovers. 

Sleigh-bells ring ; 
Maidens sing, — 
Proper thiug 

This odd, this Leap-Year wooing. 

Something rare, 

I declare, 

That hands so fair 

A coachman's work are doing ! 

On they go 
O'er the snow, 
Ah, you know 

That is pleasant riding ! 

But lo, a hitch ! 
Head-first they pitch 
Into a ditch, 

Pair hands the horses guiding. 

Draw the veil — 
Here ends the tale. 
My pen would fail 

To picture what scenes followed. 

I state but this : 
It isn't bliss 
In a deep abyss 

To be in mud up-swallowed ! 


There are in all colleges, and it might be 
said in every college class, certain typical 
characters. Prominent among these is the 
man who wishes to convey the impression that 
he learns all of his lessons with but little if 
any study. Perhaps just before recitation this 
character rushes into some classmate's room, 
and asks where the lesson is, as though he had 
just thought of it; or on the way to recite, 
inquires, so all can hear him, what the lesson 
is about. The idiosyncrasies of this person 
deceives no one. But still it would be inter- 
esting to know by what manner of reasoning 
he convinces himself that he can make his 
classmates think that his knowledge of the 
lesson, oftentimes even to the notes and refer- 
ences, was obtained without study — by intu- 
ition as it were. 

Grumbler is well known. With him the 
lessons, if not too long, are too short, and he 
has even been known to find fault because the 
Prof, "cut." The professors are partial, the 
appointments are not made on account of the 
merits of men but from "policy" and "pref- 
erence," and the prizes are always awarded 
by partisan committees. Repairs are never 
made until after cold weather sets in, and 
things generally are " out of joint." But 
Grumbler is not a bad fellow after all. He 
means well though he has a "poor way of 
showing it." In his grumbling he says a 
great many things both wise and true. We 
could not do without him for his continual 
grumbling makes an impression at times, even 
on the Faculty. 

Loafer is by no means an universal favorite. 



He " drops in " at all hours and stays a most 
unfashionable length of time. His habitual 
nonchalance would try the temper of a Saint. 
He appropriates to himself the easy chair, 
puts his feet on the center table, to the detri- 
ment of whatever is thereon ; takes just the 
book you wish to study yourself, and, then, 
instead of using it, asks interminable ques- 
tions. At last in sheer desperation you get 
up and say you must go as you have an 
engagement. Loafer coolly says he's sorry 
but supposes he must excuse you. Nine 
chances out of ten on returning, an hour or 
two later, you find, much to your disgust and 
discouragement, that Loafer is still present. 
Loafer is voted a public nuisance and all would 
gladly ostracize him, or what is worse, doom 
him to perpetually attend church sociables. 

Wire Puller is a character with ways pecu- 
liarly his own. He has, too, " ways that are 
dark and tricks that are vain." He is not a 
person of all seasons, but is prominent only 
at certain times of the year. Just before the 
class elections his presence is made most 
evident. Then he suddenly develops a won- 
derful friendship for men whom he has before 
scarcely recognized. He can not do too much 
for these friends (?) so suddenly found. For 
these new friends he has more cigars and 
favors than for those whom he has known many 
days. His talk is of the weather, the lessons, 
the college sports, and, finally, of the class 
election. His words are " sweet as honey," 
his manner persuasive — he is for "harmony," 
and the " best men for the best places." For 
all of Wire Puller's gentle and polite man- 
ners, he is not an agreeable companion. In 
his presence we feel ill at ease. Though he 
may be a " necessary evil," we are glad that 
he only " comes to the front " on occasions 
Avhich are widely separated. 

There are other characters whose promi- 
nence in our college life deserve more than a 
passing notice. There is Gossip who is more 
intimately acquainted with the affairs of every 

student, than the president of a country 
village sewing circle with the doings of the 
minister's wife. Then, there is the man who 
" chins the Faculty," and for whom, strange to 
say, the Faculty have a special love. 
" ' Tis true 'tis strange, but stranger still 'tis true." 
But after all what would college life be 
without these characters with their distinctive 
peculiarities. They help to make college life 
what it is — different from any other expe- 
rience. By them, college days are made 
amusing, are enlivened and cheered, and in 
days to come, when vexed and wearied by the 
duties of life, our thoughts will recur to 
them with pleasure. 


The prayers of King Pygmalion 

An ivory form could thrill 
With all the throbbing glow of life, 

By Aphrodite's will. 

But, ah ! the more I pray to thee, 

Each dallying, lingering day, 
The more an ivory paleness wan 

Both steal thy blush away ! 

Harvard Advocate. 

Being deeply interested in learning some- 
thing of the history of the General Literary 
Societies which flourished so many years at 
Bowdoin, and which formed so important an 
element in the student life of their time, I 
took my way to the halls of our extensive 
library, recently much enriched by the col- 
lections of both the societies, — Athenian and 
Peucinian, — in search of information. The 
result of my investigations is the following 
rough and incomplete sketch of the Peucinian, 
the motto of which forms my title : 

On the 22d of November, 1805, several of 
the undergraduates of Bowdoin College, actu- 
ated as well by those social feelings to whicli 
may be traced all that is valuable in society, 
as by their common love of learning, estab- 



lished a society for literary purposes, to which 
they gave the name Philomathean. In the 
early part of the year 1806 these, with others 
who had, in the interval, been associated with 
them, adopted a new code of regulations, and 
took the name Peucinian. 

In the year 1808 the society inaugurated 
the custom of holding annual meetings near 
the time of the College Commencement, in 
each year — which was, in those days, wont to 
occur in September — at which an oration was 
delivered by one of the members. A poem 
was subsequently added. The first meeting 
of this kind was held during this year, when 
Mr. Charles S. Davies was the orator. 

At the annual meeting of 1814 the design 
of making the societjr a bond of union between 
literary men in this part of the country, was 
given partial effect by the passage of certain 
regulations which virtually divided the society 
into two branches — the General and the Col- 
lege Society ; the former including the latter. 
According to this arrangement the College 
Society retained its former regulations, while 
the new branch, or General Society, was 
placed under the government of a Chancellor, 
Vice Chancellor, Corresponding Secretary, 
and four Councillors. The first incumbents 
in these offices were, respectively, Charles S. 
Davies, Edward H. Cobb, John P. B. Storer, 
Benj. Randall, Jno. B. Derby, Charles Dum- 
mer, and Stephen Emery. The new regula- 
tions incident to the establishment of the 
General Society, made a revision of the con- 
stitution necessary. A revised constitution 
was adopted at the annual meeting holden 
September 3, 1816, the committee reporting 
it consisting of Messis. Davies, McKeen, 
Stowe, Emery, and Tenney. 

The revised constitution provides for a 
poem, in addition to the oration, at the annual 
meeting. Mr. Nehemiah Cleaveland was the 
first poet, the orator at the same time being 
James Bowdoin. This meeting was held in 

The literary standard of the society was 
very high, the meetings being frequent and 
attended with much enthusiasm. The interest 
of the members was made manifest by gener- 
ous donations to the library, sometimes 
amounting to over four hundred dollars per 

The meetings of the society were held at 
least once in a fortnight during the Spring 
and Fall Terms, and once a week during the 
Summer Term. The regular exercises were 
as follows: One original and two selected 
declamations, two dissertations, a debate, and 
the reading of a paper. 

One of the characteristics of the Peucin- 
ian, as shown by the actual history of the 
society, was an honorable spirit in its relations 
with the college government. Its influence 
was alwaj's on the side of good order and 
manliness. As a natural outgrowth of such 
a principle, cases of discipline among the 
members were very rare. 

Until 1826 members of the three upper 
classes were alone eligible to admission, but 
at this date the laws were so altered as to 
include Freshmen. 

The General Societies found it impossible 
to cope with the Fraternities represented at 
Bowdoin, and the Peucinian, after a gradual 
loss of life, went the way of all the world, 
and its library of seven thousand well-selected 
volumes, which it recently transferred to the 
college, is all that remains to remind a Bow- 
doin man of an ancient and noble society. 


During the past few weeks no man has 
been more prominently before the country 
than President Chamberlain. As virtual dic- 
tator of the State of Maine, the whole strain 
of government came upon him in a time 
when that strain was the greatest ; but hav- 
ing marked out his course, he followed it with 
a strictness and impartiality which deserves 



and, what is more, gets the praise of the bet- 
ter men of all parties. It is a high compli- 
ment to his integrity, and a certain proof of 
their confidence in him, that both sides felt 
that the State was safe in his hands, and sub- 
mitted willingly to his authority. 

Among the many editorials which have 
appeared in his honor, none is better than that 
of the Boston Gazette, from which comes the 
following : 

" He is a man of pure patriotism, finished cult- 
ure, aud superior capacity for public affairs. He is 
in the full vigor of a manhood which is yet some 
years on its youthful side. And that he is one of 
the most couragous aDd determined of men. his life 
has furnished abundant proof." 

But while the papers unite in giving Gen. 
Chamberlain the highest praise, the accounts 
of his Alma Mater are somewhat diverse.. 
The New York Graphic says he is a graduate 
and also President of Dartmouth ; such a 
thing might be expected of a New York 
paper, but it is rather strange that the Leivis- 
ton Journal makes him a graduate of a mili- 
tary academy and not of Bowdoin, where he 
graduated in the class of fifty-two. 



Senior sage and Junior flippant, 
Both transfix'd by Cupid's dart, 

Loved the same young, pious maiden ; 
Each concealed his sins with art. 

" All is fair in Cupid's conflicts," 
Thought the Junior, as all three 

Met one evening, in a corner. 
At a social jamboree. 

" How's Miss Lovely," said he, smiling, 
" And Miss Dewdrop, whom yon mention 

Often to us envious Juniors ? 
Do you pay the same attention 

To the maid yon loved as Freshman ? 

Has Miss Rosebud not great wealth 1 " 
Seuior answered, unperturbed, 

" They are all in reas'nable health." 

" But permit me," he continued, 

" To inquire, if I may, 
How's Miss— bother ! I've forgotten- 

Whoni you mention every day ? " 

" I, sir ? Never ! My affections 
Are not swayed by pretty faces,"- 

" Ah ! " said Senior, interrupting, 
" I recall, 'twas ' Helen Blazes ' ! " 


Pierre Baudouin, a Frencli Huguenot, 
driven from his native land by religious per- 
secution, and failing to gain the means of 
support in Ireland, sought refuge in America, 
and landed at Casco, Province of Maine, in 
the year 1687. Two years afterward he 
moved to Boston, leaving Casco only one day 
before the massacre of its inhabitants b} r the 

At the death of Pierre, which occurred a 
short time after his arrival at Boston, Ms son, 
James Bowdoin, was left with the charge of 
supporting a mother, two sisters, and a 
younger brother. His energy and ability are 
proven by the fact that he soon became one 
of the first merchants of Boston, and was for 
several years a member of the Colonial 

At his death he left the largest private 
fortune in Massachusetts. The younger of 
his two sons, James Bowdoin, was born in 
Boston, Aug. 7th, 1726, and graduated at 
Harvard College in the class of 1745. Shortly 
after his graduation he became acquainted 
with Benjamin Franklin. A firm friendship 
sprang up between them, and their corre- 
spondence on scientific subjects, especially 
electricity, led to Bowdoins election as a 
member of the Royal Society of London, 
which society published his letters in the same 
volume with those of the great philosopher. 

Bowdoin entered into political life in the 
year 1753, as one of four representatives 
of Boston to the Provincial Legislature of 
iMassachusetts. After holding this position 
for three years, he was elected a member of 



the Council. His influence in the Council 
is indicated b} r the language of a report before 
the Privy Council in England, which styled 
Bowdoin "The leader and manager of the 
Council in Massachusetts, as Mr. Adams was 
in the House." With the advantages of a fine 
education, added to natural eloquence, he 
became so conspicuous a defender of the colo- 
nists, that the royal Governor, Bernard, nega- 
tived him on his re-election as councilman. 
The people immediately returned him to the 
House or Assembly, which, the next year, 
re-.elected him to the Council. He was allowed 
to take his seat by the Lieutenant-Governor, 
Hutchinson, on the ground that he would be 
less dangerous to the royal cause there, than 
in the Assembly. 

In the year 1774, delegates were elected 
by the Massachusetts Assembly to the first 
Continental Congress. At the head of the 
list stood the name of James Bowdoin. His 
colleagues were Thomas dishing, Samuel 
Adams, John Adams, and Robert Treat Paine. 
But the sickness of his wife, and his own 
failing health, prevented Bowdoin's accept- 
ance of the position. John Hancock was 
appointed his substitute. 

Passing briefly over his political life from 
1777, we note him as presiding officer of the 
Provincial Congress at Watertown ; chairman 
of the delegation from Massachusetts " to 
confer with Washington and the authorities 
of the New England States, as to the best 
means of conducting the campaign of the 
Revolutionary War ; " chairman of the con- 
vention which framed the constitution of 
Massachusetts; and, in the year 1785, chosen 
the successor of John Hancock, the first Gov- 
ernor of the State under its new constitution. 
The next year Bowdoin was re-elected by a 
large majority. It was during his second 
term that Shay's rebellion broke out. Much 
of the success in arresting this dangerous 
uprising, was due to the wisdom and firmness 
of Gov. Bowdoin. The expiration of his 

term of office as Governor, closed the most 
important part of his political life, and his 
remaining years were chieflygiven to the study 
of literature and science. He was the founder 
of the American Academy of Arts and Sci- 
ences, and its president until his death, which 
occurred Nov. 6, 1790. 

His only son, James Bowdoin, the patron 
of our college, was a graduate of Harvard 
College, in the class of 1771. He was at 
different times a member of each branch of 
the Massachusetts Legislature, and received 
from President Jefferson the appointment, in 
turn, of Minister Plenipotentiary to Spain, 
and Associate Minister to France. 

While in France he obtained the library 
and formed the collection of minerals and 
models of crystallography, which were both 
bestowed upon Bowdoin College, to which, a 
short time after its incorporation, he made a 
donation of one thousand acres of land and 
three hundred pounds sterling. This was 
soon followed by an additional gift of eight 
hundred and twenty-three pounds, with the 
request that the interest might be applied to 
the establishment of a professorship in Math- 
ematics and Natural Philosophy. 

He died, October 11, 1811, leaving to the 
college, by his will, his valuable collection of 
paintings. " With him the name of Bowdoin 
passed away from the annals of New En- 
gland." In the words of Mr. Winthrop, " It 
would be difficult to find a name which, 
within the same period of time, has furnished 
a nobler succession of examples for admira- 
tion and imitation." 


Editors of Orient : 

You can tell him at once, not by the im- 
portance of his bearing but from his eye. No 
one can mistake it. He stares you with such 
a half inquiring, half pitying look, that you 
feel at once your own insignificance. There 



is nothing flash about him except, perhaps, a 
little fuzz on his face, and the invariable habit 
of wearing black kids on Sunday. You 
never catch him standing under the window 
of a " Soph." Others may get " taken in " 
with a request to leave their umbrellas in the 
vestibule of the chapel, or a bogus invitation 
to visit the " Prex " ; but the knowing Fresh- 
man is never taken that way. Sometimes 
you will hear him discuss politics, not in the 
excited, boisterous way of a Sophomore, but 
in a modulated, assured tone, and you feel at 
once that he and the government thoroughly 
understand each other. Occasionally the 
young man " spreads himself " in the recita- 
tion room. It happens when, after a puzzling- 
passage has been explained by the Professor, 
he says " That is just what I had in mind." 
Or else in a firmly suaviloquent manner, he 
insinuates that possibly the Professor may 
be mistaken. 

His influence over the female mind is 
wonderful, and he becomes acquainted with 
all the noted "wallflowers" before the ordinary 
" Fresh " has located the Post-Office. Should 
he lend his presence to a social gathering, he 
plays the gallant escort to some graceful in- 
nocent. He talks to her of the Professors 
and the sad consequences of using a transla- 
tion ; and as. he bids her good-night, he 
heaves a sigh of compassion for those poor, 
misguided students who invest in Harper's 
Classical library. 

But the most prominent characteristic of 
the knowing " Fresh,'' is his inability of being 
bulldozed. This is especially to be noticed 
on the delta. A passed ball may roll within 
reach, but you don't catch him stooping to 
pick it up. No, sir ! If you want that ball, 
you can come after it. It is not his business 
to look after passed balls. When, after rope- 
pull, you ask him to return the rope, instead 
of complying with your request, as becomes a 
dutiful Freshman, he looks at you a moment, 
smiles condescendingly, and intimates that a 

"yagger" can be hired to do that small favor 
for a slight pecuniary consideration. 

It is no use. You can't get ahead of the 
knowing Freshman. His individuality sticks 
out in his walk, talk, and actions, and he soon 
becomes a marked man — for sundry pails of 
ashes and water, and the pet names of his 
class. Diamond. 


Editors of Orient : 

Can you inform us whether English Com- 
position has been cut out of the curriculum ? 


The above was received too late for us to 
make any extensive inquiries, but we are 
credibly informed that English Composition 
has not been entirely cut from our curriculum. 
We think there must be some misunderstand- 
ing about this matter in regard to the Seniors, 
at least, for they have had no drill in compo- 
sition thus far this year. 


W. A. Perkins, '83, has joined the Theta 
Delta Chi Fraternity. 

The Sophomores now have to read their 
themes before the class. 

" Chronicle a zero " is the latest from the 
Faculty. " A rose," etc. 

The annual meeting of the Bowdoin 
Alumni of Boston and vicinity occurs on the 
evening of the 11th. 

The Medical School opens Thursday, the 
12th inst. The opening lecture will be de- 
livered by Dr. Greene, of Portland. 

The Bangor Bowdoin Alumni Association 
will hold their third annual meeting at the 
Bangor House, on Thursday evening, Feb. 
12th. Orator, Rev. Cyrus Stone, '57 ; Poet, 
Dr. Edward M. Field, '45. Chief Justice 
Appleton will preside. 



President Chamberlain was present at the 
annual meeting of the New York Bowdoin 
Alumni, held Friday evening, Jan. 29. 

A seven-year old recently astonished an 
Orient editor with the following inquiry : 
"Do they play Leap-frog at Leap- Year 
parties ? " 

The recherche affair of the season, thus 
far, is the Leap-Year Dance given by the 
young ladies last week. In all things it was 
comme il faut. 

Bowdoin has had six presidents : McKeen, 
Appleton, Allen, Woods, Harris, and Cham- 
berlain. The longest term was that of Pres- 
ident Woods, 1839-1866. 

Prof. — " What is a Pacific Blockade ? " 
Student — " The author does not give a defi- 
nition." Prof. — " Yes he does. ' It is an' out- 
growth of modern times.' " 

President Chamberlain presided at the 
annual dinner of the New England Graduate 
Association of Alpha Delta Phi, held in 
Boston, Friday evening, January 23. 

H. R. Giveen, '80, was the Bowdoin dele- 
gate to the annual dinner of the New England 
Alumni Association of Delta Kappa Epsilon, 
held at the Parker House, Boston, last even- 

Thursday, Jan. 29th, the day of prayer 
for colleges, was duly observed by us. At 10 
a.m. a prayer meeting was held, and at 11 
an eloquent sermon was preached by Prof. 

A corpulent Junior, who prides himself 
on his waltzing, after vainly trying to waltz 
with Miss Haugoff at the " Leap-Year," was 
asked by her in a tone of pity if there were 
any round dances he did know. 

At the Alpha Delta Phi dinner, the other 
evening, the gentleman who remarked that 
Gen. Chamberlain had A. D. Phi-ant air was 
promptly ejected from the banquet hall. — 
Boston Gazette. Phi-r-ed out, was he ? 

Scene in Psychology : Prof. — " What is the 
passive element in memory ? " Senior — " It 
is — it is — the — the — the — " Prof. — " For in- 
stance you are trying hard to recall some- 
thing and — " The rest of the sentence is 
unintelligible on account of the " wooding up." 

A Chicago man's nightmare turned out to 
be the shadow of his wife's foot on the bed- 
room wall, instead of an unearthly monster 
with five horus. — iV". Y. World. The above 
is respectfully referred to the Professor of 
Mental and Moral Philosophy as an illustra- 
tion of the phantasy. 

H. W. Grindal, '80, has been appointed 
Librarian of the Senior Library. Members 
of the class will be required to give a receipt 
for books taken from this Library. Blanks 
for this purpose will be furnished by the col- 
lege. We are pleased to say that several val- 
uable books have been recently added to those 
purchased last term. 



Freshman — " O Prof., for what purpose is 
the marking system ? " Prof. — " So that each 
student may cut seven recitations a term." 
Freshman — " Then, learned Prof., it is a 
gift." Prof. — " Undoubtedly." Freshman — 
"But now you say that if we cut and do not 
present a reasonable excuse we must take a 
dead." Prof. — " You interpret the decree 
aright." Freshman — " You then make us a 
present and punish us for accepting it." 
Prof. — "So it seems." Freshman — "But is 
it not unjust?" Prof. — "My son, you are 
young and have yet much to learn. Depart, 
and meditate not upon these things for their 
final cause is too deep for your feeble mind." 
Exit Freshman weeping and muttering — 
" The final cause is to make us lie to the 
Faculty, but if I don't present reasonable 
excuses hereafter may I be choked to death 
with Greek verbs." 




The following Bowdoin Alumni are members of 
the Maine Legislature : A. R. G. Smith, '63, and J. 
A. Locke, '65, in the Senate; J. C. Talbot, 39, H. 
Ingalls, '41, J. C. Robinson, '54, S. J. Young, '59, 
A. G. Bradstreet, '74, and C. C. Springer, '74, in the 

'22.— John Appleton, Wm. G. Barrows, '39, and 
J. W. Symonds, '60, are members of the Supreme 
Court of Maine. 

'34 — Samuel C. Fessenden and Dr. John Cotton 
Smith, '47, were among the prominent speakers at 
the New York Alumni Reunion. 

'40. — Charles E. Soule is President of the New 
York Bowdoin Alumni Association for the ensuing- 

'41.— Fred. Robie is a member of the Governor's 
Council, and chairman of the body. 

'60. -A. W. Bradbury has given up the practice 
of law in Portland and moved to California. 

'65. — Joseph A. Locke is President of the Maine 
State Senate. 

'76. — Arlo Bates was one of the contributors to 
the February St. Nicholas. 

'76.— G. F. Pratt took the Seymore Prize at the 
Union Theological Seminary, in New York, recently. 
It is the highest prize in the course, and is awarded 
for excellence in extemporaneous speaking. 

'77.— E. C. Metcalf is superintendent of the san- 
itary works now going on at Memphis, Tenn. 

'77.— R. E. Peary, and A. E. Burton, '78, were 
two of the four successful competitors at the recent 
government examination for positions on the coast 
survey. It will be remembered that Messrs. Peary 
and Burton were two of six selected out of a large 
number six months ago, and have since been on 
probation. Peary ranked first, and Burton second, 
among the successful ones. 

'79.— M. K. Page is a clerk in the Pension Office, 
Washington, D. C. 

'79.— Walter G. Davis has gone to Europe on a 
business trip. 


A chair in Anglo-Saxon has recently been 
founded at Columbia. 

In 1839 New England colleges graduated one 
student for every 1200 of the population, now it is 
one for every 3000. 

It costs $110,000 a year to run Cornell with 440 

Thirty members of '82, at Harvard, have been 
dropped for poor scholarship. 

There are 351 so-called colleges in the country, 
according to the report of 1877. 

Stonyhurst, the principal Catholic college in 
England, is to be rebuilt by the Jesuits. 

Cornell is to have entrance examinations next 
year at Boston, Cleveland, and Chicago. 

Nearly all the college annuals are late this year. 
Many which were expected in the fall are not out yet. 

A class of eighty young ladies at the Boston 
Latin School are preparing for the Harvard annex. 
— Ex. 

The seats in chapel, at Williams, are cushioned. 
Where can a college like that expect to go to when 
it dies?— Ex. 

The Senior class at Princeton has no poet and 
is proud of it. The Lit. says no true poet ever 
graduated there. 

A factory has been connected with Eton College, 
England, so that the students may get a practical 
knowledge of tools. 

All denunciations of tyranny, even of such as 
that of Nero or Caligula, are forbidden in the 
Russian universities. They are all under military 


Only one of last year's Harvard eight and four of 
Yale are on their college crews this year. 

Several colleges are having games of " Hare and 
Hounds" this wiuter. English games, especially 
" the Rugby " and the one above mentioned, are 
becoming very popular in American colleges. 

The first college boat race in this country was 
rowed on Lake Winnipiseogee, in 1852, by eights from 
Harvard and Yale, the former winning. Bowdoin 
has been represented in the inter-collegiate races 
of '72, '73, and '75. 

The Winter Games of Columbia College, held at 
Gilmore's Garden, were very successful. Some of 
the best records follow : Seventy-Five Yards Run, 
7 3-5 sec. ; Two Hundred and Twenty Yards Hurdle 
Race, 30 1-3 sec; Quarter Mile Hun, 57 1-4 sec. 
In the Thirty Mile Relay Race, one man made five 
miles in 27 miu. 38 sec, the next man in 28 miu. 17 
sec, the next in 28 min. 46 sec. 




President — " Education means a drawing out .of 
the faculties." Sophomore — " Would a rush be ed- 
ucation?" It draws out— (tumultuous applause.) — 
Williams Athenaeum. 

President to First Division — " If I should be ab- 
sent on Friday morning " (subdued murmur of 
applause), " there will be some one present to hear 
the recitation." (Universal groans.)— Tale Record. 

A Sophomore, translating from Die Seeks Diener, 
gives us the following unique rendering : Wie der 
Sohn das horte, stand er auf von seinem Lager,. 
" When the son heard that, he set 'em up out of his 
own lager." — Ex. 

Junior (taking diet, lectures) — " Please repeat." 
Professor—" How far have you got? " Student—" I 
have justgot to 'embracing' sir." Professor — " One 
would naturally think that was far enough for the 
first half term." -- Ex.- 

A stout, elderly lady enters crowded car : Soph- 
omore obligingly moves along to make room for her. 
She looks pityingly at Sophomore, and then at nar- 
row place — "I'm afraid I'll squeeze you, sonny!" 
Sophomore steps out. — Ex. 


The midwinter Scribner's is a remarkably fine 
number. The principal feature is the first number 
of Eugene Schuyler's " Peter the Great," profusely 
illustrated. Other leading articles are " A Wheel 
Around the Hub," an account of a bicycle trip 
around Boston ; " New England Fences"; and " Suc- 
cess with Small Fruits." Francis R. Upton (Bow- 
doin, '75,), Mr. Edison's mathematician, gives the 
first authoritative account of "Edison's Electric 
Light." " The Grandissimes " is continued. A 
new story, " Louisiana," by Francis H. Burnett, 
begins in this number. 

The February Harper's contains the usual 
amount of interesting matter, the principal articles 
are : " Bartram and His Garden," a short account of 
the first American botanist ; " Foreign Tips " ; "A 
Famous Breviary " ; " Washington as a Burgher" ; 
"A Visit to the Republic of San Marino"; and 
" Grub Stakes and Millions," -an account of Lead- 
ville and the experiences of a " tender-foot " in that 
ancient city. " Mary Anerly " and " White Wings " 
are continued. 

We have received the first numbers of the new 

Harvard daily, the Echo. College journalism has 
made rapid strides since 'the first college aunual 
or quarterly appeared. The character of such a 
paper must, by necessity, be rather light, and con- 
tain many personal items and matters of no interest 
outside the college, but, considering the circum- 
stances, the matter is remarkably good, and must 
be of the highest interest to the college in which it 
is published. How the other papers will be affected 
by it we are waiting to learn. The Crimson speaks 
highly of it, saying that it is " an interesting record 
of Harvard's daily life " and " straightforward and 
sensible," and in the same column denounces the 
new Harvard Register. The Advocate, on the con- 
trary, defends the Register, and speaks rather 
slightingly of the Echo. The first number states 
the object of the paper as follows : " Ours is not a 
literary, but essentially a we«>.spaper. Our aim will 
be to present news and comments upon all subjects 
of college interest." It will be a difficult task for 
the editors to get enough to interest all every 
day ; but if the standard is kept as high as it is now 
they will deserve the very highest success. 

The present Board of Editors of the Yale Lit. 
will soon retire to give place to the class of '81. 
The new editors have been chosen with great una- 
nimity, and contain among them the son of Secre- 
tary Evarts, the founder of the magazine ;— another 
son is an editor at Harvard. The retiring editors 
have ably conducted the Lit. ; a difficult task to 
perform, when we consider that it is purely literary ; 
and, although somewhat burdened by the weight of 
forty-five years of existence, the magazine has been 
well worth reading. The best things in the last 
Lit. are the short articles, "The Specialist" and 
"The Reason Why." From the latter: " It is only 
too evident that we college fellows are not free from 
the universal carelessness of men about the authen- 
ticity of all their beliefs, ignorance whether our judg- 
ments rest on intuition, on guesses, on mere hear- 
say, on good authorities, or on our personal investi- 
gation." The writer might have added that the 
newspapers are making mankind all liars by giving 
themhasty conclusions and garbled accounts, which, 
even if they are not considered true, yet exert an 
influence. The Lit. barely notices the sports, leav- 
ing such vanities for the college papers. There is, 
however, an aecouut of the Tale-Princeton foot-ball 
game which resulted iu a tie between the two, leav- 
ing the championship iu the same condition. 
Neither of these teams have lost a game, nor has 
any one of their opponents scored a goal or touch- 

Vol IX. 


No. 14. 





Emery W. Bartlett, Herbert W. Grindal, 

Edwin C. Burbank, Frederic W. Hall, 

Franklin Goulding, Eliphalet G. Spring, 

Henry A. Wing. 

Terms — $2.00 a year is advance ; single copies, 15 cents. 

Matter designed for publication may be handed to the Editors or 
addressed to Bowdoix Orient, Brunswick, Maine. It should be accom- 
panied by the writer's name, and the signature which he wishes to have 
appended. Back numbers can generally be obtained upon application to 
the Editors. 

Vol. IX., No. 14.— February ] 8, 18*0. 

Editorial Notes 157 

Literary : 

Lines for a Young Lady's Album (poem) ]59 

A New Inter-Collegiate Association 160 

Song 161 

The Grind and the Cribber 161 

A Parable for the Intolerant 162 

Communications : 

My Bookcase and Its Suggestions 162 

Need of a New Prize 164 

College Items 164 

Medical School Notes 165 

The Marking System in 1909 166 

Personal 1 66 

College World 167 

Athletics 167 

Clippings 167 

Editors' Table 16H 

Book Review 168 


month or two after they become due. We 
sincerely hope that those of our subscribers 
who have not paid will do so at once. 

The number who have responded to our 
invitation to contribute to the Orient has far 
exceeded our most sanguine expectations. 
Now it has become the custom to write for 
the college paper, we hope it may be continued. 
We would again remind all that communica- 
tions should be short and to the point. 

We are again compelled to call the atten- 
tion of our subscribers to the fact that their 
subscriptions are due. While we do not wish 
to take up the space belonging to " Editorial 
Notes" by continual!} - asking for our dues, still 
it must be remembered that we are compelled 
to meet our bills every month and are put to 
great inconvenience if compelled to wait a 

The Secretary of the Boat Club has 
received a letter from the President of the 
Columbia Boat Club, saying that there will 
probably be a race, during the season of 1880. 
between Columbia, Cornell, and Wesleyan. 
The letter further adds, that in the event of 
such a race, Columbia would have no objection 
to having Bowdoin represented. Our boating 
men are doing good work, so that if satisfac- 
tory arrangements can be made for a race we 
shall not be unprepared. 

" The first element of a good teacher should be 
—after his competency to teach— that he takes a 
vivid interest in those he is to instruct. He should 
attempt to know them more than superficially, and 
to understand their peculiarities and ability, in order 
to make his instruction as beneficial as possible to 
each individual. For students cannot all be run 
through the same mould, like bullets, but allowance 
must be made for individual taste aud proficiency." 

In the above quotation which is taken 
from the Crimson, there is sound common 
sense. If college professors would interest 
themselves more to become accpuainted, per- 
sonally, with those under their instruction, 
not only would their teaching be more effec- 
tive, but much would be done towards making 



the relations of the college government more 
pleasant. To accomplish the desired result, 
the professor should treat his class as though 
they were men ; he should be courteous and 
dignified to all. It should be his duty to give 
the impression that he is anxious to teach, not 
to rank his students. 

We desire to call the attention of the 
proper authorities to the state of our college 
walks. It does not seem an unreasonable 
request, on the part of the students, to ask 
that these be kept in a fit condition for walk- 
ing. It is true that after a heavy snow storm 
a plow is run over the walks, but it serves 
only to make a track to show where the walks 
are, or rather ought to be, and in no sense 
make them fit for walking. It would not 
surely be a great expense to keep our walks 
in such condition that locomotion would be 
made more easy. 

There seems to be quite a general feeling 
that more time in our course of study ought 
to be given to the modern languages. As it 
is at present they are made of but secondary 
importance. It is of course conceded by all 
that a year is too short a time to devote to 
French and German. The perplexing ques- 
tion then is, how is more time to be given to 
them without neglecting other branches ? 

If no other arrangement can be made, 
why cannot a couple of terms be taken from 
Latin and Greek? If the friends of the clas- 
sics will do no more they should, at least, 
be willing to concede that Latin and Greek, 
after a certain time, for instance after the first 
term of Sophomore year, be made optional 
with French and German. We are fully 
aware of the difficulties experienced by those 
who have the matter in charge, in allotting to 
each study a proper amount of time, but this 
is a matter of so great importance that we 
feel justified in calling attention to it. If it 
is possible, some arrangement should surely 

be made whereby those who wish can have 
the privilege of taking a longer course in the 
modern languages. 

The importance of an intimate knowledge 
of the causes and effects of the political 
events of our own country is admitted by all. 
It should be our duty to make ourselves as 
thoroughly acquainted as possible with these 
events before leaving college. It seems to us 
that in addition to the instruction received 
from the text-book and class room, that a club 
organized for the purpose of examining the 
causes of political measures and the results 
that have proceeded from them would be both 
interesting and profitable. Such a club would 
in no sense resemble a debating society, at 
which some time-honored resolve would be 
discussed, but questions of practical and vital 
interest would be considered. We believe 
that once or twice in the past there has been 
a movement to form such a club here but we 
cannot learn that one was ever really organ- 
ized. Mention is made of this matter in the 
hope that there may be those who will inter- 
est themselves to form such a club. 

There can be no doubt of the fact that the 
genius of Hawthorne is becoming to be more 
and more recognized each year. The more 
severely his works are criticised and analyzed 
the greater is the homage paid to his genius. 
It is also true that as more light is shed upon 
Hawthorne's life the more potentcloes it appear 
that his writings were the product of hard 
work. We are apt to think of Hawthorne as 
a boy who cared more for a stroll through 
the woods, a sail on the lake or river, or a 
skate by moonlight than for his books ; as a 
college student who spent far more time 
wading the stream with his fishing rod, or 
hunting the woods with his gun than he did 
preparing his lessons ; as a man who secluded 
himself from the gaze of men and idled away 
years of his existence. But a more intimate 



acquaintance with his life shows beyond a 
doubt that he was a patient, painstaking- 
worker. Hawthorne was a great genius, but 
his lasting fame was not secured without great 
toil. His severe mental training is a worthy 
example for imitation by all who would suc- 
ceed as writers. 

During the past two months there have 
been five meetings of Bowdoin Alumni asso- 
ciations. It speaks well for our Alumni 
that so many of them should be engaged 
in professional and business pursuits in the 
great business centers of our land. These 
meetings speak well, too, for the love which 
our graduates have for Alma Mater. In 
bringing together old friends, renewing old 
friendships, and forming new ones, and in 
recalling memories of college days, these 
meetings must be of the most pleasant 
character to all concerned. The meetings 
of this year seem to have been better 
attended and more interesting than ever 
before. We trust that this is an omen that 
our Alumni in the future are going to take 
even more interest in the college than in the 
past. Our Alumni are now allowed some power 
in shaping the policy of the college, and may 
the day be not far distant when this power will 
be increased. The greater the interest of the 
Alumni in the college so much the more will 
be its influence. Bowdoin has always been 
conservative, and all of her friends wish her 
to continue so, but it is not conservatism, 
though it may be called such, to cling to a 
custom after time has proved it to be not bene- 
ficial, but on the contrary detrimental to the 
best interests of the college. 

The graduates of fifteen or twenty years 
ago would be surprised to go through our 
dormitories and see how comfortable, and, in 
some cases, even elegantly, the rooms of the 
student of to-day are furnished. Twenty 
years ago it was a rare thing for a student 

to have his room carpeted, to say nothing 
of pictures and the many little things 
which make an apartment cozy and homelike. 
In those days it would have been considered 
the height of " cheek " on the part of a Fresh- 
man to indulge in the luxury of a carpet, and 
for his presumption would, undoubtedly, have 
been made a subject for severe Sophomoric 
discipline. Even the sedate Senior rarely 
indulged in such luxuries. But still there 
must have been a certain fascination about the 
college rooms of that time. 

The large open fire-place filled full of dry 
hard wood, giving forth its ruddy blaze and 
genial heat, must have been a pleasant sight 
on a cold winter's evening. What stories 
must have been told, what jokes cracked, 
what turkey suppers (the material for which the 
neighboring farmers were probably well paid), 
must have been enjoyed by the "boys" who 
gathered about those open fires ! 

We think the old-fashioned fire must have 
been a compensation for the greater conven- 
iences which we of to-day enjoy. The innova- 
tions which have brought changes to the 
appearance of the college room, no less than to 
other things, is for the better, we think, though 
some might argue that it is another sign that 
the present generation is becoming more 
effeminate than the one which preceded it. 
Most certainly there is a great deal of real 
enjoyment to be derived from a cozy college 
room, and who can say that it has not an 
educating and refining influence and — but 
excuse us, we will not moralize on this subject. 




May Heaven, ever near you, 
Rich joy and comfort send ; 

May Hope's bright visions cheer you, 
And Peace through life attend. 



Be thine that dearest treasure 
Which Love alone bestows ; 

Be thine that holiest pleasure 
Which only Virtue knows. 


The prominent feature of all the Inter- 
Collegiate Associations of the past has been 
that some college or other has always been 

Manifestly, then, what the college world is 
waiting and yearning for is an Association 
which will promote true inter-collegate inter- 
course and unity. To supply this desidera- 
tum we propose a grand Inter-Collegiate 
Taffy-Pull. In support of such an Associa- 
tion, many strong arguments might be 
advanced. No college would be excluded 
from it. The co-educational as well as the 
non-co-educational could be represented. 

The beauty of Vassar, the piety of saintly- 
Oberlin, the " culchaw " of fair " Harvard," 
the imperturbable cheek and conceit of Yale, 
the wit of Columbia, and, in fine, all classes 
and all grades of standing, without reference 
to previous condition or conduct, could meet 
together and be happy. Again, there would 
be no expense to the undergraduates of the 
several colleges connected with such an Asso- 
ciation, for, to promote such a laudable enter- 
prise the Home Missionary Societies of all the 
churches, " Jo " Cook, and " Bob " Ingersoll 
would lavishly contribute. There would 
probably be nothing to mar the festivities of 
this Association and prevent everything going 
as smoothly as an old ladies tea-party. To 
avoid, however, all chance for misunderstand- 
ings and harsh feelings, we would suggest the 
adoption of the following : 

1. No reference by any delegate shall be made 
to co-education. 

2. In order not to arouse the wrath of Tale, all 

references to snails and big oarsmen shall be con- 
sidered a breech of good faith. 

3. The Niagara Index man shall not be allowed 
to discuss theology, under penalty of being obliged 
to read a copy of his own paper. 

4. Out of respect to Oberlin uo delegate shall 
be allowed to smoke anything stronger than elm 
root, or drink anything stronger than snow water. 

5. All of the taffy remaiuiug after the festivities 
shall be divided pro rata among the co-educational 

In addition to the above, to keep Harvard 
and Yale from withdrawing, we would rec- 
ommend that the spoons of the delegates from 
these colleges be two sizes larger than the 
others, and that they should also be assigned 
the posts of honor by the large kettle. 

The above plan came to us as a happy 
inspiration, and so forcibly did it strike us 
that we had discovered the long-sought-for 
ideal for an Inter-Collegiate Association, we 
at once rushed to the office and telegraphed 
the project to all the colleges in the country. 
Below are a few of the criticisms of the 
college press : 

That dear, darling, wee little Orient has pro- 
posed the loveliest plan in all the world. We have 
always so longed to go to a real, live Inter-Collegiate 
Association. Yes. dear Okient, we approve. We 
wonder if a Harvard man will sit near us. Oh, 
dear! what shall we wear ! Oh, if crimson was only 
becoming to us. — Vassar Mis. 

The vindictive, rancorous, and implacable hatred 
which the college press has for the Yale papers, has 
been again illustrated. The insignificeut little 
Orient has presumed to propose an Inter-Collegiate 
Association without consulting us. But we desire 
to inform the public that, notwithstanding this new, 
insulting, and fiendish attack, the aged elms about 
our old and venerated halls still wave their branches 
to the sighing breezes, the moist rain still fructifies 
our campus, and the Yale editors, leaders and inspi- 
ration of all that is ennobling, inspiring, refining, and 
elevating in college journalism, still live and drink 
beer. — Yale Record. 

Your proposition "takes the cake." It is our 
cheese. We are with you hand in glove. — Harvard 

We do not often fall in with anything emanating 
from the slimy, white-livered secular press, but the 



Orient has suggested an association that meets our 
refined approval. We extremely regret, however, 
that we cannot be present, as we are obliged for the 
next six months to celebrate high mass for the Holy 
Pat O'Finuegan, who departed this life 965 A.D., 
from asevere attack of non compis mentis. — Niagara 

We approve of the Inter-Collegiate Taffy-Pull, 
but shall insist, as is our right from our near prox- 
imity to Bos-ton, upon thefolldwing prerogative priv- 
ileges, viz.: That the editor of the Harvard Register 
shall not be elegible to membership in the I.-C. T. 
P. A., that the gentlemen shall all wear eye-glasses 
and opera hats, and that no young lady shall be so 
vulgar as to say how.— Harvard Crimson. 

The proposition for an Inter-Collegiate Taffy-Pull 
is a good one. We wish distinctly to be understood, 
however, that we shall not feel it obligatory upon us 
intimately to associate with any delegates of co-edu- 
cational colleges. We suggest that the Yale men 
be requested to start three weeks before the time 
for which the meeting is called, in order that they 
may not disturb the festivities by coming in late. — 
Acta Columbiana. 

We have cousulted with our honored and re- 
spected Faculty in regard to the new inter-collegiate 
association, and it is doubtful whether we shall be 
allowed to attend. The Faculty think it would not 
be in accordance with the wishes of our pious 
founder, for the studeuts of Oberlin to mingle pro- 
miscuously with the worldly studeuts of the East. 
They [the Faculty] inform us that the students of the 
East are so rude as to call their Professors " Profs.," 
that they whisper during the recitatious, and have 
even been known to stay out of morning prayers. 
We are surprised for we did not believe the students 
of the Eastern colleges were quite so degraded. If 
our purse was not already well nigh empty, caused 
by purchasing peanuts during the dissipations of the 
holidays, we should present each Eastern student 
with a tract. — Oberlin Review. 


White aud blue is Columbia's bue, 

Aud Dartmouth is very green ; 
Aud Tale becomes exceedingly blue 

When her boat iu a race is seen. 
White and red crown's Cornell's head, 

Aud Bowdoin blows iu white, 
Aud Harvard blushes a glowing red, 

Like ilaud when I kissed her last night. 

I love to see the white aud blue, 

And Dartmouth's emerald green ; 
I love to see Tale's azure hue, 

"When her boat in a race is seen ; 
I love old Cornell's red and white, 

And Bowdoiu, and all the rest; 
But I love, — I love my darling Maud, 

And the Harvard Crimson best. — Crimson. 


We, of what we. call the college world, 
are very fond of assigning it to a separate 
sphere of thought and action from the less 
favored world outside. We are pleased to 
think that our thoughts and actions should 
be free from the laws which trammel the 
majority of mankind, and he regulated by 
the individual sense of reason or justice. We 
are superior to the influence of trite sayings 
and worn-out maxims. In short we are pecu- 
liarly and distinctly of ourselves. 

Now all this may be very gratifying to the 
student and add to various spicy articles in 
college papers, but there exists in certain 
minds a serious doubt as to the real founda- 
tion for such feeling. 

Are not college men very much like their 
brethren of the world outside ? Does not 
human nature show itself the same every- 
where ? Perhaps as good an illustration of 
this as any is found in the tendency that col- 
lege men have to imitate the Pessimistic cry 
of the world that honesty and industry are 
no longer necessary factors to success in life, 
but that these antiquated virtues have quite 
yielded the ground to deceit and trickery. 

A few weeks ago the Orient copied from 
the Acta a veiy amusing sketch, called the 
Parable of the Grind. It was well written 
and was doubtless endorsed by many readers 
as expressing the feeling that exists in col- 
leges, that dishonest work is more successful 
than honest. That this opinion, thus broadly 
stated, is very commonly held among students 
cannot be denied. But this is too much like 
the Pessimistic cry in which we are loath to 



believe. What are the facts? Careful ex- 
amination will reveal two things. First — a 
great many college men support this doctrine 
who do not really believe in it ; and secondly 
— a little reasoning will convince any fair 
minded person that the fact is not true as 

As to the first there seems to be an opin- 
ion prevalent that it is the correct thing to do 
to advocate this view, and any one who op- 
poses it is looked upon with an unfavorable 
eye as a man holding himself to be better 
than his fellows. The second point is the 
more important one as it relates to the princi- 
ple of the matter, and can be proved by ex- 
ample as well as theory. As to the theory, it 
will be obvious to anj 7 one that a student who, 
by diligence and conscientious work has mas- 
tered his lesson, can make a perfect or nearly 
perfect recitation on it, and a " fakir " could 
do no more and would probably do less. It 
is all nonsense to talk about a Professor 
causing a man to make poor recitations, if he 
thoroughly understands the subject a student 
can make it apparent to any Professor. That 
a man who works as hard as he can and 
" fakirs " besides may surpass the man who 
confines himself to honest work cannot be 
doubted, but the student who maintains a 
high rank b}' unfair means cannot claim and 
certainly will not receive any respect from 
his classmates. If a student, with great dif- 
ficulty retains his position in a class by the 
use of " cribs," etc., his position is certainly 
very different from one who by such means 
deprives another of a well earned prize. The 
man who cheats for rank deserves nothing but 

As to the facts of the case. Instances are 
very rare of men who, by simple cheating, 
have obtained college honors. The men who 
are appointed to Salutatories and who receive 
Commencement Parts are, nine cases out of 
ten, the men who have deserved those posi- 
tions by severe and honest labor. 

The discussion as to the desirability of 
these honors lies outside the limits of this 
article, but the matter of individual honor 
aside, — and this alone should decide the course 
of action of every honorable man, — the man 
who aspires to them must recognize the fact 
that, in college as well as out, " Honesty is 
the best policy," and the surest path to suc- 
cess lies through the paths of industry and 


In the olden time when Spain was very 
intolerant, a young clerk in a Catholic college, 
desiring to gain sundry shekels, was engaged 
by a Catholic Priest to teach his district 
school ; and having passed a satisfactory ex- 
amination began his labors. 

But in the course of time it was noised 
abroad that he was a Protestant, and the 
Priest straightway came to him and said : 
" Dost thou read the Holy Catholic Bible in 
school and attend mass regularly ? " " Yea, 
Priest." " But dost thou also fast on Fri- 
days, tell thy beads, believe in the infallibility 
of the Pope, and teach thy youths so ? " 
"Nay," replied the young man, sorrowfully, 
"for I knew not that this was a theological 
seminary." " Get thee gone to Hades, thou 
accursed heretic," replied the enlightened 
Priest. And that very day was the young- 
man cast out. — Change Spain to Maine, 
Catholic to Protestant, and Protestant to 
Catholic and you have what happened this 
winter not a thousand miles from Bowdoin. 


Editors of Orient : 

There, in one corner of my stud} 7 , is my 
old friend who once hung upon the wall in 
No. — , Winthrop ; he holds in his embrace 



all the companions of my four years' study — 
for, through some whim, no exigency ever 
induced me to sell one of my text-books. 
On the lower shelf stands the Phalanx of 
Lexicons in bold array : though a good deal 
worn they look at me complacently — they do 
not apprehend active service. An angry 
crowd are in possession of No. 2 : Calculus 
and Astronomy, Mineralogy and Physics are 
rudely jostling each other, while International 
Law, aghast, Logic, confused, and Political 
Economy, in despair, are viewing the scene of 
discord. Porter's Human Intellect is staring 
with its red, bloated face at Butler and Paley, 
who find themselves ill at ease. In the classic 
shades of the upper shelf, Livy, Homer, 
Horace, and Plato live in unbroken tran- 
quility, for — alas ! they are all Greek, alike, 
to me. What a medley you are, old Book- 
case ! And while I look at my old friend 
in the corner I fall to thinking : 

The course of study in college does not 
meet the need of the student; when they, 
whose aims differ widely, pursue the same 
course of study, though it is the best that can 
be devised, it must necessarily be the case 
with each, that some part of the work is use- 
less. The same foundation cannot be suitable 
for structures which are to be unlike in form, 
size, and material. 

The teacher, surely as much as any one, 
finds the collegiate course profitable — but he 
learns only what to teach and not hoiv to 
teach ; moreover the teacher, of to-day, like 
the physician, in order to be eminently suc- 
cessful, must not only give his whole attention 
to his profession but he must make some 
department of it a specialty. This may seem 
to be a very narrow view of education but it 
is true of study as it is of reading ; we may 
lose our forces by scattering them; we cannot 
read all the books in a large library, however 
valuable each is, and it is judiciousness, not nar- 
row-mindedness, which directs one man in 
one channel and another in another. The 

student needs to study deeply rather than 
broadly. I said that a part of the student's 
work is useless — is not all knowledge useful? 
Any branch of study which does not interest 
the student, for the reason that he can find no 
good ground for pursuing it other than because 
it is in the catalogue is useless, not for what 
it is or is not, in itself, but because it can be 
followed only aimlessly or with unworthy 
motives. A foreigner, who had visited our col- 
leges, observed that American students recite 
excellently but are unable to reason for them- 
selves ; perhaps some who have not traveled 
have made the same observation. In order to 
disregard the recitation as the end and aim of 
study and the criterion of progress, the stu- 
dent would not need the moral stamina of a 
Socrates or the philosophy of an Aristotle if 
only the lesson has in itself any reason for 
learning it; it is not to be supposed that the . 
student is possessed of a burning thirst for 
abstract knowledge. 

The ideal curriculum is not like the 
machine which receives the rough, unfeeling 
white-birch and turns out the polished clothes- 
pins, each made exactly alike, by exactly the 
same process. Without usurping the place of 
the Divinity, Law, or Medical School, the 
college may offer a practical culture. 

I have already trespassed too much upon 
your courtesy, but if I propose no remedy for 
the curriculum with which I find fault I am 
acting in the role of the grumbler : 

Let competent persons — able ministers, 
lawyers, doctors, and teachers — select from 
the studies at present pursued such as seem 
to them most useful to those preparing for 
their respective professions ; I can only indi- 
cate some of the changes which would be 
made, as it seems to me. 

For the Ministry : The broadest culture, 
hence nearly everything — Higher Mathe- 
matics omitted ; the languages — Greek, Ger- 
man, and Hebrew, particularly ; writing 
severely criticised. 



For the Study of Law : Greek and Higher 
Mathematics omitted ; particular attention to 
" Senior studies " ; lectures in Jurisprudence, 
giving the student a nucleus for reading and 
thought. Such a plan, without enlarging 
very much the number of studies, has this 
advantage : The majoritjr of students would 
be induced to do their college work with a 
very worthy purpose, and the newly-fledged 
Alumnus would not be the helpless being that 
he is ; perhaps, also, it would no longer lie a 
necessity for the young man to " complete " 
his education in Europe. The so-called Elec- 
tive System is a step in the right direction, 
but it leaves the choosing to the caprice of 
the student. Alpha. 


The ending of the study of Latin and 
Greek in college is marked by an examination, 
to determine the awarding of prizes for pro- 
ficiency in each. But we know that many of 
the students pursue the study of the classics 
under protest, and leave the final struggle to 
those who may have had a better fit. In 
Mathematics the man having the greatest 
affinity for angles and siues is able to increase 
his private capital to the extent of $300. Of 
course the desire to possess a prize of $300, 
cash, is a powerful incentive to the average 
youth, and, for a time, he is apt to think that 
Mathematics is his strong point. But his 
love of Mathematical demonstrations vanishes, 
for he soon finds that even pluck and per- 
severence don't amount to much against a 
fellow whose bump of calculation is so large 
that he cannot get his hat on squarely. So it 
is found before six months have passed that 
the contest for the prize lies between a very 
few men. 

French and German receive two years' 
attention, a year being given to each, under 
thorough instruction. But no special exam- 
ination marks the end of either of these 

studies. Although the class begins at the 
first principles of these languages, and is 
taken along in such a thorough manner, that 
it is the student's fault alone, if he does not 
clearl}' understand all that he has been over. 
Besides, there is a stimulus to learn as much 
as possible of the modern languages, in the 
fact that their utility is never questioned. 
Under these circumstances there can be no 
doubt that if any honors were to be won for 
good work in French and German, a more 
general rivalry and ambition for distinction 
would exist, than in any other study for 
which prizes are offered at the present time. 
Although not believing in " chromos " gen- 
erally, it must be acknowledged that taking a 
prize in college denotes competition, and to 
win in fair competition is an honor which 
most men desire. 

Now there are many Alumni and friends 
of Bowdoin who could give, at a slight sacri- 
fice of their bank account, a sum of money 
sufficient to establish a yearly prize for pro- 
ficiency in these languages. 

The object is a good one, and would 
receive the hearty commendation of every 
student, while the giver would have the satis- 
faction of knowing that he would be remem- 
bered as a true friend of the college and the 
modern languages. Diamond. 


The pedagogues are returning. 

The Freshmen are required to write themes 
on subjects connected with their Greek. 

A large number of the students are doing 
good, solid work daily in the Gymnasium. 

Prof, (to knowing Senior who thinks he 
has wound up Porter's Human Intellect) 
— " Yes, the book has some faults, but it's a 
little better than the average man can write." 



The college paid $25 towards defraying 
the expenses of the last Senior and Junior 

Instructor Robinson has made an improve- 
ment on the rowing weights so that the oar 
can be used. 

The Juniors in Chemistry do not use text- 
books, but recite from lectures delivered by 
the Professor. 

The Seniors have finished Butler with 
Prof. Packard, and are now taking lectures 
on Chemistry under Prof. Carmichael. 

The Seniors finish Porter soon. It is 
hoped, however, that they will continue to 
pursue their psychological investigations. 

A Freshman recently discoursed before 
his classmates about the winter solicitus. 
Without doubt the boy had solstice in mind. 

Here's another addition to science, as 
advanced by a Junior recently : " Celes- 
tial longitude is reckoned from the Great 

Junior, rubbing his spinal column, to class- 
mate- — " I dropped a pin down my back about 
two weeks ago and am just beginning to 
feel it." 

R. L. Swett, '80, was the Bowdoin delegate 
to the Convention of the Alumni Association 
of Zeta Psi, held at the Revere House, Boston, 
Friday, Feb. 13. 

Prof. Packard and President Chamberlain 
were present at the meeting of the Bowdoin 
Alumni of Boston and vicinity, held in that 
city last Wednesday evening. 

One M. E. Andrews, of Catskill, N. Y., is 
deluging the college with circulars, offering, 
for a small price, to furnish themes, essays, 
etc. We trust there is no one among us 
mean enough to patronize him. 

Prof, to Freshmen — -" I would thank the 
gentlemen not to stamp on the floor unless 
there is really an earthquake." The earth- 

quake followed, and the question now is, 
Were the Freshmen justifiable ? 

Scene at Congregational Sabbath School. 
Teacher to six-year-old theologian — " The 
good little boys go to Heaven and the bad 
ones don't. Now what little boys go to 
Heaven ? " Six-year-old — " The dead ones.'V 

Bowdoin has graduated one President, one 
Secretary of the Treasury, eight Senators, 
eight Governors, twenty-five Congressmen, 
sixteen Presidents of colleges, thirteen Judges 
of Circuit and Supreme Courts, and over 
eighty Professors of real colleges. 


The total number registered up to last 
Saturday was sixty-nine. Ten are college 

It is probable that Dr. Dana will lecture 
throughout the term on Pathology and Prac- 
tice of Medicine. Dr. Mitchell will not lect- 
ure until the last half of the term. 

Medic — " I don't know much about Chem- 
istry, but there is one thing I do know, and 
that is the symbol for water." Dr. — " What 
is the symbol for water?" M. — " Why, it is 
C0 2 ." 

This year, as last, an entrance examination 
was required. One man was rejected who 
answered three questions correctly (it is sup- 
posed they were correct), " Where he was 
born, how old he was, and where he lived." 

With the present number this department, 
devoted to the interests of the Medical 
School, is introduced as a new feature of the 
Orient. If sufficient encouragement is of- 
fered it will be continued through the term. 
All members of the school are cordially 
invited to contribute items of interest. 

The sixtieth session of the Maine Medical 
School opened on the 12th. The opening 
lecture was delivered by Dr. W. W. Greene, 



of Portland. Notwithstanding the rain the 
Chemical Lecture Room was crowded. The 
speaker's subject, " Why do you study Medi- 
cine," was finely treated, and held the undi- 
vided attention of the audience. The stress 
that the Doctor laid upon the necessity of a 
thorough preliminary education before enter- 
ing upon the study of Medicine was, if we 
may judge from the applause, highly gratifying 
to the majority of those present. If the stu- 
dents of the Medical School will make a 
practical application of the Doctor's lecture 
they cannot fail of being benefited thereby. 



Reporter — " The fame of your marking sys- 
tem has gone abroad and I wish to make a 
few inquiries in regard to it." Instructor — " I 
will answer what questions I can consistently 
with my official position." Reporter — " Do 
y r ou allow your students to cut college exer- 
cises?" Instructor — "Oh, yes, certainly, 
when the)' present a reasonable excuse, provid- 
ing said excuse is presented six months before- 
hand." Reporter — " What do you call a rea- 
sonable excuse t " Instructor — " For instance, 
if a man was so sick he could not rise from his 
bed." Reporter — "But how can a man tell 
six months beforehand that he is to be sick ? " 
Instructor — "I don't — I don't — I can't say; 
the college laws say nothing about such 
*~, . a case." Reporter — " Then an ordinary sick- 
ness or accident would not excuse a man?" 
Instructor — " Oh, no, no, of course not. Last 
week a man fell from the chapel spire and 
dislocated his shoulder, broke three ribs, 
sprained his wrist, injured his spine, besides 
receiving severe internal injuries, and he has 
been compelled to attend every college exer- 
cise since, because he did not get an excuse 
but five months before going on to the spire." 
Reporter — " But do not men sometimes cut? " 
Instructor — " Oh, yes, once in a great while." 

Reporter — " What is the penalty for the 
crime ? " Instructor — " For the first offence the 
culprit is obliged to hear the college laws in- 
terpreted." Reporter — " But is that a severe 
punishment ? " Instructor (with a ghastly but 
meaning smile) — " No one has been known to 
cut a second time." 


While the papers are making mention of the 
fact that the Supreme Judges and President Cham- 
berlain were graduates of Bowdoin, it should not 
be forgotten that Gov. G-arcelon, " Speaker" Talbot, 
and Henry Ingalls "received their early training, 
which fitted them for their future duties and respon- 
sibilities," in Bowdoin in the classes of '36, '39, and 
'41 respectively. 

The Bowdoin graduates who are atteudiug the 
Medical School are : 1). A. Robinson, 73 ; A. H. 
Sabine, 76 ; and Geo. W. Bourne, '79. 

'60. — Died in Bath, of consumption, Jan. 14th, 
W. D. Haley. 

'60. — Rev. N. E. Boyd is in San Francisco. 

'08.— L. W. Ruudlettis on a brief visit to friends 
in this town. Mr. Rundlett is located as Assistant 
City Engineer of St. Paul, Minn. 

'73.— F. A. Wilson was in town a few days since. 

'76. — J. A. Morrill has been admitted to the Bar. 

76. — Chas. L. Clark has lately accepted the 
position of Assistant to Edison, the inventor. 

77. -Tillson is teaching at Rumford Falls, Me. 

78. — W. E. Sargent has finished a successful 
term as Priucipal of the Topsham High School. 

79. — H. D. Bowker, who is teaching at Laconia, 
X. H., has lately been the recipieut of a handsome 
present from his scholars. 

79.— A. L. Lumbert has been admitted to the 
Bar. He will practice in Houlton. 

'80. — N. W. Emerson, who entered the Boston 
University Medical School, has recently received the 
appoiutment as " Home Surgeon " at the Homoeo- 
pathic Hospital. The appointment was made on 
severe competative work, and Mr. Emerson's friends 
may well be proud of his success. 

'82. — F. H. Porter has entered the Medical 

'82. — H. H. Stiuson, for a time a member of this 
class, has returned to college and entered '83. 




Berlin University has 3000 students. 

A new museum is to be built at Michigan. 

France has 300 colleges with courses of six years. 

The Yale Glee Club made $750 by their western 

Princeton and Yale are having telescopes of the 
largest size made by Clark. 

The Freshmen and First-years, at Oberlin, have 
recently had a dangerous and exciting taffy-pull. 

It costs $142,000 a year to run Michigan Univer- 
sity; $101,000 is paid in salaries to the professors. 

■ The Princeton students want an artificial lake 
on the campus. We have one every spring without 

Blaine graduated at Washington College, Pa. 
It is said that during his four years he never missed 
an exercise. 

The Harvard students wanting a plank walk 
subscribed enough to pay for it, but the money was 
curtly declined without thanks. 

In a recent ballot for President in the Harvard 
Law School, Bayard received 41 votes ; Sherman, 
14 ; Hayes, 7; Grant, Evarts, and Blaine, each, 6. 

Taste. " The improvements in College Hall, at 
Amherst, are nearly finished. The frescoing is done 
in panels, blue predominating. The wood-work is 
pale green, trimmed with red." 

Williams College has graduated five U. S. Sena- 
tors, eight governors, sixteen judges of the Supreme 
Court, thirty-two presidents of colleges, and eight 
hundred and ninety-four clergymen. 

Mrs. Scott Siddons has offended the Faculty of 
Asbury University, in Indiana, by reading with a 
low-necked dress on. — Ex. Gracious goodness! Did 
they expect her to read without a dress on 1 — Ex. 


Harvard has sixteen men training for the crew. 

Kennedy trains the Princeton crew Ex. 

Columbia had a game of Hare and Hounds, 
Feb. 7th. 

" Princetonians have been prohibited from using 
the bicycle." — Echo. 

Brown, Dartmouth, Amherst, and Williams are 
unable to send out crews next year because — they 
have none. 

The Yale crew is fortunate in having a warm 
winter, allowing them to still remain on the river. 

The Harvard Freshmen have challenged the 
Columbia Freshmen to an eight-oared race and the 
challenge has been accepted. 

At the present time it looks as if Yale would only 
play college base-ball games with Harvard. It is 
very doubtful if the other colleges can be led to 
unite against Richmoud and Brown. Consequently 
Yale may keep out of the association. — Harvard 


Tutor — "This is a beautiful line, gentlemen, 
where the poet speaks of 

He sadly bowed his youthful head, 
"With look and gesture sombre; 

" T trusted to my horse," he said, 

" So uow I'm horse du combat! " — Acta. 

Instructor — "Cite some of the references to 
Caesar's times." Student hesitates, and his next 
neighbor suggests quite audibly— " Though lost to 
cite, to memory dear." — Echo. 

Prof. — " Sir Thomas More was Chancellor of 
Henry VIII.; at what time did he reign, Mr. W.?" 
W. — " About the time of More, I should judge." 
Prof. — " That will do." — Concordiensis. 

Elderly gentleman, to a Soph, on the train — 
"You don't have no ticket?" Soph. — "No, I 
travel on my good looks." Elderly gentleman (after 
looking him over) -" Then, probably you ain't goiu' 
very far." — Witteriberger. 

"The balm of childhood, bringing sweet repose." 
Can any one tell me what he means by this exquisite 
figure? " Learned Freshman—" Well, I should say, 
sir, that he meant Soothing Syrup." (Gone to meet 
the twenty-three Juniors.) — Acta. 

Prof. — " What does that expression represent ? " 
Student — "That is the sum of the moments of 
the elements." Prof. — " Say it again." Student 
repeats. Prof.— " That's it. T'm going to have you 
say that over until I impress it on your mind, as 
they brand U. S. on a mule."— Ex. 

"Ah, me," sighed a poetic Junior, throwing 
away his pen, and leaning back wearily — '• You 
don't know how much easier it is to read these little 
poems of mine than it is to write them." Sympa- 
thetic but awkward Freshman — " Gad, how you 
must sutler theu ! " — Press. 




The readiness with which the college press takes, 
up any statement is shown by the item which has 
been going the rounds to the effect that "Of the 
three thousand seven hundred professors employed 
in the United States, one thousand two hundred are 
from Wesleyau University, Conn." A little reason- 
ing will show the absurdity of the statement. 
Wesleyan was founded in 1828, and has averaged 
perhaps 40 in a class, making about 2000 graduates 
living ; that 1200 of these should be acting pro- 
fessors is of course absurd, and the statement started 
as a joke but is now soberly stated as a fact. 

Quite a discussion has been going on lately in 
the papers in regard to the teaching of evolution in 
colleges. The Independent claimed that it was 
taught in our best Eastern colleges. The Observer 
replies by printing letters from the Presidents of 
Yale, Princeton, Amherst, Williams, Brown, Lafay- 
ette, Union, and Hamilton denying the truth of the 
Independent's statement ; Harvard, Dartmouth, and 
some others do not appear, " for reasons which are 
obvious." Perhaps if the letters had been from the 
Professors of Natural History and Zoology they 
might have read differently. 

The Acta Columbiana has been publishing some 
interesting articles on "College Slang" and "Col- 
lege Cheers," by a writer signing himself Richard 
Grant Black, which have been widely copied and 
much commented on. Considerable time has been 
put upon them and they are probably as correct as 
is possible under the circumstances. The cheers 
are given as follows : 

Columbia Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! C-o-l-u-m-b-i-a! 

Cornell Oor-C«r-Cor-neZZ .' I yell ! Cot-nell ! 

Harvard. 'Rah ! 'Rah ! 'Rah ! (with a strong, full sound). 
Princeton.. 'Rah! 'Rah! 'Rah! S-s-s-t! Boom ! Ah-h-h ! 
Penn. Univ. .. 'Oo-rah ! Oo-rah ! Oo-rah ! Penn-svl-vani-a! 

Tale 'Rah ! 'Rah ! 'Rah ! (sharply). 

Wesleyan 'Rah ! 'Rah ! Wes-ley-AN ! 

Amherst 'Rah! 'Rah! 'Rah! Am-her-est-i-a ! 

Bowdoin B-o-w-d-o-i-ii ! 'Rah ! 'Rah ! 'Rah ! 

Brown 'Rah-rah! 'Rah-rah! 'Rah-rah! Ti-ger ! 

Dartmouth 'Rah ! -'Rah ! 'Rah ! Wah-HOO-wah ! 

• College of the City of New York. .'Rah ! 'Rah ! Rah ! 

C! C! N! T! 

Hamilton Ham-il-ton ! Z-z-zip-rah-boom ! 

.Racine 'Ra-'ita-'RA-CINE ! 

Rutgers 'Rah! 'Rah! 'Rah! Bow-wow-wow! 

Trinity Trin-i-ty ! Trin-i-ty ! 

Union 'Rah 'Rah! 'Rah! U-n-i-o-u ! N-o-i-n-u! 

Williams . 'Rah ! 'Rah! 'Rah! Will-vums! yams! yuuis! 

Univ. of New York N! T!U! S-s-s-t! Boom-m ! 

The Acta has adopted the excellent plan of pub- 
lishing series of articles on different college matters. 

The first of a series on co-education appears in the 
last number. 

The last Oberlin Beview contains a long account 
of the Tobacco War in " conservative Oberlin." 
Not content with driving away the liquor dealers 
and other persons dangerous to the youth, a crusade 
is to be made on the sellers of the weed. 

"Last Tuesday evening a large mass meeting- 
was held in the First Church to consider the growl- 
ing sales of tobacco in Oberlin, and to devise means 
for ridding the town as far as possible of the evils 
growing out of the tobacco trade here. The church 
was filled to its utmost capacity. The speakers of 
the evening were Prof. Ellis, Prof. Smith, Prof. 
Frost, Rev. James Brand, and Rev. J. F. Brant. 
All took strong grounds against the traffic as car- 
ried on in this place, and the following facts will 
show conclusively that their reasons for so doing 
were ample : 

They declare that $12,000 is spent on tobacco in 
the town in a year, and then adopt resolutions on 
the subject which fill a column of fine print. 


We have received the first volume of The Art of 
Speech, by L. T. Townseud, D.D., Professor in 
Boston University. The title proper of this volume 
is " Studies in Poetry and Prose. The first chapter 
on the History of Speech is concise and comprehen- 
sive. Then follows an interesting chapter on the 
theories of the Origin of Speech. The chapters on 
the Laws of Speech, Diction, and Idiom, Syntax, 
and Grammatical and Rhetorical Rules are what 
every student needs carefully to study. The last 
mentioned in particular is valuable as it points out 
in a clear manner the mistakes which every writer 
is apt to make in the use of the " Helping Verbs," 
and treats in short of the correct use of all the 
parts of speech. A great deal of information and 
practical advice is condensed in the chapters on 
"Style" and "Figures." But not the least inter- 
esting parts of the book are those treating of 
"Poetic Speech" and "Poetic-Prose Speech." 
The author treats of these two last named subjects 
in an analytical and thorough manner. 

Prof. Townsend's book supplies a real want. As 
a hand-book, for those who wish to perfect them- 
selves in the art of composition, it is invaluable, and 
is most assuredly a work well designed to teach one 
to become familiar " with the arts of speech, with 
its laws, rules, and figures." It is a book which 
should have a large sale among students. Pub- 
lished by D. Appleton & Company, New York. 

Vol IX. 


No. 15. 





Emery W". Bartlett, Herbert W. Grindal, 

Edwin C. Burbank, Frederic W. Hall, 

Franklin Godlding, Bliphalet G. Spring, 

Henry A. AVing. 

Terms — $2.00 a year in advance ; single copies, 15 cents. 

Matter designed for publication may be handed to the Editors or 
addressed to Bowdoin Orient, Brunswick, Maine. It should be accom- 
panied by the writer's name, and the signature which he wishes to have 
appended. Back numbers can generally be obtained upon application to 
the Editors. 

Vol. IX., No. 15.— March 3, 1880. 

Editorial Notes 169 


The Wild Flower (poem) 171 

The Poet Burns 172 

The Fate of Symplons 173 

Longfellow (poem) 174 

The Peuciniau Society 174 


Our Reading Room 175 

English Composition 175 

From Alnmuus 176 

The Medic 176 

College Items 177 

Medical School Notes 178 

Personal 178 

College World 1 79 

Athletics 179 

Editors' Table 180 


At a recent meeting of the Editorial Board 
a new Constitution and . By-Laws were 
adopted. The following in regard to the 
election of editors is of general interest : 

Section I. The Board shall consist of seven 
members elected annually from the Junior class. 

Sec. II. Each Board shall choose its successor 
at a regular meeting held on the third Saturday of 

Sec. III. The duties of each Board shall hegin 

with the last term of the editors' Junior year and 
continue one year. 

Sec. IV. Those only shall be candidates who 
have contributed articles for the paper. 

We are glad to announce that the Senior 
Committee on pictures have engaged Mr. 
Reed, of this town, as the class photo- 
grapher. The arrangements for sittings will 
soon be given to the members of the class. 
It is safe to predict that as good work will be 
done by Mr. Reed this year as last, and if so 
the utmost satisfaction will be given. 

For several days after the late snow storm 
it was almost impossible to get up the steps 
of the dormitories. Only a goat or an Alpine 
hunter could expect to make the ascent with- 
out endangering life or limbs. If there is no 
fund to pay for removing the accumulations 
of snow after a storm, let it be clone and 
charged to " average repairs," that item which 
covers so many mysterious expenses, the 
origin of which no man knows. At any cost 
let the entrances to the halls be kept in a 
decent condition. 

We publish in this number the second of 
a short series of articles on the Peucinian 
and Athensean Societies. From the important 
place that these societies have had in the 
history of the college, we considered it our 
duty to ascertain what we could in regard to 
them and put it in a form to be preserved. 

The researches have been made as com- 
plete as possible under the circumstances. 
For assistance in getting these facts together 
we are under many obligations to Prof. 



At the beginning of next term our 
college paper enters upon its tenth volume. 
The paper was first called The Orient not 
from the fact that it is published "'way down 
East," but because that is the motto of the 

Subsequently the name was changed to 
the more apt and euphonious title of Bow- 
doin Orient. 

It would, no doubt, be a most pleasant 
occasion if the several Editorial Boards could 
have a reunion next Commencement. If any 
of the former editors are interested, we will 
gladly give space in our columns for all pro- 
posals and suggestions for such a meeting, 
and also do all in our power to aid in making- 
it a success. 

Several articles have appeared in the Acta 
Columbiana over the nom de plume of Smin- 
theus, which, on account of their wit and 
cutting satire, have attracted considerable 
notice from the college press. The last num- 
ber of the Acta says : " The mere name of 
Smintheus lashes Yale into rage and frightens 
our less important sister institutions." As 
for us, probably because we are so far away, 
we have as yet not had even a solitary chill 
of fear creep down or up our vertebrae, or 
felt a single hair rise upon our head at the 
mention of " the mere name of Smintheus." 
It must, however, be a terrible thing to be 
frightened at a " mere name," and so with 
all due deference, prompted entirely by 
feelings of compassion for others, we protest 
against the Acta any longer lashing colleges 
into rage and frightening them with a "mere 

All friends of the Medical School must be 
highly gratified by the large number in the 
present class. It speaks well for the standing 
of the school that so many of them are col- 
lege graduates. The school has to-day as 
able, if not the ablest, Faculty since its estab- 

lishment. They are men who are using every 
endeavor to make the instruction of the 
school second to none. 

Each year the final examinations are made 
more rigid and thorough. At the present 
time it would probably be, as Dr. Greene said 
in the opening lecture of this term, not prac- 
tical to require a high standard at the entrance 
examinations, but the requirements for "pre- 
liminary knowledge " should be increased 
every year. 

In medicine, as in all other professions, 
broader knowledge and higher culture is being 
demanded. The number who annually enter 
upon the practice of Medicine is large. The 
close competition which is thus rendered im- 
perative will, no doubt, bring it about that 
only the best will be employed. 

After the meeting of the Boards last Com- 
mencement, it was announced that a sum of 
money, — not a large amount it is true, — had 
been voted for the purpose of engaging an in- 
structor in elocution. Since then we have 
heard nothing in regard to the subject. 
Already one of the exhibitions of the year has 
taken place and the time for another is draw- 
ing near at hand. It therefore would seem, if 
we are going to have any instruction in elocu- 
tion this year, that now is the proper time to 
receive the full benefit of it. To the Seniors, 
especially, this is the most convenient and 
suitable time. Next term they will be so 
busy preparing for the final examinations that 
there will be but little opportunity or incli- 
nation for extra work. This is a matter of 
so much importance, and one, too, of such 
general interest that it is hoped that it will 
at once receive due attention. 

We wish to call attention to the communi- 
cation, in another column, from Alumnus. 
He says : " The question was, as I under- 
stand, whether women do demand a higher 



The question was — as we think all will 
agree — whether women to any great extent 
demand, to be admitted to our higher univer- 
sities and colleges. It is manifestly unfair to 
include, as Alumnus has done, all who are 
attending "female" colleges. He might as well 
ask that all the women in the country who are 
pursuing any course of study whatever be in- 
cluded in his statement. In our article to 
which Alumnus refers we explicitly stated that 
woman should receive the highest culture, 
but that it should be in schools designed for 
her special instruction. It is true that our 
figures showed that there are quite a number 
of women attending colleges, so-called, that 
are co-educational. They also showed that 
only a comparative!}' small number of women 
demand to be admitted to our higher col- 
leges and universities, such as Michigan Uni- 
versity, Cornell, and Wesleyan, and this is, we 
contend, the point under consideration. 

The question as to the relations which 
should exist between college faculties and 
students is an important one. Some would 
probably contend that their intercourse should 
begin and end with the class room, and in a 
great many case this is, practically, the exist- 
ing state of things. If it is the whole duty 
of a college professor simply to teach a man 
what there is in the text-book, then it may be 
right that his relations with the students 
should begin and end with the recitation 
room. On the other hand, if the object of a 
college course is to discipline men to become 
leaders in society and moulders of public 
opinion, most assuredly the duty of the pro- 
fessor has not ended when he has ascertained 
what the student knows of the facts contained 
in the text-book. In many of our colleges 
there is a prevalent feeling that from the col- 
lege government the students can expect no 
sympathy or justice. We do not think that 
any faculty thus feel towards their students, 
and a little serious thought would seemingly 

convince the most skeptical that it cannot be 
so, — but serious thoughts in regard to these 
matters is not always a prominent character- 
istic of the college student. 

It is too often the case when a subject for 
discipline arises, the college government, 
without stopping to inquire into all the par- 
ticulars of the case, and obtaining the college 
sentiment thereon, at once resort to extreme 
penalties. That such a course does not bring 
about the desired results, has been abundantly 
proven in the past. We may be taking a too 
Utopian view of this subject, but still we 
believe we are justified in saying that if our. 
college faculties would take pains to become 
more intimately acquainted with the students 
under their charge, would try to make their 
relations more mutual, and, in a word, would 
treat them more as though they were men . 
who can think and act for themselves, a long 
step would be taken towards abolishing those 
college disturbances which are hurtful to the 
college as well as disgraceful to all concerned. 

Judging from what we have observed and 
learned, such a talk as one of our Professors 
lately gave the Senior class on their obliga- 
tions to themselves and the college will do 
more to do away with such infractions of good 
order as hazing, than any amount of threats 
or college discipline. 



A flow'ret bloomed by a river's bank, 

And danced in merry glee, 
As Summer winds upon it breathed, 

And hastened out to sea. 

But ruder blasts which come anon 
The foolish flower would brave ; 

Its blossom was torn from the parent stock 
And cast upon the wave. 

The river kept its onward course 

Not heeding what it bore, 
And out to sea that blossom went, 

And thence was seeu uo more. 



Bereft, upon the river's bank, 

A plantlet stands to-day ; 
Its beauty gone, its pride is dead, — 

It slowly pines away. 

The wild-bee and the humming-bird 

About the spot did mourn ; 
They'll come no more, since now they've learned 

The flower will ne'er return. 


" At a Burns Festival, I have seen Scotch- 
men singing Burns while the drops twinkled 
on their furrowed cheeks ; while each rough 
hand was flung out to grasp its neighbor's ; 
while early scenes and sacred recollections) 
and dear and delightful memories of the past 
came rushing back at the sound of the 
familiar words and music, and the softened 
heart was full of love and friendship and 

Thus writes Thackeray, and who of us 
acquainted with the works of the Scottish 
bard, can fail to sympathize with all that he 
says ? Mention the name of Burns to any 
native of Scotland, whatever his station in 
life, and you will see a smile of hearty pleas- 
ure light up his honest features. 

No poet ever secured a deeper and more 
lasting hold upon the affections of his coun- 
trymen. And this is not strange when we 
consider the nature of the poet and that of 
his works. He was a thorough man of the 
people, proud rather than ashamed of his 
humble origin. He wrote, not for fame or 
posterity, but because his songs " gushed up 
from his heart," — and to the Muse he com- 
municated, without reserve, the wealth of a 
soul overflowing with poetry. What a vari- 
ety of sentiments, what changes " from grave 
to gay, from lively to serene," what boister- 
ous humor and shouts of revelry, what incon- 
trollable gloom and despondency, what true 
Horatian philosophy is exhibited in his 
songs ! 

Burns understood the nature of the peo- 
ple for which he wrote ; or, rather, he wrote 

down his own nature in his poems. There is 
nothing feigned or artificial in all his works; 
yet every page shows marks of the highest 
genius. We see the impulsive, passionate, 
unevenly-balanced mind of Robert Burns in 
each of its moods and phases. " The Cotter's 
Saturday Night" beams briefly with love of 
home and respect for piety. " Holy Willie's 
Prayer " flashes with satire, with sarcasm and 
contempt for cant and hypocrisy. The sad- 
ness of his " Laments," the melancholy pict- 
ure of human life brought to view in " Man 
was made to Mourn," or " Despondency" 
might well bring tears to any eyes. We can 
all laugh at " Tarn O' Shanter," and " The 
Jolly Beggars," and sympathize with the feel- 
ing which prompted the " Address to a 
Mountain Daisy." 

His many love episodes furnished mate- 
rial for man}' lyrics expressive of the passion- 
ate penchant a Vadorable mottle du genre hu- 
main with which the poet in youth, — when, 
as he says, his heart was " complete tinder," — 
was constantly affected. His patriotism 
shines with brilliant lustre in " Scots who hae 
wi' Wallace bled." His " Epistles " show to 
us " Ranting Rob, the Rhymer " in merry 
moods, in bacchanal glee, as well as in moods 
philosophic and melancholy. 

We love Burns for his frankness. He 
exposes his virtues and his vices, his friend- 
ship and his hostility in the same open and 
hearty manner. Probably in the works of no 
poet since Shakespeare can be found so many 
quotable passages as in Burns. Few are the 
phases of human life which his wonderful 
genius has left untouched. 

"The excellence of Burns," says Carlyle, 
" is, indeed, among the rarest, whether in 
poetry or prose. Here are no fabulous woes 
or joys ; no hollow, fantastic sentimentalities; 
no wire-drawn refinings, either in thought or 
feeling : the passion that is traced before us 
has glowed in a living heart ; the opinion he 
utters has risen in his own understand- 



ing, and been a light to his own steps. 
He does not write from hearsay, but from 
sight and experience, * * * and he speaks 
forth what is in him, not from any outward 
call of vanity or interest, but because his 
heart is too full to be silent. * * * 
This is the grand secret for finding readers 
and retaining them : let him who would 
move and convince others, be first moved and 
convinced himself." 

" Confound Psychology," came whistling 
through the air followed by the slamming of 
my door. The hour was about 1 A.M., and 
I had just finished my lesson in Porter after 
four hours hard study. I thought, at first, it 
was my " ego " speaking, but turning, per- 
ceived upon the sofa the form of W. Fitz- 
Sympkins, a youth rather given to light 
ulsters, checked pants, and poker. But 
ulsters were now disregarded, checked pants 
had no charms, and W. Fitz was " cussing " 
in a manner which made the air perceptibly 
blue. Terrified by such an outburst, I began : 
" I know, Fitz, old boy, that the lessons are 
long, the language too abstruse and incom- 
prehensible for a college text-book, and-er-er- 
er." "'Tisn't that, 'tisn't that" he shrieked. 

" Its-er-er-er but stop, let me give you 

the whole racket." So composed in my easy- 
chair, I listened to the following harrowing 
tale, which I faithfully recount : " You 
know," began Fitz, "just what my circum- 
stances are ; for a long time my folks would not 
let me come to college ; said I did not know 
too much, and they didn't want me to lose 
that by going to college, but finally said I 
might come if I would earn my own money. 
Well, filled with visions of the times they had 
at Bowdoin, I resolved to come here, regard- 
less of consequences. The only question was 
then, how to raise the " wind." You know 
I can't teach — don't know enough ; the 

only way I got into college was by carrying 
my ' horse ' leaves into Latin and Greek, the 
judicious use of my 'fakirs ' in History, and in 
Mathematics — well, the fellow next to me 
knew it and my paper was just as good as his. 
I heard he got spoken to afterwards for copy- 
ing my papers. The only way I have kept 
here is by 'horsing,' ' fakiring,' and getting a 
back seat or behind a post, and opening my 
book ; but then, most all the fellows do that. 
Teaching being out of the question, the only 
honorable course was taking prize scholarship 
or playing draw poker. Now I never could 
take a prize. The faculty never seemed to 
like me and the judges were always partial, 
but I did get along on the second. ' What's 
this got to do with Psychology?' You just 
wait and see. About a week ago — just my 
luck — I listened to the Psychology lecture 
instead of going to sleep after my usual cus- 
tom. The lecture was on the power to read 
the thoughts of another from your own, and 
grasp the secret which he was unwilling to 
confess. I, alas, interpreted it too literally, 
and it has floored me. As I was smoking my 
evening pipe my eye fell upon a pack of 
cards, and by the ' Association of Ideas,' 
poker — Psychology came up, and then why not 
unite the two ? I booked the happy thought. 
By a systematic course of analytical observa- 
tion I thought I had reduced it to a science ; 
and so when Sam and ' The Bum ' asked me 
up to have a hand did I accept ? Well, I 
should smile. It was $1 ante and six of us 
in. Not till about half an hour ago could I 
use my system. I put in a $5 blind. They 
all saw me. But when Sam bet $20 (Sam 
always has more money than he can spend 
legitimately) they stayed out. I had three 
queens, and by a course of reasoning peculiar 
to myself, I knew that he was bluffing; so, 
with a look which a man might put on when 
he hears of the death of his mother-in-law, I 
raised him $50. After some hesitation, half 
concealed, he raised me $20 ; and I, not wish- 



ing to bleed him too much, laid down my 
last picayune and called him. Gad ! how 
still it was, at that moment you could hear the 
grass grow. Great Scott ! what do you sup- 
pose he had ? Four Kings. I rose and got 
down stairs somehow, and here I am, cleaned 
out, dead broke, busted, rasped, scooped. 
'What do I propose to do now?' Skip.'' 
And he " skipped." .... One week ago I 
saw Sympkins. He was cutting wood on a 
farm in Aroostook and courting the farmer's 
200-pound daughter. The farmer says he 
has "hearn Sympkins is a mighty metaphysi- 
cian feller." 


[For his seventy-third birthday, Feb. 27, 1880.] 

Crowned lord of song, thine is a double sway, 
For, though the nations chant thy melodies,' 
And, though thy songs far over sundering seas, — 
Sweet " birds of passage," — long have found their 

Yet,— howe'er fair thy wreaths of stainless bay, 
Won by thy skill the artist ear to please, — 
I know thou boldest dearer than all these 
The magic power to steal our hearts away. 
And they are thiue : for thou art no mere name, 
As bright and cheerless as a wintry star. 
But, full of love and sweet humanity, 
Thy daily life is nobler than thy fame, 
And men in future times shall say of thee, 
" Great though his art, the man was greater far." 
— Harvard Advocate. 


Further investigation into the history of 
this venerable institution elicits a few inter- 
esting facts. In the early days of its exist- 
ence the Society had no rooms specially set 
apart for its exercises, and the meetings were 
held in the students' rooms in rotation. The 
most remarkable feature was the debates, 
which were well sustained. " The more earn- 
est men were solicitous that all should take 
part; the modest were encouraged; it was 
discreditable to be dumb, and shirks were 
received with no indulgence." 

To show the value which attached, in 

those days, to a few books, may be men- 
tioned the great sensation which was created, 
when, in 1814, James Bowdoin presented to 
the Society the works of Swift, in fifteen 
volumes. In 181b', when Prof. Packard — 
to whom I am much indebted for information 
— graduated, the Society possessed three cases 
of books, which were carried from one of the 
students' rooms to another as often as a new 
Librarian was elected. It was not until 1825 
that permanent library rooms, in which all 
meetings took place, were obtained. 

The Peucinian continued intact from 1805, 
the date of its foundation, until about three 
years ago, when it was finally dissolved. Its 
rival, the Athenian, on the contrary was 
several times disbanded. During these inter- 
vales the former Athenians, in some cases, 
received and accepted invitations from the 
Peucinian, who, on their reception, indulged 
somewhat in witticisms on the existing con- 
dition of things. One of these, ascribed to 
Gen. Sewall, of 1812, is worth quoting : 
" Having been grievously pierced by the 
spear of Minerva, I now come to take refuge 
under the shadow of the Pine." 

The anniversaries were formerly held in a 
long, one-story, red house, which stood on the 
site now occupied by the Union Bank. On 
these occasions the officers were distinguished 
by wearing broad blue scarfs, while the mem- 
bers in general were designated by' silver 
medals. At first only recent graduates of 
Bowdoin were selected as orator and poet at 
these annual meetings, and "it was sometime 
before the idea was started that we should 
borrow the lights of other institutions, or of 
the nation, to shine for the hour in our 
sphere." This practice never prevailed to 
any great extent. The first annual oration, 
delivered by Charles Stewart Daveis, one of 
the founders of the Society was a remarkable 
production, and was printed in the Boston 
Anthology, the editor introducing it with very 
complimentary remarks, among which was 



this : " The following article comes from a 
region which we have been accustomed to call 
the Boeotia of New England, but in reading 
this effusion one may conclude that the 
writer, at least, lives nearer Attica than we 
do ourselves." The title of this oration 
was " 1&JJ.SV £i'c 'AOipas" and such compliment- 
ary remarks were very honorable as coming 
from Mr. Buckminster, the editor, who was 
one of the " brilliant lights of elegant liter- 

On the roll of Peucinian membership prior 
to 1860, since when data are difficult to be 
obtained, may be found three Senators, and 
fourteen Representatives in the U. S. Con- 
gress, five Governors, seven Presidents of Col- 
leges, forty-one Professors, six Presidents of 
Maine Senate, seven Attorney Generals, and 
twenty-one Judges of various courts, of 
whom eight were of the Probate and six of 
the Supreme Court. 



Editors of Orient : 

Trusting that it will not be considered 
partisan or out of place, I wish to call atten- 
tion to the fact that there is a decided lack of 
daily Democratic papers in our reading room. 
Out of thirteen in all, the Bugle only names 
three that are Democratic. The Eastern 
Argus, the Boston Globe, and the New York 
Sun; the last of which has been taken — 
in the Bugle — for some time. Of the other 
two, one has only a State reputation and the 
other is none the more desirable for its wider 

Now why would it not be more for the in- 
terest and desire of the majority of our stu- 
dents to do away with some of the less im- 
portant weeklies and place in their stead 
some of the widest known and highest 
standing daily Democratic papers'/ I know 

there are many Democrats who desire this in 
order that they may extend their views al- 
ready formed, and there are many Republi- 
cans who desire to look upon the politics of 
the country in an unbiased, unprejudiced 
way, which can only be done by a careful 
examination of the views presented by both 
parties on the leading topics of the day. 

I hope that those who have charge of 
this matter may look upon it in the light 
which I do and seek to remedy this apparent 
evil. A Democrat. 


Editors of Orient : 

Our course in English composition is not 
what it might or should be. It is perfectly 
obvious that to the general student this 
branch of education is of the highest impor- 
tance. Yet, as important as it is, for some 
unknown reason it has been sadly neglected 
during the present college year, especially 
in the case of the Senior and Junior classes. 
When Composition was put into our curric- 
ulum it was put there, no doubt, with a dis- 
tinct purpose in view ; and that purpose was 
to give men the best possible preparation for 
a literary life. 

Can that object be accomplished by suf- 
fering the system itself to fall into compara- 
tive disuse ? 

Some of our students are, without doubt, 
preparing themselves for the ministry, a pro- 
fession in which success, viewed from the 
preacher's stand-point, is dependent, to a great 
degree, upon the drill obtained in Composi- 
tion while at college. 

It is true that the seminary is the place 
where they are to develoj), particularly ; but 
even the seminary is a secondary institution, 
and the work done there is dependent, to a 
greater or less degree, upon the work done at 

If first principles in writing and their 



rigorous exercise are so essential to that class 
of students, how much more essential are 
they to those who have journalism in mind, 
or any literary profession, that has no special 
preparatory school but depends upon materials 
collected at college for its development. 

If English Composition occupies the posi- 
tion that it is understood to occupy in the 
cases mentioned, why is not more attention 
paid to it ? Time, certainly, is not lacking. 
As far as our observation goes, there is time 
for one theme in three weeks at least. While 
at college we are supposed to clo a great deal 
of writing, and not only this hut to have our 
work rigidly criticised, in order that we may 
attain the first elements of correct composi- 
tion. To fall short of this is to disappoint those 
who sent us here and to render ourselves less 
capable of performing our meditated work. 
With our short course in Rhetoric, unless we 
are compelled to write constantly, we are apt 
to forget principles there learned, and are 
often necessitated to look up points which 
should be familiar. We do not care to have 
the present system changed ; it is well 
enough. But what we clo want is a more rigid 
enforcement of the system itself. Why 
would it not be well, therefore, for our es- 
teemed Professor of Rhetoric, to consider the 
matter and to endeavor to give to the stu- 
dents the drill in English Composition that 
they rightfully expect. Student. 

Editors of Orient : 

In a late number of the college paper it 
was said that my statement as to the number 
of young women attending colleges "lacks 
478 of being an actual fact;" and this is 
backed up by figures showing the number at- 
tending " mixed " colleges. There are, how- 
ever, several thousand ladies (not less than 
10,000 for several years) attending "female " 
colleges, and these are, by the terms of my 

original statement, included. They should 
be, for the question was, as I understand, 
whether women clo demand a higher educa- 
tion ; of course it makes no difference where 
they get it, if what thej r get is the same in 
all cases. The objection made to my state- 
ment, moreover, does not appear to be an im- 
portant one, even if it were literally correct ; 
for the figures given by the editor show that 
there are a great number of young women 
who attend mixed colleges, — a conclusion op- 
posite to that at which he had arrived. 


Editors of Orient: 

The Medic is a festive "creetur, " of un- 
certain ages, and doubtful origin. It is hard 
to describe him, but if about the middle of 
February you should happen to meet a man 
clothed as to his head and face with much 
and long hair, short as to extremity of pants' 
leg, and carrying an umbrella, you can safely 
give odds that }'ou have met a Medic. He 
loves muchly to devour tobacco, and can 
squirt the juice with all the variations. 

It has been hinted that the average 
Medic could be improved by a liberal educa- 
tion. But this is a vile insinuation. From 
careful inquiry, it has been found that in no 
instance has he been unable to tell his name. 
He is generally of a skeptical turn of mind, 
and, although not deep in its nature, it is not 
attended without pain — if we may judge from 
the number of defunct felines which lie in 
the shrubbery near the Medical Mill. 

It has been said that his love for the hu- 
man body is so excessive, that he will dig in 
a graveyard even at midnight, to ascertain 
its condition. But this is only true of the 
Western Medic. 

He is very fond of exercise, and can be 
seen in the spring on the principal streets 
from early evening until late at night, wrest- 
ling with a cane at apparently great incon- 



venience. This is probably for the purpose 
of acquiring nerve. The nature of the Me- 
dic is one of the sympathetic kind, and it is 
touching to witness with what cheerfulness 
he extends a supporting arm to the frail. 
Nevertheless he is not without considerable 
spirit, showing it especially in his aversion to 
being quizzed. He has been known to shun 
the lecture room for weeks rather than sub- 
mit to such a proceeding. Persistency in 
this method of avoiding a quizz has often 
terminated in his being " plucked." 

Considered from all sides the Medic is an 
interesting subject, and is undoubtedly toler- 
ated as a check upon the world's becoming 
overcrowded. Diamond. 


The base-ball men have commenced work 
in the Gymnasium. 

Several new books have lately been pre- 
sented to the College Library. 

For a change the college walks were well 
broken out after the recent storm. 

The meanest man in college has at last 
been found. It was he who stole the read- 
ing room chairs. 

Final examination in Psychology next 
Monday. The Seniors then take a breathing- 
spell till next spring. 

A canvass of the college is soon to be 
taken to ascertain the preferences of the stu- 
dents on the Presidential question. 

Several of the boys who are of age, will 
go home to the spring election, to see that 
the purity of the ballot box is preserved. 

Fifteen years ago to-morrow the college 
bell was rung from 12 to 1 P.M., in honor of 
the second inauguration of President Lincoln. 

The distribution of seats for the Chem- 
istry lectures was made by lot this year, and 
neither Senior nor Medic has reason to com- 

Professor Packard's History of the Col- 
lege is nearly ready to be sent to the printer. 

" Sammy " affirms in respect to the late 
unpleasantness, that he "can't recall a case 
exactly similar in his whole experience." 
Neither can the oldest inhabitant. 

New books have recently been added to 
the Senior Library. President Chamberlain 
is taking great pains to secure only standard 
works, and thus far he has been very success- 

Professor Smith has recently sketched an 
outline map of Europe in the time of Charle- 
magne. It is very accurate, and will be of 
use to the Juniors in their study of mediseval 

The following Seniors have been appointed 
for the Exhibition at the close of the term : 
Latin Salutatory, Hall ; English parts, Gould- 
ing, Maxcy, Scott, Swett, Weil, Wilson, H. 
B., Winter. 

We have received from Mr. A. T. Parker, 
Secretary of the class of '76, the occupation 
and address of each member of that class. 
We wish that other class Secretaries might 
take as much interest. 

Last Tuesday evening, at the Methodist 
Church, Prof. Ladd delivered his lecture, 
" Pain as a Spur and as a Bridle." It was 
entertaining and instructive, and was highly 
appreciated by those present. 

At a meeting of the Senior class, Feb. 
24th, Spring resigned the captaincy of the 
class crew on account of the pressure of pri- 
vate business. The vacancy was filled by the 
election of Edwards, by acclamation. 

The reading room is designed for the use 
of the students and not for a loafing place 
for the yaggers. We would remind the 
directors that it is their duty to take the 
proper measures to obviate this nuisance. 

There is one member of '83 to whom Senior 
year communion with Porter will be but a 
life of inglorious ease. Even now the pon- 
derous volumes of Darwin and Huxley, Kant 
and John Stuart Mill furnish but slight food 
for reflection to his inquiring mind.- 

The Seniors finished International Law 
with Lieut. Crawford, last Thursday, and 



have resumed the study of Political Economy 
under President Chamberlain. After finish- 
ing Political Economy, Constitutional Law 
will be taken up, and then the subjects of 
Money and Taxation. Pomeroy's Constitu- 
tional Law will be used for the text-book in 
that study. 

Following are the officers of the Bowdoin 
Alumni Association of Bangor and vicinity for 
the coming year: President, Hon. S. H.Blake ; 
Vice-Presidents, Hon. S. F. Humphrey, Dr. 
G. P. Jefferds, and Hon. T. R. Simonton ; 
Secretary, Dr. T. U. Coe ; Treasurer, John 
L. Crosby; Orator, Hon. E. B. Nealley ; 
Poet, Dr. W. F. Shepherd ; Committee of 
Arrangements, J. W. Milliken, Dr. G. W. 
Foster, and Gen. Charles Hamlin. 

A meeting of the Boat Club was held on 
Saturday, the 21st inst., to act on a letter 
from the " Lake George Rowing Associa- 
tion," containing a proposal " to join with a 
number of college crews in sending to the 
Oxford and Cambridge crews to row on Lake 
George the coining season." It was voted to 
instruct the Secretary to reply that Bowdoin 
would join in sending such an invitation, pro- 
viding other college crews entered into the 
arrangement and the race could be rowed 
before the middle of July. The race, if it 
occurs, is to be in four-oared shells. 


Dr. Mitchell will begin to lecture the first 
of April. 

The graduating class will probably num- 
ber twenty-two. 

It is expected that the number of stu- 
dents will exceed one hundred before the end 
of the term. 

It is hoped that Dr. Gerrish has so far re- 
covered from the effects of his recent sickness 
as to be able soon to begin his work here. 

At a recent meeting J. G. Thomas was 
elected President of the graduating class. 
Mr. Thomas is a graduate of Dartmouth. 

A medic at the entrance examination gave 
Vermont as one of the States bordering on 
the Mississippi. Another gave a hen as an 
example of a ruminating animal. 

We learn that the cats of our village — 
probably acting on a communication received 
from the felines of Ithaca — have organized to 
protect their rights. 

The Anatomical Cabinet has been moved 
to the apartment formerly occupied for a drill 
room. The old cabinet room is to be used 
for a waiting room for those who attend the 

Ninety-seven have been admitted to the 
present class to date. Fifteen are college 
graduates. The colleges represented, are 
Dartmouth, Michigan University, Harvard, 
Brown, Tufts, Bowdoin, Colby, and Bates. 

Scene, popular boarding establishment. 
Enter Medic — " Miss T., the washerwoman 
has sent my clothes back unwashed. I sup- 
pose that it's because I have been traveling 
round on the railroad for the last two or 
three weeks." 

The next evening after Professor Wilder 
left for Maine, the cats of the village had a 
mass meeting in the vicinity of the Tompkins 
House. Owing to the lateness of the hour 
and the inclemency of the weather, we had 
no reporter upon the scene ; but through the 
kindness of a feminine fells domesticus, we 
learn that the proceedings consisted in draft- 
ing and unanimously adopting a set of reso- 
lutions upon our worthy Professor. The 
extent of their indignation may be imagined, 
when we state that the first twenty-three par- 
agraphs began with whereas, and in every 
case this word was followed by a recital of 
the outrageous cruelty of the Professor to- 
wards the cat race. — Cornell Era. 


'61. — Edward Stan wood, who is connected with 
the editorial staff of the Boston Advertiser, has re- 
cently presented our college library with twenty-six 

'(34. — p. H. Appletou is one of the editors of the 
Maine Reports just issued. 

'68.— Chas. J. Chapman was elected Aldermau 
from Ward 7 at the late municipal election in Port- 

'68.— G. L. Chandler, formerly a tutor here, is 
Master of one of the city schools, Newton, Mass. 



He was chosen to the position from a large number 
of candidates, and his success is deservedly con- 
sidered a high compliment to his thorough scholar- 

'74. — Davis has returned from his visit in Cuba 
and intends going to Colorado. 

'75. —Walter Holmes left the City Hospital, Bos- 
ton, January 1, 1880, and is going to Waterbury, 

■77.— J. W. Sewall and G. W. Tillson have ac- 
cepted positions as Assistant Engineers of the 
Sewage Works at Memphis, Tenn. 

'7H. — s. T. Record was in town a few days since. 

'81. — N. R. Webster, formerly of this class, and 
now of Amherst, '81, has been spending the past 
two months at the winter resort at Aiken, S. C. 

The class Secretary of '76 sends the following, 
and, although some of the matter has been published 
before, we give it in full : 

Alden, M.D., 666, Congress St., Portland, Me. 

Andrews, A. E., M.D., died Sept. 30, 1878, at 
Biddeford, Me. 

Andrews, C. S., law student; office, Blake & 
Blake, 417 Kearney St., San Francisco, Cal. 

Atwood, lawyer, firm of Mitchell & Atwood, 
Auburn, Me. 

Bates, literature, 252 W. Sixth St., South Bos- 
ton, Mass. 

Brookhouse, 38 Brunswick St., Fitzroy, Victoria, 

Burnham, minister, Westfleld, Vt. 

Clark, teaching, Amsterdam, N. Y. 

Evans, teaching, Pembrook, Me. 

Gordan, died Jan. 13, 1880, at Chesterville, Me. 

Hall, law student, Damariscotta, Me. 

Hawes, Bangor Theological Seminary. 


Hill, teaching. Dexter, Me. 

Jameson, resident Engineer, Memphis & Charles- 
ton R. R-, Memphis, Tenn. 

Kimball, E. H., lawyer, firm Millay & Kimball, 
Bath, Me. 

Kimball, F. R., business, Bowdoin Bldg., 31 
Milk St., Boston, Mass. 

Leavitt, business, Gorham, Me. 

Libby, teaching, Richmond, Me. 


Merrill, Berlin Falls, N. H., care Forest Fibre 

Millay, lawyer, Bath, Me. See Kimball. 

Morrill, lawyer, Auburn, Me. 

Newcomb, Cumberland Mills, Me. 

Payne, M.D., Hotel Eliot, Bartlett St., Boston 

Paysou, lawyer, 30 Exchange St., Portland, Me. 

Perry, minister, Brunswick. 

Pratt, Gen. Theo. Sem., corner W. 20th St. and 
9th Ave.,N. Y. City. 

Prince, insurance firm Chas. D. Fullerton & Co., 
Brockton, Mass. 

Robinson, teaching, Orange, Mass. 

Rogers, Prof. Modern Languages, State College, 
Orono, Me. 

Rowe, Med. Student, College Physician & Sur- 
geon, N. Y. City. 

Sandford, law student, Boston, 74 Devonshire St. 

Sargent, lawyer, Machias, Me. 

Sewall, H. R., employ of Am. Dist. Tel. Co., 468 
Broadway, Albany, N. Y. 

Sewall, J. E., mariner, Bath, Me. 

Somes, teaching, Salmon Falls, N. H. 

Souther, lumbering, Fryeburg, Me. 

Stevens, lawyer,— at present abroad, — Boston, 

Stimson, business, Lafayette, Ind., care I. C. & 
S. R. R. 

Sturgis, business, Augusta, Me. 

Taylor, teaching, Gosher, Ind., Ellkart Co. 

Waitt. lawyer. Augusta, Me. 

Wheeler, teaching, Winchendon, Mass. 

Whitcomb, lawyer, office Mutual Ins. Bldg., P. O. 
Sq., Boston, Mass. 

White, teaching, Mashpee, Mass. 

Whittemore, mechanical engineer, Grand Rap- 
ids, Mich. 

Wilson, lawyer, Augusta, Me. 

Wright, lawyer, Salem, Mass. 

Yates, business, Cape Elizabeth, Me. 

Marrett, studying medicine. 

Parsons, business, 39 Pine St., N. Y. City. 

Sabine, studying medicine, Brunswick, Me. 


Harvard's yearly income is $524,000. 

Dartmouth has 100 scholarships yielding $70, 

Hamilton is trying to raise a $500,000 endow- 
ment fund. 

The number of students in American colleges is 
estimated at 30,000. 

Some of the political straws are as follows : 

Grant. Blaine. Sherman. Bayard. 

Harvard 146 76 139 233 

Yale 213 163 205 82 

Williams 84 52 37 6 

Phillips Exeter Acad. ... 32 78 22 17 


A New York Inter-collegiate Base-Ball Associa- 
tion is proposed. 

An effort is being made at Brown to arouse a 
boating interest among the Freshmen. 

Yale has offered a barge to Phillips Andover 
Academy if they would practice faithfully. 

The Brown nine commenced work in the Gym- 
nasium on the first of February. All the men are 
of last vear's team. 



One of the crew being sick Trinity has given up 
boating, and will put its muscle into the Field Days. 

The Dartmouth Freshmen also attempted a 
crew but the Dartmouth advises them to drop it 
and support the nine. 


It is the fashion, just at present, to run down 
Yale, and any jokes at the expense of Yale, or any 
attacks upon her, are enthusiastically received and 
applauded by the whole college press. Some of the 
colleges may have the best of reasons for these 
assaults, but why other college papers, which are in 
no way concerned, persist in this we canuot see, 
unless it is to be in fashion. A recent Courant thus 
comments on the state of affairs : 

"At this particular season, those who have 
access to the college journals are being treated to a 
literary feast. A war is being waged on Yale in 
general and Yale journalism in particular. Strange 
as it may seem she still lives and her papers have 
decided to continue publication, at least for the 
present. But the rules of Whately discover some 
remarkable fallacies in the wordy missiles flying 
across the field of battle, and the belligerents are 
not able to convince the general college press of the 
truth of their side of the question." 

The last Record publishes a rather unfortunate 
article on " The Grumbler." The opening senteuce, 
" The students of Yale are, as a class, more suscep- 
tible to feelings of hatred than of love," will prob- 
ably be copied widely, while the following, which 
shows the tenor of the article, will be omitted : 

" The fact has come to my notice that a tutor 
first becomes unpopular with those who are unable 
to master the study of which he is instructor, and 
that in proportion as he endeavors to instill knowl- 
edge into their feeble minds, does he come into 
greater disfavor. Popular opinion first finds fault 
with his particular branch of instruction, then with 
the methods which he employs, and finally with the 
personal character of the man himself. Whatever 
the tutor may do is construed to his injury and dis- 
advantage; his motives, however pure and disinter- 
ested they may be, are characterized as mean aud 
underhanded. We may set it down as a rule of 
pretty general application, that to inveigh loudly 
against a tutor is equivalent to a candid acknowl- 
edgment of one's inability to perform the tasks 
assigned by him." 

The best part of the Record is the short poems. 

The leading article in the last Madisonensis is a 
call for more money. The complaint is that the 
whole endowment fund can only pay running ex- 
penses. " On account of the number of scholarships 

and beneficiaries, but few pay tuition. We are told 
that the receipts from tuition just about pay the 
the coal bill of the institution." The Madisonensis 
wants an endowment for sports, for a Gymnasium, 
for a Reading Room. The article ends as follows : 

" We know that these suggestions will hardly 
meet the approbation of those who would gather to 
themselves glory in the good old way. These will 
probably continue to establish John Smith prizes for 
moral excellence in Sanscrit, or endow John Smith 
scholarships for decrepit nincompoops - T or to erect 
twenty-thousand -dollar John Smith fountains. But 
coming right down to straight-forward common 
sense, ten thousand dollars designated in the way 
suggested would do this institution more good than 
a hundred thousand dollars given to establish schol- 
arships, prizes, aud the like. Such features at 
Madison would draw in a better class of students, 
and, what is more, would keep them here. This 
plan carried out would put new life into the institu- 
tion ; and life is what it needs." 
The Madisonensis contains three columns of "Clip- 
pings," showing that the shears are handier than 
the pen. 

The annual exodus of college editors has now be- 
gun, and nearly every paper contains the vale of the 
parting board, or the salve of the novices. The old 
editors strive to outdo themselves by publishing the 
"best number of all," and take advantage of their 
position to classify the college papers, aud give a 
few parting kicks to their particular euemies, for 
which their innocent successors must suffer. The 
new editors enter with a profound bow, and in a 
modest salutatory announce that they will make 
their paper "a true exponent of the interests of the 
college." The other matter which now agitates the 
college world is the political question, aud every 
college feels bound to name its favorite candidate. 
These votes, while in themselves of not much con- 
sequence, are yet important if we may conclude, as 
is likely, that they express the opinions of the young 
men's fathers. As far as seen, Grant is the strongest 
Republican candidate, and Bayard the strongest 

The principal features of the March Scribner are 
"The Tile Club Afloat," an account of a journey 
by the Tile Club of New York up the Hudson on a 
canal boat; " Cham," a short sketch of the French 
Nast ; and " Two Views of Napoleon," a review of the 
recent books of Remusat and Metternich. " Peter 
the Great," by Eugene Schuyler, is very finely illus- 
trated and promises to be a most interesting history. 
No. V. of "Success with Small Fruits " takes up 
the subject of raspberries. " Louisiana " aud 
" The Grandissimes" are continued. 

Vol. IX. 


No. 16. 





Emery "W. Bartlett, Herbert "W. Grindal, 

Edwin C. Burbank, Frederic W. Hall, 

Franklin Goulding, Eliphalet G. Spring, 

Henry A. "Wing. 

Terms — $-.00 a year in advance ; single copies, 15 cents. 
Matter designed for publication may be Lauded to the Editors or 
addressed to Bowdoin Orient, Brunswick, Maine. It should be accom- 
panied by the writer's name, and the signature which he wishes to have 
appended. Back numbers can generally be obtained upon application to 
the Editors. 

Vol. IX., No. 16.— March 17, 1880. 

Editorial Notes 181 

Literary : 

At the Regatta (selected poem) J 83 

Anacreontic (poem) 184 

"C. S. S. 0." 184 

The Bowdoin Drawings 186 

Communications : 

A Liberal Education 187 

A Familiar Character 188 

College Items 188 

Medical School Notes 189 

Personal 190 

College World J90 

Athletics..- 191 

Clippings 191 

Editors' Table 191 

Book Reviews 192 


With the next number the present editors' 
connection with the Orient ceases, and it is 
highly desirable that they should as soon as 
possible be able to settle all the accounts of 
the paper. 

We would, therefore, again request those 
who are in arrears for the present volume to 
pay their subscriptions at once. 

Hereafter all money and matter designed 
for the business department of the present 

volume should be directed to E. G. Spring, 
P. O. Box 1126. 

Next Saturday morning the annual 
meeting of the Athletic Association, for 
the election of officers, will be held. It 
is unnecessary to urge the desirability of 
a full attendance of the members. The 
success of the last Field Day was such 
that we should be stimulated to put fortli 
every effort to make the meeting of next June 
even better than that of last year. To secure 
this end officers should be elected from whom 
we can have reason to expect enthusiastic, 
energetic work. 

The Freshmen have decided to put a crew 
in training for our Summer Regatta and in 
pursuance of that decision have purchased 
the boat presented by the generosity of the 
class of '79, to the Boat Club. 

In the Freshman class there is the best of 
material for a crew and, by faithful work, it 
can confidently hope to make a good record. 
It has been abundantly shown that a Fresh- 
man crew is not necessarily " out of a race." 
To '83 we wish all possible success and honor 
in boating. 

In another part of the paper the vote 
of the college for Presidential choices will be 
found. That the result of the canvass was 
quite a surprise to some, cannot be denied. 
It was perhaps not unnaturally expected that 
the number of candidates voted for would be 
narrowed to three or four, but the result 
shows that there is quite a diversity of opin- 
ion. It is a good sign that it should be thus. 
It shows that our students read the politics 



of the day and then form their own opinions, 
influenced by no party or sectional calls for. 
" idol " sons. The real effect of our vote on 
the choice of a Presidential candidate of 
course amounts to nothing ; but as showing 
that we think and act independently in regard 
to the subject, it amounts to a great deal. 

The Bugle has not met with the support 
which the editors had a right to expect. 
Quite a | number who subscribed for copies 
have not as yet taken them. While we 
would not charge any persons with the 
meanness of promising to take Bugles and 
then not doing so, still we are free to say that 
they are not doing right if they do not meet 
their promises at once, and thus enable the 
editors to pay all bills contracted on the pub- 
lication. If the entire edition is disposed of, 
the editors will not any more than make 
themselves whole. The men elected to pre- 
pare our annual publication worked faithfully, 
and now it is our duty to see that they do not 
lose money on it. 

A week ago last Saturday Prof. Chapman 
delivered before the Junior class the first of a 
series of lectures on the "Art of Composi- 
tion." These lectures, which are to be deliv- 
ered every Saturday for several weeks, are to 
be supplemented by practical work by the 
class. This change in our course in Composi- 
tion has been made because the old system 
was obviously not what was needed. Whether 
this new plan will supply the real want of 
our students remains to be seen. This much 
is certain, instruction in composition combined 
with a practical application of the rules and 
suggestions given are absolutely necessary to 
develop ready and accurate writers. No de- 
partment of a collegiate course of study is of 
more importance than that of English Com- 
position and it should therefore receive care- 
ful attention. 

While thorough instruction is so neces- 

sary it should not be forgotten that diligent, 
painstaking work must be done by every one 
who would acquire a natural and pleasing 
style of writing. Instruction will be in vain 
if it is not put into practice. 

There has been something said in the Sen- 
ior class about making a present to the college 
before graduating. We are not prepared to 
say how wide-spread this feeling is in the 
class, but the plan is certainly one which has 
many arguments in its favor. If it is decided 
to make such a present, we would suggest 
as a most appropriate and beautiful memo- 
rial a " Cast from the Antique." Such 
a memento would always be a source of 
pleasure and a means of improvement to all. 
It is, moreover, a present which it is practical 
for the class to make as it would be compara- 
tively but a small individual expense. This 
matter will, undoubtedly, in due time, be 
brought before the members of the class for 
action and in the meantime it should receive 
their careful consideration. 

For several reasons it would not be prac- 
tical for the present editors to increase the 
number of the Orient Editorial Board, but we 
would earnestly suggest to our successors the 
wisdom of so doing. Our plan would be 
briefly this : At the beginning of the next col- 
lege year to elect one editor respectively from 
the present Sophomore and Freshman classes. 
The selection of men to be made, as in the 
election of the other editors, from those who 
have contributed articles to the paper. There 
are several reasons why this innovation 
would be desirable. Besides the great ad- 
vantage of having more men to do the 
regular work of the paper, there would be 
the obvious improvement of having, in all 
probability, men continuously on the Board 
who have had experience in conducting the 
paper, and thus the disadvantage of being 
obliged annually to give the paper over to 



men entirely new to the work would be obvi- 
ated. It would also, without doubt, have the 
direct tendency of interesting the other 
classes more in the paper, as they would then 
be represented thereon. Experience and con- 
sideration have convinced us that the plan out- 
lined above would be for the best good of the 
paper, and we trust it will receive the careful 
thought of the next Editorial Board. 

It is a fact so well known that no argu- 
ment is needed to prove it that the Com- 
mencement Concert is an annual bill of 
expense to the graduating class. Be it ever 
so well managed there is an annual loss of 
from one to four hundred dollars, which has to 
be paid by the graduating class. This being so 
it is not strange that there should be some 
discussion among the Seniors as to the advis- 
ability of holding the concert this year in 
Portland. It may seem to some that the 
proper place for holding the concert is here in 
town where, according to custom, it has 
always been held. We would be as much 
opposed as the most conservative, to doing 
anything to abolish any legitimate college 
custom, but we consider that this is not a 
question of custom or sentiment, but one solely 
of business — of dollars and cents. 

A very timely and pertinent question to 
ask is : Why should it be expected of the 
graduating class each year to furnish a concert 
for the benefit of the public, the more espe- 
cially as it is a foregone conclusion that 
money is to be lost on it? At the best the 
expenses incident to graduation are high, 
and the instincts of economy would seem- 
ingly prompt the doing away of all needless 

But waiving this question, if a concert is to 
be given, we know of no reason why it is not 
the xmdoubted right of a class to hold it 
where there will be at least a reasonable 
expectation of its paying for itself. But 
it has been said, a cheap concert should 

be given and then no money will be lost. A 
fair reply to this 'is that in the past such a 
plan has been tried and it has been proven 
that the poorer the talent employed the smaller 
the attendance is, and therefore nothing is 
gained thereby. 

The concert, indeed, might be made to cost 
less if certain parties would show a more lib- 
eral spirit. For instance, a charge is made 
for the church where the concert is held, 
when, if we understand the matter aright, in 
all equity and fairness, no charge should be 
made except the cost of lighting, etc. This 
is a good time to bring this entire matter up 
for discussion, and we hope it will be done. 
The question first to consider is, whether it is 
obligatory upon a class to give a concert for 
the benefit and convenience of the public. If 
it is decided to give a concert, then let the 
class exert its undoubted right to hold the 
concert where it will pay the best. 



My lady looks along the lake, 

She laughs with lazy grace ; 
Around her feet the ripples break, 

Aud mirror back her face. 
"They're off! they're off!" Athwart the oars, 

Tlie dancing sunbeams flash, 
As fleet along the distant course 

Our gallant oarsmen dash. 

Whose colors doth my lady wear ? 

To whom would she decree, 
By silken scarf ou breast and hair, 

The palm of victory ? 
Fain would her conscious beauty speak, 

The secret to disclose, 
Since full upon her flushing cheek 

Fair Harvard's crimson glows ! 

Yet all her wealth of rippliug hair, 

That falls unheeded down, 
Might bnuish, from its hue, despair 

Among the men of Brown. 
And still must linger many a doubt, 

While 'ueath their silken veil, 
Her laughing eyes look shyly out, 

Aud show the blue of Tale. 



Ah, sly coquette ! All beauty bears 

Full many a tale untrue. 
See ! At her milky throat she wears 

The dashing white and blue ; 
And, as the victors near the shore, 

Eight joyous laugheth she, 
And waves the winning colors for 

Columbia— and me ! 

— Acta Columbiana. 


[The following poem ( ?) was found fluttering about the campus, 
without name or title. All but the tlnal stanza is evidently the 
work of a Freshman. The last lines, which appear in a different 
handwriting, must have been added by some depraved Senior. 
w„ !,„..., R jven its various divisions appropriate headings, and 

production before our readers; hoping, however, 

r will be warned and sin no more.— Eds.] 

We ha 
place the _ 
that its prod 


Softly falls the evening twilight, 

When the sun descends from view ; 

Welcome is the silvery moonlight, 
And the stars so calm and true. 

Rest is sweet unto the weary, 

Who each day their burdens bear ; 

Lights of home are bright and cheery 
To the man oppressed with care. 


Pleasant is the golden sunshine 
After weeks and days of rain ; 

Bright is Spring to the awakened vine 
Which long'months in frost has lain. 

Love's young dream is fond and tender, 
Hope enchants the youthful heart ; 

Noble the souls which love can render 
Faithful till in death they part. 


All these gifts of priceless treasure 
You and I, my friend, should prize ; 

Dear are they beyond all measure, — 
Glimpses bright of paradise ! 

Rich joys these are, and best by far 
Which scenes of earth disclose, — 

The nearest approach's a good cigar 
Or a pipe beneath the nose ! 

"C. S. S. C." 
In June, 1808, three years after the foun- 
dation of the Peueinian Society, there arose 
among the students another organization for 
literary purposes,called the "Athensean Society 
of Bowdoin College." According to the most 
authentic sources of information this Society 

was founded by a renegade member of the 
Peueinian, who, for some reason or other, was 
dissatisfied with the administration of that 
Society's affairs, although a careful investiga- 
tion has shown no just cause of complaint. 
Thus the inception of the Athensean's career 
was by no means propitious ; add to this the 
fact that the college was in its infancy, with 
a limited number of students, that a similar 
association was already enjo3 r ing a prosperous 
existence, and it will readily be concluded 
that the new candidate for the Muses' favor 
had small chance of success. One circum- 
stance, however, sufficed to give the Athen- 
sean some strength in numbers ; according to 
the constitution of the Peueinian, students 
were not eligible until their Sophomore year, 
and the founders of Athensean were careful 
that their constitution should contain a pro- 
vision for the election of Freshmen. 

Pursuant to this provision all the Fresh- 
men received invitations from the small band 
of Minerva's devotees, and were, with one 
exception, initiated. 

Under the impulse given by the accession 
of the Freshmen, a library was founded and 
the Society came to be interesting and 
important to a considerable degree, while its 
numbers exceeded those of the Peueinian. 
But the Athensean's older rival lacked not in 
zeal to regain her former prestige, and she 
soon had the nucleus of a library and an 
amendment to her constitution in accordance 
with which Freshmen were eligible. Not 
content with equality in attractions, she 
inaugurated the practice of holding annual 
meetings on Commencement Week and in dif- 
ferent ways improved the character and 
enhanced the interest of the Society. The 
charm of novelty which had assisted the 
Athensean was unable to withstand the stable 
attractions and advantages of its rival, and at 
length, in 1811, after a gradual decay, the 
Society disbanded. 

The worship of the puissant goddess — it 



is hardly necessary to say that " Athenaean " 
is derived from "Athena" who was the pat- 
roness of the Society — languished for a time, 
but was revived in the summer of 1813. But 
now the two Societies contended with each 
other for new members, and as the Peucinian, 
by reason of its greater antiquity and con- 
tinued prosperity, came off -victorious in these 
contests, its revivified rival accomplished 
nothing more in the three years of its con- 
tinued existence than the collection of about 
two hundred volumes for the library. In 
1816, finding it impossible to contend with 
the Peucinian, the books were divided and 
the Society for the second time disbanded. 

The Society was again revived after the 
lapse of a year, and the old constitution, as it 
needed, was revised and corrected. Accord- 
ing to the revised document, any student in 
college, of good moral character, was eligible 
by a two-thirds vote, and liable to expulsion 
by four-fifths; any literary gentleman who, 
in the opinion of three-fourths of the Society, 
would increase its respectability and useful- 
ness, might be elected an Honoraiy Member ; 
a public oration and poem might be pro- 
nounced by Honorary Members on the day 
previous to Commencement ; the anniversary 
was to be held November 15th. The object 
of the Society, as enumerated in an order 
passed at this time, was : private and social in- 
tercourse ; forensic and extemporary disputa- 
tion; and literary and scientific improvements. 

To this period belongs the first mention 
of a General Society (1818), and also a 
curious practice for recruiting members, viz. : 
the reading, to those invited to join, of those 
portions of constitution best calculated to 
induce them to become members — of course, 
on pledge of secrecy. Of three men so dealt 
with, on an evening in November, 1818, one 
joined the same evening, two required " a few 
days to consider." One of these was initi- 
ated November 9th, 1821, " after three years' 
deep consideration of the matter.'' 

In 1821 the General Society became a 
definite body and adopted a constitution. 
The Acting Society was to be under control 
of the General Societj', only so far as the 
former's constitution would allow, but al- 
though the former were granted the direct 
management the latter retained control of the 
library. My a vote in 1825 the General 
Society transferred the property of the 
Society to the President and Trustees of 
Bowdoin College, in trust, reserving the 
power to withdraw the same. This trust 
was withdrawn in 1828, in consequence of an 
Act of Incorporation by virtue of which the 
Society was empowered " to hold and possess 
any estate, real or personal, to an amount not 
exceeding five thousand dollars over and 
above the value of its books." 

The jealousy between the two Societies 
had occasioned such general disturbance as 
to compell the attention of the Trustees and 
Overseers of the College. A Committee rep- 
resenting the Boards conferred with Commit- 
tees of the two Societies and laid before them 
these three propositions, but none of the propo- 
sitions were accepted, and on the report of the 
Committee to that effect the Board of Trustees 
voted to petition the Legislature to repeal 
the act incorporating the Athensean Society. 
The Overseers, however, did not concur in 
this measure and the matter was dropped. 

In 1836 the Library, of three thousand 
three hundred and twenty-one volumes, was 
almost totally destroyed, by the " second con- 
flagration of Maine Hall," only two hundred 
and twenty being saved. Notwithstanding 
this overwhelming loss, wonderful efforts 
were made to repair it, and so successfully 
that in August, 1838, there were two thou- 
sand and fifty volumes in the library. This, 
under the circumstances, may well be consid- 
ered an Herculean task successfully accom- 

The Seniors commenced Ethics on Mon- 
day, the 8th. 




For many years there have been lying 
locked up in a drawer in the library, two 
portfolios of rare old drawings of ■ which 
scarcely anything is known except that they 
are reported to be of fabulous value. These 
have been carefully concealed from the public 
gaze, for fear that they would be injured or 
stolen, and have been so well hidden that 
hardly half a dozen students in college know 
of their existence. These drawings, together 
with many other rare and curious articles, 
were given to the college by James Bowdoin 
who collected them while envoy to Paris in 
1806, but creating less notice than his other 
gifts they dropped into the back-ground, and 
finally were almost forgotten. 

This collection, comprising one hundred and 
thirty-eight sketches, ranges through a period 
from Titian (1477—1576) to John Smibert 
(1684 — 1757). Sixty-six of them are marked 
with the artist's name and a few more bear 
marks or names which cannot be deciphered ; 
the remainder have no distinguishing marks 
of any kind and, unfortunately, among them 
are some of the best works. Among the 
marked drawings the Italian schools are the 
most fully represented, and nearly all might 
be said to be of these schools as they are all 
imbued with the Italian art. The period is 
that of the Decline, when the tide which had 
risen with Raphael, Titian, and Di Vinci was 
sinking back to its natural level. The height 
of that tide is represented by a single small 
Virgin and Child, drawn in red chalk, with 
soft, delicate outlines, which bears the great 
name of Titian. Pordenone follows with a 
large sacrificial scene in neutral tint; An- 
drea del Sarto next, with a magnificently 
draped figure in red chalk, and Correggio 
fourth, with two sketches of the Virgin En- 
throned, both showing the broad foreheads and 
pointed chins which he was so fond of painting. 
Several minor artists follow, and then comes 
Tintorette with a sketch of a large, muscular 

woman, leading a child, drawn in some kind 
of black pigment and heightened with white. 
After him come a score of lesser lights, of the 
" Eclectic " and " Naturalisti " schools, of 
greater or less importance (some are not even 
mentioned in the books) and of all degrees 
of merit. Perhaps the best thing in the col- 
lection is a drawing by Domenichino of a 
stern looking, strongly built man, draped to 
the knee, with one powerful arm resting upon 
a staff, the other raised ; the shading of the 
muscles, and delicacy of the drapery, are 
wonderful, and one who has not seen it would 
not believe that such an effect could be pro- 
duced with red chalk. A few wild robber 
scenes recall the brigand life of Salvator Rosa 
before he became a painter. The school of 
Pietro da Cortona is well represented by him- 
self and his best pupil, Ciro Ferri ; that of 
Carlo Maratti by nine drawings, chiefly by 
his pupil Pietro da Petri, and five other small 
Italian schools by artists of lesser merit. 
Thus a nearly continuous line is given from 
the time of Titian down to the middle of the 
last century. 

The Flemish school contains fourteen 
drawings, beginning with Blomart (1564 — 
1647) and extending clown one hundred 
years. Among them are two canal scenes by 
Rembrant, one of which bears a strong resem- 
blance to one of his well-known paintings; 
the other is a quiet noon, the boats lie sleepily 
by the bank, a few huts near by cast a dark 
shadow, and in the distance appear the 
inevitable windmills. Wouvermans and Berg- 
hem also furnish characteristic sketches. 

The French school is represented by four 
drawings, three very good by Poussin, and 
one very poor marked Claude Lorraine. The 
English school, if we may be said to have an 
English school, also contains but four draw- 
ings, one by Lely and three by John Smibert, 
who is so intimately connected with art in this 
country. The remaining seventy unidentified 
drawings are mostly of the Italian schools, and 



range from perfectly drawn and finely finished 
works, to mere vague and uncertain outlines in 
red chalk or sepia. That these are genuine, 
original sketches by these artists, cannot, of 
course, be proved beyond a doubt. But many 
reasons might be given why we should think 
them such. That they are not copies is evi- 
dent ; in the same work a figure is often 
placed in several different positions, as if to 
try the effect ; cross lines appear on many, as 
if divided for transferring ; there is a marked 
difference in the execution of those assigned 
to different men and resemblance in those of 
the same men. The subjects and styles cor- 
respond to the Italian and Flemish schools; 
the first draws the Virgin and Child, — the 
second, Flemish scenes. Great care has been 
taken in mounting and it is evident that by 
some one thej r were considered of much 
value. But genuine or not, they are worthy 
of careful study and deserve a better lot than 
to remain as they have for the last seventy 
years, locked up out of sight. Certainly every 
student in college should have an opportunity 
to see them, and a suitable place ought to be 
provided for their exhibition. 


Editors of Orient: 

There are certain men whom a college 
education does not in the least degree help. 
These so-called students are not fitted for 
study, but would find their vocation in some 
other employment. 

Let us consider what a college education 
should mean to the class which is benefitted 
by a college education. 

The greatest success in every department 
of life is attained b} r those persons possessed 
of active, persevering hands, and a clear, well- 
disciplined mind. The first of these may be 

the result of methodical habits; the second is 
acquired b}^ following a well-arranged course 
of study. Thus, whatever business a man 
intends to follow, the preliminary training 
need not vary. That methodical habits may 
be gained, a fixed course of study is neces- 
sary. A course which can be fitted to the in- 
clination of each student by means of elec- 
tive studies, is not desirable, for most young 
men on entering college are not fitted to se- 
lect the studies best suited to them. Rather 
there is a tendency to neglect the hard and 
uninteresting studies. In my opinion, if 
either mathematics or the classics are to be 
made elective, the classics should be made so, 
since they are so easily got through with. 
After the discipline of the college course a 
person is fitted to select and pursue the higher 
branches of knowledge. 

All the knowledge acquired from books, 
if unaided by more practical knowledge, 
makes one pedantic and narrow-minded. To 
elevate the mind above this narrowness noth- 
ing can be more useful than careful instruc- 
tion in writing and speaking. To be able to 
think correctly and to express these thoughts 
well is not a branch of knowledge to be 
picked up, as it were, by chance, or to be ac- 
quired by the writing of two or three themes. 
As no part of the course is more important, 
so none should be taught more carefully, 
from the rudiments up to the best forms of 

The man who has pursued the properly 
arranged course of study, ought to be 
thoughtful of the things pertaining to the 
common good. Every day we see how the 
politicians rule for their own interest without 
regard to the people. Against such unscru- 
pulous men the hope of the people lies in the 
liberally-educated class. Plato devised a re- 
public in which a few Philosophers should 
rule, but the condition of his plan's success 
was that these few should give up all the 
common enjoyments of life for the sake of the 



government, and should be recognized by all 
the people as the wisest of men. In our land 
education makes all in a manner philosophers, 
and, as the government is conducted by the 
whole people, there is no need that a few 
should be the rulers perpetually. Plato saw 
that it was impossible to find men sufficiently 
self-sacrificing for his ideal republic ; in our 
republic a pledge of its perpetuation lies in 
the thougtfulness of an educated people. 


Editors of Orient : 

One of the most conspicuous of college 
characters is recognized in the would-be pop- 
idar man. 

It needs but little observation to mark 
him. He is always on hand, pleasant and 
affable, seeking to do you a favor above all 
others, making you his only confidant. But 
his most striking and prominent characteristic 
is his readiness to take every possible occasion 
to denounce the Faculty and recall some time 
when he has shown his supreme contempt for 
that insignificant body by the utterance of 
some slang phrase, which would have done 
more credit to an Irish rowdy than a college 
student. This characteristic has been so 
strongly marked in some instances that it is 
even observed in the careless, ease-loving 
Junior. You may find this candidate for the 

upon the river bank, giving vent to his 

superabundance of words in support of the 
class crew, or on the Base-Ball Delta, making 
himself ridiculous by his marked appreciation 
of the most ordinary plays. As a Fresh- 
man and among his classmates he has more 
importance than the Senior, more authority 
than the Prex, and more cheek than a Spit- 
toon Yagger. In the first class meeting you 
see him in the chair; in the first foot-ball 
game, behind some protecting tree; at the 
first rush he is a hero, that is, until the Sophs 
are seen through the broken door, then the 

first to leap from a two-story window and step 
down town. 

As a Sophomore he is in his element — 
bold, bad, and brash, with his mouth the only 
instrument of torture he is ever known to 
use, and which inflicts only disgust upon 
upper-classmen as well as Freshmen. He is 
ever ready to prepare some awful, midnight 
attack upon the cheeky Fresh, but just as 
ready to " pass in an excuse for sickness " at 
the proposed time. Still he would not put an 
end to their plans on his account, but let 
them go on that he might be at the train to 
bid adieu to the departing heroes, who have 
afterwards received their sentences. What a 
sweet consolation it must be to have such a 
one to bid you such boisterous adieus. As a 
Junior, he is perhaps, at a loss how to make 
himself prominent, but not long. Perhaps at 
the rope-pull he may side with the Freshmen 
and abuse the Sophomores, but to retain the 
esteem of all, he must side with the Sophs 
and abuse the Freshmen at the base-ball match. 

As a Senior he assumes the cloak of dig- 
nity and the air of a patron to his short- 
sighted and erring Professors, whom he 
seems now to pity rather than despise, and 
even sometimes shows an interest in them 
which is seldom seen in one of so much im- 
portance and standing. Let us hope that the 
world may soon teach him, as an Alumnus, 
that small bodies should be seen and not 
heard ; that men are born with two ears, two 
eyes and one tongue that they may hear and 
see twice as much as they speak. B. 


During the present term the Seniors 
claim to have been the hardest worked class 
in college. 

William Willard has been employed by 
President Chamberlain to paint a portrait of 
Prof. Packard for the college. 



In the laboratory the other day a Junior 
was overheard lamenting his inability to get 
a participate as he styled it. 

The following Juniors have been appointed 
to take part in the exhibition at the close of 
the term : Baxter, Gardner, Harding, and 

The Freshman Boat is to be put in 
thorough repair by Stevens of Bath. The 
Davis row locks are to be put on in place of 
the old ones. 

In Latin prose : Prof. — ■" Give the sen- 
tence, " The traveler arrived home about 
night-fall." Student — " Viator sub noctem, 
(hesitation) homer (triumphantly), adventi." 

Prof, of Chemistry quaerit — " What is 
Ampere's law on this point?" Student 
evidently non-plussed, mumbles a few words. 
Prof. — "No, Ampere does not express himself 
in that way." 

The Seniors are to have a short course in 
the "Art and Science of War" under the 
instruction of Lieut. Crawford. Wheeler's 
text-book on that science has been adopted 
for a text-book. 

Saturday, March 6, Prof. Chapman lect- 
ured before the Junior class on the method 
and means to be employed in correct theme 
writing. On last Saturday he continued his 
lecture on the subject. 

At a recent masquerade a student, who 
personated the Mephistopheles of Faust, was 
introduced under the less appropriate title of 
"Mr. Stopheles" by a somewhat deaf and 
totally inappreciative usher. 

Junior (translating) — " At the Roman 
carnivals small arms were never carried." 
Instructor (innocently) — "What, never ? " 
Great wooding up by the class. Instructor — 
"Excuse me. I beg the gentleman's pardon." 

1st Junior to 2d Junior, who thinks he is 
" some " on pronunciation. — " How do you 
pronounce s-o-m-e-t-i-m-e-s?" 2d Junior 

— " It is Som-me—ti-e, a battle-field in the 
South." 1st Junior — " No it isn't, j r ou fool, 
it is sometimes." Total collapse of second 

Another plan of the Boat Course has been 
drawn and sent to the Heliotype Printing 
Co. of Boston, to be printed. It is expected 
that the copies will be received by the last of 
this term. The price will be twenty-five 
cents per copy. 

A canvass of the college, taken to ascer- 
tain the Presidential preferences of the 
students, resulted as follows : Blaine, 56 ; 
Bayard, 28 ; Grant, 8 ; Sherman, 7 ; Wash- 
burn, 7 ; McClellan, 4 ; Edmunds, 3 ; David 
Davis, 1 ; Windom, 1. 

Instructor — " Mr. X., you have a lesson 
in Latin to make up." Mr. X. — " I don't 
think I have, sir." Instructor — " I find a les- 
son on my book marked against your name." 
Mr. X. ^opening his text-book) — " I made 
that lesson up. If you don't believe it here 
are the cribs." Mr. X. is excused. 

" That don't look much like Daniel Web- 
ster," contemplatively remarked a member of 
'80, as he scrutinizingly scanned the frontis- 
piece of the big unabridged dictionary lying 
open before him. We were aware before 
that the Senior is by no means an infallible 
being, and yet when the above item was 
handed us, vouched for, too, on good author- 
ity, we confess that we were somewhat 


An even hundred students are in daily 
attendance at the lectures. 

Some of the Medics think " Mike's " lect- 
ures " a little deep." 

Chemistry : Prof. — " What is the differ- 
ence between those substances ? " Medic — " I 
hardly think I appreciate your question." 
The Prof, thought so, too. 



Dr. Dudley finishes his work for the pres- 
ent session this week. 

Prof. Dana is giving the best of satisfac- 
tion. He is deservedly one of the " popular 

Eight States, the Province of New Bruns- 
wick, and New Turkey are represented at the 
present session. 

We expected to present a vote of the 
Medical School on the Presidential question 
in this number, but were disappointed. We 
hope to give the vote in our next. 

Scene at lecture: Prof. — "This work 
which I recommend for a book of reference 
is simple and suited only for children. [Sen- 
sation among Medics.] Excuse me gentle- 
men, I mean, of course, for those who are just 
beginning the study of Medicine." A dis- 
tinction without a difference. 


[We earnestly solicit communications to this 
column from any who may have an interest in the 

'33.— Hon. Isaac Palmer, M.D., died at his resi- 
dence in North Anson, Feb. 28. Dr. Palmer first 
settled in Augusta after entering upon the practice 
of his profession, and shortly moved to Anson. 
Desiring to still further continue his studies he spent 
several years in Europe, and after returning settled 
again in Anson. He held responsible town offices 
and represented his county in the Senate of 1873-4. 

'38.— David S. Rowe is in charge of the Irving 
Institute at Tarrytown, N. Y. 

'41.— Wm. B. Deau is in business in Boston. 

'42.— John F. Woodside is in business in Boston. 

'42.— Hosea H. Smith is Principal of the Sam. 
Houston Normal Institute, Texas. 

'43._Wm. A. Goodwin has been re-chosen City 
Engineer of Portland. 

'46.— Rev. C. H. Emerson is settled at Careigk- 
ton, Knox County, Nebraska. 

'47. — Henry Fossett is practicing law in Merid- 
ean, Texas. 

'47.— Edward McDougall is rector of the Epis- 
copal Church in Milton, Ala. 

'49.— Nathaniel Cothren has moved his law office 
in New York City to 170 Broadway, Room 39. The 
old firm of Hawkins ['48] & Cothren was dissolved 
by mutual consent. 

'50.— Rev. Abner Morrill is settled at Painted 
Post, N. Y. 

'50. —Hon. Wm. P. Frye has been chosen a dele- 
gate to the Chicago Convention from the second 
Maine district. 

'51.— Augustus C. Hamlin has been chosen dele- 
gate to the National Republican Convention at 
Chicago, from the fourth Maine district. 

'52. — Dana B. Putnam is practicing medicine in 

•60.— W. W. Thomas, Jr., is one of the delegates 
to the Chicago Convention from the first Maine 

'61. — At the late municipal election Gen. T. W. 
Hyde was elected Mayor of Bath. 

'69.— Clarence Hale has been re-chosen City 
Solicitor of Portland. 

'70.— E. C. Woodward has been appointed State 
Assayer by the Governor. 

'72.— Geo. H. Cummings has been chosen City 
Physician of Portland. 

'75.— Swazey, lawyer firm Swazey & Swazey, 
Boston, Mass., 42 Court Street. 

75. — Orestes Pierce is studying law in the office 
of Judge E. Rockwood Hoar, Boston, Mass. 

'81.— E. L. Swazey's address is Lookout Station, 
U. P. R. R., Wyoming Territory. 


Williams has graduated 894 clergymen.— Ex. 

Trinity men are allowed to cut chapel three 
times a week ; they have chapel twice a day how- 

The Columbia College boat-house was broken 
into a short time since, and six boats injured or 

At Mississippi college the students are com- 
pelled to give up their arms, before becoming mem- 
bers of the college. 

According to the Princeton catalogue one of the 
requirements in the Preparatory Department is a 
" pair of heavy boots." 

The Phi Beta Kappa students of Harvard 
while returning recently from a supper at Young's, 
were attacked by a Boston policeman. 



The Beta Beta, a local society at Trinity, was 
organized Feb. 4th, as the Beta Beta chapter of 
Psi Upsilon. A chapter house will soon be built. 

In order to reduce the standing of the Yale 
Freshmen, at the end of each row of seats in the 
recitation room, a desk is placed, and on it a book 
with perfectly chaste text, from which each one is 
required to recite. 

The Agricultural College at Oronohas had during 
the past 13 years $180,718 from the State and 
$132,500 from the United States. It has graduated 
during the time fifteen farmers. Dividing $313,218 
by 15 gives about $21,000 ; a pretty good price for 
farmers. The State had better give every would-be 
farmer $10,000, and send him home. 

About fifty candidates have been voted for in 
the different colleges. The four highest stand as 
follows : 

Grant. Blaine. Sherman. Bayard. Whole No. thrown. 

Bates 7 53 5 9 88 

Pennsylvania. 7 53 3 27 91 

Lewisburg .-.1 29-1 11 42 

Trinity 29 4 5 39 97 

Brown 60 46 43 6 194 

Amherst 48 54 87 23 290 

Columbia ....195 94 53 109 576 

Madison 13 38 12 9 86 

Michigan 85 291 \ 78 68 720 

Princeton.... 46 166 46 120 409 

Lafayette .... 32 127 13 28 215 

Wash. -Jeff. . . 8 32 42 


The Harvard Bicycle Club has over 80 members. 
Davis is reported to be looking after the Tale 

The Princeton crew has been practicing on the 
canal until recently. 

The class of '82 at Trinity have subscribed $200 
for grading and arranging a part of the campus for 
athletic sports. 

Yale has decided not to join the Inter-Collegiate 
Base-Ball Association if Richmond of the Browns is 
allowed to play. 

According to the last Weslei/an Argus there is 
"somewhat of a lack of interest " in boating there, 
and the Lake George Regatta looks doubtful. 

Since Yale decided not to remain in the Associa- 
tion if Richmond was allowed to play, a meeting 
of the Inter-Collegiate Base-Ball Association has 
been held and it was voted not to allow any man to 
play on the college nines after playing on a profes- 
sional nine. 


Freshman to an exceedingly youthful appearing 
classmate — " I say, C, were you precocious, or were 
you goaded on?" — Athenceum. 

Logic. " Truth crushed to earth will rise again. 
But if truth be crushed to earth, it lies, and if it 
lies it cannot be truth ; therefore it cannot rise 
again." — Ex. 

The Dr. — " Mr. X., what is the basis of the third 
system?" Mr. X. — " Dunno." Classmate in front, 
prompting, " Get up, Billy; its the 'will of God.' " 
— Athenceum. 

Instructor — " I can see no point whatever to your 
demonstration." Freshman — " Chauvenet says a 
point has neither length, breadth, nor thickness, 
and therefore it cannot be seen." — Advocate. 


The Concordiensis, Union, protests against com- 
pulsory drill and asks to have it optional. It seems 
that they are not only obliged to drill, but to buy 
uniforms " when the quality of the goods is poor 
and the price is high." They claim with good rea- 
son that there is a difference between a college and 
a military academy. 

The Brunonian states that " as Bowdoin wants 
to join some sort of an association, and has been 
disappointed in base-ball and boating, the Oeiext 
proposes a 'grand inter-collegiate taffy-pull.'" 
Bowdoin has never proposed entering a base-ball 
association, but did propose a race between half a 
dozen Xew England colleges which did not succeed, 
because few colleges have crews; so in neither of 
these respects have we been disappointed. The 
Brunonian goes on to say in regard to the "taffy- 
pull " that it is " suspiciously like the ' Crimson 
Breakfast.' " Though what resemblance there was 
between a parody on the Holmes Breakfast and a 
plan for an association we cannot see, except that 
there was no reference to the Brunonian or Rich- 
mond. This does look "suspiciously" like an at- 
tack on Brown, and moreover, it was probably pre- 
meditated, for the "taffy- pull" was planned and 
written before the "Crimson Breakfast " was pub- 

The Tablet, is a handsome sheet, published by the 
students of Trinity. It is well-arranged and printed, 
and always has something worth reading. The 



latest wrinkle of the Tablet is comic, illustrated arti- 
cles from the old Roman Acta Diurna. Some of the 
articles are good, while others are decidedly flat. 
We cannot say that we think the illustrations any 
great addition. The Tablet contains a well-deserved 
denunciation of M. E. Andrews and his "profes- 
sional circular," offering to furnish themes for $1.50. 

According to the Princetonian, sham and ginger- 
bread work is not unknown at Princeton. A dormi- 
tory has recently been built which they condemn as 
unsafe, as well as two other halls which have been 
built ten years. A facing of some handsome stone 
is placed over a mass of rubbish, " mortared gravel" 
and "weakly-cemented chips of slatestone," which 
crumbles in a few years. It would be a good idea 
to look after that nondescript ark of lime, cobble- 
stones, and granite, known as Memorial Hall, which 
we possess. 

The Emory Mirror from Oxford, Georgia, is a 
cross between the Okolona States and the Niagara 
Index. We clip the following tid-bit from the salu- 
tatory : 

" The last decade has seen an obscure Ohio poli- 
tician, unknown beyond the smoke of his own chim- 
ney, seated in the very zenith of all executive 
offices— not because he merited the place; not be- 
cause the mad devotion of a blind aud unreasoning 
populace carried him there; but because eight inde- 
cent old men, comprising the Supreme Court of our 
country, a court upon whose integrity the people 
had leaned for a hundred years, soiled their patri- 
cian dignity and surrendered their self-respect by 
engaging in a vulgar scramble for political power. 
And, as the result of all this, we have to-day the 
spectacle of an unelected President, who keeps his 
inaugural oath by coquetting and vacillating be- 
tween two parties, too weak to side with either; 
and whose only prototype in history is the usurper, 
of whom it was said that from the centre to the far 
horizon of his power he could contemplate nothing 
but the vice and treachery by which he had reached 

The Bates Student has assumed a new cover 
and is much improved. We do not claim to have 
read the essays on Cromwell and Sweden borg, but 
we did read the editorials and found them good, 
especially those on "Rank" and the "Glee Club." 
A six-column denunciation of the fusiouists, pre- 
ceded by a vote in which Blaine gets 53 out of 88, 
gives the Student somewhat of a political look. 

The Lafayette College Journal is very much 
interested in the "spelling reform." Prof. March, 
the leader of the movement, is connected with 
the college. An editorial comments at length on 
the plan, and endeavors to remove all objections in 
a two-column article ; but saying of a certain objec- 

tion that the friends of the movement have no 
patience with it, does not remove it; and we think 
a long time must elapse before the spelling of the 
English "tung" will be materially changed. The 
Journal devotes five columns and more to an account 
of an oratorical contest. The other parts of the 
paper are well balanced, and the Journal is, on the 
whole, well worth reading. 


"A Pool's Errand, by One of the Fools," is a 
book which is being widely read. It is a story of 
life at the South during the period of reconstruc- 
tion. The book, it is claimed, is founded on facts, 
and it is written in a style both powerful and vivid. 
The characters are finely portrayed and the differ- 
ent scenes in which the story is laid are delineated 
with a life-like vividness. The chapter, "A Ride 
for Life," for vivid and life-like description, cannot 
be easily surpassed. Interwovon in the story is a 
complete and exhaustive discussion of the "Policy 
of Reconstruction." The author strikes blows 
which cut as keenly as a Damascus blade, at the 
policy which the "wise men" adopted to build up 
the " New South." 

Though the author writes with a merciless satire 
the book is throughout written in a spirit of fairness. 
It is, indeed, a powerful and wonderful book, and 
whoever will read it with a desire to learn the 
truth, cannot fail of getting broader ideas of the 
two great sections of our land, ideas, too, which are 
"common sense" and wholesome to imbibe. From 
our view, the author has written from no partisan 
stand-point, but has told the truth regardless of 
whom it might hit. As has been said, it is "a book 
which every patriot should read." 

Price, silk cloth, $1. Published by Fords, How- 
ard & Hulbert, New York. 

A book which the college world will find of 
interest is " College Tramps," by Frederick A. 
Stokes, Yale, '79. It is an account of the haps and 
mis-haps of a party of Yale students during a sum- 
mer vacation in Europe. The author has not 
attempted an elaborate literary work and modestly 
says that it is but "a simple tale of the events of 
the companionship of eight college Juniors." 

In an easy, natural manner the author tells much 
which is both amusing and instructive. It is all the 
more interesting to college students as it relates 
what is to be seen in Europe from a student's way 
of looking at things. 

The voyage to Rotterdam and return was taken 
in the steerage and the incidents of it form an 
unique part of the narrative. 

The book, in a word, is just such a spicy narra- 
tive of adventures as we should naturally expect from 
a vacation in Europe of eight careless, fuu-loving col- 
lege students. Wo most heartily recommend the 
book, for it will bear a careful perusal. Though 
just from the press there have been already over 
400 copies of the book sold in New Haven alone. 

Price, $1.50. Published by G. W. Carleton & 
Co., New York. 

Vol IX. 


No. 17- 

bowd:oin orient. 




Henry A. "Wing, Managing Editor. 

Eliphalet G. Spring, Business Editor. 

Emery W. Bartlett, Franklin Goulding, 

Edwin C. Burbank, Herbert W. Grindal, 

Frederic W. Hall. 

Terms — $2.00 a year in advance ; single copies, 15 cents. 

Remittances should be made to the Business Editor. Communications 
in regard to all other matters should be directed to the Managing Editor. 

Students and Alumni of the college are cordially invited to contribute 
articles, personals, and items. Contributions must be accompanied by the 
writer's real name. 

Entered at the Post Office at Brunswick as Second Class mail matter. 

Vol. IX., No. 17.— March 31, 1880. 

Editorial Notes 193 

Literary : 

The Thief (poem) ..196 

The Athenian 196 

A Summer Idyl (poem) 197 

The Index Man Interviewed 197 

Student and Professor 198 

Communications : 

Al Fresco (poem) 198 

Beminiseences 199 

The New Hazing Law 200 

College Items 20 1 

Personal 202 

College World 202 

Athletics 203 

Clippings 203 

Editors' Table 203 

Reviews 204 


Quite a number of subscriptions for the 
present volume of the Orient still remain 
unpaid. All those who are in arrears will 
confer a favor by remitting the amounts of 
their indebtedness at once, so we may be 
enabled to close our accounts. Remittances 
designed for the present editors, hereafter, 
should be directed to E. G. Spring, Box 1126. 

With this number the present editors 
close their labors on the Orient and trans- 
mit the traditional editorial quill to their suc- 
cessors. It has been the aim and honest en- 
deavor of the editors during the past year to 
so conduct the Orient that it should fairly 
and honestly represent the college, its inter- 
ests, and that of the students. In this effort 
they have met with the earnest and hearty 
co-operation of the Alumni and undergrad- 
uates. Under the management of the retir- 
ing Board the paper has been enlarged two 
pages, the departments have been more sys- 
tematically arranged, and the general typo- 
graphical appearance of the pages changed. 

Communications from the student body 
have been more frequent than formerly. To 
those who so generously responded to our in- 
vitation to contribute to the paper we return 
thanks which spontaneously rise from a grate- 
ful editorial heart. Not without regrets do 
we leave the editorial sanctum for we have 
not found the duties of college journalism of 
that irksome and burdensome nature which 
it is customary to represent them to be. Our 
year's work has been filled with valuable ex- 
periences, and its many associations will be 
remembered with pleasure. For our success- 
ors we bespeak the same aid and encourage- 
ment which has been given to us, and we sin- 
cerely hope that through their efforts the 
paper will become a better representative of 
old Bowdoin than ever before. 

At a regular meeting of the Editorial 
Board, held Saturday, March 20th, the fol- 
lowing members of the Junior class were 
elected editors of the Orient for the coming 
year: Charles H. Cutler, Frederic A. Fisher, 



Charles Haggerty, Carroll E. Harding, Horace 

B. Hathaway, John W. Manson, Frederick 

C. Stevens. 

A report has been quite widely circulated 
that Prof. Smith was to leave Bowdoin at the 
close of the present college year to accept a 
Professorship at Yale. It has, therefore, been 
with great pleasure that the Alumni and 
friends of the college have learned that there 
is no foundation to th erumor. We could ill- 
afford to have Prof. Smith sever his connec- 
tion with the college. His ability and schol- 
arship have won for him an enviable reputa- 
tion in educational circles, as his thorough 
teaching, thoughtful consideration, and gen- 
tlemanly qualities have gained the respect and 
esteem of all who have been under his 

We are much pleased to present the arti- 
cle from " A Gray Graduate," and wish that 
our "historical zeal" could be the means of 
producing others similar to it. In connection 
with this matter it may not be out of place to 
speak of the duty of the Alumni to the col- 
lege paper. The Board of Editors are obliged 
to do many hours of hard work for which 
they receive no pecuniary compensation. 
Therefore, it seems to us that the Alumni 
should not only feel it incumbent upon them 
to subscribe for the paper but occasionally 
contribute to it. A few words of cheer now 
and then from an Alumnus does a great deal 
to lighten the work of the editors, and incite 
them to do all possible to. make the paper a 
true representative of the college, its students, 
and graduates. 

We hoped in this number to be able to 
present something definite in regard to our 
boating prospects. Efforts have been made 
to be represented in a race the coming season 
with outside colleges, but thus far it has not 
been possible to make any definite arrange- 

ments. In the meantime, however, some of 
the Alumni have been consulted in regard to 
funds, and there is every reason to think that 
should a race be arranged, sufficient money 
will be forthcoming to defray the expenses of 
a crew. As Will be seen by the statement in 
another column the debt on the new boat- 
house is not so large as to deter us from plan- 
ning to enter a race. If possible we should 
row with other colleges this season. It is 
hoped that by the beginning of next term this 
matter will be definitely settled. 

The meeting of the Athletic Association 
has been held and the new officers elected. 
At the beginning of next term the new Board 
should make out their list of events and do 
everything possible to have a large number 
of entries. 

It should be generally understood that the 
winners in the different events are to have 
better prizes than formerly have been given 
by the Association. If men prepare them- 
selves by careful training to take part in the 
Field Day exercises they should most cer- 
tainly be given prizes which they will take 
pleasure in keeping as mementos of the 

With good management and a general 
interest our June Field Day can be made, in 
every particular, a grand success. 

We. most heartily commend the views of 
our correspondent on the new law in regard 
to hazing. The law can be approved by no 
one who gives it a fair examination, for the 
reason that it is the extreme of injustice to 
make any student or students responsible for 
the conduct of their classmates. 

It is simply foolishness to promulgate such 
a law. It will prove abortive, for it will never 
be enforced. We should be glad to see haz- 
ing in all its forms abolished, as would a large 
majority of our students. When the powers 
that be realize that the sentiment of the col- 



lege is against hazing, and a law which 
will punish only the guilty is passed and 
strictly enforced, the death blow to hazing 
will be struck. Just so long as a semi-passive, 
wavering policy is pursued, and such a course 
of action taken that the sympathy of the 
students are aroused for those who offend, 
hazing will exist. 

The approaching base-ball season among 
the colleges promises to be one of unusual 
interest. The Inter-Collegiate Association, 
formed by Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth, 
Amherst, and Princeton, will be the means of 
increasing the interest that college men feel 
in the National game. We are so far removed 
from the center of the college interest in 
base-ball that not even the most enthusiastic 
has thought it advisable for us to try to enter 
an Inter-Collegiate Association. It would 
not be practical for us to do so, for the present 
at least. But still the prospect for the com- 
ing season with us is bright. We have most 
of the material of last }'ear's nine, and, in 
new men, have strong additions. 

The earnest, persistent work of last year 
ought to give us a first-class nine. Games 
are to be arranged at an early date with the 
best clubs in the State. It is also hoped that 
satisfactory arrangements can be made for 
our nine to make a tour out of the State to 
play other college nines. Success to the 
nine ! May wreaths of victory encircle its bat ! 

It is officially stated that the gift of 
150,000 from the Stone Estate at Maiden, 
Mass., is to be made available to the college 
the first of September next. This sum is to 
go into the general college endowment fund, 
with the proviso that no part of the principal 
is to be used. This is as it should be, for no 
college can expect to prosper unless it has a 
permanent fund for a basis to work from. It 
was not many years since that the college 
pursued the foolish course of making up anj' 

deficiency that existed at the close of the 
year from the college fund, but happily this 
suicidal way of conducting the affairs of the 
college did not long continue. It will be 
highly gratifying to all friends of the college 
to learn that its fund is to be increased by so 
large a sum of money. It is also understood 
that the sum of $20,000, the gift of Mrs. 
Stone for finishing Memorial Hall, will also 
be forthcoming next September. 

Taking all things into consideration it is 
not too sanguine to hope that in the near 
future the college will be so situated that it 
can give to its students largely increased 

The Faculty are preparing a plan of a re- 
vised course of study to be considered by the 
Boards at their annual meeting next Com- 
mencement, to the end that it may be adopted 
at the beginning of the next college year. 

We understand that a great deal of care 
is being taken to make the " revised course " 
as complete as possible, and such that it will 
meet the increasing wants of our students. 
In connection with this subject we desire to 
call attention to the fact that a large ma- 
jority of our students desire to see increased 
facilities given for the study of Social Science 
and International and Constitutional Law. 
If we are rightly informed, there is at the 
present time no provision made by the 
college for these studies, and the excellent 
instruction we have had in these branches, 
for the past few years, has been due solely 
to the generosity and interest of a few men. 
This is not as it should be. Without speak- 
ing disparagingly of other branches, we con- 
tend that the political studies of our course 
in real, practical benefit, are of the first im- 
portance. There should be a permanent 
place made for them in our curriculum. In- 
struction in them should not depend entirely 
upon the generosity of professors who have 
other duties to perform. 



The events of the past few months should 
surely convince the most incredulous that it 
is of the highest importance that men be sent 
from our colleges with a broad and thorough 
understanding of the theory of our political 

The last branches to be slighted and made 
of secondary importance in the " revised 
course " are the political studies. In this 
matter we doubt not but what our Faculty 
will do their duty in the way of making 
recommendations, and then it remains with 
the Boards to give the subjects the consider- 
ation which their importance and the great 
interest taken in them, by the larger part of 
our students, demand. 




Tou little thief with cheeks of red, 
With sunny hair and eyes of blue ! 

You are a thief— I so declare, 

And you'll confess the charge is true. 

A crimson blush o'erspreads your face, — 
You're silent though, and nothing say ; 

Ah, little thief Vith cheeks so red, 
Where is the heart you stole away ? 


In 1840 the anniversary of the Society was held 
in February, though it had been customary to hold 
these celebrations iu November. SiDce 1840theanm- 
versaries have occurred in the spring. In 1850 the 
value and interest of the Society was much in- 
creased by its receiving as a gift the cabinet of the 
Cakivian Society, together with its other property. 
During the same year we find the first movement 
toward cooperation between the Athenasan and 
Peucinian : An agreement was entered into, in 
accordance with which the two Societies would 
unite their annual celebrations, which were to be 
held at Commencement and to which each Society 
was to furnish an Orator and Poet on alternate 

What tended further to bring the Societies to- 
gether was the first matched debate between them, 
which was held in the South Wiugof King Chapel, 
on the 15th of October, 1858. The question for the 
occasion, was : Besolved, " That the English Govern- 
ment is better than that of the United States." 
Putnam, '59, and Haley, '60, represented the Athe- 
nians as disputants, and on the affirmative. 
Howe, 2d, '59, and Reed, '60, appeared as the Peu- 
cinian champions, and took the negative side. How- 
ard, '59, and J. M. Brown, '60, were appointed 
Athenajan members of a joint committee of four to 
decide the question. Each disputant was allowed 
thirty minutes, with two. and only two, opportu- 
nities to speak. The Presidents of the two Societies 
alternately occupied the chair, the presiding officer 
at close of debate declaring the decision in ac- 
cordance with the ballots handed him by the joint 
committee of four. Appeal was taken to Cushing's 
Manual, and the debate was decided in the nega- 
tive. Another was to have taken place on Novem- 
ber 5th, of the same year, but, as no account of it 
has been found, we suppose it did not come off. 
Several other arrangements for matched debates 
between the two Societies seem also to have gone by 
default, notably oue for July, 1860, the prelimina- 
ries of which were very carefully planned, but 
which, so far as appears, was never consummated. 

The constitution of the Athensean seems at 
no time to have been very elastic, for amendments 
were remarkably numerous and complete revisions 
of the instrument frequent. During the period of 
which we have written above, the books of the two 
Society Libraries seem to have been free to all the 
students under certain regulations. But the 
Athenian, thinking, no doubt, that this privilege 
removed one of the strongest incentives to join the 
Society, voted in July, 1859, to refuse the use of 
books to those who, having been in college two 
terms, had neglected to join one of the general 
Societies. At this time the old hostility and jeal- 
ousy between the Societies had, to a great degree, 
died out, and that their relations were somewhat 
friendly is shown by the action of the Peucinian in 
offering the Athenasan her duplicate volumes. The 
latter accepted, passed a vote of thanks, and voted 
to transfer to the Peucinian all the books which 
she did not need. 

In April, 1871, the " Bowdoin Association of the 
East" offered a medal worth fifty dollars, or the 
value thereof, to the best debater in the General So- 
cieties, on condition that the participants should 
have been members at least one term, and have de- 



bated in the Society, provided, furthermore, that 
the arrangements for the debate be made by the 
Faculty. This became a permanent prize of the 
college, and was called the " St. Croix Medal " or 
the " St. Croix Prize." In 1879 the General Society 
transferred the Library of the Athenian to the Col- 
lege Library, thus bringing within easy access a 
very valuable collection, well adapted to the needs 
of the student. Among the members of the Athe- 
nian are to be found : one President of the United 
States, one Secretary of the Treasury, four Presi- 
dents of colleges, six Judges of the higher courts, 
nineteen Professors, ten Representatives in Con- 
gress, four United States Senators, one Governor, 
one Attorney General, three Generals U. S. A., and 
three in the diplomatic service. 


Only a city dandy, gorgeous, 

In a hunting-shirt of red, 
Through a rural region walking 

With a lithe, elastic tread. 

Only a single fatted bovine, — 

Such a clumsy quadruped ! 
In that fair and verdant pasture 

By the silent waters fed. 

Only a sudden, forward movement 
Made by him with the horned head, 

Aud through that green and pleasant valley 
Much in haste the hunter fled. 

Only a dandy, heav'nward wafted 

By an angered quadruped, 
Never again to walk that pasture 

In a huntiug-shirt of red ! 


We had been for a long time desirous to 
know just what sort of a being presides over 
the exchange columns of the Niagara Index. 
For days we deliberated as to how we 
should obtain the desired information, and 
after much thought decided that the 
only proper way was by means of an 
interview. As it would probably be a mis- 
sion fraught with danger, we looked about 
for a proper person to send. Considering 
that if any one was to lie sacrificed, true 
benevolence should prompt a selection to lie 
from the least important class of persons ; a 

Freshman was accordingly chosen for the 
mission. A few -days ago our reporter re- 
turned and thus relates his adventures : 

"I arrived at Suspension Bridge in due time 
and spent the first two days, disguised as a 
book agent, looking for the Index Sanctum. 
After getting well acquainted with the local- 
ity, one evening, just at dusk, I slipped into 
the office and secreted myself behind a huge 
pile of exchanges labeled in big red letters, 
' Condemned to hell.' I had not long waited 
when I heard a terrible roar on the out- 
side, the door opened with a crash, and a 
strange looking being, followed by two men 
bearing pails, entered. The men placed the 
pails before a chair in front of the desk ami 
retired. No description can adequately de- 
scribe the individual who was now before me, 
and so let it suffice to say that his most prom- 
inent features were his ears. He seated 
himself by the desk and taking a large beer 
mug, commenced to drink of the contents of 
the pails which were filled, as I now per- 
ceived, with fresh blood. After completely 
drenching his sack the exchange editor of the 
Index (for it was he) thus soliloquized : ' Be 
me soul it is just thirty years ago this very 
night that I first took charge of this depart- 
ment of the Index. I have grown old, gray, 
and some say foolish, but by St. Patrick, in 
all these years no man can say that I have 
ever spoken well of a single Protestant ex- 

" Just at this point I was obliged to 
sneeze, and jumping up, the Index man 
looked wildly around. I trembled in my 
boots as I perceived I was discovered. Grasp- 
ing hold of me, the Index man cried: 'Yer 
Spalpeen, who are yer ? ' I explained that I 
came to interview him. ' And do you think 
you will iver lave here alive ? ' (In his rage 
he sometimes used brogue.) ' By the howly 
fathers I know not whither it is best to hurl 
yer into the waves of Niagara, cast yer 
into the famous locker known as Jones\ or 
torture yer slowly to death with puns." I 
realized my danger, and to gain time I pulled 
a box from my pocket and said, ' Did you ever 
see this?' The Index man literally turned 
white with rage as he said : ' Do yer think 
yer can fool, me with any of your Yankee 
tricks? Do yer suppose yer can puzzle me 
with yer 13, 15, 14 ? By gem-\-ny yer can't.' 



He smiled at his puns, and seeing that his 
rage was somewhat mollified, I determined 
not to give up all hope but to make another 
attempt for liberty. ' That is,' I said, ' a fine 
series of articles you are publishing in the 
Index under the title of Classical Studies.' 
' Yer say right yer divil,' he replied. ' But I 
have never read them.' I saw a way to 
freedom, and so I composedly said : ' Then 
you have indeed missed a literary treat. To 
please me will you read one of the articles.? ' 
He caught up the last Index and began: 
' Tongues can be divided into categories ; 
tongues transpositive, and tongues analogous. 
Transpositive are ' — Just here the Index 
man gasped wildly and fell heavily to the 
floor. I saw my stratagem had succeeded — 
he had the lock-jaw. I escaped from the 
building and got to the depot just in time to 
jump on to a train bound for the East. " 


" Are you acquainted with that gentle- 
man?" "Acquainted? Why, no; he's one 
of the Faculty." Such was the conversation 
we overheard the other day between a mem- 
ber of one of the upper classes and a visiting 
friend. Immediately the inquiry came up in 
our mind, How many of us are there who 
can claim to be acquainted with our profess- 
ors ? To be sure their faces are familiar to 
us, as are also their methods of conducting 
recitations ; but, beyond this, we know noth- 
ing of them. 

Long ago, when '80 were Freshmen, there 
was a gentleman on the Faculty, popular with 
everybody, who had a pleasant habit of mak- 
ing unceremonious calls at students' rooms, 
and chatting familiarly with the inmates ; 
but he has left us, and we are not aware that 
his example has ever been imitated by other 
professors, though we wish it might be. 

As has been previously suggested in these 
columns, scarcely any one will contend that 
all relations between professor and pupil 
should begin and end with the class-room, and 

all conversation be confined to the subjects 
treated of in our text-books; but it maybe 
said that professors are usually kept so busy 
that they have no time in which to become 
acquainted with those under their charge. It 
seems to us, however, that our instructors, as 
a general thing, are not obliged to work more 
hours a day than we are, and that they might 
easily, if so inclined, find time to associate 
with us to a limited extent at least. Such 
intercourse would be pleasant and perhaps 
valuable to every student. They could give 
us occasional suggestions in regard to meth- 
ods of study, etc., and the results of their 
experience might prove of great benefit. At 
all events, we should be glad to be able to say 
that we had something more than a " speak- 
ing acquaintance " with some of our honored 
and gentlemanly professors. 

It is not for us to make the first advances 
in the direction we have indicated ; but we 
feel sure that any attempts on the part of the 
Faculty, looking toward something like in- 
timacy with us would be heartily appreciated 
by every right-minded student. It does not 
seem to us that it would lower the dignity of 
any professor, or take him outside his proper 
sphere of duty to make such advances. On 
the contrary, we might learn to understand 
one another better, and little unpleasantnesses 
might become of less frequent occurrence. 




Ah shepherdess, blooming and charming. 

To call yon an angel were trite, 
To dub you a rose insufficient, 

And too real you are for a sprite ; 
But fortune has sure sent this meeting, 

And thankless we were for the bliss, 
If we seized not the moments swift fleeting 

Arid melted in rapturous kiss. 




Kind sir. you are witty and gallant 

You flatter with lips like a god ; 
But shepherds know well that a serpent 

May lurk 'neath a flower-decked sod. 
Recall, sir, the proud, high-born beauty 

To whom you have plighted your vow ; 
Return where love's service is duty, 

Forget rue, at her shrine to bow. 


Sweet, doubting one, with red lips pouting, 

I laugh when you feign to be coy ! 
Ah, dearest one, banish your fearing, 

For what is youth made but for joy ? 
In spite of all old woman's stories, 

The heart that loves one may love more ; 
Do the kisses I'm giving to Doris 

Leave any the less for Lenore ? 


And still yonder lady approaching 
Your theory scarce would approve ; 

She frowns with a look full of meaning, 
As one whom no pleading may move ! 


True; women will never hear reason, 
The lady has shown that before ; 

And, Doris, my kiss out of season, 
Has cost me the lips of Leuore. 

Aelo Bates, 7fi. 

Editors of Orient : 

In a pleasant paragraph in a recent num- 
ber of the Orient it was remarked, under a 
misapprehension, that a carpet was a rare 
sight in a Freshman's room " fifteen or 
twenty years ago," and that the environment 
of the average Senior was far removed from 
any resemblance to luxury. Therein was a 
painful suggestion, that a graduate in the 
"Sixties" must be somewhat distant from 
his youth,* if tradition already were at fault 
when it dealt with times which seem recent 
to the alleged antiquarian. Permit an ao-ecl 
member of a class of " fifteen or twenty 
years ago " to detail his experience, in a 
measure, as bearing upon the question 
whether Freshmen had carpets and kindred 
comforts in those remote days. 

A desirable Freshman, whom " our fel- 

lows " were anxious to pledge, had secured a 
room on the upper floor of Appleton Hall. 
A dealer in furniture had deposited sundry 
articles near the lower door, and without 
waiting to carry them to the Freshman's 
room, had betaken himself to " pastures 
new " in Maine or Winthrop, where he was 
concluding a bargain with another member 
of the same class. There was no elevator in 
operation (as there will be in 1927, or there- 
abouts), and the youthful .scholar had con- 
verted his back into a convenience of that 
sort. Friendships were fervent — sometimes 
fleeting — in that "fishing season," and I -ten- 
dered my services in conve3'ing the furniture 
up the numerous steps that intervened be- 
tween the door and the room above. 

My offer was promptly accepted. I re- 
member that this particular Freshman had a 
carpet — a heavy one ; likewise a substantially 
constructed table, evidently purchased by the 
pound ; chairs were not wanting, nor were 
they wanting in solidity ; a book-case, which 
I fancy was lined "with lead to secure it 
against the onset of a sudden breeze through 
the room, was another article which I was 
permitted to bear aloft ; and a bedstead was 
there — the Freshman selecting the slats, and 
I the head-board and other ponderous por- 
tions. As I rested on the stairs, at frequent 
intervals, I continued my remarks about the 
importance of joining " my Society." I got 
my man, but also the rheumatism in my back. 
Now that Freshman's room was amply — even 
excessively — furnished ; and that was "fifteen 
or twenty years ago ! " There were others 
like it, though I did not put them in order. 
An old man is easily betrayed into garrulity. 

Allow me to comment on another remark 
made by my friend who wrote the paragraph. 
He alludes to the open-wood fires, and asso- 
ciates the presence of a "genial heat" with 
them. In the early autumn and late spring 
these fires were sufficient to infuse warmth 
into the rooms, but when winter was fairly 



upon us the temperature in the generality of 
rooms was forbidding. I remember return- 
ing in February after the eight weeks' vaca- 
tion, then customary, and the attempts to 
thaw out the apartment. At the end of 
three days, ink was frozen on a table within 
six feet of the fire. The wood would go, but 
the heat would not come. " Diogenes," the 
factotum of those days, was of all fire-con- 
structors the most optionistic. The recita- 
tion was between six and seven, and soon 
after five, Diogenes would glide into the 
room, prowl about for a season, heap up the 
wood, inaugurate an inflammatory, process, 
and disappear. If the combustion continued 
— a doubtful matter — a mild suggestion of 
warmth would reward his efforts, and the 
occupant of the room — in a partially con- 
gealed state of body and wholly inflamed 
condition of mind — would seek the delights 
that a recitation grants. Better " fifty years " 
of anthracite than a "cycle" of open-wood 
fires — in mid- winter ! 

I thank my unknown friend for the refer- 
ence to the "jolly times" before those " open 
fires," albeit, in the warmth of his historical 
zeal, he imputed to them a characteristic 
which was wanting in inclement weather. 
Eheu fugaces anni ! It is quite impossible to 
accept the fact that so man}' years have gone 
since one and another sat with me before the 
crackling wood. The living help to bridge 
over the space and it seems narrow; but the 
dead cannot aid me in shortening the time. 
Par away seem the hours when Petersburg, 
the Wilderness, and earlier battles set the 
seal of dissolution upon " boys " who had 
shared in those "jolly times" with me. 

It is an unpleasant thing to take excep- 
tion to any part of the contribution to your 
columns, for these sentences — on which I 
have based my reminiscences — are full of 
suggestions of delightful and unreturning 
days "fifteen or twenty years ago." 

A Gray Graduate. 


Editors of Orient : 

While we believe the Faculty of the col- 
lege in their relation to the students outside 
of recitations intend to act justly and impar- 
tially, we fail to see how they can present 
such a measure (to the young men under 
them) as the one just passed in regard to 
hazing, with any expectation of its being 
received by the students and friends of the 
college, with the slightest degree of favor. 
As it is we have heard it universally pro- 
nounced as unjust in itself, and a law which 
can but cause a feeling of discontent and a 
sense of being wronged on the part of the 
student, while it reflects anything but credit 
upon the Faculty in their hitherto praise- 
worthy endeavors to suppress the customary 
practices of the upper and more especially 
of the Sophomore classes. 

While the three lower classes thus brought 
into connection with the Faculty are not 
lacking in a sense of honor, in the usual 
brotherly class feeling, or in a desire for the 
welfare of the college and its students, it is 
by no means strange that they should view 
with some misgivings the recent law passed 
and put into effect. That two of their re- 
spective members should be placed at such a 
disadvantage and in such a critical situation ; 
that then 1 connection with the college should 
hang on the results of . a long-established 
custom, on events which must almost neces- 
sarily occur, from the recent development of 
" custom feeling," is a most deplorable con- 
tingency, subjecting the body' indirectly 
causing it to severe criticism. And more 
especially do we refer to the responsibility 
thrown upon the Freshman class, and the 
unenviable position of its two members 
selected for surety in the stipulations. For 
two members of a class whoyhave cheerfully 
complied with the will of the Faculty, and, as 
far as was in their power, have acted only a com- 
mendable part, with a view of aiding in crush- 



ing the prevalent custom; for the members of 
such a class to be taken as hostages, is an 
action which can but be severely yet respect- 
fully condemned. 

The naming of two men in the Freshman 
class is but designating those two who will 
eventually be dropped into a lower class, 
or, inasmuch as an honorable dismissal is 
refused and admission to another college 
objected to, rather the removal of two mem- 
bers from college ; for we do not see how any 
man would submit to such an unjust demand 
as the one named. 

Although mindful of the critical situation 
of their fellows in bondage, some small and 
minor jokes would be perpetrated, either in 
secret or at least with no intention of reviv- 
ing the customs, which would eventually 
result in the punishment of the two hostages. 
It is too much to expect that a man will go 
through his Sophomore year under that dis- 
advantage, in suspense and anxiety, with a 
cloud of doubt and uncertainty continual!)' 
hoveling over him, daily awaiting his sen- 

Hazing cannot be crushed at a blow. 
This fact has been too frequently demon- 
strated. It must gradually die out, and in 
furtherance of this, some strong, severe, 
decided, yet just law should be adopted, 
directed to act upon the guilty and not upon 
the innocent. 

Some colleges, as Yale, have approved of 
measures which, while they are severe are 
effective, and more, there is justice in them. 
These, as shown in the institutions where 
the}' have been adopted have resulted bene- 
ficially to institution and student ; but a 
measure of the character of the one recently 
passed by our Faculty cannot be hoped to 
act witli good results, and upon being in- 
spected by any impartial and unbiased judges 
would uot only be pronounced unjust but 
regarded as an imposition on the three lower 


The Juniors are to read Faust next term. 

All of the sports should receive a grand boom 
next term. 

The Juniors are to have the Davis Row Locks 
put on their class boat. 

President Chamberlain lectured at Portsmouth, 
N. H., Friday evening, March 19. 

Prof. Ladd lectures at Andover (Mass.) Theolog- 
ical Seminary during the vacation. 

The Seniors can spend the leisure time of the 
vacation writing their themes on Psychological sub- 

The nine have received an invitation to play the 
Dartmouth College Club in Portland some time in 

The Senior class crew will probably be selected 
from the following men : Collins, Edwards, Gilbert, 
Scott, and Whitmore. 

Last Friday, Lieutenant Crawford delivered an 
interesting lecture to the Seniors on Napoleon's 
Campaign iu Italy in 1800. 

W. P. Perkins has been elected chairman of the 
Senior Class Committee of Arrangements in place 
of A. M. Edwards, resigned. 

An Alumnus has complete files of the first 
volume of the Orient, which he wishes to sell. 
Inquire of the Orient editors. 

Tagger to Senior—" Say, Mister, can't yer give 
me a pair of shoes for dad, his feet are swelled so 
he can't get his old boots on ? " 

In Astronomy : Prof, to Junior—" What time 
does Mars (jet full f " Junior — " Don't know, sir; 
never associated with such company." Decided 

In days gone by, his rank was high, 
And few there were excelled him ; 

But sad to tell, — from grace he fell, 
And then the Profs expelled him. 

He played " Fifteen," and soon 'twas seen 

His rank began to lower 
So very fast that at the last 

For fifteen days, 'twas four ! 


That man's unwise who " Fifteen " tries 

Or ever o'er it pores ; 
Shun all his ways, — avoid his plays 

And kick him out of doors. 



With the close of this term the Seniors finish 
their advance work in Psychology. Prof. Ladd's' 
able and faithful instruction in that branch has been 
appreciated by the class. 

For many courtesies extended during their con- 
nection with the Orient the past year, the Editorial 
Board desire to extend thanks to Messrs. Pidgin and 
Hale of the Journal Office, Lewiston. 

The Faculty have formed a Philosophical Club. 
A meeting was held last Thursday evening at which 
papers were read by Prof. Avery and Mr. Lee. The 
Seniors are to be invited to attend future meetings. 

He said he was thirsty and a bottle was thrust 
hastily into his hands. One drink was sufficient ; 
when he recovered he was heard to ask " If that 
was the bottle that Franklin caught the lightning 

Pater to hopeful Son — "You are now getting 
nearly through with your college studies, what had 
you rather do in life ? " Hopeful Son — " Well, father, 
if it is all the same to you I had rather be a retired 

At a meeting of the Athletic Association held 
Saturday, the 20th, the following officers were 
elected for the ensuing year : President, Gardner, 
'81 ; Vice President,, Wheelwright, '81 ; Secretary 
and Treasurer, McCarthy, '82 ; Directors, Lane, 
'81, Curtis, '82, Dunning, '83 ; Master of Cere- 
monies, Payson, '81. 

The boat-house committee submit the following- 
financial statement: 

Total cost of building $84670 

Paid to date 668.82 

Resources : $177.88 

From sale of '79 boat $75.00 

Uncollected subscriptions 31.00 


Amount to raise $71.88 

Following is the programme of the Senior and 
Junior Exhibition : 

Salutatory Oration in Latin Fred. W. Hall. 

Chinese Immigration Frank Goulding. 

English Version from Tacitus * W. A. Gardner. 

Signs of the Times Richard L. Swett. 

English Version from Mirabeau * Carroll E. Harding. 

Ought we to Despise our Ancestors?.. .Henry B. "Wilson. 
Memorial Oration, by J. V. Mueller. .. .* Frank E. Smith. 

Compulsory Education George L. "Weil. 

Too much Governed John Scott. 

Napoleon IV Frank Winter. 

Theistic Bearings of Evolution t Harry L. Maxcy. 

The Diver (English Version from Schiller). 

t * Clinton L. Baxter. 
* Juniors. t Absent. J Excused. 


Among the graduates from the College of Physi- 
cians and Surgeons, New York City, March 12, were 
Rowe, '76, Dillingham, Ingalls, and Stevenson, 77. 
Dillingham has been appointed to the St. Francis 
Hospital, and Ingalls to the Women's Hospital. 

'44. — Judge Wm. W. Virgin has been confirmed 
as Judge of the Supreme Court of the State, to fill 
the vacancy caused by the restoration of the old 

'49.— Geo. E. B. Jackson, and S. J. Young, '59, 
were elected directors of the Maine Central at the 
last yearly meeting. 

'60.— Hon. W. W. Thomas, Jr., is to deliver an 
historical address at the decennial celebration of 
the settlement of New Sweden, July 23. 

'69. — Frank Ring, M.D., has entered upon the 
practice of his profession in Roxbury, Mass. 

73.— Benj. T. Deering is in Paris, France. The 
following is his address : Professor D'Anglais, ex- 
Secretaire du comite de 1' Euseignement des Etats 
Unis a 1' Exposition Universelle de 1878, membre 
De L' Universite de Bowdoin, 10 Rue d' Alger. 

75. _w. C. Rice has been elected City Physician 
of Bath. 

76.— McNulty is in Kansas City, Mo. 

76. —Stevens has returned from his European 

76. — F. C. Payson is about starting on a six 
months' European tour. 

76.— Evans is Principal of the High School in 
Atlantic City, N. J. 

79.— Hemmenway is in Minneapolis, Minn. 


Michigan is to have a new museum. 

Bates has secured E. E. Hale as Commencement 

A class in journalism is to be established at 

Senator Lamar has been invited to deliver the 
Commencement Address at Williams. 

It is reported that new gymnasiums are to be 
built at Williams and Yale, the latter to cost 



About half the Junior class at Amherst is threat- 
ened with suspension for cutting orations. 

The New York World advises the Democrats 
not to close their eyes to the college vote for 

Two hundred Cornell students recently broke 
up a female minstrel show, following it up with a 
row with the townies. 

The Cobden Club of London, England, has 
offered to the Yale students a silver medal for the 
best examination paper on Political Economy. 


Cricket has been played for more than 500 years. 

The best record made at the Harvard Winter 
Contest was standing high jump of 4 ft. 9 in. 

The base-ball contests among the colleges for 
the coming season promises to be the most lively 

At the recent Yale Winter Contest, Beach, '83, 
made a high kick of 8 ft. 10 in. 

The Oxford-Cambridge race was rowed March 
22d, Oxford winning by 2£ lengths. Oxford has 
now won 19 races, and Cambridge 17, with one 


At cards, be said, "Let us play kiss;" 

And she, " What do you mean? Oh, 
How can you say a thing- like this ? " 
Then, blushing-, to the angry miss 
Said he, " I meant kiss-sceue-o." 

Acta Columbiana. 

Class in Roman History : Professor — " What im- 
portant personage was confined on the Island of St. 
Helena ? " Mr. H. — " Robinson Crusoe." — Campus. 

A certain Junior has at last discovered one ad- 
vantage in the Faculty. He says they write to his 
parents so often that it saves him the trouble. — 

" 1 have a theory about the dead languages," 
said a new student. " What is it?" asked the Pro- 
fessor. " That they are killed by being studied too 
hard." — Ex. 

A minister up at Oshkosh 

Cribbed a sermon from Dr. McCosb, 

Aud soared such flights 

To philosophy's heights 
That, his listeners said it was bosh. 

— University. 

Prof. — "Mr. M., what will the elevation of the 
moon be at that time?" M. — "High, sir." Prof. 
—"Next." N.— "Low." Prof. — "Now what do 
you think, Mr. P. ? " P. (who can't imagine any 
other position) — " Jack, sir." — Brunonian. 

" Make a minute of that duel at Princeton, Mr. 
Schearer," said the chief to the news editor. 
"Can't do it," said the subaltern. "Why not?" 
" 'Cause there's only two seconds in it." (Verdict 
of accidental death, caused by a sudden increase of 
salary.) — Ex. 

Scene at Williams. Junior translating New 
Testament—" And the — an' — and the Lord sai — 
Lord said unto— unto Moses — " Here he hesitated 
and looked appealingly at a neighbor, who, being 
also unprepared, whispered, " Skip it." Junior 
going on — " Aud the Lord said unto Moses, skip it." 
General consternation ensued. — Echo. 


According to the established order of things, 
the time has come when the present exchange 
editor steps down aud out, and although one year 
is not long enough to learn everything, we do flatter 
ourselves that our experience has not been worth- 
less. We see ourselves as with the fullest sense of 
our importance, and, with the highest resolves for 
justice and square dealing, we reviewed our first 
exchange aud waited for notices in return. But 
alas ! In our innocence we were unfortunate 
enough to mildly suggest that the Bound Table 
aud the Niagara Index, while having many good 
poiuts, were not just what they ought to be. The 
rapidity with which we were hacked in pieces by 
the knights of the former and then hurled into the 
abyss of the latter, figuratively speaking, was 
enough to appall the bravest. But in spite of com- 
ments, favorable aud otherwise, we have yet been 
able to complete our term of office and now, not 
without regrets, hand our scissors and paste-pot to 
our successor. 

Nearly every college from California to England 



has some kind of a publication ; and to give 
any classification of the college papers, after the 
usual custom of departing exchange editors, is, 
in our opinion, useless, and to give a correct 
classification, impossible, for few papers are with- 
out some merits and the same paper is liable 
to the greatest inequalities in its different num- 
bers, and what one person will pronounce a 
remarkably good paper will be by another utterly 
condemned. All of the college papers have pub- 
lished some remarkably stupid numbers and nearly 
all some remarkably good ones. The papers from 
the great universities are most free from these 
variations, and preserve a general tone throughout. 
As a rule, the paper is as the college ; the best col- 
leges will publish the best papers, and the charac- 
ter of the one will be expressed clearly in that of the 

It has come to be pretty well recognized by this 
time that the college world is the field for the college 
papers, and the more strictly the paper confines itself 
to that world the more successful it will be. The field 
is large enough and has by no means been exhausted. 
From a careful study of the best papers and those 
which have been most favorably noticed, the general 
idea of a college paper, as distinguished from a college 
magazine, seems to be about as follows : Short, sen- 
sible editorials on topics particularly of interest to the 
college or college world, leaving such subjects as pol- 
itics to the proper papers, written to the point in as 
few words as possible with no attempt on the part of 
the editor to "spread" himself. The literaryarticles 
to be from one to two and a half columns in length 
and intended to be read, not to fill up space. For this 
reason they should be on live topics of interest to 
students, and not on The Character of Lord Bacon," 
John Stuart Mill, or Transcendentalism, for if one. 
wishes to know anything about those subjects he 
does not go to a college paper but to an encyclo- 
pedia, and any boyish effusions upon them are not 
considered of the highest importance. The locals 
should be newsy, with here and there a lively witti- 
cism carefully worked up ; free from personalities 
and jokes understood by few; not showing in every 
line that the editor considers it his supreme duty to 
be funny, for this is the news part of the paper and 
by the best representatives is treated as such. This 
is the style of paper which has in the past won the 
most praise from the college press and been most j 
read by the students. It is the style of paper i 
aimed at by the best colleges and the sooner the 
rest come to recognize it as the correct type the I 
more readable will their papers become. 


With this week's number the Portland Trans- 
cript begins its forty-fourth volume. The principal 
feature of the number will be a poem by Whittier, 
written for the occasion. 

Scribner's for April is an excellent number, con- 
taining several interesting articles. Among the most 
noticeable are : " Small Fruits," by Mr. Roe, which 
takes up blackberry raising; "The Growth of 
Wood-Cut Printing," by Mr. De Vinne, tracing the 
art from 1450 to 1850, with numerous illustrations ; 
"Eighty Miles in Indiana Caverns," and No. III. 
of Schuyler's "Peter the Great." "Louisiana" and 
the " Grandissimes" are continued. The latter is 
now near its close and has excited wide interest as 
a story of real southern life. The remaining short 
articles treat of the usual number of subjects, 
prominent among them being "Jules Michelet " 
and " The Orchestra of To-day." 

The Young Chemist, by John Appleton, Pro- 
fessor of Chemistry in Brown University, is a 
new work designed for beginners. The book is 
composed largely of experiments, there being about 
two hundred m all. The directions are brief, but 
given in a clear and instructive manner. Space is 
also given to a discussion of the elements and their 

Qualitative Analysis, by the same author as the 
above, is a brief manual of Qualitative Chemical 
Analysis. It is a book which will recommend itself 
on account of its compact form. 

Mailing price of the books, DO cents each. 

Published by Coperthwait & Co., Philadelphia. 

A notable work is The Emotions, by James Mc- 
Cosh, D.D., LL.D., President of Princeton College. 
It is written in a most pleasing style, and the sub- 
ject matter is so treated as to make it a book of 
interest to the general reader as well as to the 
scholar. It is not a dry, abstract treatise but a 
book filled with practical and valuable suggestions 
to every honest searcher for the truth. The author 
makes it his object to treat of the emotions as 
separated from the feelings, and his labor sheds now 
light on, and adds new interest to a subject that has 
too often been treated in a vague and obscure man- 
ner. This book cannot fail of giving a new inter- 
est to the subject. The chapters ou " Emotions 
called forth by Inanimate Objects " and " Motives 
Swaying Masses" are especially of interest. Pub- 
lished by Charles Scribner's Sons, 743 aud 745, 
Broadway, New York City. Price, $2.00. 

Vol. IX. 


No. 17. 


In the halcyon days of Olympus, 

When the Gods and the Goddesses, all 

Were feasting, with music and dancing, 
In their cloud-ceiled banqueting hall, — 

Among them, appeared a young Triton, 
Quite greenish, and fresh from the sea, 

With a trumpet slung over oue shoulder, 
And a huge tripod banging his knee. 

Then he spake to the Gods there assembled : 
" Ye Divine Dwellers on high ! 

Know Ye well that I've come among you, 
Your vaunted enchantments to try. 

"You may think that I'm young and audacious, 

But a wonderful power I hold, 
Which transcends that of haughty Minerva, 

Or of Vulcan, your armorer old." 

Then blew he a blast on his trumpet, 

While his tripod, he clanged on the floor ; 

Then he uttered a mystical warning, 
And veuted a hideous roar. 

Uprose then, Great Jove with his sceptre, 
More sorrowed than angered to see 

This festive, green-looking young Triton, 
Such a foolish young Triton should be. 

His trumpet was first from him ordered. 

His tripod beside it must lay ; 
While the Triton must dance on the table, 

Till he danced all his fullness away. 

As he danced, meanwhile he sung sweetly, 

So softly and sweetly you know, 
That they cast a huge bucket of water 

To quench that mellifluous flow. 

Then he clambered o'er doors for their pleasure, 

Run a gauntlet of Yenus and Mars ; 
Till he finally lost his green filling, 
By vaulting the nearest fixed stars. 

Arising, Great Jove then addressed him : 
"Your conduct must evermore be, 

More suited to your lowly station, 
Than such shameful hilarity. 

" No more shall ye blow on your trumpet, 
Your tripod no more shall ye bear, 

And as to all malar protuberance, 

Why, naught of that style must you wear." 

With this, the Great Jove then departed, 
And the Triton, he too went his way, 

And all of those solemn monitions, 
Did this Triton thereafter obey. 

Such was the success of this measure, 

To insure it a future welfare, 
The Gods handed it down to Old Bowdoiu, 

To vanquish all green Freshmen there. 

Editors of Orient: 

We are supposed to come here to "get an 
education " to become fitted for work out in 
the great world. Well, I think we get it. 
Let an outsider get an insight into the ma- 
chinery of class affairs, would not the lob- 
bying, wire-pulling, log-rolling astonish him? 
Would he not be apt to conclude that we 
were being filled with experience which 
should stand us in good stead when we 
wanted to engage hereafter in State affairs, 
in politics? Some one is to be elected to a 
class office. No, no, why he's " no kind of a 
man," he belongs to such a society, and that 
society is to have another office, or wants 
another, — no matter, lie shan't have it, any- 
way ! The fitness of the man for the posi- 
tion is a secondary consideration. (I am not 
speaking from the stand of a disappointed 
office-seeker, but from the standpoint of fair- 
ness.) ' Is not this continually the case 
among us ? Would it were deniable ! Here is 
a great evil of the secret fraternities. I am 
not inveighing against the principle of secret 
societies, but against some of the results of 
them, — results such as these ; results in the 
forming of cliques, in the breaking up the 
unity of the whole college, in which we 
should have as much pride among ourselves 
as in the presence of members of other col- 

When an "emerald Freshman" first comes 
upon the campus, what a welcome hi 
ceives ! How glad everybody is to see him ! 


But let hini once make up his mind to which 
society he will connect himself, and presto ! 
No one outside that particular body ever saw 
him before ! I don't discountenance societies. 
I believe in them. But we let them degen- 
erate into parties with small, petty motives. 
By all means let them be fraternities. Let 
the members be brothers, but not to the 
making the part greater than the whole, to 
destroying the great fraternity of our college 

There is no use in talking about the 
meanness appearing every day in a recitation 
room, that subject has been discussed over 
and over ; but another example of my text 
is the man .who makes way with college 
property, well knowing that the expense of 
making good the loss will be defrayed not by 
the thief, as it ought to be, but by the whole 
body of students. Such a man cuts and de- 
stroys recitation room furniture, nails up 
doors and windows, which must be opened, 
and opened they are generally vi et armis. 
Such a man disfigures books from the library, 
to say nothing of those he borrows therefrom 
and forgets (?) to return. 

Another example of petty meanness, and 
one which is very common just now, is the 
defacing of the reading room furniture and 
literature. This room is for our benefit and 
recreation, and the papers taken, are taken 
for that purpose. But many seem to think 
that they are hung on the walls for the con- 
venience of any who are in want of waste 
paper. In particular, as the papers are 
bought and taken by different ones among us, 
it is the duty of each reader to handle care- 
fully. Judging from appearances, one would 
not care much for papers in the condition 
many of them are in after having been read, 
literally read through. These things " ought 
not so to be." * * 

Eyelids wore made to droop; 

Cheeks were made to blush ; 

Hair was made to curl and friz 

And lips were made— Oh hush ! — Tripod. 

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