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The Millsaps Collegian 

Vol. I. NOVEHBER, 1898. No. i 


The fact that so many boys and young- men had to go out of the 
state in order to obtain an education in a school under the auspices 
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, caused in the minds of 
some of the most influential laymen and clergymen of the church a re- 
lization of the necessity of establishing a male college in Mississippi 
where these young- men might receive an education without going be- 
yond the bounds of the state. Tlie nearest denominational school was 
Centenary College, located at Jackson, Louisiana, and there was an in- 
disposition to send to school there owing to its inacessability from 
many parts of Mississippi. By a failure on the part of the Xorth Mis- 
sissippi Conference to resi)ond to an appeal in behalf of Centenary, it 
became evident that the two conferences of Mississippi should turn 
their interests towards the establishing of a home school. The sub- 
ject had been agitated for a long time and during the year 1888 it took, 
definite shape, when at the session of the Mississippi conference held 
in Yicksburg, Miss., December 5th-10th, 1888, presided over by Bishop 
E. K. Hargrove, resohitions to the effect that a college for males un- 
der the control of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, ought to be 
est.tbJished at some easilj^ accesable point; and that a committee 
should be appointed to confer wit] i a like committee from the North 
Mississippi Conference on th/ })robabiIity of establishing the college. 
The committee consisted of L. L. Mellen, A. F. Watkius, W. C. Black, 
W. L. ISTugent, L. Sexton and E. W. Millsaps. The committee of the 
Xorth Mississippi Conference, held at Starkville, December 12th-17th, 

1888, Bishop C. B. Galloway presiding, and which passed similar reso- 
lutions to those of the Mississippi Conference, ctmsisted of J. J. 
Wheat, S.^M. Thames, T. J. Newell, G. D. Shands, D. L. Sweatman, 
J B. Streat(u-. Thus constituted, the joint committee entered npon a 
great work, the result of which was the founding of an institution 
which is the pride of Methodism. ThfiJiist meeting of the joint com- 
mittee was held in the city of Jacksoili.,Mississipj3i,jni February lltlt, 

1889. After the purpose, which was to adopt meaus and to devise a 




])la?i of establishmo' a Methodist Male College in Mississippi, had been 
stated, Maj. R. W. Millsaps, who stands first anions- tlie philanthropists 
of Mississippi, ever ready and willing' to do soMiething in behalf of 
others, proposed to gve fifty thonsand dollars towards establishing- the 
college, ])rovided the Methodists of the state wonld raise a like sum. 
Taking- liis own experience as a guide, he has placed the poor boys in 
a j)osition where tliey cannot say as lie said: '' I pined over the hard 
misfortune that the doors of all the high schools and colleges in Mis- 
sissippi were closed against me for the want of means." Drs. Wheat 
and Black were requested to draw up an appeal to the church to meet 
the offer of Maj. Millsaps, and Bishoi) Galloway was requested to 
aid in raising- the Endowment Fund. The i)roposition of Maj. Mill- 
saps was warndy received by the people of the whole state, and in 
less time than six )aonths after the first action of the conference Bishop 
Galloway reported that he had received twenty-five thousand dollars 
in endowment notes. Every preacher in the two conferences was 
urged to preach one sermon at each of his churches on '' Christian 
and denominational education," in order that the subject might be 
brought clearly before the people. 

On March 6th, 1894, the offer of Maj. Millsaps was formally ac- 
cepted and a vigorous canvass of the state was instituted. Rev. A. 
F. Watkins was the first financial agent. The others in order of suc- 
cession were : Revs. J. W. Chambers, J. W. Cooper, T. S. West and 
T. B. Holloman. 

The wonderful success with which the agent met in securing the 
desired amount proved that the cherished enterprise had become an es- 
tablished fact, and in consequence a board of trustees was appointed, 
to whom was given the power to procure a charter, to secure a loca- 
tion, and to do all things necessary to the opening- of the college. 
The first trustees were: Bishop C. B. Galloway, J. J. Wheat, S. M. 
Thomas, T. J. Newell, R. M. Standifer, G. D. Shands, D. L. Swcdt- 
man, J. B. Streater, John Trice, W. C. Black, T. L. Mellen, A. F. Wat- 
kins, C. G. Andrews, R. W. Millsaps, W. L. Nugent, L. Sexton and M. 
M. Evans. 

The charter of Millsaps College was obtained from the legislature 
of Mississippi at its session in 1890, whereupon the board fixed a day 
to receive proposals for the location of the college. Several places 
mad '^ offers ranging from twenty to forty-five thousand dollars and 
from twenty to eighty acres of land. Jackson,J3rrenada and Winona 
were the strongest applicants, and Jackson was selected, and'the Hem- 
ingway place, commanding- a view of the city and surrounding coun- 
try, was selected as the campus upon which the college shoald be 
built. The college was known as the Methodist Male College until 
January 10th, 1890, when upon motion of W. C. Black it was given 



io name of "Millsaps Colle-e/' Rev. W. B. Miurali, then vice- 
resident of Whitwortli Feinale College, was elected president on tbe 
rst ballot. The election of the other members of the faculty resulted ' 
s follows: W. L. Weber, English; N. A. Patillo, Mathematics; G. 
\ Swenringen, Latin and Greek; A. M. Muckenfuss, Physics and 
Miemistry; M. M. Black, Principal of the Preparatory Department. 
There have been some changes and an increase in the number of the 
acuity. It now stands as above, with J. A. Moore instead of K A. 
Pattilio, and R. S. Ricketts instead of M. M. Black, with the addition 
3f E. L. Bailey, Assistant Principal of Preparatory Department ; J. P. 
Hanner, Modern Languages and History, and Edward Mayes, Dean of 
Law Department. 

The first session opened on September 29th, 18Q2. From the 
opening each session has been an improvement upon 'the preceding 
and now the college ranks among the foremost institutions of learning 
in the south. At the meeting of the board of trustees in June, 1896, 
it was decided to establish a Department of Law in connection with 
the college, and Judge Edward Mayes, ex-Chancellor of the State 
University, was elected Dean of this Department, which began its 
work in September, 1896. Several buildings have been added to the 
grounds since the opening of the college. Among them are the large 
and well-equipped gynasium, built by the efforts of the students, and 
the beautiful " Webster Science Hall," also the gift of Maj. Millsaps. 
In 1895 the first degrees were conferred by the college upon F. M. 
AHsti'n7XBXJ.G- Lilly, B. S.; and H. S. Stevens, B. S. Fifty is the 
number of the Alumni, who are a living and growing monument to the 
memory of the generous founder of Millsaps College. 

George Lott Harrell. 




In the college collection of books by Mississippi authors, there is 
pamphlet entitled, "English Grrammarfor Old Scholars and Young; by 
A. J. Wright." The copy in question is j^oorly edited, but at best it 
must be taken rather as a live teacher's protest against the grammars 
and grammar teacliing" of thirty years ago, than as a serious contribu- 
tion to language study. The author was worthy of a better memorial, 
a man of large information, a graceful writer, and, strange as it might 
appear to a reader of the "grammar," a very successful teacher of 
English. The pamphlet, it may be said in passing, was never used 
alone in class, but always in connection with some larger text-book of 
the time. 

Mr. Wright came to Mississii)pi in 1859, having failed as a com- 
mission merchant in ISTew Orleans. His father, James Wright, a pru- 
dent and successful business man, moved in the early forties to our 
southern metropolis, and laid there the foundation of a considerable 
fortune. Abram James, the subject of this sketch, was born at Cold 
Spring', near West Point, New York, Aug. 22, 1822. Here he spent 
his childhood and youth, working occasionally on the farm, going- to 
school when he had to and spending- more time than was good for him 
in wandeving" over the mountains, or lying under the shade of great 
trees while he read Irving's tales of ghosts and gobblins, and what- 
ever else of the kind fell into his hands. To this period, and to these 
somewhat Bohemian habits, which grew upon him in spite of whole- 
some influences at home, luight be traced a shyness and love of soli- 
tude which. \^as late in life, alternated in him with a boyish exuberance 
of spirit and an extravagant love of society. 

From his home in Highlands, Abram was sent to college at the 
Wesleyan University, at Middletown, Connecticut. At this institu- 
tion he was a puj)il of the celebrated Dr. Olin, and a fellow-student of 
Bishop John C. Keener, Dr. W. H..N. Magruder and others who have 
since become eminent in their several professions. How he graduated 
was a mystery to him and not altogether clear to the faculty. For 
while never wild in the worst sense of the term, he was irregular to a 
degree, studying by fits and starts, accurrate in unexpected places, 
and stumbling- often when- less gifted men walked secureiy. In nature 
study, so far as it had place in college courses of the time, he was 
g-reatly interested. The ancient classics he read with delight, and. 


while never a painstaking" stndeut, managed to interpret the old authors 
with more than the average school boy's correctness. But it was 
what lie read outside of the curriculum that chiefly formed his mind, 
and furnished liim with that quaint learning- which gave to his con- 
versation its variety and charm. Soon after his graduation, Mr. 
Wright went to ISTew Orleans and entered the counting-room of his 
father. For practical purposes in life nothing could have been more 
unfortunate. To live in our Crescent City fifty years ago was in itself 
a dissipation, especially to a young man with eyes to see and leisure 
to look about him. Tiie picturesque was everywhere, variety without 
limit, contrasts the most striking in the people, their langnage, their 
customs and their habitations. Into these scenes young Wright en- 
tered with infinite zest. To get the most possible out of them, he 
learned to speak fluently both the French and German languages, and 
acquired some knowledge also, of Spanish and Italian. Thus equipped 
he studied life especially in its outre aspects more than he did busi- 
ness; and so it happened that only a few years after the father's 
death, his successors, the firm of A. J. Wright & Co., went to the wall. 
It was a complete failure, and the young head of the firm came out of 
it with nothing but an experience which, unfortunately, he seldom 
used to profit. 

It would have been well for liim if the only ill effects of his resi- 
deuce in New Orleans had been mental dissipation; but social drink- 
ing was the rule in those days, and Mr. Wright readily fell into the 
habits of the place and time. ]!*Tot that he was ever a drunkard, but 
to the last lie toyed with an appetite that brought him much sorrow 
and made small the results of a life that might have been eminently 

After his failure in business, Mr, Wright left ISTew Orleans and 
came to the pine woods of Mississippi, making his home for a time 
with the family of Judge Jayne, at "Old" Brookhaven, near the site 
of the present town of that name. 

Toward the end of the year he secured a school near Spring Hill, 
in Jefferson County. Here at Log Cabin, as he called his little home, 
he taught for several years^, the sons of his good neighbor, Dr. B. M. 
Drake, and of other ]nominent citizens of the County- The school 
was small, but thoroughly of its own kind. Of disci[)line, as it was 
understood in those days, there was very little, of the use of text books 
not so much as might have been good for both teacher and pupils ; but 
of teaching in its best sense, of education as exemplified in our best 
new methods, there was a great deal. 

Some time dnring the war Mr. Wright was elected President of 
Port Gibson Collegiate Academy. This was at that time a mixed 
school, and for several years had a large patronage. For the success 


it enjoyed not a little credit is dne to Mrs. Wright, a lady of great re- 
finement, over-careful, perhaps, in little things, bnt, in the main, a safe 
counsellor and an excellent example to the yonng ladies who boarded 
in her family. Her school might have prospered financially had not 
its President, like so many other teachers, counted twelve months to 
the year in estimating income, and ten only in estimating expenses. 
Snch financiering, of course, conld have but one result, and so, ho])e- 
lessly in debt, he resigned his jiosition, and in 1869 went to live with 
his son on a plantation, several miles from town. Here he nndertook 
to run a market garden, and incidentally to show the capabilities of 
the South in diversified agricnlture. His plans all failed, however, 
and in 1873 he returned to the school-room as Princij^al of Peabody 
High School at Hazlehnrst. Three years later he moved to Canton, 
teaching there a [)rivate school, which for varions reasons had only a 
limited success. 

He then taught for a time at Cane Ridge, and afterwards at Rod- 
ney, in Jefferson County. In 1879 he was made Principal of the Wood- 
ville Female Seminary, where he died September 5, 1881. 

That Mr. Wright succeeded in teaching can be accounted for only 
on the sui)[)osition that, with all his eccentricities of speech and man- 
ner, he had the root of the matter in him. In gravity of demeanor and 
in the proprieties which in that day were supposed to characterize the 
profession, he was greatly lacking. He protested all the time that he 
was trying to be good, and that it was the boy in him and not the 
" old boy," that led him to start for a walk at midnight, to play truant 
some times from church, or to spend a Saturday romping with the 
children in the woods. And here, doubtless, maybe he found the se- 
ci-et of his success in the school room. A large part of his nature 
seems never to have matured, and this very incompleteness kept him 
in sympathy with the young. He loved to study children and their 
ways, and the little folk did not tire of studying him. 

" Interest children," he would say, " and you hardly need to gov- 
ern them ', set them thinking and you can generally make them think 
right." His theories were often wild, and not a little time may have 
been wasted in pursuing them, but his pupils came to feet that he also 
wanted to learn, and that they were helping him to do it. A friend, 
writing about his brightness and versatility in the schoolroom, says : 
" He carried sunshine into the valley of Long Division, and actually 
made a frolic of English Grammar." He had scant patience with 
what he called " text book-making dry as-dusts." It took several lan- 
guages to express his disgust at the tedious minutise of contemporary 
geographies, which he denounced as " broken doses of Irkontsk and 
Timbuctoo." His own efforts at book-making were not successful, as 
the " grammar " shows, but it is no doubt largely due to the protests 


and eriticisius of tliose teacliers who broke bounds as lie did, that we 
have come to better books and methods. 

It goes without saying that Mr. Wright was the best of company. 
Kis conversation, which, like that of most good talkers, often ignored 
the " con.", covered a great variety of subjects, and though some times 
extravagant and always discussive, was full of suggestion and had a 
distinct flavor of the best literature, ancient and modern. He was a 
good reader also, and loved to read aloud ; so that an evening with 
him when in his best vein, was an event to be remembered. His inter- 
est in the classics was proof euen against their rough usage in the 
school-room. His love for Horace amounted quite to a passion, though 
he claimed to read Latin mostly by " main strength and intuition." It 
was a dream of his life to duplicate somewhere the Sabine farm of the 
happy Eoraan poet, with its " ager non ita magna," its " aqu?e fons " 
and the "parva silva super his." 

As a letter-writer Mr. Wright had a large local reputation as re- . 
gards both quantity and quality. One of his patrons once said of 
him that he was the "out writenest man in America." His epistolary 
style was charming. To one of his correspondents he would write 
sometimes every other day letters so bright and interesting that they 
were always welcome. On more than one occasion he was his own 
postman and after making a visit to a friend would leave a letter be- 
hind to be read when he was gone. 

Mr. Wright was an enthusiastic horticulturist. It was a treat to 
walk with him in his garden; he invested his vegetables with an in- 
terest so human that one could hardly come away without feeling 
tbat he had extended his circle of acquaintance. He was withal a 
good botanist, a student of Agricultural Chemistry, and was familiar 
with garden literature from the earliest English writers to White and 
Peter Henderson. During the last decade of his life he contributed 
frequently to Agricultural papers North and South. Under the pen 
name "X. Ped." (ex-])edagogue) he conducted for a time the garden 
de])artment of the old Southern Cultivator in which capacity he was 
well known to the readers of that journal. 

But the purpose of this sketch is not to make an analysis of the 
fife and character of its subject but to give only such a view of him 
as might throw light upon the genesis of the odd little pamphlet 
whose discovery occassioned this writing. For the rest those who 
knew A. J. Wright would liardly consent to rest his claim to remem- 
brance upon the authorship of the "grammar." 



''I SEEK A MAN."* 

'Tia a familiar story, that told of Diogenes, tlie Grecian pbiloso- 
plier of old — how on one occasion he passed through the crowded 
streets of Athens, carrying in his hand a lighted lantern; when asked 
as to the purpose for which he carried this light and for what object 
he was seekiag with so much care, he made answer in the remarkable 
words that have come down to us through all the ages: "I seek a 

No cry ever uttered by human lips so accurately expressed the 
need of every country of every time. Every nation, every i^eople, 
every age, in its very necessity has called out for a man. Not merely 
for a creature who should be borne upon the shores of time, exist for 
a while and then pass away unknown and unremembered ; but for a 
man who should answer the demands of his time, who should be a 
power for good in that station however humble in which he is born ; a 
man who when he has fallen, it can not be said of him that he has 
lived in vain. 

This necessity for a man has been shown in every great crisis of 
the Avorld. Times have come in the history of every nation when with 
danger staring her in the face she has given utterance to her need of a 
man and has been answered by some great hero whose life was the sal- 
vation of his peop[e. Nation has risen up against nation ; war, famine 
and pestilence have ridden headlong over the world; emiures and 
kingdoms yesterday flourishing in magniticent pride and glory to-day 
have gone down in destruction. And yet in all such crises there has 
appeared some great man who seemed to have been created for the 
emergency and around whom has been centered the history of his day. 
Thus answering the call of needy stricken times, have men risen up 
and made themselves immortal. In long ages past the Israelites, after 
centuries of captivity, called out for a man to break the shackles of 
bondage and lead the people forth, from out the desert came Moses. 
A hostile Persian army poured into Grreece — across the Hellespont and 
into the plain passed a horde so great as to be described by Herodotus 
as " the living tide which for seven days and seven nights Asia poured 
into Europe." 'Twas then, in desperate danger, Greece called out for 
a man and Leonidas, with his immortal three hundred, died in saving 

♦Delivered befoi e the Jliss. Inter-Collegiate Oratorical Association May. '98. Printed as 
der provision of Constitution of tlie Association. 


liis eountiy. At another time in tlie history of Greece, ten thonsand 
of her soldiers niarclied under the leadership of "Cyrus the Great" 
into the country of the I^ersians. Cyrus fell in battle, his Generals 
were treacherously slain. The ten thousand, hundreds of miles from 
their own country, surrounded 011 all sides by a hostile people, had 
need of a man, brave, wise and strong- to lead them safely home; they 
found him in the person of Xenophon, who came forward and led them 
thither over a retreat which has excited the wonder and admiration of 
every successive age. 

Who can think of the history of France without remembering the 
"reign of terror" and then that the very greatest of soldiers and lead- 
ers — ISTapolean Bona[)arte ! Or who can be familiar with English his- 
tory and not know of the fall of Charles the First and the coming of 
Oliver Cromwell? America in her times of tribulations and her sea- 
sons of trials has developed some of the greatest men of the world. 
The tyranny of a mother country called forth a Washington, a Jeffer- 
son, an Adams — men whose lives shaped the destiny of our nation and 
whose names will stand forever upon the pages of our history. After 
a period of bloody Civil War, the hearts of the North and South beat 
in bitter enmity against each other; suspicion and distrust made a 
seemingly impassable gulf between the two great sections of our coun- 
try. 'Twas then we had need of men, unselfish, magnanimous, patri- 
otic. There arose an L. Q. C. Lamar, whose broad-minded patriotism 
and yet manly firmness did much to hasten the re-clasping of those 
hands which had so bitterly vrarred against each other. Such men as 
these, even Diogenes in his high appreciation of the essentials of man- 
hood could not have j)assed by unnoted. 

The figure of the world balanced upon the shoulders of Atlas, a 
great gigantic man is not without significance. The strides of the 
world in her progress onward, upward, higher, higher, has ever been 
upon the shoulders of her great men. 

A new land of vast immeasurable resources to be discovered and 
opened up for the advance of civilization cried out for a man and 
Christopher Columbus the poor Italian navigator appeared on the 
scene. Science called out for a man to dive into her depths and bring 
to light her still hidden treasures for the perfection of the world and 
in answer to this call came Edison the inventor, whose life has become 
of immense benefit to the whole world. 

Thus there has been no night in the history of the world so dark 
bnt what has been illumined by the light of some great life. There 
has been no advance in the material civilization of the world but what 
has been born of the genius and power of some great man. And here 
it might be said that immortal only in that nation which produces 
great men. As far as outward splendor and wealth were concerned, 


Biibylon had no rival ainon|? the nations of ancient times. But she 
put no estimate upon lier men ; " thus her lieart-throbs wliatever tliey 
were got explained in no history, interpreted in no i)hilosophy and 
lived in no life. Into oblivion has fallen all that bejewelled and pam- 
pered life that revelled in her i)alaces and amid her far-famed hanging 
gardens. Among none of her luxurious inhabitants did she develop a 
man to commit the keeping of her secrets and the record of her pro- 
gress. Over her history has settled the stillness of the desert and the 
gloom of eternal night." How different Greece, who flowered in her 
great men — '^Xo tooth of time, no war's bloody hand, no devastation 
of the year's can take from her the glory which she lifted and locked 
in the genius of her generals, her statesmen, her orators and her phi- 
losojDhers." Tlie difference in the two histories is after all the differ- 
ence between man and fellow and is the essential difference between 
every rising and declining nation. It is the difference between mind 
and matter; between the immediate present and the immeasurable 
future ; between the temporal and the eternal. It is that difference 
which leads the one to be satisfied when his immediate wants are ssup- 
plied and the other who realizing the infinite possibilities of a human 
life looks forward to the future. It is that difference which makes the 
one a citizen of that community in which he first sees light and the 
other a citizen of the world, that makes one related to his ancestors 
and the other to the human race. 

"This is the difference between the miser, despised of all, and the 
philanthropist, honored of all. This is the difference between the de- 
bauchee and the saint; between the man who lives for his God and 
his race and the man who pours himself out on his lust and his pas- 

iS^ow if in her nights of dark despair the world has produced her 
heroes, if for dome very great stride in her material progress the 
world has called out for her men, so in her constant onward march 
from day to day she utters the selfsame cry. Whether it be in private 
professional or political life we need men who will make duty their 
very watch word and who from day to day will "do with their might, 
what their hands find to do." If in private life spent perhaps in the 
more lowly anc less frequented paths, tho' his voice is never heard in 
legislative halls and his name never reaches the pages of history yet 
his earnest, honest life, his constant well directed toil, his voice ever 
raised and his hand ever ready for the good of his community all mark 
him a man— "Let not ambition mock his useful toil." If in public or 
professional life realizing that his life is more than the making a living 
or the amassing of wealth he will put forward every effort, strain 
every sinew, develop every faculty that he may carry the work of his 
life to the highest possible point and so far from submitting to med- 


iociity he will ^'make his life sublime." If in })olitical life he will rise 
above the "pipe-laying'," "pin setting" politician of the day, above the 
temptation to selfish gain at public loss, above if need be the ties of 
party lines themselves and give the casting vote in favor of the unbi- 
ased immeasurable good. 

A man in whom the patriotism of a Washington is not a "dead 
issue," in whom the virtue and magnanimity of a Lamar is stil alive. 
'Twas through that spirit which showed itself in the devoted Eegulus 
that Rome, from her seven hills conquered and for a long time ruled 
the world. 'Tis through the devotion of a Jackson, the virtue of a 
Lamar, the wisdom and devotion of a Washington, that America must 
continue her progress to perfection. 

To day the world, yea our very native land is echoing and reecho- 
ing that cry — "I seek a man" and a glorious future awaits him who is 
able to answer the call. Their names shall be numbered among the 
great men who "like immortal ships sail the Ocean of Time bearing 
the treasures of civilization which gave them birth ; who outride the 
fury of all storms and will sail on till the stars grow old, the Sun 
grows cold and the leaves of the Judgement Book unfold." 

H. B. Watkins. 



Au accomplished literary critic takes up the cudgels for the split 
infinitive — that is, for the right of free men to strongly differ, and not 
to differ strongly, from purists who would even forbid the use of '^ and 
which." He says the split infinitive is essential to the vigor of the 
national speech ; and he defends "and which " on the ground that the 
best French writers, in the same connection, write " et quiy 

Of old the giddy writing man 

Was told by stern grammarian, 

If he would with a conscience live. 

To shun the split infinitive. 

And never venture to enrich 

His budding essays with " and which." 

But now the connoisseur of style 
Greets these injunctions with a smile, 
Asks why tradition should deter 
The scribe who wants to greatly err, 
Any why, in Gallic prose, we see 
No interdict upon et qui. 

Soon may this great example spread 
Where grammar grips the urchin's head. 
Where teachers daily imj^recate 
The tongue that drops the aspirate. 
That tongue will cry from desk and bench, 
"There ain't no 'orrid 'h' in French!" 

—The Sl-etch. 



The following letter from the distinguished jurist and scholar, 
David Dudley Field, deals admirably with an important point of lan- 
guage, and we are assured states views iu regard to which Prof. Hill 
and all the dei3artment of English at Harvard are wholly at one with 
Mr. Field : 

Stockbridge, June 15, 1893. 

Dear Sir: You have been so kind as to send me your interesting 
work on the "Foundation of Ehetoric," for which I thank you. The 
service that you have performed for the preservation in its purity of 
our common speech is not a small one, and I trust that it may help to 
stem the tide of a hybrid language which seems to be setting in upon 
us. To go no further, think of the word "combine," used as a noun, 
which, taken from the slang of a band of thieves, seems not unlikely 
to be lifted as a word of good birth into our mother tongue. 

I have observed with especial gratification your condemnation of 
an expression too commonly used by careless writers, and sometimes 
by those who should know better. I refer to the ungrammatical and 
ill-sounding phrase of "The United States is," with variations of she, 
her and herself. Ko wonder that Bryant denounced it when it began. 
I wish that his example had been airways followed, for never was 
there a phrase in use with so little to commend it. For convenience 
it has no merit, inasmuch as "they," "their" or "them" can be written 
as quickly and si)oken as glibly as "she," "her" or "herself." 

The first, best and decisive reason for the former is that the Fed- 
eral Constitution designed the United States as plural. Thus in Art- 
icle III, Section 2 : "The judicial power shall extend to the laws of 
the United States and treason made under their authority." Section 
3: "Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying 
war against them, or in adhering to their enimies." 

Has the civil war made any difference in this respect? See the 
13th article of the amendment : " Neither slavery nor involuntary ser- 
vitude shall exist within the United States or any place subject to 
their jurisdiction." 

Not only did the framers of the Constitution set before us this 
model, but the early Presidents and statesmen, in their messages, dis- 
patches and State papers, without exception, so far as I can discover, 


7ii:ide tliei- language conform to tlie model. Should not those reasons 
suffice for every true American. 

The usage of which you complain is contrary to the grammar of 
our language, which requires a ])lural verb for a plural noun. I re- 
member that years ago, during the fierce but now half -for gotten strug- 
gles of the period, one of the parties got hold of a letter of one of the 
candidates, which, by aid of much imagination and possibly a little 
untruth, could be made to read as if written, ''our sufferings is intol- 
erable," perhai^s because the last letter of suffering had a twist to it. 
This, however, was enough for the morality of party warfare, and it 
was trumpeted from one end of the land to the other, as i)roof of the 
candidate's ignorance. iSTow, by the whirligig of time, comes up a pre- 
ttjnsion to foist the false grammar of 1840 into the true grammar of 

This new phraseology is, moreover, contrary to our own usage in 
other resjiects. Has any American historian ever written or spoken 
of the Kew England States, that they was settled by the Puritans? 
Has it ever been asserted of IS^ew York and New Jersey that they is 
contiguous States, or of the States in general, "They is all one." Sup- 
pose we look for parallels in other countries. The customs of Switz- 
erland have been united, some or all of them, in a sort of Federal com- 
pact for many ages. Who ever wrote of them that the United Can- 
tons maintains her neutrality among European States'? 

The provinces at the outlets of the Ehine have been united time 
out of mind, sometimes under a stadtholder, sometimes under a grand 
pensionary, sometimes under a king. Who ever thought of saying 
that the United Provinces of the Netherlands was once the rival of 
England ? There is a dominion to the north of us composed of sev- 
eral provinces. Do the Canadians write that their provinces was 
bound together by the statute of Dominion ? There is an empire of 
Germany across the water consisting of not a few separated states. 
Do the Germans say that their several kingdoms and grand duchies is 
or was consolidated by the Franco-German war ? I do not af&rm that 
such language was never used, but I have never seen it written or 
heard it spoken. 

Then as to euphony, which is a matter of some importance, more, 
I think, than it is generally thought to be, in forming the manners 
and tastes of a people, what American is there who does not feel his 
teeth set on edge when he sees or reads such an ill-sounding expres- 
sion as the United States is or was or has undertaken this enterprise 
or that. 

Lastly, as to its political significance. If you write the United 
States is or was or has, you help to strike out of their escutcheon the 
words " E pluribus," you omit the last three words from Mr. Chase's 


famous aplihiisin, that this is "an indestructible Union of indestruc- 
tible States." Some people think that this is of no consequence. In 
their easy going- lives tliey fancy that all is well within and without. 
They deceive themselves. In our own history we see unmistakable 
proofs of a strong flood-tide setting in toward Federal authority. To 
go no further than the Chinese Deportation Act of the last session, 
enacted and upheld upon the plea of Federal sovereignity, it needs no 
prophet to foretell that if the foundation of that enactment be not 
dashed in pieces the incoming century will see this nation either 
broken into fragments or conveyed into a consolidated republic — an- 
other name for a depotism, which would be but a prelude to anarchy, 
and that but a prelude to an empire, and that but a prelude to an em- 
peror and military dominion. But I am not going into a political 
homily, and content myself with expressing my conviction that there 
is every reason, in our history past and present, in the strife of par- 
ties, in the conflict of interests, why we should keep ever before us, 
and repeat on all fit occasions in our school rooms, our academies and 
colleges, in our lectures and reviews, that ours is a nation composed of 
autonomus states, whose existence in the plentitude of their reserved 
powers is as essential as is the Union itself. Faithfully yours, 

David Dudley Field. 
Adams Sherman Hill, Professor Harvard University. 
— Boston Evening Transcript. 



[In his paper, "Mississippi as a Field for the Student of Litera- 
ture," which he read last winter before the Mississippi State Histori- 
cal Society, Professor Weber urged that Indian place-names be studied. 
He wrote: In some names t^ere is, to be sure, little of poetry. The 
fact that Shubuta means "sour meal" does not serve as a trumpet- 
call to the writing of a sonnet. Mr. Taylor, feeling moved to disprove 
the suggestion that Shubuta is an unpoetical name, wrote the follow- 
ing sonnet]: 

"Shubuta!" What a world of pathos lies 

In that reproachful Indian term, sour meal ! 

We modern husbands easily can feel 
From what experience did its use arise. 
From scalping or from deeds of like emprise 

Toward ev'ning homeward did the warrior steal. 

What rosy visions did his mind reveal 
Of well-cooked bread and prehistoric pies ! 
He entered, sate him down, and at first bite 

His brow became a, black as blackest night. 
A sudden tear upon the bride's cheek showed ; 

"Shubuta!" he exclaimed, and downward threw 

The recent bread, o'erturned the canine stew. 
And for his supper to the club he strode ! 

— J. R. Taylor. . 



Some months ago Judge Mayes had a dream which, if not quite 
unique, is at least decidedly interesting-. The judge thought that he 
was listening to a lecture on English philology and that the lecturer 
had under discussion the specific topic of Teutonic roots. The lecturer, 
in the course of his remarks, laid down the familiar proposition that a 
fundamental idea underlay each of these roots, and cited by way of 
illnstrati<m the two werbs to Hope and, to Bind. These verbs, he added, 
were so radically different in meaning that they could not by even 
the most fanciful association of ideas be brought into any part of con- 
nection with each other. 

Challenged by this unwa'ranted assertion the judge set to think- 
ing- and with the aid of the Muses, whom in other daj^s he was not 
ashamed to serve, put the lecturer to confusion and produced a little 
poem which takes one right up the heights of Parnassus. 

There is nothing startling or new about this sort of thing. Every 
schoolboy knows that the mind does not necessarily fall asleep with 
the body. Students have been known to ''dream" the solution to 
difhcult problems in mathematics, while everybody is familiar with 
Coleridge's famous version of Kuhla Kalin. We are inclined, therefore, 
to give the judge credit for a considerable latent talent for versifica- 
tion, if not indeed for real poetic gifts. 

The judge, however, is not sure that he was not simply recalling 
in his dream something that he had read and possibly committed to 
memory, and would be glad therefore to be pointed to the original if 
his verses are only a copy. 

The poem, which the judge got up in the dead hours of the night 
to write down, is as follows : 

Hope is the hand that binds our wounded hearts. 

And bids the bleeding tissues heal; 
Its clinging strength new force imparts, 

Nor lets the failing pulse congeal. 

Hope is the tie that binds us, firm and true. 
When life is wrecked and all seems lost. 

On some strong raft that bears us through 
The sea, by stormy billows tossed. 

Hope is the chain that holds our lower life, 

With stronger links as years roll by. 
Thro' doubt, thro' sin, and Time's stern strife. 

Securely to the throne on high. 

The Millsaps Collegian 

Vol. I. NOVEHBER, 1898. No. 1 



H. B. Watkins Editor-iu-Chief 

W. H. FiTzHuGH (B. A. , '97) Alumni Editor 

H. T. CarlEy Literary Editor 

G. Iv. HarreIvIv Y. M. C. A. Editor 

M. H. Brown Exchange Editor 

A. A. Hearst Local Editor 

C. M. Simpson Assistant Local Editor 

E. H. Galloway, Business Manager ; 

T. C. Bradford, B. E. Eaton, C. A. Alexander, Assistants. 

All remittances should be sent to E. H. Galloway, Business Manager. Also all orders for subscriptions, 
extra copies or any other business commuDication. 

All matter designed for publication should be addressed to H. B. Watkins, editor-in-chief. 


The Millsaps Collegian offers gTeetiug to the world of journalism 
and signifies her intention of taking up a permanent abode therein. 
For her existence we have no appology to make and as to her welcome 
we have no fears. 

Her existence is but what was to be expected in a College of ac- 
tivity and growth where a spirit of healthy advancement is a constant 
and continual attendant. As to her welcome, the friends of Millsaps 
College have never yet failed to give the heartiest eocouragement and 
assistance to any enterprize connected with the prosperity of that in- 

We SHALL endeavor to maintain a magazine of dignified interest 
around which all of our college life, College associations and College 
life shall cluster, keeping our friends in intimate relations with the 
College and depicting to them life and thought as it is here among us. 
Endeavoring to come up to the standard expected of us we shall try 


earnestly to deserve the encoiirageiiient always so generously given 
and if our columns contain not a multitude of local jokes we trust it 
will be a source of no surprise or dissappoiutment to our readers. 
That which willbeof the greatest general interest shall recieve prefer- 
ence, always. 

Among" the many benefits of a College magazine must ever be 
prominent that of developing that literary talent which the student 
body of an institution of importance ever posesses. And we wish it 
understood from the beginning that contributions from the students 
will be gladly received. Indeed the interest of our magazine will to a 
great extent be determined by the success we meet with in getting the 
students to contribute their thoughts and their talents to its columns. 
It is the life and thought of the whole student body we seek to depict 
and not that of the editorial staff. So the existence of the "Millsaps 
Collegian" puts before you another opportunity with its responsibility 
which we feel sure you will not fail to meet successfully. 

During the past summer we were talking with a student about his 
College. He complained bitterly of the absence of College spirit at 
his "Alma mater." Upon inquiry we found that he was not a member 
of any form of athletic club, literary society or any other enterprize 
among his college mates. Not even a subscriber to his College maga- 
zine. He had made the mistake of thinking that the walls of the 
buildings formed his College and had forgotten the "spirit" must be 
looked for in the students themselves of which he w as one. We fear 
many College men make this mistake and forget that the College 
spirit depends as much on themselves as upon any others. If you do 
not throw your energy, your spirit, your enthusiasm into the organized 
life of your College you had best not expect College spirit nor com- 
l)lain at its abscence. College spirit above all things nuist be indicated 
by deeds not words. 

To Journals of a similar character we extend our good wishes and 
that sincerely. We very earnestly hope that by this means our dif- 
ferent Colleges will be brought into the frienliest and most intimate 
relations. Our "Exchange" department is not represented in this is- 
sue for reasons apparent. 

"Does advertizing pay?" is the question often heard by thenews pa- 
per man. The business staff of the Millsaps Collegian have been suc- 
cessful in convincing the business men of Jackson that it does as is 
evidenced by our full pages of advertisements. A'"e invite your at- 


to them and hope you will follow up the i)ersua8ions of the staff with 
still more convincing aigument. 

We are glad to say that the existence of yellow fever in Jackson 
is almost less than a memory, an indistinct recolection and that in 
every department of Millsaps the lost time has almost been made np 
by extra work. 

The Century Magazine offered prizes for the best story, poem, 
and essay to be wj-itten by students who had receied the degree of Bach- 
elor Arts during the commencement season of 1897. A year was given 
in which to submit the manuscripts. The awards have recently been 
made, and it is worthy of note that while three fourths of the competi- 
tors were men, women won all the prizes, two going to graduates of 
Yassar, the other to a graduate of Smith College. 

This brings up the old question of man's superiority to woman 
and seems to indicate that his boasted higher mental ability is more 
a matter of fancy than of fact, at least in the field of literature. He 
who would fain do so cannot bring the charge of impartiality against 
the judges for they were ignorant of the real names of the authors. 

This was the first of a series of competitions, and it will be inter- 
esting to see if the women are strong enough to continue to be vic- 

We very much hoi)e to see some of our Millsaps B. A's in this 
contest in the future and to see them winners besides. 



In our salutatory to the alumni and old students of the college, it 
seems not inappropriate to give some idea of how this department of 
the magazine will be conducted. 

It is primarily an " alumni department." It is designed first of 
all, for tlie alumni of the college. Its chief aim will be to send to 
them some news of their class mates and of their successes in life. 
Secondarily, an earnest effort will be made to make it of interest to 
those students who have left the college and who are anxious to know 
something of their old class-mates and friends scattered over the 

To attain these ends, such facts as we believe you desire to know 
about you college associates we will try to give you. In each issue, 
items as to the wliereabouts, occupations and successes of graduates 
and old students will be given in a brief way. And in getting these 
items let us enlist your support. Drop the editor a note about your- 
self (or some other old student), and through the medium of the Maga- 
zine some college friend of yours, who is doubtless anxious to know, 
will learn of your whereabouts. So with some assistance from you 
the department can be made interesting to those for whom it is de- 
signed. To a great extent we are dependent on you for assistance, 
and arguing from the manifest interest taken in the institution by her 
alumni as well as by old students, we feel sure that your helii in build- 
ing up this department of the Millsaps Collegian will not be withheld. 

We must apologize for the meagreness of the department in this 
number. It was intended to have some cuts of different graduates, 
but owing to the delay in the opening of college, this feature of the 
department, which we ho])e to make a permanent one, will be reserved 
for future issues. This number will be devoted principally to the 
class of '98. 

C. Gr. Andrews (B. A.) is in Memphis, contemplating the study of 
medicine m the medical college there. 

J. B. Alford (B. A.) is principal of the Gallmau public school, 
having decided to make teaching his profession. From various sources 
we hear that he is making a success of his school. 


W. H. Bradley (B. S.) is in Flora, Ms home, assisting his father in 
the management of his plantation. He desires to enter Cornell in a 
short while, for the purpose of taking a course in civil engineering. 

P. L. Clifton (B. A.) is in Jackson attending the law school. 

G. W. Green (B. A.) is also attending the law school. 

W. Green (B. S.) is in the city, working for J. W. Fitzhugh & Co. 

A. G. Hilzim (B. A.) is working in the offlce of The Jackson Pub- 
lishing Co., in this city. 

B. H. Locke (B. A.) is superintendent of the McComb City graded 
school. He is another member of the class who has chosen teaching 
as a in^ofession, and who has every promise of success. 

J. L. McGehee (B. A.) is in Memphis, his home, studying medicine. 

R. B. Ricketts (B. S.) is i)rincipal of the High School Department 
of the Hattiesburg Graded School. 

A. H. Shannon (B. A.) is a student of theology in Yanderbilt 

T. E. Stafford (Ph. B.) has just entered the medical department of 
Tulane Mniversity. 

G. L. Teat (B. S.), as Superintendent of the Brookhaven Graded 
School, is making a success, and becoming more pojiular each week 
with the patrons of the school. 

We hear of several old students at Tulane studying medicine this 
year, among them being Catching ('97), Dye, Stilphen, ISTeville, Lilly 
('95), and E. B. Johnson. 

D. E. Wright, a former student, is merchandising in Carthage, Mo. 

Capt. J. W. Canada, 4th Tenn. Inf., is now in Atlanta, and will 
soon leave for Cuba. He left Memphis as 1st Lieut, of his company, 
and on the resignation of his captain was promoted to the vacancy. 

H. E. Wadsworth (LL.B., '98) is in Jackson making arrangements 
to locate at Mayersville, Miss., as a member of the law firm of Jayne, 
Watson & Wadsworth. 

During the summer the Rev. S. E. Carruth and Miss Myrtis Kenna 
were married at Auburn, Miss. 




Dr. Murrali left Tuesday for Aberdeen, where be is now in at- 
tendance on the session of the IS'orth Mississippi Conference. 

Prof. Weber has just had published his ^^ Word List" for the use 
of students in Etymology. It is a neat pamphlet and well compiled. 

Rev. T. L. Mellen, of Canton, was on the Campus Saturday morn- 
ing greeting the boys in his own kind, encouraging manner. We hope 
to have him with us often during the session. 

In accordance with the proclamations of the President of the 
United States and of the Governor of Mississippi, our college work 
was suspended Thursday last and we celebrated the day right heartily. 
Many of tlie boys attended services in the city, there being preaching 
at the Methodist Chiu"ch by Eev. J. B. Searcy, and at the Episcopal 
by Bishop Hugh Miller Thompson. 

Many of the boys attended the Teachers Recital at Belhaven Col- 
lege Thursday evening. It is needless to say they enjoyed it. The 
program was splendidly rendered. Our greatest hope now is that 
the occasion will soon be repeated. We were glad to note the large 
attendance at Belhaven this session. 

"The Shacks" are now connected by telephone with the rest of 
the city. The boys ai)preciate and are making use of the convenience. 

We are glad to report good things from the two Literary Societies. 
They hold regular meetings on Friday evenings, and by the way, they 
are always ready to welcome their friends on these occasions. 

Ofiicers for the first quarter session in the Galloway Society are : 

W. E. M. Brogan, president; R. A. Clark, vice-president; J. T. 
Lewis, recording secretary; R. S. Hall, assistant secretary; H. A. 
Jones, corresponding secretary; T. C. Bradford, treasurer; J. H. Grice, 
sergeant-at-arms; J. J. Golden, chaplain. 

In the Lamars are : 

H. T. Carley, president; P. J. Wall, vice-president; C. N. Smylie, 


recording secretary ; W. W. Holmes, corresponding secretary ; E. L. 
Wall, treasurer; W. H. Fitzhugh, critic; J. A. Teat, censor; T. M. 
Lemly, chaplain. 

The members are taking an enthusiastic interest in these societies, 
which we consider an indication of a bright future for both the mem- 
bers and the societies themselves. 

All the Collegiate Classes elected officers this week. These officers 
serve for one session. The Seniors elected: 

G. L. Harrell, president; J. T. Lewis, vice-president; P. J. Wall, 
secretary; H. A, Jones, treasurer; H. B. Watkins, historian, H. T. 
Carley, poet; E. L. Wall, prophet; W. E. M. Brogan, orator; A. W. 
Dobyns, essayest. 

The Juniors elected : 

E. H. Galloway, president; M. A. Chambers, vice-president; W, 
W. Holmes, recording secretary ; W. S. Kennon, corresponding secre- 
tary; C. N. Guice, poet; S. L. Burwell, historian; T. M. Lemly, treas- 
urer; T. W. Holloman, prophet; H. M. Brown, orator. 

The sophomores elected : 

C. IST. Sniyle, president; R. A. Clark, vice-president; J. H. Dar- 
rah, recording secretary; A. A. Hearst, corresponding secretary; S. 
L. Field, treasurer; L. W. Felder, orator; H. O. White, poet; S. 
Thomi^son, prophet. * 

The Freshman elected : 

T. B. Watkins, president; W. A. Williams, vice-presidept; J. H. 
Grice, recording secretary; E. F. Roby, corresponding secretary; W. 
M. Langiey, treasurer; W. S. Duren, historian; J. H. McLeod, poet; 
H. G. McGowen, prophet ; A. Thompson, orator. 

The opening of MilLsaps this session was an unusually pleasant and 
gratifying one. The boys, after their extra long vacation, seemed de- 
lighted to get back, and their hearty greetings to each other evidenced 
their exceeding great joy at meeting again. The large number pres- 
ent at the very beginning was a little surprising, as it was feared 
many would be afraid to come. Since then they have continued to 
come in, each day showing several new faces, until now we have a 
comparatively full school. The law class has continued to grow also 
and the students in that department are doing fine work. Judge Har- 
per has been assisting Dr. Mayes in these lectures. 

Mr. Will Bradley, '98, was a visitor to the College some days 
since. "Billy" is ever welcome at Millsaps. 

Mr. M. G. Fulton, assistant secretary of the Y. M. C. A., for Ala 


baina, Mississippi and Louisiana, paid our association a visit at the 
opening of school. 

Our Y. i\I. C. A. has entered upon what promises to be the most 
successful year of its existence. We liave moved into the new rooms 
on first floor of main building, and hope soon to have them well fur- 
nished. The annual reception given on the evening of Nov. 25th 
proved a success in every respect. The association is under many 
obligations to the kind ladies, whose assistance contributed greatly 
to the success of the occasion. Short addresses were delivered by Dr. 
W. B. Murrah, Rev. T. L. Mellen, of Canton, and by members of the 
association. Miss Josie Millsaps, by a number of beautiful vocal 
si'Iections, added greatly to the pleasure of the evening. 

The regular business meetings of the Y. M. O. A. are to be held on 
first Friday afternoon of each month. Y M. 0. A. officers for this 
session are: G. L. Harrell; president ; L. W. Felder; vice-president ; L. 
F. Magruder, recording secretary; E. T. Carley, corresponding secre- 
tary; E. B. Rick<.tts, treasurer. 

i.-.^V^i'^.v^-i^:' fmVi 





Millsaps College offers courses leading to three Collegi- 
ate degrees, B.A., B.S., Ph.B. 

A well-equipped Law School offers courses leading to 
the professional degree of LL.B. 

Ample provision is also made for the instruction of 
those who are not candidates for any degree. 

J^or Catalogiie, or further information, 



The MiLLSAPs Collegian 

Vol. I. DECEHBER, 1898. No. 2. 


Reuben Webster Millsaps was born in Copiah County, Miss, on 
May aotli, 18,3.3. 

Livino' on a farm be learned all there was to be gotten from tlie 
country schools and industrious work. 

When he was seventeen years of age he desired to enter college, 
but being a poor boy, he found the doors of all the Missississippi insti- 
tutions closed against him. By accident he heard of a certain institu- 
tion, Hanover College, in Indiana, where a boy watli little money 
might receive an education by doing some work to help pay his tuition 
He realized that life stood out before him and he desired that which 
seemed at that time unattainabte> Yet, not willing to give up in de- 
si)air, he implored his parents to let him go to this far away college, 
saying that he would work his way through and not take what he 
thought did not belong to him, but to his younger sisters and brothers. 
Thus we see him counting the little money that he had earned by hard 
labor in the cotton field, preparatory to leaving for college. At this 
institution he received all that the college course could afford him and 
and started in life's battle with that which is better than riches — a 
good education 

He worked his way home from school on a flat-boat on the Misis- 
sippi River and immediately obtained a position as tutor in the family 
of Col. Glass, a wealthy planter of Warren Co., Miss., and from this 
time he began to rise in the world. His salary was soon raised and 
each month he laid aside a goodly share of it, intending at some future 
time to study law. Col. Glass discovered his intentions and, appreci- 
ating the Stirling worth of the young man, and having respect for his 
higit ambitions, offered to defray his expenses through the law depart- 
ment at Harvard University. 

But Mr, Millsaps, in that gentle way characteristic of the man, 
refused, saying that he had saved enough to help him through his 
course. By hard work, sawing wood at 25 cents an evening, he was 
enabled to be graduated from that institution with honors. 


He began tliei)racti<:e of hi.s i)n)fessioii at Pine Bluff, Ark. and 
remained there until the outbreak of tlie war when he enlisted in the 
Confederate service. And by l)is bravery and stiiot attention to duty 
he was promoted to the rank of Major. Nor did he escape injury, be- 
ing severely wounded in the battle of Shiloli, but recovering, he fought 
for the cause he had es[)()used until the surrender of General Lee's 

Maj. Millsaps, then seeing that it would be folly to resume the 
jn-actice of law with the country in cucli an unsettled state decided to 
go to Brookhaven and there he entered the cotton business. 

His persistence and rare business sagacity have won for him the 
name of being one of the wealthiest men of our state. He is now 
president of one of the largest banking institutions in Mississippi and 
is connected with many other leading business enterprises. His in- 
tegrity and fair dealing have won for him vast intiuenee over the peo- 
ple and he commands the respect and love of all who know him. 

Having had to struggle so hard for an education and realizing 
the advantages of sucli to the youth of his state he built, with the co- 
operation of the Methodists of Mississippi the college which now bears 
his name and which stands as a towering monument to his Christian 

He has not forgotten that he was once a poor boy and that only 
by chance was the way of success pointed out to him. 

He has j^laced in the reaoh of all a way to attaia great achieve- 
ments and the same x)romiience that he has attained. 

Many cf the young lawyers and business men of our state are in- 
debted to this noble, generous and good man for tlje positions they 
now hold. In this way, unknown to the world, he has used his wealth 
for the good of others ; and liighei' rewards than those earthly surely 
await him. 

Yhat an incentive his lif 3 should be to the young men of our 
country to attain success, as he has, and to do good to our fellowman 
as he has done. 

Let us emulats his example and be thankful that such a man, a 
friend of the poo™, has been given us. 

Ethelbert Hines Galloway. 



AVithin the last fifty years physical culture has come to assert its 
place ill the education of the young'. The directors of our colleges 
have learned that it is as essential that the physical man be developed 
as the intellectual. In fact, the educators of this age have done and 
are doing more for the general good of our young men than the educators 
of any age previous. For they strive to advance and improve a stu- 
dent, nof only intellectually but also physically and morally. This 
three-fold education has not been the production of a day, however, 
but the gradual develoi)ment of many ages. And now, even though 
our i)rominent educators advocate physical development, yet there are 
many who do not understand the main and only purpose of the gym- 
nasiums in oui colleges and universities. So this article is written 
with the view of putting before the readers of The Collegia.n th*^ 
true purpose of the gymasium. The various exercises given in tlib 
gymnasium are to develop the different muscles of the body, and to 
give to a person complete control of himself. When a person takes 
the exercise given in the '^gyin" he finds that he is the possessor of 
inusci^es he had never dreamed of. Many go to college who have beer 
accri>;tomed to manual labor and consequently think themselve*' 
thoroughly developed, but after an exercise in the "gym" they learn 
that they have heretofore been fooled in regard to themselves. 
S(;arcely any one who has not been through a systematic school of 
training is developed pro})ortioiially. And then this exercise offers to 
hard students the exercise so necessary for one who applies himself 
closely. Syste:nati(; training also gives to a person a great degree of 
self-control and ease. One great result is that it cures indigestion. 
Mild certainly nothing can be more desirable. Some people think the 
only object of this exer(nseis to teach difficult tricks, but such an idea 
is altogether wrong. The gymnasium is by no means a training 
.school for the (iircus. While this physical development is very neces- 
sary, yet unless it be compulsory, only a few will participate in it, and 
that, too, those who need it less. Therefore it is the duty of all col- 
leges to make attendance upon the gymnastic exercises compulsory, 
i^nd tha.t school is the best where such is the case. Certainly noth- 
ing can excite the admiration of one more quickly than a well educa- 
ted man who is also a perfect man physically. Therefore every one 
owes it to himself to make use of every opportunity to develop not only 
the mental man, but also the physical. 

J. TiLLKRY Lewis. 



By most liteiary students of today, Irwin Russell is recognized as 
the most eonsi)i(nious contributor tliat the State of Mississippi has 
fnrnislied to tlie Southern literature of the ])ast. 

To every Mississi|)|)ian, es])e('ially to our yonn.i>' men, the story of 
his brief but sad life, so full of tem])tati(m and of suffering' should be 
of great interest. 

Irwin Russell was born in tlie town of Port Gibson, June 3, 1853. 
Misfortune came upon him in his early days, while only three months 
of age he was attacked by that terrible mahidy — yellow fever. The 
epidemic of tlie disease at that time caused tlie removal of the Russell 
family to St. Louis, Mo. A very serious accident, the loss of one eye, 
befell him befoi'e he reached the age of two years. 

His early education was obtained in the schools of St. Louis. At 
the breaking out of the civil war his father, who was a ])hysician, again 
made his home in Port Gibson, as he was in sympathy with the cause 
of the Confederacy. 

After the close of the war Dr. Russell sent Irwin to the Univer- 
sity of St. Louis, from which he was graduated in 1869. He then re- 
turned to Mississippi and took up the study of law — at the age of 
nineteen years he was admitted to the bar. But his roving disposition 
and peculiar tastes made him untit for the i)ractice of his profession, 
so he abandoned it after a short time. 

When about sixteen years old he began to study the marvelous 
humor and wisdom possessed by the Southern negro. Joel Chandler 
Harris says that Irwin Russell was the first Southern writer to ap- 
preciate the possibilities of the negro character and was among the 
first to develop them. 

Having spent several years of his life among the true representa- 
tives of the race, this literary genius took advantage of the oppor- 
tunity to develop his gift of creative imagination and became one of 
the most skillful delineators of the negro character. 

Guided by the influence of Southern life and manners he has 
depicted to us the real character of the ante-bellum negro in the true 
light and with sincere feeling. i 

^n 1878, when yellow fever raged unchecked throughout our 

Southland, he spent many days and nights in ministering to the want« 
of his fellow-man. The indescribable suffering and ghastly scene« 


\yliicli lie witnessed while engaged in tins work iiuide a deep impress 
on his imagination. The death of his father at this time seems to 
have served to crnsh his few remaining- hopes. 

The last few months of liis life were spent Jis an attache of the 
New Orleans Times sUxfi. Down in the poverty-stricken districts of 
Franklin street hissonl took its flight from the body which had known 
only pain and snffering. 

iMins at twenty-six years of age this sad life was brought to a close. 
Let ns not blame him for what he left undone but praise him for what 
he accomi)lished. His ambition was overcome by weakness and 
temptation, although he was endowed with some of the highest gifts 
that God bestows npon man. 

Stephen Litse Bubwbll, '00. 




Freindsbip. Ali ! how much it means 

Of sorrow and of joy; 
To some it is a sacred trust, 

To others, but a toy. 

Man's greatest heritage on earth — 

'Tis granted but to few, 
Is this — to have a faithful friend, 

Who is sincere and true. 

When all is bright and care unknown, 

'Tis easy to have friends : 
Yet oft, when shadows cross our paths, 

Their so-called friendship ends. 

To share one's sorrows or one's joys, 

To cheer or sympathize ; 
To urge the strong, to help the weak — 

In this, true friendship lies. 

Geo. Boyd Power, '97. 
December 10, 1898 



If you were to ask the average Mississiippiaii to tell you about 
the Indians, now inhabiting Missississippi and Alabama, he would 
promptly reply tliat there were few in either state, and that he knew 
little about them. So scarce are they in soaie parts of the state, that 
some people liave never seen a fall blooded Indian. The majority of 
us as to their real condition as to believe that they would continue to 
educate their children and confine themselves to the customs of civil- 
ized peojde if they were left to themselves again. Those who believe 
this are in error. There is but one habit introduced by civilized men 
that they would continue to carry out. This is the habit of getting 
drunk. The Indians who live in Neshoba and Newton Counties, are 
by far the most civilized in Mississippi. Some of them farm for them- 
selves, some work for wages, but the majority do almost nothing. 
How do they manage to live ? This is the exact question I have asked 
myself again and again. If you can answer it, reader, I will be under 
many obligations to you, Still I never heard of an Indian dying of 

The writer had the pleasure of hunting with the Indians in the 
swamps of Choctaw and Washington Counties, Alabama, a few years 
ago. This is the only way you can study the true nature of an Indian. 
Hunt with him from day to day and you win his confidence. Then at 
night when he has taken his drink of wild cat -'Whusky" get him to 
talk. He can tell you some of the best hunting stories a man ever 
had the pleasure of listening to. On his side, he seems to take very 
little interest in them. When he takes a little more of his "whusky" 
ask him to tell you some stories about his forefathers, at first he 
will talk with reluctance, but when he finds that you sympathize with 
him, then in the monotone peculiar to his race he, will tell yon of 
the great men of his nation. How they suffered at the hands of the 
whites ; how their lands were stolen from them ; how eternal hatred 
was sworn against the Intruders , 'how this oath was kept till, in a 
thoughtless moment, they made a treaty with their enemy. This 
treaty he was bound to observe. When he reaches this point his eyes, 
whichbefore have sparkled almost like fire, grow very dull. He closes 
them, and confines himself more closely to the English accent. He ends 
with a regret that he was not able to fight and die with those before 


They all seem to realize tlieir fate, and are perfectly resigned 
to it, 

Nearly all Indians living in Mississii)[)i, recognize some Cliurcli. 
In fact, an Indian vritliout a cliurcli is scarcely respected by his own 
people. It makes no difference whether he has any relgion or not. 
He may not even belong- to a church, yet he must recognize one. 
When you go to visit an Indian, and decide you want to have a fight 
with him begin to make some slurring remark about his church or 
])reacher. The result will be a white man whii)ped nearly every 

Indians are very much like white men in one respect. You can 
not convince him that he is a fool. If you ever visit them and wish 
to make friends with them always agree with them. - Sometimes you 
will have to admit you are a fool yourself, but this is a much wiser 
lilan, since it makes a friend and saves you a tight. A good example 
came under my observaticm a few years ago. A white man made a 
wager that he could bluff a whole Indian samf). He tried it. He was 
given fifteen minutes to leave. When he wishes to visit that camp 
again, he has ten minutes to his credit. 

The Indians are still allowed to play ball, though under much re- 
striction. Betting is prohibited. A few years ago a ball play was a 
great event among them. They would gather from a radius of i)er- 
haps sixty miles, bringing their squaws with them. They reached the 
place for the game the day before. The night was si)ent in lighting, 
drinking, fighting, dancing, and fighting. The day oi)ened with a 
fight. After breakfast, which the squaws cooked by the camp tire, 
there was some more fighting. Finally the game began. It is ])layed 
on an open fiield. About one quarter of a mile apart, two i)oh'S are 
erected. The ball is thrown up in the center of the field, by a non- 
l)articipant in the game. Each man tries to catch it with his sticks 
and to throw it so as to strike his opi»onent's j)ost. The sticks used 
are about three feet long by one inch square at the handle. At the 
other end they are cut very thin and bent around so as to be in the 
shape of a spoon. One who has never seen an Indian ball ])lay can 
not imagine with what dexterity they cat'-h a ball and throw it with 
these sticks. The squaws stand anmnd on the edge of the field with 
buckets of water ready to throw it on a man when he is knocked 
senseless. Before betting was prohibited the participants in the game 
would place every thing they possessed upon a scaft'old ])repared for 
the purpose. There is fighting all through the game. At the end of 
the game a general fight ensues. During these fiights, which last only 
a few minutes, the squaws bring anything available for fighting pur- 
poses to the men. They proceed to knock down their antagonists oi- 
get knocked down, till one side is whii)ped. A remarkable fact about 


tliese ^allies is that it is almost an uiilieard of thing for an Indian to 
get killed daring one and comparatively few are hurt. During the 
last few years the white people have made a determined effort to stop 
tliese games. Since betting is lu^ohibited there is little interest taken 
in the game. Often Indians are paid a certain amount to play. It is 
very seldom now that two nations have a match game. In the course 
of a few years these games will be so restricted that the Indians will 
find no ])leasure at all in playing them. 





Gin a body meet a body 

Flyin' through the air, 
Giu a body hit a body 

Will It fly ? And where ? 
Ilka impact has its measure, 

]!!^e'er a ane liae I, 
Yet a' the lads they measure me 

Or, at least they try. 

Gin a body meet a body 

Altogether free, 
How they travel afterwards 

We do not always see. 
Ilka problem has its method 

By analytics high; 
For me, I ken na ane o' them, 

But what the wauer am I ? 



The tendrils of uiy soul are entwined 
With thine, though many a mile apart, 

And thine in close-coiled circuits wind 
Around the needle of my heart. 

Constant as Daniel, strong as Grove, 
Ebnllient through it depths like Smee 

My heart ponrs forth its tide of love 
And all its circuits close in thee. 

O, tell me, when along the line 

From my full heart the message flows, 

What cnrrents are induced in thine? 
One click from thee will end my woes. 

Through many an Ohm the Weber flew 
And clicked this answer back to me, 

" I am thy Farad, stanch and true. 
Charged to a volt with love for thee." 


Vol. I. DECEMBER, 1898. No. 2. 



H. B. Watkins Editor-in-Chief 

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"Are the prof essioiis overcrowded," is a question wliicli confronts 
every man when he comes to the age of choosing liis life work. Look- 
ing at it from tlie stand[)oint of a resident in a college centre, who 
sees every year hundreds of men busily engaged in prej^aration for 
places in the world of divinity, law and medicine, and who receives the 
positive answer, "minister," "lawyer," or "physician," upon inquiry as 
to the anticipated profession of every young collegian, one would be 
tempted to declare that all men Avill be preachers, lawyers or doctors, 
and that none will be left to listen to the divine word, none to sue and 
be sued, and none left elegible to the presentation of nice, large 
doctors' bills. To the same gloomy conclusion will come any 
one who pours and ponders over the annual statistics of men graduated 
from the many great i)rofessional institutions of our country. For him 
doubtless that day will be made gloomy by the ])ictnre in his pessi- 
Diistic mind of poor, starving preachers, hiwyer.s, and doctors, while 


all otlior nscfnl occupations go vacant for want of men to fill tlieni. 
From neither standpoint is the conclusion a fair one. 

Visit our Agriculturnl and Mechanical Schools and you will con- 
clude that all men are to be farmers and mechanical workmen. Go to 
our Technical Schools and before your vision will loom up worlds of 
engineers. Or haunt the headquarters of our great American papers 
and ])eriodicals and a tide of journalists will rush in upon you. Visit 
the niajority of our country towns and see how small a proportion of 
the young men therein even aspire to an opportimity for higher edu- 
cation and you will be ready to take your oath that tlie world is turn- 
ing out "clerks only." Or go last into our country homes and few 
boys will you find who bave any other plans than to follow the honest 
and respected paths of their farming fathers. So there is little fear 
that the callings of the farmer, mechanic, engineer and journalist are 
entirely "to go a begging." And as for that of "school teacher," I 
have but to mention it and a smile of satisfaction o'er spreads your 
countenance as far, at any rate, as the number thereof is concerned. 

Now he who worries over gloomy and forboding statistics needs to 
remind himself of the fact that a gradiTate in theology doesn't mean a 
])reacher always, nor graduate lawyer a practitioner of laws, nor does 
a full fledged "M. D," invariably signify a physician. Most men now- 
adays choose their professions from force of circumstances rather 
than from natural inclination. And so it is often the case that a man 
discovers even after graduation that he is totally unfit for the path he 
has chosen and drops into another more in line with what nature has 
sliaped him for. Even tho' he has actually entered ujion liis work it 
is not an infrequent occurrence for a man to give it up and choose an- 
other. And so I conclude that the number of men stated to have 
been graduated is not by any means the real number in the actual 
l>ractice of those professions. And in the actual practice itself "The 
survival of the fittest" and the "room at the top" are no myths and 
still continue to be sources of encouragement to those who feel that 
divinity, law or medicine is the field in which they were intended to 
work and in which they can serve themselves and their country most 
successful Iv. 

In this age of specialists there is great danger of a liberal educa- 
tion being neglected or altogether ignored for the sake of giving more 
time to some particular branch of study. A man that intends to en- 
tei' the medical i)rofession, for exam])le, is likely to think that the 
whole of his school days should be used to prepare liimself for that 
one work. While to a limited extent this view may ^)e correct, yet if 


followed out fully it cauiiot i)iodnoe the besst results. He who gives 
his whole mind to one subject will in time have an abnormal mind, 
and no abnormal nnnd can compete successfully at all points with one 
evenly develoi)ed. We must not lose sight of the fact that we edu- 
cate for citizenship and manhood, as well as for professional life, and 
if we bind ourselves from the first to one train of thought we defeat 
to some extent, this purpose. We should lay the foundation for a 
successful and useful life by taking one of the regular degree courses 
before taking a professional course. 

The session of the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, South, held in May of this year, created an Education Com- 
mission, comi)osed of ten i)ractical educators, whose duty it should be 
to prescribe the minimuiu requirements for admission into the Fresh- 
man class of the colleges under control of the Church, and also the 
minimum requirement for the baccalaureate degree. Recently this 
Commission held its first session in the city of iSTashville, organizing 
with Dr. Jos. H. Carlisle, of Wofford, as chairman. 

The requirements for admission into the Freshman A. B. and B. 
S. classes were made the same, except that for the B. S. no Latin or 
Greek will be required. As adopted by the Commission these require- 
ments will go a long' way towards shutting out from unfair competi- 
tion those institutions which pose as colleges while in fact they are not 
much more than preparatory schools. And some of those that are en- 
titled to the name of college, if they would keep in line with the edu- 
cational movement of the Church, will have to raise somewhat the 
standard of admission. 

The minimum requirements for a baccalaureate degree provide for 
fifteen hours of work in each of the four years, making, however, six 
hours elective in the Junior and twelve in the Senior. These eleetives 
are of course to be taken from i)rescribed studies. 

The Commission re commended to the Board of Education that it 
adopt the plan of co-education wherever practicable — that the Annual 
Conference or Conferences of each State unite upon one college, and 
only one for both boys and girls. Other important recommendations 
were : The correlation of the academies of a State with the college, and 
of the colleges with Vanderbilt University; that no institution be 
classed as a college unless it be adopted by and have the sole sup- 
port of at least one Annual Conference, and have a permanent annual 
income of at least |3,000 outside of tuition fees. 

The plap of concentration on one school in a State and tlie corre- 
lation of those schools in one uniform system is one that will, if carried 
out, give a new force and dignity to denoninational education. With 
Vanderbilt as the head, graduation in the colleges will fit directly for 


niati'iculatioii in the University and tins will be a prominent factor in 
the broadening' of interest in higlier edncation. 

We i)rediet great good from the labors of the Commission. 

The "honor system" is after all the wisest solution to the "cheat- 
ing i)robk'nni." There mnst be in every boy enough of self-respect to 
make him hesitate a long' time ere he will break a faith volnntarily 
and freely placed in him and there is in most stndents enongh of self- 
pride and self-respect to nmke him absolutely refrain from breaking 
such a confidence. By this means yon appeal to and develoj) all that 
is best within a man and place such a premium upon his honor that he 
would fail a thousand times before he would violate it. Woe, woe, for 
the iUture of him who can resist the appeal which this system makes to 
him. The "millstone" in Scripture-told "were" Ms most fortunate 
fate. . 




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Tlirougli this department we sliall give to our readers something" 
concerning the work done by the Y. M. C. A., not only in our own col- 
lege, but in the general movement. The Association is a prime factor 
in the college work, and offers many o]>i)ortunities of reaching men and 
bringing them to Christ, while mind and soul are ready lo'be moved 
into the right channels. It is also doing a wonderful work in the 
United States army. 

The iMississipi)i State Committee has provided and kept tents, 
furnished with stationery, etc., with the three regiments of Mississippi. 

The Navy Department has established at New York City a Naval 
Branch of the Young Men's Christian Association, for the purpose of 
entertaining the sailors while on shore, and of protecting them against 
the evil influences while off duty. 

We are glad to see from the Inter- Collegian and from Men^ the 
international paper of the Association, that in the colleges throughout 
the country there is a remarkable increase in the interest manifested 
by the students in the Y. M. C. A. Our Association, as stated in the 
first number of The Collegian, has entered upon a year that prom- 
ises success. 

The chapter was re-organized at the opening of the session, and is 
now doing an excellent work. The religious services are held on Sun- 
day afternoons and evenings, and a weekly prayer service is held 
every Friday afternoon. Each meeting is becoming more entertaining 
and the attendance upon these services is increasing. 

Those, not of the students, who have conducted the services dur- 
ing last month are Mr. M. Gr. Fulton, Professors Eicketts, Weber, 
Muckenfuss, and Supt. J. E. Dobyns, of the Deaf and Dumb Institute. 

The system of Bible study adopted requires special mention. At 
the different boarding houses and cottages classes consisting of from 
six to fifteen members have been formed and placed under competent 
teachers. These classes meet on Saturday evenings at such time as is 
most convenient to all the members and devote from one-half to one 
hour to a systematic study of the Bible. Besides these classes there 
is another, the personal workers, composed of the teachers of the dif- 
ferent classes. 

There are more boys studying the Bible in these classes than there 

are members of the Association. 

Mr. J. T. Lewis has been appointed director of music in our As- 



We liear with gi^eat i)leasui'e tliat H. W. Diining' is a very suc- 
cessfnl Xoitli Louisiana inercliant. Duning- was one of the first nia- 
tiii'ulates of tlie College. 

G. Q. Hall & Son is the title of a new law firm in Meridian. The 

"son" is William Montgomery Hall, a student during the sessions of 
'O-l-;-), '95 (3. 

Among several other Millsa]>s boys in Memphis, we hear of E. O. 
Bailey, with The LangstafP Hardware Co. 

L. B. Lampton is merchandising at Magnolia with his father, and 
is said to he one of the best business young men in Magnolia. 

,T. H Gardner is with a dry goods house in Sherman, Texas. 

H. Ij. Caffey has recently joined the small colony of Millsaps boys 
at Tulaiie. He is a "medico." 

C. G. Jones is with Clifton Livingstone, a dry goods merchant of 
Yazoo City. 

S. L. Heidelberg is one of the successful young merchants of 

"Bob" Shi])p and J. M. Daniell (familiarly known as "Skinny"), 
are at Tulane, studying the art of Ksculoi>ius. 

1). A. Carmichael is a "dealer in general merchandise" at Bears 
Creek, Miss. He will be renn'mbeied by stndents who attended the 
College the first year of her history as a great Literary Society worker. 

J. C. Bu(;kley is deputy chancery clerk of Carroll county, 

E. X, Blount, Soph. '97, is a medical student at jSTashville, Term. 

C. C. Si)ence is at Cornell University, pursuing" a course of Electri- 
cal Engineering". 

One of tlie students recently receivetl a coi)y of "The First Mis- 
sissipi)i Two Step," by A. W. Fridge, color-bearer First Regiment. 

W. B. Middleton is merchandising at Sartartia, Miss. 

We recently received a card to this effect : " W. H. Scott, attorney 
at law, 915^ Congress avenue, Houston, Texas." 

W. T. Cunnnins is in the Dairy business at Yazoo City. 

L. M. Wan-en, another Yazoo county boy, is in Yazoo City, an 
employe of the American Express Co. 

Your telegrams to Cleveland, Miss., will ])ass through the hands 
of C. R. Carley, tlie Western Union ojierator there. 


J. M. Watkiiis, Jr., is in New Orleans, soliciting insurance. John 
unquestionably has the first requisite of a jiood insurance agent, "an 
unbroken stream of words." 

So far as we know, Willis West has the honor of representing the 
College in the Second Mississii)i)i Infantry. 

Among the matriculates of the Department of ])entistry of Van- 
derbilt, the name of Byrd Busby ai)i)ears. 

Mims Williams is in Terry, with G. B. Downing. Williams will 
be remembered by his class-mates as one of those exceptional fellows 
who rarely ever forgets anything. 

E. W. Meek is working for the mercantile tirm of Jones & Calli- 
calt, of Cold Water, Miss. 

William Williams has the honor of being the first graduate of the 
Law Department to acquire the title of Benedict. During the month 
of September, at Steens Creek, he and Miss Mary Gaston were mar- 
ried, the pastor of the Steens Creek Methodist church officiating. 
Williams is located at Hazlehurst, being a member of the firm of Ram- 
sey & Williams. 



A neat and ai)i)iopriate compliment was that paid J. W. Canada, 
Junior '97, by the Lamar Literary Society at one of its recent meet- 
ings, wiien tliey unanimously ]>assed a motion to have an enlarged 
picture of him placed upon the wall of their Assembly room. Mr. 
Canada, during his two years' in College, was a very loyal and enthu- 
siastic member of the Society, doing much to promote its interest. 
Twice he reflected honor upon the Society in oratorical contests, win- 
ning the Debator's Medal during the commencement of '96, and carry- 
ing off the first medal offered by the Mississippi Inter-Collegiate Ora- 
torical Association, in the contest held at Crystal Springs, Miss. Mr. 
Canada is a man unusually gifted, and we predict for him a successful 
and useful career. 

The Supreme Court being in session during the past few weeks, 
the law students have enjoyed the privilege of attending it. That de- 
partment seems enthusiastically at work. Messrs. Barnes, Simonton 
and T. B. Watkins have entered the class. 

True, " Christmas is coming," but what a misfortune that it comes 
on Sunday ! On account of loss of time we miss the usual week off, 
and it does seem to be carrying this economy of time entirely too far 
in using Sunday for Christmas. There is an indefinite rumor, a "faint 
inarticulate whisper" going tlie rounds to the effect that we are to 
have Monday off. 

We are glad to see the number of students of Millsaps College con- 
stantly increasing. Almost daily some new student arrives or some 
old one returns. Within the last week we notice among those who 
have returned were Messrs. J. B. Mitchell, J. W. Booth, W. O. Sadler, 
E. T. Liddell, FitzGerald and li. L. Cannon. 

On Friday, December 9, Mr. J. L. Red was called home on account 
of the death of his father. We all extend our heart-felt sympathy to 
Mr. Red in his bereavement. 

Prof. Weber has requested that all students who wish to contest 
for medals next commencement give him their names before the first 
of January. 

Capt. W. E. Hopkins, of Comi)any B, Third Mississippi, came out 
to tlie College a few days ago to see his brother, who is a student here. 

On Friday morning, the 9th, the beautiful scenery of unspotted 


snow inspired all tlie students with something- like a poetical genius. 
Sme of them, after trying for a long- time, but failing to get the kind 
'^ muses" to come to their rescue, decided that it was much easier to 
make snow-balls than to write poetry. 

Dr. Muriali, on DeceinbiM- (5, retmiicd from the iuinnnl session of 
the IsTorth Mississii)])i Conference, which convened ;it Aberdeen. The 
doctor reports an interesting session of the Conference. 

We are glad to note the i)rogressive, [»ainstaking, energetic spirit 
that is prevalent among our Millsaps boys. Some may say that this is 
due to the fact that oni- Quarterly Examinations are near at hand ; 
but this opinion is erronious, for it has never been the custom of Mill- 
saps Stiident.s to wait until the eve of an examination to i)repare for it. 

By some unfortunate accident the name of Mr. B. E. Eaton, His- 
torian of the Sophomore class, and Critic of the Galloway Literary 
Society, wasommittedin tlie list of oihceis gi\en in onr last issue. 

Mr. J. R. Bingham, of Carrolton, recently i)rese]ited of tlu- College 
a photograi)h to the Geneial Conference held at Baltimore last May. 
He also i)resented a picture of one of onrBishojis. These are indeed a])- 
preciated gifts. 

We regret to note that (Mie of onr ministerial students, Rev. J. J. 
Golden, has withdrawn from college to reenter the ^lississippi Confer- 
ence of which he is a member. He carries with him the best wishes 
of the entire student-body for the greatest su(;cess in his new held of 

The mijiisterial students were glad to learn, on tlie 13th inst., 
that they would receive monthly lectines on "The yonng man in Col- 
lege," by their President, Dr. Mnrrah. 

Mr. C. S. Webb, of McComb City, one of our old students was on 
the Campus last week visiting- his old friends. 

Messrs- Leonard and Percy Wall, both members of Class of ninety 
Mne, have been chosen by the faculty as assistants in the preparatory 
schools of Latin and Greek respectively. These are very wise ap- 
pointments, the gentlemen in question being peculiarly fitted for the 
positions assigned them. 

Messrs. Lewis, Harrell and Brogan are assisting Dr. Muckenfuss 
in the work in the physical and Chemical Laboratories. 

The Commencement debaters for the usual contest between the 
two Societies have been selected. Those from the Lamar are Messrs. 
T. W. Holloman and J. A. Teat ; from the Galloways are J. B. Mitch- 
ell and McCafeerty. 

At a recent meeting of the Senior Class amotion to adopt Oxford 
cap and gown was unanimously carried. 

The Editors are very much gratified with the interest manifested 
by the students in The Collegian. We sincerely hope that every 


nioiitli will bring' to our table the naniber of contributions that this 
month has brought. 

On December 0th a society known as "The Millsaps College 
Scientific Association" was organized by the students of our college 
who are interested in the study of the various sciences. The object of 
the association is to make a study of the scientific investigations of 
the past and of today. The following officers were elected to serve 
one year : President, George L. Harrell, '99 ; Vice President, Stephen 
L. Burwell, '00; S--cretary, Ethelbert H. Galloway, '00; Treasurer, T. 
Wynn Holloman, '00 ; Censor, William T. Clark, '00. Under the direc- 
tion of such enthusiastic workers as the above students, the first year 
of the Association's existence will no doubt be a successful one. 

Tlie s])ecial meeting of the Lamar Literary Society given compli- 
mentary to the young ladies of Belhaven College was a success in 
everj^ respect. The speakers for the occasion made it very interesting 
and the informal recei)tion held afterwa.ids seemed to be enjoyed to 
the fullest extent. 

At its recent session the Xorth Mississij)pi Conference added Dr. 
W. G. Sykes to the Board of Trustees of Millsaps College. Dr. Sykes 
is a resident of Aberdeen and is a valuable addition to the board. 
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The MiLLSAPS Collegian 

Vol. 1. JANUARY, 1899- No. 3 


Several years ago there appeared ir> the Oosmopohtan an a, ,.le 
entitled "As to Certain Accepted Heroes" and «'«"«* by no les a 
personage than Mr. Henry Cabot Lodge now a member » <*« Umted 
States Senate from Masssachusetts and even then a drstog^led 
writer on An,erican history and liindred subjects. I have not seen 
the article since a.rd remember indeed scarcely anythmg f'O" '* -; 
ce,)t that Achilles, for the first time so far as I know, felt the irrever 
el't of the r'ationalist. As I recall the P-P-. •>-f;";\,": 
„,oyed to quote to the shade of the yonng hero '^ /'^''f «' ff f,V/,^" 
the Iliad, which saitb, "The Philistines be npon t''-/ ff '^"^^^'^^^^^^^^ 
that the "Philistine" came npon the stage early and thathis tribe has 

''''"•;:2lr1i;r"Sine" was not ttnUnown even in antiqnity. 
For auto gh the Greeks as a race were originally "children of h 
i" ,t " thev yet lost in time the power to appreciate the .deals whtch 
„ better davs they had tl,en,.selves set np. The Homeric Odysse, s 
Hietfll, snipped of every patent of nobility, stalks ^^J^ of later GreeU and Latin literature, the first sig« of ^at ^^ I^ 
„.:;onme„t with which men bUe Mr. Lodge «<>"*>"- f^^J^^-^^," 
,i,„e to threaten the hnmanists. The case was even worse with the 
. „s. Vergil accepted without question the later conception o 
,1' lens, whife Horace missed the point altogether in the charac-t, , 
o icmles and c,mfes.,ed at ti.ues to find even "good Homer to ni 
But it is not uiv purpose to write a history of the " Pl.ibstmes. 
If ,„.wever, the Greeks theuiselves, if Vergil and Horace steeped n 
I'e iteratti e and mythology of the Greeks, tampei^d wi 1, epic ho 
(>:v,upian god, one need not be surprised to find their bteia,> 
Isc ndluts erigaged in the sau.e sn.a.t practice. The abeyance in- 
deed of the nnaginatiou, the failure of the literary «;«« • '^^ "f , 
to shift the point of view-any one of tliese is a fatal obliquity, au. 
mav result at any time iu such a pheuomeuon as the ■"'-;- »;'™;; 
the' literature of -Hie thousand B. C. iu the winte light of the nnu- 


teenth century canons! Your modern "PLilistine," however, is, so 
to say, a cosmopolitan fellow: not content with correcting;- 
our classical perspective, he would clarify our spiritual vision as well. 
So while Mr. Lodge squares Achilles to the code duello and an- 
nounces an heroic misfit, President Harper lishes Jonah from the 
whales belly and bids us to "swallow" him no more. So, too, while 
the unofeending- fairy tale, with the flanciful element— the very law of 
its being — squeezed out it, is being reduced in some quarters to the 
dry dregs of a moral formula, one over-anxious and super-pious par- 
ent of whom I have heard re-writes Genesis and puts clothes on Adam 
and Eve ! 

But what has all this to do with Hercules ? The answer, I trust, 
will appear in due time. 

Horace tells us that just as a shipwrecked sailor dedicated his 
drenched garments to JS^eptune, a faded beauty her mirror to Venus, 
and as he himself on retiring from "society" consecrated his lyre to 
the goddess of love, so a discharged gladiator hung upon his arms in 
the temple of Hercules. About the significance of 'this act of worship 
there can be no doubt, and with the Roman view of the demigod sug- 
gested by it, the popular modern conception is in more or less con;- 
plete accord. Hero of the "twelve tasks," patron god of the prize- 
ring, presiding deity at the gladiatorial show, — this is Hercules as he 
is known among men today. 

And when one recalls the more ])opular ex])loitS of his humane 
career, and reflects upon the position which, after his a])otheosis, lie 
occupied in the Roman theocracy, it is no small wonder tliat he has 
not be n made the text of many a sermon and had his own invincible 
club used upon himself. For when the gridiron is engaging so mucli 
of the attention of pulpit and jness, and when no stone is regarded as 
too good or too bad to toss at the litferao hnmaniores, it is indeed sur- 
prising that the first athlete has not come in for his round of execra- 
tion and that the classics have not been asked to suirender their place 
in tlie scheme of education to the tracts of the Humane S,>ciety. 

Now, to avert, if it may be, such an assault from "friend Her- 
cules " and liis biographers, is the modest aim of this pai>er. With 
this end in view, it Mould be beside tlie mark to relicarse the many 
deeds of vio]en<e, \olnnraiy and involuntary, with which mythology 
has credited liim. But tliat he wore a kindly heart beneath the skin 
of the Xemean lion, and that his club was often raised in behalf of 
friend or weakling, and that tliere were in him the elements of moral 
as well as of pliysical heroism, even a limited reading of the classics is 
sufHcient to show. 

In the Casa Nuova, the si)]endid house recently uncoxered in 
Ponq)eii, there is a fresco represenfing the earliest exjihtit of the sub- 

the; milLvSaPvS collegian. 3 

ject of this sketch. Tlie precocious infant — vraiment un enfant terri- 
ble — lias leaped from his cradle and is engaged in tlie kindergarten 
exercise of striingling the serpent which Juno sent to destroy him. 
Ilis next recorded act was the murder of his music teacher, for \vhi(;h 
not a few who have had experience would be disi)Osed to pardon him. 
Wliile still a youth, too, he was met at the parting of the ways by two 
woiiuMt, Duty and Pleasure, and choosing to follow duty, may be su])- 
posed to huve repented of his early exhibition of bad temper and to 
have aiiticii)ated a chapter from the Pilgrim's Progress. x\t eighteen 
returning to Thebes fiom the mountains whither he had been sent on 
the murder of Linus, Hercules turns patriot, and with the first troi)hy 
(^f the chase about his slioulders and the desire for bigger game in his 
heart, he maltreats the heralds from Orcliomenos, and, hello moto^hi']\)S 
his reputed father to throw off the yoke of that city. 

There was a time, too, — demigods have a way of defying chrono- 
logy — when his real father needed the assistance of his strong arm and 
unerring bow. The new dynasty of heaven, not yet firmly established 
in power, was challenged by the giants, who, invulnerable to the im- 
mortals, were proof ab'ke against the arrows of Apollo and the thun- 
derbolts of Jove. At this juncture the son of Alcmena joined in the 
struggle, and slaying the most formidable of the giants, saved the 
tlirone for the new lord of the sky. 

At anotlier time we hear of Hercules contending witli Apollo for 
tlie Delphio Tripod ; of which difficulty, however, the gods effected an 
amicable settlement, leaving the oracle in the hands of Apollo but no 
rancor in tlie bosom of Hercules- The demigod was not the creature 
to bear a grudge: that sort of thing he left to the lords and ladies of 

Of the "twelve tasks" of Hercules, it is unnecessary, in view of 
the pnr])ose of this pai)er to speak in d(4ai]. It is im])ortant only to 
remember tliat these ex])loits were ])erformed under dnffesse, and to 
note in passing that Hercules converted liis trip to Hades into a mis- 
sion of mercy, in that he made it tlie occasion of bring Theseus back 
to the u])per woild. 

Finally when Troy was visited by the sea ser]ient and when at 
last the lot fell to Hesione to be ex]tosed, it was Hercules wlio slew 
the dragon and rescued tlie daugiiter of the king. When Prouu^- 
theiis was bound to tlie ro<;k, it was Hercules who, after thirteen gen- 
erations, passed that way and released the fallen angel from the toi' 
tnre which he had incurred for his benefactions to man. Wlien Ad- 
metus was ap])ointed to die and when to his surprise among all his 
friends and relatives not one could be found except Alcestis so good 
as to die in his stead, it was Hercules who volunteerad to wrestle 
with Death and save the devoted wife from her self-imposed doom. 


If, therefore, there be any virtue in a youtli's renunciation of a 
life of pleasure, in a young man's raising the tribute of h,s ci y, m a 
son's establishiW the dignity of his father, in a P«P'l'«f 3". 
correction to his master; if there be any praise m ™«;™g ^f ^^^ 
without a murmur, in doing kindly service by the -7.'" "««*™; 
even death for the sake of another,-if there be any virtue, if there be 
any praise, let the "Philistine" think on these things before he lays 
his impious hand upon the kindly Hercules. ^^ horatius." 



A brilliant record follows the American College. Harvard, Yale, 
Columbia, and Princeton furnislied to the American people tlieir lotty 
conception of independence and bestowed upon t^jem the power to es- 
tablish a government, that would endure all shocks, to ^^^^^^J'^^' 
ments can be subjected. The heroic period of American histmy was 
almost a natural consequence of the influence of the American Conege^ 
Having done so much to render the government stable, it multiplied 
itself all over the land, and sent young patriots from its walls, to do 
battle for its country and humanity. The time has not long passed 
when the college ideal was the only ideal culture of a man. 

The ideal of the college is the training up of human beings to- 
wards their highest possibilities, by calling into exercise ^1\^^'^'; *«.^- 
ulties and powers, by stirring up their finer sensibilmes, S-mg a d- 
ards of taste, and fitting the heart with noble emulation. The >ioduc 
of this idea is not to be gauged so much by what he knows, as by what 
he is. This end comes nearest being attained, if he is incapable of 
anything mean, if he is incapable of using an inferior article, it h.s ear 
delects the foremost line of battle, in the progress of the world, .nd 
his instinct for something higher takes hi.n there. Not so much h.t 
the worid can say, " Here comes an engineer, here comes an anjhitect, 
here a doctor, or here co.nes a lawyer", but that it sha spon- 
taneonslv exclaim, " Here comes a man " He will rise above the spe- 
cialist, the man who is trained in one particular trade or pi..fessu>n, 
and who neither knows, nor about the ehnating and refining m- 
fiuenceof a liberal and Christian education. It is to be- hoped and 
prayed that the training of men yield not to the training ot experts. It 
It does, it will have a most depressing and degrading infinence upon 
the character of our civilization. First let a man attend college, and 
imbibe a general culture, and then send him to a university to become 
an exiiert in his chosen vocation. 


But it has been often asserted that our manufacturing and com- 
mercial interests need to be conserved. This is true, but they must 
not be conserved by allowing men to grow up in ignorance, on account 
of their immolation. Of course instructions in manufacturing and 
commerce should receive their full share of attention, so far as they 
affect the community at large, but certainly all of our ideas of liberty 
constrain us to keep our industries free from the economic evils of sla- 
very and serfdom. 

In an incidental way, the college gives a superintendent or princi- 
pal to nearly every factory or warehouse in the country. It often sup- 
plies a much needed subordinate or efScient private. Can a good man 
be out of place in any environment ? Certainly not. The environ- 
ment demands a man. The purpose of the college is not to teach a 
branch with a view to what the boy will do with it, but as to what it 
will do with the boy. Give me the college every time for a boy, not 
the university. 

England made her history by means of her colleges. She has long 
ago recognized this fact, and fosters and bestows encouragement upon 
them like a watchful mother. Her universities are but colleges. As 
a consequence of this care, her society from being an ignorant moboc- 
racy, has been elevated morally, intellectually, and politically, and the 
little island has become the commercial center of the world. 

It has frequently been confidently urged that the college is not 
practical enough for the people, and so must decay and die. But it 
cannot die. AVliile the popular mind may condemn colleges for a 
while, the pendulum is certain to swing back the other w^ay, college 
ideals will^be more i)opular than ever, and the choice of the people 
will revert ba(;k to true ancient classics, that form of culture, which 
the ex])erience of centuries has taught to be safest, highest, best. 

There is an enemy to colleges, and it is one that will have to be 
guarded against. It is commercialism. Shall we be debased by love 
of gain, or shall we be ennobled by high endeavor ? The young nien 
of this country must reply to this question. We have had our warn- 
ing, so let us respond in time, in order that not only may our country 
be fortified against external foes, but against internal as well. 

Percy L. Clifton. 



As time on Pegasean pinions wings its rapid flight ™<J »«?;'; 
cling years with their revolving months tnrn destiny s t^^^^^"^^ 
loom, Lany things are furled with oblivion and Lethe s -^-^^^^ 
lows bnrv them deep from human view, while others fall a p ey to the 
devoS tooth of «me, and from their '^^'^^^rlT'^^ ^^^ 
fashioned peculiarly strange. Some are subject to '''^■^l^^"'^^^^ 
are a thing of progress, never dying, but expanding tto°»gl'™* «*«; 
nity, ever uplifting and elevating man into a higher and P>"-«'. 1;«'«; 
ideal, and yet real. In olden times there was an Ody-ens mighty n 
heroic grandeur and chivalrous deeds, the equal to Zeus m wisdo , 
and stoical in endurance^A man without tear for P'^««»- " P^™' 
who has been debased by writers of a later school, and e«l eci^Uy by 
those of the Augustanage living on the bounty of patronage e^oe v d 
from a flattered court, and who has been made to ^esen^ate from ! e 
virtues of the Homeric original. Yet in spiteof «'f -*™« ™^_*' f^ 
of the ages, the Carmens of Homer come to us from beneath the 
tramplin^s'of many silent centuries, brushing a«lde the ■<""«- 
tain of the past and disclosing to our view an idea hero-one wo by 
faro'ertowers the song of Pelens, and one-through -''»>";« sa"-' 
insight into the beauty of pre-Hellenic life and thought. As le M 
wark of Arehean greatness and the embodiment «t Grecian n.anlin 
and nobleness ever, in the favor of the godshe stood firm, ;;»; .;-^,«'; _ 
prowess of Achilles failed, all obstacles vau.she.l before '!'« ->'•;' ' 
shining eyos of Ithaca, and the Trojans fell proue before Ihe A , 
descended son of Laerles. " whom neither l.iomedes, no L sm n 
A,.hilles, nor a siege of ten years, nor a thousand ships had snbdn.d 
He has no parallel in the history of time, with a 'i '■.l"-""';"-;'; "- 
during as the "golden watch-dogs of Ah-inous," snlyec-t neithe, to de- 
cay nor to change, vitalising a past abounding in many nnkn 
speculations, and clothing it with transcendent "-"'.V « ' '"^;>^ 
excites the wond.r and a.liniiation of the entire world, though it In . 
in rains. The character ,.f Odysseus to Homer was ^"^^ ^ ^^ 
,„„. n,n was it hroagbt by him straight from the mine of tanc.v, but 
he was known even to the pre-Homeric world, and his acluevenients 
bad iK-en sung ere Homer crowned liiin with a halo ot «"l-er>»'t'>'.'l 
splendor to flourish thronghoat the ages. He was reverenced b> 
Vncient tireeks with no less ad.uation than the Bard ot .Won .. 


worshipped by the English-speaking race of today, and to them he was 
none the less real. Homer found him already a luminous phenomenon 
arising upon the horizon of Hellenic life, and fashioned by a master 
hand. The nineteenth century has a means, by which in fancy it is 
transi)orted to a pre-Hellenic world, in many respects different from 
historical Greece, and separated from it by a chasm of unfathomable 
centuries, when the sword was the arbiter of wrongs, and when Jove- 
nourished princes lived under the special protection of the gods, and 
on account of whom the 01ymi)ian houseliold was often thrown into 
brawls and wrangles. Middle-aged, Odysseus cannot compare in 
beauty with the fair son of Thetis, yet what he laked in external 
charms was counterbalanced by internal loveliness. Brave in war 
and full of eloquence he was the mainstay of the Achean camp, when 
tlie destructive wrath of Achilles left it defenceless to the onslaughts 
of man-slaying Hector. As a statesman he stood side by side with 
the ''clear voiced orator of the Pylians," and it was he, who led the 
embassies both for propitiating gods and men— returning the daughter 
of Chryses to her deariy beloved father in honor of the far darting 
king, and again we see him going by night to the tent of Achilles to 
l)ersnad3 him to lay aside his wrath and re-enter the fight. In the 
Hiad Odysseus uses cunning and performs many gory deeds, which 
redound to the glory of the Greeks, and which was a means, by which 
to obtain a certain end— and therefore we can not estimate the true 
character of a man amid the courage of battle, for war sanctions all 
tilings, but let us follow in his trail homeward after llion's fall, and 
sec if such a one could have been a contriver of crime and villiany, as 
the debased Ulysses of Vergiliantine. For ten wearisome years 
driven by adverse winds, he was tossed upon many lands far remote 
from his tiative Ithaca, yet, amid all his sufferings and temptation, he 
always bore with silent fortitude whatever the gods saw fit to place 
upon liim. His course was fair sailing, until he came to the abode of 
Polyphemus, the largest one of the Cyclopean race. That day wasthe 
beginning of his woes, having aroused the wrath of Poseidon, who 
eomi)elled him to climbmany a watery main and to wander througli 
many lands. Here we see the traits and qualities of the true Odys- 
seus, which have been nmssacred by some perverse writers. We 
notice his rashness due to a love of daring and adventure, and we are 
amazed at his quick versatality of speech, and morte so, at his power to 
exti icate himself from most trying and ditticult circumstances. Here 
they sit down and await the master's home-coming, and soon they are 
cognizant of his return by the trembling of the earth beneath their 
feet. In the lurking places of the cave Odysseus and his companions 
are perceived by. the Cyclops, and commanded to stand forth and de- 
clare wh(. tlM'y are. Ithaca, with that well known self command, reels 


forth, and ever wily, replies "no man," which declaration afterwards 
assisted him in effecting' his escape. His boldness in asking food 
from the Cyclops cannot be pictured, nor has it an equal. It is true 
that his ride forth from the cave was prejudicial to his erstwhile 
nobility of action, yet circumstances may often alter cases. Again 
upon approaching Scylla and Charybdis his boldness is displayed, 
when he defies Scylla with drawn steel, and in consequence of which 
he falls into Charybdis with his ship submerged, and he him self cling- 
ing to the fig tree above. As Professor Jebb says: 

"This excess of daring of Odysseus is a trait, which distinguishes 
him from the cold, cautious, even mean-souled Odysseu of later 

Though strong as he is, yet he is subject to human frailties and 
resolves to hear the Sirens' song upon nearing the enchanted shore. 
When their melody fell upon his ear, he importuned his men to free 
him from the mast and alter their course, but Father Zeus had 
shaken Olympus with his nod that Ulysses, after passing through 
hazards manifold, should reach home in answer to the supplications 
of Athene. In the Odyssey we see how great a care he was to the 
heavenly household. On the threshold of it we perceive the gods in 
council on lofty Olympus, and Athene beseeching the all powerful 
son of Cronus that her heart may not be rent in twain for Ulysses 
bound fast in the far ofp island of the sea by the soft charms of the 
daughter of Atlas, and in answer to her prayer Jove nodded down- 
ward his ambrosial locks, and straightway Hermes binds to his shining 
feet his golden sandels, and glides downward to Ogygia, as soon as he 
had heard the divine command, and quickly he puts it into execution. 
He found Calypso in her magic bower, with Ulysses far apart at the 
shore murmuring unavailing prayers to the old man of the sea to re- 
gard the friend and comrade in arms of Achilles. Hermes bids Calypso 
to release her captive and furnish him with necei«\sa''y equipments for 
his return home. True to love and duty Adysseus was sitting at the 
sea-side with his thoughts 'ar beyond tlie watery exi)anse, as it was 
his daily custom to do, bewailing the fate which held him fast an exile 
on this isle, though he had company in a goddess and ambrosial nectar 
crowned her bowls, for his heart was buried with Penelope and Tele- 
machus in barren Itliaca far away, whom he had left nearly twenty 
years before, and he was wasting himself away in tears for his native 
land. He sets sail again to be bes^^t by Poseidon on his return from 
the feast of the Ethiopians, but to be thrown ujxm the Phaecian 
coast, thanks to the scarf of Leucothea, Here again he was beseiged 
by the afeections of lovely Nausicaa, lut true to plighted troth and 
filial faith he remained through these many yeais in spite of the shifts 
and wiles of mortals andaods. 


In studying the character of Odosseus we may get a beautiful 
conception life — some of its days bright and sunny while others are 
dark and dreary. It has many obstacles and difQculties to be van- 
quished; which sometimes requires a Herculean arm to brush aside, 
but ])erseverence soon drives all sorrows and woes in time away from 
our soul. Virgil in the writing of his Aeneid, wished to link together 
the fortunes of the Julian gens with the destiny of Rome, and to 
deify Augustus by tracing his descent through the Trojan line, on 
through lulus to Cytherea. TJncouflned witn facts or circumstances 
he succeeded well in his undertaking, and by his unceasing drawing 
from the Homeric mines he has embellished his works with unsurpass- 
ing beauty. He has ever been a faithful copyist of the Homeric orig- 
inal save in the portrayal of their chief characters, which have been 
unmercifully lacerated and torn. The influence of such a character, 
as the Homeric Odysseus, upon the literature of today can hardly be 
overrated. His life and actions furnish an inexhaustible source of 
inspiration from which the eve of the 19th century gets its essence 
and flavor, hence his name can never die but will be as enduring as 
time itself. The present is the pupil of the past, to which it looks for 
instruction and direction. Ever will its heroes be worshipped at 
learning's shrine, yea, with more than eastern idolatry. The earth 
crowns them with her richest honors, and from the pinnacle of their 
greatness, they look down and command the homage of all. 

Edwin Leonard Wall. — '99 



Love — a funny little creature, 
Comes to bad-boy and to preacher, 
Goes right in each fellow's heart. 
Plants in each a fiery dart; 
Comes again in after years. 
Waters them with pearly tears. 
You may shun him, you may greet him. 
But (little rascal) you can't beat him. 

M. H. Brown, '00. 


Jan. 17, '99. 


Life is like a rushing torrent 

Pouring down the mountain side, 
Bourne by every wave and current 

Pours the stream of time and tide. 

Man is like a tiny bubble 

Oast upon the crested wave, 
Washed by seas of storm and trouble 

From the cradle to the grave. 

As the bubble, dancing, sparkling, 

Bursts upon some rocky shore. 
So the man, his weak feet stumbling, 

Often falls to rise no more. 

Then beware, " O man of knowledge," 

In thy wisdom trust not all ; 
God alone can guide thee onward ; 

Trust in self foretells a fall. 

T. W. HOLLOMAN, '00. 


Vol. I. JANUARY, 1899. No. 3. 



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'Tis said that tlie effect of a man's college days upon his future 
life can hardly be under-estiuiated. Men of experience tell us that tlie 
four years spent upon the campus of our alma mater will have more to 
do with our characters than all our subsequent years. And it does 
seem reasonable tliat being- taken suddenly from under the careful 
counsel of anxious i)arents and placed for the first time u])on his own 
resources should prove a test of a man's character. It is a time when 
he will form strong and influential friendshii)S and, being thrown con- 
stantly into the company of several hundred boys, those whom he then 
cliooses to be his most intimate friends are those friends of all others 
whose characters will most strongly aft'ect his own. The ancient adage 
about birds of a feather is seen very forcibly demonstrated at college, 
and though it is also true that sometimes those who are unlike are 


thrown together, still one or the other soon changes and they are 
" birds of a feather " forever afterwards. 

We have no doubt that the firmness and soundness of judgment 
with which a fellow meets his new responsibilities, the manner in which 
he falls in with his new companions, the discretion with which he 
forms his college friendships, the system with which he chooses aline 
of work and the determination with which he follows it up from day 
to day will be a fair index to his future. 

We have no inclination to draw a moral from the foregoing or to 
discourse upon the importance of keeping a careful watch upon habit 
during these four years; but to one interested in human character col- 
lege life will furnish many fine specimens for study. And doubtless in 
after years it will be interesting to look around upon the lives of our 
old college mates and see whether he who drifted then is still on the 
drift and whether he who was determined, methodical, industrious has 
made the greater i)rogress and lived a life more truly successful. 

The way a man parts his hair, or the cut of his clothes, has noth- 
ing to do with the substantial qualities of his mind. It is an old saw 
that appearances are deceitful, but the truth is too often overlooked. 
Appearances count for something, but they furnish no certain ground 
for judgment, to a sensible person at least. What a man is, what he 
can do, what he will do, his ambitions and aspirations, his innate feel- 
ing for the good and beautiful, are what count. Tliat shaggy and un- 
kempt hair may cover a head that will enrich the world by the depth 
of its thinking. That coat hanging like a sack may cover a heart 
that can feel the sorrows that break strong men's spirits, and bear 
them with a strength that will be an inspiring example to all who see. 
And under it may be a soul sensitive to the faintest breath of divine 
music, thrilled with high and holy feelings, inspired to do great things 
foi humanity. 

Judge not by appearances. 

H. T. C. 

No one will attempt to deny the importance and the advantages 
of the Literary Society in College. And yet how few students take 
any real interest in or avail themselves of the opportunity for self-im- 
provement offered by these societies. 

The truth is that too few fellows realize that in order to reap the 
advantages from the Literary Societies they must make it as nuich a 
part of their work as they do their recitations. Too many fellows 
seem to think that they must join, pay their dues and the Society will 
do the rest. This is manifestly wrong. No self improvement comes 
without effort. Who, pray, expects to make a p hysical man out of 


liiinself simply by joining the Atliletic Association and then sitting- 
idly by and watching the other boys " sldn the cat "? Or who expects 
to become an edncated man by simply matriculating in a good college 
and buying a full set of text books, the contents of which he never at- 
tempts to familiarize himself with ? It can not be done. Since the 
days of Adam men have ha^ to win their bread, and whatever else 
they get worth the having, by the sweat of the face, and the Literary 
Society follows the same old rule — be it wise or otherwise. Seeing 
what a splendid opportunity these clubs offer for improvement in 
graceful and easy speaking, in logical and forcible debate and in par- 
liamentary practice, every man who now neglects to take advantage 
of it will some day look back on that part of his college life with sin- 
cere rearret. 

That the American people are deeply interested in the cause of 
education is easily evidenced by the amount of money given every 
month by philanthropists to the great institutions of the country. 
Every newspaper contains an account of some generous gift of this 
character. The Educational Review for December contains the record 
of Mrs. Emmons Blaine having given $250,000 to the University of 
Chicago. Other gifts contained in the same number are as follows : 
To Tufts College, $30,000 ; to Library Fund of Williams and Mary Col- 
lege, $5,000; to University of Cincinnati, $60,000; to Monmouth Col- 
lege, $50,000; to Mt. Holyoke College, $100,000. 

How many people there are in the world to whom the power of 
criticising the work of others seems to be given as an especial accom- 
plishment. And it is truly admirable, the fidelity with which they nse 
and develop this their " one tofew^ ". How noble it is in such men as 
these to sacrifice "great deeds" of their own to devote their whole 
lives to special attention to the work of other people. True they often 
reserve their judgments till 'tis too late to mend the matter, yet who 
can fail to appreciate their philanthropic motives as they go about 
from day to day finding flaws in everything of whatever nature. Some 
men of a " cruel ", '^ harsh " disposition are prone to suggest that it 
would be better for the world if these critics would attempt some work 
of their own, and criticise by the splendor of their own exemplary ac- 
complishments rather than by the keenness of " words, words, words," 
but of course these are unappreciative, billions fellows who fail to 
grasp the value of this school of critics who from prehistoric times 
have been as numberless as the sands of the sea shore. 








Tlie above is a cut of the first B.A. graduate of Millsaps College 
— Francis Marion Austin. 

In September, 1892, the first year of the institution's history, he 
was matriculated as a member of the Sophomore Class. He soon made 
an enviable record as a student, and in his Junior year was, with J. T. 
Calhoun (B.A., '96), elected by the Board of Trustees, Assistant In- 
structor in the Preparatory Departmrnt. That his work there was 
satisfactory is evidenced by the fact that during the next two succeed- 


ing years he held the same position. During this his Junior year, he 
appeared in March as the first Anniversarian of the Lamar Society. 
The year previous, his first year in college, he was one of the repre- 
sentatives of his society in its first joint debate with the Galloway. 
In June, 1895, with H. S. Stevens, of Augusta, and J. G. Lilly, of 
Ohesterville, he presented himself to the Board of Trustees as a can- 
didate for the degree of Bachelor of Arts, and was awarded a diploma, 
the two other members of the class receiving the degree of B.S. 

During the session of '96-'97, as an assistant in the Preparatory 
Department, he was considered by the faculty a careful, accurate, 
painstaking teacher. The same earnestness which characterized the 
student was likewise a characteristic of the teacher. 

Entering the newly organized law class in the fall of '97, he easily 
ranked among the strongest men and best students of a remarkably 
bright — I might say brilliant — class. His examination for license to 
practice law was spoken of by a member of the Supreme Bench as 
one of exceptional excellence. Along with the other members of his 
law class, be was graduated in June, 1897, receiving the degree of L. 
L.B. Hence he bears a double stamp from the institution. Having 
finished his education, both classical and professional, he began to 
cast about for a desirable place in which to display his sign of " Law- 
yer," as well as to give the people the benefit of his legal talent. Edna, 
Texas, was the place of his choice. His success here was nothing 
more than his friends expected. He soon took his place among the ris- 
ing young lawyers of a rising young city. With a growing i)ractice, 
he soon realized that the limits of Edna were too narrow, and having 
formed a very advantageous partnership in Beaumont, Texas, is now a 
practicing lawyer in that city. Temptations, we hear, have come to 
him in the flattering guise of political ])referment. But he seems not 
to discount the jn-overbial jealousy of his mistress. With his eye on 
success in a great profession, with an excellent foundation on which 
to build, his college education, and with a determination that will 
cjirry him over every difftculty, his alma mater can but believe in his 
success. She points with pride to him as one who wears her sign 
and shield. 

E. W. Cook will enter Mossey Business College soon, in Atlanta, 

J. P. T. Stephens is another one of the boys at Tulane. He gets 
his M.I), in May. 

J. E. Alford is with his brother in the drug business in Gallman, 


J. L. S. Kogers is a pharmacist at Helena, Ark. 

P. H. Fontaine is ] astor of Parker Memorial Church, Kew Crleans. 


Eoy Leftwich is mercliandising with considerable success in Port 
Vincent, La. 

J. E. Berry, wlio, by tLe way, is married, is merchandising- in 
Benton, Miss. 

J. 0. Crisler, after leaving college, entered the medical college i ^ 
Memphis, where he graduated. He then took the regular course at 
the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with distinction. He is 
now practicing in Flora, Miss., and is not yet satisfied with his profes- 
sional training, as he intends going to Germany this fall. 

The following apiDointments, made at the recent session of the 
Mississipx)i Conference, will be of interest: J. W. Tinnin, Whites- 
town 5 J. A. Moore, Bogue Chitto; J. D. Ellis, Mount Carmel; L. E. 
Alford, Westville; H. A. Gatlin, Beauregard; L. F. Alford, North 



We are glad to acknowledge the receipt of so many good papers 
and magazines. Periodicals of this character are improving rapidly. 
Every one seems to be taking a great deal of interest in them. The 
fiction is sometimes real entertaining and the verse remarkable for its 

The Hamden Sidney magazine comes to us in an attractive 
crimson binding. This magazine is now at a higher standard than 
ever before, it is one of the finest magazines we have received. It 
has many merits, especially do we notice with pleasure that it is not 
made a tool for dry school-boy jokes. 

The Clionian of Whitworth College is a welcome visitor to us. 
We have always been interested in the W. F. 0., and wish the Clion- 
ian every success. The last issue of the Clionian is represented well 
by debates and essays and the Muse seems to play a conspicious part 
on every page. 

We are always glad to welcome the Wofford College Journal in 
onr exchange department. The Journal deserves a place at the 
" head of the ranks " and we are sure she will get it. We are glad to 
see how much interest its contributors are taking in fiction. 

The Tulane Collegian has just appeared in our midst. It is the 
first issue of the season and a good one too, The article on Keats is 
excellent, the one on "Sisterly Love and Influence " just as good. 

The Hindix College Mirror is a good magazine, the articles on 
Thomas Jefferson, II. E. Lee and Sir Walter Scott are good, but the 
Mirror is deficient in fiction and verse. 

For an interesting magazine give us the Randolph Macon Monthly. 
Its fiction is excellent, its verse smooth. The article entitled ''College 
Spirit" ought to be read by every college man. 

The Port Gibson Female College Chimes is on the table before us. 
We congratulate the senior class'for getting up such a good magazine. 
One of tne best things in the last issue was an acrostic. We are glad 
to exchange with tlie Chimes. 

We received the A. & M. College Reflector. There is not enough 

i8 the; miIvLSaps collegian. 

interest taken In this magazine. We find po orations, fiction or verse 
and too many stale and meaningless jokes. 

We are glad to receive regularly the University Record. The 
Eecord is a good college paper and is a fair representative of the col- 
lege spirit of the University. 


In a church yard old I stood alone 

And dreamed, where roses climbed and swirled, 

That a grave is naught but a stepping stone 
Whence a soul is crossed to the be^^ter world. 

When I shall enter the cold, dark stream. 
And faint and far, earth's tune hath grown, 

Loved hands once lost in life's sad dream, 
Shall guide me saf6 o'er the stepping stones. 

— M. A. S. in H.-S. Magazine. 

Hats ofE ! 
A girl is coming down the street, 
A pretty face and figure neat. 
With lips of red and white brow high. 
And heaven's own blue in her laughing eye. 
She wears those colors in her tie — 

Hats off ! 
The flag is passing. — Ex. 

Csesar conquered many nations, 
Conquerer of the world was he : 

And at tlie examinations 

Ciesar completely conquered me. — Ex. 

The laboratory students esjjecially will be interested in the fol- 
lowing reaction: "Potassium, Iodide and Suliihur under slight pres- 
sure gives an exceedingly interesting result as as follows:. KI plus 
2S equals KISS. This experiment is dangerous as the above results 
may not be accomplished and instead the reaction may be very vio- 
lent. Therefore, this experiment should be attemi)ted in tlie absence 
of light and when few (usually two) are present. 

A professor met one of his Latin students recently with a chew 
of tobacco in his mouth, the i)rofessor asked : " Quid est Iioc ?" Tlie 
boy replied : " Hoc est quid. " 




The Young Men's Christian Association in its college branch has 
a wonderful iield in which to work. College life is the formative 
period of manhood, during which character is outlined and established, 
therefore, all the influence for good should be shed around the young 
mind to direct it in a way that leads to a life of usefulness. This in- 
fluence is strongest in the Y. M. C. A. The greatest privilege of col- 
lege days is that of coming in touch with our fellow students and in 
leading them into plains of higher life. The college association is the 
surest way of touching those around us. 

Eev. G. W. Bachman of Kosciusko recently presented the associa- 
tion with a number of copies of Leslie's Sunday magazine for which 
we are very thankful. 

"A strong religious sentiment pervades the institution, and the Y. 
M.C.A.jisdoirg better work than during previous years." President 
Murrah in rejiort to Mississippi College. 

The Editor of Men offer a liberal commission to any one of our 
Association who will secure subscribers in the college or in his town 
during the vacation. 

At the regular monthly business meeting for December the re- 
ports of the various committees were heard. These reports were very 
encouraging and show that the respective committees are untiring in 
tlie performance of their duties. 

The carpet for our new hall has been ordered and will be put 
down as soon as it can be had. 

The Sunday afternoon meetings for the past month were con- 
ducted by Rev. Mr Hutton of the First Presbyterian church, Prof. 
Kicketts of our faculty. Prof. Hardy superintendent of the Jackson 
schools and Rev. Mr. Howard, Rector of tiie Episcopal church. 

A recent addition to our hall was the placing of Y. M. C. A., in 
shining letters over the main and side entrances. 

At a special business meeting on the afternoon of January 14tli 
it was decided to take immediate steps toward establishing our read- 
ing room. Several periodicals were Mibscribed for and some pajx'rs 
were donated. Any donations to our room or table by our friends 
will be highly appreciated. 




Prof. J. P. Hanner has recently been elected a member of the 
Modern Language Association of America. Profs. Hanner and Weber 
and Dr. Ferrill are the only members of this Association among the 
college professors of Mississippi. 

In the Bi-monthly Eeview of January and February, 1899, will be 
published an article entitled, " Colonel William L. Nugent," by Bishop 
Charles B. Galloway, D.D., LL.D., and also one entitled, " Science 
Teaching in Southern Colleges," by A. M, Muckenfuss, Ph.D. 

Among the members of the faculty of MillsaiJS who hold positions 
in the Methodist Sunday Schools of the city are : At the First Church 
— Dr. Moore, teacher of the New Testament in Greek; Prof. Eicketts, 
teacher of the Bible class ; and Prof. Weber, teacher of the Psalms as 
literature. At Capitol Street Church — Dr. Muckenfuss, teacber of 
Bible class. Nearly all the students in college are meuibers of one of 
these Sunday Schools. 

Of the members of the Sopliomore class, seventeen will contend 
for places to engage in the contest at commencement for The Oscar 
Kearney Andrews medal. 

Dr. Murrah went to the Mississipx^i Conference at Hattiesburg by 
way of New Orleans, where he attended a meeting of the Southern 
Teachers' Association. 

For the benefit of those who are interested, and es])ecially for stu- 
dents of the college, we publish tbe average age of tlie members of the 
different classes: Tbe Freshman, 18g years; Sophomore, 19 5-12 
years; Junior, 20 5-7 years, and Senior, 21 2 9 years. 

Tiiere are 17 members of tbe Freshman class who will apply for 
places to contest for the Millsaps Medal at our next commencement. 

An interesting meeting of the Sophomore class was held in Piof. 
Weber's recitation room on tbe 16th, with Vice President K. A, Chirk 
in tbe chair. At the meeting committees were ajjpointed to adopt 
class colors, class yells, <nganize basket ball team, and laejiare a lit- 


erary program for the next meeting. The class of '01 is ambitious, 
and there seems to be quite a class spirit among its members. 

The question for the annual debate between the Lamar and Gallo- 
way Literary Societies is : Eesolved, That the United States should 
adopt the policy of territorial expansion. The negative will be repre- 
sented by Messrs. J. W. Mitchell and J. T. McCafferty, of the Gallo- 
way ; the affirmative by Messrs. T. W. Holloman and J. A. Teat, of the 

Mr. A. W. Fridge, one of our students, has been appointed by his 
CongTessman, Mr. McLean, to West Point Military Academy. 

A few days ago Mr. E. L. Cannon was called home on account of 
the death of his father and his brother. The entire student body join 
with us in extending to him our sympathy in his bereavement. 

Dr. Murrah has announced that our commencement sermon will be 
preached by Bishop Candler, of Georgia. 

There was a very interesting debate between the two societies on 
Friday evening, Jan. 20th, in the Lamar Society Hall. The question: 
" Resolved, That International Disarmament Would Produce Univer- 
sal Peace," was represented on the affirmative by the Galloway speak- 
ers, Messrs. W. E. M. Brogan, W. T. Browning and J. T. Lewis. The 
negative side was represented by Messrs. G. L. Harrell, L. F. Magru- 
der and W. O. Sadler, in behalf of the Lamars. After some time, the 
committee, chosen for the occasion, Drs. J. A. Moore, A. M. Muck en- 
fuss and Prof. B. L. Baley, rendered its decision in favor of the af- 

Dr. Murrah will give the ministerial students a lecture on " Man- 
liness in the preacher " at the next monthly meeting. 

The officers who will serve the Galloway Society for this quarter 
are: R. A. Clark, President; E. S. Hall, Vice-president; W. L. 
Duren, Eecording Secretary; J.H. Dorroh, Assistant Secretary; H. A. 
Jones, Corresponding Secretary ; T. C. Bradford, Treasurer , W. E. 
M. Brogan, Critic; C. M. Simpson, Sergeant-at- Arms ; A. A. Hearst, 
Auditor; W. T. Browning, Chaplain. Those for the Lamars are: P. 
Wall, President; M. A. Chambers, Vice-president; W. O. Sadler, Ee- 
cording Secretary; W. W. Holmes, Corresponding Secretary; L. Wall, 
Treasurer ; W. M. Buie, Censor ; H. T. Mounger, Chaplain ; H. B. 
Watkins, Critic , J. W. McNair, Door-keeper. Our societies did good 
work last quarter and the indications are that better will be done in 
the next. 

We were glad to have had Eev. E. W. Bailey pastor of the First 
Methodist church and Bishop Galloway with us recently. 

22 the; miIvLSaps collegian. 

The January meeting of the Scientific Association was held last 
Tuesday afternoon. Nearly all the members were present, also several 
visitors. The meeting was a very enjoyable as well as profitable one. 
Much interest being manifested in the exercises. The diffierent sub- 
jects on the program were discussed as follows : "Sentimentality in 
Science Teaching, " by J. T.Lewis; "The New Planet August 12th, 
'98," by T. C. Bradford; "Motion in the Line of Sight," or "Shown 
by the Spectorscope;" by Dr. J. A. Moore ; " Sanitation in Havana," 
by T. W. Holloman ; " Electric Eailways Instead of Steam," by S. L. 
Burwell -, " Upper Eegions of Air," by H. T. Carley. 

W. E. King, a former student of this college, spent last Sunday 
on the Campus. He was returning home from the University of Ken- 
tucky, where he recently received a diploma. 

Mr. O. S. Hopkins has presented the Museum with a pair of In- 
dian baU sticks. Some information about how the Indians use these 
sticks in the game may be found in " Tom- A-Hawk's " article of our 
last issue. 

Eev. Henry Vanhook and Mr. Marvin Ormund were welcome vis- 
itors to MiUsaps some days ago. 

The Millsaps Collegian 

Vol. I. FEBRUARY, 1899. No. 4 


To him whose voice was first of all to praise, 

To him whose love has never yet grown cold, 

To hiui whose faith the passing years uphold 

And stronger build the liopes of early days, 

To him in feeble way a song I raise 

Tliat tells the goodness, else to be untold; 

For scarce can words of men b^ brought to hold 

Within themselves the tribute duty pays. 

A heart that feels no throb of fear or dread 

When danger stands, nor shrinks when duty calls 

But melts with i)ity, giving freely aid 

To those who know to ask. Tho' crust of bread 

Be all his power, no cry for help e'er falls 

Unheeded. On his heart the burden's laid, 

C. E. LvMAN. 


In the contidence of his ability to mould the character of a nation 
by the lofty, ennobling, influence of poetry, a great poet once said: 
" Let me make a ])eo])le's songs, and you make its laws." Thus it has 
been through ages, the poet lias ever been the moving spirit of the 
Universe. Mytholnoy tells us that on Olympus, where were assem- 
bled, in mighty council, the gods of the Au'Ments, it required but the 
nod of a head from their Almighty Jove to move the world. History 
gives us the record of tenible conflicts that in a day have made and 
unmade kingdoms and have shaken the world to its utmost bounds; 
conflicts that were precipitated by the mere waveof a monarch's scepter. 
There have been times within the memory of nmny of you, when 
statesmen, by the influence of their eloquence and the force of their 
logic, have guided through channels of suc(;ess the movements of a 
nation. All these have liad their part in the world's ])rogress in ma 
terial wealth and prosperity, in temi)oral possessions and fame; but 
it has been left for the poets, those master-minds who occupy a spliere 


all tlieir own — a sphere intermediate between divine and human — to 
enricli the soul, that spiritual portion of mortals, to plant and nourish 
in humanity a greater love of God and His creations, to break down 
the barriers that enclose the limited domain of man, and to furnish 
him broader fields to roam, an ampler ether within which his soul 
may soar. 

Poetry is the fruit of genius and the poet's genius transcends that 
ofman'sotherteachersjhisiniluence is but the convergence of the other 
ennobling influences to which man is subject. There is a beauty that 
emanates from the painter's brush; a magnificence carved by the 
sculjjtor's chisel; there is a nuislc tbh.t thrills the hearts of a people, 
an eloquence that stirs ambitions and gives inspirations; there is a 
love that lends to life its glorj^; so, there is a poetry, the very sum of 
these, t'hat may touch the tender chords of human affection and draw 
forth the emotions of a soul within. 

To be suscei)tible to the true influence of poetry, man should pos- 
sess, to a degree, a sense for the best, the really excellent, and of the 
strength and joy to be drawn from it, that may form within him a 
responsive chord that will vibrate in unison with the flow of melody 
from a poet's soul and helj) to swell the grand diapason of the Uni- 
verse. What is the fall of Niagara to one who bnt gazes and is con- 
tent ? Let him who lias within his breast some ap])reciRtion of the 
beauty of music, stand before this awe-ins])iring product of ^Natnrp 
and there will be stirred within him, emotions that swell with the 
rhythmical music of tlie Falls. The skilled violinist may draw from 
his instrument strains of melod}', so soft and clear, that aeem almost 
music divine; now rising and fallin;*- in the sweetest cadences, now 
growing louder and louder in a wild passionate outburst. His hearers, 
rapt with the glorious melody, mount with him as he ascends higher 
and higher, lost in sweet forgetfulneess of earthly cares, the emotions 
of their souls vibrating under the influence of a higher nobler delight. 
So the poet, playing u|)on the strings of affection and ambition, bears 
us with him in his ethereal flights, uniting info one grand harmonioa.s 
whole the loves and inspirati(ms of men. 

Poetry has been (lepre(;iated by some as pa taking too much of 
the nature of wild and shadowy dreams, as being too full of setimen- 
talism and mystery. Such critics would follow too closely the tenden- 
cies of this remarkable age of materialism and scien<!e, and would 
posit such as the all important end of life. They would reducte life to 
"meat and raiment," taking no heed of the precious treasuies of the 
soul. Here it is that the Church finds in jioetry a most powerful ally. 
In their opposition to what may be termed the purely scientific s])irit, 
in their unceasing warfare u])on a materialism that dwarfs the soul, 
in then' endeavor to awaken the susceptibilities of man, in their recog- 


nition of man and nntnre as divine, the true poet and the true 
preacher are working- to the same end; their methods may be widely- 
different but they are dominated by the same spirit. 

The poets mi s'ht be called dreamers, if you define the term as 
meaning' those who look beyond th(^ tein])oral and evanescent to that 
which is spiritual and eternal. The poets sing- of love — not the senti- 
mental love of tlie rhymsters — but that which guided Dante through 
the regions of hell and purgatory to the divine light of paradise; a 
love that iusjured Shakespere's heroes to deeds of va'or and his he- 
roines to acts of self-sacrifice. The poets sing of freedom, of heroism, 
of suffering-, of hope; they sing- of beauties of ISTature and would teach 
us to look through jSTature up to Nature's God. They sing of man in 
all his states, in sorriow and in rejoicing, in liumiliation and in victory. 
They seek through man, man's Creator and sing of him exercising- in 
tlie inajesty of his being. His omnipotence, or shining- in the full 
splendor of His celestial glory, or speaking in that still small voice to 
His despaii ing- sons. If such themes be ig-noble or unworthy the 
higlicst efforts of man's genius, then should the poet be banished 
from among- us, but if they be the noblest man can contemplate, if 
they alone can elevate and cleanse man, then should the poet be ex- 
alted to the higliest throne of our admiration and love, and wield his 
magiir scepter over boundless realms. 

The Hebrews well called their poets "Seers," for they not only 
perceive nmre than others, but they also help other men to see much 
which would otherwise be lost to us. We know that the secret of the 
world is profound, yet it is but natural, tliat \vc, with such limited 
conceptions of our environments, should, in our weakness, seek an in- 
terpreter who shall diaw from o\er the world of mysticism the veil 
that shuts from our vnsiou its wonder and greatness. Where shall we 
find such an one exce])t among the poets? those whose paths lie 
through the great Void; those who, penetrating the glories and mys- 
tiM-ies of hea\en, exploring- the caverns and corridors of hell, return to 
place before us the trutiis they ha \'e learned. How shall we,who look 
not to the morrow but content ourselves with the pleasures of today, 
Icai-n what the future bears in its bosom for the bett(MNnent of man- 
kiiui!? Tlie poet is gifted with an insight tluit far surpasses that of 
other men ; his penetrating eye looks far into the future, seeing the 
necessities of man and dis(;erning Tuan's possibilities. Truly are tlie 
]»oets the mirrors of the gigantic shadows which futurity casts upon 
the present. 

Poetry is also the crystalization of the higher life of a race. Tiie 
l^oets have the power of identifying themselves with their nation and 
time and of seeing- there- that which is eternal. They find themselves 
in the river of thought forced onward bv the ideas and necessities of 


their contemporaries. There comes then from i)oetry that broadening 
effect which makes a man a citizen of the world in all ages; he can 
see that life, which in so many ages, under so many circumstances 
has asserted itself, and wherever there is such life there is inspira- 
tion for man. We learn from the poets of Greece what their nation 
was in the morning-time of civilization. We learn from Vergil, Dante 
and other Italian poets what we know of Italy's culture. We turn to 
the poets of the time of great Elizabeth, to learn of England's intel- 
lectual, artistic and spiritual life. We read the i)oets of Germany to 
know of the life of their nation and to learn of its awakening. How 
clearly the life of each nation is reflected through its poetry. 

We live today surrounded by the bounteous gifts of God's crea- 
tion, yet we see but faintly the glory of His work. To us, in our self- 
ishness, Nature seems only a necessary accompaniment to man's exis- 
tence and comfort in this world, but to the poet the beauties and won- 
ders of Kature are as a revelation of God in his infinite wisdom and 
power. Many a man has found freshness and delight in Nature, but 
it lias remain2d for the jioet to see its deeper significance, to lay bare 
its secrets before us, and to arouse in us a higber appreciation of the 
magnificenceof its architecture and agreater reverence for itsDesigner. 
Wherever snow falls or water flows or birds fly ; wherever day and 
night meet in twilight, wherever the heaven is hung by clouds or 
sown with stars; wherever there is danger, awe or love, there also is 
beauty; and beauty is tbe one condition of Nature most opportune and 
noble for the poet. 

Like music, painting and architecture, the poet leads maninto those 
high regions where "Human dies divine." It does more than contrib- 
ute to the aesthetic life, it appeals to and influences the whole being; 
it suggests a beauty that cannot be expressed, a truth that cannot be 
uttered, a perfection that cannot be attained in this life. 

The poets keep alive the spark of divinity in man and are the suc- 
cessors of David who, with lyrics of unexcelled beauty, poured out his 
whole heart, now in great sorrow, now in supreme joy; of Job, who 
struggled through the darkness of mental doubts and spiritual ago- 
nies until he saw the light of God break on his soul ; of the author of 
the Book of Revelations, who caught a glimpse of the City of the New 

" That one far off divine event. 

Toward which all creation moves." 

George Boyd Power, '97, 

Graduating Speech. 



Sing, Oh ! Melpomene of that wrath, that destructive wrath, 
which is about to unbosom itself in all its fury upon the head of the 
writer of this sketch, and who no doubt will be said to wander into the 
realms of fanaticism, and to stray far remote from the teachings of 
his youth, yet to every question there are two sides — one bulwarked by 
a mighty following trusting in their supeiriority of numbers, the other, 
defended by a few Spartans, brave, fighting for principle, and their 
convictions, ready to die for the right, rather than strive for the wrong. 
Though we stand a minority of two arrayed in opposition to a host 
innumerable, yet our cause is none the less noble and true and justice 
should be given to him, to whom justice is due. So it is a pleasure to 
take my i)osition on the seeming cheerless side of this question and to 
link my fortunes to the Aeneadae, ready to follow the man of destiny 
into whatever parts he shall see fit to lead us. 

He has engaged the attention of the entire world from the time 
when Ilion's smiling plains were delaged with gore down unto this 
good day, and tlirough both the Greek and the Latin languages he 
has indelibly impressed his mark and seal upon all civilization. As 
fair as a blossom, from beneath the mists of centuries, he peers out at 
us as one of the greatest of mythological heroes. 

Aeneas is the man of destiny selected to carry out the workings 
of heaven. His mission was noble and grand carry ingwith it the bur- 
den of the whole world's history, and important to the world in that 
it was bearing the weight of the glory and destiny of the future 
Romans. He was going wliither the Fates directed him, yet under all 
circumstances his qualities are princely, even in that trying ordeal of 
the Fourth Book, when he casts aside poor "widow Dido" impelled by 
a will higher than his own. His coarse tended, through hazards mani- 
fold, to Italy in accordance with the decrees of the gods by which 
Rome was to rule the world f<u- the worlds good. 

He canu^ by fate an exile to Italy, and now at last the white- 
artned goddess, Hera, had changed her plans for the better and had 
desisted from her cruel undertaking. The mission of Aeneas and the 
(continuance of his time after the destruction of Troy is clearly an- 
nounced by the mouth of Poseidon in the twentieth book of the Iliad. 
He says it is fated that he should escape and that the race of Dar- 
danus should not perish without off-spring and become extinct- 


And now the mighty Aeneas sliall rnle over the Trojans and his chil- 
dren's children who may be born hereafter " His life was but the 
working out of divine providence, and oiiposition to its commands 
would have brought about his ruin and destruction. Aeneas was 
under the power of the " Fatum" — that terrible instrument, to which 
even the king of gods was subject. It was Hera's wish and desire 
that Carthage should be a seat of royal power for the nations, if des- 
tiny would in any way permit. But even Juno's plans were thwarted 
by this powerful agent, and in opposition to Zeus Troy fell into the 
hands of the bronze-clad Greeks. This is a power mightier than the 
Ate of Greek tragedy, for to this, even heaven itself must yield. 
Aeneas was the embodiment of those qualities requisite for a war- 
rior, ruler, and civilizer of men and all that was necessary for the 
great achievements of Rome. 

As a warrior. Homer couples him along with Hector as the two 
great champions ofllion. He stands outbeforeus as great as Achilles, 
and yet greater. Do we ever see him falling a prey to the petty 
Avrangles and jealousies of life, leaving his people to the onslaughts of 
the foe? ]^o, rather we behold him stately and sublime in the Van 
doing whatever his hand may find to do. But enough of this. 

If yon wish to assail Aeneas for his escapade in the Tyrian City 
and accuse him of breaking plighted troth at the commands of heaven, 
give him at least the title of hero — if such can be given to the son of 
Peleus. Behold Achilles in Scyros at the court of Lycomedes be- 
traying the trust reposed in a guest and friend In an underhanded 
way the beautiful princess was deflowered and Pyrrhus, the butcher 
of Priam, was the lesult of a lawless union. Defend him wlioever 
can, but I pass down the other side. 

In the ])almy days of Troy all i)etitions in time of trouble were 
made to the son of Aphi odite, and ever ready was his haiid to win for 
them their desires. We see him in the Iliad brave and fierce rushing 
ui)on Diome deslike a lion with a great roar. His appearances are few, 
yet they show forth sterling worth, and are argument sufficient to re- 
fute all claims against his title to liero. As a Hercules,he overcomes 
the wrath of the queen of heaven and vanquishes all obstacles ])laced 
in his way to thwart the accomplishment of his destined mission. He 
was pins for his heroic qualities, for his filial faith and love, and lastly 
for his re\ eience for the gods. Behold Aeneas amid the flames of 
burning Troy,and this piety by wliich he was renowned tothe stars, will 
be recognized in awful vividness. This was at a time when all Ilium 
seemed to him to sink into flames,and Neptune reared Troy to be over- 
turned from its foundations. His soul was harrowed with grief, and 
he seeks his father to bear liim off to the lofty mountains. His father 
refuscJS to go and says '-if the celestials had wished me to lengthen 


my thread of life, they would have preserved for me this abode. It 
is enough and more than enough that I have seen one destruction? 
and have survived the captured city." Aeneas tells him that Pyrrhus 
will soon be there— one, who butchers a son before the eyes of his 
father, and the sire at the altars. He finds his prayers to be unavail- 
ing and resolves to seek anew the battle, when the terrible prodigy of 
fire arose and the crashing on the left began, and true to filial faith he 
remained through perplexities galore. Did ever artist image a more 
beautiful i>icturethan that of Anchises'exit from the burning city with 
Creusa observing Aeneas' footsteps from a distance ? In the Exodus 
Creusa is lost in honor to the pleasure of the gods, and she had taken 
up her abode in the Asphodel meadow. This is another instance of 
the Greek Ate, which — as the rain-falls upon the just and the unjust 
Aeneas is to marry Lavinia in the Hes])erian land, and Creusa must 
be made a sacrifice for tlieir prointiation. 

Let us now pass to the Fourth Book, where Aeneas is said to be 
seen in liis worst ligiit. Here we see a forecasting of Eoman history, 
the confli(;t between Eome and Carthage. By the interposition of 
heaven, Aeneas is tossed a shipwreck upon the Tyrian coast and is 
brought face to face with the great city rising under Dido's sway. 
Eoaming wildly through the forest he is met by his mother, whom he 
takes tobeDiana, goddess of the chase. She tells him she is no goddess, 
for the Tyrian maidens are wont to bind their leg high up thus with 
the purple buskin. She bids him enter the city, and Hermes at the 
coiufiiand of Jove procures him entrance, Cupid taking on the form of 
Ascanins to inflame the queen with passion for Aeneas. The story is 
short. Love for tlie woman touched his heart. Alke both king and 
queen forget tlieii' missions, and are held the slaves of love. Juno 
wishes to turn aside the kingdom of Italy to theLibyian coasts. Dur- 
ing the storm in the forest Bridal Juno joins them together.. Forth- 
with the heavens blaze forth a witness to their marriage, and the 
Nymphs give foith their shrieks — all ominous signs of coming disas- 
ter. Dido had invoked a voluntary curse upon herself, if she should 
evei- prove untrue to her first love. Through the gods she is coiu- 
pelled to break it, and her destruction is near. Jove commands 
Aeneas, through Mercury to break off delay and leave Carthage, for 
" Yarium et mutabile semper Femina." The commands of heaven are 
clear, the founder of Rome must not be united to an Easternqueen. He 
crushes his love and follows the commands of Zeus and his father's 
ghost, and leaves the queen to her fate. With ceaseless appeals on 
this side and on that, the hero is assailed, yet his ]mrpose remains 
unshaken and he resolves to quit the darling land. She implores him 
by her tears, by their marriage to lay aside his cruel ])urpo8e, if there 
is yet place for i)rayers. He tells her that her prayer is in vain ,• 


that he seeks Italy, but not of his own accord. As the leaves of a 
tree fall when it is buffeted by the wind, so his tears fall fast in vain. 
Heaven recalls him to his high i:>urpose and he leaves his love to start 
Upon a now unwelcome mission. 

He follows the cammand of Jove, as now many forsake wife, 
children, and all for the cause of the lowly Kazarene. Her curse is 
realized in Hannibal, who long- hounded the Eomans with his hate. 
The gods had determined upon the establishing of the Eoman power 
in Italy by the hand of Aeneas and resistance would have led to in- 
fatuation and death. 

There was a power higher than Aeneas to which he was subserv- 
ient, and which he was compelled to obey — that power, which rules 
the destinies of earth and the motions of the heavens. Aeneas was 
gentle and mild — not an Achilles luxuriating in the shedding of blood. 
Compare his treatment of Lausus and Achilles's treatment of Hector 
and judge between them. As a star, ever will Aeneas shine out from 
among the constellations of Mythological heroes, radient with truth, 
having verity engravened as it were ujion his brow and scrawled upon 
his soul. His supremacy has been established to last for ages. His 
power will never be shaken, but his name will remain as one of the 
few names which belong, not to any particular ageor nation, but to all 
time and to every people. 



Man, the hermit, sighed — till woman smiled." 

Pleasures of Hope. 

In Eden all the weary day 

Old Adam sat and sighed; 
He wanted Eve so bad, they say, 

He thought be would have died. 

In pity for his lonely life 

Eve came and sat beside him, 
And, like a true and faithful wife. 

She plagued him and she tried him. 


Then Adam learned what many learn 

Who matrimony try : 
Man only sighs till woman smiles, 

He then learns how to cry. 



To the student of ISTineteenth Century Literature, perhaps there is 
no one jjerson so interesting as is Sir Walter Scott. For he has left 
to all succeeding" ages productions that are pleasing both to the 
lover of poetry and prose. Born in Edinburgh ( 15th of August 1771 ) 
of parents who themselves were lovers of literature; and being given 
a finished education at the University of Edinburgh ; also enjoying 
the pleasure of traveling throughout the Highlands of Scotland; and 
then possessing natural ability it is not surprising to find the young 
Scotchman meeting with success when he presents to the world his 
productions of poetry and prose. While perhaps he was not exactly 
a scholar, yet he was such a great reader that he gained a very 
wide knowledge of books. And besides his birth-j^lace was not only 
famous for its literary and professional society, but it also had at that 
time tlie distinction of being the seat of the Scottish Nobility. Thus 
weever fiudSir Walter acquainted with every degres of society long be- 
fore his books made him famous. About the first of his original pro- 
duction was, " The Lay of the Last Minstrel," published in 1605. 
This gained for him such a reputation as a writer that it is said : 
" From that day until his death he may be said to be the foremost 
man of letters iu Great Britain." He is certainly, with perhaps the 
exception of Bryon, the most popular. His next x)oems, "Marmicon" 
and "Tlie Lady of the Lake" brouglit for him fame and money such 
as no English poet had gained before. 

It is almost an accepted fact that no person who is a good poet 
is a good novelist and vice versa. But in Scott we find an exception 
to this rule. For when the public grew tired of poetry and clamored 
for something new Scott turned his attention to the novel and at- 
tained as great if not greater success than as a poet. For some two 
or three thousand years attempts had been made to introduce to the 
world the Historic novel, and for twenty or thirty years before Scott 
published his "Waverly," numerous attempts had been made, but 
with no successs. Scott, however, was very much gratified to find the 
public pleased with his trial. 

As Milton was about the first to prove successful in applying the 
Blank verse to other poetry than the Drama, so too, Scott was the 
first novelist to introduce the Historical novel. Critics have seen fit 
however, to consider as his best novels : " Guy Mannering " and 


"The Antiquary," which have only the fainte»t touch of history 
in them, for all his novels were not distinctly Historical. His most 
popular book is without doubt " Ivanhoe." 

The most remarkable fact about Walter Scott, however, is the 
exceptionally large sum of money he realized yearly from his literary 
productions. It is said that he made about $72000 per year from the 
sale of his books. Thus accomplishing what no writer before or since 
his time has accomplished. His character was pure, and during his 
life he raised a debt, that by law could never have been collected, 
that no ordinary man would ever have attempted. His life was no 
doubt shortened by his close application to his self-appointed task. 
In conclusion we quote the following from Saintsbury*s History of 
the l^ineteenth Century Literature: "The extraordinary greatness of 
Scott — who in everything but pure style, and the expression of the 
brightest raptures of love, thought and nature, ranks with the writers 
of the world — is not better indicated by any single fact than by the 
fact that it i« impossible to describe his novels in any sirapleformula." 

J. TiLLERY Lewis, '99 


Was it a Sin for Editor Jhin, 
When th ) writer strong and tall 

Brought his romance in, to blandy grin. 
And Swear t'was best of all ? 

Or would you care, if you heard him swear, 
When writer had gone away, 

T'was a poor affair and saw it flare. 
In the grate the self same day? 

Kever yon blame conclusion that came 
After he had roll'd and toss'd — 

You'd do the same, a pretty good game: 
He will think the paper lost — 

Was it a lie when the month went by 

The writer demanded its fate 
With wonder in eye and face awry 

To swear t'was a " mystery grate " ? 



The impressions made upon the mind by the descriptions of scenes 
and places in books we read and the locations which we give to these 
scenes and i)]aces are facts peculiar to think uiion aud interesting to 
compare with tlie impressions made upon the minds of other people by 
the same descriptions. 

Does not every reader locate each fictitious scene and each ficti- 
tious place of the ordinary novel in some spot with which he is famil- 
iar ? Do you not adapt an elegant mansion about which you are 
reading to some familiar building in your own city or in some other 
place where you have been ? Do you not people well known places 
with strange characters In whom you are interested, whose presence 
fails even to attract your wonder? Have you not seen the battle of 
Bunker Hill fought often times upon some prominence without your 
native town ? Does not the description of some beautiful natural 
scene bring to your mind a loved spot, a hill-side or meadow green 
around your country home ? Have you not seen a band of robbers 
wild issue with their leader from a cave within the banks of the little 
stream where as a child you've whiled away the hours many a time ? 
I dare say you have, and should you read the same story now, back again 
to the little stream you'd go and stand unconsciously upon its bank 
again. There is no surer sign as to what was your childhood home than 
the places where you've located the scenes and incidents of Bible story. 
You heard tliein told or read o'er and o'er while an eager, childish lis- 
tener beside your motlier's knee. The scenes became real and familiar 
ones to your mind and you unc nsciously laid each one in some famil- 
iar place "at home." You had not traveled in far lands; your eyes 
had not rested upon a variety of scenes- and i)laces and your mind 
knew none but those amidst which you had silent your earlier days. 
And so now does not the old childhood cliosen spot still represent these 
scenes"? Have you not some spe(;ial i)lace in which your Eden never 
fails to rise"? Does not Moses mount upon some well known hill to 
receive from God the great commands? Or is there not some retired 
spot at home wherein your childish heart with sorrow placed Gethe- 
semine"? Ali, yes! And if there is one thing that can render home a 
dearer place; if there is one circumstance that can make "you love 
more dearly the familiar scenes of childhood's time, 'tis the fact that 
you associate with these the sacred scenes wiiich have followed and 
sweetened your life. 



Vol. I. FEBRUARY, 1899. No. 4. 



H. B. Watkins Editor-iu-Chief 

W. H. FiTzHuGH (B. A., '97) Alumni Editor 

H. T. Carley Literary Editor 

G. Iv. Harrei.1, Y. M. C. A. Editor 

M. H. Brown Exchange Editor 

A. A. Hearst Local Editor 

C. M. Simpson Assistant Local Editor 

E. H. Galloway, Business Manager ; 

T. C. Bradford, B. E. Eaton, C. A. Alexander, Assistants. 

All remittances should be sent to E. H. Galloway, Business Manager. Also all orders for subscriptions, 
extra copies or any other business commur ication. 

All matter designed for publication should be addressed to H. B. Watkins, editor-in-chief. 

Issued the 25th of each month during the College Year. 
Subscription Price, Per Annum, $1,00. Two Subscriptions, Per Annum, $1 50. 


An appropriate method of eelebratiii,u tlie outgoing of tlie lOtli 
and the incoming- of the 20th century is that adopted by the Metho- 
dist Episcopal Cliurch, South. They i)nri)()se raising and presenting 
to the cause of Education at that time the amount of $1,500,000.00. 
This money is to be used for tlie strengthening of the schools and col- 
leges nnder the control of that Chnrch throughout the Southern States. 
The conference of each State adoi)ts its own method of raising its 

There is no cause to whicli snch nn amount could be more usefully 
contributed. There is no field more in need of working and from 
which they might ex])ect a more abundant harvest. There is no act 
whicli might be done which would be more prophetic of a great and 
good thing for tlie coming century. Every right-thinking man will 
rejoice in this attitude of the Cliurch toward the continued advance- 
ment of the great cause. 


True it is that college students have little time to read books out- 
side of their regular courses. That is, little time to sit down and read 
a book tlirough with only an occasional interval in the readings, as 
may be done during the long days of vacation, when naught limits our 
time save the coming of meals and time for sleep. Yet for a student to 
fall into the habit of thinking there is no time for him to read while at 
college and thus of abandoning all idea of reaping the benefit of a 
good library is plainly a mistake. There come hours every week when 
the student finds himself a little ahead of his work which he might 
well give to the reading of some extra book. The habit of keeping 
something good to read, a good novel, a late magazine or newspaper, a 
volume of poems near by with which to fill up these extra hours, is 
one that will prove useful to every earnest student. Room-mates who 
fall into the habit of reading to each other during idle hours, will be 
surprised at the amount of reading that can be accomi)lished during 
the year, even in the midst of a heavy college course. 

The rejection, " tchat am I good at," is ai)t to be a discouraging 
one to the average student. All around us we notice our classmates 
who are noted for being especially good in someone branch while only 
medium in the others. One is in his glory amidst the intricacies of 
higher matliematics, getting more joy out of the beauties of the hyper- 
bola than out of all tlie balance of college life combined; another re- 
vels in the mysteries of the Greek verb, rejoicing more over the dis- 
covery of a " we«' " irregularity than a miner in striking a rich vein of 
gold. When exams, are over we always find that these have lead by 
many i)oints, each in his respective branch. 'Tis then that this pain- 
ful personal query arises, causing many of us to wonder why we too 
were not born great in one thing at least. Howevei, upon the reflec- 
tion that you have done your full duty by all ; that 'tis not your fault 
that you were not created with more love and more talent for any one 
than for anothei; and that you have made a fair average on all; feel- 
ing that from the study of all your own mind has been educated and 
im])roved (the real ]>urpose of a college course), there must be then 
little room for further discouragement. 

The Inter-Collegiate Oratorical Association, composed of repre- 
sentatives from University of Mississippi, A. & M., Mississippi, and 
Millsaps Colleges, meets this year at Natchez, where the annual con- 
test will be held. The dateof -meeting will be about April 2Stli. This 
Association has been in existence four years and has done much to 
bring the Colleges of Mississipj)! in touch with eacli other and much 
to encourage the jtractice and cultivation of the oratorical talent in 
the several colleges Of the three medals awarded University has 
carried off two and Millsaps one. Mississippi College has won the 
second ])rize during two successive years. The (colleges are looking 
forward with eager intei-est to the meeting and contest this year, and 
we believe will not regret the choice of Natchez for their meeting. 


The movement — originating with Professor Weber of this college 
— to erect a memorial to Irwin Eussell, Mississippi's greatest poet, is 
one which can not be too heartily commended. It is one which will 
meet with the heartiest approval of lovers of literature and especially 
ofcall who are interested in the literature of our own State. The edu- 
cating effect of the movement can hardly be estimated and already it 
is having the tendency of arousing an interest in what the writers of 
our own State have done. 

It will be a source of gratification to all to know that the efforts 
of the committee are meeting with generous responses from all x>arts 
of Mississippi. It is easy to predict that the outcome of this move- 
ment will be successful. It should be a matter of great pride to be 
able to do something in promotion of such a cause. Too much praise 
can not be rendered to the leaders of this movement. 

The following circular letter to the people of Mississippi will ex- 
plain itself : 

The undersigned have been appointed a committee to solicit con- 
tributions for a suitable memorial to Irwin Russell, the distinguished 
poet and literary genius of Mississippi. It is proposed to secure and 
have properly placed a large bronze or marble bust of the gifted 
young Mississippian. Feeling assured that an object so patriotic 
would, commend itself to our people, especially to all lovers of pure lit- 
erature and admirers of real genius, we willingly accept tlie nppoiut- 
ment and hereby give oi)i)ortunity to any who may wish to liRve part 
in the worthy movement. The educative iniiuence of such a memorial 
would be very great. It would elevate the ideals and ennoble the am- 
bitions of our youth. We need to put higher honor upon the achieve- 
ments of mind. 

The brilliant pen of Irwin Russell gave fame to the State in which 
he lived. He sang the songs of her old plantation times in richer 
tones and rarer measure thau were ever iieard before. Few harps 
were ever more delicately strung or swe])t by a more skillful hand. 
His gentlest touch woke the sweetest melodies. 

As a dialect writer he had no superior. Indeed he was the pio- 
neer in that class of literature, and lias never been equalled in his de- 
lineations and reproduc^^ions of ncgm character as seen in the Gulf 

When only 26 years of age this frail, weird, wonderful, sorrowful 
genius went to his grave. His sun went down before the hour of noon. 
Had longer life and larger opportunity been given, his name njight 
have gone to iiistory in comjiany with the greatest of American poets. 
Mississippi will honor herself in honoiing tlie genius of Irwin Russell. 
Contributions in any sums may be sent to Piof. W. L. Weber, Jack- 
son, Miss. C. B. (jALLOWAy, 

A. H. Whitfield, 
' J. C. Hardy, 

H. L. Whitfield. 
W. L. Weber, Secretary and Treasurer. 



As the present session of College draws towards a close it seems 
that we should begin thinking of a reorganization of the Alumni As- 
sociation during the coming commencement. In June '97 an organi- 
zation was effected and a good deal of enthusiasm manifested, but 
last year, unfortunately, no meeting was held. 

There seems no reason whatever for the non-existence of an 
Alumni Association of the College — an ass'n of stability, and one 
which will outwardly manifest the enthusiasm which certainly exists 
in the hearts of Millsaps's 75 or SOmore AUitnni. Not a great number 
to be sure, but sufficiently large for an association of permanence, and 
one whicli will, no doubt, if properly organized, prove of great benefit 
to the alumni as well as to their alma-mater. 

An effort will be made during the coming commencement to re- 
organize and the necessary steps will be taken to put the organiza- 
tion on a more enduring basis. This can be done with little eflort, if 
only the proper spirit be shown by the alumni jandsome effort made on 
their ])art to attend commencement. To have a permanent organiza- 
tion there must be somebody to attend the meetings. It will be un- 
fortunate if only the Senior Class each year is to keep the ass'n alive, 
and there will be little use in orgMuizing. There must be something 
more than such a bare attendance. There should be a goodly number 
of the alumni at large present each June. Officers should be elected 
each year, who, so far as can be determined, will attend the next com- 
mencement. A man of little executive ability, but with College en- 
thusiasm, is better for president than one with exceptional ability as 
an executive, but little enthnvsiasm, and who is certain not to attend 
the ensuing meeting. The draft on the president's ability will not be 
large, and his enthusiasm is the determining requisite. These things, 
it seems to me, should properly be considered in June. 

Now then — if you are an alumnus will you try to be in Jackson 
next June ? You will be re])aid, I feel sure, and then you will greatly 
advance the progress of an association in which I know you are 
deeply interested. We ought soon be able to sit down to an excellent 
dinner together each year. But I can't promise you that in June- 
But even without such an inducement you will be exi^ected. If ^ on 


are interested in seeing tlie association formed, drop the editor a line, 
as it will aid him materially to know that you are interested. But 
your presence in Jackson in June is what we desire and is what we 
are expecting. 

Ellington Fant("eli-phant") is in Friars Point, his home, in the 
office of the Friari Point Oil Mill. 

Gerard Shelby, is a cadet in the Naval Academy at Annapolis^ 

James Hart is a Pharmacy students at the Vanderbilt. 

Among the old student who have followed Horace Greely's ad- 
vice, is Henry Bascom Hines, a pedagogue in Indian Territory. 

Among the list of merchants of Arona, Miss., appears the name of 
A. F. O'Bryant. 

J. B. Waterer is another merchant. He has a flourishing busi- 
ness at Free Euh, Miss. 



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The Association has completed the first term of its work and will 
enter upon the second term on the 3rd of March. At that time officers 
will be elected for the remainder of the year. 

We desire to extend thanks to those who have contributed maga- 
zines and papers to our reading room. 

Sunday, the 12th of February, was set apart as the day of prayer 
for the students of the world, but it was not observed by our Associa- 
tion owing to the very disagreeable weather. 

Messrs. Wm. Hemingway and Eichard Griffith are among those 
who conducted our Sunday afternoon services during the month of 

The date and place of the State convention of the Y. M. C. A. has 
not yet been fixed, but it will be held in the early spring. 

A class for the study of foreign missions has been formed by the 
Volunteers in our Association. 

Mr. Sumner R. Vinton, traveling secretary of the Student Volun- 
teer movement for Foreign Missions, recently visited our college and 
Association in the interest of his work. During his stay he delivered 
two lectures on missions, which were largely attended and highly in- 
structive. Mr. Vinton is well acquainted with the needs of the work, 
having been born in India. He was educated in this country and will 
soon return to his "native land." 

The International Convention of the Y. M. C. A. will be held in 
Denver, Colo., in the spring, and it is desirable that our Y. M. 0. A. 
have a representative at this convention. 






With what pleasure do we view the stack of exchanges before us! 
How proud we feel that so many friends wish us " every success "! 
We are indeed grateful for the many good wishes extended to us, and 
will endeavor to make our organ as interesting as possible. 

In the Trinity Archive there is an ably written article entitled 
" A New Study of Shakespeare." The fiction in the February issue is 
indeed very interesting. The poems " Standing at the Crossing" and 
" The Mother's Lamp " are good, and " Lines in Memory of ' Uncle 
Jesse ' " is still better. This is the first copy of Trinity Archive that 
we've seen and we welcome it to our table. 

The January number of The Scroll has within its cover some very 
interesting matter. " Extracts from Emancipation Celebration 
Speeches" is a rare treat. '^ Not Statehood, Nor Churchhood, But 
Manhood," by Edgar H. Webster, is an article that reflects credit upon 
tU wiiter. The Scroll is a splendid magazine, though we miss the 
exchange department. Where is if? 

In this issue of tiie WofEord College Journal there is any amount 
of genins, talent and " real business." There is no need of mentioning 
the fiction in the Journal : it is always good. The editorial depart- 
ment deserves especial attention. It shows that the editor-iu chief is 
" the man for the place." 

In the Hendrix College Mirror we find much that is interesting 
and entertaining. One of the best articles is "Influence," by F. C. 
Cannon. He says: "If you want to help bear the infirmities of the 
weak, you may do so by exerting a wholesome influence upon them." 
The best article we have seen appears in the Febrnary number of the 
Mirror: " The Twentieth Century in the Light of the Nineteenth," 
" Some one has said that our civilization must advance or recede, but 
we consider it the language of donbt to admit of anything save ]>ro- 
gress, and fling back to the dark ag«\s all thought of retrogression." 

The Whitworth Clionian is a welcome visitor. Verily do we be- 
lieve that this issue is better that the last. We are proud to see our 
sister college editing such a magazine. We notice how well the edito- 
rials are written and "how carefully the])roof is read." We see that the 
editors mean "business" and we feel sure that the Clionian is going 
to surpass everything in the State "edited at Female Colleges." We 
don't understand why "That debate last May " should be mentioned 
so often. Young ladies, don't lasceiate old wounds ! 

The University Unit is at hand. We are glad to exchange with 


the Unit. " Eevoliition vs. Evolution " is well written. Let us bear 
'rom the Unit regularly. 

The January College Reflector shows up very well. The editorial 
department is improving. "Education" is real good. We think, 
though, that the four pages used for "what we have heard" ought 
never to have been printed. Advertisements would be more profitable. 

The Old Gold and Purple has just been received. We welcome 
you. You are a good magazine for a " public school " organ. 

The Ring-Turn Phi contains a continued article by Prof. A. L. 
l^elson on "Personal Recollections of Washington College" that de- 
serve especial mention. We are glad to exchance with the Ring-Turn 

The Reveille has made its first " call " and has surely made an im- 
pression. The letter from William Wordsworth to Wm. Prentiss is a 
treasure worth preserving. 

The Emory & Henry Era comes to us in an attractive form. It is 
needless to say it is welcomed. The Era contains much good matter. 
The editorials are fine. "The Life Boat" is a well written poem. 

Last but not least is a pile of University Records. We enjoy 
reading the Record. "College Despotism" is a good article. The 
continued letters on "College Sports" were especially enjoyed. 


Mules! Mules! Mules! Of the famous Arthur Hinds breed. 
Junior Class, sole projirietors. Record on the track absolutely un- 
equjiUed. Thucydides, a long-eared don, fifteen hands high. Time, 
forty minutes, "from the gates of Rome to the walls of Troy," bearing 
<m his Imrd-ridden back two faiuous jockeys. For further particulars, 
address the Secretary.^ — Ex. 

Among the good deeds of boys and men. 
Is a box of candy now and then. 

— ^Whitworth Clionian. 

" Evolution," quoth the moukey, 

" Makes all umnkind our kin ; 
There's no chaiu^e at all about it, 

Tails we lose and heads they win. — Ex. 

Nobody can understand a woman except herself, and she never 
does it the same way twice. — Ex. 

A good yell for the junior law students would be: 
Rip! Ri])! Rah! 
Rip! Rii)l Ree!! 
Mamma ! Mamma ! ! ! 
Come to Me-e-e ! ! ! ! 

— University Record. 






The cold snap followed in close succession by inter-mediate Exams 
is pretty tough. 

The $5.00 gift of The Galloway Literary Society had the distinc- 
tion of being the first contribution to The Irwin Russell Memorial 

" Tau Delta Omicron," is the name of a local secret club recently 
organized here. Its membership is composed of some of the best men 
in the college. 

On the afternoon of the 14th inst, a number of members of the 
Junior and Senior classes appeared before the faculty to contend for 
places to represent the College in the Inter.CoUegiate Oratorical con- 
test, which will be held at Natchez. Out of the number of contest- 
ants Messrs. J. T. Lewis and T. M. Lemly were chosen. J. T. Lewis 
represents the Galloway Literary Society and T. M. Lemly the Lamars. 

The committee consisting of Messrs. J. T. McCafferty, W. O. Sad- 
ler, and A. A. Hearst, that was appointed at the last meeting of the 
Sophomore class to arrange a i)rogram for the next meeting has 
posted the following program : — 

1. Oration — "The Sopliomores," by IST. V. Eobbins ; 5 minutes. 

2. Declaration — by S. L. Tidd : 3 minutes. 

3. "Individual peculiarities of the class of '01" — by B. E. 
Eaton ; 10 minuutes. 

4. "The A. B. Course and its Profs"— by L B. Mitchell ; 3 min- 

o. "The B. S. Course of its Profs.— by E. B. Ricketss ; 3 min- 

6. "ChissvSpirit"- by W. O. Sadler; 3 minutes. 

7. An original poem subject " Spring" — by H. O. White; class ])oet. 
The last meeting of The Galloway Literary Society was very 

interesting. At this meeting the S.>ciety adjourned until the Inter- 
mediate Examinations are over. Also at this meeting tlie Society 
elected officers for the next quarter. The officers are as follows: 

T. C. Bradford, President; B. E. Eaton, Vice President; H. P. 


Lewis, Corresponding' Secretary ; A. A. Hearst, Recording Secretary ; 
R. S. Hall, Assistant Secretary, W. L. Daren, Treasurer. 

At the last meeting of the Lamp.r Society the following ofi&cers 
were elected for the third quarter : — 

L. Wall, President; W. W. Holmes, Vice President; M. A- 
Chambers, Recording Secretary ; A. W. Dobyns, Corresponding Sec- 
retary ; J. F. Galloway, Treasurer ; M. H. Brown, Censor, T. W. Hol- 
1 Oman, Doorkeeper; H. T. Carley, Critic. 

Mr. J. R. Bingham of Carrollton, spent the night of the 8th on 
the Campus. 

The hall of the Galloway Literary Society has recently been beauti- 
fied by being ceiled overhead and the walls white coated. 

The Lamar Literary Society will celebrate their sevepth anni- 
versary on the evening of the 14th of April. The following persons 
will serve on that occasion : H. B. Watkins. Anniversariam ; M. H. 
Brown, Orator ; John Sharp Williams, of the 5th Congressional Dis- 
trict, will deliver the annual address. 

Mr. E. C. Simpson of Oaks, visited his brother C. M. Simpson 
during the month. 

The recent cold spell has not checked the students in their work. 
Daring the last quarter they have done excellent work, and now they 
are all, almost without exceptions, prepared for the Intermediate Ex- 
aminations which began on the 17th. 

New students are still entering college even this late in the ses- 
sion, and we expect several to come in about the beginning of the 
second term. 

The seventh anniversary of the Galloway Society will be celebra- 
ted the 12th of May. Those who will represent the Society on that 
occasion are the following: W. E. M. Brogan, Anniversarian ; H. A. 
Jones, First Orator, L. W. Felder, Second Orator. 

All the students say they never saw such little coal, and felt so 
mach cold before. 

Boys don't fail to contribute something to Irwin Russell's monu- 

Professor Swearengen is teaching a class in the Sunday School 
of the First Methodist Church. 

Professor Weber will address the Sunday School Association at 
Lumberton on the subject of "Teachers and Teaching." 

" Irwin Russell" is the subject of a talk by Professor Weber to the 
West Jackson Epworth League to bedelivered next Thursday Evening. 

Holiday Gifts... 

We are showing a complete line of goods suitable for 
holiday gifts. Link Buttons, Scarf Pins, Watch Fobs, 
Cameo Rings, Match Boxes, fine Umbrellas, Brooches, 
Hat Pins, Link Bracelets, Ladies' Rings, and the new 
style Sashes, and dozens of other new novelties. 
We invite you to our store. 

Buck & Holder, 


Lamps for Students 

The student wants a lamp that won't hurt the eyes ; that won't flicker, 
smoke and smell badly. He doesn't care for anything very ornate. 
We have just his kind : Nickle plated, plain designs with best cen- 
tral draft burner, $1.75 and $ii.O(>. Complete with white shade 
student lamps $2.50 and $3.00. 


Our stock of liolida}' goods will catch 5'our eye. 

Walk ill ami TiOok AimhijkI, 




Staple and Fancy Dry Goods, 
Notions and Shoes. 

south state street. 

Toilet Requisites... 

Thete is nothing in this department we do not strive to excel in. 

Tooiii Ihiislies — We sell more than the town combined. 

Hair Brushes and Combs — Any size and style. 

Dentifrices — Every reliable one on the market. 

Face Powders, Colognes, Extracts, Toilet Waters, etc. 

Our Spot Cash system enables us to paralyze competition. 

Chris Herbert, 

Vv^holesale and Retail Drugs, 306 East Pearl Street. 



The Millsaps Collegian 

Vol. I. MARCH, 1899. No. 5. 


You saw with all a poet's keen insight 

The childlike heart of that black, simple folk 

Of whom you wrote ; upon whose necks the yoke 

Of masterdom and service was as light 

As were their hearts upon that Christmas night 
When the shrill violin the echoes woke 
Of the slave quarters ; and the banjo spoke 

Until the happy hours had taken flight. 
Unwitting of the worth until too late, 
The laurel we denied you others gave. 

And alien hands have crowned you poet true ; 
Take now our full allegiance, laureate ! 
The while we deck the earth above thy grave 

With this sole spray of roseleaf and of rue ! 

J. R. Taylor. 



Many i)eoi)le have the false idea tiiat Irwin Russell left no 
writings not in poetry. Comparatively few have ever lieard of his 
prose writings, and fewer still have had tlie pleasure of leading any 
of them. While his, prose writings are f<Mv, yet we find a few in the 
back numbers of some magazines. Perhaps the article most widely 
known is that published in the :N'ew Orleans Times (Anyust 24, 1879) 
entitled, '' Fulton's Seamen: A Lit.^rary Feller in tho Fir men\s 
Fo'kesel and Elsewhere." 

In m. NicJwlas we find three contributions from his pen. In the 
first of these to be con"sidei-ed, "On the Ice" (March, 1877), he drops 
the Negro dialect and gives us a brief sketch of skates and skating 
among- different nations. He seems to be out of his sphere. H 
no longer writes from experience, but from history. His work lacks 
nnity. He fails to give it the same artistic touch that we find else 
where in his writings. In some places he leaves his subject. This is 
especially noticeable when, in stating- the fact that the Dutch were 
the first to introduce skating- in this country, he turns aside to give a 
description of the ship in which they came to this country. Taking 
this as a whole, it is by no means a fair sami)le of his work. 

In his next article, '' Sam's Birthday " (May, 1878), he returns to 
his old style. In this it seems .hat for some time Sam had been 
"eight 3-ears old, gwine on nine." One morin'ng- when he awoke, to 
his great surprise and perplexity, his mother told him that he was 
"nine years old, gwine on ten." This was too much for Sam. An 
explanation was necessary. " I don't know hrtw 't '11 be, son," said 
his mother, " but if you lives long enuf, an' nuifin liai)]>ens, you'll keep 
on habbin a buflfday ebery yeah, wunst a yeah till yon dies. An' 
ebei'y time you has one, son, you'll be one yeah elder." " Fine way 
to git gray-headed," responded Sam, as his mother hastened to the 
kitchen to get Sam's "buffday" breakfast. But too late. "Old 
Bose, the triflinest, meanest dog- in de State ob Claiborne county," got 
in first and had eaten everything-. His mother gives him a holidav 
and sends him to get a friend to. spend the day with him. The Uo 
boys returned in a short time, and having made themselves comfort- 
able, began to plan for the enjoyment of the day. In a few moments 
they were asleep. Sam was in the midst of a pleasant dream, when 
he was rudely awakened by the unwelcome call: " Sam ! Don't you 


liciili 1110, you -lazy Sam! Git up dis iniiiit an' go to tie well fiii- u 
bucket of water, sail, foali I wlioop yon!" "Why, inaniniy," said 
Sam, "you tol' me I needn't do no work, kase it's my buffday." " I's 
been eountin' it u]) agin," said his mother, "an' fouu' out where I 
made a iiiis tigger de fust time, and tallied wrong altogedder. 'Cordin 
to de c''reet calkalation your buffday was one day las^ month. Walk 
artei' dat water ! " 

Ilis third contiibution, "Sam's Four Bits" (August, 187(5), shows 
him in his best light. Here Sam is the happy owner of "fo' bits in 
silbei," the first money he ever owned, a gift from Santy. Never 
before did a half ai)|»ear so important since — 

" David and Goliath went out fur to fight 

Fur nufilin' but a silber half-a-doller ; 
David up with a brick and hit Goliath such a lick, 

Dat de peoi)le ober Jordan heard him holler." 

After gettiug itito trouble several times on account of his money, 
Sam goes to an old well, a favorite resort for him, and takes a seat, 
placing his coiu beside liim. Here he decides how he can best spend 
it. Among a good many other things he decides to buy a mule, a 
sjiot-gun, three or four hogs, some sardines and a harp. In the midst 
of his reveries hiH half-dollar dro])s in the well. Like a true ])hilos- 
opher he walks off, saying, "I don't keer. What's de difference"? De 
ol' fo' bits was more trouble'dan it was wuff, nohow ! " 

In the last two articles Irwin Rus.sell shows himself a complete 
master of tlie Negio dialect, not as some writers wish to make us 
believe it is, but as the Negro himself uses it every day. Nor is this 
all. There is a certain individuality about his works seldom met with 
elsewhere. He seems to write because he enjoyed it. He brings us 
closer to the real Negro than we ever were before. It is not the sub- 
ject we are interested in, but the way in which he treats the subject, 
that causes us to love his stories. T. C. Bradford, '00. 



I knew Irwin Russell, as in '77-'78 his i)]ace in Judge Baldwin's 
office was just across the hall from mine. Irwin and I generally went 
to the postoffice together on the ariival of the Grand Gulf train. One 
morning: as we Avere crossing the street from Person's corner to the 
bank on the way to the postoflQce at Mvson's store, an old time darkey 
came riding by on a good mule. The lider wanted to go up Main 
street, the mule pieferred to take the Rodney road — hence the catas- 
trophe much to our amusement. 

Arriving at the i)ostoflfice, Irwin showed me a letter from some 
elocutionist in New York proposing to pay liberally for a piece for re- 
cital and asked my advice. I told him "Write something and make 
that fool pay for it." We went back to our offices and in less time 
than it has taken me to write this, Irwin read me "Nebuchadnezzar", 
saying that it wasn't worth a cent to him. I said, "This New York 
man's references are all right; send this to him and draw on him for 
$50." This was done, and I got the money and gave it to Irwin in the 
presence of his father. E. R. J. 


Yon, Nebuchadnezzah, whoa, sah, 
Whar is you try in' to go, sah ! 
I'd hab yon fur to know, sah, 

J's a holdin' ob de lines. 
You better stop dat prancin'; 
You's ])owful fond ob dancin' 
But I'll bet my yeah's advancin' 

Dat I'll cure you ob yo' shines. 

Look heah, mule! Better min' out 
Fus' t'ing you know you'll fin' out 
How quick I'll wear dis line out 

On your ugly, stubbo'n back. 
You needn't try to steal up 
An' lif dat precious heel up ; 
You's got to plow dis fiel' up, 

You has, sah, fur a fac'. 


Dar, dafs de way to do it! 
He's comin' rioiit down to it; 
Jes watcli him plowin' troo it! 

Dis nigger ain't no fool. 
Some folks dey wonld 'a' beat him ; 
Kow, dat would only heat him — 
I know jes how to treat him : 

You mus' reason wid a mule. 

He minds me like a nigger. 
If he wuz only bigger 
He'd fotch a mighty figger, 

He would, I tell you ! Yes, sah ! 
See how he keeps a clickin', 
He's gentle as a chicken, 
. An' nebber thinks o' kicken' — 

Whoa, dar ! Nebuchadnezzah ! 

* * * * 
Is dis heah me, or not me ? 
Or is de debbil got me ? ' 
Wuz dat a cannon shot me ? 

Hab I laid heah more'n a week ? 
Dat mule do kick amazin'! 
De beast wuz sp'iled in raisin' — 
But now I 'spect he's grazin' 

On de Oder side de creek. 

*From Poems by Irwin Russell. The Century Co., New York. 


(It is thought proi)er to ])remise that a poem of the period, or 
peiiodii'al ])oem, is a thing that is altogether emotional, and is not 
intended to convey any idea in particular. The fact is well known to 
all who are familiar with the canons of our reconstructed Art of Song; 
but it seems not yet to be fully recognized [or, at least, sufficiently 
admired] by the uncanonical class of readers, who fail to see that High 
Art is identical with High Jinks, and have the bad taste to want but 
little ear below, etc., etc., etc.) 

Let us laugh, haw ! haw ! with the ass; 

Let us weei», oh ! oh ! with the thistle — 
Oh ! oh! haw — wohaw — where goest thou, poet ? 

I go it 
To the muses' singing class 

To whistle, whistle, whistle. 


Notes: 1. Herodotus has nowlieve observed that this animal 
ever laughs, or that he has any jocinid impulses whatever. Poetic 
license, however, is plended in this behalf. 

2. There is indeed no special reason why we should weep ; but 
the first and second lines have to be made anti- anti- anti- spasmodic. 
(Anti si)asmodi(; is good.) 

K B. — Objections to the brevity of this ])oem are not in order, 
although as to other points — for instajice. its lack of adjectives and 
new compound words^ — a demurrer might well be taken. Sliort poems 
are fashionable; and the petty formalities of rhyme and rc^ason having 
been lately declared by the authoririfs to be mei-e useless embroid- 
eries on the fustian of stylish verse, it is quite probable that the 
])oetry of the future will be bi'ietiy expressed in (/estures — like the 
philosophic discussion between Thanmast and Panurge. With these 
few remarks, etc., Irwim Kussell. 


In the ])oetry of very neaily all the old English bards we find the 
same familiar mood. Each is troubled by the pathetic shortness-of 
human life, each shrinks from the thought of deatli, and tries to dis|)el 
it with the ]ialf-desj)airing resolve to enjoy life while it lasts. Robert 
Herrick gives ex])ression to su'-h feelings in his ]>(>eMi,"To Daffodils," 
and others of a similar nature. And as tinu^ rolls on and the middle 
of the nineteenth century is reached, there rises in iMississii)pi of the 
New World one, Irwin Russell, who looks ui)on humanity and recoii- 
nizes that these "Temples of Clay" are moital, and ere many days 
shall have i)assed into oblivi(m; the immortal s])iiits that now inhabit 
them will soon take their depaitnre to that realm whence none have 
returned to reveal its mysteries. Irwin Russell gives cxju'cssion to 
such thoughts in his ])oem entitled, "Herrick." And as he gives to 
one of liis poems the title of "Herrick," one would naturally think 
that there is at least one ])oem in Herrick's collection of poems to 
which Russell's "Herrick" is similar either in rhyme, rhythm or meter. 
But after examining all the i)oems of Herrick to which we have ac(tess, 
we fail to find such a ])oem. Herrick's "To Daffodils" is somewhat 
similar in si)irit, hoMCver, to Russell's "Herrick." 

In comparing Russell with Burns, however, we find a very great 
similarity. For in Russell's " Burns '' he uses the same meter, rhythm 
and rhyu)e that is used very largely by Scotland's i)easant poet. If 
one will take the trouble to examine for one's self, the above asser- 
tion will be found to be true by comi)aring- Russell's " Burns" with 


Burns' '^To Joliii Siiiitli," "Epistle, to Joliii Rankine," and "Answer 
to a Poetic Epistle." Bnt there is yet a still greater likeness between 
our unfortunate Rnssell and Robert Burns. For as Burns has the 
honor of being the first English poet to successfully turn his mind 
from things mythological, and find inspiration for his poems by look- 
ing to nature, aiui thus transform the nature of i>oetry in the Old 
World, so, too, does Irwin Russell stand fortV iu Southern literature 
as being the first to pass by the old English models and find the 
heioes for his ])oems in bis own native land. 

As some of Irwin Russell's poems are looked upon as being fair 
si)eciiiiens of literature, and since they were i)roduced long before tlie 
])riine of life, even, bad been reached, we think we are safe in predict- 
ing that had his life been prolonged, and had he been free from the 
curse of drink, be would have gone to his last resting place with a 
literary monument erected to his memory that would have rivaled the 
greatest writers whom the "muses" have seen fit to assist in mount- 
ing Pegasus. ^ John Tillery Lewis, '09. 


To one who would study the poet Irwin Russell, the indispensable 
aid is the volume of his poems i)ublished by the Century Company of 
New York City. This volume has a three-page eulogistic introduction 
by Joel Chandler Harris. 

Immediately after Russell's death in New Orleans, Catherine Cole 
publislied a letter iu the Times, December 20, giving details of his 
latter d;iys. The article deals with the subject in newspai)er fashion, 
and secured sensational interest at the cost of deep pain to Russell's 
fa mil}". 

The New York CriHc (Octol er 27 and November 3, 1888) has an 
aiticle by Mr. C. C. Marble, a cousin of the Russells. The article is 
full of interesting details as to Russell's, literary life, and contains 
extracts from several important letters. 

In his studies of Southern Writers, Dr. W. M. Baskervill has a 
forty-])age sket(!li of Russell. This paper is in many respects an 
expansion of Marble's article. Dr. Baskervill added somewnat to our 
knowledge, mnking use of information got from Mrs. Russell. 

In the January, 1897, Umversitij Magazine, Mr. W. Lane Austin 
has an ai^preciative study of Russell. Mr. Lane's dependence on 
Baskervill is freely acknowledged, but he, too, had some points made 
clear by surviving friends of the poet. D. M. W. 



Irwin Russell with the true insight and genius of a poet saw an 
inexhaustable vein for the ])oetic miner, in the Southern negro. He 
lived on a Mississippi plantation and saw nnicli of the negro in his 
every day life; his sorrows and his joys ; liis fesiVs and liis sn])ersti- 
tions. He after years of association and critical study of the negro's 
nature said of the race, that ''in sjute of o])pression it has retained 
qualities found in few others under like ciicuuistances. Gi-atitude it 
has always been distinguished for; hospitality and helpfulness have 
always been its natural creed; brutality, considering the ])rodigious 
dei)th of its degradation, is unusual. It does not lack courage, in- 
dnstry, self denial or virtue. Tlie petty vices, it is true, are common, 
and, perhai)s, inevitable, and are| the best assurance of the absence 
of those that are more formidable anddangerous." Russell sought to 
express for the negro what he felt that the negro could not ex])ress 
iiiinsclf. And so through all of his writings -the poet's mind is upon 
the negro himself, upon his life which was so largely irresimnsible 
because of his condition; and the many traits of his/uumy sided 

Dialect was, as a secondare- matter, sim])ly his medium of ex- 
]>ression. He felt that it Avould be a nuisqu'erade to clothe a 'negro's 
ideas in anything but a negro's wjprds. Mr. Joel Chandler Harris has 
said that his dialect is not always the best, that it is often carelessly 
written. A close study of his writings shows that Mr. Harris was 
collect in his criticism, a number of inconsistences may be found. 
He has one man to ])reach a "sermon" and another a "sahmon." 
One negm says "gentleman," anothc' ''gen'l'man, and a third says 
"gemman," and others may be found by sean-hing. 

His dialect was not the same as that of Mr. Hariis, nor of Mr. 
Thos. IS^elson Page. In one of his letters he says of the dialects in the 
South: "That which obtains in the Southwest is the 'Virginia' 
form, which is totally different from the one used in South Carolina, 
Eastern Georgia, etc." 

The different regions were supplied with slaves from different 
parts of Africa, which accounts for the difference in dialect. There 
is a colored man here from Charleston, at whom the other negroes 
laugh, because he talks 'Souf C'lina'." 

^^ Russell's dialect is i)urely that of -the Mississippi negro. He 
made no attempt at another. 


In speaking of Ill's use ot' tlig dialect lie said: "I at least have 
all the advantages of opportniiity — as I have lived long among the 
negroes (as also long enough aivay/rom them to appreciate their pe- 
culiarities) ; understand tlieir^ cliaractei', disposition, language, cus- 
toms, and habits; have studied tliem; and have them continually be- 
fore nie." Russell was one of the juoueers in dialect writing. Tie at 
first was afraid that this class of writing would not "take" well with 
readers and more especially with tbe publishers. Nevertheless he 
was more than repaid for his writing by his inward pleasure with 
what he had done. In writing to a friend of some i)roposed scheme 
he said: "I "shall take m^ little dibble and scratch away on the sur- 
face. Though I may not do more tiian strike 'color,' I shall still 
\vork con amove.'''' 

"Dat gent'man knowed 'bout niggers. 

He couldn' 'a' talked so nachal 

'Bout niggers in strrow and joy, 

Widonten he li;\d a black mammy 

To sing to him ' long ez a boy." 

Russell's insight into nature and "niggers" was such as comes 
from long association. He often laughed at the attempt to display 
the Southern Negro, made by tiie author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin.'? 
He pronounced it a i)owerful book for the purpose in hand, but said 
it certainly did not do thenegrn justice. He had even collected some 
material for a negro novel, in \\iliich he would, had he lived, have por- 
trayed the negro as he knew him. He would have left all politi- 
cal views out of his novel, that he might the more forcibly represent 
the negro character. We can but feel that there is a blank si)ace in 
our literature which his book would have tilled. 

Only one wlio knows the negro, and something of his confused 
ideas of Chronoh>gy can fully appreciate the passage: 

" For N(»ah tuk the 'Herald' an' he read de ribber column " — 
Much more then must Russell have known him, to put such words 
into his month. 

It seems that Russell was never fully reconstructed. He did not 
think the negro responsible in business transactions, and he always 
made him the object of laughter in a law court. His freed man thinks 
"Mahsr Johnny" a "r'al gen'l'man," "an' all de cullud people thinks 
a mighty heap ob him;" but this does not keep him from putting 
rocks in the cotton he tries to sell to "Mahsr Johnnv. " Another 
recommends his dog so highly that he sells him for a dollar, then 
says: ' ^ 

a ******* * An goodness knows de pup 
Isn't wuff de powder it'd take to blow him up." 

One thinks you turn State's evidence "wid a crank," another has 

12 the; millsaps collegian. 

confused idea of what constitutes good citizenship wlien he says: 

" An' ef a man cain't borry wood wliat's layin' out ob nijjhts, 
I'd like fur you to tell me what's the good ob swivel rights.'''' 

He knows the great affinity of a negro for a banjo and for "'pos 
snms," and in his "Christmas night in the Quarters" he tells a very 
clever story to account for this relation. One of his choicest poems, 
"Nebuchadnezzar" shows that he knows the negro's fondness for 
the mule, and that he very clearly saw the relation between the two. 

Russell evidently had attended negio worshiir, no one could 
have written the prayer in "Christmas night in the Quarters," nor 
" A Sermon for Sisters " nor the one on '-Half-way Doins" who had 
not. But the writer's observation has been that the ])reaclier would 
n<>t have told " Bnidder Johnson" to "i)ass aroun' de hat." Negroes 
do not worship that way. Whetlier they wish to be "seen of all 
men," I do not know, but they do carry, each his own contribution, 
and put it on the table with a loud ring. 

But whatever else may be said of his poems, we can say with 
Mr. Harris that "the negro is there, the old-fashioned, unadulterated 
negro, who is still dear to the Southern heart." 

Harris Allen Jones, '99. 


My Dear Sir: 

Irwin Russell will always hold a ])lace in the roll of liteiary genius. 
The memorial you propose may not be needed to lengthen, but it will 
surely widen his fame; and it will help to teach the unheeding that a 
nian who does such work in the field of art is an honor to the c(mntry, 
no less than its sGientists, statesmen and heroes of war. 

I beg leave to enclose a modest contribnticm, and I am 

Very sincerely yours, 

R. W. Gilder. 
My Dear Sir : 

I am heartily in accord with the movement outlined in your let- 
ter, to erect a memorial to Irwin Russell. Perscmally I owe much to 
him. It was the light of his genius shining through his dialect poems 
— first of dialect poems then and still first — that led my feet in the 
direction I have since tried to follow. Had he but lived we should 
have had proof of what might be done with true negro dialect: the 
complement of " Uncle Remus ". 

May I call your attention to Armistead C. Gordon's *dedication of 


"Befo' de War", — the volume he and I published together, — and also 
to my Verses on Irwin Russell "? 

With best wishes for your enterprise, and liat off to Irwin Rus- 
sell's genius, 

I am yours very truly 

Thos. Nelson Page. 

*To the Memory of Irwin Kussell, who awoke the First Bcho. 


Over the meadow there stretched a lane. 
Parting- the meadow in segments twain; 
And through the meadow^ and over the sod 
Where countless feet Iiad before him trod — 
With a wall forever on either hand 
Barring the lane from the meadow-land, 
There walked a' man with a weary face. 
Treading" tlie lane at a steadfast pace. 

On before him, until the eye 

To gauge the distance could no more try. 

To where the meadow embraced the sky, 

The lane still stretched, and the walls still barred 

The dusty lane from the meadow sward. 

He paid no heed to the joyous calls 

That came from men who had leaped the walls — 

Who i)aused a moment in song or jest. 

To hail him '' Brother, come here and rest;" 

For the Sun was marching toward the West, 

And the man had many a mile to go, 

And time is swift and toil is slow. 

The grassy meadows were green and fair 
Be studded with many a blossom rare, 
And the lane was dusty, and dry, and bare; 
But even there, in a tiny shade 
A jutting stone in the wall had made, 
A tuft of clover had lately sprung — 
It had not bloomed for it yet was young — 
The spot of green caught the traveler's eye. 
And he plucked a sprig, as he passed by; 
And then, as he held it, there came a thought 
In his musing mind, with a meaning fraught 
With other meanings. 


"All, look!" saidlio, 
"The spray is one— and its leaves are three, 
A symbol of man, it seems to me, 
As he was, as he is, and as he will be! 
One of tlie leaves points back, the way 
That I have wearily walked today ; 
One points forward as if to show 
The long, hard journey I've yet to go; 
And the third one points to the oronnd below. 
Time is one, and Time is three; 
And the sign of Time, in its Trinity — 
Past, Present, Future, together bonnd 
In the simplest grass of the field is found ! 
The lane of life is a dreary lane 
Wliose course is over a floweiy plain. 
Who leaps the walls to enjoy the flowers 
Forever loses tlie wasted hours. 
The lane is long, and the lane is bare, 
^Tis tiresome ever to journey there; 
But on forever the soul must wend — 
And who can tell where the lane will end ? " 

The thought was given. Its mission done, 
The grass was cast to the dust and sun ; 
And the sun shone on it, and saw it die 
With all three leaves turned toward tlie sT^y. 
^ ' Irwin Russell 

i nnted for the first time in Decei.Mber (LS98) Birda. 


During the yellow fever epidemic in Port Gibson in 1878, through 
the whole of which he was a devoted nurse, Irwin Russellread for the 
h.-st time Shelley's Peter Bell, in which occurs what he declared to be 
an absolutely accurate description of the efPects of the yellow fever : 

came a spasm, 

And wrenched his gnashing teeth asunder; 

Like one who sees a strange phantasm 

He lay, — there was a silent chasm 
Between his upper jaw and under. 

And yellow death lay on his face, 

And a fixed smile that was not human 
Told .... that he was gone. 


From one of Russell's letteis: To descend to homely plirase, I 
may grind out in verse, perhaps, the conclusions I have arrived at — 
and I bethink me of an ancient and beautiful air, quite fittinfj thereto : 

You'll tind in i>luck nnd patience, be your cares soever great, 
A ])air of leather breeches to oppose the kicks of Fate : 
So don't sit down and say ' I can't,' but pet to work and try — 
Thf^ only true philosophy is Root Hog" or Die! 

_sFrom a letter of Oct. 5, 1877 ^ It occurs to me to w: ite a negro novel. 
It is a thing entirely new — nobody has ever tried it. Xegro lovers — 
negro preachers — negro literary and malexolent 'sieties — negro saints 
and negro sinners — think what mines of humor and pathos, plot and 
character, sense and nonsense, are here awaiting development ! I shall 
take my little dibble and scrat(;h away on the surface. Though I may 
not do more than strike * color,' I sliall still work con amove. I will at 
least have the advantages of opportunity — as I have lived long- among" 
the negroes (as also long- enough away from them to appreciate their 
pe(^uliarities); understand their character, disposition, language, cus- 
toms, and habits; have studied them; and have them continually be- 
fore me. I shall begin immediately, and I think I can finish the man- 
uscript in sixty days. 

It really seems odd that nothing of the kind has yet been at- 
tempted Nothing ever has, that I know of. 'Uncle Tom's Cabin', 
iwwerfully written as it is, gives no more true idea of negro life ai'd 
character than one could get from the Nautical Almanac — ^and, like 
most other political documents, is quite the reverse of true in almost 
every respect. The book I purpose making" shall be true, if notliing 
else that is good, and ])olitics shall have no part in its substance or its 
spirit. There is another ])oint that is novel, in an American novel. 

* * * Please tell me your opinion of the plan — your genuine 
opinion — for I know that every man in his humor humors himself. 
Adam no doubt, thought he had the best garden in the world; and 
thought of Eve as A. Ward did of Mh wife: 'As a slap-jackist ' she 
has no ekal. She wears the Belt.' As our heads and hearts are still 
of the oldest ])attern, and 

Sae])e solet similis Alius esse patri 
Et sequitur leviter filia matris iter, 

it is quite likely I am counting thirteen i»ence in a shilling, according 
to the immemorial custom of our grandfathers — and theirs. 

Mr. Russell was not without certain peculiarities of person and 
teiiii)erament. His disposition was remarkably gentle, his voice low 
and musical, and his smile exceedingly winning, with an indescribable 
expression of sadness and resignation. His hair and complexion weje 
light. * *. * * His carriage was erect, with a slight stoop of the 
shoulders and inclination of the head, and he walked with a swinging- 
gait, apparently gazing afar off, his long arms dangling by his side. — 
C. C. Marble in the Critic. 


Editor G. W. Healey m rites of Kussell in lii.s paper, the Jefferson 
Buzz -Saw : 

The subject of this sketch is one of the writer's earliest recollec- 
tions. He made friends of everyone, especially the children, and fre- 
quently took the \Yriter on his knee to amuse him with some story, of 
which he always had a full suiiply. Perhaps he wound them from his 
own imagination; they always delighted, and though the stories them- 
aelves have been dissipated by intervening yeais, the kindly face and 
cordial manner of the great i)oet remains still securely embalmed in 
memory, thongii the editor was but a child of five years when Irwin 
Russell last fed his ears on the bon mots of a fertile brain. 

The following facts are given by a kinswoman of Irwin Rnssell: 
He knew his letters well at eighteen months, and read as well as a 
grown ])erson when he was four years old. He began school at eight 
and entered tlie University of St. L(Miis when ha was twelve; was 
graduated at sixteen and admitted to the bar at nineteen^ He was 
very musical, playing the ])iano quite well by ear, and was a fine 
banjo player — the best in the State, I have heard. His talent for 
diawing was remarkable. * * * * He had the kindest heart, the 
gentlest and most sen^iitive nature, combined with the most remark- 
able mind I have ever known, and was ])erfectly fascinating to me as 
a child, telling" the most wonderful stories imaginable — full of quaint 
humor and i)oetic fancy. 

A well-known Mississippi lawyer writes of Russell's law studies 
He never had a case in court; he was n student of law and clerk in 
Judge Baldwin's office, who was one of the best convey,ancers and did 
a large amount of real-estate business at that time. Xo doubt the 
quick, active mind of Russell soon caught on to Judge Baldwin's 
methods of conveyancing, and I myself have known of Russell draw- 
ing the deeds in lieu of Baldwin. 

/ " When he wrote ' Christmas iS^ight in the Quarters,' he took the 
/ manuscri|)t to .^lajor .1. S. Mason, the vencraUU^ editor of the Port 
Gibson Reveille, for publication in his paper. The next day ^lajor 
^ Mason returned it with the remark that it was too long for his ])ur- 
\ ])Oses. Russell th^n sent it to Scribner\s (now the Century) Maffazine, 
and they not only published it, but immediately engaged to take 
everything he would send them, and I believe afterwards made him 
editor of that department of their magazine. Major Mason appreci- 
ated to the fullest the merit of the i)oem after its ])ublicatiou, and the 
genius of the author, but he told a kinsman of mine, who related the 
story to me, that he did iu)t ]>ublish the ])oem in the Reveille wlien 
Russell first submitted it because he thought there was nothing in it. 
Fortunate, indeed, and most remarkable, too, for IMason was himself 
no mean wiiter and delineator of Negro character. Surely Russell's 
good angel was present when he read that nuinuscrii)t and beclouded 
his usually bright and lucid mind. Had he published the ])oem in the 
jBem//e no one ])erhaps beyond the circle of Russell's friends would 
ever have read it, and the spark of his matchless genius would have 
'flashed in the ])an.' " — Extract from a private letter from one of Mis- 
sissippi's most distinguished public officials. 


Vol. I. MARCH. 1899. No. 5. 



H. B. \V ATKINS'. Editor-iu-Chief 

W. H. FiTzHuGH (B. A., '97) Alumni Editor 

H. T. CarlEY Literary Editor 

G. L. Harrei.1. Y. M. C. A. Editor 

M. H. BjioWN Exchange Editor 

A. A. Hearst Local Editor 

C. M. Simpson Assistant Local Editor 

E. H. Galloway, Business Manager ; 

T. C. Bradford, B. E. Eaton, C. A. Alexander, Assistants. 

All remittances should be sent to E. H. Galloway, Business Manager. Also all orders for subscriptions, 
extra copies tr any other business commm ication. 

All matter designed for publication should be addressed to H. B. Watkins, editor-in-chief. 

Issued the 25th of each month during the College Year. 

Subscription Price, Per Annum, $1,00. Two Subscriptions, Per Annum, $1 50. 


AYe clieerfnlly dedicate this issue of The Millsaps Collegian 
to tlie ineinory of Irwin Russell feeling sure that Miasiesippians are 
very iiiuch interested in him attbis time. And rightly so! The story 
of hisViliort life— which has become well known to us all — and the 
brightness of his genius are well calculated to excite our keenest in- 
terest. And then the spirit which prompts tliis honor and at- 
tention which he is receiving just now is by all means a healthful one. 
That Mississipi)i does i)ut a premium on mental attainments and lit- 
erary talents; that she does find a place in her heart for ability out- 
side of her material wellfare are facts which we should realize with 

That the old South must pass away; that with the passing of 


the years many of our best loved attributes and characteristics as a 
peoplemust be encroached ui)on,are facts which we realize with regret. 
But that these shall live in the sonjis of our poets; that the mem- 
ories of the old South, of the Southern planter within liis mansion on 
the Mississippi, of the i)lantation negro within liis cabin in "the quar- 
ters," shall be ])reserved iji the songs of our -'Rnssells" are thoughts 
and hoi)es which we entertain with joy. 

Let the youth of our land be brought to realize the value of such 
genius as that of Eussell in preserving those old Southern customs 
and traditions which are dear to our hearts and Avhi(th no thoughtful 
Sontherncr would willingly see forgot ; U't onr ])eoi>le realize tliat 
there are other fields save those commercial and |K>litical in which 
they nuiy use their talents and bring honor u[)on their State; let them 
know that the poet will receive a [)lace in our hearts along with 
statesman and ahmg with the jurist and we shall have many to sing 
songs of our Southland and to give to Mississippi a fair place in 
American literature. Let Mississipi)ians realize that so far from 
looking upon them as cranks and worthless idlers Mississii)pi lionors 
and i)rizes her poets. 

We believe that a part of our Magazine each month should be 
devoted to fiction. That there are those amotig us who have within 
them the talent of doing such writing we do not doubt. Now most 
students are apt to look on this as such an especial accomplishment 
that they will not dream of attempting it themselves. Now the thing 
to do is to try it. Sit down in the quiet of your room some time dur- 
ing this pretty s[)ring season and write us out on i)aper the little ro- 
mance you have Had stored away in >our mind so long. It is there 
and you have thought of writing it for a long time. Let'sliave it now ! 
The fact that there is a thread of love running through it is no especial 

In order to devote the space to Irwin Russell our Y. M. C. A. 
and Exchange departments are omitted in this issue of The Col- 



Altliougli Millsaps Colleg:e lias never been allowed to take part in 
inter-collegiate sports, she is not at all behind in athletics. In '95 the 
first regular field-day was held, and every year since then these occa- 
sions have been very important ones of the college session. And as 
the time for another of the annual field-days is drawing near, no doubt 
there are those who would like to know something of such occasions 
in the past. 

It can be said truly that as an average Millsaps can show as good 
records as any otlier Southern college. Then when the facilities for 
these sports are taken into consideration the results are excellent. In 
the fiist i)lHce there is no regular track, but an uneven driveway around 
the main building is used for this i)urpose. This is a very great draw- 
back, for the road is either too hard or too rough to make any kind of 
time on. Then the participants in the exercises have never shown the 
proper spirit in training for them. No system is followed and they 
have nearly always waited until within a few days of the appointed 
time before they began to practice. Then when the time does come 
they are so sore and used up that they probably do not do as well as 
they did while training. Such a condition of things should not exist. 
While Millsaps may not have a cinder track or a trainer, if the pro])er 
time is put in on what slie does have the results will be much better 
than tliey have been. Tliere is just as good material for athletics in 
Millsaps as in any other college, and all it needs is the proper work to 
bring it out. And if the l)oys will take a little more interest in it than 
they have done this field day can be made to suri)ass any that has yet 
been lield. 

Following is given a table containing the best records yet made, 
also the records of '97 It lies with you whether or not those for '99 
will be better or worse: 

EVENT. '97. '98. 

100 yard dash Eex Jordan, 0:11 1-5 Wharton Green, 0:10 2-5 

220 yard dash Eex Jordan, 0:25 Unbroken 

440 yard dash Wharton Green, 0:57 Wharton Green, 0:55 3 4 

1 mile run Wharton Green, 5:40 Wharton Green, 5:30 

Patting 10 lb. shot .G.M.Birdsong,32ft.8in..G. M. Birdsong, 35 ft. 
Throw. 1 61b. ham'r ...A. H. Cauthen, 72ft. 4 in. ...Unbroken 


EVENT. '97. 'OS. 

Pole vault H. B. Lilly, 8 ft. 9 in Unbroken 

Staiidii.gliigli jninp.L. E. Alfoid, 4 ft. 2 in W. West, 4 ft. ?> 1-2 in. 

Staiidins" broad jiiiiK.W. S. Lenoir, 9 ft. 9 3-4 in.. Unbroken 
Running high junii)..A.H.Cauthen,4ft.ll 1-2 in. Unbroken 
Runningbroad jnnip.S. G. Green, 18ft. 8 3-4in... .Unbroken 

120yd. Hurdle race...J.H.Hollomjm, 0:19 sec F. Hollonian, 0:18 3-4. 

Wharton Green, '98. 

Lines in memory of a brother, Soule Cannon, Private Co. E, 3rd 
Miss. Vols; who, while returning- to his command at Albany, Ga., 
was stri(;ken with i)neumonia and died at Selma, Ala; Jan'y 5th, '99. 


Companion spirit of my soul. 

Why liHSt thy brother left 
On earth's dai U shores of dismal doubt 

Of jteace and Joy bereft ! 


But thou hpst gained that better <'lime 

Where grief and ])ain ne'er come. 
Where dwell the saints, freed from earth's time, 

In Truth's eternal home. 


Then teach me. Brother, how to bear 

Thy ])recious being's loss; 
How to' forget my dark despair; 

How bear my (^rushing cross. 


Thy country's bugle — call to arms 

In Freedom's holy name 
Awoke within thy tender breast 
'* The patriot's martial flame. 

Quick to the ranks of Freeedom's sons, 

Thy zealous footsteps led, 
For mankind's righteous cause prepared 

Thy precious blood to shed. 



A fmv short inoiitlis^ a soldier true, 

Her chosen soil you trod ; 
Wlieu thou wert called from earth's review 

To the muster of thy God. 


No more reveille's stirriuji' blast 
Shall break thy inoin's rejtose; 

Foi- thou has triumidied o'er the last, 
The Chief of all man's foes. 


Now Resurrection's sweeter note 

To morn of bliss awakes ; 
AVhiie o,er the soul in glory clad. 

Heaven's radiant sunlight breaks. 


Then rest, dear brother, in that land 
Where wars and strife are o'er, 

Where dwell that brave and chosen band 
On Virtue's shining shore. 

Wrapt in the folds of Freedom's flag. 

Thy corpse in earth remain; 
While thy brave spirit meets with those 

Of deeds and endless fame. 

R. Lee Cannon. 



Mr. " Delegate " Teat, '98. Principal of Brookliaveii Higli Scliool, 
paid liis friends at Millsaps a visit lust wef^k. 

Will Hall, of Meridian, was on the camims a few days since. 
Hall 's a lawyer now. 

" Who were the Amazons?" asked the teacher in the Virgil class 
some days since. "O, they live down here in South America," was 
the ready reply of a bright junior, who is still wondering what 
was in that to laugh about. 

The Kappa Sigma Fraternity held its annual alumni banquet at 
the Lawrence House on the evening of the 11th. Quite a number of 
alumni were present, a delightful menu was served, and an altogether 
fine time was enjoyed by all. 

The following are the members of the Sophomore class who have 
been selected by the faculty to contest for the oratory medal at com- 
mencement: Messrs. Browning, Clark, McCafferty, Mitchell, Sadler, 
Robbens, White, Whitfield. 

President J. W. Chambers, of Whitworth Female College, was 
with ns at chapel on the morning of the 15th. We were convinced at 
first sight that Mr. Chambers is the biggest college ])resident in the 
State. Moreover, we were very much delighted with his talk, but we 
very much dcmbt whether he would say that before his girls at Whit- 
worth That's all right, Piesident. We w(m't tell ! O, no! 

Millsaps has contributed 135.00 to the Irwin Russell monument 

Dr. Steel delivered his famous lecture, " Home Life in Dixie," in 
Belhaven chapel on the evening of the 10th, for the benefit of the Y. 
M. C. A. at Millsaps. The lecture is a grand one, and was highly 
enjoyed. iMoreover, quite a considerable sum was realized for the 
association hall. 

It is wonderful what an influence Dr. Murrah has over the boys. 
Did you notice with what readiness they accepted his assurances that 
"the girls wouldn't hurt you" at Belhaven the other night, and how 
quickly they moved up to those front seats? 


Messrs. W. L. Duren, W. M. Bnie, A. Thoini>son, J. B. Howell, A. 
J. McLaunn, W. A. Williams, J. H. Grice and W. T. Eodfters are the 
Freshmen chosen by the faculty to contest for the Oscar Kearney 
Andrews declamation medal at commencement. 

. At its last meeting the Galloway Literary Society drafted resolu- 
tions of sympathy for Mi-. E. Lee Cannon, '00, who had been called 
home on account of the death of his brother, Mr. Soule Cannon. 

Dr. W. B. Murrah will deliver the annual address for the Hatties- 
burg- Eigh School on the 27th of April. 

On March 3 1st Prof. W. L. Weber will address the Epwortli 
League of the First Methodist Church on "The New Southern Romant- 

Professor Bailey was called from college to Winona a few days 
ago, to see his sick mother. He has returned, the condition of his 
mother being much improved. 

The annual Y. M. C. A. sermon will be preached here on the night 
of June 18th, by the Eev. Dr. ^Y. T. Boiling, of Shreveport, La. 

Dr. Murrah has recently had placed in his office several pictures, 
all of which will be noticed with much interest by the students. Just 
above the mantel therb is a group of tlie members of the General Con- 
ference of 1898. On the western wall there is a group of Southern 
Methodist College Presidents. On the northern wall are portraits of 
Presidents Harper of the University of Chicago, Oilman of Johns 
Hoi)kins, and Eliot of Harvard. 

The Junior class, and also the Sophomore class, have organized, 
facli a base-ball team. Of the Junior class team, W^ T. Clark is cap- 
tani ; of the Sophomore class team, J. W. McNair is captain. Both of 
ihese teams have been on the field and have shown much enthusiasm 
n the plays. As yet the Freshman class has only a contemplated 
)rgjinization ; but we do not hesitate to say that the Freshman class 
y<\n i)]ay ball even tcith the Seniors. 

Our commencement sermon and literary address will be delivered 
>y Bishop Chandler on the 18th and 19th of June, respectively. 

Our Annual Field Day will be celebrated on the campus in April. 
Che day is yet to be selected. The program is as follows: Hundred 
'ards dash ; 220 yards dash ; 440 yards dash ; 1 mile run ; 220 yards 
lurdlerace; putting the shot; running broad jump; standing broad 
limp; running high jump; standing high jump; pole vault. 

On the 20th of Apiil, at Natchez, before the Mississippi Historical 


Society, Prof. Weber will read a paper on Irwin Russell, " First- 
fruits of the Southern Romantic Movement." 

The Senior class has organized a base-ball team, with Mr. J. T. 
Lewis, captain; G. L. Harrell, manager; J. P. Wall, treasurer. 

Mr. Will A. Jordan, of Jackson, has presented to Alpha Mii chap- 
ter of Kappa Alpha Fraternity a very handsome crayon pi<'ture of 
Lieut. Richmond Pearson Hobson. Mr. Jordan is art teacher in the 
Deaf and Dumb Institute in this city. 

Many of the boys attended the pupils' recital at Belliaven on the 
evening of the 17th. The entertainment was splendid and was greatly 

The officers who will serve theY. M. C. A. during the coining year 
are: W. T. Browning, President; T. M. Lemly, Vice President; T. 
W. Holloman, Recording Secretary; G. R. Bennett, Corresponding 
Secretary; E. B. Ricketts, Treasurer. 

Drummers have ever been looked upon as champions when it 
comes to telling yarns, but there is no reason why they should be 
placed beyond the college boy in proficiency in this line. The readi- 
ness with which a college boy can invent a yarn in order to go the 
other fellow "one better," is remarkable, and would furnish a source 
of much interesting matter to a careful observer. The editor of 
The Collegian had his attention called to this fact by a 
series of yarns told by a crowd of students gathered in one 
fellow's room, just after supper, some evenings since. The country 
boys had the floor and the subject was " Mules." One fellow started 
it by saying his father had a mule which could jump any fence in the 
world; the second fellow said tliat was nothing, that a certain mule 
Uelonging to his^father always jumped idumb over his stall whenever 
he had finished eating; the third fellow said his father's mule didn't 
have to jumj) — he could kick down any fence he came to; and the 
fifth fellow said his mule could not only kick down any fence he came 
to, but after getting over could kick it back up again; and the sixth 
fellow said that his father had a mule which had the bad habit of 
running his neck through whatever gate he came to, and of lifting it 
off the hinges. He said that there were three gates between his 
father's stable and a certain cornfield, and that many a morning he had 
found his mule in that field with all three gates hung to his neck. Or, 
in other words, that he could go all the "gates" and always "kept 
the 'gate' he got." The others passed. 

The Millsaps Collegian 

Vol. I. APRIL, 1899. No. 6. 


iSTathanibl Vick Robbins. 

. A beniitifii] sniisliiny day. The azure lined canopy of Heaven 

^looked down upon the beauty and majesty of IsTature. There obtained 

a perfect tranquility save the tree to])s who warbled tl.ieir feelings 

into notes of sAveet harmony and listened as if with delight to 

hear them taken np by hill after hill, and reverberated in musical 

cadence. That was a. beautiful scene on the farm in the Shenandoah 

'Valley. But notwithstanding- this beatitude of nature and the corres- 

r ponding- effect upon the higher Creatures of Creation, the old farm 

■ was enve]<>])ed iii a feeling of sadness. 

Preparations were being made for "Marse Will" to be driven 

away to the Station house three miles away whence he was to speed 

away to College. At the Jennings home, notwithstanding the recog-- 

, nition on the ])art of his relatives of the importance of sending Will 

■ to college, at'd the exhilerated spirit, the brave boy manifested, there 
V was a feeling- of »sadness and sorrow that pervaded everyone. As the 
.time drew nearer and nearer for the idol of that home to depart these 

feeling's became the more intense. 

At last Mr. Jennings called liis son and went with him into the 
lii)rary where his mother sat almost motionless. 

And as they told the dear boy of the limitless possibilities that 
were his, of the grand opjiortunity that was before him and the dan- 
gers tliat pcnchance would beset him ; tears were seen trickling dowm 
his handsome face — he too felt the gravity of tlie situation. 

"My son, "said Mr. avoicemusical but emotional, "upon 
your extntious depend the future greatness and honor of our name. 
\ ours is the power to make it illustrious, and may God help you to 
win success." Much was expressed in this sentence, which took 
root in th;it young heart. 

" Fathei," said he, " I have long realized that the power is mine 

. to preserve the glory and honor which cluster about our name. — I 

hav^e had the immortal spark of ambition planted in my bosom — I 

: realize that tlie future has something in kee]>ing for me, and towards 

tlie attainment of this shall I direct my efforts." 

At this i^oint the colloquy ended, and Sarah having announced 
that dinner was ready, all repaired to the dining room. 

The topic of conversation was the dei)arture of Will for college. 
Every one predicted easy sailing for the boy but the father vrisejy 
shook his head. He, 'tho he himself had never experienced the years 
of coPege life knew that success was not a surety, but something to 
^ be achieved by dint of assiduous work. The time had now arrived 
"and everytiiing was ready for the departure, and sad, sad adieus said, 
kisses given and received, and then the old farm had become dimmer 


and dimmer in the tlie distance until now by a sudden turn in the 
road the liome of his childhood was out of sight. 

Oh, the inexpressible feelings that possesses one when he leaves 
for some time the home of his childhood days, of his lovely simplicity, 
the place hallowed by a thousand sacred memories, the ha])i)iest and 
most sublime spot on earth. As he rode onward he revolved in his 
mind many times the words of his loving mother and father wliich 
rang- in his ears with sweet melody. 

The possibility of their son's being able to take a college course 
had been entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Jennings for some time, but 
uy) to this time there had been no materialization. But now that the 
Squire had been seen in the village and had kindly advancjed tlie 
money necessary therefor, th ir fondest ho])es were realized. 

The Jennings were one of the most aristocratic families in that 
section. Indeed the bravery and daring of Henry Jennings were 
often alluded to as an incentive for the indolent yontli of the vicinity. 

And as to the subject of our sketch there was no more kind and 
genei-ons a boy in the United States than William Jennings. 

He was a "lad of i^arts" and was known for many miles aiound, 
while his deeds of benevolence and mercy claimed for him a shrine in 
every true heart. 

The good old dames of the community delighted to talk about 
him and to see him as he majestically rode by on his beautiful black 
horse. In the social cir(;le, made up of the lads and lasses of that 
vicinity, this boy was the chara(;ter around whom everything seemed 
to center. Indeed 'twas not many nights before that, a farewell 
dance had been given him and he was the most i)opalar young man 
in the dance, in that stately mansion of old Squire Thomas. And in 
the promenades that were on the long winding balconies, the maidens 
vied with each other to look the sweetest and i)e his ])artner. There 
was one there too who seemed to charm the young man with her maj- 
esty, beauty and queenliness, to attract his attentions in no small 
degree. May Keaton was indeed the object of his attention. Will 
had loved her since their childhood. They had been reared together. 
1'hey had heard sung each others lullabies. They had listened together 
to the old familiar mill stone as it made its ])eculiar noise. They 
had laughed ovl^r each other's joys and wept over each other's sor- 
rows. And now after these long years of friendship and love, they 
were to be separated. 

How many times had this amorous pair walked and talked in tlie 
twilight ■? How oft had they roamed over the mountains in search .)f 
wild flowers and of honey ? 

Having entered somewhat into the personality of our hero, »\ e 
think it not amiss to attempt a descrii)tion, inadequate as it must i)e, 
of our heroine. May Keaton was in many respects a girl of striking- 
personality. She was a girl of, we may say, extraordinary intelli- 
gence; of a somewhat eccentric dis[)osition : A girl bright eye 
and piercing countenance would claim one's attention, but one of those 
persons whose eccentricities cause people to misunderstand them and 
underestimate their genuine worth. She had, as we have learned, be- 
fore been almost the constant companion of the boy ; she had few 
other associates. 

May was an omnivorous reader, and for one of her age a profound 


thinker. In these resjiects slie corresponded to Will. 

The neifjhborliood in wliicli these yonng- i>eople lived, while not a 
h'teraiy one in tiie strict sense of the word, had some personages who 
ke])t n\) with the works of merit and formed then)selves into a qnasi 
literary club, and as tiie foremost members of this clnb we introdnce 
Mr. Will -lemiings and Miss May Keaton. 

And at the dance that niaht he again beheld his devoted one. He 
had called on her several afternoons before and made his farewell 
visit, and if there were ever moments in the yonng man's life in which 
feelings of snblimity held sway, it was the time when they sat to- 
gether in the old arbor, an amorons coni)le whose heart longings pal- 
pitated in a long embiace. They had talked of the contents of the 
f ntnre and other things of mntnal interest. And lastly she had wished 
him the greatest snccess, and reqnested him to be tiaie to himself as 
ever and win the distinction, that was in his power. With these words 
ringing in his ears he sadly wended his way homeward. 

The town paper, which was pnblished in Leeville, five miles away, 
in a most comi)limentary manner s])oke of the departnre, and with tlie 
limited verl)osity of a conntry editor, wish d " mnch and great snc- 
cess," Bnt this is incidental to onr narrative and is entitled to no 
moi-e of the reader's attention. 

'I'lie carriage sped aw^ay over hill and valley, and in the distance 
conld be seen the S])ire on the old station-honse. The road was lined 
with crowds of colored brethren coming from the settlement, singing 
merrily as they sanntered along-. "Dare goes Marse William. Well 
bless my honey, if he haint got his trnnk with him. 'Spose he's gwine 
perspecting." " He's gwine to kollige, Miss Simpkins," spoke up a 
long dnsky and dusty cotnplexioned creature, looking- over his spec- 
tacle^^ in somewhat of a patronizing air. He was the settlement school 
teacher, the personification of love, who was looked upon with a ven- 
eration not unmingled with fear. There is a marked tendency among 
the negroes to indulge in superstitions of almost every nature. " Well, 
well, well," said Miss Violet, as she sheepishly cast her ebony hued 
oi)tics toward the youthful pedagogue. 

IsTumerous colloquies of this nature might have been heard, but 
the station has b en reached, and the young "perspecter" in the field 
of knowledge alighted from the carriage. ( )ld Uncle Josiah, the driver, 
])roudly follows his young friend, and stands on the platform as the 
train steamed away with that boy, and then silently and sorrowfully 
he wended his way homeward. 

Mr. Jennings returned earlier than usual from the field that 
evening, and with his ])ipe in his mouth he sat in silent reverie. Mrs. 
eTennings was in the library engaged in her household duties, but there 
was an ever pervasive sadness that seemed to envelope the place. 
On the train moved emitting its curling masses of smoke and the 
puffs rang out a noise that w^as taken up by hills and vales and re- 
verberated o'er and o'er again in the evening air. Then the shades of 
twilight darkened into the shadows of night and before long Will 
Jennings was dreaming dreams of his future. 

In the morning the huge Iron horse rolled into Princeton. 

(To Be Continued.) 



Demosthenes, the subject of this sketch, was born at Athens, in 
384 B. C. He, like many other gr^^at characters, was born of humble 
parentage. His father dying when Demosthenes was only seven 
years old, left his son a small inheritance, only one seventli of wliich 
he received, the rest having been seized by his avaricious guardians. 
While very young he struggled painfully to become an orator. He is 
related to have declaimed while running up hill, to have spoken with 
his mouth filled with pebbles, in order to cure stammering, the great 
defect in his speech, and to liave spoken near the roaring waves, that 
he might become accustomed to confusion and tumult. He soon be- 
came a professional writer of speeches and pleas for the courts, some- 
times speaking himself. Demosthenes' whole life is a contest with 
Philip of Macedon — the ablest champion of Greeek freedom against 
its craftiest enemy. 

But as Demosthenes said, " If the Macedonian had not existed, the 
Athenians would have created one for theuiselves,^' for Athens lia-d 
long been suffering from a decay of public spirit. 

Politics were managed by a small band of j^oliticians. Years 
before the danger from Macedonia was urgent, Demosthenes had be- 
gun the work of his life — the effort to lift the spirit of Athens, to 
revive the old loyalty. 

He began his public career in 355 B. C, at the age of twenty- 
nine, by speaking in denunciation of the corrupt system of public 
affairs at Athens. In 354 B. C, when Athens desired to go to war 
with Persia, Demosthenes pointed out the danger and extreme folly of 
such an act. He declared that the navy must be increased before 
any war could be carried on successfully. The same piactical pre- 
cision is a striking feature in all of the political speeches of Demos- 

Two years later he deals with a more definite foreign policy. 
Sparta was threatening Megalopolis, and both sent embassies to Ath- 
ens. Demosthenes suijported Megalopolis. He claimed that the 
ruin of Megalopolis would mean Spartan domination, and he was 
strongly opposed to the tyranny of any one city. But a few years 
later, Demosthenes had to face a much graver question. 

For six years Athens had been at war with Philip of Macedon, 
and he had been uniformly successful. Finally he had shown designs 


aoaiiist the Olyntliian Confederation. Tlien it was tliat Demosthenes 
uttered the Philippics. The first Pliilippic was delivered in 351 
B. C, and the tliird-^the latest of his extant political speeches — in 
341 B. C. Between these dates, he delivered 8 political speeches, 
seven of wliicli directly concerned Philip. The whole number falls 
under two divisions. The first division comprises those speeches 
which were delivered while Philip was a foreign enemy, threatening- 
from without. Such are the first Philippic and the Olynthiaos. 
The second division comprises those against Philip after the su- 
]neinacy of Macedonia w^as recognized at Athens, and when the con- 
flict was now between the Athenian and Macedodian factions- 
Demosthenes in his first Philippic declares that something must be 
done to check the victorious career of Phi Hi), and that it must be 
done with a plan. 

It was now (352) three years since the Olynthians had Sbut an 
embassy to Athens to make peace. 

In 350 an Olyntliian embassy had sought and obtained Athenian 
aid. The first Olynthiac declares that the war with Philip has come, 
and that one force must be sent to defend Olynthus, and another to 
attack Philip The second Olyntliiac claims that the strength of 
Pliilij) is underrated, and that Athenians must meet that strength 
with equal energy. 

The third Olynthiac carries us into the midst of action, and 
urges that tlie fund set apart for festivals he used for the war. But 
the hour of Olyntiius had indeed come. A few months later it, with 
the other towns of the Confederation was destroyed. Finally, when 
Philip was sui)reme in i>ower, Demostiienes was the embodied energy 
of Athens. Although his cause was lost his works were not fruit- 
less. In 336 B. C, Ctesiphon ])roposed that the State present Demos- 
thenes with a golden crown in return for his services. To prevent 
this ])r()]K)sition from being adopted, Aeschines, a rival of Demos- 
thenes, gave notice that he intended to proceed against" Ctesiphon for 
pr(»i)osiug an unconstitutional measure. Aeschines delivered the ora- 
tion "Against Ctesiijlion,'" which was an attack on the whole public 
life of Demosthenes. In reply, Demosthenes gained an overwhelm- 
ng victoiy for himself and for the honor of Athens, in the most fin- 
islu^d, the most splendid, and the most pathetic work of ancient elo- 
quence, the immortal oration " On the Crown," Aeschines was com- 
pletely overwhelmed, and was banished to Rhodes. 

Alexander died in 323 B. C, and the voice of Demosthenes rang 
out like a trumi)et, calling Greece to arms. 

In the Lamian war which followed, with Antipater, the Macedon- 
ian general, the Greeks were disastrously defeated, and Antipater de- 
manded that Demosthenes, who was the soul of the movement, should 


be given up. Demosthenes fled to Calauria, ofl the coast of Argolis. 

In this isle he sought refuge in a temple of Poseidon, but he was 
soon hunted down by the troops of Antipater. Archias, the leader 
of the soldiers, tried with flattering words to persuade Demosthenes 
to surrender himself, assuring him of the mercy of Antipater. Dem- 
osthenes first desired a moment in which to write to his friends. 
Withdrawing into the inner j^art of the temple, he took out a roll of 
paper, put the pen to his mouth and bit it, as it was his custom in 
composing. Then he threw his head back and drew his cloak over it. 
The soldiers began to taunt him for his cowardice. Arcbias aj)- 
proached him and encouraged him to rise. By this, time Demos- 
thenes felt that the poison which he had sucked from his pen was 
beginning to have its effect. He moved toward the door calling on 
the soldiers to support his tottering steps. He fell before the altar 
of the god, and with a groan, ex])ired. 

The glory of Deiaostheiies is that, while he lived, he helped Ath- 
ens to live a higher life. 

In this man artistic genius was united with moral enthusiasm 
and mental ability as in no other man. Where the modern orator 
would employ a wealth of imagei-y Demosthenes uses a phrase or a 
word. Tne Old world felt, as we feel, his mental and moral greatness, 
his devotion, his insight, but the Old world felt also, as we can never 
feel, the versatile perfection of his skill. Cicero, with generous ap- 
preciation, recognizes Demosthenes as the standard of perfection. 
Hermogenes, a great rhetorician, refers to this as "the 
orator. " It is said that both Aristotle and Theoi)hrastus founded 
their theory of rhetoric on his practice. Scores of accomidished men 
selected from his writings choice passages for declamation or perusal. 
And in modern times his reputation as a writer and orator has in no- 
wise diminished. His orations constitute what api)roaches nearest 
to perfectfon in the history of eloquence. As long as the literature of 
Ancient Greece continues to influence modern thought, so long will 
the the memory of Demosthenes be held in reverence throughout the 

Well might Demosthenes have said, as Cicero said when the en- 
vious Eomans would not allow him to make the customary speech at 
the close of his consulate, " I swear I have saved the State." 

H. Otis White, '01. 



Wlien Spring comes, Nature puts on its best clothes and a win- 
some smile and greets everybody with the conscious air of being well 
dressed. The api)le trees in the orchard robe themselves in white and 
modestly endure the adn)iration of the world, till a little older grown 
tliey don a becoming green. The peach trees prefer a brighter effect 
for their S])ring oi)ening and choose pink, bnt at last they too follow 
fashion and come out in green. The wee daisies lift up their heads, 
too modest to thrust themselves forward, but glad to be noticed. On 
everything is a pleasant look, and even the saucy sparrow with a 
straw in his mouth will cock his head to one side and give you a wink 
like the loguish coquette he is. The song birds take holiday and give 
open air concerts to the delight of their friends and the disgust of 
those unfortunates who can't sing, but are busy enough in providing 
for themselves a home against the time when family cares will come 
upon them. Wise providers are they. 

The genial rays of the sun become enthusiastic in their greeting 
and slap you on the shoulder like an old-time friend. And sometimes 
like an old friend they weary you with the vehemence of their saluta- 
ti<m and the persistence of their company. They can knock a coat off 
with very little ado and spoil a temper that is almost angelic. It is 
n6 small matter to get out of a shade when the air is red hot and the 
sun is like a ball of tire in the sky. There's no escaping punishment 
if ycm do. You may fondly imagine that an umbrella will save you! 
Foolish fellow ! The labor of carrying it will wring boiling sweat from 
your brow and the gleeful red-hot air will stiiie and blister you and 
huit your eyns and scorch your clothes and cause you to cry out and 
make great dole in- your distress. Don't go out in the sun when it's 
hot; there's no use in it. Everything can wait. Use your thoughts. 
Train your mind. IJave pleasant thoughts. A swinr,ing chair on the 
top de"k of an iceberg, a swim in the North Polar Sea, and a couple 
of negroes to work palmettoes; a glass house at the bottom of the 
ocean — anything to pass the time, though time will pass anyway. 

It will be worth while to pick out the coolest shade in your neigh- 
borhood. Maybe you can find .some place obout the house where there 
is always a breeze — there are such places in other j)eople's houses — 
I never could find one in my own. When you have found the coolest 
place, stay there Get a book to read — a dull one, because then 
maybe you can go to sleep. If you can't sleep easily — quit trying. 
It's too great a waste of energy. It will be easier to stay awake. If 


it's a favorable year for mosquitoes, yon will have trouble, tlion^h yon 
may get some good from it all. If tliey bother you, eatch one and 
study him. Pall out his proboscis Avith red-hot nippers to see how 
long it is. Cut it off to see if he'll hollo. Singe his wings to see if 
yon can smell the feathers burn. Break his leg to see if he can walk 
on crutches. Study him under all circumstances and conditions of 
life! If it's a good year for flies, m^iy heaven have mercy npcm you ! 
Of all pestiferous fowls of the air they are the most .so Wreak ven- 
geance on them in every way you can A good way is to drive a i)in 
through them into the table. Or tear off the wings on one side and 
the feet on the other. Put pei)per in his eye to see if he'll squint. 
Sandpaper his back and pour on vinegar. 

Somebody has made the observation that in the Spring time young 
men think about love. The reason is plain : It's easier to think then 
when the world is in such a cheerful mood and everybody is at peace 
with everybody else. And then the "greatest thing in tlie world " is 
worthy of thought. That dim indefinable, but ceaseless longing of the 
heart for something to cling to is enough to make a pyi-amid think. 
Did you never sit in a comfortal)le rocking chair on a balmy Spring 
evening with the doors and windows of your room invitinglj^ open for 
the wandering breezes, your feet on the mantle-piece and mayhap a 
]>ipe in your mouth, and with closed eyes give your fancy fjee rein to 
roam in realms of love ? A pair of black eyes or brown, or it may be 
blue for that matter, are looking into yours with a merry twinkle that 
makes you wild. Yon have looked into many eyes before and have 
felt their bewitching power, but now you feel yourself hound hoi)e- 
lessly by the fetters of a true love. You have felt that way before, 
but Time has loosed the fastenings for you to realize that it was a 
childish fancy. Not so now 1 All before was a mere shadow to the 
powerful feeling yon experience now. Every fibre of your heart tin- 
gles with the trembling truth. You love as yon nevei- have loved be- 
fore and never can love again. Ah, well ! 

What tresses of hair! To lun your fingers throngh them but 
once you would give a life time of misery. You wonder if she'd let 
you, and unconsciously stretch out your liand to try, only to see the 
vision vanish, and find yourself clutching empty air. With a foolish 
feeling and^a glance around the room to see if anybody saw you, you 
go on with your dreaming. Surely no angel's face is fairer. 'I he 
faint rose tint seen through the transparent skin gives a complexion 
as pure as t\\e dewy flower itself. The lines of the face blend into a 
"vision of loveliness" and you are intoxicated by its sweetness. 
Those lips ! " See Paris and die hapi)y !" If you could but press 
those "curves of red" with your own, life could have no further hap- 
piness in store for you. You are carried away by the thought, to be 
brought back by your pipe falling out of your mouth, spilling tire and 
ashes all over your clothes. 

The pleasure of the dream is marred by the recollection of a first 
hour recitation in the morning, and an utter lack of ]n'e])aration at this 
late hour of the night. But with the lazy man's logic yon reason that 
the harm done by sitting up longer would, be greater than the good 
done by studying, so to bed you go, to dream of — blue eyes or black 
or brown ? 

C. 11. Lyman. 


Vol. I. APRIL. 1899. No. 6. 



H. B. Watkins Editor-in-Chief 

W. H. FiTzHuGH (B. A., '97) Alumni Editor 

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Everything indicates that summer is approaching! 

That luxurious laziness commonly called "Spring Fever," the 
forerunner of the warmer months — but which by the way some of 
us Iiave all year — has arrived. 

The budding flowers and green trees bring back to us sweet 
memories of commencement of other years. 

The female student in her eager longings for home has already 
reduced tlietimedown to theverynumber of seconds andher commence- 
ment gown from an anxious anticipation has doubtless become a 

Plans enough have been made for the coming vacation easily to 
occupy the summers of many years to come. The picture of home 
with its familiar scenes, its much loved faces, is constantly in our 
minds. May we all be as happy as we anticipate! 

The system of class organization adopted in most of our colleges 
is one of very great advantage. 

It creates a spirit of emulation which becomes the very life of 
the college. Each class striving to out-stretch the preceding and 
su(;ceeding ones, awakens an interest in scholarship, athletics, oratory 
and in every other department of college work which can be excited 
so generally and so thoroughly in no other way. They have the ad- 
vantage of college societies because they reach and excite this spirit 
of emulation and loyalty in every student in college, whereas these 
other societies do not include all the students in their membership. 


It creates a warm and cordial feeling between the members of 
the class and cultivates friendships of tlie warmest and closest kinds. 
Such friendsliips make college life happier and leave memories in tiie 
minds of the students which will jn-ove a great tie in after years l)e- 
tween them and their old college. 

Each class vies with the other in working for the college. And 
this very work will cultivate a college loyalty which will uTake tlic 
student devoted to the interest of his college during tlie remainder of 
his life. 

Tims it is an advantage to the student and to the college, and 
while making the college greater aud better, will make of the student 
a generous, warm hearted man. 

So let us have our class organizations. Let us be as enthusias- 
tic as we please o^^er the election of class officers; let the Prei)s ])l:iv 
the seniors baseball or any other game; what matters if the i)roi ! 
seniors are beat. They will be the better for it ! 

As far as college work is concerned " we are on the home stretch." 
Three quarters have been passed but none has seemed so long and so 
full as the one just before us. Thei-e are so many tldngs which must 
happen and so much work to bedonebefore the close, that wescareely 
dare think of commencement. There are at such a time two (rontlicr 
ing desires within us, the one to hasten commencement, with all its 
])leasures and privileges, and the other to ])osti)one all the hard woi Ic 
which must be done before we are ])i-e))ared to meet the issue of tlie 
final tests. And yet how much does the one desire de])end on t!ie 
successful accomplishment of this very workl^ Who can really enj<iy 
commencement and the following vacation when he has failed on lis 
year's work? But to whom are the ])leasures of commencement so 
sweet as to him who is conscious of having deserved and wontheiu l>y 
a year of hard, hard work? 

Surely the rest is. sweetest to him who has toiled t'.ie hardest 

Therejs no ])la(;e on earth where a person is more likely to be 
come oblivious to what is going on in the outside world than at eol 
lege. All of his reading time seeming to be taken u]) by study and 
no special arrangements having been made for a newspaper it re 
quires a battle of Manilla oi- a blowing up of the Maine to remind iiii i 
of the existence of other places and other peoples. JSTow we won!! 
hardly advocate a diligent study of every c(dumn of our great dailii s 
but surely it is a good idea to dev^ote ten or tifteen minutes per d;i y 
to the general news as we receive it in our daily papers. 

As a matter of course not a day passes without the hap])enir!- 
of some interesting event soniewhere which the whole worhi 
discusses over its (;ups at bieakfast the next morning and wlii<!i 
students should not consider beneath their dignity or too tri\ i;il 
to devote a few niinutes of theii" all pre(;ious time to. ' 

In spite of the important ])arts being enai^ted by us on the Cam 
puses of our much loved colleges the world does move on, and as 
strange as it may seem, things interesting are happening elsewhere 
whi(;h it is a [)ity that we should allow ourselves to mis.s. 



Another mouth has " rolled aroimd" and we are warned that our 
manuscripts must be ready! Last month we were cheated out of our 
space of tlie Collegian and therefore we have'nt had the pleasure 
of .erecting- any of our old friends and meeting the new. It is under- 
stood that when one exchanges with another magazine one has the 
right to criticise, whether liarslily or otherwise. We notice a great 
tendency to ''kick." Kow we don't intend to ''sling mud " for we believe 
that the "slinger" gets almost as filthy as the one who is " slung at." 
So don't take what is only a suggestion or a just criticism so much to 

The first college paper we take up is our old friend, The Eecord, 
We are glad that it has entered with us in the praise of the illustrious 
Irwin Eussell. The Eecord is always welcome and is always read 
with much pleasure. 

The Eing-Tum Plii is on the table before us. The article "Prac- 
tice wliat they Preach," is a very sensible article; speaking of the 
rule compelling students to attend chapel it says: "The writer of 
this coininnnication generally attends chai:»el, inasmuch as he enjoys 
the addresses; but he would feel little compunction in "cutting the 
giitherings, for he has observed that the professors are not over- 
particular abont attending, and he feels that he may safely imitate 
their exam))le." 

' The Reveille is a constant visitor aiid is enjoyed. "The Appeal 
(»f the New Orleans Alumni " and "Louisiana Chatauqua" were es- 
pecially good. 

The IMirror has so many good articles in its last two issues that 
we will not attempt to i)raise any si»ecial one; suffice it to say we en- 
joyed " tliem all." 

The Trinity Archive is an interesting magazine, but where is its 
"exchange" department"? 

Now here is the dear old Whitworth Clionian. I wonder why 
we love this magazine so muchf We are always glad to see you any- 
way, and enjoy perusing your " weighty" matter. ''A Sad Week" 
was nndoubtedlv sad! 


Jefferson Buzz-Saw, we greet you ! And liope to see yon often. 

The Scroll is real interesting. We notice however, tb at we got 
the copy intended for " Miss Foster, " but we will not copy the im 
mortal words penned upon the margin! 

Some one gave us a copy of The L. L. L. Star. We wish to ex- 
change with you Star and welcome you to our table. 

We have just received our first copy of the College Journal and 
we are glad to exchange with The Journal, especially since we have 
so many friends on the staff. 

Another new friend! The Jeffersonian. We extend our haiul 
and are pleased to see you. 

We are in receipt of the Emory and Henry Era. This is a fine 
magazine, one that has a great deal of interest taken in it. We ar*- 
sorry that the ''Sage" "went out of business," but hope that tlie 
change will do him good. 

We wish to thank the Westminster Student for its last issue an<l 
hope to exchange with it regularly. 

So the Exchange Editor of the College Chimes really wishes to 
try theK. I. S. S. experiment? Well now we are rither bashful and 
you had better try some one else, however, if driven to it we may try 
the experiment. We will say we have a dark room. There is some- 
thing s«&/iwe gbout this experiment and we are lead to believe thnt 
sublimation is involved. We nre surprised that you did not giv 
more than three colums to Irwin Russell ! 

We are glad to welcome the Howard Collegian to our table. 1 1 
is a good magazine. 

The University Unit was received sometime since and read witli 

The Purple And Gold is a good magazine and we are glad to ex 

The Tulane Ccllegian is always welcome. We read it with inter 
est. " Shining Wits " is a good article. The Fiction in the C<»llcgi;in 
is always good. The Muse is always propitious to its pages too. 
We acknowledge the receipt of the Old Gold And Purph-. 

We notice this paragraph in the College Eeflector : 
"What are you going to do when you get through here? Is the 
question going the rounds of the Senior Class now; but there are 
but few of them who can give a deti ite answer." The Record gives 
a suggestion in the following words: "We can give you a definite 
answer; if you manage to dodge th3 lunatic asylum and the peniten 


tiary you are going borne and pull the bell cord over " Old Beck," as 
you did before you went there." You see there are '• others, " Mr. 


" The tall pines pine, 
The Paw-Paws pause. 
The Bumble bee bumbles all day ; 
The eaves dropper drops. 
The Grass hopper hops. 
While gently the cowslips away."— University Eecord. 

" When you court a girl to wed her, 
Never let your question stop ; 
First you have to pop the question. 
Then you have to question pop." — Ex. 

"The lily we love it is whiter 
For the darkness that covers the day ; 
The pearl of the soul, it is brighter, 
For the shadows that turn to gray." —Dr. T. O. Tickner, 


A hillside flowing with golden fires, 
Torches that wave when the Sun is still, 
A splendor of spheres with fretted spires — 
The golden rods holding the slope of the hill. 

A gruesome whisper of whithered stalks. 
Spectral and dim on- the moon's pale way, 
A rustle of leaves in the lonely walks. 
And the ghosts of the golden rods stoled in grey — 
li. E. L. in the Bookman. 

Sow an act, and you reap a habit. 

Sow a habit, and you reap a character. 

Sow a character, and you reap a destiny. — Ex. 

Think of the sunshine of life, not its clouds.— The Mercerian. 

Wisdom is oft-times nearer when we stoop than when we soar. — 

Measure your mind's height by the shade it casts.— Browning. 

1^0, I will be the pattern of all patience ; I will say nothing.— 





The editor is ^lad to ^i\e the tcjideis of the nia.uaziiie sncli an ex- 
cellent likeness of auotlur lueniber of tiie class of '05 — loliii Gill 
Lilly (B.S.), of Cliesterville, Miss. Lilly was enrolled as a student in 
September, 1892, and his name ajjpeared in the cataloji-'iie of stndents 
until fFnne,~1895, wiieii lie was yradiiated with the dej^iee of Bacheloi- 
of Science. 

Tlie records of the inslitntion show that his elass standin.u' was 
good. He entered the Soi)hoiuore class and was acknowledged if not 
the leader of his class, one of the hardest students. During his first 

TiiK i>::llsaps collegian. 15 

session at colloo-e ]ie secured, to a remarkable degree, tlie confidence 
of both faculty and students, and dnring tlie remaining two years was 
looked upon as one of the most reliable men in college. The members 
of the fnculty seemed to have a warm personal regard for him, and 
his fellow-students, wlio knew him at all well, knew him to like him. 

I don't tliiiik I have known a graduate of the college in whose 
character there is more harmoniously blended as many good qualities. 
It is not often one meets a college man who is a consistent Christian, 
an ex(^ellent student, and who might be called "Prince of good fel- 
lows." Lilly was such an gne. He took a prominent part in Y M. C. 
A. work, his college record was one that would do credit to any man, 
and his joviality and genial good will I have never seen surpassed. 

His college friends were almost co extensive with his college ac- 
quaintances, and they will, I know, experience a genuine thrill of 
])leasure on seeing the excellent likeness above. 

The year following his graduation Lill> entered the Medical De- 
partment of Tulane University, wliere he remained for two years, and 
the following year was spent in the hospital at N'atchez, Miss. Dur- 
ing the Spring of this year (1898) he applied to the State Medical 
liojird for license, and having i)assed what was pronounced an excel- 
h^nt examination, was duly licensed. The following October he again 
entered Tulane, where he will receive his degree this Spring. A few 
weeks ago, when the ai)p(untments were made for commencement, that 
of class orator fell ro his lot. A recent letter states that he will, 
shortly after graduation, enter the IT. S. Marine Hospital Service. 
Theie seems a ])eculiar fitness in the man for such a branch of his pro- 
fession, and the service will profit by his work. 

If his success is measured by the good wishes of the Collegian 
aud tlioscf ()f his college friends, it will be full measure and running 
over. It will be the highest and truest success. That which counts 
from ''tliinking noblest and acting best." 

Aqiiilla John McCormick (B.A. '96, L.L.B. '97) is practicing law 
at Clarksdale, Miss. Soon after lie received his license he formed a 
partuership in Hattiesburg, the title of which was Deason, Steven^ & 
McCormick. The partnership was soon dissolved by the removal of 
McC<»rmick to Clarksdale, where he is now practicing with success, 
and says that while his office is not over-run with clients, yet he is 
<loing the young lawyer's share of business. The Collegian wishes 
him <'very success and a clientale both wealthy and large. 

Stith Gordon Creen (B.A. '9G) is a third year medical student in 
(he College of Physicians and Surgeons in JsTew York. From all re- 
))oits, he is sustaining the record for scholarship he made here. After 
finishing his four years' course in Kew York he expects to finish in 


Germany, when he will return and offer his professional services to the 
citizens of some American city. 

Jesse Thompson Calhonn (B.A. '96) is superintendent of the Co- 
lumbia public school, which, by the way, is considered one of the best 
of its kind in Mississippi. This is its second year under liis adminis- 
tration, and the school is growing in numbers and in influence. He 
has a number of good instructors under him, and annually enrolls be- 
tween four and five hundred pupils. Calhoun expects to make a 
specialty of mathematics, and with that in view took work in his line 
at the TJniveisity of Chicago last Summer. 

Joseph Anderson Applewhite (B.A. '96) was an instructor in the 
I^ationai Deaf Mute College in Washington the year following his 
graduation. For the last two years he has been in Vancouver, Wash., 
an instructor in the deaf mute college there. He will probably make 
this his life work. His friends here are wondering how he can get liis 
consent to use a sign language. They remember very distinctly his 
talking propensities. 

W. H. Bradley (B.S. '98) passed through Jackson recently, going 
to Louisville, Ky., to take an office position with the I. C. R. R. He 
intends fitting himself for the position of track-surveyor. An expert 
civil engineer is his ambition, and he carries with him the best wishes 
of the Collegian for success. 

Capt. J. W. Canada, Co, L, 4th Tennessee, is now wiMi his regi- 
ment in Savannah, having recently retuined froui Sancti Spiritus, 
Cuba, where the regiment has been staticmed for several montlis. 
While in Cuba Canada was honored by appointment to several re- 
sponsible i)ositions. Soon after the regiment reached Sancti Si)iritus 
he was appointed Superintendent of Public Schools and Charities, 
and authorized to re-organize the system then in vogue and intruduce 
what changes he thought necessary. As the population of the city is 
about 33,000, the position was by no means an unimportant one. For 
several weeks preceding the departure of the regiment he held the po- 
sition of Judge Advocate of the Court Martial, an offi(;e whiiih he 
writes required a great deal of labor. "The Capt." is expected in 
Jackson within the next few weeks, or, if not then, during commence- 

Two marriages have come to our notice recently ihat will be of 
interest to our readers. That of K. W. Harmon to Miss Daisy John- 
son, and L. E Alford (A B. '97) to Miss Virginia Albright of McComb 
City, Miss. Harmon is now an M.D., and will practice in his home 
county. Alford is pastor of the Methodist Church of Westville, Miss. 

W, H. Hargrove, who attended the college during the sessions of 



'94 5, '95-C, is now at Moody Training School in Chicago. He is pre- 
paring himself for the Methodist ministry. 

Another old student at Hattiesburg is R. R. Hudson, with Haw- 
kins & Co. W. B. Jones (A.B. '97), R. B. Ricketts (B.S. '98), and S. 
L. Heidelberg are there also. 

One of the promiung young physicians of the Canton neighbor- 
hood is K. B. Crisler, a graduate of the Memphis Medical College. 

H. L. Henington, a student in '92-3, '93-4, has recently been grad- 
uated from the business college at Meridian, and is now a book keeper 
in New Decatur, Ala. 

B C. Harris is farming with success at Flora, Miss., and is now a 
married man. ' 

Another college boy at Flora is W. S. Ross, who is with M P 
bimpson & Co., general merchants. 

The friends of Henry Selby were glad to see him in Jackson dur- 
ing the meeting of the Dental Association. For the last two years he 
has been in the Dental Department at Vanderbilt. 

Earnest Wadsworth (L.L.B. '98), who has been practicing law in 
the Delta, has recently gone to Meridian. 

A letter from A. W. Fridge, dated Highland Falls, K Y., states 
that he will soon stand examination for entrance into the academy at 
West Point. He is now being prepared at Highland Falls. 

The many friends of H. G. Fridge will be glad to know that he 

^'^^i'^l^ ^'*"'^^® "^^^^ y^^^- -S^ i^ ^ow in Clarksville, Tenn., attend- 
ing ». W. P. U. ' ' 

T. D. Greenhaw is keeping books in Clarksdale, Miss. 

W. F. Anderson has a lucrative business in electrical supplies, 
and also does a general plumbing business, in Canton, Miss. 

K L. Swayze and E. A. Rabb are at Evans, Miss. Swayze is man- 
aging a, plantation and Rabb is buying cattle for Northern markets. 


I 'y. m. c. a. department. J 

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Although the American College Young Men's Christian Associa- 
tion has been in existence only forty-one years it has grown to be 
the strongest intercollegiate organization in America and its mem- 
bership now numbers many thousands. It is still a matter of dispute 
as to when the first college association was organized in this country, 
but it is generally accepted that the first were organized at the. Uni- 
versities of Virginia and Michigan in the year 1858. Until 1877 the 
growth was slow, averaging only one association a year, but since 
that date they have sprung on all hands, and now tliere are about 
570 associations with a membership of 30000. 

The college association lias grown to vast proportions, and in or- 
der that the men may be i)roi)erly fitted to conduct the work more 
advantageously student conferences are held during the summer 
months at different places in the United States. About one thou- 
sand students attend these conferences aud return to their school 
better qualified to perform the duties of the several bra(*hes of work. 

Our new President has had special trainiug at the Lake Geneva, 
Wisconsin, Conference. 

At the first business meeting of this session only fourteen mem- 
bers answered to the roll call, aud at the present time the member- 
ship is seventy-five, the highest that it has reached during a single 
session since the opening of tlie college. 

This dei)artment gladly gave its space in the last issue in order 
that it might be filled with matter concerning Mississipi)i's immortal 
poet — Irwin Russell. 

The meetings for the last two months have been both interesting 
and profitable. The addresses in the afternoons by invited sjieakers 
and those of the evening by the students, have been well attended, 
all are endeavoring to make this the most successful year of the as- 

Daily prayer services are now held in the hall, the outcome of 
which is ho[)ed to be a revival among the students. 

On the evening of March 10th, Dr. S, A. Steel, of Nashville, 
Tenn., delivered his famous lecture "Home Life in Dixie" to a large 
and and appreciative in the chapel of Belhaven College in the inter- 
est of the Y. M. C. A. of Millsaps College, a handsome sum of money 
realized, which was added to the fund for furnishing the hall. 



On the evening of May 5th the Galloway Literary Society will 
celebrate its 6th anniversary. On that occasion the friends of the 
Galloways will be entertained by Mr. L. W. Felder, Mr. Harris Allen 
Jones, and Mr. W. E. M. Brogan. These gentlemen are all excellent 
st)eakers and the occasion promises to be one of unusual pleasure. 

Among the festivities of the month was the reception given by the 
members of the Kappa Ali)ha Fraternity, after the exercises of theL. 
L. S., on the evening of the 14th. The combination of a beautiful 
evening, delightful refreshments, happily congenial guests and cor- 
dially enthusiastic hosts made the occasion one of long to be remem- 
bered pleasure. Among the guests were quite a number of the stu- 
dents of Belliaven College, who are always warmly welcomed to any 
entertainment at Mi]lsa])s College. 

One of tlie most pleasant events of the season was the reception 
given by tlie members of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity on the evening 
of the 14th. The Chapter rooms were beautifully decorated with 
flowers and evergreens and the Fraternity colors — old gold, maroon 
and peacock blue. Sweet music was furnished by skillful performers 
and altogether the occasion was most enjoyable. Dainty refreshments 
were served in a tastefully arranged hall. The many guests were 
unanimous in their praise of the Chapter and the reputation of the 
Kappa Sigmas as hosts was fully sustained. 

Very delightful, too, was the entert ainment of the Tan Delta Omi- 
cron boys and their friends by Miss Mattie Cavett at a lawn party on 
the afternoon of April 14. During the afternoon dainty refreshments 
were served in the spacious dining hall. Misses Bessie Cavett and Bes- 
sie Wilson serving. The tables were tastefully ornamented with the 
colors of the fraternity — purple and cream. All present were delight- 
fully impressed with Miss Cavett's ability as a hostess. 

Prof. B. H. Locke, '98, was present at the recent Teachers' Con- 
vention in our city. 

Chancellor Fulton, of the University of Mississippi, occui)ied a 


seat on the stage during the exercises of the L. L. S. anniversary. 

The '^ Tennis Association " has become one of the most enthusi- 
astic and popular organizations among the students. Tlie courts are 
in an excellent condition and with a few im])rovements will be tlie 
best in the State. The members and ofiQcers are "fellows" wlio make 
a success of everything t])ey undertake. Officers for the ensuing year 
are: S. L. Burwell, President; H. T. Carley, Vice President; Prof. 
G. C Swearingen, Secretary and Treasurer; R. Neblett, Court Man- 
ager; M. H. Brown, Collector. 

Miss Mattie Cavett entertained the "Tan Delta Oiiiicrous" at a 
lawn party on the 14th. 

John H. Holloinan, of Phoenix, came over to the K;i])pa Sigma 

The Scientific Association continues to be of great benefit ,in(l in- 
terest to the students of the sciences. Two more regular meetings 
will be held this session. Very entertaining programs are provided 
for both. 

The "Juniors" claim to be "up to date," and indeed their claim 
is just. A few days since they received the class hats, which no 
doubt belong to the 22nd century. An orange hat with a purple baiul 
is extremely "sporty". But alas! the " Preps ", wirh their accus- 
tomed innocence, or rather insolence, have destroyed the glory of 1900 
by i)urchasing one of the novelties, to be worn on Sunday by the i)ret) 
who makes the best mark in orthography during the preceding week. 

One of the most, if I may not say the most, enjoyable occasions 
during the last month, was the anniversary of the Lamar Literary .So- 
ciety. The program as has already be(^n published, was carried out 
successfully and veiy entertainingly. The speakers all acted their 
parts well and won a reputation for themselves aiul rellected honor and 
credit upon the society. The cha[)el was beautifully decorated with 
Howers and was completely tilled with peoi)le. No anniversary of 
either society has before been celebrated with greater success. We 
regret that lack of space makes it necessary for us to speak so briefly 
of this occasion. 

The sophomores are rejoicing because they have finished their 
course in Old English and also in Middle English, and a more glorious 
thing still is the fact that they have stood their final examination 
in both. 

Some of the students are taking great interest in their preparation 
for field-day exercises. Even up to this time names have been given 
in for nearly, or quite, all the contests. 


We were glad to meet Rev. J. J. Golden on the campus during 
the past month. Mr. Golden is a former student of Millsaps, and we 
are always glad for him to come back to see us. 

Hon. John Sharp Williams, of the 5th Congressional district, 
made a tine and impressive speecli to the students on "Oratory" at 
the anniversary of the Lamar Literary Society. 

Since Si)ring has come we learn that our class poets are spending 
no small part of their time in writing poetry. We hope the " muses " 
will favor them, and by the publication of our next Collegian we 
will have it filled with verses from '' our own " immortal poets. 

Four members of the Senior class, namely, J. T. Lewis, H. T. Car- 
ley, A. W. Uobyns and FT. B. Watkins, have been selected by the fac- 
ulty to rej)resent the Senior class at our next commencement. 

The State Inter-Collegiate oratorical contest will be held at 
Natchez on tlie 28th of this month. We are waiting with impatience 
for the time to come. We have chartered a car for the trip, and will 
be met here by a large number of students from the University of Mis- 
sissippi and also from Mississippi College at Clinton, and will all go 
down together. This will probably be the largest crowd of college 
boys that has ever been seen in the State. 

Misses Chambers, Hart, Rutledge, and Mortimer, of Brookhaveh, 
attended the Lamar anniversary and Fraternity reception on the 14th. 

Dr. Moore's class in surveying is very enthusiastic and seems to 
like the work very much. The class is now doing actual field work 
every week. 

The contract has been let for Prof. Swearingen's new residence at 
the Buckley place on State street. 

Prof. Weber has been invited to deliver the baccalaureate address 
to the class from East Mississippi Female College on May 31st. 

The Lamar Society has made arrangements to have their hall on 
third floor handsomely refitted. 


Jackson, Miss., 

Livery, Sale and Feed Stables. 

Buggies, Surries and Harness for sale. 

Eing- us up when you want a carriage or nice team. 

SPECIAL Attention to Orders from Colleo-e Students. 

DR. E. T. H. LEONARD, when you are in need of sKoes try 


^ACKSON Miss Ihey are up-to-date on s'yie, and guarant^e every 

' ' pair. Their average price is $3 50. 

Cor. State and Pearl Sts., over Johnston First-class Shoe Repairing at a low 
& Hughes Drug Store. figure is their specialty. 


DRUG STORE Boys are always welcome guests at 

^ . ,. ■ J- T. Lowther's Store, 

Prescriptions carefully filled from the u •,, ^ ^ 

purest drugs. ,^^^'^ ^^"^ ^i", find anything in 

OffirP nf -Hr T T> T, ttt ^ -. , o ^"^ ^^S^^' Cigarette or Tobacco line. 

Office^^ Dr. J. P.^err y, W. C apitol St. Also a full line of Fruits and Confections. 


when you need anything in ^or. State and Pearl Sts., Jackson,, 

the drug line that nobody 

has it for less than ^°'' F"™it"re of all kinds. 

Window Draperies, Parlor Suits, Bed Room Su ts 

l-rTTN''P'Fr,"R /<?T Pn r. Mattings, Office Furniture, Window Shades, ' 

'"^^^^^ XJ3yI\ OZ; K^yj. Smyrna Rugs, Baby Carriages, Kitchen Furniture. 


Painter and 

Paper Hanger. 
Bell 'Phone No. 244. 

The MILLSAP5 Collegian 

Vol. 1. ^AY, 1899. No. 7 

Nathaniel V. Kobbins. ' 


Now were tlie ryes of the boy, the extent of whose vision had 
been circumsciibed to the horizon of the adjacent- country opened to 
the limitless grandeur and extent of the nation. 

There had been a transition, as if by magic, from the- land of 
farms and farmhouses to that of cities of great extent and commercial 
importance whose strests lined with thousands of people presented the 
the spectacle of a sea of human forms. 

No time was lost in reaching tlie University. 

The town of Princton as viewed by the expectant student that 
inorning gave evidence of the existence of many palatial residences, 
manors, as it were, of spacious extent and symmetrical construction. 
Pretty soon was in view a large, beautiful and grassy area dotted here 
and there wiJi buildings the beauty of whose symmetry attracted 

Will's eye. 

''•Can this be the idace!" thought he, but his doubts wereqmckly 
dispelled when he looked through an avenue and saw Huttering in the 
breeze a flag of Orange and Black, on which was written in large let- 
ters, "Princ^eton.'' Then were heard numberless voices and soon were 
in view 11 concourse of college students. 

"Tliere is the next President of the Nation," shouted a voice from 
the crowd. "Why gentlemen," shouted another, " he is to succeed 
Dr. in the chair of Theology." 

"Has he not a Theologies dignity of n.annerr' he continued, as 
the carriage si^ed past them containing a boy, whose nerves were at a 
tension, and an Irish cabman, who laughed down his sleeve, to think 
of what awaited the apparently timid Freshnuin. 

The office of the President was at length reacthed and the young 
collegian alighted from the carriage. Then was a knock at the door 
and entrance into the presence of tlie august President. 

"My name is William Jennings of Leeville, Virginia, sir, and I 
wish to matriculate in the University." " I am happy, young friend. 


to make yonr acquaintance, and to learn of your intention to enter the 
University. We are glad to have you with us and wish you success 
ni the work you are about to begin. You wi'l be required to meet 
several of the professors who will examine you for entrance." 

"I shall be pleased to have you call at the office again, but as I 
have a class ready to recite at this hour, you will please excuse me." 

Upon meeting the professors to whom he had been directed to re- 
port for "exams" and stating to them the advancement he had m^de 
m his studies and upon being duly interrogated, Will was admitted to 
the Freshman class. 

He was, therenpon asassigned a rooni in "Old North College" 
dormitory to be conjointly occni)ied by himself and a student from 
New York City. The student referred to, was John Kendricks whose 
father, at one time, was on the Supreme bench of the State of New 

Kendricks was apparently a man between eigliteen and nineteen 
years of nge, of fine appearance and pleasing address. 

He had entered the University ( nly a few days before but liaving 
had an older brother at the University before hnn and liaving often 
visted him, meeting the men and entering into their sports with them 
he had many friends among them and felt now somewhat at home. 

He was in tlie crowd that Will had ])assed only a slioit while be- 
fore and had heard the plans suggested and adoi)tJd to take the timid 
youth into the darkness of the night and thoroughly imbue him with 
the true college spirit. 

As Kendricks looked into the eyes of the boy that were blue and 
somewhat watery and saw the evidence of the struggle within, his 
heart, responsive as it was, was tcmched. 

"Jennings," said he, "there is a time honored custom extant 
among college men to put the Freshmen through a few thrilling ex- 
periences you know ; there was quite a goodlv number put through 
last night. 

*' Now, the fellows are coming to our room tonight after you to 
take you out and, old man, I'll tell you it will be the best plan for you 
to take this fun in a good natured sort of way. I shall be with you 
and shall see that you sustain no injuries. Lie down there and take 
a rest, for I am sure you must feel very fatigued after your trip." 
The suggestion was heeded and soon Will was oblivious to the merry 
shouts and hurrahs of the boys on the field and a considerable num- 
ber scheming just outside his door. 

He was dreaming. 

He was going in the gate of his old Yirginia home and father, 
mother, and everyone were coming to meet him, as a prodigal? No; 
but as a returning hero. 


He li;id becji to war and liad fouj^lit in his nation's battles. He 
liad been made major for tlie bravery and heroic conduct he displayed 
and was comi)Ii!nented by liis general besides. 

Witli what wild enthusiasm was he received! No conqueror ever 
received a yreater ovation or more open handed welcome. The peoi)le 
in the villai^e near came to see him and shake hands with tlie boy, 
whose curly locks once shone like burnished .uold in the sunlight, now 
a man majestic and grand. 

His sweetheart was among tluMti and witli wluit a mellow and be- 
witching look did she regard him! 

He stood entraiu'cd at her beauty. Never did he see her face 
beam with sueh i-adiaiice or i countenance so expressive of ecstasy 
and d(diglit. Purely Cleopatra, wlu) so caiitivated the young Roman's 
lu'art. was sni'passed l>y the cliarms of that l)eautiful and pure coun- 
try lass and he felt that, could lie di'aw her to his bosom and disclose 
tlie feelings that ]>ossessed him, he would attain unto an eartiiy para- 

Alas — it was no more — it was but a dream that v;inished as 
cpii<-kly as it came 

Oh, cruel dream that takes possession of one's thoughts and 
till ills him with ecstatic joy, transforms liim into a lia])i)y being mov- 
ing in another s])liere and then permits him to awake only to find it a 
ii:o<'king unreality ! 

It wasdiisk, the light in the I'omn was burning and Kendricks 
was busily engaged in writing. 

" Well '' he said, as Will arose "A good deal refr. shed, eh ? '' You 
hav<> missed diuiu'r." "Do you care for any supper"? if so, we'll go 
at oiic(^ to the Hall." 

l)Ut Will was not hungry and assuied his friend of thi fact. 
Then bo'h sat in silence for some minutes until their revei'ies were in- 
tO'iMiuited by a htud knock at 'the door. 

" Who's r!t(M-e? " eiied Ivendricks. 

" It's Hill and all of us, let us in," shouted a izruff, deep voice — 
that of the spokesman oftliecro^\d. In another moment, Hie door 
was opened and colleize men ajipeared hy the dozen. 

"Well my young man we would like for youtogo out a while wirli 
ns tonight" began the s])okesnian. "Certainl.> gentlemen, I shall We 
delighted to go with you and shall be ready in a moment," Will re- 
plied. This reply e\idently melted the crowd and there were not a 
few faces that read they wcmc willing to let that boy off. 

There was something about the chap that was inexplicable but 
that wlii<'l' attached immediately the crowd to him. 

But the start was nmde and it must be continued until the object 


sought be accompli si led. Then the group i)hiiiged into the darkness 
of the night and proceeded forward. 

On and on they went. 

At length a large tract of land which the half hidden moon re- 
vealed to be a graveyard was reached and into the sombre x>recincts 
of the "city of the dead" the lad was ushered. 


" But let my " two " feet never fail " 

To keep away from every jail, 

And hate "the high embowed roof", 
"With antique pillars" burglar-i)ri)of, 
" And storied windows" nailed so tight, 
" Casting a dim" convicting "light". 

There let the breakfast-bugle blow, 

To all the convicts down below, 
" In service " hard and shrill notes clear. 

As may with horror "through mine ear". 

Draw from me some awful cries, 
" And bring " all " Hell before mine eyes ". 

M. H. Brown, '00. 


It is not so much what you say. 

As the manner in which you say it; 
It is not so much the language you use. 

As the tones in which you convey it. 

The words may be mild and fair. 

And the tones may pierce like a dart; 
The words may be soft as the summer air, 

And the tones may break the heart. 

Whether you know it or not, 

Whether you mean it or care. 
Gentleness, kindness, love and hate, 

Eavy and anger are there. 

Then would you quarrels avoid. 

And in peace and love rejoice, 
Keep anger not only out of your words, 

But keep it out of your voice. 

— Youth's Companion. 




God created man in His own image. Man's nature was to be God 
nature, essentially ])eaceable. He was given as liis divine heritage 
dominion over tlie beasts of the tields and fowls of the air. All nature 
was subject to him under the law of his creation and the liberty and 
])eaceful domination of his heaven-born will. The only restraining' 
condition was tliat he should m^t eat the fruit of the tree which was 
in the middle of tlie garden. This he did do, and at the spme time 
came iiiuler tiie law of conflict, strife and death. This rebellion 
against God's will was the tirst war and from it all subsequent wars 
logicMlly tlow. For tliis the curse wms that man should eat bread by 
the sweat of his brow. He antagonized all nature to him. He must 
overcome hci' opposition if he would live. By his own efforts he must 
subdue the world and liimself, and restore by his trium])h over all op- 
posing natiirfil and moral forces the operation of the divine law which 
he Imd defied. 

Since man newly made of enrtli walked with his God over the 
l)eacefnl |>aths of terrestrial paradise, along the verdant banks of the 
crystalline river wheie the fi'ce of life flourished in its glossy coat of 
])erennial grc<Mi, since the time when mnn transgressed the immutable 
law of liis Creatoi' and fell, society has been founded on a selfish basis 
IMiin hMs looked to his own interest and welfare and when they seemed 
to conflict with the intei'csts of others he has appealed to the law that 
niight m;ikes right and by the sword have their controversies been 

Will this always be or will there come a time on earth when this 
grim destroyer of nntions shall be banished and the white winged dove 
of ])ence hover over the blood drenched ])lains of his horrible deeds"? 
A])])alled we stand and gaze at the awful sight of men — of tender 
hearts and loving nntures — meet in battle and with nuirderous wea- 
]»(ms kill and tortuie with wounds his fellow man and brother. With 
the toich hiy in ashes the home with all of its fond and tender mem- 
ories and tui-n u])on the world's cold chaiify the wife 9nd children — 
nay l)y his own direful deed made widow and orphans. And for what? 
'I'lmt his animal nature may be satiated by the blood of his fellow 
man ? That his desire for vengeance foi* wrongs, real or imaginary, 
mav be satisfied ? Are not these the lawful children of man and sin 


born of defiance of God's inistine and beneficent laws of faitli and love! 

Wliy not let bis controversies be settled in tlie negotiations of di- 
plomacy wbere the intellectnal giants of eacb country sit in council 
assembled and without ])assion determine 'tlie rigiits of each ])arty ? 
Such would liave betn the case, but, alas, man transgressed the laws 
of his Maker and fell. For a time his animal natuie became supreme, 
but God at the same time declared that the seed of woman sliould 
bruise the seipent's head. To advance ever over difficulties and dan- 
gers were the conditions by which he was to create a terrestrial para- 
dise. He must go forwaid amid conflicts and strife and even over 
the fear of Death himself if ever again he is to transform this earth 
into heaven. War must pre])are the way for peace. They are an- 
titheses, yet they are su])plements. And ])eace must arise out of war, 
if ever she is ever more to reign over this sin stained world 

Can it be that the instruments of warfare be so deadly that man 
shall fear to face these implements of hell f Shall man yield to cow 
ardice, that most contemi)tible of moral delinquency "? No, in the name 
of manhood, no; never shall man fear to die for that which he con- 
siders light ! But it is iudisi)utable that as the weapons become nuire 
deadly fewer are slain in battle. More have fallen by the sword and 
spear than by the whistling shot or shiiekiug shell. Tiic modern bat- 
tleshi]), unharmed by winds, imi)ervi()us to the waves, has caused fewej- 
to be swallowed u]) by the all devouring ocean than the trireme of old, 
subject to danger from every wind that blew and every wave that ruf- 
fled old ocean's breast. Has courage failed ? Shall man become a 
coward "? ''It shall not be till the last moments of my earthly exist- 
ence,it shall be only when I am drawn to the vergeof oldivion, it shall 
be only when I have lost respect and affection for e^'cry thing on earth 
that I will believe that the peo])le of these (nited States capable of 
knowing the right and not defending it. Under Liberty's own em- 
blem, the Stars and Stripes, we will do or die! 

War is hell, but ])eace is l>y no means heaven. When man be- 
comes so low, so degraded as to trami)le under foot the rights of his 
fellow-man, as to reduce him to the rank of a brute, when he is bereft 
of life, liberty, pioperty and the i)ursuit of happiness, the sanu^ foice 
that nerves the strong to oppi-ess creates resistance in the weak, and 
so upon the broad foundation of the sin of Adam is erected the dia- 
bolical instrumentality of war as the means of determining justice be- 
tween man and man, brother and brother. 

Man is a selfisli animal. He has that in his constitution which 
causes the ri(;h to impose upon the poor, the strong to prey upon the 
weak, the mighty to crush the lowly. It is incessant strife. The 
greater nations of the earth declaie war upon the weaker that they 
may gain some paltry advantage. They are willing, nay they are eager 


to divide and partition their land, to drive the native by nnbearable 
burdens away and destroy tlie home with all its fond and tender 

If the prin('i])les of justice are to be maintained when the pride of 
power invades the helplessness of weakness, shonld not civilization in 
tlinnderous tones cry ont against the nnholy act and "pity, like a 
naked, new born babe or heaven's chernbim horsed on the sightless 
couriers of the air bloAv the horrid deed to every eye that tears might 
drown the wind "! 

Under the Mosaic dispensation war was necessarj^ for man was 
but a rebellions outcast. During the ])eriod war was continuous. 
Since that time man has been ever advancing to that high point from 
which he fell. He must meet on the tield of battle the combined 
foices of nature, sin and death, he must overcome them, nay, he must 
anniliilate them. The only favoring ccmdition that renmins to man in 
this contlict is the law of development, the survival of the tittest, and 
by its aid he must conquer if ever again he is to live in peace and har- 
mony with his Creator and have nature as his handmaid. 

We must liave war and continuous war as long as man is essen- 
tially human. But, under the benificent influences of the Gospel, he 
has been ever going forwai-d to that high point where again his nature 
will become divine and then and only then shall war cease. When he 
shall love his God with his whole heart and his neighbor as himself 
then will the law of man's fall be abrogated and the victory of the 
grave and death over the natural body be turned into peace and joy 
for the spiritual body. But nature's earth with nature's sin can not 
be the scene of this divine transformation. Earth must be the place 
for earth's conflicts, for the terrestrial and celestial are not the same 
or subject to the- same laws. 

As long as man in the selfishness of his natural body is forced to 
eat bread by the sweat of his brow, just so long will antagonisms arise 
and the laws of force ])revail. When Death shall usher us pale, trem- 
bling souls into the presence of our Creator, when the secrets of the 
heart shall be laid bare, when the material shall have been replaced 
by the si)iritual, then shall war cease and peace, that best of God's 
sweetest gifts, so touch the heart of mankind, tliat with perfect knowl- 
edge man shall live, with his soul attuned to the perfect law of liberty, 
in triumph over the world, the flesh and the devil, in communion with 
his God forever. 



When earth fell from the great Creator's hand — 
And mists were scattered over every land — 

He bade the angels separate the year, 

Spring, Summer, Autumn, and the Winter drear. 

"Let us," said he, "till full the beauteous Spring 
With trees, and flowers, and birds upon the wing 
Let Nature soothe man's so.'row and despair. 
And works of God full vanquish every care. 

Thus the King spoke, and straight the host descends, 
And o'er the earth, on hovering wing depends; 

They well obeyed all their great Lord's commands, 
And Spring, the green, fell from the migeVs hands. 

When winter dies, with all his cold and gh)om. 

The Spring's sweet blossoms shower on liis tomb; 
The glorious sun bestows his gentle bean) ; 

And fleets of crimson blossoms flood the stream. 

The juic^ peaches bloom at every turn, 

While gracious earth upholds the trembling fern ; 

The ancient elms tlirow down tlieir dingy flowers, 
The kingly oak the grateful earth emboivers. 

The lark, affrighted from his native ground. 
Pours forth his melody in silvery sound; 

The tim'rous quail ])ii>es out her whistling cry. 
And answering song fills all the places nigh. 

The gentle moon darts down her lightsome kiss 
To youthful lovers, filled with heavenly bliss; 

Beneath the trees the dark dim shadows play. 
But fly afar at the approach of day. 

Hail, glorious Spring! Whose smiles so sweet 

Make glad our hearts, and guide our wandering feet; 

Kemain fore'er to bless and cheer mankind! 
And leave no mark but joy and peace behind ! 

H. Otis White. 



" There is nothing- great in the universe but man, and nothing 
great in man but the mind." God preconceived the greatness and 
power man would have. But he knew that it must be through mental 
and not |)hysical strength that he should attain unto greatness. 

Had God intended man to do his work by physical strength, he 
would have given him legs long enough to cover miles at a stride; he 
would have given him arms like the driver of the propelling engine of 
a steam boat; he would have given him shoulders like the fabled 
Atlas for bearing great burdens across the continent. But instead of 
this he endowed man with a mind, able to extract iron from the earth, 
and cast it into locomotives. Instead of giving him eyes that could 
decipher many imi)ortant details in the heavens, he gave him a mind 
able to construct telescoi)es for this purjwse. Instead of giving man 
a thousand fingers for weaving, he gave him a mind, that with five 
fingers, could invent a loom. 

A farmer while cutting his hay with a scythe conceived the i^lari 
of a mowing machine. His invention brought him a vast fortune. 
That man's power was not in the arm that wielded the scythe, but in 
the brain that directed the movements of tlie arm. 

The earthquake of Cliaileston, S. C, was indeed a powerful thing. 
But more powerful than this was tlie thought that proceeded out of 
tlie mind of Martin Luther wlien he at the head of the reformation 
caused tlie very foundation of Germany to tremble, and all Christian 
nations to feel tlie effect of his movement. 

Every great ui)WHid movement in society has sprung from the 
brain (►f some leader. Sucli enei'gics liave thoughts that they create 
new e|)(K!lis in history. JSo one can tell what great step will n(?xt be 
taken, because no one can tell what ideas will come into the mind 
of man. 

The thoughts of a nation have been beautifully compared to the 
dfe of a tree. If you destroy the taj) root by which the tree receives 
its nourishment, the tree is soon dead; its leaves fall off, and they are 
soon followed by its branches, and finally the tree itself falls. So it 
is with a nation ; banish from our country the great thinkers, and 
soon our insti<^utions of learning and of charity, our politics and our 
government itself will fall away and perish. 



Whar de medder grass am creepin, 

An de lubly roses nod, 
Lays de darkies Poet sleepin 

' l!«reaf de cole December sod ; 
White folks calls rae "Old black nigger" 

Yit I lubs bim jes de same 
As de one what sets his figger 

On de big steamboat of fame, 

Dat goes skipping down de ribber 

Wid ez smokestacks tall and black 
To de sea of de " Forebber " 

And no passenger comes back. 
We has liearts as well as others, 

We kin be as brave and true. 
Fur de wbite men is onr brothers. 

Only diference is de line ! 

Let a nigger in his so: row 

Lay a ilower on his grave 
Fur de while he quits de furrow 

An de toil of willin slave, 
Comes and scorns de laws of races 

Fur de nigger by liiz part. 
And de culler ob de faces 

Cuts no figger in de heart. 

Huh de cole dews am a-drappin 
Frum de lims above my head, 

And de peckerwood am tappin — 
Tappin on de liickry dead. 

And de robin am a chantin 

Bout de one dats dead and gone 


And de Jay-bird comes a ran tin 
From de fields of yaller corn. 

Eberything now gets a hustle 

On itself but all alone, 
By de gave of Irwin Russell 

Is I lef to weep and moan. 
White folks tells me dat I'm foolish, 

But I hates de ones dat acts 
Towards his meui'ry kinder coolish 

An' den lies about de facts. 

Say he was not sich er writer 

As dese fools and ijuts siz, 
An' dey shakes dere head, dey'd siter 

Shet dere mouf and mine dere biz ! 
Had mo' sense in little finger 

Dan all dem what thinks dat way. 
In dis Ian his songs shall linger 

When dese fools am turned to clay. 

Law ! he knew de nigger's spirit. 

And he read de nigger's heart, 
Knew de music dat would cheer it 

And he sholy did his part. 
Talk jes' like de blackes' nigger 

Dat a 'possum ebber ate ! 
An' now higher lays his figger 

An' our lives am desolate. 

Irwin Russell ! I'm a nigger 

But I'ze learned de way to love 
And I hopes you cuts a figger 

Wid dem sheriff folks above. 
What's de difference twix de races f 

All in heaven am kiff and kin. 
Let de white man sing his praises, 

Let de darkies all chime in. 

— J. F. DOEROH. 



Clifton, to you dearly beloved by all 

I now would lift my bumble voice in ])raise, 

And tune my soul to sing- melodious lays, 
Of your life ere death o'er you s])read lier i)all 

And called you to walk in silent halls; 
Y^ea, to the memory of you I raise 

My voice to siii<>- the sweetest melodies, 

To sing' in tones divinely musical. 
Thou hast dei)arted into eternity 

Where heroes walk with stateliest stride, 
Kindling the sacred love of truth and liberty; 

But thy s])irit with us still doth al)ide. 
'Till sonu^ day ascending the celestial heights 

We siiall be clothed in immortality. 

"I. POLA" (Millsaps '02) 

1st Miss Yob Died of Yellow Fever Nov. '9S. 


Vol. I. MAY, 1899. No. 7. 



i. B. Watkins .Editor-in-Chief 

V. H. FiTzHuGH (B. A., '97) Alumni Editor 

. T. CarIvEY Literary Editor 

. Iv. Harrell Y. M. C. A. Editor 

VI. H. Brown Exchange Editor 

. A. Hearst Local Editor 

:. M. Simpson Assistant Local Editor 

E. H. Galloway, Business Manager ; 

T. C. Bradford, B. E. Eaton, C. A. Alexander, Assistants. 

All remittances should be sent to E. H. Galloway, Business Manager. Also all orders for subscriptions, 
:xtra copies or any other business commUDication. 

All matter designed for publication should be addressed to H. B. Watkins, editor-in-chief. 

Issued the 25th of each month during the College Year. 

Jubscription Price, Per Annum, $1.00- Two Subscriptions, Per Annum, $1 50. 


The meeting of the Oratorical Association at Natchez was an oc- 
casion of very great pleasure and interest to the colleges of the State. 

Pleasure because the trip and the meeting were attended by so 
many incidents especially enjoyable. The people of Natchez proved 
themselves just as cordial, just as generous and just as hospitable as 
' we had heard they were" and all the college men came back full of 


praises for Natchez and eiitlmsiastic in their description of "a ^ood 
time." The meeting- between the colleges was very pleasant too and 
did much to strengthen the friendship between them. 

The contest was one of very great interest and displayed much 
talent in composition and oratory of which Mississippi has no canse to 
be ashamed. These contests are certainly i)rodnctive of mxwh bene- 
fit in developing oratory, in enconraging tlie closest relations between 
the different institntions and in interesting' the State as a wliole in 
her colleges. The ] (residency of the association for next year falls to 
Mr. 'I homas M. Lemly of onr own college. 

We wish for this associati<m tlse very greatest, the most continued 
success and a life as lon^ as the life of our colleges. 

Mr. Harris Allen Jones '00 fills the place of the alumni editor for 
this number of The Collegian, Mr. Fitzhugh being deep in the 
preparation to meet the Chancellor at Raymond on the S^h. 

Yes, many of us students are voters. We have reached the re- 
quired and long exj^ected age of •' twenty one " and upon the regis- 
teres of our native counties have ])roudly enrolled our names entering 
ing with joy into the full tlower of citizenshi]). At college we hear a 
great deal about the duties and ies])onsil)ilities of citizen hi]) and 
many of us have ijidulged in orations and debates, many, npon the 
need of honest and imbiased votei-s who will "die" rather than cast a 
vote in oi)position to their conce])tions of rigiit. It would be interest- 
ing to watch each other perform these duties atter all these yeais of 
discussing this well discdssed i)oint. How soon will selfish mo- 
tives infiuence oui- votes ? Or will we carry with us into actual prac- 
tice these ])rinciples and theories whicli we have advocated with so 
much eloqnence and earnestness? Surely these ])rincieples are sound 
ones and the ])ractice of tiiem aie as necessary as we claimed and we 
believe that they will influence college men oftener than may be suj)- 
l»osed. At any rate each of us will see for himself. 

A great deal has been said recently in regard tothe nature of the 
matter which should fill the columns of college ]>apersand magazines, 
A good deal of ciiticisni has been indulged in against those magazines 
which devote so much of their s[)a<'e to local to the exclusion of mat- 
ter of a more general and more literary character — Now it seems to 
us that a happy medium should be the object where the size of the 
college will not warrant a Journal of both kinds, Xo college can well 

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afford to \h\ witliont a ixMiodical wiiich affords to the students an op- 
))ortnnity of exeicisinsi" whatever literary talents may exist among- 
tliem and besides that the magazine beeomes a very loeal sort of af- 
fair and very uninteresting to its " out (»f town " leaders when filled 
u|> with ])ersonal eollcge "s" a]) shots " or with a multitude of lo' al 
jokes. On the other hand the ])eisonal eollege matter is very essen- 
tial if the interest of the students and of the Alumni is expected. It 
seeiri« to us that tlie AluiuTii Department is of s])eeial importance and 
should be gi\e?i a place of special ]>rominence in every college organ, 
l! is the very best means of keeping u]) the inteiest of the old student 
in his college and its iiumthly coming w ill cany 'mui back to and re- 
\ i\e his Io\«' for his alma mater as nothing else will. So we believe 
lliat no magazine fulfills its ])ur])ose whi(di neglects either the local 
or tlie general oi- the literary quality of its columns. 

Speaking of "juediums" reminds us of another subject which forc- 
ibly strikes one at college — IS^amely the different habits of college 
boys in regard to spending money. In this case it is refreshing to 
find a fellow who stiikes a medium. On the one side the "sport" 
Avlio blows in e\(My available cent atul more besides; who never hesi- 
tates to gratify his every desire tho it lead him into all manner of ex- 
tra \agance and tho perchance the exjuense be ultimately another's. 
The fell(»ws soon get on to hini and hesitate not to dub him "fool." 
I>ut on the other Imnd the ])enurious fellow who will go to any ex- 
treme lest ))erchauce he should have to si>end a nickle; who shows his 
hand on every occasion where a moderate expense is necessary and fails 
to come u]) to what might be reasonably expected of him. The fel- 
lows soon "get on to him " and if his economy is really from necessity 
they recognize it aiul give him due praise. But nowhere is sheer pen- 
uiy more de])recated than at college. 

So again the golden mean wins the juaise. He who doesn't seem 
wild to spend his last cent and yet who is willing when he is able and 
the cause is a reasonable one to come uj) with his share is looked on 
as the ideal and will gain the adnuration and respect of his colleg 

We a])preciate the following from The ISTew Orleans Christian 
Advocate. It closes with a suggestion that tee thinJc a fine one and 
0)ie which we feel sure "our friends" will i)rofit by: 

"We are in receipt of a cojjy of the Millsaps Collegian, a 
monthly maga/.ine issued by the students of Millsaps College, Jackson, 
Miss. It is a well-edited and neatly-printed periodical, and is an ex- 
cellent miiror of the work, spirit, and happenings at the institution 


mentioned. Some of tlie articles it contains would do credit to older 
heads. We suggest to the friends of the institution that they en- 
courage the young" men in this worthy enteri)rise by subscribing for 
their journal. Tbe subscription price is |1 per year. All remittances 
should be sent to Mr. E. H. Galloway, Jackson, Miss." 

A great many fellows go home as soon as Exams are over and 
miss all the i)leasure of commencement. This is surely a mistake on 
their parts. True the attractions of home are great and it is natural 
to wish to get tliere as soon as possible. But it will hardly justify a 
man in giving up the interest and jdeasnre of commencement. As 
sure as you do go you will regret it. Yon will hear the boys talking 
for the next five years about the nnusual pleasure of that special oc- 
casion. By going you give up the season of pleasure which you have 
won by a year's constant work, a season when all restraints are thrown 
aside and we can give ourselves purely to pleasure. Stay here and 
" enjoy yourself ." 

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Po^rliaps it ^yill be interesting' to tlie readers of The Collegian 
to liear all about tlie class of '97. They were a popular set of fellows 
and made for themselves many friends here. 

L. E. Alferd (B.A.) was one of the first matriculates of Millsaps 
College, lie was always noted for being" a hard student, tvnd a form- 
idable competitor for class honors. He was an enthusiastic worker in 
bis Literary Society, and on several occasions represented liis Society 
with honor. Soon after his graduation he entered the ministry, as a 
member of the Mississippi Methodist Conference. And soon after en- 
tering the ministry he was married. He now has charge of the Meth- 
odist work at Westville. 

I). G. McLaurin (B.A.) entered school in September, '93, the sec- 
ond year of tlie college, with the distinction of having won a x)rize of 
110.00 offered for the most successful com])etitor in the entrance ex- 
amination. His uddress is now 153 La Salle St., Chicago. He is at- 
tending a Bible nnd Training School in that city, i)rei)aring' himself 
for a traveling secretai yship in the Y. M. C. A. 

Geo. B. Power (B.A.) was another first-matriculate. His record 
in all de})artments of college work was such that no one was suri)rised 
when in his Sophomore year he look the " Orator's Medal", and in 
his Senior year the " Ligon Medal " for oratory. He is now a member 
of the Senior Law class of Millsaps College, and has been ai)pointed 
by the Dean of the Law Department to represent his class on Senior 

Monroe Pointei' (B.S.) was in e\'ery res])ect a successful and satis- 
factory student. During his Scnioi' year in the Literary dei)artment 
he to(»l<, also, Junior Law. Since his giaduation he has spent two 
years at Ponglikcei)sie, J^. Y., wlu^re he has taken courses in book- 
keeping and banking. He w ill soon start a nuM^cantile business in 


Como, Miss. We predict for biui succ^ess in every way conimensiuate 
witli his preparation. ■ 

W. H. FitzHngh (B.A.). This name lias occupied its usual amount 
of si)ace on the college register ever year since its opening. FitzHiigli 
spent five years in the Literary Department, and this is his second 
year in the Law Department. He does not know definitely where he 
wall locate yet. 

W. B. Jones (B.A.) entered the class at Soidiomore. Eis splendid 
preparation and his aptness in scholarship won for him the Junior 
'' Scholar»hip Medal". He too was a great Literary Society worker. 
He is now a valuable emph>yee in Hunter & Co.'s merchandising es- 
tablishment at Ilattiesburg, Miss. 

W. W. Catching (B.A.) entered the college during the recoud 
year of her history. He was not afraid of work, and, from the start, 
was looked upon as one of the bright stars of the class of '97 He is 
now at home, spending tiie vacation given by Tulane LTniversity. Ile 
is a " tirst-course-man " in the Medical Department. 

H. B. Caffey is an interne in the Vicksburg hos])ital. 

E. H. Adams is now a traveling salesman with headquarters at 

P. K. Korman is clerking at Hazlehurst. 

S. C. Sample is managing a large farnnug interest near Rich- 
land, Miss. 

Wm. Percy Williams is a pedagogue at Beach Springs, his home 

W. B. Vaughn is chief clerk in a dry goods establishment at 

J. L. S. Kogers is now a prominent Pharmacist in this city. 

Mr. E. P. Nesbit, together with Mrs. E. P., is sojourning in Texas' 
now, for a while, recuperating his health. 

E. B. Powell is now holding the trusty position of tester of elec- 
trical apparatus, in the employ of the Edison Heat, Light and Power 
Company, of New York City. 

VV. W, Ford is now a prominent business man at Pickens. 


In the " i)assed " list of Dames issued by the State Board of Medi- 
cal P]xaniiiiers at its recent meeting, we note the following: T. M. 
Dye, E. B. Ciisler, R. W. Harmon, and F. P. Shelby. Dye is a " sec" 
ond-course-nian " at Tulane University; Crisler a M.D. from Memphis 
Medical College, and Harmon a M.D. from a school of medicine in 
.Mobile. Shelby is a Mem^jliis M.D. also. 

T. E. Carmichael is engaged in farming-, near Utica. 

E. B. Johnson and E. A, Sigrest were given license to practice 
Pliarma(\y at the meeting of the Board of Examiners in the spring. 

The annual meeting of the Alumni of Millsaps will be held in the 
college chapel Monday evening, June 19. We hope as many as possi 
ble of the fellows will be here. 




We are here again to greet you friends, and we are greeting you 
for the last time this session. Our last issue will be a special com- 
mencement number, to which we will give up our department. Let 
us say however, that, we are glad to exchange greetings with "you 
all" and earnestly desire you to exchange with us ' 'next session." 

Through an error on the ])art of the exchange editor we neglected 
to mention the fact that we received the Soutliern Collegian, We 
beg your pardon, Collegian. The Southern Collegian is an excellent 
magazine and we are glad indeed to exchange. 

The Trinity Archive is at hand and has good matter between its 
Qovers. We enjoy reading the fiction so much. The Literary Notes 
never fail to interest us. 

The Reveille is regularly received and regularly enjoyed. We no- 
tice how kindly the Reveille speaks of their opi)onents on the "dia- 

We are indebted to theRing turn Phi for some good reading matter. 

We are glad to acknowledge the receipt of the Jeffersonian. 

The University Record has had nuich of interest in it and we have 
always enjoyed reading it. 

The Howard Collegian again ! This is a neat magazine and very 

The Westminster Student has been received and duly appre<!i- 
ated. That is a "hard question" about the Dobyns family. But we 
shall not attempt an answer thereto. 

We notice in the Whitworth Clionian that the young ladies were 
quite frightened by the tire near by. Well, we d()n't blame them, it is 
not5 " healthy " for "rosebuds " to be near a fire. 

The Wofford College Journal is before us. This is an interesting 

We acknowledge the receii)t of The University Unit, and, Th e 
Old Gold and Purple. 



It appears that we are not the "only pebbles on the beach " when 
it conies to base-ball. We take the liberty to copy the following from 
the Ring-turn Phi : 

" The devil was the first coach he coached Eve when she stole 
first. Adam stole second, when Isaac's servant met Eebecca at the 
well, she was walking with a intclier. Sanji)son struck out a great 
many times when he b-^at the Philistines. Moses made his first run 
when he slew the Egyptian. Cain made a base hit when he killed 
Able. Abraham made a sacrifice- The prodigal made a home run. 
David was a great long distance thrower. Moses shut out the Egypt- 
ians at the Red Sea. — Ex. 

It should be added that Rebecca caught Issaa'c servant out at 
the well, and that Noah put the dove out on a fly. 
Noah was the first sure pitcher — he ])itched it within and without." 
And Solomon was captain of the team wlienhe said, "Let us go forth 
into the field." — Colorado Collegian. 

" I fear you are forgetting m3," 

She said in tones polite. 
^' I am indeed for getting you," 

" That's why I came tonight." — Ex. 

When a fellow gets a letter 

From a maiden he divines 
Many a ])recious little secret 

Written in between the lines. 

Funny, too, in Greek and Latin, 

How we meet with like designs. 
Strange how many happy meanings 

Oft are read between the lines. — Ex. 

They were i)laying, they said, at a practice game, 

That they had oft ])layed before, 
And curious friends stood by and smiled. 

And wondered which one would score; 
But Cujiid, as umi)ire, called the game. 

With a clear and cloudless sky, 
And the minister smiled as he hung out the score, 

For the game had come out a " tie," — Ex. 

We select this heart-rendering piece for the esjiecial benefit of 
the " Athletes:" 

Went to College, 

Joined the eleven ; 
Played one game, 

Went to heaven. — Ex. 





One of our graduates, Wliartou Green, B.S., '98, played quite an 
amusing- joke on one of tlie "dignified Seniors ". It seems that tlie 
Senior, H. B. Watkins by name, bad called to see a young lady friend 
of bis, and our friend Green wisbing to bave some fun, blacked bini- 
self up, took liis guitar and barmonica and piepared to serenade the 
young people. Of course tbey enjoyed tbe music and Mr. Watkins 
" felt called ui)on " to " tip " tbe "nigger " ("?). It appears tbat be was 
''busted" for be only gave bim a "dime". Now since "the joke is 
out" tbe "dignified Senior" wants to know wbere to find "tlie i)la('e 
to get bis money back." 

Mrs. Murrab lias been quite ill for several days. We are all glad* 
to know sbe is convalescent. 

Tbe "nine of '99" bave succeeded in getting tbe faculty to give 
tbem examinations one week earlier than tbe regular schedule. 

We regret to see Mr. J. H. Dorroli, '01, leave college just before 
"exams." However, be goes to take a good position, and we wish bim 
every success. ■ ' 

We regret to know of Dr. Moore's sickness, and hope to see bim 
in bis accustomed place soon. 

Tbe following are some of tbe appointments of State Superintend- 
ent of Edncation Whitfield : Dr. Mnckenf iiss to teach Science in the 
Normal at Biloxi ; Prof. Weber to teach English at Columbus. Prof. 
Bailey is an Institute instructor. 

Tbe geology class had a very pleasant triji up Pearl river in Dr. 
Muckenfuss's naphtha launch. Tbe B.S. Juniors will be treated to a 
similar trip tbe 22d instant. 

Mr. Weber delivered a lecture before the 20tb Century Club in 
Vicksburg oi the 20th instant. 


Mr. Wel)er was elected a member of the Executive Committee of 
the State Historical Society. 

The Galloway Society recently elected the following officers, who 
will Herve until the close of the present session : B. E. Eaton, Presi- 
dent ; T. E. Marshall, Vice President; W. A. Williams, Recording Sec- 
ret;iry; W. M. Langley, Assistant Secretary; L. W. Felder, Critic; Pv. 
A. Clark, Chai)lain ; C. W. Thigpen, Sergeant at Arms. 

The anniversaiy occasion which took ])laceon the night of the 5th 
was quite a success. All seemed to enjoy it. We were glad to have 
a number of our friends from Mississippi College with us on that oc- 
casion and we hoi)e they will come again. 

The Lamais have lecently had tlieir hall nicely repaired on the 
inside — had a nice ceiling put in and the walls white coated. The 
otlicers whom they have elected for this the last quarter are: A. W. 
Dobyns, President; M. H. Brown, Vice President; T. M. Lemly, Sec- 
retary; W. W. Holmes, Censor; J. F. Galloway, Treasurer ; H. T. Car- 
ley, Chaplain. 

The Galloways have elected as si)eakersfor their next anniversary 
occasion, which comes off next term, E. H. Galloway, First Orator; R. 
A. Clark, Second Orator; J. T. McCafferty, Anniversarian. We feel 
assured that the Society will be well represented with these men on 
the program. 

Prof. W. L. Weber, our English teacher, will deliver the annual 
a<ldress before the East Mississippi Female College at its approaching 
commencement. We are sure the girls have something rich in store 
for themselves. 

T. M. Dye was a welcome visitor on the campus while the State 
Board of Medical Examiners was in session. He passed the examina- 
tion and was granted license to practice. 

Cai)t. J. W. Canada, of Memphis, who left college in '96-'97, was 
with us for a few days recently. 

C. S. Webb, of McComb City, a ])rominent member of the Fresh- 
man class last session, attended the exercises of the Galloway anni- 

J. T. Lewis went to Greenwood on the 1st to assist in a concert 


given by the ladles of that city. Before returning to his duties lie 
si)ent several days with relatives in Yazoo City. 

The many friends of " Bob " Rickette are glad to see him back 
with the home-folks. He has recently returned from Hattieslnirg, 
where he very successfully filled the chair of first assistant in the High 
School during the past session. 

Dr. Murrah attended District Conference at CarroUton. 

We are glad to hear that Vick Kobbiiis will soon be with us again. 
He has been in New Orleans and Vicksburg for several weeks, under- 
going treatment for weak eyes. 

College boys are ever ready f<n' anything sensational. But we are 
seldom treated to such a genuine sensation as we were on the 14tli 
inst. Mr. B. B. Parker, a popular member of the Sopliomore class, 
surprised even his closest friends by hiunching into the blissful sea of 
matrimony. TLe fortunate bride is Miss King, one of South Jackson's 
prettiest and most attractive young ladies. The ceremony took place 
in Brandon, where, in com[)any with another c()u[)le, they had gone, 
presumably, for a drive. In the name of The Collegian and the stu- 
dent body we offer congratulations. 

" Fresh "— What are " Sinews of War '"? 

Harris Allen — Ashes, of course. "Cinders" is only a po(;tical 

Freeland Magruder left a few days ago for his home in New Or- 
leans. Suffering from an attack of intlammatory rheumatism lie was 
unable to continue his work in the Sophonunw class. We sincerely 
hope he will recover in time to return before " final exams." 

The law class are busy i)rei)aring themselves to meet Chancellor 
Conn at liaynumd on the 5tli of June. Millsaps graduates a l)right 
class of fifteen from the law department this year. The class have 
done fine work and are well uj). 

Mr. A. W. Dobyns entertained the Kappa Al[)ha boys at an ele- 
gant dining on the evening of the 11th at his home on State street. 
This dining was given complimentary to Dye and Canada visiting 

All the boys want to know and insist that our Exchange Editoi-, 


Mr. Marvin Brown should send " Miss Foster" lier copy of The Scroll 
with due apologies. 

Mr. George Boyd Power, B.A. '07, LL.B. '99, will represent his 
class with an oration on Senior Day at commencement. 

One hundred of us went to >ratchez to the contest. We did have 
a tine time too. We returned by no means laden with medals but feel- 
ing proud of our Speakers "for a' that." Messrs. Lewis and Lemly 
report much ])leasure in their meeting with the members of the asso- 

After an evening of Star gazing last week the astronomy class en- 
joyed very much a delightful ice cream supper with Dr. Moore. Lit- 
tle Miss Mary as "Waitress" performed her part very gracefully. 
The only mystery about the cream was hotc Brogan "got onto it." 

Mr. Leonard Wall has entirely recovered and is in his place again. 
Mr. Dobyns handles the Nitric acid bottle carefully. 

Millsaps College will have two Summer Schools in Jackson this 
summer. One is to be taught by Messrs. Harrell and P. Wall at the 
college, and the other by Messrs. Clifton and Watkins at Epworth 
Hall in the city. 

Our stock will be found complete in everything suitable 

li for Graduating Presents. We enumerate a few articles : \\\j[/ 

^ Gold Watches, Diamond vStud's, Watch Chains, Cuff But- [^(]'/) 

tons, Scarf Pins, Watch Fobs, Rings, and, in, every- i/. 

i thing usually found n an up-to-date jewelrv slock \\y// 

; Buck & Holder, | 

i Jewelers. 4p 

) # 

Base Balls 

We guarantee Tlie « 'Hici:;! Col ^•j^■(■ I. ;r(i !l:!l 

to last a full game; and will replace a I which show defects in material or orkiiianship Ba'lsthal a e al- 
io ved to become wet will not be made goud. Spalding's Bails are made b> Reach, thi ball is niade by 
Reach and is made of exactly the same materials with same workman hip. 

It can be borghl for ^^ f ■ 





Staple Ax\d Fancy Dry Goods, 
Notions and Shoes. 

south state street. 

Toilet Requisites... 

There is nothing in this department we do not strive to excel in. 

Tooth Brushes — W^e sell more than the town combined. 

Hair Brushes and Combs — Any size and style. 

Dentifrices — Every reliable one on the market. 

Face Powders, Colognes, Extracts, Toilet Waters, etc. 

Our Spot Cash system enables us to paralyze competition. 

Chris Herbert, 

Wholesale and Retail Drugs, 306 East Pearl Street. 


^HE MiLLSAPs Collegian 

Vol. I. JUNE, 1899. No. 8. 


President William Belton Murrali is Professor of Mental and Moral 
l.ilosopl.y. He was graduated with the A.B. degree fro.n Southern 
;niversity in 1874, and the same year joinec- the North Mississippi 
Jonference. During- 1882-'84 he was Princi;?^ . of the Wmoiia High 
School and from 1886, until in 1892 he was -:, lied to the Presidency of 
lillsaps College, he was Vice-President of Whitworth College Dr 
.lunah was a member of the 1890 Bcumeni<.al Conference and of the 
890, and 1894, and 1898 General Conferences. Last year m Baltimore 
^resident Murrah was chosen General Secretary of Education, but to 
\e great satisfaction of all friends of MiUsaps College he de-lnied the 
x.sition. Centenary College conferred on him the degree ot D.D. m 
L887 ; Woffdrd College the degre of LL.D. in 18 7. , ^, . ^^ 

William Lander Weber, Professor of English, receive^ the degree 
of A B fro.n Wcfford College in 1886, that of A.M. ir. 1888. Alter 
spending two years as instructor in the Bingham School and one year 
as stndeJit in Johns . ^ opKins University, he served as Acting Profe or 
of English in Southwestern University (Texas), whence he was caM 
to his present position on the op-nng of Millsaps Colle^^ " ^^^^^^ 
P,.ofeslor Weber is a member of tl.e Executive Couiniittee <>f te Stat, 
Y M C. A., and of the State Historical Society, District V'^e-Presi^ 
d<^nt'of the Interdenominational S. S. Association; member of the 
Faculty of the State Normal at Columbus. , ^ 1 

G^ovse Cvaufov,. Swen,-in,e„, P,ofes»,„- „f Latin and Greek w a« 
..aduat.d witl, tlie desree of A.B. fro.n B.nory College ,u IbbS. In 
IS e reoeived tl,e d^.ree of A.M. fron, Vanderi.iU Un.ver.ty and 
„„. .an,e year was cinosen to Ins present po,s,t,o„. In 1»9« ^e jas 
,i....n a fello„sl,i,. l.y the University of Olneaso and s,.et> he ye^^r as 
a n, ..f the An,eri,-an Sehool of Classical "' ^' 7; J^^'^f^ 
in K„ro,,eh. took opportunity fo visit Athens and other important 

points in Greece. Minpr 

Anthony Monltrie Mu.-kenfnss, Profess,, of Cl'e;"- y- ^ ^"^ 
:,,lo«y, and Physics, received the degree of A.B. from Wofford College 


in 1889 and the deoreeof A.M. in 1890. After very suocessfnl experi 
enee as t l.e entered tl.e .lol.ns Hopkins University, wher- L( 
M.ade spec.Hl study of Chemistry and Mineralogy. In 1895 tl.e degree 
ot Doctor of Pl,iloso])]iy was conferred on bin.. He is a nien.ber of tl. 
1^ acuity m ^Jie Biloxi Normal. 

Ja.nes Adolpluis Moore, Professor of Matl.ematies, received tl.e 
deoree of A.B. from Southern (niversity in 1880 and A.M. in 1881 
iiie same ye^r lie joined tlie Alabama Conference. Durino- l88'>-'94 
he was Professor of Mathematics in his Aln.a Mater; in 1888 he re 
ceived the decree of Ph.D. f.on. the Illinois WeslevaT. Tniversity. 
When m 1894 he .^as called to Millsaps Colleoe he was transferred to 
the Mississippi Conference. 

Ja^nes Park Hanner, Jr., Professor of Modern Lanouages and of 
History received the degree of A.R. from Yanderbilt University in 
i.^J4. fie was at once c^nlled to work in Millsaps College, and two 
years later was advancer' to his present jmsition. 

Edward Mayes, Prot^, .or of Law, was graduated in 1808 with the 
degree of A.B. from tl.e University of Mississippi. In 18C9 he re- 
ceived the degree of LL.B. He has served his Ahna Mater as Pro. 
tessor ot Law, Chairman of the Faculty, and Chancellor. In 1882 Mis- 
sissippi College conferred cm him the degree of LL.D. Dr. Mayes has 
occupied many positions of honor and profit in the practice of his pro- 
tession. ' 

Eobert Scott Eicketts, Headmaster of the Prei,aratory 
nient, received the degree of A.M. from Centenary College in 1870 
During 1867-'73 he was connected wi.h Port Gibson Female College as 
President and as Professor. Thence he went to Whitworth College, 
where he remained until 1894, when he was called to his i.resent posi^ 
t.on^ I rofessor Kicketts has always been ,>rominent in the councils of 
the Church, and is a Steward of the First Methodist Church 

Edward Latta Bailey, Assistant Master, received the degree of B 
S from Mississip,>i College in 1892. He had taught in the Jackson 
City School two years when he was called to work in Millsaps College 
Professor Badey is County Examiner- in Hinds County. He is direct 
tor of the Vicksburg Normal and instructor in Countv Institutes He 
^« also a member of the Executive Committee of thJ Law and Order 



Tlie Gliarter of Millsaps College provides that there shall be eight 
Trustees from the Mississipj)! Conference and eight from the North 
Mississippi Conference. It is further provided tliat Bishop Galloway 
shall be Pi-esident of the Board so long as he is resident in Mississippi. 

It is to he regretted that it was impossible to get a photograph of 
(n'ery Trustee, so that the accompanying group might be complete. 

The Board as now constituted is as follows: 

Tlie ^STorth Mississippi Conference — J. B. Streater, merchant, 
Black Hawk; D. L. Sweatman, lawyer, Winona; J. R. Bingham, mer- 
chant, Cariollton; Dr. W. G. Sykes, planter, Aberdeen; Rev. S. M. 
Thames, Macon; Rev. R. M. Standefer, Oxford; Rev. J. W. Malone, 
Gienada; R;^v. T. W. Lewis, Corinth. 

The Mississippi Conference — Rev. Dr. C. G. Andrews, Meridian; 
Rev. Dr. W. C. Black, New Orleans ; Rev. A. F. Watkins, Vicksburg ; 
Rev. W. B. Lewis, Yazoo City; Major R. W. Millsaps, banker, Jack- 
scm ; John A. Lewis, manufacturer, Meridian; Peter James, planter, 
Yazoo City; I. C. Enochs, manufacturer, Jackson. 



Robert Bennett, McOalls Creek ; member of Galloway Literary 

Harvey Kera]>er Bnbenzer, Bunkie, La. 

Webster Millsaps Buie, Brookhaven; Kappa Alpha, memT)er of 
Lamar Literary Society, contestant for tlie Oscar Kearney Andrews 

Walker Brook Burwell, Ebenezer; Kappa Sijjma. 

Henry LaFayette Clark, Yazoo City ; Kappa Sigma. 

Yerger Hunt Clifton, Jackson, Kap])a Alplia. 

Samuel Irving Cochran, Lizelia; Tau Delta Omicron, member of 
Galloway Literary Society. 

William Larkin Duien, Blockmonton ; Secretary of Gnlloway Lit- 
erary Society, also Montlily Orator; winner of tlie Oscar Kearney An- 
drews medal '<)8-'09. 

Alfred Moses Ellison, Jackson. 

Francis Marion Featherstone, ./ackson. 

Lewis Rundell Featherstone, Jackson. 

Gerald FitzGerald, Friars Point; Kapi)a Alpli.i. 

George Marvin Galloway, Canton; member of Lamar Literary 

John Jay Golden, Vauglians. 

John Howard Grice, Tiyns ; Auditor of Galloway Literary So- 
ciety; contestant for tlie Oscar Kearney Aiulrcvvs uicdal. 

Frank Eugene Gunter, Eupora. 

Leonard Hart, Jackson. 

William Wadell Heidleberg, Heidleberg; iiieiiil)er of Galloway 
Literary Society. 

Oscar Sidney Ho])kins, Hickory; member of Galloway Literary 

John Blanche Howell, Canton; Kappa Sigma; contestant for the 
Oscar Kearney Andrews medal. 

Floyd Turner Hunter, Waterproof, La.; Tau Delta Omicron. 


Hugli Walker Jenkins, Pearce; member of Lamar Literary 

Pope Jordan, Benton ; Tan Delta Omicron ; Preparatory Scbolar- 
sliip Medalist 1807-'98. 

Robert Timberlake Kemp. Canton; Kai)pa Sigma. 

William Marvin Langley, Abbeville; Secretary and Treasurer of 
Class; member of Galloway Literary Society. 

George McCallum, Edwards. 

Hamilton Gordon McGowan, Eatsville; member of Galloway Lit- 
erary Society. 

Anselm Josepli McLanrin, Jr., Jackvson; Kappa Sigma; contest- 
ant for tlie Oscar Kearney Andrews medal- 

Jobn Hngli McLeod, Hattiesbuig; Kappa Alplia; Class Poet. 

Rnfus Martin Middleton, Yazoo City ; member of Galloway Lit- 
erary Society. 

Edward Waltliall Nail, Jackson; Kapi>a Alpha; member of La- 
mar Literary Society. 

Edwaid Franklin Koby, Durant; member of Lamar Literary 

Walter Tliomas Rogers, LeConte; contestant for the Oscar Kear- 
ney Andrews medal. 

Claude Mitchell Simpson, Cameron ; Assistant Local Editor of 
Collegian ; member of Galloway Literary Society. 

Otis Otkins Snmmer, Lnmberton ; member of Galloway Literary 

Charles VVyatt Tliigi)en, LakeComo; member of Galloway Lit- 
eiai-y So(!iety. 

A'len Thomps(m, Kentwood, La.; Tau Delta Omicron; Class His- 
torian and Orator ; contestant for the Oscar Kearney Andrews medal; 
member of Lamar Literary Society. 

Arnon Lynn Thompson, Grange; Kappa Alpha. 

Marvin Enoch Thompson, Grange; Kappa Alpha. 

George Ronsseaux Thompson, New Orleans, La,; Kappa Sigma. 

James Albert Vanghan, Vicksburg. 

Thomas Binford Watkins, Water Valley; President of Class. 

Edgar Wasson Waugh, Goodman. 

James Erastns Williams, Clarksbnrg. 

Walter Albert Williams, Charleston ; Kappa Alpha; Vice-Presi- 
dent Class ; contestant for Oscar Kearney Andrews medal ; member of 
Galloway Literary Society. 



The Sopliomore Class of 1898-'99 was composed of tweuty-ei,i>ht 
members; au excellent miinber, a more excellent quality. Taken in 
alphabetic order, they are as '^ollows: 

George Robert Bennett, Camden, Miss.; who is a member of the 
Galloway Literary Society, the Tan Delta Omicron Fraternity and 
President of the Young- Men's Christian Association. 

Robert Adolplms Clark, Kosciusko, Miss.; a loyal member of tlie 
Galloway Literary Society, of which he was President one term, and 
an excellent Y. M. C. A. worker. 

John Hazzard Dorroh, Madison, Miss,; a member of tlie Galloway 
Literary Society, Tau Delta Omicorn Fraternity and Y. M. C. A. 

John Sharp Ewing-, Harriston, Miss.; a staunch and worthy mem- 
ber of the Kai)pa Sigma Fraternity. 

Samuel Lamar Field, Madison, Miss.; a member of the Galloway 
Literary Society, Tau Delta Omicron Fraternity and Y. M. C. A. 

Luther Watson Felder, Topisaw, Miss.; a member of the Galloway 
Literary Society and Y. M. C. A. 

Albert Langley Fairley, Jackson, Miss. 

Angelo Albert Hearst, Shrock, Miss.; a member of the Galloway 
Literary Society and Y. M. C. A.; Local Editor Collegian 98-99. 

James Albert Hammack, Pocahontas, Miss.; a membei' of the La- 
mar Literary Society and Y. M. C. A. 

Leon Catching Holloman, Jackson, Miss.; a meml)er of the Lamar 
Literary Society and Kai)pa Sigma Fraternity. 

Romulus Thomas Liddell, Fayette, Miss.; a member of the Lamar 
Literary Society and Kap])a Alpha Fraternity. 

John Warren MclSTair, Brookhaven, Miss.; a member of the Lamar 
Society and Y. M. C. A. 

James Boswell Mitchell, Le sburg, Va.; a member of the Gallo 
way Literary Society, Ka])pa Sigma Fraternity and Y. M. C. A. 

Harvey Thompson Mounger, Vicksburg, Miss.; a member of the 
Lamar Literary Society and Kai)]>a Sigma Fraternity. 

Levin Freeland Magrudcr, New Orleans, La.; a member of the La- 


mar Literary Society, Ivappa Si^nia Fraternity and Y, M. C. A. 

James Tliomas McCafferty, Chester, Miss.; a member of tlie Gal- 
loway Literary Society and Y. M. C. A. 

Nathaniel Vick llobbins, Vic^ksbiirji-, Miss.; a member of the La- 
mar Literary Society, Kai)i)a Sigma Fraternity and Y. M. C. A. 

William Owen Sadlei', Corinth, Miss.; a member of the Lamar Lit- 
erary Society, Tan Delta Omicron Fraternity and Y, M. C. A. 
jg Hamilton Fletcher Sivley, Jackson, Miss,; a loyal member of the 
Xai)i»a Sigma Fraternity. 

Harry Prentiss Sneed, Kosciusko, Miss ; a member of the Lanuir 
Society and Kappa Al])lia Fraternity. 

Clarence >eil Smylie, Meridian. Miss.; a member of the Lamar 
Literary Society, Kap]ia Aljdia Fraternity, and the first President of 
Sopliomore Class. 

Stennis Thompson, Meridian, Miss. 

Holland Otis White, Carthage, Miss.; a member of the Galloway 
Literary Society and Y. M. C. A, 

Garland Qiiinche Whitfield, Jackson, Miss.; a member of the La- 
.mar Literary Society and Tan Delta Omicron Fraternity. 
P Ebbie Oncliterloney Whittington, Gloster, Miss. 

Edwin Burnley Ricketts, Jackson, Miss.; a member of the Lamar 
.Literary Society and Y. M. C. A. 

P Benjamin Barr Parker, Jackson, Miss.; who made a radical de- 
'])arture from college life. Success to him as a husband. 

The debaters from the Galloway Literary Society, Messrs. Mitch- 
ell and McCafferty, and the representatives of the college at the Chau- 
tanqua, Messrs. Mitchell and Whitfield, are of the Sophomore Class. 
The Galloway Literary Society and Faculty are to be congratulated 
for discovering ard recognizing the ability of the Sophomores. 

Barney Edward Eaton, Hist. 



Thomas Cook Bradford, Meridian ; a member of Galloway Liter- 
ary Society ; Assistant Bnsiness Manager of The Millsaps Colle- 
gian '98-'90. A Bill Collector. 

Marvin Holloman Brown, Heatliman ; member of tlie Lamar Lit- 
erary Society ; a Tau Delta Omicron ; Exchange Editor Millsaps Col- 
legian '98-'99; Anniversary Orator '98 '99; Speaker in Whitwortli 
Debate '97-'98. Fighter. 

Thomas Wynn Holloman, Phoenix; Tan Delta Omicron; member 
Lamar Literary Society ; Com. Debater '98-'99; Exchange Editor Mill- 
saps Collegian '99-'00; Speaker in Whitwortli Debate '97-'98. 
Woman's Rights Champion. 

Stei)hen Lnse Biirwell, F^benezer; a Kai)i)a Sigma; President 
Tennis Association '98-'99; Litera y Editor Millsaps Collegian 
'99 '00; Class Historian. Heart Breaker. 

Morris Andrews Chambers, Brookliaven; Tan Delta Omicron; a 
member of Lamar Literary Society. Female Colh'ge Professor. 

William Thomas Clark, Yazoo City; Kappa Sigma. A Tennis 

James Ford Galloway, Calhonn ; Tan Delta Omicion; member 
Lamar Literary Society. A Tieasnrer. 

Ethelbert Hines Galloway; Class President; Ka])pa Sigma; mem- 
ber Galloway Literary Society; Bnsiness Manager Millsaps Colle- 
gian '98 '99; Kditor-in-Chief Millsaps Collegian '99-'00. An 

Clarence Norman Gnice, Natchez; Kajjpa Alpha; member Lamar 
Literary Society; Oscar Kearney Andrews Medalist '97-'98. A Flirt. 

William Wnlter Holmes, Kipling; Tan Delta Omicron ; member 


Lamar Literary Society; Gunning- Medalist '98-'99. A Bisliop. 

William Lee Kennon, Jackson. A Scientist. 

Thomas Mitchell Lemly, Jackson; member Lamar Literary So- 
ciety; Piesident Y. M.C. A.'96-'97; Anniversary Orator '94-'95; Inter- 
Collegiate Orator, Natchez, '98-99; Declaimer Medalist '96-'97 A 

Henry Polk Lewis, Jr., Jackson ; member Galloway Literary So- 
ciety. A Preacher. 

Thomas Eubanks Marshall, Carrollton ; member Galloway Liter- 
ary Society. A Soldier. 

James Asgill Teat, Kosciusko; Kappa Alpha; member Lamar 
Literary Society ; Com. Debater '98-'99. Best known as "Babe". A 

33 the; millsaps collrgian. 


The Senior Class consists of nine dignified yonng fellows, whom 
Millsaps is turning out upon the world with many anticipations of a 
bright future for each one. Fain would I give you a detailed history 
of all these great and good men, telling you of their great deeds of the 
past and foretelling their glories of the future, but a mere enumera- 
tion must suffice. So I will introduce to you 

Mr. William Edward Mabrey Brogan, B.A., Vosburg. Class Ora- 
tor, a Tau Delta Omicron, a member of the Galloway L. S., Anniver- 
sarian '98-'99, Com. Debater's Medalist '96 '97. 

Then comes Mr. Henry Thompson Carley. B. A., Bolton. Class 
Poet, a Kappa Sigma, a member of the L. L. S., Com. Debater's Med- 
alist '97-'98, Literary Ed. of The Millsaps Collegian '98-'99 and a 
Sen. Orator. 

And now Mr. Ashbel Webster Dobyns, B.A., Jackson. Class Es 
sayist, a Kappa Alpha, a member of L. L. S. and a Sen. Orator. 

Next comes Mr. George Lott Harrell, B.S., Bear Creek. President 
of Class, a Tau Delta Omicron, a member of L. L. S., Y. M. C. A. Ed. 
of The Millsaps Collegian '98 '99, Pres. of the Scientific Ass'n. 
'98-'99, Pres. of the Y. M. C. A. '97-'98. 

I now introduce Mr. Harris Allen Jones, B. A. Class Treasurer, a 
member of the Galloway L. S., Anniversary Orator '98-'98. 

Mr. John Tillery Lewis, Ph.B., Vice- Pres. of Class, comes next. A 
Kai>pa Sigma, a member of the Galloway L. S., Anniversary Orator 
'96-'97, Com. Debater '97-'98, Inter-Collegiate Orator, Natchez, '98-'99, 
Gymnasium Instructor '96-'99, Senior Orator and Senior Medalist. 

And here is Mr. Edward Leonard Wall, B.A., Jackson. Class 
Prophet, a member os the L. L. S. and Asst. Instructor in Latin. 


Anotlier Wall is Mr. Percy James, Jackson. Class Secty. and In- 
structor in Prep. Greek. 

And last of all comes Mr. Herbert Brown Watkins, B.A., Jackson. 
Class Historian, a Kappa Alpha, a member of L. L. S., Anniversarian 
'98-'99, Ed.-in Chief of The Millsaps Collegian '98-'99, Alumni Ed 
of The Millsaps Collegian '99-'00, Treas. of Athletic Assn. '96-'99, 
Com. Debater '96-'97, Senior Orator. 



Coimiiencement began in earnest when on Friday morning tlie 
freslimen, declaimed to a large and apiueciative andience. The eon- 
test showed np some good talent which in coining years we doubt not 
will make tlie halls of Millsaps ring with eloquence. Mr. W. L. Du- 
ren was so veiy fortunate as to walk off with this medal. 

On Friday night the Annual Commencement debate was held. 
The question as to whether we should adopt a policy of ex])ansion was 
warmly contested by representatives of the Lamai' and Galloway Lit- 
erary Societies. Messrs T. W. Hollornan and J. A. Teat of the former 
holding the aflftrinative and Messrs J. B. Mitchell and J. T. McCafferty 
holding- the negative. The discussion was one of the best ever heard 
at Millsaps and was a source of much ei'tliusiasti(5 intei'est and ]>rofit 
to the audience. The negative howev^er won and Mr. J. B. Mitchell 
'' didn't do a thing to the medal." Mr. Mitchell is all kinds of an 

Saturday morning the contest for the Oscar Kearney Andrews 
medal took ])lace which contest was also listened to with great de- 
light by quite a large audien<'e. Mr. G. Q. Whitfield with his si)eech 
on ^'' Imperialism'''' won the medal much to the gratification of his 
many friends. 

On Sunday morning at the First Methodist Church in Jackson, 
Bishop Candler of Georgia, preached our Commencement sermon. 
He i)reachcd from the text of Col 2 chapter, <Sth, 9th and 10th verse . 
This was one of the grandest sermons we liave ever heard and we are 
sorry if you did not lieai- it. 

On Sunday night Rev. Dr. Boiling of Shreveport ])reach«d in the 
First Methodist Church before the Y. M. C. A of our college. Dr. 
Boiling is a great preacher and it was a great ])lea8ure to have him 
with us. 

On Monday morning Bishop Candler delivered the Annual Lit- 
erary Address before a large audience at the First Church. His sub- 
ject was the "Universal Peace Treaty" and his speech was a grand 
pie(;e of eloquence and was thoroughly enjoyed. 


Oil riiesday uioniiiiy- the Seniors liad tlieir time. Orations were 
delivered by Messrs ITeTiry Carley, Webster Dobyns, J. T. Lewis and 
M. H. Watkiiis in contest for the Lis'on medal. Mr. Lewis with liis 
oration "Tiie Pliilosophy of Life" carried off tiiis beautiful and val- 
uable prize. After the contest the diplomas were delivered and the 
baccalaureate jKidress delivered by Dr. Alnrrah in his own impres- 
sive and eloquent style. The day was one of much pleasure, pride 
and enthusiasm mingled with sadness at the thoujilit of the '' Good 
bi/es^'' wiiich must so soon be said. 

Messrs J. B. Mitchell and Garland Whitfield will rei)reseiit Mill- 
saps in the Inter colh'«;iate contest at Crystal Springs during Chautau- 
qua this summer and we expect to win that medal too. 

On Tuesday morning the Alumni Ass'ociation of our college met 
in the Y. M. C. A. Iiall aud held their annual elei;tion of olticers and 
p;(»\ ided a program tor their celebration next commencement. Tiie 
ofticers are President, VV. H. Fitzhugh '97, Vice President R. B. Kic- 
ketts '99. The piogram for next commencement will consist of an ad- 
rress by J. T. Calhoun '96 Columbia, Miss., an essay by W. B. Jones 
'97 of Hattiesbnrg, Miss. 

Dining commencement we had many distinguished visitors whom 
it always gives us ]>leasure to welcome. There were present many of 
oiii' enthusiastic young Alumni who seem not to have forgot their 
olden love for Millsaps College. 

The death of Mrs. J. P. Hannerthe wife of our honored teacher of 
modern languages, was, a sad soriow to ns all. Mrs. Hanner by her 
gentle and thoughtful nature had won the .sincere and hearty friend- 
siiip of many of the Millsaps students as she had taught to love her 
all others who knew her well. She died on Sunday morning during 
connnencement and was laid away by loving hands in the city cem- 
etery monday afternoon. To her many loved ones especially to the 
sorrowing young husband, our teacher, we extend our heartfelt sym- 
pathy and love. 


Vol. I. JUNE, 1899. No. 8. 



H. B. Watkins Editor-in-Chief 

W. H. FiTzHuGH (B. A., '97) Alumni Editor 

H. T. Carley Literary Editor 

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With this issue The Millsaps Collegian bids adieu to her 
many friends, and with the closing of tlie session retires witli niiiigh^d 
gladness and reg.iet to her " siimuier resort" to rest up. 

Bnt we say " Good-Bye " only for a while. When the .summer hits 
passed quickly away, as sujnmers sometimes do, and again into our 
college halls rush back the tides of students, rhen shall we coiue again 
ready for a year of hard, hard work. We have tried our best this 
year, and we have no apologies for our ])ast, but after all it is to the 
future that we look with greatest hope. Xext year Mr. Ethelbert Gal- 
loway will direct our efforts, and under his guidance we exjx'ct to at- 
tain much success. You who return to Millsa])s come ready to lu^Ip 
us out, and yon who enter into the active fields of life reuiember us 
still and hold out your heljung hand to us. 

To all of our friends we wish a sunimerof happiness even bi'yoiid 
anticipation ,and a life of untold .success. Goodbye! 




Til en tliere was a ])erfect stillness. 

Will made an effort to speak, but only muttered a word or two 
ver and anon, wliicli were bardly audible. 

The crowd had gone back to their rooms, or were well on their 
^ay, when Kendricks, who had secreted himself near for the ]mrpose 
)f aiding his friend, came forward and took the cloth from the eyes of 
;he young orator, who found, much to his chagrin, he had been ad- 
Iressing his eloquent words to touib stones and dead people, both of 
tvhich he regarded as nnapi)reciative audiences. 

After a hand-shaking and a hearty laugh, as only college men can 
>ive, indulged in by both, they turned their steps to "Old North ".* 

The next morning there was a smile on the faces of many of the 
ipi)er classmen. 

Jennings had established his reputation as a grave-yard orator. 

Time sped rn, and Will Jennings was ra])idly pushing his way to 
the front; each day he grew in popularity among the great body of 

Although Will was greatly absorbed with his college duties and 
responsibilities, as other college men sometimes do, he still found time 
to <^ariy on with the girl in Virginia a corres])ondence of great reg- 

Yes, every week's mail brouglit liim a letter with a feminine super- 
s<'ri])tion theieon, with the ])ostmark of Leeville, Virginia. 

He was lazily lying on the grass one afternoon when a letter was 
handed him. 

He hastily tore it o])en and set about reading its contents. 

His bright and happy conntenance assumed a more serious look. 
Fie was worried, as his chums tu)w saw. 

"Why, brace np, old fellow; don't take life so seriously ; it will 
be all right, no doubt", said Lawrence Travis, one of his most inti- 
mate friends. 

May had announced that her father, from ill health, had suffered 
a financial reverse, and was becoming, because of this, very morbid. 

* " ( >1(1 North College ", or Nassau, one of the dormitories on Prince- 
ton, which was when built the largest building in the world. 


Their home, slie tlioii^lit, would lia\'e to go, and tlieii tliey would leave 
tlie coinniunity. 

Being- sucli a proud family, and occupying' such a higli social i)0- 
sition, to he, then, reduced, was more than they could bear. 

It wa.s, therefore, decided to move beyond the pale of human ac- 
quaintances, into another State. 

His heart arose within him, and sent his blood tingling through 
his veins. Oh, that he iin"ght assist them in their sad misfortune, and 
set them aright again ! 

Time went on, and eacii week's mail was watched eagerly for a 
letter, which seemed now not to be coming. 

He was not able even to ascertain where the family had gone. 

At last it dawned ui)<>n him that May, i)roud as she wms, supposed 
him desirous of discontiiniing the c()rres])ondence, and wanted to re- 
lieve him of the inconvenience of saying so. 

But she was wrong- in such a sui)i)Ositi<)n. She ])ossessed the 
same charms as before, and if such were possible he loved her moie. 
He would wiite, and should he find her he would tell her so. 

Commencem nt was at last come, and Will, as President of the 
class, delivered the class address. 

He had made the highest average of the year, and was publicly 
awarded a token of that distinction. 

The day was soon at hand when Will was to depart for home, jind 
there were many who sliook his hand with tears in thtMr eyes,and with 
tiemors in their voices bade him adieu and hap)>y vacation. 

At last he was at home, and with what ])ride and hap|)iness did 
his old father and mothei- beliold their boy, and with what i>atern;il 
joy they watched iiis e\ery movement. 

But va<'ation was soon over, and back to old Princeton, which 
seemed almost as dejir a |»lace as home, he retnrned. 

As to the remainder of Will's college life, suffice it \o say he cov- 
ered himself with glory, and it is said there was never a more lovable 
(dmracter or one whose po])ulaiity was more universal connected with 
the Univeisity. 

But school days gave i>lace to the more serious duties of life, for 
which they aie but ])rei)aratory. 

Will entered at oiu^e upon the study of law, and soon had his 
profession. ' 

Then the tocsin of war sounded on the Ameii<'an continent for as 
bloody a war as is rec(uded in historic annals. The war between the 
Stat s had begun, and Will, in obedience to Duty's call, enlisted in 
the Southern army. 

He was made captain of a Virginia company which was organized 
near his home. 


Cai)tnin Jennings was, l)ef(iie many niontlis had passed, tlirice 

He had now assniiicd conunand of as iine a body of men as ever 
drew a warrior's steel or answered a l)uole's call. 

It was during the memorable valley campaign that one of the 
Idoodiest conflicts that war record took place. In this battle 
Colonel Jennings' legiment was engaged, and while the colonel was 
directing the tire of his nien, with the cannon calls bnrsting around 
and the deathdealing " minnie balls " whistling aronnd him, he saw a 
colomd fall from his steed. 

The fellow died so hravely, and like the soldier that he was, that 
Col. Jennings despatched a body of men to take the corpse and place 
it wht^re it would not be further mutilated until the shades of evening 
would bring the battle to a close. 

At length the tiring ceased, and as soon asconditious permitted, 
the colonel rode over to his dead comrade. 

A search in the i>ockets of the man revealed the startling news to 
Col. Jennings that the dead soldier was none other than Col. Keaton, 
the father of May Keaton, whom he remembered as his sweetheart of 
long ago, and wIkuu he had not heard from in so long. 

Tlie Keatcms had emigrated to Texas, i)artly for the fathei's 
health, but especially l)ecanse of ])ecuniary embarrassment. Mr. Kea- 
ton had taken a high stand in his new home, and at the outbreak of 
war was made colonel of a Texas regiment. 

There was also fonnd a note in his ])ossession which asked in his 
daughter's name that shonld he be killed or wounded he would be 
bronght to the little town in Texas where he lived alone with his 
danghter. The reqnest was granted, and that soldier who was as gal- 
lant as ever T\'ore the gray was escorted by a guard of men to his 
home, where his home-coming had been looked for so long and ear- 
nestly by his danghter. 

A shoit note was sent by Col. Jennings to the or])han May, tlfe 
contents of which none other besides her saw. 

At the close of the war, thongh the terrible hand of devastation 
had swept the once beantifnl Sonthland, and the colonel found his 
home in ashes, ther-e was in his possession a marked degree of determ- 
ination to convert the ])ath of a cruel devastation into a land to blos- 
som as the rose. He set to Mork, as did many of the Southern people, 
to recover his lost fortunes. 

It is needless to say snccess was his reward, and l)efore many 
months the Texas home had been leased and May Keaton came back 
to old Virginia, the home of hei childhood, to add her beanty to the 
home of Colonel Jenuiniis. 

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