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THE BUTLER 

ALUMNAL 
QUARTERLY 




APRIL, 1927 



INDIANAPOLIS 



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



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Harry S. New 
Postmaster-General of the United States 



CONTENTS 

Founders' Day Address Hon. Harry S. New 

Founders ' Day Dinner Talks . . Messrs. Nicholson, Dearing, New 

William H. Wiley A Friend 

A Greek Vase Henry M. Gelston 

Concerning Dr. Schliemann The Editor 

A Prophecy Penelope V. Kern 

College News — 
Editorial 

The Chicago Luncheon 
The Woman's League Accomplishment 
From the City Office 
Around the Campus 
Athletics 

The Varsity Debating Teams 
A Beloved Alumna 
Commencement Program 
Alumni Luncheons 
Personal Mention 
Marriages 
Births 
Deaths 

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THE BUTLEB ALUMNAL QUARTERLY 

Vol. XVI - /7 April, 1927 No. 1 

Katharine Merrill Graydon, '78 Editor 

George Alexander Schumacher, '25 Business Manager 

Published four times a year, in October, January, April, July. Annual sub- 
scription, $2.00; single copies, 50 cents. Cheeks, drafts, etc., should be 
made payable to The Butler Alumnal Quarterly. 

Published by The Butler University Alumni Association. 

Printed by The William Mitchell Printing Company, Greenfield, Indiana. 



FOUNDERS' DAY 

CONFERRAL OF DEGREE 

Dean James William Putnam : Mr. President, I have the 
honor to present to you the Honorable Harry S. New, Postmaster- 
General of the United States, that you may confer upon him the 
honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. 

Peesident Robert Judson Aley : Harry S. New, native of this 
city, educated in our public schools, a well-remembered student of 
Butler University, for the twenty-five years following occupying 
positions on the Indianapolis Journal, for four years member of 
the Indiana State Senate, for six years member of the United 
States Senate, and for the past four years Postmaster- General of 
the United States, a citizen and a friend absolutely dependable: 
It gives me great pleasure to carry out the wish of the Board of 
Directors of Butler University and at this time by virtue of the 
authority vested in me by the Board of Directors of the institution 
to confer upon you the degree of Doctor of Laws, with all the 
rights, privileges and duties appertaining thereto. 

I now have the pleasure of introducing Doctor Harry S. New, 
who will make the address of the morning. 

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Postmaster-General New: President Aley, members of the 
faculty, students of Butler University, friends of the institution: 
It is with great pleasure and the highest degree of satisfaction that 
I am here this morning. I find that my feet have not forgotten 
the paths they trod just fifty years ago when I was a student upon 
this campus. I esteem it, Mr. President, one of the greatest honors 
that have come to me that at the end of fifty years Butler Uni- 
versity has found it possible to confer upon me this eminent dis- 
tinction. 

THE ADDRESS 

The eyes of the oncoming generation are turned toward the 
future, along the broad avenues that lead to the tomorrows. The 
realization of ambitions, the fulfillment of the dreams of youth, all 
lie in that direction. It is the way of life and is right, for other- 
wise there would be no progress. And yet it is becoming of us 
to pause at appropriate intervals that we may look back over the 
road we have traveled and make appropriate acknowledgment to 
those who have helped us on our way. There are those to whom 
our gratitude is due, men and women whose self-denial, frugal 
thrift, and generous benevolences have made a prosperous present 
a fact and an even more glorious future a possibility. I like to 
feel that the earlier generations of Americans were wiser and 
better than their contemporaries in other lands. In fact, I like to 
believe and do believe that in the quality of their citizenship they 
were unsurpassed. They stand unequalled in any like period of 
man's progress. 

Whatever we Americans may make of ourselves hereafter, it is 
certainly true that in the earlier and formative days there lived 
in this then new countrj^ men who have never been surpassed in 
strength of character, breadth of vision and ability to plan for 
the future. Not all of them became famous, many of them were 
unknown beyond the limits of their own communities, but they 
were strong in character, resolute in purpose and notably mind- 
ful of the interests and welfare of the generations to come. 

As American citizens we have set aside national holidays that 
on them we may honor the memory of those who established on the 



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firm foundation of our Constitution the best system ever yet 
devised for the self-imposed government of free men. Let us 
observe those anniversaries in a spirit of national thanksgiving and 
on each recurring occasion renew our determination that the 
fruits of the wisdom of the founding fathers shall not be allowed 
to perish; that the sacrifices of those who gave us a country and 
those who later saved it to us may not have been in vain. We may 
be pardoned if a sense of great national pride influences our 
judgment somewhat, but I believe that there never at one time 
existed a coterie of an equal number of men of as great intellectual 
capacity or of as beneficent character as those of the earlier 
generations of Americans. 

It is natural and proper that upon this occasion our thoughts 
should dwell rather upon those from whom we are most directly 
descended, those whose lives had an intimate bearing upon our 
own present. The men who a century ago crossed the Alleghenies 
and the Blue Ridge, who in the span of a single human life trans- 
formed the unbroken forests and the boundless prairies of a 
wilderness into the granary of the world and established therein 
its greatest workshops, were not of a race of weaklings. They were 
stalwarts of the best type of the early American citizen. They 
knew but one fear and that the fear of God. 

Hard as were the conditions under which they lived and grew, 
great figures emerged from the cabins in the clearings. From 
behind their doors came barefooted boys in homespun who were 
later officially to represent their country as ambassadors to the 
most polished courts of Europe. From them there came forth 
future presidents of the United States. Men who were to become 
skilled in the arts, eminent scientists, great lawyers, healers, 
preachers, first saw the light as it streamed through the chinks 
in the walls of those cabins. From one of the most obscure among 
them emerged Abraham Lincoln. As a whole they were self- 
reliant, independent, jealous of the preservation of their own rights 
and scrupulous in the observance of the rights of others. 

One feature common to the citizens of that day stands out in 
my mind with great prominence and that was their sense of duty 
to the communities of which they were themselves a part. I be- 



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lieve they came nearer meeting the ideals of the relation the citizen 
should bear to the State than the men of any other period in 
history. They never lost sight of and never shirked the perform- 
ance of their duties to the public. They were mindful of their 
obligations to their contemporaries and those who were to follow. 
As towns sprang up and cities grew, the men of greatest prom- 
inence, recognized highest mental qualifications and most sub- 
stantial means were chosen to fill the local offices, especially those 
of administrative character. In the rural communities they were 
the peace officers, the " 'squires," serving in such capacity only 
from determination that the laws should be enforced. The 
scramble for local political spoils had happily not yet arisen. The 
men who served as members of the town councils, the local school 
boards, and who passed upon the fiscal and educational affairs of 
the communities were the leading citizens. If any salary attached 
to these places it was merely nominal and the citizen served in 
response to public demand for no other recompense than that 
which comes from a knowledge of duty well performed. 

What better instance may I cite in illustration of the thought 
I would convey than to remind you that Benjamin Harrison, later 
to become President of the United States, Albert G. Porter, after- 
wards Governor of Indiana, and Byron K. Elliott, who became 
Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, served as duly ap- 
pointed legal advisors of the then small town of Indianapolis? 

Many of the characters of the earlier days of the period were 
most attractively picturesque. Many became notable figures in 
every line of progress and development. The churchman and the 
educator were welcome to what cheer the settler could afford. The 
circuit rider of that day traveled from one small settlement to an- 
other over trails not much less obscure and difficult than those 
pursued by the Jesuit missionaries of an earlier period and by the 
influence of their ministrations molded the thought and practices 
of the time. Moniunents have been rightfully built to the Cart- 
wrights, the Asburys and others who wore the cloth, and who 
traveled horseback through the forests carrying their wardrobe 
and their commissary in saddlebags and preaching the gospel to 
their woodland audiences. 



The Address '^ 

Henry Ward Beecher gained his first prominence in the region, 
and primitive as were conditions, elementary as were the earlier 
schools, even educators who have left their impress upon the edu- 
cational facilities happily afforded us — men like Caleb Mills and 
Horace Mann — lived and moved among the people, instilling 
knowledge, softening the crudities of the frontier and contributing 
mightily to the intellectual culture of those they served. Alex- 
ander Campbell found the people to his liking and so ably preached 
and taught the faith to which he held as to attract a following 
which stills venerates his name. He contributed no less notably 
to the field of education and spread the word from which ger- 
minated Bethany, which he founded, Butler and other institutions 
for the education of youth. 

The great spirit of our national development in all times has 
been that of the pioneer. That divine urge that transformed the 
wilderness into great commonwealths of civilization, inspired the 
footsteps of our forefathers and will accompany those of their 
descendants. In this spirit was Butler College conceived in the 
minds of its founders. 

To this generation was born Ovid Butler, whose memory we 
would this day especially honor. The period of his life may be 
said to have run contemporaneously with it. A native of Oneida 
County, New York, where he was born in 1801, he came sixteen 
years later to Indiana with his pioneer father. The State had just 
been admitted to the Union. It is difficult even for the oldest 
among us to envisage the Indiana of a century ago. His part in 
the common life of the community was like that of other young 
men, full of hardship and struggle, though blessed with achieve- 
ment in a greater degree than the average. Schools were few and 
their terms brief, but he made the most of the opportunities af- 
forded for education. With the acquirement of such learning as 
books within his reach imparted, he became the country school- 
teacher and ultimately a lawyer, in which profession he soon took 
high rank. He formed a partnership with one of the foremost 
figures of early Indiana history, Calvin Fletcher, with whom he 
continued for many years in the practice of the law. It is said 
of him that he especially distinguished himself in chancery prac- 



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tice, which of itself indicates a soul imbued with a sense of fair- 
ness, justice and equity. Do we not find in these characteristics 
some principal sources of the broadmindedness, of the recognition 
of equal rights, and of the vision which molded his conception of 
what in later life he wished this institution to be ? This and other 
colleges of the Middle West were the projects of the pioneers and 
expressed the deep convictions which so characterized those 
sterling spirits. This is patent in the character of most of them 
and especially so in this one. Not only was it inspired by love of 
education but that education was to be associated with the fine 
Christian spirit. These Avere the expressions of the ideals, the 
hopes, the convictions and faiths of those people and laid the 
foundation for the great system of our public education. They 
were a worshipful people, with the ideal of a church on every hill 
and a schoolhouse in every valley. 

In an address delivered in New York less than a year ago the 
Honorable Henri Berenger, then Ambassador to the United States 
from France, said: "Without instruction liberty is not possible 
and without education morality is not possible." Mr. Butler and 
his associates realized this more than seventy years before our 
distinguished visitor gave utterance to the thought and their belief 
influenced them toward the founding of this school. 

Seventy-two years ago this college began its service. To it was 
first given the name of the Northwestern Christian Univei*sity, 
which in later years, in honor of its principal founder, was changed 
to Butler University and later still to Butler College. We must 
pause in admiration of the vision of the founder as expressed in 
the objects and purposes of the incorporation, the charter for 
which he wrote. Here we find not only a commitment to education 
and learning but one to the inculcation of Christian spirit and 
morality on a liberal and enlightened foundation. This proved to 
be not a mere verbal declaration but was made vital and effective 
by the attitude of the institution for freedom of liberal education 
and the equal privilege and opportunity for both men and women. 
Not only was it among the first of colleges to admit students of 
both sexes but its forward steps in liberal education were early 
marked by the abandonment of the old rigid coui-ses of studv and 



The Address 9 

the adoption of the policy permitting students to select the sub- 
jects best suited to their respective needs. A law class was main- 
tained in the college from the first and a law school was astablished 
as a separate department as early as 1870. It was the first to 
establish an English department in an Indiana college and the 
first person to hold the chair was the second woman to hold a 
position on the faculty of an American college. That woman was 
Catharine Merrill, whose name we all honor, and which will be 
known to every student and friend of Butler throughout the years 
to come. 

It has been said of Mr. Butler, and truly, that he played a con- 
spicuous part in the life of this institution but would not himself 
wish to be considered the only founder. He was too unselfish for 
that. It was his wish that all who have been concerned in the 
making should also be included in the list to be honored and so we 
do this day include them in the tribute we would pay. It is true in 
the broad and constructive sense that all of these were but the first 
of a long line of devoted souls who together with others of more 
recent times have enabled us to maintain and perpetuate the work 
of the founders, for there are men still living and others but 
recently passed away who have earned and have the everlasting 
gratitude of the friends of this institution. 

In all this reminiscence in a review of the pageant of eloquent 
facts and events in the history of Butler College, and of the men 
and women who have woven the best of their lives into its character 
and attainments, I am impressed most deeply by this truth, that it 
was not merely for learning, not merely for education in the com- 
mon sense, but it was for the building of character that their life 
work was conspicuously devoted. It should be the effort, the 
prime purpose, of every institution of learning to devote its best 
efforts to that most essential of all things, the turning of the 
thoughts of youth into right channels and to the proper molding 
of human character. Of learning we may have much, but what 
shall it avail if it be not the accomplishment that embellishes and 
serves the expression of high character, and how shall culture come 
if not in this manner? Therefore, the outstanding fact in this 
retrospect to me is that we can not appraise the true worth of this 



10 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

institution and its founders without giving first consideration to 
their influence in character building. How far that influence 
shall extend no man may say. Such a retrospect should not 
diminish our appreciation of our present or dim our vision of the 
future. What our institution has stood for in the past it exem- 
plifies in the present and these must be our guarantees, the 
charter rights for the future. It is not too much to hope that as 
it has represented cultural instruction in the past Butler will con- 
tinue such a course in the future amid so many conflicting aims 
in education. 

Butler owes a debt of gratitude to so long a list of friends who 
have in different forms and varying degrees helped it on its suc- 
cessful way that I hesitate to mention names, and shall not. By 
their zeal and generosity, both of effort and money, they have 
supported the institution through its past struggles and have pro- 
vided for its future in a liberal manner. All honor to them. 

I knew Mr. Butler. Perhaps I should qualify that by saying 
instead that I remember him, I met him often, generally at the 
old Central Christian Church, of which he was a devoted member 
and regular attendant. The great disparity in our ages naturally 
militated against anything more intimate than a passing acquaint- 
ance for at the time of his death I was but barely grown, but his 
was so impressive a figure, his appearance so notable, that I can 
still see him, patriarch that he was, as he lingered to greet friends 
at the church door after service or sat upon the porch of his house, 
but a short distance from the site which he had originally deeded 
to the college for its home. From the lips of his granddaughter, 
Mrs. John M. Judah, I have heard a story that so typifies the 
character of the man that I feel it is singularly appropriate that 
it be told here : Mr. Butler's life was nearing its close, his race was 
almost run. It was his custom in the closing years to receive on his 
birthday anniversary the members of his immediate family and their 
descendants. The number had grown with the advent of children, 
grandchildren and great-grandchildren until the family assembled 
at the fine old homestead on these recurring birthdays formed a 
large gathering. Reversing the usual custom, to each he gave 



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some simple gift, for to the last he held that it was more blessed 
to give than to receive. On his eightieth birthday, a few 
months before he died, this kindly, lovable, but feeble old man, 
sat in his comfortable library and like a patriarch of ancient times 
received the homage of his devoted descendants. They came in 
small relays in order that they might not weary the venerable 
old man with too many at a time but they all came even down to 
the youngest. As the visitors looked into his handsome, smooth- 
shaven face, out of which peered his keen gray eyes and above 
which rested his crown of white hair, each one gave him some 
word of greeting, took his gift and received his good wishes and 
his blessing. Among the number were two little black-eyed great- 
grandsons. They were about eight years old, alert and impulsive 
as children are wont to be, but probably a little timid by the 
character of the occasion. But the gentle manner of this sweet 
old man put them at their ease and, answering his questions, they 
told him their names and their ages, and as they turned to leave 
the old man called them back and said, "I want to leave with you 
a thought for we may not meet again. You are eight ; I am eighty, 
ten times as old as you. There are many things I might tell you 
that would help you, but I shall say but one thing because I want 
you to remember it. It is this : Try every day of your lives to 
make the road easier for those that come after you." This was 
but a short time before he passed away. ''Then Abraham gave 
up the ghost and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of 
years ; and was gathered to his people. ' ' 

That last message to the little boys expressed the whole spirit 
in which Ovid Butler lived and died. It embodies all that is 
finest in philosophy. It was the spirit in which he did his notable 
part in the founding of this institution. Let us feel that there were 
more in his audience than the two little grandsons, that the mes- 
sage was not limited to them, but that it was meant for everyone 
of us. What better heritage could the founder have left to those 
who were as students to reap the fruits of his work? What better 
precept for our reflection and observance? What better as a 
motto and watchword? It was his last thought so far as we know. 
If that thought expressed in that wonderful way by this grand old 



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man shall find a lodgment in human hearts and influence them to 
its observance, Ovid Butler will not have lived in vain. 

THE DINNER 

President Aley : The other day going through a vault out at 
Butler we found a diploma rolled up and on examining it saw 
it had been there for twenty-five years. We thought there would 
be no better way of disposing of that diploma than to give it to 
the man upon whom it was conferred twenty-five years ago. Now 
there was nothing in the vault to tell whether or not it was held 
because — we do not know anything about that, but I am sure after 
you have heard the speech you will feel that he has paid any debt 
that he owed to Butler. So, Meredith Nicholson, I take pleasure 
in placing in your hands the long delayed diploma. It is signed 
by Scot Butler, who was then President of Butler College, and by 
all the other officers of that day. 

Ladies and gentlemen, I now have pleasure in introducing to 
you Mr. Meredith Nicholson, alumnus of Butler College, who will 
speak to you. 

Mr. Nicholson: Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen: I think 
there is something deeper than any difficulty about financial 
arrangement that accounts for this delay about my diploma. I 
think they have been holding out on me to see if I went to jail. 

I am very proud indeed to be here on an occasion that brings to 
our city my old and dear friend, the Honorable Harry S. New. I 
think perhaps the Trustees — little as I like to criticise them for 
an act prompted by the finest spirit — I think they erred in 
bestowing upon the Postmaster-General the degree of Doctor of 
Laws, for it does seem to me that the degree of Doctor of Letters 
would have been more fitting, much more fitting indeed to one 
who certainly is our most eminent man of letters. 

This is a very handsome and distinguished company, and I am 
impressed greatly by the appearance here of so many of my old 
comrades and friends who, I have a sneaking idea, are grinning to 
themselves at seeing me twenty-five years late getting out of 
college. It is a pleasure as I glance about to see such grand old 



The Dinner 13 

Romans as Mr. Perry Clifford. We used to go sledding together 
and took part in all kinds of games over in the west end. And 
over there by the door I see the Honorable Arthur V. Brown with 
his Mona Lisa smile ! In the long ago when I was a reporter and 
he was deputy prosecuting attorney he was keen for sending 
sinners to the penitentiary. You would not believe it to see him 
now, with his benevolent air and kindliness toward all mankind. 
And I see another grand old Roman, my friend the Honorable 
Ralph Lemcke. Mr. Lemcke is in a very appropriate atmosphere 
in being among us collegians, because he broke the record by taking 
the four-year course at Princeton University in three weeks. I 
must say, however, that his retirement was not under compulsion, 
except the compulsion of his patriotism, because he ran away and 
enlisted in the American Navy to fight the Spaniard and was 
stationed on a receiving ship in New York Harbor right jam up 
against the windows of the morgue of Bellevue Hospital and never 
saw the war at all! 

It may be a surprise to most of you that I had at one time in 
my life considerable connection with Butler College. You may 
not know this but by trade I am a stenographer and away back 
there when I was about eighteen, I was employed in the law office 
of William and Lew Wallace, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, on 
the second floor o£ the Odd Fellows Building, and Butler College 
affairs were largely transacted in that office. I think there were 
very few of the members of the church that Butler College repre- 
sents who did not at some time or other come into Mr. Wallace's 
office. Away back in that time when my recollection of the city 
began to take form, I remember one man who made a very great 
impression upon me, a man who was long connected with North- 
western University and later on with Butler College, Samuel K. 
Hoshour. I did not know him very well, but I admired him as a 
boy admires an older man. He was a fine scholar, he was a man 
who had absorbed the classics and who made the old writers living 
people. My acquaintance with him was due more particularly to 
the fact that in the 40 's some time he and my Grandfather 
Meredith conducted a newspaper at Centerville in Wayne County, 
which was then the county seat. Dr. Hoshour had conducted at 



14 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

Centerville a preparatory school in which he had some very dis- 
tinguished students, men who in after life took high place, and 
among them was Oliver P. Morton and General Lew Wallace. 
Hoshour is a name to be honored by all Butlerites. 

My duties in that office were somewhat those of an office boy. 
I would not have you think that I attained the dignity of a law 
student, because between times when I was not copying papers or 
running errands, I was trying to write poetry, and the first time 
I ever got any money for anything I wrote was for a poem pro- 
duced in that office, and for the first short story, too. I remem- 
ber that poem with particular pleasure, because I got three dollars 
for it. But into that office came the trustees and the president 
and the board of directors, and among them was the Reverend 
Barzillai M. Blount. I had at that time, perhaps even more than 
now, a rather romantic way of looking at things, and to me Blount, 
with his long beard, illustrated very happily what the old Hebrew 
prophets must have looked like. At one time I was sent out to 
find him with some papers to sign, and I roamed all over Irving- 
ton — which has always been Cambridge to the Boston of Indian- 
apolis — but I could not find Mr. Blount anywhere about the 
college. Finally I found him out in a hay field, bending to the 
scythe and getting in his hay, and this gave me a most exalted 
opinion of the academic life. Here was a college president who 
was not afraid to work; — certainly as remarkable as finding 
Cincinnatus at the plow was the finding of Barzillai Blount bend- 
ing over the scythe under a hot August sun. 

Another man for whom I held a great affection was Scot Butler, 
I remember at first I did not quite make him out, because he 
seemed to be a little bit different. He would come to the office, 
and if Mr. Wallace was not readily accessible, he would stand at 
the window and look down upon Washington Street, and whistle 
the most doleful tune I ever heard. Scot Butler, a man of cheer- 
ful yesterdays and confident tomorrows. I knew him a long time 
before I found he had been a soldier in the army of Abraham 
Lincoln. 

Another scholar who was long connected with Butler College, 
one who was most helpful to me and indeed an inspiration, was 



The Dinner 15 

my good friend Demarchus Brown. Here was a man who truly 
lived the scholarly life. I never asked him a question on any sub- 
ject that I did not get a satisfactory answer. He served the people 
of Indiana splendidly and was poorly rewarded for it, as State 
Librarian. I used to call him on the telephone sometimes and ask 
him a question, and like the true scholar, if he did not know, he 
would say he did not know, but usually he knew, and if he did 
not he knew where to get what I wanted. Like Homer's Egyptius, 
he knew ten thousand things. 

These young people present, I would not say they look bored, 
but they look worried, to think anybody is dipping so far in the 
past, so I will talk to them a little bit. You know — I hope you do 
not know — that there is a great deal of talk going on in the world 
about young people, some claiming that they are indifferent and 
irreverent and all that sort of thing, but young ladies and gentle- 
men, I want to say to you that it is my belief, if I know these 
people here, that we do not have that kind of ideas about you. 
We are for you. Almost any day we can find some illustration, 
something that disproves what is being said about the terrible 
plight to which our young people have come. Not so long ago, 
within the year, it was my privilege to speak to the women stu- 
dents of Butler College, and afterwards I was asked to a sorority 
house where I had one of the pleasantest hours I have ever spent 
in my life. I was most charmingly entertained and most pleasingly 
fed, if it comes to that, by these girls. There was a pledge, a very 
attractive little pledge, waiting on the table. I did not know 
much about the pledge business, but I thought I would like to 
meet this very pleasant waitress, and I asked her name, and found 
it to be Jane Campbell. Well, now, I have Scotch blood, and 
Jane Campbell! — that name hit me hard, and I said to myself — 
here is a girl you are going to hear something about some day. I 
did not have to wait long. One morning, reading the newspaper, 
and trying to skip all about the Brownings and Peaches — you 
know I think that business has killed Robert Browning's poems, 
and as for myself, I shall never eat another peach! But in the 
newspaper one morning after this nice luncheon, sure enough Jane 
Campbell had done something. She had gone down into Pleasant 



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Run and pulled a man out of the ice where he was about to drown, 
and I said to myself — there is some evidence on the other side 
about our young folks. I congratulate Butler College on having 
a girl of that spirit, and I know they are all the same kind. In 
this town only a little while ago we had the instance of the Brad- 
ley boy, who, when a boy friend was drowning in Fall Creek, said 
to another boy, who was going in to try to save him, " I am lighter 
than you, let me go," and Bradley died trying to rescue his com- 
rade. That is the stuff that we like to see, and there is plenty of 
it. I would think it a very sad thing if the young people nowadays 
got the idea that they were in a cynical world, a wicked world, 
because things are not as bad as the pessimists make out. 

There is nothing we talk about so easily and so confidently as 
education. Once, to show you the extent of my indiscretion, 1 
wrote an article that was printed in a respectable and high priced 
magazine in which I took the ground that the teaching of grammar 
should be abandoned. Well, I was sort o' kidding about it. I 
never had known any grammar myself, and I had an idea that if 
you learn good poetry and good prose, that will serve better than 
rules. I had some fun with this idea, but I had to burn my mail 
for a while, because I could not read it all. I think half the school 
teachers in America wrote to tell me that I was wrong. But you 
are not always the only nut on the tree, and I was delighted to 
receive a letter from a teacher of a high school in Minnesota, who 
told me that I was exactly right, that he had been practicing my 
scheme for twenty years. 

Now, I will not undertake to tell President Aley, and the rest of 
the authorities of Butler College, how the youth should be in- 
structed, but we have pretty nearly got to a place in this country 
where some people have to do some serious thinking. We have a 
kind of cynicism abroad in the land that is not wholesome, it is 
not good for the country. It is creeping into every thing, and 
when people begin to be cynical about the Government and the 
politics of the United States, then it is the time for us to take a 
little serious thought. Do not be nervous. I would not have my 
friend, the Postmaster-General, worried for fear I may spring 
some of the kind of stuff I let loose down in Possum Township in 



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the heat of campaigns ; but I do say to the Postmaster- General that 
as far as I am personally concerned, he is the only member of the 
Washington administration that I am unqualifiedly supporting. 
But this cynicism that is creeping into every department of life is 
a thing that must be met. We must begin to take our politics more 
seriously. When we remember that only half of the total electorate 
in this country votes, there is something wrong. Lincoln's 
famous saying at Gettysburg — government of the people, by the 
people, for the people, — are we sure we are getting that? It 
seems to me that the important thing for educators, who reach the 
youth at the time their opinions are taking form, is to get into 
the minds of the young the idea that they have a duty to the state 
and to the nation ; but as our great trouble, one of the most serious 
difficulties we have to contend with in this country, is local govern- 
ment, we cannot say too much about getting the attention of old 
and young upon the local problems. There is no reason why every 
community in the state of Indiana should not be governed by its 
best men and women. Culture, the old literary culture, — I would 
not for anything in the world have the humanities, as we under- 
stand the word, abolished, and I would emphasize the importance 
of acquiring familiarity with things lovely and things of good 
report; but first of all, we must put into the minds of youth the 
idea of service to the nation and to the community. It is possible 
for a college to fail to produce a great writer, a great poet, an 
artist, or a great jurist, but one thing every American college can 
do is to produce sound American citizens. 

It has been a great pleasure to meet with you and I thank you 
for your kind attention. 

President Aley : I have in my hand a letter from perhaps the 
oldest living graduate of Butler College, William H. Wiley, of 
Terre Haute, who graduated in the class of '64. This is written 
in hi^ own hand, and is as legible as when he used to write to me 
forty years ago. He wishes to be remembered to all the Butler 
people of today, especially those who may remember him as a 
Butler man of the long ago, and regrets that he can not be with 
us this evening. 



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Down in the southern part of Indiana, in Oakland City, there 
is a college not very old in years, but one that is doing for that 
part of Indiana, a remarkable piece of work. There came to that 
college a good many years ago a young man as a student, who 
graduated from the college and went on and did graduate work, 
did very well, was Dean for a number of years, and for twenty- 
five years has been President of the institution. We are glad to 
have President Dearing with us. He will speak to us on the 
topic "The Task." 

Doctor "William P. Dearing : In a little cross-roads village, a 
few miles from my home, lived an old-fashioned country doctor, 
one of that vanishing but valuable type of public servants. At 
death he left a little son who some years later ventured to tell his 
Mother that he was going to be a doctor too. The story goes that 
the Mother thoughtlessly said, "You haven't got sense enough." 
Instead of having his ambition killed by this blunt rebuff it stung 
and stimulated him and he retorted, "I'll show you," and away 
he went to college to face that well-known hard struggle of the 
student of limited means. The years went by and I lost track of 
the lad. Within the past year I chanced to need the services of 
a medical specialist, so while in a certain large city I made in- 
quiry as to the outstanding physician in that particular line and 
was promptly given a certain name. The very name aroused my 
curiosity. Calling at his office I found it was not possible to see 
him without making an engagement in advance, so great were the 
demands upon his time. On four different occasions I tried to 
get to him but got no farther than his secretary. I finally asked 
her where he was from and found that I had again really located 
the son of the old country doctor. On the fifth visit I secured an 
interview and as I entered his inner office an old woman passed 
out. After a brief greeting he said to me: "This is my temple. 
I worship here. That" (referring to the poor old Italian woman 
sick unto death whom I had just met) "That was one of my 
prayers." The simplicity and manifest sincerity of this striking 
statement impressed me deeply and revealed the secret of the 
remarkable success of this young physician. I thought I had never 



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heard a finer and more beautiful expression of that rare thing 
which we sometimes call the spiritualizing of our task. Under the 
magic spell of it his workshop had become a hallowed place, his 
temple. His highest powers had been lifted up into that exalta- 
tion of spirit which we call worship, fellowship with the Divine. 
His daily labor had been so related in his thinking to the highest 
conceivable objectives and purposes of God that it was but the 
expression and upreach of his own soul seeking these same ends, 
a prayer. I left that office with his statement ringing through 
my mind. I hear it still. "This is my temple. I worship here. 
That was one of my prayers," and every time it recurs to me I 
covet for myself and for all men that clear understanding of the 
meaning and the significance of the task to which we lay our 
hands. 

How different this scene from many others too familiar to us 
all. For example, here is the man who snarls back at his work as 
if invisible hands were lashing him on like a driven slave and he 
curses under the goads. There is "the man with the hoe" who 
has ceased to protest, ceased to think, but submissively like an 
automaton he plods on, the dumb human ox. Here again is the 
man, caught temporarily in the trap, as he thinks, and he endures 
the toil while waiting for the jaws to open and give him the liberty 
of which he dreams and which he fancies the other fellows are 
enjoying. Many years ago in the early days of the college with 
which I am still engaged I was teaching all day and teaching at 
night. I was raising all the funds, keeping all the books, paying all 
the teachers, editing the college paper, running a boarding club, 
etc. I felt that I had the hardest job in the world. I was quite 
sure I was doing three men's work. One day I went home in the 
late afternoon, tired and with a severe headache. Then there 
occurred to me a bright idea. I took the hammock out on the 
front veranda, stacked beside me my text books, took one in hand 
and kicked off thinking, ' ' Now I have it. I '11 work and rest at the 
same time." I hadn't been in that hammock ten minutes until a 
man came along the sidewalk in front of the house and looking 
up at me said: "Having a good time are you?" I winced. 
"Within ten minutes more a laborer came along with his dinner 



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bucket in hand, coming in from his daily work. He looked up and 
said "Hye." I said "Good afternoon." Then he snapped out: 
' ' Takin ' it easy, air ye ? " I crawled right out, took the hammock 
down and carried it to the back yard. I knew what he thought. 
There I was, whining under the burden of my task, while this 
man, coming in from his day of labor said to himself: "Here 
I've got to dig and toil and sweat while that dude lies up there 
and swings." I was weary of the load and he thought himself a 
rat in the trap and that I was enjoying the ease and the freedom 
which he was denied and of which he dreamed. 

Then there are the thousands who, at their various daily tasks, 
join in the human drama of the cynics, thinking it is a meaning- 
less farce, a necessary evil of human existence, of no significance 
except it gets the bread, the clothes, and the shelter, or the gay 
sports of the hours of pleasure after the grind. 

In the midst of it all again I hear the words: "This is my 
temple, I worship here. That was one of my prayers," and I 
wonder how many of us, even in the highest places, so called, and 
under the most favorable circumstances, really know the inspira- 
tion, the abiding joy, yea the power of such a vision of our own 
task. 

Tonight at this banquet table, in this historic room, under these 
brilliant lights, in the midst of comfort and beauty, we are part 
of no ordinary assembly. Here are the most promising of youth 
and here are outstanding leaders in state and national life. Here 
is vigor and joy and music and wit and laughter, but here also the 
spirits of men and women of other days move unseen among us. 
This is Founders' Day and it is not strange if the ghosts of those 
we honor walk tonight and talk tonight. Founders of a Christian 
college — have you ever known this pioneer type, personally and- 
intimately? If not, you cannot possibly know the full meaning 
of this good hour. It was not my privilege to know personally the 
group whose names are household words to some of you and whom 
we here join with you in honoring, but I knew another group, their 
own blood-brothers. When I was a high school lad I heard them 
talk of their holy dreams, I saw them literally lay their own 
hands to the task of molding into brick the verv clav of the 



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campus they had dedicated. I saw them return again and again 
to the work of completing the walls which had stopped short for 
lack of funds. I played on those unfinished walls. At last I saw 
the building roofed and the doors opened to the youth of that 
community, doors to a college education opened to many of them 
for the first time. Within its first year I entered those halls as a 
student and drew into my own soul the atmosphere which the 
souls of the founders had breathed into that institution, like the 
breath of its life. When the life of the good man, who was its 
first president, closed at the end of four years of service, it fell 
to my lot to take the torch and carry on. As the years went by I 
stood by the bedside of many of that group of founders, the first 
board of trustees, to listen to their last anxious words, their earnest 
entreaties that the unfinished task should not be forsaken, that the 
vision should not be lost and the ideals should not be lowered. One 
by one I buried those pioneers until the sod closed over the last 
of them and I turned back again in a strange loneliness to my 
task, to test as never before the temper of my own steel, the stead- 
fastness of my own vision, the loyalty of my own soul to the ideals 
of the founders who would sit with me no more in the council 
chambers. And all that I have said of these men can be said of 
the founders of another Christian college, Butler University, the 
men and the women whose service and whose memory we honor 
here tonight. 

Standing with you in the presence of the task which their dead 
hands committed unto you, I am raising the very vital question of 
whether we still sense clearly and appreciate keenly the very 
definite nature and meaning of this trust, the task of Christian 
education. Can we look the spirits of the departed in the face to- 
night, unafraid, and thinking ourselves within some of the sacred 
old walls which they built can we say: "This is my temple. I 
worship here. These, the young men and the young women, who 
go forth from our class rooms, are our prayers, our living prayers ? ' ' 
Can we say it with faith unfeigned, and without the trace of the 
curl of the cynic upon our lips? 

Since the days of the founders of our earlier Christian colleges 
in America, the State, in wisdom, has sought to guarantee its own 



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perpetuity by making education universal through the public 
schools, state colleges, universities, technical schools, and normal 
schools that the principles of liberty and self government might 
be conserved in the intelligence of its people. This has been made 
possible by the just and equitable distribution of the cost through 
taxation, an admirable system. But if the Christian colleges are 
to do nothing more than cooperate in this great modern movement 
to make secular higher education universal among all our people, 
then they cannot justify the continuance of their program of dupli- 
cation based upon private contributions falling with unequal 
weight and often with sacrificial weight upon the comparatively 
few who support them. 

So far as I can see, the only reason that can justify the per- 
petuation of the Christian college is that, while falling not a whit 
behind the state schools in promoting intelligent efficient citizen- 
ship, it may at the same time be free, in a very peculiar sense, to 
carry out the vision of the founders in creating and maintaining 
in the very life of the college an atmosphere all its own, an atmos- 
phere charged with Christian ideals and seeking always to win the 
students to these ideals and to ultimate fine strong Christian 
character, and by making this peculiar contribution to the life of 
America gradually but surely convince the nation that this type 
of education is superior, even in its national value, and must be- 
come the ultimate type in all our schools whether public, private, 
or church, — the only logical ultimate type for the Christian nation 
we hope to become. 

Just a few days ago I was talking to a prominent jurist of your 
city who occupies one of your important judicial benches. We 
were discussing this very topic of Christian education and the 
church college. He said to me : "I took my full coui-se of Greek 
in college and after graduation I taught Greek yet I could not 
write the Greek capital alphabet. But what I got that I have not 
forgotten, the biggest thing my college gave me. was an attitude 
toward life, an outlook, an interpretation, a philosophy of life that 
was Christian in its content." That, my friends, was the goal of 
the Founders. 

Is it easy now to be genuinely true to the vision of these 



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Founders? I answer from experience, No, it is hard. When I 
first faced the task it was as alluring as a missionary call. I 
seemed to see the boys and girls of the hill country of southern 
Indiana pleading for the privileges of higher education and I 
threw myself into the struggle with the abandon of youth and with 
reckless disregard of pay, receiving year after year the paltry 
salary of two or three hundred dollars. My friends said "You 

are a fool. ' ' My kinsmen said ' ' You are a fool. ' ' I said, 

"Maybe I am but I don't think so." The years went by and 
then attractive offers began to tempt me. Of course I didn't mean 
to accept them and desert my post but sometimes I just took them 
in my hands for awhile and day-dreamed a bit of the things that 
the wife and children could have on a salary like that. In the 
midst of these dreams I looked up and the college buildings did 
seem little and old and cheap and I said to myself "Maybe you 
are a fool. ' ' Then I shook off the spell — the vision came back and 
lo ! the college buildings were palaces and I heard again the cry of 
the boys and girls of the hills, my native hills, and I gladly threw 
all my strength back into the battle and cried unto God for more 
that I might give it. The vision had returned and my task, the 
task of Christian education, was again for me the biggest job in 
the world. 

Trustees, faculty, alumni, students and friends of Butler Uni- 
versity, the Butler that was and is and is to be, I congratulate you, 
yea, I almost envy you as you enter a new and distinct era in the 
enlarging life of your institution but I tremble also for your 
responsibility. You are most fortunate in situation here in your 
capital city, our capital city, into which are constantly flowing 
the choicest intellectual, spiritual and material resources of the 
great commonwealth of Indiana. The future prosperity and 
growth of your city are guaranteed by the whole state and there 
is and always will be here ample wealth from which to draw for 
all the needs of your expanding institution, and many sons and 
daughters of our state are massed at your very doors. How close 
to the very heart of Indiana you are situated, what a position of 
influence and power! But Indiana needs something more than 
brains and wealth, more than keenness of intellect and scientific 



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acumen. Indiana needs men and women with a high sense of per- 
sonal honor, who will dare to be clean in habits, who will rear 
homes and hold them sacred, who in business dealings will prize 
honesty above wealth, who will not trade reputation for public 
office, who, having been trusted with office will serve faithfully 
those who bestowed the trust, who will not violate law for the 
satisfaction of their own greed or lust, or appetite, who, even in 
the dark and away from the eye of every man, think too much of 
their own integrity to do wrong. These are qualities of manhood 
and womanhood which Indiana needs most in her future citizen- 
ship, but she will look in vain for them if the foundations are not 
laid deep and strong in the character of her young sons and daugh- 
ters who are now crowding into her many colleges and universities. 
Butler, you who among them all, nestle closest to the heart of the 
commonwealth, it is yours to keep the faith and the vision of your 
Founders, to let no ambition for bigness change this historic 
objective, to keep your feet firmly planted in the ways of righteous- 
ness without apology and without fear and to give back your 
children to the state and nation and world, not only possessed of 
the wisdom of men but bearing eternally in their hearts the con- 
sciousness that they are the sons of God, and as such they ought 
to live and serve. 

To this task, as endless as the on-flowing stream of human life, 
the ghosts of the Founders, who walk and talk tonight, are calling 
you, ' ' Oh Butler, the Butler that was, and is, and is yet to be ! " 

President Aley: A good many years ago, the Board of 
Directors of Butler College had a dream. They dreamed of a 
bigger and better Butler, a Butler that I am sure they hoped 
might rise to the task which President Bearing has so eloquently 
portrayed to us. To accomplish that dream there were a number 
of things necessary. The first thing was to find some one who 
might devote his entire time to making the accomplishment of the 
task a possibility. That man was found in the person of John "W. 
Atherton. 

Then they decided, after making this, perhaps the most necessary 
step in the whole program, that there were three things that should 



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be done— that there should be a campaign for increased endow- 
ment; that there should be a new and commodious site selected 
and purchased; that there should be money provided for new 
buildings. It is a pleasure tonight to announce to you that these 
three tasks have been completed, that the goal for the increased 
endowment has been reached, that the new site of Fairview, 246 
acres, has been purchased and paid for and is the property of 
Butler; that the $1,100,000 needed for the first unit of new build- 
ings has been secured, and so we rejoice tonight that the first step 
in the accomplishment of the dream of a bigger and better Butler, 
these first steps have been taken with success. The assets of 
Butler University have increased four fold in the last five years. 
They must increase many more fold as the years go on, for I am 
sure that if we are to accomplish the task that is before us it will 
take money and men and work and dreams. We have made 
progress I think in our relationships with other institutions of 
this city, and I want to call your attention for a moment to the 
affiliations that have been brought about. The first was with the 
Metropolitan School of Music several years ago; that has proved 
very beneficial to both parties concerned. The second affiliation 
was with the John Herron Art Institute. The third was with the 
Teachers' College, and the last is with the Indiana College of 
Music and Fine Arts. Representatives of all these institutions are 
here tonight, and we are glad to have them sit around a common 
Butler table. 

Then the past year announcements have been made by the 
Financial Secretary's office of many important gifts. It would 
be impossible to detail these at this time. Gifts large and small 
have been made, but the size of the gift is not the matter of 
supreme importance. The gift that is small, that comes with the 
interest and with the heart of the giver, means to Butler and to 
her future, to the accomplishment of her task, just as much as the 
large gift, and so, without mentioning any of the donors, I wish, in 
the name of the Trustees, the Board of Directors and the officials 
of Butler, to express our gratitude for the fine response that is 
being made by the citizens of this city and of this state. "We be- 
lieve that the largest things are yet to come. You perhaps all 



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know that building is now in progress at Fairview Park, that the 
foundations of the first unit of three large buildings are practically 
completed. Work will go on and this unit of buildings will be 
completed as rapidly as possible, and I am sure we will have in 
this new location as fine buildings as found on any campus in the 
world. I want to say that our architects, Mr. Daggett and Mr. 
Hibben, have given to this task an amount of time and of in- 
telligent study that with what little experience I have had in the 
matter of public buildings, I have never seen given to the con- 
sideration of any plans anywhere in the country. I think the 
results will show that we shall have in Fairview a monument to the 
ability, the skill and the artistry of these architects. We are 
anxious that you should think Butler and talk Butler and help 
Butler in every way. We are also anxious that we may be true 
in every sense to the dreams and the ideals of the great and good 
men who had the vision of Butler years ago. Their vision was a 
great one, but we want to see your vision grow greater and grow 
into complete realization as the years come. It will do that if we 
can all work together, and if we can have the united support of all 
of you and your friends who are interested with you in the wel- 
fare of the institution. 

I must not take more time. The last speaker on this program 
is the youngest alumnus of Butler — the baby. Possibly we should 
have made him a doctor of letters, but we thought he was already 
that, so we made him a doctor of laws, in order that he might 
have something new to play with. I take great pleasure in intro- 
ducing to you the Honorable Harry S. New, Postmaster-General 
of the United States. 

Mr. Harry S. New : Mr. President, fellow doctors — doctoi^s who 
are and doctors to be : After the degree that was conferred upon 
me today, I do not know that I shall ever feel entirely at home 
before any audience other than a bar association. Dr. Aley's re- 
marks about the needs of Butler recall a little incident in my own 
experience in the very recent past. My home in Washington is in 
Bethesda, Maryland. That sounds Irish, but it is true. Bethesda 
is a little community about two and a half miles over the District 



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line in Maryland, with reference to Washington about as Irving- 
ton used to be to Indianapolis in the days when I went to Butler. 
But Bethesda has grown a little, and recently the residents got the 
idea that they ought to have some fire protection; that it was too 
far from Washington to depend upon that city's facilities. So a 
meeting of the citizens was called, and we met in a schoolhouse. 
Among the guests that had been invited was the Fire Marshal of 
the neighboring town of Rockville, about eight miles farther up the 
pike. First a substantial citizen arose and spoke of the needs of 
the community, the first thing being a site on which to locate a 
building for fire apparatus. He said he would furnish the site. 
Another influential citizen got up and said he would give a sub- 
stantial sum towards putting up the building. Others made vocal 
contributions as to their contributions of a more substantial charac- 
ter that were to follow, and then they called on the Fire Marshal 
from Rockville. He took the platform and said, "Well, I have 
heard all of this talk of you fellows about sites and buildings, but 
I tell you the first thing you've got to get is a whistle!" So I 
think possibly the first thing Butler wants is a whistle. Butler 
got its whistle some time ago. Jack Atherton has had his lips to it 
for much of the time for the last few years. Hilton Brown has 
taken a toot at it every once in a while, and others have furnished 
air to push a noise through it, until its siren notes have reached 
not only over the State of Indiana, but they have also reached 
Washington, where I heard them, and that is why I am here — 
in response to the sound of the whistle. 

My friend Nicholson said, and Dr. Aley contributed to the fic- 
tion, that it is only twenty-five years since he went to Butler. 
Twenty-five years ! Why it is fifty years since I was at Butler, if 
I must make the confession ! There are some of you who know it. 
Nicholson says twenty-five years in his case, and yet I am only 
half as old as Nicholson. 

The experience of going back to the old Butler grounds put me in 
reminiscent mood, and I may be pardoned, I hope, if I indulge a 
little in some of the memories that were suggested by things I saw 
on the campus and in the buildings. I thought of Allen R. Benton, 
most perfect of all perfect gentlemen, of Ovid Butler, his son Scot, 



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of Professor Hoshour, Catharine Merrill, whose name will always 
be remembered with the highest and deepest sense of appreciation 
by all the friends of the institution that she served so long and so 
well ; of John B. New, my own grandfather ; of Professors Thrasher 
and Shortridge, and others too numerous to mention. I spoke of 
my grandfather — although he was not connected with Butler, he 
had the deepest interest in it and the greatest desire for its good 
progress. But he was a militant preacher if ever there were one. 
When he was not much more than a boy, he enlisted as a private 
soldier in Zachary Taylor's company in the War of 1812, joining 
it at the falls of the Ohio, and in the home-made tow-linen suit in 
which he entered the company in August, he marched with it to 
Fort Harrison, where he participated in the battle fought there 
and marched back to the falls of the Ohio in the February follow- 
ing, still wearing the old Kentucky tow-linen suit in which he had 
enlisted. When he laid aside the musket of the soldier, he took 
up the sword of the spirit, and wielded it right and left, I can tell 
you, against the hosts of Satan for the next sixty years, until his 
death in 1872. I am reminded of a very interesting little incident 
in that connection. More than twenty-five years ago I was hunt- 
ing in the Rocky Mountains, in the very highest altitudes and a 
most remote region. As I came back to my camp one night, with 
much snow on the ground, I saw in front of it three horses, two of 
them saddled, the third one with a pack saddle, and sitting in 
front of my tent were two people. Coming closer I saw they were 
a man and a woman. Never in my life have I seen a more weather 
beaten face than the face of that woman. I made inquiry of 
course and found that they were a range rider and his wife — that 
woman had gone off with her husband into the mountains to stay 
with him through a three weeks' trip that took them many miles. 
I introduced myself to the extent of giving my name, and finally 
just before they rode away, the woman said to me. "You said your 
name was New?" I said, "Yes." "Do you come from Indiana?" 
"Yes." "Well, my people came from Indiana, and I have heard 
my father and mother talk a great many times about an old 
preacher that used to come to their house — I remember they talked 
about him as long as they lived. The man's name was John B. 



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New, and everybody called him 'Johnny B.' Was he any kin 
to you?" I said, "Yes, he was my grandfather," So I heard 
from him in the uttermost fastnesses of the Rocky Mountains, 
thirty years at least after the old gentleman had passed away. 

I spoke also of Mr. Shortridge. He was superintendent of the 
city schools in the days I have in mind — those days when my friend 
John Oliver and I were partners in crime — possibly fairly youth- 
ful crime, because we were just a couple of kids. I think at that 
time we knew the way to the old swimming hole better perhaps 
than we knew the way to the door of the schoolhouse. And our 
too great familiarity with one place got us into trouble at the 
other. We were haled before Superintendent Shortridge, who 
admonished us of course and very properly. We thought he was 
pretty severe in what he had to say. So John and I held an in- 
dignation meeting as soon as the meeting with Shortridge was 
over, and determined for ourselves that our inalienable rights as 
American citizens had been invaded; that Professor Shortridge 
was a good deal of a tyrant and that some day we would get even. 
The days and the years passed, and Professor Shortridge became 
an old man — poor Shortridge, in his old days he met with one mis- 
fortune after another, all of them serious. One of them was the 
loss of a leg, and John Oliver was called upon to perform that 
amputation. After having done it, and after having carried his 
patient through his troubles for some time, and finding him well 
on the way to recovery, John came to me and he and I held a 
second meeting at which we concluded that we were in full sym- 
pathy with our old preceptor. When John was next called to go 
in to see to the dressing of the leg, he told the Professor of the 
boyhood meeting we had had, to which I have referred, and told 
him that we were agreed that at that time we could have cheer- 
fully cut off not only his leg, but his head, with resultant satis- 
faction to ourselves. The old gentleman laughed until he broke 
the cast and pretty nearly rolled off the table. We were glad in- 
deed to convince him that no one sympathized with him in his later 
afflictions more than ourselves. 

Way back in what we might call ' ' the old red sandstone period, ' * 
I remember a debate that was held in this city between the 



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Reverend Otis Asa Burgess and the Reverend William W. Curry. 
Burgess, later President of Butler, was then the pastor of the Cen- 
tral Christian Church and Curry was the pastor of the Universal- 
ist Church, They debated the question whether there was a 
Heaven or a Hell. There is no use asking you to guess which side 
Burgess took. Well do I remember Burgess — a man with the 
beard of the prophet and the physique of Saul. Nicholson spoke 
of the beard of Dr. Blount, when he saw him in the hay field. I 
thought Nicholson was going to say that when he saw Dr. Blount 
he did not know whether he was mowing hay or mowing whiskers. 
Burgess had a very long and very full beard that reached to his 
waist. He had a wonderful physique and a voice that when he 
let it out to the full caused the walls to expand. He took the af- 
firmative of the proposition. The debate began on the night of 
the 18th of November, 1867, and I was there for four miserable 
nights — a boy eight years old. Why I had to sit there. I did not 
know them, — I have never been certain since, but I sat and listened 
to that debate for four awful nights — I mean awful for an eight- 
year-old boy. Burgess, when it came to summing up, let his voice 
out and it seemed to me that everything present was shriveled up 
and withered. I know I was. I am sure that long before the end 
of the debate Mr. Curry, fine man that he was, was convinced that 
there was a Hell and that fire could not add much to its terrors. 
As for me and the impression left upon me, — well, I came out of 
there with my sins weighing heavily upon me. They were like 
millstones about my neck. I was convinced not only that there 
was a Hell, but that it was yawning for me at that particular 
moment. I was convinced that I was the supreme criminal of the 
day ; that there was no sin of which I had not been guilty, and that 
I was about to get what I was rightly entitled to. I remember I 
went to my grandmother, dear old lady, my father's mother, very 
religious, but of the old militant order. I told her of my troubles. 
In the course of the debate mention had been made of the un- 
pardonable sin. I had no very well defined idea of what it was, 
but I was perfectly convinced that I had committed it. I told 
her of my fears, and with a grandmother's pride in the precocity 
and capacity of her particular grandchild, I think the old lady 



The Dinner 31 

probably thought that if anybody could commit it I had. I got 
little comfort from the interview, and it was a long, long time be- 
fore I began to wonder if my estate was quite as bad as I thought 
it to be following that debate. 

I have said it was fifty years ago that I was at Butler — true. 
How did I leave it? I cracked a joke. I happened one day while 
still a student to meet Judge Martindale, who then owned the 
Indianapolis Journal, and in the course of conversation I said 
something that the Judge thought was funny. The joke was so 
bad that I will not even tell you what it was, but it struck him in 
his funny spot and he thought I had in me the makings of a 
reporter. I think he probably thought he was getting an embryonic 
Artemus Ward, Josh Billings or some like celebrity, and so he gave 
me a job on the Journal, at six dollars a week. That is why I 
happened to leave Butler. The reporter 's place and the munificent 
salary offered me and the bright lights and allurements of journal- 
ism appealed to my young fancy, so I quit Butler and went to 
work. I therefore want to give you students some advice, — and 
mark what I say, — never crack a joke. It is fatal to a college 
career. In conclusion let me say, I cannot help feeling that if 
I had stayed in Butler and earned the degree that they gave me 
this morning, I might by now have been a Justice of the Peace ! 

Let tlie soldier he abroad if he will, he can do nothing in this age. 
There is another personage less imposing to the eyes of soine, perhaps in- 
significant. The schoolmaster is abroad and I trust to him, armed with his 
primer, as against the soldier in full military array. — Lord Brougham, in a 
speech delivered January 29, 1828. 



32 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

WILLIAM H. WILEY 

The kindly remembrance of Professor Wiley on Founders' Day 
has caused the editor to make a search for facts in the life of the 
oldest living alumnus and Grand Old Educator of Indiana. She 
wishes to bear grateful tribute to this loyal son and to state that 
in her work among the alumni nowhere has she met kindlier recep- 
tion or readier response than from William H. Wiley of the class 
of 1864. He has more than once lightened and enriched her task. 

William H. Wiley was born on a farm in Rush County on 
December 28, 1842, of Scotch-Irish and English descent. His 
grandfather Wiley had fought in the War of 1812. His parents 
were each members of a family of twelve children of pioneer 
farmers. 

William attended school for twenty days at the age of five years 
in Hancock County, but not again until in 1850 he came to 
Marion County. He was ten years old before he could read, and 
not until eleven years could he write his name. He went to coun- 
try schools in the winter and spring, plowed corn and cut wheat 
in the summer until he was past sixteen years. At this age he 
joined the Christian Church and soon entered the preparatory de- 
partment of the Northwestern Christian University September 19, 
1859. He received his A. B. degree from this institution on June 
24, 1864, his A. M. degree in 1874, and was elected to membership 
in the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi of Butler College in 1922. 

Mr. Wiley's career has been associated with the schools of 
Indiana, After serving for four years as principal of the high 
school of Terre Haute, he was elected superintendent of the city 
schools in 1869 which office he held for over thirty-seven years — 
seven years longer than the other nine superintendents together. 
He had started with thirty-one teachers, and closed with two hun- 
dred and fifty-four. He built most of the school buildings for 
forty years. Upon his retirement in 1906 the Terre Haute High 
School was properly christened WILEY HIGH SCHOOL. To 
the best student of this school he continues to give annually a gold 
medal. Mr. Wiley's success was largely due to his sympathetic 
understanding. He was no driver. He worked icitk the teachers, 



William H. Wiley 33 

not above them. He said Come on, not go. At times he taught 
the class of a tired teacher. He kept abreast of the times, never 
introducing a new method into the course until he had tried it out 
to his satisfaction in some one room. The fact that he was known 
as Mr. Wiley bore significance. 

He was president of the State Teachers' Association in 1876, and 
later of the Southern Indiana Association and of the Indiana City 
and Towns' Association. He has also been member of the National 
Educational Association since 1866. For seven years he was mem- 
ber of the State Board of Education. 

Mr. Wiley married the beautiful Miss Eliza Brown, '62, daugh- 
ter of Dr. Ryland T. Brown, for three years his classmate, on 
August 10, 1865. For over fifty years a happy married life was 
his. Mrs. Wiley died on August 2, 1916. There are two children, 
Walter, graduate of Rose Polytechnic Institute, and Katharine, 
graduate of the Cincinnati College of Music, wife of William 
H. Waite, of New Jersey. 

On December 28, 1920, Mr. Wiley married Miss Sue G. Gfroerer, 
a teacher in the Terre Haute schools whom he had long known, and 
he continues to live in his home at 451 North Seventh Street. He 
writes, "While Superintendent I gave a good deal of energy to 
Church work and that of various societies. Now, I wander around 
in my large library and watch wild autoists and crowds of foot- 
men rush past my window apparently more bent on pleasure and 
the hunt for gold than for culture." 

Such an alumnus as William H. Wiley has contributed to the 
truest wealth of Butler University. Serits in cmlum 

redeaSy diuque 
Lcetus. 



Scarcely had the above facts been collected and sent to press in 
the hope that Mr. Wiley 's eyes might see them, when the announce- 
ment of the death of our venerable friend and loyal alumnus 
reached the College. 

Mr. Wiley died at his home on March 24 and was buried in 
Terre Haute on the 27th. It was a full, ripe, rich life, spent in the 



34 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

interest and for the improvement of his town and his state. His 
beneficent influence reached far. The Wiley High School is an 
appropriate monument to the man, who "moulded from the sweet 
clay of the unexhausted West" has touched and toned the life of 
numberless young people, holding before them at all times the 
American idealism he lived and loved. 



A Letter From Dr. Schliemann 35 

A GREEK VASE 

The departments of Latin and Greek at Butler have recently 
been presented with a handsome and valuable gift by Mrs. Henry 
S. Schell (Romaine Braden '90) in behalf of the heirs of Mr. 
Luther Short, a former student. While serving as U. S. Consul 
General at Constantinople, Mr. Short became acquainted with an 
English gentleman, a Mr. Colvert, who owned a large estate in 
the Troad. The latter knew Dr. Heinrich Schliemann and had 
invited him to conduct excavations within the borders of the estate 
which included a part of the site of Troy. Some of the vases found 
were given by Dr. Schliemann to Mr. Colvert, and he in turn pre- 
sented some of these to his friend, Mr. Short, who with a party of 
gentlemen was visiting at the villa of Mr. Colvert. These facts 
and others are interestingly related by Mrs. Short in a letter which 
was written at Constantinople on December 8, 1894, and addressed 
to her sister, Mrs. Braden. 

The vase that has been generously given to the College is a fine 
specimen and excellently preserved. It is made of fine clay. The 
use of the potter's wheel is clearly shown at the top and bottom. 
The proportions are graceful. On one side are drawn two draped 
figures in light red. They are facing each other and one of them 
seems to be offering a sacrifice. Between them appears to be an 
object like an altar. Above and below the figures are short bands 
of the egg and dart pattern. When the vase first came into 
possession of Mr. Short it was covered inside and out with an 
incrustation of lime which was removed at the time by soaking in 
an acid solution. The black glaze which covers the sides was not 
injured in any way and seems to attest the genuineness of the 
vase. Though no traces of an inscription appear, it is possible 
that a potter's mark of some sort will be found under the lime 
which still adheres to the bottom. 

It is hoped that this vase will be the beginning of a collection 
of original materials and works of art that illustrate the cultural 
growth of the peoples of ancient Greece and Italy. Such a collec- 
tion can be properly housed in the new Butler and will be of great 
educational value to all students of Greek and Latin culture. The 



36 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

members of the departments of Latin and Greek are very grateful 
to the donors for their generosity and thoughtfulness. 

Henry M. Gelston. 

The above reference to Dr. Schliemann and his work brings to 
mind that the archaeologist once lived for a brief time in Indian- 
apolis, at the very time when another man later of note found a 
transient home in our midst — John Muir. Widely different were 
the two men and their destinies : one learned in the language of 
men, trained in ancient and modern literature; the other unsur- 
passed in knowledge of the various language and form and dress 
of Nature. One with pride and circumstance unearthing cities and 
investigating enchanting ruins of the childhood of the world; the 
other wandering alone and unknown in primeval forests, discover- 
ing with unutterable joy some frail flower or curious fern or 
mighty river of ice. 

In possession of the editor are some letters of Dr. Schliemann 
written to his lawyers, an excerpt from one being : 






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38 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

A PROPHECY FOR A YOUNG GIRL 
By Penelope V. Kern, '00 



Dear maiden ! with the glory of sunrise 
In your eyes, 
And on your face 
The candor of wind-blown skies, 
Where tears and smiles fleet passions trace, 
How fearlessly you look on life! 
How buoyantly you spring to meet 

Each new duty, 
And, resilient, bound from defeat 
To victory! 
Your very footsteps nearing me 
Along the hall 
Tripping steadily 
Resound with purpose 
The swift, sure rhythms of your body, 
The exuberant urgency of your voice — all, 
All the intensity of you 
Foretells achievement, 
Swells to immensity, life through, 
Love, hope, and faith, joy, sacrifice, bereavement, 
A noble prophecy! 



Fond mother! with the softness of lullabies 
In your eyes 
And on your face 
The majesty of sacrifice, 
Mingling woman's might with maiden's grace, 
How cheerily you look on life ! 



A Prophecy for a Young Girl 39 



How resolutely you rise from deeps 

Of darkest sorrow 
To light for your precious world, 
Although your heart still, lonely, weeps, 
Hope for tomorrow! 
Your very gladness draws to you 
Daughter and son: 
Makes of her your sister; 
And of the other one 
Your lover. 

The clear free motions of your spirit 
Reach heav'nward; the race is quickly run. 
" 'Twas such a little while!" 
They say who mourn you here ; 
And yet they smile 
That your lithe form was never bent by age, 
That your keen mind was never aught but sage. 
And in full fervency they feel you near. 



Bright angel! with the peace of Paradise 
In your eyes 
And on your face 
The love of last good-byes. 
Loosed from the bonds of time and space. 
Now tearlessly you look on life. 
Exultantly you spring to greet 

Heav'n-born beauty. 
And comprehend earth's bitter-sweet 
Of mystery. 
Your very precepts still to be 
A clarion call 
Sounding steadily 
To higher purpose. 



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The calm pure sanction of your presence, 
The constant radiance of your faith — all, 

All the divinity of you. 

Taught by bereavement 

Wrought for infinity, soul-true 
"Will lead your loved ones Home — sublime achievement! 

And fulfill the prophecy. 




Gift of The Butler Alumni Club of Chicago 



THE BUTLER ALUMNAL QUARTERLY 

Published by the Alumni Association of Butler University, Indianapolis. 

Officers of the Alumni Association — President, John F. Mitchell, Jr., '06; 
First Vice-President, Shelley D. Watts, '00; Second Vice-President, Mrs. 
Mary Louise Eagsdale, '17; Secretary, Katharine M. Graydon, '78; 
Treasurer, George A. Schumacher, '25; appointees, Howard C. Caldwell, 
'15 and George A. Schumacher, '25. 

EDITORIAL 

Many things filled with the sunshine of hope and love and attain- 
ment have recently taken place. 

There has been Founders' Day which passed with unusual 
significance and applause. The program varied little in form from 
the program of other years, but the spirit manifested by attendance 
and zest more than ordinarily fine permeated the Day. Founders' 
Day stands out as an academic occasion more and more recognized 
by the students, alumni and friends of the College. This is as it 
should be. 

It was fitting that the Honorable Harry S. New, son of the 
College, reared in the atmosphere which gave life and inspiration 
to the educational venture in the early Indianapolis, enriched by 
tradition and remembrance with a knowledge of the institution, 
should speak of the man who more than any other man fostered 
the collegiate enterprise — Ovid Butler. Narrowing is the circle of 
those who, as Mr. New, may exclaim, **I am of those who saw!" 
So, the tribute of the morning address is of historical value. 

There has been the Chicago Luncheon. On February 12 was 
observed this annual occasion, successful and interesting and al- 
together delightful to those who attended. The loyalty of the 
Chicago spirit is commendable. The presentation of a beautiful 
picture to the College was made by the presiding officer, Frank F. 
Hummel, '93, the act even more than the canvas itself showing 
that in the fulness and struggle of life the Chicago alumni care to 

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42 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

give expression of their remembrance not to forget. Thank you, 
Butler Alumni of Chicago, thank you again for this gracious and 
grateful act ! 

There has been the Alumni Luncheon of Indianapolis, which on 
March 3 brought together over fifty old students of the College. 
The establishment of this informal monthly meeting, this gathering 
of old friends held together by the fine thread of college patriotism 
to chat over things of common interest and to spend a pleasant 
hour together, is a new activity of the Alumni Association. The 
first Thursday of each month at the Columbia Club will find 
Butler friends lunching together from 12 to 1 o 'clock. All readers 
of The Quarterly are invited to drop in without further notice. 

The editor wishes to be cheerful in this issue. However, in the 
last number over the unknown signature of "A Graduate," accom- 
panying a contribution of $25.00 to The Quarterly and offering 
to repeat the amount if by the April issue four other friends would 
send in an equal amount has called forth but one response — that 
of our friend Emmett W. Cans, '87. Is not so generous a challenge 
to arouse a still larger interest? 

THE CHICAGO LUNCHEON 

One of the most enjoyable meetings of the year, to members of 
the Butler College Club of Chicago, was held during the Hoosier 
Salon, the annual exhibition of work of Indiana artists in the 
galleries at Marshall Fields'. 

This meeting was held Saturday, February 12th, following 
luncheon in the Wedgewood Room, the president, Frank F. Hummel, 
'93, presiding. Thirty alumni and friends of the College were 
present. Among them being: Miss Katharine M. Graydon, Mrs. 
Maude K. Eggemeyer, W. E. Garrison, Mrs. Frances Hill Ormes, 
Clifford Browder, Mable Felt Browder, Henry Bruner, Max Baker, 
Mrs. Charles Carver, Gilbert Fuller, Marjorie Stewart Fuller, 
Hope W. Graham, Irma M. Hankey, Mr. and Mrs. F. F. Hummel, 
Lorene Whitham Ingalls, Charles McElroy, Earl S. ^IcRoberts, 



The Chicago Luncheon 43 

Margaret Lahr McRoberts, Edith Habbe Marx, Mr and Mrs. H. N. 
Rogers, L. W. Sparks, John Weaver and Mrs. Amos Walker. Dr. 
Garrison, former president of the College, spoke informally, com- 
mending the alumni club for its interest in the salon and in the 
presentation of a picture to the College, that the corridors might 
not be just a means of getting from one recitation room to an- 
other but might be real spots of beauty and so contribute to the 
education of the students. 

Immediately following his talk, Mrs. Maude K. Eggemeyer, Twin 
Oaks, Richmond, Indiana, gladly offered to give the first picture 
for such a purpose when the College should be ready for it. 

The real treat of the day was the presence of Miss Graydon, who 
brought news from Home in her inimitable way — news of 
Founders' Day, of other alumni clubs, of growth in the student 
body and of the building project, showing us pictures of the new 
plant. 

Instead of awarding a prize in connection with the Hoosier 
Salon, as was done last year, the alumni decided to use the 
money in the purchase of a picture for Butler. This purchase was 
made possible only by the very generous gift of the president, 
Mr. Hummel. Accordingly a canvas by Geraldine Armstrong 
Scott, of Kokomo, entitled "December Symphony" and which 
from its subject matter might have been inspired by the beeches 
on the west campus, was presented by Mr. Hummel to Miss Gray- 
don, who accepted it on behalf of the trustees, faculty and students 
of Butler. 

Mr. Hummel spoke thus: The intuitive instincts of the human 
mind are varied and primarily are not consciously expressed. It is 
only through the exercise and development of them that they become 
pronounced. The instinct of religion is illustrative of this fact. 
Every race of people which has inhabited the world believes in a 
God, the mortality of the soul and life beyond death. The human 
mind consciously or unconsciously loves the beautiful, admires its 
reproduction and desires its preservation. Some people possess 
these faculties to a larger degree than do others and we call them 
artists. They may be architects who plan our temples, our homes, 
and our work shops, or the poets and writers of prose who choose 



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the best of our words and phrases to express themselves, or the 
sculptor who chisels his ideals from marble, or the artists of the 
brush and palette. They all love beauty and find enjoyment in 
its reproduction and in the pleasure it gives others, and are de- 
sirous of its preservation. We cannot all be artists, but all can 
become lovers of art, assist others in its production and can help 
to preserve it. 

This fact is demonstrated in the very laudable and successful 
work of the Daughters of Indiana in their bringing to this great 
city the splendid pictures of our Indiana artist friends where 
thousands of people can enjoy them. Not only do the people of 
Chicago visit the galleries but large delegations of Indiana folks 
make pilgrimage here to see it. Seeing these pictures creates the 
desire to possess them. Our homes must have them and so, like- 
wise, many an office is adorned by them. Not only is individual 
ownership desirable but the various groups of people choose pic- 
tures which might be put into our places of assembly to be pre- 
served and enjoyed by our future generations. Indiana Women's 
Clubs are collecting these pictures. Every college in Indiana is 
starting the collection of them and eventually their art galleries 
will be as prominent and attractive as are their gymnasiums. 

I do not know if Butler College possesses any pictures other 
than some enlarged photographs or reproductions of some Greek 
or Roman ruins or possibly the Sphinx of Egypt, but I dare say 
that not a beauty spot of all Hoosier land adorns its walls, and 
certainly not one of the to-be-old historic campus nor of the scenic 
new one to be. It is the desire of the Chicago Butler Alumni to 
supply the nucleus of a future collection of splendid pictures for 
our Alma Mater by today presenting her with one which not only 
is typical of Indiana but which is suggestive at least of scenes on 
the present campus. Then, too, it is befitting that the artist, Mrs. 
Geraldine Armstrong Scott, be of Kokomo, belonging to the Arm- 
strong family so well known and loved by Butler College. 

While our primary desire is to make possible the enjoyment of 
others by the reproduction of the beautiful landscape and to help 
preserve the works of Indiana artists, yet we do want this picture 
to express in its commensurable manner our loyalty and love for 



Woman's League Accomplishment 45 

our Alma Mater. So, Miss Graydon, I present to you for Butler 
College this beautiful picture with the hope that the possession 
of it will give as much enjoyment as has been ours in securing it. 

A trip through the galleries was conducted by Mrs. Eggemeyer, 
after which tea was served to alumni and friends of Earlham, 
Franklin and Butler colleges. 

Margaret Lahr McRoberts, Secretary. 

THE WOMAN'S LEAGUE ACCOMPLISHMENT 
1923-1927 

The Woman's League at Butler is the associated body of women 
students and faculty members. It was planned during the sum- 
mer of 1923 and announced as an organization at a mass meeting 
of all the women of Butler College on October 3rd, 1923. Every 
collegiate woman by virtue of her affiliation with this College as 
student, faculty member or office force is a member of this body. 
The main purposes of this affiliation of students is to foster pride 
in the achievements of each academic department, to encourage 
subordination of group and personal interest to that of Alma 
Mater, and to fulfill each year at least one practical accomplish- 
ment for the material benefit of the College. 

Some of the major enterprises established on a firm basis at 
Butler by the League are first, the Freshman- Aid group of eight 
Junior girls known as "Chimes" who in addition to their respon- 
sibility for Freshmen, have the definite goal of placing a set of 
Chimes in the tower of the Administration Building at Fairview; 
second, the group of girls who published at an expense of $500.00 
a College Song Book, now completely paid for and a balance on 
hand; third, the establishment of an annual All- College Musicale 
of a very high grade, classical type ; fourth, the purchase of a new 
grand piano for the Chapel ; fifth, the establishment of fortnightly 
matinee talks by influential Indianapolis speakers; and sixth, the 
annual All-College May Day celebration. 

In addition to these enterprises there is another more ambitious 



46 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

still which is the determination of the girls to raise a fund for a 
"Woman's Building at Fairview which will be to Butler what Ida 
Noyes Hall is to Chicago University. Butler alumni and friends 
will perhaps be interested to know the inception of this plan and 
just how far it has progressed. 

In December of 1923 the Indianapolis Branch of the American 
Association of University Women gave a Bazaar at the Spink Arms 
Hotel asking all Indianapolis Alumnae of colleges to arrange 
booths, each group for its particular Alma Mater. This Bazaar 
was called The Melting Pot Bazaar. A group of Butler Alumnae 
got together at the home of Mrs. Hilton U. Brown and worked up 
enthusiasm to such a good effect that although the original in- 
tention was merely to see Butler represented adequately at the 
Bazaar, to the surprise of all concerned $300.00 was cleared. The 
next year the Bazaar was held again under the auspices of the 
Indianapolis Branch of the A. A. U. W. with a resultant $361.66 
cleared by the Butler booth. Some of the women most interested 
in making the Butler booth a success then met at the home of Mrs. 
RoUin Kautz and decided to keep the money in the Savings Bank 
where it had been deposited by the group's treasurer, Mrs. Perry 
Clifford, and to ask the newly organized Woman's League of 
Butler to consider this money, $661.66 plus interest, as a "Woman's 
Building Fund" to be added to by the women students of Butler 
and any friends who might be interested in increasing the fund. 

As the American Association of University Women announced 
that their plan for the Bazaars had been abandoned, the women 
of Butler the next year, December, 1925, gave a Bazaar in the 
same hotel and under the same name, "The Melting Pot Bazaar," 
in which every woman's organization that wished could take part. 
Every sorority in College, the Woman's Faculty Club and the 
Residence Campus Club all had booths. The result was a deposit 
added to the fund of $310.73. The whole amount deposited for 
the three years was $972.38 plus $137.78 interest, making the Fund 
at the close of the 1925 and '26 college year $1,110.16. 

This year the girls went to work on the Bazaar with renewed 
zeal. There were fourteen booths, the League Council, eleven 
sororities, the Campus Club and the University Women's Club 



Athletics 47 

each having a booth. The result was an addition to the Fund of 
$531.57. This brings the present deposit of funds from the Melt- 
ing Pot Bazaar for four years up to $1,641.75. 

Pan-Hellenic, a group of girls composed of two representatives 
from each Greek letter society, in February, 1926, decided to help 
the good work along and gave a Bridge Party which enabled 
them to contribute $75.00 to "The Fund." The next year, in 
February, 1927, Pan Hellenic gave another Bridge Party and 
turned over to "The Fund" $150.00. 

The League now has in the Savings Bank $1,791.75 to which 
may be added the $75.00 from Pan Hellenic's first party, not yet 
deposited to the account. 

Any reader of The Quarterly who is interested in the growth 
of the Woman's Building Fund may send suggestions for ways of 
increasing it or contributions to it to the Dean of Women, Butler 
College, and the suggestions and contributions will be promptly 
acknowledged and presented to the Woman's League Council. 

Evelyn M. Butler. 

ATHLETICS 

Beginning the season with a host of promising material. Coach 
Hinkle rounded the Bulldogs into a championship five, winning 
the premier honors of Hoosier college basketball, the state cham- 
pionship. The Blue and White netters also tied with the strong 
Notre Dame quintet for first place in the Central Intercollegiate 
Conference, by winning all four games. Notre Dame was the only 
Hoosier quintet that rivaled the champion Bulldogs in the state, 
the Irish, however, only competed against five state teams while 
the Bulldogs won ten contests. 

Double victories over Franklin, Wabash and DePauw were the 
high lights of the net season in the state while Big Ten victories 
over Chicago, Illinois and Iowa, the only conference games on the 
schedule, helped make the record one of the most impressive in 
Butler athletic history. Four defeats were suffered during the 
entire year. Two of these were at the hands of Evansville, one 



48 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

at Lombard and the other at Kalamazoo Normal. All four losses 
were to inferior aggregations. 

Robert Wakefield, of Ben Davis, the only senior on the team, 
led the Blue and White basketeers through the winning campaign 
in wonderful fashion. He was a great general and his splendid 
all-around play won recognition by all local sport critics who 
picked him as a forward on the mythical all-state teams. 

Archie Chadd, of Bainbridge, was elected captain of next year's 
five at a meeting of the nine letter men following the last game of 
the year. The diminutive floor continued to be the idol of 
local college net fans by his clever dribbling and accurate basket 
shooting. 

Like Wakefield, Chadd was also given all-state mention on 
several mythical combinations. Clarence Christopher, of this city, 
was also a choice for all-state honors by local sport writers. His 
close guarding and uncanny ability at scoring in crucial moments 
made him a most valuable asset to the team. 

Six other men were given letters for their services on the team 
this year by the Bulldog mentor : Harold Holz, of Frankfort, 
William Bugg, of Bainbridge, Alan Fromuth, of Ft. Wayne, Frank 
White, of Mooreland, and Walter Floyd and Dana Chandler, of 
this city. Of this group all are Sophomores with the exception of 
Holz. 

Much of the success of the past season was due to the splendid 
group of reserves that Coach Hinkle had developed. Substitutions 
could be and were made continually in the line-up without weaken- 
ing the team. White, Chadd 's twin, played the hero role in several 
games by his phenomenal pinch hitting along with Walter Floyd. 
This pair was rushed into the Franklin and Wabash games at a 
crucial moment in the last half to put the game out of the reach 
of the opponents. 

Freshman Coach Robert Nipper piloted the yearlings through a 
very successful season. Nip has uncovered some valuable men 
that will bid strong for varsity positions next season. Allen, of 
New Castle, Nichols, of Tipton, Hildebrand and Green, of South- 
port, and Christopher, a brother of the varsity man. Worth and 
Glunt, of this city, will give the eight lettermen from this season 



From The City Office 49 

a real battle for regular jobs next year. Prospects for another 
championship team are even better than they were at the start of 
the last season, 

Ralph Hitch, '27. 

FROM THE CITY OFFICE 

Unforeseen delays prevented completion of the plans and 
specifications for the first unit of buildings to be erected as the 
first part of the new Butler University plant at Fairview Park 
until recently. The plans and specifications now are complete 
and are in the hands of about a dozen general contractors. In 
addition to Indianapolis builders the plans have been sought by 
several firms of national reputation — firms widely known for their 
work in the erection of college and university buildings. The 
plans were drawn by Robert Frost Daggett and Thomas Hibben, 
associate architects. Officials of the University are glad that Mr. 
Hibben, a Butler student, had such an important part in designing 
the new plant. 

There will be three buildings in the first unit, the Arthur Jordan 
Memorial Hall and two recitation buildings. William G. Irwin, of 
Columbus, is chairman of the general building committee, and 
Arthur Jordan is vice-chairman. Mr. Irwin and his sister, Mrs. 
Z. T. Sweeney, have been the largest contributors to the funds 
for the new university. Mr. Jordan gave the money that will be 
used to defray the expense of the building that will bear his 
name. 

Basements and foundations for the new buildings were com- 
pleted some time ago and it is the hope of the board of directors 
that the general contract can be awarded shortly. A large por- 
tion of the boulevard that will extend for two miles, around three 
sides of the campus, has been finished. The board of park com- 
missioners of the city of Indianapolis has been co-operating with 
the University authorities and has started planting trees to line 
the boulevard. A row of elms will be planted in front of the 
fraternity and sorority houses. It is expected that all of the 
work on the boulevard will be completed by May 15th. 



50 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

Arthur V. Brown, chairman of the athletic committee, is form- 
ing a separate corporation to handle the task of erecting the 
athletic plant at Fairview. Mr. Brown, who is one of the best 
known business men in Indiana, will have associated with him 
some of the most experienced men of affairs in Indianapolis. The 
athletic plant will represent an investment of $700,000. At the 
start it will include a stadium with a seating capacity of 25,000 
and a combination field house and gymnasium that will seat ap- 
proximately 10,000. The capacity of the stadium will be doubled 
in future years. Members of the board regard themselves as for- 
tunate in having a man of the ability of Arthur V. Brown willing 
to assume the responsibility for the erection of the athletic build- 
ings. 

The campaign in behalf of the fund being raised for the Butler 
College of Religion is making satisfactory progress in various 
parts of the state. It is in charge of the Rev. WiUiam J. Evans 
and the Rev. Herbert J. Buchanan. They are giving members of 
the Christian church throughout Indiana an opportunity to con- 
tribute to the fund of $350,000, which will be necessary before the 
structure to be used by the school of religion can be completed. 

AROUND THE CAMPUS 

The enrollment for the present year has been 2,578 students. 

Miss Evelyn Butler attended in March the national conference 
of college deans held in Dallas, Texas. 

Miss Sarah E. Cotton was present at the convention of college 
registrars held in April in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Miss Katharine M. Graydon will go to the national meeting of 
alumni secretaries held the last of April at the University of North 
Carolina. 

Butler's oldest student is its youngest — 72 years young and the 
last registered. Finding life at Fortville, Ind., a little too unevent- 
ful, Phillip A. Randall, who was born in April, 1854, enrolled in 
Butler Tuesday thereby continuing his collegiate education after 



Around The Campus 51 

a "timeout" of forty-nine years. He was graduated from Hol- 
brook College, Cincinnati, in 1878, and his credit from that school 
entitles him to a senior standing in Butler. 

History, mathematics, English literature, and education, 
totalling fifteen hours study, constitute the curriculum which Mr. 
Randall is following. He intends to acquire a bachelor of arts 
degree and after that he says he * ' might teach ' ' — mayhap ambition 
rolls up as years roll by. 

Butler College and the Indiana College of Music and Fine Arts 
have affiliated. In the future class work done in one institution 
wiU apply as credits in the other. 

Dr. Robert J. Aley, president of Butler, and Mrs. Henry Schur- 
mann, president of the Indiana College of Music and Fine Arts, 
with the assistance of Arthur Jordan, a member of the advisory 
boards of both schools, have made necessary arrangements to the 
end that work done for teaching and supervising preparation, and 
music in general, at the Indiana College of Music will be accepted 
by Butler toward the baccalaureate degree to the extent of sixteen 
hours and credits acquired at Butler for academic and professional 
work in allied subjects will be accepted by the Indiana College of 
Music, toward the bachelor of music degree. 

Because of the growth of both schools in recent months, their 
mutual aims and ideals and the quality of their work, this joining 
of forces is of interest to the community, and the beginning of the 
new semester marks a forward step in their development. 

Seldom has there been about the College such heat of indignation 
as when in January a Lithuanian student, Bernard Shulgasser, 
was suddenly arrested, sent to Ellis Island, his belongings in a 
pillow slip and without opportunity to bid College friends good- 
bye or make any explanation, for deportation. And why were 
federal authorities so punctilious? Because a young student was 
violating the immigration law. Shulgasser came to this country 
with a student rating and according to the law he was not to do 
work other than serve as waiter in a college club, do chores, or 
other minor work. The law had been passed as protection to 
labor and in order that foreign students might not displace Ameri- 



52 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

can students in employment. Shulgasser had been teaching 
Hebrew in the Hebrew schools, had been playing his violin for pay, 
chiefly that he might earn enough to bring his mother over to this 
country. 

Excitement over the case rose to white heat, not only in College 
circles but among the people of Indianapolis. The wires were kept 
hot with immigration departments in New York and Washington 
until proceedings might be halted. After an investigation the 
youth was allowed to return to College. He will be graduated in 
June. 

Dr. and Mrs. W. L. Richardson, Department of Education, en- 
tertained at their home on the evening of March 2, those of the 
Senior class elected to membership in the honorary society of Phi 
Kappa Phi. Professor Richardson is president of the Society. 
There were present: Mrs. Louise Brown Atherton, Violet Beck, 
Theodora Bosma, Julia Bretzman, Lester Budd, Grace Driftmeyer, 
Dorothy Hauss, Mary Alice Kitson, Ferdinand Mehrlich, Mary 
Frances Ogle, Kenneth Parsons, Helen Pascoe, Pauline Peirce, 
Anna Katherine Suter, Mrs. Jennie Swan, Leefe Worth, and 
Frances Yorn. 

THE VARSITY DEBATING TEAMS 

Although largely made up of inexperienced debaters, the Butler 
Men's teams had a successful season. The questions were: 

1. Resolved, That the Allied War Debt to the United States 
Should Be Cancelled. 

2. Resolved, That Federal Aid to the States Should Be Dis- 
continued. 

Julius Medias, John Love and Lester Budd were members of 
the negative team debating the War Debt question. Their first 
debate was held in the Butler Chapel on February 16th with 
Professor Scott of Purdue as critic judge. The decision was in 
favor of the Butler negative team by a score of 3 to 0. The 
opposition was furnished by members of the George Washington 
University affirmative team. 



Varsity Debating Teams 53 

On February 18th this same team traveled to DePauw where the 
decision was awarded 2 to 1 against them by Professor Lane of 
Purdue University, who was the critic judge. 

The affirmative side of the War Debt question was debated by : 
Lawrence M. Vollrath, La Vere 0. Leet and Kenneth Parsons. 
This team defeated the affirmative team of Miami University in 
the Butler Chapel on February 19th by the score of 3 to with 
Professor Maxwell of Indiana as critic judge. The Butler team 
established the fact that regardless of how the Allies paid the 
United States would be the ultimate financial loser. 

Immediately following the War Debt question came the debates 
on the question, Federal Aid to the States Should Be Discontinued. 

The first debate on this question was a dual debate with 
Franklin on February 25th, the affirmative team's debate being 
held in the Butler Chapel and the negative team traveling to 
Franklin. In this debate both of Butler's teams were victorious 
by the score of 3 to 0. 

The next day the negative team traveled to North Manchester 
where they met the affirmative team of that school. This debate 
turned out to be the best of the season as the decision awarded by 
Professor Scott of Purdue, who was the critic judge, was a 1 to 1 
tie. After the debate Professor Scott said, *'I have judged more 
than fifty debates in Indiana, but this is the first in which a tie 
decision had to be awarded." 

The following week brought an end to the season with a tri- 
angular debate with Earlham and Wabash in which the Butler 
teams were defeated by the score of 2 to 1 in both debates. The 
negative team traveled to Wabash, while the affirmative team met 
Earlham in the Butler Chapel. 

The affirmative team debating the Federal Aid question con- 
sisted of: La Vere Leet, Francis Meunier and Alfred De Groot. 

The negative team debating the Federal Aid question consisted 
of: Horace Tudor, Lawrence Vollrath and Kenneth Parsons. 

Affirmative Team — Won, 2; Lost, 1. 

Negative Team — ^Won, 3; Lost, 2; Tie, 1. 



54 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

Evidently Women's Debating has been quite in keeping with 
the question under discussion — Resolved, That Congress Should 
Be Given the Power to Enact Uniform Marriage and Divorce 
Laws. Indeed during the season of 1927 they have experienced 
all the ups and downs such a question might imply. The program 
for this season consisted of three triangular debates. The teams 
were : Affirmative, June Jackson, Mary Frances Ogle and Eliza- 
beth Moschenross; negative, Katherine Treadway, Helen Schmitz 
and Irene Bowers. 

The season opened on February 16 with a triangle debate 
scheduled between Earlham, Indiana Central and Butler. The 
Butler negative was to meet Indiana Central at Butler, while the 
affirmative team was to travel to Earlham. Butler made a mistake 
by sending the wrong team to Earlham. Consequently both teams 
found themselves in just such a dilemma as might be expected 
when two teams meet that are perfectly agreed. Nevertheless at 
a later date these debates were held, resulting in a loss for both 
Butler teams. 

The second debate was scheduled between DePauw, Miami and 
Butler. Since two of her debaters were ill, DePauw canceled; so 
the debate was continued as a dual contest between Butler and 
Miami. The Butler affirmative lost by a 2 to 1 decision. The 
negative won, scoring two points to their opponents' one. 

Only one-third of the Albion, Wittenberg triangle has been held. 
Butler negative defeated Wittenberg affirmatives 2 to 1. On 
March 24th, the Butler affirmatives will meet Albion negatives 
at Albion. Should they return with a victory, our season will be 
concluded with Butler losing three debates and winning three. 



A Beloved Alumna 55 

A BELOVED ALUMNA 

Announcement was made in the recent city papers of an enter- 
tainment in honor of Mrs. Alice E. Snider. 

Mrs. Snider (Alice E. Secrist) is one of two surviving members 
of the class of '66, the other being Mrs. Hiram Hadley (Katherine 
E. Coffin) who lives in New Mexico. These two good women have 
been loyal friends of the College since they left the halls of the 
old University, have helped in many ways and still maintain a 
lively interest in reading The Quarterly. 

More than twenty years ago Mrs. Snider, as a member of the 
Board of Directors of the Y. W. C. A., convassing the city for suit- 
able rooms for girls coming to a strange city, saw the need for the 
right kind of homes for business and professional girls and con- 
ceived the idea of establishing a home to be conducted and main- 
tained by herself, with personal care and supervision. In 1905, 
she dedicated the home to her daughter, Lillian Snider, who had 
died in 1893. 

Mrs. Snider gave to the big house at 623 North New Jersey 
Street the atmosphere of a real home. She furnished the rooms 
as she would furnish a home; she planned for the girls to have 
good times together in the music room and the living room. Their 
meals were served in an attractive, sunny, dining room, arranged 
with small, round tables, instead of long, narrow ones. When the 
home opened only eight girls were housed there, but in most of 
the years since, it has been filled to capacity. In the last year 
twenty-eight girls have been living there. 

Since its establishment more than 1,000 girls have found home 
and friends there. Mrs. Snider has lost no interest in the enter- 
prise and keeps in daily personal touch with it. 



56 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 



COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM^^-June 1043 

Friday Evening 
PHI KAPPA PHI DINNER 
ALUMNI PLAY 

Saturday Morning 
CLASS DAY EXERCISES 

Saturday Evening 
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ANNUAL ALUMNI MEETING 

Sunday Afternoon 
BACCALAUREATE ADDRESS 

Monday Morning 
GRADUATING EXERCISES 



As this Commencement may be the last celebrated on the old 

campus a most cordial invitation is extended to all alumni to 

return for the occasion. 



Butler Alumni Association 57 



THE BUTLER ALUMNI ASSOCIATION HOLDS 
MONTHLY MEETINGS AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB ON 
THE FIRST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH FROM 12 
TO 1 O'CLOCK. THE SUCCESS OF THESE MEETINGS 
WILL DEPEND UPON YOUR INTEREST AND AT- 
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HOUR WITH OLD-TIME FRIENDS, TALKS, MUSIC! 



58 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

PERSONAL MENTION 

Mr. and Mrs. E. J. F. Marx (Edith Habbe, 14) have moved 
from Evanston, Illinois, to Camden, New Jersey. 

Reuben Orner, '25, is teaching in the High School of Fortville, 
Indiana. 

Dr. Paul A. Draper '21, is a member of the resident staff of the 
Ford Hospital at Detroit. 

Miss Bessie Minor, '26, is teaching at La Center, Kentucky. 
She writes that her thoughts are looking forward to our alumni 
meeting in June. 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank F. Hummel, of Chicago, have been enjoy- 
ing a sojourn in the South stopping en route in South Carolina, 
Florida and Cuba. 

B. Wallace Lewis, '15, and family have moved to El Paso, Texas, 
for residence. 

Mrs. Paul L. Maddock (Edith Hendren, '17) of Bloomfield, 
Indiana, recently visited the College. 

Mrs. Richard George (Ellen Graham, '14) attended in March 
the Regional Conference on Child Care held in Chicago. 

Mrs. Iris Maxwell Branagan, ex- '14, is doing graduate work in 
the Art Department of the University of Chicago. 

Rev. A. H. Moore, '11, has accepted a call to the Seventlx 
Christian Church and on January 1st moved to Indianapolis. 

Basil N. Bass, '20, is located in New York City in connection 
with Shattuck, Bangs & Winant, attorneys. 

Mrs. H. S. Schell (Romaine Braden, '90) is visiting her sister, 
Mrs. Stella Braden Brady, '93, in California. 

Eugene Colway, '25, star backguard on the 1923- '24 basketball 
team which represented Butler and won the national A. A. TJ. 
title at Kansas City in the spring of 1924, has been appointed 



Personal Mention 59 

branch manager of the Goodyear Tire Company at Huntington, 
West Virginia. 

Leon B. Logan, '12, is associated with the John A. Steer Var- 
nish Company of Chicago. Though Leon has been unable because 
of business demands to attend the Chicago luncheons, he writes 
he is a loyal alumnus. This fact no one doubts ! 

Announcement of the faculties to present courses in the Sum- 
mer Term, 1927, of the University of Chicago, includes the name 
of Dr. James G. Randall, '03, Associate Professor of History in 
the University of Illinois. 

Miss Corinne Welling, '12, member of the English department 
of the College, has made a brief trip to Hawaii with Mrs. Wilmer 
Christian, and is now in California for an indefinite stay. The 
many friends of Miss Welling are pleased to learn of her im- 
provement in health. 

Mrs. AUin K. Ingalls (Lorene Whitham, '26) spent three weeks 
at her home in Indianapolis after returning from her foreign 
tour. She was matron of honor at the marriage of Mr. Sommers 
and Miss Thorp, '26. Mrs. Ingalls is living in Oak Park, Illinois. 

Mrs. Amos Walker who attended the Chicago luncheon was Miss 
Lizzie Curyea, formerly a student of the old University and class- 
mate of Katharine M. Graydon. These two girls who parted at 
the age of fifteen years, hopeful and happy, met on this occasion 
for the first time. 

Albert H, Fern, '12, has been appointed president of Missouri 
Christian College at Canton, Missouri. Mr. Fern received his 
Master's degree from Indiana University in '13 for work done in 
psychology. Later he taught psychology in Atlantic Christian 
College of North Carolina and later was pastor of the First Chris- 
tian Church in New Castle, Indiana. 

Paul V. Brown, '24, has been appointed executive secretary of 
the Indiana Lincoln Union. The executive committee of the 
Union, composed of one hundred twenty-five citizens appointed 



60 Butler Alumnal Quaeterly 

by Governor Jackson, plans to erect a national shrine at the grave 
of Nancy Hanks Lincoln in Spencer County, Indiana. 

The Texas Christian University Interpreter speaks in its 
December issue of one of the old boys: "Professor Raymond 
A. Smith is the director of the school of education. Beginning his 
work in 1920, he has developed his department remarkably. The 
services of three assistants are required to satisfy the demands for 
courses in this field. Professor Smith has organized extension 
courses for the teachers of the Fort Worth schools and has pre- 
pared many capable teachers for the work they are doing in the 
public schools of the Southwest. 

Miss Penelope V. Kern, '00, is attending the Harvard Graduate 
School of Education from which she will receive in June her 
degree of Master of Education. She is also looking toward her 
Doctorate of Education. She writes, "In September I shall re- 
sume teaching. Just where, I do not know. I am sure that God 
has some pleasant little corner for me." The Quarterly is pleased 
to present to its readers the foregoing poem of Miss Kern. 

Mr. and Mrs. McCallister, '24, after a year's work at Yale are 
located in Cleveland, Ohio, where they have charge of the Broad- 
way Church. This Church is a United Christian Missionary 
Society, a home missionary station working among immigrants of 
many nationalities. "It is a great place for real service," Mr. 
McCallister says. And we are sure that wise choice has been made 
in placing in this young man's hands such service. 

Edward G. McGavran, '23, student of the Harvard Medical 
School, will spend the summer in Egypt. He will accompany Dr. 
Augustine, professor of Parasitology, to work in a hospital at 
Cairo where the two will be guests of the government from June 
1 to August 30. On September 1 he sails to Bombay to visit his 
parents and friends, returning to his work at Harvard the last of 
October. 



Marriages and Births 61 

MARRIAGES 

McNeely-Coate — Mr. A. E. McNeely and Miss Mary Miles 
Coate, '26, were married in Franklin, Indiana, on October 16. Mr. 
and Mrs. McNeely are at home in Indianapolis. 

Orbison-Powell — Mr. Telford Orbison and Miss Dorothy 
Powell, '25, were married in Indianapolis on January 19. Mr. 
and Mrs. Orbison are at home in Indianapolis. 

Hopper-MacAlister — Mr. Myron T. Hopper, '26, and Miss 
Ruth MacAlister were married in Indianapolis on January 26. 
Mr. and Mrs. Hopper are at home in Atchison, Kansas. 

Sommers-Thorp — Mr. Francis Alden Sommers and Miss Ava- 
nelle Thorp, '26, were married in Indianapolis on February 2. 
Mr. and Mrs. Sommers are at home in Indianapolis. 

Starkey-Cummings — Mr. Robert Edmund Starkey and Miss 
Frances Ellen Cummings, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Cum- 
mings (Carrie Rebecca Howe, '97), were married in Washington, 
D. C, on February 14. Mr. and Mrs. Starkey are at home in 
Brooklyn, New York. 

James-Lewis — Mr. Edward David James, ex- '22, and Miss 
Catherine Elizabeth Lewis were married in Indianapolis on March 
26. Mr. and Mrs. James are at home in Indianapolis. 

Hitchens-Whitlock — Mr. Ralph E. Hitchens and Mrs. Pearl 
Wolf Whitlock, '14, were married on March 15 in Olive Hill, Ken- 
tucky, where they will make their home. 

Gwartney-Nustad — Mr. Barsh Ernest Gwartney, ex- '20, and 
Miss Isabel Nustad were married in March at Portland, Oregon, 
where they are making their home. 

BIRTHS 

Barr — To Mr. Kenneth Barr, '16, and Mrs. Barr, in Chama, 
New Mexico, on January 25, a daughter — Gail. 



62 Butler Alumnal Quaeterly 

Jameson — To Mr. Henry Jameson, '19, and Mrs. Jameson, in 
Indianapolis, on February 28, a son — Henry III. 

McCallister — To Mr. Charles G. MeCallister, '24, and Mrs. 
MeCallister, '24, in Cleveland, Ohio, on March 1, a son — Charles 
Robert. 

Stuhldeeher — To Mr. and Mrs. Stuhldreher (Mildred Brosnan, 
'25), in Indianapolis, on February 9, a daughter — Anne. 

Wagoner — To Mr. Frederick E. Wagoner, ex- '19, and Mrs. 
Wagoner, in Indianapolis, on March 10, a son — Frederick Emer- 
son, Jr. 

DEATHS 

The following note has been received : 

"I was unable to be present at the luncheon of the Butler 
Alumni Club of Chicago for the reason that at that very hour we 
were in the midst of the sad services of laying away in his final 
resting place our splendid son of twenty-seven years. 

"I hope my interest in Butler will continue, as it must. 

''Milton 0. Naramore, '83." 

To Mr. and Mrs. Naramore in their great sorrow Tele Quarterly 
sends its sincere sympathy. 

BiNNiNGER — Miss Marie K. Binninger, '07, died at her home 
in Indianapolis on April 4 and was buried from SS. Peter and 
Paul cathedral of which she was a member on the 6th. 

Miss Binninger was a native of Indianapolis where she spent 
her entire life. She was a graduate of the Manual Training High 
School and Butler College. She received a scholarship upon 
graduation from the College which enabled her to study in the 
University of Chicago. Upon the formation of the Phi Kappa Phi 
honor society in Butler, she was elected to membership from the 
class of 1907. 

A long illness heroically borne has at last released a rare spirit. 
Marie Binninger was refined in manner and mind and spirit. She 



Deaths 63 

was eager to return to her work, the teaching of history in the 
Arsenal High School, which she conducted admirably, and to her 
pupils in whom she retained to the last a live and loving interest. 
But God touched her and now after keen discipline she sleeps. 

Graydon — "William M, Graydon, brother of the Misses Katharine, 
Ellen, Jane Graydon and Mrs. Alexander Jameson, died on March 
5 at his home in Texas and was buried at Houston on the 10th, 



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THE BUTLEB ALUMNAL QUARTERLY 
Vol XVI July, 1927 No. 2 

Katharine Merrill Graydon, '78 Editor 

George Alexander Schumacher, '25 Business Manager 

Published four times a year, in October, January, April, July. Annual sub- 
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made payable to The Butler Alumnal Quarterly. 

Published by The Butler University Alumi Association. 

Printed by The William Mitchell Printing Company, Greenfield, Indiana. 

THE ADDRESS 
By Honorable John James Tigert 
Commissioner of Education of the United States 

It is a great pleasure, as well as an official duty which is ex- 
ceedingly pleasing, to have the opportunity to address this large 
class of Butler University. This institution I have known about 
for some time. It is now nearly seventy-five years of age, and I 
think has, perhaps, enjoyed a growth in recent years almost un- 
paralleled. I heard someone say a moment ago that some years 
ago at his graduation there were thirty-five members in the class 
and today there are two hundred thirty-five. You have a student 
body of over two thousand, and I understand in a short time will 
have a new plant with buildings and facilities sufficient to take 
care of this fast growing student body. 

My previous contact with Butler University has not been in 
the intellectual sphere, and is a part of my life I have to try to 
keep covered up. President Aley introduced me as a scholar and 
educator — which I appreciate — but there were days when I found 
it very difficult to make a living as a college professor and not 
being of the same fine mettle as the youth who has thrilled the 
world with his flight across the Atlantic, I left teaching and 

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coached football for a number of years, and it was a long time 
before I acquired an opportunity to enter the aesthetic world. In 
those days we encountered Butler in their opening days, and I 
know we had to always be on our guard. Butler used to get the 
start so quickly, and in these days you are doing some finishing on 
a par with the start. I am glad I do not have to meet you any 
more on the gridiron. 

I don't know any group that derives more advantage from the 
growth and auspicious condition under which your University is 
developing, than the graduates. On occasions of this kind we re- 
serve our special plaudits and messages of congratulations for 
those who are graduating, and I have no great importance on this 
occasion. I have about as much importance as a bride-groom at a 
wedding, and I realize that you are the ones to be congratulated 
as the ones who will derive the most from the growth of this insti- 
tution. 

I wish to call your attention first to the measureless opportunity 
that belongs to the class graduating today and those going out 
from this great institution with work well done. If you really are 
a graduate — you have studied logic and know the difference between 
essence and action — if you are actually a graduate, today means 
to you an opportunity for a fuller life, for leadership and achieve- 
ment that possibly never could have come without it. 

I am aware that there are things in which the American col- 
lege is not functioning as it should, but notwithstanding the fact 
that a number of opinions have been expressed to the effect that 
our colleges are not turning out graduates who are essentially 
scholarly and in many instances that the whole proposition is a 
loss to the community, yet I wish to say that very careful analy- 
sis has been made of the situation and that college graduates to- 
day are those who very largely hold the places of high endeavor. 
They constitute those who are leading in the professions and busi- 
ness and those who occupy the strategic place in American life 
today. 

You will note that whereas college graduates constitute an aver- 
age of two per cent of American people over twenty-one years of 



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age, that from these two per cent, approximately sixty-six per cent 
of those who occupy positions of outstanding merit and leadership 
are college graduates. 

Whatever may be said about our failure to inculcate scholar- 
ship, yet facts and statistics bear out the assertion that the measure- 
less opportunity today belongs to the college graduate ; and I won- 
der if you realize the significance of this. If you realize the op- 
portunity which is yours, then in this graduating class I predict 
that this day marks the entrance into a life of fulness which has 
no divination and into accomplishment and achievement which 
has no limit. I realize that you may appreciate the significance 
and you may not be simply a graduate. If I may use parlance 
common in the college world, you may just have been "getting by." 
You may think you have deceived the faculty, but you have de- 
ceived yourself. You are in the position of a lad who went to col- 
lege and in his senior year faced failure. So he sent a telegram 
to his brother and said, "Prepare father." The answer came 
back, "Father is ready, you get prepared yourself." To appre- 
ciate what this occasion means, you know most of all that you 
have not deceived yourselves. 

I have spoken of the opportunity that is yours — an opportunity 
that is measureless in individual and social terms — but I want 
particularly to stress to you the obligation that corresponds to 
this opportunity that is yours. 

As I travel around through the United States today — and in 
this I have had a very peculiar opportunity, as I have traveled 
more than three hundred thousand miles, I have been in every 
state many times and in practically every city in the United States, 
and I have average intelligence and average power of observation 
and know something about what is going on in the United States — 
and I want to say that in a democratic society like ours one of the 
great problems we face today is the difficulty of getting people 
to appreciate equally the obligation that rests on people in the 
democracy. We have people asserting their rights, but they do 
not all remember that every right is limited by an obligation. 
We cannot have freedom unless we have a restriction of license or 



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liberty in some direction. I might take liberty in swinging my 
arms around, but my freedom would cease where the nose of your 
distinguished president begins. Society is a supreme law, and any 
democratic society will be compelled to restrict liberty of individ- 
uals in order that we may enjoy this wonderful freedom that we 
have. 

So in my mind, this measureless opportunity that you have bears 
with it also a measureless obligation on the part of those who 
have been so particularly blessed. You have individual and social 
opportunity and individual and social obligation. You are aware 
of your obligation to your president and faculty and your parents 
and others who have made sacrifices that you might enjoy this 
great opportunity. But what I am thinking about is the great 
social obligation that rests upon you as a result of your opportunity 
and which you bear in relation to this university, and to society 
and the state and nation. I say that because of the great op- 
portunity that is yours, you have a great obligation to this uni- 
versity. 

It has been often said, quoting Emerson, that "an institution 
is limited by the length of a man's shadow." But I say that 
no man today, I care not how able he may be, can hope to carry 
on a great enterprise such as this university, and it requires the 
cooperation of a large number. It is not the length of the shadow 
of an individual but it is the expression of the desire and will 
of a large community of people, and in that group are always 
and foremost the graduates of the institution. 

So my young friends today I would have each one of you in 
this class take a firm and solemn obligation in your minds at this 
moment, that from this hour all of your enthusiasm %vill not 
be directed to selfish purposes but an equal amount will be given 
to this institution, that you will be always ready to do your part 
in every forward step in behalf of this institution and that you 
will be he first to come to its succor if the time shall come when 
it needs you. And I think you owe an obligation to the church 
under whose auspices and through whose cooperation and to a 
large extent through whose financial contribution, this institution 



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has been perpetuated and through which you have enjoyed these 
opportunities. I do not belong to that church due to a circum- 
stance over which I had no control. I was born the son of a 
Methodist preacher. But we never got the better things — at least 
I know we never got the best part of the chicken if we had any 
guests, and I think preachers' sons bear the reputation of being 
somewhat degenerate. I was interested in seeing in the "Who's 
Who, ' ' that there are a larger number of preachers ' sons than men 
of any other profession, so I am glad that somebody gives us some 
credit. But although I am born a Methodist — and it is largely a 
matter of birth — I have a great faith in a religious institution. 

I wish briefly to give you an idea of what the churches have 
done in education in the United States, and particularly in higher 
education. In olden times, education was looked upon as a church 
institution and an opportunity to carry on intellectual and spirit- 
ual traditions of society. Our early colleges were with one exception 
church institutions, and you would probably think that was a 
state institution because of its name — University of Pennsylvania. 
But it is not in the sense that Indiana University is a state institu- 
tion. Higher education began and has continued largely as an 
institution of the church. Of one hundred nineteen colleges, one 
hundred four were established by churches, and in the Mississippi 
Valley I am unable to point you to a higher institution of learn- 
ing that does not owe its life to a church. These institutions 
have had a tremendous effect on American life. I think today one 
of the problems we are facing is that more and more of our 
education is becoming state education — which I am not decrying 
of opportunities — ^but we realize that in order to avoid any kind 
of conflict of religion and state it is essential to keep religion out 
of public institutions and now there is this great drive for state 
institutions. This is true more of the insttutions of higher learn- 
ing than in any other field. We are facing a great problem because 
of the loss of training for Christian manhood and womanhood. 

Then I think you owe an obligation to society, to the state and 
nation. We are facing problems in our time that are baffling 
everyone. We are having an increasing wave of crime over this 



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country. People may say, ' ' Speak optimistically, ' ' but if you will 
study data you will see that crime is increasing at an appalling 
rate in the United States. Divorces are increasing. Thirteen years 
ago out of every eighteen marriages one resulted in divorce. Now 
the rate is one out of seven, and in some states one out of two. 
This is not something to be laughed at. If we keep on going the 
way we are now, marriage will become one of the most immoral 
institutions in American life. 

We need a greater sense of responsibility in our citizenship. 
At one time eighty per cent of those entitled to vote used that 
privilege, but this number continuously decreased until at the 
last national election we were able to get out only fifty per cent 
of the people entitled to vote. If we continue as we are going, 
we will be an oligarchy pure and simple, and cannot any longer 
boast about liberal society. I see no hope for solution of any of 
these problems except in the expression and leadership that will 
come in the next generation from the increasing number of col- 
lege graduates going out from our universities. 

You will enjoy life in a way that you cannot now appreciate. 
If I may, I will digress just a little. In many towns, the preva- 
lent feeling seems to be that culture is something to be scorned. 
However, I am frank to confess that in all American cities, I 
have never found any place where they were suffering from too 
much culture. I think we always need culture if we are not going 
to cease to live in a human world and do not expect to get down 
on some lower plane. I had an illustration of this in Washington 
— which, by the way, is not the most uncultured city — but in Wash- 
ington we had a debate recently between young men who repre- 
sented Cambridge and Yale. You know how these debates are 
carried on. There are no judges. They simply debate and leave 
the decision to the audience. And the audience is usually made 
up of rooters for the home team. Cambridge presented the sub- 
ject — "Resolved that modern democracy is inconsistent with per- 
sonal liberty." Cambridge won because of culture, and of hu- 
mor. In the first place they labored under the prejudiced belief 
that they had no sense of humor. It has been said that if you 



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want to make an Englishman happy when he is old, tell him some- 
thing funny when he is young. Whatever was culture was offered 
by the English and humor was given by the Americans. An 
English nobleman started out by saying, "You have some very 
peculiar things in your country. In the first place I notice that 
you eat corn on the cob." Of course one watching the average 
American eat corn on the cob knows it is not particularly grace- 
ful. Then he said, "I notice that you have little icebergs in your 
water." He continued, "But most of all I notice that in your 
restaurants the things they eat are neither hot nor cold. ' ' Then the 
English undertook their debate in earnestness. When the Ameri- 
cans spoke, they were also very earnest but also displayed wit 
and humor. However, an American audience is fair, and out of 
fair decency they voted for the English team, and we can ap- 
preciate that we can stand more culture yet. Without culture, 
philosophy, science, art, etc., how can a man of average intelli- 
gence enjoy any great degree of life in human relationship? 

I had that impressed on me a few years ago when President 
Harding visited Alaska. He had worshiped McKinley from boy- 
hood, and when we finally stood there near the Arctic sphere. 
President Harding looked on the mountain. There stood some 
Alaskans who saw only snow and ice, and yet Harding looked 
upon the mountain named for the man he loved, and said: "Words 
are inadequate to describe them or to portray the greatness and 
grandeur of the mountains which are the natural head to the 
Pacific and the outstanding sentinel of North America, to stand 
guard on top of the world; and in its serenity we call the moun- 
tain McKinley." We saw them at eleven o'clock at night and I 
wondered what his impression would have been had it been day- 
light. Finally Harding said: "Somehow this mountain so match- 
less, so resourceful, so serene, depicts the character of that great 
man whose memory we cherish." And when I saw how much 
it meant to an educated man and how little to the others, it im- 
pressed me how significant after all is education in the life of a 
man. And I wonder sometimes whether or not we are not in 
danger of dropping from these high tablelands to a lower plane. 



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A few years ago I was thrown in the company of a man who 
was called to the deathbed of President Roosevelt — Dr. Hillis. 
Whatever you may think of Roosevelt, you will agree that he was 
an optimistic, patriotic American citizen; and when he lay on 
his deathbed. Dr. Hillis thought he would comfort him about his 
soul's welfare, but he found him not at all concerned about himself 
but concerned about the destiny of this republic of ours. He said, 
' ' Hillis, I think we have yet a fifty-fifty chance to save America. ' ' 
This great American, wondering if we had more than half a chance 
yet to save this country of ours. And I have often thought, "Why 
was he so concerned?" He could not have been concerned about 
the material welfare of this country. We have more financial pros- 
perity than any other country ; more than half of the total coal, 
silver, steel, gold and iron; forty per cent of the total railroad 
mileage of the world; eighty per cent of the automobiles; with 
four per cent of the world's farmers we are producing fifty per 
cent of the world's agricultural products; and so on all down the 
line of material assets and advantages. Why wonder about the 
country? People are working on the application of science to 
commerce and industry. We must in some way restore our equilib- 
rium. Our advantages on the material side outrun our relation- 
ship to the cultural sphere of life. I know some people will say. 
"This man does not appreciate all the developments that have 
taken place. ' ' I said once in Iowa that human nature had changed 
little in many years. One man said to me, "Don't you remember 
that a lack of the one time feeling of self-preservation was demon- 
strated when the Titanic sank and the men insisted that women 
and children go first?" Yes, I remembered that and also some 
other things. I remember when the Titanic sank that the band 
stood and played "Nearer My God to Thee," and also that one 
man insisted that he have the right to go in the first boat. That 
man showed that the old instinct of self-preservaion was still alive 
today. And I remember that when his boat came off. it was neces- 
sary to have soldiers to guard him. There were no cannibals there, 
but the old instinct to attack was still there. And I say in some 
things we have always stood still. 



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A man came to Washington one day in a Ford and he got out 
and some people noticed he was in distress and they asked him 
if they could do something for him. Somebody said, "You didn't 
get along very well, did you?" and he said, "A man passed me 
in a Pierce-Arrow and when he went by the motor of my car 
stopped and I got out to crank it and he ran over me." Some 
things go on and make progress until they are placed in relation- 
ship with other things, and then are almost stationary. 

If I told you some of the impressions I have gained you would 
laugh and say, "he is trying to be funny," and then you would 
grow indignant and then you would say, "He is no patriot." 
If we have an aristocracy it will be something which has nothing to 
do with human affairs. I went down to a college for commencement, 
and I noticed that the monument in front of the court house was 
the monument of a horse, as if they had no man who could take the 
place of the horse. And I am sure more people went to the Ken- 
tucky Derby than ever went to any educational event. I used to 
travel around and carry a secretary with me, and then we had 
an economy program in Washington and I quit carrying a sec- 
retary. But any race horse is not allowed to go around by itself. 
It must have a whole retinue of people traveling in special ears. 
We recently opened a hotel in Washington, but when I went down 
there they were giving a reception to a horse that was ridden 
by a motion picture actor and I could not get in. At Des Moines, 
Iowa, I thought I would stop at the Des Moines Hotel, but they 
were giving a reception to prize hogs. In Florida where they 
have wonderful flowers, everybody was admiring them, when fin- 
ally some typical American said, " It is a shame nobody ever learned 
to cook these water lilies so we could eat them." And so there is 
always something to detract from the moral and aesthetic sphere. 

Again let me congratulate you of this great class and remind 
you of the measureless opportunity and measureless responsibility 
which is yours. 

I would like to call your attention to what Education has said. 
He would say that this has been a poor presentation of the sub- 
ject. Education says: "I bear the torch that enlightens the 



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world, inspires the nation old and young. I come bearing the 
stripes of toil, but bearing aloft the wisdom of all the ages, for 
through me men hold dominion over the universe. I am the creator 
of wisdom, the molder of destiny. I have become the joy of all 
ages. I have the school for my workshop, and open the door of 
opportunity. I am the source of inspiration. I am immeasurable 
power. ' ' 



BACCALAUREATE SERMON 
By Rev. Thomas W. Grafton, '80 

THE SACRIFICIAL TEST 

No more momentous words ever fell from the lips of the Savior 
of men than these, "He that taketh not his cross and followeth 
after me is not worthy of me." 

The words were spoken as the shadow of his own cross fell across 
his pathway. "What Jesus meant was, that the only path to life's 
highest goal was that of sacrificial service. The cross, then an 
instrument of torture, was to become the symbol of the highest 
devotion. It meant to lose one's self in the service of others, to 
make it one's supreme purpose to leave the world better for hav- 
ing lived in it. The cross of Christ was the most ghastly scene in 
history, and yet it is made to teach the most sublime truth. It 
was to be the test of aU real worthiness. 

In proposing as the subject of our meditation "The Sacrificial 
Test, " I am not unmindful of the testing time through which you, 
the class of 1927, have passed, and the sacrifice and energy which 
it has cost most of you. These final examinations have tested 
your right to the honors soon to be bestowed upon you. For a 
college course not only enlarges your field of knowledge, but it tests 
your mental qualities, your endurance, your ambitions, the very 
fiber of your personality. To meet the test has required sacrifice, — 
four years of toil and self-denial and perseverance. You are to be 
congratulated upon having endured to the end. During these years 
your ranks have been thinned by the withdrawal of those less 
determined. Of the students entering the freshman classes of 
our American Colleges, at the time you did, only thirty-three per 
cent will graduate with the class of 1927. Others have failed to 
meet the test. Either they did not count the cost at the beginning, 
or were not willing to make the sacrifice. The grind was too much 

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for them. The pathway was too rugged for their unwilling feet. 
They lacked the courage to fight their way through, or the lure 
of pleasure and material gain was too strong for them. 

After all, the best part of a college course is its test of the 
mettle of the man. The diploma of graduation, if it means any- 
thing, means here is a young man or woman who had the stuff 
to continue through many weary exacting years of study, who 
could turn a deaf ear to outside appeals and press on with stead- 
fast feet to the academic goal. In a figurative sense it has re- 
quired some cross-bearing. 

"Well, you have successfully passed one test, but do not deceive 
yourselves with the thought that the diploma is an open-sesame 
to all life's achievements. As there is no royal road to learning, 
so there is no royal road to success in any field of endeavor. If 
you aspire to anything worth while the severest tests are before you. 

The cross or that of which it is a symbol, test man's worthi- 
ness in all departments of life. In our text, Jesus announced a 
universal principle. It is timeless in its application. The whole 
structure of our civilization and of our social and industrial sys- 
tems, are built upon the principle of sacrificial service. Every 
galaxy of worthy names from those in the eleventh chapter of 
the Hebrew letter to those inscribed in our own Hall of Fame, is 
made up of those who have in some way given their lives for the 
advancement of the race. 

Take our commonest blessings, health, comfort, security, pro- 
tection, — all are ours because somebody has met the sacrificial 
test. The policeman, whom we both fear and ridicule, must take 
up his cross every time he goes on his beat. To bring security 
to our homes, and our possessions, to protect society and its most 
sacred interests, he must be ready to lay down his life. To up- 
hold law and order, to put down violence and crime, he must 
face every danger. The fireman who risks his life in a burning 
building to rescue a child, or who lays down his life to save a 
city from a destroying conflagration has met the sacrificial test 
which society has demanded of him for its own safety, and for 
which it owes him lasting gratitude. The physician who fear- 



BaccaijAUReate Sermon 109 

lessly enters the plague stricken home that he may administer re- 
lief to those in distress is one of Christ's cross-bearers. To pro- 
tect us from epidemic and plague, to save us from fevers and 
scourges, an army of heroes have gone down to death's door that 
they might discover the cause and provide a remedy for wide- 
spread human ills. 

Then the true minister of the Gospel, in a sense as real and 
often by sacrifices as great, is pouring out his life that the com- 
munity may be happier and better. As he is brought face to face 
with gross materialism and crass wickedness, he can say with 
George Tyrrell, "Again and again I have been tempted to give up 
the struggle, but always the figure of that strange Man hanging 
on the cross sends me back to my task again. ' ' 

To these ranks should be added the teacher who, with train- 
ing and energy that would command the highest compensation in 
the commercial world, turns aside with the prospect of a bare 
living that he may pour something of his life and purpose into 
youth and so contribute to the progress of the race. 

The call of the world for such service is as great today as at any 
time in the past. Civilization, democracy, society, are not made, 
but are in the making. Great stages of progress have been passed 
of which we are the heirs and in the enjoyment of which we are 
debtors today, a debt which can only be paid by serving our gen- 
eration in the spirit in which they served theirs. Those Pilgrim 
Fathers, who braved a wilderness that they might secure for us 
a heritage of civil and religious liberty; those heroes of a half- 
dozen wars, whose blood on battlefield has enriched our soil and 
secured and guaranteed to us a permanent united republic; those 
hardy pioneers who cut their way through primeval forests, to 
make way for fruitful fields and thriving cities; — all have put us 
in lasting debt for the sacrifices they have made and the services 
they have rendered. 

But the task is unfinished. The goal toward which our civili- 
zation is pressing is still beyond. There are mighty reaches to be 
traversed before the ideals of a free cultured people are realized. 
There are barriers to be removed from the path of progress that 



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call for our clearest thinking and strongest endeavor if we are to 
move forward. There are perils to be encountered that challenge 
the highest courage of this generation if the dream of those who 
have gone before is to become a reality. 

There is, first, the preservation of democracy, which rests with 
increasing responsibility on us. "We thought as we entered the 
world war that we were fighting to make the world safe for democ- 
racy. Inspired by that slogan, our boys endured every hard- 
ship, faced every danger, and many of them sleep in the poppy 
fields of France. But with what result? It is true that imperi- 
alism went down before their onslaught. But men never ques- 
tioned the permanence of democracy as they do today. It is 
threatened by false theories of government. It is menaced by red- 
handed enemies of existing order. Its beauty is being marred by 
the growing canker of moral decay. But most of all it is en- 
dangered by the blight of political indifference on the part of 
those who have enjoyed its richest blessing and to whom has been 
entrusted the sacred privilege of suffrage, who like Esau have 
despised their birthright and are ready to barter it for a mess of 
pottage. Here is a situation that should be a challenge to thou- 
sands of young men and women who are leaving our college halls. 

In the second place, there is the maintenance of law and order 
without which our civilization is doomed. At present we are drift- 
ing along paths that are breeding contempt for the fundamental 
principles on which our government rests. There is a crime wave 
sweeping across our country that menaces life and property. Our 
civil authorities are defied and weakly submit. Laws enacted 
for the common good are nullified and provisions of the constitu- 
tion are ridiculed. If moral order and decency are to sur%dve the 
attacks of these enemies, there must be developed a type of citi- 
zenship that dares to face the situation with a courage that risks 
life itself in defense of law and righteousness. 

Thirdly, our Christian ideals are being jeopardized by a mate- 
rialistic, commercialized age. They have been the strength and 
hope of our Eepublic from its beginning. They were brought 
over in the Mayflower and transplanted in the hearts of those 



Baccalaureate Sermon 111 

rugged pioneers who gave form to our social fabric. They have 
been maintained by three centuries of splendid citizenship. But 
the last decade or so has witnessed the lowering of our moral 
ideals. There is a disposition to scoff at the social standards of 
our fathers, to ignore the fundamental laws of right conduct and 
to prostitute liberty into license. On all hands there is evidence 
of a moral deficit that threatens bankruptcy. Somehow the tide 
must be stemmed or we will bring upon ourselves the fate of buried 
nations and defunct civilizations of the past. Here again is a 
task that will test the fiber of our best manhood and womanhood. 

In the fourth place, there is need of trained and consecrated 
leadership in guiding the destinies of the youth of this generation. 
They are subjected to perils undreamed of in any other period of 
our history. Just now there is a new youth movement that is 
challenging attention. It has possibilities that may conserve or 
wreck our religious and social ideals. Without the guiding hand of 
wisdom, under the stress of modern life, youth may plunge itself 
into an abyss of ruin. But with sane leadership this new self- 
consciousness may prove itself the Moses that will lead us out 
into a new day of moral and spiritual achievement. 

Still another need is the cultivation of a world mind, that can 
think beyond the boundaries of one's native land. Modern modes 
of travel and communication have brought the human family 
into one great neighborhood. China is nearer today than New 
York was a century ago. Europe is only thirty-three hours dis- 
tant, by the latest trans- Atlantic record, and sixty seconds will 
carry a message to the remotest corner of the globe. The con- 
tinuance of life and prosperity and peace in such a world de- 
mands the development of a new internationalism that recognizes 
and respects the rights of all mankind and seeks the elimination 
of hate and envy and everything that sows the seeds of strife 
and warfare. Well, enough remains to be done before Utopia is 
realized to give an army of young men and women of our day 
enough to think about and to do. 

In meeting these appealing situations the responsibility rests 
upon the scholar above all others. His broader range of knowledge 



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and his finer sense of values, fit him to deal with our modern prob- 
lems, providing he is inspired with a great religious purpose. The 
privilege you have enjoyed as members of the graduating class, 
have placed a share of the responsibility on your shoulders. It is a 
task that can only be accomplished by those who have met the 
sacrificial test. Cap and gown have their place, but overalls and 
gingham aprons are needed. Diplomas are granted on what you 
know. But your place in the world of tomorrow Avill be deter- 
mined by what you do with what you know. Milton was right when 
he said, ' ' I cannot praise the fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexer- 
cised and unbreathed, that never sallies forth to meet its adversary, 
when garlands are to be run for, not without heat and dust." Or 
to quote Browning: 

"The real God function. 
Is to furnish a motive and injunction 
For practicing what we already know." 
You have been born into the right kind of a world and at the 
right time in the world's history to give expression to your talent 
for service. More things are to be wrought out in the program 
of civilization than we have yet dreamed of. There is no excuse 
for idlers in the world's market-place because there is nothing to 
do. "We are told of a certain Roman youth who two thousand years 
ago sat by the wayside weeping bitterly. When asked by a 
passer-by the cause of his tears, he replied that he had been born 
too late, for everything that was worth while had been done. And 
yet within the limits of this generation more dazzling achievements 
have been wrought than in all the preceding centuries of human 
history. In my early youth men shared the convictions of that 
Roman lad. With the application of steam and electricity in 
railway and telegraph they felt the goal of human achievement 
had been reached. But what marvels have been wrought since 
then. In my freshman year the telephone made its appearance. 
To transmit the voice by wire seemed incredible but it was ac- 
complished. A year or two later the movie in crude form began 
its marvelous career. Then followed the trolley ear, at first re- 
garded as an impractical curiosity. At the beginning of the 



Baccalaureate Sermon 113 

twentieth century the automobile had hardly arrived, but today is 
one of the most revolutionary devices of mankind. Well, in rapid 
succession, we have the flying machine, wireless telegraphy, the 
radio telension, and even greater marvels in the field of science. 
We are moving with rapid strides and yet fifty or seventy-five 
years from now men will smile at the crude devices of these early 
years of the twentieth century and wonder how we managed to live. 

But there is another field where progress has not been so rapid, 
and which offers a challenge to the best brain and talent of our 
day. That is in the development of our spiritual wealth. The 
trouble is our material resources have outgrown our spiritual. 
The wheels of material progress must lie idle for the next twenty- 
five years if the race is to catch up morally and spiritually. We 
are surfeited with things tangible and visible, to the neglect of 
great unseen realities. The field has not been inviting to this 
materialistic age, because it offers no great monetary reward. No 
remunerative patents can be secured for plans that contribute to 
our social and spiritual betterment. The man or the woman who 
can point the way out of our blinding materialism will find that 
it demands cross-bearing to complete the task. The words of 
Jesus do not make comfortable reading for these ease-loving days, 
but they point the path to spiritual supremacy. Jesus knew when 
he spoke the words of the text that all progress demands a price. 

To this task at whatever cost, those entering the field of action 
are called, if they are to render a real service to the race. Every 
step in the path is going to test your fitness for an honorable place 
among your fellowmen. It involves your readiness to dare in the 
face of all opposition. It challenges you to meet the impossible 
with undaunted courage. It demands that you carry on at what- 
ever cost and if need be endure every hardship that the goal of 
your endeavor may be reached. 

Privilege carries with it responsibility. The educated owe a 
debt to the uneducated, the favored to the unfavored. The world's 
need has put a mighty imperative upon the scholarship of today. 
When Jesus was twelve years old he made one memorable state- 
ment, "I must." The sense of inward compulsion was even then 



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driving him forward. "I must be about my Father's business." 
What is needed today is the imperative must, not imposed by out- 
side authority, but the expression of a soul driven onward by 
conviction. 

"Educated young men and women," says a recent writer, 
"should aim to be persons not merely of opinions, but of convic- 
tions. They should try to overcome the mental laziness of inertia 
and emotional apathy that characterizes the merely ruminant be- 
ing. They should acquire convictions, not at haphazard and upon 
superficial impulses, or under the temptation of expediency, but 
by the guidance of all their intellectual and moral zeal; and when 
having gotten down to fundamentals, they have rested their con- 
victions on the rock of right, they should try to use them as Lin- 
coln used them, — as a lever with which to move the world." 

To meet the sacrificial test, to become a cross-bearer in the 
political, social, and religious redemption of the world, one im- 
portant step must not be overlooked. It requires something more 
than a daring spirit. Men have dared to die in pulling down, as 
well as building up, the strongholds of civilization. They have 
gone to the block and the dungeon as the enemies of social order. 
There were three crosses on Calvary, on two of which hung vic- 
tims whose hands were red-dyed in human blood. Our text con- 
tains one clause that must not be overlooked. "He that foUoweth 
not after me is not worthy of me." There is a blood-stained path 
that leads the way. What he said to Peter and John and the rest 
of that apostolic group, Jesus is saying to us: "Follow me. I 
am the way to truth and life and destiny." 

In urging upon you the appropriation of the ideals which He 
embodied in his own life and left as a heritage to tlie ages. I am 
not unmindful of the disposition to ignore or belittle the influence 
of Christianity on the solution of our present world problems. 
But if history teaches anything, it is that the march of civilization 
through the centuries has been to the tune of Coronation. The 
hero of Calvary has set the pace for every onward movement, and 
only those who have snatched up his cross and carried on, have 
contributed to the lasting blessing of the race. It is to the in- 



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fluenee and inspiration of his Gospel that we are indebted for 
our most sacred institutions. Nations that most revere his Word 
and follow its teachings, have generally transcended in literature 
and science, in the arts of peace and the elements of national 
greatness and glory. 

To Him, through whose guidance we have come into the pos- 
session of these privileges, we therefore owe our undivided al- 
legiance. In meeting that obligation, we must not only follow 
Him in profession but catch his spirit, imitate his example and 
press toward the goal he has set for us. Then with Paul we can 
say, "In all things we are more than conquerors through Him 
that loved us." 

The path of sacrificial service may not lead to wealth or honor, 
but it is not without compensation. Good deeds, great achieve- 
ments, are their own reward. When Lindbergh landed in Paris, 
after the daring perilous flight alone across the ocean, his great- 
est reward was the consciousness of having accomplished what 
no human being had ever done. Nothing that France or America 
can do for him in the way of honors or emoluments can bring the 
thrill of that victorious moment. So to meet the test required in 
filling one's place in the service of the race is reward in it- 
self. To have part in whatever has lightened the burdens of hu- 
manity and contributed to the betterment of the world, is rec- 
ompense for all the toil and hardship it has cost. 

I bespeak for you such a career as you leave these halls. The 
task before you may be long and arduous. There are battles to 
be fought and victories to be won, before the enemies of progress 
and righteousness are put down. But keep your eyes open to the 
challenge of the times. Then with knowledge, and vision and 
faith, you will be able to help lead the way upward to a better 
America and a better world. 

To be alive. 

To think, to yearn, to strive, 

To be sent back and fashioned strong 

Rejoicing in the lesson that was taught. 

By all the good the grim experience wrought. 

At last exultingly to arrive 

Thank God I am alive." 



CORONACH FOR A MOUNTAINEER. 

(For B. L. G.) 

The mist drops low on crag and corrie, 
The evening settles on scaur and ben, 
Homes the late eagle from his foray, 
The light goes out of the silent glen; 
The night closes, the shadows soften 
On granite mountain and heather hill; 
And the climbing feet that came so often 
Are still, are still, 
And they will not come again. 

The eye that measured the climb before it. 

The feet that followed the eye that led. 

The strength that shouldered the pack and bore it, 

The gallant body, the steadfast head. 

And the great heart that drove them higher 

Till the peak was scaled and the summit won. 

Ever a fighter, ever a trier — 

All, all are done, 

And the climber of hills is dead. 

Lover of mountains! The twilight lingers 
On the Alpine snows and the Highland screes ; 
Eve with her soft, caressing fingers 
Smooths out furrow and fold and crease 
That Dawn may light them again to-morrow 
As the endless aeons of dawns must do; 
But the night that falls is a night of sorrow, 
Not you, not you 
Shall see that dawn on these. 

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The night falls dark on crag and eorrie 

Now where the suns of noonday shone, 

Homes the last eagle from his foray ; 

But — there must be mountains where you have gone ; 

Hills, great hills, to be friend and foe to, 

Hills to comfort you, hills to cheer; 

Wherever lovers of mountains go to. 

There, as here, 

Climb on, old friend, climb on ! 

— Hilton Brown* 

•Editor's note: This poem is copied from the LONDON 
SPECTATOR, not more for its beauty than for the name attached 
to it. ''Hilton Brown" is an English poet and story-writer. 



THE BUTLER ALUMNAL QUARTERLY 

Published by the Alumni Association of Butler University, Indianapolis. 

Officers of the Alumni Association — President, John F. Mitchell, Jr., '06; 
First Vice-President, Mrs. G. W. Snider, '66; Second Vice-President, 
Harold B. Tharp, '11; Secretary, Katharine M. Graydon, '78; Treasurer, 
George A. Schumacher, '25. 

EDITORIAL COMMENT 

There is no woman officially connected with Butler Univer- 
sity who did not receive with gratitude and rejoicing the news 
of the recent appointment of a woman as member of the Board 
of Directors — and that woman Mrs. Z. T. Sweeney. For the 
happy choice the Quarterly commends the Directorate. By tradi- 
tion, by history, by experience, Mrs. Sweeney has been closely 
associated with the institution. Her interest has been manifested 
in many ways, and the influence of so competent, so good, so gra- 
cious, so earnest a personality will permeate the academic atmos- 
phere. 

Not only is the College to be congratulated in the appointment 
of Mrs. Sweeney, but Mrs. Sweeney too may be held happy in 
the opportunity of fine accomplishment which lies before her. 

News of the election of William C. Smith as member of the 
Board of Directors of Butler University has been received by the 
alumni with great satisfaction. Mr. Smith, member of the class 
of '84, has been a loyal son of his alma mater. Brought up on a 
farm near Irvington, he with his brothers and sisters attended the 
country school and then entered the preparatory school of the 
College, graduating in due time. 

Modest in his bearing, cordial in his greeting, generous in his 
gifts from the time it was not easy to be generous, at all times 
attendant upon college functions and filling the highest office the 
alumni can bestow, Mr. Smith is an example of what a faithful 
alumnus may be, and the Association is gratified at his promo- 

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tion to the directorate knowing he will stand at all times for 
the best interests of the institution. 

Two others selected at the July meeting to fill places in the 
directorate of the university were Arthur Jordan and Peter C. 
Reilly, both of Indianapolis. Mr. Jordan, manufacturer and 
philanthropist, is known to many of the alumni by reason of his 
gifts to Butler in the course of the last two years. Mr. Reilly as 
president of the Republic Creosoting Company is one of the city's 

industrial leaders. 

* * * * «= 

Miss Graydon announces the appearance upon the editorial 
staff of Mr. J. Douglas Perry, '26, as associate editor and intro- 
duces him to the readers of the Quarterly with confidence and 
with pleasure. She has long anticipated the time when the making 
of the Alumni Magazine should fall into hands better fitted than 
her own for journalistic accomplishment and is grateful that such 
time is near at hand. There is a definite field in this alumnal 
activity — one in which possibilities are not slight; and yet, no 
editor can alone manufacture a worthy paper. The co-operation 
of the alummni is again urged in appearance upon the subscription 
list and the sending in of news. It is hoped a cordial and worthy 
reception will be granted to Mr. Perry. 

***** 

At the meeting of the Board of Directors on July 13 announce- 
ment was made by John W. Atherton of the gift of $50,000 to the 
building fund by a woman who requests that her name be withheld. 
Concerning this fine donation Hilton U. Brown said: 

"I also am sorry we can not tell her name, but it was her 
wish that the gift be announced under these conditions. I think 
she was attracted to Butler, not only because she sees in it a 
tremendous asset to the life of Indianapolis and to the future wel- 
fare of the city, but because Butler always has had a high regard 
for womanhood. Butler was one of the first schools in America 
to open its doors to women on an equality with men. It was one 
of the first institutions in the land to graduate a woman with the 
same degree that formerly had been given only to men. The 



120 Butler Alumnal Quaeterly 

editor of the Quarterly has expressed the hope recently that 
some day there would be a woman's building as a part of the 
university's plant and that it would be dedicated to the highest 
type of womanhood as fostered by Butler. We hope that this gift 
of $50,000 will be an incentive to others and that eventually Miss 
Graydon 's suggestion will be carried out. ' ' 

Since the last Quarterly a gift of $10,000 from Mr. Fred Hoke 
and Mr. John I. Holcomb, of Indianapolis, has been announced. 
This will go to the school of commerce building fund. 

COMMENCEMENT 

The seventy-second annual Commencement is a memory to 
cherish. Not before has there been seen upon the campus so large 
a number of alumni or a more cordial spirit. 

The program of the week-end was ushered in by the Phi Kappa 
Phi dinner given on the evening of June 10 at the University Club. 
About sixty members were present and the occasion was most 
enjoyable, especially the post-prandial feature. Dr. W. L. Rich- 
ardson as toastmaster presented the following program : 

Preparedness Dean J. W. Putman 

The Undergraduate and Phi Kappa Phi 

Mr. Lester Budd, '27 
**Yond' Cassius hath a lean and hungry look. 
He thinks too much" 



The Alumni Once More 

"Truth is One, 

The Roads to Truth are Many" 



Miss AUegra Stewart, '21 
Mr. Scot B. Clifford, '23 



Chinese Proverb 

President Robert J. Aley 
Vocal Solos Daisy F. Schulz, '25 

Presentation of Diplomas 

Professor Henry M. Gelston 
The delightful evening closed with the singing of college songs. 



Class and Alumni Day 121 

CLASS AND ALUMNI DAY 
Class Day exercises took place in the chapel at 10 in the morn- 
ing of the 11th and as usual attracted a large audience and were 
of a pleasing character. The program consisted of : 

Historian Eleanor Dunn 

Will-Maker Arthur Long 

Class Stunt "Hobo Days" 

characters 
Helena Sieloff, 

Leader of Chorus 
Billie Mae Kreider 
Paul Lockhart 
Elizabeth Heffernan 
Clifford Courtney 
Cranston Mugg 
Irwin Egan 
Wilson Daily 



Gif torian Clifford Courtney 

Class Poet Majoria Dorris Walsh 

Prophet Elizabeth Heffernan 

THE CLASS POEM— 1927 
By Marjoria Dorris Walsh 

The day has come when we must say goodbye, 
When we must part from comrades, masters too, 
The time when we approach the veil of truth 
And burn our incense at the holy place, 
This hour we start our pilgrimage to Mecca, 
Begin our conquest of Mount Everest. 
Our hearts bend low with tears like rain-fiUed flowers, 
Knowing tomorrow's sun will dry these tears. 
We turn our faces toward East's rosy promise. 



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Even as we clasp your hand, we view 

The intriguing bend on life's road just ahead. 

Life and adventure call, and we would go. 

The joy-embroidered hours we spent with you 

We take, to lighten grey days with their brightness. 

Nor must we leave behind the explanations, 

Plans, and maps, professors gave to us. 

To help us find true life and understand it. 

Goodbye — the whistles scream — we cannot wait, 

With these provisions we will search for life. 

And what is life ? Well, there are those who say 

It is the silver light of stars at evening. 

Others, the rainbow's pot of sunny gold, 

Or perfume of a jeweled rose at dawn. 

But we do not know yet because we only 

See its image in a breath-blurred mirror, 

When we find it — but — we're off. Goodbye. 

For the alumni gathering old friends and new began to re- 
turn early in the afternoon of Saturday and by the time supper 
was served upon the lawn in shadow of the loved old building an 
unusual number had arrived in an unusual spirit of gayety. As 
dusk began to fall the Butler University Band entertained the 
friends for half an hour, and here let it be said the College is 
proud of its Band. The program was 

1 In Honor Bound Kief er 

2 Yankee Rose Holden 

3 Fountain of Youth King 

4 Cheritza Ford 

5 Trombone Solo, Rose Polka de Ville 

Played by Glen Barrett 

6 Sam, The Old Accordion Man Donaldson 

7 Vocal Solo, Let Me Call You Sweetheart Friedman 

Sung by Kathryn Bowlby, '27 



Class and Alumni Day 123 

8 Radio Waves Jewell 

9 In The Gallery Of Memory arr. by Vanda worker 

Henry Hebert, Band Director 

The program was continued in the chapel, filled to its capacity. 
John P. Mitchell, '06, presiding officer, dispatched the business 
of the evening which consisted of the hearing of reports and the 
voting of the class of '27 into membership of the Association, and 
then announced a dramatic program presented by members of the 
celebrating class of '17 and by undergraduates: 

THE FLATTERING WORD— By George Kelley 

Mr. Rigley Howard Caldwell, '15 

Mrs. Rigley Elsie Pelt Caldwell, '17 

Mr. Eugene Tesh John L. H. Fuller, '17 

Mrs. Zooker Mary Louise Rumpler Ragsdale, '17 

Lena, her daughter Virginia Kingsbury, '18 

The play was coached by Mrs. Elizabeth Bogert Schofield, '09 
Vocal Solo by Ocie Higgins, '28 Selected 

THE ROMANCERS— Act I 

Pereival J. Clifford Courtney, '27 

Sylvette Marjorie Goble, '30 

Straforel Edward Green, '30 

Bergamin Paul Lockhart, '27 

Pasquinot Von Scherb, '29 

First Swordsman ) „^.„ , ^ , 

^ , y . .WiUard Kahn, '29 

Gardener j ' 

It was delightful to have so many old friends back, to feel the 
warmth of their interest and loyalty, and it is hoped they will all 
return next year — ^and others, too. 



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TREASURER'S REPORT 
June 11, 1927 

RECEIPTS 

Balance on hand June 12, 1926 $ 145.57 

Used for reduction of printing bill, $303.40 

Back dues and miscellaneous 27.43 

Interest Irvington State Bank 5.72 

Gifts 33.00 

Annual Dues 670.00 

Advertising 260.00 

Total Receipts $ 1141.72 

Postage $ 20.00 

Supplies 1.10 

Mailing Plates 25.00 

Applied on 1925-1926 Printing Bill 243.54 

Half Tones 14.92 

Invitation Cards for Alumni Meeting 5.50 

Membership Alumni Magazine Association 5.00 

Printing Butler Alumnal Quarterly 642.07 

Total Expenditure $ 939.13 



Balance June 11, 1927, On Deposit $202.59 

Irvington State Bank 

Respectfully submitted, 

George A, Schumacher, Treasurer. 

SECRETARY'S REPORT 
June 11, 1927 
The Alumni Association has been unusually energetic during 
the year. Feeling that activity in a common interest holds uni- 
fying power, that a body composed of such men and women as 
this body has unusual opportunity, the executive committee has 
accomplished real things. 



Secretary's Report 125 

One of the best things undertaken by the association has been 
the establishment of two Alumni Scholarships. This activity needs 
to be emphasized for there are many evidently who do not under- 
stand that the alumni are undertaking to send two worthy, appre- 
ciative students by granting to each a scholarship of the value of 
a year's tuition. For this accomplishment we ask every alumnus 
to make a voluntary contribution. It need not be large, but it 
needs to be cordial. Some of us do not forget when the financing 
of our own education was a thing none too easy, and of such we 
now ask an interest in helping others who are in the same situation. 
It seems as if every graduate of the institution might be happy 
to add to this Scholarship Fund at least one dollar a year. I am 
sure if the alumni realized what has already been accomplished 
they would enter more heartily into this scheme. 

Another enterprise of the year has been the establishment of 
the monthly alumni luncheons given the first Thursday of each 
month at the Columbia Club, where old friends and new may 
spend an hour together. This will continue next year. 

Let me call your attention to the picture hanging opposite the 
door of the chapel entrance, under the reflector — the gift of the 
Butler Alumni Club of Chicago, a beautiful and appreciated 
expression. 

Another picture hangs on the wall at the head of the west 
stairs on the second floor, a picture not before seen — that of the 
class of 1870. The group has been long in collecting and we are 
very grateful for it. It was a fine class which far too soon after 
graduation was swept away by death. If any one can assist in 
securing a picture of Dr. Daniel Boone Williams, the one lacking, 
it would be a grateful act. 

There are celebrating in our midst the class of '87 its 40th 
anniversary; the class of '96 its 31st; the class of '02 its 25th; 
the class of '08 its 19th ; the class of '14 its 13th ; the class of '17 
its 10th. An unusual number of alumni have returned, to whom 
we extend a very hearty welcome home. It means much to us all to 
see you, and we hope you will come soon again and often. 

The necrology of the year has been heavy, removing from our 



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midst some on whom we thought to lean, whose loyalty and whose 
lives adorned our alumni record: William H. Wiley, '64; Har- 
riet A. Scott, ex- 78; Dr. A. W. Brayton, 79; Demarchus C. 
Brown, 79; William F. Elliott, '80; Walter E. Smith, ex- '91; 
Grace Reeves Morris, '95; Marie Binninger, '07; Rebecca Daugh- 
erty Mackey, '25; Jocelyn Perry Courtright, '26; Pearle E. Mar- 
ley, '26. 

This evening the Association is to admit the class of '27 — 235 
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 fine activity 
as alumni which has characterized them as undergraduates 
throughout their four years. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Katharine M. Graydon 

Report of Nominating Committee 

Your committee on nominations, appointed by the executive 
board of the Alumni Association, begs to offer the following nomi- 
nations for officers for the year 1927-8 : — 

For President— John F. Mitchell— '06 

For First Vice-President — (Honorary) — Mrs. Alice Secrest 
Snider— '66* 

For Second Vice-President — (Active) — Harold Tharp — '11 

For Secretary — Miss Katharine M. Graydon — '78 

For Treasurer — George A. Schumacher — '24 

In placing in nomination — for the honor that may lie therein 
• — the name of Mrs. Snider, the committee wishes to quote the 
testimony that Mrs. Snider, "as a student was quiet, thorough, 
appreciative; walking — before the day of public transportation — 
long distance to her daily task and privilege. The degree of 
Bachelor of Science was a rare possession in the sixties, not only 
at the old University but throughout the country. 

As alumna she has shown for her Alma Mater through many 
years consistent loyalty, devotion and generosity. 



Secretary's Report 127 

As a citizen of the community Mrs. Snider 's life has been 
filled with gracious ministrations, and for all these things the 
Alumni Association thus bears grateful tribute." 
Respectfully submitted, Ethel Curryer, — '97 

John Fuller,— '17 
F. R. Kautz, — '87, chairman, 

Committee on Nominations. 
*0n the day following the reading of this report, Mrs. Snider 
died at her home in Indianapolis. 

BACCALAUREATE 

On Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock occurred in the chapel the 
Baccalaureate service. The Rev. W. G. Grafton, '80, of Indianap- 
olis preached the sermon which is given elsewhere. The invo- 
cation was pronounced by Dr. W. A. ShuUenberger and the bene- 
diction by Dean Frederick D. Kershner. Miss Hope Bedford, 
'23, was vocal soloist. The processional and recessional were 
played by the Butler Trio, Miss Beulah Moore, piano; Miss 
Marguerite Billo, violin; Miss Harriet Harding, cello. 

GRADUATION 

At 10 o'clock on Monday morning the long processional con- 
sisting of Senior Class, Honored Guests and Alumni, Faculty, 
Trustees, Speaker of the Day, wound its way to the music of the 
Butler University Band to seats under the trees east of the Resi- 
dence. The invocation was pronounced by Rev. Dr. Lewis Brown, 
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and the benediction by Rev. William 
J. Caughran, First Congregational Church. The address of the 
occasion was made by Hon. John James Tigert and is given else- 
where in this issue. 

In the conferral of degrees the President of the University said : 
My friends, custom has decreed that before the last act of 
your college course — the receiving of the diplomas — the president 
shall address to you a few words. It is perhaps true that these 
remarks will not change your attitude or affect your lives, but 
in the interest of continuing the custom, I take occasion to say a 
last few words of suggestion. 



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Nineteen hundred years ago, the great teacher said: "And 
whosoever shall compel you to go a mile with him, go with him 
twain." Through these words a statement of liberty was made — 
a desire in going the second mile — and that joy would follow. 
Selfishness is forgotten when one does the generous thing that 
is beyond what is demanded. 

Four years ago a large group of students entered Butler. 
Many of those failed under the requirements of the institution 
to make the first mile. Others traveled the first mile grudgingly 
and after that lost interest and disappeared. Those who are 
here today have gone more than the limit of the requirements. 
Many have not only gone the required mile, but beyond the second 
mile. 

Whatever you do in the world, the first mile will be under 
compulsion. Whether you go into business for yourself or others, 
there are the same principles, and the first mile must be traveled. 
If in your experience you have learned the joy of the second 
mile, your future will be pleasant and you will have some measure 
of success. It is a trite saying that you must be bigger than your 
job. You must overflow the place you fill, do more than you are 
paid for. Go at least the second mile. 

We part company today, you to go your first mile of travel in 
your endeavors. Please remember the service you render will re- 
flect upon your alma mater. She will watch you with interest, 
sympathize with your difficulties and pray for you. She wiU do 
these things because she believes you have caught the spirit of 
the words of the Nazarene, and that you will go the second, third 
and fourth mile. It is this faith that gives your alma mater 
courage. It is her belief that you will not disappoint her. Ajs 
college men and women you will keep an open mind. You be- 
lieve in your God, you love your neighbors. 

Do all that you do in the spirit of the second mile and you 
will bring the Millennium nearer. 

The following students were presented as candidates for de- 
grees by Dean James W. Putman : 



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Bernice Mead Abbott 
lone H. Agnew 
Ruth Lucile Allison 
Alice Elizabeth Anderson 
Lucie S. Ashjian 
Louise Brown Atherton 
Dorothy C. Avels 
Maud Kathryn Baldock 
Edith Mildred Ball 
Olive Ella Ballard 
Martha Louise Bebinger 
Violet Katherine Beck 
Ethel Dorothy Beerman 

•Pauline Beyersdorfer 
*John Arthur Black 

Albert William Bloemker 
♦Theodora Bosma 

Jeanne Elizabeth Bouslog 

Kathryn Marriott Bowlby 

Julia L. Bretzman 

Dorothy Lucile Brown 

Lester Earl Budd 

Gertrude Prances Buehler 
•Waldo Bailey Carter 

Deryl Case 
•Olive Liddell Casey 

Irma Mae Clark 

Josephine Harriette Coggins 
•Ernest Archie Copple 

Nancy M. Corley 
•James Clifford Courtney 

Anita Catharine Craft 

Arthur Lewis Crider 

Irma Helene Crowe 

Maud Elizabeth Custer 
Wilson Swengel Daily 
Mezzie Test Dalton 
Homer Riley Daubenspeck 
Ellen Davidson 
Mary Elizabeth Davidson 
•Floyd Davis 
Emma Elliott Deal 
Elizabeth Anne De Grief 
Louise Dingle 
Elizabeth Anne Downey 
Grace Marie Driftmeyer 
Rosa Margaret Dudenhoeffer 
Eleanor Dunn 
David Alfred Durbin 
Thelma Hayes Dye 
Irwin Paul Egan 
Evelyn Henderson Fife 
Barbara Anne Fischer 
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Virginia Rose Foxworthy 
Jonas Melvin Funkhouser 
*Charlotte Oilman 
Bernice G. Giltner 
Mildred Elizabeth Goodrich 
Margaret Frances Grainger 
Margery Hall 
Robert T. Harrison 
Dorothy Lucile Hauss 
Mary Susan Havens 
Mary Cathryn Headrick 

Dorothy Josephine Heath 
•Arthelma Heather 

Elizabeth Gralle Heffernan 
•Lee Andrew Henry 

Ralph Lindley Hitch 

Dora Ann Hodge 

Elizabeth E. Holmes 

Frank M. Hopper 

Edythe Elinor Hubbard 

Dorothy La Verne Huetter 

Grace M. Huffington 
*Maud Renwick Hylton 

Iris Viola Innes 

Katherine Jenkins 

Raymond Thomas Jenkins 

Austin Johnson 

Myrtle May Johnson 

Paula Delphine Karch 

Elizabeth Frances Keller 

Dorothy Jean Kemp 

Pearl Etta Kerst 

Mary Ann Kinneman 

*Cora Elizabeth Kirk 

Mary Alice Kitson 

Kathleen Klaiber 

Billie Mae Kreider 
*Opal Pauline Kuntz 

Eliza Agnes Larmore 

Florence Harriette Lesher 
♦Mary F. Leslie 

Helen R. Libking 
•Dorothy Lindsey 

Paul Thomas Lockhart 

Helen Amelia Loeper 

Edward Wesley Lollis 

Arthur Gilbert Long 

Ruth Lovett 

Virginia Smith Lucas 

Elizabeth Gallon Madison 

Jean Mander 
♦Catherine B. Mann 
•Esther A. Markus 

Jane Elizabeth Martin 

Nina Elizabeth Martin 
•Grace Martindale 

Lorena White McComb 

Martin McCracken 

William H. McDaniel 

Delia McPherson 

Ferdinand Paul Mehrlich 
•Mary Ruth Mehrlich 

Francis Augustine Meunier 
•Edna Mae Miller 

Jack Miller 

Merle Hamilton Miller 

L. Wayne Money 

Beatrice Lucile Moore 



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131 



David Bruce Moore 
♦Anna Louise Moss 
•Carl Otto Niemann 

Margaret Patricia O'Connor 

Mary Frances Ogle 

♦Eloise Mima Owings 

Helen Marjorie Pascoe 

John Corbin Patrick 
♦Emma Grayce Thorpe Peed 

Pauline Paye Peirce 

Maximo A. Pena 

Lloyd O. Poland 

•John E. Potzger 

•Linnie Esther Ramey 
Charlotte A. Reissner 
Jean Virginia Richardson 

•Marvin P. Richey 
Dorcas Irene Rock 
Beulah Ruth Rout 

•Clarence W. Russell 

•Mary M. Rust 
Fred Bates Sanders 
Maude Ann Searcy 
Dorothy Segur 
Mildred Gertrude Shadley 
Lelia Belle Shipman 
Helena Sieloff 
Esther Edythe Slutzky 
Eva Margaret Smith 
Katharine Louise Smith 
Lawson F. Smith 

•Rowena Elizabeth Smith 
Juanita Stamper 
Vivian Stevenson 
Marian Lomax Stewart 
Frances Conn Stout 
Anna Katherine Suter 
Jennie Kincaid Swan 
Helen Ann Taylor 

•Frank William Teague 
Catherine Thalman 
Dorothy Lou Thomas 
Grace Dean Thomas 

•Dean Thornberry 

•Halford Thornburgh 
Kenneth Edgar Thorne 

•Gertrude E. Theumler 
Eleanor Torr 

•Herbert D. Traub 
Bernice M. Tyner 

•Herschel Pierre VanSickle 

•Mattie Lucy Wales 
George Wallace Walker 
Marjoria Dorris Walsh 

•Sue Etta Warren 
Charles Marion Wells 
Louise Anne Wheeler 
Harriet Hawes Williams 
Elizabeth Jeanne Wilson 
Wesley T. Wilson 
George Rippetoe Witt 
Frances Bronson Woolery 
Leefe Worth 

Mary Lew Wright 
Frances Aileen Yorn 
Martha McAdams Zoercher 



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CANDIDATES FOR THE DEGREE OF 
BACHELOR OP SCIENCE 



IN SCIENCE OR MATHEMATICS 

Elizabeth Bernstein Chemistry 

Gladys Josephine Elmore Mathematics 

*John Marion Moore Botany 

John Howard Payne Chemistry 



IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 

Major Subject — Economics 



Neva N. Brewer 
•R. Kent Dorman 

J. Carlyle Ewing 

Paul Mathews German 

Emil Aquilla Harmeson 

Walter Brookfield Hendrickson 

Wilmer P. Jeffries 

James Smith Kennon 
♦Percy Ewart Lain 

Robert V. McOsker 

Francis A. Miller 

Marlin Miller 

Cranston Mugg 

Hermon B. Phillips 

Alfred Rosenstihl 

Paul S. Staples 

William Kenneth Vandivier 

Laurence M. Vollrath 

David Ross Wilkinson 

Robert Otto Woolgar 



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Indianapolis 



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Indianapolis 

Indianapolis 

Indianapolis 

Indianapolis 

Indianapolis 

Indianapolis 

Indianapolis 

Rushville 

zionsville 

Indianapolis 

Indianapolis 

Indianapolis 

Indianapolis 

Indianapolis 



CANDIDATES FOR THE DEGREE OF 
BACHELOR OF MUSIC 



Dortha Emily Berger 
Nell Denny 
Adah Margaret Hill 
Glenna J. Miller 
Fern Lorraine Reed 
•Paul George Richman 
Laura Maude Templeton 



BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS 



Alma Pearl Lucas 



BACHELOR OF SACRED LITERATURE 



Thomas J. Bennett 
•Murhl S. Rogers 



Bible 
Bible 



Indianapolis 

Indianapolis 

Indianapolis 

Indianapolis 

Danville 

Tipton 

Indianapolis 



Indianapolis 



Bargersville 
Morristown 



CANDIDATES FOR THE DEGREE OF 
MASTER OF ARTS 



Joy Julian Bailey 

Alfred T. DeGroot 

Yo Kawamura 
•William H. Knierim 

George Franklin Leonard 

Harold L. Proppe 
•May Kolmer Schaefer 

George Hamilton Singh 
•Sarah Trumbull Sisson 
•W. M. Stafford 



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Christian Doctrine 

Education 

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Sociology 

Education 

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Heltonville 

Washington, D. 

Japan 

Indianapolis 

Crawfordsville 

Indianapolis 

Indianapolis 

India 

Indianapolis 

Carthage 



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CANDIDATES FOR THE DEGREE OF 
BACHELOR OF DIVINITY 



Alexander Aitken 
William P. Bacon 
Alva J. Lindsey 
William Hauley Rowlands 



Christian Doctrine 
Church History 
Christian Doctrine 
Christian Doctrine 



Alberta, Canada 
Indianapolis 
Indianapolis 
Indianapolis 



PHI KAPPA PHI 



Alexander Aitken 
Louise Brown Atherton 
Violet Beck 
Theodora Bosma 
Julia Bretzman 
Lester Earl Budd 
Alfred T. DeGroot 
Grace Driftmeyer 
Dorothy L. Hauss 
Arthelma Heather 
Mary Alice Kitson 



George Franklin Leonard 
Alva J. Lindsey 
Ferdinand Mehrlich 
Mary Frances Ogle 
Helen Pascoe 
Pauline Faye Peirce 
Harold L. Proppe 
Anna Katherine Suter 
Jennie K. Swan 
Leefe Worth 
Frances Yorn 



HONORS 



Magna Cum Laude — Julia L. Bretzman 

Ferdinand Paul Mehrlicli 
Pauline Faye Peirce 
Cum Laude — Alexander Aitken 

Violet Katherine Beck 

Lester Earl Budd 

Grace Marie Driftmeyer 

Dorothy Lucile Hauss ' 

Arthelma Heather 

Alva J. Lindsey 

Jennie K. Swan 

Frances Aileen Torn 

HIGHEST STANDING FOR SENIORS who have made as many as ninety 
Semester Hours in Butler University: Ferdinand Paul Mehrlich, 
Pauline Faye Peirce, Arthelma Heather. 

SENIOR SCHOLARSHIPS— Full Tuition: Jane Ogborn. 

Half Tuition: Adalai Moore, Kenneth Parsons. 



ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIPS — Full Tuition: 



Anna Margaret Conway, George 
Blue. 



*These students have not completed all the requirements for gradua- 
tion. They expect to complete their work during the Summer Session. 
The degree and diploma will be awarded when the requirements are 
met, provided this is done before the opening of the Fall Semester, and 
these students will be graduated as of the Class of June, 1927. 



134 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

CLASS REUNIONS 
1917 

A class reunion is not an unusual event for the class of 1917, 
for we have had a class supper together each year since our gradu- 
ation. However, the lapse of a period of ten years brings a perspec- 
tive which adds an interest to the discussion of times past and 
present. 

Members of our class who lived far away made a special ef- 
fort to be here for our tenth reunion, for they supposed it to be 
also "the last commencement on the old campus." 

We reserved two tables for members of our class at the alumnae 
supper on Saturday evening. The "Flattering Word," a one act 
play by George Kelley, was our contribution to the program which 
followed the supper. John Fuller, Mary Louise Ragsdale, and Elsie 
Caldwell, of the class of 1917 had parts in the play. Virginia 
Kingsbury, '18, and Howard Caldwell, '15, were kind enough to 
complete the cast. The play was coached by Elizabeth Bogert 
Schofield. 

Our real get-to-gether was on Sunday evening at the very 
charming suburban home of Charlotte Bachman Carter in Edge- 
wood. Mrs. Myron Hughel, Mrs. John Kautz and Charlotte Carter 
had given much thought to the preparation for this event and 
the weather was perfect for the kind of a party which they had 
planned. A wiener roast and supper in the cool of the evening 
proved to be just the perfect kind of an informal party of which 
we all had dreamed. Florence Moffett Milford had come all the 
way from Miami, Florida, for our reunion. It was a joy to have 
her with us again and to have Mr. Milford too as one of our 
party. Ruth Habbe Nethercut was with us from Wisconsin and 
Mary Zoercher Carr from Buffalo, New York, Helen Andrews 
Tafel of Louisville, Ky., Edith Hendron Maddock from Bloomfield, 
Ind., and the pleasure of renewing our friendship with them added 
much to the interest of our reunion. With these from a distance 
there were twelve other members of the class and also the hus- 
bands and wives of class members as very welcome guests. 



Class Reunions 135 

"We had planned no formal program but Myron Hughel, our 
senior president, called us to order and called upon Austin Clif- 
ford for a welcome address. Austin, undaunted, rose to the 
occasion beautifully, and didn't even offer the usual bromide of 
"this is so sudden." We then read the letters we had received 
from Whitney Spiegel of Miami, Fla., Louise Conner Fox of 
Cheyenne, Wyo., and Earl McRoberts of Chicago, 111., called the 
class roll from the Drift of our senior year, and each gave any 
information we had concerning the members of the class not pres- 
ent. 

Our party became hilarious over the reading of the history 
written by Andrew Hopping and class prophecy by Laura Reed 
Bridges, which some one had thoughtfully preserved all these 
years and brought along for our amusement. The secretary was 
instructed to write to all those members who had sent messages in 
order to share with them as much as possible the joy of the tenth 
reunion of the class of 1917. 

Elsie Pelt Caldwell 

1914 
The annual luncheon of the class of 1914 was held as usual 
at the Lincoln Hotel. The numbers were few, but the spirit of 
fellowship was fine. There were present Eda Boos Brewer, Law- 
rence W. Bridge, Evanston, 111., Clarence W. Burkhardt, Lebanon, 
Ind., Harry F. Dietz, Ellen Graham George, Pearl Wolf Hitchens 
and Mr. Hitchens, Olive Hill, Kentucky. 

1908 

The class of 1908 has never failed to hold its annual reunion. 
This year the members breakfasted as usual at the same spot 
in EUenberger Woods, although as was remarked it would be im- 
possible to find that spot by any traces familiar in 1908 when 
EUenberger was a woodland instead of a city park. 

Miss Clara Thormyer, '06, was a guest of the class, and the 
company was made more enjoyable also by the merry presence 
of five little girls — the three daughters of Mrs. Lettie Lowe Myers, 
and the two of Mrs. Florence Hosbrook Wallace. 



136 Butler Alumnal Quarteely 

1902 
Members of the class of 1902 are widely scattered, still those 
near Indianapolis gathered about the alumnal board on the even- 
ing of the alumni reunion and together celebrated their twenty- 
fifth anniversary. There were present: Mrs. Verna Richey Ad- 
ney, Lebanon, Ind., Emmett S. Huggins and Mrs. Huggins, Sam- 
uel J. Offutt and Mrs. Offutt, Greenfield, Ind., Harry 0. Pritchard. 
News of their conversation has not reached the ears of the 
Quarterly but it is believed they had a merry time. 

1896 

Of the class of 1896 there were seen upon the campus Mrs. 
Retta Barnhill Morgan, Edward W. Clark, Mrs. Pearl Jeffries 
Miller and Mr. Miller, George Gould Wright and Mrs. Wright 
of Milwaukee, Wis. The daughter of one member of this class, 
Charles Test Dalton, graduated with the class of 1927 — Mezzie 
Test Dalton. The long drive of George Gould Wright to spend a 
few hours with his classmates was appreciated, and it is hoped 
he, with Mrs. Wright, will return next year. 

1887 

The "Immortals of '87" enjoyed their fortieth anniversary. 
There were present Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Dailey, Mr. and Mrs. 
F. R. Kautz, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Shoemaker, Mr. Erastus S. 
Conner, and Miss Jane Graydon. The class held its first meet- 
ing at the Alumni Reunion on Saturday evening when they had 
their supper at a table set apart for them. On Sunday noon 
Miss Jane Graydon gave the class dinner at which letters were 
read from absent members, except Fred M. Wade and John Reller. 

Ben Dailey enlivened the scene by reading an original poem, 
clever and humorous as only he could make it, in which he took 
off each member of the class and his adjunct. 

RoUin and Mrs. Kautz entertained all at a beautiful supper 
at their home. Class pictures were produced, the members had 
a chance to recall the faces of forty years ago, and memories 
funny and dear were indulged in. 

J. S. MeCallum says: ''I might be on my way to Indianapolis 
had you not taken it for granted that I could not come, for 



Class Reunions 137 

I am quite sure I would enjoy a sumptuous meal with all those 
illustrious spirits of '87 sitting around me. Hope you will have 
a good time. I expect to be in Indianapolis in October at the 
Convention." J. S. gets off two good stories which can not be 
repeated here. 

Sally Thrasher writes from Northport Point, Michigan : — 
' ' Nothing would have afforded me more real genuine pleasure than 
to be able to be with you all. Remember me kindly to each one, 
and if any pictures are passed around, do not forget me. I'm 
sending a few of our resort. Come up ! The water is fine. ' ' 

From Petersburg, Indiana, comes these words : — ' ' Sometimes 
as I am reading I stop and wonder how each of my classmates now 
looks. If you would see me of late, instead of that thick black hair, 
you would see a gray bald-headed pate; but I hope I have some 
good in me you would like at any rate." 

E. W, Cans sends a long epistle from Hagerstown, Maryland : — 
"To tell you the truth I am a little afraid to come back and face 
you all. You recall the parable of the talents. After forty years 
of struggle and competition with the world, I shall tremble might- 
ily to come back bearing my one talent meekly in my hand. Per- 
haps as a reaction from the spectacle of so many racing over the 
world for beauty and variety, because it must be gotten close in 
for me if at all, the habit has grown on me of working out the 
physical beauty of some spots in this wonderful country that 
my lot has fallen in. It seems to me the ranks of our class have 
adhered for a remarkable number of years. I certainly would like 
to hear all the old line of stories and jokes — would like to see some 
of the new girls. No, just the old ones done over. With best re- 
gards to all the old boys and love to all the girls." 

The word from E. P. Wise from North Canton is: — "Really 
my memory must be getting unstable. It had not occurred to me 
that this would be the fortieth anniversary of our graduation. 
How I would like to be there! Tell the "Immortals of '87" that 
I am on the way to a land of undying life. I feel in my veins 
the freshness of springtime and in my soul the vigor of youth. 
My eyes are "not dimmed" (not very much) nor is "my nat- 



138 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

ural force abated." I am busy working at tasks in which I de- 
light. I would like to shake hands again mth every one of the 
"Immortals." I would like to look them straight in the eyes, 
not to see how old they have grown, but how wise. What has life 
done for them. Have they found real satisfaction. He who has 
done his best to perform his chosen task cheerfully and with high 
purpose, who has laughed often and played a good deal and en- 
deavored to scatter sunshine, has succeeded. Such is my stand- 
ard of success, although I have not played much or laughed often. ' ' 

Omar Wilson hails from his mountain home : — ' ' But what 
shall we say of youth, Everything. There is not — never was — a fall 
of man, except the fall from youth — its dreams and enthusiasms. 
Old indeed is he who has outlived his enthusiam. So then, young 
indeed is he who has kept his enthusiasm. That's us! Hurrah! 
Three cheers for us. What does youth want? The earth, the 
universe! ! It has them and means to keep them. And now 
Ben and Rastus and RoUin and Shoey and Jane and Jane and 
Shoey and RoUin and Rastus and Ben and all the rest of you who 
are there, drink another glass to Auld Lang Syne." 

ALUMNI HONORS 

Graduates of Butler who received higher degrees from other 
institutions are : 

Helen McDonald Steinfeld, B. A. Butler, 1921, has completed 
the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at 
The University of California. Mrs. Steinfeld 's major sub- 
ject was zoology. The subject of her thesis was : Length of 
life of Drosophila melanogaster under aseptic conditions. 

Herman W. Kuntz, B. A. Butler, 1924, received the degree of 
Doctor of Medicine from Indiana University in June. Dr. 
Kuntz will serve as interne at the Indiana University Hospi- 
tals. 

Victor C. Twitty, B. S. Butler, 1925, has received the Lilly Re- 
search fellowship in Zoology at Yale University. 



Marriages 139 

John B. Mason, A. B. Butler, 1926, has received the 1927-1928 
student fellowship in International Law bestowed by the 
Carnegie Foundation. This fellowship offers choice of study 
at any university in the country. 

Graduates of the class of 1927 were awarded the following 

scholarships : 

Ferdinand Mehrlich, scholarship in Botany for $750. from the 
University of California. 

John H. Payne, scholarship in chemistry for $650. from the Uni- 
versity of Cincinnati. 

Lloyd Poland, scholarship in chemistry for $750. from the Uni- 
versity of Syracuse. 

Miss Virginia Small, '28, was awarded the Biology Club Scholar- 
ship in zoology. She will attend the summer school of the 
Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory. 

It is interesting to note that of those receiving advanced de- 
grees with the class of '27 were Miss Yo Kawamura, B. A. Uni- 
versity of Michigan, in Christian Doctrine, College of Religion, 
with subject of thesis: Evolution of Japanese Religious Ideals; 
and George Hamilton Singh, B. A. Hiram College, in Sociology, 
Butler College the subject of his thesis being: A Socio-ocological 
Study of the Indian Caste System. 

MARRIAGES 

Cavins-Erickson — On April 30 were married in New Britain, 
Connecticut, Dr. Alexander Cavins, '21, and Miss Grace Lillian 
Eriekson. Dr. and Mrs. Cavins are at home in Terre Haute, 
Indiana. 

Fisher- Weaver — On May 20 were married in Pittsboro, Indi- 
ana, Mr. George Leroy Fisher and Miss Frances Miriam Wea- 
ver, '21. Mr. and Mrs. Fisher are at home in Pittsboro. 

Davenport-Farson — On May 21 were married in Danville, 
Illinois, Mr. John Morrison Davenport, ex- '18, and Miss Lena 
Farson. Mr. and Mrs. Davenport are at home in Irvington. 



140 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

Hoover-Holmes — On May 28 were married in Indianapolis 
Mr. Donald D. Hoover and Miss Pauline E. Holmes, '23. Mr. and 
Mrs. Hoover are at home in Washington, D. C. 

Spaid-Dorey — On June 1 were married in Indianapolis Mr. 
Orieon Meeker Spaid and Miss Gwendolen Louise Dorey, '24. Mr. 
and Mrs. Spaid are at home in South Bend, Indiana. 

Fisch-Bales — On June 5 were married in Winchester, Indiana, 
Mr. Max Harold Fisch, '24 and Miss Ruth Bales, '24. Mr. and 
Mrs. Fisch are at home in Ithaca, New York, where both are con- 
nected with Cornell University. 

Green-Darnell — On June 10 were married in Indianapolis 
Mr. Paul Emerson Green, '28, and Miss Ruth Ellen Darnell. Mr. 
and Mrs. Green are at home in Indianapolis. 

O 'Dell-Godley — On June 18 were married in Indianapolis Mr. 
DeForest O'Dell, '21, and Miss Margaret Caroline Godley, '26. 
Mr. and Mrs. O'Dell are at home in Irvington. 

Cain-Stilz — On June 18 were married in Irvington Mr. Stan- 
ley Adair Cain, '24, and Miss Mildred Lucile Stilz, '25. Mr. and 
Mrs. Cain are at home in Irvington. 

Buck-Perrin — On June 18 were married in Irvington Dr. 
Joseph E. Buck and Miss Opal Irene Perrin, '25. Dr. and Mrs. 
Buck are at home in Indianapolis. 

Over-Brown — On June 22 were married Mr. William Ewald 
Over and Miss Miriam Josephine Brown, '23. Mr. and Mrs. Over 
are at home in Indianapolis. 

McClure-Shank — On June 24 were married in Indianapolis 
Mr. McClure and Miss Dorothy Shank, '24. Mr. and Mrs. McClure 
are at home in Indianapolis. 

Obold-Halliday — On June 225 were married in Indianapolis 
Mr. Charles Taylor Obold and Miss Justine Halliday, '26. Mr. 
and Mrs. Obold are at home in Detroit, Michigan. 

Goodwin-Austin — On June 26 were married in Indianapolis 
Mr. Elmer W. Goodwin and Miss Eleanor Austin, '24. Mr. and 
Mrs. Goodwin are at home in Muncie, Indiana. 



Births 141 

Elliott- Wilson — On June 27 were married in Irvington, Mr. 
Nelson Elliott and Miss Florence Zula Wilson, 17. Mr. and Mrs. 
Elliott are at home in Indianapolis. 

Calvert-Johnston — On June 28 were married in Columbia, 
Missouri, Mr. John Calvert and Miss Harriet Johnston, instructor 
in zoology in Butler College, 1923- '25. Mr. and Mrs. Calvert are 
at home in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Stahr-Bouslog — On July 2 were married in Indianapolis Mr. 
John W. Stahr and Miss Jeanne Bouslog, '27. Mr. and Mrs. Stahr 
are at home in Elkhart, Indiana. 

Campbell-Gore — On July 2 were married in Indianapolis Dr. 
Edward Donald Campbell, '22, and Miss Edith Emily Gore, '19. 
Dr. and Mrs. Campbell are at home in Indianapolis. 

Clemens-Borgstede — On July 3 were married at Winona Lake, 
Indiana, Mr. Kenneth L. Clemens and Miss Martha Margaret Borg- 
stede, '23. Mr. and Mrs. Clemens are at home in Gary, Indiana. 

Lyman-Huber — Mr. Damien J. Lyman, '26, and Miss Marie 
Huber, '28, were married on July 28 in Indianapolis where their 
residence will continue to be. 

Stoughton-Wilson — Mr. Clyde Stoughton and Miss Corinne 
Wilson, Butler student, were married on July 30 in Indianapolis 
where they will live. 

BIRTHS 

Gill— To Mr. and Mrs. George E. Gill (Urith C. Daily, '17) 
on July 8 in Indianapolis a son — Benjamin Dailey. 

Hamp — To Mr. Robert J. Hamp, 14, and Mrs. Hamp (Dorothy 
Kautz, '14) on May 29, in Kokomo, Indiana, a daughter — Juliana. 

Mahoney — To Mr. and Mrs. William B. Mahoney (Margaret 
Sylveen Storch, '22) on May 27, in Detroit, Michigan, a daughter 
— ^Virginia Margaret. 

OusLEY — To Mr. Harold P. Ousley and Mrs. Ousley (Mary 
Katharine O 'Haver, '19), on June 10, in Memphis, Tennessee, a 
daughter — Louise Nave. 



142 Butler Alumnal Quaeteely 

Shelhorn — To Mr. Robert Shelhorn and Mrs. SheUiorn (Ber- 
tha Coughlen, '18) on June 18, in Indianapolis, a daughter — Hil- 
dreth. 

Van Houten — To Mr. Walter Van Houten and Mrs. Van 
Houten (Katharine Findley, ex- '16), on June 1, in Indianapolis, 
a daughter — Helen Julia. 

WooDLiNG — To Mr. Homer E, Woodling, '26, and Mrs. Wood- 
ling, on May 5, in Bloomfield, Indiana, a daughter — Margaret Jane. 

DEATHS 

Bare — Henry C. Barr, former student in the early 70 's, died 
on May 11 at his home in Princeton, Indiana. From the Metho- 
dist Church of that town he was buried on the 13th. The uni- 
versal esteem in which he was held was seen at the final service. 

Mr. Barr was born in Bruceville, Indiana, June 4, 1854. His 
common school education was attained in Bruceville after which 
he was a student of Butler University. His college course was 
interrupted by the death of his father whose extensive land hold- 
ings Henry returned to Bruceville to manage. In 1880 he mar- 
ried Miss Mattie Emison, and a year later moved to Princeton, 
where Mr. and Mrs. Barr have continued to make their home. 

Mr. Barr was a prominent member of his community. He was 
a successful business man, conservative but enterprising, and his 
energy, of which he was well endowed, was devoted faithfully to 
the interests which came under his control. He amassed con- 
siderable wealth, but was personally modest, retiring and a "man 
of the people." Integrity was the cornerstone of his life. The 
loss of his influence will be sincerely felt. 

Elliott — William Frederick Elliott, '80, died at his home in 
Indianapolis on June 5 and was buried from the Second Presby- 
terian Church on the 8th in Crown Hill Cemetery. 

Mr. Elliott was born in Indianapolis April 29, 1859, and spent 
all of his life in this city. He was graduated from Butler College 
in 1880 and later attended the law school of the University of Mich- 
igan, from which he was graduated in 1881. After leaving law 



Deaths 143 

school he came to Indianapolis, where he began the practice of law 
with his father, Byron K. Elliott, Sr. He later was associated in 
the practice of law with Caleb S. Denny, former mayor, now dead. 

Although he continued the practice of law, Mr. Elliott be- 
came the author of several books which attracted a great deal of 
attention in the legal field. Some of his more important works were : 
"Elliott on Contract," eight volumes; "Elliott on Railroads," 
six volumes; "Elliott on Evidence," four volumes; and "Elliott 
on Roads and Streets." His most recent work was "Work of the 
Advocate," a two-volume legal publication completed about a 
year ago. In addition Mr. Elliott contributed articles on various 
subjects to legal magazines and encyclopedias. 

Of our faithful alumnal friend the Indianapolis News speaks 
editorially thus: The son of one judge, the father of another, 
William F. Elliott, who is dead at his home in this city at the 
age of sixty-eight years, lived a useful life in the service of 
the law. His father was Byron K. Elliott, who for twelve years 
served as a member of the Indiana supreme court. His son, the 
grandfather's namesake, is judge of the Marion county superior 
court No. 4. Mr. Elliott was born in Indianapolis. He attended 
the elementary schools here and Butler University, graduating 
with the class of 1880. His degree in law came from the University 
of Michigan. Following his legal course he entered the practice 
of his profession with his distinguished father. Together they 
wrote a number of law books that became standard texts through- 
out the country. In later years Mr. Elliott was the author of 
several legal treatises that were regarded as authoritative. These 
works dealt with contracts, roads, streets, general evidence and 
railroads. Elliott's General Practice has been widely used by law 
schools throughout the country as a textbook. Mr. EUiott found 
time to lecture at law schools, colleges and universities, and was 
a prolific writer of articles that appeared in legal publications. 
Although his chief interests were in the law, he took part in move- 
ments that had to do with the development of Indianapolis. He 
was a Mason, a member of the Indiana and the American bar as- 
sociations, the Indianapolis Contemporary Club and the Indianapo- 



144 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

lis Dramatic Club. The law was a passion with him, and he felt 
that it was his duty to create in the minds of others the same re- 
spect that he felt for it. His contributions to the legal history 
of the state and the country bear testimony to his knowledge, his 
industry and his unusually broad field of learning. 

Lennard — Mrs. Emma Steeg Lennard, former student, died 
on April 10 in West Palm Beach, Florida, and was buried on the 
14th at Greencastle, Indiana. 

Emma Steeg 's attendance at the college was not long, but 
during it she left pronounced impression upon her teachers and 
mates of a young woman of high purpose, mental attainment and 
refined character. Of such the world has need. 

Scott — Harriet A. Scott, ex- 78, died on May 26 in Fresno, 
California. Hattie Scott was one of that pleasant group of girls 
consisting of Annie Butler, Emily Fletcher, Annie Bence, Janet 
Moores, Bizzanna O'Connor and Kate Graydon, who entered the 
preparatory department of the old University and continued until 
the College removed to Irvington. She then became one of the 
capable teachers of the Indianapolis public schools. Here she 
gave strong and efiicient service until obliged to resign on account 
of ill-health. She then joined relatives in California where she 
has since lived. 

Miss Scott's dignity and refinement were recognized by everj' 
one who knew her. Although she never regained her health she 
bore her suffering and limitations with a fortitude that is rare. 
She loved loyally her family and friends. She maintained un- 
flaggingly her interest in Butler University, and read eagerly the 
Quarterly, contributing to its pages. She had fine taste in art 
and literature, instinctively appreciating and enjoying the best. 
Her last club paper in Indianapolis on Sienkiewicz's Novels was 
long remembered and commented upon. 

Miss Scott leaves one brother, Frank Edwin Scott, an artist 
in Paris whose picture, "The First Lesson" received a medal at 
an exhibit in Brussels and now hangs on a wall of the Herron 
Art Institute. — Ellen D. Graydon. 



Deaths 145 

Snider — Alice E. Secrest, '66, died at her home in Indianapolis 
on June 12 and was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery on the 14th. 

Mrs. Snider was born in Indianapolis in the year 1845. Girl- 
hood days and years of young womanhood were spent in this 
city. College work, too, was here completed and life friendships 
have been established. In 1870 she was married to George W. 
Snider, who preceded her in the adventure of the great beyond 
in the year 1898. 

Two children were born into the family circle, Lillian Snider, 
who passed away in 1893 at the age of nine years, and the son 
Albert, who survives. In her own family there is but one surviv- 
or out of nine children, Mrs. Betty E. Cox, of Indianapolis. 

All too limited are time and words to portray adequately 
such a well rounded and Christian life as Mrs. Snider 's. Versa- 
tile in a remarkable degree, she combined vigor, wisdom, business 
efficiency and innate graciousness and culture with loving con- 
sideration for others. Together she and her husband inaugurated 
the Hide Leather and Belting Company, which growing in volume 
of business and in influence stands today vigorous and productive, 
a monument to business genius. And throughout these later years 
she has been close comrade with her son and other directors in 
active business affairs. Her insight into business matters, present 
and future, was wondrously clear and correct. 

But beyond and above these items stand still others supreme 
and superior. Hers was a character of poise and balance; hers 
was a stewardship of heart and of loving interest in others. In 
her outreach to link her own personality with the lives of repre- 
sentative business women of today, she established in 1905 the 
Lillian Snider Home at 623 North New Jersey Street. Into that 
home she put abundantly of means and love. It was and is to- 
day a home in every sense. Out from that home have gone in the 
course of 22 years somewhere between 700 and 1,000 business 
women to all parts of the United States. Messages and letters 
constantly returning have told of their deep appreciation of her 
motherhood, and her last venturing forth from home was on Feb- 



146 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

ruary 17 this year on the occasion of the reunion of the former 
girls of the Lillian Snider Home. 

One would pass over the most significant quality of her life 
did he not mention her Christian motherhood. Such motherhood 
begets Christian manhood and womanhood, and so in the farthest 
removes of this city is known and honored the strong, manly, 
devoted thought of the son for his mother. Beautiful indeed has 
it been for scores of us to know and to sense the comradeship of 
this good mother and son in the maturity of years. Her com- 
fort, her well being, her happiness, her desires were the son's 
greatest concern, and today is fulfilled in our knowledge the scrip- 
ture, "Her children rise up and call her blessed." In all this has 
Mrs. Albert Snider joined to the fullest and that deep and sin- 
cere devotion of her companion, Miss Shafer, has been a benedic- 
tion to the many who have known the home during the past ten 
years. 

For 32 years Mrs. Snider has been a member of the Central 
Christian Church of Indianapolis. Her generosity and liberality 
and interest in aU philanthropic work were equaled by an extra- 
ordinary sweetness of disposition and steadfast adherence to the 
Christian ideals of life. The Research Club claimed her in its 
roster of membership ; the Y, W. C. A. had been helped and bene- 
fited by her in times past in the capacity as Director, and the con- 
tinuity of family life from early colonial days was represented 
by her membership in the Daughters of the Union. All of these 
representative organizations join an unnumbered multitude of 
friends to hold her memory in sacred reverence and to confess that 
her life has been a benefaction and a benediction to her community 
and to humankind. — W. A. Shullenberger. 

A tragic sorrow fell into two Irvington homes when a son of 
each and freshmen of the College crashed to earth in their airplane 
on June 26. Edward L. McCalip, twenty years of age, was in- 
stantly killed, and Weldon Worth was seriously injured near 
Shelbyville, Indiana. The Quarterly sends its sincere sympathy 
to the parents and families of both promising young men. 



Deaths 147 

Wallace — To Mr, and Mrs. John L. Wallace (Florence Hos- 
brook, '08) in the great sorrow of the loss of their only son, the 
Quarterly send its sympathy. Frank Andrew Wallace died on 
July 4 at the age of fifteen years after a two days' illness of 
meningitis. The swiftness of the blow is benumbing. The promise 
of so manly, so loving and lovable a boy, shown in the direction 
of long and useful life. 

But "my ways are not your ways, saith the Lord." 

Walton— To Mrs. J. C. Walton ((Grace O. Small, '15) the 
Quarterly sends its sincere sympathy in the death of her husband, 
Dr. J. C. Walton, on July 29. Dr. and Mrs. Walton had come to 
Irvington six weeks ago with their little son Carlisle, four years 
old, and had established themselves in a home beside BUenberger 
Woods. A happy career seemed ahead when suddenly and cruelly 
the Doctor was attacked by an unknown bandit, dying from the 
effects. The final service was held the morning of August 1 and 
burial occurred at Knightstown, Indiana. 



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CONTENTS 

OCTOBER 
In Explanation 

Philosophical Fundamentalism 

Dean Frederick D. Kershner 

In the Heyday op the Literary Society 

Hilton U. Brown, '80 

Gibraltar Pines Penelope V. Kern, '00 

One Year After 



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Looking Ahead 
Mr. Atherton's Return 

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The University Opening 
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Around the Campus 
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.Eleanor McColloum, '26 



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IN EXPLANATION 

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which prevented the appearance of the July issue of the 
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press, it was deemed advisable, in the interest of timeliness, 
to revise the earlier number and incorporate it in the October 
edition. Consequently, a combined issue is presented in this 
book, the Commencement Day address, the baccalaureate 
sermon, and a full account of the activities of Commencement 
Week appearing after the contents of the regular October 
number. 

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editors regret the delay that alumni readers have been oc- 
casioned, and will put forth special efforts to insure the 
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Vol. XVI October, 1927 No. 3 

Katharine Merrill Graydon, '78 Editor 

J. Douglas Perry, '26 Associate Editor 

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PHILOSOPHICAL FUNDAMENTALISM 

{A review of Prof. Elijah Jordan's recent hook, ''Forms of In- 
dividuality,'' published hy Charles W. Laut Co., Indianapolis) 

By Dr. Frederick D. Kershner, 
Dean, College of Religion 

Professor Jordan's new book represents an achievement in its 
particular field. It embodies the results of years of painstaking 
research and investigation combined with a determined effort on 
the part of the author to think things through for himself. The 
immediate occasion of its writing was the world-wide turmoil and 
confusion caused by the Great War. In the midst of the apparent 
debacle of civilization the author asked himself the question as to 
whether humanity had not missed the principle of order which can 
alone preserve the human race from catastrophe. This book is an 
answer to the question indicated. The subject is treated from 
almost every angle and the conclusions reached are the same. The 
breakdown of modern civilization is primarily due to the emphasis 
upon individualism, particularity and subjectivity, which charac- 
terizes modern thought and modern life. A world which worships 
atoms and combinations of atoms can never be anything but a 

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68 Butler Alumnal Quartebly 

confused and chaotic universe. The only way out is to recognize 
that there is a universal order which gives whatever reality the 
particular may possess and without which there is no such thing 
as the individual being real at all. 

Professor Jordan is an Absolutist in the good old metaphysical 
sense of the term. He follows the "high priori way" throughout 
and has little patience with empiricism in any form. He has close 
affiliations with Plato, Aristotle, Spinoza, and Hegel, and yet he 
cannot be styled a direct disciple of any one of them. Perhaps he 
comes nearer being a Realist, in the old, mediaeval, scholastic sense, 
than anything else. There are passages in this volume which would 
have delighted the heart of old William of Champeaux himself. 
Much of the thought is in harmony with the underlying presupposi- 
tions of St. Thomas Aquinas and mediaeval scholasticism in general. 
Perhaps the author's position^ could more correctly be styled 
Coneeptualism than Realism, but there are certain places where 
the language is distinctly Realistic in its purest and most Platonic 
form. The book gives a trenchant criticism of the modern scientific 
disciplines, especially in the fields of psychology, sociology' and 
jurisprudence. Everywhere Dr. Jordan finds the same disease 
preying at the vitals of civilization. There is the same desire to 
get back to the unique individual with the idea that if only this 
can be achieved every problem will be solved. Progress then be- 
comes a quantitative multiplication of individuals with the result 
that chaos always continues and order is never reached. The 
modern business man follows the same blind emphasis upon in- 
dividualism with the result that we have constant strife, confusion 
and chaos throughout the commercial world. This strife and con- 
fusion lead to war and to international disorders of every kind. 
Professor Jordan, while believing thoroughly in the principle that 
the universal is the only real, does not believe that this principle 
possesses significance aside from its objectificatiou in the institu- 
tional life of the world. Corporations and states are true in- 
dividuals and possess a greater measure of reality than is charac- 
teristic of the personality of human beings. Progress depends 
upon institutions primarily and it is the reform of our institutional 



Philosophical Fundamentalism 69 

life which is most needed in order to save civilization from ruin. 
Professor Jordan does not tell us just how we are to go about the 
task of reforming these institutions, but we understand that this 
exceedingly delicate and important matter is to receive treatment 
in a further volume. The present discussion is simply an attempt 
to establish the philosophical ground of order in human relations 
and to mark out the pathway along which humanity must travel if 
it is to be saved from its present disorder and confusion. 

Forms of Individuality is an exceedingly thought-provoking 
and stimulating volume. It is a book which requires careful study 
and it is not intended as a substitute for summer fiction. The style 
appears involved at times, but this is no doubt largely due to the 
difficulties inherent in the effort to find adequate forms of ex- 
pression for the thought to be conveyed. Doubtless most of those 
who will disagree with the author will do so because of his insistence 
upon the apriori and Absolutist method throughout the work. The 
charge of Hegelianism will no doubt be made against him, not 
entirely without reason. This fact, however, does not have any- 
thing to do with the argument contained in the book. Calling 
names noes not prove or disprove anything. The main position 
taken in the volume with regard to the suicidal effects of modern 
individualism appears to the writer to be proved in thoroughly 
incontestable fashion. This is, after all, the chief subject at issue 
in the discussion and we shall be interested in seeing what really 
serious argument can be brought against Dr. Jordan's thesis. 
Whatever may be one's views of the subject matter of the volume 
it is a book of which any university faculty may well be proud and 
which any thoughtful and serious-minded reader will always find 
worthy of perusal. 



IN THE HEYDAY OF THE LITERARY SOCIETY 
By Hilton U. Brown, '80 

At this distance from the old college literary society days it 
may be difficult for the present-day student to realize that there 
was a time when the rivalries and even animosities of these 
societies exceeded in violence the partisan attitude that used to 
keep fraternity men apart. These rivalries did not always exist, 
nor did they affect all societies, but there were outstanding occa- 
sions, such as elections, when all of the ingenuity of student life 
was assembled to bring victory. I am only proposing here to touch 
on a few characteristics and incidents. A true history would 
require time and research. I am speaking "out of my head," be- 
tween callers. 

The two original literary societies in Butler were organized at 
the old Northwestern Christian University. They were the 
Mathesian and the Pythonian. I was a member of the Pythonian 
and brazenly admit to the violent partisanship which animated 
my course in those good old fighting days. One of the loathsome 
members of the opposition said "Pythonian" had its origin from 
"python," the snake. But we traced our claim to classical origin 
by appealing to Professor Benton who gallantly came to our 
relief. We further substantiated our lineage by pointing to our 
motto, which translated meant, "Amid the shades of the academy 
we seek truth." 

When we refitted the hall at the northeast corner, third floor, 
to what was then the new Irvington building, we built an elaborate 
dais, bought a regal chair, and enthroned the president there. 
For a table we had a pulpit-like formation on which the motto was 
inscribed. My Mathesian friend, Romeo Johnson, referred to 
this as a "pulpitetta," and harassed us mightily with a running 
fire of caustic comment. 

But to go back to the original days : 

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In the Heyday of the Literary Society 71 

The two societies flourished in the old Northwestern and trans- 
ferred their activities when the college was removed to Irvington. 
Very wisely the authorities assigned the Mathesians to a corner 
of the building about as far away as it was possible to get from 
the quarters where the Pythonians held forth. 

Later two other societies were organized : the Athenian, com- 
posed of women, organized largely at the instance of Professor 
Catharine Merrill, and the Philokurian, which was a ministerial 
organization in the beginning but became a general literary society, 
as I understand, and still carries on. In other words, the youngest 
is the survivor. These two societies found rooms in the remaining 
quarters of the third floor. From all four there were mighty 
outbursts of oratory every Friday night, except that the Athenian 
society relieved the pressure by meeting in the afternoon — which 
also left its members free for night engagements with the young 
men. 

Friday nights brought the social climaxes of the week, 
"Dates" as they are now called were made by note early in the 
week, when the young women were asked by the young men for 

' ' the privilege of escorting them to the society on Friday 

night." How many of these engagements became permanent life 
affairs I would not undertake to say; but I personally know of 
more than one. There was a narrow board walk leading down to 
the college and, as I remember now, it nearly always rained on 
Friday nights, which made it quite essential that the girls should 
be carefully looked after in navigating the swamp through which 
the board walk was laid. 

The literary societies were deemed of sufficient importance to 
have a place on the commencement program. When the college 
was down in the city, commencement exercises were usually held 
at the Central Christian Church, then at the corner of Delaware 
and Ohio streets. The printed programs for these occasions called 
for the exercise of all the artistry available in that day. I remem- 
ber the first one in which my name appeared as a participant. 
It was printed in white and blue on white silk, fringed at the ends. 
The next year there was a variation and the program was printed 



72 Butler Alumnal. Quarterly 

on stiff glazed cards in colored inks and with Greek and Latin 
quotations. 

The Friday night meetings of the societies always included 
Bible reading (I remember when it came my turn I always read 
the last chapter of Revelations, because I could find the last 
chapter in the Bible, and I liked the poetical rhythm, whether I 
knew what it meant or not) two essays, two declamations, two 
orations, and, after a recess, a debate. Critics discussed each per- 
formance and performers. We kept late hours. And they were 
full hours. And those of us who lived in the city not infrequently 
had to walk home — four to six miles — because we had missed the 
last train which left the Pennsylvania station at 11 o'clock. Once 
each term we had a newspaper called The Observer. It was read 
by the editor, but not printed. And all scores were evened on that 
night. 

The performers each evening as a rule took themselves seriously. 
But it was not always so. Lucian Campbell, (of blessed memory) 
for instance, one night, appeared before the society with a large 
roll of paper and said that his essay would be "rather long." 
Thereupon he dropped the leaded end of his roll which struck the 
floor with a thud and he began to reel off miles of paper, but only 
ells of words and thoughts. 

Over in the Mathesian society in the late '70s was Ed Laughlin, 
who afterwards became a noted preacher and who was the silver- 
tongued orator of his academic day. When he was giving a 
declamation or an oration everything else faded into insignificance. 
He used to recite Poe's "Bells" and "The Raven" in such melt- 
ing tones that we Pythonians even forgave him for being a 
Mathesian. We only had one member that could equal him in 
declamation, and that was Demarclius C. Brown, who, in "The 
Seasons," or " Thanatopsis, " put in so much pathos and color that 
we all felt as if the authors themselves were appearing. 

And this reminds me of one of the debates in the old college 
downtown. It was the last night of the year and everybody was 
cutting loose in all forms of frivolity. The learned debaters dis- 
cussed the question, "Which is more harmful, the corset or tight 



In the Heyday of the Literary Society 73 

shoes?" Sam Parrish led the battle for corsets and in a final 
burst of oratory demanded dramatically of the opposition : ' ' Does 
this prove that corsets are more harmful than tight shoes? Echo 
answers 'No.' " 

Well, these merry days have fled. They had their uses. Every 
man that went through four years of society life could at least 
stand on his feet and talk. The English department later took 
the burden of instruction in English literature, and the societies 
with their libraries and their memories have all but faded away. 



GIBRALTAR PINES 
By Penelope V. Kern, '00 

little pine grove, you have made a temple ! 

Your pillars, frescoed, carved by faithful time ; 
Your arched tracery with glint of Heaven's blue, 

To the wind 's low requiem rhythmic too ; 
Your pungent, padded floor, patterned anew 

With waving plantlets and flickering sunbeams; 
Your choir invisible of tiniest murmuring things, 

Invite to worship ; and there gleams 
Into the green gloom, the western sun 

Smiling a benediction. O little pine grove. 
On summer days, a holy shrine ! 

On winter nights, a memory divine ! 



ONE YEAR AFTER 

By Eleanor McColloum, '26 



The first year — -is it the hardest? The supposed disillusionment attendant on 
graduation long has been the subject of serious and facetious comment. Here is a 
recent graduate who thinks it is all a myth. No rude shock awaits the discerning 
student, she believes. He makes acquaintance with the world before leaving 
college. — The Editor. 



"All is not gold that glitters," so the old proverb said. In 
the four years of a college career, one finds much that is gold and 
much that appears to be gold. For the one, then, who is guided 
entirely by external appearance, graduation must bring a rude 
shock when it reveals that much of yellow metal is only brass, but 
for one who is more careful in his judgments, the world outside 
of college halls offers no disillusionment. 

Some there may be who listen only to the good that is said of 
man's doings in business and politics. If so, they must go through 
a period of struggle when they discover the hard, unpleasant side 
of business and political life. Perhaps their world seems to crumble 
into chaos. But with the educational system of today teaching 
that life is not always either easy or beautiful, such persons are 
indeed rare. 

As a college graduate of one year, I insist, from personal ex- 
perience and from watching the experiences of others, that the 
first year is not a time of disillusionment and of struggle to adjust 
one's self to a new and strange world. The student of today is of 
the world, not apart from it. He associates with persons sprung 
from various national and racial strains, his contacts are with 
representatives of many professions and trades, he meets persons 
of limited and persons of wide experience. 

Many college students, perhaps most of them, are engaged in 
earning a living in order to pay all or part of their college 
expenses. They are not to be deceived about world conditions, 
either in general or in particular. Their professors are practical 

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One Year After 75 

men. They do not live apart from business and political affairs. 
They have not only the knowledge found in books, but first-hand 
knowledge, to give their students. 

We of today — I speak of the younger college graduate — have 
the happy faculty of facing the facts and adjusting ourselves 
accordingly. When we were graduated last year, we knew that 
positions in every field were few. The supply for four or five 
years has greatly exceeded the demand. Also, we knew we could 
not start at the top, but must begin at the bottom, learning many 
lessons by experience that books could not teach. This meant that 
we should not find a position quickly and easily, and that a position 
when found would not necessarily pay well or be wholly desirable. 
But if education does anything, it teaches the lesson of patience, 
the lesson of waiting for the rewards that come of doing one's best. 

I grant that there are a few who may be disappointed in the 
life that offers after college is done, but the exception merely 
proves the rule. There are some, indeed, who are disappointed in 
college life itself — the life that for most of us was so easy and 
happy an experience. The sum and substance of it is that dis- 
illusionment is not a necessary process, for the world of today is 
an open book for all who desire to read. If one examines closely, 
one will find pure gold in friendship, in business associations, in 
political relationships. No one need mistake the brass for the gold. 



THE BUTLER ALUMNAL QUARTERLY 

Published by the Alumni Association of Butler University, Indianapolis. 

Officers of the Alumni Association — ^President, John F. Mitchell, Jr., '06; 
First Vice-President, William C. Smith, '84; Second Vice-President, 
Harold B. Tharp, '11; Secretary, Katharine M. Graydon, '78; Treasurer, 
George A. Schumacher, '25; appointees, Margaret E. Bruner, '21, and 
John I. Kautz, '17. 

EDITORIAL COMMENT 

A MILLION FOR BUTLER 

When such a man as Arthur Jordan gives one million dollars 
to an institution — Mr. Jordan's latest gift of $625,000 to Butler 
University, bringing the total of his contributions to the million 
mark, was announced September 14 — the gift involves more than a 
sum of money. It brings with it a guaranty of worth, a certificate 
of character. Although known for his openness of hand, Mr. 
Jordan does not dispense his benefactions incautiously. With a 
proper sagaciousness born of a successful career in business, he 
studies carefully an institution's potentialities, and his favorable 
decision means he is assured his contribution will be for the 
greatest good to the greatest number. 

In the case of Butler, Mr. Jordan's interest has mounted 
progressively since his first gift of $25,000 to the building fund 
two years ago. Learning the caliber of the men directing the 
affairs of the University and having unfolded to him in detail the 
plans for the great institution at Fairview led him to make his 
later benefactions. The result, according to John W. Atherton, 
financial secretary, will be a speeding up of the building program. 
The entire amount given by Mr. Jordan will be applied to the 
construction of the first unit of three buildings, to be known 
as the Jordan Memorial Unit. This will release other money which 
makes possible the beginning of work on additional buildings much 
sooner than had been contemplated. 

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A Million For Butler 77 

Newspapers in Indianapolis and throughout the state hailed 
the Jordan gift as probably the largest made to any local cause 
by any donor while alive and in a position to aid in the proper 
expenditure of the money. Commenting editorially, the Indian- 
apolis News says : 

* ' Mr. Jordan has done a magnif icient thing not only for Butler, 
but for Indianapolis. The buildings that will be completed with 
his new gifts are permanent and beautiful and, with others that 
are to be constructed and the landscaping that will follow, will 
make Fairview not only an educational center, but one of the show 
places of the city." 

An editorial in the Indianapolis Star asserts that "Mr. Jor- 
dan's gift is opportune and will be doubly valuable because of its 
timeliness. ' ' 

Mr. Jordan is not an alumnus. His interest is that of a 
philanthropist and a friend of education. Without the advantage 
of a college education himself, he realizes the handicap that such 
a lack places on present-day youth. His gift will make it easier 
for thousands of young men and women of Indianapolis and 
Indiana to receive the benefits of college training. 

LOOKING AHEAD 

The university has entered what probably will be its last year 
on the Irvington campus. In recent years little active effort to 
bring new students to Butler has been made for the reason that 
the facilities of the institution were taxed already to the limit of 
their capacity. With the more adequate accommodations at Fair- 
view and the greater opportunities offered by the steadily broaden- 
ing scope of the curricula, it is only natural to look forward to 
increase in enrollment. 

Alumni do not desire bigness for bigness sake alone. There 
is no virtue in numbers of themselves. But Butler alumni are 
jealous of every lost opportunity to widen the field of service 
which their alma mater offers to the youth of Indiana, and with 
this thought in mind they are beginning to ask themselves what 



78 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

they can do in their respective communities to aid the sound 
program of expansion which the university officials contemplate. 

Probably the best immediate answer lies in organization — 
closer affiliation of former students now living outside of Indian- 
apolis. There is scarcely a city of size in Indiana that does not 
number in its population enough Butler people for a local alumni 
club. The purpose of such a club is to strengthen ties of fellow- 
ship, but the organization also would become a service bureau, 
available to the young people of the community who are contemplat- 
ing coming to Butler for their education. 

As a result of the action of the university's athletic board of 
control in leasing the gymnasium at Fairview to the Indiana 
High School Athletic Association for the final games of the state 
basketball tournament, hundreds of high school boys and girls, 
with their parents and friends, will be brought each year to the 
Butler campus from all parts of the state. Because of this contact, 
■ many of them naturally will think of Butler when they are con- 
fronted a little later with the problem of selecting their coUege. 
Probably the first thoughts of the prospective students and of 
their parents will be to seek out in their own town Butler alumni, 
persons whom they know, for advice. If the university is identified 
in that city by an alumni club, the problem is simplified. 

A boy or girl considering Butler for his education is entitled 
to something more than a printed prospectus giving a list of courses 
and the history of the institution. He should have the warm 
personal contact and reliable counsel of one of his own townsmen 
who knows both what the youth desires and what the university 
stands for. Who is better fitted for this than the alumni? And 
how can such service be administered more effectively than 
through local alumni clubs? 

Alumni who interest themselves in the organization of such 
clubs may be assured of the co-operation of the officers of the 
general association. The structures now going up at Fairview are 
proof of the university's temper of progressivism. The alumni 
must not fail to keep pace with their alma mater. 



The University Opening 79 

MR. ATHERTON'S RETURN 

The return of John W. Atherton, financial secretary of the 
University, to Indianapolis after several weeks of rest and treat- 
ment at Battle Creek, Michigan, is a matter of satisfaction to all 
alumni and friends of the University who have known of the 
arduous and unremitting character of his labors in connection 
with the promotion of the Fairview program. His physicians 
attributed his nervous breakdown to the strain of overwork and 
have insisted that he refrain from resuming actively his duties for 
some time to come. 

The Quarterly is happy in his improvement and looks forward 
to his speedy and complete restoration to health. 



THE UNIVERSITY OPENING 

Approximately 1,600 students were enrolled by Butler College 
and the College of Religion Tuesday and Wednesday, September 
20 and 21, with the opening of the seventy-third college year. 
Registration took place in the gymnasium under the direction of 
Miss Sara E. Cotton, registrar, and her corps of assistants. Class 
work in the 120 courses offered this year began Thursday. . 

Metropolitan School of Music, John Herron Art Institute, In- 
diana College of Music and Fine Arts, Teachers College of Indian- 
apolis and Indiana Law School, all affiliated with Butler, also have 
reported substantial enrollment figures. 

The removal of the College of Religion to the College of Missions 
Building has solved to that extent the annual problem of adequate 
class room accommodation. Part of the space formerly occupied 
by the College of Religion in the northeast wing of the Administra- 
tion Building is now being used as an office by the department 
of education. 

A number of new courses are included in the 1927-28 
curriculum. Among men of note who will come to the campus this 
year as special lecturers, according to an announcement of the 
College of Religion, are Arthur Holmes, professor of psychology, 
University of Pennsylvania ; Walter S. Athearn, dean of the Boston 
University School of Religious Education and Social Science; 



80 Butler Alumnal. Quarterly 

P. H. Welshimer, pastor of the First Christian Church, Canton, 0. ; 
B. A. Abbott, editor of the Christian Evangelist, and E. W. Thorn- 
ton, literary editor of the Standard Publishing Company. 

Dr. Thomas W. Grafton preached the convocation sermon for 
the College of Religion Sunday forenoon, September 25, at the 
Downey Avenue Christian Church. 

Several changes in faculty personnel were effective with the 
opening of the semester. Faculty members severing their connec- 
tion with the University include H. Parr Armstrong, associate 
professor of religion; Henry Ellis Birdsong, head of the depart- 
ment of journalism; and Wood Unger, assistant professor of 
English. M. G. Bridenstine, instructor in economics ; L. E. Dabney, 
assistant professor of French, and Walter L. Slifer, assistant pro- 
fessor of history, have gone on leaves of absence for post graduate 
study. Miss Faye Cantrall, assistant librarian, will attend for the 
year the library school at the University of Illinois. 

Miss Esther Renfrew, instructor in romance languages, has 
returned from the University of Michigan where she received her 
M. A. after a year of study. Miss Emily Helming, assistant pro- 
fessor of English, has resumed her work at Butler after a year of 
study at Yale. Miss Mary S. McBride, instructor in English, who 
taught last year at Hiram College, taking the place of Prof. 
John Kenyon, former Butler professor who was away from Hiram 
on leave, has returned. 

A new member of the faculty is Miss Janet M. MacDonald, who 
becomes associate professor in the department of classical languages 
and archaeology. Miss MacDonald holds the degrees A. B., ^lorn- 
ingside College; M. A., University of Illinois, and Ph. D., Br>Ti 
Mawr College. She comes to Butler from Franklin College where 
for the last four years she was head of the department of classical 
languages. 

Frank R. Hall, M, A., University of Wisconsin, has joined 
the faculty as instructor in history, and Earl Beckner, Butler 
alumnus who has been working on his Ph. D.. in the University of 
Chicago, becomes assistant professor of economics. 



Alumni, Meet Potsy Clark 81 

DeForest O'Dell, former instructor in journalism, is now head 
of that department. He succeeded Professor Birdsong who went 
to Temple University, Philadelphia, to become head of the depart- 
ment of journalism there. J. Douglas Perry, A. B., Butler Uni- 
versity, has joined the department at Butler as instructor. He 
was formerly on the staffs of the Indianapolis Star and the 
Indianapolis News. 

Miss Bernice Giltner, Miss Jean Mander and Miss Dorothy 
Hauss, all of whom were graduates from Butler in June, have re- 
turned to the College as assistants in the department of romance 
languages. They also are working on their M. A. degrees. 

In the athletic department, George (Potsy) Clark, former as- 
sistant coach at the University of Minnesota, has taken over the 
reins as athletic director. He brought with him to assist him 
throughout the football season, Neil (Cowboy) Hyde, former star 
of the Gopher eleven. The adding of Hermon E. Phillips to the 
athletic department staff after his graduation from Butler in June 
was popularly received by students and friends of the university. 
His achievements on the mid-western tracks time and again brought 
national athletic prominence to Butler. Ralph E. Hitch, another 
member of the June class, has returned as graduate manager of 
athletics. 



ALUMNI, MEET POTSY CLARK 

*'The breaks are against us. Don't mistake me. We are out 
to win all our games, but only a fighting quality of football will 
do it. Frankly, our material is mediocre. In ability, I do not 
believe the team will match up with Butler teams of recent years. 
That means that every boy that steps out on the field must have 
sixty minutes of fight in him. If he does not, I can't use him." 

Potsy Clark] was discussing the season's prospects with a 
visitor. Fall football practice had just opened, and Butler's new 
coach and athletic director had come in from the field where he 
had been working three days with a squad of forty sweating 
athletes, some of them seasoned by a year or two of college foot- 
ball but the others novitiates in the art of shifting, smashing, 



82 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

wriggling their way through a barrier of human beef to get their 
man or gain their goal. 

It was not football weather. A broiling sun was beating down 
on the roof of the athletic department office, and the heat within 
was almost stifling, but the tang of autumn is not necessary to 
stir the football fever in the veins of Clark, whose playing as 
quarterback at the University of Illinois has become one of the 
themes of Illini epic and tradition and whose achievements on the 
gridiron in France on the championship team of the A. E. F. caused 
many a doughboy to cheer himself hoarse. 

Potsy — his right name is George, but few know that and fewer 
care — takes his football seriously. When he spoke of the necessity 
of a fighting spirit, there was a glint of fire in his eye, and the 
note in his voice became just a trifle hard and cold. The boys on 
the squad probably will come to know well that flinty quality of the 
man before the season is over. When this writing appears in 
print, the team will be well along in its schedule of games, with 
the tale of its efforts partly told, but if determination is contagious, 
Butler will have a square-jawed, hard-tackling outfit whether in 
victory or defeat. 

Potsy does not measure up to the caricaturist's idea of a foot- 
ball coach. He is not the bull-necked, swaggering type who spits 
tacks and whose frown makes strong men tremble. Fair-haired 
and rather small in stature, he is affable in manner, and soft- 
spoken in address. He would be as much at home in the drawing 
room as on the gridiron. The day of strong-arm methods, and 
bullying, man-driving coaches seems to be passing. Potsy is of the 
newer order. He is more than a coach. He is a scientist, a grid- 
iron tactician, a professor of football, if you please. 

His interests are not narrowed to the playing field or the 
realm of competitive sports. One of the important items on his 
program is to give underprivileged students the advantages of a 
system of corrective athletics. Next year he plans to draw up a 
set of standards that every student must fulfill before he receives 
the credit in the department of physical training which is necessary 
for graduation. One of the requirements, he said, will demand 



Alumni, Meet Potsy Clark 83 

that every boy be able to swim the length of the pool in the new 
gymnasium at Fairview. 

"For the present," he explained, "we shall do the best we 
can with our facilities. Dr. W. F. Kelly, of Irvington, will give 
every boy a thorough physical examination. A card will be made 
out for each student and any physical defects revealed by the 
examination will be indicated thereon. By prescribing exercises 
in accordance with the information obtained, we hope to remedy 
the defects." 

For his athletes, Potsy has a different prescription. It is : bed 
each night by 11 o'clock; no intoxicants or tobacco; regular meals; 
no eating between meals; no sweets or pastries before the game. 
Violation of the rules means dismissal, Potsy asserted. He believes 
in discipline. 

One characteristic of this man is his distaste for half-hearted- 
ness in spirit or action. 

"Tell the alumni," he said, "to support us 100 per cent, or 
forget us altogether. We do not wish to be hampered by knockers. 
I am not in sympathy with individuals or with alumni groups 
criticizing men who are giving all or part time to an institution 
that is bound to go over, and the future of Butler is assured. I 
believe, however, in the fairness and loyalty of the body of Butler 
alumni. ' ' 

He pointed to the record that has been made in recent years 
in obtaining money for the building and endowment funds as 
one matter for satisfaction and felicitation among all alumni. 

When the talk turned to Potsy 's staff of assistants, he im- 
mediately laid aside all modesty and reserve. 

* ' In Hinkle here I have the best basketball man in the country, ' ' 
he boasted as " Poosh- 'em-up-Paul, " who had just entered the 
office, blushed his acknowledgement. "When it comes to baseball, 
there is not much that Wee Willie McGill does not know about 
that game. Nipper will handle the freshmen to satisfaction, and 
Phillips will take care of the physical training work, and later, 
try his hand at coaching track. Butler is now, and has been for 



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the last few years, at the top in basketball and baseball. My 
aim is to put it on the top also in football and track. ' ' 

Potsy does not predict how long it will take him to realize 
his aim, but he does not pose as a miracle man. His success will 
be the result of honest effort and far-sighted generalship. Already 
he is looking ahead to 1928, and he believes he now has material 
in prospect for next year and the succeeding year that will give 
him his chance to create a great football machine. He hopes to 
meet Purdue and Colgate in the new Butler stadium in 1928, 
and he is contemplating a trip to the coast for the team. 

Alumni are going to like Potsy Clark. Indeed, those who know 
him already like him. They like his firm handclasp, his geniality, 
his quiet, businesslike way of going about things. In the better 
sense of the term, he is a good fellow. And Potsy is prepared to 
like the alumni. He said so. They're "good fellows," he thinks. 
And when good fellows get together, it's always foul weather — 
for Butler's athletic rivals. 



AROUND THE CAMPUS 

A reception for new members of the faculty was held on the 
evening of September 24 in Residence Hall under the sponsorship 
of the Faculty Club. The meeting constituted the first of a series 
of programs to be given by the club once a month. Although the 
feature of most of the sessions will be the reading of a paper by 
one of the club members, a stronger emphasis is to be placed on 
social activities this year, according to Prof. Albert Mock, 
president. 

Programs for the remainder of the year are as follows : October 
8 — "Understanding Latin America," Prof. Talbert Reavis; Novem- 
ber 12 — ^" Ideals and Activities," Prof. W. L. Richardson; Decem- 
ber 10 — Christmas party ; January 14 — ' ' Modern Buddhist Revival 
in India," Dr. Charles T. Paul; February 18 — Faculty frolic; 
March 10— "Dickens, a Newspaper Man," Prof. DeForest O'Dell; 
April 14 — Visiting speaker, not yet announced; May 12 — "Some 
Experimental Evidences of Molecular Motion and Disintegration," 
Prof. F. E. Elliott. 



Around The Campus 85 

The Women's Faculty Club will be served the current year by 
the following officers : president, Miss Ida B. Wilhite ; first vice- 
president, Mrs. J. W. Putnam ; second vice-president, Mrs. John S. 
Harrison; recording secretary, Mrs. Bruce Kershner; correspond- 
ing secretary, Mrs. A. B. Carlile; treasurer, Mrs. Claude Sifritt. 
The officers form an executive committee which will prepare the 
program. Monthly meetings are held at the homes of the members. 



The success of the informal monthly luncheons held last year 
by Indianapolis alumni has led to the continuance of the plan this 
year. George A. Schumacher, '25, and DeForest O'Dell, '21, are 
devising programs for the luncheons which will be held the first 
Thursday of each month at the Columbia Club a few minutes after 
noon. "Clark Day" is the designation for the October luncheon, 
planned in honor of George (Potsy) Clark, Butler's new coach 
and athletic director. 

AU alumni have been invited to attend. Meetings last year 
saw in attendance not only Indianapolis persons, but also some 
graduates and former students from nearby towns. 



The reception accorded ''The Cocoon," college literary 
magazine which made its bow on the campus last spring, has 
warranted its continuance this fall. The first issue is scheduled 
to appear in November. Louise Eleanor Ross is editor and Mrs. 
T. G. Wesenberg is faculty advisor. 



A lovely canvas, "A Pool, Evening," done by William Forsyth, 
hangs on the wall of the north corridor on the second floor of the 
Administration Building. The painting was the gift to the school 
of the class of 1927. 



As organized this year, the journalism department presents 
an all-Butler teaching personnel, all three of the men in the de- 
partment being Butler graduates. 

DeForest O'Dell, assistant professor and acting head of the 
department, was a member of the class of '21. He took his M. A., 



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at Columbia University in 1922, later holding positions on the 
staffs of newspapers in Indianapolis, Richmond, Evansville and 
other cities of the middle west. He was a member of the English 
department in the Richmond High School, 1922-23. He then be- 
came associate professor of English at Lombard College, remaining 
there until 1925 when he became an instructor in the Butler 
journalism department. 

Herbert R. Hill, instructor at Butler and news editor of the 
Indianapolis News, was graduated in 1922. He also studied at 
the Pulitzer School of Journalism, Columbia University, He has 
held various positions on the staff of the News, with the 
Associated Press in Indianapolis and New York and with the 
United Press in New York. He also is Indianapolis correspondent 
for the Chicago Tribune, the New York World, the Baltimore Sun 
and the Louisville Courier-Journal. 

J. Douglas Perry is the latest appointment in the department 
of journalism where he will serve as instructor. Mr. Perry came 
to Butler as a student from the Louisville (Ky.) high school in 
1919. Illness interrupted his college work shortly after that, but 
he later returned and was graduated in the class of '26. Before 
returning as an instructor he served as a reporter for the Indian- 
apolis Star and as copy editor of the Indianapolis News. He had 
previously been employed by the Kentucky News Bureau in Louis- 
ville. 



ALUMNAE CLUB PROGRAMS 

Two clubs, the memberships of which are composed of Butler 
alumnae, are beginning an interesting series of programs for the 
year. They are the Butler Alumnae Literary Club and the 
Katharine Merrill Graydon Club. 

The Alumnae Literary Club, which devotes its interests to 
travel, fiction, biography, history and drama, held its first meeting 
September 24. Talks were made on a miscellany of fiction. 
Officers for the year are Miss Irma Bachman, president; Mrs. 
Louis Kirkhof f , vice-president ; Miss Irma Brayton, secretary, and 
Miss Maude Russell, treasurer. 



Personal Mention 87 

The Katharine Merrill Graydon Club has selected the poetry of 
Browning as the study topic for the year. Social meetings include 
an autumn luncheon, a guest picnic, a spring luncheon, and a 
children's party. Officers are Miss Katharine Merrill Graydon, 
honorary president; Mrs. Howard W. Pattison, president; Mrs. 
Howard C. Caldwell, vice-president; Mrs. Francis W. Payne, 
secretary, and Mrs. Arthur B. Shultz, treasurer. 



PERSONAL MENTION 

Dr. Ernest R. Copeland, 78, is living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Franklin Frey, '25, is teaching mathematics at Anderson. 

Irma Ulrich, '26, has gone to Radcliffe College for graduate 
study. 

Mildred Edna Winship, '24, is teaching English and history 
at "Winchester. 

Rilus Doolittle, '25, is teaching algebra and history at Harris- 
burg, Illinois. 

Miss Dorris Walsh, '27, has entered Smith College to work for 
her master's degree. 

Mrs. Carl Burkhardt (Haidee Forsyth) and her little family 
spent the summer in Irvington. 

Margaret F. Grainger, '27, has gone to the Johns Hopkins 
School for Nurses for a three years' course. 

Pauline D. Wilkinson, '24, is teaching mathematics and is 
principal of the school at Thorntown. 

Frank Furstenberg, '27, has matriculated in the Indiana Uni- 
versity School of Medicine at Bloomington. 

Frank F. Hummel, '93, has been appointed vice-president of 
D. C. Heath and Company, located in Chicago. 

Ralph E. Stevenson and Mrs. Stevenson, '18, have moved to 
Cypress, Alabama, for residence. 

Dr. Charles L. Cabalzar, '05, has been elected president of the 
Staff Society of the Indianapolis City Hospital. 

Paul G. Iske, ex- '24, has been appointed an interne in the 
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88 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

Mr. and Mrs. Claris Adams and daughters have moved to St. 
Louis, Missouri, where they will make their home. 

The news of the convalescence of Dr. John H. Oliver is received 
at the College with great gratitude. 

S. W. Straus & Company announce their appointment of Lester 
E. Budd, '27, as sales representative of their organization in 
Indianapolis. 

Mr. and Mrs. Laz Noble, '90, of Warrenton, Virginia, who 
motored to Yellowstone park in August, spent a few days in 
Indianapolis as guests of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Burns. 

Dr. Chester G. Vernier, '03, of the faculty of Leland Stanford 
University, and Mrs. Vernier (Lena Hazel Anderson, '06) returned 
to their homes in Indianapolis in July. 

It was pleasant to see upon the campus for Commencement 
Mrs. Helen Andrews Tafel from Kentucky, Mrs. Florence Moffett 
Milford from Florida, Mrs. Marj^ Zoercher Carr from New York, 
Mrs. Ruth Habbe Nethercut from Wisconsin. 

Robert Keach, former student and three-letter athlete during 
the latter part of the Page regime, has accepted a position with 
the Carr Tire Company, Indianapolis. Bob has been attending the 
Firestone school of salesmen at Akron, Ohio. 

Mrs. Iris Maxwell Brannigan, ex- '14, received the Master of 
Arts degree in June from the University of Chicago and will be 
instructor in art in the University of Texas. 

Josephus Peasley, '79, has long been recovering from a serious 
automobile accident. After confinement of nine months to his 
home in Des Moines, Iowa, he is now able to walk to his office. 

Russell C. Putnam, '19, and family made a brief visit on Dean 
and Mrs. Putnam en route to Dakota for their vacation. Russell 
is instructor in electrical engineering in the School of Applied 
Science. 

Shelley D. Watts, '00, has accepted a position in connection 
with the Milwaukee County Community Fund. He writes, "My 
family will be moving soon to Milwaukee, but I can never be so far 



Personal Mention 89 

away from the Butler campus that I will not always keep in 
memory the friends in Irvington and send to the old college my 
very best wishes." 

Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Dyer, Mr. and Mrs. F. Elbert Glass, Mr. 
and Mrs. John Paul Ragsdale, Dr. and Mrs. C. E. Donnell, Mr. and 
Mrs. Walter H. Montgomery, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Shultz, Miss 
Lorene Jeffries, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Kercheval, of Sheridan, 
and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Van Tassel motored to Louisville to 
spend the Fourth of July with Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Tafel. 

William G. Irwin, '89, among his many good works has offered 
prizes for the best essays on some local history subjects by the 
pupils from each eighth grade school in the county, and another 
prize for each high school in the county. The Bartholomew County 
Historical Society is doing excellent work in promoting the study 
of local unwritten history in its different communities. 

The following members of the June graduating class are among 
those who have received teaching appointments for the fall, ac- 
cording to information filed in the office of the Butler University 
employment bureau: Bernice M. Abbott, history, Mooresville; 
Theodora Bosma, Latin and mathematics, DuBois ; Elizabeth Anne 
DeGrief, eighth grade, Indianapolis Public School No. 82; Grace 
Driftmeyer, Latin, Mooresville; Rosa M. Dudenhoeffer, English, 
history and home economics, Brenan; Francis L. Fletcher, history, 
Sheridan; Arthelma Heather, Carmel; Raymond T. Jenkins, 
Columbia City; Mary Alice Kitson, mathematics, English and 
Spanish, Gardener, 111. ; Opal Kuntz, Latin and English, New 
Salem; Nina E. Martin, mathematics, Knox; Beulah Nonweiler, 
biology and home economics, Minerva, 111. ; Jean Richardson, Eng- 
lish, Terrace Park, 0. ; Mary M. Rust, Latin and English, Glendale; 
Katharine L. Smith, Public School No. 33, Indianapolis; Mary 
Lomax Stewart, English, Minneapolis, Minn. ; Laura Templeton, 
supervisor in music, Noblesville; Catherine Thalman, history and 
home economics, Manilla, Ind. ; Leefe May Worth, mathematics, 
Portland, Ind. ; Mary Lew Wright, Latin and history, Lawrence, 
and Jane E. Martin, preceptress of girls and assistant in English, 
Jackson College, Jackson, Miss. 



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Herbert R. Hyman, '10, vice-president of the Homer McKee 
Company and advertising counsel of the Real Silk Hosiery Mills, 
has accepted the post of director of merchandising for the Key- 
stone Knitting Mills, Ltd., of London, England. Mr. Hyman said 
he plans to assume his new duties late in November. He will leave 
with Mrs. Hyman early in October and will tour Europe before 
going to London. 

A native of Indianapolis, Mr. Hyman attended Shortridge 
High School and later was graduated from Butler College. While a 
student he was on the staff of Indianapolis newspapers, and on 
completing his work here and going to Europe to complete his 
studies, acted as a correspondent for the Indianapolis Star as well 
as a contributor to several magazines. 

On returning to Indianapolis, he became identified with the 
Bobbs-Merrill Publishing Company as director of publicity. He 
was closely identified with the publication of the works of James 
Whitcomb Riley and aided in the introduction of writers such as 
Harold MacGrath, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Nina Wilcox Putnam, 
Earl Derr Biggers, Oliver Curwood, I. A. R. Wylie, Mary Brecht 
Pulver, William Randolph Chester, Jacques Futrelle, WiUiam 
Babington Maxwell, and others. 

In 1915, Mr. Hyman was appointed advertising manager by 
the Cole Motor Car Company and remained with that company for 
seven years. During his connection with motor car manufacturers 
he gained wide recognition through the development of a new 
process of four-color advertising for reproducing cars more realis- 
tically on the printed page. 

When Charles M. Schwab acquired control of the Stutz Motor 
Car Company of America, Inc., Mr. Hyman was appointed adver- 
tising counsel. Later he was advanced to the position of general 
sales manager, serving in that capacity for several years. 

Late in 1924 Mr. Hyman was made a vice-president in the 
Homer McKee Company and was put in charge of the national 
advertising of the Real Silk Hosiery Mills, serving as advertising 
counsel. Through his connection with the hosiery manufacturers 



Marriages 91 

Mr, Hyman was in touch with the progress made by the Keystone 
Mills, and while in Europe last year was approached by the British 
concern, which had just started to erect the mills at Elstree. 



MARRIAGES 

Mitchell-Deardorf — Mr. Dow Mitchell and Miss Rosalie Dear- 
dorf, '21, were married at McCordsville, Indiana, on August 20. 
Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell are at home in Clinton, Indiana. 

Ray-Deal — Mr. James Westerman Ray and Miss Emma Elliott 
Deal, '27, were married on August 17 in Indianapolis where they 
will reside. 

Houck-Pritchard — On September 5, Mr. Walter E. Houck and 
Miss Grace Pritchard, ex- '27, daughter of Harry O. Pritchard, '02, 
were married in Indianapolis where they will live. 

Trone-Daum — Mr. Donaldson Greene Trone, ex- '15, and Miss 
Mary Almeda Daum were married on September 10 in Indianapolis 
where they will live. 



BIRTHS 

Kershner — To Dean and Mrs. Frederick D. Kershner, on 
August 6 in St. Louis, Missouri, a daughter — Beatrice Pearl. 

Thomas — To Mr. George Cullen Thomas, '13, and Mrs. Thomas 
on August 8 in Minneapolis, Minn., a daughter — Marian Jane. 

Woollen — To Mr. Evans Woollen and Mrs. Woollen (Lydia 
D. Jameson, ex- '22) in Indianapolis on August 10, a son — 
Evans III. 

Shortridge — To Mr. Norman Shortridge, ex- '21, and Mrs. 
Shortridge (Lillian Painter, '22) in Indianapolis in August, a 
son — Norman, Jr. 



DEATHS 

Galvin — George W. Galvin, aged eighty, one of the youngest 
members of the G. A. R. and one of the oldest members of the 
Indianapolis bar, died at his home in Indianapolis on August 13 



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and was buried on the 15th in Crown Hill cemetery. He is sur- 
vived by two daughters, Mrs. R. F. Davidson (Mary Galvin, '94) 
and Mrs. Mansur Oakes (Georgia Galvin, '95). 

Mr. Galvin was born April 22, 1847, at Jamestown, Ind. He 
married Mary Kingsbury, of Elmira, N. Y., in 1868, and took his 
bride to Kansas City, then a frontier town. After five years he 
came to Indianapolis, and from that time until his death was 
actively engaged in the city in the practice of law. 

He attended Butler College, which was then Northwestern 
Christian University, and was one of the founders of Rho Chapter 
of Sigma Chi. He was a loyal member of the Alumni Association, 
returning often to the campus. 

At the age of fourteen Mr. Galvin joined the Union army at 
Camp Morton, being mustered in the 132d Indiana Volunteers near 
the spot on which he lived for the last twenty years of his life and 
where he died. 

Pier — Mrs, Lewis A. Pier (Clarinda C. Harriman, '79) died 
on August 6 in Los Angeles, California, and was buried there on 
the 8th in beautiful Forest Lawn cemetery. 

Clarinda Campbell Harriman was born near Frankfort, In- 
diana, on October 24, 1853. She entered the freshman class the 
year Butler College took residence in Irvington and graduated 
with what was the largest class the institution had known — the 
class of 1879. She loved her class and was loyal through all the 
years to her alma mater, looking forward to near the last to return- 
ing to the campus before the removal; and yet, her class interest 
was lessened by the passing of Demarchus C. Brown, who like Saul 
of old had stood head and shoulders above his associates. 

She was a favorite among her mates, gentle and strong and 
refined, with a clear appreciative mind, a young woman of fine 
ideals, one who came to know struggle and sorrow. Kinnie Harri- 
man was loved by all who knew her. 

On August 31, 1881, Miss Harriman was married to the Rev. 
Lewis A. Pier, '82, who survives her, together with one son, Paul 
Albert Pier, residing in New York City. 



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Wright — John Newcomb Wright, only son of Mr. and Mrs. 
John S. Wright (Letts Newcomb, '92) died in Indianapolis on 
August 17 at the age of twenty-five, and was buried from his home 
on the 19th in Crown Hill cemetery. 

John Wright was a native of Indianapolis where he had at- 
tended the public schools. He graduated from the Indianapolis 
Law School last year and gave promise in his chosen field of 
activity, especially as it leaned in the direction of worthy politics. 

While a student for a brief time in Butler University, John 
showed excellent taste in English literature, having been well 
directed from childhood. For the great sorrow of his untimely 
death, the Quarterly extends its sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. 
Wright. 

Stewart — The Quarterly wishes to extend its sympathy to 
Mr. George CuUen Thomas, '13, in the death of his sister, Mrs. 
Rosa Thomas Stewart, on August 8, in Irvington, and to give 
expression of appreciation of his fine act of taking into his home 
in Minneapolis the four little girls left orphans. 

The angels of Life and Death passed in that family on that 
August day, for as the spirit of CuUen's sister left earth, it must 
have passed the spirit of CuUen's daughter as it came to earth. 



JVLY 

Dedication 

Commencement Address 

John J. Tigert 

Baccalaureate Sermon 

The Rev. T. W. Grafton 

Coronach for a Mountaineer 

Helton Brown 

College News — 

Editorial Comment 

Commencement Week-end 

Class Reunions 

Alumni Honors 

Marriages 

Births 

Deaths 



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To 

THE CLASS OF '87 

THIS ISSUE OF THE ALUMNAL QUAETERLY IS 

DEDICATED 

IN LOYALTY AND GRATITUDE AND LOVE 

MANY HAVE DONE VIRTUOUSLY BUT THOU 

EXCELLETH THEM ALL 



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THE BUTLER 

ALUMNAL 
QUARTERLY 




JANUARY, 1928 



INDIANAPOLIS 



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



CONTENTS 

Laying the Cornerstone 

Toronto Rounds Out the Century 

William Leeds Richardson 

John Holliday Oliver, M. D.. .Katharine Merrill Graydon, '78 

Fairview's Family Tree J. Douglas Perry, '26 

Life Will Forever Flow On, A Poem Lucile Turner, '29 

Editorial Comment — 
Drop Us a Line 
Finish the Task 
Birthday of the College 

University News 
An Art Loan 

Along the Sidelines A Sports Review 

Around the Campus 
Alumni Publications 
Personal Mention ' 

Marriages 
Births 
Deaths 



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1928 

Let us put away our fear, 
And through all the coming year 
Just he glad. 

— Biley 



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THE BUTLER ALUMNAL QUARTERLY 
Vol. XVI January, 1928 No. 4 

Katharine Merrill Graydon, '78 Editor 

J. Douglas Perry, '26 Associate Editor 

George Alexander Schumacher, '25 Business Manager 

Published four times a year, in October, January, April, July. Annual sub- 
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made payable to The Butler Alumnal Quarterly. 

Published by The Butler University Alumni Association. 

Printed by The William Mitchell Priuting Company, Greenfield, Indiana. 

LAYING THE CORNERSTONE 



"May justice and righteousness he the true and the inner corner- 
stone of the real university to &e, and upon this cornerstone may we 
build a superstructure dedicated to mercy and love, and good-will un- 
com,prom,ising, unhesitating, and which shall extend its influence even 
to the uttermost parts of the earth. ' ' — From the invocation by Dean 
Frederick D. Kershner. 



AT THE entrance to the east wing of Arthur Jordan 
Memorial Hall, set in the rough-hewn rose-gray stone of 
that structure's walls, is a block of granite with the 
numeral 1927 chiseled across its face. On that gray tenth day 
of last November, when the stone was put in place and sealed 
by the hand of the chairman of the board of directors of the 
university, hundreds of the institution's constituency trekked to 
the new campus to witness the act regarded by all as the ending 
of an epoch and the opening of an era. 

The exercises attendant upon the laying of the cornerstone 
were not marked by ostentation or formality, but no one there 
failed to realize their significance. As the copper box was sealed 
within the stone, the crowd pressed close about those conducting 
the ceremony. Workmen left their tasks and perched upon the 

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girders and uncompleted parapets to gaze intently on the scene 
below. When the last trowel of mortar had been smoothed over 
the stone and the last word of the benedictory prayer had been 
uttered, those who had come went their way satisfied that they 
had seen history in the making. 

Rain early in the day followed by falling temperature made 
necessary a change in the plans calling for the holding of the 
preliminary program outdoors, with the result that Jordan Hall 
itself sheltered its first assemblage on this occasion. Chairs 
were placed in the east wing where a measure of protection was 
afforded from the penetrating atmosphere and the wet ground. 
Besides the hundreds who sat there wrapped in winter coats to 
hear the addresses, thousands more listened in their homes to 
the exercises which were broadcast by Station WKBF of the 
Ho osier Athletic Club. 

The mayor of Indianapolis, Dr. P. H. Welshimer, principal 
speaker and pastor of the Christian church at Canton, Ohio ; the 
president of the university, and members of the board of direc- 
tors were among those who held places on the rostrum. The 
university band, in trim gray uniforms, occupied space at the 
side of the speakers' stand. The hall filled rapidly, permitting 
the chairman, Hilton U. Brown, to open the exercises a few 
minutes after two o'clock. After the invocation by Dr. Fred- 
erick D. Kershner, dean of the College of Religion, Mr. Brown 
greeted the audience, setting forth the meaning and significance 
of the occasion. 

"Laying a cornerstone," he said, **is an ancient and honor- 
able ceremony. It may be the starting point of a building, or 
it may be, as in this case, an emblematic event, taking place 
after the building is well under way. In any event it is evidence 
of faith — an indication of belief in the future. 

"As there are elemental occupations, such as mining, farm- 
ing, lumbering, so there are fundamental factors in civilization — 
education, religion or morality, and society or government. 
These three are no sooner classified than it is apparent that they 
belong to one another. It is a part of our satisfaction today in 



Laying The Corner Stone 153 

laying this cornerstone of an educational building to hand down 
to posterity a testimonial of our conviction that the spiritual and 
sacrificial elements must be cultivated. 

"Those who have made these buildings possible have them- 
selves passed the period of college days. They do not look for- 
ward to those fearsome but beguiling experiences in college halls. 
It is for you and for those yet to come — now unnumbered and 
unseen — that this work is begun. The builders and makers thus 
attest their faith in this government and in this people that they 
will preserve and keep burning the sacred lamp of liberty and 
the torch of freedom. 

"The cornerstone of this institution was really laid when 
these grounds were acquired and the directors committed them- 
selves to the task of building here an institution that in the 
language of the charter will stand for the instruction of 'stu- 
dents in every branch of liberal and professional education.' 
That this is only the beginning none knows better than the direc- 
tors. Whether the name Butler can always be retained is a 
matter for the future to determine ; but that it and the memory 
of the founders will be honored is certain. 

"None of this work would have been possible without the 
generous support of William G. Irwin, and his sister, Mrs. 
Sweeney. Following the example of their illustrious father, 
Joseph I. Irwin, and supporting the sound theory that education 
must have a religious environment, they gave without stint. 
Arthur V. Brown seconded their efforts.. Then came Lora C. 
Hoss and Charles Whitsett, and now has come Arthur Jordan. 
He took over the construction of these three buildings and gave 
a million dollars for that purpose. It is fitting that these build- 
ings should stand as a memorial to his generosity. 

' ' It would be an unwarranted omission not to refer to others — 
men and women — that have given in large and small amounts. 
And in due time their gifts also will be commemorated. Pro- 
vision has already been made by Mrs. Robertson for a memorial 
chapel to stand yonder. And by others for an administration 
building and a commerce building and a school of religion. The 



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genius of the architects — Messrs. Daggett and Hibben — gives 
promise that the other buildings under contemplation will have 
the same noble proportions that are exemplified in the buildings 
already under way. 

"The foundations that we lay now must be ample for a great 
future. Scarcely a college or university in the United States or 
Great Britain has not been visited in the effort to do this thing 
right. It cannot all be done now; but it will be done; and to 
that end there should be no petty mistakes. There must be 
ample approaches, and external as well as internal facilities, to 
meet a future that we do not fully measure but which we know 
will call for broad and tasteful expression of a great city's edu- 
cational requirements. 

"Two things are indicated by the work already accomplished: 
That our early faith was justified ; and that we are standing only 
in the doorway looking out on the future." 

Mr. Jordan, whose name the hall bears, spoke in detail, when 
he was presented by the chairman, of his hopes and plans for the 
Greater Butler University. 

"In view of the importance of the task of developing both 
the mind and character of every student in the highest degree 
possible, it is vitally necessary," he asserted, "that we provide 
the finest teaching talent available for that purpose. But teach- 
ing talent alone will not suffice. Adequate facilities for instruct- 
ing and training must be supplied in order to attain the best 
results. The needs of the students and faculty must be care- 
fully studied, and the required buildings and equipment must be 
planned and provided in order to make the teaching the most 
effective. 

"It is estimated by those best informed as to the needs and 
prospects of the college that this building, which is the first unit 
of a group of buildings that some day will constitute the Greater 
Butler University in this beautiful park, will accommodate at 
least 2,500 students, or nearly double the present enrollment. It 
is especially planned with reference to the teaching of the arts 
and sciences. It will have seventy-five class rooms, two large 



Laying The Corner Stone 155 

study rooms, a lecture room, ample laboratories, library, her- 
barium, and conservatory; also spacious offices for the President, 
the deans, registrars, treasurer and other officers, and the faculty; 
reception rooms, directors' room, and cafeteria. 

''The architect tells us that this building, with its massive 
foundations, substantial granite walls, and lofty towers, is so 
built as to stand for a thousand years. Think of the vast num- 
bers of young men and women who will pass through its halls 
and class rooms during the hundreds of years of its existence, and 
the wonderful influence for good, during this generation and 
many future generations, that such a school of learning will 
exert in this city and state and even throughout the nation. The 
thought is most inspiring. Truly a great future for Butler is 
dawning. 

"The providing of such a building and such facilities is 
worthy of all the time and money devoted to it. No enterprise 
could be more worthy, no investment could pay better returns, 
or give greater satisfaction and happiness to those who have 
made it possible. I have the utmost confidence that its influence 
will always be for righteousness and the highest type of citizen- 
ship. 

"As we think of the vast numbers of the sons and daughters 
from Indianapolis homes, and still greater numbers who perhaps 
will be attracted to this beautiful city because of the educational 
facilities afforded here, we are overwhelmed with the thought 
of the great power for good, the enlightened citizenship, better 
homes, broader views of life, and better men and women that 
will result from our efforts." 

Arthur V. Brown, member of the board of directors, who 
was next presented, recalled the names of some of those whose 
labors had been responsible for bringing to fruition the dreams 
of all friends of the university. 

"As we look out upon this building today, and see it going 
up without any friction, without any apparent trouble, it seems 
easy enough," Mr, Brown said. "But this was no easy task. 



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to transfer bodily a college from one location to another, using 
none of the facilities of the old school in the new. 

"I have had many people say to me: 'How can you do it? 
How can you go out into a new field and put up all new build- 
ings, all new equipment, without using any part of the old 
equipment ? ' 

''The Irwin family, as you know, put Butler on its feet once 
before. We needed money. Joseph I. Irwin gave us a large 
amount of money fifteen years ago or more. Mr. William Irwin 
and his sister have given us now more than seven hundred thou- 
sand dollars — ^which is only a part of their gift. I could say only 
a small part, because Mr. Irwin is giving of his time, day after 
day, as busy a man as he is, in helping formulate all the plans 
that are going on here. 

"This organization has been brought about largely through 
the direction of Mr. Hilton U. Brown, and through the detail 
work of a man who cannot be with us today. We all regret his 
absence. This ought to be his day. He has given five years of 
his life ; he has worked practically every minute of his time dur- 
ing that period, and his health today is undermined on account 
of his interest in this work. 

"You see on this stage Mr. Arthur Jordan, a man who has 
given to this college a million dollars. As far as I know, no other 
one person has ever, in this state, given to any one thing so 
large a sum of money. He is building this group of buildings 
that you see before you. 

"We also owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. Henry Jameson, for 
he gave of his time, gave his influence, gave of his peculiar 
knowledge of things of this sort, several years' service. During 
the last two or three years of his life, Butler College was nearer 
to his heart than anything else, and it was through Dr. Jameson 
that we made with the Indianapolis Street Railway Company, a con- 
tract for this beautiful tract of land, two hundred and forty-six 
acres, for which we gave two hundred thousand dollars — which I 
want to say to you is one of the largest gifts that has been given 
to this college. This property was worth many times two hun- 



Laying The Corner Stone 157 

dred thousand dollars. We have here, it is conceded by every- 
one who sees it, one of the best sites we have ever seen in the 
whole country. We have this beautiful setting here, through 
the generosity of the Indianapolis Street Railway Company, and 
when I say that we gave two hundred thousand dollars for it, I 
say it was a gift, because it is worth many times that, and Dr. 
Henry Jameson helped to bring that about. 

"There has been set aside at the northeast corner of this 
tract, a forty-acre piece of land for an athletic field. On that 
field we will have the largest field house of any college in this 
state. It is more than a fifth of a mile around it. The measure- 
ment is something like two hundred by three hundred and fifty 
feet. It will have a seating capacity of fifteen thousand people, 
a gymnasium, a swimming pool. East of that we will have a 
stadium that when completed, will seat seventy-five thousand 
people. 

"Now, we are going strong, and there is nothing that can 
keep us back. We are destined to be the leading college in the 
state of Indiana." 

In response to the chairman's introduction. Mayor L. Ert 
Slack expressed the hope that the city of Indianapolis would 
lend the fullest measure of its support to the program of the 
university. 

"We might as well try to measure the immeasurable spaces 
of eternity, time and existence, as to undertake to appraise the 
possibilities that these generous donors, whose honored names 
have been mentioned here today, have put forth for future 
generations," he asserted. 

Before Dr. Welshimer was introduced, the band struck up 
"The Butler War Song," the audience joining in singing the 
song. Dr. Welshimer spoke of the common bond between edu- 
cation and religion and dwelt upon the necessity for co-operation 
of intellectual and spiritual forces. 

"The great founder of the Church of Christ was an educator," 
he pointed out. * * Out from the rock-ribbed hills of Nazareth, He 
went forth into the hills and valleys of Judaea and Galilee, and 



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gathered around Him a little group of men who sat at the feet 
of the greatest of all teachers for nearly three years. He trained 
them by precept and example. Then when His tasks were over 
and the hour had arrived for His departure, He commissioned 
them to become teachers and preachers of men, and announcing 
His own divine authority as the all-sufficient reason, sent them 
forth to teach and to preach unto the people. 

''The church is, therefore, and of necessity must be, intensely 
interested in education. It always has been. It was the religious 
motive that brought those stalwart men and women across the 
seas in other days, and led them to build here their schoolhouses, 
their churches, their altars, and their homes. That spirit has 
characterized the builders of the colleges of this great nation of 
ours." 

The beginning of Bethany College with the gathering of a 
group of boys and girls in the old mansion of Alexander Hamil- 
ton at Buffalo, West Virginia, was pictured by Dr. Welshimer, 
who described some of the sacrifices that were made by great- 
hearted men and women to keep open the doors of some of the 
educational institutions that had been founded by the church. 

"I suspect that if the story of Butler were likewise told in 
detail, similar sacrifices would be recounted," he said. 

"It is interesting to note that of the first twenty-six presidents 
of the United States, eighteen of them were college or university 
trained, and sixteen of those came from church colleges. 

"The hour has come, and has been upon us for some time, 
when we need a trained leadership. There was a day when men 
might go out, like that prophet of old, from his field and stand 
in the busy marts of trade one day and there warn the people to 
teach and instruct, and return the next day to his sheep and 
the pruning of his trees. 

"But that hour has gone by. In 'Who's Who,' published in 
1914 and 1915, someone has taken the pains to make a study and 
has discovered that of all the ministers whose names were there 
recorded, eighty-one per cent, are college trained ; that of all the 
attorneys, fifty-two per cent, are college trained ; that of all 



Laying The Corner Stone 159 

physicians, forty-nine per cent, are college trained — which is 
an evidence that the ministry of today is giving more attention 
to the intellectual side than formerly, and is keeping step, in a 
most commendable way, with the trained men of the communi- 
ties. 

"It is true that today one per cent, of the American people 
are college trained. Get that, will you? One per cent, of the 
American people are college trained, and yet seventy-five per 
cent, of all the places that are outstanding, of great leadership, 
are occupied by that one per cent. Yet will men argue, for a 
minute, that it is time wasted and money expended foolishly to 
send boys and girls from the grade schools through the colleges 
and the universities! 

''Someone has taken the time and pains to make the report, 
after careful figuring, that the boy who has no school training 
has only one chance out of 150,000 of occupying leadership in 
this country. If he has grade school training, it multiplies his 
chances by four. If he has high school training, his chances are 
multiplied by eight hundred. 

'*We have, for a long time, in our own Brotherhood, felt the 
need of a great dependable, upstanding, outstanding graduate 
school. Our boys who have been graduated from Butler, 
Bethany, Hiram, Lexington, and other places, have been forced 
to go to many of the outstanding universities that are known for 
their graduate work. Of course, they wiU go. It is taken for 
granted that they must. We do not want to throttle them. We 
want the finest trained minds that can be secured. But here is 
the fact, that having gone out of these college halls where they 
have been more or less sheltered, and in many instances where 
their feet have been placed upon the solid rock, they have too 
many times gone into an atmosphere that was not the purest and 
best, and from our homes and our churches we have sometimes 
lost the finest — in fact, the flower of our young people. 

"Why shouldn't a great Brotherhood of one and a half 
millions of people have a great graduate institution, into which 
the boys and the girls may come from all of our other colleges, 



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and here in their own family circle, receive that for which they 
have been traveling far in the days gone by? 

"We need always in the schools, be they small or large, a 
faculty that is commendable. It is fine to see these beautiful and 
substantial walls going up. The equipment here undoubtedly 
will be the very best ; it will be possibly the last word to be 
spoken for some time concerning material equipment. But I 
think we are all of one mind this afternoon that it takes more 
than brick and mortar, more than material equipment, to make 
the outstanding and the commendable institution of learning. 

"James A. Garfield, who had gone to Williams College, said 
one time that he would rather spend six months on a saw log 
with Mark Hopkins at the other end, than six years in the best 
brick and mortar university on the continent. James A. Garfield 
paid a fine tribute to personality and to character and to the 
greatness of a great teacher in making that remark. 

"We need in these institutions, and you will have them here, 
as you have them now, men whose chief interest is in building 
character — not simply dumping out upon the world the in- 
tellects that are trained to think and to feel and to do. The 
great need of young men today is the personal touch. The need 
is that somebody shall give them vision. A wise man said a long 
time ago, 'Where there is no vision the people perish.' 

"Nearly a hundred years ago there came from the state of 
Maryland into southern Indiana and began to teach school down 
in the southern part of this state, a young man unknown, whose 
education was not, possibly, the best, whose training had not 
been great, but who had a great heart. He loved the boys and 
the girls of his district, and when the regular school hours were 
over and he had more time, he would gather those boys around 
his desk at night and read to them the finest things in English 
and American literature. 

"That man moved into your city of Indianapolis later. He 
never had five thousand dollars in all his life, at one time. When 
he died there was a mortgage on the little house that sheltered 



Laying The Corner Stone 161 

him. But, oh, what an influence he was in the world ! Oh, what 
a vision he gave to boys back in that early day ! 

"You have down here on your public square a statue of 
Oliver P. Morton, who was one of his students. Thomas A. 
Hendricks was another. Lew Wallace was another. And yet 
those men unite in saying that the vision which they got, and 
the inspiration which they received, came from that little 
Hoosier schoolmaster, Samuel K. Hoshour. 

' ' What a fine thing it is, that when the boys and the girls go out 
from these great institutions of learning, they can look back and 
see that the finest touch upon their lives was the personal touch of 
their teacher. And that which has been a guiding star for them 
was the inspiration which they received as they sat at the feet 
of their master in the days of their schooling. 

''And so we realize that the biggest thing which this great 
institution, with its fine equipment, its great endowment, will 
ever possess, will be those men who labor here, those men who 
receive the young men and the young women into these holy 
portals, who give unto them inspiration and vision, who help 
them to retain and strengthen their faith, and send them out as 
trained men and trained women, to do battle for Christ and for 
the right." 

President Robert J. Aley, the last speaker on the program, 
saw in the cornerstone laying ceremony a symbol of progress, 
expansion and stability. 

**We believe that in the exercises of today, we are facing the 
east, and that we see a rising sun," he said. "We hope that in 
the new resolutions which an occasion of this sort brings to the 
minds of all, there may be an increase of our faith. We believe 
that an educational institution should have four divisions of 
fundamental faith. There should be faith in knowledge. This 
faith should make men willing to trust in and be guided by the 
tested results in all fields of knowledge. There should be faith 
in truth. This faith leads men to know that truth is never in 
contradiction with other truth and that freedom comes through 
truth. There should be faith in men. This faith should inspire 



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us to give guidance and opportunity to youth so that the image 
and likeness of the Creator may be shown. There should be 
faith in God. This faith gives us strength and confidence for our 
daily duties. 

"Based upon the faith, we find in the symbolism of this 
cornerstone a new incentive to build men. It is the dream of 
the new Butler that here we shall develop men physically strong, 
men mentally alert, men morally right, men spiritually alive. 
In the measure in which this dream is realized will the new 
Butler contribute to the development of a better citizenship and 
therefore of a better state. 

"On an occasion of this sort, the past stands out with marked 
vividness. We remember with pride the many men of distinc- 
tion who have given their lives in service to Butler. We re- 
member, too, with keen satisfaction the generations of students 
who have come and gone and who have made their contributions 
to the best influences of their day. The past is rich in lessons. 
There comes into our minds, too, the magnitude and the difficulty 
of the duties of the hour. Many unsolved problems claim our 
attention. Many difficulties are to be surmounted. Much work 
is to be done. At this hour, too, we look confidently into the 
future realizing that as we use the lessons of the past and as we 
perform the duties of the present, we shall have strength to meet 
with courage and success all the problems of the future." 

The band began to play "In the Gallery of Memories," and 
the audience caught up the refrain. When the music ceased, the 
chairman presented others on the platform, including William 
G. Irwin, the Rev. T. W. Grafton, William C. Smith, Clarence 
L. Goodwin, Emsley Johnson, and John E. Canaday. The audi- 
ence then proceeded to the north entrance of the hall to witness 
the laying of the cornerstone. 

As preparations for the rites were made, the crowd took up 
points of vantage just outside the portal. Among documents 
placed within the copper box and destined to be historic when 
next uncovered, were a copy of the Scriptures ; catalogs of Butler 
College, the College of Religion, the summer school, and the 



Laying The Corner Stone 163 

courses for teachers; the university charter and by-laws; a copy 
of "Butler College in the World War"; a list of the presidents 
of the institution; copies of the Indianapolis Times, the Indian- 
apolis Star, the Indianapolis News, and the Butler Collegian of 
the date of November 9 ; pictures of Jordan Hall at the time of 
the cornerstone laying; photographs of old Butler College; 
copies of the Alumnal Quarterly of April and October, and a 
schedule of recitations for the first semester of the college year, 
1927-28. 

Taking up a trowel which now has been embellished and laid 
away until it can hold a place of honor in the trophy room of the 
new university, Mr. Brown sealed the box in mortar and placed 
it in the hollowed stone. The audience bowed its head as Dr. 
Grafton prayed for the blessing of Heaven to rest on that which 
had been done, and the birth of a new Butler had been con- 
summated. 



"The opportunity," says President Angell, "which lies just 
ahead for Yale has no parallel in her previous history and to im- 
prove it to the fullest possible extent is our deepest desire — nay our 
obligation. ' ' 



A more Puritan character, a more Hellenic mind, a more 
Christian soul — these are the needs of university men and women, 
thinks Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler. 



TORONTO ROUNDS OUT THE CENTURY 

By William Leeds Richardson, Ph. D.* 
Head of Department of Education 

THE University of Toronto devoted five days of the first 
week of October to commemorative festivities in celebration 
of the one hundredth anniversary of its founding. Learn- 
ing is as old as time. Compared with the manly stature of such 
corporations as Harvard and Yale, the University of Toronto is 
little more than a vigorous younger brother, while to the hoary 
age of Bologna, Paris and Oxford it is a mere babe in arms. Still, 
one hundred years of teaching and of scientific achievement com- 
prise a period in the life of any institution of learning when appro- 
priate pause may be made to look back upon early struggle and 
more recent success and then forward into the future of still 
further success and increased usefulness. 

Centennials as with other similar anniversaries have their gene- 
sis in sentiment. In a day when utility and reason seem to domi- 
nate the scene, when the briefest discussion must needs display 
graphs and tables and when monetary standards are used to deter- 
mine the value of all and sundry, it is refreshing to have one's 
attention directed to the contemplation of events in which men 
dreamed dreams and saw visions and then allowed themselves to 
fall beneath the sway of feeling and desire. The written records 
of the early decades of the University of Toronto show that the 
hearts of the founders never grew faint but ever beat high even 
under, what seemed at the time, calamitous adversity. Herein may 
be seen the driving force without which those days of small begin- 
nings and years of bitter and persistent ecclesiastical and political 



*Profes8or Eichardson, who did his undergraduate study at the Uni- 
versity of Toronto, was the Butler University delegate at the centenary 
celebration. 

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Toronto Rounds Out The Century 165 

opposition could not have been succeeded by the era of federation, 
unification and expansion. 

So what more fitting for a university centenary celebration 
than days and nights given over to a round of academic functions 
which sounded the complete gamut of the scale from dignified 
scholarly lectures in history and science to an intercollegiate track- 
meet. There were luncheons for delegates — men and women — and 
for alumni by classes. There were "bridges" for ladies and 
"smokers" for men. There were formal dinners and formal balls. 
Portraits of great collegiate administrators were unveiled. A trio 
of artists with an international reputation gave a beautiful pro- 
gram of chamber music. A procession of undergraduates with 
many floats represented the historical development of the Uni- 
versity and its numerous present-day departments and schools. 
There was another of the several hundred delegates from learned 
societies and other universities and of resident faculty all resplen- 
dent in -the variegated academic costumes of mediaeval, oriental 
and modern foundations. United States colleges and learned so- 
cieties were represented by more than one hundred delegates. All 
of the continents and many important centers of learning from 
Argentina to Saskatchewan, from Halifax to British Columbia, 
from Oslo to Jerusalem, from Paris to the Punjab and West Japan, 
from Aberdeen to the Transvaal and on to Western Australia and 
New Zealand. Surely a wonderful assemblage ! 

Try to picture a procession headed by the tall, venerable, white- 
bearded, courtly Chancellor of the University, Sir William Mulock, 
garbed in black satin brocaded gown trimmed with cloth of gold, 
and wearing immaculate gloves. At either side and before him 
there marched mace-bearers. Following came the University Pres- 
ident, Sir Robert Falconer, and a long line of provincial governors, 
prime ministers, ambassadors, and many of the world's greatest 
living scientific and literary men and women. See the procession 
wend its colorful way in the bright autumn sunlight over green 
sward and past Norman Gothic buildings for nearly half a mile 
to the great indoor Arena. Enter the spacious Arena and join 
with thousands of other spectators accompanied by a great mili- 
tary band in singing the hymn. 



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"0 God, our help in ages past 
Our hope for years to come." 

Remain standing while a famous alumnus offers a fervent 
prayer for teacher and taught, for college, church and state. Then 
follows a message from His Majesty King George and the singing 
of "God Save the King." Then an address by the President of 
the University and congratulations for the Prime Minister of On- 
tario. The delegates are seated in sections according to geograph- 
ical divisions. Each delegate, called upon individually, rises, 
salutes the President and Chancellor and remains standing until 
his whole group is recognized by a few gracious words from the 
Chancellor. Response is made in behalf of the delegation from 
the United States by the Honorable Newton D. Baker, LL. D., 
former secretary of war. Similarly other groups are presented 
and offer their congratulations sometimes in a foreign tongue. 

At the conclusion of this dignified dramatic ceremony, the 
academic procession again was formed. Preceded by the pipers 
and drummers in the swinging tartan kilts of the 48th Highlanders, 
procession and spectators left the Arena and to the strains of a 
solemn air breathing of the heather and torrent crags and dales 
of auld Scotia marched to the Soldiers' Tower. Upon its granite 
walls, though not more indelibly than in the hearts of a grateful 
people, are carved the names of the University 's six hundred heroic 
dead in the Great War. Here was assembled a vast concoui-se to 
take part in the dedication of the Carillon of twenty-three bells, 
recently installed in the tower. The bright uniforms of a military 
band and companies of University war veterans offered a striking 
contrast to the peaceful academic robes. The scene was still further 
enhanced by the background of grey cloister-like college walls, the 
green terraced lawn underfoot, and nearby, maples, elms and oaks 
in all their autumn splendor. 

The service of dedication of the Carillon opened with the 
hymn — "0 Valiant Hearts." 

Valiant Hearts, who to your glory came. 
Through dust of conflict and through battle-flame. 



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Tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved, 
Your memory hallowed in the land you loved. 

Proudly you gathered, rank on rank, to war, 
As who had heard God 's message from afar ; 
All you had hoped for, all you had you gave 
To save mankind — yourselves you scorned to save. 

Splendid you passed, the great surrender made, 
Into the light that nevermore shall fade; 
Deep your contentment in that blest abode, 
Who wait that last clear trumpet call of God. 

Then came brief addresses of presentation by the president of 
the Alumni Federation and of acceptance by the chairman of the 
University Board of Governors, a dedicatory prayer, a general 
and a royal salute by the military, a fanfare of trumpets from the 
pinnacles of the tower, ' ' God Save the King, ' ' one hundred peals of 
the Carillon — one for each year of the University — and this im- 
pressive ceremony was at an end. 

Another phase of the celebration consisted of the formal Cen- 
tenary Dinner. The appearance of the banquet hall almost defies 
description. Covers laid for fourteen hundred guests. Every- 
where the variegated hues of flowers, ferns and palms and pendent 
overhead the flags of all nations. The speakers' table occupied a 
raised platform at one end of the huge room and accommodated 
fifty distinguished men and women. The table decorations were 
five long boxes of beautifully arranged flowers and innumerable 
candles. Behind the speakers were tall branched candelabra and 
behind this upon dark hangings reaching down from the roof were 
displayed shields with the emblematic insignia in colors of many 
of the world's most famous universities. 

The menu, of course, was excellent, after which followed almost 
a score of brief, eloquent, frequently witty speeches. In these were 
toasted "The University of Toronto," proposed by Dr. Livingston 
Farrand, president of Cornell University, and Dr. R. W. Living- 
stone, vice-chancellor of Queen's University, Belfast, and replied 



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to by Sir William Mulock; "Sister Universities," proposed by 
Principal Maurice Hutton of University College (Toronto), and. 
replied to by Miss E. F. Pendleton, president of Wellesley College, 
Professor R. M. Wenley, University of Michigan, Sir Arthur 
Currie, Gr. C. M. G., principal of McGill University, and Professor 
S. Angus of Melbourne University. A toast to "Learned and 
Scientific Societies" was proposed by the Right Honorable W. L. 
Mackenzie King, prime minister of Canada, and replied to by Sir 
John Bland-Sutton of the Royal College of Surgeons, England, 
and by M. James Brown Scott, of the Institut De France. The 
last toast, "Our Guests," was proposed by the toastmaster, the 
Rev. Dr. H. J. Cody, chairman of the Board of Governors, and 
replied to by His Excellency, the Honorable H. Pueyrredon, ambas- 
sador of the Argentine Republic to the United States; His Excel- 
lency, the Honorable Timothy A. Smiddy, minister plenipotentiary 
of the Irish Free State to the United States, and the Honorable 
"William Phillips, minister of the United States to Canada. Need- 
less to say that all of these toasts were drunk with the heartiest 
good will by all present, of the finest water which good old Lake 
Ontario affords. 

Lack of space forbids more than a brief mention of other great 
functions of this remarkable celebration. At a special convoca- 
tion, honorary degrees were conferred upon twenty-six distin- 
guished scholars from institutions of learning in Canada, England, 
Ireland, Scotland, France and the United States, honored repre- 
sentatives from the latter comprising seven men and three women. 
The Centenary Ball, a brilliant affair, was held in Hart House 
and was attended by three thousand people. The guests were 
formally received by the Chancellor and President and their gra- 
cious ladies. The beautiful Gothic building dedicated to the men 
students of the University provides besides the gj'mnasium three 
other large rooms suitable for dancing and any number of smaller 
rooms for "rendezvous." The guests were regaled with an elabor- 
ate midnight supper which was a particularly enjoyable feature of 
this delightful function. Then there was the fine Rugby game in 
the stadium on Saturday afternoon in which, sad to relate, 
"Varsity" was beaten by its traditional rival, McGill. The cele- 



Toronto Rounds Out The Century 169 

bration was brought to an end in the divine service on Sunday 
afternoon with an eloquent sermon by Dr. H. J. Cody and the 
rendition, in its inimitable style, of sacred anthems by the famous 
Mendelssohn Choir. 

Needless to say, not the least enjoyable of the happenings of 
these stirring days and nights was the revival of old memories, the 
vigorous hand clasp of old class-mates and revered instructors and 
to hear once more the familiar chorus: 

Toronto, Toronto, Toronto, Varsity, 

Shout, oh shout, men of every faculty, 

Velut arbor aevo, 

May she ever thrive, Oh ! 

God forever bless our Alma Mater, 



In order that they may complete their files, the editors of the 
Butler Alumnal Quarterly are seeking a copy of the April, 1926, 
issue. They will be grateful to any persons sending in copies of 
this number. 



Was a cornerstone laid for the old Butler College Administra- 
tion Building? The question arose in connection with the laying 
of the stone for Arthur Jordan Memorial Hall. Search through 
the available records failed to reveal mention of such exercises 
on the Irvington campus. 



JOHN HOLLIDAY OLIVER, M. D. 

(By Katharine Merrill Graydon, 78) 

"Honor the physician with the honor due him, for verily the 
Lord hath created him." 

THERE are men whose passing has left Indianapolis the 
poorer, the less safe and less honorable. Of such was 
Dr. John H. Oliver who closed his eyes upon earth Octo- 
ber the sixteenth. 

Dr. Oliver's life was spent in Indianapolis, except for time 
given to study in European hospitals or to travel. He was born 
in 1859 on the farm west of the city which his maternal grand- 
father, Eliakim Harding, had entered in 1821, the Harding family 
being one of the three first white families to locate near where 
Indianapolis now stands. The sturdy strength, therefore, of 
pioneer blood flowed in his veins. 

John Oliver was a student in Butler College from 1876 to 
1879, leaving to enter the Medical College of Indiana. He was 
especially interested in the sciences and in English literature. 
He was one of a group of boys not to be forgotten — athletic, fun- 
loving, appreciative youths, who became in their day staunch, 
useful citizens as they carried on their ancestral ideals. One 
recalls the Brown brothers, Demarchus and Hilton, Harry S. 
New, Charles W. Merrill, Charles W. Moores, Charles E. Thorn- 
ton, and others. And in the baseball days there were Maurice 
O'Connor, alias "Mike," whom Dr. Oliver never forgot, in 
thought or in tangible remembrance; Dr. Frank Morrison, Dr. 
John Harper, Clarence Forsyth, Dr. John Walker. How he held 
his teachers Dr. Oliver gave expression to in his last Butler talk 
at the Founders' Day dinner of 1926. He called the old bead- 
roll, characterizing with kindly respect Burgess, Benton, 
Thrasher, Hopkins, closing with the words, ''But in the gallery 

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John HoLLroAY Oliver, M. D. 171 

of memory, as the Butler faculty comes back to me, there is one 
the thought of whom comes like a benediction — I have only to 
name Catharine Merrill." 

How Dr. Oliver stood professionally may be indicated by his 
official record. He was, in addition to being professor of surgery 
at the Indiana University School of Medicine, chief of staff at 
St. Vincent's Hospital, the Robert W. Long Hospital and the 
James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children. He was on the 
consulting surgical staff at the City Hospital and was a member 
of the board of the St. Vincent's Hospital, a position he had 
held many years. He was also a fellow in the American College 
of Surgeons and enjoyed a national reputation as physician and 
surgeon, being called in his career to many parts of the state 
and nation for surgical service. Many honors were his in testi- 
mony to his skill. In the World War Dr. Oliver chose the 
patriotic task of organizing a base hospital unit. He founded 
Base Hospital Number 32 which proceeded to active service in 
France, but he was not permitted to accompany the unit be- 
cause of ill health. 

An interesting experience has recently been recalled when 
Dr. Oliver performed in 1902 an operation upon Theodore 
Roosevelt, then President of the United States. Mr. Roosevelt, 
passing through Indianapolis on a tour of the west, suffered in 
a manner to make surgery imperative. He was taken to the old 
St. Vincent's Hospital, and Dr. Oliver was called. As prepara- 
tions for the operation were completed, Roosevelt in his deter- 
mined manner insisted that he would walk to the operating 
room, but Dr. Oliver informed him politely yet firmly that he 
would have to do as other patients were required to do — be 
wheeled. While Dr. Oliver was slipping on his rubber gloves, 
the President remarked, "Well, you're going to use gloves on 
me, are you?" "Isn't it customary to wear gloves at all func- 
tions where the President is guest of honor?" the doctor asked 
to the glee of the appreciative patient. 

To appeal made by the needy he was especially susceptible. 
Small wonder that the lame children whose distorted little 



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bodies were literally remade by him loved him with keen delight, 
as did his surgical family no longer boys and girls. The meas- 
ure of his generosity and cheer, who can tell ! 

"If thou wouldst know how truly great he was, 
Go ask it of the poor." 

Perhaps no professional life demands so much of strength 
and thought and sympathy as that of the good doctor, yet Dr. 
Oliver made time for reading. He loved the English classics. 
The writer recalls an aged patient in St. Vincent's Hospital — a 
book-lover. The Doctor's talk with her upon Dr. Johnson and 
Boswell, Goldsmith and Sir Joshua Reynolds and that coterie 
which he never ceased to enjoy was as delightful as it was 
diverting. 

He loved nature. The birds, the trees, and the life upon his 
farm on White River north of the city gave an especially re- 
storative pleasure. Often had he found summer recreation on 
Nantucket. To one mentioning "The lonely moorland footpath 
that leads to Sankoty," he at once ran on with the lines 

"Oh well the soul must treasure 

The calm that sets it free — 
The vast and tender skyline, 

The sea-turn's wizardry, 

Solace of swaying grasses. 

The friendship of sweet-fern. 
And in the world's confusion, 

Remembering, must yearn 

To tread the moorland footpath 

That leads to Sankoty, 
Hearing the field-larks shrilling 

Beside the sailless sea." 



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He loved his friends. Wearied with laborious days, he yet 
made time for an occasional friendly call, especially if he sus- 
pected there might be some need lurking in the household. As 
friend he was incomparable. There was no one like him and a 
permeating sense of loss follows upon his departure. 

If he was gentle and kind, he was also stem and strong. If 
he could comfort, he could also fight, never yielding his convic- 
tion of law and conscience, of truth and honor. His rare per- 
sonality, in addition to his professional skill, has gained and has 
held the allegiance of the thousands whose suffering bodies he 
had healed and the thousands of down-cast hearts he had cheered. 
From far and near the rich and poor, the young and old, the 
great and humble, are bearing tribute which declares how truly 
Dr. Oliver measured up to Amiel's conception of the model 
doctor, "a genius in his profession and a man of God." 



The College of Religion presents a linguistic oddity. Toyozo 
Nakarai, a Japanese, is teaching Greek Aramaic to American stu- 
dents. Mr. Nakarai did his undergraduate work at Butler. 



"Strange craft of words, strange magic of the pen. 
Whereby the dead still talk with living men; 
Wherein a sentence, in its trivial scope. 
May center all we love and all we hope ; 
And in a couplet, like a rosebud furled 
Lie all the wistful wonders of the world." 



FAIR VIEW'S FAMILY TREE 

A HISTORY OF THE NEW CAMPUS 
(By J. Douglas Perry, '26) 

ONE bleak January day in 1844, John H. Saunders, a citizen 
of some prominence, trudged through the mud and snow- 
in the streets of Indianapolis to the law office of Fletcher 
& Butler to arrange for the making of his will. He owned several 
pieces of property, including the Saunders home in Meridian 
street south of Maryland, and a tract of land comprising about 
one hundred and fifty acres situated in the southern part of 
Washington township, just east of White River and the newly 
constructed Central Canal. Not a great many years before, the 
latter property had been public land, and the surrounding 
neighborhood was still rather sparsely settled. Part of this 
tract had been tilled by previous owners, but much of it, being 
hilly and well wooded, was virgin soil. 

The papers having been drawn up according to Mr. Saunders' 
desires, Simon Yandes, a young man fresh from Harvard Law 
School and destined to become known later as a philanthropist 
as well as a lawyer, affixed his signature as a witness. Ovid 
Butler, already widely known for his rare legal talents and his 
scholarliness, likewise signed the document as witness. 

Mr. Butler had drawn up and had signed many such papers. 
There was nothing unusual in this one, and he affixed his name 
to it as part of the task of the day. What a pause it would have 
given him, had he known that on the tract of land here described 
there would stand in less than a hundred years a great university 
that would bear his name, a university of which he was to be 
a founder. 

The land which Saunders owned had been, up to twenty-five 
years before, a part of the wilderness tract through which the 

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Fairview's Family Tree 175 

Indians hunted, fished, and fought. Game was plentiful in these 
glades, and the twang of the bowstring — or more likely, thanks 
to the enterprise of the white trader, the crack of the rifle — as 
a savage brought down his quarry, was a sound not unfamiliar 
in the forests later to be known as Fairview. 

Although the encroachments of the white settler had prac- 
tically eliminated the Indian in many parts of the state, it was 
not until 1819 that the last tribe formally relinquished claim 
to the land now included in Marion county. The government 
took over the land by purchase, meeting the tribal representa- 
tives in the history-making negotiations at St. Mary's, Ohio. 
There the chiefs of the Weas signed away their claims October 
2, 1818. The Delawares became parties to a similar pact the next 
day. Three days later the Miamis reached an agreement with 
the white bargainers. On July 30 of the next year, the Kicka- 
poos, last of the claimants, pledged themselves to fold up their 
tepees and follow the trail of their brothers into the West. 

The first white settler shown by the records to have taken up 
land on the Fairview site was one William Appleton, who staked 
of¥ about seventy acres deeded to him by "the United States of 
America by President James Monroe" and described as "the 
north half of the northwest quarter (Bast of White River) of 
Section 14, Township 16, of Range 3 in the District of Brook- 
ville and the State of Indiana. ' ' Appleton took possession of the 
land in the summer of 1821, and payment was made according 
to the act of Congress of April 24, 1820, entitled "An Act Mak- 
ing Further Provision for the Sale of Public Lands." 

As to who Appleton was and whence he came, the records 
are silent, but one can easily vision him building the log home 
typical of the period, and clearing enough ground around his 
cabin for a garden. Fish was abundant in White River nearby 
and that, with the game that he bagged and such livelihood as 
he took from the soil, probably enabled him to live with as much 
comfort as was usually afforded to the pioneer. After nine years, 
Appleton sold his land to William Mcllvain, who two years later 
disposed of it to James M. Crist. 



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Samuel McClelland became the owner in 1841, and by the 
purchase of adjacent tracts increased the holding to approxi- 
mately one hundred and fifty acres. It was from him that 
Saunders came into possession of it. Three years after Saunders' 
death in 1850, his widow, Mrs. Polly Saunders, disposed of the 
tract to Benjamin Blue, who retained it for a quarter of a cen- 
tury. The Blue family name since has been inseparably con- 
nected with the Fairview neighborhood, other members of the 
family also having owned property in the vicinity. 

The Benjamin Blue acreage became the property of Adam 
Scott, who in 1889 sold this tract with thirty-eight adjoining 
acres to John C. Shaffer, trustee of the Citizens Street Railroad 
Company. Mr. Shaffer also negotiated the purchase of several 
neighboring properties with the result that in 1892 he was able 
to turn over to the transportation company two hundred and 
fifty-three acres of land, rich in scenic beauty, well watered and 
much of it heavily wooded. The Citizens Company became the 
Indianapolis Street Railway Company in 1899, and the Fairview 
Park property, with the exception of a few acres, remained in 
the possession of that company until deeded to Butler University 
in 1923. 

The history of Fairview is inescapably bound up with that 
of the Central Canal which cuts through the tract in a south- 
westerly course. This ambitious but ill-fated project was ap- 
proved by the Indiana General Assembly in 1835. It was at a 
time when waterways were being held up as an ultimate solution 
to all economic problems. Canal building became epidemic 
throughout the nation. Some of these ventures successfully met 
the needs for which they were designed. Others were ill-advised 
or poorly executed, and consequently failed. 

The Central Canal, as planned by the Indiana assemblymen, 
was to run from the Wabash and Erie Canal, at a point between 
Ft. Wayne and Logansport, to Muncie, to Indianapolis, down 
the valley of the west fork of White River to its junction with 
the east fork, and thence to the Ohio River at Evansville. The 
plan was designed to make inland Indianapolis a port of call for 



Fairview's Family Tree 177 

waterway traffic from the Lake to the Gulf. When the bill pro- 
viding for the work was passed, there was general illumination 
throughout Indianapolis in celebration of the event, and when 
the first section, the eight or ten-mile stretch from Indianapolis 
to Broad Ripple was opened in the summer of 1839, boat excur- 
sions between the two towns were announced. 

An advertisement typical of those appearing in Indianapolis 
newspapers shortly after the opening was the following: 

''THE CANAL BOAT 

Now running on the canal between Indianapolis and the 
Broad Ripple will ply daily. The boat leaves Indianapolis at 
10 o'clock in the morning and returns at 6 o'clock in the eve- 
ning. Good order will at all times be maintained on the boat 
and every attention paid to render those comfortable who take 
passage. Fare $1. Persons visiting the Broad Ripple are 
assured that good entertainment will be found by those desiring 
eatables, etc. 

Robert Earl." 

However attractive these inducements sound, they seem to 
have been insufficient to attract patronage, and the regular boat 
service was soon discontinued as an unprofitable venture. For 
many years, however, a popular custom for Sunday schools and 
private picnic parties was the hiring of boats to tow them up to 
the site of Fairview Park for an all-day outing, indicating that 
even in that day the beauty of this site was recognized. 

The canal never was used extensively for commercial pur- 
poses, although a lumber concern availed itself for some time 
of the waterway to transport timbers to its saw mill which was 
situated at Michigan Street and the Canal. This firm bought 
timber on land above Broad Ripple, established a camp of 
refugee Negroes to cut it, and brought it down the canal in 
two scows, eighty-five feet long, twenty-five feet wide, and three 
feet deep. Each scow carried twenty-five cords. Occasionally 



178 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

shipments of corn, boulders for street paving, and flour from the 
mill at Broad Kipple also were brought down. 

From the first, canal navigation in Indianapolis seems to have 
been attended by difficulties. Early accounts tell of the neces- 
sity for attaching scythes to the stems of the boats to cut through 
the moss and grass which was said almost to have stopped the 
water at times. Another means employed in ridding the channel 
of natural growths was that of shutting off the water and rak- 
ing out the obstruction. This procedure, however, brought 
complaint from industries that were using the canal for water 
power. In fact, it was the action of the power lessees that 
finally caused the state to abandon its waterway. 

The flood of 1847 washed away the banks and the aqueduct 
over Fall Creek, and the canal was dry for months. Those hold- 
ing water power leases refused to pay rentals, and suits were 
brought. The governor later was authorized to compromise the 
suits and to sell the canal. After passing through several hands, 
the waterway finally was taken over by the Indianapolis Water 
Company, which holds title to it at present. 

Many Indianapolis boys of the eighties became familiar with 
the Fairview Park neighborhood through skating on the canal. 
The long frozen stretch from Sixteenth Street to Broad Ripple 
gave skaters excellent opportunity to demonstrate their abilities, 
and Fairview was a favorite way-station for resting and building 
a bonfire. 

In summer, the smooth, hard surface of the towpath made 
the canal popular with cyclers. First on the high wheel bicycles 
and later on the safety bicycles, young men, and young women, 
too, bowled over the path that young men and women students 
soon will tread in their campus strolls. Lee Burns, in his book on 
early Indianapolis, tells of the many cycle clubs formed at this 
time, one of the most notable being the Rondthaler Rangers. It 
was formed by the Rev. Dr. Rondthaler, who led the riders each 
week to some attractive spot where they would discuss for an 
hour some timely topic before beginning the return trip. With 



Fairview's Family Tree 179 

these, too, Fairview Park was popular as an objective because 
of its convenient distance from the city. 

When the Citizens Street Railroad Company extended its 
service to Fairview and took over the tract for development as an 
amusement center, it made a move that found favor with its 
clientele. That was in the day when the trolley ride as diversion 
for a Sunday afternoon was comparable in popularity to motoring 
today. Its only serious rival was the time-honored Sunday after- 
noon stroll, and many devotees of the latter were won over by the 
appeal of the long ride out Illinois Street to the park where broad 
acres of soft, green turf, instead of hard city streets, were available 
for pedestrians. Swains and sweethearts, parents and children 
flocked there on as many week-end afternoons as the weather fa- 
vored. If one wished to spend money, one might do so, for there 
was boating on the canal, concessions scattered through the park, 
and a restaurant. If one preferred not to spend money, possibili- 
ties equally pleasant were offered in the afternoon band concerts, 
the visits to the zoo, and the playground devices for the children. 

The memory of Dr. Henry Jameson, a director of the univer- 
sity as well as of the Indianapolis Street Railway Company, ever 
will be honored for the part he played in obtaining this tract as a 
site for the campus of a greater university. Fairview's palmy 
days as an amusement center began to wane with the advent of the 
motor car, the motion picture theater, rival amusement parks, and 
other varied interests that entered claim for the public 's purse and 
attention, but the value of the land that comprised the park had be- 
come greater than ever before. The city had grown out to its gates. 
Surrounding it was a district of beautiful homes. The steady 
trend northward had rocketed real estate values. The obvious 
thing for the railway company to do was to subdivide the park for 
residence purposes and profit handsomely. Here Dr. Jameson 
intervened. 

Exactly what he said to his colleagues of the directorate, one 
may not know, but it may have been something like this : 

''Gentlemen, here is an opportunity to do a noble thing, a 
thing that will reflect favorably upon you as individuals and as 



180 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

directors of this utility. In turning over this property to Butler 
University, you will be doing a service to education and bestowing 
a gift on the youth of Indianapolis. Your action may not show 
an immediate profit in dollars and cents, but it will mean an ulti- 
mate and a certain profit in good will and increased esteem. I 
put this proposal before you as the offer of a challenge and a 
privilege." 

The Indianapolis Street Railway Company accepted that chal- 
lenge. For what may be regarded as the almost nominal sum of 
two hundred thousand dollars, it deeded to the university two 
hundred and forty-six acres of land looked upon as being one of 
the most desirable tracts in the city. 

What since has transpired on that ground is common knowl- 
edge to friends and alumni of the university. The university has 
deeded to the city of Indianapolis twenty-five acres of land in and 
about the campus for park and boulevard purposes. This means 
that the beauty of the college buildings will be enhanced by broad, 
smooth roadways and landscaped approaches. Near the old park 
entrance, Arthur Jordan Memorial Hall is rising against its back- 
ground of trees and skyline. The builders already have made 
sufficient progress to give a clear conception of the structure's im- 
posing lines. At the northeast corner of the campus the field 
house and gymnasium is nearing completion. The stadium will be 
ready in the fall. Henceforth, the history of Fairview will be the 
history of Butler University. 



"Where is the heart that doth not keep 

Within its inmost core 
Some fond remembrance hidden deep 

Of days that are no more?" 



LIFE WILL FOREVER FLOW ON 



Life is a sky-line of mountains, 
Life is an infinite song, 
Life is the power of the fountains — 
Life will forever flow on. 

Life is a mosaic tower, 
Life is a stately oak tree, 
Life is a garden in flower — 
Life will forever flow on. 

Death is a veil on the mountains, 
Death is a rest in the song. 
Death hides the power of the fountains — but 
Life will forever flow on. 

Death casts a cloud on the tower, 
Death bares the stately oak tree, 
Death is a sleep for the flower — and 
Life will forever flow on. 

Death is a glorious unfolding 
Of curtains that close in the world; 
Death is a Mystic-revealing that 
Life will forever flow on. 

— Lucile Turner, '29 



181 



THE BUTLER ALUMNAL QUARTERLY 

Published by the Alumni Association of Butler University, Indianapolis. 

Officers of the Alumni Association — President, John F. Mitchell, Jr., '06; 
First Vice-President, Mrs. G. W. Snider, '66; Second Vice-President, 
Harold B. Tharp, '11, • Secretary, Katharine M. Graydon, '78; Treasurer, 
George A. Schumacher, '25. 

EDITORIAL COMMENT 
DROP US A LINE 

The best alumnal publication is the one that is eo-operatively 
edited. Every editor is expected to see all, hear all, know all, but 
none does. His publication is complete only in the degree to which 
he has enlisted the active assistance of that far-scattered body of 
graduates and former students that he seeks to serve. 

Butler alumni have followed trails of business and adventure 
into all parts of the world. They have been claimed by the arts 
and the professions. If an all-seeing eye could single them out the 
picture would be a panorama of men and women in the field, in 
the office, in the laboratory, in the school room, at the bar, in the 
pulpit, and in the home. Many of them are far away, but most 
of them, fortunately, are still near-by and engaged in the high 
profession of caring for their homes and their businesses. 

Like most of those who do their work well, they do it quietly. 
They do not seek public acclaim. Nevertheless, their classmates, 
and fellow-alumni generally, wish to hear about them. They wish 
to know where they are, what thej^ are doing, whom they married, 
and if the baby is named after one of the professors back at the 
college — well, that's interesting too. 

Some college alumni have adopted the excellent custom of writ- 
ing once a year to the editor of their alumnal publication. The 
editor of the Quarterly suggests such a course for all Butler 
alumni. Just make it sort of an annual "howdy" note, mention- 

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Finish the Task 183 

ing your class, and telling how fate has dealt with you. If you 
wish to complain about the Quarterly, do so. If there are other 
Butler folk living in your community who have done something to 
be proud of, mention the fact. They may not have written 
through modesty or neglect. 

The personal mention department of an alumnal publication 
is without question the part most eagerly read. The commence- 
ment day address may have to wait, the announcement of a gift 
may draw only passing notice, the editorials may be overlooked, 
but if an alumnus sees a two-line item telling him that Frank, 
good old Frank who sat next to him in math class, has married, or 
has been promoted by his firm, or is running for county auditor — 
that's big news. 

Furthermore, the alumni office suffers greatly from a lack of 
information concerning changed addresses. At our last mailing, 
perhaps one hundred pieces were returned from the postoffice. A 
little consideration upon the part of alumni would prevent it, 
saving the office from expense and embarrassment. 



FINISH THE TASK 

When the Alumni Association voted to supply the means for 
scholarships to pay the tuition of two worthy students each year, 
it did a thing that was distinctly creditable. But when members 
of the association fail to support this action by contributions to 
the scholarship fund they become parties to an act of bad faith. 

One of the sorriest of all sights is that of a noble task unfin- 
ished. To say "aye" to the proposition of scholarship financing 
is the beginning of a good deed, but the task is not done until 
individual contributions have ratified the action. What does it 
profit a person to lay the keel of a ship that never will be launched, 
to place the foundation of a house that never will be built, to plant 
a crop that never will be harvested ? 

If the alumni scholarships should have to be discontinued be- 
cause of the indifference of members of the association, the organ- 
ization would face an everlasting reproach. But the scholarships 
will not lapse. The association is not disposed to turn back from 



184 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

that which it has undertaken. In order for it to continue, how- 
ever, a heartier response from the membership is necessary. 

The alumni scholarship fund is not a charity ; it is a challenge. 
To contribute to it is a privilege. No one is asked for a great 
amount. Every one is asked for something. Those who respond 
to the appeal are advised to do so now. A contribution in the 
hands of your class secretary or Miss Katharine Merrill Graydon, 
alumni secretary, will mean more than a good intention to be 
fulfilled later. 



BIRTHDAY OF THE COLLEGE 

Have you thought about Founders' Day? It isn't far off. 
February 11 is the day, and an attractive program, details of which 
will be announced later, is in process of preparation. 

With the possible exception of Commencement Week, there is 
no other time in the year when the thoughts of alumni should turn 
so readily to their alma mater. Founders' Day is regarded as the 
birthday of the institution. That it happens to fall in a month 
of great birthdays is a fortunate coincidence. But it is more than 
a birthday. It is memorial in its nature in that it calls to mind 
those great names who gave the college being and who stood in the 
relation of parent to it during the early years of its existence. 

Alumni, many of them at least, are coming back to honor those 
names, to celebrate the placing of another milestone in Butler his- 
tory, and to sit at table once again with former instructors and 
associates of other days. On the other hand, a number will be 
unable to return, but that is no reason for their not being repre- 
sented, and how could they better be represented than by sending 
some student to the banquet and to the morning exercises, who 
otherwise would not have the privilege of the day! Such an ar- 
rangement may be made directly or through the office of the alumni 
secretary. 



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AN ART LOAN 

The dim halls of the main building have been brightened by 
two oil paintings to the interest and pleasure of all passers-by. At 
the Hoosier Salon of last winter Mr. Charles Sneed Williams 
donated his prize money to buy pictures to be lent to certain 
colleges of Indiana. Two pictures were purchased, "Portrait of a 
Boy," by John M. King of Richmond, and "A Gloucester Street," 
by E. Brockenbrough of Lafayette — and have hung in Purdue 
University and in DePauw University, and now for two months 
are in Butler University. 

The Hoosier Salon has been mentioned formerly in these pages 
as the result of the efforts of the Daughters of Indiana in Chicago 
to demonstrate the worthwhile character of the art of Indiana and 
to create an appreciation of this art. Exhibitions have been held 
in three successive years. Following the second salon it was de- 
cided that the growth had been so rapid that the movement should 
be made national in scope. Therefore, an organization known as 
the HoosiEE Art Patrons Association was formed with Mr. 
John C. Shaffer as president, its purpose to hold annually an art 
exhibit in Chicago to be known as the "Hoosier Salon." The 
success has been striking, not only in the number of appreciative 
visitors who have left amazed at the amount and character of the 
work done in Indiana, but also in a financial way. In three years 
the record of sales has amounted to $43,000. 

The association has two children, the Palette Club of Richmond 
with a membership of twenty-eight artists, and the Brown County 
Art Gallery, where eleven hundred visitors were entertained the 
second Sunday of last October. The ultimate goal is the establish- 

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ing of a large permanent art gallery in Indiana and the founding 
of an industrial school of art. 

The fourth annual Hoosier Salon will be held under the 
auspices of the Hoosier Salon Patrons Association, January 28 
to February 15, 1928, in the Marshall Field Picture Galleries, 
Chicago. Butler Day will be the second Saturday of the salon. 
This occasion has formerly been the event of the annual meeting 
of the Butler College Alumni Club of Chicago at luncheon, the 
latter part of the afternoon being given to inspection of the pic- 
tures, to the meeting of old college friends, and to the enjoyment 
of tea served by the Butler Alumni Club. 



ALONG THE SIDELINES 

With very little material available at the start of the 1927 
gridiron season. Coach ''Potsy" Clark succeeded in rounding out 
a fine ball team that won the secondary Indiana Conference title. 
The Bulldogs entered the DePauw and Wabash games against 
great odds and pulled through with a 25 to 6 win over the Tigers 
and a 13 to 7 advantage against the Little Giants. The Clarkmen 
played Franklin a 7 to 7 tie early in the season. 

Harrison Collier and John Southern were the only lettermen 
available to start the season, although there were a number of 
veterans from Paul Hinkle's team of last season. Collier was 
elected captain prior to the Wabash game after a leader had been 
appointed prior to each game this year. Captain Collier, Meek, 
Collyer, Chadd, and McClaflin make up the list of seniors that will 
be lost by graduation this season. 

Coach Nipper had a squad of forty-five freshmen to finish 
the season this year and if this group is back in school next season, 
grid prospects will not be so gloomy. The first-year men defeated 
the Culver Military Academy and the Lake Forest Academy in 
their two games this season. 

Efforts are being made by the new athletic director to schedule 
some of the leading teams of the middle west to play in the new 
stadium at Fairview. Illinois, national champions. wiU play here 
November 10. Northwestern will meet Butler in the new Dvche 



Along The Sidelines 187 

stadium at Evanston, October 6 in the opening game of the season. 
Franklin will open the home schedule here October 13. The re- 
mainder of the games will probably be played at home with only 
a post-season game on a foreign gridiron. 

With eight lettermen as a nucleus for this year's basketball 
team, the Hinklemen have a good chance of retaining the state 
championship although the hardest schedule in the history of the 
school has been arranged. Archie Chadd, a favorite with Blue and 
White fans for the past two seasons, has been chosen to lead the 
Bulldogs. 

In December the team met Indiana Normal at Danville, Uni- 
versity of Wisconsin at Madison, Concordia College at Fort Wayne, 
Purdue University at Lafayette, Muncie Normal at Indianapolis, 
and University of Chicago at Chicago. 

Other games carded by Coach Hinkle are: 

January 6 — Evansville at Evansville 
January 10 — Franklin at Franklin 
January 13 — Evansville at Butler 
January 19 — DePauw at Butler 
January 27 — Danville at Butler 
February 3 — ^Wabash at CrawfordsviUe 
February 4 — Marquette at Milwaukee 
February 6 — Loyola at Chicago 
February 11 — Notre Dame at South Bend 
February 17 — Franklin at Butler 
February 23 — Wabash at Butler 
February 27 — Marquette at Butler 
March 1 — DePauw at Greencastle 
March 7 — Notre Dame at Butler 

All home games will be played at the Indiana National Guard 
Armory, 711 North Pennsylvania Street. Games will be called at 
8 o'clock. RALPH L. HITCH 



188 Butler Alumnal Quakterly 

ALUMNI PUBLICATIONS 

"Illustrations of tlie Methods of Eeasoning," a source iooJc of logic and 
scientifiG methods by Daniel Sommer Eohinson, professor of -philosophy im 
Miami University. $2.00. New York: D. Appleton and Company. 

Of this latest publication of Daniel Sommer Robinson, '10, the 
Boston Transcript has said : 

This useful book, written to aid both students and teachers, is 
founded on the author's belief that the accumulation of knowl- 
edge by reading is not enough, and that an acquaintance with the 
best thinking methods is also necessary. Professor Robinson was 
also concerned to facilitate the "project" or "case" methods of 
teaching logic by making available an adequate supply of fresh, 
interesting yet simple illustrations of the various reasoning methods 
now being so fruitfully employed in scientific research. Nine of 
these methods are set forth in as many chapters, each beginning 
with an "exposition," a bibliography, and a set of illustrations, 
miscellaneous examples being added in the closing chapter. 

The special topics chosen include traditional Aristotelian logic, 
classification, the sampling method, statistics. Mill's experimental 
methods, analogy and circumstantial evidence, assumption and hy- 
pothesis, verification, the complete method of explanation and the 
historical method. None of the readings has hitherto appeared 
in any extant volume on logic; they include numerous quotations 
from newspaper articles, magazines and books, eminent authors 
being often called in. Adapted to the needs of both student and 
general reader, the book is sure to function as a valuable guide 
to correct reasoning. 



AROUND THE CAMPUS 

The eleventh national sorority is now active on the campus 
as a result of the installation of a chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi. 
The ten girls who were initiated constituted a group which the 
Indianapolis alumnae of the national organization have been 
colonizing for about a year and a half. 



Around The Campus 189 

The scope of influence of the Butler Collegian has been 
broadened this year by its appearance on the library tables of 
fifty of the leading high schools in the state to which copies are 
being sent regularly. The Friday alumni edition has found favor 
with scores of former students who have subscribed for this 
weekly number in order to keep in touch with campus and alumni 
affairs. 



Many students are keeping a pictorial record of their college 
days with the establishment of a picture service by the Butler 
News Bureau. The bureau's photographers obtain pictures of 
current activities and prominent campus characters, and sell 
prints to the students for a nominal sum. 



The Y. M. C. A. and Y. W. C. A. were sponsors of a week-end 
conference on student problems, at which A. Bruce Curry, head 
of the Biblical Seminary at Oberlin College was the principal 
speaker. Delegates from a number of Indiana colleges and uni- 
versities attended the five sessions. 



The Indiana Intercollegiate Press Association will be enter- 
tained next year by Butler for the first time. The 1927 conven- 
tion, which met at Indiana University, also selected Butler stu- 
dents for the offices of president and secretary of the organiza- 
tion. 



The Arts Craft Guild, a national association of bookbinders 
and engravers, has awarded the 1927 Drift, Butler yearbook, 
first place among the yearbooks of universities with an enroll- 
ment of less than two thousand. This is the third consecutive 
year that the Drift has been accorded this honor, a record that 
has never been equaled by another school in the country in this 
competitive class. 



190 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

The Butler Girls' Glee Club held place of honor on the pro- 
gram at the Circle Theater for Collegiate Week, during which 
the girls gave three concerts a day. As a result of the widespread 
favorable comment on their work, the theater has offered them 
a contract for a return engagement in the spring. The club is 
under the direction of Franklin Taylor. 



"Everyman," the dramatic classic of the ages, was presented 
in the chapel just before the holidays by Thespis, Butler dra- 
matic organization. Special stage settings and lighting systems 
were used to give the mediaeval atmosphere desired. All settings 
and costumes were the work of students. 

The first dramatic production of the year by Thespis was 
"The Climbers," a four-act play by Clyde Fitch. Despite the 
difficulties offered by this vehicle, the acting was praised by com- 
petent critics as being of a quality seldom seen off the profes- 
sional stage. Both performances of the play were given at the 
Little Theatre Playhouse. Mrs. Eugene Fife was the director. 



Business men and women of Indianapolis who have employed 
Butler graduates or students through the employment office of 
the university have completed a permanent organization known 
as the ' ' Emplojanent Alumni of Butler University. ' ' The purpose 
of the movement is to promote better understanding between 
employers of Indianapolis and the student employment office at 
Butler, it was explained at the organization luncheon held at the 
Chamber of Commerce. Miss Eleanor Hester, director of the 
university's employment division, sponsored the organization. 



The second number of the Cocoon, student literary publica- 
tion, has appeared on the campus. Its contents include verse, 
short stories, and familiar essays. 

The freshman cross-country squad defeated all comers in the 
Indiana-Kentucky A. A. U. cross-country run held at Louisville, 
Kentucky, Thanksgiving Day, the Butler representatives winning 
team and individual honors. 



Personal Mention 191 

The granting of a charter by Kappa Delta Rho, national 
fraternity, to Kappa Delta Pi, Butler local, brings the number 
of men's national Greek letter organizations on the campus to 
seven. 



PERSONAL MENTION 

Miss Laurel G. Cissna, '23, is living in Los Angeles, California. 

Toyozo Nakarai, '23, is teaching in the College of Religion. 

Miss Mildred Riley, '22, is now Mrs. Vaughn Chase living at 
her home in Irvington. 

Miss Faye Cantrall, '24, is studying in the Library School of the 
University of Illinois. 

Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Kercheval (Elizabeth Stephenson, '16) 
have moved to Houston, Texas, for residence. 

Miss Mary McMeans, '26, took office as executive secretary of 
the Little Theatre Society of Indiana on October 1. 

The Rev. J. H. O. Smith, '84, of Kansas City, Kansas, was in 
the city in October, looking up old friends and preaching at the 
Third Christian Church. 

Mrs. Minnabel Morris Hunt, ex- '17, is making a name for 
herself as accompanist of Franz Proschowsky, coach of many noted 
singers. 

Dr. John Thomas Lister, '97, of the department of Spanish 
in Wooster University represented Butler University at the inau- 
guration of Dr. Wilkins as president of Oberlin College. 

Mrs. Ralph W. Vickers (Grace Riley, '21) is living at Still- 
water, Oklahoma, where she is nurse for the Agricultural and 
Mechanical College. 

The Rev. John W. Barnett, '94, is living in Wellesley, Massa- 
chusetts, where he is engaged in a building project for his church. 

Miss Caroline Dunn, '23, is spending the winter in New York, 
studying at the Library School of Columbia University. 

George Cullen Thomas, '13, represented Butler University at 
the inauguration of Alfred Franklin Hughes, D. D., as president of 
Hamline University, Minnesota. 



192 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

Mrs. Harold Robinson (Frieda Steinmann, '21) was on the 
program as vocalist of the national convention of the American 
Legion Auxiliary in Paris. 

Miss Sarah Sisson, '23, received her master's degree in June 
for work done in education. Miss Sisson is now connected with 
the English department of the college. 

Miss Annie MuUin, '19, is in New York, studying in Teachers' 
College and in Union Theological Seminary, in preparataion for her 
work in India. 

Mrs. J. B. Kuhns (Tade Hartsuff, '82) of Berkeley Springs, 
West Virginia, made a brief visit to Indianapolis in November as 
guest of Mrs. Elizabeth Bogert Schofield, '09. 

Dean Frank H. Marshall, '88, of the College of the Bible, 
Phillips University, Oklahoma, received last June his doctorate 
from Yale University. 

George Earl Daniels, '24, has entered upon his fourth and 
last year at Yale. During his graduate studentship he has had 
charge of the Olivet Baptist Church in New Haven. 

The Rev. George W. Knepper, '97, of Akron, Ohio, represented 
Butler University at the inauguration of Dr. A. A. Shaw as 
president of Denison University. 

Miss Mary Alice Kitson, '27, is teaching mathematics and 
Spanish in the high school of Gardner, Illinois. She writes that 
she "feels far removed from her Butler friends and eagerly awaits 
the coming of the Alumnal Quarterly." 

Captain Herbert W. Schmid, '11, is connected with the depart- 
ment of military science of the University of Kentucky. Lexing- 
ton. He recently represented Butler University at the inaugura- 
tion of Dr. Charles J. Turck as president of Centre College. 

Irwin T. Shultz, former member of the staff of the department 
of education, now studying in the University of Pennsylvania, 
represented Butler University at the inauguration of Dr. W. M, 
Lewis as president of Lafayette CoUege. 



Marriages 193 

MARRIAGES 

Hosea-Brown — Mr. Maxwell E. Hosea, '25, and Miss Betty- 
Brown were married on October 13, 1926, in Indianapolis, where 
they are at home. 

MowRER-CoBB — Mr. Mowrer and Miss Alice Frances Cobb, '24, 
were married on May 28 and are at home in Indianapolis. 

Brown-Coggins — Mr. James C. Brown and Miss Josephine 
Coggins, '27, were married on July 1 in Indianapolis. Mr. and 
Mrs. Brown are at home in Anderson, Indiana. 

Eawlings-Bear — Mr. James Vincent Rawlings, ex- '24, and 
Miss Mary Barnett Bear, '24, were married in Vevay, Indiana, on 
August 27. Mr. and Mrs. Rawlings are at home in Indianapolis. 

MuLHOLLAND-EwiNG — Mr. Gcorgc MulhoUand, '26, and Miss 
Ruth Ilene Ewing were married on September 10 at Cincinnati, 
Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. MulhoUand are at home in Huntington, West 
Virginia. 

Kershaw-Leach — Mr. Neil Kershaw, '18, and Miss Betty Leach 
were married on September 27 in Indianapolis, where they are at 
home. 

Hook-Conner — Mr. Frank M. Hook and Miss Ina L. Conner, 
former student, were married on September 27 in Toledo, Ohio. 
Mr. and Mrs. Hook are spending the winter in Florida. 

Haerle-Shepard — Mr. Rudolph K. Hserle and Miss Elizabeth 
Shepard, ex- '29, were married on September 28 in Indianapolis, 
where they are at home. 

HiSER-ScHOENER — Mr ."Walter Carpenter Hiser and Miss Mar- 
garet Elizabeth Schoener, '25, were married on October 1 in Indian- 
apolis, where they are at home. 

Barnhizer-Smith — Mr. V. L. Barnhizer and Miss Lillie Smith, 
'26, were married on October 12 in RushviUe, Indiana. Mr. and 
Mrs. Barnhizer are at home in Falmouth, Indiana. 

Jackson-West — Mr. G. M. Jackson and Miss Constance West, 
'25, were married in Indianapolis, where they are at home. 



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Brewer-Trick — ^Mr. Eobert M. Brewer, ex- '18, and Miss Gladys 
Trick were married on October 19 in Indianapolis, where they are 
at home. 

Campbell- Shortridge — Mr. Donald T. Campbell and Miss Vir- 
ginia Shortridge, '24, were married on October 23 in Irvington. 
Mr. and Mrs. Campbell are at home in Pendleton, Indiana. 

McGavran-Payne — Mr. Edward Grafton McGavran, '24, and 
Miss Mary Graydon Payne, '23, were married on October 26 in 
Danville, Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. McGavran are at home in Boston, 
Massachusetts. 

Ross-Thomas— Mr. Paul M. Ross, '26, and Miss Edna Mae 
Thomas, '26, were married on October 29 in Indianapolis, where 
they are at home. 

Devoe-Schulz — Mr. Leslie Morrison DeVoe and Miss Edna 
Schulz, '26, were married on November 5 in Indianapolis, where 
they are at home. 

Dearing-Fischer — Mr. Walter L. Dearing and Miss Barbara 
Anne Fischer, '27, were married on November 16 in Indianapolis, 
where they are at home. 

Probst-Quirk — Mr. Irwin Probst and Miss Frances Quirk, ex- 
'27, were married on November 24 at Notre Dame, Indiana. Mr. 
and Mrs. Probst are at home in New Athens, Illinois. 

MERRn^L-DoEPPERS — Mr. Hubert Houghey Merrill and Miss 
Freda Doeppers, '27, were married in Indianapolis on December 3. 
Mr. and Mrs. Merrill are at home in Indianapolis. 

Smith-Brooks — Mr. George Herbert Smith and Miss Eugenia 
Brooks, ex-27, were married in Indianapolis on December 28. Mr. 
and Mrs. Smith are at home in Marion, Indiana. 



BIRTHS 

AvELS — To Mr. Robert Eugene Avels and Mrs. Avels (Dorothy 
Sandefur, '26) in Indianapolis on October 16 a son — Robert 
Eugene, Jr. 

Brown — To Mr. Paul V. Brown, '24, and Mrs. Brown (Florence 
Stanley, '22) in Indianapolis on October 23 a son — Hilton U. III. 



Births 195 

Fuller — To Mr. Gilbert H, Fuller, '21, and Mrs. Fuller (Mar- 
jory Stewart, '21) in Chicago on December 8, a daughter — Marilyn 
Jane. 

Ham — To Mr. Scott Ham, '25, and Mrs. Ham (June Ham, 
ex- '26) in Indianapolis in September, a daughter — Guinevere. 

Insley — To Mr. and Mrs. Francis Insley (Lois E. Wishard, 
'25) in Indianapolis on November 29, a daughter — Elizabeth Jane. 

RoPKEY — To Mr. and Mrs. Noble Ropkey (Marjorie Chiles, '26) 
in Indianapolis on October 4 a daughter — Marjorie Anne. 

Sanders — To Mr. Leslie Sanders, ex- '23, and Mrs. Sanders 
(Mary Henderson, '23) in Florida a son — Leslie, Jr. 

ScHELL — To Mr. James Layman Schell, '21, and Mrs. ScheU 
(Katharine Turman, '24) in Indianapolis on October 27 a daugh- 
ter — Mary Elizabeth. 

Smullin — To Mr. and Mrs. SmuUin (Frela Jones, '22) in 
Chicago in August a daughter. 

Steinfeld — To Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Steinfeld (Helen Mac- 
Donald, '21) in Berkeley, California, on November 16, a son — 
Albert. 

Trabue — To Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Trabue (Helen Jsehne, '19) 
in Indianapolis on November 2 a daughter — Janet McKee. 

Wagoner — To Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Wagoner (Jean Brown, 
'19) in Indianapolis on November 26 a son — Clifford, Jr. 



DEATHS 



Butler — Mrs. Martha M. Butler, widow of Ovid Dyer Butler, 
who was graduated with the class of 1859, died on September 16 
in Windom, Minnesota, and was buried on the 26th in Crown Hill 
cemetery. 

Mrs. Butler entered the old University as Miss Martha E. Meek 
from Greenfield, Indiana, coming with Miss Parmelia Hart (later 
Mrs. Thayer), as one of the first women to matriculate. She 
married Mr. Butler in 1860 and has lived in Indianapolis until 
the death of her husband in 1919, since making her home with a 
niece in Minnesota. 



196 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

Fletcher — Emily Fletcher, ex- 78, died in Indianapolis on 
September 20 and was buried on the 22nd in her ancestral portion 
of Crown Hill cemetery. 

Miss Fletcher was a native of Indianapolis, the daughter of 
Calvin Fletcher and Emily Beeler Fletcher, who were also natives 
of Indianapolis. Thus, she was of pioneer stock, a fact in which 
she took pleasant pride and appropriate responsibility. 

Her entire life was passed in close relationship to Butler Uni- 
versity. The campus, carpeted with wild flowers and etched with 
the shadows of virgin trees, formed the playground of her child- 
hood. She loved those dear days and often spoke of them. When 
older she entered the school of Mrs. Price; then, in time, was 
ready for the preparatory school from which she passed into the 
university. 

When the institution moved to Irvington, Mr. Fletcher gave his 
children the choice of completing their work in Butler University 
or finishing their course in Europe. The latter choice prevailed 
and for three years the parents and their children traveled abroad, 
the young people gaining a linguistic affection and attainment 
which continued through life. Upon return to Indiana the family 
moved to Spencer for a few years, then back to the little brick 
house opposite the campus. 

Miss Fletcher's loyal interest in the college never waned. 
She came to academic occasions in Irvington or in the city 
as often as practicable, seldom being absent from Founders' Day 
exercises or the Alumni Supper; nor did she ever fail in her 
subscription to the QUARTERLY. Indeed, this loyalty was one 
of her finest traits of character — loyalty to family, loyalty to old 
friends, loyalty to memories, loyalty to causes and organizations. 

She had a quick mind and fearlessly expressed her sentiments. 
She had an intense love for knowledge and a fine taste in litera- 
ture. She had an unusual sympathy for those who needed sjtu- 
pathy, an especial tenderness for little children and for old people. 
Her patriotism was a marked characteristic. Above all she was 
deeply and truly religious, her faith upholding her to the end. 



Deaths 197 

Kealing — Joseph B. Kealing died at his home in Indianapolis 
on December 7 and was buried on the 9th in Crown Hill cemetery. 

Mr. Kealing, or '*Joe" as known by old friends, will be missed 
about the campus. Graduating with the class of 1879, he held an 
undiminished interest in his alma mater. In the last week of his 
life he was reminiscing about the old college days with Hilton 
Brown at the Columbia Club — the days of the Clifford brothers, 
Romeo Johnson, Will Elliott, Walter Williams, John Oliver, the 
Brown brothers, Eugene Kreider, Frank Tibbott, Wilbur Campbell, 
Clarence Goodwin, all of whom made the world better for their 
having lived in it. 

"They are nearly all gone," he said. "And I almost passed 
out myself. When I was so sick last summer it was a matter of 
indifference to me whether I stayed or went. And so it is now, 
except that it is our business to carry on as long as we are here. 

"I played baseball in those old days, and we thought we 
played a pretty good game of ball. I am afraid I could not make 
a home-run now even if I could hit the ball over the fence. ' ' 

One survivor of the group recalled the three long men of the 
team. Brown, Kealing and Kreider. They wore no uniforms in 
their play, but tied their trousers with a string at the ankle. 
Brown was the heavy hitter; Kreider was the agile shortstop, and 
Joe, at first base, could reach up into the clouds for overthrows. 
He also came as near being cheer leader as that functionary had 
been developed in those early days, for he was always an optimist 
and believed that the team would win, as it generally did. 

High tribute has been paid to our friend by the press of 
the different sections of the country. The Indianapolis News 
gave the following editorial appreciation : No one will learn of 
the death of Joseph B. Kealing without experiencing a shock. 
Known as an ardent Republican and a director of the fortunes of 
his party he was yet regarded as a friend by all who knew him — 
Democrats as well as Republicans. There was nothing personally 
antagonistic in his campaigns for the success of his party, and the 
scope and degree of his achievements when his counsels were heeded 
are almost without parallel within the party 's history in the state. 



198 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

In type of mind he was a diplomat. In the diplomatic service he no 
doubt would have ranked as high as in the field of politics, of which 
he was the complete master. 

No one presumed to engage in the larger Republican politics of 
the state and country without consulting this party genius. He 
never gave orders or attempted to boss. Yet his influence was all- 
pervasive in party councils. The secret of his success included this : 
That he made no enemies. There was tenderness and charm in 
his attitude. He ruled by superior acumen. No wonder that the 
Republican party of the state made him its representative in the 
national councils. When it failed in recent years to follow him in 
state affairs it failed to win public confidence. 

"Joe" Kealing was everybody's friend. He was welcome in 
any group from his law office to the White House. He was credited 
with discernment and skill in politics that gave him the entree to 
any circle. He was a unique figure, a rugged personality, a king- 
maker. He engaged in every political battle, but sought little for 
himself out of victory. Except for some minor offices in his youth 
he held only two offices — United States district attorney for In- 
diana for eight years, and city corporation counsel. 

His high standard of professional integrity as a lawyer, his 
sense of loyalty as a public servant, and his intense aversion to 
taking liberties with the law and the machinery of government 
were never better illustrated than when, in 1909, he resigned his 
office as United States district attorney rather than become a party 
to a proposal to compel newspaper publishers charged with offenses 
to go to Washington for trial. When he resigned, he had served 
well for nearly eight years. In the case which led to his resigna- 
tion the government had planned to set up a precedent of far- 
reaching importance to the independence of American journalism. 
The issue really involved was the freedom of the press. Kealing 
resigned rather than become a party to the plan, and the federal 
court later threw the case out in a decision by Judge Anderson that 
became historic. 

Mr. Kealing was born in this city and lived his whole life here. 
A year or so ago he was stricken with an illness that he himself 



Deaths 199 

anticipated would end in death. He recently said that he had 
hardly expected to get up from his bed. He was ready to welcome 
death. But he measurably recovered and was as cheerful and inter- 
ested in public affairs as ever. Only within a few days he called on 
the President at Washington and there suffered a return of his 
illness which caused him to hurry home. 

If there were those that ever entertained partisan criticism of 
this stalwart American their voices will be hushed and they will 
realize that in the great game of politics, as played by Mr. Kealing, 
there is respect and affection for one who engages in it fairly and 
without rancor. 

Richardson — Dana H. Richardson, former student, died in In- 
dianapolis on October 5 at the age of thirty-nine and was buried 
in Anderson, Indiana, on the eighth. 

The Rev. Mr. Richardson entered Butler in the fall of 1920, 
with the sole purpose of preparing himself for the Christian 
ministry. He never felt a lessening of the urge that sent him 
to college, even though his stay was not of a long duration. His 
sojourn was of sufficient length, however, for him to endear himself 
to many faculty members and to a large student association. 

Before receiving his degree, he abruptly closed his college days 
to take up work with the East Lynn Christian Church, at Anderson. 
His call to the East Lynn Church spoke loudly in a complimentary 
way, due to the fact that for sixteen years previously to his going to 
Butler, he was a layman of the same church. It was a case where 
the son returned to take the reins of the master. His ministry 
terminated here in the presence of harmony and among a host 
of friends. 

The Centenary Christian Church of Indianapolis was next 
to receive his guidance, of which he was pastor when his labors 
ceased. Here another unusual expression of devotion was given 
him. While lying on what later became his death bed, the word 
went to his congregation that nothing but a blood transfusion 
could hope to save his life. Within the short period of three 
hours, fifty men of his church had volunteered to give their quota 
of blood. 



200 Butler Alumnal Quarterly 

At the East Lynn Church where he had been both lay member 
and pastor, his body received its funeral rites. Surrounded by a 
throng of deeply touched friends, in the presence of a banked 
floral tribute that is seldom seen, and under the words of com- 
mendation, his silence bid us a long farewell. 

— Alva J. Lindsey, '25 

Roberts — Mrs. Jennie Dungan Roberts died on October 30 in 
Alva, Michigan. The funeral service was held in Indianapolis; 
the burial took place in Greenwood, Indiana. 

There are few now connected with Butler College to whom the 
above facts bear significance, but there are those who do not forget 
Jennie Dungan as student in the old University and who wish 
to bear testimony to her loyalty to the College and to the belief 
that a life which gave such promise of usefulness did not fail in 
realization of its ideals. 



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