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APRIL, 1925 


Entered as second-class matter March 26, 1912, at the post 
office at Indianapolis, Ind., under the Act of March 3, 1879. 


DINNER SPEECHES Professor Johnson and Dr. Judd 


SONG Lee Burns 

ANCIENT LIGHTS Meredith Nicholson 



From the City Office 


Butler in Chicago 

Butler Publications 

Commencement Program 

Faculty Notes 

Alumni Mention 




Our Correspondence 

Butler Alumnal Quarterly 


Founders' Day 

By Charles Hubbard Judd 

Head of Department of Education, University of CMcago. 

There is a passage in one of Walter Page's letters which 
puts very vividly the theme which I wish to discuss today. 
Mr. Page, writing as the American ambassador to the British 
Court, describes to President Wilson a royal dinner given by 
England to the King of Denmark and in the course of his 
description comments on the difference between the American 
attitude toward ceremonial and the attitude of the typical 

He says: 

This whole royal game is most interesting. Lloyd George 
and H. H. Asquith and John Morley were there, all in white 
knee breeches of silk and swords and most gaudy coats — 
these that are the radicals of the Kingdom, in literature and in 
action. Veterans of Indian and South African wars stood on 
either side of every door and of every stairway, dressed as 
Sir Walter Raleigh dressed, like so many statues, never blink- 
ing an eye. 

Whether it's the court, or the honors and the orders and all 
the social and imperial spoils that keep the illusion up, or 
whether it is the Old World inability to change anything, you 
can't ever quite decide. In Defoe's time they put pots of 
herbs on the desks of every court in London to keep the plague 
off. The pots of herbs are yet put on every desk in every 
court room in London. 

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Do they keep all these outworn things because they are in- 
capable of changing anything, or do these outworn burdens 
keep them from becoming able to change anything? I dare- 
say it works both ways. Every venerable ruin, every outworn 
custom, makes the King more secure; and the King gives 
veneration to every ruin and keeps respect for every outworn 

Praise God for the Atlantic Ocean! It is the geographical 
foundation of our liberties. Yet, as I've often written, there 
are men here, real men, ruling men, mighty men, and a vigor- 
ous stock. 

There are not lacking on this side of the Atlantic those who 
are full of reverence for the past and its stately inheritances. 
They look askance on the innovations which have come with 
modern life and think of our busy civilization as materialistic 
and shallow. There are those who would have us hold the 
schools and[jj^|fl§^tgMet|fe^t|lji^^|rrt^^^j^gaditions which 
came to us from Ji ^' "^' - '■• 

Greek and prai? 
tion. tj(§pStJ^Mftl(5\JaetllS3 aRdrSJgMfe JsOWKlJiatKMaracterized 
the schools of 1870 and point with sorrow to the flippant atti- 
tude of youth in our own day. 

Is Walter Page right? Is the Atlantic Ocean the limit be- 
yond which the Old World civilization cannot pass? Are we 
to build up on the western continent a new type of life and a 
new type of thought? Certainly, if he is right, it behooves 
us to give careful heed to the duty of erecting this new kind of 
liberty in thought and national life. 

Let us consider one or two examples of American modes of 
life which are completely released from the restraints of 
European historical tradition. Think, if you will, first, of the 
contrast between our attitude and that of the older nations 
toward the matter of land ownership. In Europe, land has 
been traditionally the exclusive possession of the aristocracy. 
As far back as the days of Roman supremacy, we read that 
the freedmen demanded land and found their demands refused 
by the aristocrats who held all the land there was by right of 

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prior claim. When the freedmen became too insistent the 
Romans of the older families sent them away to regions where 
barbarians could be conquered to make place for newcomers. 
The freedmen of Rome, following the example against which 
they had protested in Italy, set up baronies in middle Europe 
and bound the serfs to the soil. Land ownership thus came 
to be once more in the new territories conquered by the 
Romans — the exclusive privilege of the few. 

It is not in place here to trace the peasant wars and the 
rebellions of the serfs by which human nature has attempted 
again and again to break the chains of tradition. The history 
of Europe is a series of efforts to settle disputes about who 
shall own the soil. Nor are the struggles over. In Russia 
and in Ireland political and social issues center around the 
problem of land ownership. In Middle Europe one sees the 
issues emerge in the demands of nations, as well as indi- 
viduals, that they shall be allowed space for expansion — room 
in the sun. 

To a group of American young people this battle for space 
in which to stand is well-nigh incomprehensible. They have 
no notion of a crowded continent. The broad reaches of the 
public domain have for generations offered to the enterprising 
American homesteader opportunity to go west and north and 
south and take enough of the soil to absorb all of the fron- 
tiersman's energy and afford the frontiersman's family a place 
in the sun. Not only so, but vast numbers of those who see 
the hopelessness of the struggle in Europe have come to this 
Western World where land is plentiful and almost free, and 
have made of the Atlantic Ocean a pathway to new forms of 
liberty for themselves and their children. 

There are subtler ways in which Walter Page's geographical 
foundation of our liberties has separated us from Europe. 
The American student who went to a German University 
thirty years ago adapted himself as all good Americans should 
to the customs of the land in which he sojourned. It never 
seemed quite natural, however, to take off one's hat in solemn 


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formality whenever one met a student acquaintance. This 
excess of courtesy seemed to our American student, at least 
unnecessary. I recall one painful occasion when an untamed 
American, quite fresh from the wilds of Michigan, took lib- 
erties with an assistant in one of the laboratories by slapping 
him on the back. The rest of us held a conference on what 
was to be done about this breach, not only of manners but of 
all friendly relations. I was delegated, I recall, to carry out 
the decision of that conference, and I went and brazenly told 
the slapped assistant that American students regularly 
adopted this method of greeting their favorite instructors. 
The humor of the situation is not merely that we were able to 
concoct that American lie — the greater humor is that the 
assistant believed it. To the European mind almost anything 
is possible after one crosses the Atlantic foundation of our 
informal liberties. 

If we, in this country, have learned to take land whenever 
we want it, and, if we take off our hats less frequently than 
do the Europeans, it still remains true that we are anchored 
to the past in many ways. We owe to Europe, modern and 
ancient, a debt of which every generation is reminded by the 
necessity of learning the conjugation of amo and of studying 
the thrilling story of the French Revolution. During the last 
decade, the lesson of our connection with the swarming civili- 
zations of the Old World has been branded into our thinking 
so deeply that we shall not soon forget it. 

I am not going to advocate any repudiation of our debts to 
Europe. We owe much to the thinking of Socrates and Euclid 
and Descartes and Newton and Helmholtz. We have drawn 
in literature a priceless inheritance from Virgil and Goethe 
and Shakespeare. I might name a host of others in art and 
technical invention whose names and works fill our world on 
both sides of the Atlantic. I make full and unstinted acknowl- 
edgment of our obligation to all of these for what we are today 
in our intellectual lives and in our economic and political 

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I am here to say with Walter Page that on this side of the 
Atlantic we have a new duty in education and in life — the duty 
of organizing an absolutely new humanism. But is not my 
term humanism borrowed from Europe? The very name of 
that which I am discussing betrays my dependence on the past. 
This is doubtless true, but I mean to make the word over 
before I am through with it. 

In order to make perfectly clear what this new type of 
humanism is, I shall, of course, have to establish a relation- 
ship with the earlier kinds of humanism. You remember that 
the word was coined to characterize that romantic period in 
the world's history when civilization was emerging from the 
dark ages and was moving under the guidance of Greek and 
Roman examples into the light of new interest in man and his 
doings. Just before the period of the first humanism men 
had been taught that human life is something worthless and 
abject. They had been told that the human body is degraded 
and a millstone pulling the soul down to perdition. They had 
been told that the seeming joys of life are delusions and snares 
of the evil one. From this period of abject self negation 
optimistic human nature burst forth with the cry of exultant 
joy in life. 

H: * * * * * 

Modern life is very much in need of a humanism which 
shall emphasize no less than did the renaissance the need of 
direct and clear-sighted study of things as they are. I am 
frank to say that I am not altogether sure as to the method 
by which this kind of humanism is to be attained, but, I think, 
we can make progress in the right direction if we think of 
some of the items which must go into our educational scheme 
if we are to give the oncoming generations knowledge suited 
to their times. 

The fact is that we are at the present time in the midst of 
much confusion and disagreement about the nature of our 
human life. There is one party of thinkers who are over- 
whelmed by the newly ascertained facts regarding man's rela- 

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tion to the lower forms of animal life. These extreme devotees 
of the biological explanation of human life and human society 
tell us that our civilization is nothing but a composite of in- 
stinctive tendencies. Government, they say, is a result of 
gregariousness in the mass. Recognition of property rights is 
nothing but acquisitiveness on an enlarged scale. Languages 
are refined emotional outcries. 

Against this view of human life there is a violent protest 
on the part of the common people. The ordinary man looks 
at the lower animals and sees that they do not use tools, that 
they have no language and no commerce and he refuses to be 
classified with them. He points to human art and religion as 
evidence that there is a sharp distinction between himself and 
the brutes. 

This controversy between ordinary belief and science of the 
strictly mechanistic type is one of the live intellectual issues 
of the times. There are many who are greatly disturbed about 
these problems and there are some who would have the dis- 
cussion stopped in the interest of this or that solution. 

My plea is for a new humanism. My contention is that 
there is a new era dawning in which there shall be a fuller 
study of human life and human relations. The humanism 
which I am advocating for our schools is a humanism which 
grows directly out of this new concern about the real char- 
acter of human life. I look forward to the time when there 
shall be a group of sciences which reveal the facts of human 
nature with the same completeness that chemistry now reveals 
the character of molecules. 

The earlier humanism was characterized by an interest in 
real human beings and their experiences. The earlier human- 
ism was a revolt against formalism and speculation, against 
vague theories and unfounded dogma. The new humanism 
also centers attention on things human, but its revolt is 
against mere materialism and against the use of scientific 
methods merely to conquer the outer world. The new human- 
ism of our period would help to make man master of his 

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relations with his fellow men. Above all the new humanism 
will teach that men live by co-operation and that it is through 
co-operation that they develop the highest forms of intelligent 
adaptation to the world. 

Perhaps you will be patient enough to allow me to elaborate 
what I mean when I make reference to the scientific under- 
standing of human relations. 

We have long had a science which describes human nature 
and classifies its traits — the science of psychology. This 
science teaches us that men have senses which keep them in- 
formed about the world around them. They have organs of 
behavior by means of which they respond to the outer realities 
which are reported to them through their senses. The science 
of psychology also tells about the higher reasoning processes 
and the forms of memory by which men accumulate experi- 

This science has also in recent times attempted to get be- 
yond the individual and to show how individual affects indi- 
vidual in that larger complex which we call society. In recent 
years psychology has become aware of the growing interest in 
the larger problems of human interrelations, and it is making 
an effort to lay the foundations for a thorough scientific treat- 
ment of these interrelations. In other words, psychology has 
undertaken to contribute to the new humanism. 

Let us take an illustration which will show what is meant 
by this reference to the broader psychology of modern times. 
Psychology teaches us that the use of tools is a unique human 
trait. Animals do not typically use tools. When an animal 
attacks an enemy or removes an obstacle from its path, be- 
havior is of a simple, direct type. So it was with primitive 
man. He used his hands and teeth backed by his personal 
strength. He did not think as modern man does of the possi- 
bility of utilizing some object to reinforce his personal 
strength. This latter attitude grew up very gradually. At 
first useful objects such as sharp stones and heavy clubs were 
discovered by accident and employed without serious premedi- 

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tation. Indeed, it would seem from the slow progress of the 
mechanical arts that man did not realize at first that he had 
started on a new path of life leading him away from animal 
behavior. Only gradually did he apprehend the significance 
of his accidental discoveries ; only very gradually did he take 
up the new mode of life which was offered to him by the help 
of tools. 

The limitations of animal consciousness and the slow prog- 
ress of human technology are due to the fact that the use of 
tools requires a broader attention than that of which the 
lower levels of intelligence are capable. 

The following experiment shows how limited is the range 
of attention even in the higher animals. A monkey was fas- 
tened in his cage and a banana was placed just out of his 
reach. He extended himself in every possible way in the 
effort to secure the food, but failed to reach it. After a time 
he was shown a stick and given a demonstration of the way 
in which the stick could be used to lengthen his reach. 
Monkey-fashion he became interested in the stick. But while 
this new object of attention was in the focus of consciousness, 
the banana had no place. The monkey could not deal at the 
same time with both banana and stick. He never put the two 
together, that is, he never learned to use the tool as his range 
of attention could include only a single object. 

There are numerous occasions when human consciousness is 
of this unifocal type. For example, when one tries to catch 
a companion in play, there is only one all-absorbing center of 
attention. It is to be noted that such a situation is psycholog- 
ically veiy simple and we recognize it as making very little 
draft on intelligence. The moment play rises to a level which 
involves the use of some implement, the demands on skill and 
on consciousness become more exacting and require a wider 
range of attention. 

Let us consider how the broader attention of man which we 
see exhibited in the use of tools operated at the time that the 
first tool was discovered. The term "discovered" rather than 

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the term "invented" is used advisedly in describing the facts. 
The first club, for example, was nothing but a gnarled root 
picked up in the forest or the bone of some animal, used to 
reinforce the blow of the arm. The first knife was a sharp 
stone or the tooth or talon of some animal. It is not as simple 
as it seems to pick up one of these tools provided by nature. 
The complexity of the performance lies in the fact that the 
natural object must be taken out of the setting in which it is 
presented to experience and must be put into another setting 
by the active imagination of an intelligent being. Animals 
have been cut by sharp stones from the beginnings of time, 
but the relation of the animal to the stone has always con- 
tinued to be the relation set up by nature. The animal has 
snarled at the stone that cut its foot and has gone on its way. 
Man had the genius to see the sharp stone in a new setting. 
If it cuts him, he may take it in his hand and make it cut his 
enemies, or serve him in other ways. An active inventive 
imagination has its seat in the higher nervous centers. In 
these centers the stimulus which led the animal to the simple 
act of growling and passing on can be combined with other 
stimulations and a new and elaborate preparation for behavior 
can be worked out with the result that human action is of a 
new type. 

The first tool not only called into play the imagination of 
the individual, but it created a new kind of world in which 
man lives. The tool led to the specialization of the artisan, 
to the division of labor, to the establishment of systems of 
trade, to institutions where instruction is given in the use of 
tools. In short, if we come rapidly down to modern times, the 
use of tools led to the organized machine industry which con- 
trols the life of modern society. 

Such a sketch of the psychology of social institutions, brief 
and lacking in detail as it is, ought to suggest the important 
part which mind plays in making the environment in which 
we live. The study of the present-day world becomes under 
this suggestion a world made up in part of the things sup- 

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plied by nature and in larger part of the things erected by 
human genius. 

The new humanism which thus sees in the world a realiza- 
tion of human imaginations is a fulfillment of the spirit of the 
older realism of the renaissance, but it contains an element 
which that earlier realism did not include. In that earlier 
day men found their inspiration for a study of reality in the 
revival of ancient literature and ancient art. They went back 
to the Greek and Roman writings for such insights as they 
needed to carry them beyond the dogma and superstition of 
their times. There are some in our own times who believe 
that humanism can base itself in the twentieth century, as in 
the thirteenth, only on the literature of the Greeks and 

My contention is that the modern realism has by virtue of 
the evolution of science a broader and more inspiring outlook 
than can be derived by a backward look into antiquity. We 
study the human mind and the relations which it develops, 
and our humanism looks forward to the proper maturing 
through scientific study of the relations which make up mod- 
ern society. 

I am quite willing to propose this kind of humanism as a 
cure for at least two of our modern problems. In the first 
place, I find in my psychology of tools and of language and of 
laws and customs a solution of the conflict between biology 
of the mechanistic type and the anxiety of the common man 
to escape classification with the animals. Evolution has 
brought forth mind, and mind has created its own world. It 
has through co-operation changed the world of nature to suit 
man's needs. Man found climate in the world and he invented 
for himself shelter and clothes. He found sound and he 
learned to modulate the tones produced by his vocal chords, 
until now he has a name for each of his most subtle ideas. 
In short, man has risen out of the world and in so doing has 
made for himself a new world. Thus our humanism becomes 

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the dominant interest of anyone who would understand the 
world of today. 

The second problem for which the view that I have been 
sketching furnishes a solution is the problem of education. 
The schools have sometimes thought of their duty as that of 
introducing children to the world of plants and stones. This 
is a very minor part of their duty. The school is primarily 
a place where the new generation is taught to share in the 
institutions by which men have transformed the world. Be- 
cause the Arabs or the Hindus invented a superior system of 
counting and calculation our children must go to school and 
learn to use Arabic numerals. These numerals have trans- 
formed the world. They have made exact comparisons pos- 
sible in trade and science. They are a human invention. 
They are infinitely superior for purposes of exact expression 
to anything ever possessed by antiquity. 

In like fashion the new generation is instructed in political 
institutions which antiquity never possessed. Truly repre- 
sentative government which will not tolerate human slavery, 
human laws and respect for property and human life — these 
are modern acquisitions of a society which has been slowly 
mastering itself. When a child of this generation learns to 
share in the common ideas of democracy he is finding a place 
in the new world which human minds have created. This is 
the humanism of the present day ; it is like the old in motive, 
but unique and modern in its methods and content. 


PROFESSOR E. N. JOHNSON. President Aley and Friends : 
At last ! All things come round to him who will but wait. 
I have been attending Founders' Day banquets for years; I 
have believed in them and have encouraged them. I have 
always come early, tried to find a place in the front of the 
procession to the dining room, and have listened to the 
speeches quietly and attentively. I have smiled at them, 
looked grave, or let a teardrop fall, as occasion offered. I 

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have applauded as loudly as any when the speakers were 
through, and then after it was all over I have congratulated 
the committee on the success of the occasion. But all these 
hints were unheeded. My diplomacy availed me nothing, for 
never until this year have I been invited to sit at the speakers' 
table. But you remember some three or four years ago our 
Board of Dirctors promised bigger, better and greater things 
for Butler. I trust that tonight I may come up to their highest 

When I received this invitation I re-read Emerson's essay 
on Compensation. It would seem that he looked fourscore 
years into the future when he wrote, "The whole world looks 
like a mathematical equation, and for every disappointment 
there is a pleasure." Perhaps it would have suited this occa- 
sion a little better if he had said, "After twenty or more years 
of continuous waiting and disappointment, a ten-minute 
pleasure will come."' It may relieve some of the other mem- 
bers of the Butler Faculty, and encourage them to continue 
attending the banquets as faithfully as I have, if I suggest 
that perhaps after twenty years, or it may be forty, you will 
have the honor to stand where I stand now. 

Doubtless you wonder why I have not appeared as a speaker 
every year. I can well understand your state of mind, but I 
want to make a special request of you — bear no ill will toward 
the program committee. You must remember that until re- 
cently their funds have been limited. So let us cherish no 
ill will toward them, but rather "with malice toward none and 
charity for all," let us in the words of Oliver Wendell Holmes, 
"Leave the low-vaulted past" — and return to my subject. 

Tonight I am to discuss "Our Faculty", and I might say 
that I am glad to have been assigned this subject. It gives 
me an opportunity to say in public some things that I might 
not dare say to them in private. 

If I made no mistake in the count, there are sixty teaching 
members on our staff. Fifty-two of these give their full time, 
and eight part time. These together with the President and 

Founders' Day 15 

the Registrar, who attend our Faculty meetings, make sixty- 
two who are eligible to vote. 

In spirit, in purpose and in conduct the Butler Faculty is a 
unit; but in policies and methods we do not always agree, 
— each thinks for himself. Sometimes opinion is quite evenly 
divided, and occasionally — although I blush to say it — occa- 
sionally sixty-one are on the wrong side. But of this it is not 
mine to speak. Some 2,000 years ago, I believe it was Cato 
who said, "The lirst virtue is to restrain the tongue, he ap- 
proaches nearest heaven who can keep silent even though he 
knows he is in the right." So in the words of Henry Clay, "I 
would rather be right than be President", although I would 
go farther and say that I would rather be right than be Presi- 
dent, or Registrar, or Dean of the Faculty, or Latin Professor, 
or Professor of Philosophy, or professor in any other depart- 
ment of Butler College. 

I know statistics are not always reliable, but in so far as 
they can be trusted, no member of our Faculty is a millionaire, 
but four or five of them do ride around in their own Fords, and 
others look as if they had been accustomed to three meals a 
day. Some own their own homes, and others plan to meet the 
first instalment next June; still others are confronted with 
that awful dilemma of "pay up the back rent or move out." 

These sixty-two members of our Faculty have taken their 
undergraduate work in about forty American colleges and uni- 
versities. Two of them took their undergraduate work in for- 
eign institutions — one in Canada and one in France. They 
come to us as representatives of the north, east, central and 
western United States, but unless we call Missouri and Mary- 
land south, I believe we have none from the southland. 
Graduate work has been done in twenty-three of the American 
universities, and two have taken their graduate degrees in 
foreign universities, one in Germany, the other in France. 
Among the universities in which graduate work has been done, 
I might mention these two after Pennsylvania, Harvard, Yale, 
Columbia, Princeton, Pennsylvania, Ohio State, University of 

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Michigan, University of Chicago, Northwestern, Wisconsin, 
Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, Drake, Kansas, California, 
Leland Stanford, and perhaps there are others that I do not 
now recall. But from whatever institution they come, we 
have met at Butler and we trust we bring with us the true 
college spirit. 

By this I do not mean the ability to yell the loudest at an 
intercollegiate contest ; nor do I mean the daring, which at the 
risk of life and limb, at the midnight hour, would climb to the 
top of the college tower to tear down the opposing class colors 
and place their own; nor do I mean the tendency to carouse 
until the wee sma' hours of morning. The Faculty may well 
leave those college necessities to the younger and gayer student 
body — in which they will do their full duty, and even more 
than the Faculty ask or expect of them. But rather by "col- 
lege Spirit" do I mean the proper attitude toward our profes- 
sion, toward our fellow teachers, toward our students, toward 
our mission in life, toward faith in religion, and toward the 
life beyond. 

Our attitude toward our profession may be expressed in the 
old proverb : "With only rice to eat, water to drink, and his 
curved elbow for a pillow, the true teacher may take pleasure 
in the search for truth and the knowledge of his own 

The attitude toward our fellow teachers may be expressed in 
the lines of Henry Van Dyke : "We have learned not only that 
a friend in need is a friend indeed, but the inner meaning of 
that simple rhyme, that a friend is what the heart needs all 
the time." 

Toward our students our attitude may be expressed by: 
"Give time, give thoughts, give deeds, give love, give prayers, 
give tears, and give thyself. Give, give, be always giving. 
Who gives not is not living. The more we give the more we 

The attitude toward our mission in life may be expressed 
by the words of William Penn: "To know the true end of 

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life is to know that life never ends." 
Toward our faith in God : 

"I need not shout my faith. Thrice eloquent 
Are quiet trees and the green, listening sod ; 
Hushed are the stars, whose power is never spent ; 
The hills are mute : Yet how they speak of God!" 

Toward the life beyond: "Then when Death's tocsin shall 
sound its call for thee, step fearless forth, into the • Great 
Unknown, serenely confident that, having built well here, the 
greater Heaven will welcome back its own." 

There is a little poem, by Arthur Guiterman which first ap- 
peared in the Saturday Evening Post, and since then has been 
published in a number of college and educational journals, and 
which presents a thought that may well be remembered. I 
believe I will give a part of it. 

"Mark Hopkins sat on one end of a log, 

And a farm boy sat on the other. 

Mark Hopkins came as a pedagogue. 

And taught as an elder brother. 

"I care not what Mark Hopkins taught, 

Though his Latin was small 
And his Greek was naught. 
For the farmer's boy he thought, thought he, 

All through lecture time and quiz, 
'The kind of a man I mean to be 

Is the kind of a man Mark Hopkins is.' 

"No printed page nor spoken plea 
May teach young hearts what men should be — 
Not all the books on all the shelves, 
But what the teachers are themselves. 

For education is ; Making men ; 
So is it now, so was it when 

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Mark Hopkins sat on one end of a log 
And a farmer boy sat on the other." 

DR. CHARLES H. JUDD. President Aley, Ladies and Gen- 
tlemen : 

I thought I had said enough this morning so that I 
might have a good time the rest of the day, but I was alarmed 
when I came here this' evening. I looked at the program 
hoping to see my name near the top, and here I have listened 
to all this oratory, listened to all these felicitations,' and have 
not had an opportunity to say a word for Illinois. Now Illinois 
is a great State I We have some good things — well, I do not 
have the statistics with me — I did not prepare to go up against 
the Secretary of State. The only thing I know about the 
Secretary of State is that he takes a certain sum of money 
from me each year and issues me a license to drive over 
hard-surfaced roads that our Governor lays down. Anybody 
who wants to compete in the matter of hard roads — let him 
come to Illinois and we will give him a show-down. We have 
plenty — all we can take care of. 

Now I have to discharge my duty — No, I'm going to tell 
you one more story. This is to felicitate you on the length 
of my address tonight. I hope you do not have the attitude 
of my friend. You know faculty families become very inti- 
mately acquainted ; we see a great deal of each other. 
In fact, we are rather ostracized by the rest of society — they 
look on us as curiosities — so we see a great deal of each 
other. The students do not know us at all. In fact, there 
are many things the students do not know. I remember 
taking a walk with one of my friends on one of the faculties — 
before I was discharged from that institution. We had been 
out on a long ramble and as we came near home he said, "Are 
you going to that dinner tonight?" "Yes." "Do I have to see 
you again tonight?" 1 can imagine the attitude of many of 
you. I suppose you did not know I was at the end of the 
program and looked forward to hearing the Secretary of State. 

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You should have let me speak early. I came loaded with 
things to say about Indiana. I wanted to congratulate you on 
living in Indiana. We have a very good man we got from 
Indiana — we probably will send him back. But you Hoosiers 
are readily identified. One can tell as he looks around in a 
gathering of this kind — you look like Indiana. I do not know 
what you look like — but that is what you are. But over in 
Illinois we do not allow Faculty members to talk outside of 
their subject. Over here a mathematician can get up and 
talk in a humorous way. In our State mathematicians are 
supposed to stick to their business. I remember when I was 
an undergraduate at New Haven that in the mathematical 
sciences we had Professor Gibbs. Gibbs was a great mathe- 
matician; he had respect for mathematics. He used to draw 
lines through space, and we undergraduates used to go to 
those meetings of the mathematical association. Why? Be- 
cause when Gibbs got those lines drawn through space he 
would respect those lines and step around them — not walk 
over them. That is what a mathematician should do — he 
should stay in his own line. 

Trying to identify myself to this young lady this evening 
when she asked me what my line was, I said, "I am an educa- 
tor. My department is the department of education." But 
really there are three serious things to be said here tonight. 
We have one common problem — it is a problem in your State 
as well as ours. It is the problem of discharging a new Amer- 
ican obligation. You know we used to borrow very freely from 
the older civilizations of Europe. If we wanted dyes for the 
purpose of decorating ourselves, what did we do? We went 
to a country where they were willing to work out patiently 
those processes of chemical refinement that will produce pure 
dyes. If our physicians wanted the latest devices in medicine 
and surgery, after they had acquainted themselves with Amer- 
ican practice what did they do ? They went to the older civili- 
zations of Europe. And so it was in many other lines — we 
borrowed from Europe. It seemed proper that as one of the 

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younger civilizations we should go to an older civilization for 
all these refinements, and we did it. There are many of us 
who acknowledge a debt of obligation for materials we have 
been using in our investigations in this country — we have a 
recollection of what that older civilization taught us. But do 
you know what has happened? There is no blame on the 
United States, but what has happened? That stream of bor- 
rowing from Europe has dried up. Those of us who work in 
scientific fields know there do not come across the Atlantic, as 
there did fifteen years ago, supplies of scientific literature. 
We used to look to middle Europe for translations and sum- 
maries of practically all of the works of science. But that has 
stopped. I do not believe we realize the seriousness of the 
situation. The men who used to maintain the intellectual life 
of Europe are subjects of American charity now, unable to 
support their families; and the inducements that used to be 
given in Europe to follow the academic profession are with- 
drawn. The academic profession used to be the prize — the 
highest; but the young men of this generation find it is an 
economic impossibility to go into that profession. The Great 
War not only carried off the most of this generation, but it 
dried up the sources of scientific help for today, and tomorrow 
and for coming decades. 

What is the meaning of that statement to us? There is 
just one country in the world where economic and social con- 
ditions are such as to give promise for the upbuilding and 
maintenance of that type of knowledge which is the founda- 
tion of civilization, and you and I live in the midst of that 
land. Only here are economic and social conditions favorable 
to the higher intellectual life. Those of us who are connected 
with our educational institutions, upon whose shoulders falls 
the great responsibility of maintaining and developing the in- 
tellectual life, must see to it that the students with whom we 
associate, that our fellow citizens, realize the fact that with 
economic conditions favorable to general life there must be 
assumed the obligation of maintaining the science which is 

Founders' Day 21 

the foundation, which is the fundamental business of this 
civilization. The United States has an obligation which we 
must recognize; it is the responsibility you represent when 
you appeal to your municipality for support in building a great 
educational institution — a responsibility in connection with 
the building up and developing of a science which shall be for 
the improvement of tomorrow and the coming decades. This 
North American continent is looked to as the source of the 
science and letters that shall maintain a civilization that has 
almost crumbled across the Atlantic, and we must make that 
clear outside of the institutions that we enjoy that privilege. 
Students we have coming to our colleges and universities in 
such numbers that we can hardly carry the burden of our 
student obligations; and in addition to this we have the ne- 
cessity of providing for research work, the source of which is 
something rather abstract. But if we can make it clear to 
those who are working in the practical fields of industrial 
and social life that tomorrow's successes depend upon the 
sources of scientific material of the sort we have been borrow- 
ing, then I think we can create, industrially and commercially, 
some appreciation — the same appreciation we have for the 
sources and the value of this material. 

This is the great new obligation that rests upon the young- 
est civilization which, because of favorable conditions, has 
come to be and is today the representative civilization of the 

Other speakers were: Victor Twitty, of the Senior class; 
John Spiegel, ex-'lO, president of the Butler Men's Club ; Mrs. 
Walter Greenough, bearing the felicitations of Indiana Uni- 
versity ; President Good, of the Indiana Central College ; Fred- 
erick E. Schortemier, '12, Secretary of State. 

Before closing President Aley read the message from India 
given in the last issue of the QUARTERLY and intended for 
a FOUNDERS' DAY greeting. The names, Tom Hill, '17; 
Elma Alexander Hill, '16; Annie V. Mullin, '19; Mary Hov/- 
ard McGavran, '22; Donald A. McGavran, '20; Virginia W. 

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Young, '21, brought forth a volume of applause. 

On such occasions the choir invisible seems surrounding. 
Be assured, you who somewhere are doing faithful work, that 
your remembrances are appreciated and that you are never 

A Founder's Day Dinner 

"Forest Home, February 4th, 1871. 
Bro. J. Q. Thomas 

The members of the Board of Directors and the Faculty of 
the University will take supper at my house at 7 o'clock P. M. 
of Tuesday the 7th inst. 

I would be pleased to see you here then. 

Yours truly, 

Ovid Butler." 

The above invitation to an instructor on the faculty has 
recently fallen into the hands of the editor. Penned neatly 
by Mr. Ovid Butler, it indicates an early celebration of Foun- 
der's Day — perhaps the first dinner; at all events, it shows a 
close association between Mr. Butler, the officers of the Old 
University and the Seventh of February. 

There are scenes which survive. There are pictures which 
neither time nor distance can dim, among them Forest Home 
with its hospitality, its cheer, its graciousness, its dignity. 

A Song of Butler 

By Lee Burns 
Oh Butler! where thousands before us, 

With wisdom were guided and taught, 
Your children all join in the chorus, 

Of praise for the good you have wrought. 
For you it shall be our ambition 

To give of our best for a space, 
Then hand on your lofty tradition 

To those who shall come in our place. 

Wherever the future may take us, 

We cherish those days of our youth, 
When you taught, what shall never forsake us, 

To seek after beauty and truth. 
So now with the utmost affection 

We offer our tribute of praise. 
For treasured in our recollection 

Is love for the old college days. 

Ancient Lights 

By Meredith Nicholson 

In those few years now becoming remote, when I read a 
a little at the law, I found legal phraseology so fascinating 
that much of it has remained with me. And in thinking of 
late upon the battle that is now going on between the old and 
the new, and the melancholy complaints and warnings of many 
honest men and women over what seems to be the obscuration 
of things once highly valued but neglected now, I have re- 
curred to the doctrine of "ancient light." 

The application of my text is, obviously, that there is not 
much use in mourning over the loss of the old outlook; that 
it is incumbent upon us not to croak and bewail and denounce, 
but to accommodate ourselves here in America to the broader 
vision afforded by the wider sweep from the greater height. 


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Life is largely a matter of readjustment and accommoda- 
tion. I think we are becoming a little impatient of the sad 
philosophers who mourn for the good old times. Our great 
business just now is to make the present worthy to be remem- 
bered as a golden age by the succeeding generations. There 
are a lot of things we can't possibly bring back and the num- 
ber of those who would cling to the past is fortunately not 

There are matters which it is just as well to meet frankly 
and honestly, and first of all I would speak of American edu- 
cation and of culture as the word has so long been used to 
describe a serious concern with the arts, with literature, with 
the humanities as that word is employed by scholars. A great 
deal has been expected of popular education in this particu- 
lar. Within my own recollection there were many hopeful 
souls who saw a future of America in which the many and not 
the few would be devoutly preoccupied with beautiful things, 
with the great world of literature and with art and music. 
The results have not met those large expectations. It is re- 
grettable that a love of the beautiful can not be put into every 
soul. As to these things it is true, indeed, that many are called 
and few chosen. But the effort everywhere is earnest and 
praiseworthy, and the proportion of Americans who are inter- 
ested in the best literature, and in sculpture and painting, 
and in great music, is immeasurably larger than it ever was 

I am strong for the present ; for these changing years when 
events pass so rapidly; when what we read as news at the 
breakfast table is old and thrust into the back packages of 
the evening papers, so fast does the world move. But we 
have got to look at a lot of things differently if we would truly 
adjust ourselves to the times, and meet responsibilities whose 
nature is likely to change overnight. First of all we must 
escape from the idea that in industry and commerce there is 
anything vulgar and contemptible. Because Venice of old 
was friendly to the arts need not bind us to the fact that its 

Ancient Lights 25 

commerce reached all the known world. And away back yon- 
der Solomon in all his glory and with all his wisdom was not 
above welcoming the ships of Tarshish that brought ivory, 
apes and peacocks for his delight. Men must labor ; men must 
go down to the sea in ships and carry merchandise for barter 
and sale. Nothing ignoble in this ; nothing to justify the sneer 
of the lords of the high and scornful brow ! Horace wouldn't 
have had leisure to write his odes if he hadn't had Maceneas 
to pay his bills. Somebody's got to v/ork ! 

Symphony orchestras and art collections cost money. If the 
tired business man in his weariness prefers the "Follies" to 
Ibsen, I sympathize with the feeling. No man of any spirit 
who has spent a day managing a vexatious and exacting busi- 
ness is likely to find rest listening to a dialogue between a few 
neurotics who finally give it up and go out and jump in the 
well. And so many American business men do find joy in the 
arts and give generously of their money to indulge their tastes 
that any sweeping arraignment of them as a Philistine class 
is preposterous. I once had the pleasure of meeting a gentle- 
man who had made a fortune manufacturing stoves. He made 
himself one of the great world authorities on ceramics. He 
knew all the distinguished painters of his time, and his col- 
lection of Whistler's work, now in Washington, is a most val- 
uable item of our national art treasure. 

The old assumption that between science and culture there 
is an inevitable antagonism exists only in the minds of back- 
ward-looking folk. There is no reason why these two forces 
should not respect and assist each other. It's as fine a thing 
to make a city beautiful and perfect its sanitation and mini- 
mize its poverty as it is to paint a picture or write a noble 
poem. The arts that used to be for the few are now within 
the reach of the many throughout the length and breadth of 
America. The books that were once chained to a shelf in some 
obscure place are now happily free to millions. Public and 
private generosity have democratized the arts. 

It is foolish to attempt any comparison between America 

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and the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was 
Rome. American genius in invention and manufacture has 
outstripped American achievements in the fine arts, but I am 
not of those who speak of this apologetically and regretfully. 
In one art at least — I refer to architecture — science and art 
are meeting and working together harmoniously with results 
that challenge our admiration. We are finding that a sky- 
scraper can be made as beautiful and distinguished as a Greek 
temple. It is obvious, and history supports the idea, that a 
nation must follow its own special genius. There lies its 
greatest hope of success in leaving enduring landmarks on the 
long highway of time. 

x^merican sculpture and painting must interpret America 
and we find them doing so. It is a difficult thing for the arts 
to break with tradition. Literature is responding quite nobly, 
but we still wait for a novelist of an Aeschylean imaginative 
range to picture and interpret the gigantic industrial labors 
of a city like ours. I used to watch from Mackinac island 
through the long summer the passage southward of the great 
barges bearing ore to be transmuted into great instruments of 
power. And it seemed to me that there was something very 
fine in those argosies ; something that swung wide the doors of 
the imagination. And fine, too, the sight of vast mills and 
manufactories with their titanic laborers fashioning steel into 
implements of power and service. The legends vitalized and 
glorified in Wagner's operas are not nobler than the miracles 
of steel. And one day American Beethovens and Wagners will 
interpret these things for us in majestic symphonies and music 

The great difficulty that confronts American literature and 
art is that the scale of things with us is so vast. Our artists 
are cramped by the old standards, but an increasingly large 
number in every field are striking out boldly to do the Ameri- 
can thing in a new way — in an American way. 

When I travel through the west and see what Cleveland, 
Cincinnati, Chicago, Minneapolis and Kansas City are doing 

Ancient Lights 27 

and what has been so splendidly accomplished in my own city 
to elevate the popular taste in all the arts, I am content to 
leave these matters to the sincere and devoted men and women 
who are so earnestly spreading the gospel of "sweetness and 

There is, however, another matter, far more important to 
America and to all the world that we must not overlook. This 
is indeed the most important thing of all, and one that vitally 
concerns every American — and that is a higher conception of 
our politics than is now discernible. Here we are justified in 
challenging popular education for its failure to meet a great 
responsibility. There is something wrong when only half the 
electorate take the trouble to vote. And much more serious is 
the apparent contentment of the people with second and third- 
rate men in important offices. Cultural movements to stimu- 
late interest in the arts are moving forward satisfactorily, but 
how to arouse interest in government, dissociated from parti- 
sanship and seeking a more perfect realization of the promise 
of democracy, calls for many stimulating and courageous 

It is a singular thing that with all the stress laid upon 
efficiency in industry and commerce we should so meekly sub- 
mit to the second-rate in government. A democracy presup- 
poses of the citizen a serious concern for the intelligent and 
honest administration of public affairs. It's not a failure to 
appreciate the Fifth Symphony or the beauty of Keats, Shelley 
and Wordsworth, or the Winged Victory that threatens our 
national security, but the indifference of a vast host of our 
people to the problems of self-government. I do not believe 
the schools and colleges are doing their duty in this matter. 
There is something lacking here. The usual college courses in 
history and politics are somehow inadequate. Our young men 
and women are not bringing home from the colleges and uni- 
versities any high sense of their responsibilities as citizens. 
Possibly the reason lies in the fact that the teaching is too 
academic. The average college professor is timid about ven- 

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turing opinions that may be suspected of party bias. To meet 
this situation I suggest lectureships to be filled by men who 
know practical politics. I would not scruple to introduce to 
the students men known as party bosses and have them tell 
how they do the job. And the political idealists should have a 
chance to disclose the faith that is in them. The whole aim 
would be to quicken the interest, to arouse in every student a 
strong sense of personal responsibility. 

We have in America conditions of life superior to anything 
ever dreamed of by our grandfathers. We have witnessed an 
amazing prolongation of human life; there is more comfort 
here than the world ever knew before, and more agencies are 
at work to destroy misery and promote human happiness than 
ever before engaged the interest of mankind. The achieve- 
ments of science constitute the greatest romance in the v/orld. 
What has been won for the comfort and protection of men 
certainly is not to be spoken of disparagingly in comparison 
with what has been achieved in the fine arts. In old times 
when we visited a strange city we were introduced as a special 
favor to the leading lawyer, possibly to a judge or to the most 
eloquent minister, but it is now the brilliant surgeon or the 
children's specialist who is produced for our special admira- 
tion. To create the likeness of a man in bronze or marble is 
splendid, but to take a bruised and broken man and heal and 
restore him to health and usefulness is a finer and nobler 
thing. There are diversities of gifts, said Saint Paul, all hav- 
ing the same spirit! 

There is complaint that in morality and religion darkness 
has fallen upon us, but here I think we are attributing too 
great importance to an ephemeral phase of society. One thing 
is certain, those old windows with their narrow outlook on 
religion have got to be abandoned. We must go up higher 
and look further as to things spiritual just as we are obliged 
to do in every other department of life. Bigotry and intol- 
erance have no place in Twentieth Century America. The 
trouble is not that Christianity is dying, but that it needs the 

Ancient Lights 29 

sunlight and more air! It must be translated into terms of 
modern life. A million books have been written to explain 
Jesus, but He remains His own best interpreter. And wher- 
ever there is a hospital, or a home for the unfortunate, or 
some individual alone is visiting the sick and needy there the 
work of Jesus Christ is being done. 

That was the greatest day in the history of the world when 
He went down to the fords of the Jordan and offered a new 
hope to the children of men. And His spirit still broods over 
us. He walks the street of the modern city just as He walked 
through the villages and along the roads of Syria, and many 
who know not His name follow and serve Him. Wherever 
there is generosity and kindness and helpfulness; wherever 
mercy and justice and love and peace are manifest He is there. 
The highest aspirations of mankind are derived from Him; 
and in all our labors to make the world a more beautiful and 
happier place He is the unseen leader bearing the Light that 
lightens all the world. 

What Women Have Done for Me 

By Dr. Harvey W. Wiley. 
There is one more incident where a woman's influence has 
made a great impression on me and my career. At the time I 
was teaching Latin at Butler College, there was added to the 
faculty a woman of the highest character and ability. Miss 
Catharine Merrill. She belonged to one of the leading families 
of Indianapolis, had a high social position, and was recognized 
as a woman of superior character and ability. It was my good 
fortune to be associated with her for a period of three years. 
She continued as a professor in Butler College for many years 
thereafter and achieved notable success. Catharine Merrill 
was a woman of quiet habits, serious nature, and positive pur- 
pose. Her ambition was to do her work in the best possible 
way, in so far as instruction was concerned, but particularly 
to mold the character of the girls and young ladies who came 

30 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

under her supervision. She was Dean of Women at Butler 

Without any effort on her part, however, her influence on 
the members of the faculty and the young men of the Insti- 
tution became very real. No one can describe the exact char- 
acter of the impression which she made. To me, it was one of 
the most salutary influences, save that of my mother and sis- 
ter, that I had ever come under. No one in the presence of 
Miss Merrill could entertain any idea of action which was not 
wholly ethical and religious in its nature. It was not so much 
her teaching that made her a power, as her silent influence. 
Her very presence was a benediction. I owe much to Miss 
Merrill in my early career. I have always cherished a deep 
veneration for her and the most delightful recollections of my 
association with her. 

—Reprinted from GOOD HOUSEKEEPING, February, 1925. 



Published by the Alumni Association of Butler College, Indianapolis, Ind. 

Subscription price, two dollars per year. 

Entered as second-class matter, March 26, 1912, at the post office at In- 
dianapolis, Ind., under the Act of March 3, 1879. 

Officers of the Alumni Association — President, Dr. D. W. Layman, '93; 
First Vice-President, Clarence L. Goodwin, ex-'80; Second Vice-Pres- 
ident, Corinne Welling. '12; Treasurer, John I. Kautz, '22. Appointees, 
Edwin E. Thompson, '00, and Lee Bums, ex-'93. 

Secretary and Editor of the Butler Alumnal Quarterly — Katharine M. 
Graydon, '78. 


The possible value of Alumni Funds for the support of many 
colleges is reflected in the alumni activities in this direction 
at Yale and Dartmouth. In a little over thirty years, the 
Yale alumni, beginning with an annual contribution of 
$11,000, have gradually increased their interest in Alma Mater 
to a point where over a quarter of a million is contributed 
annually to the service of the University. Dartmouth Col- 

Editorial 31 

lege, with an operation of about eighteen years, shows an 
increase of graduate interest by a comparison of the first 
year's alumni gifts of $5,100 with the last year's contribution 
of $80,579, with a very steady increase in the number of par- 

This method is not patented, and there are many colleges 
in which similar plans are furnishing the colleges with funds 
for enlarged activities. 

At a recent college dinner in New York this sentiment was 
expressed : "A college which admitted that it had no need for 
funds would be in a moribund condition. ALL FIRST CLASS 

Butler College is no exception to this classification. The 
alumni of Yale and Dartmouth and many other colleges have 
no greater obligation to their institutions than have our own. 

The year 1924-1925 is seeing a new operation in alumni 
activities. Every alumnus of the institution has been in- 
formed of the Class Secretary Association the object being to 
place in the hands of a class secretary the responsibility of 
the alumni activities of that class and its relationship to the 
College, the Association in nowise to supplant the general 
Alumni Association, but to be one unit of activity through 
which that Association functions. 

Our Association of Class Secretaries has voted to support 
one Alumni Scholarship, more if possible, and to bestow two 
honor medals upon the man and the woman whose influence 
for the College during the year has been worthy of recogni- 
tion. It is hoped that every alumnus will through his class 
secretary or the general Alumni Secretary make some con- 
tribution to this worthy cause — any amount, from one dollar 
up to many dollars. Many classes have responded quickly 
and generously. Others are slow in answering. 

Many forms of accomplishment are under discussion of an 
enthusiastic executive committee of the Alumni Association, 
all showing attractive and vital opportunity for usefulness. 
The Association needs your help in suggestion, in contribution, 

32 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

however small — anything which will show that wherever you 
are you still carry remembrance of the Old School, and that 
you are still a responsible son or daughter. 

So, if you have not answered the letter sent to you by your 
class secretary, do so without delay — send in the card enclosed 
and your contribution. 

To facilitate memory, your class secretary m.ay be addressed 
at Butler College. 

The Directory of Class Secretaries 

1879. Demarchus C. Brown, State Library, Indianapolis. 

1880. Mrs. Flora Frazier Dill, 3344 Park Avenue. Indian- 


1881. Mrs. Myron R. Williams, 137 West 28th Street, In- 


1883. Robert L. Dorsey, Tucker & Dorsey, Indianapolis. 

1884. Mrs. Grace Julian Clarke, 115 South Audubon Road, 


1885. Arthur V. Brown, Union Trust Co., Indianapolis. 

1887. Jane Graydon, 303 Downey Avenue, Indianapolis. 

1888. Hugh Th. Miller, Columbus, Ind. 

1890. Mrs. Vida T. Cottman, 336 N. Ritter Avenue, In- 


1891. Mrs. Mary Brouse Schmuck, 5808 East Washington 

St., Indianapolis. 

1892. Mrs. John S. Wright, 3730 N. Pennsylvania Street, 


1893. Dr. D. W. Layman, Medical Arts Building, N. Penn- 

sylvania Street, Indianapolis. 

1894. Mrs. Willis K. Miller, 312 Downey Avenue, Indian- 


1895. Mrs. Mansur Oakes, 2121 N. Alabama Street, In- 


Directory of Class Secretaries 33 


1897. Mabel Tibbott, 336 N. Ritter Avenue, Indianapolis. 


1899. Emily Helming, 552 N. Central Court, Indianapolis. 

1900. Esther Fay Shover, 2057 Broadway, Indianapolis. 

1901. May Cunningham, 2327 N. Meridian St., Indianap- 


1902. Emmett S. Huggins, 5451 Julian Avenue, Indianap- 


1904. Katherine Quinn, 722 Fairfield Avenue, Indianapolis. 

1905. Mrs. Edith D. Hughes, 1728 Cross Drive, Woodruff 

Place, Indianapolis. 

1906. Mrs. Gem Craig Reasoner, 920 Campbell Street, In- 


1907. Mrs. Mary Clark Parker, Spink-Arms Hotel, In- 


1908. Mrs. John Wallace, 246 Hampton Drive, Indianap- 


1909. Mrs. Elizabeth Bogert Schofield, 2625 E. Washing- 

ton Street, Indianapolis. 

1910. Herbert Hyman, 3445 Birchwood Avenue, Indianap- 


1911. Maud Russell, 60 N. Ritter Avenue, Indianapolis. 

1912. Corinne Welling, 5202 Washington Boulevard, In- 


1913. Mrs. Jessie Breadheft Chalifour, 2131 East Tenth 

Street, Indianapolis. 

1914. Mrs. Ellen Graham George, 2802 Cornell Avenue, 


1915. Justus W. Paul, Butler College, Indianapolis. 

1916. Francis W. Payne, 261 Burgess Avenue, Indianap- 


1917. Urith Dailey, 279 S. Ritter Avenue, Indianapolis. 

1918. Virginia Kingsbury, 317 Downey Avenue, Indianap- 


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1919. Jean Brown, 5087 East Washington Street, In- 


1920. Gladys Banes, 1556 Brookside Avenue, Indianapolis. 

1921. Dr. Paul Draper, 31 N. Gladstone Avenue, Indianap- 


1922. Mrs. Dale Hodges, 5345 East Washington Street, 


1923. Scot Clifford, 124 Downey Avenue, Indianapolis. 

1924. Gwendolen Dorey, 4602 N. Pennsylvania Street, In- 


From The City Office 
By John W. Atherton 

The offer of $300,000 to the Butler building fund, made by 
William G. Irwin and his sister, Mrs. Z. T. Sweeney, of 
Columbus, has been the outstanding event of the Butler cam- 
paign for the first quarter of the year. Mr. Irwin and Mrs. 
Sweeney made a condition that $700,000 additional must be 
raised by the end of the year. It is felt that this condition is 
no more than fair. If these two friends of the college, who 
do not live in Indianapolis, are willing to give approximately 
one-third of a $1,000,000 building fund, surely the rest of the 
alumni and friends ought to be able to give the other two- 

Since the days of Joseph I. Irwin, father of the two donors 
to this new fund, the college has been indebted to the Irwin 
family. Joseph I. Irwin gave liberally to the institution at a 
time when financial assistance was necessary to keep the col- 
lege from closing its doors. His son and daughter now are 
following in his footsteps and with their latest offer the total 
gifts from the Irwin family reach $600,000. 

Inspired by the challenge to the community some generous 
gifts have been coming into the building fund. J. J. Appel 
and Arthur Baxter have given $15,000 each. Other gifts are 
anticipated and some smaller amounts have been received 

From the City Office 35 

from time to time. An inspiring example was given by Robert 
R. Batton, an attorney of Marion. He sent his check for 
$1,000 to the building fund and is now engaged in raising 
money for the college at Marion. He attended Butler three 
years, and later was graduated from another school but in 
connection with his gift he said : "Personally, as you perhaps 
already know, I came to Butler with less than $20 as a sum 
total of my financial resources and received three years of 
liberal arts education at her hands in addition to much other 
invaluable training. And I have always felt that any success 
I have made or may hereafter make, I ov/e largely to that 
education and training. So that from a purelj'' personal 
standpoint, I am much gratified to find myself in a position to 
make this contribution." 

If other members of the alumni and former students look 
at Butler in the same way there will be no difficulty experi- 
enced in pledging enough to permit the board to take advan- 
tage of the offer of Mr. Irwin and Mrs. Sweeney. Mr. Irwin 
is now in Europe and will be gone for some time. He will be 
missed in planning additional details for this year's campaign. 

"We are prouder of Will Irwin than ever," said Emsley W. 
Johnson, one of the members of the Board. "We have been 
proud of him as an example of successful Butler graduate but 
we have a feeling of deeper pride in the realization that he and 
his sister have great affection for the school and that they 
are now hopeful that it can be made an institution of sufficient 
size and equipment that it will be of service to hundreds and 
thousands in the future. Mr. Irwin's advice as chairman of 
the general committee has been priceless. The least that we 
can do, since his generous offer was made, is to meet the con- 
ditions, accept the challenge and go about the work of pledging 
the remaining $700,000 needed to complete the $1,000,000 
building fund." 

The dominant thought, at the moment, is that of meeting 
the challenge. Butler has been offered $300,000 if a little 
more than twice that sum can be obtained from any source. 

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Butler never has permitted such an opportunitj^ to go by be- 
fore and we are confident that graduates and former students 
of the school will not be found wanting in this emergency. 


Basketball, Track and Baseball 
Captain Hal Griggs and his basket shooters brought the 
winter season to a close in a blaze of glory. Down at Franklin 
the wonder five were put to rout by a 29 to 16 Bulldog victory. 
The game as played was more convincing than the previous 
year when the Baptists were crocked 36 to 22 after a long 
string of victories. The passing of Franklin has left Wabash 
at the top of the State quintets. Their honors were rightly 
deserved with 15 straight victories over the best in the middle 
west. Just one thing denied our basket bailers of the state 
title and that was lack of a home gymnasium, where a little 
basket shooting luck is needed. The value of a few free 
throws was emphasized when Wabash and Butler each scored 
7 field goals at Tomlinson hall and at Crawfordsville, Butler 
shot 11 to Wabash's 10 field goals, but lost on the almighty 
foul toss. High lights of the indoor season were the Four 
Western Conference victories and double wins over Notre 
Dame, DePauw and Vanderbilt. Butler didn't enter the Na- 
tional A. A. U. tourney to uphold its 1924 title as the squad 
couldn't afford to miss class work. 

The personnel of the team included two seniors; Capt. 
Griggs, the best all around athlete in Hoosierland, who was 
handicapped with football injuries but turned in wonderful 
games at Franklin and Wabash, while Gene Colway, of Mun- 
cie, was brilliant throughout the season in his guarding, being 
given all star mention. 

Juniors who came across were Bop Nipper, Captain-elect 
for 1926, a beautiful floor man. Jim Keach, a heavy driver 
who has the punch. Jerry Strole, of Kentland, a comer in the 
back guard field. Dave Konold, of Elwood, a steady all 

Athletics 37 

around man, and Al Harker, Butler's regular back guard of 
1924, whose luck was against his playing regularly due to 
injuries just before the season opened. 

Sophomores who made good their first year on the Varsity 
were Christopher of Greencastle, the University free throwing 
gold medal winner. Bob Wakefield, of Ben Davis, who has a 
fine future as a goal shooter, Nail of St. Paul, Daubenspeck of 
Broad Ripple, McGuire of Lebanon. The future has much in 
store for the blue and white with a fine group of Freshmen 
being developed by Coach Hinkle. Men who will be seen next 
year are Capt. Chadd of Bainbridge, Holz of Frankfort, Col- 
lier of Wilkinson, Summers of Manual, Jackman of Broad 
Ripple, Zell, Meek, Collyer, Tudor, Thornton, Eck, Ball and 

Eight Varsity letters and twelve numeral awards were made 
at the annual chicken dinner given at Page's country place. 

The Track and Field men are now under way with Glen 
Gray as Captain. Butler lacks in number of men. Last sea- 
son eight Butler men landed honors next to Notre Dame in the 
State Meet. The indoor season saw our relay runners on top. 
Gray, Caraway, Ham and Phillips set a new one mile record 
at the Illinois Relay Carnival at 3.28 1/5. While at Cleveland 
the best in Ohio were defeated. At the Cincinnati and Louis- 
ville A. A. U. Championships Butler scored many points. 

The outdoor season includes many interesting trips for the 
men. The Texas relays, Kansas and Drake are the high 
spots. While dual meets with Ohio Wesleyan State Normal 
at Michigan, DePauw, Franklin, and Earlham with the State 
meet at Lafayette, the Western Intercollegiates at Columbus, 
Ohio and the National collegiates at Chicago should furnish 
keen competition for the following men, small in numbers, 
but mighty: Glen Gray, sprints; Nig Woods, hurdles and 
jumps; Hal Griggs, weights; H. Phillips, middle distances; S. 
Ham, low hurdles; H. Caraway, half miler; D. Kilgore, 
quarter mile; B. Graham, pole vault; Wm. Robinson and J. 
Wales, distance runs. 

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Butler will have a new baseball team since eight good men 
have graduated. Coach Hinkle has a big job on his hands to 
uphold the blue and white record of the past. A southern 
training trip will be made during spring vacation week. Two 
Western Conference games are carded at Ohio State and Uni- 
versity of Chicago. Twenty college games are slated with the 
season closing against the alumni on Irwin Field, June 13th. 
The leading candidates include Buck Ewing and H. Woodling 
pitchers, Art Queisser and Carl Cecil catchers, Jerry Strole 
and Dave Konold on 1st base, Bop Nipper at 2nd, Mills on 
short, Woolgar on 3rd, Keach, Griggs, Phillips, Morris, Roby 
in the outfield. 

Since Otto Strohmeier, Freshman coach, has gone east to 
enter the clothing business, H. W. Middlesworth has been 
engaged to coach the Freshman baseball men and assist in 
spring football practice which will be held through the month 
of April. "Wally" has a fine reputation in middle western 
athletic circles, having competed in three major sports for 
Butler during the past four years. His greatest achievement 
was in captaining the National A. A. U. basketball champs 
last year. 

Coach Page is always looking into the future. The time 
has come when Butler needs to capitalize its athletic boom. 
We have outgrown our athletic field and gjrmnasium, our men 
have gained National reputation. It's a hard job to uphold 
these honors. It takes co-operation on all sides. Butler is 
proud of a fine scholastic reputation also. During the past 
semester many promising freshman athletes fell by the way- 
side in their all important study. The bulldog coaches have 
sent out a call for more red blooded men to carry on the bril- 
liant work started. A wonderful football schedule for next 
autumn is in store: Earlham, DePauw, Illinois, Franklin, 
Wabash, Rose Poly, Minnesota, Dayton, and Centenary at 
Shreveport, Louisiana. 

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Butler Spring Baseball Schedule 1925 

April 1- 2 Cumberland University at Lebanon, Tenn. 

" 3 Vanderbilt University at Nashville, Tenn. 

" 4 * University of Louisville at Louisville, Ky. 

" 7-8 Practice game here. 

" 11 *Ohio State University at Columbus, Ohio. 

" 14 Practice game here. 

" 17 University of Louisville here. 

" 18 * Dayton University at Dayton, Ohio. 

" 24 Hanover College here. 

25 *Game. 

28 Franklin College here. 

May 2 *Wabash College here. 

" 5 State Normal at Terre Haute. 

" 6 Practice game here. 

" 9 *University of Chicago at Chicago. 

" 12 DePauw at Greencastle. 

" 15 State Normal here. 

" 16 *Hanover College at Hanover. 

" 19 Franklin College at Franklin. 

" 22 DePauw University here. 

" 23 * University of Dayton here. 

" 26 Practice game. 

" 29 State Normal at Kalamazoo, Mich. 

" 30 *Michigan Aggies at East Lansing. 

June 2 Wabash at Crawfordsville. 

" 12 B Men's Association Banquet. 

" 13 *Annual Alumni game here. 

Note: Midweek games on Irwin Field will begin at 3:30 
p. m. 

* Saturday games at 3 :30 p. m. 


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Butler Track and Field Schedule 1925 

Illinois Athletic Club games at Chicago. 

Kansas City games at Kansas City, Mo. 

Illinois Relays at Urbana. 

National A. A. U. Championships at Louis- 

Relay games at Cleveland, Ohio. 

Ohio A. A. U. games at Cincinnati. 

University of Texas Relays at Austin. 

Rice Institute Relays at Houston. 

Ohio Wesleyan Dual at Delaware. 

Kansas Relays at Lawrence or 

Ohio Relays at Columbus. 

Pennsy or Drake Relays at Des Moines, la. 

DePauw dual meet at Greencastle. 

Interclass Track meet, Irwin Field. 

Freshman Triangular meet, Irwin Field. 

Earlham, Franklin, Butler Triangular meet 
at Richmond. 

Collegiate Championship at Richmond. 

State Meet at Lafayette. 

Freshman dual meet. 

Kalamazoo State Normal dual meet at Kal- 
amazoo, Mich. 

Western Conference meet at Columbus, 0. 

National Collegiate at Chicago. 

Butler In Chicago 

BUTLER IN INDIA announced in the last issue is followed 
by the pleasant news of a BUTLER IN CHICAGO. Congrat- 
ulations of the QUARTERLY go out to those loyal alumni 
workers near home as well as to those around the world. Much 
good, it is believed, will be the result of those interested in the 
Alma Mater organized into some congenial form. It is hoped 
this step will be repeated in every community where even two 
or three may be gathered together. 

On Saturday, March 7, was held in the Narcissus Room of 
Marshall Field's in Chicago, a gathering of eighteen Butler 
alumni for luncheon. Little formal business was done other 
than to pass the motion to organize the Butler Alumni Asso- 
ciation of Chicago, followed by an election of officers, which 
resulted as follows: President, Lawrence W. Bridge, '14; 
vice-president, F. R. Davidson, '14; secretary-treasurer, Mrs. 
Mable Felt Browder, '15. It was voted to have four quarterly 
luncheons, the next to be held on May 2. 

Those present were: Lawrence W. Bridge, Clifford H. 
Browder, Mrs. Mable Felt Browder, Mrs. Frances Hill Arms, 
Mrs. Lesley Clay Keach, Mrs. Cornelia Thornton Morrison, 
Mrs. Gwyneth Harry Meyer, F. E. Davison, Flora Naylor Hay, 
Charles F. McElroy and Mrs. McElroy, Mrs. Edith Habbe 
Marx, Mrs. Myrtella Sewell Whitsell, Sterling G. Rothermel, 
Verl A. Wise, Milton 0. Naramore, H. N. Rogers, Dr. Earl 

Butler Publications 

Paul L. Haworth, head of the history department, has just 
put out through the Bobbs-Merrill Company a new volume, 
GEORGE WASHINGTON— Country Gentleman. The vol- 
ume combines narrative interest with recorded fact, and will 
give pleasure to those interested in early history and in coun- 
try life of the colonial days, 


42 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

Announcement is made of the recent appearance through 
the National Research Council of New York, of a volume titled 
MARINE STRUCTURES— Their Deterioration and Preser- 
vation — by William G. Atwood and A. A. Johnson. The book 
is a Survey of Water Conditions and the Behavior of Con- 
struction Materials in all the Important Harbors of the 
United States, Caribbean and Pacific Islands, and the West 
Coast of Mexico. The data reported from over three hundred 
test stations are of vital importance to those concerned with 
maritime construction. 

The London publication ENGINEERING says : "The ma- 
terials on which their reports are founded represent not only 
the work of the Committee, but embrace the views of engineers 
and experts best qualified to express an opinion. They con- 
tain a wealth of information and taken in connection with the 
extensive bibliography provide a survey of the whole range 
of the destructive work of marine organisms and the prob- 
lem of the durability of maritime structure." 

The book has been cordially received and reviewed at length 
in the more important engineering magazines, English as 
well as American. 

The QUARTERLY congratulates Mr. Johnson, of the class 
of '95, and wishes him well in all his ways. He and Mrs. 
Johnson, '95, are living in New York City. 

Professor Ratti has just completed arrangements for the 
publication by Alfred A. Knopf, of New York, of his new text 
book entitled, "A Progressive Course in French Composition 
and Conversation." The book embodies an entirely new method 
of teaching advanced French composition and conversation, 
and is the result of many years of experience with classes in 
French in both colleges and universities in America. It makes 
use of several new but pedagogically sound devices in order to 
develop in the student the ability to write original composi- 
tions in French, without having to resort to the unsatisfactory 
method of making the student translate an English passage 

Butler Publications 43 

into French. One of these devices is a modification of what 
Professor Ratti had occasion to observe directly in the classes 
for French and Italian students at the University of Grenoble, 
during a previous sojourn abroad. 

The text book is intended for use in third-year and fourth- 
year college classes, but it can be used to advantage in ad- 
vanced high school classes as well. 

Professor Ratti hopes that the book will be on the market 
in time for its adoption for classes next semester. The extra 
work involved in its publication, coupled with that incidental 
to his trip abroad, leads us to agree with him when he says 
that he will be quite busy between now and June 20th, the 
day on which the family expects to sail. 

THE IOWA HEALTH BULLETIN his just issued a pam- 
phlet containing an article on "Water S pplies for Schools" 
by Jack J. Hinman, Jr. The author, who graduated from But- 
ler with the class of 1911, is chief of the water laboratory 
division of the laboratories for the Iowa State Board of Health 
and associate professor of sanitation, State L^niversity of 


The program for the seventieth annual Commencement will 
open with the Phi Kappa Phi banquet on the evening of June 
12, followed by the Class Day the morning of the 13th, the 
Alumni Reunion the evening of the 13th, the Baccalaureate 
Address on Sunday afternoon, the 14th, and Commencement 
the morning of the 15th. Details of the week will be made 
known later. 

Class Anniversaries 

The Golden Anniversary falls to the class of '75, whose 
living members are Rev. W. T. Sellers of Indianapolis and 
Rev. Samuel J. Tomlinson of Fairland, Indiana. 

The Silver Jubilee will be observed by the class of 1900, 
whose members are: Emily Adams (Mrs. Samuel Emison), 
Elizabeth Anne Butler (Mrs. Carlos Recker), John W. Ather- 
ton, John R. Carr, Anne Edgeworth, Cora Emrich, Grace F. 
Gookin (Mrs. W. J. Karslake), Mary Charlotte Graham (Mrs. 
Alfred Place), Mary Charlotte Griggs (Mrs. W. D. Van Voor- 
his), Mabel Hauk (Mrs. Thundere), Emsley W. Johnson, 
Penelope V. Kern, Blanche P. Noel, Clara Overhiser (Mrs. I. 
L. Frye), A. L. Portteus, Ethel B. Roberts (Mrs. Carl Loop), 
Esther Fay Shover, Raymond A. Smith, Edwin E. Thompson, 
Shelley D. Watts. 

The class of 1915 will observe its Tenth anniversary. Of 
this class the living membership is : Alta E. Barmf uhrer 
(Mrs. R. H. Kane), Beth Barr, Gladys Bowser (Mrs. Wm. 
CofRn), Muriel Bruner (Mrs. H. L. Schwalzried), Howard C. 
Caldwell, Lucille Carter, Ruth B. Carter, Margaret E. Choate 
(Mrs. Chas. E. Smith), Elton R. Clarke, Ruth Elizabeth Cun- 
ningham (Mrs. L. N. Kirkhoff), Ruth E. Densford, Earl S. 
Farmer, Mabel M. Felt (Mrs. Clifford Browder), Charlotte 
Ferguson (Mrs. C. M. Zink), Jeanette W. Gawne, Margaret 
L. Griffith, Cecil C. Griggs, Bernice Hall (Mrs. F. Elbert 
Glass), Marjorie Hall (Mrs. Walter Montgomery), Harry F. 
Lett, B. W. Lewis, Ruth Miles (Mrs. R. L. Wise), Maude E. 
Nesbit, Motosaburo Oiwa, C. E. Oldham, Justus W. Paul, Mary 
L. Peacock (Mrs. Edward Lewis), Edward Ploenges, Rexford 
M. Pruitt, Hugh Shields, Grace 0. Small (Mrs. J. C. Walton), 
Ferris J. Stephens, Elizabeth F. Stephenson (Mrs. Leonard I. 
Kercheval), Frank W. Sumner, Roy W. Townsend, Albert R. 
Tucker, Elizabeth Vawter, Beth Wilson, Mary L. Winks (Mrs. 
Albert H. Russell), Verl A. Wise, Modeste P. Capiel, Narcie 
Pollitt, Remberto A. Hernandez. 


Faculty Notes 

President Aley's lengthy program of addresses for this 
spring indiides the following announcements : 

March 6, Federation of Parent Teachers' Club of Indian- 
apolis — address: Good Citizenship. 

March 13, Beech Grove High School — address: Why Get An 
Education ? 

March 14, Matinee Musical Society — address: Music and 

April 13, Indianapolis Literary Club — address : Experiences 
of a College Executive. 

April 15, Fifth District Indiana Federation of Clubs, Clin- 
ton, Indiana — Women and Good Citizenship. 

Commencement addresses in Indiana : Manila, Greenwood, 
Boonville, Princeton, Edinburg, South Bend, and Kiwana, 111. 

Mr. Irving Allen of the Department of Economics is doing 
some very creditable work as a book reviewer. For The In- 
dianapolis News, he has reviewed particularly The Principles 
of Psychology, Volume I, by J. R. Kantor, and in addition 
Fruit of the Family Tree, by A. E. Wiggam, and Tales of 
Hearsay, by Joseph Conrad. For Mr. Percy Beach's Book- 
notes, he has reviewed The Green Hat, by Michael Arlen. 

Professor H. E. Birdsong, of the Department of Journal- 
ism, conducts a department Criticism of High School Papers 
in the Scholastic Editor, a monthly publication issued by the 
Department of Journalism, University of Wisconsin, as an 
aid to high school teachers of journalism and the publication 
staffs. Professor H. E. Birdsong addressed the staffs of the 
high school paper and high school annual at Rushville Feb- 
ruary 12. 

Miss Evelyn Butler and Mrs. W. L. Richardson attended the 
annual meeting of the National Association of Deans of Wom- 
en, February 26, 27, 28. 


46 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

Miss Evelyn Butler will attend the annual convention of the 
Association of Deans of Women and Advisors of Girls of In- 
diana, which meets in Muncie, April 18. Miss Butler as presi- 
dent of the organization will have charge of the programs of 
the meetings. A number of our Butler students will appear 
on the programs. Miss Catherine Burton and Miss Corya will 
give talks. 

Professor G. H. Shadinger, head of the Department of 
Chemistry, published a text, Laboratory Manual in General 
Inorganic Chemistry, that is used in the first year chemistry 
course. He will attend the semi-annual convention of the 
American Chemical Society to be held in Baltimore, and at 
Johns Hopkins University April 6 to April 10. Professor 
Shadinger spoke on Recent Practical and Theoretical Develop- 
ments in Chemistry, before the Men's Club of the Irvington 
Presbyterian Church, Saturday evening, March 10. 

Miss Katharine M. Graydon will attend the annual meeting 
of Alumni Secretaries to be held April 23, 24, 25, at Bethle- 
hem, Pa., where the Association will be guests of Lehigh Uni- 

Butler College regrets the departure of Professor and Mrs. 
R. A. Tallcott, but rejoices in their promising future. Mr. 
Tallcott will become the dean of the Williams School of Ex- 
pression and Dramatic Art in Ithaca, New York, a unit of the 
Ithaca University of Fine Arts, an institution now being 
formed. Mrs. Tallcott will become a professor in the Depart- 
ment of English in the school. 

Associate-Professor T. G. Wesenberg, who has been at Har- 
vard University during the college year, will resume his work 
at Butler at the beginning of the summer session during which 
he will have charge of the work in Romance Languages. 
Professor Wesenberg will be acting head of the department 
for the academic year of 1925-1926, during the absence of 
Professor Ratti. 

Faculty Notes 47 

Those who have made the acquaintance of Professor Joseph 
G. Fucilla during his two years of service as Assistant-Pro- 
fessor of Romance Languages, will be pleased to learn of his 
engagement to Miss Reba Ann South of Neoga, Illinois. The 
announcement was formally made at a Valentine's Day party 
given in honor of Miss South. The marriage will probably 
take place during the latter part of the summer. 

Mr. M. B. Baumgartner, head of the Department of Ger- 
man, is president of the Association of Indiana College Teach- 
ers of German, which holds its semi-annual meeting in In- 
dianapolis, March 21 

Among the most important bits of constructive work done 
by Butler College during the past few years is the establish- 
ment of the principle of allowing professors to go abroad on 
sabbatical leaves of absence. This is in keeping with the cus- 
tom of all the best colleges and universities in the country, as 
it is beneficial to both the institution granting the leave and 
to the professor availing himself of it. 

Professor Harrison, head of the Department of English, 
who was granted a leave of absence for the year 1924-1925, 
is now in Europe with his family. For the year 1925-1926 
two full professors have been given the same privilege: 
Professor Anna Weaver, of the Department of Greek and 
Professor Gina A. Ratti, head of the Department of Romance 

Miss Weaver will travel extensively in Europe during the 
summer, before going to the American School in Athens, 
where she intends to spend a large part of the college year. 

Professor Ratti and his family will spend the year in 
Europe, also going to Florence, Italy, by way of England, 
Belgium, France and Switzerland. He will study there, both 
at the University of Florence and at the Institut Francais 
which is conducted jointly by the University of Grenoble, 
France, and the Italian government. Mrs. Ratti, too, will take 
courses at the University of Florence summer session and also 

48 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

during the academic year. The spring semester will find 
them in Paris where Professor Ratti plans to do some work 
at the College de France and at the Sorbonne, both of them 
branches of the University of Paris. However, the libraries 
of Paris and Florence will be his chief attraction, as his main 
object in going abroad is to carry on research work along lines 
of comparative literature which the limitations of our own 
libraries will not permit. 

Alumni Mention 

Congratulations to Mayor Chauncy Butler, '69, of Inter- 
lachen, Florida. 

William G. Invin, '89, sailed on March 21 for several weeks 
in Europe. 

Hilton U. Brown, '80, and Mrs. Brown will sail on April 25 
for a two months' tour abroad. 

Mrs. Edith S. Berry, '24, directs the Woman's Department 
in Indianapolis of the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance 

Miss Urith Dailey, '17, has returned to Irvington after 
spending several weeks in Orlando, Florida, with her parents. 

The words of the new College Song were written by Lee 
Bums ; the music composed by Ernest G. Hesser. The college 
welcomes to its repertoire this latest addition. 

Law offices of McElroy and Huddleston are located at 110 
South Dearborn Street, Chicago. Charles F. McElroy was a 
member of the class of '04. 

Announcement has been made by Alpha Chi Omega of the 
installation of Alpha Chi Chapter at Butler University of 
February 28. The Chapter House is at 4912 East Washing- 
ton Street. 

Alumni Mention 49 

Mrs. Mable Gant Murphy, '12, read a paper on VERGIL AS 
A PROPAGANDIST at the Sixth Annual Meeting of the 
Classical Association of the Atlantic States held in Washing- 
ton, D. C. on November 29, 1924. 

Mail addressed to Dr. William Eugarde Phillips, '96, 
Granby, Massachusetts, has been returned bearing the word 
"deceased". Information concerning this fact will be grate- 
fully received by the Alumni Secretary, Butler College. 

Mrs. Roy Metzger, of Lebanon, Ind., sang at the Founders' 
Day dinner. Other musical numbers of the Day were from 
the Metropolitan School of Music. Mr. Hesser, director of 
Music in the Indianapolis Public Schools, was also vocalist. 

Clayton Hamilton, of Columbia University, delighted a col- 
lege audience as he spoke in chapel on the morning of Feb- 
ruary 9 upon the subject of RICHARD BRINSLEY SHER- 
IDAN. Miss Welling of the English department entertained 
at luncheon in honor of Mr. Hamilton. 

Miss Katharine M. Graydon. '78, and her sisters, Miss Ellen 
D. Graydon, '81, and Mrs. Alexander Jameson, '90, will sail on 
May 23 for a summer abroad. It is their plan to visit France, 
Italy, Switzerland, spending the most of their time motoring 
through England. 

Hon. Merrill Moores, ex-congressman of the Seventh Dis- 
trict, has many times shown his loyalty to Butler College. 
His latest gift is a valuable collection of books gathered while 
in Washington. Mr. Moores has returned to Indianapolis and 
has opened law offices at 1606 National City Bank Building. 

The engagement is announced of Miss Georgia P. McElroy, 
ex-'04, dean of girls at Central High School, Superior, Wis- 
consin, to Arthur C. Hunt, of Salem, Massachusetts. The 
wedding will take place July 15, 1925, at the home of the 
bride's brother, Charles F. McElroy, '04, at Ravinia, Illinois, 
near Chicago. 

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E. J. Iddings, student '99-'02, is dean and director of the 
College of Agriculture of the University of Idaho. Mr. Idd- 
ings remembers Butler pleasantly, as the College remembers 
him and is happy in his prosperity. 

Mrs. W. D. Van Voorhis (May Griggs, '00) lives at Mor- 
gantown. West Virginia, where her husband is pastor of the 
Spruce Street Christian Church. Her oldest son is married and 
living in Findlay, Ohio ; her oldest daughter is senior in Hiram 
College; the next daughter a junior in the University of Mor- 
gantown; the second son a junior in the high school, while the 
youngest boy is in the grades. It is long since Mrs. Van 
Voorhis has visited her Alma Mater and it is hoped she may 
soon be able to return to the campus. 

Some of the members of '87 have joined that class of citizens 
who enjoy spending their winters in the Sunny South. Mr. 
Omar Wilson, of Paonia, Colorado, spent January and Feb- 
ruary around Los Angeles, visiting his daughter, Mrs. T. W. 
Eastin, and his sister, Mrs. J. Challen Smith. Mr. E. P. Wise, 
of North Canton, Ohio, spent Christmas and the weeks fol- 
lowing with his daughter in Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. and 
Mrs. B. F. Dailey, of Irvington, went to Orlando, Florida, for 
February. Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Gans, of Hagerstown, Mary- 
land, made the trip to Southern California and from there 
sailed to Honolulu to enjoy that balmy tropic air. 


Hoover-Kroenke. — Lyman Hoover, '22, and Miss Helen 
Ernestine Kroenke were married on February 7, in Meriden, 
Connecticut. Mr. and Mrs. Hoover are living in New Haven, 
where Mr. Hoover is doing graduate work in Yale University. 

Brown-Stanley. — Mr. Paul Van Dyke Brown, '24, and 
Miss Mary Florence Stanley, '22, were married on March 21 
in Indianapolis. Mr. and Mrs. Brown are at home in Indi- 


Baird. — To Mr. Edward L. Baird, '09, and Mrs. Baird, on 
March 18, in Shelbyville, Indiana, a daughter— Adah Irene. 

Browning. — To Mr. Henry L. Browning, '20, and Mrs. 
Browning (Charity Hendren, '18), in Indianapolis, on March 
22, a son — Robert. 

Hill.— To Mr. Herbert R. Hill, '22, and Mrs. Hill (Goldie 
Billman, '22), in Indianapolis, on March 23, a son — Richard 

Putnam. — To Mr. Russell C. Putnam, '19, and Mrs. Put- 
nam, in Schenectady, New York, on February 19, a daughter 
— Shirley Pauline. 

Sexton. — To Dr. and Mrs. Marshall Cullen Sexton (Lela 
Kennedy, '18) in Rushville, Indiana, on February 27, a daugh- 
ter — Maiy Frances. 

Stitt.— To Mr. Stitt and Mrs. Stitt (Gail Baker) on March 
26, in Indianapolios, a son — Robert Baker. 


The Quarterly announces with deep regret the death on 
February the eleventh of Dr. David Owen Thomas at his home, 
520 Ridgewood Avenue, Minneapolis, Minn. His illness, 
pneumonia, came suddenly just following the Doctor's discov- 
ery^ of the fact that he was the victim of heretofore unsus- 
pected heart disease. Mrs. Thomas was at the time in India, 
she having joined Dr. Willett's party for a winter tour around 
the world. Dr. Thomas intended meeting her in London this 
spring and they were to spend the summer visiting in Pem- 
brokeshire, Wales, where Dr. Thomas v/as born. The Satur- 
day before his death, a letter from him to Indianapolis rela- 
tives of Mrs. Thomas gave these plans together with the ex- 
pression of the hope that "sea-bathing and running around the 
old home" would do him good and remove his disability. 

Dr. Thomas was a son-in-law of Ovid Butler, having mar- 


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ried in 1885 Anne E. Butler. The wedding took place at 
Forest Home, the Ovid Butler homestead at Park Avenue and 
13th Street, and was the last of many notable gatherings in 
that beautiful old home. Dr. Thomas came to this country 
from Wales at the age of nineteen. He attended Bethany 
College, West Virginia, taking his A. B. degree there in 1878. 
Later he won degrees in medicine and surgery from the Indi- 
ana Medical College, from the College of Physicians and 
Surgeons in New York City and from the Royal College of 
Physicians and Surgeons in London. His life as a practising 
physician was spent in Minneapolis where Dr. and Mrs. 
Thomas have always made their home. He was a man of 
notably high and fine character, beloved as physician and 
friend, a man with remarkable ardor for befriending and 
helping mankind and with intense interest in spiritual things. 
His manuscript for a book on the historj'- and significance of 
the Lord's Supper was completed except for its final chapter. 
The funeral took place in the Portland Avenue Christian 
Church, of which he had been a member during all his life in 
Minneapolis. The body was brought to Indianapolis, where 
final interment was made in Crown Hill. Mrs. Thomas started 
on her long, sad journey of return from India immediately on 
receipt of the cable and reached Boston on March 24th. She 
came at once to the home of Scot Butler, her brother. 

Fletcher. — Horace Hines Fletcher died in Indianapolis on 
February 18 and was buried in Crown Hill cemetery. 

The Indianapolis press paid tribute to Horace H. Fletcher, 
the good man and useful citizen. It is perhaps fitting that all 
who knew him well during his life take kindly note of Horace 
H. Fletcher, the boy and youth. 

He Avas proud to claim Butler College as his Alma Mater. 
He was a Sigma Chi, but his friendships were not confined to 
his fraternity. Among his special companions were Quincy 
A. Meyers, Merrill Moores and Henry Barr. He did not com- 
plete his college course, but he loved the institution, and he 

Deaths 53 

loved the picturesque building- of the North Western Christian 
University. In the early sixties a school was established in 
that building for the little folks of College Corner, an ideal 
school for children, which Horace attended. Thus the child- 
hood and later the developing youth were largely influenced 
by that institution of learning. 

Horace Fletcher was always manly and industrious and 
fond of athletics. He and his friends had to satisfy them- 
selves with baseball, in which game Professor Harvey W. 
Wiley was often their leader, 

Mr. Fletcher was of a deeply religious nature, faithful in 
friendship, diligent in business; but his home was his chief 
object and happiness. 

One who knew him well offers this in affectionate remem- 

In loving remembrance of Madge Oherholtzer , ex. '18, ivho 
died at her home in Irvington on April 14- Pleasant in 
friendship, faithful in duty, of fine Christian character 

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Our Correspondence 

HORACE M. RUSSELL, '05, Amarillo, Texas: "It is 
hardly likely that I shall ever attend a Founders' Day dinner, 
but it is certain that I shall never get over my keen desire to 
do so. Many thanks for the invitation. I hear very little of 
Butler, but all that I do hear is good — very good. You are 
coming to a remarkable fulfillment of the Founders' dreams." 

to thank you for asking me to be secretary of my class, for 
such good letters have come in reply to those I have sent out. 
I feel more than repaid for any effort it took, and again thank 
you for letting me do the work." 

DR. PAUL A. DRAPER, '21 : "As I work among the chil- 
dren of the beautiful new Riley Hospital I am often reminded 
of the teachings of our beloved Dr. Jabez Hall, hoping I may 
thus be helped in providing the highest type of healing for my 
patients. I find, contrary to the irrational opinion of many, 
that to be most scientific — intelligent of nature's laws — is to 
be most God-like, and that all the quackeries and cults are due 
mainly to plain ignorance. 

Best wishes for another happy and successful year at 

HERBERT R. HYMAN, '10: "I am sorry that my work 
is of such a character that I can not devote more time to the 
Old School. My heart's in the right place, but I simply can 
not arrange my affairs so that I can give the time to further- 
ing the cause of Butler as I know I should. Let me know if I 
can be of further help." 




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JULY, 1925 


Entered as second-class matter March 26, 1912, at the post 
oflSce at Indianapolis, Ind., under the Act of March 3, 1879. 


Commencement Address by Hon. Simeon D. Fess 

Address of President Aley 

The Commencement 

List of Graduates 

Katherine Merrill Graydon 

Spring in Indiana 

A Song 

The School of Music 

The Art School 

The College of Religion 

The College of Missions 

College News — 

From the City Office 

Class Day 

The Alumni Reunion 

Class Reunions 

Class News 


Honor Day 

May Day 

Around the College 

Faculty Notes 

Personal Mention 





VoL XIV JULY. 1925 - No. 2 

JUNE, 1925 


: By Honorable Simeon D. Fess 

United States Senator from Ohio 

Members of the Faculty, Members of the Graduating Class and 
Their Friends: 

It is needless for me to express my appreciation of my good 
friend, your great President, because you know that if I did not 
appreciate him I Avould not have accepted the only invitation to 
make a commencement address this year outside of my own state. 

I have known your President for many years and most favor- 
ably, and also members of the faculty, and especially the work 
they have all done in this institution about which I have heard a 
great deal. For fifteen years, over in the State of Ohio, I was 
identified as a professor of history, and had pretty close relation- 
ship with the work of the President, belonging, as well as others 
of his faculty, to the same religious institution that established 
this school. And for that reason I have had more or less interest 
in the success of this particular college. And I now express great 
hope and congratulations upon the exceptional future that is 
yours. Most every graduate feels concerned about the prospects 
of his Alma Mater. 

I come to you specifically not so much as an educator as one in 
public life to give a viewpoint of what will be demanded from 
the graduates — the young men and women who are graduating in 
all colleges. 

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I heard a great fundamentalist say that the dominant note of 
the 17th and 18th centuries was that of authority — the one thing 
that ruled was command from either church or state or both, and 
there was little independent thinking. Then in the 19th century, 
we noted the supplanting of authority and the introduction of 
opinion and the expression of independent opinion, and for many 
years we were dominated by it. We now would note independent 
thought. The opinion and independence of the 19th century — the 
first part of it — gave way in the latter part of that century and 
in the present, to the dominant note of achievement and accom- 
plishment. Whatever may have been the leading note of other 
days, the one that dominates the world today is, ''What is the in- 
dividual able to accomplish? What will he be able to achieve?" 
No longer does anyone ask, ' ' Whence did you come 1 Whither are 
you traveling?" But rather, "What are you going to do while 
you are here?" For that is the measure that the present century 
places upon the individual. 

Not long ago a member of a small club that is limited to only 
fourteen, was called upon to address that small group on its outing 
where they spent three weeks of recreation. It has always been 
the custom of that club of fourteen men to meet and during the 
meeting some one will be called upon to do some original thing. 
It is either to tell an original story, or to criticize a book, or to 
offer an essay, or to make a speech, and the time that I have in 
mind was when a former governor of one of the northwestern states 
came to perform his duty, for it was his time to do the original 
thing, and he chose to make a speech, and in that speech he made 
this remarkable statement. I want every graduate and his friends 
to hearken to this statement. "The little town of Concord, Massa- 
chusetts, is of greater importance to the civilization of our day 
than are the cities of New York and Chicago." What is Concord? 
A little toA^Ti of less than seven thousand people. What is New 
York? Nobody knows. Nobody can tell. Anything that has yet 
been accomplished might be witnessed in that metropolis. What 
could be said of New York could be said of Chicago. 

I recall in the days when I was reading the articles of various 

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newspapers from Chicago, I read of nineteen different things in 
which Chicago stands first of all the cities in the world. And yet 
here comes a barrister, a commercial figure, a lawyer, the repre- 
sentative of a great trunk line of transportation, a former governor, 
breathing the very commercialism of our day, fully cognizant of 
the power of our modern times in business, and he says that the 
little sleepy town of seven thousand population is more significant 
to the civilization of today than the combined cities of the metropo- 
lis and the metropolis of the middle west. Now, what can be the 
explanation of such a strange statement? He explains that Con- 
cord gave to the world Emerson and Hawthorne and that there 
began the seed of the republic and that there was created the 
Concord school — Concord, the little town consecrated for American 
service, where mind and heart were bent upon what is worth while 
in individual service. 

Now, whether that judgment is a correct one or not, it puts the 
emphasis upon the things that I think Americans appreciate. In 
other words, I think it was a Greek philosopher who had as a 
guiding principle, "Nothing great on earth but man. Nothing 
great in man but mind." If that be true, then the emphasis is 
placed upon the work that is being done in the American college 
and university. These are the birth places of ideals, and nothing 
is so powerful as ideals. They promote ideals and nothing is so 
far reaching in influence as ideals, and therefore it is worth while 
to have some appreciation of the work that is being done in the 
colleges and various institutions of higher learning. 

As vast sums are expended in America today to educate in the 
higher institutions of learning the almost half a million of our 
youth, they must pay back in some valuable measure to justify such 
a tremendous outlay of the treasures of the country. The question 
now is, what is the college to look to in this day — in this day of 
great problems, problems of state, problems of the church, prob- 
lems of the school, problems of social and industrial life, problems 
of our generation and day. In a word, we look to the colleges for 
leadership. That is a trite statement, just such a statement as you 
would expect me to make. Leadership, wise leadership, sound and 

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sane leadership is more demanded in a government where a republic 
rules than in any other kind of a country — or any other kind of 
a government, I should have said. 

In America we boast of certain fundamental principles. These 
principles are at the very foundation of our institution. One of 
them is freedom. That is what is fundamental in Thomas Jeffer- 
son 's treatise. The major intent of that treatise was liberty. He 
believed that no soul could reach its highest peak in any country 
that was unnecessarily hindered or restricted, and therefore the 
fundamental element of liberty was freedom. In order that we 
might have liberty and at the same time have law and order, we 
wrote in our laws the Bill of Eights, and in the First Amendment 
to the State Constitution is a clause forbidding the government 
from making any law that will interfere with, First — Freedom of 
Speech; Second, Freedom of the Press; Third, The right to peti- 
tion the government for redress of grievances ; and, again, freedom 
of religion in order that you might worship according to your own 
dictate, or as your conscience dictates. These are fundamental and 
at the very foundation of the nation that puts the emphasis upon 
doing things, achieving something, not any certain individual, but 
for the time in which the individual lives. 

Now growing out of this freedom comes a great problem, espe- 
cially a problem of government. How far should freedom of 
speech go ? How much freedom of the press should be permitted ? 
Is freedom of language equal to license of utterance? Is freedom 
of religion or freedom of the press and of speech to go to the ex- 
tent of licentiousness of language or to the point of attacking the 
fundamental principles which produce that freedom? It is one of 
the great and leading problems of our present time. 

The colleges are looked to, to furnish the leadership, to safely 
guide American civilization, to protect these fundamental princi- 
ples and at the same time not undermine the government which 
sustains the principles. One of the great difficulties of all the prob- 
lems that the legislator is called upon to deal with is, "How can 
we protect American institutions as against those foreign people 

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who feel under this freedom the right to assault the institutions 
of the country." 

May I say frankly to you, that problem is not so much the prob- 
lem of the legislator. It is rather the problem of the educator. Too 
much are we traveling toward the dogma that all that is necessary 
now to cure an evil is to have Congress pass a law. I don't need 
to state to educated young people that that is a wrong trend. It 
is a most common thing when I get home or speak to some particu- 
lar friend, for him to say to me, ''Well, Senator, what are you 
going to do next session in Congress for the people?" The com- 
monest question is, "What is Congress going to do for the people 
of the country ? " As if Congress could do anything for the people 
of the country that the people themselves would not be able to do 
for themselves! 

If the farm situation seems out of joint. Congress must take care 
of it. If some people under speculation have borrowed too much 
money and are not now able to meet their obligations. Congress is 
called upon. Let me say to you that there is a great danger that 
comes out of that, and nobody will see it quicker than the edu- 
cated young people. If you create a belief among the people that 
Congress can give relief of economic ills instead of the ills being 
remedied by economic remedies, when Congress undertakes it and 
it doesn't come out right, as it usually won't, then the very people 
who did it are disappointed and the result is to further attack 
the government. 

That is the most dangerous move in America — the movement to 
assault our government because it does not do and cannot do all 
of the things many people think ought to be done. It is that very 
sort of citizen that sets these various things to moving, that is dan- 
gerous to our civilization. That does not mean that people are 
not to be independent in thinking. Certainly not. It means that 
the thinker must be able to reach a conclusion through an effect 
and not be mislead to believe that legislation can cure when it is a 
matter of economic measure and not a legislative measure. 

Now and then there are outbreaks from people who are foreign 
in their interests and expression. We have asked what can be done 

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with that sort of a person. Well, Congress can handle that in a 
way by resorting to the remedy of deportation, and we have done 
it. But you cannot do that with the un-American American for 
he cannot be deported. He is here and this is his place and the only 
way that that problem can be solved is not by passing laws but 
on the other hand by educating to change the attitude of mind. 

Ladies and gentlemen, it is the college of the United States that 
is primarily devoted to the teaching of right thinking, and there 
ought to be students of colleges as leaders in the nation. But their 
problems are not confined to domestic matters. They extend to 
foreign matters. I speak of this because I want this group of 
graduates to realize the position that they occupy in their commu- 
nity because they are trained. Each one will have put upon him 
or her a great confidence and great burden by those who are not 
trained, and I am now advising the trained that much will be 
expected of you in the day and generation in which you live. 

I think that the present hour is a great time for the leadership of 
America, and yet success in leadership must be determined by the 
helpful public opinion that backs it and that helpful public opinion 
must be led by thinking people who can think through, straight 
through, the problems that confront us. I don't want to say any- 
thing that would be reflecting upon the general kind of public 
opinion but I must say on an occasion like this that it is rare for 
the public at large to think independently and straight through 
the problems of the day. The public at large depends upon others 
to do the thinking, to lead them. 

The humor of America is rather to follow than to lead, and in a 
country of public control, dependent upon universal education, the 
leaders will be few while the followers will be many. While that 
may seem to be a reflection, I don't mean it that way. But as I 
said, the leaders will be few and these few leaders will come neces- 
sarily out of the trained, young men and women who have been 
trained to think. For that reason if I say anything about the 
leadership of American today and in the future, I must impress 
it upon the educated young people in our institutions. 

Now I regard America's position in the world as an unusually 

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promising- one, largely because of the location and largely because 
of the prestige America has won. Settled originally by the picked 
people of Europe, started originally upon sound fundamental prin- 
ciples, built originally upon a tripod — a free state, a free church, 
a free school — upon that tripod has been erected in less than one 
hundred fifty years the most marvelous achievement since the 
morning stars sang together, the American system of govern- 
ment. Separated as we are from the Old World and possessing as 
we do choice sections of the earth's surface, and blessed as we are 
by wonderful resources, I wonder whether the average college 
graduate realizes the advantage he possesses as he enters now iipon 
his career. It is difficult for any of us to properly estimate. 

Some time ago one of the greatest statisticians in America made 
a statement that was so startling that I wrote him and asked him 
whether the statement was rhetoric or fact and he wrote that it 
was fact. He stated that the United States, since the close of the 
Civil War, has accumulated more wealth than had been accumu- 
lated by all the nations of the whole earth in forty centuries before 
the Civil War. Think what that means. And I wrote this man to 
know whether there was a basis for that statement, and he gave 
me the figures to demonstrate the statement. 

Take Great Britain, the next greatest countiy on earth. Take 
all the home owners, rich and poor, big and little, and compare 
them to the home owners in the United States. We can show that 
among our laboring men we have three and a half times the home 
owners that all of Great Britain has of all classes. 

There are thirty million depositors in the savings banks of the 
United States, that is of the small depositors. They have in the 
deposits seven and a half times the total capitalization of all the 
national banks, all the state banks and all the trust companies in 
the United States combined. 

Today in the city of Cleveland will be buried my warm friend 
Warren Stone, the head of one of the foremost brotherhoods of 
railroad men. AVhat has he accomplished? Sixty-five! He died 
day before yesterday known as a labor leader and laboring man, 
yet not only the head of one of the most important organizations of 


America, but he was the president of a great bank in the city of 
Cleveland and the foster director of fourteen other banks located 
in other parts of the country, and he, as a labor leader, was one of 
the powers against the Bolshevism move that is sweeping America. 
That is America. It shows what can be done. 

A very similar instance is that of Henry Ford. Thirty years ago 
he wasn't any more important in his financial transactions than 
I am, and the Lord knows that is not very important. What is he 
today? If he put his inventory on the basis that Dodge Brothers 
did recently, he would be worth eight hundred ninety millions of 
dollars. That is a great deal, too much. Who did it ? His brain. 
How long? Thirty years. How? He said, ''I have an accomplish- 
ment to make. I want to make a 'Tin Lizzie' so cheap that every- 
body who wants to ride can afford to ride. ' ' Then he said, ' ' I have 
another aim. I want every farmer who should own a team to own 
a tractor instead if he prefers." That is a simple outline of pur- 
pose, and he is still living. He did it all in America. 

Thomas Edison is still living. He is somewhat deaf and some- 
body spoke to him deploring the fact that he was deaf, and he said, 
' ' My conscience, think of what I do not need to hear. ' ' His inven- 
tions applied to modern business through electricity, amount 
today to sixteen billion dollars. That is more than the wealth of 
the United States before the war, Edison will tell you that when 
he was a boy, just having finished his course in getting ready to 
he a telegraph operator, he appeared in a city and asked to be em- 
ployed, and the man in charge had a way of getting rid of appli*- 
cants. I wish I knew a way. His way was to seat the applicant 
at a table and give the word to an operator in another room to 
give the messages so fast that the applicant could not take them. 
He did this with Edison. After sending the first message, the ques- 
tion came, "Did you get it?" The answer came back, "Yes." 
Then the message was sent faster, and when the question came, 
"Did you get it?", he said, "I did." Then the operator sent a 
more complicated message and faster, and said, "Did you get 
it?" and when the answer came, "I did", he said, "Who in the 

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world is on the other end of the wire?" That is Thomas Edison. 
That is America. 

I sat at a banquet table in the city of Pittsburgh, when someone 
to my left, I think it was the chairman, said, "Do you know that 
to your right sits one of the three richest men of the world ? " It 
startled me to realize I was so close to that sort of a fellow 
and I began to edge off and look at him. I saw he looked no dif- 
ferent from the rest of us, and I determined to ask him a question. 
I said, ' ' Were you well born ? " I saw in a second that I had made 
a mistake. I corrected it before he could even give expression to 
his disgust and said, "I mean, were your parents wealthy?" He 
said, "No, but I was well born. I had a good father and mother, 
and the best thing about them was that they had sense enough to 
make me work and look out for myself." I said, "Answer this 
question. Does the young man of today have the same opportunity 
that the young man of your day had?" He came back with a 
flash, "Ten times better opportunity than I had." That is so. That is 
what I want the graduates here to realize. But please note this, 
that while your ambition in going in the direction of this channel 
or that one, the great thing that America wants today is a young 
man or young woman full of promise based upon a good character 
and good reputation. That after all is the big thing. What is the 
greatest possession of America? It is not in our farms, although 
we are first. It is not in our transportation, although we are first. 
It is not in our manufacturing and mining, although we are first. 
It is not in our banking resources, although we have more than 
can be found in the rest of the world. It is not in our ability in 
farming. It is not in our skill or labor, although first. It is not 
in our w^ealth, although we are first in the world. It is not in the 
number of people we have, for China has more. It is not in th« 
amount of territory we have, for Russia has far more. It is no^ 
in fertility of soil, for we do not compare with Mexico. What is 
it? It is in the type of men and women of particularly great char- 
acter, which is at the very foundation of what America is today, 
and these appreciate the government and opportunity which is^ 
theirs. That is the type of leadership that the nation now wants. 1 

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There are two things in Europe that appeal to us. First, will 
France be able to balance her budget, reorganize her taxation sys- 
tem, hold up a burden as heavy as we ourselves pay, and be in a 
position to reimburse all obligations and restore her credit 
in the world? If she does, France has a future in which 
she can reduce her large standing army and again become the leader 
in the old world. But not unless France does take steps to reduce 
her army, for no nation can continue to live and maintain an army 
five times as large as ours although having only one-third of the 
population, and her debt is eighty-five per cent of her wealth while 
ours is only five per cent. She must reduce the army to balance 
the budget. 

What will be the policy of the new president of Germany ? Will 
it be a backward step 1 Will it be the continuance of a republic or 
Avill it be a monarchy? Will it be a disregard for the American 
Commission Plan? I think not. I cannot conceive of any respon- 
sible leader who would willingly suffer any kind of pressure at 
home that would lead him to thrust the whole country into chaos. 
Von Hindenburg will surely respect the constitution of his govern- 
ment and continue to be the president of a republic rather than the 
emperor of a monarchy, and will surely respect its obligations. If 
he does, he will strengthen Germany at home and at large. He 
will strengthen the republic. He will allay the distrust in the 
minds of other countries and do a great work for the country. 
That is the only way that he certainly can take and will take. 

If that is true, then under the leadership of such a government 
Ls Great Britain has, the Quadruple Pact upon which we are 
working, would be assured, which secures France from invasion 
of Germany and secures Germany against invasion of France. But 
that must be furthered under the leadership of a great country, 
and that is here in America. I think our leadership is most im- 
portant. America, I think, now has one great step that she ought 
to take, and I am not justified in standing here if I did not say so. 
r think the immediate step that the Senate ought to endorse is to 
favor morally, and financially the movement to establish a method 

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by which wars might be averted so that we can adjust our inter- 
national differences by a judiciary process rather than by war. 

That, my friends, is, in my judgment, the one immediate step 
that we ought to take. 

Now I well Imow that the best friends I have in the Senate and 
out, courageous men, big hearted men, honest as I am, sincere as 
any man dare be, do not favor our course in that direction. But 
I do. I think it is right and I want to say to this group of intelli- 
gent people who are going to exert a tremendous influence in the 
next few years on public opinion, I want to say that to the very 
limit of my influence I propose to do what can be done to induce 
America to take the step to establish the International Court of 
Justice in which we may take our differences; with the promise 
that France will restore her credit, with the promise that Germany 
will not take a backward step, with the promise that stability can 
be maintained by a quadruple pact of Europe, comprising Great 
Britain, Belgium, France and Germany, with the promise that 
America should take her proper financial place in the business of 
the world. I regard the future not unpleasant and unpromising, 
but the future internationally speaking, has great opportunities and 
is most promising. 

To you today, I extend not only the best wishes for your success, 
but the heartiest congratulations for your opportunity here in 
America, for the greatest privilege that can ever come to a 
human soul, as I see it, is to be educated and trained to live under 
the banner of America, promulgated by the Constitution of the 
United States. 


It is a pleasure to greet you as children of Butler. You have 
earned this fine relationship by constant and persistent effort. You 
have endeared yourselves to this institution. We trust that the 
institution may ever hold a warm place in your love. Your Alma 

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Mater will always be interested in your achievements. We will 
follow your growth Avith the same loving interest that a mother 
shows in the activities of her child. You have it in your power 
to reflect honor and glory on Butler, for Butler lives in the lives, 
activities and accomplishments of her children. Whatever you 
may do that is worthy will redound to her glory. 

You are stepping out into a ncAv world today. Specifications and 
qualifications of yesterday are of little use today. You must be 
able to keep up with the activities or you will be left behind. He 
that does not keep with the procession is passed by and seems to 
be going backward. 

Any advice or suggestion at this hour is gratuitous. Custom 
and tradition make it proper to call attention to a few things that 
we have a right to expect of you. 

Unless the efforts of the institution have been in vain, you have 
learned to think for yourselves. You have no other asset so valu- 
able as this power. There are those who would like to direct your 
thinking or modify it. These you should meet with proper respect 
and courtesy but all the time continue to think for yourself. 

In your progress of learning to think, you have learned the 
value of an open mind. If you are to continue to grow and pay 
back the investment that has been made in you, you must keep an 
open mind. The authorities in business and professions are in ab- 
solute agreement that there is great need for dependable men. If 
you can be relied upon to think clearly and fairly, you will be in 
demand. If you always earn more than you are paid, promotion 
will come. In the great matters of life there are no short days and 
forty-eight hour weeks. Hard work and long hours are the in- 
fallible rule. Learn to love the truth, as it is reflected in the simple 
tilings of life. Authorities say that these features are but the 
attributes of God. They find their authority in Him. Let me 
commend you, therefore, to a clearer acquaintance with God and a 
great reliance upon Him. Try to know the man whom nobody 
knows and find in Him reflection of truth and life. 


At ten o'clock the academic procession moved from the main 
building to the special seats that had been built under the trees 
in front of the college residence. The invocation was given by 
the Reverend J. D. Armistead. 

A piano duet was rendered by the Misses Lorene Whitham and 
Rosemary Smith while the members of the graduating class, fol- 
lowed by the faculty, marched to their seats. After the invocation 
a trio composed of Miss Marguerite Billo, \aolinist, Miss Marcene 
Campbell, cellist, and Miss Florence Keepers, pianist, from the 
School of Music, rendered Mendelssohn's D Minor Trio. 

After the address by Senator Fess the following candidates for 
degrees were presented by Dean James W. Putnam: 


Esther Flora Adams 
Wilhelmina Patience Adams 
Agnes Agnew Andrews 
Hester Billman Baker 
Harold Moody Barclay 
Eda Margaret Barnes 
Dorothy Barrett 
Jerome Keel Bash 
Georgia B. Bateman 
Ruth Edwards Bates 
Amy Beatty 
Helen Lucile Bedell 
Blanche Bernstein 
Goldie Irene Bernstein 
Elizabeth G. Bertermann 
William Ralph Bockstahler 
Mary Virginia Book 
Kathryn M. Brown 
Esther Elizabeth Bussard 
Harry Raymond Campbell 
Mary Patia Carver 
Catherine Cavins 
Edith Marie Christian 
Eugene H. Colway 

Eleanor Marian Coryell 
Dorothy Vernon Dale 
Rebecca E. Daugherty 
Charles Samuel Davis 
Josephine Eastman Day 
Helen Louise Dodds 
Florence Mareta Douglas 
Mae Roseland Dugan 
Robert Todd Duncan 
Solomon Edmund Edwards 
Albert William Ewbank 
Helen Adelaide Foley 
Constance Forsyth 
Mildred Evelyn Fox worthy 
Franklin E. Frey 
Anna C. Gardner 
Susanna Elizabeth Goepper 
Edna Louise Grares 
Anne Greenberg 
Scott Ham 

Susie E. Mae Harmon 
Ilene Harryman 
Fleeta Louise Heinz 
Oliver Earl Hinshaw 



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Helen Hester Hoover 
Maxwell Everett Hosea 
Hillis Langhorne Howie 
Charlotte Faye Huber 
Harriet Jaehne 
Maurine E. Jaquith 
Ruth McCormick Jones 
Dema Elizabeth Kennedy 
Eleanor Meely King 
Hugh C. Kivett 
Margaret Florentine Kluger 
Irving Lawrence Kurzrok 
Georgia Hensley Lacey 
Helen Marie Lavelle 
Katherine Margaret Lennox 
Josephine Gertrude Likely 
George Amos Luckey 
Edythe Eloise Luzader 
Doris Louisa Lynn 
Alice E mo jean McDaniel 
Verna Hittle McDaniel 
Lillian Josephine Martin 
Mildred Laura Medlam 
John Metzger 
Theta Leota Miller 
Helen Catherine Moffett 
Eleanor Bos Mueller 
Alice Young Mullen 
L. Doyle Mullen 
Henry George Nester 
Georgia Kathryn Osborn 
Louise Helen Padou 
Helen Elizabeth Palenius 
Opal Irene Perrin 
Marion Albert Pike 
Anna Pollack 

Dorothy Mae Powell 
Edna Aceneth Pyle 
Jack William Quaid 
Oscar Christian Ries 
Margaret Elizabeth Robinson 
Marian Rose 
William H. Rowlands 
Zerelda Halleen Rubush 
Martin Luther Ruth 
Wayne Eugene Salisbury 
Anna Agnes Schmidt 
Margaret Elizabeth Schooner 
Daisy Florence Schulz 
George Alexander Schumacher 
Irene Louise Seuel 
Samuella Henryetta Shearer 
Marguerite Chance Sherwood 
Ralph Wadsworth Snyder 
Pearl Soltau 
Mildred Lucile Stilz 
Mildred Elizabeth Stockdale 
Mary Stokes 
Elma Ann Sullivan 
Albert Banker Thompson 
Ruel E. Thomberry 
James Spence Tipton 
Frank Clarence Trost 
Lucile Evelyn Tyner 
Floyd Wilmer Umbenhower 
Dorothea Lea Varntz 
Espie L. Walton 
Constance Pauline West 
Dwight Frazee Whitmire 
Dorothy Bailey Wilson 
Lois Esther Wishard 
Nellie Wurtz 
John August Young 


Rilus Eastman Doolittle 
George Stults Gamble 

Leona Mae Kaley 
Victor Chandler Twitty 

The Commencement 81 


Culver Crane Godfrey George Curryer McCandless 

Raymond Henry Grapperhaus Paul Darold McNorton 

Paul Stephen Habbe Maurice Kinnick Miller 

Paul Grandison Hill Reuben Henry Orner 

Ray Richardson Strickland 

The following candidates for the degrees of Master of Arts were presented 
by the chairman of the committee on grade studies, Dr. Henry Lane Bruner: 

Ethel M. Hightower Ellen Katherine Ocker 

Pao Heng Mao La lit Kumar Shah 

Toyozo Wada Nakarai 

President Aley: 

My friends, upon the recommendation of the faculty and by the 
authority of the Board of Directors of Butler University, I hereby 
confer upon each one of you the decree of Master of Arts with all 
the rights and privileges pertaining thereto. As evidence I will 
now place in your hands a diploma under proper signature and 

Butler College is one of many educational institutions which is 
doing what it can to bring back into the notice of the public the 
principle of superior intellectual work. We have, therefore, ar- 
ranged work of higher grade for which students of great ability 
may enter as candidates for the high honor of ynagna cum laiide. 
I now have the great pleasure of announcing the names of three 
members of the class who have won this high honor. I think you 
would be interested in seeing them. I shall ask them to stand when 
1 read their names. They are : 

Ralph Wadsworth Snyder, in Greek. 

Mary Stokes, in Mathematics. 

Floyd Wilmer Umbenhower, in History. 

The highest standing for Seniors who have made as many as 
ninety semester hours in Butler, but who are not candidates for 

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magna cum laude, with the exception of Ralph AVadsworth Sny- 
der, are : 

Ralph Wadsworth Snyder. 

Pearl Soltau. 

Leona Mae Kaley. 

Those who have won senior scholarships with free tuition, are 
Shailer Linwood Bass, and with half tuition, Rebecca Estelle Pitts 
and Thomas Clarence Jaleski. 

Alumni scholarships have been earned by Ernest Paul Fink, 
senior, and Anna Margaret Conway, sophomore. 

I shall now ask Reverend Winders to pronounce the benediction. 

Rev. C. H. Winders: 

We now commend you to God, and to His grace, which is able 
to bear you up and to bring you faultless before His throne. 

And may the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord make 
His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you, may the Lord 
lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace. Through 
Jesus Christ, our Saviour. Amen. 

The Misses Whitham and Smith played the recessional, while the 
seniors marched from their places to the space in front of the Ad- 
ministration building, where they were greeted by their many 


Baccalaureate services were held in the college chapel at 4 p. m. 
on Sunday, June 14. The Reverend Frederick Doyle Kershner, 
dean of the College of Religion, made the baccalaureate address. 
The Reverend W. L. Ewing, pastor of the Irvington Methodist 
Church, pronounced the invocation and the Reverend Oswald J. 
Grainger, of the College of Missions, the benediction. 


Five years ago through a visit which Miss Graydon, the editor 
of The Quarterly, made to Hawaii, we were given an opportunity 
to do her honor. Again at the present time through a tour that 
she is making of Europe, comes to us a similar opportunity. As 
before, we lay at her feet our highest esteem and deepest love. Five 
years have only served to continue that esteem and love, which are 
co-existent with the life of Butler College itself, indeed even in 
part the breath of that life. 

Again we pay honor to noble womanhood in all of its kindliness 
and charm and idealism, and in its infinite capacity for long suf- 
fering and patience with the foibles and failings of loved ones. 

Again we remember the true teacher devoted to her subject and 
her students, and incarnating the soul of her beautiful teachings in 
her own personality. 

Again we rejoice in the comradeship of one always alert and 
devoted to the best interests of the faculty and students, al- 
ways loyal to the administration, and always bearing her full share 
and more of the burdens that fall to a faculty. 

Again we happily acknowledge the shepherd or more truly the 
mother of us alumni, who gathered us into a family consciousness; 
who keeps the records of our lives ; who follows us in our griefs and 
joys throughout the world ; and who holds the ties that bind us to 
our Alma Mater. 

We pray for her the fullest measure of joy on her present jour- 
ney, and a safe return home, bearing the satisfaction of "dreams 
come true" to us who love her. 

"God wove a web of loveliness. 
Of clouds and stars and birds, 
But made not any thing at all 
So beautiful as words. 

They are as fair as bloom or air, 

They shine like any star, 
And I am rich who learned from her 
How beautiful they are." 





To all appearances it was spring when we left the city for our 
home by the lake, but winter was only hiding around the corner 
and in a day or two slipped out and lashed us with cold winds, 
threw snow in our faces, and so frightened the asparagus it re- 
fused any longer to appear above ground. 

The water was wind bitten, frothy and gray as the sky above it, 
and a few gulls, that the north wind had flung down from Lake 
Michigan, wheeled back and forth over the lake, their spread of 
wing looking disproportionately broad over our small body of 

However, the fireside was cheerful and comfortable and the 
burning logs released the odors of the woods and sang us songs of 
summer. The weather soon moderated but the cold had made the 
garden backward — it is true we had radishes, but one can not live 
by radishes alone. 

The advent of Spring is not governed by any arbitrary date of 
the calendar. March may come in under the guise of May, and 
April snatch up the cast off garments of December. But in spite 
of contradictory aerial messages, some underground urge sends 
the sap upwards, quickening the bark, expanding the buds, and 
creating an etherial haze over wood and hillside, that day by day 
grows stronger and more definite, until the earth is clad in robes 
of solid green. 

A few days of sun will bring out the green and gold and garnet 
blossoms of the willow and alder and swamp maple, with stores of 
pollen for the first roving bee. As the days lengthen and the sun 
strengthens, the wild flowers appear — cautiously at first, then with 
great abandon — whitlow grass, bloodroot, hepatica, anemone, violets, 
followed in quick succession by trillium, phlox, columbine, crane's 
bill and all the other blooming things that make every hour of 
spring time a joy. 


Spring in Indiana 85 

During those first warm days one even looks indulgently into 
the smiling face of the sunny dandelion that crouches meekly by the 
south wall. But as soon as your back is turned it hastily elongates 
its stem, bows a treacherous and hoary head to the wind, and brings 
disaster on your cherished lawn. 

The warm week in April had seemed to hint to vegetation of a 
need of haste and when we arrived the narcissi had mostly bloomed 
themselves out; the shad bush was out of flower and in leaf; the 
fruit trees were smothered in blossom; and the budding oaks in 
their pinks and bronzes and pearly grays were quite as beautiful 
as the orchards, creating a colorful haze all around the lake. The 
meadow rue, closely resembling the maiden hair fern that so 
beautifully clothes my hillside, had not only blossomed but seeded 
and was being overtopped by the wild columbine. 

In some undefined way the birds receive warning of the retreat 
of winter. The winter birds forsake their secluded places, the 
song sparrow carols his pleasing notes — the red bird whistles his 
clarion call and the blue jay screams defiance on every side. Then 
one frosty morning we hear the shout of the robin and the plain- 
tive call of the phoebe and we know the summons has gone out to 
the uttermost parts of the earth, to return over the "trackless 
track. ' ' 

Day by day the feathered tribes arrive in increasing numbers, 
some coming boldly by day, others slipping in as pilgrims of the 
night, while others still, in stately flocks, pass far over head and 
simply honk a greeting as they fly, in modern traffic style. Before 
the migrants have all disappeared the pennanent residents are 
busy with nest building, facing blithely not only the fret and jam 
of family life, but the many dangers that menace from without. 
Not all birds lead an upright life and many a nest comes to grief 
by an enemy's beak. Snakes, foes in fur, and wayward weather 
also take their toll. 

Of eleven varieties that nested in my grounds in 1924, not one 
brought out a fledgling from the first clutch of eggs. The nimble 
cat lies in wait for the unwary young. Not only is the tramp cat 
a menace, but the pampered tabby of the household — no matter 

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what her character at home, is a savage abroad. It has been truth- 
fully said, ''Some men and all eats lead double lives." 

Nevertheless, the birds pursue their various ways undismayed. 
Groups of colloquial gold finches chatter along the roadsides — bob- 
olinks drip melody over the meadows. Swifts and swallows and 
night hawks, with varying notes, are gathering insects in the upper 
air. Bobwhites fearlessly dispute with you the right to the open 
road, and an occasional ring-necked pheasant slips into the under- 
brush at your approach. Wrens, meadow larks, plovers, orioles, 
tanagers, grossbeaks, thrushes, vireoes and others have a part in 
the marvelous bird chorus of the spring, though varying greatly 
in musical value. Yesterday, with ear bent to catch the muffled 
song of the veery, I greatly resented the incessant patter of half 
a dozen wrens. 

Have you ever noticed how illusive, how untamable, how full of 
gipsy blood the wild flowers are? One season they abound in one 
locality, the next they have well-nigh disappeared, sometimes after 
many seasons to reappear. One by one I am losing the spots of 
wildflower pilgrimage that have been such a delight to me here. 
Various things, drainage, pasturage, cultivation, vandalism, besides 
the vagrant character of the flowers themselves, are responsible for 
the wild flower famine that is creeping over the land. 

The yellow lady slippers sheep have devoured. Woods that 
sheltered hundreds of trillium grandiflorum, as well as nodding 
trillium, have been cleared and pastured. The home of the mocca- 
sin flower has been drained and ploughed, and places that once were 
blue with lupines have become sand wastes. 

The blue fringed gentian has abandoned field and swamp with- 
out cause, as has the showy orchis. Transplanting is a dishearten- 
ing process, for duplicate conditions as well as you may, the little 
wild things will seldom accept adoption. The crowning glory of 
our wild flower season is our broad rose mallow swamp — but even 
that is showing signs of contraction. 

The later things are sturdier and less sensitive, but more colorful, 
and by midsummer mullein, mints and milkweeds and that vast 
family of composite will be decorating all unoccupied places — 

Spring in Indiana 87 

probably the very fact that they are arbitrarily dubbed weeds, 
saves them. Do you recall Louise Driscoll's lines on ''Weeds"? 

I look at your garden fair 

With flowers in tidy rows 

And my wild little seed heart knows 

It could never be happy there. 

My mother was gypsy born 
My father a roving bee. 
There is vagabond blood in me 
I am not to be trained and shorn. 

I am poor and mean indeed 
But I make the waste place glad, 
And the wayside color-mad, 
When there is room for a weed. 

Wild flower nomenclature is a puzzling thing. As to Latin 
names, most of us left them behind with our youth, and common 
names are so curious and unrelated. 

' ' I have brought you a bouquet, ' ' said a flower enthusiast, to an 
aunt housebound by infirmities — ' ' See, this is crane 's bill, and this 
is dogtooth violet, and this is mouse ear chickweed, and this is 
lion's foot, and this a leaf of skunk cabbage, and this" — "that's 
not a bouquet," retorted the aunt, "it's a menagerie." And, had 
one a bit of magic, a weird hitherto unknown animal might be 
created out of the bodily parts gathered during a morning's ramble. 

While still busy contemplating these ever changing processes of 
spring, one is suddenly aware that there is a pause in the rhythm 
of nature's life — that the summit of creation has been reached. The 
trees are full leaved, all gray and vacant places have been clothed, 
an invisible line has been passed and one has slipped into Summer. 
How true the adage on the old English sundial. "Time passes, 
but memories remain." 

Conrad speaks of the "Shadow Line" as marking the "change 
from youth, care free and fervent, to the more self-conscious and 
more poignant period of mature life." I have wondered if later 

88 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

as years accumulate, we do not pass another "Shadow Line" and 
reach a period where we are possibly less sure as to the solution of 
the day's problems, but a little less critical of life's weaknesses, less 
fearful of its dangers, with a little more courage for its unexpected 
emptiness, its uncomforted spaces. I lay Conrad down with re- 
luctance and turn to anyone else with hesitation. 


When all the world is gay, my dear, 

With Springtime's glad refrain. 

When on the hill the hawthorn blooms 

And redbud lights the lane. 

When green and gold the willows show 

Against a sky of blue. 

When youth and beauty hold me thrall, 

'Tis then I think of you. 

When all the world is grey, my dear, 

And all of joy has fled. 

When round the hill a chill wind mourns 

For blossoms long since dead. 

When prisoned by the fire I sit, 

And in my dreams review 

The memories of fairer days, 

'Tis then I think of you. 


The Metropolitan School of ]\Iusic, which is affiliated with Butler, 
celebrated its thirtieth annual commencement Friday evening, 
June 19. Dr. Henry Noble Sherwood, state superintendent of 
Public Instruction, addressed the graduating- class and presented 
the diplomas. There were thirteen graduates. A musical program 
preceded Dr. Sherwood's address. Miss Charlotte Brown, gradu- 
ating in dramatic art, gave a reading, " Willamilla ", by Tarking- 
ton; Miss Lorinda Cottingham, Miss Martha Marie Haworth and 
Mrs. Alma Miller Lentz, violinists, each played solos ; Miss Florence 
Keepers, pianist, played a piano concerto with string quartet ac- 
companiment, and two trios were played in which ensembles were 
included by Miss Florence Sherwood and Miss Laura Doerflin, 
pianists. Other members of the graduating class were Miss Mildred 
George, Miss Norma Justice and Miss Thelma Peterson, in dramat- 
ic art, and Misses Mildred Casey, Agnes Holland and Myrtle 
Kathryne Klover in Public School Music. 

Dr. Sherwood's address emphasized the need in this day of 
materiality of cultivating the fine arts in order to balance the 
spiritual and material needs. Of these he credited music with 
having the greatest power. 


The John Herron Art Institute, now affiliated with Butler Col- 
lege, observed its 1925 Commencement with a pageant, the evening 
of June 10; and with an exhibition of the work of the school for 
1924-25. The pageant, "The Feast of Tirmont," portrayed the 
Middle Ages through a story of church and state. It was present- 
ed in four parts : A — The Court A ssembles ; B — The Legend of the 
Gifts; C — Interlude, and D — Masque of the Complement. The 
entire production, from mechanics to acting, was the work of the 

Mr. J. A. MacLean, Director of the Art Association, gave an ad- 


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dress of greeting; Mr. Evans Woollen, President of the Art Asso- 
ciation, awarded the scholarship and prizes; and Mrs. J. W. 
Fesler, Chairman of the School, spoke on The Art School. 

The exhibition of the school is in Gallery I of the Museum and 
the Court. All departments of both divisions of the school, the 
Junior and Adult, are represented. The exhibition was of spe- 
cial interest to the National Education Association, in session in 
Indianapolis this month. 


A significant portent of the realization of "the greater Butler" 
appeared this spring in the publication, for the first year, 1925-26^ 
of "The Bulletin" of the College of Religion. Mr. Thomas Hib- 
ben's drawing of the new building that will house the college on 
the Fairview campus is used as the frontispiece. The information 
which follows is very comprehensive, thorough and well arranged. 

Of special interest is the announcement of a faculty of five mem- 
bers already teaching in the college, who are supplemented by seven 
members in the university faculty who offer courses in the college ; 
and by eleven instructors in schools aifiliated with the university 
who also offer courses in the college. The faculty of the college con- 
sists of: 


Robert Judson Aley, Ph. D., LL, D., President of Butler Uni- 

Frederick D. Kershner, M. A., LL. D., Dean and Professor of 
Christian Doctrine. 

Bruce L. Kershner, M. A., Professor of New Testament and 
Church History, 

Guy L. Hoover, M. A., B. D., Professor of Practical Theology. 

Hugh W. Ghormley, M. A., B. D., Secretary of the College of 
Religion and Associate Professor of Old Testament. 

The College of Religion 91 

H. Parr Armstrong, M. A., Associate Professor of Practical 

Besides the teaching staff ten lecturers are announced: 


Zachary T. Sweeney, LL. D., Epochs and Crises in Restoration 

Thomas W. Grafton, LL. D., Practical Ministries. 
O. Leslie Hull, M. A., B. D., The Christian Ordinances. 
W. E. M. Hackleman, The Fine Arts and the Church. 
Edna Malott, Church Organization. 


A. T. Robertson, M. A., D. D., LL. D., Litt. D., Professor of 
New Testament Interpretation, Southern Baptist Theological Semi- 
nary, Louisville, Kentucky. 

Kirby Page, Author of "The Sword or the Cross," "War, Its 
Causes, Consequences and Cure," "Incentives in Modem Life," 

Henry H. Halley, of Chicago, Illinois. 

Rufus M. Jones, M. A., Litt. D., Professor of Philosophy, Haver- 
ford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania, 

Arthur Holmes, Ph. D., Professor of Psychology in the Univer- 
sity of Pennsylvania. 

Courses are offered in five departments : 

Department of the Old Testament. 

Department of the New Testament. 

Department of Church History. 

Department of Christian Doctrine. 

Department of Practical Theology: 

1. Homiletics and Practical Ministries. 

2. Religious Education. 

3. The Fine Arts in Religion. 

4. Secretarial Training. 


Commencement of the College of Missions took place Wednesday, 
June 10. The annual pageant this year, entitled The Temple of 
Heaven, dealt with the religious history of China. The Commence- 
ment address was delivered by Dr. A. W. Fortune, formerly pro- 
fessor of biblical theology in Transylvania College, now pastor of 
the Central Christian Church, of Lexington, Kentucky. 

The list of graduates and the countries to which they will be 
sent is as follows : 

Africa (Belgian Congo) — Roger Thomas Clarke, Virginia Maltby 
Clarke, George Emry Eecles, Lulu Moffitt Eccles, Mary Sue McDon- 
ald Havens, Lewis Albert Hurt, Gertrude Mae Shoemaker, Esther 
Wachnitz Snipes. 

South America (Argentina or Paraguay) — Reuben Wesley Cole- 
man, Marie McMillan Coleman, Lora Aleta Garrett, Hallie Ruth 

Mexico — Sarah Rozella Charles, Ivan Hobart Grigsby, Delia 
Georgia Grigsby. 

China — Charles Samuel Heininger, Rex DeVern Hopper, Ida 
Tobin Hopper, Pae Heng Mao, Ruth Imogene Oberlies, Russell 
Gordon Osgood, Chester Wayne Sorrell, Alice Gadd Sorrell. 

India — Anna Elizabeth Farra, Frank Emery Harnar, Blanch 
May Harnar, Herman Marion Reynolds, Mildred Pritchett Reyn- 
olds, Lalit Kumar Shah, Hazel Oral Wood. 

Jamaica — ^Myrle Olive Ward. 

Japan — Toyozo Wala Nakarai. 

The following will receive the degree of Master of Arts: Roger 
Thomas Clarke, George Emry Eccles, Lora Aleta Garrett, Mary 
Sue McDonald Havens, Charles Samuel Heininger, Rex DeVern 
Hopper, Ida Tobin Hopper, Lewis Albert Hurt, Gertrude Mae 
Shoemaker, Esther Wachnitz Snipes, Hallie Ruth Strange, Chester 
Wayne Sorrell. 




Published by the Alumni Association of Butler College, Indianajwlis. 

Subscription price, two dollars per year. 

Entered as second-class matter, March 26, 1912, at thei post office at Indi- 
anapolis, Indiana, under the Act of March 3, 1879. 

Officers of the Alumni Association — President, Edwin E. Thompson, '00; First 
Vice-President, Elizabeth Bogert Schofield, '09; Second Vice-President, 
Myron Hughel, '17; Treasurer, John I. Kautz, '22. 

Secretary and Editor of the Butler Alumnal Quarterly — Katharine M. 
Graydon, '78. 


Principal gifts to the college since the last report from the city- 
office to the Quarterly were made by Edwin E. Thompson, of 
Indianapolis and the Real Silk Hosiery Mills, also of Indianapolis. 
Mr. Thompson, who was graduated from Butler with the class of 
1900, gave $10,000, to be applied on the building funds. An- 
nouncement of his donation was made at a reunion of his class at 
FairvieAv park. It developed, in talking over old times, that Emsley 
W. Johnson, now a Butler director, and Mr. Thompson, wished to 
take two young women friends to Fairview during commencement 
week, twenty-five years ago, and have a picnic. As Mr. Thompson 
was working his way through school and the college year was clos- 
ing he found himself without any money whatever. lie applied 
to his friend, Mr. Johnson, for a loan. Mr. Johnson's total cash on 
hand amounted to $1.50. He loaned half of this to Mr. Thompson 
and the picnic was a success. Twenty-five years later, at the same 
place, Mr. Thompson gave his alma mater $10,000. He explained 
that he looked upon the gift as something in the nature of interest 
on the original seventy -five cent loan and that whatever he had been 
able to do in business could be traced largely to the Butler in- 
fluence during his early years. 

The Real Silk Hosiery Mills' gift of $15,000 also will be applied 
on building expenses and will be used in helping defray the ex- 
pense of a new school of commerce. The Real Silk Mills manage- 


94 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

ment is particularly interested in corporate distribution and will 
give a prize of $100 each year to the student in the school of com- 
merce who writes the best essay dealing with that subject. This 
firm now has between 4,000 and 5,000 college students enrolled 
throughout the country as salesmen and is giving assistance to busi- 
ness courses in about 150 colleges and universities. Although its 
product is not sold exclusively in Indiana, it is anxious to be of 
service to the home school. 

The city office recently received a letter from Clarence L. Good- 
win, of Greensburg, Pa., who gave Butler $35,000 some time ago, 
in which he called attention to the liberality of Pittsburgh in con- 
nection with a campaign to raise money for the university there. 

During the spring months a freshman drive was conducted at 
Butler for additional funds. The campaign was well organized and 
conducted with enthusiasm. The totals have not yet been checked 
but it is known that a substantial sum was pledged and that this 
may be increased subsequently. One of the first contributions in 
this drive was $1,000 from Mrs. Edna Christian, of Indianapolis, 
who is a special student at Butler. 

The city of Indianapolis has started work on grading for the 
boulevard system that will surround the college grounds at Fair- 
view. This improvement is now well under way and the campus 
will be put in shape, particularly from the standpoint of adequate 
approaches from all directions. 

General progress has been made not only with the financial cam- 
paign but in other lines and the future for Butler looks brighter 
than ever before. The $700,000 needed by the end of the year to 
meet the conditions of William G. Irwin and his sister, Mrs. Z. T. 
Sweeney, who offered $300,000 to the building fund, has not yet 
been raised. We are working hard to that end, however, and are 
confident that December 31 will see the needed amount pledged. 

Class Day 95 


The annual senior class-day exercises were held in the college 
chapel by the class of 1925 at ten o'clock on the morning of June 
13th. A large number of friends and relatives of the members of 
the class were present. 

The program opened with a short musical and dancing act pre- 
sented by a number of the senior co-eds of the college. Students of 
yesterday, today and the future were depicted. 

Officers, previously elected by the class then took over the re- 
mainder of the program. Constance Forsyth gave a history of 
the graduates, recalling many serious and amusing incidents of 
the past four years. Irene Seuel, prophet of the class, predicted 
many great and minor occasions for her classmates. Eugene H. 
Colway, in the capacity of will-maker, bequeathed many possessions 
of great value upon the students who were to remain at the college. 

The exercises were concluded by George A. Schumacher, giftori- 
an, who generously bestowed comical gifts upon many who were 
present. As a final act he presented to the college in behalf of the 
class, a beautiful sun-dial, which is expected to find a worthy place 
on the new campus at Fairview. In behalf of the college, Miss Co- 
rinne Welling, sponsor of the class, accepted the gift. 


The Butler College Alumni Association held its annual meeting 
and picnic in the athletic building of Butler College, Saturday, 
evening, June 13, 1925, the President, Dr. D. A. Layman, presiding. 

The report of the Treasurer, Mr. John Kautz, showed a balance 
of $321.00 in the treasury, with one issue of the Quarterly to be 
paid for. On motion, duly seconded, the report was accepted. 

In the absence of Miss Katharine M. Graydon, the report of the 
Secretary was read by Miss Jane Graydon. On motion, duly sec- 
onded, this report was accepted. 

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secretary's report 

The Alumni Association has been unusually active during the 
past year. As announced one year ago and made known by letter 
sent to all alumni through the Class Secretaries, the Association has 
furnished two scholarships — to a senior, Miss Hester Baker, and 
to a freshman, Miss Anna Conway. This accomplishment has been 
brought about by interested and energetic secretaries. The amount 
raised has been $333.45. By no means have all alumni contributed 
to this worthy fund, nor have all classes been upon the list of con- 
tributors. When the annual letter is sent next fall, it is hoped there 
may be a 100 per cent response. Were it possible to see the relief 
and joy these scholarships afford there would be no delay in making 
immediate reply. We are not averse to large gifts, but the request 
is for a cheerful response from every alumnus of a small contribu- 
tion to help some one else enjoy what he has had from our Alma 

It was also voted a year ago to bestow two medals at Commence- 
ment — to a man and to a woman — as recognition of conspicuous 
service to the College ; but the motion was withdrawn when not 
sufficient money was collected to support the scholarships and to 
bestow the medals. 

The Butler Men's Club, John E. Spiegel, president, has met 
monthly for the purpose of stimulating interest in the College and 
its activities. They have raised $700.00 for the College band with 
which they have purchased several instruments and expect by au- 
tumn to have the musicians in proper uniform. They have enter- 
tained the Football team, the Basketball team and the Relay team. 
Praise is due this Club. 

The alumni must take pride in the successes of the athletic 
teams. A victorious record has followed in their steps throughout 
the year. Not less successful, though less widely heralded, have 
been the successes in the academic departments of our school. 

The necrology of the year has been heavy: A. B. Kirkpatrick, 
'78; Horace H. Fletcher, ex- '75; Dr. A. B. Philputt, trustee of the 
College; Emerson W. Matthews, '91; Wallace W. Knapp, '94; 

The Alumni Reunion 97 

Editha Newsom, ex- '17; Clay Trusty, '08; George W. Henry, '05; 
Helen Lenore VanSickle, '03. 

This evening the Association is to admit into its membership the 
class of '25, a fine class of 173 members. We congratulate them, 
we congratulate ourselves. We look to them for continued loyalty 
in furthering the large interests of their Alma Mater, and bespeak 
for them that same splendid activity which has characterized them 
as undergraduates through their four years. 

It is a great pleasure to have in our midst for this occasion many 
of the out-of-town alumni. The Association values you and hopes 
you will more often visit the campus. It welcomes you of the long 
ago and you of more recent times. 

Katharine M. Graydon, Alumni Secretary. 

It was moved by Miss Evelyn Butler that a vote of appreciation 
and gratitude be put on record by this Association to Miss Katha- 
rine M. Graydon for her unusual services to the Association. Mo- 
tion seconded by Mr. D. C. Brown and carried by rising vote. 

The Nominating Committee submitted the following report: 
President, EdAvin E. Thompson, Class of 1900. 
First Vice-President, Mrs. Elizabeth Bogert Schofield, Class of 

Second Vice-President, Myron Hughel, Class of 1917, 
Treasurer, John I. Kautz, Class of 1922. 

Secretary and Editor of the Butler Alumnal Quarterly, Miss 
Katharine ]\I. Graydon, Class of 1878. 

Miss Graydon has always had two assistants. We thought it 
best that she choose her own appointees. 

P. H. Clifford, 
Georgia Galvin Oakes, 
Urith Dailey. 

On motion, this report was accepted and the above officers de- 
clared elected. 
It was moved by Mr. H. S, Schell that the Class of 1925 be ad- 

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mitted into membership of the Bntler Alumni Association. Motion 
seconded and carried. 

Mr, George Schumacher, the class representative, said: "Mr. 
President, and Members of the Alumni Association : On behalf of 
the Class of 1925 I wish to accept this honor that you have bestowed 
upon us. We feel that in going out into our respective paths of 
endeavor we have a duty to perform to the College as never before. 
We are leaving the College, that is true, but that is no sign our 
task is ended. We hope in the future to help in some way to bring 
fame and glory to Butler College. ' ' 

Mr. Edwin E. Thompson, the incoming President, responded 
to his election with the following remarks : ' ' This is the first time 
I was ever elected to office, but I will serve to the best of my ability. 
I am glad to be a member of the Class of 1900, and as a member 
of that class to be here as its representative. 

I have this thought about the College. When I came here to 
school I was distressingly poor — not that I have entirely gotten 
away from that state yet, but I used to ride my bicycle to the 
end of the street car line, and sometimes the matter of the nickel 
car fare was a problem. But I hope the Alumni Association, and 
the professors and everybody else connected with this institution 
will make it a point to try to get in touch with and make things 
comfortable around Butler for the poor boys and girls that come 
here. I recall when we used to ride on the old street cars, the 
many kind words and smiles I had from Mrs. Brown — she used to 
be Miss Christian — and it comes to me now that we never were 
formally introduced. But I really wish that every student of the 
College would take it upon himself or herself to be cordial to the 
poor students who may come here. I did not belong to any fra- 
ternity — I could not have belonged — and I think perhaps that was 
the reason I was never spiked — ^they knew I would not be able to 

I will do the best I can to fulfill the duties of this office. I am 
pretty busy most of the time, so I' shall rely upon some of you 
folks to help me along. One man cannot do it — you must all help." 

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On motion, duly seconded, a vote of thanks was tendered the 
Treasurer, John I. Kautz, for his services. 

The President then called on President Aley, who made a short 
address revieMdng the progress of the college during the past year 
with which the alumni are already familiar through the pages of 
The Quarterly. 

Dr. D. W. Layman followed with the annual President's address: 

THE president's ADDRESS 

This is the first opportunity I have had to thank the alumni for 
the honor they conferred upon me by electing me president of the 
Butler Alumni Association at their annual meeting one year ago. 

Alumni Day should be a significant day in the life of every 
Butler man and woman. It is a day when the alumni gather to- 
gether to renew old friendships, and even more important, it now 
affords an opportunity for them to learn of the new and bigger 
Butler and of the enlarged student body, carrying forward more 
splendidly than ever, the traditions of the College. 

The Alumni Association of Butler College is an organization 
which needs and deserves the support of every alumnus. Butler 
College is interested in its alumni and Butler College is hoping 
that the alumni will become increasingly more interested in the 
progress and future activities of Butler. 

We, the alumni, are the stockholders, so to speak, of a great in- 
stitution. A majority of the directors of this institution are ap- 
pointed from our number. Another alumnus, Mr. John W. Ather- 
ton, is Financial Secretary of the Building and Endowment Fund 
of Butler College. From this, and other data, I maintain that of 
the three large groups, the faculty, student body and alumni, 
which make up an institution of learning, the Alumni group is the 
most important. Of course, this is open to argniment. I will leave 
it to the other two groups to fight it out for second place. 

The officers of the Alumni Association have been active during 
the past year. At the several meetings held since last June, we 
have discussed matters concerning the future welfare of the Asso- 
ciation and Butler College. 

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The officers, acting for the Alumni Association, desire to recog- 
nize and put their seal of approval on certain activities: 

1. We congratulate the Board of Directors and the Financial 
Secretary on the success they have attained in the campaign con- 
ducted for funds for the new and bigger Butler. 

2. We wish to congratulate Dr. Aley and the Faculty upon the 
excellent manner in which they have handled the enlarged student 
body within such limited quarters. 

3. We commend the Butler Men's Club and congratulate the 
Club upon the excellent service rendered, in interesting not only 
the alumni and former students, but the public as well, in Butler 
affairs, especially the affairs pertaining to athletics. 

4. We wish to congratulate the Director of Athletics, Mr. Page; 
Coach Hinkle and other assistants on the wonderful success they 
have achieved this year in the Athletic Department. I must re- 
mind the Association that it was through the efforts of our own 
alumni, Frank Davidson and John W. Atherton that Mr. Page 
was secured. 

5. We approve of the Class Secretary Association. This is a 
unit of activity whereby one member of each class keeps in touch 
with the other members. Through this Association the alumni have 
contributed to the support of two Alumni Scholarships. This is 
just a beginning. The Association hopes for bigger things along this 
line. Like a great many other things, we are indebted to Miss 
Katharine Graydon for suggesting and establishing the class Secre- 
tary Association. 

Now that we have congratulated the College and the alumni, 
more or less, it would show a non-progressive attitude to sit back 
perfectly satisfied; we wish to make a few recommendations: 

1. We recommend that Butler College consider the adoption of 
student managership for the athletic teams. This system once 
prevailed for years at Butler and we believe it has many advan- 

2. We believe that the Alumni Association should have at least 
two alumni athletic representatives, appointed either by the 

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President of this Association or by the Board of Directors. The 
Representatives to serve in an advisory capacity. 

3. We recommend for consideration that the date of Founders' 
Day be changed to the first Saturday in November. Butler College 
opened its doors November 1st, 1855, at the old University grounds 
on College Avenue and Home Avenue, now East Thirteenth Street. 
Combine Founders' Day in November with the Home Coming Day, 
and it will become a significant day to celebrate annually on the 
new Fairview site. 

In conclusion, I wish to urge that every alumnus, former stu- 
dent and friend lend their moral and financial support to the Build- 
ing Fund Campaign. 

I feel that the Financial Secretary and his Committee in charge 
of the campaign, deserve the united support and co-operation of all 


I do not believe an alumni meeting is the place for a serious 
speech so I am not going to make one. It is an occasion for the re- 
newal of old friendships and to do honor to the University from 
which we graduated. 

I received my diploma from Butler University in June, 1879, 
forty-six years ago almost to a day and at all times since I have 
been proud of it. The class of 1879 consisted of nineteen members, 
three women and sixteen men. It was the largest class graduated 
up to that time. 

I have seen our Alma Mater grow steadily from year to year, 
until now it is a nationally known institution. I recall the day 
when the University, then known as the Northwestern Christian 
University, moved to Irvington and took the name of Butler Uni- 
versity. I now see it going to its new location and each time it 
has moved it has grown bigger and better. I expect to live to 
see it one of the best known and best Universities in the west. 

I was a student for three months at the old Northwestern Chris- 
tian University. I remember very well the day my father took 

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me there. I was then only a young lad. We called on President 
Burgess who put his hand on my head and said, "we will make 
a man of this lad." "WTien examination came I failed to pass 
and upon investigation it was found that I did not pass because 
I had played "hookey" most of the time. I was promptly taken 
from there and sent to the Indianapolis public schools. After 
graduating at the Indianapolis High School I entered Butler and 
in due time received my degree. In looking back to the day I 
graduated I can see myself going to commencement in a new Prince 
Albert suit on a hot day, of course it being my first one, right 
through this campus to the chapel. The subject of my graduating 
address was, ' ' shall a lawyer defend a guilty client ? " Of course I 
took the view at that time that he should not, and held that view 
imtil I began to practice law when I discovered that if a lawyer 
held to that view, he would have very few clients. 

I am almost ashamed to say that I have not attended an alumni 
meeting for many years, but if you and I survive these speeches 
I promise to be more faithful in the future. 

Meeting here in this beautiful campus where we used to play 
and study under the same grand old trees that are here now, brings 
back very pleasant recollections of our college days and of our 
college chums. It is while in college that the warmest and sincerest 
friendships are often made. After we are graduated while our 
paths of life may be far apart, we never forget our classmates 
even if we do not see them often. 

This meeting also makes us think of our professors who were 
largely responsible for whatever success we may have had in life. 
Patient and painstaking with us we have come to love and revere 
them and their memories. We appreciate all they did for us more 
than we did while in college. I cannot help but recall that grand 
old man. Prof. A. E. Benton, who was President of Butler in my 
day. I also recall with pleasure and reverence Prof. Scot Butler, 
our Latin teacher; Prof. Thrasher, teacher of mathematics; Miss 
Katharine Merrill, and Miss Harriet Noble, teachers of English 
literature. Many of you since that day have had other teachers 

The Alumni Reunion 103 

whom I do not know, but you today will no doubt recall them and 
remember your associations with a great deal of pleasure. 

Many of the alumni of Butler have made names for themselves, 
very few of them have disgraced their college. Butler, while com- 
paratively small, has always had the reputation of being a real 
school. Many of us doubtless would have liked to attend Yale, 
Harvard, Princeton or other famous Universities, but I doubt in 
the end if we would have been any better off so far as learning is 
concerned. My opinion is that the alumni of Butler, take it by 
and large, will compare favorably with the alumni of larger and 
more widely known institutions. After all it is up to the student 
himself. The name of having graduated from Yale, Harvard, 
Princeton or some other famous University gets you nothing. I 
have had professors who were not nationally known but who in 
fact would compare favorably with the professors of these Uni- 
versities. In my day we came to Butler to study, and study we 
did, or we would not have remained there very long. 

Such men as Addison C. Harris, Harry S. New, Dr. Henry 
Jameson, Dr. A. W. Brayton, Demarchus Bro\\Ti, Hilton U. Brown, 
Merrill Moores, Will Irwin, Emsley Johnson, Jack Atherton, Dr. 
Layman, James Lilly, Crate Bowen, J. P. Frenzel, Arthur V. 
Brow^n, Claris Adams, and others have made names for themselves 
in their respective professions, and the foundation of their success 
was laid at this University. I could name many others. We are 
proud of all of them. 

We are now about to build a bigger and better institution. Great 
credit should be given to those who have labored in season and 
out of season and who have freely given of their means to bring 
this about. The alumni have played no small part in this. They 
have given very liberally and they will give more. Let us all 
resolve while pleasant memories of our college days are uppermost 
in our minds that we will do everything we can to build up that 
institution which educated us, made us what we are, and of which 
we are very proud. 

Those who have been actively engaged in the work have selected 
a splendid site for the University and the boy or girl who will 

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have the privileg-e of attending it will be very fortunate indeed. 

Indiana is the home of many splendid colleges. It is in a way 
one of the most wonderful States of the Union. How proud we 
will be in the future to have it known as the home of the greatest 
University in the west. Not only will every one of the alumni be 
proud of it, but all our citizens will rejoice to know that right at 
home there will be a splendid college where they can send their 
children to school and that it is located in a clean, moral city, 
fit to live in. 

Your chairman has asked me to say something about politics. 
It is such a big subject that I can say but little. I am glad, how- 
ever, to have the opportunity of suggesting something that has 
been on my mind for a long time. I think that not only our own 
University but every other one in our country should teach its 
students practical politics. Whatever polities I know I learned 
from experience. When I left college I loiew nothing about pol- 
itics. I could have and should have been taught something about 
it while in school. Did you ever stop to think that politics is the 
one subject more than any other one, that is discussed in our 
homes, our places of business, on the street, and in fact wherever 
men and women come together. 

So long as our government is a government by parties, it is 
important that students should be taught what constitutes a party, 
how it is formed and carried on, so that when their time comes 
they can take their places in it and by so doing not only help to 
elevate politics, but help to make a better and stronger govern- 
ment. With many people a man known as a politician is subject 
to ridicule and scorn. A party boss is often supposed to be a man 
with horns and one who does not have the interest of his country 
at heart. Nothing is farther from the truth than this. I have 
had many years' experience in local, state and national politics, 
and I know that some of the best and most loyal men in the country 
are known as politicians. 

No one in all this country is held in higher esteem and has the 
confidence of the people of this country more than our distinguished 
President, Calvin Coolidge. From the time he graduated from 

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college he was a practical politician. From town clerk of a small 
town to the greatest office in the gift of the American people, is 
a far cry and yet that is the road President Coolidge traveled. As 
soon as he left college he took up polities — practical politics and 
was a practical politician for more than twenty years. He learned 
then and knows now the value of organization in politics. He is 
now a leader of his party in every sense of the word. He did not 
get his education in politics in college but had to acquire it through 
experience. He is one in many who has traveled his own road to 
success. He was practical in politics and is practical in office. 
That is why he has made a success in every office he has ever held. 

I do not mean that politics should be taught so that a man may 
get an office. That is only an incident, for a very small part of 
the people of our country ever hold office or want to hold office. 
Many of the ablest men in our country have been men who cared 
nothing for office but only became active in politics that they might 
tetter help their country. Why then should not young men and 
women be educated in politics as well as any other subject ? 

I believe that the thought is worth consideration. If that is 
true why then would it not be a fine thing for our University 
to be a pioneer along this line? It will not only be advantageous 
to the student when he goes out in the world in his chosen pro- 
fession but it will tend to elevate politics and will help to make a 
better and stronger government. The better and stronger the 
party the better and stronger the government will be. 

I read in an article by Meredith Nicholson, in the April issue 
of the Butler Quarterly the following : 

"It is a singular thing that with all the stress laid upon effi- 
ciency in industry and commerce we should so meekly submit to 
the second rate in government. A democracy presupposes of the 
citizen a serious concern for the intelligent and honest adminis- 
tration of public affairs. I do not believe the schools and colleges 
are doing their duty in this matter. There is something lacking 
here. The usual college courses in history and politics are some- 
how inadequate. Our young men and women are not bringing 

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home from the colleges and universities any high sense of their 
responsibilities as citizens. Possibly the reason lies in the fact 
that the teaching is too academic. The average college professor 
is timid about venturing opinions that may be suspected of party 
bias. To meet this situation I suggest lectureships to be filled by 
men who know practical politics. I would not scruple to introduce 
to the students men known as party bosses and have them tell how 
they do the job. And the political idealists should have a chance 
to disclose the faith that is in them. The whole aim would be to 
quicken the interest, to arouse in every student a strong sense of 
personal responsibility. ' ' 

I would go farther and not only have such lectures but for the 
reasons I have given I would have a department of politics. 

Mayor Shank was then introduced by Mr. Atherton, and made 
a short speech, extending the interest and co-operation of the city 
administration in forwarding the development of Butler University. 

Mr. Claris Adams gave a brief review of the athletic achieve- 
ments of the past year, 

Mr. Emsley Johnson was introduced as the Silver Jubilee class 
speaker. He said in part: "Twenty-five years ago our class left 
these college halls. Recently we had a reunion of the class at 
which ten members were present. We are proud of our class. 
$41,000 of the money subscribed to Butler has come from that 
class. Just the other day Mr. Thompson gave $10,000, and every 
member of the class has contributed liberally to the success of 

"I cannot help saying something of our hopes and aspirations 
and ambitions for the future. We have the most wonderful site 
in the world at Fairview, and we are doing the best we can — but 
we must do a little bit more. We can all do this, not by giving 
large sums of money, but we can preach Butler to our friends and 
acquaintances, we can uphold Butler— we have many things to be 
proud of. We have a wonderful student body, we are proud of 
our Faculty, and we have every reason to believe that we will be 

Class Reunions 107 

holding- sessions out there in the near future. We will put up 
some portables to tide us over the present, but we are sure that in 
the future Butler College will take its place in the first rank." 
Following the address by Mr. Johnson the meeting adjourned. 



Because Blanche Noel was sailing for France, we had our class 
meeting one week in advance of Butler Alumni night. We had to 
postpone our inspection of the new Butler Campus till next year 
for the weather man decided to break the three-weeks drought by 
sending a heavy rain. Consequently the class members, their fam- 
ilies, and their picnic baskets came to the home of the secretary. 
Butler blue and white with yellow coreopsis combined the college 
with class colors for the table decorations. The lunch baskets 
contained both the substantial picnic foods and the delicacies of 
cake and ice cream. Clara Overheiser Fry and Mrs. Edwin Thomp- 
son each baked a fine big cake. 

The following members answered to the class roll: (1) John 
Atherton with Mrs. Atherton and Hilton Atherton; (2) John R. 
Carr (sickness at home prevented Mrs. Carr and their three chil- 
dren from coming) ; (3) Cora Emrich who arranged the table 
decorations; (4) Emsley W. Johnson with Mrs. Johnson, Emsley 
Johnson Junior and his sister; (5) Blanch Noel; (6) Clara Over- 
heiser Fry, and Mr. Fry (none of their three children could come) ; 
(7) Mr. and Mrs. Anson Leroy Portteus with their daughter, Jean. 
(Their son is an interne at the Riley Hospital) ; (8) Edwin E. 
Thompson and Mrs. Thompson; (9) Shelly Diggs Watts who is 
Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and Sociology 
at Indiana University. (Mrs. Watts and daughter could not come), 
and (10) your Class Secretary. 

During the roll call letters from the following were read: (1) 
Grace Gookin Koislake who spoke of Mr. Koislake, of one son 
graduated from Dartmouth, of another son who is a junior at 

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Michigan and of a daug^hter who enters college in the fall; (2) 
Maiy Graham Place who wrote of her husband and two college 
sons who are scoring high in tennis; (3) May Griggs Van Voorhis 
whose husband has charge of the Spruce Street Church in Morgan- 
town, West Virginia. Their family of five, a younger one of 
whom graduates from Hiram this June, and active church work 
have kept them busy. (4) Penelope Kern who is teaching in Great 
Barrington, Massachusetts. 

Of the graduates two are not with us; Carl Loop who died in 
Sicily, and Ernest Graham. Mrs. Hope Graham is dean of Women 
in a Chicago High School. One son will soon be graduated from 
law school at the University of Chicago. The younger son attends 

Besides our visiting, renewing old acquaintances, and making 
new ones among the familj' members, we laid plans to meet next 
year on the new Butler Campus. At this time we hope for better 
weather and for the opportunity for seeing foundations of new 
buildings well under way. John Atherton and Emsley Johnson, 
who have done so much toward the realization of a new Butler, 
explained their work and showed plans for the new buildings. In 
order to assure next year's plans a postage fund was established 
and the following officers elected: Anson Leroy Portteus, Presi- 
dent; Blanche Noel, Vice-President; Cora Emrich, Treasurer, and 
Esther Pay Shover, Permanent Secretary. 

By far the outstanding event of the reunion came in the form 
of a gift of $10,000 made by Mr. and Mrs. Edwin E. Thompson. 
That this gift Avas announced on the day of our Class Reunion, 
gives us an added interest in our class and in our College. 

Esther Fay Shover. 


The Class of 1908 met for their eighteenth annual reunion Class 
Day Morning. The annual breakfast which is given regularly in 
Ellenberger Woods, this year on account of rain was given at the 
home of Miss Gretchen Scotten. Because a number of the mem- 
bers could not attend at that time, the class held a picnic the fol- 

Class Reunions 109 

lowing Friday, and entertained the mothers of the members as 
special guests. The members of the class who were present are: 
Mrs. Lettie Lowe Myers, Mrs. Alma Hoover Nedley, Miss Bessie 
Powers, Miss Gretchen Scotten, Mrs. Daisy McGowan Turner, and 
Mrs. Florence Hosbrook Wallace. 

Since the annual breakfast often interferes with other activities 
of Class Day, the class decided hereafter to give the breakfast on 
the morning following Commencement Day. 

Florence Hosbrook Wallace. 


The Class of 1914 voted at its tenth reunion last June to have an 
annual luncheon, always to be held on the Saturday before Com- 
mencement at the Lincoln Hotel. This plan was adopted so that 
every member would always know the time and place of the annual 

This year those of the Class who could be back gathered together 
in the Italian room of the Lincoln Hotel. There were the Reverend 
Elvin Daniels, Mr. Clarence Burkhardt, Miss June Brewer, Miss 
Eda Boos Brewer, and Mrs. Ellen Graham George. 

The reunion in spite of the fact only a few members could be 
present was enthusiastic in its renewal of friendships, and in its 
consideration of the progress of the college. 

Ellen Graham George. 


The Class of 1917 had its annual supper Sunday evening, June 
14th, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Whitney Spiegel, 4125 North 
Illinois Street. Those present were Mr. and I\Irs. Myron Hughel, 
Mr. and Mrs. John Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Austin Clifford, Mr. and 
]Mrs. Wm. Book, J\Ir. and Mrs. Whitney Spiegel, Mr. and Mrs. John 
Paul Ragsdale, Miss Hazel Stanley, Miss Juna Lutz, Miss Vaugil 
Davis, Miss Urith Dailey, Mrs. Mildred Dawson Tribble, and 
Earl McRoberts. 

Earl McRoberts made a special trip down from Chicago to 
be with the Class this year. All of the members eagerly look for- 

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ward to these gatherings of the ' ' Seventeeners ", and heartily 
recommend annual reunions to all Butler classes. 

Urith Dailet. 

The following members of the Class of 1920 celebrated their fifth 
reunion by having lunch together on Saturday, June 13th. Those 
attending included Margaret Rose, Lucille Sartor, Nina Keppel, 
Hazel Stuart, Merrill Woods, Kenneth Fry and his wife, Mildred 
Clearwater Fry; Helen Jaehne, '19; and Gladys Banes. Miss 
Sarah Cotton, Registrar of Butler College, was a special guest. A 
telegram was received from Florence Corya, and letters were re- 
ceived from Dorothy Frazee, Herman and Lois Sheedy, Monta 
Hunter, Louise Stewart Baker, Marie Hamilton Miller, Muriel Fill- 
ingham, Donald McGavran, and Talitha Gerlach. 

Gladys Banes. 



The celebration of the Class of 1890 that was planned to have 
taken place this year, which marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of 
graduation, has been postponed on account of Mrs. Alexander 
Jameson's visit to Europe and will take place next year. 

The secretary, jVIiss Vida Cottman, reports the following news: 

Mr. J. F. Findley, now a resident of Boulder, Colorado, visited 
in Irvington recently. 

The Rev. Newton and Mrs. Jessup of Lafayette, Indiana, at- 
tended Butler Commencement. 

Mrs. Henry S. Schell (Romaine Braden) attended the inaugura- 
tion of President L. H. Murlin of DePauw University on June 
9, 1925, as the official representative of the University of California. 
Mrs. Schell received the degree of Master of Arts from the Uni- 
versity of California in 1903. 

Mr. and Mrs. Henry S. Schell will go to Oroville, California, 

Class News 111 

this summer to visit Mrs. Schell's sister and her sister's husband, 
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Brady, both of the class of '93. 


The secretary, Esther Fay Shover, of the Class of 1900, reports 
the following news of the class : 

Mrs. Anne Butler Recker has gone with her son to the lakes for 
the summer. 

Mr. Edward Dougherty has returned from California and has 
charge of the Christian Church in Muncie, Indiana. 

Miss Anna Edgeworth is teaching in Indianapolis. 

Miss Mabel Hauk is now Mrs. 0. D. Thundere. 

Mrs. Ethel Roberts Loop has returned to the United States and 
is living in the east. Her daughter, Mary, is in school near Phila- 

Dr. Raymond A. Smith is a professor in the Christian University 
at Fort Worth, Texas. 


The celebration that the Class of 1915 has been preparing for 
this year, their tenth anniversary of graduation, has been post- 
poned until next year. The class is so scattered that it is hard 
for the members to hold a reunion. Five of the class attended 
the alumni supper : Miss IMargaret Griffith, Mr, Howard Caldwell 
and Mrs. Caldwell (Elsie Felt), and Mr. Joseph Ostrander and 
Mrs. Ostrander (Genevieve Ham). 


The alumni association, composed of graduates and former stu- 
dents of Butler, welcomes the Class of 1925 as new members in 
their organization. This association takes part in every activity 
of the college, the Home Coming and Founders' Day celebrations 
being two of the more important occasions of the school year under 
its management. Each member receives the Quarterly, a magazine 
that carries news of every department of the college. The dues 
are but $2.00 a year. 



Coach Hinkle had a hard task in finding enough men to fill out 
his baseball machine, which was wrecked last year by the gradua- 
tion of Middlesworth, Goett, Staton, Jones, Blessing, Welborn and 
Slaughter. Ewing was the only veteran hurler. Quisser, a sopho- 
more, got the receiving job, while Woolgar, who was here in 1923, 
took over the third base position. Strole and Reichel were other 
new men in the regular lineup. Captain Mills, Nipper, Keach, 
Griggs, completed the nine, and very few changes were made dur- 
ing the season. The team made a southern trip in March and 
gained much valuable experience, although they only broke even 
in the number of games won and lost. However, after returning 
home and starting on their state schedule, the team ran up eleven 
straight victories, losing the twelfth game to Wabash at the end 
of the season. This record gives the Bulldogs a clear claim to the 
state title. Indiana and Purdue were both defeated twice by 
Wabash, Notre Dame lost to Purdue, Avhile Wabash lost to Notre 
Dame and DePauw. The feature of the season's play was the 
hitting of the team as a whole and the fine mound work of Ewing. 
Griggs, who recently joined the White Sox, is the only senior on 
the squad, and with several promising men on the yearling team, 
prospects are bright for a strong team next spring. 


Sagalowsky and Kurzrok, Butler's tennis stars, have been keep- 
ing pace with the other teams. They were undefeated in a long 
schedule of dual meets with some of the best teams in the middle 
west. They won the doubles championship in the State Meet, and 
at the same affair, Sagalowsky won the singles championship from 
Kurzrok. At the Big Ten meet, the Bulldog entries made a clean 
sweep of everything. They took the doubles and met each other 
in the finals of the singles. Kurzrok finally won after one of the 
most brilliant exhibitions of tennis ever seen in a Conference meet. 


Athletics 113 

These two men participated at the National Meet in Philadelphia 
late in June. 


During the past few months Butler athletic teams have risen to 
new heights in spring sports and the baseball, track, and tennis 
teams have taken their places beside the basketball and football 
teams which have gained so much national recognition in the past 
few years. The performances of Butler athletes this spring are a 
monument to the coaching staff. With only a handful of men in 
track, Coach Page turned out the best relay team in the country 
and with only six men entered in the Indiana State Meet, was able 
to place second to Notre Dame, who had thirty-five men entered, 
of whom nineteen placed. 

The work of the track team, especially the relay group, deserves 
special mention. Starting at the University of Illinois indoor 
games, the Butler relay team, composed of Scott, Ham, Handley, 
Caraway, Capt. Glen Gray, David Kilgore, and Herman Phillips, 
set record after record in the half-mile, the mile, and the medley 
relays. At the Illinois event, the Butler boys won the mile in 
3 :28.4, almost three full seconds better than the previous record. 
The boys also competed in indoor meets at Kansas City, Cleveland, 
Louisville, and Cincinnati, and in every meet came out with addi- 
tional honors. The indoor season was strenuous but the training 
obtained was of untold value in the outdoor season which followed. 

The first big outdoor events of the year were the Texas relays, 
held at Austin, and the Southwest relays, at Houston, on March 
27th and 28th. Practically all of the State Universities of the 
Southwest were competing, in addition to Notre Dame, Illinois, 
and other northern schools. At Texas, the Bulldogs made a clean 
sweep, winning the quarter, the half, and the mile events and set- 
ting new carnival records in all three events. On the following 
day the Butler men came through at Houston with a victory in the 
mile and a tie for first with Illinois in the half mile. It was here 
that Nig Woods, star football player, made his record broad jump 
of 24 feet, li/^ inches. The total "spoils" taken on this trip con- 

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sisted 'of six cups for the trophy room, wliich we hope to have at 
Fairview, and twenty-one gold watches for the individual com- 

A few weeks later the Butler team competed in the Kansas relays, 
at Lawrence, Kansas, and again came through with several re- 
markable performances. Running in the university class, the But- 
ler boys traveled the quarter mile distance in :42.4 seconds, just a 
scant four-tenths of a second behind the University of Kansas 
team, which set a new world's record on their home track. On 
the following day, the boys took the track by storm and set new 
carnival records in the half-mile and the mile events. Challenge 
cups, on which Butler had won one leg in 1923, and which Occi- 
dental College of California won in 1924, came back to Irvington 
for the present year. One more victory will place them perma- 
nently in the future trophy room. 

On the following week end, April 24th and 25th, the relay 
team reached top form. Competing in the Drake relays, which for 
the past few years has brought together the greatest group of track 
luminaries ever assembled in one meet, the Butler team turned in 
three victories and ran second to Kansas in the University quarter- 
mile. Our team set a new carnival record in the half-mile and the 
mile, and hung up a new American record in the medley. The 
time for the mile Avas 3 :1 8.2, which stands as the best record for 
this event made in the country this year. On the same day, Nig 
Woods journeyed over to Philadelphia and won the broad jump 
at the Pennsylvania games, again going over 24 feet. He also 
placed third in the high hurdles in an international field. These 
events brought to a close the specialized work of the relay team. 
The Butler team was universally recognized as the best combina- 
tion in the country. 

Following the relay season, the track squad engaged in several 
dual meets. DePauw and Ohio Wesleyan were defeated by close 
scores, due largely to the work of the same men who composed 
the relay squad. Gray in the dashes, Phillips in the distances, 
Caraway and Kilgore in the middles distances, Ham in the hurdles, 
and Griggs in the weights accounted for most of Butler's points. 

Athletics 115 

A triangular meet with Earlham and Franklin was taken by a 
large score. Following this event came the state college meet. 
Due to injuries to Phillips and the fact that Woods finished his 
competition, Butler was able to finish no higher than third, DePauw 
and Wabash taking first and second. On the next Saturday, how- 
ever, the Bulldogs came back strong and scored thirty-four and a 
fraction points in the state championship, which Notre Dame won. 
Purdue, DePauw, Wabash, and the other Indiana schools trailed. 
Butler men took six first places. Ham setting a new record in the 
low hurdles. If the Butler squad had had a few more men who 
could have cut into Notre Dame's second and third places, the 
state championship would undoubtedly have rested in Irvington. 
Although this event brought to a close the regular track season, 
Phillips and Capt. Gray were kept in active training and competed 
in the Western Conference and the National Intercollegiate Meets. 

In the Big Ten Meet, Capt. Gray took second place in the 220 
and fourth in the 100. Phillips took first in the 440. This gave 
Butler a total of 11 points, and gave us the highest standing of 
any of the Indiana schools. It is seldom that an outside team 
scores so many points in the Conference games. On June 13th, 
at the National Meet at Chicago, Gray and Phillips brought to 
Butler the highest honors of the season. Competing against teams 
from the Pacific Coast, the South and the East, in addition to the 
Middle Western competitors, these two men won firsts in two events 
and placed Butler in seventh place in the national ranking. Gray 
won the 220, easily defeating the man to Avhom he had lost the 
previous week at Columbus. Phillips piled up a five-yard lead in 
the quarter-mile and was never headed. These performances 
stamp the tAvo Butler runners as among the best in the country. 

A large squad of Freshmen track men worked faithfully all 
spring and it is expected that Butler will have a larger squad of 
Varsity men next spring. Ham, Caraway, Griggs and Woods, 
will be lost by graduation. 

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"b" men's banquet 

On June 12th, the annual "B" Men's Banquet was held at the 
Indianapolis Athletic Club. All the men who have won letters or 
numerals were present, as well as some of the old-timers. Spring 
awards were made at this time. In addition to the regular sweater 
awards given to track, baseball, and tennis men, gold basketballs 
were given to the basketball men who played in the four Western 
Conference games which resulted in Butler victories. Gold base- 
balls, emblematic of the state championship, were presented to the 
baseball team. Senior blankets Avere given to Griggs, Woods, Ham, 
Caraway, Colway and Kurzrok. Hal Griggs, with fourteen letters 
to his credit, tops the list of athletes in varied competition. In 
addition to these regular awards, the students presented Woods, 
Griggs, Ham, Caraway, Kilgore, Gray and Phillips with cups in 
recognition of their fine achievements in track this spring. 


Sept. 26 — Earlham College. 

Oct. 3 — DePauw University — "Indianapolis Day". 

Oct. 10 — University of Illinois, at Urbana. 

Oct. 17 — Franklin College — "Homecoming". 

Oct. 24— Wabash College. 

Oct. 31 — Rose Polytechnic. 

Nov. 7 — University of Minnesota, at Minneapolis. 

Nov. 14 — University of Dayton. 

Nov. 21 — Centenary College, at Shreveport, La, 


On May 7, 1925, Butler College observed its second annual Honor 
Day, a day set aside for the recognition of scholastic achievement. 
The celebration consisted of an academic processional, a program 
of music by the Metropolitan School of Music, the announcement 
of awards of honors and prizes, an address by Dr. David j\I. Ed- 
wards, President of Earlham College, and the initiation of newly 
elected members of the honorary scholastic society of Phi Kap- 
pa Phi. 

Dr. Edwards' address dealt with the commensurate relationship 
between scholarship and achievement in life. "The increase in 
attendance in American colleges," said Dr. Edwards, "has placed 
scholarship in jeopardy. Every student must face the problem of 
choosing between college life and scholastic honors. How can one 
be educated for leadership and citizenship of the kind we need if 
scholarehip, is slurred over? Statistics show that the highest 
fourth, in point of scholarship, of college graduates, furnishes the 
men who attain to distinction in the business and professional 
worlds. ' ' 

Dean J. W. Putnam announced the honors and awards of prizes : 

Dr. Edwards, a true scholar and the president of a long re- 
spected neighbor college, was elected to honorary membership in 
Phi Kappa Phi. Four members of the faculty were elected to 
membership : Ida B. Wilhite, Assistant Professor of Home Eco- 
nomics; Joseph G. Fucilla, Assistant Professor of Romance Lan- 
guages; Pleasant R. Hightower, Assistant Professor of Education, 
and Paul Leland Haworth, Professor of History and Political 
Science. Twenty-four seniors were elected: Ralph Snyder, Pearl 
Soltau, Leona Kayley, Floyd Umbenhower, Mary Stokes, Hester 
Baker, Margaret Kluger, Victor Twitty, Frank Libkings, Mildred 
Medlam, Esther Adams, Mary Book, Irene Seuel, Lillian Martin, 
Chester Fuchtman, Helen Hoover, Anna Pollak, Lena Weitknecht, 
Mildred Stilz, Louise Padou, Ethel McDaniels, Dema Kennedy, 
Daisy Schulz. Three seniors, Ralph Snyder, Mary Stokes and 
Floyd Umbenhower were granted the degree, magna cum laude. 



Six seniors had been granted scholarships: Esther Adams, Uni- 
versity of Missouri ; Clarence Jaleski, Cold Springs Harbor ; Henry 
Nestor, Indiana University, Louise Padou, University of Wiscon- 
sin j George Schumacher, University of Virginia; Victor Twitty, 
Yale University. Pauline Pierce received the scholarship which 
Scarlet Quill offers annually to the sophomore girl with the highest 

Gertrude Schmidt, by her story "The Golden Mirror", won a 
prize in the short story contest. Lester Budd won the first award 
in the argumentation contest; Louise Frisbie received second, and 
Daisy Schulz received honorable mention for her brief. Margaret 
Jenkins and Robert Hutchinson were winners in the oratorical 
contest. Miss Jenkins first and Mr. Hutchinson second. Lewis 
Wilson won first place in the extemporaneous contest, and Jane 
Ogborne won second. 

In the afternoon Phi Kappa Phi initiation was held in the Li- 
brary. Professor Johnson, President of Phi Kappa Phi, was in 
charge of the ceremony. Dr. Aley made a short address on the 
three accomplishments of the true scholar: "First," he said, 
"the true scholar never wearies of learning truths. Because he 
desires to know more, he steeps his mind with the invaluable dis- 
coveries of those who have gone before him. He realizes that he 
can never know too much — that the scope of knowledge is un- 
limited. Secondly, the attitude of the scholar must be an unselfish 
one — he should seek to disseminate that which he has learned. The 
learning that has been acquired should be of use to all. If its 
truths cannot be made known to others it cannot be of lasting 
endurance. Thirdly, the learner of truths pushes ahead into new 
things. He should ever strive to discover new truths and thus add 
to the store of learning. Before him are stretched unexplored 
fields of knowledge which afford excellent opportunities for skilled 
and far-reaching research." As a reminder of these scholastic 
aims the new members were presented with the Phi Kappa Phi 
ribbons. Louise Padou. 


The students and friends of the College were entertained on 
Saturday, May 2'3, with the annual May Day celebration, sponsored 
by the Woman's League. The festivities began at eleven o'clock 
with the May Day Breakfast. About three hundred guests were 
served at small tables out under the trees near the residence. 

The observance especially accorded to May followed at two- 
thirty in the presentation of a beautiful pageant symbolizing the 
change of seasons through the ancient myth, "The Rape of Perseph- 
one." The scene was the garden of Persephone for which the 
campus was a beautiful natural setting. Here, as the pageant 
portrayed, played Persephone and her maidens, here Pluto saw, 
and loved, and stole the lovely maiden; here Ceres mourned for 
her daughter, and sent Famine and Pestilence, and Death over 
the earth; and here through the influence of a magic girdle, was 
Persephone restored to her mother, and crowned Queen of the 

The pageant was particularly beautiful in the graceful dances 
of the Flowers and Butterflies; of the Maidens with the Daisy 
Chain; of the Nymphs with the Magic Girdles; of Famine, Pes- 
tilence, and Death ; and of the Winds with delicately colored scarfs. 

Miss Marjorie Chiles wrote and directed the pageant. The part 
of Demeter was played by Kathryn Bowlby; and that of Perseph- 
one and the Queen of May by Miss Helena Sciloff. The dances 
were arranged and directed by Miss Louise Schulmeyer, Instructor 
in Physical Education. Immediately following the pageant was 
held the installation of officers for 1925- '26 of the Woman's 
League. Miss Patia Carver, the retiring president presided and 
conducted the ceremonies. Miss Virginia Curtis was installed as 
president ; Miss Kathryn Bowlby, vice-president ; Miss Alice Young, 
secretary, and Miss Sarah Francis Downs, treasurer. 

Dean Evelyn Butler gave a short address on the purpose and 
accomplishments of the league, and a word of greeting to the 
friends of the college. 

Miss Catherine Adams, Dean of Women at Beloit College, w&a 


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a guest of honor, the official representative of the American Asso- 
ciation of University Women. 

The May Day Celebration closed with an informal dance at 
the Claypool Hotel in the evening. 

The establishment of the celebration of May Day is already 
an important element in our college life that is contributing much 
to the general sociability and culture of the college. Dean Butler 
is to be congratulated on its success. 

Katherine Lennox. 


The 1925 Drift which was issued early in June is in the estima- 
tion of many the best book of its kind that has ever been published. 
The opening bears a dedication to the co-eds of the school. There 
are the usual number of photos of choice spots on the campus, 
write-ups of all campus activities and organizations, individual 
pictures of the two upper classes, the athletic section and other 
interesting features. 

The Drift was compiled by a small staff under the direction of 
Thomas F. Smith, editor, and Virgil V. Roby, business manager. 
The Drift has been entered in a national contest in Chicago where 
it is expected it will receive some distinction. 



Last October it was proposed by Miss Roda E. Selleck, whose 
remarkable work as a teacher will long be remembered, to establish 
a scholarship at Butler College for students from Shortridge High 
School. The death of IMiss Selleck came before the fund could be 
started, but a group of her friends have proposed to go ahead with 
the project, calling it the Roda E. Selleck Memorial Scholarship. 

To establish this fund will require $2,500.00. Subscriptions that 
have already been received, ranging from $5.00 to $150.00 each, 
and amounting to about $1,500.00 in all, have come from all parts 
of the country. But $1,000.00 more is needed and it is hoped to 
complete the fund at once so that the first award can be made to 
a member of this year's graduating class. Subscriptions should be 
sent to Donald S. Morris, Treasurer, care Fletcher Savings and 
Trust Co., Indianapolis. 


The senior class held their banquet at the Kappa Kappa Gamma 
house on the evening of June 1. A delightful four-course meal was 
served by the new pledges of Scarlet Quill. 

Scott Ham, president of the class was master of ceremonies. He 
capably served as toastmaster. Speeches were made by several 
members of the faculty and of the class. Miss Lena Weitkneckt 
sang, "The Old Refrain", and Mrs. Ethel Hadley gave several 
recitations in her charming manner. 

Oscar Ries spoke briefly of the class and the new era it had 
ushered into the school in all activities; Louise Padou mentioned 
the passing of school days and the good times that all had enjoyed ; 
Assistant Professor Harry T. Mercer, of the English department, 
wished every member of the class success in his or her under- 
takings; Agnes Andrews contributed a number of humorous re- 
marks about events of the past four years. 

Assistant Professor Corinne Welling, sponsor of the class ex- 


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pressed many of the sentiments of love and good faith that were 
passing in the minds of all who were present. George A. Schu- 
macher pointed out the great advantages that all present had been 
endowed with and stressed the greatest future duty of all was in 
being loyal and devoted citizens of the United States and a sincere 
performance of righteous service to the nation. The program was 
concluded with the singing of the "Butler War Song". 


"Songs of Butler" is the title of an attractive song book, 
published this June by the Butler College Woman's League. In 
addition to fraternity and sorority favorites such as "Delta Shel- 
ter", "My Little Kappa Lady", and "Sweetheart of Sigma Chi", 
a good many of the old college songs such as "In the Gallery of 
Memory", by Fred Wolff, and "Alma Mater", by Laurel Cissna, 
and the Butler "War Song", by John Heiney, have been collected. 
There has never been a Butler song book before including so many 
of the earlier songs. 

There are a number of these song books for sale at the college. 
They are bound in Butler blue, with the title and seal in the 
white, and sell for one dollar and a half. Alumni who wish books 
can order them from the Butler Songs Committee, Butler College. 

Butler College rejoices in the honor that has come to the College 
of Missions in the selection of Dr. Paul by the University of Mich- 
igan as the organizer of the new school of religion that opens in 
the university next year. For this work Dr. Paul has been granted 
a year's leave of absence from the College of Missions. The stu- 
dents and faculty of Butler will miss this good neighbor. We wish 
him Godspeed in this great work. 

Phi Kappa Phi, national honorary scholastic society, held its an- 
nual banquet at the University Club, Friday night, June 12. Pro- 
fessor W. L. Richardson, vice-president of the Butler Chapter, was 
toastmaster. Vocal solos were given by Mary S. McBride, 1914, 

Around the College 123 

and readings by Louise H. Padou, 192'5. Toasts were given by 
Corinne Welling, 1912; Ralph W. Snyder, 1925; Mary Sue Mc- 
Donald Havens, 1922 ; Guy H, Shadinger, head of the Department 
of Chemistry of Butler College, and Robert Hall, 1891. Profes- 
sor Johnson presented the newly elected seniors with diplomas of 
the organization. 

The list of seniors elected has been given in the account of Honor 
Day in this issue. The alumni who attended are: Miss Ruth 
Bales, '24 ; Miss Evelyn Butler, '93 ; Mr. Scot Clifford, '23 ; Misa 
Rebecca Dixon, '24; Mr. Edgar Forsyth, '95; Miss Hazel Funk, 
'24; Miss Jane Graydon, '87; Mr. Robert Hall, '91; Mrs. Mary 
Sue McDonald Havens, '22 ; Miss Emily Helming, '99 ; Miss Mary 
Kincaid, '13 ; Miss Alice Koehne, '23 ; Miss Florence Lupton, '24 ; 
Miss Juna Lutz, '17 ; Miss Mary McBride, '12 ; Miss Julia Miller, 
'22 ; Miss Mary Pavey, '12 ; Miss Jean Patterson, '23 ; Miss Frances 
Perry, '91; Miss Gretchen Scotten, '08; Miss Bertha Thormyer, 
'92 ; Miss Corinne Welling, '12, and Mrs. Hattie Winslow, '23. 

The Woman's League, through the Matinee Talks, has brought 
a series of well known and interesting speakers to the college this 
year. Mrs. Oliver Willard Pierce, Mr. Ernest G. Hesser, Mrs. 
Samuel E. Perkins, Miss Frances Beik, Mrs. Ethel P. Clark, Mrs. 
William S. Gardner, Mr. William Forsyth, Mr. Herbert Jennings, 
and Mr. William Herschell. 

Mr. Pearl H. Robey, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Robey, a fresh- 
man at Butler College this year, won the Seventh District appoint- 
ment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, and 
reported for duty at West Point, June 1. 

Summer school opened at Butler with an enrollment of 394 stu- 
dents. Instruction is given in all of the regular departments of 
the university. Andrew Leitch, of the class of 1911, a member of 
the faculty of Bethany College, is added to the summer teaching 
staff of our faculty. He gives courses in educational psychology. 


President and Mrs. Aley will spend the latter part of the summer 
at Riverside, Connecticut, with their son and his family. 

Mr. Irving Allen has been granted a year's leave of absence and 
will study in Columbia University this year. 

Miss Gladys Banes is studying in the summer school of Harvard 

Mr. Stanley Cain accompanied a group of members of the Butler 
Y. M. C. A. who are attending the summer camp at Lake Geneva, 

Mr. Chester Camp and JMiss Barbara Schafer were married in 
Indianapolis, June 20, 1925. 

Mr. G. Nelson Graham is attending the summer session at the 
University of Chicago. 

Professor Katharine Graydon, as the readers of The Quarterly 
already know, is traveling this summer in Europe with two of her 
sisters, Mrs. Alexander Jameson and Miss Ellen Graydon. 

Professor J. S. Harrison and family will return in July from 
Europe to their summer home in Maine, and will come to Indianap- 
olis early in September. 

Miss Mildred Jessup, instructor in English in the college this 
past year, filling the vacancy caused by the leave of absence of Mrs. 
Wesenberg, has accepted a position in the English Department of 
Drake University. 

Miss Harriet Johnston is studjnng in the summer school of the 
University of Missouri. 

Professor Gino Ratti has been granted a year's leave of absence 
which he and his family will spend abroad. He intends studying 
half a year in the University of Chartes in France. 

Professor William li. Richardson is giving courses in Education 
in the summer school of the Athletic Union at Camp Brosius, Elk- 
hart Lake, Wisconsin. 

Professor Rollo Tallcott has resigned from the Butler faculty 
and has accepted the presidency of the Williams School of Expres- 
sion and Dramatics at Ithaca, New York. The coUege regrets the 


Faculty Notes 125 

departure of Professor and ]\Irs. Tallcott, who have had an im- 
portant share in our academic life. 

Mr. Wood Unger is studying in the summer school of the Uni- 
versity of California. 

Professor Anna Weaver has been granted a year's leave of 
absence, which she is spending in Europe. This summer she will be 
in the Scandinavian countries and next winter in Greece, studying 
in the American Academy. 

Professor T. Griffith Wesenberg and Mrs. Wesenberg have re- 
turned from their year's stay in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Pro- 
fessor Wesenberg received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from 
Harvard University, and Mrs. Wesenberg (Assistant Professor 
Alice Bidwell Wesenberg) was a graduate student in Radcliffe 

Mrs. Ida B. Wilhite is studying in Columbia University this 

On May 19 the faculty enjoyed a picnic at the country estate of 
Professor and Mrs. Paul Leland Haworth. near West Newton, Indi- 
ana. There was a baseball game, a steak roast at which President 
Aley served as chef and successfully fed the large faculty family, 
and a program of readings by Mrs. Eugene Fife and Professor 
Rollo Tallcott. 


Mrs. Hope Graham, '10, dean of girls of Lake View High School, 
Chicago, spoke before the Woman's League of Butler College at 
the April meeting. 

Mr. Lee Swails, a graduate of Indiana State Normal College, 
and a former graduate student of Butler College, has been elected 
for a second term of four years as Superintendent of Instruction 
in Marion County, Indiana. 

Mrs. Harold Lewis (Mrs. Genevieve Hughel Lewis, ex- '19) was 
graduated this June from the New York Institute of Music. She 
received the faculty scholarship for achieving the highest musician- 

126 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

ship honors in her class. She has recently completed a composition 
for piano that has been accepted for publication. 

Miss Virginia Moorhead, '22, is spending the summer abroad 
with Mrs. R. F. Davidson, '94, and Miss Katherine Davidson. 

Mr. Thomas Hill and Mrs. Hill (Elva Alexander, '16) and little 
daughter, are in the United States on furlough from India. They 
visited Butler College and the College of Missions commencement 

Miss Katherine Burton, '18, is dean of girls in the Martinsville 
High School. 

Mr. Andrew Leitch, '11, head of the department of education at 
Bethany College, is teaching courses in education in the Butler 
Summer School. 

Miss lielen Jackson, '18, is teaching in the State Normal School 
at Muncie, Indiana. 

Miss Hazel Warren, '15, is traveling for the Public Library Com- 
mission. I 

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Burns had the interesting experience in May 
of visiting Cyrus McKenzie, the great-grandson of Jacob Wetzel, 
who cut the first trace through the forest from the Whitewater 
Valley to central Indiana. Mr. McKenzie, now seventy-three years 
old, who was at one time a student at Butler, lives in the old home 
established by his great-grandfather at Waverly, Indiana. 

Miss Cleon Colvin, ex.- '19, represented Indiana in the Great 
Lakes district contest for young artists conducted by the Federa- 
tion of Music Clubs. Miss Colvin is a member of the faculty of 
the College of Music and Fine Arts. 

Mrs. Opal Burkhart Banks, '18, and husband, Dr. Gabriel Banks, 
have moved to Falmouth, Kentucky, where Dr. Banks has accepted 
a pastorate. 

Personal Mention 127 

JVIr. Austin V. Clifford, '17, has been elected president of the 
Shortridge High School Alumni Association. 

Miss Edna Cooper, '09, has been teaching the past year in Long 
Beach, California. 

Miss Edith Cooper, '16, is making her home in Long Beach, Cali- 

Mr. Hilton U. Brown, president of the Board of Directors, and 
Mrs. Brown, '89; Mr. Will Irwin, '89, and Mr. Thomas Hibben, 
ex- '14, have just returned from a visit in Europe where they made 
a study of college architecture. 

Miss Josephine Pollitt, '17, and Miss Laurel Cissna, '22, received 
the degree of Master of Arts from Columbia University this June. 

Mrs. Raymond Smith (Mrs. Grace Clifford, '01) returned this 
spring for a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Perry Clifford. 

Miss Prances M. Perry, '91, was one of our guests of honor at 
the Commencement Exercises. This past year Miss Perry has been 
teaching in AVellesley College on a Sabbatical leave-of-absence from 
the University of Arizona, where she holds a professorship in Eng- 
lish Composition. This summer she is giving courses in the Univer- 
sity of Southern California. 

During Commencement week the college rejoiced to Avelcome 
back to the campus Mrs. Fred Jacobs (Catharine Martin, '12) who 
paid a short visit to Indiana ; Mr. Ira Clarke, '12, and family who 
is now living in Washington, D. C. ; Mr. Harvy Lett, '14, and Mrs. 
Lett (Ethel Bennett, '13) ; the Rev. Elvin Daniels, '16; Mr. Clar- 
ence Burkhardt, '13; Miss Jane Brewer, '14; Mr. Herman Hosier, 
'20, and his two sons ; Miss Frances Perry, '91 ; Miss Mary Pavey, 
'12; Mr. Leland S. Barkley, '21, and Mrs. Barkley, who are now 
living in Bloomfield, Indiana; Mr. J. F. Findley, '90, who now 
lives in Boulder, Colorado, and the Rev. Newton Jessup and Mrs. 
Jessup of Lafayette, Indiana. 

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Miss Helen Hoover, '25, has been appointed secretary to Dean 

Mr. and Mrs. Dale S. Young (Mary Padou, '18) will study at 
Columbia University this winter. 

Mrs. Melissa Seward Newlin, '12, and sons, of Clinton, Iowa, are 
visiting Mrs. Newlin 's mother, Mrs. J. A. Seward, in Irvington. 

Miss Jane Brewer, '14, has been paying a visit to the college and 
the College of Missions, the guest of Dean and Mrs. Putnam. Miss 
Brewer will resume her work in Mexico in August. She will be 
located at the Patosino Christian Mission, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. 

The Rev. Roderick MacLeod, '14, and Mrs. MacLeod, who have 
been on a furlough from Tibet, expect to return to their work 
this fall. 

Russell C. Putnam, '19, and B. S. in Electrical Engineering at 
University of Colorado, '23, has been granted a leave of absence 
from the General Electric Company, Schenectady, New York, for 
a year, beginning July 1, and will teach Electrical Engineering at 
Case School of Applied Science at Cleveland, giving courses in 
Photometry and Illumination, 

Miss Nina Keppel, '20, will spend next year in Albany, New 
York, attending the Library School. 

The Alumni extend sympathy to Miss Barcus Tichenor, '10, and 
Miss Helen Tichenor, '13, in their great sorrow in the death of their 

Mr. James Layman Schell, ex- '22, and Mrs. Schell (Katharine 
Turman, '24) are living in Indianapolis this summer. 

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher B. Coleman and daughter, Constance, 
attended the alumni reunion. It is a great pleasure to have them 
near enough to be a part of the college life again. 

Among the alumni who are studying in Universities this sum- 
mer are : Miss Helen Jaehne, '19, at the University of Racine, Wis- 

Personal Mention 129 

eonsin ; Mr. Herman Hosier, '20, and Miss Ida Hart, '19, at Chica- 
go University, and Miss Katherine Burton, '18, at Columbia Uni- 


On May 15, 1925, were married in Greenwood, Indiana, Dr. Carl 
Ekermeyer and Miss Ruth Craig, '23. Dr. and Mrs. Ekermeyer 
will live in New Bremen, Ohio. 

On May 23, 1925, were married in Indianapolis Mr. Edwin 
Whitaker, ex- '19, and Miss Julia Ade. Mr. and Mrs. Whitaker 
will live in Indianapolis. 

On April 22, 1925, were married in Indianapolis, Mr. Walter 
Shirley and Miss Gladys Lucile Sudbroek, '24. Mr. and Mrs. Shir- 
ley are at home in Indianapolis. 

On June 6, 1925, were married in Indianapolis, Mr. Joseph 
Moore and Miss Elizabeth Harris, '23. Mr. and Mrs. Moore are 
living in Irvington. 

On June 16, 1925, were married in Indianapolis, Mr. Merritt L. 
Thompson, ex- '26, and Miss Dorothy Bowser, '16. Mr. and Mrs. 
Thompson are living in Indianapolis. 

On May 2, 1925, were married in Alexandria, Virginia, Mr. Fes- 
ler Lance and Miss Dorothy Shoemaker, ex- '26. Mr. and Mrs. 
Lance will live in Washington, D. C, 

On June 6, 1925, were married in Indianapolis, Mr. Walter A. 
Zartman and Miss Alma Fort, ex- '24. Mr. and Mrs. Zartman will 
live in Greentown. 

On June 24, 1925, were married in Denver, Colorado, Mr. Virgil 
Mientker Lundy and Miss India Wilson, '20. Mr. and Mrs. Lundy 
will live in Oakland, California, 

On June 20, 1925, were married in Indianapolis, Mr. John G. 
Holmes and Miss Anne Lochhead, ex- '22. 

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On June 20, 1925, were married in Indianapolis, Mr. Matthew 
Farson and Miss Rachel Campbell, '24. 

On January 7, 1925, were married in Indianapolis, Mr. Emory 
Baxter and Miss Ruth Fromm, ex- '25. 

On June 26, 1925, were married in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Daniel 
MeKinney, '24, and Miss Marjorie Struble. 

On June 10, 1925, were married in Indianapolis, Mr. Alfred 
Hurst, ex- '24, and Miss Charlotte Clark, ex- '26. 

On June 21, 1925, were married in Anderson, Indiana, Mr. 
Franklin Frey, '25, and Miss Inez Leighton, '26. 

On June 17, 1925, were married in Carbondale, Illinois, Mr. 
Leslie Sanders ex- '23, and Miss Laura Mary Henderson, '23. Mr. 
and Mrs. Sanders will live in Marion, Illinois. 


Peterson. — To Mr. Raymond Peterson, '21, and Mrs. Peterson 
(Georgia Fillmore, '16) in Batang, West China, on February 3, a 
daughter — Mary Ida. 

ScHULTZ. — To Mr. Arthur Schultz and Mrs. Schultz (Helen 
Lewis, ex- '17) in Indianapolis, on May 1, a daughter — Marjorie. 

Brewer. — To Mr. Scot Brewer and Mrs. Brewer (Eda Boos, '14) 
in Indianapolis, on April 12, a son, Robert George. 

MuLLANE. — To Mr. Daniel Mullane, '13, and Mrs. Mullane, in 
Pittsburg, May 31, a daughter — Harriet Goodwin. 

OsBORN. — To Mr. and Mrs. Frank Osborn (Mary Belle Haynes, 
'22) in Indianapolis, June 16, a daughter — ^Marian Haynes. 

Beatty. — To Norman Beatty and Mrs. Beatty (Edith Jackson, 
ex- '23) in Indianapolis, June 17, a son — Norman Jackson. 

Browder. — To Mr. Clifford Browder, '12, and Mrs. Browder 
(Mabel Felt, '15) in Indianapolis, June 25, a son — David Felt 

Deaths 131 


Mrs. Jessie May Brayton, wife of Dr. A. W. Brayton, who died 
at her home in Indianapolis on April 22nd, was connected in many 
ways with Butler College throughout the greater part of her long 
and useful life. After they were married, and had moved from 
Chicago to Indianapolis, Dr. Brayton studied at Butler, graduating 
with the class of 1878, and eight of their children went to Butler. 

Mrs, Brayton was a lover of nature and in her early years took 
a prominent part in the work of a group of naturalists connected 
with the college, including her husband. Dr. and Mrs. David Starr 
Jordan, Barton W. Everman and Edward Nelson. In this field of 
activity she assisted in the preparation of several books of nature 
study and at one time mounted a large collection of birds. 

Her botanical studies and love of out-of-doors was given expres- 
sion in her later years through her enjoyment of flower and plant 
cultivation at the summer cottage of the family in Brown county. 
The Brown county house as well as the Indianapolis home was a 
rendezvous for naturalists and her many friends in the state. Promi- 
nent men and women from many parts of the countiy were pres- 
ent last June when Dr. and Mrs. Brayton celebrated their golden 
wedding anniversary. 

James W. Lilly, aged sixty-two ; died at his home in Indianapolis 
on June 22. Mr. Lilly, who was born in Lafayette, came to Indian- 
apolis as a young man. He attended Butler College for a year and 
then began the business career of which he made so marked a suc- 
cess. Throughout his life he was a leader in civic affairs and a 
helpful worker in many fields of philanthropy. His death is a 
distinct loss to the college and the community. 

Carey E. Morgan, of the Class of 1883, died in Nashville, Ten- 
nessee, on Sunday, May 10, 1925. The class numbered nine mem- 
bers and this is the second death in the intervening forty -two years, 
the other having been that of Miss Margaret Husted. 

Perhaps no graduate of this college has cast greater lustre on 
the name of Butler than has this son whose home has been beyond 

132 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

the borders of Indiana for more than thirty years but whose in- 
terest in his Alma Mater has never waned. 

Dr. Morgan was born near Franklin, Indiana, in August, 1860, 
the family removing to Irvington about 1880 in order that he and 
his sisters might receive a college education. He was granted an 
A. B. degTee in 1883 and in the following year an A. M. degree. 
He married Miss May Dailey of the Class of 1884 and three chil- 
dred were bom to them — Carey E. Morgan, Jr., of New York City, 
a well-known writer of songs, at present associated with the L. C. 
Smith Typewriter Co.; Walter D. Morgan, of London, England, 
Managing Director of the Royal Typewriting Company of Great 
Britain, and Mrs. Fielding Gordon, of Nashville. 

After teaching school for several years Dr. Morgan entered the 
ministry of the Disciples' church in 1886, his first service being a 
joint charge in Arcadia and Atlanta. He preached for several 
years in Wabash before going to the Portland Avenue church in 
Minneapolis in 1894. After five years there he accepted a call to 
the Seventh Church of Richmond, Va., and from 1903 to 1911 was 
pastor of the Christian Church of Paris, Ky. He had been in 
charge of the Vine Street Church in Nashville for the past fourteen 
years. In all of these places his influence was enlarging and uplift- 
ing in a very real sense and was by no means confined to his OAvn 
congregation. He was a trustee of Butler College for several years, 
also of the George Peabody College for Teachers, a curator of 
Transylvania University, president of the American Christian 
Missionary Society, and of the Kentucky Christian ]\Iissionary 
Society, vice-president of the Commission on Christian Unity, a 
Rotarian, a Knight Templar IMason, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite 
Mason, a member of the Society for the promotion of Broader Edu- 
cation in America, and since 1918 has been a lecturer on pastoral 
theology in Vanderbilt University. 

The tributes paid Dr. Morgan since his death demonstrate his 
strong hold not only on his own particular church but throughout 
Nashville. He touched life at many points, and always helpfully 
because always in a spirit of kindliness and sympathy. He was 
first of all a gentleman, high-minded and self-respecting. He put 
into every task the best of which he was capable. While constantly 

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aspiring" and working towards better things, he was always ready 
to lend a hand to a less successful fellow. He knew how to he a 

Dr. Morgan served with the Y. M, C. A. in France, and his ac- 
counts of that service were most edifying. 

The sports editor of one of Nashville's newspapers declared that 
Dr. Morgan was the most widely known and widely loved man in 
Nashville. Baseball players Avent to hear him preach. He went 
to see them play. 

He had performed more than two thousand marriage ceremonies 
during his Nashville pastorate, and it was his custom to preach 
one Sunday in the year to the couples whom he had thus united. 
From far and near they came, often with their families, and it was 
a service appreciated by all who were so fortunate as to attend the 
Vine Street church on that day. He also devoted one Sunday 
service each year to the firemen of the city and v/as chaplain of 
the Firemen's Benefit Association. He was in constant demand 
to address labor and other organizations, and at the time he was 
stricken he had just finished an outline for a talk to be given on 
Sunday afternoon at a Mothers' Day service conducted by the 
Order of Eagles. Catholics as well as Protestants felt his kindly 
interest, and Rabbi Stern, of the Jewish synagogue, nearby, spoke 
ieelingly of him at the iNIen 's Bible Class of the Vine Street church 
a few hours after his death. 

At the funeral, attended by more than six thousand, and held 
in the Ryman Auditorium because no church could accommodate 
the throngs, Dr. Morgan's qualities were clearly set forth — his 
high and unfaltering faith, his broad sympathies, his unfailing good 
cheer, and his genius for friendship. 

Grace Julian Clarke. 

Reverend Allan Bearden Philputt died Sunday, April 19, 
1925, at his home in Indianapolis. Funeral services were held in 
Central Christian Church, Indianapolis, and at the First Christian 
Church, Bloominoton, Indiana. Addresses were made at the serv- 
ices by William Lovfe Bryan, president of Indiana University; 
-Robert Judson Aley, president of Butler College; Reverend Mat- 

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thias L. Haines, pastor emeritus of the First Presbyterian Church, 
Indianapolis; Reverend Frederick H. Burnham, president of the 
United Christian Missionary Society of the Disciples of Christ, 
and Reverend Charles H. Winders, pastor of the Northwood Chris- 
tian Church, Indianapolis. 

Dr. Philputt was born May 6, 1856, in Bradford County, Tennes- 
see. In 1867 he moved, with his father, mother, two brothers, and 
two sisters, to Washington County, Indiana. In 1880 he received 
the degree of Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University. In 1879, 
while still a student in the university, he was ordained in the min- 
istry of the Brotherhood of the Disciples of Christ, and accepted 
the pastorate of the First Christian Church of Bloomington, which 
he held until 1886. In 1886 he received the degree of Master of 
Arts from Indiana University, and continued graduate study in 
Harvard University as the recipient of the Morgan Fellowship. 
From 1887 to 1898 Dr. Philputt served as pastor of the First 
Christian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On May 5, 1898, 
he became the pastor of the Central Christian Church of Indianap- 
olis, Indiana, and continued in this capacity for twenty-six years, 
until his death on April 19, 1925. 

In 1880 Dr. Philputt married Miss Anna Maxwell, of Blooming- 
ton. Two daughters were born to them : Louise, who died in 1898, 
and Grace Philputt Young, at the present time Assistant Dean of 
Women of Indiana University. 

Dr. Philputt was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, honorary 
scholastic fraternity, and of the Phi Gamma Delta, college frater- 
nity, of the Masonic Order, and the Scottish Rite, and the Sons of 
the American Revolution. He served in the Alumni Counsel of In- 
diana Univei-sity, on the Board of Managers of the United Chris- 
tian Missionary Society, on the Board of Directors of Education of 
the Christian Church, on the Board of Trustees of the United Socie- 
ty of Christian Endeavor, and on our Board of Directors of Butler 

In 1897 Dr. Philputt received the degree of Doctor of Divinity 
from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in 1920 
the degree of Doctor of Law from Drake University, Des Moines, 

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This factual record stands as eternal proof of a great life spent 
in the service of humanity — a far-reaching stride in the establish- 
ment of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. Whatever we may say 
seems insignificant beside that proof, and yet we linger in the con- 
templation of this man who was the friend — in most instances the 
personal friend — of all of us who read this account. In him we 
saw the scholar with equipment far surpassing that usually expected 
of a minister, and with learning that extended into many fields, 
particularly those of philology, history, and literature. In him we 
saw a devoted servant of the Christian Church, holding three great 
pastorates, the third one continuing twenty-six years, and serving 
the great Brotherhood of the Disciples of Christ in every field of 
their activity. In him we saw a man of God whose religion ex- 
tended beyond the bounds of sectarianism, who was the friend and 
co-worker in all civic interests — particularly those of charity — 
of Dr. Haines of the Presbyterian Church, of the Reverend Gavisk 
of the Catholic Church, and of Rabbi Feuerlicht of the Hebrew 
Congregation. In him we saw a man, as Dr. Haines stated, whose 
goodness exceeded his greatness ; and herein lay the secret of his 
great ability. He understood men of all classes under all circum- 
stances, and freely ministered to them. He met their needs, what- 
ever they were. He loved them all, and drew them all to him into 
a great church that brought them all into the harmony of the love 
of God. He had faith in men and he had great patience with them. 
I have heard him say that if he waited long enough he was seldom 
disappointed in them. As President Bryan of Indiana University 
said, ''Dr. Philputt could afford to wait, for he was no propagandist 
with a temporal objective but a builder of the Kingdom of God 
which is in us now, in a certain measure, a brotherhood of souls — " 
As our own President Aley said, "Dr. Philputt loved so much 
that there was no place for hate in his soul. ' ' 

Immediately we feel the loss of this leader who left us suddenly 
yet beautifully in the midst of his work. His influence cannot be 
measured. It extends, we know, through the nation and the world. 
But we of Indianapolis, of the Disciples of Christ, of Indiana Uni- 
versity, and of Butler College suffer the loss most keenly. We 

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lack his help, his friendship, his wise and kindly counsels. We 
all cry out with Dr. Winders, ' ' Know ye not that this day a Prince, 
a great man has fallen in Israel?" We thank God for this life 
unfolded so nobly in the Image of God, and we pray that his in- 
fluence followed by his death shall continue to guide us. 

We say softly the beautiful verse that Dr. Philputt asked to be 
read at the funeral services. 

"Father, into Thy gracious keeping 
Leave we now our loved one sleeping." 

Philip Spong. — In the death of Philip Spong, May 21, 1925, the 
University has lost one of its most promising alumni. I have never 
known anyone to exhibit as a student so much of the spirit of the 
explorer advancing into new fields of knowledge, the spirit of 
investigation and intellectual curiosity that is characteristic of the 
true scientist as was shown by Mr. Spong while an undergraduate 
student. He was awarded the Woods Hole scholarship in Zoology 
from Butler and later acted as assistant in the departments of 
Zoology and Botany. 

Upon graduation in 1922 he was awarded a graduate assistantship 
in the department of Zoology at Iowa State Teachers' College 
where he completed his work for the Master's degree in 1923 and 
was elected to membership in the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. 
During the same year he was elected Professor of Biology at the 
State Teachers' College in Wayne, Nebraska, which position he held 
until the time of his death. 

His scientific ability and enthusiasm is evidenced in his unusual 
success as a teacher, in the fact he was privileged to aid Dr. 
Blatchley by contributing species and identification to the latter 's 
work on the Beetles of Indiana, and in the fact that he left two 
unfinished manuscripts at the time of his death. He was a memi- 
ber of the Indiana Academy of Science and of the Iowa Academy 
of Science. Science has indeed lost one of her most promising 
younger workers. 

He was married to Rosalie Baker, ex- '23, in December, 1923. 

Ray C. Friesner. 




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Frontispiece Thomas E. Hibben 

The Bible — A Book For Today Howard E. Jensen 

A European Week-End John S. Harrison 

LoRA C. Hoss — An Appreciation H. U. Brown 

A Poem — Alumna 
College News — 

Around the Campus 

From the City Office 


The Band 

Special Honors 

Butler College Scholarships 

Butler College Clubs 

Teachers' Luncheon 

A Notice 

Faculty Notes 

Personal Mention 




Our Correspondence 


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Vol. XIV OCTOBER, 1925 No. 3 


By Howard E. Jensen, Ph. D. 
Professor of Sociology 

The members of the faculty of Butler College who are members 
of this congregation present this volume to the Downey Avenue 
Christian Church. It is a copy of the Sacred Scriptures, which 
we dedicate to the memory of Dr. Jabez Hall, whom we delight 
this day to honor. In matters religious he was our spiritual father ; 
in matters educational he was our collaborator ; in matters broadly 
human he was our friend. What better memorial could we 
leave here to this spiritual father, this collaborator and friend of 
ours, than a copy of the Book whose message lived in him? It 
lived in the clarity of his moral judgments ; it lived in the chastity 
of his speech, the gentleness of his conduct, the winsome charm of 
his personality. Reverently do we place here the volume that con- 
tains the secret of his spiritual charm — the volume that he studied 
so intensively and lived so sincerely. 

It is the Book of humanity's yesterdays. Around it there cluster 
the fondest memories of the race. Into its writing there has been 
poured the life blood of seers and prophets. Into its preservation 
there has gone the agony of saints and martyrs. Upon its inter- 
pretation there has been expended the patient toil of reverent 
scholars, of whom our friend was not the least. It is a volume 
that has come down to us through centuries of persecution as the 
Church's most priceless heritage. Many inspiring stories have been 
handed down in tradition from the days of Imperial Rome, — 

* On the birthday of Dr. Hall, October 4, 1925, members of the Butler College 
faculty being members of the Downey Avenue Christian Church made a memorial gift 
in the form of a pulpit Bible to the Church. The presentation address was made by Dr. 
Howard E. Jensen, extracts of which are here given. 

148 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

stories of devoted men and women who met death by the most 
agonizing torture rather than surrender to destruction their copies 
of the Scriptures, which the emperor had placed under the ban. 
The story of Euplus is typical of them all. By an imperial edict 
of February 24, 303, the Emperor Diocletian had ordered the 
burning of all copies of the Christian Scriptures, but Euplus, who 
was then a deacon of the Church at Catania in Sicily, daily read 
from the book he loved until one day the Imperial officers broke 
in upon his devotions. He was immediately arrested and hailed 
before the judge. But undaunted he read, ''Blessed are they that 
are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom 
of heaven." Again he read, "He that doth not take up his cross 
daily and follow me cannot be my disciple." 

"Why did you not surrender the copy of the book which the 
Emperor forbade," queried the judge. 

"Because I am a Christian," Euplus answered, "and it is not 
loyal to surrender. It is better to die than surrender." And so 
his beloved Bible was hanged about his neck and he was led forth 
to execution. 

Euplus was but one of thousands of unnamed ones, who in those 
far off centuries suffered unmentionable agonies rather than sur- 
render this priceless heritage of faith. It is therefore not strange 
that the Bible, having thus survived its baptism of blood and fire, 
became a civilizing force when once the Church was victorious over 
the Empire. It set its stamp upon the laws of the Empire and was 
appealed to by the Emperors themselves as legal authority. It gave 
impetus to architecture until Europe was dotted with those mag- 
nificent cathedrals in whose sweeping arches, lofty transepts, and 
towering spires men tried to sing to God in stone the aspirations 
to which the Bible had inspired their hearts. It gave impetus to 
literature, so that the beginnings of French, German, and English 
literature bear the indelible marks of its influence. It inspired 
men to that struggle for spiritual and intellectual liberty which 
found its seeding time in the Protestant Eeformation and the 
Italian Kenaissance, its flowering time in the world wide sweep of 

The Bible, A Book For Today 149 

democracy in our age, and what its ultimate outcome shall be only 
the future can reveal. 

What debt of gratitude we owe this book ! It is in veriest truth 
the book of humanity's yesterdays. To it and to its influence we 
owe the things in our civilization that are finest and best. It has 
tempered our laws with justice and our judgments with mercy. 
It has given impetus to art, architecture, literature, music. It has 
inspired religious leaders and social reformers. Wherever its teach- 
ings have gone they have brought liberty to life, enlargement to 
heart, and development to soul. 

''A glory gilds the sacred page, 
Kesplendent like the sun. 
It gives it light to every age. 
It gives, but borrows none." 

It still stands today like the Tree of Life in the midst of the 
world, bearing its fruit eternally, and its leaves are for the healing 
of the nations. How fearfully do the wounds of earth's peoples 
burn because they have not yet learned how to apply its healing 

It is the Book of our yesterdays; around it fond memories 
cluster ; but it is a Book for today as well. It is a Book for todaj'' 
because it contains a message of truth that is as old as the world, 
yet truth that is at the same time ever fresh and new. It is like 
the sunrise that is as old as the world, but the sunrise of this 
morning was as beautiful as the first sunrise of creation. It is like 
the sleep that has refreshed man since he first appeared upon the 
earth, but last night's sleep was as refreshing as man's first sleep 
in Eden. It is like the food that has nourished us all our days and 
still today gives us strength as in all our yesterdays. The Bible 
lives on in perpetual youth, strength, and beauty, because it deals 
with truths that are primal and eternal. The fact of sin and of 
the moral lapse, the joy of repentence, the peace of forgiveness, 
and the victory that comes through spiritual struggle — these are 
its eternal verities. It is for this reason that the Bible has survived 
the rash claims of its friends, as well as the hostile criticisms of its 

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enemies. It is the rock upon which the hammer of hostile enemies 
beats in vain. 

But not for a moment would I cause you to forget the darker 
side of this truth. I would not obscure the way in which rash 
partisans have attempted to use the Bible as a means of stifling 
human thought and thwarting human reason. I would not obscure 
the way in which those who first taught that the earth is round 
were persecuted on scriptural ground as atheists; nor how the 
Bible has been appealed to in order to justify slavery and persecu- 
tion for witchcraft and heresy ; nor how every form of superstitious 
cruelty and torture have been sanctified by a literal appeal to the 
text of Sacred Scripture. How apt in the light of history are 
Cowper's lines: 

''And of all arts sagacious dupes invent, 
To cheat themselves and gain the world's assent, 
The worst is Scripture, warped from its intent." 

But happily we live in freer times. More and more is the Church 
abandoning the crass literalism and creedal dogmatism of the past 
and giving increasing respect to that patient and reverent scholar- 
ship from which true appreciation and love for the Bible has 
everything to gain and nothing at all to lose. 

The Bible is a book for today because it contains the revelation 
of the possibilities of human nature. We have heard much of its 
revelation concerning the nature of God, but little of its revelation 
concerning the nature of man. And does not our age need the 
latter revelation quite as much as the former? These are days of 
our waning faith in man. But a few short years ago we entered 
into a world war asking nothing for ourselves that we did not 
ask for all mankind. It was to be a war to end war, to make the 
world safe for democracy, to guarantee the freedom of the seas, 
the inviolability of treaties, the integrity of territories, and the free- 
dom and self-determination of minorities, whether racial, national- 
istic, or religious. Then came peace and this moral idealism col- 
lapsed about us like a house of cards. Those of us who had hoped 
that the discord of war would resolve itself- into an angel chorus 

The Bible, A Book For Today 151 

have been most sadly disillusioned. Tennyson's prophetic vision in 
"Locksley Hall" is still unrealized. The war drums still throb. 
The battle flags are not yet furled. The Parliament of Man, Fed- 
eration of the World, still wait to be achieved. The rifts within 
humanity have been deepened. The gulfs of misunderstanding have 
been widened. Conflicts have been intensified. The old battle cries 
of race and nationality, of creed and clan are still with us and are 
shouted more passionately than ever. Humanity is still composed 
of ''pagan souls who put their trust in reeking tube and iron 
shard." In times of crisis our ultimate reliance is still not upon 
moral principles, but upon force and violence. 

This post war collapse of idealism is the profoundest moral 
tragedy of our times. It raises for men of religious spirit, for 
men of faith and good will, some very serious questions. Is man, 
after all, at heart a beast of prey? Is self-interest the only motive 
capable of urging him to sustained action ? Were Buddha, Jesus and 
St. Francis only lovable lunatics in a world where practical men 
must ever enter into ruthless conflict for place and power? In 
our moments of devotion we confess our faith in glowing words: 
"Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." 
These high words of faith are beautiful to adorn an altar, but 
men do not spend their lives before altars but upon battlefields. 
Do these high words of faith have a meaning for the great game 
of life where men play intensively for the high stakes of business, 
politics, and diplomacy? Did man emerge from the jungle with 
the nature of the jungle stamped upon him, and the methods of 
the jungle forever clinging to him? These are the real questions 
for religion in our time, — ^not the nature of the Trinity nor the 
technique of inspiration, but these: Is man after all a beast of 
prey? Is self-interest his only motive? Are force and violence his 
only method? Do we only lull humanity into a false sleep of 
security with our insistence upon the Christian virtues of love and 
forgiveness and thus merely turn the keen edge of our fighting 
spirit ? 

When questions such as these disturb us and our faith in the 
possibilities of human nature wavers, we need to look at man in 

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the light of biblical teaching. We need to strengthen our own faith 
in man through associations with the faith of Jesus, who saw be- 
neath the rough exterior of his fellows the possibilities of unlim- 
ited spiritual growth. He saw in John, whom all men called a Son of 
Thunder, the possibilities of John, the Apostle of gentleness. He 
saw in James, that other Son of Thunder, the possibilities of James, 
the pillar of the Jerusalem Church ; and in Saul of Tarsus, breath- 
ing hatred and persecution, the possibilities of Paul, the Apostle 
to the Gentiles from whose soul was born the Corinthian hymn of 
love. Surely in these days of our disillusioned faith in man there 
is no more needful message than this revelation as to the possi- 
bilities of human nature. We dedicate, then, in memory of our 
friend, this volume — the book of our yesterdays, the book for today. 
We dedicate it in the fond hope that it will ever be interpreted 
in this congregation in the spirit of him in whose memory it is 
given, with a scholar's mind, a prophet's passion and an artist's 

These were matters about which Dr. Hall felt very grave con- 
cern. He was engaged with us upon the twin-born spiritual enter- 
prise of education and religion. He earnestly desired that the 
school and the church should be collaborators in building a fairer 
civilization than any the world has knoAvn. To this end he brought 
to the interpretation of the Scriptures a scholar 's mind. He realized 
that there are constantly emerging from the laboratory of the 
scientist and the study of the scholar new revelations as to the 
nature of the universe and of man. But he could not conceive of 
this new revelation of God in nature as being inconsistent with the 
old revelation of God in human history which the Bible records. 
He believed that religion must constantly be reinterpreted in the 
light of man's enlarging experiences and expanding knowledge. 
He was alert with the mind of youth. Intellectually he dwelt upon 
the frontier of human thought, eager to greet new truth at dawn. 

But for him the scholar's mind was not enough. To it he added 
the prophet's passion. He realized that man's spiritual life cannot 
be nourished upon the husks of knowledge alone, but that it re- 
quires also the warmth and passion of human interest and human 

The Bible, A Book For Today 153 

friendship. He was the earnest lover of his kind, as every prophet 
must be. He entered into the struggles, the defeats, and the vic- 
tories of his fellows as if they were his own. His interpretations 
of the Scriptures were aglow with knowledge and warm with sym- 
pathy. There was tragedy and pathos in them, but also courage, 
and strength, and cheer. 

With the scholar's mind and the prophet's passion he combined 
the artist's touch. He realized that the eternal verities of faith 
transcend any formulation of words ; that the language of religion 
is essentially the language of art, of imagination, of poetry and 
of symbol. It deals with the things of man's spirit that lie too deep 
for words. We may be fluent in the shallower waters of human 
experience, but in its depths we are dumb. 

How alluring the spiritual life becomes when it is illuminated 
by the mind of the scholar, warmed by the passion of the prophet, 
and portrayed with the imagination, the symbolism, and the poetry 
of an artist. We dedicate this volume as a memorial to Dr. Hall, 
with the fervent prayer that it may always be interpreted in his 
spirit in the church he loved. 


By John S. Harrison, Ph. D. 

Head of English Departynent 

In responding to the request of the Editor of the Alumnal 
Quarterly to give an account of my year of residence abroad I 
am forced by the very nature of my experiences to limit myself to 
the strict requirements of a Quarterly article. My year was filled 
from beginning to ending with good things; and the old Europe 
I saw was more wonderful than any dream of it I had dreamed. 
So many were the points of contact with the life of antiquity — 
Greek, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance and with the life of the 
post-war peoples in Scotland, England, France, and Italy that I 
feel renewed in spirit and more than ever before homesick for 
those cultural backgrounds that come to mind daily in my work 
in the field of English literature. But of all this I must forego an 
account and content myself with detailing only one episode, trust- 
ing in its representative character to convey a sense of how I 
spent my days in Europe. 

It is a trip that I took during my stay at Grenoble, France. It 
extended from Friday noon until Sunday night, and took in Mt. 
Blanc from Chamonix. The schedule of train service was so ac- 
commodating that I was able to see three towns on the way— 
Chambery, Aix-le-Bains, and Annecy. It was a cheap trip, costing 
me only five dollars in all. We had bad weather — rain and fog — 
to begin with, but after leaving Annecy we ascended above all 
this and came out into glorious mountain weather — blue distant 
sky, warm sunshine and brilliant light. It was so mild that as we 
went up the road to Chamonix, we had the windows open in an 
electric train; and that in January. The people told us that they 
never had fog in Chamonix — perhaps, an overstatement born of 
local pride — at any rate the specimen of weather that Chamonix 
provided for us left nothing to be desired. 

Mt. Blanc, the King of Mountains, still lives in my imagination. 
Its bulk and distant height still persist in my vision of it. We 


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had it in view for an hour or more and after we left it, soaring in 
majesty above its neighboring summits, framed in by a dark border 
of Alpine mountain pines, it seemed to dwarf all the other peaks 
in its own quiet but overwhelming way. Over its summit moved 
the winds, for we could see a sort of phantasmal whiteness in 
movement — the dry snow apparently shifting in lone mountain 
play quite above the little world of mortals. In comparison, the 
mountains about Grenoble seem merely graceful, though I shall 
always remember them, so familiar to every day sight they have 

The town of Chamonix was quiet, due to the absence of snow. 
A little film of it covered the streets and permitted the hotels to 
run their sleds to the station. A few ski-ers were enjoying their 
sport on a gentle slope outside the village. A stray foreigner 
with haughty, aristocratic aloofness, walked the streets. But on 
the whole, things were very quiet. The hotel managers must have 
lost money in such unexceptional, marvelous weather. We had a 
hasty lunch in a pleasant, expensive hotel and then departed for 
a ride farther up the valley and then the return to Annecy. We did 
not get a sight of the Mer de Glace but the Glacier of Boissons let 
us see what a glacier looks like. It reminded me of those conical 
shields used to tunnel under the East and Hudson Rivers. I refer 
to the "head" of the glacier, a solid mass of greenish blue ice 
protruding from its worn channel and seeming ready to plunge 
into the valley. Up the side of the mountain we could see its 
rugged course, crevasse after crevasse, a vast trail of crumpled 
snow and ice. 

The towns of Chambery and Annecy were pleasant places to 
visit. We lingered in the older portion of these towns, with their 
narrow, winding streets and arcaded side walks. These arcades 
are not as those in Chester, England, for the preini&r Stage of the 
house formed the roof of the arcade, there being only one walk 
(not two walks, as in Chester), off which opened the many 
little shops. The arcades were of masonry and under their heavy 
arches many venders had displayed their wares. Cheeses seemed 
to abound. Externally they were far from tempting, green and 

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livid; but the heart of the cheese is the thing. One cheese was as 
large as a cart wheel and was trundled through the narrow streets 
on a barrow, 

Annecy is on a beautiful lake and is a lovely summer place, with 
a spacious park bordering the lake and wide avenues under over- 
arching trees. Lovely mountains frame the picture and an old 
chateau dominates the scene. But the distinctive feature is the 
canals that lead into the city from the lake and along the sides 
of which the many stone buildings rise. Frequent bridges span 
these canals and at certain points numerous washing stations form 
picturesque spots. These stations are made up of a series of simple 
boards, like spring boards such as the country boy builds on the 
edge of a pond for his swimming. On these boards the w^omen of 
the town kneel at their hard labor of washing the family clothes. 
The lot of the woman in France is a hard one. Perhaps the most 
interesting buildings whose sides are washed by the water of these 
canals is the old prison. Only a portion remains, shaped like a 
spur. Its dungeon, its chapel, its courtyard, and certain rooms 
where the prisoners were chained to their hard bed, a rough, raised 
platform with one end, the head end, raised a little — such are the 
features of the place. It must have been a wretched place to spend 
the time in. The heavy oak grating in the doors of the prison is 
all worn smooth by the hands of the unfortunates, who evidently 
spent some of their time gazing out into the world of freedom. 
Two things especially touched my imagination, a small door lead- 
ing out from the court of the prison to the canal ; and a dark hole, 
the entrance to a subterranean passage leading to the chateau, on 
the hill above. Many must have been the poor wretches conveyed 
secretly through this doorway and this secret passageway to their 

In fact, I found these two little towns of Annecy and Chambery 
richly suggestive. As I rambled about, I was more than once re- 
minded of Stevenson and his romances. The places lacked the 
grandeur and the importance of those spots made famous by the 
romances of Scott or Dumas ; they were on a smaller scale, such as 
Stevenson found to his taste. In Chambery, the narrow streets, 

A European Week-End 157 

with a lone lantern, with dark, sombre doorways and little iron 
barred window slits high above the level of the street, were just 
the settings that Stevenson loved. And then again there were 
wider streets with numberless balconies on the premier Stage that 
seemed fairly to cry for banners and waving tapestry to adorn 
them as they must have been adorned on fete days long ago, when 
brilliant processions moved through them up to the chateau. 

In Annecy there is a museum of much interest, though in no 
way imposing. It is rich in local treasures dating back to Roman 
times. As I sauntered through the many, cold rooms, I thought 
what a wealth of display illustrating the manners of the ages long 
past, was at hand for the historical novelist to build into a romance 
of the place. Dresses, furniture, armor, portraits, broken frag- 
ments of old Roman tombs, Roman mill-stones, Roman columns; 
weapons fished up from the bottom of the lake; groups of little 
dolls dressed in the fashion of Haute-Savoie, all were here as mate- 
rial for the imaginative artist. And then the lake and the moun- 
tains would form the setting for his romance. There is much in 
this old Europe still unexploited. 

Just to show you how the visit to this little provincial museum 
enriched me, let me explain the pleasure I had Sunday morning 
when I entered a little cafe under one of those arched passage- 
ways, of which I have written. I had had my jyetit dejeuner there 
the day before and had noted nothing remarkable in the young 
woman who waited on me, excepting that she was a quiet, modest 
sort of young person. But on Sunday morning, after my visit to 
the museum where I had seen old portraits and old costumes of 
long ago, I saw in this young woman, a very handsome type of 
Savoyard, dressed in black velvet, with an apron — a glorious array 
of color — with black hair neatly and snugly arranged close to the 
head and framing a rounded face of high coloring of a type not 
commonly found in France. She was in Sunday dress and though 
the flesh tinted stockings and the black velvet slippers with high 
heels placed her in the twentieth century, she was for all that a 
daughter of her race and harked back to a distant past. She fur- 

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nished us delicious chocolate and warm brioche, which with butter 
and sugar, cost 2.75 francs. 

At Chambery the historical associations were of a different kind. 
Our main object was to visit Rousseau's house, Les Charmettes, 
where he lived, happily so he tells us, with Madame de Warens. 
We walked out to the spot outside the town, but the place was 
closed. We hunted up the concierge and were soon let in to the place 
where we were at leisure to examine the house, living room, dining 
room, bed chambers, oratory with the authentic furniture and with 
the wall paper of the eighteenth century still on the walls. The 
view from the windows was very pretty and I can well understand 
how Rousseau loved the spot. A fine statue of Rousseau crowns a 
central hill in the city of Chambery and it represents him slim 
but sturdy, with book in hand, walking out into the country about 
Charmettes. His face is keen and refined and he appears in full 
flush of his manhood. 

Speaking of statues, at Annecy there is a very noble specimen 
of French sculpture, a statue of St. Frangois de Sales; probably 
the outstanding figure in the history of the place. It is the statue 
of a seated dignitary in rich ample vestments of his office, with 
large tomes beside his chair, and one outspread on his knees. But 
the face is the finest feature, a noble, gracious countenance, one 
of the finest French faces I have seen. He is the writer of a book 
of devotions still read in France. In fact M. Lamy, with whom 
we were staying in Grenoble, was reading in this book the day of 
my return. 

At Aix-les-Bains, we had only a few minutes, but we saw enough 
of the place to make it stand out in our memory of the trip. Hotels, 
hotels, baths, baths. In season it must be an interesting social 
centre where ailing aristocracy comes to spend its money and regain 
wasted health for future dissipation. After admiring a bronze 
statue of Ganymede carried to heaven on the back of an eagle, 
one of whose talons clasped the leg of the youth; after noting 
the remains of a Roman arch, suggesting Roman provincial splen- 
dor ; and after sipping a little hot, sulphurated water flowing from 
a public fountain I was ready to take the train home to Grenoble. 

A European Week-End 150 

But while on the hill at Aix-les-Bains, I caught glimpses of a large 
lake, Lake Bourget, which adds beauty to this spot. 

Such in brief is the kind of excursion that any traveler in 
Europe can make over the week-end for what seems to an Ameri- 
can a trivial expense. Europe is rich in cultural backgrounds ; and 
one American at least is loath to exact from her the other kind of 
gold that she can ill afford to pay. 


At the funeral service of Mr. Lor a C. Hoss, held at his home in 
Kokomo on Tuesday morning, October 20, Mr. H. U. Brown pref- 
aced the expression of the Board of Directors of Butler College 
with the following words of his own : 

"Fifty years ago a blue-eyed boy with ruddy cheeks and silken 
hair that fell over high forehead, enrolled for instruction in the 
fitting school then operated in connection with the old North- 
western Christian University. His eager, smiling face and his 
genial manners immediately led to friendships which have lasted 
through all these years. He loved learning and truth, and a sym- 
pathetic faculty soon marked him for their own. His instructors 
included such men as Samuel K. Hoshour, the author of "Altison- 
ant Letters, ' ' a book that revealed a depth of linguistic knowledge ; 
Catharine Merrill who has impressed three generations with a love 
of literature and light ; Allen R. Benton, a gentleman and a scholar 
whose memory all his old pupils revere, and Scot Butler, teacher 
of Latin, who went from a cultured and luxuriant home as a pri- 
vate in the Civil War, served throughout the war and returned to 
become a college president. There were others no doubt, but these 
I recall instantly. All have gone to the Great Beyond where the 
blue-eyed boy now^ joins them, — all but Scot Butler, "the master 
of English prose," the brave, sincere exemplar, lone survivor of 
that teaching corps. 

"With such an environment it is not strange that one who fell 
under the influence of such teachers should absorb their qualities. 
In this sense there is immortality even on earth, with the lives of 
the good and true renewed in the careers of those whom they have 
influenced. Evil, alone, is not perpetuated. And so the friend of 
our youth became a life-long friend and the friend of the in- 
stitution that gave him his inspiration. He took a full share in 
the honors of his college course, was chosen as one of the directors 
of Butler College and showered his resources upon it, material and 
spiritual. This is he whose life is ended and whom we commem- 


LoRA C. Hoss — An Appreciation 161 

orate today, — a true and loving friend of learning and of his 
f ellowmen. ' ' 

The tribute of the Directorate follows : 

*'Lora C. Hoss, always present and always informed, will no 
longer respond when his name is called at the meetings of the 
Board of Directors of Butler College. A faithful, loyal, alert and 
generous associate has been withdrawn from the roll by a voice 
to which there is no answer but obedience. He was a true son of 
his Alma Mater. Nurtured in a collegiate atmosphere he grew u]> 
as a lover of his country and its institutions, his church and his city. 

''He was modest and tolerant but as firm as steel where right 
and conscience were involved. His was the meekness that inherits 
the earth, "dreadmg praise, not blame," but always in the front 
line of those who stood for duty. He wore loyalty as a shining 
garment, impenetrable to all assaults. Yet he was considerate of 
all men and all views and shrank from injustice or harsh criti- 
cism. He would go to extreme lengths to make clear his attitude 
and to avoid misunderstandings that might cause pain. 

'*As he lies here unanswering, far be it from any to speak all 
that is in our hearts, for as in life he shrank from laudation so 
now we may imagine his spirit recoiling from the praise that his 
life so richly merits. Yet it would be unjust to fall short in making 
record of the virtues of so good and true a man. 

''We follow the footsteps of Mr. Hoss through the preparatory 
school, through four years of college, through a struggling and 
finally triumphant business career, through his wise years as coun- 
sellor on the board of directors, through his intense yearning for 
the success of the great new enterprise on which the college has 
embarked, through his faithful attendance on every duty that fell 
to him and finally through his patient struggle with an unconquer- 
able illness. 

" 'For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perad- 
venture for a good man some would even dare to die. ' That is the 
measure of the quality of him of whom we speak. His righteousness 
was not cold and legalistic, but glorified with a wealth of Christian 

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charity that warmed the hearts of men and led them to call him 
' friend. ' 

"After sixty-six years among mortals, he has passed through 
the portals, whither sooner or later, we all go. There could be no 
terrors beyond for him, and here he left loving wife and children, 
and 'troops of friends' to testify that this is a better and brighter 
world for his having passed this way." 


There in the nursery and under the stair 

And back of the cupboard door, 
We played at church and store and fair. 

We builded our doll-houses everywhere, 
We romped and frolicked as much as we dare. 

For we were sisters four. 

In homes of our own we find life anew. 

For such is the stern law of fate, 
The youngest and fairest so sweet and true 

Has gone away from the sight of you 
But lives for aye in the love of us few, 

Three sisters who hope and wait. 

But who is my sister in God's pure sight? 

Is it only the group of four? 
Methinks I see her here at my right, 

Or maybe the daughter of pure delight, 
Or the one who fails in life's hard fight. 

And so, humbly knocks at my door, 

A kinship of love and my Father's will 

Find my sister in every land; 
Then let me strive to reach her still, 

To ease her burden, to cure her ill. 
Her barren life with love to fill 

And cheer with the clasp of a hand. 

— Alumna 



Published by the Alumni Association of Butler College, Indianapolis. 

Subscription price, two dollars per year. 

Entered as second-class matter, March 26, 1912, at the post office at Indi- 
anapolis, Indiana, under the Act of March 3, 1879. 

Officers of the Alumni Association — President, Edwin E. Thompson, '00; First 
Vice-President, Elizabeth Bogert Schofield, '09; Second Vice-President, 
Myron Hughel, '17; Treasurer, Charles W. Wilson; appointees, Urith 
Dailey, '17 and Esther Fay Shover, '00. 

Secretary and Editor of the Butler Alumnal Quarterly — Katharine M. 
Graydon, '78. 


The enrollment to date has been : 

On the campus 1506 

Teachers' courses 740 

Total 2246 

The program for Home-coming Day on October 17 was more 
quiet than for several years, yet many old grads returned and a 
generally good time was indulged in. The fraternity houses were 
thrown open at noon and luncheons as formerly were drawing 
features. At 1 :30 a number of alumni gathered in the chapel for 
hand-shake and reunion. They were greeted by Edwin E. Thomp- 
son, '00, president of the Alumni Association, and by President 
Aley. The undergraduate sons and daughters of alumni were in- 
troduced and much interest expressed in the repeating history. 
Mr. H. U. Brown made sad announcement of the death that morn- 
ing of Lora C. Hoss, '81, member of the board of directors, and 
loyal alumnus and friend of the College. 

At 2 :30 the game, Franklin vs. Butler, was called before well- 
filled bleachers. The score — 23 to — was quite satisfactory to the 
Blue and White. 

In the evening a general dance was enjoyed in the Masonic Hall 
of Irvington. 


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Eighteen of the fraternity houses entered the annual competi- 
tion for effective decoration. They were all attractive so it was 
difficult to come to a decision, but the judges gave first prize of 
the fraternities to the Phi Delta Thetas ; second, to the Sigma Chis ; 
third, to the Delta Tau Deltas. Of the sorority houses, the first 
award was granted to Alpha Chi Omegas; second, to the Delta 
Gammas ; third, to the Delta Delta Deltas. The prizes, silver cups 
offered by the Scarlet Quills and the Skulls, were bestowed upon 
the winners at the dance. The judging committee was composed 
of Mrs. Fife, chairman, and Professor Jensen, of the faculty, and 
Mr. Bums of the board of directors. 

Attention is called to the recommendations made at the annual 
meeting of the Alumni Association last June by the out-going 
president, Dr. D. W. Layman, '93. They were published in the 
July Quarterly, but we repeat one of them and call for expression 
of the alumni. The recommendation reads: We recommend for 
consideration that the date of Founders' Day be changed to the 
first Saturday in November. Butler College opened its doors No- 
vember 1st, 1885, at the old University grounds on College Avenue 
and Home Avenue, now East Thirteenth Street. Combine Found- 
ers' Day in November with the Home-coming Day, and it wiJl 
become a significant day to celebrate annually on the new Fair- 
view site. 

Such a change should not be made without serious consideration. 
It is a matter in which the alumni play a large part. Founders' 
Day was established by the Board of Directors in 1882, and the 
birthday of Mr. Ovid Butler was significantly chosen as date of 
observance. For forty years the day has been recognized with 
special exercises. The past seventeen years have seen rich pro- 
grams: scholarly addresses in the chapel in the morning attended 
chiefly by undergraduates and faculty; in the evening a dinner at 
the Claypool at which have been present several hundred alumni 
and friends. And yet as the College has grown, the alumni have 
not increased their attendance. 

Around the Campus 165 

There are those who would like to see Founders' Day placed 
on the first Saturday of November — anniversary of the opening 
of the College in 1855 — when the best game would be played, and 
Founders' Day and Home-coming would be united. 

There are two sides to the question. The editor requests that 
a general expression be made for the next issue. Therefore, send 
without delay your opinion. REMEMBER THAT FOUNDERS' 


At the quarterly meeting of the board of directors of Butler 
University, early in October, the financial secretary of the univer- 
sity, urged that the board do its utmost to give impetus to the 
financial campaign. This is desired to the end that building opera- 
tions on the new site, at Fairview Park, may be started next spring. 
Mr. Atherton pointed out the importance of adopting a building 
program to erect and equip buildings to house adequately 2,000 
students by the fall of 1927. The plea for immediate action was 
made not only because present accommodations are inadequate and 
the faculty lacks proper equipment and room, but because also 
of a general demand on the part of the public for a larger univer- 
sity plant in Indianapolis. The campaign committee felt that a 
definite announcement of the board's enthusiastic approval of what 
had been done would put new life into the alumni and former 
students, and the people who favor education generally. This, in 
turn, is calculated to bring about a quicker response to the univer- 
sity's many needs. The committee plans to launch a campaign 
during the autumn and early winter that will give an opportunity 
to all who have not contributed to Butler to do so. It was pointed 
out that entirely too many Butler people had not subscribed to 
any of the funds raised and that in this respect the school spirit 
was below that of many other institutions. The board gave its 
cordial and unanimous endorsement to what has been accomplished 
in the campaign for a greater Butler and has promised to stand 

166 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

squarely behind the final drive during the closing months of the 

During the board meeting, Robert Frost Daggett and Thomas 
E. Hibben, architects for the new Butler plant, presented draw- 
ings suggestive of what might be done to solve the housing problem 
for fraternities and sororities. The tentative plan is to house the 
Greek letter societies in units of six. Each organization would 
have its individual quarters but there would be some features in 
common, such as a common hall for entertainments and the like. 
Construction costs to the individual societies, together with main- 
tenance charges, would be reduced greatly by the adoption of the 
unit plan. Although the board displayed marked interest in the 
suggestion of the architects relative to fraternity houses, no def- 
inite action was taken. These matters, affecting the fraternities 
and sororities, will be discussed by the university officials with the 
active and alumni members of all the organizations. On the motion 
of Judge Kirkpatrick, the board unanimously voted to instruct 
the architects to have drawings for the main university buildings 
ready during the early portion of the winter so the board may 
discuss them with a view to final adoption. Contracts then will be 
let with the idea of beginning construction in the spring. 

The boulevard around the new Butler campus will be completed 
this fall. It will be eighty feet wide for the time being and a strip 
forty feet wide is being paved. Subsequently the boulevard will 
be from 120 to 300 feet wide. In front of the fraternity and soror- 
ity houses the width of the boulevard will be 120 feet. When 
completed this boulevard will be a part of the Indianapolis boule- 
vard system and will be maintained by the city. Forty-sixth, Forty- 
ninth and Fifty-second streets are to be widened. Conser avenue 
is to be made a boulevard, approaching Fairview from tthe south 
and one block west of Sunset avenue. The boulevard system around 
Fairview will join with the Westfield boulevard on the north and 
with the Thirty-eighth street boulevard on the south. Later it will 
be extended to join with the Northwestern avenue roadway. These 
plans promise to make the Butler campus unique among college 

From the City Office . 167 

grounds in this country and will give the new university location 
a particularly beautiful and attractive setting. 

A number of contributions to the University building, and other 
funds have been made during the summer. An important gift was 
that of $5,000 from the estate of Mrs. Ruth French, of Brookston. 
This amount is made available for deserving girls and will be lent 
to them in such sums as may be necessary to enable them to com- 
plete their educations. 

Business men of Indianapolis are manifesting an increasing in- 
terest in Butler's plans for the future. They recognize that in 
addition to the cultural value of the school to the community, it 
will have a direct bearing on the business life of the city. 

The College of Religion is endeavoring to raise $350,000 to be 
used in constructing its own building. This campaign is well under 
way, the appeal being made directly to members of the Disciples 
of Christ. Several counties have subscribed their quotas. Leading 
in the work thus far is Rush county, with subscriptions amounting 
to $13,000. The campaign for the College of Religion building is 
in charge of the church committee of the board, headed by the Rev. 
Z. T, Sweeney, of Columbus. 

The city office is hearing many favorable reports relative to 
Dean Frederick D. Kershner, of the College of Religion, and his 

During the summer, the financial secretary made a trip through 
Colorado and California where he was in touch with many former 
Butler students. He was encouraged by the amount of interest they 
are taking in the expansion program and also by their proffer of 
substantial assistance before the campaign is concluded. 

Hilton U. Brown, chairman of the board of directors, and Wil- 
liam G. Irwin, a director and chairman of the general campaign 
committee, were abroad during the summer, partly in the interest 
of the university. They visited several colleges and universities in 
England and on the continent. They were particularly impressed 
with the dignity of the architecture at Oxford. This general plan 
will be followed in the new Butler buildings. 

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While there is every reason to believe that Butler's financial 
needs will be met there are tremendous obligations remaining to 
be discharged. William G. Irwin and his sister, Mrs. Z. T. Sweeney, 
offered the building fund $300,000 if an additional $700,000 is 
pledged by the end of the year. The campaign committee has but 
little over two months left in which to meet these conditions. The 
success or failure of the entire plan for a greater Butler, on a new 
site, will depend to a considerable extent upon the loyalty of the 
Butler people themselves. Those who have attended the school or 
who have been graduated from it in previous years are counted 
upon to do their full share. Without this spirit of devotion on the 
part of those who have been intimately associated with the school, 
there could be little chance of appealing to the general public in 
a convincing way. The need of unanimous support for the new 
movement was never more apparent than it is now. 


September 8th ushered in the sixth season of the new athletic 
regime. The football season got under way with a bang. Ten 
seniors, fifteen juniors, and twenty sophomore varsity candidates 
reported for strenuous duty and were placed under the direction 
of Captain Lou Reichel, who has been considered one of the best 
centers, not only in this state but of the middle west. The opening 
game saw twenty-five different individuals strutting on Irwin 
Pield, indicating that the blue and white prospects were better 
than ever before. The early season climax came when Butler 
turned 67 football players loose in Illinois' new stadium. The final 
:score of that battle was 13 to 16 in favor of the lUini, headed by 
the All- American ''Red" Grange, who was only able to score two 
touchdowns. Butler scored two touchdowns, but a field goal kick 
by our most worthy opponents gave them the victory. 

In the opening game the Quakers from Earlham gave us a clean 
cut battle and the final score was Butler 28, Earlham 0. The fol- 
lowing Saturday in a sea of mud our Bulldogs oozed out a 6 to 6 

Athletics 169 

tie score with the DePauw Tigers. Conditions equalized the play, 
although Butler landed nine first downs to our opponents three. 
The starting line-up for the early games included Gerry Strole, 
Dave Konold and Homer Woodling on end ; Carl Cecil, Bob Keach, 
Francis Fletcher and Hiram Hensel at tackles; Gunnar Thaung, 
John Southern, Art Black and George Mulholland at guards ; Lou 
Reichel and Melvin Puett at center ; Carter Helton and Bob Nipper 
at quarterback ; Canfield, Collier, Miller and Northam at halfback 
with Gordon Paul and Dave Kilgore at fullback. 

The most pleasing feature of the season has been the sturdy 
group of freshmen who reported to Coach Paul D, Hinkle. The 
squad was cut from sixty candidates to thirty. These men will 
play two games according to Indiana Conference rules, meeting 
Culver Military on Irwin Field on November 7th and then making 
a Southern trip playing the University of Kentucky at Lexington. 
In addition the most likely freshmen candidates were guests at the 
University of Illinois game along with our fifty-piece band which 
made a great hit under the leadership of Professor Vandaworker. 

Two most important state games are now at hand. Franklin 
Homecoming this week should be a masterpiece since the Baptists 
have a veteran outfit and have gradually grown in strength so 
that they are now about ready to break our chain of victory. 
With the score 10 to 7 last year we held them on the four yard line. 
The following week the Little Giants from Wabash visit our capital 
city and a thriller is assured. Butler has carried all the horseshoes 
the past three years and has edged out victories, the last one 
being a margin of two touchdowns. Wabash has a fine victory 
over Purdue to its credit this year and is favored to upset the 
dope bucket and break the Butler jinx. Following these games 
come Rose Poly Engineers to Irwin Field, the Culver-Freshmen 
game and then Dayton University, the Notre Dame of Ohio with 
a brilliant football record, and a battle royal is expected similar 
to that furnished in our closing game by the Haskell Indians last 
year. The season will close for the Varsity with two fine trips, 
the University of Minnesota being met at Minneapolis on November 

170 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

7th, while Centenary will be matched at Shreveport, Louisiana on 
November 21st. Butler has been fortunate in having Wally Mid- 
dlesworth, ex- '24, assist in coaching the varsity and scouting 

Other athletic sports are well under way. Herman Phillips, cap- 
tain of the track team has a promising squad of track runners 
working out dailj^ while Al Harker is looking after a number 
of the basketball squad men who are getting into condition for a 
busy winter schedule. Our athletics are being well conducted under 
the supervision of the faculty Athletic Committee comprising the 
following men : Professor H. M. Geltson, Chairman ; Professors 
Haworth, Shadinger and Slifer, H. 0. Page, Athletic Director; and 
Claris Adams, alumni representative, while Arthur V. Brown is 
chairman of the trustees' committee on athletics. 

Observation has been made that when Butler held the Illini to a 
16-13 victory in the Urbana stadium, the Bulldogs gained the dis- 
tinction of being the only team to score against the Suckers every 
game during the last four seasons, according to a check of statistics 
covering this period. 

Butler won the first battle between the two schools in 1922 when 
Hall Griggs enabled the Blue and White to nose out the conference 
team 10 to 7. Since that time the Blue and White lost all three 
games, but final scores were 21 to 7, 40 to 10 and 16 to 13, Butler 
scoring at least one touchdown each game. 

Nebraska did not play Illinois in 1922, but in the last three 
years the Cornhuskers were the only other team to score each 
game against Illinois. The Suckers shut out Chicago and Ohio in 
1923 and last season Michigan and Iowa were whitewashed. These 
four teams have been the outstanding opponents of Illinois the 
past four years, Wisconsin and Minnesota, other contestants, were 
blanked in 1922. 

A summary shows that Butler counted a total of 40 points against 
the Illini in four years, averaging 10 points a game. Butler's 
closest rival, Nebraska, counted 25 points in three years, an av- 
erage of 8 points a game. 

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Butler vs. Earlham— 28 to 
Butler vs. DePauw — 6 to 6 
Butler vs. Illinois — 13 to 16 
Butler vs. Franklin — 23 to 
Butler vs. Wabash — to 
Butler vs. Rose Poly— 38 to 


Colleges have their teams, their clubs, their activities — and some 
have their bands. A few years ago Butler was in the class of those 
withhout a band, but last year Mr. Vandaworker assembled what 
talent we had, and created and presented to Butler the first es- 
timable band the school has possessed. Twice a week Mr. Vanda- 
worker worked with the boys, coached them as football men are 
coached, instructed them as well as polished them, and the result 
was that an excellent band of fifty men was presented one day 
at chapel and the whole institution was surprised. It seemed as if 
it had sprung up over night, and it was so different from the 
"small town" bands we were used to hearing toot their discords 
out over the football field that we all were extremely pleased. 

A band can lend much spirit to a school. To hear that old college 
song floating through the air and across the bleachers and to listen 
to Sousa's best marches is an asset to any institution. 

To make their year even more glorious, the whole band is in 
uniform. Cadet blue suits and leather puttees and a lyre as in- 
signia on the sleeves make an impressive appearance. These uni- 
forms are the fine gift of the Butler Club at a cost of $1900. The 
Club is composed of alumni of the city and is accomplishing grate- 
ful things for the College. 

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In accordance with the custom of many colleges, Butler in 1924 
established certain regulations whereby students may earn special 
honors, which are conferred at the time of graduation and which 
are written in the diploma. 

All students who receive an average grade of 90% in their work, 
will receive distinction cum laude, such students may, however, 
become candidates for magna cum laude by doing additional work 
under the direction of their major professor. 

Members of the class of '26 must make application for these 
honors not later than October 1, of this year. Hereafter, by a new 
provision of the faculty, applicants for magna cum laude must an- 
nounce themselves not later than the middle of their junior year. 
This provision will give candidates a longer time in which to do 
the required work. 

The following Butler graduates received magna cum laude last 
year : Ralph Wadsworth Snyder, in Greek ; Mary Stokes, in Math- 
ematics; Floyd Wilmer Umbenhower, in History, There were no 
cum laudes given. 


The executor of the estate of Mrs. Ruth French of Brookston 
has delivered to John W. Atherton, financial secretary, a check for 
$5,000 with which will be created the Ruth French Scholarship to 
be used for girls. The principal will be invested and the interest 
lent to deserving undergraduates. Mrs. French left an equal amount 
to Purdue University for the use of boys. 

Last year the College received by the will of Mr. and Mrs. Ed- 
ward W. Sawyer of Shelbyville, Indiana, the bequest of $50,000. 
The interest of this principal is now available for the establishment 
of scholar shhips. 

For the first time the Roda E. Sellick fund of $2500 is offering 
a scholarship to cover tuition fee to a graduate of Shortridge High 

Butler College Scholarships 173 

The Alumni Association of the College last year contributed two 
scholarships to young women of merit deserving the recognition, 
and this year it is hoped the Alumni will care to establish more 
than two scholarships. 

Other loan funds are available, as the Arthur R. Baxter fund 
of $1,000; the 139th Field Artillery of $878.35; the Philo F. Ben- 
nett fund of $5,000 ; the Ministerial fund of $11,000. The Chamber 
of Commerce of Indianapolis pays tuition fee of four students; 
while that of one student for one semester is paid by the Scarlet 
Quill Society. 

This form of College interest and generosity is most desirable. 
We commend it to individuals, to classes, to clubs. 


The first meeting of the Faculty Club was held at The Residence 
on September 19 in the form of a reception to the new members. 
The new president. Professor Friesnuer, presided. At the second 
meeting on October 10 Professor Harrison entertained the Club 
with a talk on ''Some European Backgrounds." On November 14 
Dean Kershner will talk upon "Ideas of God in Recent Thought." 

The Butler Alumnae Literary Club held its first autumn meeting 
at the home of Mrs. Edith Gwartney Butler, '19, on University 
Avenue. Full membership was present, and a delightful luncheon 
was served. This Club meets at the homes of its members on the 
last Saturday afternoon of each month. The topic for this year's 
consideration is LIFE AND BOOKS OF TODAY. The officers 
are : President, Mrs. James H. Butler, '19 ; Vice-president, Mrs. 
L. G. Hughes, '15 ; Secretary, Miss Emrich, '00 ; Treasurer, Miss 
Bachman, '12; Permanent Secretary of Endowment Fund, Mrs. 
Samuel M. Meyers, '08; Delegate to Seventh District Federation, 
Mrs. John L. Wallace, '08; Alternate, Miss Maude Russell, '11; 
Program Committee, Miss Bachman, '12, Miss Maude Russell, '11 ; 
Miss Scotten, '08. The next hostess on October 24 will be Miss 

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Esther Fay Shover, '00, and the topic for consideration will be 
"Youth and the Colleges." On the program will be Miss June 
Lutz, '17, and Miss Corinne Welling, '12. 

The Katharine Merrill Graydon Club held its first meeting of the 
year at the new home of Mrs. Eda Boos Brewer, '14, on the Spring 
Mill Road. A full attendance and good program made a delightful 
reunion after the summer months. This Club meets at the homes 
of its members on the first Tuesday afternoon of each month. The 
study continues for the year in the ENGLISH DRAMA. The pro- 
gram, introduced by a short talk by Miss Graydon, was given by 
Mrs. Irma Weyerbacher Van Tassel, '16, Mrs. Ellen Graham 
George, '14, Mrs. Dorothy Hautz Hamp, '14. The hostess for the 
next meeting will be Mrs. Walter Montgomery, '15, and the 
program will be furnished by Mrs. Howard Pattison, Miss Annette 
Hedges, '18, Miss Lola B. Conner, '17. The officers for the ensuing 
year are : President, Mrs. Irma Weyerbacher Van Tassel, '16 ; Vice- 
president, Mrs. Nell Reed Offutt, '11 ; Secretary, Mrs. Margaret 
Moore Book, '18 ; Treasurer, Mrs. Verna Sweetman Mendenhall, 
ex- '18; Publicity Chairman, Mrs. Bertha Coughlen Shelhorn, '18; 
Program Committee, Miss Urith Dailey, '17, Mrs. Mildred Kuhn 
Rose, ex- '16; Mrs. Louise Hughel Payne, '16. 

The Faculty Woman's Club held its President's Day Luncheon 
on October 14, at the Propyleeum. Miss Evelyn Butler, the new 
president, presided. The program consisted of talks gleaned from 
the researches and experiences of the faculty members who par- 
ticipated. Mrs. John S. Harrison talked on "An American Boy in 
a French School," Mrs. Thor G. Wesenberg on "The Radcliff Mod- 
ernist," and Miss Katharine Graydon on "High Lights of a Sum- 
mer in Europe." Those present were: Mrs. Robert J. Aley, Mrs. 
T. C. Howe, Miss Katharine Graydon, Miss Corinne Welling, Mrs. 
B. L. Kershner, Mrs. J. W. Putman, Mrs. H. M. Gelston, Mrs. J. S. 
Harrison, Mrs. Richardson, Mrs. J. G. Fucilla, Mrs. Baumgartner, 
Miss Evelyn M. Butler, Miss Allegra Stewart, Mrs. Armstrong, 
and Mrs. Wood. 

Butler College Clubs 175 

The readers of the Quarterly may be interested to know that 
the latest movement in Butler Clubdom is in the direction of an 
organization of the children in College of alumni. There are in 
attendance about thirty sons and daughters of graduates. This 
suggestion has come entirely from the minds of the young people 
and is most commendable. More will be said later of this activity. 


The annual luncheon of the alumni attending the State Teach- 
ers' Association in Indianapolis was held in the Spink- Arms Hotel 
on October 22. There were present sixty, and a pleasant reunion 
was enjoyed. President Aley presided. Brief talks were made by 
Miss Gladys Lewis, '20, of Martinsville ; Professor Johnson ; Grover 
Van Duyn, '24, of Hancock County; Professor Putnam; Jackson 
Wales, '26, and Professor Bruner. These were interspersed with 
Butler songs. 


When you hear from your class secretary, answer without delay. 
Why not ? Do you treat any other organization in which you hold 
membership so shabbily as never to reply to communication? Of 
course not. Then why not send your bit to your association to help 
those young people having less than you? That is what we are 
trying again to do this year — to offer scholarships to those deserving 
undergraduates who are in the tug of war. The gratitude of those 
receiving the alumni scholarships is compensation enough for the 
gift you have made. There is nothing like the light and hope 
which come into a student's eyes when he learns he may still come 
to College next year, notwithstanding the hostile elements. This 
is what you are doing, alumni, bringing opportunity and strength 
and high joy to some young people eager and hungry for academic 

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The faculty has been increased by the following ten new 
members : 

H. Parr Armstrong, A. M. Boston University, an associate pro- 
fessor in the College of Religion ; 

Charles M. Palmer, A. M. Pennsylvania State College, and an 
instructor there for two years in Botany, assistant professor in the 
department of Botany ; 

Merwin G. Bridenstine, B. S. University of Iowa and assistant 
there in the School of Commerce, an instructor in Economics ; 

Elmer Sayre Clark, A. M. University of Wisconsin and instructor 
in Beloit College also an instructor in Economics ; 

Laurence F. Hawkins, A. B. Butler College ; A. M. Northwestern 
University, acting instructor in Greek in the absence of Miss 
Weaver while in Greece; 

DeForest O'Dell, A. B. Butler College and graduate of the Co- 
lumbia University School of Journalism, an instructor in the de- 
partment of Journalism ; 

Miss Mabel Arbuthnot, A. M. University of Wisconsin and in- 
structor in Ripon College, instructor in Latin; 

Clarke Sifritt, A. M. University of Michigan, assistant professor 
of Public Speaking; 

L. E. Dabney, A. M. University of Texas and instructor in Uni- 
versity of Texas and in Rusk Junior College, acting assistant pro- 
fessor in French ; 

Russell G. Weber, A. M. University of Iowa and assistant in- 
structor in Zoology there, instructor in Zoology. 

The Quarterly extends its sympathy to Miss Cotton in the 
death of her mother, Mrs. Rachel Walker. Mrs. Walker was known 
to many of the faculty, for she had spent several winters in Irving- 
ton with her daughter. She was a remarkable woman of the pioneer 
type — industrious, frugal, courageous and high-minded. Her life 
was long, useful, beautiful. She was a faithful member of the 
Christian Church. 

Faculty Notes 177 

Mrs. Walker died at her home in Nineveh, Indiana, on October 5. 
Her funeral was held from the Christian Church, services being 
conducted by Rev. G. Frank Powers, '10, on the 7th. Burial was 
in the churchyard. From the college circle, Mrs. T. C. Howe, Mrs. 
J. W. Putnam and seven faculty members were present. 

Dr. Howard E. Jensen and Dean Frederick Kershner attended 
the National Convention of the Disciples of Christ in Oklahoma 
City. Both were on the program. 

Dean Putnam delivered an address at the Irvington Methodist 
Church on October 25 upon the ''Problem of Youth from the Col- 
lege Point of View." His talk was one in a series of studies on 
the "Problems of Youth" being given by men who study it from 
different points of view. 

A daughter came into the home of Professor and Mrs. Hugh W. 
Ghormley on October 6 and has been named Mary Margarita. 


Mrs. Noble H. Parker (Mary Clark, '07) is spending the winter 
at Miami Beach, Florida. 

Mrs. Demarchus C. Brown (Jessie L. Christian, '97) is making 
an extended trip in Africa. 

Dr. John Nichols, '90, returned to old scenes for the Franklin- 
Butler game on Home-coming Day. 

Mrs. Mary Fletcher Charlton, '96, and daughter Mary Elisabeth 
were recent guests in Indianapolis. 

Miss Katharine Burton, '18, formerly of Martinsville, is dean 
of girls in the high school of Marion, Indiana. 

Allen H. Lloyd, '12, and Mrs. Lloyd (Hazel Collins, '13) have 
been visiting the Pacific Coast from Seattle to Victoria. 

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Kobert M, Mathews, '06, received his Doctorate in June from 
the University of Illinois for work done in Mathematics. 

Dr. and Mrs. Alexander Jameson (Julia Graydon, '90) motored 
in September to Maine to visit Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Tibbott. 

Miss Mary Graydon Payne, '23, received her Master's degree in 
June from Cornell University for work done in the biological 

It was very pleasant to see Rev. Hally Burkhart of Warren, Ohio, 
about the College halls on his return from the Oklahoma convention. 

Dr. Earl S. Roberts, '17, is located at 1003 Columbus Memorial 
Building, Chicago. His practice is limited to eye, ear, nose and 

David Rioch, '98, and Mrs. Rioch, after a two years' stay in 
this country, have started on their return to their missionary field 
in India. 

Mrs. Charks Stearns (Tace Meeker, '90), with her sister. Miss 
Grace Meeker, and daughter, motored from Chicago to attend 
Home-coming Day. 

Miss Ruby Perkins, '20, who received her A. M. degree from 
Radcliffe College last June, is teaching history in the high school 
of Frankfort, Indiana. 

Mrs. Ralph Stephenson (Mildred Hill, '18) has returned with 
her chidren from Long View, Washington, to her home in Irving- 
ton for a month's visit. 

Howard Howe, grandson of Mrs. A. M. Atkinson, '56, who grad- 
uated from Yale University last June is at present attending the 
Johns Hopkins Medical School. 

Will D. Howe, '93, of New York City represented Butler Uni- 
versity at the inauguration of President John Martin Thomas of 
Rutgers College on October 14. 

Miss Frances Krieg, '25, is traveling in Europe with her parents. 
In Rome she had a private audience with the Holy Father and 
also heard the impressive mass of the Pope. 

Personal Mention 179 

Mrs. John G, Stevens (Margaret Davis, ex- '14) with her husband 
and three children, after seven years spent in Miraj, India, is with 
her parents in Indianapolis on a year's furlough. 

It is gratifying to learn that the Butler Drift of 1925, edited 
by Thomas F. Smith, was awarded first place in the annual national 
contest conducted by the Art Craft Guild of Chicago. 

Miss Grace McGavran, '19, received her Master's degree for work 
done in the School of Eeligious Education of Boston University. 
"Art in Religious Education" was the theme of her thesis. 

Miss lone Wilson, '19, was one of the pages at the twenty-fifth 
anniversary conference of the Indiana Society of the Daughters 
of the American Revolution, held in Evansville, October 13, 14, 15. 

The Quarterly offers its congratulations to the Delta Gamma 
Fraternity in its installation of the Alpha Tau chapter. Open 
house was held for the Chapter at the Lincoln Hotel on October 4. 

B. Wallace Lewis, '15, is now connected with The Indianapolis 
News, where he is handling the promotion work for the circulation, 
advertising and editorial departments. ''It is not journalism," he 
says, "but very interesting." 

Henry P. Bruner, '23, son of Professor Bruner, graduated in 
June from the Harvard School of Business Administration receiv- 
ing his Master's degree. He is now in Chicago with the Midland 
Utilities Company in the People's Building. 

Requests come occasionally for "Butler College in the World 
War," the latest being from the State Library of Connecticut. 
There still remain some copies which alumni may have upon request 
to the College. The -National War Library in Paris has sent for 
two copies. 

Announcement has been made of the resignation of Charles 0. 
Lee, '09, as superintendent of Flanner House and associate cam- 
paign secretary of the Community Fund. Mr. Lee has left for 
Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he has become executive secretary of the 
Tulsa Community Fund. 

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Roderick A, MacLeod, '14, Mrs. MacLeod and three children, 
after one year's furlough in this country have started on their 
return trip to Tibet. The many friends of the MacLeods regret 
to see them depart on their long and perilous journey, but these 
courageous souls are eager to resume their work among the natives 
of Tibet. 

Of the class of '25 the following received scholarships and are 
pursuing higher studies: George A. Schumacher, English, Univer- 
sity of Virginia; Louise Padou, Romance Languages, University 
of Wisconsin; Floyd Hines, Botany, University of Washington; 
Marion Pike, Economics, University of Oregon; Victor Twitty, 
Zoology, Yale University. 

The executive committee of the Alumni Association is composed 
of the officers elected in June by members present at the annual 
meeting, to which are added two members appointed, one each, by 
the president of the College and by the president of the Alumni 
Association. The present appointees are Miss Urith Dailey, '17, and 
Miss Esther Fay Shover. '00. 

Dr. Charles Henry Gilbert, '79, was honored last May with a 
dinner given in the event of his retirement from the faculty of 
Leland Stanford University where he had been professor of zoology 
continuously since the founding of that institution in 1891. More 
than two hundred of Dr Gilbert's friends and associates were 

Dr. Anita M. Muehl, ex- '18, specialist in psychiatry with special 
attention directed to personality disturbances in women and chil- 
dren, has opened an office at 512 Commonwealth Building, San 
Diego, California. Apropos of the Loeb-Leopold case. Dr. Muehl 
contributed an article on "Phantasy Life in Superior Children 
Produced by and Producing Conflicts" to a recent issue of the 
Journal of the Indiana State Medical Association. 

The graves of Hilton U. Brown, Jr. ex- '19, and Kenneth V. 
Elliott, ex- '20, in Romagne cemetery, were visited last June by 

Personal Mention 181 

Miss Graydon and her sisters. This American cemetery where lie 
14,004 American boys is the largest of France. Here on the gentle 
slope of a hill the army of the dead is spread in peaceful and 
pathetic array. Over them wave the protecting Stars and Stripes. 
No sight in Europe impressed these College friends more than the 
Battlefields and everywhere the War Memorials. 

Robert Frost Daggett announces that Thomas E. Hibben is 
associated with him for the practice of architecture under the name 
of Daggett and Hibben. The offices of the firm are located at 920 
Continental Bank Building. Mr. Hibben is devoting himself to the 
plans for the new Butler buildings. He has recently returned from 
Europe where he made a study of academic buildings, especially 
the colleges of Oxford. The Quarterly is happy to present as 
frontispiece the Laud Window of St. John's College, sketched 
while he was there. It is well pleasing that Mr. Hibben, ancestrally 
associated with the College, has been chosen with his skill, art, 
affection, to plan the new Butler home. 

The Quarterly follows with great interest the alumni in their 
accomplishment in the world of art. The College may be well 
pleased with the attainment of some of her sons and daughters, 
not the least being that of John Stephenson, ex- '14. Recently 
have been received from the Silver, Burdett and Company in ' ' The 
Pathway to Reading ' ' they are issuing copies of The Primer, of the 
First Reader, of the Second Reader, illustrated by Eunice and 
John Stephenson. These little books are beautifully made and 
every home in which are little people must want copies of them. 
Mr. and Mrs. Stephenson are living at Turn of the River, Stam- 
ford, Connecticut. 

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Hunt-McElroy. — On July 15 were married in Ravinia, Illinois, 
Mr. Arthur Chamberlain Hunt and Miss Georgia Pearl McElroy, 
ex- '04. Mr. and Mrs. Hunt are at home in Salem, Massachusetts. 

Fisher-Keefauver. — In August were married in Indianapolis 
Mr. Lowell Smith Fisher and Miss Ruby May Keefauver, 18. Mr. 
and Mrs. Fisher are at home in Chicago. 

ScHAD-BuENTiNG. — On August 4 were married in Indianapolis 
Mr. Ralph L. Schad, '23, and Miss Florence Buenting, '21. Mr. 
and Mrs. Schad are at home in Indianapolis. 

Griggs-Gates. — On August 25 were married in Indianapolis Mr. 
Haldane Alfred Griggs and Miss Lydia Cresswell Bates, '28. Mr. 
and Mrs. Griggs are at home in Indianapolis. 

DuNKEL-OsBORN. — On August 29 were married in Indianapolis 
Mr. Wilbur D wight Dunkel and Miss Georgia Kathryn Osborn, '25. 
Professor and Mrs. Dunkel are at home in Rochester, New York. 

Wamsley-Singleton. — On September 4 were married in Mar- 
tinsville, Indiana, Mr. John Lewis Wamsley, ex- '22, and Miss Mary 
Singleton. Mr. and Mrs. Wamsley are at home in Boston, 


Ham-Ham. — On September 5 were married in Hollywood, Flor- 
ida, Mr. Scott Ham, '25, and Miss June Ham. Mr. and Mrs. Ham 
are at home in Hollywood. 

Criswell-Pritchard. — On September 12 were married in Irving- 
ton by the bride's father, Dr. Harry 0. Pritchard, '02, Mr. Wilson 
D. Criswell and Miss Helen Louise Pritchard, '26. Mr. and Mrs. 
Criswell are at home in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Richardson-Cavins. — On September 16 were married in Indian- 
apolis Mr. Russell I. Richardson, ex- '23, and Miss Catherine 
Cavins, '25. Mr. and Mrs. Richardson are at home in Detroit, 

Marriages 183 

Bates-Weir. — On October 3 were married in Indianapolis Mr. 
Howard Haywood Bates, and Miss Miriam Somers Weir, '23. Mr. 
and Mrs. Bates are at home in Indianapolis. 

Bastian-Stockdale. — On October 10 were married in Indian- 
apolis Mr. Robert E. Bastian and Miss Louise Stockdale, ex- '23. 
Mr. and Mrs. Bastian are at home on the Allisonville Road near 

Gill-Dailey. — On October 24 were married in Irvington by the 
bride 's father, Rev. B. F. Dailey, '87, Mr. George Everett Gill and 
Miss Urith Catherine Dailey, '17. Mr. and Mrs. Gill are at home 
in Irvington. 


Carpenter. — To Mr. James Carpenter and Mrs. Carpenter 
(Margaret Higbee, '23) on October 19, in Indianapolis, a daughter 
— Margaret Jane. 

Clarke.— To Dr. Elton R. Clarke, '15, and Mrs. Clarke, on 
August 27, in Burbank, California, a daughter — Dorothy Mae. 

GiLLMAN. — To Mr. and Mrs. Waide Gillman (Helen Findley, 
'18) on September 29, in Indianapolis, a daughter — Mary Anne. 

HiNMAN. — To Mr. Jack J. Hinman, Jr., '11, and Mrs. Hinman, 
on October 7, in Iowa City, Iowa, a daughter — Frances Ellen. 

McGavran. — To Mr. Donald A. McGavran, '20, and Mrs. Mc- 
Gavran (Elma Alexander, '16) on June 6, in Naini Tal, India, a 
daughter — Elizabeth Jean. 

MoFFETT.— To Mr. -Lee Moffett, '12, and Mrs. Moffett, on August 
29, in Bethesda, Maryland, a son — Bertrand Lee. 

Sourwine. — To Mr. and Mrs. Earl Sourwine (Eliza Paramore, 
ex- '18) on July 25, in Greencastle, Indiana, a son — Earl Philip. 

Ostrander. — To Mr. Joseph Ostrander, ex- '15, and Mrs. 
Ostrander (Guinevere Ham, ex- '16) in Indianapolis, on October 
25, a daughter — Nancy. 

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CoBBEY. — Charles E. Cobbey, ex- '08, president of Cotner Col- 
lege, Bethany, Nebraska, died after a brief illness, on September 
11. He was buried on the 14th from the family home in Beatrice, 

Charles E. Cobbey was born July 9, 1885, at Beatrice, Nebraska, 
and was the son of Judge Joseph E. Cobbey. At the age of seventeen 
he went to Columbus, Indiana, to assist H. H. Harmon who was pas- 
tor of First Church there and ot preach in a small mission church. 
Dr. Harmon takes great joy in being instrumental in getting him 
into the ministry. After his graduation from the Columbus High 
School, he attended Butler College two years and then finished at 
Cotner where he was granted an A. B. degree in 1909. 

At the time of his death Dr. Cobbey was regarded as one of the 
prominent educators in his section of the country. He was president 
of the College Presidents Club of the State. He was a member of the 
Board of Education of the Disciples of Christ and headed one of 
its important commissions. 

Messages of love, regret and appreciation for this good man and 
true teacher poured in from all parts of the United Sates. Presi- 
dent Samuel Avery, Chancellor of the University of Nebraska 
wired : 

''I have watched with admiration the progress of Cotner under 
his leadership. Few have done so much in so brief a time. One 
feels like saying that he had only just begun ; yet one may rever- 
ently recall that a ministry of only three years once became the 
most significant influence in human history." 

Harriman. — Job Harriman, a student of the College in the early 
eighties, died on October 26, in Sierra Madre, California. 

Mr. Harriman was a native of Indiana and lived in the State 
until mature life. After leaving Butler College he studied law and 
was admitted to the bar in Colorado. In 1900 he went to California, 
where his home has since been. He was nationally known because 
of his participation in a number of movements for social betterment 

Deaths 185 

of the laboring classes. As member of the Socialist party he had 
been nominated for mayoralty of Los Angeles, for vice-presidency 
of the Social Democratic party. Though polling heavy votes, he 
had failed of election. 

Mr, Harriman leaves one sister, Mrs. Clarinda Harriman Pier, 
'79, wife of Eev. Lewis A. Pier, '82, residing in California. 

Hoss. — Lora C. Hoss, '81, died on October 17 at Battle Creek, 
Michigan, and was buried in Kokomo, Indiana, on the 20th. To 
Mrs. Hoss and her daughter Mrs. Pauline Hoss Elliott, the Quar- 
terly extends its deep sympathy. 

Lora Corydon Hoss was born in Marion county, Indiana, January 
16, 1859, the son of Peter E. and Sarah R. Hoss. His mother died 
when he was less than two years of age and he was reared by his 
father's parents. In 1865 they moved from Marion county to How- 
ard county, locating on a farm near Fairfield. In 1874 Mr. Hoss 
entered Butler College, Irvington, studying there three years after 
which he spent a year in Kansas, assisting a cousin with whom he 
resided, breaking prairie sod in the summer, and teaching a country 
school in the winter. He returned to Indiana in 1878, re-entered 
Butler College and graduated from here in 1881. 

Mr. Hoss went to Kokomo on July 25, 1881, acquiring a half 
interest in the Kokomo Gazette. Within a year or two he became 
sole owner of the paper. So successful was the paper that soon he 
changed it from a weekly to a daily. In 1884 the Gazette was con- 
solidated with the Tribune under the name of Gazette-Tribune. 
In 1886 Mr. Hoss retired from the newspaper field. 

After disposing of his newspaper interests, Mr. Hoss engaged in 
the shoe business for a few years and spent seven years in farming, 
having a pleasant country place northwest of the city. Twenty- 
three years ago he became connected with the Opalescent Glass 
Company of which company he was president. 

Mr. Hoss was a member of the Mp,in Street Christian church and 
for many years was superintendent of the Sunday School. Next to 
his home and his church, his devotion was for his alma mater, 
Butler College. In college he was identified with all student ac- 

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tivities. He was a member of the literary societies flourishing in 
his day, and was a membor of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. His 
daughter, who followed in his footsteps at Butler, was graduated 
there in 1914. He contributed generously to every appeal from 
college associates and recently gave $25,000 to the college endow- 
ment fund. 

Mr. Hoss was a man of sterling qualities, highly regarded in 
business, banking and charitable circles. He was a director in two 
local banking institutions, the Farmers' Trust Company and the 
Citizens National Bank. He was a student of agriculture and horti- 
culture, a good practical farmer, and diversified in all his interests. 
He was possessed of the many fine qualities which make for citizen- 
ship in its truest and best sense. He ever had at heart the welfare 
of the community and gave generously of his time and energy for 
the betterment of humanity. All who knew him admired him for 
his nobility of character, his modesty of bearing and his fine in- 
tellectual powers. 

Sharritt. — Lucile Y. Sharritt, '16, died at the Christian Hos- 
pital, Indianapolis, on August 6 and was buried from her home on 
Emerson Avenue in Memorial Park cemeterj\ 

Miss Sharritt was born in Iowa thirty years ago, and moved with 
her family to Irvington at an early age. Her mother died several 
years ago, and she and her father were the only surviving members 
of the family. 

Miss Sharritt was one of the leaders of her class in college in 
scholarship and in student activities. Always interested in her 
work and her play she was at times tempted to go beyond her 
strength. She was unfailingly prepared with her class work. She 
loved her athletics, especially tennis and golf. She was cheerful, 
enthusiastic, conscientious, well-equipped for a long and useful 
life. In the Spring she was stricken with influenza, which developed 
into pneumonia. A nine-weeks' fight followed, but she failed to 
rally, due probably to reduction of vigor by her arduous public 
school duties. 

Our Correspondence 187 


Dr. Jonas Stewart, September 24, 1925, Anderson, Indiana: 
' ' In answer to your letter will say that I was a student in the old 
Northwestern Christian University, entering it early in March, 
1862, for the Spring term) of that year. I boarded in the family 
of Philip A. Brown, who was the son of John Brown, who was one 
of the very first preachers I heard in my childhood, but I remember 
him distinctly. Soon after the Spring term, August 28, 1862, I 
left to enlist in the Civil War — Company E, 44th Ohio Infantry. 
In January 1864, this Regiment re-enlisted under the Veteran Act 
and was afterwards known as the 8th Ohio Veteran Volunteer 
Cavalry. I remained with it until the close of the War. I was 
discharged on May 30, 1865, by reason of the General Order of 
War Department to discharge all who had less than a year to 
serve. I served two years, nine months and two days. 

After returning from the War, I came back to the same dear 
old College in September, 1865, and spent one more year, finishing 
all the natural sciences as then taught there under dear old Pro- 
fessor R. T. Brown, and mathematics through trigonometry under 
Professor G. W. Hoss. I still think "there were giants in those 
days. ' ' 

On November 26, 1865, I was baptized in the baptistery of the 
little old Central Christian Church at the corner of Delaware and 
Ohio streets, by the then pastor Otis A. Burgess, another of God's 
great and good men. But at the end of this College year my money 
was all gone, and there was no one upon whom I could call, my 
father having died before I was three years of age. So I am not 
an alumnus, much to my regret. I look back upon the time spent 
in the old College up on College Avenue (then far out of the city) 
as the happiest days "of my life. 

So I quit, studied medicine, graduated at the Long Island Col- 
lege Hospital, New York, in 1870; but this is another story, in 
which you will probably have not interest." 

Virginia W. Young, '21, September 13, 1925, Jubbulpore, India : 
"The Quarterly comes. I read it from cover to cover. The Com- 

188 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

mencement number arrived a few weeks ago and I spent an after- 
noon going through it. I do not see how you gather so much news 
about so many people. It is so good that I wish it were a monthly 
publication instead of a quarterly. 

Recently, during the meetings of the Mid-India Christian Coun- 
cil, all of the Butlerites who are at present in our Mission were 
here in Jubbulpore, the McGavrans and Annie Mullin. The Hills 
are in America on furlough, and the Riochs have not yet returned 
to India. They will be sailing sometime the latter part of October, 
I suspect. Juanita Ragsdale is to come to India this fall, also, but 
is going to be working in Madura, under the Congregational Board. 

With a party of missionaries I had a very enjoyable stay in 
Darjeeling during May and June. We new folks had to get away 
during the hot weather, and some of the others arranged their 
vacations for the same time, to spend them with us. There was 
only one drawback and that was the fact that it rained nearly 
every day. Usually, though, a part of each day was clear, so we 
could go down to the bazaar or for a hike in the mountains. The 
scenery was beautiful, especially when the rain cleared away and 
we could see the snow-eovered range. I have never seen anything 
quite so majestic. One of the peaks is Kinchinjunga, over 28,000 
feet high and second only to Mt. Everest. It is forty-five miles 
from Darjeeling, but its extreme height makes it look close. We 
went twice to Tiger Hill, seven miles from Darjeeling, for a view 
of Mt, Everest by sunrise, but it was always too cloudy. It is only 
a small view at best, for Everest is over one hundred miles away ; 
but even a small view is enough to lure many people out of bed at 
1 :30 or 2 :00 a. m. to make the journey. Some go on horseback, 
some in rickshas, and many on foot. 

We went down the side of the mountain one day to visit a tea 
estate, and had the privilege of seeing the whole process of prep- 
aration of the tea, from the time the green leaves were brought in 
in baskets on the backs of coolies until they were put in boxes for 
export. At this particular place, they ship out 160,000 pounds of 
tea a year, all of which is sent to England for the purpose of mak- 
ing the various blends which are sold there. 

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On another day we walked four miles to Ghum to see the Tibetan 
monastery. While there we saw the temple, with its huge idol and 
the smaller figures, and the hideous pictures which were painted 
on the walls themselves. Then we saw an old blind man sitting in 
the comer of a dark and stuffy room, monotonously pulling a rope, 
which caused a large cylindrical prayer wheel to revolve. The 
wheel was so large that it reached nearly to the ceiling, and inside 
of it were prayers written on paper. Every time the wheel turned 
round, the prayers were supposed to be repeated. 

I am still working on the language, but after the next examina- 
tion, which is to come in a few weeks, I hope to get into full-time 
work. There are several possibilities. 

Love to my Butler friends. 


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Butler College Hymn Alice Bidwell Wesenberg 

Anthony Trollope Frederick Rollin Kautz 

Graduate Study as Related to Butler University 

CoRiNNE Welling 

Growing Interest in Ancient Languages Henry M. Gelston 

Publications Reviewed H. E. Jensen and E. Jordan 

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(To he sung to mv^ic of Sailor's Evening Hymn. Boston Melodeon) 

To Alma Mater's God 
We lift our hymn of praise 
For constant blessings 
Throughout our college days. 
Thou, Wisdom, still inspire 
Young minds to seek for Thee ; 
Set our hearts on fire 

With Charity; 
Thou who art Power divine, 
Grant strength for calm control, 
Cleanse us from all impure in body, in mind, and soul. 

God of our College. 
guide our learning youth ; 
Bless Alma Mater, 

Spirit of Truth ! 

To every nation's God 
We lift our earnest prayer 
For continued blessings. 
Enlightenment and care. 
Thou, who art limitless, 
Keep us from narrow mind; 
Give our hearts friendliness 

To all mankind. 
Thou, marking sparrow's fall. 
Help us to sympathize; 
May we be just to all, courageous, devoted, wise. 

God of our College, 
guide our learning youth ; 
Bless Alma Mater, 

Spirit of Truth ! 

— Alice Bidwell Wesenherg. 


Vol. XIV JANUARY, 1926 No. 4 


By Frederick Rollin Kautz, '87 

When Anthony Trollope was a lad in Harrow, he told his school 
fellows that when William the Conqueror arrived in England 
one of his followers killed in hunt three wolves. The king dubbed 
him therefor "Troisloups". This appellation was in time changed 
until it reached the form it now bears — "Trollope". 

The biographers cast some doubt on the veracity of this tale 
and it seems likely that the story has little value except as a bit 
of entertainment for a group of school boys and as an indication 
of a talent for invention which was to make its author one of 
the foremost writers of fiction at a period in which there were 

Some one has said that the biographer should begin his narrative 
centuries before the generation of his subject. Without giving 
much credence to the tale of Troisloups, it might be remembered 
that in the fifteenth century Andrew Trollope was knighted. In 
the nineteenth, Sir John Trollope was a magnate in Lincolnshire, 
a cousin to the Anthony of our narrative, their grandfather having 
been Sir Thomas Trollope. Anthony Trollope 's father was Thomas 
Anthony Trollope and his mother was Frances Milton, a contem- 
porary and member of the household of Jane Austen. 

It is interesting to note the association of Trollope 's mother and 
Jane Austen; the latter was the first great exponent of the school 
of realism — "the divine Jane," Mr. Howells once called her. Mrs. 
Trollope was herself a voluminous writer of fiction and travel, 
never approaching the greatness of Miss Austen, but writing for 

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202 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

a more popular public and for many years for the support of her. 

Thomas Anthony Trollope was one of those men who think 
themselves pursued by misfortune, but who in reality are the 
authors of their own calamities. He was an able barrister and 
entered his career with brightest prospects, but found himself 
after a short period without briefs. Then followed a period of 
gentleman-farming, equally unsuccessful ; and finally a flight from 
creditors to Bruges. Here the young Anthony was for a time 
tutor in a private school. Later, he obtained in London a post 
office appointment. Prior to this time, however, the Trollope fam- 
ily had become interested in the movement of Robert Owen to 
establish a communistic settlement on the banks of the Wabash 
River in the state of Indiana in the United States. 

Now, during years of comparative prosperity, the Trollope fam- 
ily made many trips to France and upon one of these visits young 
Anthony formed a friendship with General LaFayette. His talk 
of America and the Owen movement turned the thoughts of the 
TroUopes to the United States as a possible place in which to 
reclaim the family fortunes. One of the family conceived the idea 
of opening a shop in an inland city where might be sold some of 
the refinements not familiar to the new world. There was to be, 
also, in connection with the shop an assembly room where celebri- 
ties might meet, thereby combining shop and salon. Cincinnati 
was the city chosen for the experiment. 

The shop was soon a failure, but the enterprise had one favorable 
result — it gave Mrs. Trollope material for a book on Domestic 
Manners of the Americans, published soon after the family's re- 
turn to Europe. This volume was followed shortly with French 
Traits. From that time until her death twenty-four years later 
Mrs. Trollope published many works of fiction and travel. 

The success of his mother encouraged and inspired young An- 
thony to a literary career. After his experience in the private 
school at Bruges and in the London post office, he obtained a more 
important appointment as post office director for Ireland. It was 

Anthony Trollope 203 

there that he obtained the materials for his first two novels, The 
McDernwtts of Bally coran and TJie Kelleys and the O'Kelleys. 
Later he wrote The Three Clerks based on his earlier London ex- 
periences. A recent biographer instances La Vendee as having 
been written earlier than the above, but published later, and men- 
tions also Niim Balatka and Linda Tressell as having appeared 
earlier than any in Blactwood 's Magazine and published anony- 
mously. This I find to be an error, as Mr. Trollope gives in 
the Autobiography the dates as '66 and '67. These three were 
serious historical romances of no mean merit. Once, when asked 
why he did not do more in this same vein, he frankly replied that 
they were not what his public wanted. 

Trollope was the most prolific writer of all the English novelists 
in his own class — too prolific certainly; and yet, if his admirers 
should vote on what they w^ould have had him leave unwritten, there 
would have been, I fancy, much difference of opinion. It has been 
said that the Autobiography ought never to have been written, for 
in it he says — even boasts — that he wrote without effort so many 
words before breakfast, so much manuscript in three hours, et 

A popular author once said to me that he wrote certain novels 
called "trivial" by his critics to acquire a facility of expression. 
Unfortunately, facility does not always travel hand in hand with 
felicity and we could wish that having used such stories for such 
purpose the stories might not have been given to the world because 
they so much lower the average of the author's output. But when 
publishers are clamoring for copy, perhaps it is as unreasonable 
to expect such restraint on the part of an author as to expect a 
merchant to sell only that merchandise which appeals to his own 

In Mr. Trollope 's case, his facility for expression and the fact 
that he himself alluded to it, has had the effect of sometimes 
causing his readers to overlook his wonderful art, just as at a 
play the audience does not often remark that the play goes 

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smoothly; but if an actor is prompted, if one masks another, if a 
wrong curtain cue is given, these things are noticed. 

Trollope 's plots are of the slightest : generally, two young women 
and one lover, or two lovers and one young woman — these in the 
middle or upper classes with sometimes a sub-plot in the servants' 
haD. These principal characters and those whom they touch in 
their daily lives — that's all, generally; but the story is done with 
such faithfulness, such attention to minutiae, such tenderness and 
sympathy that the reader's interest is kept throughout the long 
length of his story. 

He has acquired his art, combined facility with felicity, and his 
reader never tires. He has little of the irony of Thackeray, none 
of the propaganda of Dickens, scarcely any of George Eliot's 
philosophy, certainly none of the poetry of Turgenieff ; yet as a 
narrator of stories of everyday life, as a realist in the best sense 
of that expression, he was the master of them all. One story, 
perhaps, may be excepted — George Eliot's Middleniarch, which 
I have long remembered as presenting the largest canvas, save 
that of Tolstoi's War and Peace, of any novel I have yet read. 
It is a stupendous work, attention is given to every detail of draw- 
ing and color, but there is no overcrowding and no exaggeration. 
It delights the mind as a perfect landscape delights the eye. 

I have recently come across a volume of personal reminiscences 
of this period in which a mutual friend of George Eliot and An- 
thony Trollope — a Mr. Escott, frequently at the Lewes' house 
with Mr. Trollope, who says that George Eliot was often discour- 
aged with Middleniarcli and thought her undertaking too great for 
her powers, and that she was on the point of giving it up when 
Trollope urged her not only to go on with the story, but gave 
advice which she gladly followed. This bit of evidence furnishes 
pleasure to the Trollope devotee. 

One is impressed with the great kindness of the novelist. It 
is apparent on every page he has written. The damsel in distress 
always appeals to him. He is unfailingly sympathetic to injustice. 
In this he reflects his own character. For instance: x\n aspiring 

Anthony Trollope 205 

young author went to him for advice. ' ' Shall I write such and such 
a story?" says the young person. His ans^-er was to ask of the 
author whether he thought about the story all day ; whether, when 
he walked, the characters were in his mind; whether his whole 
attention, when not perforce given to other things, was devoted to 
them and what might befall them. He said this was^ the only 
waj^ characters could be made to live in the pages of a novel, and 
this was his own method. In one respect his personal kindness 
differed from and excelled that of his characters. In his stories 
he never fails to punish the wrong-doer, but not so outside the 
novel, for on one occasion somebody laid claim to the authorship 
of one of his anonymously published novels. The imposition was 
soon discovered and in relating the incident to an intimate friend 
who asked him his feeling about it, he said quite simply that his 
chief sensation was of pity for the culprit. Such a misdemeanor 
on the part of one of his characters would have been quite properly 

Anthony Trollope was thirty-two when the first of his Irish 
novels was published. It may be called a failure, but while the 
critics would have none of it, as one biographer points out, it — 
like Disraeli's maiden speech, also a failure — portended great 
things for its author. Mr. Eseott says that The Dennotts in its 
closing chapters is "not without the strength and pathos of Dickens 
in Oliver Twist and at some points touches a Shakespearean level. ' ' 

To attempt to comment on all of Trollope 's novels would be to 
extend this article beyond the proper limits. I must mention, how- 
ever, that his tale of the French Revolution — La Vendee in 1850 — 
antedated both Lytton's Zanoni and Dickens' Tale of Two Cities. 
Then, after an interval of five years, came The Warden, thought 
by many to be his best single work. It is the first of the great 
Barsetshire novels, six in number, written over a period of twelve 
years, with frequent interruptions, during which other stories 
appeared, the last one — The Last Chronicle of Barset — having 
appeared in 1865. The intervening stories were : Barchester Tow- 
ers, Dr. Thorn, The Small House at Allington, Framley Parsonage. 

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Anthony Trollope first came to America in 1861. It was the 
avowed purpose of this visit to find material for a book to be 
called A History of North America and it was so called, but a 
fitter title might have been chosen, for he gives much more atten- 
tion to the manners and customs of our people and to our institu- 
tions than he does to the historical events which led to the coun- 
try's development. 

The period following Trollope 's return from America marks his 
greatest literary activity. The Parliamentary Series was published 
during this time. These, as has been said, were six in number, 
the most notable being, perhaps, Can You Forgive Her and 
Phineas Finn, with its sequel Pliineas Redux. In Phineas Finn 
occurred the great trial scene which is said to be a masterpiece 
from the legal point of view and perhaps excels the also great 
trial scene of Orley Farm. The latter story was of a group called 
the Manor House Series of which Orley Farm is the best known. 

Orley Farm was my own introduction to Trollope, and I am 
of the opinion that one could not make a more auspicious begin- 
ning, if one has a liking for the somewhat slow-moving, analytical, 
realistic story ; but I warn such an one that he is probably setting 
out on a long continued, though delightful literary debauch in 
comparison to which the cross-word puzzle is nil. The time just 
prior to the American visit and the two years following it, until 
Thackeray's death, marks a period of association between these 
two on the Cornhill Magazine. Indeed, the triangular friend- 
ship of Thackeray, Dickens and Trollope is quite remarkable and 
very pleasing to contemplate, considering that no one of these 
authors is mentioned in the way of literary criticism without com- 
parison being made with the other two. They themselves must 
have been conscious of their similarities and dissimilarities; but it 
has not been mentioned that the style of one had influence upon 
that of another. This estimate somewhere met my eye: "Thack- 
eray, though he describes certain sections of the upper classes with 
far more delicacy than Trollope ever reached, did not go beyond 
these sections. Dickens, with all of his great and splendid gifts, 

Anthony Trollope 207 

did not describe the society he lived in. His personages were too 
startling to speak and act and think like the men and women of 
the 19th century." To put it briefly, let me say that Thackeray 
reached higher planes than did Trollope but did not maintain so 
high an average level, and that Dickens would give a foreigner no 
correct appreciation or understanding of English life. 

Trollope, like Thackeray, tried for a seat in Parliament, but like 
Thackeray, he failed. Dickens was urged to try, but refused. 
Thackeray wrote during his canvass to Dickens, ''Not more than 
four per cent of the people here (he was standing for the Oxford 
district) I have found out have ever heard of my writings. Perhaps 
as many as six per cent know yours, so it will be a great help if 
.you will come and speak for me." Trollope failed, but this experi- 
ence, like everything else he did, furnished him copy. 

I pass over much interesting material of this period, do not even 
mention the title of many books written between 1862 and 1882. 

Trollope had many literary associates; as how, indeed, could he 
have helped having? These associations could form an interesting 
chapter. Besides those already mentioned, were Kingsley. Wilkie 
Collins, Meredith and Henry James, to mention only a few of 
the novelists; while his long association with J. E. Millais, the 
artist and his own illustrator and friend, and the devotion of the 
Brownings to him from his first efforts, are so engaging as to be 
passed with much regret. 

Trollope died in 1882 and sleeps in Kensal Green, near Thack- 
eray. He left one unfinished novel. The Land Leaguers. Thack- 
eray left Denis Duval and Dickens, Edwin Drood. Is it not strange ? 

The contemplation of his death causes one to reflect on the 
literary glory of the period of which this event was about the close. 
In America Hawthorne wrote The Scarlet Letter about the time 
The Warden was published in England. Oliver Wendell Holmes' 
dates are 1809 to 1894. Poe was born in the same year as Holmes 
but lived only until '49. This was the period in which Harriet 
Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin, Louisa M. Alcott was 
writing her children's stories, Donald 0. Mitchell published Bev- 

208 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

eries of a Bachelor, Aldrich The Stoi-y of a Bad Boy, and Howells 
was coining into his own as our American realist. In France, in 
the early part of the nineteenth century Balzac wrote and influ- 
enced French literature. A little later George Sand, Flaubert, 
Daudet, Zola and Maupassant delighted the world with their mas- 

In Russia Tolstoi was writing Anna Karervina and his great epic 
War and Peace. Dostoyeffski was writing his powerful Crime and 
Punishment, and other only slightly lesser work — and Turgenieff, 
the great prose poet, was attracting the attention of readers every- 
where. Ah, the charm that was Turgenieff's! 

The English contemporaries have been several times referred to, 
and what memories they evoke ! Thackeray — Becky Sharp, Colonel 
Newcomb, Henry Esmond, Beatrix, Laura, Pendennis. George 
Eliot — Daniel Deronda and Gwendolen, Adam Bede, Romola and 
Savonarola. And Dickens — Sidney Carton and The Little Dress- 
maker, Mr. Micawber, Uriah Heep, Little Nell, Tiny Tim. Tiny 
Tim — how the words of Riley come back : 

" 'God bless us every one', prayed Tiny Tim, 
Crippled and dwarfed of body, 
Yet so tall of soul we tiptoe earth 
To look on him — high towering over all." 

One may naturally ask, "Why did Trollope find so little popu- 
larity in America? Why, during the forty years that elapsed be- 
tween his beginnings as an author and the passage of the inter- 
national copyright law, were there no pirated editions of his works 
in America ? Why was not interest aroused ? Other novels of his 
period were freely printed in this country, those of Dickens, Thack- 
eray, Eliot, and a host of others. Ben-Hur was printed in England 
and the Colonies. Longmans, Green and Company published 
Riley's Old Fashioned Roses in England. When James Bryce's 
The American Commonwealth was published, the United States was 
flooded with pirated editions. What of Trollope?" 

There seem two things which contribute to the answer of this 
question. One is that he was so essentially" English — so much more 

Anthony Trollope 209 

English than any of his English contemporaries. I can not imag- 
ine anybody not already versed in English fiction reading Trollope. 
You may say that character is universal and that what would be 
true of characters in England would be true elsewhere. This state- 
ment may be correct so far as it goes, but people's reactions to cir- 
cumstances and to other people are largely the result of manners 
and customs and traditions. It would seem that the lover of Trol- 
lope must have known Jane Austen and Thackeray and Dickens, 
at least. Richardson and the Brontes and Disraeli would have 
helped. The ability "to get into the skin of the character" (to 
borrow an expression from the theater) is the great wonder of 
Trollope. He depicted the parliamentarian as though he had ex- 
perienced his inmost thoughts and understood all his springs of 
action, and had sat in his seat. He wrote of the cathedral close as 
if he had lived all his life in its confines, and neither any member 
of the Parliament nor any member of the clergy has successfully 
maintained that his portraiture was ever incorrect or exaggerated. 
In the purely social novels on the other hand, one feels that the 
delicate maiden, the country squire, the robust fox follower, the 
villain of the piece, the town roysterer, are all portrayed with the 
same sympathy and understanding and the same fidelity to truth 
with a perfectly uncanny knowledge of what every character would 
do under a given set of circumstances — and this was his art, an art 
which, when once perfected, was applicable to every set of circum- 
stances, and this fact explains at once his wonderful fecundity. 
My proposition after all this meandering is that Trollope is — can 
be — only appreciated by those already well acquainted with English 

The second element to explain the lack of interest in him in 
America (and elsewhere during the period following his death) is 
the publication of the Autobiography. Every critic refers to this 
circumstance. It has already been intimated that the publication 
was a mistake. To my mind the book is delightful reading, but 
the public generally seems to hug its stage illusions and to be 
offended when it is taken behind the scenes and shown the tawdri- 

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ness and makeshift which go to make up the play. Trollope has 
no reserves. He explains with utter frankness all his methods, 
boasts of his fruitfulness, belittles his art, acknowledges not at all 
the long years of labor and observation which went into the devel- 
oping of that art, and declares that he worked for money, and 
quite unblushingly announces that the English people over a period 
of about thirty-five years paid him some $350,000 for his literary 

These are things people do not want to be told about an admired 
and venerated friend. "No man is a hero to his valet de ehambre. " 
Mr. Trollope disillusioned his public and his public thereupon 
would have none of him. It is undeniable that his star suffered 
an eclipse immediately upon the publication of this book — and this, 
almost immediately after his death when usually there is a revival 
of interest in an author's work. I fancy the Autobiography is 
little read now and that it has taken its rightful place in com- 
parative oblivion with a few of the lesser novels. 

The Trollope star has again returned to view and he is coming 
more and more — especially in this country — to be appreciated. 
He has found a permanent place in our literature and his novels 
will give a continuing joy to those who seek for truth and fidelity, 
for realism in fiction. 



By Corinne Welling, '12 
Assistant Professor in Department of English 

From the founding of American universities in the Colonial 
Period until the early seventies, graduate study was far from the 
highly organized and definitely specified field of work that it is 
today. It was rather the pursuance, individually, and frequently 
independently, of a subject which had ranked as the student's 
major in his undergraduate course. The student did not roam: 
he did all of his work in association with one university. The 
graduate degree generally granted was that of Master of Arts, 
Science, or Philosophy. It was bestowed upon an alumnus, three 
years after graduation, in recognition of advanced study, and 
of evidence of usefulness to his community. 

Butler University, through the fifties, sixties and early seven- 
ties, granted about seventy graduate degrees on this basis. One 
need only glance at the Alumni Directory to note the group of 
splendid men and women who received these degrees. 

In 1876, with the establishment of Johns Hopkins University, 
graduate study leaped into the interest of the scholastic world 
and began its present day development. It won for itself a defi- 
nite division within the university, usually referred to as the 
graduate school, and often including in itself a number of profes- 
sional schools. It is noAv characterized by intensive, advanced 
study of a single subject, or of a small group of closely allied sub- 
jects; by a high quality of scholarship, usually specified as that 
of cum laude rating; and by a required amount of time spent in 
the study: one year minimum for the Master's degree, and two 
years minimum for the Doctor's degree. 

This development meets two needs : preparation of teachers, par- 
ticularly those for colleges and universities; and acquisition to the 
field of human knowledge. These two provisions together with 
the work of the undergraduate course, are the three Sister Graces 


212 Butler Alumnal, Quarterly 

of a university : first, the learning of established truth ; second, 
the disseminating of the truth learned; and third, the discovery 
of additional truth. 

By 1900 most universities had been transformed so as to ac- 
complish these three purposes. And in the last few years, espe- 
cially since the World War, the movement has been accelerated. 
An agitation has arisen to bring about the conversion of certain 
large universities, situated in widely different parts of the country, 
into graduate schools exclusively, thereby freeing the smaller in- 
stitutions from the burden of providing graduate courses. Far in 
the future, this plan may be put into practice; but the success 
of the three purposes, working separately, is extremely doubtful. 
The three seem to be inseparable for the complete health of a 
universitj^: each is a stimulus to the other two. 

Butler University was quick to respond to the change of the 
late seventies. Indeed the continued interest that has existed 
throughout the history of the university is proof of her excellent 
academic life. From 1876 to 1924, 1,264 students were graduated. 
One hundred and eighty-seven of these — a goodly proportion the 
records show — have gone on into graduate work, and perhaps also 
a very large number more that we do not know. Ninety-one have 
studied at Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Chicago, Wisconsin, Cali- 
fornia, and other large universities. Some of these have been 
granted scholarships and fellowships, and have received other high 
honors. They have made records that have brought honor to their 
Alma Mater. The list of students who have received graduate 
honors is now being compiled by the registrar. Miss Cotton, who 
kindly furnished me with the data that I am using here. Ninety-six, 
more than one-half of the number, have done their graduate work at 
Butler University. Throughout the period, from 1876 to 1924, 
Butler has steadily granted advanced degrees, usually at the rate of 
one or two a year, but with some outstanding exceptions: 1885, five 
advanced degrees ; 1897, seven ; 1904, five, and 1925, five. The cus- 
tom through the eighties, like that of the earlier period, was for the 
graduate work to be done at the one university ; through the next 
twenty years the trend was for the graduate work to be done at 

Graduate Study 213 

one of the large universities ; now the trend seems to he the division 
of graduate work, the Master's work being done at the same uni- 
versity as the undergraduate work, and the Doctor's work being 
done in one of the larger graduate schools. In the last fifteen 
years Butler has granted advanced degrees to her own graduates, 
and to those of a number of other colleges. Her association with 
the College of Missions has brought many graduates of foreign 
universities to her halls for study. 

The greatest demand has been for work in the field of religion, 
which is now adequately provided by the School of Religion. The 
field of education ranks next. The Department of Education is 
offering sufficient advanced work for the Master's degree now, and 
is rapidly developing its facilities for further graduate work. The 
demand in the other fields is about equal. 

Most universities classify their curricula into (1) undergraduate 
courses; (2) undergraduate and graduate courses; and (3) grad- 
uate courses. So far at Butler very few graduate courses have 
been offered. The candidate usually does part of his work in 
courses that may be rated as those of the second class, and the other 
part, individually under the supervision of the head of the de- 
partment in which he is doing his graduate work. But the demand 
for complete and thorough provision for graduate study is press- 
ing. When the present movement of expansion is completed, this 
will gradually be realized, — and the graduate school of Butler 
University will come into existence. The university will then be 
fulfilling her entire obligation to humanity: the acquisition of es- 
tablished truth; the dissemination of truth acquired; and the dis- 
covery of additional truth. 




By Henry M. Gelston 
Head of Latin Department 

Scarcely a half dozen years ago the trend in education toward 
those subjects of study that were thought to have an immediate 
application to the conditions of modern life and so to possess 
greater value for the student than the Classics and the older sub- 
jects of the curriculum, was especially noticeable in school and 
college. The older cultural subjects were losing ground or barely 
holding their own. Greek had disappeared from secondary educa- 
tion and was struggling to survive in the colleges. Latin, too, 
was hard pressed and there were many who predicted its early 
death and elimination from the curriculum of the public school. 
But a remarkable change in public opinion with regard to the value 
of Latin, and to a less extent of Greek, as instruments of education 
for complex modem life, is now in progress throughout the coun- 
try and in fact in many other parts of the world. 

On this subject much reliable and interesting infoi-mation is 
furnished by the first volume of the Classical Investigation which 
appeared about a year ago. The scope and thoroughness of this 
investigation is attested not only by the personnel of the investi- 
gating committee of well-known educators under the chairman- 
ship of Dean West of Princeton University, but also by the fact 
that principals and teachers of Latin in 10,000 secondary schools 
in the United States, registrars and officers in practically every 
college in America, faculties of many schools of education, and the 
United States Bureau of Education co-operated in the work. 

The total enrollment in Latin in the secondary schools of the 
country for the year 1923-1924 is estimated at 940,000, slightly 
in excess of the combined enrollment in all other foreign lan- 
guages. It is practically 30% of the total enrollment of all pu- 
pils in all secondary schools of the usual four-year course. The 


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enrollment in Greek was only about 11,000, but there were signs 
of increase. Figures for the current year indicate that 1,000,000 
persons within the country are now engaged in the study of the 
language and literature of ancient Rome. The healthy growth in 
the secondary school, despite baseless assertions to the contrary, 
is being followed by very considerable increase of students in Latin 
and Greek in college and university in every section of the land, 
so that many institutions have recently added members to their 
classical faculties in order to provide adequately for larger num- 
bers and more classes. 

To these changing conditions of curriculum Butler College does 
not provide an exception. The increasing number of students 
registering for Latin has resulted in a demand for additional 
classes and for new courses of both an elementary and an advanced 
character. Consequently at the beginning of the present academic 
year another full-time instructor was added to the staff. Miss 
Mabel Arbuthnot was brought to Butler College from Milton Col- 
lege, Wisconsin, where she had taught very successfully after re- 
ceiving her Master's degree from the University of "Wisconsin. 
This semester a number of courses in Latin are being given^ for 
the first time at Butler. It is a satisfaction to note that the 
number of those who desire work of an advanced character as well 
as those in the more elementary courses is considerably larger than 



By E. Jordan 
Head of Department of Philosophy 

When modern psychology cut the leading strings that had hith- 
erto bound it to philosophy and attempted to establish itself on an 
independent basis as an empirical science, it entered upon a career 
that threatens to end in theoretical chaos and ethical bankruptcy. 
An extensive examination of the more theoretical literature of 
"scientific" psychology with a view to determining its content as 
conceived by its leading exponents reveals a mass of material on 
the physiology of the nervous system, together with another body 
of data collected from the fields of anthropology, ethnology, so- 
ciology, social pathology, etc. Psychology as a pure science has 
thus become an attempt to discover certain physico-chemical mech- 
anisms which provide the groundwork of human behavior in the 
organism, together with the data of the external world which pro- 
vide the stimuli to which the mechanisms respond, while as an 
applied science it has been chiefly interested in the correction of 
abnormalities of personal conduct, and in the control of normal 
individual behavior on behalf of exploitative economic interests. 
Thus we have been deluged with such psychic panaceas as Freud- 
ianism, Coueism, endocrine therapy, New Thought and Christian 
Science in the field of individual therapeutics, and while in the 
field of "social control" we have been plagued with such ethical 
monstrosities as vocational psychology and the psychology of ad- 
vertising and salesmanship through which the devotee seeks an 
irresponsible power over others through the manipulation on be- 
half of his private economic interests of the motives that issue in 

Against these tendencies of modern "scientific" psychology in 
both theory and practice Professor Elijah Jordan's recent volume, 
"The Life of Mind" is an uncompromising protest. It is a revolt 
against the atomism of modem science in general, and of psy- 


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chology in particular. Reality, holds Professor Jordan, is not to 
be found by means of the search for simple elements which is the 
goal of laboratory experimentation, but by means of the logical 
analysis and interpretation of wholes which is the function of the 
speculative imagination. This viewpoint does not imply, as is so 
frequently maintained, that the search for simples is not, in its 
way, valid, nor that experimentation is not an essential process 
in our attempt to understand our world. Such a misinterpretation 
arises from the fact that the experimental method with its attempt 
to reduce reality to its simplest conceivable terms is rather taken 
as implicit in an argument designed to prove that it is the whole- 
ness that is alone real, that the terms employed as ultimate facts 
in scientific explanation are merely abstractions apart from the 
wholes they constitute, that they are logical constructs which exist 
only for thought, that not only do they not explain the whole, but 
that they themselves are explicable only in terms of the whole 
which is the objectively real, and that therefore the more fun- 
damental problems of science in the explanation and interpreta- 
tion of reality are soluble, not by the technique of experimenta- 
tion, but of logic. 

The main emphasis of the book is laid on the unity and con- 
tinuity of the mental life. Indeed, the mind is itself defined as 
"the principle of unity and order in experience," as "the sum 
of those processes now at this instant operating within me to give 
significance to my relations to things." These processes, which 
are for modem "scientific" psychology independent entities to be 
studied experimentally, are for Professor Jordan but aspects of 
ordered experience or mind, to be analyzed logically. Conse- 
quently, instead of conventional textbook divisions into sections on 
"attention", "volition", etc., we have here such headings as "Mind 
as Attention", "Mind as Action", "Mind as Imagination", etc. 

But these processes are not ultimate. They are in turn analyza- 
ble into further processes. Thus, attention as an aspect of mind, is 
further analyzable into various processes, one of which is percep- 
tion. But perception, in turn, is not a psychological simple, but is 
made up of sensation and feeling. But these feelings and sense 

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qualities which constitute the raw stuff of fact are not considered, 
as by conventional psychology, as atoms out of which the mind con- 
structs percepts as a brick mason a wall. They are rather phases 
of a unitary experience of the organism in contact with objects, 
and have no reality, except for thought, apart from the total situa- 
tion in which we experience them. This outline of the treatment 
of the subject of attention is given, in lieu of an analysis of the 
contents of the entire volume which space forbids, as an illustration 
of the consistent way in which emphasis is laid throughout upon the 
wholeness of mental life. 

A treatment of the life of mind which rests as heavily upon logic 
and as lightly upon experimentation as does the volume under dis- 
cussion usually falls into the mire of subjectivism and solipsism. 
This pitfall Professor Jordan avoids by his emphasis upon the ob- 
jectivity of the data through which the mind is known. For mind 
as a principle of unity in experience can not be known directly, for 
a "thing" can not become an object to itself. It can be known 
only inferentially, through its objective embodiment in whatever 
unity, order and organization we may discover in the practical and 
cultural life through which the mind realizes itself. The analysis 
of the practical and cultural life through which mind is inferen- 
tially known as constituting the proper subject matter for psychol- 
ogy, and as safeguarding a psychology whose method is logic from 
the futility of traditional introspectionism would probably, in the 
judgment of the author, constitute its unique value. But to the 
reviewer certain points which the author does not dwell upon, but 
seems to take for granted throughout his work, are of fundamental 
importance and interest. 

1. The starting point for psychology is not a fact of organic 
structure, such as a neurone or a hormone, nor a functional organ- 
ization of structural elements, such as a reflex or instinct that ex- 
ists antecedent to experience, but a content in consciousness as an 
ordered unity of experience which appears as percept, affect, image 
or idea. 

2. Since the data of psychology are a mind content that is ob- 
jective to the mind itself, it follows that we can know mental 

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processes, such as attention, affection, perception, memory, volition, 
et cetera, only inferentially, from a study of the mind content in 
its dynamic, changing aspects. Hence, only mind as content, never 
mind as process, appears in introspection. 

3. To the reviewer, most interesting of all is the use of the 
concept ' ' process ' ', which is nowhere defined nor discussed directly. 
But since we can know process only inferentially from a study of 
content as undergoing change, it follows that process is itself not 
the abstraction which it appears in so much recent sociological 
writing, but an aspect of reality considered as the principle of 
continuity and order in change, apart from the concrete content 
of which process can have no meaning. In other words, process 
is not, as much recent writing presumes, merely abstract ordered 
change, but order or organization as manifested in the changing 
parts and relationships of an evolving whole, "a vastly different 
thing." Howard E. Jensen. 


By Edmund H. Hollands 

Head of Depm'tment of Philosophy in University of Kansas, 

formerly in Butler College 

As President of the Western Division of the American Philo- 
sophical Association, which met at the University of Illinois last 
year, Professor Edmund H. Hollands, formerly of the Department 
of Philosophy in Butler College and now of the University of Kan- 
sas, delivered an address on ''Nature and Spirit." The address, 
which is published in The International Journal of Ethics for July, 
1925, shows the deep grasp of essentials and breadth of view, to- 
gether with the keen perception of the meaning and value of hu- 
man relations and the insight into experience, which made him so 
universally respected in all his relations at Butler. 

Professor Hollands points out that, among early cultured peo- 
ples, there is an identification of the laws and principles, not yet of 
course fully realized, which hold within their own inner life with 

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the forces, objects, and processes of nature. Rather, the attitude 
is hardly to be called an identification, for the analytic motive had 
not induced them as yet to recognize a possible contrast or opposi- 
tion between the two. This felt oneness between nature and hu- 
man nature was characteristic of the Greeks, as also of the medieval 
peoples, with the exception of the Christian intensification of the 
conflict between flesh and spirit. The interest of these peoples was 
primarily one of appreciation, acceptance, and contemplation of 
nature, and could best be described as unconscious recognition of 
nature as forming together with their own experiences the reality 
of a whole. With the Renaissance this attitude of contemplative 
acceptance of the world gave way to an exaggeration of the differ- 
ences between nature and human nature, and the result was the 
development ultimately of a cynical and pessimistic attitude to 
nature, and throughout of a strong desire to control nature in the 
interest of human ends. Consequently this technical or engineer- 
ing point of view adopted by science requires the development of 
the mathematical and mechanical type of explanation, and it is 
this interest in control which has dominated all the special sciences 
and thus tended to emphasize the reality of nature as against the 
unreality of the world of fancy and imagination. Thus it has come 
about that feeling is universally supposed to represent the unreal 
and the subjective. 

But the unity of life as objective must be sought in feeling, 
thought, and action. This unity has in all ages been realized by 
the mystic in a "felt apprehension of our real identity with ex- 
ternal Nature." This attitude, dominated by feeling and convic- 
tion, "is a perfectly normal phase of experience, not to be ex- 
plained away, of which any adequate philosophy must take ac- 
count; and that, in fact, some immediate feeling, assurance, and 
decision of this general type underlies and precedes all definite, 
organized thinking, including that kind of thinking which ends by 
denying it." Any complete philosophy must take account of "feel- 
ing" and "intuition," since elementary feeling quality is "meta- 
physically primary" and the "ground bass of all our varied ex- 
perience." This fundamental truth all the great constructive sys: 

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terns, Plato, Plotinus, Spinoza, Hegel, Bergson, have recognized 
and adopted. Identifying the basic feeling with an interest in the 
Good, Professor Hollands shows that in all perception, in mathe- 
matics, and in science itself, indeed in all forms of knowledge, this 
interest appears in the form of a selection of the good as a final 
value, which ' ' has to be felt before it is judged, ' ' and from which 
the ultimate theory is deduced "that the essence of the reality to 
be known is present in some degree in the depths of our own inner 
life, as self-possessed and self-enjoyed, so that in the end we are 
one with it. " E. Jordan. 


The Quarterly is in grateful possession of a brochure sent by 
the D. C. Heath and Company under title of "Forty Years of 
Service, 1885-1925." The publication appears in commemoration 
of the fortieth anniversary of the founding of this house. It is 
dedicated to the memory of "Daniel Collamore Heath, practical 
idealist and maker of good books ; to the authors whose genius and 
labor have made the Heath imprint a guarantee of excellence; to 
the employees who during four decades have served loyally and 
faithfully that the Company might fulfill its mission; and to the 
millions of students and teachers who have found guidance and 
inspiration in Heath books." 

The history of a great publishing house possesses large interest. 
It is the story of one superior personality — the lengthened shadow 
of one man; the tale of authors and their experiences reaching 
out in numberless directions. It suggests that tree whose leaves 
were for the healing of the nation. 

The ideals of the Heath House are thus set forth : ' ' The founder 
of the House of D. C. Heath and Company was a man of high 
ideals of public service ; he was a man also of broad ideas, far in 
advance of his time in his conception of what education should be. 
He believed that a broader, more humane, more inspiring type of 
education than then prevailed was necessary for the social and 

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political stability of the country. He believed that it was the 
duty of the publisher to place in the hands of the teacher books 
that were not only of sound quality, but books that looked toward 
the future, books that livened the dead routine of the schools, 
books that would bring to the schools the larger pui-poses of educa- 
tion and of life. 

"The House of D. C. Heath and Company has consistently en- 
deavored to maintain those ideals of service to the public through 
the publishing of books that would exert a wholesome influence 
on the youth of the country. It has endeavored to contribute to 
the progress of education through placing in the hands of teachers 
the books that would keep them abreast of all advances in educa- 
tional methods. And it has endeavored so to conduct its own busi- 
ness as to inspire and merit the confidence of the great educational 
public in its high ideals and purposes." 

In the history of the company and in the gallery of the direc- 
torate appears the name of Frank F. Hummel, '93, who has served 
as secretary since 1913. Butler College is proud of her son who 
has given such service in such form. She congratulates him upon 
his opportunity and his accomplishment, and wishes him well in 
all his ways. 



Published by the Alumni Association of Butler College, Indianapolis. 

Subscription price, two dollars per year. 

Entered as second-class matter, March 26, 1912, at the post oflBce at Indi- 
anapolis, Indiana, under the Act of March 3, 1879. 

Officers of the Alumni Association — President, Edwin E. Thompson, '00; First 
Vice-President, Elizabeth Bogert Schofield, '09; Second Vice-President, 
Myron Hughel, '17; Treasurer, Charles W. Wilson; appointees, Urith 
Dailey, '17 and Esther Fay Shover, '00. 

Secretary and Editor of the Butler Alumnal Quarterly — Katharine M. 
Graydon, '78. 


Founders ' Day occurs on Sunday, the seventh of February. The 
annual dinner will be held on Saturday evening, the sixth, in the 
Riley room of the Claypool hotel. The address will be made in 
the chapel on Sunday afternoon at three o'clock. It is hoped the 
alumni and friends of the university will join in making this a 
rich, glad day of observance. There are few occasions in the year 
when our alumni are free during the day to attend exercises in 
the old chapel, hence it is hoped there will be an unusually large 
gathering on Sunday afternoon. 


The alumni activities of the past year have surpassed those of 
other years in number and in value. The Alumni Association has 
through its class secretaries brought about the raising of two schol- 
arships, and again for the year 1925-1926 is repeating the good 

The need most patent at present is a larger circulation of the 
Quarterly. There has been an editorial dream, hope, effort, to 
have in the name of the College a worthy connecting link between 
alumni and alma mater, a periodical of high tone which would in- 


224 Butler Alumnal. Quarterly 

terpret the activities of the University to her children, a news 
sheet bristling with news. 

To supply material for the magazine and at the same time to 
raise funds to meet its existence, have been in no wise simple or 
easy. The dream has not yet been realized. Renewed effort, how- 
ever, will soon be made in the desired direction. 

The readers of the Quarterly may not know of an association 
known as The Alumni Magazines Associated, organized for assist- 
ance in the maintenance of alumni magazines by furnishing suffi- 
cient national advertising to help to finance the college periodical. 
It would be well if the Butler Alumnal Quarterly could become 
a member of this association and receive possible help. But to avail 
itself of such assistance the Quarterly must accede to certain make- 
up changes and become a monthly rather than a quarterly publica- 
tion. This may be done, if the alumni are willing. The great diffi- 
culty lies in the demand of a minimum subscription list of 1,000 
members. Now the question arises, why not increase our paying list 
from about 400 to 1,000, or more? The assistance given through 
advertising would so help with enlarging and improving our period- 
ical that it would seem to create a demand from every possible 

Attention is called to the sympathetic reading of all communica- 
tions on this subject sent out, and you are urged to take a personal 
interest in this matter and to help raise the subscription list to at 
least 1,000. 

Another desired activity of the Alumni Association is the estab- 
lishment of regional Butler clubs. That of Chicago is entering 
upon its second year of existence and is proving a success. In this 
issue will be found the secretary's account of the luncheon held 
there on December 12. 

The call goes out to every vicinity in which are several Butler 
students of other days to organize and to have at least one meeting 
a year— more are better — when interest in and affection for the Old 
School may find delightful expression. Is there not some loyal 
alumnus to set such an activity in motion in New York City, in 

Alumni Activities 225 

Washington, in the towns of Indiana ? To such the College would 
gladly lend a helpful hand. 

Apropos of this subject, a writer in the Michigan Alumnus made 
some suggestions for alumni clubs and their possible usefulness 
that may be equally applicable to our own clubs, so we pass them 
on: Why is an alumni club? This is not a catch question, but a 
concise expression of the most vital problem which confronts the 
alumni of the University. What we need is a hitching post, a 
program, a plan of action. Human, interest is the one keynote, the 
subtle bond that is stronger than athletics or building funds or 
once-a-year oratory. To make a beginning, the following proposals 
are laid before the alumni, and it is hoped that other and even 
better planks will be built into the platform as these ideals take 
more definite form. 

1. A club survey of what Michigan men and women are doing 
and their achievements. Few clubs really know their own men. 
Many who are a credit to the institution are obscured by the bril- 
liance of those fortunate enough to be in the public eye. The big 
fellows need no shouting. We want to bring out the' submerged 
talent, especially in our younger members. We need, not a "Who's 
Who," but a ''What is he doing?" The clubs should find room 
on their meeting programs for more of this worthwhile representa- 
tion even at the sacrifice of Rt. Hon. So and So or Uncle Joe's 
reminiscences. A greater incentive would result from printing ex- 
tracts of addresses in the Alumnus for permanent record by the 

2. Definite programs at luncheons and dinners. These need 
thought and planning. They will not take care of themselves, ex- 
cept to become moribund. A graduate group needs inspiration as 
any other. Bring out your men of achievement, who have done 
things. There is an inexhaustible supply of twenty-minute lunch- 
eon talks in any club membership, if properly canvassed. Science 
and the arts, educational, civic, technical, political, and what not. 
These men can furnish a running record of Michigan 's accomplish- 
ments and a tremendous inspiration to the younger element and 

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the newcomers. Bring out the younger men, too. They are bash- 
ful, but may be building bridges over which we all will soon pass 
to better things. The Rotary Club method ought to teach us a 
lesson, and the Boy Scouts, too. 

3. Competitive scholarships among high-school boys. Send one 
or more each year to Michigan, tuition free or transportation free. 
This will equalize Michigan with other distant universities. The 
boys to be chosen on all-around merit only, not alone for physical 
prowess. It should not be merely a scramble for promising ath- 
letes, as has happened. Unless the competition is to be on the high- 
est plane — quality, not quantity — it had better not be undertaken. 
These boys' experiences will be a continual source of inspiration to 
the older man. 


Generous support was given the Butler University financial cam- 
paign during the closing months of 1925. Among the larger spe- 
cific donations to the building fund were $25,000 from Judge Lex 
J. Kirkpatrick, of Kokomo ; $15,000 from Thomas Taggart, of Indi- 
anapolis and French Lick, and $10,000 from A. M. Rosenthal, of 
Indianapolis. In addition to these contributions w-ere received at 
the city office from other sources amounting to $60,000. Near 
the end of the year a check for $28,900 came from the General 
Education Board, this being the board's current payment on its 
pledge to the Butler endowment fund. 

In connection with this gift, Judge Kirkpatrick spoke of the 
importance of supporting an institution that was built upon a 
safe foundation and one that had remained true to its ideals. 
Judge Kirkpatrick is one of the directors of Butler and formerly 
was president of the Indiana State Bar Association. His interest 
in the study of the federal and state constitutions has led him to 
see the dangers that the youth of the land are facing in some insti- 
tutions of higher learning. He is proud that Butler has not 
been swayed by any false notions of radicalism and that the school 

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is as firmly rooted in its beliefs now as it was when it was 

Mr. Taggart expressed pleasure at his opportunity to be one of 
those who are doing something for the new Butler in a material 
way. He looks upon the plans for the university as one of the 
most important things that will happen to Indianapolis for many 
years to come and he is hopeful that the people generally will be 
liberal in their support of the movement. Although not a college 
man himself, Mr. Taggart sees the modern necessity for trained 
men and women and he believes that opportunities for such train- 
ing should be enlarged whenever possible. 

Mr. Rosenthal spoke of the challenge to Indianapolis that was 
contained in the offer of $300,000 to the building fund by William 
G. Irwin and his sister, Mrs. Z. T. Sweeney, of Columbus. Mr. 
Rosenthal believes that if two non-residents of Indianapolis are 
willing to show such liberality in support of Butler, then Indi- 
anapolis should not lag in doing its share of what is needed to 
make the school's financial goal attainable. 

Work of raising money from Disciples of Christ churches in 
different parts of the state, to make possible the Butler College of 
Religion, is going forward satisfactorily. Because of the holiday 
season the campaign was interrupted temporarily, but it now is 
to be carried on with renewed vigor. 

More than half of the boulevard around the new campus site at 
Fairview Park has been graded and paved by the city. Had not 
bad weather interfered most of the work would be done by this 
time. The co-operation of the city authorities has been most help- 
ful in every way. 

Robert Frost Daggett and Thomas Hibben, associate architects, 
are completing their drawings for the new university plant and 
expected to have the plans soon finished. 

The year 1925 was the most successful in Butler's history. This 
is true from various standpoints. Not only did the enrollment 
break all previous records, but more money was pledged and more 
collected than ever before. The outlook for the future is bright. 
John W. Atherton, financial secretary of Butler, realizes perhaps 

228 Butler Alumnal, Quarterly 

better than anyone else the difficulties that must be encountered 
and overcome in raising all of the money vital to the institution's 
needs, but he is confident that the response in the near future will 
be greater than it has been in the past and that there will be no 
faltering in Butler's forward march. 


The football season of 1925 came to a close in the sunny South 
where our Bulldogs not only enjoyed Southern hospitality in 
Louisiana, but also Centenary hostility on the gridiron. Both being 
overcome. The score was 9 to 6. ''Variety is the spice of life": 
eight above zero at Minneapolis to sixty-eight at Shreveport and 
all the rest of the season it was just plain mud — good old Indiana 

Our state honors were never submerged. Five victories, two tie 
games and glorious big league defeats by Illinois and Minnesota. 
That's the record of Captain Lou Reichel's Butler team, the best 
in history. Twenty-one Varsity letters were awarded to following 

Captain Lou Reichel David Konold 

Carter Helton Melvin Puett 

Hiram Hensel Harrison Collier 

Carl Cecil Arthur Black 

George Mulholland Gunnar Thaung . . 

Eobert Keach John Southern 

Robert Nipper Merle Miller 

Gerald Strole John Northam 

Gordon Paul Ralph Hitch 

David Kilgore Francis Fletcher 
Homer Woodling 

Art Black was elected captain for 1926- '27. 
The Freshman squad had a fine season in their two victories 
against Culver Military 19 to and Kentucky State 20-0. Red 

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Fromuth of Ft. Wayne held the Captain 's honors f oUowing the 
annual Freshman-Sophomore tie game. Twenty-two Rhinies were 
rewarded with numeral sweaters. They are as follows: 

Alan Fromuth, Captain Edmund Jones 
Francis Royse Claude Holcomb 
Lynn Wood Gilbert Malone 
Marvin Cochrane Judson Paul 
Harold Meeker Frank Chamness 
Wm. Newell Robert Hanna 
Herman Geisert John McGaughey 
Frank Hedden William Mussman 
Robert Maney David Fately 
George Ely Edwin Anderegg 
Clyde King Wm. Bugg. 

Basketball blues hit the Irvington campus to start the winter 
season. Hal Griggs, Gene Col way and Christopher of last year's 
winners, were out of school. No new gymnasium loomed on the 
horizon. The Winter Garden in Irvington was disbanded for the 
Auto Exposition building at the Fair Grounds and Butler opened 
its home season with a bang when the University of Missouri short 
pass team came North for a three-game series. Butler's 37 to 15 
victory on paper looked considerably better than Purdue's and 
Michigan's score against the Missouri Valley tourists. 

Before the Christmas holidays Butler made the annual invasion 
of the state universities of Illinois and Iowa. Both games were 
thrillers. Our Bulldogs losing only by the closest of margins at 
Illinois 23 to 22, at Iowa on free throws 26 to 24. The month of 
January will see Franklin, Earlham and DePauw playing at the 
Fair Grounds with the state championship title in the balance. 
Wabash will close Butler's season on Friday, February 26th in the 
big game at the Auto Exposition building. In the meantime our 
Bulldogs will invade the North, playing in Michigan, Wisconsin, 
and the University of Chicago. 

The leading Varsity players, who have proved their worth in the 
early season games are Capt. Bob Nipper, Jim Keach, Al Harker, 

230 Butler Alumnal Quaeterly 

Gerry Strole, Bob Wakefield, Archie Chadd, Harold Holz, Willis 
Jackman, Bob Woolgar, Fletcher, Meeks, Summers, Green and 
Tudor. Ex-Captain Wally Middlesworth is working the Varsity 
reserve material and handling interclass games which are becoming 
very popular during the long winter months. Paul Hinkle is again 
handling the Freshman Varsity, fifty candidates reported for trj'- 
outs and are going through an elimination program. The Rhinies 
will be alloAved four outside collegiate games through the month of 


The third meeting of the Butler Alumni Association of Chicago 
was held in Parlor B of the Morrison Hotel, on Saturday, Decem- 
ber 12, at 12 :30 noon. 

Mr. Lawrence Bridge, the president, acted as chairman of the 

Those in attendance were : 

Frances Hill Arms Hope W. Graham 

Lawrence Bridge Edith Habbe Marx 

Clifford H. Browder Dr. Earl McRoberts 

Mable Felt Browder Dr. E. T. Murphy 

Henry Bruner M. C. Naramore 

Mr, and Mrs. Horace Ellis Helen Schell 
John Weaver 

Mr. E. J. F. Marx, husband of Edith Habbe Marx, was a guest 
of the Association. 

Following the luncheon, the report of the secretary-treasurer was 
approved and a letter read from Miss Graydon, who suggested that 
the club plan for a "Butler Day" in connection with the Salon of 
Indiana Artists, to be held at Marshall Field's the week of March 
8-13. The purpose of the Salon was explained in an interesting 
fashion by Mr. John Weaver. It was then voted that we hold 

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our next luncheon, if possible, on Saturday of the week of the Salon 
and that we invite as our guests, Miss Graydon and some Indiana 
artist connected with Butler. The name of Mr. Forsyth was 

Helen Schell and Henry Bruner were named as a committee to 
take charge of the March luncheon. 

The same officers, Mr. Lawrence Bridge, president, and Mable 
Felt Browder, secretary-treasurer, were re-elected for the ensuing 

Following the election of officers, ''In the Shady Winding Paths 
of Classic Irvington" was sung, and with Henry Bruner as cheer 
leader, several yells were lustily given. 

Mable Felt Browder, Secretary. 



Fraternities — 

Butler Association 81.38 

Delta Tau Delta 73.62 

Delta Phi Sigma 73.36 

Lambda Chi Alpha 73.09 

Sigma Chi 71.75 

Tau Kappa Tau 70.54 

Chi Rho Zeta 70.48 

Alpha Rho Delta 70.37 

Phi Delta Theta 70.02 

Entire Student Body 77.99 

Organizations — 

Men 72.89 

Women 82.50 

Sororities — 

Kappa Alpha Theta __ 84.30 

Pi Beta Phi 83.58 

Kappa Kappa Gamma. 83.46 

Delta Gamma 83.41 

Alphi Chi Omega 83.02 

Zeta Tau Alpha 82.48 

Delta Delta Delta 82.13 

Alpha Delta Pi 82.11 

Alpha Delta Theta 81.29 

Delta Zeta 74.34 

Unorganized Students _ 77.71 

232 Butler Alumnal. Quarterly 


The above appellation is the name chosen by undergraduates 
who, upon the evening of December 8, met at the Delta Tau Delta 
House and organized a club to be composed of children of alumni 
and former students of the University, Hence the appropriateness 
of the classical name for Sons and Daughters. The officers chosen 
were: Dan Armstrong, president; Mary Ann Huggins, vice-presi- 
dent; Kathleen Dyer, secretary; Harold Hollingsworth, treasurer; 
Kent Dorman, chairman of publicity ; Miss Katharine M. Graydon, 

After the business portion of the program, Mr. Claris Adams, 
ex- '10, made a delightful talk, then followed a social period. 

The charter members of Liheri are: Dan Armstrong, son of 
Howard H. Armstrong, '06; Marian Barney, daughter of Ennis 
Barney, student in '91 ; Brazier and Kent Beecher, grandsons of 
"William Jasper Thompson, student in '70 ; Margaret Bell, daughter 
of William C. Bell, student in '99; Mezzie Dalton, daughter of 
Charles Test Dalton, '97 ; Kathleen and Rosemary Dyer, daughters 
of John A. Dyer, student in '97- '98 ; Richard Kent Dorman, son of 
Richard Thomas Dorman, student in '66; Elizabeth and Evelyn 
Carpenter, granddaughters of J. Q. Thomas, '71 ; Katharine Jane 
Fillmore, daughter of Charles M. Fillmore, '90 ; Dorothy C. Foster, 
daughter of Guy K. Foster, student in '98 ; Harold Hollingsworth, 
son of A. A. Hollingsworth, student in '96- '98; Mary Ann Hug- 
gins, granddaughter of George W. Huggins, student in '73- '74, and 
daughter of Emmett S. Huggins, '03 and Florence Moore, student 
in '00- '01 ; Katharine Reagan, daughter of Myrtle Van Sickle, '94 ; 
Janet Rioch, daughter of David Rioch, '98; Allan Shimer, son of 
James T. Shimer, '91- '95; Don Sparks, son of Pearl Atchison, 
student in '96- '98 ; Esther Louise Tilford, daughter of Jessie Louise 
Lockhart, '97- '98; Eugene Taylor Underwood, son of Charles E. 
Underwood, '02 ; Leef e Worth, granddaughter of John Young, jfirst 
president of the University. 

Phi Kappa Phi Elections 23^ 


It is the custom of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honorary Society 
to elect members twice a year — in the fall and again in the spring. 
Accordingly, the Butler Chapter elected in November the following 
students from the senior class, whose credits made them eligible. 
Edna Mae Thomas, Janet Rioch, Shailer Bass, John Perry, Irma 
Ulrich, Rebecca Pitts, Thomas Jaleski, Margaret Pihl, Paul Ross, 
Florence Hooper, and Paul Fisk. A formal announcement of their 
election will be made in the near future at a Junior and Senior 
chapel exercise. Their initiation will not take place until in the 
spring. Meanwhile, however, they will be granted the privilege of 
wearing the official badge. 

The Alumni Quarterly felicitates these young people on the 
high standards which they maintained throughout their college 
courses, and which insured their election to an organization of the 
dignity of Phi Kappa Phi. 

The biennial convention of the society was held in Kansas City, 
December 31, in connection with the convention of the American 
Association for the Advancement of Science, with which it is affili- 
ated. Professor Ray C. Friesner, head of the Botany Department, 
acted as delegate for the Butler Chapter. 

The granting of a petition for a chapter at Coe College, Cedar 
Rapids, Iowa, is of especial interest to us at Butler College because 
one of our own members, Maria Leonard, '06, was for a number of 
years Dean of Women there. The installation of the chapter took 
place on December 17, 1925. A message of congratulation was sent 
from the Butler Chapter. 

234 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 


Announcement has been received of the second Hoosier Salon of 
the Daughters of Indiana to be held in the Marshall Field Art 
Galleries, Chicago, March 8-20. 

The Hoosier Salon was the result of a desire on the part of the 
Daughters of Indiana of Chicago to give the public a chance to 
view the growth of Art in Indiana during the past twenty-five 
years. It seemed time for the high-class and worthwhile character 
of Indiana art to be brought to the notice of a large appreciative 
public, only possible in a city like Chicago. 

The Daughters of Indiana and Earlham Alumni of Chicago acted 
as sponsors. The works of one hundred fifty artists were presented, 
and in addition there was a valuable loan collection of historical 
paintings, portraits of famous Hoosiers and cartoons of many 

The exhibit was opened March 9, 1925, with an evening party in 
the Marshall Field and Company Picture Galleries. It was con- 
tinued through March 19. Crowds viewed the pictures every day. 
Special days in charge of the Alumni Associations of Indiana, 
Purdue, DePauw Universities and Earlham College were featured. 

An invitation is now extended to all the artists who are eligible 
to prepare work for the next exhibit, March 8 to 20, 1926. The 
Salon will be sponsored by the Daughters of Indiana, members of 
the Indiana Society and Alumni Associations of the University of 
Indiana and Earlham College. 

It is hoped that to the list of sponsoring Alumni Associations 
there may be added this year that of Butler University. It is also 
hoped that all Butler alumni possible will show their appreciation 
of this movement by their attendance. 

Communications may be made with MRS. C. B. KING, 3256 
Park Avenue, Chicago, Chairman of Art Committee, Daughters of 
Indiana. Mrs. Frank F. Hummel, pleasantly remembered at But- 
ler University, is also member of this committee. 

The Butler Drift 235' 


Butler's 1926 Drift edited by Wilson Daily will be ready for 
distribution about June 1. This year book has several sections 
reserved for alumni news and pictures in addition to other novel- 
ties. One of the features of the Drift is the art work. Daily 
claims that many unique ideas have been worked in the art of his 
book. Pictures of everyone in school are to be included in the 
annual as well as those of the various campus activities. Ralph 
Hitch is business manager. He reports that the Drifts are selling 
better this year then they have ever sold before. 


President and Mrs. Aley left December 10 for a ten-weeks visit 
to California and Hawaii. During his absence Dr. Aley will make 
addresses at several teachers' conventions. 

Mrs. G. H. Shadinger and children have returned home after a 
prolonged stay in Colorado. College and Irvington friends welcome 
them heartily. 

National conventions during the holidays were attended by But- 
ler faculty members as follows : Professor Friesner, delegate from 
the Butler chapter, the Phi Kappa Phi meetings at Kansas City; 
Dean Evelyn Butler, the Modern Language Association in Chicago ; 
Professor J. C. Fucilla, the Romance Language Association in Chi- 
cago ; Professor G. N. Graham, the National Association of Teachers 
of Spanish at Columbus, Ohio. 

Professor H. M. Gelston, head of Latin Department, was elected 
president of the Indiana Inter-collegiate conference at the meeting 
of that organization held Saturday, December 12, at the Claypool 
hotel, Indianapolis. Twenty colleges were represented by faculty 
members and coaches. Mr. Gelston is successor to Professor Old- 
father of Wabash College. 

236. Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

Dean and Mrs. J. W. Putnam spent the Thanksgiving recess with 
their son, Russell C. Putnam, '19, and family at Cleveland where 
Mr. Putnam is instructor in Electrical Engineering at Case School 
of Applied Science. While there they were also the dinner guests 
of Professor and Mrs. John S. Kenyon of Hiram College as were 
also Herman Sheedy, '20, and Lois Blount Sheedy, '20. Professor 
Kenyon was formerly head of the English Department of Butler. 

Mrs. Eugene Fife is the author of a play. We Are Thnee, pub- 
lished in The Drama in October. She also wrote and directed the 
first play, What Is Wrong\f to be produced over the radio, from 
Indianapolis. Mrs. Fife supervised the production of a pageant, 
based on Henry Van Dyke's The Other Wise. Man, for the holiday 
program of the Little Theater Society. 

In The New Republic of December 30 appears in the column 
of '* Correspondence " a communication from Alice Bidwell Wesen- 
berg under title of ''In Justice to Mr. Cummings." The writer 
of the article sets forth in clear form her dissenting reply to a 
criticism in a former issue of this periodical made by Walter Kohn 
upon the recent verse of E. E. Cummings. 

Mrs. Wesenberg is a keen critic. Her opinions are worthy of 
consideration not only for her acquaintance with poetry, but also 
for the fact that she herself is a maker of verse. 

Miss Anna Weaver of the Greek department is spending the year 
at the American School of Athens, whence she writes fascinating 
letters to her friends at Butler. Recently she has said : 

"I attend lectures in German every Saturday on the Acropolis 
and Wednesday at the German School by Dr. Doerpfeldt, the great- 
est living excavator. When Dr. Powers introduced him as such, 
he replied, 'Ach nein, ich habe nur das Gliick gehabt zu graben wo 
etwas war.' 

' ' Saturday I met some strangers on the Acropolis and they asked 
me to translate something a Greek workman said. One of the 
company of four looked strangely familiar. Later I was delighted 
to learn that they were the United States Minister to Turkey during . 

Personal Mention 237 

the war, his wife, and Dr. and Mrs. Harry Emerson Fosdick. They, 
too, were going to Doerpfeldt's lecture, and had been under Mr. 
Miller's escort. Dean Miller asked Dr. Fosdick to preach on Mars 
Hill to the members of the school and he graciously consented; so, 
beneath the oldest cross in the world he gave one of the best ser- 
mons I ever heard — Creative Force. It was an unforgettable ex- 
perience, for the views were entrancing, as Hymettus and Pentel- 
icus were covered with the first snow of the season, and there was 
the first tang of the cold in the air. Dean Miller read the 17th 
chapter of The Acts." 


John Metzger, '25, is teaching English in the Senior high school 
of Tampa, Florida. 

Grover J. Little, ex- '14, is secretary of the Y. M. C. A., of the 
University of Illinois. 

Miss Bessie Power, '08, is teaching Latin in the high school of 
Kendallville, Indiana. 

B. F. Dailey, '87, and Mrs. Dailey are spending the winter in 
San Diego, California. 

Miss Vera Morgan, '19, in January sailed from New York for 
a tour around the world. 

Mrs. 0. O. Carvin (Corinne T. Thrasher, '86) has returned to 
Indianapolis for residence. 

Mrs. Hope W. Graham, '11, is teaching English in the Crane 
Junior College of Chicago. 

Dr. Earl S. McRoberts, '17, came from Chicago to be with his 
family on Christmas Day. 

Henry P. Bruner, '23, now located in Chicago, spent the holidays 
with his parents in Irvington. 

238 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

Gilbert H. Fern, '12, is president of the Missouri Christian Col- 
lege, Camden Point, Missouri. 

Mrs. H. L. Schmalzried (Muriel Bniner, 15) of Wabash, Indi- 
ana, recently visited the College. 

Dr. D. W. Layman, '93, after a prolonged stay in Rochester, Min- 
nesota, is convalescing in Florida. 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Keiser (Helen M. Reed. '12) are located 
in Cleveland Park, Washington, D. C. 

Mrs. Maria Frazee Browning, ex- '82, is spending the winter, as 
for several years, in Orlando, Florida. 

Miss Esther F. Adams, '25, is graduate assistant in Botany and 
Bacteriology at the University of Missouri. 

Murray Mathews, '13, is located at Del Monte, California, where 
he is auditor of the noted Hotel Del Monte. 

Miss Blanche Ryker, '10, during the autumn has been confined 
to her home in Kokomo on account of illness. 

Philip C. Brown, '23, has removed to Portland. Oregon, where 
he is secretary of the Chamber of Commerce. 

Russell C. Putnam, '19, and family of Cleveland, Ohio, spent the 
Christmas holidays with Dean and Mrs. Putnam. 

Miss Hazel Harker, '22, is at her home in Frankfort, Indiana, 
on a year's leave of absence from her work in Japan. 

Mrs. Charles B. Davis ((Maude Martin, '12) spent the holidays 
in Miami, Florida, where Mr. Davis is now located in business. 

Miss Eleanor P. Wheeler, a former student of Indianapolis, is 
teaching English in one of the high schools of New York City. 

Dean J. E. Iddings, head of the School of Agriculture of the 
University of Idaho, visited old Butler College friends in November. 

Mallie J. Murphy, '08, and Mrs. Murphy (Mable Gant, '12) and 
daughter motored from Washington, D. C, to spend the holidays 
in Indianapolis. 

Personal Mention 239 

George A. Schumacher, '25, graduate student in English at the 
University of Virginia, spent the Christmas holidays at his home 
in Indianapolis. 

Thomas E. Hibben of Daggett and Hibben, architects for the 
new College buildings, is spending the winter months in Santa 
Barbara, California. 

Dana H. Richardson, ex- '24, has resigned his pastorate at An- 
derson, Indiana, and taken charge of the Centenary Christian 
Church of Indianapolis. 

Shelley D. Watts, '00, assistant professor of Sociology in Indiana 
University, has been transferred to Indianapolis where he is giving 
social service training courses. 

Emmett S. Huggins, '02, and Mrs. Huggins have gone to St. 
Petersburg, Florida, for the winter where it is hoped Mr. Huggins' 
health will be entirely restored. 

Miss Margaret Bloor, '19, is director of the social service depart- 
ment of the City Hospital of Indianapolis. On her staff of co- 
workers is Miss Maurine Jaquith, '25. 

Miss Cordelia C. Higgins, '18, is connected with the American 
Red Cross work in the United States Veteran's Hospital located at 
Castle Point on the Hudson in New York. 

Miss Maude Nesbit, '15, who since graduation has been in the 
Indianapolis Public Library, has accepted a position in the medical 
department of the New York State Library. 

Miss Esther Fay Shover, '00, teacher of English in the Arsenal 
Technical high school of Indianapolis, has been out of school since 
Thanksgiving on account of the illness of her mother. 

Miss Agnes Tilson, '10, is spending the winter at Columbia 
University where she is working upon her doctorate in education 
and is living with Miss Lora Hussey, '10, who is teaching in New 
York City. 

240 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

Dr. Scott R. Edwards, ex- '09, is director of the Allison Hospital 
of North Miami Beach, Florida. This medical institution was 
erected by James A. Allison, of Indianapolis, at the cost of 

Miss Ruth V. Hunter, '23, is teaching French and Italian in the 
Western College for Women of Oxford, Ohio. Her sister. Miss 
Fern L. Hunter, '23, is teaching English in the high school of Sey- 
mour, Indiana. 

Miss Clara Mclntyre, former instructor in French in the College 
but now of the English Department of the University of Wyoming, 
spent the holidays with Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Howe, '89, and other 
friends in Indianapolis. 

The Katharine Graydon Club was entertained at luncheon by 
Miss Graydon at her home on December 1. For the annual Christ- 
mas party of the Butler Alumnge Club Miss Welling was hostess 
at the Propylaeum on December 26. 

Albert R. Tucker, '15, who has for several years been connected 
with the DuPont Viscoloid Company, of New Jersey, has been re- 
moved to the Indiana territory and is located in Noblesville, In- 
diana, where he has charge of the Pyralin Sheeting Sales. 

Mrs. Morton M. Milford (Florence B. Moffet, '17) has been 
elected president of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Club of Miami, 
Florida, Mrs. A. M. Chamberlain being vice-president. Mrs. Tru- 
man T. Felt (Frances Brubeck, '23) also represents Butler College 
in the membership. 

A playlet, written by Miss Grace McGavran, '19, under title of 
''The Shepherd Who Did Not Go," appeared previous to the Christ- 
mas season. Miss McGavran took her Master 's degree last June in 
the Department of Religious Education of the Boston University, 
where she is continuing her study. 

J. Newton Jessup, '90, of Lafayette, Indiana, writes that plans 
on a largfe scale are going forward for the thirty-sixth anniversary 

Personal Mention 241 

of the class of '90 at the commencemeiit of 1926. There is one 
unusual thing about this class and that is that of a class eighteen, 
all are living at the present time. Correspondence with the mem- 
bers of the class will begin in January with a view of having all 
present in June, 1926. 

Hilton U. Brown, '80, wrote from Shreveport, Louisiana, of the 
Butler-Centenary football game thus: 

Down at Shreveport Butler people came in from all quarters. 
Lt. Hez McKellum, U. S. Flying Corps, flew over from San Antonio 
to the game. Baker, from somewhere in Arkansas, who used to 
play on the team, came down as full of youth and energy as ever. 
Talbert, I think, teaches in the Shreveport schools. Vandegriff, 
whose home is on Hemlock avenue, this city, and who is in the oil 
business in Louisiana, was there full of pep and loyalty. Mark 
and Arch Brown and their families were with us, and several of 
our friends were sworn in as allies and showed all the zeal of con- 
verts. We made quite a respectable showing, all having seats in- 
side the field and beribboned. Of course, also, we were vociferous. 


Lance-Shoemaker. — On May 2, 1925, were married in Alexan- 
dria, Virginia, Mr. John Fesler Lance, ex- '26, and Miss Dorothy 
Shoemaker, ex- '25. Mr. and Mrs. Lance are living in Washington, 
D. C. 

GiPSON-HiTCH. — In August were married Mr. Henry E. Gipson, 
'24, and Miss Doris I. Hitch, '25. Mr. and Mrs. Gipson are at 
home in Indianapolis. 

Dean-Scherer. — On August 14 were married in Indianapolis 
Mr. Russell Jennings Dean, '23, and Miss Selma Scherer. Mr. and 
Mrs. Dean are at home in Indianapolis. 

Hall-Lucas. — On November 4 were married in Frankfort, In- 
diana, Mr. Robert Hall, son of Rev. Thomas A. Hall, '92, and Miss 
Martha Lucas, '24. Mr. and Mrs. Hall are at home in Indianapolis. 

242 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

Stephenson-Stockdale. — On November 4 were married at In- 
dianapolis Mr. D. M. Stephenson and Miss Mildred E. Stockdale, 
'25. Mr. and Mrs. Stephenson are at home in Indianapolis. 

WooDS-BiNFORD. — On November 16 were married in Greenfield, 
Indiana, Mr. Gerald E. Woods, '25, and Miss Marjorie B. Binford. 
Mr. and Mrs. Woods are living in Florida. 

Eppert-Osborne — On November 28 were married in Indian- 
apolis Mr, Marion Randall Eppert and Miss Josephine Osborne, 
'24. Mr. and Mrs. Eppert are at home in Indianapolis. 

Dunbar-Dykes. — On November 29, were married in North Man- 
chester, Indiana, Mr. Willard Parker Dunbar and Miss Irma 
Claire Dykes, '24. Mr. and Mrs. Dunbar are at home in Culver, 

Shortridge-Painter. — On November 30 were married in Indian- 
apolis Mr. Norman Shortridge, ex- '21, and Miss Lillian M. Painter, 
'22. Mr. and Mrs. Shortridge are at home in Indianapolis. 

Steinfeld-McDonald. — On December 24 were married in Berke- 
ley, California, Mr. Lester Albert Steinfeld and Miss Helen Esther 
McDonald, '21. Mr. and Mrs. Steinfeld are at home in Berkeley. 

Manning- Wright. — On December 29 were married in Irvington 
Mr. Frank Leroy Manning and Miss Mabelle Wright, '20. Mr. 
and Mrs. Manning are at home in Swedesboro, New Jersey. 

Births 243 


Badger. — To Mr. Everett Badger, ex- '15, and Mrs. Badger, on 
December 7, in Columbus, Mississippi, a daughter — Joan. 

Barr. — To Mr. Albert Kenneth Barr, '16, and Mrs. Barr in 
Chama, New Mexico, on June 6, a son — William Edgar. 

Bass. — To Mr. Basil N. Bass, '20, and Mrs. Bass in New York on 
October 25, a son — Robert Jordan. 

Buck. — To. Dr. Robert W. Buck, '14, and Mrs. Buck in Boston 
on December 6, a daughter — Margaret Anne. 

Elliott.— To Mr. Donald F. Elliott and Mrs. Elliott (Pauline 
Hoss, '14) on January 13, in Kokomo, Indiana, a daughter — Emily. 

Fry. — To. Mr. Kenneth P. Fry, '20, and Mrs. Fry, in Indian- 
apolis, on January 3, a son — Byron Famsworth. 

Johnson. — To Mr. and Mrs. William Johnson (Mary Roy 
Thomson, '19) in Indianapolis, December 9, a daughter — Mary 

Lyda. — To Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Lyda (Naomi Baker, '20) in 
Indianapolis on November 28, a daughter — Joalyn Rae. 


A birth announcement in the last issue should have read: 
McGavran. — To. Mr. Donald A. McGavran, '20, and Mrs. McGav- 
ran (Mary Elizabeth Howard '22) on June 6 in Naini Tal, India, 
a daughter — Elizabeth Jean. 

244 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 


Clifford. — Miles L. Clifford, '79, died at his home in Tacoma, 
Washington, on December 30, and was buried in that city on 
January 2. 

The above announcement has been made at the College as the 
Quarterly goes to press, so little more than the mere fact can 
be reported of the going of this good man. 

Judge Clifford was a brother of Vincent Clifford 79, of Indian- 
apolis. Each had been a judge of the superior court in his own 
state. Vincent Clift'ord, younger of the two, died several years 
ago. Members of his family still are living in Indianapolis. There 
are also other relatives, including Perry H. Clifford, secretary- 
treasurer of the Lesh Paper Company. Miles Clifford was born in 
Rush county of this state seventy-two years ago. He and his 
brother attended Butler College and were graduated there in 1879 
in the class of Dr. A. W. Brayton, Demarchus C. Brown, Joseph 
B. Kealing and others. After his graduation he read law in this 
city and married Miss lona Woollen. Soon thereafter they moved 
to Tacoma, where they have lived since. More than twenty year.^ 
ago he w^as elected judge of the superior court, and had been re- 
elected repeatedly, serving continuously from the date of his first 
election. His wife and two sons, both of whom are lawyers, sur- 
vive him. 

A letter from Mr. Josephus Peasley, 79, classmate of Judge 
Clifford, says: *'It will surprise you to learn of the death of Miles 
Clifford, of Tacoma, Washington. Do you remember him? He was 
in most of your classes, especially the Greek class under Professor 
John 0. Hopkins, other members being yourself, Mr. Reynolds, 
Mr, Thornton, Miss Janet Moores, Miss Bizzanna O'Connor and 
myself, if I remember rightly. 

''Judge Clifford and I have since those days been inseparable in 
our friendship, and his departure is a shock to me. 

"I write hurriedly to inform you and trust you will make the sad 
news known to the many friends who loved him for his attain- 
ments and sterling character." 

Deaths ^45 

DiTHMER. — Gertrude Woodford Dithmer, ex- '25, died on Decem- 
ber 3 in Indianapolis after a brief illness and was buried in Crown 

Her entire life had been spent in Indianapolis. She had gradu- 
ated from Public School No. 32 and from Shortridge high school. 
The years of 1923 and 1924 she had spent at Butler College, leav- 
ing to take up the study of law. 

Gertrude loved Butler College, holding in high esteem knowledge 
and usefulness. She had ideals of right and wrong, was fearless 
in her own convictions, conscientious in her work, and in nowise 
considerate of the labor she placed upon that work so that it be 
well done. Her highest desire was to be of assistance to people who 
had been given less than she had been given. At the time of her 
death she was assistant to Judge William Remy, prosecutor of 
Marion County. 

Gilbert. — On December 2 died in Oakland, California, Mrs. Q. 
0. Gilbert (Margaret Crockett, ex- 17). The husband and a six- 
year-old son survive. 

Little has been known at College of Margaret Crockett since she 
left to be married — an occasional letter telling of her happiness, a 
Christmas card expressing a loving remembrance, then silence — 
now the Great Silence. She was a beautiful character and her 
memory in some recitation rooms is as fragrant as violets. She wa>i 
needed here; her taking would intimate she was needed more else- 

Myers. — Rev. John Peter Myers, who received his Master's de- 
gree from Butler College in 1903, died in Lantana, Florida, on 
November 22. He is survived by his widow and four children. 

Ryker. — Blanche Avon Ryker, '10, died in Kokomo, Indiana, on 
January 25, and was buried on the 27th in the cemetery of Nor- 
manda. The Quarterly extends its tender sympathy to the mother 
and sister. With Shakespeare's stricken king it too cries, 
' ' Oh,. Cordelia, Cordelia ! Stay a little ! ' ' 

Born and reared in the Normanda neighborhood, Miss Ryker 
from early girlhood revealed a mind of exceptional quality and 

246 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

evihced the enthusiasm of the boni student. Completing her work 
in the public schools, she entered Butler College. There she imme- 
diately became an outstanding student, her work being marked not 
only by conscientious endeavor but real brilliance. 

In the autumn of 1910, Miss Ryker began service in the English 
department of the Kokomo high school. The period of her con- 
nection with the school was fifteen years. For the last ten years 
she had been the head of the department. Of the quality of her 
work only praise can be uttered. Admirably grounded in the study 
in which she specialized, she carried forward her teaching with 
an ardent love for it, imparting to her classes something of her 
own enthusiasm and maintaining her department at as high a 
standard as can be claimed for any high school in the state. 

With her fine mental gifts and special aptitude for teaching was 
coupled a personality that was at once gracious, charming and 
beautiful. She was ever a radiant presence, a lovable figure. No 
one of the hundreds of young men and women who caught inspira- 
tion from her precept and example, but will have a keen sense of 
personal loss in the knowledge that she is no more. Not one of 
them but will carry her image among the most precious of mem- 
ory's keepsakes as long as life shall last. 

Something of the zeal of Miss Ryker as a student is revealed by 
the fact that she had supplemented her fine foundation laid in 
Butler with a post-graduate course in Columbia university, New 
York, from which institution she received a Master of Arts degree 
in 1923. Two years ago she was called back to Butler to be made 
a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honorary fraternity. 

The above excerpt is taken from the Kokomo Tribune of January 
25, as also the following editorial appreciation in which sentiment 
the class of 1910 and all Butler College friends feelingly partici- 

To the entire high school circle of Kokomo and to all others who 
knew her, the death of Miss Blanche Ryker, head of the depart- 
ment of English, has brought the shadow of a great sorrow and the 
pain of a personal bereavement. 

Deaths 247 

Stricken four months ago in the full flower of her fine woman- 
hood, destined to the anguish of a torturing illness, failing gradu- 
ally and finally falling, her passing leaves every acquaintance under 
the bewilderment of a dismaying mystery. 

Why should such an one, in whom there was so much of the 
goodness and helpfulness and wisdom and worth that this sad old 
world so sorely needs, be taken so early in her usefulness and 
through so agonizing an illness ? Before the query we stand singu- 
larly puzzled, hopelessly perplexed. No philosophy quite serves to 
clear the question. 

One thing, however, we know well. We know that something of 
the superlative fineness of her character, something of the irresisti- 
ble winsomeness of her womanhood, something of the inescapable 
charm of her presence, will abide with all with whom she served and 
with all to whom she so wisely and well gave guidance, as long as 
memory lasts. The influence of such a life is never lost. All unsus- 
pectedly it will flower over and over again in the far years of the 
future, in the lives of those whom her life has beautified and 

As for the rest of the mystery, we can only await its unfolding 
beyond the portals through which she has passed. Right well it 
will become us if we can meet the issue, whatever it may be, with 
as fine a readiness, as beautiful a patience and as serene a faith as 
did she. 

Sellers. — Rev. William Taylor Sellers, '75, died at the age of 
seventy-six years at his home in Indianapolis on November 15, and 
was buried in Franklin, Indiana. He is survived by his widow 
and three children, six brothers and three sisters. 

Mr. Sellers was widely known throughout Indiana in the circle 
of the Disciples of Christ Church, having held pastorates in Edin- 
burg, Scottsburg, Brazil, as well as several in Kansas. 

248 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 


In the last issue of the Quakterly attention of the alumni was called to 
the suggestion made last June of changing the date of Founders' Day from 
February 7 to November 1. The occasion being a day of alumni observance, 
it was thought the alumni might be interested in the movement, and expres- 
sion was called for this number. One reply has come in so sanely appreciative 
of the situation, so loyal to the spirit of the College, that it is herewith 

Irene B. Hunt. '10: 

January 3, 1926, Spokane, Washington. 

The last Quarterly urges alumni to send their opinions coneern- 
mg the proposed change of Founders' Day date. I wish to give 
mine for what it is worth. 

Founders' Day, whether February 7 or November 1, should pre- 
sent a single issue, it seems to me. A division of interests on either 
date in order to secure larger gatherings can but weaken the 
cause — to keep alight the flame of remembrance of the founders. 
As Thanksgiving has lost some of its significance to the young gen- 
eration, so will Founders' Day lose some measure of its meaning 
in years to come, if we try to observe in one day two distinct reasons 
for celebration. Each cauvse is so worthy in itself, why weaken both 
by joining them? Shall we not only be trying to achieve unity 
of thought in one day when by the very nature of the two ideas 
our thoughts are divided? The idea of Founders' Day is the 
honoring of those now gone or no longer active in the life of Butler 
College; that of Home-coming Day is the joyous reunion of the 
living and the rencAval of youthful interests in that most thrilling 
sport — football. Each cause is sufficient in itself to justify its 
own particular day. Surely a great institution like Butler College 
can have two annual days equally worthy of observance ! 

I realize I am speaking from theory more than those may who 
attend one or both days each year. My location on the Pacific 
coast makes attendance impossible ; so, really those Avho can and 
do attend should decide the important matter. However, I feel 
that we should think of the future attitude of the younger people 
toward the founders. At present they perhaps hear, sometimes, 

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speakers who knew personally those honored by the day. In a 
few years, students mil hear of these persons only by tradition. 
If they hear the names in November on a day when their minds 
are already much engaged with more immediate issues, I doubt 
if they feel much reality attaching to Butler 's roll of honor of early 
leaders. I love football games. I also love Founders' Day and 
am thankful that I learned to respect the idea back of the occasion 
made year after year so beautiful at my Alma Mater. But I do 
not wish to see the two occasions united. ' ' 


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Butler University 



1925 Drift Wins Cup 

Best Annual in Country 

Last year's annual of Butler College was award- 
ed the loving cup for the best college year book 
in the country by the National Arts Craft Guild. 

1^26 Drift Improved 

The editors of the 1926 Drift are doing every- 
thing possible to put out the best annual in 
the history of the school. Many features have 
been added to this year's book. 

hit er est to Alumni 

The book will include complete accounts of the 
school activities for the past year, besides some 
special news and pictures of Butler alumni. 

Price Reduced 

. - . The price of the book this year has been re- 
duced to $3.50. The 1925 Drift sold for I5.00. 
- A much larger circulation has made this price 

Order a Drift Now 

Anyone desiring a book is requested to send 
check now to 

RALPH HITCH, Business Manager 
2 JO Downey Avenue 

The books will be circulated about June i, 1926. 

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