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Pi ess of The C/ias. H Elliott Co., Philadelphia , 



A New Bugle Song, 



A red glow falls on college walls, 

And gnarled oak trees old and hoary ; 

The dim light trills over the hills, 

And the old alarm clock whirrs in glory. 

Blow, bugle, blow ; set the still halls a-roaring ; 

Blow, bugle, answer, sleeper, snoring, snoring, snoring. 



O now 'tis noon, and quick and soon 

Within the hall they haste together, 

As clear notes ring from wing to wing, 

For boys are hungry ever, ever. 

Blow, bugle, blow, send the poor boys to dinner, 

Where grumble they, the soup gets thinner, thinner, thinner. 



O hark ! O hear ! Inspection's here ; 

And quicker, faster, swifter dressing. 

For soon and near, they dread to hear 

The Inspector's footsteps pressing. 

Blow, let us hear the tidy boys abustling ; 

Blow, bugle, answer, students, hustling, hustling, hustling. 



O look and see ! the hour is three ; 
And swords and guns in the sunlight glisten. 
On the campus side where, with martial stride, 
All haste the call to ranks to listen. 
Blow, bugle, blow, set their brave hearts a-thrilling; 
March, boys, march, forwards, backwards, drilling, drilling, 
drilling. 



The day's work is done, the time is come 

When weary nature needs reviving ; 

The day's last call, from hall to hall. 

The echoes is softly, sweetly driving. 

Blow, liugle, blow ; while stars the watch are keeping ; 

Boys, all, will soon be soundly sleeping, sleeping, sleeping. 



ttbis worf? (6 mo6t respectfully 
^e^^cate^. 



To the College Bugle. 



When the night winds sink to rest 

In the lap of the coming day ; 
When the stars grow pale in the west 

At the touch of morning's gray ; 
Then sweet and clear — now far, now near, 

Wliile dreamful fancies flee, 
Through silent halls the Bugle calls. 
And the lingering cadence swells and falls 

In the notes of Reveille. 



Through the busy morning hours, 

In the sultry tide of noon ; 
When the lengthening shadows tell 

Of a day that has died too soon ; 
Still sweet and clear — now far, now near. 

Calling to toil or rest — 
The rise and fall of the Bugle's call 
Marks sadly the passing of Youth and all 

That is happiest and best. 



Then our monitor and friend — 

Old Bugle — a wreath for thee ! 
May thy honors never end, 

Whatever our fate may be ! 
No time or place can e'er efface 

The memory of thy strain ; 
But sweet and clear — now far, now near — 
Through all life's changes we shall ever hear 

The mellow notes again. 



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Editorial Board. 



Board of Editors. 



D'Akcv C. Barnett, Edilor-in-Chicf. 
Edwin T. Dickkkson Claude V. Ai.i.xNutt. 

George W. Cameron. Richard P. Whitei.y 



Board of Managers. 

Wii.i. C. Nesbitt, BusiiiciS Manager. 
John A. Lillibridge. R. E. Deninson. 




Negative b,v H. A. Fariiham. 



BOARD OF EDITORS. 



The Editors^ Apology, 



h 

a. 



(T" "NDEED we feel that a peculiar responsibility devolves upon us in regard to the duties of the 
publication of this second volume of the REVEILLE. We have never had any experience in such 
an undertaking, but we have used our feeble powers as well as we were able to do under the 
circumstances, and if we are able to add a single laurel to the former edition, we will feel as though 

we Iiave not toiled without reward. 

Before launching our modest little craft in the deep waters of public criticism, we wish to proffer 

our most earnest thanks to those who have given us a helpful advice, and to earnestly hope that our critics 

be lenient on us. 

We have not been, as Seniors heretofore, with scarcely any work during the latter half of their 

last year, but we have had the same amount of work the year throughout. With all our work we had very 

little time to devote to the Annual. But, knowing of the desire on the part of the students to have an 

Annual, we devoted, in order to comply with their wishes, every spare moment to its preparation, and now, 

in brotherly spirit of college fellowship, we present this volume, trusting that the facts given may prove 

interesting and the jokes furnish enjoyment. 

We are proud of the prosperity of our alma uiatcr^ chronicled in the annals of educational history, 

and we believe that her past success only gives promise of the possibilities of the future. 

We are, with cordial respect and every possible good wish for the highest personal happiness and 

success of our readers. The Editors. 

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The Maryland Agricultural College* 



BY PRESIDENT R. W. SYLVESTER. 




It's past, shown in the REVEILLE of '97. 
Some of its hopes for the future in '98. 

HE necessities for such a college 
have been felt by thoughtful men 
for ages. Liebig in Germany, 
Boussingault in France, Juthre 
Tull in England, gave rise to a 
public sentiment which called for 
trained scientific minds to observe, 
tolerate and draw conclusions from 
that division of humau activity which devotes itself 
to the development of the purely animal and veg- 
etative functions of life. There are many popular 
misconceptions of things. The old scholasticism of 
mediaeval Europe would inculcate the thought that 
in the humanities are to be found all that is worthy 
of the e.xercise of man's intellectual powers. 

This imperfect understanding of the universe 
arose from the misconception that the Creator 
did not thread every created thing. That His 



handiwork is as sacred in the subtile principle of 
life which animates the flower and the mystic law 
which shapes the crystal, as it is the power which 
holds the planets to their orbits or which guides 
the course of national or individual life. Yes, we 
are beginning to realize that "there are tongues in 
trees, books in running brooks, sermons in stones 
and good in everything." Science so-called is prop- 
erly but the handwriting of God. Therefore, in all 
of its departments it is equally important. A man 
of small mental power emphasizes the line of his pe- 
culiar work into an importance superior to that of 
any other. The breadth of conception, which views 
all the sister sciences as organs of the complex or- 
ganism known as the universe, is not his. He has 
not yet wakened to the realization of the great law 
of the conservation of energy — indestructible as 
matter itself, disappearing and reappearing. Now 
as a beam of sunlight quickening a plant into 
growth as a kinetic influence and becoming poten- 




Ncgalivf bj H. A. l-'ariih:iiii. 



coi^i^EGe; building. 



tial. Resting through untold ages while the organ- 
ism is formed into coal and awaiting the proper 
conjunction of conditions in order to be again a 
kinetic power, possibly in the shape of the influ- 
ences which force the iron horse, with its many 
thousands of horse-power, across our plains. The 
realm of knowledge of to-day is too broad for the 
comprehension of a single individual, for a single 
institution. President Lowe advises special work 
for universities. His advice seems wise to me. We 
have a special function as an Agricultural and Me- 
chanical College. President Clute, of the Agricul- 
tural College of Florida, has put the matter in as 
good shape as can be when he says, "Our mission 
is to train men for practical pursuit of the great pro- 
ductive industries that grow out of the cultivation 
of the soils, the manufacture of raw material into 
articles of use." In this is comprehended the whole 
of it. It is well for us to grasp the thought, that 
when we are trained mentally to accomplish in the 
most economic and intelligent manner the purpose 
here set forth, we are then educated men. We belong 
to the professional side of life. The day of the three 
learned professions has passed. Wherever man is at 
work with a trained head and a trained hand, there 
we expect to find results bearing the earmarks of 
professional work. The signs of the times seems to 



point to the fulfilment of Carlyle's prophecy when 
he said, " Not arms and the man, but tools and the 
man is now and henceforth to be the future epic of 
the world." Our hope for the future is then to de- 
velop upon American soil an agricultural and me- 
chanical class of such intelligence that their opera- 
tions in the domain of their special work will be 
guided by an intelligent appreciation of the fact, 
that in all the world there is no such thing as a 
chance result. Underlying every conclusion, every 
product, every end, unchanging law rests. The in- 
telligent appreciation of this fact, and a readiness to 
so adjust our acts thereto, makes the difference be- 
tween success and failure in every department of 
human activity. Our Agricultural College and 
Experiment Station has as their object : " To teich 
man to subordinate himself and all animal and 
vegetable life around him, to those inexorable laws, 
moral and physical, the violation of which meets 
with swift retribution." This is our hope for the 
future. Surely a responsibility so great, a field so 
wide, a necessity so pressing, must command the 
service and best thought of right-thinking men of 
the world. Traditional methods must give way to 
more rational lines of procedure. That such was 
done fifteen or fifty years ago may carry with it the 
most convincing evidence that it could not now be 



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a custom. In our rural schools we hope to see at no 
distant date the elements of agriculture and the me- 
chanic arts a part of their curriculum, so that our 
children may begiu to realize that rural life has its 
compensations. That it does not mean unceasing 
drudgery. That the opportunities for the training 
of the human mind in this vocation is as great, if 
not greater, than in others among men. Rome 
called her Cincinnatus from the fields to guide her 
through a critical time in her history. The Cin- 
cinnatus of the West drew his inspirations from 
rural scenes, and he sighed for the shades of Mt. 
Veruon as soon as he could lay aside the burden of 
his official duties. Men rarely attain a plane higher 
than the one on which their ideals rest. It is for 
us to create a higher sentiment of rural life. To 
show its possibilities from the standpoint of the de- 
velopment of the moral, aesthetic and social side of 



life, to de-emphasize the pre-eminent characteristics 
of American life, that to get rich and that quickly, 
is the one end of existence, more dollars and less 
compunctions about the method of acquiring them 
is the order of the day. 

The Israelitic worship of the golden calf has 
not been fi.Ked to any particular cycle or peculiar 
people in the world's history. Lucre gives power 
and this is the secret of the heedless, headlong rush 
for the same. It is certainly within the province 
and I believe the power of the Land Grant Colleges 
to moderate this feeling. To plant again the flower 
of pastoral contentment in the minds of many, and 
thus mature a manhood and womanhood so sorely 
needed to further Americanize our national life is 
our function. 

Tliese are some of our hopes for the future. 
May they all be realized. 



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Xeyaiivc by H. A. Kaniliaiii. 



A Mystery. 



We can solve our iiiatheniatics 
And discuss the Spaniards well : 
Know all about the " Reeder Gang ' 
And weather can foretell. 



We can talk Napoleon Bonaparte, 
And study hi;: campaigns ; 
We can fix up aesthetically 
A buggy with different stains. 



We can fully demonstrate 
Why Cuba should be free ; 
And can speak in our society 
As freely as can be. 



We've all this field of knowledge, 
And of ignorance made a wreck ; 
But no one here can tell us 
Whv is a " duck's neck?" 



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Faculty. 



R. W. vSiLVRSTER, President, 
Chair of Mathematics. 



Richard H. Alvey, I'iec-Presidoit, 
Chair of English and Civics. 



Ci.ouGH Overton, iST Lieut., ist Cavalry, U. S. A., Commandanl of Cadets 
Chair of Military Science and Tactics. 



M.\RTiN P. Scott, B. S., M. D. 

Chair of Natural Science. 



W. T. L. Tali.\ferro, 

Chair of .Agriculture. 

W. G. Johnson, B. S., 
Professor of Entomology. 

Henry T. Harrison, 
Principal of Preparatory Depaitment. 

V. B. BOMBERHER, B. S., 
Assistant in English. 



Thomas H. Spence, 

Chair of Languages. 



S. S. Buckley, B. S., D. V. S., 
Chair of Veterinary Science. 

H. G. Welty, 
Chair of Physics and Civil Engineering. 

H. C. vSherman, B. S., Ph. D.,* 
Assistant in Chemistry. 



J. R. Laughlin, B. S., 
Assistant in Chemistry. 



Harry T. Welty, B. S., 

Assistant in Chemistry. 



H. B. McDonald, B. S., M. D. 
Chair of Chemistry. 



JAS. S. Robinson, A. B., 

Professor of Botany. 

Harry Gwinner, M. E. 
Chair of Mechanical Engineering. 

H. M. Strickler, A. B., 
Professor of Physical Culture. 

W. W. Skinner, B. S., 
Assistant in Chemistry. 

F. P. Veitch, B. S., 
Assistant in Chemistry. 



'Granted leave of absence to pursue sjiecial Study at Columbia University, New York City 

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Self-Culture, 



BY PROFESSOR R. H. ALVEY. 



TO the student of to-day, walking in the light of 
modern science and trained in the methods of 
the laboratory, the terms "culture," "cultiva- 
tion" and the like possess a peculiar significance and 
embody a profound scientific principle. He knows 
that " culture " implies such modification of environ- 
ment, such control and direction of external condi- 
tions, as tend to aid evolutionary growth, and to 
bring the subject treated to its highest possible state 
of development, whether it be plant life, animal life, 
oi minute microbe organism. What ever we wish 
perfect, we cultivate. Applied science has rightly 
been called the hand-maid of Nature. 

Again, while recognizing the principle of develop- 
ment and growth in natural law, we know, too, that 
a contrary tendency exists in all animate things, — 
a tendency beginning with arrested development 
and resulting in degeneration and reversion to type. 
Here again applied science assists nature by combat- 



ting this tendency. Culture is both positive and 
negative. 

It is perhaps the most striking point of difftrence 
between man and the rest of animate creation, that 
to him alone is given the power to apply this thing 
we call self-culture. Plants, animals, bacteria may 
be cultivated, their environment may be modified, 
their upward growth assisted, their tendency to 
degeneration checked ; but they can not help them- 
selves. Yet the evolution of a man has in it a 
potent factor working from within ; he can cultivate 
himself. 

Education is not self-culture ; and it is not selt- 
culture because the forces that control and direct it 
come mainly from without. The living brain is 
there, it is true, receiving, reasoning, thinking ; so 
is the living sap in the cultivated plant; so is the living 
bone and blood and tissue in the well-bred animal ; 
but the powers that direct the growth are external. 



A perfectly educated man, like a periectly cultivated 
rose is a work of art, but of art that is not his own. 

Has education, then, no part in that which we 
call self-culture? Most certainly it has: it is its 
foundation: self-culture begins where education 
stops. He who would cultivate himself must first 
have something to cultivate. Is it not possible, 
however, that a man to whom the advantages of an 
education have been denied may yet be capable of 
self-culture, may refine, elevate, develop himself 
without the aid which training by others could give 
hiui? It is possible, certainly, but not probable. 
And we must not fall into the error of imagining 
that all education is necessarily formal: there are 
more kinds of education than one. Poverty, adver- 
sity, experience, travel — these are often better edu- 
cators than the curricula of the college and univer- 
sity. But all other things being equal, the well- 
educated man is best able to cultivate himself. 

Education, then, must probably be regarded as a 
means to an end, and not the end itself. And this 
will be more apparent when we recognize clearly 
and fully what is the true aim of all culture, external 
and internal in origin. It is simply that the plant, 
animal or man may be something better than now. 

Self-culture helps us to be something : not to do 
something only, but to be something. And what is 



this goal, this ideal at which self-culture aims ? 
Clearly nothing short of the highest possible good. 
Its aim is to produce the highest type of manhood. 
Not to produce merely a well-educated man ; not 
even to produce a man who is a specialist or an expert, 
or who knows one thing perfectly, but to have as 
its finished product a man whose tastes, impulses, 
habits, moral sense, powers of thought, grasp of 
things tangible and ideal, all have been trained, con- 
trolled and developed to the very highest point that 
time and opportunity and natural gifts will allow. 
This is the true meaning of culture. There is abso- 
lutely no li.iiit to the possibilities of our being. 
Mind is not finite ; and self-culture has no limitations. 
There is always clearer, purer air beyond : there is 
always room for greater fullness of life. The perfect 
union of our physical, mental and moral activities 
make us capable of we know not what grandeur of 
thought, sublimity of conception, nobility of action. 
We are not clods of the earth, and therefore wholly 
earthy, although, if we so will it, we may allow the 
purely animal in us to dominate, and that will 
make us so. We are possessed of powers and poten- 
tialities within us, that rightly cultured, controlled 
and directed may carry us far beyond the realm of 
the common-place, and into the world of lofty im- 
aginings, profound truths and creative impulses. 



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It will naturally be asked — what are thepiocesses 
and methods of self-culture ? They are very simple, 
because perfectly scientific. The first step is em- 
bodied in the maxim — " Know thyself." This we 
must do, and do thoroughly and fearlessly, or all 
the rest of our labor will be futile. One can not 
expect sound conclusions from false premises. All 
true self-knowledge must come from constant and 
impartial self-inspection and criticism. We are 
most of us too indifferent, many of us too cowardly 
to do this. We fear that we shall find flaws that we 
do not know how to mend, blemishes that we would 
never even acknowlege to ourselves. But one must 
learn to trust himself, to understand his own char- 
acter, to measure his own possibilities, before he can 
hope to elavate the one, or to develop the other. 
When you can truly say — " I know what manner 
of man I am," then you can begin to mould the 
manner of man you would be. 

Again since culture depends upon adjustment to 
environment, we are called upon to place ourselves 
in harmony with our own surroundings. By the 
term environment, I here mean everything with 
which our individualities are brought in contact. 
Not only our immediate surroundings, but the 
times in which we live, the state of society in which 
we find ourselves, our own education, our own 



habits and thoughts, our own tastes and sympathies. 
All these are parts of environment, and enlightened 
self-culture tries to understand and use them all. 
We have to sift it ; to pick out that which is purest 
and truest and best, that, in short, which will help 
us to grow, and then assimilate it, make it part of 
ourselves: and we have to detect that which is evil 
and low and base, that which will cause degenera- 
tion, and then cast it out and away from us. Thus 
habit, self-control, clearness of judgment, all aid in 
this process of selection and assimilation. 

When a man has so adjusted himself to his en- 
vironment, he has become all that he can become 
in it. Hence, unless he is content to cease growing, 
he must extend and widen the environment itself. 
The man who is so content with his circle of exist- 
ence we call narrow, and the world is full of narrow 
men. Such men have lost the principle of growth : 
their environment fits them : they will never need 
a larger garment. 

Again, all men do not develop equally, that is, 
with equal rapidity, or with equal results. How 
could they, since the basis of their growth is indi- 
vidual ? They hold to different standards in morals, 
in intellectual beliefs, in art, in science. And here 
a word as to our choice of standards. The materials 
of self-culture, so to speak are our individual im- 



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pulses and tastes, onr mental powers, and last but 
not least, our habits — habits of doing and habits of 
thinking. But no one can build well without the 
plans of an architect, nor mould a character without 
an ideal. We must have ideal types, and these 
types must be the highest. We may feel that some 
knowledge is " too wonderful ; it is high, and we 
can not attain unto it " — but that is no matter. 
Approximation is in itself growth and development. 
A goal wholly gained means effort ended ; and 
without growth we will certainly have degeneration. 
As to what the final end of self-culture may be, 
we can not say. We do no not recognize anything 
final in it. Growth is endless, and self-culture has 



no limitations. But what are its practical results 
to the individual who practices it? If nothing else, 
these: First, fullness of life, that is, life whose 
every moment has a meaning and a purpose, life 
full of interest, because full of thought and work, life 
that is above the commonplace and mean, life that 
satisfies. Second, force of character, decision, clear- 
ness of purpose, with all the respect and confidence 
from others that this insures. Last, the conscious- 
ness of being somc/In'iig, a real entity, self-made, 
self-controlled, self-owned. Such a consciousness 
alone is worth a lifetime of effort, and more than 
compensates for every loss occasioned in its getting. 




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An Incident of '95, 



If 3'ou'll listen to me, I'll relate an event 
Which happened a very short while lieforc Lent. 
The fellows who room on the Sophomore Hall, 
With their usual cheek and pre].osterous gall. 
Concluded that they were lords of the school. 
And straightway proceeded the college to rule. 

The boys who on Madison Avenue dwelt, 

A great deal of pride and dignity felt, 

And their Buzzards' Roost rivals who wanted to reign 

Were treated with lofty contempt and disdain. 

But the light-headed Sophomores not a moment could rest. 

And to open a quarrel all did their best. 

Now, on Broadway there dwelt a lot of gay chaps 
Well practiced in making a row after Taps, 
These, not so high-minded as the Seniors below. 
Considered the Sophomores as being their foe. 
And, warned that the Sophs were out on a raid. 
For a battle got ready, and in ambush were laid. 

Meanwhile the Sophs had conceived the bold plan 
Of leaving their quarters to the very last man. 
And, each arrived with a pillow as a weapon of war. 
To wipe out the Freshmen upon the next floor. 
Now, how these wild villains could gain their consent. 
To go from their hall on such dire mischief bent. 



To prevent other students at work on their course 
From doing their duty, by this show of force. 
Is beyond every reasonable shadow of doubt 
Too deep for the writer to clearly make out, 
Be that as it may, it matters not now ; 
Since the belligerent Sophs were out for a row. 

They mounted the stairway in two terrible ranks. 
At its head they were met by a brilliant phalanx 
Of Freshmen, who, standing prepared for the war 
Surprised their opponents from the next lower floor. 

A thunderbolt striking a down from the skies 

Would not to the Sophs have caused greater surprise. 

Tbey expected to find all the Freshmen unarmed, 

And hence had great reason for being alarmed 

When the strange apparition burst out on their sight 

Of the whole Freshmen class marshalled out for the fight. 



But too late for retreat, they are in for it now. 
And fight now they must, the best they know how, 
All at once at a signal, the Freshmen rushed forth 
And belabor the Sophomores for all they are worth. 
And the Sophs, thus attacked engaged in the fight 
And hammer the Freshmen to the left and the right. 



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Such confusion that followed I can not describe, 
The light was extinguished. It seemed like a tribe 
Of murderous Indians were fighting a battle 
And the racket was like to the stampede of cattle. 

The fight had waxed warm ; the Sophs were hard pressed, 
The Freshmen themselves were needing a rest. 
When, without any warming, there began a wild flight 
Every fellow was fleeing at the best of his might. 

Every Sophomore who just a few moments before 

Was doing his best to add to the roar, 

Forgot in a moment the plan of the raid 

And he hustled downstairs not a little dismayed. 

Every Freshman who recently fought at his best 

In the stampede that followed, quickly joined all the rest. 

And all in a twinkling the top hall was clear. 
As silent as death. Not a sound could I hear 
Save a very faint rustle of the wind overhead. 
Or a Freshman in hiding under his bed. 



The scene of the battle was a sight seldom seen 

When the hall was deserted and all was serene. 

Here and there lay a pillow which some Soph in his fright 

At the danger approaching, left behind in his flight 

And a carpet of feathers o'er the whole hall was laid 

F'rom the pillows which burst on the combatants' heads. 

But what caused this wild riot of so valiant a crowd, 
In the midst of a turmoil so awfully loud ? 
'Twas this : A Sophomore, returning in haste, 
Towards the south doorway by a Freshman was chased. 
As he turned to the right down the stairway to go 
He, Commandant saw coming up from below. 

This alarm quickly spread, was what ended the game. 
For each one of the villains at the sound of that name 
Grew pale, and quickly deserting his post. 
Rushed off just as if all his senses were lost. 
And the fact that perhaps was the strangest of all. 
Was, that Commandant carried no pillow at all. 




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Class of ^98. 



Motto : " Qiiocumque nos feret fortuna bona eamus. 

Class Yell : Razzle, dazzle, ki, yi, yate, 
Hokum, skokum, '98. 



Class Colors: Buff and Maroon. 



Class Officers. 



J. H. Mitchell, President. 

E. T. DiCKERSON, Secretary and Treasurer. 



W. C. NeSbitt, Vice-President. 

E. T. DiCKERSON, Historian and Prop/tet. 



Class Roll. 

Claude V. Allnutt. ^ Edwin T. Dickerson. George Peterson, i 

D'Arcy C. Barnett. Levin J. Houston. Charles H. Ridgely. 

Clarence R. Burroughs. John A. Lillibridge.^ Philip L,. Robb. »?- 

George W. Cameron. John H. Mitchell.'' Richard P. Whiteley. 

Robert E. Dennison. Willie C. Nesbitt.iC 

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Sfgativf by H. A. Farnliam. 



SENIOR CLASS. 



History of the Class of ^98, 



" Remembrance wakes with all her busy train, 
Swells at my breast and makes our parting pain." 

T""*OUR short years ago there arrived at College 
YJ Park upon a dark and gloomy morning in 
I September a band of youths of ages varying 
from fifteen to twenty years, who, without 
semblance of that military bearing and step which 
they were afterwards to acquire, wended their way 
to the historic building on the hill to lay the foun- 
dation of the Class of '98. To many entering the 
portals of this institution there were the anticipa- 
tions of a four years' existence free from care; to 
others the stern realities of life had presented them- 
selves in their sombre array, and it was imbued 
with the lofty desire of acquiring a higher education 
that they inscribed their names upon the college 
roll. 

Arriving several days before the opening of the 
season, we found only a few old students present, 



those who had presented themselves early in order 
to get rid of burdensome conditions before the work 
of the year should commence. Shortly afterward 
the remainder of the old students arrived and gave 
us practical lessons in that Freshman bugbear, haz- 
ing, for we had already received the theory and now 
anxiously awaited its practical operation ; 'twas the 
old, old rule of three in another phase, a Sopho- 
more, a Freshman and a bedslat. 

We were for the most part domiciled on the 
Top Hall, at whose entrance we gathered again and 
again during that memorable first year of our exis- 
tence to repel the furious assaults of the denizens of 
"Buzzard's Roost," when, armed with pillow or 
bedslat, they sallied forth on their nocturnal inva- 
sions of our abode. We often repelled them, yet 
they ever returned to the fray, and it seemed to us 
that their only aim in life was to disturb our peace 
and comfort. Often in the morning we awoke and 



found that our faces during the night had under- 
gone a transformation from white to black, or that 
our beds had turned over upon us while we snored 
peacefully on, instead of behaving like a sensible 
bed should. 

However, as change is nature's law, so it was 
with us, for the novelty of hazing at length wore 
off and the inimical Sophs turned their attention to 
foot ball with the remainder of their schoolmates. 
Many of us learned the rudiments of the great game 
that season, and well was '98 represented on the 
gridiron that Fall. The time passed quickly and 
Christmas holidays were soon at hand, bringing us 
surcease of sorrow as well as release from work, for 
we were permitted to visit our homes again. How 
we enjoyed that visit ! The memory of it even 
now outshines that of all subsequent holidays. 

A few weeks after our return we were con- 
fronted with examinations which were to test the 
efficiency of our term's work. Being safely tided 
over these, we welcomed the advent of base ball and 
the bright Spring weather. 

Again '98 was represented on the college team 
and in the class games which intervene between the 
games with rival colleges she held her own and bore 
off" the palm of victory while others drank the bitter 
cup of defeat. The Spring passed quickly and ex- 



aminations, this time final, which were to deter- 
mine whether or not we would enter a higher class 
at the beginning of the succeeding year, were at 
hand. The path was devious and many lost their 
way, so that when the Summer had rolled around 
only twenty-six, one-half the number that had 
entered the race, reported for duty. 

Our first vacation was a source of great plea- 
sure to us, some spent it at the seashore, others in 
the country or in the mountains ; how wide, in our 
eyes, then seemed the gulf between a uniform and a 
citizen's suit, and we thought that others had the 
same opinion; but time makes many changes. 
The Summer past, we returned to M. A. C. ready 
to take up the thread of our work where we had 
left off". 

Now we are the much-dreaded Sophomores, 
and woe to the unofTending Freshman who falls 
into our clutches, for it is our turn now to ply the 
bedslat and make night hideous. There seems to 
be a fixed ratio between the amount of hazing a 
Freshman receives and the amount he inflicts upon 
others after he becomes a Sophomore. Foot ball 
and holidays again held us in sway, and examina- 
tions, though still as formidable, now failed to 
inspire us with their former terror. In that year 
Houston, of Worcester County, and Henderson, of 



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Montgomery, joined our ranks, and time has dem- 
onstrated their worth. Henderson, to our sorrow, 
spent but the one year with us. At the close of the 
year Robertson, whose bright smile and ever-ready 
wit endeared him to us, left to enter a business col- 
lege in Baltimore, where he recently graduated 
with high honors. 

Again our class team carried off the trophies of 
victory in base ball ; there weie no inter-class 
games of foot ball played. Our final examinations 
— another year gone by, another happy vacation — 
and we return as Juniors. 

Hazing no longer hath charms for us, and we 
apply ourselves more diligently to our studies than 
of yore. Only fourteen respond at roll call, yet 
one more face greets us — Barnett, recently of Ran- 
dolph-Macon, where he was a credit to his class, as 
he has been to our's. The gridiron and diamond 
appeal to us as strongly as ever, and again recruit 
their forces from our ranks. 

With the usual holidays and examinations the 
year rolls around more quickly than ever before and 
lo, we are on the home stretch and have realized our 
earlier longings — we are at last Seniors. All respond 
at roll call save Muller — he has left us to go into bus- 
iness — a prosperous future to you, Charlie, old boy; 
we aie sorry you will not be with us to the last. 



In looking o'er the roll we find that the crew 
of old '98, which in the beginning numbered fift)- 
two men, after weathering many a storm, now con- 
sists of : 

Allnutt, of Montgomery County, the first upon 
the roll, is a devotee of the athletic, literary and 
social side of our class. He h3S for several years 
been a prominent member of the outfield on the 
college base ball team. 

Barnett, of Dorchester County, entered in the 
Junior year and has made fine progres. He was 
formerly a student ot Randolph-Macon College, of 
Ashland, Va. His oratorical powers and skill in 
debate, as well as his scholastic ability are well 
known. 

Burroughs, of Charles County, has been with 
us throughout the entire course. He has loaned 
the Literary Society his best efforts, and has taken 
many prominent parts on the program. 

Cameron, of Cecil County, has been one of the 
star players on the base ball team for the past two 
years. He has great fondness for engineering and 
chemistry, and has made excellent progress in both. 

Dennison, of Washington, D. C, has taken an 
active part in our social events and has evinced 
great tactical ability. His bright sunny nature has 
won him many friends. 



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Dickerson, of Montgomery County, has been a 
faithful classical student from the time of his en- 
trance. His excellency in all studies cannot be 
doubted, as he has led the class for several years. 
He has very pronounced literary tastes and is one 
of the New Mercer's best members. He has gained 
a circle of friends who will be sorry to see him leave. 

Houston, of Worcester County, entered in the 
Sophomore year. His originality and his mathe- 
matical ability have distinguished him. He has 
taken an active interest in athletics and has 
managed the base ball team during the past season 
with much success. 

Lillibridge, of Laurel, has always been a devo- 
tee ol loot ball, he has played right end on the 
college team for several years, and during the past 
season captained the team very successfully. 

Mitchell, of Charles County, is the only mem- 
ber of the class who has risen from the Preparatory 
Department. He has led us at drill and presided 
over us at our class meetings and also managed the 
foot ball team during the past season. He is noted 
for his excellency in mechanics. 

Nesbitt, of Montgomery County, has taken the 
lead in our musical and social events. As treasurer 
of the Rossbourg Club, much of his attention has 
been directed along that line 



Peterson, of Calvert County, has represented 
'98 on the base ball team with much credit and 
has been actively interested in social matters and 
" affairs du coeur." His scholarly abilities have 
won him high rank in class, like his bright disposi- 
tion has in the hearts of his classmates. 

Ridgely, of Howard County, has been our 
athletic leader and we are indebted to him for many 
a hard-won victory on the gridiron. He, too, has 
been actively interested in social events, and as 
Chairman of the Reception Committee has done 
much to promote the success of the dances. 

Robb, of Caroline County, Va., has shown his 
ability at drill and in base ball. He has taken 
much interest in the Rossbourg Club and has held 
the office of Chairman of the Refreshment Commit- 
tee during the past year. 

Whiteley, of Prince George County, has taken 
a very active part in all literary matters and has 
shown a high grade of ability in his studies, as 
attested by his class rank. He is the youngest and 
one of the brightest members of our class. 

The chapter is nearing its close and '98 will 
soon be a class in memory only, but may that 
memory hold us in as close a bond throughout the 
future, when each one shall sail for a different port 
than " Graduation," as it does now. Historian. 



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Class Prophecy, 



IT WAS the second Summer after my graduation 
that I was traveling in Italy ; I had visited the 
haunts of many of the old Roman poets during 

the past two months, and on the evening before 
had come to the little village of Andes, deeply en- 
sconced in a pleasant little mountain valley about 
three miles from Mantua where the author of the 
immortal Aeneid lived and wrote. I bad spent the 
afternoon rambling round the neighborhood visit- 
ing the little nooks and crannies so dear to their 
ancient frequenter, and towards twilight had re- 
turned to the inn where a bountiful supper awaited 
me, after which I retired to rest and to sleep. 

Late in the night I was awakened by a touch and 
beheld standing before me a man past the prime oi 
life, his long white hair fell down o'er his shoulders 
and his emaciated form was clothed in a loose white 
garment bordered with purple. The clear expres- 
sive eye and broad, high forehead bespoke the 
poet. 

Seemingly interrogated by my surprised and 
curious glance, he slowly and carefully began: "Arise 
and follow me if you would see your classmates 
once more and revive your college days ; " at the 



same time, turning and motioning me to follow, he 
left my apartment. 

Out into the balmy Italian night I followed my 
strange guide, past the huts of sleeping peasants 
until we were in the vicinity of Cumae. Before 
us yawned the black mouth of a cavern, but, seeing 
my guide fearlessly enter I followed his footsteps. 

After proceeding some distance, the darkness 
grew denser and I heard strange sounds. " Fear not " 
said my guide, " we are now about to enter Hades 
by the gate of Acheron," and immediately after- 
wards, the cavern widened and we entered into what 
appeared the upper world in the garb of night. 

On past grief and avenging care, pallid disease, 
loathsome proverty and the furies in a hundred 
terrible forms, we pursued our way until the banks 
of the muddy, murky Sty.K were reached; there my 
guide produced a golden bough from beneath his 
toga and old Charon approached with his dusky craft 
and ferried us across. In our front stood Cerberus, 
tossing his trio of ghastly heads from side to side, 
prepared to dispute our advance, however after my 
guide quoted a passage from the Aeneid he seemed 
to be recognized and we were allowed to proceed. 



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We now entered a field bright with unearthly 
sunshine, gorgeous with perfume laden flowers, in 
the midst of which I beheld a handsome youth 
walking amid a bevy of young nymphs. Being in- 
formed it was the Cupid of this region, I approached 
to view him more closely and to my utter surprise, 
discovered it to be my old classmate Allnutt. 

I was eager to stop and discuss old times, but 
was hurried on by my guide. Passing out of this 
field we entered a hilly country where I witnessed a 
very exciting chase, three sportsmen, mounted on 
diminutive ponies were spurring madly after a trio 
of deer, yet the distance seemed never to lessen be- 
tween pursuers and pursued. As they passed by I 
recognized my old classical comrades Dennison, 
Houston and Lillibridge and at the same time my 
guide informed me that they were chasing the most 
famous deer in Hades, known as Livy, Horace and 
Tacitus. I shouted a greeting after them but they 
neither stopped nor returned it, but only moved to 
the chase while I plodded over the hills and down 
into a pleasant valley. 

There I saw a dark-haired man turning up the 
fresh soil, his face lit up with the light of content- 
ment. Waving fields of corn and wheat, inter- 
spersed here and there with pleasant vineyards, ex- 
tended in all directions. Struck with a curiosity at 



finding one so happy I approached more closely and 
lo ! it was my old friend Charles Ridgely. He 
wished to take me to his barn and show me his far- 
tamed herds but my guide objected aud again we 
hurried onward. 

Our course next led us into other flower bedecked 
fields, to which were admitted only those who had 
loved faithfully in their college days. In and out 
among the gro\-es they wandered in couples as 
though strclling from chuch, and while watching 
them, with delight I espied my classmates Peterson 
and Robb, each with a nymph on his arm, in 
whom they were too much absorbed to return my 
greeting. 

Just beyond lay a dense pine forest, in whose 
sombre shade I came upon a charcoal burner who 
had grown wealthy at his trade although he was 
known as " Peter Munk " I had no trouble to 
recognize in him another comrade of my college 
da)s. Burroughs. He told me that he had success- 
fully united the business of making tin-types to that 
of charcoal burning. 

From him I learned that Cameron had been 
placed in an ever burning furnace, but, by means of 
his chemical knowledge and ingenuity, had so treated 
the coal as to make it non-combustible, in conse- 
quence of which he had regained his freedom and 



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had beccine a very important personage in that 
region and was known as Col. Hawkins. 

He also told me that Mitchell had gained some 
renown by building the first infernal railroad, and had 
so enchanted the great huntsmen by shoeing their 
ponies so that they would neither slip nor stumble, 
that they had unanimously voted him chief black- 
smith in Hades. 

Out of the pine forest my guide conducted me 
to Pluto's splendid palace where we learned a Ger- 
man was in progress. Entering the ballroom my 
attention was immediately attracted towards the 
leader, who was dancing with a girl much shorter 
than himself ; in his long, spare figure I was 
delighted to recognize my classmate Billie Nesbitt. 

Not long did my guide let me linger near this 
enchanting scene, but after our brief greeting, led 
me to another wing of the palace, where the Hadean 
court was in session. A shade was being tried for 
a grave crime and a stout man was pleading very 
eloquently in its defence and at length won the case, 
for the jury unanimously acquitted him. Thus said 
my guide I show you your own future. 

From the palace we wended our way towards a 
lofty hill, in the distance, from whose summit came 
an occasional puff of smoke accompanied by a deafen- 
ing roar. Upon arriving at the summit we were met 



by a man in full uniform ; his shoulder straps in- 
dicated an artillery officer of high rank and when he 
approached more closely I recognized another 
classical comarde, Whitiley. He informed me that 
soon after his arrival in Hades he had been placed 
in command of the artillery used to restrain the 
recreant shades who were overcome by a desire to 
leave the nether world. 

Leaving the fortified hill we crossed the river 
Lethe, which winds peacefully along the borders of 
Elysium. " Hither " said my guide " none are ad- 
mitted who have ridden through their college days," 
there gloomy care never penetrates and the day is 
one continual round of pleasure and contentment. 
Not far away I beheld a meeting in progress 
and from my guide I learned that it was The 
Elysium Literary Society, and presiding over it I 
discovered my old room-mate and classmate Bar- 
nett. Long we dwelt on the reminiscences of 
the days we spent together at college, until at 
length my guide interrupted, saying, " I must lead 
you back to the upper world as day is nearly break- 
ing in Italy," he had barely uttered these words when 
everything seemed to fade away and I awoke to find 
the sunlight steaming in at my window and that it 
was all a dream. 

Prophet. 



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^-tXCELLENCY- fc 




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Grinds. 



Agricultural Course. — 

" O(blest) is he, who from business free, 
Like the merry men of old 
He tills his land with his own stout hand, 
And knows not the Inst of gold." — Horace. 

Cl.\ssical Course. — 

" Tis no sin to ride a pony 

As professors oft have feigned. 
For in other rides you lose a ten 
In this a ten is gained." — D. B. W. 

Mechanical Course. — 

" with busy hammers closing rivets up. — Shakespeare. 

Scientific Course. — 

" Blessings on Science and her handmaid Steam." 

— IMackav. 

Allnut. — 

"A full-grown Cupid very much admired." — Byron. 

Barnett. — 

" Shakes his ambrosial curls and gives the nod : 
The stamp of fate and sanction of a God." — Pope. 



Burroughs. — 

" But still the wonder grew, 
That such a little cocoacut could carry all he knew." — Pope. 

Cameron. — 

" What cannot art and industry perform ; 
When science plans the progress of their toil." — Bcattie. 

Dennison. — 
" Deprived of many a wholesome meal, 

In barbarous Latin doom'd to wrangle." — Byrott. 

DiCKERSON. — 

" Such is the youth whose classic pate, 
Class honors, medals, fellowships await." — Byron. 

Houston. — 

" Who agitates his anxious breast 
In solving problems mathematic." — Bryon. 

LiLLIBKIDGE. — 
" Love took up the harp of life 

And smote on all its chords with might." — Tcnnyaon. 



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Mitchell. — 

" If thou would'st view fair Melrose aright, 
Go visit it by the pale moonlight." — Scolt. 

Nesbitt. — 

" 'Tis the voice of the sluggard, I heard him complain, 
Vou have waked me too soon, I must slumber again." — Watts. 

Peterson. — 

"A man who would make so vile a pun would not scruple 
to pick a pocket." — Horace. 

RiDGELY. — 

" Happy the man inured to toil 
Whose oxen plough the ancestral soil." — Horace. 

ROBB. — 

" Words are like leaves, and where the most abound, 
Much fruit of sense beneath, is rarely found." — Pope. 

Whiteley. — 

"And nearer, clearer, deadlier than before ! 
Ann! Arm! it is — it is — the cannon's opening roar. " — Byron. 

Sentinels at Bay Ridge. — 

" Some have mistaken blocks and posts. 

For spectres, apparitions and ghosts." — Butler. 



Base Ball Team. — 

" And in his calling let him nothing call. 
But Coach ! Coach ! Coach ! O, for a coach ye gods ! 

Our College Girl. — 

" One kind kiss before we part, 
Drop a tear and bid adieu ; 
Though we sever, m}- fond heart 
Till we meet, shall pant for you." — Dodsley. 

H. S. R. 
" Soprano, basso, even the contra-alto 

Wished him five fathoms under the Rialto." — Byron. 

Reveille, '98. — 

" Things unattempted yet in Prose or Rhyme." — Milton. 

Watchman. — 



" Alone and warming his five wits. 
The white owl in the office sits." 



-D. 



Our Subscribers. — 

" When in 3-our fostering brains j-ou bid us live, 
Our subscription list will show how much you give." 

Editorial Board. — 

" I would the gods had made us poetical." —Shakespeare. 
"A college joke to cure the dumps." — Swijt. 



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Class of '99, 



Class Colors : Orange and Blue. 



Ci^ASS Ykll : Tangent, cotangent, cosecant, cosine. 
M. A. C, M. A. C, Ninety-nine. 



M. N. Strahchn, President. 



Class Officers. 



J. C. Blandford, Scoria ly and '/'irasurcr. 



Class Roll. 



L. R. CoJiBS, ]'iir-Presidcii/. 



Blandford, J. C. 
Collins, H. E. 
Combs, R. L. 
Eystkr. J. A. K. 
Galt, M. H. 
GouoH, T. R. 



Gorsuch, W. M. 
Kenly, J. F. 

McCandlisii, R.J. 
Price, T. N. 
ROBB, J. B. 
Shamberc.er, D. F. 



Skdwick, T. O. 
Shipley, I. H. 
Straugiin, M. N. 
Thorn, J. O. 

Whitehill, I. IC. 



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Ncgaiivi.' i-yia. A. Faruhain. 



JUNIOR CLASS. 




CL/\55 niSTOFCY- 



VE REALIZE that another year has passed by 
since we had the pleasure ot giving a sketch 
of our class in the REVEILLE ; we feel 
highly gratified that again this pleasure is ex- 
tended to us. Although one year nearer the goal, 
our entrance has not faded from our memory, nor 
will time ever blot out its strong impression. 

As we glance back over our career, our atten- 
tion is attracted to that bright September morning 
when we first entered the portals of M. A. C. Viv- 
idly do we recall the circumstances which fol- 
lowed. 



Taking in the situation at a glance, for we had 
not the opportunities for a careful insight, so quickly 
were we called upon to register and then " hustled " 
off to the section room for our entrance examination. 
This comprised our first day's experience through 
which, we were to pass that night. This was the 
first opportunity the old boys had had of giving us 
us a careful survey; or " sizing us up," as they said, 
which afforded them great amusement to our com- 
plete discomfiture. 

We soon realized that reasoning with them 
availed us nothing. We tried to be submissive and 



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to make light of the ordeal which followed, but 
with heavy hearts we humbly submitted to their 
demands. 

This " harangue" was the source of amusement 
for the old students for quite a while, but at length 
we became better acquainted and formed many 
warm friendships among the upper classmen. Since 
we had become reconciled, we seemed inspired 
with renewed vigor. Realizing the chief pur- 
pose for which we had come to college, we set to 
work to accomplish those tasks laid before us and 
our determined mauner was instrumental in accom- 
plishing our first great victory in college life. We 
have accomplished many since then, which now 
cause us many pleasant reflections. 

After we were thoroughly installed into mem- 
bership, foot ball constituted the principal source of 
amusement. Several members of our class were 
fortunate enough to make the team, but unfortu- 
nately the team was forced to disband. 

The days we eagerly covmted until Christmas. 
This recreation created new strength, which was 
very essential ior the semi-annual examinations 
which were fast approaching. 

While this caused some anxiety and was an 
abyss too wide for some to cross, still the majority 
reached the opposite side in safety, another victory 



was added to our fast increasing list. Anxiety- 
faded away and clear sailing was before us. 

Time rolled on until nature was all aglow with 
life, at which time base-ball became the prevailing 
sport. We were more conspicuous in this than in the 
foot ball department. And while we developed no 
phonomena in this line, we labored energetically 
towards holding up M. A. C.'s record on the dia- 
mond. 

Again our spirits seemed to be depressed. Why ? 
Because, as coming events cast forth their shadows, 
so, we could discern in the dim future examinations 
slowly but as death, surely approaching. We 
feared them because we thought they might have a 
tendency to lower our excellent year's record, and 
cause that which was a delightful reflection to be 
but a painful reference. But this was not the case, 
for on the contrary, we added still another laurel to 
the honor of our class. 

Then for vacation. O, how joyfully we looked 
forward to it, for we realized that we had successfully 
passed the first milestone of our college course. It 
is needless to say that our satisfaction was complete. 
This record has no doubt greatly inspired us during 
the two succeeding years. 

Vacation passed like a flash and again we viewed 
the old walls of M. A. C. P>ut, alas, only twenty 



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out of thirty-seven answer to their name at roll 
call. Five new members joined ns, Messrs. Collins, 
Gorsuch, Price, Shamberger and Thorn. These 
increased our roll to twenty-five. Little did we ex- 
pect to have our ranks thinned so. This had the 
tendency to cast a gloom over us lor a time, but 
brighter hopes dawned beyond. We soon settled 
down to work, met and vanquished our foes, the 
examinations, whenever they appeared. 

During the winter months we organized a lit- 
erary society, and well do we remember the spirited 
debates, in which all participated. This afforded 
us much pleasure as well as it was the means of di- 
verting our minds from the monotony of school 
life. 

The year passed quickly and at the end of the 
year the battalion encamped at Bay Ridge. 'Twas 
thers that those familiar laces of our old classmates 
greeted us. After this vacation again demanded 
our time, but before we could realize it we were 
again at M. A. C. 

Now this is our Junior year. Messrs. Eyster 
and Sedwick are heartily welcomed into our ranks. 
The former, we are glad to say, is beneficial to us, 
for he is one ot the chief members of the Mandolin 



Club, and the latter a member of the Glee Club. 
Yet only si.xteen are found remaining. The rest 
have severed their connection as classmates, but 
certainly not in friendship. May those tender ties 
which have held us in such close connection in the 
past continue in the future. 

Yet our class, though few in number, has 
worked energetically to uphold the class record and 
it is useless to enumerate the incidents which have 
transpired during the year as all who are associated 
with us know that our work thus far has been that 
of good students, and that we have striven hard to- 
wards holding up the institution's pride in each and 
every detail. 

During our three years' course we have had 
our disappointments. In these we stood united and 
sallied forth with our banners " warring." What 
change there may be in the future we are unable to 
comprehend. Still we trust that our efforts in the 
past may reap their rewards in the future and that 
every member of the class of '99 may look upon his 
career at M. A. C. as a few years spent in profit as 
well as pleasure. 

Historian. 



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Class of 1900. 



Class Colors : Royal Purple, Garnet. 



F. G. Bkll, President. 



Class Yell : Hi rickety rit, hi rickety rit. 

Yackety, yackety, nineteen, nit nit. Coo). 



Class Officers. 



S. M. Pkach, Secretary and Treasurer. 



E. N. Sappington, Vice-President. 





Class Roll. 




Alvey. 


EWENS. 


Messick. 


Barber. 


Groff. 


Peach. 


Bkll. 


Hammond. 


Sappington 


BORST. 


HiNES. 


SUDLER. 


Brooks. 


Harvey. 


Talbott. 


Butler. 


Jenifer. 


Weigand. 


Choate. 


Jones. 


Williamson 


Church. 


Kefauver. 
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SOPHOMOKK CLASS. 




/Qaiwr?)fT?MJp'^5?^^^^^^?>MffiiMfflfiti^ 



'Tf BOUT a year and a half has now passed away 
/Jk since we first began our class life at the 
j[ \ Maryland Agricultural College. 

v^ We were Freshmen then, and as we well 
knew, we had yet to experience that feeling that 
comes over every youth as he is about to enter 
upon his college career. We had yet to become ac- 



quainted with the many toils and privations, which, 
from time immemorial, have fallen to the lot of 
Freshmen according to college tradition. 

How we dreaded the torments, which we knew 
the unrelenting upper classmen would surely inflict 
upon us much to their amusement and our terror. 
But as there is a limit to all worldly things, so these 



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troubles ceased to worry us and we had some peace 
and satisfaction. 

Football being the prevailing sport in the Fall, 
we directed our attention to that game for exercise 
and for something to wear oft homesickness. Not 
a few of our members soon became proficient in 
the game, and, by the usual amount of training^ 
several became members of the first team, that team 
which so wonderfully held up the honor of the 
college. 

As the enthusiasm for foot ball became less 
ardent, and as Winter with its dreary days and 
long evenings came on, we were closely confined 
and had little to occupy our minds except our 
studies ; so inspired by the glory of excelling we 
bent our energies to our work. Time wore on 
slowly until we began to think of the Christmas 
holidays, nor were we sorry, for who is he that is 
not anxious to go home after his first few months 
at college? We soon found ourselves homeward 
bound with glad hearts, for we well knew what 
pleasant greetings awaited us at home and from 
friends. 

But these days of pleasure were hardly begun 
before it was time to return to our books. With a 
New Year resolve we set to work, mastering all dif- 
ficulties that presented themselves. 



We organized a literary society and so spent 
many an evening pleasantly and beneficially that 
otherwise would have been very slow and fruitless. 
Our meetings were well attended and were kept up 
all winter. 

Nor must our record as a class to hold up its 
rights and honor by an occasional "class scrap," be 
left unnoticed. In fact that is a poor class indeed, 
which cannot either hold up its name or fight to the 
last in the attempt. No college, university, no 
matter how sanctified or religious should discour- 
age class feeling among its students. 

The next event to present itself was the exami- 
nations. As everyone viewed it as a serious mat- 
ter, it was deemed best to make as good an exami- 
nation as possible. I am happy to say we over- 
came all difficulties and were soon launched into the 
second term. Several new members joined us at 
this time, and after the usual welcoming ceremonies, 
were soon reconciled to their new life. 

The time sped swiftly on now, and as Spring 
opened up with all its vendure, we became in- 
spired by new feelings as our surroundings became 
more and more beautiful. After being confined 
all Winter, both mind and body, busied with 
study and care, we needed some recreation of a new 
kind. 



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Base ball, that sport in which everyone takes 
such an unbounded interest, now comes in season. 
Every evening from 4 to 6 o'clock the campus present- 
ed a lively appearance ; every body either training for 
the team or simply to derive all the fun and good that 
could be gotten out of it. Our class was represented 
on the first team ; we also had a class team that did 
its work in a way that demanded admiration. 

As Spring grew into Summer we were scill 
cheerily plodding, each on his own briery way, 
meeting with reverses and good fortune according 
as the fates decreed. We looked forward to the 
time when all our troubles and labor should yield 
sweet and long-coveted fruit. Our little cycle here 
at college may be compared to the life we must lead 
when we leave it. 

At last we have come to the end of our studies 
for the first year and are face to face with the final 
examinations. With renewed energy we set to 
work to accomplish that which must prove our fit- 
ness to enter a higher class. Examination over, we 
enjoyed a week in camp, and the experience we had 
that week will never be useless to any, and .should 
we ever be called upon to put into practice what 
we learned then, when there was pleasure connected 
with it, we may feel the importance of that week's 
encampment. 



When we returned to college how it seemed to 
welcome us ; it had been so lonely while we were 
gone and we brought life back to it. Nor, in truth, 
were we sorry, for our vacation was near, but we 
were gladdened by the prospects of the next few 
days. The commencement was no sooner over 
than we again turned homeward and forgot study 
as though there never was any such thing. 

Yet we must look back over the year past and 
reflect whether we have spent the time profitably or 
not. Surely the year has not been lost ; we have 
all learned and improved our knowledge in that 
which we undertook at the beginning. We ha\e 
no reason to regret the time and work we spend 
here, if we take advantage of our opportunities. 

During our summer vacation, our occupation 
being changed, gave our brain a chance to rest and 
prepare for another year's work at college. Our 
vacation was spent happily, each in his own way 
passing the time to suit his tastes or as circum- 
stances compelled him. Those three Summer 
months passed quickly and we were again reminded 
that it was time to return and take up our duties 
as members of the Sophomore class. About the 
latter part of September we were nearly all here 
again. We regret the loss of a few of our members 
but as new ones have joined us, the vacancies are 



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about filled up and we feel ourselves as strong as 
ever. 

We were then Sophomores and we well remem- 
bered our last year's experience with the class then 
bearing that name, so that we knew our first duty 
at the beginning of the year, and it was performed 
admirably. 

As we have then reached our second year at 
college we naturally feel ourselves of some import- 
ance. This year, no doubt, has been our happiest, 
yet it has been an exceptionally hard one. We 
have not changed our determination to overcome 
all obstacles no matter in what form they may pre- 
sent themselves, and hope to make this year more 
successful than last. 

We have made good progress thus far in our 
second year. Everything has gone very smoothly 
for us, with few exceptions. The Christmas holi- 
days came and went as the year before and we soon 
found ourselves ushered into the new year. Time 
wore on without any event of importance until an- 



other season of examinations came ; always pre- 
pared for such occurrences we passed creditably 
and thus found the work of the first year completed. 
Then we turned our faces to the work to be com- 
pleted in the second term. It seemed like a moun- 
tain to be removed, but, armed with such weapons 
as self-confidence, strong determination and a motto 
like the old reliable " Omnia labor vincit," we feel 
able to conquer anything that dares oppose us. 

Up to the present time we have a record that 
we may never be ashamed to speak of at any time. 
By means of our class organization we have been 
able to ward off all difficulties and make a formid- 
able front against all attacks. 

We feel proud to note that few have dropped 
out of the ranks, and we yet have a large class. Let 
us then, my classmates, one and all, unite in a firm 
resolve, to make a mark for our class and for our 
college, and let 1900, the last class of this glorious 
century be a model for those that follow. 

Historian. 



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Freaks of 1900, 



SOPHOMORE BOOK SHELF. 



A noisy thing— Bell. 

A thing of beauty and joy forever— Ewens. 

A bristly fellow — Choate. 

Running water — Brooks. 

Head servant — Butler. 

Preacher — Barber. 

Man of the iron mask — Dickerson. 

Rarity of College — Peach. 

Bird without beak — Hammond. 

Man with $25 Mandolin— Borst. 

A Mower — ^Jenifer. 

A Freshman Persuader — Groff. 

" A Little learning is a dangerous thing." 



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^^/\5^ Of \9^^ 



Class Colors: Violet and Maroon. 

Class Yell: Sumiis, es, Sum, 
Sumus, es Sum, 
M. A. C. Nineteen One. 



D. W. CashelL, President. 



Class Officers. 

E. R. SpEAKE, Secretary and Treasurer. 



G. L. DuLANEY, \'ice-Ptesideut. 



BkYDON, 

NiNINOER, 

PEKEZ, 





Class Roll. 




Ray, 




Peters, 


Scott, 




ROKICRTS 


COBEV, 




ViERS, 



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Hardisty, 

Peyton, 

Russell, 




KRKSHMAN CLASS. 



History of the Class of t90L 



ON the twentieth day of September, eighteen 
hundred and ninety-seven, the majority of 
the Freshman Class arrived at and viewed 
the surroundings of the Station. 

Very little time was lost in observing this 
place, however, as each and every one of us was 
anxious to compare the Maryland Agricultural Col- 
lege in reality with the idea which had been formed 
concerning it quite previous to this eventful day. 
Several of those constituting our number were 
students who had spent the previous year in the Prep- 
aratory Department of the institution, consequently 
they were not unnerved, nor did they seem to has- 
ten to the college, but one could plainly see that 
despondency was depicted upon the faces of those 
who had never before experienced the novelty of the 
first few days at college. 

At length, after a walk of a mile up-hill, we 
reached the college, and, when we entered, we were 



confronted by a person of very military bearing, 
who was afterwards to be so greatly feared, the Of- 
ficer of the Day. He iuimediately conducted us to 
rooms, larger and more convenient than we had 
imagined, which were to be our quarters for the 
next four years. Indeed, M. A. C. presented to us 
an appearance much more home-like than any of us 
had anticipated. 

Now we were quartered, but none of us were 
without a sensation of home-sickness and conster- 
nation, for we had already, at this early date, been 
informed as to what would be our deserts if we 
failed to execute submissively all requests submitted 
by our superiors, the Sophomores. 

The first night was spent very quietly, but, of 
course, perfect rest for a Freshman was entirely out 
of the question, for before retiring we could see 
rather conspicuous and desperate-looking characters 
stealing cautiously up and down the long corridors. 



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"Would that I were a Sophomore, or that I had spent 
tlie previous year in the Prei^aratory Department," 
were the only audible exclamations which we felt 
inclined to utter at this critical period. We were 
awakened the next morning by the sounding of 
reveille — a classical term which we knew nothing 
about, of course, being Freshmen — at quite an early 
hour. 

After we had assembled, the major marched us 
to the dining room, where a substantial meal 
awaited us. At 8 A. m. we were sent to our respec- 
tive class-rooms, where the remainder of the day was 
so thoroughly occupied with new thoughts that it 
passed by almost unnoticeably. The week passed 
by very rapidly, to the gratification of the " Sopho- 
more Hazers," who had been contemplating a visit 
to us on this particular evening. About twelve 
o'clock, when the building was quiet and all were 
supposed to be asleep, I heard a gentle knock on 
my door. I knew better than to not open the door, 
so, with chattering teeth and trembling limbs, I ap- 
proached and opened the door. All my midnight 
visitors were masked, with the exception ot two, 
who were blackened. Ah 1 how I remember every 
detail ! The leader, a large and frightful-looking 
man, blackened and carrying a large " persuader " in 
his hand, asked, " Can you sing? " 



" No," in a trembling voice, was our reply. 

" Then probably you will honor us with a 
declamation." 

We, reading determination on the faces of our 
superiors, thought, and, indeed, knew, it would be 
best to proceed at once. The vain attempt seemed 
to afford them that satisfaction which they de- 
manded. 

In a little while they left us and passed toother 
rooms. Those who refused to respond to their sum- 
mons were given a gentle reminder that it was 
compulsory. A persuader is a board with many 
holes in it; each one of these will draw a blister if 
used by the trained hand of a Sophomore. With 
these they helped us to decide. 

The next attraction, if we can consider the pre- 
ceding as such, other than our studies, was foot- 
ball, and we are pleased to mention the fact that our 
class was represented on the first team. 

Thanksgiving having approached, afforded us 
a little recreation, for we visifed our homes. Upon 
returning determination among us to resume our 
work with renewed vigor was plainly noticeable. 
Ere many weeks had elapsed, Christmas was upon 
us to contribute to the Freshmen as well as the not- 
orious " Sophs " an unbroken vacation of nearly two 
weeks. 



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Having returned, we began to prepare for the 
semi-annual examination, and it is useless to say 
that each and every one of us were anxious to im- 
press the Faculty and our parents with the fact that 
we bad not entirely neglected the numerous advan- 
tages and opportunities afforded us, and I am proud 
to say we were somewhat elated over the success 
which we met with in regards to the examina- 
tion. 



As yet, we have not organized a Class Literary 
Society, but many of us have been admitted, through 
the urbanity of the Seniors, to the famous New Mer- 
cer Literary Society, from which we hope to derive 
much benefit. 

Now, my dear classmates, let us stand united 
in the future as we have done in the past, and mark 
the dawn of the twentieth century by closing a 
happy and successful career. Historian. 




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Frederick Leo McGlonr 
Douglas Gordon Carroll 



. President. 
Vice-President. 



Class Roll. 



Browning. 
Calvert. 
Combs. 
Cooke. 

DeLauder. 
Devon. 
Dickey. 



Evans. 

Fawcett. 
Harvey. 
Mangum. 
Payne. 

Posey, A. 
Posey, F. 



Ray, a. 

Shaecker. 
Stone. 

Warfield. 
Wheeler. 

WiLKINS. 



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Negative by H. A. Farnliar 



PREPARATORY DEPARTMENT. 



Examinations in Preparatory Department. 



Question. Where is Milwaukee ? 

Answer. Northern part of Chicago, South of 
Portland, State of Detroit, on the Mississippi River. 

Q. Describe the Choptank River. 

A. Rises in the Mountains of the Moon, flows 
Northeast into the Arctic Ocean. 

Q. What did the Indians raise mostly ? 

A. Wigwams. 

Q. What does the Eastern Shore grow ? 

A. Whiskers and sea-weed. 

Q. What are the greatest falls in the world ? 

A. Paddle falls. 

Q. Who was the wisest man ? 

A. Reeder. 

Q. What were the earliest means of locomo- 
tion ? 



A. Cribs and ponies. 
Q. What were the Alabama claims ? 
A. The right of a State to secede when it 
wants to and to make its own laws and govern itself 
as it sees fit. 

Q. What was the first cable message ? 
Send us some broth. 
Compare good. 
Good, gooder, goodest. 
Which is correct — I can't eat college grub 
or I cannot eat college grub ? 
A. Either. 

Give principal parts of eat. 
Eat, et, eat. 

Give principal parts of dine. 
Cornbeef, turnips and cabbage. 



A. 

Q- 
A, 
Q. 



Q- 

A. 

Q- 

A. 



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Some of our Favorites. 



Alvey . . . 
Blandford 

BORST . . . 



Burroughs 
Collins . . 
Cameron . 
Dennison . 

Dur.ANKY . 



GOUGH . . 

Hines . . 
Houston. 



Lillibridgk 
McGlone . 
Peterson . 

Price . . . 

Ronii, P. I,. 



Russell . 

Sedwick 
Thorne . 



Warfilo . 

Whitehill 
Waitelv 



SOBRIQUKT. 

' Footsey," 
'Dutch,'" 

'Ta tade-ho," 

I " The Rabbit," 

\ " Peter Monk," 

'Satchel," 

t "Satchel Secuudus," 

\ or "Col. Havvkius," 

"Irish," 

" Theodore Secundus," 
" Reeder," 
" Monk," 



" Preacher," 

" Laurel," 
" Mick," 

"Piggy," 

( " 'Tis mince or 'Taint 
l uiiuce," 

" Annanias," 

" Catfish," 

" Hedgehog," 

" Diamond King,'' 

( "Tobev," 

- "Pat,"' 

i "Ching," 
" Sallust," 

j " Yellow Kid " or 

( " Blushing Baby," 



FLACE OF RESIDENCE. 

Usually College Grove, 
Somewhere in the vicinity. 

Musical center of Baltimore, 

) Any old sedge-field in 
\ Charles County. 
Chesape.-ike's sandhills. 

The Susquehanna, 

Swampoodle, 
I As far as possible from 
I. Theodore , 

Charles County again, 

" Hinesville," 

) The newly discovered 
\ Eastern Shore, 
( Agricultural district some- 
'( where on the B. & O., 
Believed to be Va., 



Over ou the hill, 

Dear old Darlington, 

( Swamps of Southern 
\ Virginia, 

St. Mary's — God bless yer. 

Flood's Park, 
Razor Beach, 

Love Grove .\lley, 

Yankee Town, 

A suburb of College Park, 

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CUARACTERISTICS 

Diminutive Feet, 
Are Irish, 

( Supreme scorn of 

( Dulaney, 

) Military bearing and ab- 

\ sence of motor organs. 
Solemn expression. 

I E.xcellence in Graphic 

\ Statics, 
Tremendous proportions. 

Animation and volubility. 
Punctuality at Tactics, 
Absence of nasal appendage, 

Susceptibility, 

f Dislike to visiting Wash- 
\ ington. 
Also Irish, 
I Blushing bloom of in- 
\ noccnce. 

Missing. 

Inordinate love of truth, 

( Generosity with smokc- 

\ ables. 

Love of betting. 

Love of jewelry, 

Want of appetite. 

Love of Latin, 
( Elegant appearance on 
( p'riday night. 



H1C.HEST AMIilTION 

To free Cuba. 

To be a carpenter. 

To lead the Mandolin Club. 

To be a photographer. 

To slug 2nd bass. 

To imitate Satchel. 

To be an Irish comedian. 

To command the ' ' Reeder Gang" 

r To play base ball and to visit 
\ College Park at midnight, 
f To disapprove of the Dar- 
\ winian Theory. 
( To make a machine to keep 
\ a hen from silting. 
( To take out naturalization 
\ p.-iper in Piedmont. 
To Kill a " Dummy." 

To be first from church. 

To curl his hair like Theodore. 

To make 100 ', in Biology. 

I To be alile to ride home on a 

I railroad. 
To skip paying his bets. 
To disfigure a cadet for life. 

To l)econie a waiter. 

To become a saw-bones. 
To lead the class. 



Only a College Trick. 



Listen : a story : strange but true. 

Of what the Ijoys will often do. 

On a wintery night sometime ago, 

When the earth was covered o'er with snow, 

And the cold North wiud was blowing like 

" Hello " boys, the bugle's blown. 

Now let us start on our midnight roam 

For the chicken house on Captain's Hill 

Said one little fellow, (we'll call him Bill). 

And into procession the others fell 

For a " fry " was in store they knew quite well. 

So off they went on the escapade 

.And on the coops the}- made a raid: 

And on the return from on the hill 

They pulled off feathers from toe to bill, 

And each, with a chicken swung at the waist, 

They started back at a rapid pace 

And, lighting the stoves that were hidden away 

One little fellew to the other did say 

" I'm a nat'ral born robber and dat aint no lie," 

'And soon all were eagerly eating the " fry " 

And all agreed it was " clean out of sight," 

For " hash " they had lived on, morning and night. 

Then clearing all traces of feathers and bones 

They crept away to their rooms alone. 

And each, in his dream, began to cry 

" I'm a nat'ral born robber, and that aint no lie.' 



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Captain P 



^s Meditation, 



IT WAS the nineteenth of February, the morning 
after the dance. I was seated at the staff table of 
the " M. A. C." Although there was a lively 
conversation going on all around me, as I was after- 
wards told, in which I occasionally took part, but 
only to answer direct questions because, the truth 
was, I was " meditating." The dance the night 
before had been the most successful of the season 
and it seemed to me as if I could hear the music 
as plainly as I did when gliding over the floor with 

MissH , whom, I must confess, was the subject of 

my thoughts. Now and then I was brought back 
to my senses by the Adjutant's well-known voice, 
" Come back," I would look up and find every eye 
turned upon me, and to add to my embarrassment my 
friend sitting just opposite me would say "There goes 
Pete dreaming again." This would bring a howl 
from the rest of the batallion. This state of affairs 
lasted only for a minute, however, for the boys 
though fond of a joke, could not afford to lose their 
breakfast and would set to work again as hard as 
ever. 

From what I heard between my dreams I found 
that the conversation of the staff was not wholly 



unlike my own thoughts, for the Major was coimt- 
ing the dances he had missed, etc. 

Just then a discussion began as to who was the 
prettiest and most popular girl on the floor. How 
this question was decided I have never heard, but, in 
ray mind, of course, there could be no doubt. Just 
before this question was brought to a close my 
thoughts, try as I would to prevent them, carried 
me off to the seats behind the parlor door where I 
sat looking into those soft blue eyes — trying to 
read my destiny, never thinking for an instant how 
fast the golden minutes were flying, for before I 
knew it a young man appeared at the door and said 

" Miss H , the bus for the train leaves in five 

minutes." It was only then that I realized that I 
had been there for seventeen dances. Words could 
not express my thoughts when I found that I had 
to say good-bye and the words which I tried so hard 
to utter died on my lips and destined to go unsaid 
— for I was brought back to my senses by the 
Major's sonorous command " Batallion rise " and 
looking down I found that my plate had not been 
turned over, and that I had breakfasted once more 
on sweet meditation. 



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The Wonderful Blow of Lightweight Limber 




Come hither, my classmates, and I'll recall 

A wonderful scrap on the Freshman Hall. 

It occurred in the mouth of bleak December, 

Between " Featherweight Pretty " and " Lightweight Limber. 

The room was packed clear back to the door, 

And the contestants were scrapping all over the floor, 

When suddenly Limber's right shot out 

And caught the end of poor Pretty's snout. 

The blood on the floor formed a small-sized lake, 
Which scared Pretty so that his curls became straight. 
Pretty now carries his nose in a sling, 
And Limber's acknowledged tlie cock of the ring. 



FEATHERWEIGHT PRETTY. 



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6S 



Military Organization* 



Clough Overton (l-irst Lieutenant, First U. S. Cavalry), Commandant Corps of Cadets. 
J. Hanson J-Iitchell, I\Iajor Commandiui^ Battalion. 



Staff and Non- Commissioned Staff. 

W. C. Nesbitt, first Lieutenant and Adjutant. J. A. Lillibridge, Captain and Quartermaster . 

M. N. Straughn, Sergcant-Major. 



Color-Guard. 

Corporal Nelson Sappington. Corporal W. G. Groff. Corporal Moore Jenifer. 



Light Battery. 
R. P. Whitely, First Lieutenant. 
-, Seeond Lieutenant. {To be appointed.') , Seeond Lieutenant . {To be appointed .) 

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"A" Company. 

Phillip L. Robb, Captain. 

Edwin T. Dickerson, First rJadcnant. D'Akcy C. Barnktt, Second Lieutenant. 

D. F. Shamberger, First Sergeant. 
Sergeants. Corporals. 

Levin Dikickson. J. F. Kenlv. S. M. Peach. Harry Alvey. 

DoRSKv Cashell F. C. Bell. W. H. Weigand. 



" B " Company. 

George Peterson, Captain. 
Chakles H. RiDf.ELY, Pirst Lieutenant. Claude V. Allnutt, Seeond Lieutenant. 

Ira E. Whitehill, l-irst Sergeant. 
Sergeants. Corporals. 

Leslie Combs. T. M. Price. W. D. Groff. Grafton L. Dulaney. 

J. Owen Thorne. R. M. Jenifer. 



"C" Company. 

Robert E. Dennison, Captain. 
Levin John Houston, First Lieutenant. George W. Cameron, Second Lieutenant. 

JAMICS C. Blanfokd, First Sergeant. 

.Sergcan ts . Corpora/s . 

J. Bernard Robb. A. S. Grason. Nelson Sappington. H. A. Williamson. 

R. J. McCandlish. John A. Jones. 

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NLi;alivi-liv II. A. Karnli!! 



BATTALTON OF CADPVrS. 



Delinquency List* 



Alvey — Not preparing Tactics. ' 

Alvey — Raiding College Park ? 

Barber — Using profane language. 

Barnett — Failing to get excused from drill. 

Bell— Shooting " Snipes " out of season. 

BoRST — Not attending meals. 

Borst — Objecting to be called " Ta-da-lio." 

Burroughs — Not attending meals. 

Carroll — Keeping a " satchel " under his bed and a 
" shoat " in it. 

Carroll — Buying tobacco. 

Cashell — Keeping a " dickie " bird in his room. 

Collins — Appearing before ladies in a neglige cos- 
tume. 

Dickerson — Failing to get excused from drill. 

Dickey — Carrying mice in his clothes. 

GoRSUCH — Remaining at College on Sunday. 

GouGH — Raiding College Park ? 

Hammond — Padding his legs. 



Hardisty — Secreting a peach in his room. 

Hardisty' — Carr5'ing mice in his clothes 

HarvEY' — Keeping " suds " in his room. 

Houston — L,eaving a stump in his room at Inspection. 

Jim — Failing to swipe a chimney. 

McGlone — Buying tobacco. 

Nesbitt — Detailing, O. D. 

Peterson — Failing to visit the President on Sunday. 

R.AY, A. — Preserving a military bearing. 

Reeder — Breaking hearts at dances. 

RiDGELY — Being present at Agriculture Class. 

Russell — Not " bumming " tobacco. 

Scott — Rooming with a Stone. 

Shambkrger — Taking a bath on hall after Taps. 

Toby — Failing to take part in the celebration of Saint 

Patrick's Day. 
Warfikld — Going on the sick-list because of a Payne 

in his room. 



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Parody on "In Memoriam." 

I hold it true of one who passes 

On one sure pony in divers exams, 

That cadets, on stepping cribs. 

May go from their dead flunks to higher classes. 

But who can so forecast the causes, 
Or find in " zips " a sheepskin to match. 
Or reach a hand through time to catch 
The far-off results of riding horses ? 



A Fragment. 



How dear to our hearts is 
Cash on subscription, 
When the generous subscriber 
Presents it to view ; 
But the man who don't pay — 
We refrain from description. 
For perhaps, gentle reader. 
That man might be you. — Ex. 



Our Dear Charmer. 



O Theodorus ! whose beaming looks and curly hair 
Are so great an idol to all maidens fair, 
Why further rouse the envy of lesser men. 
By grasping that sweet instrument again. 
Whose beauteous strains so clearly heard. 
Lack not the full softness of a lovers' word. 



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Our Camp at Bay Ridge, 



IN accordance with the precedent of the previous 
year, and through the consent of the Board of 
Trustees, an encampment was decided uijon for 
June, '97, but it was not until the latter part of 
Alay that the place was selected. 

The announcement that Bay Ridge was the 
choice caused many expressions of approval, and 
excitement gradually increased in the student body 
as the time of departure grew near. The day for 
leaving having been fixed for Saturday, June 5th, 
the day previous was noticeable by the excitement 
and commotion which prevailed, caused by the 
proximity of such an unusual event. 

All preparations having been completed the 
night before, the cadets retired for a restless nap, to 
be called from their cots next morn before the usual 
hour by the blast of reveille. 

After a hasty breakfast, assembly was sounded 
and the battalion, having received a short but en- 
couraging address from the president, was marched 
to College Station through the mud. We arrived 
at the station considerably before train time, which 



caused an impatient wait of several minutes, seem- 
ing to us so many hours, and as the train came in 
sight each of us felt that his expectation was about 
to be realized. 

Boarding a special train, we revelled in 
thoughts and dreams of what future fate in camp 
life would bring us, and, although the weather had 
been very bad for a few days and the ground quite 
wet, our spirits were not to be depressed by an un- 
favorable outlook. 

Arriving at Bay Ridge about noon, we dined 
at the hotel, and, guards being posted, we spent the 
evening in pitching tents, in which we were greatly 
assisted by Corporal Stewart, of Fort Meyer. 

As a sufficient quantity of straw had not yet 
arrived, bedding was scarce, and Company "A" 
passed the night on the hotel porch, the other com- 
panies remaining in camp. 

The first few days were somewhat disagreeable 
on account of the rain, but, during the latter part of 
the week, the weather was quite different. x\r- 
rangements had been made with the manager to 



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board the battalion, so that cooking, one of the worst 
phases of camp life, was dispensed with. Thanks 
are due here to the manager, Mr. Duvall, for his nume- 
rous and considerate efforts in behalf of the cadets. 

Guard duty was performed in a very praise- 
worthy manner, while all of the drills furnished a 
standard to be proud of 

Satisfaction was also given by the Signal Corps, 
which had been organized in the Spring. 

The new boys were subjected to many tedious 
trials, while performing their guard duties. Not- 
withstanding the fact that the drills consumed a 
great portion of our time, there were a few hours 
each day during which we could enjoy ourselves in 
various ways. Some of the boys spent their time 
dancing, some bathing and rowing, while others de- 
voted their recreation to the different amusements 
which the place afforded. The boat arrived from 
Baltimore at 1 1 A. m. and 4 p. m., and its approach 
was eagerly awaited, some of the boys probably in 
expectation of friends, and others to test their popu- 
larity with the girls. 

Our visitors were mainly from Washington and 
Baltimore, and increased in numbers toward the end 
of our stay. 

The dress parades held at six o'clock each 
evening proved very attractive to the large crowds 



which witnessed them. The battalion in white 
ducks marching to the music, with the dark pines 
and setting sun for a background, furnished a charm- 
ing picture. The close order drills alternated with 
parades and movements in extended order. On 
Thursday, before we left, we were inspected by 
Captain Finley, in close order movements, arms 
and equipments, after which a well-ordered attack 
was planned and executed from Mosquito Lake 
as a base, upon the grove near the hotel as an 
objective point. This was our most efficient drill 
during the encampment, and won us especial 
commendation from the inspectors, and "bravoes " 
from the crowd. On the following day a party of 
friends from college arrived, and, for some unknown 
reason, Pete was absent from his place at dinner 
that day. 

Many cadets took advantage of the facilities of 
acquiring female acquaintances, and were frequently 
seen strolling about on the pier or through the grove 
with the objects of their choice. 

During the last day nothing of importance was 
done save preparations for departure. Immediately 
after breakfast the baggage was packed and piled at 
the head of each company street. All of the stakes 
having been pulled up, except two on either side of 
the tent, the "general " was sounded and at its last 



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note all the tents fell together, and " Camp Bay 
Ridge" was no more. 

The camp equipage was removed to the wharf, 
and we were released from duty until seven o'clock, 
when the color line was broken and the battalion 
boarded the train for college, taking with them many 
fond recollections, and regrets that the stay had not 
been longer. 

After a journey of a few hours, the gray walls 
of the college appeared in the twilight and seemed 
to welcome us back again. 



Orders issued at "Camp Bay Ridge." 
Orders No. 15. 

The following service-calls are announced : 



1st Call for Reveille . 
March and Reveille . 

Assenilily . . . 
Inspection Call . . . 

Fatigue 

Sick Call 

ist Call for Breakfast 

Assembly . . . 



5.50 A. M. 
5-55 A. M. 

6.00 A. M. 
6.15 A. M. 



5.25 A. M. 
6.45 A. M. 



6.55 A. M. 
7.00 A. M. 



Parade 8. 1 5 A . M 

Assembly 8.20 A. M 

Guard Mount 10.10 A. M 

Assembly . . . 

1st Call for Morning for 
Assembly . . . 



Recall ....•■.. 

Release from camj 
1st Call for Dinner . . 
Assembly. . . 



Drill 



for 



. . . 10.15 A. M. 

. . . 10.20 A. M. 

.... 10.25 A. M. 

11.30 A. M. 

all except guard. 

. . . 12.15 l>. M. 
. . . 12.20 P. M. 



ist Call for Drill 3.25 P. M. 

Assembly 3.30 P. M. 

Recall 4.25 P. M. 

Release from camp. 

1st Call for Supper 5.30 p. M. 

Assembly 5.35 p. M. 

1st Call for Dress Parade 6.15 p. M. 

Assembly 6.20 P. M. 

Retreat. 
Release from Camp. 

Tattoo 9.30 p. M. 

Taps 10.30 P. M. 

The character of the drill will be prescribed 
from this office from day to day. 

By order of 

Clough Overton, 
1st Lrieut., 1st Cav., Comdt. of Cadets. 



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Caught. 



'Twas midnight, and half a dozen Ijovs 
Assembled on the hall without a noise ; 
Then, moving cantionsly, they did not stop 
Until they reached the student's stairway top 
And, looking closely, I noticed one3-onng fellow 
Who carried on his arm what seemed a pillow. 

And when they had the top hall safely gained 

They listened carefully, to see that silence reigned. 

Then said one boy, a very timid Soph, 

" We better keep a lookout for the Prof." 

Then said another of the risky boys. 

" Why, what's the use? We won't make any noise." 

So, taking out a knife he opened wide the blade, 
And opened too, the downy pillow very soon was laid. 
And then the feathers fell like flakes of snow 
And slowly settled on the halls below. 
So away went all the feathers, except a very few, 
Which they reserved and these upon the hall of Broadvvaj' 
strew. 



But now they bitterly regret they heeded not the Soph, 
Who told them at the first to keep "a lookout for the Prof." 
For now they hear his footsteps, and ever)' time the)- fall, 
The face of each young rascal turns whiter than the wall, 
And now he nears the spot where the band of rascals stands. 
Each one of whom, in sorrow now is wringing'at his hands. 

When he looks down upon the hall of Madison avenue. 
His face is red, then white and then it turns to blue. 
And when he turns his gaze on the hall of Buzzard's Roost. 
He feels as if he'd like to give each bo)- a rousing boost. 
However, he contents himself with reporting one and all. 
For " creating very serious disturbance in the hall." 

And then the risk}- fellows, who played the dirty trick 

Were all confined within their rooms and were feeling pretty 

sick, 
For the president of the college thought it would be best. 
To put such dangerous chcracters under close arrest. 
Next morning, in the chapel, from his ordinary station, 
He asked the " student body for their hearty co-operation." 




D'Arcy C. Barnktt 
George W. Cameron 
J. A. English Evstkr 
Owen Thorne . 
C. Rudolph Burroughs 



Allnutt. 

Alvey. 

Barber. 

Barnett. 

Blandford. 

Brooks. 

Burroughs. 

Cameron. 



Prof. Spence. 



Choate. 

COBEY. 

Collins. 
De Laijdkr. 

DiCKERSON. 

Kyster. 

F.WVCETT. 

Galt. 



Members. 

GOUGH. 

Hardistv. 

Jones. 

Kekai'ver. 

Kenly. 

McCandlish. 

Nesbitt. 

Nininger. 

Honorary Members. 

Prof. Lai'ghlin. 
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President. 

I'icc-Picsidciil. 

Sco'ctarv and 'J'reasiircr. 

Editor. 

Scrgcant-at-A) nis. 



Peach. 
Perez. 
Peters. 
Peterson. 

ROBB, J. B. 
RoBB, p. L. 
Roberts. 

Scott, 



Shamberger. 

Speake. 

Stone. 

Straughn. 

Thorne. 

w.'vrfield. 

Weigand. 

Whiteley. 

Prof. Sherbian. 



The New Mercer Literary Society* 



O BE able to express one's thoughts quickly, 

freely, and correctly, is an accomplishment 

_ most earnestly to be desired, not only from 

^ the fact that it prevents much ridicule and 

embarrassment, but also because it has served as a 

powerful auxilary to many a man in obtaining a 

livelihood. 

In whatever walk of life a man may determine 
to try his fortune, from the son of the celebrated 
millionaire to that of the ignorant farmer, at some 
time in his existence there will come the desirability 
of expounding his views and of explaining his 
reason for such views to his fellow-countrymen and 
he will find that his persuasive abilities are enhanced 
proportionately as his delivery and ease of expression 
are superior to those of his opponent. 

Professional men, especially lawyers, who are 
very well versed in their particular profession will 
find themselves badly handicapped in the race for 
honor, fame and wealth when the adversary with 
whom they compete, has the advantage of being 
able to express his arguments more freely and with 
greater volume. 



To young men enjoying the vicissitudes of col- 
lege life, pre]:)aratory to entering upon their life's 
work, the advantages of a literary society in giving 
them confidence in themselves and in cultivating 
their innate powers of debating, oratory and declaim- 
ing are inestimable. 

It was for the purpose of developing these in- 
nate powers and for giving to the students of M. A. 
C. the opportunity of preparing themselves to 
become able to cope successfully with the graduates 
of other institutions of learning, that the New 
Mercer Literary Society was established and the 
thanks which our graduates owe to this feature of 
our college are innumerable. 

The society was organized in 1861 by Dr. 
William N. Mercer, of New Orleans, who displayed 
great interest in its welfare — an interest which he 
strongly proved by presenting it with a large sum 
of money as well as with some very valuable books. 
He had the satisfaction of seeing his efforts rewarded 
with success, for the movement seemed to take ad- 
mirably and at the time of his death the society 
numbered almost every student in college. 



So 



With the death of its ilhistious founder, how- 
ever, enthusiasm began gradually to decline, and in 
1889 the society seemed to have attained an un- 
timely grave, for this interesting organization ceased 
to exist. 

It was re-organized in 1892 by Mr. F. B. Bom- 
berger, who, as president, deserves great praise for 
his efforts and success. It was now called the New 
Mercer Literary Society and under this name con- 
tiuued through the years 1892 and 1893. The 
books, which the former organization had owned, 
were now taken to the college library and these 
books, with the numerous additions which are contin- 
ually being made, offer to the society members and 
students very great advantages. Mr. Bomberger, 
during his term of office, also conceived the idea of 
having several public meetings of the society which 
reflected great credit upon its members and the work 
they were doing. 

In 1894, the House of Commons, modeled after 
the British House of Commons and organized by 
tlie members of the Senior and Junior Classes, super- 
ceded this society and a great amount of benefit 
was derived from it. It dealt particularly with par- 
liamentary law, the president being well up in such 
law and enforcing rigidly its requirements. As a 
consequence, enthusiasm was high and, as is always 



the result under such circumstances, it prospered 
greatly. In the same year the Sophomores organized 
a society known as the Spencerian Literary Society ; 
and the Freshmen, one known as the Calvert Society. 
These only lasted till the close of the term. 

In the Fall of 1895 the House of Commons 
was re-organized as the M. A. C. Congress, the 
Senior and Junior classes constituting the Senate 
and the Sophomores the House of Representatives. 
This was modeled after the U. S. Cougess and was 
very instructive, at the same time very interesting. 
Questions concerning the interest of the nation 
were debated and voted upon ; bills and resolutions 
were drawn up, passed through readings, discussed 
and voted upon. This valuable organization, how- 
ever, only lasted one year, and September of 1896 
found the students without any society or place in 
which to cultivate the powers of oratory. 

At this point the class of '97 came to the 
front. After a convass of a week or more succeeded 
in again re-organizing the New Mercer Literary 
Society. Thanks are especially due Mr. William 
S. Weedon for taking the initiative in this movement. 
He was elected president and along with his subor- 
dinate officers performed his duty so well that the 
meetings grew larger and larger and the enthusiasm 
increased proportionately. 



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In January a new election of officers was held, 
Mr. F. Sherman being elected president, and in 
April Mr. G. H. Whiteford succeeded him, both con- 
ducted the society so admirably that the meetings 
were largely attended up to the very last and many 
old students expressed themselves as believing it 
the most successful year the society had ever exper- 
ienced. 

In June the society held a public meeting 
which was very interesting and which furnished 
excellent proof of the advancement and beneficial 
effects received by its components. Professar T. H. 
Spence offered a handsome medal to the best debater, 
and as a consequence much preparation was made 
by those who were to participate. The judges, 
after a long consultation, decided that Mr. F'. Sher- 
man debated best. 

On returning to resume our studies at the 
beginning of this year the society work was taken 
up where it had been left off the previous year and 
most pronounced has been its success. Mr. E. T. 
Dickerson was elected president and to his great 
work and interest may be attributed the remarkable 
success which the society has had. About one-half 
the entire number of students are on its roll and 
whenever a number is scheduled to take part on the 



programme, he always prepares himself with that 
enthusiasm and determination which is followed by 
success alone. Every second week is devoted to 
extemporaneous speeches, which have proven to be 
the most beneficial by far, since it necessitates abso- 
lutey free and unprepared speaking. 

At the end of the first term a new election of 
officers was held. Mr. D. C. IJarnett was now elected 
president. He has very zealously conducted it and 
from present prospects the end of the scholastic year 
will find that tiiis has been the most prosperous in 
the history of the oiganization Already a public 
meeting has been held at which there were a num- 
ber of visitors from the surrounding villages, all of 
whom certified that they had greatly enjoyed the 
attractively rendered programme. 

Another will be held in June which will be more 
elaborately carried out than the preceding one, and 
which we hope will be very largely attended. 

In conclusion we desire to advise those we 
leave at M. A. C. in June, by no means to neglect 
this very important function of college education, 
but to take it up early in the Fall of 1898 and to 
determine, that no efforts on their part shall be 
spared to make it a source of abundant pleasure and 
benefit to all concerned. 



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The Rossbourg Club, 



VHETHERarrayed in the well padded, if some- 
what ungraceful, costume of the foot ball 
field, the startling maroon and pearl of the 
diamond or in the cadet gray, the M. A. C. cadets 
hold themselves ready to defend the honor of the 
college at all times and in all places, save one. But 
on that occassion, when the Rossbourg Club extends 
its welcome to its many friends, the boys lay down 
their arms in token of surrender to the fair invaders. 
The purpose of this club is to promote the social 
side of our college life and in this it has been a com- 
plete success. The dances coming as they do each 
month, except March, contribute somewhat towards 
lessening the monotony of the long months of work. 
This club was organized in eighteen hundred and 
ninety-one, Mr. Su Penn, of Corea, being the first 
president. 



After this, every year officers were chosen from 
the Senior Class, to conduct the dances, and new 
officers to manage the June ball, which in the 
thoughts of all is the climax of our social life at 
college. 

The fiist dance of our Senior year was held on 
Friday, Octoder 22nd, eighteen hundred and ninety- 
seven. This dance, given by the faculty, in honor 
of the Senior Class was a complete success, and will 
serve as a model for many years to come, to classes 
that wish to insure success. On account of the trains 
the dances have to end about midnight and so 
reluctant are the guests to leave that in many in- 
stances they have missed their trains and remained 
at the college over night. 

The other dances were held on November 19th 
and December 17th, eighteen hundred and ninety- 



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seven and January 14th and February i8th, eighteen 
hundred and ninety-eight. 

These dances have been as successful as the 
first and the committees have left nothing to be 
desired in their management. 

We are to have three more dances this year, 
April 15th, May 13th and June 15th. Under the 
instruction of those more experienced, the boys who 
do not know how to dance are soon able to hold 
their own on the floor and the most of them avail 
themselves of the opportunity to become familiar 
with this most delightful pleasure. 



As the Rossburg Club has been so nearly 
perfected in the last year or two, in the near 
future it should become an organization to be 
proud of and a credit to the social side of our Alma 
Mater. 

We sincerely hope that it will always be as 
generously and willingly supported as in the last 
year and we can say without any hesitation that if 
this is continued it will be in a few years a criterion 
according to which any college may with credit to 
itself, regulate its social affairs. 




84 




THE MORNING AFTER THE BALL.' 



85 



IF. 

If I could change you, dear, into an angel, 

Clip both while wings, and heaven sadly cheat. 

Into an angel, dear, I would not change yon, 
You are too sweet. 

If I could change you, love, into a rosebud, 
Such as vou twine oft iu your sunny hair, 

A rose bud, love, my heart would never wish you, 
Vou are too fair. 

If I could make yon, darling, as the lilly. 

As fair a one as ever bloomed in air, 
I'd keep you so, for in your face is beauty, 

I deem more rare. 

Yet is there something I would gladly alter, 
Ay, vastly change if such a thing might be. 

Your heart, my dearest, that it might not deem you. 
Too dear for me. 



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The Glee Club. 



Fi7'st Tenor. 
J. A. K. Eyster, '99. 

E. R. SpEakk, 



Wiij, C. Nesbitt, Director. 



Second Tenor. 
R. J. McCandlish, '99. 

W. C. Nesbitt, '98. 



First Bass. 
Ira. E. Whitehii,]^, '99. 
J. B. ROBB, '99. 



Second Bass. 
A, R, NiNINGER, '01. 

H. E. C01.IJNS, '99. 



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Mandolin Club, 



Ira E. Whitehill, Leader. 



C. V. Allnutt, Manager. 



First Mandolin. 



Ika E. Whitehill, '99. 



Theo. Borst, '00. 



Second Mandolin. 
DuLANEY, '01. 



Guitar. 
J. A. E. Eyster, '99. 



Flag Colette. 

A. R. NiNINGER, '01. 



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Negative by H. A. Farnham. 



GLEK AND MANDOLIN CLUBS. 



Mandolin Club, 



The man that halh no music in himself, 

Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds 

Is fit for treason, strategems and spoils ; 

The motions of his spirit are dull as night, 

And his affections dark as Erebus, 

Let no such man be trusted. 

— Shakespeare. 

THE year 1896-97 marked the first efforts toward 
organizing the stringed musical talent of our 
college. Feeble though it was, it marked a 
strong foundation on which the marvellous 
succcess of this year's mandolin club was built. Last 
year's attempt, while it could hardly be called success- 
ful, proved that it was possiijle to organize a club, as 
there were plenty of students in college with such tal- 
ent as to enable them to become members of such a 
club. Last year's trial was a stimulus to which is due 
the remarkable advancement made this year. 

Mr. Whitehill was the only member of last years 
club who returned to college and, with his quick musi- 
cal insight, he was not long in selectingthe best talent 
and endowing each member with a determination to 
organize a club, which would be an honor to their 
college and to themselves. Mr. Allnutt was chosen 



manager, and to his earnest efforts no small amount 
of our success is due. 

During the year many enjoyable and profitable 
trips were made, and as we look back upon them, we 
feel as though we are fully recompensed for our many 
hours spent in practicing. This club, without doubt, 
has added new laurels to the M. A. C. Our prospects 
for the next year are exceedingly bright, as all the old 
members will return and additional members are ex- 
pected. With this in view, we can indeed hope for 
even better success than that of this year. May our 
hopes be realized. 

The Glee Club has always had one great advantage 
over the Mandolin Club. From time immemorial it 
has been the custom to have some kind of organization 
in this line, but few have equalled and none surpassed 
the one of this year. Both together have given several 
entertainments, and the student body cannot show too 
much appreciation. These clubs have given the Ath- 
letic Associacion valuable assisiance in several enter- 
tainments. May both continue to grow and flourish, 
is the earnest wish of the sttident-body. I think I am 
justified in saying these clubs have the hearty co-opera- 
tion of the entire school. 



89 



Guitar Glub* 



John A. E. Eyster, 
J. A. English Eyster, 
John Augustine Eyster, 



President. 



I lee-Preiidait. 



Seeretary ciyid 7 reamrer. 



Members. 



John, 



Augustine, 



English, 



Ey'STER. 



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RAISING A TUNE. 



91 



June Ball Organization, 



Adjutant Will C. Nesbitt 
Major J. Hanson Mitchkll 
Lieutenant Edwin T. Dickerson 



Pi'csidcnt. 

I'ice-Piesith'tit. 

Secretary and Treasurer. 



Programme Committee. 



Lieutenant D. C. Barnett, Chairman. 
Lieutenant Dickerson. Sergeant Dirickson. 

Lieutenant Cameron. Corporal Bell. 

First Sergeant Shamberger. Cadet Hines. 

Cadet Eyster. 



Cadet Collins. 
Cadet Burroughs. 
Cadet Warfield. 



Refreshment Committee. 



Lieutenant 
Lieutenant 
First Sergeant 



Lieutenant George W. Cameron, Chairman. 
Dickerson. Sergeant Grason. 

Barnett. Sergeant Kenly. 

Whitehill. Sergeant Cashell. 

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Corporal SappinGtTON. 
Cadet Hines. 
Cadet Collins. 



Floor Committee. 



Captain Lillibridge. 
Lieutenant Houston. 
Lieutenant Allnutt. 



Captain Robert E. Dennison, Chairman. 

First Sergeant Whitehill. 
Sergeant Grason. 
Sergeant Robb. 



Sergeant Kenly. 
Corporal Sappington. 
Cadet Hines. 



Captain ]3ennison. 
Major Mitchell. 
Sergeant-Major Straughn. 



Invitation Committee. 
Captain J. A. Lillibridge, Chairman. 

Sergeant McCandlish. 
First Sergeant Whitehill. 
Sergeant Cashell. 



Corporal Groff. 
Cadet Burroughs. 
Cadet Brooks. 



Captain P. L. Robb. 
Sergeant Combs. 
Sergeant Cashell. 



Reception Committee. 

Lieutenant Chas. H. Ridgely, Chairman. 

Lieutenant Allnutt. 
Corporal Jenifer. 
Corporal Bell. 



Corporal Groff. 



Corporal Sappington. 
Cadet Eyster. 
Cadet Sudler. 



Corporal Alvey. 



M.\joR Mitchell. 
Captain Robb. 



Arrangement Committee. 
Captain George Peterson, Cliairmau. 

Lieutenant Allnutt. 
First Sergeant Whitehill. 
Sergeant Kenly. 



Corporal Groff. 
Lieutenant Houston. 



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A Letter. 



Maryland Agricultural College, 

September 19th, 1897. 
Dearest Mamma : 

I am at last at M. A. C, and am very much pleased 
with my surroundings, especially with the boys; their 
love of music is extraordinary, they are always wanting 
you to sing, not classical music, but old-fashioned 
tunes like " Home Sweet Home " and " Hot Time in 
the Old Town," which affects them almost to tears. 
I am also in training for the foot ball team ; this con- 
sists mainly in lying over a trunk and having an in- 
strument, called a "persuader," applied, this limbers 
up your muscles and improves your digestion. Then 
you get a shower bath ever)' week — just as you get 
ready to get in the bath-tub, somebody comes along 
with a bucket of ice-water and empties it over you and 
your clothes, then after a brisk rub down with a wet 
towel you are ready to go out and sweep out some- 
body's room, which develops your back and shoulder 
muscles, then you can chase yourself down to the 



station for somebodj' else, which improves your wind. 

At night, when going to sleep, they come in and 
turn you and your mattress over and place chiffonniers, 
chairs, tables and other bric-a-brac on you; as you are 
extricating j'ourself, they pour a pitcher of ice-water 
down the small of j'our back ; this is beneficial in case 
of fire, and makes you turn out readily for reveille. 

A great many of the boys are ardent collectors of 
stamps, not old ones, strange to sa)', they use them in 
their correspondence, and never return them. \A'hen 
you go to drill, if you tread on your front rank man's 
heels, he cusses you and afterwards beats you, and if 
you fall back a little you get an inch or so of a lieuten- 
ant's sword in you, so you have to preserve a golden 
mean, or grin and bear it. 

I wish you would send me $5.00 as I have to get 
some stamps. 

Hoping to hear from the money soon, I remain, 
Your loving son. 

New Boy. 



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THE FATE OF FROLICSOME CHARLIE. 
MORAL: NEVER BE KITTENISH. 



95 



The Reeder Gang. 



T R. GouGH, 

G. L. DULANEY, 

V. B. Rollins, 
H. Alvky, . 
B. Combs, 



Co iniiiandcr- hi - Ch icj . 

. Cap/a/ /I. 

First Lictitenaiit. 

Sccottd Lieutenant. 

First Sergeant 



Privates. 



Cakkom, 



Fawcett, 



EWENS. 



Scott. 



Cooke. 

Messick. 
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Dk lyAUDER. 

Shaecker. 



Evans. 
Payne. 



A Raid Through College Park 



OR FROM M. A. C. TO TWO WEEKS ARREST. 



'Tl FEW weeks past some of our j'oung cadets be- 
LV coming imbued with the prevailing war spirit, 
/ \ sallied forth under the new moon seeking what 
^-' they might destroy ; the only thing which they 
succeeded in destroying, was the peaceful slumber of 
an individual of the order " hobo." 

After parading through College Park several times, 
and totally annihilating a couple of hungry curs that 
dared to impede their progress, they began to look for 
something new, as they did not appear to be having 
the excitement which they had expected. 

Their vigilant glances immediately alighted on an 
old school house, which they captured with a single as- 
sault and prepared to defend against any and all com- 
ers ; but alas for the plans of human understanding — 
up in their verj' midst arose a man of a stature never 
heard of before outside of ' ' Grimm's Fairy Tales, ' ' with 
ferocity depicted in every line of his unwashed visage. 
It is said, that " In the hour of death or great danger 
your whole life passes before you like a moving pano- 
rama," and some of those present have informed me 



that they were afflicted with the same symptoms. Fpr 
a moment or two not a sound was heard and then there 
was a wild yell, and a wild rush for the window? and 
not a stop was made until they were safe within the 
walls of M. A. C. 

After they arrived in the building they were 
hauled down before a member of the Faculty, who in a 
few kindly words warned them against exposing them- 
selves in the damp night air, and then sent them to 
their little cots. 

F'or two weeks afterwards ihey could be seen most 
any evening with a far away look in their eyes, sitting 
in the grove immediatel}' surrounding the college. 
They amused themselves playing base ball in the grove, 
and one evening had a match game in which those 
"who jumped through the window" showed their 
superiority over those " who crawled through the tran- 
som " by a score of 32 to 2. 

Let us hope this will be the last sortie of the 
Reeder Gang. 



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College Yells. 



Chee liiug, chee hing, 

Chee h;i ! ha ! ha ! 

Marylaud Agricultural College 

Rah ! rah ! rah ! 

One-a-zip, two-a-zip, 
Zippy, zippy, zaui. 
(Opposing team) aint worth a - 
Um yenk ! yeuk ! 

Chick-a-chick-a boom ! 

Chick-a-chick-a boom ! 

Chick-a-chick-a-chick-a-chick-a 

Boom ! boom ! boom ! 

Rah ! rah ! rah ! 

Rah ! rah ! rah ! 

Marylaud Agricultural College, 

Sis ! boom ! ah ! 

Fee, fie, fo, fum ; 
Bim, bam, bim, buui ! 
Hi, yi, ip, see ? 
M. A. C. ! 

Skin-ah-ma-rink, 

Skiu-ah-ma-rink, 

Tad-dah hoo-da-dah flehmy ! 

Flippy-ty flop. 

We're on top. 

Sis ! boom ! rah ! 



Hippity huss,! 

Hippity huss ! 

What in the h — I's the matter with us? 

Nothing at all, 

Nothing at all, 

We're the boys who play (base, foot) ball! 

Hella-ba-loo ! hooray ! hooray ! 
Hella-ba-loo ! hooray ! hooray ! 
Hoora}' ! hoora}- ! 
M. A. C, A. A. ! 

Wishy-go-wish, go-wish, go-wish, 
Wishy-go-wish, go- wish ; 
Holly wolly, gee golly, 
Um-m-m ! 

Ching, ching, chiug ; 
Chow, chow, chow. 

(Opposing team) 
B-o-w, w-o-w, w-o-w ! 

Holy gee ! 

Who are we? 

We're the boys of M. A. C. 

" Reeder gang" 

Smash ! crash ! bing ! bang ! 
Sis, bum, bah ! 
Reeder gang, reeder gang, 
Rash ! rah ! rah ! 




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Athletics^ 



IN looking at the liistoryof athletics at Maryland Agri- 
cultural College we see that the}' have been some- 
what limited in the past, and it was not until com- 
paratively recent years that we obtained a position 
in that realm among other institutions of our class. 
After once obtaining a beginning we made rapid pro- 
gress in all branches and soon overtook and even sur- 
passed our sister institutions. This position we held 
until a very recent time, and now it looks as if we were 
to be left behinfl again — but why was it that our sister 
institutions obtained the start upon us and why is it 
that tliey are slowly but steadily gaining on us now ? 
These are questions which we hear every day and I 
will now endeavor to explain our present condition in 
this department. 

A few years ago, when the idea cropped out that 
the physical side of a student's course should be cared 
for as well as the mental, and that gymnastic training 
was necessary to both physical and mental develop- 



ment, our sister institutions at once accepted the idea 
and erected their gymnasiums, obtained instiuctors 
and made rapid progress while we only looked on with 
wonder at their success and advancement. In a few 
years, when this movement was seen to be universal, 
and its success and righteousness could not be doubted , 
our board finally consented to erect a gymnasium for 
the benefit of the students. 

This marked the beginning of a new era in ath- 
letics at Maryland Agricultural College which has been 
characterized by success in all branches. The services 
of Prof. Strickler were secured immediately after the 
completion of the building, and he has ever been a 
treasure to our athletics. At once there sprang up an 
interest, enthusiasm and a desire to excel. This desire 
has been gratified in many instances, as we find our- 
selves on an equality with other institutions of our 
State, and now no department of the college is of more 
interest to the student than this. 




Negative liy H. A. Faruhiini. 



FOOT BALL TEAM. 



/ 



And now as to our present conditions in relation 
to other institutions of our class. 

In recent j'ears it has generally become the idea 
that in order to develop a successful and winning team 
it is absolutely necessary to be under the instruction of 
a competent coach, and that the captain, no matter 
how able a man, cannot properly control the men and 
at the same time originate and study new plans and 
ideas. 

Here again we have sadly neglected a point which 
undoubtedly, if it had been properly attended to, would 
have won glory for us on more than one battlefield 
where we were forced to accept defeat. Our sister 
institutions at once accepted the idea and now we see 
the wisdom of their movement and the folly of ours, 
but it is only an example of the old saying that " His- 
tory repeats itself. 

We have no opportunity for the development of 
our teams except through knowledge transferred from 
one student to another and by observation. It is true 
that the militarj' idea applies to a certain extent, ?'. <?., 
that one's knowledge of the science of war depends 
upon the history of the campaigns of great generals. 
In football, for instance, this is applicable only to a 
limited extent. Though a great deal of knowledge is 
to be gained from the study of the history of great 
leaders of the game and from the experiences of others, 
the principles of the game are continually changing 
and this makes the old historical idea unapplicable. 



What were once up-to-date ideas all pass into history 
before we get a chance to apply them. 

The only remedy is to procure the services of a com- 
petent coach who will originate and apply new ideas 
before thej^ have gone down upon the innumerable 
pages of history. 

The need was never more apparent than in the 
last season, when, with the best of material in college, ^ 
and the very hardest labor on the part of the captain 
and members of the eleven, we had only to accept 
defeat wholly, undoubtedly and entirely on account of 
the absence of a coach. The expense would be little 
and the returns inestimable. As it is we have held 
our own among our contestants, but by the aid of such 
a movement we would, without doubt, far excel those 
who have been classed with us or have even defeated 
us. 

Let us hope that before another season rolls 
around that the Faculty and Trustees will have taken 
this in hand, that this condition of affairs will liave 
been a thing of the past, and to see " Old Maryland " 
in proper shape to battle with her neighboring institu- 
tions. 

It may be said that athletics at this college had 
their birth in the Fall of '92. In this year the first foot 
ball team representing the Maryland Agricultural Col- 
lege was placed upon the field to battle with the teams 
of long and varied experience for the championship of 
the State. In this year we must openly admit that we 



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gained nothing more than a firm foothold from which 
we have steadily risen to the top. 

In the following Spring a base ball team was placed 
on the diamond under Prof. Strickler, and ended Ihe 
season with results very similar to those of the pre- 
vious foot ball team. 

The next season the men, having obtained a start, 
determined to be no longer an unknown quantity in 
the sphere of athletics in the State of Maryland and 
accordingly set to work to capture the pennant, or at 
least to make a great effort to do so. Nor were their 
efforts in vain, for at the end of the season they were 
agreeably surprised to find that they had not met with 
a single defeat. 

In the following Spring the base ball team came 
out equally victorious. 

Flushed with these inspiring victories and with a 
large amount of new material the team of '94 had most 
brilliant prospects. Mr. Harris was elected captain 
and we still owe him thanks for the efforts that he put 
forth in behalf of his team, although he failed to come 
out in the lead he made a record of which Maryland 
Agricultural College long has been and always will be 
proud . 

It is interesting to know, too, that he labored under 
difficulties which would have caused many to give up 
in despair. Mr. Harris was also elected manager 
and captain of the base ball team the following Spring. 
Here again he put forth his undivided efforts to the 



development of a team of which Maryland Agricultural 
College's breast has always swelled with pride. His 
efforts were crowned with success and at the end of 
the sesson he was welcomed home with a clean, 
victorious record, with one exception. 

Karly in the Fall of '95 athletics took a decided 
fall and it looked as though we were doomed to a pre- 
mature grave. But thanks to the efforts of manager 
A. S. Gill and Captain Lewis of the team of '96, under 
theirguidance we again established ourselves on our old 
standard. After a season of rest like that of '95 it was 
like beginning entirely anew. Having completely lost 
our foothold there was nothing left to do but to begin 
over at the bottom and try to regain our lost ground. 
Little was expected of this team, it being the Mea 
simply to develop the mental and physical qualities of 
the men and thus enable them to win laurels in future 
years. 

Considering these conditions and difiiculties which 
had to be overcome was it not an extraordinary feat 
for Captain Lewis to develop a team which not only 
gained its lost ground but established the standard 
record of "Old M, A. C." which, no doubt, is destined 
to stand as our model for years to come. Toward the 
end of this season three contestants for the champion- 
ship of the State remained in the field viz.: St. John's, 
University of Maryland, and ourselves. Under dis- 
advantageous circumstances we played a tie game 
with the University of Maryland, which they refused 



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Nc^aliw liy U. A. Furuhtiiii 



BASE BALL TEAM. 



to play off, and St. John 'shaving repeatedly refused to 
play us under any circumstances, left us the only 
claimants of the championship. We do not care to 
claim victory won in this manner but since we were 
refused the opportunity of gaining it on the ground, 
there was nothing to do but to accept the alternative. 

Right here I will say that we strongly advocate 
the righteousness of the Interstate League of Maryland 
and District of Columbia, composed of Western Mary- 
land College, Johns Hopkins, St. John's and Maryland 
Agricultural College, of Maryland, and the Gallaudet, 
of the District of Columbia. We beg to thank Prof. 
Chew, of St. Johns, the originator of this movement, 
for using his efforts in so just a cause and to congratu- 
late him for the success he has met with. The object 
of this league is to promote athletics in general and to 
prevent the unjust claiming of the championship which 
has been apparent in so many '^ases in the past. It 
went into effect at the beginning of last season which 
was one of the most progressive and advancing in the 
history of athletics in the State of Maryland. 

We wish to congratulate Gallaudet on the success 
of their team. 

In the Spring of '97 Messrs. A. S. Gill and Lewis 
were elected manager and captain of the base ball team, 
respectively, and under their guidance we passed a 
most successful season. The team began practice in 
the gymnasium early in February and field practice 
about the first of March. 



After a few weeks of hard and earnest labor on the 
part of the captain a superb team was placed on the 
field. This team make a most favorable record and it 
was a complete surprise for the college, and in fact much 
more than was expected of the tea:n . It was composed 
almost entirely of new material, only three being mem- 
bers of the old team. 

The foot ball season of '97 opened with compara- 
tively bright prospects, but it seemed "Fate's decree" 
that we should not be the second time champions. 

Among the new players who came in was Sam. 
Cooke, of Hyattsville, who filled the position of full- 
back, made vacant by the absence of Lewis, most 
favorably. In our second contest he was injured and 
forced to leave the game for the rest of the season. 
Ridgely admirably took his place, but his loss was a 
blow to us from which we never recovered. Then 
followed the loss of Gibbons and Ilildebrand. Captain 
Lillibridge put forth his most strenuous efforts to 
develop a winning team, and deserves great credit for 
the manner in which he conducted the team, but, 
owing to these misfortunes, we give up all hope of 
being the leaders on the gridiron and contented our- 
selves with placing the best team possible on the field, 
which, although severely crippled made a very credit- 
able showing. The season was ended with a vow on 
the part of all members of the team to put forth their 
best efforts to make a successful season of '98 and we 
sincerely hope that their efforts will not be in vain. 



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At present nothing definite can be said of the base 
ball team other than that the prospects for tlie coming 
season are very briglit, several players of last year's 
team being back ; these are Devon, catcher, who 
entered last year and made a remarkable record in 
that position. He is captain of the team and will with- 
out doubt develop it into a winning team ; Peterson, 
3rd base; Mitchell, s. s.; Cameron, 2nd base; Allnut, 
center field, and P. h. Robb and Whitehill, pitchers. 
The positions made vacant by the gradu.ation of Lewis, 
Sherman and Nelligan will be a source of trouble but 
the candidates are hard at work and we expect to have 
these positions well filled. 

The makeup of the team will probably be as 
follows: Devon, catcher ; Whitehill and P. L. Robb, 
pitchers; Cashell, ist base; Cameron, 2nd base; 
Harvey, 3rd base; Peterson, s. s.; Price, left field; 
Allnut, center field, and Mitchell, right field, with 
McGlone and Speake as substitutes. 

The following admirable schedule has been 
arranged by the manager. 

March 30th, Johns Hopkins, at Baltimore, Md. 

April 2nd, Central High School, at home. 

April 6th, Washington and Lee University, at Lexington, Va. 

April 7th, Alleghany Institute, at Roanoke, Va. 

April ylh, Roanoke College, at Salem, Va. 

April <Sth, St. Albans A. A., at Radford, Va. 

.-^pril 9th, Bl.Hcksburg Pol. Inst., at Blacksbnrg, Va. 

April I ith, H unpden-Siuncy College, at Hampdcn-Sidney. 



April I2th, Richmond College, at Richmond, Va. 

April I2th, Randolph-Macou College, at Ashland, Va. 

April 13th, Frederickburg College, at Fredericksburg. 

April i6th, St. John's College, at home. 

April 20th, Universitj- of Maryland, at home. 

April 23rd, Washington College, at Chestertown, Md. 

April 27, Baltimore City College, at home. 

April 30th, Johns Hopkins University, at home. 

May 4th. 

May 7th. 

May nth. Episcopal High School, at Alexandria, Va. 

May 14th, Western Maryland College, at Westminister. 

May iSth, Galludet College, at home. 

May 28th, Gallaudet College, at Washington. • 

Our track team is hard at work training for the 
event which is to be held sometime during the coming 
May and our prospects for carrying off honors are very 
bright. 

Tennis and basket ball have been somewhat at a 
discount in the past but at present great interest is 
being aroused and we hope to place strong teams on 
the field in both these departments 

In the departments of athletics more interest is 
felt by the college student than in any other and the 
eyes of every student are on each team ready to rejoice 
at its victory or to mourn at its defeat. 

In conclusion I will say that the fondest hope of 
the board is that the teams representing the Maryland 
Agricultural College may ever be in the lead in 
athletics of the State of Marvland. 



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Negativr hy H. A. F.irDlinni 



TRACK TEAM. 



Base Ball Team of '97. 

Devon catcher. 

L,ewis, (captain) ist base. 

Cameron, 2nd base. 

Peterson, 3rd base. 

Mitchell, short stop. 

Sherman, left field. 

Allnut, center field. 

Nelligan, right field. 

Hershberger pitcher. 

Srcbsiitulcs. 

P. L. Robb, Whitehill, McGlone. 

A. S. Gill, Matiager. 



Foot Ball Team of '97. 

Cooke, full-back. 

Bouscaren right half-back. 

Gibbons, ....... left half-back. 

Lillibridge, (captain) .... light end. 

Church left end. 

Ridgely right tackle. 

Bell left tackle. 

Blandford, right guard. 

Cashell left guard. 

Shipley center. 

Kenly quarter-back. 

Subsiitiiks. 
Peterson, Dirickson, Stanford. 



Games Played. 



Hyattsville o 

Cohimbian University. . . 7 
Western Maryland College , 6 

Gallaudet 2 

District Commissioners . . 7 
Washington College ... 4 
Episcopal High School . . 6 
University of Mayland . . 20 

St. John's 7 

Georgetown College Resv. , 7 
Gallaudet 10 



M. A 



12 

6 

10 

10 

8 

3 
10 

5 
15 
14 
II 



Games Played. 



Centra! High School ... 6 
Eastern High School . . . o 

Johns Hopkins 30 

Gallaudet 16 

St. John's 6 

Baltimore Medical College 10 



M. A. C. 



24 

4 
6 

5 
4 
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The Significance of College Life and Training, 



By Professor T. H. Spence. 



IN this generation which has been marked by so 
decided a tendency toward a higher civilization, 
there has been no line of progress more rapid and 

defined than that of college education. A short 
half century ago general public education was inaug- 
urated in this country, and the schoolmaster was sent 
abroad in the land. As a result of his efforts we see 
to day colleges organized in every thicklj' settled com- 
munity, affording facilities for instruction to every 
student of even moderate means. 

So numerous and convenient are these colleges, 
that it remains but for the parent to select one 
from the number, and let his son receive the benefits 
of its instruction. And yet with this multitude ot 
colleges and multiplicity of courses it must be con- 
fessed that, judged by its product of ex-students and 
graduates, the modern college does not appear to have 
reached its maximum efEciency. 



In case of failure, either at college or after leav- 
ing the same to apply the benefits of its training, 
parents and students and, I regret to say, sometimes 
the public, are prone to ascribe this failure to the 
college and its methods ; and it is my purpose in this 
article to demonstrate how frequently such criticism 
is unjust and without foundation. 

In the vast majority of instances wherein college- 
bred men prove failures in life, the fact may be directly 
traced either to bad judgment upon the part of the 
parent in the selection of a college and course, or to a 
failure of the student to gain all the benefits available 
from his collegiate training. 

In the first place, there are many students who are 
sent to college whose whole character and tendencies 
are repugnant to a higher education, whose tastes and 
desires strongly incline to a different life. Thoroughly 
unsuited for study both bj' temperament and want of 



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literary ability, they regard their diplomas as merely 
marking their relief from college work, with neither 
intention nor desire of applying the education received. 
There are many boys, however, naturally studious, 
whose College training does not confer the benefits 
anticipated ; this is because either the college selected 
does not accord with the student's temperament, or 
the course selected is not best adapted to the develop- 
ment of his talents. 

There are institutions of learning adapted to every 
type of mind ; there are also institutions adapted to 
every type of character. In this connection, it would 
be well for a parent to consider the tendency of his 
son's mind, and then have him apply himself down 
that line of study best calculated to develop it. There 
have been many good engineers spoiled by studying 
law and medicine, and many men who would probably 
have been pre-eminent in the walks of commerce, have 
turned out very mediocre in the professional world. 
No student can get the maximum benefit from a study 
which fails to arouse his interest, and if he cannot 
gain enthusiasm in what is to be his life work, success 
is seldom achieved. The adaptability of the student 
temperament to the discipline of the college selected 
is a very important factor in his success. There are 
students whose sense of responsibility has been devel- 
oped early in life, and to whom parental discipline and 
direction have become almost unnecessary ; such young 
men will succeed best at an institution where everv 



student is treated as an adult, and to a great extent 
placed upon his own responsibility. To such students, 
strict discipline and a faculty supervision are unnec- 
essary and irksome, and liable to detract from the ben- 
efits of his college life. On the other hand, there are 
young men who have never been placed upon their 
own responsibility, whose home life has been con- 
stantly under parental supervision, and who have 
never been called upon to practice self government. 
To such students free university life would no doubt 
prove unprofitable for education, and dangerous to 
character. These students require a college wherein 
every care is exerted and every precaution is taken to 
guide and direct their daily life, and which, while 
giving every encouragement to the inexperienced to 
follow a right line of conduct, sees to it that he does 
not waste his time in unprofitable pursuits. Upon the 
parent of a studious boy, therefore, devolves two 
important things : first to study well his mind, to 
determine in what direction is its trend, and then to 
select such a college and such a course as will best 
accord with his mental tendency. Second, to study 
well his temperament and character, to determine 
whether faculty supervision will be necessary and con- 
genial, or on the other hand superfluous and repugnant. 
The college having been selected and the course 
prescribed, it now devolves upon the student to make 
the best of it. We would have him practice industry, 
and give due attention to matters of study, but he 



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should not neglect to make friends, assert himself in 
a social way among his fellows, for college life means 
far more than mere instruction ; to the average student 
it presents an entrance into a larger sphere of life. 
The raw, egotistical pet of the family here finds him- 
self thrown into a circle where individuality and char- 
acter alone may grant pre-eminince, and where he may 
only acquire respect by sturdy worth. For the first 
time, his individuality is to be asserted and his char- 
acter defined. If he is aggressive, straightforward 
and outspoken he assumes a place among his fellows, 
analogous to that which will be his in the arena of life. 
If on the other hand, he applies himself only to his 
studies and neglects opportunities to make himself 
known, his real talents are as a light hid under a 
bushel, and are apt to be overlooked for lack of oppor- 
tunity to put them into practice. 

We see two extremes of men produced by college 
life. The one type is the student well liked by his 



fellows, who takes the lead in athletic and social func- 
tions, is always popular and obliging and devotes to 
study such time as is left over from other pursuits. 
This student will always make friends and be a favorite, 
but his education is apt to be superficial ; he has 
neglected the golden opportunity, and will always find 
that his accomplishments are clouded by a want of 
knowledge. The other type has made study and the 
acquirement of book lore his only end : has neglected 
to cultivate the friendship of his college-mates and 
refrained from all human intercourse, save that pre- 
sented by the printed page, or offered by his in- 
structors . 

This young man may leave college a profound 
scholar, but he is none the less devoutly ignorant, for 
he has failed to gain that great knowledge which is 
essential to success — the knowledge of his fellow man. 
Marylatid Agticultitral College, April 21, iSgS. 



O 



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College Vocabulary, 



Bugs — Entomology. 

Blacksmith — A mechanical student. 

Buzzards'' Roost — The Sophomore Hall. 

Broadway — The Freshman Hall. 

Biff— To hit with the fist. 

Bomb — An instrument to call out the guard. 

Bum — To borrow tobacco. 

Crib {roller) — An aid to memory. 

Crib {stepper) — Same. 

Crib (v) — To obtain unauthorized information. 

Cinch — An easy thing. 

C. G. C— College Grove Club. 

Condition — A study in which one has failed. 

Confinemrut — An hour's arrest for misdemeanor. 

Dutch — German . 

Exam. — Examination. 

riim-flam —To bunco a Prof. 

Flunk— To fail. 

Fraulein — A young lady. 



Hazing — An introduction for new boys. 
Hot — Something very fine. 

Irish Stew — A dish placed on the table for orna- 
mental purposes only. 

Jump on — To speak to roughly. 

Krank roller — Sick list. 

Kid {v) — To guy. 

Kid {ii) — A Prep. 

Z,z5/— The sick list. 

Lab — Laboratory . 

Math — Mathematics. 

Mess Hall — Dining-room. 

Madison Ave. — The Senior Hall. 

Nigger Heaven— The Top Hall. 

O. Z;.— Officer of the Day. 

Persuader — A paddle with several holes in it. 

Pull — Influence. 

P?-o/- — Professor. 

Pony (n) — A translation. 



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Pony (v) — To use a translation . 
Picp — A member of the Preparatory department. 
0. M. D. — The Quartermaster's department. 
Rcvejlle — 6:io roll call. 

Reveille but — A half-smoked cigarette reserved for 
use after reveille. 

Reminder — Use of a persuader. 

Rack — To be in a fit of anger. 

Spooning — Love making. 

Skip — To purposely miss a class. 

Spoon — To make love. 

Soph — A sophomore. 

Slip — Supernumery. 

Strap — College molasses. 

Staff of //>— Strap. 

Stick (n) — To report. 

Stick (v) — A report. 



S-ci'ipe — To borrow without authority. 
Slats — Ribs. 

Sneakers — Gymnasium slippers. 
SivcUcd head — Struck on promotion. 
*Tready Easy Club— A conmiissary organization. 
*Meinbers unknown. 
Taps — 1 1 :oo bugle call. 
Turn in — To go to bed. 
'Turn out — Te get up. 
Tattoo — lo.oo bugle call. 
'I I ig — Trigonometry. 
Wharfrat — A new student, alias Tobey. 
Work the list ( 7') — To get on the list when it is not 
necessary. 

Zip — A zero. 

igoo — A Freshman persuader. 




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Behind the Scenes. 



What are the boys r.iost fond of — "bombing " ? 

First Cadet — Why is Pete like the celery in the 
cadet's dining-room ? 

Second Cadet — Because he has lost his heart. 

First Cadet — Why is the celery on the Prof, 's table 
like Pete's girl ? 

Second Cadet —Because it has two hearts. 

Where, O, where have my turkeys goue? 

Soup that's hot, soup that's not, 

And soup that's made from no one knows what. 

— College Daily. 

Pluiiom — Senior class at breakfast on time. 

" So she wrote." 

" Guess again, Mister Ridge-ly." 

I-want-to-see-Phil-Robb ! ! 

You can tell time to turn backwards, but you can't 
tell a soldier to meet me here last week. 

Hooray for Uncle Freddy ! 

My collars are too sooplc — Hedgy. 



Prof. — I want a piece of music, but I don't know 
the name of it and I don't know who the author of it 
is, but I want it. 

Satchel — Wahn — Wahn — Wahn — 

Scene room 24 — 10 P. M. Messrs. Wooten, Posey, 
F. and Posey, W., occupants of the room, and Mr. 
Combs, visitor, participating in a feast. (Knock at 
the door.) (Meanwhile the feast is cleared away.) 
Enter Commandant. 

Commandant — Mr. Combs, what are you doing 
visiting ? 

Mr. Combs — I came over to get Mr. Wooten to 
work an example for me. 

Commandant. (Surveying the crumbs) — Ahem! 
Must have been a sum in division, wasn't it ? 

" Bring back, O, bring back, my lamp chimneys 
to me " 

Davy — " Dun" is applicable when bread is well 
cooked, and "done" when j-ou pay the Athletic Asso- 
ciation a quarter. 



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A Senior's Reminiscences. 

O, well do I remember the fifteenth of September, 
When to me things were looking blue and flat, 
And the gav Sophomore placed my pillow on the floor' 
While he diligently plied a heavy slat. 



Once a Freshman was wrecked on an African coast, 
Where a Cannibal monarch held sway, 
And they served up that Freshman on slices of toast. 
Oil the eve of that very same day. 

But the vengeance of heaven followed swift on the act, 

And before the next morning was seen. 

By the cholera morbus that tribe was attacked 

For that Freshman was terriblj- green. 



A Telegram. 



'Tis Cupid wills ray heart to you, 

Prepaid he will not be, 

For when I asked him what was due 

He smiled and said : " Thought you knew 

That hearts go C. O. D." 



Question Box. 

Prof. — Who's been walking tip and down my tran- 



som : 



Com'd'l. — Where, O where has my Dashund 
gone ? 

£ar/c.-^Say, did you borrow those lamp shades, 
and were you ashamed to return them ? 

C. G. C. — Who says we haven't a standing leave 
of absence ? 

O. D. — Were you visiting, or were you only re- 
turning a call ? 

I goo. — Who said we had a ' ' sho-at ' ' in our class ? 
B7ig. — Who says I've got the mumps ? 
Tate} -Ho. — Who says I can't play the mandolin? 
Snipe. — Who said I was afraid of water ? 
RIonk. — Who says Irish hasn't a swelled head ? 
Laura. — Isn't Pretty a cute thing? 
Bessie — Yes, but Dickey's cuter. 
Toby. — Comm'd't, can't I wear green on St. Pat- 
rick's Day ? 

Who swiped those oranges ? 



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Program of Public Exercises^ J 897. 



SUNDAY, JUNE I 3. 

4. P. M. . . . Baccalaureate Sermon by Rev. James H. Young, of Baltimore, Md. 

MONDAY, JUNE I4. 

2 P. M. . . . . . . . Field Sports on College Campus. 

4 p. M. . . . . . . Distribution of Athletic Prizes, College Hall. 

5 p. M. . . . . . . Drill and Dress Parade on College Campus. 

8 p. M. . . . Public Meeting of New Mercer Literarj' Societ)'. Debate for Gold Medal. 

TUESDAY, JUNE 15. 

2 p. M. ■ . • Competitive Company Drill and Target Practice, College Campus. 

4 p. M. . . . . . Battalion Drill and Dress Parade, College Campus. 

8 p. M. . . . Class Day Exercises, College Hall, Address by President R. W. Silvester. 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE, 16. 

2.30 p. M. . . Commencement Exercises, College Hall. Address by Hon. H. G. Davis. 

4.30 p. M. . . . . . . Exhibition Drill on College Campus. 

5 p. M. . . . . . . Annual Meeting of Alumni Association. 

9 p. M. . . . . . . Thirty-eighth Annual Ball in College Hall. 

Music by Fifth Regiment Band. 



PROGRAM. 
New Mercer Literary Society, 



College Hall, Monday, June 14, 1897. 8 p- ^■ 



Chorus, .... 

Roll Call and Reading of the Minutes, 
Remarks, 

Trio Solo. .... 

Declamation 



Debate : Resolved- 



Affirmative, 
Negative 

Declamation, 
Journal , 



Glee Club. 

Call to Order. 

Secretary. 
President. 

( A/<V/do//>IS, WlIITEHILL, lyEWIS. 

I GiiUar, Cronmiller. 

C. V. Allnutt. 
That General Higher Education is a Social Evil." 

D. C. Barnett, G. H. Whiteford. 
F. Sherman, R. E. Dennison. 



Music. 

Decision of Judges. 
Unfinished Business. 

New Business. 
Formal Adjournment. 



Wm. S. Weedon. 
Edwin T. Dickerson. 



Class Day Exercises. 



Tuesday, June, 15TH, 1897. 



Piano Solo, 

Class History and Prophecy, 
Ode of Class of '97, 

Announcement, Senior Lictor, 
Address, Senior Orator, 

Address, Junior Orator, 
M. A. C. Two-vStep, 

Announcement, Junior Lictor, 
Installation of New Senior Class, 

Address upon Resolutions, 
Address to Classes, 



Music. 
Entry of Senior Class. 



Mr. C. W. Muller. 



Mk. Franklin Sherman. 



j Words by W. S. Weedon and F. Sherman. 
I Music by J. I). Ckoumillkr- 



Entry of Junior Class. 



Presentation of Class Shield. 



Class Pipe and Song. 



Resolutions. 



F'oRMAL Adjournment. 



. Mr. B. Watkins, Jr. 
. Mr. a. S. Gill 

. Mr. D. C. Barnett 
Mr. I. E. Whitehill. 

. Mr. W. C. Nf.sbitt. 

. Mk. p. L. Robb. 
Pres. R. W. Silvester. 



Commencement Exercises, 



Wednesday, June i6, 1897. College Hall. 



Music. 
Address to Graduates, ........ By Hon. H. G. Davis. 

Music. 
Salutatory Address, ......... Wm. S. Weedon. 

Valedictory Address, . . . . . . . . . . J. D. Cronmiller. 

Music. 
Presentations of Diplomas and Prizes, .... By His Excellency, Governor Lowndes. 

Music furnished by the Fifth Regiment Band. 



123 



College Stew, 



Bell (Glancing at Cornelii Taciti)— Is that Cor- 
nell's tactics ? 

New Student (to waiter) — Is there a dog about this 
country ? 

Waiter — Yas, sah. De Captain has a bull-dog 
ober to his house. 

Nnv Student — Can he bite ? 

Waiter — Yas, indeedy. He am de luos' wishus 
dog I eber seed. 

Nc-lC Student — Then be kind enough to give him 
this beef with my compliments, I would like to be- 
lieve there is something that can bite it. 

Shoity — I never done no such thing and I wouldn't 
do no such thing. 

Hooray for Rudie's whiskers ! 

First Cadet — Say, do you know the girl at Hyatts- 
ville, who tends to Central has thrown up her job ? 

Second Cadet — No. What's the trouble ? 

First Cadet — She said the " Earl " flirted with her 
so much over the 'phone that she couldn't attend to her 
business. 

We are sorry to hear that several of our students 
becoming tired of life, have retired from society. 

Gentlemen, don't be playful. — Prof. S. 



(After the explosion.) Somnambulistic cadet, 
after turning over in bed three times aud scratching 
his ear with his off-hind foot to collect his thoughts. 
" Say, is the world coming to an end, or is this just an 
ordinary earthquake." 



Ridgelcy, 

Robb 

Peter 



elcy, ) 
,P.L.,[ 
son , J 



(On their way to make a call)- 
What shall we talk about ? 



Mitchell — The phenomenal (?) shortstop. 

Wheeler — Say, Dick, what's the meaning of cor- 
dially ? 

Dick — I guess it means pertaining to the heart. 
Are you sure it isn't cordially ? 

Wheeler — No, it was at the end of a letter. (Laugh- 
ter by the crowd.) 

Claude — I have been in the habit of doing that 
hereafter. 

Prof. T. — Mr. Cameron, what's the plural of "it " ? 
Mr. C.—" Its." 

Afr. fenifcr (As umpire) — He didn't have his 
foot on the bag when he had it there. 

Dickey (Walking into a Washington barber shop) 
— Gimme a sack of Maryland Club. 

Barber — We don't sell tobacco. Go next door. 



124 



College Hash. 



Order for Camp. 



Words by R, J. McCandlish. Music by Ira K. Whitehill. 

From the l)uildiiig emerged a posse one night, 

In garments you seldom see worn ; 
And charged through the Park, throwing rocks at the lights, 

To the music of tin pans and horns. 
But a bummer dropped down iu the midst of the crowd, 

Now he didn't go off, but thoy did ; 
They iiew to their rooms, hid in closets and trunks. 

But they mostly got under the beds. 

Chorus : 
Say, Diamond King, are you going in Denny ? 

And don't rack, Dariff, for the joke's on Ray, 
Singing on the hall — First Sergeant Freddy, 

And why wasn't Laurel in town to-day ? 

Several students have grown quite religious ot late. 

They wouldn't miss church for the world. 
They go down with calm and self-satisfied airs. 

But return with their heads in a whirl. 
Last Sunday the signals were somewhat mixed up. 

And one was left weeping behind, 
'Twas a very sad case, but it wasn't his fault 

That he happened to be color blind. 

Captain Alvey's recruits nightly sleep with their arms ; 

That they'll whip Spain we have no doubt ; 
But I very much fear if they're tramps in Spain's ranks 

That they'd very soon be put to rout. 
Our Prep, would-be Major did the city last week ; 

Inspected the gun-boats and crews ; 
In fact, he has grown quite so martial since then. 

That he's lighting his pipe with a fuse. 



On going to camp each cadet will provide himself 
with the following articles : 

6 cakes of soap. 

1 alarm clock. 

7 blankets. 

2 overcoats. 

7 bags tobacco. 

5 dozen candles. 

1 bale of straw. 

2 umbrellas. 

3 Mackintoshes. 

6 barrels provisions. 

2o dollars, more or less. 

The above articles are considered as sufficient to 
last a cadet lo days. 



After Taps. 

Lives there a Freshman with soul so dead 

Who hasn't at sometime angrily said. 

When his bed was turned over on top of his head, 

liil???? 



125 



College Menagerie, 



Burroughs — Rabbit. 

HiNES — Monkey. 

Bi.ANDFORD — Phenomenon. 

WiLKiNS — Living Skeleton. 

Harihsty — Fancy dancer. 

Alvky — Contortionist. 

Scott — Giant. 

GoRSUCH — Married man. 

Houston — Preacher. 

Barber — Ditto. 

SuDLER — Safety lamp. 

Brooks — Same. 

Ev.\NS — Weasel 

Nesbitt — Skillet. 

Kenly — Stump. 

Stone — Footless man. 

Jenifer — Melrose Mower (Moore). 



MiTCHEi^L — Handsome man. 

Collins — Braying ass. 

Cook — Alabama coon. 

Sedwick — Hedgehog. 

Speake — L,ight-house. 

Peterson — Piggie. 

LiLLiBRiDGE — The " practicical " chemist. 

Whitehill — Music box. 

EwENS — Pretty boy. 

Sh acker — White squadron. 

POSEYS — The loving brothers. 

TnoRN^Pointed thing. 

RoBB, P. L. — Sentimental man. 

Payne — Wild Chinaman. 

Delauder — Midget. 

Ray, W. G.- — Bureau of information. 



126 



Deed, 



THIS conveyance, made this 17th day of June, eighteen hundred and ninety-eight, liy the members of the 
Treadeasy Club, consisting of members of the Classof '98, and others, witnesseth : 
That the aforesaid Treadeasy Club, for, and in consideration oi the numerous articles acquired by it, 
obtained and used, hereby grants, bargains and gives to the Treadeasy Club, consisting of members of the 
Class of '99 and others, their successors and hiers for the scholastic year of '98-9, to have and to hold, with all the 
rights and appurtenances thereunto belonging, all those necessary appliances such as ropes, files, jimmies, bar- 
extractors, lock openers, slippers, masks, lanterns, stoves, pans, etc., belonging to the aforesaid Treadeasy Club, 
and lying or hidden under the 17th plank of the floor of "Nigger Heaven," in the northeast eud of the 
building or under the 18th plank on Buzzards Roost. 

Attached to said articles this deed conveys the right of using fire escape between the hours of 1 1 .00 p. m. and 
4.00 A. M. 

That the said articles are in a good state of repair and all placed for ready and convenient use. 
That the aforesaid Treadeasy Club hereby covenants that it has a right so to grant, bargain and give to the 
Treadeasy Club of '98-'99 the herein described articles, and that the same is free from all encumbrances ; and that 
it will warrant and defend its good name, work and uses against any and all defamers. 

Witness the Club's hand and seal, this 17th day of June, eighteen hundred and ninety-eight. 

SILAS LOCKOPENER, , — ■ — ■ 

<j SEA I, y 

President of the Club. ■^■^.y^^' 

Witness : ^>>~— ^ 

JIMMY McCRACKIN. { seal \ 

127 



Wants* 



An Old Song. 



(WITHNEW WORDS.) 



His name-i-a, 
Is Ambros-i-a. 
He's from Laurel, 
Marylaud-i-a. 

Twice a week-i-a, 
He takes a siieak-i a. 
To Mt. Pleasant, 
D. Columbia. 

Not Contented-i-a, 
At two days speiit-ia, 
With this " fair one," 
In Columbia. 

At Colleg-i-a, 
He receives-i-a 
Six thick letters — 
A week-i-a, 



Wanted — A pair of curling irons in room 7. 
Wanted — A horse that won't back. — Senior Latin 

class. 
Wanted — A coach in German. — Reeder and DarufF. 
Wanted — To know who discovered America. — Pretty. 
Wanted — Someone to join the Glee Club. — H. S. R. 
WANTED^Drums and other toys. — Roscoe. 
Wanted — Two Lieutenants. — Capt. Co. " A." 
Wanted — A corporalcy. — Barber. 
Wanted — A handle for a " satchel." 
Wanted — Matches. — Top Hall. 
Wanted — A mustache. — Gorsuch. 
Wanted — A coach. — Base Ball Team. 
Wanted — More privileges. — ^Juniors. 
Wanted — Every day to be Sunday. — Peterson. 
Wanted — Field glasses by the privates of Co. " C," 

so that they can see their Captain during field 

movements. 
Wanted — Stamps. — Room 38. 
Wanted — The boys who set the powder off before 

Christmas. 
Wanted — Something to smoke. — Gait. 
Wanted — The Watcliman. — By the students. 
Wanted — Someone to listen to Theodore's music. 



12S 



A Collection. 



Sa/c/i— Say ! Stop that, you will " disencourage " 
the man. 

We can stand large headed women 
Full of Latin, French and Greek, 
But we ask the gods to save us 
From the girls that have big feet. 

Russell — And him an old boy, too. 

Dunif—ThAl's what he done, anyhow. 

Phil — Yes, Catholics "substain" from eating meat 
on Friday. 

Say, Moore, what's the price of a kiss ? 

I " diagnized " her case. — Jim. 

Say, Dick, I got one from Schenectady this morn- 
ing!— /"/«/. 

Nezu Boy — Is this spring or hydron water ? 
Old Boy (Viewing the new boy) — Neither, it is 
milk, and better than you will get later on, too. 

Pete — Say ! Put me in as a Dr. 



THE ELEVENTH HOUR. 
" To sit up till eleven, 
Is a privilege great you see ; 
But beware lest you abuse it, 
For our worthy O. D., 
Is sure to make inspection 
At about 11:03?" 

Stiidejit (In Latin) — Gero, geri, gessum. 
Prof. — Yes, I think very likely you did 



guess 



them. 



Lieut. H. — Execute this movement from right 
shoulder, while at order. 
I, 
Paint — For ^e. Apply to Monk. 

The little boy preacher, better known as " Buck," 
Thinks the girls on him are all dead struck. 
But others think that it is instead. 
Only a case of a badly swollen head. 

As a manager, too, he can argue and dicker, 
And thinks he's a star, some kind of a " tricker." 
But some day he'll lose all his fond hopes so beaming, 
And awaken to find he has only been dreaming. 



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