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ThLs work i.s ino.st re^pectfullv dedicated (ls a token of our
e.stecm ciivl apprecicitioiA ot the n^aiuj heiiefits
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ife of [V^cv^'in iVir^ake,
LEVIN LAKE, of Glen-arm, Baltimore Co., Md. was born at Cambridge, Md., in 1842.
He took an active part in the late war, running the blockade in 1861, and entering
the artillery service in Virginia with the rank of lieutenant, at the close of the war
he had advanced to the command of all the picket forces from the Spanish Fort to Point
Clear on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay.
Since then he has been in active business both in New York and Baltimore, standing
in the foremost rank of influential business men since his advent into business life.
He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Agricultural College
in '95 and '96 under Governor Brown, and by his interest in the welfare of old M. A. C.
has secured for us advantages, which shall never be forgotten.
It is the lament of every student that he is not still a member of that honorable body.
i,e;vin lake, sr.
THK KDITORIAI, BOARD.
(^oari of (gyditors
Wm. S. Weedon, Editor-in-Cliief.
Franklin Sherman, Jr.
John D. Cronmili.er.
Gilbert H. Whiteford.
^OQpd of I^aiiQQcrs.
Garrie K. W. Schenck, Chief Manager.
Albert S. Gill. Harry Heward.
'E TAKE great pleasure in modestly offering to the patrons and students of our college the
Reveille — the result of sincere persistency and untiring efforts on the part of the Class of
In the production of an annual ours has been no light task. Foremost among the
difficulties with which we had to deal was our lack of time, due to circumstances which we
could not control. Never before in the history of our college had any class conceived
of this praiseworthy idea ; and so the path to its successful execution was not lighted by
the never failing lamp of experience.
As Juniors we first bethought ourselves of this commendable work, and labored with
honest efforts in behalf of its accomplishment, but failed.
Upon becoming Seniors, undaunted as we were by the failure of the preceeding year, and still cherishing
dearly the hope of erecting for ourselves this imperishable monument, we again entered upon the, work with
renewed vigor, and now feel no little gratification in having accomplished its successful achievement.
Besides serving to satiate our well-aimed ambition, we hope that the Reveille may awaken such interest
among our fellow students as to insure the continuance of the work which it has been our great pleasure to
inaugurate. Furthermore may it reflect deserving credit on our college and lend a helping hand in carrying
forward its standard of prosperity.
We wish to express our indebtedness to those members of the alumni who have so kindly responded to
to our call for aid, and we can but hope that our publication may recall to them fond recollections of the past.
associated with their stay at old M. A. C.
We finally entreat leniency on the part of our critics, and trust that they may be able to accord us the
success which'has been our great ambition to gain, and for which we have striven with unrelenting care and vigor.
THE MAIN BUII^DING.
(^hc l^^umjland ^grieuhupal
BY PRESIDENT R. W. SILVESTER.
THE Maryland Agricultural College was the
second technical Agricultural College estab-
lished in the United States. It owes its
inception to the wisdom and energy of a party of
Maryland gentlemen who, recognizing the great
advantage to agriculture and to the State of such
provision for scientific training for the sons of
farmers, petitioned the Legislature in 1856 for an
act of incorporation of an Agricultural College.
This petition was met by an act of the General
Assembly of Maryland, dated March 6, 1856, and
containing the following general provisions for the
establishment of a College of Agriculture and a
Model Farm. That as soon as two thousand shares
of stock, of the value of $25 a share should be sub-
scribed for the purpose, the subscribers should be
incorporated into a company to be known as The
Maryland Agricultural College. The direction of
the corporation was to be placed in the hands of
twenty-two trustees,- to be selected from the stock-
holders, which Trustees should purchase land and
cause the necessary buildings to be erected, should
select a President and Faculty, and generally con-
trol and direct the affairs of the institution. The
express purpose of the college was defined to be :
" To instruct the youthful student in those arts and
sciences indispensible to successful agricultural pur-
The original charter members of the corpora-
tion were : James T. Earle, John O. Wharton,
Nicholas B. Worthington, Charles B. Calvert, George
W. Hughes, W. W. W. Bowie, Ramsay McHenry,
J. Carroll Walsh and A. B. Davis.
The necessary amount of stock was soon sub-
scribed and the Board of Trustees organized, with
the Hon. Charles B. Calvert as its first president.
The matter of the selection of a suitable location
for the college presented considerable difficulty,
many estates being considered in different parts of
the State. After much discussion, the farm of-
fcred by Mr. Charles B. Calvert, a part of the
Riversdale estate in Prince George's County, was
finally agreed upon. The corner-stone of the col-
lege building was laid, with appropriate ceremony
on August 24, 1857. While the building was still
in process of construction, work was begun upon
the farm, looking to its preparation for the experi-
mental work required by the charter to be con-
ducted upon it. The building was completed in
the following year, and the college was formally
opened in October, 1859. Much interest was
manifested by the people of the State in the enter-
prise. Endorsements of the plan of work were
publicly made by business and agricultural organi-
zations, and valuable contributions to the farm and
college equipment were received unsolicited from
private individuals. Among the most generous
friends of the college should be mentioned Dr.
William N. Mercer, of New Orleans, whose gifts
of books and money were of inestimable benefit to
the college in its youth.
The first President was Prof. Benjamin Hal-
lowell, a teacher of reputation in the State and in
the District of Columbia. He was an able execu-
tive officer, and served the greater part of two
years, refusing all compensation for his services.
The original Faculty of the College consisted ot
the President, who was also Professor of Mental and
Moral Philosophy ; Dr. B. Loomis, Professor of
Ancient and Modern Languages ; Dr. George C.
Schaeffer, Professor of Agriculture and the Natural
Sciences ; and Prof H. Dorsey Gough, Professor of
Mathematics and the Exact Sciences. Each Trus-
tee was empowered to designate students for ad-
mission from his own county. Students were to be
required to perform practical farm work. The
college thus began its career auspiciously.
Three years after its opening, in 1862, the
Congress of United States passed the first act pro-
viding for the endowment of Agricultural Colleges.
The fact is worthy of being emphasized here that
Maryland did not wait for Federal aid in the estab-
lishment of such an institution, but before the pas-
sage of the Act of 1862, by the generosity and
public spirit of her private citizens and the wisdom
and foresight of her Legislature, had established
and put into practical operation a college whose
primary object was to develop her agricultural
interests by training young men in those depart-
ments of science which should fit them for the
successful pursuit of agriculture. Thus the Mary-
land Agricultural College is not, strictly speaking,
a " Land-grant College " in its origin, but rather a
beneficiary of the Land Grant of 1862.
By this act every State in which an Agricul-
tural College was established, or was to be estab-
lished, received unclaimed Western land to the
amount ot 30,000 acres for each representative in
Congress ; the proceeds from the sale of this land,
in place or scrip, to be invested in Government or
State bonds paying not less than 5 per cent., as a
permanent endowment for such College. The Leg-
islature of Maryland accepted the land so granted,
in scrip, and designated the Maryland Agricultural
College as the beneficiary thereof Owing to the
depressed condition of land values at the time that
this scrip was sold, 1S65, but comparatively little
was realized from the sale in all about $112,000.
This was invested in State bonds, yielding a little
more than $6,000 per annum in the way of income
to the college. At the time of the receipt of this
important addition to its income the college had
already broadened the sphere of its work, and had
provided a somewhat elaborate course of instruc-
tion. While the agricultural features of the course
were still preserved, considerable attention was
paid to the literary branches and the classics, and
the degrees of A.B., A.M. and Ph.B. were conferred.
But in 1865, the hard times and the unsettled state
of affairs in Maryland, consequeut upon the Civil
war, had reduced the attendance at the college and
brought its finances to so low a point that it was
found necessary to apply to the State for aid. The
State came to the assistance of the college, becom-
ing part owner of the land and property of the
corporation, binding itself to an annual appropria-
tion for its support, thus securing the right of
representation on the Board of Control. Since that
time several changes have been made in the com-
position of the Board. At present it is constituted
as follows. The Governor of the State is ex-officio
president of the Board ; the other State officers who
are ex-officio members are the Comptroller, the
Attorney-General, the President of the Senate and
the Speaker of the House of Delegates. Besides
this representation the Governor appoints six visi-
tors and the stockholders elect five.
In 1887 Congress passed a second important
act in aid of the agricultural interests of the States,
appropriating $15,000 a year for the establishment
and maintenance of Agricultural Experiment Sta-
tions. The Maryland Station was located on the
college farm, and was made a department of the
college. In 1892 the Board of Trustees so far separat-
ed it from the college as to put it under a special
Director, who is directly responsible to the Board.
Again in 1892 the Federal Government showed
its disposition to favor the colleges of Agriculture
and the Mechanic Arts. By the act of that year a
sum of $15,000, to be increased by $1,000 each year
until the sum of $25,000 was reached, was granted
to each State to be applied to the further equipment
and support ot the Agricultural and Mechanical
Colleges. The terms of this act especially designate
the purposes for which the lund so granted shall
be used. Its meaning admits of no doubt as to the
intention of its author, Senator Morrill, of Vermont.
The primary object of this legislation is the develop-
ment of the Departments of Agriculture and
Mechanical Engineering. Maryland, as was the
case in all the States in which there is a consider-
able negro population, in order to comply with the
terms of the Act ot Congress, divided this fund
between the State Agricult ral College and a some-
what similar institution for the education of
negroes. This college is located at Princess Anne,
on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
It would be idle in this sketch to relate in detail
the fortunes of the Agricultural College since its
beginning in 1858. Like all such institutions it
has had its periods of reverses and of prosperity.
At times it has apparently departed widely from the
intention of its founders. For the last few years, at
least, its tendency has been to emphasize more and
more those peculiar branches of education which
distinguish it from colleges offering a liberal edu-
During the past five years the record of the
college has been one to which the State can point
with pride, a fact in no slight degree due to the
efiforts of Ex-Governor Frank Brown and his asso-
ciates, who during the entire time of their connec-
nection with the college, took an active interest in
its affairs and nobly seconded the efforts of the
President and the Faculty. This policy, under
Governor Lloyd Lowndes and his associates is being
continued, as is evident by the building of a Chem-
ical Laboratory, the establishment of the Depart-
ment of Farmers' Institute and the creation of the
Department of State Entomology. Under such
favorable auspices the institution must continue to
grow, and reach a status of being the most import-
ant factor in the agricultural development of the
State. During the present administration the at-
tendance has averaged about 125 students a year.
There is every reason to believe that this number
could have been materially increased, but for lack
The curriculum at present embraces five dis-
tinct courses of instruction: An Agricultural Course,
a short Winter Agricultural Course, a Scientific
Course, a Mechanical Course, and a Classical Course.
The percentage ot students pursuing the Agricul-
tural Course compares most favorably with that in
any Agricultural College in the East, while the per-
centage of those in the Mechanical Course is greater
than in most of the Agricultural and Mechanical
Colleges. The Chemical Department is second to
none in the State, outside of the University. The
departments of Biology, of Entomology, of Botany
and Horticulture and of Physics have been par-
ticularly objects of a care in development. A well-
planned and well-equipped Mechanical building
has been erected, and the course in Mechanical
Engineering is proving most successful in its results.
A new building for the Chemical Department,
which has outgrown its old quarters, has just been
completed. A large green-house has recently been
added to the facilities for instruction in the Horti-
One prominent feature of the college work is
the Military department. The students are under
the control of an officer of the regular Army, and
are instructed in the manual of arms and the
maneuvers of the battalion. The Board of Trus-
tees have recently directed that tlie military work
of the year be completed by a week of encampment
of the cadet corps. Physical culture is provided for
by the maintenance of an excellent gymnasium,
where regular instruction is given by a Professor
of Athletics. The College Library, while still small,
is a most serviceable one, and is well and comfort-
ably located in the second story of the new Gymna-
The future of the college will be what the
people of the State choose to make it. To-day it is
better prepared to take up the work of education
along scientific, mechanical and liberal lines where
the public schools of the State leave off than at any
other stage of its histor''. Supported in part by
the State, in part by the Federal Government, it
owes a duty to each, a duty which it can best per-
form by living up in spirit as well as in letter to the
provisions of that charter, the work of its wise and
far-sighted founders, to which it owes its being.
R. W. Silvester, President,
Professor of Mathematics.
Richard H. Alvey, Vice-President,
Professor of English and Civics.
Clough Overton, ist Lieut., U. S. Cavalrj', Comtnandant of Cadets.
Professor of Military Science and Tactics.
W. T. L. Taliaferro,
Professor of Agriculture.
James S. Robinson, A.B.,
Professor of Botany.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
H. M. Strickler, a. B.,
Professor of Physical Culture.
F. P. Veitch, B. S.,
Assistant in Cheniistrj'.
Martin P. Scott, B. S., M. D.,
Professor of Natural History.
H. G. Welty,
Professor of Physics.
S. S. Buckley, B. S., D.V. S.,
Professor of Veterinary Science.
H. C. Sherman, B. S., M. S.,*
Assistant in Chemistry.
H. B. McDonnell, B. S., M. D.,
Professor of Chemistry.
Thomas H. Spence,
Professor of Languages.
W. G. Johnson, B. S.,
Professor of Entomology.
Henry T. Harrison,
Principal of Preparatory Department.
F. B. Bomberger, B. S.,
.\ssistant in Cheniistrv.
W. W. Skinner, B. S.,
Assistant in Chemistry.
J. R. Laughlin, B. S.,
Assistant in Chemistry.
* Granted leave of absence to pursue special study at Columbia Univcrsitv.
Chee liing, chee hing,
Chee ha! ha! ha!
Maryland Agricultural College,
Rah! rah! rah!
Fee, fie, fo, funi ;
Bini, bam, bim, bum !
Hi, yi, ip, see ?
M. A. C!
Hella-ba-loo ! hooray ! hooray !
Hella-ba-loo ! hooray ! hooray !
Hooray ! hooray !
M. A. C. A. A.!
One a-zip, two-a-zip.
Zippy, zippy, zam.
(Opposing team) ain't worth a
Um ! yenh ! yenh !
Tad-dah hoo-da-dah flehmy !
We're on top,
Sis ! boom ! rah !
Wishy-go-wish, go- wish, go-wish,
Wishy-go-wish, go-wish ;
Holly woUy, gee golly,
Chick-a-chick-a boom !
Chick-a-chick-a boom !
Boom ! boom ! boom !
Rah! rah! rah!
Rah! rah! rah!
Maryland Agricultural College,
Sis ! boom ! ah !
Hippity huss !
Hippity huss !
What in the h I's the matter with us?
Nothing at all,
Nothing at all.
We're the boj's who play (base, foot) ball
Ching, ching, ching ;
Chow, chow, chow.
Bow, w-o-w, w-o-w !
Holy gee !
Who are we?
We're the bovs of M. A. C.
Class Colors : Navy Blue and White.
Class Yell. — Razz'ie, dazzle,
Fizzle, gee !
M. A. C.
Motto: " Onmcs uni, et unus omnibus.'
Garrie K. W. Schknck, President.
Harrv Hrward, I'lce-Pre^ident.
Grenville Lewis, Secretary and Treasurer.
C. B. Calvert, Jr. John D. Cronmillkr. Albert S. Gill. N. Howard Gill. J. George R. Graham.
Harrv Heward. Grenville Lewis, Jr. K. Parke Linhsav.
Bert S. Nrllioan. Fakian Posev. C. Jurnincham Qiefn. G. K. W. Schrnck. Franklin Sherman, Jr.
Benjamin Watkins, Jr. William S. Weedon. Harrv T. Weltv. tiiLUERT H. Whiteford.
THK CLASS OF 97
'WAS not so very long ago ; only four years ;
and yet it seems much longer to us ; since
we began our course at the college, a lot of
green and unsophisticated Freshmen, unacquainted
with bedslats as weapons of offense, and unac-
quainted with the customs and habits of that crowd
of dignified individuals whom we soon learned were
Experience is the best, if also the most severe,
of all teachers, and e'er long we began to look upon
that gang of brutes, (as we then considered them)
as being hardly fit to be classed among civilized
beings. We thought that it had come to an issue
and that the biological law relating to the "Sur-
vival of the Fittest " would surely be most appli-
cable to our class.
It was painful in the extreme to be obliged to
rise from our comfortable cots in the dead of night,
and address a crowd of persons who were masked
beyond recognition, meanwhile suffering all the
torture that a strong arm, with a bedslat at the end
of it, could inflict. Some of our members had, it is
true, suffered all this the previous year, in the
Preparatory Department ; but that feeling of class
fellowship, which has always been a noticable char-
acteristic of our class, made it hard for them to see
their fellows mistreated.
" All things come round to him who will but
wait" is an old adage, and when the September of
another year rolled around, we found ourselves
as dignifled and as overbearing as our predecessors
had been, and woe to the vile and verdant Fresh-
man who dared to cross our path. New faces
appeared among us that year, Gardiner, Lewis,
Heward, Posey, Queen, Welty and Dorsey were
added to our list.
Gardiner, we are sorry to say, being afflicted
with weak eyes, was obliged to leave us early in the
year, leaving behind him many friends.
That year was not particularly eventful for us
in any respect. The various studies with which
we had to deal were laboriously passed over, and
many were the sighs of relief when, examinations
over, we dispersed to our homes for the summer
But more numerous than the sighs of relief at
vacation, were the sighs of sorrow drawn from us at
the news of the death of our class mate, Richard
Completing his course in the Sophomore year
to the perfect satisfaction of every one, with life and
all its promises bright before him, he was stricken
down during the summer of '95 by lightning.
We do not like to refer to this painful subject,
yet we owe it as a tribute of respect to his parents
and friends, and to his spotless character. We, as
his friends and class mates will ever hold him dear
in our memory, and the name of Dorsey will evtr
be tenderly revered by us.
One new face greeted us in our class-rooms
upon our return, Weedon, of Baltimore, being the
individual. Owing to various causes, too numerous
to mention in detail, our number had now decreased
to seventeen, and the roll of our class for that year
was the same in every particular, that it is to-day.
Calvert, Cronmiller, Gill, A. S., Gill. N. H., Graham,
Heward, Lewis, Lindsay, Nelligan, Posey, Queen,
Schenck, Sherman, Watkins, Weedon, Welty,White-
ford. How easy it is to recite the roll by heart !
How firmly has each one impressed the others with
his character !
Another nine months battle, another victory
won, and when we returned the following autumn,
all seventeen were present to answer to their
Yes, we are proud of our record. Have we
not the right to be, when, after so long and hard a
struggle we have succeeded in bringing the entire
class to graduation ?
This year, like the rest, has been, in most
particulars, without especial interest. Our fears
and hopes have alternated in their rise and fall, but,
as perseverance always wins, so we have at last
won the race, and stand before you, a class of seven-
teen, united in good feeling and class fellowship,
ready to take ovir place before the world, to conquer
Calvert, of College Park, has been with us
throughout our college course. His livliness and
fun have been highly appreciated by us, and
he has done much to cheer us in our fits of
Cronmiller, of Laurel, Maryland, entered at the
same time, and has at all times, been known as a
boy decidedly partial to the gentler sex. His excel-
lency in Latin has never been doubted. He is the
class musician, and has always been in the lead in
social affairs in the college.
Gill, A. S., of Baltimore, entered the Freshman
class and has risen steadily upward. Has managed
both foot-ball and base ball teams with great suc-
cess and as Treasurer of the Athletic Assooiation, is
without an equal.
Gill, N. H., of Baltimore, entered the same
year with his brother. The most of his attention
has been attracted by the Rossbourg Club, of which
he has been treasurer, and other social affairs, in
which has always taken great interest.
Graham, of Queen Anne's County, has been
with us from the first and has held several positions
of confidence among the students.
Heward, entering the Sophomore, has been
with us from that time. He has played foot-ball
with zest, and has won the good-will of all.
Lewis, of Washington, is our athletic leader.
Foot-ball, base ball and +rack athletics have all been
encouraged by him and much credit is due
to hiui from this department.
Lindsay, of Portsmouth, Virginia, has been
here from the first. He had never taken any active
part in any social or athletic events, but by his good
humor and kindness has won many friends.
Nelligan, of Washington, takes much interest
in athletics and by his pluck and energy on the
foot-ball field, has gained a circle of friends.
Posey, of Charles County, has been a faithful
classical student from the time of his entrance, and
his friends among the students will be sorry to see
Queen, of Prince George, has won friends on
the foot-ball field as well as in all places where he
Schenck, of Brooklyn, New York, has been
the recognized leader of the class in all matters
pertaining to its general welfare. He has led us in
the drill and has presided over more meetings of
our class than any other member.
Sherman, of Fairfax Co., Va., was among tl'e
few who have risen from the Preparatory Depart-
ment to the Senior class. He has been a member
of both the base ball and foot-ball teams. He also
has pronounced literary tastes.
Watkiiis, of Anne Arundel County, a member
both of the foot-ball and baseball team, has many
Weedon, of Baltimore, entering the Junior
year, has only been with us a short time, yet his
skill with the pen and brush has won him many
admirers among the students.
Welty, of Prince George's County, entered as
a Sophomore, and has gained a host ol friends dur-
ing his stay with us.
Whiteford, of Baltimore County, has been with
us from the hrst ; his steady habits, and untiring
industry have attracted the attention, and com-
manded the admiration ot all who know him.
A few years ago, while traveling in India,
through the upper part oi the fertile valley of the
Ganges, I became possessed of a strong desire to
penetrate the Himalaya Mountains, in the region
of Thibet, and at once proceeded to satisfy my
desire, accompanied by a guide upon whom I im-
posed great trust.
As we ascended into the highlands I found the
people more and more interesting. Their huts, and
their shy manners aroused my curiosity, and I
resolved not to return to the valley until I had com-
pletely explored these parts.
Many odd people live in these mountains, find-
ing sustenance in the products ol their flocks, which
aflford them but a simple existence, at best.
It was while roaming through one of the large
forests which abound in this region, that I became
separated from my guide. At first I took no notice
of the fact, supposing that he had taken to some
side path and would rejoin me in a few moments.
Several minutes passed, and I 5aw nothing of him.
I called. No answer. I called again. Still no
answer. I then shouted at the top of my voice, but
no answer came.
I was now becoming frightened, and began to
fear that he might have been fallen upon and killed,
or, even worse, he might have intentionally deserted
me. I shuddered at the thought. It was a good
five miles to the camp, and I was by no means
certain that I could find the way, so it was not
without some apprehension that I turned to retrace
I had not proceeded more than a hundred yards
when I saw the figure of an old man standing by
the roadside some distance aliead. He quietly
awaited ray approach, but when I was within a few
yards of him, he mysteriously disappeared. I was
surprised at the incident but continued on my way-
I had gone only a short distance further, when
I saw him again standing ahead of me, on the same
side of the road as before. I was beginning to be
suspicious, and was about to draw my pistol, when
lie disappeared as mysteriously as before. This
thoroughly alarmed me, and I advanced, pistol in
hand, determined to fire, should that suspicious
individual appear again. He did appear again,
exactly as before, but e'er I could raise my weapon,
he gently beckoned me to come to him. Fearing
to disobey, I approached. He said not a word, but
led the way througli the forest by a path hitherto
unknown to me. Along this path he advanced
about half a mile, I following at a distance of about
a couple of yards. He halted before a bluff which
rose abruptly to the height of nearly a hundred
Glancing behind, as if in fear that we had been
followed, he proceeded to the face of the bluff.
I wondered what new surprise awaited me, and
was making up my mind to be prepared for any-
thing, when my new guide drew from a pouch,
which hung from his side, a thin piece of iron.
With this he gently struck a pin which I had not
before noticed, which fitted into a hole bored in the
solid rock. The pin slid back, and then, inserting
the piece of iron in a crack in the rock, he surged
back with all his strength. Slowly, slowly the
crack widened, and then suddenly a large slab of
rock flew out, revealing a doorway. The slab
seemed to be fitted with hinges of some description,
which I did not take the time to examine.
He entered, and motioned me to follow. Not
a word said either of us. Once inside, he lighted a
small taper and cautiously proceeded.
The air was damp, but cool and fresh, and the
walls appeared to be covered with inscriptions,
which I was unable to decipher, owing to the dim
light. The floor of the passage was smooth, and
seemed to slant downwards. Upon advancing
about two hundred yards, we came to a circular
chamber about twenty feet in diameter, which was
illuminated by light from the sun which gained
access to the chamber by means of a hole about ten
feet in diameter which extended directly upwards
to the surface of the earth, a distance which I
estimated to be about two hundred feet.
He now turned to me with a smile on his
countenance. It was the first time I had had the
opportunity to closely examine him.
I was in the presence of a man of about seventy
years, but strong and hearty in appearance, despite
his slight build. His color was a dark brown, of a
shade which told me at once that he was at least of
Indian descent. His hair was long and gray, and
gathered into a ball on the back of his head, where
it was held in place by a strand of coarse linen cord.
His dress was somewhat after the style of the Turk,
a tunic of brown material and a turban of red. I
was pondering upon these facts when I was startled
from my reverie by the sound of his voice, which
I now heard for the first time.
"Know ye" he said in the Indian tongue
" that thou hast fallen in with a great magician !
Behold ! " and he threw a handful of red pow-
der in an urn which stood in the centre of the
A dense smoke arose, and my eyes naturally
followed it. "Behold" he repeated, "thou shalt
see strange things."
A wondrous sight did indeed await me. In
the midst of the smoke I saw the face and
form of my friend and classmate Charles Baltimore
Calvert, Jr., with a law-book under his arm
and the scales of Justice in his hand. Only for
a moment did this vision remain, but I remember
I now turned to my companion, and was about
to ask for an explanation, but he, seeming to divine
my intention, spoke before I could question.
" Thou shalt know, within a short time, the
future of each of thy classmates revealed in the
smoke of these powders. Behold ! "
With these words he threw on another handful
of powder, and another cloud arose.
This time the scene was shifted to Washington
city, before the main entrance to the Capitol Build-
ing. A cab was standing near by, and the driver
seemed to be waiting for some passenger. A thun-
derous applause rang out from the Senate wing of
the building, and a few moments later, amid the
enthusiastic cheers of a delighted multitude, my
classmate, Cronmiller, emerged from the building
and entering the cab, was driven away.
I was now so much interested that I hardly
noticed the new handful of powder which my com-
panion now used. I only perceived, that with each
change of scene it was necessary for him to use a
different kind of powder.
In the cloud which now arose I could see a
vision of one section of Baltimore city. But one
glance told me that it was the great business centre
of the town. Lawyers' offices seemed to be abun-
dant, and the various signs hung out seemed to tell
of great competition for the best trade. In the
midst of all this I saw one office which displayed no
sign, and yet it seemed to be greatly patronized.
Presently a dignified personage emerged from
the office and walked up the street. I could not
obtain a very satisfactory view ot his face, but it
was enough to recognize my friend, A. S. Gill.
In the smoke which next arose I saw a beauti-
ful country landscape. A pretty cottage, in the
midst of a grove of verdant trees, surrounded by all
that contributes to the beauty and attractiveness of
a country home.
Large herds ot cattle grazed in the meadows,
while in the broad and fertile fields the ripening
grain waved gracefully in the Summer breeze. My
attention was drawn to the tall and graceful figure
of a man who was walking leisurely about among
the vines and shrubs surrounding the cottage,
accompanied by a lady who was evidently of about
the same age.
It required but a moment for me to recognize
N. H. Gill, and the lady, I was informed, was the
lady of the house. I was loth to leave this pretty
scene, but other sights awaited me.
Next came a view of a part of one of the small
towns on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. An
excited crowd had gathered upon the street, while
one in the centre was engaged in telling of some
" Yes, everybody thought he was past all hope.
His breath came in short quick gasps. The doctors
had given him up as a dying man. All except
one, and that one was Doctor Graham, who declared
that he would remain to the last, and it was owing
to his efforts that the man regained consciousness
and was started on the way to recovery."
The scene was now changed to that of the
ocean, where the waves rose and fell with all the
regularity of clock-work. One beautiful craft was
speeding on its way over the surface of the water.
It was close enough for me to be able to read the
name — The Harry Heward. The ship, I was told
had been named in honor of its captain, who had
done good service for his country on the revenue
The scene was now changed to that of a large
and level field, covered with a soft carpet of grass.
The ground was laid off to represent a foot-ball field.
Around the sides of the field were stats enough
to accommodate thousands of spectators, and they
were filled to their utmost capacity. Presently the
two opposing teams appeared upon the field, and
at the first rush, a tall athletic figure, bearing the
ball, waded through the opposing line and carried
the ball to the goal while the air was rent with cries
for " Lewis ! "
I was now transported to the town of Ports-
mouth, Virginia, and upon a tall building which
seemed crowded with patrons, I saw five words
painted, " Lindsay & Company, Wholesale Drug-
gists." One glance told me of great success, and
again the scene changed.
Another handful of powder, being added a
vision of a large hallway appeared before me, which
was occupied by about fifty enthusiastic young
men, who were poring over papers containing the
examinations for the Civil Service. The con-
ductor of the examination, I was informed, was no
other than Mr. Nelligan, who was one of the leaders
in all matters pertaining to the Civil Service of the
I was now taken into a court room, where a
vast multitude was a.ssembled. An enthusiastic
speech was being made by one of the lawyers, and
at the close loud cheers were given. The jury
retired, and soon brought in a verdict of " not
guilty." An innocent man had been saved from
the gallows by Mr. Posey.
Again a scene before me of a country cottage,
and green fields of grass and grain. The owner
of this fuTin I found to be Mr. C. J. Queen, and
I was told of large profits which rewarded his
The scene changed to New York City, and a
vision of a large residence arose before me. While
I was admiring the structure a cab drove rapidly
up to the door and halted. Mr. Schenck, lately
retired surgeon of the army, alighted, and started
toward the door. He was met upon the threshhold
by a lady who was evidently his chosen companion.
The next scene which presented itself was also
in New York City, this time being the office of the
editor of one of the leading magazines. I had no
difficulty in recognizing the chief editor, Mr.
Sherman. On his desk lay several volumes of his
Again the scene shifted to the country with
green fields and large barns well filled with all that
a good farm produces. Mr. Watkins, I was told,
was the owner.
The scene now changed to a chemical labora-
tory, which was fitted with all the appliances for the
best of work. Many new and valuable discoveries
had been made within this laboratory, and the
profits of the tall doctor who had made them, had
been large. At this moment the doctor himself
entered. One glance was sufficient for me to recog-
nize mv old classmate Weedon.
with the addition of a new handful of powder,
a new scene appeared.
The Mississippi rolled his mighty flood with
all his old-time majesty, but it was spanned from
one side to the other by a massive bridge. I started
to cross and was about in the centre, when I noticed
the large sign-board on one side of the bridge,
" Welty & Company, Architects and Contractors."
Next I saw the long and well-filled shelves of
a modern book store. One volume attracted my
attention. Upon questioning as to the author, I
was told that Mr. Whiteford was now one of the
greatest philosophers and scientists of the day, and
that his works were in great demand, but none
attracted more attention than the volume before me.
Having thus obtained an adequate knowledge
of the future of the class of ninety-seven, I turned to
my companion, who was watching me with his
"Well," said he, "what thinkest thou?"
I could hardly reply, but expressed my grati-
tude to the best of my ability.
He now proceeded to wrap a dark cloth over
my head so that I cculd see nothing. Suddenly I
felt myself lifted into the air, and in another
moment I was on the earth again, but both cloth
and magician had disappeared.
Before me was the camp, and I saw my faith-
ful guide pacing anxiously to and fro, before his
tent, and then it began to dawn upon me that his
disappearance was also the work of the magician, I
walked into camp where I was welcomed by my
guide, who was becoming alarmed at my prolonged
absence. He asked no questions, and I told him
nothing, but that night I jotted down the facts, as
here related, in my note-book, which I have kept to
the present day.
Historian and Prophet.
tuf\%s oi '2)8
Motto : Quocumque nos feret Fortuna bona eamus.
Class Yell: Razzle, dazzle, ki, yi, yate,
Hokum, skokum, '98.
Class Colors: Buff and Maroon.
J. H. Mitchell, President.
W. C. Nesbitt, \'ice-Pres,ideni.
G. Peterson, Secretary and Treasurer.
THE CLASS OF
is-topv) of the (^1q§s of 96.
" Backward, turn backward,
Oh, time in your fliglit
Make me a Freshman again,
Just for to-night."
'Twas on a damp and gloomy morning in the
latter part of September, 1S94, that we entered the
portals of the M. A. C, and laid the foundations of
the class of '98. A few of the old students who
had conditions to make up were on hand when we
made our debut, and these speedily enlightened us
on a process hitherto unknown to us, called hazing.
After the rest of the old boys returned we received
our first lessons in the art, and good progress we
made too. It was the old, old story of the rule of
three, a Sophomore, a Freshman and a bedslat.
How mighty were the Sophomores in our eyes
then ! They who had so recently emerged from the
chrysalis state of Freshmen, I can see them now, as
they strutted around giving the verdant Freshmen
"points." How often did they compel us to
mount upon a trunk or table and exhibit our vocal
talent, then after we had gone to bed to sleep the
sleep of weary and down-trodden Freshmen, we
often awoke to find through their kindness our bed
above us instead of beneath us, as a sensible bed
should be. Again and again did we awake in the
morn only to find that in the short space of eight
hours our complexion had taken an inky hue.
Well do we remember the battles of " Madison
Avenue" and "Broadway" when the ferocious
denizons of "Buzzards' Roost" armed with pillows,
made their nightly incursions upon our domain.
Night after night we repelled them but they ever
returned to the fray. It was also. a part of our
daily program to exhibit our skill in the fistic art
or as an old student called it " using our arms as if
we were mowing grass," before a crowd of very
appreciative old students, who seemed to consider
us common property.
But enough of our trials and tribulations for
every cloud has its silver lining. Time, the source
of forgetfulness now brought lis surcease of sorrow,
aud anon we learned that all things are not as thej'
appear at first sight, and that college life has its
bright as well as its dark side. By this time we
were pretty well acquainted with all the students
and had formed some friendships, which have
strengthened from that time on.
After they had pretty well settled down, the
students turned their attention to foot-ball and '98
was well represented on a team whose work upon
the gridiron that year M. A. C. has reason to be
Our class that year, comprising about one-
third ot the entire student body, was the largest M.
A. C. ever had. It was quite a contrast to see us
lined up at formations with the other classes.
52-15! What mean these numbers? They mean
that within the short space of two years our class
has diminished from fifty-two to fifteen.
At the close of the foot-ball season came the
Christmas holidays, bringing us a short rest, which
was quickly followed by the intermediate exami-
nations — a wood in which many of our class-
mates lost their way.
Then following in the footsteps of balmy
Spring came base-ball enthusing the minds of all.
Between the games with other colleges, inter-class
teams played and as each class took up the gauntlet
and strove for the championship, each was compelled
to drink its potion from the bitter cup of defeat,
tendered by us, while we bore off the palm of
Again examinations more weighty and
momentous than the last, stared us in the face.
These were to determine whether or not we were
to be promoted to a higher class at the beginning
of the next year, and they caused considerable
anxiety to the idler. Again we burned the mid-
night oil and crammed our brains with formulae
and details, but we were buoyed up by the pleasant
anticipations of commencement week.
Time passes quickly and lo ! vacation is at
hand ; so we bid farewell to old M. A. C. and leave
for our homes. This happy period passed away
like a dream and we were brought back to the stern
realities of college life, to take up the thread to our
work where we left ofTat the end of the preceding
Now we are the much dreaded Sophomores
and woe to the new boy that falls into our clutches ;
for last years " Sophs," the now dignified Juniors
abstain from hazing.
Now only half of our old classmates answer to
their names. But two new men joined our ranks,
Messrs. Houston and Henderson, both of whom
liave well proven their worth. This year speeds by
more quickly than the past with its examinations
At the close of the final examinations the Bat-
talion ot Cadets went into camp at Tolchester for a
week. There many of our old classmates visited ns
and brought to our minds many fond recollections
of the previous year. At the close of our encamp-
ment we returned to the college for the commence-
ment exercises, and then entered upon our second
vacation. This like the last passed quickly and
again we are at the M. A. C.
Only fifteen answer at the roll call this time,
but another new member had joined our ranks,
Mr. Barnett, formerly of Randolph-Macon College.
Where are all our old classmates of last year?
Some have gone into active business while others
are studying the various professions.
This year our class was again represented on
the college foot-ball team.
At Christmas, Robertson, whose gaiety and wit
we greatly miss, left us. May his life be as bright
in the future as it has been in the past.
Now that we are Juniors we often wonder
why in times past we thought the spheres of our
predecessors of the same name were placed so far
above us. Though we are Juniors we have not
forgotten the days when we were Freshmen.
Now tliere are but fifteen of us remaining.
Who in another year will guide his craft in other
channels? Let us hold together and pilot old '98
o'er unknown waters uutil we cast our anchor in
" Port Graduation." Historian.
T. R. GouGH, President.
M. A. C, M. A. C,
Class Colors : Orange and Blue.
C. G. Leatherman, Vice-President.
M. N. Straughn, Secretary and Treasurer.
F. C. Barton. George Beixis. J. J. Betton. J. C. Blandford. W. S. Cadi.e.
H. E. Collins. H. I. Church. R. L. Combs. M. H. Galt.
T. R. Gough. W. M. Gorsuch. A. S. R. Grason. H. K. Hacker. W. H. Hammond.
T. R. Jenifer. J. F. Kenly. C. G. Leatherman.
R. J. McCandlish. T. N. Price. J. B. Robb. D. F. Shamberger. J. H. Shipley.
M. N. Straughn. J. O. Thorne. T. Trueworthy. Ira E. Whitehill.
THE CLASS OK 99.
3)ii§top\j of the (^Iqss of 99-
'IS now nearly two years since one bright
September morning, when the sun cast
his rays over Nature's lovely realm, that
most of the representatives of our class beheld, for
the first time, the halls of old M. A. C. It was
then that the difficulties of our scholastic career
were to begin; for in the silent hours of midnight,
when over half the earth Nature seems dead, our
slumbers were disturbed by a toss of our beds and
similar greetings from our new schoolmates, which
were not calculated to make us feel welcome. At
length, becoming weary of extending these courte-
sies, the Sophomores decided to allow us to shift
for ourselves — for a time only. But in spite of
them we prospered, and became more contented
with laying the foundation for our future success.
As we became more adapted to the general
routine of our work, we were inspired to greater
efforts ; and our triumphs cause us many pleasant
reflections now. Very little of note outside our
school duties has occurred. We organized a literary
society, which, considering the age of our class, was
conducted very successfully. In this way we spent
many pleasant hours together. We also organized
a base ball team, and felt very proud at winning the
championship from the upper classmen.
As time rolled on, all realized that the days
were like stepping stones, which slowly but surely
led to a destination which possibly would cause
great calamities to our class average and thus crush
our fondest hopes; but the time came and went like
a flash, and we felt happy at our successful triumph
over examinations. Then came the vacation,
towards which our thoughts had been so often
turned. But as we cast a parting glance at old
M. A. C, in all her solemn grandeur, the more
thoughtful of us could not repress a feeling of
sadness at parting from our schoolmates and the
spot which is so instrumental in preparing us for
our future life.
But we soon realized we were free from school
duties. New scenes soon attracted our attention.
We all so thoroughly enjoyed our vacations that we
felt a reluctance in returning for the resumption of
of duties. But this, our Sophomore year, opened
with much brighter prospects than our Freshman.
Many had resolved at the beginning of the latter to
help to install the strangers into membership, and
from the indications at the beginning of the year
they kept their resolutions.
We greatly lament that our ranks have been
thinned by the loss of twelve members ; but the
remaining twenty-five have worked energetically to
establish a class average which does great credit to
our beloved institution. It is useless to say that
our enthusiasm will cause us to strive for greater
gain. We have this year manifested a great interest
in athletics, and while we have developed no phe-
nomena in this line, we have greatly assisted in
holding up our college pride against competitors.
In various other ways we have rendered assistance
in the general progress of the institution.
At the semi-annual examinations our " colors
still waved," for our progress during the first part
of the year made it an easy matter to pass them.
At the beginning of this year we again organized
our literary society, and the successful manner in
which it has been carried on can be attributed to
the interest felt by each member. It has been the
source of great enjoyment, and the benefit derived
from it is manifest to all. Now, as the year is
drawing to a close, we are unable to comprehend
the changes that may be wrought in the remaining
interval, but trust that the results will be the same
as have characterized us in bygone times. We are
not viewing the approaching examinations with
nearly so much consternation as before, for we feel
able to accomplish the task.
During our sojourn here, we have constantly
been harassed by the diflSculties of student life, but
have been able to ward off most of these " blasts "
by our class organization. We feel gratified that
very few have fallen by the wayside. May we
continue, as we ascend the ladder of fame, to add
many fresh laurels, and thus have the Class of '99
enrolled as pre-eminent for its student integrity.
Class Colors : Royal Purple, Garnet.
Class Yell : Hi rickety rit, hi rickety rit.
Yackety, yackety, nineteen, nit nit. ('oo).
W. H. HiNEBAUGH, President.
S. M. Peach, Secretary and Treasuret .
J. A. Jones, Vice-Presideyit.
Fluharty. Jenifer, M.
Gibbons. Phelps, H.
^istoinj of the (^las§ cf 19CC
IT WAS at about noon of a bright simii)- Hay, in
the month of September, 1S96, that we reached
After leisurely surveying the surroundings,
which did not altogether suit our fancy, we pro-
ceeded to the building.
We had many misgivings as to what would be
our reception, and these fears increased as we
neared the building. On reaching our destination,
and being assigned to ovr rooms, we tried to make
ourselves feel at home, but in vain, as it was not
long before our classmates began to lose heart,
which was clearly marked by the sorrowful express-
ions which the countenances bore, and we do not
hesitate to say the greater part of the Freshmen
class looked as it their last friend was gone, and the
expressions : " Don't lose your nerve," and, " Don't
get scared," were frequently heard, but availed but
little, if anything.
The first night passed very quietly. No haz-
ing or disorder taking place, but the Freshmen, not
being aware of this, slept but little. For several
nights thereafter, however, the dreaded hazing pro-
cess was tried upon us. This " club," as we ternn d
it, was composed mostly of Sophomores, usually
well armed with paddles, boxing gloves, etc. They
seemed to enjoy the sport, while on our part it was
fearful torment, and in case of any refusal, to com-
ply with the demands, their offender was apt to
be severely dealt with.
As we became acquainted with the old boys, the
hazing decreased, and, for a time at least, we were
allowed to persue our course unmolested, but we were
constantly watching for an attack on our ranks.
Foot-ball soon began to attract our attention,
and it afforded us much pleasure and amusement.
We are proud to say that several men from our
class were in the tanks of the first team, and they
did themselves credit by their excellent work.
Our class team, although it did not win the
championship of the college, made a creditable
record, and showed that with a little coaching and
perseverance, it could have put up a much stronger
Soon after the close of the foot-ball season, the
daily increasing homsickness of our classmen was
THK CLASS OF I9OO.
dispelled by the arrival of the Christinas holidays,
which lasted about two weeks. But the time passed
quickly, and we were soon brought together, but
this time our classmates seemed to be in a much
better humor than when we met in September.
It was not an infrequent occurence to hear
many of the bo3's counting the days between then
and the next holiday, which showed that there was
still a feeling at least akin to homesickness.
After we were again settled, we organized a
literary society, which proved to be very successful,
and we derived much enjoyment as well as infor-
mation from it.
From time to time some member withdrew
while others came in to take their places, who were
willing to ^ast their lot with us.
In the latter part of January, there was an
occurrence which was very trying to our class. It
was the examination which marked the close of
the first term. This being finished, we continued
our journey. About the firstof February, we were
again joined by several new boys, and tliis again
renewed iti the minds of the Sophomores, the idea
of another round in hazing.
Nearly all our classmates were well acquainted
by this time, and, not wanting any more of the
above-mentioned uiedicine, we made opposition.
Oae of our members, having been captured and
taken into a room and was about to be dealt with
when, headed by the largest men of the class, we
The fray that ensued was exciting, and while no
advantage was gained by either side, we gave them
to know that we were not to be trifled with, and
they heeded the warning, for since that time there
has been no similar trouble.
At present, we are busily engaged in getting
our class base-ball team together, which we hope
will make a good showing. There are several of
our members who are candidates for the first team,
and they are all making good records. From this
latter fact, we infer that our record may be very
Since our trouble with the Sophomores, we
have been unmolested, and we have peacefully
persued our course, and are now patiently awaiting
the advent of June, when we will depart for the
And now, my classmates, let us hope that we
may continue as a unit on our course. Let us be
first class in deed and in name to leave this college
in the new and fast approaching century of 1900.
Cabrera, J. H.
PROBABLY the most prominent and widely-
known department of the Maryland Agri-
cultural College — and considered from both
a moral, mental and physical standpoint, one of the
most beneficial in its ultimate results — is the mili-
tary department. It owes its existence to an Act
of Congress approved July 2, 1862, and to Sec. I,
Chap. 178, Acts of the General Assembly of Mary-
land of 1865.
Thus established while the college was yet in
its infancy, it has so grown and prospered with the
institution as to now rival all competitors and to be
the pride of all connected with it. Have we not a
just cause to feel proud of our military orgauization,
which is acknowledged to be equalled by few in the
country and to be excelled by none in the State of
which it is a representative? Surely a reputation
deserving of great praise.
Our cadets are organized into an infantry bat-
talion of three companies, double rank. Besides
the infantry, we have two detachments of artillery,
formed by cadets detailed daily for such instruction,
under the command of three officers commissioned
in the artillery.
Recognizing the fact that proficiency in the
manual and an understanifing of the battalion
movements does not, by far, fulfill the requirements
of a well-trained and educated soldier, our course of
military instruction does not conclude here, but a
thorough acquaintance with advance and rear guard,
reconnaissance and outpost duty is insisted upon.
Each company devotes one drill-hour a week to
wall scaHng and signaling. Frequent drills are
held in the bayonet and rifle exercises, which are so
necessary in the maintenance of military carriage
and ill the physical developuient of the cadet. Be-
sides dress parade, battalion inspection and review,
guard mount is held daily.
Nor is theoretical instruction slighted, for a
thorough course of instruction is pursued in the
class-room, beginning with the drill manual and
concluding with a short course in the study of strat-
egy. Military discipline is maintained throughout
the institution, thereby developing in the cadet a
respect for higher authority, an obedience to law
and order, regularity and system in his habits —
qualities characteristic of the law-abiding citizen.
Last year, through the kind efforts of our hon-
orable Board of Trustees, we held an encampment,
during which we acquainted ourselves with regular
routine and duties of camp life. With much pride
did we note the report of the Inspector, who ranks
us for last year third among the institutions of its
kind in military standing.
Such a military organization surely commands
the respect and support of the citizens of Maryland.
And it is to be hoped that, in the near future, our
State Legislature may do credit to its name by in-
corporating our battalion in the National Guard of
the State, thereby insuring us advantages we would
not otherwise enjoy and the want of which we
1 1 ^:
the; battalion of caukts.
Clouoh Ovp:rton (First Lieutenant, First U. S. Cavalry), Coiiimandafil Corps of Cadets.
G. K. W. SCHENCK, Major Commanding Battalion.
(^taff anh P\on-@ommi5Sionc5 (^taff.
J. D. Ckonmiller. First IJaitenant and Adjutant. G. H. Whiteford, First Lieutenant and Oiiartcniiastcr.
J. A. LiLLiBRiDGE, Sergeant- Major.
Corporal Leslie Combs. Corporal T. C. R. Jenifer.
Corporal Nelson Sappington.
N H Gill, First Lieutenant. Benjamin Watkins, Jr., Second Lieutenant.
C. J. Queen, Seeond Lieutenant.
J. George R. Grahaji, Captain.
Wiixi.VJi S. Weedon, First Lictttcnant. Harry T. Welty, Second Lieutenant.
J. H. Mitchell, First Siegeant.
George Peterson. Charles H. Ridgely. C. G. Leatherman. I<evin Dirickson.
Claude V. Allnutt. Levin J. Houston. T. C. R.Jenifer. William Gorsuch.
Grenville Lewis, Jr., Captain.
Bert S. Nelligan, First Lieutenant. Harry Heward, Seeond Lieutenant .
Philip L. Robb, First Sergeant.
William C. Nrsbitt. Charles Muller. James Blandford. Leslie Combs.
Claude V. Allnutt. Ira E. Whitehill. H. \. Church.
Albert S. Gill, Captain.
Fabian Posey, First Lieutenant. C. Baltimoric Calvert, Jr., Second Lieutenant
Edwin T. Dickerson, First Sergeant.
NoKRis Straughn. Robert E. Dennison. Richard Whitrly. Nelson Sappington.
George W. Cameron. Andrew Grason. J. B. Robb.
(^hc (^lumni ^
By Edward G. Niles, B. S., L. L. B.
A LETTER! What! from my dear old college?
What presumption ! To think that 1 am
able to step back from hard, real, worldly
work within so short a time and write of my old
college days — my Utopia — of my college and of my
Alumni Association. I will, however, undertake
the task, and with an enthusiastic
Fe, fi, fo, fum,
Bim, bam, bim, bum ;
Ki, yi, ip, se,
M. A. C,
I am a college boy again,
One of my grandest and proudest moments
was when I, with my dear, devoted mother, wdked
up the steps that lead to the president's office of the
old M. A. C, and was greeted by President Smith
with the cheerlul words, " How are you, my boy?
I am glad to see you." I was then registered, and
by direction of the president, was shown to my
room by the stately officer of the day, who, in my
eyes, was such a manly fellow. After a few hours,
I saw my mother off with a kiss and "good-bye."
I returned to my quarters. What happy thoughts!
What proud determinations ! What vast richness
was to be mine! What a future! What a great
man ! The thoughts of Youth. From that time
forth, the happiest years of my life were spent in
the old halls of the Maryland Agricultural College.
God bless my Alma Mater. But enough. To my
THE MARYLAND AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE AND
THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION.
The Maryland Agricultural College was founded
in 1856. The wisdom of its founders has been fully
shown, and the energy then spent has borne fruitful
results. A monument should be erected, as a lasting
memorial, to the originators of this great and bcnt-
ficial scheme. The college now gives to the youth
of Maryland a thorough classical, scientific, mechan-
ical and agricultural education ior the small com-
pensation of one hundred and lorty dollars for nine
months' tuition. This includes books, furnished
room, heat and gas. The scholarship cadets only
pay forty-five dollars per annum. The day student,
who lives near the college, receives a thorough
education for the small sum of twenty-four dollars
The progress of the college from 1891 has been
one of gieat advancement, which should be very
gratifying to the Board of Trustees and to the Fac-
ulty. The appreciation of the general public is
manifested by the large increase in the number of
students. The standard of scholarship has been
augmented, year by year; and could the founders of
the college come back and see the grand and pro-
gressive work now going on, they would be utterly
amazed. The students in attendance since 1893
have averaged one hundred and thirty. Every
available space in the college is filled with the
cadets, and owing to the lack of accommodations,
as high as fifty and sixty each year have been refused
admittance. Should this be ? No ; a thousand
times, no. The Legislature of Maryland should be
proud of their college— proud of the progress it has
made, and erect additional buildings to accommo-
date the sons of their citizens. Who is responsible
for the increase in the number of students and the
continuing success of the college? President Rich-
ard W. Silvester — a man of strict integrity ; a man
who fully understands and appreciates the develop-
ment of the youth ; a man, in fact, who kncnvs his
profession. President Silvester is abl)' assisted by
his brilliant vice-president. Professor Richard H.
Alvey, and also by the proficient and learned mem-
bers of the Faculty.
Judging from my individual experience (the
best teacher), I know that the military exercises of
the college are beneficial. It did more to fit me for
my battles of life than any of the other departments.
From a private to the senior officer commanding
the corps of cadets, I was taught to command — to
learn confidence in myself; taught to respect author-
ity ; and taught, by far the greatest virtue, obedience.
Increase the military department as far as possible.
Alumnus, add your help.
THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION.
The Alumni Association of the Maryland Agri-
cultural College was organized on the fifteenth day
of June, 1892. Those answering first roll-call were
Messrs. Gray, class of '75 i Griffith, class of '89 ;
Langley, class of '92 ; Niles, class of '90 ; Latimer,
class of '91 ; Griffith, class of '74 ; Tolson, class of
'88; Veitch, class of '91; Keech, class of '90;
Witmer, class of '89; Hazen, class of '88 ; Chamb-
liss, class of '88. The graduating class of that year,
consisting of Messrs. Besley, Brooks, Calvert, Chew,
Childs, Gam brill, Johnson and Ray, were admitted
to full membership. Mr. M. C. Hazen, of the clasg
of '88, was unanimously elected our first president.
Mr. T. D. Griffith, of the chss of '89, was unani-
mously elected secretary. I was elected, unani-
mously, treasurer and corresponding secretary, and
was instructed by the Association to correspond with
all the known graduates of the college and secure
their opinion on a permanent organization. The
object of the Association was and is to take an
active and earnest interest in the welfare of the
college ; to lend its best efforts in endeavoring to
make it an institution second to none of its charac-
ter in the United States ; and to bring together, at
stated periods, the graduates of the college, to dis-
cuss matters appertaining and looking to the accom-
plishment of the aforesaid objects, as well as for
social intercourse with beneficial results to each
alumnus and to the college. Messrs. A. C. Tolson,
class of '88; F. P. Veitch, class of '91, and J. B.
Latimer, class of '91, were appointed a committee
to draw up a constitution and by-laws for the Asso-
ciation. Their work now stands, as is printed in
our present constitution and by-laws, as a perpetual
and everlasting monument of their ability and earn-
Messrs. Niles, as chairman, class of '90 ; Rus-
sell, class of '90; Hazen, class of '88, were requested
to draw up resolutions on the death of W. A. Sigler,
class of '88, and Su Penn, class of '91, who had died
the preceding year.
I afterwards sent out a full and complete record
of this first meeting to each of the known alumni
of the college. We started with a membership of
twenty ; we now number one hundred and twenty
members. From this time we have had meetings
of the Alumni Association at the college on Com-
mencement Day of each year.
In 1893, Mr. Hazen was again unanimously
chosen president. In 1894, Mr. R. B. B. Chew was
elected president, and was unanimously re-elected
the following year. On June 16, 1896, the last
meeting of the Alumni Association, Edward G.
Niles, class of '90, was unanimously elected presi-
dent of the Association ; Mr. Key, class of '94, was
unanimously elected vice-president; Mr. Bomberger,
class of '94, was unanimously elected secretary ;
Mr. J. G. Bannon, of the class of '95, was unani-
mously elected treasurer. The executive committee,
composed of Messrs. F. P. Veitch, class of '91 ; P. A.
Bowen, class of '82, and E. D. Johnson, class of '92,
were unanimously re-elected as such committee for
the ensuing year. This committee was instructed
by the Association to give a banquet in December,
1896, but having failed, the president appointed a
new committee, who are now preparing for a lian-
quet to be given between this date and Commence-
Since our last meeting, two of our members
have departed this life. Richard R. Pue, class of
'94, who accidentally shot himself; Charles Branch,
class of '91, who was drowned while fishing in
WHAT HAVE THE GRADUATES DONE TO ESTABIvISH A
CRITERION OF WHICH THE COLLEGE CAN BE
PROUD? EVERYTHING. WHERE HAVE THEY
ACHIEVED F.\IME? EVERYWHERE —
IN ALL WALKS OF LIFE.
The classes before 1888 have given a great
many prominent citizens to the State of Maryland.
There is no definite information, however, that I
can obtain appertaining to any of the classes earlier
than the class of '88. In her ranks, the college can
be proud of two young lawyers who have risen to
great distinction in their chosen profession. One,
A. C. Tolson, is well known by his legal writings,
published in Baltimore, and is one of the prominent
orators of the local courts of that city. The other,
Samuel M. Chambliss, is practicing law with dis-
tinction in Chattanooga, Tenn. J. B. Weems is a
professor of chemistry in one of the Boston univer-
sities. M. C. Hazen is assistant surveyor in the
District of Columbia. L,. B. Johnson is practicing
his profession — medicine — at his old home, after
graduating third in a class of one hundred at the
Washington and Dee University. R. E. Smith is a
surveyor in his native county in Maryland. Of the
class of '89, N. R. Saulsbury and Frank Witmer
have become teachers, and are using their learning
acquired at the college, for the elevation of man-
kind. R. M. Pindell and T. D. GriflSth have en-
tered upon a life of farming, and are both now
located in Maryland. The class of '90, although
having had a very short time for its members to rise
to distinction, has in its fold several who have
attained much prominence in their chosen profes-
sions. William S. Keecli is pursuing his practice
of law in Towson, Md. Richard C. M. Calvert is a
practical electrical engineer, and is studying in New
York. C. C. Manning has a oovernment position
in Hagerstown, Md. R. D. Russell is studying
medicine at the Columbian University at Washing-
ton, D. C. Clarence E. Soles has become a poli-
tician, and has been elected, year alter year, from
1892, to the lucrative position of clerk of McKees-
port, Penna. He has become a power in his com.
munity. Edward G. Niles was graduated from the
Columbian University in Washington, D. C, in
1892, and went into association with the celebrated
American jurists, General Benjamin F. Butler and
Oliver D. Barrett. Since then he has practiced law
in Washington with success He is also teaching^
occupying the chair of commercial law in several of
the colleges of Washington. Of the classes which
have come after the class of '90, F. P. Veitch has
become assistant chemist, and is now stationed at
the college. J. C. Langley and J. B. Latimer, of the
class of '91, are in business in Baltimore City. Of
the class of '92, J. D. Brooks is now in Europe,
studying medicine. G. H. Calvert is attending the
Columbian University Law School. S. W. Gam-
brill is practicing law in Baltimore City. Of the
class of '93, Messrs. Sherman, Graff, Buckley and
Alvey were connected as assistant professors at the
college for some time. Of the class of '94, Messrs.
Bomberger and Key are assistant professors at the
college at the present time. Of the class of '95^
everyone connected with the college knows their
whereabouts, and they have not had time to select
any life's work ; and therefore I will close the known
history of the Alumni Association.
WHAT HAVE WK DONE TOWARDS THE COLLEGE'S
I am sorry to say very, very little. What can
we do? Much, very much. Let us use our strength
to make the wheel of prosperity revolve more rap-
idly. Let us show by outward manifestation — by
gifts and other tokens of appreciation, our love for
our benign mother. Our mother who has, with the
aid of our noble professors, labored zealously for our
permanent good. The mother who gave us our
conceptions of honor, of integrit)-, and who impreg-
nated our brain with the first sparks of intellectual
learning. Let us be up and doing; not dreaming
by day and by night, but work. The college took
us with what natural endowments we had, cultivated
them, enlarged them, and thus fitted us for a life ot
integrity and usefulness, assuring us a welcome in
any strata of society. Siie now calls for help. Let
one and all aid her needy child, the Alumni Associ-
ation. Love my offspring if you love me. Let
every member of the Association endeavor to in-
crease our membership. Let every member zeal-
ously endeavor to add to our finances. The Associ-
ation is at a point in its history when it needs the
help of each and every alumnus of the school. It
needs them financially ; it needs their physical and
mental work. We owe a debt to our Alma Mater.
We should provide funds with which to buy prizes
ior competition among the students. This will fill
the under-graduates with ambition — with a desire to
be first and foremost among their fellow-men. How
can we pay our obligation to our college more
easily ? I must say that the only ingredient which
is missing, to insure the perfect and permanent
success of our beloved Association, is the lack of
numbers to take an active and progressive interest
in the Association. Let us increase our member-
ship. But how? Let us admit, as active members,
all students who have creditably passed through the
Sophomore year of the college and who were elig.
ible to the Junior Class, who have a clean record in
both the departments of study and deportment.
We want quantity, but insist on quality. This will
give the College Alumni Association a large mem-
bership, composed of a great many of the brilliant
men of the business and political world of Maryland-
Many of the prominent citizens of Maryland h-ive
registered and completed this requirement at the
M. A. C. This for the past ; but in the future, re-
quire the college diploma to make one eligible to
membership in the Association.
Let every student who has registered come to
our banquet, which is now in preparation. An
earnest invitation is hereby extended to them. Tl.ey
will be welcome. They will meet their old associ-
ates ; they will hear of the progress of their college ;
they will hear many good things of which they are
in absolute ignorance. Communicate with our sec-
retary at the college. Come one, come all.
Let us remember, as alumni of the college, that
there is a strong bond of friendship which must
exist between us. Let each one of us recognize —
realize thoroughly that upon him, and him alone —
not upon his brother — devolves the duty of aiding
his college at all times. Let us live by acts, not
words. Speech is sweet, but actual physical mani-
festation is what we want. We must all remember
that we are enlisted in a common cause, inspired by
a common ambition, to make the Maryland Agri-
cultural College and the Alumni Association, her
offspring, a grand, overwhelming success. Make
the Alumni AssociaUon a bulwark of strength.
Make the Association one of which the students,
the Faculty and the Trustees will respect, honor
and love. Let her stand for the right. Let her be
an arbitrator between the students and the Faculty.
Make her a power in the management of the college.
Live ever, die never. Alumni Association !
(f he P^c.. \W\
VERY few places afford better opportunities for
young men than this society. Here they
learn the value of speech, of quick thinking
and of oratory. They know, after once having at-
tended its meetings, that with all the knowledge
pos.sessed by an A. B. one can do very little in this
busy age without the practice and training given
by this society or by one -of the same nature. No
matter what profession they should iollow or what
they should undertake to do in life, they know that
the ready speech gained and the excellent training
in debating, oratory and declaiming will be indis-
pensable to them.
This society has quite a history. It was organ-
ized in 1 86 1 by Dr. William N. Mercer, of New
Orleans, whose picture may be seen in the college
parlor. Dr. Mercer manifested a great deal of in-
terest in behalf of this society, and presented it with
a sum of money and a large collection of valuable
books. It then met in the lecture-ioom of the
Department of Agriculture. At that time the
society was very large, as about two-thirds of the
entire college belonged to it. Finally its member-
ship gradually decreased until the year 1889, when
it ceased to exist.
It was re-organized in 1892, with Mr. F. B.
Bomberger as its president. This continued through
1892 and 1893, under the name of the "New
Mercer Literary Society." The books at that time
owned by the former organization were taken to the
college library, where the society then met. Its
members have always had access to this library,
which is especially rich in history, biography and
works of great statesmen. In this library numer-
ous additions are continually being made which
offer to the students and society members still greater
advantages. In 1894, with Mr. Bomberger as presi-
dent, a number of public entertainments were held.
The society was superceded in 1894 by the
House of Commons, organized by the members of
the Senior and Junior classes. This was modeled
after the British House of Commons. A great
deal of interest was manifested in this new society,
many topics of interest being freely discussed.
The Sophomores organized the Spencerian Literary
Society, and the Freshmen the Calvert Society.
Both of these expired at the close of the term.
At the beginning of 1895 the members of the
Senior and Junior classes re-organized the House of
Commons as the M. A. C. Congress, the Senior and
Junior classes constituting the Senate, and the Sopho-
more class the House of Representatives. Here
bills and resolutions were drawn up, discussed,
voted upon and passed or rejected. At the begin-
ning of 1896 the Senate and House of Representa-
tives failed to meet, and left the student body with-
out a society or place to cultivate the powers of
Feeling the importance of this line of work,
the students met early in October and re-organized
the New Mercer Literary Society. Officers were
elected as follows : President, William S. Weedon ;
vice-president, W. C. Nesbitt ; secretary and treas-
urer, C. V. Allnutt ; editor, F. Sherman ; sergeant-
at-arms, C. R. Burroughs. These officers performed
their duties well, and the society prospered. Every
debate showed much interest and preparation on the
part of the students, and each successive meeting
became more interesting.
In January a new election of officers was held.
They were as follows : President, F. Sherman ; vice-
president, George Peterson ; secretary and treasurer,
G. H. Whiteford ; editor, D. C. Barnett ; sergeant-
at-arms, E. F. Dickerson.
In' April the following officers were elected for
the last quarter : President, G. H. Whiteford ; vice-
president, Harry T. Welty ; secretary and treasurer,
Phillip L. Robb ; editor, E. F. Dickenson ; sergeaut-
at-arms, F. Sherman.
The society has become so interesting and in-
structive that its attendance continues to increase.
Visitors are always cordially received at our meet-
ings. Of it we are deservedly proud. Perhaps it is
not too much to say that it is at least the equal of the
majority of like societies in the State. Almost every
opportunity is offered to its members.
It holds its meetings not when the student is
in the midst of his weekly exercises, but on Fridaj'
nights, after he has finished his week's work and he
has ample time for the preparation ol his society
work. The success of this society has been attained
by the earnest co-operation of its members. Its
ideas are lofty and its work earnest and enthusiastic.
The work helps to develop the crude lad into a
clear, strong thinker. We trust that it may continue
to flourish and its membership grow larger each
The bright and youthful daucers meet,
With laughing eyes and winged (eet;
And golden locks come flashing by.
Like suddtn sunshine thro' the sky.
77/1? Broken Necklace.
How many pleasant recollections the name of the
Rossbourg Club brings up to its members ! How
many pleasant evenings spent — dispelling the monot-
ony of our college lives. It seems that too much can-
not be said in praise of this organization, which,
although it bears a name dating back to the old
colonial days, has been but a few years in existence.
But, despite its youth, it has produced such good
effects that it is to be hoped that it may continue in
ever increasing prosperity, contributing to the
pleasure and happiness of that portion of " Young
America " which is destined to receive the germs of
knowledge in old M. A. C.
The Rossbourg Club was organized in the Fall
of 1891. Before that time, although we had been
giving hops at various times and, it must be said,
in various places, there had never been an organ-
ized club. Now, however, there were regular
officers chosen to conduct each dance, Mr. Su
Penn, of Corea, being the first president.
In the Fall of '92 the club became something
more than a " tribe of Nomads," for President
Silvester allowed us the privilege of holding our
dances in the college hall. This privilege we have
continued to enjoy.
Whether or not it was originallv agreed to by
the pioneers of the club, it has ever been the custom
for the Senior class to take into their hands the
management of the hops ; and in the fall of '94,
when the officers were elected to serve for one year,
Captain Skinner, '95, was chosen president ; major
Jones, vice-president ; and Lieutenant Harrison,
secretary and treasurer.
The class of '96 advanced still further the in-
terests of the club, making our dances more attrac-
tive and popular than ever. Aside from the June
ball, five dances were given that year. The officers
were : Major Rollins, president ; Lieutenant Beale,
vice-president ; and Lieutenant Heyser, secretary
But the work of bringing the Rossbourg Club
to a point nearer perfection than it had yet reached,
was left to the class of '97, and, indeed, they have
well acquitted themselves of this duty. The officers
from the class of '97 are : Captain Lewis, president ;
Major Schenck, vice-president ; Captain A. S. Gill,
Lieutenant N. H. Gill, secretary and treasurer. The
various committees were headed as follows : Lieut-
enant Cronmiller, chairman of Reception Committee;
Lieutenant Heward, chairman of Refreshment Com-
mittee ; Lieutenant Welty, chairman of Programme
Committee ; Lieutenant Weedon, chairman of
Floor Committee ; Lieutenant Gill, chairman of
There have been five dances given this year, one
each month, and all have been assured successes.
Besides these there are two more on the schedule,
one for April and one for May.
A great improvement has been made upon
dances of former years, in the condition of the
floor, the reception of guests and the refresh-
And now we can but hope that our successors
may continue to advance the interests of the Ross-
bourg Club, and make it known far and wide for its
J. Geo. R. Graham.
Grenville Lewis, Jr.
Bert S. Nelligan.
Harry T. Welty.
E. Parke Lindsay.
Wm. S. Weedon.
Gilbert H. Whiteford.
Grenvillk Lewis. '97, Director.
First Ten or .
L. DiRICKSON, '00.
C. G. Leatherman, '99.
J. J. Betton, '99.
G. K. W. ScHENCK, "97.
C. M. MULLER, '98.
W. C. Nesbitt, '98.
R. J. McCandlisii, '99.
J. I). Cronmii.i.er, '97.
H. T. Wiu.TV, '97.
I. K. WinTEiiiij,, '99.
G. Lewis, '97.
W.M. S. Wkedon, '97.
W. H. HlNEBAI'r.H, '00.
D. McA. Howie
Maj. G. K. W. Schenck,
Lieut. Harry Heward, .
Capt. J. Geo. R. Graham,
Secretary aiid Treasurer .
Lieut. J. D. Cronmiller, Chairtnan.
Captain A. S. Gill.
Capt. Grenvitj.I!: Lewis, Chairman.
Lieutenant N. H. Gill.
Lieut. N. H. Gill, Chairman.
Lieut. Wm. S. Weedon, Chairman.
Lieutenant Reward, Cliairman.
Lieutenant Nelligan, Chairman.
UNLIKE the great Grecian poet, I do not sing
the praises of the conquering hero as he
stands in the vast arena, crouching over the
lifeless and blood-stained body of his vanquished foe.
This is not the athletic hero of to-day. This is not
a man — but a brute, whose only glory was in the
spilling of blood, the taking of life. The athlete of
to-day is a man noble and true, whose triumphs
arise from skill and not brute strength — from the
mastering of an art and not death. And it is my
wish to place before the public in this feeble article
the history of our career upon the field of sport as
made by our athletes, whose efiforts I take pleasure
Athletics in this college began in earnest during
the Fall of 1892, when the first foot-ball team was
organized, under the management of Mr. Sothoron
Key, and in the Spring of 1893 the first base ball
team entered the field, under the management of
Professor Strickler. Like all other new adventures
nothing of importance was accomplished by either
of these teams, but in the next year a surprising
advancement was noticed. The men had not only
gained in experience, but, by hard work and a deter-
mination to win, had obtained a thorough knowledge
of foot-ball, and easily won the championship of the
State under the guidance of Mr. Sothoron Key.
Nor was the base ball team to be outdone. Urged
on by the success of the foot-ball team, and under
the excellent management of Mr. William Skinner,
they, after a hard struggle, came out victorious.
These successes created a boom in athletics at this
place, and everything was promising for a prosper-
ous season in 1894. Manager Hairis worked earn-
estly with his foot-ball team, and although they failed
to capture the pennant, yet they made an excellent
THK FOOT-BALL TRAM.
showing and finished second to St. John's College.
Mr. Harris was also chosen manager of the base ball
team. His efforts were very successful, the team
winning all but one game.
In the Fall of 1896 nearly all interest in athletics
was lost, and everything in that line became very
much depressed owing to the disbandment of the
foot-ball team, which was brought about by the
actions of some rather hot-headed and unreasonable
men who were members of the team. This depres-
sion was not lessened by the arrival of the base ball
season, and although we placed a team on the field
under the management of Professor Strickler, owing
to a lack of harmony and many changes of the posi-
tions of the players, its efforts availed nothing.
But, I am happy to say, this state of affairs lasted
only one year.
The foot- ball season of 1896 and '97 opened
most auspiciously. Every semblance of depression
and lack of interest disappeared, and the light of
prosperity shone brightly upon us. A foot-ball team
was organized and placed under the management of
Mr. Albert S. Gill, with Mr. Grenville I^ewis, Jr.,
as captain. Very little was expected of this team
since it contained so very much raw material, and
our highest ambition was that the men would obtain
a thorough knowledge of the game, and thus enable
us to have a strong team next year. But great sur-
prises were in store for us. Captain Lewis was not
a man to do things by halves. Having a complete
knowledge of the game and enjoying the reputation
of being one of the finest foot-ball players in the
South, and knowing the eyes of the entire college
were upon him, ready to criticise if he failed or to
praise if he succeeded, he set to work with a deter-
mination to make a winning team. And he did it.
A rigid course of training was mapped out and
strictly adhered to for a month, at the end of which
he brought upon the field a team of men physically
Several practice games were played with minor
teams, but our regular season opened on October
17, with the strong team of Gallaudet College of
Washington as our opponent. A more exciting
game was never seen before on these grounds. Each
side played beautifully and showed the best of team
work, but the game ended without either side
scoring. A game followed a few days later with
the Business High School, of Washington, which
was easily won by a score of 34 to o. It would re-
quire too much space to give an account of the
victories won by our boys, so our friends must be
content with knowing that we defeated the Central
High School by a score of 10 to 6 ; won from
Bethel Military Academy, of
Virginia, score 20 to 10 ; Irom
Alexandra High School, score
1 8 to o ; from Western Maryl-
and College, score 16 to 6 ; and,
lastly, we played a tie game with
the University of Maryland, at
Baltimore, in which neither side
scored. This was the hardest
fought game in which we par-
ticipated, and should have been
ours by a score of 6 to o, but
our opponents took advantage
ot the approaching darkness
when we were within two yards
of their line, and allowed three
extra men to take places in the
line. This prevented our scor-
ing, and we were unable to make
a second attempt, as the umpire
called the game.
The season was a success
beyond the fondest hopes of the
management, but there is one
thing we shall always regret,
and that is, our failure in at-
teuipling to persuade our old
rivals, St. John's to give us a game. Why they
should so persistently refuse us we do not know
and cannot understand, but it is to be hoped such
a state of affairs will not last much longer.
The foot-ball championship of this State was for
a long time a very uncertain thing, owing to the
many claims put forth for that honor, but finally all
disappeared except those of the University of Mary-
land, St. John's College and the Maryland Agricul-
tural College. We felt confident of being able to
carry off the honors if the opportunity was offered, but
our opponents refused to play us and disbanded,
thus leaving us the only claimant for the champion-
ship. It is not a very glorious victory to win, nor
is it one we care to claim ; but since we are preven-
ted fnom gaining it on the field, we have no alterna-
tive than to accept the inevitable.
Before closing this part of my article I must
say, that to the members of our foot-ball team the
greatest of praise is due. They adhered strictly to
their training and obeyed all rules perfectly, as
well as playing their best at all times. Some
of the plays made by Watkins, Nelligan, Heward
and Gibbons were of the most brilliant order,
while Sherman and Hinebaugh, in their respective
positions, were immovable. Of Captain Lewis I
will say, he is a general of toot-ball, a conscieu
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tious worker, and a man capable of always holding
It is too early to say anything definite about the
chances of this year's base ball team, further than
that its prospects are very bright. The successful
management of the foot-ball team brought to Albert
S. Gill and Grenville Lewis, Jr., the management
and captaincy respectively of the base ball team.
For over a month the candidates have been at hard
practice, and from present prospects the team will
be composed of the following men : Lewis, ist base ;
Cameron, 2nd base; Peterson, 3rd base; Mitchell,
short stop ; Sherman, left field ; Allnutt, centre
field ; Nelligan, right field ; Devon, catch ; and
Robb, P. L. Hersberger and Whitehill, pitchers,
with Reward and Gorsuch as substitutes. In a
practice game with a picked team composed of
players from neighboring towns, our men won by a
score of 12 to o, showing up well and playing with
snap and good judgment. The pitchers are in ex-
cellent trim, and from present prospects there is no
reason why our season should not be a successful
The schedule as arranged is :
April 3, Gallaudet College at home.
" 7, Columbian University at home.
" 10, Western Maryland College .... at home.
" 16, Central State Normal School, Lock Haven, Pa.
" 17, Penn. State College .... State College, Pa.
" 21, Gallaudet College Washington.
" 24, Episcopal High School . . . Alexandria, Va.
" 2S, University of Maryland at home.
May I, Open.
" 5, Washington College Chestertowu.
" S, District Commissioners at home.
" 12, St. John's College at home.
" 15, Western Maryland College . . Westminster.
" 19, Georgetown Univ. Reserves .... at home.
" 22, Washington College at home.
" 26, St. John's College Annapolis.
Indoor athletics, until recent years,
received very little attention and encourage-
ment from the students, owing to the want
of a properly equipped gymnasium ; nor
was it until four years ago that such a build-
ing was erected, and in that short space of
time wonderful advancement in physical
development has taken place under the excell-
ent tutorage of Professor Strickler. A reg-
ular course of training has been followed,
an interest in the work has been slowly
excited, until at the present time it
mounts to the point of enthusiasm.
Creditable records have been made by many of
the students, and active preparations are being made
to get in condition our track teams which will be
entered in the inter-collegiate events this spring.
The success of all college teams is due to
a great extent to the support given them by
students and faculties. Not only is money neces-
sary, but encouragement; and in concluding this
brief history of our career in athletics, I do not
exaggerate when I say our success in this line
has for the most part always been due to the encour-
agement given to the teams by an enthusiastic
body of students, a generous board of trustees and
a well-wishing faculty ; and the foremost desire
of the Reveille is that such conditions shall always
exist, and that the teams representing the Mary-
land Agricultural College shall always be in the
The Athletic Association is at present organized as follows :
President, Harry Heward, ] 'ice President, Wm. S. Weedon.
Secretary, C. V. Ali.nutt. Sergeant-at-Arins, Chas. H. Ridglev.
THE BASE BALL TEAM
iK/Pogpommc of R/ublic
Sunday, June 14TH.
4 p. M., . . . . Baccalaureate Sermon by Rev. Dr. Easton, Wasbington, D. C.
MoND.w, Junk 15TH.
3 p. M., . . . . . . Field Sports and Class Games on College Campus.
8 p. M., ..... Public Meeting of Athletic Association in College Hall.
Tuesday, June i6th.
2 p. M., . . Company Competitive Drill and Competition Target Practice on the College Campus.
6 p. M., .... Review of Battalion and Inspection on College Campus.
8 p. M., Class Day Exercises in College Hall; Address by Prof. R. H. Alvey, Maryland Agricultural College.
Wednesday, June 17TH.
2.30 p. M., Commencement Exercises in College Chapel ; Address by Rev. D. J. Stafford, Washington, D. C.
4.30 p. M., . . . . Exhibition Battalion Drill on College Campus.
5 p. M., ...... Annual Meeting of Alumni Association.
6 p. M., . . . . . Dress Parade on College Campus.
9 p. M., . . Thirty-seventh Annual Ball in College Hall.
Music furnished by Naval Academy Band.
Tuesday, June i6th, 1896.
Entry of Senior Class.
Entry of Junior Class.
Class History and Prophecy,
Announcement, Senior Lictor, ....
Address, Senior Orator, .....
Present.\tion of Class Shield.
Messrs. J. R. Laughlin, R. B. Beale,
Messrs. B. S. Nelligan, N. H. Gill, ....
Address, Junior Orator, . . . . .
Piano Solo, .
Installation of new Senior Class,
Address upon Resolutions,
Ode of Class of '97, .
Address to Classes,
Mr. Ika E. Whitehill.
Mr. C. W. Dirickson.
. Mk. H. H. Heyser.
Mr. W. T. S. Rollins.
Mk. J. D. Cronmiller.
Mr. C. W. Muller.
Class Pipe and Song.
. Mr. a. S. Gill.
( Words by MESSRS. Weedon and Sherman.
1 Music by Mr. J. D. Cronmiller.
Prof. R. H. Alvey.
Wednesday, June 17, 1896. College Chapel.
Address to Graduates, .... By Rev. D. J. Stafford, of Washington, D. C.
" Elements of True American Citizenship."
Oration, ........ Mr. W. T. S.Rollins.
Valedictory, ....... Mr. H. H. Heyser.
Presentation of Prizes and Diplomas . . .By His Excellency, Governor Lowndes.
Music furnished by Naval Academy Band.
(^Lir ^ump at (^c
FOR some time it had been the desire of both
tlie faculty and students to hold an annual
military encampment each June, and so much
gratification was expresed when we learned that the
trustees had consented, and our desire was about
to be realized. The place had not yet been
chosen. Many places were suggested and visited
by our commandpnt and professors, and it was
not until late in May that Tolchester Beach was
From the time that the encampment was an-
nounced it was the talk of the college, and prepara-
tions were continually being made for our coming
trip. We were to leave on June 4. Examinations
were held in advance, and as soon as these were over
the real work of preparation began. Arms and
equipments were thoroughly cleaned and inspected.
Tiie eve of June 3 was a scene of greatest bustle and
excitement. The cadet officers were busily engaged
in directing every detail ot their commands. The
commandant was never more busily engaged than
then, and his presence was needed everywhere.
Excitement and bustle prevailed, for an encamp-
ment was something new in the history of the
college. At last the night's work was completed,
and each cadet's bundle, being securely tied and in-
spected, was turned over to the quatermaster. Taps
sounded at the usual time, and we retired, only to
think and dream of what the coming week would
Reveille sounded the next morning an hour
earlier than usual, but long before, many were awake
and busy. Breakfast was swallowed in haste, and
promptly at 6 o'clock we were assembled on the
campus. After a short address by the president, our
arms and equipments were again thoroughly inspec-
ted, and everything was in readiness for our depar-
Our inarch to College Station was without in-
cident or accident, save a rush in double time for
the wrong express. It appeared that the train
belonged to us all the way to Baltimore, which
seemed a long journey considering the speed of the
train and the inconvenience of our arms. At last)
however, we reached Camden Station, and after
some delay marched to the boat at Light Street.
Although it was yet early, we were not unnoticed,
for a large crowd lollowed us in the march. We
filed on board thi- " Louise," and enjoyed ourselves
as only M. A. C. boys can. Our interest augmented
more and more as we neared our destination. All
crowded to the bow of the boat when someone an-
nounced that Tolchester was in sight.
Upon landing, the battalion was promptly
formed on the wharf and marched to the camping-
ground. The w rk of pitching tents began imme-
diately. In this we received valuable assistance
from Trumpeter Adair, of Fort Myer, Va., who soon
became very popular. Meals were served alternately
to the companie«, and before long all the tents were
up and furnished with the necessary articles. There
was no drill tliat day. Supper was served at 6 and
6 30, after which additional preparations were com-
pleted. Thus ended our first day at " Camp North
Point," all tired from the day's work and somewhat
excited by the many and varied incidents of the
day. Sleep, however, was somewhat at a premium,
on account of our visitors in the shape of myriads
of immense Eastern Shore mosquitoes.
One incident of the night may be mentioned.
'Twas after taps, and " Fatty " Martin was walking
his beat back of Company B's street. Soon he was
heard challenging someone near the guard-tent.
"Halt! Who goes there?" No answer. Fatty
broke into a run, and called " Halt " repeatedly.
No answer. Down the line he came as fast as his
diminutive legs could carry him, finally advancing
the point of his bayonet at the breast of the intruder
whom he had at last overtaken, he calls out, almost
breathlessly, " Halt ! Who goes there?" At last
the answer comes slowly — " Commandant." Fatty
nearly drops, and gasps, " Beg pardon. Commandant,
I didn't know it was you." Fatty retires, gasping
continuously, " Didn't know 'twas you," " Didn't
know 'twas you."
During the night a slight shower fell, but next
morning dawned clear. After the customary camp
duties and breakfast our first parade was formed-
The following orders, which continued in effect
throughout the camp, were then published :
" Camp North Point,"
TOLCHESTKR BEACH, Md.,
June /, 1 8 (^6.
The following service-calls are annonncec". :
ist Call for Reveille 5.50 a.m.
March and Reveille 5.55 A.M.
Assembly 6.00 A.M.
Inspection Call 6.15 .\.M.
Fatigue 6.25 a.m.
Sick Call 6.45 A.M.
iSt Call for Breakfast 6.55 A.M.
Assembly 7.00 a.m.
2nd Call for Breakfast 7.25 a.m.
Assembly 7.30 a.m.
Parade S.15 A.M.
Assembly 8.20 a.m.
Guard mount after parade,
ist Call for Morning Drill 9.10 a.m.
Assembly 9.15 a.ai.
Recall 10.10 a.m.
Release from camp for all except guard.
1st Call for Dinner 1. 10 p.m.
Assemljly 1.15 P.M.
2nd Call for Dinner 1.40 p.m.
Assembly 1.45 p.m.
1st Call for Drill 3.25 P.M.
Assembly 3.30 P.M.
Recall 4.25 P.M.
Release from camp.
1st Call for Supper 5.25 P.M.
Assembly 5.30 p.m.
2nd Call for Supper 5.55 P.M.
Assembly 6.00 P.M.
1st Call for Dress Parade 6.40 P.M.
Assembly 6.45 p.m.
Release from camp.
Tattoo (no roll call) 9.30 P.M.
Taps 10.00 P.M.
Inspection by Captains
The character ot drills will be prescribed from
this office from day to day.
By order of
(ist Lieut, ist Cavalry,)
Commandant oj Cadets.
The rest of the morning was spent in raising
the flag pole and other fatigue duty which made the
camp complete. All weut well except " West,"
who could not find the spade at " Pike's Peak."
The regular routine of camp duty continued
until Sunday, when all drills were suspended, ex-
cept a battalion inspection at 4 p.m. In the mean-
while the staff had made the acquaintance of several
young ladies, and were enjoying themselves accord-
ingly. Lewis one day struck acquaintance with a
large farmer a couple of miles back of Tolchester.
He seemed to be very much impressed with Lewis,
and is said to have given him a warm reception.
At nights, before taps, many gathered in the
officer's tents and sang to "Jack's" and Lewiss
banjo accompaniment. Many pleasant times were
passed in this way, making our camp-life all the
more enjoyable. During the day's release from
Camp we thoroughly enjoyed every amusement
offered on the excursion grounds. We were presen-
ted with free tickets for the Pike's Peak, Rapid
Transit Railroad, etc. Bathing and boating were
also enjoyed to a great extent.
Hitherto the weather had been fair, but on
Monday afternoon we saw a black cloud rising
across the bay. The afternoon had been set for the
annual inspection by Major Sanger, of the U. S.
Army ; but no inspection was held that afternoon,
for as the call for inspection sounded, rain began to
fall in torrents. Tents had to be secured hurriedly,
but some could not be made to resist the storm.
First, the hospital tent went down ; fortunately,
there was no one on the sick list that day. Next,
the commandant's tent started ; the ridge pole had
broken, and the whole tent was in danger of being
carried away. Some of the officers' tents being
larger and more exposed, were rapidly giving.
"White ducks" were quickly exchanged for bathing
suits, and a rescue party hastened towards the com-
About that time the great event of the camp
took place. There was a blinding flash, followed
almost immediately by a thunder- clap which startled
the whole camp. But it was not the thunder alone
which startled us. A shock, stronger than any of
us had ever felt, disturbed the inmates of every tent,
causing some to spring from their cots, while others
were thrown to the ground. Captain Crapster's
tent had been struck, and for a while both the cap-
tain and his first lieutenant lay insensible. They
soon revived, however, and were the heroes of the
occasion. In the meantime the rain was falling so
heavily that it was almost impossible to keep the
interior of our teuts dry.
The next morning the sun came out brighter
than ever, and, to our dismay, the much dreaded
inspection was held. Battalion Inspection was fol-
lowed by Battalion Review in " white ducks ; " next
came a Competitive Company Drill, then Battalion
Bavonet Exercises, and lastly Dress Parade. By this
time we we were nearly exhausted by the heat and
drill, and were only too glad to hear that further
inspection was postponed as another storm was
approaching. This one, however, was less serious
than the other, and soon passed over.
Next day we were informed that the trying
Extended Order and Battle Exercises would be held.
For two hours we attacked furiously an imaginary
enemy intrenched on the blufir of the bay. After
capturing the position we were formed into an ad-
vance guard and proceeded to the interior of the
country where we encountered a superior force and
after a brilliant skirmish fell back to a strong posi-
tion near " Pike's Peak," where we repulsed the
enemy's charge with an effective fire of blank
We were now left in possession of the field and
proceeded to protect ourselves by a system of out-
posts. The battalion was again formed in close
order and Major Sanger expressed himself as entirely
satisfied with our drill.
The Senior class underwent an oral examina-
tion, the result of which was also satisfactory.
The next day, Thursday, was the day set for
our return to the M. A. C.,as the Board of Trustees
were to hold a meeting there on Friday. Accord-
ingly, on Wednesday afternoon we struck camp.
As the last notes of " The General " died away all
the tents fell together, the colors were lowered, and
" Camp North Point" was no more.
As soon as the evening boat left with our camp-
ing equipage we were a.ssigned to temporary quar-
ters. Companies " A " and " C " in the wharf
warehouse and Company " B " in the dancing pavil-
ion, where arms were stacked. The weather turned
cold during the night, but fortunately we were well
supplied with blankets.
Next day we left on the morning boat, arriv-
ing in Baltimore about noon. We immediately
marched to Camden Station. Coming up Camden
street an enthusiastic colored veteran of the Civil
War vainly tried to persuade the captain of Com-
pany " C" to enlist in Cuba's cause. This was re-
garded as an insult to dignity, and in vain we tried
to quell his enthusiasm, but to no avail, and he
paraded behind our gallant captain with a broom-
stick for a sword.
After a hasty lunch at Camden Station we
boarded a train and were soon back to college.
Our camp was a decided success, and though
kept busy drilling we enjoyed every amusement
that Tolchester offered, and we take pleasure in say-
ing that the hospitality shown us by the Tol-
chester Company and its employees is thoroughly
appreciated by everyone.
This year we are pleased to announce that the
Board of Trustees have given their consent to hold
another encampment in June, '97. We look for-
ward to the occasion with much pleasure.
IRicbavb ILukc IDorse^^.
DIED AUGUST 29, 1895.
Richard Luke Dorsey was born near Holl>wood, St. Mary's County, Md.,
April 12, 1876. He attended school at St. Clement's Bay for some time, and when
older he engaged in mercantile business at that place. In 1894 he won the free scholar-
ship to the Maryland Agricultural College by a competitive examination. He entered
the class of '97, and when he returned to his home the following vacation he left many
friends who shall ever revere his memory.
On the afternoon of August 29th, as he was crossing a field during a storm, he
was struck by lightning and instantly killed. His mother, for whom his devotion and
love knew no bounds, died of grief the following day.
He is buried at All Saints' Episcopal Church, of which he was a member, by
the side of his mother, who, just before her death, suggested the following inscription
for his tombstone :
" (5o^ toucbcB bim an6 be slept."
THE Honorable Lloyd Lowndes, Governor of
Maryland, is a great grandson of Christopher
Lowndes, of Bostock House, Cheshire, Eng-
land, who canu- to this country a few years prior to
the Revolutionary War, and settled in Bladensburg,
Prince George's county, where he married a Miss
Tasker. Governor Lowndes is a lineal descendent
of Benjamin Tasker, president of the council and
acting-governor of Maryland in 1752, and of Gov-
ernor Edward Lloyd, elected in 1809. He is a col-
lateral descendent of Governor Thomas Bladen
(1742), and Governor Benjamin Ogle (1798).
He was born in February, 1845, at Clarksburg,
West Virginia, to which place his father had re-
moved from Cumberland the year before. Most of
the Governor's boyhood was spent in Cumberland,
and at the age of twenty )ears he graduated from
Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa. In 1867 he
graduated from the law school of the University of
Pennsylvania, and opened an office in Cumberland.
He afterwards retired from the legal profe.ssion, and
devoted himself to business and financial pursuits.
For a number of years he has been president of the
Second National Bank at Cumberland. He is also
president of the Union Mining Company and the
Potomac Coal Company, and is a director in various
other enterprises at home and abroad. In 1892 he
was a commissioner for Maryland at the Chicago
He was elected to the Forty-Third Congress in
1872, and served on some of its most important
committees, winning distinction as an active and
energetic worker. In 1895 he was nominated tor
Governor and elected by a large majority.
His election as Governor made him ex-officio
president of the Board of Trustees of the Maryland
Agricultural College. He is deeply interested in
the welfare of the institution, and has done much to
advance its prosperity. During his administration,
thus far, a new chemical laboratory has been built,
a greenhouse constructed, a department of Farmers'
Institutes and of State Entomology created.
Besides his large financial, coal and mining
interests, he has one of the most fertile farms in
Allegheny county, which is devoted to a general
system of progressive farming ; he is thus closely
identified with the agricultural interests of the State,
and particularly with the efforts which have been
made for the establishment and maintenance of
GOVERiNOR LI.OYD tOWNDES.
THE Ex-Governor of Maryland, Honorable
Frank Brown, is descended from a line of
ancestry alike distinguished for eminent ser-
vice in the councils of the Nation and of the State,
as well as rendering valuable aid to the country in
the Revolutionary srtuggle, and in the war of
He was born August 8, 1846, on " Brown's In-
heritance," in Carroll county, in the State of Mary-
land. His father, Stephen Thomas Cockey Brown,
born November, 1820, died December, 1876, was
one of the most prominent agriculturists in the
State, as well as a leader in politics, and took an
active part in all matters of public interest.
Upon his farm he devoted much attention to
raising stock, and was one of the first breeders of
Devon cattle in the United States, one of the found-
ers of the Maryland Agricultural College, and instru-
mental in organizing the Maryland State Agricul-
tural Society, being one of its directors for many
years. He was several times elected to the General
Assembly for his county, and always identified with
measures designed for the welfare of the State.
"Springfaeld" was the homestead of Ex-Gov-
ernor Brown, he inherited from his uncle, George
Patterson, who was a brother of Madam Jerome
Bonaparte, nee Miss Elizabeth Patterson, so well
known in the history of the States as the wife of
the brother of Napoleon.
This tract of land, together with " Brown's In-
heritance," embraces 2,500 acres, the finest farm in
the State, and is under the highest cultivation.
In the Fall of 1875 he was elected a member of
the House of Delegates from Carroll county, to the
Legislature of 1876, and again elected in the Fall
of 1877 to the Legislature of 1878, being a very
active member and serving upon several important
committees during these sessions of the General
In May, 1886, he was tendered, by the Presi-
dent, the appointment of postmaster of Baltimore
city, which he accepted and served with great credit
to himself, and with acceptance to all the citizens
He was instrumental in securing a number of
reforms in the office, among which was the intro-
duction of the present U. S. Mail Package Box,
which is now in general use throughout the
He also put into successful operation the Cart
Collecting System. He gave careful supervision to
the internal construction of the new post office
building, which was completed and dedicated dur-
ing his term, giving special attention to the equip-
ment of the office.
In 1 89 1 he was elected Governor of the State
by the unprecedented majority of 30,000. His term
of office was marked by his usual executive skill
and business capacity. By virtue of his office, he
became President of the Board of Trustees of the
college. His interest in the Cadets was shown in
the first act of his administration, in procuring for
them a suitable gymnasium. His usual executive
skill was manifested in the renovation of the old
building ; providing a lighting and heating plant ;
building and equipping a mechanical engineering
department, and in many ways adding to the
efficiency of the college.
The history of his administration has passed
into history, with much for which he can be proud
and nothing 10 detract aught from the enviable repu-
tation he has made for himself
KX-GOVERNOR FRANK BROWX.
(^hc ^P^dvHintagcs of [(^ilituinj (^paining.
By Lieutenant Clough Overton, Cominandaut of Cadets.
MILITARY training as a part of our school
system has met with some opposition. Re-
cently Mr. W. D. Howells, the writer, re-
coriled himself violently against it, but his warfare
was waged in ink — not a dangerous weapon in his
hands, and as some perhaps know that he was
studying art in Italy during that crisis in our his-
tory when men rend>;red military services to the
country, his remarks will not carry weight. When-
ever I behold altinistic writers ushering Eutopia
into this very human world I am reminded of
George Sand's rejoinder to the Philosopher of
Poverty : " Poverty may have assisted you, Mr.
Philosopher, but I still doubt if a general distribu-
tion of it would benefit the nation."
The dream of the Anarchist — a nation without
government — is not yet to be realized. In the
present state of society and international law, to
neglect military training would do as much to en-
sure peace to a nation as the dismissal of a police
force would do for the quiet of a city.
This year the attention of the English-speaking
world is given to arbitration. The treaty as pro-
posed did not cover much, and except as an exam-
ple and omen for the future we must not expect
too nruch from it.
If ratified it will probably mean that propriety
disputes can be settled without war, and this is cer-
tainly a step in the right direction. But we have
gained no diplomatic victory in this alliance to
arbitrate. Canada is already a hostage in our hands,
and English private investments here makes war
with England, unless a case involving honor arose,
remote and improbable. It should be noted that at
the time England offers to join hands with us in
arbitration, she continues to build war ships, and
this year her military budget is larger than ever.
England now cries arbitration ! Frederick the
Great once spoke of Maria Theresa as the old
woman "who cried and cried, but grabbed just the
The Premier of Great Britain recently said that
England had acquired in recent years more territory
than she could hold if her possession was disputed.
If that be true, it is to her advantage to have
another court than war with this great republic.
But even admitting that her efforts are selfish, there
are thousands here and abroad that will welcome
any step that will enable nations to use justice and
reason rather than war in the arbitrament of their
differences. If I were called upon to express an
opinion on the arbitration treat)', I would say ti.at
il is a generous experiment on our part to be tried
in the interest of peace. Arbitration, my young
friends, is not a final court because there is no
executive force behind it to enforce its decrees.
Courts of law have means to enforce their awards,
but nations have no redress except war. Defence,
lessness invites war, and prepaiation for war which
involves military training promotes peace.
Your Constitution has perhaps told you that
Congress declares war. The fact of a state of war
is promulgated to the nation in that way by its
vote. But it is neither Kings nor Senators, nor
Congressmen, nor Presidents, that cause the war,
but public sentiment — statesmen usually try to
avert it. But when the sentiment rises strong they
cannot, and war comes very quickly.
Our late Minister to England, Mr. Phelps of
Vermont, explained this very nicely in a lecture I
heard at the Naval War College last Summer. " If
Fort Sumpter was fired upon by the people of Char-
leston to-morrow it would not cause war : the city
police could attend to it." But when it was fired
upon the war sentiment swept like a mighty wave
and statesmen were mere straws trying to oppose
it. If these things be true, there is at all times
need of military training. Tradition holds that
large standing armies menace the liberties of a
people. Whether this be true to-day or not, they
are a taxation and remove men from gainful occu-
pations, so the true American would wish to see
military knowledge disseminated among the people.
To him neither the class militarism of Germany or
the defeucelessness of China is desirable. At our
State military schools 10,000 young men are annu-
ally receiving military instruction. I can conceive
of no safer repository for military training than in
the young graduates of these schools.
Economically, then the Government is repaid
for all the assistance it gives these schools.
And here one word on the duration of war-
Military training makes war short, sharp, decisive'
The frightful cost of modern war makes long war
To illustrate, take our civil war. Little gene-
ral military training existed then, and in the begin-
ning it was often the blind leading the blind
against the blind, and the heroic struggle dragged
on five years. How much better for the country,
had a few sharp battles decided, as was done for the
Austrians in 1859, or the French in 1870. These
wars lasted hardly si.x mouths, and the countries
Is the memory of a great struggle heroically
prolonged worth all the loss of life and treasure and
the desolation of the South ? If not, then I say the
lack of military training has already a great deal to
General Scott, speaking of our military acad-
emy, said : " But for its trained officers the Mexican
War would probably have lasted two years longer
with as many defeats as victories falling to our
share in the first year, and entailing an expense of
Subjectively the benefit of military training is
both physical and moral.
Regularity, exercise, habits of cleanliness and
order all promote health. Neatness and good phys-
ical carriage increase personal pride and are morally
elevating. Truthfulness, courage, and willing obe-
dience are qualities of the soldier, and it would be
poor military training that did not demand and en-
courage these. Soldiers live under a more exacting
code than civilians who are not amenable to a "court
of honor," for acts " unbecoming a gentleman."
In all high professions such acts meet with dis-
approval, it is true, but the offender suffers only in the
estimate of his associates. That " order is Heaven's
first law," is more easily recognized in the material
than in the moral world. Napoleon said " every
enterprise should be conducted according to a sys-
tem ; chance alone can never bring success." An
army implies organization — organization a method
or system of obtaining order.
In contemplating the economic progress and
tendency of the last two decades we are struck by the
strides toward organization in the industrial world
whereby gigantic enterprises are made possible
and are directed and controlled with a system
that exacts a correctness of detail no less than that
obtained in a military establishment. It matters
not what, railroads, factories, banks, insurance
companies, or what not — every where the same.
You will find there civil generals, colonels, captains,
and privates, rendering obedience to orders from
a higher head, and each moving in an orbit limited
and with powers absolutely prescribed.
It strikes me then that system and obedience are
at a big premium in civil life today. The traits of
character developed by military confidence quickly
win confidence — for the real soldier is honest, atten-
tive, and his obedience is both of the heart and
mind. He is stamped by a respectful ph) sical com-
posure that is neither fawning nor facetious. He
has already learned some of the lessons whicli he
would have to learn unless he avoided tlie works of
Last of all here mentioned, and mentioned last
because it is first, military training fosters patriot-
ism and a love of the flag. Mr. Fults, in an address
made this year at Louisville said : " The patriot
knows that when a nation takes its hand from the
sword hilt to turn a penny in its purse its honor and
its glory is near an end. He still believes his State
is the best in the country and his country the equal
of any on earth. The national flag is his oriflamme,
it represents his father's blood and his mother's
tears, the honor of his home and the glory of his
manhood. It is the Illaid of his nation, the history
of his family, and was written by the blood of lib-
erty in letters of flame. He regards the insult to
the flag as a per.sonal affront, and a stain on his
country's escutcueou, as a reflection upon his own
character. National integrity represents not his
honor alone, but the fame of his sire and the future
of his son."
1st Lieut, ist U. S. Cavalry.
A little nonsense, noiv and then,
Is relished by the best of men.
^^yyiX ABOARD!" I
y — \ my car. I sprang
started. Yes, that was
sprang aboard and was soon
It was in the year 1940, and I had just left San
Francisco on board the Washington and Pacific elec-
tric air car. I intended to reach Washington, and
visit College Park, of which I had heard but little
since my graduation in 1897. I had never even been
there since then, but had always been too busily en-
gaged out West. This time, however, I made the
attempt, and accordingly arrived in our Capital after
about a five hours' run. Six hundred miles an hour !
What a contrast to the times when I used to ride on
the B. & O. accommodations, moving along at about
one quarter of a mile a minute.
I took the Baltimore and Washington electric
road, which I was informed had been completed in
In a few minutes, on looking o_it of the window,
I saw we were on the suburbs of a large city.
Smoke was ascending from factories, and the city
roar was incessant. We were soon flying down a
beautiful boulevard. I called the conductor and
asked to be put off at the Maryland Agricultural Col-
lege. He studied a moment, and then said "Oh! I
know what you mean; I'l let you know when to get
off." I was somewhat puzzled, but waited until he
called out ' ' College Avenue ! " I alighted and looked
around. I was indeed in the midst of a large
metropolis. I looked up at a sign on the corner of the
street. "College Avenue and Harvard Avenue"
were the names that met mjr eye. I gazed up College
avenue, expecting to behold the same building that I
left. But what a change ! Amidst the grove on the
hill I saw the main building, completed as originall}'
designed. Around it were grouped many other large
buildings, which I took for recent additions. I
passed up the avenue and soon arrived at a
magnificent arch, upon which I saw the name
Maryland Technological University. I passed through
this entrance and as I did so, I noticed on
each side of the avenue a piece of mounted field
artillery. I immediately recognized them as our old
battery pieces, still in a fairly good condition, but now
used only as ornaments. I looked up the hill and saw
confronting me a long line of breastworks, armed with
the latest improved rapid firing guns and 44-inch
dynamite rifles. I was here challenged by a sentinel,
and on looking at his uniform I found it to be similar
to the one we wore back in the last century. The
material seemed to be a little different, however, and I
had no difficulty in recognizing it as bullet proof
I mounted the breastworks and as I was examin-
ing the artillery, I was accosted by a cadet, who,
learning that I was an old student, offered to show me
around. We proceeded immediately to the great main
building, which was a magnificent piece of architec-
ture. My friend said he would introduce me to the
president of the Universit}'. We passed into a
spacious room, furnished in excellent style, and I saw
sitting behind his desk, a man of apparently sixty
years of age.
" Professor Gill " said my guide, " this is "
But I had recognized him already and he, me. It
was indeed Albert S. Gill, President of the Maryland
After our surprise was over I demanded a history
of the College, or now University.
" Well, you see " said he, " there is a great deal
to tell. So I will start when I remember 3'ou went
West. The college continued to progress under the
direction of Captain Silvester, and in 1905 he was
elected Governor ot Maryland bj' an overwhelming
majority. Professor Alvey was immediately chosen
President. Now that Captain was Governor, all the
attention and influence of the State was brought to bear
upon the institution, and under the excellent guidance
of President Alvey, it arose to a position of promi-
nence, which I had never expected to see it attain.
New appropriations were secured, and soon new build-
ings were added, and the present main building was
completed. We could not nowquarterall our students,
and buildings arose in College Park for their conve-
nience. The Park began to flourish and today it con-
tains 150,000 inhabitants. It embraces all of what
U!-ed to be Hyattsville, Riverdale, College, Lakeland,
Berwyn, Branchville and Charlton Heights. The
City Hall you see there," he continued pointing out
of the window, and on the crest of what used to be
Charlton Heights I saw a towering building. " Well,
Captain retired from public life soon, and it was only
a few years ago he died. He was given a military
funeral, and there's his monument." He pointed to
a massive statue mounted on a high pedestal. " Pro-
fessor Alvey continued in the presidency until 1930,
when he was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court
oi the United States. He has since retired, and is
living in New York. Under his administration as
President here, the college became a university, and its
name was changed. To the latter fact I think we owe
much for the success of the institution.
" You know I was admitted to the Bar in Balti-
more. I practiced there successfully until 1927 ; when
I was elected to fill a position here as Professor of
Political Economy and Jurisprudence. The next 3'ear
I was placed at the head of the Post-Graduate Depart-
ment of L,avv, and when Prof. Alvey left in 1930
I was chosen President. Come, I will show you
around . ' '
We went over the main building first and then
visited the Armory. This was about 250 feet long
and was situated on the old campus. President Gill
here explained that the undergraduates were organized
into a flying regiment, each man being equipped with
the latest flying machine. The Post Gradtiates were
formed into a Veteran Corps. When we came out he
told me that the level ground beyond the old Experi-
ment Station road was used as the campus for drilling
on the ground.
" What are those arrangements 3'ou have at the
boys' windows?" I asked. "Well, you see" he
answered, " Boys are as full of mischief as they used
to be. They have their own flying machines, and in
order to keep them in at night, all I have to do is
press a button in my office and all are closed tightly.
I believe, however, that some have discovered the
arrangement of the wires and have put in a shunt
to turn off the electricity, and off they fly to see the
girls in the neighborhood where Hyattsville used to
be. Love will conquer all obstacles you know." He
gave me accounts of all the old students of the M. A.
C, many of whom had distinguished themselves
as have brave soldiers in the American Cuban and
I noticed that the Experiment Station had become
quite extensive, and Gill smiled as he pointed out the
cherished new barn. He said they were now work-
ing upon a method for making buckwheat cakes from
corn-stalks, and also to find a way in which one square
meal might be compressed into a small tablet, and the
amount of nutritious matter be the same. This was to
save the trouble of eating, he said. He also informed
me that they had perfected a method for hypnotizing
farm laborers and making them work. He considered
this a remarkable thing.
We passed several buildings in the course of erec-
tion. "We have a way now" he explained, "by
which a building of fair size may be erected within
six weeks." I turned to look for the Chemical
Laboratory and found that it had been replaced by a
four-story stoi-.e structure. The Gymnasium had also
been enlarged, and the Mechanical Building had like-
wise given way to a much larger and better building.
I was shown over the Laboratory of Pyschology, and
found new buildings for X-ray experiments, P'lec-
tricity and Law. There was a magnificent auditorium
for public entertainments, balls, etc , and the Chapel
was a wonderfully picturesque building.
We went into the Auditorium and reviewed the
College Records Gill then asked me if I wanted to
see some curiosities. I of course answered that I did,
and we went into an ante room where I saw, mounted
in glass cases, the rarest curiosities of the age. The
foot-ball with which we won the championship in the
Fall of 1896 was there. We also examined the photo-
graph of the victorious team of that season ; also the
photographs of the championship teams of '93 and '95,
and all the athletic teams from that time on. " You
see" said Gill "I alwaj's have supported athletics,
and since I have been here, I have encouraged it as
much as possible. We have held the championship
in all kinds of athletics since '96, and I hope it will
continue." I noticed a large amount of iron rods in
one case, and on inquiry found that these rods once
formed the fire-escape of much repute. It had to be
removed when the main building was completed, and
had been kept as a relic. ' ' We don't need fire-escapes
now" Gill explained, " All the buildings are asbestos,
inside and out." Our old rifles were also kept as
relics. The college had been equipped in 1898 with
what we then termed the "new rifle." "We now
have a repeater " said Gill, " which fires a three-inch
projectile fourteen miles. It was invented by one of
our boys, and the explosive used was made in our
laboratories." I examined another curiosity in the
shape of the old time M. A. C. biscuit. It gave me
the tooth-ache to look at it. " We have better eating
now," remarked Gill. "There is not even the
slightest complaint. ' "That is the most remarkable
thing I have ever heard," I answered. " I thought it
would take several centuries to outgrow the complaint
precedent firmly established by Heward «& Company
We then entered the "Reception 'Bus " as Gill
called it. It was really an immense flying car, and in
it we sailed over the city of College Park, while I
listened to Gill's description of the University.
' ' We of course have now none of the Faculty
which were here in '97. Our Commandant now is a
Major-General, and in military matters we excel West
Point. We take our outing each year, similar to our
annual encampments, but this year we will make a fly-
ing tour of the world. I do not intend to go, but with
our X-ray arrangement will watch them from here,
and communicate with them without any trouble by
means of our wireless telegraph.
By the way, had you heard that we sent out the
expedition that first reached the North Pole. But
that's a small matter, for we are now perfecting a
method for carrying on immigration from Mars "
What was that !
I started from my bed and stood dazed while the
notes of Reveille assured me that I was once more
back at the old M. A. C.
\ \f /HATEVER may be the opinions expressed in
other annuals we wish to take the initial
step in opposition to "hazing," as practiced
in our colleges to-day ; and in taking this stand we
feel sure that we are upheld, not only by the Senior
class, but by the student body of our institution.
For many years hazing was practiced everywhere,
until it had become an established precedent. Within
the last few years, however, there have been vigorous
measures taken against it by college faculties and our
newspapers and magazines. But these alone cannot
remedy the evil. It can be done onh^ by the volition
of the students themselves.
In our own college, as well as in all others, the
custom of hazing existed for a long time; but the evil
results were never so keenly felt as when it had almost
While we admit that this state of affairs did exist,
we deny the general opinion that it does exist now.
The statements made in many of our newspapers, re-
garding a particular case which occurred here about
two years ago, were highly exaggerated, and the true
facts of the case were not presented. These exagger-
ated reports have done untold harm to many colleger
of our country.
In our four years' experience with this college we
have observed that hazing has died away by degrees
until now there is nothing left that can be called by
An occasional light practical joke, on old and new
students alike, is enjoyed by everyone and engaged in
everywhere. Under this head we do not include those
practices much condemned by the public. The new
.students naturally afford better opportunities for jokes
than older ones ; and even when hazing did exist here
the frequenc}' and manner of its occurrence depended
upon the student himself. If he exhibited a maidj'
spirit his persecutors derived no enjoyment; but, on
the other hand, a haughty or facetious spirit will not
be tolerated by any body of students, much less in an
institution where they are so intimately associated.
Although we are not defending the old practice, we
make these statements to show that hazing may be
deserved as well as exaggerated.
Even under the most stringent rules imposed by
college faculties, hazing, as well as manj' other college
evils, can never be abolished except through the efforts
of the students themselves.
Thk Editorial Board.
I^ueh "^do ^bout (^omeihing.
AN EXTRAVAGANZA IN TWO CRASHES.
Dramatis Person/E, Unknown.
Time, 1.40 A. M. December 20, 1896.
Smash i .
(Amid the dark recesses of Senior Hall, a figure
is seen gliding cautiously. The gas-light from the jet
flickering ominously, lends a horror to the impending
evil. Slowly the figure approaches the jet. No
sound is heard save the howling of the wind and the
continuous snores from the Senior Hall Chorus. These
he is used to. With a spring he alights below the
flickering flame, and in an instant all is darkness.)
(Senior Hall in complete darkness. A cautious
shuffling of feet is heard, and a few whispers pass.
Then First Unknown advances to the partition and
sings in a high husky voice, to the tune of "In the
" For punishment we do not care.
As we live, now hear us swear ;
E'en though k shall of us make dust.
One good old time we'll have or bust ! "
(Groans of approbation and curses deep and
numerous, cast a shiver through the frame-work of
(A figure joins them bearing a package.)
Unknown No. i .
' ' Have you Ijrought to us all right,
What we need for work to-night? "
Unknown No. 2.
" Do you take me for a girl,
Or even slower than the Earle,
To think I would not do the work.
Or try in any waj' to shirk ? "
Unknown No. 3, comes forward and sings.
" Now hear me swear by Uncle Sam,
I take this oath without one qualm :
I shall no more eat college chowder,
Till we explode these bags of powder.
Nor shall I ever take a smoke.
Until these prison walls be broke.
fin horror, the figures try to restrain him, but he
And e'rc I close mj' eyes to-night.
Professors shall awake in fright ;
And if we fail to win this strife,
I'll study Physics all my life ;
I'll live on college grub for years,
Nor stay the flowing of my tears.
To raise a row, and Prof's defy,
We'll do this thing to-night or die ! "
(Figures join hands and dance around the pack-
age of powder, singing chorus to the tune of " Hot
Time in the Old Town To-night.")
" When you hear this powder go off — boom !
Each shall awake and hustle from his room,
And when the shock is o'er,
Professors will be sore .
There's a hot time in M. A. C. to-night !
* (The dance ceases and all crowd around Un-
known No. I )
Unknown No. i .
" Which one brought from 'mongst the stores,
The rope with which to tie the dcors ? "
fA figure advances with rope, and First Un-
" Now boys, to work for all your worth.
This is no time for idle mirth.
Ere the sun his course begin.
What we don't do will be a sin !
Tie each knot securely now,
And seal each with a solemn yow. "
(They tie the doors of Officer of Hall and Officer
of the Day ; also, partition door.)
Smash I .
Unknown No. i.
" Since we the pantrj- last did rob,
I've neyer seen a neater job !
Where shall we place the powder, boys.
To make it giye the greatest noise? "
Unknown No. 2.
" Right by the corner, near the stair.
The noise then raised will crack the air ! "
Unknown No. i.
" A better place could not be found,
'Twill shake this place from roof to ground."
(They place the powder on the floor and join
hands singing again. )
" For punishment we do no care.
As we live, now hear us swear ;
K'en though it shall of us make dust.
One good old time we'll have or bust ! "
(They stop, and Unknown No. i, sings to the
tune of " Where was Moses when the light went
Remember we'll together stand,
" When this affair is brought to baud.
Keep this in mind and have no tear,
For Christmas comes but once a year."
(Unknown No. 2, sings to tune of " When the
cat's away the mice will play.")
" Who here shall his trust ignore,
We've all had tastes of it before,
And I am sure not one will yield,
As loug as he a straw can wield."
(All join in singing chorus, to the tune, " We've
all been there before many a time.")
" We've all been there before nuun- a time;
We've all been there before many a time;
When we're hauled up once again,
We'll not of it complain.
For we've all been there before man}- a time."
(Smash i ends with the fiendish dance around the
package of powder.)
Unknown No. i, sings.
" Upon this plan we proceed now,
And try to raise a greater row.
Each one has piled up near his door,
Some bottles, glass and stones galore.
Old kettles, bo.xes and tin pans,
Some Ijricks, clubs and tomato cans.
Now as the powder just explodes,
Down the halls in ponderous loads
Let fly these missiles by your door.
Until the hall is covered o'er ;
And when they come in wild surprise,
What a sight will greet their eyes !
But who has brought the match and fuse?
Be quick ; we have no time to lose.
But let us once more sing the song
Of vengeance for our deepest wrong."
(They gather around and sing again.)
" For punishment we do not care,
As we live, now hear us swear ;
E'en though it shall of us make dust,
One good old time we'll have or bust ! "'
(They disperse and wait in their doors, and only
one remains to light the fuse. No sound is heard
save the spluttering.)
(A mighty crash rings out upon the starless night,
and a flash ligthens the building. The beams and
joists of old M. A. C. trembled as thej' had never done
before. The sound ceases with innumerable echoes
following it. Btit soon again all is disturbed by the
decent of various articles of glass, crockery, etc.,
upon the floor, sliding down the halls toward the
lower end. All three of the halls had suddenly
awakened. The battle of Montenotte could not have
produced a greater din. Play ends with the noise
continued and louder. )
Note — Performance repeated on Dec 21st and 22nd.
Iqs§ @5e of 'q)7.
lass ^de of '95.
Onward now to victory,
Classtiiates we will go ;
Hearts in perfect harmony,
Faces all aglow.
After many labors
Struggling hard to win.
As a class of Seniors,
We'll our work begin.
Let 3-our courage never fail,
Let no groundless fears prevail,
Class of ninety-seven.
Graduates are leaving,
They have trod the road ;
Happy breasts are heaving.
Free now from their load.
We will follow after,
With eagerness their trace ;
Only one year later,
We the world will face.
One more year of college,
One more year of grace,
Delving after knowledge.
We'll have won our race.
Let us lift the fallen,
Let us help the weak.
Let our time be golden,
Let our actions speak.
Let us join in a song, a song of true praise.
To our new Senior class ;
Let every one the chorus raise
For all the success of the past.
With pride and joy we now can look back
To glories that we have won ;
Not a stain on our banner of scarlet and olive.
Not a blush for the deeds we have done.
Ninety, ninety-five ! Glorious ninety-five !
Let us sing ! Let us sing !
Let our praises ring,
For the class of ninety-five.
And now as we take up the shield of our cUss,
Let our motto ever be :
To cherish as in dajs of yore,
The glory of M. A. C.
The scarlet of renown we place to the front,
'Tis our duty so to do ;
With the olive branch of peace over all,
Each one is staunch and true.
And after our race as a class has been run,
Old M. A. C. can tell.
That '95 her past has done,
As she always does it, well.
When others take our place, we know
Our name will live and thrive,
The class of the loyal, the brave and the true.
The class of '95.
Words and music by R. E. Sliger, '95.
f©pom the (^ophomopcs.
A mass of might — Straughn.
Tough man — Leatherman.
An important monument — Whitehill
Our text-book — Reeder.
Our cab-driver — Hacker.
Our class pet — Bunny.
Our hairdresser — Combs.
Our dear man — Price.
Our regular nuisances,
Our wind instrument — BelliS.
Our honest man — Trueworthy.
Our burglar tool — ^Jimmy.
Our game of chance — Bett-on.
Our Sunday attraction — Church.
A bird— Snipe.
It's all a bluft — Sham.
The above photo^jraph is an exact likeness of a group consisting of :-
The successful mathematician.
The dignified senior.
The hard student.
The ardent lover of physics.
The one thoroughly interested in biology.
The boy who has never received the mark of zero.
There is a boj- called Harry,
Who lives in 43,
He has a brain that cati't be equalled here ;
Excelling in whist playing,
Mathematics and surveying,
But he's not the only bubble on the beer.
For one night they were planning,
To steal poor Harry's bed.
And when the whist club broke up for the night,
Then Harry came near swearing,
Lost his military bearing,
But he's not the only cock that's in the fight.
(With profound apologies for the slang).
And Fay had lost his mattress,
His bed and valued trunk.
And next we saw poor Gilbert in a rage ;
And when at last they found them.
They swore things blue around them,
For they're not the only monkeys in the cage.
A house down near the railroad
Kept a valued dashund pup,
He one night took a stroll off from the Park.
The boys were all delighted
For professors were excited.
But he's not the only dog that loves a lark.
A Junior freak ca'.led Daruf,
Of conditions had enough
To flunk a half-a-dozen men or more ;
Still onward he is riding
And thinks he's smoothly gliding.
But he's not the only foot-print on the shore.
An agricultural student (?)
Who is better known as Jap,
Has thoughts which centre in the ville near by,
Enticed by thoughts exquisite
He makes his nightly visit.
But he's not the only moon that's in the sky.
Way back in last October
We guyed poor Sham and Judas,
We made them corporals just to see their pranks;
We tried them by court-martial.
And to mercy none were partial,
,So they're not the only privates in the ranks.
A Senior tall and slim, who loves
To work in chemistry,
On Sunda)' takes another turn of mind
Where caramels abound
He's always to be found ;
But that's not the only day he's color blind.
A college in Annapolis,
Which had a foot-ball team.
We challenged and agreed to meet one day ;
But when that time came round
Their boys could not be found,
And they're not the only team afraid to pla)-.
(Sentinel challenges cadet in outer darkness).
Sejitinel. — " Who's there? "
Cadet. — " A cadet of the camp."
Seyit. — "Corporal of the Guard! A cadet of the
camp ! ' '
Corporal. — "Advance cadet of the camp and be
(Cadet meets OfBcer of Day near guard tent).
Cadet. — " Sir ! I report my return to camp ! I was
absent from taps."
6*. D. — " Well, you were not reported absent."
Cadet. — " I beg your pardon, sir ; I'd like to change
my report then, I was not absent."
(Scene. — Solitary sentinel walking post.)
Sent. — "Who's there?" (Challenge to figure ap-
O. Z?.— " Officer of the Day."
Sent. — "Corporal of the Guard, Officer of the
Sent. — " Advance Officer of the Day with counter-
(Officer of the Day advances and asks the sentinel his
general and special orders which are rapidly given).
(). D. — " To whom do you turnout the guard in
compliment ? "
Sent. — (Names parties entitled to compliment j.
O. D. — "Suppose a drunken and disorderly party
crossed your post after the hour for challenging, what
would you do ? "
Sent. — " I'd turn out the guard."
O. D. — ' ' You would not ! You would call for the
Corporal of the Guard and have him arrested. Why did
you say you would turn out the guard in compli-
ment ? ' '
Sent. — "Beg pardon, sir! But I thought there
might be a Brigadier-General among them."
(Scene — Sultan's tent. Enter Grand Vizer).
"Your Highness! The man with the bullet-proof
shirt is waiting in the outer camp."
" Bid him enter."
(Trembling inventor enters and salaams before the
Suit. — " Has the garment been subjected to every
possible test ? "
Inv. — " Oh ! Most righteous ruler, it has withstood
all that the cunning of man can devise for its destruc-
Sidt. — " Has it withstood rifle fire? "
Inv. — " Oh ! Your Highness, it has withstood mod-
ern steel projectiles sharp as arrows and as swift as
Snlt.—" Will it stand heat? "
I?iv. — "Oh! Prince of Light ! The lambent flame of
the blow pipe withers and turns away."
Suit.—'- Will it stand the sword ? "
Inv. — " Oh ! Son of Heaven ! The point of the
Damascus blade recoils upon itself like an angered
adder, but does not prick the shirt ! "
Sidt. — " Has it withstood our cadet laundry !
Inv.—" Lost ! Lost ! ! "
(Inventor swoons and falls to the ground). — [Exit.]
^ ©lass tf\ill.
'Twas one Saturday night, and all over the hall
'Twas as silent as death, 3011 could hear a pin fall.
When suddenly there arose such a clatter
I rushed down the hall to find out the matter.
PREP'S IDEA OF THE SENIOR.
Just then my head got such a thundering rap,
I was not long in deciding I was into a " scrap."
'Twas the much abused Freshmen aud jolly Sophomores
Who had taken this chance to settle old scores.
I managed to work my way into the room,
And a wonderful sight loomed up through the gloom
The dust was so thick you could cut off a bale
And arms, legs and small boys were flying like hail.
And then there came sounds of the scampering feet
Each person was beating a hasty retreat.
They recognized sounds of a warning cough,
A professor was coming to call tlie fight off.
A committee of Juniors now called it a draw
And the Freshmen went off to nurse a sore jaw,
But what mattered that, though they're bruised and sore?
Their hearts are now light for their hazing is o'er.
SENIOR'S IDEA OF THE PREP
Che College ©iH.
Oh ! Dearest charm of collcjjc life !
We love thee faithfully
We've striven to prolong the liiiie
When wc shall part from thee.
But near at hand that fated hour
For us these joys shall end ;
And at thy throne of kindness, we
Shall never more attend.
And shall our thoughts no longer be
With her whom we adore
When memories of exquisite joy
Present thiise scenes once more
The time has come and we must part,
In this some token find,
Of what we (eel in friendship, and
A love that lies behind.
Thy face is still before my eyes
Thy lips — thy teeth of pearl —
Thy boundless grace — We'll ne'er forget
To kive our College Girl.
If W\. f[. (B- ©upned.
We hope the M. A. C. will stand
Throughout the coniiug ages,
And have its name,
Of wonderous fame,
On history's truthful pages.
But what in the midst of night,
Within this place of learning.
Some sleepy crier,
Shovild call out " fire 1
The M. A. C. is burning ! "
For once the bugle promptly sounds,
The " fire call " now is blowing;
And thinly clad
Each frightened lad,
Is down the ladder going.
One on the top hall, near the moon.
In 17 is sleeping ;
For thinks he
" 'Tis Reveille,"
And he's his custom keening.
But meanwhile, fire and smoke increase.
The flames are mounting higher ;
And at the park
And come to quench the fire.
The Captain too, from on the hill,
Beholds the sad disaster ;
And hearing cries
He quickl}' flies.
With face like alabaster.
Excitement now is running high,
The Captain's almost crazy ;
And cries aloud
To all the crowd,
To work and not be lazy.
The Earle comes creeping out of bed.
Coughing, blinking, choking.
Think he, " I'll try
And see if I
Can stop that boy from smoking ! "
The quickest move he ever made.
Was made on this occasion.
Beneath his feet
Lent speed witliout persuasion.
Professors now awake in fright.
And fire and smoke discerning ;
Then Dr. Scott
Springs from his cot.
Runs to his hall of learning.
A meeting of the Faculty,
Is held with usual prudence ;
They all agree,
The blame falls to the students
He seizes all his specimens.
His books and papers quickly ;
And rescues these
With grace and ease,
While smoke curls'round him thickly.
We look for our Vice-President,
In various directions ;
At last he's found
Both safe and sound,
Engaged in his inspections.
Our Commandent comes rushing then.
Though steam and smoke are hissing;
To form us all
The roll to call.
And see who now is missing.
From 37 comes a noise —
A sound as if of pleading ;
Who hastened hence.
Another Prof, is leading.
At last it seems that all are saved.
We stand around with yearning.
For work is vain
It now is plain,
Nought can prevent its burning.
Hacker — Blowing bugle on time.
Bktton — Same .
Reward — Not complaining about food at table.
DuvALL — Not going on sick list.
Cabrera, C. T.— Same.
Trueworthy — Same.
L,iLLiBRiDGE — Giving commands unnecessarily loud
at Guard Mount.
I.EAtherman — Swearing at his squad.
Lindsay — Not getting excused during drill.
GouGH — Not making up nines.
Cronmiller — Detailing O. D. properly.
Queen — Using shoes for breastworks.
O. D. — Picking teeth with bayonet.
Gill, N H. — Not obtaining leave of absence for
Saturday and Sunday.
Burroughs — Not attending meals.
Welty — Same.
Heward — Same.
BoRST — Same.
Wklty — Absenting himself from his command.
Gill, A. S. — Not making test case of visiting.
HammERSLOUGH — Turning up nose in ranks.
LiNDS-W — Speaking English.
Room 46 — Inmates in quarters at inspection.
Room 29 — Same.
RoBB, P. L — Keeping silence.
Lewis — Repeatedly disturbing room-mates by dis-
Sherman — Same.
Welty — Not preparing tactics lesson.
Fluharty — Talking too much.
Alvey — Preserving military bearing.
Carver — Wearing corsets.
Cronmiller — Leaning against the wind at Guard
HammERSLOUGH — Tying his trunk in a knot.
Physician — Failing to give compound cathartics for
Betton — Sweeping out room.
Whitfford — Playing foot-ball.
Hacker — Buying tobacco.
AT BKAK FAST-
GUESS WHO IT IB.
College <§)imc |^u§cum.
WooTON — The man born without ears.
The Hersh-Grason Brothers — Knees grown to-
Kenlv — The dog-faced man.
Hammond — Strong man.
DiRiCKSON Brothers — Siamese twins.
HoLLOWAY — Giant.
Weedon — Midget.
Price — Hairy man.
LiLLiBRiDGE — Roaring lion.
HiNES — Trick monkey.
Combs — Bald eagle.
Reward — Greased pig.
Whiteford — Ballet dancer.
Bell — Contortionist.
CronmillER — Fat woman.
Carver — Living skelleton.
McGlone — Tattooed man.
RiDGLEY — Tree climber.
Sherman — Featherweight.
Watkins — The man with the horse-laugh.
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MILITARY COMMANDS ILLUSTRATED BY AGRICULTURE.
S'oN\t Mot9 Worn
FROM THK NAMK WE HRAR AS AN " ACRICHLTIIRAI, " COLLKr.K, TH1-; ABOVE ARK A MAV
OF THK I'OI'lILAR MISCONCEPTIONS OK US.
(P\n ^xpcpienee with (College |^aiL)cns.
My last night at college, the night of the ball,
Is one I remember with pleasure untold ;
But a slight shade of sadness hangs over it all ;
Tho' the joke be on me the tale I'll vinfold.
For two years and better two sweet girls I wooed ;
As a Junior and Senior I took all the bother
To love both at once ; but never quite could
Fix all my affection on one or the other.
And they both loved me dearly ; of it I am sure,
Though they never avowed it ; yet all of you know
That the sly little college maid, always demure,
Has a way she convinces you such things are so.
Both came to the ball, my Ruth and my Nell ;
I danced with each one, and then on the sly
Walked out with sweet Ruth, in order to tell
To-moirow I'd leave her, to whisper good-bye.
I really believed that I loved Ruth the best,
I was sure of then, as she turned round and said
" How I shall miss you, j'ou never can guess ;
For I love you truly — truly dear Ned ! "
But then I must say just one word to Nell ;
So after a dance we walked 'neath the trees.
When the voice of fair Ruth, I knew it quite well.
Came softly and faintly to me on the breeze.
You surely can't blame me for listening, when
Distinctly I heard on the air soft and still
Ruth's last words to me 'most repeated again ;
But 'twas " I love j-ou truly — truly dear Will !
Ah ! 'Twas then that I knew that Nell was the truer,
She told me so often in saying good-bye.
Imagine my feelings, they couldn't be bluer,
When I saw my own room-mate look down in her eye.
And holding her tiny white hand while she said
He never could guess how she'd miss him, not he ;
But I could have told him, in her eyes he read
Exactly the same things she's just told to me.
And then all my faith in fair maidens departed ;
So take the advice of one who should know
They are fair, false and fickle ; though surely big hearted
Enough to give Junior and Senior a show.
R. E. S. '9.5.
'97. — No The feet to fit the footprints were never
Com'd't. — You are misinformed sir. Hershburger
has never been able to get his knees together.
Gov. — Yes, sir. The milk was sour.
O. S. Ordnance Z?.'/)/.— You must have misinter-
preted the information you have received. However,
there is no reason why it could not be put into execu-
tion, but as far as we know it has never been done ;
and the plan of using M. A. C. biscuits for grape shot
is still an open question.
HeWs Kitchen. — Your information is correct. The
pup has returned.
Mathcss Manufacturer . — You are wrong. To our
positive knowledge Combs has never patronized any
barber since he entered this institution.
Eastern Shore. — Yes, miss, we can answer with cer-
tainty. Jack is improving.
Farm. Inst. — No, sir ! We do not plow.
Puck. — You are entirely wrong. Ben never cracked
a real good joke in his life.
A'. Y. Journal. — Your information is only partly
correct. We are in possession of a pair of twins, but
they are not the genuine " Yellow Twins. Ours are
of the unmistakable green hue.
B. & O. Roundhouse. — We are sorry to answer in
the negative. We could not spare him. He is too
valuable a member, in fact, president of our Whist
Club, and we feel sure his ambition could not stand
such a fall as to be obliged to use his face as the head-
light of a locomotive.
Tolchester, Md. — In reply we would like to state that
we have six men to enter the mile race, but only upon
this condition, that a certain farmer shall stand behind
them with a shot-gun.
Butcher. — No, sir. We never got it. The hide was
too tough for the hash machine.
A. Spooney. — In making inquiries as to which night's
he was at the " Ville",did you observe whether or not
the moon was out on those nights ?
Alutnnus. — They wouldn't let us have the fraternity.
^5 h ©flen happens.
'Tis a sad time at the best
When 3'ou get a month's arrest,
Or confinements in a bunch too big to count,
Or incurring " zips " in class;
Your rage naught can surpass
When the tours come in a somewhat like amount.
In ranks to be " called down "
Has an aggravating sound,
'Tis no easy thing to stand there and be " mum "
From our honored Commandant
To defend ourselves we can't,
And accordingly your punishment will come.
But all these things forget,
They're nothing to regret.
From all their bad results you soon are rid ;
But what a shame we feel
No words can ere reveal
When the O. D. finds us in the cupboard hid.
I have thought of thee
When I watched that star,
That shines in the even-tide ;
I have thought of thee
When that star was gone.
And longed to be at thy side.
I have thought of thee
When in future years
We two, may become as one.
And watch together that evening star
Just after the setting sun.
THE O. D.
RAISING STK A V\ HICK K I ICS.
Oup ^ist of \f»Qn1s.
Wanted. — The author and solution of the fol-
lowing problem from the Sophomore class : All trian-
gles having same base and perimeter is the isosceles.
Wanted. — A hair-curler in Room 41.
Wanted. — (By the Faculty.) The boys who
fired the bombs before Christmas.
Wanted. — A bed-holder in Room 43.
Wanted. — Corporal stripes — Sham.
Wanted. — A patent autoniaticcondition remover,
Wanted. — Unbreakable chemical apparatus, by
Wanted. — A foot-ball team that can beat ours.
Wanted. — A real cow — to milk. Daruf.
Wanted. — An alumnus to take post graduate
course in farming.
Wanted. — Ribbons ivhich have been lost ; colors,
maroon and pearl, blue and white, black and orange ;
prized not so much for their intrinsic value as for the
sweet remembrances connected therewith.
Wanted. — A track for field athletics.
Wanted. — More practice in wall-scalinsj.
Wanted. — A squealing pig. " Sus " and
Wanted. — A school-house bell. College Park.
Wanted. — Fire extinguisher. Room 46.
Wanted. — Hair restorer. Bell.
Wanted. — Ink. Senior hall.
Get a g-ate on vou. — Prof. W.
I can never marrj^ 3'ou."
"Then, madam, hear me! I will do far worse
than commit suicide; I will return to the M. A. C.
and study Survejdng."
Sh ! Don't mention hockey.
Hooray for Ira's " M. A. C. Two-step."
" If that line were straight it would be a circle"
Nose too much. — Eddie.
Who died hard in the election ? — Jack.
" Deed did he ? "—Fay.
Not Oirish — Denny.
" Why do the companies at Reveille remind you
of potatoes from the college potato patch ? "
"Because they are all covered up in bed, and
when the ist Sergeants drag them out they turn out
' ' Say ! Did you see those two girls down in the
armory the other day by the Hotclikiss gun ? One of
them was standing with her face close to the muzzle,
and the other turning the crank."
" What were they doing that for ? "
" Why, the major told them it was a /lo/ /c/ss gun
and they were trying to get some of them."
" What is a soldier's favorite foliage ? "
" Leaves of absence."
" Doctor, please come to my room : my room-
mate, Ned Dirickson, has met with a painful accident
by running a splinter under his nail."
Doctor E. — " Why, how did he do that ? "
" Scratching his head."
' ' Why is a Cadet oflBcer like an egg ? ' '
" It don't take much to break him."
" Did you hear about Hacker not getting his
beard cut last week ? ' '
' ' No ! Why did he do such an unusual thing as
" Well, he didn't want to have a close shave on
" Why, every four weeks, is a soldier like an in-
gredient of salad ? "
' ' He is mustered every month . ' '
' ' What does the wind sing when a gun is fired ? ' '
" It whistles ' After the Ball.' "
' ' What is the difference between a warrior at the
moment of victory and a Cadet in Summer ? "
' ' One pants in his glory while the other glories
in his pants."
Fabius, Maximus, Quintilius, Augustinus Octa-
vius Sextus Posey, '97.
" What's the matter? "
" Lobster salad."
" Good evening, Mr. Cameron.
Found — A black cat. Owner will please come
forward, prove propert}', and take possession. — H.
When are Piggy and Phil out of sight ?
" I'm hnngr\' enough to eat a horse."
" All right, come over to the stable ; they keep
Zebras on tap."
At Lakeland we all were out skating one d:iy.
The ice was just right and the skaters were gay ;
And Preacher was there too, so they all say,
With a maiden in blue he was flirting straightway.
But he soon was dismayed, for the first thing he knew.
He heard a loud crash, and the maiden in blue
Had gone through the ice and screams not a few,
Were heard by poor preacher and all the rest too.
He made for the damsel with lightning-like leap.
While she blindly splashed aljout all in a heap.
He rescued her gaily, but now let him weep —
In that place the water was just ankle deep.
THE SURVEYING CLASS.
OPCiee. ^cok I — ^dc ix.
See where Soracte's crest appears
In winter garb of glistening snow ;
All silent is the river's flow —
Too great a load the forest bears.
What matter, friend, if Time should give
Long length of years, or if thy sands
Soon run their course ! Well, fold thy hands,
'Tis equal gain to die or live.
Draw near the fire : pile up the hearth,
O Thaliarchus, friend of mine!
And of thy mellow Sabine wine
Come, pour a generous bumper forth !
Nor boyhood's loves nor mirth despise.
The joyous dance, the cup, the song ;
Morose Old Age delays not long,
And where he enters, pleasure flies.
Bid sorrow flee : bid care take wing :
And, while we laugh at storm and cold,
The Gods, who watch o'er field and fold,
Will soon lead back the smiling Spring.
THE FRESHM'VN'S FRIEND.
No longer then in sloth repine :
Go, seek the gay, the young, the coy ;
Keep lovers' trysts, thy youth enjoy,
O Thaliarchus, friend of mina !
THE " PEKSUADER."
THE FRESHMAN'S ENEMY.
Agricultural Course. — "Blessed be Agricul-
ture if one does not have too much of it." — Chas.
" The Plowman homeward plods his weary way."
Classical Course. — "A horse! Ahorse! My
kingdom for a horse." — Shakespeare.
Scientific Course. — " Fair Science smiled not."
Mech.axical Course. — "Conspicuous by his
absence. ' ' — Cicero.
Calvert. — "Whence his name and lineage long
it suits me not to say." — Byron.
Cronmiller. — "A youth to fame, 'ere yet to
Gill, A. S. — " I'll answer him by law." — Cicero.
Gill, N. H. — " Love will find its way through
paths where wolves would fear to prey." — Byron.
Graham. — "Physicians are of all men most
happy, whatever faults they commit the earth cover-
Heward. — "A merry heart hath a continual
feast. ' ' — Proverbs.
Lewis. — " Ye are wonderous strong." — Byron.
LiNDS.w. — "Those that understood him smiled
at one another and shook their heads but for my part
it was Greek to me." — Shakespeare.
Nelligan. — " Na3' Faith ! Let aie not play
woman, I have a beard coming." — Shakespeare.
Posey. — " The first thing we do let's kill all the
lawyers. ' ' — Shakespeare.
Queen. ~j " Far flashed the fed artillery."
"W ATKINS. ,- — Campbell
Gill, N. H. ) "The artillery of \\ords."—Szcifl.
ScHENCK. — " What he says j'ou may believe and
pawn your soul upon it." — Shirley.
Sherman. — " \^irginia ! Earth's only Paradise."
— Dray Ion .
Watkins. — " With warlike sword and sing-song
lay equipped alike for feast or fray." '
Weeuon— [Enter the Ghost.]
Welty. — "A thing of beauty is a joy forever." —
Whiteford. — "Grace was in all his steps." —
Foot-Ball Team. — "They fought like brave
men, long and well." — Halleck.
" Veni, Vedi, Vici." — Cccsar.
Editor AL Bo.vrd. — " 'Tis pleasant sure to see
one's name in print. A look's a look, although there's
nothing in it." — Byron.
" There is probably no hell in the next world for
authors. ' ' — Bovee.
HE niein'ries of our'childhood hoxirs
May quickl_v pass away,
And soon may vanish from our lives
As clouds at break of day.
Reflections on our idle hours,
In youth's progressive age,
Give to us no pleasure when
We read on mem'ries page.
We may feel proud in after years,
Ou looking back again
To what we've done to benefit
And help our fellowmen.
But what a tide of fondest thoughts
Present themselves to me
Though far awaj-, my mind reverts
Once more to M. A. C.
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Applications for Patents, Prosecution of Rejected
given to Applications. Appeals. Interferences. Infringement
Suits. Scope and Validity Searches. Reissues. E-xtensions. I'rocuring Patents
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Gold and Silver Jewelry
Clocks, Lamp'!, Fine China, Cut Glass
Sterling Silver Ware, Tea Sets
Knives, Forts and Spoons at prices
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In our stock will be found all the
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all kinds at the lowest prices
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5 E. Baltimore Street Baltimore, Md.
Buyers from coming to our warerooms
The reasoas are obvious to the
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1. We handle standard instruments
2. We sell at lowest prices
3. We give the easiest terms
4. We carry on enormous stock
5. We auticipate our patron i' wants
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WE'VE ALWAYS SOLD . .
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TO M. A. C. BOYS . . .
/ than nil other Washington
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We give special prices to
" M. A. C." Base Hall Teams-
Supply Suits, Bats, Balls
Gloves, Masks, etc., at a ion'
rate that makes competition
We only handle the best
Qualities — the kind that will
give you satisfaction, and the
\ kind that will advertise us.
Note our new address.
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Formerly 1013 Penna. Ave.
Now 1339 F. Street, N. W.
A Cadet's is not complete unless it contains a
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We can suppl}' your wants, and would be
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